Slow Down Your Draining iPhone Battery

There is nothing worse when your battery on your iPhone is running down and you of course do the obvious things:

  • Turn off push emails
  • Turn down screen brightness
  • Close out of your apps
  • But there is a new one , put your iPhone into greyscale mode

Greyscale mode is a setting that eliminates all colour on your iPhone’s screen by making the display black-and-white.

By not displaying any colour, your phone is saving battery and the setting also lowers the brightness on your phone, which we all know helps preserve its battery.iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black

Apple Announcements – Did They Excite Me ?

At the Apple WWDC today Apple made some significant announcements as they do at the WWDC every year.

New operating systems are coming for Macs – High Sierra and iOS11 for mobile devices – iPhones and iPads but they will not arrive until later this year.

A new iMac Pro will arrive in December – this should be well received for those that need a top end powerful workstation and it is clear that Apple are listening to its users.

New iPads will be available – the 10.5 inch iPad Pro and an updated 12.9 inch iPad Pro – they are quicker , a lot quicker , brighter screen with improved colour , improved camera.

A redesigned app store

The HomePod a speaker with Siri integration and one that promises great sound – integrated with Apple music – which will be available in December.

I am looking forward to High Sierra and iOS11 – especially some of the features of iOS11 such as:

Do not disturb while driving  “iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.”

Will I buy a new iPad ? – Maybe , as an owner of an iPad Pro 12.9 , I have to weigh up the new features but maybe I will wait till iOS11 is out.

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If You Have An Apple Device – Turn On iCloud

I had a client ring me and say he had swapped iPhones and the telco was unable to get his notes across.

I asked if he had turned on iCloud – he said he did not bother as iCloud was not important. However it is important and turning on iCloud on his old iPhone and new IPhone would have resulted in his notes being restored.

iCloud on Apple devices will sync amongst others:

  • Photos
  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calenders
  • Reminders
  • Safari
  • Notes

and most important – Find my iPhone

More details can be found on iCloud here: iCloud

This also makes it easier when you upgrade to a new iPhone and remember have a good password with your Apple ID and turn on 2 factor authentication.

Setup A Medical ID On Your iPhone In Case Of An Emergency

Setting up a medical id on your smartphone in case of an accident does seem like a good idea and it is far easier to do this on an iPhone than on an Android device with the Health Kit app.

This will mean that emergency responders will be able to get details of your medical conditions , emergency contacts from your iPhone as part of the emergency dialling feature.

Here are 2 links to assist you in setting this up and some suggestions for Android users.

Why You Should Setup Medical ID On Your iPhone ?

How To Save Emergency Medical Information In Your iPhone

How To Add Emergency Contact Info To Your Phones Lock Screen

Emergency Info Comes To Your Android Device

Galaxy S7 – Emergency Contacts

How Do I Backup My Smartphone – Tablet ?

This week with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus being released and those that are swapping from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to its recall will be concerned that they may not back everything up when switching phones.

I am also asked this question constantly , especially after an event when people have lost everything.

Apple Devices – iPhones iPads

There are 2 ways via iCloud or iTunes – instructions are at the link below – but the quicker way is always through iTunes with a password on the backup so that your passwords are transferred.

How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes

Android Devices

It largely relies on Google as all Android devices ” should ” have a Google account tied to them 

How to backup Android in 5 easy steps

How To Backup Your Device Using Your Samsung Account

How do I back up data to my Google account from my Samsung Galaxy device?

Block A Phone Number On Android Smartphone Or iPhone

If you get unwanted phone calls from people that you may want to block it really is very easy.

On an Android phone look for the more or the dots in the top right hand corner of the screen and you will be presented with the option to block.

On an iPhone 

Go to your list of recent callers .(open the Phone app, then hit the Recents tab at the bottom). Click the ‘i’ symbol next to the number you want to block, scroll down and tap Block this Caller, then confirm your decision. 

Do You Know How & Why You Should Know How to Logon To iCloud

To log in to iCloud you will need to enter your Apple ID and password

You will then be able to see everything you have saved to iCloud.

As the picture above demonstrates you can see all the items you have turned on from your iPhone / iPad which allows them to sync with iCloud.

This is great to know if things are not syncing the way you think they should be.

Knowing how to access iCloud will also let you find a lost device ( iPhone / iPad / iMac ) 

Need to know more about iCloud , checkout this link from Apple : iCloud Help