How to create and share collections on Facebook

Facebook added a bookmarking feature a few years ago to both its web and mobile apps. This feature, known as ‘Saved’ allows you to save anything from links, photos, pages, to places and events. It’s useful for when you need to recall something. After 4 years, the feature is finally being updated. You can now selectively group items from your Saved list into collections. You can then share collections on Facebook with your friends and invite them to contribute to them as well.

Collections on Facebook

You can create and share collections on Facebook from both the desktop web version and from the apps.

Facebook Web

Visit Facebook and from the column on the left, click Saved. On your Saved page, you ought to see a New Collection button. Click it, give your collection a name, and you’re done.

Once you’ve created a collection, return to the Saved list and you will see a ‘Add to Collection’ button next to every single item in the list. Click it, select the collection you want to add the item to, and it will be added to the collection.

To share a collection with a friend, and invite them to add items to it as well you’re going to have to go to the Facebook apps. The collaboration feature has not been added to the web interface.

Facebook app

Make sure your Facebook app is up to date. Open the app and go to the hamburger tab. Tap Saved, and on the Saved screen you will see a Create a Collection button. Tap it, name your collection, and you can start adding items to it.

Collections on the Facebook app are far better designed compared to the web interface. You can add collaborators from the collection’s page by tapping the Invite button, and you can add items to it by tapping the Add Items button. On the app, you can add items from your Saved list and also from outside it.

This feature is going to be handy. The Saved list allows you to retrieve pages and posts you’re interested in and Collections will allow you to collaborate with your friends if you’re planning an event e.g., a lunch.

It certainly beats sharing links and pages over a chat thread where you have to constantly scroll through it to find something. There doesn’t seem to be any limit to how many friends you can invite to a collection or how many items can be added to one.

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How to remotely wipe an iPhone from the desktop

iPhones are generally very secure. If your iPhone were to be stolen, cracking the password wouldn’t be easy. Your phone might be wiped and sold but the data is mostly safe. If you haven’t used any form of security, or whoever has your phone might be able to guess the password/passcode, you can wipe it from your desktop. Here’s how you can remotely wipe an iPhone.

Requirements

In order to remotely wipe an iPhone, you must have;

  • Find my iPhone enabled on your iPhone
  • Access to the Apple ID connected to your iPhone
  • Access to a desktop web browser

Remotely wipe an iPhone

Visit iCloud and sign in with the same Apple ID that you use on your iPhone. If you have two factor authentication set up, you will need access to a Mac or your iPhone to get the code. The iPhone is obviously not in your possession so that’s out of the question. If you don’t own a Mac, click the option that says you didn’t get the code, and select ‘More Options’.

You will be asked to verify your phone number, and provide a new one. It can take some time for Apple to verify your identity so you may not be able to remotely wipe your phone in one day. Go through the recovery options, and choose what suits you.

Once you’re able to sign into iCloud, go to Find my iPhone.

Select your iPhone from All Devices.

At the top right corner, you will see a card with three options, one of which is Erase iPhone. Click it and your phone will be wiped.

In order for the wipe operation to be sent to your iPhone, it must be connected to the internet. If it’s been stolen, it is possible that whoever has it was able to turn WiFi and Cellular data off from the Control Center. iCloud cannot enable those two toggles so the wipe will only take place once your iPhone connects to the internet.

Once your iPhone is online, the wipe command only needs a few seconds to initiate the wipe. The phone doesn’t need to be constantly connected to the internet for it to be wiped. Wiping the iPhone will remove your Apple ID and disable Find my iPhone from it. If your phone is later recovered, you may have a difficult time proving it belongs to you. If you still have the box it came it though, it will help as will any receipts you might have of the purchase. If you’ve registered the device with your Apple ID, you can use that as a way to prove it is your phone.

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How to track your Instagram Activity

Instagram announced a while ago that it would introduce a feature that allowed users to track how much time they spend on the app. That feature, dubbed Activity is now live for both iOS and Android users. Make sure you’re running the latest version of the app and you will be able to view your Instagram Activity, and limit how much time you spend on it. Here’s how.

Instagram Activity

Open Instagram and go to your Profile tab. Tap the hamburger/more options icon at the top right. In the navigation drawer that opens, you will see a ‘Your Activity’ option. If you don’t see it, give it a day or two.

When you tap Your Activity, it will show you how much time, on average, you spend on Instagram. Each bar corresponds to time spent on a particular day. If you tap and hold on a bar, it will show you how much time you spent on Instagram on that day.

To limit how much time you spend on Instagram, tap the ‘Set Daily Reminder’ option under the activity graph. Select how long you want to use Instagram, and tap Set Reminder.

You can also manage your notifications settings from this same screen though it doesn’t offer any new settings. It’s the same ones the app had before the activity controls were added.

When your allotted activity time runs out, i.e., you’ve used Instagram for longer than you’ve set in the Daily Reminder, you will see an on-screen alert telling you how much time you’ve spent. You can dismiss it and continue using Instagram if you want. It isn’t going to force you off the app. You can also edit the reminder time from the alert if you need to.

Social media can soak up a lot of time and people are realizing that spending too much time on any sort of social media platform is bad for you. It isn’t just because you’re constantly staring at a screen but also because it can have an impact on your mental health. iOS 12 has a feature called Screen Time that lets you limit how long you use social media apps on your phone. However, consuming too much social media isn’t a platform specific problem. Everyone, regardless if they use an iPhone or an Android phone, needs to keep track of their social media consumption which is why it makes sense for apps to have the feature built-in instead of relying on the OS to add it.

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How to view battery usage per hour on iOS 12

Battery technology, as far as consumer products are concerned, isn’t improving much. Everything else is getting better and at this point, manufacturers of processors and GPUs are looking to reduce the amount of power their devices need to run. This is why battery power, and how long you can use a device on a single charge, is important¬† when you buy an expensive phone. Apple knows that battery size is a constraint which is why iOS added a useful battery graph that lets you look at battery usage.

On iOS 12, the battery usage graph has improved. You can now view battery usage per hour. Here’s how.

Battery usage per hour

Open the Settings app and go to battery. Wait for your device to show you the graph. On older devices, it can take time for the graph to populate. Just below the battery level graph is the Activity graph.

Both graphs are interconnected. The battery levels for each hour correspond to the activity on your device. If you tap on one of the bars in the Battery Level graph on iOS 12, you will be able to see your activity for that particular hour.

Under the Activity graph, the apps will also be filtered so that you only see the ones you used during that hour. The apps can be sorted by battery usage, and by activity.

If you have an aging device that can still run iOS 12, the new battery graph will be pretty useful. If you’re trying to manage screen time on iOS, again, the graph will be helpful in looking at your app usage by the hour, not to mention it will also find which apps are the most power hungry.

If you’re looking at battery usage per hour, the usage reported for the last 24 hours is what’s going to be relevant but since this feature is ultimately meant to help you manage your device’s battery better, the ten day view will be equally helpful. With the 10 day view, you can view battery usage per day and determine if there are certain days e.g., Monday or Friday, when you use your device more than normal. Perhaps you use it more when you’re at work, or when you’re home on the weekends.

For per-day battery usage, you will still be able to see app activity by both usage and battery consumption. This is also a good time to mention that Apple’s battery replacement program will end this year and there are only a few weeks left. If you plan on having your battery replaced, you want to do it before the holiday season.

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How to host a Facebook watch party

The conventional way of sharing anything, whether it’s a video, a photo, or an audio file, is to share it on social media. You post it and your friends will eventually see it if it isn’t lost with everything else in their timelines. Facebook has a new way to watch videos; watch parties. A Facebook watch party is basically you creating a playlist of videos that are available to watch on Facebook and allow other people to join you as you watch it.

This is a new feature and it’s available on both the web version and the apps. If you don’t see it yet, give it a day or two. Make sure your apps are up to date.

Facebook watch party – web

Visit Facebook and click inside the new post field. You should see a Watch Party option with the video, photo, feeling, activity, etc., options. Click it.

The first thing you should do is give your watch party a name. You can change the name later if you want.

You can then add videos to your watch party. You can view your recently watched videos and pick from them, you can search for videos, and some suggested videos from Facebook. You don’t have to add videos. You can skip this part and add videos later. You can also tag people in it if you want. Once you’re done, you can start the party.

After the party has started, you can add videos and invite friends. The watch party will be posted on your timeline and your friends can join it too.

Facebook watch party – app

Open the Facebook app and tap the new post button. There will be a Watch Party option there. Tap it, and give your party a name. You will have the same video options to pick videos from though again, you can skip this for later. Post the party to your timeline.

Once it’s live, your friends can join it. You can also tap the more options button and get a link to share your watch party, or invite your friends.

You can leave your watch party temporarily or just end it.

Watch party is a way to get people to watch more videos. It’s a type of online activity that you can engage in with your friends. It’s something like the games you can play in Facebook Messenger but it lets you include more people in the activity. This feature might be more suitable for YouTube where people watch more videos.

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