How To Disable Facebook Story Archive

Facebook introduced stories in an attempt to replicate the popularity of the same feature that Snapchat has. Facebook’s user base is hardly the same as that of Snapchat so it’s no wonder that Facebook Stories aren’t as popular as they are on Snapchat. If you often post to your Facebook story, assuming the photo or video disappears after 24 hours, you might be surprised to learn that a copy of it is saved to your account. No one sees it however, it does exist. It’s not automatically deleted after the promised 24-hours. This all happens under the guise of a feature called Story Archive. If you don’t want to keep your Facebook stories forever, you should disable Facebook Story Archive.

Facebook Story Archive

Open the Facebook app and you will see stories at the top. You can cycle through the available stories but if you look at the top right of the story slider, you will see an option called ‘Your Archive’. Click it. If you’ve posted to your story recently, the Your Story Archive screen will show you your recent posts.

Tap the gear icon at the top right of this screen.

This will take you to the Story Archive Settings screen which is just one setting; the Save to Archive option. Turn it off and Facebook will no longer save a copy of your story to your account.

Facebook makes it a whole lot easier to enable this option than to disable it. Once you disable it, the screen gives you a button to enable it from the Your Story Archive screen.

If you remember, a few years ago it was discovered that even after you delete photos from Facebook, Facebook still kept a copy of them. People weren’t happy and Facebook was quick to abandon the practice. This obviously isn’t the same thing. You have the option to turn the feature off but it’s still unnecessary, and enabled by default.

The archive is only visible to you. Your friends and followers can’t see. In fact, if you wanted to make it available to them, you couldn’t. The story itself isn’t saved unless the 24-hours have expired. You can use an image or a video again or review it which is the utility of the feature. The saved stories don’t take up any space on your device. The copy is saved online so if you like the feature, you don’t have to worry about it taking up excessive space on your phone.

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How To Enable And Disable Netflix Smart Downloads

You can download select movies and TV shows on Netflix. This is a feature that was added a while back to both the smartphone apps, and the lone Windows 10 desktop app for Netflix. Not everything can be downloaded of course but that doesn’t mean the feature isn’t useful. It’s meant for users who want to Netflix on the go but don’t want to use their limited data plan to do it, or for when there is no WiFi. This feature has now been complimented with Netflix smart downloads.

Netflix smart downloads basically manages how much space the Netflix app, and its downloaded content, takes on your device. Once you’ve watched a downloaded episode of something, it will automatically delete it from your device. It will also download the next episode so that you still have something to watch.

This feature is only available on Android at the moment.

Netflix Smart Downloads

Make sure you’re running the latest version of the Netflix app. Open the app and tap the More tab at the bottom right.  On the More tab, tap App Settings. On the App Settings screen, you will see a ‘Smart Downloads’ switch. Turn it on if you want to enable Netflix smart downloads, and turn it off if you want to disable them.

The benefit of the feature is that you will never have watched content taking up space on your device and you won’t have to download the next episode of a series yourself. If it’s available for offline download, the app will download it for you.

The downside is the content will be deleted once it’s been watched. If you ever want to rewatch something on the go, it won’t be there. This is a fairly small trade-off but it’s a downside nonetheless and probably the reason why there’s an option to disable the feature.

We should mention that if you use a VPN for Netflix to access geographically restricted, and download it as well, your VPN must be running for Netflix smart downloads to download the next episode of a series that is restricted by country. Other than that, there’s nothing stopping the feature from working as it should. So long as Netflix can access the content, it will be able to download it.

The videos will be downloaded over WiFi only, and in the quality that you’ve selected under the app’s settings. If you’re on a plan that only gives you SD quality, you will not be able to download content in HD.

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How To Use Siri To View Nutrition Information On iOS 12

Siri has come a long way since it was first introduced as a feature in iOS. For one, it now works on the desktop i.e., on macOS and it’s quite capable there as well. Siri can do more things since its inception and of course with each new iteration, the AI gets more and more capable. You can view Nutrition information on iOS 12 via Siri.

To view nutrition information on iOS 12, you need to invoke Siri. The trick is to know the correct command. There are a couple that work;

  • Show me nutrition information for (food name)
  • Is (food name) healthy?
  • How many calories are in (food name)?
  • How much fat is in (food name)? You can vary this question by replacing the ‘fat’ with cholesterol, or vitamin D, or something similar.

There are probably a few more commands that will work but these are the few we have for now.

Siri can’t pull up information for every food item there is. It’s not ready to compete with the database that MyFitnessPal has but for the food items it does support at the moment, you can view how many calories it has, how much fat it has and much of it is saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats, you can see how much cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, it has. For some foods like Milk you will see a break down of the vitamins and minerals it has.

Like all nutrition information, the values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. There is no way to change the quantity of a food item you see nutrition information for. For example, the coffee nutrition information is for 237g or 8 fl oz. You can’t change it to a larger or smaller quantity. The list of supported foods isn’t conclusive just yet. Siri has information for Milk, Lemonade, and Coffee but not for roasted chicken or an Apple.

This is a small feature in the grand scheme of things so it obviously wasn’t mentioned when iOS 12 was announced. That’s probably why there is no conclusive list of supported foods and it’s unlikely a lot of people are aware this feature exists at present.

If you use MyFitnessPal, and it’s connected to Apple Health, you know that it can sync nutrition information. Naturally, Apple will want to compete with that. Maybe Siri will be able to add nutrition information to the Health app too. Perhaps that won’t happen with the initial stable release of iOS 12 but with one of its later iterations.

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How To Change Your Whatsapp Phone Number

Your Whatsapp account is associated with a phone number. You can take your SIM out from one phone, and insert it into a different one and you can be up and running in no time. You can restore your chat history from a back-up of the chat but nothing will change. That said, you can change your Whatsapp phone number pretty easily if you ever need to. There’s a built-in option that lets you do it in a few taps.

Whatsapp Phone Number

Open Whatsapp and go to the Settings tab. Tap Account, and on the Account screen, tap Change Number. Tap Next on the Change Number screen.

Enter your current phone number i.e., the one currently associated with your Whatsapp account in the ‘Old phone number’ field. Next, enter the new number that you want to switch to in the ‘New phone number’ field. Tap Next, and then confirm that you want to make the change.

When you change your number, you have the option to notify your contacts about the change in number. Your groups get an alert no matter what. If you want, you can choose which of your contacts are informed about your new phone number.

Your account will be switched from the current phone number to the new one. You will need to verify that you have the new phone number, and once you do, your old SIM and phone number will no longer work with Whatsapp.

If you change your phone at the same time that you change your phone number, your chats won’t automatically sync to the new phone just because you transferred the number. You Whatsapp account information will move from the old phone number to the new one but that doesn’t include your chat history.

Your contacts will get an alert much like the one they get when there’s a change in your encryption key. Your contact information will update for your friends; they will not suddenly start receiving your messages from an unknown/new number.

If you don’t see the option to tell your contacts about the change in phone number, it’s because this is a new feature. To get it, you have to be on the latest version of the app. The feature is available for both Android and iOS users and there’s obviously an app update for both platforms.

Your contacts don’t need to be running the latest version of the app to be notified about the change of phone number.

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How To Enable High Priority Notifications For Gmail

It’s no secret that smartphones were once a great way to stay in touch, and keep up with work on the go but now most people are just overwhelmed with notifications from apps. It’s no secret that notifications need to be managed. Apple is adding a new feature in iOS 12 where you can have notifications deliver quietly for an app. Gmail has a new feature for its smartphone apps where you can change which emails you get notifications for. It’s called High Priority Notifications and you can enable them on a per-account basis if you have multiple accounts configured.

High Priority Notifications

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of Gmail on your phone.

Open the app and tap the hamburger icon at the top left. In the navigation drawer, scroll down and tap Settings. On the Settings screen, tap the email account you want to enable High Priority notifications for.

On the Account settings screen, tap Notifications under the Notification section. On the Notification screen, you will see four different options for how notifications are delivered.

The ‘All new mail’ option is just that; you will get a notification for every single message that arrives in your inbox. The ‘Primary only’ option will only send you notifications for emails that are filtered to your Primary inbox if you have the tabbed interface enabled. Under this option is the High Priority Only option whereby you will get notifications for emails that are most important, as determined by Gmail. The None option will turn off notifications for new emails.

Since this is set on a per-account basis, you can enable high priority notifications for one account, but not the other.

The feature is good but the only trouble is that Gmail decides which email is important. Gmail isn’t necessarily going to incorrectly identify which email is important. It’s good at that, but you might want a notification for an email that Gmail doesn’t think is important such as a newsletter and you’ll have to mark the message as important manually before you start getting notifications for it.

To make an email as important, you have to move it to the primary inbox (if enabled). If you don’t have the Gmail tabbed interface enabled, you can tap the star icon and you will start getting notifications for it.

The feature doesn’t seem to have rolled out for Android users just yet. Android already has priority notification settings so perhaps the feature won’t be released for Android users.

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