Category Archives: iOS

iOS 10.2.x; Find and purge invisible contacts

Today on my iPhone I saw an article I thought a friend would like to read.  So I copied its URL, created a new email, pasted it in and sent it to her.  She wrote back that I’d sent it to an old email address of hers, and reminded me to use her current one.

I looked in Contacts; I only had one contact for her, and it held her current address.

Where was the bad contact coming from?

I checked Contacts on my iMac; it only had her current address.  I checked my Gmail contacts, which are stored on the web; this was current too.  Haunted!

I went back to my phone, so see if I could make it do it again.  I created a new email and started keying my friend’s name.  A prompt list of contacts starting with what I’d typed dropped down.  The first contact had the bad address.  IMG_2777 copy

Where was it coming from?  I clicked the “i” icon.  Turns out there is a second Contacts list in the iPhone, apparently hidden, named “Recents.”

How could I get rid of it?

IMG_2778 copyAt the bottom of this Recents contact, I clicked Remove from Recents.

The screen went back to the draft email.  The prompt list now omitted the bad contact.  Problem solved!

I love my iPod classic

  1. With 150 GB of storage, it holds an enormous amount of music.  So far I’ve loaded over 2,000 songs — eight days of music.  And it’s still so hungry!screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-2-37-58-pm
  2. I can stick it onto the player in the shop where I work, my stereo, my portable speaker and my alarm clock.  It plays and charges itself.  My iPhone has the wrong kind of socket, at least for the gadgets I have now.  I can plug it into some things with a headphone cable, but that won’t charge it.
  3. My iPod Classic can play a playlist.  And it can play a folder full of playlists, shuffling all their songs together.  My iPhone is so sophisticated that it can only play a playlist.
  4. I love the click wheel.  I just click its edges and swipe it around to pick menu items or songs or set the volume, and it always works.  Does touching your iPhone screen always work?  Half the time it ignores me, or it queues up all my gestures and plays them back when it has time and they’re no longer what I want.
  5. The interface never changes.  It’s simple and I know how to use it, and I’ll always know.  My iPhone has changed a lot since I bought it; I guess Apple got bored with the icon designs.  And they made it so if you touch any side of the screen it gets covered over by something you didn’t want.
  6. When I use it, it never pesters me; it just works.  I was using my phone last week to record an interview in a room that didn’t have cell reception, and it decided I had to enter my iTunes password right then.  So I did; but it balked because it couldn’t get connectivity to verify my password.  So it asked again, and again, and again … I’m just grateful that Super Notes kept on working even tho it was covered over by the password request box.  Another time, I wanted to play a playlist in the same room, and it asked me for the iTunes password.  Why?  I guess to check iCloud and see if the playlist was current.  Of course with no connectivity it kept balking.  I had to put it in Airplane Mode to make it stop asking for passwords.
  7. It doesn’t ask me to update its software every time I’m in a WiFi.  Of course, it doesn’t work over WiFi.  But the main thing is, I can keep on using it without putting up with all these interruptions and demands.
  8. When I sync it to my computer, it still doesn’t ask me to update its software.  I suppose because Apple has given up on whatever primitive software is in it.  That’s okay.  The device is so simple that there’s hardly any refuge for bugs.
  9. If I forget to click “Dismount” on my Mac before unplugging my iPod Classic, it doesn’t care.  If I forget it with my iPhone, I get a nasty message from my Mac about an unexpected storage device disconnection.

The only downer is that its battery is shot.  I have to plug it into some power source to use it.  It’s worth doing.  If I’m on the go, I’ll settle for listening to my iPhone.


If you have an iPod classic, get a case for it.  Treasure it and baby it, and load it up; it can hold enough music to make your ears bleed.  If you don’t, try to get one.  They don’t make them any more, so time is running out.