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Five Tip Friday ~ Quirks and tips for Messages, Activation Lock Status


With the dearth of iDevice news today, here are five tips for iPhone.

1/ Use the full-screen camera — When you’re messaging with someone from your iPhone, you can tap the arrow next to the typing field to access your pictures with the little camera icon that’ll appear.
Once you’re in that camera mode, though, all you’ll see is a few of your recent images and a tiny viewscreen on the iPhone.
That small little viewfinder panel, however, lets you swipe from left to right (see that little left-punting arrow on the left, above?) to reveal another couple of options: a full-screen camera viewfinder and access to your whole Photos library (below). Now you can use your full-screen camera within Messages or look through your entire photo library on your device, so if there’s a picture from a few months back, you don’t have to switch apps to find it.

2/ Share your location — There’s a really quick way to share your location with someone you’re messaging, so he or she can route to where you are or know how long it’ll take to get to you. To do this, tap the small ‘i’ at the top of any Messages conversation…
Tapping the Info button in a chat reveals the Send My Current Location feature. That’ll immediately pass along your location info into the chat, and your recipient can then touch that map to get directions right to where you are.

3/ Draw on videos — To add lines, circles, arrows etc within Messages to videos and images, tap the arrow and then touch the heart icon. Tap the Video Camera button, and you can draw on your screen to highlight whatever you like.
You can either draw before you start taking a video, which will superimpose your drawing over what you record, or you can draw during video-recording to highlight something at a specific moment.

4/ See which number someone used — If you’re not sure which number or email address is the correct one to use for texting with a contact, you can tell within the Messages app by seeing which one he or she has used recently. Start by tapping their name at the top of your conversation to access their contact info.
When that appears, look for which number is marked Recent.
[These four tips came from Melissa Holt at the Mac Observer – this link has more pictures than I have published.]

5/ How to still check an iPhone’s Activation Lock — Apple deleted its iCloud Activation Lock status check tool from its website earlier this year. That tool was a simple yet effective method of checking whether a used iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple Watch was stolen. But a newly discovered workaround promises an alternative online resource for buyers in the market for secondhand iOS devices [AKA iDevices].
Apple’s online checker involved entering an IMEI, so the tool served as an ideal source for generating valid serial numbers. It has been theorized that Apple scrapped the online resource to better protect its customer base.
But owners or potential buyers can still check Activation Lock status by IMEI through Apple’s own support pages. Be forewarned: the workaround’s success is spotty and it might be completely removed from Apple’s website at any time.
First, visit Apple’s Support website and select iPhone. Click on a search category related to hardware, for example Battery, Power & Charging or Repairs & Physical Damage, then select a specific problem like ‘Buttons not working’.
On the next page, you should see an option to Send in for Repair. If the item is not listed, go back and select a different device problem from the previous screen. Clicking through Send in for Repair will retrieve a page that allows users to ‘Enter your serial number, IMEI, or MEID’.
[These numbers, by the way, are in on your iPhone and iPad and iPod Touch under Settings>General>About. You should record these or take a screenshot of the page by pressing the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time and emailing the image your iDevice records to your Photos library to your Mac or PC.]
Enter the IMEI of a target device to check its Activation Lock status. It should be noted that the described method is not always successful. In some cases, Apple’s website will direct users to sign in with their Apple ID, which the company normally uses to facilitate service with linked iCloud devices.
The workaround seems to be a carryover from the days when iCloud Activation Lock status was a thing. It remains unclear how long the loophole will remain active in its current form, as Apple appears to be — slowly — transitioning the entire Support website to lead directly to users’ Apple ID accounts.

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Five Tip Friday ~ Messages in iOS


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1/ Hand-write your message — Give your replies that personal touch by crafting them using your own handwriting: from the Messages window, tap to compose a response then turn your iPhone (or iPad) around so you’re in landscape mode. A new handwriting button appears in the lower right corner.
Tap this to scribble. Your note will be saved for future use and you can if you wish pick from some example notes already stored in Messages. An extra line of text can be added to the handwritten message too. (Anyone not using Apple Messages gets an MMS image … you know, if they’re using that Google Haemorrhoid).

2/ Deleting hand-written Messages in iOS — When you rotate your iPhone into landscape mode in the Messages app (on iPad, touch the squiggly icon down at bottom-right on the keyboard to get to that same mode), you can send hand-written notes to your friends. Just start drawing with your finger or stylus in the large rectangular area, or tap a pre-drawn one from the selection below to send that.
When you send that hand-written message, it stays in memory (below the drawing area) for you to use again.
If the recipient is running iOS 10 too, they’ll see your writing as a little animation in their Messages thread.
To 
get rid of what you’ve drawn before, just press and hold on any of the drawings within this view on your iPhone. They’ll start wiggling about, and just touch the little X and it’s gone.
You can get rid of those pre-drawn ones, too.

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3/ Quick responses to messages — Another feature of iOS 10 Messages is the ‘tapback’: a quick pictorial response you can fall back on when you don’t have the time to type something out or aren’t feeling eloquent. Touch and hold on a message from them (with to send a tapback.
Available options include a thumbs up, a brief burst of laughter and a question mark. Your friends who aren’t using Apple Messages will get a plain text explaining the tapback instead: “laughed at…” for example. You can change and remove tapbacks with another long press.

4/ Filter unknown Message senders — If your cell phone number got discovered by someone who is now hounding you with promotional or other messages, open the iOS Settings app and look for the Filter Unknown Senders switch. You won’t see those any more. To give someone the all-clear for messages in the future, just add his or her details to your Contacts app.

5/ Oldie-goodie — sometimes an old-fashioned trick is better than all these pulsating, hand-drawing, gifs, stickers and goodness-knows what else (I’m kinda dreading iOS 11 already!). Luckily, you can still bang a photo straight into the Message, which can sometimes say everything you want to say most eloquently. Tap the Camera icon to the left of the Message field (where you type), snap a quick picture, and blat that to them instead.

Five Tip Friday ~ Notifications in iOS, and more for Messages


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1/ Ch-ch-changes — The iOS 10 changes to notifications depend largely on whether the device is equipped with 3D Touch. Swiping left on a message now offers View and Clear on non-3D Touch devices; just Clear on 3D Touch devices. Users can now also view photos and videos or respond to messages directly from notifications without having to open the app itself.
On 3D Touch devices (iPhone 6s onwards), press on the notification to reveal the notification actions menu. For example, a Calendar notification hard-pressed will now show your day-long view when you get a meeting reminder. Overall, users can now use 3D Touch to gain a compact view of the app a notification is sent from, such as message content from an email in Mail or the last few messages from a contact. This works similarly if a device is unlocked and a notification banner shows up on the top of the screen. Now, with 3D Touch, users can hard press that notification to open the message and interact with the notification without opening the app.
For non-3D touch devices, hitting View will open the alert and allows interaction with the notification.

2/ With Apple TV — Apple TV Remote gained greater utility in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 thanks to rich notifications. Instead of relying solely on Siri Remote and the clunky tvOS keyboard interface, rich notifications let users quickly enter text directly from the iOS lock screen. Notably, the system works even while browsing tvOS with Siri Remote.
tvOS sends a push notification to a connected iPhone whenever the onscreen cursor hits a text entry box. For example, navigating to the search bar in YouTube’s tvOS app will trigger a push notification on iOS.
Interacting with the rich notification through a 3D Touch press on iPhone 6 and 7 series devices summons a text entry box with familiar iOS keyboard. After entering text and tapping “Go,” control is returned to Siri Remote.
Rich notifications appear in the lock screen and as banners or alerts when iPhone is unlocked. As a true push notification, the interactive alerts show up even when Apple TV Remote isn’t running in the background. The feature is enabled by default and can be configured in the iOS Settings app under Notifications > Apple TV Remote Keyboard. From here, users can opt to allow notifications, show alerts in notifications center, enable sounds, activate lock screen access and select their desired alert style. (Apple’s legacy Remote app —the former text entry mode of choice —is incompatible with fourth-generation hardware.) Apple TV Remote is a free download from the iOS App Store.

3/ Change the volume of your messages — Sometimes you want to whisper; other times you need to shout. No problem. Tap and hold on the send icon, then make your choice of loudness or quietness from the subsequent screen (main picture, above). The available options are gentle, loud, and slam. Plus, there’s an invisible ink option that means the recipient has to rub to reveal the text. Alternatively, switch to the Screen tab, and you can add some animated effects including balloons, confetti, and fireworks.

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4/ Share your location more easily — A feature to let you do this is now built right into the Messages app. Tap the tiny info icon (an “i” in a circle) in the top right-hand corner of any conversation window, then opt to send your current location (as a one off) or share your location for a longer period of time. People who don’t use Apple Messages get an embedded maps link on a contact card.

5/ Filter people — Head to the front page of Messages and you should see two headings at the top: one says ‘Contacts & SMS’ and another is ‘Unknown Senders’. Anyone who’s not already in your address book who tries to send you a note in Apple Messages automatically gets dumped into the second category.
If you don’t like the way this works you can turn it off through the Messages screen in the iOS Settings app (look for the Filter Unknown Senders switch).
To give someone the all-clear for messages in the future, just add his or her details to your Contacts app.

Five Tip Friday ~ iOS 9 and Siri gives you no-typing abilities


iOS 10 will arrive shortly, but these tips will work for that too.

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1/ Teach Maps and Siri where your house is — Teach Maps on iOS and Mac OS X – and Siri on iOS – to recognise your home address. Open Maps when you are at home, and tap the arrow icon in the lower left side of the screen (in iOS 10 it’s at top right, on Mac it’s at top left by the top central type-in field).
When your current location is show, tap on the arrow to the right.
On the info page in the lower left, tap Add to Contacts.
Choose Existing Contact.
Pick your iCloud Contact card.
Assign a location tag — for example, ‘Home’.
Now you can issue Siri commands involving Home andSiri will know the location you mean. You can do the same with your work address and other locations.

2/ Use Siri to get directions —Hold down the Home button to activate Siri (or say ‘Hey, Siri’ if your iOS device supports this feature and you have turned it on in Settings>Siri). Tell Siri the place you want directions to. For example ‘Where is Hell Pizza?’ (The resulting screens will even tell you whether a place is closed! Main picture, above.)
Siri will show you the location on a map. If there are multiple locations shown, tap the one you want.
Siri will then present you with directions from your current location to your destination.
Tap Start and follow the directions.

3/ Use Siri to send text messages — You don’t have to use the virtual keypad on your iPhone or iPad to send text messages because Siri can do it for you. Decide what message you wish to send. Say something like ‘Send Hone a text’ or ‘Text my sister.’ Siri will create a new message and ask you what you want the message to say.
Dictate your message.
To make sure it’s the proper message, tell Siri to ‘Read my message,’ and it will be read back to you.
You’re then asked if you wish to send the message. Say, ‘Send’ … whoosh.

4/ Use Siri to send emails — Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri (or say ‘Hey, Siri’ if you iPhone supports this feature and you have turned in on in Settings).
Say something like ‘Email Andrew’ or ‘Send an email to Andrew’, or you can send an email to multiple recipients with a phrase like ‘Send an email to Andrew and Jacinda.’
Siri opens your Contacts app and grabs the email address of the person or persons you’re emailing. If the contact has more than one email address, you’ll be asked to choose the address you wish to use.
Tell Siri the subject of the email, for example ‘Soccer practice Thursday night.’
Dictate to Siri the contents of the email.
Wait for Siri to confirm the content of your text.
Tap Send, or say ‘Yes’ to send your email.

5/ On iPhone 6s/6s Plus, go to important settings immediately — Press on the Settings app with  little force and, under iOS 9, you’ll see three options: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Battery. So you could use this to hop in and join a network, say, or turn on Low Power Mode. Under the latest release of iOS 10, there’s an additional choice, too – Cellular Data.
(This should also work on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.)

15 tip Friday …


I know, I know: I missed two Five Tip Fridays in a row. The first one was both Good Friday and my birthday so I took the day off, and the second I was overseas with terrible internet.
So I’m making up for it today.

1/ Lock your iPhone camera’s exposure — You can force the Camera app to ‘keep’ an exposure setting, say if you want a certain part of the picture to be perfectly exposed but then you want to move your composition  without the camera auto-refocusing/exposing. Hold your fingertip down on whatever object you’d like to focus on instead of tapping on it (tapping sets your exposure/focus point). If you hold for a couple of seconds,’AE/AF Lock’ appear at the top of your camera window in yellow.
No matter where you move your device, the app will keep the same exposure and focus that you set (and won’t attempt to adjust for, say, changing light conditions) until you tap the screen again to turn the lock off.

2/ Set recurring alarms on iPad and iPhone — Open the Clock app on your iOS device, and then make sure you’re on the Alarm tab at the bottom. Now tap Edit at the top and touch an existing alarm, or select the plus button to configure a new one.
Here you can make changes as you see fit: rewrite the label to something that makes sense to you, switch up what sound (or song) plays when the alarm goes off and so on. But for this tip, tap Repeat. Here you can pick as many days as you want, and the app is smart enough to spell out what days you’ve chosen properly.
Now  when your alarm goes off and you slide on your device’s screen to shut it up, it’ll wake you again the next time it’s configured to (rather than turning the alarm off completely, as will happen when it’s not set as recurring). So you shouldn’t have to turn on your alarm each day, but if you’re paranoid, a quick swipe down on your screen to access Notification Center will confirm that it’s ready to go.

20150410_Password_Settings3/ Disable password requirements for free Apps — One of the new settings in iOS 8.3 is the option to not require a password for the “purchase” of free apps in the App Store. This means even with a passcode set you don’t have to bother with a password in iTunes for updates or free apps, only if it will actually cost you money. This is another convenience of the App Store that makes it easier to use, once you turn it on.
If you have Touch ID enabled, none of the settings will show up at all, so you need to go to Settings>Touch ID & Passcode to disable Touch ID. This is only temporary. Once Touch ID is off, go to Settings>iTunes & App Store>Password Settings (it’s right under your Apple ID) and you’ll see a new section on that page called Free Downloads. If you haven’t walked through these steps already, the option is likely green (for on) but also faded since you don’t have access to change it.
There’s a toggle there that says ‘Require Password’ and the text below it points out what the setting does. If you have it on, it says your free downloads will use the same password restrictions as purchases and In-App purchases (usually that means a password is required). If you turn that off, it says you won’t be asked for your password when you are downloading a free item. Yes!

4/ iOS Action buttons — When you’ve shared a web page you’re reading on your iPad with your Facebook friends, or zapped out an iPhone snapshot via iMessage, your first tap has probably been that little square button with the upward-pointing arrow – this is the Action button, and it comes in handy whenever you want to share, print, save, or otherwise interact with something on your iPhone or iPad, from photos to Notes to PDFs or click-worthy articles.
You can also choose which sharing and “actionable” buttons you want to appear. If you’re not interested in, say, Reading List you can easily tuck the Add to Reading List button out of sight.
Scroll a bit further on either row, though, and you’ll see an additional button: More. Tap it, and a new window will slide into view, displaying each Action button in a list.
To the right of each button, you’ll see a handle (it’s the button with two short horizontal lines). Tap and hold a handle, then slide it up or down to rearrange the buttons in the list—perfect for, say, scooting the “Add to Reading List” button to the very end of the row.

5/ Turn Action buttons on or off — Also under the More button, look for Action buttons with little switches next to them. Flip off a switch and that button disappears from the Action menu. Or flip on the switch for a button you haven’t discovered yet – for example, Save to Dropbox in the Photos app. (Not all Action buttons have switches, unfortunately.)

6/ Context-Sensitive Action buttons — The more apps you have, the more Action buttons are added to your Share Sheet. Dropbox users, for example, won’t see a Dropbox button when they tap the Action button in Safari because that’s irrelevant to Dropbox.

7/ Assign photos to contacts — When you receive a phone call from a friend or relative, why not see at a glance who is who’s calling? In your Photos app, tap the Share button at bottom left, and select Assign to Contact. Your contact list appears – just tap the name of the person you want to assign the contact to. Not you can spread your fingers apart to zoom in to some extent and, which your fingers,  ‘move around’ in images to pick individual faces out of group shots.
You can change this in the Contacts app at any time: tap the Edit button at upper right, and tap Edit Link just below the image.
(By the way, any images you assign to contacts will also be picked up and displayed by your Apple Watch, should you end up with one.)

Mail's Gear icon is the key to figuring out how big Mailboxes are
Mail’s Gear icon is the key to figuring out how big Mailboxes are

8/ For OS X: Get the size of Mailboxes — One of the downsides of email is that, if you’re not diligent about keeping your mailboxes tidy, you end up with a lot of old stuff. Those emails take up space both on your computer if you’re using Mail, and on the server (at your Internet Service Provider) that your messages are passing through. However, Mail has a pretty handy way to see which mailboxes are using up the most space.
Open Mail and then click the gear icon in the lower-left corner. Choose Get Account Info from the menu that appears.
In the subsequent window, you’ll see a drop-down menu at the top. By default, the account chosen will be from whatever server-side mailbox you had selected in the sidebar in Mail  before clicking the gear icon. I find it’s easier to just choose the correct one from this dialog box, so swap that drop-down to the account you’d like to get the sizes for, then select the Quota Limits tab (or Messages on Server if you’re using Exchange).
You’ll get a neat list of the mailboxes associated with that account and their sizes. You can click the headers at the top of the list to sort by name, size, or number of messages, too.

Woa, nearly a GB of Mail in my iCloud account! Since they're backed up in Time Capsule, I'm just going to delete half of them starting from the oldest.
Woa, nearly a GB of Mail in my iCloud account! Since they’re backed up in Time Capsule, I’m just going to delete half of them starting from the oldest.

9/ See OS X Messages delivery times — As you may know, you can tap, hold, and pull to the left within Messages under iOS 7 and iOS 8 to see what time any specific text was sent. If you also use the Messages app on your Mac, though, there’s a way to get your dates and times there, too: simply hover your cursor over any text within Messages and a tiny tooltip appears with the info.

10/ Sort Messages conversations manually — Choose Sort Conversations from the View menu and you can change it to Manually instead of By Time. Once chosen, you can just drag the conversations up and down in the left Conversations pane of Mac OS Messages. Now you can keep your Messages threads from jumping around and arranging themselves by date, and keep the most important conversations at the top.

11/ Numbers — A great Numbers feature (apart from that it can both open and write Excel files) is being able to select cells and see stats on my selection at the bottom of the window. Numbers, in  case you didn’t know, is Apple’s spreadsheet app and it’s already on every new Mac produced in the last year.
You can customise what functions appear by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom of the window and choosing from the menu that’ll appear.
You have to have more than one cell selected to see this option, so if the bottom of your window appears blank, click-and-drag to select a few cells first. One thing you can do with those quick calculations is pick them up and drop them into cells to add the chosen formula there.

12/ Customise your Finder icons — Icons in OS X can be anything you want. Do you want famous race cars to represent all your folders? No problem. Have a research project where each file should be represented by celebrities? OK. Once you’ve found an icon you’d like to use, here’s how to use it on your Mac. These instructions work in all recent versions of OS X, including Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and even earlier.
First, find the image you want to use and open it in Preview. Go to Edit>Select All (the shortcut is Command-A), then Edit>Copy (or Command-C). Now that image is on the clipboard (you can also choose part of the image by ragging, then choose Command C to copy).
Next, switch to the Finder and click once on the folder/app/file you want to change. Go to File>Get Info and the info panel will pop up, displaying the icon in the top left corner of the panel.
Click on the small icon at top left, and then go to Edit>Paste. Your icon will be updated. This works on folders, files and even drives.
But where to find those icons? Actually there are a lot of sources. Notable is the icon section of Iconfactory.

13/Colourise folders really easily — This is more a cheat than a tip, as it requires buying an app, but I really like the little, cheap, easy-to-use Folderol app (NZ$4.99) which lets you colourise folders behind the limited Finder Tag selection. You just drag-and-drop a colour onto a folder, and you can customise the colours.

14/ Apply filters in the new Photo app — Open Photos, double-click on an image, and tap on Edit button at top right. Amongst the tools that appear you’ll see the Filters option. Click the filter form the list at right that appears and click Done. Done.

15/ Previewing Safari links — If you’re using a trackpad on your Mac and you have System Preferences>Trackpad>Point & Click>Look Up toggled on, you can use a three-finger tap on a link to preview it in Safari. This is handy in Google searches, as you can preview the site results to figure out how relevant they are before you navigate away from the search page.
After you check out the preview window, just click it to open the page in a new tab, or click away to dismiss it and move on to something else.

Five Tip Friday — Messages


Tap and hold on a Message to access the More button.
Tap and hold on a Message to access the More button.

The standard iOS Messages app you use daily for text messages, including sometimes photos and even videos, can do even more than you think.

1/ Forward a message to someone else — To forward a message, tap and hold it, select More, then tap the forward arrow at bottom-right.

Times2/ Find out when a text message was sent or received — Tap and hold a message, then drag it from right to left to reveal its time stamp.This can be very handy.

3/ Silence an annoying group thread — Open the message thread, tap Details, then flip the Do Not Disturb switch.Details

4/ Delete old text and picture messages automatically — An individual text message takes up a miniscule amount of data on your phone, but eventually, they all add up — particularly if there are pictures or video clips attached. Or you might be one of those people who constantly wipes messages and emails …
Luckily, Messages has a handy setting that deletes older text and picture messages automatically, perfect for keeping your phone’s storage from getting junked up with ancient threads.
Open Settings, choose Messages, scroll down and tap Keep Messages (under the Message History heading). Then just decide how long you’d like to keep old text messages before they’re deleted: for 30 days, a whole year, or (keep) forever.

5/ See all the photos and videos in a message thread — Messages for iOS 8 lets you view all the photos and video clips in a given message thread all at once.
Open a thread, tap the Details button in the top right corner of the screen, then scroll down to the Attachments section. Here you’ll find every picture, video clip, sound file or any other attachment you’ve traded with a fellow texter ready to be saved, forwarded, printed, or simply opened.

Five Tip Friday for Waitangi Day ~ some hidden iOS 8 features


This is late as it’s a holiday in New Zealand, but here are some cool, hidden iOS tips (https://macnzmark.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/5tf-for-ios8/).

There are all sorts of EQ presets, including the special Late Night option.
There are all sorts of EQ presets for music, and even a special Late Night option that works with video too.

1/ Found a lost iPhone? Siri can help you find its owner — There’s a way for you to be a Good Samaritan, and that way’s name is Siri. Simply activate Siri on the phone, as this can be done even if the device is locked,and ask Siri “who does this phone belong to?”
Siri will give you the owner’s contact information from phone number to email depending on the user’s settings. Now you know exactly how to contact the phone’s owner, earning yourself some karma in the process.

2/ Save your hearing with the Late Night EQ option — Within iOS, there’s a setting that’s been around since iOS 6: a special EQ option that compresses whatever audio you’re listening to so that the loud stuff will be quieter and the quiet stuff louder. With this, you don’t have to turn your volume up so much when you’re on public transportation or in some other noisy place. For podcasts or iTunes movies, it’s pretty handy.
Open the Settings app, and then tap Music. Under that heading is EQ: pick that. Here you’ll see all sorts of audio adjustments you could try, includingTreble Booster, Small Speakers and Rock. Most only apply to music you’re listening to, but Late Night works on video output, too.
Once you tap Late Night you’ll see the small checkmark appear next to it. Just remember to turn the EQ setting to another option when you’re wanting to listen to music.

3/ Hide iCloud iBooks — Sometimes under iOS 8 you don’t seem to be able to delete purchased books. When you try, you may see the book cover still there, except with a ‘download from iCloud’ symbol at the upper-right corner of the book. This is pretty annoying if you want to get rid of books after reading them. Here’s how to fix is: first go out to your main library view (by tapping Library if you’re in the middle of reading a book, or by tapping My Books at the bottom if you’re anywhere else). Then ‘All Books’ at top centre. On the next screen you’ll see your collections, but down at the bottom, the option you need is Hide iCloud Books.
Toggle that on, and you’ll only see the items you’ve actually downloaded to your device.

4/ Auto-delete old Messages — Once you’ve been using your iPhone for a while, you build up quite an archive of text messages. This can take up unnecessary space (do you really need those texts and pictures from two years ago?). iOS 8 now allows you to automatically delete these old messages after either 30 days or one year, potentially freeing up gigabytes of storage.
Tap Settings>Messages and scroll down to Message History – here you can select how long you’d like to keep your old messages: forever, 30 days or one year.

5/ Create custom repeating events in Calendar — Launch the Calendar app, create a new event, tap the Repeat setting, then tap Custom. Here, choose the frequency with which you’d like the event to repeat: daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.
Next tap Every, and make a selection: once a month, for example. You can choose twice a month, three times a month and so on.
Tap ‘Each’ if you want to create an event that repeats on a certain day, say, the 10th of each month, or tap ‘On the…’ to pick a specific day of the week, such as the first Thursday of every month.
Once you’ve made your selections, just back up to the New Event screen, then tap the Done button when you’re finished editing.

Five Tip Friday ~ Mac OS 10.10 tricky stuff


See all the images attached to Messages conversations with the Details button
See all the images attached to Messages conversations with the Details button

1/ Launch apps in OS X using Spotlight — Using Spotlight to search for files etc is handy, and can also search for apps. Not only that, but as with search on iDevices, you can also use it to launch apps.
First, launch Spotlight. For most people this is Command-Spacebar (that’s the default).
When you get to Spotlight, start typing the name of the app you want to launch. If it appears at the top,  just hit the Return key on your keyboard and it opens.

2/ Launch apps using a single letter — Once you have your list, you can also type the app’s first letter (like you can in Finder windows). Except in Spotlight, once you’ve typed the letter and your app’s selected, press Return and it launches.

3/ View all messages in a Messages conversation — Apple’s Messages app in OS X Yosemite borrowed from its iPhone and iPad cousins, so now you can do more in your conversations, like view all of the images and attachments you sent and received in a chat.
To see all of the photos and attachments in a Messages conversation, just click Details in the upper right corner in every conversation. You can click and drag anything from the Details view to your Desktop or folder; double-clicking an image opens it in Preview.

4/ More from Details — The Details view also lets you mute notifications for specific chats, start phone calls and FaceTime calls, and screen share. This is a handy way to see images that otherwise would take a ridiculous amount of back scrolling in long conversations. Grouping in calling features, too, as a bonus.

5/ Make sense of Safari’s new Favorites bookmarks — The new Safari look can throw you almost as much as the new iTunes. But don’t panic: choose View>Show Favorites Bar. When you drag an icon to a new location in this view, its location in the Favorites Bar change too.
If you don’t like this view, you can eliminate it. Open Safari’s Preferences, click General, and configure the New Windows Open With and New Tabs Opens With options.
To organise and edit bookmarks the old fashioned way, the shortest way to do it is to choose Bookmarks>Edit Bookmarks (Command-Option-B). This fills Safari’s window with all the bookmarks it has. Alternatively you could click the Show Sidebar button in the menubar, select the Bookmarks tab, and then click the Edit button at the bottom of the pane.
Now you can rearrange their order, rename them, edit their URL, create folders, and drag collections of bookmarks into those newly created folders. [There’s more on this from Macworld.]

Five Tip Friday ~ Even more Yosemite tips for Mac phone calls and more


1/ Minimise, Maximise — Have you noticed that clicking the green traffic light button at top left of windows now launches Full Screen Mode? Don’t worry – if you hold down the Option key while you click, you get the more traditional behaviour.

2/ Hotspot iPhone tethering —A lot of the power of Yosemite on your Mac and iOS 8.1 on your phone comes down to much better integration between the two platforms. For years you could get a Mac online anywhere as long as your iPhone could get a cell signal, but that’s easier than ever now thanks to Instant Hotspot.
This requires an iPhone running iOS 8.1 and a Mac with OS X Yosemite installed. As it’s a Continuity feature, both devices must be logged in to the same iCloud Apple ID.
Your carrier plan has to have tethering enabled (most NZ Vodafone plans support it; not sure about the others) to take advantage of Apple’s hotspot functionality. But before, users were required to open the iOS Settings application and enable Personal Hotspot and then connect via Bluetooth or the USB charge cable plugged in between the iPhone and the Mac (very fast and reliable compared to Bluetooth in some environments).
htsptInstant Hotspot allows the feature to automatically be enabled without any input, once you’ve set it up. First, you need to turn it on in iPhone Settings – it’s near the top of the list, under Cellular. Once you’ve done that, on your Mac (assuming your iPhone is in range) you simply choose the Wi-Fi menu, and the name of the iPhone, along with cellular signal strength and battery life, is shown.
Choose it, enter the password that’s displayed in your iPhone Settings as ‘Wi-Fi Password’ and you’re connected.

The wireless logo changes to show you have a Hotspot connection
The wireless logo changes to show you have a Hotspot connection

The wifi logo for the right-most wireless indicator at top left of your Mac screen changes to two linked hoops to indicate the connection.
You don’t need to enter that password again, making it a very handy and quick connection option. On your iPhone, a blue bar appears along the top to show you are connected. Before, you had to remember to disconnect once you’ve finished using it, or you’d use all your data up doing nothing, but Apple’s system now intelligently disconnects from Instant Hotspot when the tethered Mac or iPad is not using data, helping preserve battery life on the connected iPhone, since tethering can place a considerable drain on the handset.

3/ Personal Hotspot works for iPad too — It’s handy to get your non-sim iPad online wherever you are, too, sometimes. On iPad, the information is found in the Wi-Fi section of the iOS Settings app. With Instant Hotspot, users will no longer be required to enter a Wi-Fi password to tether with their iPhone. The system is secure because the credentials are authorised via your iCloud account. (On mine the option only appeared when Bluetooth was on.)

4/ Phone calls from your Mac — It might sound silly, but it’s surprisingly handy to be able to take, and make, phone calls directly from your Mac rather than scrabbling to get your iPhone out of your pocket.
To make a phone call from your Mac, just open Contacts and click on the phone handset by the phone number (your FaceTime must be activated and signed-in on your iPhone in Settings>FaceTime. FaceTime should be enabled on both devices with both your phone number and your AppleID – I had to sign out in FaceTime on my iPhone and sign back in to get it to work; Apple has support info on this process).

5/ Geek calls — If you’re of the more geeky variety of Mac user, here are two other ways to initiate phone calls from your Mac. Type tel://18007672775<phone number=”“18007672775″ “=””>in the url bar of Safari and press enter, or open Terminal and type:
open tel://17192662837(with your actual phone numbers, of course, not the example numbers above).