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 let calls from certain people through Do Not Disturb

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 16, 2016

Do Not Disturb is a very useful feature that lets you keep yourself from being notified when you want some time of peace and quiet.

Of course, there other times when you want peace and quiet from all apps and notifications, but don’t mind getting notifications about calls from a select few people.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to exclude contacts from the Do Not Disturb feature in iOS. Read More

 

AllInboxesFilter lets you exclude email accounts from ‘All Inboxes’ in the Mail app

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 5, 2016

Your iOS device’s Mail app includes a unified mailbox feature that lets you see the content of all of your email account inboxes in a single mailbox. It’s accessed by tapping on the All Inboxes cell from the Mail app on your device.

In some cases, you may want to see all of the emails from two or more of your email accounts, but not all of them, and this is where a new jailbreak tweak called AllInboxesFilter is going to come in handy for heavy email users with jailbroken devices. Read More

 

How to create a new contact group on iCloud.com

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 27, 2016

When it comes to your devices, your contacts are some of the most important parts of socializing on them. In some cases, creating what’s known as a contact group is incredibly useful.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about contact groups and how to make them on iCloud.com. Read More

 

How to export your iPhone contacts to a CSV or Excel file

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 4, 2016

A CSV file, which is short for a comma-separated values file, allows you to store vast amount of information in a file that can be opened with spreadsheet apps like Microsoft Excel, or Apple’s Numbers app just like other spreadsheet file types can be.

This is a great way to keep a backup of your Contacts information safe for whenever you have a catastrophic meltdown on your computer or iOS devices, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to you can export your Contacts to either an Excel or a CSV file. Read More

 

macOS Sierra preview: Universal Clipboard + Desktop & Documents sync

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Our ongoing macOS Sierra previews continue unabated as Andrew and I take a closer look at two new useful features in Sierra: Universal Clipboard and shared Desktop. You’re definitely going to use Universal Clipboard quite a bit: in addition to being a great time-saver, it “just works”.

Universal Clipboard lets you copy and paste items across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch devices and Mac computers like a boss. Sierra also puts your iCloud storage to good use by keeping any Desktop items along with the files within the Documents folder synchronized across your other devices. 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

 

How to easily transfer contacts, photos, and videos from an iPhone to another

By Sébastien Page on May 13, 2016

Depending on your set up, transferring contacts, photos and videos from your old iPhone to your new one can be pretty simple. You might use iCloud to store all this data, in which case, your contacts and photos/videos will automatically come back once you sign in your new device. Or maybe you back it all up in iTunes, which allows you to sync all that data from your computer to your new iPhone. Maybe you don’t do any of that, and if you’re looking for a relatively quick and easy way to transfer all this data from one iPhone to another, then read on. Read More

 

How to stop your iPhone or iPad from deleting old calendar events

By Sébastien Page on May 12, 2016

If you’ve ever looked at the calendar application on your iPhone or iPad and realized a bunch of old events were missing, then let me reassure you, you’re not the only one, and there is an easy fix! In this post, I will show you how to stop your past appointments from disappearing, and restore past events at the same time. Read More

 

How to disable iCloud Photo Library everywhere and recover your iCloud storage

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

Here’s someone who’s been using iCloud Photo Library to keep his photos and videos synced across all devices from day one. You could say I’m a big believer in this feature: it’s never failed me once and makes good use of my paid 50-gigabyte iCloud storage tier.

Anyone can take advantage of iCloud Photo Library without upgrading to one of paid iCloud tiers, with a major caveat—five gigs Apple “generously” provides will only get you so far.

Though not as pricey as they used to be, iCloud upgrades are not very competitive so some folks have made a switch to Google Photos. Other people may prefer a third-party photo syncing solution. Or maybe you’ve signed up for one of those cloud services that let you store huge photo libraries at no charge whatsoever or for a much lower monthly fee vs. iCloud storage buckets.

This tutorial lays out the steps you must take to properly stop using iCloud Photo Library. By “properly” we don’t just mean disabling iCloud Photo Library: we’ll ensure that the iCloud storage that’s been taken up by your synced media gets freed up, too. Read More

 

How to attach files and documents to the Mail app on iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Apr 21, 2016

Since using my iPad in a more productive way for the past couple of weeks, a few problems I never really had to deal with before started started popping up. File management is one of them.

I’ve recently shared my workflow for downloading files from a web browser, as well as saving attachments from the Mail app on iOS, so naturally, I want to talk about attaching files and documents to an email in the Mail app on iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Insiders blame iCloud technical issues on ‘open conflict’ between Siri and cloud teams at Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2016

A report Thursday published by the former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin’s outlet, The Information, paints a gloomy picture for Apple’s efforts to move its cloud services 100 percent in-house. That process has been slowed by “political infighting” as the company’s iCloud and Siri engineering teams are now “in open conflict”.

The infighting is so bad, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, that at least one key employee has already departed, “with more expected soon,” reads the full report behind a paywall. Read More

 

How to save email attachments to iPhone and iPad

By Sébastien Page on Apr 18, 2016

Downloading email attachments to your iPhone or iPad is not complicated per say, but it’s not very straightforward either. Over the course of the years, many third-party email apps have actually seen this as an opportunity and started offering easier and better ways to handle attachments. However, Apple has slowly closed the gap, and even if there is still no user-accessible file system on iOS, it is now easier than ever to save an email attachment.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect quite yet.

In this post, we’ll show you how to save attachments from emails received via the Mail app on iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to download files and documents to iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Apr 14, 2016

Downloading and saving files or documents to a computer is something we don’t think about. Click, click, done. It’s saved on the hard drive and ready to be accessed when needed. On iOS though, it’s a little more complicated than that. The lack of a user file system can be confusing, and something as simple as downloading a file can all the sudden become a daunting task.

How do I download a file to my iPhone? Where do I download it to? These are questions I’ve recently been asked, but also problems I have faced myself. In this post, I’ll try to share different options for downloading files to an iPhone or iPad. 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

 

DigiTimes: Apple turns to established Chinese server vendor to bolster iCloud infrastructure

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

Apple has reportedly started buying servers from a government-backed Chinese firm, called Inspur, to use in its data centers, Taiwanese publication DigiTimes reported this morning. Apple’s never confirmed nor denied industry speculation that much of its iCloud data centers run on Amazon’s Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure platforms.

That being said, Apple’s reportedly embarked on a project to migrate iCloud services to its own data centers in order to satisfy increasing demand for iOS devices, reduce expenses and further reduce any possibility of attacks on the iCloud platform. Read More

 

How to reset your Apple ID security questions and answers

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 4, 2016

You’re asked to set up security questions for your Apple ID when you set it up, and they’re used to help you recover your Apple ID account in case it is hijacked or you get locked out.

Unfortunately, as time goes by, you may forget the answers to your security questions. The good news is, there is a way to reset them. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can reset your Apple ID security questions. Read More

 

Disabled Apple ID? Here is what to do about it

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 1, 2016

In certain scenarios, your Apple ID may become disabled and you could end up locked out of it. These situations are frustrating, but there are different reasons why an Apple ID may become disabled.

We’ll talk about the various reasons an Apple ID could become disabled and what you can do about it in this piece. Read More

 

How to stop your iPad and other devices from ringing when you get a call on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016

If you own more than one Apple device, be it an iPhone, an iPad, an iPod touch, or a Mac, you might have encountered this situation where a call on your iPhone rings simultaneously on your other devices. This is part of a feature called Continuity, and in most cases, it’s really helpful.

But if like most of us at iDB, you own several Apple devices, the situation can quickly escalate and you end up having your iPhone, two iPads, and maybe even your Mac ring at the same time.

For some, this can be incredibly useful, but for others it just creates an array of unwanted notifications and multiple devices ringing at once. This can get really annoying if you have all of your devices sitting around the same desk when you get a call because it sounds like a phone call symphony.

If you’d like to fine-tune which of your devices are allowed to take phone calls from your iPhone, then follow along with us. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to keep your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from ringing every time your iPhone gets a phone call. Read More

 

Apple has 6 cloud infrastructure projects to prevent unauthorized snooping

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2016

Amid reports that it’s shifting some of the iCloud services to Google’s Cloud Platform, The Information is reporting that Apple has a total of six projects underway related to boosting its cloud infrastructure. One of them, code-named Project McQueen, calls for custom data storage systems.

Apple suspects that third-party servers that power iCloud might have been intercepted during shipping and that someone may have added additional chips and firmware to them “in order to make them vulnerable to infiltration,” as per the report. Read More

 
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