How To Guides for iOS, iPhone and iPad

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How to restore your iPhone from an iCloud Backup

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When you first set up your iPhone or iPad, you are encouraged to enable iCloud and offered the option to back up your data to Apple’s iCloud service. Before the advent of iCloud in iOS 5, backups took place locally on your Mac or PC, using iTunes. While still an option, there is no questioning the simplicity and ease of using iCloud. One of the main advantages is that your data is secure. Local backups can be problematic. I always encourage folks to have a backup strategy using a secondary hard drive, NAS or service like Crashplan, Backblaze or Carbonite. What happens if your hard drive crashes and you don't have a backup in place? Not only are your files gone, but you no longer have access to your iPhone backups. By using iCloud, that's no … [Read more...]

How To Restore iPhone To Factory Settings Without iTunes

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There are a number of reasons why you might want to restore your iPhone factory settings. If for some reason your iPhone isn’t working properly or maybe you are selling it, so that you can upgrade. If you have access to a Mac or PC, you can restore using iTunes, which we'll also cover in this guide. But when disaster strikes, not everyone has access to iTunes. If you are away from your computer, it’s very easy to restore your iPhone to factory settings. And when you do, you can easily restore to the last known backup using either iTunes or iCloud. Simply follow these steps. As a reminder, make sure that you have synced all of you data to your computer or to iCloud. A factory restore means that means all of your data and personal information … [Read more...]

Understanding the Reset Settings On Your iPhone or iPad

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In iOS, there are a number of reset options for your iPhone or iPad. They all function differently and there are different scenarios for why you might use one versus another. In this guide, we’ll present all of the reset settings on iPhone and iPad, what they do and when to use them. If you are having a problem with your iOS device, at times these can be a quick and easy fix. They are also helpful to know should you plan to sell or trade-in your iPhone. Updated for iOS 7 and iOS 8 Reset All Settings Erase All Content and Settings Reset Network Settings Reset Keyboard Dictionary Reset Home Screen Layout Reset Location and Privacy Reset All Settings This will reset all settings. This will not delete any data. If … [Read more...]

10 photo composition tips to improve your iPhone photography

iPhone photo composition

As an iPhone owner, you hold in your hand a phone that can produce beautiful photos. Having quick access to our phones, makes it easier than ever to capture moments or events without having to dig out our point & shoot or bulky DSLR. Take a moment to think about how photography has changed since 2008. It's really quite amazing. The iPhone's camera is both capable and meets the ever so important characteristic of the best camera being the one you have with you. While it meets all of the technical criteria for taking excellent pictures, taking truly great photos often depends on the one behind the lens. Ok, having an incredibly cute kid or pet does help, but what you do can transform good pictures into great. When you take a photo, you … [Read more...]

How to add or remove a card from Apple Pay

Pay with Apple Pay

Apple Pay is a great and secure way to pay for goods and services. Ultimately, you are using a traditional credit or debit card to make a purchase. By using Apple Pay, you don't have to physically hand a stranger your card information and your full name. Payments made using the new service wirelessly transfers a unique Device Account Number specific to your iPhone, coupled with a transaction-specific dynamic security code. This information is used to process your payment.  In the past year or so, big retailers like Target and Home Depot have had data breaches. If you have a credit or debit card, it's not uncommon to have to be issued a new card from your bank due to security concerns. When this happens, you're left scrambling to update … [Read more...]

Continuity and Handoff Master Class: The Ultimate Guide

Continuity & Handoff Guide

iOS 8 introduced a number of new features. Continuity and Handoff are two which can be deemed incredible or incredibly maddening, depending on your preference. With Yosemite and iOS 8, your computers, iPads and iPhones are more integrated than ever. Pardon the reference, but some folks don't like peanut butter in their chocolate. For others, this union seems like an inevitable and natural transition, allowing all of your devices to work seamlessly together to keep you use more productive and more in touch. Whatever your position, these are extremely powerful features. iOS 8 doesn't ship with a manual, so we're breaking out all the stops to provide you with the ultimate guide on Continuity and Handoff. Our handy table of contents makes it … [Read more...]

Master Class: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Messages App for iPhone


The Messages app on iPhone and iPad is one of the most useful applications for keeping in touch with friends, family and co-workers. By exploring the nuances of Apple's text messaging app, you can learn how maximize the usefulness. Neither iOS device comes with an extensive manual, but we can help fill the void. Below you'll find our easy to use guide to Messages. Think of it as a Master Class covering everything from the basics to advanced features. There is something for everyone in our ultimate guide to Messages. Whether you are looking to learn about every feature or need an answer to a specific question, you can find it quickly using our table of contents that links directly to a topic of interest. If you are new to iPhone or looking … [Read more...]

Apple TV: The Ultimate Guide

Apple TV Guide

The Apple TV is a fantastic media streaming box with a continuously updated library of new movies, channels and more importantly, your content. One thing it doesn't provide is an extensive manual, so we're hoping to fill in the blanks. Presented here is an easy to use guide to Apple TV. Whether you are looking to learn about every feature or need an answer to a specific question, you can find it quickly using our table of contents. So whether you're new to Apple TV or looking to find the answer to a specific question, the ultimate Apple TV guide has got you covered. How to setup your Apple TV automatically using an iPhone or iPad 7 Awesome Apple TV Remote Tips When and how to replace the battery in your remote How to use … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to Apple Pay

Apple Pay Guide

One of the major new features introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 is Apple Pay, an easy and secure way to pay for goods and services both at physical locations and online. The concept of using your iPhone for payment isn't anything new. Take a trip to any local Starbucks and you're guaranteed to see people whipping out their phones to pay for their grande peppermint mochas. Starbucks and a handful of retailers embraced Passbook, but it the process remains convoluted at best. Individual retailers needed separate accounts setup and in the case of Starbucks, you have to fund your account in order to make payments. Apple Pay changes all of that. It's a modern spin on an old payment system. Easy. Secure. There's a reason why it's a big … [Read more...]

How to send an iTunes Gift

How to send iTunes gift

Tis' the season of gift giving and finding the right gift for that special someone isn't always easy. We all have that person on our Christmas list that "has everything", making it exceedingly difficult to find the perfect gift. If you have that kind of person on your list, a great option is a gift to the iTunes Store. If they own an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, they can use it to purchase movies, TV shows, music, books and apps for iOS and Mac. The App Store is a subset of iTunes, so your gift can be used on apps, books or media. If you want to personalize your gift, you can go so far as to send a specific app or album. Sending your favorite app or album is a great way to share your something great with others. There are many options to give … [Read more...]