January 15, 2016
by Leanne Riseley
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:
- Create a new folder or open an existing folder
- Move the apps you want to hide into that folder
- Tap and hold on any icon until they all begin to jiggle, allowing you to rearrange them
- Grab any app in the folder and drag it to the right beyond the last tab in the folder
- 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, http://bgr.com/2016/01/04/how-to-hide-apps-on-iphone-default-apps/
videosdebarraquito, “How To Hide Any App On iPhone – iPad Up To iOS 9.2:”, YouTube, https://youtu.be/TpeP42GH0OY
March 2, 2015
by Rachael Inake
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.
- 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.
Note: This might vary slightly depending on what version of Android you are running on your device.
- Go into Settings > Language and input.
- Click on the settings gear icon next to your default keyboard listed.
- Under “Smart typing” you can swipe to toggle predictive text off. To enable, you can swipe it back on.
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.