iOS Quick Tip: It's all about that Battery Health

Once again, Apple is working on our iPhone battery woes! Now that iOS 13 is a little more ironed out with a few multiple updates to fix a few bugs, let’s talk about the changes they’ve made to help us with Battery Life.

We all get a little confused when it comes to charging our phone overnight, but look, you’re not going to overload your phone while your sleep and charge. So Apple has done this thing with your trickle-charging. Usually once our batteries charge to 100% it switches to trickle charging. What is trickle charging, you ask? Well, let’s ask Siri…

Hey Siri…

What’s trickle charging?

Using it’s AI magic your iPhone will learn your routine. Yes, your iPhone is stalking you, but it’s for the good of your battery! It will set up a routine of only charging your iPhone to 80%, switch to trickle charging, and then by learning your wake up time, it will charge up to 100% just as you wake and hit snooze.

Here’s how to activate it…

Settings > Battery > Battery Health > Turn ON Optimised Battery Charging.

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iPadOS is here!

If you’ve been checking your iPad for software updates (or you can turn it on automatically by going to Settings > General > Automatic Updates) you would have seen the newest iPadOS 13 update. Since it’s release there’s been 2 additional updates to fix a few bugs. But what are the new features in this update you ask? Here’s some of the new features you get from this update…

Dark Mode

Firstly, let’s get this out of the way. Yes, Dark Mode is now not only on iOS 13, and OS X Mojave, but is also now on iPadOS. No more over-straining your eyes while you Netflix in bed at night! Although, we don’t encourage this; for a good night’s rest it’s best to stop using digital devices 1-2 hours before your bed time.

To set your iPad to Dark Mode simply go to Settings > Display & Brightness.

Slide over and Split View

Who doesn’t like a nice workflow? With further improvements to their Split View and Slide Over Apple has brought up to another level by making it more intuitive. You can now have multiple apps at the ready in Slide Over, work with the same app in Split View (eg. Notes) and even use Exposé to see all your open spaces just like on MacOS!

Here’s a how to video from Apple Support on using Slide Over…


Homescreen

There’s been an update to the Homescreen. You can now pin your favourite Today view widgets so you can see them at a glance. To enable this go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Home Screen Layout > Keep Today View on Homescreen.

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There is still so many more features that iPadOS has to offer! You can check out more them here on Apple’s website. You can also follow our posts via. Facebook as we look at different features of iOS 13, iPadOS and the upcoming OS X update to Catalina and give you a few tips and tricks.

iOS 13: A Whole New Look On A Whole New Level

iOS 13 is finally here! Are you ready to experience a new level on your iPhone? Check out some of these features that you will find in iOS 13…

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  1. Dark Mode - See your iPhone in a new light! Dark Mode is finally here, designed to make screen viewing a little easier on your eyes. You can simply turn it on in your Control Centre or have it automatically turn on at night.

  2. Portrait Mode - Yes, there’s new updates to make your portrait photos even more beautiful. The new update allows you to have more control over your light intensity with the new Portrait Lighting controls. You’ll also be able to create beautiful black-and-white portraits with the new High-Key Mono filter in Portrait Mode.

  3. New tabs in Moments - A new way of organising your special moments into days, months and years.

  4. New powerful editing tools for Photos and Video - Refine your photos a videos further with new and updated editing features. Need to rotate a video? You can finally do it with iOS 13!

  5. Privacy and Security - Apple has always taken its Privacy and Security seriously so be prepared for a few upgrades here. One of the biggest updates is the introduction of "Sign In With Apple” which simplifies the way you can sign in to apps and websites with your privacy in mind.

These are only a few of the many new things in iOS 13. You can find out more here on Apple’s website. Don’t forget to make sure your phone is backed up before the update. Not sure if it is or how to? Go to your Settings > ‘Your Name’ > iCloud > iCloud Backup - check that this is on.

Mac OS Tip: Hide That Menu!

Here’s a quick Mac OS tip for you today to keep your desktop looking tidy.

Automatically hide the top menu bar by following these instructions…

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SYSTEM PREFERENCES > GENERAL > ENABLE: “Automatically hide and show the menu bar”

Now whenever you bring your cursor to the top of your screen your menu will appear, and then disappear when you move away from it.

Stop the Apple Spam Can!

Are you finding a lot of spam notifications on your iPhone from Apple? Ie. Those pesky promo notifications telling you to set up Apple Pay or Apple Music. You may have tried checking your Notifcations settings to try and switch them off, but with no success. The truth is…the setting is somewhat…hidden. So here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of the can of Spam on your iPhone, figuratively speaking…


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How To Stop Apple’s Spam Notifications

  1. Navigate to Settings > Apple ID

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2. Tap on Name, Phone Numbers, Email

3. Swipe to the bottom of the next page and you’ll see these options under Subscriptions - Announcements and Apps, Music, Movies, Apple Pay and… tap on the switches to disable them! You can also disable Apple New Updates while you’re at it.

…And voila! That should cease all Apple spam notifications!

How To: Recover Your Apple ID

Ever stepped over to the dark-side out of curiousity? Like…to Android? Only to realise that you really miss Apple’s user friendly and uncomplicated iOS? Then, while crawling back solemnly you realise you’ve forgotten your Apple ID and password. It’s okay! All is forgiven and not all is lost. Here’s how you can find your Apple ID Email Address and return yourself to the light-side.

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  1. Go to the Apple ID Recovery page here

  2. Type in your First Name and Last Name - if you think you’ve used a shortened name ie. David/Dave or Robert/Rob, you will have to do separate searches

  3. Enter the email address you want to look for - if you do have multiple emails you may have to try this a few times

  4. You may find yourself repeating those last two steps a few times until you can find a match

  5. Once you’ve successfully recovered your account you should be able to reset your Apple ID password (you’ll need to remember your security questions though!)

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Hope this is helpful for your return to the light-side. For my tips and tricks follow us on Facebook or even give us a shout if you’re looking for support and training on your Apple products!

Coming Soon: Mac OS Catalina

With the fall season approaching fast (in the US) we are getting closer to Apple’s release of its new OS Catalina. There are a lot of new features coming through, such as Music, TV, and Podcasts. You’ll also be able to enjoy your iPad apps on your computer instead too! There’s also been improvements to familiar apps such as Photos, Notes, Reminders and Safari. The feature I’m looking most forward too is Sidecar which enables you to use your iPad as an extension of your desktop! Check out all the features of Catalina in further detail on Apple’s website!

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Quick iOS Tip: Access your favourite app with a swipe!

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Here’s a quick tip straight from the essentials of iOS! You can access your favourite App with just a swipe to the right and view its widget in your Today view. To add an App, find its icon, press down on it (with the 3D Touch), then tap on Add Widget.

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Now you’ll be able to quickly view the App from your Lock Screen by swiping right!

Quick iOS Tip: I’m still listening!

Sometimes you’re on a call and then someone else might walk in and want to start discussing something important, but then you may not want whoever is on the phone listening. Or you could be listening to that friend of yours venting, but secretly you’re watching Netflix in the background so you don’t want them to hear that background noise…okay, I’m kidding. We’re not that kind of friend. A friend must always be actively listening! But here’s how you mute yourself in a call. Just tap the mute button!

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Quick Tip: How to stop those pesky rate and review requests

We all have opinions, but sometimes we just want to enjoy ourselves without having to give feedback. So here’s a quick tip on how to stop those annoying rate and review pop-ups from apps that you’ve been using.

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Here’s where to go to disable those feedback requests!

Settings > iTunes & App Store and then tap the switch to toggle off In-App Ratings & Reviews.

How To: "Password-Protect" Apps using Screen Time

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Did you know the Screen Time feature on your iPhone and iPad does more than just track how long you spend on various apps? Here’s a little hack on how you can use Screen Time as a way to password protect your apps…although I admit it just has one wee flaw.

Firstly, you’ll need to make sure you have Screen Time enabled by going to Settings > Screen Time and then set a passcode by tapping on Use Screen Time Passcode.

Now you’ll need to set a time limit for the apps you want to lock. What we are trying to do is set a minimum time limit so that the app will lock straight away (the minimum limit is 1 minute - this is the one flaw, as you’ll be “unprotected” until the app has been used for 1 minute).

To add a time limit to to an app, tap on the bar graph that shows your current day’s usage. Find the app you want to add a limit to in the list and tap on it. Next, tap on Add Limit and enter the passcode you set earlier in Screen Time. Set it to 1 minute and make sure you have enabled Block at End of Limit. Now tap on Add. Voila! Now after using your app for 1 minute it will lock - the icon will be greyed out on your home screen. When you tap on the greyed out icon you’ll get this message, “Ask For More Time” which you just tap on and enter your Screen Time passcode to unlock.

So, there you have it! A little Screen Time hack to “Password Protect” your apps!

Mojave's Dynamic Desktop

If you haven’t already, it’s a good time to update your Mac to Apple’s latest OS X Mojave (check if your Mac is compatible here). One of my favourite features is Mojave’s dynamic desktop. Now, it’s not a “life-changing” feature, but more of a fun novelty. Based off your location, your desktop background will change accordingly to the time of the day - so you’ll see a progression from day to night. Pretty cool right?

Curious? Here’s how to enable Dynamic Desktop for you Mac…

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System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop > Click on the drop-down menu and select Dynamic

…and you’re done!

You can also find and download more dynamic desktops online, or if you’re adventurous enough, make your own. I hope you find this feature just as interesting as I do!

How To: Reset Your Apple ID

So, today I forgot the pin to my new debit card, and just as well, we sometimes forget the password to our Apple ID. But there’s no need to be standing at a till all flustered and embarrassed, here’s how you can easily reset your Apple ID…

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Step 1: In Safari, go to https://appleid.apple.com then click on either “Forgot Apple ID or Password?”

Step 2: On the next page you’ll need to enter your email address that’s linked to your account. From there click “Continue” and then select “I need to reset my password.”

Step 3: From here you have two options to how you can reset your password, 1) by email or 2) by answering a set of security questions. Note: If you have two-factor authentication on your screen will look a little different.

Step 4: If you choose to reset your password via email you will be sent instructions to your primary email address or your rescue email address if you have one set up. The email will be sent when you see a page with a green tick and a big, “Email has been sent.” If you can’t find the email instructions check your Spam, or Junk folders just in case. Otherwise you can go to the other option of answering your security questions.

But what happens if you’ve forgotten the answers to your security questions? It’s okay, it’s not the end of the world.

Step 1: Go to iforgot.apple.com and fill out all the necessary details then click on “Continue”

Step 2: On the next step select “I need to reset my security questions” then click “Continue”

Step 3: Type in your password then click “Continue”

Step 4: Choose your three questions using the drop-down menus and type in your answers for each one. Make sure that these are questions that only you would know the answers to! Well hopefully they are. Click on “Continue” and you’re done!

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If two-factor authentication is enabled…resetting your password is easier because all you need is either your trusted iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, that have Passcodes enabled or you can also reset from your Apple ID account page.

OPTION 1: Using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Step 1: Go to “Settings > Your Name > Password & Security”

Step 2: Tap on “Change Password”

Step 3: Enter your pass code when prompted then enter your new password

OPTION 2: Using your Apple ID account page

Step 1: Go to iforgot.apple.com and enter your trusted phone number used to set up your two-factor authentication

Step 2: Select Continue and you’ll receive a notification to your trusted iOS device

Step 3: Once you’ve received the notification on your iOS device, select Allow

Step 4: Follow the next few steps then enter your pass code. Reset your password!

All done! Now, if you’re still finding it difficult to reset your password, don’t forget that you can get in touch with us via our contact page. If you’re in Perth or Sydney we can come directly to you and help you out as well!