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Deleting rogue music off an iPhone with IOS 7

Delete Music
A user of mine had an iPhone 5 that she was syncing with her iTunes library.  She had removed everything from her library except a single album.  After syncing the phone still had about 40 songs that would not go away.  After multiple attempts at deleting them I found the easiest way to wipe all the music so we can start fresh with only the songs in her iTunes library.

On the phone open Settings > General > Usage and under STORAGE click Music, then Edit, then click the red circle with the line through it.

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Using your free 50GB of Box to backup iTunes

I've had 50GB free on Box for a while now but haven't had a use for it.  With the 100MB file limit there aren't a lot of options.  Most of my files are on Dropbox due to their integration with most of the services I use.

I figured I'd move my iTunes library to my folder to give me a "cloud" backup of my music if I ever have to reformat or copy my library to another computer.

It's a fairly easy procedure.  Make sure you have Box Sync installed and configured.

  1. First off you'll want to consolidate your iTunes Library
    1. Click File > Library > Organize Library...
    2. Click Consolidate files and then OK
    3. This will consolidate your library into your current location
  2. Next you'll want to change your iTunes Media folder location
    1. In My Box Files create a folder called iTunes Media
    2. In iTunes click Edit > Preferences... > then Advanced
    3. Make sure Keep iTunes Media folder organized is checked
    4. Click Change... and select the iTunes Media folder you created then click OK
    5. It will ask if you'd "like to move and rename the files in your new iTunes Media folder..." click Yes
Your iTunes library should now be in your Box folder and syncing to the cloud.  The only issue with this is if you have iPhone / iPad apps or videos that are larger then 100MB.  Those files won't be synced.



Disable Ping in IOS 4.3 for the iPad

Some have reported that their battery doesn't last as long with IOS 4.3.  One recommendation which appears to help is disabling Ping.  I took some screen shots to help walk you through disabling Ping on the iPad.

First click the Settings app and select General in the left column

Then select Restrictions in the right column

Then select Enable Restrictions and disable Ping.  You might be prompted to enter or create a Restrictions passcode.

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Slow iPod / iPhone / iPad sync times

My iPad was taking upwards of 45 - 75 minutes to do a complete sync. I found a utility that disables the backup portion of the sync which speeds it up significantly.

The utility works for all ios devices.


Disable Password Lock on Exchange 2007 for iPhone Users

If you have an iPhone with OS 3.0 or greater and Exchange 2007 it will require you to enable a PIN on your device by default. To disable this you need to...

  1. Open the Exchange Management Console
  2. Expand the Organization Configuration
  3. Click on Client Access
  4. Double click your Activesync Mailbox Policy
  5. Click the Password tab
  6. Uncheck Require password and click OK

If your iPhone is already syncing with Exchange you'll need to remove the partnership for the setting to take effect.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Recipient Configuration > Mailbox.
  2. Select a user, and then select Manage Mobile Device from the action pane. * The Manage Mobile Device dialog box will display a list of all devices that are configured for synchronization.
  3. Choose the device, Select Remove mobile device parternship and click Remove.

Note: The Manage Mobile Device link is only available in the action pane for users who've established a mobile phone partnership with the Exchange server.


Textnow for iPad!

Installed Textnow for the iPad. It's been working great so far. I initially tried textfree but they don't have an iPad app.

Textnow definitely works better though. They have mms support, you get an actual phone number, and they support Google Voice.

It integrates with your address book and contact pictures so you don't have to remember your friends numbers. Lastly it's FREE so you have nothing to lose!

If you want to download it their website is below as well as the iTunes link.

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