Organizing the Apps on your iPhone The Easy Way

Organizing the apps on your iPhone can be a chore.  Granted, you can click on an app and move it when the x appears at the top left of the icon.  Just  grab that icon and drag and drop it to a new location. The truth is that it can take two or three tries to move an app from one screen to another.

There is an easier way.

Just plug your phone into your computer and open iTunes. On the tool bar for iTunes click on the device icon and select the device you want. Then click on the Apps heading in the sidebar.

Under the Apps heading on the iPhone screen you can remove apps, change their positions on the screens, and even drag entire home screens into a different order. Double click on a screen and it will become large. Click once on an app you want to move and it will be outlined in blue. Grab it at that point and move it. Interestingly, once you grab an app the screen becomes small again so you can see all your screens and move the app. To rearrange screens just select them and drag and drop.


If you have lots of apps, consider organizing them into folders. This is an easy process. Move one app on top of another and a new folder will appear containing those two apps. Add more apps to that folder or create additional ones. You can name the folders and you can put he most important ones on your home screen so that the apps are readily available.

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What To Do If You Forget Your Apple ID or Apple ID Password

Tip is for OS 10.11 – El Capitan

You need your Apple ID more and more these days. That means you also need your Apple ID password. But people have been known to forget those passwords.  (Hint:  Keep them stored in Keychain) And for that matter, people sometimes forget their Apple ID. You can fix both these problems.


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If you have forgotten your password, enter your Apple ID in the box (red arrow). If you have forgotten your Apple ID, click on the link that says Forgot Apple ID? (green arrow).

For forgotten passwords, once you enter your ID and click, the next window gives you two options.  The first is get an email with instructions sent to your email address that ends in

The second is to answer security questions.  Choose your option and click continue. Follow the directions for either option.

For forgotten Apple ID, the next window will ask for your name and email address.  Be sure to use the email address associated with your Apple ID account. Continue to follow the directions.


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iOS 9 – Use Your Own Photos As Screen Savers On Your iPhone

This is so easy to do and gives you more personalization of your phone. You select a photo to use as your screen saver. Choose your photo and click on your chosen image. Click on the share button at the bottom of the screen.20151030h

That takes you to the action page that you use to send your pictures by email, messages, etc.  The last option is Use As Wallpaper. Choose it and it is done.


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Deleting Photos On Your iPhone

It took a while for me to figure out how to delete photos on my new iPhone 6s. It is actually easier than it used to be once you know how to do it.

With the Photos app open, choose Albums > Camera Roll. Press down on an image. The image gets bigger. Don’t let go of the image and swipe up. Options appear at the bottom of your screen, allowing you to copy, mark as a favorite, share, or delete. If you choose delete it asks you again before acting. I found that it sometimes took more than one try to get it to work, but perhaps practice will improve that.

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Adjust 3D Touch – Make it Work for You

3D Touch is a new,  highly sensitive reaction to how much pressure you apply to apps on your iPhone. It reacts immediately, while also allowing different “levels” of actions based on how firmly you press. If you have problems with the sensitivity of 3D Touch, you can change it. Go into Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch. Move the guide from light to firm to get your personal setting. There is a sample image there so you can test the setting to meet your personal needs.





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Cool New Features From Siri in iOS 9

Siri just gets better and better. Now, with iOS 9 You can say “Hey Siri” even if your phone is not plugged in. It will only respond to your voice and you need to put the option in place.  Before you can use the “Hey Seri” option you have to set it up so it recognizes your voice.  Go to Settings> General > Siri. If it is not active change the button to green and select Activate. (If it is already green, just turn it off and back on. The setup option will appear.) You will be asked to speak several specific phrases into your phone and when it is set up properly it will tell you it is done. Then you can do things like ask Siri “Hey Siri, Where is my Phone”, or What is the “weather forecast”. If you have a web page open on your phone you can tell Siri “Remind me of this when I get home.  You can also open many accessibility features just by asking Siri to (Turn on (feature).

Siri can do basic sums and a few other math options. She can convert measurements (miles to kilometers) or monetary values (American dollars to English pounds.) You must preface your request with “Convert….)

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iOS 9 Live Photos is Cool and Easy to Use

First an explanation to those who follow this blog. (Thanks so much).  I just started a full time job after being retired over 15 years so I haven’t been active in the blog. Getting used to it now so more blogs will follow.

This tip is about Live Photos which is a cool new feature of iOS 9. Love using it with my grandson and my cat. I bet you will like it too.

With Live Photo, whenever you take a photo your iPhone 6 or 6S also captures a couple of seconds of video on either side of the shot. When you open the image in your photo app you can press down hard on the image and bring that picture to life. It is totally cool.

To take the Live Photo make sure your photo option is on picture and the circles at the top are turned on. The circles turn yellow when active.


One note though – Live Photos take up a lot of space. You can turn the feature on and off by tapping on the three yellow circles.

You can also use Live Photos as the image on your lockscreen.  Once you take your photo, view the Live Photo version and tap the share icon at the bottom of the screen.  On the share screen, select “Use as Wallpaper” from the options.


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