Mary’s X Files, July 2017

Use Siri to Change Settings
~iCreate
The addition of Siri to macOS can greatly speed up the time it takes to change certain basic settings of your Mac. Launch Siri and start asking for various System Preferences to be changed to save you the hassle of launching the main settings in the first place.

1. Activate Siri: Call up Siri on your Mac by pressing Cmd+Spacebar. You can change this shortcut by going to System Preferences>Siri.

2. Adjust the brightness: Now you can say things like, “Turnup the brightness” and Siri will automatically make your screen brighter. It’s a handy time saver.

3. Other functions: You can also say things like, “Turn onBluetooth” and Siri will oblige. Once you get into the habit of asking, Siri can save you a lot of time here and there.

Manage your iCloud storage
~iCreate
If you are sticking fast with the free 5GB of iCloud storage allocation for every user then it won’t take long to fill up with backups and documents. However, you can manually manage what is stored in your cloud and free up space, if needs be.

1. Go to Settings: Launch your iPad’s Settings app and then tap on General>Storage & iCloud Usage. This will give you an overview of the storage on your device and iCloud.

2. Manage storage: Now, in the iCloud section, tap on the ‘Manage Storage’ option and everything that eats into your iCloud storage will be listed, from backups to emails.

3. Delete data: You can now delete old backups thatyou don’t need and tap on individual apps that upload documents and data and manually remove content.

Back up iPhone
~MacFormat
There are two ways to back up your iPhone. You can back up your iPhone to iCloud or back up your iPhone to iTunes. I like to have copies of both. An iCloud backup is kept in the cloud, while an iTunes backup is kept on your computer. You don’t need an internet connection to back up your iPhone to iTunes. Apple recommends having both an iCloud and a local backup. Here’s how to back up your iPhone to iTunes on your computer.

To back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes on your computer, you first need to have the iTunes software installed. It comes installed on Mac computers. To back up your device to iTunes:
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB charging cord. iTunes will launch automatically; if it doesn’t, open iTunes.
- In iTunes, locate the icon for your iPhone or iPad, found in the upper left section of iTunes. Click the icon.

Delete digits in Calculator
~iCreate
It’s always good to have a calculator on hand, and your iPhone supplies the goods. However, the app lacks a button on the compact keyboard to delete numbers if you make a mistake. Is pressing ‘C’ the only option? No, as it happens…

1. Launch the app: You can launch the Calculator app on your iPhone by tapping the app icon on your home screen or swiping up and accessing it from the Control Center.

2. Enter numbers: Start typing numbers into Calculator and you should notice that there isn’t a button to delete digits, only the clear-all ‘C’ button. But it is possible…

3. Swipe left or right: That’s right, a good old swipe! Simply swipe left or right across the top of the screen and digits will be removed one at a time until there are none left. Easy.

Get rid of all your Notification Center alerts in iOS 10
~iMore
Trash five days’ worth of Instagram notifications by force pressing (or long pressing) on the X on your notifications screen to bring up an alert to clear all notifications.

Create Reminders in iOS 10
~MacFormat
While in an app, you can tell Siri to “Remind me about this” and it will create a reminder named after whatever you’re currently looking at in the app. You can also send things to Reminders from apps such as Safari by tapping the Share button, then Reminders. Here, you can add text and, by tapping the Options button, set a time or location to be reminded. In Safari’s case, when you access that reminder, it will take you straight to the linked web page.