Your iPhone is important, VERY important. Imagine not having it at all or worse, it wont turn on. So what happens when your iPhone wont charge?
There are a number of reason why your iPhone wont charge and at here at The Austin Cell Phone we've been able to repair most of them. Today we will cover a clever do-it-yourself trick to get your iPhone up and charging again.
What is this amazingly clever trick you say? Sometimes when an iPhone wont charge, all it needs is a good cleaning. OMG, NO WAY!
YES WAY! All iPhone's have had this problem and we see it all of the time. While in your pocket or purse, it does a great job at collecting pocket lint.
Over time, that pocket lint gets into the charge port. It's not a lot and happens a little at a time. When you plug in your iPhone to charge over night the lint gets jammed in the back.
Do this repeatedly for months, even years and eventually the charge port is full of lint and the charger cannot make a good connection to charge the iPhone.
Yes, there are small pins inside the charge port that can get damaged. Sticking a foreign object inside to clean out the port can also damage these pics if you are not careful. Which is why we say, do this at your own risk.
At least it was worth a shot and all it cost you was a few minutes of your time. Now that you've ruled out a dirty charge port, you still have options.
There are many reason why the iPhone wont charge and the best next step is to bring it into our iPhone repair shop in Austin. We will diagnose the iPhone for free and tell you exactly what needs to happen to get your iPhone up and charging again.
Most of the time we will do an iPhone charge port repair which will replace it with a new one. This repair is inexpensive and starts at just $39. We have the parts in stock and the repair takes about 30 minutes.
There are some rare occasions when we change out the charge port and the still, the iPhone wont charge. This means the problem is with the logic board and most likely cannot be repaired.
No need to worry though. This is very rare and if turns out to be the case for you, we will not charge you for any of our time or labor. We could also offer you one of our gently used smartphones for sale.
Call us directly at 512-432-5528. We are here to service our customers as best we can by answering your questions without any type of sales pitch.
Below is the text transcript of the above video.
So we just got this iPhone in a few minutes ago and it looks pretty busted. The customer doesn't think we will be able to fix it. Let's see what Hector can do.
All right, so I am going to let him get started and we will be back here in a minute. So we got the old screen off here. That's the new replacement screen along with all of the guts.
We definitely do not recommend you doing this at home. You should definitely come here and we'll give you a good deal. Ok, we'll be back in another minute when we have the new screen on.
Still some more parts. You'll see all of these little screws here. It gets kind of hectic after a while. Still some more parts. You'll see all of these little screws here. It gets kind of hectic after a while. We are still working on it to get it done here real soon. Be back in a moment.
Ok, the moment of truth. Here we are with the old screen. The new screen has been installed. Look at that. Good as new. So if you need your iPhone repaired now you know where to come do it. We'll get it done in about 45 minutes. Peace.
Almost everyone is very dependent on smartphones nowadays. These marvelous devices have infiltrated every aspect of our lives from messaging to photography, even cooking and relationships. There are around 197 billion mobile app download last year. In 2016, mobile app downloads of iOS users amounted to almost 25 billion while Android users, at the same year, downloaded a whopping 90 billion applications.
Three years ago, Facebook was the most used application but last year, Amazon got the largest number of users. According to reports, nine applications are used by people on average daily while thirty applications are used monthly. In the Apple Store, there are around 2.2 million applications as of January 2017 while Google Play had almost 3 million applications as of June 2017.
One can argue that the popularity of the smartphones can be attributed to the thousands of applications available to the users. These applications stretch and give more functionalities to the smartphones.
Applications can also be considered as the reason why smartphones are heavily used. However, the downside to having too many applications installed on one’s phone is the tendency of the phone to slow down or even crash. This may be due to decreasing memory of the smartphone which can contribute to the decreased processing speed of the device.
In addition, applications tend to eat up a lot of battery power. In fact, there are a lot of applications that are considered power-hungry. If you feel that your phone’s battery dies faster than it used to, then check your applications because these may be the culprits.
Apple recently released an iOS update that is supposed to "enhance" the battery life on their devices. There are mixed reviews on whether or not it worked.
A new report from Avast, a mobile security firm, have revealed that there are certain applications which suck most of the power out of a smartphone’s battery. The report has determined that the applications which used the most energy are Facebook, Netflix, and Snapchat.
Coincidentally, these are three of the most popular applications out there. Avast has categorized applications into two classifications:
Listed below are the top ten applications which drain the life out of your battery as soon as you start the phone. These phones can be considered silent workers since they still run even on background which makes them not the first suspects in case the battery runs dry. These applications are:
Google Maps drains batteries fast because it regularly tracks and transmits data in order to ascertain efficiently where you are or the details of the place you’re trying to locate.
Social media applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp are power hungry because they utilize LTE or Wifi connectivity in order to bring real time updates and messages. Even though these applications are closed from time to time, still they run in the background in order to stay connected.
For Android users, these are the power-hungry applications that are usually launched by the users themselves:
There may be applications that are non-negotiable to users. This means that even though they are aware that the applications drain their battery lives faster, they need the application on a daily basis and they cannot do anything about it.
In that scenario, the users may do something else in order to save their batteries from crashing down earlier than expected.
There are other ways to save up on battery too like turning off the Location Services and Cellular Data of your smartphone. But then again, these tips need not be followed religiously if you need these features on a daily basis.
At the end of the day, you will be able to decide which applications to use scarcely and which applications you cannot live without, despite the battery eating tendencies.
With the advances of technological, we have found a way to store media, information, and other content “up in the cloud”. Some of these storage devices are Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud.
The latter being one of the most popular Apple online storage services. If you own an iPhone, iPad, and a Mac, you probably know how convenient it is to have an iCloud storage. iCloud lets you keep data online and sync all data among multiple Apple products.
When you set up your iCloud account, you can access all files that are uploaded, and synced data, anytime anywhere with your Apple devices.
iCloud has different aspects such as iCloud Drive where you can store information and other media such as iCloud Photo Library where, as its name suggests, it stores your photos online. Photo Stream also works the same way as the Photo Library.
Despite the convenience offered by the iCloud storage devices, there is also a danger with keeping all your media and other information stored online. For instance, when someone gets hold of any of your Apple devices, which has iCloud on, then they can easily access and download your data. Security of your files is the biggest problem of people using an iCloud.
There has been glitches with security measures, hackers have found ways to access people’s most private files. Therefore, if you are planning on turning iCloud off on your Apple devices, then do not fret, we are here to help. In this article, we will discuss different topics related to iCloud and how to turn it off.
Note: iOS 11 revamped the Settings app and the iCloud settings can be found in your Apple ID and its own preferences and settings. The iCloud tab, which was present in older version of iOS, is inexistent now in the iOS 11.
First and foremost, here are the steps which will enable you to turn off the iCloud on your devices.
Note: The steps above outline how to turn off the iCloud Drive for your Apple ID. There is a different switch for the iCloud backups of the different applications running on your phone. To switch the latter, here is what you should do:
Despite individually turning off iCloud access of apps installed on your devices, there are still applications which can still have access even with the iCloud Drive turned off.
These applications are the iMovie and Pages which saves files to iCloud. Unlike other applications, iMovie and Pages are not ones that appear on the Apple ID screen.
As a rule of thumb, applications that create new files on your devices and those with games that use iCloud. If you want to deny access to these applications, on the iCloud, you need to turn them off, you have to revoke the access to all. This is also very important when you sell your iPhone to a friend, family or complete stranger. You can also do this wen your sell your iPad.
Just go to the Settings app, then to the tab of the specific application, and revoke the access of the app.
If you finally decide to do away with iCloud, after some time of using it, you may want to transfer your uploaded data to a computer as backup. To do this, you can use an iOS data transfer program of your choice.
Programs like this can transfer your data from any Apple device to a Mac or even windows PC, some can even do vice versa.
Read different articles or go to forums which talk about transfer programs. Choose the one which you think is most useful and applicable for your needs. Download it, follow the instructions, and transfer away.
Now that you know how to turn off and revoke iCloud access, and how to transfer files from your iCloud, you may be wondering if it is really worth it to turn off iCloud as it involves tinkering with some of the security settings of your iPhone.
To help you decide, aside from the features already talked about at the first part of this article, the written features listed below are the pros and cons of using iCloud.
Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones in the world. With a lot of cool features like a slim design, a good camera and a powerful processor. It is no wonder that this smartphone does not come cheap. The iPhone can be packed with a lot of valuable information and media that is private and for your eyes only. That's why being familiar with the different security settings for your iPhone is important.
It is important that once you get your iPhone running, you have explored and familiarize yourself with all of the security features.
The iPhone’s security features can be found in its Settings. The Settings control all the features of the device from the wallpaper up to the storage.
Your iPhone has a lot of security features that you can utilize. In the following sections, we will be talking about some of the more important features of your iPhone in order to guide you in customizing them.
Aside from the security settings written below, there are also different apps available in the App Store which can help you add even more security to your iPhone. Just make sure to read the fine print before you download them.
We are all familiar with passwords that needs to be inputted to unlock your iPhone. With iPhones, the lock password is called a Passcode.
Before it used to be a four digit code, but now you can use an alphanumeric code which can be up to 30 letters and numbers! This can make it very hard for thieves to unlock your phone especially when it is protected by a very long and complicated password.
The Touch ID is one of the features which separate the old generation iPhones from the newer ones. Touch ID is what Apple calls its fingerprint reader on iPhones. Touch ID and Passcode work hand in hand as the first security barrier on your iPhone because in the event that the Touch ID fails, the iPhone will automatically ask for the Passcode.
It is important to note that when you get your iPhone screen repaired and it involves replacing the home button, the Touch ID will not longer work. The home button is bonded to the motherboard so changing the home button will remove the ability to use the fingerprint scanner.
One of the tricks to get around the Touch ID & passcode locks is to wipe all data in an iPhone by restoring it. This also prevents the owner from tracking it by using location services and third party applications.
All security settings, information and media stored in the iPhone will be erased which makes it usable for a complete stranger. This is not an issue if you are selling the iPhone or giving it to a friend but does become a problem if your iPhone gets lost or stolen.
Apple has realized this problem and added the Activation Lock feature which asks the for the owners email & password before all data and security settings in the iPhone gets erased. With this feature, the owner of the iPhone must input the account email & password used when setting up the iPhone. Note, it is the iCloud account password and not the iPhone's security passcode that is required.
It is no surprise that this feature has been widely accepted by many. In fact, according to statistics, the activation lock has led to a decrease in iPhone theft because the feature makes it harder for the thief to use or resell the device.
Location services are used by your iPhone and third party applications to know where your iPhone is and where you are using it. With location services, your phone can be tracked down by you using a software on your laptop or another device and by law enforcement.
However, in older iPhones, the location services can be turned off by anyone who has access to your iPhone. But now, this task is harder since the person who wants to turn off your location services must first input your Passcode.
This is also one of the security features not found in older generation iPhones which was introduced with iOS 7. This feature enables you to remotely wipe & lock your iPhone. This is a particularly handy feature when you can't find your iPhone and you are pretty sure that it might fallen into the wrong hands.
But here is the fun part of this feature, you can display a custom message on your iPhone after locking it remotely. It can be as persuasive as “Please give me back my phone.” or as threatening as “If you do not give back my phone, I will call the cops.”
Last but not the least, the lost mode feature will also suspend credit card purchases on the App Store & other stores to ensure that the person who has your iPhone can't buy anything using your credit card.
Now that you know the different security settings for your iPhone, here are the steps you need to take to activate them.
The Passcode is first set up when you start up your iPhone for the first time. If you want to change the Passcode after its initial set up, then here is what you need to do:
For Touch ID, note that this feature is only available from the iPhone 5S and up. Also, if the iPhone is being used by more than one person you can store more than one fingerprint.
The General tab is where you can find the different security settings for your iPhone. One of the more useful features you can control here is the restrictions section. Here, you can restrict the access of users or third party applications to certain areas on your iPhone.
You can also restrict the ability of the user to purchase apps. These features are especially useful if the user of the iPhone is a child. To access these features, here are the steps to follow:
There are a lot of apps that request access to your personal information and your iPhone’s content. For example, photo editing apps will request to have access to your photos in order to upload them to the editing dashboard.
Social media apps will request access to your contacts in order to look for friends you can add. The good news is that you are in control of how much you share with these apps by managing the privacy settings.
The security setting for your iPhone helps safeguard your personal information, media and any other content from theft. Additionally, these can also help deter thieves from stealing your iPhone since there are features that will render it useless. It also gives the users peace of mind knowing that the sensitive and personal data they have stored in the smartphone is well guarded.