fixed : Storage Full error warning on AppleWatch 3

Question :

I have an AppleWatch 3 (or Series 3 as it is officially called) and a few days ago, an warning message popped up saying there its memory is full.

The warning reeds :
Storage Full Try removing music or photos using the AppleWatch app on iPhone.

but… when I go to the Watch app on my iPhone, there are no photos or music that I can erase…

What can I do to solve this ?

Answer :

In case you get a ‘Storage Full’ warning and you have an AppleWatch Series 3, your only option is to Unpair & Update, as you cannot erase any content manually. If you have a newer AppleWatch (an SE-Series, Series 4 or up) you can erase some content manually, so you could restart you AppleWatch and see if that helps, or you could try freeing up space by deleting media or apps. Here’s how to Unpair & Update :

  • on your iPhone, open the Watch-app
  • now, make sure your AppleWatch and iPhone are close together during the entire process (so the connection between the two will not be broken)
  • in the Watch-app, click the My Watch icon (bottom left) first, then click “My Watches” (top left)
  • in the “All Watches” window that opens, make sure that the AppleWatch you want to unpair is selected ( not really relevant if you only have one AppleWatch )
  • then, click on the INFO-icon (the i-in-a-circle icon) next to the selected AppleWatch
  • in the “Apple Watch” window that opens, click on “Unpair Apple Watch” (bottom left)
  • then, type your AppleID password when asked
  • note : upon request, make sure to select to keep your cellular plan if you have a GPS+Cellular AppleWatch
  • now click to confirm the unpairing
  • note : if you get a message that the unpairing might have gone wrong, and the AppleWatch is no longer listed in the Watch-app on your iPhone, try resetting your AppleWatch by long-pressing the Side Button until the SOS-slider appears ; then click the power button that also appeared (top right) ; if that still doesn’t unpair the AppleWatch properly, select “Erase all content” from the Settings menu
  • note : upon request, disable Activation Lock by entering your AppleID password
  • your iPhone will now create a backup of your AppleWatch’s content & apps before erasing your AppleWatch (if needed, you can use that backup to restore to a ‘clean’ Apple Watch)
  • after the AppleWatch has been erased, start by setting it up as a new AppleWatch
  • to do so, make sure your AppleWatch and iPhone are close together and follow the onscreen instructions
  • when done, you have a ‘new’ (but ’empty’) AppleWatch, and the latest available version of WatchOS will be installed
  • now, you will probably want to reinstall your apps & content from your backup – to do so, do this :
  • unpair the AppleWatch again
  • then setup your AppleWatch once again from your iPhone, but this time, upon request, choose “restore from backup” (not “set up as new”)

that’s it !

enjoy ­čśë

solved : where does FindMy.app alert “Replace the battery on left soon” come from ?

Question :

Today, on my iPhone I got a message from FindMy.app in my closed screen Notifications, and it is rather cryptic : “Replace the battery on left soon” and soon after I read it, it seems to have changed to “Replace the battery on right soon”… I have no idea what this is about (maybe because the message is not in proper English and makes not sense in that respect either)…

When I clicked on this alert message, the FindMy.app opened showing one of my AIrTags. But since my AirTags are only a few months old, I can’t imagine their batteries are already running low…

What is going on ?

Answer :

What if I tell you that the new AirPods Pro 2 (so the 2022 version) have AirTag-technology and software to make them easier to find ?

Do you also have the new AirPods Pro 2 maybe ?

The current version of the AirPods Pro 2 software has a bug in it that causes erratic alert messages in FindMy.app. You might encounter any of these alerts :

  • Replace the battery on right soon.
  • Replace the battery on left soon.
  • Replace the battery on Case soon.

So, you can deny these alerts. All you can do is hope that Apple fixes this in a software update asap.

enjoy !

BEWARE ! : WhatsApp voicemail eMails are fake !

Lately, more and more people are being spammed with (fake) eMail messages, suggesting that there is a WhatsApp voicemail for them.

Beware : clicking on the (green) “Play” or “Listen” button will NOT enable you to listen to any newly recorded voicemail…

…this is a phishing-scam that instals malware (= malicious software) !!

DO NOT INSTALL !!

Note : the fact that this malware-installer makes use of a stolen Authentication Certificate (which is still valid) makes it extremely hazardous, as that will tick your computer/mobile phone into allowing the malware to be installed

The devices that suffer from this are mainly Android-mobile phones, but jailbroken iPhones, PCs and Macs also. Any original (not-jailbroken) iPhone will only install software from the iTunes App Store, so they are secured against this kind of malware.

HOW TO EASILY DETECT THESE PHISHING EMAILS :

The subject will read something like “Incoming voicemail at [date]”, and the sender will appear to be (*) “Whats App Notifier”, and there will be a big (green) button inside the eMail ┬ánamed “Listen” or “Play”…

(*) on a Mac this can easily be detected, because of 2 simple indications :

1- in the senders name it is written “Whats App”, in stead of the official “WhatsApp” (one word)

2- when clicking on the senders name in Apple Mail.app, it turns blue and in yellow an eMail address will appear, which will not have “WhatsApp” in it, but will look like a regular private or business eMail-address

If you get one of these fake eMails, just mark them as SPAM and delete them a.s.a.p.

They look something like these :

whatsapp-malware-1whatsapp-malware-2

Note : if you happen to click on the “Play or “Listen” button, what will happen will (slightly) depend on the version of the eMail you have encountered and the type of device you are using :

– malware will be downloaded directly onto your device

– you will be redirected to a website which will scam you into installing malware

The Malware reportedly is WinWebSec and installs Fareit and Ursnif, which are info-stealers that send your private info to internet criminals, enables them to make your computer call paid telephone numbers and send these same type of phishing eMails on your behalf to anyone in your Contacts…

And once installed, you will also be spammed with messages by a fake antivirus-software called┬áAntivirus Security Pro to pay for getting (in-existend) infections removed form your computer…

More on this scam be found here :

http://www.spamfighter.com/News-18612-Bogus-WhatsApp-Voicemail-Messages-Employed-to-Spread-Malware.htm

http://www.threattracksecurity.com/it-blog/kuluoz-voicemail-spam-drops-signed-certificate-winwebsec/

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fixed : switch on Notifications for Viber

Question :

I am trying to set up Viber internet calls on my iPhone. Now the Viber-app asks me to switch on Notifications, else the app won’t run.

How do I do that ? I don’t see any settings option…

Answer :

To turn on Notifications for any app (be it Viber or any other), do this :

– go to the Settings-app (sprocket/gear-icon)

– then select Notifications (the ‘red dot’-icon in the same chapter as Do Not Disturb)

– in the Notifications page that opens, scroll down to the “Not In Notifications Center” ┬áchapter and select Viber

– in the Viber page that opens, put the Notifications Center slider to ON

– if you like, you can also tweak the Viber notifications to your liking :

– Alert Style : where do you want the alert to appear on your screen ?

– Badge App Icon : do you want to have the small red circle on top of the Viber-icon if you have missed calls ?

– Sounds : do you want the Viber-alerts to be accompanied by an alert sound ?

– View In Locked Screen : do you want to get Viber-alerts also when your iPhone is in standby mode ?

…that’s it !

enjoy !

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