How to Disable Safari Website Tinting

In iOS 15, Apple introduced a range of changes to its native iPhone web browser, Safari. Some of them were controversial, such as the decision to move the URL address bar to the bottom of the screen, but others were less so, and Apple eventually provided options so that you could customize the browser to suit their own preferences.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 11, 2021

In iOS 15, Apple introduced a range of changes to its native iPhone web browser, Safari. Some of them were controversial, such as the decision to move the URL address bar to the bottom of the screen, but others were less so, and Apple eventually provided options so that you could customize the browser to suit their own preferences.

One of those options is the ability to disable website tinting. Tinting happens when the color of the Safari interface changes around the tabs, bookmark, and navigation button areas to match the color of the website you are viewing.

The idea behind tinting is that it allows the browser interface to fade into the background and create a more immersive experience. However, the effect does not sit well with everyone, and some users are put off by it. Fortunately, Apple chose to include an option to turn it off. It’s easy to disable this feature, let’s find out.

This is for devices using Safari in iOS or iPadOS 15 or higher

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On the iPhones X and later models with a notch, it’s pretty prominent. But the older iPhone models will only see it while scrolling.

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

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Accessing Settings app

Next, scroll down to Safari, and select it. See below image:

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Accessing Safari option

Now, scroll down till you see the Tabs section. From there, toggle OFF (it is ON by default) the switch for Allow Website Tinting. See the following image:

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Disable Tinting feature

Next, close the Settings app. You will have to force quit Safari on your iPhone or iPad and reopen it to see the change.

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How to Use “Shared with You” on iPhone/iPad

For years, Apple devices have made it easy to share nearly anything. Website links, videos, photos; you name it, chances are it’s easy to share via Messages, especially if you are sharing with other Apple users. Finding the media and links others share with you was not always easy until now.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 10, 2021

For years, Apple devices have made it easy to share nearly anything. Website links, videos, photos; you name it. Chances are it’s easy to share via Messages, especially if you are sharing with other Apple users. Finding the media and links others share with you was not always easy until now. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for iPhone and iPad running iOS or iPadOS 15 or higher

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What is Shared with You

Shared with You is a feature built into multiple apps on both iPhone and iPad that automatically gathers together any content your contacts have sent you. It works in Messages, but is also built into Apple Music, Apple TV, Podcasts, Photos, and Safari.

This feature works in two ways. First, you can easily view all the various media a contact has shared with you in Messages. Second, you can view all the Apple TV shows, for example, that all of your contacts have shared with you, directly inside that app.

Shared with You is a new feature as of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or higher, but it works with content sent from older iOS and iPadOS versions. It will even work automatically with some content sent from other devices.

How to Use in Messages

The easiest way to use Shared with You is not all that different from how you would find a friend’s recommendations. First, open the Messages app, then find a conversation with the person whose content you wish to see. Refer to below image:

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A Contact to share with

Now, on this screen you will see some of the contact’s details as you would have before. At the bottom of the screen, you will now notice a new section with media that contact has shared with you. See below image for sharing of Links:

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Sharing a link

How to Use in Safari

Shared with You makes it easy to see all the links to various websites and articles that contacts have sent you.

First, open Safari, then open a new tab to get to the Start Page. Now, scroll down until you see the Shared with You section. Tap any of the links here to open them in a new tab. See the following image:

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Safari Shared with You section

If you do not see a Shared with You section, you might not have it enabled in the Start Page.

To enable the Shared with You section, next, scroll to the bottom of the Start Page and tap Edit. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Edit to enable Shared with You

Now, find and enable the Shared with You toggle. See below image:

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Enable/disable Shared with You

How to Use in Other Apps

While the Messages app provides the easiest way to see everything a given contact has shared, it’s not the only way to use Shared with You. You can also see content shared by your contacts in any supported app.

As of this writing, Shared With You is available for Apple TV, Messages, Photos, Podcasts, and Music.

Too Much Sharing

We all know people who seem to share everything they stumble across on social media. If you know more than one of that sort of person, they could quickly overwhelm you with notifications and content.

The good news is that if you are not interested in seeing some or all Shared with You content, you can turn it off. You can either disable Shared with You entirely or simply turn off the feature on a per-app basis.

First, to disable Shared with You features, open the Settings app. See following image:

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Accessing Settings app

Now, go to Messages. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Messages option

Next, tap Shared With You. See the below image:

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Accessing Shared with You

Here you can customize whether you want to use Shared with You at all or only in certain apps. See following image:

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Enable/disable Shared with You

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How to Use iCloud+ to “Hide my Email”

With the introduction of iOS 15, Apple revamped its paid iCloud plans to “‌iCloud‌+” to reflect the fact that subscribers now get access to additional privacy features like Hide My Email.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 9, 2021

With the introduction of iOS 15, Apple revamped its paid iCloud plans to “‌iCloud‌+” to reflect the fact that subscribers now get access to additional privacy features like Hide My Email.

This feature builds on the idea of Sign in With Apple by providing you with unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox whenever you want to keep your personal email address private. Let’s explore how to set up Hide my Email feature.

This is for the iPhone and iPad running iOS 15 or higher

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The Requirements

To use the Hide My Email feature, you need an iCloud+ or Apple One subscription. (Even the $0.99 per month subscription works.) You will also need an email address. Additionally, your iPhone or iPad must be running iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 (or higher.

It’s worth noting that Hide My Email originally debuted as part of the Sign in With Apple service that shipped with iOS 13 in 2019. If you do not have a paid iCloud+ account, you can still use Hide My Email as part of Sign in With Apple for free.

Privacy Breches

Is your email being comprised? If you are like millions of others, your email is comprised. Most major carriers have a mobile security app. We are using AT&T Mobile Security where we have comprised emails. Refer to the below image:

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Our AT&T comprised emails

To find out if you have comprised passwords, head to:

Settings > Passwords > Security Recommendations

and tap an entry to see additional information. See the below image where our email address has been comprised for time.com:

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Our comprised passwords

Create “Hide my Email”

To use Hide My Email, you will need to access your iCloud options in the Settings app. First, open Settings on your iPhone or iPad by tapping the grey gear icon, usually on your Home screen. See the following image:

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Selecting Settings

Next, tap your Apple ID name at the very top of Settings. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing your Apple ID

Now, in Apple ID settings, tap iCloud. See the below image:

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Accessing iCloud

Next, in iCloud settings, tap Hide My Email. If you do not see it listed, then you are not subscribed to iCloud+ or Apple One. See the following image:

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Accessing Hide My Email option

Now, tap the Create New Address link. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to create a new address

Next, tap Continue if you have yet to create an address. See the below image:

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Selecting to continue

A potential email address will be randomly generated.

Now, type in a label for the address you just generated. We suggest using the name of the service you will be providing the random email address to (“Outlook,” for example). You can also make a note in a text box below the label. When you are done, tap Next in the upper right-hand corner of the window. See the following image:

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Adding a Label for your new address

Next, on the All Set screen, you will confirm that a unique random email address has been created. Tap Done to continue.

Now, tap the Forward To to view a list of email addresses. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Forward To option

Next, select one from the list. When finished, tap Done in the upper right-hand corner. See the below image:

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Selecting a Forward To entry

Now, you are ready to use your new email address. When a service asks for your email address, just type in the random one provided by Apple. You will receive emails from it as you normally would, but with one exception: It will have Hide My Email listed in the To field. From here, exit Settings.

Next, open your email service and create an email. See the following image:

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Create an email using the new email address

The new email will be displayed in your Inbox. Note! We created an email to ourselves. Refer to the below image:

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Your newly created email in your Inbox

Now, navigate back to:

Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Hide My Email

If you want to create another address, tap Create New Address. Or if you need to adjust which email address your Hide My Email addresses will forward to, tap Forward To.

Next, you will see the address you just created listed (alone with other addresses) on the Hide my Email screen.

Now, tap on your newly created entry. In our example, we are using Outlook. See the below image:

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Accessing your labeled email

Please note, if you reply to an email forwarded from Hide My Email, the recipient will see your regular email address, not the random one, so you can not use it to hide your identity in a two-way conversation. Apple-designed Hide My Email as a one-way system, mostly for protection from commercial spam.

Deactivate/Delete “Hide my Email”

If you need to remove or delete a Hide My Email address on your iPhone or iPad, you can either deactivate it or delete it completely.

Next, on the detail screen for the email address, scroll down to the bottom and select Deactivate Email Address. See the following image:

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Selecting to Deactivate an email address

Now, confirm again in the pop-up by tapping Deactivate. Refer to the below image:

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Confirming to Deactivate

Next, the deactivated email address will move into an Inactive Addresses section on the:

Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Hide My Email

screen. To reactivate the address later, tap its name in that list, then select Reactivate Address. To delete the Hide My Email address permanently, tap Delete Address. See the below image:

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Selecting to Delete an email address

After confirming, that particular Hide My Email address will be deleted. It will not affect any emails you have in your Inbox or any of your other email accounts or addresses. If you need to delete another Hide My Email address, repeat the process above.

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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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