Dec 20

Facebook videos have no sound on iPhone or iPad How to Fix

Facebook videos have no sound on iPhone or iPad How to Fix

More often that not when your watching videos on Facebook the sound seems to not play at times. Thankfully there are easy fixes for these no sound and speaker problems.

Step 1

The first step and generally the most overlooked one is to ensure that the silent/ loud toggle button on the side of the device is switched to the loud mode. If the toggle is showing and orange colour then it is on silent so just flick that the other way. Once it is switched on to loud mode you then want to turn up the volume from the side buttons or from the side up menu.

Step 2

Sometimes there will be a glitch in the Facebook app so you will have to exit the app. Double tap on the home button which will show the apps running in the background. Once you come across the Facebook app slide it up or hold and press the red x if running later that iOS8.

Step 3

Similar to the above step this may eliminate any glitch that is causing the sound and speaker problems. This fix seems to be very successful. So you want to restart the iPhone/ iPad by holding the home and lock screen buttons together for 10 seconds and more. The device will turn off and restart within 30 seconds. This will NOT remove any data, phots etc.

Step 4 

Another good step is to delete the Facebook App and reinstall, before you reinstall the app check for updates in the app store and also if there is a new iOS.

If any of these fixes or solutions have worked for you please share your experience as it all helps, Thanks!

Dec 20

Sound and speaker not working with YouTube on iPhone or iPad how to fix

Sound and speaker not working with YouTube on iPhone or iPad how to fix

With YouTube being one of the most used apps and websites on the iPhone and iPad it can be very frustrating when your sound/ speaker/ headphones decide not to work.  Below you will find some steps that may help you resolve this sound and speaker issue.

Step 1

This one is very simple but I think everyone makes this mistake at some point when owning a iPhone or iPad. Look to the exterior of the iPhone/ iPad and you will find a toggle button which goes back and forth. Simply switch it off silent mode and insure that the volume is turned up on the iPhone and within the YouTube video as well.

Step 2

Another step is by deleting the YouTube app then reinstalling, this may eliminate any temporary glitch that may have occurred.  Also before you reinstall the app check for both updates in the App store for the YouTube app and also in your setting to see if there is a new iOS update.

Step 3

Also a step you can do is restarting the iPhone/ iPad by holding the home and lock button together for 10 seconds which will result in a restart that my eliminate any glitch that could be on the device. When you restart this will not lose any data, contacts, apps etc.

Step 4

Instead of using the YouTube app you could alternatively use the web browser option using safari, Google chrome etc.

If you have tried any of these solutions or fixed please share your experience as it all helps, thanks!



Dec 20

HTC One sound is not working with speaker or headphones how to fix

HTC One sound is not working with speaker or headphones

There have been several reports and issues that are popping up with sound and speaker problems on the HTC One and other HTC devices. With any smartphone device there will be sound issues no matter what device you own. Some issues that you may be encountering include no sound with headphones speaker, YouTube, games and the music player. Thankfully the fixes are pretty similar across the board, below are some simple and tested steps and fixes that may resolve the no sound and speaker issue.

Step 1

This one is pretty simple but make sure the silent mode isn’t on and the sound is turned up, I know that I have been guilty of that a few times.

Step 2

This solution seems to be quite successful across the board, so what you want to do is insert your headphones into the headphone jack and then pull them back out. You want to repeat this for about 30 seconds. This is done as sometimes the phone thinks it is in headphone mode and this should eliminate the glitch.

Step 3

Similar to the above step you want to clean the headphone jack with a cotton wool bud or a toothbrush, this should remove any dust or grime that has accumulated in there. So if there was a good amount of dirt it may be blocking that connectors resulting in a bad connection.

Step 4

Also there may be a glitch within the device itself so try a restart by going into the settings app.

Step 5

Another step that seems to be quite successful is going into settings and turning off and on or disabling the beats audio.

If any of these steps or solutions have fixed your no sound or speaker issue then please share what did as it really does help. Thanks!

Nov 11

Sound Is Not working on iPod Touch

Sound Is Not working on iPod Touch – How to Fix

After writing the post on the iPhone sound issues and fixes it occurred to me that there may also be some sound problems with the iPod and iPod Touch ranges from Apple. As it turned out there are similar problems and issues with the speaker and sound on the iPod Touch. Since the iPod Touch and the iPhone are such similar products the fixes and solutions are pretty much the same. Below you will find out how to fix the sound and speaker issues on the iPod Touch and the iPod.

  1. This one s the most simplistic solution and usually the most overlooked one. Open the music player app or if you have an updated iOS you can also slide up from the bottom up.  Once this is done ensure that the device is not on mute and the sound is turned up. To test play a few songs or even a YouTube video as the music files might be broken.
  2. With this step you want to unplug the headphones from the headphone jack to make sure there is nothing inserted. Then you want to inspect the headphone jack port to insure there is not dirt or grime that may be lodged in there. Also look for any signs of damage or anything that looks out of place. If there is dirt or debris you can remove it by using a q-tip or blowing in the headphone jack to remove any of the dust. This is done as sometimes it tricks the iPod Touch into thinking its in headphone mode.
  3. This is similar to the above method but instead you want to follow the same the steps but apply it to the docking area or charging area of your iPod Touch or iPod. If there is any debris or dirt remove it as it can cause the iPod Touch into thinking its on a music dock and will not play sound through the headphones or speaker.  
  4. There may be a glitch on the iPod Touch so simply restart the device by holding down the sleep/ wake button and the home button in sync for 10 seconds. The screen should cut off and the Apple logo will appear. You will not loose any data doing this step.
  5. With this step you want to close all apps that are in progress, simply double tap the home button and you will see the icons that are in use. If you are using an older iOS hold on to any of the app icons and you will see them jiggle with a red button. Tap all the red buttons on the apps to close. If using an up to date iOS do the same step and slide the apps up to close.  [ gard]
  6. Finally you want to connect your iPod to iTunes and check for any updates that may have been released as it may have been a software issue. While your on iTunes you can also restore your iPod device. Ensure the iPod is backed up as this is a full reset and you will lose all data.

Hope this helps fox your iPod Touch sound and speaker problems. If any of these solutions have worked or if you have tried something different then please share :D

Oct 30

where to buy cheap used iPhones using craigslist and gumtree

where to buy cheap used iPhones using craigslist and gumtree.

With a new iPhone being released on a yearly basis it is very easy and quick for your current iPhone to feel like its ancient. If you have the budget to fork out cash every year or few months that’s great but if your on a budget it makes things a bit harder.  So there are options out there to buy cheaper iPhone’s, Samsung, HTC and so on.  So straight off the bat the big players here are eBay, craigslist and gumtree.

When buying off eBay insure you read the description in full and make sure there are no faults with the iPhone or smartphone. Also look for any cosmetic damage as that is usually a sign for internal damage. Another important thing to do is look the sellers history, usually the more transactions the better. This is not always true as the person may only be buying item so look out for items the person has sold in the past. You can purchase cheap iPhones from Craigslist, while purchasing coupons from rebateszone to get a discount on your order.

When looking to buy on craigslist or gumtree similar rules apply, if the item has lots of photos and a good description it is usually a good sign. As usual you want to look for any cosmetic damage as they normally sell very cheaply. If you don’t mind the odd scratch then you may be able to find a good deal. If you do have any questions just ask the seller, if it sounds to good to be true it most probably isn’t. Since craigslist and gumtree usually work on a pick up system ( never pay for a item without seeing it! ) there are a few things to do when you go to see the iPhone/ smartphones. First is to remove the case and asses if there is any damage, insure the iPhone is on so you can check the responsiveness, sound, signal and also if the wi-fi works. Another god tip is to take a charger and plug it in to see if it charges ok.  Also since you are meeting up with strangers, make it a good location and don’t be pressured to buy anything.

Hope this has helped, happy buying!

Oct 30

How to change iphone alarm sound

How to change iPhone alarm sound.

We rely so much on our iPhone these days and one of the most important and underrated features is the alarm. In my experience it is the first thing I wake up to in the morning and it seeds the pace for the day. If i need to wake up quick smart then I will use something alarming and jolting. So it is very important to know how to change the iPhone alarm sound.

Simply open the Apple clock app > select alarm > select edit in the top right hand corner.



From here you can great a new alarm or edit an old one. Once selected you can

  • change the alarm wake up time
  • repeat
  • label
  • most importantly change iPhone alarm sound
  • snooze on/ off options



Once you have set up the above options, press save and happy dreaming. Hope this helps! What’s your favourite alarm sound? Are you a snoozer?

Oct 21

How to remove predictive text in ios8

How to remove predictive text in iOS8

Whether you hate it or love it predictive text is here to stay in the latest iOS8 update for the Apple iPhone. There has been a flood of complaints from users who claim that it is unresponsive, buggy and just plainly horrible at predicting text.  Also with the smaller screen on the iPhone 5 / 5S 5/C and iPhone 4 / 4S it chews up quite a lot of valuable real estate.

At first I was searching through the settings on the iPhone to see if you could disable the predictive text, which ended with no result. But the solution couldn’t be more simple and you would likely never notice it unless told.

step 1

Firstly open a App that supports text writing such as messages or notes. Once the predictive text bar appears you want to hold your finger down on any of the predictive words that are shown. You will only need to hold it for a few seconds, while still having your finger pressed down in the same area you will need to swipe down. If done correctly it should minimize it completely only leaving a thin line above the keyboard.

step 2

If you decide you miss the predictive text bar you can always revert it back to normal. Similar to above, you want to hold your finger on the thin bar located above the keyboard. Then you want to slide up and the predictive text bar should reappear. In usual Apple fashion you have to discover these short cuts.

Oct 18

Beware Cygnett cases will damage and destroy iPhones

Beware Cygnett Apollo case damaged my iPhone for all the wrong reasons.

This is just going to be a quick review on the Cygnett Apollo iPhone 5/5s Case. As you can tell from the title not all is well. I have been using the Cygnett Apollo iPhone case for about 8 months and it was doing the job of protecting my iPhone 5. So I thought.

So after having the case during this time I decided to remove the case and clean my iPhone. Once I took off the case I was surprised to see abrasions all the way around the iPhone. At first I was fairly confused as to what had caused this damage. After all the iPhone had been in the case since the phone was purchased. At first I though there may have been some rocks that had lodged themselves into the back of the iPhone and scratched the aluminium exterior of the iPhone.


After looking more closely at the case I could see silver marks all the way around the interior of the case. Mmmm that is strange. Once I saw this I started playing with the case and noticed when bent that there were some hard plastic spokes that revealed themselves. So the cause was found and is put down to very poor design that has essentially destroyed the exterior of the iPhone. This has pretty much ruined any possibility of resale down the line. From the photos its hard to tell but the abrasions on the iPhone are VERY deep as if someone has used a file.


This Cygnett Apollo case will “protect” your iPhone while also damaging it. Overall very poor design that has not been fully thought through, so BEWARE! If you have had a similar experience or have another Cygnett case please share your thoughts below.

Oct 16

iPhone 5 speaker and sound review

iPhone 5 speaker and sound review

After owning my iPhone 5 for 2 years I have decided to write a review on the speaker and sound performance. Over this time I have used other phones such as the Galaxy S range and the HTC one.
  • Crystal clear sound.
  • Good depth and mid tones.
  • Sounds are well played.
  • Performs well with nearly every genre from classical to dub step.
  • It doesn’t have the tinny cheap feel that you get from the Samsung Galaxy range.
  • Although sound are great it does lack that extra punch that you would get on a HTC or Samsung Galaxy.
  • The speaker is based in the bottom of the phone instead on the exterior back which some people see as a negative.
  • The speaker itself tends to get quite dirty as fluff and dust gets lodged in. This can can muffle the sound but is only minor and hard to pick up. Also this can be fixed just by maintaining your iPhone and keeping it clean.
It comes as no surprise but the iPhone 5 has great sound quality and good depth. What I really like about the iPhone 5 sound is that Apple decided to not compromise on the quality. It may lack that extra oomph but it makes up for it in the sound quality. This comes as no surprise  really as its what Apple is notorious for, good products. Considering its a device that fits in your pocket it really is hard to go wrong with the iPhone 5.
What are your thoughts? Have you experienced something different? Comment below and share!

Mar 19

iPhone 5S Specifications

Here is a up to date list of specifications for the recently released iPhone 5S from Apple. With its new camera sensor, intelligent flash and its most popular accessory is the finger print recension.

iphone 5s specifications


GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all models
CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – A1533 (CDMA), A1453
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – A1533 (GSM), A1453
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – A1533 (CDMA), A1453
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – A1457, A1530
4G Network LTE- all models
Announced 2013, September
Status Available. Released 2013, September
BODY Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
Weight 112 g (3.95 oz)
- 500 dpi pixel density fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
DISPLAY Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 640 x 1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating
SOUND Alert types Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM DDR3
Speed DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/3” sensor size, 1.5 µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR panorama, HDR photo
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, video stabilization,check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular
FEATURES OS iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1
Chipset Apple A7
CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
GPU PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Space Gray, White/Silver, Gold
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– AirDrop file sharing
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– Twitter and Facebook integration
– TV-out
– Maps
– iBooks PDF reader
– Audio/video player/editor
– Organizer
– Document viewer/editor ((Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
– Image viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/command
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 1560 mAh battery (5.92 Wh)
Stand-by Up to 250 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
Music play Up to 40 h
MISC SAR US 1.12 W/kg (head)     1.18 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 1.00 W/kg (head)     0.80 W/kg (body)
Price group
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 1219:1 (nominal) / 3.565:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 68dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 69dB
Audio quality Noise -93.6dB / Crosstalk -90.3dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 54h

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