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AssistiveTouch -- #TechTipTuesday

A Digital Home Button

Did you know that using your iDevice's AssistiveTouch feature you can create a digital and interactive home button your iPhone Screen? 

It's great should you ever lose the ability to use your home button due to dropping your phone or water damage. 

Here's How to Activate AssitiveTouch:

iPhone Calculator Backspace -- #TechTipTuesday

Don't Restart That Calculator Equation

There's no need to start from scratch if you've made an error while entering an equation in your iDevice's Calculator. Unlike a traditional calculator all you have to do is swipe on the actual output field to delete the last figure entered. 

Ease the frustration in your life, and save time with this simple iDevice Trick! 

Watch This eGuide Tech Allies Insider to Learn How

Customize your iPhone Dictionary -- #TechTipTuesday

You can text even faster! 

Living in the setting of your iPhone is a little known tool that can prompt a full sentence at the click of a few letters. 

Turn OMW into "On my Way" or TTYL into "Talk to you later" at a click of a button. What ever commonly used phrase you need can be programed in seconds. 

This works well for app names as well! 

Excited to tell your friends about the latest app, but it seems to be missing a vowel, so your phone always corrects it to something different? The customizable dictionary is a perfect solution for this as well. 

Learn how on this week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider

Hidden iPhone Level -- #TechTipTuesday

Don't ever be without a level again! 

Picture this -- you want to hang a shelf in your bathroom. There's a perfect spot over the toilet, and you've been meaning to put a shelf there since you've moved in. You hop on Amazon and buy what you think will work really well for the space and then set out to hang it. 

Half way through you realize that you could really use a level. Yes, the shelf came with one of those templates to tape to the wall so that you know where to put the anchors, but how you don't know if you've taped it to the wall level, and when you look at it form the bathroom door it looks really crooked. 

Whip out your iPhone!

Not to fear -- located in your iPhone is a level that can help you out in a pinch. Hidden in the compass app, the level works both flat against a surface or on an edge. Perfect to help you hang! 

Learn how to access the level here: 

Control Your Calendar -- #TechTipTuesday

Are you getting duplicate calendar notifications?

It's not un-common, especially if you are using gmail calendars, to have duplicate notifications for upcoming meetings. An easy update can fix this issue. 

By opening your calendars and un-checking the duplicate calendars you will only display one version of the same event, and in-turn only get one notification. 

Watch This Week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider

Learn how with this helpful video: 

Help! My iPhone is Frozen - #TechTipTuesday

Sometimes Restarting is the Only Option

Has your phone ever frozen? This typically happens when there's a glitch in an app that causes the screen to freeze. Depending on the severity of the error the display may not respond to touch, to pressing the home key, or in the most extreme cases, even responding to the power button. 

If and when this happens to you a force restart is the best option. 

Learn How To Do A Force Restart Here: 

Do Not Disturb - #TechTipTuesday

Make Dinner Time about Dinner

On every iPhone there is a little moon icon that will prevent calls and notifications from interrupting your time.  It's called the "Do Not Disturb" (DND) feature. This little button can allow you to be focused in meetings, actually eat dinner with your family at the dinner table, and let you sleep more sound. 

You can customize the settings as well

DND does not have to be just "on" or "off". Accessing the function in settings allows you to further customize the rules, and even automatically turn on at a specified window of time. 

Watch this week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider to Learn How: 

Stop Blowing Up Your Phone - #TechTipTuesday

A iDevice Notification for EVERYTHING. 

Every new game, on-demand service, social media, or utility app wants to send you push notifications. It wants to flood you with reminders that you have not paid enough attention to your device yet today, and that those are phantom vibrations you are feeling, they are just your apps poking you to pay attention to them. 

Enough is enough

From your iDevice's settings you can control the madness. Accessing the notifications section of settings allow you to turn on and off notifications for any app on your phone. For native apps like Messages, you have some other great options that edit the way you are notified. 

So from what could be a buzz or a ping every three minutes, can be reduced to just a buzz when you receive a text message, or just banner when your Uber is arriving. 

Learn how to adjust your notification settings on this week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider

"Hey Siri" You're So Fine... #TechTipTuesday

"Hey Siri" *Clap Clap, Clap* "Hey Siri"

This past holiday season Amazon & Google swept the market with their personal home assistants, Amazon Echo, and Google Home. At first glance, it seemed like Apple had missed out on their opportunity to edge out the competition in this realm. That was until the smart device that everyone already owned was already capable of many of the same functions as the competition. 

Voice Command is as Simple as One, Two, Siri. 

Through adjusting the Siri setting on your iDevice you can voice activate Siri even if your phone is locked. This become super useful if your hands are full with a baby, or groceries, or heaven forbid you've fallen or you are in an emergency situation. 

Using the command "Hey Siri" will activate Siri and allow you to do anything that you would normal do through manually activating this function. From timers, to calls, to directions, and checking the weather -- all can be done with without touching your device. 

Learn how to enable the command on this week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider: 

 

iPhone 3D Touch - #TechTipTuesday

Using iPhone's 3D Touch

Quickly navigate to taking a selfie. See what's up next on your calendar. Check the weather without opening the weather app. Set a timer. 

All of these can be done quickly through using 3D Touch. 

With the iPhone 6s came 3D touch technology. Basically an additional navigation control based on the amount of pressure you using to touch the screen. Also available on the iWatch, the 3D touch technology gives yet another way to more efficiently navigate through apps on your iDevice. 

Learn How to Activate 3D Touch on your iDevice

Check out this week's eGuide Tech Allies Insider to learn how to use 3D touch: