iOS7.1.2 freezing on updating

iMore does a great summary of how the latest iOS update might trip up some folks. Have a read here

I’ve done two devices now – my iPhone5 froze two thirds of the way through, and needed to be hard reset; my iPad mini went fine, althought the screen went blank and the little progress bar also didn’t move, both for what appeared ages (hint – don’t watch – have a cuppa instead)

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The article misses an important step that I’ve instituted as a regular practice for each and every update, after getting stung with an update that wiped my iPhone and I hadn’t backed up recently. Oops. Never again:-
1. Connect device to itunes – sync with backup – disconnect
2. Repeat (1). Thus there are now two backups on your computer as, well, backups.
3. Start the update process as normal (meanwhile I learnt something here – adding a new step zero – hard reset before starting everything)

And then finally, do a hard reset again once the device is fully updated. Job done. Back to work. Sigh. Check facebook instead.

So to summarize the update iOS process:- Hard Reset. Backup. Twice. Update. Hard Reset.

 

Don’t know how to do what I call a hard reset? Push home and power button until it turns off, KEEP HOLDING until Apple appears.

Check out this wiki, but be aware that what they call a “soft reset” is what I call a “hard reset” whilst what they call “hard reset” I call a “wipe and restore” which is higher up the Richter Scale of resets. Sorry if the phraseology is confusing, but knowing these procedures (call them what you like) is very useful.

It is recommended to carry out a soft reset when your phone starts presenting peculiar behaviour, as this clears the phone’s memory and can solve many minor problems. Some people recommend a soft reset regularly (Ed: I do, weekly 😉 Some poorly written apps or ones that crashed can leave things in the phone’s memory, and this action clears them out. Powering off the iPhone is similar to the soft reset but not quite as effective in clearing out the phone’s memory (yup, hard reset is better)

QBright iOS app wrecked by new update

The recently updated excellent little iOS app that goes by the name of Qbright is now “under new management” and all the new reviews are saying that it’s been ruined by the latest update, and turned into an ad platform. It’s a paid app!! My findings are the same. I believe the old version was much better (yes, the new control panel in iOS7 is good for quick adjustment of brightness, but it’s three taps to get the effect that Qbright can give in one). There is lots of advice in the reviews to avoid the update – I concur.

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Thankfully I have a backup copy http://bit.ly/190BYZK #Qbright

Here’s a YouTube that explains (in Spanish) in a very straightforward way how to work the older version of the app

Texting from iPad

You can’t send texts from an iPad right? Oh contrare!! I’ve discovered a workaround of sorts that might be useful, dependent on other gadgets.

I won (yes I won!!) an iPad Mini from @TechTVuk and have spent the last few evenings setting it up as half a Work iPad and half a Family iPad, so that the parents and children can all enjoy the new device. But not everyone in my contacts has an iDevice(!), so iMessage-only may be a bit limiting. So I started installing some other apps that I use and recommend for calls on iPhone.

To set up Viber & Vonage I needed a device to which an SMS could be sent in order to login. Enter my @ThreeUK mifi. Text sent to mifi. Code obtained. App set up. Very straightforward indeed. And Skype was of course easy too. (no text code required).

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I can now send texts via three different apps on the iPad, plus iMessage as well. Skype Vonage and Viber. Happy face.

My grateful thanks to the good folks of @TechTVuk for awarding me the new iPad Mini. They do creative video for technology companies. Tell them @pedrostephano sent you.

NB picture shows the text I had sent to my iPhone. Setting it up this way didn’t work. But via the mifi did – and it’s exclusive and thus separate to my iPhone which is the way I want it.

Update – learned that Viber also has an app for desktop in both Windows and Mac variants, as well as the mobile platforms.

Data abroad

Our holiday to Europe last year, with many connected devices present, was spoilt somewhat by lack of internets, firstly caused by Three UK failing to unlock my device in the promised timeframe, secondly by the hunting of SIMs that could give data (then replacing them!) and thirdly by public wifi (eg German McDonalds) not allowing foreign devices. Yes, I couldn’t believe that either. But twas true. So this year, I’m starting the solution hunt early.

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First knock was on the twitter door of @BenSmithUK of WirelessWorker.net – here’s  our convo with TruPhone and MaxRoam getting mentions.

Best recommendations? Have an unlocked device for abroad. Buy SIMs before leaving.

Thanks Ben.

Preventing huge spend on “free” apps

It is possible to rack up a huge bill by agreeing to “In App Purchases” on tablets and iPhones etc if you don’t have the necessary restrictions in place. A 5 year old boy recently spent over £1700 on his Dad’s iPad on what was purportedly a “free” game. It can happen very quickly, and the first you’ll know about it is a bunch of emails with bills attached.

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These apps are called “freemium” as they are free to purchase, but the premium kicks in with what’s known as “In App Purchases” which can all add up very quickly.

Get to know the settings on your devices to protect you from hip pocket nerve hyperstimulation.

JaunterCreekICT – helping you, helping your gadgets

I’ve spent so much time fixing my own and other people’s PCs and gadgets in the last few years, and reading and writing about it, that I’m now offering my help to others who might be in the same situation as I was some years back – keen to get the devices working “Just So” without huge expense or the hassle of taking them in to a shop for adjustments or repairs.

Got a new smart phone and want some help setting it up? Want to set up your parents or neighbours on the internet but don’t know where to start? Need to make your home network more secure and less likely to expose your children to risks on the web? Got a new computer or printer that needs setting up? Don’t know where to start setting up your wifi?

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I can help. I’ll visit 6pm till as late as you like – in your own home. Any day (by appointment). With you watching and learning as we go. I work as a registered nurse for the NHS hence evenings are best, but I can arrange other times to suit.

Bushey WD23 is my base and I can travel to you. No call out fees. Just one simple (and great value!) charge per visit. Even up to midnight. I’m CRB checked. I’m used to giving educational presentations to doctors and nurses, so I can make things easy to understand. I can help.

By the way, have you got a backup plan in place? If you haven’t, I’ll help you get that sorted. Yes, it’s important.

Call or text for advice or to book a visit, or download a pricelist. A non-exhaustive list of services & jobs is here.

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iOS6

Steps for installation of iOS 6 on iP4

Sync & backup. Repeat (just in case).

Update software.

Watch in horror as iPhone goes to recovery mode.Select restore.

Fail.

Abort.

Repeat.

Panic a bit more.

Restart PC.

Plug in iPhone again.

Restore again.

Wait an hour. Sigh.

Just like last time then.