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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Another Typing Trick for your iPhone and iPad

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 6.30.09 AMWhen you’re typing on your iPhone/iPad, and you come to the end of a sentence, you probably tap on the “123” to get your punctuation, and then return to the letter keyboard.

But here’s another way:

When you come to the end of a sentence, just double-tap the space bar. A period will appear and you are in a position to start your next sentence.

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I’m trying to train myself to use this, regularly. It’s not easy to change a habit. :)

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How to Capture ACTION with your iPhone Camera

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I absolutely love this feature.

I remember (years and years) ago buying a digital camera specifically because it had this ability so that I could “catch” action shots at my son’s sporting events. And now, here it is, always available right in our pocket!

I’m guessing you might not know that you have this feature …. but once you do, you’ll be using it to get that PERFECT shot.

So how do you capture action with your iPhone?

Simply bring up your camera on your iPhone.

Aim, and HOLD DOWN THE CAPTURE BUTTON. Your iPhone will snap photos quickly. A Photo Burst.

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iPhone Trick: Shake away your Mistakes

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 5.56.43 PM You’ve typed some text, but you don’t like what you’ve written.

You’ve made a mistake.

You’re in a hurry, and touching that little text-delete button is taking so LONG…..

Have no fear.

Just give your iPhone a shake. Grip it as though you were talking on it and give it a good shake, as though you were mixing up a delicious martini milkshake.

Poof! A box appears on your screen. Just tap “undo” and the unwanted text is gone.

Give it a try :)

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How to Change the Number of Preview Lines in your Email on your iPhone or iPad

Over the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular. Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old (but updated!) “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog. (or to refresh the memories for those of us who forget!)

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 8.10.11 PMWhen you bought your iPhone and/or iPad, the preview setting for your email was pre-set at 2. This means that before you open your individual emails on either device, you see not only the heading of the mail, but also the first two lines of text.

Consider your needs…. perhaps you want more privacy for your email? Then you can set it so that no lines preview at all. (As an added bonus, by setting your preview lines to zero, this frees up space so that more emails show on a single screen at once.)

Or perhaps you get a lot of email from a variety of sources and want more visible lines. When you see more lines, you can decide with a glance if you want to open a particular email, or just delete it. Poof! No opening necessary.

You can set these preview lines anywhere from 0 to 5. Out-of-the-box is set at 2, so if you haven’t changed it, your device is currently set at 2.

Here is how to change the number of visible preview lines: (Directions are the same for both the iPhone and the iPad)

Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars

Now select “Preview”

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You will be shown a screen with the choices: None, 1 Line, 2 Lines, 3 Lines, 4 Lines, 5 Lines.

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Select the number of lines you would like to see, and you’re done.

Return to your Mail, to see if you like your new choice. :)

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iPad Slowing Down? Try this Simple Fix, First

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 8.28.31 PMLast week my dear friend Mona had a sluggish iPad.

Really sluggish.

I watched as she tried to load a map, and it took
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She did the housekeeping thing, and closed all the running apps. No difference. Sluggish, still.

So the next day she made an appointment with a Mac Genius.

They had the solution, and her iPad is speedy, once again.

What was the magic?

They told her to turn it off. Then on (of course :) ). Yes, that’s it.

Actually, the Genius suggested turning it off at least 3 times a week to improve and/or maintain the speed.

That was it. On and off. Remember this if your iPad gets sluggish (and iPhone, as well). It may not solve all your issues, but it can’t hurt.

Thanks, Mona!

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How to Assign a Unique Tone to a Particular Person’s Incoming Text Messages

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 6.25.38 PMOne of the first things most people do when they get their first smart phone is to link up special ringtones for certain people. You might have a particular ringtone to recognize (without looking) that it is your spouse calling, or any other special person.

But did you know that you can also do this for text messages?

Usually most of the text messages that arrive on my phone sound the same. I don’t necessarily look at my phone right away, so some messages might sit for a while before I respond to them.

Recently, though, I was having some work done on my house, and I needed to see the text messages from the contractor as they came in. The best way to do this was to assign a particularly loud and annoying sound specifically to the contractor so that when a message come in from that number, I would be sure to look at it.

This worked beautifully, and I never missed a message. :)

Here is how to assign a sound to a particular texting person:

Go to your Contacts and select the person you want to customize.

Tap on EDIT and scroll down… you will see “text tone” as a choice. Tap on that.

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Now scroll through the sound choices, pick the one you want, and tap “done.”

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That’s all there is to it!

From now on, a text message from your special contact will be identified with your uniquely assigned tone.

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