How to disable Instant Hotspot on iOS

You can’t use an Apple device without an Apple ID. You need it to download apps from the App Store on an iOS device. On macOS, you can download apps from outside the Mac App store but a lot of them are only available there. Once you connect an Apple ID to either of these devices, it also triggers other services one of which is Instant Hotspot on iOS.

Instant Hotspot on iOS allows other Apple devices like Macs and iPads that use the same Apple ID to activate the hotspot on your iOS device. You never have to interact with your iPhone. The hotspot will just turn on from a different device. If you don’t like this feature, and are looking for an off switch, you’re going to be disappointed. There is no off switch but that doesn’t mean you can’t disable Instant Hotspot on iOS. You can but it comes with a downside.

Disable Instant Hotspot

Instant Hotspot relies on your Apple ID to work but it works through iCloud. If you sign  out of iCloud on your iOS device, you will not be able to turn the hotspot on from your Mac.

If you sign out of iCloud, you will have to forgo using services like Find my phone, clipboard sync, and Keychain syncing to your Mac. Decide if you’re willing to let it go and then proceed with signing out of iCloud.

Open the Settings app and tap your account at the top. On the Apple ID screen, scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap the Sign Out option. You will see a menu asking if you want to sign out of iCloud or the Store, or both. Tap the iCloud option.

That should do the trick but it obviously has limitations. If you want to be able to use Find my phone, you can try using a different Apple ID to sign into iCloud.

Apple’s ecosystem is great but it doesn’t give users fine grain control over its features, especially the ones that work between different devices. You can disable iCloud sync for individual apps but for some reason, not for Instant Hotspot. There’s nothing in any settings panel that can disable it and in some cases, this could actually be a security problem.

Users have been wanting a way to turn this off for a while and Apple’s community forums are a testament to this. This feature is a few years old and Apple isn’t likely to change it any time soon.

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How to change the display language on iOS

iOS is available in multiple languages. Apps that do not support a particular language can often utilize the display language on iOS to give you a more accessible version of the app to use. The display language is used by the apps to offer a translation which, in most cases, makes apps much easier to use if you don’t understand any of the languages it’s available in. Here’s how you can change the display language on iOS.

Change display language

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Scroll down and tap General. On the General screen, tap Language and region. If you’ve added other languages for typing, or did so sometime in the past, they will show up here. If you’ve never added a second language, you can search for it and then add it.

Tap ‘Other Languages’ and search for the language that you want to add. Select it, and tap Done.

When you add a second language, you will see a prompt asking which language you prefer over the other. Select the language you want to set as the display language. Your iPhone or iPad will then apply it and this can take some time depending on how old or how new your device is.

Once the language is set, you will start to see subtle changes in the display language. You will return to the Language & Region screen where, if you want to change the display language again, you can tap edit and drag & drop the languages one over the other to change their order.

The screenshots below show you the Gmail and Google Maps app which utilizes iOS’ support for the Urdu language. You will notice that not everything is translated because the support is partial. Apps need to add support for this iOS feature and not all do.

If the language you’ve added is fully supported by iOS i.e., every single label and button can be translated into said language, you will be able to delete all other languages. If the language isn’t fully supported, you will not be able to delete the default language.

If you ever want to change the display language back, all you need to do is visit the same Language & Region screen. You can change the order of the languages so that the language you added is listed second, or you can delete it altogether. Again, iOS will take some time to implement the change. We should also mention that if you choose a language that is written right-left, the layout for apps that support the language will also change to reflect it.

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How to enable Facebook Messenger dark mode

Facebook Messenger has a dark mode but unlike an ordinary feature, you have to unlock it with a simple little trick. The dark mode was likely added in one of the app’s recent updates (the app updates once every two weeks). Check that you’re running the latest version of the app and read on to learn how you can enable Facebook Messenger dark mode on both iOS and Android.

Facebook Messenger dark mode

Open Facebook Messenger and select any chat thread to interact with. You can send yourself messages on Facebook Messenger and that will work perfectly for this trick.

In the chat thread, tap the smiley face icon inside the message input box. Go to the Emoji tab and look for the crescent moon emoji. It’s in the animal/nature category. You need to send it over the chat thread.

When you do, you’ll see an animation featuring the crescent emoji raining down from the top of your screen, except it looks a little scary and it isn’t the same as the emoji that you sent.

When the animation is over, you will see a ‘Try it in Settings’ button accompanied by a ‘You Found Dark Mode’ banner at the top. Tap it, and you’ll switch over to the app’s settings where you can turn dark mode on.

If you don’t see the animation when you send the crescent moon emoji, exit the app on your phone and then open it again. Send the crescent emoji again and it should work this time.

Disable Facebook Messenger dark mode

To disable the dark mode, tap your profile picture thumbnail at the top left to go to the app’s settings. You will see the same dark mode switch as before. Turn it off and you’ll go back to the light mode.

The dark mode is available for all users and maybe, Facebook Messenger will eventually make it more obvious how you can enable it.

The Facebook Messenger dark mode isn’t bad. It’s not devoid of all color. The white interface is replaced with a dark black but the color that you’ve selected for the chat doesn’t change. The text isn’t a sharp white. It’s a lesser white and some text and buttons are a light grey.

There is still a problem where, when you launch the app after quitting it, you will definitely see the white interface. It’s the same with the YouTube app. Even if you have the dark theme enabled, the splash screen features the YouTube logo on a white background and it’s blinding.

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How to change teams in Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go trainers can choose one of three teams to join. They can join a team once they’re level 5 and up until two days ago, the selection was permanent. The team you picked had to be a decision you made carefully because it was practically set in stone. There have been some users who were able to request Niantic for a team change but they’re definitely in the minority. That’s all changed now. You can change teams in Pokémon Go if you’re willing to spend $10.

Change teams in Pokémon Go

Niantic has finally allowed trainers to change teams in Pokémon Go but it’s still not letting them make the decision lightly. For one, it costs money to make the change. Specifically, users have to purchase a special medallion that is now available in the shop to make the change and it comes with conditions.

Open Pokémon Go and tap the Pokéball at the bottom centre. On the next screen, tap Shop.

Scroll through the list of available items and look for the Team Medallion. Buy it, and use it to change your team. It costs 1000 Pokécoins so if you happen to have those to spare, changing teams should be easy. To say this is one the pricer things you can buy in the app is an understatement.

As mentioned earlier, this medallion comes with limitations. You can only use it once a year. That means team changes are limited to once per 365 days. If you later need to change your team again, you will need to purchase another Team Medallion.

After changing teams, there will be other side-effects. For one, you will be removed from the gym you’ve joined as gyms are under the ownership of specific teams. If you no longer belong to the team that owns a gym, you will be naturally be kicked out of it with no way to rejoin. Any Pokémon you had in the gym will of course be returned to you and you will not lose any medals etc., that you’ve earned as a member of the other team.

While Niantic has relented and made it easier for users to change teams in Pokémon Go, it still isn’t allowing users to make the decision on a whim. It will cost you money to make the change, and the change will stick for one year. If you play the game a lot, it might just be easier to start over with a new account and join the team you want.

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How to use Snapshot Go in Pokèmon Go

AR hasn’t really been as popular as it was first thought to be but one game that uses it well is Pokèmon Go. It’s AR feature is a core part of the game even if you turn the camera view off. The game has added a new feature called Snapshot Go that lets you take photos of the various Pokèmon you’ve captured. Here’s how it works.

Snapshot Go

This is a new feature added via an update. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Before you can use it, make sure that you’re running the latest version of the app.

Open Pokèmon Go and tap the Pokèball at the bottom center of the screen. On the menu screen, tap Pokèmon to go to your library.

Scroll through the list and pick out the Pokèmon you want to photograph and tap the newly added camera button. You’ll switch over to the camera view. Your selected Pokèmon will be added to the live camera view and you can tap the capture button at the bottom to take a photo.

You can take multiple photos of the same Pokèmon and then save them all in one go. You can preview a picture by tapping the thumbnail that appears in the bottom right corner.  Once you’re done taking the photos, tap the back button at the top left (it looks like a phone with an arrow).

Scroll thorough the photos you’ve taken. Select the ones you want to keep, and then tap the share button at the bottom right. If you want to save the photo to your camera roll, you’ll have to tap the Save to Files button on the action sheet. For some reason, the save photo or save to camera roll action is absent.

Snapshot Go is a nice feature but it’s still lacking in some areas. For one, you cannot change the angle that you can take photos of the Pokèmon. If you tap them, they will ‘roar’ and you can take a ‘mid-action’ photo if you want. There’s also no repositioning the Pokèmon or zooming in/out.

This was a feature that users had been demanding since the game was first released and it’s taken a considerable amount of time to add it (we’re talking over a year). It seems to be basic at best. There’s no telling when any improvements will come. The game encourages players to share their photos online so it has a social aspect to it. It may be reason enough to improve the feature in one of the upcoming releases.

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