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How to Automatically Sync iPhone Photos with Your Computer

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How to Automatically Sync iPhone Photos with Your Computer is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone camera takes great shots and shoots high-quality video, but how do you get your photos or videos off the phone and back them up to your computer? We’ll offer a few automatic solutions so you can confidently takes photos and now they’ll end up on your laptop or desktop computer within minutes.

The iPhone 7 Plus camera is better in many ways.

The key word in this process is “automatically” syncing photos. Anyone can plug their phone into their Mac or PC and back up the photos manually from the phone to the computer. Mac uses the Photos app for this and on Windows you can set it up to back up to Windows. Follow the steps listed on Apple’s support site to do that on either platform manually.

Upload iPhone Photos to Photo Sharing Sites

You can upload iPhone Photos to photo sharing sites like Flickr, Facebook, 500px and others. Many may not know that a lot of these services offer an automatic back-up for iPhone photos. For example, Flickr is the best service left in the Yahoo universe. The Flickr iOS app has a setting that lets users automatically upload their photos.

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Install Flickr and sign into your Yahoo account. Then select the last tab on the right across the bottom of the app. It shows your account and photos uploaded to Flickr already. Tap on the settings icon in the upper right corner. The first item in the settings screen says Auto-Uploadr. The next screen shows two settings buttons. Turn them both on so they turn blue. The first one says Auto-Upload photos, which does what it says. The second one does this over cellular. You can keep that off if you don’t want to use your data plan. It will only upload when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Other apps work similarly. Lightroom from Adobe can automatically backup photos to your Adobe Creative Cloud account. It takes some setting up, but works really well.

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Open Lightroom for iPhone and sign into your Adobe Creative Cloud account. Do this by tapping on the Lr icon in the upper left corner. After signing in, turn on Auto Add Photos. If you don’t want to sync using your cellular data connection, then turn on Sync Only Over Wi-Fi as well.

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Exit the settings area by tapping on the right edge of the screen. Now tap on the Plus icon in the upper right corner and create a new Collection. Name it something like “iPhone Backup” and tap on OK.

Scroll down to the new Collection you just created and tap on the three horizontal dots icon to the right of the name of your Collection. Tap on Enable Auto Add.

Lightroom and Flickr offer two great services to automatically backup your iPhone photos. If you use another online service, then you can probably set it up to automatically backup iPhone photos. Facebook stopped supporting this within the Facebook app, but their Moments app still does.

Using these services means you can find your photos by going online to the service you chose. If you install Lightroom on your Mac or PC, then the iPhone Backup Collection will sync automatically to the computer or you can use the online version of Lightroom.

Let iCloud Handle iPhone Photos Backup to Mac or PC

The iCloud Photo sync gives users a simple way to upload and back up photos to Apple’s services. The user can then open their Mac’s Photos app or even sync them to Windows using the Windows iCloud sync client. On a Mac follow our guide to setting up iCloud, part our new Mac setup guide on Notebooks.com.

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On the iPhone go into Settings and tap on the Apple ID at the top of the screen. Tap on iCloud in the middle of the next screen. The Photos sync settings show up at the top of the list. Tap Photos.

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Turn iCloud Photo Library to On so it looks green. You probably want to choose Optimize iPhone Storage instead of Download and Keep Originals. This preserves storage space on the iPhone so you don’t over fill it with your Photos library. You can see thumbnails of your photos in the Photos app, but the full-size originals stay on iCloud.

You should now turn on Upload to My Photo Stream. This automatically backs up all your photos to iCloud. If you like to take Burst shots (taking multiple shots by holding down the shutter release button in the Camera app) and want to save them, turn on Upload Burst Photos, too.

The last item on the list of settings lets users share their Photos by turning on iCloud Photo Sharing. Turn this on if you plan to share photos with others.

These settings will keep all your photos backed up to iCloud so you can open them on your Mac or PC.

AirDrop iPhone Photos to a Mac

If you don’t like the idea of automatically sharing Photos to a cloud service or even iCloud from Apple, then you can manually send photos to your Mac without ever connecting the iPhone via cable. AirDrop does a nice job of quickly moving photos from the iPhone to a Mac.

Open up Photos on the iPhone and select some photos. You can tap on the word Select above a group of photos to quickly Select all the photos in the group. Or tap on each photo you want to share using AirDrop.

recieving iphone photos through airdrop

In the lower left corner you’ll see an icon that looks like a box with an arrow pointing up. That’s the sharing icon. Tap it and then find your Mac on the next screen in the middle of the screen. Tap on it and the photos will quickly copy over to the Mac’s Downloads folder.

There’s An App for That

Multiple apps will also automatically upload photos backing them up to various syncing and backup services. Here’s a list of the most notable apps that include automatic photo uploading and backing up. We’ve already mentioned Flickr and Adobe Lightroom above.

Dropbox OneDrive Google Photos Box SugarSync Prime Photos from Amazon

How to Automatically Sync iPhone Photos with Your Computer is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Share Live Location in iMessage via Apple Maps on iPhone

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How to Share Live Location in iMessage via Apple Maps on iPhone

The stock Messages app for iOS is as good as any top third-party messaging app—if not better. Do you know that you can share your current or live location in iMessage via Apple Maps on iPhone? Furthermore, there is also an option to share real-time location indefinitely with your friend.

You are going to attend a very important meeting. Unfortunately, you get stuck in a long traffic and won't be able to reach the place at the scheduled time. Won't you want to let your concerned friend know your real-time location to ensure he doesn't become too anxious and is able to keep a track of your location a bit easily? You would like to do that, wouldn't you?

How to Share Live Location in iMessage via Apple Maps on iPhone

How to Share Live/Current Location in iMessage using Apple Maps on iPhone

Note: Make sure you have turned on Location Services for Apple Maps. Settings → Privacy → Location Services → Maps → Select While Using the App.

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, open any conversation.

Step #3. Next, you need to tap on the “i” button at the top right corner.

Tap on i Button in iMessages App on iPhone

Step #4. Now, you have two options—

Send My Current Location Share My Location

Location Sharing Options in iMessage on iPhone

Sharing Current Location: If you want to share your current location, just tap on Send My Current Location.

Sharing Real-Time Location: If you want to share your live location, tap on Share My Location.

Now, you have three options—

Share for One Hour Share Until End of Day Share Indefinitely

In this test, I'm going to share my location for one hour.

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Step #5. In the end, tap on Done at the top right corner.

Share Live Location in iMessage using Apple Maps on iPhone

How to Stop Sharing Live Location in iMessage via Apple Maps on iPhone

You can stop sharing your live location at any time you want.

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Open the conversation and then tap on “i” button at the top right corner.

Tap i Icon in iMessage on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Stop Sharing My Location and confirm.

Stop Location Sharing in iMessage on iPhone

Step #4. Tap on Done at the top right.

Turn Off Location Sharing in iMessage

That's done!

Wrapping Up

Location sharing is a very helpful feature, isn't it? It allows you to keep a tab on the location of your friend in the easiest possible way.

You can share your live location via Google Maps and Facebook Messenger. There is also a way to share live location in Message via Google Maps.

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How to Customize Share Sheet Menu on iPhone and iPad

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How to Customize Share Sheet Menu on iPhone and iPad

Whenever I come across anything interesting, I like to share it with my friends. iOS share sheet allows sharing items or contents through various media like Facebook, Twitter. It also consists of several activity options like Add to Favorites, Add Bookmark, Print, etc. I make sure to customize or rearrange share sheet menu icons on my iPhone to quickly access the activity or media which I often use.

There are two ways you can rearrange share sheet menu icons on your iOS device. It's quite simple to do. Let's see how it's done!

How to Customize Share Sheet Menu on iPhone and iPad

How to Rearrange Share Sheet Menu Icons on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. First up, you need to bring up the share sheet on your device. To do so, open an app like Notes, Safari through which you can access it. In this test, I'm going to open Safari.

Step #2. Now, tap on Share icon.

Tap on Share Icon on iPhone

Step #3. Next, you need to tap and hold on any app icon and drag it to the desired place. Likewise, press and hold on any activity icon.

Tap and Hold Sharing Sheet Icon on iPhone

Step #4. Drag it to the preferred spot.

Rearrange Share Sheet Icons on iPhone and iPad

Alternately,

Step #1. Once you have opened the share sheet, swipe left from right on the app/activity icons to reveal More option. Tap on it.

Tap on More in Share Sheet on iPhone

Step #2. Next, touch and hold on the tiny three horizontal lines next to any app/activity option.

Tap on Three Lines in Sharesheet on iPhone

Step #3. Drag it to the desired place. Then, tap on Done at the top right corner to confirm.

Rearrange Share Sheet Menu Icons on iPhone and iPad

How to Hide App/Activity Icons in iOS Share Sheet Menu on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open any app like Safari on your iOS device. Tap on the Share button.

Tap on Share Icon on iPhone

Step #2. Swipe left from right on the app or activity icon to reveal More button. Tap on it.

Tap on More in Share Sheet on iPhone

Step #3. Turn off the switch next to the option you want to hide from the share sheet. Then, tap on Done at the top right corner to confirm the change.

Hide App-Activity Icons in iOS Share Sheet Menu on iPhone and iPad.

Signing Off

It's quite simple to customize the share sheet icons on iOS devices, isn't it? The option to tweak it brings more convenience into the play.

Have any feedback? Do share it in the comments below.

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How to Use Messages App in iOS 10 How to Use Clips app on iPhone How to Clean up Documents and Data on iPhone

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Take to the skies with a DIY racing drone in an aerial Grand Prix

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Drone racing is an exciting new hobby that combines engineering, flying, and fierce competition. Here's everything you need to know to about the burgeoning sport and first-person-view quadcopters.

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Opinion: Cultivating enterprise buy-in for collaborative development

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When it comes to app development, working with enterprises isn’t like working with startups. It takes additional planning and requires broader buy-in — it can also be admittedly pretty confusing.

A startup might have one or two leaders who need to green-light an app before moving forward; an enterprise might have 10. Then there’s the bureaucracy to navigate. It’s easy to get stuck in an enterprise’s maze while trading emails and setting up meetings with a dozen stakeholders and managers.

We recently experienced this while working with an enterprise on an IoT product. Even though my team proactively included all product stakeholders on communications and planning, we faced setbacks. The enterprise’s API and analytics team, for instance, blew its deadline, forcing us to shift gears outside the initial scope of design and development. Although we worked in an agile manner to minimize additional costs, we still lost time and productivity.

So while we did end up meeting the release date, we couldn’t include all the functionality for which we’d initially planned. Because we didn’t get adequate buy-in from other teams across the organization, we sacrificed functionality to get the product out the door.

Know Your Role

When working with enterprises, it’s essential to establish roles and responsibilities at the kickoff meeting. Everyone must understand how the project team is organized, what each sub team's duties are, and where the initiative fits within the context of the larger organization. 


Begin by drawing an organizational chart and filling it with people you know and as many corporate executives as you can find on LinkedIn. Titles are everything in the enterprise, so you can get a good idea of a company’s structure this way. So that you’re not operating off misinformation, ask a member of the company with whom you’ve built rapport to review your chart. The last thing you need is to learn halfway through development that you’re not working with the person who ultimately signs off on the app.


Building trust with decision makers is the key to navigating corporate politics. It’s how things get prioritized, approved, and fixed in a pinch — and it may even help you pick up projects with other departments. We’ve expanded from development to consulting roles with our enterprise clients this way.

So whether you’re kicking off app development or seeking the final sign-off, don’t be afraid to ask, “Who else needs to know?”


Own Your Role

Once you understand your role, you need to leverage it to gain buy-in from across the organization. With any enterprise, though, there are a lot of moving parts, so take these three steps to get started:

1. Centralize communications and documentation. Whatever you’re building, it’s likely that several design and development teams will work on different pieces of the product. If those pieces are to eventually come together, then specifications, documentation, product road maps and more need to be centralized. House them in a project management program like JIRA, Confluence, or Basecamp to ensure each party understands how their roles fit into the bigger picture. 


Hardware team members might, for instance, share which APIs are open for the software team to call and interact with. If this is done before development begins, the software team is more apt to buy-in to the hardware team’s efforts. When everyone takes an active role in documentation and communication, the app is more likely to succeed.

2. Share deadlines and goals. Unfortunately, even when everything’s centralized, you can’t assume that everyone involved knows the deadlines to hit. Enterprise development projects are multidisciplinary and require interdependent deadlines to succeed. One failure can cascade, throwing everything out of whack.

Ideally, all teams should use a project management tool to track progress and share deadlines across the board. Then, if deadlines or goals shift, everyone can adjust accordingly and continue moving through the development cycle.

3. Skip the blame game. Accountability is important, but mistakes, miscalculations, and other problems inevitably crop up. There are two ways to handle such situations: Point fingers and blame one another — which won’t get the app out the door any faster — or work together to fix the problem.

To do so, gather key decision makers from each team (in the same room, if possible), and collaborate to solve the issue. By sharing responsibility and shelving blame, teams avoid creating permanent fissures between stakeholders and sometimes even improve buy-in.

It’s not easy juggling the demands of enterprise development, but the rewards are worth it. Working together is how organizations succeed, and a collaborative spirit makes communicating and resolving problems easier and more pleasant. Don’t forget that every jointly created enterprise product overcame hundreds, if not thousands, of unseen obstacles. If you get buy-in before beginning, yours will, too.

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A DIYer’s guide to changing a car’s spark plugs

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Changing a car's spark plugs is a rite of passage among gearheads, and it's not as daunting as it sounds. Jump inside for a step-by-step guide that will help you keep your car in tip-top shape while saving money.

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Mark Zuckerberg Invited Himself to Dinner With Random Strangers in Ohio

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On a typical, bipartisan Friday night in Ohio, Mark Zuckerberg did a totally normal human thing that anyone definitely not awkwardly going about testing the waters for a major political run would: he had dinner with a family, who didn’t know him or that he was coming, at their house.

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Apple to halt royalty payments to Qualcomm until end of ongoing legal battle

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Apple is no longer paying iPhone manufacturers for any of the royalties it owes to Qualcomm, and is planning to withhold them entirely until current lawsuits are resolved, the latter company said on Friday.

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20+ iPhone tips you’ll use frequently

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I write about Apple every day. I write opinions, news analysis, tips, features – all sorts of stuff. Today I thought you might enjoy this collection of 20 lesser-known iPhone tips, which I do hope are of use to you. Here we go:

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Does Touch ID sometimes fail to recognize your finger as fast as you like? You can improve its accuracy by registering the same fingerprint two or more times in the system. You can improve it even more if you register the same fingerprint on a cold day, and when it is damp, as both can impact your print slightly. Add (and name) fingerprints in Settings>Touch ID & Passcode.

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Apple TV 5.4 beta automatic setup via iOS 7 beta 5

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