This instruction is about how to add music to iPhone wirelessly without iTunes. Of course, we can sync music to iPhone through iTunes both using cable or wifi, but here we’d use other method totally without iTunes.

We will need Takecopter to help us. Takecopter is a wifi transfer app, which can send music between iPhone and computer only using wifi, and with the built-in media player, music can be played directly after transfer which is quite convenient for music lovers.

Let’s see the detailed instruction:

1. We will have to connect iPhone and PC to the same wifi network, since the music files will be sent fully through wifi;

2. Let’s get Takecopter to iPhone and run it.

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3. Here is what Takecopter looks like:


Here it tells us to enter the address into browser of the computer. If you don’t get the address, or the address is like, first turn off your 3G network, then check the wifi connection, and try again.

Music files will be put into “Music” tab automatically after transfer, so we can tap the “Music” tab to check the files later.

4. follow the instruction to enter the address to browser of computer to get iPhone and computer connected.

You may not get the page as below if you are using IE. At this time, please add http:// before the address and try again.


5. Click “+Add” button to select the music files from computer, then “Start upload” button to batch upload them.

Photos, videos can be selected at the same time. Files will be allocated seperately after transfer.

6. After transfer, tap the “Music” button to check the music files.


For now, only mp3, wav music files can be played when you tap the file, other files can only be opened by other third-party apps.


Quite simple to send and enjoy the music files.

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 even 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 Takelight here to transfer iPhone videos to Mac to save them.

Takelight is an iPhone wifi transfer app which can transfer photos and videos saved in iPhone Camera Roll to computer and photos from computer to iPhone wirelessly.

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

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Second, run Takelight to get the URL address and input them into browser of Mac (Such as Safari) exactly as it appeared on iPhone to get the page as below.



Notice: Takelight can only be used to transfer photos and videos for now, if you want to batch transfer videos, music, or almost all other files between iPhone and computer, you can choose to use Takecopter.

Third, here we click the “video” album from the “ALBUMS” box.

For video files, there will be an video icon on the left bottom of the thumbnail.


Fourth, click the “Select” button to go to the select mode. Under the select mode, you can select the videos and click the “Download” button to download them.


Quite simple.






Want to transfer photos, videos, music and so on between your iPhone and computer without iTunes? Here is the right place for you.

Takecopter is an iPhone application, which is designed to help transfer photos, music, videos, PDF files, TXT or any other files between your iDevice and computer only through wifi. All you need to do is put all the devices and computers under the same wifi, and run Takecopter on iPhone/ iPad to let it help you do the transfer job. THere is no need to connect your iPhone and computer using USB cable or run iTunes.

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 third-party apps on your iPhone.

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To use Takecopter, first download it to your iPhone or iPad, and connect the iPhone/ iPad and computer to the same wifi network (please notice that Takecopter copter will not work properly under 3G network).

Run Takecopter on iPhone and get the screenshot as below:


Browser of your computer refers to IE, Safari, Firefox, Chrome etc, here you can input the address you got into the address bar of your browser to get the Takecopter page on your computer.


If you got the page as above, it means that you have got iPhone and computer connected through Takecopter. If not, please first check your wifi connection, or whether you have input the address properly, or whether Takecopter is still running on iPhone, and try again.

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

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

1.1 Send various files from computer to iPhone;

Click the “+Add” button which appears below the four tabs to select files from computer, be sure to keep Takecopter running on iPhone so the transfer process can be done successfully.

You can select photos, music, videos at the same time, those files will be allocated to right tab automatically after transfer.


To batch upload all the files, you can click “Start upload” button, to upload files one by one, you can click the upload-button button which appears next to the thumbnail of file.

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

Now back to Takecopter on iPhone.

Because we have batch uploaded photos, music, videos and some other files, here we got four red notifications in the four tabs.


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. And photos uploaded will also be saved to Camera Roll automatically, so you can also enjoy the 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. For now only PDF file can be opened directly using the built-in PDF reader.

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 1.3 Open files using other third-party apps.

Photos transferred will be automatically saved to Camera Roll, so if you want to use those files on other apps, you can select them directly from Camera Roll;

Music files and PDF files which can be played on Takecopter can also be opened by third-party apps;

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If you tap on other files (including part of the music/ videos and other kinds of files) which can not be played directly on Takecopter, a dialogue will pop up with a list of third-party apps.



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

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

On the Takecopter page of your computer, here you have a list of albums under the “Albums” box, click on one to open it.


Next we can see all the photos and videos saved in this album, and click “Select” button to go into select mode.



Then we can click on photos to get them selected, or you can click the “Select All” button to select all the photos once, finally, click “Download” button to download the selected photos.



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

Under the “Music, Video, Other” tab, only files transferred from computer earlier will be saved, so it means that videos, music files which you downloaded from website or other apps will not be read by Takecopter.

But you can use Takecopter as an U-disk to transfer files between computers only through wifi.


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.


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.

Takecopter 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 Takecopter on iPhone;

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


4. Turn bluetooth off

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


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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”:


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


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


Input the Name and Password, next “Unlock”:


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”.


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 for backup. I’m using iPhone 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.

If you have a Windows computer, 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.

The problem is that it doesn’t work on Mac. And 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 it 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 which works both on Windows and Mac.

Here app is needed, and I’m using Takelight. Takelight is an iPhone wifi transfer app which can transfer photos and videos 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 Takelight to iPhone.

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Tap the icon to get the screenshot as below:


Chrome is my favorite browser, so here I’m using Chrome. Type the URL address shown in Takelight into address bar of chrome. (Notice that do not input the URL address into Google search bar of Chrome)

In the “ALBUMS” box, click the album which contains photos you want to download.


Next you will get the photos and videos saved in this album. With the icon on the left bottom of the video files, you can seperate photos and videos easily.

On this page, you can not select any photos or videos. Photos will be opened if you click on the thumbnail.


Click the “Select” button to get the page as below.

On this page, photo or video can be selected when you click on the thumbnail. The “Select all” button helps you to select all the files batchly, and you can input numbers to select files you want easily.

Finally click “Download” to download the files you selected to your PC.


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

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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 that first we don’t have to connect iPhone with computer with USB cable, and we don’t even have to use iTunes; Second, not to mention that it will be easier to manage iPhone photos without iTunes.

Only put iPhone and computer under the same Wifi network, of course nothing will happen. To transfer photos, we need the help of app. Here we are using Takecopter which is dedicated to transfer photos and almost all other kinds of files between iPhone and computer through wifi.

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 Takecopter 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.


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:


Here click the add-files-button button to select photos you want to transfer from your PC, then use the start-upload-button button to batch upload those selected photos to your iPhone. Photos will be saved to Camera Roll in iPhone automatically.


More conveniently, there is a photo browsing function featured in Takecopter. With which we can view the photos directly in Takecopter after transfer 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.