Here’s a nice infographic put out by iCracked on the iPhone 6S Release and the cash you can get for your old iPhone:
Ugh….is this message a familiar and regular face on your iPhone?
iPhone users who are gluttons with their data have again faced that familiar problem of an iOS update requiring more storage space. More storage space?! “I’m filled to the brim as it is!” You don’t want to end up deleting something you’ll regret just to get the latest updates on your phone.
As smartphones continue to rise in eminence and become part of our daily lives, there is an increasing need to be informed about the storage space you have available. That space dictates all of the things you can hold on your phone, after all – everything from apps to movies. It’s easy not to think about the space, but we’ve all had a moment of, “I thought I had more space than this.” Why is that?
Unless you’re one of the few who sprung for the 128GB iPhone 6 or purchased a likewise massive SD card for your Android phone, this situation is probably familiar to you. It is no secret in the tech world that the listed space of a product is approximate; in other words, that your 16GB phone assuredly doesn’t have 16 gigs of available space on it. In fact, depending on the model of your phone and the amount of pre-installed apps, your 16GB phone might have as little as 8GB to work with! We’ll tell you a few ways to skirt this annoying issue, whether or not you prefer the iOS or Android ecosystem.
1. BE CONSCIOUS OF FILE SIZE
Strange though it might seem to say, files of the same type can vary greatly in size. The more file-savvy among you might already know what it’s like: you have an album that takes up 50MB, and right next to it, you’ve got another album that’s taking up 150MB. They have a similar amount of tracks with similar lengths, so why is one so much bigger? To spare a lot of technical talk about loss-less compression, the simple explanation is “sometimes they’re just bigger for arbitrary reasons.” This applies to movies, audiobooks, and images as well; always double-check the sizes of your files if you’re looking to make space.
2. BACKUP YOUR STORAGE
Backing up your storage is but one tech-related activity we all know we should be doing but rarely do. Much like defragging was to computing in the 90s, the 21st century is all about retaining your data. Since our phones are a mainstay in our daily lives, we end up collecting a lot of stuff on them. 30 pictures from a day at the park? 12 different takes of trying to record a cover of “Blank Space?” It’s easy for things like this to go unnoticed at the time, but it’ll eat up your storage space in a hurry. Make sure to periodically come back through and delete/backup these unruly files if it’s not necessary to keep them on the device itself.
If you have a consistent Wi-Fi or data connection, utilizing streaming or syncing services can clear up loads of space. Apple Radio, Spotify, Netflix, and Audible can cover most of your media needs via data or Wi-Fi connections, freeing much needed space on your device for things like apps. Dropbox, Google Docs, and iCloud are all great cloud-based option for storage of a variety of file-types.
The iPhone 6 in particular has taken huge strides in the realm of syncing and cloud storage, eliminating lots of problems with storage from older models, although even the Huffington Post is publishing content on ways to mitigate remaining storage problems that confound the iPhone. While the iPhone does not allow for external physical storage, other smartphones do offer replacement internal and external memory augmentation and addition.
3. MIND THE CACHE
While this does apply to iPhone users, for Android users on the other hand, it is very much the crux of the matter. You may have encountered the infamous “insufficient storage space available” error, seemingly in spite of however much space you feel you should have available. There’s a reason for this, and it’s relevant to things behind the scenes.
Simply put, caching is the indexing of information for later use. It’s a vital function for lots of technical things, and it helps you as a user, as well (notice how your YouTube app remembers your previous searches?). The issue comes in with the long-term storage of cached information. Imagine you’ve made thousands of searches on your YouTube app and your browser. Well, the phone kept all that information around, and it might be consuming huge amounts of storage, up to the hundreds of megabytes.
What to do? If your phone doesn’t provide a simple option for clearing the cache, there’s almost certainly an app for that. Keeping a cleaner app for your android is an advisable, well-reviewed option for the less diligent data-consuming user.
4. DON’T DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING; EMBRACE THE CLOUD
iTunes music cloud-based options and new Apple Music features encouraging you to offload your storage into the cloud seems an almost fair compromise in exchange for their severely gimping the storage of the cheapest model of the newer iPhones. From Microsoft Drive to the constant updates of Google Drive, this seems to be the trend of every high-end smartphone manufacturer—to provide at least the option of cloud storage.
Both local and remote storage have their benefits, so to have the best smartphone experience, ask yourself when you would be most likely to need to have access to certain types of data and also be without an Internet connection.
Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear from you.
When it comes to technology and kids, there are positives and negatives. After many years and millions of dollars spent, it has been found that with the proper guidance, education, and rules, technology is absolutely a benefit for children. If you have been deciding if you should buy your kid an iPad or not, then read on to find out why the iPad is a great investment in the growth and development of your child.
Benefits of iPads to Kids
Kids of this generation are already hooked on the television. Would you rather have your kid learning on an iPad or learning from a TV? By getting an iPad for your kids thus replacing their TV hours as a parent you can dramatically improve upon what they are learning and who they’re learning it from.
Inappropriate Channels/TV Shows
From the perspective of a parent, TV has many ads that are considered inappropriate, yet the iPad has parental restrictions that can be set most times to not have any ads. That’s right, the iPad can be set for your kids to run commercial free.
Interactive Screen Time
The television is a passive device, if you are looking for something more interactive for your kids, get them the iPad. Now, instead of your kids sitting motionless on the couch in front of the television all evening, your kids can be playing games, drawing, solving puzzles, typing, and watching educational videos. The Apple iTunes Store has a ginormous selection of educational books, games, apps, and videos for your children. iPad content can be controlled by parents. As long as the password is controlled only by the parents and unknown to the kids, parents maintain complete control over the content reviewed and played on the iPad.
When you purchase an iPad, you can customize it for the age of the child that is going to be using it. Let’s be honest…do you really know what kids are watching on the television in their bedrooms at night? It is all too common for kids to be watching programming that is not age appropriate.
In addition, the iPad has one very distinct feature the TV does not have: portability. Your kids can go outside and sit under a tree. They can leave the house and read a book with a friend on their iPad. And they can take it in the car with them on those long trips.
Keeping It Functional for Longer
There is a proactive approach to this problem by ensuring you buy an iPad protector to keep it safe in the little one’s hands. If the screen is broken or cracked, Oops Repair can have your screen replaced and back in your kid’s hands in no time at all…typically less than 2 hours.
Take control of your kid’s downtime by getting them an iPad. If anything ever happens to it, know that we are here to take care of any problems that may happen to it.
After a thorough investigation for this week’s ‘Oops-of-the-Week’, we discovered how to tap into the iPhone’s internal history log of events…here’s what we discovered:
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
6:55am – Alarm. Slapped frantically by human operator’s hand repeatedly until alarm was cancelled.
7:00 am – Text messaging, email, Facebook, Snapchat, weather app, traffic app engaged.
7:08 am – Sensors indicate steam from the shower is making our circuits damp but nothing we can’t handle.
7:30 am – Dropped. Hit bed frame and came to rest under edge of bed, stepped on during search, retrieved. Systems shaken but all still functioning properly.
7:45 am – Stuffed into pocket, impact with door on the way out, sat on in the vehicle and finally retrieved only to be dropped into a cup holder. Sensors indicate a possibly harmful moisture level but so far the water level has not breached the back case seam. With all the movement from this vehicle, the situation could become critical any moment. System on high alert.
7:58am – Selfie taken and shared before leaving vehicle. Stuffed into pocket again.
8:02am – Landed on desk unit. Downgraded to normal alert levels. Text messaging, email, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram engaged. Twelve more selfies taken, one shared.
8:15 am – 11:00 am Text messaging, email, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, checked, posts shared, responses given, periodically throughout the morning. One impact with desk top upon appearance of stout human with stern face. Systems mildly shaken, no harm done.
11:15am – Forced again into pocket, moved with human operator to another location. Sensors indicate increased noise level and multiple humans in close proximity. Return to high alert.
11:21am – Impact with table top. Sensors indicate multiple humans near our operator and innumerable potential hazards: moisture, heated sticky substances, instability of table. We have already experienced multiple bumps and one incident of a fall that was too close for comfort. Our sensors tell us we are too near the edge. All indicators point to a solid, firm ground surface. All circuits stay alert! What is our operator thinking?
11:22am – Red alert! Red alert! All circuits and systems – brace for impact!
11:23 am – Came to rest on ground and metal leg. Possibly support for table from which we fell. All systems report no damage. That was a close call – too close. Awaiting retrieval from our operator.
11:28am - Sensors indicate operator is completely unaware of our demise. Systems remain on high alert.
11:31am – Operator begins frantic movement of all extremities. Brace for possible impact or force!
11:32am – Operator’s foot presses down, effectively bending unit. Systems indicate frame is bent, screen is cracked. Operator finally retrieves unit and returns to office. Operator repeatedly picks up unit and returns to desk, almost as if human has forgotten damage to unit and has some level of dependency. Sensors indicate operator is becoming more agitated. All systems still on high alert.
2:35pm – Operator engages Siri. “Call Oops Repair.” Duration of call: 1minute, 47 seconds. Operator slides unit gently into pocket and is promptly on the move.
2:51pm – Sensors indicate we have arrived at Oops Repair’s address. Operator has turned unit over to another human. Unit powered down.
3:11pm – Unit powered on. Sensors indicate a repositioned frame and a new front screen have been installed. Even minor harm done from previous impacts seems to be eradicated. Unit returned to operator.
3:12pm – Apple pay engaged. Payment processed.
3:13pm – Human operator has returned to car. Protective barrier has been placed around unit. All systems have returned to normal alert levels.
“I just got this phone 6 months ago, and my battery won’t even last all day! It goes from 90% to 10% in less than an hour! What’s the deal?”
“Hey, I resemble that comment!”
No, really….it truly is. People just don’t know that their bad habits kill their phone batteries. Don’t be a killer, your battery wants to keep you connected…it really does!
In the month of June, Oops Repair has replaced:
- 8 iPhone 6 Plus Batteries
- 20 iPhone 6 Batteries
- 27 iPhone 5S Batteries
- 21 iPhone 5C Batteries
- 13 iPhone 5 Batteries
- 7 iPhone 4S Batteries
- 5 iPhone 4 Batteries
- 3 Galaxy S5 Batteries
- 7 Samsung Galaxy S4 Batteries
- Various others as well
That is a fair amount of batteries…but if you notice the ones at the top of the list, it seems that the newer phones should have a longer battery life, right?
Lots of factors can play into the precious battery life of your phone. Here is a list the top 3 common culprits. They can be seen in everyday life, killing their phone battery softly and slowly. (Queue up “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees)
The-Over-Charger: This not-so-rare phone user species leaves their phone plugged in ALL the time. They love to see 100% battery and panic whenever they see it drop below 90%. They plug their phone in at any opportunity. If it’s not in use, it’s plugged in. Even if it is in use, it’s plugged in. The battery, over time, will “learn” that most of the battery cells are not to be used. And without it using all the battery cells, it can’t hold a charge. Eventually the battery will only hold a charge for a very short time.
The-Wait-Until-The-Very-Last-Second-Plugger-Inner: Typically found in the younger generation, this problematic habit forms from allowing their battery to get to 1% before plugging them in for 10-15 minute bursts, allowing the battery to only charge to 15% and rush off to their life of texting once again, only to plug it back in 20 minutes later at 1% yet again. Thus the cycle repeats. The battery once again “learns” to never operate on a full charge and will not fully charge properly over time.
The-Chronic-Leaver-Of-All-Apps-Open-At-All-Times: We see this specimen constantly at Oops Repair. They have a bazillion apps open and NEVER close them….like ever. When you double tap that home button on their iPhone and you’ll spend the next half hour swiping up to close all the games, GPS, Maps, and the 217 Social Media apps they are addicted to. They smile wryly and ask “Does that really matter?” Um….in a word, YES! The background refresh on all those apps is killing your battery! Stop it! If you have more than 15 apps running in the background at any given time, you’re this person. Oops Repair sponsors O.A.A. (Open App Anonymous) meetings once a week to help overcome this addiction. ”My name is Josh, and I’m a chronic Open App user.”
Let me teach you now, Grasshopper, how to do it right!
The “Model” Battery User: The ones that get 2-3 years of battery life are among the elite in this life. They know the game, and play it right. Bad habits….yeah, as if…What are those? The guidelines below will help you to be pro-life for your battery:
- Wait until your battery gets BELOW 20% before charging it. The lower you let it drain, the more life you’ll get out of it. Even if you’re going to bed and it’s at 35-40%, let it go, charge it at work instead.
- Allow it to FULLY charge before unplugging it. If you can allow it to charge to 100%, let it.
- Don’t leave it plugged in longer than a few hours if it’s at 100%. Overnight charging is about the longest you want to leave it plugged in.
- Close your unused apps throughout the day. It’s a lot easier to close 15 apps than 200.
Bottom line: Plan your entire day around your phone. It’s your life. We know it is. Just kidding.
Hope it helps! Let us know if you have any comments!
One of the biggest strengths of Oops Repair is that we use OEM parts in our repairs.
To an everyday Joe, that may not mean all that much. It’s even been reported that “some” people are willing to sacrifice quality for a part that is $15-30 cheaper. We don’t get it. You have a $600…$800…$1000 smartphone, and you’re going to buy a $50 part on eBay and have it installed by a dude that works out of his basement? Really??
Ok, I’ll leave the spirit of sarcasm out of this (which always has a bit of truth in it) and let’s dive into the facts about this topic.
First, I need to start on a reputable platform. I’m a guy that has had over 3 years experience in buying parts for iPhones, iPads, iPods and Samsung Galaxy phones from just about everyone. I didn’t know where to start either. It’s ok. That’s why I’m writing this…to tell you the TRUTH and help you skip over all the hassle of poor quality parts and repairs.
Off we go…The advantages and benefits of buying OEM parts and having Oops Repair install them for you too.
This blog will be speaking specifically on iPhone parts.
Front Screen for iPhones: Let’s be completely transparent…yes, you can buy a new front screen for your iPhone 6 from someone on eBay for $40…I just looked. But what is it you’re really getting? A $40 part…that’s most definitely a third-party part. What does that mean? It means that they are made by other manufacturers. Third party parts are not the same as original parts. They do not have the same standards or quality.
But wait! I see the $60 OEM part on eBay too…from a reputable seller. Not so fast tough guy! OEM is just a nice “buzzword” that good sellers use to draw people into buying their parts. Anyone that is making a part can technically be an OEM supplier…especially in China So don’t let that be your deciding factor either.
I also see the $95 OEM iPhone 6 part on eBay. And you know what? That’s probably the legitimate part. That is very close to the price we pay for our parts. Real OEM parts!
Let’s take the time to dissect an iPhone front screen assembly (This is true for all iPhones):
- LCD – The LCD on a Third Party iPhone Front (on right in picture below) assembly will be discolored and have a purplish hue to it. They will glow funny and you will not have the ability to see true colors. They also are susceptible to dead/burnt out pixels after being on for only a few hours. OEM LCD’s (On left) have sharp distinct colors with the ability have true black and white in an image without distortion. They are much higher quality and have better heat dissipation across the entire LCD to avoid dead pixels.
- Glass – Third party & low-quality glass is not tempered or regulated to the same standards. It is more prone to cracking, and will shatter much easier than the OEM glass. And when it does crack or shatter, it will fall out, much like if you broke a window in your house. It doesn’t spiderweb and stay intact (like your original iPhone did)…it will be much easier to cut yourself. Third party glass is also not designed to work in conjunction with the digitizer (touch function) thus making the touch function more problematic, less sensitive, and down-right annoying! OEM glass is tempered, won’t shatter and fall out in big chunks. It is MADE to work with the digitizer and your touch is as smooth & responsive as it should be. (OEM on Left; Third Party on Right)
- Earpiece Dust Shield – Third Party is non-existent. OEM Parts include the earpiece dust shield.
Other Parts for iPhones: Same is true for other iPhone parts, you can buy third party…be it the buttons, speakers, rear glass assembly, and all the internal ribbon cables. They aren’t the right color, they don’t fit right, don’t function or actuate as smooth, don’t sound as crisp, don’t include the needed adhesive, etc. Bottom line…They just don’t live up to the originals!
Installation by Oops Repair: So now that you see the value in buying the right part, let me tout the the value in having your part installed by us.
- We actually use the same new OEM parts we just mentioned above…made by the SAME manufacturers used in iPhones, iPads, iPods and Samsung Galaxy.
- We have fixed THOUSANDS of iPhones. We are pros and know what we are doing.
- We Save You Time - We GUARANTEE all iPhone broken screens are repaired in 60 minutes…and most are actually done in less than 30 minutes. Most people who try repairing their phone themselves can easily spend 2 – 3 hours. Go grab lunch and come back to a shiny new, working iPhone.
- We have the part in stock. No need to wait for the part you want to be shipped to you.
- We Help Avoid Stress – Most people get stressed, frustrated and start yelling at their significant other/kids/friends/pets when they start to repair an iPhone on their own. They lose screws, accidentally clips cables, or make things worse than when they started…and it doesn’t quite look right or work right when they are done. Let us handle it…and you go be stress free because we make sure that:
1) All is accounted for – At Oops Repair, we will install every screw back (in the right spot) that we take out! (For an iPhone 6 Front Screen Repair that is over 30 teeny-tiny screws!). We get iPhones in where people tried themselves, or had it done somewhere else, and half the screws are missing! Each screw is important…otherwise they wouldn’t be there!
2) You have full functionality – Accidents happen, and internal cables get cut, clipped or torn. (Trust me I know this all to well) We promise that your iPhone will walk out working the same, or better, than when it came in. We will repair any mistakes, that we may make, free of charge, and be upfront and honest about it when you pick it up. If we break something, and we can’t fix it, we will replace it for you with a device of equal value.
- Price – We have the best price in town, and we openly post it on our website. We will meet any competitor price…that has the same claims we do.
- Warranty – 6 months, FULL PARTS AND LABOR, on all our repairs.
- We are honest – No games, no hype, just truth. We will let you know if we can fix your iPhone or not.
- You have a comfortable place to sit and wait with FREE Soda/Water, FREE Coffee, FREE Candy, FREE Wifi, Magazines, TV and friendly staff.
- Our customers love us and you will too – Check out our Customer Testimonials on Facebook.
Most of what was said above also goes for iPads, iPods and Samsung Galaxy parts.
If this was helpful at all, please comment below. I’d love to hear your feedback.
- Josh, owner of OopsRepair
We get a lot of broken phones in here, but this one was a MESSED UP!
LaeLynne brought us her iPhone 5C and it was so damaged we just HAD to ask!
Would you believe it had been ran over by a car? The phone slipped out of her pocket as she was getting in the car and she didn’t notice it until she was backing out of the driveway and saw something on the ground. So she stopped to see what it was. Of course by then the screen was shattered into oblivion and the home button had even been ripped off… but the phone still worked!
She told Siri to call Oops Repair and sped right over! We replaced the screen, and the home button in less than an hour!
You can see from her face how happy she was to have her phone back, as good as new!
This Oops of the Week features the Samsung Galaxy S5:
It belongs to a brick mason contractor. Working on the new Market St & Main St buildout in Chattanooga, he climbed the first level of scaffolding when he received a text from his teenage daughter. It was a picture of her new boyfriend. He dropped the phone in shock. The S5 fell to the ground (about an 8 ft drop) as our customer dove to try to catch it, barely hanging onto the beam he was standing on. It bounced off his fingertips and crashed onto dirt below, landing face up, still working perfectly – displaying the boyfriend’s picture in bright vivid color!
He groaned at the picture but then breathed a sigh of relief that at least he hadn’t broken his phone as he began to climb down. Once on the ground, he went to retrieve the fly-away phone, only to find that a big black crow was attacking the phone! Talk about ANGRY BIRDS!
(He insisted the bird was attacking the picture of the boyfriend that had still displayed, but we cannot confirm this.) However, it had pecked it’s beak several times into the screen, hence the look of the screen.
We were able to fix the screen, while he waited, in less than 30 minutes, good as new.
While waiting, our customer used his tablet to enroll his daughter into a popular all-girls prep school, here in Chattanooga Seems everyone was happy…except maybe the daughter.
Now before you judge this dad as overreacting, here’s the pic his daughter sent:
I know this is the second “security-like” blog written this month, but after we just had a college student walk-in who found her stolen iPhone completely rifled through (and her pictures posted places they shouldn’t have)…it only seemed right to reiterate these things again:
Apple takes security very seriously and goes to great lengths to make sure your data is safe at all times. That being said, there is still a risk that your information can be compromised as hackers never rest. While the team at Oops Repair specializes in hardware repairs for your iPhone, iPad, iPod and Samsung Galaxy phones, we do want all you iPhone users out there to protect your device from the inside out…you can never be too cautious! Here is a run-down of the most important things you can do to protect and safeguard the data on your iPhone.
Use a Passcode
Your passcode is designed to offer you protection against other people having access to your iPhone and all the data that is stored on it. This is why you should definitely set up a passcode as doing so is a great way to help protect your data. Once you’ve set up a passcode, you will be asked to enter it each time you turn on or wake up your phone. If you have an iPhone 5s, 6 or 6 Plus, you can use Touch ID which uses a fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone and to authorize purchases from Apple stores.
When setting up a passcode, avoid using something easy to guess like 1234 or 1111. Instead, use a passcode that’s easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.
(This was not setup by our unfortunate college student above)
Use Find my iPhone
If you have an iCloud account, you should set up Find my iPhone as this feature can go far in both locating your lost or stolen phone and in stopping others from accessing your data. Once you have this feature set up, you can use it to conveniently locate and track your lost or stolen phone on a map. This feature will play a sound on your device so you can easily find it when it’s nearby in the case that you’ve simply misplaced your phone. You can also use Find my iPhone to remotely lock your phone or to erase the data that’s on it.
(This was how our college student found her phone)
Only Allow Trusted Devices
When you connect your iPhone with iOS 7 or later to a PC for the first time, you’ll be asked to trust the computer prior to continuing. When you select ‘trust’ your settings, your data will be accessible from that computer when connected so be careful! When you choose not to trust the connected computer, you can still charge your iPhone but the connected computer won’t be able to access any content on your phone.
(Never trust a public computer!!)
Be Wary of the Apps You Use
Recently, hackers found a new way to break into Apple mobile devices using web pages, text messages and emails to trick users into downloading fake apps that leak their information. While this has not yet happened in the US, experts state that a vulnerability in the Apple’s iOS mobile operating system means fake apps which may appear to be your bank or email program, can take the place of genuine apps installed through the App Store. Once installed, these fake apps can gain access to data stored on your iPhone wherein it’s sent back to hackers without your knowledge. This is a good reminder to only download and install apps and software that come from trusted sources.
It’s important not only to protect your screen but also your privacy! These iPhone protections will help safeguard your phone and it’s data from hackers and thieves.
Remember that Oops Repair is here for you whenever you need repair services as our specialty is providing quality, reliable repair at affordable prices with the best service. Check out our website for all pricing, details and stock levels for your device!