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Among the other outstanding features of the iOS 5, Wireless Syncing and backing-up are considered the best ones. As the name reveals itself, Wireless Sync lets you wirelessly transfer umpteen apps, books, music, movies, calendar, photos, and almost everything, which previously required wired sync. Well, if your device is running on iOS 5, then it will effectively support WiFi Syncing,. iOS 5 compatible devices include iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th generations of iPod touch.
You will need to have iOS 5 and iTunes 10.5 for Wireless Syncing. So, before you try to enable Syncing via WiFi, make sure that you have both these Firmwares installed, otherwise, the option will remain invisible. Whether it is Windows or Mac OS X, the setup process remains the same, and is wholly compatible with both systems.
How to Use Wi-Fi Sync for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 5
All you need to set up Wi-Fi Syncing is to plug your iOS iDevice into your computer, and after that, you’ll be completely wire free except when you are to charge your hardwares batteries.
From iTunes 10.5+
- Plug your iOS iDevice into your computer
- Launch iTunes, and from the left side of the window, click on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- After launching iTunes, click on the tab ‘Summary’.
- Now, scroll down, and select the checkbox adjacent to “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi” (or, according to your need, iPod touch or iPad).
Well, after enabling iTunes side, you need to hold your iOS iDevice in your hand to complete the process.
From iOS 5
- Open ‘Settings’ and click on ‘General’.
- Click on ‘iTunes Wi-Fi Sync’.
- Now, select the computer that was used to set up Wi-Fi Sync on in the previous iTunes step.
- Start enjoying Wireless Syncing after tapping on the button “Sync”.
It can also be double-checked as this works by getting the iPad or iPhone disconnected. From the iTunes on your PC or the Mac. Select the ‘Sync’ option. A similar Sync screen will be visible on your iDevice.
Using Wi-Fi Syncing with iOS 5
Once you have enabled and setup Wi-Fi Syncing correctly, Wireless Syncing can automatically be started by your iOS iDevice at any time the hardware is attached to a power souce, which may include speaker docks, USB cable etc. Interestingly, as the process is completed, your iPad or iPhone shall also be automatically and wirelessly backed up. Besides the automatic process, you may also start manual back-up and syncing from the iTunes on your PC or Mac, or from your iDevice.
Start a Wireless Sync from the iOS 5 Device
- Open “Settings” and click on “General”.
- Select “iTunes Wi-Fi Sync” and click on the button “Sync”.
This can be cancelled at any time by clicking the button “Cancel Sync”.
Start Syncing Wirelessly from iTunes on a Mac or PC
For undertaking the process of Syncing manually, select the button ‘Sync’ within the iTunes to continue the process. If you are interested in utilizing WiFi syncing, and want to enjoy PC-free experience, it’s essential to Sign up for iCloud.
Troubleshooting Problems with Wireless Syncing
No doubt, there are a number of problems that you may face during wireless syncing. To ward off such troubles, Apple provides many useful instructions, which are listed below:
- Make sure that your iOS iDevice is running with iOS 5, and your PC or Mac has iTunes 10.5 or later.
- Re-open iTunes after quitting once.
- Reboot iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
- Reset the Wireless router.
- Make sure that your iOS iDevice is attached to the same WiFi network as of your PC or Mac.
- Check if there is a network distortion from metal barriers interfering with WiFi signals, such as cordless phones, microwaves and so on.
- Review firewall settings, and make sure that the ports iTunes uses, for instance, TCP ports 123 and 3689, and UDP ports 123 and 5353, are opened and available.
There is no restriction on the number of iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad devices that could be operated this way. However, one can come across the usual limit of PC or Mac that are to be connected to the iOS iDevices.
Searching on different search engines through your iOS devices had always been a breeze. As a result of the awesome default search capability of iOS devices, not many jailbreak tweaks were developed to further enhance iOS search features. However, iOS devices did lack the ability to search on Google, Bing and Yahoo simultaneously for a search term. This shortcoming has now been taken care of by a Jailbreak Tweak called InstaURL. It provides a sleek interface to search through different search engines like Yahoo, Bing and Google.
How to Search Google, Bing And Yahoo From Anywhere On Your iPhone using InstaURL
As far as functionalities are concerned, the tweak is somehow relevant to QuickGoogle or QuickSafari. The “Activator Mode” in the device provides a section to choose a search engine for current search queries. In the Activator Mode, you would find three search engines that are most widely used around the globe i.e., Google, Yahoo, and Bing. You can select which search engine is to be used for search queries. For more convenience, you can put InstaURL on the status bar through double tapping option.
The jailbreak tweak enables you to search different keywords or directly open link of the search query as well. The interface is quite sleek and smooth to scroll through different queries. The most interesting part is InstaURL’s capability to search a keyword on all three search engines at the same time. Most conveniently, it provides best options for those who seek to work on different websites.
You can watch the video link below originally uploaded by Jeff of iDB.
The InstaURL costs $0.99 but the application capabilities do more than a dollar and it’s really worth it. InstaURL is still in a great competition with QuickGoogle. However, QuickGoogle only allows you to search on Google but is available free of cost. Similarly , QuickSafari costs $0.99 but provides full search history for users to reference.
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For iOS 5 iDevice users, it’s really interesting and informative to find out about the available storage space on their iDevice. In addition to this, the ability to find out the storage space taken up by a particular app or the space taken up by your media collection would also be quiet handy. In this article we will explain how to check available storage space and space used by an app in iOS 5.
How to Check Available Storage Space and Space Used by an App in iOS 5
Check Space from the “Usage” menu:
- Open “Settings” and click on “General”.
- Click on “Usage” and see the detailed distribution of space, space used, space available, and space a peculiar app is using.
In order to have more minute analysis of your iPhone or iPad’s disk space, you can select the apps individually to find out how much disk space that particular app is using. Of course, this is amazing because sometimes in an emergency you might have to recover some space which can easily be done by deleting unnecessary apps. By knowing the space used by each app, you can easily determine which app is using how much space so that you delete the ones that are a big storage hogs.
Until now, one had to get this information from iTunes by attaching iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to a computer. It was quiet troublesome for the users.
There are some apps which will possibly amaze you. The Dictionary app, for instance, will be shown taking more space as compared to the combined space of Skype and the Angry Birds – Obviously, that’s because Dictionary app is a plethora of text!
iCloud has been the latest product release of Apple. It is a cloud Syncing service that gets all your content automatically Synced to all of your devices, no matter whether it is an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, or anything else. Besides this, features like Find My Mac and Find My iPhone are also included in iCloud. The iCloud service is really tremendous. As it is free of cost, you won’t want to miss out on using it. Well, here’s what you need to do for setting up iCloud from any iDevice.
First of all, you must be using the latest version of iOS (or Mac OS X, if so). In short, you need:
- An Apple ID – just like MobileMe login, or an iTunes account.
- For iPad, iPhone or iPod touch users – iOS 5
- For Mac users – Latest Mac OS X
- For PC (and Mac) users, iTunes 10.5
Provided that all these things have been installed, see the following instructions on how to set up sn iCloud account for free:
How to Set Up iCloud in iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7.2
Setup iCloud from an iPhone or iPad with iOS 5
After making sure that your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch is running iOS 5, proceed with the following steps:
- Open “Settings”
- Click on “iCloud”
- Select “Sign In with an Apple ID” (or otherwise, you can Sign Up for entirely a new account by choosing “Create a free Apple ID”
- Log-in to your Apple ID (existing iTunes account), or to MobileMe account, if so.
- Now tap on the switch “ON” for the category of services and data that you wish to be Synced with iCloud. The services that can be synced include Contacts, Mails, Notes, Calendars, Photo Stream, Bookmarks, Reminders etc.
By signing up for iCloud you would get 5GB of storage free of cost. However, if you wish to get more storage space, the iCloud Plan Prices are convincingly inexpensive.
Setup iCloud from Mac OS X 10.7.2
Of course, you are required to update your Mac to the latest version.
- From the Apple menu, launch “System Preferences”.
- Under the networking section, choose “iCloud”.
- Now give your Apple ID (which is definitely same as of iTunes account or MobileMe Log-in). You can also make a new Apple ID if you haven’t yet created one.
- Accept the eula and select the items and apps you intend to be synced with iCloud.
You can modify iCloud settings any time by just revisiting the preference panel.
Once the iCloud has been configured, you may visit iCloud.com too for accessing Mails, utilizing the webapps, Calendars, Contacts, iWork online, and Find My iPhone and Find My Mac etc. Well, Log-in with your Apple/iCloud ID now, and start enjoying it.
iOS 5’s Notification Center is an awesome feature but sometimes it is quite hectic for you to watch a dull grey background every time. Ravi Raj, an iOS hacker and app developer, has found a solution to even customize the background color of Notification Center.
The background color of Notification Center is customized through a tweak originally developed by Ravi Raj. The tweak is available for free and allows users to change the background color of iOS 5 notification center to red, blue, purple, black and green.
Specifically, this Jailbreak tweak installs theme with five colors. The actual background color is customized through Winterboard interface.
How to Change Color Of Notification Center in iOS 5
You may follow the below steps to change the color of iOS 5 notification center.
- Open Cydia.
- Scroll to manage located on the Cydia bar.
- Now click on Edit and press the Add button.
- Press the Edit button and tap on add button on the next screen.
- Now you may enter the URL given below so that this Jailbreak tweak may be available on the source of Cydia.
- Now you may click on Search tab and write as follows
- Color Notification Center
- Choose ColorNotificationCenter from the provided Search Results.
- Now you are all ready to Install, just press the install button and then tap on Confirm button so that the tweak may be installed.
The Jailbreak tweak will be successfully installed and you are now couple of clicks away from changing the color of Notification Center. Just follow the steps detailed below to change the color of Notification Center.
- Go to Settings.
- Select Winterboard.
- Now select from predefined colors of notification center i.e.,
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Usually users dont have much time or data plan to read the textual information and articles etc while being online from your iPhone. So, now you may have a better solution to it. Reading List is a magnificent feature of iOS 5, which has been made available in iOS 5 by default. It provides a better way to save your web pages to read them later while being offline. The feature is something like Instapaper. The question arises about how to share the content with your friends that you have already saved in your Reading List. In this article we will explain how to add sharing options to Safari’s Reading List.
Apple has not added this sharing option into the Reading list by default. May be they have plans to make this feature available in future iOS release. The jailbreak community has already found a work around to this short coming. The Jailbreak tweak ActionList, which enables different set of sharing options, allows users to share saved content in the ReadingList with their friends or family.
You may also look at ActionList in the video embedded below.
After installing ActionList, you may enjoy the features by just tapping on one of the items of your Reading List. Basically, ActionList provides more convenience to share your items via Twitter, E-mail or even add items to favorites list. Furthermore, you can do offline saving if you have WebOffline installed on your device. ActionList is available at Cydia store for just $0.99 only and works perfect on iOS 5.
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Have you ever thought about syncing your files between Macs? Seems a good idea indeed! The sync demands both Macs to be equipped with iCloud. Just think what you can do with an unofficial feature available in the shape of hidden folder of OS X, which makes you sync files between Macs. This tutorial will take you through the steps needed to perform the sync process. You may take a look at the requirements given below before you set this thing up.
- Both Macs need to have OS X 10.7.2 (or greater) installed.
- Both Macs should have iCloud enabled and set up with the same iCloud account.
Make sure you have installed the newest version of OS X installed in each of your Macs with iCloud configured properly by using the same account. After this, you are all ready to go. It is quite interesting to know that this cool trick was first submitted on the internet by a user at MacWorld, but strangely he did not try this trick to make sure whether it works or not. So, our team has managed to test this trick and ensure that it works with user friendly interfaces.
How To Sync and Share Files Between Macs Using iCloud
You may need to repeat each of the following stated steps on all your Macs one by one.
- You may open “System Preferences” on each of the Mac, you want to share files with, from Apple menu.
- Open “iCloud” and check the check box in-front of “Documents and Data”.
- Open Mac OS X Desktop and navigate to ~/Library/. It can be accessed either by holding Option and clicking on “Go” menu or by using a variant method of accessing user library.
- Now you need to find the folder having the name “Mobile Documents” and right click on it and select “Make Alias”
- Now you need to make a copy the Alias of that folder into OS X Desktop.
- Drag and drop a file to that directory in order to ensure the connection success and test iCloud syncing.
You may wait for few seconds, before checking the same directory on other Mac. After a while, you should see the files on other Macs as well.
Before you move on, you must understand that this is an unsupported feature in iCloud and Mac OS X. Make sure you do not rely completely on this feature to transfer your files. Always create a backup of your important files and apps so as to protect your data and prevent potential data loss. We do not completely recommend this trick because officially this feature is not available so depending on official release of this feature you should wait before 100% relying on this feature.
Syncing with GoodReader & iOS
Later on testing was also done by MacStories and they further discovered that this trick can be performed in a variety of ways so as to sync files among Macs and iPhones and iPads. This is done through iOS app GoodReader.
This whole process was also followed by Yahoo/Business Insider when their team found this app to be more productive and presumed that Apple might have been planning to launch a competitor to DropBox, due to this very feature. Apple also made an unsuccessful attempt to purchase DropBox. Even then, although the feature now exists in iCloud, Apple is still to make it officially available.
For users who have set up iCloud with iOS 5, the photos are hosted online on iCloud.com and can be streamed via Photo Stream to your current iPhone or other iDevices. Although, you can delete the pictures at any moment you want to. Apple removes those photos automatically after 30 days or if you have exceeded 1000 uploaded images.
How to Delete Pictures from Photo Stream and iCloud
If you want to delete the photos stored in iCloud manually, you can do so by performing the following steps.
- First you need to login to iCloud.com by using your Apple ID
- Now look at your name placed in the upper right corner of iCloud window.
- Now click on “Advanced”
- Now click on “Reset Photo Stream”
The message window displayed below about “Reset Photo Stream” asks to remove all photos from iCloud. This action will not delete any photos from your devices or computers. It means, that whether the picture is taken by using an iPhone or any other device, the picture will be available until or unless you manually delete from the Photos app. Resetting Photo Stream will actually delete the photos from “Photo Stream” folder and from iCloud.
What this means is that if a picture was taken on an iPhone, it will continue to be in your standard camera roll in the Photos app, but will be deleted from the “Photo Stream” folder, and from iCloud.
If you are to secure more space in your iCloud, you should start thinking about purchasing an upgraded plan in iCloud. The plans start from $20/year for 15GB storage space. In order to upgrade this just make sure that your photos, apps, iTunes music, do not add up to the free plan of 5GB available in iCloud storage space.
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Multitasking feature has been made available in iPhone 4. However, ff you have already upgraded to iOS 4 on either iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, you can simply avail this feature even on iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS by tapping around.
What is Multitasking?
Multitasking has been proved to be amongst the best features of Apple iOS that makes it more competitive and innovative. By using this feature you can scroll through different apps simultaneously and switch among these apps according to your needs. The credit goes to Steve Jobs and Apple who made it possible to have multitasking feature available in iOS 4. You can use this feature in iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS.
How to Multitask on iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G/3GS
Multitasking is not a tough task as you might have been thinking of. All you need to do is to tap the home screen button twice so as to switch between apps. This action will prompt you a new menu at the bottom of the screen containing the apps already launched. All you need to do now is to tap on an app to switch to it and put the current app in the background mode. This can be done by just scrolling through different apps and by tapping the app you want to switch to. As shown in the image below.
You can also close the already opened apps by simply pressing and holding the icon of that app. As you can see the image pasted below, a sign i.e., “-” will appear in front of it. Just tap on the sign to close this app.
You may also like to see the video tutorial which will show you how to multitasking works on iPhone 4.