How to mute keywords and filter out “eggs” from your Twitter timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2017

As part of Twitter’s anti-harassment safety tools, you’re now permitted to block specific keywords and other items from appearing in your timeline. Moreover, it’s now finally possible to cut down on abuse from those pesky “egg” accounts that have no profile image or from trolls without verified email addresses or phone numbers. In this tutorial, you’ll be taught how to mute “egg” accounts, as well as specific words, phrases and other items in your timeline. Read More

 

How to hide contact photos from the Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 2, 2017

Apple’s Messages app displays contact photos for each of your conversations by default on any iPhone with a display size of 4.7 inches or larger. Even if you don’t have a photo set up with some contacts, Messages will display a circle with their first and last name initials instead, just so you have something to look at.

This functionality, love it or hate it, can be toggled on or off by the user. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how it’s done. Read More

 

Tip: open video pages in Safari from YouTube app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2017

Thanks to iOS’s deep linking feature, YouTube URLs automatically open in the mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Unfortunately, you cannot temporarily disable this feature for those times when you might prefer YouTube links to always open in Safari instead of the mobile app.

But don’t you worry—you just have to work around a bit to have the mobile app open a video link in YouTube’s mobile interface in the Safari browser. Read More

 

How to share multiple photos and videos in one Instagram post

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

Instagram now lets you share up to ten photos and videos as a single post on the photo-sharing service. These types of posts appear in the Instagram feed with only the first item shown, but can be swiped through carousel-style to reveal additional photos and videos.

This is a great way to post multiple photos and videos from an experience you want to remember. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create multi-item posts on Instagram. Read More

 

How to browse videos in fullscreen mode on YouTube for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

Google’s YouTube app provides many obvious shortcuts and not-so-obvious ones that are hidden from plain sight. For example, you can stop “Up Next” videos from autoplaying or skip forward and back ten seconds to catch something you missed by double-tapping on either side of the video player.

In today’s brief tutorial, you’ll learn how to browse other clips in YouTube’s fullscreen mode without interrupting the currently playing video. Read More

 

How to use Google SafeSearch to filter explicit web search results

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 21, 2017

Whether you’re a parent trying to filter explicit content from the limitless Google searches your child could be searching on the web, or you’re simply trying to figure out why it seems like certain images or web results are being filtered from your Google search queries, chances are Google SafeSearch is the answer.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can toggle Google SafeSearch on or off, depending on whether you need to start filtering explicit search results from your queries or stop doing so when the feature is already enabled. Read More

 

How to make your Mac’s mouse pointer bigger

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2017

If you have vision problems or simply happen to use a very high-resolution monitor, finding your Mac’s mouse pointer among the mess of windows, desktop icons and various user interface controls can be a daunting task. Thankfully, macOS provides a nifty little feature to make the pointer larger temporarily when you quickly move your finger on the trackpad or quickly move the mouse. If you’d like to permanently make the pointer larger so that it’s easier to see, you can do that, too, as explained in this quick tutorial. Read More

 

How to disable audio in News Feed videos on Facebook for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

Videos in your Facebook News Feed used to play silently unless you manually turned sound on. The social network recently changed that behavior so videos that previously played silently now play with audio on, with sound fading in and out as you scroll through your News Feed.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you about a hidden setting that lets you easily force the mobile Facebook app to autoplay all videos in your News Feed with audio off. Read More

 

How to save YouTube videos for offline viewing

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

YouTube’s mobile app provides controls allowing you to mark a video or playlist for offline playback. With this feature, you can enjoy your favorite kitten clips, music videos and other YouTube content even when your device is without an Internet connection. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll explain how to save videos offline, manage your offline and storage settings, access your downloaded videos and more. Read More

 

How to use safe search mode on Twitter.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Twitter has many user-focused tools for curbing offensive or abusive content on the service. If you prefer using the micro-blogging service in your web browser, you may want to enable a pair of toggles in settings to prevent unwanted content from cluttering your search results.

You can tell Twitter to prevent sensitive content as well as tweets from blocked and muted accounts from polluting your search results on Twitter.com, here’s how. Read More