How to caption images in the Game of Thrones font on iOS

Game of thrones is going to go down in history as possibly one of the most popular TV shows ever, and also one of the most pirated. It has great characters and great one-liners that make for excellent picture captions. It’s not just the dialogue though; it’s typeface is as popular as the ones used in the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings franchises. If you’d like to caption images in the Game of Thrones font on your iPhone, you can do so with an app called Game of fonts.

Game of Thrones font

Game of Fonts is a free app that you can download from the App Store. Run it, and the buttons at the bottom will allow you to select an image or a video to add a caption and frame to.

Add the video/photo first and then add either the font (first button from the left), or a frame (third button from the left).

The app does have the correct font, and the frames it has are relevant to the show but they’re both limited. The font size can be changed but the smallest it can get is still fairly large. There are three frames; the iron throne frame, a fire frame, and an ice frame. The font is available in these same variations and you can change the alignment of the text in addition to its size.

Once you have your image captioned, you can save it to your Photos or you can share it to one of the many social media apps it supports. The image does not feature a watermark or anything.

Game of Thrones is in its final stretch and apps like this are going to become common as the last season progresses. Other social media apps have also introduced special filters for it and Snapchat even has a special geolocked lens that only works in New York though it may have expired by now.

The real trick is going to be creating the right image and sharing it on social media. The fonts don’t make for great reading on all types of images. If you use a darker image, you can use the iron throne or ice font and frame. If you’re using a light mage, the fire version will probably be the easiest to read. If you’re looking to combine this app’s font with other social media apps, you should first create the image in the social media app and save it to your camera roll. Load it in Game of fonts and then add your caption.

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How to play YouTube from the lock screen on iOS

The YouTube app stops playing if you lock your phone. On Android, this is fairly simple to work around because the OS doesn’t have that many restrictions and apps can work around them. On iOS, the options are limited unless you jailbreak your phone but not many people jailbreak iPhones for just one little reason. For a while, you could use the mobile version of YouTube in a mobile web browser but that no longer works. That said, you still have two ways you can play YouTube from the lock screen on iOS.

Dolphin browser

YouTube mobile, when accessed in any other web browser, will stop playing videos when you lock your screen. The Dolphin browser is the exception. If you access YouTube mobile in Dolphin, you can lock your iPhone and then tap the Play button on your lock screen to start playing the video you selected.

Musi

In the event that Dolphin doesn’t work for you, you can try the Musi app. It’s free but has ads that can be removed with an in-app purchase. The Search tab lets you search YouTube for a video to play. You can’t exit the app but once the video is playing, you can lock your iPhone and it will continue to play.

The downside of using Musi is that you cannot play/pause the video that it’s playing from your lock screen. The app doesn’t connect with the music controls in the Control Center and it doesn’t add a player to the lock screen. Any time you want to pause the video, you will have to unlock your iPhone and use the app to pause it.

About two years ago, this worked in Opera as well. It seems browsers that are minimal and/or low on features can still play YouTube in the background. The Dolphin browser is light weight and won’t even try to open the YouTube app when you visit YouTube’s mobile version. The browser really is the better option to go with here but if it doesn’t work, look for other light-weight browsers and they may work.

Firefox and Chrome are not going to fit the bill. Neither will Safari.

Playing YouTube from the lock screen will definitely conserve battery. The app won’t be playing the video and since your phone is locked, the screen being off will also help save battery. If you’re wondering whether or not this is legal, it is. You’re good as long as you don’t download YouTube videos.

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How to disable Instant Hotspot on iOS

You can’t use an Apple device without an Apple ID. You need it to download apps from the App Store on an iOS device. On macOS, you can download apps from outside the Mac App store but a lot of them are only available there. Once you connect an Apple ID to either of these devices, it also triggers other services one of which is Instant Hotspot on iOS.

Instant Hotspot on iOS allows other Apple devices like Macs and iPads that use the same Apple ID to activate the hotspot on your iOS device. You never have to interact with your iPhone. The hotspot will just turn on from a different device. If you don’t like this feature, and are looking for an off switch, you’re going to be disappointed. There is no off switch but that doesn’t mean you can’t disable Instant Hotspot on iOS. You can but it comes with a downside.

Disable Instant Hotspot

Instant Hotspot relies on your Apple ID to work but it works through iCloud. If you sign  out of iCloud on your iOS device, you will not be able to turn the hotspot on from your Mac.

If you sign out of iCloud, you will have to forgo using services like Find my phone, clipboard sync, and Keychain syncing to your Mac. Decide if you’re willing to let it go and then proceed with signing out of iCloud.

Open the Settings app and tap your account at the top. On the Apple ID screen, scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap the Sign Out option. You will see a menu asking if you want to sign out of iCloud or the Store, or both. Tap the iCloud option.

That should do the trick but it obviously has limitations. If you want to be able to use Find my phone, you can try using a different Apple ID to sign into iCloud.

Apple’s ecosystem is great but it doesn’t give users fine grain control over its features, especially the ones that work between different devices. You can disable iCloud sync for individual apps but for some reason, not for Instant Hotspot. There’s nothing in any settings panel that can disable it and in some cases, this could actually be a security problem.

Users have been wanting a way to turn this off for a while and Apple’s community forums are a testament to this. This feature is a few years old and Apple isn’t likely to change it any time soon.

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How to change the display language on iOS

iOS is available in multiple languages. Apps that do not support a particular language can often utilize the display language on iOS to give you a more accessible version of the app to use. The display language is used by the apps to offer a translation which, in most cases, makes apps much easier to use if you don’t understand any of the languages it’s available in. Here’s how you can change the display language on iOS.

Change display language

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Scroll down and tap General. On the General screen, tap Language and region. If you’ve added other languages for typing, or did so sometime in the past, they will show up here. If you’ve never added a second language, you can search for it and then add it.

Tap ‘Other Languages’ and search for the language that you want to add. Select it, and tap Done.

When you add a second language, you will see a prompt asking which language you prefer over the other. Select the language you want to set as the display language. Your iPhone or iPad will then apply it and this can take some time depending on how old or how new your device is.

Once the language is set, you will start to see subtle changes in the display language. You will return to the Language & Region screen where, if you want to change the display language again, you can tap edit and drag & drop the languages one over the other to change their order.

The screenshots below show you the Gmail and Google Maps app which utilizes iOS’ support for the Urdu language. You will notice that not everything is translated because the support is partial. Apps need to add support for this iOS feature and not all do.

If the language you’ve added is fully supported by iOS i.e., every single label and button can be translated into said language, you will be able to delete all other languages. If the language isn’t fully supported, you will not be able to delete the default language.

If you ever want to change the display language back, all you need to do is visit the same Language & Region screen. You can change the order of the languages so that the language you added is listed second, or you can delete it altogether. Again, iOS will take some time to implement the change. We should also mention that if you choose a language that is written right-left, the layout for apps that support the language will also change to reflect it.

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How to enable Facebook Messenger dark mode

Facebook Messenger has a dark mode but unlike an ordinary feature, you have to unlock it with a simple little trick. The dark mode was likely added in one of the app’s recent updates (the app updates once every two weeks). Check that you’re running the latest version of the app and read on to learn how you can enable Facebook Messenger dark mode on both iOS and Android.

Facebook Messenger dark mode

Open Facebook Messenger and select any chat thread to interact with. You can send yourself messages on Facebook Messenger and that will work perfectly for this trick.

In the chat thread, tap the smiley face icon inside the message input box. Go to the Emoji tab and look for the crescent moon emoji. It’s in the animal/nature category. You need to send it over the chat thread.

When you do, you’ll see an animation featuring the crescent emoji raining down from the top of your screen, except it looks a little scary and it isn’t the same as the emoji that you sent.

When the animation is over, you will see a ‘Try it in Settings’ button accompanied by a ‘You Found Dark Mode’ banner at the top. Tap it, and you’ll switch over to the app’s settings where you can turn dark mode on.

If you don’t see the animation when you send the crescent moon emoji, exit the app on your phone and then open it again. Send the crescent emoji again and it should work this time.

Disable Facebook Messenger dark mode

To disable the dark mode, tap your profile picture thumbnail at the top left to go to the app’s settings. You will see the same dark mode switch as before. Turn it off and you’ll go back to the light mode.

The dark mode is available for all users and maybe, Facebook Messenger will eventually make it more obvious how you can enable it.

The Facebook Messenger dark mode isn’t bad. It’s not devoid of all color. The white interface is replaced with a dark black but the color that you’ve selected for the chat doesn’t change. The text isn’t a sharp white. It’s a lesser white and some text and buttons are a light grey.

There is still a problem where, when you launch the app after quitting it, you will definitely see the white interface. It’s the same with the YouTube app. Even if you have the dark theme enabled, the splash screen features the YouTube logo on a white background and it’s blinding.

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