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What is the specific process that is draining my iPhone's cellular data?

Since late October/early November, my iPhone 6s (128 GB Verizon, not jailbroken) has been ruthlessly leaking cellular data for no obvious reason. After many days of troubleshooting, I narrowed the culprit down to the infuriatingly unspecific "Documents & Data" category in the iOS 9 “Settings/Cellular/System Services” settings. How can I determine specifically what “documents” and/or “data” is causing the data leak? [more inside]
posted by melorama on Dec 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Goal charting app?

In the past when I've had big long-term goals (study a language for 300 hours, bike 2,000 miles this summer, etc.) it's been motivating for me to make a big grid on a wall to represent the goal. The grid is divided into however many units of goal I want to accomplish and I color in each unit as I put in the work. It's similar to the fundraising thermometer way to visually represent progress. Is there an iphone app (preferably something attractive with minimal text) that is good for this kind of goal tracking? Most goal tracking apps I've found so far are way too complicated and not what I'm looking for.
posted by horizons on Dec 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I port my google voice number to my carrier?

I was given an iPhone for Christmas this year. Until now, my entire smartphone experience has been with Android phones that work seamlessly with google voice. Using the gv number on my new phone feels pretty clunky. Should I just port my number to my carrier? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 29, 2015 - 3 answers

How to get rid of .AAE files from photo library

How can I stop my iPhone from saving .aae files along with .jpg photos? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Fido, Why Do I Have To Pay You For Voicemail?

Why does my iPhone require carrier-based voicemail service? Why can't it handle voicemail entirely on the phone itself? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Dec 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Is my iPhone 4s ready for retirement?

I have an old, old iPhone 4s (bought used about 2 years ago, it was probably one of the first 4s's manufactured!) which has been great and very reliable. It's doing some things that worry me, though, and I was wondering if I really must get a new phone soon or can I put it off longer. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Dec 25, 2015 - 20 answers

I want to store my 200GB of photos in the cloud. Only in the cloud.

I want to store my 200GB of photos in the cloud. Only in the cloud. Can you please walk me through this like I'm 5? I want to STORE all my photos somewhere in the cloud - not just a backup of pix on my hard drive, but actually have them live there and only there. I'm having trouble working through the various options I might have because I have specific (maybe impossible?) things I do and do not want to do in the process. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Dec 23, 2015 - 34 answers

How to Upgrade with Verizon...in 2015

I'm trying to stay off contract in order to keep my unlimited data plan, but I also want to get a new phone. I've never purchased a phone off-contract so this is kind of uncharted territory. [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on Dec 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Outgoing volume very quiet on iPhone

My iPhone makes very quiet outgoing calls, but only on phone calls, not FaceTime Audio, for example. Anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Dec 19, 2015 - 2 answers

Purchasing a Mexico City SIM card in USA

Are there any reputable sources from whom I can purchase a Mexico City SIM card while I am still in the USA? [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Dec 16, 2015 - 7 answers

How do you deal with an iphone while going nomadic?

My daughter will be traveling to Nepal and southeast Asia after Christmas. I asked her if she has found out how to deal with her phone, and she said no, so I'm here (don't tell her). She's using a paid-for iphone with Koodo (in Canada). What's a good strategy for making calls, sending messages, and using data when going from country to country? Also, is it overkill to bring both an iphone and an ipad when traveling out of a backpack?
posted by morspin on Dec 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Spatial Self-Mapping for the Scatterbrained

I am designing a project for about 10-20 undergraduate students (mostly traditional students but some non-traditional) where each will be asked to track their movements for a couple of weeks. Is there an easy, secure, mobile app for both Android and iPhone that will provide consistent location data in a reasonable format? Preferences would be for an app that doesn't drain the battery and one that allows you to set the interval for recording points. Nice but not critical would be some kind of reminder to record what they were doing at that time. [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Dec 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Make my iPhone use the google ecosystem, esp. google voice

I'm coming from Android. I have a new iPhone (iOS 9). I know the Apple way is different than the infinite customization of Android. That said, without jailbreaking can I ... [more inside]
posted by zippy on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

The tagline should be: Yell at the TV and Not at Each Other!

This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Iphone text and call alerts- with or without headphones? Iphone 6

I have a job where it is very important to answer my phone. I also like to use headphones, though I am prone to taking them off. If I use plug-in headphones, the ringer will sound but not text alerts. If I use bluetooth headphones, I can't hear any alerts unless headphones are on. How do I get my phones speaker to sound off with call and text alerts regardless of headphone use?
posted by skjønn on Dec 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Privacy vs functionality on an iPhone

I try to protect my privacy online. I'm thinking of getting an iPhone. Please recommend resources on protecting privacy while not pointlessly depriving myself of functionality. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Dec 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Pacer vs MapMyRun

Just started doing long walks and tracking them on my iPhone 4. Pacer says I have done 5744 steps and 3.8km but MapMyRun says I've done 5.11km and 7054 steps. I've had them both open the same amount of time. How do I work out which app is right?
posted by EatMyHat on Dec 5, 2015 - 6 answers

iPhone replacement

Hi, My iPhone 6's charging assembly has mostly stopped working, and this coincides with a recent thought that I should try to spend idle time thinking rather than browsing. I have several questions -- [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Dec 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Can I turn my iPhone into a high-powered Raspberry Pi of sorts?

I have an iPhone 5S. I've broken the screen such that I have trouble getting sections of the screen to respond to touch. It's very expensive to replace the screen, so I'm considering bailing to another phone. But it seems such a waste of computing power to just abandon it. How can I turn it into a server? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 1, 2015 - 3 answers

iPhone was Sprint, now thinks it's Verizon

After "Erase all Content and Settings", my Sprint iPhone now thinks it's a Verizon iPhone. WTF? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Nov 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Can I get landline caller ID on a cell phone?

Caller ID on landlines typically shows the name of the person or business calling. Caller ID on cell phones only shows the name if you have it in your cell phone contact list. Otherwise it just shows the number. Why the difference? [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 25, 2015 - 6 answers

What's up with my phone?

Using my iPhone 5S on Ting, I seem to have some data usage every day. This occurs even on days when my phone never leaves the house, where we have good wifi coverage. (The "wifi assist" that snuck in with the new ios was disabled long ago.) It's never very much data - usually around .02 megabytes - so it isn't impacting my bill, but the fact that it occurs at all is puzzling and I'd love to understand why. Can anyone help?
posted by DrGail on Nov 23, 2015 - 7 answers

How to email myself that I have a phone call?

I have a habit of muting my phone, dumping it into my bag, and forgetting that the phone has been silenced. I also spend a lot of time at the computer or using a tablet, so if I could just have the phone send me email, I'd know I had a call. I have an iPhone 6 with service from Verizon. [more inside]
posted by AMyNameIs on Nov 21, 2015 - 15 answers

iphone apps for running; out of town edition

I am looking for an iPhone app that will take me on a nice run in a town I am unfamiliar with. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Nov 20, 2015 - 3 answers

What's my best upgrade option for a teetering iPhone 4?

My wee, sturdy iPhone 4 is reaching the end of its unnatural lifespan. I plan to get a new phone in January and cannot decide from these options: 5s, 6, and [unknown Android capable of seducing me]. Difficulty level: Canadian; have a decent month-to-month phone plan now and don't want to settle for less; smallish hands. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Nov 19, 2015 - 20 answers

Not-terrible, sub-$50 microphone for iPhone for interviewing parents?

Not-terrible, sub-$50 microphone for iPhone for interviewing parents? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Nov 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me make a collage of photos and send it off to be printed A4 (UK)

I have tons of photos of me and my partner on my iphone and would like to put them all together in a grid fashion (maybe 10x7 photos ish) to then be sent off and printed so i can frame it and give it to her as a present. I would really like an app that would be able to do all of this in one shot but cant seem to see any. Failing that, any other option that is kind of straight forward. Id rather not be messing around with Photoshop templates and stuff if possible.
posted by aqueousdan on Nov 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Seeking simple album-oriented music player for my iPhone and iPad

I like to listen to albums and playlists from my music collection on my iPhone. I don't need a streaming service, or radio, or recommendations, or social networks. I just want a simple user interface that lets me pick out an album (or maybe a playlist) and listen to it. Does such a thing exist for iOS? The built-in music app has gotten way too complicated, and does not work well for me or my family. [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Dictation App for iPhone?

I've been doing a lot of hands-on failure analysis and inspection for my work, and I need a good way to dictate inspection notes using my iphone. You know in TV when the coroner describes the autopsy as he's doing it? Like that. I'd really prefer it to be an iOS app, but some kind of laptop app would be vaguely acceptable. Specific Required features inside. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me find an iPhone app for tracking all the (numerical) things

I need an app to easily track various things in my life that can be captured as numbers. I'm sure the app I'm looking for exists, but I just don't know how to search for it. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Nov 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Ringo no uta

It's time to buy some more lovely Apples. Can you help me decide which exact models of iPad or Air + iPhone to buy? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Nov 5, 2015 - 7 answers

desktop site suddenly won't load on chrome for iPhone

I can't get my phone (iPhone 6, iOS 9.1) to load the swagbucks.com desktop site in chrome. whether I request it on the site itself or using chrome's "request desktop site" button, it just keeps loading and reloading the mobile site. [more inside]
posted by sabh on Nov 1, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I backup my iphone photos / I hate technology

My phone storage is almost full and I have ~1800 photos. I'm trying to back them up and am finding icloud so confusing. Please help me using simple words, I am not up to date on technology. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Oct 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Headset for iPhone that doesn't make me sound like I'm in a tunnel

I just started a telecommuting job, and will be using my cell phone as my office phone. I would love to find a plug-in handset to use, since I'll be having lots of phone meetings. I've tried a couple options, but both distort the way I sound and won't do for a professional use. Has anyone found something that works? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by rocketing on Oct 23, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I connect an iPhone and digital recorder to record calls?

I do a lot of interviews by phone. I want to connect my phone (an iPhone 6) to my digital recorder (the amazing little Sony ICD-UX533) so that I'm recording both sides of the conversation. Sounds easy enough, right? Not so fast. [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Oct 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Why don't iPhone ringtones automatically transfer?

This is the second time I have updated to a new iphone in the past four years and again after doing a complete backup and then restore from the backup to the new phone, my paid for ring tones do not transfer over. [more inside]
posted by OkTwigs on Oct 21, 2015 - 3 answers

iOS 9 "Message has not been downloaded" on IMAP?

Has anyone else had trouble with an iPhone running iOS 9 that is giving the "This message has not been downloaded from the server" error on a Cox.net IMAP account, not a POP account? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Oct 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Moving from Apple to Android

I'm about to make the move from an iPhone to a Nexus 5X running Android. If you've made the iOS to Android switch recently, what was your experience like? What surprised you? What confused you? What did you forget to think about and do that you wish you had?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Transfer apps from iPhone to iPad

The title says it all, with two caveats: 1. Don't want to have to enter in all the passwords to various password protected apps. Number two is below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I use my iPhone to track my wandering last weekend?

I need to use my iPhone to find out where I drank last weekend. Lost some things I must have set down at a bar. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Oct 14, 2015 - 7 answers

I am an adult, god fucking damn it!

I recently updated the software on my iPhone 6, and now I can't access my (or any) explicit content. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Oct 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Sharing Google calendar in iOS without sharing email

How can my ex-wife and I share our Google calendars with each other in iOS so they're available on our iPhones, but without having access to each other's email? [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Digitize My Lab Log?

Is there an easy way to track hours, tasks or projected completed, and also be able to add notes in a single app? [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Sep 29, 2015 - 1 answer

Unlocking My Previous AT&T Phone

I just bought an unlocked iPhone 6S, and am using it with AT&T (I'm currently off-contract with them entirely). I need to get AT&T to unlock my previous phone (iPhone 5C) so I can sell it to a friend who's on Verizon. Problem is, the 5C shows "no service", because AT&T (correctly) thinks the 6S is the phone for the account. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Sep 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Non-scammy ringtones for iPhone?

I'm sick of my ringtones, and would like a new one. Ideally free, but pay is OK, too. I have an iPhone, and specifically I'd like Olivia Pope's ringtone. Googling this is a big ole mess, and the App store is no better. Every webpage and app look like they are designed specifically to brick the phone. Halp.
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 26, 2015 - 8 answers

iPhone stuck on iTunes after ios9 upgrade, no computer HELP please

FML. I upgraded my iphone STUPID ME and now it is stuck with a prompt that just says "iTunes." I don't have a computer available, and I have to meet people in a few hours ... phone is our only method of communication. PLEASE HALP
posted by cyndigo on Sep 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me bounce back from a (non-violent) mugging

I was mugged on my way home 2 nights ago. I wasn't hurt, but presumably that's because the attackers were only interested in my iphone and ipod, which they took. I'm relatively new to my neighborhood and have never been the victim of crime before, despite my 20 years in NYC. Have you? What did you do/not do in order to move past the incident and stay safe? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Sep 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Selling my Verizon EDGE phone without opening it

I recently got an iPhone 6s through Verizon as I had the 25$ line access discount for converting to Edge but don't want a new phone. I also got in on the $300 iphone trade in from a friends old 5S. Now, the phone is being delivered Friday. I'm looking to sell it on eBay and would like to sell it "sealed". [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Sep 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Will I regret the iPhone 6s+?

It's phone upgrade time and I'm looking to switch out my 5S for the 6s+. I'm really excited about the larger battery life but am concerned that it's too huge for daily use. Am I better off getting the 6s? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Sep 20, 2015 - 19 answers

substitute for Evernote?

I have tried and failed to get Evernote working on my iMac or other Apple devices, so I am looking for a substitute. [more inside]
posted by uans on Sep 20, 2015 - 15 answers

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