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  • Put the iPhone X, iPhone 8, & iPhone 8 Plus into DFU Mode in ITunes

    DFU Mode


    Put the iPhone X, iPhone 8, & iPhone 8 Plus into DFU Mode in ITunes


    Apple’s been working hard on making their phones without a home screen button. Finally, through the release of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple made a full transition away from the home screen that’s been a feature on their iPhones for years. Though this is a huge feat for Apple, it also presents itself with some problems.


    You may be thinking, “Hey, but iPhone 8 and 8 Plus still have home buttons,” and you’re completely right. Though, just like the iPhone 7 they serve no function when your device itself turned off as they’re ‘capacitive’. So, what happens when you want to put your iPhone into DFU mode? Well, it’s still possible, however, it simply means you’re going to have to use a different method in order to enter DFU mode.


    For those of you wondering just what DFU mode is, DFU mode is short for Device Firmware Upgrade mode. In layman’s terms, it means that this mode is used to restore your iPhone if it’s unresponsive. Essentially, it restores your iPhone back to factory settings. Of course, this isn’t something you’re going to have to commonly use, however, when you need to use it, you’ll want to know what you’re going to have to do if your phone becomes bricked or glitchy.


    Before we tell you how to activate DFU mode, you’ll need to know that when you restore an iOS device, you’ll be wiping your iPhone completely clean. Thus, you need to make sure that your data on your iPhone is backed. With that being said, let’s move onto teaching you how to put your iPhone into DFU mode.


    Connect Your iPhone to Your Computer


    Connect your iPhone to either your PC or MAC.Once it’s connected, you’ll want to launch your iTunes, that is if it didn’t show up on your screen already. You’ll want to make sure that your iPhone is synced to your iTunes and any updates that need to be made are done.


    Put Your iPhone in DFU mode


    Before we tell you how to put your iPhone in DFU mode, if you see that your iPhone boots or display “Connect to iTunes” on the screen, you need to go back to step one and reconnect your iPhone to your computer. Now that your iPhone is connected to your MAC or PC, complete the following steps.


    1. On your iPhone, quick-press the volume up button.
    2. Then, on your iPhone, quick-press the down button.
    3. Then, press and hold the side button until you see your screen go black.
    4. Once the screen blacks outs, you can release the side button.
    5. Then, quickly press and hold down both the side and volume buttons, keeping them held down for five seconds.
    6. After five seconds, you’ll want to release the side button, however, keep holding down the volume down button.
    7. Then, continue to hold down the volume down button for a minimum five seconds.


    Though you’ve been focusing on your iPhone, you’ll want to divert your attention and now pay your attention to your computer. If you see an iPhone recovery prompt on your iTunes pop up, you’ll want to release the volume down button and then check the display screen on your iPhone. If your screen is black, this means you’ve successfully completed putting your iPhone in DFU mode.


    Now that you’ve completed in putting your iPhone in DFU mode, you’ll want to hit “ok” to close the iTunes recovery prompt. Then it’ll continue to restore it back to factory settings by selecting “Restore iPhone” which will be found under iPhone Recovery Mode on your iTunes. Then, once it's fully restored, your iPhone will automatically exit itself out of DFU mode and will open its activation screen.


    Exiting out of DFU Mode


    You’ll want to exit DFU mode as safely as possible. In order to do that, follow these steps:


    1. Quick-press the volume up button.
    2. Then, quick-press the volume down button
    3. Once that’s complete, you’ll want to press and hold the side button down for at least ten seconds. You should see Apple’s boot screen appear and then you can release the buttons.


    Once you completed this, your iOS 11 will start up and you’ll enter your password to unlock your iPhone.

  • How to Decide If the IPhone X Is Worth $1,579

    iPhone X


    Just a cursory glance at the iPhone X is enough to get those early adopter juices flowing. Simply put, it’s just the most futuristic looking phone to ever come out on the market. Period.


    If you’re looking at getting the new iPhone X, though, that $1,579 price tag may be a huge deterrent — and we get it. By comparison the first iPhone was just  $785, when it hit the market a decade ago. Like any diligent shopper, you’re probably wondering if the phone is really worth paying twice for what you’d pay for a regular iPhone.


    In order to understand the value proposition that you’re getting when you purchase an iPhone X, let’s start by considering the specs:



    Size 143.6 × 70.9 × 7.7 mm (5.65 × 2.79 × 0.30 inches)
    Weight 174 grams (6.14 ounces)
    Screen 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina HD display
    Resolution 2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 ppi)
    Storage 64GB or 256GB capacities available
    NFC support Yes, for Apple Pay
    Processor A11 Bionic with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion co-processor
    Connectivity 4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
    Camera Dual 12MP rear shooter, 7MP True Depth ‘selfie camera’
    Video Up to 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps
    Bluetooth Support for all new 5.0 Bluetooth standard
    Fingerprint sensor None. The phone uses Face ID to unlock itself instead.
    Water resistant IP67
    Battery 21 hours of uninterrupted talk time, 12 hours of continuous internet usage, 13 hours of video playback at a time, and up to 60 hours of audio playback (Podcasts, Apple Music, etc.)


    Worth noting is the fact that new ‘Fast Charging’ allows for a 50% charge in only 30 minutes. The new iPhone also features wireless ‘Qi’ charging

    Charging port Lightning
    Colors Silver, Space Gray




    If you’re familiar with the iPhone 8’s specs, you might notice that most of the technical specifications on both devices are strikingly similar. In fact, the most notable departure from the 8 is the now iconic screen that the iPhone X boasts. Also, the fact that you can use ‘Animoji’ on the iPhone X — although we’d hardly call that a make or break feature.


    Even with the current economy and credit card debt at an all-time high, consumers are not shying away from the new iPhone X, likely due to it becoming the newest way to signal status in society. Apple recognizes that the price for this phone is out of many consumers price range, though, and they’re doing what they can in order for consumers to afford it. For example, the company is making some adjustments to help out their customers by offering installment plans and other financing arrangements so that they too will be able to own an iPhone X. Financing options may help ease the price tag as users will only end up paying approximately $50 excluding the fees of their telephone provider.


    On a recent survey by WalletHub, it was shown that three-quarters of consumers say that they will not be purchasing the new iPhone X, however, strong Apple fans will most likely still go for the phone regardless of the price. Many people in the industry, including Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, state that consumers wanting the new iPhone X will most likely have to use a payment plan.


    When it comes to looking at how to decide the iPhone X is worth the $1579 price tag, it really depends on your own financial situation. It’s important to note that if you prefer to wait, you’ll probably be able to enjoy all of the features of the iPhone X — including the killer screen in just a year or two when it becomes standard across all of Apple’s iDevices.


    What do you think? Will you be buying an iPhone X? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

  • Move Content Manually from Your Android Device to Your iOS Device



    Thinking about treating yourself to a brand new iOS device for the holidays? You’re not alone. In fact, there’s been a recent uptick in the number of people who are switching over to iDevices from Android. If you’re making the switch, however, you probably also want to be able to take your information from your Android to your Apple device. Just because you’re switching phones doesn’t mean you have to lose all your content on it. But, there is a way for you to switch your content from your Android to your iOS device, saving all your content without losing anything. Or much of anything, anyways. Apps are non-transferable after all. So, if you want to move content manually from your Android device to your iOS device then follow these instructions.


    Through these tips, you’ll be able to transfer contacts, music, files, and photos from your Android to your Apple device. Now, you can automatically transfer your Android content to your Apple device using Move to iOS app, however, if you’re unable to do so, then you can manually transfer your content instead.


    To Transfer Mail, Contacts and Calendars

    To keep your emails and email contacts, you simply add your email accounts to your iPhone by going to Settings> Mail.

    If you want to transfer your social media account, you can transfer contact and calendars:


    1. Go to the App store and install Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

    2. Go to settings and tap the app

    3. Log in to your account

    4. Turn on calendars and contacts


    Transferring Music


    If you want to transfer your music to your Apple device, you’re able to do so. If you’re streaming music, go to the App store and download the app to your Apple device. Then, sign in.


    However, if you want to move your music from your Android to your Apple device, just follow these instructions:


    1. Connect your Android to your computer and find your music. It’s usually found under “Music” however, if you’re using a Mac, install Android File Transfer, open it up and then go to Music.

    2. Select the songs that you wish to transfer and drag them to a folder on your computer.

    3. Disconnect your Android and then connect your Apple device to your computer.

    4. Open iTunes on your computer, go to Library and then click Music.

    5. Open the folder where you want to put your songs and drag the songs over.


    Transferring Visual Media


    If you’re looking to move photos and videos from your Android to your Apple device, you’ll want to open iTunes up on your computer:


    1. Connect your Android to your computer and find all your photos and videos. On most devices, you’ll be able to find them in DCIM> Camera. If you’re on a Mac, install Android File Transfer, open it up and then go to DCIM> Camera.

    2. Select all the photos and videos you want by dragging them to a folder on your computer.

    3. Then, disconnect your Android and connect your Apple device to your computer.

    4. Open iTunes on your computer and sync your photos to your Apple device. You’ll be able to find your photos and videos on your Apple device under “Photos”.



    Transferring Books and PDFs


    You don’t have to lose all your ebooks that are stored on your Android, instead, you can import them to your iOS device or use a reading device such as a Kindle or Nook.


    To move your ebooks and PDFs from Android to your iOS device, you’ll need to use your iTunes account from your computer:


    1. Connect your Android to your computer and find your PDFs and ebooks. You’ll most likely find them under documents. If you’re on a Mac, install Android File Transfer, open it up and then go to documents.

    2. Select the books and PDFs you wish to transfer and drag them to a folder on your computer.

    3. Then, disconnect your Android and connect your Apple device to your computer.

    4. Drag the books and PDFs you want to your iTunes library. If you’re using a Mac, go to iBooks> list and then drag them there. On PC, go to iTunes> Books.

    5. Then, open your iTunes on your computer to double check your book and PDFs are there.

  • How to Disable All Bloatware on Your Galaxy S8 or S8+

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    If you have a carrier-branded Galaxy S8 model, then you’re probably already aware of the amount of bloatware that comes with it. Unfortunately that’s simply part and parcel with owning a Samsung device, these days. If you’ve ever wanted to remove all of that bloat but have been hesitant to root your phone, keep on reading because we’re about to share the secret to a quick and painless way to removing Samsung Bloatware.

    Now, before we begin let us start by letting you know that our solution isn’t free. That being said, at just $1.49, it won’t break the bank either. Dubbed ‘Package Disabler Pro’, this app, though it’ll get the job of removing bloatware done, can be a little tricky to use and can result in you doing more damage to your phone than necessary.

     All of that being said, you don’t have to worry about screwing up your phone since we’ve found you a hassle-free way to disable over 120 bloatware apps all in one, thanks to XDA user BAYmustafa96. By using XDA, you’ll be able to free up your beloved RAM space. So, it’s time we showed you how to disable your bloatware the easiest way possible.


    Download the Bloatware Removal File

    In order to disable your bloatware, you need to download an XML file. The XML file will automatically disable any bloatware apps through Package Disabler Pro. This file was originally created by BAYmustafa96, however, it's been cleaned up a bit and made safer to use. We’ve included the link here, so, click on it to start the downloading process for your Galaxy S8 or S8+.


    Install Package Disabler Pro

    Now that you’ve successfully downloaded the XML file, you now have to download Package Disable Pro created by policedeveloper. Now, you’ll be able to find it in the Play Store, simply search for Package Disabler Pro in the search bar. Or you can also download the app here. It is a paid app which costs $1.49. However, once you download the file, don’t open it right away.


    Install PDP Engine

    Samsung has made some recent changes to their devices which means you’ll need to download a completely separate add-on which will allow the Package Disabler Pro to function properly. Now, this app, PDP Engine, is completely free to download, which you can get here. Or, go to your Play Store and search up PDP Engine. Once you have downloaded this, you have everything in place and now you can disable the bloatware on your Samsung.


    Disable Bloatware

    Like we said above, you’re completely set with everything you need to disable the bloatware from your phone.

    So, firstly, you’ll want to go ahead and open Package Disabler Pro. Once that’s completed, you’ll be one the home screen. You’ll see a three-dot menu icon that’s on the upper-right hand corner of the screen. Tap on the three-dot menu and tap on “Import for XML.”

    A mini screen will pop up where it will say “Import from file”. You’re going to tap on “select” where you’ll then be taken to a file browser page. Find the folder that says “Download,” tap on it and select “bloatware-disabler.” Then a mini screen will pop up where you’re going to tap on “import.” The XML file is now ready and will automatically start to disable over 120 bloatware apps. Once it’s completed, you’ll receive a notification on your screen that will alert you of the number of packages that have been disabled on your phone.

    After you’ve seen the notification screen, you’re now able to close your app - your Samsung device has been disabled of all bloatware.

     Now, sometimes this app can disable apps that you use regularly such as Google Play Music. If this happens, don’t worry. All you need to do is go and open your Package Disable Pro and scroll through the list of disabled apps. Then, you simply have to find the apps you’re missing, and un-tick them in the next you’ll see next to it.

    This should improve the speed and performance of your phone. Let us know in the comment section below if disabling your bloatware worked!

  • Runner Maps: Discovering Your Running Routes



    If you’re a fan of running, then you’ve probably set up your running routes in such a way that you'll always know just how many miles you'll traverse on a given run. After all, as a dedicated runner, it’s important to know the distance you’re running and the length of time it takes you to complete your route. How else will you know if you’re making good progress or not? Well, besides Runners Map that is. Never heard of it? This app makes tracking your runs a breeze, meaning that you'll be able to optimize your training and start unleashing your inner Usain Bolt.


    Of course, apps as Nike+ and Runtastic have been used by runners in order to track their routes but these apps actually require you to use their interface during your workout in order to map your route and share them with your friends. That means, that you lose precious moments that you could be spending actually getting your heart pumping and your legs racing.


    What Runners Map does is remove the problem other running apps encounter by separating the three main components which are usually combined: mapping ,sharing, and your running companion. What this means, in practical terms, is that Running Maps allows you to use any other app you love to workout with and, then, it takes the data from that app and puts it into its own. It even uses Healthkit data, with your permission of course, to collect your information which it can then use in order to help you plan more efficient routes. With all that being said, it should be notes that Runners Map states that they do not collect any sensitive data during the uploading process, so you can rest assured that you data won't be misused.


    What Exactly Are Runners Map's Features?


    Good question! So, now you know how Runners Map works, but what are the features that are included in the app? First of all, Runners Map has an interface that’s easy and simple to use. You can easily find your tracked routes and you have the ability to favorite your best or longest route.

    It has an on-screen button, upload, which allows you upload your routes and share them with your friends or running community in order to share running routes.


    Runners Map is more than just tracking your routes, it’s about sharing your routes with the running community and finding out people’s most popular routes within their city.


    You can also apply filters to your maps in order to see things such as your exact running distance as an overlay, for example. This filter can be adjusted via a toggle, where you can choose the lower and upper distance limits. In addition, to these features, you can actually use this map retroactively, so you actually don’t need to open the app in order to record your run.


    Why Do You Need Runners Map?


    There are a couple great reasons to use this app. If you’re someone who likes to track their progress on specific locations on the map, Runners Map offers that ability for users. Throughout your map, you can mark locations, difficult ones, that you’ve conquered. You also let other people in on your favorite running tracks, so, it allows others to discover your routes and vice versa.  In addition, because this app is fairly new, the data on the running routes are limited which is a positive thing. Therefore, you’re able to form your own data collection for routes.


    Now, the app itself is free but it should be noted that you’re able to upgrade it for $1.99. If you decide to upgrade, you’ll receive new features such as ad removal, and functional enhancements. So, of course, you can use the free version and it’s great without having to pay, however, if you’re a serious runner and you’re looking for features, then upgrading it would be a good idea. If you’re a runner, we strongly suggest that you consider giving this app a try. It’ll help you develop your running and routes and make you an even better athlete.  Download Runners Map today and start tracking your running routes!

  • Navigate Indoor Mall & Airport Floorplans in Apple Maps for iOS 11



    If you’re a traveler, then you’re probably looking a phone that’ll help you out while you’re on the road. You don’t want to struggle or have to run through airports, trying to find your gate, especially in new airports. Well, Apple has made huge leaps forward in this regard with their iOS 11 update. In Apple’s new iOS 11 systems, they included intricate floor plans for airports and shopping centers in their Maps app.


    Instead of having to plan ahead or look at a public map, Apple gives their users the comfort and control of knowing the shopping mall and airport layouts whenever they need. Spending your time looking for assistance or a public directory just wastes time and induces stress which isn’t needed in any of those circumstances. In addition, you don’t need to download a third-party app to give you a map for shopping malls and airports.


    If English isn’t your first language, Apple has  recognized limitations that people have and decided to accommodate and make it easier for everyone when using their Maps app. So, instead of fumbling through their app in a foreign language, you can actually have the text displayed in your own native language. That way, you save yourself the extra stress and hassle of trying to navigate yourself in a language that you’re not comfortable in.


    What Else Does Apple's Maps App Have to Offer?


    Apple’s Maps app is very well designed and what we mentioned above is only a slice of what it has to offer users. Aside from being offered in your native language and having it automatically offered on your iPhone, it offers many advantages. We’re going to show you some right now.


    Detailed Maps


    You’re given the opportunity to not only view floor plans of shopping malls and airports on a basic level, you’re able to view the floor plans on individual floors. You can easily zoom in and out without any problems.


    Place Cards


    Not only are you able to view each floor of the airport or shopping mall in detail, you’re also able to view the place cards for businesses. The map will show you where each business is located and if you tap on a business, a card will pop up showing you all necessary operational information, ratings and contact options.


    Search Directory


    You’ll also be able to search for any locations inside shopping centers and airports using the search directory. In the app, you simply tap on “Browse”  at the bottom of the screen. You’ll be able to simply type in the store's name. It’ll show you store or possible places you’d find interesting based on your needs and budget.


    Security Checkpoint and Airport Gates


    When you’re transferring to your next flight, you usually don’t have that much time. The Maps app you’ll be able to view each security checkpoint and airport gate via a floorplan. That way, you’ll know ahead of time where you have to go and how many checkpoints you’ll have to go through. This will help you ease the anxiety of being in a new airport and also help you reduce any unforeseen delays.


    Now, the Maps app isn’t yet offered worldwide, however, do focus on the main terminals and destinations for travelers. Here’s a list of cities which are included in Apple’s Maps app:


    Washington, DC

    Tokyo, Japan

    San Francisco, CA

    London, UK

    Hong Kong, China

    Chicago, IL

    San Jose, CA

    Philadelphia, PA

    New York, NY

    Boston, MA

    Los Angeles, CA


    The list of cities will continue to grow each month, and, within time, you’ll see additional cities being added to the Maps app.


    Take advantage of the Maps app if you’re in one of these cities as it can come in handy when you’ll be running through the airport, late for your flight, or trying to find your favorite shop in an enormous shopping center.

  • How to Record Calls on iOS

    Record Call


    Have you ever wanted or needed to record a phone call on your iPhone? Of course, most of us thought it was impossible which it most ways it is. Naturally, for privacy reasons, Apple does not allow their users the ability to record phone conversations with iPhone stock features and apps. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot download an app or download external hardware such as a microphone to your iPhone in order to record a call. If you’re interested in learning how to record calls on an iOS device, we’re going to teach you how in this article.


    In this article, we’re going to show you the two ways you can record a phone call on an iOS device, either via a call-recording app or an external program/hardware.


    Using a Call-Recording App


    In order to find a call-recording app, you need to access the Apple Store on your iOS device. The Apple Store is a blue app with the white letter “A” on it. Your Apple Store app is usually on your Home Screen. Tap on it in order to open it. Once you’re in the Apple Store, you’re going to tap on Search. It’s on the bottom-right side of the screen with a magnifying glass above it, tap on it. When you tap on the search bar, you can search “phone call recording”. It’ll show you a list of call-recording apps available as well as the price and their quality rating. We suggest apps such as TapeACall Pro, Call Recorder or Call Recording by NoNotes. These apps, depending on what features you’re looking for vary in price.


    Once you decide on the app you’re going to download, tap on Get which will be on the right-hand side of the app. If you have to purchase the app, it’ll show the price of the app instead of the word “get”. Then, you’re going to tap Install, which will be the same button as “get”.


    If you’re already logged into your Apple account, then you will not have to enter your Apple ID. However, if you’re not logged in before you can download the app, you’ll have to enter your username and password.


    Once the app has downloaded, you’ll need to launch the app from your Home Screen. WIthin the app, you’ll have to set it up with the information it needs. Then, after that’s completed, you should make a test call on the app and see if it works properly. Play your recording back and play around with the features it offers so you become familiar with them.


    Using External Program/Hardware


    If you’re unable to download an app on your iOS device, you can always use another hardware if you have one available. An iPad, computer with a microphone or another smartphone can be used to record calls while you’re on your iOS device. Recorders are usually called “QuickTime Player,” “Audacity” or “Sound Recorder” on other devices.


    Place your iPhone in front of you, on speakerphone and make sure you’re in a quiet space. You’re then going to take your other hardware device and place it next to it, making sure that the microphone is close to the speakers. Once it’s in place, you can launch the recording application, usually by tapping on “New Recording”. Make sure you’re recording prior to making the phone call, you can even do a test call to make sure everything is audible.


    On your iPhone, to make a phone call, you tap on the phone icon that’s on your Home Screen. You’ll be provided a keypad where you can search for the person or number and then you simply hit “call”/. Then, tap on Speaker, this icon is on the top-right hand corner of the call screen and will put your call on speakerphone so that the recording device will pick it up.


    It’s important to inform the caller that you are recording the call or else you could face legal issues. If they do not allow you to record them, you will have to cancel the call. Now that you know how to record a phone call, play around with and find the best solution for you.

  • Fixmoji Lets You Designate Your Favorite Emojis in iOS Without a Jailbreak



    If you’re a frequent user of emojis then you’re used to iOS’ Emoji keyboard and how Apple designed the left side of the interface to frequently-used Emojis. Now, for those who aren’t frequent users, they’re fine with this interface. However, many users suggested that they change that interface to supporting their favorite Emojis instead.


    Well, this is where the app Fixmoji works wonders. It’s a third-party keyboard which allows users to manually set up their keyboard, allowing them to choose their favorite Emojis and using them when they like. If you’re involved in the jailbreak community, then this isn’t such a new concept for you since there were jailbreak like Selectmoji and FavoriteEmojis which worked in a similar way to Fixmoji.


    How Does Fixmoji Differ from Tweaked Versions?


    You’re probably wondering how Fixmoji is any different than the tweaked versions we mentioned above: Selectmoji and FavoriteEmojis.  First and foremost, tweaked versions required your iPhone to be jailbreaked. Now, you can choose to jailbreak your iPhone, however, it does create issues when it comes to Apple’s warranty and protection services.


    In addition, Fixmoji works as a third-party keyboard, meaning that they do not rely on the stock Emoji keyboard that’s offered with your Apple device.


    How to Download and Install Fixmoji


    If you’d like to download and install Fixmoji on your Apple device, we’re going to show you how.


    You’re going to have to go settings. Once there, tap on General and then Keyboard. On the keyboard page, you’re going to be shown the type of keyboard you’re using. Below it, you’ll see Add New Keyboard, you’ll tap on it. There, you’ll be able to add Fixmoji keyboard to your list of active keyboards on your iOS system.


    Once you add it to your list of active keyboards, you’ll still need to fully activate it. To do this, you’ll tap on the Fixmoji cell and then tap on Allow Full Access toggle switch. In order for the keyboard to properly functions, you’ll need to allow full access to the keyboard itself to transmit the information you type. Once completed, your Fixmoji is fully activated and you’ll be able to launch the app from your Home Screen.


    When inside the app, you’ll be able to select your favorite emojis. In order to add an emoji to your list, simply by tapping on one. There’s no limit to the amount of favorite emojis you can have on your keyboard. If you wish to remove an emoji from your list, you simply tap on that specific emoji. You can also tap and drag them, rearranging them to however you like.


    Once you have your emojis selected, you should be aware that you’ll be able to use your Fixmoji keyboard in any app that using typing in it. To do this, you need to tap and hold on the globe key and then pick your preferred emoji.


    Now, you’re completely ready to use your Fixmoji keyboard without any problems.


    Final Thoughts on Fixmoji


    Most of us have become accustomed to the stock emojis that are provided to us by Apple, however, with Fixmoji, you’re able to expand your horizons with emojis and customise your keyboard’s interface. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to provide users with the ability to control and customize their keyboards, however, third-party apps are helping Apple users out by giving them more control without jailbreaking their phones.


    If you’re interested in customizing your emojis and having your own keyboard for them, Fixmoji is a perfect solution. You can download it from the Apple Store for $0.99. Though, your iOS device must be running on 10.3 or later in order for this app to work properly.


    Already have Fixmoji on your iOS device? Let us know in the comment section below what you think about it!

  • How to use Face ID



    Move over TouchID, there’s a new and convenient way of unlocking your phone on the scene. With the introduction of the iPhone X — a phone which features a bezel-to-bezel screen and no home button, Face ID has quickly become Apple’s favorite new feature, but what does it mean for the end user? If you’re familiar with Touch ID then you can probably guess what Face ID is. Face ID is an advanced facial recognition technology that uses VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser diodes) in order to allow you access to your device using little other than your face. In addition, not only will you be able to unlock your phone with Face ID, you’ll also be able to pay with Apple Pay and create even create convey facial expressions with 3D emojis. Sounds pretty neat, right? As with everything Appel does, Face ID is likely to become a standard on all future iPad and iPhone models, meaning that it’s important for everyone to learn how to use it — not just folks who ordered the iPhone X.


    How to Set up Face ID


    Setting up your Face ID is quite simple. First of all, go into your Settings app. Once in Settings tap on Passcode & Face ID. From there, you’ll be able to set up your account and manage features.


    To get started, you’ll need to tap on Enroll Face, an option which you’ll find under the Face ID heading. Once you tap on Enroll settings, tap on Get Started. There you’ll be taken through instructions in which you follow in order to complete the set up.


    To allow Face ID to properly scan your face, make sure you move your head slowly while looking at the screen. When the circle is complete, your face has been completely scanned. Once completed, you’ll be able to use your Face ID to unlock your iPhone/iPad.


    How to Use Face ID


    If you’re looking to simply unlock your iPhone/iPad, it’s really simple. You just pick up your phone and look at the screen. In order to tell that your iPhone/iPad is locked, you’ll see a padlock icon on your screen where you’ll also be able to see notifications and unread messages.


    If you want to access your Home screen, you just need to slide your finger up from the bottom of your screen. Just to let you know, your face doesn’t have to be directly in front of the iPhone/iPad, it can also be on an angle. In addition, you cannot unlock your iPhone/iPad unless you’re in front of it, so if you’re on the other side of the room, it won’t work. You need to be in an appropriate range and the iPhone/iPad must be awake.


    Face ID also keeps your screen lit as long as you’re looking at it. This feature is called Attention Awareness which you can either disable or enable (you’ll find this in your settings app). Another great feature of Face ID is that when you look at your device when the alarm goes off, it’ll lower the volume since it detects that you’re awake.


    What Can Face ID Be Used For?


    Here are some of the features that you’ll be able to use Face ID for:


    iPhone/iPad unlock: You’ll be able to unlock your phone using your face.

    Auto-lock: You can keep your screen lit while using it.

    iTunes and App store purchases: You can make app and music purchases

    Apple Pay: You can make an approved checkout via facial recognition

    Alarms and Ringers: Lower alarms and ringers by looking at the screen

    Messages and Notifications: You’ll be able to open messages and display notifications while the iPhone/iPad is on Lock screen.

    Safari Autofill: You can unlock Safari saved passwords to use online

    Animoji: You can create emojis using your own voice and facial expressions


    We hope this gave you a better insight to the Apple’s newest technology, Face ID. As you can see, Face ID makes everything just that more convenient and secure. We can’t wait for it to grace all Apple devices!

  • How to Turn off Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad

    Activation Lock


    For years, one of the great competitive advantages Apple had in their never-ending crusade against Android was a much used but little known feature called ‘Activation Lock’. Like every great Apple feature, ‘Activation Lock’ arose out of a specific need, namely that of keeping your data safe. In a very real way, Activation Lock arose from the fact that your Apple ID — the login and password that Apple asked you to set up when you first got your iPhone — is actually being used to backup a sizable portion of your data including photos, emails, texts, and notes. Luckily for you, Activation Lock is state-of-the-art theft protection which doesn’t allow your data to fall to prying eyes.


    Now, you might be thinking ‘If Activation Lock is so great, why would I ever disable it?” and normally, you’d be right — in 99% of the cases there’s no real reason to ever opt for less security. That being said, Activation Lock can cause some annoyance when you’re trying to buy or sell an iPhone/iPad. Why? Because before a new Apple ID can be associated with a device — and in order for the device itself to be activated — any account that was previously associated with said device has to be removed entirely, a process which isn’t always the best explained on the internet and which might be a just a tad frustrating for more inexperienced users.


    Following Steve Jobs’ recommendation that any action have three distinct ways of being accomplished in the Apple Universe, you have three options when it comes to turning off Activation Lock. Keep reading to find which path suits your experience level the best.


    How to Turn off Activation Lock with the Find My iPhone App


    Before continuing, it’s important to know that Activation Lock is tightly integrated to the Find my iPhone service on your iPhone or iPad device. If you’re not sure whether or not you have this app installed, just search for ‘Find my iPhone’ within the Spotlight pane which is accessible when swiping right on your iDevice’s home screen.


    Once you’ve verified whether or not you have Find my iPhone, you can get down to turning off Activation Lock. Find the Settings app on your phone/tablet and tap on it in order to open up your device’s settings. Next, find the iCloud icon and tap on it in order to reach iCloud’s main menu. Once there, tap Find My iPhone. Once you’ve done so, you’ll see an option beside the icon to either turn it on or off, you’ll want to turn it off. To do so, you’ll have to enter your password to confirm the action and once you complete that, you’ll be able to tap “off”.


    Turning off Activation Lock with iCloud.Com


    If your iPhone or iPad isn’t around, don’t worry, you can still turn off the Activation Lock. As long as you have internet available to you, then you’ll be able to do so. To get started, open your internet browser.


    On your browser, go to Once the page has loaded up on your browser, you’ll be able to access Find My iPhone from the website directly, regardless of whether you’re using a Mac or PC. You’ll be asked to sign into your iCloud account with your username and password. Once you’re in your account, you may not be redirected automatically to Find My iPhone, if that’s the case then you’ll want to click on the Home menu where the Find My iPhone service is located. Once you’ve clicked on it, then you’ll be taken to the Find My iPhone screen where you’ll want to click on All Devices at the top of the screen. Choose the device you want to remove. Then click on Erase on the upper right hand corner of the screen, it’ll be underneath the picture of your device. Click Erase and then wait for a confirmation, then click Remove from Account.


    Disabling Activation Lock Through Apple's Customer Service Directly


    Now, if these two options don’t work, and in reality, they absolutely should, you still have one last option. You’ll have to contact Apple through their phone support line or by heading on over to your local Apple Store. If you choose the former option, make sure you bring documentation proving that it’s your device. If they believe that the device is yours, a certified Apple Specialist will be able to remove the Activation Lock for you.

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