2 Easy Tips For 2 Common iPhone Problems

With iPhones being as common as any other mobile device nowadays. That being said, iPhone users aren't immune from problems. The handy Apple smartphone does have its quirks, and here are two useful tricks that we recently learned while debugging our own problems.

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How to Charge the iPhone While Your MacBook's Lid is Closed
I've got a small workstation desk, and keeping my MacBook open, as well as the iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard, alongside another Windows PC takes up almost all the desk space. Ideally, I've been looking for ways to optimize utility with these space limitations, and that means consolidation.

If your MacBook has the latest OS X update, your machine can charge the iPhone even when the lid is closed and the Mac is asleep (note: it won't work if your MacBook is switched off). Once your MacBook is asleep, simply plug in your iPhone or iPad. Your MacBook will awaken for a few moments, and then go back to sleep once the charging cycle has started. Your iPad and iPhone will charge without syncing in this mode.

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iPhone Sync Won't Start
I ran into a strange problem recently: whenever I plugged the iPhone into the MacBook, the sync wouldn't start, with or without apps being launched. For example, when apps like Dropbox or iPhoto are archiving latest photos from phone to computer, it's understandable syncing might not be available. But even without any apps running, my iPhone wouldn't sync. I've discovered this workaround:

  1. Close iTunes
  2. Switch off your iPhone
  3. Unplug it from your Mac
  4. Switch on your iPhone
  5. Restart iTunes and plug in your iPhone
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The sync should start without any problems. If the problem persists, here's how you can proceed to solve the issue:

  1. Create a backup of your iPhone
  2. Restore your iPhone to factory settings through iTunes
  3. Restore your iPhone to your backed up settings
  4. Sync your music, videos, and books

This should solve the sync problem and should allow you to sync your smartphone without any further issues.

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