How can I remotely change settings on an iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by KTK1990, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. KTK1990 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    I am about 600 miles away from my parents, and they are having issues with their iPhones. When trying to help them out over the phone it ends up in a lot of confusion when they get in a different menu.

    Is there any good way for me to remotely view or control the settings app on their phones?

    I have a iMac running Yosemite with Xcode, they have a 4s and 5s running iOS 8. The only two options I've thought of now is a regular call or using our iPads to FaceTime each other and show just the iPhone screen during the chat.

  2. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    Not that I know of, but do they not have Apple store near them?

    If not I would say facetime would be the best option and just show them what needs to be done.
  3. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Even if it was possible, you would have had to set it up before hand.
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Are there a ton of settings they want to change? You can set up assistive touch (so they see what to select) and just take screenshots of your own device, no?
  5. KTK1990 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    Thanks. They do, but I don't like their closest Apple Store. The "geniuses" there aren't that great, when trying to optimize battery life they changed made it worse.

    I was going to look through all their settings and change nearly everything. Like removing email addresses they don't use in the email app, changing from push to hour fetch. Disabling background updates and stuff.

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