How To Cancel An iOS Update When It’s Downloading

An iOS update is fairly large in size. If you own an iPhone, you can receive the next version of iOS as an OTA update on your phone, or you can connect it to your desktop and use iTunes to download the new version. If you use iTunes to download an iOS update, cancelling it while it’s still downloading is pretty easy. On your iPhone though, once the download begins, there is neither a pause, nor a cancel button. Here’s how you can cancel an iOS update when it’s downloading on your iPhone or iPad.

Cancel An iOS Update

Check if the iOS update is already downloading or not. If your phone has only detected that a new update is available but hasn’t begun to download it, you don’t have anything to worry about. If the update is already downloading then you need to cancel it.

Open the Settings app and go to General>iPhone Storage. Wait for it to load the list of the apps that are installed on your system. This list is sorted by how much space an app takes up so you ought to see an iOS entry, in this case it’s iOS 12, in the list somewhere around the top.

Tap the iOS entry and then tap the Delete Update button. Since the download is in progress, you will likely see an on-screen alert telling you the download failed or something to that effect.

That’s about it. Since the current stable version of iOS is iOS 11, you know that the update will eventually be detected again and it may download in the background. Come iOS 12, you can pause automatic updates but you’re going to have to update to it first.

In case you’ve already downloaded the next iOS update, and you’re getting an error when trying to install it, you should delete the update from your phone from this same screen.

An iOS update is normally between 3-4GB so, depending on how fast and stable your internet connection is, it won’t take too long to download. Of course sometimes it takes longer to download the day the update is available because Apple’s servers are being dragged down. In other cases, you simply do not want the update to download because it’s going to slow your iPhone down, you don’t really care for the new features, and you definitely don’t want something like an update to compel you to upgrade to a newer iPhone model.

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How To Find The Seed Value For A Minecraft World On Windows 10

No two worlds created in Minecraft are identical unless you use the same seed for them. A seed is a value that Minecraft’s algorithm uses as an origin point to create the rest of the world. You can seed worlds in Minecraft to get worlds that have specific biomes that you’d like to play in. That said, you can also get the seed value of your own world and share it with others. If you happen to have generated a particularly interesting world, sharing its seed with others is a great way to let them play in it (on their own systems). Here’s how you can find the seed value of a Minecraft world.

Seed Value For A Minecraft World

Open Minecraft and click the Play button on the main screen. You will see your usual list of worlds that you’ve created. Click the little edit button next to a world.

This will bring up the Settings screen for the world. Scroll down and you will see a Seed value. Note it down, and share it with anyone you want. When someone uses the seed value, they will be able to generate the exact same world, minus any structures that you’ve built.

On older versions, or Java versions of the app, you may not see this field. Instead, you will need to use a console command within the game. We should mention that if you use these commands, you will need to enable cheats which disables achievements. If you’re still using an older version, try these commands inside a world.

/world seed

or

/seed

The bedrock version of Minecraft lets you find the seed value of a world without enabling cheats so this is a pretty good improvement. Older versions of Minecraft required that you enable cheats or that you use third-party apps to find the seed value of a Minecraft world.

You cannot change the seed value of a world once it’s been created so once you have your seed value, all you can do is share it with someone else, or create an exact duplicate of the world. There’s no predicting how much of a change there will be in a world if you change one small digit in its seed value. You will likely end up with a completely different world altogether.

If you need to create a copy of the world, complete with all the structures you’ve built, you should export it and then import it.

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How To Find Apps Reading Or Writing To Disk On Windows 10

Apps access your hard drive when they need to open a file, and when you make modifications to a file. For example, when you open Notepad or Microsoft Word, and create a document, both apps are writing to your disk. At the same time, they’re also reading from the disk to access the current version of the document. This is perfectly normal however, if an app is constantly reading or writing to a disk when it shouldn’t your disk will constantly be spinning and it might also point to a problematic app. Here’s how you can find which apps are reading and writing to disk.

Reading Or Writing To Disk

You can check which apps are reading or writing to disk from the Task Manager. You don’t need additional apps to do this. Open the Task Manager and go to the Details tab. Right-click any one of the column titles, and from the context menu, click Select Columns.

This will open a new little window with a list of columns that you can enable. From the list, enable both the I/O writes and I/O reads column, and close the little window.

Return to the Task Manager, and you will see the two new columns you’ve enabled. On Task Manager, you can only sort everything by one column so you need to sort it by reading, or writing activity. Click a column’s title to sort the apps in ascending or descending order and watch the columns. They will update in real time to show you which apps are actively reading and writing to disk. If you see an app that’s accessing your disk when it isn’t running, then you might want to investigate it.

Some apps have services that run in the background so they may show up in these columns as well. Check if the app that’s writing to disk has any background services or processes that run. You can Google the name of the service and see if it should be running or not.

If all else fails, and your disk is spinning needlessly, you can always try running your system in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, check if the process is still running. In Safe Mode you only get essential system services so if the process isn’t there, you know that it’s probably an app that’s dragging the disk down.

If an app is acting up, you might have to uninstall it and find an alternative. Alternatively, check if the app has a known bug and if there are any fixes for it.

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How To Turn Off “On This Day” Memories On Facebook

Facebook has a feature called ‘On this day’, which basically shows you memories from the same day from previous years. This is, for the most part, a harmless feature that reminds you of the good times, lets you share them again, and gives you a simple way to find and audit embarrassing posts on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it can also dig up painful memories and put them at the top of your news feed first thing in the morning. Here’s how you can turn off ‘On this day’ memories on Facebook.

There are two ways to turn off painful memories from surfacing on Facebook. You can disable the On This Day feature altogether, or you can selectively remove memories about a particular person or date. If the memories that keep surfacing aren’t related to a person but to an event or perhaps your pet, your best course of action is to turn off On This Day memories.

Turn Off “On This Day” Memories

On your desktop, visit Facebook and from the column on the left, expand the Explore section. Look for Memories and click on it.

On the Memories screen, You will see two buttons at the top; Notifications, and Preferences. The Notifications button will allow you to turn off notifications and in effect turn off these memories. If you want to summarily turn them off, this is what you need to do.

If you want to selectively filter out certain people or certain dates from memories, click the Preferences button.

This will open a little pop-up that allows you to pick certain people to exclude from memories, as well as dates. You can use either one, or both to filter what you see in your memories.

On the Facebook apps, go to the hamburger tab and tap Memories. On the Memories screen, tap the cog wheel button at the top right.

This will open a little menu with two options; Notifications, and Preferences. If you want to disable memories completely, go to the Notifications screen and turn them off. If you want to exclude certain people and/or dates from memories, go to Preferences and add the exclusions.

That’s about it. The settings sync from the website to the apps. If you add exceptions or change your notification settings for memories on the Facebook app, it will apply to the website and vice versa.

If you don’t want to turn off memories completely, but have recent memories that you do not want to see again, exclude memories from the previous year which are normally the highlight image in your feed.

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How To Hide Apps With A Keyboard Shortcut On Windows 10

It’s always easy to slack off while at work. You open one YouTube video, and soon you’ve gone down a rabbit hole of interesting videos that do not seem to come to an end. That said, if you have a little free time at work, there’s nothing wrong with watching a YouTube video or ten. Whatever you choose to do, you will obviously need a quick way to hide it. PrivacyHide is a free little utility that allows you to hide apps with a keyboard shortcut. You need to pre-program which apps it should hide but once you do, it’s a seamless process.

Disclaimer: AddictiveTips is not responsible if you’re caught slacking off at work and lose your job. Try this at your own risk.

Hide Apps With A Keyboard Shortcut

Download PrivacyHide and install it. Run the app. On the ‘Applications to be Hidden’ tab, enter a name for the app you want to hide. Click the Browse button and select the EXE of the app. Click Add, and the app will be added to the list. Repeat this for all the apps that you want to hide.

Next, go to the Hotkey tab and set up the hotkey you want to use to hide and unhide apps. The default shortcut is Alt+1 but you can change it to anything else you want. You can use other modifier keys including the Win key, and any other letter or number keys. Once you’re done, click Ok. The app will run minimized in the system tray.

To hide apps, simply execute the shortcut that you’ve set up. This will hide all the apps that you configured. The hide feature doesn’t just minimize the apps. It also hides their taskbar icons that indicate the apps are running. To get them back, simply execute the shortcut again.

If you want, you can hide the app’s system tray icon by opening the app and going to the Options tab. This is also where you can set the app to run on startup. Finally, there’s another option that, if you enable it, will hide every single app that you have running on your system. This makes it so that you don’t have to manually add every single app to the list.

There is no whitelisting feature that allows you to exclude one or two apps from the all apps option that you can enable so if you have a lot of apps that you want to include, and only a few that you want to leave out, it will take a little time to set everything up.

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