Tips & How-to

How To Upgrade iPhone 4 to iOS 4.1 Without Baseband Update

October 14, 2010 — by Simon Ng11


Other than Game Center, the iOS 4.1 comes with a new version of baseband (i.e. 2.10.4) for iPhone 4. As of now, there is no unlock tool to unlock this baseband. If you want to upgrade to iOS 4.1 and preserve the unlock, you need to take extra steps for the upgrade.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through how you can upgrade to iOS 4.1 but without updating baseband. As the baseband (i.e. 01.59.00) can be preserved, you can still use ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone 4 after upgrading to iOS 4.1.

Before you proceed, make sure you read through the following notes carefully:

  • This guide is for iPhone 4 ONLY. Please do not use it for other models of iPhone.
  • Make sure you use the latest version of iTunes (i.e. 10.0.1). If you haven’t upgrade the iTunes. you can download it here.
  • This guide is catered for both Windows and Mac users.
  • The procedures are tested using my iPhone 4. It works really well. However, there is no 100% guarantee that it’ll work on your iPhone. Use it at your own risk.

Okay, let’s get started.

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Workaround To Fix Broken iPhone Home Button

October 3, 2010 — by Simon Ng3


Activator for iPhoneQuite a long time ago, a reader sent me email and wrote,

“Hey, Simon. My iPhone’s home button is broken. Is there any way to fix it?”

I replied,

“The best way is to send it back to Apple Store!”

Recently, I stumbled upon an article on Evan Hahn and iPhone Download Blog. It turns out there is an interesting workaround, that makes use of a cydia hack, to fix a broken iPhone button.

The workaround only works on jailbroken iPhone and you need to install a hack called Activator which can be found on cydia. With the Activator hack, you can assign other iPhone buttons (e.g. volume buttons) to emulate the Home button. You can also use gestures to activate the home screen.

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Why Missing Ringtones Library in iTunes?

September 25, 2010 — by Simon Ng185


Earlier, I published a step-by-step guide on how to create custom ringtones using iTunes 10. I am glad that some of you love the guide and find it useful.

However, some claimed they even couldn’t find the ringtone library in iTunes. It’s just missing!

This isn’t a problem of your iTunes. You do not need to re-install it in order to resolve the issue. The ringtones library is just hidden and what you need to do is to make a little configuration to unhide it.

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How To Downgrade iPhone to Older iOS Firmware and Jailbreak it Again

September 19, 2010 — by Simon Ng3


This is a guest by our regular reader, Kian Torab.

Sometimes your iPhone can’t start up properly and the only way to fix it is to do a full restore. In the case you’re using a jailbroken iPhone, if you simply hit the “Restore” button in iTunes, it will install the latest version of iOS (as of now, it’s iOS 4.1) and may make your device un-jailbreakable. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to safely restore or downgrade your iPhone to a version of iOS (aka firmware) other than the latest version.

For this to work you need an iPhone that’s already been jailbroken and has a copy of Cydia installed on it. You need your SHSH blobs saved.

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How To Fix iTunes 1004 Error and Kick iPhone Out of Recovery Mode

September 11, 2010 — by Simon Ng63


Just few hours after Apple released the iOS 4.1 on Wednesday, I launched my iTunes and started to upgrade my iPhone 4 to the new iOS. Like what I did before, I used to do a complete restore to upgrade my iPhone. Everything went really well. With years of experience of upgrading iPhone, I did not expect any usual thing will happen.

But life is full of surprises. Unexpectedly, iTunes showed me an error right after the restoration process completed:

The iPhone “Simon” could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1004)

Even worse, the iPhone was stuck in recovery mode.

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iPhone Tip: How To Redeem an App with Promo Code

September 7, 2010 — by Simon Ng3


redeem promo code logoYesterday, I got an email from a reader. He’s lucky enough to receive a promotional code for an iPhone app but he had no idea how to redeem the code.

For those who haven’t heard of promotional code, it is a code that allows you to download a paid app for free from App Store. Usually, the promo code is given by an App developer to let some reviewers to try out the app for free.

In case you are lucky enough to get a promo code, Apple offers two ways to redeem an app. You can either redeem it on iTunes or right from your iPhone if you are using iOS 3.0 or up.

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How To Create Ringtone for iPhone on iTunes 10

September 6, 2010 — by Simon Ng970


With the debut of iTunes 10, it is widely reported that Apple has removed the “create your own ringtone” feature. The feature was first introduced in 2007 after the launch of the original iPhone. It allows iPhone users to create custom ringtone from a track purchased from the iTunes store for $0.99.

As MacLife realized, the feature is still found on iTunes 9.2.1 but is no longer built into iTunes 10. For ringtone fanatics, don’t worry. You can still use a manual method to create custom ringtone for your iPhone using iTunes 10. And, most importantly, it is completely free.

If you want to create your own ringtone for iPhone, simply follow the step-by-step procedures. As I am a Mac user, the guide is written particularly for Mac user. That said, it should also work for those using Windows. I have highlighted the difference (if any) so Windows user can also follow.

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Chrome to iPhone: Send URL from Computer to iPhone

August 28, 2010 — by Simon Ng0


Two weeks ago, Google announced a Chrome extension known as “Chrome to Phone” that enables user to send URL, Google Maps, YouTubes, plain text and even phone numbers from Chrome browser to any Android device. I love this utility but the catch is it is available for Android users only.

I am well expecting a similar Chrome extension will be released soon to support iPhone. Thanks to the Chrome extension developer, Tom Lerendu. He has developed an extension called “Chrome to iPhone” that brings a similar level of functionalities.

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How To Close All Multitasking Apps on iPhone by One Tap

August 26, 2010 — by Simon Ng21


SBSettings - Remove BackgroundYou may already know how to close multitasking apps (a.k.a. background apps) on iPhone running iOS 4.

Presently, you can only close multitasking app one at a time. Some of you wonder if iPhone offers a way to close all background apps simply by a single tap.

There is no such app on App Store. But if you are using a jaiilbroken iPhone, there is a hack called “Remove Background”, which is an add-on for SBSettings. With the hack, you can simply launch SBSettings and tap “RemoveBG” button to close all apps running in background.

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iPhone Tip: How to Use Spell Check Feature in iOS 4

August 23, 2010 — by Simon Ng4


Spell check is a minor but very handy feature that comes with the iOS 4 update. Probably this is the very first time you know about this feature as it is a relatively minor feature compared with those imminent ones (such as multitasking).

The spell check is a system wide feature added in iOS 4 for both iPhone and iPod touch. In other words, you can use spell checking in most iPhone apps (such as Mail, Notes). Like Microsoft Word or Gmail, word that is considered as misspelled is underlined in red. You can tap on the word and iPhone will popup the suggested replacement. By tapping on the suggested word, the misspelled word will be replaced with the correct one.