How to get a list of the apps installed on your iPhone and iPad

Using Spotlight to find things on my iPhone and iPad is the easiest way for me to navigate through apps, mail and contacts. It’s been my go to way of doing things for a long time. Simply swiping down from will reveal the Spotlight search box.

Spotlight also makes it really easy to find all the apps on your devices. By simply searching for a “.” it will bring up a list of all your apps.
Spotlight Search

After a quick test it seems you can use most keyboard symbols or punctuation marks to get the same results.
Spotlight Search

To find apps that you have previously installed on your devices open the App Store app. On the iPhone go to Updates – Purchased. You have the options of All and Not on This Phone. Pull down the screen to reveal the search box.
Purchased App Seacrh iPhone

On the iPad the Purchased option is at the bottom of the screen. Select this and then you have the same options of All or Not on This iPad. You also have another option to view iPad Apps or iPhone Apps.
Purchased App Search iPad

Instagram backup and back out


Instagram being acquired by Facebook and releasing an Android app has resulted in users looking at whether they want to still use the service and if not, how to get a copy of their photos and delete their accounts.

If you decide to delete your instagram account make sure you have a copy of your photos before you go through the deletion process. When the account is deleted so are your photos and the same user name cannot be used again.

To download a copy of our photos or even cancel your account here is the easiest way to do it.

There are a couple of sites that make it easy to download all our photos from intagram. I’ve used instaportand the process is very easy, your photos are downloaded in a zip file.
Copygramis another site offering the same sort of service

Instabackupis a Mac app that runs on your desktop

To delete your account simply go to instagram delete and deactivate instagram account once your account has been deleted all your photos will be deleted and your username will no be able to be used again.

Other iPhone apps to share photos include Streamzoo EyeEM and Flickr

iPhone = myPhone now what?

In my post Change of Focus I mentioned that I now the proud owner of an iPhone and intend to write some posts

“to share my experiences, post tips, review Apps for the iPhone”  “The App reviews will be restricted to Apps available in the Australian App store.”

So here they start. iPhone applications can really enhance the user experience of the iPhone, they are easy to install and many of apps have a free and paid version. Try out the free version and then if you want more features buy the paid version.

Getting started with Apps:

To download apps you need an iTunes account. I created a free account so I don’t have to hand over payment details, I can buy iTunes credit when I need and am not tempted to spend more than I should. Once you have your iTunes account set up you can download apps directly to your phone (wifi connection is best) or with your Mac or PC. Just be aware that if you are downloading with your phones data plan this can blow it out, some apps can be large and take a while to download.

To set up a “free” iTunes account open iTunes on your PC or Mac go to the App store. Find a free application to download and then create your iTunes account. Having selected a free app should mean you don’t have to enter payment details.

The App Store

Using the app store on your iPhone is very easy. Simply open the App store icon on your home screen. From here you can browse and search for apps. Each app has a description and if you scroll to the bottom it will tell you the version, date created, operating system it will work on. If the app has user reviews it is a good idea to read these also.


Featured: includes New, What’s Hot & Genius.
Categories: includes Top 25- Top Paid, Top Free & Top Grossing.
Search: Look for apps
Updates: Shows updates for your apps, simply click to download & update your apps.
One thing to note with apps is that the prices can change, it can be worthwhile checking in to see of an app you were after but found too expensive has been reduced. An example of this is Jamie Oliver’s app which started out around $25. and is currently available for $5.99.

To finish off here is my list of 7 must haves.

1. Quota

SouthFreo Software

Allows you to keep track of you phone and data usage and more. This app has a free QuotaLite and paid Quota version. The free app restricts you to one account. The paid app ($3.99) has many features and allows you to check you phone, ISP usage, SmartRider balance, Fly Buys and many more. There are many similar apps available but I have found this one very reliable and was a little swayed seeing it was developed in Western Australia. This sort of app is a must have to make sure you don’t go over you phone limits.

2. Ping

Gary Fung

Ping has a free and paid version. It let’s you send free SMS to other iPhone users. You need to create a Ping id, let your friends know the id and then you can send each other free SMS. It also works on iPod Touch.
This is an easy to use app that will save you going over your phone limit.

3. Yoink!


Yoink! is a easy to use app that is a iPhone version of it’s online website.
They say: “Get free stuff from your local area and give things away you don’t need.” and this sums up what it is all about.

Once you become a member (free) you can start Yoinking. Yoink! lets you give things away or get thinks for free. The map makes it very easy to find things and if you Yoink! it before anyone else its yours. You can then message and arrange to pick up the item.

It’s a great way to recycle, get rid of things you don’t want anymore and help each other. You can also use the web version of Yoink! Yoink! is another app by a West Australian Developer.

4. Capdase USB Chargers.

Your iPhone comes with a Charger but I found I needed more than one. This one is made by Capdase. I have 2 of these one has two USB ports and the other has four USB ports. There are a must if you have more than one phone/device to charge. They also come with international adapters.

5. Duracell Instant USB Charger.

This must have provides you with charge for you phone when you are out and about. It is Instant USB Charger made by Duracell. It is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, you charge it by USB and once charged use your iPhone cable to connect and charge your iPhone. Instant USB charger. Claims to provide up to 3 hours of backup phone charge. With the iPhone it may not be as efficient. I found it took about an hour to charge from 25% to 80% charge while I was using the phone all the time. So charging without using the phone would be a lot quicker.

6. Belkin Retractable iPhone cable.

To make life easy with all of these charging devices I have a Belkin retractable iPhone cable. It is small to carry around and doesn’t get tangled around everything.

I hope these tips are helpful, the more you use and play with your iPhone the quicker you will find it’s many features.


iPad = iWant

After days of hype Apple launched the iPad today. I hadn’t planned on staying up to 2am to watch the launch but I did.
I could listen to the audio from the launch through Leo Laporte’s TwitTV while watching the live blogging by Engadget. The feed was slow for the first hour with lots of buffeting but eventually settled down.

So here it is the much hyped iPad. The wifi models will be shipping within 60 days and the 3G models within 90 days.

Photo copyright engadget

It does lots, looks great and I want one. I am not going to go into details of all the features as there will be lots of articles around that will give you this information.

A couple of things that I did note though were that the iPad has the same slide to open as the iphone and the keyboard is also similar to the iPhone and doesn’t have numeric above the alpha keys ( I find this annoying on the iPhone especially when suing numerics in passwords). It runs iPhone apps and the new SDK from Apple to develop apps will allow the apps to be bigger.



Photo copyright engadget

The other big question is: How much? (These prices are in USD.)

The base model 16GB will be $499, 32GB will be $599, 64GB will be $799.

The 3G models cost an extra $130

16GB is $629, 32GB is $729, 64GB is $829

So now we just have to wait and see if they are really worth all the hype and the price, hope it’s not like the mac book Air, nice to look at but not really worth the expense.

10 Days a Week

Enviro Health Manager

We were all told that as technology advanced we would have more leisure time, time to spend with loved ones and pursuing our recreational desires. So why do I now find that I need a 10 day week so that I can get through all my work and still end up working most weekend?

Well in my case I can’t really blame anyone else for my need of more days in the week or working through the weekend. I have been in the last stages of software development for the Mobile Audits program that I have developed in my business About Data to be used by Environmental Health Officers of Local Governments.

This enables them to complete audits of Food Premises, Lodging Houses, Public Buildings and General Premises all through a PDA. The information is collected in the field and then on return to the office the PDA is connected to the desktop computer and then all data is synchronized to a SQL Server database.


My business partner Sandra Morley from Sanmor Computing has developed the desktop component of the software. The Enviro Health Manager system that is on the desktop is very complex and includes, Health Notice, Pest Management, Unit Cost and Waste Management.

The software with the PDA component has been tested in the field by the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder over the past two years.

On October 4th and 5th we visited the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder and installed the latest version of the software. It has been upgraded to now include:

: Property based data

: SQL Server data file

: PDA component to manage in the field audits

: Proprietor/manager signature capture

: Fully compliant with the new legislation

: Health Notice, Pest Management, Unit Cost and Waste Management

: Onsite Training

: Ability to integrate the EHM application with LGA’s financial management system

It has been a massive project, and we encountered several hurdles but in the end we have come through it all with a solid product that allows Local Government to manage their data in an efficient and effective manner.

So now all the hard work is done we are on the marketing trail, flyer’s have been produced and are in the process of being sent to all Local Governments in Western Australia. This will be followed by information packs to be delivered in early 2008.

So now you know why I haven’t been around online, and may not be around much in the nest few months. I will now start working on Swimming Pool audits and the list goes on, but I do really enjoy my work so it is all worth it in the long run.