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iPhone 4 Tips & Tricks

Sunday, March 6, 2011   |   Technical
I've been using my iPhone more and more ever since my family purchased it for me on my last birthday. Here are some tips & tricks I've seen around the internet that have been very helpful:

Managing Photos (Without Using iPhoto)
I'm using a PC, and haven't wanted to put all my photos into iPhoto, however I want to put photos into my iPhone to use as Wallpapers and Contact Photos. No problem. You can select your device, within iTunes, go the Photos "tab" and sync your photos from a specific folder.
  • Within the folder you've specified you can have subfolders, which will appear in your iPhone as subfolders. However, on your computer, folders within those subfolders will not appear as subfolders in your iPhone, but the photos within them will be synced.
  • Subfolder's icons are the first image within that folder, ie. the image with the earliest "Date Created". (see below)
  • The iPhone 4 display is 480 x 320 pixels at a 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • When saving images for the iPhone from Adobe Photoshop, use the "Save for Web" feature; pictures come out better quality then just "Saving as JPG".

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is using the latest software, it sorts photos by the Date Taken tag of the photos. Specifically, your device uses the pictures' EXIF tags to determine the Date Taken information. Your device will look for the following EXIF tags within your pictures:
  1. Capture Date
  2. Date Time Digitized
  3. Date Time Original
  4. Last Modified
If you are using iPhoto for Mac OS X, your photos automatically sort on your device in the same order they are sorted in iPhoto or Aperture. Changes made to the sorting of your pictures in your iPhoto or Aperture albums and events will be reflected on the device after syncing.

If you are using Windows, or are not using iPhoto or Aperture on Mac OS X, you must change the Date Taken of photos to change their sorting on your device. Third-party photo-management software does this:

EXIF Date Changer
Change the Date Created field of your images.
> download EXIF Date Changer from

In some cases, photos may not have a date in any of the above four EXIF tags, or photos may not support EXIF data (such as JPEG 2000, TIFF, PNG or GIF files).

In this case, your device sorts these photos by the date the files themselves were created (as listed in the Date Created field in OS X Finder or Windows Explorer).

Converting Videos for Your iPhone for Free

Freemake Video Converter
to Windows users what HandBrake is to Mac users.
> download Freemake from

How to Make Custom iPhone Ringtones for Free
  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Find the song that you want to make into a ringtone.
  3. Listen to the song and find the part of it you want to use. The chorus may be a good place to start.
  4. Write down the start and stop times of the clip.
  5. Right-click the song and select "Get Info."
  6. Click the "Options" tab.
  7. Type in the start time of your ringtone in the text box next to "Start Time" in the minutes:seconds (i.e., 2:01) format.
  8. Type in the end time of your ringtone in the text box next to "Stop Time." Make sure the ringtone is no more than 40 seconds long.
  9. Click "OK."
  10. Right-click your song again and select "Convert Selection to AAC." Wait for iTunes to convert your song. It will create a duplicate version.
  11. Right-click the ringtone and select "Delete."
  12. Click on the "Keep Files" button.
  13. Find the file. It's usually in your User folder under "Music > iTunes > iTunes Music" and under the band's name. It will have an extension of m4a.
  14. Replace the m4a extension of your ringtone with m4r. You can either double-click slowly to rename your file, or right-click and select "Get Info" on a Mac or "Rename" on a Windows PC.
  15. Click "Use .m4r" or the PC equivalent when the system warns you that the change may affect the use of your file.
  16. Double-click the ringtone file. ITunes will automatically add it to your ringtones folder in your iTunes Music Library.
  17. Connect your iPhone and sync your ringtones.