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Monthly Archives: September 2017

  • 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!

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