Scheduling Do Not Disturb

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at how we look at how you can automatically schedule Do Not Disturb to turn back off after a set time or when you leave a location from the Control Panel.

Accessing Scheduling Options from the Control Panel
To access these settings, you need to open your Control Panel. In the Control Panel is a control for Do Not Disturb. When you tap on it, it turns Do Not Disturb on and you will not receive any notifications. Tap on it again, to turn it off. The problem with this is sometimes you may forget to turn Do Not Disturb back off, maybe after a meeting or after a movie. You can now have Do Not Disturb turn off after an hour, until this evening, until you leave a location, and at the end of a meeting.

Turning Do Not Disturb back off after an Hour
To turn Do Not Disturb back off after an hour, just tap and hold on the Do Not Disturb Control in the Control Panel. The first option will turn Do Not Disturb on for an hour, then turn it back off.

Turning Do Not Disturb back off Until this Evening
To turn Do Not Disturb back off after in the evening, just tap and hold on the Do Not Disturb Control in the Control Panel. The second option will turn Do Not Disturb on for until the evening.

Turning Do Not Disturb back off when you leave a Location
To turn Do Not Disturb back off after you leave a location just tap and hold on the Do Not Disturb Control in the Control Panel. The third option will turn Do Not Disturb on until you leave your location. For this option to show, you must be at a set location, meaning the iPhone must know where you are at. I use this when I go to a movie. The iPhone knows I am at the local theater, so when I leave that theater, Do Not Disturb will turn back off automatically.

Turning Do Not Disturb back off when a Meeting is Done
To turn Do Not Disturb back off after a meeting is done, just tap and hold on the Do Not Disturb Control in the Control Panel. The fourth option will turn Do Not Disturb on during your scheduled meeting and turn it back off after the meeting is done. You do need to have a scheduled meeting in your Calendar for this option to show.

Schedule Do Not Disturb for Bedtime
You can also tap on Schedule in the Do Not Disturb Control to go to the Do Not Disturb settings in the Settings app. If you use the Bedtime feature, you can tell Do Not Disturb to turn on when you go to bed.

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Battery Health & Usage

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at how we can see how our battery is doing and what apps are using the battery on an iPhone.

Accessing Battery Health and Usage
To view your battery usage on your iPhone, you need to open the Settins app. Scroll down untill you see Battery. When you tap on Battery, you can check the health of your battery as well as see which apps are using most of your battery.

Low Power Mode
This is nothing new in iOS 12, but it is worth mentioning. When you are running low on power or you anticipate that you may run low, I recommend turning on Low Power Mode as opposed to force-quitting apps. Low Power Mode, reduces various operations on the iPhone, but in my guess is you won’t even notice, but by doing this, it will dramatically prolong your battery life.

Battery Health
With Battery Health, you can see what the health of your battery is. If you have a battery in poor health, you can decide if you want to replace it.

Peak Performance Capability
With this setting, you can see if you iPhone supports peak performance. If your iPhone does not have a healthy battery, when your iPhone goes into peak performance, as in running a few tasks at the same time or performing a heavy calculation for an app like the camera, your iPhone may shut down. This is because batteries that are not healthy do not support this feature. What Apple does then is it slows down your iPhone. If you’d rather have a faster iPhone, with a shorter battery life because the battery isn’t healthy, you can turn Peak Performance on.

Battery Performance
You can see how your battery has performed in the last 24 hours, or in the last few days. You can see what the last charge level was, when it was last charged, and then the battery level by time in a chart. You can also see the activity of the battery by time. Tap on the chart to narrow down a specific time. This can come in helpful if you are trying to diagnose what is taking your battery on your iPhone at a specific time, tap on the time to see what apps were using your battery.

Screen On and Screen Off
You can also see how long your screen has been on as a total for the time selected above (last 24 hours or longer). You’ll also see the screen time off.

Battery Usage by App
Towards the bottom of the Battery settings is a list of apps that have been using your battery. You can see the percentage of battery each app has taken as well as how much background activity they’ve used.

Battery Usage by Activity
You can also see the battery usage by activity by tapping on Show Activity. With this view, you can see how much time each app has been used including background activity.

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Software Updates

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at how we can turn on automatic updates for iOS software. With this setting turned on, your iPhone will notifiy you there is an update and then update it automatically when your iPhone is plugged in and on a wi-fi network.

Turning on Automatic Update
To turn on Automatic Updates, you need to go to the Settings app. From ther you tap on General. At the top you’ll see Software Update. There is one setting for this – Automatic Updates. Just tap on the lider to turn it on.

Again, when this is turned on, your iPhone will notifiy you that there is an update, then it will automatically install any software updates when it is on a wi-fi network and charging. It will usually do this overnight.

This does not update any app downloaded form the App Store.

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New Face ID Options for iPhone X

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at the new Face ID options iOS 12 has on the iPhone including how we set up an alternate appearance for Face ID to use.

Set Up an Alternate Appearance
You can now set up and alternate appearance with Face ID. This can come in handy if you are having a tough time with Face ID recognizing your face, or if you’d like to set someone else up to use Face ID on your phone. To add an alternate appearance just tap on Set Up an Alternate Appearance. You’ll follow the sames steps when you set up your first Face ID appearance.

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Force Quitting Apps on an iPhone X

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at how we now force quit apps on an iPhone X.

Force Quitting Apps
In iOS 11, to force quit an app on an iPhone X, you had to tap and hold on the app when looking at the app switcher. Then you could swipe up to force quit it. With iOS 12, you just need to swip up, you no longer need to ‘tap and hold’. It’s a subtle change, but one that makes force quitting apps easier.

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What’s New in the Messages App

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at what’s new in the Messages app including how we can show contacts photos and how we access photos in a new message.

Show Contacts Photos
The forst change is you can now show your contact’s photo when looking at your messages. There is a setting for this in Settings>Messages. It’s on by default.

Accessing Photos in a New Message
Apple changed the way you access and add photos to a new message. In past version of iOS, you tapped on the Camera icon, now you need to go to the app tray and tap on the Photos icon. The camera icon jus topens the camera. This change took me a while to get used to.

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What’s New in the Photos App

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at what’s new in the Photos app on the iPhone with iOS 12 including the new For You tab, a smarter search, and how to copy iCloud links for photos you want to share.

For You Tab
Apple replaced the Memories tab at the bottom of the Photos app with a new For You Tab. This tab includes all your memories, featured photos, and any sharing activity you have with friends and family.

Share your Moments
When you take a photo with someone in it, and the Photos app recognizes that person, you can easily share that Moment with that person. The photos app provides a link to share that Moment.

Smarter Search
The Photos app will proactively suggest categories based on the term you are searching for. As an example, if you are searching for cats, you will see a category for cats in the results and if you tap on it, you’ll see all your photos with cats.

Copy iCloud Links for Photos you want to Share
You can now share photos via links. When you share a photo via a link, the person you share it with will be directed to a web page with the photo you shared. To share a photo via link, open the photo in the Photos app and then tap on the Share icon, you’ll lee an option for sharing via a link. You may have to swipe to the left to see the option when the Share Sheet shows. This only works with iCloud Photo Library, so if you are not using iCloud Photo Library, this option will not be available.

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What’s New in the Safari App

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at what’s new in the Safari app on the iPhone with iOS 12 including where Apple moved the Autofill Password option and how to show icons in tabs.

Autofill Passwords
Apple moved where the setting is for Autofill Passwords. This used to be located in Safari Settings, but now that the option works for apps too, they moved it from Safari Settings to the Passwords & Accounts settings. When this is enabled, your iPhone will remember passwords and accounts for websites as well as apps that support this feature.

Show Icons in Tabs
When you are looking at your open web pages in tabs, you can now show the website icon to the left of the name. To see your web pages in tabs, you tap on the two squares in the lower left corner of Safari. If you do not see the icons, you need to go to Settings>Safari. You’ll see an option for Show Icons in Tabs.

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Suggested Shortcuts

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at the new Suggested Shortcuts feature. With Suggested Shortcuts, you can create shortcuts for tasks that you do frequently by recording a phrase with Siri.

What Are Suggested Shortcuts
When you perform a task on your iPhone, your iPhone will now remember this and suggest a shortcut to do it again. As an example, if you create new voice memos often, you could create a shortcut to open the Voice Memo app and start recording, all by telling Siri to ‘create a new voice memo’.

Accessing your Suggested Shortcuts
To access your Suggested Shortcuts, you go to the Settings app. You will also see some suggestions in the Notification Center, but you can always find them in the Settings app. In Settings, you need to go to Siri & Search. The first option is Siri Shortcuts. When you tap on My Shortcuts, you’ll see all your shortcuts.

Creating New Shortcuts from Suggested Shortcuts
You’ll see suggested shortcut below My Shortcuts. These are shortcuts that the iPhone is suggesting you create based on how you use your iPhone. Tap on All Shortcuts to see all the suggestions. To create a new shortcut from one of the suggestions, just tap on the ‘+’ to the right of the shortcut. From there you just need to record your phrase you want to say to start the shortcut. Once you record it, you just need to pull up Siri, say your phrase, and your shortcut will start.

Editing Your Shortcuts
To edit any of your shortcuts, just tap on My Shortcuts when looking at Siri & Search. You’ll see Edit in the upper right hand corner to delete your shortcuts. To re-record a phrase for a shortcut, just tap on the shortcut.

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New in Notifications

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at what’s new with notifications on the iPhone with iOS 12 including grouped notifications and how we can set a notification to deliver quietly.

Grouped Alerts
The iPhone will now group your different notifications together in the Notification Center. As an example, all of your notification from the Washington Post in the News app will be grouped together, or all your your emails from an account will be grouped together. To expand a group of notifications, you just tap on the group. If you no longer want to have your notifications grouped form a specific app, go to Settings>Notifications and find that app. You’ll see an option for changing how grouping your notifications from that app towards the bottom.

Delivering Quietly
You can now manage your notification options for a specific notification by swiping to the left on a notification. From there tap on Manage. You’ll see a number of options. You can set that notification to Deliver Quietly. When you do this, you notification will appear in the Notification Center, but it will not appear on the lock screen, play a sound, present a banner, or badge the app icon. The only place you’ll see this notification is in the Notification Center.

You can also turn the notification off and go directly to the Notification settings for that app.

Richer Notifications
When you swipe to the left of a notification and tap on View, you’ll see a richer notification including images form that notification if it has any.

Notifications Alerts in Screen Time
If you’d like to see how many notifications you receive an hour or from an app, you can go to Settings>Screen Time and then tap on on the chart at the top. Down towards the bottom you’ll see Notifications. Form there you can see different statistics on your notifications. You will also see a list of apps at the bottom that are giving you notifications. Tap on any one of the apps to be taken to that app’s notifications settings.

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Viewing your Screen Time

In this lesson for What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPhone we look at the new Screen Time Report. With Screen Time, we can see how much time we are spending with an app, how many times we pick up our iPhone, as well as how many notifications we receive throughout the day.

Accessing Screen Time
To access Screen Time, you go to the Settings App. There is a new setting is iOS 12 for Screen Time. When you tap on this, you’ll get access to all the Screen Time Reports

Screen Time for All Devices
If you have multiple devices and they are signed into the same iCloud account, you’ll see all the Screen Time you’ve spent on all your devices. To narrow it down to a specific device, you tap on All Devices and then tap on Devices in the upper left corner. From there you can select which device you want to see the screen time you’ve spent.

Screen Time by App
To see how much screen time you’ve spent by app, tap on the chart. From there you can see when you’ve spent the most screen time on your iPhone by hour as well as which apps are most used.

Pickups
Below most used you will see your pickup statistics. This includes how many times you’ve picked up your iPhone by the hour, which hours you’ve picked them up most in a chart, the total number of pickups, and when you had the most pickups.

Notifications
You can also see how many notifications you receive per hour on average, what hour you’ve received the most notifications in, and which apps you are receiving the most notifications from. Tap on any one of the app in the list to go to that app’s notification settings to change them.

Downtime
If you are looking at your Screen Time by app, pickups, and notifications, tap on Screen Time in the upper left corner to get to Downtime. With Downtime, you can schedule time away from your iPhone. During downtime, only apps that you choose to allow will be available. You will always receive phone calls. Tap on the start and end times to set downtime.

App Limits
With App Limits you can add limits to the amount of time you spend on an app category, such as Games. You can set individual limits for each day or just use the same limit for all the days.

Always Allowed
This is where you set which apps you want to always allow access to when using Downtime or if you select ‘All Apps & Categories’ when you apply app limits. The phone app is always available. All the other apps are selectable.

Content & Privacy Restrictions
This setting allows you to block inappropriate content by ratings.

Use Screen Time Passcode
If you want to secure your Screen Time settings, you’ll want to use the Screen Time Passcode. This will also allow you to enter the passcode to add more time when you’ve hit a limit.

Share Across Devices
If you have multiple devices, such as an iPad and an iPhone, when you select this, you’ll be able to see the screen time for all your devices. They do need to be signed into the same iCloud account for this feature to work.

Turn Off Screen Time
This does what it says, it turns off the Screen Time Option.

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Voice Memos

Recording, Deleting, and Sharing a Voice Memo

In this lesson for Voice Memos on the iPhone we look at how to record a voice memo as well as naming it, deleting it, and sharing your voice memo.

Finding the Voice Memo App
By default, the Voice Memo app is located in a folder on your iPhone. This folder is called Extras. It’s usually located the second home screen, so if you swipe over to the left on your Home screen, you’l see this folder. You can also search for it by swiping down fro the top of you iPhone.

Creating A Voice Memo
To create a voice memo all you need to do is press the big red button. Once you do that, the iPhone will start recording. You can see how much time the recording is by looking at the display. To stop a recording, you press the red button again. To play it, you press the Play button on the left.

Naming a Voice Memo
When you are satisfied with your recording, you tap on Done. This will prompt a display to popup asking you to name the recording. Once you name it, your recoding will show in your list.

Deleting a Voice Memo
To delete a Voice Memo, you tap on the memo in your list. You’ll see a few options show below the voice memo. Tap on the Trash icon on the right to delete a voice memo.

Sharing a Voice Memo
When the voice memo is selected in your list, the share icon will show on the left below the voice memo title. Tap on this to see all your sharing options.

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Taking a Screenshot of the Entire Screen

In this lesson for Screenshots on the Mac we look at how we take a screenshot of your entire screen with the new screenshot tool introduced with macOS Mojave.

Taking a Screenshot of your Entire Screen or Display
To pull up the new tools introduced in macOS Mojave for screenshots and recording, you hold down the Command and Shift keys (⌘) along with the 5 key. If you’ve been taking screenshots with past macOS’s, you know you use Command (⌘), shift 3 and 4. You can still use those but with Command (⌘)-Shift-5, you get all the tools including how to take a screenshot of your entire screen. When you use the key command, you’ll see your tools float at the bottom of your display. Elect the first tool on the right to take a screenshot of your entire screen.

Saving your Screenshot
When you click on Options, you can set where you want your screenshot to be saved. You can save it in a folder or have it open an app. You can also save it to the clipboard if you are going to paste it into another app. By default, it saves it to the Desktop.

Setting a Timer
Under options is also there you can set a timer. When you set a timer, when you click on your display you want a screenshot of, your Mac will wait either 5 or 10 seconds to take the screenshot. This comes in handy if you want to select a menu or take a screenshot of something you are doing and you need a slight delay before you take the screenshot.

Show Floating Thumbnail
When you select Show ‘Floating Thumbnail’ under Options, after you take your screenshot, it will show in the lower right corner of your screen for a few seconds. If you click on it while it’s showing as a thumbnail, you can mark it up.

Remember Last Selection
When this is selected under Options, any settings or options you have set here will be remembered for your next screenshot.

Show Mouse Pointer
When this is selected, the mouse pointer will show in your screenshot when it is taken.

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Voice Memos

Editing a Voice Memo

In this lesson for the Voice Memo app on the iPhone we look at how we can trim the beginning or end of a voice memo as well as delete unwanted portions out of recorded voice memos.

Enter Edit Mode
The first thing you need to do is enter edit mode in the Voice Memo app. To do that you tap on the voice memo you want to edit in your list. When you do this, you’ll see Edit below the voice memo name. Tap on Edit to enter edit mode.

Trimming the Beginning and Ending of a Voice Memo
Once you enter edit mode, you’ll see a Crop symbol on the left side. When you tap on this, you’ll see a red vertical line at the beginning and end of your voice memo. You drag these lines to the point you want to trim out. So if you wanted to trim a portion of the beginning of your voice memo out, you drag the red line to the right. You’ll want to drag it to the right of the portion you want to trim. If you want to trim the end, you drag the red line at the end to the left, to the left of the portion your want to trim. Once you have these red lines set to where you want trim , you tap on ‘Trim’. When you do this, Voice Memos will as if you want to trim the original or save the trimmed copy as a new original. Tap what you’d like to do and you’ve just trimmed your voice memo.

Deleting a Portion out of a Voice Memo
Deleting a portion out of a voice memo on the iPhone is very similar to trimming a voice memo. You tap on Edit, then tap on the cropping tool. You’ll see the red vertical lines appear at the beginning and ending of your voice memo. Now what you do is drag these lines to the beginning and ending of the portion you want to delete. Once you do this, the portion you want to delete will be in-between the red vertical lines. Now what you do is tap on ‘Delete’. You’ll see a dialog box popup asking you if you want to delete from the original or save it as a new recording.

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Voice Memos

Accessing Voice Memos from the Control Center

In this lesson for Voice Memos on the iPhone we look at how we add the Voice Memo Control to the Control Center on the iPhone and the different options we have for the Voice Memo Control.

Adding Voice Memo Control to the Control Center
To add the option to access your voice memos from the Control Center on your iPhone, you first need to add the Voice Memo Control to the Control Center. You do this i the Settings app of your iPhone. When you open the Settings app, tap on Control Center.

Now tap on Customize Controls. This will allow you to customize your Control Center. You’ll see two sections; Include and More Controls. Include is what is included in your Control Center currently. More Controls are where you find the other controls we can add to our Control Center including Voice Memos. Find Voice Memos and tap on the green plus to the left of the name. This will add Voice Memos to your Control Center. You’ll see that Voice Memos moved from More Controls to Include section.

To change where it is located in the Control Center, you drag the three lines to the right of the name. Just drag them to where you want Voice Memos to be in your Control Center.

Control Center Options
When you open your Control Center, you will now see a control for Voice Memos. When you tap on this control, the Voice Memo app will open. You can also tap and hold on the control to get more options including creating a new voice memo and playing a recent voice memo.

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