How to Set Up Family Sharing to Share Apps, Music, Storage & More

How to Set Up Family Sharing to Share Apps, Music, Storage & More is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will show you how to set up Family Sharing from an iPhone, iPad or Computer.

Family sharing lets you share your Apps, movies, music, storage and location with your family members, and even includes the option to make an iTunes account for a child that needs your permission to buy apps and make in app purchases.

You need iOS 8 or higher to use this feature and new options are available on iOS 11. You need at least iOS 8 installed on all the devices to make this work. Whoever sets up Family Sharing is the organizer, but you can add other adults and separate kids accounts as well.

It doesn’t matter who signs up, the items you purchased over the last several years on any of the accounts in the family are available. This is retroactive, so if one member of your family is into apps, now everyone can download and use them. Here’s how to set up  Family Sharing to start sharing purchases of all kinds with your family members.

How to setup Family Sharing on iPhone and iPad.
How to setup Family Sharing on iPhone and iPad.

iOS Family Sharing Questions

Here are the answers to common Family Sharing questions. First off, you don’t need to be a family that all lives together or is formally recognized as a family in any way. But all purchases go to a single credit or debit card so you don’t want to invite a stranger or even a close friend into your Family Sharing circle.

You can create a child iTunes account to limit purchases. If you do this an adult or guardian account will need to authorize purchases and in app purchases.

Keep in mind this may out your taste in Farmville, or it could also reveal that you purchased the Playboy iPhone app. You can hide iTunes purchases from a Mac or PC to prevent other Family Sharing members from seeing them.

Family Sharing Setup Guide

Setting up Family Sharing only takes a few minutes and the other users don’t need to be in the same room as long as you can trust them to accept an invitation.

You can Setup Family Sharing from a computer, iPhone or iPad. We’ll show you how to set up the service from the iPhone. You need at least iOS 8 which is available for the iPhone 4s and newer and iPad 2 and newer. We recommend running iOS 10 or iOS 11.

Setup iOS 8 Family Sharing from Settings.
Setup Family Sharing from Settings.

Go to Settings -> iCloud to get started. There is a Family Sharing option near the top of the page. Tap on that to start setting up Family Sharing from your iPhone.

As the Organizer you need to tap Continue to set up the family, confirm your credit cared and take care of other settings.

Confirm sharing and payment options.
Confirm sharing and payment options.

You confirm that you want to share iTunes, iBooks and App Store Purchases. Tap Continue if you are in the account you want to use. This will link to the credit card you are using to buy apps, you can change this later, but for now you need to tap Continue.

Now you can choose if you want to share your location with Family members. This simplifies the Find My Friends app so family members can easily see where each other are. This is not mandatory.

Choose if you want to share plans and manage family members.
Choose if you want to share plans and manage family members.

Next you will see a list of Family Members and an invite sent or resend option. After the other member accepts you will get a notification and you can then choose to mark them as a parent or guardian who can approve requests to buy.

You'll see an alert when member's accept the invite.
You’ll see an alert when member’s accept the invite.

From this screen you can also add more family members and remove family members. The Shared Payment Method is something you can change from this screen as well. You need to enter the security code on this card sometime during this process.

You can access Family Member purchases after you set up iOS 8 Family Sharing.
You can access Family Member purchases after you set up Family Sharing.

Now you can go to the App Store -> Updates -> Purchased and you’ll see your purchases and an option for another member’s purchases. Tap on either to explore apps you can download. You can also access the books, music and movies from family members in a similar fashion.

18 Best iPhone 8 Cases

Speck Presidio Ultra iPhone 8 Case

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Speck Presidio Ultra iPhone 8 Case

Generally when you have to pick an iPhone 8 case you have to choose between style and durability or thickness and protection. Speck already did a great job of delivering just enough protection and a lot of style, and the new Presidio Ultra for iPhone 8 takes this to another level.

This is a multi-part iPhone 8 case that allows you to carry a Speck Slim Presidio case on your phone at all times. This slim case includes a raised bezel a great amount of protection and easy clickable buttons. There is a large opening for charging and lear access to the speakers.

When you need more protection -- like when working out, going outdoors or being more active -- you can snap on the include Impactium Ultra Bumper. This adds another layer of shock protection from drops, added screen protection on the front of your iPhone 8 and also keeps dust and debris out of the charging port.

It's a slim iPhone 8 case all the time and a rugged iPhone 8 case when you need it, without the need for two cases. There's even a holster included to secure it to you or to use as a kickstand.

$49.95 at Speck

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How to Set Up Family Sharing to Share Apps, Music, Storage & More is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds

How to Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide will show you how to fix a frozen iPhone without losing your data or visiting an Apple Store for help. You can fix a frozen iPhone in 10 seconds without a computer or any other accessories so that you can get back with your day. You can also use this to fix a frozen iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro. This works on iOS 9, iOS 10 and iOS 11.

Sometimes a frozen iPhone will not let you do any type of activity, and often you are stuck on-screen in an app or on a home screen. This can also help if your iPhone is stuck off and won’t turn on, but mainly you will use this when the iPhone is stuck on with an app or something on-screen.

This is a hard-reboot, but some people will call it a hard-reset. Don’t worry about the reset part of this name. You are not resetting the iPhone like you would with a factory reset that wipes all the data clean.

Fix your frozen iPhone in seconds.
Fix your frozen iPhone in seconds.

This may not solve all of your problems. If the iPhone freezes regularly you may need to remove an app or perform an actual factory reset on your iPhone and start from scratch.

It’s normal for an iPhone to freeze once or twice in a year after you install a bad app or run into a problem. If things continue to freeze or go bad, there may be a hardware problem that requires a trip to an Apple Store.

Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds

You can fix a frozen iPhone in about ten seconds by pressing and holding the power and home button at the same time until the iPhone restarts.

If you have the iPhone 7, you need to press the volume down and the power button at the same time. Once the iPhone screen changes from the frozen state to showing an Apple logo or just a blank screen you can let go.

This is a hard reboot. By pressing and holding the home button and power button you force the iPhone to restart. This is similar to holding the power button on a Macbook or laptop or just unplugging a device from power.

You'll see this screen when you fix a frozen iPhone.
You’ll see this screen when you fix a frozen iPhone.

You don’t need to hold the power buttons after the phone restarts. You should not lose any data doing this, but if you were typing a message, document or working on something inside of an app you may lose that small bit of work depending on when it saved.

You don’t need to be plugged into power or connected to a computer to use this method of fixing a frozen iPhone. If the battery is low, it may help to plug-in to power, but otherwise, you are good to do this anytime the iPhone is frozen.

This works on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on any version of Apple’s software including iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10 and the upcoming iOS 11.

Read: iOS 10 Tips and Tricks

For users who consistently have this problem, it may be good to uninstall a problem app or make sure it is up to date. If you never restart your iPhone or iPad and you have this happen once or twice a year you can often avoid it by restarting you iPhone once every other week.

If this is a continual problem you should consider backing up the iPhone to iCloud or your computer and then performing a factory reset. This takes longer to complete, but it can resolve problems.

If you choose to restore from an iPhone backup and the problem continues you may need to hard reset the iPhone and then set it up as a new device.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11

iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

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iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

iMessages continue to be one of the biggest iPhone and iPad features that Apple offers. In fact, it's a major reason we don't switch from the iPhone to Android. Apple ramps up the options in the iOS 11 update with tweaks and new features for iMessages. 

There is a new iMessage App Drawer so that it is easier to find the apps you want while you are in an iMessage conversation. This means you can use the iMessage apps to send stickers and other short bits of information to people faster on iOS 11. 

Apple also now offers Messages in iCloud. This allows you to keep all of your iMessage and Text conversations in sync across your devices using iCloud. This also means that if you delete a conversation it is deleted across all devices. This will also help keep large message thread storage in check without the need to delete threads all the time. 


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How to Fix a Frozen iPhone in 10 Seconds is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

It’s hard to find a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but with iOS 8, iOS 9 or iOS 10 installed on your iPhone or iPad you can get an alert right before the battery dies. This is how to turn on the option to make the iPhone send its last location before the battery runs out.

This allows you to know where it was when the battery died and track it down. This is especially handy after the battery dies because you cannot use the ring feature to make the iPhone play sound.

The only downside to this option is you’ll need to turn it on before you are looking for your lost iPhone with a dead battery. If the iPhone is already missing you can still follow the tracking directions, but the location may be off slightly. This also works if you are trying to find a stolen iPhone with a dead battery, but the chances are higher that someone already moved it from that location.

How to find your lost iPhone with a dead battery.

How to find your lost iPhone with a dead battery.

You need iOS 8 higher installed for this option to be present. The iOs 10 update is free and runs on the iPhone 4s and newer. This also works on the iPad and iPad mini as long as they are on iOS 8 or above.

How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

Before you lose the iPhone you need to turn on a new Find My iPhone feature. When you set up a new iPhone Find My iPhone is on by default, but this handy feature is not. This is a good time to make sure Find My iPhone is on and that you can track the location of your iPhone.

This is what you need to do so that you can find a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

This is what you need to do so that you can find a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone. Make sure the main option is turned on. This is what allows you to use another iPhone or device to track down a lost or stolen iPhone.

Tap on Find My iPhone and then on the next screen toggle Send Last Location to On. This will force the iPhone to send it’s location to Apple right before the battery dies. It needs a connection, so if it is in airplane mode this is not going to help, but in most cases, a lost iPhone with a dead battery isn’t going to be in airplane mode. A stolen iPhone may already be in airplane mode to prevent you from tracking it.

Once you have this set up you’ll be able to find your lost iPhone even if the battery is dead. Even though you can’t sound an alert you can find the general location. This is enough to focus your search on a coffee shop you were at, a friend’s house or wherever the last location showed it.

Track a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery

Now we’ll show you how to track a lost iPhone location using another iPhone, iPad or computer. If you are using another Apple device like an iPhone or iPad you can download the Find My iPhone app free on the App Store.

You need to log in with your Apple ID and password. You can do this on a friend’s iPhone or iPad, but make sure you log out when you are done.

When logged in the app will show the location of all your Apple devices with Find My iPhone installed. Tap on the iPhone with a dead battery to see the last location. You can then tap on the car to get directions to that location, or if you are already nearby you can start your search.

Track a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

Track a lost iPhone with a dead battery.

The normal options of sound an alert, put in lost mode or erase won’t work when you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but you can always put the lost mode on if you can’t find the iPhone. If you do this and someone charges it they will see your information and can call you. If you tell it to erase it will do this the next time it connects, but then you can no longer track it.

Another option is using a computer to track the iPhone down. You still need your Apple ID and password to do this, but you don’t need a Mac. You can visit iCloud on a Mac or PC, or even an Android phone, to see the same information. You’ll be able to see the last location of the lost iPhone before the battery died.

Unfortunately, you need to turn on these features before you lose an iPhone. Even if you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery and you didn’t turn on the Send Last Location feature you may still get a good idea of where the lost iPhone is.

28 Best iPhone 7 Cases

Speck Presido iPhone 7 Cases

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Speck Presido iPhone 7 Cases

Speck chose to deliver a new line of iPhone 7 cases that look and feel amazing. The new Presidio iPhone 7 cases use upgraded material to deliver better shock protection while arriving in a thinner design. 

The Presidio Grip, Inked and Wallet can protect your iPhone 7 from a 10 foot drop while the Presidio Clear, Clear + Glitter and Clear + Print are tested for an 8 foot drop.

We already have these iPhone 7 cases on our iPhone and love the look and feel that they offer.

$39.95 to $44.95 at Speck

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How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

10 Common iPhone 4s Problems & How to Fix Them

10 Common iPhone 4s Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 4s won’t get anymore software updates which means iPhone 4s owners are on their own when it comes to fixing problems plaguing the former flagship device.

Apple left the iPhone 4s behind on iOS 9.3.5. The popular 4-inch device will never get iOS 10 and we don’t expect Apple to roll out a surprise iOS 11 update.

This means it won’t get any new features, security patches or bug fixes to alleviate the iPhone 4s problems still plaguing users in 2017.

iPhone 4s problems include abnormal battery drain, broken Wi-Fi, finicky Bluetooth connectivity, UI lag, random reboots, and an assortment of bugs and other performance problems.

If you’re running into trouble on your iPhone 4s, you can’t rely on Apple to fix your problems. Unless you live near an Apple Store, you’ll need to fix the issue(s) yourself.

This list of fixes covers the most common iPhone 4s problems. Some of these remedies will take you a few seconds to complete. Others are a little more involved.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Battery Life Problems

Battery drain is one of the more common iPhone 4s issues and it’s a problem that you can fix in just a few minutes.

Apple’s iOS updates have been known to cause abnormal battery drain but there’s a good chance it’s not the operating system causing the abnormal battery drain on your device.

Third-party apps and bad habits are typically the culprits.


While there are a ton of things that people recommend, we think these are the fixes iPhone 4s users should try.

These fixes range from small tweaks to your settings to changes in daily overall use.

All of them have the potential to fix bad iPhone 4s battery life and we highly recommend looking at them before throwing your phone against the wall or into the ocean.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Wi-Fi Issues

iPhone 4s continue to complain about a wide variety of issues from grayed out Wi-Fi to unstable connections. These are extremely common.

There is no guaranteed fix for iPhone 4s Wi-Fi issues but there are a few things that users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the iPhone 4s down to an Apple Store.

These fixes have been passed down from the iOS 7 and iOS 8 updates and they’ve worked for tons of people in the past.

The first thing iPhone 4s users will want to try is resetting network settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete. iPhone 4s users need to set aside some time to ensure that the process goes smoothly.

To do this, open up the iPhone 4s and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

You will need the passcode for the iPhone and again, a few minutes of time because the phone is going to reboot itself to complete the changes.

Those of you performing this fix will also want to track down commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this process will force you to enter them once it completes.

If that doesn’t fix things, iPhone 4s users can also try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. Toggle them off and reboot the phone.

Once the phone’s rebooted there’s a chance Wi-Fi will be functioning normally again.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Cellular Data Issues

We continue to see complaints about iPhone 4s cellular data issues. Slow connections, no connections and other random problems have plagued users for years.

To try and fix these cellular data issues, users will first want to try restarting the iPhone 4s. This has worked for us in the past. If that fix doesn’t work, try toggling cellular data on and off. This has worked for us in the past. To do that, Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off.


Finally, if none of that works, try flipping Airplane Mode on, waiting 30 seconds, and then flipping it off. This, like the other fixes, has worked to dislodge cellular data issues on the iPhone in the past.

If none of that works, make sure that there isn’t an outage in your area. You’ll need to check in with your service provider for details.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Bluetooth Problems

Bluetooth problems are among the most common iPhone 4s problems and we’ve heard numerous complaints from iPhone 4s users in the many months since the iOS 9 release date.

If you’re dealing with Bluetooth problems the first thing to do is to toggle Bluetooth off and then on again. You might also want to restart your phone.

If this doesn’t work, try forgetting all of your Bluetooth connections. To do that, go into Bluetooth, tap the blue i in the circle and tap Forget This Device.

If that doesn’t work, you’ll want to “Reset All Settings”. To do this, open up the iPhone 4s and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will cause your device to forget Wi-Fi passwords so make sure you have those handy.

How to Fix iPhone 4s App Issues

We’ve been getting a lot of complaints about various applications crashing and freezing.

To fix these, make sure the applications on you iPhone 4s are updated with the latest bug fixes.

It’s easy to forget about installing app updates so we recommend turning on automatic updates to ensure that you’re always up-to-date.

To turn on Automatic app updates, head into Settings > iTunes & App Store > Toggle Automatic Downloads to On.

If you’re updated and the app still isn’t working properly, try reinstalling it. If that doesn’t help, complain to the developer.

Most developers encourage feedback and yours could help it come up with a fix in a future software update.

How to Improve Performance on iPhone 4s

Some iPhone 4s users have seen a drop in overall performance after installing the iOS 9 operating system. Lag and crashes are common issues.

There are some ways to speed up the performance on the iPhone 4s should it get a little choppy after an upgrade or out of the blue.

We’ve outlined a number of different strategies including reducing animations and pretty effects, resetting settings, or restoring back to factory settings.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Landscape Issues

If your iPhone 4s gets stuck in landscape mode, there are a few fixes to try.

Try resetting your phone. This fixed the issue for us when it started happening when the device was on iOS 8.

You can also lock the device’s orientation in portrait. This way, the device will remain in portrait mode when trying to use a third-party app or the camera.

To lock the iPhone 4s in portrait mode, pull up Control Center from the bottom of the phone, look for the lock in the top right corner, and hit that. This will lock the screen so that it won’t move out of portrait mode when you shift the device.

How to Fix iPhone 4s iMessage Problems

We’ve been running into a number of iMessage problems on the iPhone 4s. Messages sometimes fail to send, even when in good coverage areas and we often get messages hours and sometimes days late.

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If this happens, the first thing to try is toggling iMessage off and on. If that doesn’t work, try rebooting the phone. If neither of those work, it’s time to reset the device’s network settings.

To do that, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The iPhone 4s will reboot. And while the stored Wi-Fi networks will be lost, reentering a Wi-Fi password is a small price to pay for working iMessages.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Random Reboots

iPhone 4s users continue to see random reboots on iOS 9 and older iOS software. This is a very common iPhone problem. Unfortunately, they can be hard to fix.

First, try restarting the iPhone 4s. This helped us when we encountered random reboots on the iPhone in iOS 7 and iOS 8.

We also recommend performing a reset on all settings. To do that, Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. It also might be worth it to uninstall recent apps if the problems just started.

We’ve also heard that performing a full on factory reset cures these issues but that should be a last ditch resort.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Keyboard Lag

We’ve encountered the occasional keyboard lag on the iPhone 4s when shooting off an email or iMessage. There are a few things iPhone 4s users can try to solve these problems should they pop up during email or messaging.


First, try turning off Documents & Data in iCloud. To do this, Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data. If everything returns to normal, it should be okay to flip that back on.

If that doesn’t work, try resetting all settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

How to Fix iPhone 4s Problems If Nothing Else Works

If none of these fixes work and Apple’s discussion forums fail you, we have two recommendations.

First, take the iPhone 4s to a Genius Bar at the local Apple Store. They might be able to diagnose your problem in a matter of minutes.

Those that can’t or don’t want to go that route will want to consider performing a factory reset. Factory resets will wipe the iPhone 4s clean but it could work wonders for your iPhone 4s’ performance.

To do that, choose Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

Again, this will wipe everything from the iPhone 4s so make a back up before doing this, even though we don’t recommend installing from a restore.

Setting all of this up is extremely consuming, but it may be the fastest way to fix the worst iPhone 4s problems.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.1 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.3.1 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.1 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

iOS 10.3.1 brings a single security patch for a potential Wi-Fi exploit. But if you failed to install iOS 10.3, your iOS 10.3.1 update will bring its monster list of patches as well. 

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

Among them is a patch for a Safari ransomware bug that scammers used to extort iOS users who viewed pornography on their device. 

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here

If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

If security is important to you, iOS 10.3.1 is probably worth a download right now.

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10 Common iPhone 4s Problems & How to Fix Them is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.