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Stop opening iTunes while charging your iPhone.

Many people face difficulty while charging their iPhones on Mac or PC, as every time iTunes automatically open and disturbs the user. Thankfully there is a way to stop iTunes automatically opening while charging on PC or Mac. On different platforms there are different ways to stop iTunes automatically opening and as a bonus user will also get to know how to stop MacOS photos app automatically opening while charging phone on MacOS.

MacOS:

To stop iTunes from opening automatically when user connects iPhone, open iTunes and then go to Preferences by using keyboard shortcut Command-comma or by going to iTunes > Preferences. Next, click the Devices tab and then check the box for Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically.

If the Photos app also springs forth when user connects the iPhone, then user can quickly put an end to this behavior. Connect the iPhone and when Photos opens, make the sidebar visible by going to View > Show Sidebar. Next, select the iPhone under the Import heading in the sidebar and uncheck the box at the top for Open Photos for this device.

 

Windows:

When user install iTunes, a small app called iTunesHelper gets installed along with it. iTunesHelper monitors things in the background and tells iTunes to hop to it when it detects an iOS device. If user disable iTunesHelper, then iTunes remains dormant until user launch it yourself.

To disable iTunesHelper, open the Task Manager and click the Startup tab. Find iTunesHelper on the list, right-click it and then click Disable. After a restart of your computer, iTunes will no longer open automatically when user connect your iPhone.

 

If user want to return iTunes to its auto-launching ways, just head back to the Task Manager, locate and right-click iTunesHelper and choose Enable.

Double your iPhone charging by following these simple tricks

If you always seems to be out of your iPhone life, then don’t worry follow these simple yet tricky secrets to boast the battery life of your iPhone.

  1. Turn on Flight mode:

Turn on flight mode while charging your phone and you will experience that the battery bar is creeping up little faster than usual. By switching on this mode, phone will automatically disconnect Wifi and mobile data connectivity.

  1. Turn on low-power mode:

Turn on the low power mode by switching it on. The low power mode will decrease the screen consumption energy drastically.

This mode will automatically switch off all the functionalities running in the back and chewing the power.

  1. Turn off push notification:

Push notifications are small icons on the phone screen, which appear on screen when user receives any message or update. Switching push notification off while phone is on charging, minimizes the power consumption.

  1. Use best charger:

This factor never requires any effort rather than a one powerful charger to juice up your mobile. iPad chargers are way more powerful then iPhone chargers due to high power output. However, some users says that high power chargers may stress the phone battery and harm phone in long run.

With all these tricks, you can super charge your phone faster.

 

How to track and manage iPhone data usage

Tracking iPhone data usage is always helpful in several ways. It helps you track how much data some of the installed applications are using. You may want to switch to one of the unlimited package plans or you want to cut down the excess fee.

There are several different ways to track your cellular data

  1. Tracking data usage in iOS settings

Images showing iOS settings, cellular settings and how much data each app has used

 

Apple gives detail view of cellular data usage and even shows how much data has been used by individual app within IOS settings

  • Tap on Settings in your phone
  • Tap on cellular

You can now view in detail the cellular usage of your mobile phone. Unfortunately resetting the usage cannot be done automatically. If a user wants to track the monthly usage they have to do it manually. In iOS, user can also turn off the usage of cellular data of each app to keep a record which app is using maximum data.

Image showing how to reset the cellular tracking period at the bottom of cellular settings

  1. Track and manage cellular data with your Carriers’ app:

Image showing iOS apps for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon

Most carriers offers iOS apps that allow to setup and receive notifications when users reach the data usage threshold. Most of the apps are user friendly but works differently. These apps gives user a generic view of their cellular data usage but still useful.

  1. Track and manage cellular data using Monitoring app:

Image of Traffic Monitor third-party app displaying detailed cellular data usage information

Traffic monitoring app is another free helpful app that allow user to monitor cellular data. Unlike iPhone cellular data setting, monitoring app allows user to reset the usage period that match users billing cycle. If user feels that certain app is using more data than using this app, users can set customize data usage alerts.

  1. Reduce cellular data use by managing Location Services:

Image showing how to navigate to location services in iOS settings

Location service in iOS is a great help in reducing the usage of cellular data. Here you can find the location service in iPhone.

  • Tap on Settings
  • Swipe down and tap on Privacy
  • Tap on Location Services

When user opens the location app, he/she will be able to view and change location services honored for each one. At bottom of location service settings user will be able to find some details about different location service icons.

Image showing the different ways apps may ask for privileges

Each app will have different options for location service. The apps with the option Always and Never are useful in monitoring cellular data usage. If user set the option Always, the app will defiantly use more data as its working in the background all the time.
5.        Reduce cellular data usage with app refresh settings
Using background app refresh and other phone features activity also helps user to reduce cellular data.  However, user can also turn on and off individual apps to refresh when they are not in use.

  1. Find and tap on Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap Background App Refresh

Un-toggle each application to turn off each application refresh in the background or user can turn off all background app refresh activity at the top of menu.

Free iPhone space without deleting any app

Running out of storage space? Free iPhone space with some of the best tips and tricks without forcefully deleting your apps, pictures or videos.

Here are some valuable tricks to get desired space in your iPhone.

  1. Stop storing text messages.

If you are not deleting your stored messages then you are in a jam pack situation. iPhone has built in feature to store text messages that you send or receive. You need to stop your phone from storing text messages and give you some free space to add your favorite apps. Go to Settings and tap Messages. Scroll down and you will see Message History, tap on it and you will see Keep Messages. Change the Forever option to 30 days or 1 year.  A popup message will appear “You want to Delete older messages”. Delete to proceed further.

  1. Don’t double save photos.

If you use HDR and Instagram a lot; probably you have noticed that the photos are saved twice in your phone gallery. One in HDR mode and other normal version. To avoid this go to Settings and open Photos & Camera. Scroll down and you can un-toggle keep the normal photos, if you want to save HDR photos.

If you don’t want to double save Instagram photos, open Instagram app, tap your profile and then tap Settings (upper right corner). In Settings un-toggle the Save Original Photos.

  1. Check the Photo Stream

Photo stream in your phone takes up space but not as much as original photos. These are just duplicates of photos saved in your device. Photo streams are uploaded in Device Optimized Resolution. To turn this space occupying feature off go to Settings and then tap Photos & Camera and un-toggle Upload to my Photo Stream option.

  1. Clear browser cache.

This hack is most important for Safari users. Safari stores the web data and browsing history in your phone. To get rid of this go to Settings and tap on Safari. Now scroll down and click Clear History and Data.

  1. Delete downloaded music.

It’s time for you to part with your music, if you need some free space in your iPhone. Its soundcloud age where you get all kind of music online.  To delete music go to Settings then General tap Storage & iCloud Usage tap Manage Storage and find music in the list. It’s your choice either you want to delete songs one by one or all at one time.

  1. Delete Downloaded Podcast.

Similar to music, you might have downloaded number of podcasts for your iPhone. if you use the stock podcast app then it’s easy to delete the download. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and tap Podcasts. There is no way you can delete all downloads at one time so you have to delete them one by one.

  1. Delete reading list.

Offline reading list in Safari takes up some space. These webpages are saved in your device for future reading. To clear the list go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage. Under Storage, tap Manage Storage > Safari. Swipe left over the words Offline Reading List and tap Delete to clear the cache. If you want to keep some of your important reading list then pen the Safari app, go to your Reading List and swipe left over items you want to delete.

Check iPhone battery percentage from Mac

Just one option + click trick you can help you check iPhone battery from your Mac even if the phone is not in the same room. Interesting, isn’t it!

iPhone and Mac has some amazing features waiting to be discovered. Apple only highlights the key features upon the release of new software, without touching the tiny things. One such tiny feature that Apple definitely didn’t talked about is that you can check the battery percentage of your iPhone directly from your MacOS.

With the help of little clean trick you can check the battery life of your phone without installing third party app/software and neither your phone needs to be connected to your computer. All you need is hold Option + Click from WiFi menu.

On your MacOS when you click on WiFi icon in the menu bar, you either turn on or off the WiFi, supports personal hotspot from your iPhone or any other cellular device, see all WiFi networks and access for more network preferences.

Once you click on more network preferences, you will see some more detailed information like IP addresses and other internet data. Under the option of personal Hotspot, you will be able to see your iPhone connection along with the battery indicator displaying rough estimation of life left in your iPhone. This option is available under WiFi icon for many years.

Wi-Fi menu with and without Option + Click

However, if you want to check the exact battery life of your iPhone you need to dig further. Now hover over your iPhone in a menu bar, a sub menu will appear. The sub menu shows the device unique identifier and exact battery percentage of your iPhone.

Seeing your iPhone's battery percentage by holding down Option while clicking the Wi-Fi icon, and then hovering over your iPhone in the Personal Hotspot section

The reason why Mac tells the exact life of battery is to keep you informed about when your hotspot source is dying. Another reason is to keep you up to date about battery life is either your phone still require charging or is fully charged.

There are several apps for keeping informed about the battery status of your iPhone using Apple Watch, MacOS and iPads.

There are some downsides of using this feature. You need to keep your WiFi and Bluetooth turned on all the time. If you are convenient in switching it on all the time then this feature will go along.

iPhone hacks that work with every iPhone

Do you know how powerful your iPhone is? How the handy hacks will make the iPhone cooler. These hacks are not about customizing the fancy background or playing games on your expensive phone. These are about making your iPhone a powerful device that you ever dreamed of.

These powerful iPhone hacks will make your phone handy and fun to use.

iPhone hacks that work with every iPhone

  1. Phone or a Etch-a-sketch

Love playing Etch-a-sketch, now you can play all the time on your IPhone. How amazing is this! Type a mistake and shake your phone, shaking will erase the mistake and let you start again. Fat figure peeps will love this secret.

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  1. Browse at night with invert display colors

Don’t want to disturb your spouse or kids at night while browsing on phone? iPhone has best solution for you, just invert the IPhone display colors. It’s easier to the eyes and you can surf without disturbing others.

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  1. Turn off auto focus.

If the nagging little feature of auto focus gets in your way you can always turn it off. If you are a photographer you can always customize the settings. Go to camera and press hold it till you see “AE/AF lock”.

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  1. Swipe to see time stamp.

You want to know at what time you sent and received the text? It’s now an easy task. Just swipe left on the text screen and you will be able to see the time.

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  1. Inform Siri about your relationships.

Want to call your “Mom”, “Son” or “Husband”? Tell Siri to do it with one easy hack. Match the right contact and Siri will call that person straight away.

Ask Siri to call your “Mom” and Siri will respond who your mother is. Next time Siri will reach your mother straight away.

  1. Access numerical keypad super quickly.

secret iPhone hacksIf you are tired of using numerical keypad to type numbers, then this hack has solution to your problem. Just press 123 button and slide to the number you want to enter. IPhone will revert back to original keypad.

  1. Use Siri to check Twitter.

Ask Siri what “BBC” is saying and you will see all the recent posts. No need to open the twitter and check who is online.

  1. Finish URL without typing it.

Just press “.” the key will reveal suffixes like “.com”, “.net” etc

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iPhone acting slow? How to clear memory to speed it up

It’s really a bummer when you want to do all those things on your phone but it is acting slow so we received a similar request from one of our readers and here’s what she had to say:

My iPhone is acting slow? Please help me how can I fix it by clearing the memory and making it fast!

This may be caused because of different reasons but one of the reasons this issue is caused because your iPhone is trying to do multiple things at once and there are a lot of apps open.

The process in this post will help your phone memory so it can run faster and we guarantee that you will see the difference. The process works for any iPhone running version iOS 9.0 or higher!

What does clearing memory do?

This is one of those tricks that rarely gets talked about but it really helps your phone get a speed boost. Basically clearing the memory is like clearing a closet to remove old stuff and open up space so your phone can utilise the cleaned up memory space to perform more and more tasks.

To clear your iPhone memory and speed it up,

  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button
  2. When Slide to Power off appears, let go of the Sleep/Wake Button
  3. Hold down your Home button.

That’s it – it is as simple as doing this and does not require you to restart your phone.

 

Quickly disable “Press Home to Unlock” iPhone Feature on iOS 10

One of the new features of the new iOS 10 is that it now requires you to press home to unlock the phone, moving away from the direct press on fingerprint to unlock. This can be an annoying experience especially if you have to do it again and again and therefore we have a surprise for the users which will allow them to disable them on the fly!

Use fingerprint to unlock

Previously, all you had to do was lay any of your fingertips registered with Touch ID to unlock the device. Placing your fingertip on the Touch ID sensor was enough to unlock the device, no press of the Home button needed.

The new method of pressing home to unlock is kind of annoying for most of us since it asks us to do the same thing, twice. So lets just get rid of it!

1) Launch the Settings app.

2) Go to General > Accessibility > Home Button.

3) Turn on the Rest Finger to Open toggle.

Going forward, you won’t have to press the Home button anymore in order to unlock your device. All you will have to do is to make sure the Lock screen is awake, then rest your finger on the Touch ID sensor (no need to press).

To revert back, simply follow these instructions again and turn off the toggle.

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My iPhone shows “no service” – Here’s a fix for this issue!

Are you experiencing an issue on your iPhone where it says “No Service” on the top left even after you have inserted the SIM properly? Well! that means you are in trouble and in this guide we will help you go through the process of understanding what might be causing this “No service” issue on the iPhone and how you can fix it.

What’s causing my iPhone to say: “No service”?

There are many reasons as to why your iPhone might be showing this so we will walk through a couple of steps to help you diagnose the issue. Please make sure to backup your phone data through iTunes or iCloud before you proceed with trying any of the solutions below!

1. Check with your Carrier

Most of the times its just an issue where the carrier has disabled your SIM from the backend and you just don’t know it and that’s causing the iPhone to show “No service” even though the SIM has been inserted properly. There could be many reasons why your account might have been disabled e.g. over-billing, late payment, compliance failure etc.

Its better to call and check with your carrier right away just to make sure that your account is fully functional and working properly.

2. Take out and re-insert the SIM

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The iPhone 5 and above run on a special kind of SIM which is known as a nano SIM and sometimes its not inserted corrected into the SIM tray which causes it to show the “No service” issue.

Well – you can try to simply take out the SIM from the SIM tray and then clean it with a piece of cloth and re-insert it. In some cases it is also recommended that you take out the SIM, restart the iPhone and then re-insert it.

Give it a try and see if that fixes your issue or not.

3. Check Cellular Settings on your iPhone

First, go to the Settings app and go to the Carrier section and disable “Automatic” mode and then manually choose the Carrier and see if this fixes your issue.

Otherwise, go to the Cellular section in the Settings app and try to go to Settings > Cellular, and try to toggle Cellular Data on and off to see if that fixes the issue.

4. Reset the Networking Settings

While this one is not recommended, you could try setting the networking settings to factory default by going to Settings > General > Reset. This will reset everything and be warned as this will also forget all Wi-Fi passwords but this will also most likely fix any Wi-Fi or Cellular issues. This will not erase any content from your iPhone so you don’t need to worry about that!

Those are some of the tricks to help you fix this issue – let us know in the comments if they were of help to you.