How to Sync Media between your iPhone and iTunes

If you want to sync iTunes with your iPhone or iPod without any wires, you first need to turn on the iTunes Wi-Fi Sync. Then, sync your iPhone with the computer by connecting both the mediums to the same wireless network. It is important to keep both the computer and iPhone turned on. You can practically sync everything including books, movies, photos, documents, notes etc. However, larger amounts of data will consume more time.

To sync your iPhone and iTunes without the help of any wires though, you do need to follow a series of steps mentioned below:  

  • Firstly, take your computer or Mac and connect with the iPhone. Open iTunes, and click on the Summary tab, check ‘Sync with this phone over Wi-Fi’. Click Apply. Disconnect your iPhone from the computer. The device will still appear in the pop-up menu. Establish a connection with a wireless network. Meanwhile, go to Settings, choose ‘Network’, then choose ‘Wi-Fi’, and select your specific wireless network. Enter your password.
  • If you want to be sure about whether the wireless sync has been successful, you can also plug your iPhone into a power source. After that, open the settings app and tap ‘iTunes with Wi-Fi Sync.’
  • You can also manually sync your iPhone by clicking ‘Add To’ and drag items to the right place. After that, click ‘Done’. To keep a check on whether the device is properly syncing or not, check on the spinning icons on iTunes.
  • Once your iPhone is synchronized, click the type of content you want and begin to add albums, songs, podcasts, movies, audio books and ringtones to your device without syncing again, as long as the device and iTunes are within a given range to each other. Choose whatever media you want, add or drag it to the sidebar of your iPhone or iPod. And you’re done!

How to save space on your iPhone – 6 Tips

One would suspect (hope) that from the next generation of iPhone, expected towards the end of this year, that Apple will abandon the 16 GB version of the iPhone – Even with cloud and streaming services, once you have a few apps and games on your iPhone, it is not long until you need to save space on your iPhone. If you are here, then it is too late! But if you have a choice always go for the extra storage, it is of course much more expensive,  but for most people a necessity. Below are 6 tips  on how to save space on your iPhone. Continue reading How to save space on your iPhone – 6 Tips

How to enable night shift mode and what exactly does it do?

Night shift mode was introduced with iOS9.3. It proposes to limit the blue light emitted by your device, to assist you in getting a good night’s sleep. According to an article on Harvard health “Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.”

Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location, then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum.1 In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings. Pleasant dreams. – Apple Website

But does this Night Shift Mode help? Some are reporting it does, many are skeptical, but if you want to give it a try yourself here is how.

Night Shift Mode - iPhone
Night Shift Mode – iPhone
  • In the settings application, select Display and Brightness option.
  • Select Night Shift.
Night Shift Mode
Night Shift Mode
  • You now have two choices, either enable Night Shift Mode manually until tomorrow, or select a schedule.
  • If you select a schedule, you need to set a time, I have mine set from 10 pm to 7 am, which I find works well for me.
  • You additionally, have to option to reduce the color change intensity, increasing it more, may have an impact of the performance of onscreen motion.


How to save iPhone battery life with low power mode

It seems, over time the battery performance on your iPhone degrades, one theory suggests this relates to the regular security patches and upgrades. While some of these updates can improve the functionality of the iPhone software, they can also significantly impact the iPhone battery life.  So is there an easy way to mitigate or reduce the power drain. Is it possible to get a full day from your iPhone, while using it?

Low Power Mode

One possibility is Low Power Mode which was introduced with iOS 9 and is only available to iphones with a least this version of iOS. You can enable ‘low power mode’ at any time under the battery settings. Additionally, once your iPhone reaches 20 percent battery power you will get a prompt asking if you wish to enable it, allowing you to squeeze the last bit of juice from your iPhone.  You can enable low power mode prior to this alert at any time.

Without Low Power mode activated, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. (Source: Macrumors)
Without Low Power mode activated, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. (Source: Macrumors)

So why is low power mode useful? If you are going on a long trip and want to ensure a longer battery life, and you can still receive calls and text messages in this mode. However, there is a caveat to enabling this mode, obviously, if low power mode reduces the performance of your iPhone, to save battery, there is going to be an impact in functionality. Enabling lower mode  limits or stops mail fetch, background app processes and certain visual effect are disabled, also, the time out of the screen display is reduced.When Low Power Mode is on, the battery in the status bar will be yellow.

How save iPhone battery life with low power mode – How To Enable Low Power Mode

  1. Open the settings application
  2. Select Battery from the menu
  3. From this screen turn the switch button to enable it.

Worth Considering

Low Power Mode reduces or turns off these features:

  • Email fetch
  • Hey Siri
  • Background app refresh
  • Automatic downloads
  • Wi-Fi associations
  • Some visual effects


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Turn off simple Passcode on your iPhone for better security – iPhone 101 series

If you think think it’s a little too easy for someone to guess four digit numeric password, you might want to consider disabling “simple passcode”. Disabling simple passcode means you can use a full keyboard to create a password of your choice. If you have iOS4 running on your iPhone then it is easy to do this.


1. You need to open the settings app on your iPhone, under the General heading select “Password Lock”, if this is currently enabled you will be prompted for your current password, enter it.

2. You will now see the “Simple Passcode” which is turned on by default, if you switch this to off, you will be prompted for a full keyboard password, you will need to confirm your old password first if you had one.

3. Select your password, and confirm it. You are now using the more secure password of your choice. You can also change the “require password” time for a length of time that meets your needs. There is more on using passcodes in this post.

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