Add Reminders To Answer A Text In iOS

The world would be a better place if people didn't forget to reply to text messages. We live in a time when responding too late to a text message can break entire relationships. Imagine what forgetting to reply to a text altogether might do. If you often forget to reply to text messages, personal or otherwise, consider investing $0.99 in Txtbck. It's an iOS app that lets you add reminders to answer a text in the Messages app. Read More

How To Control YouTube Chromecast Playback From Control Center In iOS

Using a Chromecast from an Android device is a vastly superior experience compared to using the Chromecast from an iOS device. Chromecast integration is built in throughout Android and almost all Google apps support it. The same cannot be said about Google apps for iOS. iOS doesn't prioritize the Chromecast like Google does. Even if it allowed some leeway, iOS is still a very restrictive OS. Bit by bit though, Google is improving Chromecast support for its iOS app. A recent update now lets you control YouTube Chromecast playback from the Control Center in iOS. Read More

How To Manage 3D Touch Sensitivity On Your iPhone

3D touch on iPhones responds to pressure applied to the screen. The screen can tell when you tap it and when you apply pressure to as you would to a physical button. Of course, the screen is a grid of icons and not actual mechanical buttons. With mechanical buttons, you don't have to worry about how hard you tap the keys. With 3D touch, things are different. The screen is sensitive and it might be too sensitive for someone who is heavy handed. Here's how you can mange 3D touch sensitivity on your iPhone. Read More

How To Scan A QR Code With Chrome For iOS

Since the days of iOS 4, I've had a dedicated QR code scanning app on my phone. I don't use it very often but when I do need to scan a code, it is the best option available. There are quite a few QR code scanning apps available in the App Store but very few of them are well built. If you have Chrome installed on your iOS device, you no longer need a dedicated QR code scanning app. You can now scan a QR code with Chrome. Here's how. Read More

How To Edit The Up Next List When Playing Music On Shuffle In iOS

Our music libraries consist of two types of songs. Songs that we listen to over and over again, and songs that we like but don't listen to often. We're unlikely to delete these songs from our library because you never know when you might want to listen to it. It could happen. The shuffle mode on the Music app in iOS is a good way to keep cycling the music you listen to. You don't limit yourself to a small selection from your library and some of the other tracks on your phone get a chance to be heard. The Music app in iOS gives you some control over which track is played next in shuffle mode. You can edit the up next list when playing music on shuffle. Here's how. Read More

25 Best iOS Apps And Tips Of 2016

iOS 10 was released in 2016. The new iOS update introduced dedicated apps for the Messages app. Since then, the App Store has been flooded with neat little stickers that can be sent over iMessages. The new update also made a lot of tiny annoying changes to iOS and not everyone was happy. It sent users on a scavenger hunt to find ways to turn off a new feature or work around it. Between the bugs, the missing/new features, and new apps, it was a busy year for iOS. Here are the best iOS apps and tips of 2016. Read More

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