How To Turn On Two-Factor Authentication On Instagram

Instagram is the latest app to get two-factor authentication. This feature was in the pipeline for so long, people have probably forgotten about it. You don't need to update the Instagram app to get the feature. Two-factor authentication on Instagram works with your phone number. Whenever you sign into an app with your Instagram account, you will have to enter an eight digit code to verify your identify. This code is sent to the phone number Instagram has on record for your account. Here's how to turn on two-factor authentication on Instagram. Read More

How To Get Started With Procreate For iPad Pro

When the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil came out, the creative community believe a new world of possibilities had just opened up. It was going to be the Wacom Cintiq killer, the sound of doom for the Surface tabs. Of course, that was all just egregious noise. At best, the iPad Pro was a glorified note-taking ebook reader. At worst, it was barely even a note taking tool. However, it's not the hardware that defines Apple devices. It's the apps. This brings us to Procreate for iPad, winner of Apple's 2013 design award. Procreate is an app that lets you create digital paintings, calligraphy, etc. en masse. This one app was a major lure for creative professionals. Even though it still isn't quite as powerful as Adobe Photoshop, it is still pretty close. Here is a guide on how you can get started with Procreate. Read More

How To Stop Whatsapp Saving Photos And Videos To Your Phone

Whatsapp by default downloads all images, videos, audio, and documents sent over chat. We covered how you can turn this off to reduce data consumption and to save space on your device. Of course, turning this option off means a slight inconvenience.You will have to wait for the file to download before you can view it. If you're short on time, or just impatient, this will annoy you enough to turn auto-download back on. If you like having videos and photos download automatically, but don't want everything saving to your camera roll, there is a way to disable it. Here's how you can stop Whatsapp saving photos and videos to your phone. Read More

How To Go Live On Facebook From Your Desktop And Phone

You can broadcast live from your Facebook account. This feature has been around for about a year but only for smartphone users. Facebook pages had the option to go live from the desktop but ordinary users didn't. Facebook has now expanded the Go Live feature so that everyone can go  live from their desktop. The feature works from your news feed and profile. If you've ever gone live from your phone, the learning curve will be a small one. The major advantage of being able to go live on Facebook from your desktop is that you can connect with an external, better quality, camera. Here's how you can go live on Facebook. Read More

How To Save An Instagram Live Video

Instagram live videos have a very limited life. If you catch one when it's live, you can watch it. Once a live broadcast is over, there is no way to view it. For anyone broadcasting live from Instagram, the experience is more or less the same. Once the broadcast is over, there is no going back to see how it was. Things have changed for users who broadcast live. Instagram has added a Save feature to its live videos. Users can now save an Instagram live video once it's over. Here's how. Read More

Field Test: The iPad Pro As A Computer Alternative

Editing on MS Word on iOS 10 using Pencil (1)
The iPad Pro, much like all Apple products, is unfathomably expensive. It is aimed at design professionals but it has features that make it stand out from a traditional iPad. The Apple Pencil for one. Given its steep price, you might have to choose between buying the iPad Pro or buying a better PC, or even a Mac. The iPad Pro's graphic capabilities are well documented but you can't say for certain if it will serve as a good replacement for a computer. You might be able to complete your design projects but will you be able to interact with people, send emails, compress files, and type comfortably on the device. We take a look at how good an iPad Pro is at being a computer. Read More

How To Mute Keywords And Filter Eggs On Twitter

Twitter has long had an abuse problem. Anytime something remotely controversial starts to trend, dozens of new accounts aka 'Egg accounts' or 'eggs' pop up. They don't contribute much to any conversation and are more or less trolls. Then there are legitimate accounts that behave like trolls. Over the past years, this has become a serious problem for the company and those who use Twitter. To fight this, Twitter has introduced muting features and filters. You can mute tweets and accounts that send tweets  containing certain words from appearing. Likewise, you can filter out notifications from eggs i.e., accounts that have the default egg profile photo. Here's how you can mute keywords and filter eggs on Twitter. Read More

How To Block Someone From Viewing An Instagram Story

Instagram stories are made up entirely of photos you take with you camera. You cannot select photos from your camera roll and add them to your Instagram story. The feature is a clone of Snapchat that encourages you share moments as they happen. The only alternative is to go live on Instagram and broadcast everything as it happens. The feature being what it is, it's sometimes not a great idea to share a story with all your Instagram followers. The good news is, you can block a follower from viewing an Instagram Story without blocking them from your feed. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Turn Off Auto-Download Files In Whatsapp

Whatsapp lets you send images, documents, audio messages, and videos to your friends. Almost all chat apps support these basic file types and for good reason. These are some of the most common files that people share. Often, it's extremely helpful to be able to send files over a chat app. Other times, it's just a drain on your device. Whatsapp is a power hungry app to have on your phone. If you use it often, or you're in one too many groups, it will drain your battery. On top of that, it will also consume significant storage space. Whatsapps by default saves all files sent over a chat thread. The media files shared over a muted thread will download when they are received. Here's how you can turn off auto-download files in Whatsapp. Read More

How To Share A Facebook Messenger Day Story

Facebook is copying Snapchat stories and integrating the feature into every single app it owns. This is happening and there is no stopping it. Just weeks ago, a Whatsapp update brought Snapchat-story like statuses to the messaging app. Now the Facebook Messenger is in the process of getting a similar feature. This new feature is called Messenger Day. It is a slideshow of images and videos that you can share with your friends, or select friends. The slideshow disappears after 24 hours. You can see who has viewed your 'My Day' slideshow and control who can, and can't, see it. Here's how to share photos to your Messenger Day story. Read More

How To Turn On Post Notifications For An Instagram Account

You can follow any public Instagram account. When you follow an Instagram account, you see all posts from the account in your home feed. If an account you follow goes live, Instagram will send you an alert. If an account posts a photo, or shares a story, Instagram will not send you an alert. When you open the app on your phone, you will see a list of accounts that shared stories at the top. As for any posts by the account, you will have to find them in your home feed or visit the account. The thing is, it doesn't have to be that way. You can turn on post notifications for an Instagram account and every time the account posts anything, you will get an alert. Here's how. Read More

How To Send Secret Self-Destructing Messages On Viber

Viber has just introduced secret, self destructing messages. It is the latest app to take hint from Snapchat and make chats more private. Facebook Messenger introduced a secret chat feature just last year and Viber has caught up. The new feature lets you send secret self destructing messages on Viber to any of your contacts if they're running the right version of the app. A secret message thread is separate from a normal chat thread. Users get an alert when anyone takes a screenshot of the conversation. Messages have an expiry date. Each person in the conversation can set a different expiration period for their messages. A message can expire within seconds, after a few hours, or in a week. Here's how you can send secret self-destructing messages on Viber. Read More

How To Add Links To The Reading List In Chrome [iOS]

Pocket was the first app that made Read It Later popular. There has always been a read it later feature in browsers, except it's called bookmarks. Read it later is a more sophisticated version of bookmarks. You can save links you intend to read later to a list of links. These links can be grouped, and marked as read or unread. Google has introduced a reading list feature in Chrome for iOS. You can add links to the reading list in Chrome from inside the browser or any other app. This means links from Safari or from the Twitter app can be sent to Chrome's reading list. The feature works though an iOS extension so you must be running iOS 8 or above to use it. Here's how you can add links to the reading list in Chrome. Read More

How To Turn Off Predictive Emoji In iOS 10

iOS 10 made substantial, battery draining, changes to the Messages app. The app was initially simple and built for no nonsense messaging. Now it has everything from stickers to confetti. The features added to the Messages app help it rival other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp. They also take away from its simple interface. One very hyped feature added to Messages was predictive emoji. As you type, Messages suggests emoji that you can insert based on the previous word you typed. This isn't just a Messages app feature. It's an improvement to the Keyboard functionality in iOS 10. It is annoying. It's fine to use when you're texting but not when you're typing a note or in a Skype meeting. The emoji takes up space and it can be construed as unprofessional. Here's how you can turn off predictive emoji in iOS 10. Read More

Fix The App List Not Appearing In The Settings App In iOS 10

A general criticism against Apple and iOS is that it is no longer innovative. The features introduced in Apple's desktop and mobile operating systems aren't impressive. The hardware additions made to its desktop and mobile line-up are geared towards selling more products. You either agree or disagree with this assessment but one thing is hard to deny; iOS has become quite buggy these past few years. It isn't just bugs. At times, the features introduced by Apple aren't very well thought out e.g., disabling Siri Home button access. A new odd little bug plaguing iOS 10 devices is the app list not appearing in the Settings app. The Settings app loads as far as the social media group of apps and stops. Here's how you can fix the app list not appearing in the Settings app in iOS 10 and above. Read More

How To Clear The Twitter App Cache In iOS

Twitter has just introduced a new feature in its iOS app; clear cache. A cache is something we normally associate with web browsers or at times with our desktop OS. Not many users think of smartphone apps when they hear the word 'cache' but apps do have a cache. Like the cache in a web browser, apps too store content and on iOS this content can take up considerable space. The problem with iOS is that there is no simple way to clear the cache for an app. Users are stuck with a bloated app if the app itself doesn't have a clear cache option. Here's how you can clear the Twitter app cache in iOS. Read More

How To Disable Comments On An Instagram Post

Photos make up a large part of the media shared on social networks. People share photos so much, that apps like Instagram and Snapchat exist. These apps rely on people wanting to share photos incessantly. Judging by the success they've had, it's safe to say they knew what they were counting on. Of course where photos are shared, there also exists a way for friends to comment on them. Facebook has highly customizable options for controlling who can see and comment on the photos you share. Instagram does not. Your only privacy option on Instagram is make your account private. You cannot selectively make some photos private and others public. If you find inappropriate comments being left on a photo, you can turn commenting Off. Here's how you can disable comments on an Instagram Post. Read More

How To Create And Import A Bitmoji Avatar In Snapchat

Snapchat acquired Bitmoji a while back. Bitmoji lets you create highly customizable avatars for you social media profiles. Snapchat integrated Bitmoji inside the app. It lets users add their avatars to snaps and send them as stickers. Before you can start using your Bitmoji avatar, you need to create and import a Bitmoji avatar in Snapchat. To create and import a Bitmoji avatar in Snapchat, you must have the Bitmoji app and the Snapchat app installed on your phone. Here's what you have to do. Read More

How To Delete Your Snapchat Account

Snapchat is currently ranked among the most popular social media apps. The company just went public though its IPO was underwhelming. This is of course no indication of the app's popularity. Snapchat is a force to reckon with for other social media apps; it's original and Facebook copies a feature from it almost every two months. That said, Snapchat isn't for everyone. The format for sharing anything on Snapchat is almost exclusively images. The option to share text messages is there but Snapchat is, like Instagram, an image centered network. If you've decided this is one fad you can sit out, you might want to delete your Snapchat account. Here's how you can do just that. Read More

How To Crop Panoramas For An Instagram Album

Instagram made the square sized photo popular. The app stuck with this particular photo size for a long time. The size came with its limitations and apps like Layout couldn't remove them. Eventually, Instagram allowed users to post photos in their original, wide, dimensions. The feature is alright and you can use it to post a panorama but the results aren't that great. You end up with a very zoomed out photo. Instawide is a free Android app that can crop panoramas for an Instagram album. iOS users will have to pay $0.99 for Panosel, an app that does the same thing but on an iPhone. Instagram albums or multiple image posts are a new Instagram feature that lets you share ten photos in one post. Instawide crops a panorama so that you can share it as an album. Here's how it works. Read More