I was in the middle of a remote support session with a business client, when the sound of bongo drums rang out loud!
I thought that it must have been one of my client's devices that did that, or that I somehow started some music by hitting some keyboard shortcut.
But shortly after that appointment it happened again - and I realised that it was the 'alert' sound that my Mac was playing whenever a Message arrived!
I had not knowingly changed that alert sound (and have no idea why it changed), but it definitely needed changing back to the original sound. Here's how this alert sound can be changed.
23/12/2018 0 Comments
My Christmas break allowed me the time to do a bit of a spring clean of my technology 'stuff'.
One of the things I did over the last few weeks was to clean up all those unwanted alerts and notifications that pop up on my iPhone screen.
There is a really quick way of doing this straight away when such a Notification appears - and you don't even need to unlock your device. Find out how in the Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members. (Not yet a member? Find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.)
21/7/2018 0 Comments
The Apple and Android mobile devices have a feature called Do Not Disturb, allowing you to set up a schedule of 'quiet hours' where your device will not make any noises, flash up notifications, or vibrate. The Do Not Disturb mode can also be manually activated at any other time that you need device to be quiet.
At times, there are emails that we send that are very important - emails for which we anxiously await a reply.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could receive a special alert when a response to such an email is received?
While I don't mind hearing a sound when each email is received, I do not want see notification 'banners' for all my emails. Nor do I want email notifications appearing on my lock screen and in the notification history. It would just get annoying, given the number of emails that arrive each day. However, there are occasional email responses that I want to be notified about.
If you are a user of the Mail app on the iPad and iPhone, there is a symbol that you may never have noticed, on that allows you to indicate that you want a special alert when you receive a reply to a particular email.
18/9/2015 0 Comments
During a the 'Introduction to the iPad and iPhone' class at iTandCoffee this week, my phone rang while it was muted - and those at the class were curious to see that the phone was flashing while it was ringing.
I explained to the class that this feature allows me to find my ringing phone in my bottomless pit of a handbag.
So, I promised to include this Handy Hint from long ago about how to set this up. It is taken from the iTandCoffee Club's Handy Hint Library, and is available for iTandCoffee Club members to view at any time.
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17/7/2015 0 Comments
I'm not hearing the tone of texts from one particular contact. Do you have an answer for that please? I have re done his contact completely and changed the text tone, everything.The Message app doesn't show that there is a sms from him either..I have to open it to look.!!!
When iOS 8 came into our lives late in 2014, it brought with it several new features relating to Notifications - the sounds and messages that occur whenever you get a message, email, call, or when certain 'events' happen on your device.
It sounds like it is one of these new features that is stopping any 'noises' from occurring when you receive texts from that contact.
Find out the solution to this problem here, in this iTandCoffee Handy Hint.
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Have you downloaded the free Yahoo Weather app yet?
It is a wonderful free app that gives you such a lovely way of viewing the weather in your current location - showing an amazing photo that is relevant to the location, weather forecast and the current time of day. It will show night-time photos at night, daytime photos during the day, evening photos later in the day, etc.
Here is one from Rome at 4.27am on an upcoming sunny day.
A quick swipe up of the App's screen will then show you the week's forecast, and further upward swiping shows you all sorts of other weather-related information.
But another fantastic addition to this app in iOS 8 is the associated 'Widget' that you can put in your Notification Centre.
What is the Notification Centre I hear you ask?
It is the screen that you get when you swipe downwards from above your screen - the one showing Today and Notifications at the top.
Here is my Notification Centre showing a recent day's details. You can see that it includes a beautiful Yahoo Weather picture along with the weather summary.
(You can also see that I have included the Oz Weather widget showing Melbourne's weather - so that I know what the rest of my family are encountering weather-wise back home.)
You don't even have to unlock your device to access the Notification Centre. Just swipe down from above the top of your lock screen to access it.
But just how do you get such a 'widget' to appear in your Notification Centre?
iTandCoffee Club members can find out all about Widgets in the following Handy Hint: How to include widgets in your Notification Centre
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I just saw a post from a Facebook friend, who is frustrated by the fact that she keeps getting her husband's Instagram notifications appearing on her iPhone.
This started when he temporarily signed in to his Instagram on her device. Even though her device is now signed out of his account, the notifications continue to appear. She has tried deleting the app, changing notification settings, etc etc - all the no avail.
So, I have just done a quick check of online forums to see if there is a solution to this problem and have found a possible solution to try if you ever find yourself in this situation.
Stopping those notifications
What causes this problem?
From what I read, the problem is that the Instagram Push Server (which sends the notifications) has registered your phone as being connected to his account, so that is why you still get his notifications.
It is not something that you can fix by deleting the app or changing anything on your own phone - the Push Server needs to update itself with the correct device information. Hopefully, logging in on his own phone will solve this.
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I'm not sure if it is just my phone that is impacted by this issue, but since I upgraded my iPhone to iOS 8, I have not been getting Notification alerts for certain apps that previously gave me Notification alerts!
I noticed this when my son told me that I had missed some important information this week from the primary school he attends, and that he had been told that I should have seen an alert from the Skoolbag app (a fantastic app that his school uses to notify parents of school-related matters - reminders, newsletters, notices).
So I checked my settings in Settings -> Notifications for this app and they were all correct - showing that I should have been getting Alert notifications all along.
My clever 11yo son turned off the Allow Notifications setting for the Skoolbag app, and then turned it back on. This immediately caused the latest alert to pop up.
So it might be worth checking if you are perhaps missing important notifications from any of your Apps since you upgraded. I'll certainly be checking all mine by turning the Allow Notifications off then back on for the important ones.
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