When you get your shiny new iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus — or any new iPhone — you'll need to move all your old data to its new home. Whether you're using iOS 11's Automatic Setup feature, iCloud, or iTunes and a USB cable, it's best to make a backup of your old iPhone before doing anything else. Once you've done that, you have a number of options for restoring that data to your new iPhone. How to use Automatic setup with your iPhone on iOS 11 As of iOS 11, you can use any current device running iOS 11 to set up a new iPhone or iPad by transferring the settings from your current device to your new device when in close physical proximity. Select your language on your new iPhone or iPad with your new and current devices in close proximity. Tap Continue on your iPhone or iPad on the popup that appears asking you to setup your new iPhone or iPad with your Apple ID. Use your current iPhone or iPad to scan the image that appears on your new iPhone or iPad. Enter your … [Read more...] about How to transfer data from your old phone to your new iPhone
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Before you retire your trusty old phone in favor of something shiny and new, think twice about tossing it away blindly. In addition to all the precious digital content and media your phone accumulated, it holds a wealth of sensitive personal data that you don't want disappearing or falling into the wrong hands.From meaningful photos to vital emails and text messages, failing to prep your cast-off device properly before donating or selling it can mean losing precious memories or exposing yourself to serious security and privacy risks. To avoid potential issues, follow these steps so you can say good riddance to your seasoned phone while maintaining some peace of mind. Editors' note: This piece was originally published on Dec. 18, 2013, and has been updated. Thanks to Apple iOS and Google Android's use of online servers and clouds, storing and backing up basic personal information (like contacts and calendar events) is a snap. And moving between like devices (iPhone to … [Read more...] about What to do before selling or donating your phone
Calling my iPhone “unsinkable” might be a bit much—in all fairness, it did actually sink. But I’m getting ahead of myself.Last week, I tweeted the following:That thing where you miss a full year of your life, and only realize it when you check AT&T and it says your contract expires Sept 2014.I swear I thought I’d only had the iPhone 5 for a year, so I was thrilled to see my contract was up in September—that meant there was a new iPhone in my near future. But that wasn’t until September; my iPhone 5 had to soldier on for another month or so. Easy, right?Last weekend, we headed out for one of our summer camping trips with friends. I take my iPhone along for videos and pictures (and the occasional offline game just before sleep time), even though there’s no cellular connectivity at the camp site. Our camping trips are always at a lake, as we share a boat with another family, and spend most of the time out on the water.Fast forward to … [Read more...] about How to Resuscitate a Drowned iPhone 5
Fresh from the Vodafone Australia launch this morning, we had a quick look at the new iPhone 3G and its features. Here are our first impressions of the phone and how it compares to the original.First off: the design. The iPhone 3G has the same screen and basic dimensions as its predecessor, but the older model's squarish shape has been replaced by a much sleeker, tapered look. The new phone is in fact marginally thicker than the original, but it feels smaller and easier to hold. There are two visible screws at the bottom of the iPhone, an odd design choice given Apple's usual perfection in this regard. [ For the big picture on the iPhone 3G, see InfoWorld's special report, and f or more on bringing the iPhone into the office, read How to make the new iPhone work at work. ]To the praise of all who used their iPhones as portable media players, the iPhone 3G doesn't have a recessed headphone jack. This means that users no longer have to fork out extra cash for iPhone-capable … [Read more...] about First impressions: iPhone 3G
As iPhones and Android phones get more powerful and gain more enterprise support, many folks are leaving the rounded realm of the BlackBerry for the two big touchscreens. Most BlackBerry owners have built up an extensive list of contacts from their many, many texts and emails, and they might wonder how they'll survive the trip. But take heart: You don't need to pull out your SIM card and pray, or load cumbersome transfer software. In fact, you're one text message away from transferring your contacts to nearly any smartphone.Research in Motion offers desktop syncing software, imaginatively titled BlackBerry Desktop Manager, that can import your calendar and contacts into Microsoft Outlook, Windows Calendar, Lotus Notes, and a few other organizer apps. If you're planning to sync your new iPhone or Android with Outlook or another one of those apps, you might do well to go ahead and bring them onto your PC or Mac, load them into Outlook or the like, then rely on that app to pass them on to … [Read more...] about Bye-bye, BlackBerry: How to transfer your contacts to iPhone or Android
We'd be lost if we ever left the house without our arsenal of mobile techgear, but we're also sick of being hamstrung by gadget makers who leaveout important features or micromanage what we can—and can't—do with theproducts we buy from them. Fortunately, you don't necessarily have tosettle for the limited features that mobile tech products ship with out ofthe box.In the name of freedom, we've voided our warranties and set some of ourfavorite mobile gadgets free with these six fairly simple hacks. You can,too, by following along with our step-by-step instructions. Difficulty: Easy; Time: 20 minutesUnless your work requires a maximum of megapixels, the most meaningfuldifferences between your old camera and a new one have less to do withimage resolution and more to do with the camera's features. Newer camerasand more-expensive models support the RAW format, let you set manualexposure times, shoot in burst mode, and perform other tricks—but with asimple firmware hack, … [Read more...] about How to Unlock iPhones, Other Mobile Phones and Other Gadgets
You've heard of being "house-poor"? That's when you spend all your money on a house and then can't afford to furnish it.If you're planning to order a new iPhone 8 ($849.00 at Apple), iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X, you'll probably end up feeling a little "phone-poor." After that big expense, can you afford to "furnish" the phone with actual service?You can if you're willing to switch carriers. Let's take a look at some dirt-cheap plans for your pricey new precious.The cheapest single-line optionsIf you're looking for a single line of service, right now there are two pretty unbeatable options: Sprint's free year of unlimited service. Virgin Mobile's $1 year of unlimited service.Sprint's promotion was originally slated to end in June, but as of now the promo page simply states "limited-time offer." Assuming you purchased an unlocked iPhone and you have a phone number you're transferring from another carrier, your only initial cost is $2.99 for a SIM card and $10 for shipping. From there … [Read more...] about What’s the cheapest carrier for your expensive new iPhone?
Perhaps you moved to a new area where your carrier doesn't have great coverage. Or maybe you simply want to lower your monthly bill and found a better deal from another carrier. No matter your reason, it's perfectly legal to unlock your iPhone -- if it's not already unlocked -- and switch to a new carrier.Your iPhone needs to be fully paid for, however, before you can jump ship. If you are in the middle of an installment plan, you'll need to complete your payments before your carrier will let you leave.Wait, my iPhone might already be unlocked?If you paid full price up front for your iPhone, then it's likely unlocked. If you purchased it through AT&T, Verizon or another carrier, then it's probably locked to the carrier's network.How do I know if it's locked or unlocked?The best way to check to see if your phone is locked or unlocked is to call your current carrier and ask. You can also check this handy Apple support page to see if "Unlocking" is listed among the features of your … [Read more...] about How to unlock your iPhone to use with a different carrier
In the early 2000s, there weren't many choices for those who wanted a smartphone. You might be able to pick from a Symbian model, a Microsoft Pocket PC phone, a Palm, and a Blackberry. The phones were expensive (my first one cost $600) and were used mostly by business people. Then the iPhone came out in 2007 and became a huge hit, and suddenly consumers were clamoring for smarter and smarter cell phones.Today there are too many smartphone models to enumerate, made by many different companies and running various operating systems. Choosing the right one can be a challenge, and despite the popularity of the iPhone, there is no "one size fits all" answer. It's important to think about exactly what you'll be doing most often with the phone, and what criteria are most important to you because it's likely you'll have to make a tradeoff somewhere.Some of the factors to think about in choosing a smartphone include: Hardware design and features Manufacturer brand name Network technology - GSM, … [Read more...] about Smartphone selection criteria: What factors matter most to you?
M.N. Rao is looking for an easy workaround to copy contacts from his old Nokia phone to an iPhone. He writes from Bangalore: Till now, I was using a humble Nokia Classic but have recently got an iPhone 4S. The big problem is that I don’t understand how to transfer my existing contacts stored in Nokia to the new iPhone. Would you guide me?If it were a S60 Nokia phone (like the E-Series), you could have probably used Google Mobile Sync to copy contacts from the phone to Google Contacts and then use Google Sync on the iPhone again to bring those contacts from the cloud into your phone’s address book. For older phones, you may use the operator’s SIM to transfer contacts from one phone to another. While the SIM is still inside your Nokia phone, go to Contacts – > Options – > Mark / Unmark – > Mark All. Now that all your existing contacts are selected, go to Options – > Copy – > Copy contacts to and choose SIM memory.Next insert … [Read more...] about How to Copy Contacts from your Nokia to an iPhone