How to add iOS contacts to People on Windows 10

If you use an Apple product, and only one Apple product, you will quickly run into lots of roadblocks when you try and get it to work with the other non-Apple devices that you use. A very common example of this is users who own iPhones but still prefer Windows or Linux desktops. Getting the two different devices to play nice isn’t easy and you miss out on lots of features. Windows 10 tends to be more open while iOS and macOS are restrictive. To that end, if you want to sync iOS contacts to People on Windows 10, you’re going to find there’s no way to connect the two services.

While you cannot sync iOS contacts to People, you can still import them. There’s a difference between the two which we’ll explain towards the end but for now, let’s get down to adding iOS contacts to People. The bigger problem is importing them because the People app is just the worst. It has no direct import option.

Export iOS contacts

You need to export your iOS contacts. To do that, you must have your contacts synced to iCloud. You can enable sync on your iPhone. Once you’ve done that, visit iCloud in your browser and select the Contacts app.

At the bottom left, click the cog wheel button. Select ‘Select all’ from the menu, and then the export option. This will export all your contacts as a single VCF file.

VCF to CSV

You’ve got all your contacts in a VCF file but, in order to import them, you need the file to be in CSV format. There are numerous online converters that can do the job. Pick any one and use it to convert the VCF file to CSV. Not all apps work equally well so if you have trouble importing the converted CSV file in the next step, use a different app to convert the VCF file to a CSV file, and try again.

Import CSV file in Outlook

Your iOS contacts are now in a CSV file. Visit Outlook contacts online. Sign in, click the Manage button, and select the Import option. The contacts will take some time to import depending on how many there are.

Add Outlook to Mail on Windows 10

Return to your Windows 10 desktop and open the Mail app. Click the cog wheel button. In the panel that opens, select Manage Accounts. Add the Outlook account you just imported contacts to.

Once the account has been added, select it under Manage Accounts again. You will see an option to manage sync settings for the account. Click it and make sure both Email and Contact are enabled.

This should do the trick. Your contacts will now appear in the People app. If you disable Email sync for the account, the contacts will disappear from the People app. Don’t ask us why. That’s just how it works.

Sync vs Import

You’ve jumped through quite a few hoops to import these contacts but they’ve been imported. They are not syncing. This means that if you update or add new contacts on your iPhone (or MacBook), you will need to go through this entire process again. The new changes won’t automatically be added to the People app. The whole process is what red tape looks like in an online world and if you feel like setting your computer on fire at this point, we understand.

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How to discretely send NSFW images over iMessage on iOS

Social media apps like Facebook and Twitter have an option to automatically hide graphic content. Messaging apps rarely have anything like this and iOS’ Messages app is no exception. You can send images over it but they’re not hidden. If you’ve sent something that may not be appropriate for viewing in public, your recipient could probably do with a heads-up. Here’s how you can discretely send NSFW images over iMessage.

Discretely send images over iMessage

iMessages can be sent with special effects. This is a feature that was added a few years ago and while the effects are modest in number, they’re still good for sending more expressive messages. One of those effects is the ‘Invisible ink’ effect. This effect can be applied to both text messages and images and it essentially hides the message/image. The recipient needs to wipe over it to reveal it. If they happen to be sitting next to someone, the image won’t be revealed the second your message is opened.

To send a message/image with the invisible effect, open the Messages app and select the image you want to send. Instead of tapping the send button, press and hold on it. You will see the following screen. Select Invisible Ink and you will get a preview of what the image will look like once it’s been sent. Tap the send button on this screen.

When the message/image is sent, it is hidden for both you and the recipient. Swiping over it will reveal the image but, when you navigate away from the thread and return to it, the image will be hidden again.

The only shortcoming here is that it only applies to iMessages and this of course only works in the Messages app on iOS.

iMessage effects are supposed to be ‘fun’ so this is likely an unintended benefit that comes with them. If it were actually marketed as such, it’s likely that other messaging apps would have introduced something similar. Messaging apps generally have features for sending secret messages or self-destructing messages but there’s no way to give users a heads up that a message should be read a little more discretely.

Social media apps generally have this feature to protect users who may see graphic content when they do not want to or when they least expect to. Messaging apps don’t have the same problem but they’d still benefit from a way to hide certain messages when they are sent.

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How to delete a Snap from your Snapchat story

The concept of a social media ‘story’ was coined by Snapchat. It’s been copied by many other social media platforms like Facebook, and Instagram but, the Snapchat version still performs better. You can attribute this to the platform being more suitable for that sort of content, or the fact that Snapchat just has better tools for engagement but, there’s no denying that a Snap story is better than an Instagram or Facebook one.

A Snapchat story is basically the equivalent of a status update but it’s visual, and it expires after 24 hours. You can add as many snaps, photos or videos, to it as you want. Each item is added chronologically. Adding a Snap is easy but if you later want to delete a Snap from your Snapchat story, you can. You do not have to wait for the 24 hours to expire in order to do so.

Delete snap from Snapchat story

Open Snapchat and tap your avatar/story thumbnail at the top right. This will take you to your profile screen. Here, you will see your Snapchat stories. Tap the story you want to delete a Snap from. The story will play out in chronological order so tap the screen until you get to the Snap that you want to delete. Once you see it, tap the three dots/more options button at the top right.

You will see a delete button appear on the Snap. Tap it, confirm that you want to delete the Snap, and it will be removed from your story.

If you want to save the Snap so you can edit and post it later, you should first tap the download like button next to the delete icon. This button allows you to save the Snap to your memories, or your camera roll, or both. You can then recall an image from there, edit it, and post it to your story.

As far as reposting goes, the Snap will be dated to the day it was originally created/saved. When you post it again to your Story, viewers will know the image wasn’t taken at the exact moment it was posted on. The edits will all be permanent so if you applied a filter, added a GIF, used stickers, or added text to the Snap when you posted it, and then saved it from your Story before deleting it, all the edits made to it will be permanent. You can add more text, GIFs, stickers, etc., but the ones that are already present are not going to be editable.

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How to shadow ban an Instagram follower

Social media isn’t the easiest to navigate. If you post often, you have to worry about visibility but also the people who follow you and how you interact with them. It’s a breeding ground for bots and trolls and the more visual a social media platform is, the more they tend to pile on. Most social media platforms have a blocking feature but blocking isn’t always the solution. Persistent trolls make new accounts all the time since they’re free. A much better option is to shadow ban a troll. Here’s how you can shadow ban an Instagram follower.

Shadow ban on Instagram

Open Instagram and navigate to the post that has a comment from a troll. Swipe left on the comment and you will see a button with an exclamation mark. Tap it. In the menu that pops up, select the ‘Restrict username’ option. This will effectively shadow ban the user on your account.

What is a shadow ban?

A shadow ban is where a user is essentially speaking into a void. They’re able to see the content you post but any comments that they leave are invisible to you, and to all your other followers, as well as other accounts that are able to see it. To the shadow banned troll, they’re simply being ignored. To you, you don’t have to bother with ignoring rude, or offensive comments, or spend time deleting them. It saves you a lot of headache to say the least.

Why shadow ban?

If you’re dealing with a persistent troll, a shadow ban is better than blocking. This is because when a troll has been blocked, they know it. They’ll likely create a new account and get back to their trolling. With a shadow ban, the user is unaware that the comments they are posting are not visible. For all they know, they’re no longer getting any interaction.

A shadow banned user can check if they’ve been shadow banned if they have a second account. All they’d have to do is check your account to see if comments from the shadow banned account are visible or not. Other than that, there’s nothing that the user can do. A user that’s been shadow banned cannot appeal the ban however, when they post a comment you do have the option to approve it and allow it to be visible on your posts. This means more curation work for you but the user still won’t know that a comment is visible because it was allowed to be by you.

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How to close all tabs in Safari on iOS

Mobile apps are tricky; they need to have a full set of features but those features need to be easy to use with a touch screen. There’s no mouse, trackpad, or physical keyboard that can help you interact with it more easily. To that end, the various features and settings a mobile app has aren’t always easy to discover. Safari for iOS lets you open multiple tabs like any modern browser would. You can easily close a tab by going to the tab switcher and tapping the close button or swiping left on it. If you’ve got one too many tabs open though, this can get tedious. There’s a simple way to close all tabs in Safari, if you know where to look.

Close all tabs in Safari

Open Safari. Tap and hold on the new tab/tab switcher button at the bottom right. Give it a second and you’ll see a menu with options for closing the current tab, or closing all tabs that are open. Tap the ‘Close All Tabs’ option from the menu.

That’s all you need to do. All tabs that are open, whether they’re normal tabs or private ones, will be closed.

This feature is going to work on most iPhone and iPad models. It doesn’t matter much if they have 3D touch, or haptic feedback. This is a fairly old Safari feature so don’t worry if you have an iOS device that isn’t running iOS 13, or even iOS 12. You’ll find the feature is present on much older versions of iOS. It’s unlikely that you have a device that’s still running iOS 10 but even if you are, the version of Safari that’s on it will allow you to close multiple tabs at once.

In terms of design, Safari hasn’t changed much. Apple’s efforts with regards to improving iOS have centered around the Camera app, and the Photos app. Apple doesn’t neglect Safari completely and did add support for content blockers a while ago but the design hasn’t been updated in some time. A fresh design might help make essential features like this more obvious.

It’s unclear how many people will figure this out on their own, how many will stumble on it by accident, and how many are going to have to look up how to do this but there’s no denying that the option could be a bit more obvious. If nothing, the tab switcher should offer a method to close all tabs in Safari like it does with the search tab feature.

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