How To Set Up Two Factor Authentication From Your iPhone

Apple introduced two factor authentication back in 2013. It was a new layer of security that users could enable but Apple never pushed the feature. Come iOS 10.3, iOS will persistently ask you to set up two factor authentication. In fact, iOS 10.3 comes with a revamped Settings app that lets you set up two factor authentication from your iPhone (or iPad). You are no longer restricted to setting it up from your desktop. Here's how you can set up two factor authentication from your iPhone. Read More

How To Remove Trusted Devices From Your iPhone

You can use your Apple ID on multiple devices. Apple introduced two-factor authentication for Apple IDs back in 2013.  With two-factor authentication enabled, you can identify trusted devices for your Apple ID. These trusted devices do not require a verification code if you have two-factor authentication set up.  You can view all trusted devices by signing into your Apple ID on the desktop. Come iOS 10.3 you will have a new, revamped, Settings app that lets you set up two-factor authentication and remove trusted devices from your iPhone. Here's how. Read More

How To Go Live On Instagram

Instagram introduced a live broadcast feature some time ago. The company has been rolling it out to users all over the world in stages. Some users got the feature earlier than others and the roll out is still in progress. The feature is a clone of Periscope but unlike Periscope, your broadcast can be viewed so long as you're live on Instagram. Once it ends, the broadcast cannot be replayed or viewed again. Here's how it works. Read More

Delete All Text, Images, Videos, Or Voice Messages From A Single Thread In Whatsapp

Whatsapp lets you send text, images, videos, GIFs, and voice messages. These messages, whether you're sending them or receiving them take up space on your phone. You can free up space by deleting the images or messages you do not need. Alternatively, you can  delete an entire conversation thread. Deleting items from a chat thread has been done on a per-item basis. A new update to Whatsapp now lets you delete all images, text messages, GIFs, videos, and voice messages from a single thread. Here's how. Read More

How To Create Custom Gradient Wallpapers For Your iPhone

Wallpapers, whether they're for the desktop or for your phone, are a pretty awesome way to customize your device. Wallpapers can be simple vector art or complex designs, and anything in between. Of course finding these wallpapers, ones that look good and do not inhibit you from using your device requires time. GradientDaze is a free iOS app that lets you create custom gradient wallpapers for your iPhone or iPad. The app lets you play with gradients and generates a wallpaper for you on the fly. You select colors and the app shows you gradients generated from them. If you like what you see, you can save it and set it as your lock screen and home screen background. Read More

How To Find And Delete Duplicate Photos On Your iPhone

There once was a time when taking photos was expensive. This was back in the day when photos had to developed and printed, and what not. Smartphones have made it possible for anyone with even a reasonably good phone to take up photography as a hobby. The iPhone and its camera are exceptionally popular with amateur photographers. If you take lots of photos and never really get around to cleaning your camera roll Duplicate Finder is an iOS app that you need. It's worth $0.99 in the App Store and it can find both duplicate and similar photos in your camera roll. Read More

Allow Calls And Messages From A Contact To By-Pass Do Not Disturb In iOS

Do Not Disturb mode lets you have a good night's sleep free of interruptions from your phone. It comes in handy during meetings when even a vibrating phone might be a source of annoyance. Of course, you can't ignore all calls and messages. There are always some calls and messages you cannot ignore like ones from mom. The good news is Do Not Disturb lets you white-list contacts and allow their calls to go through even when the mode is enabled it. Here's how you can allow a contact to by-pass Do Not Disturb in iOS. Read More

How To Change The Country Or Region For Your Apple ID

An Apple ID is region specific. It works only for the regional/country store it was created for. The App Store apps on both iOS devices and Macs detect which store an Apple ID was created for and switch you to it. The point is to control the geographical distribution of apps. For example, Pokèmon Go was initially only available in the US App Store. Users residing outside the US had to create a new Apple ID for the US store (if they didn't already have one) to download it. This works fine if you don't mind having multiple Apple IDs and if you don't intent to make an purchases in the App Store. If instead you'd like to change the country or region for your Apple ID instead of creating a new one, there's a pretty simple way to do just that. Be warned that this will require a credit card that works in the country/region you want to switch to. Read More

This App Helps You Find Your Lost AirPods [iOS]

AirPods, as a concept, are pretty neat. Practically, we all know people will lose at least one of the AirPods from the pair. Apple already has a replacement program in place to ease the pain; you can have a lost AirPod replace for $59. Accessories are already popping up to help you hang on to your AirPods longer before you inevitably lose one. Finder for Airpods is a $ 3.99 app, available in the App Store, that lets you find your lost AirPods. You must be running iOS 10.1 or above to use this app. Update: Apple has removed this app from the App Store. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For All Tweets By A Twitter Account

If you enable notifications for the Twitter app, it will alert you when someone mentions you in a tweet, or favorites or retweets something you tweeted. It will also, on occasion, tell you when several accounts are tweeting about the same thing. So far, the Twitter app doesn't let you follow and get alerts for all tweets related to a specific hashtag. The great thing about Twitter though is that events of the smallest scale will often have dedicated Twitter accounts talking about them. For an event of any importance, news accounts on Twitter will likely be tweeting about it. If you want to be alerted to any and all tweets sent by a specific Twitter account, you can enable notifications specifically for it. Here's how. Read More

Fix iPhone Messages App Crash From The iMessage Contact Bug

Friends play tricks on friends; sometimes it's something harmless like drawing on your face when you're asleep. Other times, it's something more extreme like crashing the Messages app on your iPhone. That app is an essential app; you cannot delete it from your iPhone even if you're running iOS 10. There's a new bug going around that lets someone crash your Messages app. As a result of this bug, your Messages app is rendered unusable. Here's how the bug works and how you can fix it if you've fallen victim. Read More

How To Create A Twitter Moment

Twitter moments are a new feature recently added to the service. A Twitter moment is a user curated collection of tweets. Think Snapchat story except it doesn't disappear. Twitter moments have been rolled out to users worldwide and perhaps you might have seen a moment or two shared by one of the accounts you follow. Here's how you can create your very own Twitter moment. Read More

How To Hide Sender Images In Gmail For iOS

Email apps have lots of subtle little ways to help you be more productive. Sometimes it's the way they show new emails in a thread and sometimes it's the little labels they automatically apply to important emails. The best email apps work proactively to help you identify and respond to important messages and Gmail is no different. One of its long standing features has been sender images. Whenever you receive an email, it is accompanied by the image associated with the sender's profile. The point is to make it easier to recognize who sent you a message but the images don't always show up. Often, you just get initials of the person who sent you the email. Gmail has now made it possible for users to disable sender images on iOS. Here's how. Read More

How To Create A Custom Vibration Alert For A Contact In iOS

iOS has long allowed users to record custom vibration patterns. These vibration patterns can be set for particular contacts so that, when you receive a call or message from them, it is easily distinguishable. By default, all contacts have the same ring tone and vibration pattern. If you often keep your phone on silent, a custom  vibration alert for an important contact is one of the easiest ways to tell when you get a message from them. Here's how you can create a custom alert for a contact in iOS. Read More

How To Hide Your ‘Active’ Status On Facebook Messenger

Facebook had made its Messenger app a stand alone chat application. Its recent updates are pushing it more towards being a better replica of Snapchat but it remains so that even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still use it. When you send a message to a contact over Facebook Messenger, it shows you whether or not said person is active. If said person is inactive, it shows you how long ago they were active. For everyone who has you added as a contact in Facebook Messenger, the very same information about you is available to them. If you find it too intrusive, you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

This Is A Neat & Harmless Little Bug In iOS 10

iOS 10 has had its fair share of bugs. Everything from lock screen exploits to problems plaguing notifications have been observed by users who upgraded to iOS 10. Apple has been resolving the more problematic bugs through updates but the simpler, and unimportant ones, aren't likely to be resolved soon. One neat, and harmless, little bug in iOS 10 puts a single app in delete/edit mode. Here's how you can reproduce it on your own device. Read More

Listen To Slack Messages Read Aloud From Any Channel [iOS]

Slack is fast becoming an essential app for the workplace. It's especially great for remote teams but you can use it for just about any and all types of communication. There are quite a few useful bots and services built on top of Slack. TeamParrot is a free iOS app that reads your Slack messages out loud to you while you busy your hands doing other stuff. It's a pretty basic app that uses different voices for each person that's sent a message to a channel. Read More

How To Disguise An iMessage As An Emoji

Technology is fast becoming an important tool that can aid people in times of distress. From discrete tracking to sending out distress messages, smartphones have become instrumental in helping people in danger. Camouflage Messaging is a free iMessages app that lets you send discrete iMessages disguised as emoji. The objective is to be able to send a message and not have to worry about someone else, possibly the person who is a threat to you, read it. It was developed to help people in abusive relationships send a message to friends or family asking for help. Read More

How To Select Which Notes Appear In The Notes Widget [iOS]

With the arrival of iOS 10, the Notes app gained a widget. The widget was added as part of one of the incremental iOS 10 updates and was not part of iOS 10.0. Widgets, for those who don't know, were added in iOS 10 and they appear on the Spotlight search screen and on your lock screen. The Notes app and the widget don't have any settings specifically for the widget. The widget can show you up to three recent notes from your iCloud notes. If you want it to show notes from the 'On my iPhone' account, there doesn't seem to be a way to do that. The good news is, it's possible to select which account the Notes widget show notes from and it's rather simple. Read More

How To Create Groups In Snapchat

Snapchat has always been about one-on-one conversations. If there's something you want to share with multiple people, you can add it to your story for everyone to see. That's how it works; you either share something with your friends one-by-one, or you publicize it for everyone to see. To make sharing a story with select friends easier, Snapchat has (finally) introduced groups. You can create a group of sixteen friends and share a story with them all at once. Here's how you can create groups in Snapchat. Read More