How To Set Notifications To Deliver Quietly For An App On iOS 12

All app notifications aren’t the same. A notification from Candy Crush isn’t as important as an email. Up until now, iOS users have had the option to turn off notifications from less important apps, and allow only those that they cannot afford to miss. With iOS 12, Apple gives users a new way to get notifications that is far less distracting. For less important apps, you can choose to have notifications delivered quietly. What this means is that the notification will not appear on your lock screen, and on your home screen if your phone is unlocked. It will however appear in the notification center. Your screen won’t turn on as often saving battery life, and it will be less distracting, Here’s how to enable deliver quietly for an app.

This setting is set on a per-app basis. You can quickly enable deliver quietly for an app from the notification center, or you can enable it from the Settings app.

Deliver Quietly From Notification Center

To enable, or disable deliver quietly for an app from the notification center, you must have a notification from the app present there. Swipe down to open the Notification Center and swipe left on the app’s notification. Tap the Manage button. From the menu that appears, tap Deliver Quietly.

To disable Deliver Quietly, again swipe down and open the Notification Center. Swipe left on the notification and tap Manage. From the menu, select Deliver Prominently.

Deliver Quietly From Settings App

Open the Settings app and go to Notifications. Tap the app you want to enable or disable Deliver Quietly for. An app, by default, can deliver notifications to your lock screen, to the notification center, and to your home screen.

If you disable delivering notifications to the lock screen and to the home screen i.e., banner, you will have enabled deliver quietly for that app. To disable it, enable all three types of notifications for the app.

Apple is changing a few things with notifications in iOS 12. You can group notifications by type on iOS 12, and you can choose where they’re delivered.

Delivering notifications quietly will reduce distractions for users but they won’t miss notifications. They can always be checked from the notification center. Where this will reduce distractions, it will also help your device’s battery last longer. If your screen isn’t waking up for unimportant notifications, the battery will last longer. You’re not going to double your battery life but it will help.

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How To Name Voice Memos By Location On iOS

iOS has a Voice Memo app which, as you can probably guess by the name, can create voice memos. The app appears to be simple and for the most part it is. There are a few basic editing functions and the app can save to a lossless format. By default, it saves recordings with a numbered name i.e., Recording 1, Recording 2, Recording 3, etc. This may make it harder to tell which recording is which. If you record memos in different places i.e., at work, at home, or at the park, you can name voice memos by location.

Name Voice Memos By Location

Open the Settings app and tap the Voice Memos app. In order to name voice memos by location, the app must have access to your location. Tap the Location option at the top and allow the app to use your location while you’re using the app.

Once you’ve done that, scroll further down and tap Default Name. Change it from ‘Recording Number’ to ‘Current Location’.

The next voice memo you record will be named after your current location. If you record multiple voice memos in the same location, the file will be numbered after the location. The files will be named Location, Location 2, Location 3, etc.

For the voice memo to be named after a precise location, Apple Maps must have your area mapped out reasonably well. If it isn’t, the voice memos will normally just be named after your city and they will likely be far less useful than if they had your actual location or a nearby landmark at the very least.

Rename Voice Memo

You can always change the name later if you want. If you’re wondering how to edit the name of a voice memo, it’s pretty easy. To edit the voice memo’s name, select it and tap the three dots button. In the menu that opens, tap Edit. This will open a fairly complicated looking panel that lets you crop the file, among other things. Tap the name of the voice memo and you will be able to edit it.

You can edit the name of a voice memo regardless if it’a named by number or by location. If you’re having problems keeping track of your recordings with both naming schemes, you should try and make a habit of renaming them the second you create them. It may not always be convenient but it’s worth it to keep track of your voice memos.

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How To Enable or Disable Group Notifications By App On iOS 12

Apple has been changing how notifications appear on your lock on iOS in almost each major iOS update. They got it right in iOS 9 where there was an option to sort the notifications in chronological order but that option was removed in a later version. In iOS 12, notifications are grouped by app. This means that if you have ten new text messages, they will all be grouped into one notification. You may, or may not like this. Here’s how you can enable or disable group notifications by app on iOS 12.

Group Notifications By App

This setting is customizeable on a per-app basis. This means you can choose to group notifications by app for apps like Instagram or Facebook, but keep them separate for apps like Messages or Phone.

Open the Settings app and tap Notifications. Select the app you want to enable or disable group notifications for. Scroll down and tap Notification Grouping. On the Notification Grouping screen, select ‘By App’ to group notifications by app, or tap ‘Off’ to disable notification grouping.

If you go with the default option, or with By App, you will only get one notification per app. It will be a stack of notifications from the same app. For example, if you have grouped notifications enabled for the Messages app, and you have three new messages from three different people, they will all be grouped together as one message.

With grouped notifications turned off, each message will have its own alert i.e., you will have one notification from each sender on your lock screen.

Unfortunately, it seems the chronological sorting of notifications isn’t coming back any time soon. If you leave the notification set to its default selection i.e., Automatic, the notifications may well end up grouped by app type. For example, if you have a notification from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, they might all be grouped into one because they’re all social media apps.

The good thing is that you can change how notifications are grouped on a per-app basis. Grouping notifications from a particular app such as Twitter or Facebook isn’t a bad idea but grouping them for apps like Phone, Messages, or other productivity oriented apps like Slack may make the notifications far less useful.

This new method of displaying notifications is aimed at making your lock screen far less distracting and making it so that notifications, especially those that aren’t important, do not overwhelm you.

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How To Download IGTV Videos?

Instagram has a new feature that lets users create their own channels, and share videos with their followers. It’s called Instagram TV i.e. IGTV and it’s supposed to be TV made for the phone with a special focus on vertical videos. Anyone can create a channel, and whatever is broadcast is available for the masses to view from inside the Instagram app. If you like a particular video, you can download IGTV videos. There’s no built-in tool in the Instagram app to download IGTV videos. Instead, you have to utilize a third-party tool.

We should warn you that while you may want to save an IGTV video offline to view later, you should not download it with the intent to redistribute it as your own.

Download IGTV Videos

In order to download IGTV videos, you first need a link to the video you want to download. You can get this link from the Instagram app. Open IGTV, and select which channel you want to watch. Pick the video you want to download, and play it. On the video, there’s a three dot button. Tap it, and from the menu, select Copy Link.

The link will be copied to your clipboard and it’s up to you to make it accessible on your desktop.

Visit a web app called IGTV Downloader and paste the link you just copied in the search bar, and tap Search. Click the Download Now button, and the video will download as an MP4 file which can be played on practically any device. 

If you’re on Android, this web app has an Android app that allows you to download IGTV videos on your phone without having to go to your desktop. The process is the same; copy a link to the video and paste it in the app. With Android, you can download videos to your camera roll.

There are apps that let you download Instagram videos and photos posted by accounts. They’ve been around for a long time, almost since the first year the app was released. It’s no surprise that an app for downloading IGTV videos has been developed so quickly. There will likely be more like it and perhaps some will make it easier to get the link to the video.

IGTV isn’t available on Instagram’s web version which is still very bare compared to the apps. It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to access IGTV from the web so there’s no easier way to get a link to an IGTV video.

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How To Get A QR Code For Your LinkedIn Profile

QR codes were fairly popular at one time for sharing information quickly. They haven’t exactly gone out of style but you don’t find popular apps supporting them. Instead, apps like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat have their own branded codes. Essentially, these branded codes are fancy QR codes that make it easier to add people. LinkedIn has added a new feature that lets you share a QR code for your LinkedIn profile, and scan a QR code for someone else’s profile.

QR Code For Your LinkedIn Profile

This feature was added as an app update. Make sure you’re running the latest version of the LinkedIn app.

Open the LinkedIn app and tap the search bar. You will see a ‘Scan code to connect’ option. Tap it.

This will take you directly to the code scanner. You might have to grant the app access to your camera first. Once you’re on the code scanner screen, you can point your phone at a QR code for a LinkedIn profile. If you have it saved to your camera roll, tap the ‘Scan from photos’ option.

To get a QR code for your LinkedIn profile, switch to the My Code tab. Here, you can share your QR code, or save it as photo to your camera roll.

While LinkedIn may have introduced QR codes for profiles so that it’s easier to add people, particularly at networking events, it goes without saying that these codes will replace the link to LinkedIn profiles people normally add to their CVs.

In the past, people have turned to QR code generators to create similar QR codes for pointing potential employers to their profiles. These codes are used on websites, visiting cards, CVs, and any other promotional material. LinkedIn is basically just catching up to how users share their profiles.

Since codes are so much easier to scan on phones, and you have to jump through hoops to scan a QR code on your desktop, this feature is only available on the LinkedIn smartphone apps. You can neither see your own QR code, nor scan one from the web interface. The scanning part makes sense but users ought to be able to save a QR code to their own LinkedIn profile from the web. Imagine working on your CV on your desktop and having to import the QR code from your phone. It’s not that big a deal to copy an image from the camera roll but it is annoying having to connect a device just to do it.

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