iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus tips and tricks

How to quickly search for photos and videos on iPhone and iPad May 24, 2015 13:14

If you have thousands of photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad, finding a particular one can be a challenge.the IOS built-in Photos app offers some incredibly useful search tools. As long as you can remember where or when a photo or video was taken, the Photos app can help narrow down your search quickly. And if you've tagged Faces in Photos for OS X, you can even search for people, too! As long as you remember something about the picture or video in question, odds are the Photos app can help you track it down.

The search feature inside the Photos app can understand certain contexts like year, faces, photos taken nearby, a specific location or place, and much more. Just keep in mind that much of this functionality depends on location information and face tagging: If you have location sharing turned off for the camera, some pictures and videos may not show up. This can also happen if you took them with a camera that didn't support location tagging, such as a DSLR.

 

How to search pictures and videos in Photos for iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Photos or Albums in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on the Search button in the top menu. 
  4. Type in a location, date range, specific place, or person's name. For example, you can type things like "nearby," a specific location (like "New York" or "Golden Gate Bridge"), or even a specific month or other time frame.
  5. Tap on the correct search result to narrow down your results. You'll see how many photos meet the search term to the right of the search.
  6. The Photos app will instantly take you to photos and videos tagged with that criteria.

How to Reject Calls on a Locked iPhone April 19, 2015 12:32

When a call comes in on your iPhone, you may have noticed that you see a different set of options when your phone is locked, compared to the options available when it’s unlocked. While the unlocked options seem more flexible, you still have a bit of flexibility available when your device is locked.


The main difference that’s always bugged me is the lack of a “Decline” button on the locked screen. All you see are the “Slide to Answer” gesture to answer, a “Remind Me” icon, and a “Message” icon.

You can however, reject a call, even if you don’t have the “Decline” button handy. To decline a call from the lock screen, simply double tap the power button on your iPhone. (It’s the button on top of the iPhone for the 5 series devices and older, and it’s on the side for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.) Double tapping rejects the call and sends the caller to voice mail. A single tap of the power button silences the call ringer without ending the call.

You can also set a reminder or send a text message to the caller from the locked screen. To decline a call, but set a reminder so you don’t forget you received the call, tap the “Remind Me” button. You’ll then be prompted to enter a time to be reminded about the call. Press “Message,” and you can send a text message to the caller.


How to reboot Your iOS Device when it becomes unresponsive April 19, 2015 12:26

While you’ll very seldom face issues that will require you to reboot your iOS device, it’s good to know the option is available to you if the need arises.If your iOS device becomes unresponsive, appears to lock up, and won’t respond to the Home Button, do the following.

  1. Hold down the Power Button (on top of the iPad, and iPhone 5 and older devices, and on the right side of the device on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices).
  2. While holding down the Power Button, also press the Home Button.
  3. Hold down these two buttons until your device’s screen clears, and a silver Apple logo appears, as seen above.
  4. Release the buttons.
  5. In a few moments, your iPhone or iPad lock screen will appear.
  6. Your iOS device should now work properly.

How to reorder Today view widgets in Notification Center for iPhone and iPad April 17, 2015 13:15

Notification Center lets you add handy Today view widgets so you can keep up with your most used apps in just a swipe.

How to reorder Today view widgets in Notification Center for iPhone and iPad

  1. Swipe down from the top of your iPhone or iPad to bring up Notification Center.
  2. Tap on the Today tab at the top if you aren't already there.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Edit.
  4. Tap and hold the move icon to the right of the widget you'd like to move up or down. The button looks like two horizontal lines.
  5. Once it's located in the place you'd like it, release your finger.

How to add an email account on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch April 03, 2015 12:18

Learn how to add one or more of your email accounts in Mail on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

Add an email account on your iOS device

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap Add Account.
  4. Select your email provider. If you don't see your email provider listed, tap Other > Add Mail Account.
  5. Provide the required information to finish adding your account.

If you use a common email provider, your device will load your email settings automatically. If your device doesn't load these settings and you don't know them, contact your email provider and ask for this information:

My Email settings

My email address:
My email provider:

 

Incoming Mail Server Settings

Account type (POP or IMAP):
Incoming Mail Server:
User Name:
Password:
Incoming server port number:

Incoming server supports SSL? (yes or no):

 

Outgoing Mail Server Settings

Outgoing mail server:
User name:
Password:
Outgoing server port:
Outgoing server supports SSL? (yes or no):


How to Share content with AirDrop from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch April 03, 2015 12:13

With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with people nearby with an Apple device.

What you need

To share content with AirDrop, both people need one of these devices using iOS 7 or later, or a Mac with OS X Yosemite:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad (4th generation or later)
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

You also need to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If you want to share with your contacts, sign in to your iCloud account.

Turn on AirDrop

Use Control Center to turn AirDrop on or off and control whom you can share content with.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to show Control Center.
  2. Tap AirDrop.
  3. Choose one of these options:
    • Off: Turns off AirDrop.
    • Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.
    • Everyone: All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.

Share content

You can share content from apps such as Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more.

  1. Tap the content you want to share.
  2. Tap Share or  .
  3. Depending on the app, you might be able to select other items you want to share.
  4. Tap the name of a nearby AirDrop user or the Apple device. If you're sharing Contacts Only and can't find a nearby user, check that both of you are signed in to an iCloud account. If you still can't find a nearby user, consider setting AirDrop to Everyone. You might also need to turn off Personal Hotspot on one or both devices.

The other user will receive an alert with a preview of the content you want to share, and can either accept or decline. If the other user accepts, they'll get the content in the app you sent it from. For example, photos will appear in the Photos app and websites will open in Safari.


How to use Parental Controls in iTunes to set content restrictions April 01, 2015 15:58

Using parental controls, you can restrict explicit content from displaying in the iTunes Store. You can also disable podcasts, radio content, the iTunes Store, and shared music so that these items don't appear on the left side of the iTunes window.

Set parental controls

You can find parental controls in iTunes preferences on your computer. To get there, follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes and go to iTunes > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (PC).
  2. Click the Parental tab.

On the Parental tab, use the checkboxes to disable and restrict items from the iTunes store. You can also set rating levels for music, movies, TV shows, and apps using the menus to the right of these items. 

If you want to prevent other people from making changes to your parental controls, click the lock icon and enter the administrator password for your computer. You'll use this password anytime you want to make changes to parental controls.

Click OK to save your changes. 


How to use iPhone, iPad and iPod Parental Controls ? April 01, 2015 15:54

You can limit what content your children have access to via Parental Controls (also know as Restrictions on an IOS device). This allows you to block explicit content, restrict content, restrict which movie your children have access to based on their rating, and more.

To enable Restrictions on IOS device, go to Setting, then General, and then Restrictions. You can choose to :

  • Restrict access to many different types of actions, such as using iTune, downloading apps, downloading In-App Purchases, and more.
  • Restrict access to specific content type such as movies and apps.
  • Restrict access to specific TV shows, and apps based on their rating.
  • Restrict explicit music and podcasts from displaying in the iTunes store.
  • Change settings so that a password is required at every download instead of every 15 minutes.

 

Turn on Restrictions

You can turn on and adjust Restrictions on your device by following these steps.

  1. Tap Settings > General.
  2. Tap Restrictions.
  3. Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. You'll need the passcode to change your settings or turn off Restrictions.

 


The hidden features from iOS 8 on your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus March 29, 2015 12:41

Snapchat-Like photos and videos

You can now send instant self-destructing videos, audio clips and pictures to your contacts via iMessage, not unlike Snapchat. To send a picture, go to your message window and tap and hold the camera icon on the left hand side. A small circular window will emerge, allowing you take a quick snap. A word of warning: once the picture or video has been shot, it will send immediately, there is no confirmation or edit screen, so make sure you don’t test this one while sitting on the toilet.

Mute individual people

If you don’t want to mute your entire phone but there’s someone constantly texting you, you can now mute individual people from your contact list. Open their message window, select details in the top right corner and then swipe the Do Not Disturb button. You will no longer be notified of their messages until you turn Do Not Disturb off.

Siri Shazam

Siri’s power continues to grow in iOS 8 thanks to its recent marriage with Shazam, a music identification service. Hold down your home button to activate Siri and say “Siri, what song is this?” wait for it to say “Let me listen” then hold your device up to the song that you’re trying to identify. This service is surprisingly accurate.

Share your location

If you’ve arranged to meet a friend somewhere, don’t bother trying to explain where you are, show them. iOS 8 comes with the ability to share your exact location. Tap Details in the top right of your message window and select Send My Current Location. The recipient will get a snapshot of your current whereabouts. If you’d like to share your location that updates as you move, select Share My Location instead.

 

Automatically send last location of phone before it dies

If you misplace your iPhone, Find My iPhone will use your device’s GPS to pinpoint its exact location. However, your phone will need some power for this feature to work. A good way to combat the power issue is to tell your phone to broadcast its last location right before the battery dies. Turn this on by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.


Google has just announced the Google Calendar is available for download in the App Store. March 10, 2015 12:20

While there are tons of calendar options available currently in the App Store, there are tons of users who have been patiently waiting for the official Google Calendar to finally be available. Like its Android counterpart, Google Calendar for iOS will allow events to be created right from Gmail, offers various assists to speed up the process of entering events, and has a great schedule view. The features aren't the only thing Google brought over from the Android version, they have also copied the Material Design language of the application over as well.

In addition to viewing your Google calendar this application will work with any calendars that you happen to have set up on your device, like as an iCloud account. The download is available now so be sure to check it out and let us know what you think of it.

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Apple Watch Launches April 24 2015, pre-orders starting on April 10 March 09, 2015 14:29

Apple announced on Monday that the Apple Watch will be available in nine countries beginning April 24, with pre-orders starting on April 10. The first wave launch countries include the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Apple Watch will be available for purchase by reservation at Apple Stores, online and at select authorized resellers in China and Japan.

“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”

Apple Watch Sport will cost $349 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm model, the stainless steel Apple Watch will range between $549 to $1099, and the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost between $10,000 to $17,000. Customers will be able to preview and try on the Apple Watch by booking an appointment at the Apple Store, or by visiting Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo or Selfridges in London after April 10.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the "Spring Forward" media event that the Apple Watch will have 18 hours of battery life on a single charge. Bands will retail for between $49 and $449, with additional magnetic chargers costing $29 for a 1-meter cable and $39 for a 2-meter cable. A new bands and accessories page on the Apple Online Store lists all of the available add-ons for Apple Watch.


Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch March 09, 2015 14:10

During its big "Spring Forward" Apple Watch event, Apple announced that it will release iOS 8.2 to the public today, with support for the upcoming Apple Watch and a range of bug fixes. iOS 8.2 was first seeded to developers along with the WatchKit SDK back in November, allowing them to begin preparing apps for the device.

iOS 8.2 is available today as an over-the-air download.

Apple is already working on the next update to iOS, iOS 8.3, and iOS 8.4 is also said to be in the works.