Disable Installation of Apps on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
You can prevent the installation of new apps onto an iOS device by enabling a restriction setting. There are plenty of reasons to want to disable app installing, but this is a particularly effective kid-proofing feature before letting a youngster use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to prevent any accidental charges or purchases.
Disable App Installation in iOS
Launch Settings and tap on “General”
Tap on “Restrictions”
Tap “Enable Restrictions” to allow access to additional options and set a passcode
Scroll down to “Installing Apps” and swipe to OFF
While in the Restrictions settings, disabling in-App purchases is a just a bit further down the list and makes some sense to use as well. Similarly, you can also disable the ability to delete apps in the Settings screen, preventing any accidental deletion of data or apps.
To undo the app install restrictions, you will need to reenter the previously set passcode, then swipe the ON switch next to “Installing Apps” again.
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Remove All Music from iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
You probably know by now that you can delete songs on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, just by swiping on a song and tapping “Delete”, but what if you want to remove all music from an iOS device? That can be done too, and although it’s a few settings deep to prevent accidental access, it’s easy to do in just a few steps.
Tap on “Settings” and tap on “General”
Select “Usage” and tap on “Music”
Tap the Minus symbol next to “All Music” then tap on “Delete” to remove all songs from the device
The total storage space taken up by the music collection will be listed alongside the “All Music” label, letting you know how much space is about to be freed up by removing all the songs.
Just remember, there’s no going back if you choose to do this without resyncing to iTunes or downloading songs again from iTunes Store or iCloud. Also keep in mind that if you have iTunes Automatic Downloads enabled on the device, any future music downloads on other iOS devices will continue to copy over to the once cleared out list.
Change the Size of Mail Previews on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Want to see more of an email than the default two lines of body text? Don’t want to see any preview of email contents, other than the subject of a message? If you’re not happy with the default setting, you can change the line count of mail previews within iOS easily:
Tap on “Settings”
Tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”
Under the “Mail” subheader, tap on “Preview”
Select a preview length, ranging from no preview to 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines of body text
Double-tap the Home button and switch between Settings and Mail to get a quick visual of how the change will look.
These settings will be the same on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, although how good each setting looks varies per device, with the larger previews fitting best on iPad and the smaller 1-3 line previews working better for the smaller screened iPhone and iPod.
Enable Additional Screen Zoom Gestures in iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Install iOS ’86 Theme on iPhone & iPod touch
Remember that retro iOS ’86 concept theme for iPhone that popped up recently? We were hoping it would become an iOS theme, and it has. To use the iOS 86 theme you’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0.1, here is how to do that with absinthe for iPhone 4S, or use redsn0w for jailbreaking other iOS 5 devices.
After you have jailbroken, do the following:
Launch Cydia and add the source repo: Index of /
Search Cydia for “iOS 86″ and install it
Search Cydia for “Winterboard” and download that
Launch Winterboard to find and activate iOS ’86 theme (complete the look with a white wallpaper)
I haven’t had the time to test this quite yet, but iDownloadBlog is pointing out that the theme doesn’t change other UI elements or any icons outside of the iOS 5 native set, so if an app isn’t bundled with iOS don’t expect a nice retro black and white icon. Nonetheless, this is a great first start and it’s pretty cool for those of us who were impressed with the original concept.
Quickly Open Last Saved Email Draft in iOS
It’s easy to lose track of drafts in iOS’s Mail app, typically when you close one the draft gets placed into the Drafts folder, which has to be accessed by tapping back out of the Inbox and into Drafts. Those extra steps often make it easier to just compile a new mail message instead of retrieving a past draft, but as Gizmodo shows us there’s a nice little feature in iOS that allows for quick access to the most recently saved email draft:
Save a draft in Mail app
Hold down the compose button in the lower right corner of Mail to return to the draft
This should work on any iOS 5+ device although it’s probably most useful on the iPhone. If you don’t have a recently saved draft, holding down the compose button will just create a new blank email.
Transfer Contacts to iPhone Without iTunes
Need to quickly transfer contacts to an iPhone without using iTunes or connecting the iPhone to a computer? The easiest way to do this is by emailing a vCard file containing all the contacts to the phone, these .vcf files can be exported from many other phones, another iPhone, Address Book, Google and Gmail, Yahoo, and just about anywhere else you’d store contact information.
You’ll probably want to backup and sync the iPhone beforehand just in case something goes haywire importing the vCard, however unlikely that is.
From a computer where the contacts are stored, create a new email with the vCard attachment and send it to yourself (or rather, the email on the iPhone)
Open the email containing the contacts on the iPhone and tap on the vCard.vcf file attachment
Tap on “Add All # Contacts” to import the address book to the iPhone
Notice the add option tells you how many contacts are stored within the vCard, making it easy to determine if all intended contact information is included. You can also manually select individual contacts from the list if you only wish to import one or two, but for the purpose here we’ll transfer them all over.
Verify that the address book was moved over by launching either Phone and tapping Contacts or by launching the separate “Contacts” app on the iPhone.
What if the contacts are saved as a CSV file instead of VCF vCard?
Most apps and services will export as a VCF but if you wind up with an exported .CSV file, you can use a CSV to vCard converter tool to bring them over into a compatible vCard format. Here is a free online converter that will do this, just paste in the CSV, copy the vCard data into a text file, and save with a .vcf extension.
Send Video VoiceMail Messages from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
If you’ve ever had to explain to someone that iPhone visual voicemail does not literally mean video voicemail, you know the potential disappointment that comes with it. What the user probably envisioned was the ability to record a quick video message and leave that as a video voicemail for the recipient to watch when they receive it. But it turns out that the iPhone can send video messages, they just aren’t going to be labeled as voicemail or sent through FaceTime, and in some ways this makes them even more flexible.
Sending Video Messages from iOS
Here’s how to record and send a video message from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
Launch the Camera app
Tap the camera switch button to toggle the front-facing camera
Slide the camera mode from picture to video in the lower right corner
Press the red button at the bottom to start recording a video message, keep it around 30 seconds or less, and hit the stop when finished
Tap the thumbnail in the lower left corner to bring up the camera/video roll with the most recently recorded video
Tap on the square arrow icon and select either “Email Video” or “Message”
Fill out the email or message as usual, specify a recipient, and tap send
From the receiving users perspective, using “Message” will act closer to what a video voicemail may be like, with the recipient getting a notification alert informing them a video has arrived. These come in like a standard MMS, though there’s a small video icon in the lower corner to demonstrate that it’s a movie, and when tapped it plays the video. This is best with iMessage, so be sure iMessage is set up and configured for all users to get the best results.
You can use email as well, though the video message will just be lost in their standard emails and it won’t arrive as a thumbnailed alert as the messages protocol does.
Is this video voicemail? Not quite, but it’s pretty close. Hopefully a future version of FaceTime will allow for video answering machines and voicemail boxes, but until then, using iMessage gets the job done and should satisfy most users.
Secure an iPad or iPhone with a Stronger Passcode
The default passcode for iPad and iPhone uses a fairly simple four digit numerical password, these are fairly easy to guess because statistically many people use common passwords or some variation of a simple theme, like a repetition, countdown, or birth year.
An easy way to add more security to an iOS device is to disable simple passcodes and utilize the full keyboard, here’s how to enable this setting.
Tap on “Settings” and tap “General”
Tap on “Passcode Lock” and enter the current passcode
Next to “Simple Passcode” slide the ON button so that it’s off
Enter the old simple 4 digit passcode, and then enter the new password based on the full keyboard and special characters
You can now use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, though using the latter can be difficult to remember since their placement is different on the iOS keyboard than a standard QWERTY layout.
Don’t set something so complicated that you can’t remember it yourself, though it isn’t too difficult to reset if you need to, assuming you have access to a computer.
For those especially concerned with security, you can also set the iPhone or iPad to “self destruct” and automatically erase all data after 10 failed password attempts. This is also a fairly good anti-theft countermeasure, just make sure you don’t forget it yourself or you could accidentally wipe your device.
Unhide Purchases from the App Store in iOS
Need to reveal hidden App Store purchases so you can access and download them? It’s easy to do directly on an iOS device, grab the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and do the following:
Launch the App Store
Scroll down to tap on “Apple ID: firstname.lastname@example.org”
Tap “View Apple ID”
Enter the password for the account
Scroll down and tap on “Hidden Purchases”
Find the app(s) you wish to unhide, and tap the “Unhide” button
Find the unhidden apps under the “Purchased” section of App Store
Remember, you can always hide a purchase from the App Store again by swiping next to its name in the purchased list.
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