Payette Forward https://www.payetteforward.com Expert Help with iPhone, iPad, and Mac Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:05:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 My iPhone Can’t Find My Fitbit. Here’s The Real Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-cant-find-fitbit-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-cant-find-fitbit-fix/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:01:01 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=27465 You’ve activated your Fitbit and are excited to start using it, but your iPhone doesn’t recognize it. No matter what you try, you can’t connect your devices. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone can’t find your Fitbit! If Your Phone Can’t Find Your Fitbit: Quick Solutions These are a few [...]

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You’ve activated your Fitbit and are excited to start using it, but your iPhone doesn’t recognize it. No matter what you try, you can’t connect your devices. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone can’t find your Fitbit!

If Your Phone Can’t Find Your Fitbit: Quick Solutions

These are a few things you can do to make sure that your Fitbit and iPhone will connect properly. First, make sure that your iPhone and Fitbit are within a range of thirty feet or less. This step is important because if your iPhone and Fitbit aren’t within thirty feet, they might not be able to connect to one another.

Next, double-check that iPhone Bluetooth is on. Bluetooth is the technology your iPhone uses to wireless connect to other devices.

Open Settings and tap Bluetooth. This will take you to another page where you can tap the slider to enable or disable the Bluetooth connection, see devices you’re connected to, and see other devices in your range.

turn on bluetooth in iphone settings app

To make sure that the pairing process goes smoothly, make sure you aren’t connected to any other Bluetooth devices. Connecting to multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously can interfere with your iPhone’s ability to pair with your Fitbit.

On the Bluetooth page in Settings check if your iPhone is connected to another device. If your iPhone is connected to other devices, click the information button to the right-hand side of the device and tap Disconnect.

Turn Bluetooth Off And Back On

If your iPhone still can’t find your Fitbit, try turning Bluetooth off and back on again. This will reset the connection and hopefully allow your Fitbit to connect. This is an easy process — open Settings and tap Bluetooth. Tap the slider twice to turn it off and then back on again.

Close And Reopen The Fitbit App

Resetting your Bluetooth connection is one way to troubleshoot, but if this doesn’t work, then try closing and reopening the Fitbit app. Similar to resetting the Bluetooth connection, this will reset the application and give it a fresh start.

First, you have to open the app switcher. If your iPhone has a Home button, double-press it. If your iPhone doesn’t have a Home button, swipe up from the bottom to the center of the screen. Finally, swipe the Fitbit app up and off the top of the screen.

Check For Fitbit App Updates

Sometimes your iPhone can’t find your Fitbit because you haven’t installed the most up-to-date version of the Fitbit app. To check for an app update, open the App Store and tap Account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll down to the Updates section and tap Update to the right of the Fitbit app if one is available.

Check For An iOS Update

It’s also a good idea to se if your iPhone is up to date, as it outdated software can cause a variety of different problems.

To check if you need an iOS update, open Settings and go to General, then select Software Update. This page will tell you if you need to update your iOS. There’s even an option to turn on Automatic Updates to ensure you never miss one.

Restart Your iPhone And Fitbit

If you’re still running into problems and your iPhone won’t connect to your Fitbit, then you might need to restart both.

To restart your iPhone, hold down the lock button and one of the volume buttons at the same time, then select Slide to Power Off. If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, then hold down the home and lock button simultaneously. Once the phone is off, wait about 30 seconds, and simply turn it back on again by holding down the power button.

Restarting your Fitbit is different, depending on the version you have. Many include charging your Fitbit at the same time, so make sure that you have access to your charging cable and a port before you begin the restart. For specific information on how to restart each Fitbit series, check out this article that details the steps.

Forget Your Fitbit As A Bluetooth Device

Another solution you can try, if your iPhone can’t find your Fitbit, is forgetting your Fitbit as a Bluetooth device in your iPhone Settings, and then reconnecting it via the Fitbit app. To do this, open your Settings application and go to Bluetooth. Under My Devices, select your Fitbit by tapping the information icon on the right-hand side, then click Forget This Device.

Next, go to your Fitbit app and begin the set-up process for connecting the device. This should prompt a text message, asking to allow your Fitbit device to pair with your phone. To do so, tap Pair.

Reset Your iPhone’s Network Settings

If all of the above doesn’t help and your iPhone still won’t connect to your Fitbit, the final troubleshooting step would be to reset your iPhone’s Network Settings. This will reset your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular Networks, so make sure you remember all your passwords. To reset your Network Settings, open Settings and select General, then Reset, and finally Reset Network Settings.

Now Your Phone Can Connect To Your Fitbit

Hopefully, these troubleshooting steps have helped to connect your iPhone and Fitbit. It’s frustrating when you get a new Fitbit, and your iPhone won’t connect to it, but now you know what to do! We hope this article was helpful for you, please feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have below. Thanks for reading!

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iPhone Not Connecting To Ford SYNC? Here’s The Real Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-not-connecting-to-ford-sync-heres-the-real-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-not-connecting-to-ford-sync-heres-the-real-fix/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:00:31 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=10540 You’ve connected your iPhone to your the USB port of your car with Ford SYNC, but it’s not playing music. You connected it with Bluetooth, and you can make phone calls on the Phone setting — but music isn’t working, even though your iPhone says it’s playing. In this article, I’ll show you how to [...]

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You’ve connected your iPhone to your the USB port of your car with Ford SYNC, but it’s not playing music. You connected it with Bluetooth, and you can make phone calls on the Phone setting — but music isn’t working, even though your iPhone says it’s playing. In this article, I’ll show you how to play music on your iPhone over USB using Ford SYNC and explain what to do when your iPhone won’t play music over SYNC.

What Is Ford SYNC?

Ford SYNC is software unique to Ford vehicles that allow you to connect your iPhone for hands free calls and other features. Holding your phone while you’re driving can be very dangerous, so it’s always good to have a hands free option.

However, if you can’t get your phone to connect, the system isn’t all that useful, is it?

Why Doesn’t My iPhone Connect To Ford SYNC Automatically?

Your iPhone is not connecting to Ford SYNC automatically because your car’s default setting is “line in” rather than USB. So even if your iPhone is plugged in to the dock connector, you still have to manually switch the source to SYNC USB.

How To Connect An iPhone To Ford SYNC

The steps below will be able to help you get your phone connected.

  1. Begin by making sure you are main Media Menu. The Media icon should be highlighted in orange on the left side of your car’s display. If your iPhone says it’s playing music, but you’re not hearing anything yet, that’s normal.
  2. Press the physical MENU button in center console.
  3. The menu will appear on your car’s display.
  4. Make sure SYNC-media is highlighted on your car’s display.
  5. Press the physical OK button in the center console.
  6. The Media Menu will appear on the screen. You may see Play Menu, Media Menu, or something else.
  7. Tap the physical down button in your car’s console until Select Source appears on the display screen.
  8. Press the physical OK button in the center console.
  9. Press the physical down button in the center console until SYNC USB appears on the screen
  10. Press the physical OK button in the center console.

Can I Listen To Music Using SYNC Bluetooth?

Yes, you can listen to music using SYNC Bluetooth, but we strongly recommend using SYNC USB. Bluetooth is great for phone calls, but it’s not as good for the high-quality audio you expect when listening to music, audiobooks, or your favorite podcast.

Bluetooth is also a bit slower than the USB in regard to connecting your iPhone to your car. Listening to audio files via Bluetooth may result in slower load time, laggy audio, and frequent skips.

The reason for this is because USB flash drives use a kind of memory called solid state while Bluetooth sends the music data through a wireless signal. Solid state memory transfers to the vehicle much faster than a wireless connection and with more accuracy, meaning that you’ll get higher quality and with less annoying skips.

Can I Make Phone Calls Over The iPhone Dock Connector?

No, you cannot make phone calls over the iPhone dock connector. The USB dock connector was designed to only support playing audio, not the two-way communication of phone calls that uses the microphone.

Bluetooth was designed with the capability of making phone calls in mind, and it’s still the default way for communication.

Why Doesn’t My iPhone Connect To Ford SYNC Automatically?

Your iPhone is not connecting to Ford SYNC automatically because your car’s default setting is “line in” rather than USB. So even if your iPhone is plugged in to the dock connector, you still have to manually switch the source to SYNC USB.

iPhone: Connected To Ford SYNC!

Your iPhone is connected to Ford SYNC and you’re finally able to listen to your favorite songs while cruising along the open road. It’s incredibly frustrating when your iPhone is not connecting to Ford SYNC, so make sure you share this article on social media to save your friends and family from potential headaches.

Thanks for reading,
David P. and David L.

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iPhone vs Android: Which Is Better In August 2020? https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-vs-android-which-is-better/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-vs-android-which-is-better/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:00:21 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=23152 iPhone vs Android: it’s one of the most heated debates in the cell phone world. There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to decide which is better for you. In this article, we’ve outlined some of the most important points to help you decide if you should get an iPhone or an [...]

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iPhone vs Android: it’s one of the most heated debates in the cell phone world. There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to decide which is better for you. In this article, we’ve outlined some of the most important points to help you decide if you should get an iPhone or an Android in August 2020!

Why iPhones Are Better Than Androids

More User Friendly

According to Kaley Rudolph, writer and research for freeadvice.com, “Apple has nearly perfected the user interface, and for anyone looking to purchase a phone that is user friendly, accessible, and reliable–there’s no competition.”

Indeed, iPhones have a very friendly user interface. According to Ben Taylor, founder of HomeWorkingClub.com, “Android phones run lots of different operating system versions, all tweaked and skinned by the various phone manufacturers.” In contrast, iPhones are created from top to bottom by Apple so that the user experience can be much more consistent.

When comparing iPhones vs Android phones about the user experience, iPhones generally are better.

Better Security

One big edge in the iPhone vs Android arena is security. Karan Singh from TechInfoGeek writes, “iTunes app store is heavily monitored by Apple. Each app is checked for the presence of malicious code and is released after thorough testing.” This vetting process means that your phone is much more secure against malicious apps because it simply is not allowed to install apps that can harm your device.

In contrast, Android devices allow you to install apps from third party sources. If you aren’t careful, this can lead to a security risk for your device.

Better Augmented Reality

Apple has led the way on bringing Augmented Reality (AR) to smartphones. Morten Haulik, the Head of Content at Evrest, says Apple has a “far superior” ARKit and is in a good position to “dominate the upcoming AR revolution.”

Haulik added that Apple may be incorporating their new LiDAR Scanner into the next line of iPhones, which are set to be released in September 2020. The LiDAR scanner helps a camera determine range and depth, which will help AR developers.

When it comes to iPhone vs Android in the AR arena, iPhones are ahead.

Better Performance

According to Karan Singh from TechInfoGeek, “The use of Swift language, NVMe storage, large processor cache, high single-core performance, and OS optimization ensures that iPhones remain lag-free.” While more recently iPhones and Android devices can seem tied in the race for better performance, iPhones tend to have more consistent and efficient performance. This optimization means that iPhones can get better battery life than Android phones when running the same tasks.

This optimization and efficiency is all due to the fact that iPhones are crafted under one roof. Apple can control all aspects of the phone and its components, where Android developers have to collaborate with many different other companies.

When it comes to unity of hardware and software in the iPhone vs Android debate, iPhone definitely wins out.

More Frequent Updates

When it comes to update frequency in the iPhone vs Android duel, Apple comes out ahead. iOS updates are regularly released to patch bugs and introduce new features. Every iPhone user has access to that update as soon as its released.

This isn’t the case for Android phones. Reuben Yonatan, the Founder and CEO of GetVoIP, pointed out that it can take more than a year for some Android phones to get a new update. For example, Opposed, Lenovo, Tecno, Alcatel, Vivo, and LG didn’t have Android 9 Pie at the end of 2019, even though it had been released more than a year earlier.

Native Features (e.g. iMessage & FaceTime)

iPhones have better features that are native to all Apple products, including iMessage and FaceTime. iMessage is Apple’s instant messaging service. You can send texts, gifs, reactions, and much more.

Kalev Rudolph, a writer and researcher for FreeAdvice, says iMessage has more “streamlined and instantaneous” group messaging than anything offered by Android phones.

FaceTime is Apple’s video calling platform. This app comes pre-installed on your iPhone and you can use it to video chat with anyone who has an Apple ID, even if they’re on a Mac, iPad, or iPod.

On Android, you and the people you want to video chat with all need the same third-party application like Google Duo, Facebook Messenger or Discord. So, in terms of native features, the iPhone vs Android debate favors the iPhone, but those same features can be found elsewhere on Android just as easily.

Better For Gaming

Winston Nguyen, the Founder of VR Heaven, believes that iPhones are the superior gaming phone. Nguyen says that the iPhone’s lower touch latency makes for a more seamless gaming experience, even when comparing the iPhone 6s to the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

The optimization of applications for iPhones also means that the device can run games with good performance without needing as much RAM. In contrast, Android phones need a lot of RAM to run games and multitask effectively.

We’ll talk more about gaming later in this article, as the iPhone vs Android gaming debate isn’t quite as clear cut as this.

Warranty Program And Customer Service

AppleCare+ is the top-of-the-line warranty program in the mobile phone space. There’s no Android equivalent that’s nearly as comprehensive.

Rudolph noted that Android manufacturers “have built-in carefully crafted clauses to void replacement responsibility.” On the other hand, Apple has two programs which can include coverage for theft, loss, and two incidents of accidental damage.

It’s important to keep in mind that repairing your iPhone with a non-Apple part will void your AppleCare+ warranty. An Apple tech won’t touch your iPhone if they see that you’ve tried to fix it on your own or brought it to a third-party repair shop.

While Android manufacturers may have their own warranty programs, warranty services in the iPhone vs Android arena definitely fall in favor of Apple.

Why Android Are Better Than iPhones

Expandable Storage

Do you find that you often run out of storage space on your phone? If so, you may want to switch to Android! Many Android phones support expandable storage, meaning you can use an SD card to get more storage space and save more files, apps, and more.

According to Stacy Caprio from DealsScoop, “Androids allow you to take out the memory card and put in one with a higher memory capacity while iPhones do not.” When she needed more storage on her Android device, she “was able to purchase a new memory card to increase the storage capacity for much less money” than buying a new phone.

If you run out of storage on the iPhone, you really only have to options: upgrade to a new model with more storage space or pay for additional iCloud storage space. When it comes to storage space in the iPhone vs Android debate, Android comes out first.

Extra iCloud storage space really isn’t that expensive. In some cases, it’s actually cheaper than purchasing a separate SD card. You can get 200 GB of additional iCloud storage for just $2.99 / month. A 256 GB Samsung SD card can cost as much as $49.99.

Brand Capacity Compatible With iPhone? Compatible With Android? Cost
SanDisk 32 GB No Yes $5.00
SanDisk 64 GB No Yes $15.14
SanDisk 128 GB No Yes $26.24
SanDisk 512 GB No Yes $109.99
SanDisk 1 TB no Yes $259.99

Headphone Jack

Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 was controversial at the time. These days, Bluetooth headphones are more affordable and easier to use than before. There isn’t as much need for a built-in headphone jack anymore.

However, Apple did create a problem when it removed the headphone jack. iPhone users can no longer charge their iPhone with a Lightning cable and use wired headphones simultaneously.

Not everyone wants or needs the wire-free cell phone experience. You might not always remember to charge your Bluetooth headphones or wireless charging pad. When it comes to including older features like this in the iPhone vs Android competition, Android wins.

If you want a newer cell phone with a headphone jack, an Android is the way to go — for now. Unfortunately for fans of the headphone jack, Android manufacturers are starting to remove it too. The Google Pixel 4, Samsung S20, and OnePlus 7T don’t have a headphone jack.

More Phone Options

Smartphone buyers may only need a specific set of features. The large number of manufacturers creating Android phones means that there is something for everyone. From power users to those on a strict budget, the Android lineup is diverse and can fit the needs of almost anyone.

According to Richard Gamin from pcmecca.com, if you’re getting an Android phone, “You can work around your budget a lot better and in most cases, get a decent smartphone for a good price.” Android’s selection of budget and mid-range smartphones gives the phones an edge over Apple’s expensive iPhones.

When comparing iPhones vs Androids, most midrange Android phones often have more features than flagship iPhones. Many midrange Android phones have headphone jacks, expandable storage, and sometimes even unique hardware like pop-up cameras. Best of all, these mid-range Android phones offer relatively good performance.

In short, cheaper Android phones are getting better and better, and you may not have to spend a thousand dollars on an iPhone when you can get a $400 Android that can do everything an iPhone can and more.

Unrestricted Operating System

When it comes to OS accessibility in the iPhone vs Android arena, the Android operating system turns out to be less restricted than iOS. You don’t have to jailbreak an Android to change things like the default messaging app and launcher.

Although it creates more risks, some people prefer Android’s less restricted operating system. According to Saqib Ahmed Khan, the digital marketing executive for PureVPN, “Android is open source, but Play Store is managed by Google, and they have not imposed so much restrictions like Apple’s App Store therefore you will find more applications on play store then Apple’s App Store.” This lack of restriction does create risk, but an understanding of best practices of how to keep your phone secure can help to navigate this app landscape.

According to Ahn Trihn, the managing editor of GeekWithLaptop, “iPhones are very proprietary and they are very inclusive about their software and applications. This means the programs you can download on iPhones are very limited. Android, on the other hand, is the exact opposite.” Without these limitations, Android phones are much better at supporting apps with software features.

Trihn writes that “Android offers you the freedom to do whatever you want on your phone. You can download apps that will change the layout and interface of your phone, games not on the play store, and even apps made by rookie programmers. The possibilities are endless.” This freedom of customization can allow you to make your Android phone as personalized as you’d like.

More Customization & Personalization

This is an area where Apple has caught up to Android in recent years. You can now customize your iPhone Control Center, widget menu, wallpaper, and much more.

However, Android has been in the customization game for far longer, so there are way more options. Paul Vignes, the communication and marketing specialist at Trendhim writes “Androids are much more flexible when it comes to customization of icons, widgets, layout etc. and all these without having to jailbreak or even root the device.” This puts Android phones at a massive advantage against iPhones when it comes to user personalization.

There are countless apps on the Google Play Store for helping customize your home screen, background, ringtones, widgets, and more. These apps can even help you connect your devices together, such as Microsoft Launcher, which helps sync activities between your Android phone and your Windows PC.

More Hardware

Apple products and accessories need to be MFi-certified to work properly (or at all) with iOS devices. This means that the device will work with Apple’s proprietary lightning cable. That’s not the case with Androids, as they don’t use Apple’s lightning connector.

Ahn Trihn from GeekWithLaptop writes that “Android hardware can be found everywhere, you can buy chargers, earphones, modular screens, controllers, keyboards, batteries, and so much more with Android.” You can pay for the features and hardware you want rather than pay a high price for something you don’t need. With iPhones, you may feel forced into buying more expensive accessories like AirPods that do the same things as their cheaper, Android compatible counterparts.

Aside from accessories, Android phones also tend to have more internal hardware. The only folding phones and dual screen phones on the market currently are Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Some mid range Android phones have pop up cameras, and there are even Android phones with built-in projectors.

This hardware is also usually more advanced. According to Mathew Rogers, senior editor at Mango Matter, “Fast charging, wireless charger, IP-water resistance rating, 120hz screens, and longer lasting high capacity batteries have historically been far more advanced on Android devices than Apple iPhones.”

USB-C Charger

While newer iPhones have switched to USB-C charging, Android devices have been using USB-C for much longer. According to Richard Gamin, from PCMecca.com, “all the newer [Android] models have USB-C, which not only charges your phone faster, but it also means that you don’t need a designated Lightning cable. You can use any USB-C device for charging.” Since many Android phones use the exact same charger despite having different manufacturers, you won’t have as much of a problem borrowing a cable from a friend if you forgot yours at home.

USB-C charging is faster and more efficient than the lightning connector. Since the cable isn’t a proprietary charger from Apple, USB-C accessories are generally less expensive as they don’t have to pay for MFI certification.

USB-C cables are also easier to use with adapters. With a USB-C to HDMI cable, newer Samsung phones can be used on desktop monitors. This converts the screen into a desktop UI experience called Samsung DeX, a feature completely missing from Apple’s iPhone lineup.

More RAM and Processing Power

iPhones generally do not have as much RAM as Android phones due to their app/system optimization. However, having more RAM and computing power is certainly helpful for the Android experience. According to Brandon Wilkes, digital marketing manager at the Big Phone Store, “Year after year Android release phones that have better processors and more RAM. This essentially means that whenever you’re buying an Android phone, you’re buying a phone that is capable of running much faster and much smoother. You’re also paying a fraction of the price too!”

With more RAM and processing power, Android phones can multitask just as well if not better than iPhones. While the app/system optimization may not be as good as Apple’s closed source system, the higher computing power makes Android phones much more capable machines for a greater number of tasks.

Arguably, this difference in performance could be said to make Android phones better for gaming. However, this may depend on each device. Some Android phones are built specifically for gaming, coming with internal hardware like cooling fans to improve a user’s experience when gaming.

Easier File Transferring

One of Android’s strong points is is file management. iPhones are focused on a fluid user interface, however they are lacking in file management and storage.

According to Elliott Reimers, certified nutrition coach at Rave Reviews, “androids have a much more comprehensive filing system that allows you to find store and move files easily. This is perfect for a professional who doesn’t want to accidently share a picture from last weekend with the boss, or just somebody who appreciates a good bit of organization in their life.” When it comes to organizing, moving, and dealing with files, Android is most similar to Microsoft Windows.

Android phones are also much better at transferring files from one device to another. Combined with its file management system, Android devices can connect with Windows PCs with ease to share files using apps like OneDrive and Your Phone for Windows. This makes Android phones great for professionally maintaining file storage.

Freedom From Apple Ecosystem

Another major point for Android devices is that they don’t rely on Apple’s device and software ecosystem. Users can mix and match hardware accessories and software to their liking. Rogers writes, “The only reason why people stay with an iPhone is because they are locked into the FaceTime and AirDrop ecosystem.”

With that freedom, you often pay less. Being forced into Apple’s ecosystem means that they can charge a premium for their devices, as their competition isn’t as much as an issue.

Price Depreciation

Android smartphones tend to depreciate in price faster than iPhones. Rogers writes, “if you don’t need the latest device, you can score a brand new ex-flagship smartphone at a bargain price.” Being patient and waiting for the price of the latest flagship smartphone’s price to drop can allow you get a very feature-rich phone for a fraction of its initial cost.

iPhones vs Androids, Our Thoughts

There are a lot of great arguments on both sides of the iPhone vs Android debate. In recent years, the the top Android manufacturers are neck and neck with Apple in the race for the best device. The best iPhone out there right now, the iPhone 11, is certainly comparable to some of the best Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20.

Since neither are that much better than the other objectively speaking,  we believe that the choice comes down to your preference. Which one has features that suit you better, and which one do you like more? It’s all up to you.

Conclusion

Now that you’re an expert on iPhones vs Androids, which one will you choose, and which one is the best? Make sure to share this article on social media to see what your friends, family, and followers think about the iPhone vs. Android debate. Let us know which you prefer in the comments section below.

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My iPhone Won’t Ring! Here’s The Real Reason Why. https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-wont-ring-heres-the-real-reason-why/ https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-wont-ring-heres-the-real-reason-why/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:01:11 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=988 If you're missing incoming calls or asking yourself, "Why does my iPhone not ring?", don't worry: The fix is simple and I'll walk you through it.

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Picture this: You’re waiting for an important phone call. You’ve double-checked your iPhone to make sure the ringer is on and you’ve turned the volume all the way up. When the phone rings, you’re going to hear it. 5 minutes go by and you glance at your iPhone, only to find out you’ve missed the important call! Don’t throw your phone at the cat. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone won’t ring and I’ll show you exactly how to fix it.

Update: If you have an iPhone 7, this article will work for you — but you may want to check out my new article called My iPhone 7 Won’t Ring for an iPhone 7-specific walkthrough. Otherwise, keep reading!

Martha Aron inspired me to write this article when she asked, “My iPhone does not ring on all calls, I miss lots of calls and texts because of this. Can you help me?” Martha, I’m here to help you and everyone else that has missed incoming calls and texts because their iPhone isn’t ringing.

You Probably Know This, But Check Anyway…

If you’re reading this article, you probably already know that for your iPhone to ring, the Ring / Silent switch on the side of your iPhone has to be set to ring.

If the switch is pulled toward the screen, your iPhone’s ringer is turned on. If the switch is pushed toward the back of the iPhone, your iPhone is on silent and you’ll see a small orange stripe next to the switch. You’ll also see the speaker icon on the iPhone display when you flip the switch.

Once you’re sure the Ring / Silent switch is set to ring, make sure your iPhone ringer is turned up so you can hear your iPhone ring when you get a call. You can turn up the ringer volume by pressing the volume up button on the side of your iPhone.

You can also turn up the ringer volume by opening Settings -> Sounds & Haptics. Drag the slider under Ringer And Alerts to the right to turn up the ringer volume on your iPhone. The further you drag the slider to right, the louder the ringer will be.

iphone ringer slider

If your iPhone isn’t making any sound at all, my article about what to do when an iPhone speaker stops working will show you how to fix that problem. If you’ve already done all this, here’s why your iPhone isn’t ringing:

Here’s The Fix: Turn Off Do Not Disturb!

Most of the time, the reason an iPhone isn’t ringing for incoming calls is that the user has accidentally turned on the Do Not Disturb feature in Settings. Do Not Disturb silences calls, alerts, and notifications on your iPhone.

How Do I Know If Do Not Disturb Is Turned On?

The easiest way to tell if Do Not Disturb is turned on is to look in the upper right hand corner of your iPhone, just to the left of the battery icon. If Do Not Disturb is enabled, you’ll see a small moon icon there.

do not disturb icon indicates on

If you’d like to dive deeper into Do Not Disturb and set up an automatic schedule, instance, head to Settings -> Do Not Disturb to see all the options available to you.

How Do I Turn Off Do Not Disturb?

Ever since Apple released iOS 7, it’s been easy to turn Do Not Disturb on and off. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center. Tap the moon icon to turn Do Not Disturb on or off. That’s it!

This can vary for different iOS versions. If you have an iPhone X or newer, open Control Center by swiping down from the upper right-hand corner of the home screen.

toggle do not disturb in control center

You can also turn off Do Not Disturb by going to Settings -> Do Not Disturb and turning off the switch next to Do Not Disturb. You’ll know Do Not Disturb is off when the switch is white.

turn off do not disturb on your iPhone

Turn Off “Silence Unknown Callers”

One reason why you have an iPhone ringing problem may be because your block unknown callers feature is turned on. This feature is great for stopping telemarketers and robocalls in their tracks, but unfortunately it also filters out some people that you actually do want to talk to.

To turn this off, head over to Settings -> Phone and then switch off Silence Unknown Callers. Once you’ve done that, your phone should be able to ring again when someone who isn’t in your contacts tries to call you.

What If My iPhone Still Won’t Ring?

I’ve received a couple of comments from readers who have taken all of the suggestions and whose iPhones still aren’t ringing. If you’ve made it this far and your iPhone isn’t ringing, there’s a good chance you may have a hardware problem.

Often times, when gunk or liquid gets into one of the ports (like the headphone jack or lightning / dock connector), your iPhone thinks there’s something plugged into it, when in fact there isn’t. My article about how to fix an iPhone that’s stuck in headphone mode explains why that happens and how to fix the problem.

It’s a long shot, but you can take an antistatic brush (or toothbrush you’ve never used before) and try to brush out the gunk from your headphone jack or lightning / dock connector port. Antistatic brushes are helpful for cleaning all sorts of electronics, and you can pick up a 3-pack on Amazon for less than $5.

If you’re successful, the issue should resolve itself. Unfortunately, most of the time the damage has already been done. Something has shorted out on the inside of your iPhone, so the only solution is to visit your local Apple Store or use the mail-in options at Apple’s support website to have your iPhone repaired.

Apple Store repairs can be expensive. If you’re looking for a less-expensive option, I recommend Puls, a repair company that will send a certified technician to you who can meet you and fix your iPhone within an hour.

Now might also be a good time to upgrade your iPhone. Repairs can be expensive, especially if more than one thing is wrong with your iPhone. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a repair, you could use that money to purchase a new phone. Check out UpPhone’s cell phone comparison tool to find a great deal on a new iPhone!

Wrapping It Up

Do Not Disturb is one of those great features that comes in handy if you know how to use it, but it can be really frustrating if you don’t. To Martha and everyone else who has missed important calls or yelled “My iPhone won’t ring!” at an innocent bystander, I hope this article has you to solve your silent iPhone problem. If you have follow-up questions or other experiences to share, post them in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,
David P.

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How To Speed Up Or Slow Down YouTube Videos https://www.payetteforward.com/how-to-speed-up-or-slow-down-youtube-videos/ https://www.payetteforward.com/how-to-speed-up-or-slow-down-youtube-videos/#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:14:22 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=23102 You’re watching a video on YouTube, but the speaker is talking too quickly or not fast enough. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to change the speed of videos on YouTube. In this article, I’ll explain how to speed up or slow down YouTube videos! If you’d rather watch than read, check out the tutorial we made [...]

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You’re watching a video on YouTube, but the speaker is talking too quickly or not fast enough. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to change the speed of videos on YouTube. In this article, I’ll explain how to speed up or slow down YouTube videos!

If you’d rather watch than read, check out the tutorial we made about speeding up and slowing down YouTube videos. While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!

How To Speed Up YouTube Videos

Speeding up a YouTube video is as simple as increasing the playback speed to 1.25x or greater. The way to do this varies depending on where you’re watching the video.

YouTube App

Pause the video you’re watching and tap the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Then, tap Playback speed. Choose your desired speed, then resume watching the video.

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Mobile Web Browser

Pause the YouTube video and tap the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the video window. Tap the box under Speed and choose your desired playback speed.

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Desktop Web Browser

Click the gear icon in the lower right-hand corner of the video window. Then, click Playback speed. Choose your desired playback speed of 1.25x or greater to speed up the video!

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How To Slow Down YouTube Videos

Sometimes you’d rather slow down a video. This is especially useful when you’re watching a step-by-step tutorial and don’t want to miss any information.

You can follow the same steps outlined above to slow down YouTube videos too. When you’re choosing a playback speed, select .75x or below to slow down the video.

YouTube Videos: Explained!

You’ve changed the speed of the YouTube video and you can finally watch them at a speed you’re comfortable with. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your friends, family, and followers how to speed up and slow down YouTube videos. Leave a comment below with any other questions you have!

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How Do I Block Calls From “Scam Likely”? Here’s The Real Solution! https://www.payetteforward.com/block-calls-from-scam-likely-heres-real-solution/ https://www.payetteforward.com/block-calls-from-scam-likely-heres-real-solution/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:06:15 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=9999 You keep receiving phone calls from a mysterious “Scam Likely” and you want to block them. The new scam ID feature has created quite a buzz among mobile phone users, who are excited about the thought of never having to receive another phone call with nefarious intent. In this article, I’ll show you how to block calls [...]

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You keep receiving phone calls from a mysterious “Scam Likely” and you want to block them. The new scam ID feature has created quite a buzz among mobile phone users, who are excited about the thought of never having to receive another phone call with nefarious intent. In this article, I’ll show you how to block calls from “Scam Likely” on iPhone and Android smartphones, so you won’t have to deal with phone scams ever again.

Who Is “Scam Likely” And Why Are They Calling Me?

scam likely on iphone

Some wireless providers such as T-Mobile have created a new scam ID technology that automatically labels a potentially dangerous caller as “Scam Likely”. PrivacyStar, a company that helps mobile phone users avoid unwanted phone calls, also assisted in creating this scam filtering program.

Depending on what kind of phone you have, the message that you see on screen may be different. Samsung has their own spam detection and prevention service for their Android smartphones called Hiya which works pretty much the same way.

These features changes the caller ID of the potential scam caller to “Scam Likely”. This works using a lot of different methods, but one way that they can do it is compare the number against a database of confirmed scam callers. If the number is a match, it will label the number.

Why Do I Have A Missed Call From “Scam Likely”?

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If you receive but don’t answer a phone call from a number that has been flagged as “Scam Likely”, it will still show up under the Recents tab in the Phone app on your iPhone. If you want to delete the missed call, swipe the number from right to left in the Phone app and tap the red Delete button.

The same goes for an Android smartphone. You might see the missed call in your missed calls screen in your phone app. You can always delete them by swiping them away.

How Do I Block Calls From “Scam Likely”?

Blocking calls can depend on your wireless carrier, so we have some tips for each one below. We also have some information about features you can take advantage of on Android and iOS before going to your carrier. These options will make it so that you can easily block calls from “scam likely”.

Blocking Calls On iPhone

iOS has a built-in feature that allows you to block individual numbers. Go to your Phone app, then tap Recents and find the number you want to block, and then ta Block this Caller. 

Alternatively, you can use an app from from the App Store like Hiya or Truecaller.

Blocking “Scam Likely” Calls On Android

Android phones have pretty much the same feature, depending on the manufacturer. Google Pixel phones have a great features that will have Google Assistant answer the phone for you and ask the caller to identify themselves. This feature is called Call Screening and it can show you captions of the conversation between Google Assistant and the scammer so you can decide to pick up the call or ignore it.

Block Calls From “Scam Likely” On T-Mobile

For many iPhone and Android smartphone users, knowing that a scammer is calling isn’t enough: they want to block the scam calls altogether. Fortunately, if T-Mobile is your wireless provider, there are some short numeric codes you can dial into the Phone app on your mobile phone to block calls from “Scam Likely” entirely.

Note: Other wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Virgin Mobile, etc.) don’t have these custom codes yet, but if they do create similar codes, we’ll make sure to update this article!

To block phone calls from “Scam Likely”, enter #662# in the keypad of the Phone app of your iPhone or Android. Next, tap the phone icon to make the call, just like you’re calling a real person.

dial #662# to block calls from scam likely

To make sure you’ve blocked phone calls from “Scam Likely”, you can dial #787# in the keypad of your iPhone or Android’s Phone app. And, if you ever want to turn off scam block, just dial #632# in the keypad of the Phone app.

Scam Block Codes For iPhone and Android
Turn On Scam Block #662#
Check If Scam Block Is On #787#
Turn Off Scam Block #632#

Block Scam Calls With Verizon

If you have a Verizon phone, Call & Message Blocking is a temporary add on service that lasts 90 days. Once those days have expired, you’ll have to renew it. You also can only block up to five numbers.

This is…not exactly great. You’re better off using your iPhone or Android phone’s built in blocking functions.

Block “Scam Likely” Calls With AT&T

AT&T has some great options for scam prevention so you don’t have to worry about “Scam Likely” calls. AT&T postpaid customers that own the HD Voice package can use AT&T’s free Call Protect feature. This allows users to benefits such as automatic fraud blocking and suspected spam warnings.

Block Calls On Sprint

Sprint Call Screener is a great feature that Sprint provides with a basic and a premium tier. The basic tier, called Call Screener Basic, provides minimal protection for the highest risk spam calls. Call Screener Plus, the premium version will protect you from lower risk calls.

Goodbye, Scammers!

Now you know what “Scam Likely” calls are and how to block them. We hope you’ll share this article on social media so your friends and family can also take a few moments to block the scammers who have been trying to call them. Thanks for reading this article, and remember to always Payette Forward.

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My iPhone Won’t Turn On Past The Apple Logo! Here’s The Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-wont-turn-on-past-apple-logo-heres-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-wont-turn-on-past-apple-logo-heres-fix/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:00:33 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21462 While booting up your iPhone, you realize it’s spending an unusually long time turning on. Your iPhone screen only shows the Apple logo and nothing else and you don’t know what to do. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo. Why Won’t My iPhone [...]

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While booting up your iPhone, you realize it’s spending an unusually long time turning on. Your iPhone screen only shows the Apple logo and nothing else and you don’t know what to do. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo.

Why Won’t My iPhone Turn On Past The Apple Logo?

When you turn your iPhone on, it initializes the software and checks all the hardware to make sure it’s working properly. The Apple logo is displayed on your iPhone while all of this is happening. If something goes wrong along the way, your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo.

Unfortunately, this is usually a sign of pretty serious problem. However, there’s still a chance it can be fixed.

If you’ve just replaced a part on your iPhone and are now having this problem, it may be a good idea to try to reseat that part. If you haven’t just replaced a part of your iPhone, follow the steps below!

Hard Reset Your iPhone

Sometimes forcing your iPhone to restart is all you need to do to fix the problem. Since your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo, you’ll have to do a hard reset. The way to hard reset an iPhone depends on which model you have, so we’ve broken down the process for each device.

iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, & Earlier

Simultaneously press and hold the Home button and the power button (Sleep/Wake button) until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears again.

iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

Press and hold down the volume down button and the power button at the same time. Keep holding both buttons until the Apple logo reappears on the display.

iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 11

Start by pressing and releasing the Volume Up button. Then, press and release the Volume Down button. Lastly, hold down the side button. Keep holding the side button until the Apple logo appears. Remember to press the volume buttons at the beginning, or else you might accidentally send a message to your SOS contacts!

Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode

A Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore erases and reloads your iPhone’s software and firmware. This type of restore is also the last step you can take to completely rule out any type of iPhone software problem.

Below, we’ve broken down the DFU restore process for different models of the iPhone.

DFU Restore Older iPhones

First, connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes using your charging cable. Then, press and hold the power button and the Home button at the same time. After about eight seconds, let go of the power button while continuing to press the Home button. Release the Home button when your iPhone appears in iTunes.

Start the process over from the very beginning if your iPhone didn’t show up in iTunes.

DFU Restore An iPhone 7 Or 7 Plus

Start by connecting your iPhone to a computer using a Lightning cable. Then, simultaneously press and hold the Volume Down button and the power button. After about eight seconds, let go of the power button, but keep holding the Volume Down button until your iPhone shows up in iTunes.

If your iPhone didn’t show up in iTunes, start over from the very beginning.

DFU Restore An iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, And iPhone XR

Use a Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to a computer with iTunes. Next, press and let go of the Volume Up button, then press and let go of the volume down button, then press and hold the side button.

When the screen turns black, press and hold the volume down button while continuing to hold the side button. Wait about five seconds, then release the side button while continuing to hold the volume down button. Keep holding until your iPhone appears in iTunes.

We know this is a lot, so check out our video if you’d like us to walk you through the process!

Addressing A Potential Hardware Problem

If your iPhone still won’t turn on past the Apple logo, a hardware issue is causing the problem. This specific problem often happens after a botched repair job.

If you went to a third-party repair shop, we recommend returning there to see if they’ll fix the problem. Since they may be the ones who caused it, there’s a chance they’ll fix your iPhone, free of charge.

If you tried to replace anything on your own, you’ll want to get the iPhone back into its original state before taking it into an Apple Store. Apple won’t touch your iPhone or offer you an out-of-warranty replacement price if they notice that you’ve replaced components of your iPhone with non-Apple parts.

Puls is another great repair option you can turn to. Puls is an on-demand repair company that sends a qualified technician straight to your doorstep. They repair iPhones on-the-spot and offer a lifetime warranty on the repair.

Shop For A New Cell Phone

Instead of paying for an expensive repair, you may want to consider using that money towards purchasing a brand new phone. Check out the phone comparison tool on UpPhone.com to compare every phone from every wireless carrier! A lot of the time, carriers will offer you great deals on a new phone if you decide to switch.

An Apple A Day

We know it’s stressful when your iPhone won’t turn on past the Apple logo. Now you know exactly how to fix this problem if it ever happens again. Thank you for reading. and let us know how you fixed your iPhone in the comments below!

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Update Apple ID Settings On iPhone? What It Means & What To Do! https://www.payetteforward.com/update-apple-id-settings-on-iphone-what-it-means-what-to-do/ https://www.payetteforward.com/update-apple-id-settings-on-iphone-what-it-means-what-to-do/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:19:30 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=15709 Your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Settings” and you want to dismiss the notification. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to get that red, circular “1” to disappear. I’ll help you update Apple ID settings on your iPhone and show you how to fix the problem if this message won’t go away. Why [...]

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Your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Settings” and you want to dismiss the notification. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to get that red, circular “1” to disappear. I’ll help you update Apple ID settings on your iPhone and show you how to fix the problem if this message won’t go away.

Why Does My iPhone Say “Update Apple ID Settings”?

Your iPhone says “Update Apple ID Settings” because you have to sign into your Apple ID again to keep using certain account services. Updating Apple ID settings will allow you to keep using those services. Most of the time, this just means you have to reenter your Apple ID password on your iPhone!

What To Do When It Says “Update Apple ID Settings” On Your iPhone

Open the Settings app and tap on Update Apple ID Settings. Then, tap Continue on the next screen. Enter your Apple ID password when the pop-up appears on the screen.

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Most of the time, the “Update Apple ID Settings” notification will go away after you’ve entered your Apple ID password. However, in rare cases, the notification won’t disappear, and you may even receive an pop-up saying an error occurred. Keep reading to learn how to fix this problem!

Is “Update Apple ID Settings” Stuck?

Unfortunately, you probably found this article because the message Update Apple ID Settings is stuck in 2020. If this pesky notification message is stuck on your iPhone, it’s probably because your Apple ID cannot be verified. Believe me — you aren’t the only one dealing with this problem!

Many members of our iPhone help Facebook group brought this issue to our attention, which is why we wanted to write this article for you. Follow the steps below to diagnose and fix the real reason why the Update Apple ID Settings notification won’t go away!

Make Sure You’re Signed Into The Right Apple ID

It’s possible that your Apple ID can’t be verified because you’re logged into a different Apple ID account and therefore entering the wrong password. Open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top of the screen to quickly make sure you’re signed into the correct Apple ID. You’ll see the Apple ID you’re currently logged into near the center of the screen.

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Check out our article if you need help changing your Apple ID!

Sign Out And Back Into Your Apple ID

If you’re signed into the correct Apple ID, try signing out and back into it. Go back to Settings -> Apple ID and scroll all the way down to Sign Out. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

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Next, tap Sign Out in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you want to keep a copy of your Apple News or other settings, turn on the switch to the right of the feature underneath Keep A Copy Of. Confirm your decision by tapping Sign Out when the pop-up appears.

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Now that you’ve signed out, tap Sign in to your iPhone near the top of the Settings app. Enter your Apple ID email and password, then tap Sign In in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to sign back into iCloud. If you’re prompted to merge your data with iCloud, I recommend tapping merge, just to make sure you don’t lose any important information.

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Congratulations — you’re signed into iCloud once again! If the Update Apple ID settings is still showing up, move onto the final step.

Check iCloud Services

It’s possible that this notification is stuck because iCloud services have been temporarily disabled for routine maintenance or a system update. When this happens, you may be prevented from logging into your Apple ID as a safety precaution. You can check Apple’s system status on their website!

Apple ID Settings: Up To Date!

Your Apple ID settings are up to date and that annoying notification is gone for now. Next time it says Update Apple ID Settings on your iPhone, you’ll know exactly what to do! If you have any other questions about your Apple ID, feel free to leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

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iPhone Speaker Not Working? Here’s The Real Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-speaker-not-working-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-speaker-not-working-fix/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:11:08 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=3354 When an iPhone’s speaker stops working, so do many of the features that make the iPhone so great. The music stops playing, you can’t make calls using the speakerphone, and you don’t hear a “ding” when you receive a text message or an email, or maybe your iPhone speaker is muffled. One thing’s for sure: [...]

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When an iPhone’s speaker stops working, so do many of the features that make the iPhone so great. The music stops playing, you can’t make calls using the speakerphone, and you don’t hear a “ding” when you receive a text message or an email, or maybe your iPhone speaker is muffled. One thing’s for sure: Your iPhone uses its speaker a lot. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when an iPhone speaker is not working so you can fix the problem for good.

Is My iPhone Speaker Broken?

At this point, we simply don’t know. Broken and not working are two different things. You should try to do an iPhone speaker test just to see if no sound will come out of your phone at all or only a few sounds. Test your ringtones, media sounds, and check to see if your iPhone speaker is not working during calls.

To determine why your iPhone speaker won’t work, it’s necessary to understand the two things that happen every time your iPhone makes a sound:

  1. Software: Your iPhone’s software decides which sound to play and when to play it.
  2. Hardware: The built-in speaker on the bottom of your iPhone converts the software’s instructions into sound waves you can hear.

iPhone 7 speaker

What Causes iPhone Speakers To Stop Working?

Software

If the software is malfunctioning, your iPhone may not be sending the proper signals to the speaker, so the speaker doesn’t work at all or your iPhone speaker is muffled. Here’s the good news: Most software problems can be fixed at home. Unfortunately, the hardware is a different story.

Hardware

speaker graphicThe iPhone speaker is one of the most damage-prone components on iPhones. Speakers make sound waves when a very thin piece of material vibrates very, very quickly. If the material is damaged in any way, your iPhone speaker can stop working entirely, start to make static noises, or make your iPhone speaker muffled.

How Do I Know Whether It’s A Hardware Or Software Problem?

When I worked with customers with speaker problems, I would always try to fix the iPhone’s software before replacing the speaker itself. Software is free to fix and speakers are not, but that’s not the only reason why. If there is a software problem, we could replace the speaker again and again and the iPhone still wouldn’t play sound.

This happens all the time to people who replace their iPhone batteries and are surprised when their battery drains just as fast or even faster. Later, they realize the battery drain problem was being caused by software all along.

How To Fix iPhone Speaker Problems

1. Make Sure Your iPhone Isn’t On Silent

It happens all the time. A customer comes into the Apple Store and we fix the problem by turning up the volume and flipping the silent switch to the “Ring” position. Check out my article called My iPhone Won’t Ring if your speaker is making some sounds but doesn’t ring when you receive a phone call.

ring silent switch on iphone 7

2. Make Sure The Volume Is All The Way Up

It’s easy to accidentally turn the volume all the way down on your iPhone or flip the silent switch if you’re using a big, bulky case. Unlock your iPhone and hold the volume up button until your iPhone is turned all the way up. I’ve worked with customers who say, “Oh! I was wondering where the volume buttons were!

volume buttons on iphone 7

If the volume isn’t turning up even as you hold down the volume up button, open the Settings app and tap Sounds & Haptics. Make sure the switch next to Change with Buttons is turned on (you’ll know it’s on when it’s green).

ios 13 change with buttons

If you turn the volume all the way up and you hear sound playing very, very quietly, your speaker is damaged. Skip to the last step to learn about your repair options.

3. Make Sure Your iPhone Isn’t Stuck On Headphones Mode

iphone headphones stuckWhen headphones are connected to your iPhone, all sound plays through the headphones, not the speaker. Here’s the tricky part: If your iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in but they’re not, your iPhone tries to play sound through headphones that aren’t there.

This usually happens when a piece of debris or small amount of liquid gets inside of the headphone jack and “fools” the iPhone into thinking headphones are plugged in. If you see Headphones under the volume slider when you turn the volume up or down, check out my article about why iPhones get stuck on headphones mode to find out how to fix it.

4. Make Sure Sound Isn’t Playing Somewhere Else (Yes, This Can Happen)

iPhones automatically reconnect and play sound through Bluetooth speakers, Apple TVs, and other devices as soon as they come in range. Sometimes people don’t realize their iPhone is playing sound through another device in their house or car. Here are two examples of how this can happen:

  • You have an Apple TV that’s hooked up to your TV. At some point in the past, you used AirPlay to play music through your TV speakers. When you come home, your iPhone reconnects to the Apple TV and continues streaming music through it — but the TV, and the speakers, are off.
  • You use a Bluetooth headset in the car. When you go in the house, your iPhone speaker suddenly stops working — or does it? In actuality, your iPhone is still playing sound through the Bluetooth headset because you forgot to turn it off. (Watch out for Bluetooth speakers, too!)

To make sure your iPhone isn’t playing music somewhere else, we’ll turn off Bluetooth, disconnect from AirPlay devices (like your Apple TV), and try playing sound again. You can accomplish both using Control Center on your iPhone.

To activate Control Center, use your finger to swipe up from the very bottom of the screen. Tap the Bluetooth icon (in the box in the upper left-hand corner of Control Center) to turn off Bluetooth.

turn off bluetooth in control center

Next, press and hold the music hub in the upper right-hand corner of Control Center and tap on the AirPlay icon. Make sure there is only a small checkmark next to iPhone. If your speaker starts working again, you’ve fixed your iPhone and discovered the cause of the problem.

tap airplay button in ios 11 control center

5. Restore Your iPhone

There’s only one way to be absolutely sure your speaker is broken, and that’s to restore your iPhone. Back up your iPhone first, then follow my instructions in my article about How To DFU Restore An iPhone, and come back here when you’re done.

After the restore finishes, you’ll know almost immediately if the problem is solved. Make sure your iPhone isn’t on silent mode (see step 1) and the volume is all the way up (see step 2). You should hear keyboard clicks as soon as you start to type your Wi-Fi or Apple ID password as part of the setup process.

If you still don’t hear anything or your iPhone speaker is still muffled, we’ve eliminated the possibility that your iPhone’s software was causing the problem, and unfortunately, it means your iPhone speaker is broken. But don’t despair — there are good options available for repairing an iPhone speaker.

6. Repair Your iPhone Speaker

If your iPhone speaker is broken or your iPhone speaker is muffled or won’t work during calls, the good news is that Apple does replace iPhone speakers both at the Genius Bar and through their mail-in repair service at their support website.

There are less-expensive alternatives too: One of our favorites is Puls, an iPhone repair service that will meet you at a location of your choice in as little as 60 minutes and repair your iPhone on the spot. Puls also offers a lifetime warranty. If you go the Apple Store route, make sure you make an appointment first, because they can get really busy!

iPhone, I Can Hear You!

By this point, we’ve either fixed your iPhone’s software or we’ve determined that your iPhone speaker is not working because of a hardware problem and you know how to get your iPhone repaired. If you have time, share how you first realized your iPhone speaker wasn’t working and which fix worked for you in the comments section below—that will help other people with the same problem.

Thanks for reading, and remember to pay it forward,
David P.

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Why Does My Apple Watch Battery Die So Fast? Here’s The Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/why-does-apple-watch-battery-die-so-fast-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/why-does-apple-watch-battery-die-so-fast-fix/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:09:49 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=13957 You’ve been disappointed with your Apple Watch battery life and you want to make it last longer. In this article, I’ll explain why your Apple Watch battery dies so fast and show you how to optimize your Apple Watch to extend its battery life! The Apple Watch Series 3’s battery life is designed to last 18 [...]

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You’ve been disappointed with your Apple Watch battery life and you want to make it last longer. In this article, I’ll explain why your Apple Watch battery dies so fast and show you how to optimize your Apple Watch to extend its battery life!

The Apple Watch Series 3’s battery life is designed to last 18 hours on a full charge, but we don’t live in a perfect world. Unoptimized settings, software crashes, and heavy apps can all cause significant Apple Watch battery drain.

Is Something Wrong With My Apple Watch Battery?

I want to clear up one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to Apple Watch battery issues: almost 100% of the time, your Apple Watch battery dies fast because of software issues, not hardware issues. This means that there’s a 99% chance that there’s nothing wrong with your Apple Watch’s battery and you don’t need to get an Apple Watch replacement battery!

In this article, I focus on battery tips for watchOS 4, the most recent version of Apple Watch software. However, these battery tips can be applied to Apple Watches running earlier versions of watchOS.

Without further ado, let’s begin with a common feature that most people don’t realize is draining their Apple Watch’s battery life: Wake Screen on Wrist Raise.

Turn Off Wake Screen On Wrist Raise

Does your Apple Watch display turn on every time you raise your wrist? That’s because a feature known as Wake Screen on Wrist Raise is turned on. This feature can lead to major Apple Watch Series 3 battery life drain as the display constantly turns on and back off.

As someone who does a lot of computer work, I immediately turned this feature off after seeing my Apple Watch display light up every time I adjusted my wrists while typing or browsing the internet.

To turn off Wake Screen on Wrist Raise, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and tap General -> Wake Screen. Finally, turn off the switch next to Wake Screen on Wrist Raise. You’ll know this setting is off when the switch is gray and positioned to the left.

how to turn off wake screen on wrist raise on apple watch

Turn On Power Saving Mode While Working Out

If you frequently exercise while wearing your Apple Watch, turning on Power Saving Mode is an easy way to save on battery life. By turning this feature on, the heart rate sensor will be turned off and calorie calculations may be less accurate than usual.

Fortunately, almost all of the cardio machines at your local gym or fitness center have built-in heart rate sensors and monitors. In my experience, the heart rate monitors on modern cardio machines are almost always as accurate as the one in your Apple Watch.

I’ve tested this a few times at my local Planet Fitness and found that my heart rate tracked on my Apple Watch was always within 1-2 BPM (beats per minute) of my heart rate tracked on the elliptical.

To turn on Power Saving Mode for the Workout app, go to the Settings app on your Apple Watch, tap General -> Workout, and turn on the switch next to Power Saving Mode. You’ll know the switch is on when it’s green.

how to turn on power saving mode for apple watch workout app

Check For Activity In Your Workout App

If you’ve recently worked out, it’s a good idea to check the Workout app or your third-party fitness app to see if it’s still running or has paused activity. There’s a chance your fitness app is still running on your Apple Watch, which could be draining its battery because the heart rate sensor and calorie tracker are two of the biggest battery hogs.

If you use the Workout app like I do when I’m at the gym, always remember to tap End after completing a workout. I only have a little experience with third-party fitness apps, but the ones I have used have a similar interface to the built-in Workout app. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below about fitness app you use!

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Turn Off Background App Refresh For Some Of Your Apps

When Background App Refresh is turned on for an app, that app can download new media and content using cellular data (if your Apple Watch has cellular) or Wi-Fi even when you’re not using it. Over time, all those small downloads can start to drain your Apple Watch Series 3 battery life.

Go to the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap General -> Background App Refresh. Here you’ll see a list of all the apps installed on your Apple Watch.

One-by-one, go down the list and determine whether or not you want each app to be able to download new media and content when you aren’t using it. Don’t worry — there are no right or wrong answers. Do what’s best for you.

To turn Background App Refresh off for an app, tap the switch to its right. You’ll know the switch is off when it’s positioned to the left.

how to turn off background app refresh on apple watch

Update watchOS

Apple often releases updates for watchOS, the software operating system of your Apple Watch. WatchOS updates will sometimes fix minor software bugs that could be draining your Apple Watch’s battery life.

Before updating, make sure your Apple Watch is connected to a Wi-Fi network and has at least 50% battery life. If your Apple Watch has less than 50% battery life, you can place it on its charger while performing the update.

To check for a watchOS update, open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap General -> Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install. Your Apple Watch will download the update, install the update, then restart.

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Turn On Reduce Motion

This battery-saving trick works for your Apple Watch as well as your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. By turning on Reduce Motion, some of the on-screen animations you normally see when you navigate around your Apple Watch’s display will be turned off. These animations are pretty subtle, so you might not even notice the difference!

To turn on Reduce Motion, open up the Settings app on your Apple Watch and tap General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion and turn on the switch next to Reduce Motion. You’ll know that Reduce Motion is on when the switch is green.

how to turn on reduce motion on apple watch

Limit Apple Watch Display Wake Time

Every time you tap to wake the display of your Apple Watch, the display stays on for a preset period of time — either 15 seconds or 70 seconds. As you may have guessed, setting your Apple Watch to Wake for 15 seconds instead of 70 seconds can save you lots of battery life in the long run and can keep your Apple Watch battery from dying fast.

Go to Settings app on your Apple Watch and tap General -> Wake Screen. Then, scroll all the way down to the On Tap submenu and make sure there’s a check mark next to Wake for 15 Seconds.

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Mirror Your iPhone’s Mail App Settings

If you’ve read our article on extending iPhone battery life, you’ll know that the Mail app can be one of the biggest drains on its battery. Although the Custom Mail app settings section of the Watch app isn’t very thorough, your Apple Watch makes it easy to mirror the Mail app settings from your iPhone.

First, take a look at our iPhone battery article and optimize the Mail app settings on your iPhone. Then, open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap Mail. Make sure there’s a small check mark next to Mirror my iPhone.

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Close Apps You Aren’t Using

This step may be a bit controversial because many people don’t actually believe that closing out of apps they’re not using saves battery life. However, if you read our article on why you should close out of apps, you’ll see that it actually can save battery life on your Apple Watch, iPhone, and other Apple devices!

To close out of apps on your Apple Watch, press the Side button once to view all of the apps that are currently open. Swipe right to left on the app you want to close out of, then tap Remove when the option appears on the display of your Apple Watch.

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Turn Off Unnecessary Push Notifications

Another important step in our iPhone battery article is turning off Push Notifications for apps when you don’t need them. When Push Notifications are turned on for an app, that app will constantly run in the background so it can immediately send you notifications. However, since the app is always running in the background, it can significantly drain the battery life of your Apple Watch.

Go to Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab at the bottom of the display, and tap Notifications. Here you’ll see a list of all the apps on your Apple Watch. To turn off Push Notifications for a specific app, tap on it in this menu and turn off any relevant switches.

turn off push notifications apple watch

A lot of the time, your apps will be automatically set to mirror the settings on your iPhone. If you want to keep the Push Notifications on your iPhone, but turn them off on your Apple Watch, make sure the Custom option is selected in Watch app -> Notifications -> App Name.

turn off push notifications messages apple watch

Add Songs To Your Apple Watch Library Instead Of Streaming

Streaming music on your Apple Watch is one of the biggest and most common battery drainers. Instead of streaming, I recommend adding songs that are already on your iPhone to your Apple Watch. To do this, open the Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Music.

To add music to your Apple Watch, the Add Music… underneath Playlists & Albums. When you find a song you want to add, tap on it and it will be added to your Apple Watch. If your Apple Watch battery dies fast, this should be able to help.

how to add music to apple watch

Use Power Reserve When Apple Watch Battery Life Is Low

If your Apple Watch is running low on battery life and you don’t have immediate access to a charger, you can turn on Power Reserve to conserve Apple Watch battery life until you have the chance to charge it again.

It’s important to note that when Power Reserve is turned on, your Apple Watch won’t communicate with your iPhone and you’ll lose access to some of your Apple Watch’s features.

To turn on Power Reserve, swipe up from the bottom of your Apple Watch’s display and tap on the battery percentage button in the upper left-hand corner. Next, swipe the Power Reserve slider from left to right and tap the green Proceed button.

how to turn on power reserve apple watch

Turn Off Your Apple Watch Once Every Week

Turning off your Apple Watch at least once every week will allow all of the programs running on your Apple Watch to shut down normally. This has the potential to fix minor software issues happening in the background that could be affecting your Apple Watch Series 3 battery life without you realizing it.

To turn off your Apple Watch, press and hold the Side button until you see the Power Off slider appear the display. Use your finger to slide the red power icon from left to right to turn off your Apple Watch. Wait about 15-30 seconds before turning your Apple Watch back on.

how to turn off apple watch

A Note For Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular Users

If you have an Apple Watch with GPS + Cellular, your Apple Watch’s Series 3 battery life will be significantly impacted by how often you use its cellular connection. Apple Watches with Cellular have an extra antenna that connects it to cell towers. Constantly connecting to those cell towers can lead to heavy battery drain.

If you’re worried about conserving battery life and cutting back on your data plan, only use data when you have to and make sure you turn off Cellular Voice and Data on your Apple Watch when you have your iPhone with you. Making phone calls with a watch is a cool trick to show your friends, but it’s not always practical or cost-effective.

Disconnect & Pair Your Apple Watch To Your iPhone Again

Disconnecting and pairing your Apple Watch to your iPhone again will give both devices the chance to pair again like new. This process can sometimes fix underlying software issues that may be draining your Apple Watch Series 3 battery life.

Note: I only recommend performing this step after you’ve implemented the tips above. If your Apple Watch battery still dies fast after following the tips above, you may want to disconnect and reconnect your Apple Watch to your iPhone.

To unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone, open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the name of your Apple Watch at the top of the My Watch menu. Next, tap the information button (look for the orange, circular i) to the right of your paired Apple Watch in the Watch app. Finally, tap Unpair Apple Watch to disconnect the two devices.

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Before pairing your iPhone to your Apple Watch again, make sure that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are both turned on and that you’re holding both devices right next to each other.

Next, restart your Apple Watch and wait for the “Use this iPhone to set up your Apple Watch” alert to pop-up on your iPhone. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to finish pairing your Apple Watch to your iPhone.

Restore Your Apple Watch

If you’ve worked through all the steps above, but you’ve noticed that your Apple Watch Series 3 battery life still dies quickly, you may want to try restoring it to factory defaults. When you do this, all of the settings and content (music, apps, etc.) will be completely erased from your Apple Watch. It’ll be as if you were taking it out of the box for the first time.

To restore your Apple Watch to factory defaults, open the Settings app and tap General -> Reset and tap Erase All Content and Settings. After tapping the confirmation alert, your Apple Watch will reset to factory defaults and restart.

Note: After restoring your Apple Watch, you’ll have to pair it to your iPhone once again.

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Battery Replacement Options

As I stated at the beginning of this: 99% of the time when your Apple Watch battery dies fast, it’s the result of software issues. However, if you’ve followed all the steps above and you’re still experiencing rapid Apple Watch battery drain, then it may be a hardware problem.

Unfortunately, there’s really only one Apple Watch repair option: Apple. If you have AppleCare+, then Apple may cover the cost of the battery replacement. If you’re not covered by AppleCare+, then you may want to take a look at the Apple’s pricing guide before setting up an appointment at your local Apple Store.

Why Is Apple My Only Repair Option?

If you regularly read our iPhone troubleshooting articles, you probably know that we usually recommend Puls as an alternative repair option to Apple. However, very few tech repair companies are willing to repair the Apple Watch because the process is so challenging.

Apple Watch repairs usually involve using a microwave (seriously) to heat up a special pad that melts the adhesive holding your Apple Watch together.

If you want to find an Apple Watch repair company other than Apple, do so at your own risk. I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you have had any luck getting your Apple Watch battery replaced from a third-party repair company.

Watch Me Save Battery Life!

I hope this article helped you understand the real reasons why your Apple Watch battery dies so fast. If it did, I encourage you to share it with your friends and family on social media. Feel free to leave a comment down below and let me know how these tips worked for you!

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