Tapping your iPhone's screen to take pictures can be awkward and cause you to take shaky photos if you tap too enthusiastically. That's why it's so handy to take photos by pushing your iPhone's volume button. But what if you want to focus the photo before snapping the picture?
If you've had your iPhone for awhile you're probably starting to accumulate a large number of apps and things may be starting to get a bit unwieldy and disorganized. Fortunately it's easy to move your apps around and organize them in a way that makes your apps easy to find and leaves your home screen uncluttered.
It's easy to email photos directly from your camera roll, but many people don't realize that there is an easily accessed options bar in the Mail app that allows users to insert a photo or video. Here's how to use this option bar to email photos directly from the Mail app.
Thanks to our iDevices we can be connected at all times, never missing a call, email, message, or notification. But there may be times when you don't want to be connected. That's when the Do Not Disturb feature comes in handy.
Turning on Do Not Disturb is easy; you can do it by tapping the moon icon in Control Center or your can just ask Siri to enable Do Not Disturb. But first you will need to choose who you want Do Not Disturb to block and when.
Nothing is more annoying then having your iPhone or iPad screen's orientation flip back and forth between portrait and landscape mode when you don't want it too.
Here's how to lock your iPhone or iPad screen orientation. Keep in mind that not all apps are designed to rotate.
The other day I was changing my Yahoo password and the site didn't like my chosen password because it included letters from my name and a number from my birthday. I wasn't intentionally using my birthday and it's pretty hard not to use at least one letter from my name, since my name is long and includes 11 letters out of the 24-letter alphabet. Fortunately, I had my iPhone right next to me and I was able to quickly generate a secure password using Siri. Here's how:
Remember when you could get rid of unwanted books, CDs, and DVDs by giving them away or selling them? Or if you really hated them, hurling them into a trash can? The digital age has made purging much more complicated.
You can delete an app you don't use or a song you don't like from your iDevice, but it will still be hanging around in the iCloud, wasting space, hoping you'll re-download it. Fortunately there is a way to permanently delete content through iTunes, even if it lacks the satisfaction that comes with defenestration.
My grandmother lives in a retirement community, and several times a week she heads up to the social center and plays cards and other games with her friends. For the rest of us, most of our gaming entertainment comes from an interactive screen. Our iDevices provide that entertainment and Game Center ties it all together.
We all have our reasons for wanting to browse the web privately occasionally. And I think we can all agree that we'd rather not know each other's reasons. Here's how you can keep your web browsing history private:
When Autocorrect fails you or a message arrives that renders the lengthy epistle you just typed irrelevant, you can easily delete entire messages or emails.
If you can't figure out a basic 20 percent tip at a restaurant (take 10 percent and add it to itself. Be generous and always round up) then you might want to revisit your elementary math skills. If you think tipping is optional then you need to revisit your basic being-a-decent-human-being skills and also, read this.
However there are times, such as at the end of a long dinner with a large group of friends, when figuring out a tip requires more advanced math skills or sobriety than you currently have. In these situations, Siri can do the math for you.
iCloud, just like the name sounds, is cloud storage for your iDevice. This means that you can access your music, photos, contacts, and calendars on all of your devices, even if the content is not stored on your iDevice.
Let's be honest. Most of us use our iPhone camera for just three things: taking pictures of our cute kids to share on social media, taking pictures of our food to share on social media, and taking selfies to share on social media. But sometimes trying to look cool while simultaneously tapping the shutter button on your screen can just end with you looking awkward. Here's a very basic tip that a surprising number of people don't know:
Photo Stream lets you see all your images on every iDevice you own and it lets you share pictures and videos with your friends and family. But what about sharing photos with friends and family who don't (gasp!) use an iDevice?
It's OK, every family has one or two deluded souls like this. And the good news is you can still share that video of Junior's 5th grade play with them.
Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, I will take you, the beginner app developer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is part 39 of the series. If you are just getting started, check out the beginning of the series here.
Are you proud of the code that you write? Are you using a set of best practices that allows you to develop well-designed, stable apps that can adapt to change?
According to a survey by Intelligent Voice last fall, only 15 percent of iPhone users have used Siri in iOS7. If you're not already using Siri regularly, you should be. Why? Because Siri makes doing certain things on your iDevice so much faster.
For example, many of iPhone Life's Tips of the Day start by saying something like "Go to Settings>General>Accessibility." This requires you to open and scroll through two different menus. With Siri, all you have to do is say, "Siri, open Accessibility Settings." or Message Settings or Privacy Settings, you get the idea.
Other things that are much faster with Siri include:
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If your eyesight isn't what it used to be, you may find the small text on your iPhone or iPad hard to read. But there's no need to strain your eyes. And fortunately for you, I got my first pair of glasses at age six, so I'm way ahead of you on this being blind thing. Here are several tricks I use to make reading on an iPhone or iPad easier on the eyes:
If you find yourself checking your phone every time any phone in your vicinity vibrates, it may be time to create a custom vibration pattern to set your iPhone's ringtone apart from the pack.
Apple Maps has improved a lot since its disastrous debut. But many people still prefer to use Google Maps as their go-to navigation app. The problem is, when you ask Siri for directions, it'll automatically use Apple Maps as the default app for turn-by-turn directions. If you want to use Google Maps or some other navigation app with Siri instead, try this handy trick:
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