iPhone is a good tool to take record of our daily life, and keep the precious moment for us. So we can enjoy them on our spare time to look back on our life experiences. Those videos can ever energize us especially when we feel lonely or depressed.

But because of the high resolution of iPhone, even short iPhone video takes large space. So how to move and save those videos can be a problem. Of course, we can do it by connecting iPhone with computer, but problem occurs still because of the big size of those videos. It either takes long time to finish the transfer work, or fails to move them successfully.

So here is the instruction about moving iPhone videos to Mac computer through wifi. There are two advantages of using wifi: First, we don’t have to connect iPhone with computer using USB cable. Only have to connect them both to the same wifi network; Second, there is no limitation on size when using wifi. Even large videos can be transferred rather quickly.

We use AllTrans here to transfer iPhone videos to Mac to save them.

AllTrans is an iPhone wifi transfer app which can transfer almost all kinds of files(photos, videos, music etc) between iDevice and computer.

First, download AllTrans to iPhone, and be sure that iPhone and Mac are under the same wifi network;

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Second, run AllTrans to get the URL address and input them into browser of Mac exactly as it appeared in iPhone to get the page as below.

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We see that there are four tabs on the page. Clicking the “Video” tab will not lead you to videos you saved on iPhone. Because videos taken will be saved to Camera Roll,so here we click the “Picture” tab instead.

Third, go to “Picture” tab, then select “Camera Roll” to show the photos and videos saved there.

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Fourth, as shown above, video files will have a little video icon on the left corner of the thumbnail.

Fifth, the “download” button below the thumbnail can help you download the video file one by one; of course, you can also batch download the video files.

 

It’s also quite convinient for you to batch download iPhone photos and videos to Mac to backup them.

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to transfer all kinds of files between your iOS devices and computer only through wifi, and enjoy those files on your devices as you wish, here is the right place for you.

AllTrans is an iPhone application, which is designed to help transfer pictures, music, videos, PDF files, TXT or any other files between iDevice and computer without iTunes. All you need to do is put all the devices and computers under the same wifi, and run AllTrans on iPhone/ iPad to let it help you do the transfer job.

Besides the transfer function, it is also a music player, video player and PDF reader, and the built-in “open in” function can help open files using other apps on your iPhone/ iPad.

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To use AllTrans, first download it to your iPhone or iPad, and connect the iPhone/ iPad and computer to the same wifi network (3G network will not work).

Run AllTrans on iPhone and get the screenshot as below:

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Input the URL address above exactly to the browser of the computer (IE, Safari, Firefox, Chrome etc) to go to the AllTrans page.

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Now you have got iPhone and computer connected through AllTrans.

Next let’s see what we can do by using AllTrans:

1. Send photos, music, videos or any files you saved on computer to iPhone through wifi, and enjoy photos, music, videos or PDF files directly on AllTrans after transfer.

1.1 Send various files from computer to iPhone;

Click the “Transfer” button on the left panel to select files from computer, be sure to keep AllTrans running on iPhone so the transfer process can be done successfully.

The files will be allocated to the four tabs after transfer. The four tabs are “Picture, Music, Video” and “Other”.

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1.2 Play photos, music, videos and PDF files directly on AllTrans.

After transfer, tap the the-middle-button which appears in the bottom of AllTrans to go to the Finder. There are red icons in the list to show that there are new files transferred.

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1.2.1 Tap “Picture” to show all the albums saved in Camera Roll/ Photo Library. Select one album then you can tap the thumbnail to view the photos directly. Of course, you can quit AllTrans and browse photos in “Photos” app.

1.2.2 Tap “Video” to show videos transferred. Tap one to play it using the built-in video player.

1.2.3 Tap “Music” to show music transferred. Tap one to play it using the built-in music player.

1.2.4 Tap “Other” to show all other files transferred. Tap the PDF file to open and read it directly using the built-in PDF reader.

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 1.3 Open files on other third-party apps.

Not all the files can be opened or played directly on AllTrans, so AllTrans offers the “Open in” function to help open files on other third-party apps.

Only tap on the file, then a dialogue which contains a list of third-party apps will pop up, next you can select the appropriate app to open the files.

the PDF files can be read directly on AllTrans, and at the same time, you can also open the PDF files using other apps, such as iBooks.

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 2. AllTrans can also help to send iPhone files to computer.

2.1 you can use AllTrans to transfer iPhone photos and videos saved in Camera Roll/ Photo Library to computer to backup.

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2.1 you can use AllTrans as an U-disk, files can be transferred from one computer to the other only through wifi.

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That’s all.

 

iPhoto is an Apple application which allows many digital cameras, scanners, picture CDs to import pictures to its Library. It’s quite convenient because it recognizes almost all kinds of digital cameras, of course iPhone is included.

We can connect iPhone with iPhoto, then import photos to events (same meaning as projects or groups), and edit the photos. Although it’s not powerful as Photoshop or other Photo Edit Tool, but it is enough for me with its Rotate/ Enhance/ Fix Red-Eye/ Straighten/ Crop/ Effects and other functions.

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Here I will focus on how to import photos in iPhone/ iPad library to iPhoto, so you can backup, save iPhone/ iPad space or make further use of those photos.

1. Connect iPhone to Mac with cable, then launch iPhoto on Mac;

2. On the left panel, find iPhone under “Device” tab, click it to show photos it has;

3.Choose to import part of or all the photos into iPhoto Library.

(PS : To move photos from library to Mac hard drive, click “Last Import” tab, then press “Edit -> Select All”  - “Edit -> Copy” to copy all photos imported from iPhone. Next go to Finder, press “Edit -> Paste XX Items” to move them to Mac hard drive.)

 

This is quite a simple way, but problem occurs too. The biggest problem is that it takes quite a long time to get iPhoto recognize my iPhone device.

There is other way to get photos transferred – Wifi transfer.

AllTrans can transfer photos between iPhone and Windows/ Mac only through Wifi. No need to connect iPhone and Mac using cable or any other software.

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1. Connect iPhone and Mac to same wifi network. Then run AllTrans on iPhone;

2. Input the address shown on iPhone into address bar of Safari (Chrome, Firefox or other browsers work too) and get AllTrans page;

3. Select album and single or batch download photos to Mac hard drive.

(PS: To move photos from Mac hard drive to iPhoto, simply select the photos and drag them on top of the iPhoto icon in the dock, or drag them directly to iPhoto window.)

For detailed instruction, go to : Send iPhone photos to computer through wifi .

 

 

 

 

The battery life is significantly diminishing as the age of  iPhone and other iOS devices and it is not uncommon that a 2~3 years old iPhone4 can’t even sustain a single day of medium usage. You may also experienced a low battery during some everyday activities: chat with friend, playing game, reading or even critical moment like making an important call or getting lost in the middle of city. What make the situation worse is the fact that when the battery ran out, you are totally severed from the rest of world: no phone call, no message, no email, no facebook, no everything.

So here is some tips for prolonging the battery.

1. Turn on the location services ONLY when needed.

The built-in GPS chip used by location services consumes a substantial energy of your iPhone, and a bunch of apps will keep running background if they claim they are in use of the location services which will in turn, consume another substantial of energy. Turning off the location services will get rid of them all.

Even in situation that location services are needed to be turn on, turn off the unnecessary apps bellow to prevent them from draining the battery at background, which is especially precious when you are finding your way home.

Setting->Privacy->Location Services

2. Turn off cellular data

Except for screen, radio is the most energy consuming part of the iPhone, and it consume a lot much more when it comes into active state of transfering data (with internet). What’s more, the antenna will go on in active state each time a data exchanging activity completes and only change back to idle state after a configured period of time.  So considering a silly background app sending data in an interval of just a bit less than this configured period, your iPhone will never “sleep” and will drain out the battery in a matter of hours at most. Thus turning cellular data when it is not used can save a lot of energy e.g. when you are in a WIFI environment

Setting->Cellular->Cellular Data

3. Turn off 3G

Turn off 3G will not render the internet and telephone call totally unusable, you can still use those services with traditional network. For example, you can still visit internet via GPRS. The quality of call and speed of internet will be lower when using traditional network, but in exchange, it is more power efficient. So if you are in a saving battery situation, here you can do some trade-off.

Setting->Cellular->3G

4. Turn bluetooth off

Since bluetooth is not a necessary service and will consume extra energy, you can just turn it off.

Setting->Bluetooth

5. Wallpapers & Brightnesss

Screen is the most energy hungry component on you phone and there are a couple of things can be done to make things better:

a. turn off dynamic background (iOS7)

b. adjust screen light or use auto-brightness

Setting->Wallpapers & Brightnesss

6. Disable apps in notification center

Some apps will push you notifications, but a potion of them are just spam. Turn off them when you feel that way.

Setting->Notification Center->INCLUDE

7. Turn off background app refresh (iOS7)

Some app can running in background to update their content at intervals. Most of them are more concern to developers than you, so you can turn them off if you feel them unnecessary.

Setting->General->Background App refresh

8. Turn off automatically update apps

Settings->iTunes & App Store

 

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iBooks is the free application developed by Apple which is a good eBook and PDF reader. Of course, we can download books from iBooks store, but I’d prefer to transfer PDF files from my computer to iPhone and read them using iBooks.

So next is about how to transfer PDF files to iPhone and add them to iBooks. There are many ways to do this, here I want to show instruction about transferring PDF files to iPhone from computer using iTunes. With the help of apps, PDF files can be transferred to iPhone through wifi, bluetooth etc which we will introduce later.

Detailed steps:

1. Launch iTunes, and click the “Library” button on the left top to select “Books”.

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2. Next click the “PDFs” tab in the menu bar.

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3. Directly drag the PDF files to add them into the book library, or click “Add File to Library” to select and add PDF files as follow:

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4. After add them, we can also set information such as title, author etc to the files.

Right click on it, then “Get info”, next click the “Info” tab to tap the information.

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5. Use USB cable to connect iPhone with computer. Select the device button on the right top which is next to “iTunes Store” button.

Click “Books” tab, then “Sync Books” box.

Select “All books” to sync all books in iTunes library to iPhone, and select “Selected books” to select only part of PDF files.

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6. Finally click “Apply” button to sync them.

The PDF files are on the iPhone now.

 

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Sometimes when you want to install software to your Mac, you will get a message as below. It tells you that you can not have this software installed, because it is from an unidentified developer.

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Why you can not install software from safe sources? Mac OS X 10.8 has the new security function GateKeeper. You are only allowed to install software from Mac App Store or developer identified by Apple.

But there is method for you to past the Gatekeeper, so you can install software even from identified developer.

How to install software from unsigned developer

First, click “System preferences”:

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Next, click “Security & Privacy” from “Personal”:

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Before you make change, you have to unlock. Click button in the left bottom.

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Input the Name and Password, next “Unlock”:

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Next you should change “Allow applications downloaded from:” to “Mac App Store and identified developers” or “Anywhere”.

Here will pop-up a dialogue, click “Allow From Anywhere”.

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Now you can have your software installed without limitation.

 

 

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Today I want to figure out how to send iPhone photos to computer to backup. I’m using iPhone camera to take photos almost everyday, to take record of the happy hours, the fantabulous nature around, the funny moment of my dog. To avoid the lose of those precious photos I backup my photos almost every week.

There is a simple way to do it. First connect iPhone and computer with USB cable, then find iPhone device which appears in computer the same as a U-disk, open the folder. Then I can select and copy the photos to computer. Although I only did it on my Windows computer, so there is no guarantee that it will work on Mac too. But there is a problem. Every time I get my iPhone connected with computer, it get charged up which I think may do harm to my battery. And second I have to make sure I can find the USB cable and it can work.

So this leads me to think that maybe there is other way to do the same work without the connection of iPhone and computer. So I find that I can do it through wifi, or bluetooth. Below is about how I send my iPhone photos to computer using Wifi.

Here app is needed, and I’m using AllTrans. AllTrans is a iPhone wifi transfer app which can transfer photos between iPhone and computer only through wifi. By the way, the app works both with photos in Camera Roll and Photo Library, so it also can help if you want to backup your Photo Library photos before deleting them.

Below is the instruction about how to use it.

First, connect iPhone and computer (Windows or Mac) to the same wifi network. It’s ok to connect computer to the same route using cable.

Next, download AllTrans to iPhone.

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Tap the icon to get it running, below is what it looks like:

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Launch the browser on computer, here you can choose from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari or others which you prefer to use. I’m using Chrome. Type the URL address shown in AllTrans into address bar of chrome.

In the page there are a list of albums which are the same as ones in iPhone photo library and Camera Roll.

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Click to open the album, next you can select photos you want to send to computer, and batch download them.

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There are two ways to download photos to computer. The “Select All” button can help to select all the photos in the page at one time and the “download” button can help to batch download them; Of course, you can click the “Download” button below each photo to download the photo you want.

So in a nutshell, there are three steps to send photos:  first, connect to same wifi; second, open browser; third, select and download photos. Although I have to pay for the app, I think it’s worth for all the convenience it brings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AllMyTube for Mac is a download/ conversion tool which can automatically detect the video files from the YouTube or other video-sharing web pages you have opened and download multiple files at a time. It is a totally free video downloader/ converter for Mac, and can batch convert online videos or local FLV videos to regular video formats for playback on iPod, iPhone, PSP, Mobile Phone, etc for Mac users.

Key Feature:

1. Youtube support.

It can download HTML5, HD, HQ and 4k videos from Youtube. And it can download videos from a user page, channel, category and course from Youtube.

2. Other video sites support.

Not only Youtube, but it can also download software from Yahoo, Google Video, Break, Metacafe, MySpace, Vimeo, Facebook, MTV, BBC, AOL, MegaVideo, The NY Times, Break and so on.
3. Both Intel and Power PC Mac support.

It is one of the first Mac YouTube download tools for both Intel and Power PC Mac computer users while most other software only support Intel Mac computer.

4. Convert videos support.

It can also be used as a video conversion and manage tool which can convert the downloaded videos to mov, mp4, wmv, avi, 3gp, flv, mkv, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, webm, swf etc automatically.

5. Extract audio support.

It can also extract audio from videos files to convert them to mp3, m4a, wav, mka etc.

6. Portable devices optimization support.

You can use it to optimize videos from many portable devices and players, such as iMovie, iDVD, iPod (the fifth generation included), PSP, iTunes, iPhone (iPhone 5 included), iPad (iPad mini included), Apple TV, Xbox 360, Quick Time. So the converted videos can be enjoyed directly after conversion.

7. FLV/ MP4 player featured.

It can be used as a FLY/ MP4 player also. So the FLV and MP4 video files can be played directly on the application.

8. Wireless transfer support.

After conversion, it can help to transfer videos to portable devices through wifi, so the videos can be enjoyed freely.

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Screenshot:

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As mentioned last time, photos synced from iTunes to iPhone can not easily be deleted, but have to use iTunes. Photos downloaded from website/ transferred through wifi will be saved to Camera Roll which can be deleted in iPhone simply.

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So this time I want to show how to transfer photos from computer to iPhone only using wifi network. The advantage is first we don’t have to connect iPhone with iTunes with USB cable because we don’t even have to use iTunes; Second, not to mention that it will be easier to manage iPhone photos.

Only put iPhone and computer under the same Wifi network, of course nothing will happen. To transfer photos, we need the help of app. There are many apps in iTunes App Store which are capable to transfer photos between iOS device and computer. Here we are using AllTranswhich is dedicated to transfer photos between iPhone and computer through wifi (video saved in Camera Roll can also be transferred to computer from your iPhone/ iPad by using AllTrans).

First, connect iPhone and computer to the same wifi network. Notice that it will not work if you are using 3G network or others. Connecting computer to the same route with cable can also work.

After that download AllTrans to iPhone, tap the icon to launch it.

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There we will get a notice which shows us to put the URL address into browser of computer to get iPhone and computer connected.

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Browser refers to IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and others which we use to surf on internet. I’d like to use Chrome. So here I followed the instruction and get a page looks like below:

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Here clicking the “Transfer” button, we can select photos and transfer them to iPhone directly. Of course, batch transfer is allowed. Photos will be saved to Camera Roll in iPhone automatically.

More conveniently, there is a photo browsing function featured in AllTrans. With which we can view the photos directly in app without quitting the app and going to “Photos” app to enjoy them.

In a word, there are three steps you have to take to transfer photos : 1. Get the URL address; 2. Put the address into browser; 3. Select and upload photos to iPhone which is totally simple work to do. And if the photos are no longer needed, Tap the “Edit” button in “Photos”, you can delete them directly.

 

When deleting photos on iPhone to release some space, I find that when I clicked the “Edit” button, some albums don’t have the “delete” button showing up. It seems that I cann’t delete them on iPhone.

After searching on Google, I knew that there are two types of photos in iPhone. One is type of photo saved in Camera Roll which can be deleted freely in iPhone; the other is saved in Photo Library which is synced from iTunes and cann’t be deleted on iPhone but has to use iTunes.

Below is what happens in iPhone when tap the “Edit” button on the right top:

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And here are two ways to delete iPhone photos imported from iTunes:

 

Way One. Unsync photos through iTunes to delete them

1. First connect iPhone and computer with USB cable, then launch iTunes and find iPhone device on the right top.

2. Click the “Photos” tab to see what I synced to iPhone. I synced three folders from a folder named “my photos”:

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3. Uncheck “Sync Photos from” to get a message:

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Select “Remove Photos”, then click the “Apply” button in the right bottom to remove those photos and albums.

Go to “Photos” app on iPhone, you will find those photos are not there any more.

 

Way Two. Sync en empty folder to delete them

Here is a more simple way to delete all the photos and albums. First create a new folder in your desktop or anywhere else and keep it empty.

Next go to “Photos” tab in iTunes, here click the box next to “Sync Photos from” to select the empty folder just created.

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Next, click “Apply” to sync the empty folder to iPhone, then you can get the same result.

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If it’s so difficult to manage, why still use iTunes to sync photos.

Here I recommend a Wifi transfer app which can do the sync job only through Wifi without iTunes. Since photos transferred from wifi will be saved to Camera Roll, it’s simple for you to manage your iPhone photo library.

 

 

Related topics:

1.  Send iPhone photos to computer for backup

2. Transfer photos from computer to iPhone using Wifi

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