iPhone apps

6 Underrated iPhone Utility Apps

Utility Apps aren’t the flashiest of the apps in the App Store, but they sure are useful. Developers have been pushing boundaries of what’s possible in the App world for as long as the App Store has been around. And utility apps, the iPhone equivalent of tools on a Swiss Army Knife have, in many cases, been leading the charge.

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iOS 12 Installation Base Has Reached an Impressive 80%

It wasn’t too long ago (well, back in January actually) that Apple updated the numbers on their iOS 12 installation base. A month later, the leading tech company has shared a second update. With a 5% increase in the number of compatible devices running on the current generation iOS 12, the number has now jumped to 80%.

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iOS app subscriptions

Steps to Cancel or Change App Subscriptions on iOS Devices

Free trial subscriptions are great! Until the free trial period is over and then you start getting charged. Be it in-app or even apps such as Hulu or Apple Music, they all start charging once the free trial is over. There aint no free lunches in this world, people!

If you don’t want to continue with the subscriptions – because you don’t like it or you don’t think that the charges are reasonable, you should be able to cancel your subscriptions, right? How frustrating will it be if you don’t stop getting charged for something you don’t even want? Fret not! Here’s how you can cancel your subscription right on your iOS device.

You can manage your subscriptions in two ways:

1. Apple Website

  • You can manage your subscriptions from here if you’re reading this article from your iOS device that’s logged in to the App Store with your Apple ID.
  • Click on “Manage Your Subscriptions” link.

2. iOS Settings App

  • Click on the Settings app
  • Your name will appear on the menu at the top; click on your name
  • Next, tap on the “iTunes & App Store.”
  • On the pop-up screen, tap on “View Apple ID.” If you’re not signed in already, you’ll have to do so.
  • Scroll to find “Subscriptions” and tap on that.
  • From the list of subscriptions, find the one you wish to manage. (It is possible that you’re charged with a subscription but you can’t see it on your list of subscriptions. This is because it isn’t billed through Apple.)
  • On the next screen, you’ll get the option to manage your subscriptions – you can cancel it or choose a different subscription offering based on the length of the subscription.

There you go! Now all the subscriptions are in your control. You can keep, pick, and choose which apps you want and which aren’t worth your money.

But the best thing to do is to set a reminder when you sign up for the trial period for any subscription. That way, you’ll be able to cancel the subscription before the trial period ends, if you decide you don’t want or need it.

So, folks, which apps will you be unsubscribing from today?

iMessage group texts

Here’s How You Can Leave Those Redundant iMessage Groups

You plan a trip with your friends and you create an iMessage group with them to make coordination between everyone easier (Because you move in a rich circle where everyone has an iPhone!). You had a fantastic four days and now you’re back to your dull daily life. But you’re still a part of a now-defunct group that you’d like to exit. How do you do that? How do you leave iMessage groups that you no longer want to be a part of?

Here’s how …

Exiting from iMessage group on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select the conversation from your list.
  3. Enter the name of the group in the message window on the top.
  4. Tap on the Info icon.
  5. Select ‘Leave this Conversation’.

Exiting iMessage group on Macs

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. Select the conversation from your list.
  3. Click on Details in the message window on the top.
  4. Select Leave this Conversation.

There are instances, though, where you aren’t given the option to ‘Leave this Conversation’. It’s either not available or grayed out. Why, you ask? There can be two reasons for such an unfortunate situation:

  1. The option to exit from group texts is only available on iMessage conversations. If it’s a group on SMS or MMS where one or more participant is an Android user, you have no way out.
  2. The group needs to have three or more participants for you to get the option to leave. It isn’t really a group if there are just two participants, right?

When you’re stuck with either of the two situations, you can do two things, albeit they’re temporary.

  1. You can delete the whole conversation, but you’ll only delete the conversation from your end. As soon as someone drops a text, you’ll once again be sucked into the group messages.
  2. You can mute the conversation if you can’t exit the group text. All you have to do is delete the notifications every time someone texts.

So, there you have it. We’ve given you all possible options. May you successfully leave all groups and conversations that you find boring and uninteresting.

selfies with stickers

Have You Tried the New ‘Sticker Selfies’?

Of all the technology that we’ve seen in the last few decades, there’s probably nothing that stokes a man’s narcissism like selfies. And with iPhones, the concept has been taken to a whole new level. Apple has made it so that selfies are more than just (un)flattering pictures of your duckfaces – they are Sticker Selfies!

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dark mode iOS

Dark Mode is Coming to iOS Devices This Year

Apple’s next iOS version – iOS 13 is just a few months away and there are already a bunch of rumors surrounding its features; the most exciting of which has got to be the news about the dark mode making its way to iOS devices. That’s right, nerds, your beloved dark mode will now be available on your iPhones and iPads and not just your Macs.

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