New Year’s Resolutions for iPhone Users in 2014

Another year is upon us and iPhones and iPads are more popular than ever. With these devices becoming such an integral part of our lives, it makes sense that we might have a few New Year’s Resolutions to accompany them. Last year, I wrote an similar article for Mac users which still applies just as much to this year if you’d like to refer to that as well. Also, keep in mind that although the title of this article refers to the iPhone, it could just as easily have mentioned the iPad.

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How to Upgrade to OS X Mavericks

Tuesday was a very exciting day for Apple fans and Mac owners. New MacBook Pros, new iPads, new iLife & iWork applications, and a new operating system named “Mavericks.” The best part about it is that Apple has made this latest upgrade completely free for users as far back as OS X 10.6 (aka Snow Leopard)

Before upgrading, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing a Time Machine backup of your Mac. If you haven’t set this up already, see this article.

1. Open the Mac App Store. At the moment, Mavericks is featured but if you’re reading this article at a later time, you can search for it in the upper right search box.

2. Once you have the Mavericks Download page in front of you, click the “Free Upgrade” button. Later, it may say “Install.”

3. Wait until the download has completed which may take some time as it’s a large file. Once it’s finished, it will open automatically and ask to begin the process of installing Mavericks to your Mac. Simply follow the prompts.

This process may take some time so be prepared to be without the use of your Mac for around 20 to 30 minutes. Also, be advised that there are a few applications that don’t currently work in Mavericks but nothing incredibly important. 

That’s it. Nice and easy. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments.

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Message Time Stamp in iOS 7

SMStimestampEver want to know when you sent or received a text? Simply slide your finger right to left when viewing an iMessage or SMS text conversation to reveal a time stamp of when that text took place.

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Access iCloud.com from iPhone or iPad

There may be times when you need to access your iCloud data from another device. The only device available may be a friend’s iPad or iPhone.

At the moment, the only way to log into iCloud on a mobile device is by adding that account to the device’s settings which may cause a few headaches with syncing and security. This is because you can’t simply log into iCloud.com via Safari as it only presents you with a page dedicated to iCloud setup.

However, there is a way to get to iCloud.com on your iPhone or iPad.

1. Go to the App Store or click here to download the free “Google Chrome” app for your iPad or iPhone.

2. In Chrome, navigate to iCloud.com where you’ll still be presented with the setup screen.

3. In the upper-right corner, tap the box with three small lines for a drop-down menu. Once you see this, tap “Request Desktop Site.”

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How to Fix iMessage Problem in iOS 7

ResetNetworkSettingsSeveral users are finding problems using the iMessage service since updating to iOS 7. If you are one of those people, here’s how to fix the issue on your device…

1. Open the “Settings” Application on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Scroll down to Tap “Messages”

3. At the top, flip the switch on the right to turn iMessage off.

4. Go back to “Settings” then tap “General” followed by “Reset” which you’ll find toward the bottom.

5. Under Reset, choose “Reset Network Settings” and confirm.

6. Go back to “Settings” then “Messages” to turn iMessage back on.

Doing this should have reset your connection to the iMessage servers and should solve the problem on your device.

 

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Create Text Shortcuts on your iPhone & iPad

While it may be common for teenagers to use abbreviations such as “TTYL” for “Talk to you later,” many adults still prefer to type in full phrases but envy the time-saving aspect of texting “lingo.”

The good news is you can have both.

1. Open the “Settings” App on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap the line for “Keyboard”
3. Scroll down to see some built-in shortcuts then tap “Add New Shortcut…” to create your own.

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