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How to view the HTML source code of a web page on iOS or Mac

Whether you dabble in small-time web development or you just have general interest of digging around in code to see how things work, there may be times when you want to see the HTML source code behind a specific web page.

It’s possible to do this from both your iOS devices such as an iPhone or iPad, and your Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to view the HTML source code of a web page on both platforms.

How to change the default search scope in Finder

You may have noticed when opening a Finder window to search for a file that the default setting is to search through the entire Mac. Although this may be precisely what many people want to do, I personally tend to find myself clicking again to refine my search to the current folder.

This guide will outline the simple process to customise the default scope for Finder window searches, so that you no longer have to trawl through your full hard drive for a file which you know is in the folder you’ve already navigated to.

Tip: save some space on your iPhone by flushing Dropbox caches

Low on storage, you say? If you’re a heavy Dropbox user who’s running out of storage space on their device, clearing the app’s cache should be first order of business. The mobile app keeps a cache of files for efficiency and emergency purposes, aside from doubling as a staging area for downloading and uploading.

Flushing the cache should help free up some storage space on your iOS device.

Doing so is likely to cause files to load longer, but none of the offline items will be affected. If you’d like to free up some storage space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, follow the steps outlined in this tutorial to clear the Dropbox cache with just a few taps.

How to save your live Instagram video to iPhone

Photography service Instagram recently pushed an update to its mobile application, allowing you to save your live broadcast to the Camera roll right after you’ve ended it. This feature requires Instagram 10.2 for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, which can be downloaded free from App Store.

In this brief step-by-step tutorial, we’re going to teach you how you can save live Instagram videos to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

This will save you a lot of headache if you want to keep your live Instagram videos forever, re-use and edit your broadcasts in other apps, relive them at any time, even when your device is without network connectivity, and more.

How to turn off notifications for specific podcasts

We are currently disassembling Apple’s Podcasts app here on iDB, turning over every rock in iOS to help you make the most of what the seemingly basic app has to offer. After walking you through automatic downloads for your favorite shows earlier this week, we’re back with another slick little trick designed to cut down unwanted notification clutter perpetrated by the app.

Because notwithstanding your fondness for the dozen podcasts you love to zap through, collectively they sure can generate a bevy of notifications on your iPhone. Speaking from experience, the crux of the matter is that some of these notifications are much more hotly anticipated (e.g. surprise releases) than others (daily shows), which means neither leaving all podcasts notifications activated nor fully switching them off is going to genuinely cut the mustard for most users.

If you have made it this far, you will already have an inkling that there is luckily enough a much more satisfying middle way. And thankfully, you called it right. The square, purple icon on your Home screen itself holds the answers we need when it comes to selectively dumping the episode-drop notifications. So in the interest of a tidy Notification Center and minimal maintenance efforts, here’s how to remain in control of podcast notifications by toggling off the ones that have been bugging you for too long.

How to select different still frames of Live Photos

Live Photos is among the features Apple was selling prominently during the iPhone 6s ad campaign. Live Photos is still around, thanks for asking. As you’ll recall, Live Photos lets you record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you snap a photograph.

These images come alive when you touch them in the Photos app and can be set as your Lock screen wallpaper or shared via services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. When you take a Live Photo, the Camera app uses AI to select the best still image.

It’s this still portion of a Live Photo that’s displayed in the Photos app, sent when you share it and more. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to select a different moment in your Live Photo as the still frame.

How to disable vocal alerts for turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps

If you use Google Maps to go places you’re not accustomed to, then you’re likely familiar with navigation and the turn-by-turn vocal alerts you hear while you go. These prompts say things like “turn left” or “stay right” as you’re driving, working as an audible guide to get you to your destination.

Vocal alerts are enabled in the app by default, and while they are usually useful, not everyone likes them. You can turn down your device’s volume to combat them, but doing this will also impact any music you might have playing and doesn’t yield satisfactory results.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can properly mute vocal alerts in the Google Maps app.

How to enable automatic downloads for your favorite podcasts

Podcasts, especially our very own shows of course, are great. They can be the perfect medium to shorten car journeys or just keep your brain engaged at home, the gym or in any other place you fancy spending a significant amount of your time. 
If you’re an avid listener and follow our (or other) shows on Apple’s own Podcasts app, you will in all likelihood have made your fair share of experience with one of the major caveats of excessive podcast consumption: it eats up your mobile data quick, often times quicker than playing a bunch of your favorite tunes on Apple Music instead.

For most of us, two ways of dealing with the potential assault on our data plan come to mind. One of them entails manually downloading your selection of podcasts in the morning somewhere between breakfast and your morning commute, while the other one is basically dealing with it by not dealing with it, i.e. putting it on hold until you have entered the next safe Wi-Fi zone.

Luckily, next to two choices equally dissatisfying, iOS offers a third, proper solution in the shape of auto-downloads. To find out more about the setting, where to find it and how to customize it for each of your podcasts, check out our walkthrough below!

How to change your Twitter username

Your Twitter username, or Twitter handle, is basically your identity on the social network. This is how people can find you and send you messages, either with a public mention or via DM. As you grow with the times, you may come to a point where you want to change your existing username to something new.

Fortunately, Twitter makes it very easy for you to change your Twitter handle, and in this tutorial we’ll show you how to change it.

How to disable Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Apple’s 13 and 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pros come outfitted with Touch Bar, which is an OLED display strip in place of the physical function keys at the top of your keyboard. Touch Bar updates its graphics dynamically based on what you’re doing and apps that you’re using, giving you one-tap access to common features and shortcuts on your Mac.

In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing turning off app shortcuts displayed in your Touch Bar altogether so that its layout mimics that of your Mac’s keyboard. This will let you tap a button to access standard macOS features like brightness, volume and media controls, Mission Control, Launchpad, Siri or—yes—even those Fn keys.

How to make your Instagram account private

By default, all Instagram accounts are open to the public, which means any other Instagram user can search for you and view your photos and videos without your permission.

If you want additional privacy and only want a select number of people to be able to see your photos and videos, then you have the option to make your account private.

We’ll show you how to do it in this tutorial.