Tuesday, June 16, 2015

How to export Outlook contacts to iCloud

The other day, a blog reader asked me an interesting question: “I work a lot with Outlook on my PC”, he said, “I manage all my work and personal email and contacts' accounts in Outlook on my Windows 8 computer. I have an iPhone that syncs with iCloud but none of my Outlook contacts are on my iPhone, nor in my iCloud account. How do I bring my Outlook contacts to iCloud?”

The bad news is that there's no direct way to connect iCloud with Outlook. The good news, however is that you can easily transfer Outlook contacts to iCloud by using your iPhone as a vector.

Here’s how to export Outlook contacts to iCloud

1. Open Outlook and check that all the contacts you wish to export to iCloud are there

outlook contacts on pc

2. Download CopyTrans Contacts – a program to transfer Outlook contacts to iPhone from the page below:

3. Start CopyTrans Contacts and connect your iPhone, iPad or even iPod Touch

4. Click on the button “Import contacts” from the top right of the main program window

copytrans contacts window with import contacts button selected

5. From the popup, choose “Outlook (direct import from Outlook)”

outlook direct import popup

6. Select the Outlook contact folder from where to import contacts

copytrans popup displaying outlook contact folders

7. If prompted, allow access to Outlook for 5 or 10 minutes

prompt to allow access to outlook on your pc

8. Select the contacts which to import and click “Import” at the bottom

popup with outlook contact list ready to be imported to iphone

9. The contacts are now imported to the local memory of your iPhone. Now, it’s time to move them to iCloud

main program window listing iphone contacts

10. Connect your iCloud account with CopyTrans Contacts by navigating to More > Cloud setup

cloud setup option from drop-down menu

11. From the new window that opens, click “New connection” then click “iCloud”

new connection icloud account

12. Enter your iCloud account credentials and click “Add account”

add icloud account to copytrans contacts

13. Close the Cloud setup window and let CopyTrans Contacts finish loading your iCloud account information

14. Select all the Outlook contacts that you previously imported to your iPhone and right-click on the selection. Choose “Move to > iCloud”

move to option in program

15. Hang on until the program imports the selected contacts into iCloud.

all contacts have been moved successfully

This is how to import Outlook contacts to iCloud in just a few clicks of the mouse button.

outlook contacts appearing in icloud

Click here to download CopyTrans Contacts.

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.