4 simple things every apple owner should know + one!

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Many folks use Apple devices and we actually prefer iPhones and iPads over Android devices. But there are a few key things every proud Apple owner should know.

Too many folks do not do these simple steps and then when something goes wrong, they are at huge risk of losing their data and getting the device back can take so much longer if it is possible at all. 

Good news:

Apple has amazing security and privacy built into their devices and software.

Bad news:

  • If you forget your passcode it is impossible for you to get into your device unless you have done steps 3 and 4 below.
  • And if you do not do step 4 (backups for iOS devices) you will lose all of your data.
  • IMPORTANT: If you forget your passcode, then the only option is to wipe the device. Knowing your iCloud password just ensures you can still use the device. Having a backup mitigates data loss. Some online forums say that you can remove the passcode using your iCloud account — but that’s 100% not true.

1.) Connect to WiFi at home and at the office.


This saves your data wireless data plan and provides a better data connection to allow for the following.

)If you enter the wrong passcode on an iOS device six times in a row, you’ll be locked out and a message will say that your device is disabled


If you forgot the passcode for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or your device is disabled (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204306)

If you forgot your passcode, or if a message says that your device is disabled, follow these steps to remove your passcode.


If you enter the wrong passcode on an iOS device six times in a row, you’ll be locked out and a message will say that your device is disabled. Learn what to do here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204306


 3.) Sign in with your Apple ID


Go to Settings > Enter your Apple ID and password, or tap “Don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it.” From there, you can recover your Apple ID or password, create an Apple ID, or set it up later. If you use more than one Apple ID, tap “Use different Apple IDs for iCloud and iTunes.”

When you sign in with your Apple ID, you might be prompted for a verification code from your previous device.


 4.) About backups for iOS devices


You can copy and save the information on your iOS device by backing it up. If you replace your device, you can use its backup to transfer your information to a new iOS device.


 5.) Finally, always keep up with updates.

The red circled numbers indicate that updates are available for the iOS (Operating System) and/or apps.