iMessage not syncing between Mac and iPhone? Here is a fix…

By Sébastien Page on Aug 21, 2014

Introduced along iOS 5, iMessage is messaging service developed by Apple that allows users to communicate between each other. The main benefit of iMessage is that it syncs your communications between any device that you have enabled. For instance, you can receive an iMessage on your iPhone, and theoretically, the same message should be on your Mac.

But that is all theory, because in practice, it doesn’t always works the way it should. In some cases, iMessages won’t sync between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, leaving you to wonder what is going on. If the cause of the problem often is a human error, it appears that sometimes a slight technical glitch can be at the root of the issue.

In this post, I will show you several ways to fix your iMessages not syncing between your devices… Read More

 

iMessage spam is real: here is what you can do about it

By Sébastien Page on Aug 19, 2014

iMessage spam accounts for 30% of all mobile spam messages, according to security researcher Tom Landesman. This is part of a growing trend that started in the recent months where spammers collect phone numbers or email addresses linked to iMessage to send Apple users unsolicited messages in the hope they would click on links and purchase whatever the spammers are trying to sell.

According to Wired, who cites Landesman, setting up such a spamming campaign can be as easy as collecting email addresses and phone numbers from around the web, and use AppleScript to write a few lines of codes and automate the mass iMessage spamming.

In this post, we’ll share a few tips about how you can protect yourself from iMessage spam. Read More

 

How to find and delete duplicate photos in iPhoto

By Sébastien Page on Aug 18, 2014

Duplicate photos always seem to find a way to creep into your iPhoto library, eating up precious storage space on your Mac. You could just let it go and forget all about it – after all it’s just a few duplicate photos – but if you’re anything like me, you just want your iPhoto library to be perfect.

The only way to get to perfection is to delete those duplicate photos in your iPhoto library. Strangely enough, iPhoto doesn’t have a feature that lets you find and delete duplicates, so you have to download a third party application to do this. The Mac App Store has plenty of such apps available, but I personally use Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto.

In this post, I will show you how to use Duplicate Cleaner to find and delete duplicate photos in iPhoto. Read More

 

How to uninstall multiple jailbreak tweaks at once

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 18, 2014

If you’re a jailbreak enthusiast like me, you’ll probably end up installing a bunch of jailbreak tweaks that will pile up over time. Sooner or later, you might forget about them and after a period of time, you’ll end up with a lot of unused tweaks which may have a negative impact on the performance of your device and can slow it down or cause lags. Surely, it’s easy to remove one or two tweaks that you don’t need, but it becomes a hefty task if you want to delete a lot of tweaks that you no longer use.

Fortunately, there’s a workaround that allows you to uninstall all the jailbreak tweaks that you don’t need in a single tap. This involves queuing all of them together and performing a batch uninstall. To find out how, follow our step-by-step guide outlined below. Read More

 

How to enable Enhanced Dictation in OS X for streaming speech-to-text with live feedback

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2014

OS X includes a nifty Dictation feature which allows you to control your Mac and apps with your voice. You can use “speakable items”, basically a set of spoken commands, to open apps, choose menu items, email contacts and convert whole spoken sentences to text, wherever you can type text.

This is much like iOS’s Dictation feature as both iOS and OS X use the same Nuance-powered technology that turns speech to text. iOS devices have limited computing power so the Dictation feature on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad requires network connectivity in iOS 7 (iOS 8 supports streaming voice recognition and 22 new languages).

On the Mac, computing resources like CPU power, battery life and RAM are not of paramount importance as on mobile, Therefore, OS X Mavericks provides a new Enhanced Dictation feature which converts your words to text without utilizing Apple’s servers.

In other words, server-based Dictation lets you dictate without an active Internet connection. Because voice recognition processing runs locally on your Mac, text appears instantly as you speak. That is: continuos, streaming dictation with live feedback is made possible.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to turn on Enhanced Dictation in OS X and take advantage of speech-to-text, even when you’re off the grid… Read More

 

How to delete videos from your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2014

Keeping all your photos on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is one way of filling up your devices and Sebastien has already explained how you can remove unwanted photos in order to conserve storage.

If you’re anything like me, perhaps you keep a few movies stored on your iPhone.

I personally prefer having some entertainment handy in order to make long flights more bearable, or simply to catch up on the latest episode of my favorite television show while commuting, waiting in the bank to have a simple question answered and so forth.

The problem is, nothing eats up on-device storage more quickly than high-resolution movies and it’s all too easy to forget deleting videos right after you’ve watched them. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to free up significant amounts of storage by removing heavy video files from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

I know, many of you already know how to do this. Nevertheless, I’d encourage you to take a peek at this how-to because you might learn a few new tricks… Read More

 

How to send Facebook messages without using Messenger app

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 13, 2014

Last month, Facebook announced that it was disabling the messaging service in its official Facebook app for iOS requiring users to switch to its Facebook Messenger app in order to continue to send and receive messages from friends. This move by the company to force users to use its standalone messenger app was disliked by many.

Yet, if you wish to get rid of this restriction and continue chatting with your friends without using the Facebook Messenger app, you can follow either of the methods outlined below. In this post, we will share two methods that will allow you to send messages in Facebook without using the standalone Messenger app. Read More

 

How to remove suggested “recent” and “other” email addresses from Mail app

By Sébastien Page on Aug 13, 2014

Every time you receive or send an email to a new contact, the Mail app saves this contact’s email address as a “recent” or “other” address somewhere so that if you ever want to email this person again, you can start typing his email address, and the Mail app will offer some autocomplete suggestions.

In some instances, this is a great feature. For example, you might not have saved the contact info of this person who emailed you 3 months ago, but if you remember his name, you can start typing it, and the Mail app will automatically suggest his email address, based on your recent communication with him. That’s the benefit of the feature.

The downside of this recent emails feature though is that it might save email addresses from people you don’t care about. Worse, it might save old email addresses that aren’t being used anymore, sometimes offering these old addresses as a top suggestion.

I recently experienced this problem. I updated the email address of one of my contacts, making sure I deleted her previous email address. Now every time I start typing her name in the “To:” field of the Mail app, it suggests both her new and old email address.

In this post, I will show you how to remove recent and other email addresses from the recipient field autofill in the Mail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read More

 

How to rename your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

You may have seen Sebastien’s quick tutorial explaining how to change your Mac computer’s name so you can recognize it easily when using AirDrop, or simply when looking for it on the local network.

It’s a little known fact that you can just as easily change the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Choosing a custom name for your device helps keep it distinguishable from other devices you may own in iTunes and when using services like Find My iPhone.

Obviously, this is a tutorial for beginners as power users are probably aware how to do this. Regardless of your level of expertise, this how-to serves as a nice reminder to check and maybe choose a proper name for your device other than the default name iOS assigns to it after a restore or on first use… Read More

 

How to check for Activation Lock before buying a used iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Aug 12, 2014

Activation Lock is a great feature coming with every iOS device that has Find My iPhone enabled. This security feature prevents anyone from activating your phone without having access to your Apple ID or password in case they found or stole your device.

Even though they might not be able to activate the lost or stolen device, they might still try to put it up for sale, and if you don’t know what to look for, you might very well be buying an iPhone that has been locked and cannot be activated.

In this post, we will show you what to check when buying a used iPhone or iPad from a third party. Read More

 

How to set your iPhoto library as screen saver

By Sébastien Page on Aug 12, 2014

I have thousands and thousands of photos on my Mac that I rarely get to look at. Every once in a while, I’ll go into iPhoto to backup my iPhone photos locally and start looking through past images, but that’s a rare occurrence.

I’ve realized that one way to put these thousands of images to good use is to actually use them as my screen saver. I know most iDB readers know how to do that, but I thought I’d still share the tip. Whether you already know how to set up your iPhoto library as a screen saver or not, this post might just be a good reminder that you can actually do that and get to enjoy your photos in a very passive way… Read More

 

What to do if your iPhone is lost or stolen

By Sébastien Page on Aug 11, 2014

Better safe than sorry, they say. This is particularly true when it comes to expensive items that contain a considerable amount of private information, such as your iPhone or your iPad. If you can’t necessarily prevent losing your iPhone or even worse, having it stolen from you, there are however some steps you can make to ensure that in the eventuality such thing would happen, you will be completely ready to handle the situation.

While we hope you’ll never have to deal with this, we want to make sure you know your options and have been proactive in securing your iOS device, whether it is an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch. In this post, we will share with you some of the actions you can take to prepare your iPhone or iPad, and to protect it in case it is lost or stolen. Read More

 

How to remotely erase an iPhone or iPad that was lost or stolen

By Sébastien Page on Aug 9, 2014

Continuing on our series of post about Find My iPhone and Activation Lock, we’re going to look at yet another feature that will ensure the data contained on your iPhone or iPad is safe in case someone gets ahold of it.

We previously saw how to protect, track, and activate Lost Mode for any iOS device with Find My iPhone. In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to remotely erase an iPhone or iPad that might have been lost or stolen to make sure your data remains safe, no matter what happens. Read More

 

How to change your Mac computer’s name

By Sébastien Page on Aug 8, 2014

While working on a series of post about Find My iPhone recently, I realized that my iMac didn’t have a specific name attached to it. When in Find My iPhone, it would just show up saying “Unknown.”. I wasn’t sure how that happened, but I knew I wanted to have a proper name for it, just so I could recognize it easily when using AirDrop, or simply when looking for it on the local network.

The steps to set or change a Mac’s name are quick and easy, but I figured that if you already know how to do it, maybe this post will be a reminder for you to check that your Mac has indeed been attributed a name. If not, I’ll show you how to do just that… Read More

 

How to activate Lost Mode if your iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen

By Sébastien Page on Aug 8, 2014

Using Find My iPhone is the first step to protecting your iPhone or iPad in case it is lost or stolen. The feature lets you effectively track your device and even lock it, making it virtually useless to anyone who would find or steal it.

The most powerful feature of Find My iPhone is Activation Lock, a way for you to remotely lock your device by putting it in Lost Mode. Doing so, you will be able to remotely password protect the device, and add a custom message on its Lock screen so that if someone finds your phone, they can call you and arrange a meet up.

Also worth highlighting is that when put in Lost Mode, no one will be able to restore or reactivate your device without your Apple ID and password. If this might not prevent someone from stealing your device, it will at least prevent this person from doing anything with it.

In this post, we will show you how to enable Lost Mode of an iPhone or iPad that might have been lost or stolen. Read More

 

How to track a lost or stolen iPhone or iPad with Find My iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Aug 7, 2014

In a previous post, we had a look at the first step in securing your iPhone or iPad by enabling Find My iPhone, a feature that lets you track, lock, and even remotely wipe the device in case it has been lost or stolen. Now that we have the feature turned on, we’re going to show you how to track an iPhone/iPad that has been lost/stolen using Find My iPhone.

Tracking an iOS device with Find My iPhone requires that you either have the Find My iPhone app installed on another device (it could be your iPad or someone else’s iPhone) or that you use Find My iPhone directly from iCloud.com. Both methods work equally well, and the steps to track a device are pretty much identical regardless of what you use.

In this post, we will be using the Find my iPhone app to track a lost or stolen device. Read More

 

How to set a timer to automatically stop playing music or videos on your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Aug 7, 2014

Sometimes I like to play calming music or white noise to help me fall asleep. I just select a playlist and play it directly on my iPhone, which is resting next to me on the night stand. The thing is though, I don’t want to play music for an extended period of time. I usually need no more than 20-30 minutes to fall asleep.

There is a subtle feature in the Clock app that lets you set a timer that will stop playing any media currently playing on your device, whether it is music or video. In this post, we will show you how to set a sleep timer to automatically stop playing music or videos on your iPhone or iPad after a specific time. Read More

 

How to create an Apple ID without a credit card

By Sébastien Page on Aug 5, 2014

Having an Apple ID is a prerequisite to do just about anything related to Apple services. If you want to buy music on iTunes, download apps in the App Store, or use iCloud, you must have an Apple ID.

A few years ago, linking a credit card to an Apple account was mandatory. But Apple has changed its stance and has been letting users create an Apple ID without a credit card for a while now.

Whatever your reason might be to do so, we are going to show you how to create an Apple ID without a credit cardRead More

 

How to show hidden files and folders in Finder on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Aug 4, 2014

Some people like to know everything that is on their computer. Admittedly, I was one of these people many moons ago, when I was a Windows user. I would always make sure that Windows Explorer would show all hidden files and folders. I’m not sure why, but I liked it this way.

These days, I’m quite the opposite, as I like to see as little files and folders as possible on my Mac. But I understand some people out there have the desire to see all those files and folders, for whatever reason that may be.

In this post I will show you how to show hidden files and folders in Finder on your MacRead More

 

How to remove the shadow effect from window screenshots on Mac OS X

By Sébastien Page on Aug 3, 2014

We take screenshots all the time to illustrate our posts here at iDB. Most of them are from iOS devices, but from time to time, we do post screenshots from a Mac app or utility.

If you have a Mac, you’ve probably noticed that every time you take a screenshot of an opened window, it will add a nice drop shadow to this screenshot. While it does give the screenshot a little more character, sometimes, you just don’t want to have this shadow effect in your screenshot.

In this post, we’ll show you how to quickly remove the drop shadow effect from screenshots you take on your MacRead More

 
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