Today we were discussing kids and technology, and the issue of teenage sleep being disrupted by technology. In particular, the discussion was around the impact of screen brightness on sleep.
Melbourne psychologist Tena Davies writes about this in her blog article: Night time technology use and sleep.
A key suggestion Tena makes is to be sure that all iPhones and iPads in your household use a feature called 'Night Shift' at night.
The Night Shift feature changes the colour spectrum of your iPhone's/iPad's screen to a warmer, less blue 'temperature'.
It is not just teenagers who benefit from using this feature.
I had a client recently who told me she had found she could not read at night on her iPad because of the impact the device's light had on her sleep pattern. She would find herself waking up very shortly after falling asleep.
After showing her the Night Shift feature, she was able to once again use her iPad for reading at night - it made all the difference!
Once you have used the Night Shift feature at night, you will be amazed at how bright the screen looks when it is not in Night Shift mode.
Setting up Night Shift on your iPad and iPhone
Night Shift can be set up to turn itself on and off according to a schedule.
This is done in Settings -> Display and Brightness -> Night Shift.
Slide the Scheduled setting to On (green), then set the from and to time that you would like Night Shift to start and end.
You can also adjust the Colour Temperature slider if needed. I just leave mine at the 'maximum warmth' setting. You can see in the image above the difference in the screen lighting.
Night Shift can also be manually turned on and off at any time during the day from the Control Centre (accessed by swiping up from below the bottom of the screen).
Stop your iPhone or iPad from going to sleep so quickly, and delay how quickly it requests your passcode
I thought I worth including this handy hint in this week's newsletter, as it is one that comes up so often in classes and appointments at iTandCoffee.
Just how do you stop your iPhone or iPad from going to sleep so quickly? How do you stop the screen going black when you haven't touched if for, say, a minute, and returning to the lock screen.
Additionally, when it goes to sleep, is there a way to stop it from requiring you to enter you passcode to wake it up again.
This is a topic we covered way back in 2013 when we first started this Handy Hint Newsletter (subscribe here if you are not already receiving this free fortnight newsletter).
While the settings for adjusting the locking and requirement for the passcode are still available, they have 'moved' since we recorded that hint.
So, here is the updated 'handy hint' for iTandCoffee Club members, detailing how to adjust your 'autolock' and 'password delay' settings. (Not yet a member of The iTandCoffee Club? Find out more here›)
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Are you seeing a red '1' on your Settings app? Another software update has arrived on your iPad and iPhone.
Apple has just released an update to iOS version 8.4.
iOS 8.4.1 delivers some fixes for the Apple Music service, and some security patches.
So, when you see that red '1' on your Settings app, it is time to download and install this latest update. Even if your device is not yet showing this red '1', you can still go ahead with the update.
Just tap on Settings -> General -> Software Update, and choose Download and Install (or Install).
For a summary of what is included in this update, check out this article from MacWorld.
Do you need help with this upgrade?
If you need help with this update, why not make a time to pop into the iTandCoffee shop - we can help you with it.
Just call 1300 885 420 or email email@example.com.
This tip has featured in a past Handy Hint, but I know that many iTandCoffee clients and subscribers have not yet discovered it.
Your iPad and iPhone have a feature called Do Not Disturb, found in your Settings.
Its purpose is to allow you to tell your device to turn off any sounds and notifications - similar to the 'mute' function, but with more features than the basic muting.
Do Not Disturb can be turned on and off manually whenever you need, from the Control Center (by swiping up from below the bottom of the screen).
But the feature I love about Do Not Disturb is that it can be set to occur on a schedule - for example every night between 10pm and 7am.
By putting your Do Not Disturb on a schedule, you can stop any noises waking you while you sleep. But it also allows you to make an exception for certain callers and can cater for 'emergency calls', where someone keeps trying to call you.
Why not check it out, in Settings -> Do Not Disturb.
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, you can find out more information about this feature in the below handy hint video.
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Come along to an iTandCoffee Class for more great tips like this!
This is one of the great tips we cover in the Introduction to the iPad and iPhone series of classes.
The next series will start on July 14th 2015 - click here for more details or to book. For details of other great iTandCoffee classes, check out the class schedule here.
If you share an iTunes account with your family, and in particular your kids, it can be really annoying to have all their games automatically appearing on your device/s!
Conversely, you may want the apps you get on one of your devices to also appear on the other.
This week's Handy Hint shows you how you can achieve both of these things. It includes both step-by-step instructions and a video - click on the below image to check it out.
(Please note that the video shows the iOS 7 Settings. In iOS 8, the iTunes and App Store option appears a bit higher up in the list of options, under iCloud.)
This handy hint will be available for viewing until Friday 20th March. After that date, an iTandCoffee Club Membership is required to view hints like this.
Join the club today and gain unlimited access to a huge list of great tips about making the most from your iPad, iPhone and Mac. Some examples are shown below.
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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.
So many clients that I see have been using their Macs without realising that there is so much additional functionality and features available in the 'Context' menus, available by using the 'secondary click'.
But too many have not worked out what activates this secondary click, and how to adjust the settings to suit their needs. For me, I like my 'secondary click' on my iMac's mouse to be a right-click; on my Macbook's trackbook, I click the bottom right corner to give me the 'Context' menu.
See the below image for the context menu that I get when I right-click on a file in Finder. Do you know how to access this set of options?
A Handy Hint has been added to the iTandCoffee Handy Hint library, describing how you go about enabling the 'secondary click' and choosing your preferred gesture for this secondary click - it includes both a short video and step-by-step written instructions.
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, you can access this hint right now by clicking here (but make sure you are signed in first).
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When you upgrade your iPhone (or even iPad), you may want to pass your old one on to someone else - perhaps to one of the kids.
But how do you make sure that all your own information is removed from the device before passing it on?
The easiest way is to choose the Erase All Contents and Settings option, which can be found in
Settings -> General -> Reset
(which is the last option of the General set of options).
When you choose this option, you will be removing EVERYTHING from your device, so that it can be set up as a new device by someone else. If you have a passcode, you will need to enter this to proceed with the erasing. If you have set a Restrictions passcode, you will also have to enter this to proceed.
If you have Find My iPhone (or iPad) enabled in iCloud Settings on your device, you will be asked to enter your iCloud account's password in order to disable Find My iPhone.
This is a security precaution introduced in iOS 7, that prevents an unauthorised person from just wiping your phone and re-activating it - they will not be able to re-activate without entering your iCloud password, rendering it useless to them if they don't have this password!
Do you have to enter a code to unlock your SIM every time you turn your iPhone back on?
This can be annoying, but is something you can turn off from Settings.
By default, when your Gmail account was first installed on your device, it may have set itself up with an option to 'Archive' your emails instead of 'Deleting' them - hence the appearance of the 'archive box' instead of the trash can.
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, you can find out how to turn that 'Archive' box into a Trash can.
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Sometimes it seems like someone is overhearing the 'question of the week' that I am being asked by clients.
The below article appeared in The Age today, talking about apps that drain your battery and including the below 'top five tips for reducing your IOS batter drain'.
It is not about quitting the apps that appear in your multi-tasking bar. One key change to make is to stop certain apps from performing something called 'Background App Refresh'.
Go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh, and switch any any battery hogs to 'Off'. But be careful to not turn off apps that need to refresh in background in order to give you up-to-date information. For example, I have left on Weather, and my new DataMan app so that they can show up-to-the-minute information.
If this is all 'double-dutch', but you need some help to sort out your battery issues, iTea&Coffee can help with your technology issues. Call 1300 885 420.
Top five tips to reduce your iOS battery drain (overthought.org):
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