Payette Forward https://www.payetteforward.com Expert Help with iPhone, iPad, and Mac Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:24:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Coronavirus: How To Clean And Disinfect Your iPhone & Other Cell Phones https://www.payetteforward.com/coronavirus-how-to-clean-disinfect-iphone-other-phones/ https://www.payetteforward.com/coronavirus-how-to-clean-disinfect-iphone-other-phones/#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2020 18:55:47 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22889 Coronavirus is spreading across the globe and millions of people are going out of their way to avoid it. Many people, however, overlook one of the dirtiest things they use every day: their cell phone. In this article, I’ll show you how to clean and disinfect your iPhone or other cell phone! If you’d rather watch [...]

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Coronavirus is spreading across the globe and millions of people are going out of their way to avoid it. Many people, however, overlook one of the dirtiest things they use every day: their cell phone. In this article, I’ll show you how to clean and disinfect your iPhone or other cell phone!

If you’d rather watch than read, check out our recent YouTube video about this topic:

Coronavirus And Cell Phones

Medical experts say it’s important to avoid touching your face and mouth as one way to protect against the spread of Coronavirus. When hold your iPhone up to your face to make a phone call after sending a text message or scrolling through Facebook, you’re essentially touching your face.

Why Is It Important To Disinfect My iPhone?

iPhones get dirty in all sorts of ways. Phones can collect bacteria from everything you touch. One study even found the average cell phone carries ten times more bacteria than your toilet!

Do This Before You Clean Your Phone

Before cleaning your iPhone, turn it off and unplug it from any cables it may be connected to. This includes charging cables and wired headphones. A powered-on or plugged-in iPhone could short-circuit if it’s exposed to moisture while you’re cleaning it.

How To Clean Your iPhone Or Other Cell Phone

Along with Apple, we recommend cleaning your iPhone immediately after it comes in contact with any substance that can cause stains or other damage. This includes makeup, soap, lotion, acids, dirt, sand, mud, and much more.

Grab a microfiber cloth or the cloth you use to clean your glasses. Run the cloth under some water so it gets just a little damp. Wipe the front and back of your iPhone to clean it. Make sure to avoid getting any moisture inside the ports of your iPhone! Moisture in the ports can seep inside your iPhone, potentially causing water damage.

At this point, your iPhone may look cleaner, but we haven’t disinfected it or killed the coronavirus. Keep reading to find out how.

Why It’s Important To Be Careful About The Products You Use To Clean Your Phone

Cell phones have an oleophobic (from the Greek words for oil and fear) fingerprint-resistant coating that keeps their screens as smudge- and fingerprint-free as possible. Using the wrong cleaning product will damage the oleophobic coating. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back, and it isn’t covered under warranty.

Prior to the iPhone 8, Apple only put an oleophobic coating on the display. These days, every iPhone has an oleophobic coating on both its front and back.

Can I Use Disinfectant On My iPhone To Kill The Coronavirus?

Yes, you can clean your iPhone using certain disinfectants. Clorox disinfecting wipes or 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes can be used to disinfect your iPhone. Gently and lightly wipe the outside surfaces and edges of your iPhone to disinfect it.

gently wipe to clean and disinfect phone

Remember, when we say Clorox, we’re talking about the disinfecting wipes, not bleach! You can also use Lysol wipes, or any disinfecting wipe where the ingredient is alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride. That’s a mouth full! (Don’t actually get it in your mouth.)

lysol wipes for cleaning iphone

Make sure not to get any moisture inside the ports of your iPhone. This include the charging port, the speakers, the rear camera, and the headphone jack, if your iPhone has one.

You should also avoid fully submerging your iPhone into any cleaning liquid. Many people try to fix water-damaged iPhones by submerging them in isopropyl alcohol. However, this can just make the problem worse!

Will Cleaning With A Disinfectant Kill Coronavirus?

There’s no guarantee that disinfecting your iPhone will kill Coronavirus or anything it may be carrying. The label on the Lysol wipes I use at home, however, says that it will kill human coronavirus within 2 minutes. That’s important! Remember to leave your iPhone alone for 2 minutes after you wipe it off.

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), cleaning your iPhone will reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Disinfecting your iPhone doesn’t necessarily remove all the germs on it either, but it will lower the risk of spreading COVID-19.

What Shouldn’t I Use To Clean My iPhone?

Not all cleaning products are made equal. There are a lot of things you shouldn’t clean your iPhone with. Don’t try to clean your iPhone with window cleaners, household cleaners, rubbing alcohol, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, vodka, or ammonia. These products can damage your iPhone, and might even break it!

Don’t clean your iPhone with abrasives, either. Abrasives include any material that can scratch your iPhone or wipe off its oleophobic coating. Even households items like napkins and paper towels are too abrasive for the oleophobic coating. We recommend using a microfiber or lens cloth instead.

As we said before, damage to the screen and its oleophobic coating isn’t covered by AppleCare+, so it’s important to treat it carefully!

Other Ways To Clean And Disinfect Your iPhone

PhoneSoap is a great way to sanitize your iPhone. This product uses ultraviolet (UV) light to neutralize and kill the bacteria on your phone. You can find other UV phone sanitizers on Amazon for around $40. One of our favorites is the HoMedics UV-Clean Phone Sanitizer. It’s a little more expensive, but it kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses at the DNA level.

Additional Instructions For iPhone 11, 11 Pro, & 11 Pro Max Owners

There are some extra cleaning tips to keep in mind if you have an iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max. These iPhones have a glass back with matte finishes.

Over time, the matte finish can show signs of what Apple calls “material transfer”, usually from coming in contact with whatever’s in your pocket or handbag. These material transfers can look like scratches, but they often aren’t, and can be removed with a soft cloth and a little elbow grease.

Before you clean your iPhone, remember to turn it off and disconnect it from any cables it might be connected to. It’s OK to run the microfiber cloth or lens cloth under a little bit of water before you rub the “transferred material” off of your iPhone.

Squeaky Clean!

You’ve cleaned and disinfected your iPhone, reducing your risk of contracting or spreading Coronavirus. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your friends and family how they can lower their risk of contracting COVID-19 too! Leave a comment down below if you have any other questions, and don’t forget to check out the CDC’s Resource Guide on Coronavirus.

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Skype Not Working On iPhone? Here’s The Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/skype-not-working-on-iphone-heres-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/skype-not-working-on-iphone-heres-fix/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:00:18 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22787 You’re trying to call someone, but Skype won’t work on your iPhone. You can’t make calls, video chat, or send messages to any of your friends. In this article, I’ll explain why Skype is not working on your iPhone and show you how to fix the problem! Make Sure Skype Has Access To Your Camera And [...]

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You’re trying to call someone, but Skype won’t work on your iPhone. You can’t make calls, video chat, or send messages to any of your friends. In this article, I’ll explain why Skype is not working on your iPhone and show you how to fix the problem!

Make Sure Skype Has Access To Your Camera And Microphone

Skype won’t work on an iPhone unless you give the app permission to access Camera for video chats and Microphone so you can talk to the person you’re Skyping.

Head to Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone and make sure the switch next to Skype is on.

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Next, go Settings -> Privacy -> Camera and make sure the switch next to Skype is on.

turn on skype camera

Your iPhone’s Microphone and Camera now have access to Skype! If it’s still not working, move onto the next step.

Check Skype’s Servers

Occasionally Skype crashes, making it unusable for everyone. Check Skype’s status to make sure everything is normal. If the website says Normal service, Skype is working properly.

skype statys normal service

Close And Reopen Skype

It’s possible Skype has crashed, causing it to stop working. Closing and reopening Skype is a quick way to fix an app crash.

On an iPhone 8 or earlier, double-press the Home button to open the app switcher. Then, swipe Skype up and off the top of the screen.

On an iPhone X or newer, swipe up from the bottom to center of the screen to open the app switcher. Swipe Skype up and off the top of the screen to close it.

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Check For A Skype Update

You might be running an outdated version of Skype, which can cause problems. It’s always a good idea to update your apps when possible, as those updates can patch up bugs.

Head to the App Store and tap on the account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll down to see if a Skype update is available. If one is, tap Update next to Skype.

check for app updates

Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone is a quick fix for a variety of minor software problems. The programs and applications running on your iPhone get to shut down naturally and start again fresh you turn it back on.

Press and hold the power button (iPhone 8 and older) or simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button (iPhone X or newer). Let go of the buttons when the power slider appears on the screen. Swipe the power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone.

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Check Your Connection To Wi-Fi And Cellular Data

You need a internet connection to use Skype. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data by opening Settings.

If you’re using Wi-Fi, tap Wi-Fi and make sure there’s a checkmark next to the name of your Wi-Fi network.

make sure connected to wifi iphone

If you’re using cellular data, tap Cellular and make sure the switch next to Cellular Data is turned on.

make sure iphone cellular data is on

You can quickly tell if your iPhone isn’t connected to the internet by opening Safari and trying to load a webpage. If the webpage doesn’t load, your iPhone isn’t connected to the internet.

Check out our other articles if your iPhone won’t connect to Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Delete And Reinstall Skype On Your iPhone

When an app regularly crashes, it’s a good idea to delete the app and reinstall it. It’s possible one or more of the app’s files have become corrupted. Deleting and reinstalling the app will give it a completely fresh start.

Press and hold on the Skype icon until the menu appears. Tap Delete App, then tap Delete to uninstall Skype.

delete skype on iphone

Head to the App Store and find Skype. Tap the cloud icon to reinstall Skype on your iPhone.

reinstall skype on iphone

Reset All Settings

Resetting all settings on your iPhone restores everything in Settings back to factory defaults. This means you’ll have to reenter your Wi-Fi passwords, reset your iPhone wallpaper, reconnect your Bluetooth devices, and so on.

We really only recommend doing this step if you’re experiencing other software problems with your iPhone. Most of the time, isolated app problems are related to the app itself and resetting all settings won’t fix the problem.

Open Settings and tap General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. Tap Reset All Settings when the confirmation alert appears on the display. You may have to enter your passcode.

Your iPhone will turn off, perform the reset, then turn on again.

how to reset all the settings on your iphone

Skype Is Working Again!

You’ve fixed the problem and Skype is working again. It’s frustrating when Skype is not working on iPhone, but now you know what to do in case it happens again. Have any other Skype questions? Leave them in the comments section below.

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iPhone Stuck On Spinning Wheel? Here’s The Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-stuck-spinning-wheel-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-stuck-spinning-wheel-fix/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2020 20:35:35 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22715 Your iPhone is stuck on a black screen with a spinning wheel and you’re not sure why. Your iPhone isn’t turning back on no matter what you do! In this article, I’ll explain how to fix the problem when your iPhone is stuck on a spinning wheel. Why Is My iPhone Stuck On A Spinning Wheel? [...]

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Your iPhone is stuck on a black screen with a spinning wheel and you’re not sure why. Your iPhone isn’t turning back on no matter what you do! In this article, I’ll explain how to fix the problem when your iPhone is stuck on a spinning wheel.

Why Is My iPhone Stuck On A Spinning Wheel?

Most of the time, your iPhone gets stuck on a spinning wheel because something went wrong during the reboot process. This can happen after you turn your iPhone on, update its software, or reset it.

It’s also possible that a physical component of your iPhone is damaged or broken. Our step-by-step guide below will start with software troubleshooting steps, then help you get support if your iPhone is broken.

Hard Reset Your iPhone

A hard reset forces your iPhone to quickly turn off and back on. When your iPhone crashes, freezes, or gets stuck on a spinning wheel, a hard reset can get it to turn back on.

The process of performing a hard reset varies depending on which model iPhone you have:

  • iPhone 6s and earlier: Simultaneously press and hold the Home button and power button until the screen goes completely black and the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 7: Simultaneously press and hold the volume down button and the power button until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 8 and newer: Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the display goes black and the Apple logo appears.

A hard reset will fix this problem most of the time. If it did, immediately backup your iPhone to iTunes (PCs and Macs running Mojave 10.14 or earlier), Finder (Macs running Catalina 10.15 and newer), or iCloud. If this problem persists, you’ll want a copy of all the data on your iPhone!

DFU Restore Your iPhone

A DFU (device firmware update) restore is the deepest iPhone restore and the last step you can take to completely rule out a software problem. Every line of code is erased and reloaded onto your iPhone and the latest version of iOS is installed.

Make sure to backup your iPhone before putting it in DFU mode. When you’re ready, check out our DFU restore guide to learn how to do this step!

Contact Apple

It’s time to contact Apple support if your iPhone is still stuck on a spinning wheel. Make sure to schedule an appointment if you plan on taking your iPhone into the Genius Bar. Apple also has phone and live chat support if you don’t live near a retail location.

Take Your iPhone For A Spin

You’ve fixed the problem with your iPhone and it’s turning on again. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your family, friends, and followers what to do when their iPhone is stuck on a spinning wheel.

Any other questions about your iPhone? Leave them in the comments section below!

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What Is iPhone Touch Disease? Here’s The Truth & How To Fix It! https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-touch-disease/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-touch-disease/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:55:46 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22756 Your iPhone’s touch screen is malfunctioning and you don’t know why. The screen is flickering and Multi-Touch isn’t working. In this article, I’ll explain what iPhone Touch Disease is and how to fix it! What Is iPhone Touch Disease? “iPhone Touch Disease” is characterized as a problem that causes screen flickering or issues with Multi-Touch functionality. There’s some [...]

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Your iPhone’s touch screen is malfunctioning and you don’t know why. The screen is flickering and Multi-Touch isn’t working. In this article, I’ll explain what iPhone Touch Disease is and how to fix it!

What Is iPhone Touch Disease?

“iPhone Touch Disease” is characterized as a problem that causes screen flickering or issues with Multi-Touch functionality. There’s some debate over what actually causes this issue.

Apple claims the problem is the result of dropping an iPhone “multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.” iFixit, a website that focuses on hardware of electronics, says that problem is the result of a design defect of the iPhone 6 Plus.

Which iPhones Are Affected By Touch Disease?

The iPhone 6 Plus is the model most affected by the Touch Disease. However, these problems can occur on other iPhones too. Check out our other article if your iPhone screen is flickering.

Although getting a new phone is probably the easiest option, you don’t have to buy a new phone if your iPhone is experiencing Touch Disease. Below, we’ll discuss all of your options to fix iPhone Touch Disease.

How To Fix Your iPhone

Most of the time, you’ll have to get your iPhone repaired. Before you do, check out our article on how to fix iPhone touch screen problems. Sometimes the problem is software-related, not hardware-related.

Apple has been aware of this problem for awhile. They have a program that will repair of your iPhone 6 Plus for $149, as of 2020. However, if your iPhone isn’t working properly, or if the screen is cracked, you may have to pay more to get your phone repaired. Make sure to back up your iPhone before taking it into Apple!

Apple will repair other iPhones displaying the symptoms of Touch Disease, but the cost of that repair will vary depending on model.

Another great option is Puls, a come-to-you repair service. They’ll meet you at a place of your choice in as little as an hour. Every Puls repair is covered by a lifetime warranty.

If neither of these options is a good fit for you, you can buy a new cell phone. The iPhone 6 Plus is an older model and it’ll be on Apple’s list of vintage and obsolete products sooner rather than later. Check out the UpPhone cell phone comparison tool to find the best prices on phones from Apple, Samsung, Google, and more.

Your iPhone Is Cured!

You’ve fixed your iPhone or found a great repair option. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your friends, family, and followers what iPhone Touch Disease is! Leave a comment down below if you have any other questions about your iPhone.

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iPad Not Updating? Here’s The Real Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/ipad-not-updating-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/ipad-not-updating-fix/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:05:06 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22784 You’re trying to update your iPad, but something’s not working right. No matter what you do, your iPad won’t update! In this article, I’ll explain how to fix the problem when your iPad is not updating. Check Apple’s Servers When a new iPadOS update is released, everyone wants to download it right away. Unfortunately, this can [...]

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You’re trying to update your iPad, but something’s not working right. No matter what you do, your iPad won’t update! In this article, I’ll explain how to fix the problem when your iPad is not updating.

Check Apple’s Servers

When a new iPadOS update is released, everyone wants to download it right away. Unfortunately, this can slow down and sometimes overload Apple’s servers, preventing you from downloading the update.

Check Apple’s servers to make sure they’re working properly. If dots are green, the servers are up and running.

Restart Your iPad

Restarting your iPad is easy to do and can fix minor software bugs. All of the programs on your iPad shut down naturally. They’ll get a fresh start when you turn your iPad on again.

To restart your iPad, press and hold the power button. If you have a newer iPad Pro, press and hold the power button and either volume button simultaneously.

Swipe the red power icon from left to right to shut down your iPad. Wait a few seconds, then press and hold the power button again to turn your iPad back on.

turn off ipad

Check Storage Space On Your iPad

iPadOS updates can be quite large. There may not be enough storage space left on your iPad to download the update. Head to Settings -> General -> iPad Storage to see how much space is left on your iPad.

ipad storage

At the top of the screen, you’ll find some handy recommendations to quickly save storage space if necessary. Check out our other article if you need help clearing up storage space!

Try Updating Using Your Computer

If your iPad isn’t updating in Settings, try using your computer. First, grab a Lightning cable to plug your iPad into your computer.

If you have a PC or a Mac running macOS Mojave 10.14, open iTunes and click on the iPad icon near the upper left-hand corner of iTunes. Click Check for Update, then Download and Install if an update is available.

If you have a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder and click on your iPad under Locations. Click Check for Update, then Download and Install if an update is available.

check for ipad update in finder

Reset All Settings

When you Reset All Settings on your iPad, everything in Settings gets restored to factory defaults. You’ll have to set up your wallpaper, Bluetooth devices, and Wi-Fi networks again. It’s a small sacrifice to fix a nagging iPad software problem.

Open Settings and tap General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. Tap Reset All Settings when the confirmation pop-up appears. Your iPad will turn off, reset, and turn on again.

reset all settings on ipad

DFU Restore Your iPad

A Device Firmware Update is the deepest type of restore you can do on an iPad. Every line of code is erased and reloaded and the latest version of iPadOS is installed. This is the last software troubleshooting step you can take when your iPad is not updating.

We recommend backing up your iPad before putting in in DFU mode. When you’re ready, check out our other article to learn how to DFU restore your iPad!

Up To Date And Ready To Go!

You’ve successfully updated your iPad! Now you’ll know just what to do the next time your iPad is not updating. Have any other questions? Let us know in the comments section below.

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What Is “System” In Mac Storage? Here’s The Truth & How To Remove It! https://www.payetteforward.com/what-is-system-in-mac-storage-truth-how-to-remove/ https://www.payetteforward.com/what-is-system-in-mac-storage-truth-how-to-remove/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:00:33 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22655 You’re running out of storage space and you don’t know what to do. You noticed that System is taking up a lot of storage space and you’re not sure why. In this article, I’ll explain what “System” in Mac storage is and show you how to remove it! System in Mac Storage: Explained The “System” in Mac [...]

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You’re running out of storage space and you don’t know what to do. You noticed that System is taking up a lot of storage space and you’re not sure why. In this article, I’ll explain what “System” in Mac storage is and show you how to remove it!

System in Mac Storage: Explained

The “System” in Mac storage consists of mainly backups and cached files. It’s designed to store your Mac’s temporary files. Your Mac’s storage space starts to fill up quickly when it saves a bunch of temporary files.

Macs automatically delete some temporary files. However, other useless files aren’t always deleted, leading to a large chunk of System in Mac storage.

How to Remove System From Mac Storage

First, click on the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Then, click About This Mac -> Storage. Here you’ll find exactly what’s taking up space on your Mac. As you can see, System currently takes up 10.84 GB of storage.

system in storage on my mac

You can find some easy ways to save Mac storage space if you click Manage. Click the button to the right of the recommendation and see if that helps you cut down on the System in Mac storage. A couple of these recommendations just take one click!

mac storage recommendations

Another way to clear out System in Mac storage is to rebuild the Spotlight index on your Mac. If you’re having some issues with Spotlight search, this will help you fix the problem.

Click on the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Then, click System Preferences -> Spotlight. Finally, click the Privacy tab.

Tap the plus button (+) in the lower left-hand corner of the window to add the types of files you’d like to reindex. I recommend choosing every file type if this is your first time reindexing Spotlight. Click Choose in the lower right-hand corner of the window once you’ve selected the files you want to reindex.

reindex spotlight choose locations

Click the X in the upper left-hand corner to quit System Preferences. The reindex will begin once you close System Preferences. Check out Apple’s support article if you need more help reindexing Spotlight on your Mac.

Is System Still Taking Up A Lot Of Mac Storage?

When this problem persists, it’s a good idea to find out exactly what is falling under the category of System on your Mac. Running Disk Inventory X can do exactly that! The utility is free to download and it’ll give you a very detailed breakdown of what’s taking up storage space on your Mac.

After downloading the utility, open Finder and click Downloads. Double-click on Disk Inventory X 1.3.

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Click the Disk Inventory X icon to open the utility. It’s possible that your Mac will prevent you from opening this utility because the developer cannot be verified. If you see this pop-up on your Mac, click the question mark icon.

click question mark on mac

Next, click Open the General pane for me.

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Finally, click Open Anyway to give your Mac permission to run Disk Inventory X.

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Now that you’ve given permission to your Mac, open Disk Inventory X. Click System to see exactly what’s taking up System storage on your Mac.

system storage disk inventory x

Once you’ve identified some files that can be deleted, open Finder and search for the name of the files you want to delete. Drag the files to the trash to delete them!

All Systems Go

We hope this article helped you fix the storage problem on your Mac. Did you find a different solution to this problem? Leave us a comment down below!

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iPhone Privacy Settings, Explained! https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-privacy-settings/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-privacy-settings/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:00:03 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22680 You were scrolling around on your iPhone and saw an ad for a product you were just taking about. “How do they know I’m interested in that?” you ask yourself. Advertisers are getting much better at targeting consumers, but there are things you can do to increase your privacy! In this article, I’ll tell you everything [...]

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You were scrolling around on your iPhone and saw an ad for a product you were just taking about. “How do they know I’m interested in that?” you ask yourself. Advertisers are getting much better at targeting consumers, but there are things you can do to increase your privacy! In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about iPhone Privacy Settings.

Location Services

Location Services can be beneficial when using Waze or geotagging with an Instagram photo. However, most other apps don’t need access to your location. Turning off Location Services for specific apps is a great way to save battery life and increase privacy.

First, open Settings and tap Privacy. Then, tap Location Services. Make sure the switch at the top of the screen is on. We don’t recommend turning Location Services off entirely because it allows you to do things like use Map applications.

keep location services on

Next, scroll through the list of apps and ask yourself whether or not you want that app accessing your location. If the answer is no, tap on the app and tap Never.

iphone allow location access never

If you want to let an app use your location, tap on it and select Always or While Using the App. We usually recommend selecting While Using the App so that the app isn’t draining your battery by constantly tracking your location.

iphone allow location access while using the app

Turn Off Unnecessary System Services

Hidden deep in the Settings app are a bunch of unnecessary System Services. Most of them don’t benefit you much. In fact, many of these System Services are designed to help Apple build out their databases. You won’t lose anything when turning most of them off, but you will save some battery life.

Open Settings and tap Privacy -> Location Services. Scroll down and tap System Services. Then, turn off the switches next to the following System Services:

  • Apple Pay/Merchant Identification
  • Cell Network Search
  • Compass Calibration
  • Homekit
  • Location-Based Alerts
  • Location-Based Apple Ads
  • Location-Based Suggestions
  • System Customization
  • Wifi-Networking
  • iPhone Analytics
  • Popular Near Me
  • Routing and Traffic
  • Improve Maps

Check out our other video to learn more about what each of these System Services does!

Significant Locations

Though there aren’t Privacy concerns with this feature, Significant Locations drains your battery.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Scroll and pick Privacy.
  3. Select Location Services.
  4. Scroll and tap System Services.
  5. Tap Significant Locations.
  6. Turn off the switch next to Significant Locations.

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Camera and Photo Access

When you open a new app, it often asks for access to your camera and photos. But this makes it hard to keep track of which app has access to what. Follow these steps to check what apps have access to your photos, camera, and even your contacts.

Let’s start with the Photos app:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Photos.
  4. Go through the list and double-check which apps have access to Photos.
  5. If you don’t want an app to have access to Photos, tap on it and select Never.

photos app permissions on iphone

After you’ve set permissions for the Photos app, we recommend doing the same for Camera, Contacts, and so on.

Major apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Slack are reputable and won’t give you any trouble. However, you need to be careful about giving smaller, less-reputable apps access to your Camera, Photos, and Contacts.

Analytics & Improvements

Analytics & Improvements settings are both a battery drainers and potential minor privacy issues. Apple and third party app developers get to gather information about how you use your iPhone for their own benefit.

To turn off these Analytics & Improvements features:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Privacy.
  3. Scroll and select Analytics & Improvements.
  4. Turn off all of the switches.

turn off iphone analytics and improvements

Limit Ad Tracking

Turning on Limit Ad Tracking opts you out of receiving targeted ads based on your personal interests. We recommend turning this iPhone Privacy setting on as it’ll help prevent advertisers from collecting information about you.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Scroll down and tap Advertising.
  4. Tap the switch next to Limit Ad Tracking to turn it on.
  5. While you’re here, tap Reset Advertising Identifier to clear out whatever information about you has already been tracked.

turn on limit ad tracking

Watch Our Video To Learn More!

Check out our YouTube video if you’d like to learn more about these iPhone Privacy settings! While you’re there, check out some of our other videos and make sure to subscribe!

Staying Private!

You’re now an expert on iPhone Privacy settings! Advertisers are going to have a much harder time collecting data about you now. Feel free to leave any other questions down below in the comments.

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The Most Common iPhone Mistakes People Make https://www.payetteforward.com/most-common-iphone-mistakes/ https://www.payetteforward.com/most-common-iphone-mistakes/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:30:05 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22709 iPhones are pretty user-friendly. However, they don’t come with a manual, which means it’s easy to make mistakes without knowing it. In this article, I’ll tell you about five common iPhone mistakes that most people make! Not Cleaning Out Your iPhone’s Ports Most people don’t clean out the ports of their iPhone. This includes the charging port, [...]

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iPhones are pretty user-friendly. However, they don’t come with a manual, which means it’s easy to make mistakes without knowing it. In this article, I’ll tell you about five common iPhone mistakes that most people make!

Not Cleaning Out Your iPhone’s Ports

Most people don’t clean out the ports of their iPhone. This includes the charging port, microphone, speakers, and headphone jack, if your iPhone has one.

Simply put, this is bad iPhone hygiene. Dirty ports can cause all sorts of problems. Most commonly, a clogged Lightning port can prevent your iPhone from charging.

How do you clean out your iPhone’s ports? A clean toothbrush will do the trick! We like to use anti-static brushes, just like Apple techs at the Genius Bar. You can buy a set of anti-static brushes on Amazon for about $10.

Take your toothbrush or anti-static brush and scrape out any lint, dirt, or debris stuck inside the charging port, microphone, speaker, and headphone jack. You’ll probably be surprised by how much comes out!

clean ipad lightning port

Leaving All Of Your Apps Open

Another common mistake iPhone users make is leaving all of their apps open. When you stop using an app without closing is afterwards, the app sits in the background and uses up a small portion of your iPhone’s processing power.

This usually won’t cause problems if it’s just a few apps, but if you leave several open all the time, things can start to go wrong! The real problems begin if an app crashes in the background of your iPhone. That’s when the battery can really start draining fast.

You can close apps on your iPhone by opening the app switcher. Do this by swiping up from the bottom to the center of the screen (iPhone X or newer) or double-pressing the Home button (iPhone 8 and older).

To close an app, swipe it up and off the top of the screen. You’ll know the app is closed when it no longer appears in the app switcher window.

close apps iphone x app switcher

Leaving On Background App Refresh For Too Many Apps

Background App Refresh is a great feature when you want your apps to download new information when not in use. Apps like ESPN and Apple News rely on Background App Refresh to make sure the information you see is up to date every time you open them.

However, leaving on Background App Refresh for all apps can be detrimental to your iPhone’s battery life and data plan. We recommend only leaving Background App Refresh on for apps that really need it.

Head to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh to get started.

tap background app refresh

First, tap Background App Refresh at the top of the screen. We recommend choosing Wi-Fi Only as opposed to Wi-Fi & Cellular Data so you don’t burn through the data on your cell phone plan.

switch background app refresh to wifi only

Next, go through your list of apps and ask yourself whether or not that app needs to constantly download new information in the background of your iPhone. Most of the time, that answer will be no. Tap the switch next to an app to turn off Background App Refresh for the app.

background app refresh switches

Not Offloading Or Deleting Unused Apps

A lot of people are hesitant to delete apps because they don’t want to lose the data saved from that app. This is especially true for mobile gaming apps, as many people are afraid of losing the progress they’ve made.

However, keeping a large amount of unused apps on your iPhone can take up a lot of storage space. To check the amount of storage that your apps are using:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap iPhone Storage

This will display all of the apps on your phone and how much storage they take up, sorted from greatest storage usage to least. You may be surprised to find that an app you no longer use takes up a very large amount of storage space.

check storage space on iphone

If you see an app you don’t use taking up a lot of storage space, tap on it. You’re given the option to either offload or delete the app. Offloading the app saves all the necessary data from the app if you ever decide that you want to reinstall it. If you don’t anticipate using the app again, go ahead and delete it.

delete or offload app in iphone storage

Apple also has some convenient recommendations to quickly save some storage space. You can take these recommendations by tapping Enable. A green check mark will appear after enabling the recommendation.

offload unused apps recommendations

Forgetting To Cancel Your Subscriptions

It seems like most services these days have subscription pricing model. It’s easy to lose track of all of your different subscriptions! What many iPhone users don’t know is that they can view and manage all of the subscriptions linked to your Apple ID in the Settings app.

To view subscriptions on your iPhone, open Settings and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Tap Subscriptions to view the subscription accounts linked to your Apple ID.

To cancel a subscription, tap on it under your list of Active subscriptions. Then, tap Cancel Subscription. Most of the time, you’ll get to keep using your subscription through the billing period you’ve paid for.

cancel subscription on iphone

Want To Learn More?

We created a YouTube video walking you through each of the steps in this article. Make sure to subscribe to our channel for more great iPhone tips!

No More Mistakes!

We hope this article helped you learn about common iPhone mistakes and how you can avoid them. Is there another mistake you see a lot of people make? Let us know in the comments section below!

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iPhone Camera Settings, Explained! https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-camera-settings/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-camera-settings/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:45:57 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22573 You want to become a better iPhone photographer, but you’re not sure where to start. There are many great iPhone Camera features hidden away in Settings. In this article, I’ll tell you about the essential iPhone Camera settings! Preserve Camera Settings Do you get tired of having to select your preferred settings every time you open [...]

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You want to become a better iPhone photographer, but you’re not sure where to start. There are many great iPhone Camera features hidden away in Settings. In this article, I’ll tell you about the essential iPhone Camera settings!

Preserve Camera Settings

Do you get tired of having to select your preferred settings every time you open Camera? There’s an easy fix for that!

Open Settings and tap Camera -> Preserve Settings. Turn on the switch next to Camera Mode. This will preserve the last Camera mode you used, such as Video, Pano, or Portrait.

preserve camera mode iphone

Next, turn on the switch next to Live Photo. This preserves the Live Photo setting in Camera, rather than resetting it to on every time you reopen the app.

Live Photos are neat, but they don’t have a lot of uses. Live Photos are also significantly larger files than regular photos, so they’ll eat up a lot of iPhone storage space.

preserve live photo settings on iphone

Set Video Quality

New iPhones are capable of recording movie-quality videos. However, in order to record the highest quality videos, you’ll have to preselect the video quality in Settings.

Open Settings and tap Camera -> Record Video. Select the video quality you’d like to record at. I have my iPhone 11 set to 4K at 60 frames per second (fps), the highest quality available.

Keep in mind that higher-quality videos will take up more space on your iPhone. For example, 1080p HD video at 60 fps is very high-quality, and those files will be less than 25% the size of a 4K video at 60 fps.

record video quality on iphone

Turn On Scan QR Codes

QR codes are a type of matrix bar code. They have a lot of different uses, but most of the time a website or app will open when you scan a QR code using your iPhone.

turn on scan qr codes

Add QR Code Scanner To Control Center

You can add a QR code scanner to Control Center to save a little time!

Open Settings and tap Control Center -> Customize Controls. Tap the green plus next to QR Code Reader to add it to Control Center.

add qr code reader to control center

Now that QR Code Reader has been added to Control Center, swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen (iPhone X or newer) or swipe up from the very bottom of the screen (iPhone 8 and older). Tap the QR Code Reader icon and scan the code!

qr code reader icon control center

Turn On High Efficiency Camera Capture

Switching the Camera capture format to High Efficiency will help reduce the file size of the photos and videos you take with your iPhone.

Open Settings and tap Camera -> Formats. Tap on High Efficiency to select it. You’ll know High Efficiency has been selected when a small blue check appears to its right.

turn on high efficiency camera capture

Turn On Camera Grid

The camera grid is helpful for a couple different reasons. If you’re a casual photographer, the grid will help you center your photos and videos. For more advanced photographers, the grid will help you abide by the rule of thirds, a set of composition guidelines that will help make your photos more appealing.

Open Settings and tap Camera. Tap the switch next to Grid to turn on the camera grid. You’ll know the switch is on when it’s green.

turn on iphone camera grid

Turn On Camera Locations Services For Geotagging

Your iPhone can geotag your images and automatically create folders of images based on where you took them. All you have to do is let Camera access your location while using the app. This feature is especially handy when you’re on a family vacation!

Open Settings and tap Privacy. Then, tap Location Services -> Camera. Tap While Using the App to let Camera access your location when you’re using it.

turn on locations services for camera

Any photos you take using Camera will be automatically sorted in the Places album in Photos. If you tap on Places in Photos, you’ll see your pictures and videos sorted by location on a map.

places folder in photos

Turn On Smart HDR

Smart HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a newer iPhone feature that blends different parts of separate exposures to compose a single photo. Essentially, it’ll help you take better photos on your iPhone. This feature is only available on the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

Open Settings and tap Camera. Scroll down and turn on the switch next to Smart HDR. You’ll know it’s on when the switch is green.

turn on smart hdr

Turn On Every Composition Setting

Newer iPhones support three Composition settings that capture the area just outside the frame to help improve the overall composition of photos and videos. We recommend turning them all on, as they’ll help you take higher quality photos and videos.

Open Settings and tap Camera. Turn on the switches next to the three settings underneath Composition.

turn on iphone composition settings

Other iPhone Camera Tips

Now that you’ve set up Camera settings to take the best photos and videos possible, we want to share a few of our favorite iPhone Camera tips.

Take Photos Using The Volume Button

Did you know that you can use either volume button as a camera shutter? We prefer this method over tapping the virtual shutter button for a couple of reasons.

First, if you miss the virtual button, you may accidentally change the camera’s focus. This can result in blurry  photos and videos. Second, the volume buttons are easier to press, especially when you’re taking landscape photos.

Check out our YouTube video to see this tip in action!

Set The Timer On Your iPhone Camera

To set the timer on your iPhone, open Camera and swipe up from just above the virtual shutter button. Tap the Timer icon, then select 3 seconds or 10 seconds.

turn on iphone camera timer

When you tap the shutter button, it’ll delay three or ten seconds before taking the picture.

How To Lock Camera Focus

By default, the focus of the iPhone camera isn’t locked. Auto-focus will often readjust the focus of the camera, especially if someone or something within the frame moves.

To lock the focus, open Camera and press and hold on the screen. You’ll know the focus is locked when AE/AF Lock appears on the screen.

lock focus on iphone

The Best iPhone Camera

To really take your iPhone photography skills to the next level, you might want to consider getting a new iPhone. Apple marketed the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max as phones capable of recording professional-quality movies.

They weren’t lying! Directors have already begun shooting films on iPhones.

These new iPhones are equipped with a third, Ultra Wide lens, which is really great when you’re trying to capture an image or video of a scenic landscape. They also support Night Mode, which helps you take better photos in dimly lit environments.

We put the iPhone 11 Pro camera to the test and were very happy with the results!

Lights, Camera, Action!

You’re now an iPhone Camera expert! We hope you’ll share this article on social media to teach your friends and family about these iPhone Camera settings. Leave a comment down below with any other questions about your iPhone.

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How To Backup Your iPhone Using Finder https://www.payetteforward.com/how-to-backup-your-iphone-using-finder/ https://www.payetteforward.com/how-to-backup-your-iphone-using-finder/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:22:13 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=22593 You’re trying to backup your iPhone using your Mac, but it’s not working. iTunes is missing! In this article, I’ll show you how to backup your iPhone using Finder. What Happened To iTunes? iTunes became Music with the release of macOS Catalina 10.15. Now when you want to sync, backup, or DFU restore your iPhone, you’ll [...]

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You’re trying to backup your iPhone using your Mac, but it’s not working. iTunes is missing! In this article, I’ll show you how to backup your iPhone using Finder.

What Happened To iTunes?

iTunes became Music with the release of macOS Catalina 10.15. Now when you want to sync, backup, or DFU restore your iPhone, you’ll do so using Finder. Despite this change, everything else is pretty much the same, and the interface looks very similar.

Owners of a PC or a Mac running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier will still backup their iPhone using iTunes.

What Is An iPhone Backup?

A backup is a copy of all the information on your iPhone — your photos, videos, contacts, and more. It’s a good idea to regularly save iPhone backups just in case something goes wrong with your iPhone. If you encounter a deep software problem, or if you damage the hardware of your iPhone, a backup will make sure you don’t lose any of your important data.

Backups are also helpful when you upgrade phones. Having a saved copy of your information will allow you to seamlessly transition to a new phone.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need three things to backup your iPhone using Finder: your iPhone, a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15, and a Lightning cable.

Backing Up Your iPhone Using Finder

Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a charging cable. Open Finder and click on your iPhone under Locations. Scroll down to the Backups section and click Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac. Finally, click Back Up Now.

back up iphone to finder

The backup process usually takes about 15–20 minutes. The more data you’re backing up, the longer it’ll take. You’ll know the backup is complete when you see the current date and time next to Last backup to this Mac.

Check out our other article if you weren’t able to backup your iPhone using Finder.

You’ve Found iPhone Backups!

You’ve successfully backed up your iPhone to your Mac using Finder. We know this change can be a bit confusing, so feel free to leave us a comment down below if you have any other questions!

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