Reminder: Occasionally Close your Apps …. Completely!

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 7.07.32 AMYou’d think that since I write this “tech” blog for us everyday folks that I would be a do-er of the things that I recommend.

You’d think that.

But I don’t. :shock:

A great example happened this weekend, and when I was told to do this in a chat with tech support (for another device) …… I felt more than a little foolish.

Although this didn’t solve my problem, it was an action that I should have done before I contacted tech support. Actually I should do this regularly. As I have suggested that you do. But…. I forgot.


So here’s OUR reminder:

Occasionally CLOSE all your apps on your iPhone. If you used them…. they are still running in the background. You need to shut them down.

To force-close your apps, double-click the home button.

The screen that appears after your double-click will show you your open apps. Move to the left and right to see all the open apps.


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

Keep flipping. If you haven’t done this in a while (like me) you’ll probably have a bunch of open apps.

Doing this regularly will keep your iPhone running smoothly. (and prevent embarrassment when talking with a young tech-support helper) :roll:

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Turn off your iPhone Flashlight with One Tap

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 9.19.44 PMI really enjoy finding “new” things on my phone. Some things are worthless and silly, and some things are quite helpful. This action falls somewhere in between.

It is a shortcut-way to turn OFF the flashlight. But, let’s back up……

I use the flashlight on my iPhone a LOT.

I love having a flashlight in my pocket.

To refresh your memory, to turn on your flashlight, you just slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen. It doesn’t matter if you are on the home screen or lock screen. Just slide UP and you’ll have access to the flashlight. Tap the flashlight icon to turn the flashlight ON.

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To turn the flashlight off, again, you repeat. Bring up the control center and tap the flashlight OFF.

The new shortcut trick lets you turn off your flashlight with one tap instead of two. (Yes, there are those people who crave this kind of efficiency.) I’ll probably use this, myself.

How to turn off your flashlight with ONE tap:

When your flashlight is on, and you want to turn it off, just look down at the bottom of your lock screen to the CAMERA icon. Put your finger on it, and slide up. This action puts the camera on, and turns your flashlight off.

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Of course, now your phone is in camera-ready mode. Which would mean, if you are going to continue using your iPhone, you would have to go back to the home screen, anyway.

BUT … for me, (and I assume others as well), when I finish using my flashlight, I am usually in the middle of some sort of task (looking at the circuit breaker, finding something in the back of a closet, etc) and so I am NOT in a position to tap about my phone. This single tap-flip, will actually be a(n) (arguable) convenience.

In any case, useful or not, this just makes us a little smarter about our smart phone. :)

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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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