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)

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.