fixed : how to fully close apps on an iPhone X / XS / XR ?

Question :

I just got a new iPhone X without a Home button. On my previous iPhone I always used to shut down apps that were needlessly running in the background by double clicking on the Home button which brought up the underwater-screen where I could go through all apps that were open in the background and just pick the app and swipe up to close it…

But now, without a Home button, how do I do that ?

 

Answer :

as you would expect, it’s simple…

but as you have already experienced, it’s not intuitive for anyone who has grown familiar with using the Home button… since the release of iOS 12, it basically comes down to :

“swipe-up & hold”

to be more precise :

  • make sure the iPhone is unlocked (using FaceID or maybe even your unlock code)
  • then swipe upward from the bottom of the screen and keep your finger on the screen
  • now the underwater screen that you were searching for will appear and you can browse through all open apps and swipe up to close the ones you aren’t using (it actually looks less and less like an underwater screen, it’s more like the Cover Flow feature in iTunes and Finder on macOS)

we used to do this on older iPhones to regain RAM space to keep your iPhone running smoothly… on new iPhones that’s possibly less relevant, but it still feels good to know you can do this when you need to 😉

enjoy !

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fixed : new iPhone photos not showing up in macOS Photos.app

Question :

I am trying to get my photos from my iPhone onto my Mac. But after connecting my iPhone using USB the Photos.app does start up in macOS, but the newest photos I’ve made with my iPhone never show up my Mac.

Disconnecting and reconnecting my iPhone doesn’t help. Restarting the iPhone doesn’t resolve this problem, neither does restarting my Mac.

What can I do to solve this ?

 

Answer :

Even though you are encountering a very annoying problem, it’s rather easy to solve :

  • disconnect your iPhone (or iPad) from your Mac
  • open the Photos.app in iOS (on your iPhone/iPad)
  • click on the Photos-button (bottom-left ; the icon consisting of a double rectangle with the text ‘Photos’ below it)
  • select one photo one of the newest photos
  • then click on the Share-button (bottom-left ; the icon consisting of a square with an arrow pointing upward)
  • select all photos that are not showing up on you Mac, by swiping the photos to the left and right and tapping the bottom-right circle of each individual missing photo (the circle will turn into a blue checkmark)
  • then swipe in the row of app-icons to the Shared Albums icon and click it
  • wait while the clock says ‘Preparing’
  • then click Cancel (top-left)
  • now connect your iPhone (or iPad) to your Mac
  • open the Photos.app in macOS (on your Mac)
  • unlock your iPhone (or iPad) using your fingerprint/face-scan/screen-unlock-code
  • then, on your Mac, in Photos.app goto the left side bar and at Devices, click on your iPhone/iPad
  • then wait for the photos to appear as New Items
  • and click on the Import All New Items button top-right (or select only the photos you want to import and click on the Import Selected button)

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

fixed : transfer old iOS apps to old iPhone

Question :

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 ?

 

Answer :

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

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

fixed : how to backup incompatible iOS apps ?

Question :

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 ?

 

Answer :

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

That’s it !

enjoy 😉

fixed : Passpartout The Starving Artist game for iOS

Question :

My children have seen all the raving YouTube-reviews about the painting game Passpartout The Starving Artist by Flamebait Games. Now they want to play the game themselves, but they don’t have a Mac or a PC…

Is there a way to play Passpartout The Starving Artist on their iPad ?

 

Answer :

Yes, there is an official iOS-version of the Passpartout The Starving Artist game for sale on the iOS App Store :

Passpartout The Starving Artist for iOS

…so now you can play the game, and paint with more natural motions than you problably could on your Mac  (especially if you have an iPad Pro with a stylus)

And you’re in luck : it runs not only on iPads, but on iPhones also 😉

more exactly : it runs on iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and newer, iPad mini 2 and newer, iPad Air & iPad Pro (and even iPod Touch 6th gen)

NOTE : if you are looking for Passpartout The Starving Artist for Mac, look here