I am currently using iOS12 and I encountered some apps that no longer run in iOS12. Now, I want to transfer all obsolete iOS-apps I have on my iPhone to an old iPhone that can’t run iOS12.
How do I do that ?
The first step if you want to move apps from one iPhone/iPad to another iPad/iPhone, without using iTunes : start by backing up your obsolete apps to your Mac (or PC). Instructions can be found here.
Then, make sure you have an older iPhone/iPad that’s running iOS10 (or iOS9) ; the best would be a device that cannot run a newer version of iOS. Here’s a list of iOS-devices and the newest version of iOS they can run :
iOS-devices that can run iOS8 but not iOS9 (or tvOS9) : AppleTV 3
iOS-devices that can run iOS 9 but not iOS10 : iPhone 4s, iPod Touch 5, iPad 2, iPad 3 & iPad Mini 1
iOS-devices that can run iOS10 but not iOS11 : iPhone 5, iPhone 5c & iPad 4
Then, start transferring :
connect your ‘old’ iOS10 iPhone/iPad to your Mac using the usb-charging-cable.
then start the iMazing 2 software on your Mac
click on your ‘old’ iPhone/iPad’s icon in the list on the left
from the pulldown list, select Apps
from the bottom menu, click on “Copy to Device”
in the window that opens, select the folder that you have used to backup your (obsolete) iOS apps
select the apps you want to transfer and click “Select”
if you want to transfer any additional apps, repeat the process
when you have transferred all apps needed you can disconnect your iPhone/iPad from your Mac
now, find the transferred apps on your old iPhone/iPad and try if the app still runs on that iPhone
I have iOS12 running on my iPhone and I found that some the apps I have installed are no longer able to run on iOS12. I would like to delete these apps to save space on my iPhone, but I also want to make sure I have backup versions of all of them, because I might want to reinstall them in the future and Apple doesn’t guarantee that you will always be able to re-download all previous purchases (Apple will delete them from the AppStore when Apple judges the apps obsolete or inappropriate due to new regulations, even if I have payed to purchase them in the past).
How can I backup my incompatible apps ?
Technically, one would be able to backup all iPhone/iPad apps to iCloud wirelessly, or to iTunes on your Mac (or PC), but then you risk the app being deleted by Apple at any moment in the future, without warning and without compensation.
So, I would recommend using additional backup-/filetransfer-software on your Mac (or PC) to do so…at this moment iMazing 2 is a good option, but there are various alternatives around.
You can get iMazing 2 here. (the trial version is FREE)
And there currently is a discount version of iMazing 2 available here.
Here’s how to backup incompatible iOS apps :
on your iPhone/iPad go to Settings > General > About > Applications > Incompatible apps
make screen dumps (by pressing menu button & NO/OFF-button simultaneously) of the list of incompatible apps ; make multiple screen dumps if the list is very long
connect the iPhone/iPad to your Mac using a USB-cable
start the iMazing 2 app on your Mac (or use similar software)
click on your iPhone/iPad’s icon in the list on the left
from the pulldown list, select Apps
in the overview of installed iOS apps that shows up in the main screen, select the app that was listed first in the list of incompatible apps
then click the “Copy to Mac”-button
you will get a warning, telling you to make a full backup of your device ; do that first
when that’s finished, make sure that the first incompatible app is selected, then click “Copy to Mac” again
when asked where to save, select your desired save location and create a new folder and call it “incompatible apps iOS12” or something alike
then click OK
when done, select the second incompatible app and click “Copy to Mac”
save to the same “incompatible apps iOS12” folder
when asked, choose “Extract from current backup”
then repeat the saving process for all incompatible apps
when done, check if all incompatible apps you need are in the “incompatible apps iOS12” folder
if you missed one, back it up also
when done, select the first incompatible app again and click “Delete”
repeat that for all incompatible apps
in doing so, you will free up lots of valuable drive space on your iPhone/iPad
My car’s on-board computer system sometimes gives unexplained, rather random, error messages. Up until now, I went to the dealer garage to have my car’s on-board computer system be analyzed and reset. Recently I heard that I could buy an OBD2-dongle myself and read and erase error messages myself. That would be a real time (and money) saver.
Is there any budget-friendly OBD2-dongle that I can use with my iPhone ?
Yes there are several OBD2-dongles available that can do the job for you. Just make sure that you keep these things in mind when choosing one :
make sure the OBD2-dongle is compatible with iOS (as some are only compatible with PCs or Android-devices)
make sure the OBD2-dongle’s connection is over Bluetooth LowEnergy a.k.a. BLE (since that’s the only way to be able to connect your iPhone to your regular WiFi-network (internet) and to the OBD2-dongle at the same time)
make sure the OBD2-dongle is based on the original ELM327 chip (most cheap Chinese knock-offs are based on problematic, unreliable clone chips)
make sure the OBD2-dongle is compatible with the software you are planning to use with it (not every OBD2-app connects equally good to every OBD2-dongle & if you need to erase the error messages, most FREE versions won’t do so you will usually need the Pro version)
One of the cheapest reliable OBD2-dongles I’ve found is the TONWON OBDII Pro Bluetooth BLE4.0 for about €26,- ;
My children have an iPad with a managed account ; they can’t buy any apps from the iTunes App Store nor can they do any In-App Purchases without my approval ; every time they want to buy something from their iPad, I get a message on my iPhone that I need to approve the purchase.
This normally works without a flaw, but today when my children asked for a new app, I got the approval question message on my iPhone, but when I opened it, the iTunes App store wouldn’t load ; the page stays blank and the wheel keeps on spinning… no matter how many times I try… same thing every time… even restarting my iPhone didn’t help…
What is wrong ?
Since the introduction of iOS 11, there’s also a new version of the iTunes App Store as you might have noticed… now this new App Store was made more consumer-friendly as it does no longer show you apps that can’t run on your device.
This ‘consumer-friendliness’ has introduced a flaw (or rather a bug) : on your iPhone you can no longer see iPad-only apps in the App Store… that turns out to be problematic for the approval process : as your iPhone can’t show the app your children want to purchase for their iPad, you can’t approve it…
Until Apple fixes this, the only option is to approve the purchase from your own iPad… (so I sure hope you have one…) or temporarily switch of limitations on your children’s iPad…
NOTE : even approval from iTunes on your Mac isn’t an option, as Apple has stripped the iOS Apps section from the iTunes app recently…
I have installed the iCloud application on my PC running Windows 10, and added my iCloud email-address to Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) without a problem, but now I keep getting an error message saying my iCloud settings are out-of-date… when I click on it, I get an option to have this fixed by Windows 10 itself, but then nothing happens… the problem remains, and I am not receiving any eMails in my iCloud mailbox…
I have checked on iCloud.com and my PC is listed as a registered device, and there is no error showing in the iCloud application on Windows either…
What can I do to fix this ?
Somewhere during 2017 Apple has changed the security settings of the iCould services : it is now obligatory to enable two-factor-authentication on your iCloud account if you want to connect from any non-Apple device : from now on you will need to generate an application-specific password for Windows Mail.app (or Outlook)…
Here’s how to do that :
setup two-factor-authentication on your iCloud account as outlined here
then, make sure you have the iCloud for Windows application installed on your PC ; if you need to reinstalled it, you can download it here
then, make sure you have the iCloud for Windows application setup properly ; open the iCloud for Windows application and make sure there is a checkmark at “Mail” (and at “Contacts”, “Calendars” and “Tasks” if you want to sync those also)
then, make sure you have added your iCloud mailbox to Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) ; if it’s not listed, add it (again)
then, generate an application specific password as outlined here
then, make sure that you input the application specific password you have just generated as the password for your iCloud mailbox in the Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) Settings
That’s it !
NOTE : do NOT use your regular iCloud-password for Windows Mail.app (or Outlook) any longer, it won’t work.
I have installed Steam on my Mac, and have played several games on it. It’s great, but now I’ve found that some of the games I want to play are Windows-only, even on Steam. I get a “not supported on this platform” error.
Is there any way to play Windows-only Steam games on my Mac ?
Yes there is.
Probably the easiest way to be able to play Windows-only Steam games on your Mac is to download and install NVIDIA GeForce NOW Cloud Gaming for Mac. At this moment of writing the service is in (FREE) Beta and only available in Europe and North America, but that will change in due time.
first you need to login by creating an NVIDIA account (or using your Google or Facebook account, which will also share your personal user data with those parties and their associates)
then you will need to test the speed and reliability of your internet connection, to do so, click on your username in the upper right corner and select “Test my network” from the pulldown menu
only if your internet connection is reliable and fast enough you will be able to proceed (sorry… this is one of the few disadvantages of cloud-computing…)
if you need to optimize your internet connection, you can use a direct Ethernet/UTP-cable from your internet modem to your Mac, and adjust or shut down your Firewall (that’s about the only thing you can optimize, full instructions can be found here)
now, inside the NVDIA GeForce NOW app, you will be able to log into your Steam account and browse for games as usual
you will now see that even the Windows-only games are available for you to run on your Mac
I would like to know which version of Java I have installed on my Mac, since the software I want to use will only run on Java 7 or higher.
How can I check (and update) ?
Java is a free software platform which is operation system independent (so Mac & PC) created and maintained by Oracle. Despite it always having been a very reliable way of making cross platform games & applications, Apple has restricted the use of Java to ‘only when needed’ by default in the latest versions of OSX and macOS, because of the security risks involved in using Java and similar software that can run autonomously on your Mac next to macOS.
To find out which version of Java you have installed, do the online check that’s on this official website :
Just follow the instructions given and the result of the check will be shown : you will either have the latest version installed, or you won’t… in that case update instructions will guide you to getting the latest version available for your Mac.