Mike Kahn converted one iPhotos library to Photos in OS X. Now, every time he plugs in his iPhone, Photos launches, requiring him to quit and then launch iPhoto. He’d like to revert to iPhoto being the default choice.
Apple likes to hide its browser, mail, and iOS-attached launch preferences in funny places. You set your default browser in Safari, meaning you have to launch Safari to stop launching Safari in the future (Safari > Preferences > General, Set Default Browser); same with Mail and mail (Mail > Preferences > General, Default Email Reader).
Where do you find the find the photo-app launching preference? Not in Photos or iPhoto, as you’d expect! Instead, launch Applications > Image Capture, a very useful utility that can work with iOS devices, inserted SD cards, attached cameras, and networked scanners.
Tony Leneis would like to keep some of the books he’s purchased from Apple from appearing in iBooks.
I have Apple’s manuals for iPhones, iPads, and iPods for iOS 6, 7, and 8. At this point I only want the iOS 8 manuals, but while I can delete the book files from my devices, they still are listed on my bookshelf as downloadable from the cloud. What makes this particular maddening is the titles for many of the aforementioned books are too long to view in iBooks, so the only way to find the iOS 8 version for iPhone is to download and open each iPhone manual until I find the right one.
The bad news: Once you obtain a book from Apple, it’s forever in your iCloud account. It will follow you to the end of time, like a cloudy spectre of words.
Peter Philpott wonders how to access his media files in Photos for OS X: “In iPhoto, I could right-click on a photo and get it to reveal the original in the Finder.” Photos has an option when you right-click media, as well as in the File menu, labeled Show Referenced File in Finder—but it’s grayed out for him on the images with which he attempts this.
While Photos stores original images just as iPhoto did, as well as modified versions and thumbnails, it’s more cautious about letting you get to them. If you import images into Photos (Preferences > General, and Copy Items to the Photos Library is checked next to the Importing label), then you can’t easily get to the original file in the Finder.
Jay Bolton finds his iPhone, with 700 or so photos, has filled up its memory. He wonders after trashing other images why he’s still got a full phone, and doesn’t want to turn to iCloud Photo Library to help.
I’ve seen many times that iOS devices will retain as much as gigabytes of old items—especially in the Messages app—that it doesn’t purge when it’s no longer needed locally or has been deleted. The only way to restore this missing storage is perform a backup and restore, which wipes the phone. This dumps allocated but unneeded files, though it’s a time sink. (Apple’s guide will walk you through it.)
You can also connect an iOS device to a Mac and use iPhoto, Photos for OS X, or even Image Capture to transfer images, then delete them after they’re moved over. You can also opt for third-party cloud storage services, like those offered by Amazon and Google, to back up images and videos and store reduced-size versions or previews on your phone.
Apple introduced Continuity in Yosemite and iOS 8.1 to allow better handoff among devices for phone calls, text messages, browsing sessions, and hotspot use. Among its many requirements is that devices with which you want to use any of the connected have to be logged into the same iCloud account and, for most, on the same Wi-Fi network.
Readers have questions about the phone-call portion of Continuity, and there aren’t great answers for each.