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How to Downgrade iOS 9.3 Back to iOS 9.2.1

Mar 22, 2016 - 47 Comments
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While iOS 9.3 has several new features and is a notable improvement over prior iOS 9.x releases, some users may wish to downgrade iOS 9.3 back to iOS 9.2.1 for whatever reason. Downgrading to the prior release is possible for a limited time, so if you have any interest in doing this you’ll want to … Read More

How to Backup an iPhone to External Hard Drive with Mac OS X

Mar 4, 2016 - 23 Comments
How to backup iPhone, iPad to an external hard drive

For those of us with larger storage size iPhone and iPad models, backing up the device locally can be a burden on limited disk space. A simple solution to this storage dilemma is to backup an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to an external hard drive instead, where disk space is often more abundant. We’ll … Read More

Is iMessage Down? Is iCloud Down? How to Check Apple Services Status

Feb 19, 2016 - 6 Comments
Check Apple services online or offline

Many Apple device owners depend heavily on iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, Apple ID, Siri, the App Stores, and the other myriad of Apple online services for their Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV to work as intended, whether it’s backing up to iCloud or sending messages to friends and families, using iTunes, or logging into … Read More

Play a Song from Spotlight Search in Mac OS X

Feb 13, 2016 - 5 Comments
Play a song in Spotlight search for Mac OS X, without using iTunes

Many Mac users know that music, apps, and documents can be launched directly from Spotlight search, and newer versions of OS X support getting weather, game scores, stock prices, and more from the powerful built-in search engine. But did you know that you can play music directly from Spotlight on the Mac as well? And … Read More

The iTunes Lockdown Folder Location & How to Reset iOS Lockdown Certificates in Mac OS X & Windows

Jan 21, 2016 - 7 Comments
The iOS Lockdown folders in Mac OS X and Windows

A hidden Lockdown folder is created by iTunes which stores certificate UDID data for iOS devices that are synced to a specific computer. These lockdown certificates are required to be able to successfully sync an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a computer, but in some specific occasions, a user may need to manually access … Read More

3 Ways to Eject iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch from Computer with iTunes

Dec 7, 2015 - 3 Comments
Ejecting an iPhone from a computer with iTunes

Many users connect their iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a computer for syncing with iTunes. When syncing and iTunes usage is finished, users may or may not want to eject the iOS device, depending on their intended usage. We’ll cover a few methods of ejecting iOS devices from a computer with iTunes, and they work … Read More

Understanding “iPhone is synced with another iTunes Library. Do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes Library” Message

Nov 1, 2015 - 12 Comments
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One of the most frightening iTunes messages an iPhone, iPad, or iPod user may see when they connect a device to a computer is the “The iPhone (Name) is synced with another iTunes Library on (Computer). Do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes Library?” message, which gives you two options, … Read More

Security Update 2015-007 & Others for OS X Mavericks & Yosemite Released

Oct 21, 2015 - 24 Comments
OS X Mavericks software updates Security Update EFI update etc

Apple has released Security Update 2015-007 for Macs running OS X Yosemite and OS X Mavericks, Safari 9.0.1 for OS X Mavericks and Yosemite, alongside a Mac EFI Security Update for some specific Macs. The security updates are recommended for Mac users to install, particularly if they’re not yet updating to OS X El Capitan. … Read More

How to Install iOS 9 on iPhone or iPad Manually with Firmware in iTunes

Sep 19, 2015 - 28 Comments
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If you have decided you’d like to update an iPhone or iPad to iOS 9, you can install iOS 9.0.1 manually using firmware and iTunes. The manual firmware method is more advanced, making it perhaps best for specific reasons, like to resolve the frustratingly unresponsive “Slide to Upgrade” screen, to fix the Software Update Failed … Read More

How to Downgrade from iOS 9 Back to iOS 8.4.1

Sep 16, 2015 - 152 Comments
How to downgrade iOS 9 to iOS 8.4.1

Want to downgrade iOS 9 back to iOS 8.4.1? You can do that, as long as you move fairly quickly. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has been updated to iOS 9 and decided it’s not for you for whatever reason, you can revert back to the prior release. Maybe you … Read More

iTunes 12.3 Released with iOS 9 Support & Bug Fixes

Sep 16, 2015 - 3 Comments
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Apple has released iTunes 12.3, which includes fixes for various bugs and support for the just released iOS 9 update. The update is recommended for all iTunes users and is quick to install. Users can find iTunes 12.3 available to download now from the App Store Updates tab, or they can trigger the update by … Read More

Fix “The password you entered to protect your iPhone backup could not be set. Please try again” Error Message

Sep 14, 2015 - 8 Comments
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If you have attempted to enable backup encryption in iTunes for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may encounter this fairly frustrating error message; “The password you entered to protect your iPhone backup could not be set. Please try again.” Assuming you do try again, you wind up in an endless loop of entering … Read More

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