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Monthly Archives: March 2018

  • How to Transfer Photos from Android to iPhone



    Considering changing to an iPhone? You’re not the only one. Apple just recently reported that their new iPhone X model is one of the major reasons that new converts are flocking to the platform. Whether or not that’s the reason for your interest in making the jump, you’ll want to know how to transfer all your important photos and memories to your next device — when you’re ready to make the jump that is.


    If you’ve already made the move a couple of times, then you probably remember that, back in the day, it was pretty darn annoying and time-consuming to transfer your data from one device to another. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Below, we’ve listed the best ways to transfer your data from an Android to an iPhone without much hassle at all.


    Google Photos


    This is possibly the easiest and simplest method at your disposal when you’re looking to transfer your memories from Android to iPhone — all you need is internet access.


    You want to make sure that all your data is backed and synced to your Android via Google photos. Once that’s completed and your data is backed, then the rest is easy. You need to go to the iPhone, and download the Google photo app. Once it’s successfully installed on your iOS device, then you’ll have access to all your photos via Google photos. Though, we do recommend that you use the Backup & Sync option on your iPhone.


    File Sharing Apps


    If you’re not able to use Google Photos because for whatever reason, you still have other options in available to you in order to transfer your data. Of course, this method will take a little longer than using Google photos, but at the end of the day, you’ll still be able to transfer your data. If this situation describes where you’re at. personally, then we recommend using a solution similar to Apps like these are perfect even for those who might not have a stable internet connection.


    If you’ve opted to use our recommendation,, then please proceed to follow these steps:


    On both of your phones, download the Shareit app. Then, you’re going to launch the app on your Android device. When the device is opened, tap “start” and then create an account for yourself. Once you’re done, tap on “receive”. Now, on the screen, you’re going to see that it’s waiting for a sender, this means you’re going to have to connect it with the iPhone. After that, tap on “connect to iOS/WP” option that is offered. The screen will tell you to search for a wifi network for your iPhone, follow the instructions on the screen in order to connect to a wifi network. After connecting to wifi, launch Shareit and watch both of your devices ready for file transfer.


    Using iTunes


    This is the most time-consuming method that you could use, however, it's still amongst the most effective.


    In order to transfer your photos/media with iTunes, you’ll first need to backup your photos on your Android device to your PC. Depending on how many photos and videos you have, this could take a while so make sure you brew yourself some tea as you wait. After you’re finished transferring your photos to your computer, now it’s time that you used your iTunes in order to sync it to your iPhone.


    • You’ll want to connect your iPhone to your computer, either Mac or PC, via USB cable.
    • Then, once completed, open iTunes on your computer - make sure you have the latest updates for it.
    • Now that you opened your iTunes, click the device icon on iTunes. Then, click on “photos”.
    • Make sure that the “sync photos” is enabled. Then, select the folder from where you want to sync photos to your iPhone.
    • In addition, click on “all photos and albums”. Then, click “apply” to get the process started.


    Now that you’ve read through these three methods, then you’re all up-to-date with the easiest and simplest methods to transfer photos from Android to iPhone. We recommend that you try to transfer photos through Google Photos, however, if that’s not possible, the other two methods will do the trick. Do you have alternative methods to the ones we’ve listed? If so, let us know in the comment section below!

  • How to Record Calls on Your Android Phone

    Recording Android


    It doesn’t happen every day, but there are some instances where you might need to record a call. It may be for legal purposes or it could just be that you would like to have a record of the call for whatever reason. Now, though it sounds easy, you should know that it’s actually quite difficult to record a call as Android does not have the built-in tools to do so, or the apps that are available do not have clear audio which is important when recording a call. Though, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to record a call. We should tell you that you should check your state’s laws on recording a call, however, it’s usually legal if both parties consent to the recording which you will want to be recorded with the call. In any case, we recommend you double check.  Here are some of the best ways to record a call.


    Google Voice


    Since you’re using Android, Google Voice is one of the easiest ways to record a call. It allows you to record your calls for free, however, only incoming calls. In order to do this, you’ll need to have a Google Voice account. Once you set up your account, here’s how you enable recording on your account.


    • Go to the Google Voice homepage
    • On the upper-right hand corner of the screen, you’ll see a gear icon, click on it and select settings from the drop-down menu.
    • Once you’re in settings, you’ll want to find the calls There, you’ll want to check the box which is titled enable recording. You’ll find this close to the bottom of the page.


    Once this is complete, you’ll be able to record incoming calls by pressing the “4” button on your keypad.  When you hit “4”, the person on the other line will receive a voice message announcing that the conversation is being recorded. To stop recording, press “4” again. It’ll stop the recording and automatically save the conversation.

    If you want to access the saved conversation, go to Google Voice, click on menu and then click recorded.


    Third-Party Apps


    There are a variety of apps available that’ll record your calls. Before you continue reading, it’s important to know that these apps rely on your microphone to record an incoming or outgoing call. This means you’ll want to record these conversations while being on speakerphone. Now, let’s show you the best third-party apps to use in order to record a phone call.


    Call Recorder - ACR

    This is the number one call recording app available for Android users. Now, there’s a free version available and of course, a premium version which allows you to special features and no ads. The interface is simple and easy to use. Calls are recorded based on the phone number, however, you have complete control over which calls you want to be recorded, saved and deleted.


    Automatic Call Recorder Pro

    This is one of the best app available for call recording. The interface is extremely easy to use and it also works well. You’ll be able to customize your settings, changing the audio levels and setting up how it will record a call. This app also has a “shake to record” feature which allows you to record a call just by shaking your phone. You can set up this app to save your recorded calls to Dropbox or Google Drive.


    Handheld Recorder

    Now, if you’re not able to use Google Voice or a third-party app, then we suggest using a handheld recorder. It’s more expensive than using an app, however, it gets the job done. For external recorders, we recommend RecorderGear PR200 or Esonic Cell Phone Call Recorder. You can plug these devices into your phone to record a call. Certainly, it’s more work, however, you achieve the same result. The prices for a handheld recorder range between $80 and $110 - yes it’s more costly, however, it’s more reliable.


    Now that you know the various options you have available when recording a call, it’s time you decided which one suits your needs the best. Recording a call needn’t be a pain with the right tools on hand!

  • Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL Review: The New Standard for Android



    Considering upgrading your phone? We hear you. With so many great handsets having come out in 2017, the holidays might just be the best time to treat yourself to a new device — and what better device to switch to than the new Google Pixel 2? Whether you’re an existing Android user or an iPhone user who’s tired of Apple’s ecosystem, the newest phones to come out of Mountain View are definitely worth considering.


    Now, more than ever, Google is doubling down and getting very serious when it comes to their mobile hardware. At one point, Google was trying to entertain two audiences: one focused on design and another which enjoyed the overall Android experience. Of course, it’s always worth noting iPhone users are drawn to the experience and prestige of using an Apple device while Android users are more focused on the features and the Google experience. This “Google experience” developed from the Nexus project, which was for many Android users an incredible handset that offered everything they wanted and more. These days, Google is now stepping up and bringing on to the market an even more impressive device.


    The device — rather two devices — that we teased above is the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. The base model, the Pixel 2 starts at $649 while the advanced Pixel 2XL starts at $949. Yes, these devices aren’t cheap, however, they’re around the same price as an iPhone. What makes them different than an iPhone? The software and hardware. But we’re going to go into a little more depth about them in a minute. For this review, we’re going to talk about Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as one, since they have many similarities, though, as a reminder, they’re two different phones.


    Pixel 2 and 2XL Hardware


    The quality of the hardware itself is one of the most important features on these two phones. They’re built the same, yet somehow manage to feel entirely different when they’re in your hands.


    The Pixel 2 XL is getting a lot of attention which we completely understand as it’s a standout phone. The 18:9 display with rounded corners gives the phone a modern and sophisticated look. It shares a similar design with Galaxy S8+. The glass is curved on all sides and flows into the metal siding. The lack of sharp edges on the phone makes it more comfortable to use. Though, the size itself may be an issue for some people, especially, if they’re used to a smaller phone.


    Thus, if you’re concerned about the size, then we recommend the Pixel 2. In design, it’s more similar to 5X including the curves and size. It lacks the curved glass but has a 16:0 display which of course, isn’t like the Pixel 2XL but it’s still a comfortable size.


    Battery Life


    Battery life is another huge issue for all us. The Pixel 2XL has an outstanding battery life with a 3520mAh battery and a Snapdragon 835 processor. You’ll be able to make it through a full day with full app usage and you won’t have to recharge your phone which for many of us is a big deal. The Pixel 2, of course, isn’t as amazing as the Pixel 2XL’s battery life, but it’s still really good. It comes standard with a 2770mAh battery, though the device has a more efficient processor, which contributes to greater battery performance. You’ll last throughout a full day without having to charge your phone.




    If a camera is something that’s highly important to you, then you should seriously consider a Pixel phone as it’s one of the finest cameras on the market. Google has amazing photo processing but the fact that it’s been paired with OIS makes for photos that’ll knock your socks off. They’ve also stayed on track with classic photography, making sure the Pixel 2/2XL have sharp colours and HDR techniques which allow you to produce a stunning shot.




    Google’s added OIS to the both Pixel 2/2XL which produces amazing videos/shots. They already have EIS (electronic image stabilization) to their phones, meaning that these phones are already highly stable you’re surprised that this phone doesn’t have any stabilizing hardware assistance. When it comes to movements on screen, the video stays stable, however, doesn’t look artificially stabilized to the eye which is great. Of course, the Pixel 2/2XL doesn’t have as many video features as the LG V30 but for simple videography, it’s perfect.


    Final Verdict


    After going through both Pixel 2/2XL, Google has done it again by creating a phone which is above its class. Of course, the price isn’t cheap, however, for the quality and features you get, it’s well worth it. If you have $649 in hand, then we recommend going for the Pixel 2. Either phone you choose, you’re getting a well-built and designed product which allows you to have an amazing experience whether you’re taking a photo or scrolling online.

  • The best waterproof cases for iPhone X

    Case X


    If you have the new iPhone X then you’re going to want to make sure that it’s well protected from the elements. So, if you’re looking for a waterproof case for your iPhone X then we have you completely covered. Though there are hundreds of cases available on the market, not all of them are of high-quality and standards that you want in a waterproof case. So, we selected the best waterproof cases which are durable, well-designed and varying in budgets both big and small.


    What does ‘waterproof’ mean?

    Though you think ‘waterproof’ means completely impenetrable to water, that’s not the case. This is because the iPhone X offers an IPX7 feature which is the water resistance rating. The iPhone X is water resistant meaning that it can withstand being immersed in water up to 3.3 feet ( 1 meter) for up to 30 minutes. So, if it drops into the toilet, a puddle or has rain falling onto it, you’ll know that your phone will be able to withstand those water elements. If your device is given an IPx8 rating, this means it’s rated the highest level of water protection in the IP code which is a scale from 1 to 9. WIth a rating of IPx8, this means the producer guaranteed that the product is suitable for continuous immersion in water.


    If you see that the manufacturer has rated the case as being waterproof, this means that it carries an IPx8 rating and has been tested to survive in harsh elements for up to an hour or more. With a water-resistant iPhone and a waterproof case, you’ll be well protected from the elements.


    LifeProof FRE Series ($80)

    The FRE is a reliable and trustworthy case for your iPhone as it comes with an IPx8 rating, meaning it’s completely waterproof. It’s able to withstand up to one hour in water that’s up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep. It also comes with other features such as a built-in screen protector, port/button covers and a one-year warranty.


    Catalyst Waterproof Case ($70)

    The Catalyst is well known for producing waterproof cases for Apple Watches and iPhones. The iPhone X has an IPx8 rating, giving it a waterproof design and can withstand being immersed in water up to 33 feet (10 meters). It also comes with nifty features such as the wrist lanyard, True Sound Acoustics tech and military grade drop protection.


    I-Blason Aegis Case ($20)

    The I-Blason has an outstanding reputation as a brand and provides customers with great quality and value for the price. The case looks no different than a regular phone case but has an IPx8 rating, meaning it’s waterproof rather than water resistant. It comes with a built-in screen protector, and port/button covers to make sure no water seeps in. It also comes with a dual-layer and a shock-absorbing design, so if you drop your phone, it’ll be protected from the fall.


    OUNNE Fully Sealed Case ($90)

    If you’re not on a budget, the OUNNE fully sealed case is a good option as well. It features an IPx8 rating meaning it’s waterproof and it can last for up to an hour in 10 feet of water. The case is designed with a standard front and back, snap-together pieces which create a full seal. All the ports and buttons are covered as well to prevent any water leakage.


    JOTO Universal Pouch ($20)

    Though this isn’t technically a phone case, it’s a great pouch to use in order to fully protect your phone from water. It’s a universal ‘dry bag’ which fits any phone inside and comes with a clear, touch-enabled window on both the front and backsides. It’s given a rating of IPx8 and JOTO claims that it can withstand up to 100 feet of water. The reviews of this pouch are incredibly high and is great if you’re into outdoor water sports such as canoeing, rafting, jet skiing or boating.

  • Get Siri to Automatically Translate Languages for You in iOS 11



    As the world becomes a smaller place, you’re probably picking up some contacts in far off players. Maybe you have a business and you need to communicate with clients in China, or yet still, you’re traveling around Spain and need to pick up some local phrases. Whatever the case might be, it’s becoming increasingly important to be able to speak to people from all over the planet — yet it remains frustrating that we can’t learn ‘em all. That’s exactly where Siri comes in.


    Now that the new iOS 11 is out, there are many updates on it that’ll drastically change the way you communicate. Instead of focusing on the better known features, let’s do a deep dive into the the brand spanking new ‘automatic translator’ feature of Cupertino’s latest mobile operating system. Apple has been working hard and spending the hours in finding a way to make communication between different languages easier. Google Translate isn’t bad, but, you know, it doesn’t translate everything correctly, making it somewhat unreliable. Furthermore, it’s entirely web based meaning that you have to go out of your way if you actually want to translate something. But now, through Siri, iOS is able to directly translate words and phrases into different languages. Essentially, Siri is turning into a version of Google Translate on the go (Sorry Mountain View!)


    Prior to iOS 11, if you wanted to use Siri to translate a word or phrase, she had to use external links which you would then have to scroll through and read. However, now with the iOS 11, whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you’ll be able to directly translate words and phrase without having to open external links. Siri will directly tell you the translation and provide you with proper pronunciation of that word or phrase.


    What’s even better is how easy it is to use Siri’s automatic translation feature. We’ll show you how it’s done. Firstly, you want to make sure that Siri’s default language is set to English. This is, for now, the only language which can be translated from with Siri. Of course, more languages will be added on, but don’t hold your breath for additional language support in iOS 11. That’ll be an iOS 12 feature, undoubtedly.


    Once that’s done, you can either say “Hey Siri” or go to the Siri screen by long-pressing the home button. The screen should then pop up where you’ll be able to ask her your question. You can ask her, “How do you say Where is the bathroom? In Spanish?” or in any other language that you’d like to translate your question to. You can also type your question as well, now that Siri comes with a Type to Siri feature. We all know that we cannot always ask Siri a question out loud, so this update on Siri is a great improvement. Then, Siri will translate your word or phrase to you and send you an audio and text of the translation. That way, you hear and see what you need to say.


    You may be wondering how well does Siri translate words and phrases? Well, actually Siri does a pretty good job of translate various phrases and words meaning that, if you’re a tourist, having Siri will come in handy.


    Does It Have Any Downfalls?


    Of course, with every piece of technology, there are its downfalls. This is the first major update for Siri when it comes to translations, so, it will have its faults, however, through future updates, Siri will continue to improve and impress users.


    An additional pitfall of using Siri as a translator is the limited amount of languages it can translate to. At this moment in time, Siri can offer users translations in German, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Spanish. Though the range of languages isn’t vast, it does cover some of the most popular languages spoken internationally.


    If you’re wondering when the updates to Siri’s translation feature will be implemented, nobody knows outside of Apple itself. We can only cross our fingers and hope it’ll be sooner rather than later.


    Is your language not included on the list? Is there a language that you’d like to see featured in Siri’s automatic translations? Let us know in the comment section below!

  • Android P: Top 6 things you need to know!

    Android P 2


    Google has let their avid fans in on the next version of the Android so that everyone can take a look at what’s coming their way. New features and apps are just the beginning of the new updates happening on the Android. Though it’s not yet time to make these updates on your phone, yes, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer, but this doesn’t mean you can’t wait in anticipation knowing what’s heading your way. We’re going to show you the 6 things you need to know about the Android P.


    1. Indoor Positioning

    Google is improving the turn-by-turn directions for inside use, making them just as good as using Maps when you’re outside. Android P will also help you out by informing you how close you are to WiFi access points that you’re already connected to and developers will be able to use this information to provide you with more accurate locations of where you are.


    1. Multi-camera support

    Most Android phones have multi-cameras on both the front and back of their phone, however, most of them are unable to work at the same time. The new Android P is adding an API for developers to explore the use of using multiple cameras at the same time. What does this mean? This could result in depth-sensing with multiple cameras to Portrait Mode or commercial phones using a basic camera.  In addition, they’re adding support for image stabilization and display-based flash as you would use with the camera app on your phone. So, third-party cameras are going to work even better.


    1. Extreme Privacy

    The Android P is going heavy on user privacy and security. They’re adding restriction systems for sensors, microphones, and cameras when an app is idling. Instead, the systems will stop reporting to the app as soon as it idles and, in addition, apps searching for information will not be sent any data. They’re also removing requests for background access.


    Google is enabling encryption for backups that come with a client-side secret and per-network randomization of MAC addresses, however, these features won’t be accessible until later updates of the Android P come out.


    Lastly, individual apps are going to have access to fingerprint system in Android P which means there’s a better UI for apps so that fingerprint authentication comes from a trusted source.


    1. Dat Notch support

    If you notice the buttons on your phone, with each new update to Android, the notch areas in the display are easier and easier to avoid. Android P will make it easier for you to support the cutout in the display with APIs which help create UI around the notch. This results with a full-screen app with buttons on the sides that are able to avoid the notch areas in the display. Several different notch styles have been used in the Android P simulator so you can test this out without having a phone with a notch on the front.


    1. Notifications improvement

    Google is going to allow developers to their conversations from messenger into a notification. They’ll be able to view the entire message, including attachments which improves the overall at-a-glance messaging. In addition, you’ll only receive via notification instead of multiple notifications from the same person.

    It will also allow developers to add quick replies, though it’s not clear yet on how much control developers will have over the type of replies they send.


    1. It’s not ready yet!

    Though Google leaked out some info on what to look forward to, when Android releases a new version for developers, it still means that the Android is unstable and unfinished with features that may not even be finalized with the release of Android P.


    If you’re not working on an app, then you won’t want to install the first version of Android P. Now, if you have to install it onto your phone, make sure that the phone you’re installing it on isn’t one you have to rely on.

  • Android Oreo Beta Is Now Available for OnePlus 5


    Now that the Android Oreo update is coming out on the OnePlus 5, you’re probably pretty excited, at least if you’re anything like we are that is — proud geeks and OnePlus 5 owners. Now before you get pumped about updating your OS, you should know that this is a beta, meaning that there may be bugs and errors which Google hasn’t gotten around to yet. If you’re going to download the beta, make sure you backup your phone and are able to downgrade in case the worst happens. It’s better to be safe than sorry!


    With that mini-disclaimer out there, let’s explain how to update to Android Oreo on your OnePlus 5 device, shall we?


    The first thing you’ll need is to download OxygenOS. Yes, it’s not technically the same version of Android which ships out of Mountain View every year, but it’s pretty darn close. Furthermore, it’s the only officially supported Android fork for OnePlus devices. In any case, follow the steps below in order to get started.


    How to Download OxygenOS


    Before using your flash on your device, read these instructions. If you have any problems, we recommend that you contact their customer support for further assistance.


    You’ll want to download the software for your device which you can find here at the bottom of the page.Once that’s completed, plug your phone into your computer and copy the downloaded zip file to your phone’s storage. If you have a Mac, then to complete this, you’ll need to use an Android File Transfer.


    Once you copied the zip file to your phone, you’ll need to reboot your phone into recovery mode. This means you’ll want to turn off your phone and then turn it back on while holding the power and volume down button at the same time.

    Your phone will reboot and you’ll see “Install from internal storage/Install from local,” you’ll find the zip file and then click on “Install” to confirm the process.

    Now, your phone is going to update to the selected build and then reboot itself again to take you to OxygenOS.


    What to Expect with Android Oreo


    Now that you know how to download OxygenOS, you’re probably wondering what does Android Oreo have to offer its users. Well, there are a couple features that you’ll be getting with the new Android Oreo beta.


    Added Picture in Picture

    Added Auto-fill

    Added Smart text selection

    New Quick Settings design

    Updated to Android O with November security patch

    New app folder design

    Added notification dots

    Added Parallel Apps

    Upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus


    These features and updates make a huge difference when using your device, so if you’ve been eyeing this update, then we suggest you give it a try. Of course, it’s important to remember that Android Oreo is a beta software. Thus, OnePlus makes it clear on their site that, “these builds are sometimes NOT as stable as our official OTAs generally are. By installing this update, you accept the potential risks of data loss.” In conclusion, if you’re worried about potentially losing your data on your device, then we recommend that you make sure you backup all important information prior to downloading this build on your device. If you’re still uncomfortable with this, then you can use their official OTA instead.


    Are you already a OnePlus 5 user? Have you tried out Android Oreo? Are you going to? Let us know what you think about it in the comment section below!

  • The biggest early visual changes in Android P

    Android P


    With the first developer preview of the Android P finally released, everyone is now having their first sneak peek at what Google has been working on over the past months and what it’s bringing to the table. Though you should know that this is an early version of the software, so it’s likely to have multiple changes occur to it prior to its final release. But even with the first preview, we’re able to see that Google is making some outstanding changes to the Android P.


    The next developer preview of Android P is expected to be released around May, so, we’ll be able to see more finalized decisions and changes made to the Android P software, however, until then, let's take a look at what the first developer preview is offering users.


    Notch-friendly notifications

    The clock on the Android P has moved from the far right-hand side of the screen now to the far left-hand side of the screen of the top status bar. The new OS is designed to aid with notches that may cut into the top display area, putting notifications right next to the time. The display screen will show you up to four different app icon notifications and after four, it’ll have the rest of the notifications accessible to you when you slide down the notification tray.


    Straightforward quick-settings pulldown

    This is a much-needed change that Google has been focusing on making better. The corners of the icons have been rounded for settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. Now, the icons are circles with colorful accents and turn gray when switched off. The horizontal bar underneath the icons is also closer. When the settings bar is pulled fully down, it’s given a much cleaner design and appearance.


    A colorful settings menu

    Google loves to change to the settings screen whenever there’s a major Android update. Well, with the new Android P update, Google is at it again and making new icons to the right of sections such as Display, Battery and Network. Though the layout hasn’t changed, the grayscale icons are now colorful circles.


    The dock looks like a dock

    Android P’s dock which shows your favorite apps and Google search bar now has a cloudy background which helps the apps stand out from everything else on your home screen. It also aids in helping in swiping up to reach the app switcher. In addition, there’s also a microphone icon on the right side of the search bar which allows you fast access one-tap to voice search and Google Assistant.


    Screenshot with the power menu

    The Power Off/Restart pop-up on the Pixel has an additional feature which is added underneath of those two options: screenshot. So, if users don’t want to use the normal button combo, rather, you can hold down the power button and tap the screenshot button and it’ll capture whatever you want to screenshot. This way, you don’t have to hit power/restart at the same time.


    Shrinking volume slider

    Google is relocating the software volume slider, making it a little more straightforward and easier to use. The volume slider offers you four options: tapping the calls/ring button switches in between ring, vibrate and silent ringer. Though, this feature will still need more work in order to make it even more straightforward when using it.


    Product Sans Font more visible

    The font that’s been used for Google’s Pixel’s branding is now showing up in more areas throughout the system. You’ll be able to see the font in places, for example, the camera permission pop-up which allows you to ‘deny’ or ‘allow’ camera access. The font being used is called Product Sans.


    Now that you know the some of the new features with the Android P, you have a been idea of what’s going to be coming out for users. Google’s been working hard to make the new Android P easier to use, more vibrant and of course, minimalistic in design and features.

  • 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.

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