How to Change Back to Old Safari on iPhone

iOS 15 introduced a redesigned Safari interface that puts the address bar at the bottom of the screen.

If you prefer to keep it at the top of the screen, like most web browsers, it can be easily swapped

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 29, 2021

iOS 15 introduced a redesigned Safari interface that puts the address bar at the bottom of the screen. Refer to below image:

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New Safari

If you prefer to keep it at the top of the screen, like most web browsers, it can be easily swapped. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 15 or above

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There are a few advantages to having the address bar at the bottom. First, it’s easier to reach with one hand on a large screen. Second, it puts all the browser controls in one place. If you are still not convinced to give it a try, let’s switch it back. Personally, I like the old Safari.

First, open the Settings app from the home screen. See below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, scroll way down and tap Safari. See following image:

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Accessing Safari

Next, go to the Tabs section and switch it to Single Tab. Refer to below image:

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Toggle to Single Tab

Now, the address bar is back at the top of the screen and the other browser controls are still at the bottom. See below image:

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The old Safari

Regardless of which interface you prefer, the same amount of content is visible, so it’s just a matter of what you like best.

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How to Listen to Background Sounds on iPhone

One of the upgrades to Accessibility in iOS and iPadOS 15 is a new Background Sounds feature that plays relaxing audio tracks to help you stay calm and focused, and to block out background distractions.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 1, 2021

One of the upgrades to Accessibility in iOS and iPadOS 15 is a new Background Sounds feature that plays relaxing audio tracks to help you stay calm and focused, and to block out background distractions.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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What Are Background Sounds

Background Sounds are like having a sound machine from your bedroom in your iPhone and iPad. The sounds can also be played over Bluetooth to external devices.

With thenew Background Sounds feature, you can play balanced, bright, and dark noise, as well as ocean, rain, and stream sounds to help you concentrate and relax when using your iPhone or iPad.

The feature may negate the need to purchase or subscribe to third-party background noise apps. Its not a dedicated app, but rather hidden away inside your device’s Accessibility settings.

It’s worth noting that at the current time, there is no way to load your own background sound. Note as well that they do not have a time limit. They will only turn off when you disable them. This is a glaring omission by Microsoft. I would like to turn on sound at night as I fall asleep and have it automatically turn off at a certain time. Anyway. let’s explore how to use this feature.

Background Sounds in Accessibility

Apple sees Background Sounds as a way to diversify its array of accessibility features by being more inclusive.

The company says in its official announcement of the feature that it targets “support of neurodiversity” and aims to mitigate “distracting, discomforting, or overwhelming” everyday noises. In other words, the feature can help you focus and relax during the day and mitigate distracting sounds that are bothering you.

That being said, the feature has the ability to appeal to many different people, so it’s interesting that Apple decided to stick with the accessibility angle instead of a more generalized approach.

Enable Background Sounds

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

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Accessing Settings app

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

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Accessing Accessibility option

Now, under the Hearing section, tap Audio/Visual. See following image:

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Accessing Audio/Visual option

Next, tap Background Sounds. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Background Sounds option

Now, you can toggle Background Sounds On and Off and choose which sound you would like. You can also adjust the volume of the sound as it plays over other media. If you do not want the background sound to play while, for example, listening to music, uncheck Use When Media Is Playing. See below image.

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Selecting your sound

You are ready to listen to relaxing, distraction-free sound from your iPhone or iPad. If you want other particular sounds, consider trying out a third-party white noise app.

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How to View Your Most Used Apps on iPhone

A big part of your daily time is spent using your iPhone. Whether you want to understand your app usage, change your lifestyle, or just know which apps you need to cut down on, its helpful to know about your most used apps.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 25, 2021

A big part of your daily time is spent using your iPhone. Whether you want to understand your app usage, change your lifestyle, or just know which apps you need to cut down on, its helpful to know about your most used apps. Let’s explore this feature, called Screen Time.

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Enable Screen Time

Before you can find out which apps you use the most on your iPhone, you will need to turn on a free feature built into iOS called Screen Time. This feature helps you keep track of how you use your iPhone. It can also help you put limits on your app usage if you would like, although that’s optional.

First, open the Settings app, and then tap the Screen Time option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Screen Time option

Next, tap Turn on Screen Time and tap This is My iPhone or This is My Child’s iPhone. See below image:

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Enable Screen Time

Now, you will see a Screen Time summary page with no data, but we will fix that problem. Note! Each time you enable Screen Time, you data is removed.

Check Screen Time Again

The catch with using Screen Time is that it needs to be enabled to start gathering data about which apps you use the most. If you just turned it on, you will not have a most-used app list to look at.

So, now that Screen Time has been enabled, use your iPhone as you normally would. After a while, you can check back in with Screen Time and see some statistics.

Next, open the Settings app and tap Screen Time again. See following image:

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Accessing Screen Time option

Now, on the Screen Time summary page, you will see a chart that shows your average daily activity. Just under that chart, tap See All Activity. Refer to below image:

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Selecting to See All Activity

Next, choose whether you want to see your most used apps over the period of a day, week, month, or year at the top of the screen. See below image:

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Selecting your time period

Now, scroll down to the Most Used section, and you will see a list of apps sorted by which you used the most over the selected time period, with your most used apps listed at the top. Tap an app to see more details. See following image:

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Selecting an app to view its details

Add a Limit

Next, while on the detailed-view screen, if you want to set a time limit to prevent you from using the app too much, scroll down and tap Add Limit. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Add a Limit to control how much time you spend using the app

Now, you will see a screen where you can set a time limit for the app in hours or minutes. When you’re done, tap Add. See below image:

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Setting the time limit

From now on, whenever your time is up, you will see an alert pop up, reminding you not to use the app anymore.

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How to Pin/Unpin a Twitter Tweet

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

If you use Twitter regularly, you may occasionally post a message that gains attention with other users or that you want to stand out from the rest of your feed.

Generally speaking, the more you tweet, the further your past tweets move down your profile page. However, Twitter makes it possible to pin a tweet so that it stays at the top of your page until you remove it.

Pinning tweets to the top of your Twitter profile will not take more than a few seconds, and you can unpin a tweet or choose a new one to pin in its place at any time. Let’s explore how to do this.

Note! You can only have one pinned tweet at a time. Pinning a new tweet will unpin any tweet you already have pinned.

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Pin a Tweet

Twitter’s mobile apps for iOS and Android allow you to pin tweets to your profile. You can also do this on your desktop.

First, open the Twitter app. Make sure you are logged in to your account.

Next, in the top-left corner of the app, tap the three horizontal lines. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Twitter menu

In the menu that opens, select Profile. See below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Your Twitter profile opens. Now, scroll down and find the tweet to pin.

When you find the tweet, at the top-right corner of that tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. See following image:

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Accessing the Tweet menu

From the menu that pops up from the bottom of your phone’s screen, select Pin to profile. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Pin tweet to your Profile

Select Pin in the prompt that appears in the middle of your phone’s screen. See below image:

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Pin your tweet

Your selected tweet is now pinned to your profile page. See following image:

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Your pinned tweet

Unpin a Tweet

To unpin the tweet, scroll to the top of your profile page in Twitter’s mobile app. Then, at the top-right corner of the pinned tweet, tap the three-dots hamburger menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your tweet menu

In the menu that appears from the bottom of your phone’s screen, tap Unpin from profile. See below image:

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Accessing Unpin tweet from your Profile

Select Unpin in the prompt. See following image:

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Unpin your tweet

And your tweet disappears from the top area of your Twitter profile.

It’s easy to pin and unpin tweets on Twitter, and you should make use of this feature to display your most important tweet at the top of your profile page.

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How to Turn Off and Restart an iPhone

Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models.

Turning off your iPhone seems like it should be a simple task; and it is, provided you remember the specific buttons you are supposed to press to power down your device. The challenge is that Apple has changed the method every few models so that turning off your iPhone on an older device is quite different than what’s required to turn off the newer models. Let’s explore how to turn off and on your device.

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To help you turn off your iPhone, there are the different ways you can shut down an iPhone based on Apple’s assorted models. It all comes down to the position of the Sleep/Wake button and whether your iPhone is unlocked with a Passcode, Touch ID, or FaceID.

Sometimes you need to completely shut down your iPhone, perhaps to help with troubleshooting, or to save your battery life during a long period of inactivity, or the device is acting strangely. Fortunately, it’s easy to do.

What is Sleep Mode vs Shutting Down

Normally, when you briefly press the top or side button on your iPhone, the screen on your device turns off, but the iPhone stays running. This is called sleep mode or lock mode. While it turns off the screen, it does not completely power off the device.

In contrast, shutting down your iPhone starts a special software shutdown process where your iPhone cleans up and prepares for power-off. Then, your iPhone turns off completely.

Perform Hardware Shutdown

If you need to turn off your iPhone, the easiest way to do so is by using a hardware button on your device. How to do this varies slightly by model, since certain iPhones include different types of buttons:

  • On iPhones without a Home Button: Simultaneously hold the side button and the volume up or down button for about four seconds until the power-off slider appears on the screen.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Side Button: Hold the side button for a few seconds until the power-off slider appears.
  • On iPhones with a Home Button and a Top Button: Press and hold the top button until the power-off slider appears.

Refer to below image:

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Apple

When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See below image:

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Hardware shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Perform Shutdown via Settings

First, open Settings on your iPhone. See following image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in the Settings app, tap General. Refer to below image:

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Accessing General option

Now, on the General page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Shut Down. See below image:

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Accessing Shut Down option

When the Slide to Power Off slider appears, swipe your finger to the right. See following image:

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Software shut down

Now, your iPhone will shut down and power off completely.

Restart

If you just powered off, waiting 10 seconds is a good rule of thumb before a restart.

For newer models, (12, 11, 10), press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

For iPhone SE (2nd generation), 8, 7, or 6, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo, then release the button.

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How to Access iPhone Camera From Lock Screen

If you need to quickly take a photo or video on your iPhone, you can swipe into the Camera app quickly without unlocking your phone. Let’s explore how this is done.

If you need to quickly take a photo or video on your iPhone, you can swipe into the Camera app quickly without unlocking your phone. Let’s explore how this is done.

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First, wake up your iPhone. Place your finger anywhere on the lock screen and swipe it to the left until the Camera app appears. If you try to swipe on a notification that will reveal options for the notification rather than opening the Camera app. Refer to below image:

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Swipe left to open the Camera

Next, with the Camera app open, you can take photos or videos as you normally would, and they will be saved automatically to your Photos library. You can even use the volume buttons to trigger the shutter if you like. See below image that will be saved to Photos library:

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Your photo

Now, to exit Camera mode, press the top button (for iPhones with home buttons) or the side button (for iPhones without home buttons) to turn off your screen. The photos you took will still be saved.

iPhones Without Home Button

If you have an iPhone without a home button (one that uses Face ID) you might notice a tiny camera icon in the lower-right corner of your lock screen. See following image:

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Access Camera by the photo icon

You can use this button to launch the Camera app with a long-press. Just place your finger on the camera icon for a moment. When you lift your finger, the Camera app will launch.

When you are done, press the side button, and the photos and videos you have taken will be saved automatically.

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How to Enable Two Important Features on iPhone

On the iPhone, there are two features you should be using; the SOS Contacts and Comprised Passwords.

On the iPhone, there are two features you should be using; the SOS Contacts and Comprised Psswords. Let’s explore how to use these two features.

This is for iPhone running iOS 14+

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Create a SOS Contact

First, ensure that your most important people are in your Contacts. Now, search for your Health app either from your App Library (your last screen) or the Spotlight Search (your first screen). We are using the Spotlight Search. Just type the name “health” in the search box (without the quotes) and click the result. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Health app

Next, the Summary screen will be displayed. Now, click the Review Medical ID Access link. See Below image:

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Displaying your Health Summary screen

Next, the Emergency Access to Medical ID screen will be displayed. Click on the Review Medical ID button at the bottom. See following image:

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Displaying your Medical ID screen

Now, your Emergency Contacts will be shown (if any). Click on add emergency contact to add a SOS contact you want notified in case of an emergency. Refer to below image:

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Displaying your Emergency Contacts and add one

SOS also contacts emergency services. A red asterisk icon will now appear next to Emergency Contacts in your Contacts list.

To send an SOS, hold down the power button on the right and one of the volume buttons on the left at same time. You can either use the Emergency SOS slider, or keep holding the button. A countdown will start, an alert will sound, and when the call goes through to 911, messages are sent to your Emergency Contacts. See below image:

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Accessing your Emergency SOS slider

Security Recommendations

iOS 14 features Security Recommendations, which are handy if you store a lot of passwords in iOS, be it for apps or website visits. It will tell you if a password appeared in a known data breach/leak, and suggest you make changes if you have repeated passwords (because that is a big no-no).

First, launch your Settings (the gear icon) app. See following image:

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Your Settings app

Next, scroll down and tap the Passwords option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Passwords option

Now, the Security Recommendations screen will be shown. The number to the right indicates security risks found. Next, tap on the label. See below image:

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Your number of security risks

Now, on the Security Recommendations screen, toggle Detected Comprised Passwords to On. Next, go through your list of compromised passwords and click the Change Password link as necessary. See following image:

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Enabling the Detect Comprised Passwords toggle and reviewing your risks

Note! Some of your comprised passwords may be from old leaks. You know you have changed it since the date of the leak. If so, click the label to open the entry, then click Delete Password.

Next, go back to your Security Recommendations screen to check if your comprised passwords has been resolved. Now, exit Settings.

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How to Reinstall Missing or Deleted Canned iPhone Apps

Every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch comes pre-loaded with a ton of useful apps from Apple, but sometimes those apps can go missing. If that happens, you may wonder where they went, why they disappeared, and how to get them back.

Every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch comes pre-loaded with a ton of useful apps from Apple, but sometimes those apps can go missing. If that happens, you may wonder where they went, why they disappeared, and how to get them back. Let’s explore how to do this.

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The apps that this can happen to include iTunes, FaceTime, Reminders, Stocks, Calendar, Music, Calculator, News, Notes, and many others; in fact 27 apps can be deleted. There are a number of possible reasons why an app has disappeared. It could have been moved or deleted. That’s obvious. Less obvious is that “missing” apps may still be on your device but have been hidden.

Find App Using Spotlight Searcn

First, before you try to reinstall a missing app, make sure that it’s not simply hiding on your device. On your Home screen, swipe downward with one finger near the middle of the screen, and your Spotlight Search bar will appear. Now, type in the name of the app to see whether its icon appears in the results. In our example, we are searching for the Stocks app. Although Stocks appears in the results list, it’s not the right icon. Refer to below image:

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Using Spotlight Search

If you see the app in the results, then the app is installed. But where is it? It’s possible that you can not see it on a cluttered screen full of apps, or it might be hidden in a folder somewhere. Also, with iOS 14 and higher, the app could be in your App Library but not present on your Home screen.

Find App Using App Library

To check your App Library, swipe all the way to the left (to the last page) and look for it. In my case, it’s in the Recently Added box because I just added it in creating this blog post. See below image:

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Using the App Librtary

Download App From App Store

If you do not see the app you are looking for in the Spotlight Search results or the App Library, then the app is not on your device. Fortunately, every removable iPhone app is available for free download again from the App Store. To get it back, open the App Store app. See following image:

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Accessing the App Store

Next, when the App Store opens, type the name of the app you are looking for in the search bar and tap the Search button. Refer to below image:

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Searching for the Stocks app

Some third-party apps have similar names to the built-in apps and may show up in the results. To confirm it’s the real app you are looking for, tap on its entry in the results list to see if it’s from Apple. See below image:

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Finding the Stocks app

Now, the app you want will be free to download; you will see Apple’s iCloud download icon in the listing instead of a Get or Buy button. If you see an Open button, you already have the app on your device. See following image:

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Download the Stocks app from iCloud

Check if App is From Apple

Next, when you are ready to download, just tap the iCloud download button and the app will be downloaded to your device. Once downloaded, you may ccheck if this is the correct app. Open the app and tap the blue link at the bottom labeled, in our example, About Stocks and Privacy… Refer to below image:

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Check to see if we have the correct Stocks app

Now, read the verbage for mentioning of Apple. In the below image, a reference is made to Stocks are provided by Apple News:

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Verifying the Stocks app is from Apple

Repeat the above process with any other missing Apple apps you want restored. Next, exit out of all open screens.

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How to Scan QR Codes from Control Center on iPhone

You can use the Code Scanner to scan Quick Response (QR) codes for links to websites, apps, coupons, tickets, and more. The iPhone camera automatically detects and highlights a QR code.

You can use the Code Scanner to scan Quick Response (QR) codes for links to websites, apps, coupons, tickets, and more. The iPhone camera automatically detects and highlights a QR code.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 11 and higher

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A QR code is a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read by devices with camera or specialized barcode reader. Some QR codes even allow users to pay for goods, such as groceriess, as an alternative form of touchless payment.

The dedicated scanner is helpful for scanning QR codes in dark environments, as it enables you to use your camera’s flash as a light to illuminate the code.

First, open the Settings app (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and choose the Control Center option. See below image:

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Accessing Control Center option

Now, scroll down and tap the “+” icon next to the Code Scanner option. See following image:

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About to add the Code Scanner option to the Control Center

Now, the Code Scanner control will be added to the bottom of the Control Center. You will see the Code Scanner option with a “” icon just above the More Controls section. This indicates that the Code Scanner is now embedded in the Control Center. Refer to below image:’

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The Code Scanner added to the Control Center

It’s now time to use the feature to scan a QR code.To open Control Center, swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone’s screen.

Next, tap the new Code Scanner control. See below image:

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The QR icon in the Control Center

This will open a dedicated QR code scanning interface. Just point your iPhone’s camera toward the QR code. See following image:

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Scanning a QR code with the iPhone camera

It will be scanned after a second, and your iPhone will automatically open the designated app to complete the action. In our example, we are opening the USPS website regarding a customer experience questionarre. Refer to below image:

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Opening the website corresponding to the QR code

You are finished. Also, you can use your iPhone to create your own QR code, like pointing to your website or Facebook page. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

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How to Setup Automatic Birthday Reminders on iPhone

It is easy to setup birthday alerts on iPhone and make sure that you never forget birthdays of important people in your life.

It is easy to setup birthday alerts on iPhone and make sure that you never forget birthdays of important people in your life. You first need to tell your iPhone the birthday dates of your family members, friends, and relatives. This can be done using the Contacts app on iPhone, which allows you to add Birthdays and important dates in its Contact details section. Your iPhone can alert you on the day of the occasion, 1 day early, 2 days early or a week before the birthday.

This is for the iPhone

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Couple of Prelimanary Steps

First, you must have notifications enabled for your Calendar app. To turn this on, visit:

Settings > Notifications > Calendar

scroll down and set the toggle beside Allow Notifications to On. Now, exit Settings. Refer to below image:

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Enabling Allow Notifications for Calendar app

Also, you will need to have some birthdays defined in your Contacts app. To do this, open Contacts, tap a contact from the list, and select Edit. Next, tap add birthday. See below image:

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Selecting Add a Birthday option to a Contact

Set a Birthday Notification

Now, exit Contacts. To turn on automatic Calendar birthday reminders, open Settings, scroll down and tap your Calendar app. See following image:

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Selecting your Calendar app

Next, in Calendar settings, tap Default Alert Times. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Default Alert Times option

Now, in Default Alert times, select Birthdays. See below image:

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Seledting the Birthdays option

Next, on the Birthdays screen, you can pick a time when Calendar will alert you about upcoming birthdays. You can choose On day of event, 1 day before, 2 days before, or 1 week before. For the first three of those choices, your Calendar app will notify you at 9 a.m. on the day you selected. See following image:

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Setting a time for the Birthday notification

Now, exit Settings. When the proper alert time comes, your Calendar app will send you a notification about the birthday. Refer to below image:

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A birthday reminder

Depending on your notifications settings, you can potentially see this alert on your Lock Screen or Notification Center as well as via pop-ups on your screen.

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