iOS 6 tips and tricks

This is a discussion on iOS 6 tips and tricks within the iOS Apps forums, part of the iPod, iPhone, iPad Forum category; It’s never fun to accidentally delete a contact that is needed, let alone multiple contacts or even an entire address book. If you find yourself ...

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    How to Recover / Restore Deleted iPhone Contacts



    It’s never fun to accidentally delete a contact that is needed, let alone multiple contacts or even an entire address book. If you find yourself in a situation where you have deleted contacts from your iPhone that you then must recover, you can often get them back by performing a variety of tricks. We’ll cover four ways to get your address book or an individual contact restored, read through each of them to understand their efficacy and determine which is most likely to work for you.

    Before attempting any of this, it’s a good idea to make a manual backup of your existing Contacts, you can do that with iTunes or iCloud, iCloud on the web, or the Contacts app in OS X. This insures that if you somehow make things worse, you’ll have a Contacts backup to return to.


    1: Restore the Deleted Contact from Contacts in iCloud or OS X

    Though Contacts syncs through iCloud, Mac users can use the inevitable syncing latency to their advantage and often retrieve deleted contacts by going to the Contacts (or Address Book) application. This also works with the iCloud web interface, and is best with recently deleted contacts, or with devices that have been offline from iCloud:

    Disable the internet connection by pulling down the Wi-Fi menu and turn Wi-Fi OFF
    Launch Contacts (or Address Book) in OS X, or Contacts from iCloud.com on the web, and use the search feature to locate the contact in question
    Open the contact and pull down the File menu, choosing “Export” then “Export Vcard” to save the contact(s) as a .vcf file – this will serve as a backup in case the next step does not work
    With the contact still selected, click the sharing button arrow and choose “Email Card” to launch the default mail app with the contacts vcard attached
    Turn Wi-Fi back on to send the email containing the contact card
    Go to the iPhone, open the email and choose the attachment, selecting to “Create New Contact”
    The reason to turn off wi-fi quickly is to prevent Contacts from syncing changes with the iPhone. If done fast enough, you will often find the contact deleted from your iPhone is still sitting in iCloud.com or Contacts app in OS X.


    2: Retrieving Deleted Contacts by Re-Syncing iCloud

    This basically resyncs your existing Contacts list with what is stored in iCloud. It does not always work to restore removed contacts, but it’s worth a shot if the above trick wasn’t a success:

    Open Settings and go to “iCloud”
    Flip Contacts to OFF
    Choose “Keep on My iPhone” when asked about what to do with previously synced contacts
    Flip Contacts to ON
    Choose “Merge” to merge existing contacts to those stored in iCloud
    Head back to the Contacts (or Phone) app and check to see if the contact(s) that were deleted are back




    When this method works, it’s extremely simple and quite fast, but there is no guarantee here.


    3: Restore Everything from an iTunes Backup

    If you sync your iPhone regularly to a computer, you can restore the iPhone from a backup within iTunes and recover deleted contacts that way. This will recover them but obviously requires that you have synced and backed up the device to a computer before the removal incident occurred:

    Connect the iPhone to a computer that it has backed up to before
    Launch iTunes and choose “Restore from Backup”
    Select the most recent backup prior to the deletion of the contact(s) and restore to that
    Restoring can take a while, so just let it sit. When finished, the iPhone will reboot and you’ll have your contacts back again.


    4: Get the Contact Back from Someone Else

    If it’s a single contact, find out if a friend, family member, or colleague has the contact information, then just have them share it with you, it will be much easier and faster than any of the other methods of retrieval. Of course this won’t be an option if nobody else has the addressee information though, making this perhaps the least universally applicable option.

    Losing important contacts is a major pain, and though it’s a recoverable problem, it does emphasize the importance of regular backups, both locally to a computer, and to iCloud. So back up regularly, and don’t let it happen again!

    A quick side note: there are a million and one third party apps preying on the desperate and claiming to be able to recover deleted contacts. These usually charging high prices and offer no guarantees. Don’t buy into it, most are no more effective than manual methods outlined here.





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    How to Access & Use the Undo & Redo Buttons on iPad




    Much like OS X and Windows on the desktop, iOS on the iPad has an “Undo” and “Redo” option. Undo does just what it sounds like, it undoes the last text based action. For example, if you typed out a sentence but decided it wasn’t what you wanted to say, you could hit “Undo” and it would instantly disappear. Redo is also fairly self explanatory, as it redoes the prior text action that was just undone. For example, if you wanted to restore that sentence you typed out but made disappear with “Undo”, then hitting “Redo” would make it appear again.

    But rather than hitting Command+Z for Undo and Command+Shift+Z for Redo like you do on the Mac, the iPad dedicates two buttons on the virtual keyboard specifically for this purpose. They’re both very easy to access, but because they’re not on the primarily visible touchscreen keyboard, they’re overlooked and underused.


    Access Undo

    Typed the wrong text, made a typo, or just want to remove your last typed phrase? Undo is there for you:

    From the keyboard, tap the “123″ number button to reveal “Undo” in the lower left corner




    Access Redo

    Decided that was the right text after all, or perhaps you accidentally undid something that you wish you didn’t? That’s what redo is for:

    Tap the “123″ number key to summon the numeric keyboard, then tap the “#+=” button to access characters and the “Redo” button




    Both Undo and Redo are unique to the iPad keyboard, and can’t be found on the iPhone or iPod touch.

    It’s worth mentioning that physically shaking any iOS device (or even a Mac if you’re really wanting to be a goof) can also accomplish both undo and redo, but because of the size of the iPad it’s not nearly as reasonable to shake it around, which is probably why the software buttons are included.






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    Swipe Your Way To Better Results In The Google Maps App



    While I still use Apple’s own Maps app from time to time, mostly because it’s built in to iOS, I tend to prefer Google Maps more. It just feels more complete, though that’s just my own opinion; I haven’t done any scientific analysis or comparison.

    That said, the Google Maps app is pretty darn great, and there’s a couple of hidden features you can access with just a swipe (and maybe a tap or two). Here they are.


    Multiple Locations

    First up, launch the Google Maps app (you’ll need to download it if it’s not already on your iPhone) and search for a location.

    When you search for a coffee shop, for example, there may be many of them in your general area. This is especially true if you’re living in or visiting an urban area. If the first location that pops up after your search in Google Maps, simply swipe to the left along the bottom of the map, where the name of your location shows up. Google Maps will switch to the next closest location to you, and helpfully put a little marker on the map as well.


    Extra Data

    Now, notice the little icon in the lower left? It looks like a folder tab sticking out from the left-hand side of your iPhone screen. Swipe that one to the right, and a whole new set of data shows up. Tap the Traffic icon to include traffic data on your map: red for heavy traffic, green for light, and yellow for something in between.

    Tap the Public Transit icon to see bus and subway routes, the Bicycling tab for public use bike lanes and trails, the Satellite icon to see real-world pictures on your map, or tap Google Earth to open your location in that pretty amazing app, as well.






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    How to Tell if Someone Snooped Your iPhone / iPad & Read Emails, Messages, Call Log

    If you suspect someone is snooping through your iPhone call log, messages, email, or through other apps, you can set a simple trap of sorts to potentially catch such intrusions on privacy. The idea behind this is pretty simple: quit out of all apps to leave the task bar empty, then check on the multitask screen to see if someone used an app. Since most people don’t bother to check what apps are running, they will unintentionally leave their app usage traces behind.




    Here’s how to set the app-trap on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and how to check it later to see if someone was using apps and meddling about your business:


    Setting the Snoop Trap in iOS

    If you’re convinced (or paranoid) that someone is peeking at your apps, messages, or private details, you can do this every time you leave an iOS device alone:

    Double-click the Home button to summon multitasking
    Tap and hold on an app icon then tap the red (-) button to kill the apps – you can use multitouch on the red buttons to quit multiple apps at the same time to speed up the process
    With a blank multitask screen, tap the Home button again to return to the home screen as usual





    Now you just need to leave the iPhone, iPad, or iPod alone, placed somewhere that you think the snoop may use the device to poke around in apps, messages, call logs, snap chats, whatever you are suspicious someone is being overly nosy with.

    (Note: iOS 7 requires a swipe up on apps to kill them, the tap-and-hold function no longer works to quit apps. All else is the same, however)


    Checking the Snoop Trap to See if Someone Used Your iPhone / iPad

    After you have set the trap and suspect someone may have used the device, catching the snoop is quite simple:

    Double-tap on the Home button again to summon the multitasking screen – if any apps appear in the menu then you know someone has opened them in your absence
    In this screen shot example, someone launched the “Messages” app after all the other apps had been quit, indicating that someone used the iPhone and poked around in the messages application to read texts or iMessages:





    Determining if someone read emails would be indicated by Mail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or whatever email client being left open. Call logs would be shown as the Phone app, and whatever other app(s) left open could be suggestive of someone poking around in there.

    If multiple apps have been opened, the order in which they appear – from left to right – indicates which app was most recently used or gone through. You could be a bit more subtle and leave a series of apps in the task bar this way, then simply look for that sequence of apps to be out of order or rearranged to catch prying eyes.

    Of course, if someone is savvy enough to check the multitasking bar or is aware of this app trap concept, they’ll be able to evade such tactics by quitting the apps again after browsing through them. Nonetheless, for the average iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch user, this should be sufficient to catch your average petty snoop of a curious little sibling, a suspicious partner, or an invasive roommate.

    We’ve discussed similar tricks for the Mac to help determine if someone was opening files or applications, but unlike OS X, iOS offers no easily accessible system logs demonstrating unlock or wake records.


    Preventing Privacy Invasions & Snoopers

    The best way to prevent any snooping, poking about, or general invasion of your iOS device privacy is by using a pass word on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, preferably setting a strong passcode that is alphanumeric and not easily guessed.




    Finally, if you backup an iOS device to your computer through iTunes, be sure to enable backup encryption for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to prevent determined parties from being able to easily gain access to the device backups, including text messages, call logs, and other personal data.






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    Get Your iPhone Ready For iOS 7 – Make A Good Backup Today




    iOS 7 is coming this Wednesday, September 18, and it’s going to be a fairly simple upgrade. You’ll be able to just update your iOS device without any trouble, most likely over the air or by connecting to iTunes. No fuss, no muss.

    However, you do most likely want to make a backup in case things go awry during the update process. Chances are you already have a backup if you use iCloud or iTunes, but here’s how to make a manual backup, just in case.


    The iTunes Way

    Plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into your Mac and launch iTunes. Click on the iOS device in the list in the left sidebar. You’ll see a section called Manually Back Up and Restore. Click on the Back Up Now button and wait for your device and Mac to talk to each other, making a nice, new backup.




    The iCloud Way

    Launch your Settings app on your iPad or iPhone, and tap on the iCloud settings button. Scroll down a bit and tap on Storage & Backup. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap on Back Up Now. You’ll get a new backup, conveniently stored on Apple’s own iCloud servers.
    Now you’ve got the peace of mind that comes from having a brand new backup of all your iOS device data. When you upgrade to iOS 7, should anything go wrong, you’ll know you can get your stuff back when you figure it all out.






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    Change the Default Email Address on the iPhone and iPad




    Unless it has been changed before, the default email address is always the first email account that has been setup on the iOS device. But for those who use multiple mail accounts on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, changing the default sending address is often important, since whatever is set as the default is what gets used by all other aspects of iOS when sharing through email, including photos or links, and this applies to Mail app as well as third party apps.

    Making a change is easy, and is particularly worthwhile knowledge for those who juggle a personal/home email and work email in the iOS Mail app, since it can help to avoid some awkward situations of accidentally sending something from the wrong email address.

    Open “Settings” and go to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”
    Scroll down and choose “Default Account”, then select the new default email account to use, as shown by the email provider




    This simple setting has been misunderstood before because of the labeling, with “Default Account” showing the various email provider names, rather than something a bit more explanatory like “Default Address” showing the different email addresses.

    Note that “Default Account” is always shown directly under the changeable Signature portion of Mail settings. Prior to iOS 7 it’s always visible, but with newer iOS versions if you don’t see the “Default Account” option it’s probably because you don’t have multiple email accounts configured through the Mail app of iOS. Remember, Mail app is separate from other third party email clients and apps installed on the same iOS device, and thus the other apps will not be shown in the list.






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    How to see what’s using up space on your iPhone



    What’s taking up all your storage space on your iPhone or iPad and preventing you from downloading and installing a shiny new app or a new version of iOS? A somewhat hidden panel in iOS’s Settings app will tell you everything you need to know.

    To see what’s taking up all your storage space, open the Settings app, tap General, then tap Usage. There, you’ll get an overview of how much storage space you have used and how much you have available, and you’ll get a list of how much space each app uses for the app and associated data. If you want to see more specifics, tap the app’s name in the list. You can also delete the app via this screen.

    This screen shows only the 10 heftiest apps; scroll down and tap Show all Apps for a complete list of your apps and the storage space they use.

    In this case, Spotify eats up the most space on my phone; 11.4GB is tied up with songs I downloaded. Give it a try; you may be surprised by what you discover.






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