Thursday, May 15, 2014


Notes by Peggy

5/1/14. More good info today.

A little bit of everything, email, free phone call app, free training apps etc.  Being a small class during the summer months allows us to cover a wide spectrum of things related to the iPhone and iPad.

BookBub ( and ENT ( have daily offers of Free or very low cost ebooks.  Not Bestsellers, but some very good reads.  You can download them onto your iPhone or iPad, though you may need an Amazon account to do it through. - can get it as an app too (google translate)
translate an entire website from approximately 81 foreign languages into English or vice versa.  With the app, you can type in what you want translated, speak it into the microphone  OR handwrite it, and the app will not only display the correct phrase, but click on the speaker icon next to it and you'll hear how to say it in the language you're wanting!

Use this app on your iPad to make FREE calls to Canada and the US (directly to your friend's landline).  This will require WiFi access.  You may want to email the person to alert them that you'll be calling because it shows up on caller ID as coming from Florida.

WONDERFUL online classes highly recommended by Sandy and Kay:
David A Cox's
Great classes on iPad, iPhone, PCs and Macs
Just for examples:
One class teaches you how to get rid of duplicate contacts.
Another class is on Battery Life.
Another about iCloud support?
(Note:  When you first sign up, you must wait for a confirmation email that will give you this month's password in order to access the website.)

Contacts:  Just a note: as soon as you change something in one contact on one iDevice, it will sync IMMEDIATELY in your other iProducts.  So immediately put the other iProduct in Airplane mode if you don't want it to sync.

If you don't care for the 3D effect in the ios7 (wallpaper moves slightly when iPhone is moved), stop it by going to:
  • Settings
  • General (if you don't see General, swipe to find it)
  • Accessibility
  • Reduce Motion - turn it on (will show green)
To send a Photo in email on iPhone or iPad:
  • Open Photos
  • Select a photo by touching it and it will become full screen
  • Hit the Share button (box with upward arrow) [on iPhone the photo will have a circle with a checkmark in it.  You can swipe to select more photos (max 5 for email).  When you've chosen the ones you want, click NEXT]
  • select MAIL
  • Fill in the To:  and Subject: lines by touching each and the keyboard will appear.  When done typing, hit keyboard symbol on lower right.
  • Click send
  • on the iPhone, it will ask you to choose the message size.  Choose MEDIUM
MAIL (the blue square with white envelope) App:
To set up your iPad or iPhone to receive email:  You must know your email provider (ie AOL, Google[gmail]cr8zy, yahoo, etc), your email address and password.  To set up new email account:
  1. Settings
  2. Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Add Account
  4. Choose type of account (provider)
  5. enter Name, email address, password & description
  6. Next  (mail will begin verifying)
  7. If all is correct, blue checkmarks will appear next to each entry, then the next screen will show up
  8. At this point, Turn on Mail & Contacts.  Calendars and notes are your decision.
  9. Save
  10. You new email account will be added
Again, it is recommended you have a gmail address (that will also serve as the login for other google based sites you may want to access).
 To create one:
  • Go to
  • (note: when you go into Safari, there may be a website address already in the address bar.  Simply touch it.  When it highlights all blue, you can just start typing the address you want)  Then press GO.
  • Below the blue sign-in rectangle are the words Create A New Account
  • Tap that and it will take you to
  • Follow the prompts to create a google account which will serve as your gmail login.  (Remember to write down your user name & 8 character password!)  You'll also have to enter a birth month, day & year, but you can make one up - just remember to write that down also.  To prove you're not a robot randomly creating gmail addresses, you have to type the numbers displayed into the blank space below them.  Verify your location is United States, check the box agreeing to the Terms of Service, then tap Next step
  • If every was put in correctly, you'll come to a Welcome! page confirming your new gmail user name.  
  • Leave this page and go back to Settings to set up your iPad or iPhone to receive this new email address. (see steps 1 through 10 above).
Within Mail, mailboxes are more like file folders, so you can organize your saved emails.When you go into Mail, you can choose to look at your emails via each individual email address you have OR you can select All Inboxes.
To read about "Folders (Mailboxes) in Mail and arranging your emails", refer to the Sunday, December 14, 2013 post on the PALM CREEK IPAD USERS GROUP blog (  Type the word Mail in the search bar (upper left where the magnifying glass is).

April 17, 2014

Notes by Peggy 

Moving photos from iphone and ipad to a PC.

We worked on moving photos from iphone/ipad to a PC today.

First, on your PC (computer):
  • Start button (lower left in Windows 7)
  • Select Computer
  • C drive
  • Users (folder)
  • Your name (folder)
  • My Pictures (folder)
  • Create a new folder and Label it: iPad Photos
  • Create a separate new folder and Label it: iPhone Photos
  • YES, you need 2 different folders as you want to keep separate which photos come from each iUnit.  Because of syncing between iProducts and photo streaming (which is ONLY between iProducts) knowing from which product a certain photo originated gets confusing.
  • NOTE:  Camera Roll is the Master File on the iPad.  If you delete a photo in there, it is gone from ALL albums.
Now, connect your iPad (or iPhone) to the computer with the USB charger cord that came with your iProduct.
To access the photos from the iPad that is connected to the computer, go to:
  • Computer
  • Your iPad should now show up where the other drives in your computer appear.  Be PATIENT, it may not show up immediately.  If iTunes opens, close it - we're not moving photos through that today.  Click on your iPad when it appears.
    • NOTE: Your computer may ask "Do you want to allow this computer to access info on "XNAME's iPad?"' Effectively say yes, by clicking CONTINUE.
    • And, Your iPad will ask "Trust this computer?"  Click TRUST.
  • After you've clicked on 'your iPad', INTERNAL STORAGE will appear.  Click on that.
  • DCIM will show next.  Keep clicking on that until photos appear.
From here, you can move all the photos currently on your iPad into the computer:
  • Highlight the 1st photo
  • Scroll to the bottom
  • Hold the SHIFT key down as you click on the last photo.*
  • All photos will turn blue
  • R click in the blue, and choose COPY
  • Now, on the left of the computer's screen, click on PICTURES 
  • Find the folder you created earlier named iPad Photos
  • R click on that folder, then click PASTE
  • All the photos will copy into that folder!
    • *Note:  If you prefer to pick and choose which photos to copy, hold down the CTRL key as you click click click the individual, noncontiguous pictures.  They will turn blue as you choose them.  
Now that the photos are in your computer, you can burn them to a disk, USB, or backup on an external hard drive.  ONLY after you're sure you have your photos SAVED, you can delete them from your iPad to free up space.

It is highly recommended you back up your ENTIRE computer the 1st of every month.  This is easy using an external hard drive.  There are convenient sized portable hard drives even up to 1TB(terra byte)!  The initial full backup will take quite a bit of time, but future ones will only backup files that have changed.  Join and attend Palm Creek's wonderful Computer Club for more information.

On iPad and iPhone, photos can be transferred even easier than the procedure outlined above by using an App made especially for this.  Two that Sandy recommends are:
  1. WIFI transfer $2.99 in the App Store (but you can wait for it to come around on Apps Gone Free).
  2. Video2photo   $0.99 in the App Store.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

March 24, 2014

First Combo iPhone iPad Users Group Meeting
Notes by Peggy 

iPhone & iPad 1st Class together

Went over some random basics for our newer attendees:

Swipe up from the very bottom of your screen, a gray rectangle with icons appears:

touch any of these icons to toggle between "On" (white) and "Off" (black):
  • Airplane - airplane mode.  You will have no wifi access when this is on.  Use this mode when on a plane and you can still use your iProduct to read ebooks, pdfs, etc. even when your phones are supposed to be shut off.
  • Radar looking icon - indicates wifi access is present when "On"
  • triangular sideways pretzel - bluetooth
  • quarter moon - do not disturb (not only silences phone ringer, but also any sound alerts from games, texts, etc.)
  • padlock with arrowed circle around it - Portrait orientation lock (screen won't rotate when you turn iProduct).
  • ONLY on the iPad (not iPhone) Bell with a line through it - mutes the device
    • Note: When you touch one of these icons, a description of the function appears briefly in the middle at the top of the gray.
  • If you have an iPhone5 or newer iPad, you may have an Airdrop icon
  • slider buttons to increase/decrease your screen's brightness (brighter uses more battery between charges) or to adjust the volume for your music.
  • sideways triangles - play, forward to next, or go back buttons for your music.
Touch any of the lower icons to activate (remember to get out of the function you've activated - hit the home screen once):
  • clock (set at 10:50) - brings up the timer
  • camera - opens the camera 
SIDE NOTE: When you've just turned on your iDevice, or it has been idle for awhile, it goes into lock mode and the screen will be black.  Touch the home button and the locked screen appears.  When your device is on the lock screen, there is a camera icon on the lower right.  Simply touch,hold and slide it up to access your camera immediately (so you won't miss that fantastic shot by having to slide, type in password, then find the camera icon and wait for it to open)
  • iPhone ONLY: flashlight - built in flashlight (only on the iPhone as iPad doesn't have a light to activate)
  • iPhone ONLY: calculator (nicely included now, so don't have to download free calculator apps that bombard you with ads or enticements to pay).
To close the gray bar - touch the black arrow at the top.

Messages between Apple iProducts (iPhone, iPad, iPod) are free.  You can tell the person you're texting has an iProduct when your sent messages are in blue bubbles.
If your sent message is in a green bubble, they don't have an iProduct and the texts will be charged against your data plan.  (Good to know if you have limited data minutes).

To DELETE INDIVIDUAL messages:  Touch and hold a message.  The options COPY or MORE will appear.  Choose MORE.  Circles will appear beside each individual message.  You can click the ones you want to delete, then touch the TRASH CAN in the lower left.  IF you click on DELETE ALL at the top left of the screen, ALL the messages with that person will be deleted!  (PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA.)  To exit without deleting any, touch CANCEL at the upper right of the screen, then DONE.  Hit the Home Button to get out of messages.

You can search in Calendar for past OR upcoming events.  
  • Open Calendar.
  • Touch the Magnifying Glass
  • Type in your search (ie haircut).  (Watch your screen because matches will show up before you're done typing.)
New in Safari with iPhone ios7:
When you go on the Web via Safari now, there are several icons on the bottom of the screen.
  • < or > symbols move you back and forth between recent websites.
  • box with arrow going out the top - share.  You can share this website via message, email, twitter, facebook.  From Share can also - Bookmark the website, Add it to Reading List, Add to Home Screen, Copy or Print it.  Hit CANCEL at bottom to return to Safari.
  • Open book icon - takes you to bookmarks or reading list.  Click DONE in upper right to return to Safari.
  • But the REALLY neat new one is the icon that looks like a page of paper hovering over another page.  When you touch this, you will see previously visited web pages cascading (as if looking into a file cabinet).  You can simply touch the web page you want to go to and it will appear.  Also, you can close any of them by clicking the X in the upper left of the chosen web page as it "hangs" there.
Have separate email addresses for personal and "business" (ie coupons that will be sent to you, etc).
Get a Gmail account.  It's free and will come in VERY useful in the future.
You can FaceTime (icon looks like a white video camera on a green background) someone in Canada for free!  Again, it is iProduct to iProduct.  Still it will need a WiFi connection, so will use data minutes if you have a limited data wifi plan. 

If you can't find a certain icon, use Spotlight Search:
  • Swipe down in second row of icons.
  • Search bar appears at top.
  • Type in what you're looking for.

to FACETIME someone:
  • Open FaceTime
  • All Contacts will appear (on the right in iPad)
  • Type to Search for the person you want to "call  (If you accidentally bring up a contact you don't want, hit "back to All Contacts" at the top)
  • Press the FaceTime symbol
  • You can now talk & see each other
  • Whoever hits the red phone symbol first, ends the conversation.                                                                                                                         
HOME BUTTON (the circle at bottom of device indented or not depending on whether you have fingerprint mode):
  • Click once to get you out of an app.
  • Click twice and all open apps will appear smaller, and side by side.  You can move back and forth between apps, by entering this mode, then touching the app you want to use.  Also while in this mode, CLOSE an app by swiping up on it.  
    • NOTE:  Close your apps when done using because when you leave them running in the background, they use a lot of battery.

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