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January 15, 2016
by Leanne Riseley
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iPhone Secret – Allows you to delete default apps

If you have an iPhone/iPad and if like me, you have default apps such as “Tips”, “Game Center”, and “News” that you never use, until now, we have been unable to delete them off of our devices.  So the next best thing was to move them all into a folder and move it to your last home screen to get them out of the way.

Now you can use this little trick shown by videosdebarraquito in the below video to hide the apps.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create a new folder or open an existing folder
  2. Move the apps you want to hide into that folder
  3. Tap and hold on any icon until they all begin to jiggle, allowing you to rearrange them
  4. Grab any app in the folder and drag it to the right beyond the last tab in the folder
  5. While still holding the app icon, press the home button

Step 5 will cause the app icon to vanish completely.
iPhone photo by Pexels is licensed under Creative Commons Zero (CC0)

The downside is this trick only hides your apps temporarily — the next time you reboot your device, all of the hidden apps will reappear in the folder.

The good news is that with the next version if iOS (9.3), you will have the ability to hide those apps permanently. It is a more advanced process, but if you are interested in the secret, keep a look out for a future Tech It Out Tips post.


Zech Estein, “The iPhone trick you’ve been waiting for: How to hide Apple’s default apps”, BGR,

videosdebarraquito, “How To Hide Any App On iPhone – iPad Up To iOS 9.2:”, YouTube,

January 13, 2016
by Rachael Inake

Automatically Connect Your Device to the LEE WiFi


Have you ever wanted to connect your laptop, phone, or tablet to the LEE WiFi network automatically without having to sign in every time? You can use UH ITS Wireless Passthrough service at: It’s easy and super convenient! All you’ll need is your device’s MAC address. Find your MAC address here.

March 2, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Taking a screenshot on mobile devices


If you ever need to take a screenshot on your iOS or Android mobile device (i.e. smartphone or tablet), you can do so easily by pressing and holding the power and Home buttons. For iOS devices like the iPhone, once you press and release the two buttons you should hear the camera shutter and see the screen flash. For Android devices, press and hold the power and Home buttons together until you see the screen flash to take the picture and then release. (If your Android device doesn’t have a Home button, try pressing the Volume Down button and the power button at the same time.) Screenshots get saved to your photo gallery where your other photos are stored. For other devices, including how to take screenshots on Windows and Mac computers, read this article by

March 2, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Turning off predictive text

On your smartphone you’ll notice a really helpful feature called “predictive text” when you are typing or texting. Although this comes in handy, sometimes it can be annoying if it’s not predicting the words you were actually going to type. You can turn this feature off.

iOS8 (iPhone)

  • Temporarily, to make the QuickType suggestions go away as you are typing, swipe the grey bar down. To restore it, drag the grey bar up.
  • If you want to turn it off completely, press and hold the smiley face icon (icon to the left of the microphone icon) and toggle “Predictive” off. Alternatively, you can do this in your Settings > General > Keyboard and toggle predictive text off. You can toggle it back on if you want to enable predictive text later.

iPhone predictive text


Note: This might vary slightly depending on what version of Android you are running on your device.

  1. Go into Settings > Language and input.
  2. Click on the settings gear icon next to your default keyboard listed.
  3. Under “Smart typing” you can swipe to toggle predictive text off. To enable, you can swipe it back on.

Bonus Tips

For faster typing or texting on your smartphone or tablet, save time from having to press the period button and a space to then start your next sentence by simply pressing the space bar twice. This will automatically insert a period and a space for you. Or if you want to forgo typing altogether, try the microphone icon on the keyboard to speak and have it type your words for you. Say “period” to insert a period.

January 20, 2014
by Rachael Inake

Google Chrome on iPad

Consider installing the Google Chrome browser and use it instead of Safari. Google’s Chrome browser is a free app available for iOS and will allow you to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, and history from your desktop and other devices you use Google Chrome with so you can move from device to device and have the same browsing experience. Read these “10 Reasons You Should Switch to Chrome for iPad.”

Ready to try Google Chrome? Click to follow these instructions to install Chrome for iOS.

January 17, 2014
by Leanne Riseley

Get money back for your used electronics

ipadIf you received a new phone or tablet for Christmas, consider selling your used technology and getting cash back! You may sell it yourself using Amazon or eBay or use a service like Gazelle or NextWorth. Using services like Gazelle or NextWorth are simple and take the hassle out of packing and shipping it yourself.

First, go to the company website and select the device you wish to sell. After answering a few questions on the online form, you will receive a free quote on how much your device is worth. (The quote is usually good for 30 days.)

Second, the company will send you a box to place your device in. Follow the directions to ship your device for free.

Finally, the company assesses your device and they send you your money – in the form of a check, PayPal, or Amazon/Target gift card.

Commonly sold items include: iPhones, Samsung phones, other Smartphones, iPods, iPads, laptops, Kindles, and tablets.

Image by Colin Breck on the iPad Guide {link to}

Addition: The above is in reference to personally owned devices.

January 8, 2014
by Leanne Riseley
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A New iPad?

santaDid Santa give you a new iPad/tablet for Christmas? If so, use these instructions to setup your iPad to check your hawaii Gmail and use the Leeward wireless network.

  1. Setup automatic wireless access for your iPad – this allows you to use the Leeward wireless network while on campus without having to login each time.
  2. Setup your email on your tablet – this allows you to easily check your email using the mail app.  (For Android devices use these instructions.)
  3. Setup iCloud and Find My iPhone (For Android devices activate Device Manager.)

Image by Davy on LeawoSoft blog {link to}

November 19, 2013
by Leanne Riseley

Timesaver: Mobile Device

Do you wish you could type faster on your Smartphone, but your fingers are just too big for the keyboard? If so, you aren’t alone. Here is a quick tip to save you time – at the end of a sentence press the SPACE bar twice. A period is automatically added, inserts a space and capitalizes the next letter. This works on iPhone, Android, Windows phone in most text-based applications such as notepad, mail, Evernote, and many more. Try it out today!

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