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

How To ‘Save’ An Instagram Post From Your Feed

Instagram has slowly been adding Snapchat like features with past updates. It's made a somewhat decent effort at mimicking these feature. For the most part, Instagram has focused on new features without making any improvements to how it works. The UI might have changed but the functionality is more or less the same as it was since the app was first released. In a recent update, Instagram has finally added a feature aimed at improving the user experience; a bookmark feature. Users can now save posts they like to their account. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Use Shazam Inside Snapchat To Find & Listen To Songs

Snapchat often partners with other services and brands to give its users special in-app features. The latest service to join forces with Snapchat is Shazam. Shazam lets you identify songs and the service is so popular that even Siri uses it. With Snapchat, you can use it to identify and listen to the song playing in your vicinity. It doesn't let you send the song to a friend or add it to your Snapchat. You can use Shazam inside Snapchat so that you don't have to leave the app to identify or listen to a song. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide A Message In An iMessage Thread

The sticker apps for iMessages seem to keep coming. Every time a new movie title is released, a sticker app for iMessages appears to be part of the marketing for it. We're not saying there is anything wrong with that. There's a Moana sticker pack that we love and not just for the chicken featured in it. These apps are mostly stickers with very few aimed at productivity. Hide Messages is yet another sticker app for iMessages that suggests an alternative use for stickers; use them to hide a message in an iMessage thread. The stickers in this app feature nothing but white blocks. You drag & drop them onto a message and it will obstruct the text for you, and everyone else in it. Read More

How To Find Out Which iMessage App A Sticker Is From

iMessage apps for the most part are stickers. Some are free, others are paid. Just about all major entertainment titles have released sticker apps for iMessages. There are stickers for Moana, The Avengers, Star Wars, Pokèmon, and Simon's Cat. The list is endless. Many stickers come from very popular titles and are easy to recognize but not all stickers are like that. If your friend sends you an iMessage sticker, or you've used one but can't remember which app it was from, there is a simple way to find out which iMessage app a sticker is from. Read More

How To Get The Apple TV App Outside The US Region

Apple has just released the stable version of iOS 10.2 to users worldwide. This new version brings the Apple TV app to iOS devices. This app, meant to replace the Videos app, lets you download and watch movies from the iTunes store. It also lets you connect a TV provider account from the Settings app. The TV app is only available to users in the US region but that doesn't mean users outside this region can't get it. To get the Apple TV app outside the US region, you need to change the App Store country. Read More

How To Get Rid Of Spam Event Invitations In The Calendar App [iOS]

The Calendar app in iOS has lately begun to spam users. Notifications for upcoming events that are essentially scam sales or that contain suspicious sales links have begun to appear on devices. The events have been created by people who aren't in your contacts' list and because most users sync the Calendar app between their iPhones and their Macs, these invites have been plaguing both. There are several ways of dealing with the spam problem. Here's what you should do to get rid of spam event invitations in the Calendar app from your iPhone or iPad. Read More

How To Use The Nearby Tracking Feature In Pokèmon Go

Tracking Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go was a very buggy feature when the game first launched because the game servers were usually always under immense load and tracking wasn't very reliable. Niantic responded to the many players complaints directed towards this feature by removing. They instead added a 'Sightings' feature to compensate for it and rolled out an experimental 'Nearby' feature to select users. The Nearby tracking feature in Pokèmon Go is an improved version of the original tracking feature and it has now been made available to players in other regions. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Transfer Multiple Pokèmon To Professor Willow In Pokèmon Go

Pokèmon Go lets you keep 250 Pokèmon in your bag. If you consider just how many Pidgeys and Rattatas appear on average, and you decide to catch them just for the XP, your bag is going to fill up very quickly. There is a very simple way to work around this; transfer the Pokèmon to Professor Willow. The feature has been part of the game from the very start. Originally, you had to transfer one Pokèmon at a time. An update to the app now lets you transfer multiple Pokèmon at once. Here's how. Read More

Select Which Browser Gmail Opens Links In On Your iPhone

Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are three of the most popular browsers available for iOS.  Because iOS is a closed and restricted system, you usually end up using Safari. Apps like Twitter and Facebook have their own built-in browsers but any time an app needs to open a link and it doesn't have a built-in browser, you are forced to use Safari. Gmail for iOS has long had the ability to circumvent this. All links that you open in Gmail automatically open in Chrome if you have it installed on your system. A recent update to Gmail has now added the ability to select the browser Gmail opens links in. It's also added a feature that lets you select a browser each time you tap a link. Here's how to set it up. Read More

How To Use Chrome Spotlight Actions In iOS

Chrome for iOS has just received an update. Unlike previous updates, this one actually brings a new feature to the browser; spotlight actions. Spotlight actions in iOS are quick actions for apps that can be executed from Spotlight. To execute a Spotlight action, you must type in the correct word in the search bar. Chrome has introduced two Spotlight actions; Voice and Incognito. Voice allows you to open Chrome with Voice search and Incognito allows you to open an incognito tab in Chrome. Read More

How To Manage Subscriptions In iTunes On Your iPhone

iTunes isn't just for buying music; the iTunes app, together with the App Store app allow you to purchase apps, make in-app purchases, and subscribe to services. The services you subscribe to are managed entirely from iTunes; you can upgrade or downgrade plans and you can cancel subscriptions. Managing your subscriptions in iTunes is fairly easy if you know where to look. Neither the iTunes app nor the App Store app on your iPhone have an option for managing subscriptions. The options are tucked away in the Settings app. Here's where you need to look. Read More

How To Enable Star Ratings In The Music App In iOS 10

iOS 10 revamped the Music app. The revamp wasn't just a UI overhaul; features were added and removed in the new version. One feature that Apple sought fit to remove was the Star rating feature. It allowed users to rate a song on a five point scale. This helped create smart playlists among other things. The feature was sorely missed and as of iOS 10.2, it has been added back to the app, You must however enable it from the settings. It is simple enough unless you don't see the setting at all which is a different problem altogether. Here's how to enable the star rating option in the Music and what to do if you don't have the option to enable it. Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Quality Filter For Your Twitter Timeline

Twitter introduced a quality filter for the Notifications timeline a while ago. It is enabled by default and  it effects other timelines, not just the Notification timeline. It can result in you missing quite a few tweets. Case in point, I've been seeing very few new tweets in my timeline despite following over 800 accounts. I don't recall enabling the quality filter which leads me to believe Twitter enabled it by default when the feature was rolled out for my account. If you have been seeing too few new tweets in your timeline, you might need to disable the quality filter. If you are overwhelmed by too many tweets in your timeline, you might want to consider enabling the quality filter. Here's how. Read More

How To Download Movies & TV Shows For Offline Viewing In Netflix

Netflix has finally introduced offline viewing. At present it is limited to select movies and TV shows. It works  only on an iOS or Android device and is available through an app update. The feature allows you to download entire movies or episodes of a series you're watching to your device. In the event you do not have an internet connection, or you don't want to burn through your data plan while travelling, you can download something to watch later. Here's how the feature works. Read More