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How to Transfer Data From Your Old iPad or iPhone to a New One Without Using iCloud January 3, 2023

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The Holidays are ending and I’m sure many of you are sitting on brand new iPhone or iPad models. For those of you who already possess iPhones or iPads, this can be a concerning time, as your personal data is very important and (barring legacy software incompatibility with new hardware) you can carry your data, settings and applications over from one Apple device to another. The best part is, you don’t need to have iCloud involved in this at all.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apple Watch owners will need to use iCloud during this process. Before performing this backup make sure to enable a sync of your Health application to iCloud, as due to privacy reasons, Watch data is not included in a standard iPhone backup.

To start, you’ll need the following:

  • A Mac or PC with iTunes installed that has enough free space to accommodate your device’s data.
  • Your new iPad or iPhone and your old iPad or iPhone. Both must be functional.
  • Charging cables that fit your new device, your old device, and can plug into your PC/Mac.

To start, open Finder on your Mac or iTunes on your PC, plug your old device into your computer, instruct the computer and device to trust each other, and perform a complete backup of your device onto your computer. You do not need to encrypt your backup, and if you do encrypt your backup there is no way to reset the backup encryption password if you forget it.

When the backup is finished, hit the eject button on iTunes or Finder next to your device’s name and unplug it. I recommend putting your old device into airplane mode and powering it off after this so it won’t accumulate new information after the backup.

Power on your new device and plug it into the same computer. iTunes on PC or Finder on Mac will notify you of the new device once trust is established between the two. Instead of setting up as a new device, tell the computer to load a backup with your old device’s name onto your new device.

Mac users may notice that Finder may ignore your prompt to load a backup onto your new device the first time your new iPad or iPhone is plugged into your Mac, even if your backup is good. If this does happen, the only way to fix it is to perform a RESTORE on your new device by pushing the RESTORE button in Finder. This will update your device to the latest system software version, and after it reboots you will have the chance to try again.

Once the restore completes, make sure to check your device to conclude any setup processes not usually backed up, such as Wi-Fi setup, iTunes password verification, as well as Face ID or TouchID setup.

Once you’ve made it to your new device’s Home Screen, your applications should start redownloading on their own automatically. Once they conclude, you can begin signing back into all of your applications. You may also need to reconnect third-party Bluetooth devices, but AirPods users will be happy to know that their pods will transfer in this process.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apple Watch owners MUST transfer the use of their Watch to their new iPhone. After a new iPhone has all its data restored and the user is signed into their iTunes account, open the Watch app on your new iPhone and tell the app you wish to transfer an existing Watch to your phone. This process typically takes around five minutes. DO NOT WIPE OR TRADE IN YOUR OLD PHONE UNTIL THIS PROCESS FINISHES!

Migrating To A New Nintendo Switch Can Affect Clock Based Events in Pokémon Sword and Shield – Here’s How to Fix It November 19, 2022

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Pokémon Trainers who plan to upgrade to a brand-new Nintendo Switch can only transfer their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield save game using ONE method, the Switch’s built in System Transfer option. However, even after that is done successfully, Sword and Shield can sometimes flag a legit transfer as a system clock manipulation and lock out users from accessing time-based events. Here’s how it happened to me, why it’s doing that and what to do about it.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Everything You Need to Know about Charging Apple Devices July 12, 2021

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If you plan to get a new iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch and don’t know what you need to charge it, I’m here to help you. If you don’t l know what MagSafe is or if Thunderbolt and Lightning is very very frightening, relax. I’ve produced a new how-to video for you.

While it would be better if Apple provided a unified document about what kind of charging their devices can handle, I have done my own experimenting and would like to share my research with all of you. Enjoy.

How to Get Fire TV to Go Straight to Your Cable Box When You Turn it On November 9, 2020

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We’ve got an important How-To video up for you guys. If you own a television with integrated Fire TV support, you might have noticed that regardless of what application or input you were watching before turning off the TV, it will automatically boot back to the Amazon Home Screen.

This reboot to home “feature” can be frustrating, particularly if you prefer to watch television channels as soon as you hit the power button on the remote. It also can be frustrating if your television’s remote isn’t compatible with your television provider’s set top box, and you don’t want to have to use multiple remotes just to navigate your tv channels and your apps.

So what can you do? Watch this video and find out.

Free Month of Pokemon Distribution Starts This Week May 26, 2020

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If you’ve got a copy of Pokémon Sword and/or Pokémon Shield I’ve got some really cool news for you. The Pokémon Company is distributing a free Pokémon each week through the game’s Mystery Gift function. The first one up is a very special Mr. Mime.

If you don’t know how to use your console’s Mystery Gift function, here’s a tutorial. All you need is an active internet connection and a copy of a GEN8 game.

Get Mr. Mime now while you can because a new Pokémon is coming to the Mystery Gift every Friday for the next three weeks.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

How To Transfer Pokemon From Pokemon Go to Nintendo Switch May 14, 2020

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Got a new How-To video for you Pokémon Trainers out there. As far as I know, as of the time this article is being posted, we aren’t able to import Pokémon caught in Pokémon Go into Pokémon Home. However, there is another way you can get some of your Pokémon Go crew into your Nintendo Switch, so keep reading.

You’ll need three things:

  • Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee
  • BlueTooth-enabled Smartphone with Pokémon Go installed.

Make your way to Fuscia City and watch this video.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

How to Use Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset February 19, 2020

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We are back with a brand-new How To video for you guys. Sony’s PlayStation Gold Headset is a perfect companion to the PlayStation VR headset, and can be a great way to get 3D sound out of the PS4 without the need of buying an expensive surround sound amplifier.

But how do you set this headset up and what’s the best way to use it? Watch the video below and we will show you everything you need to know to get the best out of the PlayStation Gold Headset!

How to Use the Pokeball Plus in Pokemon Sword and Shield January 8, 2020

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Pokémon Trainers who might have their Pokeball Plus accessories lying around after using it to complete last year’s Pokémon games will be happy to learn that they can use the PokeBall Plus in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. While not all of the

This is actually the follow up to a companion video we did to show off the functionality of the PokéBall Plus when it was first released. If you’re interested in knowing more about how to use the PokeBall Plus you can watch the earlier video here.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

How to Get the Most Out of the Poke Ball Plus November 12, 2019

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We are less than a week away from the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch and we decided the time was finally right to do a new how-to video about Pokémon.

The Poké Ball Plus released almost a year ago and is the exclusive controller option for Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. However, most users may not be aware of all the functionality the controller actually has. Here’s a quick rundown of some features you can use right now.

Not enough for you? From what we’ve been told, the Poké Ball Plus will be compatible with Pokémon Sword and Shield when those games launch.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices. Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu are out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

How to Connect Apple Pencil (GEN1) to iPad (GEN6) or iPad Pro (GEN1) May 30, 2019

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One of the best new accessories for the Apple iPad is the Apple Pencil. It’s a fantastic stylus that can accept precision input much more accurately than your finger. It is just perfect for drawing, marking documents, and photo manipulation. You

So how do you use the Apple Pencil with a compatible iPad or iPad Pro? Well, we’re going to show you exactly how to connect it to your iPad and give you some useful tips for how to make the best use out of it without having to buy any specific apps.

Just be aware, this How To Video is only for the GEN1 Apple Pencil. It will not work for the GEN2 Apple Pencil.