Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Backup iPhone SMS

Many colleagues and friends of mine have been asking me a simple question: How to backup iPhone SMS messages? Rudimentary this question might be; however, there is no direct way to backup your iPhone SMS messages to your computer in a user-friendly way.

Using standalone utilities for iPhone SMS backup

I have found no single tool to be doing the job perfectly, however the below PC program closes in to what one genuinely needs on a daily basis in order to backup SMS text messages to one's computer:

1. In order to export and backup your iPhone SMS, download and run the above utility; then, connect your iPhone to your computer. Your iPhone SMS messages will now be displayed after you click on the iPhone SMS icon on the far right of the program window

2. Follow the directions in this video, or continue with the steps below:

3. Now select the iPhone SMS to backup and click Export selected

4. Select the location on your computer where to backup your iPhone SMS

5. The iPhone SMS you selected is now saved to a folder on your PC into HTML files. You can see that I have exported all my iPhone SMS messages in this way

6. You can now freely access and interact with your iPhone SMS backed-up in this way on your computer

What I’d like to see this utility do is also to help me delete my text-messages from my iPhone all at once. I hope this feature will follow with a future release.

Backing up your iPhone SMS via iTunes or the iCloud

Another way to backup iPhone SMS messages is via iTunes sync. iTunes will backup your iPhone SMS, emails, and contacts along with your iPhone settings when syncing with your iPhone.

The caveat is that you can never access your iPhone SMS backup made via iTunes on your PC. In order to see your backed up iPhone SMS messages, you would need to restore your iPhone from the backup made by iTunes which will also restore your iPhone settings, contacts and other data at the time when the backup was made.

Backing-up iPhone messages with iCloud works in the same way as backing-up with iTunes. You can enable automatic iCloud backup on your iPhone by navigating to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and enable iCloud Backup.

I hope I have been helpful and you will now find it easier to backup iPhone SMS to your computer in a more user-friendly way.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Official Google Maps app: Out for iPhone

Apple has finally approved a Google-produced Maps app for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and 3GS as well as for the iPod Touch. You can already download the official Google Maps app from the iTunes store.

With iOS 6, Apple decided to reinvent their Maps app by scrapping the map services offered by Google and replacing them with their own. The revamped Apple Maps iPhone app did not cater to the expectations of many and some even found it disappointing due to numerous incorrectitudes and other issues compared with the service provided by Google Maps.

With users who updated to iOS 6 finding no way to revert back to the Google Maps service which the official Maps iPhone app offered in previous iOS versions, Google initially remained silent on any prospects of developing their own native Google Maps iOS app.

However, it was clear that Google was cooking a Maps app of their own and on September 12th it was unofficially rumored that Google submitted their Maps app to Apple for approval.

At last, Google Maps iPhone app was just officially approved by Apple for the iPhone – possibly an iPad app will also follow soon.

At first sight the new Google Maps app looks revamped, yet it features a simple interface. The Maps app gives you a chance to log in with your Google account but you can skip this step.

The satellite map imagery is as outstanding as Google could make it.

You also have the old Traffic and Public transit features we know from the original Maps app.

Here is how the app looks on my iPad Mini. Obviously, the Google Maps app is still available only for the iPhone, at least in the beginning.

Finally, here is a YouTube video from New York Times revuewing the newly-approved official Goolge Maps app.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Add events to iPhone calendar

This quick post explains how to add events to your iPhone calendar directly from your iDevice.

If you would like to manage and add events to your iPhone calendar directly from your computer, then have a look at this quick guide instead: How to add calendar events to iPhone?

There are various methods in which you can manage calendars and calendar events on your iPhone. The mainstream way is to do so directly on your iPhone. However, some people find this method of using their iPhone calendar limited due to the small iPhone screen and virtual tap-keyboard.

Here is a short YouTube video quickly showning how to add events to your iPhone calendar from your PC:

Adding event entries to iPhone calendar from within your iPhone

In order to add an event to your iPhone calendar, simply tap on Calendar from the Home Screen. Next, tab the day on which you want to add the iPhone calendar event and click on the "+" button.

Now, add your iPhone calendar event title, location and information about beginning and ending time. You can also set alerts for your iPhone calendar events prior to the time they occur. Tap on Done.

The newly-added event on your calendar will appear directly on your iPhone.