On my iPhone and iPad I can always see the battery status, but on my new AppleWatch I can’t…
What’s the easiest way to see my AppleWatch’s battery status ?
The easiest way of knowing your AppleWatch’s battery status is this :
tilt your arm to wake your AppleWatch from sleep
then slide upward from the bottom of the watch face (screen)
on the underwater screen that comes up, the battery status is top left (in a percentage notation)
And if that is still too many clicks away for you, you can also go into the Watch-app on your iPhone and choose an alternative watch face (the “Utility” watch face for instance) and set “Battery” for the left or the right display corner. Now if you set that watch face as your new watch face, you’ll have your battery status on screen all the time.
I have an old Peugeot with what-once-was a state-of-the-art navigation system : an RT3 car computer by Magneti Marelli. When trying new navigation CDroms, I encountered an error. The dealer says can it should be fixed by a restart of the RT3 car computer by doing a “Dark button”-reset.
However… no-one seems to be able to tell we where that mysterious “Dark button” is located…
Can you please help me ?
There are two ‘official’ reset options for your RT3 car navigation system :
option #1 :
press the DARK-button until the screen goes black and the RT3 then restarts
Note : the DARK-button is not some mysterious unmarked button, it’s simply the button marked “DARK” that is normally used to darken the screen to not shine too bright at night
option #2 :
turn off your car and take the car key out
unscrew the Torx10-screws that are hidden inside the two tiny holes next to the “MP3” and “GSM” printed text (note : the screws don’t come out, the just come loose and stay inside the panel)
pull the menu-wheelbutton to slide out the ‘car radio’
flip open the metal lid that is just above the big barcode sticker
take out the yellow battery pack
unplug the white connector that is halfway the battery pack’s cable
wait one minute
plug the white connector back in, but the battery pack back, close the metal lid, slide the ‘car radio’ back in and tighten the Torx10-screws
According to the Peugeot mechanics, option #2 should work if option #1 doesn’t…
I installed the iOS-app called “FaceApp” on my iPhone a few days ago, and now suddenly it’s on a screen-page I don’t want it on. The way I normally use to move it to another screen-page doesn’t work however : if I hold the icon for a long time, the icon’s doesn’t start shaking and no X-label does appear either.
I managed to get the shaking icons and the X-labels in the end by just holding my finger on another app a little longer… but now, the “FaceApp” doesn’t want to move either when I put my finger on it…
I finally managed to move it by moving another app in front of it, but I still can’t get it to another screen-page…
So, I tried to delete the app by clicking on it’s X-badge, that seemed to work at first, but the “FaceApp”-icon immediately reappeared, only the name has now changed to “Home”, and there is no X-badge on it… so I still can’t delete it…
What is wrong ? What can I do ?
First, exit the ‘shaky mode’ by clicking on the (physical) MENU-button (the front one, just below the screen
Then, open the AppStore.app
Click on “Updates”
Then click on “Purchases”
There, you’ll see that the “FaceApp” is listed, but with the “cloud&arrow”-icon next to it (so the “redownload from the AppStore-cloud”)
Then, click on the “cloud&arrow”-icon to reinstall the app
Exit the AppStore.app
On the main screen-pages you’ll now see that the name of the app has changed back from “Home” to “FaceApp”
Now, click&hold the FaceApp-icon until all icons start shaking and you’ll see that the X-badge will also appear on the FaceApp-icon
Then, click on the X-badge and the FaceApp.app will be deleted from your iPhone, or move the FaceApp.app to the place you want to have it on your screen-pages
My son wanted to do an in-app purchase in the Clash Royale game on his iPad. Since his purchases are restricted by Parental Approval, he sent out a purchase request to me.
I didn’t receive the purchase request however, not on my iPhone and not on my iPad, so I couldn’t approve it. So now my son’s game hangs at “Transaction Pending”.
What can we do ?
There seems to be a bug in the connection of the Clash Royale app and the iOS App Store regarding in-app purchases, where Parental Approval Requests are not being send out properly to iOS devices like iPhones and iPads.
The Parental Approval Requests are properly being send to OSX (macOS) computers however, so the solution is rather simple : check your Mac, you will probably be able to approve the in-app purchase there.
Someone just sent me a file over WeTransfer. After downloading it turns out to be a .zip-file, but when I double-click on it to unzip as usual, the Archive Utility does start the unzipping but ends in an error each time, claiming the .zip-file is broken.
I’m pretty sure the .zip-file isn’t broken… what can I do ?
Even though OSX/macOS’s built-in Archive Utility is your default choice for zipping and unzipping files and folders, it turn out not to be the best choice for unzipping. (Especially .zip-files created on Windows PCs seem to be problematic every now and then…)
The solution is simple : just use an other app to unzip.
I have a recent iPhone running iOS10, but lately I can’t hear people calling me and they can’t hear me when I phone them. There is a cracking noise which makes it impossible to use my iPhone for calling.
Is my iPhone broken ?
Even though we cannot rule out that your iPhone is actually having a broken audio hardware issue on forehand, it’s more likely to be a software problem.
This problem is usually fixed by doing one of these resets ( first, be sure to keep your SIM’s PIN-code at hand as you might need it ) :
reset option #1 :
while your iPhone is on, press the physical MENU (on the front screen) and ON/OFF (on top or on the right side) buttons at the same time until the screen goes black and after a few seconds the white Apple-logo reappears
wait for your screen to rebuild ; then your iPhone has been reset and you can test if your audio works properly while calling
reset option #2 :
while your iPhone is on, press the physical ON/OFF button (on the right side of your iPhone) until the ON/OFF slider appears on screen
set the ON/OFF slider to OFF and wait for the screen to go black
now turn your iPhone back on by pressing the ON/OFF button and wait for your screen to rebuild ; then your iPhone has been reset and you can test if your audio works properly while calling
usually, that’s it… that’s all you need to fix this…
…but if neither of these resets work for you, your iPhone’s audio hardware is probably broken and you should have your iPhone repaired at an Apple Store or Apple repair-centre.
I have a 16GB iPhone running iOS10, and it freezes whenever I want to take a photo… I get an error message that there’s no memory left on my iPhone so I can’t continue…
I checked and it turns out that I have literally 1KB (yes, only 1KB, not even 1MB…) left as free memory… and most of my 16GB is occupied by Photos.app (about 12GB)…
How do I free up space without deleting valuable photos and videos ?
The best way (if not the only) to free up space on your iPhone will be to delete a lot of photos and videos, in your case. The way to do that without running the risk of throwing away photos and videos that you would have liked to backup it this :
connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB-cable
open the Photos.app on your Mac
click on your iPhone, which is listed on the left side
now, in the main window, go to the photos that are displayed as ready to import (photos that aren’t on your Mac already are automatically filtered out by Photos.app
from that selection of (un-imported) photos and videos, select ONLY those photos you want to keep
import that selection onto your Mac
first check if all photos and especially all videos (as those are not being transferred automatically through iCloud syncing) you selected have been imported
then unplug your iPhone’s USB-cable
then delete all video’s you can, and if that isn’t enough, delete all photos older than about one year from your iPhone
Please, note that iCould will only contain the most recent photos (usually not the videos)
now, restart your iPhone by simultaneously pressing the two main physical buttons : both the menu-button (just below the screen on the front side) and the ON/OFF-button (top side or right side)
then check if you have enough free space on your iPhone now
if not, delete more photos from your iPhone (in the way explained above)