How to mirror video and stream sound from iPhone to Mac

Mirroring video from a phone to a desktop isn’t hard. There are now apps that can do it for free and some desktops come pre-installed with apps to do the job. The tricky part is mirroring video and also streaming sound at the same time. That said, it’s fairly easy to mirror video and stream sound from an iPhone to a Mac. Here’s how.

Mirror video and stream sound from iPhone to Mac

For this, we’re going to use QuickTime and you will need the data cable that connects your iPhone to your Mac.

Connect your iPhone to your Mac. It doesn’t matter if you do it first or later, but load up the content on your iPhone that you want to mirror. If it contains audio, don’t play it just yet.

On your Mac, open QuickTime. The app is still around after all these years and it is still the best way to mirror and/or record your iPhone’s screen. Go to File>New Movie Recording.

It will automatically detect your iPhone however, if it doesn’t, open the little dropdown next to the record button.

Select your iPhone under Camera, and under Microphone, again select your iPhone. On your iPhone, play whatever media/audio you want to play. Back on your Mac, make sure the volume is On in the app and also on an OS level.

Your screen and sound will now both stream from your Mac. You don’t have to actually record anything. The preview alone will work. For apps that run in landscape mode, the QuickTime window will reorient itself accordingly.

As far as controlling your iPhone goes, that still requires that you interact with the phone itself. The screen and sound will be mirrored perfectly in QuickTime, and you can even switch the app to full screen mode but it cannot send input to your device. To that end, you will also need to keep your device unlocked.

If you’re interested in using this as a method to play a game on a large screen, it’s not going to work. If you’re looking for a wireless method to stream your screen and/or sound, you will likely have to use a paid app and results may vary. There may be some lag when the screen is mirrored and the audio might be choppy as well. The wired method ensures that this doesn’t happen. There’s also the added advantage that you can record everything that’s being mirrored and streamed if you want.

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How to tag a location in Snapchat

A good Snap or Snap story takes time, effort, and the right stickers to make. Snapchat has loads of stickers, both static and animated. They feature emoji, Bitmoji, and your location. The location tagging stickers are new and basically allow you to tag a nearby location in your Snap. Here’s how to use them.

Tag a location in Snapchat

Open Snapchat and take a Snap or record a video Snap. You can make any other edits to the snap that you want so apply a filter, add text, or whatever else you want to do to. To tag a location in Snapchat, tap the Stickers button in the column on the right.

In the stickers drawer, tap Location and scroll through the list of nearby locations that Snapchat finds. Tap the location you want to add and it will be added to your Snap.

You can send the Snap to a friend or post it your story. The location sticker will allow Snaps to show up on the Snap map as well. It goes without saying but you will need to give the app access to your location if you want to be able to use this feature.

Not all nearby locations may show up. It seems the feature has a fairly small radius when it comes to finding nearby locations. It only appears to cover a few miles and even then, it will miss locations that otherwise show up on Google Maps. It uses map data from Mapbox and it seems that it isn’t as rich in data as Google Maps is. The feature may be great but the limited map/location data might put a dent in it.

If you’re trying to tag your current location in Snapchat, that isn’t possible. Only places that are recognized by the app e.g., restaurants, gyms, hotels, etc., can be tagged. The feature also seems a bit buggy. During tests, the sticker was able to list 4-5 different locations at first but a few minutes later when a different snap was taken in the exact same location, it was only able to find one location that could be tagged. It’s likely a map data problem.

In the past Snapchat hasn’t been too precise with locations. Users have always been able to use filters to add a city filter and the Snap map does tend to show you areas where there is lots of activity but it too isn’t that precise.

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How to block websites on iOS

Blocking a website on a desktop, whether it’s a Windows 10 PC, a Linux PC, or a Mac, is as simple as editing a hosts file. For desktops, you can also find lots of different content blocking apps which make for great parental control tools. On mobiles, things are different and on iOS, things are far more restricted. There’s not as much freedom to make changes on an OS level however, if you’re running iOS 12 or later, you can use Screen Time to block websites on iOS.

Block websites on iOS

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tap Screen Time. You will have to enable it in order to use the content restrictions. Once enabled, tap ‘Content & Privacy Restrictions’. On the next screen, tap ‘Content Restrictions’. Tap the ‘Web Content’ preference.

On the Web Content screen select ‘Limit Adult Websites’. Once you select this option, two new options will appear where you can black list and white list websites. Under the ‘Never Allow’ section, tap ‘Add Website’.

Enter the URL to the website you want to block, and you’re good to go. All pages from the domain will now be blocked.

When you try to visit the website, regardless of which browser you use, it will not load. The loading error will tell you that the website can’t load because it’s being blocked or because it’s not allowed on the device. If you’re setting this up for a child’s iPhone or iPad, it’s a good idea to set up a Screen Time passcode.

The Screen Time passcode is independent of the device’s passcode so you can set it to whatever you want while still allowing a child to lock the phone with their own passcode.

This works really well however, we haven’t tested this out with VPNs or proxies. It is possible that a proxy is able to grant access to a restricted website. If you’d rather not take the risk with a child, consider restricting the apps they can install on their device.

The content restriction feature used to be a part of a different setting before Screen Time was introduced. If you’re running an older version of iOS, you may be able to block websites through the content restriction feature but it may not necessarily be locked via a passcode of its own. On older versions of iOS, the restrictions could be changed if the device’s passcode was entered so it would be a less effective parental control tool.

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How to add a contact on Whatsapp

Whataspp asks to access your phone’s contacts. If you allow the app access to this information, it becomes much easier for you to send messages to any one of your contacts however, you can still use Whatsapp without giving it access to your contacts. You can add a contact on Whatsapp directly. The method is the same on iPhone and an Android phone however, the app interface is a bit different so we’ve detailed the process for both separately.

Add a contact on Whatsapp – iPhone

Open Whatsapp and tap the new chat button at the top right. You will have to select a recipient for your chat message and the New Chat screen basically opens to your contacts. At the top, there’s an option to add a New Contact. Tap it.

To add a contact on Whatsapp, you really only need a phone number. If you know for a fact that a person uses Whatsapp, make sure you have the correct number that is connected to their Whatsapp account. Enter it in the number field, and give the contact a name you will recognize them by (hint: use their real name). Once you’re done, tap Save.

If the number you’ve entered is not connected to a Whatsapp account, you will see an ‘Invite to Whatsapp’ option appear on the Contact Details page.

Add a contact on Whatsapp – Android

Open Whatsapp and tap the floating new chat button at the bottom right. You will be taken to the Select Contact screen where you can select a recipient(s) for your message(s). At the top, there’s an option called ‘New Contact’. Tap it.

Enter a name and a phone number for the person you want to message over Whatsapp. On Android, you can choose where to save the contact. If you save it to your device, it will be added to your device’s contacts. If you choose to save it to the app, it won’t be added to your device’s contacts. Once you enter the number, tap Save. If the number is not associated with a Whatsapp account, you will see an option to invite the user to Whatsapp.

On both iOS and Android, you can add additional information for a contact in Whatsapp. This can include, but is not limited to a home address, a second phone number, and their email. Generally, if the person you’ve added is also using Whatsapp, their profile picture will sync to your contacts list however, you can edit it on your own device to something else. The user will not know you changed it and the change will not sync to their device.

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How to find and increase your Snapchat score

All Snapchat users have an in-app score. Your friends can see your Snapchat score and likewise, you can see theirs. This score is basically an indication of your activity much like karma on Reddit, or any other type of clout that a social media app/service uses. Here’s how you can find and increase your Snapchat score.

Find Snapchat score

Open Snapchat and tap your profile icon at the top left of the camera screen. Look under your Snapcode and you will see your username and a number next to it. This number is your Snapchat score. If you tap the number, it will reveal two other numbers which are the number of snaps you’ve sent and received.

To view your friends’ Snapchat score, tap Friends on the same screen as above and you’ll be taken to a list of all your Snapchat friends. Tap a friend’s icon and their profile will open showing their Snapchat score. You will not be able to tap it and reveal how many snaps they’ve sent and received.

Increase Snapchat score

As with most social media clout, many users are interested in increasing their Snapchat score. In order to increase it, users of the app must be active on it. Their activity i.e., sending and opening snaps is what leads to the score increasing, among other things.

There’s no definitive list of actions that will result in your score going up but sending snaps (that are duly opened) and opening the ones you’ve received, will definitely make it go up.

The score doesn’t seem to rely on factors such as how many ‘views’ you get on a story but since there’s nothing official on the topic, it may or may not have some impact. The point of the score is mainly to show how active a user is. To some, a high score might be something to aspire to considering an opened snap is what counts towards the score and indicates a level of social interaction i.e., the content being sent is being seen. For those that use Snapchat as a business tool, the score is a somewhat impartial indicator of their activity and the clout they have.

At the end of the day, it’s really a social media metric that doesn’t mean all that much. You’re not going to be mentioning your Snapchat score on a job resume and it certainly doesn’t appear to unlock any special features.

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