Get Easy Access to Favorites in Photos
Staying organised in Photos is very important. One simple tip is to add images to your Favorites Album by tapping the heart symbol or hitting the full stop key.
Send and Receive Messages on Your Mac
You can send text messages to friends in OS X no matter what device they use, meaning you can leave your phone in your pocket at all times. The OS X app, Messages, also let you record voice messages.
How to Send International Text Messages
If you travel or do business internationally, you know how costly roaming charges are. Unless your mobile carrier is Sprint or T-mobile (both limited to 2 G data speed), you need an additional service plan to be able to text while abroad. Luckily, with iMessage, you can text from anywhere in the world for free, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection.
The drawback of iMessage is that the person you’re texting must also have an iPhone. If that’s a deal breaker, I highly recommend using a messaging app like WhatsApp (free for your first year and only a dollar per year thereafter).
To text internationally via iMessage, first turn off your Cellular Data. Next, check that your iMessage app is enabled.
Return to Settings; tap Wi-Fi. Check that Wi-Fi is on and connected, and you’re ready to use iMessage from anywhere in the world.
Request a Desktop Site in Mobile Safari
When you’re on an iDevice (iPhone, iPad or iPod) in Safari, most sites will open up the mobile version by default, but there’s a clever workaround if you’d prefer the full site instead. Open the site and press on the URL bar before dragging downwards on your screen. A small menu will now appear with the “Request Desktop Site” option provided. The full website will load, ready for you to use.
How to Receive AirDrop Files on your iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
With AirDrop, you can wirelessly send and receive photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with nearby devices running on iOS 7 or later. You can also share with Macs running on Yosemite or later if your iPhone runs on iOS 8 or later. For AirDrop to work, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be turned on and you must be signed into your iCloud account.
To receive a file over AirDrop, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Select AirDrop. You can receive AirDrops from Everyone, Contacts Only, or turn if Off. I chose Everyone.
Show hidden URLs in Safari
~MacOSX El Capitan Genius Guide
Since upgrading to El Capitan, web browsing in Safari is terrible! Now I can’t see full URLs in the address bar!
- 1 Bring up Safari’s Preferences, either by heading to Safari>Preferences in the menu bar or by hitting Cmd+, (comma) on your Mac’s keyboard.
- 2 There’s a lot on offer inside Safari’s Preferences, but you’ll want to skip most of it and head to the Advanced tab at the far end.
- 3 To complete the process, click the checkbox next to ‘Show full website address’. You should see your change take place.
Split View of One App in El Capitan
Although Apple describes Split View as being a way to put two apps side by side with an appearance similar to full-screen mode, this new feature doesn’t restrict you to showing two different apps; you can put two windows from the same app side by side. This is useful with Finder when archiving contents from your Mac’s internal storage to another drive, to look at two revisions of a Pages document together, or to refer to a copy of a Numbers spreadsheet to look up and type cell references in the master.
How to Create a New Home Screen on your iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
As we accumulate more apps, we need more screen space to organize them all. You can create multiple Home Screens, allowing you to swipe through Home Screen pages and have access to as many apps as you want. At the bottom of your Home screen, above your stationary Dock apps, are dots indicating how many Home Screen pages you have. If you find you’re running out of space or want to step-up your organization game, here’s how to create a new Home Screen.
To create a new Home Screen, go to the last available Home Screen page you created. Tap and hold an app until it starts wobbling. Drag the app to the right edge of the last Home screen. This will create a new Home Screen.