Is the iOS 11® Operating System Update Draining Your Battery? Tips You Need to Know.

Drained iPhone BatteryPerhaps the best feature of Apple® devices is how often the operating system is updated. However, the new iOS 11 operating system update has created an issue for some people – faster battery drain. Research conducted by Wandera found that after applying early updates of the iOS 11 operating system, it took an average of 1 hour and 36 minutes to drain iPhone® device batteries completely. In contrast, after the iOS 10® operating system update, it took an average of 4 hours to drain an iPhone device battery.

Are you frustrated by your iPhone device’s fast-draining battery? Extend your battery life with these easy to follow tips:

  1. Screen

A great way of reducing battery drain on your phone is by lowering the brightness of your screen. Dim your background and reduce the amount of power wasted while not using your phone by changing the auto-lock settings to 30 seconds here:

  • Settings > Display & Brightness
  1. Apps

Look at your apps and check to see which ones consume the most battery power. Some apps are programmed to run continuously, draining your battery life. Reconsider which apps you need and don’t need, and see if the app gives you battery-saving options. One such option includes location services; apps may request to track your location, save battery power by turning location services off, or at the very least, monitoring which apps are using it:

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services
  1. Email updates

Your email account may be draining your battery life, as the update automatically has your email consistently retrieving new data. Fortunately, you can change this in Settings:

  • Go into Settings > Accounts & Passwords> Fetch New Data
  • Change it to 15-30 minutes
  1. Siri® Feature

While the Siri® feature is fantastic and very popular amongst iPhone device users, you don’t need to have her listening at all times. Turn off listening for “Hey Siri” here:

  • Settings > Siri & Search

By simply changing some default settings on your newly updated iPhone device, you can prevent your post iOS 11 operating system phone from losing battery quickly. If you have any other questions about the update or your phone, our highly-trained techs at Experimac are able to help. Stop by your local Experimac store today to see what we can do for your device!

Experimac is Slaying the Competition Daily with Savings on certified pre-owned Apple® products!

Save Money on certified pre-owned Apple® productsPurchasing an Apple device, whether it’s an iPad® tablet, MacBook® laptop or iMac® computer, is an investment. Although these products are not on the low end of the price range, when you purchase one of these devices you are also getting the reliability that comes with such a trusted brand.

We understand that most people are on a budget and need to watch every penny. It’s scary how much you can save on certified pre-owned products at Experimac. Slaying the competition daily with savings of up to 60% on certified pre-owned Apple® devices, Experimac is the place to shop!

Here are 3 key reasons for buying certified pre-owned Apple® devices from Experimac:

  1. Save money

    Owning a quality smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer does not have to break the bank. Because of well-made hardware and regular software updates, Apple devices make fantastic pre-owned products. Here at Experimac, we take it a step further and only sell devices that are certified pre-owned. What does that mean? It means we test all devices for sale in our stores – they have been refurbished, cleaned and thoroughly inspected. And because we only sell devices that make the cut in terms of quality, we guarantee our products. Buying a certified pre-owned apple device from Experimac means getting the device you want while saving money!

    1. 90-day warranty

      All services performed at any Experimac location are backed with a 90-day warranty. Whether you need to fix a cracked screen or a dead hard drive, we stand behind our services and will treat our repairs with the upmost care. We start by performing a thorough diagnostic assessment on the device to discover anything that could be causing an issue. Then, our highly-trained technicians carefully perform repairs, usually within a day.

      1. Financing available

        At Experimac, you not only save money on the device you want, we also work with you to make it yours! Our goal is to make life as easy as possible for you. From the iPhone® device to the iPad® tablet or even an iMac® computer, we make purchasing the device you want easier than you ever dreamed. You can even apply for financing online and get pre-approved before visiting our store.

       

      Don’t miss out on your opportunity to purchase any of our fantastic certified pre-owned Apple® products or take advantage of any of our specialized services. Contact your local Experimac today to get started!

Migrating Your Data to a New Mac® Computer or Laptop: What You Need to Know

If you’re a Mac computer user and just bought a new MacBook Pro® laptop or another model, you may be wondering how to get all of your data from your old computer to the new one. It seems complicated, and the risk exists that you may lose files by overlooking instructions. Still, it is an essential task to copy all documents, apps, user accounts, and settings over to your new computer or laptop so that you ensure you’ll have full access to your work.

 How to Migrate Your Data

Dealing with data migration on your own can be difficult, and this is why companies like Experimac of Glen Allen have a team of experts on-hand to fulfill your data migration needs. Supplied with the newest hardware on the market, Experimac technicians provide same-day service, migrating data to your new computer so you don’t have to.

Read on if you are a do-it-yourself tech whiz, or a tech whiz in training. You can follow these steps for migrating data, if you’re ready to take the plunge on your own:

  1. Full device inspection – analyze the laptop or computer’s software, settings and power.
  2. Name your device – go into settings and name your computer, using something effective and personalized so you can recognize the device as your own.
  3. Install updates – be sure to check your app store and download any pending app updates, including third-party software updates, too!
  4. Connect devices – do this either by using the Time Machine® backup feature, a normal Ethernet cable or link the computers to the same Ethernet or Wi-Fi Network.
  5. Apple Migration Assistant® feature – use this feature to complete the transfer of your files from the old device to the current computer.
  6. Log in to your new account – check to verify your files have transferred successfully.

 Although the Apple Migration Assistant feature was designed to walk Mac owners through migrating their data themselves, consumers who prefer assistance with this should contact Experimac of Glen Allen to assist with affordable data migration. A thorough, in-store assessment can be done before migrating your data so that we can devise a plan to have your new computer or laptop up and running with full access to your old files in no time.

 

Migrating Your Data to a New Mac® Computer or Laptop: What You Need to Know

If you’re a Mac computer user and just bought a new MacBook Pro® laptop or another model, you may be wondering how to get all of your data from your old computer to the new one. It seems complicated, and the risk exists that you may lose files by overlooking instructions. Still, it is an essential task to copy all documents, apps, user accounts, and settings over to your new computer or laptop so that you ensure you’ll have full access to your work.

 How to Migrate Your Data

Dealing with data migration on your own can be difficult, and this is why companies like Experimac of Glen Allen have a team of experts on-hand to fulfill your data migration needs. Supplied with the newest hardware on the market, Experimac technicians provide same-day service, migrating data to your new computer so you don’t have to.

Read on if you are a do-it-yourself tech whiz, or a tech whiz in training. You can follow these steps for migrating data, if you’re ready to take the plunge on your own:

  1. Full device inspection – analyze the laptop or computer’s software, settings and power.
  2. Name your device – go into settings and name your computer, using something effective and personalized so you can recognize the device as your own.
  3. Install updates – be sure to check your app store and download any pending app updates, including third-party software updates, too!
  4. Connect devices – do this either by using the Time Machine® backup feature, a normal Ethernet cable or link the computers to the same Ethernet or Wi-Fi Network.
  5. Apple Migration Assistant® feature – use this feature to complete the transfer of your files from the old device to the current computer.
  6. Log in to your new account – check to verify your files have transferred successfully.

 Although the Apple Migration Assistant feature was designed to walk Mac owners through migrating their data themselves, consumers who prefer assistance with this should contact Experimac of Glen Allen to assist with affordable data migration. A thorough, in-store assessment can be done before migrating your data so that we can devise a plan to have your new computer or laptop up and running with full access to your old files in no time.

 

Meal Prep is a Breeze with These Thanksgiving Apps

Thanksgiving Apps
Does Thanksgiving meal prep stress you out? Or are you one of those people who looks forward to a day of homemade delicious food all year long? Are you in charge of setting the table and looking for ways to impress your family and friends?

Figuring out what to make and how much to make can be a challenge for some people. However, thanks to technology, Thanksgiving meal prep is a breeze. From the turkey to cocktails, table decoration ideas and more, this list has been designed to help you from start to finish with décor and recipe apps for Thanksgiving.

  • Todoist

Cooking an entire feast for several people in one day can be overwhelming. Organize yourself with the free app Todoist. Create and share to-do lists and reminders with yourself, and even delegate to-do items to family and friends. Todoist has a “Smart Schedule” feature, making scheduling tasks a breeze, from food shopping to invitations.

  • The Coupons App

Finding deals on food, decorations and even Black Friday specials has never been easier. Download this free app and save on thousands of items at retail stores in your area. This app also includes restaurant coupons, saving you money while eating out once the Thanksgiving festivities are over and the chaotic holiday season begins.

  • Hobnob Invitations & Text RSVP

Take the stress out of inviting guests to dinner this year with this free app. This app allows you to make a group, create and send invites out and receive RSVPs all in a matter of minutes from your iPhone® device. Send photos and keep the group you’ve made, making future event invites easier. You can also go back and check all events and photos you have shared with the group.

  • Food Network in the Kitchen

Mix things up this year and incorporate new flavors to your Thanksgiving spread. Instantly access Food Network’s most popular recipes from famous chefs such as Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay or Guy Fieri . . . all for free on your iPhone device or iPad® tablet. This is not your average recipe app.

  • MixCocktails

This free app is home to hundreds of cocktail recipes, conveniently categorized by type of drink. Discover some fun holiday recipes such as their Boozy White Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails, or even their Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini. Thanksgiving apps never tasted so good!

  • Yummly

Do you or your guests have specific dietary needs? Yummly is a free app that lets you easily search through thousands of recipes with filters to meet your specific needs. If you are cooking for 20 people, some of which require gluten free food, for example, you can search with that criteria. Yummly offers meal recommendations, nutritional tracking and instructional videos. This is a whole new spin on a recipe app.

  • Pandora

Don’t just whistle while you work, cook to the rhythm of your favorite artists for free with Pandora. Pandora plays music for hours on end based on artists or genres of music you choose, meaning you won’t have to stop and play DJ during the busy hours of the day.

  • Craftsy

Find fun craft, cooking and décor ideas, lessons and instructional videos on this free app! Whether you’d like to learn how to crochet, decorate cakes, woodwork or create simple crafts for decorating your dinner table this holiday season, look at the thousands of ideas available on this app to get ready for your Thanksgiving celebration.

  • SharetheMeal

Lastly, while you celebrate what you are thankful for, consider giving to those less fortunate with this app. SharetheMeal allows you to see where your donations go, and makes it easy to donate. Giving thanks takes on a whole new meaning when you are able to share with others.

We encourage you to plan ahead and download these apps to simplify your life as you prepare for Thanksgiving this year. Whether you are looking for recipe apps because you are eager to try something new or you need some tunes to keep you going in the kitchen while everyone else is gathered around the TV watching football, this list has it all.

Need someone to fix your iPhone device or iPad tablet screen before you start downloading these Thanksgiving apps? Don’t give it a second thought. Bring your phone or tablet to your local Experimac for a screen repair, no appointment is necessary.

Killer Halloween Apps: Our Top Picks

Halloween AppsAre you looking forward to spooking family and friends this Halloween? Have you been planning your costume for months? Are you attending a party? Well, the countdown is on.

Here are Experimac’s top picks for the best Halloween apps for iPhone® devices and iPad® tablets.

  1. Glympse

Trick or treating can be a lot of fun, but it also brings up safety concerns. Keep your trick or treaters safe this Halloween by downloading Glympse, a free tracking app that allows users to sync and share their location in real time with approved “friends.” Set the app up for the time frame your trick or treaters plan to stay out, have them select you as a recipient and easily track them on your iPhone device, iWatch® device or iPad tablet. You can also request them to send their location via text, email or social media accounts.

  1. Halloween Spooky Sound Box

Looking for terrifying sound effects to use for a party or prank? Look no further! This free iPhone app offers 50 horrific sound effects, including spooky voices, Halloween music, or gruesome sounds.

  1. Craftsy

Halloween is the perfect opportunity for crafting and getting creative. Whether it be making costumes at home, baking, or making decorations for a party, Craftsy is a great free app for learning “how-to” when it comes to home-made Halloween fun. You can find ideas, kits, supplies and even online classes with this app. There is even a feature for asking questions and interacting with class instructors, making Halloween crafting easy for even the most inexperienced of crafters.

  1. Ghost Observer

Become your own ghostbuster with this fun and free ghost hunting app. Detect paranormal activity while using the camera feature on your iPhone device and hear them talk to you! There’s a translator feature, ghost radar and even a Ouija board included with this app.

  1. Foodie

Be sure to stay on top of your Halloween treat game this year by downloading this free app. Whether you need dessert, party or drink ideas for upcoming Halloween festivities, Foodie has detailed instructions and images to help you. Keep this app downloaded on your phone even after the Halloween fun is over, as this app keeps up with all holidays meaning good eats all year long.

  1. Zombies iMake

Halloween can be a scary time for young ones. Help them overcome their fear of monsters and ghouls with this free iPad app. Zombies iMake allows for users to create their own virtual monsters from a collection of colorful clothing and body parts. Users can even utilize the camera feature and add loved ones’ faces to their monsters, as well as add customizable accessories.

  1. Halloween Backgrounds and Wallpapers

Get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy the season with free Halloween backgrounds and wallpapers. Choose from a variety of images, themes and styles.

We are just as excited about Halloween as you are so start downloading these great apps and get ready for all sorts of ghoulish fun. If you have any trouble with your iPhone device or iPad tablet, don’t hesitate to bring it in to your local Experimac store for a full diagnostic check. We do not want you to miss out on any opportunity to get ready for Halloween fun.

5 Tips for Increasing Security on your iPhone® Device

5 Tips for Increasing Security on your iPhone Device

Can you even imagine getting through the day without using your iPhone device? Probably not.

iPhone devices are wonderful tools for accessing and managing a variety of private information: emails, credit cards, social media accounts and much more. Don’t fall victim to unwelcome users, here are our top five tips for increasing your iPhone device’s security.

  1. Change passcode to password

    The iPhone device comes with the standard option of creating a 4-digit passcode. However, creating a longer password provides more security. By having a password that incorporates letters instead of a passcode, you instantly add more possible combinations making it more difficult for anyone to guess your password.

  2. Turn off Wi-Fi in insecure locations

    Keep your information as safe as possible by only connecting to Wi-Fi in secure locations. By turning off your Wi-Fi in locations that do not seem to have a secure network, you limit the chance of hackers getting to your private information.

  3. Enable Touch ID

    The Touch ID® function is a great iPhone feature in recent models that allows users to access their iPhone by scanning their registered finger print. Not only does Touch ID keep your information safe from those looking to gain unauthorized access to your phone, it also makes logging into your phone a lot easier than entering a password.

  4. Avoid untrustworthy sites

    It’s true that Apple devices do not suffer from viruses or other malware as often as other devices, however, they still can fall victim. Because of this, do not trust unworthy sites, even when on your iPhone device.

  5. Keep up with recent updates

    Apple, Inc.’s® noteworthy safety from viruses is due to their OS® software. In order for your iPhone device to take advantage of this, be sure to keep up with all updates. Not applying the updates may leave your phone vulnerable.

Looking for ways to keep your personal information personal? Your local Experimac store can help make sure you are doing everything possible. Stop by today!

Save Money on Holiday Travel Planning with our Favorite Apps

Making plans for your holiday travel? Are you off to visit family and friends in your childhood hometown or will you be visiting somewhere new and exotic? Are you on a budget?

It can take a lot of coordination to make sure the kids are out of school and vacation days are approved by your boss. Finding a good deal on flights and hotels can make it a stressful and costly time of year.

Our advice? Plan ahead and take a look at our top app picks to help you save on travel this upcoming holiday season.

  • Kayak

    When it comes to planning an expensive holiday trip, Kayak is the best app to start with. This app allows you to choose a destination and date, and provides you with competitive prices on airfare, hotels and rental cars from bargain-finding apps such as Priceline and Expedia.

  • Hopper

    Traveling for the holidays can be tricky when trying to find inexpensive airfare. Hopper is an app that allows you to compare flight prices by date, and it color codes prices to specified cities over a variety of dates.

  • Uber

    If you don’t plan on using a rental car for your vacation, consider using Uber for getting around town, or even for getting to and from the airport. Uber rides are cheaper than taxi rides and are usually available much faster than taxis. It also takes the stress out of navigating a city you’re not familiar with.

  • AirBnB

    AirBnB allows homeowners to list their home or a room in their home for rent to travelers for discounted rates. The less privacy you need, the cheaper your stay can be. What’s great about AirBnB is the ability to stay in locations that may not be as public and may offer challenges in finding hotels or inns.

  • Yelp

    When in a new city, finding inexpensive restaurants and activities can be difficult, but not with Yelp. This app not only tells you about nearby places to eat and things to do, but will also categorize local places by how expensive they are through the use of dollar signs. Places listed with one or two dollar signs signify less expensive options versus places listed with three or four dollar signs.

Whether your dream is to spend the holidays on an exotic beach or surrounded by loved ones in your childhood home, planning ahead can make a world of difference in what it will all cost you.

If you’re having trouble installing these apps or want to make sure your devices are ready for your upcoming travels, stop by your local Experimac store today. We’re here to help!