Sunday, February 12, 2017

Backing up your iPhone photos for free!

Backing up your iPhone photos for free!

I am SOOOOO sick of apple, and the new business model they have, pay to store your photos and vids. How dare they charge one cent more for their overpriced crap!!!!!.
OK now that you have said that, let’s get to the point. Free photo backups. What is required to back up your photos for free. We first you need a phone, then you need an app called Google Photos, then you need a Gmail account. Of the three items listed the only thing that cost money is the phone.
I am not responsible for you losing any of your photos and videos. You follow these steps at your own risk. If you back them up locally to a computer, you should be safe.  
What you need for this backup
  • Phone
  • Google Photo App (apple app store)
  • Gmail account, if you do not have one open a free Gmail account at
From you iPhone open the Apple app store, and search for Google Photo app. When you find it install it.

Once it has installed you can open and add you Gmail account. Click Get Started.

Enter you Gmail account and password.

Make sure that the next screen has the Back Up & Sync on and Use cellular data off.

Make sure you have the High-quality option selected as this is the free unlimited storage option.

Now click through the next few screens till you see you phones photos. If you are on you Wi-Fi the photos will start backing up to Google photos.
To view your photos online from a computer, go to and log in with your Gmail account. You will see all of your photos as they are uploaded. This could take a long time. Photos that have not been backed up will have a sync symbol on them.
As your photos sync the symbol will rotate, then turn to a cloud, then that will go away leaving just the photo with no symbol on it. When there is not symbol it is backed up in Google Photos.

Now that your photos are backed up you can clean up your phone and remove your photos, but I will not show you that till I show you how to do a computer back up of your photos. This is a very simple process.

What you will need
  • Phone cable
  • Computer with space on the hard drive
  • A few minutes of time

OK plug you phone cable in to your phone and the other end into your computer (laptop or desk top), you can even use you kids Chrome book (will update this in another Doc) to do this you just need a USB pen drive. Wal mart has them cheap.
From your desk top (windows) open Windows explorer, then click Computer on the left-hand side.

Under devices you will see the phone, go and double click it to open the phone storage.

Double click Internal Storage to open that. Now right click the DCIM folder and select Copy. This process will copy all photos and videos you have taken with the phone. This WILL not remove the photos from the phone it will only copy.

Now on the left-hand side of the Windows Explorer window find your computers photo folder or other drive you want to back up the photos to, right click and select paste. This will copy all of the photos from your phone to your computer.

You will see a progress bar, and this will go away when the copy has completed.

Once the copy has completed you can disconnect your phone from the computer.

Now that you have backed up the photos on the Google Photo site, and your computer you can now clean up your phone’s photos.
From within the Google App on your phone, tap on three lines icon as shown below.

Now click the Free Up Space icon.

This will pop up the blow message and if you have followed the steps above you can now click remove.
Now tap Delete

You will see one more pop up telling you to go to apple photo app and clear recently deleted items.

Tap Recently Deleted then tap Select

Tap Delete All then tap Delete ## Photos

That is, it. This sounds and looks like allot but if you do it this should take no more than an hour of time.
Good luck.
I am not responsible for you losing any of your photos and videos. You follow these steps at your own risk. If you back them up locally to a computer, you should be safe. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

How I cut my cord (ditched cable TV)

I have been asked by my friends how I ditched cable TV and have saves about $70 a month or $840 a year. I will show you how I did it.

I had the triple play package phone, TV, and internet and I started this by removing the phone, and going with This give me the same phone I had before and I was able to keep my number. Just hooked up the box to my router and went through the setup process. It was that easy. Now the price is now $12. a month for this service, and there are other VOIP services, still less than half the cable company's $29.95 plan.

Now for TV service. Today there are a ton of streaming companies out there and finding the right one can be tough. As of today the two big ones are Sling TV, and Playstation VUE both of these are links to the web sites. I have done a side by side and have chosen Playstation VUE ove Slint TV.

Just go to the web site and sign up and pick a plan, that simple.

Now how to play the TV wit you new service provider? Again there is allot of ways of do this.

  • Apple TV (this is a lot of $$$ and you are limited to content)
  • Roku (this is my chosen device) I have the streaming stick and Roku 2 devices 
  • Fire Stick (amazon) great but the device is meant to sell you stuff from amazon 
  • Fire TV (amazon) great but the device is meant to sell you stuff from amazon
  • Android TV (i have an older device and it is Rooted so I can not use it)
  • Goolge TV
  • Computer (web site viewing)
  • Chrome cast.

So the devices I have are, click the links to see the products.
  1. Roku Streaming stick I can listen to my TV through my phone so as not to wake the family with my loud war movies.
  2. Roku 2  I have this because I have a wired network in my bedroom so I will get the fastest TV services. Also I can plug a USB drive in with my movies and vids and photos and play on my TV
  3. 2 Insigina 32" TV with Roku built in.
  4. Chrome cast is my last device, I cast from my iPhone.
Now why did I go with Roku over Amazon fire? Good question. The reason is simple, there is more free channels for Roku than Amazon fire. I know I can hack the fire but did not want to hack my TV service, and my Wife would not want to learn how to use some thing complicated. I will try a fire stick soon when I have the extra money, but not today.

Warning DO NOT BUY A JAIL BROKEN amazon fire, not worth the money. You can side load KODI, or Show box on them your self very easy. 

As a side note I also use my Amazon Fire tablet On sale now for $30 to stream stuff, and have Showbox installed on it. Just need to do a simple hack to install google play and remove Amazon ads from the tablet. I am a big geek, and this is my daily tablet, and I have an iPad air 2, iPad air, Asus 10" tablet, and window 10 tablets. And I use a 39.00 tablet over all of them.