Productivity

How to speed up (and protect) your Internet connection on your iPhone

How to speed up (and protect) your Internet connection on your iPhone

In this post, I will share with you a tip at the intersection of productivity and security.

You will learn how to speed up and protect at the same time your internet connection.

This tip is useful if:

  1. your web browsing experience feels sluggish (webpage loading time too long)

  2. you'd like to protect yourself and other family members from most phishing attacks

  3. and, optionally, you'd like to easily and quickly block adult content

How to type faster using text replacements on your iPhone

How to type faster using text replacements on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to speed up repetitive typing of short sentences that you may use several times every week.

You can do that by defining shortcuts, like “omw” that, when typed will trigger the replacement with the words “On my way!”.

The key is to choose an uncommon combination of letters to avoid misfiring the text replacement, and one way to achieve this, is by prepending the shortcut with a special character like a comma, a dash or a dot.

How to collaborate with others on the same note from your iPhone

How to collaborate with others on the same note from your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to collaborate with others on the same note through iCloud, directly from your iPhone.

This tip is useful if you’re using Notes to:

  1. Create your shopping list

  2. Plan small trips and holidays

  3. Organise family reunions or friend parties

  4. Collect ideas for projects like house improvement

  5. Save / store recipes either your own or found online

… and want other people to stay in the loop and be able to edit the note by adding attachments or checking off to-do items.

How to disable read receipts for iMessages on your iPhone

How to disable read receipts for iMessages on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to disable read receipts for iMessages.

This tip is useful if you don't want to let your iMessage correspondant know when you actually opened his/her message.

Sneaky? Not necessarily, as there can be legitimate reasons for choosing to do so, in my opinion.

How to display the exact time a message was sent or received on your iPhone

How to display the exact time a message was sent or received on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to find out the exact time at which a specific message was sent or received.

By default, the Messages app groups conversations together and provide a unique timestamp, even when replies are tens of minutes apart from each other.

There is a simple way to reveal the exact time for each specific message on your Apple devices.

How to fight iMessage spammers on your iPhone

How to fight iMessage spammers on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to mute unknown senders in Messages.

This tip is useful if you don't want to receive a notification when someone not in your contacts list (most probably a spammer) sends you an iMessage.

It's important to understand that only iMessages are concerned; SMS messages cannot be muted, unless the sender has been explicitly blocked (as explained in my previous post).

How to block annoying callers and message senders on your iPhone

How to block annoying callers and message senders on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to block some people from reaching you by phone, SMS, iMessage and FaceTime on your iPhone.

This tip is useful if you'd like to stop being annoyed by unwanted calls (voice or video) and messages either from strangers or from people already in your contact list.

How to quickly access old e-mails while composing a new one on iPhone

How to quickly access old e-mails while composing a new one on iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to quickly access old e-mails while composing a new one on your iPhone.

This tip is useful when you realise that you need to look up or copy/paste some information from another e-mail after you just started typing.

Please note that to take advantage of this feature, your iPhone needs to run at least iOS 9.

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How to write an e-mail across multiple Apple devices

How to write an e-mail across multiple Apple devices

In this post, I will show you how to start an email (or a reply) on one Apple device and continue/finish it on another one.

In Apple's jargon, this feature is called "Handoff" and it works with various applications besides Mail, like Safari, Messages, etc.

How to swap mail recipients on your iPhone

How to swap mail recipients on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to quickly swap e-mail recipients between the To: and Cc: fields when replying to all in Mail on your iPhone.

When you hit "Reply All", the sender's e-mail address will be put in the To: field and the recipients that were in the Cc: field will remain there.

Did you know that you can very easily swap recipients between those fields?

How to only get relevant email notifications on your iPhone

How to only get relevant email notifications on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to restrict email notifications for only a select group of people, called VIPs, on your iPhone.

This tip is useful if you want to:

  • remove all email notifications except for VIPs

  • quickly access email conversations from a small group of people

  • be able to customise email notifications for loved ones or important relatives

What is even better is that the VIP list is synchronised across multiple devices via iCloud.

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