iPhone Screen Has Gone Black and Blank But Still Responding – Fix

iPhone Screen Has Gone Black and Blank But Still Responding – Fix

There have been numerous reports of iPhone and iPad screens and displays blacking out or just going blank. While the screen goes black the iPhone is still responding with incoming calls, notification sounds and vibrations. This issue tends to arise when the iPhone is dropped or when is used to tough environments. Thankfully there are some simple fixes you can try that will hopefully resolve these problems.


iPhone Screen Has Gone Black Step 1

If you are ever to run into any glitches or temporary bugs on your iPhone it is always recommended to restart it as you would a computer. iPhones don’t have a dedicated restart button so there is a certain command which is holding the power/lock button + home button together for 10 seconds. This will restart the iPhone back up and sometimes can take up to 1 minute. You will not loose any data, contacts, music when doing the restart. This step is successful across all forms for trouble shooting on the iPhone whether it be for sound, camera, display, reception and so on.


iPhone Screen Has Gone Black Step 2

Another successful step that has helped iPhone users with this problem is reconnecting the display connecter in the iPhone itself. Externally you want to squeeze down on the back of the iPhone in the top 1/4 area where the camera and display connectors are found. Pressing down sometimes reconnects the connector as it may have been dislodged while being dropped. You can repeat this step pressing firmly for 30 seconds at a time.



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Download and Install Apple Music on iPhone with iOS 8.4

Download and Install Apple Music on iPhone with iOS 8.4

With Apple entering the into the music streaming market there is a lot of hype around there new Apple Music streaming App which also now integrates with the Music App. With some great features such as a worldwide Beats radio station, human select playlists and a 3 month free trail there is a lot to offer and is worth trying if your already running an iOS device. Unlike other operating systems you can’t just simply download the new App, the Apple Music app is included in the latest iOS 8.4 update which also addresses some bugs. Some may argue that Apple is force feeding this App to users if when not wanted. But if you are looking to download the latest update and set up the App it is very easy to do so.


Download and Install Apple Music Step 1

As Apple Music is included in the iOS 8.4 update it is required to download which is accessible through your iOS device. By going into Settings > General > Software Update > Install update.Β UnlikeΒ previous Apple updates this one is around 200MB shouldn’t take up to much memory. The download time will vary on your internet speed but your device should restart shortly after downloading with the new Apple Music App.


Download and Install Apple Music Step 2

Once downloaded and installed you will be able to access the Apple Music App. When opened you may have to sign in with you iTunes ID and password. From there you are able to sign up for the 3 month free trial. It will ask you for a payment authorisation but will not be processed until the 3 month trail is finished. As it automatically rolls over to the subscription it asks for payment permission now. In the Apple Music App there is a way of turning this off. By going into Account located on the top left hand corner under You > View Apple ID > Subscriptions / Manage > Turn renewal subscription from On to Off.


Download and Install Apple Music Step 3

Alternatively to downloading the iOS update from your iPhone / iPad / iPod you can plug in your device to iTunes to check for the latest update. By going into my iPhone > Check for updates >Β Update

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No Sound or Volume on Spotify – How to Fix

No Sound or Volume on Spotify – How to Fix

With Spotify gaining huge popularity across different devicesΒ it has become a new addition to the daily applications we use. As I live in a house with many other people it depends on how I will listen to Spotify. Sometimes problems occur when listening to headphones or bluetooth speaker then reverting back to laptop speakers. Also if listening on bluetooth then inserting headphones sound and audio problems can arise.Β So when or if Spotify stops sound or volume playback it can be a huge annoyance. Some symptoms you may come across on different devicesΒ such as Macs, Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android include

  • No sound playback
  • Song playback is skipping
  • Will only start playing half way through a song
  • Static.
No Sound Volume on Spotify Step 1

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A very quick and easy fix for eliminating any temporary glitches is to simply exit the app turn it back on. This applies for Windows, Mac and even smart devices such as iPhones and Android Devices. If your using a Mac you will have to exit it in the dock by right clicking > Quit.Β This is a very simple fix but is usually the most effective.

No Sound Volume on Spotify Step 2

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In the Spotify applications insure that the internal volume slider is turned up, generally it is located on the bottom right and corner of the window. Also check that the hardware speakers are turned up or not on mute. If none of these steps work you can read these posts specific to sound issues on different devices.

No sound on Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10

No Sound on Yosemite / Mac / MacBook

No Sound on iPhone

No Sound on Samsung GalaxyΒ 

No Sound Volume on Spotify Step 3

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If your using multiple audio sources such as laptop speakers, bluetooth speakers or headphones. Ensure that bluetooth is off or disconnected when trying to playback through headphones or vice versa. You may have to try step 1 again once swapping between different audio sources.

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No Sound or Volume on Apple TV – How to Fix

No Sound or Volume on Apple TV – How to Fix

If you are having any issues or problems with audio coming from your TV while using Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) there are some simple steps and solutions you can follow to resolve the sound problem. Some symptoms you may be coming across include no sound while playing movies, audio static, no sound on AirPlay or mirroring a device.Β You can follow the steps below to fix these issues.

No Sound or Volume on Apple TV – Step 1


With any third party device being connected to a Apple device for it to run, it is always recommended to troubleshoot the third party device first then move onto the Apple TV device. Troubleshooting your TV would include.

  • Check if the volume on your TV is turned up or the mute button has not been activated. Refer to the specific manual for your TV to change these settings.
  • Ensure there is a positive connections between your Apple TV, Television and also Home Theatre system if benign using. This would include checking all devices are connected and cables are secure and in the appropriate areas. Also to see if there is adequate power source to each device. Also check if the audio receiver is set to the Apple TV, check user manual for more details.
  • If none of these fixes or solutions fixed the sound problem, you can do a restart the Apple TV. This is very easily done by holding down the Menu & Down buttons together for 6 seconds or more. This will restart the Apple TV which may take a few minutes and hopefully eliminate any temporary glitches that may have occurred.

No Sound or Volume on Apple TV – Step 2


If you are using a third party home theatre system or optical digital audio port try connecting your television directly to the Apple TV with a HDMI cable. If this does not work to resolve the no sound problem you can change the audio output mode for the Apple TV

  • Using your Apple remote, select Settings > Audio & Video.
  • From there change the audio output setting from auto to 16bit.

Secondly you can turn off the Dolby Digital Out setting (if your television isn’t picking a signal it may be causing audio issues)

  • Using your Apple TV remote, select Settings > Audio & Video.
  • From there change the Dolby Digital Out setting from On to Off.

Hopefully some of these solutions and fixes have resolved the no sound or speaker issues for your Apple TV. If you have used any of these steps or have found another way of fixing this issues please share below as is all helps :D.



iPhone 6 and 6Plus has Zoomed in – How to Fix

iPhone 6 and 6Plus has Zoomed in – How to Fix

There have been several reports of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus having zooming issues when using. Some of the symptoms are that its locked in zoom mode no matter what App is running or what task is being done. This also applies to the lock screen where the zoom is locked. Below are some steps that will hopefully help the zoom issue on the iPhone 6.



Step 1

With any issues or problems with any iPhone it is always recommended by restarting the device as if it were a PC or Mac. This can be done by holding down the lock and home button simultaneously for 10 seconds until the iPhone reboots back up. This should eliminate any temporary glitch that may have occurred.

Step 2

If you have accessibility features turned on for your iPhone it can be easy now and again to activate these on accident. For zooming you can using 3 fingers to double tap on the screen and also the same to turn it off. You can turn off Accessibility Features by going into Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom > Off. From there you will have control over

  • VoicerOver
  • Zoom
  • Invert Colours
  • Grayscale
  • Speech
  • Text
  • Bold Text
  • Contrast
  • Reduce Motion
  • Labels
Step 3

If the above steps have not worked, check for any new updates from Apple that may fix a glitch that may be specific to a certain iPhone. This can be done by going into Settings > General > Software Update > Check for Updates.

Step 4

Another successful solution is by changing the size of the text which has been associated with zooming problems. To adjust text go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size > Choose desired size.

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No Sound on iPhone after Updating to iOS8 or iOS9

No Sound on iPhone after Updating to iOS8 or iOS9

With any new updates from Apple for the iPhone or iPad there are sure to be some initial bugs or issues that will arise. Usually the first release of an iOS is in some ways a beta for the public so Apple can seek out any problems they missed. From there Apple is able to resolve most of these issues with new updates. The new iOS8 update and the upcoming iOS9 update will effect different models of iPhones in different ways. With the latest iOS8 update the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S had major sound and volume issues with no explanation from Apple. This problem can go though to all iPhone model from the 4 to the 5 / 5S / 6 and the 6 Plus.

No Sound iOS8 Step 1



One of the first and most importantΒ fixes for this speaker and sound problem is to check for any recent updates from Apple. This should fix any temporary glitches or bugs that may be in the software. This can be done by going into Setting > General > Software Update > Download and Install.Β As with checking for updates for the software it is also highly recommend to check for any new App updates. There have been several reports of some Apps that once opened on the new iOS8 to cause sound issue. App updates can be done by App Store > Updates > Available Updates > Update.

No Sound iOS8 Step 2


Whenever people ask me to fix there iPhone whether it be a sound, camera or screen issue I always recommend doing a hard restart. Just with a PC or Mac when you run into problems the first troubleshooting option is to restart. On a iPhone it is very easily done by holding down the sleep/ power button and home button together for 10 seconds till the iPhone turn off. After the iPhone has turned off it should boot back up with the Apple logo.

No Sound iOS8 Step 3

As with step 1 with some Apps causing the sound issues it is recommended uninstalling 1 App at a time until the sound / volume comes back. If certain Apps haven’t been updated for iOS8 or iOS9 platform it can cause compatibility issues which may also cause crashing of the iPhone. Uninstalling Apps can be done by pressing and holding on a App till it jiggles then press the X on the App. All Apps be be reinstalled later on by going into the App store download history.

No Sound iOS8 Step 4


If you iPhone was connected to any Bluetooth devices during the update this can cause some issues after the update with the iPhone thinking its still connected and won’t play sound through the speakers. There is a simple fix by turning your iPhones Bluetooth off or turn it on and off. This can be done by going into Settings > Bluetooth > Off.

If you are stilling running into walls with the sound / speaker problems there is a full article here with more methods and fixes. Also if you have tried any of these and have been successful please share your experience below as it all helps :D.

No sound or volume coming from MacBook – How to Fix

No sound or volume coming from speaker on the MacBook, iMac, MacBook Pro and Air in OS X.

If you have no sound coming through yourΒ MacBook, iMac, MacBook Pro and Air in OS X there are some simple fixes and solutions to resolve to this issue. Β Some problems that you may be encountering include boot up sound but no sound when using applications when using your MacBook. Others include headphone and external speakers working but no sound or built in speakers don’t work. Below are some proven steps that fix the no sound problem for the Apple Mac range.

No sound, Step 1

This step is most likely to fix the no sound problem, thankfully by using Macs its very easy to troubleshoot when it comes to having issues like these. Firstly you want to go to System Preferences located in the Launchpad. Alternatively you can go into system preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left hand corner. Then scroll down to system preferences and then click on the sound icon in the menu box.

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From there click on sound to insure that the Internal Speakers is type – Built-in. Also located down the bottom next to the volume slider is a mute button. Be sure to uncheck this if it has been selected. For a quick mute/ un mute you can press F10 on the keyboard for that action.

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No sound, Step 2

Another successful step is to restart the MacBook or iMac you are using as there may be a temporary software glitch. This is easily done by pressing the power button located on the top right hand corner of you the keypad. From there a power menu will pop up to which you can select the restart option.Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 7.23.41 pm

No sound, Step 3

There have been some similar problems with theΒ iPhone and iPad when it comes to sound and speaker problems with bluetooth. Sometimes when you connect you device to bluetooth speakers there can be sound problems when going back to the in built speakers. Simply turn you bluetooth off and on or just turn it off. This can be done by going into System Preferences> Bluetooth.

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No sound, Step 4

Another successful step is by updating you operating system to remove any glitches or bugs that may have been released with an update. This can be done by going into Launchpad> App Store> Check for updates.

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No Sound on YouTube Videos – How to Fix

No Sound on YouTube Videos – How to Fix

If you have no sound on your YouTube videos it can be extremely frustrating if your trying to get your daily dose of videos. Some of these steps are very simple but more often than not they are the ones that will fix the issue.

No Sound on YouTube Videos Step 1


First things first is to ensure that the volume is turned up on your actual operating system whether it be Windows or OS X. This can be done by going into system preferences and checking the volume is turned up or by toggling the volume buttons on the keyboard. Another continuation step is to try playing videos on another service such as Vimeo or Facebook to see if you get sound playback on those services. From there you will be able to see if its YouTube or your system.

No Sound on YouTube Videos Step 2


Ensure that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed to facilitate your browser to playback YouTube videos. If your using Chrome browser you will not need to do this step as it is installed already. It is also worth trying different browsers as there may be a temporary glitch that may be effecting playback.

No Sound on YouTube Videos Step 3


No Sound on YouTube Videos Step 3

This is one of those really obvious things that you tend to overlook like when you lose your glasses and they are on your head. When playing back a YouTube video hover your mouse over the volume slider to see if mute is on. If it is, simply slide that sucker back up and enjoy listening. I found this tends to happen when updating flash or just randomly it may occur as a glitch.

If your are still have sound issues you can read a full article with 10 methods on how to fix the sound issues. If any of these steps have helped, please share your experience below on how you fixed this issue as it all helps πŸ˜€

iPhone Won’t Charge – How to Fix Charging issue

iPhone Won’t Charge – How to Fix Charging issue

After being a iPhone user over the past 5 years you learn to love and also at times despise the device you are using. One of the most frequent problems that i have encountered on my iPhone is that more often than not it simply won’t charge or it drops in and out while charging, which can be a huge annoyance. This problem can occur in any of the following iPhones such as theΒ and this would include iPhone 3G/ iPhone 4/ 4S/ iPhone 5/ 5S/ iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Below are some proven steps that have banished the charging issues and problems and issues. Some of these solutions and fixes are some that i have used and some that have been recommended to me.

iPhone won’t charge step 1

This one may be super duper obvious but I have fallen for this many times before. Ensure that the iPhone charging cable is inserting correctly, once you have checked that follow the power stream all the way back to the power source. This can include checking the USB end is connecting correctly with the power adapter, if your using a power board with multiple ports make sure the power board hasn’t tripped. An easy way to check its working is by plugging in another appliance into the power board to see if it is charging or operating. Last but not least is checking that the power is on, again very obvious but more often than not it can be something small like this. Also try a different power source as it may be the power outlet.images

Another thing to note is that if you are charging your iPhone through a laptop USB port the iPhone battery may stand idle or charge very slowly as the power source is mainly dedicated there for the laptop when not plugged into a power source.

iPhone won’t charge step 2

It could be a temporary software crash or glitch that may be causing the charging issue. A quick and easy way to eliminate any such things is by doing a hard reset. This is done by holding the power/ lock button and the home button together until the iPhone will restart with the Apple logo. If the iPhone has crashed and gives a blank screen it will fail to recognise any charging source. This step can also be used for any other glitches that may occur using your iPhone such as sound, wifi, service, camera etc.


iPhone won’t charge step 3

As most iPhone users are aware of, iPhone charging cables don’t have the best life expectancy. iPhone charging cables don’t have an easy life whether they are being used on a daily basis, being tossed around in your bag while traveling, being borrowing to friends, twisted and tangled on the desk and actually charging. It is no wonder that these cables can be prone to breaking. One of the most common things I see with the charging cables is that externally it looks fine but internally the wires may be fraying and close to splitting. This may result in charging your iPhone is certain angles and positions.

If you own a iPhone older than the iPhone 5 model you would be using a 30 pin connector cable. These cables are much more prone to fraying so inspect the cable closely for any wear or split connectors. If you purchased your iPhone new the charging cable should fall under the warranty, if not it is recommend to purchase a new Apple certified cable or any other certified 3rd party cable supplier.


iPhone won’t charge step 4

This is a slight extension of the above step, if you have or were to purchase a “cheapo” $2 charger cable from eBay I can not stress enough to cease using it immediately or not to buy. These cheap cables are notorious for breaking within the first few days, causing major battery problems in the long run and even electric shock to the user. Again it is recommend using a certified charging cable if your iPhone wont charge.


iPhone won’t charge step 5

If your like me and use your iPhone any any environment including at the beach, on the football field or while at work it can get dirty very quickly. While you may wipe down your iPhone and remove the dirt a lot of the time, dust and sand will remain in the charging dock area of the iPhone. If there is a substantial amount of dirt or grime in the dock it may block the connectors resulting in a poor charging connection. A good way to remove the dirt is buy using a old toothbrush and gently remove any dirt in the charging area. Its surprising how much you can remove. Also ensure that the actual connectors on the cable are clean as well.Β images-1

Hopefully one of these steps has regained charging capabilities on your iPhone, if so please share your methods down below.


How to choose streaming resolution on Netflix for a Mac e.g. 4K

How to choose streaming resolution on Netflix for a Mac e.g. 4K

If your a frequent Netflix user you most probably have encountered various streaming resolutions from 480p up to 4K. This is all dependant on the internet speeds at the current time you are watching. These speeds can vary on how much demand there is at any particular time. From there Netflix willΒ appropriate a resolution to which it will allow you to stream with no or minimal lag/ buffering time. If you were looking to manually choose your streaming resolution it isn’t apparent from any switches unlike YouTube.

Fortunately thanks to the Reddit communityΒ they have uncovered some hidden shortcuts that may your Netflix experience more enjoyable.To bring up control you can try this command while watching any video. This can be used on a Mac using OS X Yosemite with Safari browser.


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Once the command box opens you will be able to access the frame rate, bitrate and of course the buffering speed the current video your watching it playing at. Since Netflix wants to compete with other networks and tv services it is hugely important for them to provide this automated service. But as Β internet speeds and monitors are advancing it is worth keeping an eye on Netflix to see if it will introduce a built in option for buffering speeds.



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