Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How to change iTunes Store Country

Many people have asked me how to change the country of their iTunes store. In fact, this is easy to do contrary to common belief that you have to create a new account with a separate Apple ID.

Here's how to change iTunes store country in a few clicks

1. Open iTunes and click on "Sign in".

sign in to itunes store

2. Enter your Apple ID and password and click "Sign In"

itunes log in window

3. Click on "Account"

account info itunes

4. When in your account details, click on the "Change Country or Region" link

5. Select your new country from the list and click "Change"

change country from store

6. From the next screen, click "Continue"

click continue to new itunes store

7. Accept the new store terms and conditions

accept terms and conditions

8. Add the new payment method associated with your new country and click "Continue"

add new payment method for apple id

That's all. You have just changed the iTunes Store country.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to move iTunes backup folder to another drive?

This quick article helps you change the default iTunes backup location to another drive.

Your main PC disk is where iTunes keeps iOS backup files. The backup files can often take over the little remaining available storage. Many folks have limited free space on their PC. The last place where you want to keep the bulky iOS backups is on your SSD C:\ drive. Read on to find out how easy it is to change the iTunes backup folder.

Here’s how to change the location where iTunes keeps iOS backups

1. First get CopyTrans Shelbee on your PC and run the program. This program will help you automatically change the iTunes backup location to a place of your choice. Click the link below to download CopyTrans Shelbee:

2. From the main program window, click on the "Toolbox" button.

main copytrans shelbee window with toolbox button

3. Click on the icon represented by a pencil to select the new iTunes backup location

select location where to move itunes backup folder

4. Click "Start" to begin the move

start move ios backup folder with copytrans shelbee

5. The move will take a moment.

moving itunes backup folder contents in progress

4. That's it. Your iTunes backup location was changed to the destination of your choice. All the contents of the iTunes backup folder were moved to the new folder.

success at getting ios folder changed

Manual method - requires skills in using Windows Command Prompt

1. First go to your existing iOS backup location which is found in the MobileSync folder. To access the location directly, press the Start Menu button and in the search box type in:

%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync . Then press the Enter button.

start menu search box

2. Once you are in the MobileSync folder copy the “Backup” folder to the new location of your choice.

copy and paste itunes backup folder from old location to new location

3. Make sure that the Backup folder was correctly copied to the new destination and delete the original one from the MobileSync folder.

4. Next, press and hold SHIFT on your keyboard and right-click on an empty space in the MobileSync folder. Choose “Open command window here”.

start command prompt from explorer window

5. In the black window, enter the following command by typing it in (no copy/pasting, otherwise the command won’t execute)

mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “X:\Backup”

Note that you need to replace “X:\Backup” from the above command to the actual location where you copied the Backup folder to.

junction command text in cmd black window

6. Hit enter and watch the command execute. Once you see “Junction created” you are good to go.

junction command executed successfully in command prompt window

A folder named “Backup” appears in the original MobileSync location. This folder at first sight appears as a regular shortcut. This, however is more than a shortcut (it’s called Junction) and is enough to “fool” iTunes into thinking that the Backup folder is intact and remains at its original location.

effects of junction symbolic link on windows

Instead, you just moved the space-hungry iTunes Backup folder to a more convenient location. The next time you back up your iPhone with iTunes, the iPhone backup files will be saved directly to the new location.

Video guide – change iOS backup folder to another drive

This is how to move iTunes backup folder to another drive.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How to jailbreak iOS 8

In this post, I show you how easy it is to jailbreak iOS 8. It took me less than 5 minutes and works with any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 8.

Before jailbreaking: back up the iPhone

Jailbreaking might be a piece of cake, but it doesn't mean that the process is error-proof. Better be safe than sorry, back up your iPhone or iPad with iTunes or iCloud before jailbreaking.

If you are not a fan of iTunes or simply wish to have an extra safety net, I'd advise you to also use the free CopyTrans Shelbee to back up the iPhone. CopyTrans Shelbee works without the need for iTunes and backs up iPhone apps, app information, iOS settings, messages, contacts, calendars and Camera Roll. Download CopyTrans Shelbee from the below link:

Let's jailbreak!

1. Make sure you have the right iOS version on your iPhone by navigating to Settings > General > About and checking the "Version" line?

check ios version

2. Turn off the iPhone passcode (if you have one) and your Touch ID

disable touch id

3. Disable Find My iPhone

disable find my iphone

4. Enable Airplane Mode

enable airplane mode

5. Download TaiG jailbreak utility

taig jailbreak tool on pc desktop

6. Run TaiG as administrator

run taig as administrator

7. Plug in the iOS device to your PC. TaiG will recognize the device.

taig tool main screen upon iphone connect

8. Hit that "Start" button!

start jailbreak tool

9. Hang on for the jailbreak to finish up

jailbreak in progress

10. Jailbreak is complete. Click on the Close button.

taig main screen showing the jailbreak process was complete

11. Back on your iPhone screen, click on the Cydia icon

12. Let Cydia start for the first time

cydia initializing and preparing file system

12. You are in!

This is how to jailbreak any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 8.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Transfer SMS messages to new iPhone

Got the new iPhone 6? It’s time to migrate some content from the old phone. This quick tutorial shows how to backup your old iPhone SMS messages including iMessages and WhatsApp and transfer them to a new iPhone.

For the purpose, you don’t need iCloud, iTunes, or any paid program.

First backup the old iPhone

iCloud backs up apps and app data, however, the iCloud back ups are encrypted. In addition, to restore the apps, you must effectuate a complete restore of the iPhone or iPad to a previous state. The steps below, on the other hand show how to back up iOS apps complete with preferences and documents without the need for iCloud. You can then restore the apps of your choice to another iPhone or iPad without having to bring the entire device to a previous state.

1. Download CopyTrans Shelbee which is a free utility dedicated to iPhone backup and restore:

2. Run CopyTrans Shelbee, plug in your old iPhone and hit the “Backup” button

iphone backup with copytrans shelbee

3. Choose “Full backup”

full backup button in main program window

4. Click “Start”

start iphone backup with copytrans shelbee

5. The backup of your iPhone begins. CopyTrans Shelbee backs up your iPhone text messages including SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp and Viber as well as iPhone settings, app, app documents and camera roll

iphone content backup elements listed

6. When the backup completes, click on “Done”

iphone content backup elements listed

Next, restore the backup to your new iPhone

1. With CopyTrans Shelbee running, connect the new iPhone and click on the “Restore” button

restore button in main window

2. Now, click “Change”

click change button to select backup

3. From the popup, select the backup you just made

select from list of backup entries in popup

4. Choose “Start” to begin the restore

start ios backup with copytrans shelbee

5. The restore is under way

iphone restore is running in background

6. Once the restore completes, you will see all your previous iPhone SMS and iMessages on your new iPhone

imessages on iphone

You now know how to transfer iPhone SMS to new iPhone.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Get an iTunes card over the Halloween Weekend 2014 with CopyTrans Shelbee. Here's how

What is CopyTrans Shelbee and how can I participate?

CopyTrans Shelbee is a free PC utility to backup iPhone without all the dreaded hassle and independently of iTunes. You benefit from having your iOS contacts, messages, app data, camera roll and settings safely backed up locally on your computer.

Download CopyTrans Shelbee Halloween Edition

copytrans shelbee halloween edition

☆ When?

Now and only! CopyTrans Shelbee Halloween Edition will hover around between Thursday, October 30th and Sunday, November 2nd. Use this special edition for the chance to win 1 out of 4 iTunes cards - $25 each. Here's how it works.

☆ How?

  • Back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with CopyTrans Shelbee Halloween Edition
  • Upon the backup completing successfully, a Halloween pumpkin appears click on the speech bubble
    halloween pumpkin in shelbee main window
  • A new web-browser window opens. Click on the "Tweet" button!
    tweet text for halloween

☆ The winners

All 4 lucky iTunes-card winners will be randomly drawn on Monday, October 3rd. If you are among the winners, we will inform you via a private message on Twitter. Be sure to follow @ZorayaCopyTrans so that we can contact you directly!

 

☆ Good to Know:

  • You need a Twitter account to participate. If you don't have one, signing-up hardly even takes 34 seconds: https://twitter.com/signup
  • We will draw winners by searching for the #ShelbeeWin hash tag which is included in the Tweet

Thursday, September 25, 2014

iPhone 6 Plus bends, iOS 8.0.1 fails

Somebody is getting fired from Apple today.

Apple released an update to iOS 8 yesterday - iOS 8.0.1 and after a few hours, the update was withdrawn due to numerous critical issues. At the same time, many iPhone 6 Plus users have started noticing their devices bend irreversibly.

ioS 8.0.1 fails

How to uninstall iOS 8.0.1 update?

If you are one of the few users who updated to iOS 8.0.1 earlier today, you might have noticed that your iPhone cellular reception was severely diminished. This is not the only problem introduced with the iOS update. There are reports that iOS 8.0.1 disables the Touch ID sensor located at the iPhone Home button - in both cases, the affected device is iPhone 6.

Apple has since withdrawn the update (a first) and issued instructions on how to downgrade to iOS 8.

iPhone 6 Plus bends like an aluminum can

Apple managed to produce two big news in a day. The second being that many users found it unexpectedly easy to bend their iPhone 6 Plus devices - irreversibly. The bends vary from barely noticeable to the point of iPhone breaking. I'd strongly advise you NOT to try un-bend the phone but bring it directly to the Apple Store for repairs.

Here's a video of just how easy it is to bend iPhone 6 Plus:

#bendgate trending

The iPhone 6 Plus malleability produced a furor on Twitter. You can follow the story developing here.

This Twitter user took it to the next level with his response to the story!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Backup iPhone before udating to iOS 8: Here's How

Now that iOS 8 and iPhone 6 are out, it is the right time to think about backing-up your iPhone data. Upgrading to iOS 8 from a a previous version of iOS will re-instate the iPhone or iPad. Follow this guide to backup iPhone data before updating to the new iOS or before migrating to the iPhone 6.

Before upgrading to iOS 8 backup iPhone data

There are two methods of iPhone backup Apple provides: iCloud and iTunes. You should use both in order to be sure that if one fails, the other kicks in. In addition, I'd recommend using a third tool to make a full iOS backup of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on your PC via using a free computer program called CopyTrans Shelbee.

shelbee main screen showing backup and restore options

1. Download CopyTrans Shelbee on your PC from the following page

2. Start the program and connect the iPhone. Click on "Backup"

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