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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

I just installed iTunes 12.2 in Windows, and cannot for the freaking so help life of me figure out how to see what is in the queue when I create a Radio Station from Artist.  It shows the currently playing song, but there is NOTHING I can FIND that shows what it has queued up in the station.  Am I just missing it?

Posted by Ronald Stepp on July 4, 2015 at 9:41 AM (CDT)

Adding other users to Find My iPhone

I have two iphones with different numbers.I installed find friends on the two phones. I wanted to keep one in the car and usinr the other one to find where i parked. when I send a request to add a friend on them I get ” you cant send an invitation to your self. Any help?

Posted by Lotfi on July 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.2

I noticed that the down load bar is missing when downloading updated apps in this version

Posted by Ian Weir on July 3, 2015 at 4:09 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

No expert advice on how to rid my iPhone of unwanted Apple apps that I don’t use, need and waste memory.

Posted by Ian Weir on July 3, 2015 at 6:30 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

You have to really pay attention to the setup, I setup on my iPhone - added the free trail option but turned automatic renewal OFF - and also turned icloud library option off. Strangely when I updated my iTunes at home icloud somehow turned back on and when I synced my phone it removed all my previously existing custom playlists (smart and static) from my phone. All my music remained (I have my entire ripped and purchased library on my phone) oddly enough. I ad to make sure it was turned off in both itunes and in ios. Otherwise my impression of the new app is pretty positive - I’m going to give the streaming thing a try but it never has appealed to me…

Posted by decafjava on July 3, 2015 at 4:36 AM (CDT)

Can I cancel or 'unsend' sent iMessages?

I use the HP Envy 110 to print my things off my iPad and any other Apple products, it’s great! There are newer models of my printer so consider those.

Posted by Anthony Khawam on July 2, 2015 at 5:36 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 8.4 + Apple Music

The Music app also has a history of your played tracks if you scroll up from the Up Next list.

Posted by Galley on July 2, 2015 at 3:34 PM (CDT)

Resuming incomplete iCloud backups

I thought i backed up my phone and i reset my iphone back to factory settings and sold it then I got my new iphone 6 and tried to restore my backup but there was no option, when I go on iCloud on my computer it says the backup is incomplete but is 27gb.. Is there a way/ a program where i can install my incomplete backup?

Posted by Laura on June 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

Unfortunately, iCloud only stores your two or three most recent backups, so you won’t be able to get anything older than that. This means that if you’re backing up every night, you’ve only got a couple of days’ worth.
If you’ve been backing up to iTunes, then you may be able to find older backups in your actual PC or Mac backups (assuming you backup your computer with something like Time Machine). iTunes only stores your single most recent backup, but if you backup your computer on a regular basis, older ones might be found in those backups along with the rest of your files.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 23, 2015 at 8:28 AM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

any suggestions?

Posted by Blount on June 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Accessing an older iCloud backup

i know how to do restore but my phone is only giving the two most recent backups for icloud, how di i get one from a month or two months ago?

Posted by Blount on June 22, 2015 at 9:32 AM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Unfortunately, at this point it appears it can’t really handle multiple transportation methods beyond walking routes. Public transit directions will walk you to the nearest public transit access point, but if it considers you to be too far away to walk, it pretty much tells you it can’t find transit directions at all.
It does mix up modes across public transit systems and even agencies, however, so a route through a metropolitan area would switch you across trains, subways, ferries, and buses as required, even those operated by different transit agencies.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 19, 2015 at 1:24 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Question for those who’ve tried it:  Does it do mixed transportation methods.  I don’t live close enough to a rail station to have it come up as an option, but when travelling into NYC, that’s how I usually go, so I’d like something that says “Drive 20 miles to train station, Take train for 65 minutes to NYC” or some such.

Posted by gwhizkids on June 17, 2015 at 1:27 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

...better than nothing I guess, but not great…  hopefully they’ll enhance that before the beta cycle is complete

Posted by benjitek on June 12, 2015 at 6:15 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

Actually, while Apple Maps doesn’t provide any manual way to do this, anything you’ve been looking at does get cached for offline use, including any directions that you’ve already plotted before going offline.
I just tested this with getting transit directions and turning on Airplane Mode, and it works about the same as it did before for driving/walking directions—once you’ve plotted the route, even if you haven’t tapped “Start”, it will still be available if you go offline, although of course you’ll have to navigate it step-by-step yourself, since there’s no GPS access either.
Maps also stay cached, albeit it with varying levels of street detail depending on what you’ve been looking at and how far zoomed in you are. You won’t be able to actually look anything up or get any new directions while offline, however.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 12, 2015 at 1:10 PM (CDT)

A First Look at iOS 9's Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)

All that’s missing is the ability to save area maps to your device for offline access—you’d loose real-time arrival/departure info—but they could let you keep scheduled arrival/departure times.  Or a compromise—like with Citymapper, have a trip’s map save to your device once you plan and and tap ‘start’...

Posted by benjitek on June 11, 2015 at 5:51 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

Really enjoyed the article and I look forward to follow-ups. I too am going all in with this. I’ve backed up to Google+ for years. I have a little over 120,000 photos now stored on Google Photos. I like that it snags movies and screenshots.
I do see the local storage growing a lot. I’m up to 1.8GB on my iPhone used by the Google Photos app. I have a 128GB 6+ so it’s not a concern right now. I assume these are cached images.  I am wondering if it will shrink with time. Thus far it’s only grown.
If it becomes an issue, I have a backup plan. I’ll use Apple’s iPhoto stream and then use the desktop uploader from google to catch them as they come in and back them up to Google and I’ll not need the Google photo app on my phone but all phone photos will still back up very quickly to google.

Posted by MartyEdwards on June 3, 2015 at 11:24 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

If you edit a photo in the iOS Photos app, the edited photo will sync to Google Photos, but it goes in as a copy, rather than an edit that gets applied to the original.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 2, 2015 at 1:16 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

One question I have that’s keeping me from going all in with Google Photos.
You says “edit a picture in Google Photos that’s also in your camera roll, and those edits will be applied — non-destructively — to the photo that’s in your Camera Roll as well as the one stored in Google Photos.”
What if I take a photo on my iPhone.  It get’s uploaded to Google Photos.  Then 10 minutes later I edit that photo on my iPhone, in the native iPhone Photos app (who’s editing features I like more then Googles).  Will THAT edited photo be synced to Google Photos?

Posted by toothgrind3r on June 2, 2015 at 1:05 PM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

I guess it depends on what you’re doing, and of course I’d never want to do a full auto-backup over cellular, but I have a 6GB data plan, and in most cases I’m taking photos more casually, so a few here and there don’t matter.
Google Photos provides options, and separates photo uploads from video uploads, which is handy. It’s not alone in this, however—Dropbox, Google+ Photos, Lightroom Mobile, and a plethora of others all provide cellular uploads as an option, but of course the user can turn it off if they’re concerned about their data plan.
The fact is that this is one of these areas where I think iOS should provide users with more choices—sure, leave cellular data off by default, even pop up a warning when you turn it on, but let users at least have the option of keeping their iCloud Photo Library in sync while they’re on the go. The thing is that blocking it to Wi-Fi provides a false sense of security anyway—photos will still be downloaded over a cellular connection, and when I was using Dropbox/Carousel, I ended up wasting about 2GB of bandwidth, even though cellular uploads were OFF, due to the fact that Dropbox forced iOS to go out and fetch full-resolution versions of every photo in my iCloud Photo Library. That was somewhat more frightening as it took me a while to figure out what was going on.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 2, 2015 at 10:18 AM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

It’s a waste of bandwidth to try to upload photos over 4G or LTE and is even a bigger drag on on your resources if your limited to how much your carrier charges you for going over your limit. I wait till I have a WiFi connection to upload anything.

Posted by Hydro Mac on June 2, 2015 at 6:36 AM (CDT)

Opinion: The ‘Grand Experiment’ of shifting to Google Photos

it does not support DNG images so i can not use it.

Posted by Andrew Munster on June 1, 2015 at 2:33 PM (CDT)

Is there a point to having both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream enabled?

I have similar experiences with my iCloud Photos Library. I have 16.000 photos and they don’t fit on my iOS devices, even when the option to optimise storage is checked. The grey squares remain grey and when clicking one of them, the progress indicator gets stuck at 25%. No viewing photos for me :-(  When I click the edit button, I get an error stating the photo could not be downloaded from iCloud because of an error. Please try again later.
I still have 500MB available on my iPad, but the grey thumbnails remain there. Even after 3 weeks. Very disappointed in the lack of quality.
I also contacted Apple Support and they suggested to force close all my apps and reboot. As if iCloud needed more RAM to function properly. Clearly, that didn’t help either. And get this: they claimed I have the biggest library they have ever seen. Crazy.
I just can’t figure out why iOS cannot generate thumbnails for all my photos and download the actual pictures when I click on them. This shouldn’t take gigabytes of my device storage.
Very very disappointing experience.

Posted by Tom on May 28, 2015 at 6:41 AM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Thanks for the note. These are definitely some great additional things for folks to be aware of that may not be obvious at first glance—particularly the part about Find My Friends, since you’re correct that it’s now tightly integrated into the built-in iCloud credentials and doesn’t allow for a separate login.
Regarding Shared Albums, one solution would be to simply have used one of your “primary” iCloud accounts as the “shared” one, which is what I’ve traditionally done for this reason. There are some cases in which you can accept invitations sent to one email with another one as well, but for reasons I’ve not yet been able to determine, this doesn’t always seem to work.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on May 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM (CDT)

How do I share one iCloud Photo Library within a family?

Hello everyone. I have recently followed this article to consolidate my photos with my wife’s into one iCloud account. We now have a shared iCloud account as a primary account on our iPhones. We use iCloud Photo Library to sync all our photos with our Mac at home.
This is great because we don’t have to manually sync photos and we don’t have to have dupplicates if we were using seperate accounts. Also, we only need to pay for additional storage once instead of twice.
I did want to mention a few things I wish I knew before doing this that are not mentioned in this article. Namely these things are related to which iCloud account works as a primary account on your iOS device. many iCloud features only work with a primary account.
Find My Friends
We can no longer use Find My Friends as this works only with the primary iCloud account so only one of our devices shares its location. A workaround for this is to use Find my Phone to show all our devices and this works but it’s not ideal, especially when both of us want to share our location with friends and family.
Handoff / Continuity
That’s the biggest loss in my opinion. In order for Handoff and Continuity to work, the same primary iCloud account must be set-up on your Mac and your iOS device. It does not work with secondary devices. Moreover, Facetime must also be set-up with that account. In our case, there’s no solution since we both use Facetime, iMessage and our Macs with our private iCloud account.
Shared Albums
These will only work with your primary iCloud account as well. That’s not so much of an issue for us but that means we need to tell all our friends and family to send us invites to our dummy email address (which no-one knows).
That’s all for now. Some important losses here, but I have to say that the convenience of having all our photos synced automatically and seemelessly on all our devices is worth it. At least so far.

Posted by Alp on May 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM (CDT)

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