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Apple Storage Explained

iPhone (and iPad) users: do you know the difference between your iPhone Storage and your iCloud Storage? You should, especially if you get an “almost out of storage” notice.

iPhone Storage
This is the storage capacity of your phone’s physical hard drive. When you purchased your phone, you chose 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of storage. The more gigs, the more room to store pictures, music, apps, messages, etc. This storage capacity is not expandable in Apple devices; to increase physical storage, you need to purchase a new phone.

iCloud Storage
When you bought your first Apple device, you created an Apple ID: your unique identity in the Apple world. With that, came 5 free gigabytes of storage in the iCloud. This is the space reserved for backing up all of your apple devices into, well, space. Any device registered to your Apple ID — iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. — shares your Cloud storage space. Fortunately, this capacity is expandable without buying new devices; currently $.99/month will expand your 5gb to 50gb.

So, which storage is your error message warning you about? Here’s how to tell:

  • Home Button
  • Settings
  • General
  • Storage and iCloud Usage (older phones might just say “Storage”)

The phone’s physical storage is listed first and the iCloud storage second. “Used” and “Available” show for each. You can see which storage is almost full.

Tap the “Manage Storage” option in each section to reveal a list — in descending order — of how that space is used. If you need to make choices about what, if anything, to delete, these lists might help.


High(er) Speed Scanner

Earlier this year I wrote about options for scanning a lot of pictures, including purchasing a high-speed photo scanner. Since then, I have been asked by a few clients to recommend one.

So, here it is: The Doxie Go Portable Scanner. I love this machine.

This little “pass thru” scanner works without a computer, and even without a power cord, once it’s charged. It can scan flat pictures and documents and store them until you plug the scanner into your computer and upload them. (There is also a WiFi-cabable model that sends pictures wirelessly to your computer, iPad, or iPhone). The software you need for this scanner is free and works on both Windows and Mac computers.

While most of us can scan an image from the flatbed glass top of the printer, it takes a few minutes. Multiply that by your big box of family photos and you get a project you may never start. But if it only takes seconds to scan an image, the project may actually get done.

Check it out at: Click “Compare” at the top to learn about the different models.

Please note that I am not a spokesperson for this company nor do I receive any compensation from them for recommending their products. I just like my scanner! 


Back to 100%

I often receive “panic calls” from clients with a computer screen full of characters and images so magnified (or so minimized) that reading and navigating are virtually impossible.

What did I do? How do I get it back?

To get the text size back to 100%, hold down the Control key (ctrl) on a Windows computer (or the “Command” key on a Mac) while pressing the “0” (Zero) key. Phew. Immediate relief!

So, what happened?

You may have changed your screen’s magnification in one of these ways:

  • You held down the Control/Command key and repeatedly hit the “Plus” sign (enlarge) or the “Minus” sign (reduce) and the text size changed.
  • You clicked on the “View” or “Settings” or “Zoom” menu options and changed the magnification percentage.
  • You moved the magnification slider (available in some programs but not in others) to the right or left changing the screen view.
  • You slid your fingers across the touchpad (laptop) or across the mouse, triggering the screen magnification tools.

Undoing what you did by any of these methods will get your screen back to 100%, but the simplest way is the “Control(Command) Zero” option.

Of course if your touch screen is magnified or minimized, “pinch” the screen to minimize your screen view, or “spread” your fingers to maximize your screen view.

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