How to Change Watch Faces Automatically with Focus

 

When you combine Focus Modes on iOS 15 with the Shortcuts app, there are some truly incredible things that you can make happen.

For example in this #QuickTips video I’m going to teach you how you can automatically change your Watch Face when your Focus Modes go on and off.

Here’s how it works.

We’re going to do this entirely on the iPhone, but obviously you’re going to wear the Apple Watch at the same time so it’s connected.

So in the Watch App on the iPhone at the top there you can see my Watch Faces and when I go on there and scroll around I’ve currently got 18 different Watch Faces.

However, I want to start using some of these Watch Faces at home and at work.

As you can see on my Watch onscreen there at the moment I’ve got a lovely Portrait Watch Face featuring my cat Mr Tibbs.

But really when I go to work I want to use the Infograph watch face to have my Calendar appointments my To-Do list and more.

Also at the Gym it would be great to have my Activity Rings and the Workout app front-and-centre.

So what we’re going to do is we’re going to use the Shortcuts app to customise what our Watch does and when it does it.

Now as soon as we open the Shortcuts App, at the bottom, we have a tab bar.

We’re going to tap onto the Automation tab.

From here you may see I’ve already got a couple of different automations that are triggered when my Focus Mode changes – for example when I arrive home I can then have my Home Focus Wallpaper changing.

We’re going to create a new Automation for this first one, although you could add this step into your existing Automations and I’ll show you that in a second.

Okay let’s press the Plus button in the top corner and we’re going to create a new Personal Automation.

From here we’re going to scroll down the list of triggers until we get to our Focus Modes and I’m going to choose when Work Focus is turned on.

So tap onto Work Focus and then you can choose when turned on.

That means that our Watch Face will change when we arrive at Work and our Work Focus is activated.

Press Next in the top corner and now we get to the screen where we can start adding our actions.

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Okay enough of that, let’s add the action!

The action we want is simply called Set Watch Face.

I’m going to search for the word “Watch” and, there you go, it’s popped up straight away.

When I tap on that it will add my action to my Shortcut, and then if I tap on the word ‘Face’ I can choose which of my Watch Faces I showed you earlier should be changed.

At this point I’m going to go for my Infograph Modular because that’s the one I’ve configured for Work, and when I’ve chosen that Watch Face I can then press Next in the top corner.

That’s right, there’s only one action in this Shortcut!

That’s all we need.

Now on this next screen we have a prompt to Ask Before Running.

We’re going to turn that off we want this to happen silently in the background without push notifications.

Then we’re going to press Done and on your list of Automations you should now have a brand new Automation for when the Work Focus is turned on.

Now the more eagle-eyed amongst you will notice I’ve already got a Shortcut for when work is turned on, so I’ve actually got two Shortcuts that will run at the same time.

Whilst you can do this it’s a little bit untidy and over time it could get a bit confusing, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to tap onto one of my existing Shortcuts for Personal and Gym and add the Watch Face action to that existing Shortcut – just like this.

The only complicating factor here is when we add that Set Watch Face action it’s going to try and inherit a variable from earlier on in the Shortcut.

In this case the Photos variable I used for my wallpaper.

Now I don’t want that as a Watch Face – in fact it isn’t a Watch Face.

So if I tap on the word Photos I can then press ‘Clear Variable’.

Now I’ve got my Shortcut action back again and I can tap on Face and choose the Watch Face I want for the Gym.

I can press the Back button in the top left corner to update my action, and then press Done.

And that’s my new automation updated.

Finally I’ll go on to my Personal Focus and I want to make sure my lovely picture of Mr Tibbs comes back whenever I’m on my Personal Focus mode.

Again, we’re going to press Add Action and we’re going to choose Set Watch Face.

From here though you’re going to take off that variable of Photos by tapping on it and pressing Clear Variable.

Then you can tap on Face and choose the Watch Face you want.

Lastly we’ll press the Back button in the top corner and then press Done to update that Automation.

And now on my Automation Screen I’ve got the four that I’ve set up – two for Work, one for Gym and one for Personal.

All of which will now change my Watch Faces.

So time to jump into Control Center and see if it works.

I’m going to tap onto Focus Modes and I’m going to choose my Work Focus first of all.

Of course if you’re doing this on a location basis or by time of day it’ll happen automatically (you haven’t got to go into Control Center each time).

So I’m going to tap onto Work and just like that my Watch Face has changed.

I’ve now got my Calendar, my To-Do list – everything that I need.

Let’s go on to the Gym Focus and again almost immediately my Apple Watch has changed to my Gym Focus.

You can see the little Focus icon at the top of each Watch Face.

And of course if I go back to Personal we get the lovely Mr Tibbs coming back again.

There are tons of things that you can do with Focus Modes – from custom icons and wallpapers to custom home screens on your devices, and now custom watch faces as well!

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How to set a Custom Text Size per App

 

You may have seen Dynamic Text before where you can change the size of your font right across your iPhone or iPad. Well now in iOS 15 you can change that on an app-by-app basis. Here’s how it works.

This new text size control is located in Control Centre, so to activate it jump onto the Settings app and then scroll down to the Control Centre options.

From here you can add additional sections into Control Centre and if you scroll down you should find Text Size as an option.

Tap the + button to enable that now. Of course you can rearrange the objects in Control Centre by dragging and dropping them just like this. I’ll move my Text Size one slightly higher up in that list.

From then on it’s as simple as swiping down from the top right corner of your device to bring up Control Centre and then tapping on that new Text Size button.

On this screen you have two options at the bottom. On the right hand side you can change the text size across the entire phone and on the left you can change it just for the app you’re currently in.

So in the Settings app where I am at the moment, if I were to boost that text size up slightly higher for this app only you will then see that the writing in the Settings app is much bigger than it is in other apps on my phone.

If I jump out of Settings and go into Twitter for example you’ll see the font size there is much more standard compared to the larger size I’ve just created in Settings.

But of course we can change it in Twitter too if we wanted to. Again I’m going to pull down from that top right corner to get Control Centre open and from here once again I have the option on the right hand side at the bottom to change the font size across the entire device and on the left to change it only in Twitter.

I can make the writing a bit bigger but actually for Twitter I want to make it a little bit smaller so I can see more on the screen at once.

Again you can fine-tune this as much as you like for every single app you use and you may find that some require bigger text and some require smaller text.

Whilst this certainly isn’t the biggest feature in iOS 15 it sure is nice to have and I can certainly see myself making good use of this over the coming year.

Let me know in the comments down below what you think of this feature and what else you’re excited for in iOS 15 and don’t forget you can like this video and subscribe to my channel where there are loads more iOS #QuickTips waiting for you there.

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How to Change App Icons with Focus

 

I’ve had a ton of comments on my previous Focus videos asking how we use Custom Icons with different Focus Modes.

Well you’re in luck!

Here’s a #QuickTips video to show you how to do just that!

Now as you can see straight away I’ve got a Home Screen built here using some Custom Icons based around a sort of chalkboard theme.

We’ll come back to that in just a moment, but first you may be thinking: “Well, where do I get these custom icons from?”

And it’s actually really simple.

You can find hundreds (if not thousands) of different packs of Custom Icons on the Internet.

If I jump onto Safari now, this is a pack that I’ve found that I want to use for my Gym Focus called ‘CMYKcons’.

There are loads of different options out there and any custom icons are basically images.

And those images will all work with the process I’ll show you now.

So when you’ve downloaded your Custom Icons you want to get them either into Photos in an Album or into the Files App in a Folder.

I’ve gone for Files because there’s lots of different icons here to choose from – and you can see I’ve got my Gym Mode folder set up with all those new CMYKcons in.

And if I go back I’ve got a folder for Work Icons as well with my Chalkboard Icons in.

I’ll try and put a link in the description below if you want to grab these chalk icons yourself as well.

So now you’ve got your icons ready to go it’s time to start looking at how we can replace our existing App Icons with these custom pictures.

Again if you’ve done this before you can jump ahead in the video a little bit, but for a lot of people this is a really helpful tip.

On the Home Screen that I’m currently building here I’ve chosen the Wallpaper so I can make sure my icons fit nicely with that image.

But at the bottom you’ll see I’ve got Safari and I’ve got Shortcuts and these are still the traditional Icons – so I’m going to try and change these now into my new chalkboard style.

So I’ll jump into the Shortcuts App.

When you’ve opened up Shortcuts you may see on my iPhone I’ve got quite a few set up ready to go already for the current App Icons that I’ve changed.

I’ve also made some for the Gym Mode using the Icons I showed you earlier (and we’ll have a look at that later in the video).

When you’re ready, press the Plus button in the top corner to create a brand new Shortcut.

Let’s give our new Shortcut a name so we don’t get confused later on.

I’ll just call this one ‘Safari – Work’.
Bear in mind if you’re going to have different icons for different Focus Modes you might want to include the name of the Focus Mode in the name of the Shortcut as well.

Then we’re going to Add An Action – and we’re going to search for the action called Open App.

When you search for that, tap on there to add it to your Shortcut, and then you can tap on the word App to choose the App that you want to open.

For me I’ll search for Safari and we’ll choose the Safari App to open when the Shortcut is run.

And that’s the only action you need to add to your Shortcut.

Next up you’re going to press the Options Button in the top right corner of your screen.

From here all we’re going to do is tap ‘Add To Home Screen’ and what that will do is it’ll bring up a new page of options where you can choose the Icon and the name for your Shortcut.

We’ll tap onto the Icon field there and then I’m going to go straight into Files and I’m going to choose my chalkboard style Safari Icon.

Then when that’s done we can rename the Shortcut as well at the top of your screen you’ll see a preview.

Right now it says ‘Safari – Work’, so let’s get rid of that work part at the end and it will just say Safari.

Now as soon as you press Done in the top corner you’ll go straight back to your Home Screen and your new App Icon will be there waiting.

Tap-and-hold to go into Jiggle Mode and then you can position it wherever you want and remove the old icon.

Don’t forget that with the App Library the App Icon hasn’t been deleted – it’s just gone to the App Library instead.

Then when we tap on our new Safari App it’ll go straight into the browser and…

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Okay enough of that.

Let’s go back to our Home Screen and then go back into the Shortcuts App.

Now weirdly we’re still in the middle of where we were earlier with those different Shortcut options, but we can press Done in the top corner and that will take us back to the Shortcuts Home Screen.

Now we’re going to create one more Shortcut, so again we’ll press that Plus button and then we’re going to type in a name for our Shortcut.

This time I’m going to replace my podcast player Overcast with the nice chalkboard icon, so I’ll call this one Overcast – Work.

Then we’re going to add our first and only action, which is called Open App.

From here tap on the App, choose Overcast from the search results, and then we’re going to press the Options button in the top right corner again.

When I’ve pressed add to Home Screen again I can rename the name of my Shortcut and just call it Overcast.

And then we’re going to tap on the Icon and choose the image from my Files Library.

Then when I press Done in the corner it will add that icon of the Home Screen, and just like before I can rearrange it by tapping and holding.

What I want to do now is get rid of the Shortcuts Icon completely, so I’ll tap-and-hold on there and then press Remove App.

Now I’ve got a Home Screen set up with all my Chalkboard Icons and it looks absolutely great in my opinion.

All I really want to do now is have that working with Focus Modes, so let’s have a look at how that works.

As well as having my chalkboard Home Screen, if I swipe sideways one page I’ve also got my slightly more neon themed Activity Page which is going to be part of my Gym Focus.

You’ll see here I’ve also changed those icons into some custom images and then if I scroll right back to my first Home Screen these are the pages that will come up for my Personal Focus – in fact I’ve got two for that Focus.

Now what I need to do is jump into the Settings App and from here we’ll go straight on to Focus.

I’ll do my Work Focus initially, so I’ll tap onto Work and then we’re going to choose Home Screen.

Here we’re going to turn on Custom Pages and this will bring up a new screen where I can tap to select or deselect the Home Screens I want to appear or not appear for this Focus.

I’m going to tap onto my chalkboard Home Screen and then when I press Done that is the only Home Screen that will show up on that Focus.

You’ll notice that I’ve also got that lovely chalkboard Wallpaper.

Now at the moment that’s the Wallpaper my device is running for everything, but if you follow my Using Wallpapers with Focus tutorial (I’ll link at the end of the video and in the description) you can have a different Wallpaper for each Focus that works hand in hand with the different Home Screens.

So check out that tutorial after this one and you’ll get your own Wallpapers for each Focus mode as well.

Okay, let’s come back out of the Work Focus and this time we’ll go into the Gym Focus mode.

So just like before I’m going to go into Home Screens and I’m going to turn on Custom Pages.

Then I’m going to find my neon activity themed Home Screen and we’re going to select that as the Home Screen that shows up on the Gym Focus.

Then we’ll come out of there and we’ll do the same on the Personal Focus.

This time I’ve got the two Home Screens to select, so I’ll tap on both of those and then press Done to save.

Now that’s all configured let’s come out of Settings completely and start changing our Focus Mode.

I’ll do this through Control Centre, but obviously you could do it by location or time or however else your Focus Mode changes automatically – this will work in the same way.

I’ll pull down to Control Centre and I’m going to switch on my Work Focus first of all.

And as soon as I tap that and then come out of Control Centre you should see that all my icons are now there in my Work Mode with my chalkboard – and that’s only one page of apps.

The other pages are no longer visible.

Now I’ll pull down the Control Centre again and this time I’m going to choose my Gym Focus and you’ll see, even through Control Centre, that the Wallpaper and the Icons have changed just like that.

If I come out of Control Centre you’ll now see those lovely neon artwork icons and a really cool Activity Ring style background as well.

The great thing is not only have the apps changed and the icons, but also the Widgets have changed as well because the Widgets were different on each Home Screen.

There are so many ways you can customise Focus using this method – it really is very, very powerful!

Finally let’s go on to the Personal Focus.

So again into Control Centre and now I’ve got my first two pages of apps with a nice blue background.

And just to be really clear the Wallpaper is changing because of a different Shortcut that I set up previously – you can find information on that and loads and loads of other iPhone and iPad #QuickTips on my YouTube channel which is linked down below.

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How to Automatically Change your Wallpaper with Focus Modes

 
Here’s another #QuickTip to help you make the most out of Focus on iOS 15.

This is a quick guide to how you can set your Wallpaper to change automatically when your Focus mode goes on or off.

Right so there are two parts this tutorial – the first half is going to be in the Photos App where we’re going to choose the pictures we want to use as our Wallpaper then we’re going to jump into Shortcuts and create some automations to make those Wallpapers change when our Focus mode changes.

Don’t be scared by Shortcuts, it’s really simple and I’ll guide you through it step-by-step.

So first of all let’s go into the Photos App and here you’ll see I’ve got a few different images that I want to use as my Wallpapers.

You can probably see that I’ve got the iPhone 13 Wallpapers here, but you can use any images you want – Photos from your camera roll or Wallpapers you found online.

When you’ve chosen the first Wallpaper you want to use for a particular Focus mode you need to press the Share button and then press Add To Album create a new album.

Here you give it a name that you can find easily later, so for me with my Gym Wallpaper I’m calling the album Gym Focus.

When you’ve done this go onto the next Wallpaper you want to use and again you’re going to press Share, Add To Album and create New Album.

You may have Work Focus, or Personal Focus, or Driving Focus – whatever album name you want to use, create all the albums you need now so when we get into Shortcuts they’re ready to use.

I’m going to have three for now: Work, Personal and Gym.

And now let’s have a look at making those Wallpapers change automatically.

All right I’m going to open up the Shortcuts App on my iPhone and then we’ll go to the bottom to where it says Automation on that tab bar.

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Right. enough of that!

Let’s press the Plus button in the top corner to create a new Automation.

At this point we want to make a Personal Automation which means that that Automation will be triggered by something happening on your device.

In fact those triggers come up on the next screen, and if we scroll right down to the bottom you should see all of your different Focus modes are listed there as different triggers.

I’ll go onto the Gym one first.

When I’ve chosen that Gym Focus mode in Shortcuts I then have the option of enabling my Automation to run when the Focus mode is turned on or when the Focus mode is turned off.

With this you can add loads of customisation but to make it simple I’m going to go for when Gym is turned on.

Then on the next screen we can add the Actions we want to apply when Gym mode is enabled.

With Shortcuts you can add thousands of different actions here and your phone can do some really clever things as soon as you enable that Focus mode.

Let’s keep it simple for today and we’re going to find the photo that we saved in that album earlier.

So the first action you want is called Find Photos.

Type that in and then tap on it to add to your Shortcut.

From here you have a few different options, so we want to tap on to Add Filter and then rather than choosing all of our Photos in the Recents category we’re going to tap on there and we’re going to choose the album that we created earlier.

I’ve got lots of albums so I can search at the top for Gym Focus and then when I’ve selected that album Shortcuts will look for pictures in that album for me to use.

There’s only one there so it’s obvious what the Wallpaper choice will be.

Next up is our second and final action for this particular Shortcut.

Tap on the Add Action button and this time you’re looking for Set Wallpaper.

Now Set Wallpaper will automatically take the picture that you found in the action above and then we have a few options on how we’re going to display it as our Wallpaper.

For example I’m going to turn the Preview off so it won’t come up on the screen and I’m going to turn Perspective Zoom on to give it that slight depth effect.

I would definitely suggest you turn Show Preview off as well but Perspective Zoom is really up to your taste.

When you’ve added that Action press Next in the top corner.

On this screen you get a summary of your Shortcut and you’ll notice at the bottom there’s a new switch that says Ask Before Running.

Now if you have this on you’ll get a little banner notification each time you change Focus mode asking if you want to run this Shortcut.

I don’t want that – I want it to happen in the background seamlessly so I’ll turn that off and then I’ll confirm that choice.

Then when I press Done my Shortcut is saved and active.

We can check this immediately by returning to the Home Screen and then pulling down from the top right corner to Control Centre and turning on my Gym Focus.

And you’ll see even on the Control Centre that that Wallpaper has now changed to that yellow-y orange image.

But we haven’t set up Personal and Work yet!

So I’ll jump back into Shortcuts, go back onto the Automation tab, remind you once more to Subscribe, and then we’re going to create a New Action in the top corner.

Once again I’m going to create a Personal Automation that runs on the device, and as I scroll down my list of triggers and get the Focus modes I can choose Personal Focus.

From here again I can choose to have the trigger enabled when Focus is turned on or off and just like before I’ll make sure my Personal Focus is turned on.

This Shortcut will run our first action just like before – the one called Find Photos.

You’re going to tap onto Add Filter and you’re going to find the album for whatever Focus group you want next.

For me this is the Personal Focus, and that’s going to be the teal-blue Wallpaper.

Then when I’ve selected that picture I’m going to go to add a New Action and I’m going to choose Set Wallpaper.

Just like before I’ll turn off Show Preview and as per my taste I’ll turn on Perspective Zoom.

Then tap Next in the top corner and once more you want to turn off Ask Before Running.

When you press Done that automation will be saved and you’ll see it on the Automation screen.

And then guess what – we’re doing it a third time!

I won’t show you the process again (you can easily go back and re-watch the video if you need to) but what I will show you now is if I go up to the Home Screen by swiping up from the bottom and then pulling down Control Centre, every time I change my Focus Mode between Work, Personal and Gym the Wallpaper on my iPhone changes seamlessly, automatically in the background.

No notifications, no pop-ups, no confirmation – it just works!

And whilst I’m changing my Focus mode using Control Centre this will of course work just as well if you’re using a location based trigger or a time based trigger or however else you switch between your Focus modes.

Your Wallpaper will change when you’re in that mode no questions asked.

Okay, and that’s it for today’s #QuickTip!

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How to use iCloud Private Relay

 

If you pay for iCloud storage on your iOS device there’s a brand new feature called iCloud Private Relay.

Here’s how it works.

Private Relay is designed to keep your web browsing private and safe, and the way it does this is quite clever.

At the moment when you go to a website, the website owner can track your IP Address which, in turn, can kind of connect you and the websites you visit together.

Private Relay breaks that connection by sharing the IP Address as far as Apple which then gets changed into a different IP Address to go to the website.

Essentially this means that the website has no idea who’s browsing it and Apple has no idea what websites you’re browsing.

So there’s a little disconnect between your device and the website you’re going to, which makes your browsing safer.

At the moment if I go onto a website that tracks my IP Address I can find out whereabouts in the world I am.

I’m very close to Truro in Cornwall (a few miles down the road in fact), but if I go into Settings and then tap on my iCloud Account I can go onto iCloud Private Relay.

If I turn on the Private Relay (which is currently in beta but won’t be forever) and then go back to that same website and reload, you’ll now notice that it’s got a different location for me.

In fact it now thinks I’m in Croydon which is over 200 miles away!

I can even go back to settings and make this location even more vague so I can go to a country-wide level.

So that means any website that I go to will only know that I’ve come from the United Kingdom rather than coming from Truro in Cornwall.

This sort of feature is particularly good when you want to keep your browsing safe or when you’re perhaps using a Wi-Fi network that you don’t necessarily trust that much – maybe in a hotel Wi-Fi situation or maybe you’ve gone to a restaurant and you’re connected to their network.

It’s a nice little feature to have but it’s only available if you’ve got an iCloud subscription – even if you’re paying 99p a month it will get you covered for this.

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How to use the App Shelf on iPadOS 15

 

The Shelf is a new part of the multitasking experience on iPadOS 15 and it lets you quickly jump between different windows of an App you’ve got open.

Here’s how it works.

Okay you can see here that I’m in Keynote and I’ve got one of my #QuickLessons files open.

However I’ve actually got a few different files open in Keynote, and if I swipe up from the bottom to bring the old multitasking view up you’ll see that I’ve got Keynote open four or five times.

Now I can just jump between them here if I wanted to, but there’s a new slightly quicker way on iPadOS 15.

I’ll jump back into my original Keynote document a second and what I’m going to do is I’m going to press the new three dot button on the top toolbar.

That will then give me the option to resize the Keynote window, but also at the very bottom of my screen I now get what’s called the Shelf.

Now this will only appear if you’ve got multiple versions of the same App open at once, but for me with Keynote I’ve got five or six versions open and at the bottom you can see them all there.

I can tap and it will instantly jump between them without having to go in and out of the multitasking view each time.

When I’ve chosen the document I want to work on I can tap on it and then I can start working immediately.

There’s another way to bring the Shelf up as well, and that is by swiping up the toolbar at the bottom to bring the Dock, and then tapping on the App Icon you’re using.

For me if I tap on Keynote this will bring up the Shelf again and it will show me those windows just as before – but as well as jumping between them we can drag and drop those windows to create Split Screen views as easily as this.

I can even drag a new window on top of on the other half of the screen to change what’s in that Split View at the bottom.

On the Shelf there’s a New Window option on the right hand side and if I tap on there I can open up another Keynote document and again it will add it to the Shelf automatically.

And I can jump between it just like before.

But you may also notice on the Shelf that we’ve now got that new Split Screen view that I just created.

Tap onto here and that will take you right back to where you left it.

Finally if I decide I didn’t want that Split Screen view anymore all I need to do is drag that middle divider to one side and that will then split apart those two Keynote windows – and just like that they’re now back in the Shelf as separate apps.

This is a really quick way to navigate between different documents in the same App and as iOS 15 rolls out hopefully more and more apps will support this.

For now it’s limited mainly to theApple built-in apps.

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How to use Live Text to Search Photos Contents

 

For a few years now the Photos App has been able to work out key objects and locations from your pictures.

But now it can search text as well.

You can browse Photos by searching for keywords.

Here’s how it works.

First of all I’m going to bring up Spotlight search by just pulling down on my Home Screen icons slightly.

From here I can type in anything I like and it will search my entire phone – now including the content of Photos as well.

I’m just going to search for ‘chocolate’ because I’m feeling a bit hungry at the moment.

And then as well as a few different films and things that come up, if you scroll down, you should see Photos.

Now at the moment these are photographs of chocolate because the machine learning in my phone has worked out which pictures contain that particular item – but if I tap Show More it will then give me two distinct sections.

Text Found in Photos and just Photos.

Amazingly in the time it’s taken to do that search, iOS has scanned my entire photo library and has found all these pictures with the word chocolate in there somewhere.

Let’s have a look!

As you can see it’s found a bottle of gin which, for some reason, is chocolate Churro flavour.

Not sure I fancy that.

It’s found some 7-inch vinyl singles including the song Chocolate by The 1975.

And it’s even amazingly found the words Hot Chocolate on a menu in the background of a photo of a very nice breakfast I had a while ago.

And the great thing is that this recognises handwritten text as well – as you can see in these labels for a science experiment I did for school.

In fact we can even browse more Photos that have been found by pressing Show More and then you can tap on the icon in the bottom corner to jump to that photo in the Photos app.

It’s really simple but it’s a really, really handy feature.

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How to Safely Erase your iPhone

 

There comes a time in an iPhone’s life where it’s time to remove all of your data.

Whether that’s because you want to sell it, or pass it on to someone else, or maybe it’s going into the shop to be repaired – whatever the reason you don’t want your personal data on your iPhone when it leaves your hands.

Here’s how to completely and safely wipe all of your data from your iPhone.

It’s not a hugely complicated process but sometimes it’s reassuring to have someone walk you through it so you know you’re doing the right thing.

Jump onto the Settings App and then you’re going to scroll down to General.

On General go to the very bottom of that list where you have an option there that says Transfer or Reset iPhone.

Now on this screen if you’re preparing to get a new iPhone you can do an iCloud Backup of your current device (even if you aren’t paying for iCloud storage!).

This temporary backup will then let you restore all of your data on your new device really quickly and really easily.

Tap on Get Started at the top if you want to do that first.

But I’m going to wipe my iPhone completely to get rid of all of my data, all of my passwords, all of my Settings – everything!

And to do that I’m going to press the button at the bottom of my screen which says ‘Erase All Content and Settings’.

On this screen you’ll get an overview of everything that will be taken off of your device, just to give you that peace of mind.

So for me I’ve got over 150GB of Documents and Data that’ll be wiped.

I’ve got my Apple ID that will be removed safely.

I’ve got my Find My Activation Lock which will be disabled so the phone can go to someone else safely.

And it’s going to get rid of all of my cards and ID in the Wallet App as well.

If you want to get any more information about any of these different categories you can press the down arrow to get some more detail, but when you’re ready press that blue button at the bottom to go onto the next screen.

From here it’s going to want to confirm that you want to re-erase your iPhone and that will involve putting in your phone Passcode.

If your iPhone is in the middle of an iCloud backup at this stage it will warn you so you can wait for that to finish first, just to ensure all your data is backed up.

Then if you’ve got activation lock installed you’re going to put in your Apple ID password to remove that as well.

And then it will start erasing your iPhone.

After this your screen will go black and there’ll be little progress bar with the Apple logo showing you what’s going on.

When that progress bar has filled and the device has restarted you’ll come back to the hello screen at the beginning and at this point your iPhone has been completely wiped.

It’s as if you’ve taken out the box for the first time.

None of your data will be on that device anymore.

You can safely give that to a friend or family member, you can sell it if you want to – whatever’s happening next that iPhone is ready to go.

I hope you found this #QuickTip helpful and maybe reassuring as well.

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How to use the App Library on iPadOS 15

 

A year after its launch on iPhone, the App Library is now on iPadOS.

Here’s a quick guide to how it works.

As you can see, this is what the App Library looks like on the iPad.

If I tap on an empty space to go back to my Home Screen you’ll also see a new button on the right hand side of the Dock.

Tapping on here brings up the App Library at any time.

However, just like on the iPhone, you can also swipe your Home Screens all the way to the right hand side and the very far right page will bring up that App Library for you as well.

For those unfamiliar with how App Library works, all of the Apps on the iPad are grouped automatically into categories such as Entertainment or Education or Productivity.

Some of the App Icons are full size and if you tap on them that will open the App straight away for you.

But other App Icons down in the bottom right hand corner of each folder are slightly smaller.

For example if I look at the Education category and then tap the four small Apps in the bottom corner I’ll get all of the Apps in the Education section.

Then I can tap onto one like Swift Playgrounds and it’ll open it normally for me.

The great thing about this is that it means you can free up a lot of space on your Home Screen and you haven’t got to have every single icon visible all the time.

Tap and hold on any App to enter Jiggle Mode and then at the bottom where you’ve got the little dots indicating the number of pages – tap onto there.

You now get this brand new screen where you can view and adjust your pages of your Home Screen really, really quickly.

At the moment you can see clearly I’ve got four pages of Apps on my Home Screen but if I untick the bottom two pages and then come out of Jiggle Mode, I’ve now only got two pages of Apps visible.

I’ve basically hidden those other two pages.

They’re still there and if I go back into Jiggle Mode I could re-enable them if I wanted to, or I could press Delete in the top left corner.

Don’t panic! We’re not actually going to delete all of those Apps from the iPad – instead we’re going to remove that page and then all of those Apps will still be accessible in the App Library.

When I come out of Jiggle Mode I’ve still got the two pages I’ve chosen to keep, but if I go into my App Library I can pull up any of those Apps really quickly and really easily.

My last piece of advice about using the App Library to tidy up your Home Screen is that you can do this on individual Apps.

You haven’t got to get rid of a whole page in one go, so choose an App you want to get rid of and tap and hold it and then press the Delete button in the top.

Now you’ve got a new option.

You can Delete the App (which will uninstall it and remove it completely) or you can remove it from your Home Screen.

This will delete the icon but keep it in the App Library.

And that’s it, you can now organise your Apps like you’ve never been able to before on the iPad and in my opinion it makes it so much more efficient to use.

You’re not scrolling through eight pages of Apps to find the one you want – you can jump straight into App Library and navigate to just a few taps.

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