Payette Forward https://www.payetteforward.com Expert Help with iPhone, iPad, and Mac Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:40:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 My iPhone Doesn’t Vibrate! Here’s The Real Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-doesnt-vibrate-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-doesnt-vibrate-fix/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:56 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=5232 You pull your iPhone out of your pocket and see three missed calls from Grandma. You’re sure you had it set to vibrate, but you couldn’t feel the buzz! Uh-oh—your iPhone stopped vibrating. In this article, I’ll show you how to fix an iPhone that doesn’t vibrate and what to do if the vibration motor is broken. First Things First: [...]

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You pull your iPhone out of your pocket and see three missed calls from Grandma. You’re sure you had it set to vibrate, but you couldn’t feel the buzz! Uh-oh—your iPhone stopped vibrating. In this article, I’ll show you how to fix an iPhone that doesn’t vibrate and what to do if the vibration motor is broken.

First Things First: Test Your iPhone’s Vibration Motor

Before we begin, let’s see if your iPhone’s vibration motor is turned on. Flip your iPhone’s Silent / Ring switch back and forth (the switch is above the volume buttons on the left side of your iPhone), and you’ll feel a buzz if “Vibrate on Ring” or “Vibrate on Silent” is turned on in Settings. (See the next section for details about how the switch works.) If you don’t feel your iPhone vibrate, it doesn’t mean the vibration motor is broken—it means we need to take a look inside Settings.

Flip Silent/Ring Switch Back and Forth To Test iPhone Vibration Motor

How The Silent / Ring Switch Works With The Vibration Motor

  • If “Vibrate on Ring” is turned on in Settings, your iPhone will vibrate when you pull the Silent / Ring switch toward the front of your iPhone.
  • If “Vibrate on Silent” is turned on, your iPhone will vibrate when you push the switch toward the back of your iPhone.
  • If both are turned off, your iPhone won’t vibrate when you flip the switch.

When Your iPhone Won’t Vibrate In Silent Mode

A common problem that iPhone users face is that their iPhone doesn’t vibrate in silent mode. Other people’s iPhones won’t vibrate when the ringer is turned on. Fortunately, both of these issues are usually easy to fix inside Settings.

How To Enable Vibrate on Silent / Ring

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. The two settings we’re going to look at are Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent. The Vibrate on Silent setting will allow your iPhone to vibrate when in silent mode, and Vibrate on Ring setting enables your phone to`ring and vibrate at the same time. Tap the switch on the right-hand side of either setting to turn it on.

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Take Off Any Magnetic Case Or Wallet Cover

We’ve received a few comments from people saying they fixed the vibration problem on their iPhone by removing their magnetic wallet cover. A magnet can sometimes interfere with an iPhone’s vibration motor. Try removing any accessories and taking your iPhone out of its case.

Does your iPhone vibrate now? If not, follow the steps below to fix the problem.

Other Software Troubleshooting Steps

Turn On Vibration In Accessibility Settings

If Vibration is turned off in Accessibility settings, your iPhone won’t vibrate even if the vibration motor is fully functional. Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch and make sure the switch next to Vibration is turned on. You’ll know the switch is on when it’s green.

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Make Sure You’ve Selected A Vibration Pattern

It’s possible that your iPhone doesn’t vibrate because you’ve set your vibration pattern to None. Open Settings and tap Sounds & Haptics -> Ringtone and tap Vibration at the top of the screen. Make sure there’s a check mark next to anything other than None!

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My iPhone Doesn’t Vibrate At All!

If your iPhone isn’t vibrating at all, there may be a software problem with your iPhone. One way to fix this is to reset your iPhone’s settings. Doing this won’t erase any content from your device, but it will return all the iPhone’s settings (including vibration) to factory defaults. I strongly recommend backing up your iPhone with iTunes or to iCloud before starting this process.

How To Reset All Settings

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Transfer Or Reset iPhone.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap Reset.
  5. Tap Reset All Settings and confirm that you’d like to proceed. You’ll need to enter your passcode if you have one. After you do and your iPhone restarts, test your iPhone to see if it vibrates. If it doesn’t, read on.

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DFU Restore

If you’ve tried all of the previous steps and your iPhone doesn’t vibrate, it’s time to backup your iPhone and follow our tutorial on how to DFU restore your iPhone. A DFU restore erases all the content and settings from your device and is the end-all-be-all for fixing iPhone software issues. This is different from a standard iTunes restore as it wipes both the software and hardware settings from your device.

My iPhone Still Doesn’t Vibrate

If your iPhone still doesn’t vibrate after a DFU restore, you’re probably experiencing a hardware issue. Generally this means that the vibration motor in your iPhone has died and needs replacement. This is a very involved process, so we don’t recommend that you attempt this repair at home.

Make A Stop At The Apple Store

Make a Genius Bar appointment at your local Apple Store. Be sure to make a full backup of your device before heading to your appointment, because if your iPhone needs to be replaced, you’ll need a backup of your data to put on your new iPhone. Apple also has a great mail-in service if you don’t live near an Apple Store.

Buzz Buzz! Buzz Buzz! Let’s Wrap It Up.

And there you have it: Your iPhone is buzzing again and your know what to do when your iPhone stops vibrating. You’ll always know when Grandma (or your boss) are calling, and that can save everyone a headache. Leave a comment below about which fix worked for you, and if you enjoyed this article, send it to your friends when you hear them ask the age old question, “Why doesn’t my iPhone vibrate?”

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How Do I Make The iPhone Display Darker? Here’s The Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/how-do-i-make-iphone-display-darker-heres-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/how-do-i-make-iphone-display-darker-heres-fix/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:21 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=10674 You want to use your iPhone, but the screen is just too bright. Bright screens can put a strain on your eyes and bother the people around you, especially if they’re trying to sleep. In this article, I’ll tell you about two awesome tips that will show you how to make the iPhone display darker! Adjusting Screen [...]

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You want to use your iPhone, but the screen is just too bright. Bright screens can put a strain on your eyes and bother the people around you, especially if they’re trying to sleep. In this article, I’ll tell you about two awesome tips that will show you how to make the iPhone display darker!

Adjusting Screen Brightness The Normal Way

Normally, iPhone users adjust the brightness of their screen using the brightness slider. This can be accessed by opening Control Center or from within the Settings app. Here’s how to do it both ways:

How To Make The iPhone Screen Darker In Control Center

Open Control Center by swiping down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen (iPhones with Face ID) or up from below the bottom of the screen (iPhones without Face ID).

Use a finger to adjust the brightness slider. By sliding it up, you increase the brightness, while sliding it down will decrease the brightness.

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How To Make The iPhone Screen Darker In Settings

Open Settings and tap Display & Brightness. Slide the Brightness slider to the right to increase the brightness, or slide it to the left to decrease the brightness.

How To Make The iPhone Display Darker

There are two ways to make the iPhone display darker than you’re able to by using the brightness slider. The first way is by turning on Reduce White Point, which reduces the intensity of the bright colors displayed on your iPhone’s screen. The second, which I’ll talk about further down in this article, uses the Zoom tool to make the iPhone display darker.

How To Turn On Reduce White Point

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Display & Text Size.
  4. Tap the switch next to Reduce White Point. You’ll know the switch is on when it is green and positioned to the right.
  5. When you do, a new slider will appear below Reduce White Point.
  6. Drag the slider to adjust how much White Point is reduced. The higher the percentage on the slider, the darker your iPhone display will appear.

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How To Make The iPhone Screen Darker Using Zoom

Another way to make the iPhone display darker than you’re able to with the brightness slider is by using the Zoom tool. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Zoom.
  4. Tap Zoom Region at the bottom of the screen and select Full Screen Zoom.
  5. Tap <Zoom in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  6. Tap Zoom Filter and select Low Light.
  7. Tap <Zoom in the upper left-hand corner of the screen again.
  8. Turn on the switch next to Zoom at the top of the screen. Your iPhone will Zoom in.
  9. Double-tap the screen using three fingers to zoom back out.

Your screen is now darker than you’d be able to make it using the brightness slider!

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If you implement either of these tips, you’ll make your iPhone display darker than you’d normally be able to with just the brightness slider on its own!

Oh No! Now My Screen Is Too Dark!

Did you accidentally make your iPhone’s screen too dark? That’s okay. Simply turn off the switch next to Reduce White Point or turn off the switch next to Zoom to undo everything. If you get really stuck, check out our article My iPhone Screen Is Too Dark! Here’s The Brightness Fix. to solve the problem for good.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

You’ve successfully made your iPhone screen darker than ever and you won’t put a strain on your eyes or bother others any longer. Now that you know how to make the iPhone display darker, we hope you’ll pass this tip along on social media to your friends and family!

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FaceTime Not Working On Android? Here’s The Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/facetime-not-working-on-android-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/facetime-not-working-on-android-fix/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2022 13:00:34 +0000 https://dev.planphone.com/?p=511654 One of the biggest changes to come with iOS 15 is that Android users can now join FaceTime calls. This is a game-changer for the video calling market, but Apple hasn’t quite worked out all the kinks yet. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when FaceTime is not working on your Android! How [...]

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One of the biggest changes to come with iOS 15 is that Android users can now join FaceTime calls. This is a game-changer for the video calling market, but Apple hasn’t quite worked out all the kinks yet. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when FaceTime is not working on your Android!

How Do I Use FaceTime On Android?

iPhones running iOS 15, iPads running iPadOS 15, and Macs running macOS Monterrey can generate FaceTime links. These links can be sent to Androids, PCs, and Windows computers and opened in a web browser. It’s similar to other video calling platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.

When you open a FaceTime link, it brings you to a private video chatroom only accessible to other people that have the link.

While anyone can access a FaceTime link from their preferred browser, someone with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac needs to be the one to create the link. To do this, open FaceTime, then tap Create Link. A Quick Share pop-up will appear on the screen, allowing you to immediately share the link in a variety of different ways.

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If you have an iPhone and would like to send a FaceTime link to someone with an Android, we recommend copying the link from the Quick Share menu. Then, paste the link into an SMS chat with the Android you would like to share it with.

If you have an Android and someone messages you a FaceTime link, all you need to do is tap the link to open a web browser. Tap Join in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and the person who created the link will allow you to enter the FaceTime call.

If you’ve followed these steps and FaceTime is not working on your Android, follow the troubleshooting guide below!

Restart Your Android

It’s possible FaceTime is not working because of a small software bug. If that’s the case, quickly restarting your Android may fix the problem quickly. Turning your Android off and back on can be a great catch-all fix for a variety of minor software problems.

To restart your Android, swipe down from the top of the screen. Swipe down again to expand the menu, then tap the power icon in the upper-right hand corner of the screen. Finally, tap Restart to reboot your Android.

restart an android

Close The Apps Running On Your Android

It’s possible the reason you can’t FaceTime on your Android is that one or more of your apps have crashed. When this happens, it can cause all kinds of problems for your cell phone. Closing all of the apps on your Android can resolve software problems that may have resulted from an app crash.

To close all your apps at once, tap the Multitasking button in the bottom-left corner of your screen (it looks like three vertical lines). Then, tap Close All to close every app currently open on your Android. Then, reopen the FaceTime Link on your web browser and try to reconnect.

Give Chrome Microphone & Camera Access

Chrome needs access to your phone’s microphone and camera in order for FaceTime to work. Open Settings on your Android and tap Apps. Scroll down and tap Chrome.

Next, tap Permissions. First, tap Microphone. Tap the circle next to Allow only while using the app.

Tap back to Permissions, then tap Camera. Tap the circle next to Allow only while using the app. Chrome now has access to your Android’s Microphone and Camera!

Update Your Android

A software update is another common fix for Android issues. Developers release software updates to resolve bugs and introduce new features. If you haven’t updated your Android in awhile, it’s possible that’s the reason you’re having trouble using FaceTime.

To check for a software update, open Settings. Scroll down and tap Software Update -> Download and Install if a software update is available.

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Try Using FaceTime On A Different Network

Your Android needs an internet connection — Wi-Fi or cellular data — in order to use FaceTime. It’s possible an issue with your internet connection is causing the problem with FaceTime.

If you’re trying to use FaceTime with cellular data, connect to Wi-Fi and see if that fixes the problem. If you’re using Wi-Fi, try switching to cellular data, or try a different Wi-Fi network.

If FaceTime works with Wi-Fi but not cellular data, or vice versa, you’ve identified there’s a problem with Wi-Fi or cellular data, not FaceTime. However, if FaceTime is not working when your Android is connected to either Wi-Fi or cellular data, move onto the next step!

Reset Network Settings

Reset Network Settings erases all Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, and Bluetooth settings and restores them to factory defaults. You’ll have to reenter your Wi-Fi passwords and reconnect your Bluetooth devices after completing this step. While it may be a minor inconvenience, this step can fix a deeper Wi-Fi or cellular data issue preventing FaceTime from working on your Android.

Open Settings and tap Settings -> General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings. Finally, tap Reset Network Settings.

The Problem Could Be The iPhone, iPad, Or Mac

If you’ve tried every fix so far and nothing has worked, it’s possible the problem you’re experiencing is being caused by the iPhone, iPad, or Mac you’re trying to call. Check out our article about how to fix FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, and Mac for more tips!

Try Another Video Chatting Platform

FaceTime on Android is still in its beta phase. Beta software is notoriously buggy. It’ll be awhile before all the kinks are worked out. If you’re having trouble using FaceTime, you may want to try a different video chatting platform like Zoom or Google Meet for now.

Welcome To FaceTime!

You’ve fixed the problem and FaceTime is finally working on your Android. Share this article on social media to tell your friends and family about this exciting new features. Leave a comment down below if you have any other questions about using FaceTime on Androids and PCs.

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Google Maps Audio Delayed Or Not Working On iPhone? Here’s Why! https://www.payetteforward.com/google-maps-audio-delayed-or-not-working-on-an-iphone-heres-why/ https://www.payetteforward.com/google-maps-audio-delayed-or-not-working-on-an-iphone-heres-why/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=10545 Google Maps audio is not working on your iPhone and you’re starting to get frustrated. Delayed directions leads to missed exits and wrong turns, which can cause you to get lost in a hurry. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when Google Maps audio is delayed on your iPhone and why this problem troubles so [...]

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Google Maps audio is not working on your iPhone and you’re starting to get frustrated. Delayed directions leads to missed exits and wrong turns, which can cause you to get lost in a hurry. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when Google Maps audio is delayed on your iPhone and why this problem troubles so many drivers.

Why Is Google Maps Audio Delayed?

Google Maps audio is not working or delayed because the voice is playing over Bluetooth. Bluetooth has a delay because it doesn’t stay connected when your iPhone is not using it.

For example, if you drive a long stretch on the road without changing directions, Google Maps audio may be delayed because your iPhone first has to reconnect to the Bluetooth device, then give the directions. Sometimes, that delay is enough to cause you to miss your turn!

In order to fix the Google Maps audio delay, we’ll turn off Play voice over Bluetooth.

Before We Begin…

Before you can fix the Google Maps audio delay on an iPhone, make sure that you’re playing audio through your car’s dock connector first. The dock connector of most vehicles will do this automatically when you connect your iPhone to your car using a Lightning (charging) cable.

How To Fix Google Maps Audio Delay On iPhone

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone.
  2. If you haven’t already, pick a destination and tap Start in the lower right-hand corner of your iPhone’s display.
  3. Once you’re on route to a destination, swipe up where the time and distance remaining is displayed to reveal the menu.
  4. Tap Settings (look for the gear icon) which will take you to a list of Navigation settings.
  5. Turn off the switch next to Play voice over Bluetooth. You’ll know the switch is off when it is gray and positioned to the left.

turn off play voice over bluetooth in google maps on iphone

Now that Play voice over Bluetooth is turned off, Google Maps will give the directions on-time because your iPhone is synced via USB instead of Bluetooth. While Bluetooth technology is exciting, it’s still not quite as fast as direct USB connection!

Google Maps Audio Not Working At All?

If Google Maps audio isn’t working at all, Play voice over Bluetooth probably isn’t the cause of the problem. Start by closing and reopening the Google Maps app, which can resolve a minor software glitch.

If your iPhone has a Home button, double-press it to open the app switcher. If your iPhone doesn’t have a Home button, swipe up from the very bottom to the center of the screen. Once the app switcher is open, swipe Google Maps up and off the top of the screen. Reopen Google Maps to see if the problem has resolved.

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Make Sure Google Maps Has Access To Your Location

Maps apps like Google Maps need access to your location to provide you with the most accurate directions. Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. Scroll down and tap on Google Maps.

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Make sure a checkmark appears next to While Using the App or Always. Personally, I recommend choosing While Using the App. It’ll save some battery life, and Google Maps doesn’t need access to your location all the time.

Check For A Google Maps Update

It’s possible Google Maps is not working because you’re using an outdated version of the app. Open App Store and tap on your account icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Scroll down to the list of available app updates and look for Google Maps. Tap Update if a Google Maps update is available.

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Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone can fix a variety of small software problems by giving it a fresh start. If your iPhone has Face ID, simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until slide to power off appears on the screen. If your iPhone doesn’t have Face ID, press and hold the power button until slide to power off appears.

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Then, swipe the power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone. Wait about a minute, then press and hold the side or power button again to reboot your iPhone.

Delete & Reinstall Google Maps

Deleting and reinstalling Google Maps will give it a completely fresh start. It’s possible there’s a deeper software problem with the app, such as a corrupted file.

Find Google Maps on the Home screen or in the App Library. Press and hold on the Google Maps icon until the menu opens. Tap Remove App -> Delete App -> Delete to uninstall Google Maps.

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Next, open App Store and tap the Search tab in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Type in Google Maps, then tap the installation button to the right of Google Maps.

No More Delay!

You’ve successfully fixed your iPhone’s Google Maps audio issue, and now you’ll receive the directions you need as soon as you need them. This problem can be incredibly frustrating, so we hope you’ll share this article on social media so your friends and family don’t get lost in places they’re unfamiliar with.

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iPhone “Face ID Is Not Available”? Here’s The Real Fix (For iPads Too)! https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-face-id-is-not-available-heres-the-real-fix-ipads-too/ https://www.payetteforward.com/iphone-face-id-is-not-available-heres-the-real-fix-ipads-too/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2022 18:00:41 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=18553 Face ID isn’t working on your iPhone or iPad and you don’t know why. No matter what you do, you can’t unlock your device or set up Face ID for the first time. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when iPhone “Face ID Is Not Available”. These steps will help you fix Face ID on [...]

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Face ID isn’t working on your iPhone or iPad and you don’t know why. No matter what you do, you can’t unlock your device or set up Face ID for the first time. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when iPhone “Face ID Is Not Available”. These steps will help you fix Face ID on your iPad too!

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Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone or iPad is a quick fix for a minor software glitch that could be the reason why Face ID is not available. On iPhones, simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until the “slide to power off” slider appears on the display.

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Swipe the circular, white and red power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone X or newer. Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen to turn your iPhone back on.

On iPads, press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears. Just like on an iPhone, swipe the white and red power icon from left to right to turn off your iPad. Wait a few moments, then press and hold the power button again to turn your iPad on again.

Make Sure Nothing Is Covering The Notch

If your iPhone’s or iPad’s TrueDepth camera is obstructed, Face ID won’t be able to recognize your face, so it won’t work. The TrueDepth camera is located in the notch on the iPhone X and newer models, and at the very top of your iPad when you hold it in Portrait orientation.

Remember to make sure the top of your iPhone or iPad is completely clean and clear, otherwise Face ID might not work properly! First, grab a microfiber cloth and wipe off the notch at the top of your iPhone’s display. Then, make sure your case isn’t obstructing the TrueDepth camera.

Make Sure Nothing Is Covering Your Face

Another common reason why Face ID might not be available is because something is covering your face. This happens to me quite often, especially when I’m wearing a hat and sunglasses.

Take off your hat, hood, sunglasses, or ski mask before trying to set up Face ID on your iPhone or iPad. If your face is clear and Face ID is not available, move onto the next step.

Hold Your iPhone Or iPad In Portrait Orientation

Face ID only works when you’re holding your iPhone or iPad in Portrait orientation. Portrait orientation means holding your iPhone or iPad vertically, rather than on its side. The TrueDepth camera will be at the top of the display when you’re holding your iPhone or iPad in Portrait Orientation.

Update To Latest Version Of iOS

iOS is the operating system that runs on your iPhone or iPad. iOS updates introduce new features and sometimes fix minor or major software problems.

Head to Settings -> General -> Software Update to see if a new version of iOS is available. Tap Download and Install if a software update is available.

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Put Your iPhone Or iPad In DFU Mode

Our final software troubleshooting step when your iPad or iPhone says “Face ID Is Not Available” is to put it in DFU mode and restore. A DFU (device firmware update) restore is the deepest restore you can perform on an iPhone or iPad. It erases and reloads every line of code on your device, giving it a completely fresh start.

I recommend saving an iPhone or iPad backup before putting it in DFU mode. When you’re ready, check out our step-by-step DFU restore guide! If you’re troubleshooting your iPad, check out our video on how to put iPads in DFU mode.

iPhone & iPad Repair Options

You’ll probably have to take your iPhone or iPad into your nearest Apple Store if it still says “Face ID Is Not Available”. There could be a hardware problem with the TrueDepth Camera.

Don’t delay in setting up an appointment at your local Apple Store! Apple will swap your faulty iPhone or iPad with a brand new one, if you’re still within the return window. Apple also has a great mail-in program in case you can’t make it to a brick and mortar location.

Did You Get The Screen Replaced With A Non-Apple Part?

If you recently had your iPhone screen replaced with a non-Apple part, that’s likely the reason why Face ID is disabled. When your iPhone detects the non-Apple part, it locks Face ID.

Unfortunately, an Apple tech won’t touch your iPhone when they recognize the non-Apple part. If you can, try to have the original screen put back on — but even that’s not a guarantee.

The best an Apple tech can do when they see the non-Apple part is replace the iPhone entirely, which as you can probably guess, will be more expensive than a screen replacement.

Face ID: Available Again!

Face ID is available on your iPhone or iPad and now you can unlock your device just by looking at it! Next time “Face ID Is Not Available” on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll know how to fix the problem. Feel free to leave any other questions you have about Face ID down below in the comments section!

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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/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2022 17:00:26 +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! Does Your iPhone Say “No Internet Connection”? Sometimes your iPhone will [...]

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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!

Does Your iPhone Say “No Internet Connection”?

Sometimes your iPhone will say it’s connected to Wi-Fi, but a “No Internet Connection” message appears below the name of your network. If your iPhone is experiencing this problem, you can skip past the Troubleshooting Cellular Data Issues section of this article, as the steps won’t be relevant.

One common reason why this notification appears is because your iPhone is too far away from your Wi-Fi router to establish a strong connection. Try moving your iPhone closer to your Wi-Fi router and see if the message disappears.

If it persists, make sure to restart your iPhone, follow the steps in the Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Issues section, and complete the more advanced steps below.

Restart Your iPhone

The first thing to try when your iPhone won’t connect to the internet is a simple restart. Turning your iPhone off and back on allows all of its programs to shut down and restart naturally, potentially fixing a minor software issue.

Press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears. If you have an iPhone without a Home button, simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button. Swipe the red and white power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone.

Wait a few seconds, then turn your iPhone on again by pressing and holding the power button or the side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

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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, which could resolve a minor software problem.

Open Settings and tap 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.

make sure wifi is on

Forget The Wi-Fi Network On Your iPhone

Sometimes forgetting your Wi-Fi network on your iPhone and setting it up like new can fix connectivity issues. When you connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, it saves information about that network and how to connect to it. If part of that connection process has changed, it could be the reason why your iPhone won’t connect to the internet, or why your iPhone says “No Internet Connection.”

Make sure to write down your Wi-Fi password before you complete this step! You’ll have to reenter it when you reconnect to the network.

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

forget wifi network on your iphone

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

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!

Check Your VPN Configuration

It’s possible an issue with your VPN is preventing your iPhone from connecting to the internet. Try turning off your VPN in Settings -> VPN. Then, turn off the switch next to Status. You’ll know your VPN is off when it says Not Connected.

vpn not connected on iphone

Try connecting to the internet now that your VPN is off. If it works, there’s probably an issue with your VPN. Check out our other article to learn how to fix issues with your iPhone VPN!

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.

turn on iphone cellular data

Eject and Reinsert Your SIM Card

A 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 in a tray on the side of your iPhone. Check out our guide on ejecting SIM cards if you need help! 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. Before you do, head to Settings -> General -> Software Update and make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. Tap Download and Install if a software update is available.

Apple regularly releases iOS updates to fix minor bugs and problems, one of which could be preventing your iPhone from connecting to the internet.

update to ios 14.4

Reset Network Settings

When you Reset Network Settings, all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular, and VPN settings are restored to factory defaults. You’ll have to reconnect your Bluetooth devices and reenter your Wi-Fi passwords after completing this step.

Open Settings and tap General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings. Then, tap Reset Network Settings when the confirmation pop-up appears. Your iPhone will shut down, perform the reset, then turn itself on again.

Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode

A DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore is the most in-depth restore you can do on your iPhone. Before putting your iPhone in DFU mode, 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 the problem, it’s time to get in touch with a customer support representative at Apple, your wireless carrier, or your router manufacturer.

Contact Apple

We recommend reaching out to Apple support first to see if they can help you fix your iPhone. Apple provides support online, over the phone, and in-person. If you plan on going into your local Apple Store, set up an appointment to make sure an Apple Tech is available as soon as you arrive.

If your iPhone has a hardware problem, it may be worth investing in a new phone rather than paying to have your old one fixed. Check out the UpPhone phone comparison tool to find the best prices on new phones from Apple, Samsung, Google, and more.

Contact Your Wireless Carrier

Contact your wireless carrier if you’re having issues using cellular data, or if you think there might be an issue with your cell phone plan. You can quickly find the customer support number of your wireless carrier by Googling its name and “customer support.”

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!

Contact Your Router Manufacturer

If you can’t connect to Wi-Fi on any device, contact your router’s manufacturer. There could be an issue with the router itself. Check out our other article for more advanced router troubleshooting tips, or Google the name of your router manufacturer and “customer support” to find the appropriate phone number.

Connected To The Internet!

You’ve fixed the problem and your iPhone is connecting to the internet again. Make sure to share this article on social media to teach your friends, family, and followers what to do when their 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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Zoom Not Working On Mac? Here’s The Real Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/zoom-not-working-on-mac-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/zoom-not-working-on-mac-fix/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2022 15:00:18 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=23020 You’re trying to join a Zoom meeting on your Mac, but something isn’t working. No matter what you do, you’re having trouble conferencing with your friends or colleagues. In this article, I’ll explain why Zoom is not working on your Mac and show you how to fix the problem! Background Information About Zoom It’s important to [...]

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You’re trying to join a Zoom meeting on your Mac, but something isn’t working. No matter what you do, you’re having trouble conferencing with your friends or colleagues. In this article, I’ll explain why Zoom is not working on your Mac and show you how to fix the problem!

Background Information About Zoom

It’s important to know that you can’t participate in a Zoom meeting using a web browser like Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. Instead, you’ll have to download Zoom Client.

Head to the Zoom Download Center and click the blue Download button underneath Zoom Client For Meetings.

download zoom client for meetings on mac

Next, open Finder and click Downloads. Double click on Zoom.pkg to launch the installer. Follow to on-screen prompts to install Zoom Client.

find zoom in downloads

You’ll find Zoom Client in Launchpad. It’s called zoom.us.

zoom client in launchpad

Click Join A Meeting and enter the Meeting ID or Personal Link Name to join the Zoom meeting.

join meeting in zoom client

Did You Receive An Error Code?

Sometimes, you’ll receive an error code from Zoom when it stops working on your Mac. It can be frustrating when  you receive these codes, because you know there’s a problem, but you don’t know what actually went wrong. Below are common Zoom errors code and what they actually mean.

  • 0: An error occurred when installing an update
  • 2008: The meeting has an unexpected error
  • 3000: Zoom Installed failed to overwrite an existing file due to a running process
  • 3113: Passcode and waiting room aren’t enabled
  • 5000, 5003–5004: Connectivity issues with Zoom servers
  • 10002: The source of the Zoom installer package is broken
  • 10006: The target disk is full
  • 13003: User’s permissions don’t allow for the installation of apps
  • 104101–104106, 104110–104125: Connectivity issues with Zoom servers

Beyond these codes, Zoom doesn’t give much guidance beyond uninstalling then reinstalling Zoom and turning off your antivirus software. We’ll show you how to do this and much more in the step-by-step guide below.

If you received an error code that corresponds with a Zoom server issue, check their server status page. Make sure it says All Systems Operational at the top of the page. If any systems aren’t operational, it’s probably the reason why Zoom is not working on your Mac.

Set Zoom Permissions

Zoom needs permission to access certain functions on your computer in order for you to get the most out of the platform. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left hand corner of the screen, then click System Preferences.

click system prefereces on mac

Next, click Security & Privacy. Look for the house-shaped icon.

security and privacy settings mac

Give zoom.us access to the following:

  • Camera: This allows you to use your webcam during calls.
  • Microphone: This allows others to hear you when you speak during calls.
  • Accessibility: This allows you to use a remote during calls.

zoom mac permissions

If your Mac is running macOS Catalina 10.15, we recommend giving zoom.us access to these features as well:

  • Files and Folders: This allows you to share files in the chat, save files from the chat, and record calls to your computer.
  • Screen Recording: This allows you to share your screen during calls.

You’ll know Zoom has access to these apps when a blue checkmark appears next to zoom.us in the menu.

Close Other Apps That Could Be Using The Camera Or Microphone

It’s possible that Zoom is not working on your Mac because the Camera or Microphone (or both) are in use in different app. Before joining a Zoom meeting, close any other apps that might be using the Camera or Microphone. This includes apps like FaceTime, Skype, and Photo Booth.

Close Zoom And Try Again

The process is the same whether you’re using the Zoom app, or trying to join a meeting on your web browser.

Two-finger click on the application you want to close. Click Quit to close the application on your Mac.

quit zoom on mac

Try reopening the app to see if Zoom is working now. If not, move onto the next step!

Check Your Internet Connection

An internet connection is required to use the platform. First, make sure that you’re connected to Wi-Fi by clicking the Wi-Fi icon at the top of the screen. If you see a checkmark next to the name of your router, your Mac is connected to Wi-Fi.

check wifi on mac

You can quickly rule out a Wi-Fi problem by trying to load another page on in your web browser. If other websites are loading, there isn’t a Wi-Fi issue. If no webpages will load, there’s probably an issue with your Wi-Fi connection.

If There’s A Wi-Fi Issue On Your Mac

There are a few quick things you can do to fix Wi-Fi problems on your Mac. First, try turning Wi-Fi off and back on. This can fix minor connectivity issues.

Click the Wi-Fi icon at the top of the screen, then click Turn Wi-Fi Off.

turn wifi off on mac

Click the Wi-Fi icon again, then click Turn Wi-Fi On. Make sure your Mac reconnects to your Wi-Fi network when you turn Wi-Fi back on.

turn wifi on mac

While turning Wi-Fi off and back on, try restarting your router too. Doing this is as easy as unplugging it and plugging it back in.

If your Mac still won’t connect to Wi-Fi, try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network. If your Mac can connect to other Wi-Fi networks, the problem is likely being caused by your router, not your Mac.

Forgetting your Wi-Fi network is another potential solution when your Mac can’t connect to your network and only your network. When your Mac connects to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, it saves information about how to connect to that network. If that information changes, your Mac might not be able to connect to Wi-Fi.

Open System Preferences and click Network. Then, click Advanced.

advanced network options mac

Click on the network you’d like your Mac to forget to highlight. Click the minus button (-) to forget that network on your Mac. Click OK to update your Mac’s Network settings.

remove wifi network from saved networks

Check out our other article for more advanced router troubleshooting steps!

Close Other Programs On Your Mac Using A Lot Of CPU Power

Zoom can crash if your Mac’s CPU is revved up to 100%. Before joining a Zoom meeting, it’s a good idea to close the other programs on your computer that use a lot of CPU power. This includes things like video editing software and Google Sheets with a lot of information.

Activity Monitor lets you check which programs are using a lot of CPU on your Mac. The fastest way to open Activity Monitor is Spotlight Search.

Simultaneously press the space bar and Command. Type “Activity Monitor” and hit the return key to open Activity Monitor.

spotlight search for activity monitor

Look for any programs that are using a disproportionately high amount of %CPU and close those them. If your Activity Monitor looks similar to mine — no applications are using more than 15% — move onto the next step.

activity monitor on mac

Restart Your Mac

Restarting your Mac is a quick way to fix a variety of minor software problems. All the programs running on your Mac shut down naturally, getting a fresh start when your computers turns back on.

Click the Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Click Restart.

restart your mac

Disable Firewall Security On Your Mac

Firewall software can sometimes prevent Zoom from working on your Mac. The software might interpret Zoom as some sort of security threat and not allow it to run.

You can temporarily disable your Mac firewall by going to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy and clicking the Firewall tab. Click Turn Off Firewall to disable your Mac’s firewall. You may have to enter your Mac password before you’re able to adjust the firewall settings.

turn off firewall on mac

If you don’t want to temporarily turn off the firewall, you can add Zoom to your list of apps that are always allowed to make incoming connections.

Go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Firewall and click Firewall Options. Click the plus button (+), then click on zoom.us. Click Add to let allow incoming connections from Zoom.

add zoom to approved apps firewall

Finally, click OK to confirm your decision.

confirm zoom firewall allow connections

Disable Your Antivirus Software

While antivirus software is designed to protect your Mac, it can sometimes shut down programs and applications you actually want to run. It’s possible your antivirus software flagged Zoom as a threat, preventing it from running on your Mac. Try turning off the antivirus software on your Mac to see if that fixes the problem.

Look for the anti-virus icon in the Menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen. Click on it, then look for an option to disable it or turn it off. There are lots of different antivirus programs out there, so if you have trouble turning it off, we recommend going to Google and searching “how to turn off [software name]on Mac.”

Uninstall Zoom On Your Mac

Some errors can only be resolved by uninstalling Zoom and installing it like new. This gives the app a completely fresh start, which can resolve caching issues or corrupted files.

Open Finder on your Mac and click Applications on the left-hand side of the screen. Two-finger click on Zoom, then click Show Package Contents.

click show package contents for zoom

Click Contents -> Frameworks, then click ZoomUninstaller.

double click zoomuninstaller

Follow the steps to uninstall Zoom, then restart your Mac. Finally, reinstall Zoom on your Mac.

Next Steps

If Zoom still isn’t working on your Mac, it’s probably time to contact customer support. Head to the Zoom Help Center to learn how to get in touch with customer support.

If your Mac won’t connect to any Wi-Fi networks, there might be a hardware problem. Contact Apple support over the phone, using live chat, or at your local Apple Store. Make sure to schedule an appointment if you do plan on going into the Apple Store.

Check out our other article if you’d prefer to use Zoom on your iPhone or iPad!

Don’t Be Late!

You’ve fixed the problem and successfully joined a Zoom meeting! Make sure to share this article with your friends and coworkers when Zoom is not working on their Mac. Leave any other questions you have about Zoom or your Mac in the comments section below.

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My iPhone Won’t Share WiFi Passwords! Here’s The Real Fix. https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-wont-share-wifi-passwords-heres-the-real-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/my-iphone-wont-share-wifi-passwords-heres-the-real-fix/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2022 14:00:03 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=10665 You want to wirelessly share a Wi-Fi password with your friend, but it’s not working. Since iOS 11, it has been easy to quickly share Wi-Fi passwords with friends and family. However, the process doesn’t always work as it’s supposed to. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone won’t share Wi-Fi passwords and show you [...]

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You want to wirelessly share a Wi-Fi password with your friend, but it’s not working. Since iOS 11, it has been easy to quickly share Wi-Fi passwords with friends and family. However, the process doesn’t always work as it’s supposed to. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone won’t share Wi-Fi passwords and show you how to the fix the problem for good.

What To Do When Your iPhone Won’t Share Wi-Fi Passwords

    1. Make Sure Your iPhone And The Other Device Are Up To Date

      Wi-Fi password sharing only works on iPhones, iPads, and iPods running iOS (or iPadOS) 11 or newer and Macs running macOS High Sierra or newer. Both your iPhone and the device you want to share a Wi-Fi password need to be up to date.

      To check for a software update, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If iOS is already up to date, you’ll see a message that says “Your software is up to date.”

      If an update is available, tap Download and Install. Keep in mind that in order to perform the update, your iPhone needs to be plugged into a power source or more than 50% battery life.

      update to ios 14.4On Macs, click on the Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Then, click About This Mac -> Software Update. Click Upgrade Now if a macOS update is available.
      update your mac

    2. Restart Your iPhone

      Restarting your iPhone will give it a fresh start, which can occasionally fix minor software glitches and technical issues. To turn off an iPhone without Face ID, press and hold the power button until the slide to power off slider appears on the display. If your iPhone has Face ID, simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until slide to power off appears.

      Swipe the red power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone. Wait approximately half a minute, then press and hold the power button once again until the Apple logo appears directly in the center of your iPhone’s screen.

    3. Turn Wi-Fi Off, Then Back On

      When your iPhone won’t share Wi-Fi passwords, the problem can sometimes be tracked down to its connection to the Wi-Fi network you want to share. We’ll try turning Wi-Fi off and back on to fix any minor connectivity issues.

      To turn Wi-Fi off, open the Settings app and tap Wi-Fi. Tap the switch next to Wi-Fi to turn it off — you’ll know Wi-Fi is off when the switch is gray and positioned left. Simply tap the switch again to turn it back on.

      make sure wifi is on

    4. Make Sure Both Devices Are Connected To Bluetooth

      Both devices need to be connected to Bluetooth in order for Wi-Fi password sharing to work. On an iPhone or iPad, open Settings and tap Bluetooth. Make sure the switch next to Bluetooth at the top of the screen is on. If it’s already on, try quickly turning the switch off and on again.
      bluetooth switch in settings

      On Macs, open System Preferences and click Bluetooth. Make sure that it says Bluetooth: On. If Bluetooth is already on, click Turn Bluetooth Off, wait a few seconds, then click Turn Bluetooth On.
      turn on bluetooth on mac

    5. Make Sure Your Devices Are In Range Of Each Other

      If the devices are too far apart, your iPhone won’t be able to share a Wi-Fi password. We recommend holding your iPhone and the device you want to share a Wi-Fi password with right next to each other, just to eliminate any possibility that the devices are out of range of one another.

    6. Sign Into iCloud Using Your Apple ID

      Your iPhone needs to be signed into iCloud before you can share Wi-Fi passwords. Open Settings and make sure your name appears at the top of the screen. If it doesn’t, tap Sign in to your iPhone and enter your Apple ID and password.

    7. Add Each Other As Contacts

      Wi-Fi password sharing won’t work if you and the person you’re trying to share the password with aren’t saved as Contacts that include your Apple ID email addresses.

      To add a new contact, open the Contacts app and tap the plus (+) button. Make sure to add the person’s Apple ID email address by tapping add email. When you’re finished, tap Done.

      create new contact and add email addressTo update an existing contact, open Contacts and tap on the name of that contact. Tap Edit, then tap Add Email. Once you’ve added the email address, tap Done to save the updates.

    8. Reset Network Settings

      Our last software troubleshooting step is to reset network settings, which will erase all of the Wi-Fi, VPN, cellular, and Bluetooth settings currently saved on your iPhone.

      I’d like to point out that if you’ve made it this far, it might just be easier to have your friend or family manually type in the Wi-Fi password, because after you reset the network settings, you’ll have to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network and enter its password.

      To reset network settings, open the Settings app, then tap General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings. You’ll be prompted to enter your iPhone passcode, then tap Reset Network Settings when the confirmation alert appears on the screen.

Repair Options

If you’ve completed the steps above, but your iPhone still isn’t sharing Wi-Fi passwords, it may be a hardware issue causing the problem. There’s a tiny switch inside your iPhone that allows it to connect to Wi-Fi networks as well as Bluetooth devices. If your iPhone has recently been experiencing lots of Bluetooth or W-Fi related issues, that antenna may be broken.

If your iPhone is still under warranty, we recommend taking it to your local Apple Store. Just make sure you schedule an appointment first!

WiFi Passwords: Shared!

You’ve fixed the problem your iPhone was having and now you’ll be able to wirelessly share Wi-Fi passwords! Now that you know what to do when your iPhone won’t share Wi-Fi passwords, make sure to share this article on social media to save your friends and family from similar frustrations.

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How To Copy And Paste On An iPhone: Everything You Need To Know! https://www.payetteforward.com/how-to-copy-and-paste-on-iphone/ https://www.payetteforward.com/how-to-copy-and-paste-on-iphone/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2022 16:00:37 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=9809 You want to copy and paste a long text message or quickly share a website address with a friend, but you’re not sure how. Copy and paste is one of the most popular and helpful shortcuts on any computer, but many people don’t know how to do it on an iPhone. This article will show you how [...]

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You want to copy and paste a long text message or quickly share a website address with a friend, but you’re not sure how. Copy and paste is one of the most popular and helpful shortcuts on any computer, but many people don’t know how to do it on an iPhone. This article will show you how to copy and paste on an iPhone so you can save time when typing!

What Can I Copy And Paste On An iPhone?

You can copy text, website addresses (URLs), text messages you receive in the Messages app, and much more on an iPhone. Whatever you decide to copy can be pasted in any app where the iPhone keyboard is used, such as the Messages app, Notes app, and your favorite social media apps. We’ll show you how to copy and paste text, URLs, and text messages so you can become an expert!

How To Copy And Paste On An iPhone

Before you can copy anything on an iPhone, first you need to select it. In other words, you need to tell your iPhone, “This is the text I want to copy.” Some people say highlighting text instead of selecting, but since select is the “proper” term, that’s what we’ll use in this article.

To copy text, double-tap on one of the words you want to copy and paste. This will select that word and a small menu will appear with options for Cut, Copy, Paste, and more. If you want to highlight more than just one word, drag the little circle at either end of the highlighted text. Once you have selected the text you want to copy, tap Copy.

copy and paste text on iphone

When you’re ready to paste, tap inside the field or text box where you want to paste the copied text (I’ll use the Notes app to demonstrate). When you tap the text field, you’ll see the option to Paste, or possibly more, depending on the app you’re using. Tap Paste, and the text you copied will appear in the text field.

paste copied text on iphone

Tip: It can be helpful to move your cursor to where you want to paste the text before you try to paste it. The process is this: Move the cursor to where you want it, tap on the cursor, and then tap Paste.

How Do I Move The Cursor On My iPhone?

To move the cursor on an iPhone, use your finger to press and hold on the screen, right around where you would like the cursor to go. A small magnifying tool will appear that makes it easy for you to drag the cursor where you want it. When it’s in the right place, let go.

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Alternatively, you can move the cursor by pressing and holding on the space bar. Check out our YouTube channel for more keyboard tips like this!

move cursor using space bar on iphone

How To Copy And Paste A URL On An iPhone

copy and paste url on an iphoneWebsite addresses are usually long and can be difficult to remember, so knowing how to copy and paste the URL will save you a lot of time when you want to share a website with a friend or family member.

To copy and paste a URL on your iPhone, begin by opening Safari or your preferred web browser. Tap the website address to highlight it. Tap it again to bring up the option to Copy, Copy, or Paste and tap Copy.

copy web url on iphone

When you’re ready to paste, tap the text field where you want to paste the URL (I’ll use the Messages app to demonstrate). Tap Paste when the option appears on your screen to paste the URL.

paste url in messages app

How To Copy A Message In The Messages App

If your iPhone is running iOS 10 or newer, you can copy iMessages and text messages you receive in the Messages app. Press and hold on the message you want to copy.

After a second or two, a menu will appear with reactions, the option to copy the message, and more. Tap Copy.

copy message on iphone

You’re A Copy And Paste Expert!

You’re officially an expert at copying and pasting on your iPhone! Make sure to share this article on social media with your friends and family to they can learn how to copy and paste on an iPhone. Thanks for reading this article, and feel free to leave us a comment down below if you have any other questions about typing on your iPhone.

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Why Are Some Of My Contacts Missing From My iPhone, iPad, or iPod? Here’s The Real Fix! https://www.payetteforward.com/why-are-some-of-my-contacts-missing-from-my-iphone-ipad-ipod-heres-the-real-fix/ https://www.payetteforward.com/why-are-some-of-my-contacts-missing-from-my-iphone-ipad-ipod-heres-the-real-fix/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:00:56 +0000 https://www.payetteforward.com/?p=348 From a former Apple employee: Find out why your contacts, calendars, notes, etc. aren't syncing between your devices and exactly what to do to fix it.

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You add a contact to your iPhone and it’s supposed to show up on all your devices automatically, right? Isn’t that what iCloud is for? How come only some of my contacts are showing up on my iPhone? Why are only some of my contacts missing? How can I move all my contacts to one place so this problem doesn’t keep getting worse?

I’ll start by clearing up confusion about “The Cloud”, explain why contacts are missing from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, help you find out where your contacts, calendars, and other personal information is actually stored, and help you change some settings on your iPhone or iPad to get your contacts back under control.

A Little Background Information

When I first heard that my data was stored in “The Cloud”, I pictured all of my contacts, calendars, and notes floating around in white, puffy clouds high above our heads. I’m not sure who told who coined the term, but it is one of the greatest examples of technology marketing lingo of our time.

Why Do We Need A Cloud?

Since we all use multiple devices nowadays, it makes sense that if I add a contact on my computer, I want it to show up on my iPhone and tablet, and if I add a calendar event on my phone, I wanted to show up on my computer.

Sounds great, and it is — but if you don’t know exactly where things are being stored and what clouds all of your personal information is being stored on, you can end up with your personal information distributed across a slew of cloud servers, which makes things really complicated, really quickly.

Wait, There’s More Than One Cloud? Yep!

iCloud isn’t the only cloud in town. Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, Exchange, and many more are all types of cloud servers. Here’s the concept behind the cloud, and the key to understanding how it works is as easy as answering this question: Where does my data (contacts, calendars, notes, etc.) live? Is its home on my device (the old way) or on the cloud (the new way)?

The old way was simple: When you saved a contact on your phone, it was saved in memory on that device. End of story. If you wanted to transfer contacts back and forth between your phone and your computer, you had to plug in the USB cable and use iTunes to sync the data.

Using the old way, the contact’s home is on your device. If you delete the contact from your phone, it doesn’t affect the data on your other devices. But, if you drop your device in the toilet (like I did once), all of your contacts go down the tubes.

The new way (using the cloud): When you save a contact on your iPhone or iPad, the contact is saved on a remote server like iCloud, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, Exchange, etc., and yes, every one of these is a cloud server! Using the cloud, the contact’s home is on the remote server, not on your device.

If you delete the contact from your phone, it deletes it from the server, and since every device is connected to that same server, the contact is deleted on all your devices. If you drop your phone in the toilet, it’s OK because the data’s home is on a remote server (a cloud), not on your waterlogged phone.

See Why Things Can Get Really Complicated, Really Quickly?

If iCloud, Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, Exchange, and others can all save your contacts, how do you know where your contacts are actually being saved? A contact is only stored in one place, after all. Otherwise, there’d be duplicates all over the place, and Apple doesn’t let you make that mistake. That being said, Apple doesn’t help you get organized either, and that’s why I’m writing this article.

So Where Exactly Is This Cloud?

The concept behind all cloud servers is essentially the same: Build a massive building, fill it with servers and hard drives, and give everybody a little corner of a hard drive. iCloud is actually in North Carolina. In truth, cloud servers aren’t new by any means, and you’ve probably been using at least one for years.

Lots of email providers (Gmail, AOL, etc.) have used the IMAP protocol to synchronize email for over 10 years. Microsoft Exchange has, in essence, been a kind of cloud since day one. It’s only in the past few years that we slapped the cloud label on everything because it sounds cool.

Saying my contacts are stored on iCloud sounds way better than saying they’re stored on iMassiveServerFarm-InNorthCarolina-WithLotsOfHardDrives-OnWhichIHaveATiny-AmountOfSpaceReserved-ThatAppleOwns — but that’s just my opinion.

Cloud servers are great and we use them for two main reasons:

1. Automatic syncing between all devices. Update a contact on your iPhone, it’s updated on your computer. Delete an email on your computer, it’s deleted from your iPhone.

Note: If when you delete an email it doesn’t delete from your other devices, your email provider is probably using the older POP (Post Office Protocol) method for delivering your mail.

2. Automatic backup. Meet a new person, add them to your phone, and drop your phone in the toilet later that day? No worries! (At least about the contact.) Its home is on a cloud server, so if you have to get new phone, it’ll come right back when you set it up.

How To Fix The Problem When Your Contacts Are Missing From Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

For this example, I’m going to use Contacts because issues with syncing contacts are the most common issue I see people dealing with nowadays. If you’re having an issue synchronizing your calendars, notes, reminders, etc., the process is essentially the same. Just use the Calendar, Notes, or Reminders app and follow along.

If you can, gather up all your devices because it’s easiest to see everything right in front of you. Don’t worry if you don’t have them all right now – we might still be able to fix the issue. Let’s do it together:

1. Find Out Where Your Contacts Are Actually Stored

Grab the device that has the most accurate list of contacts on it because we need to find out where they’re currently being stored.

If you’re using an iPhone, head to the Phone app and tap Contacts in the bottom center to bring up your list of contacts. If you’re using an iPad or iPod, head to the Contacts app. (If you’re troubleshooting an issue with Calendar or Notes, now’s the time to open those apps — the process is essentially the same.)

tap contacts tab in phone app

Now tap Groups in the upper left hand corner of the display. (If you don’t see Groups, that’s OK — it just means you only have one account set up to sync contacts on this device, so skip down to the next point.) Tap the Hide All Contacts button at the top of that screen.

hide all contacts phone app

You’ll see all the checkmarks disappear next to each group. If a group is checked, it will display in the Contacts app. If it’s not, it won’t display, but it won’t be deleted, either. Groups is separated by account, so you might see iCloud at the top, then Gmail, then AOL, then Exchange.

If none of the accounts are checked and you hit done, you’ll see an empty list of contacts, but don’t panic! You’ve just turned them off from displaying on your device temporarily. You can always go back to Groups and tap Show All Contacts.

To find out where your contacts are actually stored, we need to take it one account at a time. Make sure nothing is checked (you’ve tapped Hide All Contacts), and then tap the first item under the top group, which will say ‘All iCloud’, ‘All Gmail’, or ‘All (the name of your account)’. Then, tap Done.

If you see all your contacts, we know that they’re stored on this account, because this is the only one that is checked under Groups. Make a mental note of this account, because this is the account we need the to set up on the device that isn’t syncing correctly.

If you don’t see any contacts at all, make a note of that too, because we can probably disable this account from syncing your contacts, since there’s nothing there anyway. Then go back to Groups, turn off all the checkboxes again (Hide All Contacts), and tap the ‘All iCloud(or Gmail, Yahoo, AOL)’ for the next account listed under Groups. By going one account at a time, you’ll find out exactly which contacts are stored on each account – and that’s the first step toward solving this problem.

2. Find Out What Accounts Are Set Up To Sync Your Contacts, Calendars, Notes, etc.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, head to Settings -> Contacts. Tap on Accounts to see all the accounts currently set up on your device. Under the name of each account in gray is a list of what data is being synced from each account.

view contacts accounts on iphone

Think of every one of these accounts as clouds, because they are! iCloud is just Apple’s fancy name for their email, contacts, and calendars synchronization service. With some minor differences, Gmail does the same thing with Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes, and so does AOL, and Yahoo, etc.

If you’re like me, your iPhone is connected to lots of clouds! gmailCloud, iCloud, yahooCloud, exchangeCloud, and aolCloud might all be set up on your phone. See why it’s confusing?

It’s confusing because you don’t know which cloud your contacts are stored on and which cloud they are being saved to. Most people I’ve worked with don’t know where their data is stored. They think it just lives on their device, but it doesn’t — its home is on one of these remote cloud servers.

In the first step, we figured out which Account has the contacts you want to show up on your other devices. You’ll definitely see that account listed on the device with the full list of contacts on it. If you don’t see this account on the other device, we have to add it!

Adding An Account

In Settings -> Contacts -> Accounts, tap Add Account. Walk through the steps, and make sure you leave the Contacts slider on as you complete the setup process. If you do see the account on the other device, tap on it to see the individual on / off switches for syncing Mail, Contacts, Calendars, etc. for that account, and turn on Contacts.

add a new account on iphone

Now that you’ve turned them on, they’ll automatically be downloaded from the server, so head to the Phone / Contacts App, tap Groups, make sure everything’s checked, and you should see all of your missing contacts show up.

If during the first step you discovered some of your accounts don’t have anything stored in them, I strongly recommend you go into each account under Settings -> Contacts -> Accounts and disable those empty accounts from synchronizing. It’ll save you some extra battery life and maybe even some headaches in the future.

Wrapping It Up

Why would I want to have multiple accounts syncing contacts and calendars?

For most people, you probably wouldn’t – it’s easiest to keep all your contacts on one server. However, if you use your phone for work, you might need to have your work contacts stored on one server – say, for example, an Exchange server – and your personal contacts stored on another server like iCloud or Gmail.

Last but not least, if you’ve discovered your contacts are stored across an array of servers and you’d like to consolidate them all, I wish I could say that doing that’s an easy process — but it’s not. It usually involves logging into the webmail version of Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc., going to the contacts, exporting them all as vCards or as a CSV file (comma separated values — a kind of primitive spreadsheet format), and then importing them into your main account. It’s a process, but it can be worth it if things have become a mess.

I wrote this article in response to the many comments and emails I received asking for help on this point in response to my first blog post, “Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast? Here’s The iPhone Battery Fix!”. Shannon A.’s email really hit home with me because it reminded me of this issue, which is another one I used to see all the time when I worked for Apple.

Shannon had all of her agents backing up to iCloud and using an Exchange server for their contacts, but the syncing was “not working well at all.” She said she had spent full days researching this issue but hadn’t been successful in finding a true fix. After we wrote back and forth, she wrote an email that said, “You should definitely do a blog about this issue, I know thousands of people that have this issue.”

Well, Shannon, this one’s for you. I hope this post helps people to clear up the confusion surrounding contacts, calendars, notes, and reminders not syncing and helps you get rid of that syncing feeling in your stomach.

I’d love to hear your questions, comments, and experiences around fixing this problem. Be in touch and I look forward to corresponding with you all.

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