1. Set a lock code
2. Enable ‘Do Not Track’ in your mobile web browser
3. Avoid answering spam phone calls
4. Use a recovery app to find a lost or stolen device – available in iOS and Android Apps
Find.Eat.Drink. – cost:Free (iOS only) – A restaurant app run by chefs, bartenders and sommeliers.
Last Message– cost:Free (Android) –Amazing to me that this could be needed, but… The Android app will text, email, Facebook message, or tweet the friends and family you select to alert them that your phone is about to die!
Stow – cost:Free (iOS) – Do you forget things when you are packing for a trip? This app offers packing list templates that can be adjusted for length and type of trip. There aren’t a lot of frills, but you will appreciate having it.
Tip of the month
A few text message tricks for iOS and Android
Forward a Text:
For Android: Tap and hold the message you want to forward, then tap the Forward button. The text of the message will then be pasted into a new message that you can address to anyone you like.
For iOS: Tap and hold the message you’d like to forward; when you do, a pop-up with a few different buttons (such as “Copy” and “Speak”) will appear. Tap the More button, then tap the little forward-arrow in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Ever get stuck on a group text-messaging thread that just won’t stop? If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad running on iOS 8, there’s an easy way.
Open the group thread that’s bugging you, tap the Details button in the top corner, scroll down and flip the Do Not Disturb switch.
Delete old text and picture messages automatically
An individual text message takes up a miniscule amount of data on your phone, but eventually, all little messages will start to add up—particularly if there are pictures or video clips attached.
Luckily, both the iOS and Android messaging apps have a handy setting that’ll trash older text and picture messages automatically, perfect for keeping your phone’s storage from getting junked up with ancient SMS threads.
● Open the Messaging app, tap the three-dot menu in the top corner of the screen, then tap Settings.
● Scroll down to the Storage section and make sure the Delete old messages setting is checked.
● Tap Text message limit, choose the maximum number of messages that can sit in a messaging thread before the olders ones get deleted, then tap the Set button.
● Last but not least, tap Multimedia message limit and follow the same process. Because picture and video messages consume far more storage than a text message does (think a megabyte or two rather that just a few tiny kilobytes), you’ll want to pick a lower number—somewhere in the 50-100 range.
● Tap Settings, Messages, then scroll down and tap Keep Messages (under the Message History heading).
● Go ahead and decide how long you’d like to keep old text messages before they’re deleted: for 30 days, a whole year, or forever and ever. In case you’re wondering, no—there aren’t any custom settings.