Category Archives: iOS

You Cannot Create An Apple ID Because You Do Not Meet The Minimum Age Requirement

you cannot create an apple id because you do not meet the minimum age requirement

When creating an Apple ID, if you make the unfortunate mistake of entering your birth year wrong or actually being under the age of 13 (and not fibbing about it), then be prepared to see this error message:

“You Cannot Create An Apple ID Because You Do Not Meet The Minimum Age Requirement.”

You try again and again, and then go as far as changing your birth year to 1920, and apparently (or so it seems) the ripe old age of 93 is too young to download and get one’s candy crush saga fix on.  What gives?!

How to fix or get around this issue in the following scenarios:

If you turned 13 today

Make yourself 1 day older, and tomorrow you can change it back to your real day.  Apple doesn’t seem to like 13th birthdays…probably the result of some repressed adolescent trauma of sorts.

If you are under 13 (and planning on lying about it thus landing yourself on Santa’s naughty list this year) or if you actually are over 13 and just messed up on entering your birth year due to your monstrous thumbs hitting the wrong key

  • You can wait 24 hours and try again.
  • Go to settings, then safari, then clear history, cookies, and cache. Then re-register for your new itunes/apple user account.
  • Try creating the account from a different device (for example a friend’s phone or another computer).  Remember you don’t have to create it in the actual app store application under “create new account.”  You can also open a browser tab and search for “apple id” and then choose to create a new account this way as well.  It doesn’t have to be from an iDevice.

So, now that I have just showed children under the age of 13 how to trick the system, I’m gonna try and lay my head down on my pillow tonight and sleep soundly.  Tomorrow I better help an old lady or two cross the street to balance the scale.  Sweet Dreams.

Comcast Email Server Settings

Comcast Email Server Settings

For some reason Comcast email accounts do not seem to like the company of smartphones very much, at least when they are added as an account through the native email application on the phone.  Fret not, persistence will prevail, and you will get that little sucker on there if it’s the last thing you do eh.  Did I really just type eh?  Apparently, I’ve gone Canadian (not really) and also suffer from ADD.  Okie dokie back to the topic at hand…the following server settings are the ones that are currently working.  When adding the account, choose Other as the type of account to be added.

INCOMING SERVER SETTINGS

Server = mail.comcast.net

If the email address is example@comcast.net, the username will be example (the park before the @sign) and the password is your Comcast email password.

Security = SSL

Port = 995

OUTGOING SERVER SETTINGS

Server = smtp.comcast.net

Username is the same as above.

Security = SSL

Port = 587

If for any reason these settings are not working for you, you can always download the Xfinity App and access your email in this fashion.

Also, If anyone notices that these server settings become invalid or are not working for you for this account type or any of the other email accounts for that matter, feel free to email me, and I will find the updated settings and/or do my best to help.Help Me!

Staying Connected While Traveling & Avoiding Roaming Rates

Remember when you would leave your cellphone home (or at least keep it powered off) when you journeyed off to some remote tropical island off the coast of…ahhhh does it even matter?  As long as there’s a steel drum band and an endless supply of exotic frozen drinks with tiny, colorful, paper umbrellas, I’m so there, and I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume that you would be too.  However, nowadays, I would bet that you would be a tad more reluctant to deal with the separation anxiety that comes along with not staying connected while you are away.  After all, our entire lives are on our mobile devices.  They are our cameras, calendars, personal assistants, calculators, diaries…you get the idea.  Today, choosing the phone that will pretty much be your everything for the next 2 years is almost as important as buying a new car, and people do not want to be separated from it, not even for a week.

It is for this reason, that I am writing this post.  You don’t have to leave it behind…but at what cost.  The last thing you want to come home to is a phone bill that is to the moon an beyond, and this can be a possibility.  There are, however, ways that you can have your cake and eat it too, all for very cheap or practically nothing.  I know this, because I have done it, and you can do it too.   This past October, I spent a week in Aruba, made tons of phone calls, sent and received a bunch of text messages and actively engaged in more forms of social media than you can count on one hand…after all, it’s always fun to post photos from your trip…thus reminding everyone back home that you are in paradise yet they, themselves, must wake up in 5 hours for work, and the only thing that they have to even remotely look forward to is a mug of burned coffee that has been sitting out too long.  Although, I would never…ever do something like that, because I’m a sweetie pie = )

Well, if you are anything like me, you must stay connected at all costs.  Well not literally…because by “at all costs,” i mean at the lowest cost possible.  Read on..

1.  Before you even step foot on the plane or arrive at your destination, the first thing you need to do is go into your phone’s settings and make sure Data Roaming is NOT enabled.  Then you want to make sure that your data (also knows as mobile network) is OFF.  This will disable your devices data connection, which is super important with smartphones.  In fact, it is the Holy Grail of roaming, reason being, if your data happens to be turned on you may have a boatload of apps running in the background, whose sole purpose in life happens to be making you want to drive off a bridge upon the receipt of your next wireless bill.  Data roaming charges are what will cost you the big $$$.  So disable it.  Your phone will still be able to make/receive calls/texts.

I like to take it one step further and…

2.  Also put my phone into Airplane Mode.  This will disable ALL connections.  You will not be able to use the phones call or texting feature in addition to any sort of data.  Essentially at this point, you have an MP3 player/camera/PDA.  “This is no fun!” you say.  Agreed.  Well here is where it gets magical…

3.  WiFi is you new best friend.  While leaving your phone programmed with the settings above, turn your wifi ON and connect to a network.  Most hotels and coffee shops offer free wifi, and in the event that it is not free, the rates will most likely be a lot cheaper than your provider’s roaming rates.  Once you are connected to wifi, you can use as much data as your want without being charged (Just make sure you see the little wifi symbol, which looks something like this and is located towards the top notification bar on your device.

So while you are on that wifi connection, check your email to your heart’s content, and while you’re at it browse as many web pages as it takes until your eyes glaze over.  It won’t matter,because it isn’t going to cost you anything.  Hmmm, but what about calls and texts, you may wonder.  It gets better.  There are apps that you can download that will allow you call and text over wifi  = No Roaming Rates.  YIPPEE!!!

Viber

The app that I use religiously is called Viber.  Learn it, Live it, Love it.  It is oh so Ahhhhhhhhhmazing.  The call quality is actually quite good, although this is dependent on how strong your wifi connection is.  Once you download the app, it will take you through the set up process.  After you log in with your mobile number, you will have the option to make free phone calls and messages  Here’s the catch.  The person that you are communicating with must have this app as well.  As long as this is all set up before you leave on your trip, it should be smooth sailing.

Of course, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you absolutely MUST contact someone and have no way of connecting to wifi, you can always momentarily turn airplane mode off and pay the roaming rates associated with your provider’s per minute/per message amount.  This also holds true for data roaming, and by this I mean turning your data/mobile network on briefly if you need to use it.  After you are done, you can turn the data off again and toggle your device back into airplane mode.  If you foresee yourself needing to use data and there existing the possibility of not being able to connect to WiFi, it would be in your favor to contact your service provider before you leave to inquire about global data packages.  These may be pricey, but it is much better to have it than to deal with pay-as-you-go rates.

There you have it.  The best of both worlds…A complete and utterly serene tropical paradise alongside your means to stay connected to your every day life.  Now, the only question is, what are you going to do with all the $$$ that you DIDN’T spend on roaming rates?

Remember to Backup Your Contacts!

What would you do if you pulled up your contact list and it was blank? The years and years of contacts have mysteriously vanished.  If this thought isn’t enough to give you an anxiety attack, I don’t know what is, but it doesn’t have to be this way.  Sure, if you have an iPhone, maybe you have iCloud, or if you are an Android user you hopefully have them backed up with Google or maybe even your service providers backup options.

Let’s ask one important question though…What if these fail?  After all, things like this can happen, and this possibility combined with some really awful luck can make for a really, really bad day.  That being said, it is ALWAYS a good idea to NOT have all your eggs in one basket…err backup option.

Enter iDriveContacts, also known as your digital knight in shining armor.  ::Royal trumpet fanfare::

This app is available to iPhone, Android and Blackberry users.  It is free, although I would say it is worth it’s weight in gold if you ever have the unfortunate event of ever needing to actually use one of the backups that you create with it.

After downloading the app and launching it for the first time, you will be required to create an iDrive account.

1. Use an email address that you plan on having access to until your last days on earth (in case you ever need to reset your password).

2.  Create a password.

3.  Click the grey SignUp/Sign In button in the middle of the screen.

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You will have to wait a minute or so while your account is being created.  If you hit Backup, do not be alarmed if it says your address book is empty.  Give it a second and then try and press the backup button again.  It will work.

iDrive2

iDriveContacts3

After the Backup in progress screen is finished loading, you will have just saved copy of your CURRENT contact list from TODAY’S date.  (This app does not automatically back up, and you will have to launch it periodically to create new backups)

If you are using this to RESTORE contacts, after downloading and signing into the app with the original account that you created (here’s where that email address will come in handy if you have forgotten your password), click on Restore and it will take you to a screen that looks like this.  Simply, click on Restore Contacts and pick the latest saved file.

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There are many apps available with the ability to backup your contact list, but the reason I am recommending this one is because I use it almost every day and have never had it fail me once.  I should probably knock on wood now huh?  Regardless of the way that you choose to backup your contact list, just make sure that you have a “Plan B” for your “Plan A.”  So, in the event of a catastrophic address book deletion, you can put the Xanax down, click a button and say Voila! Thus, avoiding disaster in a matter of minutes.  ::Pats self on back::

YAHOO Email Server Settings (IMAP)

YAHOO!

If you are having problems setting up your yahoo mail on your Android or iOS device try setting it up as an “Other”.  By choosing this option you will need to manually type in the server settings listed below.  Also, if there is an option for “manual setup,” choose this as well.

Incoming Server Settings

Username: xxx@yahoo.com (enter in your complete yahoo email address)
Password: Enter in your yahoo email password
IMAP Server: imap.mail.yahoo.com
Port: 143
Security Type: None
IMAP Path Prefix: Leave blank / Optional

Outgoing Server Settings (SMTP)

SMTP: smtp.mobile.mail.yahoo.com
Port: 587
Security Type: None
Check “Required Sign-In”
Username: xxx@yahoo.com
Password: Your email password

The above settings are for setting up your Yahoo email within the device mail app itself. If you prefer,  Yahoo also has its own app available in both the Google Play and iTunes App Stores.