How to keep your iPhone or iPad from backing up with iCloud

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 23, 2016

iCloud is a useful tool, especially if you’re not around a computer all the time. One of the things Apple has available in its iCloud service is the ability to have your iOS devices automatically back up their data into iCloud so that restoring from a backup is made super easy.

On the other hand, not everyone wants their data backed up in the cloud, and that’s why we’ll be showing you how to keep your iPhone or iPad from automatically backing up with iCloud in this tutorial. Read More


How to stop your iPhone from asking to install iOS updates

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 18, 2016

iOS can download and install updates without the need to connect to iTunes; this is known as Over-the-Air (OTA) updating.

When you have an OTA update waiting for you, your Settings app typically gets a red badge and iOS will constantly nag you about software updates. The thing is, not everyone always wants to install Apple’s updates.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable requests for iOS updates on your iPhone or iPad. This trick will also remove the nagging badge on the Settings app. Read More


3 ways to prevent iTunes from automatically backing up your iOS device

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 15, 2016

Whenever you make important changes to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and then plug it into your Mac or PC with iTunes installed, iTunes may launch and attempt to automatically sync and back up your device.

If you don’t want your device to back up on your computer automatically because it takes too long due to how much stuff you have, then be sure follow the steps we’re about to show you in this tutorial. Read More


Viber gains iCloud backup, support for sending money, animated GIFs and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

Messaging service Viber this morning pushed a new update to its App Store app, adding several new long overdue features. For starters, iPhone users can now back up and restore their chat history through iCloud, making keeping their conversations after an iOS restore possible.

The application now has a brand new native watchOS 2 app for your wrist with canned responses on your Apple Watch. Other new features in this edition of Viber include support for sending and receiving animated GIF images, sending money from within the app and low-rate Viber Out calling plans via a redesigned screen. Read More


Creating an iPhone backup in iTunes or iCloud, and why it’s important

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 12, 2016

Every time you set up a new iOS device, you should create a backup of it so that when things go wrong, you can easily restore your device’s settings and contents to a point in time when everything worked right.

There are two ways to back up a device: 1) through iCloud, or 2) through iTunes. Either way, you’ll get a way to get back to your current state of iOS whenever problems arise if you create a backup.

In this piece, we’ll explain in detail the backup process for both of the aforementioned methods. Read More


Tip: manually select what apps can be backed up in iCloud

By Sébastien Page on Nov 17, 2015

If you selected to use iCloud for backing up your iOS device during its initial set up, then most apps you install will have their settings automatically backed up in iCloud on a regular basis. This can be pretty handy in case you restore your iPhone or iPad from a backup because you won’t have to set up all your apps preferences again.

But what if you don’t want certain apps to automatically be backed up in iCloud? As it turns out, it’s pretty simple to handpick what apps can or cannot be backed up in iCloud. We show you how. Read More


Fix: the last backup could not be completed

By Sébastien Page on Oct 3, 2015

Yesterday I decided to look at when my new iPhone 6s backed up to iCloud for the last time when I realized that it hadn’t actually been backed up since September 25, which coincidentally was the first day I got this new device.

I imagined it was just a small hiccup in iCloud, and proceeded to manually initiate an iCloud backup by tapping on “Back Up Now” in Settings > iCloud > Backup. At first, it appeared to work fine as it would show the “Backing Up…” status with the usual “Estimating Time Remaining” message. But after a few seconds, the backup would stop and it would show the following error message: “the last backup could not be completed.”

No matter what I’d do, it kept telling me my iPhone backup couldn’t be completed. The problem appeared to be a little more complex than a simple reboot, but I eventually figured it out.

In this post, I will highlight some of the steps you can take if you are seeing a similar error. Although I cannot guarantee it, I’m pretty confident these steps could actually fix most problems related to iCloud. Read More


How to only transfer Activity and Health app data to a new iPhone

By Jim Gresham on Sep 26, 2015

Transitioning to a new iPhone is made simple by iCloud backups, iTunes, and a few clicks or taps. Apple ensures it is easy to move from a fully loaded and setup device to a completely fresh iPhone with the same information, using their backup options. Most laypeople, almost always choose to restore new iPhones from their backups; however, more technically inclined concerned people tend to start with a fresh iPhone and do not restore from backup to prevent carrying over any unwanted information.

Earlier this week Christian highlighted two methods for upgrading to a new device and retaining your Activity and Health data. Method #1: use a third-party app to import your Health data, but it lacks Activity logs. Method #2: backing up your old device to iCloud or iTunes and restoring from backup, as I’ve described above.

But, what if you want both your Activity and Health data, but a fresh setup too? Step inside to learn how to install both, yet only, your previous device’s Activity and Health data on your new iPhone.  Read More


Good deal: save 46% on IDrive 1TB Wi-Fi drive & 1TB cloud backup bundle

By iDB Deals on Jul 3, 2015

Security, speed and style are three words to describe this fantastic storage mega deal. Offering a massive amount of flexible storage, you can stay safe as well as connected with the IDrive Wireless Hard Drive and 1 year subscription to IDrive cloud backup all for just $84.99 saving 46% with iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More


Get 1 year of unlimited automatic backup for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac for only $19

By iDB Deals on Jun 18, 2015

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What is and isn’t included in your Apple Watch backup, where it’s kept and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

Whether you’ve just purchased your second or third Apple Watch, or have wiped your existing device clean, at some point you’ll probably want to restore it from a backup to continue right where you left off, especially if personalizing the device’s many settings all over again isn’t your definition of fun.

A little planning ahead goes a long way toward being prepared so it may be a good idea to learn what is and what isn’t stored in your Apple Watch backup. Read More


How to back up and restore your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

Similar to iPhones, iPads and iPods, settings and data on your Apple Watch can be backed up and restored should, Godforbid, anything go wrong or you’re just setting up a new Watch from a backup.

Restoring from a backup, if you have any, can save you the hassles of setting up the device anew, especially after having it repaired or erased because you’ve forgotten the passcode or have entered the wrong one six times in a row.

Unlike the existing backup options on iOS devices, the process is slightly different on Apple Watch. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can back up your Apple Watch safely and restore it from a backup point, especially after erasing the device or unpairing it from the connected iPhone. Read More


Get 67% off 2 years of unlimited cloud backup from SOS Online

By iDB Deals on Mar 26, 2015

Cloud backup is a must for anyone with a ton of data used across multiple devices. Even if you’re a single-device user (hard to believe in this day and age), cloud backup is important to keeping your data safe and secure. But most backup services have strict limits on how much data you can backup, making the consumer’s life a lot more difficult. With our latest deal, you can get 2 years of unlimited cloud backup from SOS Online Backup at an incredible price: just $45, which adds up to 67% off the normal price. Read More


How to unlock the Apple Watch Activity app on iOS 8.2, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 21, 2015

A few days ago, we showed you a detailed walkthrough video of iOS 8.2’s Activity App. Today, we’ll show you how you can go hands-on with this brand new app.

In the tutorial that follows, we’ll walk you through each step needed to get the iOS 8.2 Apple Watch Activity app running on your iPhone today, even though the Apple Watch is still weeks from releasing. No jailbreak required. Read More


Get a lifetime of unlimited mobile backup for $10

By iDB Deals on Feb 21, 2015

As each year passes and mobile technology advances, our mobile devices become increasingly essential to our lives, holding everything from apps and media files to documents, photos, contacts, and more. That makes consistent backups a necessary safety precaution. With this deal, you can get a lifetime of reliable mobile backups from IDrive for just $10 at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More


The Kodiak Power Bank will keep your iPhone charged in the rain, snow, or sand

By Jim Gresham on Dec 16, 2014

Samsung called us iPhone users wall huggers in their recent commercial attacks. Sure, we charge fairly frequently, but iPhone owners just like using their device more and do it more frequently. Right? Sometimes that leads to a low battery. Even with an iPhone 6 Plus touting about 10 usage hours before depleting, I sometimes find myself in scenarios where additional charge is critical.

There are loads of battery backups on the market. Just walking into a 7-11 convenient store will reveal small stick sized charging devices for a few bucks. But, a backup is one of those you-get-what-you-pay-for experiences. Take a look inside for details on Outdoor Tech’s Kodiak Power Bank. Read More


How to setup a new iPhone from an iTunes backup

By iDB Staff on Sep 17, 2014

We previously wrote a guide on how to setup a new iPhone from an iCloud backup, but that is limited by the fact that Apple only gives you 5 GB of free storage. If you have more than 5 GB of music, apps and other data, and you do not wish to pay for additional iCloud storage, you will have to resort to an iTunes backup. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to setup a new iPhone from an iTunes backup.

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How to setup a new iPhone from an iCloud backup

By iDB Staff on Sep 17, 2014

I know quite a few iPhone users that upgrade their smartphone once every few years, often coinciding with the two-year contract they locked into with AT&T or other carriers. For some reason, a lot of these people seem to think that transferring all of their content over to the new iPhone is a daunting task. In reality, the process is actually fairly simple. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to restore an iCloud backup on a new iPhone. Read More


How to prepare your iPhone and iPad for iOS 8

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2014

Last week, Apple announced that it would be releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, on September 17th. Of course, developers have been testing the new software since June, but this is the first time it will be available to the public.

As such, we’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers who want to know what they need to do to prepare for tomorrow’s release. Rather than answer each person individually, we created this quick guide on how to ensure your devices are ready for iOS 8. Read More


How to delete old iPhone backups

By Sébastien Page on Aug 2, 2014

Manually backing up your iPhone, or taking advantage of iCloud automatic backups, is the best way to guarantee that you will be able to get all your data back in the event something goes wrong.

Whether you choose to backup via iTunes or iCloud, you might want to delete this backup at some point. Maybe the backup file got corrupted, or maybe you’re running out of storage space on your Mac or in iCloud. Or maybe you have an entirely different reason to delete your iPhone or iPad backup file.

Whatever the reason is, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we will learn how to delete an iPhone backup from a Mac and we’ll also see how to delete a backup file from iCloud… Read More

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