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Can I restore accidentally deleted texts/iMessages?

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 - 3 answers

Spanish Translation App Recommendations

I'll be spending much of November in South America and would like a Spanish translation app on my iPhone. I'm overwhelmed by the choices, and would be grateful for recommendations. Free is best, but I'm willing to spend some money (up to $10 or so). I know un poco Spanish and will have a paper dictionary as well.
posted by Pineapplicious on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Is my phone cursed or is this normal?

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 - 11 answers

Smartphones for couples - same OS?

I'm planning on getting my very first smartphone pretty soon. One of the ways that people seem to use phones (a lot? sometimes?) involves syncing info between couples: schedules, grocery lists, to-do lists, tracking the other person's phone to tell that they're stuck in traffic, etc. Is this really useful? Does wanting this mean I should get an iPhone (like my husband) or can I do Android? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Oct 8, 2013 - 29 answers

iPhone 4S suddenly needs activation. Help?

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 - 7 answers

Where can I get announcements of iOS jailbreaks?

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 - 3 answers

How do I get the music from my iPhone to my car?

Is there any good way to get audio from an iPhone's lightning connector to the 1/8" audio in plug in my car, short of upgrading my audio system to add USB in? Or will the quality of bluetooth be better than I fear, and I should just get a bluetooth receiver instead? [more inside]
posted by SeanCier on Oct 1, 2013 - 17 answers

What are the most recent iPhone apps now available on Android?

I know that it takes a while for many of the best iPhone apps to be adapted for Android and other platforms. Is there a site or some other list of these recent migrations that gets updated fairly frequently?
posted by monkeys with typewriters on Sep 30, 2013 - 2 answers

iPhone app that sets reminders based on BOTH location and time?

Is there an iPhone app that allows me to set reminders that are shown only if I'm in a specific place at a specific time? [more inside]
posted by bakerybob on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

What do you use your phone for?

I wish for my smartphone to have more utility. What do you use yours for? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Sep 28, 2013 - 47 answers

iMessage - I just want it to work

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 (abc@abc.com). Have sim with texts and data included. Husband has my old iPhone 3GS, updated software, iMessage will not work. Is on another apple account (def@abc.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 (ghi@abc.com) [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 26, 2013 - 9 answers

iOS 7.0.2 update question

If I have an update already downloaded OTA but not installed on my iPhone, will updating through iTunes delete the OTA download once the update is done? I want to know this because I tried to install the 7.0.2 update on my iPhone 5S (running 7.0.1) and it was unable to verify the update a number of times when trying to install it. So I plugged it into iTunes and did the update through a Mac. Does the OTA download get deleted on the iPhone when the update is done through the Mac? I don't want to have the update taking up room somewhere on my iPhone.
posted by antgly on Sep 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Yes, I want all the text messages. iPhone text message transfer woes.

What program can I use to save 4+ years of iPhone texts and iMessages and then load them seamlessly back onto my iPhone 5? [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Sep 26, 2013 - 16 answers

New iPhone Help For Senior

I'm about to introduce an older deaf man who is not good at learning new technology (but is quite smart) to a new iPhone running OS 7. I am looking for some good advice on how I can help him master use of the device for his needs. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Sep 26, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I keep my cheekbone off the iPhone?

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 - 13 answers

My traditionally terrible timing + need for a new phone = disaster?

I need a new smartphone. I am tech savvy and an informed consumer, but I also have terrible timing (in general). So though I'm looking at the options, my terrible timing + T-Mobile's expensive new phones make me very unsure of what to get. Halp? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Sep 21, 2013 - 16 answers

ATT vs T-Mobile in the Boston area

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 - 10 answers

Broken iPhone screen, picked nose, and glass dust.

I broke my iPhone's screen, continued to use it, and then picked my nose without thinking. I feel like there might have been some glass particles on my finger. Did I breathe in glass dust? Is there any risk of developing silicosis or other health problems? [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

What should I do about this potential iPhone screen repair scam?

I brought my shattered iPhone 4 to a screen repair place in a strip mall. This particular dude is only charging $55, which from what I understand would lead to pretty marginal profits. I left it with him for 45 minutes, and when I returned, my phone no longer turned on. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Sep 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Weird iPhone behavior: virus? Malware? Hacked? Punked?

Why is my iPhone doing these things? [more inside]
posted by mai on Sep 17, 2013 - 10 answers

How was a fake SMS message sent from an iPhone? Was it hacked?

Last night my sister claims her iPhone received a text and somehow her phone replied to the text. Neither the sender nor my sister sent the message. Both of them own iPhones and were dining together in a restaurant when the messages were sent. My sister hadn't noticed the text exchange until this morning. [more inside]
posted by Bushmiller on Sep 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Vancouver public transit apps (iPhone)

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 - 5 answers

Verizon iPhone to T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 -- how?

Verizon to T-mobile, iPhone to Android... how does this work? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Best "Burner" GSM World Phone

Traveling outside of the US for ~4 weeks a year, what's the best/cheapest burner phone that can Whatsapp, GPS/Mapping, and uses fullsized SIM cards? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Sep 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Did I Bork my IPhone?

So I got over-excited and upgraded to the beta of iOS 7. Only now iTunes won't recognize my iPhone. It says I need to use iTunes 11.1 or later. I set up my phone as a new phone, but have lost my music, photos and messages in the process. I did back up my phone just prior to the upgrade. I would like to either restore my iPhone to iOS 6 or find a way to make my iTunes recognize and manage my iPhone with iOS 7. What can I do?
posted by joelhunt on Sep 11, 2013 - 15 answers

What's the best short term/least hassle cell phone data plan?

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 - 12 answers

How do iPhone trade-in programs work?

I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Give me reasons (apps, uses, etc.) to keep the iPad I just bought.

This post about gadget fatigue on the blue prompted this question. I just bought the most recent iteration of the iPad. I have an old iPhone and an even older MacBook Pro, and after less than 24 hours with the iPad, I’m getting the impression that the it's superfluous to my life. Please present arguments to the contrary, so that I can make up my mind whether to return it. (I've read this Ask, and this Ask, and this Ask, but the tech changes so quickly that much of what is suggested there is dated, and plenty more apps/uses have come about since those were posted.) [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese on Sep 10, 2013 - 43 answers

How to fix iPhone photos upside down in iPhoto

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 - 8 answers

I live inside a Faraday cage

Anyone in NYC using an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? How is it treating you? Any weird pitfalls with the service or plan? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 4, 2013 - 5 answers

How to download Youtube videos to non jailbroken iPhone?

Is it possible to download Youtube videos directly to a non jailbroken iphone, and if so how? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Sep 2, 2013 - 6 answers

The Aux Input on my car radio menu is missing!

I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon with its original factory radio, a Kenwood KDC-MPV6022. I've just now tried to use its Aux In feature by connecting a cable to its RCA cables as listed on page 31 of the manual. According to Page 27 of the manual, the radio's configuration menu should have an Aux On/Off setting but this setting doesn't appear in my menu. I can hear the music from the iPhone but it's in addition to the other source (radio or CD), not instead of the other source, i.e. I hear both the iPhone and the other sound combined. I've tried connecting older iPods in case there were some equipment compatibility issues but the results were the same. What am I missing here? The radio has the Aux In cables so clearly it's expecting the audio. Why doesn't the radio allow me to select it as an input?
posted by Jamesonian on Sep 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Can someone walk me through virtual geocaches like I'm five?

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 - 3 answers

Sprint iphone on credo

I am a happy customer of Credo mobile, but I don't like my phone very much. My older sister has a Sprint iphone that she plans to upgrade this coming winter. She would like to give me her old iphone. Is this possible?
posted by Sara Anne on Aug 30, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I sync a never-synced iPad to iTunes without any data loss?

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 - 2 answers

Thank you ideas for NYPD officers who helped me get my iPhone back?

You guys, it was cray: I reported a stolen iPhone to the police this morning, and they actually helped me get it back! There was even a sting operation involving plain clothes officers. Any ideas about how I can express my thanks to the sergeant? A simple thank you card, or something better?? Thanks!
posted by jessca84 on Aug 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Iphone app to make playlists easily

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 - 8 answers

Music alarm app for iPhone

I want to wake up with music. What are the best music alarm apps for iPhone with a clean, modern and intuitive interface. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Aug 18, 2013 - 7 answers

iPhone contacts: image issue

All contacts on my iPhone have the wrong image associated with them. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 16, 2013 - 5 answers

What's the best cell phone for texting?

Not your usual question. I'm on a family plan with unlimited everything so I'm not asking about plans or providers. I just want to be able to text a lot without strife. [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Aug 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Money, money, mon-ey. Mo-ney. (on a Mac and iPhone?)

I’m looking for a money management app for Mac that also syncs with iPhone. What do you use and why? (I’ve looked here on Metafilter and found little to nothing that’s recent). [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Aug 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Standalone calendar app for iPhone

I'm looking for a free calendar app that will work without being synced to either my iPhone calendar or my google calendar. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Does iOS 7 sync with iTunes 10.7

Does iOS 7 (beta) sync to iTunes 10.7 or will iTunes 11.0.x be required? I have held back on upgrading iTunes past 10.7, but I am wondering if I'll be forced to upgrade to 11.0.x once iOS 7 is released. I sync via USB on a Mac with 10.6.8. I'm not inserted in WiFi sync and don't use iCloud.
posted by ridogi on Aug 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Could an iPhone's broken antenna prevent it from activating in iTunes?

I sold someone an iPhone 3G after I dropped it two stories, fully disclosing the damage as far as I could tell; destroyed glass, a big chunk missing out of the back, non functioning power button, and that the antenna was likely broken since it would not connect to a carrier/network. It was also clear from the description that this was being sold as "for parts, not working." Buyer is claiming they are unable to activate the phone in iTunes, which says "there is a problem with your iPhone." Is this to be expected, given the description above? Can you help me say how, specifically this is to be expected given the condition described?
posted by brbmaroon on Aug 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Simple, non-spammy, elegant GPS recording for iPhone?

I want something for iPhone that's basically similar to android's My Tracks. Does such a thing exist? Everything I've seen is horribly written/crashy/has terrible, terrible UI. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Aug 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Seeking cell phone advice for non-savvy pensioner

Advice please: (1) are there SIM only, pay-as-you-go cell options available in Canada (2) any recommendations for a solid, inexpensive, quad-band phone for a pensioner that probably won't use apps [more inside]
posted by bifter on Jul 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Not my high school TI-82.

I'm taking Calc I this fall. I can borrow a graphing calculator for actual exams, but don't want to actually purchase one for day-to-day--or haul it around with me. I have an iPhone and a Nexus 7. Is there a graphing calculator app in one or the other app store that is clearly superior? I'm willing to pay, but under $10, ideally.
posted by Sequence on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me buy a smart phone, please?

My contract for my dumbphone is up and I think it is finally time for me to upgrade to a smartphone. However, I have a few questions about the type of phone and the service provider. [more inside]
posted by Bailey270 on Jul 17, 2013 - 17 answers

How to keep track of exhibitions and gallery shows?

I live in a major city with a ton of interesting gallery and museum exhibitions. I've too often found that I missed a show. Is there an iphone app that will easily keep track only of shows I'm interested in seeing, listing their opening and closing dates? Or has anyone found a successful way to keep track? Bonus: a reminder letting me know when they're closing soon. Also interested in evernote and google calendar solutions.
posted by cardamom on Jul 16, 2013 - 2 answers

iPhone 4s lost ability to talk/browse internet while connected to 3g.

Up until this morning, I have always been able to use my 3g network, make a call and browse the internet at the sametime on my iPhone 4s. This morning when I went to use my phone a message appeared (while connected to 3g) that stated, Cannot Verify Server Identity. Once I got that all figured out, the capability to use the internet while on 3g and talking on the phone was gone. I called Verizon and they claim this was never a feature on their iPhones and told me I must have a special phone. After some investigating, what they are telling me seems to be true, but I know that I have been able to do this the last year or two that I've had this phone. I did it last night while talking to my brother and relaying information that I had looked up for him. But! 8 hours later this feature is now gone and only works when I'm hooked up to my wireless. I'm just severely bugged that this is all of a sudden gone, when I can recall being in my car doing all this (safely parked) and talking to my husband while hes at work. What could have happened? Was I just imagining this for the last couple years or did they somehow take this capability away from me this morning?
posted by Sweetmag on Jul 14, 2013 - 5 answers

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