How to Add Alt Text to Facebook Images

Facebook automatically adds alternative text (alt text) to images you upload, but the descriptions are not always accurate. You can make your images more accessible to visually impaired users by writing accurate alt text for your images.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 18, 2022

Facebook automatically adds alternative text (alt text) to images you upload, but the descriptions are not always accurate. You can make your images more accessible to visually impaired users by writing accurate alt text for your images. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices using Facebook. Screenshots are from iPhone XR.

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Use the Mobile App

To add alt text to an image you are uploading using the Facebook mobile app, first, open the app on your smartphone, compose a new Facebook post, then select a photo from your device to upload. In the post preview, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the image. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to edit a photo

Next, a menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. Here, tap the Edit Alt Text option. See the below image:

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Selecting Edit Alt Text option

Now, you will be on the Change Alt Text screen. In the text box below your image, enter the text that accurately describes the image you are posting. Then, tap Done. See the following image:

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Entering Alt Text and saving your change

The alt text is now added to the photo. Refer to the below image for our final image:

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Your final image

Keep in mind that this alt text description can only be read if someone is using a Screen Reader to access Facebook; it will not be visible on the image.

Use the Desktop App

You can also add alt text to your images on Facebook from your computer. First, launch Facebook from any browser of your choice and then begin creating a new post with an image. Next, in the post preview, click Edit in the top left-hand corner of the image. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to edit a photo

Now, the Photo Detail window will appear. Here, click Alternative text at the bottom of the menu in the left-hand pane. See the below image:

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Selecting Alternative Text option

Next, the Alternative text menu will expand. Click the bubble next to the Custom Alt Text option to select it, and then enter the alt text for your image in the text box. See the following image:

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Entering your custom Alternative text

Now, click the blue Save button at the bottom of the window. Refer to the below image:

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Saving your change

The alt text is now added to the photo. Refer to the below image for our final image:

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Your final image

Keep in mind that this alt text description can only be read if someone is using a Screen Reader to access Facebook; it will not be visible on the image.

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How to Automatically Add Google Photos to an Album

Photo albums make it easy to keep everything organized, but that usually does not happen by itself. Google Photos can add photos to albums for you, making it even easier.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 4, 2022

Photo albums make it easy to keep everything organized, but that usually does not happen by itself. Google Photos can add photos to albums for you, making it even easier. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for iPhone, iPad, and Android using Google Photos

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This feature is called Live Albums. It ties in with Google Photos’ ability to automatically detect people and pets in photos. That means you can have any photo of a person, multiple people, or pets automatically added to an album.

First, open Google Photos on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device and go to the Library tab. Refer to the below image:

Album 1

Accessing the Google Photos Library

Next, select an existing album or tap New Album (our choice). See the below image:

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Selecting to add an album

Now, if you create a new album, give it a title, and then tap Select People & Pets. See the following image:

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Giving the album a title and accessing the option to add people or pets

Next, you will be greeted with a list of people and pets that Google has identified in your photos. Select all that you want to automatically add to the album and tap Confirm. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the people to add to your album

Now, for existing albums, tap the three-dot menu icon. See the below image:

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Accessing the menu option for an existing album

Next, in the menu pop-up screen, select Options. See the following image:

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Selecting Options

Now, tap the plus “+” button under Automatically Add Photos. Refer to the below image:

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Adding a new person or pet for your album

That’s all there is to it! Google Photos will immediately add old photos of the people or pets to the album. From this point forward, any new photos will also be automatically added.

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How to Use Apple Notes in a Browser

Apple Notes syncs between devices for anyone with an Apple ID, which is required to use devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. Unfortunately, there’s no native app for Windows or Android users, but the web version can make a suitable substitute.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 22, 2021

Apple Notes syncs between devices for anyone with an Apple ID, which is required to use devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. Unfortunately, there’s no native app for Windows or Android users, but the web version can make a suitable substitute. Let’s explore how to use Apple Notes on the web.

This is for devices using Notes on iCloud

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Turn on iCloud Sync for Notes

If you use Apple Notes on an Apple device, first ensure you have iCloud sync enabled so that new notes and changes are pushed to all of your devices. This should be enabled by default, but it’s a good idea to check.

First, on an iPhone or iPad, you can do this under:

Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud

and enabling the Apple Notes setting. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling iCloud Notes sync

On a Mac, this can be turned on under:

System Preferences > Apple ID

and checkmark the Notes setting.

When making notes, make sure that you are placing them in your iCloud folders since it’s possible to have offline folders too that are device-specific. See the below image:

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Ensuring Notes are under iCloud

Once enabled, new notes will be placed in iCloud by default.

Access Notes in a Browser via iCloud

Next, with your Mac, iPhone, and iPad now syncing Apple Notes to iCloud, you can access them using a web browser by heading to iCloud.com and logging in with your Apple ID. See the following image:

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Signing in to iCloud.com

Now, you may need to pass a two-factor authentication check, so make sure you choose to Trust this computer if you want to log in faster in the future. You should only trust personal computers and smartphones that you own, and never trust a computer or device that you share with others. Refer to the below image:

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Trusting your device

Next, once you are in, click on Notes to see a web-based version of the Apple Notes app. You can use this to access and edit existing notes, create new ones, and share with other iCloud users. See the below image:

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Selecting iCloud Notes on the web

While you can access locked notes by entering your Apple ID password, you can not apply a lock to existing or new notes. See the following image for a listing of your Notes:

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Listing of your iCloud Notes

Turn iCloud Into an App on Windows or Android

Now, you can keep Apple Notes open in its own pinned tab, but it may be more convenient to turn the web app into an application or shortcut you can run from your Start menu or Android home screen.

  • Windows users can do this using Chrome or Edge, pin it to your Taskbar, and apply a custom icon if you like. You will need to log in from time to time, but as long as you Trust your browser when entering the two-factor authentication code this process will not be quite as tedious.
  • Android users can also do this using Chrome, which places a shortcut on your home screen.

Next, you will receive a message about signing in to iCloud from a browser. Refer to the below image:

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Apple message

Apple Notes is just one service you can take advantage of using a browser thanks to iCloud’s web interface.

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How to Check Your Amazon Gift Card Balance

Not sure if you have sufficient funds to buy that item on Amazon? If so, it’s easy to check your gift card balance on both the Amazon website and the Amazon mobile app, as well as the history of cards you have redeemed. Let’s find out.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 21, 2021

Not sure if you have sufficient funds to buy that item on Amazon? If so, it’s easy to check your gift card balance on both the Amazon website and the Amazon mobile app, as well as the history of cards you have redeemed. Let’s find out.

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Use the Amazon Website

If you are on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the official Amazon website to see the available gift card balance in your account.

First, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Amazon site. Sign in to your account on the site.

Next, in Amazon’s top-right corner, hover your mouse over the Account & Lists menu to see an expanded menu. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Account & Lists menu option

Now, in the expanded menu, under Your Account, click Account. See the below image:

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Accessing Your Account

Next, on the Your Account page that opens, click Gift cards. See the following image:

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Accessing your Gift cards

Now, on the page that opens, right next to Your Gift Card Balance, you will see the gift card balance currently available in your account. Refer to the below image:

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Viewing your Gift Card balance

Note! You can redeem a gift card by clicking the Redeem a Gift Card button, entering the key, and clicking Apply to your balance button.

If you would like to view the values of gift cards that you have redeemed in your account, scroll down the page to see that information. See the following image:

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Viewing your Gift Card history

Use the Amazon Mobile App

If you are on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the Amazon mobile app to check your gift card balance.

First, launch the Amazon app on your phone. Sign in to your account if you have not already. Then, at the bottom of the app, tap the user icon. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the User icon

Next, on the account page that opens, scroll down to the Gift Card Balance section. Here, you will see the gift card balance available to use in your Amazon account. See the below image:

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Viewing your Gift Card Balance

Now, to view the gift cards that you have added to your account so far, then next to Gift Card Balance, tap the Manage option. See the following image:

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Accessing to Manage your Gift Card

Note! You can redeem a gift card by clicking the Redeem Gift Card button, entering the key, and taping Apply to your balance button.

Next, scroll down the page to the Your Balance activity section. Here, you will see all your redeemed gift cards along with their values. Refer to the below image:

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Your Gift Card history

And that’s how you know if your gift card balance can buy a certain item on Amazon.

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How to Obtain a Link to a Photo or Video on Instagram

If you would like to share an Instagram photo or video outside the platform, you will have to get that item’s shareable link.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 16, 2021

If you would like to share an Instagram photo or video outside the platform, you will have to get that item’s shareable link. Let’s explore how to get these links from your Instagram account, on either desktop or mobile.

Note! You can not get links to photos or videos that are in a private Instagram account. For these accounts, Instagram does not offer the option to get a link.

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The instructions to get a link to a photo or video on Instagram are the same for all Instagram-supported devices, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook computers, as well as iPhones and Android smartphones.

First, open Instagram and find the photo or video for which you want to get a shareable link. At the top-right corner of that item, click or tap the three dots Menu. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the Menu

Next, choose Link on an iPhone or Copy Link on other devices. See the below image:

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Accessing the Link icon

Now, the link to your selected photo or video on Instagram will be copied to your device’s clipboard. Use the Paste option in any text field on your device to view your link. In our example, we pasted the link to the iPhone Notes app.

Your shareable Instagram link should look something like the following image:

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Your Instagram link

You may now send this link to your friends and family. They can click or tap it to access the photo or video on Instagram.

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How to Delete Specific History from Safari

It’s not always convenient to delete your entire history, but you can instead choose to delete specific websites from your history (and the data they leave behind on your device).

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 15, 2021

It’s not always convenient to delete your entire history, but you can instead choose to delete specific websites from your history (and the data they leave behind on your device). Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad using Safari

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How to Remove Websites History

Safari will record any websites you visit unless you use Private Browsing. Once a website is in your history it will appear in the URL bar when you start typing a related term. There are all sorts of reasons you may want to prune specific websites, and it’s easy to do so.

First, open Safari and tap on the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen that resembles an open book. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Bookmarks

Next, a pop-up will appear with three tabs for your BookmarksReading List, and History. Tap on the Clock icon to view your history. See the below image:

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Accessing the Clock

Now, you can now swipe left on any entry in your history and tap Delete to remove it for good. See the following image:

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Selecting a website to delete

Rather than scrolling through your entire history of visited websites, you can also search for specific terms or URLs using the on-screen search box. If you tap the Clear button at the bottom right-hand corner, you can remove website history based on a timeframe, like All time, Today and yesterday, Today, and The last hour. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to remove websites based on a timeframe

But that’s not the only evidence a website may have left behind on your device.

How to Delete Website Data

Websites leave all sorts of data on your device including cached images and cookies. If you want to remove all signs of a website, it’s important to remove website data as well.

First, launch:

Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data

This menu may take a little while to load as Safari fetches a full list of website data and estimates how much storage each entry takes up on your device. See the below image:

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Your website data

Next, you can now follow the same procedure as above by swiping left on any websites you would like to remove and tapping the Delete button that appears. See the following image:

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Selecting to delete website data

Now, you can also search for specific websites using the search bar at the top of the screen, or nuke everything using the Remove All Website Data button at the bottom of the list. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to remove all website data

Note! If you do remove website data (or wipe everything), there may be some drawbacks like having to log in again or having your shopping cart emptied.

Private Browsing Mode

You can use Private Browsing mode in Safari at any point to visit a website without it being recorded to your device. To do so, tap on the tab icon in the lower right corner of the screen followed by the number of tabs you have open at the bottom of the screen. From here tap Private to switch for a private browsing session. See the below image:

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Entering Private mode

Note! All tabs in your private browsing session will remain open until you close them, so make sure you close anything that may compromise your privacy.

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How to Make Guest Optional for Google Calendar Events

Not everyone you invite to a meeting may be a required guest. There might be someone that you want to give the choice to attend. Google Calendar provides the ability to make attendees optional, but it’s not obvious.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 9, 2021

Not everyone you invite to a meeting may be a required guest. There might be someone that you want to give the choice to attend. Google Calendar provides the ability to make attendees optional, but it’s not obvious.

It could be your supervisor, a coworker who may not be available, or someone else with an interest in the meeting. By marking them optional, they can decide for themselves if they should or want to attend. And you can make guests optional at the time you create the Google Calendar event or afterward.

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When Creating the Event

First, launch Google Calendar and sign in if necessary. When you click to create a new event in Google Calendar, you see a small pop-up window to add all the details including your attendees. But you will not spot the optional feature for your guests immediately.

Next, hover your cursor over the attendee’s name or email address after you add it. To the right, you will see a gray contact (person) icon. Click that icon to mark your guest as optional. Refer to the below image:

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Marking a guest as Optional

Now, the icon will appear white indicating the Optional status. You can click it again to make the guest required. See the below image:

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Guest is Optional

After Creating the Event

If you have already created the event, you can still make an attendee optional. Select the event on your Google Calendar to open the small detail window and then click the pencil icon to edit it. See the following image:

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Selecting to Edit the event

Next, on the event detail screen, hover your cursor over the attendee you want to make optional in the Guests section. To the right, click the gray contact icon. Refer to the below image:

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Marking a guest as Optional

Now, click Save at the top to apply your change. See the below image:

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Save your changes

Next, the icon turns white and shows you the person is optional. If you want to make the attendee required again, just click that icon and hit Save. See the following image:

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Guest is Optional

What Guest See

When you make an attendee optional for your event, the word Optional appears below their name. Anyone in the list of guests without the word Optional is required. Refer to the below image:

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Viewing guests who are Optional

If you are setting up a meeting, conference call, or video call in Google Calendar and have certain guests that may want to attend but are not required to, you can easily use the Optional feature.

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How to Customize Safari Start Page

On your iPhone or iPad, you can easily customize the Safari Start Page in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 (or higher). You can make the page blank (mostly), add a background image, or pick and choose what you want to see.

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December 8, 2021

On your iPhone or iPad, you can easily customize the Safari Start Page in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 (or higher). You can make the page blank (mostly), add a background image, or pick and choose what you want to see. Let’s explore how this is done.

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

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First, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and open a new tab by tapping the tabs button (two overlapping rectangles in the bottom toolbar), then tapping the plus (“+”) button. Refer to the below image:

Start Page 1
Selecting the Tabs button

Next, you will see Safari’s Start Page by default. To edit what’s on the Start Page, scroll down, if necessary, and tap the Edit button. See the below image:

Start Page 2
Selecting the Edit button

Now, a Customize Start Page window will appear. Use the switches beside the listed options to turn them ON or OFF. Here’s what each option does.

  • Favorites: This displays items from your Favorites list (like bookmarks).
  • Frequently Visited: You will see a list of frequently visited websites.
  • Shared With You: This gives you a list of items shared with you from other people through the Messages app.
  • Privacy Report: This shows a report on the number of trackers Safari has blocked recently.
  • Siri Suggestions: This displays suggestions from Siri related to what’s in your history and bookmarks.
  • Reading List: This shows items from your Reading List.
  • iCloud Tabs: This shows Safari tabs that are synchronized across iCloud from your other devices.

See the following image:

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Turning On or Off the Start Page switches

Next, you can use the “three lines” handle beside each item to reorder the items on your Start Page by tapping and dragging the item. Refer to the below image:

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Reorder your list

Now, if you turn the switch beside Background Image into the ON position, you can select a background picture that will display behind the content on your Start Page. Tap an image in the thumbnails or tap the plus (“+”) button to select a custom image from your photo library. See the below image:

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Next, if you want to make your Start Page as minimalist as possible, switch off every item on the Customize Start Page list. (Unfortunately, you will still see the Edit button.) See the following image where all items are turned OFF except for Favorites:

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Your new Start Page

When you are done, click the “X” button to close the Customize Start Page window. The changes you have made take effect immediately.

If you want a different blank Start Page, see the related link below.

How to Start Safari With a Blank Page

In the Related post above, if implemented, this will become your first Start Page. To navigate to your new Start Page, tap the about:blank text field.

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How to Make Messages Disappear in Messenger

Privacy is an important thing to consider when putting all of your conversations into a messaging app. With Facebook Messenger’s Vanish Mode, you can make sensitive messages disappear after the recipient has read them. It’s a nice privacy trick.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 30, 2021

Privacy is an important thing to consider when putting all of your conversations into a messaging app. With Facebook Messenger’s Vanish Mode, you can make sensitive messages disappear after the recipient has read them. It’s a nice privacy trick.

Vanish Mode is also available on Instagram and it works exactly the same as Facebook Messenger. The idea is you start Vanish Mode, say what you want to say, then leave Vanish Mode. After your messages have been seen, they disappear.

This is for iPhone, iPad, and Android using Messenger

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First, open Messenger and start a conversation with someone you are friends with. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a friend to start a conversation

Next, while in the conversation view, press down and hold while swiping up from the text box. You will see a little indicator to help you get into Vanish Mode. The tiny dot is barely visible. On the below screenshot, you will notice the top of the screen has changed color. See the below image:

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Entering Vanish Mode

Now, on your first use of Vanish Mode, a confirmation screen will be displayed. Tap OK to continue. See the following image:

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Vanish Mode confirmation

Next, in Vanish Mode, the background will be dark. You can now have a conversation like you normally would. Refer to the below image:

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In Vanish Mode

Now, if you or the recipient takes a screenshot while you are in Vanish Mode, you will be notified. See the below image:

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Notification either you or the recipient has taken a screenshot

Next, when you are ready for everything to disappear, tap on Turn Off Vanish Mode. You can also do the swipe-up gesture again. See the following image:

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Exiting Vanish Mode

Note! Messenger retains your Vanish Mode media and texts for up to an hour after they have been deleted. This is in case the recipient files a report for abuse and harassment and Messenger needs the Vanish Mode data to take action.

You can also turn on Vanish Mode via the recipient profile. Scroll down to the Privacy & Support section and toggle Vanish Mode to ON. Refer to the below image:

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Entering Vanish Mode from recipient profile

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How to Change Your Instagram Profile Photo

Got a new photo and want to show it off to your Instagram followers? Instagram makes it easy to change your profile picture.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 18, 2021

Got a new photo and want to show it off to your Instagram followers? Instagram makes it easy to change your profile picture.

Unlike Facebook, you can change your profile picture without posting. There is no notification when you change your profile photo, it just changes. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for. iPhone/iPad and Android using Instagram

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On your iPhone/iPad or Android phone, use the Instagram app to update your profile picture.

First, launch the Instagram app on your phone. In the app, from the bar at the bottom, select the profile icon (which is the last icon in that row). Refer to the below image:

Accessing your profile

Next, on your profile screen, beneath your profile details, tap the Edit Profile option. See the below image:

Selecting Edit Profile option

Now, beneath your current profile picture, tap Change Profile Photo. See the following image:

Selecting to change profile photo

Next, from the bottom of your app, Instagram will open a Change Profile Photo or Synced Profile Photo menu.

Now, if you want to replace your profile picture with a picture saved on your phone, tap New Profile Photo in the menu. To add a photo from your Facebook profile, tap Import from Facebook.

Tip: Use the Remove Profile Photo option if you simply want to delete the current picture from your Instagram profile.

We will choose the Choose From Library option. Refer to the below image:

Selecting where to get your profile photo

Next, Instagram will open your phone’s gallery. Here, select the photo that you would like to make your profile picture on Instagram. When you select a photo, the app will display editing options that are optional. Tap Done to continue. See the below image:

Selecting your profile photo

Now, Instagram will take you to your profile page, and you will see your new profile picture there. Tap Done to continue. See the following image:

Your new profile photo

Next, if you have enabled Sync profile photo, (from Choose From Library screen above) your new photo will be synced to Facebook. Tap OK to continue. Refer to the below image:

Syncing enabled

Now, go back to the above screen and tap Manage Sync Settings. A confirmation dialog will be displayed regarding your profile photo sync between Facebook and Instagram. See the below image:

Your sync confirmation

Next, exit Instagram.

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