iPhone XS Max wallpapers: 30 images for a bigger screen

The iPhone XS Max is a bigger phone with a bigger screen. It’s still AMOLED so you can take advantage of the screen and try some nice dark wallpapers for your device. If you’re looking for something that makes your screen look good, you can check out out iPhone XS Max Wallpapers. We’ve got some awesome HD images that will fit your new phone. You might need to resize them a bit. A wallpaper that fits the iPhone XS Max is 2302 x 4096px. The images you see below are previews only. Check out the download links to view the full images.

Before you resize an image though, try the original size that it’s available in. iOS is great at resizing and fitting images for the background and you might find that you get better results with it than if you had resized the image first. If you do choose to resize an image, make sure you don’t end up compressing it. A compressed image won’t do your screen justice. Most images in this collection are JPEG so if you resize them and keep them in this same format, make sure that the resize tool doesn’t reduce the quality.

1. Fiery Skies by Joshua Earle

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2. Big Dipper by Timothy Johnson

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3. Burning Orange by Rafael Feroli

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4. Puppy by __ drz __

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5. Morning Waves by Ivan Bandura

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6. White sands at dusk by Ben Klea

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7. The Empire State Building by Timo Wagner

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8. Ice lake by Jairph

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9. The light of dawn by Ivan Bandura

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10. Motion by Ivan Bandura

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11. Fig by Lasse Møller

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12. Triangles by Mark Autumns

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13. Dark violet by Dejan Zakic

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14. Yellow and Grey by Lee Cartledge

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15. Waterfall by Karl Anderson

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16. Wall by Jeremy Galliani

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17. Lines by nrd

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18. Over the desert by Braden Collum

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19. View from above by Michael Rogers

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20. Malaysia and Bokeh by Ahzam Ibrahim

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21. Blue feathers by David Clode

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22. Everyday by Alexis Fauvet

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23. Alcazar Gardens by Charles Smart

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24. Transition by Casey Horner

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25. How do i make you wanna stay by Saffu

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26. Deadpool by u/rottneu3

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27. Mint by u/warlockx77

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28. Apple Logo Black and White by u/JmacMovie

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29. Paint and dust by Matthew Brindle

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30. Circles by u/ScreamingCrabs

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How to move a photo out of the Selfies album on iOS

When you take a photo with the front facing camera, it is automatically sorted to the Selfies album on iOS. In most cases, the photo that you take with the front facing cameras is indeed a selfie so it’s not exactly a bad feature. That said, on the rare occasion that you use the front facing camera to take a photo that doesn’t involve a face you might not want it to appear in the Selfies album. Here’s how you can move a photo out of the Selfie album on iOS.

Remove photo from Selfies album

A photo is sorted to the Selfies album based solely on the camera that is taken with. Camera information is part of the information that is stored as part of the EXIF data with a photo. You can look at this data and find out if a photo was taken on an iPhone and which camera was used, as well as the camera settings used to take it. If you remove this data, the photo will no longer be sorted to the Selfies album.

You can use one of the many apps available in the App Store to remove EXIF data from a photo, or you can use a Siri Shortcut to delete EXIF data from a photo. Both will work to the same end. Once the data has been removed, iOS will automatically move it out of the Selfies album.

The Selfies album is an automatically created album. You can’t delete it and the photos that appear in it can’t be ‘moved’ out. You can move the photo to a different album but it will still appear in the Selfies album.

The photo will still appear in your camera roll. That’s where all photos appear. If you want to hide a photo from the camera roll, you can. iOS has a built-in Hidden album that you can sort photos into. Any photo that has been sorted to the Hidden album does not appear in the Camera roll. To hide a photo, open it and tap the Share button at the bottom left. From the actions menu, select Hide.

Anyone who has access to your phone, and has gotten to your Photos app will be able to access the Hidden album and the photos in it. The album isn’t protected with a password or with Touch ID so if anyone that gets past your lock screen, can access hidden photos.

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Siri Shortcut: Delete EXIF data from a photo on iOS

Your photos contain EXIF  data. Some of it is harmless like the date a photo was taken on, or the camera/phone it was taken on. Some EXIF data isn’t harmless like the location a photo was taken at. Out of the box, you cannot view EXIF data for a photo on iOS which means deleting it requires an app as well. If you need a quick, free, non-app related way to delete EXIF data from a photo on iOS, try a Siri Shortcut called Metadata Remover.

Delete EXIF data

You must have the Shortcuts app installed on your phone, and you must be running iOS 12.

Install the Metadata Remover shortcut and run it. It can delete EXIF data from a photo in your camera roll, or you can take a photo with the shortcut and delete EXIF data from it. You have the option to save the photo, all EXIF data removed, or to share it.

The shortcut also gives you the option to delete the original photo. When the shortcut removes the EXIF data, it first creates a duplicate of the photo, and then strips the data from it. The duplicate isn’t of lower quality however, if you want to reduce the quality of the duplicate, or remove EXIF data from multiple photos, you need to edit the shortcut.

Open the Shortcuts app and tap the three little dots at the top right of the shortcut. This will open the shortcut in editing mode. Scroll down the list of actions and you will find the Select Photos action. Turn on the ‘Select Multiple’ switch.  This will allow you to select multiple photos from your camera roll when you run it.

Next, on the Convert Image action, you can select the format that the photo is saved in. The default is JPEG but you can change it to PNG, TIFF, GIF, JPEG-2000, BMP, and PDF. There’s also an option to match the input file format. In addition to selecting the image format, you can also select the quality in some cases, e.g., if you select JPEG.

Make sure you save the changes you make to the shortcut and then when you run it, the new settings will be applied. The copy of the image the shortcut creates will be saved in the format you selected, and if you enabled it, you will be able to select multiple photos from your camera roll.

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How to create Emoji Mini in Google Keyboard

Personalized emoji, whether you call it memoji, or something else, are becoming a thing. The little yellow heads are still popular but users like to see themselves as these little cartoon characters. Maybe it has something to do with how popular Bitmoji have been. Google has released something called Emoji Mini. They’re basically emoji created from a photo of you and they’re pretty good. Here’s how you can create emoji mini in the Google Keyboard app.

Emoji mini is available for both iOS and Android versions of the Google Keyboard app. Update to the latest version of the app to create your own Emoji mini.

Emoji Mini in Google Keyboard

Open an app that lets you access Google Keyboard. A messaging app is always a safe bet if you want to access a keyboard app and its features. Tap the arrow button at the left to reveal the various items you can insert via the keyboard, and select the sticker button.

There are various types of stickers that you can create but you want to tap the one with the cartoon face indicated in the screenshot below. Allow Google Keyboard to access your camera and position your face inside the frame. Take a photo and allow Google Keyboard to create your mini emoji.

The Emoji mini are fairly accurate however, you’re not stuck with whatever the keyboard creates. Tap the Customize button and you can change any aspect of the emoji that you want.

For some odd reason, black isn’t a hair color but other than that, the customization options are great.

To use the Emoji mini, tap the sticker option in Google Keyboard and it will show you your emoji, and its many variations that you can use.

The emoji are basically stickers so you can send them over any app that you want. You probably can’t send them over SMS but all other messaging apps will be able to send these stickers. More importantly, it won’t matter if the person you’re sending the sticker to is on Android or iOS, or if they have the Google Keyboard app installed or not. The stickers will appear the way they should.

The feature appears to have rolled out to everyone but if you don’t see it just yet, give it a day or two. If you’re worried whether or not the feature will be available on your phone, don’t be. It’s not device specific and it doesn’t require special hardware, other than a camera, to work.

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How to create custom text replacement phrases on iOS

Text replacement is one of those features that most mobile operating systems have and few desktop operating systems do. It’s not something to take for granted and really should be more common on the desktop. iOS also has a text replacement feature and you can create custom text replacement phrases on iOS. Here’s how.

Custom text replacement

Open the Settings app and go to General. Scroll down and tap Keyboard. On the Keyboard screen, tap Text Replacement. The Text Replacement screen will show you a list of the pre-configured text replacement phrases.

Tap the plus button at the top right to create a custom text replacement phrase. In the ‘Phrase’ field, enter the full phrase that you want to use. For example, enter ‘Buy milk and cookies’. In the shortcut field, enter the shortcut phrase that you want to use e.g., mc. Tap Save at the top, and you’re done.

You can test the phrase out in any app that lets you input text, for example, the Messages app. Enter the shortcut which, going by our example is ‘mc’, and tap the space bar. Once you tap the space bar, it will expand to the full phrase you entered i.e., buy cookies and milk. Text replacement will match the letter case that you entered the phrase in.

Text replacement is a good way to speed up typing but it can be used to be more productive. For example, you can enter important phone numbers, addresses, or email addresses. iOS can automatically suggest phone numbers, addresses, and emails when it detects these input fields in form fields for both apps and web pages. This will help you out if you need to text the same information over and over and a form field isn’t available.

Given there are now Siri Shortcuts, you can probably create a shortcut that simplifies this anyway. A simple shortcut that can retrieve information pre-programmed into it and copies it to your clipboard can do the trick too though, it will take more taps than text replacement to execute.

If you’re worried about security and your information leaking, text replacement is more secure than if you go with a Siri Shortcut copying information to your clipboard. Apps can’t read what you’ve set up in text replacement but they can access your clipboard. If you use macOS, it has text replacement. It’s the only mainstream desktop OS that does. Windows 10 lags behind in this area. In fact, its spell check is still bad.

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