Tips

Tip: save space on your iPhone by clearing Twitter’s web and media storage

Are you a fan of Twitter for iPhone? If so, keep in mind that all those photos, videos and other media files you encounter while browsing the timeline get cached on your device for faster access in the future.

Should you ever be greeted with that infamous “Not Enough Storage on iPhone” prompt, here’s how you can clear Twitter for iOS’s caches and see how much on-device storage space has been consumed by web data and media.

How to manually check for Spotify app updates on Mac

Spotify for Mac users might be a little stumped when trying to manually check for updates in the app, and you’re not alone. Unlike a lot of Mac apps, the Spotify app doesn’t have a dedicated “Check for Updates” option in any of its menus.

The process is a bit convoluted, and because of that, we’ll show you how you can check for updates for the Spotify app on your Mac in this tutorial.

How to recover deleted photos on iPhone and iPad

What’s done is done, right? Well, not always. While some actions have irreversible consequences, deleting your photos on iPhone or iPad thankfully does not have to be one of them. Provided you’re quick enough, recovering any of your photos deleted by accident or mistake is a breeze, so long as you know where to look.

If you have found yourself in the unenviable situation of rifling through your photos before, frantically trying to suss out whether or not you have off-handedly binned important photos, this tutorial could be a valuable lesson for you!

How to block or unblock people on Instagram

If you’ve got someone annoying pestering you on Instagram, then you can always block them so you don’t have to deal with them anymore. Likewise, if you want to unblock someone, you have the power to do that too.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to block and/or unblock a profile via the Instagram mobile app.

How to turn off iMessage notifications for unknown senders

Your phone is a communication tool, and sometimes you have to give your number out to people that you you’d never add to your contacts.

If you don’t want to get constant notifications throughout the day from people you’re not familiar with, you’ll be happy to know that you can configure your iPhone to suppress iMessage notifications from non-contacts. We’ll show you how in this tutorial.

How to prevent your iPhone screen from turning off automatically

For optimal battery savings and security, you typically want your iPhone to lock automatically when it sits idle after a long period of time, just in case you happen to leave it unlocked and unattended somewhere.

On the other hand, sometimes you don’t want your iPhone to lock automatically, and there’s a setting in iOS that can prevent it from happening. We’ll show you how to enable it in this tutorial.

How to create self destructing status updates on WhatsApp

WhatsApp for iPhone supports sharing of photos, videos, animated GIFs and more via Snapchat Stories-like slideshows that automatically disappear after 24 hours. Media-rich statuses are all the rage these days so we’ve decided to put together a tutorial to get you up to speed.

You can adjust who is allowed to see your auto-vanishing statuses, reply to a status update, delete a status manually, mute statuses you don’t like and more.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you everything there’s to know about WhatsApp’s multimedia status updates.

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

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.

How to hide contact photos from the Messages app

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.

Tip: open video pages in Safari from YouTube app

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.

How to share multiple photos and videos in one Instagram post

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.