iPhone tips and tricks

March 17, 2009 in #tutorials #college #apple #iOS #iPhone

There’s been mixed opinions on the iPhone, but one thing is certain – you don’t have to be restricted by the whims of Steve Jobs.

Aside from jail-breaking (something I will cover in another post/article) here are a few tips you can use on a day-to-day basis.

Use Your iTunes store Purchases As Ringtones

Now, Windows Vista users need to do a little extra legwork. For those of you using Windows XP you can skip to Stage 2 (I have not tested this on the Mac)

Stage 1

For those of you using Windows Vista, you must first allow yourself to be able to view ALL file extensions and be able to change them (this is important later on!). You will therefore need to:

  • Head to Start > Computer
  • Press “Alt” to reveal a new toolbar (or the one on the right-hand side if you are using the US keyboard layout).
  • Head to Tools > Folder Options…
  • Now move to the “View” tab and uncheck the box for “Hide extensions for known file types”
  • Now press Ok & that should be all the prep you need!

Stage 2

Ok, so everyone is now at the same level! Onto how to convert your MP3 to a ringtone…

  • Right-click on the song in your library
  • Choose “Get Info…”
  • Move to the “Options…” tab
  • Now check the box next to ‘end time’ and change it to “0:30″ before pressing “Ok” – this is because 30 seconds is usually a good length of time for a ringtone, but this can be adjusted
  • Right-click the song again but choose “Create AAC Version” and wait for it to convert
  • Now drag the AAC version onto the desktop
  • Select the copy of that file in your library and delete it. Answer ‘yes’ to send it to the recycle bin, and empty it!
  • Now right-click on the file on your desktop and choose “Properties…”
  • Now change the extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r” (without quotes!)
  • Now just double-click the file to add it to your library as a ringtone. Sync your iPhone and it should be ready for use!

Scare Your Friends

Want to scare the crap out of your friends and happen to have an iPhone on the O2 network? Send the following as a text to someone else with an iPhone on the O2 network:

*goYour Phone is Bricked

They won’t receive a text, their screen will go black and they will receive this as an error message! (There is a word limit before it becomes a standard message – the only other place you’ll find this on the internet is on macrumours.com and a brief mention on the Mac Format website).

However, forgetting the enjoyment you may get out of this, it could lead to a lot of problems. What’s to stop a company using this to pop up several sales messages on your iPhone? Or for people who don’t know about this trick trying to utilize their warranty. Very concerning…

More tips and tricks will be added to this post as they occur to me – feel free to post your own if you come up with any!

UPDATE: That last tip was fixed in iOS4. BM 17/01/2013

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