Creating emergency info on the lock screen on your iPhone

How To Put Your Emergency Information On Your iPhone Lock Screen:  Rita’s iDevice Advice For May 4, 2020

Here is how to put your emergency info on the Lock screen of your iPhone. If you have a medical issue such as diabetes, cardiac condition, or other problem that may leave you unable to communicate with medics and other first responders, it’s important to have a simple method they can use to understand your situation so they can best help you. While a medical alert bracelet, ID bracelet, or even a medical ID card in your wallet may help in an emergency, there’s one more tool you can use to ensure you receive the prompt care you can use which is your iPhone. Even if you keep your iPhone locked with a passcode or Touch or Face ID, it’s still possible to have your Medical ID visible on your smartphone so that bystanders and emergency personnel can assist you in a medical emergency.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

How to Add an Emergency Medical Card to Your Lock Screen on an iPhone:

1.  Open the Health app.

2.  Tap your profile icon in the top right.

3.  Select Medical ID.

4.  Tap Edit in the top right corner.

5.  Toggle the Show When Locked button on.

6.  Enter relevant information, such as your height, weight, medical conditions and allergies, and prescriptions.

7.  When you’re finished, tap Done.

Anyone who is checking your phone while aiding you in an emergency will be able to access this potentially life-saving information by accessing the Emergency dial pad.

To Access Someone’s Medical ID from the iPhone Emergency Screen:

1.  Tap Emergency in the bottom left on the Lock Screen.

2.  Then tap Medical ID.

TTJ Contest Now Live! Enter and Submit Your Project to Win a Free iPad!

The Tech Juggernaut is pleased to announce that our Positive Environment contest is now live. If you wish to enter, please read this entire post, then follow all instructions to continue.

To participate, first, tap on the link below to complete the entry form (one entry per-person). Once the form is complete and you receive the message that your response has been recorded, you can create and submit your project. The goal of the project is to tell us how you are using technology to foster learning, entertainment, creativity, and an overall positive environment during these challenging times. You may use Apple Clips, Apple Keynote, or Apple Pages, according to the below guidelines.

After you have completed your project, share it with TTJ according to the below options.

The contest deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020. On May 12, a winner will be selected at random and will receive a free Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi, an iPad Smart Cover in Red, and a $15 iTunes Gift Card.

Participation Requirements:

To participate in this contest, you must be a United States citizen with a physical address in the USA. You must either be at least 18 years old, or have parental consent, or the permission of another legal guardian, to enter. You must also agree to have your project featured on our website, on YouTube, and possibly in other promotional materials. We will accept only one entry per-person.

Creating Your Project:

If you will be using Apple Clips, be sure your project length is between three and ten minutes, and that you own the rights, or have obtained proper permission, to use any and all media in the video project. Feel free to include photos, videos, spoken narration, music, Live Titles, and anything else you desire. When finished, export the project as specified below.

If using Keynote, create your Keynote presentation, including recorded audio, and specify the desired time for each build, and the desired slide duration. Then export the project as a movie, according to the guidelines below. Be sure the Keynote presentation, and the resulting movie, adheres to the same requirements specified above (between three and ten minutes etc).

If using Pages, create an interactive digital book, complete with text, photos or shapes, and other media as you see fit, such as recorded audio, music, image galleries, and more. Export the document to the EPUB format, and again be sure you own all rights to all content. Length of the document can be between one and five typed pages, and no video included in the document may exceed ten minutes. The total time of included videos may also not exceed ten minutes.

Sharing Your Project:

When you share your project, be sure you are sharing a final result file, not a project file. For example, if you used Clips or Keynote, be sure you are sharing an MP4 or similar video format – not the project file that can be edited. As stated, Pages documents should be shared as EPUB files – not Pages documents. You may share your work in one of several ways:

First, you may send us an iCloud link to the final file. Do not send us the file directly. Instead, use the “Add People” option that appears in the Share menu of the Files app. Also, do not share an entire folder with us, just the specific file. Again, do this by locating your video or EPUB file in the Files app, long-pressing the file, choosing Share, then choosing “Add People”.

Your second option is to share your video on YouTube. Upload the video to YouTube, then provide TTJ with the YouTube video link.

Finally, you may also supply us with a Dropbox link to the file you are attempting to share.

Once again, no file should ever be sent directly to TTJ. You should only ever send links. TTJ will delete any files we receive directly for security reasons, so please do not send files. Send all links (iCloud, YouTube, or Dropbox), to, using the Messages app or the Mail app. Be sure to include your first and last name and indicate what you are sending, such as saying, “I have entered your contest, and here is my video”. Links sent without a name matching an entry form and a short description will be ignored for security reasons. For fastest results, use the Messages app, and contact us ahead of time to let us know you are ready to send your project link.

Should you have any questions, please Contact TTJ.

Get Started:

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How to make a FaceTime call from a group text message

How to Make a Group FaceTime Call from a Group Text:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for April 27, 2020

Want to do a group FaceTime call instead of a group text? Texting is great, but sometimes, you Want to have a conversation face-to-face. Starting a group FaceTime Video or Audio Only call from a group text message is the easiest way to start a group call. The contacts involved will be notified and can join the ongoing FaceTime chat whenever they are ready.

The people you call will also have to have FaceTime enabled on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

How to make a FaceTime call to a group:

If you do not wish to open an existing conversation, but wish instead to compose an entirely new message, you can open the Messages app, then tap near the top right corner of the screen to find the Compose button. Double-tap to begin. You are immediately placed in the, “To”, field. If the desired recipient is in your Contacts, type the first few letters of the person’s first or last name, such as “JEN” for Jenna, “JOH” for John, and so on. After typing a letter or two, reach up above the on-screen keyboard, near the left, and tap once. You will hear the name of a contact that includes the letters you have typed. If it is the one you want, double-tap it to continue. If not, swipe left and right to hear other matching results, or type more letters to further narrow your search. Messages displays results from your contacts, as well as SIRI suggested results from other apps. If a particular contact has more than one contact method associated with it, the preselected method, such as the contact’s iPhone number, is spoken when you tap once on their name. If you wish to proceed with this, double-tap on the name to insert it. If you wish to use a different contact method for that person, swipe to the right one time to find the Expand Options Chevron. Double-tap on that arrow to show additional contact options, then double-tap the one you want.

After inserting the first recipient by double-tapping on the correct name as described above, immediately begin typing the first few letters of the next recipient’s name and repeat the above steps to find and double-tap on the correct result. Repeat this process as many times as you need to in order to add all desired recipients to the group.

As an alternative to this method, you can swipe once to the right of the, “To”, field, to find the “Add Contacts” button, and double-tap on it. This provides an interface where you can browse your entire list of contacts and select the one you want. Similar to the first method, this process can be repeated if you are sending a message to a group.

Additional options are available within each conversation, if you open a conversation, touch the top left of the screen where the Back button is located, then swipe right. You will come to the name or number/iMessage address of the sender, or the number of people, if it is a group conversation. Double-tap on that button containing the name/photo/number etc, and you will immediately be placed on an Audio button, allowing you to use FaceTime Audio or traditional calling. Swipe right for FaceTime Video, Swipe right one more time for the Info button. Double-tap this button for conversation details. From here you can name group conversations.

Note:  when you are in the iMessage group conversation, Double-tap on the number of people in the group button to get the screen to open that allows you to choose either a FaceTime Audio or a FaceTime Video calling option.

These directions are for persons NOT using VoiceOver:

1.  Open the Messages app.

2.  Select the group text that you want to use.

3.  At the top of your screen, select FaceTime.

4.  The contacts you’re calling will receive a notification. They can then join the call.

Adding stickers in a iMessage

How to Add Stickers to an iMessage:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for April 20, 2020

You can use Memoji stickers to react to your conversations. you can react with a cat, dog, cow, an octopus, or any of the other 27 fun options.

These are directions for adding these visual (picture type) stickers in an iMessage text conversation, when you are running VoiceOver:

1.  Open the Messages app, and perform a one finger double tap gesture on the “Compose” button that is located in the top right corner of the screen, in order to send a new message.

2.  type the name of the person who will receive the message, in the “to Field”.

3.  flick right until you get to the “Message field” and perform a one finger double tap to open the Edit field, where you will type or dictate a text message.  Here is where you can also add these fun Memoji stickers

4.  After typing the text, locate the “Send” Button, but do not double tap yet

5.  Swipe to the left of the  “Send” button and locate the “Apps” button and double tap it to expand to make the Apps Visible.

6.  Swipe right to get to the “Sticker” Sheets, and perform a one finger double tap gesture to open the Sticker sheet pages.

.  There are 27 pages of these Memoji stickers.

7.  The sticker sheets are located at the bottom of the screen.  You can swipe right or left with three fingers to go between categories: such as, Cat, Dog, Chicken, Bear, etc.  When you get to the category you want,  there are 15 scenarios and expressions to choose from:  such as, “Cat smiling with wide open mouth”, or Dog with wide open mouth and heart shaped eyes”.  Perform a one finger double tap gesture when you find the one you want to add to your text message.

8.  You can then swipe to the “Send” button, and perform a one finger double tap gesture to send your text message that will also include the Memoji sticker.

These directions are for persons who are Not running VoiceOver on their Apple iOS devices:

1.  Open the Messages thread you want to use.

2.  If you see your app menu on the bottom of the screen, tap the gray App Store icon.

3.  Select the Sticker sheet icon.

4.  Select the Sticker sheet you want to use.

5.  Now, drag and drop the Memoji sticker you want to add to the conversation.

6.  You can drop it anywhere you want on the screen, and the person you are talking to will see it as well!

TTJ Announces Special Contest – Winner Gets a Free iPad!

The Tech Juggernaut announced today, that it will give away the first of at least five iPads this year to one winner of a special contest. Coinciding with the tenth anniversary celebration of the initial release of the iPad, TTJ is holding a special contest. There is no purchase necessary, and anyone under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to enter.

Everyone wishing to participate must complete a short entry form, and must then submit an Apple Clips video project, a Keynote presentation, or a digital book created with Apple Pages. The topic of these projects is: How technology is helping me to create a positive environment during these trying times.

Project entries will be showcased on our website, and one participant will receive a 32GB Wi-Fi iPad, an Apple iPad Smart Cover, and an iTunes gift card.

Stay tuned to this website for the entry form and complete rules, coming next week. You must be a resident of the United States to enter. For questions, please Contact Us.

Full Audio of TTJ Work From Home Presentation Now Available – Video Available Upon Request

The Tech Juggernaut has now made the complete audio recording of today’s presentation available to stream. During this 90 minute presentation, TTJ discussed and demonstrated numerous ideas, projects, and more that can be used for parents, kids, families, and teachers to facilitate fun, interactive learning and other activities during this unique time.

Although a good portion of the presentation was audio only, an Apple Keynote presentation was also shown, as well as several screen shares during demonstrations. You can listen to the complete presentation in audio format here. If you would like to receive a copy of the video, please Get In Touch With Us. Enjoy.:)


Cleaning advice for your iPhone

Cleaning Advice For Your iPhone:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for April 13, 2020

people are cautious of what they are touching and taking extra care of their hygiene. Most people, however, forget to clean and disinfect their iPhone which is equally important.

Here are some best ways to clean and disinfect your iPhone and iPad without damaging it:

A recent study points out that the persistence of coronavirus and how other viruses can survive on common phone materials such as glass, metal, and ceramic for up to three days. Grease and other organic materials combined with the heat from our devices let bacteria and viruses to survive on phones for up to three days. Now imagine our daily interaction with our smartphones. We use it all the time. On top of that, we hold them to body parts such as face and ears, which further increases one’s chances of getting infected with COVID-19 and other diseases.

What You Shouldn’t Use to Clean Your iPhone

Users shouldn’t opt for window or kitchen cleaner, aerosol spray cleaners, harsh solvents such as acetone, benzene, or toluene to clean the iPhone. One should also keep the screen far from bleach, ammonia, abrasive powders, and excess moisture.

Using compressed air to clean the internals of smartphones:  It’s not advisable either. The action damage the small electronics of the device.

4 Ways to Clean and Disinfect Your iPhone

1.  Use a Microfiber Cloth and Keep Your Hands Germ-free:  This is pretty straightforward. Users can always use a damp microfiber cloth to clean their iPhones. They are usually available on Amazon for around $10.  You can use those on other electronics such as laptops, TV, refrigerator too.

You are constantly using and touching your phone. And as a result, a germ-free hand is one of the easiest ways to keep the phones clean.  You should frequently wash hands with soap and warm water, and even use hand sanitizer to eliminate 90 percent of germs from the hands. That way, the microbes don’t get transferred on the germ-friendly glass and metal materials.

2.  Official Recommendation from Apple:  First, Apple advises users to unplug all the cables and turn-off your iPhone. You can use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth such as a lens cloth to clean the screen. Samsung, too, asks users to use a clean, soft cloth. Also, do not apply too much pressure on the screen as it may diminish the oleophobic coating on the iPhone.

The iPhone’s IP68 water and dust resistance certificate doesn’t guarantee you to take the phone to swim or bath. It’s there for your peace of mind and the company won’t honor the warranty in case of water damage.

3.  Use an Alcoholic Solution:  Apple has confirmed that it is Ok to use 70 isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to clean its devices. It advises users to “gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces” to stay on the safe side and not damage the product. However, please don’t flush the disinfecting wipes down the toilets as it may cause major pipe problems. Public agencies around the world are urging people to throw the wipes in the trash. You should also avoid using abrasive cloth, towels, or paper towels.

Alternatively, you can opt for cleaning products such as rubbing alcohol, or disposable wipes to clean the screen. You shouldn’t spray or pour the solution directly on to the screen; it may damage the oleophobic coating that results in scratches on the display. You should apply the solution on a microfiber cloth so that you can use it to disinfect the screen or use non-toxic screen cleaners like WHOOSH, which is a much safer solution to clean your iPhone’s screen.

It’s advisable to clean your iPhone covers too, as they are the ones with constant connection with the phone. But before you use the alcoholic solutions on covers, always read the instructions on the cleaning product carefully as it may corrode the phone cover. For phone cases, one can clean the silicon

cases with warm water, and if it’s made of leather then consider using a damp cloth to clean it.

Users can make homemade solutions too. One can mix the rubbing alcohol (70 percent) with water (30 percent) and apply the solution on a microfiber cloth to disinfect the screen.

Alternatively, one can apply cheap screen protectors on the display and clean or replace them periodically. It’s an affordable solution and reduces the chances of damaging the main screen.

4.  Use a Phone Sanitizer:  Devices such as PhoneSoap claim to kill up to 99.99 percent of the harmful bacteria and viruses from phones. It uses ultraviolet light to remove the viruses and bacteria from every corner of the phone where a typical microfiber cloth can’t reach. It takes up to 10 minutes to complete the process. It also comes

with charging capability to juice up the battery during the process. But it is an expensive solution.  Cost range from $40 to $200.

Here is another article that I sent out previously:

you can safely clean a Smartphone or tablet’s touch screen in just a few seconds, removing the build-up of oil, dust, and other grime that can accumulate on these devices as we rub our fingers over them all day      

NEVER use harsh chemicals, including Windex, anything with ammonia, or alcohol-based cleaners. If a liquid is necessary, you should only use a small amount of water on the cloth. You can also purchase special cleaning solutions, such as iKlenz, which is recommended by Apple, but these solutions are not necessary.

NEVER use abrasive cloths, paper towels, or tissue paper, which can scratch the touch screen. The scratches will be small and build up over time, damaging and dulling the screen. Instead, use microfiber cloths, which are specially designed to clean sensitive surfaces.

NEVER use a large amount of water.  If water is necessary to clean the screen, you should make your microfiber cloth slightly damp instead of putting the water directly on your screen. If any water at all is necessary, it’s also a good idea to power off your device ahead of time.

NEVER press too hard while cleaning the screen. This can damage your device 

To clean a touch screen, all you really need is a microfiber cloth. For dirtier screens, you may also need a small amount of plain water (soap is not necessary).

In most cases, simply turning the device’s screen off and giving it a few wipes across with a microfiber cloth will be enough to remove any dust and oil in just a few seconds.

To clean the microfiber cloth itself and prevent build-up of dirt, soak the cloth in warm, soapy water, rinse well, and let it dry. Don’t use any harsh chemicals to clean the cloth, either. These can damage the cloth.

I found a product called “Screen Daddy” that is a small circle shaped ( a little bigger than a quarter size) micro fiber disk that has sticky adhesive on the back surface. I use this to clean my iPhone daily. It is re-useable. I got the Screen daddy from QVC and it is also available through Amazon. I am able to keep the “Screen Daddy” always attached to the back of my iPhone due to the sticky adhesive that holds it in place, until I need to use it again to clean my iPhone’s screen. I just use a tiny bit of soap and warm water to wash it and let it dry and it is ready to be used again.

TTJ to Hold Special Presentation Aimed At Providing Ideas and Solutions for Families, Teachers, and Students

On Friday, April 17, The Tech Juggernaut will be holding a special 90 minute session, with the goal of providing ideas and solutions, as well as answering questions, for those trying to teach and learn from home during this unprecedented time. This session is especially suited for teachers and students attempting to teach classes or attend school from home, as well as for kids and families looking for fun, interactive ways to facilitate learning and growth.

With numerous businesses and gatherings closed and postponed, and with schools switching to entirely online learning for the time being, we are faced with some unheard-of challenges, but these challenges also provide us with some unique opportunities to change the way we think about things, and the way we teach and learn. The Tech Juggernaut, a certified Apple Teacher, is ready to meet those challenges, and to share those opportunities with others. We will provide resources, tools, suggestions, activities, and more, to address some of the common questions and concerns people have. We will focus on various free and paid iPad apps and other technologies, as well as general suggestions and project ideas, that can make learning easier, as well as presenting ideas for related activities the whole family can enjoy. We will also discuss apps and other solutions for teachers who are trying to offer online learning opportunities to their students.

This 90 minute session will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020, beginning at 3PM Eastern Time. It will consist of an approximately 45 minute presentation, followed by about 45 minutes for Q and A. We will use the Zoom platform for this session, and there is no cost, and no registration necessary. To join, use Zoom meeting ID: 3116952583, and enter the password 232402

Alternatively, you may Click Here to Join.

This special presentation and Q and A session supplements a growing portfolio of TTJ help sessions and other offerings. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1PM Eastern, we are holding virtual help and support sessions at no cost, to make it easier for people to get their tech questions answered, since they cannot currently visit Apple Retail Stores or other locations. We also continue to offer free classes, such as the popular, “iPad For All Computing” course, in session right now. You can view all our upcoming events on This Page. For questions or to learn more, please don’t hesitate to Get In Touch.

How to make a FaceTime call

How to Make a FaceTime Call:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for April 6, 2020

If you’re trying to find a more personal way to keep in touch, FaceTime is a great option! FaceTime has features you can use such as call waiting, and the option to pick between video calls or audio only.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

Note:  You can use SIRI to make FaceTime Audio or Video calls.

You could say to SIRI, “Hey Siri, Make a FaceTime Audio call to …” to someone who is in your Contacts.

The sound quality on a FaceTime audio call is superior to calling over a cellular service.

How to make a FaceTime audio or video call:

The person you call will also have to have FaceTime enabled on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

1.  Open the FaceTime app.

2.  Tap the plus icon in the upper right corner to select someone to call.

When running VoiceOver, double tap the “add” Button in the upper right hand corner.

3.  If you are starting a FaceTime call with someone who is not saved to your contacts, type their phone number or email address in the To: field. If the person is saved to your contacts, you can start typing their name. If the contact has FaceTime, their contact info will be blue. 

4.  Or, you can tap the plus icon on the right of the To: field and open your Contacts list.

5.  Tap a name; if they have FaceTime, you’ll see it as an option and can tap video camera icon to add the contact to the FaceTime call.

6.  You can add more than one person in the To: field to make a group FaceTime call

7.  Tap Audio to make an audio-only call.

8.  You’ll see a menu of options similar to a regular phone call, including putting the call on speaker.

9.  Tap Video to start a video call. You’ll see a menu for the video call, including flipping the camera from facing the front to back.

10.  When the other person picks up, you’ll see them on the screen, with the view from your camera in the upper right.