Tracking COVID Dash 19 statistics on your iPhone, through the native weather app

Tracking COVID-19 statistics in your area, through the Native Apple Weather App on your iPhone:  Rita’s idevice Advice for March 30, 2020

The Native Weather App on your Apple iOS Device has an option to track COVID-19 statistics for your area.

Open the Weather App on your iPhone.

Scroll to the bottom and tap on the Weather Channel button, which is located in the bottom left hand corner.

Start at the top left hand side of the screen.  When running VoiceOver, flick right with one finger to get to the “Covid-19 link.

When running VoiceOver, you can turn the Rotor to “Links” and flick down with one finger to get to the “COVID-19” link.

Open the COVID-19 link, with a one finger double tap gesture.

You can turn the Rotor to “Headings”.  Flick down with one finger to get to the Heading for COVID-19 statistics for your County.

It should show you Statistics  for your area.

Sending iMessages with special effects

Sending iMessages With Special Effects:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for March 23, 2020

Screen Effects are fun, animated backgrounds that add a touch of flair to your text messages.

You can manually add Bubble and Screen Effects to any iMessage. Once you have typed the text of your message, instead of double-tapping on the Send button, double-tap and hold on Send for a few seconds. You will now be able to double-tap on either Bubble or Screen, to choose which type of effect you would like. With Bubble effects, simply swipe left and right to choose the desired effect, then double-tap on the one you want. Now, double-tap send. Enjoy playing with these various bubble effects. You can even use the Invisible Ink effect which will send a blurred message to the recipient, who must then rub it away to reveal the intended message.

With screen effects, it’s a bit more complex, because each effect takes up the entire screen, so you must scroll between each effect. As you may remember, Voiceover users can scroll by swiping with three fingers, in this case, left and right.

There Are 9 message Screen Effects.

For those not familiar with iMessage screen effects, they’re fun, animated backgrounds that add a touch of flair to your texts.

First up, there’s the new “Echo” option, which bombards the receiver with multiple message bubbles containing your message. It’s the perfect screen effect option to use for those times where you have to send a text over to an absentminded friend that you’ve always had to repeat yourself over and over again.

If you want to send an extremely important text that can’t be ignored, then “Spotlight” is right up your alley. This second screen effect addition highlights your message by putting it under a spotlight, and it’s a great way to communicate a sense of urgency to your message that’s sure to grab the reader’s attention.

To add a screen effect to a message after typing the text, locate the Send Button.  VoiceOver will also announce “Double-tap and hold to add effect”.

Perform a one finger double tap gesture on the Send button, but hold your finger down on the second tap.  This will open the screen where you can choose from 9 special effects to highlight your text message.

Flick right and VoiceOver will say “Send with Effect, and then another flick will announce “Selected Bubble, one of two”.

Flick right until you get to “Screen button, two of two.  Perform a one finger double tap gesture on the “Screen button”.

The “Screen button is now selected, and you will then flick right to hear “Echo copies of the message bubble echo across the screen”.  Then flick right with one finger to hear “Send with Echo button”.

Flick left to go back to the name and the description of the currently selected effect, then perform a three-finger swipe left to go to the next effect. Swipe right with three fingers to go back to the previous effect.

Alternatively, if you flick right from the Send with Effect button, and past the Close button, you will hear “Page one of 9, Echo, adjustable, swipe up or down with one finger to adjust the value”.  This is a Picker option.  You can flick to hear the 8 other Special Effects options.  such as: “page two of nine, Spotlight, or “Page 3 of nine, Balloons”, etc.

When you have chosen the Special Effect that you want from the picker options, then flick back to the left to get to the Send with… name of the special effect that you wanted.  Perform a one finger double tap gesture to send the text message with the chosen special effect.

Sending animations in the iMessages app

Key Words That Will Trigger Animations When Sending a Text Message In The iMessages App:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for March 16, 2020

When sending iMessages, you can use special bubble effects, and full-screen message effects, to enhance the conversation. There are three key words that will cause a full-screen effect to play when you type or dictate them in the Edit field in the Messages app.

The words must be typed or dictated exactly as shown below and by themselves.

After entering the “key words” in the edit field, go to the “Send Button” and perform a one finger double tap gesture

(When VoiceOver is running) to send the message with the animation.

The Three key words are:

“Happy Birthday”, this will send colorful Balloons up from the bottom of the screen, up to the top of the screen along with the words “Happy Birthday”

“Congratulations”, Confetti will fall, along with the word “Congratulations” when you send this text message

“Happy New Year”, fireworks will play, along with the words “Happy New Year” when you send this text message.

When running VoiceOver:  follow these steps to send a text message with “key words” that will allow animations to play.

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 Happy Birthday, Congratulations, or Happy New Year.

Sending a recorded message in the iMessages app

Sending a recorded message through the iMessages App:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for March 9, 2020

You can record a voice note using the Messages App

Don’t have time to tap away and send a long message to one of your friends?  No problem.

You can record a voice note using the Messages app, so your friend will receive an audio clip.  It saves you time on long messages and also gives them the personal touch of hearing your voice.

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.

Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap on an existing conversation with the person you would like to send a voice note to.

Tap and hold the microphone button and begin speaking into your phone’s microphone.

Swipe upwards to the quick send button (looks like a message bubble with an arrow in it).

If you mess up while recording, swipe your finger to the left in step 4 instead of upwards to cancel the voice message.  Just tap and hold again to start the recording over.

When running VoiceOver:  Perform a one finger double tap gesture on the “Compose” button, which is located in the right top corner on the main Messages screen.  Or if you are in a message string: swipe right until you get to the “Record Audio” button.  Perform a one finger double tap and hold gesture and keep your finger held down, and immediately start talking.  Lift your finger when you are done talking. The “Send” button will announce, and perform a one finger double tap to send the voice recording.

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Here is further description on sending recordings within the text messages app:

Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap on an existing conversation with the person you would like to send a voice note to: or tap the Compose button to send a new message.

Type the name of the person who will receive the recorded message, in the “To” field of the new text message.  Then navigate to the iMessage” field, but do not open the message edit field.

The Send button is always directly to the right of the Message Edit field. However, in the case of iMessages, when there is no text in the Message Edit field, the Send button is not a Send button at all. Instead, it says, Record Audio”. If you wish to record your voice or other background in a message, locate the Record Audio button to the right of the Message Edit Field, then, double-tap and hold on it to record. Speak, sing, do whatever you want. Just make some noise. When finished, lift your finger. If you only find a Send button, not a Record Audio button, make sure that you are sending the message to an Apple device user who also has iMessage enabled, and that there is no text, not even a space, in the Message Edit Field.

After you have finished recording, swipe left and right through the available options. You can listen to your recording, delete it, find out the recording length. And of course, send the message with the recording

Reacting to a Text Message

Reacting to a text message:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for March 2, 2020

While you are inside of a message conversation, if you swipe left and right to read individual messages within that conversation, you can flick up and down on any message to choose from a variety of custom options, like copying the message, and reacting to the message, known as Tap Back. Tap Backs allow you to instantly send a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, or other reaction symbols. To choose one, flick up or down on an individual message until you hear, React, then double-tap. Swipe left and right to choose the desired reaction, then double-tap.

This is further explanation about reacting to a text message.

There is a “React” option to respond to a particular text message that is handy and quick.

When you receive a text message from an individual, you need to open the text message and flick right to get to the body of the text message.  When you are on the text message, you can flick up and you will hear the following:

Activate, More, Copy, or React”

If you perform a one finger double tap on the “React” option, you will get several  images that allow you to quickly respond to a text message.  The options are: Heart symbol, Thumbs up, Thumbs Down, Ha Ha, ! Exclamation mark symbol, or a ? mark symbol.

You can flick right with one finger to get to the various symbols that are actually buttons.  As soon as you perform on one of the buttons, it will immediately send that symbol to the sender of that text message.  VoiceOver will say that you “loved” that text message, if you sent the “heart Symbol, or that you “liked” a text message if you sent the “thumbs Up” symbol.

Options and Working in iMessages

Working With Incoming Text Messages:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 24, 2020

These directions work when running VoiceOver.

If a message you receive indicates that it contains a photo, a video, an audio recording, a web link, or some other type of attachment, simply double-tap on the received message, from within the message conversation, to reveal the content. Then, swipe left and right to find various options, such as playing the content, sharing it to other apps, and so on. Web links will generally open directly in Safari, Apple’s powerful web browser.

While you are inside of a message conversation, if you swipe left and right to read individual messages within that conversation, you can swipe up and down on any message to choose from a variety of custom options, like copying the message, and reacting to the message, known as Tap Back. Tap Backs allow you to instantly send a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, or other reaction symbols. To choose one, swipe up or down on an individual message until you hear, React, then double-tap. Swipe left and right to choose the desired reaction, then double-tap.

If you wish to copy the text of a message someone sent you, again, be sure you are already inside the conversation, and locate the individual message containing the desired text. Swipe up or down until you hear, Copy, then double-tap. The text of the message is now in your Clipboard for use anywhere you desire.

Choosing the More option from the Rotor will allow for additional options, including forwarding the message to another recipient.

When you are just in the Messages app itself, in the list of conversations, not in a specific conversation, you also have Rotor options, if you swipe up or down on any conversation. For example, you can delete an entire conversation, or you can hide all alerts from the recipient or 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 and also choose to see even more contact info for the sender, as well as adding and removing recipients from group threads. You can also browse all attachments sent to you in that conversation.

Finally, you can choose to share or send your current location in the conversation. When finished, double-tap Done.

Note that you can send other types of files, such as Pages documents, recordings in Voice Memos, websites in Safari, and much more, as attachments in Messages.

About iMessages

About iMessages:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 17, 2020

This information was composed through collaboration with those of us who are with the TTJTECH.NET Team, who are teaching the VoiceOver Class through the iTunes University app.

About iMessages:

Apple iMessage uses the Internet, such as Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, while SMS and MMS messages utilize your carrier’s texting plan. iMessages can only be sent between Apple devices. Apple iMessages are end-to-end encrypted.

iMessages only work between iPhones (and other Apple devices such as iPads). If you are using an iPhone and you send a message to a friend on Android, it

will be sent as a SMS message and will be green. (This is true if just one person in a group message is on Android too.)

If there is no available data network, messages to other iPhones will also be sent as SMS text messages.

iMessaging offers a lot of cool features. With iMessage, you can share your location, send walkie-talkie style voice messages, get confirmation your message has been delivered, get read receipts, and see whether someone is replying to your message in real time (those animated little

grey dots that show up underneath your message). More recent innovations in iMessage include being able to send stickers, animated GIFs, share music, and even send money using Apple Pay.

iMessage also syncs with your iCloud account, so if you lose your phone or get a new one, you can take your messages with you.

The process for sending and receiving messages is exactly the same, regardless the type of message, but some features may not be available unless you are using iMessage.

Ways to respond to an incoming message:

Double-tap on a conversation to open it. Swipe left and right to read through messages in the conversation. Use the Vertical Scroll Bar or the three finger swipe up and down to quickly jump to earlier or later portions of any conversation.

To the left of the Message Edit field is a button which allows you to show or hide the iMessage App Drawer. With Messaging apps, you can send photos and videos from your library, send animated sketches and drawings, express your feelings in other ways, send and request money with Apple Pay Cash, send stickers, use Animoji and Memoji, play games, share a song, and much, much more. A variety of apps, such as Photos, Digital Touch, Animoji, Stickers, and Apple Pay, are already available on your devices, while other iMessage apps and sticker packs can be downloaded from the App Store, some for free, and others for a cost.

Note that the Photos iMessage app is the only iMessage app that will work with non-Apple recipients.

To work with iMessage apps, double-tap on the Apps button, then swipe right past the Edit field and so on to choose an app. The app card for the currently selected app can usually be found directly to the right of the Message Edit Field and the Send button.

Taking Photos and Videos in Messages:

About iMessages: Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 17, 2020This information was composed through collaboration with those of us who are with the TTJTECH.NET Team, who are teaching the VoiceOver Class through the iTunes University app.About iMessages:Apple iMessage uses the Internet, such as Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, while SMS and MMS messages utilize your carrier’s texting plan. iMessages can only be sent between Apple devices. Apple iMessages are end-to-end encrypted.iMessages only work between iPhones (and other Apple devices such as iPads). If you are using an iPhone and you send a message to a friend on Android, itwill be sent as a SMS message and will be green. (This is true if just one person in a group message is on Android too.)If there is no available data network, messages to other iPhones will also be sent as SMS text messages.iMessaging offers a lot of cool features. With iMessage, you can share your location, send walkie-talkie style voice messages, get confirmation your message has been delivered, get read receipts, and see whether someone is replying to your message in real time (those animated littlegrey dots that show up underneath your message). More recent innovations in iMessage include being able to send stickers, animated GIFs, share music, and even send money using Apple Pay.iMessage also syncs with your iCloud account, so if you lose your phone or get a new one, you can take your messages with you.The process for sending and receiving messages is exactly the same, regardless the type of message, but some features may not be available unless you are using iMessage.Ways to respond to an incoming message:Double-tap on a conversation to open it. Swipe left and right to read through messages in the conversation. Use the Vertical Scroll Bar or the three finger swipe up and down to quickly jump to earlier or later portions of any conversation.To the left of the Message Edit field is a button which allows you to show or hide the iMessage App Drawer. With Messaging apps, you can send photos and videos from your library, send animated sketches and drawings, express your feelings in other ways, send and request money with Apple Pay Cash, send stickers, use Animoji and Memoji, play games, share a song, and much, much more. A variety of apps, such as Photos, Digital Touch, Animoji, Stickers, and Apple Pay, are already available on your devices, while other iMessage apps and sticker packs can be downloaded from the App Store, some for free, and others for a cost.Note that the Photos iMessage app is the only iMessage app that will work with non-Apple recipients.To work with iMessage apps, double-tap on the Apps button, then swipe right past the Edit field and so on to choose an app. The app card for the currently selected app can usually be found directly to the right of the Message Edit Field and the Send button.Taking Photos and Videos in Messages:To the left of the Apps button is the Camera button. Double-tapping this button allows you to begin taking a photo or video to attach to the message conversation.

Sending Text Messages

Sending Text Messages, Using VoiceOver:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 10, 2020

This information was composed through collaboration with those of us who are the with the TTJTECH.NET Team, who are teaching the VoiceOver Class through the iTunes University app.

The Apple Messages app is extremely powerful. Welcome to the future of messaging, where your messages can be much more than just text.

Through the Messages app, you can send and receive iMessages, SMS messages, and MMS messages.

Sighted users can distinguish the type of message being received by the color of the message bubbles. SMS and MMS messages use a green bubble, while Apple iMessages have a blue bubble.

Apple iMessage uses the Internet, such as Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, while SMS and MMS messages utilize your carrier’s texting plan. iMessages can only be sent between Apple devices. Apple iMessages are end-to-end encrypted.

The process for sending and receiving messages is exactly the same, regardless of the type of message, but some features may not be available unless you are using iMessage.

Navigating the Messages App with Voiceover:

When you first open the Messages app, you are placed in the list of message conversations. Near the upper left of the screen is the More button. Double-tapping this button allows you to select multiple message conversations with which to work. It also provides an option for you to edit your name and photo, assuming you have already set this up.

On the upper right of the screen is the Compose button. The rest of the screen is taken up by the list of existing message conversations, assuming you currently have any. As you swipe left and right through these conversations, the name or number of the other party is spoken by Voiceover, along with the most recent message in that conversation. Double-tap on a conversation to open it. Swipe left and right to read through messages in the conversation. Use the Vertical Scroll Bar or the three finger swipe up and down to quickly jump to earlier or later portions of any conversation.

Tap near the bottom center of your iPhone screen to find the edit field where you can begin typing a message to the other person in the conversation.

Composing a New Message:

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.

Sending a message to a group? No problem. 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.

Don’t have the desired recipients in your contacts? Just enter a ten digit phone number, or an Apple ID or other iMessage email address, into the To field. If composing a group message, double-tap the Return key on the bottom right of your on-screen keyboard, after entering the number or address of a person who is not in your contacts.

To review the recipient (s) in your conversation, tap once on the To field, then swipe to the right.

To begin typing some text, tap once near the bottom center of the screen to find the Message Edit Field, then double-tap to open the edit field.

Type what you want, then tap once in the Message Edit field, now directly in the center of the screen above the virtual keyboard. Then swipe right to the Send button, and double-tap it to send the message.

Tip: When sending iMessages, you can swipe left from the edit field after sending your message, to find the status of the message. Voiceover will tell you whether the message has been delivered to the recipient’s device by saying, “Delivered”. If the recipient has “Send Read Receipts” enabled, you will also be able to find out when the person has actually opened your message._._,_._,_


How to Take a Screenshot on Any iPhone, and How to add a VoiceOver text label to the Screenshot: Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 3, 2020A screenshot, or screen capture, is a photo of whatever is on your iPhone screen.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 Take a Screenshot on an iPhone X & LaterBy now, we’re all used to the presence of the Home button. So how do you get a screenshot on an iPhone without a Home buttons, such as the iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, or iPhone 11 Pro?Navigate to the screen you want to capture.Simultaneously press the Side button on the right-hand side (this has also been called the Sleep/Wake button) and the volume up button on the left side.Quickly release both buttons.When you see the screen flash white (and possibly hear the camera shutter), the screenshot has been captured and added to your Photos app.You’ll also see a thumbnail of the screenshot you’ve captured on your screen for a few seconds.If you tap on this thumbnail, you can use Markup to draw and write on your screenshotHow to take a Screenshot on an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & Earlier ModelsLocate your Sleep/Wake button.Depending on the model of iPhone, your Sleep/Wake button may be at the top of your phone (older models) or on the right side of it (newer models).To take a screenshot, simultaneously press both your Sleep/Wake and Home button, then quickly release them.The screen will flash white, letting you know a screenshot was taken.As with the iPhone X and later, a thumbnail of your screenshot will appear in the lower-left corner of your screen; you’ll have the option to tap the thumbnail and use Markup.Open your Photos app to see the screenshot you just took.to label screen shots or pictures, when you are running VoiceOver, do the following:If you have an iPhone X: tap the Sleep Wake button and the Volume up or down buttons simultaneously in order to take a screen shot.locate the screen shot or picture from your camera role, it will already be labeled with a date and time.Open the picture with a one finger double tap. Flick right until you hear the date and time that the photo was taken: for example “February 3, 2020 7:37AM: Perform a two finger double tap and hold on the second tap.You will hear a three long beep sound. This brings up the on screen keyboard and places the VoiceOver cursor in the first element of an editable text field.Type the name of the photo: such as picture of my cat “Phil” playing with a scrunched paper ball, on February 3rd 2020.This also works with Screen Shots.Then locate the “Save” button which is located near the upper right on the screen, or you can keep flicking left with one finger until you locate the Save button. Perform a one finger double tap.Your screen shot or photo will now have a text label when you are in the camera role of your photos app.