I like to listen to my white noise app on my iPhone while I work, but the alerts from email, texts, etc. disrupt my zen zone. Is there a way to silence my phone, text alert, and email alerts (basically everything except this app) without having to go to Settings and set each one's ringtone to "None?"
posted by quixotictic
on Feb 28, 2014 -
I’m interested in the DURR
, a simple display-less “watch” that vibrates every 5 minutes to influence your perception of the passing of time. Since DURR is not currently shipping and I already own an iPhone with a clock and a vibrating buzzer, I feel like this should be doable with an app. There’s already a Pebble app
so I’m sure it’s not crazy.
If this doesn’t currently exist, how hard might it be to write one myself? I’ve compiled things in XCode before but not written my own from-scratch Objective-C, so I’d be approaching this as a newcomer.
posted by migurski
on Feb 9, 2014 -
I'm finally going to ditch my trusty LG enV 3 for a smartphone, but I want one off-contract, and I don't want to spend a ton of money. [more inside]
posted by jcreigh
on Jan 22, 2014 -
Every year my boss gives me an iTunes gift card for Christmas, and I just got around to actually redeeming a few of them. Now I have $50 and need some suggestions for how to spend it. I like to play games on my phone, but definitely stick to the free almost free varieties. I figure this is a good opportunity to sample something a little more... upscale? So, give me your recommendations for games and apps costing more than, say, $3.99, that are worth spending big money on. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin
on Jan 7, 2014 -
Absurdly, my wife can't delete the 1000 photos on her camera roll on her iphone 4. Running ios7; with ios 6 you could apparently sync to an empty folder via itunes, but that doesn't work anymore.
Any ideas? Surely there must be a straightforward way of doing this routine task?
posted by Sebmojo
on Jan 6, 2014 -
I've just been told at the Apple store that it's a bad idea to keep the iPhone plugged into the power for long periods when fully charged, and that if possible I should really only charge it when it tells me to (ie. when the battery is almost dead). [more inside]
posted by Dragonness
on Dec 30, 2013 -
I have a no-contract plan at Virgin Mobile USA, which I like because it is so cheap ($35/month for unlimited data and enough calling). The downside of cheap and no-contract is expensive phones. However, I just lost my Android phone and would like to switch back to iPhone. My options at Virgin are iPhone 4, for $200, iPhone 4s, for $314, or iPhone 5, for more than I want to pay really. How to decide? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Dec 27, 2013 -
I dropped my iPhone 4S a couple weeks ago and broke the screen. Insert humorous anecdote here. Can anyone describe their experience with 3rd-party replacement glass versus "official" replacement screen glass? Bonus points for specific locations in suburban Boston where I could get this fixed on a while-you-wait basis, since I'll be in Boston-ish over the next few days. Thanks.
posted by baseballpajamas
on Dec 24, 2013 -
My iPhone was stolen and I need to purchase a new one. I am considering saving myself the hassle of a craigslist interaction by purchasing a used one through an Amazon retailer. Has anyone done this? Would you recommend it? Anything I should look for specifically besides carrier compatibility etc.?
posted by Packy_1962
on Dec 23, 2013 -
I am on an AT&T family plan.
I have had an iPhone 3GS since about 2011, and just upgraded to an iPhone 5c.
I still have the 3GS.
What is the best way for me to use this phone with a monthly plan completely separate from the family plan, with any carrier?
Our daughter is on the Virgin 35/month plan. That seems pretty good. Am I hosed because this phone was locked into AT&T, or whatzers?
posted by battleshipkropotkin
on Dec 17, 2013 -
Just curious if I should use the iCloud? Will it make things complicated for me? Make it easier? Do I need it? Am I using it already?? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum
on Nov 27, 2013 -
In spring of 2014 I will be getting an iPhone 5S. I cannot figure out how to get a plan that includes tethering so I can generate wifi for my non-cellular iPad mini. What will I need to do to activate that during my order (I am switching from Verizon to AT&T) and how do I find out how much it will cost in addition to my unlimited talk/text plus XGB of data? I have already contacted customer support and they have given me the same unhelpful stuff that's on the AT&T website.
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Nov 16, 2013 -
Apple products not working and playing well with Comcast Wifi. Is there a trick to overcoming the dreaded "unable to join network" message? [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny
on Nov 14, 2013 -
I have an iPhone 4S with IOS 7.0.3 installed and my phone only rings about half of the time. The other half of the time when someone calls, it just goes straight to my voicemail and doesn't ring at all on my end. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos
on Nov 4, 2013 -
I want to buy a new car stereo, but have no idea how to google for the features I'm looking for.
What I really want is a double din stereo that has a usb port on the front where I can plug in my iphone 5 and play it through the stereo. Now comes the hard part, I want to control the iphone from the iphone. Not through the stereo interface. In otherwords, I want to use the USB port as an Aux out. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn
on Oct 21, 2013 -
Do you live in an area with limited cell phone providers due to all the mountains in the way? Do you use either an iPhone 4s or Galaxy S2? Can you share your knowledge with me, please? [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron
on Oct 16, 2013 -
I have an iPhone 4 running iOs 7 and I decided to sign in to the Google Maps app to see what the benefits were. I changed my mind and signed out, but the app seems to have retained my login info (and will login without entering a password). Is there any way to remove my info completely?
posted by cozenedindigo
on Oct 16, 2013 -
Like a moron, I just accidentally deleted a bunch of texts/iMessages from my iPhone 4 (not 4S). Is there any way to get them back? I'm backed up with iCloud. I've googled and looked at old AskMes but don't understand what I found. I need simple explanations.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I just moved over to T-Mobile US from Sprint to take advantage of their $30 prepaid plan. I bought a used iPhone 5 from a reputable reseller of phones on eBay. So far, I've had incoming calls go straight to voicemail, had my data connection suddenly stop dead, accompanied by "No Service", and my signal level seems to vary wildly just while sitting at one location. Is this par for the course with T-Mobile or is this phone a dud? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa
on Oct 8, 2013 -
This evening, suddenly and without warning, my iPhone decided it required activation. However, I can't get it to activate properly. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Oct 5, 2013 -
I am interested in being alerted if and when jailbreaks to iOS 6.1.3/4 and iOS 7 are released, but I have no interest in the daily news about jailbreaks on the legitimate sites like iphonehacks.com or developers' twitter accounts. Is there an RSS feed or email service that will alert me if and only if a legitimate jailbreak is released? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars
on Oct 4, 2013 -
Have looked up what seems like every bit of help for iMessage, but can't get it to work for us. Situation is:
I have an iphone 4GS, latest iOS. iMessage is now working, on my own apple account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Have sim with texts and data included.
Husband has my old iPhone 3GS, updated software, iMessage will not work. Is on another apple account (email@example.com). Has sim with texts and data included, same network as mine.
Bought my son an iPod touch 4th gen, iMessage will not work. On his own apple account (firstname.lastname@example.org) [more inside]
posted by Megami
on Sep 26, 2013 -
I use an old iPhone 4. I can't be the only person with this cheekbone issue, hoping there's a stupid simple solution. [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Sep 25, 2013 -
We are currently on an (expensive, $180 / month) ATT family plan with out iPhone 4Ses. We want to upgrade to the 5Ses and are wondering if t-mobile's coverage in the Boston area is good enough. Also, what plan would you recommend for the following parameters? Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by reddot
on Sep 21, 2013 -
That's it. What are the worthwhile public transport/transit apps for iPhone for Vancouver (for a tourist, if it makes a difference)? Free preferably, but paid not a problem it the app is worth it. Thanks in advance.
posted by Logophiliac
on Sep 14, 2013 -
A friend is visiting from Brazil and is bringing his iphone 4s with him. He wants to use it while he's here. What's the least painful way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by msali
on Sep 10, 2013 -
I took a bunch of photos with my iPhone held horizontally, which when imported into iPhoto are now upside down. Last time I did this, and I rotated the photos in iPhoto, the photos then appear upside down when viewing them on the iPhone. Is there any way to get the iPhone to agree with iPhoto on which way is up? Or do I have to create duplicate photos and rotate one so that at least one version is properly viewable on each device? (Also, does anyone have a good trick for remembering what the right position is for the camera eye when holding the iPhone sideways so I don't do this again?)
posted by oh yeah!
on Sep 7, 2013 -
There are some of the grandfathered-in "virtual" geocaches
in my area and I'm trying to figure out what the process is so I can log them with the iPhone app. I've looked at some of the explanations on the Geocaching site, but I'm still confused. How do I contact the creator to send confirmation details? When do I submit a log? [more inside]
posted by capricorn
on Sep 2, 2013 -
I lost my iTunes installation in a hard drive crash. I have a backup from many months ago. I have an iPad and iPhone that have never been synced to iTunes because I got them since the hard drive failure. I'd like to re-install iTunes from the backup and sync my iPad and iPhone to the re-installed iTunes without losing any data or re-installing apps. How would I do that? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets
on Aug 29, 2013 -
I'm looking for an iphone app that will allow me to make playlists easily while listening to music. In the standard music app there is no way to add the song that I am listening to onto a playlist without going back to the playlist, clicking edit, searching for the song in the list then adding it. There has to be an easier way to do this, aside from just going into iTunes on my computer. Any suggestions? I have downloaded a few different music players but none of them seem to do this. Thanks!
posted by photoexplorer
on Aug 28, 2013 -
If you could start from scratch, no contract holding you back...I'm confused by the comparison websites so Mefites, it needs to be with a new iPhone (to sync with the family's iCloud), I need to be able to tether it to my iPad while travelling but not for massive graphics or anything, just e-mails, websites, downloads from Amazon Kindle etc., [more inside]
posted by Wilder
on Jul 10, 2013 -
Looking for fun exploration/archaeology type games or puzzle based RPG for iphone. In the past I've played Puzzle Quest, and loved it. Hated Puzzle Quest 2. One caveat, I don't want anything where there is in-app purchases [more inside]
posted by Draccy
on Jul 7, 2013 -
I need to add up prices as quickly as possible at work. There is no cash register, and using a normal calculator is too slow. [more inside]
posted by flora
on Jul 3, 2013 -
I'm looking for specific functionality from a task reminder app. I'd like to be able to schedule regular chores and tasks at specific intervals, but have the next reminder time be automatically updated at the time I complete the task. [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja
on Jun 30, 2013 -
I'm looking to replace my iPhone 4s. The most important factor to me is cellular data speed and reliability -- accessing the Web, syncing iCloud data, YouTube, stuff like that. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay region), but it would be great if it worked well in New York, L.A. and other parts of the U.S. Should I go with Verizon or AT&T? Also, any pointers to websites with tools/reviews/resources to help me make the selection? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case
on Jun 25, 2013 -
I'm absolutely bumfoozled about how to manage my PC and my iPhone to be able to download library books. Confusion inside. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse
on Jun 20, 2013 -
My husband and I are traveling to London later this week for a 10-day trip (yay!). For part of the trip I'm going to be at a conference, and he will be doing some work things, so we need to be able to get in touch with each other, either via voice calls or text. I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker
on Jun 10, 2013 -
First things first: I'm not a stalker and I won't do anything illegal. I've found the person who is almost certainly my birthmother. I need her cell phone number. I believe it's an iPhone. I also have an iPhone, for what it's worth.
Please note: this question is not about whether it's a good idea to contact this person. Nor is it about whether I should contact her via an alternate method. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie
on Jun 4, 2013 -
Family of four traveling to London for two weeks. Four locked AT&T iphones, four sets of circumstances. I've checked all the options, called AT&T, and have thoroughly confused myself. Any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand
on May 30, 2013 -
Is there any way to block the incessant iMessages and Facetime requests from a particular person? For the past few months, I've been getting near-daily iMessages and Facetime requests from someone I don't know. It's pretty clearly a kid, and I can't get them to believe that they are sending the messages to the wrong person -- if I reply and tell them that, they either won't believe me, or they respond by asking me over and over what my name is and what school I go to, and do I know so-and-so's cousin, etc., etc.. It's maddening. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah
on May 13, 2013 -
I've been given a $50 gift card to the iTunes store, and I'd like some help spending it. [more inside]
posted by gladly
on Apr 23, 2013 -