How to download an iPhone backup from iCloud to my Mac?

I recently switched to a new phone. I’d like to delete the back up of my old iPhone from iCloud to save space there. However, I’m a little paranoid about backups and data loss, so I’d like to download the old backup first and retain it on my Mac or an external hard disk.

The only options I’ve found are proprietary third-party software, which (a) is pricey and (b) raises security/privacy issues, since it sounds like they (not surprisingly) need to handle your Apple ID credentials. Is there any way to download iPhone backups from iCloud to a Mac, without closed-source proprietary software?

An ideal solution would be an official Apple tool (commandline tools are fine with me); open-source third-party software would also be better than closed-source; or software provided through the App store would be OK, since that implies at least some minimal security auditing (as I understand).

untagged – Dynamic QRCode does not work on my iPhone in 4G (it works with Wifi)

I hope I’ll be clear… I try to scann a QR code (dynamic URL) with my iPhone XR and it works fine when i’m on wifi but it does not work when I’m on 4G. I get an error message saying that the connexion is not private (but the website is HTTPS)… I really don’t understand why…
Has anybody ever seen this kind of bug? Do you know how to fix this?
Deos it depend on the Safari version? The OS version? The phone’s settings?

ios – How to read an epub file aloud in a language differing from the default iPhone language

I am running iOS 13.5 on an iPhone SE. In Preferences -> General -> Language & Region the iPhone Language is set to German but the Preferred Language Order is set to 1. English 2. German. In the Books App I have several English Epub files. I wanted to read those aloud while jogging. In Preferences -> Accessibility -> Spoken Content I have checked Speak Screen. Under voices there are both German as well as English voices available. My problem is if I go into the Books app and do the downward two finger swipe and the particular epub file is read aloud the German voice is applied and not the English one. :/ So the pronunciation is off. I thought by setting the Preferred Language Order the way I did I would tackle the issue, but no effect. Aside that I haven’t found any setting to get the language in the right voice used.

ios – Can people hack your iPhone Via Bluetooth if you leave it on?

I leave in an apartment complex with lots of people and often times, I would be able to see Bluetooth devices that do not belong to me on my iPhone or MacBook when I search for my Bluetooth device. Does Apple Tell you/ask by default before someone with Bluetooth devices tries to Connect to your phone via Bluetooth? Or is this A potential security Vulnerability to leave your iPhone Bluetooth on at all times? (I do since I use AirPods)

I don’t remember setting or seeing any options to set Bluetooth permission on my iphone which makes me nervous.

Thank you!

iPhone X Stuck on Control Center

For a small while now, my phone (an iPhone X on iOS 13) has sadly been stuck on the Control Center to where I can’t really use either one in any way. I’ve tried to use a function or go back; turn the phone off; or activate Siri; but aside from managing to get something flashing in the background, getting the Wifi thing to turn green, or being able to lock and unlock the phone (at which the Center pops right back up, no lock screen shown) nothing. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Upgrade from iOS 12.4.1 to 12.4.7 on an iPhone 6s

There’s a critical exploit in the iOS Mail app that was just recently patched in iOS versions 13.5 and 12.4.7. (BTW, if you haven’t updated your iOS version to either of these builds, you should disable the Mail app on your iPhone as an interim fix to avoid getting pwned.)

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/05/21/apple-ios-135-release-should-you-upgrade-new-iphone-update/

iOS 12.4.7 was supposedly pushed out for older devices that are incompatible with iOS 13.

I am using an iPhone 6s, running iOS 12.4.1. Checking for Software Updates via Settings app → General → Software Update only offers to install iOS 13.5.

I assume there must be some sort of download link where I can get an iOS 12.4.7 installer package and load it onto my phone via iTunes, although I wasn’t able to find one.

Is there a way to install iOS 12.4.7 on iPhone 6s?

IMPORTANT: For anyone who didn’t know, there’s a big difference between the iPhone 6s and the original iPhone 6. The 6s has significantly improved hardware specs, most importantly double the RAM (https://www.theverge.com/2015/9/26/9401563/iphone-6s-teardown-ram-confirmed-2gb) which often makes the difference between “running the latest apps properly” and “puzzling, bizarre random crashes”.

How do I upgrade from iOS 12.4.1 to 12.4.7 on an iPhone 6s?

Source information:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2020/05/21/apple-ios-135-release-should-you-upgrade-new-iphone-update/

There’s a critical exploit in the iOS Mail app that was just recently patched in iOS versions 13.5 and 12.4.7. (BTW, if you haven’t updated your iOS version to either of these builds, you should disable the Mail app on your iPhone as an interim fix to avoid getting pwned.)

12.4.7 was supposedly pushed out for older devices that are incompatible with 13.

My iPhone is a 6s, current iOS version 12.4.1.

Clicking on Settings -> General -> Software Update offers iOS 13.5.

I assume there must be some sort of download link where I can get an iOS 12.4.7 installer package and load it onto my phone via iTunes, although I wasn’t able to find one. Is there a way to install iOS 12.4.7 on iPhone 6s?

IMPORTANT: For anyone who didn’t know, there’s a big difference between the iPhone 6s and the original iPhone 6. The 6s has significantly improved hardware specs, most importantly double the RAM (https://www.theverge.com/2015/9/26/9401563/iphone-6s-teardown-ram-confirmed-2gb) which often makes the difference between “running the latest apps properly” and “puzzling, bizarre random crashes”.

iphone – How can I sync my books on two different devices with a Windows PC?

I’m not entirely sure where to begin with this question but here goes. I have two devices: an iPad mini that is pretty old (a gift from my father from years ago) that is on iOS 9.3.5 – it doesn’t seem to be able to update any further than that. I also have an iPhone XS running iOS 13.5. I have some epub files on my desktop pc running Windows 10 that I’d like to sync to these devices and (if possible) track reading progress between them. Is this something that can be done? I realize the iPad mini is pretty out of date and that may be a limiting factor, but I would prefer to read things on my iPad at home and continue reading on my iPhone while I’m out and about. I’ve looked up varying guides that explain how to use iCloud Drive to do this, but every time I try to get iCloud drive working on my iPhone, I’m met with this screen – I’m not even 100% sure that I can use iCloud drive on the iPad mini what with it being so old (the “Books” app on it is still called iBooks, even). Is there any way I can accomplish easy syncing between the two devices?

screenshot of iPhone XS attempting activate iCloud Drive

iphone – Does Frequently used Memoji History reset If not used

The Memoji stickers can be deleted in any app, tap the three dots, then tap the core Memoji and delete it. I’ve never seen them time out or go away, just new ones pile on top of the old as you use them.

memoji you might love or love to delete

Tap the Memoji identity you with to duplicate or delete.

screen shot of the tools to delete or duplicate a Memoji identity

As for the overall keyboard, you can reset all of the word suggestions, etc in the settings app. But you circled the Memoji which just exist until you delete the identities in the keyboard overlay itself.

  • Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary