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Where Do I Find iPhone Backups?

Last time my iPhone 4 get into weird iPhone staring issue and instead of starting it was only showing Apple logo. I had no choice but to restore my iPhone using my backup file. I get into DFU mode and searched for iPhone backup files. This quick tutorial is useful for you if you are looking to find your iPhone backup.


Windows Vista or Windows 7 iPhone Backup Location:

To access this location in Windows, you may have to enable Hidden files & Folders because by default this folder is hidden in Explorer.

C: > Users > [Name of User] > AppData > Roaming > AppleComputer > MobileSync > Backup

Windows XP iPhone Backup Location:

C: > Documents and Settings > [Name of User] > Application Data > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup

Mac OS X iPhone Backup Location:

On your Mac, to find iTunes backup navigate to:

[User Home Folder] > Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup

This is something I was not aware of, and after finding the iPhone location it will be easy for me to restore my iPhone.

Air Playit : Stream Multi-Media Content from Computer to iOS Device

Air Playit is going to change the way you transfer video and music from your computer to iPhone/ iPad, just say goodbye to the days when you have to sync the media from iTunes. As long as long as your iPhone or iPad is connected with WiFi, 3G/4G network, just play your desired videos and music on your iOS device directly, irrespective of the file format.

Here I would like to introduce this innovative video and audio streaming software to you. Air Playit is composed of a server and a client application, and the connection between them is the wireless network (WiFi, 3G or 4G). The server is mainly for sharing the videos and music folder, and the client application is used mainly for staying connected with the server to get the media streaming from it.

Air Playit

Setting up Air Playit server onto the desktop is simple and quick. Run it and click “Shared Folder”, you can not only add video/music folder from hard disk but also import the iTunes playlist for streaming. Other functions could also be found here, for instance, click “Permission” tab and users can set permission level (Admin, Kid and Public) to the shared file. Under the “Information” tab, the IP address of your server computer is shown. The “Web” tab allows users to access the shared media using any web browser with the URL shown on the server.With Air Playit installed, you can transfer your videos and music wirelessly with little time and effort.

Key features of Air Playit:

Live conversion

Built in 320 different video/audio codecs, Air Playit offers real-time conversion for the HD and SD videos when streaming, so that you can play any video and music on your device instantly.

The supported video formats include the HD videos MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, TP, MPEG-TS, AVC and MOD etc and regular videos such as MPEG1/2, WMV, ASF, AVI, MOV, RM/RMBV, FLV, MP4, H.264, M4V, WTV, WebM.

Air downloader

Air Playit also works as remote video converter software for you to add/manage video conversion tasks on your iOS device, which enables you to download the audio video files to your device wirelessly over WiFi, 3G/4G network and play them offline at any time.

HTTP server

Air Playit enables users to access the videos and audios stored on a PC or Mac using any web browser.

Besides the above features, Air Playit has even more to offer. For instance, it enables users to add remote server by specifying IP address and supports multi-audio tracks video for you to choose any language in the video file. It can also remotely power off your computer after finishing watching. Compared with other video/audio streaming software, Air Playit has an innovative feature- TV out that empowers you to stream video & music to TV via iPhone iPad etc. It is a good idea to use Air Playit and start a new way to transfer your videos and music and play them on your beloved iOS device.

How to use Air Playit to transfer media from computer to your iOS device.

Download Air Playit server (both Mac and Windows versions are available) and install it onto the computer, and then install the client app for iPad or client app for iPhone on your iOS device.

Run Air Playit server, click “Shared folders” and add the video or music folder that you need to stream to your iPad or iPhone.



On your iPad or iPhone, run the client app and add your server and tap it. The client app will detect and connect to the server automatically by Bonjour service. If sometimes it can’t find the Bonjour connection information, you need to manually input the server address which is shown on the server or close the firewall for a try. Here I would like to take iPhone for example.

Browse the shard folders under the server, then tap your desired folder, select any file that you need and click “Play”, just play the music and video on the go without waiting for the conversion.

Using this software will certainly take care of pain of transferring multi-media files from your desktop to your iOS device. Do let us know your review of Air playit or any other streaming software if you are using?

What Are The Difference Between DFU and Recovery Mode

This tutorial tells you the basic difference between iPhone’s DFU and Recovery modes and what mode is used for what purpose. If you already know the difference between the two modes and looking for just the instructions on how to put iPhone into the two modes read:

Difference Between DFU and Recovery Mode:

What are these modes for and why should I know about them?

If you are a new iPhone user or don’t care about jailbreaking chances are that you might have never come across these two modes and won’t need to in the future either. But if you use Cydia or custom IPSW firmware on your iPhone or other iOS devices you will definitely come across this.

DFU stands for Device Firmware Update. Both of the modes can be entered by pressing a particular series of buttons on your iPhone. They help you update or install firmware when the normal iTunes method fails. Here are some situations when you might need to use these modes.

  • Reset iPhone if your forgot Passcode
  • Downgrade Firmware version
  • Install beta iOS Firmware
  • When iTunes returns errors like 1013, 1603 etc.

iPhone Recovery mode vs DFU mode:

iPhone Recovery Mode:

Recovery Mode boots your iPhone and stops at the Connect to iTunes screen. You can use it to install the latest firmware but not downgrade. You can click on Restore in iTunes to let iTunes download firmware and install. Alternatively, you can download firmware from here and press Alt + Restore(Shift + Restore on Windows) to browse for firmware manually.

iPhone Recovery Mode

The recovery mode and iTunes will prevent you from restoring to older firmware than the current firmware. You will keep getting error in iTunes every time you try doing it. This is because iPhone has already booted and knows the current firmware version.

iPhone DFU Mode:

DFU mode on the other hand does not fully start up the iPhone or iPod Touch. The screen remains off and appears as if your iPhone is turned off but it will be recognized in iTunes and be ready for restoring to any firmware. Since, the firmware is not booted you can downgrade iPhone to previous versions or even custom firmwares with Cydia and other packages created from jailbreak tools like PwnageTool.

iPhone DFU Mode
Learn how to put iPhone into DFU mode:

So now you know the difference between the two modes. Let us know if you have any related questions via comments.

Download iPhone Ringtones using Cydia

Having a custom ringtone or popular ringtones on your iPhone helps it look more cool. We have talked about many ways by which you can get ringtones on your iPhone and in case if you have missed them, here are some of the guide which you can refer to:

All the above mentioned post will does the job pretty well, but there is no harm looking into more options. Today in this post I will tell you about how to get iPhone ringtones through Cydia.

This cydia tip requires you to have jailbroken iPhone with Cydia installed. Cydia has a great list of iPhone ringtones or there are many apps on Cydia which will let you create ringtones directly on iPhone.

How to use Cydia Ringtone directory?

Lets look at the easiest way to get iPhone ringtone using Cydia. Open cydia and click on Section and scroll down to Cydia ringtones. You will see a big list of iPhone ringtones and you can click on any of them and start downloading. This is so far one of the best and easy way to download iPhone ringtones on your jailbroken iPhone and it will save lots of time.

iPhone Ringtones Cydiacydia ringtone

Moreover I suggest you to download and install installous on your iPhone, using it you can download any Paid iPhone app for free.

Cydia app for ringtone:

Above method is default and you may or may not be lucky enough to get awesome ringtones. Another way is to use free cydia app call Unlimtones, which not only let you browse top ringtones based on different genre, but you can also upload your own song and clip it for iPhone ringtone. This is not geeky and all you need to do is, search for UnlimTones under BigBoss repo.

Personally, I keep using default ringtones to get new cydia ringtone and even for you it will serve the purpose. It has more than 5.5K ringtones and list is growing every day.

I will keep adding more options in coming days, don’t forget to join us on Facebook for quick updates on Cydia tweak.

How to Downgrade iOS 5 Beta to iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

This tutorial will help you downgrade your iOS device back from iOS 5 beta to iOS 4.3.3 or older. There might be several reasons for downgrading. Be it a bricked iOS device stuck at Apple logo or maybe you want to downgrade back because of the bugs in iOS 5 and lack of an untethered jailbreak. No matter what the reason be you will be able to go back to iOS 4.

We hope you have your SHSH blobs saved using TinyUmbrella but even if you haven’t you can still go back to iOS 4.3.3 at least since Apple is still signing that firmware and will continue to do so until iOS 5 is out of beta and released officially.

If you want to downgrade to a firmware older than iOS 4.3.3 like 4.3.2 or 4.3.1 then you need to have saved SHSH blobs previously. The procedure is same as what’s mentioned below except that you need to first launch TinyUmbrella and click on start TSS Server before following this tutorial.

Tools required to Downgrade iOS 5 beta to iOS 4.3.3:

You just need iTunes 10.3 or iTunes 10.5 beta installed on your computer and also the iOS 4.3.3 firmware file using the links below:

How to Downgrade iOS 5.0b1 to iOS 4.3.3:

Connect your iPhone to the Mac and then place it in DFU mode. It’s pretty simple actually. Just press and hold the home and power button till the iPhone turns off and leave power button just before the apple logo is about to reappears. The iPhone screen will remain black but iTunes will detect it. In case you are facing difficulties use our guide to put iPhone into DFU mode.

iTunes will alert you that an iPhone is detected in recovery mode.

How to downgrade ios 5 to iso 4 3 3  3

Now press alt/option on your Mac’s keyboard (Shift key for windows users) and then click on Restore. iTunes will ask you to browse for the firmware file. Point it to the file we downloaded a few steps earlier.

How to downgrade ios 5 to iso 4 3 3  4

iTunes will ask for a confirmation to erase and restore your iOS device to iOS 4.3.3. Click on Restore to proceed.

In around five to ten minutes the restore process will be done and your iPhone will restart.

How to downgrade ios 5 to iso 4 3 3  5

Please note that the result may not be the same for you. The iPhone used in this tutorial had a rebel sim and therefore did not get any error. If you get any iTunes error like 1013, 1015, 1604, 3002 etc. don’t panic. The firmware has been downgraded from iOS 5 beta already.

Itunes error 3002

Now you just need to bring your iOS device out of recovery. Use RecBoot or TinyUmbrella to exit recovery. Exit iTunes and launch TinyUmbrella and then click on Exit Recovery.

Useful iPhone Tips and Tricks

iPhone is now one of the most used smart phone till the date and iOS is a feature rich smartphone. Specially, iOS brought many features which will change the way we use our phone. People who have already bought an iPhone 4S, know the power of Siri. Here we are going to talk about bestiPhone Tips and Tricks . These iPhone Tips and Tricks will help you to use your iPhone more efficiently and in better way.

Handy list of iPhone Tips and Tricks

These iPhone tips and tricks will work with almost all the model of iPhone.

How to take Screenshot on iPhone

People who are coming from symbian family of phones, they always relied upon 3rd party software to take screenshots of your mobile screen. iPhone has an inbuilt feature which will let you take the screenshot using a simple iPhone tip.
To take a screen shot on your apple iPhone, Press the home button and press the sleep/wake button on the top of the iPhone, the screen will flash within seconds and your screen shot is captured and saved to your camera roll.

iPhone screenshot tip
iPhone Screenshot tip

Domain suffix in Safari

You can easily type any domain name that is ending with “.com” by just typing the domain name like “CallingAllGeeks” instead of https://www.callingallgeeks.org it will automatically enter “www” and “.com” extension to the name. This will make your task smoother and easier. This will work only in case if you have “.com” domain if you want to enter  “.in” , “.org”, “.net” then what you can do is   press and hold down the “.com” key until the other extensions appears with options  “.edu”, “.net” , now you can swipe your finger to select the one you want to enter.

Domain Suffix
Domain Suffix

iPhone tips & tricks: Save images from Safari

This is a feature that lots of users have been waiting for, when surfing through net we came across pictures that we want to save. To save any image you have to just tap and hold on image a menu will pop up asking save image or cancel. This way you can save images easily to your camera roll.

Save Images
Save Images

Add new words to iPhone dictionary

iPhone learn new words each time you type them in, it will save those words that you used repeatedly in your text, chats or messages. Each time you enter a word in your iPhone automatically correct it to some other word, what you can do is open your safari browser, and then typed in that word in Google search bar for that particular word then that word will be added in the iPhone dictionary.

Adding word to Dictionary
Adding word to Dictionary

Maximize iPhone Battery Life

Battery life is one of most important feature of any phone. A phone without a good battery life is considered as a dummy set even that phone has hundreds of cool features. There are many ways you can save your battery life or increase it, switch off those unwanted app running in background, switch off Wi- Fi when not in use. You can also use battery doctor pro app which will help you out to check your battery life and manage all the things while you are charging your iPhone.

Maximize power of iPhone
Maximize power of iPhone

You might like to check out How to increase iPhone battery life.


To force quit an application

To forcibly quit an unresponsive app, all you have to do is press the sleep/wake button for some time, then slide to power off screen after that press and hold the home button for 5 seconds  It will help you out in getting some free memory and resources that are not in use. Usually when we play games and then shut down them accidentally the state of the game will be saved somewhere in memory. Quitting an application will help you free out memory and free some resources for other usage.

Force Applications to Quit

Hide SMS preview

You can also hide SMS on the screen each time you receive any new messages you can hide preview of any incoming SMS. To activate this feature go to setting> messages> and turn off show preview option. This time it will only show the sender name and type of message not the content. Now the privacy is in your hands.

SMS Privacy

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for iPhone and you have any other iPhone tips and tricks with you, do share it with us.

How to use FaceTime over 3G or EDGE with FaceBreak [Cydia]

Even though FaceTime works just fine over 3G or EDGE, Apple chose not to allow it. FaceTime is designed to work over wi-fi only. Apple chose it to ensure consistent call quality and also because carriers might hate to have so much load on bandwidth. So here’s a Cydia tweak to use FaceTime calls over 3G, EDGE or GPRS.

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How to Manually Update or Restore iPhone

I have a factory unlocked iPhone and most of the time when ever a new update or jailbreak comes, I prefer updating my iPhone manually. This process is easier and glitch free in comparison to automatic update. Though for manual update you need to download the firmware first on your desktop. Make sure you download the compatible firmware according to your iPhone version. Refer to this tutorial: How to find iPhone firmware and baseband.

In order to manually update iPhone with the firmware you have downloaded, open iTunes and connect your iPhone. Now under devices you will see your iPhone listen.

Hit the Shift button and click on update


Now iPhone will check the update with Apple server and within few minutes your iPhone will be updated manually. Don’t disconnect your iPhone in between the process.

Above method of iPhone manual update will work for windows. For Mac user combination key to browse firmware is Option Key + Update.

I hope you will find this tutorial handy and will help you to update your iPhone.

MT Gestures Lets you Easily Enable Multitouch Gestures using Cydia

Earlier we shared the manual method to enable multitouch gestures on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch by modifying a few files using your computer. Thankfully, a new tweak called MT Gestures has been released on Cydia which automates this process and lets you easily toggle multitouch gestures ON and OFF through settings.

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