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  • How to Clear Cache on Chrome (Android)

    Clear Cache Android

    Every time you open your internet browser, your Android device collects data on your browsing habits. Whether it’s cookies, cache, or browsing history, all that data eventually piles up and could cause lower end phones to lag, impacting performance. Most of us use Chrome to access the internet and surf the web on our Android tablets and phones and, though the mobile version of Google Chrome is optimized for mobile performance, the core engine is largely the same — meaning that Chrome for Android OS is wonderfully bloated as a browser.

     

    So how do you combat lag all while evading privacy concerns? Well, before we explain how to clear your cache, how about a crash course on what exactly Chrome is collecting when you log onto the information superhighway. Chrome — like all browsers — uses browsing history, cookies and caches to speed up your browsing experience, to a point. Though, you should know, that in Chrome, these three things - browsing history, caches and cookies - are all different groups. With Chrome, you’re given the options of deleting all of them or you can even erase them from a particular website. So, Google Chrome gives you various options with how you wish to control your cookies, browsing history and caches.

     

    What Are Cookies?

    No, it doesn’t come with chocolate chips, sadly. Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer by the websites you’ve visited, known as ‘first-party cookies’. They hold data about a client or website which can be used to give the user a web page that is tailored to them. Cookies can also carry information from one site to another, the types of cookies which do this are called ‘third-party cookies’.

     

    What Is Cached Data?

    Cached data is a type of data storage. It’s a collection of web pages which include text, media and images. This data is stored on your phone so that the next time you open the web page, it loads faster. However, cached data uses memory on your phone and can cause it to lag.

     

    What Is Browsing Data?

    Every time you click something or watch a video, this is stored in your internet browsing history. It’s essentially a log of everything you’ve clicked on while online.

     

    How to Clear Cache and Cookies

    By clearing Chrome’s cache and cookies means that the website settings will be deleted. You may notice that some sites will function a little slower than normal, this is simply because the images have to be reloaded.

     

    On your Android device, open up Chrome.

    Once in Chrome, click on the browser toolbar and tap ‘More’. The browser toolbar will have three vertical dots, that is ‘More’. Then, click on ‘History’ and tap on ‘Clear browsing data.’

    It’ll take you to another option where you’re going to see ‘Clear browsing data.’ You’ll want to select the checkboxes for ‘Cookies and site data’ and ‘Cached images and files.’

    You will use the menu at the top of the page to select how much data you’d like deleted. You can even choose to select everything and deleted literally all of the cached data and cookies.

    Once you selected the amount of data, click on ‘Clear browsing data.’

     

    Voila! All your Chrome cached data and cookies will be erased. Congrats!

     

     

    How to Clear Browsing History

    By deleting your browsing history, you are deleting all activity that you’ve done online. Once it’s deleted, you will not be able to retract your internet browsing history. To delete your browsing history is very similar to deleting your cached data and cookies. What you’re going to do, is open up Google Chrome. Once in Google Chrome, you’re going to click on the browser toolbar and tap ‘More’. The browser toolbar will have three vertical dots, that is ‘More’. Then, under ‘Advanced’, you’re going to click on ‘Privacy’. Once in privacy, you’ll see 'Clear browsing data’, you’re going to click on that. At the top of the page, tap the drop-down tab which you’ll see under ‘Clear data from the’. Now, you’re going to select a time period in which you’d like the data to be released. For example, you can choose to delete your browsing history from the past 24 hours or the past month. You also have the option to delete your entire browsing history, right from the beginning of time. Select the time period which you’d like to delete. Once that’s done, you’ll click on ‘Clear data’. Then, your data will be deleted and cleared permanently from your phone.

     

    Now that you know how to delete your Chrome’s cached data, cookies and browsing history, go ahead and give it a try! You’ll notice your phone will feel much much faster. Have fun!

     

     

  • How to Move My Android Data to a New Device

    Android To New Device

    Before buying a new phone, it’s normal to start thinking about the hassle that’s inevitably going to come when transferring everything over from your last device. Though Android is quite developed when it comes to cloud services, Google still has a lot of work to do when it comes to transferring data with ease and efficiency — and while not entirely headache free, the Mountain View-based company has made gotten data transfer to the point where you won't be cringing when you look at your old and new phone. Here’s what you need to do in order to make transferring your data as pain free as possible.

    Backup Your Information

    Before you even think about transferring your information, you need to make sure your data is backed. Just in case your transfer doesn’t go as planned, you’ll have a peace of mind knowing that it’s back up safely and securely.

    In order to do this, you’ll need to make sure your old phone is signed into your Google account. To make sure you’re logged in, you’ll want to go to your phone’s settings and check in the Google tab. Once you check that, you’ll be able to backup your phone. Go into your phone’s setting, and depending on the Android you have, you need to look for ‘Backup & reset’. If you’re having problems finding this, in the search bar look up ‘backup’.

    Once you’re in the backup area, you’ll be shown a couple of options. You’ll see ‘Backup Google Drive’ which you’ll want to activate by tapping the switch beside it on. It will backup data such as apps, call history, device settings, contacts, photos, videos and SMS messages. Once you turn it on, it’ll backup automatically.

    Then, you have the option to ‘Backup my data’. You’ll want to tap that on. This will backup your application data, Wi-fi passwords, and certain phone settings. These will be sent to Google and will transfer to your new phone once connected. By doing this, you won’t have to re-enter passwords to networks you’ve saved them on.

    Now, once that’s completed, you’ll want to double check that all your information is backed. Go into your Google account and check to see if your information is there. If it’s there, then you’ve backed up your information.

    Photos and Music

    Now, if you’re wanting to transfer your photos and music, you’ll be able to use Google for this as well. It’s available for all phones. In order to do this, you’ll want to go to your settings on your phone. Then click on ‘Backup & Sync’. It’s important that the toggle beside it is blue, this mean it’s turned on. What’s great about your Google storage is that it doesn’t count your photos when using up storage. So, you’ll be able to store as many photos as you like without having to worry about using up storage.

    Now, if you’re wanting to backup your music, you have two ways to do so. If you’re already connected to iTunes, Spotify and Google Play Music - you just go to the app on your new phone and sign in with your username and password. All your music will be accessible.

    However, if you’re not using any of these services, you can still use Google Play Music, as they’ll allow you to store up to 100,000 songs for free. To do this, you need to sign in with your Google account. Once there, install Music Manager app on your PC. After you select the source of your music, the app does the rest of the work, uploading music and adding it to your library.

    Passwords and Bookmarks

    If you’re using Chrome, (and chances are that you are) you can also transfer your browser history, passwords and bookmarks to your new phone. To do this, go to the ‘Google tab’ in settings. Once there, scroll down and tap on ‘Smart Lock for Passwords’. When you’ve gotten there, you’ll be able to activate activate this feature by tapping the switch to “on”. Then, on your new device, once you sign into Chrome, all your passwords and information will be automatically transferred.

    If you’ve followed the steps above, you should be ready to go with your new device. Fantastic job!

  • How to Reset an IPhone or iPad: Delete Data, Content & Settings

    Ipad Iphone Reset

    You may be wondering, why would anyone want to delete the data and content from their iPhone or iPad. Well, there various reasons why people want to delete their information from their iPhones - maybe they’re selling it or the iPhone is frozen. Regardless of the reason, if you want to reset your iPhone, you’re going to need to remove all your data and content from it. If you’re thinking that this is going to be difficult to do, it’s not. But there are a couple things you need to before you reset your iPhone to ensure that the process runs smoothly.

     

    What to Do Before You Reset Your iPhone

     

    So before you even think about resetting your iPhone, you’re going to need to do these things:

    • You want to make sure that you backed all your data and information. This includes your contacts, photos and other media. You can backup your data and personal information onto iCloud or send it to your Gmail account. Though, since you have an iPhone, your iCloud is most likely easier to use since it’s a part of Apple. If you want to transfer your data to your new iPhone or Android, you can do that easily with various assisting apps.

    • You want to make sure that you remove your SIM card from your iPhone after you’ve transferred all your data and personal information from your iPhone to your iCloud.

    • Make sure that you logout of services such as your email, iCloud, iTunes, and social media sites. That way, you have no opened accounts which could be used.

    • If you’re using an external Apple device such as the Apple Watch, you want to make sure that you unpair it from your iPhone or iPad.

     

    Before you reset your iPhone or iPad, backup your data. ICloud can do this automatically, you can set it up so that it backs your information up overnight. Just make sure that you have your iPhone or iPad plugged into its charger with the Wi-Fi turned on. Though, if you wish to do a manual backup, you can also do that as well.

    In order to do a manual backup, you want to go into ‘Settings’ on your iPhone/iPad home screen. Then tap on the ‘iCloud’ icon. Once in iCloud, tap on ‘Backup’. Then, you simply have to tap on ‘Back Up Now’.

     

    You can also manually backup your data through iTunes to ensure that all your data is properly backed. To do this, you plug your iPhone or iPad into your Windows or Mac PC. Then, you’re going to launch iTunes. Once it’s launched, click on the iPhone icon that will show on the menu bar. Once done, you click on ‘Back Up Now.’ Click on ‘Encrypt Backup’ and create a password - this provides your data with extra protection, making it inaccessible without the password. If asked to backup apps, click yes.

     

    How to Reset an iPhone or iPad

     

    Now that you’ve properly backed up data and personal information, you can safely erase all the data from your iPhone or iPad. When you reset your iPhone or iPad, iOS will remove everything from your device, bringing you back to the setup process, as if it was brand new. So, from there, you’ll be able to restart the setup procedure or sell your device.

     

    You’ll want to go to the home screen of your device and open up ‘settings’. Once in settings, you’re going to tap on ‘General’. You’re going to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page where you’ll see ‘reset’, tap it. It’ll take you to a screen that’ll show you the various reset options you have to choose from, you’re going to tap on ‘Erase all content settings’. Tap on ‘Erase iPhone’. It’ll ask you again, you’ll tap ‘Erase iPhone’ again to confirm. Then, you’ll be asked to enter your 4-digit passcode. After that, you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID password which will turn off the Activate Lock and remove your device from Find My iPhone.

    Once it resets the entire device, you’ll be able to use the device as if it was new, restore a different backup or sell it.

  • How to Root Your Android Device

    Android Root

    We all want full control of our phones, however, not all of us know how to achieve that. Well, if you’re wanting unlimited control of your phone, you’re going to have to root your Android.  By doing so, you allow yourself the opportunity to completely control your phone. Though, we should warn you that by doing this, rooting your phone many void your warranty or leave you with a broken Android. In other words, don’t try this out because you’re curious about what will happen. If you don’t do this properly, you could really damage your phone without hopes of fixing it. However, if you’re able to do it successfully, you’ll be able to remove bloatware, increase your processing speed and customize your phone.

    What is rooting exactly? Good question. In short, rooting or also known as jailbreaking is when you access the operating system and take control over it. So, if you’re wanting to root your phone, this is how you’re going to do it.

     

    Back up Your Phone

    You’ll want to make sure all your information on your phone is backed up. In addition, also make sure that your phone is fully charged. Once this is done, you’ll need to turn on your USB debugging and OEM Unlocking.

     

    To do this, go to Settings. Now, you’ll want to look for Developer Options, which will be able at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap on About Phone and look for Build Number. You’re going to tap on Build Number seven times and the Developer Options will appear on the main page of Settings. Then, you’re going to tap on Back key where it’ll show you Developer Options. Then, tap on Developer Options. Enable USB Debugging  and enable OEM Unlocking.

     

    Now that this is done, you’ll need to install the Android SDK tools.

     

    Install Android SDK Tools

    You’ll need to install ADB and Fastboot on your computer.

     

    You’ll need to download and install the Android SDK tools. You’ll be able to choose from Linux, Mac and Windows. Follow the downloading instructions.

     

    You’ll be asked what directory you’ll want to install the software to, we recommend you choose C:android-sdk.

     

    After the Android SDK tools are installed, launch it from the Start Menu. The SDK Manager will open and you’ll want to uncheck everything but Android SDK Platform-tools.

    Then, click on Install 2 packages at the bottom right. You’re going to Accept license and then click on Install.

     

    Install Device Drivers

    Now, you’re going to need to install a device driver to make sure your computer properly communicates with your Android.

    There is a list of driver’s to choose from: LG, Sony, Asus, Acer, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Google.

     

    Install one of these drivers and follow the instructions. Once downloaded, you can continue to the next step.

     

    Unlock Your Bootloader

    Before you unlock your phone, you need to unlock your phone’s bootloader. The bootloader is the program on your phone which loads the operating system on your Android. It chooses what applications run on your phone when your turn it on.

     

    If you have a Motorola, Sony or HTC, you’ll need a manufacturer’s key to unlock it. You’ll need to contact them to obtain it.

    Once you have the key, you need to put your Android on fastboot mode. Every phone is different for this procedure, but, for a majority, you’ll need to hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons for ten seconds.

    Once it’s in fastboot mode, you’ll open your computer’s command prompt by holding down Shift+Right Click. Then, choose “Open a Command Prompt Here.”

    Some phones will need a code which you will receive. Paste it into the area on your device manufacturer's website. Then submit the form where you’ll receive a key, file and instructions.

     

    Now, you’ll need to connect your phone to your computer to unlock your Android’s bootloader. Then, put it into fastboot mode again and pull up the Command Prompt again.

    Each Android brand will vary with the commands, for example:

     

    Nexus Androids: type “fastboot oem unlock” (without quotes) and hit enter.

    Motorola Androids: type “oem unlock UNIQUE_KEY” (without quotes) and replace “UNIQUE KEY” with the code you have.

     

    Depending on your brand of Android the command prompt will vary. If your phone did reboot or crash, you’ve successfully rooted your phone.

  • How to Set up Auto Do Not Disturb on Your Android Device

    Do Not Disturb Regardless of whether you have an iOS or an Android device, your smartphone is bound to have a “Do Not Disturb” feature baked in. While iOS may technically have been the first to introduce the a “Do Not Disturb” feature, but that’s all ancient history now that Android has introduced their own take on the feature. When it first debuted, there were some issues — as you’d expect — with the software. These days, however, Google has streamlined the process, cleaned up the bugs, and has even incorporated new ‘rules’ that’ll make your iOS-packing buddy burn with envy.

    What do ‘rules’ mean, exactly? Glad you asked! Basically what Android allows you to do is to schedule when you’ll receive notifications. For example, if you don’t want your device to be active your meetings or when you sleep, you can program ‘Do Not Disturb’ to turn on during that time. Not a bad idea, right?

    Let’s face it, we all have times when we don’t want to be bothered. So why keep being annoyed with bleeps and bloops as you go throughout your day? Let’s show you how to activate this feature on your phone.

    Before setting up the Do Not Disturb feature on your phone, here are the three settings that you'll have to choose from: total silence, alarms only and priority. ‘Total Silence’ does not allow any notifications to come in, as it completely mutes your phone. ‘Alarms Only’ also mutes your phone, however, anything you have set as an alarm will be heard. It also won’t mute sounds from games, media or videos. Finally, ’Priority’ will only interrupt you with a notifications if you’ve pre-selected those notifications as a high-priority. So, if you would like to receive notifications for text messages but not phone calls, you can set text messages as priority.

    Firstly, you need to find out where you can access this feature on your Android. What you’re going to do is pull down the notification bar, you’re going to see your wifi connection, your auto-rotate feature, etc. But what you want to do is pull down that notification bar twice and this is where you’ll be able to access the Do Not Disturb icon. When you see the Do Not Disturb icon, you’ll want to tap on it twice. This will take you to the basic settings window.

    Once you’re in the basic settings window, you’ll be able to customize your Do Not Disturb settings. You’ll want to tap on ‘more settings’. When you tap on more settings, the window will expand and you’ll want to click on ‘Automatic Rules’.

    Now you’re able to create rules for your Do Not Disturb feature. These rules can be time or event based, depending on what you prefer. Time-based is based on the time of day whereas event-based is established through your Google Calendar.

    To add an event-based rule, you’ll want to tap on ‘Add Rule’. Then you’ll have to name the rule and tap ‘Event Rule’. Then tap ‘ok’. Once this is done, in the next window, you’ll want to tap on ‘During Events’. Now, you’ll be given a drop-down menus where you’ll select your Google account that you want to have linked. Once you select the account you’d like, tap ‘Where Reply is’ and then tap ‘Yes’ in the drop-down menu. Then, tap on ‘Do Not Disturb’ and then tap ‘Total Silence’. Or, you can put the device also on “Priority Only” which will allow you to receive notifications if you’ve set them as a priority. Once this is completed, you’ve set your rule. This means, any event that you have on Google calendar where you’ve replied yes to attend, your device will automatically go on Do Not Disturb mode.

    Now, you can do the same thing for other events and you have a limitless amount of rules you can create. If you choose to create an event-based rule, you need to make sure your Google calendar is functioning and updated on your events. If you’re not using your Google Calendar on a regular basis, then we recommend you try a time-based event instead. This will allow you to set the time on the Do Not Disturb feature and it will automatically place your device on Do Not Disturb. Please remember, when you’re setting the rules, make sure you choose how you’d like to mute your phone, whether that be through total silence, alarms only or priority.

  • How to Set up Find My iPhone

    find my iphone

    We’ve all experienced those times when we’ve misplaced or lost our phone. We automatically think we lose our phone for good, but now, you don’t have to think of worst. Maybe you had a crazy night out or your room’s a mess and you remembered you left your phone “somewhere” in your room. Whatever the reason, at this moment, you can’t find your phone. So, before you head to the store, thinking that you have to buy a new phone, there’s an app to help you find your phone. In fact, it’s literally called “Find my iPhone”!

    Made by Apple itself, this app uses your built-in GPS or location services to help locate your iPhone on a map. What’ great about Find My iPhone, you can also lock or delete all your data from your device over the internet. So, in case your iPhone has been stolen, you won’t have to worry about your data being accessed. So, whether your device is stolen or simply misplaced, you’ll be able to either find it, lock it or remove important data from it. Though your phone isn’t in the palm of your hand, you still have control over it.

    Setting It Up

    Firstly, you should know that Find My iPhone is a part of iCloud as a free service. So, you won’t have to pay any additional fees in order to use this app. You’ll need to set up an iCloud account in order to use Find My iPhone. If your iPhone is running iOS 5 or higher, you’ll be able to use it for your device.

    To access your iCloud account, you’ll probably need to enter the same username and password as your iTunes account. If you aren’t signed in, you need to go to ‘Settings’ app on the home screen of your device. Once there, tap on ‘iCloud’ and then tap on ‘Account’ where you’ll be able to sign in. Then enter your username and password.

    Once you’re in iCloud, you’ll need to enable Find My iPhone. In order to do that, you need to tap on ‘Settings’ on your home screen. Then, tap on ‘Cloud’. You’ll see various options to choose from, scroll down and at the bottom of the page, you’ll see ‘FInd My iPhone.’ Next to ‘Find My iPhone’, you’ll see a slider. To turn it on, tap it and the slide should show up as green, this means it is now on.

    Now, it depends on what iOS your device is using, however, you may get a message alerting you that your GPS tracking on your iPhone is turned on while you use Find My iPhone. You may have to tap ‘Allow’ in order to activate it.

    Turning off Find My iPhone

    If you lost your iPhone and found it by using Find My iPhone, you may want to turn it off. Now, the choice is yours whether or not you wish to keep it on, however, if you lose it again and Find My iPhone is off, well, you won’t be able to use it if you lose your phone again. In other words, Find My iPhone must be turned on in order for it to work.

    Though, it’s your choice. So, to turn off Find My iPhone, you need to go into ‘Settings’ on your device's home screen. Click on ‘iCloud’ and then tap on ‘Find My iPhone.” Then you’ll need to tap on the slider next to Find My iPhone. The slide will go from green to white which means it’s turned off.

    If you have an iOS 7 or higher, you’ll need to enter a password to access it. The password is the iCloud password for that device. This is called an Activation Lock and is used to prevent thieves from turning off My Find iPhone when they have your iPhone.

    Now that you know how to activate and deactivate Find My iPhone, you now know how to protect your iPhone and the data on it. You may never have to use this, however, it’s always better to know how to activate it. Plus, if you’re forgetful, this will really help you out, especially when you’re late for work and you can’t find your iPhone!

  • How to clear iPhone cache

    clear cache

    After using your iPhone for awhile, you probably noticed that your phone isn’t working as fast as it was when you first bought it. It’s lagging a little, isn’t refreshing as quickly - well, you don’t need to take it to get fixed, it’s actually a really easy problem to solve. Many people simply don’t understand why their phones are slowing down after some time. However, once you understand why they slow down, you’ll be able to fix it quickly.

    Why is your iPhone lagging? Well, the answer could be that your cached files are using more space than you thought. To solve this problem, all you need to do is clear your phone’s memory and cached data. This will get your phone working back up to its normal speed.

    If you’re not sure what cached files are, we’ll explain. Cached files are found on many iPhone applications; they store information on what you’re doing. Now, this is fine, however, they do take up storage space on your iPhone which is the problem. So, once you delete cached files from your phone, it automatically works faster.

    So, now that you know why you’re iPhone is lagging, it’s time we teach you how to clear your cache data to get your iPhone back to tip-top shape.

    Clearing Safari Cache

    First thing you want to do is clean out the cache from your Safari browser. This is really easy to do. On your iPhone, you want to go to settings. Once you’re there, go to Safari and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll want to choose “Clear History” and “Website data”. Then, confirm that you want to do this by tapping on “Clear History and Data of Safari”. Once you do that, your Safari cache data will be completely cleaned out. It’ll clean your history, cookies and browsing data. Essentially, your Safari will have no information on it.

    Clear App Cache Data

    Now, on the iPhone and iPad, there’s no option to specifically clean one app’s cache unless you uninstall the app from your iPhone completely. Now, some apps may offer this feature to clean the cache data. If you choose to uninstall the app, it’ll remove everything from your iPhone including cache data.

    So, the best way to clean your app’s cache data is to use a third-party app called the “Battery Doctor”. It’s a free app that allows you to clean your app’s caches data.

    So, go to your App store and search for the “Battery Doctor”. Once you have it downloaded, open it up on your iPhone, you’ll go through the introduction and then get taken to the home screen. From there, you’ll want to go to the folder that has your cached data which is the “Junk” tab. When you click the “Junk” tab you only need to tap on the “Clean Up Cache” button. A caution message will appear, you proceed and click “Clean”. When it’s finished cleaning, Battery Doctor will tell you how much it cleaned, what it cleaned, etc. So, you’ll be given a full report.

    Freeing up iPhone memory

    Using “Battery Doctor” you can also clean your iPhone’s memory. This will also help boost your iPhone’s speed since it slows down if it’s short on memory space. So, to do this you’ll want to click on the “Memory” tab. Tap on “Boost” and it’ll clean up your phone’s memory. At the end, when it’s finished, you’ll receive a full report of what was cleaned up and how memory space was freed. Note: you don’t want to clean your phone’s memory very often.

    Now that you know what to do, use these tools to help you clean up your iPhone and get it back to working like it used to. You can also buy a memory card to help store your data on an externally or use a cloud service. This will also allow you to delete photos, videos and files, so that your iPhone isn’t burdened with unused information. Knowing that your personal information is safe and secure will allow you to not leave all your personal information on your iPhone.

  • What to Do If Your iPhone Won't Charge

    iPhone charging

    Sometimes, when you’re going to charge your iPhone or iPad, you won’t always be able to get a charge going. Now, this could be for a variety of reasons, but regardless, it’s a pain when you have low battery and you need to get it charging. This isn’t an uncommon problem with Apple products, so, there are a variety of ways you can deal with this problem. Here are some helpful ways to get your iOS device charged.

    Plug into power

    Though you tried plugging it into the wall and you cannot seem to get a charge going, try to use other power sources. Not sure what we mean? You can try to use a USB power adapter instead which the USB cable that comes with your iOS device. If you’re using a USB cable that’s from a third-party, make sure that it’s Apple certified. Once that’s completed, you’ll want to try out these options.

    Connect your iOS device to the USB cable. Then, you have three power options in which you can use to power your iOS device.

    Wall Power Outlet

    Make sure that you try this as your first option. If it doesn’t work, it could be the power source itself, maybe your plug isn’t receiving electricity. Plug your charger cable into the USB wall adapter, then plug the adapter into the wall.

    Computer

    This is another option for charging your iOS device. You can plug it into either a laptop or desktop as both have a USB cable outlet. Plug your USB charging cable into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on either your desktop or laptop. Make sure that your computer is on and not on sleep mode, if it’s on sleep mode, it won’t be able to charge your phone.

    Power Accessory

    You can also try to plug your cable into a powered USB hub, docking station or any other Apple-approved accessory.

    If your device is charging, you’ll see a lightning bolt in the battery icon. If you do not see the lightning bolt while your iOS device is plugged into a power source, then your iOS device is not charging.

    If Your iOS Device Doesn't Charge

    Now if you’ve tried these methods to charge your iOS device and nothing works, you’ll want to check out couple things out to find out what the problem is. If your iOS device is on low battery, you’ll notice that the battery icon will be red or your screen may just go completely black. If this happens try out these methods to fix this problem.

    • Check your charging cable and USB adapter. You’ll want to look for signs of damage such as breakage points or bent prongs. If you see any of this, your inability to charge your iOS device could be because of this. Do not continue to use any damaged accessories, instead, replace the cable or USB adapter.

    • If using a wall power outlet, check for a firm connection between the USB wall adapter, the wall outlet itself, and the charging cable. If possible, test the wall power outlet with other USB adapters and charging cables. This way, you’ll be able to rule out if it’s the wall power outlet itself.

    • Remember, if you’re using a non-Apple certified charging cable or adapter, this could be another reason as to why it’s not charging properly. Make sure you test your iOS device with an Apple-approved charger and cable. If it works with an Apple-approved cable/charger, then you know what the problem is.

    • Clean your iOS device charging port. It’ll be located at the bottom of your device where you plug in your charging cable. Check for any damage or debris. If you see debris, You can try to blow out the debris but if that doesn’t work, take it for cleaning. You don’t want to push the debris further into the iOS device.

    • After cleaning out the debris, if possible, try to charge your iOS device again.

    • If after all of this, your iOS device still is not functioning properly, then you should go to an Apple Retail store or an Apple authorized service provider for further assistance.

  • How to move from Android to iOS

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    Many people think that transitioning from an Android to the iOS system is almost impossible or just annoying to try to do. But, it’s really not that difficult as you think it is. You can easily transfer all your contacts, photos, calendars and other personal information from your Android to your iPhone easily with Apple’s Move to iOS app. This is the first app that allows you to hook up your Android and Apple device together via Wi-Fi and transfer all your data in one sitting.16

    Though you should know that the Move to iOS app does transfer all your information and data, it doesn’t transfer your apps. So, you will have to re-download your apps once you move your information to your iPhone. In addition, you’ll only be able to transfer your data to an iPhone that runs iOS 9 or higher which includes iPhone SE and iPhone 6S.

    Now that you know everything this is to know about this app, it’s time we showed you how to use it properly so that you can easily and quickly transfer your data to your iPhone. Get your Android and iPhone out and ready, because we’re going to take you step-by-step on how to switch from your Android to iPhone/iPad.

    How to move your data from Android to iPhone or iPad

    Make sure you have both phones, Android and iPhone out and connected to Wi-Fi, this will make the process go quickly. On your iPhone, you’ll want to download the app “Move to iOS”. Once you have that set up on your iPhone, open the app. When you’re on the app, you’ll see a screen with the title “Apps & Data”. You’ll want to tap on “Move Data from Android”. Now, put your iPhone down and go to your Android. On your Android, go to the Google Play Store and search for “Move to iOS”. When you see the app, you’ll want to tap on it and click “install”. You’ll accept the permission request and tap “Open” after it’s installed.

    Now, you have both devices on the same page. Both devices will have the tab “continue” on the screen, you’re going to press “continue” on both devices. On your Android device, you’ll enter the 12-digit code that’ll be displayed on your iPhone/iPad. Once you enter the code, your Android will connect with your iPhone/iPad through the Wi-Fi connection. It’ll decide what information and data it’ll transfer to your iPhone/iPad.

    You’ll then be asked whether you want to transfer your Google Account information to your iPhone. In addition, it’ll transfer your Chrome bookmarks, texts, contacts, photos and videos that are on your phone. You have the option of selecting what you want to be transferred.

    Your Android will transfer the selected data to your iPhone and place everything in its proper place. Then, once finished, both devices will disconnect and your Android will take you to the Apple Store where they’ll show you where you can recycle your Android. Of course, you don’t have to recycle it, it’s completely up to you what you choose to do with your Android.

    Though everything is transferred to your iPhone, you’ll want to tap on “Continue Setting Up iPhone/iPad” where it’ll help you set up your Apple ID or allow you to log into your existing account. Once that’s complete, you’ll be able to log into any account you transferred from your Android to your iPhone. Once you do that, you’re done!

    Note: The transfer time truly depends on how much data and information you’ll be transferring. So, you can expect anywhere from a couple minutes to up to twenty minutes. If you’re having problems with the app, do contact or look up on Apple’s forums for further assistance. Though, we don’t think you’ll have a problem as this app is simple and straightforward.

    Now that you know what to do, download the app and start transferring your data. It’s never been easier to switch from Android to iOS as it is now – so, if you follow our instructions, everything will go smoothly. We promise.

  • Tips to Troubleshoot Your Bluetooth Problems Away

    You may have encountered some problems when trying to connect your iPhone to Bluetooth, but don’t worry, this happens to the best of us. You may be thinking you’ll have to take your phone to the repair shop, however, don’t go just yet. You have various solutions to fix this problem. But before you try to fix it, here are some things you need to check on your iPhone.

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    Before trying to fix this problem, make sure you check these things:

    • Check to see if your Bluetooth is connected. To do this, go to settings and then Bluetooth.
    • Make sure you iPhone and the device you’re trying to pair it with are both charged.
    • Make sure your iPhone and Bluetooth device are close together.
    • If your Bluetooth device was paired with another device, you’ll want to disable the Bluetooth on it as it may be accidentally trying to connect with that device instead of the new one.

    Now that you checked all these things, if it’s still not working, try these methods below.

    Toggle Bluetooth

    This is the easiest thing you can do which will usually solve the problem. What you need to do is turn off your Bluetooth, wait for a couple seconds and turn it back on again. To do this, open your control center by swiping up the bottom of your screen, tap on the Bluetooth icon,  which will turn Bluetooth off and on. Then, wait to see if there’s a Bluetooth connection.

     

    Toggle Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode

    This is another easy way to fix your Bluetooth connection. What you need to do is open your control center on your iPhone by swiping your home screen from the bottom of the screen upwards.

    Once you’re on the control screen, tap on the Wi-Fi icon and turn it off. Then tap on it again to turn it on. Now, if it connects, great. If this doesn’t solve the problem, try to disable and enable Airplane mode. Go to your control center and tap on the Airplane icon. Leave Airplane mode on for a minute and then turn it back off by tapping the icon again.

     

    Restart your iPhone and your Bluetooth device

    Now, after all of this, restart your iPhone. To do this, you need to press and hold the sleep/wake button. An icon will appear that’ll say “slide to power off”, when that appears, drag the slider. When you’re iPhone is off, wait a couple seconds and then hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears. It’s also a good idea if you restart your Bluetooth device as well.

     

    Hard reset

    If you’ve tried out all the methods above and nothing seems to work, you’re going to have to try a hard reset. To do this, press and hold the sleep/wake button and the home button at the same time. Hold these two buttons down for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears. Then go to settings and tap Bluetooth. Turn it off and then back on again.

     

    Forget the network device

    This is a common problem for iPhone devices, but by forgetting the device and pairing it up again may solve the problem. Here’s what you need to do. Go to settings and tap on Bluetooth. Then, you’ll see a list of Bluetooth devices. You’ll want to find the one that you cannot connect and tap on the info button (i). The tap “forget this device”. Now repair Bluetooth to your iPhone.

     

    Update the software

    Many people forget to update the software on their iPhones which is usually the problem of why it can’t connect. So, to update your software, you’ll want to make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network and a power source. Then, go to settings, tap on general and then software update. Tap on Install now. Then, it’ll update the software. Try to restart your iPhone again and reconnect to Bluetooth.

     

    If none of these options work, then you should call Apple and see if there are some other methods you can use to try to connect Bluetooth to your iPhone. If all else fails, then it’s time to take your iPhone and Bluetooth device to a repair shop and get them to see what can be done.

     

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