How To Turn Off Messaging For Group Members On Whatsapp

A Whatsapp group is always created to make communication with lots of people easier. Instead of individually messaging people, you can send the information to a group, and everyone gets it. Unfortunately, these groups spiral out of control. With so many members, the groups end up suffering from message overload. This happens with just about any messaging app and the groups created on it. Whatsapp has introduced a new feature to fight message overload. Group admins can turn off messaging for group members. This allows everyone in the group to read the messages that are sent, but only allows the admin to send them.

Messaging For Group Members

This new feature was added via an app update. Before you can enable it, you need to update the app to the latest version. There is an update available for both iOS and Android.

Once updated, open Whatsapp and select the group that you are the admin of. Tap the name of the group at the very top of the chat thread to go to its details screen. Scroll down and tap Group Settings.

On the Group Settings screen, tap ‘Send Messages’.

This will open a menu with two options; All Participants, and Only Admins. Tap the Only Admins option, and from that point forward, only group administrators will be able to send messages to the group. The entire group will be notified about this change.

This should dramatically decrease the amount of spam and off-topic messages that are sent to the group. It does turn the conversation into a one-sided one however, group administrators can change it whenever they want. If something that requires everyone’s participation is under discussion, the setting can be changed to allow everyone to message the group once again, and changed back.

Restricting messaging rights may seem like something that would make groups far less useful but they will ensure that members of a group never get the wrong information, and that they don’t have to scroll through lots of irrelevant messages to find the right one.

It’s hard to think of a messaging app that doesn’t have group messaging but not many of them give group admins much control over group activity. Messaging apps focus more on the messaging part and less on making sure they’re a useful platform for broadcasting information. Whatsapp does things very differently and it regularly introduces new features that help manage chat groups. For anyone that has to manage a particularly large group, Whatsapp is a better platform than most messaging apps.

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How To Make A Video Call On Instagram

Instagram is rolling out video calls to all its users. The new call feature is integrated with your inbox where you also receive replies to your story. The feature appears to have been added in one of the recent updates to the app and has now gone live for most, if not all users. Here’s how you can make a video call on Instagram.

Video Call On Instagram

Open Instagram and tap the paper plane button at the top right that takes you to your inbox. Tap the friend you want to call or tap the plus button at the top right, and select a contact.

At the top of the chat thread, you will see a new camera icon. Tap it to start the call. Your recipient must also have this feature enabled and that might include having the latest version of the Instagram app. Though you initiate a call as a video call, you do have the option to make it a simple voice call by turning off your camera and leaving the mic on. You can also switch between the front and back end camera. By default, Instagram uses the front camera.

The video call can be minimized to a little floating window by tapping the square button at the top left of the call interface. You can then continue to browse the app while still in the middle of the call. Any time you want to return to the full screen call interface, just tap the floating window and it will maximize.

So far, you can only call one person at a time but we going to go out on a limb and predict that this feature will expand to allow group calls. Group video calls are quickly becoming a thing; Snapchat has them, and iOS 12 will allow you to FaceTime multiple people at once.

Video calls aren’t a new feature for social media apps or messaging apps. There are plenty of apps that offer it but they’re mostly productivity based. Given how terrible Skype has become over the past few years though, it’s a market that could do with a new, better alternative. A lot of people favor Discord, some use Slack but there isn’t anything quite like what Skype was back when it was good. You never really know what feature an app will develop well enough for it to replace an app like Skype. Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp already seem to be a preferred mode of messaging for anyone that doesn’t have iMessages. Instagram has as good a chance as any other app to replace Skype.

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How To Enable Or Disable Auto iOS Updates

Updates are important but not everyone likes to install them the second they’re available. Some users prefer to defer updates, while others prefer they install automatically with little to no involvement on their own part. It’s a tricky thing to manage which is why in iOS 12, users can now choose to enable or disable Auto iOS updates.

On older versions of iOS, the next available version would automatically download if you device was sufficiently charged and connected to a WiFi network. It would never automatically install but you would see prompts to install it regularly, or schedule when to install it. As of iOS 12, you can prevent the update from downloading.

Auto iOS Updates

Open the Settings app and go to General. Tap Software Update and you will see an Automatic Updates option. Tap it, and turn the Automatic Updates option On or Off.

This option will prevent the next version of iOS from downloading on your device. You’re far less likely to accidentally update to the next version. Since newer versions of iOS slow down older devices, this will be a welcome feature and it’s only too bad that you have to update to the next version of iOS to get it.

Pros And Cons

This option will be useful given how iOS versions have begun to ship with quite a few bugs. Each new update brings its own bugs and while Apple does address them in the very next update, users may want to avoid an update that has bugs altogether until a version with a fix for said bug is available.

This does come with its own set of problems i.e., security updates will be deferred as well. Apple doesn’t differentiate between security updates and feature updates like Microsoft does for Windows 10. As such, if you turn off auto iOS updates, you likely will not automatically install any important security updates that may be the sole purpose of an iOS update.

This option is unlikely to impact how many users update to the next version of iOS though. iOS conversion rates are 90% within the first month a new major version is released. Unlike Windows 10 users who do everything humanly possible to avoid a feature update, iOS users actively wait for and install the next version.

Apple is obviously giving its users more control over their devices. With iOS 11. it gave users the option to turn off throttling for devices with aging batteries and now it’s giving them more leeway with installing updates.

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How To Turn Off Unlock For USB Accessories On iOS 12

iOS 11.4 added a new feature whereby if you haven’t connected a USB accessory to your unlocked device for a few days, it will prevent the accessory from connecting with a locked phone. To enable the connection, you have to unlock your device and then connect the accessory. This is a security feature and in iOS 12 the duration for connecting a USB accessory to a locked device has been limited to one hour. What this means is that if you haven’t unlocked your phone in over an hour, you will have to unlock it to use USB accessories. Here’s how to turn off unlock for USB accessories.

Note: iOS 12 is currently in beta and unless you’re part of the Apple public beta program, you will not be able to use this unstable version of iOS. The stable release is set for fall, this year.

Unlock For USB Accessories

To turn off unlock for USB accessories, open the Settings app and go to Touch ID and Passcode. Enter your passcode, and then scroll down to the ‘Allow access when locked’ section. Here, look for a switch labelled USB Accessories and turn it On.

This will allow USB accessories, including your PC or Mac, to connect with and charge your phone even if it hasn’t been unlocked in over an hour. This option may not appear for everyone on the iOS 12 beta just yet and that’s probably a bug. Wait for the next build and it may eventually appear.

The real question is, should you turn this option On, or leave it Off? With newer iPhone models, everything connects via a USB connection. The headphone jack is gone and unless you have a pair of Airpods, you will need a USB connector to connect headphones. With respect to that, it can get annoying having to unlock your device when you connect an accessory. That said, you can unlock with Touch ID or Face ID so it’s not like you have to enter a long passcode.

If you’re the sort to forget about a feature like this, you might want to turn it off. Imagine connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC to charge, and coming back a few hours later to find that the phone didn’t charge because USB accessory access was blocked.

For the most part, this is a good security feature but some users may find it more of a nuisance than something useful. If your phone is ever stolen or lost, you will find that this will deter anyone from attempting to erase and resell it.

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How To Create Your Own Instagram Channel

Instagram now lets users create their own channels and broadcast videos from it. This new feature is called IGTV i.e., Instagram TV. The social media app is dubbing it as the video channel for vertical videos, because we all need more of those. This new feature isn’t exclusive to certain users. If you want, you can create your own Instagram channel.

Make sure the Instagram app is up to date. This feature is available on both iOS and Android.

Create Instagram Channel

Open the Instagram app and tap the new TV icon at the top right. This will take you to the IGTV screen where you can see every channel created by users that you follow, and view what they’ve chosen to broadcast. On this screen, you will notice a gear icon. Tap it.

Tapping the gear icon will open a menu with a Create Channel option. Tap it, swipe through the three on-boarding screens, and tap the Create Channel button at the end.

You will not be prompted to enter a name for the channel. It goes by your username. Once you tap the Create button, the channel will be created and you will return to the main IGTV screen. Here, you will see your own profile icon appear where the gear icon did. Tap it to upload something to your Instagram channel.

Tap the plus button to share something to your channel. Upload a video, give it a title, and a description. If you want, you can make the video visible on your Facebook page.

It appears that there is no way to delete an Instagram channel just yet. There are also no management settings for the channel i.e., you cannot block someone from seeing what you broadcast. It’s safe to assume that everything that is broadcast is public.

Users that you have blocked on Instagram will not be able to view your channel however, there is no selective blocking for channels like there is for Instagram stories.

An Instagram channel allows users to share longer videos, and unlike Instagram Stories, the videos do not disappear after 24 hours. Instagram stories have been fairly popular with content creators. For users who do not share as frequently, there’s always the option of sharing another user’s post to their Instagram Story. This makes it so that anyone can share to their story. The edge that IGTV has over stories and other posts is that you can use it share longer videos and that is bound to appeal to a lot of users.

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