Having an organized set of bookmarks can vastly improve your experience when browsing the web. Conversely, having different sets on different computers, iPhones and devices can be frustrating. It’s not simply a matter of remembering your favorite sites, but the time you save in manually entering each website address. Whether you are surfing the web for fun, work or education, bookmarks are a vital part of the overall experience. If you mainly surf the web from your iPad, you may be looking to export your favorite bookmarks, so that they are accessible on your Mac or PC. We’re here to […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
One of the most important things you should do is to regularly backup your iPhone. Unfortunately, it’s also on the top of the list of things people neglect to do on any consistent basis. There is a reason for the increased storage and bigger screens on today’s smartphones. These devices often act as our primary computing devices, in addition to completely replacing your old point and shoot camera. At their core, these are mobile devices, designed so that you can take them virtually anywhere. Unlike an old desktop computer that spends its life sitting on a desk, your iPhone goes […]
There is a convenience associated with iCloud or any cloud based storage service that stores your data. We’ve become increasingly reliant on our smartphones. They are home to our important documents, spreadsheets, personal information, contacts and photos. The iPhone has long been a replacement for point and shoot cameras, with quality now approaching the quality found on a DSLR. In most instances, the iPhone is more adept at backing up data, thanks in part to iCloud. Once activated, the process is seamless, provided you have enough storage available. That problem is likely to be solved with the forthcoming pricing changes […]
Apple’s Reminders app included in iOS 5 or greater is a wonderful, if at times simple list making application that is perfect for getting things done. Families, co-workers and friends can take advantage of sharing lists that update automatically through iCloud. One of the great features is to be reminded of a task or to-do when you reach a certain location. Read on for how to set up location based reminders in iOS 6 on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Whether you are using a shared reminders list or your own, this process remains the same. For the purpose of […]
Apple’s Find My Friends app is great way to keep track of family, friends and those close to you. The app offers location based alerts and notifications. For families, you can feel secure knowing your son or daughter has arrived home. There are plenty of practical uses, such as locating a friend and using the iOS Maps application to help navigate to an unfamiliar destination. Best of all, Find My Friends is a free app available for download from the App Store. Read on for how to use Find My Friends on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Prior to iOS 5 and now iOS 6, managing multiple devices within a family using one Apple ID didn’t pose any major problems. The only restriction being a limit of X devices, which most typical families would fall under. Family members would use one Apple ID for iTunes, so they all had access to apps, music and movies purchased on that account. This all changed with iOS 5 and the introduction of iCloud. A host of new services were introduced that are tied to an Apple ID. Facetime, iMessage, Photostream, iTunes Match and Home Sharing. iCloud accounts also sync reminders, […]
If you have a friend or family member with an iPhone, iPad or Mac, it can be incredibly useful to be able to share a reminders list that will sync using iCloud. Reminders might look like a relatively basic app, but it can be a powerful solution to managing lists with friends, family or co-workers. Read on for how to share a reminder list on iCloud that you can access on your iPhone or iPad.