10 Favorite How To Guides of 2010

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Jailbreaking your iPhone? There’s a Guide for that…

2010 was a year full of new technology and guides. iSmashPhone was always on the lookout for tips, tricks and anything else that could help mobile users have an easier time with their devices. Whether you’re new to gadgets like the iPhone, or you’ve been using them since the first one was released, we want to take a look at some of our favorite guides of the year. Some were to help users jailbreak their device, while others were simply easy little tips to help the user get the most out of their experience.

Hit the jump for our favorite how to guides of 2010, you may find something you missed:


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1) iPhone 4.2 Jailbreak

This is the guide to jailbreaking the most current version of iOS on the iPhone. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, because some devices will only run a tethered jailbreak for now. Read it here.


2) iPad 4.2 Jailbreak

This jailbreak will…you guessed it, jailbreak iOS 4.2 on the iPad. It’s definitely the best way to use the iPad. Again, the jailbreak is tethered, so you may want to learn more about that before running the jailbreak. Read about the iPad 4.2 JB here.


3) How to Manage a Tethered Jailbreak

Many of us, even those who have been jailbreaking our devices for a while, may not know much about tethered vs. untethered jailbreaks. It’s okay, many of us were new to the idea, too. Here are some tips and more information about managing a tethered jailbreak.


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4) Hack Apple TV First-Gen to Run Boxee

When the refresh of Apple TV was announced, it left many users of the original wondering what was going to happen to their set-top box. Because the UI looked almost exactly the same, and the update didn’t seem like much beyond ditching the ability to buy in favor of making it all rental-based, it seemed that old Apple TV owners wouldn’t get the shaft. Well, they did. No problem, technology is always evolving, but we decided to hack ours to continue to make it useful. Here’s how.


5) Fun Tricks to Play on your Family Member’s New iPad or iPod Touch

This guide had a handful of Apps that you can use to play tricks on those members of your your family (or friends) who have received their first iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Everything from the cracked screen to moving App icons, it’s all here.


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6) The Guide to iOS 4.2 on an iPad

Many of us were eagerly awaiting iOS 4.2 on the iPad. Thanks to support for functions like multitasking and folders, it increased the usefulness of our iPad tenfold. Still, some users may not know some of the advantages of iOS 4.2 on their tablet device. Read more on the OS here.


7) Prolonging Your iPhone’s Battery Life iOS4 Edition

With early versions of iOS4 came issues with battery life on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The iPod Touch also suffered from shorter battery life with the update. We wrote some guides that were designed to help users prolong their battery, and they are still useful today. Read about it here.


8) How to Use Find My iPhone

Find my iPhone recently became a free service to anyone with a compatible device. We recommend that everyone check it out and activate their device in order to ensure that you can track it down in case it becomes lost or stolen.

Activate Find my iPhone – Here

How to Prevent Deactivation – Here


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9) How to Set Parental Controls on FaceTime

FaceTime is a cool application. The problem is that it can be used for reasons that may have been unintended by the makers. Kids will be kids, but you can take charge as a parent and set limits to what they can do with the device you bought them. Read about parental controls on your iPod Touch or iPhone here.


10) Common iPhone Error Message and What They Mean

Many of us have had an iPhone error code pop up while syncing our device. Sometimes the fix is extremely simple, or happened because of a silly mistake we made. Other times, it’s a frustrating experience. Here’s a guide that will tell you what some of those error codes mean.


More Guides to Come

iSmashPhone is often about providing guides for our readers. We strive to keep up to date with the latest hacks and jailbreaks, so we can help you know which ones are worth it, and which ones you should hold off on. We will continue to do that for as long as we can. It’s been a fun 2010…now here’s to an even better 2011!

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