Enable Calls on Other Devices and Text Message Forwarding

A nice feature of iCloud is the ability to forward your calls and SMS texts from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac. Here, we’ll show you how to enable this feature in iOS.

Let’s start on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices. Here you’ll see a list of other devices signed into your Apple ID. 

To enable this feature completely, you’ll have to also enable it on your other devices. For the iPad, go to Settings > FaceTime > Calls from iPhone. Make sure this is green-checked. Now your calls will ring on your iPad if your iPhone is nearby. But you can go a step further and allow your calls to forward to your iPad even when your iPhone is not nearby. Select Enable Wi-Fi Calling to allow this feature. 

And lastly, to enable this on your Mac, open the FaceTime app, then in the upper left corner, click on FaceTime > Preferences…

Check Calls from iPhone, and if you want, you can also enable Wi-Fi Calling by clicking the button below.

For SMS texts, all you have to do is go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding. Here you’ll see your other devices signed into iCloud. Check the ones you want to enable, and now you’ll see texts on your iPad and Mac as well as your iPhone. You can even send an SMS text from these devices!

That’s it! You’re all set to answer phone calls and texts on your other devices.


The Multitasking Window and Background App Refresh

You might be familiar with the multitasking window on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This is activated by double-pressing the Home button. Alternatively, it can be accessed with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s/6s Plus or the iPhone 7/7 Plus by pressing on the left side of the display; and on the iPad, swiping up from the bottom with four fingers will bring up the multitasking window as well.

img_0010What is the multitasking window for?

The multitasking window is great for quickly switching between apps you’re currently working in. So if you’ve got an ongoing project and you’re using Photos, Word, and Safari, the multitasking window is a quick way to switch between all these apps instead of pressing the Home button and navigating back and forth.

The multitasking window also allows you to force quit an application that isn’t responding. For example, if your Safari app freezes and is unresponsive, you can double-press the Home button and swipe the app up to close it.

Note: only force quit an app if it becomes unresponsive. It is unnecessary to consistently force quit all your apps, and it actually can decrease the functionality and performance of some apps.

Though it may look like the apps in the multitasking window are still running in the background, this is only accurate if Background App Refresh is enabled.

Background App Refresh

After you switch to a different app, some apps will run for a short time before they’re sent to a suspended state. When an app is suspended, it is not in use, open, or using your device’s resources.

Background App Refresh allows your appsimg_0011 to retrieve new data without the need to open them. That way, when you go back into an app, it’s refreshed with new content right away. This is beneficial if you utilize an app frequently, because it efficiently retrieves updated content and gets it ready for when you open it next. This will reduce refresh times when you reopen an app.

One example of Background App Refresh is Twitter: with this setting enabled, Twitter will periodically retrieve new tweets and notifications from your timeline and have them ready when you go back into the app. Another example is Uber: Background App Refresh will keep you current on your Uber’s location status while you’re waiting for it to arrive.

Note: if you force quit an app with Background App Refresh enabled, this feature may not work for that app until you open it again.

How does Background App Refresh affect battery life?

Background App Refresh is a great feature that enhances the iOS experience, and while it can drain a little extra battery, this drain is often insignificant – but the battery decrease might be more noticeable if you have the feature enabled for every app. Go through periodically and check which apps are using this feature (Settings > General > Background App Refresh). Most apps automatically enable this feature when installed.

As your battery gets older and its life cycle depletes, disabling this feature altogether may help you get by a little longer between charges. But on a newer battery, it rarely makes a difference whether it’s on or off.

Also, keep in mind that this will pull data from your WiFi or cellular connection, so if data consumption is a concern, maybe you should consider only enabling this feature for your most used apps.

In any case, you’re going to deplete your battery by using your device and you’re going to use data. Background App Refresh helps improve the efficiency of your daily device usage.

How to create folders for your iOS Device.

Learn how to create folders for your applications on your iOS device!

First, you will need to tap and hold on any icon to get the icons in “wiggle mode.” Wiggle mode allows you to customize the way you view your applications.Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 3.19.09 PM

If you want to make your screen look less cluttered, you can hold down an icon when it is in wiggle mode and drag it on top of another icon you would like to group it with. It will then open them up in a separate box and you can name the folder anything you would like. For example, if it is games you would like to group then you most likely call the folder “Games.” You can then add as many other applications as you would like to that folder by dragging and dropping more onto the folder.Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 3.20.58 PMScreen Shot 2014-09-03 at 3.23.27 PMScreen Shot 2014-09-03 at 3.23.56 PMScreen Shot 2014-09-03 at 3.24.33 PM

Then, if you would like to take applications out of the folder, you will need to press and hold on the folder (or any other icon/application) to get it into wiggle mode. And then you will need to tap on the folder, hold down the application you would like to remove, and drag it out onto the screen. Once you are done editing your folder, you can hit the home button to get out of edit mode!Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 3.30.46 PM

Thank you for reading our blog post and stay tuned for next week’s post on tips for creating a secure password!

How to Add an Address to your Event on your Calendar App on your Apple Computer

Learn how to add an address to your event on your calendar app on your Apple computer!

First, you will need to go into your calendar application. If you haven’t already, you will need to create an event that you want to add the address to.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.05.53 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.07.23 PM

When you are ready to add the address, you will need to type it in the Add location box. When you start typing, suggestions will pop up and if you see the correct location, click on it.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.09.18 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.11.22 PM

Once you have the address in correctly, you will see that a map will be displayed. You can click on it and see it in a larger view in the Maps application where it will show you the location of your event.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.12.54 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.16.27 PM

If you click on the eye in the right corner of the address window, it will bring up your options. You can then get directions to where your event is with the map and with the written directions found on the right. There is also the option of choosing different routes and it will tell you which one is faster by time.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.19.01 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.19.44 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.21.16 PM

Thank you for checking in with us and tune in next week to learn how to create folders on your iOS device!

How to Adjust your Keyboard on your iOS 7 iPad

In this blog post we will be teaching you how to change the position of the keyboard and how to split the keyboard on your iOS 7 iPad in order to make it easier to type!

First, bring up your keyboard on the screen. If you push and hold on the bottom right key, your options will pop up. When you choose undock, your keyboard will move up to the middle of the screen. If you hold down the bottom right key again and select dock, it will move the keyboard back down.Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.38.39 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.45.16 PM

If you choose the split option, your keyboard will separate into “thumb mode” to make it easier to type when you are holding your device.Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.46.16 PM

You can also separate the keyboard by pulling it apart with your thumbs! If you want to use this option in the middle of the screen, you will need to undock it and then pull it apart.Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 2.52.49 PM

Thank you for tuning into our post about adjusting your keyboard on your iOS 7 iPad! Tune in for next week’s post on how to add an address to your event on your calendar app on your Apple computer!

Learn how to sign a PDF document on your Mac computer with the following simple steps:

First, open up the document that you want to sign in preview. If you aren’t sure if you can open it in preview, right click on it and you can choose to open it in preview.Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 2.10.21 PM

Once your document is opened in preview, go up and click Tools and then hover over Annotate and select Signature. You can choose to manage signatures or create signature from FaceTime HD Camera.Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 2.12.56 PM

If you choose to create a signature, the camera will pop up on your screen. You will then need to write your signature on a piece of paper and hold it up to the camera. When doing so, make sure it is straight on the line for the best results. When you decide that it looks correct, you can hit accept.Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 2.16.00 PM

When you get back to your document, the cursor will have turned to a plus so you can place your signature where you want it to go. Once you click, the signature will show up and you can drag it to where you want it to be. You can make it smaller or bigger by dragging it in or out on the corner.Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 2.17.27 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-14 at 2.18.30 PM

This feature is not just for signatures! You can write anything like dates and other information and place it on your document. This is an easy way to fill out documents without having to print it off, sign it, and scan it back onto the computer. Thank you for following our blog! Tune in for next week’s post on how to split your keyboard on your iPad!

How to select text within a document on your iOS device.

Learn how to select text within a document on your iOS device.

First, go into your Page Application and then select the document that you want to select text froScreen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.02.51 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.04.40 PM

Find the text you want to highlight, take two fingers and tap. The text should then be highlighted. You then have the options of: Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Highlight, Comment, and Change styles.Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.05.52 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.06.01 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.06.41 PM

If you have just one line you want to select, it will work the same as stated above.Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.08.32 PMScreen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.09.33 PM

To highlight one word, you just tap to get your cursor by the word and then tap again to get the menu of options. You can select just that word or multiple.Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.12.32 PM

Thank you for tuning into our blog! Get ready for next week with How to sign a document on your Mac computer.

Moshi iVisor Glass

We are loving our product, Moshi iVisor Glass, here at Computer World! It does such a good job protecting the screens of iPhones and iPads! It is shock absorbent and bubble-free because it does not stick to the glass, it sticks to the border around it! It is also super clear so you cannot even tell it’s on your device!Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 10.44.22 AM

Moshi makes this glass in 6 different colors: Black, White, Yellow, Pink, Green, and Blue! Come in today to get yours!Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 10.42.53 AM

How to import photos on your iOS 7 device

Today we will be talking about how to import photos on your iOS 7 device.

First, open your Mail app and go up to the right hand corner to create a new email.Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.29.15 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.29.29 PM

Then you can enter in who you want to send your email to and the subject line. After that, you can hold down your finger where you would write your message and wait for the magnifying glass to appear. When you let go, there will be an option to insert a photo or video.Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.29.58 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.30.11 PM

Next, your photo options will come up and you can find the photo you want to use and select ‘use.’ The photo will then show up in your message.Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.35.39 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.36.15 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-23 at 12.36.28 PM

Thank you for reading our blog! Stay tuned for next week’s post on a product highlight!

How to add new pages or sections in the Pages application on your Apple computer

Learn how to add new pages or sections in the Pages application on your Apple computer by following these simple steps:

First, open up the Pages application that you can find in your dock and open up a new document.Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.46.02 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.46.12 AM

And then to get a new page, without having to press ‘Enter’ a lot, go up in the right hand corner and click ‘Document.’ Then, you will need to select ‘Section’ right below it.  After that, go down to ‘Create a new section’ and select ‘After this section.’ Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.46.36 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.46.54 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.47.08 AM

This is a convenient way to get more pages without pressing enter and it is also nice for when you turn off ‘header, footer, and document body’ when you are just using images and text boxes.Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.47.44 AM

And that is how you create new pages or sections in the Pages application on your Apple computer! Stay tuned for next week on the iPad!