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iPhone and iPad Tips of the Week – Share Contacts Fast, Batch Photo Uploads for Facebook, and Secure Your iOS Devices


This week’s tips show you how to export and share your Contacts with your friends, batch upload photos to your Facebook page using a free app and different ways to peruse and organize your apps in iTunes. Plus, an updated tip on securing your iOS devices with a passcode.

Share Your Contacts

If you want to quickly share one of your contacts with a friend and you have an iPhone, you can easily do so via email or MMS. Simply tap the “Share Contact” button while viewing any contact and you’ll be able to send it to one or more friends using either of the above methods. If you have an iPod touch or iPad, iOS will allow you to do so via email.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Batch Upload Photos to Facebook

Having problems with the Facebook app’s native image uploader? iLoaderLite for Facebook (free and paid, iTunes link) is a better alternative.
The biggest plus coming from using iLoaderLite Facebook is that it will allow you to batch upload photos, while Facebook’s app will only allow you to upload photos one at a time.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

View Your iTunes App Library

There are three basic types of apps in the App Store: the ones made for the iPhone and iPod touch, the ones made for the iPad, and universal apps that work on all three devices and support the appropriate interface optimized for the device it is running on. However, there is no way to seperate each of the apps by iOS device, which can make it confusing when you’re trying to figure out whether you have the iPad or iPhone version of an app, for instance.

Well, there is a way to do this. First, make sure you’ve selected your apps library. Then, go the View menu in iTunes and select List > View > View Options > Kind.

Click the header column labeled Kind and your apps will be sorted by app type: iPad app, iPhone/iPod touch app, and iPhone/iPod touch/iPad app.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Password Protecting Your iDevices

It’s a wise idea to password protect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad using the iOS passcode feature. It’s simple to set up, and after the release of iOS 4, the password can be a simple 4-digit pin number or something more complex like an alpha-numeric password.

To set a passcode launch the settings app, tap General, tap Passcode Lock > Turn Passcode On. This will allow you to setup a simple 4-digit pin number. If you want to use a more complex passcode before tapping the On button set the Simple Passcode switch to Off.

Once the passcode is activated you should set Require Passcode to Immediately, Voice Dial to Off, and Erase Data to On. You will also want to go to General, Auto-Lock, and set it to 1 Minute in the Settings app.

If you are using your iPhone or iPad for business email via Microsoft Exchange you may have to enter a passcode to unlock your iDevice when it falls asleep. In the case the option to disable the passcode lock probably won’t be available either. In any event consult your e-mail administrator to see if these policies apply.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.