How To Guides for iOS, iPhone and iPad

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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...]

How to setup and use iCloud Drive on iOS, Mac and PC

How to setup and use iCloud Drive

When you transition to iOS 8, Apple offers you the option to migrate to iCloud Drive. This effectively replaces Documents and Data , which on previous iterations of iOS, allowed for syncing of files using iCloud. So if you used a text editor like the wonderful Byword, the resulting files or changes could sync between your Mac, iPhone and iPad. There are some developers who don't yet support Cloud Drive. Prior to making the jump to Cloud Drive, you might want to take inventory of which apps are syncing through iCloud. It's an incredibly powerful feature and remains so, despite limited storage and pricing that still falls short of the competition. Here's how to setup iCloud Drive on iOS 8, Mac and PC. … [Read more...]

What to do if your Apple ID account was disabled and how to prevent it


If I were to ask you what was the center of your Apple universe, you'd probably say it's your iPhone, iPad or maybe even your Mac. While all of those play a key role in your happiness, your Apple ID is what makes everything work in unison. In most cases, your Apple ID is used for iCloud, iTunes Store purchases and often it's also your primary email account. When you are logged into the various services, everything just works and it's part of lure of using Apple products. It can also create a 'set and forget' mindset. When you get a new iPhone, iPad or Mac, it's not uncommon to misplace or forget your Apple ID password. It sets in motion a series of events that result in being locked out of your account for hours, if not days. If your … [Read more...]

How to send quick audio messages in iOS 8

Send quick audio messages iOS 8

The number of features that are nestled in iMessage in iOS 8 is astonishing. Messages had always been a capable and very good messaging app, but Apple has packed new features inspired by some of the more popular third party apps like WhatsApp. As one of the primary stock applications in iOS, it's hard to not to appreciate the delicate balance of simplicity with robust features. Tasks like sending a quick photo or video have become even easier. Useful features like sharing or sending your location, let friends or family get a quick map of your location. In addition to pictures, text and maps, iOS 8 lets you send quick audio messages. … [Read more...]

How to share or send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8

My location

Tucked inside the Messages app in iOS 8 are new features that make it one, if not the best text messaging app. It's not even fair to call it a text messaging app, since it's so much more allowing you to quickly send short videos, photos and audio clips. One other useful feature found in iOS 8 lets you send a map of your location. Your iPhone can help you solve the age-old problem of two people trying to answer the question, "Where are you?" No longer will you need a long, convoluted message with mysterious landmarks. Just a single message, with map to your exact location. That's technology, working for you. Here's how to send a map of your location using Messages in iOS 8. … [Read more...]

How to Quickly Send Photos or Short Videos Using Messages App on iOS 8

Tap record video

Typically when people go looking for new features in an iOS update, they look at changes to the operating system. In iOS 8, some of the biggest changes occur in the more frequently used stock apps. At the top of that list is the Messages app. In iOS 8, Apple has made it easier to send a quick photo or record and send a short video. All with a single touch. There is no debating that Apple creates great software. On occasion, they borrow good ideas, putting their own Apple spin on them. That's exactly what's happened with Messages in iOS 8. The ideas originated in third-party apps WhatsApp and Snapchat. By folding these features into a stock app like Messages, it increases the value of the software that ships with each new iPhone, iPad or … [Read more...]

How to fix iOS 8.0.1 no cell service issue

Restore backup

Apple's iOS 8.0.1 has introduced a nasty bug that breaks cell phone service and Touch ID. From most reports, the issue is specific to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You have a few options here, none of which are great, but can help you get your cell service back. Another option is to restore your iPhone to iOS 8.0 using iTunes. Apple has already pulled iOS 8.0.1. When you go through this process, iTunes will download the latest working version of iOS. This seems to be the easiest and most effective way at fixing cell service on your phone. It also means that you must backup all of your data. 1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC. Open iTunes if it does not launch by itself. 2. Select your iPhone either from the left hand menu … [Read more...]

You Can’t Fix Battery Life on iOS 8, But Here’s How To Improve It

Fix battery life on iOS 8

The Ultimate Guide For Improving iOS 8 Battery Life on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4 Are you looking for a way to fix battery life on iOS 8 or your new iPhone 6? With each major iOS release, we see a rush of folks who are experiencing some sort of battery drain, that's not in keeping with their past experiences. If you have an old iPhone that had been running the latest version of iOS 7, it included several updates from Apple that have fixed bugs and optimized battery life. iOS 8 may look and feel much like iOS 7, but it's got a number of new features and it's a major update. That translates to significant changes to the underlying code that runs on your iPhone. So whether you have upgraded an older iPhone to iOS … [Read more...]