Payette Forward https://www.payetteforward.com Expert Help with iPhone, iPad, and Mac Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:34:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.3 Introducing Technology to Kids AKA Small Humans https://www.payetteforward.com/introducing-technology-kids-aka-small-humans/ https://www.payetteforward.com/introducing-technology-kids-aka-small-humans/#respond Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:34:52 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=6542 Technology is so prevalent in our children’s lives these days that even toys designed for babies include smart technology. There is a toy for babies that teaches them coding! When I talk about introducing technology to kids, I mean tablets, tablet-like devices, iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, and pretty much any device with a touch screen. [...]

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Technology is so prevalent in our children’s lives these days that even toys designed for babies include smart technology. There is a toy for babies that teaches them coding! When I talk about introducing technology to kids, I mean tablets, tablet-like devices, iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, and pretty much any device with a touch screen.

Why Is This Important At All?

Introducing technology to kids is important because they will be using it from a very young age and exposed to it almost instantly. My youngest is nine months old, and she already knows that mommy’s phone is way cooler than any toy she owns. I even got her a toy smartphone imitation that she won’t touch with a ten-foot pole.

Some schools start using tablets in Kindergarten and first grade, so having an understanding of tablet use is a good idea for kids. Plus, technology can be very educating! My daughter in kindergarten had to have her own headphones sent to school for computer use, and that was definitely not something done when my oldest was in kindergarten ten years ago.

When To Start Giving Kids Portable Noisemakers

Well, almost every toy is a portable noisemaker these days, but I mean smart technology. I’ve always started during the toddler years, when they’re old enough to talk and have good motor skills. This wasn’t something I planned out. It was mostly because they were already exposed to it from watching everyone else in the family, so I got them their own devices.

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My recommendation is to buy them used or hand-me-down devices to start. This way, the cost won’t be too invested because accidents WILL happen when introducing technology to kids. The first iPod I purchased was a used one for $70 on eBay, and it arrived jailbroken. I had to restore it, so I could upgrade the iOS and that thing took a licking! My daughter dunked it in a cooler of water, and I thought it was a gonner. I tried to dry it out and let it sit for two weeks, and it miraculously turned back on. My daughter also dropped and threw it a million times.

 

 

Also, did you know that an old iPhoneamazon can become an iPod device in an instant? So if you have upgraded your iPhone, but own an older, paid-off device, give it to the kids! All you have to do is activate the device with a SIM card in it, and by activate, I mean set it up, not give it a cell phone plan. You can use any SIM card that fits for this process, and you just have to get past the activation screen. Once that’s done, remove the SIM card, and voila! Instant iPod!

 

Which Device To Use?

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There are many devices out there that are geared specifically for kids, like LeapPad and VTech, which have great features and teach kids educational games. But they have one drawback that is major to me: they don’t come with many games, maybe one or two if ANY, and the cost of additional games is $15 to $20. So while the device may initially be cheaper, you end up paying for the games. Lack of available games also means that kids outgrow them faster and get bored with them sooner.

I recommend Apple devices like iPads, iPods, or hand-me-down iPhones, and also the Kindle Fire kids package. These may be more expensive initially, but they have TONS of free games and apps. The best part is they grow with the child. When kids outgrow one game or another, you can easily upgrade with little cost. I have spent maybe a total of $20 on apps over the past five years for some really quality apps for my kids.

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The other thing about buying apps for Apple or Kindle is that, once you buy them, you own them, and you can install them on future devices, too. I have an iPhone 5 that needs a new battery, which I can replace for way less than the cost of a new device, and I can hand it down to my youngest when she is ready. It’s paid for, it had a useful life, and I have a ton of already purchased apps waiting to be downloaded.

Use Age Appropriate Apps…No Call of Duty for Toddlers, Please.

App Ratings

The most important thing about introducing technology to kids is to keep it age appropriate! You can filter apps to be appropriate for your child’s age group for download and play. There are a ton of free or low-cost educational apps available for any age group. I have one app for Pre-K that I have a love/hate relationship with. This app sings the ABC song over and over again, which I love because it doesn’t get a sore throat (unlike me), and it also teaches my kids the ABCs. It has a limited free version, but I paid the $1.99 to unlock games that help teach letter recognition. So why do I hate it? Because I have to listen to the ABC song on repeat over and over!

YOU Know Best When It’s Time

As a parent, you know best when it’s time to introduce your kids to technology. I’ve shared a few of my tips that I feel work really great for when it is time, and that also allow me to have technology that grows with my kids. Introducing technology to kids should be fun and educational for your kids, and with the right devices, you will get years of use.

Let me tell you, my daughter’s iPod comes in really handy during those long car rides!

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What Is Apple Card? How Do I Apply? The Truth! https://www.payetteforward.com/what-is-apple-card-how-to-apply/ https://www.payetteforward.com/what-is-apple-card-how-to-apply/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 17:27:46 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22078 Apple Card is a credit card created by Apple in partnership with Goldman Sachs. It offers you a line of credit built right into the Wallet app. You can even get a physical titanium card with your name on the front. In this article, I’ll explain the features of the Apple Card and show you [...]

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Apple Card is a credit card created by Apple in partnership with Goldman Sachs. It offers you a line of credit built right into the Wallet app. You can even get a physical titanium card with your name on the front. In this article, I’ll explain the features of the Apple Card and show you how to sign up for one!

Apple Card Features

The features included with the Apple Card make it a great credit card for those looking who value security, convenience, and rewards.

Security

Apple Card has a handful of great security features that will give you peace of mind when making purchases. When you make a purchase using Apple Card, you receive a one-time security code generated by your iPhone that’s needed to make the purchase. Face ID or Touch ID is also required to authorize a purchase.

Any purchase you make using Apple Card can be viewed on a map. This makes it easy to spot the purchases you didn’t make.

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The physical Apple Card is also a bit more secure than your average credit card. The card has no buttons or CVV printed on the card, so it’ll be much harder for someone to steal your credit information.

If you ever do need to access your card number or CVV, you can do so on your iPhone.

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Budgeting

Every purchase you make using your Apple Card is listed in the Wallet app with color-coded categories for Food and Drinks, Shopping and Entertainment, and more. Apple then provides weekly and monthly summaries of your purchases using the same color codes. This makes it easy to stay on a budget!

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Daily Cash Back

Another perk of Apple Card’s reward system is Daily Cash. This feature gives you cash back bonuses for daily purchases you make using your Apple Card.

One great thing about Daily Cash Back is that you don’t have to wait weeks for the cash back to show up on a statement, like a typical credit card. Daily Cash Back can be used for Apple Pay purchases, sent to family or friends, or transferred over to your bank account at no cost.

How To Apply For Apple Card

First, launch the Wallet app on your iPhone. Next, tap the Add button in the upper right-hand corner of the Wallet app. It looks like a plus symbol. Select Apple Card to apply for the Apple Card. Tap Continue to start the application process.

Fill out the information, if it doesn’t automatically populate. You’ll be asked for the following:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • Last four digits of your social security number
  • Country of citizenship
  • Annual income

Once you accept the terms and conditions, you will be notified in seconds if you are approved. If accepted, you’ll be presented with your offer, which includes your credit limit, interest rate, and fees. Finally, tap Accept Apple Card to accept the card. You should now see your card in your Wallet.

A Card Up Your Sleeve

You’ve successfully signed up for an Apple Card! We hope you’ll share this article on social media to teach your family and friends about Apple’s new credit card too. Let us know in the comments below what you think about your new Apple Card.

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My iPhone Won’t Connect To The Internet! Here’s The Real Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-wont-connect-to-internet-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-wont-connect-to-internet-fix/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:58:18 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21759 You’re trying to use Safari on your iPhone, but it isn’t connecting to the internet. No matter what you do, you can’t browse the web. In this article, we’ll explain how to diagnose and fix the problem when your iPhone won’t connect to the internet! Restart Your iPhone The simplest reason why your iPhone won’t connect [...]

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You’re trying to use Safari on your iPhone, but it isn’t connecting to the internet. No matter what you do, you can’t browse the web. In this article, we’ll explain how to diagnose and fix the problem when your iPhone won’t connect to the internet!

Restart Your iPhone

The simplest reason why your iPhone won’t connect to the internet is that it may experiencing a minor software glitch.

Press and hold the power button until the “slide to power off” appears. If you have an iPhone X or newer, simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button. Swipe the red power icon left-to-right to shut down your iPhone.

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Press and hold the power button or the side button again until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

Wi-Fi Versus Cellular Data

You can connect your iPhone to the internet using Wi-Fi or cellular data. First, we’ll show you how to diagnose and fix Wi-Fi problems, then we’ll do the same for cellular data issues.

Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Issues

Turn Your Wi-Fi Off Then Back On

The first thing to do when your iPhone won’t connect to the internet is to quickly turn Wi-Fi off and back on. This gives your iPhone a second chance to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

Open Settings and tap on Wi-Fi. Then, tap the switch next to Wi-Fi at the top of the menu. Wait a few seconds, then toggle Wi-Fi on again!

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Forget The Wi-Fi Network On Your iPhone

Sometimes deleting your Wi-Fi network on your iPhone and setting it up like new can fix connectivity issues. Make sure you write down your Wi-Fi passwords before you do this!

Open Settings and tap Wi-Fi. Tap on the information button next to your Wi-Fi network, then tap Forget This Network.

wifi information forget this network on iphone

Next, go back to Settings -> Wi-Fi and tap to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network.

Restart Your Router

Sometimes the internet isn’t working because of an issue with your Wi-Fi router, not your iPhone. You may need to restart your router.

First, unplug your router from the wall. Wait a few seconds and plug it back in. Your router will boot back up and start to reconnect. Be prepared, this might take some time!

Troubleshooting Cellular Data Issues

Turn Cellular Off And Back On

Turning Cellular Data off and back on can sometimes fix minor connectivity issues. Open Settings and tap Cellular. Then, turn off the switch next to Cellular Data. Wait a few seconds, then turn it on again.

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Eject and Reinsert Your SIM Card

Your SIM card is what connects your iPhone to your carrier’s wireless network. Sometimes ejecting the SIM card and reseating it can fix connectivity problems.

Your iPhone SIM card is located on a tray on the side of your iPhone. Be sure to use our guide on ejecting SIM cards to make sure you do it correctly! After reinserting your SIM card, try connecting to the internet.

Final Steps

If your iPhone still won’t connect to the internet after following of the steps above, you may have to perform a deeper reset on your iPhone.

Reset Network Settings

When you reset network settings, all of your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular, and VPN settings are restored to factory defaults. After resetting the network settings, it’ll be like you’re connecting your iPhone to your carrier’s cellular network for the very first time.

To reset the network settings, go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings. Then, tap Reset Network Settings when the confirmation pop-up appears.

After tapping reset network settings, your iPhone will automatically restart.

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DFU Restore Mode

The DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore is the most in-depth restore you can do on your iPhone. Before putting your iPhone in DFU mode, you’ll want to back it up to avoid losing all of your data, such as your contacts and photos. When you’re ready, check out our article to learn how to DFU restore your iPhone.

Repair And Support Options

If none of our software troubleshooting steps fixed your iPhone’s charging issue, you’ll probably have to get in touch with a customer support representative at Apple, your wireless carrier, or your router manufacturer.

Contacting Apple

If you think you’re dealing with an iPhone issue, head to your local Apple Store. We recommend setting up an appointment first to make sure someone is available as soon as you arrive.

If buying a new phone is an option, use the UpPhone phone comparison tool to find the best prices on phones from Apple, Samsung, Google, and more.

Contacting Your Wireless Carrier

If you think there’s an issue with your cellular data plan, give your wireless carrier a call and see if they can do anything for you.

Below are the phone numbers of some of the major US wireless carriers:

  • AT&T: 1-(800)-331-0500
  • Sprint: 1-(888)-211-4727
  • T-Mobile: 1-(877)-746-0909
  • Verizon: 1-(800)-922-0204

If you’re fed up with cellular data issues, it may be time to switch carriers. Check out UpPhone’s cell phone plan comparison tool to find a better plan!

Router Manufacturer Problem

If you can’t connect to Wi-Fi on any device, contact your router’s manufacturer. There very well may be an internal issue with the router itself. Google the name of your router manufacturer and “customer support” to find the appropriate phone number.

Do You Have Service Now?

We hope this article helped you fix the problem with your iPhone. Now you know what to do the next time your iPhone won’t connect to the internet. If you have any other questions about your iPhone or cell phone plan, leave a comment below!

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How To Order The iPhone 11 [Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile] https://www.payetteforward.com/order-iphone-11/ https://www.payetteforward.com/order-iphone-11/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:00:10 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21648 Apple is set to release the iPhone 11 on September 10, 2019. This phone is expected to be Apple’s most technologically advanced iPhone to date, and we know you’ll want to get your hands on one as soon as you can. In this article, I’ll explain how to order the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, [...]

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Apple is set to release the iPhone 11 on September 10, 2019. This phone is expected to be Apple’s most technologically advanced iPhone to date, and we know you’ll want to get your hands on one as soon as you can.

In this article, I’ll explain how to order the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. I’ll also talk about some of the features of this new iPhone so you know exactly what you’re getting!

Order The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max On Verizon

To order the iPhone 11, 11 Prop, or 11 Pro Max, head to Verizon’s website and choose which phone you want to order. Then, choose your model, color, and payment plan. Finally, click Order.

If you’re not sure which one to get, check out our detailed iPhone 11 comparison.

Order The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max On AT&T

Head to the AT&T phone page and select the new iPhone that you’d like to order. Choose your desired storage size, color, and pricing plan, then click Order.

Check out our in-depth comparison to learn more about the new iPhones.

Order The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max On Sprint

Go to Sprint’s website and choose the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max. Select your preferred color, storage variant, and pricing plan. If you trade in your current phone, you may be able to save some money too!

Get a better idea of which iPhone 11 is best for you by taking a look at our comparison.

Order The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max On T-Mobile

Go to T-Mobile’s website and choose the new iPhone that you’d like to order. Choose the specs you prefer, then click Order.

Are You Eligible For An Upgrade?

If you’re a subscriber to Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, you can get the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max if you’ve paid off the outstanding balance on your current iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR.

Visit Apple’s website and click Check Upgrade Eligibility to see if you can upgrade to the newest iPhone.

Additionally, many wireless carriers have iPhone upgrade programs. Check out our articles to see if you’re eligible for an iPhone upgrade!

iPhone 11 Features And Leaks

Did you miss the Apple Event? Check out our five minute recap of everything you need to know about the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max!

Will The iPhone 11 Have USB-C Ports?

No, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max will not have USB-C ports. Apple is sticking with the Lightning port — for now.

Will The iPhone 11 Have 5G?

No, there won’t be a new iPhone that has 5G compatibility. And that’s okay! 5G is still in its infancy and is unavailable almost everywhere. A 5G iPhone 11 wouldn’t be worth the price tag.

Will The iPhone 11 Have A Notch?

Yes, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max each have a notch. This notch houses the front-facing camera as well as the sensors required to make Face ID work. Check out our other article to learn more about the iPhone notch!

Will The iPhone 11 Have Touch ID?

No, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max do not have Touch ID. These phones will still have Face ID.

Will The iPhone 11 Come With AirPods?

No, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max don’t come with AirPods, Apple’s most popular Bluetooth headphones. You can get a pair of AirPods on Amazon for $149.99.

Will The iPhone 11 Have A Home Button?

No, the new iPhones do not have a home button.

Migrating Information To Your New iPhone

There are three different ways to migrate data from your old iPhone to your new one: Quick Start, iCloud, and iTunes. Before migrating, there are a few things to do first.

Unpair Your Apple Watch From Your Old iPhone

By unpairing your Apple Watch from your old iPhone, you’ll be free to pair your Apple Watch with your new iPhone when it arrives.

Open the Watch app and tap on your Apple Watch at the top of the screen. Tap the Information button next to your watch, then tap Unpair Apple Watch.

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Save A Backup From Your Old iPhone

We recommend saving a backup of the information on your old iPhone just in case something goes wrong during the migration process to your new one. Check out our other articles to learn how to backup your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud.

Move Your SIM Card To Your New iPhone

If you’re going to keep your SIM card, now is the time to transfer it over to your new phone. If you’re switching wireless carriers, or if your wireless carrier is sending you a new one, you can skip this step.

First, grab a SIM card ejector tool or a straightened out paperclip. Press it into hole in the SIM card tray to pop open the tray. Remove the SIM card from the tray, then push the empty tray back into your iPhone.

Open the SIM tray on your new iPhone and put your SIM card inside. Now you’re all set and ready to go!

Set Up Your New iPhone With Quick Start

Quick Start is the easiest way to set up your new iPhone. Turn on your new iPhone and hold it close to your old iPhone. Wait for the Set Up New iPhone prompt to appear on your iPhone.

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An animation will appear on your new iPhone that looks like a blue circle. Hold your old iPhone over your new iPhone until the Finish On New iPhone prompt appears. You may have to enter your old iPhone’s passcode too.

From here, you’ll go through the standard set up process with your new iPhone. This includes setting up Face ID or Touch ID, logging into your Apple ID, and more.

Set Up Your New iPhone With iCloud

To set up your new iPhone from an iCloud backup, tap Restore From iCloud Backup on the Apps & Data menu during the setup process.

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Next, you’ll be prompted to log into iCloud using your Apple ID. Choose the iCloud backup you’d like to restore from — it’s probably the most recent one you created!

Set Up Your New iPhone With iTunes

To set up your new iPhone from an iTunes backup, tap Restore From iTunes Backup on the Apps & Data menu during the setup process.

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Connect your new iPhone to a computer running iTunes using a Lightning cable. Click on the iPhone icon near the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Click Restore Backup and choose the iTunes backup you’d like to restore your new iPhone with. Keep your iPhone plugged into your computer as the backup is restored onto your new iPhone.

What To Do After Receiving Your New iPhone

Turn Off Your Apple ID On Your Old iPhone

You’ll want to turn off your Apple ID on your old iPhone if you intend to sell it or return it as part of an upgrade program. If you don’t turn it off, there’s a chance the next person to get your iPhone may have access to all the information associated with your Apple ID.

Open Settings and tap on Your Name at the top of the screen. Scroll down and tap Sign Out. Finally, enter your Apple ID password, then tap Turn Off.

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Erase All Content And Settings On Your Old iPhone

Erasing the content and settings on your iPhone prevents the next person who owns your iPhone from reading your text, viewing your photos, and much more.

To erase all content and settings on your iPhone, open Settings and tap General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

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Can I Take Your Order?

You now know how to order the iPhone 11 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile! Have any questions about the iPhone 11? Leave a comment below!

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My iPhone Cannot Be Synced! Here’s The Real Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-cannot-be-synced-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-cannot-be-synced-fix/#respond Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:51:15 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22034 You’re trying to sync your iPhone to iTunes, but something isn’t working. You keep seeing Error -54 and you’re not sure what to do. In this article, I’ll explain what to do if your iPhone cannot be synced!   Restart Your iPhone First, try restarting your iPhone. There could be a minor software problem that’s preventing your [...]

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You’re trying to sync your iPhone to iTunes, but something isn’t working. You keep seeing Error -54 and you’re not sure what to do. In this article, I’ll explain what to do if your iPhone cannot be synced!  

Restart Your iPhone

First, try restarting your iPhone. There could be a minor software problem that’s preventing your iPhone from being synced.

If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, press and hold the power button. On an iPhone X or newer, simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button. Then, swipe the power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone.

Wait a few seconds, then press and hold the power button or the side button to turn your iPhone on again.

Update The Software On Your iPhone And Computer

If your iPhone or computer is running outdated software, it could cause some hiccups during the sync process.

To check for an iPhone update, open Settings and tap General -> Software Update. Tap Download and Install if an iOS update is available.

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To update a Mac, click on the Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Then, click About This Mac -> Software Update. If an update is available, tap Update Now.

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To update a Windows computer, click Start -> Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update.

Consolidate Your iTunes Media Files

If the media files on your computer are saved in multiple different locations, it could cause issues when you try to sync your iPhone. To consolidate your iTunes media library, open iTunes and click File in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Click Library, then click Consolidate Files.

Consolidate Your iTunes Media Files

Uninstall Third-Party Security Software

Sometimes third-party software programs (like McAfee) can interfere with the iPhone syncing process. Sometimes these programs will misinterpret the sync as a security threat and block it from happening.

Check out Apple’s guide to learn how to uninstall a program on a Mac. If you have a Windows computer, check out Microsoft’s guide to uninstall a third-party program.

Did You Download The Content From The App Store?

If you can’t sync a file or app that you downloaded from the iTunes Store, try deleting the content and downloading it again. Since the content is linked to your Apple ID, you can also download it directly to your iPhone from the App Store.

After deleting the files, open the App Store on your Mac and click on your name in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Find the app you want to reinstall, then click on the cloud icon.

If you’d rather download the content directly onto your iPhone, open the App Store and click on the account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Tap Purchased -> Not on this iPhone. Tap the cloud icon to install the app.

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My Content Isn’t From The iTunes Store!

If the content that won’t sync isn’t from the iTunes Store (like a CD), try deleting that content and reimporting it to iTunes. First, you’ll have to open iTunes to import files into it. Then, click File in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Then, click Add to Library and find the files you want to import to iTunes.

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DFU Restore Your iPhone

If your iPhone still cannot be synced, try putting your iPhone in DFU mode. A DFU restore can fix the deepest software problems that occur on an iPhone. Before you put your iPhone in DFU mode, we recommend backing it up first so you don’t lose all your data.

When you’re ready, check out our DFU restore guide.

Still Won’t Sync?

It’s time to set up an appointment at your local Apple Store. There may be an issue with your account that only an Apple tech can resolve.

My iPhone Can’t Be Synced: Explained!

We hope this article helped you fix the sync issue on your iPhone. The next your iPhone cannot sync or you see Error -54, you’ll know what to do! Any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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Apple Watch Stuck Verifying Update? Here’s The Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/apple-watch-stuck-verifying-update-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/apple-watch-stuck-verifying-update-fix/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:56:55 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21691 You’re trying to update your Apple Watch, but it’s not working. No matter what you do, the update won’t finishing verifying. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your Apple Watch is stuck verifying an update! Give It A Few More Minutes I got the idea for this article after trying to update my [...]

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You’re trying to update your Apple Watch, but it’s not working. No matter what you do, the update won’t finishing verifying. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your Apple Watch is stuck verifying an update!

Give It A Few More Minutes

I got the idea for this article after trying to update my own Apple Watch. The process was a little slow and I ran into a couple hiccups along the way.

First, just let your Apple Watch sit for a few minutes, even if it looks like it’s stuck on Verifying. It took my Apple Watch a few minutes to finish verifying its update.

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Second, make sure your Apple Watch has 50% battery life and is connected to its charger. Otherwise, you won’t be able to update it. If you’re still having trouble updating your Apple Watch, follow the steps below!

Check Apple’s Servers

Your iPhone has to connect to Apple’s servers to download the latest watchOS update. Occasionally, those servers will crash and prevent you from doing so. Visit Apple’s website and make sure their servers are functioning properly. You’ll know Apple servers are in good shape when there’s a green dot next to every system or service.

Close The Watch App

From time to time, the Watch app will crash while you’re trying to download, prepare, or verify the latest watchOS update. Sometimes, closing the Watch app can fix the problem.

First, you’ll have to open the app switcher on your iPhone. On an iPhone 8 or older, double-press the Home button. On an iPhone X or newer, swipe up from the bottom to the center of the screen.

Once the app switcher is open, swipe the Watch app up and off the top of the screen.

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Close The Other Apps On Your iPhone

After closing the Watch app on your iPhone, try closing your other apps too. It’s possible a different app has crashed, leaving you with an Apple Watch that’s stuck verifying an update.

Open the app switcher again and swipe all the apps up and off the top of the screen.

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Restart Your iPhone

Apps aren’t the only thing that can make the software crash on your iPhone. Restarting your iPhone can fix other minor software bugs.

Press and hold the power button until slide to power off appears. If you have an iPhone X or newer, simultaneously press and hold either volume button and the side button.

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Restart Your Apple Watch

While you’re restarting your iPhone, restart your Apple Watch too. This can fix a small software issue with your Apple Watch.

Press and hold the side button until the Power Off slider appears. Then, swipe the power icon from left-to-right across the display.

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Check For An iPhone Update

Sometimes you have to update your iPhone before you can update your Apple Watch with the most recent version of watchOS. Open Settings and tap General -> Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install.

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Once you’ve updated your iPhone, open the Watch app and try to update your Apple Watch again.

More Advanced Troubleshooting Steps

The last step to take when your Apple Watch is stuck verifying an update is to unpair your Apple Watch and set it up as new. You can do this by unpairing it on your iPhone or by erasing all the content and settings on your Apple Watch.

When you complete either of these steps, it’ll be as if you’re taking your Apple Watch out of the box for the very first time. Since you have your iPhone handy, we highly recommend unpairing your Apple Watch using your iPhone.

Unpair Your Apple Watch

When performing the steps below, keep your iPhone and Apple Watch in close range of each other to make sure the process goes smoothly.

Open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap on your Apple Watch at the top of the screen. Tap the Information button (the i inside a circle), then tap Unpair Apple Watch.

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If your Apple Watch is enabled with Cellular, make sure you choose to keep your plan. Tap Unpair Apple Watch again to confirm your decision.

Erase All Content And Settings

Open Settings on your Apple Watch and tap General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings.

Make sure you choose to keep your plan if your Apple Watch is enabled with Cellular. Then, tap Erase All. Your Apple Watch will shut down, reset, and turn on again.

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Still Stuck Verifying?

If your Apple Watch is still stuck verifying the update, it’s probably time to visit the Apple Store. We recommend setting up an appointment first so you don’t spend your day standing around and waiting for someone to become available.

Update: Verified!

You’ve fixed the problem with your Apple Watch and now it’s up to date. Next time your Apple Watch is stuck verifying an update, you’ll know how to solve the problem. Have any other question about your Apple Watch? Leave them below!

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What To Do Before Updating To iOS 13 https://www.payetteforward.com/what-to-do-before-updating-to-ios-13/ https://www.payetteforward.com/what-to-do-before-updating-to-ios-13/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:05:02 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21680 We’re nearing the release of iOS 13 and you want to make sure you’re prepared. There’s one important step to take before updating the software on your iPhone. In this article, I’ll explain what to do before updating to iOS 13. Backup Your iPhone The one thing you need to do before updating to iOS 13 [...]

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We’re nearing the release of iOS 13 and you want to make sure you’re prepared. There’s one important step to take before updating the software on your iPhone. In this article, I’ll explain what to do before updating to iOS 13.

Backup Your iPhone

The one thing you need to do before updating to iOS 13 is backup your iPhone. This will ensure that all your data is safe, just in case something goes wrong during the update process. It’s also important to save a backup if you’re installing the iOS 13 beta, just in case you want to revert back to iOS 12 at some point.

You can use iTunes or iCloud to backup your iPhone. We’ll walk you through how to do both below!

Backup Your iPhone To iTunes

  1. Use a Lightning cable to plug your iPhone into a computer with iTunes.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Navigate to the upper left corner of the screen and click on the iPhone icon.
  4. Click on Back Up Now.
  5. Wait for the backup to finish and unplug your iPhone!

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Backup Your iPhone To iCloud

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap your name on the top of the screen.
  3. Select iCloud.
  4. Scroll down and tap iCloud Backup.
  5. Make sure the switch next to iCloud backup is on.
  6. Tap Backup Now.

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Though this won’t happen to everyone, some might encounter a slight problem when trying to create a backup using iCloud. Many people have limited iCloud space and won’t be able to back up their iPhone using iCloud.

If you don’t have enough iCloud storage space, that’s okay! You can always backup your iPhone using iTunes. Apple also gives you an option to purchase additional iCloud storage space for a small monthly fee.

Looking for iOS 13 Beta?

If you want to get ahead of the curve, consider joining the Apple Beta Software Program. The Apple Beta Software Program gives you the opportunity to test out new versions of iOS before they’re released to the general public!

New iOS 13 Features

Once you’ve backed up your iPhone and updated to iOS 13, it’s time to explore all the new cool features! One of our favorites is Dark Mode.

Dark Mode changes the overall look of your iPhone to a light-on-dark color scheme as opposed to the standard dark-on-light layout. You can also create a schedule for Dark Mode to turn on and off all by itself.

iOS 13 also has increased privacy protection, an updated App Store, audio sharing for AirPods, and much more!

Backed Up And Ready To Go!

Your iPhone is officially ready for iOS 13! Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your friends and family what to do before updating to iOS 13. Any other questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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My iPhone Speaker Sounds Muffled! Here’s The Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-speaker-sounds-muffled-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-speaker-sounds-muffled-fix/#respond Fri, 26 Jul 2019 16:44:06 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21642 A lot of the day-to-day tasks on your iPhone revolve around functional speakers. When your iPhone speakers aren’t working, you can’t enjoy music, talk to someone on speakerphone, or hear the alerts you receive. This problem can be incredibly frustrating, but it can also be fixed. In this article, I’ll explain what to do if your [...]

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A lot of the day-to-day tasks on your iPhone revolve around functional speakers. When your iPhone speakers aren’t working, you can’t enjoy music, talk to someone on speakerphone, or hear the alerts you receive. This problem can be incredibly frustrating, but it can also be fixed. In this article, I’ll explain what to do if your iPhone speaker sounds muffled!

Software Vs. Hardware Issues

A muffled iPhone speaker can be the result of a software problem or a hardware problem. The software tells your iPhone what sounds to play and when to play them. The hardware (the physical speakers) then plays the noise so you can hear it.

We can’t be sure what type of problem this is yet, so we’ll start with the software troubleshooting steps. If those steps don’t fix your iPhone speaker, we’ll recommend a few great repair options!

Is Your Phone Set To Silent?

When your iPhone is set to silent, the speaker won’t make any noise when you receive a notification. Make sure the Ring / Silent switch above the volume buttons is pulled towards the screen, indicating that your iPhone is set to Ring.

Turn The Volume All The Way Up

If the volume on your iPhone is low, it may sound like the speakers are muffled when you receive a phone call or notification.

To turn up the volume on your iPhone, unlock it and hold the top volume button on the left side of your iPhone until the volume is all the way up.

You can also adjust the volume on your iPhone by going to Settings -> Sound & Haptics and dragging the slider under Ringer and Alerts. Drag the slider all the way to the right to turn the volume on your iPhone all the way up.

If you want to have the option to turn up the volume using the buttons on your iPhone, turn on the switch next to Change with Buttons.

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Take Off Your iPhone Case

If you have a bulky case for your iPhone, or if the case was put on upside down, it could make the speaker sound muffled. Try taking your iPhone out of its case and playing a sound.

Clean Out Any Gunk From The Speaker

Your iPhone speakers can quickly get filled with lint, dirt, or other debris, especially if it has been sitting in your pocket all day. Try wiping off the speaker with a microfiber cloth. For more compacted gunk or debris, use an anti-static or an unused toothbrush to clean out your speaker.

Back Up Your iPhone And Put It In DFU Mode

Before you run to your local Apple Store to get a hardware repair done, let’s make sure we’re absolutely certain that the speaker is broken. A DFU restore is the last step you can take to completely rule out any type of software problem causing your iPhone speaker to sound muffled.

First, backup your iPhone. A DFU restore erases then reloads all the code on your iPhone. You’ll want a recent iPhone backup so you don’t lose your contacts, photos, messages, and more.

You can follow these guides to back up your iPhone using iTunes or back up using iCloud.

After you’ve backed up your iPhone, follow these instructions to put your iPhone in DFU mode.

Before checking if your speakers work, go through steps 1-4 again and then try to play music or use your speakerphone. If the speaker still sounds muffled, it’s time to look into repair options.

Repairing Your iPhone Speaker

Apple offers repairs for iPhone speakers. You can schedule an appointment at the Genius Bar or use their mail-in service by visiting their support center.

One of our favorite and often less-expensive repair options is Puls. They will send an iPhone repair expert to a location you choose and can have your iPhone fixed in as little as an hour. They also offer a lifetime warranty, so this might be the best option for you!

If you have an older iPhone, you may want to consider upgrading to a new one instead of paying out of pocket to repair your old one. New iPhones have better stereo speakers that are great for listening to music or streaming videos. Check out UpPhone’s comparison tool to find a great deal on a new iPhone!

Can You Hear Me Now?

Now that you’ve reached the end of the article, we’ve either solved your speaker problem or at least figured out that you need a repair. If your problem was fixed, let us know which step helped you figure it out — this might help others with the same problem. Regardless, if you have any other questions, leave them in the comments below!

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Five iPhone Settings That Could Save Your Life https://www.payetteforward.com/five-iphone-settings-that-could-save-your-life/ https://www.payetteforward.com/five-iphone-settings-that-could-save-your-life/#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2019 17:22:10 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21626 Within the iPhone lies a ton of hidden features you may have not known existed. Some of these settings can even keep you safe in an emergency situation. In this article, I’ll talk about five iPhone settings that could literally save your life! Do Not Disturb While Driving While many of us might not be quick [...]

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Within the iPhone lies a ton of hidden features you may have not known existed. Some of these settings can even keep you safe in an emergency situation. In this article, I’ll talk about five iPhone settings that could literally save your life!

Do Not Disturb While Driving

While many of us might not be quick to admit it, at one point or another, our phones have distracted us while we were driving. Even a quick glance at a notification could potentially lead to an accident.

Do Not Disturb While Driving is a relatively new iPhone feature that silences incoming phone calls, texts, and notifications while you’re driving. This helps you stay safe and undistracted on the road.

To turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving on an iPhone, open Settings and tap Do Not Disturb -> Activate. From here, you can select to have Do Not Disturb While Driving activate Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth, or Manually.

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We recommend setting it to turn on Automatically. That way, you’ll never need to remember to turn it on!

Emergency SOS

Emergency SOS is a feature that allows you to immediately call emergency services after you quickly press the power button (iPhone 8 or older) or the side button (iPhone X or newer) five times in a row. This works in any country, no matter if you have international cell service or not.

To turn on Emergency SOS, open Settings and tap Emergency SOS. Make sure the switch next to Call with Side Button is turned on.

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You also have the option to turn on Auto Call. When you use Auto Call, your iPhone will play a warning sound. This is called the Countdown Sound, which lets you know that emergency services are about to be contacted.

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Share My Location

This setting allows you to share your location with family and friends. It can be especially useful if your child has an iPhone and you want to make sure they got home safely.

To turn on Share My Location, open Settings and tap Privacy -> Location Services -> Share My Location. Then, turn on the switch next to Share My Location.

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You can also select to share your location from other devices connected to your iCloud account.

Update Your Wi-Fi Calling Address

Wi-Fi calling is a setting that allows you to make calls from your iPhone using your connection to Wi-Fi. Updating your Wi-Fi calling address gives emergency services a location to reference to find you if you are ever in a dangerous situation.

From the Home screen, navigate to Settings -> Phone and tap Wi-Fi Calling. Then, tap Update Emergency Address.

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An Updated Emergency Address gets transmitted to the emergency dispatcher for all 911 calls made over a Wi-Fi network. If address validation fails, then you’ll be prompted to enter a new address until a valid address is entered.

Check out our other article if you’re having issues with Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone!

Medical ID

Medical ID saves your personal health information on your iPhone, making it easily accessible if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation. You can save personal data such as your medical conditions, medical notes, allergies, medications, and much more.

To set this up, open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Then, tap Create Medical ID.

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Enter your personal information, then tap Done in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you ever want to update your Medical ID, tap the Edit button.

If you haven’t added an emergency contact to your iPhone, now would be a good time! You can set up your emergency contacts in the Health app too.

Settings That Save Your Life!

You’ll now be more prepared if you ever find yourself in emergency situation. If you have ever used any of these settings, leave a comment below and let us know how they worked for you. Stay safe!

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iPhone Dark Mode: What It Is And How To Turn It On https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-dark-mode-what-it-is-how-to-turn-on/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-dark-mode-what-it-is-how-to-turn-on/#respond Tue, 09 Jul 2019 15:27:37 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=21612 You just installed iOS 13 on your iPhone and you want to try out Dark Mode. You’ve used the same color scheme on your iPhone for a decade now and you’re ready for a change. In this article, I’ll explain what iPhone Dark Mode is and how to turn it on! What Is iPhone Dark Mode? [...]

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You just installed iOS 13 on your iPhone and you want to try out Dark Mode. You’ve used the same color scheme on your iPhone for a decade now and you’re ready for a change. In this article, I’ll explain what iPhone Dark Mode is and how to turn it on!

What Is iPhone Dark Mode?

Dark Mode is a new iPhone color scheme with light text and a dark background as opposed to the standard dark text on a lighter background. Although Dark Mode is new to the iPhone, it has been around for awhile on other devices.

An iOS Dark Mode has been on the wishlist of iPhone users for awhile now. Apple finally delivered with iOS 13!

I Thought iPhones Already Had Dark Mode!

They did, sort of. When iOS 11 was released, Apple introduced Smart Invert Colors. The Smart Invert Colors (now Smart Invert on iOS 13) setting does essentially the same thing as Dark Mode — it inverts the basic iPhone color scheme, making light text appear on a dark background.

However, Smart Invert isn’t as universal as Dark Mode and many apps are incompatible with the color scheme change.

You can try out Smart Invert for yourself by heading to Settings -> Accessibility -> Smart Invert.

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How To Turn On Dark Mode On Your iPhone

Open Settings and tap Display & Brightness. Tap on Dark at the top of the screen under Appearance. When you do, your iPhone will be in Dark Mode!

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You can also toggle Dark Mode on or off in Control Center. If you have an iPhone X or newer, swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you have an iPhone 8 or older, swipe up from the very bottom of the screen.

Once Control Center is open, press and hold down on the brightness slider. Tap the Appearance button to turn Dark Mode on or off.

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Scheduling iPhone Dark Mode

iOS 13 also lets you schedule Dark Mode to automatically turn on at a certain time of day. This feature is especially useful for people who only want to use Dark Mode at night while they’re checking their iPhone before bed.

To schedule Dark Mode on your iPhone, turn on the switch next to Automatic by tapping it. When you do, an Options menu will appear. Tap on Options.

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From here, you can either choose to turn Dark Mode on between Sunset to Sunrise, or you can set up your own custom schedule.

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Dark Mode: Explained!

You now know everything you need to know about iPhone Dark Mode! What’s your favorite iOS 13 feature? Let us know in the comments section below!

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