How to Shoot Photos in 16:9 Aspect Ratio on iPhone

The iPhone camera is capable of shooting two aspect ratios, 4:3 and 16:9. The 4:3 aspect ratio uses the full megapixels, whereas the 16:9 crops in for a wider view.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 22, 2022

The iPhone Camera is capable of shooting two aspect ratios, 4:3 and 16:9. The 4:3 aspect ratio uses full megapixels, whereas the 16:9 crops in for a wider view. Let’s explore this feature.

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The difference between 4:3 and 16:9 is the width of the photo. However, it’s not that simple on the iPhone. Shooting in 16:9 does not necessarily mean you will get captured more from the sides of the shot. Depending on the cameras on your iPhone, it may simply crop the 4:3 photo.

First, open the Camera app on your iPhone. Refer to the below image:

Photo 1
Accessing Camera

Next, tap the Arrow at the top of the screen. To turn off Live Photo, tap the Concentric Circle icon. See the below image:

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Accessing the Arrow and optionally turning off Live Photo

Now, some controls will slide up from the bottom of the screen. Tap the 4:3 or 16:9 button. See the following image:

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Accessing the Aspect Ratio

Next, you can choose 16:9, Square, or 4:3. Refer to the below image:

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Changing the Aspect Ratio to 16:9

Again, keep in mind that the 16:9 aspect ratio typically is a lower resolution than 4:3 since it’s cropping the shot. If you want to always take full advantage of the Camera hardware, shoot in 4:3.

To set your last Camera settings go to:

Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings > Camera Mode

and turn it ON, then open the Camera and take a photo.

Photos with Aspect Ratio

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Aspect Ratio 16:9

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Nine Smartphone Battery Myths You Can Ignore

Smartphones are a necessary part of our daily lives. We hear about the numerous myths on how to eke out more life from your smartphone battery.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 17, 2022

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Maintain Battery Life Forever

Let’s open with the most persistent overarching myth: that you can somehow baby your phone’s battery to keep it in good health forever.

A smartphone battery is, ultimately, a consumable good. Like a battery in your car, the battery exists to be used and, when it has reached the end of its life cycle, replaced.

Sure it’s a minor hassle to get the battery on your phone replaced, given that many phones have sealed-body designs now. But it’s not particularly expensive to do so. You might have to spend $50-$70 for a new battery.

Kill Apps to Save Battery Life

Your phone was designed to be used the way the vast majority of people use it: opening apps when needed, never actually closing them, and just letting unused apps sit off to the side when moving on to the next app; leaving the original apps to hang out in a sort of suspended state until needed again.

Your phone was not designed with the idea that you, the end user, would force quit an app when you were done using it as if you were closing apps down on a desktop computer. That’s true for iPhones, and it’s true for Android-based phones.

Yes, there are rare instances of poorly coded applications using too much background data or otherwise negatively impacting your battery life. If you have an app you really need to use, and it’s one of those apps, force quitting it when you are not actually using it might be wise.

But for the majority of us, closing apps is a waste of time, and actually hurts the performance and battery life of your phone.

Discharge the Battery to 0% Before Using

The consumer use of lithium-ion batteries is fairly recent. Because of that, many people either have first-hand experience with older (and more finicky) batteries or were given advice by people who did.

Some types of rechargeable batteries suffer from “memory” issues. That’s not the case with lithium-ion batteries. In fact, you should go out of your way to avoid fully draining the battery. In general, your phone battery is healthier when it is being regularly used and charged.

However, once or twice a year it is useful to let your lithium-ion battery drain all the way down before recharging to recalibrate the battery. That does not extend the life of the battery, but it does ensure that your phone software can accurately report the charge of the battery.

While Charging Don’t Use It

This myth is based on the idea that heat is damaging to your phone and to the battery life. That’s not entirely untrue. Your battery is healthier operating near room temperature (and actually works a little better in cooler-than-room temperature conditions). Electronics, in general, do not like heat.

But the little bit of heat introduced by charging and then the extra heat introduced by you using the phone is not a big deal. Should you charge your phone while sitting in the direct summer sun, playing the most demanding mobile game you have? No, probably not. But anything short of those kinds of stress-test conditions is fine.

Third-Party Chargers Will Damage Your Phone

Is it ideal to only use first-party OEM chargers created by the manufacturer specifically for your smartphone? Sure. Is it a huge risk to do otherwise? In most cases, not at all.

There are plenty of really great third-party chargers out there from reputable companies like Anker, Belkin, Spigen, and so on.

What you want to avoid are the poorly constructed and poorly quality chargers you find at gas stations, flea markets, and other places where bargain-basement no-name products are sold. Do not trust your phone to a $4 gas station charger.

Fast and Wireless Charging Will Damage Your Battery

Let’s lump these two together because the basis of the myth is the same. There is a long-standing belief that using a fast charger or a wireless charger damages your battery because it introduces excess heat that degrades the battery circuits.

Technically, it’s true that the brief period of intense charging during the peak of a fast charging cycle introduces more heat than not using fast charging would introduce.

It’s also technically true that the inherent inefficiency of a wireless charger over a wired charger will also introduce extra heat.

Neither of these has an impact significant enough to merit any real consideration, that’s why new cars feature wireless charging.

Charging Overnight Damages Your Battery

Here’s another myth that was significantly more true in the past and barely relevant today: leaving your phone plugged in to charge overnight is bad for the battery.

In the past, smartphones were not smart about battery management. Your phone would charge up to 100%, stop charging, and then after slowly discharging, it would charge back up again. Modern phones have adaptive charging, and they strategically manage the charging window to minimize battery damage.

Having a fully charged and ready-to-go phone in the morning far outweighs any minor wear and tear overnight charging might put on the battery.

Battery Is Damaged by Turning It Off at Night

This myth, depending on who shares it, goes both ways. Some people will tell you turning the phone off is good for the battery. Some people will tell you leaving the phone on all the time is bad for the battery. The truth is, neither state really matters much.

Your phone is designed to be on all the time. Not a single phone manufacturer has designed their device with the intention that you power it down and put it in a drawer when you are not using it.

Sure, you can extend the life of a lithium-ion battery by charging it to roughly 50-60% and then storing it in a cool, dry place. But this is your smartphone, you do not have to put it in storage, instead, you use it every day.

Disable Bluetooth and Other Features

Years ago, disabling features to save battery life was a far more useful tip than it is now. To be certain, any features on your smartphone that require energy such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, background data, and so on, will impact your battery life.

Turning off Wi-Fi when you are on a plane and not using the plane’s in-flight Wi-Fi, for example, is a straightforward way to squeeze out a little battery life if you do not have a charger handy. And disabling background data updates for a particular app that is aggressively polling for data you do not need constant updates about is also a wise decision.

But turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, leaving your phone in Airplane Mode, or disabling all background data is overkill. For day-to-day use, it just makes your phone a pain to use.

The same thing goes for Low-Power Mode. If you are stuck between locations where you can charge your phone, by all means, use it. But keeping your phone in Low-Power Mode just makes it more frustrating to use.

Micro-managing how you charge your smartphone can, at best, only add a tiny amount to the battery’s lifespan and is hardly worth worrying about.

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How to Deactivate the Home Screen Search Button on iPhone

Starting with iOS 16, the iPhone Home screen includes a small Search button located just above the dock. If you find the addition annoying, Apple makes it easy to remove the Search button.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 15, 2022

Starting with iOS 16, the iPhone Home screen includes a small Search button located just above the dock. If you find the addition annoying, Apple makes it easy to remove the Search button. Let’s explore this easy fix.

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Apple likely added the new search button in iOS 16 because launching Spotlight Search on an iPhone had previously been a mysterious process (you swipe downward with one finger in the middle of the Home screen.) With the new button, all you have to do is tap it, and Spotlight opens instantly. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Search button

To remove this Search button, first, open Settings on your iPhone by tapping the Gear icon. See the below image:

Search 2
Accessing Settings

Next, in Settings, scroll down and tap Home Screen. See the following image:

Search 3
Accessing the Home Screen option

Now, on Home Screen settings, locate the section labeled Search and toggle the Show on Home Screen to the OFF position. Refer to the below image:

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Disable the Search button on Home Screen

ANext, exit Settings, and you will see that the Search button has been replaced with the Home screen page number dots like iOS 15 and earlier. See the below image:

Search 5
Back to the dots

These dots visually show you the Home screen you are on. You can hold your finger on them, then slide it to quickly scroll through your Home screen pages.

Even after you disable this Search button, you can swipe downward with one finger in the middle of the Home screen to open Spotlight search.

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Three Features You Should Be Using in Word

If you use Microsoft Word to create your documents, then you are likely familiar with the features you use every day. But there are plenty of features that fly under the radar that could be just as useful, if not more.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 10, 2022

If you use Microsoft Word to create your documents, then you are likely familiar with the features you use every day. But there are plenty of features that fly under the radar that could be just as useful, if not more.

Here, we will look at just three Word features you should be using. These tools can save you time, improve the readability of your document, and even enhance your overall Microsoft Word experience.

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Distraction Free Writing Using Focus

If you do a lot of writing in Word, especially for things that need your full attention, you can enjoy distraction-free writing with Focus.

First, enable the feature by selecting Focus in the Status Bar on the View tab. Refer to the below image:

Word 1
Accessing the Focus option

Next, you will see your document take over your entire screen with no Ribbon, Status Bar, or anything else to get in the way of your concentration. See the below image:

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Your Focus enabled document

Move your cursor to the top anytime to redisplay these items or to deselect Focus and return to your normal view.

Document Preview Using Document Editor

Another terrific feature in Microsoft Word is the Editor. With it, you can check your document for spelling, grammar, punctuation, readability, and more, all in one spot.

First, head to the Home tab and select Editor in the Editor section of the Ribbon. See the following image:

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Accessing Editor option

Next, when the sidebar opens, you will see your score at the top. You can then review necessary Corrections, Refinements, and see if similar documents appear on the web.

Note! For a very long document, this may take several minutes for the stats to be collected.

Refer to the below image:

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Your Editor stats

Now, select Document Stats in the Insights section to view counts of words and paragraphs, averages of characters per word and words per sentence, and readability scores for grade-level and passive sentences. See the below image:

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Your Document stats

Next, click the “X” on the top right of the Editor sidebar to close the tool when you finish.

References and Citations Using Researcher

One more feature in Word that goes a bit unnoticed is the Researcher tool. With it, you can look up almost anything on the internet and insert details for it without ever leaving your document.

First, head to the References tab and choose Researcher in the Research section of the Ribbon. See the following image:

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Accessing the Researcher option

Next, the Researcher sidebar opens on the right. Enter your search term into the box and press Enter. Refer to the below image:

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Entering your search

Now, you will see the results of your search. Select one to read more. See the below image:

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Your search results

You can copy and paste the text you see into your document, then click the plus sign on the top right of the item in the sidebar to add a citation for it. See the following image:

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Add a citation to your document

Researcher is a handy and helpful tool for essays, papers, and research documents.

These three features can help you no matter what type of document, article, or paper you create in Microsoft Word.

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How to Delete Duplicate Contacts on iPhone

The process of storing your contacts’ information on your device is not always foolproof. iCloud errors or syncing issues between your iPhone and email account can cause contacts to be duplicated on your phone.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 8, 2022

The process of storing your contacts’ information on your device is not always foolproof. iCloud errors or syncing issues between your iPhone and email account can cause contacts to be duplicated on your phone. Thankfully, this issue has a few easy fixes to take care of the duplicates. Here’s how to do it.

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Method 1: Manually Delete Duplicate Contacts

First, locate the Contacts app icon and tap to open. Scroll through your list of contacts until you find the duplicate entry you wish to delete and tap to open. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a duplicate

Next, tap the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. See the below image:

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Selecting the Edit mode

Now, scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the Delete Contact option. Tap this to delete the contact. See the following image:

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Delete a duplicate

A small pop-up will appear asking you to confirm your deletion. Tap Delete Contact again to remove the duplicate. Refer to the below image:

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Confirm the deletion

Method 2: Merge and Delete Duplicates

In order to get rid of all duplicate contacts on your iPhone and clean up your contacts so you only have one contact card for each individual, follow these steps.

First, open up the Contacts app. If you have duplicate contacts, a pop-up message will appear under your card at the top of the display (if you do not see this message, see the Pop-Up Message section below). Tap on View Duplicates. See the below image:

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Duplicates Found pop-up message

Next, to merge all contacts, tap on the Merge All button at the bottom of your screen. See the following image:

Duplicates 6
Merge all duplicates

Next, to merge one contact, select a duplicate entry and tap the Merge button at the bottom of your screen. Refer to the below image:

Duplicates 7
Merge the one duplicate

Pop-Up Message

The pop-up window beneath your card is problematic. If you do not see the pop-up, scroll all the way to the bottom of your Contacts and tap the Duplicates Found link. See the below image:

Duplicates 8
Accessing duplicates at bottom of contacts

Now, select a duplicate entry or Merge All. See the following image where we selected a duplicate contact card:

Duplicates 9
Selecting a duplicate

Next, tap the Merge button at the bottom of your screen. Refer to the below image:

Duplicates 10
Merge the one duplicate

Your duplicated contacts will then be transferred to one contact card and combine all the unique information from each extra card.

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Seven Useful Alexa Features for Your Amazon Echo

In case you do not already know, you can control Alexa’s various features right from your desktop, iPhone, or Android smartphone.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 3, 2022

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Manage Alexa

In case you do not already know, you can control Alexa’s various features right from your desktop, iPhone, or Android smartphone. This allows you to tweak various setting options for your Echo without needing physical access to your device. You can manage everything from reminders and alarms to connected smart home devices. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Alexa Settings

On your desktop, you can use the Amazon Alexa website to do that, though it’s worth noting that the web implementation is not as robust as it used to be. You will have a better experience using the official Alexa mobile app on iPhone and Android.

Alexa Voice Tempo

If you find Alexa’s speech too fast or too slow, you can ask her to adjust her speaking speed. Simply say “Alexa, speak slower” or “Alexa, speak faster” and she will obey your command.

That will allow you to listen to certain words carefully, or go through everything quickly if you like to get your information fast.

Alexa Brief Mode

Sometimes, Alexa’s answers are too verbose. She might keep saying little things that you will eventually find annoying. Fortunately, there’s a way around it.

Enter Brief Mode, an Alexa feature that makes the virtual assistant keep her responses shorter. When this mode is enabled, Alexa will not speak as many words as she normally does. You can enable the mode by accessing the Alexa website, heading into:

Settings > Alexa Voice Responses

and enabling Brief Mode. See the below image:

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Enabling Brief Mode

On the same page, you can make Alexa whisper her responses by enabling the Whisper Mode option.

Alexa Commute

Alexa can let you know what kind of traffic you will meet on your way to your office. As long as you have specified your To and From addresses in Alexa, you can get your commute’s traffic details. See the following image:

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Commute info

If you have not already, you can configure your To and From addresses in the

Settings > Traffic

menu on the Alexa website.

Alexa Reminder App

It’s easy to forget your important tasks in this busy life. Setting up a reminder for each of your tasks in a mobile reminder app is also cumbersome.

Fortunately, you can use your Alexa assistant as a reminder tool. Simply ask Alexa when you would like to be reminded and about what or type in a reminder, and she will make sure to send you a notification at the specified time. Refer to the below image:

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Enter and Save your reminder

Alexa Security Updates

Alexa offers a security feature called Guard to help you keep a check on your home when you are away. This feature listens to certain sounds, like those of breaking glass and smoke alarms going off.

When Alexa detects those sounds, you get a notification as well as a short audio clip of the sound, letting you know something’s not right at your home.

You can activate Alexa’s Guard feature from the

More > Settings > Guard

menu in the Alexa mobile app. You can purchase the Guard Plus feature for a fee if you would like emergency authorities to be notified when those sounds play at your home. See the below image:

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Accessing Guard

Alexa Echo as a Bluetooth Speaker

Last but not least, you can use your Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo as a Bluetooth speaker. This way, you can connect any of your Bluetooth-enabled devices to your Echo and play your favorite music.

You may want to use this feature when your favorite music app is not supported by Alexa, or when you prefer to play music from your phone or your desktop. You can pair your phone or desktop with your Amazon Echo by simply asking “Alexa, pair.”

Those are some of the Alexa features you can use to make your Amazon Echo device even more useful.

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Five Great iPhone Features You Should Be Using

There’s a lot to love about the iPhone, and it can be overwhelming at times. Apple’s smartphone includes thousands of handy features tucked away in places you might never discover unless someone told you about them.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 1, 2022

There’s a lot to love about the iPhone, and it can be overwhelming at times. Apple’s smartphone includes thousands of handy features tucked away in places you might never discover unless someone told you about them. Here are five great features.

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Silence Unknown Callers

If you are tired of interruptions by phone calls from unknown numbers or spammers, you can silence them completely.

First, head to:

Settings> Phone > Silence Unknown Callers

and toggle Silence Unknown Callers to ON. Refer to the below image:

iPhone Features 1
Enabling Silence Unknown Callers

While enabled, all calls from numbers that are not in your Contacts list will go straight to voicemail without ringing. You will still see silent notifications for the calls if your iPhone is unlocked.

Customize Your Control Center

Control Center allows you to quickly access media playback controls, system volume, Wi-Fi settings, your screen’s brightness, and more. (To see it, swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen on phones with Face ID, and swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen on iPhones with Home buttons.). See the below image:

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Your Control Center

Control Center also includes a customizable slate of shortcut buttons that you can change to suit your needs. To customize, head to:

Settings > Control Center

Here you can add or remove Control Center shortcuts to functions like the flashlight, timer, calculator, low power mode, Apple TV remote, and much more.

Enable Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb mode (which is part of a feature called Focus) is a great way to silence all of your notifications when you do not want to be disturbed. You can schedule it to turn on and off automatically, or just turn it on manually. Head to:

Settings > Focus

and activate the option, or when using Control Center (tap the crescent moon icon). See the following image:

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Accessing Focus option

When activated, your iPhone will not ring or vibrate with calls, and you will not hear alerts from any notifications. You can toggle it OFF quickly at any time using Control Center.

Use AirDrop

AirDrop allows you to easily share photos, videos, and other files from your iPhone with other nearby Apple device owners. It works locally through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and you can find the AirDrop option under the Share menu.

To use it, open the Share sheet in almost any app (tap the square with the arrow coming up out of it), then select the AirDrop icon, which looks like a bunch of concentric circles with a wedge cut out of it. Then choose who you want to share with, and your files will be beamed wirelessly to the other device. AirDrop must be enabled and configured properly on both devices. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing AirDrop

Enable Low Power Mode

If you find yourself running out of battery power before the end of the day, you can extend your battery life by turning on Low Power Mode. When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone will disable background tasks, reduce screen brightness, and your iPhone’s screen will darken faster when idle. To enable, head to:

Settings > Battery

and toggle Low Power Mode to ON. See the below image:

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Enabling Low Power Mode

You can also add a Control Center shortcut that will let you toggle Low Power Mode quickly with a swipe and a tap.

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How to use Secret Conversations on Messenger

Using Facebook Messenger’s “Secret Conversations” feature, you can ensure your messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted so that only the sender and the receiver can access them.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 27, 2022

Using Facebook Messenger’s “Secret Conversations” feature, you can ensure your messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted so that only the sender and the receiver can access them. Let’s explore how to utilize this feature on your iPhone and Android phone.

Note: Facebook Messenger’s “Secret Conversations” feature is only available on iPhone and Android. You can not use it in Messenger on the web.

This is for iPhone and Android. screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 16+

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How Does the Secret Conversations Feature Work

When you enable the “Secret Conversations” feature with a user, Messenger encrypts your messages and calls as soon as you send them. Then, these contents are only decrypted on the receiver’s phone. This ensures no one can access your chat content, not even Meta without physical access.

That encryption is the difference between a regular chat and a secret one. If any bad actors gain access to Meta’s servers, they can not see your encrypted messages. Any of your regular chats might be visible, as they remain unencrypted on Meta’s servers.

However, Meta restricts who you can have secret chats with. At the time of writing in September 2022, you can not start such a chat with businesses, professional accounts, Instagram accounts from Messenger, and people you have not messaged before. Also, both you and your chatting partner need to be using the latest version of the app, so make sure you both update Messenger on your respective devices.

Additionally, certain features you might be used to will not work while in one of these chats. Meta states that group messages and money payments are not supported in secret conversations. If those limitations create problems for you, look into alternative secure communication methods that might offer the features you need.

Start a Secret Chat

First, launch the Messenger app on your phone. In the Messenger app’s top-right corner, tap the Edit icon. Refer to the below image:

Messenger 1
Accessing Edit mode

Next, in the New Message screen, at the top-right-hand corner, enable the “Secret Conversations” (the lock icon) option. See the below image:

Messenger 2
Selecting the Lock icon

Now, on the same page, in the To field, enter the name of the person you want to have a secret chat with. Then, select that person from the list. See the following image:

Messenger 3
Selecting a person to Chat with

Next, a new chat will start with your chosen person. Any messages or calls you make in this conversation will be end-to-end encrypted. You can start sending messages as usual. Refer to the below image:

Messenger 4
Sending your encrypted message

Now, to make a voice or video call, at the top of the chat screen, tap the appropriate icon. See the below image:

Messenger 5
Making a voice or video call

Delete a Chat

Next, to delete your secret chat with someone, tap the person’s name at the top. See the following image:

Messenger 6
Selecting a person to delete the Chat

Now, in the menu that opens, choose Delete Chat. Refer to the below image:

Messenger 7
Deleting the Chat

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Charles Babbage (1791-1871), pioneer of modern computer

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How to Make Custom Wallpapers on iPhone

Changing your iPhone Lock screen and Home screen wallpaper is probably the most effective way of making your phone look and feel unique.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 25, 2022

Changing your iPhone Lock screen and Home screen wallpaper is probably the most effective way of making your phone look and feel unique. Now you can take your wallpaper to the next level by creating or modifying your own designs in just a few taps; no app is required.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 16+. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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iOS 16 Required

You can access the new wallpaper creation tools and Lock Screen gallery using iOS 16. If you do not see the Lock screen gallery when you long-press your Lock screen, you might need to update your iPhone to iOS 16.

If you need to, you can upgrade to iOS 16 by going to:

Settings > General > Software Update

Create a Wallpaper

You can create your own wallpapers using the Lock screen gallery. To access the gallery, first, tap and hold the Lock screen to reveal it.

Next, tap Customize to modify your existing Lock screen or tap the plus “+” icon to create a new Lock screen. Refer to the below image:

Customize Wallpaper 1
Customize or add a wallpaper

Now, creating a new Lock screen will take you straight to the wallpaper picker. You will then see a few options at the top of the screen that will allow you to create your own wallpaper:

  • Photos: Pick a photo from your media library, then customize it by swiping left and right to apply different filters.
  • Photo Shuffle: Using shuffle mode, you can choose more than one background image. These photos will then change throughout the day. You can also have your iPhone pick photos for you.
  • Emoji: Pick your favorite emoji, then choose from different patterns and background colors.
  • Weather: The weather option is a dynamic background that changes based on the weather conditions in your area.
  • Astronomy: This dynamic background changes based on the position of the earth, the moon, or the planets in our solar system.
  • Color: Pick a solid color, then swipe left and right to choose different effects like gradients and color intensity.

Next, you can create multiple wallpapers and save them to the Lock screen gallery, then switch between them as you please by tapping and holding your Lock screen at any time. See the below image:

Customize Wallpaper 2
Select a wallpaper

Now, the most fun you can have here is by creating custom Emoji and color wallpapers. Creating wallpapers using your own photos is easier using these tools too. There’s no need to edit or apply filters to your photos inside the Photos app first.

Next, some photos can even be used to create a Depth Effect that overlays subjects on top of the clock (though getting this to work is a bit hit-and-miss).

Using Existing Designs

You can also use the Lock screen gallery to pick from existing or featured designs. Now, take a look at the Featured and Collections areas to see some of Apple’s best offerings. See the following image :

Customize Wallpaper 3
Select template wallpapers

Next, iOS will also put photos in the Suggested Photos slider that should work well on a Lock screen, many of which are compatible with the Depth Effect mentioned above.

If you use Widgets on your Lock screen, you forgo the ability to use the Depth Effect.

There’s also a huge range of apps in the App Store for creating or downloading custom wallpapers, including, Vellum, Everpix, and Pixs. Unlike those apps, Apple’s built-in options are completely free to use.

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How to Use Lock and Home Screen Wallpapers

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How to Dry a Wet iPhone

Modern iPhones can withstand a splash of water, but you should not rely on Apple’s water-resistant rating and take too many chances.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 20, 2022

Modern iPhones can withstand a splash of water, but you should not rely on Apple’s water-resistant rating and take too many chances. Let’s improve your device’s chances.

This is for the iPhone

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Your iPhone is Water Resistant

If you have an iPhone 7 or newer, the good news is that your device has some level of water resistance. The bad news is that this rating may have waned over time, so it should not be taken for granted.

The following iPhone models are able to withstand a depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes:

  • iPhone 13 (including mini, Pro, Pro Max)
  • iPhone 12 ((including mini, Pro, Pro Max)

The following iPhone models can withstand 4 meters for up to 30 minutes:

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

The following iPhone models can withstand 2 meters for up to 30 minutes:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max

These remaining iPhone models can handle 1 meter for up to 30 minutes:

  • iPhone SE (second-generation)
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 (including 8 Plus)
  • iPhone 7 (including 7 Plus)

If you have an older device, there is no guarantee of any water resistance. This does not equate to moisture meaning game over, but rather the chances of your device surviving a dunk are much slimmer.

Age and damage to the chassis may severely impact water resistance. Using compressed air to clean the charging port may also damage the seal (clean the charging port carefully instead). You should take care not to get your iPhone wet, even if you have a modern iPhone with a relatively high level of protection. Water damage is not covered by Apple’s standard warranty.

Turn Off Your iPhone If It Gets Wet

Water may damage your iPhone because it conducts electricity, so turning your iPhone off is a good idea if it gets wet. This is especially true if you have an iPhone model that lacks water resistance, is old, or has been damaged in some way that you believe may have jeopardized the water-resistant seal.

Drying your device out thoroughly before turning it back on will give it the best chance of survival. You should wait around 48 hours before powering it up and leaving it in a warm, dry place for the moisture to evaporate.

Dry Off

Most modern iPhone models can withstand a splash of water, whether that’s a heavy downpour, a spill at the dinner table, or being dropped in the bath. After turning your device off, dry out your iPhone thoroughly. Use a soft cloth to remove moisture, paying close attention to the charging port where droplets are harder to reach.

You should wait for your iPhone to dry out thoroughly before charging. Your iPhone may give you a warning about moisture being detected in the charging port. If so, it is recommended to wait 48 hours before charging again to make sure all moisture has evaporated.

If you are confident that your iPhone’s water-resistant rating has not been jeopardized you may decide to continue using it as normal during this time. If you are low on charge, consider charging wirelessly so that the charging port has time to dry out.

Remove Moisture From Speaker

If you have decided to use your iPhone as normal, you may notice that the speaker does not work quite as it should. A muffled or crackling tone may sound, which is caused by moisture that has yet to evaporate. You can either wait for this to occur naturally or try using an app like Sonic Ⓥ from the App Store. Refer to the below image:

iPhone Wet 1
Sonic V from the App Store

This app is a tone generator that has a dedicated button for generating a tone designed to remove moisture from an iPhone speaker. It’s ad-supported so you can experiment with a full range of tones from 0Hz to 25,000Hz to shift any moisture that’s causing issues. Just tap Stop when finished.

Use Fresh Water

Salt water causes corrosion at a much faster rate than fresh water, so it’s important to rinse your iPhone thoroughly if you drop it in the ocean. You should do this as soon as possible since the longer you wait the worse things can get. If you fail to get rid of the salt, corrosion may continue even in the absence of moisture.

Since salt water is so corrosive, the damage may already be done. The gold contacts in the charging port can quickly corrode, which will prevent your iPhone from charging at all using a cable. You will want to remove any salt residue using a soft brush and fresh water to give your iPhone the best chance of survival.

This advice goes for sugary and alcoholic drinks too, though they will not cause corrosion like salt water.

Using Rice Does Not Help

Putting your iPhone into rice will not help to dry it out, and may instead cause grains of rice to become stuck in the charging port.

You are far better off leaving your iPhone in a dry, warm place with plenty of airflow for around 48 hours to evaporate any remaining moisture.

Get a Waterproof Case

If there’s a good chance your iPhone is going to get wet, why not take the preemptive step of getting a waterproof case? These can provide peace of mind from water damage, with a range of designs to choose from.

There are waterproof cases to satisfy just about every kind of user. The LifeProof FRE all-rounder is a good choice and protects against drops and moisture at a depth of up to 2 meters.

LifeProof FRĒ Compatible with Magsafe SERIES Waterproof Case for iPhone 13 Pro Max (ONLY) – BLACK


Protect your iPhone against drops and moisture with the LifeProof FRE, a MagSafe-compatible case that now uses 60% recycled plastic in its construction.

Amazon: $89.27

Model Number77-87690
BrandLifeProof
Compatible Phone ModelsIPhone 13 Pro Max (ONLY)
ColorBlack
Compatible DevicesIPhone 13 Pro Max (ONLY)
LifeProof FRĒ case

If you are a recreational user who loves to boat or kayak, a floating dry bag may be a better choice. Something like the CaliCase Universal Waterproof Floating Case hangs around your neck and ensures your device will float should it drop in the water. You can spend a lot less on a case like this, but make sure it’s tough enough to withstand some wear and tear depending on your hobby.

CaliCase Universal Waterproof Floating Case – White


Protect your iPhone while out on the water with a floating case that you can hang around your neck. If the worst should happen you should be able to find your iPhone again because it will be floating on the water, not at the bottom of a lake.

Amazon: $29.99

Model Number3311858
BrandCaliCase
Compatible Phone ModelsSamsung Galaxy S8/S9, iPhone 8/Plus, iPhone X, Note 8, Pixel 2, IPhone X, IPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8Samsung Galaxy S8/S9, iPhone 8/Plus, iPhone X, Note 8, Pixel 2, IPhone X, IPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 See more
ColorWhite
Compatible DevicesIPhone, Android
CaliCase

If you are keen to take your iPhone a little deeper, a diving case will allow you to use it for underwater photography and videography. Look into the YOGRE Diving Case which can withstand depths of 15 meters (50 feet) and has a handy camera grip design.

YOGRE iPhone Samsung Diving Phone Case, Underwater Photography Video Housings Case with Lanyard[50ft/15m], Diving Waterproof Case for iPhone 13/13 Pro/13 Pro Max/12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max LG Google etc


Take your iPhone to new depths with the YOGRE Diving Case. Engage in underwater photography at depths of up to 15 meters (50 feet), just make sure your iPhone model is supported before you buy.

Amazon: $55.99

BrandYOGRE
Compatible Phone ModelsCompatible with iPhone, Samsung, LG, Google, OPPO, vivo, Xiaomi, Redmi, Huawei Series One Plus etc
ColorOrange
Compatible DevicesCompatible with iPhone, Samsung, LG, Google, OPPO, vivo, Xiaomi, Redmi, Huawei Series One Plus etc
MaterialPolycarbonate, Thermoplastic Polyurethane
YOGRE case

Even with a case, you should still take care to rinse the housing thoroughly before you remove your device.

iPhones Are Getting More Water Resistant

The good news is that your iPhone will probably be fine in most instances. Apple’s smartphones are more resistant to water ingress and drops than ever before. With that in mind, AppleCare+ might be a good idea if you are especially concerned.

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The technology you use impresses no one. The experience you create with it is everything.

Sean Gerety

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