How to Find and Install Third Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

The Shortcuts app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices has proven to be incredibly useful especially with the release of iOS & iPadOS 14. There are so many things that you can do now with the Shortcuts app, Although you have access to a set of suggested shortcuts, you are not limited to using those alone. In fact, third-party shortcuts created by the community can be installed on your device too.

The Shortcuts app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices has proven to be incredibly useful especially with the release of iOS & iPadOS 14. There are so many things that you can do now with the Shortcuts app, Although you have access to a set of suggested shortcuts, you are not limited to using those alone. In fact, third-party shortcuts created by the community can be installed on your device too. Let’s explore how to do this.

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There are several shortcuts websites to chose from. We will be focused on using the Shortcuts Gallery, one of the largest repositories of shortcuts. It includes proper descriptions, steps, and download links. Shortcuts are also sorted by category, so it’s easy to find what you want.

Enable Untrusted Shortcuts

Before you can start installing third-party shortcuts, you have to enable the feature. By default, shortcuts downloaded from the web are blocked because they have not been verified by Apple.

First, tap your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap Shortcuts. See below image:

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Accessing Shortcuts

Now, toggle to On the Untrusted Shortcuts option. (Note! If you see a message saying you must first run a shortcut, then download a Shortcut from your Shortcut app and run it.) See following image:

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Enabling Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, in the pop-up message that appears, tap Allow. Refer to below image:

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Allow Untrusted Shortcuts

Next, enter your device’s passcode to verify that you own this iPhone or iPad. See below image:

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Entering your Passcode

You are ready to go to install third-party shortcuts.

Install Third-Party Shortcuts

 In our example, we will install the Clipboard shortcut from the Shortcuts Gallery website. Open the website in your browser on your iPhone or iPad. Now, tap the shortcut you want to download. See following image:

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Finding a Shortcut

Next, tap the Get Shortcut button. Refer to below image:

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Get the chosen Shortcut

Now, the shortcut in the Shortcuts app will open. Scroll to the bottom, and then tap Add Untrusted Shortcut. See below image:

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Adding the Untrusted Shortcut

Your new shortcut will be at the top of the list in your My Shortcuts. Just tap it to start using it. See following image:

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Your newly added Shortcut

After you have downloaded more shortcuts, you can organize them in folders. This will make it easier to launch them from an iPhone Home screen Widget.

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How to Delete Screenshots on iPhone and iPad

If your iPhone or iPad storage is full, or you just want to clean up, it’s easy to delete screenshots that you might not need on your device using the built-in Photos app. The latest iOS and iPadOS versions have a separate folder for just screenshots.

If your iPhone or iPad storage is full, or you just want to clean up, it’s easy to delete screenshots that you might not need on your device using the built-in Photos app. The latest iOS and iPadOS versions have a separate folder for just screenshots. Let’s explore how to delete screenshots.

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Accessing Media Types

First, open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. If you can not find it, swipe downward with one finger from the middle of the home screen to open Spotlight search. Now, type “photos,” and then tap the Photos app icon. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Photos

For the iPhone: Tap Albums at the bottom of the screen, and then select Screenshots from the Media Types list. See below image:

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Accessing Screenshots for iPhone

For the iPad: In Photos, open the sidebar by tapping Photos in the upper-left corner of the screen. Now, select Screenshots from the Media Types section. See following image:

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Accessing Screenshots for iPad

Delete a Screenshot

Your album of all the screenshots stored on your device will be displayed. To delete a single screenshot, tap its thumbnail to open it in a detailed view. Refer to below image:

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Open a Screenshot

Next, when you have a screenshot open for closer viewing, delete it by tapping the Trashcan icon in the lower-left (iPhone) or upper-right (iPad) corner of the screen. See below image:

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Delete a single Screenshot

Now, you will see a pop-up menu asking to confirm. Just select Delete Photo.

Delete Multiple Screenshots

To delete multiple screenshots, go back to the Screenshots album overview that shows thumbnails of all your screenshots. Next, tap the Select button in the upper-right corner of the screen. See following image:

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Selecting multiple Screenshots

You are now in selection mode. You can select all the screenshots in the album by tapping Select All, or you can select multiple screenshots by tapping their thumbnails. When it’s selected, each photo’s thumbnail will have a small circle with a check mark in the lower-right corner. Refer to below image:

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Your selected Screenshots

You can also quickly select a large number of screenshots by tapping a thumbnail with your finger and holding it down lightly while you drag it halfway down the screen. The screenshot thumbnail list will start scrolling while selecting images. To stop selecting, lift your finger.

When you have selected all the screenshots that you want to delete, tap the Trashcan icon in the corner of the screen. Next, when you are asked to confirm, tap Delete Photos. See below image:

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Delete your selected Screenshots

By default, the screenshots that you just deleted will be permanently removed from your device in 30 days.

Delete All Screenshots

If you want to permanently remove the screenshots sooner, first, navigate to your Recently Deleted album in the Photos app.

  • For the iPhone: Navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted.
  • For the iPad: Open the sidebar and tap Recently Deleted under Utilities.

See following image:

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Open Recently Deleted album

When you see the gallery of your recently deleted screenshot thumbnails, you can individually select and delete them with the Delete button. To delete all Recently Deleted images at once, tap Select in the corner of the screen, and then select Delete All. Refer to below image:

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Delete All Screenshots

Now, when you are asked to confirm, tap Delete Photos. All of your screenshots will be permanently deleted.

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Stephen Hawking

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How to Bookmark Multiple Tabs in Safari

Safari on the iPhone and iPad has a hidden feature that lets you quickly bookmark all open websites to a single folder. To keep things as you had left it, quickly bookmark all the tabs in Safari using this feature.

Safari on the iPhone and iPad has a hidden feature that lets you quickly bookmark all open websites to a single folder. To keep things as you had left it, quickly bookmark all the tabs in Safari using this feature.

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First, open the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad and then tap the URL bar. Here, enter a URL and then press the Go button to open the website. Repeat this process to open all of the websites that you want to bookmark at once. Refer to below image:

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Entering a URL to save

Method 1 – Closing a Few Bookmarks

If you already have websites open, tap the Tabs button, and close any webpage that you do not want to bookmark.

Method 2 – Closing All Bookmarks

If you have lots of open bookmarks, tap and hold the Bookmarks button and then view the Add Bookmarks For X Tabs option. You may want to close all, then add tabs using the above process. (In my example. I am closing 208 and adding 4 bookmarks). Once you have done this, select the Add Bookmarks For X Tabs option.

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How To Close Safari Tabs Automatically on iPhone or iPad

See below image:

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Adding bookmarks you have saved

Creating a New Bookmarks Folder

Now, from the next page, give the new folder a name. By default, Safari will save the folder in Favorites but you can tap the button to see all available locations.

Next, after choosing the folder, tap the Save button. (In my example, I entered a new folder of New Bookmarks with 4 tabs). See following image:

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Creating a new bookmarks folder

Safari has now saved all of your open tabs. To access the tabs later, tap the Bookmarks button from the bottom toolbar. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the bookmarks

Now, locate the folder where you saved the bookmarks. Then tap and hold the folder to see the options. See below image:

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Accessing your new bookmarks folder

Deletion Process

Next, tap the Open In New Tabs button to reopen all of the tabs. Also, you can tap the Delete button to delete the folder. See following image:

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Open or Delete bookmark(s)

Now, select a tab to see its options, then tap the Delete option to delete the bookmark. Note! If you do not select a bookmark and press Delete, all your tabs will be deleted, so be careful. Refer to below image:

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Delete a bookmark

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How to Access Saved Credit Cards in Safari

Autofill gives you the ability to save contact and credit card information on Safari so you do not have to re-enter the long card number and expiration date every time you buy something on the Web.

Autofill gives you the ability to save contact and credit card information on Safari so you do not have to re-enter the long card number and expiration date every time you buy something on the Web.

Old cards remain saved on Autofill, even when they have expired. Let’s explore this feature.

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View Your Credit Cards

First, open Settings on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

Accessing Settings

Next, in Settings, tap Safari. See below image:

Accessing Safari option

Now, in Safari, tap AutoFill. See following image:

Accessing AutoFill option

Next, in Safar’s AutoFill settings, tap Saved Credit Cards. Refer to below image:

Accessing your Saved Credit Cards

Now, when prompted, enter your PIN or validate your identity with Touch ID or Face ID, Next, you will see a list of credit cards that Safari has saved. Tap any entry in the list to see more details.

On the details screen, you will see the full credit card number and expiration date for the card if Safari has saved that information (Note that the three-digit CVV number on the card’s back is never stored.) See below image:

Viewing Saved Credit Card list

Next, if you need to edit the information on the card, tap Edit in the upper right-hand corner. See following image:

Editing a credit card

Now, when you are done editing, tap Done.

Add a Credit Card

If you go back one screen to the credit card list, you can also add a credit card to the list by tapping Add Credit Card. Just enter your information for the credit card. Refer to below image:

Adding a credit card

Delete a Credit Card

As well as add, you can delete a card from the list by tapping Edit, checkmark the card, and tapping Delete. See below image:

Deleting a credit card

A pop-up message will appear asking you to confirm the deletion. See following image:

Confirming the deletion

When you are done, exit Settings.

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How to Set Your Music App Using Siri on iPhone and iPad

In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or higher you can train Siri to learn your go-to music app. Siri will ask you which audio app you would like to use and remembers your choice.

In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or higher you can train Siri to learn your go-to music app. Siri will ask you which audio app you would like to use and remembers your choice.

This if for the iPhone and iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14 or higher

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First, update your iOS/iPadOS to 14 or higher. Next, launch Siri. On newer Apple devices, you can do this by saying “Hey Siri” (if you have it turned on) or long-press the Side/Top/Power button on your iPhone or iPad with Face ID. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Power button

On older iPhones or iPads with a Touch ID sensor, long-press the Home button.

Now, Siri will start listening for a voice command when you see its icon appear on-screen. Ask your phone or tablet to play a song, artist, podcast, or audiobook. For example, you can say “Play Carole King,” or “Play Horse With No Name,” or “Listen to the Vergecast.” See below image:

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Siri enabled and listening

Next, your device will ask you which music or audio app you would like to listen to the song, artist, podcast, or audiobook on. Tap the app that you would like to use. See following image:

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Select an audio app

Occasionally, Siri might ask for your permission to access an app’s data before it can control playback. Just grant the voice assistant permission by tapping the Yes button from the pop-up screen. Refer to below image:

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Giving permission to access app

Now, Siri’s on-screen overlay will transform into an audio widget. You can control playback, volume, and more from this window. Tapping outside of the widget will make it disappear, but your music, audio, or podcast will continue playing in the background. See below image for the jazz song “Touching Peace.”

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Siri audio widget

For the full playback screen from Apple Music, see following image:

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Siri audio widget in full screen

From now on, if you ask Siri to play a song or audio program, your device will default to whichever app you selected. It will no longer automatically open the Apple Music app.

As mentioned, setting the default music app is not a setting “baked” into your device. On occasion, Siri might prompt you to reselect which audio app you would like to use to help train the Voice Assistant.

Also, you are not locked into only using the app you just chose. Instead, you can be specific in your command to Siri to open a song, artist, podcast, or audiobook in a particular app that you have installed on your device. For example, you can say, “Listen to 1984 by George Orwell in Audible.”

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Five Real Life Samples of Malware

Chances are good you will never seen malware up close and personal. Even if you threw caution to the winds and visited a dangerous site or clicked a treacherous link, your antivirus software probably wiped out any offending program before the latter could say boo. So, you might wonder, just what does malware look like? Would I even recognize a malware program if I saw it?

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Chances are good you will never seen malware up close and personal. Even if you threw caution to the winds and visited a dangerous site or clicked a treacherous link, your antivirus software probably wiped out any offending program before the latter could say boo. So, you might wonder, just what does malware look like? Would I even recognize a malware program if I saw it?

To be fair, a lot of malicious programs do not look like anything at all. A virus, for example, tries its best to hide from view while infecting other files and computers. A bot sits quietly on your computer until it gets orders from the command and control center to spew some spam or participate in a DDoS attack on a major website. Trojans, by contrast, appear to be useful, legitimate programs, putting up a pretty façade to hide background activities like stealing your personal data. And when ransomware hollers for your attention, it’s bad news.

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The Horror of Ransomware

If a ransomware attack hits your computer, you will not know it at first. The ransomware stays out of sight, quietly encrypting your important files. Once the dirty work is done, the malware totally demands your attention with its ransom note. The perpetrators promise that if you pay the specified ransom (usually in Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency) you will get your files back, but if they take your money and run, you do not have any recourse. You really do not want a direct encounter with ransomware.

Malware Bundled

Sometimes the problem with an installation is notthe program itself, but the software that’s bundled with it. You may find completely legitimate software—even antivirus programs; bundled with adware, spyware, or other unwanted trash. In a case like that, the security vendor is not to blame. A third party created the deceptive bundle. AppEsteem is a young company with a mission to expose these deceptors and to warn legitimate companies when they stray too far toward the dark side of bundling.

The installer shown here offers a free player for FLV video files. Along with the player you are privileged to receive a shady Adware program masquerading as a coupon browser. There’s a checkbox that says you agree to its terms; uncheck the box and you can not proceed. No video player for you! The best thing that can happen with this kind of bundling is that you’re forced to install a program you did not want. Mostly it’s worse than that, because the bundled bonus is malware. Refer to below image:

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Bundled Malware

Now here’s something handy; a multi-utility install program. If you read Russian, you know it’s “the fastest and most convenient way to install programs.” Just check the boxes for the ones you want and turn the installer loose. The list includes browsers, messenger programs, video players, even antivirus utilities. But when you install them, you also get a dose of malware. See below image:

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Utility Pack Malware

Trojan Horses

Here, we have a sharp-looking utility designed, apparently, to ensure that your PC does not limp along with old, outdated drivers. However, if you try to update any drivers, or back up your existing drivers, you must pay. This is a model used both by some legitimate programs and by rogue antivirus scareware utilities. Lucky you, though: there’s a promotional price that ends today. Its overt activities are just a wee bit suspicious. See following image:

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Driver Malware

Want to get into smartphone repair? This set of tools and manuals looks like it might be a big help. Alas, you ca not see just what you’re getting until you pay for your registration. While you are perusing schematics, it collects personal information behind the scenes and takes orders for further unwanted activity from a remote command and control server. Refer to below image:

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Smartphone Malware

You probably do not know this, but the EXE files that represent programs on your Windows computer are also called PE files, short for Portable Executable. Every PE file starts with an extensive header that contains a ton of information telling Windows about the program. Malware researchers learn a lot by digging into that header. See below image:

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Portable Executable Malware

Lets Hope You Don’t See These

As you can see, malicious programs, like legitimate programs, run the gamut from sad-looking attempts to totally professional ones. With any luck, and with powerful, up-to-date antivirus protection, these images are the only malware you will ever see. Malware is just one of many threats to your devices and private information.

The best utility for finding Malware on your device is Malwarebytes, download here.

Email/Phone Scams

A few reminders to keep the bad guys away in your emails and phone calls:

  • Do not click that link. Instead hover your mouse over each element of the email and look for anything suspicious. If suspicious, do not click that link – per my son, VP at True Digital Security.
  • Do not open emails from FedX, USPS, Wells Fargo, Walmart, Cox Communications, Thank You, SSA, or VA if you have no dealings with them. They will contact you by mail not by phone.
  • Do not give out personal informati0n over the phone. If you need to contact someone, you initiate the call.
  • Never buy gift cards or give out their serial number.
  • If your Userid or Password has been leaked in a data breech, change them as soon as possible.

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Arthur C Clarke

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What is Find My Network for Apple Devices?

If you lose your Apple device or an object tagged with an AirTag, you can utilize a network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices with Bluetooth to help get it back.

If you lose your Apple device or an object tagged with an AirTag, you can utilize a network of hundreds of millions of Apple devices with Bluetooth to help get it back. Let’s explore this feature.

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What is Find My Network

Apple’s Find My network is a crowdsourced method of locating your lost iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, AirPods, Apple Watch, or Mac. You can also use it to locate lost items that have AirTags attached to them. It’s available as a free service to Apple device owners.

The Find My network utilizes Bluetooth sensors on hundreds of millions of Apple products to report the location of missing Apple devices around them. When an Apple device on the network detects a missing Apple device nearby, it reports the lost item’s approximate location back to the device’s owner through the Internet.

What About Privacy

You might think that with a network of almost a billion Apple devices reporting back on the location of lost items, there might be some privacy issues. However, Apple has taken privacy into account when designing this network.

Apple has worked to avoid privacy issues whenever possible, engineering a system that utilizes end-to-end encryption while also transmitting anonymized data to keep your device’s location known only to you while also keeping your identity and location private when using a device that’s active in the Find My network. According to Apple, neither it nor third parties can access the location of your devices on the Find My network. Only the person seeking the lost device can see the item’s location. Hey, if you don’t trust Apple, who can you trust? I am pessimistic on this feature.

Apple’s AirTags do pose more of a privacy risk, but Apple has taken steps to make it harder to track people who use AirTags without their knowledge. Time will tell if those measures are sufficient.

Setup the Feature

To do so on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, navigate to:

Settings > Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

and tap to turn the Find My network switch On. While here, turn On the Find My <device>, for example, Find My iPhone as shown below. Now, exit Settings. Refer to below image:

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Enabling the feature

How to Use the Feature

For you to use the Find My network your lost item or AirTag must first have Find My enabled and also be registered to your Apple ID. To locate the item, open the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac. Choose the devices tab, tap the device’s name, and you will see its location on a map. If you can’t see it, you can mark the device as lost and hope that someone finds it later and returns it to you. See below image from Apple:

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Map of lost device – per Apple

Can I Opt Out

Even though the Find My network does not represent a privacy issue for most people (unless you work in a sensitive, high-security field, we recommend that you keep it enabled), you can still turn it off (and opt out) if you would like.

To do so on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, navigate to:

Settings > Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

and tap to turn the Find My network switch to Off. Now, exit Settings. See following image:

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Disabling the feature

To opt out of Find My network on a Mac, open:

System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud

and then click the Options button beside Find My Mac. In the pop-up window, click the Turn Off button beside Find My network.

Keep in mind that if you turn off the Find My network feature not only will your device’s Bluetooth sensors stop assisting others in locating lost devices, but also, you will not be able to take advantage of its benefits if you lose your device.

Throttled Back

Although not a part of this feature, Apple has been noted in recent lab tests to have “throttled back” (reduced speed) in iOS 14.5.1 on iPhone models 10, 11,and 12. You have to wait for the next iOS update for Apple to fix this issue.

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What’s Coming in iOS and iPadOS 15

Apple in June 2021 introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 15, which is set to be released in the fall. iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

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In June 2021 Apple introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 15, which is set to be released in the fall. iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

This is for devices running iOS and iPadOS 15

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Notifications have been redesigned in iOS 15, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps. To reduce distraction, a notification summary collects notifications together for delivery at an appropriate time and arranges notifications by priority.

Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what a user wishes to focus on at a certain time. When a user’s Focus is blocking incoming notifications, their status will be displayed to others in Messages. iOS will suggest a Focus for different occasions, such as work hours or winding down for bed, using on-device intelligence, but users can also create a custom Focus. When a Focus is set on one Apple device, it automatically applies to other Apple devices.

Safari features a completely new design. Controls are now easier to reach with one hand and give more focus to a webpage’s content. There is a new, compact tab bar that floats at the bottom of the screen so users can easily swipe between tabs. Tab Groups allow users to save tabs and easily access them at any time across devices. There is also a customizable start page and web extensions for the first time.

The Maps app now offers a new 3D view in cities with significantly enhanced details, showing buildings, pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, and more. There is a new city-driving experience with added road details and improved Transit features, such as pinned favorite lines, notifications to disembark, and walking directions.

iOS 15 brings voice isolation and Spatial Audio to FaceTime calls so that voices appear to sound as if they are coming from where the person is located on the screen.

FaceTime also supports Portrait mode and offers a new grid view to see more faces at the same time. SharePlay is a new feature that allows users to share media together in sync during a FaceTime call. Users can also generate shareable links to a scheduled FaceTime call, which can also be opened in Android and Windows devices.

The Weather app has been redesigned in iOS 15, showing more graphical displays of weather data, full-screen maps, and dynamic layouts that change based on weather conditions. Totally new animated backgrounds can now more accurately reflect the sun’s position and current precipitation, and there are notifications to highlight when rain or snow starts and stops.

The Wallet app adds support for new key types in iOS 15, such as homes, offices, or hotel rooms. Later this year, customers in participating U.S. states will be able to add a driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app.

The Photos app features a major update to Memories with a new design and an interactive interface. Memories how supports integration with Apple Music, using on-device intelligence to offer song suggestions for personalized Memories.

Live Text is a new feature that uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in a photo that users can search for, highlight, and copy it. Spotlight can now search for photos by location, people, scenes, objects, and text. Spotlight now offers web image search and richer results for actors, musicians, TV shows, and movies. Enhanced results for contacts show recent conversations, shared photos, and even their location if shared through Find My.

iOS 15 also introduces new privacy measures, such as processing Siri requests directly on the iPhone, which has the added benefit of better responsiveness, Mail Privacy Protection to stop senders knowing if an email has been opened and detecting a recipient’s IP address, and an App Privacy Report view to show how often apps use the permissions they have been granted.

There are dozens of tweaks and changes for other apps, such as user-created tagsmentions, and an Activity view in the Notes app, TrendsWalking Steadiness, and a new sharing tab in the Health app, a systemwide Shared with You feature for highlighting content that has been shared in Messages conversations, and a new For All of You row in the TV app to suggest entertainment for the whole household.

iOS 15 is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later, which means it runs on all devices able to run iOS 14, and will be released this fall, 2021.

As you have read, lots of new features. Look forward to learning about iOS 15 in upcoming TechSavvy.Life blog posts.

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How to Access Two-Factor Authentication for Major Apps

Two-Factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra security layer to your accounts across the internet. 2FA means your accounts require information beyond user name and password to confirm you are who you say you are before you can get into the accounts. Let’s explore how to access 2FA.

Two-Factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra security layer to your accounts across the internet. 2FA means your accounts require information beyond user name and password to confirm you are who you say you are before you can get into the accounts. Let’s explore how to access 2FA.

This is for iPhone, iPad, PCs and Macs. Screenshots are from Windows 10 and iPhone XR

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The “second factor” comes in after you enter your username and password, which are considered to be the “first factor.” 2FA can be used to confirm your identity by asking for an extra piece of information. The additional information can be:

  • Something you know, like an additional passcode.
  • Something you have, like your phone to receive a one time authorization code.
  • Something you are, like a fingerprint or voice print. This is also called biometric security.

The idea is to provide another piece of information a hacker would not have, making it harder for the bad guy to break into your account.

The following is not an exhaustive list of services with 2FA ability, but we cover the major services everyone tends to use, and walk you through how to access. We will cover Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Twitter. Activate 2FA on all of these and you will be more secure. Once you have found their 2FA screens you can can set it up for each app.

Amazon

First, launch Amazon.com on the desktop and login in to your account. Next, click the Menu icon in upper left-hand corner. Now, scroll down the drop-down menu to Your Account option.

Next, click on the Login & Security big button. Now, on the next page, click Edit next to Two-Step Verification (2SV) Settings. The preferred method is an authentication app (scan the QR code); phone number(s) are the backup method. Refer to below image where I already have 2SV based on my phone number (which is dimmed out):

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Amazon 2SV

If you think your account has been comprised, go back to Login & Security and click the Edit button next to Secure Your Account.

Apple

Following are the steps on how to access 2FA for Apple using either iOS or macOS.

On iOS go to:

Settings > [your name at the top] > Password & Security > Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.

On macOS go to:

System Preferences > iCloud, then sign in, click Account Details > Security > Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.

Note! once Apple 2FA is activated for two weeks, you can not turn it off. “Certain features in the latest versions of iOS and macOS require this extra level of security, which is designed to protect your information,” according to Apple. See below image for iOS:

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Apple 2FA

Facebook

First, login to Facebook on your desktop. Next, click the Down arrow in upper right-hand corner. Now, from the drop-down menu that appears, click on the Settings & Privacy option. On the next screen, click the Privacy & Checkup option. From there, click on the topic How to keep your account secure. Under this topic, you can access 2FA for Facebook. See following image where 2FA is On with a backup method of sending a text message to a phone number.

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Facebook 2FA

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How to Perform a Privacy Checkup on Facebook

Google

First, sign in to your Google account on your smart device. Next, at the top of the screen, locate the Security tab and tap it. Now, scroll down and tap the 2- Step Verification option. You can continuing scrolling to see more ways to verify you. Refer to below image where my 2SV is already turned On and I am using the backup method of Voice or text message:

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Google 2SV

Google calls its system 2SV . It’s all about identifying you via phone. When you enter a password to access your Google account for almost any service, if 2SV is on, there are multiple options to get that second step. First among them now: the Google Prompt. You simply add your smartphone to your account, make sure the Google search app is on the phone, and at login, you can go to the phone and simply acknowledge with a tap that you are the one signing in.

Instagram

First, launch Instagram on your smart device. Next, go to your Profile in lower right-hand corner, then tap the menu (the hamburger icon) on the top-right. Tap Settings > Security > Two-Factor Authentication. There you can choose how you would like to get your authentication code by tapping the Get Started button. See below image:

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Instagram 2FA

Linkedin

Business social network Linkedin makes it easy to set up verification, either by SMS texts or authentication app.

First, launch Linkedin on you smart device, then go to your Profile at upper left-hand screen. Next, go to Settings > Sign in & Security > Account > Two-step verification to activate it or deactivate. See following image:

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Linkedin 2SV

Microsoft

First sign into your Microsoft account on your smart device. Now, tap your Profile. Next, scroll down and tap Security. 2FA is the second option, tap on it. Once again, tap Two -step verification > Manage. Microsoft will suggest you get app passwords as needed for older service or devices (like Xbox 360); go in later to generate one as needed. Refer to below image:

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Microsoft 2SV

Twitter

First, to activate Login Verification on Twitter.com on the desktop, login to Twitter, Click the More menu on the left (the three dots) and select Security & Account Access > Security > Two-Factor Authentication. See following image:

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Twitter 2FA

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How to Copy an Image or Video From Files to Photos

If you have downloaded images or videos to your Files app on your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering if you can copy them to your Photos library. The answer is yes.

If you have downloaded images or videos to your Files app on your iPhone or iPad, you might be wondering if you can copy them to your Photos library. The answer is yes. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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First, open the Files app. Refer to below image:

Accessing the Files app

Now, navigate to the folder that contains the media files that you would like to copy to your Photos. In our example, we are using the Downloads folder on the iPhone, but the files could just as easily be copied from other folders in Files, such as Dropbox or your iCloud Drive. See below image:

Accessing the Downloads folder on my iPhone

If it’s a single photo or video, (like our example), tap on it to open up its detailed view.

If you want to select multiple files on an iPhone, tap the ellipsis button (three dots in a circle) in the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Select. (On an iPad, just tap Select). Then, place check marks on the items you want to copy to Photos. See following image:

Accessing a single image

Either way, once you have a single item opened or multiple items selected, tap the Share button. On the iPad, it’s in the upper-right corner of the screen. On the iPhone, it’s located in the lower left-hand corner. Refer to below image for the iPhone:

Accessing the Share button

On the Share pop-up list, tap Save Image or Save Video. If you selected multiple items, tap Save X Items, where X is the number of items you have selected. See below image:

Saving the single image to Photos

The next time you open your Photos app, you will see the images or videos you saved from Files.

This process works both ways. If you want to copy photos or images from Photos to Files, select them in the Photos app, tap Share, then select Save to Files.

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