Make Your iPhone Ask to Join Wi-Fi Networks
Matt Cone April 11, 2013
By default, your iPhone automatically connects to known wi-fi networks. (To stop an iPhone from automatically connecting, you can tell your iPhone to forget a wi-fi network.) But what happens if you take your iPhone to a new location? You’ll need to manually connect your iPhone to a wi-fi network. That’s a hassle. But if you have the foresight and inclination, you can save yourself time in the future by making your iPhone ask to join wi-fi networks when no known networks are available.
How to Find Your iPhone's MAC Address
Matt Cone March 25, 2013
Your iPhone’s Wi-Fi interface has a permanent, unique serial number called a media access control (MAC) address. Some universities and employers may request your iPhone’s MAC address to monitor or limit your access to certain Wi-Fi networks. MAC addresses can also be used for less nefarious purposes. For example, if your iPhone is stolen on a university’s campus, the IT department may be able to use its MAC address to trigger an alert when the criminal connects your iPhone to a university network.
How to Wirelessly Sync Your iPhone
Matt Cone February 6, 2013
For years, the only way to sync the music, movies, photos, and other content on your Mac was to physically connect it to your iPhone with a USB cable. Of course, that’s still an option. But if you own an iPhone running iOS 5 or later and a Mac with iTunes 10.5 or later, there’s an even better way to sync content to your iPhone: wirelessly and automatically. This tutorial shows you how to cut the cord.
How to Find Your iPhone's Phone Number
Matt Cone January 7, 2013
When you activate a new iPhone, your carrier provides you with documentation that contains the iPhone’s phone number. But if you haven’t yet committed the phone number to memory, or if you live in the United States and use a different phone number with Google Voice, you may need a quick way to find your iPhone’s number. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to do it as long as your iPhone is already activated with a standard SIM card.
How to Share an iPhone Contact with a Friend
Matt Cone January 4, 2013
The iOS Contacts application makes it easy to store contact information for friends and family members on your iPhone. But did you know that by tapping a button on your iPhone, you can share a contact’s information with a friend? This is a great way to share the phone numbers and email addresses of extended family members, friends of friends, and even contractors. Here’s how to share an iPhone contact with a friend:
How to Create Free Ringtones for an iPhone
Matt Cone January 2, 2013
The iPhone and Mac make many tasks easy, but creating ringtones is not one of them. You’d think it would be a simple matter to create your own custom ringtones, but it’s not. In fact, many people aren’t even aware that they can create free custom ringtones for their iPhones! We’re here to guide you through the process. This tutorial will show you two ways to use your Mac to create free ringtones for your iPhone: Creating a ringtone from a YouTube video, and creating a ringtone from a song in your iTunes Library.
Remove Rental Movies from an iPad or iPhone
Matt Cone May 29, 2012
If you’ve ever rented an iTunes movie on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you know that the movie is automatically removed from your device 24 hours after you started watching it. But did you know that you can manually remove movie rentals after you finish watching them? Doing so allows you to free up disk space on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch and store even more music and movies.
Untangling iOS Wireless Problems
Ric Getter April 27, 2012
Not long ago, the wireless authentication system at the college where I worked was having issues. It wasn’t a “secure” network per se, but you did need to enter a student or staff login to use it. With the rapid proliferation of handheld devices, it was getting, to say the least, temperamental. Adding to the confusion was a spate of traveling I did that brought my iPhone and me through a variety of airports and hotels that required some form of login to gain access to their public wireless system.
How to Create a Cell Phone Ringtone
Matt Cone May 23, 2007
So you want a ringtone for your cell phone, huh? You could purchase one from your cell phone provider, of course, but it’s also pretty easy to make a ringtone with your Mac. All you need is your favorite song, some free software, and a cellphone capable of connecting to your Mac (via Bluetooth, USB, etc.). Here’s how to do it. Decide what song you would like to use as a ringtone.
How to Transfer Music from an iPod to your Mac
Matt Cone March 13, 2007
The iPod is probably the best portable music player the world has ever seen. It’s simple to use, easy to operate, and instantly updatable. Never before has it been so easy to purchase, store, and transport thousands of songs. It’s easy to take this beautiful and reliable device for granted! But the iPod isn’t perfect. One of our pet peeves is the inability to transfer an iPod’s music to a computer.