7 Essential Apps for Small Business Owners

Running a small business successfully is not an easy task! Small business owners often find themselves taking on many roles without the time to really carry them all out effectively and efficiently. Are you looking for new ideas to improve productivity, organization, sales, and efficiency? Take a look at our 7 must-have apps for small business owners.

  1. Gusto

Looking for an app for your business’s financing and accounting needs? Look no further! Gusto, formerly known as ZenPayroll, is an app that is designed to streamline payroll, benefits, and taxes. This app can handle all local, state, and federal tax filings, report new hires to the government and email digital pay stubs to your employees.

  1. Basecamp

Even if your business is fairly small, keeping track of several job assignments can get very complicated very quickly. Easily keep track of jobs, communicate, and assign tasks to your employees using this user-friendly app. Download the app or use the full site version, either way, you and your employees can access the calendar, messages, and files in an organized and effective method from anywhere.

  1. Billings Touch

This app is designed to trace all billable time and services as well as help your business predict expenses. Easily create and edit clients and projects, bill specific work, generate invoices, and track payments. This app is designed with international business needs in mind and even includes multi-currency support.

  1. Wave

Is your small business smaller than nine or fewer employees? Then, you will want to take a look at Wave! From tracking sales and expenses to paying employees and generating financial reports, Wave is specifically designed to take on the accounting needs of the smallest small businesses all in one place.

  1. Omni Apps

The Omni Group has created a collection of apps all designed for businesses. From the Omni Focus app that assists with task management to the Omni Outliner that is designed to help with brainstorming and mind mapping, there are various Omni apps available to help you improve your business’s organization and productivity. The best part of these apps is that Omni has separated their apps by specific functions, allowing you to only download the apps that your business needs, and avoid app-clutter.

  1. FreshBooks

This app offers a simple way to create, manage, and keep track of personalized invoices. Billing your clients, making professional and personal invoices, accepting credit card payments, and creating customized business reports has never been easier thanks to FreshBooks – take a look for yourself!

  1. Square

This app is a payment app and is designed to make accepting payments a cinch. Whether your small business is a barber shop, landscaping service, tutoring service or boutique, you can make any location a perfect spot to accept payments from credit cards. You will need a portable card reader, which is small and attachable to any mobile device, to take payments. Don’t miss out on a sale ever again, download Square!

Having trouble downloading and installing apps on any of your Apple® devices? As small business owners, we understand that you have a lot on your plate and don’t have time to waste. Experience the Experimac difference – visit your local store anytime. No appointment needed, ever. Experienced techs are ready to assist you. Same day service.

Fantasy Football: Our Top 5 Apps

Who’s ready for football season to start? With the arrival of fall and the football season, comes fantasy football – which, to be honest, is the real reason to be excited. This year, you won’t need the biggest grill, a high definition television, or season tickets to enjoy the football season . . . just a few app downloads! Get your favorite smart device ready for kickoff and start the upcoming football season right by learning more about the game and creating a winning fantasy football team with these 5 apps!

  1. NFL Fantasy Football App – FREE!

This app is a must-have for any first-time fantasy football participants. Draft players live in-app, pick your starting lineup or let the Optimize Lineup feature do all of the work for you! Watch team highlights so you’ll never miss a play and keep up-to-date on official stats, news, and updates delivered straight from NFL experts!

  1. ESPN Fantasy Sports – FREE!

While it lacks some of the special tools and functions that other fantasy football apps have, this app sports a clean look and is easy to use. This app is somewhat like the app listed above, but unlike the NFL app, this app allows you to create fantasy football as well as baseball, basketball, or hockey leagues. This means you can still draft your team, edit your lineup, add players and even make trades when the football season is over.

  1. RotoWire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2018 – $5

Looking for more sophistication? RotoWire provides high-quality tools and functions that other apps just don’t have. With this app, you can input your league’s roster and score settings, then RotoWire will create a ranked “cheat sheet” made up of athlete performance projections. This means you can run mock drafts, set draft priorities, view detailed projections, and have detailed statistics and projections throughout the season. Take your league to the next level with this app.

  1. Fantasy Football Draft Wizard – FREE along with in-app purchases

This app is the ultimate guide to drafting the dream team. Users can create customized cheat sheets and custom mock drafts as well as take a look at expert advice and analysis on player picks and drafting tactics.

  1. DraftKings – FREE along with in-app purchases

Can’t get enough of fantasy football? Then don’t limit yourself to just your team! DraftKings allows users to participate in varied daily fantasy sports leagues. You can opt to join free leagues or private leagues, or even in paid entries where high scorers have a shot at winning cash! Like ESPN Fantasy Sports, DraftKings isn’t limited to just football, making it great entertainment all year long!

Are you a real fantasy football fan but having trouble with downloading apps to your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet? Or is a cracked screen making it difficult to get your roster set? Experimac is here to help! No appointment necessary. No hassle. Same day service. Stop by your local Experimac store today and we’ll get you and your devices ready for football season.

Which iMac® Computer is Best for Students? A Back to School Buying Guide

Apple, Inc.®, well known for their revolutionary electronic devices such as the iPhone® device and iPad® tablet, have supplied students with the technology they’ve needed to succeed for years. Apple, Inc. continues to lead the education market after a push this past spring to reinforce its commitment to providing students with the best technology options available on the market. However, brand new Mac® computers are typically very expensive options for students. This being the case, many parents look at certified pre-owned Apple computers to offer the students in their lives the device they need and want, at a price they can afford. Take a look at our breakdown of recent iMac computer models that won’t break your bank this upcoming school year.

  • 21.5-inch iMac Computer

    This desktop computer is the smallest iMac computer available. New models of the 21.5-inch iMac computer feature between 8-16GB of memory, 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, two Thunderbolt® ports and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics card. A brand new 21.5-inch iMac computer retails for $1,099, which though considerably less than its iMac siblings, is still way more than a certified pre-owned iMac computer. The 21.5-inch model also has varied upgrades that offer a 4K Retina Display, 3.0 or even 3.4GHz Processor, up to 32GB of memory, as well as a 1TB Fusion Drive for $500 more bringing up the cost to $1,499. A certified pre-owned 21.5-inch Mac computer from Experimac makes a perfect tool, at significant savings, for the average student.

  • 27-inch iMac Computer

    A certified pre-owned 27-inch Mac computer is a great choice for any student who works with graphic arts, film, sound engineering, or any form of digital art, but is probably more than what an average student needs. This computer is available in three configurations, all of which include a Retina 5K Display. The “basic” model features a 3.4GHz Intel Core Processor, 1TB Fusion Drive, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, Radeon Pro with 4GB of video memory, and a pair of ThunderBolt 3® ports. The two upgraded models feature up to a 3.8GHz Processor, fast Turbo Boosts, a 2TB Fusion Drive, and up to 64GB of memory and Radeon Pro with up to 8GB of video memory. The prices for the 27-inch iMac computer start at $1,799 and go up to $2,299. Certified pre-owned 27-inch iMac computer models at Experimac that are pre-5K are a great value, and still have an amazing display. Stop by to see for yourself what is available for your tech-savvy student at a much more reasonable price.

  • iMac Pro® Computer

    The brand-new iMac Pro computer is designed for professional use and contains state of the art processors, advanced storage options, and incredible graphics. It can come with up to 18 core processors, Hyper-Threading, Radeon Pro Vega 56 or 64 graphics, a Turbo Boost of up to 4.5GHz and up to 42MB cache. Needless to say, this computer has it all and a brand new one is priced at $4,999. This computer is more than an average student will need so when it comes to a computer for a student, we recommend investing in a simpler iMac computer model. Older iMac Pro computer models feature the same level of quality minus a few bells and whistles, making certified pre-owned iMac Pro computer models from Experimac a steal at their affordable prices.

There are other certified pre-owned iMac computer models you can check out in person at your local Experimac store as well as other Apple® devices your student might need including various iPhone® device models, iPad® tablets, and MacBook® laptops. Want to know more about certified pre-owned iMac computers? Stop by your local Experimac store today. Our team is ready to help you pick out a computer that meets the needs of the student in your life at a price you can afford. Experimac is also proud to offer financing services.

Diagnosing/Preventing Charging Port Issues for iPhone

 

Usually the first sign for most people of charging port issues is that the port itself does not work at all and does not accept charge from a cable. But within this guide I’ll explain a few warning signs of charging port failure as well as tips for keeping your charging port in working order.

The first thing to know is that charging port failure and battery failure can be very easily misdiagnosed  as they have almost exact symptoms in which they fail. For instance the battery isnt charging or is draining quickly, most would think that the issue is the battery itself but if the charging port is not delivering the right amount of energy to sustain the battery the OS of the phone will think it is fully charged, but in reality the battery is at 1/3rd the charge.

 

Well how can I tell if my charging port is bad? Well like the first paragraph a fast draining battery could mean problems. Another sure fire way to know if your charging port is failing or beginning to fail is a loose connection when inserting your charging cable in to the phone, if there is any wiggle room chances are the port is failing or has already failed. So the keep your charging port in working order it is important to make sure that regular cleaning of the port takes place, this can be achieved with a new toothbrush and compressed air. Take the toothbrush and gently scrub the inside of the charging port to loosen up any dirt or dust, Then take the compressed air and blow out any loosened dirt or dust . Repeat if desired.

All in all even with maintenence the charging port can still fail eventually, If that does happen the only way to remedy the problem would be to completly replace the charging port which involves taking most of the phone apart , but myself and the other techs here at Experimac of Naperville are more than equipped to replace that troublesome charging port for you.

Diagnosing Video card Issues with 2009-2011 Apple iMac

The very first step in diagnosing a video card issue in your 2009-2011 iMac is understanding what the video card actually does. The video card is responsible for computing and displaying graphical information that the computer writes to a monitor, projector, or other displays.

Within this guide there will be a few steps to diagnosing your video card issues at home or in the office.

  1. Usually the first sign of video card issues would be some sort of video glitches, in the form of lines or pixilation on the screen or the screen shutting off entirely.

  1. Another sign of video card issue is the computer not booting to the Operating System (OS) entirely or crashing upon booting. A sign of this could also be slow boot ups or a progress bar that seemingly never moves.

  1. The very last symptom is not one that can be seen but more felt. To elaborate when the graphics chip is malfunctioning, it has to work harder therefore it produces more power consumption in turn making the iMac become much hotter than usual. This can be felt on the back assembly near the top right, if it is hot to the point that if makes your hand uncomfortable to leave there that is a sign that things are not working as that should.

Once you have diagnosed these issues the next step is to repair the iMac which includes replacing the video card itself this piece is modular and can be removed although this involves taking most of the computer apart including the LCD screen. This process is best left up to professionals as the power supply within these iMacs hold a charge and can be dangerous if not handled properly.

Luckily the technicians (including myself) here at Experimac of Naperville are more than equipped to handle this process and, whether you decide to fix the issue or trade your iMac in for a new one we can help with every aspect of the order.

Written by: Greg Powers

Back to School: How to Choose the Best Laptop

Back to School - How to Choose the Best Laptop

Summer break is not only a great time for fun in the sun but is also the perfect time to start selecting school supplies for the upcoming school year. Investing in a laptop can make life much easier and more productive for students when it comes to taking notes, doing research and writing essays, and even taking online exams. However, buying a new laptop can be confusing if you’re not sure what features to look for, and if done without proper research, buying a laptop can also break the bank.

Keep in mind the age of the user, is this laptop for a younger student who has never really used a laptop on a regular basis before or is this purchase for a older child who has demonstrated responsibility and will likely be taking this laptop with them to college soon? The user’s age may help to determine the budget and features you are looking for.

We have done a lot of the research for you and listed some factors to consider before making a purchase.

  1. Size – When selecting a laptop, it’s important to consider the size of the laptop as it will be taken to school, afterschool activities, and beyond. Select a device that the student in your life will be able to carry easily anywhere they need to go. A heavy laptop can mean it will get dropped more easily or may keep a student from really being able to take it to school and use it extensively.
  2. Specs – Depending on the age and academic demands of your student, you will need to think about what specs are necessary and which you would be able to do without. Some students, such as film or art students, should look at laptops with retina displays. Students using their computer to write essays may consider simpler displays but may need computers with a lot of internal storage or USB accessibility.
  3. Cost – Laptops come with a large variety of options and are most definitely an investment. When considering the purchase of a laptop for a student, it’s important to remember that this device will most likely be heavily used and you will want it to last a number of years – consider the budget you have set for this purchase accordingly. One way to keep costs under control is to consider the purchase of a certified pre-owned At Experimac, you will find certified pre-owned Apple® laptops in excellent condition with all the features any student would be proud to have at a reasonable price.

Below is a breakdown of some certified pre-owned models commonly available at Experimac locations.

  • MacBook® Laptop – The MacBook laptop offers great specs such as a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display, 250 GB of storage space, and weighs in at 4.7 pounds. The MacBook laptop includes a multi-touch trackpad with a full-size keyboard making it easy to use for those who are not accustomed to the smaller keyboard often found on laptops and has two USB ports available. This laptop is built to last yet affordable and makes a great pick when you think about needing to carry a laptop in addition to books, notes, and other materials.
  • MacBook Air® Laptop – The MacBook Air laptop features specs that make it a fantastic school option. Though the MacBook Air laptop has a 13.3-inch display, it does not feature the Retina display like some of its MacBook siblings. It does have up to 12 hours of battery, a multi-touch trackpad and either 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. The MacBook Air laptop has USB ports and is lighter than the MacBook Pro® laptop options. All in all, the MacBook Air laptop does not offer the higher end specs that some of the other MacBook® laptops offer but it is still a great pick for students.
  • MacBook Pro Laptop – The MacBook Pro laptop comes in two sizes: the 13-inch and the 15-inch. The 13-inch model features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit Retina display, up to 10 hours of battery life, and comes with 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. This model also features the Force Touch trackpad and weighs 3.02 pounds. The 15-inch model is very similar, except for a few details – it features a 15.4-inch LED-backlit Retina display, up to 9 hours of battery life (instead of 10) and weighs in at 4.49 pounds. The 15-inch model has the additional feature of more storage space, as you can choose between 256 GB, 512 GB or even 1 TB.

The purchase of a laptop for your student getting ready to go back to school should not be done in a rush. Regardless of your budget or needs, Experimac’s team of experienced techs can help! At our store, you can test out the certified pre-owned devices you are interested in purchasing. You can ask questions and compare the features from one laptop to another. Not only do we offer a warranty on all of our products and assure you that our certified pre-owned Apple products have been thoroughly examined and are ready to take on a new school year, we also offer financing options. And the best part is no appointment is necessary!

Getting Fit for Summer: 7 Best Workout Apps

7 Best Workout Apps for Getting Fit This Summer

Summer is the time of year to kick-back and enjoy the outdoors. However, some of us don’t feel quite ready to step out in a bathing suit at the beach or pool. Are you trying to lose some pounds before a beach outing, family trip or even a reunion? We have put together a list of 7 of the best workout apps to help you get trim and ready for fun in the sun this summer.

  1. Workout Trainer

Looking for new workouts? Look no more! The Workout Trainer app features thousands of free workouts with audio and visual tutorials to help you learn new moves. You can even use the app’s library to build new custom routines and share routines online.

  1. Map My Fitness

Tired of the same morning run on the treadmill? Make runs or walks more interesting with this app! Users can search for new nearby running or walking routes and even share their own. This app saves the information about your run including location, distance and calories burned. You can opt to use this data to set new goals. This app also features a community of fellow runners, joggers, and walkers that you can join a challenge with and even include your own family or friends.

  1. JEFIT

If you’re looking for workouts specifically aimed at building strength or bodybuilding, then download this app. JEFIT is loaded with workouts that are sorted by targeted body parts and also offers a workout planner, exercise log, progress tracker, and timers to help you make the most of every workout.

  1. Freeletics Bodyweight

This app focuses on using your own bodyweight for all of its workouts, meaning you won’t need a gym or any equipment to complete your workouts. The free app shows you step-by-step video and audio guides aimed at providing workouts for a variety of muscle groups and fitness levels.

  1. Johnson and Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout and 7 Minute Workout for Kids

Is your schedule too busy for gym visits or mile runs? No problem! This app guides users through varied 7-minute workouts that are designed for beginning and experienced athletes alike. There is also a Kid version of this app available, perfect for helping your children adopt active lifestyles. The 7 Minute Workout for Kids app includes workouts tailored to build flexibility and strength in children without the use of equipment.

  1. FoodPrint Diet by Nutrino

Even the most physically fit, need to monitor their diet. This app was designed to help users know what to eat rather than just track what has been eaten. Users are able to set up individually-tailored profiles that include goals and preferences. Use this app to plan your next meal or to stay up-to-date on the latest nutritional research.

  1. HealthyOut

One of the hardest parts about eating healthy is when you don’t have time to cook and need to eat out. Finding healthy options for eating out has never been easier thanks to this app. HealthyOut helps you find and order healthy meals from local restaurants. You can choose to use specific filters, such as low calorie or high protein, in order to narrow search results to suit your needs and activity levels. You can even filter results by cuisines, ingredients or type of dish.

Making healthy choices for our body begins with getting active. Take some time to look through these apps and get on your way to getting fit for summer.

If you are having trouble with installing or using any of these apps on your iPhone® device or iPad® tablet, don’t hesitate to stop by your local Experimac store. Our techs will gladly assist you with any troubleshooting, repairs, upgrades and even purchases of certified pre-owned Apple® devices.

More Storage for Less on your iMac® Computer or MacBook® Laptop

More Storage for Less on your iMac or MacBook

From work brought home to family photos, our computers are home to thousands of important, and often irreplaceable, files. And let’s be honest, by the end of summer, there will be tons of new photos and videos we will want to preserve. Laptops and computers come with tremendous space options, however, it never seems to be enough. You can delete large or unused files but is that enough? Thankfully, you have several options to maximize storage space and protect your files from being deleted.

Take a look at the breakdown of storage options below.

Onsite Storage

As the name suggests, onsite storage is a method of storing information that is kept on hand. Frequently used forms of onsite storage include USB drives, DVDs, magnetic tapes or external hard drives.

  • Pros – External storage means immediate access: a physical copy of the information on hand means the ability to access it quickly. It also means you have a one-time fee of purchasing a USB or external hard drive and that’s it, you’re set. You don’t have monthly payments and this is usually the least expensive route. You also won’t have to worry about the availability of Internet access as it is unnecessary for external storage.
  • Cons – The downsides to external storage are that you will need to purchase a new USB or external hard drive and create new folders/methods on a periodic basis as you will run out of space. External storage is also easier to be destroyed, as anything can happen to a physical method of storage: flood, theft, or simply being misplaced. Lastly, external storage can be more complicated as some storage methods are usually less user-friendly and could pose problems for users who don’t work with the system on a frequent basis.

Online Storage

Online storage, such as Box, Dropbox or Google Drive work similarly to a USB except that you access them through the Internet. The iCloud® service is the Apple® service designed to keep your Apple devices in sync. It works by keeping all of your files, photos, and even videos stored on iCloud.com from all your iOS® devices and even on Windows® computers.  Synchronizing your devices with the iCloud service on a regular basis helps to prevent data loss and increases availability for your family members or friends to the documents, photos, and videos you love and want to keep safe.

  • Pros – There no restrictions in size and ways to organize your information when using an online form of storage. You also won’t have to worry about natural disasters destroying your storage or misplacing it and you’ll be able to access your documents from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Online options are also usually the most user-friendly and offer endless organization strategies for your information with minimal effort.
  • Cons – A physical medium offers limited access meanwhile the Internet makes your information more vulnerable to hackers. You may also experience delayed access to data should the Internet be unstable or if passwords are forgotten. Online storage also means continuously spending money (i.e., monthly fees) to store your information.

When selecting which data storage solution best accommodates your needs, consider these points:

  • What kind of access do you need?
  • How private or important is the data you are storing?
  • How many users need access to this information on a frequent basis?
  • What kind of budget are you working with?

Here, at Experimac, our experienced team of techs is able to assist you with making the right storage decisions for your computer or laptop, whether you are trying to store work documents or your personal family memories. Feel free to stop by your local Experimac store any time, no appointment is needed.

Back to School: How to Choose the Best Laptop

Back to School - How to Choose the Best Laptop

Summer break is not only a great time for fun in the sun but is also the perfect time to start selecting school supplies for the upcoming school year. Investing in a laptop can make life much easier and more productive for students when it comes to taking notes, doing research and writing essays, and even taking online exams. However, buying a new laptop can be confusing if you’re not sure what features to look for, and if done without proper research, buying a laptop can also break the bank.

Keep in mind the age of the user, is this laptop for a younger student who has never really used a laptop on a regular basis before or is this purchase for a older child who has demonstrated responsibility and will likely be taking this laptop with them to college soon? The user’s age may help to determine the budget and features you are looking for.

We have done a lot of the research for you and listed some factors to consider before making a purchase.

  1. Size – When selecting a laptop, it’s important to consider the size of the laptop as it will be taken to school, afterschool activities, and beyond. Select a device that the student in your life will be able to carry easily anywhere they need to go. A heavy laptop can mean it will get dropped more easily or may keep a student from really being able to take it to school and use it extensively.
  2. Specs – Depending on the age and academic demands of your student, you will need to think about what specs are necessary and which you would be able to do without. Some students, such as film or art students, should look at laptops with retina displays. Students using their computer to write essays may consider simpler displays but may need computers with a lot of internal storage or USB accessibility.
  3. Cost – Laptops come with a large variety of options and are most definitely an investment. When considering the purchase of a laptop for a student, it’s important to remember that this device will most likely be heavily used and you will want it to last a number of years – consider the budget you have set for this purchase accordingly. One way to keep costs under control is to consider the purchase of a certified pre-owned At Experimac, you will find certified pre-owned Apple® laptops in excellent condition with all the features any student would be proud to have at a reasonable price.

Below is a breakdown of some certified pre-owned models commonly available at Experimac locations.

  • MacBook® Laptop – The MacBook laptop offers great specs such as a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display, 250 GB of storage space, and weighs in at 4.7 pounds. The MacBook laptop includes a multi-touch trackpad with a full-size keyboard making it easy to use for those who are not accustomed to the smaller keyboard often found on laptops and has two USB ports available. This laptop is built to last yet affordable and makes a great pick when you think about needing to carry a laptop in addition to books, notes, and other materials.
  • MacBook Air® Laptop – The MacBook Air laptop features specs that make it a fantastic school option. Though the MacBook Air laptop has a 13.3-inch display, it does not feature the Retina display like some of its MacBook siblings. It does have up to 12 hours of battery, a multi-touch trackpad and either 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. The MacBook Air laptop has USB ports and is lighter than the MacBook Pro® laptop options. All in all, the MacBook Air laptop does not offer the higher end specs that some of the other MacBook® laptops offer but it is still a great pick for students.
  • MacBook Pro Laptop – The MacBook Pro laptop comes in two sizes: the 13-inch and the 15-inch. The 13-inch model features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit Retina display, up to 10 hours of battery life, and comes with 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. This model also features the Force Touch trackpad and weighs 3.02 pounds. The 15-inch model is very similar, except for a few details – it features a 15.4-inch LED-backlit Retina display, up to 9 hours of battery life (instead of 10) and weighs in at 4.49 pounds. The 15-inch model has the additional feature of more storage space, as you can choose between 256 GB, 512 GB or even 1 TB.

The purchase of a laptop for your student getting ready to go back to school should not be done in a rush. Regardless of your budget or needs, Experimac’s team of experienced techs can help! At our stores, you can test out the certified pre-owned devices you are interested in purchasing. You can ask questions and compare the features from one laptop to another. Not only do we offer a warranty on all of our products and assure you that our certified pre-owned Apple products have been thoroughly examined and are ready to take on a new school year, we also offer financing options. And the best part is no appointment is necessary!

Stop by your local Experimac store today and speak to any of our team members to see which laptop best suits your student’s needs today!

Mobile Location Tracking & Ads – How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Apple® Device

Mobile Location Tracking & Ads – How to Protect Your Privacy

There’s no doubt that iPhone® devices are incredible devices. However, did you know that your iPhone device and some of your applications could be tracking your location?

Smartphones and their apps like Maps or Google Maps utilize your mobile location tracking information to provide GPS services. However, did you know that other apps such as gaming, restaurant or social media apps also use location services information from your phone? You can also be targeted to receive certain ads based on your location. For example, you may receive ads for a store when you are near that store.

While most users are not bothered by this at all, some are and would like to know which apps have access to this information. We’ve taken a look at some of the reasons why location tracking is helpful and how you can regulate which apps you allow to have access to this information.

Pros to Location Services:

  • Lost or Stolen Devices

    iPhone devices can utilize mobile location tracking when trying to track lost or stolen iPhone devices by enabling location services.

  • Parental Controls

    Location services enable parents to keep tabs on their underage children and their location.

  • Locate Lost Friends or Family

    If you have ever gotten separated from your group during a concert or other crowded event, you know how stressful it can be. By enabling mobile location tracking, you can find lost friends or family members in busy places such as concerts, parties or athletic events.

  • Law Enforcement

    In the past, law enforcement has made good use of location services by utilizing it in missing person cases as well as for documenting criminal activity.

  • Emergency Calls

    Whether or not you enable Location Services, your iPhone device’s location information can be used when placing emergency calls in order to give first responders the ability to find and help you.

How to Regulate Location Services:

  • Apps

    You can see which of your apps use location services by going to Settings>Privacy>Location Services. You can also individually control which apps can use your location services and when. Just know that some apps require it in order to function.

  • GPS Accuracy

    In order to ensure your GPS app is as accurate as possible, be sure to set the correct time, date and time zone under Settings>General>Date & Time.

  • Location Based Ads

    In order to turn off mobile location tracking based advertisements, you can go to Settings>Privacy>Location Services and tap on the System Services button. Flip the Location-Based iAds to OFF.

If you are having trouble with mobile location tracking and regulating who you share this information with, Experimac’s techs are well-versed in the settings and features you’ll want to take a look at. Stop by Experimac Katy today and we will gladly help you out.