Thursday, April 24, 2014

Backup custom cloud contacts to PC

If you are using a company, university or other custom cloud account (for example hosted by ownCloud) where you sync iPhone contacts and calendar, you can generally not back up or extract the contacts or calendar events to your PC. I will demonstrate how this is possible in a few steps.

Backing up contacts and calendars from custom CardDAV or CalDAV account

1. Download the following program on your computer

2. Start the program and connect your iPhone. Let the iPhone data load

3. Click on More (on the top right) then on “Cloud setup”

4. Now it’s time to connect your custom cloud account with the program in order to backup the contacts or calendars from the respective account. To do so, click “New connection” then click “Custom”

5. Enter the account username, password and server address as they appear on the account already set-up on your iPhone

Tip: You can find the account details such as the server address on the iPhone under Settings > Mail, Calendar, Contacts and then tapping on the respective cloud account you wish to connect

6. Ensure that the Contacts, Calendars and/or Reminders options are checked and then click “Add account” and exit from the “Cloud setup” window

7. Now that you connected your cloud account to the PC program, you can freely back up the contacts or calendars from the account to your computer. To back up the contacts, make sure you selected the Contacts icon from the pane on the left. Contacts synced via your custom cloud account will appear with a little globule icon to the right. Finally, click on the “Export selected” button.

You can do the same for calendars. Simply click on the Calendar icon on the left pane, select the cloud calendar and click “Export selected”.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Transfer "On My iPhone" notes to iCloud

Ever synced your local iPhone or iPad notes to iCloud? If you did, you would’ve noticed that the local notes which already existed on the iPhone are kept local while the new noes you add to the iPhone are the ones added to your iCloud account.

So how can you transfer the iPhone notes which were kept locally on your iPhone and which appear under “On My iPhone” to iCloud?

icloud and on my iphone notes in ios 7

Transfer local iPhone notes to iCloud in one go

Here’s how to move your “On My iPhone” notes to iCloud.

1. iCloud will not push the local “On My iPhone” to your online account. Instead, you would need to use a CopyTrans Contacts, a PC program which transfer the notes to iCloud in one go. Download the program from the following link:

button transfer iphone local notes to icloud

2. Start the program on your PC and plug in the iPhone via the USB cable. Click on the Notes icon in the main program window on the left to access the local iPhone notes.

main program window in contacts view

3. You will see a list of the notes which are saved directly on your iPhone within the “On My iPhone” account

local iphone notes listed in main copytrans window

4. Now, connect your iCloud account with the program. To do so, go to the More button on the top right and select “Cloud setup”

connect cloud account

5. Click on “ + New connection” and then click “iCloud”

new connection icloud account in cloud setup window

6. Enter your Apple ID credentials, ensure that the checkmark next to Notes is active and click “Add account”. Finally, exit from the Cloud setup window

window allowing to enter icloud username and password

7. Any notes you have in the iCloud account will appear in the program’s main window at this stage. Notice the small cloud icon to the right of such notes

icloud notes appear listed in program window on pc

8. Now, select all local iPhone notes by ticking the box next to each one of them. Right-click on the selection and click “Move to… > iCloud account”

move on my iphone notes to my icloud account

9. The “On My iPhone” notes are all moved to your iCloud account.

all 6 notes have been moved successfully

This is the only way I know to transfer local iPhone notes to iCloud as regular sync will not do it.

Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Export iPhone contacts, notes and calendar to Outlook: without iTunes

While iTunes can help you sync iPhone contacts and calendar to Outlook on your PC, once you click on that Sync button, you don’t really know what happens next. It is not the first time you ended up with no music or fewer apps on the iPhone just because you wanted to transfer a couple of contacts to Outlook is it?

I’ll show you how to export iPhone contacts, notes, and calendar to Outlook on your PC without the need for iTunes.

itunes sync iphone contacts and notes with outlook

Transfer iPhone contacts, notes and calendar to Outlook

1. Get yourself a PC utility which is designed to read and transfer iPhone contacts, notes and calendar by clicking on the button below

button export iphone contacts notes calendar to outlook

2. Run the utility on your PC and connect the iPhone via the USB cable. You will see your iPhone contacts, notes, and calendar events appear in the window. The default view displays the iPhone contacts

copytrans window displays iphone contacts

To access notes, click on the Note icon on the left.

main copytrans window showing iphone notes

You can access the iPhone calendar by selecting the Calendar icon instead.

iphone calendar displayed on computer program

3. To export the iPhone contacts, notes or calendar events, simply select the contact, calendar, or notes view, select the data you want to export by checking the box next to each item and press the “Export selected” button on top

export selected iphone contacts, notes, or calendar to outlook

4. From the popup window which appears, select “Outlook (direct export to Outlook)”

outlook direct export to outlook button

5. In this case, I exported some 1,800 iPhone contacts, 3 iPhone notes, and 1 iPhone calendar to Outlook on my PC.

outlook showing iphone contacts and notes and calendar section

This is how with a few mouse clicks it is possible to export iPhone contacts, notes, and calendar to Outlook without the need for iTunes.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How to backup iPhone apps to PC

It is not always evident how to save iOS applications to a computer. Even more so, after restoring apps back to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, not everyone is sure whether the app data is conserved and restored.

The following is a quick demonstration of two methods used to backup iPhone apps and app data to computer.

Transfer iOS apps to PC via iTunes

iTunes allows you to back up individual iOS apps into IPA files to your PC. To do so:

  1. Run iTunes and connect your iPhone or iPad
  2. With iTunes window in focus, press the ALT key on your keyboard. The menu bar appears on top. Navigate to “View > Show Sidebar”

    show itunes sidebar>
  3. Right-click on your iOS device and click “Transfer purchases”. Accept the subsequent iTunes prompts and if needed, use your Apple ID and password to authorize your PC

    itunes transfer iphone apps to pc
  4. The iPhone app files are transferred to the computer in the form of IPA files. This folder is called “Mobile Applications” and exists within your iTunes Media Folder.

    itunes transfer iphone apps to pc

NOTE: The “iTunes Media” folder and “Mobile Applications” folder locations where IPA app files are transferred to vary slightly with different versions of Windows (or Mac).

  • Windows 8, 7: \username\My Music\iTunes
  • Windows Vista: \username\Music\iTunes
  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes
  • Mac OS X: /Users/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media

Backup iPhone app data via iTunes

To back up iOS app data to your computer with iTunes, you’d need to effectuate a full iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch backup (also called iOS backup). The iOS backups are holistic which means that they contain a complete image of your iDevice (excluding multimedia contents in the Music app.

To back up iPhone with iTunes:

  1. Run iTunes and connect the iPhone
  2. Select your iPhone from the top right

    connect iphone with itunes
  3. From the Summary tab, click “Back up Now”

    backup iphone apps and settings via itunes

Your iPhone app data will be backed up along with the iPhone settings, and other data such as emails, text messages etc. iOS backups are encrypted and can only be restored back to the iPhone via iTunes.

itunes app data backup folder

You can find the iOS backup location on your PC as indicated below.

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • Mac: /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Restoring app data to the iPhone or another iOS device via the backup made with iTunes will bring back the device settings, messages, contacts and other contents to a previous state as they existed on the date of the backup.

Backup iPhone apps using iCloud

You can back up iOS app data easily via iCloud. If you already have an iCloud account, simply navigate to the iCloud settings on the iPhone by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage.

icloud settings manage storage for ios app backup

Next, tap on the iOS device.

iphone backup select icloud

From the following screen, you can select which app data to backup.

select what ios app data to back up

Finally, tap the “Back” button twice to return to “Storage & Backup” and tap “Back Up Now”.

icloud app data back up now>

Both iTunes and iCloud backups should work at 100% - this is in a perfect world of course. There’s always something which could go wrong with the backups so be sure to have your iOS apps and app data backed up by at least two alternative methods (for example, both by iCloud and iTunes) at the same time.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to properly backup and restore iPhone without iTunes?

iPhone backups to PC with iTunes are encrypted and if you’d like to restore back only individual data such as a few iPhone contacts, photos, or notes, you are out of luck.

There are a number of methods to back up iOS data such as iPhone contacts, apps or SMS as well as iPad notes, photos, music and videos which do not require iTunes.

Backup iPhone contacts, notes and messages

Let’s face it you bought a new iPad Air, or the latest iPhone 5s and you would like to transfer only certain of your old iPhone contacts or notes to the new iOS device.

To back up iPhone contacts, text messages, notes and calendars to a PC, use the following iOS data manager tool:

If you are a Mac user, read on for alternative backup methods further below.

Backing up iPhone contacts is easy. Run the program and navigate to the Contacts section. Select all the iPhone contacts you wish to back up.

And hit the “Export selected” button.

I particularly like this contact backup method as I can choose how to export the iPhone contacts – as Android files, as Gmail contacts, or as regular vCard (VCF) files.

In this example, I had all of my iPhone contacts backed-up in the form of regular individual vCard files

Whatever iPhone contacts backup method you choose, you can always restore the contacts to another iPhone by clicking on the “Import contacts” button.

In much the same way, you can back up iPhone text messages notes and calendars. Here I am showing how to export an iPhone SMS conversation to the PC. Just click on the Messages button from the main program window.

Notice that apart from regular SMS and iMessage conversations, you can also backup WhatsApp and Viber messages to the PC. Just click on the “Export selected” button once more.

For a full set of tutorials on how to back up and transfer iPhone contacts, messages, notes, and calendars, have a look at this page:

iCloud as an alternative to iTunes backup

iCloud backs up iOS data in much the same way as iTunes. Just as iTunes, iCloud will back up:

  • iOS apps and app data
  • iOS settings and saved passwords
  • iOS contacts, text conversations, call logs, notes
  • iPhone Camera Roll
  • iPhone calendars and calendar events

iCloud backup is more flexible than the one provided by iTunes, as you can back up the iPhone via iCloud regardless whether you have a PC. Also, you can set iCloud to automatically back up iOS data off your iPhone. To do so, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and turn on “iCloud Backup”.

The same limitation as with iTunes backup exists however when it comes to restoring iOS data to the iPhone. The principle is “All or Nothing”. Bottom line, you cannot only restore certain iOS data to the iPhone or iPad from iCloud.

To restore iPhone from iCloud, you need to wipe out your previous iPhone data and settings by going to Settings > General > Reset, then tap “Erase all content and settings”.

Backup iPad photos and iPhone apps and music to PC without iTunes or iCloud

Use the rest of the CopyTrans 4Pack tools to complete your iOS backup and transfer anything from photos to music, playlists and voice memos:

Here's a YouTube tutorial demonstrating how to back up iPad photos without the need for iTunes:

For Mac users only

The programs described above can only backup iPhone on a Windows PC. If you are on Mac, use a program called PhoneView instead.

Use the rest of the CopyTrans 4Pack tools to complete your iOS backup and transfer anything from photos to music, playlists and voice memos:

The program is an all-in-one tool which allows Mac users to backup iPhone Contacts, Notes, Call Logs, Messages and Apps.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

20 years of tech innovation

Sometimes a picture really means a thousand words:

Originally found here: http://goo.gl/iK1YSz.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

iPhone 5s and iPad Air hands-on review

With the iPhone 5s release long gone, I decided to wait for the iPad Air and review both devices.

The new iPad on the block

Apple announced two new iPad models – the iPad Air (5th generation) and the iPad mini with Retina display (2nd generation iPad mini). I got myself the iPad Air as soon as it was out and would consider whether to also go for the iPad mini Retina once its released by the end of November.

You can see me unboxing my new iPad Air toy:

Compared to the older iPad models, the new iPad Air has thinner side bezels. It looks remarkably similar to the iPad mini (although it is larger). See how the iPad Air compares with my old iPad 2.

Apple notes that the iPad Air with its 469 grams (1.034 lb) is lighter than its predecessor. However, the iPad does not feel noticeably lighter. Also, although thinner than the previous iPad, the iPad Air does not feel so. At its maximum depth, the iPad Air is indeed 7.5 mm (0.30 in) which is less than the previous iPad 9.4 mm (0.37 in); however, the new iPad Air features less difference between its minimum and maximum depth than the iPad 4th generation.

In terms of speed, the iPad Air, does feel perceptibly swifter with its A7 microprocessor and M7 graphics coprocessor.

iPhone 5s hands-on

The iPhone 5s is Apple’s most advanced iPhone so far and it does indeed feel like a jewel. This having been said, however, physically it is not much different than the iPhone 5 which spoils some of the excitement.

I unboxed my iPhone 5s Gold back in September and hurried to test the Touch ID. Holding it in my hand for the first time, I did not feel the iPhone 5s was lighter than its predecessor. I clearly remember the substantial difference between the weight of iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S.

Now, the iphone 5s is indeed impressive with its A7 chip (the first 64-bit chip installed on a mobile device). However, unless you substitute your PSP PlayStation Portable or PSVITA with the iPhone (I don’t), you won’t notice the huge graphics performance and speed difference.

The new iPhone 5s camera is much worth it however. The 5s is currently the only iPhone to allow slow-motion video shooting. In general, I am pleased with both the iPad Air and the iPhone 5s and would recommend upgrading to anyone with a previous iPad or iPhone generation.