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Let’s free up some extra space on your iPhone

August 15, 2019
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

Do you keep getting messages on your iPhone that you're running out of space? Deleting music and photos doesn't seem to help out? Well, Bucko, I'm here to show you how to free up some extra space.

Let's start off by clicking on Settings, General, iPhone/iPad Storage and scroll down to see what apps take up the most storage. You have two options. First, you can delete the app or offload the app. Deleting the app gives you the option to download it again if you want to use it, and it keeps your documents and data. The second option is to offload it. That keeps the app stored in the Cloud. For me, the best way is just to offload the app that you don't use much.

With the new iOS 13, AirPods can read your messages with Siri. Phone users won't have to unlock their phone to read and respond to messages anymore. The only catch is that they'll need a pair of AirPods to access iOS 13's Announce Messages with the Siri feature. When your AirPods are connected, Siri can read incoming messages as they arrive and let you respond using just your voice.

Did you have a hard time trying to find your mouse cursor after spending five hours at the Mad Monkey Bar? Well, I can help you out with that one after you sober up.

OK.. let's fire up your Mac, then go to System Preferences, Accessibility, Display and slide your mouse over the bar until you see your cursor expand. If that doesn't work, you need to make an appointment with your eye doctor. And stop drinking so much.

Did Joe Smith from Bombay, India, just give you call demanding $358.22 after he took over your computer and prevented it from blowing up? HANG UP. Did someone with a funny accent call and ask if your name was Ellwood P. Suggens? Don't say "YES"... just HANG UP. Did the IRS call saying your gonna lose your house, car, bank account, credit cards and your lawnmower because you owe them $2,632.15 from 1964? HANG UP!!

Don't cancel your subscription, because Apple recently announced iOS 13 with a ton of new features. One of those features is the option to route calls from unknown numbers straight to voicemail. Siri will allow calls from numbers found in Contacts, Mail and Messages to go through. Anything else will go to voice mail, and assuming the caller is legit, they can leave a message.

If you find yourself receiving a lot of spam text messages, you can forward the message to the number 7726 (spells SPAM). It won't block the number from texting you right away, but it will allow your carrier to look into where it came from and put an end to it.

Hiya is a free app I have used on my iPhone for some time now with success. It's the same company that powers AT&T's Call Protect app, as well as Samsung's built-in call block and spam protection service. Samsung Galaxy users can enable the built-in service in the Phone app under Settings > Caller ID and Spam Protection. Setup is painless, and it offers an easy way to report a number.

Another option is to sign up for a free Google Voice phone number. Instead of giving out your real number for random services, you could then use your Google Voice number - and once the robocalls start coming in, use the block feature. Just know that blocking calls may end up being a lot of work, as robocallers are constantly spoofing different phone numbers. If you're all hung up about these robocall block features, just do it the simple way: HANG UP.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.

 
 

 

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