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The best of the iOS7 tips and tricks

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1) In messages, in a conversation swipe right to left and hold to see the time the message was sent.

2) In Safari, tap bookmarks, see the ‘@’ at the top right? Tap that to see links in your Twitter feed

3) Settings->Privacy->Advertising – Limit Ad Tracking

4) Settings->Phone->Blocked ( I set up one contact and put all the spam numbers in there, then blocked the spam contact )

5) Set up a silent ringtone for contacts you don’t want to hear from

6) Push alerts up to make them vanish – no more waiting for the 5 second time out

7) Calendar list view is still here, tap the search button at the top of calendar to view your list

8) Tap the temperature in the weather application to get humidity, wind speed, chance of rain information.

Apple just started an iPhone 5S Tips and Tricks page

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

September 18th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Posted in How to,iPhone help

iPhone 5 iOS 6 tips and tricks

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1) To quickly lock your device click the power off button

2) To quickly open the camera when the device is locked -> click the power off button -> swipe up on the camera icon next to the unlock slider at the bottom

3) To change the volume while locked double click the home button

4) To add keyboard shortcuts ( type a few letters and it will autofill in the rest of the text for you ) go to Settings->General->Keyboard->Shortcuts

5) To dictate Siri must be on ( Settings->General->Siri ) and you must be connected to the internet. A microphone will appear on your keyboard – tap it to begin dictating

6) To turn off notifications from appearing in the notification center go to Settings->Notifications->(chose the app to remove) ->Select none for the Alert style, then turn notification center off

7) Press the on/off button to silence a ringing phone, press twice quickly to send the call straight to voice mail

8) Block calls but not the internet ->Settings-> (turn airplane mode on) Go to WiFi and turn it on

9) To use a different signature on different email accounts go to Settings->Mail,Contacts,Calendars->Signature and check Per Account

10) To get written map directions instead of spoken, tap the icon that looks like a list next to the 3D icon on the bottom left of the maps view

11) Go to Settings->Maps and change the label size ( scroll to bottom) to small to get more detail on your maps

For a whole lot more information see:
iPhone User Guide

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

September 25th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Posted in How to,iPhone help

Where to trade in your old gadgets for money

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Now that you have the newest, latest, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, etc what do you do with the old one?

You can trade them in for an Amazon.com gift card Amazon Electronics Trade in

Or you might try eBay Instant Sale which will give you cash back via PayPay.

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

March 21st, 2012 at 8:40 am

Other file taking up all the iPhone space

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This morning, before my coffee, I plugged in my iPhone to sync and it refused. A moments checking reveled an enormous ‘other’ file. I’ve no idea how it got there while I slept.

To fix this:
Don’t sync the iPhone before your morning coffee. (j/k)

I didn’t want to lose any app or personal info so in iTunes I unchecked everything that wasn’t an app or on the info page. Then sync’d again. This removed the huge other file.

Then I resync’d all the previous items; music, photos, podcasts etc and everything is fine.

I’m not sure what the other file was, some people claim to have found huge photo caches, some large app caches, neither of those make sense in my case. But it’s fixed and the fix was reasonably painless so I’m good with that.

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

March 19th, 2010 at 8:48 am

Posted in How to,iPhone help