How to Transfer Videos onto an iPhone or iPad

How to Transfer Videos onto an iPhone or iPad

Transferring a video onto a mobile phone or tablet can be a great way to watch your favorite shows offline. If you are someone who travels a lot and has poor or no internet connection, you can still watch clips or movies whilst you are out and about. This process isn’t just limited to transferring videos as you can also transfer music and albums to listen to online too. The method of transferring videos onto your iPhone or iPad that I will show is with the use of VLC for Mobile.

The first step to transferring your videos onto an iPhone or iPad is downloading the video you would like to transfer across. Not sure how to download? Follow my Guide to Downloading YouTube Videos Here!

VLC for Mobile

VLC is a free and open-source media player developed by VideoLAN project. Their mobile player is available for iOS, Android, Tizen, Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows Phone. VLC supports most video formats directly, without the need to convert.

VLC for mobile provides different methods to transfer your videos. This can be done via iTunes using a cable, WIFI sharing, or via the cloud with integrations with the likes of Dropbox and GDrive.

Transferring Videos onto an iPhone - VLC Player

Transfer Videos Onto Your iPhone or iPad

On your iPhone or iPad, open the App Store

Search VLC for Mobile

Transfer your videos using VLC for Mobile

Click Get and Open the application

Click onto the traffic cone icon on the top left-hand corner

Turn on Wifi Sharing

VLC for Mobile Sharing via WIFI

Note down the IP Address

Open a Browser

Enter the IP address into the address bar

Sharing Videos via WIFI VLC Player

Click the + icon or click and drop the file into the ‘Drop Files’ section.

Go back onto your phone and open VLC for mobile.

Click All Files

Transferred videos will then appear under All Files.

How to Download YouTube Video

How to download YouTube videos
How to Back-Up Google Authenticator 2FA Codes

How to Back-Up Google Authenticator 2FA Codes

Google Authenticator is a great way to add an extra level of security to your online accounts. However many users still shy away from using 2-factor authentication. This is due to the worry that they will lose access to their credentials should something go wrong with their devices. Learning how to backup google authenticator codes is an essential factor when using 2-factor authentication.

Until recently (when I traded in my iPhone and subsequently couldn’t access my google authenticator codes), I was completely unaware that you need to back up Google Authenticator. Unfortunately, backing up your iPhone or Android just isn’t enough. As when you reload your google authenticator onto a new phone, you no longer have access to your google authenticator codes!

What is Google Authenticator?

Google Authenticator is a free app that can protect your accounts from password theft. The app for ios/android generates a random 6 figure code which is used to verify your identity when logging into your online accounts. It’s very easy to use and set up and gives you an extra level of security called “Two-Factor Authentication” (2FA).

If you use 2-factor authentication, an intruder would need both your unique password and access to your Google Authenticator device to access your account. Therefore, it protects users from keyloggers, social engineering, brute force and some phishing. It also complicates man in the middle attacks.

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Google Authenticator as 2 Factor Authentication

If you are using Google Authenticator as a level of added 2-factor authentication for Gmail, Facebook or maybe for a crypto wallet or exchange, you need to ensure that you backup the google authenticator codes separately from your usual phone backup. Not only that, but each code needs to be backed up separately. In case you lose your phone, get locked out or in case you trade in your existing phone. This is easily forgotten, with the excitement of the latest version of your phone.

These steps will show you what to do in case you lose your current phone. Not if you have already lost your phone. As that is a different and more complicated process which depending on the site may involve an account recovery.

How to restore Google Authenticator for a Lost Phone

Google Authenticator Backup or Secret Keys

When you initially enable Google Authenticator, you are provided with a QR code to set it up. In addition, you also have a backup or secret key that you need to write down, print off and store. Alternatively, you can take a screenshot of these to keep somewhere really safe. This is by far the easiest way to regain access to your account.

If you’ve already written down or taken screenshots of the QR codes, you don’t need to follow these steps. 

enabling google authenticator

Gmail Backup Codes

In case you haven’t got your Gmail backup codes (or lost them), here is how to get back up codes for Gmail.

By completing these steps, if you have lost access to your google authenticator and you’re prompted to enter in a 2 step verification but are unable, you can enter in 1 of your 8 digit backup codes to gain access back into your account. You can then enable google authenticator onto your new phone using the change phone option, which I’ll show you shortly.

From within your Gmail inbox click onto your name on the top right-hand corner. Then select “Google Account” and then choose “Security”.

Gmail backup codes. How to backup codes

In the center of your screen, scroll down and click onto “2-Step Verification“. If prompted, enter your password.

Scroll down to Backup Codes

Google Account Back Up Codes

When you click onto “Show Codes” you will then be shown your 10, 8 digit codes.

These Gmail backup codes can then be Printed or Downloaded from here to be kept somewhere safe, but accessible.

How to Back Up Google Authenticator Codes

Each Google Authenticator Code will need to be backed up individually. Therefore, if you do not have screenshots of your QR codes or your backup/secret keys, you will need to re-enable the authenticator from within the security settings on each site to be provided with these again.

Restoring these on your google authenticator app will take a little longer than the above process for Gmail, as you’ll probably need to do a manual entry from your google authenticator app and enter in the backup/secret keys that you’ve then got.

How to Restore Google Authenticator Onto A New Phone Using Backup

The below steps will show you how to restore your google authenticator on a new phone once you have received your QR code or backup/secret codes.

Restoring Gmail Using Backup Codes

When you have your new iPhone or Android, the first thing you’ll need to do is install Google Authenticator onto your new phone which can be downloaded from App Store or Google Play.

Google Authenticator App

Once you have downloaded and installed Google Authenticator, launch Gmail.

Then, when prompted to enter your 2 step verification (if you are unable to provide the code) select ‘Try Another Way’.

Using Backup Codes for Gmail

Select to enter one of your 8-digit backup codes and enter these when prompted.

2 Step Verification Try Another Way Options

You will then receive a notification via Gmail that one of your 8 digit backup codes were used to sign in. From within this email Click onto the link to update your ‘2-Step Verification Settings‘.

Gmail 8 Digit Back Up Code to restore account

Alternatively, you can open your Google Account, click onto Security, 2 Step Verification.

Select “Change Phone” from the Authenticator App section.

Google Authenticator Change Phone

You will then need to go through the setup process again and scan in your QR code to add your Gmail codes

Your Gmail codes will then be re-added onto your Google Authenticator.

Setup Google Authenticator Gmail

Restoring Other Codes

Open Google Authenticator from your phone

Select the “+ icon” in the top right-hand corner of the app. Select “Manual Entry” and enter the account name.

You will then need to enter the Backup/Secret Key that you have backed up from the site and kept safely.

Manually Entering Google Authenticator Codes
How to Download YouTube Videos

How to Download YouTube Videos

Downloading YouTube Videos offline is a great hack. I personally do a lot of travelling and am often without an internet connection. So with the ability to download YouTube videos, I can still watch my favourite videos, or I can download kids entertainment shows to keep them happy on the go.

Is it Illegal?

Downloading videos is not illegal, however, please ensure this is for your own personal use and use these methods at your own risk. You can also check YouTubes terms of service for further information.

YouTube also have their own premium service where you can watch videos ad-free and offline, however there is a charge for this.

YouTube Premium Free Trial
YouTube Premium

How to Download YouTube Videos

Firstly, locate the YouTube Video you would like to download.

Copy the URL Link from the address bar.

How to upload YouTube URL Link

Open a Search Engine and type YouTube Downloader.

Paste in the URL

YouTube Video Downloader

Click Start

Select the MP4 format from the dropdown

The highest resolution available is 720p

The Video will then download and can be opened on your computer to be watched at any time.

Download YouTube Videos with Firefox

If you havent already got Firefox installed you can download this from the Mozilla site.

Mozilla Firefox Browser Download

Once downloaded, or if you already have it installed launch Firefox.

Click onto the 3 horizontal lines in the top right hand corner.

Select Add-Ons from the dropdown

Click onto Find More Add-Ons

In the search bar type in Easy YouTube video Downloader Express

Easy YouTube Downloader Express

Locate your YouTube video

You will now see a green button to Download As

Download a YouTube Video

Select the MP4 version

Type in the name you’d like to Save As

Select the download location.

Saving a YouTube Video

The Video will then download and can be opened on your computer to be watched at any time.

How to Download YouTube Video Tutorial

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Connect Ledger Nano to Blockchain Wallet

Connect Ledger Nano to Blockchain Wallet

Blockchain is one of the most trusted and well-known online cryptocurrency wallets available. With Blockchain.com you have access to your private keys meaning you have control over your assets and funds meaning your crypto is secure.

Whilst Blockchain.com is secure, software wallets are not as secure as a hardware wallet. This is why Blockchain.com have released their own crypto hardware wallet that works seamlessly (along with a Ledger Nano S with your Blockchain online wallet.

What is a Hardware Wallet?

Hardware wallets are physical devices and are one of the safest ways to store your cryptocurrency by storing your private keys offline and away from any potential hackers.

What is Lockbox?

Blockchain has released its own hardware wallet called Lockbox. Lockbox has been designed specifically by Ledger (creators of the Ledger Nano S). By storing your private key in a hardware wallet, you are securing your crypto offline, keeping it another step away from hackers. Therefore by using their Lockbox in conjunction with the online wallet, you get the best of both worlds. The easiest, most widely used web wallet and the most secure offline storage solution creating a seamless experience to trade, transact, and protect your crypto.

Ledger Nano S and Blockchain

The good news is that if you already have an existing Ledger Nano S hardware wallet you can also use this in conjunction with your Blockchain online wallet without the need to purchase a new Blockchain Lockbox device.

What Cryptocurrencies Are Supported?

You can store, receive, send and exchange any cryptocurrencies supported by your Blockchain.com wallet.

Connecting an Existing Ledger Nano S

The steps that I will take you through will be if you have an existing Lockbox or Ledger Nano S

  • Log into your Blockchain.com account and select Hardware from the left-hand pane.
  • Click onto “Get Started”
Ledger Nano X - The secure hardware wallet

It will then ask you to ‘Select Your Device’.

Connect Blockchain.com and Nano S

For existing devices, select Sign In with PIN

Blockchain and Nano Sign In
  • Connect your Ledger Nano S to your computer with the supplied USB cable.
  • Enter your pin for your device.

Ensure the device dashboard is open and you are not in an application.

Once connected, you will see a blue button prompt, stating that the connection was successful.

  • ‘Click to Continue’
Ledger Nano S & Blockchain Connection
  • Open the Bitcoin App on your Ledger Nano S.

This will pair your device with your Blockchain wallet so that you can always view the balance of your Lockbox.

Pairing Ledger Nano S and Blockchain

Tip: You will need to have the Bitcoin app loaded onto your device in order to pair your hardware wallet with your Blockchain web wallet. If you do not have the app installed, you can install it from the “Pair Device” screen during your sign in process.

If your version of the BTC app requires you to export your public keys, you will be prompted on your device to export your keys 6 times. Accept all 6 by clicking onto the tick on your device.

You can then start a tour of your hardware wallet or you can choose to skip the tour.

How to setup Blockchain and Nano S

Managing Apps in Blockchain.com

To add, update or remove applications, clicking onto the Manage Apps button to open the app manager which allows you to change and update the apps on your device.

Managing Nano Apps within Blockchain.com

Sending From Lockbox Hardware Wallets

To send your crypto, you will need to connect your hardware wallet to Blockchain.

Sending from your Ledger Nano S (or Lockbox) device uses the same process as sending from your Blockchain.com online Wallet.

  • Select Send from the Dashboard or your chosen wallet
  • Select Lockbox and your device from the “From” dropdown list
Sending Crypto from Hardware Wallet in Blockchain

You can then send your cryptocurrency in the usual way.

Blockchain.com how to guide

Requesting Funds Into Your Hardware Wallet

You do not need your hardware wallet connected to receive or request funds.

Requesting/Receiving cryptocurrency uses the same process as receiving funds into your Blockchain.com online Wallet.

  • Select Send from the Dashboard or your chosen wallet
  • Select your hardware device from the ‘Receive To’ dropdown

You can then request your cryptocurrency in the usual way.

How to receive funds in Blockchain with Nano