Apple’s iCloud is one of the most awesome features. It means having all your data and media available on all your devices all the time, no matter where you go, wirelessly, automatically, with minimal configuration. Yet for some reason, this did not include our text messages – until now. This past May, Apple released iOS 11.4 to the public. One of its major features was Messages in iCloud. Turning on this feature gives users two major benefits. First, all your messages are now stored in iCloud, downloaded to your device only when you want to access them. Secondly, while it has long been possible to send and receive messages on all your Apple devices thanks to iMessage, Text Message Forwarding, etc, it is now finally possible to also delete a message from one device and have it automatically deleted from all your other Apple devices (Apple Watch not included at present). This means no longer having a build up of unwanted messages on a particular device, simply because you forgot to delete messages from every single device.
To enable this awesome new feature, be sure you are using Two-Factor Authentication. Then, head over to Settings, your name, and iCloud (System Preferences and iCloud for Mac users). In the list of apps that use iCloud, toggle Messages to on. It may take some time for your messages to upload to iCloud, and you’ll want to make this setting change for every Apple device signed into your Apple ID, but once it’s done, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of iCloud, even in your messages.
For more information about iCloud Messages, Two-Factor Authentication, or any other Apple tech features, please get in touch. Check out the rest of our Blog for more posts, and stay tuned for even more helpful articles coming soon.
The Tech Juggernaut is pleased to announce the addition of SweetWater Sound and Mynet Music to our list of trusted companies. SweetWater offers awesome music products such as keyboards, synthesizers, sound equipment, mixers, microphones, smart phone mics and video equipment, and much more. Mynet Music offers a selection of band instruments and other music products. The friendly, knowledgeable staff actually spends time with all the products they sell, so when you have questions, you get well-researched and thorough answers. All products purchased from SweetWater include a two year warranty and free phone support. Look for extra special touches, such as candy with every SweetWater order, to brighten your day even more.
If you ever get to the state of Indiana, stop by the SweetWater retail store. You’ll find much more than a typical music store, including a full recording studio, performance auditorium, restaurant, salon, and more. Local residents can also enjoy music lessons from the talented SweetWater staff.
For more information, visit the SweetWater Website by clicking This Link. To view our complete list of trusted companies and learn more, click Here.
In iOS 11 and beyond, you can allow your iPhone or iPad to manage storage for you by automatically removing apps you haven’t used in a long time. Apps that are removed in this way still display their icons on the Home Screen, and all personal data from the apps, such as documents, projects, progress, etc are unaffected, meaning that data stays on your device, or in iCloud depending on the app, and does not get deleted. Only the app itself gets deleted in order to save space, but it’s just a tap away. Should you want to use the app again, tap it’s icon (it will have a Cloud beside it), and it will immediately begin to redownload.
To enable this setting, go to Settings, General, and iPhone (or iPad) Storage. It is quite possible that the option will be in the list of “Recommendations”. If so, it will be called “Offload Unused Apps”. If it is there, you can toggle it on. If not, go back out of General and back to the main Settings screen, then tap on iTunes and App Store. Toggle the “Offload Unused Apps” switch to turn it on.
Your device will show you how much space can be gained by enabling this feature. As mentioned above, no personal data is removed. Only the apps you have not used in a while are removed. When you want to open such an app again, just tap on its icon on the Home Screen. Be sure you are connected to a reliable and fast internet connection when you tap on an offloaded app, because it will need to be downloaded again from the App Store.
If you ever want to turn this feature off and allow all your apps to live on your device, return to Settings, iTunes and App Store, and turn off the “Offload Unused Apps” setting. Stay tuned for more how-to posts and other useful tips, tricks, tutorials, and more from The Tech Juggernaut.
Test Your Knowledge of Today’s Tech Trivia!
Which of the following major features were introduced in Apple’s iOS 11.4 update?
Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 Support
Correct! You are awesome!!
Apple Pay Cash and HomePod Support
Sorry, these were added in iOS 11.2 and 11.3 respectively
Files app and new Siri voices
Nope, these were both introduced in the initial release of iOS 11.0
Apple will hold its annual September media event on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 1:00PM Eastern, Noon Central, 11AM Mountain, or 10 Pecific. It has been Apple’s custom, for the past seven years or so, to use this event to introduce new iPhones and often other hardware. A[pple is expected to introduce at least two new iPhone models this year (possibly three). Among other rumored products which may see refreshes at the event are the Apple Watch, iPad Pro, and maybe even the Macbook in some form.
Of course none of this has been confirmed by Apple, so it’s pure speculation at this point. It is also thought likely that Apple may provide more details on its upcoming AirPower wireless charger. Finally, Apple is very likely to announce release dates for the official public versions of iOS 12, TVOS 12, HomePod Software 12.0, and maybe even Mac OS Mojave, though this has sometimes been a bit later to come than its sibling software platforms.
Apple has stated that it will live stream this event. Apple TV owners should head to the TVOS App Store to download the Apple Events app so they can watch the event unfolding live on TV. Users of iOS and Mac can also Live stream the app by visiting the Apple website.
In the below audio recording, I demo and discuss this awesome music creation keyboard from Roland. I purchased it from SweetWater back in July, and I absolutely love it! Enjoy.
The Tech Juggernaut has no partnerships with other companies. We do not receive any commission or other incentives for recommending products to our customers. We suggest only the products we like to use ourselves on a daily basis. However, when it comes time to purchase those products, we utilize a number of respectable companies. Each is chosen, not simply because it’s a place that happens to sell what you’re looking to buy, but because we feel that it offers the perfect combination of great customer service, knowledgeable staff, customer-centric policies, and more – not to mention great deals.
Our number one trusted partner is, as you might have guessed, Apple Incorporated. As an Apple Teacher and a Certified-Apple Associate, we value Apple for far more than just their amazing hardware, software, and services. We also greatly appreciate how they always put the customer first. Whenever possible, we help our customers to order directly from Apple. This can be done from the free Apple Store app, by visiting Apple.Com, by calling Apple, or by visiting an Apple Retail Store. Of course if you work with us, we’ll help you every step of the way, even calling Apple for you if you wish.
We also have two preferred phone carriers – AT&T and Sprint. If you wish to purchase an iPhone or cellular-capable iPad or Apple Watch, it may be that purchasing or leasing directly through one of these carriers is beneficial or necessary. If so, we will help you do so.
Finally, we have many additional Trusted Companies for various other products, accessories, and services. The following is not a complete list, but it does represent many of the companies and product brands we support:
- Automattic (Creators of WordPress)