How to enable AR mode in Pokèmon Go

Pokèmon Go has an AR mode for playing. You can disable it, and most people do so because when you play with the AR mode enabled, the app consumes much more battery. The AR mode basically means your camera is always On so the battery on your device will run out quickly. Besides that, a lot of players find it’s easier to play with AR mode turned off. The only thing is, if you turn AR off, finding the switch to turn it back on isn’t easy. Here’s how you can enable AR mode in Pokèmon Go.

AR mode in Pokèmon Go

If you’ve turned AR mode in Pokèmon Go off, the only way to turn it back on is to go out and find a Pokèmon to capture. There really isn’t any other way to enable it. So, go out and head to a nearby nest or Pokèstop.

When a Pokèmon appears, engage it. You don’t need to capture the Pokèmon. When you’re in capture mode, you will see an AR switch at the top right. Turn it on and you will have AR mode turned back on. The next time you engage a Pokèmon, it will be in AR mode. If you want to turn it off, you will have to tap the AR switch again and move it to the Off position.

AR mode really only matters, at present, when you’re catching Pokèmon which is why the switch can only be accessed when you’re in capture mode. There’s an upcoming feature in Pokèmon Go called Go Snapshot that lets you take photos of the Pokèmon you’ve caught. This will work in AR so you will want to turn the AR mode on for it, when it is finally released.

The feature isn’t live yet but it is possible that when it finally rolls out, the game will have a method to enable it without having to go Pokèmon sighting.

When you have AR mode in Pokèmon Go turned on, and you’re walking around looking for Pokèmon, you will still only see the normal map. The map itself will not switch over to actual terrain that you’re walking on. The AR mode will not change any other aspect of the app or the game. It’s only for when you’re actually trying to catch Pokèmon. Even the raids and gym battles are unaffected by it. If I’m being perfectly honest, the AR mode only looks good when you’re out playing during the day. If it’s dark out, and your device doesn’t have a very good camera, the AR mode is just going show you the Pokèmon on a poorly lit background since it doesn’t have a night mode for the camera.

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How to unsend messages on Facebook Messenger

Facebook announced it would add a feature to its Messenger apps that would allow users to unsend a message. There was no real ETA on when the feature would roll out but the feature has now rolled out to all users, worldwide. You can unsend messages on Facebook Messenger within a certain time period. Unsending a message allows you to remove a message from both your and your recipient’s side however, it does leave a trace.

Unsend messages on Facebook Messenger

This feature is available on the Facebook Messenger apps for both iOS and Android. Make sure you update the app to the latest version that’s available.

Open Facebook Messenger and send a message. Tap and hold on it until you see the reaction bar. At the same time, you will see a bar appear at the bottom with options to copy, forward, and remove or delete the message. Tap the Delete or Remove option (whichever one you get).

A menu will open listing two options; Remove for everyone, and Remove for you. To unsend the message, you need to tap Remove for everyone. This will remove the message from both your side and from your recipient’s side.

The message being unsent isn’t going to leave without a mark. Your recipient will know that a message was removed from the conversation. The feature, like those similar to it on other messaging apps, has limitations. For example, you will find that you cannot go back and unsend older messages. There is a limit to how old a message can be for it to be unsent. If a message is too old, you cannot unsend it.

It also goes without saying that just because you can unsend a message doesn’t mean that your recipient will not have read/seen it before you get the chance to remove it. They may take a screenshot of it as well before it’s removed so remember that unsending isn’t a fix for bigger messaging problems.

WhatsApp has a similar unsend feature which allows you to unsend messages that are no older than 7 minutes. There’s no word on how old is too old for a message to be unsent on Facebook Messenger but you can take a hint from WhatsApp and expect similar time limits.

It’s interesting to note that the feature was initially something that was used internally at Facebook to protect its executives’ communication from leaking. It was only when this information became public that Facebook announced it would roll out the feature to other users as well.

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How to take photos when recording video on iOS

A video is basically a series of frames repeating in quick succession, accompanied by sound. We covered how you can extract a frame from a video a while ago. There are several solutions listed there that work exceptionally well. Those solutions are of course for the Windows 10 desktop. If you record video on your iPhone, and a lot of people do, you might want to know how you can take photos when recording video on iOS.

Photos when recording video

The iOS camera has a neat feature that lets you capture photos when you’re recording videos. You can always record a video, play it later, pause it at the right moment, and then take a screenshot of your screen to get the same results.

To take photos while you’re recording a video, you need to use the stock Camera app on iOS. Start recording and next to the record/stop button you will see the usual capture button. Tap it any time to take a photo. The video will continue to record but you will have a photo of that instance saved to your camera roll. You’re free to take as many photos as you like.

The photos will be saved to your camera roll like any other folder. If you’re recording with the front camera i.e., the FaceTime camera, the photos that you take can also be found in the Selfies album.

The photo quality will be as good as your phone has always delivered however if you’re recording a moving object and you take a photo of it, it might be blurred somewhat due to the object moving at the exact time the photo was taken. Newer iPhone handsets will be able to capture better photos even if the object in question is moving but older ones may not do as well.

If you’re worried that your iPhone is set to record at a lower resolution but it can capture photos in a much higher resolution, rest assured that the photo will be captured per the photo settings and capabilities of our phone. The photo quality will not be downgraded to that of the video.

We mentioned earlier that you can pause a video and take a screenshot of it. That also works provided the video was recorded in landscape mode and there are no black bars at the top or bottom of it. Make sure you turn off rotation lock and rotate your screen before you screenshot a paused video to get the best possible photo.

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How to lock WhatsApp with Touch ID or Face ID on iOS

Touch ID and Face ID, whichever you have on your iPhone are a neat way to lock your device. What not many people realize is that they can also be used to lock apps if the app itself were to support the feature. The stock Notes app for example allows you to lock notes with either Touch ID or Face ID. Not many apps take advantage of this feature however after a recent update, you can now lock WhatApp with Touch ID or Face ID.

WhatsApp Touch ID/Face ID

Before you begin, you must have Touch ID or Face ID set up on your iPhone. Remember that newer iPhone models do not support Touch ID so if you want to lock WhatsApp, you’re going to have to use Face ID. You also need to make sure you’re running the latest version of WhatsApp.

Once you’ve updated the app, open it and go to the Settings tab. On the Settings tab, tap Privacy.

Scroll down the Privacy screen and tap Screen Lock. Enable Touch ID or Face ID, whichever is available on your device.

You can choose when WhatsApp will automatically lock itself. You can set it to lock immediately i.e., the second you switch away from the app, after one minute, after fifteen minutes, or after one hour.

When you next access WhatsApp and the lock period has expired, you’ll be asked to use Touch ID or Face ID to verify that it’s you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just used either one to unlock your phone. If your Touch ID or Face ID fails to register, you can always unlock WhatsApp with the passcode that is set up.

If you’ve configured two-step verification on WhatsApp you know that it tends to pop-up a few times a day when you access the app. It most notably appears when you open WhatsApp from a notification. After you lock Whatsapp with Touch ID or Face ID, the two-step verification screen will not show up or will show up far less frequently. In my tests, I didn’t encounter it for the entire day after enabling Touch ID lock for the app.

It is amazing how few apps take advantage of Touch ID/Face ID. Facebook Messenger has a feature that lets you send secret, self-destructing messages. Where the app is going to such lengths to allow its users to be discrete, it could do with adding lock support.

Since WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are both owned by Facebook, it is possible that this same feature will roll out to Facebook Messenger soon.

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How to disable FaceTime on iOS

Apple has had to deal with quite a few bugs on iOS 11. We wrote about fixes for several of them. For the most part, these bugs were either easy to resolve or they didn’t have a disruptive impact, with some exceptions. The same cannot be said for the new FaceTime bug that has been discovered. For now, the only way to fight it is to stop using FaceTime altogether. Here’s how you can disable FaceTime on iOS.

Disable FaceTime

Open the Settings app and scroll through the list of apps until you find FaceTime. Tap it, and on the FaceTime settings screen, turn off the FaceTime switch to disable the video calling feature.

You can disable FaceTime on iOS and still continue to use iMessages. Though both are Apple services that work with your Apple ID, they aren’t connected. Users have always had the option to use one without using the other. In fact, in some countries, FaceTime is banned and the iPhones that are sold in those countries do not have the FaceTime app on them.

The FaceTime bug

The FaceTime bug lets anyone calling you over FaceTime hear and see what you’re doing even when you haven’t answered the call. To say this is disturbing is an understatement. It’s scary. The bug has been called a nightmare for people who are being stalked or trying to escape abusive situations. It’s an obvious privacy problem as well. Imagine leaving your iPad in a room with children. An incoming FaceTime call could expose them to whoever is calling.

This bug, so far, appears to have surfaced after Apple rolled out the group calling feature for FaceTime and it appears to be present on both iOS and macOS. It’s a good idea to disable FaceTime on your Mac if you have one.

The permanent fix

Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime apps/services are easily one of the highlights of its eco-system. Many people cite them as the reason they do not switch to Android so you can rest assured that Apple is working on a permanent fix. It will likely come via an iOS or macOS update. If Apple is late to getting a fix out, or it can’t find one fast enough, it may roll back the group calling feature.

In the meantime, the company has already been sued over this bug and it is possible that more lawsuits will surface even after the bug has been fixed. Many users are speculating that this is some sort of ‘backdoor’ in FaceTime that Apple built to help LEAs but the company still takes privacy seriously even if its QA has slipped quite a bit.

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