A Quick Post about Quick Reply in iOS8

If a text appears at the top of your device while you are involved with something else, you no longer have to leave whatever-you-are-doing to head over to messages to answer it.

When the text comes in, just pull it down.

You’ll have the opportunity to reply right then and there, and then go back to doing whatever it was that you were doing.

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Banish a Text from your Screen with a single Swipe

Sometimes when you are using your iPhone, a text message pops in.

And when the text message appears at the top of your screen, as a banner notification, you want it gone … immediately.

You can wait for it to go away, but it will sit there for a few seconds, and there are times when those few seconds are just too long. For example, the banner completely covers the search box when you are using a map, so you could be in the middle of typing when a text pops in.

It’s good to know that you can banish that text from your screen with a single swipe.

If you have iOS7, just swipe UP.
(earlier versions of iOS, swipe right to left)

Gone! Swish!

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Yes, you DO have a Flashlight on your iPhone: iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-11-07 at 8.07.39 AMI use the flashlight on my iPhone often. It is so handy. I use it in places where I wouldn’t ordinarily use a flashlight simply because my big old household flashlight is always someplace else. :shock:

But my iPhone is in my pocket and so a flashlight is always handy.

Before iOS 7 you needed a Flashlight app. There were many, and I loved the one I had.

But if you are new to the iPhone, or never had/used a Flashlight app before, you should know that you now have a Flashlight on your iPhone ….. it came WITH iOS 7.

So where is it??

How to access the Flashlight in iOS7:

To find your Flashlight, bring up your “Control Center” by simply swiping UP on your iPhone.

Look at the bottom left area of your screen…… there is your Flashlight.

Just tap the icon to turn it on.


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iOS 7: Text Time, a Secret Goodie in iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-10-14 at 8.20.36 AMOn this blog we will be exploring one feature of iOS 7 at a time, and so every few days I’ll toss another here on the blog to look at more closely.

Just ONE at a time. Slow and steady.

That’s how we “everyday folks” can cope with all this stuff. :)

There is a little “secret” buried in the new iOS 7.

And it’s a goodie!

You can now see WHEN a text was sent. This can be very handy ….. Maybe you’ve missed an “I’m on my way” or an apology, or countless other issues. The “when” the text was sent can be quite important….. and now you can see that “when”.

Here is how to see when a text was sent in iOS 7:

This is how you see a typical text.


If you would like to see the TIME this text was sent, you can now do this in iOS 7.

Just put your finger on the text, and slide to the LEFT.

The time the text was sent will appear on your screen from the right side. :)


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How to Access the New Control Center in iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-10-06 at 4.50.18 PMOn this blog we will be exploring one feature of iOS 7 at a time, and so every few days I’ll toss another here on the blog to look at more closely.

Just ONE at a time.

Slow and steady.

That’s how we “everyday folks” can cope with all this stuff. :)

The iOS 7 designers decided that it would be helpful to have an easily accessible Control Center with many frequently used functions …. and so they made one.

I guess this is one of those things that some people really love and can’t live without. I am not one of those people.

It’s ok. Maybe I’ll grow to love it. But for now, it’s just ok. I suppose if you are someone who needs to adjust many of these things frequently, then you’ll feel differently and will embrace this new feature.

The Control Panel enables you to access things quickly instead of navigating through a bunch of steps (like getting to Wifi, for example).

Here is how to access your new Control Center:

From any screen on your iPhone, swipe UP from the bottom of the screen. There it is! Your official Control Center.


Take a careful look at the control center screen. From here you can quickly access all kinds of things: wifi, bluetooth, brightness, the clock, the camera, just to name a few. Just tap any of the representative symbols to do the deed.

The beauty of this is that you can call it up from where ever you are. If you have 9 pages of icons, for example, and you’re on page 9, you can bring up the control center in an instant and use the Camera that might be living way back on page one. I’ll admit, that’s kind of handy. You can even access it from the lock screen, and apps.

However, it may possibly interfere with some apps, so you might want to tweak this.  If you go to Settings > Control Center, you can disable access from the lock screen or from within apps.


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How to Search your iPhone or iPad in iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 4.07.13 PMOn this blog we will be exploring one feature of iOS 7 at a time, and so every few days I’ll toss another here on the blog to look at more closely.

Just ONE at a time.

Slow and steady.

That’s how we “everyday folks” can cope with all this stuff. :)

Before iOS 7, if you wanted to search for something on your iPad or iPhone, you merely swiped the screen from left to right, and poof! a search screen.

This is one of the features that has been changed in iOS 7. Now, if you try the left-to-right swipe, you get …… nothing. So where is the search feature, now?

To find “search” on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 7:

Touch anywhere on any screen full of icons and pull down.


After you pull down, you will see the search screen and you can go about finding all the things you need to find. :)


Note: if you reach too high, and pull down from just above your screen, you will bring down your calendar, etc. (Subject of another post. :) ) Remember: to bring up the search screen, just pull down by touching on the screen, itself.

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How to Force-Close Apps in iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-09-20 at 7.36.56 PMThere are so many changes in iOS 7, we will be tackling them here on this blog one-at-a-time. Slow and easy.

Knowing how to force-close an app is important, not only so that you can stop an app that might be frozen, but also so that you can see and stop all of the apps that are running in the background.

(Up until now, if you wanted to close running apps, you double clicked the home button, touched an icon until you saw the red “-“, and then deleted those apps on the bottom of the screen.)

I’ve talked about the importance of this before:
Is your iPhone (iPad) Sluggish? Give it a Clean Sweep. (With iOS 7, you should not need to close all your apps all that often. The developers claim they are using very little of the resources.)

This “how to” has changed in iOS 7.

To force-close your apps in iOS 7, double click the home button (as before)…. but this time, instead of seeing a row of icons at the bottom, you will see a screen that is new to you.

This screen will show you the open apps (the ones that used to line up across the bottom) AND, in addition to those icons, you will also see a snapshot of the app as it appeared when it was open. Move to the left and right to see all the open apps.


If you touch the screenshot of any of these open apps, you will return to it, and the screenshot becomes the actual screen. If I had touched that peaceful alarm clock screenshot, for example, I would have been taken back ‘into’ the alarm clock app.

To close each app, put your finger on its screenshot and flip it up. Whoosh! Gone.

To summarize:

Closing open apps in iOS7: Double click the home button. Flip the screenshots UP.

ta da …. done!

I don’t know if it’s ‘better’ than the old way, but it is kind of fun. :)

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3 Gestures to Use on your iPad (and save your home button)

As part of my month-long anniversary series, some posts will include information covered previously. Hopefully this way new readers get to see things they missed and older readers might be reminded of things they have forgotten. (This “forgetting” thing happens to me, too!)

tumblr_ldl5vjLN5s1qdd7bwo1_500If you know anyone who has used an iPad (or an iPhone) for an extended period of time, you might have heard complaints that the home button can get sticky or less responsive. Using gestures in place of the home button can make the iPad an even better experience. The gestures are easy and intuitive.

First make sure that your iPad has its gesturing ability turned ON. Go to your Settings > General > Multitasking Gestures. Make sure this is switched to “on”.

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Here is how to close an app on your iPad without using the home button:

Screen shot 2013-05-09 at 7.28.28 PMOpen an app.

Spread your fingers wide and gently place them all on the screen.

Now, pull your fingers together, dragging them across the screen.

Poof! Your app is closed, with no home-button-usage. :)

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Screen shot 2013-05-09 at 7.40.18 PMHere is another gesture for your handful of fingers. This works with four or five fingers, and on the iPad only, not the iPhone (the iPhone’s screen is too small for so many fingers.)

The purpose of this gesture is to move from an open app to another open app without having to tap your way through the “close > navigate to the next app > open” sequence. This is awesomely helpful if you are working with two or three open apps and want to go back and forth between the them.

Here is how you can move between apps:

Let’s practice with two apps that came with your iPad (but it will work with any two apps).

Tap to open the Clock app. Now close it.

Tap to open the Photos app. Now close it.

Go back and open the Clock app again. Now place four or five fingers on the screen and swipe to the left.

Here comes the open app, Photos, from the right. (If you swipe to the left again, you’ll see the last app you had open before you tried this trick).

Now swipe back in the other direction, and you have returned to Clock. Spend a moment flipping back and forth. You can see how easy it is to move between your open apps. Try again with two apps of your choice.

This may not be a gesture you’ll need often, but when the day comes that you need to work with two or more apps, this gesture will be golden.

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Screen shot 2013-05-09 at 7.33.10 PMAnd last but not least … the “Swipe UP”.
Simply place four fingers on your iPad screen and push UP. This exposes the task bar and makes visible all of the running apps. (More on “running apps”, soon).

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How to Find a Buried App on your iPhone and iPad

photo credit: Daniel Y. Go via photopin cc

photo credit: Daniel Y. Go via photopin cc

I have so many apps, that most of my icons are folders. Folders full of apps. (Good thing you can’t put folders inside of folders. :) )

I could stop here and look up the count to share with you, but I won’t, because it’s embarrassing. Just know… there are lots of apps on my iPhone and iPad.

But before I beat myself up too much, I will point out that I know I am NOT alone. I know that there are many other people (not just me!) who have oodles of apps. And folders too.

Oodles of folders full of apps.

If this describes you, you may have discovered that sometimes it is hard to find an app. No matter how you try to organize your screens, no matter how many folders you make, somehow you just can’t find the app you need.

Here is a quick way to find that needed app:

Put your finger on the left side of your home screen and swipe to the right.

This will bring you to this blank screen with a search box on the top.

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Start to type in the app you are looking for. You can see here that as I started to type “Bookworm”, I didn’t get very far until it appeared right at the top of the list. Once the elusive app appears, just tap on it and it will open.

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Opportunity for a Catch Up

I won’t be able to post on this blog for a few days. New followers might find this a good opportunity to catch up with some earlier posts, especially if you are looking for “how to’s”.

I’m going to select a few that I think might be particularly helpful and add the links, but you can always find posts through the sidebar and/or the archives. There are many more “how to’s” in addition to the ones I am linking to, so if you are so inclined, just scroll through the back posts.

Be back, shortly! :)

Caps For Dummies: How to Yell with Just Two Taps

Closing Apps Completely: How to Keep Your iPad and iPhone Running Smoothly

Umlauts and Tildes: How to Find These and Other Variations on Your iPhone or iPad

Tapping the Map App: How to Access Street View on Your iPhone and iPad

QR Codes: What Are Those Dotted Squares and How Do I Use Them?

How to Add Punctuation With Just ONE Tap: Awesome Keyboard Shortcut for Your iPad and iPhone

Emoticons on Your iPad Keyboard: How to Access a Whole Bunch of Emoticons and Lots of Other Things

How to Preview Email on Your iPhone or iPad

How to Bold, Underline or Italicize Your Email on Your iPad or iPhone

Your Phobic iPad and iPhone Screen: How Chemistry Makes It Easy To Clean


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