Five Tip Friday ~ iOS tips for working smarter, Hot Spot and staying more secure

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1/ Split View on iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus and 7 Plus — Split View on the iPhone 7 Plus can make you more productive. It’s not the same as Split View for iPad – you can’t multitask with it but you can use Split View mode on iPhone 7 Plus be more productive in certain apps.
This mode, activated in iOS 10 by turning your iPhone to landscape orientation, works in apps like Mail, Calendar, Reminders, Safari and more. It provides you with a two-column view, making more efficient use of the screen real estate so you don’t have to tap the back button as often. Split View is also available on the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6S Plus.

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2/ Using your iPhone as a Personal Hotspot — Why get an iPad with Cellular if you only ever occasionally go online when you can use your iPhone, which already has that ability, to get your WiFi-only iPad online anyway? At least, if you can’t find wifi. Setting up a wireless hotspot on your iOS device is simple. You’ll need to make sure your cellular service plan supports the wireless hotspot feature (Vodafone NZ definitely does). If it doesn’t, check with your carrier for plan pricing and availability.
Also, you’ll need to make sure your iPhone or iPad has mobile data switched on, as if you do have and use a cellular-equipped (with SIM slot) iPad, you can also use that to get a Mac online when you’re somewhere and can’t find wifi, but cellular service is available.  Lastly, keep in mind that any data you use will most likely count against your plan’s data cap, so you’ll want to avoid downloading massive files while on the hotspot.
Open the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot (it’s listed as Cellular Data on the iPad). Then, on the next screen, tap the Personal Hotspot switch so it’s in the “on” position (the switch will turn green). Next, make a note of your Wi-Fi password listed on this screen. If you don’t have Wi-Fi enabled on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll be asked to switch it on at this point.
On your Mac, open the Wi-Fi network menu, then select your iOS device’s name and enter the password as you would normally do when you connect to a Wi-Fi network.
When you’re done, go back to Settings > Personal Hotspot (or Settings > Cellular Data > Personal Hotspot) and switch off the hotspot.
If you’ve got an iPhone or cellular-equipped iPad running iOS 8 or later and a Mac running OS X Yosemite or later (and you have both devices set up under the same Apple ID) you can easily activate your iOS device’s hotspot feature from the comfort of your own Mac. For this to work, both devices need to meet Apple’s Continuity system requirements.  From there, it’s a simple matter of selecting the hotspot-enabled iOS device from the Wi-Fi menu in your Mac’s menubar.
This method works between iOS devices signed in under the same Apple ID: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi  on the device you want to connect to the hotspot, then select the hotspot-enabled iPhone or iPad.

3/ Enable Find My iPhone — Find My iPhone is a bit confusing from a privacy standpoint, but most people will benefit more from using it then not. With Find My iPhone enabled, you can track a lost phone using iCloud, and you can wipe your phone remotely. Apple will have access to the same information, so it boils down to whether you want to keep the data out of Apple’s hands (in which case you shouldn’t use an iPhone at all) or out of a thief’s hands.

4/ For security. disable certain home screen features — Head to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and look for ‘Lock screen access’. Remove anything that gives someone access to your personal info, like the Today View, Siri and Wallet. You might also want to disable Reply with Message here, since someone could reply to an incoming message without unlocking your phone.

5/ Security: disable tracking — Head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and turn off Frequent Locations. This is a Maps feature that tracks where you go often under the guise of improving search.
Turn off contact, photo, email, calendar or location access in apps that don’t need it: Head to Settings > Privacy. Here, you’ll see a list of a bunch of different system services, including location and contacts. These are the iPhone services you can grant apps access to. There might be some apps in here you don’t remember authorising or you just don’t want any more. Tap a service, then go through and disable any app you don’t want to access that service.

2 thoughts on “Five Tip Friday ~ iOS tips for working smarter, Hot Spot and staying more secure”

  1. Is it possible to disable split screen view on the iPhone? Some mail, especially when it is written in HTML is too small to read in portrait mode, but might be readable in landscape mode if there was no split.


    1. Turn off iPhone Split Screen in Landscape Mode:
      Open the Settings app.
      Tap Display & Brightness.
      Under Display Zoom, tap View.
      By default, your iPhone is set to standard, which is what allows your iPhone Plus to switch between portrait and Landscape mode.
      To turn off Landscape mode, tap Zoomed.

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