This is a message that I keep repeating, because every week I deal with the mess that results from incorrect setup of iCloud.
It is essential that, when you set up your child's iPad, you DO NOT use your own Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.
iCloud Apple IDs are not meant to be shared - each person must have their own iCloud account.
Have you made the mistake of using a 'shared' Apple ID for iCloud? If you have, I highly recommend 'undoing' this before the school year gets under way. Not doing so may risk loss of your data, and issues with storage space, messages going to the wrong person, and much more.
For anyone who would like to better understand iCloud, iTandCoffee will be holding the Understanding and Using iCloud class on February 17th at 10:00am.
Attendees can receive one-on-one help with 'unravelling' their iCloud mess immediately after this class.
Of course, one-on-one help is available for you and your family - either in-home or at iTandCoffee. This can be especially necessary in cases where there are multiple devices that need to be sorted out! After hours appointments are available.
Get the iCloud Guide from iTandCoffee
iTandCoffee has produced a great guide to assist you with understanding and using iCloud. This guide can be purchased and downloaded from the iTandCoffee online store.
Hardcopies are also available - contact iTandCoffee to enquire about or order - 1300 885 420, or email@example.com.
Related Articles and Handy Hints
Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours with a friend, helping her set up school iPads for two of her children.
There is such a long list of things to do when setting up your child's school iPad, and we both marvelled at how the average parent would be able to complete this list of setup tasks without assistance!.
I am waiting on the delivery of my son's school iPad, and will be going through the same list of tasks when it arrives.
So I figured it would be worth writing down the list, for myself and for others who need to do the same thing over these next few weeks. (Please note that this is intended as a checklist, and does not include the 'how to' of every step. iTandCoffee can help with this if anyone gets stuck!)
Don't forget to do the same setup on their iPhone too (if they are lucky enough to have one).
Are you totally confused about what is happening these days with your music on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV?
I too found myself in this state during my summer break, when I went to play the Adele '25' album that I had purchased. At the time I was looking to play it, I had no internet service so needed to rely on my downloaded music.
I knew I had downloaded Adele's album, but could not find the Album on my iPhone - despite it showing in my iTunes Store app that it had been downloaded.
It was then that I discovered that all the music that I had previously sync'd to my iPhone from my computer had also disappeared, leaving me with nothing to listen to while 'offline'.
Then, in setting up my new Apple TV, I couldn't get any music to show up in Apple Music - other than Apple Radio.
I found that there are a couple of things to consider when sorting out issues with your Music under iOS 9, depending on whether you have turned on iCloud Music Library and whether you have an Apple Music subscription.
For those who might have missed some of the Handy Hints published by iTandCoffee about your iPand and iPhone during 2015, here is a handy summary!
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, you can view tips like these at any time. Here is a list of lots more iPad and iPhone Handy Hints.
If you are not yet a member, here's how to join!
Another update to iOS on our iPhones and iPad will be arriving some time soonish.
iOS 9.3 will include a major new set of features for supporting multiple users of individual iPads in schools - a set of changes that may make the iPad even more popular for education use.
But it also and has some other new features that I really like. Here are a couple:
A new 'Night Shift' mode will automatically adjust the colours on iPhone and iPad screens when night falls, becoming warmer and less eye-straining so that Apple users won't be disturbed by interruptions to their sleep caused by harsh blue screen light.
The iOS 9.3 system update will also offer a Fingerprint Lock for the Notes application
Here is the full article that I have 'scooped' to my Scoop.it page.
iTandCoffee will be holding an
iPad Setup Workshop for Parents
Friday January 22nd, from 9:30am-12pm
for any parents who would like assistance with getting their kids' devices ready for the new school year.
GET IN EARLY
The first 5 people to book will pay the
discounted price of $30 per person
(instead of $50).
There will be a presentation that goes through the 'how to', and then assistance will be available for those who need help with the setup.
Numbers will be strictly limited, so book early to avoid missing out.
I have a confession to make. While I do teach clients to stick with the standard Apple apps on the iPad and iPhone as much as possible, I have broken that rule when it comes to the Calendar app on my iPhone.
I just don't like the fact that my iPhone's Calendar app does not show a good 'week view' of my calendar.
I know that it does give a 'week view' if I turn my phone on its side (into landscape mode), but even that view does not show enough of each day - I have to scroll up and down to view earlier or later in the day.
For the past couple of years, the app that I have been using for viewing my calendar on my iPhone is called 'Week Calendar', a paid app that costs only $2.99.
It uses the same calendar information as the Apple's Calendar app, and gives me a much better view of my week.
I have shown some examples below (with some of the details blurred out). You can see in the two images below that I have been able to 'spread out' or 'contract' the calendar to show more or less of the hours of the day. This is something that you just can't do in Apple's Calendar app, even in landscape mode.
Below is the best I can see of the same week on my iPhone's Calendar App. I can't change the 'scale' so that I can see more of my day and just don't see enough of the day in this view.
For anyone out there who is interested in getting this app, here is the link to the app in the App Store.
Related Handy Hints and Articles
For those who might have missed some of the Handy Hints published about Mac's during 2015, here is a handy summary!
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, you can view tips like these at any time.
If you are not yet a member, here's how to join!
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