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Read QR Codes with your iPhone
N1Read QR Codes with your iPhone

Read QR Codes with your iPhone

Sample QR Code

The iPhone camera can read QR (Quick Response) codes that you find on marketing materials, television ads and more.  Are are seeing more use of QR codes every day.

Your iPhone can read the QR codes directly.  No special app is required.

 

 

There are two methods that you can use to scan a QR code with your iPhone or iPad.  

  1. If you only occasionally encounter a QR code, you can simple use the regular Camera app for scanning.
  2. Using the Code Scanner icon in the Control Center will make frequent scanning easier.  

We will explore both methods with step-by-step instructions below.

 

 

Scan from the Camera App

The process is easy.  Here is a step-by-step description:  

  1. Launch your Camera app.
  2. Point the camera at the QR code and wait a second for code recognition where you see yellow brackets around the QR code.  If the camera is distracted by other text or information on the screen, tap the QR code with your finger.  
  3. The resulting link or information will be displayed in a yellow banner below the QR code.
  4. Tap the QR code or the yellow banner to access the linked site.  You do NOT need to tap the shutter or take a photo.  

The linked site will be displayed in your Safari browser.  

 

Scan from the Control Center

If you scan a lot of QR codes, the scanning process can be more direct and easier when the process is launched from the Contol Center.  The scanning steps are more distinct and may  give you better results.

There are some setup steps to be able to scan QR codes from the Control Center.  Here is a step-by-step description.  

 

Setup the Control Center for Scanning

To setup this function from the Control Center you will add the Code Scanner icon to your custom Control Center functions.

Here are the setup steps to add this icon to the Control Center.

  1. Go to Settings   app
  2. Tap Control Center
  3. Tap the Insert button (Green Plus) next to Code Scanner in order to add it to your Control Center commands.  The Code Scanner icon will be included under Included Controls.  
  4. You will find the Code Scanner on the bottom row of your Control Center icons.  

Learn more about this setup process in 

Use the Code Scanner in the Control Center

The process is easy.  Here is a step-by-step description:  

  1. Access the Control Center on your device. 
  2. Tap the Code Scanner icon.
  3. You will see Find a code to scan on the screen.  Move your device to place the QR code into the provided frame.
  4. On recognition, the web link will automatically be loaded into your browser.  No tapping or additional action is required.

That’s all there is to the scanning process.

 

Summary

QR Codes are displaying frequently in adds, information kiosks and more.  If you needs are casual, you camera app will do a fine job of scanning QR codes.

If you are a regular, consider setting up the Code Scanner icon in the Control Center for direct access to the function.  

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – Scan a QR code with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

 

 

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Custom Icons on Control Center
N2Add New Icons & Controls to Customize the Control Center

Add New Icons & Controls to Customize the Control Center

The Control Center is the management tool that provides instant access to controls for Airplane mode, Flashlight, Calculator, Camera and more.   Although there are a standard set of controls that are present on the Control Center screen, you can add addition controls and shortcuts to various apps.  This can make the Control Center even more useful in your everyday work.  

You can add additional controls to the Control Center 

 

There are two different methods to open the Control Center depending your iPhone:

 

  • On an iPhone with a Home button: Swipe up from the bottom by placing your finger next to the Home button and sliding up from the bottom of the screen. To close Control Center, swipe down or press the Home button
  • On an iPhone without a Home button: Swipe down from the top-right edge. To close Control Center, swipe up from the bottom.

 

The Control Center is covered in Senior Tech Recipe #103 Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions

The new and somewhat hidden nugget on the Control Center is the ability to customize it adding additional icons and controls.  For example, you can could add other frequently used apps and functions.

Custom buttons are added to a bottom row on the control center with these steps:

 

Setup

Launch the Settings app. 

Scroll down and tap Control Center

The current set of controls are included under the heading INCLUDED CONTROLS.  Add or remove control with the following setup actions:

 

1 Add App – Available apps are listed under MORE CONTROLS.  Tap the Insert button (Green Plus) to add this icon to the Control Center.

2 Delete App – Tap the Delete button to remove this control from the current INCLUDED CONTROLS.

3 Move App – Tap the Move buttonto move this control up or down to a new position within the Control Center.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Use and customize Control Center on iPhone

 

 

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Use iPhone Spotlight Search to Find Apps, Get Reminders, News and More
N3Use iPhone Spotlight Search to Find Apps, Get Reminders, News and More

Use iPhone Spotlight Search to Find Apps, Get Reminders, News and More

Have you ever lost an app on your iPhone.  You’ve scanned all of your Home screens and just don’t see the app that you know is on your iPhone.  Or you have simply lost a document, marked location, text message or something else on your iPhone or iPad.  IPhone Search may be the answer.  

The Search function on your iPhone gets results from your apps but also from the Internet, from  Maps and Contacts and more.

Naming challenge

Most of the experts and resources call this function Spotlight Search.  But when you view Apple documentation, they just refer to it as iPhone Search.  In this Nugget, we’ll show you what it can do.  And we will call it Spotlight Search.  

 

 

Access Spotlight Search – New for IOS 16

Tap the Search Button

With IOS 16, a new Search button was added to the bottom of every Home screen.  

Tap the Search button as a quick way to access Spotlight Search.

Access Spotlight Search – All iPhones

 

To use Spotlight Search swipe down from the center of the Home screen.  You can also think of it as pulling down from a blank space in the middle of the Home screen.      Try to place your finger on a blank spot of the iPhone Home screen without tapping an icon and gently swipe/pull down to the button of the screen.

So consider this “flick” approach.

  1. Find a blank part of the Home Screen.
  2. Flick down from that spot with your forefinger.

You can also access Spotlight Search from your lock screen.  Use the same action.  

What can Spotlight Search Do?

There are many practical and everyday uses for the iPhone Search.  You simply begin to type in the Search Bar.  And many times you don’t even have to type a full word to search for an item.  

Practical uses for search:

  • Find apps that are “lost.”
  • Find a contact by typing a name.
  • Get current temperature.
  • See news headline
  • Do calculations.  Type 29.67 * .2 to calculate a 20 percent tip.  
  • Advanced 1 – Use Search to find a setting in the Settings app that you have forgotten.  For example to find how to control the timing on the lock screen type “lock screen” into the Search bar. 
  • Advanced 2 – Tap the microphone to dictate your search term

Clear your Search

Like many Search Bars, you can clear a search by tapping on the x at the right of the search bar.  

Clearing the previous search will set you up for your next search phrase or keyword.

 

 

Summary

Use Spotlight Search as a quick and convenient way to search for lost apps, contacts or really any information that is on your iPhone.  

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Use iPhone to Search

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Write or Draw in the Notes or Photos App
N4Write or Draw in the Notes or Photos App

Write or Draw in the Notes or Photos App

You can draw or write inside the Notes app.  You can use either use your finger or a stylus.   The same tools are also available in the Photos app allowing you to markup a photo with drawing or writing.  

There are a number of practical uses but as a grandfather I use it to launch a classic game of tic tac toe to play with my grandson.  Or you might use this feature to capture a handwritten note and quick back-of-the-napkin drawing.  

Here are the steps to start drawing using the Note app:

Launch the Notes app.

1 Tap Edit  to create a new note

2 Tap the pen.  Or if the pen is not displayed, tap +, then tap the pen.

3 Choose the pen or marker,

4 Choose color

5 Draw or write on the screen.

Draw In the Photos App

The same Markup tools are available in the Photos app.  In the Photos app you can use the markup tools to write or draw on a photo.  Perhaps using it to add a title or highlight a specific area of the photo.

In the Photos app, the Markup tools are somewhat hidden.  Here is where you can find them.

  1. Launch the Photos app
  2. Tap a photo to display it full screen.
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap More  (Three dots) in the upper right corner.  
  5. Tap Markup.
  6. The pens, eraser and color tools will display at the bottom of the editing screen.

Draw a Perfect Line, Circle or Square

Notice that in the photo above the second circle is a perfect circle drawn by hand.  Here is a trick to draw a perfect line, circle or square using your finger, pencil or stylus.

 

 When you draw a shape or line, at the end of your movement, pause for a second before lifting your finger.

 The shape will snap to a perfect shape.

 Use Undo to change back to your less than perfect shape.  

 

 

Perfect Circle Challenge

This trick is a great showoff skill that you can use with grandchildren.  Challenge them to draw a perfect circle with their finger.  Except you “cheat” a little by doing this trick. 

Have fun with this.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Draw or Write in Notes on iPhone

iPhone User Guide – Notes-  Add text, shapes, and signatures with Markup on iPhone

 

 

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Scan and Store Documents Using your iPhone's Notes App
N5Scan and Store Documents Using your iPhone’s Notes App

Scan and Store Documents Using your iPhone’s Notes App

Ever wish you had access to a scanner that you could use to scan and store documents?  With your iPhone, you have a document scanner that you hold in your hand.   There are a number of uses:

  • If you have received instruction to sign a document and then scan and return it.
  • You would like to scan receipts for long term storage.
  • You want to scan information like auto insurance cards so that you can carry on your iPhone.

 

The iPhone document scanner will scan documents, forms, receipts and more and store them in the Notes app.  You can use the tools of the Notes app to read, mark up, organize and print the scanned documents.  

This lesson will get you started with the process to scan documents into the Notes appp.  

 

Scan Documents

1 Lay the document you want to scan on a flat service.  Good lighting and a dark service will aid the scanning process.  

2 Launch the Notes app.

Create a new Note by tapping (Compose)  icon.  A new note will appear ready to accept text or in this case your scanned document.

 

The Scanning Process

4 In the new note (or existing Note) tap the Camera icon just above the keyboard.   If the Camera icon is not visible above the keyboard tap the + (Plus) to access the format bar.

Tap Scan Documents to begin the document scanning process.

 

 

 

6 Position the document on the camera screen.  

7 When the scanner function is in Auto mode, once the document is centered and stable on the screen, the shutter on the camera will automatically take a picture of the document and prepare for a second page.  

8 If the camera can’t frame the document or if you have changed from Auto to Manual, you can manually press the shutter button to take the shot.(See Manual Scanning below)

Multiple pages?  If you are on Auto mode, the scanning process will momentarily pause allowing you to move a second page onto the surface for scanning.  You can scan multiple page documents with this method.  If you are in Auto mode, simply center the page and multiple page scans will accumulate into a single scanning process.  You can see a count of pages next to the Save button.

Tap Save when you’re done and wish to end scanning.

The scanned document will be displayed in the Notes document.  You can watch as the iPhone’s Live Text function will look for identifying text in the scanned document and place a title automatically on the note.  

In the Notes app, you can use all of the Notes app’s tools for organizing, printing and sharing the document.  

10 Optionally, if shadows are a problem on the scanned document, turning on the flash will often help eliminate shadows and add clarity to the final scans.  Tap Flash and turn the flash On.  

Manual Page Scanning

While Auto mode scanning works great, if the scanner is having difficulty detecting the edges of the page or if you want to manual control the pages with cropping, you can switch to Manual mode.

In manual mode, you will tap the Shutter icon to take the scan.  You will then be given an opportunity to adjust the corners of the scanned document.

1  Move the circles at the corners to frame the document.  You can adjust all four corners of the document, even cropping the scan to a specific area of the scanning surface.

2 If the scan doesn’t work for you, you can choose Retake in order to capture the scan again.  

3 Press Keep Scan. The scanning process will capture the scan and then pause allowing you to scan additional pages.

 

When the entire document is scanned, tap Save in order to save the scan in the Notes app.

Sign or Markup the Document you Scanned

To sign or markup a document:

  1. Access the Note with the Scanned Document.
  2. Tap the scanned document in the note.
  3. Tap Share icon (Share) , then tap Markup.
  4. To Markup the document, tap a pen and use your finger or stylus to draw on the document.  See the lesson Write or Draw in the Notes App for more instructions.
  5. To add your signature, tap ,
  6. To sign,  tap . To manually sign your document, select a tool to use, then sign with your finger or stylus.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Scan text and documents in Notes using the camera on iPhone

Apple Support Document – How to scan documents on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Apple Support Document – Use Continuity Camera on your Mac      Instructions on how to use the iPhone’s scanning function to scan documents directly to your Mac computer.  

 

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Create Reminder
N6Create Location-Based Reminders to Complete Task

Create Location-Based Reminders to Complete Task

The reminders app specializes in capturing tasks and items in a reminder list and reminding you about those items later.  Most obvious is to set a reminder for a task to complete on a certain date. However, there are reminders that will also notify you when you arrive at a specific location.

Step-by-Step

Let’s create a  simple example and create a reminder to take out the garbage when your arrive at your home.

 

Here are the steps:

1 Launch the Reminders app.

Reminder app icon

2 Next to the + in the reminder list, type a description of the task.

3 Tap Information (circle i)

Tap the switch to turn on Remind me at a location. (Green is on)

5 Tap Location.

6 Tap your Home (if home is identified in your Info card) from the list of locations.  If it is not displayed, type an address in the search bar.

Set and Adjust Location

You can adjust the reminder to receive the reminder when you When I Arrive versus When I Leave the location. 

7 Add priority or notes as desired.  

8 Press Done to complete the Reminder

In the Take our the Garbage example, you will receive a notification when you arrive Home (or whichever location you indicate in the reminder)

The Notification will appear as:

 

Senior Smart Tip – Use Siri to set a Reminder

If you are thinking that this process is a little complicated for a simple reminder, using Siri makes the process very easy.

How easy?  Just a single line of instruction.

Summon Siri and say, Remind Me to take out the garbage when I get home.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 9+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – Use Reminders on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

iPhone User Guide – Reminders App

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets to help you stay organized.

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Use Siri to Set Timers and Alarms
N7Use Siri to Set Timers and Alarms

Use Siri to Set Timers and Alarms

There are a lot of things that you can do with Siri.  In fact, Senior Tech Recipe #12 Getting to Know Siri has a list of over 200 commands that Siri can complete.

 

We know that the iPhone is great for creating timers and alarms.  And using Siri is makes it easy and convenient when you need that quick alarm or time.   With a single Siri command, you can create these handy tools.

But first, let’s explore the difference between Alarms and Timers.  

 

Alarm – An Alarm is appropriate when you want to see and hear a notification when a certain date and time arrives.  It is perfect for morning alarms or to set an alarm when you need to complete a task at a specific time. Although you can also set a reminder in the Reminders app to give a notification at a specific date and time, an Alarm will be more pronounced to include the audio ring that you set.

Timer – A Timer works to give you an audio and notification at an elapsed time.  It is perfect to timing cooking tasks or setting a time for your afternoon nap of 20 minutes.  

 

If you are manually creating either a timer or an alarm you will use the Clocks app.  

Use the Clock app to create timers or alarms

 

But in this nugget, let’s make it even more simple by using Siri.

Step-by-Step

Create a Timer with Siri

Summon Siri   Choose your favorite approach:

  • Press and hold Home (iPhones with Home buttons)
  • Press and hold the Side button (iPhone without a Home buttom)
  • Say  “Hey Siri”

Say, “Set a timer for 20 minutes.”

Siri, “OK, your timer is set for 20 minutes”

 

 

 

Create an Alarm with Siri

Summon Siri   Choose your favorite approach:

  • Press and hold Home (iPhones with Home buttons)
  • Press and hold the Side button (iPhone without a Home buttom)
  • Say  “Hey Siri”

Say, “Set an alarm for  timer for 7:30 in the morning.”

Siri, “OK, I set an alarm for 7:30 AM”

 

 

When the time arrives you will receive a notification from the time or alarm.  Important is that an audio sound is included in the event.  This makes it more powerful than a reminder.

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Clock

Senior Tech Club Recipe #420 – Getting to Know Siri

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Offload Unused Apps
N8Save Storage Space by Automatically Offloading Unused Apps

Save Storage Space by Automatically Offloading Unused Apps

iPhone Storage under Settings, General

If you use apps and take a lot of pictures and video, you may find the your iPhone storage becomes depleted.  This will prevent you from taking pictures, installing new apps and even upgrading your IOS software.

There is a capability that started with IOS 11 that will automatically offload apps that are unused and restore the storage that they use.  Best of all it is easy and will happen automatically once setup.

Step-by-Step

Here are the steps to perform this automatic offloading:

  1. Launch the Setting app.

  1. In the Settings app, scroll down and tap General and iPhone Storage.  The screen to the right appears.
  2. Tap Enable for Offload Unused Apps
  3. The Check mark next to the setting identifies that the feature is turned on.  

Feature On

 

Find the Setting Under iTunes and App Stores

If the setting was not displayed under Settings, General, iPhone Storage, the function is enabled.  You can control the setup in the settings other location in the Settings app under iTunes and App Stores

Here are the steps to perform this automatic offloading:

  1. Launch the Settings app.

  1. In the Settings app, scroll down and tap iTunes & App Store.
  2. Swipe to scroll down to find the settings for Offload Unused Apps.
  3. If the switch is green, this indicates the function is on.
  4. Tap the green switch to Disable Offload Unused Apps.

 

Reinstalling or Permanently Deleting the App

When an app is removed through the automatic offloading process, the icon will still display on the Home screen but with a puffy download cloud next to it.

 

Here is a collection of apps that have been offloaded with the download cloud.

 

When you want to reinstall the app, simply tap the app icon from the Home screen and the app will be restored.  Note that there will be some delay in using the app as the app has to be downloaded from the App Store.

You can also restore the app from the Settings app.  Launch Settings and tap General, iPhone Storage.

Scroll down to the app you wish to restore and tap on it.  The following screen will display where you can either reinstall or permanently delete the app.   

 

If you feel that you will no longer use the app, ever,  tap Delete App, this will also delete all data associated with the app.  This action is permanent.  

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – About storage on your device and in iCloud

Apple Support – How to check the storage on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets about Storage on your device:

 

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Dictate Microphone on Keyboard
N9Dictate Messages and Notes Instead of Typing

Dictate Messages and Notes Instead of Typing

When you create text or email messages or notes, you can dictate text instead of typing it.

With a little practice, you will find that you can compose long messages in now time.  It is also easy and there is one simple trick to make it successful.

Step-by-Step

Any place where you see a keyboard on the screen and you are tempted to type, look for the microphone next to the space bar.  

Tap the Microphone.  See the screen on the right.  

Then speak.  You will need to say the punctuation and format control.  This is the simple tip that is not obvious on the screen See Punctuation or format below.  

When you are finished, tap the Keyboard icon on the bottom of the screen.  

 

Stop Dictation by tapping Keyboard

 

Punctuation or format.

Here is a list of common punctuation and instructions that you will use as your dictate.  

  • period
  • question mark
  • exclamation mark
  • comma
  • quote … end quote
  • new paragraph
  • new line

More information can be found in Senior Tech Recipe #016 Dictate Text Instead of Typing 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Dictate

Senior Tech Club Recipe #016 Dictate Text Instead of Typing

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Siri? Who Am I?
N10Who are you? Does Siri know? Setting up My Info

Who are you? Does Siri know? Setting up My Info

Who are you?  Does Siri know?

 

To find out, ask Siri two questions:

  • Who Am I?
  • Where do I live?

If Siri is able to answer both questions, not further action is needed.

Background

You likely know that you can give Siri commands like, “Get me directions home.” or “How long is the drive home?” or “Remind me to take out the garbage when I get home.”

 

All of these commands would require that Siri knows who you are.  

But how does Siri know who you are?  

 

There is a two step process to tell Siri who are you are.

  1. Enter yourself in Contacts
  2. Set up My Info

The Step-by-Step instructions are below.

Step-by-Step

Manually add a Contact

Launch the Contacts app often found in the Extras folder on the home screen.

The Contacts app icon found under Extras

Tap the + (plus) sign on the upper right of the Contacts screen to add yourself as a contact.

Tap + to add a new contact

On the empty contact screen you will find empty fields where you enter your contact information.

1 Enter First name, Last Name into their separate fields.

2 Tap + next to add phone and enter your mobile phone.

3 Tap + next to add email and enter your email address.

4 Tap + next to add address and enter your home address.  A home address will support Siri location commands for “Home.”

Optional, also add your work address

5 Tap Done in the upper right corner when completed.

Set up My Info

You will now tell Siri who you are in the Settings app.  This is accomplished by “pointing” at the contact record that you have created for yourself.  

Launch Settings

Scroll down and tap Siri & Search

Tap My Information (if your name isn’t already displayed.  If your name is displayed, no further action is required.

Select your name from your contacts.

Close Settings

Quiz Siri

After the My Information selection has been made.  Ask Siri the following questions:

“Who am I?”

“Where do I live?”  

Siri? Who Am I?

If the setup was successful, Siri should be able to tell you your name and address when questioned.  

 

Setup

Setup steps identified above.

Requirements

Requires IOS: 9+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Tell Siri About Yourself

GCFLearnFree.com – To Set the My Info Card (scroll down this lesson)

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How to Make  Emergency SOS Calls on your iPhone
N13How to Make Emergency SOS Calls on your iPhone

How to Make Emergency SOS Calls on your iPhone

In an emergency, use the Emergency SOS function on your iPhone to quickly call for help and alert your emergency contacts.   The action will perform two functions:

  1.  Your phone will make a 911 Emergency Call.
  2. A text message will be send to your emergency contacts in your medical ID.

 

Every Older Adult Should Know How to Make an SOS call.  This is for your health and safety!

 

 

Make an Emergency SOS Call

You will want to practice the action a few times so that it is remembered when you need it.  When you practice, be prepared to cancel the call before actually calling 911.

 

There are two different actions depending on the iPhone that you have:

  1. If you have an iPhone 8 and later you have the Squeeze Method.  See below for a definition.  
  2. If you have an older iPhone, you will need to press your side button five times. 

There is lots more detail below. 

Check this!

Access Emergency SOS in the Settings app to learn your iPhone’s SOS approach  and to control how your iPhone does Emergency SOS.  See Change your Emergency SOS Settings below for the specific details.  

 

iPhone 8 and Later

  1. Press and hold the Side button and one of the Volume buttons simultaneously until the Emergency SOS slider appears.  Think of this as the Emergency Squeeze method where you squeeze your  iPhone in your hand and pressing buttons on both sides of your phone.  It’s a simple action.
  2. After the Emergency-Shutdown screen appears, you have two options to make the 911 call.
    • Continue to squeeze your iphone while holding the side button and a volume button down.  You will see a countdown from five seconds, hear an alert sound and the emergency 911 call is made.  Just grasp.  No additional action is needed.  
    • Slide the Emergency SOS slider to call 911 emergency services. This will skip the countdown and immediately make the call.

The emergency 911 call is made and your emergency contacts will receive a text message.  See sample message below.

Remember This!

Think of this action as squeezing  your iPhone in one hand while holding down a button on either side of your iPhone.  If you hold the buttons down continuously through the five second countdown the 911 call will be made without additional action.  

This Emergency Squeeze of your iPhone is your Emergency SOS Action.  

 

iPhones with a Home Button

iPhone 7 or earlier with a Home Button

  1. Rapidly press the side sleep/wake button five times.
  2. A countdown will begin, an alert will sound and the emergency call will be placed.

The emergency 911 call is made and your emergency contacts will receive a text message.  

Some people have difficulty pressing the Sleep/wake button fast enough.  You want to press the button as fast as you can count 1-2-3-4-5.

Newer iPhones can also use the 5 taps of the side button approach if this is enabled in the Settings app.  

 

 

Choose then Practice, Practice Practice

If you have a new iPhone, you can choose either the 5 tap or Side+Volume combination to place an Emergency SOS call.  Choose whichever is most intuitive to you.  I do recommend the grasp (Side + Volume) action.  

Then practice knowing that you can cancel the call during the countdown.  

 

 

Change your Emergency SOS Settings

You can change your Emergency SOS settings  in the Settings app. Launch the Settings app.  Scroll down to find Emergency SOS. Tap Emergency SOS  

1 At the top of the settings screen you will view an animated instruction for making an emergency call.  This shows you the primary method for making the SOS call. Below this instruction you will find  the options that you can change your Emergency SOS actions. .

2 Turn on (green is one) Call with Hold and Release.  You squeeze the iPhone through the countdown and alarm.  The call is made when the phone is released following the countdown.

3 Call with 5 Button Presses.   This will automatically call 911 after a countdown of five seconds.  No additional action, for example, dialing 911 or moving a slider is required.  This is a recommended setting.

4 Call Quietly.  This will silence the  warning alert sound that will plays during the countdown.  I recommend that you leave this setting off.

More Emergency SOS Settings

5 Call After Severe Crash – Your iPhone 14 or later can detect a possible car crash and will automatically call 911 after a countdown if you appear unresponsive.  This setting is on by default and recommended if this is available on your iPhone.

6 Edit Emergency Contacts – Emergency contacts are notified with a text message about your emergency call.  This command link will take you to the Health app where emergency contact can be added or edited.  It is recommended that you have emergency contacts stored on your iPhone.  See Medical ID Could Save your Life

7 Emergency SOS Via Satellite.   iPhone 14s have the ability to place an Emergency Text message via satellite.  This is specifically for any emergency in a remote area without cellular.  See Emergency Satellite SOS below.  

Emergency Contacts

After your call to Emergency Services ends, the SOS function will send a text with your location to your Emergency contacts that are set up in the Health app. The message will say,

Emergency SOS

[Your name] has made an emergency call from this approximate location.  You are receiving this message because [Your name] has listed you as an emergency contact.

The text will also include a link to an Apple maps location.

A step-by-step description of Emergency Contacts can be found in Senior Tech Recipe #118 – How to Use the iPhone Health App — It could Save your Life!

 

Satellite Emergency SOS

Starting with iPhone 14 models, you can use Emergency SOS via satellite to text emergency services when you are not in an area that provides either cellular and Wi-Fi coverage.  If you become stranded in a wilderness location, you can connect with emergency responders using satellite text messages.  

Here is how the process works:

  1. Try a regular SOS or 911 call for emergency services. 
  2. If the call doesn’t go through because there is no service, tap Emergency Text via Satellite to text emergency services.
  3. Tap Report Emergency and follow the onscreen instructions.  Using taps to the questions, you can report your situation, status and location.  

Your iPhone starts a text conversation with emergency responders by sharing critical information like your Medical ID and emergency contact information, the answers to the emergency questions, your location (including elevation), and remaining battery life for your iPhone.  You can have a text conversation with emergency responders as they respond.  

Try a Demo

If you anticipate a wilderness adventure, you can do a demo of the process before it is needed.  This is found in Settings > Emergency SOS.  

More information:   See the Apple Support document: Use Emergency SOS via satellite on your iPhone 14

 

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Emergency Call

Apple Support Doc – Use Emergency SOS on your Phone

Apple Support Doc – Use Emergency SOS via satellite on your iPhone 14

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Attach Files or Pictures to an Email
N19Attach Files or Pictures to an Email

Attach Files or Pictures to an Email

If you have used email in a work environment, sending files and documents as attachments to an email message was an everyday occurrence.

So many people using the iPhone Mail app to send messages are frustrated because they can’t see how to add an attachment to an email function.

It is there but it is not obvious from the app and even after doing the double tap command, the ability to add the attachments is still hidden.

Let’s break this down.

Step-by-Step

Here are the steps to add an attachment to a message.

Start with a Double Tap

When composing an email message, double tap in the message to retrieve the attachment bar.

If you are using an iPhone, only a beginning of the attachment bar displays on the screen because of space.

1 Swipe to the left to see other options including:

2 Choose Insert Photo or Video to add attachment from your Photos library.

3 Chose Add Attachment to add document from Cloud Library service like OneDrive, iCloud or Google Drive.

4 Insert Drawing – Use your finger or stylus to draw a sketch or diagram.  See Nugget N4 – How to Draw or Write in the Notes App for instruction.

Summary

Adding attachments to email is truly a hidden nugget as the commands are hidden due to the small screen on iPhones.  Double tap in the body of the email message and swipe left to see attachment options.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

Senior Tech Recipe #204 Use your iPhone/iPad to Send and Receive Email covers a more comprehensive set of email function.  Membership is required to access.

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Mail Attachments

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Do Not Disturb While Driving
N15Do Not Disturb While Driving

Do Not Disturb While Driving

Distracted driving is dangerous.  Lives are lost and thousands of people have been hurt due to the affects of distracted driving as people are talking on their phones or worse, texting while driving.

Starting with IOS 11, Apple has provided the Do Not Disturb While Driving function which will help you drive safely by limiting the notifications and alerts you get from messages and text.  It will also suppress phone calls unless you are connected to a bluetooth hands-free device.

What is Do Not Disturb While Driving

Here’s what to expect when Do Not Disturb While Driving is turned on. 

Your iPhone stays silent and the screen stays dark. Notifications are mostly suppressed.  If someone sends you a message, they receive an automatic reply letting them know that you’re driving.  Phone calls are sent to voice mail.  Here are the notifications and calls that will be presented:

Notifications 

Emergency alerts, timers, and alarms will be displayed.  General notifications from apps like news and emails will be supressed.

Text Messages 

A sender of a text message will receive the following reply:

 

The sender of the message is instructed to reply with the word “urgent” to send a message with a  notification.  The “urgent” message and the original message will be sent with a notification.

Then you know the message is important and you should pull off the road  to read the message or optionally ask Siri to read it to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phone Calls

If your iPhone connects to your car via Bluetooth, calls will come through as usual, and you can use the buttons, microphones, and speakers in your car to take your call.

If you are not using Bluetooth, phone calls are delivered using the same conditions as standard Do Not Disturb.  This there are two setting found in Setting, Do Not Disturb.  These setting are fully described in the Senior Tech Recipe #105 Sleeping and Driving with your iPhone – Exploring Do Not Disturb.

  1. You can allow calls only from your Favorites or another contact group.
  2. You can allow calls to come through if the same person calls twice in a row within three minutes. 

Maps Navigation

Your iPhone will still display navigation help and gives turn-by-turn instructions when Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled.

 

Step-by-Step

The primary setup step is telling your iPhone how you want it to turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving.  There are three options:

  • Manually using the Control Center icon for Do Not Disturb
  • When connected to a car Bluetooth device or a hands-free accessory.
  • Automatically where Location Services in your device detect that you might be driving.

Make the selections with the following step-by-step.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb
  3. Scroll down and tap on Do Not Disturb While Driving.
  4. Make your startup selection.

When Do Not Disturb While Driving you will see the crescent moon indicator on the status bar.

 

Do Not Disturb While Driving Indicators

You will see the following indicator on your lock screen when Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled.

 

 

Passenger but Not Driver

If you are are a passenger and Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled, you will need to turn off Do Not Disturb.  If you want to resume normal phone functions and you are a passenger in the car, 1)  tap on the lock screen and 2) tap on I’m Not Driving or 3) tap the X to cancel. 

This two step action will turn off Do Not Disturb While Driving.

 

Summary

Please avoid distracted driving and use this function to help you drive more safely.   Remember, distracted driving is dangerous.

Setup

Setup is identified in the Step-by-Step instructions above.

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Do Not Disturb While Driving

Apple Support Document – How to use the Do Not Disturb While Driving Function –  Includes instructions on how to set restrictions on the function for children in order to keep them safer.

 

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Swipe Left to Delete from a List
N20Swipe Left to Delete from a List

Swipe Left to Delete from a List

Many of us like to keep things tidy.  So it is natural that we like to delete old messages, books, emails, notes, reminders and more from our iPhones and iPad.

 

There is a common but hidden delete function that is often available when items are presented in lists.  Simply swipe left on the item that you want to delete and a delete action is presented to you.  Tap the Trash can or Delete action.  Many apps will also ask you to confirm that this is what you wish to do.

That’s it.  A quick and easy way to keep your lists tidy.

 

 

 

Here are some examples when items and presented in a list.  The left column is the list and the item to be swiped.  The right column shows the delete function:

 

 

Messages App

Swipe Left to Delete Text Messages

 

Notes App

Swipe Left to Delete Notes

 

Where do I find this?

The action that allows you to swipe left to delete an item from a list can be found in the following apps:

  • Notes
  • Messages
  • Mail
  • Phone -> Recents (call history)
  • Notifications

In any app where you see a list of items, try swiping left for a quick delete action.

 

 

Summary

If you are trying to keep your device tidy and organized by deleting unused messages, logs, notices and more, try swiping left on a list as a shortcut to delete that item from the list.  It often is easier to access this delete function from the list.  

 

 

Where to Get FREE Books to Read on your iPhone/iPad
N17Where to Get FREE Books to Read on your iPhone/iPad

Where to Get FREE Books to Read on your iPhone/iPad

Do you have or want to have a reading habit?

Research published in the past year reported that Seniors who read books 30 minutes a day or more, live 23 months longer than non-readers.  I have written about this on the Senior Tech Club site

With your iPhone or iPad, there are tens of thousands of books available for free.  The cost of books should be no hurdle for anyone who want to establish a book reading habit.

Here are a sources for Free books for your device:

iBooks

Find free books buy tapping on Top Charts and find a collection of  FREE books

 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a top site to download free classics into the iBooks app.  Currently there are almost 54,000 public domain books in the catalog which is very searchable.  No fee or even registration is required to download books.

Link to the mobile Project Gutenberg site or type: m.gutenberg.org into the address bar of your Safari browser.  Find a books you wish to read and download the EPUB download.  Choose Open in iBooks.

 

Local Library

Many local libraries have an eBook collection that includes books that can be borrowed just like a print book that you check out.

Often these collections require you to install a reader app on your device to manage the loan and read the book.

A significant advantage of working with your local library is that their collection may include recent best sellers.  Although be prepared to place a hold on popular books and patiently wait for the book to become available.

Two favorites of the Senior Tech Club and available at the Hennepin County library in Minnesota are:

OverDrive – Install the free Libby reading app from the App Store (link) to browse and manage books from the OverDrive collection.

cloudLibrary – The free cloudLibrary app installed from the AppStore (link)  allows you to browse the collection, borrow and read the books of the collection.

 

Kindle Free Books

Although Amazon is the commercial book selling online giant, you can find thousands of free Kindle books on the online Amazon store.  You will need to install the Kindle app (link) and then search for “free Kindle books” on the Amazon website. You will need to register an Amazon account in order to “buy” the free books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club has a comprehensive series of recipes on multiple book apps and collections.  Membership is required to access these resources.  Get membership information.

 

 

The Hidden Functions of Share
N16The Hidden Functions of Share

The Hidden Functions of Share

Your iPhone apps will have many hidden functions that are accessed using the Share icon.  Given the number of options that are presented with Share it almost makes the function magical.  Magic can occur when you tap Share.

 

Many of the apps on your iPhones and iPad will prominently place the Share icon on the upper or lower bar of the screen.  At the Senior Tech Club, we reference this icon as the Share icon, its traditional name.  More recently Apple has been referring to the icon as the Action icon.  This is perhaps to to better reflect the expanding role of the Share action in your apps.

 

Where to Find the Share Icon

Here are examples of the Share icon found on some of your favorite apps.

 

 

 

As a hidden nugget on your iPhone, when you wish to perform an action in the app you are using, start with the Share icon.  Get to know the common actions available in the apps that you use.  Common examples would be sharing information with another person or another app, printing, saving, copying, finding and more.

Step-by-Step

Common Examples of Share Action

When you tap the Share (Action) icon in any app, you will be presented with three rows of share options.  Here are those options and common examples of share actions.

1 AirDrop – The top row of options relates to Airdrop. AirDrop is an Apple sharing feature that allows you to share files, photos and other information instantly from your iPhone or iPad to another Apple device that is nearby.

On your iPhone you will see the names of users and their devices. Simply tap a name in order to share with that device.  The other individual will need to Accept the transfer for it to be share.  

2 Apps – The second row of share options if for sharing the current picture, file or contact with with another app on your device.  The options that you have in this row will depend on the apps that are installed. 

If you want to share a picture using a text or email, choose those apps from the second row.

3 Actions – The third row of share options provide actions that are available from the current app.  These actions will perform functions like print, copy, save actions.    

Summary

The Share/Action icon contains a number of hidden functions including sharing information with other people and apps and performing actions like print, copy, save and more.  Tap the Share icon to explore those functions in your favorite apps.

Tip

Take some time to explore and get to know the Share actions with the apps that you use.  There are so many hidden functions available.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 9+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

Senior Tech Recipe #015 Six Common Shared Icons with Shared Purpose and Shared Tasks

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this nugget:

iPhone User Guide  Look for instruction under the individual apps.

Find your Parked Car
N18Find your Parked Car

Find your Parked Car

Have you ever gone to a mall, a festival or other  big event and then forgot where you parked your car?  You might have parked on the street and walked several blocks without even looking at a street sign.

It can be pretty embarrassing….

But good news…. there is a feature in the iPhone Maps app that will automatically mark the location of your parked car on a map.  It can be a life saver.

Setup

The only setup is that you are using Bluetooth in your car to do hands-free calling or for listening to music or podcasts.

Once you are using your car’s Bluetooth function to listen to music or make hands-free calls, the Apple Maps program will automatically mark the location your car when Bluetooth is disconnected.   You can launch your iPhone Maps app and find your parked car as shown on the map below.

Senior Smart Tips

How Does This Work?

When you disconnect iPhone from your car’s CarPlay or Bluetooth system and exit your vehicle, a parked car marker is dropped in the Apple Maps app.  This allows you to easily find your way back to your car.  

This function only works with the Apple Maps app.  It does not work with other GPS or map apps like Waze or Google Maps.  

 

 

Senior Tech Tip – Use the Satellite View

From the map picture above, you may not find the map location useful if you are looking at the mall’s parking lot or parking at an event.   Consider switching to the satellite (picture) view  in order to align your car’s location with parking rows or other visible marks in the lot.  With the satellite view you can see parking rows, buildings and even trees that may provide useful landmarks.

Change to the Satellite view with the following actions:

Here are the steps to switch map views to use the satellite map image.  

  1. Tap Icon  on the upper right corner of your Map
  2. Tap Satellite
  3. Touch X to close the view selection pane and display the new view

Return to Explore, Driving or Transit view with the same actions.  

 
The Satellite view will display as shown above.  Notice how you can see rows of cars in the parking log.  The landmarks make it possible to walk directly to your car using the satellite picture.  Please note that the satellite view is not real time and may be a picture from months or even years ago.
 
 
 

Smart Tip:  Parked in a Ramp? Take a Picture

If you park in a large parking ramp, the Parked Car location is not able to show you the the floor where you are parked.  This is a perfect place to snap a quick picture of a reminder like the sign that displays your floor number or other identification.

Mall of America Parking Sign

 

 

Know this tip!

Even if you prefer to use a different GPS app on your phone, for example. Google Maps or Waze, you can still find your parked car location in the Apple maps app.  This map marking occurs in the background.  The Apple Maps apps does not have to be in use!

 

Additional Information

 

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support: How to find your parked car with Maps on your iPhone

Apple Suppot: Set up and use third-party Bluetooth accessories

Apply Support: Set up CarPlay with your iPhone

 

 

 

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Find your Lost iPhone
N14Find your Lost iPhone

Find your Lost iPhone

It happens.  You misplace your iPhone and it doesn’t show up in your initial search of your house.  Quickly, you just think, I’ll call it from my land line (yes, many of us still have those) or another phone and it occurs to your that your phone is on vibrate and can’t be heard.

At this point, you need the Find iPhone app that will play a sound on your device regardless of your ringer setting.

The Find iPhone app provides a number of tools that will help you either locate your phone, or wipe your personal data from the phone if it is lost or stolen.   Once set up it can use the tools on another Apple device, or use the Find My iPhone web app on icloud.com to:

  • Locate your device on a map
  • Lock it remotely
  • Play a sound
  • Display a message
  • Erase all its data.

Additionally, if your iPhone is stolen,  a feature called Activation Lock will prevent anyone else from activating and using your device.  

 

Nugget Highlight

Although Find my iPhone has tools to help you if your iPhone is stolen or lost, the primary focus of this Nugget is to highlight the tools that will help you find a misplaced iPhone, iPad, AirPods or even a MacBook.  Think of your iPhone on silence while hiding between the cushions in your couch.  

 

 

How to Find your iPhone/iPad?

The Find My iPhone (iPad)  app and function provides maps and tools that will help you find a lost phone whether it is lost in your house or left at some other location. There are two requirements to use this function:

  1. Find your iPad or iPhone function is turned on and configured in your Settings app.  Your options are more limited if you lose your iPad or iPhone and have never turned the function on.
  2. You have access to another Apple device, laptop or desk machine that can access the internet or have access to the web and www.icloud.com.  You will need to log onto iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password. 

 

Setup Step-by-Step

Setup Find your iPad

Here are the steps to set up Find My iPhone in the Settings app. 

  1. Launch  Settings
  2. Tap on [your name] at the top.
  3. Tap Find My.
  4. For maximum capability with this function, turn on all three switches (Green is on) for:
    • Find My iPhone – This is the core Find My iPhone function.  
    • Find My network – Helps to locate the phone when offline or power off.
    • Send Last Location – Helps to location the iPhone when the battery is critically low.  

 

 

Using Find My iPhone Step-by-Step

Using Find your iPhone/iPad Functions

There are two basic options when you need to use the Find Your iPhone function. 

  1. You can use another Apple device that you own like an iPad or Mac computer.  This should be using the same Apple ID. 
  2. You can log onto iCloud.com using a web browser on any computer or device. 

Using a Find My (Phone) App on Another Device

 

Launch the Find My app on an another device.  The Find My app can be found on an iPad or Mac computer.  

 

  1. Your device location(s) are displayed on a map.  The process will look for all devices associated with this Apple ID.
  2. If you have more than one Apple device, select the desired device from the list of devices. 
  3. A window with the devices information and address is played.  
  4. Choose Play Sound and listen for the sound coming from your lost device.  The sound will start quieter and get louder with successive pings.  
  5. If the device is more seriously lost, tap Activate  Mark As Lost to enable multiple actions to help protect your device.  This includes:
    • Notify When Found
    • Leave a Message and more.

Refer to the the Apple Support Document – If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen for details about the steps you can take with a lost of stolen device.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using a Web Browser to Access iCloud.com

Using a web browser to access iCloud.com on the web is described here:

From a web browser, access www.icloud.com/find.

  1. Log on with your Apple ID, password.  Complete the two-factor authentication is that is used (recommended)
  2. Your device location(s) are displayed on a map.  The process will look for all devices associated with this Apple ID.
  3. If you have more than one Apple device, select the desired device from the pull down at the top of the screen.
  4. Choose Play  Sound and listen for the loud sound coming from your lost iPhone.  The sound will continue for a period getting louder with successive pings.  
  5. Choose Lost Mode if your device is seriously lost of stolen
  6. Choose Erase iPhone as your last action if you are certain the device is lost or stolen.  

 

Refer to the the Apple Support Document – If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen for details about the steps you can take with a lost of stolen device.  

Additional Information

 

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple User Guide:  Use Find My iPhone to locate your device

Apple Suppot: If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen  Includes actions you can take if you had never set up the Find iPhone app. 

 

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Medical ID Could Save your Life
N12Medical ID Could Save your Life

Medical ID Could Save your Life

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION

The Medical ID function of the iPhone’s Health App could be life saving.

Medical ID is an emergency card that can store critical medical and contact information and be available to first responders even if your phone is locked.  It also provides a place to record your emergency contacts, the people in your life who should be contacted in an emergency.

 

SET UP YOUR MEDICAL ID

To make your important health information accessible in case of an emergency, you can set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone.  Here are the steps and information to create your ID:

1 Open Health app. 

2 Tap Summary at the screen bottom to go to the main screen.

3 Tap Profile (your picture) to access your Profile information.  This is all general information about you and your health records.

4 Tap Medical ID below your name on the Profile sheet.

5 Tap Get Started if this is a new Medical ID.  If you have already built a Medical ID, your Medical ID screen will be displayed.

Create your Medical ID

You have lots of options in creating your Medical ID. But as daunting as it might seem, know that all of the information is optional. And you can always add more information later.

We recommend that you prioritize your Emergency Contacts and have critical medical information like allergies or conditions that first responders show know.   Also, you may find that some information like Date of Birth might have been entered elsewhere and is also displayed here.

 

 

Medical ID Information

Here is a description of all of data fields presented by the Medical ID setup.

 

1 Add a photo for identification. Tap add photo and you can choose from your photos collection or take a new selfie.  Get your comb out and take a quick selfie.  You will be given an option to crop and move the image to look your best.  And remember this photo is not for publication.  The selfie is only for your Medical ID.

2 Date of Birth – May be displayed from other locations on your iPhone.  Tap to access the iPhone date picker.

3 Medical Conditions – optional conditions like Hypertension etc.

4 Medical Notes – a place where you can enter a note about relevant medical history including pacemakers, prothesis, etc.

5 Allergies & Reactions – items that you react to like peanuts or bee stings.

6 Medications – summary of any medications you are taking.  Include the medication and dosage.

7 Add Blood Type.  Tap Green Plus to add your Blood Type.

8 Organ Donor – There is an opportunity for you to register with Donate Life America in order to communicate your organ donation wishes.  Donate Life America is chosen as a partner by Apple as an information hub for your donation wishes.

9 Weight – This information may be displayed from other Health information in the app.

10 Height – This information may be displayed from other Health information entered in the app.  Or enter a new value using the height picker.

11 Add primary language.  Tap Green Plus to add your language to help a first responder communicate with you.

12 An important element is entering Emergency Contacts.  In this process, it is assumed that your emergency contacts are already in your Contacts app.  Tap add emergency contact.  Pick a contact, pick the mobile number (You can choose a land line but the mobile number is best to allow a text message.)  and identify their relationship to you.

13 Show When Locked.  Confirm that Show When Locked is green/on. This will allow access to Medical ID information from the lock screen for medical/emergency responders.

14 Share During Emergency Call.  Will include your Medical ID when you place a 911 call via a secure third-party service working with Apple and your local 911 center.

15 When you’re finished, tap Done.  The Medical Id will be saved.

How do Other Access your Medical ID

 

There are two places where a medical responder or ER personnel would use to access the Medical ID card.  As long as you have provided lock screen access (Point # 13 above), emergency personal will be able to access this life-saving information from your iPhone Lock Screen or from the Emergency SOS/Shutdown Screen.  

Let’s demonstrate both methods:

 

From your Phone’s Lock Screen

Go to your iPhone’s unlock screen by tapping the Sleep/Wake button.  Assuming that emergency personnel would not be able to use Touch ID or Face ID to open you phone, the following screens will be displayed.  Follow these steps to access the Medical ID.

 

Steps to display Medical ID from the passcode screen.

From the unlock screen: 1) tap Emergency found on the lower left corner.  The passcode screen will be replaced with the Emergency Call screen.  

2) Tap * Medical ID found on the lower left corner.

Your Medical ID will display.

 

From your iPhone’s SOS Screen 

The Medical ID is also available to someone who access the Emergency SOS call screen. 

  • iPhone 8 & later: Press the Side button and one of the Volume buttons simultaneously.  
  • iPhone models before iPhone 8: Tap the Side/Sleep/Wake button five times

The following Emergency SOS Call screen will appear.

 

Swipe right on the  Medical ID icon to display the information card.

 

 

 

Call Your Emergency Contacts from Medical ID

Calls can be made to your Emergency Contacts from the Medical ID screen without unlocking the phone. This means that a first responder could not only access your medical information but could actually place a call to one or more of your Emergency Contacts by tapping on the phone number associated with the Emergency Contact.  

This is probably a function that only  emergency personnel would need to access.  It is not something that you would use to make an emergency contact.  

 

Additional Information

At the Senior Health Club we would recommend the following resources for anyone who is looking for more information about this lesson’s functions.

 

iPhone User Guide – Fill out your Health Details and Medical ID in Health on iPhone

Apple Support Video on YouTube – How to set up Medical ID on iPhone and iPad touch

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Using your iPhone to Track Step, Exercise and Monitor Walking Steadiness
N11Using your iPhone to Track Step, Exercise and Monitor Walking Steadiness

Using your iPhone to Track Step, Exercise and Monitor Walking Steadiness

Simple walking is great exercise.  And proposed by many to be the perfect exercise for Seniors.  Let’s cite some science-based evidence for you to consider:

Live Longer – The American Cancer Society reports that an hour of walking a day lowers the  risk of death by 30 percent, compared with those who stayed put on the couch.

Better Brain Health – A 2011 study showed that simply by walking three days a week for 40 minutes, 65-year-olds could shave off about two years of typical age-related atrophy of the hippocampus.

Save Money –  A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, reported that being active will save you more than $2,500 annually in health care spending.

This is just a small sample of the benefits of walking.  You need no equipment to get started. And you can use your iPhone to track your progress.

 

Introducing the Health app

The Health app collects and organizes important health information and makes it easy to access with a single app.  It is the app that allows you to create and manage your Medical ID used by emergency personnel.  It also consolidate health information from a variety of sources like the Apple Watch and other health-related apps installed on your devices.

One of the roles of the Health app is to collect information about your activity.  This Nugget will review two important types of information:

  1. Automatically tracking steps and activity.
  2. Monitoring walking steadiness.

 

Tracking Steps & Stairs Climbed with your iPhone

You can use the Health app to track steps taken and stairs climbed.  The iPhone contains a built-in motion processor that can track your steps without using an external device. It will also track activity like steps climbed.  It does this tracking automatically and makes the information available to you in the app.  

Although other trackers like a Fitbits or Apple Watches are more portable and may be more appropriate for an active life, the basic tracker of the iPhone might be perfect if you want to keep track of your progress with a step mission.

If every day you have a step mission of 10,000 steps, you just have to carry your iPhone and use the Health app.

View Your Steps and Stairs Data

Launch the Health app.  The icon for the app display a single heart.  

1 Tap Summary to see your stats for today.

2 To view and add additional stats, tap Edit to see a list of additional information to display.

3 Tap the star associated with other items to display under summary.

 

 

The items that you can place on your Summary tab as a favorite will vary depending on other data sources available to the Health app.  For example, when you enable an Apple Watch, all of the metrics from the watch including calories burned or your heart rate will be shown as a favorite choice.  You can place the most informative metrics on your Summary tab.  

Get Trends and Detail

 

On the Summary display, you can tap on a metric like Steps, to view more summaries and even detail about this activity. To get started tap on Steps.  

1 To see activity trends, tap Day, Week, Month, 6M (6 month)  or Year at the top of the screen to display of graph of your data summaries by the date period.  

2 See Highlights and Trends.  Scroll down the screen by swiping up in order to get additional summaries trends.  You can even get the detailed daily data by scrolling all the way down to Show All Data.  

You can find the same type of summaries and trends for other data elements like Stairs and other data tracked by the health app.  This includes data collected by other trackers like the Apple Watch.  

 

Walking Steadiness

 

In IOS 15, Apple added Walking Steadiness to the Health app.  Your iPhone will use balance, gait and strength information to assess and monitor your Walking Steadiness. 

Your walking steadiness is classified as OK, Low, or Very Low. You can also choose to receive a notification if your steadiness is Low or Very Low.  Low walking steadiness may indicate that you have an increased risk of falling over the next year.  A low steadiness would suggest that exercise to improve your strength and balance would be appropriate.

If you carry your iPhone in a pocket near your waist, steadiness is calculated automatically and displayed in the Health app.  On newer iPhones (iPhone 8 and later) the Health app can show you exercises that you can use to improve your walking steadiness.  

 

 

Launch the Health app.  

1 Go to the Browse tab
2 Tap Mobility.  Scroll down to find Walking Steadiness

3 Tap Set Up to begin the setup process.

 

Follow the on screen setup process.  Depending on previous Health app setup, the setup process will confirm some basic health information like gender, age, height and weight.

Then the setup process would allow you to set your preferences for notifications.  Because this is information that you will not check regularly, you should turn on the notification that will notify you when your walking steadiness score is low or very low.  You can also add the notification and score to your favorites so that it will appear on the main Summary tab of the Health app.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Automatically collect data in Health on iPhone

iPhone User Guide – Monitor your walking steadiness in Health on iPhone

Apple Support – Measure your walking steadiness with your iPhone

 

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Swipe left on the lock screen to launch the camera app
N21Quickly Launch the Camera App to Capture the Kodak Moment

Quickly Launch the Camera App to Capture the Kodak Moment

The secret to capturing great Kodak moments with your iPhone is knowing the quickest way to access the Camera.  Many people do not know that there are some very quick methods that you can use to capture that surprise moment.  Here is a review.

 

 

 

 

Five Ways to Launch the Camera App

The standard camera app is the primary tool that people use to take pictures with the iphone. Often, you need to be able to launch the app quickly in order to capture a moment. Here are five ways to launch the camera app.

1. The Camera Icon

The most conventional and primary method to take a picture is to launch the Camera app with its icon on the home screen.  It’s how most people learn how to take a picture.  But know that there are faster ways to capture the moment.

The Camera Icon

Using the Camera icons, there are long press shortcuts that remain hidden from many users.  When you press and hold on the Camera icon, you will be presented with a number of shortcuts that take you directly to a mode like Selfie, Portrait, etc.  This may faster than using Camera functions after the app is launched.

2. From the  Lock Screen.

The iPhone does not have to be unlocked to take a picture. This is great  for grabbing that quick shot.  The method will differ between version of the iPhone.

iPhone X and Newer – Icon

Look for the Camera icon on the lower corner of the screen that allows you to access the Camera app without unlocking.

 

iPhone 8 and Older – Swipe Left

Swipe left from the right edge of the lock screen to access the Camera app.  They key is to practice this before you need it.

Swipe left on the lock screen to launch the camera app

 

3. Control Center.

You can access the camera quickly without closing your current app with the Control Center or searching for the Camera icon. Pull the Control Center up from the bottom of the screen.  This works great if you are immersed in an app, maybe reading a book or writing an email, and you need to launch the Camera app without closing the app, navigating multiple home screens and launching the app from the Camera icon.

 

Launch Camera Modes from the Control Center

But an even better tip using the Control Center is access to shortcuts by pressing and holding the Camera icon on the Control Center screen.  The screen above shows shortcuts for Take Selfie, Take Video, Scan QR Code or Take Photo.  

 

Control Center Tip: Put your finger next to the home button and pull up.

For iPhone X and later, swipe down from the upper right of the screen.

See  Recipe #103 Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions

4. Use Siri.

Here are three phrases that work after you summon Siri:

“Take a picture.”

“Take a video.”

“Take a Selfie.”

Note.  The Siri approach is NOT as fast as some other methods but if your hands are tied it can be faster than having to free up your hands.  

5. From an App.

Many iPhone apps will allow you to launch the camera app from inside the application. Examples are Messages, Notes, Google Drive, Facebook and Evernote. Look for the camera icon in the app.

For example, if you want to share a current photo with a friend, instead of taking the photo and Sharing it from the Photos apps, go to the Messages app and press the Camera icon to capture a photo with fewer steps.

 

Look for the Camera icon in your favorite apps

 

Use these nugget tips to capture those Kodak moments.  All it takes is a little practice.

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Get More Photo Information
N25Get More Photo Information

Get More Photo Information

You likely already know that your photos are tagged with a date and location information. (Location services for the Camera app must be on)

1 Date and Location displayed in the title bar at the top of the photo

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Display the complete photo information by:

2 Tapping Info (Circle i)

3 Swipe up on the photo.

4 The information about the photo includes:

  • Searchable comment that you can enter.
  • Date
  • Camera Information
  • Map Location
  • Show in All Photos.  Good for finding additional photos from this setting.

For example, I love water and have hundreds of photos showing beaches, waterfront, lakes, rivers, ponds and waterfall. When I can’t remember the subject of the photo, it is so easy to swipe up to get more information including the location on a map and more.

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
N24Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition

Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition

In photography, the Rule of Thirds (Wikipedia) provides a tried and true guideline that photographers use to compose better photos.  The rule proposes that instead of simply centering your photo subject, you divide your image into thirds and place your subject at the intersection of those divisions.  

Notice how the tree and horizon are aligned with the grid lines. You can have gridlines on your camera screen to assist you.

 

If you want to learn more about the rule of thirds, watch the first 30 seconds of this YouTube video.  It’s a popular video and has been viewed more than 4 millions times.

 

Video Illustration of the Rule of Thirds

Stop the video after 30 seconds if you wish to only explore this tip.

Help from your iPhone Camera App

Your iPhone camera app can add a grid to your app screen that will aide in your composition.  With the grid enabled, you have an onscreen guide to help with your rule of thirds composition.  Many iPhone photographers find it useful enough to  simply leave the grid on the screen permanently.

Step-by-Step

Here are the steps to turn on the grid:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap Camera or tap Photos and Camera if using an older version of IOS.
  • Find Grid (near the top)  and turn it on (Green is on)

See the gridlines that now appear on your camera screen.

Camera Screen with Gridlines

Use these gridlines to help your rule of thirds composition.  

The next time you open the Camera app, you will now see a grid on the screen to support and remind you of the Rule of Thirds for better photos.

I find the grid a good reminder of the rule and simply leave it on as an aide for better photos.

Setup

See Step-by-Step above

Requirements

Requires IOS: 9+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Tap the Heart to Favorite or un-Favorite Photos for your Brag Book
N28Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites

Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites

Remember the concept of a Grandma (Grandparent) Brag Book?

Brag Book Samples

It was a small photo album that could easily be placed in a pocket or purse and pulled out when a parent or grandparent needed to show family pictures. It was a great way to organize a few photos for easy sharing.

The Photos apps provides a Favorites album that could provide the same function on your iPhone. With a little setup, the next time you need to show family pictures, you can launch the Photos app, and tap the Favorites album to show your family brag pictures.

Favorites Album

The Favorites album is one of the default albums that is already set up on your iPhone/iPad. This means that all you have to do is mark your favorite photos and they will display in the Favorites folder. And as your life changes, mark new photos and un-mark outdated photos as you wish.

Step-by-Step

Marking your Favorites

Display any photo in the photos app

Tap the Favorite (heart) icon to include the photo under favorites. The heart will turn color (blue).

Remove a photo from favorites but tapping the Favorites (heart) icon to turn off the color.

 

A photo can be included in Favorites and still be included in any number of other albums.  Marking a photo as a favorite will not remove the photo from any other Album.

 

With 5 to 10 minutes of photo work, you can have your Favorites Brag Book prepared for the next time someone want to see family photos.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 9+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Double Tap on the map to get more details
N26Tips and Tools for Finding Photos

Tips and Tools for Finding Photos

If you have hundreds of iPhone/iPad pictures and you find yourself swiping and browsing your photo library, you might consider the tools that are available to help you find photos.

The Photos app provides a Search function  makes it easy to find photos of a person, place, event or thing. 

Access the Search tab by tapping Search on the lower right of the Photos app.  

 

 

You are presented with a Search bar with other headings like Moments, People and Places.

Scroll down and you will see search suggestions that include:

  • Moments – collections from events and themes found in your photos
  • People – the Photos app automatically groups photos by the faces it finds.  
  • Places – Map locations that have groups of pictures are displayed
  • Categories – Photos with similar objects are grouped together
  • Recently Searched – Previous searches in the Photos app.

Take some time to browse these grouping to give you a sense of how the app is organizing your search tools.

Search Bar

Use the Search bar to enter search terms.  Consider people, places, events and categories, even those that were not identified in the groupings automatically created.

Take some time to experiment with search by searching for items that you know are in your photo library.  For example, I can search for lake, ocean, tractor, tree and find photos with those objects.  Experiment by searching for a State that you traveled to.  Try events or dates.

Search with Siri

You can also search your photos collection using Siri.  Here are some sample searches that you can use:

Hey Siri:

    • Show me photos of concerts
    • Show me photos of one year ago.
    • Find my photos of Arizona

 

 

iCloud Link Required

The Search and collection tools require that you are connected to iCloud and have the iCloud Photo Library turned on.  Information on this can be found in Senior Tech Recipe #404 How to use iCloud to expand and optimize storage.

 

 

Tip:  Get to understand Searches, people and places in order to find specific photos on your iPhone.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 10+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Show your Photos with a Slideshow
N29Show your Photos with a Slideshow

Show your Photos with a Slideshow

If you want to show your photos in a slide show even showing off your Ken Burns-like skills (see Wikipedia – Ken Burns Effect)  your iPhone can present your photos in a slide show.  

It is really an easy 2 step concept to get started:

Organize your slide show photos with an album. (See the lesson: Organizing your Photos with Albums)

Run the slide show.  We offer two method to do this below.  Both are easy.  

Step by Step

Here is the step-by-step walkthrough to create your slide show.   

1 Organize the Photos you wish to include in your slide show into a folder in the Photos app.

2 In the Photos app and select the album that you would like to use in your slideshow.

With the desired album selected, there are two method for displaying the actual slideshow:

 

Method 1 – Display the Starting Photo

3 Tap the picture you wish to have as the start of your slideshow.  

4 With your image selected, tap on the Share icon at the bottom left.

5 Tap Slideshow.

It will automatically begin to play with the default settings.

Method 2 – Slideshow from the Folder

You can also start the Slideshow directly from the Album that you are displaying.  Here are the steps after displaying the desired album:

3 Tap More (…) on the upper right of the album display.

4 Tap Slideshow from the menu.

The slideshow will begin to play,

 

Slideshow Options

Your can change how your slide show displays, the speed, music and type of transitions under options.  

  1. Pause the slide show by tapping the slideshow and tapping Pause at the bottom center of the screen.
  2. Tap Options.
  3. Here, you can edit the Theme, Music, whether or not it Repeats, and the speed that the slideshow plays. Once you’ve made your changes, tap Done. It will begin to play.

 

Playing the Slideshow on a bigger screen?

There are two methods commonly used for playing your slideshow on a TV screen.

  1.  Use a cable adapter like the Apple Lightening to HDMI Adapter.  
  2. Connect to TV to Apple TV or an Apple TV compatible Air Play device and cast or mirror the Slideshow with AirPlay.  Access this mirror function on the Control Center.  

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 10+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
N27Add Text or Drawing to a Photo

Add Text or Drawing to a Photo

The Photos app now brings significant photo editing capabilities that allows you to also add text or drawing to a Photo.

You might do this if you want to create a title slide for a slideshow or mark up a photo adding emphasis or humor (think of a drawn mustache) to a photo.

Here are the steps to markup a photo using the Photos’ Edit function

Display a Photo you would like to edit.

Tap Edit or earlier versions of IOS had you tap

Tap More (3 dots in a circle)

Tap Markup (pen in a circle)

 

You are now presented pen tools that you can use to draw on the photo. Tap the Color icon to change the color.

This information was previously covered in Nugget N4 Write or Draw in the Notes App.

If you want to place text on the Photo, tap the Circle + icon

Tap Text

 

Your are presented with the text markup tools

Text Markup Tools

Tap Color to change the color

Tap Font to change the Font size, style and alignment

Double Tap the Text Box to change the text.

Tap Undo to undo the last actions.

Tap Done to save your edits

Revert to Original

The edits that you make on a photo are non-destructive in that you can revert back to the original image with the following actions:

  1. In the Photos app, tap the edited image that you want to revert.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap Revert.
  4. In the pop-up menu, tap Revert to Original.

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Turn off Live Photos
N30Turn off Live Photos

Turn off Live Photos

Live photos were introduced to iPhone photography with iPhone 6s.  Live photos will capture sound and movement a second and a half before and after a photo is taken.  It does this by adding a short video clip to the beginning and the end of the photo.

It is an interesting effect that can add life and even sound to a normal photo.

 

However, it isn’t always desirable for everyone who wants to record life events with simple photography.  And depending on your subject, Live Photo might not add nothing to a photo.

Live Photos
Top: On
Bottom: Off

 

Turn Live Photo on and off

You can turn off Live Photos for any picture that you take by tapping the Live Photo icon on the top center of your Camera app screen. 

  • The button is yellow when Live Photos is on. 
  • The Live Photo button is white with a slash when it is turned off.

 

 

However, instead of turning it on/off for every photo, there is a setting that will have the Camera app “remember” your preferred setting.  With this setting, you can still take Live Photos but it will remember and preserve the last live photo setting you have.

It’s a good approach if you simply prefer to normally have Live Photo turn off.

The steps are below:

 

 

 

Step-by-Step

Turn off the Live Photo with these actions:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap the yellow Live Photo icon so it is off (white with a slash through it)  This is the setting you want to preserve.
  3. Open the Settings app.
  4. Scroll down to find and tap the Camera settings. 
  5. Tap Preserve Settings.
  6. Tap the Live Photo slider so it is Green.  (Green is on)

Note:  This does not disable the live photo.  It preserves the last setting you used.  You can tap the Live Photo icon at any time to enable a live photo.

 

 

Summary

As awesome as Live Photos might be for some types of photos, you may just prefer to turn off Live Photos for the majority of your pictures.  The Step-by-step above shows you how.

Setup

See Step-by-step above

Requirements

Requires IOS: 10+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Close ALL Tabs in Safari
N31Close ALL Tabs in Safari

Close ALL Tabs in Safari

This is a Nugget especially for web surfers who use multiple tabs in Safari.  When you open multiple web pages it is easy to accumulate a collection of open tabs in Safari.

See your collection of open tabs by tapping the Pages (2 squares) icon on the Safari screen.  You will find the icon on the iPhone on the Lower Right and on the Pad, the Upper Right of the Safari screen.)

The open tabs will display and provide this look after tapping the Pages icon.

Open Tabs in Safari

The function that you use to delete a single tab is pretty obvious with the X on the upper left corner of each tab.  You could delete one or more and tap Done to finish.

 

However, what if you had dozens of tabs open?

I confess that previously, I would remove tabs one at a time.  Sometimes I would find dozens of open tabs and individually remove them from the collection.

Close All Tabs

To remove all of the tabs to provide a totally blank slate, press and hold the Pages icon and look for the menu to display. (See image on the right.)

Tap the Close All xx Tabs to remove all of the tabs.  There is a convenient count of the number of open tabs provided.

The Tabs are immediately removed and the Safari Favorites screen is displayed.  You are ready to go to another web site as a new tab.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club proudly presents Recipes and Nuggets on this topic:

Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets

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How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
N36How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates

How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates

The Senior Tech Club is  not in favor of automatic updates of IOS and does not recommend having IOS updates automatically applied to your devices.  However, after an update has been tested by the marketplace, I’m fully in favor of the new features and security of the updates.  

This is Don writing and I can say that after 35 years of working in IT and software, I am keenly aware that software mistakes happen.  As much as companies try to release quality software, there are occasional flaws.

As such, when automatic IOS updates was added to IOS 12, I was tempted for a minute.  The feature would automatically update IOS when Apple released a new version.  But I decided to turn Automatic Updates off.    I’ve decided that I would prefer that other people blaze the trail.  And as much as I like to test new features, I’m good with letting others in marketplace go first.

In this Nugget we will show you how to manage the Automatic Update feature for IOS.

Manage the Automatic Updates Setting

Launch the Settings App.

Tap General, Software Update

If you see a red number badge, this is your indicator that there is a software update available.

If a Software Update is available, you will see the version and release information.  You will also see either Install Now or Download and Install.  These are your manual update options.  See Recipe #014 How to Perform an IOS Software Update for more information.

Look for the status of Automatic Updates on the bottom of the screen.  It will indicate either On or Off.  Our recommendation is Off

 

Change the Automatic Update setting.

Tap the Automatic Update On/Off item.

Modify the setting by tapping the Automatic Update switch.  Remember green is on for all of these switches. 

With the setting off, IOS updates will only occur manually when you wish to update. 

 

IOS Recommendations

Look to the Senior Tech Club for recommendations on IOS upgrades.  

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club proudly presents Recipes and Nuggets on this topic:

Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets

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Current IOS Version Recommendation - Updated September 20, 2021
N32Current IOS Version Recommendation – Updated September 20, 2021

Current IOS Version Recommendation – Updated September 20, 2021

This page contains the most current Senior Tech Club recommandations about IOS updates.  Look to this page for insight and our recommendations about the latest IOS updates.

The recommendations are simple:

  • Wait – Indicates that the recommendation is to wait before updating.  This recommendation can change with either a fix release or more information from the marketplace
  • Upgrade – Indicates that an upgrade or update is recommended.  Enjoy the new features and stability.

The tabs below identify our current recommendations on IOS and iPadOS updates.

 

IOS Upgrade Principles

The Senior Tech Club has two principles that guide our recommendations on IOS upgrades.

  1.  IOS Upgrades are good and will bring new features, bug and security fixes that are important.  We want to upgrade when possible.
  2. IOS Upgrades will occasionally bring bugs and other unintended flaws and interruptions.  We generally like the idea of letting the marketplace judge an upgrade before we upgrade.  It’s good to wait a few days before upgrading.  This means turn off Auto-Upgrade.   See How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates

IOS & iPadOS Recommendations

IOS 15 was released to the public on September 20,2021.  It represents Apple’s latest full update.  It includes a number of innovations. 

We like to wait for the dust to settle on an update before we recommend that our community move to the latest big release.  That time has arrived and we are recommending the update.  

In our initial review of the upgrade, the following are the highlights:

  1. Facetime  – Links & SharePlay 
  2. Safari Design Changes
  3. Focus – Do Not Disturb on Steroids
  4. Live Text  & Visual Lookup
  5. Notifications
  6. Accessibility Changes

In total, there are over 300 notable changes to IOS that bring new functions and fixes to your iPhone.  Stay tuned to this site for our recommendations.  

iPadOS 15 was released to the public on September 20,2021.  It represents Apple’s latest full update for the iPad family.  It includes a number of innovations. 

We like to wait for the dust to settle on an update before we recommend that our community move to the latest big release.  That time has arrived and we are recommending the update.  

In our initial review of the upgrade, the following are the highlights:

  1. Widgets to the iPad Home Screen
  2. Facetime  – Links & SharePlay 
  3. Safari Design Changes
  4. Focus – Do Not Disturb on Steroids
  5. Live Text  & Visual Lookup
  6. New MultiTasking functions

In total, there are over 300 notable changes to iPadOS that bring new functions and fixes to your iPad.  Stay tuned to this site for our recommendations.  

IOS 12.5.4 – Recommended Security Fixes for older iPhones and iPads

by | Jun 21, 2021

IOS 12.5.4 – Recommended

This IOS update is for older devices and includes important security fixes that were not specifically identified by Apple.  This update is recommended on your older iPhone.

The devices that can support this update are:   iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Normally the updates for older versions of IOS are for security fixes.  As such, these fixes are recommended in order to keep your device secure.

If you wish to learn about the details of this update, refer to Apple Support Document: About the security content of iOS 12.5.4

 

 

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Upgrade Recommended!

Additional Information

Apple Support:  About IOS 14 Updates

Apple Support:  About iPadOS 14 Updates

Apple Support:  About IOS 12 Updates – for older iPhones

 

 

The Senior Tech Club has extensively covered the topic of IOS Versions and upgrades.  The table below lists our Recipes and Nuggets on this topic:

Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets

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Find your iPhone/iPad Now Works with Siri
N34Find your iPhone/iPad Now Works with Siri

Find your iPhone/iPad Now Works with Siri

One of my favorite additions to Siri’s capabilities is that she can now find my iPhone or iPad.

Now it’s fast.  And for the record, I’m not accusing anyone of being forgetful when trying to find your device hiding around your home.  


I use Find my iPad on occasion to find my device which is simply hiding in the house.  But it took a few minutes to launch the app, pick the device and more (This topic and setup is covered in Nugget #14 Find my Lost iPhone.)  

With the release of IOS 12, it now works with Siri!

So picture a scene where you are sitting in your favorite chair and you want to read but don’t remember where you last had your iPad.  You reach for your iPhone, summon Siri and ask “Find my iPad.”  Your iPhone displays the following screen indicating that she has found your device. 

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Tap Confirm and start listening.  Your device will be playing a sound even if you are looking for your iPhone with the ringer off!

Find my iPhone/iPad is a sweet addition to the Siri arsenal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setup

See Nugget #14 Find your Lost iPhone

Requirements

Requires IOS: 12+

Works on iPhone and iPad

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Use the iPhone Magnifier to Read the Fine Print
N33Use the iPhone Magnifier to Read the Fine Print

Use the iPhone Magnifier to Read the Fine Print

Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you have a magnifying glass that you occasionally use in order to read some fine print or view some detail on an object? I have one and my one observation about my magnifying glass is that it is never where it is needed, for instance when working out in the yard or in the garage. 

The iPhone has an easy to access Magnifier that will use your iPhone’s camera as a Magnifier.  You are not taking a picture with the camera but using its functions to to read fine print or detail.

This recipe will identify how to access the Magnifier, verify the Settings needed to make it available and a couple of essential options for lighting and focus.

 

As older adults, many of us recognized our changing eyesight decades ago. As our eyesight changes, we admit that we occasionally have to work a little harder to read the fine print. I use readers but I also happen to have a couple of magnifying glasses in my office for this purpose.

 

There are countless situations where access to my magnifying glass allows me to read a label or pick out a detail that is unavailable to the naked eye. The iPhone provides a magnifier function that allows my to use my iPhone as a substitute magnifying glass.

It’s easy. You pull you iPhone out of your pocket and access the Magnifier in one of three easy ways.  Yes, it is that accessible.

Access the Magnifier

There are three ways that you can access the Magnifier:

  1. Magnifier app
  2. Accessibility Shortcut – Tap Side/Home button three times
  3. Control Center icon

 

1. Magnifier app

Since IOS 14, your iPhone has a Magnifier app.  Whereas previously, the Magnifier function did not have a Home Screen presence, now you can find the Magnifier app.  Simply tap the Magnifier icon to launch it.

If you can’t find the Magnifier app on the Home Screen,  use the Search function on the Today View or Spotlight search or go to the App Library to find it.

2. Accessibility Shortcut – Tap the Side or Home Button 3 Times

One method is to associate the Magnifier with the accessibility shortcut on your iPhone.  The accessibility shortcut is intended to provide quick and easy access to one of a dozen accessibility functions on your iPhone.

Using the accessibility shortcut would allow you to simply press the Side button (or the Home button if your iPhone has a Home button)  three times in order to access the Magnifier.

If the Magnifier does not start with pressing the Side/Home button three times, it may be that the accessibility shortcut is assigned to another function. This can be change by accessing Settings  > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and tapping Magnifier to change the shortcut.

3. Control Center Icon

You can also add a Magnifier icon to your Control Center.  This would allow you quick access to the Magnifier by swiping to access the Control Center.  And then tapping the Magnifier icon.  

To set up this custom icon in the Control Center, launch the Settings app and tap Control Center.  Tap (Green +) next to the Magnifier icon to  add it to the Included Controls of the Control Center.  

 

 

Getting Started with the Magnifier Controls

 

With the Magnifier launched, you will use a combination of manual phone movements and onscreen controls to capture the detail you wish to magnify. Here are the three most useful controls:

 

  1.  Adjust the magnification level. Drag the Zoom Level slider. If you prefer, you can also use the pinch in and pinch out zoom gestures to control the magnification.
  2. Freeze the Frame. Tap the “shutter” button the Freeze Frame button to lock the image. It is hard to hold the iPhone steady.  The Freeze Frame will allow you to examine the magnified image and adjust the magnification and drag the image around for better viewing. Unfreeze the frame, tap the “shutter” the Freeze Frame button again.
  3. Flashlight.  Tap the Flashlight in order to add more light to the image you are magnifying.  

 

 

Smart Tip: Freeze the Frame

Once you have the focus you want, freeze the frame on your image. This allows you to still change the magnification and shift the image without needing to hold the camera.

 

 

 

The primary objective of this Nugget is to introduce you to the core function of the Magnifier.  There is more that it can do including adding filters, saving an image as a photo or magnifying multiple images at the same time.  See the Apple guides and videos found under Additional Information below.  

 

Set Up the Magnifier

The Magnifier is part of the iPhone’s Accessibility function.  Although it does have an app, it can happen that the Magifier has been turned off in Settings.  This means you will not find an icon for the Magnifier.

If you cannot find the Magnifier function on your iPhone, check your Accessibility settings.  

 

To set up the Magnifier, Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Magnifier, then turn on Magnifier.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Magnify objects around you with iPhone

Apple Support – Use Magnifier with your iPhone or iPad

Apple Support on YouTube – Get started with Magnifier on your iPhone  Recommended to learn more about the Magnifier Controls.

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Gaining General Knowledge with Wikipedia
N36Gaining General Knowledge with Wikipedia

Gaining General Knowledge with Wikipedia

What is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. It is one of the top 10 most visited sites on the Internet with over 500 million visitors every month. It is the most used encyclopedia in the world. There are currently over 5 million English language pages with a huge breath of topics. Additionally there are millions of other articles in other languages. It is a huge resource.

Best of all, Wikipedia is free to use and can be used without logging in. Wikipedia is owned by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation who funds Wikipedia mostly through donations. You will not find commercial ads on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia articles are written by volunteers. Anyone can create or edit articles. Articles are constantly created, edited and reviewed by hundreds of thousands of contributors. A specific advantage of this community of contribution is that you can find articles about recent news events within hours or sometimes minutes of the occurrence.

You May Already be using Wikipedia

iPhone and iPad users who ask Siri questions about celebrities, politicians or thousands of other topics already use Wikipedia information as it is a source of much of Siri’s knowledge. You can find a link to Wikipedia at the bottom of many of Siri’s information displays.

Is it Accurate?

Although Wikipedia can be criticized for inaccuracy, the openness and transparency is part of what makes it work. There have been academic studies where Wikipedia has been found to be nearly as accurate as commercial encyclopedias.

Do you remember writing research papers during your school days and teachers would dissuade you from using any encyclopedia in your citations? In the same vein, you should only consider using Wikipedia as a source for general overview and a way to get your started in your research on a topic. But as a starting point, one of the most valuable elements of Wikipedia are the links and citations of other resources found at the bottom of Wikipedia articles.

Using Wikipedia

An encyclopedia is an easy-to-use resource and Wikipedia is no different. You gain knowledge with the support with three simple functions:

  • Access Wikipedia
  • Searching
  • Following Links

With these three topics  you will find an article about a topic and use the links in the article or other resources that are cited at the bottom of the article to access additional information.

Access Wikipedia

You have two options to access Wikipedia articles that you wish to read and explore:

  1.  Web access – Using Safari or another browser, type wikipedia.org into the browser address bar.  
  2. IOS App – There is an free app that can be installed on iPhones or iPads.  Search for Wikipedia in the App store.

At the Senior Tech Club we do NOT find a compelling reason to install the app if you are only a reader/consumer of articles.  We recommend saving the web address as a bookmark in your browser to facilitate quicker access. 

Searching Wikipedia

Wikipedia provides a search box at the top of every page. Type the topic or subject that you are looking for in the box. Partial matches will appear in a drop down list.

Searching for Apple on Wikipedia

Select any page in the list to go to that page. Or, select the magnifying glass or Search/Enter on your keyboard to get a full search result.

Browse the articles on the full search result, and click or tap on the article you wish to read.

Disambiguation Page

There are times where you are presented a disambiguation page that provides links to multiple articles for topics that are ambiguous. For example, if you search for Apple, do you want to learn about the fruit, the technology company, the record company or a specific Apple device? A disambiguation page will provide a short description and a link to the various articles associated with the term. Click on the desired link to read that article.

Links

Links to related topics appear in virtually every article. Click on the hyperlinks to learn more information about those topics.

Article on Apple, Inc with over 20 links to other articles

With the links, you can read about a primary and related topics almost indefinitely!

General Reading

Don’t have a specific topic to research but you want to learning something new? Go to the Wikipedia Home page by tapping on the Wikipedia name at the top of any page. On the home page, you can read Today’s featured article or scroll down to read “In the news” articles about people and events in the current news.

Widipedia General Reading

Log in?

No.  Not required.  At the upper right corner of every page, there are links to create an account and log in to Wikipedia. As a consumer of Wikipedia articles there is no good reason to log in.

Only consider creating an account if you ever wish to create or edit articles.

Summary

Wikipedia is a popular resource. Use the site to gain general knowledge and to get started on deeper research. And best of all it is free!

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club proudly presents Recipes and Nuggets on third party apps that we recommend:

Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets

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Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter
N22Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter

Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter

When using the iPhone camera, many people only know about using the circle on the bottom of the iPhone Camera app to take a photo. However, there are more very useful techniques to release the shutter.  The other approaches can be more convenient, offer camera stability and provide new functions.

 

1. Press the Shutter button in the app

 

2. Press either volume button. This method allows you to hold the iPhone like a traditional point and shoot camera.  This also often works better for taking selfies.

With newer iPhones, you can use the Settings app (Settings>Camera>Use Volume Up for Burst) to assign the Volume Up button to the Burst function.  This is an alternative to sliding the Shutter button to the left as found on newer iPhones to access the Burst function.

3 Press the volume button on your standard headphones/EarBuds that came with your iPhone. There are a couple of applications where this approach is useful:

  1. You want to avoid any movement with your iPhone and eliminate camera shake
  2. You want to hide the fact that you are taking pictures with your iPhone.
  3. You can take selfies or group photos without holding the iPhone and the restriction of your arm length.

4a. Press and Hold the Shutter – Quick Video On newer iPhones, pressing and holding (long press) the Shutter button will take a video using the Quick Video function.  This occurs without changing the Camera mode from Photo to Video, the normal approach to capturing video.

4b. Press and Hold the ShutterBurst   On older iPhones, when the shutter button is pressed and held, the iPhone takes a burst of photos. Recent versions of the iPhone will take around 10 photos per second. You will see a counter indicating the number of photos you have taken.

Burst photos will give you a collection of photos that work great for capturing live action where you want to capture one good image from a moving subject.  Or consider using bursts for group photos where you want to get everyone with their eyes open. See How to View and Manage Burst Photos below for information on viewing burst collections.

4c.  Press and Slide Shutter Left – Burst  On newer iPhones take a burst of photos by sliding the Shutter button to the left and holding. You will see a counter indicating the number of photos.  Release your finger when finished.  

5. Set a timer.  The Time function will allow you to use a 3 or 10 second delay in taking your photo.  This is perfect for taking a family photo that includes you in the shot. Use the Time icon.

On newer iPhones, Tap the Camera Controls button to access the hidden drawer, tap Timer  the Timer button.  

 

On older iPhones, the Timer icon on the upper right of the camera screen

  1. Select either 3s or 10s for seconds
  2. Release the shutter with the shutter or volume button
  3. A burst shot of ten pictures will be taken in either 3 or 10 seconds.

6. Apple Watch – Owners of an Apple Watch can use the watch as a remote viewfinder and shutter release.  On the Apple Watch the app is called Camera Remote and can be accessed from your app list accessed by pressing the Crown one time.  

7. Use an accessory. There are many accessories that can also be used to release the shutter this includes selfie sticks and Bluetooth devices. Here are two examples

  • Bluetooth shutter remote control buttons that can be purchased for under $10 that will allow you to place your camera on a tripod and take family group pictures that include you. This approach doesn’t require a camera.

    Bluetooth Remote Shutter Control
  • Selfie Stick that either plugs into your iPhone or uses Bluetooth to release the shutter.

Selfie Stick

 

Smart Tip:  Be Prepared

Knowing the quickest way to access your camera and your options to release the shutter prepares you to be able to capture that once-in-a-lifetime photo.

 

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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A Tour of the Camera App
N23A Tour of the Camera App

A Tour of the Camera App

A great many iPhone users will use their iPhone cameras in a point and shoot fashion. They will pull out their camera, aim at their subject and press the shutter button to snap the photo.

With later iPhone models, the iPhone’s camera has included modes and features that take it into new territory. If you are only doing point and shoot, you may be missing some great photo opportunities.

The purpose of this lesson is to take you on a tour of the Camera app and identify its core capabilities that will take you beyond point and shoot.

A Tour of the Camera App

In order to take better pictures and take advantage of the primary capabilities of the iPhone came, let’s take a tour of the Camera app and it’s functions.  In this tour you will find descriptions of the core screen elements that provide access to the many photography functions of the iPhone.

 

1 Shutter – Tap the shutter button to take a photo.  This is the standard action for capturing a photo.  There are other ways to press the shutter including using the Volume buttons on the side of your iPhone.  More details at:  Sevens Ways to Release the Camera Shutter. 

2 Hidden Drawer (HD) – As functions have been added to your iPhone’s camera app, an additional (and somewhat hidden) drawer of controls have been added to the phone.  Tap the arrow at the top of the Camera screen to access the controls. Tap the arrow again to hide the drawer.   More details are provided below.

3   Modes – Are you taking a photo, video or other type of photo?  Swipe left or right anywhere on the screen to switch between modes.  Tip:  The modes will disappear when the Hidden Drawer (HD) are displayed.

4 Selfie – Switch between the back and front (selfie) lens but tapping on the Selfie icon.

5   Flash (On/Off) – The flash indicator at the upper left will indicate if flash is on or off and allow you basic on/off control of the flash when tapped.  Use the HD flash controls to switch between flash modes for more control of the flash.

 

6   Live Photos (On/Off) – A live photo combines photo and 3 seconds of video for a unique live-motion photo.  Use this Live Photos icon for basic on/off function.  A slash will appear through the icon when off.

7   Optical Zoom – iPhones with multiple lens for optical zoom will display multiple numbers.  The numbers will vary between iPhone models.  Tap the desired number, for example .5 or 2x to select that lens for your photo or video.

8 Last Photo – Tap the Last Photo icon to quickly access the last photo taken in the Photos app.  You can return to the Camera app by tapping the back arrow on the upper left corner of the Photos app display.

9 Focus & Exposure – The Focus point and Exposure of your iPhone camera is automatically managed by your iPhone. It generally does a good job. However you can manually set the focus and exposure by simply tapping on the spot on the screen that you wish to have the focus. For example, if you subject includes items in the foreground and background, tap the area of the screen that you consider to be your primary focus.

When you tap, you will get a slider on the screen (look for the sun) that allows you to change the exposure bias. You will see the image get lighter or darker.

AE/AF Lock – When you press and hold on the subject on the screen, you will lock the exposure and focus.  This is particularly useful if you want to take multiple photos with the same exposure and focus.  When locked, you will see an AE/AF (automatic exposure/automatic focus) Lock on the screen.

Press and Hold to get AE/AF Lock.

Tap another location on the screen to remove the lock.

The Hidden Drawer Controls

Tap the Hidden Drawer arrow at the top of the camera screen in order to access the controls you find on the hidden drawer.  Our tour continues with a description of these additional camera controls.

The controls found in the Hidden Drawer will vary depending on the iPhone you have.  Top of the line iPhones will have more controls that take advantage of enhanced features.

 

1 Flash

If picture needs flash, the iPhone’s built in flash can add necessary light to a subject. Manage the Flash by pressing the Flash (lightning bolt) icon in the camera app.

Control the Flash

The Flash function provides three settings:

  1. Auto – the Camera app will use the flash when warranted by light conditions.
  2. On – the Camera app will always use flash
  3. Off – the Camera app will not use flash.  I recommend that you leave the flash off and turn it on only when required.

Senior Smart Tip: Flash not always needed

Those of us who learned about cameras in the Kodak era, recognize a rule that says that indoor pictures always required a flash.  The iPhone camera is actually good in low light situations and the rule doesn’t always need to apply.  In general, your photos are better without flash.  Try the photo before you turn on the flash.

 

 

2 Night Mode  –  If your iPhone provides Night Mode, you will find a night mode indicator with a seconds indicator on the upper left corner of the camera screen when you take a photo in a low-light situation. 

Night mode helps you capture more detail and brighten your shots in low-light situations by increasing the length of the exposure or how long the lens is open to capture your photo.   The length of the exposure in Night mode is determined automatically.  However, you can experiment with the manual settings found in the hidden drawer control.  Use the slider to choose between the Auto and Max timers. With Auto, the time is determined automatically; Max uses the longest exposure time. The setting you choose is saved for your next Night mode shot. 

Use a tripod for Night mode.

You need to hold your iPhone steady for Night mode photos.  Your lens could be open for up to 10 seconds for a Night mode shot.  This is a perfect place to use a tripod of other stabilizer for your photo.

3 Live Photo- You learned above that you will find a Live Photo on/off switch in the upper left of the camera screen.  There is also a control in HD that includes an Auto selection.  Auto option that lets the phone decide whether a shot has enough action either side of it to warrant taking a Live Photo.  I recommend leaving Live photos Off turning it on when you want to capture a unique shot.

Your iPhone can “remember” your desired/previous setting for Live photo with an option in the Settings app.  See: Turn Off Live Photos

4 Photographic Style – Advanced iPhones can take photos using different photographic styles.  The default is a true-to-life standard style.  Preview different styles by swiping left-right on the shot.  The options include:

  • Rich Contrast: Darker shadows, richer colors, and stronger contrast create a dramatic look.
  • Vibrant: Wonderfully bright and vivid colors create a brilliant yet natural look.
  • Warm: Golden undertones create a warmer look.
  • Cool: Blue undertones create a cooler look.

5 Aspect Ration – The default aspect ratio for your photos is 4:3.  This is the ration between horizontal and vertical.  On iPhone 11 and later,  then tap 4:3 to choose between square, 4:3, or 16:9 aspect ratios.  Square is a popular format for social media platforms like Instagram.  16:9 is standard for video.

6 Exposure – Above you learned that you can control the focus and exposure of your shot by tapping on the view finder.  You will find a more detailed exposure setting in the hidden drawer.  Use the slider to change the amount of light used in the photo with exposure.

7 Timer – Use a timer release to take family photos where you use a tripod or prop your iPhone to take a picture allowing you a few seconds to move into the photo.  

  1. Select either 3s or 10s for the amount of delay.    You will see a Timer indicator at the top of the camera screen. 
  2. Tap the Shutter with the shutter or volume button.  You have have either 3 or 10 seconds to move into position.  
  3. After a countdown and clicking, a burst shot of ten pictures will be taken in either 3 or 10 seconds.
  4. The selected timer setting will be used for subsequent photos.  Turn the timer off when finished with this function.  

 

8 Filters

Add a filter to add a special effect to a picture. A prime example is the mono filter which will take the picture as a black and white image. You can also add filters after the photo is taken in the Photos app.  This may be easier so that while your photo scene is “live,” you don’t have to make a filter decision immediately.  

The default “natural” filter is Original when you are finished.  

Exploring Camera Modes

Your iPhone Camera has several photo modes, allowing you to shoot still, video, panoramic or more.  The modes available on your iPhone can vary based on the model of phone.  

Here are definitions and essential tips for each mode:

  1. Photo – Use to take traditional still photos.
  2. Portrait – Available on iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus and later models to achieve a depth of field effect for portraits, e.g. clear face, blurry background.
  3. Pano(ramic) – Use Pano to capture a wide angle photo that won’t fit on a single camera screen.

On screen instruction to Pano Mode

Pano Instruction: Tap shutter, Move camera in the direction of the arrow. Tap shutter to end.

Pano Sample – Boston Harbor taken by Don

  1. Video – Shoot high quality movies with your iPhone.

Video Instruction: Tap the shutter to start recording. Tap again to end the video. Note how the shutter button is red for video.

  1. Time-lapse – Create time lapse video of activities or events where you want to record progress.

Time-lapse Instruction: Tap the shutter to start and end. Prop your phone in stationary position or use a tripod.

  1. Slo-mo Take video that you play back in slow motion. Great for special effects or capturing a fast activity.
  2. Cinematic – Cinematic mode applies a depth-of-field effect that keeps the subject of your video sharp while creating a beautifully blurred foreground and background. iPhone automatically identifies the subject of the video and keeps it in focus throughout the recording; if a new subject is identified, iPhone automatically transitions the point of focus. 

Step-by-Step

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

 

Senior Tech Club Lessons Mentioned:

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Checkmarks and Add To to batch add photos to albums
N38Organizing your Photos with Albums

Organizing your Photos with Albums

Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you have browsed through hundreds of pictures looking for a specific family picture that you wanted to show?

At that point, you say, I have to organize my pictures so that I can find the photos I’m seeking.

The primary way to organize photos in the Photos app is to create and place photos into albums.

This Nugget will show you the basics on how to create albums and add photos to your albums.

Access Albums

Launch the Photos app and tap the Albums icon at the bottom of the screen.

Album Collection in the Photos app

Here is a review of what you will find under Albums.  

 

Default Albums

The Photos app has a number of preset default albums that are already set up for you.

that you can see by tapping the Albums icon at the bottom of the Photos app screen.

The default albums include:

  • All Photos or Camera Roll (if iCloud Photo Library is not activated)
  • Favorites
  • People & Places
  • Media Types – Individual albums for different types of photos like video, selfies, Slo-mo and more.
  • Other Albums
    • Hidden
    • Recently Deleted  (Allows you to retrieve photos that you accidentally deleted)

My Albums

You can create additional albums to organize the photos in your life. You might have albums dedicated to vacations or family events. You might create albums to share a special set of photos you have taken.

Album Storage

When you take a photo with the Camera app will create one photo stored on your iPhone in the All Photos album. If you have not implemented iCloud photo sharing, the primary album is called Camera Roll.

When you add that photo to another album, the Photos app does NOT create another copy of the image. Nor does it remove that photo from the All Photos album.

The Albums  in My Albums are virtual lists of photos that use no additional space no matter how many albums a photo is placed in. Photos can be linked to multiple albums.

Step-by-Step

Create a new album

Launch the Photos app.

Tap on the Albums icon.

Tap add icon to create/add a new Album

Enter an album name.

Tap Save to create the album.

After tapping Save, you are given an opportunity to Select pictures for the new Album. The process will take you your collections of photos where you can select photos by location or date. Tap the photos you wish to add to the new album and tap Done

Adding Photos to an Album

There are two primary methods for adding photos to an album:

  1. Individual photos – one at a time.
  2. Batch select – select a group of photos

Individual Photos

Launch the Photos app and display any photo.

Tap the Share icon. 

Scroll right on the bottom row of Share icons.

Tap Add to Album.

Scroll to find the desired Album and tap. Notice the cute animation that depicts the photo moving to the folder.

Batch Select & Add to Album

Launch the Photos app.

View photo thumbnails in any Album or Collection.

Tap Select

Tap individual thumbnails to place a check mark by the photo.

Continue to tap thumbnails to add checkmarks.

Tap on Add to.

Browse the Albums and tap the Album you wish to include the photos you have checked. Notice your screen shows the number of photos that will be added to the album for confirmation.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Deleting apps from your iPhone or iPad
N35Deleting apps from your iPhone or iPad

Deleting apps from your iPhone or iPad

There are times that you will install a new app and months later you realize that you don’t use it.  It simply didn’t fit your need.

So now it’s time to delete the app from your phone.  Deleting unused apps is a good thing.  It keeps your phone tidy.  It restores storage space used by the app. 

With IOS 12, you can now also delete many of the built-in, standard apps that came with your iPhone or iPad.  For example, if you do not own an Apple Watch, you can delete the Watch app.  This will also save storage space on your device. 

And the process of deleting apps is very easy and only takes a minute.  Here are the steps.

Step-by-Step

Delete an app from the Home Screen

1 Browse your home screen and find the app that you wish to delete.

2 Touch and hold the icon for the app you wish to delete until it jiggles.   You will see all of the icons jiggling.   This is the same process that you would do if you want to rearrange your icons.

If you press too hard, you may activate the app’s Quick Action menu.  If this occurs, just tap elsewhere on your home screen before you try again.

3 Tap ⊗ in the upper-left corner of the jiggling app icon.

4 Tap Delete to confirm the action.  After tapping Delete, you will see the icon removed from the screen and the remaining icons are rearranged.

5 Finish by pressing the Home button or on an iPhone X or later, tap Done.

This process will remove the app and an data that is associated with the app.  If you wish to restore the app, you will need to download it from the App Store.  

Watch a demonstration of the process in the video below.  The video is only 45 seconds.

 

 

 

Video Demonstration and Coaching

Time:  45 seconds

 

Summary

It’s a good practice to delete the apps you are no longer using.  This Nugget demonstrates a simple way to remove unused apps from your device.  

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support: How to delete apps on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch 

Apple Support: Delete built-in Apple apps on your iOS 12 or later device or Apple Watch

iPhone User Guide: Remove apps from iPhone

 

 

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N41Buying Music in the Apple iTunes Store

Buying Music in the Apple iTunes Store

Most people will recognize that Apple changed the music industry and the way that music is sold and distributed.  And today Apple remains a significant player in the deliver of music to your devices.

Although Apple is current promoting Apple Music, a monthly streaming subscription service, the classic method for acquiring music from Apple to to purchase albums or tunes from the Apple iTunes Store.

This Nugget will walk you through the process of finding and purchasing music that can be played on iPhones, iPads, Mac or Windows machines.

Getting Setup to Buy Music

 

Sign in with your Apple ID

To do most things in the iTunes Store, you need to sign in with your Apple ID.  And if your Apple ID includes a payment method like a credit card you will be able to purchase music.

  1. In the iTunes Store, scroll to the bottom, then tap Sign In.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one.

 

Setting up a Payment Method

Setup your Payment method under Settings, [Your Name], Payment & Shipping.

Tap Payment Method  to enter Payment Details include Cardholder Name, Billing Info and Billing Address.  There is also an option to use PayPal as your Billing method requiring you to enter your PayPal account info.

 

Launch the iTunes App

The Apple iTunes app is launched with the icon found on the Home screen.  

After launching the primary screen is displayed where you can browse the store’s main page featuring music and the ability to switch to other media types that you are seeking.  

 

Along the bottom of the screen you have the primary store departments of iTunes including Music, Movies, TV Shows.  The current department is colored blue.  The icons also include your Search function.  

As you browse, you can also use a Genres filter on the upper left to filter the presented music by genre type like Pop, Country, Jazz, Classical to match your music tastes.  Tap Genres and tap your desired filter.

Top of the screen also includes tabs for Featured and Charts.  Featured includes New Releases, Pre-Orders for upcoming releases and sale items.

Tap on any item to bring up the info page for that item.

Searching for Music to Purchase

The main Music screen is designed for browsing the latest in featured and popular music and if great if you are looking for new and trending products.  

However, if your music interest is more classic or from artists who are not in the current charts, you probably will want to go directly to Search by taping on the Search icon at the bottom of the screen.

Tapping Search will present a Search bar at the top and a list of Trending searches pulled from the searches of millions of other users.

 

Tap on the Search bar to enter your search.  In the Search bar you can enter:

Artist Name – “The Beatles”

Album name – “Sgt. Peppers”

Song name – “Hey Jude”

Category – “70s rock”  “jazz piano” or “country hits”

 

Complete the search by pressing Search on the keyboard.

 

The search results will display Albums, Songs, Movies, Music Videos, Books and more available for purchase.

To filter your results to display either Albums,  Songs or Movies, tap the desired media from from the bar on the screen.

Tap on any Album listing to display the info page for the album.

As you view your search results, there are two primary options that you have.

 

  1. Tap the song to listen to a sample of the song.  
  2. Tap the price (varies by music format and items) in order to purchase the item.  You will then be asked to confirm your Apple ID with Touch ID or password to complete the purchase.

 

After purchase, any songs or albums will be available in your Music app Library. 

Simply tap to play.  See Playing Music in the Music App for more information.

Ask Siri

You can also use Siri to perform searches in the iTunes Store.  Use phrases like:

“Find The Beatles in iTunes”

“Find The White Album by The Beatles in iTunes”

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – iTunes Store

Apple Support  – Music Support

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on Music and Podcasts:

 

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Playing Music in the Music App
N40Playing Music in the Music App

Playing Music in the Music App

Use the Music app to play music stored on iPhone or iPad as well as music streamed over the Internet through an Apple Music subscription.  It is already installed on your device and is ready to play music from a variety of sources.

Music Sources for the Music App

The Music app will be able to play music from the following sources:

  • Music from Apple Music, the Apple subscription program. Streaming occurs over Wi-Fi or cellular connections.
  • Music purchased from the iTunes Store. See Buying Music in the iTunes Store.
  • Listen to Beats 1 Radio: Beats 1 is a worldwide radio station broadcasting live on Apple Music. It’s Free. No subscription is required to listen to Beats 1.
  • Music that is synced from your computer via the iTunes app on your computer. This includes music that is imported to iTunes from CDs, Albums or other sources.

Launch the Music App

Launch the Music app by tapping the Music icon.

Browse and play your music

After launching the music app the following screen will display:

  1. Tap Library, then tap a category, such as Playlists, Albums or Songs or tap Downloaded Music to view only music stored on iPhone.
  2. Tap an item, then tap Play, or tap Shuffle to shuffle an album or playlist.

Music that is playing will be displayed in the Player bar at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the player bar to display more control and options.

Control Center

Basic playback controls are provided in the Control Center.

See Recipe #103 Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions

Sort your music

You can also sort the music by name, dates as your browse your music library. Here are the steps:

  1. Tap Library, then tap Playlists, Albums, Songs, TV & Movies, or Music Videos.
  2. Tap Sort, then choose a sorting method such as title or artist.

Listen to Radio

If your are connected to the Internet through WiFi (free) or cellular (paid) you can listen to Apples radio streaming programs.

  1. Tap Radio and various internet radio stations will display.
  2. Tap the station to play the station.

 

The only station that is available for FREE is the Beats 1 station which is Apple’s streaming radio with programming by real DJ’s. Other stations will require a subscription to Apples Music Service.

 

Search your Music

Tap Search to access the search function inside of Apple Music.

A search bar is presented where you can type your search terms including artists, songs and even lyrics.

After tapping the search bar to enter your search terms, you can also choose to either search Apple Music or Your Library. Tap the desired tab and tap Search on the keyboard to perform the search.

Tap on any search result item to begin playing that item. The item will only play if it is available to you in your library or with the Apple Music service.

 

The Apple Music is the app you use to play music that you purchase from Apple, stream from Apple Music or have imported into iTunes on your computer.

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Music App

Apple Support  – Music Support

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on Music and Podcasts:

 

 

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Music Services for iPhone and iPads - What’s FREE, What’s not
N42Music Services for iPhone and iPads – What’s FREE, What’s not

Music Services for iPhone and iPads – What’s FREE, What’s not

The music industry has changed significantly in the last 15 years, especially since the introduction of the iPhone. Rather than going to a store to buy records and CDs, the majority of music buyers are either buying albums and songs online or listening to music via a streaming service. Streaming music is the latest trend.

The purpose of this Nugget is to provide an overview of five major players in the music business. In particularly we want to identify the FREE options that Seniors have and the specific costs of the premium services while identifying what those services offer.

 

Here is our discussion about five music platforms that can be played on our iPhones and iPads:

Apple Music

Amazon Music

Pandora

Spotify

iHeartRadio


Apple Music

 

Apple Music and the iTunes store changed the music industry in terms of how music was distributed and consumed. In the Apple Music environment, there is no FREE music with the exception of the Internet Radio Beats 1 that is available in Apple Music app.

However there are three approaches to acquiring music to play on the Apple Music app.

  1. Albums or Songs that are purchased from the iTunes store. Common pricing from 6 to $20 for albums and $.99 to $1.29 for individual songs. This is the classic method of buying songs for plan in Apple music.
  2. Apple Music service provides a music streaming service with a library of 50 millions songs. It also provides multiple pre-made internet radio channels in addition to allowing users to create their own stations. The price of Apple Music is $9.99 for an individual plan and $14.99 for a family plan. You can acquire a 90 day free trial to see if the service meets your needs.
  3. Music imported to iTunes. This might be music acquired from other sources or ripped from CDs or vinyl albums and imported into iTunes.

 

Amazon Music

Amazon provides an app for the iPhone and iPad. You can use the Amazon Music app to access music that:

  1. Music purchased from the Amazon Digital Music Store. Some songs and albums can be purchased for free but more typical prices for current albums is $7.99 to $19.99 for albums and $1.29 for song purchases.
  2. Amazon Music Unlimited – Amazon Music Unlimited is an on-demand music streaming service that offers access to over 50 million songs. Music is available on-demand and ad-free, with unlimited plays. You can also download music your iOS device for offline playback. The cost is $9.99 ($7.99 with Prime) per month for an individual plan and $14.99 for up to 6 family members.
  3. Prime Music. Prime Music provides ad-free access to more than two million songs and albums as well as Playlists and personalized streaming Stations to Amazon Prime members. Most people join Amazon Prime for access to free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video content for example, the award wining The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel . Prime members access Prime Music at no additional cost to the Amazon Prime cost of $9.99 per month.

Amazon is a savvy retailer and will offer music and services at sale prices reducing your music costs if you follow their emails and marketing programs.

Pandora

Pandora is a popular music streaming with a popular IOS app from the App Store. Pandora has a library of 30 million songs that it delivers through a radio-style approach, where you enter a song or artist and it creates a “station” of music based on your tastes. You will hear music from that artist and other similar artists. You tweek the stations by giving a thumbs up or down to each song and choosing to add other musicians or songs to the station.

Free Version

The free version of Pandora lets you create stations, but you also have to listen to ads and it limits the number of times you can skip a song in an hour. There is also a limit of 40 hours per month of listening on mobile devices.

Paid Plans

The $4.99 per month Pandora Plus removes ads, lets you download up to four stations offline, removes limits on skips and replays. It offers 30 days free. For $9.99 a month, Pandora Premium gives you all of those features plus the ability to search for and listen to any song, make your own playlists, and listen to all songs offline. A family plan for 6 users of Pandora Premium is $14.99

Podcasts on Pandora

You can also listen to FREE podcasts on Pandora from thousands of podcasters. However, podcasts cannot be downloaded to your device.

Spotify

Spotify has been the dominant streaming service and has a larger user community than than any other streaming service. It’s music catalog contains over 35 millions songs with a reported 4 million songs that have never been played. .

FREE Spotify

The free Spotify plan is ad supported. With every couple of tracks, you’ll hear a 15 to 30 second ad. Also there is a limit to your ability to select a specific tune or album. You will be presented with 750 tracks and 15 personalized playlists. You are also limited in your ability to skip tracks.

Spotify Premium

Spotify users will pay $9.99 ($14.99 for five family members)/month to use Spotify on iOS or desktop devices with an ad free experience. You can also listen to any track, album, artist, or playlist you like at any time in any order with unlimited skips. Basically, you can listen to whatever music you want without any limitations in either the desktop or mobile apps. You can also download tracks to your device for offline listening.

Podcasts on Spotify

You can also listen to FREE podcasts on Spotfiy from most popular podcasters. However, podcasts can be individually downloaded to your device for offline listening.

iHeartRadio

The name iHeartRadio is a broadcast and internet radio platform that includes 850 local radio stations across the country. gives a major hint as to what you’ll find in this app: a lot of radio. iHeartRadio brings you live streams of radio stations from across the country, so if you love the traditional radio experience, you’ll probably love this app.

FREE Plan

Live radio any time and place while connected to the internet. You can create a personalized artist station and have full access to the podcast library. There are limits to your ability to play any song or skips songs in your stations.

iHeartRadio Plus

Play any song on demand and skip a stations songs as much as you wish. Save songs from the radio to your playlist. The fee is $5.99 per month.

iHeartRadioAllAccess

Provides access to play any song on demand from a catalog of 30 million songs. Listen offline on IOS devices

Podcasts on iHeartRadio

You can also listen to FREE podcasts on iHeartRadio from most popular podcasters and many talk radio show from their radio stations. Podcasts can be downloaded to your device for offline listening.

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How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens
N39How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens

How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens

I hope you know that your iPhone or iPad is capable of scanning a QR code using your camera.  This is a function that is discussed in  Nugget #8 Read QR Codes with your iPhone. This function works perfectly if you encounter a QR code in a retail store, park or elsewhere.

Read QR Codes using the Camera app

However a club member asked about a different need with a QR code.  It might be a QR code that you captured in a photo or a screenshot.  With the camera approach used by the iPhone or iPad, you would have to print the photo or display on a different screen in order to read it. 

There are dedicated QR code apps that would allow you to scan a QR photo.  However, there is an app that many people already have on their phones that would scan these photos, the Google app.  With the Google app, you would use the Google Lens function.  

The Google App

You generally don’t need the Google app in order to perform a Google search on your device.  You can go a Google web search using the address bar in your Safari Internet browser. See Recipe #441 Searching the Web with Google – Tips and Insight.

However there are additional functions that the Google app presents including Google Lens.

 

Google Lens

Google Lens is a object recognition app from Google that searches an image or camera view for information.  You can use it for QR codes, bar codes or any object that you point the camera at.  If you point the Camera at a picture of the U.S. Capitol, it will identify the object as the U.S. Capitol Building.  

 

Installing the Google App

Find the Google app in the App Store.  Search for Google in the App store to find the app.

The app is FREE as indicated by the GET instruction. 

Confirm the installation and wait for the install to complete.  

The app’s icon will be added to the home screen.

Tap the Google app icon to launch the Google app.

 

 

 

Step-by-Step

Use Google Lens

Google Lens is available on two different apps that you can install on your IOS device.  It is available in the Google app or in the Google Photos app.  For this process, we will introduce Google Lens as found in the Google app.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google app.
  2. In the search bar adjacent to the microphone, tap Google Lens Google Lens.
  3. Give the Google app permission to use the camera.  You will see this if you haven’t used Google Lens before.  Tap Turn on camera to use Lens.
  4. On your screen find Photos icon on the upper right of the screen.  Your Photo library will display.
  5. Tap the All Photos icon to select the photo that contains the QR code you wish to scan.  Tap that photo
  6. In a few seconds, the information from the QR code will be displayed on the screen.  Tap Website to access the website of the code.

Watch a short (under 2 minutes) video demonstration below to see how it works.

Video Demonstration and Coaching

Time: 1:48

Setup

Using Google Lens for scanning a QR Code requires the installation of the Google app for IOS

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

 

 

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How to Quickly Move Back to the Top
N43How to Quickly Move Back to the Top

How to Quickly Move Back to the Top

When you find yourself deep and far from the top of your Mail inbox, how do you quickly move to the top?  You can also be deep into the contents of your text messages in the Messages app and you want to quickly return to the top.

Tap the status bar at the top of the screen.  That’s it.  If your iPhone does not have a Home button and there is a notch you can tap on either side of the notch.  Although you can tap anywhere on the status bar, think of it as tapping on the time to perform the quick scroll.  

You can use this in the Mail app, Messages app, Settings app and even from the catalog of the SeniorTechClub.com site if you are deep and many screens down the catalog listing.

 

For clarity, the status bar is the top margin of the iPhone screen that includes the time, your cellular and Wifi indicators and battery status.  With the status bar, you can think about this as tapping the time for the quick scroll action.  

Video Demonstration and Coaching

Time: 1:19

Summary

Tap the time on the status bar to quickly scroll to the top of a long list.  This includes email, text messages, settings or even a web page. 

 

 

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How to Use Today View and Widgets on your iPhone
N45How to Use Today View and Widgets on your iPhone

How to Use Today View and Widgets on your iPhone

Today View is a screen of information accessed from your Home screen that gives you a glimpse of your day and access to the things you do most often. The daily glimpse might include your schedule, recent messages, weather, news headlines and more.

Search Bar – At the top of the Today View you have a Search Bar that is the same search bar as used in the Spotlight Search (see Use iPhone Spotlight Search to Find Apps, Get Reminders, News and More)  function.  Use it to search your device, the App Store or the Internet.

Widgets show you information and provide access to your favorite apps. You use Widgets in the Today View to provide you glimpses of activities, news headlines, weather and more. Your Today View is your custom collection of Widgets.

It’s customizable!

It makes sense that the Today View can be customized to reflect the things that are important to you. This recipe will show you how to add and organize the Widgets on your Today View.

 

How to Access Today View

 

From the first screen of your Home screen, the Lock Screen, (see Lock Screen Setup below) or on the Notification Center you can swipe right from the left edge. The Today View screen will pull in from the left.

Use the Today View to check  current activities and events.  Then tap on any of the Widgets to access the underlying details or functions provided by the Widget.

 

How to Customize your Today View with Widgets

You customize the Today View by adding and arranging Widgets.  It is a great place to put widgets that can provide essential information from your device.  

Many iPhone apps and even third party apps provide Widgets to bring information and functions to your Today View.  

 

  1. Long Press (Touch and hold) an existing widget or an empty area in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the  + (Add) button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Scroll down to select a widget, tap the widget
  4. Choose your desired size from three widget sizes.  Swipe left and right to view the size choices.  
  5. Tap Add Widget
  6. Tap Done.

Try out some widgets on the today view.  If you don’t get it right the first time, it is easy to change and try others.  

 

Where do Widgets come from?

Widgets will come with apps that are installed on your device.  For example, many of Apples apps provide Widget.  Additionally, you are now seeing my third party apps that you install on your device might also provide a Widget for the Today VIew. Use the customize steps above to see the Widgets that are available on your device.

 

Have fun exploring Widgets that you can use on your Today View. Look for widgets associated with any of the apps that are installed on your device.

Final Thoughts and Recommendations

How about some Widgets recommendations?

We would recommend that as a starting point, you consider the following widgets. Then once you understand their function, you can add more widgets to match your interests, passions and priorities.

Siri App Suggestion – Shows apps, contacts, and other frequently accessed data based on your prior use. It’s a handy launcher of app that might be buried deep in lower Home screens.

Battery – Displays the current battery percentage.  This makes it more accessible than from the Control Center.

Calendar – Display the day’s scheduled items from your Calendar

Reminders – Displays any current reminders for the day.

Weather – Displays the current weather conditions

News – Displays current news headlines and trending news.

Mail – View and access your email from your VIPs. Select VIPs from your Contacts app.

Favorites – Displays phone activity or call people on your Phone favorites.

Adding Widgets that you want to try is easy.  Browse the list of widgets and don’t hesitate to try different widgets to get that perfect Today View for your needs.

 

Allow access to Today View from the Lock Screen

You can use the Today View when your iPhone is locked if you wish. However, you will not be able to access underlying details or perform functions unless your device is unlocked. It is still useful to get that glimpse of today’s activity.

 

Access your Today View from the Lock screen

Here is how to setup Lock screen access.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap on Face ID & Passcode (iPhone X and later) or Touch ID & Passcode (earlier models).
  3. Enter your passcode.
  4. Turn on Today View (below the heading Allow Access When Locked).

You will now be able to swipe right from the left edge of the Lock screen in order to display the Today View.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – View and organize Today View on iPhone

Apple Support – Use widgets on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

 

 

How to Set Up & Use Keyboard Shortcuts
N46How to Set Up & Use Keyboard Shortcuts

How to Set Up & Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you have a common phrase that you find yourself texting frequently. Or is there a common closing that you add to your emails? If you do, you can create a keyboard shortcut that saves time and typing. By creating a shortcut you can turn a couple of characters, e.g. gm into a commonly-used phrase, e.g. Good Morning. Or how about saving a lot of typing by making a shortcut of your email address where “ds” (I’m thinking Don @ SeniorTechClub) could turn into “don@seniortechclub.com.”

Apple refers to the capability as Text Replacement and your iPhone comes with one keyboard shortcut that is already setup on purchase.

If you type “omw”, the text will be replaced with “On my way!” You can see this shortcut when you use the set up steps below.

Try it out

 

Test out this function with the standard “On my way” replacement already on your device.

1 Create a blank text message in the Messages app by tapping the compose icon.

2 Tap on the messages area of the message and type “omw”

3 Note how the phrase “On my Way!” displays in the predictive text area.

4 Press Space Bar to insert in message

or

5 Just tap Send to use the replacement.

 

Continue this lesson to learn how to create own custom text replacements.  

How to set up a keyboard shortcut/text replacement

Here are the steps to create a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Launch the Settings app..
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Keyboard.
  4. Tap Text Replacement.
  5. Tap the + (Add) button that is found on the upper right
  6. Enter the full Phrase that you want to appear when you enter your shortcut.
  7. Enter your Shortcut. The shortcut is the 1-3 letters that you will type, e.g. omw that will be replaced with “On my way!” Although you might be tempted to put a special character as a shortcut, remember that a special character like a “@” will require additional key taps.
  8. Tap Save.

Using a Keyboard Shortcut

You can use your new keyboard shortcut in any app that accepts text typing. This includes the Message app, Notes, Mail and more.

You can easily test a new keyboard shortcut by launching the Notes but the following steps also work in the Messages, Mail apps or any app where you type.

  1. Tap Create  to create a new note.
  2. Type the Shortcut letters
  3. Press the spacebar to replace the Shortcut with the replacement Phrase  or…
  4. Tap on the phrase as it appears in the predictive text suggestion bar.

By typing a couple of letters, you can quickly “type” a long phrase.

How to Delete or Edit a Keyboard Shortcut/Text Replacement

How to delete keyboard shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

If you created a keyboard shortcut that you want to delete, you can delete with the standard “Swipe Left to Delete” action that you can learn about here.

Here are the specific steps:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Keyboard.
  4. Tap on Text Replacement.
  5. Swipe left on the shortcut you want deleted.
  6. Tap on the red Delete button.

The keyboard shortcut is removed.

Edit a Shortcut

You can edit an existing keyboard shortcut by tapping on the shortcut and changing the Phrase or Shortcut.  Here are the steps:

 

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Keyboard.
  4. Tap on Text Replacement that you want to change.
  5. Edit either the Shortcut or the Phrase.  
  6. Tap Save to complete the change. 

The keyboard shortcut will be edited.  

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – How to use Auto-Correction and predictive text on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Apple iPhone User Guide – Save keystrokes with text replacements on iPhone

 

 

 

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Hands-Free Phone Use While Driving
N44Hands-Free Phone Use While Driving

Hands-Free Phone Use While Driving

Distracted driving is dangerous.  This Nugget will discuss the approaches that you can use as various states adopt hands-free phone use while driving.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that every day, nine people are killed in crashes that involve a distracted driver.  The CDC reports three distractions that are associated with this bad habit:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.

The Senior Tech Club wants you to be safe.  We do not want you to be distracted as you drive.  But we will also review the essence of the law in many states and some recommendations that will help you keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on your driving.

What is allowed?

My home state of Minnesota as just passed a hands-free law to go into affect August 1, 2019.  And although other states my have different approaches.  Currently 19 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

What does the MN law allow?  (HandsFreeMN.org)

In MN The law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone.

 

How to Go Hands-Free

These recommendations are based on the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety with additions from the Senior Tech Club.

  1. Don’t use your phone when you drive. Put your phone in the glove compartment or trunk or backseat or turn on a do-not-disturb app and enjoy the drive. See Nugget #11 Do Not Disturb While Driving
  2. Use a single earphone that has the microphone, and you are hands-free. Have earphones in both ears is  illegal in many states.  If you are using the Apple ear buds that may have come with our iPhone, use the right ear bud that has the microphone, center button and volume controls.  You can answer calls by pressing the center buttum.  You can activate Siri by pressing and holding the center button. See Apple iPhone Manual – Use Apple EarPods for a complete description.
  3. Pair your phone to your current car or truck if your vehicle supports Bluetooth.  Instructions for this will vary between vehicles.  The setup on the iPhone is easy using Settings, Bluetooth.  Once connected you can use your vehicle’s voice or steering wheel control to answer or make calls.  Or you can use Siri.  The Senior Tech Club has a comprehensive guide to using Siri in Recipe #012 Getting to Know Siri.

  4. Buy an auxiliary cable and connect your phone’s earphone jack to your car’s AUX jack. You can operate your phone by Siri and  listen through your car’s audio system. Auxiliary cables can be purchased for less than $5.

  5. Buy a holder to clip your phone to the dash. You can use it in a voice-activated or single-touch mode. Clips can be simple and cheap or complicated. Make sure you get one that holds your phone securely. Prices range from less than $5 to $50.  I’ve purchased phone holders from Amazon. Be prepared for 20,000 different products.  As an alternative my students in class have recommended that you might go to your local auto parts store like AutoZone or O’Reilly Auto Part where you can get recommendations and actually try out the holder.  

  6. Buy a Bluetooth speaker or earphone to pair with your phone. There are many after-market choices for both, all of which let you go hands-free. Prices are generally in the $10 to $50 range.

  7. Develop your Siri skills.  Nearly all of the approaches described in this guide will allow you to use Siri to make calls.  The standard command is “Hey Siri Call (one of your contacts names).  See Recipe # 11 Getting to Know Siri
  8. The ultimate iPhone-Vehicle experience is using Apple CarPlay.  (iPhone User Guide – Control CarPlay with Siri or your car’s built-in controls)  CarPlay will use apps from your iPhone like Phone, Maps, Music and Podcasts and display them on your car’s control screen.  You can make calls either from the touch control screen or using Siri.

Most important – Be Safe.  Do not be a distracted driver!

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Getting Started with the Shortcuts App
N47Getting Started with the Shortcuts App

Getting Started with the Shortcuts App

What is the Shortcuts app?

The Shortcuts app lets you create custom shortcuts that perform Actions on your device and with apps.

A Shortcut is a quick way to get repetitive tasks done with your apps. You could use a shortcuts send email responses, find music and interact with apps or web sites.

A Shortcut is built with Actions. An Action is a single task in a Shortcut. Most Shortcuts will have several or many Actions that play in sequence.

Apple provides a gallery of already-developed shortcuts that you can install on your device. You can also modify these shortcuts to better meet your needs. Or you can build a shortcut from scratch in order to combine multiple actions from your device and its apps. The possibilities are nearly unlimited.

Installing the Shortcuts app.

The Shortcuts app was introduced with IOS 12. Consequently, you may not find the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad. But it is easily installed for FREE from the App Store.

Search for Shortcuts in the App Store or even from Spotlight search. From there, it will download onto your device. Be prepared to enter your password for your AppleID or TouchID to install.

 

Starting out with the Shortcuts app

Once you have access to Shortcuts, launch it and you will see two icons at the bottom of the screen these icons provide access to your Library and the Gallery.

The Library is your collection of shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad. These are shortcuts that can be run immediately.

Gallery is a curated repository of downloadable shortcuts you can add and try out. They are need to be downloaded to your device before they can be used.

Exploring samples in the Gallery

The Shortcuts app includes a Gallery full of samples that you can browse, get and try. It is a great way to get started.

Shortcuts in the Gallery are organized by topic, app, or use. There are collections of samples based on use, for example, plus there are banner pages at the top with larger groups of collections.

Tap on a shortcut to see a description. On the description screen you can tap Get Shortcut” to add it to your Library to use later. Or tap Show Actions and get a preview of the steps included in that shortcut. This is a great way to learn about Shortcuts and get a sense of what’s happening and steps that you might be curious about.

How to run shortcuts

There are five different ways to run a Shortcut. This includes:

  1. Tapping on the Shortcut in the Shortcuts App.
  2. Tapping on an icon that you place on the Home screen. You can launch the Shortcut similar to launching an app.
  3. Execute in the Today View. You will need to set up the Shortcuts widget on your Today View. See How to Use Widgets and the Today View on your iPhone
  4. Using the Share/Action function inside of apps.
  5. Calling a Shortcut with Siri. See below to give your Shortcut a specific Siri command.

Options 2-5 above require you to setup the Shortcut for that process. Here are setup steps:

  1. Launch the Shortcut App.
  2. Find the Shortcut you would like to modify. Tap on the ellipsis (dot dot dot) in the top right corner of a shortcut and you’ll enter the edit view. This is the screen where you can re-order the sequence of actions, add new actions and more.

Once you’re in the edit view, you could add new actions to the flow using the expandable drawer and search field at the bottom of the screen. This is beyond this lesson.

But for this lesson we are simply going to focus on changing name and execution setup for a shortcut.

Step-by-Step

To change the Shortcut name, appearance or execution approach, tap Settings in the upper right of the shortcuts edit screen. Then you can do the following:

  1. Tap Name to change the name of your shortcut.
  2. Tap Icon to choose a new icon for the shortcut. Make your selection from the available colors and glyphs presented.
  3. Add to Siri where you can record a Siri command for the Shortcut. You will speak the command. Tap Home Screen to choose an image from your camera roll to identify your shortcut when it’s added to the Home screen.
  4. Turn on the Show in Widget switch (Green is on) to be able to execute a Shortcut in a Widget in the Today View.
  5. Turn on Show in Share Sheet if you want to be able to run the Shortcut from another app. Shortcut that run from the Share/Action function generally will affect the content of the app, for example photos and have been specifically developed to work inside of another app.
  6. Tap Add to Home Screen to put the Shortcut and icon onto the Home screen. Follow the instructions on the following screen that includes tapping on Share and then tap on Add to Home Screen. Then tap Add to finish the process.

 

 

Start exploring custom shortcuts

Developing your own Shortcuts may seem overwhelming. It is a new programming tool with limitations and occasionally quirks.

There are some resources listed in additional information below that will help. You also can look through the gallery and examine how those Shortcuts were developed.

 

Setup

Installation of the Shortcuts app.

Requirements

Requires IOS: 12+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – Use the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad – Apple Support

Apple Support – Use Siri Shortcuts

Apple Support – Shortcuts User Guide

Shortcut Collections for Download

The Senior Tech Club has not evaluated all of the Shortcuts available from these sites.  Please use at your own risk.

Sharecuts

Shortcuts Archive on MacStories

RoutineHub

 

Create and Complete Reminders to Remember the Stuff in your Life
N48Create and Complete Reminders to Remember the Stuff in your Life

Create and Complete Reminders to Remember the Stuff in your Life

We have things to do, places to go.  And sometimes a simple reminder list is great way to help us remember the stuff we need to get done.

Sometimes all we need is a simple list of items that we need to do on a given day.  Other times, we may be looking to keep track of tasks, projects and activities that include reminders, notes, dates and more.

With the Reminders app, you can create both simple and detailed reminders.   And importantly reminders are easy to create and manage.   

 

This lesson will show the following Reminder steps:

  • Create a Simple Reminder
  • Add Details like a Date or Notes
  • Working with Reminders.  
  • Organizing Reminders with Lists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a Simple Reminder

Create a Reminder in simple steps

First tap the Reminders icon to launch the app.   

Reminder app icon

1 Add a reminder by tapping the New Reminders at the bottom of the Reminders app screen.

2 Type a label or description “Return Library Book” for the reminders.

3 If your reminder is a simple list item, tap Done to save. Or….

4 If the reminder needs some detail, for example, a date and time, a place, a priority or some additional notes, tap the Info (Circle i) icon.

Add Details to your Reminder

Adding Detail like Dates & Notes to the Reminder

First you have to tap the Info (Circle i) icon (Step #4 above)  while creating or editing a reminder.

You then can add dates and other details to this reminder with these simple steps:

5 Notes & URL – at the top of the Reminders detail screen you will find fields to enter Notes about the reminder or a URL web link.  

 

Dates – To associate the Reminder with a date, e.g. Call Bob on April 3, Tap Date switch to green (green is on).  The date picker will appear.

7  Choose a date from the calendar display.  Tap the arrows to navigate forward to a future date.

8     Tap Time to green (green is on) if this reminder should be delivered on a specific time of day.  For example to call bob at 10 AM on April 3.

9  Repeat – Choose Repeat to set a recurring interval, e.g. the reminder should be delivered hourly, daily, weekly or some custom interval like the 3rd of every month.

Tap End Repeat to set an ending date for the repeating reminder.

Tap Done to end the action and save the Reminder.

Location Reminders, Flags, Priority & More

You can also create reminders that will remind you when your arrive at a location, for example, “Remind me to take out the garbage when I get home.”    You can also set Flags or set a Priority for a reminders.  You can also set a reminder that will reminder you when chatting with someone via text message.  

All of the options can be accessed by scrolling down the Add Reminder screen.  You will find that reminders have a number of very robust options. 

Location Reminders

To use location-based reminders, make sure that Location Services is turned on. Open the Settings app, then tap Privacy > Location Services and turn on Location Services.

1 Enable the location options for this reminder by tapping the Location switch (green is on)

2  Standard location options include when you arrive Home or Work (Set up in Contacts>MyCard)  or when you connect or disconnect from your car’s Bluetooth or Car Play.

3 Custom location which allows you to enter an address and tune the location in a map.  Use this to create a custom location like a store or post office location.  This would allow you to create reminder like “Get stamps when I’m near the post office.”

4 When Messaging.  This will allow you to pick a contact so that you will receive a reminder the next time you are chatting with this person in the Messages app.

5  Flag an important reminder so that it will show in the Flagged reminders on your reminders list.

6 Set a Priority for this reminder.  tap Priority to select Low, Medium or High as the priority.  High priority reminders will appear at the top of the reminder list.

7 List – Displays the list that contains the reminder.  Tap the current list to switch to a different list.

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Smart Tip – Use Siri to set a Reminder

If you are thinking that this process is a little complicated for a simple reminder, using Siri makes the process very easy.

 

How easy?  Just a single line of instruction will do it.

Summon Siri and say, “Remind Me to call Bob on April 5th.”  That’s it, a real time saver.

 

Working with Reminders

How are you Reminded

In the Call Bob reminder  example above, you will receive a notification on your iPhone screen when the day and time arrives.

The Notification will appear on the lock screen with a sound or buzz if the phone is on vibrate.  A tap on the notification will take you to the Reminders list.  

Completing Reminders

It’s Incredibly easy.  It’s one of the best things about using the Reminders app.  

Mark a reminder as complete by simply tapping on the circle next to a reminder in your Reminders list.  

 

You can decide if you wish to keep completed items on your list of reminders.  Tap Show Completed at the bottom of the screen to display or hide completed reminders.

 

Deleting Reminders

The easiest way to delete and totally remove a reminder from the list is to simply swipe left on the reminder you wish to delete.

The Swipe Left is consistent with so many other apps as identified in Nugget N20 Swipe Left to Delete from a List

 

Tap Delete to complete the deletion process.

 

This easy action will allow you to keep your Reminders list tidy.

 

 

Organizing Reminders with LIsts

Creating Additional Lists

The standard Reminders are actually is a reminder list that is called Reminders.  This  is the default list. 

You can create additional lists in the Reminders app for other purposes.  For example, you could create a Grocery list. Or if you are preparing for a vacation and tasks to do, create a Vacation To-Do list.  Or if you have tasks associated with a house project you could create a project list.  

Access other lists by tapping on the title of the current list that is displayed.  For example type on Reminders.

A list of your Reminders will display.  

Use the Reminders list to track your important Reminders and add or edit your lists.   Here are its features.

1] Use the Search bar to search for a reminder that could be found in any list.

2]  Find a Reminder dashboard at the top.  The reminder dashboard will allow you to track reminders that are due Today, Scheduled or Flagged as important.

3] My Lists show all of your custom reminder lists and the number of reminders it contains.  Tap the list name to view those reminders.

4]  Tap Add List on the lower right corner to add a new list.  The New List screen will allow you to enter a list name, pick and color and pick an icon to display in the list name.    Tap Done to save a new Reminder list.

5]  Tap Edit to change the order of the lists by dragging up and down.

  • Tap  (circle i) to change a lists color or icon.
  • Tap to delete a list.
  • Tap Add Group to group lists under a single main group where you could group Business/Work reminder lists in a group to keep separate from Personal reminder lists.
  • Tap Done to save your changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Organized

Reminders are a great way to help you stay organized and help you enjoy the important things in your life.  And best of all it is a tool that is both easy but has some robust features for more complicated task management.  

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – Use Reminders on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Apple Support – Organize reminders on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Apple Support – Share and assign reminders on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

iPhone User Guide – Reminders App

 

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Use iCloud Contact Groups to Send Group Emails
N52Use iCloud Contact Groups to Send Group Emails

Use iCloud Contact Groups to Send Group Emails

Why Group Emails?

Do you need to send emails to a collection of people on a regular basis.  This might be a family group or a golf or pickleball group.  The advantage of using an email group is that you can write the email to one address and the entire group will receive the email.

iCloud Contact groups will allow you to organize your contacts into group.  There are two requirements for this:

Your contacts must be hosted as iPhone contacts versus Google contacts or contacts hosted in another email system.

You must be syncing your contacts to iCloud.  The setup of for syncing your contacts is found in Recipe #404 How to use iCloud to expand and optimize storage.  

The primary reason for the iCloud requirement is that your iPhone or iPad does not have the tools to create contact groups.  So you will log onto iCloud.com and use its tools to create your groups.  

We describe this process below.

 

 

Create your Contact Groups

From a laptop or desktop computer, access iCloud.com from your web browser.

Log onto iCloud using your Apple ID and Password. 

 

If you have set up two factor authentication (recommended), you may also need to enter a code that you receive via text.

 

After logging in to iCloud, the collection of iCloud applications is presented.  Click Contacts

 

The iCloud Contacts app is opened and your Contacts are presented with three columns.


Column 1 is your Contacts Groups.  All Contacts is the whole list of contacts.  You new custom group will be added here.

Column 2 are the contacts in the current selected group.  View the contacts of a different group by clicking on another group name in Column 1.  There is a search bar at the top of this column to search for a contact or your can also browse the contact list with the letters on the right of the column. 

Column 3 would be the contact details for the selected contact from Column 2.  The details could include phone numbers, addresses and more.  This depends on the information that you have entered.

 

Create a New Contact Group

For our learning, let’s say you are responsible for sending emails to your pickleball group and you wish to create your new pickleball group to be able to send a group email.  The new pickleball group will appear in Column 1.

Tap on the + (plus) sign at the bottom of Column 1.  Select New Group.

Type a name for the group, e.g. Pickleball Group.  Press Enter/Return to finish.

Your new contact group is ready to receive new contacts.  When you click on the group you will notice that there are no members in the new group.

 

Adding Members to a Group 

You will add members to your new group by dragging contacts to the group name.  

Click on All Contacts to display all of your names.  Find a contact that you want to add by searching or browsing your contacts list.  We are looking for Scott Anderson.

Using your mouse, click on Scott Anderson’s name and drag the name to the Pickleball Group name.  Release your mouse and Scott Anderson is added to the new group.

Continue to add members to the group with a click and drag process.  

After adding members to the Pickleball Group, you can confirm the action by clicking on the Pickleball Group name to display it’s members.

A contact can below to multiple groups.  In our example, Scott Anderson will still be found under All Contacts and he could also become a member of the Senior Tech Club group too.

 

 

 

 

 

Confirming the new Group

 

After a few minutes, assuming that you are on WiFi, your new group will be sync to your iPhone and available for use.

You can confirm that the sync has occurred by viewing the group in the Contacts app.

Launch Contacts.

Tap Groups in the upper left.

Scroll down the Groups list until you see ICLOUD.

You will see the Pickleball Group in the group list.

 

Sending a Group Email

Launch the Mail app on your iPhone.

Start a new email by tapping the new email icon in the lower right corner.

In the To: line, begin to type the name of the contact group you’re trying to email. Then select Group by tapping it.  You will the To:line in the email populated with the names of the group members. 

 

 

 

 

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Going Handsfree with the Notes App Using Siri
N49Going Handsfree with the Notes App Using Siri

Going Handsfree with the Notes App Using Siri

You can create a note in the iPhone or iPad Notes app without using your hands or keyboard by using Siri.

Here are some possible uses of this feature:

  1.  You are creating a grocery list before going to the store while standing in front of your refrigerator and panty or while reading a recipe.
  2. You are driving and just thought of a great idea that you would like to capture.

This is just a start.  There may be hundreds of possible uses for creating a note with Siri. 

Let’s get started.

Three Key Tips

There are three key tips to having Siri create a note that you dictate:

  1. The Siri Command – “Create a note” or “Take a Note”
  2. The first line of the note becomes the title or name of the note, for example “Grocery List.”
  3. Say punctuation  and use “New Line” to move to the next line.

Let’s try it out!

 

Step-by-Step

Summon Siri by saying “Hey Siri” or by Pressing and holding the Home button (iPhone 8 or less) or by pressing and holding the Side button (iPhone X or later.)

  • Say, “Create a note” or optionally “Take a note.”
  • Siri responds “What do you want it to say?”

 

 

Say:

Grocery List  New Line

Bananas New Line

Apples New Line

Peaches New Line

Bread New Line

Milk 

End the note process by letting Siri time-out by being silent for 3 – 5 seconds

 

Add to an Existing Note

You can also use Siri to add to an existing note.  For example in our Grocery List example, you may need to add additional items to the list.

Here are the steps to perform this update.

 

Summon Siri by saying “Hey Siri” or by Pressing and holding the Home button (iPhone 8 or less) or by pressing and holding the Side button (iPhone X or later.)

  • You say, “Edit Note” or “Update Note”
  • Siri responds “I found a few options. Which note do you want to edit?”
  • You say, “Grocery List”
  • Siri Responds, “OK, what would you like to add?”

 

You say,

Toothpaste New Line

Laundry Detergent new line

Paper Towels

 

Pause a a few seconds and Siri will make the edits to your note.

 

Punctuation or format.

Remember!  You will need to dictate any punctuation or formatting like new lines when you create your note.

Here is a list of common punctuation and instructions that you will use as your dictate.  

  • period
  • question mark
  • exclamation mark
  • comma
  • quote … end quote
  • new paragraph
  • new line

More information can be found in Senior Tech Recipe #016 Dictate Text Instead of Typing 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe.

 

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets using Siri.

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Read Classic Books for FREE with the Gutenberg Project
N50Read Classic Books for FREE with the Gutenberg Project

Read Classic Books for FREE with the Gutenberg Project

Do you enjoy reading books?  There are many benefits for older adults who read regularly.

However a book habit can be expensive, particularly, if your reading habit finds you anxious to get the latest book from your favorite author or you need a specific selection from the New York Times Best Seller list.  If you need these books you might wait for the book from the library or you will find yourself purchasing your desired book from Amazon or the Apple Book Store in the Books app.   

But what about the classics?  We are talking about the works of Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and more.  We might include books like Moby Dick, Peter Pan, War and Peace or Ulysses.  These books can be downloaded to your iPhone or iPad for FREE. 

This Nugget will show you how to find and download free books from Gutenberg Project.  

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a top site to download free classic books to your device.  It is a well known endeavor widely lauded for its important work.  

Currently there are almost 60,000 public domain books in a easily searchable catalog.  No fee or even registration  required to download books.  There are not apps you need to install.  You can download and read the books in the iPhone or iPad Books app.

If you wonder which books are available on the site, think of all of those classics that you learned about as a kid and all of those books that you didn’t read.  This includes books by Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain and more.

Smart Tip: Read the Classics from the Gutenberg Project

Remember all of those classics that you didn’t get around to reading or actually avoided as a young student?  
The 60,000 downloads from the Gutenberg Project is an awesome source to get those classics for FREE.  The site is well-run and well-regarded.

 

 

Access the Project Gutenberg Web Site

From your iPad or iPhone, launch the Safari web browser.  Type  m.gutenberg.org into the address bar.  The “m” instead of the typical “www” is the web standard for a  mobile site that is more appropriate for display on your iPhone. 

It is easiest to search the Gutenberg site on your mobile device as you can download the book directly to the device in a format readable by your Books app. 

Optionally, you can access the site via this QR code. 

Scan this QR code with your Camera app to load the Gutenberg web site.

Launch your camera app and center this QR code in the view finder.  After your device recognizes the code, you can select the site from the notification bar that appears on the top  of the window.   See Nugget #N1 Read QR Codes with your iPhone for more information on QR codes.

 

Searching for Books

 

You will use the main page of the Project Gutenberg site to perform your search.  Here are two possibilities:

 

1 Use the search bar  at the top of the page to search by title, author or topic.  Tap on the search bar ,  type the title or author name and tap the search icon.  The search results will be display on the lower part of the screen.  Tap any search item to access the book’s information.

2 Another way to view available books is to browse available books sorted popularity or alphabetical.  Achieve this by tapping on:

Popular – see which books have been downloaded the most from all of the books on the sight.

Latest – browse the book that have been added most recently.

Random – be adventurous and look for something new.  

As you scroll down the browsing list, tap on any book that you would like to review or download.

Gutenberg Popular Book List

 

Tap on any book of interest and you will see an information screen with title and subject information at the top and  a Download section on the lower part of the screen.

 

Download Options from book on Gutenberg Project

 

 In the Download section, most books are presented with multiple formats:

  • An HTML version that that will be read in a browser like Safari.  This is a good choice if you simply want to preview a book without downloading it.
  • The EPUB version that can be downloaded to the Books app.  This is a good choice to download onto your device.
  • A Kindle version that can be downloaded and read using the Kindle app for iPad or iPhone.  

 

The EPUB files can be downloaded and  opened in Books app  You will often see two  EPUB  files: with or without images. This refers to images, diagrams or pictures that might be included in the book.  The file without images takes less storage space on your device and will download faster.  But you lose any pictures or graphics that might be included in the book.  Consider that most classic fiction books likely have few pictures or images.  

 

Click the down arrow on the right to start the book download.  The following screen will display.

For EPUB downloads, you should see the Open in “Books”  screen which will allow you to download your book for the iBooks app.

Following download, you will find the book in the Books library were you can access the book by tapping on My Books.  Read this book like any book purchased from the Apple Book Store.  

For more information about using the Books app, please see Recipe #410 Reading Books with the Books App


Deleting Books

When downloading Free Books you will get books that you decide not to read and that you will want to delete from your library in order to save space.

Here are the basic steps after launching the Books app:

  1.  Tap Library at the bottom of the screen to access your book shelf.
  2. Scroll to find the book you wish to delete.
  3. Tap Edit on the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap the book you wish to delete so that a check mark is displayed on the book.
  5. Tap Delete (Trash Can icon) in the lower left corner of the screen.
  6. Tap Delete Everywhere to totally delete the book.  Tap Remove From Reading Now to remove from your device but make the book available for future download again.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club has extensively covered the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional information about Books apps and book sources.

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on Books apps and sources:

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Copy Events in the Calendar App
N51Copy Events in the Calendar App

Copy Events in the Calendar App

There are a number of times where you might light to copy an event in the Calendar app.  You might have a series of events that have similar detail, for example, a meeting that recurs a varying times, where you would like to create a single event and then copy the event to other dates and times.

Copy an Event

There is no direct copy command but there is a process that will accomplish the action.

  1. Launch the Calendar App on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap an event you want to duplicate
  3. Tap Edit to display the event details.
  4. Copy the event title by double tapping on the first word of the title and expanding the selection by dragging to the end of the title and releasing.  Tap Copy to copy just the title into the new event. 
  5. Tap Cancel and return back to the calendar view.
  6. Tap the “+” (plus) icon in the upper right corner to create a new event.
  7. Tap the Title line and paste the previous event title into the entry by tapping and holding in the field.  Tap Paste.
  8. The previous title will be placed in the field.  
  9. After the title in place in the field, all of the information transfers to the new event you are trying to create
  10. Change the Date and any other events that change for the copied event.
  11. Tap Add to create the copied event.

This indirect approach will allow you to copy a Calendar event in order to simplify the process of creating multiple events on your calendar.

 

Credit for this approach goes to Jim S, a student in a Shift workshop.  Thank you Jim.

 

How to Send an Existing Photo in a Text Message
N53How to Send an Existing Photo in a Text Message

How to Send an Existing Photo in a Text Message

 

 

You are exchanging text messages and you want to send a photo from your photo library. 

 

Before IOS 12, you could tap the camera icon in the text message and you could choose between using the Camera app or selecting and existing photo from the Photo Library.  You would tap the camera icon and you could choose between a live photo from the camera or choosing a picture from your Photo Library.

 

Now with IOS 12, tapping the camera app while typing a text message only provides a live camera option by opening the Camera app.

 

 

Sending a photo from your Photo Library requires a different action.  Let’s explore this new action.

 

Step-by-Step

1 While creating a new message or continuing an ongoing text in the Messages app.

2 Tap the App icon.  Do not tap the Camera icon which will launch the Camera app.  If the App icon isn’t displayed, tap the arrow to the left of the message area.

3 Tap the Photos app icon found on the App bar just above the keyboard.

A limited version of the Photos app will launch with two labels, Recent Photos and All Photos.  

4 Under Recent Photos swipe left or right on the photos to view recently taken photos.

5Tap the photo you wish to send.  A checkmark (✔) is placed in the lower corner of the thumbnail image.

6 Select additional photos if desired. A checkmark (✔) is placed in each.

7 When you are done, tap in the original message box to add a comment or press Send to send the message.

8 If you need to go back in time to select an older photo, tap All Photos and you are presented a list of all of your Photo albums, Media types and custom albums just as in the full Photos app.  Choose any of the items to access that photo collection.  Use the tools in the Photos app to find or search for the desired photo.

 

Summary

Look for the Photos app icon on the App bar above the keyboard. Choose from Recent Photos or tap All Photos to access your entire photo library.

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 12+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Messages App

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Messages app:

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N54iPhone X or 11 Quick Tips – Essential Actions

iPhone X or 11 Quick Tips – Essential Actions

The iPhone X or iPhone 11 no longer has a Home button.  This requires a new set of actions to perform functions that were previously associated with the Home button.

This quick tip Nugget reviews the most common of these actions.

 

Go Home. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to return to the Home screen at any time.

Access Control Center. Swipe down from the top-right corner to open Control Center. Press (or touch and hold) a control to reveal more options. To add or remove items, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.

Switch between recent apps. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen and pause to show the App Switcher. From any open app, you can also swipe right along the bottom to quickly switch apps.

Summon Siri. Just say, “Hey Siri.” Or hold down the side button and make your request. Siri listens until you release the button.

Use Accessibility Shortcut. Triple-click the side button to access tools like the Magnifier.

Make an emergency SOS call Simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until the sliders appear, then drag Emergency SOS.

Turn off/Shutdown. Simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until the sliders appear, then drag the top slider to power off. Or go to Settings > General > Shut Down.

Force restart. Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Receiving a Second Call on the iPhone
N55Receiving a Second Call on the iPhone

Receiving a Second Call on the iPhone

 

You are on a phone call with your iPhone and a second call comes in and you hear beep beep on your phone.  You glance at your iPhone screen to see multiple options.

 

The display of options from this screen is  a little intimidating.  There are five options for handling the second call.

Step-by-Step

Here are the details about the five options for handling a second call.  Link the details on the left with the image on the right using the red numbers.

1 Decline – Pressing the red decline icon will immediately send the second incoming call to voice mail. This is an appropriate response if the caller is unknown and you simply do not want to answer it, for example, a suspected telemarketer.

2 End and Accept.  Tap End & Accept if you want to end the first call and take the second call. This works if you are near the end of the first call or when you can say, “I’ve got another call I’d like to take, can we finish this later?”

3 Hold and Accept. Tap Hold & Accept if you want to put the first caller on hold and talk to the second caller. You plan to finish quickly with the second caller to resume your talk with the first caller by taking them off hold. You statement to the first caller might be, “I’ve got another call coming in. Can I put you on hold for a minute so that we can finish our talk?  See Manage Two Caller below to learn about how to manage the two calls.  

 

4 Remind Me. You can identify the caller but don’t want to take the call but want a reminder to call this person back. The second caller will go to voice mail and you will be given reminder options:

5 Message. Tap Message to send a text message to the second caller. You will be given the following text options to send a standard message. Optionally choose custom to compose a custom message to the second caller.

 

Manage Two Callers

If you choose option #3 above and accept the second while while placing the first on hold, you will need to be able to manage the two calls.  You have three options:

 

1 Tap the Swap icon to swap between the two calls.

2 Tap the individual calls at the top of the screen to swap between the two calls.

3 Tap Merge calls to join the calls together into a conference call.  You can learn more about iPhone conference calls in Recipe #109: Make a Family Conference Call with your iPhone

4 End the active call by tapping the red phone (hangup) icon. If you swap back and forth between the calls, only the active call hangs up.

 

Practice, Practice, Practice

Now that you understand your options, you can start to explore.  Over time, you will likely find one or two options that work best for you.  With a little practice, you will have your approach mastered.

Summary

The five options for handling a second incoming call are reviewed in this Nugget.  You will establish your preferences and with a little practice, you will have your approach mastered.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

IOS 12 User Guide – Phone App – Manage Incoming Calls

IOS 13 User Guide – Phone App – Manage Incoming Calls

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Phone app and calls:

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Protect Your Personal Data with Two-Factor Authentication
N56Protect Your Personal Data with Two-Factor Authentication

Protect Your Personal Data with Two-Factor Authentication

Using a strong password (See Strong Passwords for Safe Data) is a requirement to protect your privacy and personal information.   You should use strong passwords.  Strong Passwords are the core element of your online security plan.  

However passwords can be stolen or even guessed.  A security study conducted by Verizon discovered that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen and/or weak passwords.  

With the constant threat of identity and data theft all around us, many of your devices, websites and services require more security and many of those websites and services offer you two-factor authentication.  The use of two-factor authentication significantly strengthens your online security.  It protects your data even if your password is stolen.

Why is 2FA Needed?

 

Your login and password have possibly been breached and are available on the Dark Web.  

 

If you wish to check if your email/login have been part of a breach, Have I Been Pwned is a frequently used website where you can search for your email address at:

https://haveibeenpwned.com/

The results of this search may surprise you!

 

How Does it Work?

Here is a step by step description of how two factor authentication works on most sites that use it.  For this example, we will use authentication approach of Microsoft’s OneDrive web site.  Other sites using two factor authentication will operate similarly.

1 Log onto the site with your username and password like you would any other website that is secured with user credentials.

2 A site with two factor authentication will then either send you a code via text message or as in this specific example ask how you wish to receive your code.

3   Verify your phone number.  The request on how you wish to receive your code, adds an additional layer of security.  If you don’t know your phone number, you won’t receive the text message.  This is verification step is specific to this Microsoft approach and may not be seen with other websites that simply text your code. 

4  Retrieve the text message from your phone.  There are other ways to receive your code depending on how the website has used two factor authentication.  However a text message is the most common. 


5  Enter the security code on the login screen to complete your login process. 

6  If the numbers match the code that the website sent, you will be logged onto the website and given access to those resources. 

 

With Two Factor Authentication you have confidence that the access to your personal data is more secure and that access by bad people is far less likely. 

Two Factor Authentication is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Trusted Devices or Browsers

When you access your bank account from your desktop computer from your home, you might ask, “Do we need two factor authentication from this computer that only sits on this desk?”

Most two factor authentication approaches allow you to identify a trusted device or browser.  Trusted devices let you skip the two-factor part of logging in.  See two examples of trusted device/browser identification below.

When you select “Trust/Remember this device/browser,” your device is marked as a recognized device   Changes, upgrades and cleanup actions on your device may also remove the trusted mark and you will receive the code request. 

You may still occasionally be requested for a  security code if this is part of the security settings from the website.  

Nevertheless, use the trusted device action on the devices or browsers that you use frequently. 

However,  avoid selecting on public devices at a coffee shop, library or hotel business center.

What sites use Two Factor Authentication?

Most of the popular websites and online services that you use and count on are likely offering two-factor authentication.   You should use two-factor authentication on every site that offers it. This is not just our recommendation but the recommendation of the experts like the National Cyber Security Alliance.  Let’s focus on some important sites.

Apple:  If you have an iPhone, start with Apple to secure your personal information used on your iPhone.  Two factor authentication can be implemented using Settings on your iPad or iPad.  See Recipe # 1

Google: If you have an Android device, Google offers two-factor verification to protect your personal data stored by Google.  Google also wants you to identify and occasionally validate the Recovery Email and Phone number.  More information on Google.  

Others:  Most banking, shopping and services e.g. email, sites offer two factor authentication.  Although this is not a comprehensive list, here are links to information on some of the internet’s most popular sites.  These links provide information  or help about setting up two factor authentication.   

Amazon

Microsoft

Wells Fargo

PayPal

Fidelity

Facebook

What’s the Down Side?

Despite the greater security it provides, two-factor authentication does have some downsides:

  • The need for a phone or other device to receive texts or email. It is most convenient to  use your phone to receive one-time codes.  But that means you will need to have it ready in order to access your account.
  • Longer login time: It takes a little longer to sign in.  You will wait a few seconds for your code and take an extra step to enter the code in order to access an account with two-factor authentication.

At first the process can seem intimidating.  However, an understanding of the basic process combined with a  little practice will quickly eliminate the scariness about  the process.

 

Summary

Now that you know a little more about two factor authentication, we hope you’re inspired to set it up and use it wherever you can.  It is not as intimidating as it might seem on the surface.  

The most popular services like Apple, Google, Facebook,  Amazon, and your banks and more offer two factor authentication.    With better understanding, we hope you will take the time to set it up and make it part of our security and online safety plan.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this topic.

Apple Support – Two-factor authentication for Apple ID

Microsoft – Secure access to resources with multifactor authentication

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How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video
N57How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video

How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video

Did you ever capture a nice video to discover that you thumb was in front of the lens for the first few seconds.  Or you started to record the video but it took you a few seconds to get your focus on the events you intended to capture.  Or it took a few seconds to stop the recording.  In all of these cases, you have bad video at the front or end of the video that you would like to trim the ugly parts before sharing the video with others.

This Nugget will take you through the steps to trim a video with your iPhone or iPad.

 

Step-by-Step

Here are the steps to trim video from either the beginning and end of a video that you have capture with your iPhone or iPad.

 

1 Launch the Photos app and open the video you with to trim.

2 Tap  Edit.

 

 

3 On the frame viewer below the video, press and hold one of the arrows at the end until a yellow frame appears around the frame viewer.

 

 

 

 

4 Drag the yellow highlighted arrow to a new starting or ending point.

5 Tap Done after the arrows are positioned to clip the intended video from the beginning and end of the video.

6 Tap Save as New Clip.  This will leave the original video unchanged and create a new video from the clipped results.  Optionally, you can press Cancel to quit the process without trimming.

Summary

It’s easy to trim the ugliness from the beginning and the end of videos that you create on your iPhone or iPad.  Make it part of your sharing process.

 

 

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 12+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Photos and Camera apps:

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How to Set Up and Use the iCloud Photo Library
N53How to Set Up and Use the iCloud Photo Library

How to Set Up and Use the iCloud Photo Library

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What is iCloud?

iCloud is the Apple storage service that you “rent” in the “cloud” in order to store pictures, videos, backup files or other documents. The “cloud” is comprised of Apple storage computers that are accessed from the Internet. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and other companies provide similar services. However, as an Apple service, you have confidence in the idea that the approach is safe, private and easy to setup and easy to use.  It particularly makes sense for individuals who have multiple Apple devices, e.g. iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.  

How to use the iCloud Photo Library?

Pictures and video use a lot of storage space on your iPad or iPad. And running out of storage will bring photography to a halt. The iCloud Photo Library will allow you to store all your photos and video online, freeing valuable storage space on your device.

When you turn on iCloud Photo Library and are on Wi-Fi, your iPad or iPhone will automatically transfer your pictures and video from your device to your iCloud account. From iCloud, your photos can be accessed from your other Apple devices or from the web.

Your iPad also offers an option called Optimize Storage: When enabled, your iPad or iPhone will 1) locally store the latest images and video you’ve taken, 2) store mini/thumbnail version of older photos, 3) store full versions of photos and video in the cloud ( iCloud) ready to be downloaded when you need them. Importantly, your older photos and videos are not taking up your device’s storage.

The settings for setting up the iCloud Photo Lib

rary can be accessed with the following actions:

  1. Access Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap Photos 
  3. Tap iCloud Photo Library on (Green is on)
  4. Tap Optimize iPad/iPhone Storage.

Be patient. It will take a while for these transfers to take place.

 

 

Use the iCloud Photo Library to Get your Photos to a Computer

Using the iCloud Photos Library is an efficient and easy way to get photos from your iPhone to a computer for sharing, printing or editing.

If You Have a Mac Computer or Laptop

If you have a Mac computer or laptop, the photos from the iCloud Photo Library will automatically sync to the Photos app on your Mac.  This assumes that your Mac is using the same Apple ID and iCloud account (absolutely recommended).  This is confirmed by launching the Settings app on your Mac and clicking on Apple ID at the top of the settings display.

From the Photos app on your Mac you can fully manage the photos in your Photo Library.  This includes deleting, adding to an album, copy-paste to another app or download using File, Export.  Synchronization through the  iCloud Photo Library

 If you Have a Windows Computer

Although there is a Windows app (iCloud for Windows), I prefer to use the iCloud website to manage or download my Apple photos on my Windows computer.   Here are the steps:

1. Open iCloud.com in any web browser like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox.

2. Login to the service with your Apple ID and password.  If you have enabled two-factor authentication be prepared with your iPhone for the necessary steps and code.

3. Click “Photos.”

 

Under Photos, you will see all your photos taken on all your iOS and iPadOS devices. Using the web version of iCloud will also allow you to manage your photos including deleting, organizing your albums and downloading.

Copy or Download a photo by right clicking or Control + Click on a photo  in order to Copy or Save File As.  Save File As will allow you to download and save the file on your local drive.

 

More than just Photos

The iCloud website gives you access to the full range of iCloud services.   The two most notable are:

  1. Find iPhone service which will help you find your iPhone if it is lost or stolen.   See the lesson  Find your lost iPhone.
  2. Backup which will automatically back up your iPhone, a savior if your device is ever lost or stolen.  

Upgrade your iCloud Storage Plan

Upgrade your Storage Plan

After you have completed your setup, you may alerted that the 5 GB free storage plan will not provide enough storage to host e Photo Library.  More information about upgrading your storage is found in Recipe #404 How to use iCloud to expand and optimize storage

 

Smart Tip:  Upgrade is a Great Bargain

Apple current offers 50GB of iCloud storage for about $1 per month.  That makes the  ability to optimize photo storage and backup your iPhone’s data a bargain and is highly recommended.

Summary

The iCloud Photo Library is an easy way to transfer your Photos from your device and have a backup copy of your irreplaceable photos.  It is highly recommended.

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Photos and Camera app:

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How to View and Manage Burst Photos
N58How to View and Manage Burst Photos

How to View and Manage Burst Photos

How do you save the best photo from a burst collection?

Burst examples taken with timer

 

 

Burst photos are great for capturing action or getting the best facial expression or non-blinking poses in family pictures.  A burst photo captures a series of photos in rapid succession, at a rate of ten frames per second.  

 

There are two ways that you will get burst photos:

  1. When you use the timer to take a photo you will automatically get a burst of 10 photos.
  2. You press and hold the shutter button (or other shutter like the volume buttons) you will get 10 photos per second that you hold the button.

If you hold down the shutter for 5 seconds your camera will take 50 photos.  From that burst, you likely will want to keep one or two in your photo library.  But you want to keep the best ones and delete the rest.  This Nugget will show you how to use and manage those burst collection.

 

 

 

How to View and Manage Burst Photos

When you take a collection of burst photos by holding down the shutter button or with a timed release, the photos will take up extra storage space on your device and on iCloud. So you will want to pick the pictures you wish to keep and delete the remainder.

1. Access your Burst Photos by tapping the Photos icon on the Home screen.

2. Find your Bursts.  If the photo was taken recently, you can find the Burst collection among your recent photos under All Photos. Otherwise tap  on Albums and scroll down your album collection to find Bursts.

3. View the Burst Photo.  Tap Bursts and select the Bursts photo you would like to view or manage.

4. Select the Photos.  On the screen, note that the number of photos in the collection is shown. Tap Select… to view individual photos in the collection.

Small thumbnail images are the individual photos are displayed at the bottom of the screen. Swipe left or right to view the individual photos. In this collection, the app will automatically pick one key photo with a small grey dot. This is the photo that is presented by default.

Tap the circle in the lower right of any photo that you would like to keep from the burst collection. A check mark will be placed in the circle.

Tap Done and the following screen will appear.

Choose if you would like to keep on the checked photos or keep all of the photos in the burst collection. Tapping on Keep Only x Favorites (the pictures you have checked) will delete the other photos and move the selected photos to the regular Photo Library folder.

Summary

Burst photos are great for capturing action or the best shot.  This Nugget shows you how to manage those bursts.

 

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 12+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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Silence Unknown Callers - Send Directly to Voice Mail
N59Silence Unknown Callers – Send Directly to Voice Mail

Silence Unknown Callers – Send Directly to Voice Mail

Nugget # N59

Online safety and fraud protection organizations implore you to NOT answer unknown callers on any phone. 

Here are tips that we have curated from fraud protection experts.

  • Never answer a call that you do not recognize.
  • Hang  up on unwanted robocallers or telemarketers.  Do it immediately.
  • Never press any buttons on your phone after answering a robocall.
  • Never engage in conversations with unwanted callers. Just hang up. 
  • Never call back a number from an unknown caller. If it’s important and legitimate, they will leave you a voicemail.
  • If an unwanted caller gets to your voicemail, do not respond to any message left unless you can verify the purpose of the call.  Remember that the IRS, credit card and tech support companies do not call you directly.  
  • Put your number on the Federal Do Not Call list. It is far from perfect but can help.
  • Use built in phone features that will slow down or stop unwanted calls.

This nugget will do what the tips recommend and demonstrate how to use IOS 13’s Silence Unknown Callers function to route callers that are not in your contacts directly to voice mail.

The concept is simple. When enabled, your iPhone rings only for calls from phone numbers in your Contacts, Mail, and Messages.

Important Reminder

Despite the benefits of Silence Unknown Callers, it is important to note that this could prevent wanted callbacks from ringing on your phone.  Imagine expecting a return call from someone at a medical clinic and not having the number in your contacts.  Or if you place a call to a contractor or service provider and the expected return call is silenced because the call is returned  from a cell phone whose number is unknown.  

It is easy to turn this function off temporarily if you know that a callback from an unknown number is expected.  

 

Step-by-Step

Here are the simple steps to set  up Silence Unknown Callers:

1 Go to Settings

2 Scroll down and tap on Phone

3 Turn on Silence Unknown Callers. (Green is on)

WIth this setup, your iPhone rings only for calls from phone numbers in your Contacts, email and text messages.  

Note on Emergency Calls – When you make an Emergency SOS or 911 call, the Silence Unknown Caller function is disabled for 24 hours to allow calls from first responders and others to ring normally.  

 

This feature works better if you have successfully captured the names and phone numbers of your friends, family and other contacts in the contacts app.

For more information on the steps to capture contacts, review Recipe #131- Adding and Finding People in the Contacts App.

Block Individual Callers 

Another tool at your disposal to help you manage telemarketers or robo-callers is your ability to block in individual caller.  See the Nugget: How to Block a Phone Number to Prevent it from Calling You for information on how to block one individual number that is pestering you.  

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support Doc – Detect and Block Spam Phone Calls

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Phone app and Calls:

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Using Dark Mode
N60Using Dark Mode

Nugget # N60

Using Dark Mode

Dark Mode is a new feature in IOS 13 where the background color is reversed.  Apps that support dark mode will display information using white text on a black background rather than the customary black text on a white background.

Whether you use Dark Mode will likely be a matter of personal preference.  Apple and other experts will cite these benefits:

If you use your iPhone in a dark room while reading in bed, the lower light will not disturb those people around you.  It is supposed to reduce eye strain and it will save battery life.  It is still your personal choice.

This nugget will show you two ways to turn on Dark Mode, using Control Center and using Settings.  We will also show you how to turn it on using a schedule.

 

Step-by-Step

How to turn on Dark Mode with Control Center

At the Senior Tech Club we are big fans using using Control Center rather than the Settings app.  Here are the steps:

1 Access the Control Center.

 

If your iPhone has a Home button at the bottom of the screen, place your finger next to the Home button and swipe up.  If your iPhone does not have a Home button (iPhone X and later) swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen.  See Recipe #104 Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions for more details about using the Control Center.

 

 

2 Touch and hold the Control Center Brightness button. the Brightness button

3 Tap Dark Mode the Appearance button to turn Dark Mode on or off.

 

Turn on Dark Mode in the Settings App

Optionally you can also turn Dark Mode on using the Settings App.  Here are those steps:

1 Launch the Settings app

2 Scroll down and tap Display & Brightness

 

3 Tap Dark to turn on Dark Mode, or select Light to turn it off.  A check mark will indicate the selected item.  You can see the background colors change immediately on selecting light or dark.  

4 You can turn on Dark Mode automatically on a schedule where your might prefer Dark Mode to be on in the evening and off during the day.  Tap Automatic (green is on) and choose the desired schedule.  You can choose either Sunset to Sunrise or a Custom Schedule where you can select specific Light and Dark Appearance times.

 

The Choice is Yours

Whether you choose to use Dark Mode is clearly a personal choice.  It offers the benefit of being easier on your eyes, less disruptive and able to save some battery life.  With the knowledge you have gained in this Nugget, you can make the choice based on seeing Dark Mode in action.  

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 13+

Works on iPhone.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support Doc – Use Dark Mode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on changes and features that come with IOS 13

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How to Scan Documents using the File app.
N64How to Scan Documents using the File app.

Nugget # N64

How to Scan Documents using the File app.

With IOS 13 you can use your iPhone or iPad camera to scan documents directly to a file.  Previously, using the iPhone to scan a document required the scan to go direct to the Notes app and hosted in a Notes document.

In this Nugget we will show you how to can capture a scan directly to a PDF file stored either on your device, stored in iCloud or another cloud service.

This means that you have a scanner with you and ready to scan anytime or anywhere.

How will you use scanning?

Companies and organizations will scan documents in order to preserve and organize corporate records.  Individuals with iPhones and iPads will get some of the same benefit.  Here are some possible applications.

 

 

  • You would like to capture invoices associated with some activity.
  • You have old photographs that you would like to show family members without carrying the photographs.
  • You read an article in the dentist’s office that you would like to read again later.
  • You would like to scan documents like auto insurance cards, fishing licenses or  other document to have available when needed.
  • You handwritten notes in a meeting that you would like to capture and store.

 

Scanning using the Notes app

You can scan document using the Notes app.  When you do this, the scanned image is store in the Notes app.   It can be exported to a PDF file but that requires an extra step.

If you would like to review this process, refer to  Nugget # N5 – Scan and Store a Document with your iPhone.

 

The Files App

With IOS 13, documents can be scanned using the Files app.  But instead of storing scan in the Notes app, you can create files that can be stored on your device, in iCloud or cloud storage provides like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.  This means that you can store scanned documents on a variety of storage methods.

In this Nugget we will provide step-by-step direction to scan a document stored on your devices.  Creating a folder on your device and using storage on iCloud or other platforms is beyond the scope of this Nugget.

Scan a Document in the Files App

Here are the steps to scan a document in the Files app and store it on the device.

 

1 Launch the Files app.

Inside the Files app

2 Tap Browse on the lower right corner of the screen.  Ensure that Locations are displayed on the screen.

3 If Locations is not visible, tap the back arrow on  the upper left of the screen until you see 4 Browse and a list of Locations on the screen.

The list of items that appear under locations will vary depending on apps that may be installed on your device.  You will see On My iPhone and will also see iCloud Drive if you are setup up to use iCloud.

5 Tap on On My iPhone.  This will be the location where you will scan a document.

6On the middle of the screen, swipe down in order to expose a 7 More menu (three dots.)  Tap the three dots to display a pop-up menu at the bottom of the screen.

8 On this pop-up menu tap Scan Documents.

A viewfinder screen very similar to the Camera app appears.  The viewfinder screen includes a shutter button, flash and filter icons.

9 Place the document on a flat surface and move your device so that the document appears fully in the viewfinder.

When the document is perfectly framed in the viewfinder, the scan will happen automatically.

10 If the document cannot be framed perfectly, tap the circular shutter button to take the scan.

11 When the scan happens you will be setup to support the scan of a second page.  If this scan includes multiple pages, set the second page on the flat surface and frame the document in the viewfinder.

12 When you have completed scanning of the document(s), tap Save in order to finalize the scan.  The Scanned Document will be displayed on the screen.

13 Tap the new Scanned Document to change the name of the document to better reflect the content of the scan.  Type the new name of the document and tap Done to end the process.

 

How to Share, Copy or Print the Document?

With the scanned document displayed under the On My iPhone location, tap the document.  The scanned document will display.

If you wish to share, move, or print the document tap Share.  The Share screen will display. 

The Share screen includes:

Links to Air Drop, Messages, Mail and more.  These links will allow you to send the scanned document to another person.

Print – Send the Scanned PDF document an Air Print priner.

Save to Files – Save the file to another location.  This could be a location on iCloud, Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive.

Tap the desired action to complete the share action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

With IOS 13, you can now embark on serious scanning of documents, notes or photos that you want to preserve, organize or just record.

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 13+

Works on iPhone.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support Doc – Use the Files app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

 

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Faster typing with QuickPath/Slide to Type
N61Faster typing with QuickPath/Slide to Type

Nugget # N61

Faster typing with QuickPath/Slide to Type

I’ve typically proposed that there are two primary methods that you see used as our community types on our iPhones and iPads using the onscreen keyboard:

  1. You can type with two thumbs.
  2. You can type with a single forefinger.  

The introduction of IOS 13 brings another method.

Now you can use a swipe-to-type feature known as QuickPath.  

With QuickPath, you simply glide your finger from one character to another to build the letters for each word. The iPhone adds some smarts to determine and predict the  word you’re trying to spell.

End a word by lifting your swiping finger and start to swipe type the second word.  QuickPath will add the space between the words for your.

 

If you want to type a few letters or add numbers or punctuation marks, you can simply type as you normally do.  You can actually mix and match your typing approach.

Tips: 

  • If you should happen to make a mistake in a word and you would like to retype the word, a single tap of the backspace/delete key will remove the entire word if you have been swipe typing.  
  • Try to use a looping flow to your movement rather than a zig-zag approach with sharp corners.  It turns you finger movement into a cursive like flow. 

QuickPath isn’t perfect. It doesn’t always predict your word correctly, especially if it’s a name or uncommon word. But it’s effective and fast enough that you may just grow to like over thumbing or forefinger typing. 

 

Summary

Typing away on the tiny keyboard on your iPhone isn’t easy.  Some of our thumbs and fingers can handle the pecking.   QuickPath is a new swipe to type typing method that you can try and see how it affects your typing. 

 

Setup

No Setup necessary.  The QuickPath keyboard is on by default. 

Requirements

Requires IOS: 13+

Works on iPhone.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support Doc – Detect and Block Spam Phone Calls

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Phone app and Calls:

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Controlling your Device with Voice Control
N65Controlling your Device with Voice Control

Nugget # N65

Controlling your Device with Voice Control

Voice Control is an accessibility feature that lets you speak commands to your iPhone or iPad to launch apps, control your device, adjusting volume, tap screen controls and much more.  With Voice Control, you can navigate on your device using your voice to tap, swipe, type, and more.  It works with whatever is displayed on the screen.

It goes well beyond Siri’s role as a personal assistant and is primarily intended to assist those people who are not able to interact with their device using conventional commands, it also offers benefits for anyone who might want to use their voice instead of their hands. 

This Nugget will show you how to turn on Voice Control and get you started.  This Nugget also contains an extensive list of commands that is not available from Apple but was gathered from social media posts. 

How to Turn On Voice Control

Voice Control is turned on under the Accessibility function in the Settings app.  

 

Here are the easy steps to turn on Voice Control

1 Launch the Settings app.

2 Scroll down to tap Accessibility.

3 Scroll down to find Voice Control under Physical and Motor

5 Tap the Voice Control switch (green is on) to enable Voice control

6 You will immediately see a microphone in the status bar of your device.  This is your indication that Voice Control is listening.

7 Speak “Go Home” to return to the Home screen.

Turning Voice Control On and Off

When Voice Control is on and the microphone is displayed in the status bar, your device is actively listening for your commands.  If you are a more casual user of voice control you will likely want to turn it on and off to match your activities.  Also, Voice Control is not compatible with busy noisy environments as it will respond to any voice that tells it to tap or swipe.

Turn off Voice Control:  Say “Turn Off Voice Control” and when the confirmation window displays, say “Tap Execute”

Turn on Voice Control:  “Hey Siri, Turn On Voice Control”

Optionally you can use the Setting app to turn the function on or off.  Tap Settings > Accessibility > Voice Control, and tap the switch to turn off.  

 

How to Use Voice Control

 

Here are a handful of commands and approaches to using Voice Control.

Navigation Commands

  • Go Home (also used to close apps)
  • Swipe Left/Right
  • Swipe Up/Down
  • Tap [command or onscreen label]
  • Show Numbers – If there is an area of the screen that you need to tap but it is not labeled in a way for you to say “Tap [Label}” you can say, “Show Numbers” and then say the number of the location that you with to tap.
  • Open [app]
  • Open Control Center
  • Open Spotlight

 

 

 

 

Extensive List of Voice Control Commands

There are hundreds of voice commands that Voice Control will respond to.  

Interestingly, I couldn’t find a list from Apple.  However, using social media, I was able to find the list below.  Click/tap on the heading to view the complete list. 

 

List of Voice Control Commands

Table of Commands

Basic Navigation
* Open App Switcher
* Open Control Center
* Open Notification Center
* Open Spotlight
* Open Siri
* Open
* Go home
* Go back
* Tap
* Show me what to say
* Show commands
* Show vocabulary
* Search for  * Search Web for  * Go to sleep
* Wake up
* Repeat  times
* Make this speakable
* Start recording commands
* Stop recording commands

Overlays
* Show numbers
* Show numbers continuously
* Hide numbers
* Show names
* Show names continuously
* Hide names
* Show grid
* Show grid with  columns
* Show grid with  columns and  rows
* Show grid with  rows
* Show grid continuously with  columns
* Show grid continuously with  columns and  rows
* Show grid continuously with  rows
* Hide grid
* Tap
* Choose
* Choose all
* Show actions for
* Show actions for

Basic Gestures
* Scroll down
* Scroll up
* Scroll to bottom
* Scroll to top
* Scroll to left edge
* Scroll to right edge
* Scroll to left edge
* Zoom in
* Zoom in
* Zoom in
* Zoom out
* Zoom out
* Zoom out
* Decrement
* Decrement
* Decrement
* Decrement
* Increment
* Increment  by
* Increment
* Increment  by
* Single tap
* Double tap
* Double tap
* Double tap
* Long press
* Long press
* Long press
* Pan down
* Pan down
* Pan down
* Pan up
* Pan Up
* Pan up
* Pan left
* Pan left
* Pan left
* Pan right
* Pan right
* Pan right
* Rotate left
* Rotate Ieft
* Rotate Ieft
* Rotate right
* Rotate right
* Rotate right
* Swipe down
* Swipe down
* Swipe down
* Swipe up
* Swipe up
* Swipe up
* Swipe left
* Swipe left
* Swipe left
* Swipe right
* Swipe right
* Swipe right
* Two finger tap
* Two finger tap
* Two finger tap
* Two finger double tap
* Two finger double tap
* Two finger double tap
* Two finger long press
* Two finger long press
* Two finger long press
* Two finger pan up
* Two finger pan Up
* Two finger pan up
* Two finger pan left
* Two finger pan right
* Two finger pan right
* Two finger pan right
* Two finger swipe down
* Two finger swipe down
* Two finger swipe down
* Two finger swipe up
* Two finger swipe up
* Two finger swipe up
* Two finger swipe left
* Two finger swipe Ieft
* Two finger swipe Ieft
* Two finger swipe right
* Two finger swipe right
* Two finger swipe right

Advanced Gestures
* Drag  to
* Start drag
* Start drag
* Drop
* Drop
* Tap and hold
* Tap and hold
* 3D Touch
* 3D Touch
* Cancel gesture

Dictation
* emoji
* Type  * Insert date
* Enter that
* Add to vocabulary
* Dictation mode
* Command mode

Text Navigation
* Move back  paragraphs
* Move forward  lines
* Move back  lines
* Move right  characters
* Move Ieft  characters
* Move right  words
* Move Ieft  words
* Move right  sentences
* Move left  sentences
* Move down  paragraphs
* Move up  paragraphs
* Move down  lines
* Move up  lines
* Move before  * Move after  * Move to end of selection
* Move forward  characters
* Move back  characters
* Move forward  words
* Move back  words
* Move forward  sentences
* Move back  sentences
* Move forward  paragraphs
* Move back  paragraphs
* Move forward  lines
* Move back  lines
* Move right  characters
* Move Ieft  characters
* Move right  words
* Move left  words
* Move right  sentences
* Move to beginning
* Move to end
* Move to beginning of word
* Move to end of word
* Move to beginning of sentence
* Move to end of sentence
* Move to beginning of paragraph
* Move to end of paragraph
* Move to beginning of line
* Move to end of line
* Move to beginning of selection
* Move to end of selection

Text Selection
* Select previous  lines
* Select next  lines
* Extend selection to beginning
* Extend selection to end
* Extend selection  characters
* Extend selection back  characters
* Extend selection  words
* Extend selection back  words
* Extend selection  sentences
* Extend selection back  sentences
* Extend selection  paragraphs
* Extend selection back  paragrap…
* Extend selection  lines
* Extend selection back  lines
* Deselect that

Text Editing
* Replace  with  * Insert  before  * Insert  after  * Correct that
* Correct  * Undo that
* Redo that
* Cut that
* Copy that
* Paste that
* Capitalize that
* Capitalize  * Lowercase that
* Lowercase  * Uppercase that
* Uppercase  * Bold that
* Bold  * Italicize that
* Italicize  * Underline that
* Underline

Text Deletion
* Delete that
* Delete all
* Delete  * Delete character
* Delete previous character
* Delete next character
* Delete word
* Delete previous word
* Delete next word
* Delete sentence
* Delete previous sentence
* Delete next sentence
* Delete paragraph
* Delete previous paragraph
* Delete next paragraph
* Delete line
* Delete previous line
* Delete next line
* Delete previous  characters
* Delete next  characters
* Delete previous  words
* Delete next  words
* Delete previous  sentences
* Delete next  sentences
* Delete previous  paragraphs
* Delete next  paragraphs
* Delete previous  lines
* Delete next  lines

Device
* Turn down volume
* Turn up volume
* Mute sound
* Unmute sound
* Rotate to landscape
* Rotate to portrait
* Lock screen
* Make emergency call
* Open Apple Pay
* Shake device
* Triple press side button
* Take screenshot
* Gather analytics
* Reboot device

Accessibility
* Turn off Voice Control
* Turn AssistiveTouch
* Turn off AssistiveTouch
* Turn on Classic Invert Colors
* Turn off Classic Invert Colors
* Turn on Smart Invert Colors
* Turn off Smart Invert Colors
* Turn on Color Filters
* Turn off Color Filters
* Turn on Reduce White Point
* Turn off Reduce White Point
* Turn on Switch Control
* Turn off Switch Control
* Turn on VoiceOver
* Turn off VoiceOver
* Turn on Zoom
* Turn off Zoom
* Play  * Play artist  * Play album  * Play playlist  * Play music
* Pause music
* Next track
* Previous track
* Shuffle music
* Genius
* What song is this
* Dial  * Dial  at  * Dial voicemail
* Facetime 

* Facetime  at

Summary

With Voice Control, you can navigate and interact with your device using your voice to tap, swipe, type, and more.  This Nugget showed you how to set it up and some basic navigation commands. 

 

 

Setup

See Setup above.  

Requirements

Requires IOS: 13+

Works on iPhone.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support Doc – Use Voice Control on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on changes and features that come with IOS 13

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The New Photos Tab in the Photos app in IOS 13
N63The New Photos Tab in the Photos app in IOS 13

Nugget # N63

The New Photos Tab in the Photos app in IOS 13

IOS 13 includes a newly designed Photos tab in the Photos app.  The new Photos tab will put your best photos within easy access. With the new approach, you will view all of your photos with options to view them by day, month and year.

The other tabs in the Photos app including For You, Albums and Search provide the same essential functions as previously available in the Photos app.

In this nugget we will highlight the presentation changes in the Photos tab.

Here are some of the characteristics and display options of the Photos tab.

1 Tap Photos on the lower left corner to access the Photos tab.

2 All Photos – The tab’s time-based options will exclude screenshots, duplicate images, whiteboards and receipts.  It will put your best photos front and center.

3 The Photos tab displays your photos in a tiled view with your best images displayed as larger tiles. Tap on any tiled photo to display it fully in the Photos viewer.

4 Years – Tap years to breakdown your photos by Year.  Previous years can be accessed by swiping down.  When you tap on a year, you are presented with a month view.

5 Month – Tap Months to filter your photos by Month.  Swipe up and down to access earlier or later months.  When you tap on a month, you are presented wiith the Days view.

6 Days – Tap Days to filter your photos by Day.  Swipe up and down to move to earlier to later days.  Tap on a day to filter other photos on the day.

Summary

The new design of the Photos tab in the Photos app will help you retrieve photos by time-based filtering.

 

 

Setup

See Setup above.  

Requirements

Requires IOS: 13+

Works on iPhone.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – View Photos and Videos on iPhone

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on changes and features that come with IOS 13

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Using the Share Sheet on your iPhone or iPad
N62Using the Share Sheet on your iPhone or iPad

Nugget # N62

Using the Share Sheet on your iPhone or iPad

What is the Share Sheet?

The Share Sheet is the collection of actions that become available when you tap the Share icon available in most of the common app.  For example, if you wanted to send someone a photo from the Photo Library, you would display the photo in the Photos app and tap Share in order to see the send options.

If you want to print a list from the Notes app, the Print command can be found on the Share Sheet.

If you want to add a bookmark for a website, you can find Add Bookmark on the Share Sheet.

The Share Sheet provides easier access to the various actions and allows you to also include Favorite actions that are presented at the top of the list.  

This Nugget will present the Share Sheet and show you how to setup Share favorites.

 

 

Step-by-Step

Many app include the Share icon that would allow you to transfer, share or take some action on the content of the app.  For our example, we will use the Share Sheet that you find in the Photos app.

Tap Share to display the Share Sheet. 

Share Icon

 

 

 

Here are the sections and major options available in the Share function.

1 Content Options – tapping Options will display the options available for this content.  These options will vary depending on the content that you are displaying.  For example, with Photos you share, do you want to include location data with the shared photo.  

2 Select Content – the current content has a check mark on the display.  Some apps allow you to select additional photos or other content by swiping left or right and placing a check mark on the additional selection.

3 Recent Message or AirDrop contacts are displayed as sharing suggestions.  This will allow you to quickly access contacts that you have used recently.

4 Apps Panel – if you wish to transfer the content (photo) to another app, those apps will appear in the app row.   Swipe left to access additional apps.

5 Favorite Actions – If you have favorite actions that you use frequently, you can identify those actions as Favorites to be included at the top of the Actions List.  Scroll down and tap on Edit Actions to identify favorites.

6 Actions List – The Actions list will display the various actions that are available.  This list will vary depending on the app.  The list can be quite long and you will swipe up to access the full list.  See below for information about changing the Actions List.

 

 

Add Favorites to the Action List

With the new Share Sheet, you can place your favorite actions on the top of the action list.  Here are the steps to perform this action:

1 Access the Share sheet by tapping Share

2 Scroll to the bottom of the Action List and tap Edit Actions.

In the Actions list you will find Red (-) or Green (+) actions.

  • 3 Tap Red (-) to delete from the Favorites list.
  • 4 Tap Green (+) to add to the Favorites list.

5 Tap Done to complete the process.

In future use of the Share Sheet, you will find the new Favorites at the top of the list.

Just like the list of Actions on the Share sheet vary by app, the Favorites list will also very depending on the app used.

 

Summary

The new design of the Share Sheet is a good approach to add to the clarity of actions available.  A significant addition is to add specific actions to a Favorites list that will be added to the top of the Actions list. 

 

 

Setup

See Setup above.  

Requirements

Requires IOS: 13+

Works on iPhone.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Share Photos and Videos on iPhone

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on changes and features that come with IOS 13

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How to Block a Phone Number to Prevent it from Calling You
N66How to Block a Phone Number to Prevent it from Calling You

Nugget # N66

How to Block a Phone Number to Prevent it from Calling You

Undesired calls from telemarketers and robocalls are rampant. The spam and fraud experts and advisors implore you to take advantage of the tools that are available on your iPhone to block those callers.

The iPhone has two primary tools from Apple to help you suppress and block unwanted callers.

  1. Silence Unknown Callers – Send Directly to Voice Mail – See Nugget N59
  2. Block Number – blocks a number from future calls. 

This Nugget (#N66) will show you how to block a number to prevents future calls from that number. 

 

Recommendations from the FCC

Before we demonstrate how to block a number on your iPhone, we think it is important to share a couple of tips that come from the Consumer Division of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC.) 

The FCC cites that unwanted calls – including illegal and spoofed robocalls – are the FCC’s top consumer complaint and a top consumer protection priority. 

  • Don’t answer calls or texts from unknown numbers.
  • Watch out for spoofing scams, where caller ID information is falsified.
  • Scammers may spoof a local area code and number, a company you know and
    trust or even a government agency to trick you into picking up.
  • If you answer a call and suspect it was spoofed, hang up immediately. Do not
    respond to any questions or requests.
  • Never reveal personal or financial information. If you feel pressured or suspicious, hang up and call back using a number you can verify on a bill, an account statement or an official website.
  • Never call back an unfamiliar number – it may lead to a scam.
  • Look for robocall or blocking tools and apps from your phone manufacturer or supplier. 
  • Register your mobile and landline numbers on the national Do Not Call Registry: Visit donotcall.gov

This is a summary of the list from the FCC, click here to see the full list of consumer recommendations. 

 

Step-by-Step

How to Block a Contact

Calls from Blocked numbers can still leave a voicemail, but you won’t get a notification.  Text messages that are sent by block numbers won’t be delivered. In both cases the contact won’t get a notification that the call or message was blocked. 

Here are the simple steps to block a specific number from your log of recent calls.

1 Launch the Phone App

2 Tap on Recents on the bottom of the screen.

3 Tap on All or Missed at the top of the screen and scroll down until you find the number you wish to block.

4  Tap on Information  (Circle i) to reveal details of the caller.

5  On the bottom of the Information details screen, tap on Block this Caller.

 

This phone number is immediately place into the blocked contacts list.  See Check and Manage your Blocked Contacts below.

When you block a phone number or contact, they can still leave a voicemail, but you won’t get a notification.  Additionally,  the caller won’t get a notification that the call or message was blocked. 

 

Check and Manage Your Blocked Contacts

 

Following the steps above, a number from your Recents call log will immediatly be placed into your blocked numbers list.  If you want to check your blocked number or unblock a numer, you will be able to manage the blocked numbers from the settings app.

Here are the steps to check or manage your block contacts.:

Step-by-Step

Here are the simple steps to block a specific number from your log of recent calls.

1 Launch the Settings App

2 Swipe up/scroll down and tap on Phone

3 Swipe up/scroll down and tap on Blocked Contacts.

4  Check and confirm you blocked contacts.

5  Swipe left on any number to unblock the number, Tap Unblock to remove from the list.

or

6 Tap Edit and tap the (Red minus) next to any number that you wish to removed from the Block Caller list.

This phone number is removed from the blocked contacts list.  Phone callers will ring the phone and text messages will not be blocked. 

Summary

Blocking a Contact/Number is one of the tools offered on the iPhone to help with unwanted calls from telemarketers or robocallers.

A number is easy to block and the Settings app makes it easy to confirm or unblock a number. 

Another effect tool to help with unwanted callers is Silence Unknown Callers – Send Directly to Voice Mail – See Nugget N59 

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone.

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support Doc – Detect and Block Spam Phone Calls

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Phone app and Calls:

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Summary

Look for the Photos app icon on the App bar above the keyboard. Choose from Recent Photos or tap All Photos to access your entire photo library.

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The Hidden PDF & Web Page Capabilities of the Books App
N57The Hidden PDF & Web Page Capabilities of the Books App

The Hidden PDF & Web Page Capabilities of the Books App

Most people associate the iPhone/iPad Books app with reading or listening to books that they acquire from the Apple Store.  There is no question that it is a strong eBook reader.

But there are some hidden functions for saving and storing PDF files or downloading and reading web pages.  This nugget will shine the light on some of those hidden functions.

Receiving PDF Files

A PDF stands for Portable Document Format.  It is a file format, invented by the Adobe, Inc.  It is a common file format for exchanging documents between people, systems and organizations.  It is common that when you download information from a web site, the format of the document may be a PDF file. Here is a favorite example of a PDF file that you can download from the IRS website.

 

 

 

It is also common to receive PDF documents in email.  If you were going to distribute a document to a group of people, a PDF format is a well-understood and easily handled file format.  You can read the attached PDF file by tapping on it in your Mail app.  

When you download or receive a PDF file, you can store and read that file in the Books app.  This means that you can read it offline or take the document with you in a car or airplane.  

All of the situations that we describe will use the Share Button and Share Sheet to perform these functions.  More about the hidden functions are share are found in other Recipes and Nuggets at the Senior Tech Club site.  See Nugget #16 The Hidden Functions of Share.

Here are the steps in various situations.

Save or import a PDF

If you receive a PDF file in an email or you download a PDF file from a web site, you can save the  PDF into the Books app.

Here are the steps:

Save a PDF file that’s attached to an email or on a website

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPad touch, tap the PDF on the website or in the email  to open and display the PDF file.  
  2. Tap the share button .
  3. Tap Copy to Books from the apps line of the Share sheet.  Tap More if Copy to Books is not displayed in the apps row.
  4. You can later read the PDF by launching the Books app and accessing the Library icon at the bottom of the screen.

 

 

Save a Web Page as a PDF

If you encounter a web page with an article that is long and  you would like to download so that you can read offline at a later time, you can download a web page into the Books app as a PDF file.  For example, some of the Recipes on the Senior Tech Club website can be long and you would like to save the Recipe as a PDF so that you can study and review it.  For example Recipe #410 Reading Books with the Books App.  

 

Here are the steps. 

  1. In Safari, open a webpage, for example Links.SeniorTechClub.com/410  (Books App)  
  2. Tap the Share button .
  3. Tap Books in the Apps panel.  If it is not displayed tap More, the Books will be presented in a list of apps.  

Save an Email as a PDF

If you receive a long and important email, you can convert this email to a PDF file to store in the Books app.  The one action that is unusual in this process is that you tap as though you are going to print the email but then use the Share button to copy it to the books app.

Here are the specific steps.  

  1. In the Mail app, tap an email to display the full contents of the email.
  2. Tap the more actions button , then tap Print.
  3. Using two fingers,  pinch open on the print preview and a larger full screen image of the email appears.
  4. Tap the Share button  in the upper-right corner.
  5. Tap Copy to Books in the Apps panel.  If the Books app does not appear, tap More to display the full list of apps.

Summary

A hidden feature of the Books app is it’s ability to store and read PDF files that you download from the internet or receive as an attachment in an email.  

Additionally, you can download web pages or full emails into the Books app. All of these hidden features use the Share button in the various apps.

 

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Photos and Camera apps:

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Forward a Text Message, Photos or Document in the Messages App
N67Forward a Text Message, Photos or Document in the Messages App

Forward a Text Message, Photos or Document in the Messages App

If you actively use text messages in the Messages app to connect with family and friends, you certainly will encounter a time when you have received a photo or long message via text message that you would like to forward to another person.  This Nugget will identify the steps you will use to forward a message so that you do not have to retype. This task clearly merits a Senior Tech Nugget as it is not identified in the Apple iPhone User Guide.  It is clearly a hidden nugget.  

Start with a Long Press

The process starts with a long press aka, press and hold.  Here is a step-by-step description.

1 In the Message app, find the text message, photo or item that you would like to forward to another individual and perform a long press on it.  A popup menu appears.

2 Tap More (…)

3 A Check Mark indicates the item that you wish to forward.  You can add additional items if you choose.

4 Tap the Forward arrow in the bottom right. You will then be presented with a new message screen with the forwarded items. 

 

Enter the name of the person who is to receive the forwarded items and tap Send to complete the process.  

Those are the easy steps.

See the video below if you would like to see a demonstration of the process.

 

   

Video Demonstration and Coaching

Time: 0:44

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club has covered texting and the Messages app extensively.  Click on a title below to learn more. 

 

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Messages app:

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The Magic of Long Press
N68The Magic of Long Press

The Magic of Long Press

Nugget # N68

Long Press is the action on your iPhone where you press and hold on an icon or screen item on your device.  With some iPhone that have 3D touch, you will actually need to press more firmly for the magical functions to appear.  

Doing a Long Press will often present new features that are largely hidden and not always obvious.

In this Nugget, we will provide a list of ideas that you can try.  Use a few or all as they match to the use of your iPhone.

Try Long Press on your iPhone.  It’s Magical!

Let’s do a simple list of the many ways that you can use Long Press to accomplish more and accomplish more faster on your iPhone.

1 Use Long Press on your Home Screen to put your iPhone into Jiggle/Design mode so that you can design your Home Screens to work best for you for easy access to apps and needed information placed directly on the Home Screen. 

Jiggle/Design Mode

Use Long Press and Jiggle mode to:

    • Move apps by dragging frequently used apps to the most accessible location on your Home screen.  Get your most commonly used icons onto the first screen or Dock on your Home screen.
    • Organize your Home screen by grouping app icons into Folders.  Use Long Press on one app icon in order to move it on top of another icon which will create an icon group or folder.
    • Place a widget onto your Home screen.   Widgets provide key information like weather, time, news or new emails. Tap the + in the upper left after your device is in Jiggle mode.
    • Uninstall an unwanted app.  After your device is in Jiggle mode, tap the – (minus) icon in the upper left of an app icon.  You can choose to Delete the App or Remove from the Home Screen.  

2 Use Long Press on the Camera icon as a shortcut to take a selfie or go immediately to video mode.

3 Long Press on most app icons for a quick shortcut action specific to that app.

4 Use Long Press on any icon in the Control Center.   For example, Long Press on Do Not Disturb to customize your Do Not Disturb settings.  Use Long Press to change the brightness of the flashlight, set a quick timer and access various Focus options and more.  

5 Long Press on an item in your Recents phone log in order to add the phone number to a new contact or create a new Contact record.

6 Long Press on any key on the keyboard as you type in order to access additional characters like foreign characters, alternate symbols or fractions.

7 Long Press on a specific email in your Mail Inbox to provide a shortcut path to Reply, Replay All, Forward and more.

8 Long Press on any message in the messages app in order to access copy, forward and delete commands.

These are a portion of the magic supplied by the Long Press.  Put the Long Press into your toolbox for quick shortcut actions that you use frequently. 

 

 

Summary

Use a Long Press and almost any icon in order to access shortcuts and useful functions.  We hope you find it magical!

 

How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad
N69How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad

How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad

Good Photography requires practice.  You need to take a lot of photos.  Whether you are learning the capabilities of your iPhone camera or experimenting with composition in order to get the right shot, you will end up with photos that you do not intend to keep.

This Nugget will review the two essential approaches for deleting photos or videos on your iPhone or iPad.  This includes deleting a single photo or video or deleting a batch of multiple photos or video.  

There are two elements of this delete process that are important to note:

  1.  If you are using iCloud Photos to optimize your photo storage and to synchronize photos across you Apple devices, deleting a photo using these methods will remove the photo from all devices and iCloud.  
  2. When you delete photos using either of these methods, the deleted photos are moved to the Recently Deleted album for 30 days. After 30 days, they’ll be permanently deleted from your devices.  If you accidently delete a photo or video, that photo can be recovered from the the Recently Deleted album.  These steps are identified below under Managing the Recently Deleted album.

Delete a Single Photo

It is very easy to delete photos as your view them.  It is a simple two step process:

1.  While viewing the photo or video in the Photos app, tap the Trash Can (Delete) icon.

2.  Confirm the delete actions by tapping Delete Photos.

If you use iCloud Photos, photos and videos deleted from one device, will be deleted on your other devices with the same process.

Deleted photos or video are send to the Recently Deleted photos album.

Delete Multiple Photos

If you are taking a lot of photos, you will likely want to delete a batch of photos with a single process.  If you take ten photos of the same object as your explore, you may wish to keep only one or possible none of those photos.  

Where are the steps to delete multiple photos.

 

1 Launch the Photos app and tap on All Photos under Library or Recents under Album in order to display the photo grid from your Photo Library.

2 Tap the Select button

3 Place a check mark on any photo that you wish to delete by tapping that photo.  You can select a few or many.

4 Tap the Trash Can (Delete) icon.

5 Tap Delete xx Items.  This will confirm how many photos will be deleted.

If you use iCloud Photos, photos and videos deleted from one device, will be deleted on your other devices.

Deleted photos or video are send to the Recently Deleted photos album.

Managing the Recently Deleted Album

When you delete a photo or a video, the deleted item is moved to the Recently Deleted album.  If you had accidently deleted the photo, you have up to 40 days to undelete it.

Or if you need to immediately recover the storage consumed by the photo or video, you can permanently and immediately remove the photo or video from the Recently Deleted album.

These two steps are identified below.

Recover or Delete a Recently Deleted Photo or Video

Here’s how to recover or permanently delete recently deleted photos or videos:

Open the Photos app.

1 Tap the Albums tab.
2 Scroll down to find the Recently Deleted album.  Tap the Recently Deleted album.

3 If you scroll to the bottom of the Recently Deleted album, you can see a summary of the album’s contents.

4 Tap Select to either delete or recover photos or videos.

 

After tapping Select you have options to either delete or recover the photos.  Here are the options.

 

1 Tap Delete All to permanently delete all of the photos and videos.

2 Tap Recover All to recover all of the photos and videos.

3 Tap an individual photo  placing a check mark on the photo.
4 Tap Recover to recover the selected photos or videos and move them back to the Photos Library.

5 Tap Delete to permanently deleted the selected photo or video.
6 Tap Cancel at any time to cancel the entire process.

 

All of the above steps have a confirmation step where you tap Delete xx Items or Recover xx Items to confirm the action.

 

These steps allow you to manage the contents of the Recently Deleted album.

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – Delete photos on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the  Photos apps:

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How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app
N70How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app

How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app

Although it is easy to share photos from your iPhone using the Share functions in the Photos app, there are occasions when you need to order prints that you can give to older parents or holiday cards that you send during the holiday season.  

Using the Walgreens app, you can select and order prints directly from your phone.  After the process is set up, you will find this easy and convenient and will allow you to pick up your prints at the store in often less than an hour.  

Also, you don’t have to transfer your photos by sitting at the kiosk they provide in the store for this purpose.  

This Nugget will walk you through the steps.

 

 

 

Before you Order

There are a few setup steps before you can start placing your orders.

  1. Create an account at Walgreens.com.  Get started by clicking on Account in the upper right corner and choose Register and enter your name, email and password.
  2. Install the Walgreens app from the Apple App store.
  3. Log in to the app using your account information.  
  4. Look for a photos discount coupon code on Walgreens.com website.  Use Safari or your favorite browser and go to https://photo.walgreens.com to go directly to the Photo center.  Look on this page for deals.  Click through to find the coupon code and write it down so that you can use it in the app.  Coupon codes will not be offered during the order process. 

 

 

 

 

Video Demonstration

Video Duration:  4:02

Step-by-Step Details

Here are the step-by-step details for ordering prints from your iPhone using the Walgreens app.  (Don’t forget to look for a discount coupon code before you start this process!)

 

1  Launch the Walgreens app

2 Tap the Photos icon on the lower right

3 Tap Prints or other product that you wish to order.

4 Tap Your Device as the location for Import Photos

5 Tap a recent photo to select it and place a checkmark on it or…

6 Tap All Photos to switch to an album like Favorites or custom album on your iPhone.

7 Tap Next to continue.

8 Select the desired size and quantity.

9 Tap Add promo code in order to enter the discount coupon code you had found before starting the order.

10 Tap Next to continue the order.

 

Confirm the order details including the quantity, price and the store where you will pick up the prints.  This is your last chance to change the order.

11 Tap Submit order to send the order to your local store.

12 Review the order submitted confirmation and tap Done to end the process.

This is also a good time to check your email inbox looking for a confirmation that the store has received your order.

When the order is completed, you will also see an email in your inbox instructing you to go to your local store to pick up the order.

No Pictures?  Check your Settings

If you see no photos from your iPhone’s photo library, check your Walgreens app settings.  It will need to have access to your Photos.

Launch the Settings app.

Scroll down to tap on Walgreens

 

The Photos setting should be All Photos.

Summary

Occasionally we need photo prints.  The Walgreens app allows you to order prints directly from your phone and go to the store to pick them up, usually in less than an hour.  

 

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Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift
N71Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift

Nugget # N71

Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift

As you seek to improve the length and quality of your sleep, you should recognize that using your iPhone or iPad in the evening may have an impact.

Some medical professionals (WebMD) even proprose that reaching for your device shortly before bedtime is “an invitation for insomnia.”

Your iPhone and iPad have a Night Shift function that will adjust the blue light emitted from your device.  This Nugget will walk you through some of the science and  the steps to enable Night Shift for a better night sleep.

A Little Science

Most of us understand that light is a primary controller of our natural sleep-and-wake cycle.  This cycle is often defined as your circadian rhythm.  Natural and artificial light both have a role in establishing this rhythm.   

All lights play a role in this process but blue light has a more powerful effect on our sleep-wake body clock.  One source of high intensity blue light is the sun.  This natural light from the sun boosts our alertness and sharpness.

Other common sources of blue light include devices like your iPhone, iPad, televisions and computer monitors.  We recognize that your devices give off light, but the scientists tell us that the wavelengths of this light is in the blue range.  

Researchers have identified that blue light close to bedtime will block your ability to feel sleepy by blocking a hormone called melatonin.  

So one approach is to stop using our devices and to stop watching television and computer monitors before bedtime.  Cutting back on screen time a couple of hours before bed is the primary prescription.  

But what if reading on your iPhone or iPad before bed is part of your nighttime routine?  This is where Night Shift can play a role to reduce blue light.

 

Night Shift

Your iPhone and iPad have a setting labeled Night Shift that can play a role in limiting the effects of blue light.  Enabling Night Shift will slightly change your screen’s color to “more warm” with less blue light.  You will notice the change as simply a slight change in screen tinting.  

And even better, you can place this change on a schedule so that Night Shift is automatically turned on at sunset or any time that you choose.

Research published in Light Research & Technology confirms that using Night Shift can reduce the impact of blue light before bedtime but the research proposed two other recommendations.

  1. The best approach for your sleep is to avoid iPhone & iPad use two hours before bedtime.  Using Night Shift can help but the light from your iPhone or iPad still have some impact.  
  2. If you use Night Shift, you will benefit more by turning down the brightness of your screen during any before bed reading.  This would be done manually using either Settings>Display & Brightness or the Control Center.  See Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions.  

 

You can also consider using Dark Mode as your method for turning down the brightness of your screen.  You can turn on Dark Mode in Settings (Settings>Display & Brightness>Dark) or using the Control Center.  See Using Dark Mode.

Let’ review the process of turning on Night Shift on a schedule.  It’s worth a try in your efforts to get a better nights sleep. 

 

Step-by-Step Details

Here are the step-by-step details that will turn on Night Shift on a schedule.  Although you can use any schedule that turns on Night Shift a couple of hours before bedtime, any easy schedule to use is to enable Night shift at sunset and turn it off at sunrise.  You can always adjust the schedule to match your lifestyle after your initial trial.

 

1  Launch the Settings app

 

 

 

 

2 Scroll down and tap Display & Brightness

3 Tap Night Shift to turn on the function.

4 Tap Scheduled  to turn on Night Shift on a schedule.

5 Tap  the From/To schedule control.

6 Tap Sunset to Sunrise or set a schedule with custom times.  

 

 

This is the setup of Night Shift in the Settings app.  When your device goes into Night Shift mode at the schedule you defined, you will notice a slight change in screen tint.  

That slight change in tint will reduce the amount of blue light emitted by your device.  This can lead to a better night’s sleep.

 

 

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. We are not medical experts.  Consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

 

Summary

The research on blue light and its impact on your sleep continues.  And results will vary by individuals.  But if you have to use your device before bedtime, Night Shift gives you another option to try to help improve your sleep.  

 

 

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How to Take a Screenshot on your iPhone
N72How to Take a Screenshot on your iPhone

How to Take a Screenshot on your iPhone

You may occasionally need to capture a screenshot on your iPhone.  A screenshot means you wish to take a photo of whatever is displayed on your screen.  Here are some reasons for taking a screenshot:

  1.  Preserve a special text message. 
  2. You discover a great piece of information browsing the web in Safari and you wish to capture the content in a photo. 
  3.  You need to quickly document a completed shopping transaction.  

In all of this cases and more, you can capture a screenshot and retrieve the photo from your Photo Library using the Photos app.

 

Which model of iPhone do you use?

The method for taking a screenshot will vary depending on the model of iPhone that you use.  We will break this down as:

  1.  iPhones with a Home button.  This includes iPhone 8 and earlier and the iPhone SE.
  2. iPhones without a Home button.  This includes iPhone X, 11, 12 and later.  This will generally be newer models.

Check out the Step-by-Step instructions for these two variations. 

Screenshots on an iPhone with a Home Button

Take a screenshot on an iPhone with a Home button with the following steps.

1 Display the information that you with to capture in the screen shot.  This can be in any app or screen that the iPhone displays.

2 Locate your Home Button below your screen.

3 Locate the Side Button (also known as the Sleep/Wake button) usually on the right edge of your iPhone.  Older iPhones and iPad may have this button on the top of your phone.  It is the button that you use to put your iPhone to sleep.

4 Simultaneously press the Side (Sleep/Wake) Button and the Home button at the same time and immediately release them.  This dual button action takes a little practice so don’t be afraid to practice on a few throwaway shots as you learn.

5 You will see a small thumbnail of the screenshot image appear in the lower right corner of the screen.  This confirms that the screen shot was taken.

Screenshots on an iPhone without  a Home Button

Take a screenshot on an iPhone without a Home button with the following steps.  These are iPhone like the iPhone X, 11, 12 and later.

1 Display the information that you with to capture in the screen shot.  This can be in any app or screen that the iPhone displays.

2 Locate your Volume Up Button on the left side of your iPhone

3 Locate the  Side Button (also known as the Sleep/Wake button) usually on the right edge of your iPhone.

4 Simultaneously press the Side (Sleep/Wake) Button and the Volume Up button at the same time and immediately release them.  This dual button action takes a little practice so don’t be afraid to practice on a few throwaway shots as you learn.

5 You will see a small thumbnail of the screenshot image appear in the lower right corner of the screen.  This confirms that the screen shot was taken.

Modify the Screenshot

The thumbnail on the lower left corner of the screen as described in 5 above will disappear in a few seconds. If you tap it before it disappears, you can edit or crop your screenshot. See Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App for more information.  

 

Retrieve your Screenshot

After the thumbnail disappears, you can find your screenshot in the Photos app.  Tap Albums> Recents to locate it after taking the screenshot.

You can find all of your screenshot but tapping on Albums and scrolling down to Media Types >Screenshots.

From the Photos app, you can display the screenshhot and tap Share to send the photo to with AirDrop, Messages or Mail.    It is like any other photo in the Photo Library.  

If you are using the iCloud Photo Library, you can also retrieve the photo by logging into iCloud.com with your AppleID.   This screenshot is like any other Photo in the Photo Library. 

 

Summary

Use a screenshot to take a photo of any screen on your iPhone.  Then retrieve the screenshot from the Recents album in the Photos app or use the Media Types>Screenshots album to see all of your screenshots.

 

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Use Control Center to Set a Quick Timer
N73Use Control Center to Set a Quick Timer

Use Control Center to Set a Quick Timer

Using your iPhone or iPad as a timer is easy and a great Nugget.  You can use it for setting a timer for cooking, naps, time outs for your grandkids and more.  The Timer works to give you an audio and notification at an elapsed time.

Timers are generally set with Timer function in the Clock app. 

However there are a couple of handy shortcuts that do not require you to even launch the Clock app and fumble with its controls.  Here are two shortcuts:

1.  Use Siri by summoning Siri and saying, “Set timer for xx minutes.”  See Nugget #7 – Use Siri to Set Timers and Alarms.

2.  Use the Control Center for easy access to the timer function without having to fumble with the clock app or set any options other than the desired time.  This is the subject of this online Nugget.  

Here are the steps:

 

Step-by-Step

Launch the Control Center Launch on your device.

  • If your iPhone has a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • If your iPhone does NOT have a Home Button (iPhone X & later) swipe down from the upper right of the screen.

If you are unfamiliar with the Control Center,  see Recipe #103 Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions.

 

With the Control Center displayed, follow this 1,2,3 action:   

1 Do a Long Press on the Timer icon found in the Control Center.  If your Control Center doesn’t have a timer icon, see Nugget #2 – Add New Icons to Customize the Control Center.  A key action to press and hold (long press) the timer icon.  If you simply tap the timer icon, you will launch the clock app bypassing not using the shortcut.  

2 A slider appears. Slide up or down or tap on the slider to select the desired time for the timer.  The time is displayed above the slider.

3 Tap Start to start the timer.    

 

The Timer will begin and display the elapsed time on the screen.  You can resume other iPhone functions by returning to the Home screen. 

At the end of the elapsed time, the timer will provide an audio and screen notification when the selected time expires.  Tap the timer notification to end the alarm.  

Video Demonstration from Apple Support on YouTube

Time: 27 seconds

This is a great little video produced by Apple Support.  Check it out!

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Use the timer or stopwatch on iPhone

 

Here are related resources from the Senior Tech Club website:

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Tap the Heart to Favorite or un-Favorite Photos for your Brag Book
N28Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites

Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites

Remember the concept of a Grandma (Grandparent) Brag Book?

Brag Book Samples

It was a small photo album that could easily be placed in a pocket or purse and pulled out when a parent or grandparent needed to show family pictures. It was a great way to organize a few photos for easy sharing.

The Photos apps provides a Favorites album that could provide the same function on your iPhone. With a little setup, the next time you need to show family pictures, you can launch the Photos app, and tap the Favorites album to show your family brag pictures.

Favorites Album

The Favorites album is one of the default albums that is already set up on your iPhone/iPad. This means that all you have to do is mark your favorite photos and they will display in the Favorites folder. And as your life changes, mark new photos and un-mark outdated photos as you wish.

Step-by-Step

Marking your Favorites

Display any photo in the photos app

Tap the Favorite (heart) icon to include the photo under favorites. The heart will turn color (blue).

Remove a photo from favorites but tapping the Favorites (heart) icon to turn off the color.

 

A photo can be included in Favorites and still be included in any number of other albums.  Marking a photo as a favorite will not remove the photo from any other Album.

 

Summary

With 5 to 10 minutes of photo work, you can have your Favorites Brag Book prepared for the next time someone want to see family photos.  It’s easy.  It’s quick.

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

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The App Library Will Help You Find and Manage your Apps
N10The App Library Will Help You Find and Manage your Apps

The App Library Will Help You Find and Manage your Apps

It is not uncommon to lose track of a lesser-used app on your device’s Home screens.  As you move icons around, an app can disappear.  Or perhaps you organize your apps with Home screen folders and an certain app is misplaced in the wrong folder.

The App Library on your device is a screen that will automatically organize and list all of the apps installed on your device.  It also contains a search bar that you can use to search the apps.  

How to Access the App Library

You have multiple Home screens that contain icons and widgets for easy access to apps and information.  You swipe left and right to move between them. 

To access the App Library, swipe left to navigate to the last Home screen.  You can use the dots on the bottom of any Home screen to see how many screens you have and your location among those screen.

From the last Home Screen, swipe left one more time to move to the App Library.  

The App Library will show you all of the apps on your device automatically organized into categories like Social, Utilities or Recently Added.  These organized categories cannot be changed.

In the folders, recently used apps have large icons, while others sport smaller icons in groups of four. You can open an app that has a large icon by just tapping it. 

Open a folder by tapping on the quadrant of four small icons to display all of the apps contained in that folder.  You can launch a specific app by tapping on the app’s icon from within the folder that holds it.  However please note that the organization of app within those folders cannot be changed.  

You will also see a search bar at the top of the screen labeled with “App Library.”  

Searching the App Library

  1. Tap on the Search Bar to get a full alphabetic list of every app installed on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. You can browse quickly to different letters of the alphabet scroller on the right edge of the sceen by tapping on the letter on the right edge.
  3. Or type a few characters of the name of the app you are seeking into the search bar to quickly located that app.  

The most  immediate action that you can perform from the App Library is to simply tap the icon to launch the app.  However there are a couple of additional functions.  

What can you do with the App Library

 

Here are some of the things you can do from the App Library.

Launch an app by tapping the icon just as you would do from the home screen.

When you do a long press on an icon in the App Library, a number of options will appear.  This includes:

1 Delete an App from you device.  When performed from the App Library this is a permanent removal of the app from your device.

2 Share an App with another person using the standard share function with AirDrop, Message, Mail etc.

3 Add to Home Screen will place an app onto the first available spot on a Home Screen.  Drag an app from the App Library with a long press and drag onto a Home Screen.

 

 

 

Removing an App from the Home Screen

With the App Library it is possible to remove an app from your Home Screen but leave the app in the App Library for occasional use.  This would allow you to keep a neat and tidy Home Screen and keep infrequently used apps in the App Library.

Perform this action with these steps:

1 Long press on the app you wish to remove from the Home Screen.

2 Tap Remove App

3 Tap Remove from Home Screen to remove from the Home Screen but keeping the app in the App Library.  Tapping on Delete App from this screen would totally remove the app from the device.

 

 

Summary

The App Library provides a tool to find, organize, and manage the apps that are installed on your device.  Swipe all the way to the left from a Home Screen to access the App Library.

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

 Apple Support – Organize the Home Screen and App Library on your iPhone

iPhone User Guide – Find your apps in App Library on iPhone

 

 

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Use Live Text to Capture Text from the Camera or a Photo
N43Use Live Text to Capture Text from the Camera or a Photo

Use Live Text to Capture Text from the Camera or a Photo

Live Text is a new function for IOS 15 that allows you to capture text that appears in your Camera app or on a photo in the Photos app.

Imagine you are viewing a new recipe in the printed newspaper and you would like to make a shopping list from the ingredients of the recipe.  And you want to be able to keep that shopping list in the Notes app.

With Live Text you can point the camera at the text and your iPhone will read the text. 

 

It is an amazing function.  

How to Use LIve Text

Use the Live Text function of your iPhone with the following steps:

1 Open the Camera app, point your phone at some text.  The subject here is a recipe ingredient list.

2 Wait for a moment and you will see brackets around the text in your Camera screen.

3 Tap on the Live Text icon that appears at bottom right

4 When it pulls the image of text out of the photo, tap on that text image to select text and copy the text.

5 Tap Select All. This will select the entire text block.  It’s OK if the selection is not perfect, it will be easy to edit wherever we paste this text.  

6 Tap Copy.  The full set of actions on the text includes Select All, Copy, Look Up, or after tapping the right arrow, Translate or Share.

The copy action will copy the text so that it can now be pasted into another app like Notes, Messages or Mail. 

 

 

 

For our demonstration, launch the Notes app

Tap the Compose icon to create a new note

Tap on the Notes screen to see a Paste option.

Tap Paste to paste the text into the note.

 

It is pretty amazing that you iPhone can capture the text from the newspaper article.

 

 

Other Ways to Use Live Text

Action 

If your Live Text has a phone number, email or website, you can tap on the item for your iPhone to place a call, start an email or load the website into Safari.

Amazing!!

Handwritten Text

 

Live Text was able to recognize handwritten notes on a whiteboard for pasting into another app.  

 

This is Amazing!!

Also Works on a Photo

 

Live Text will also work on a photo previously taken.  Imagine you had taken a quick photo of a business card.  Later when you view the photo of the business card in the Photos app, you will also see the Live Text icon in the lower corner of the photo.

 

 

Summary

Live Text allows you to use the Camera app to recognize and scan text using your camera from from within a photo.

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Use Live Text with the iPhone camera

Apple Support – Use Live Text and Visual Look Up on your iPhone

 

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Remembering Birthdays with iPhone Contacts and Calendar App
132Remembering Birthdays with iPhone Contacts and Calendar App

Remembering Birthdays with iPhone Contacts and Calendar App

The classic approach to remembering the birthdays of friends and family involved multiple tools.  First it was common to record the birthdays on a birthday list or address book.

The second tool was to record the birthday on your calendar so that as the date approached you would remember to recognize and celebrate the event.  For some that may actually include sending a birthday card requiring you to remember the event a week ahead.

 

The two tool approach required you to be diligent in transferring the date between your birthday list and the calendar.  It didn’t always work.

 

 

Your iPhone offers an approach that offers you the opportunity to record the birthdays of your friends and family in the Contact app and those birthdays will automatically appear on a Birthdays calendar on the date recorded.

 

Here are the three steps to help with this process.

  1. Record birthdays in the Contact app
  2. Set up Notifications for the Birthdays calendar in the Settings app.  (One time set up)
  3. Display the Birthdays calendar.

Enter Birthdays in the Contact App

Birthdays that you want to remember should have a contact record in the Contacts app.

This can be added either when the record is initially entered using the Add (+) function or by editing an existing contact record with the Edit function.

 

You will need to scroll down the Contact information past the phone, email and address fields to find birthday.  

Also, if you are working with an existing contact record for a person, you will not see the birthday unless you tap on Edit and scroll past the email and address fields. 

 

Tap (Green + Plus) sign next to the birthday label.  On your tap the green plus turns to which represents how you would remove or delete a birthday.  

Swipe up and down on the month and day fields to set to the desired level.  The year if known can be also be entered by swiping.  However, the year is optional for this function.    

Tap Done in the upper right corner to save the change.  

Set Up Alerts for Birthdays

Birthdays will display on your Birthdays calendar (See section below.)  However, you can also receive a screen alert or notification for the birthday.

There is a one time setup process using the Settings app to enable alerts for the birthdays that you create.  

Launch Settings.

Tap Calendar>Default Alert Times > Birthdays.

Pick one of the predefined times when your alert should be displayed.  Only these selections are available.  A check mark will be place next to the alert.  

Tap Back (upper left corner) to set the alert time.  

 

Expect to see a screen alert for the birthdays you have entered into Contacts. 

Display the Birthdays Calendar

Birthdays will display on your Birthdays calendar as an all day event with a little birthday icon.  This will display at the top of a daily calendar.

 

In order for birthdays to display, the Birthdays calendar must be selected.  

Tap Calendars at the bottom of a calendar.  

Find Birthdays in the Other section and tap to place a check mark next to the calendar for it to display.

 

Summary

Your iPhone will automatically remind you about upcoming birthdays and display birthdays on the calendar.  Simply enter birthdays into the Contacts apps and setup default alerts for birthdays.  

 

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Edit Contacts on iPhone

iPhone User Guide – Set Up Multiple Calendars on iPhone

iCloud User Guide – Show the Birthdays calendar on iCloud.com

 

Using Keychain for Stronger Passwords
Using Keychain for Stronger Passwords

Using Keychain for Stronger Passwords

As we explore in the lesson Strong Passwords for Safe Data, the experts recommend secure password practices.  This means that you use strong passwords that are not reused across different sites.  Secure password practices means that you may not be able to remember your passwords.  This makes it more difficult to remember and use those strong passwords.  

Your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer have help that will encourage and support secure password practices.  Apple Keychain is a password manager that is available on your Apple devices and will provide the following features.  

Apple Keychain will:

  • Help you collect passwords as you use the Safari web browser to access and log into the sites that you use.
  • Auto-Fill your strong passwords into sites as you use them.
  • Generate unique random passwords when you create an login account for a site.
  • Warn you about passwords that are weak or have been breached.
  • Secure your passwords with TouchID or Face ID
  • Synchronize your passwords between your Apple devices.
  • Provide a tool to view and manage your passwords.
  • Provides an extension that can be used with Windows based web browsers like Chrome, Edge or Firefox. 

There are other password managers that can perform the same function and more.  However, Keychain is FREE and a secure way to up your password game with secure practices.  

Set Up iCloud Keychain

Set Up iCloud Keychain your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

1 Launch the  Settings app.

2 Tap [your name].

3 Tap iCloud.

4 Tap Keychain.

5 Turn on iCloud Keychain. (Green is on)

 

Because this is a security related change, you may be asked for your device passcode or Apple ID password during the setup. 

That’s all it takes to get iCloud Keychain setup. Now you can begin to collect passwords.

Here you can create the content that will be used within the module.

Collect Passwords in Safari

A key function of the password manager function is the collection of your logins and passwords.  It is possible to manually enter passwords.  However, it is easier to simply let Safari capture your passwords as you enter them into the websites that you use. 

All you have to do is to approve the capture of your passcodes after you have entered them for a website.  An example from logging into the SeniorTechClub.com website is shown here.  

 

 

When Save Password is selected, the password will be saved and with iCloud Keychain is also available on other devices using Keychain.

Smart Tip!

You DON’T have to enter your passwords manually.  Just use you apps and website as you normally and and over time you will be able to capture all off the passwords that you use.  

No extra effort is required.  

 

Using Passwords in Safari

So a key objective of using Keychain is to use the passwords stored in Keychain when you are logging into the various website and apps that require a login and password.

First we’ll look at the set up process to set up Auto-Fill inside of the Safari browser.

Then we’ll look at what the password auto-fill process looks like.

 

Set Up AutoFill using KeyChain

 

1 Open Settings.

2 Tap Passwords.

You will need to authenticate using Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode.  

3 Tap AutoFill Passwords.

4 Toggle on AutoFill Passwords. (Green is on)

5 Also, ensure Keychain is selected.  Other password manager options will be shown if others are installed.

Using Keychain’s Passwords in Safari

1 Go to the login screen of the website or app seeking your login and password.

2 Tap into the username field like you are going to type your username.  

3 Look for the Keychain login prompt at the bottom of the screen and tap Use [login email].  

4 Pause for a moment for Keychain to log you in using the stored login name and password. You generally do not have to tap any Sign In button on the screen if you are patient.  

You can then proceed to use the website or app as a logged in user.  You logged in but you didn’t have to type either the login username or the password.  Hopefully this was a strong pass that uses good password practice. 

 

Flawed or Weak Passwords

Weak or Flawed Password

If the password submitted by Keychain appears to be week or flawed due to a breach or reuse, you may see a message on the screen indicating that status.

If you tap Change Password on Website, Safari will take you to the website.  Because every website uses a different approach for changing a password, you will need to complete the navigation to the change password function.  This is often associated with your account or profile setting in the app.  Many times an account or profile icon is found in the upper right corner of the site screen.  

 

When you change the password, Keychain will determine the password change and ask you if you wish to update Keychain with the new password.  You will definitely want to do this so that Keychain remembers the right password.

 

The next time you log into this site, Keychain will have remembered the new password.  

 

View Your Passwords in Keychain

View  Your Passwords Using Settings

Even though Keychain will help you submit strong passwords in your apps or Safari, there may be times when you simply need to view your passwords.  This is not unlike having recorded your passwords in a notebook and flipping to the notebook in order to remember the password for a site.

Access your passwords by:

1 Launching the Settings app

2 Scroll down and tap Passwords.  Expect to be verified by Face ID, Touch ID or Passcode when you access Password.  They want to make sure that this is you and not someone else operating your phone.

3 Tap the website name to view the website, username, password and any notes you have recorded in Keychain.

4 The password when first viewed is hidden.  Simply tap on the Password box to display it.  

Here is the list of passwords organized alphabetically by website as show here.

 

 

There are some other functions available when you view your passwords.  This includes:

5 Add Notes – enter a note or reminder concerning this password

6 Set Up Verification Code – This enable support using Keychain as an authenticator app for two-factor authentication.  This would allow you to use 2FA without having to receive a text message.  More information from Apple Support is found at:  Automatically fill in verification codes on iPhone

7 Change Password on Website – this option will take you to the website so that you can change the password using that websites standard change password approach.

8 Edit – change the username, password or note that Keychain is storing.

9 Delete Password – Remove the website, username and password from Keychain.  

 

These combined functions make Keychain a solid Password Manager.

Manually Add Passwords to Keychain

We recommend that you capture your passwords as you use your websites and apps using what is described above under Collect Passwords in Safari.  

However, you can also manually enter passwords.  This makes keychain the digital equivalent to recording passwords in a notebook. 

Here are the steps to manually add a password.  

Access your passwords by:

1 Launching the Settings app and scroll down to tap Passwords to display your passwords. 

Expect to be verified by Face ID, Touch ID or Passcode when you access Password.  They want to make sure that this is you and not someone else operating your phone.

2 Tap + (plus) found on the upper right of the screen.    The password entry boxes are displayed. 

3 Type  the website name, for example, seniortechclub.com

4 Type your User Name.  This is often your email address but it could be another user name created by the site.    

5  Type the password for the web site.  Or use the Strong Password Suggestion that appears just above the keyboard to enter a strong password. 

Choosing a strong password in this add password process does NOT change the password on the website.  You would still need to do this.  Every website is different for this process.  

6 Tap Done on the upper right.   – This saves the information you entered so that is is available to view or use.

 

Security Recommendations

Keychain Security Recommendations

In addition to helping you identify weak or flawed passwords as you use them, Keychain will also provide a comprehensive report on passwords that it considers weak or flawed because of a breach or reuse.

 

Access your Security Recommendations in the Settings app.

Tap Passwords, Security Recommendations.  The number of recommendations is display next to the command.

The report lists those password concerns with very specific advice to change the password.  

 

 

With the change password recommendation, you will still need to go to the website and perform whatever actions that website requires.  That could be doing a “Forgot my Password” action like on the SeniorTechClub.com site or moving to account profile functions at the site.  Keychain will prompt you to update its password in the process.

 

 

 

Senior Tech Tuesday Video

 

Below the video recording from the Senior Tech Tuesday held on May 3, 2022 where the focus of the session was Apple iCloud Keychain.  

 

The slide deck for this session is also shown below. 

Session Slide Deck

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

Apple Support – Set up iCloud Keychain

Apple Support – How to find saved passwords on your iPhone

iPhone User Guide – Automatically fill in strong passwords on iPhone

iPhone User Guide – Automatically fill in verification codes on iPhone – For easier two-factor authentication

iCloud for Windows User Guide – Set up iCloud Passwords on your Windows computer

 

Translate Languages using the Translate App on iPhone
Translate Languages using the Translate App on iPhone

Translate Languages using the Translate App on iPhone

Use  the Translate app to translate between languages as you travel or have conversations with speakers of different languages. 

Using the Translate app, you can translate text, voice, and conversations between any of the 14 languages supported by Apple.

And if you travel to places where you do not have access to an internet connection, you can download languages to your device in order to translate entirely on a device with the internet.

Step-by-Step

Translate text or your voice

1 Launch the Translation app.

2 Select the languages to translate between.  Use the pulldown to select the From and To languages.

Enter text to translate with one of the following:

3 Type:  Tap “Enter text,” type a phrase, then tap Go.

4 Speak:  Tap the microphone iconthen say a phrase you wish to translate.