Hardware and Software Tips

iOS 11 Dock

iOS 11 Dock

This Dock appears at the bottom of the home screen of the iPad, iPhone, iMac and has always been a great way to easily access your favorite apps. It lets you launch apps, but now you can access it from every app and use it to multitask Read additional information at Apple.com

Add or Remove Apps

Since the Dock is used for launching apps, you'll probably want to keep your most-used apps there for easy access. On iPads with 9.7 and 10.5-inch screens, you can put up to 13 apps in your Dock. On the iPad Pro, you can add up to 15 apps thanks to the 12.9-inch screen. The iPad mini, with its smaller screen, accommodates up to 11 apps. Adding apps to the Dock is super simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Tap and hold the app that you want to move.
  2. Keep holding until all the apps on the screen begin to shake.
  3. Drag the app down into the dock.

Location Services

This built-in feature determines your location based upon GPS- global positioning system network. This service used by Google Maps, Find My Phone and Friends, YELP, WAZE and other apps to help find your location. Your position is based upon data stored on the hardware stored on cellular phone networks, nearby Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices.
The GPS chip installed connects to the network to get your current location. Remember: GPS is not always accurate! Double check! Some higher-end smartphones have more sensors as compasses and gyroscopes.

Turn on Location Services:

  • Settings
  • Privacy
  • Location Services
  • Move the slider to on/green
If you choose to turn off Location Services, repeat the above process and move the slider to off.

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Change Siri's Voice in iOS

Apple's Siri is your personal assistant built into all iOS and Mac devices. She can make reservations for you, schedule events in the Calendar, set reminders, find directions or direct you to a specific location, send messages, make calls hands free and more. But if you want to change the voice:

  • Open Settings, > Siri and Search
  • Tap Siri voice
  • Select the accent and gender

Reveal Dock While in an App

The Dock is always present on the home screen of your iPad, but who wants to have to go back to the home screen every time you want to launch an app? To access the Dock at any time, from any app:

  1. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen (on earlier versions of the iOS, this was used to reveal Control Center).
  2. If you're using an external keyboard with your iPad, you can bring up the dock by clicking Command (or ⌘) + Option + D at the same time.
The Dock is always visible from the Home screen but disappears when an app is opened. Remember to close apps to preserve memory!

Fix a Slow iPad

Follow these steps to speed up your hardware.

  • Purge Apps From Memory
  • Hardware with too many apps constantly running the background or the device has low memory are some of the reasons for a slow hardware. View apps running in the background and close them. View the list of running apps: iOS 9 -Double click the Home button Swipe up to close apps iOS 10- Swipe from the left to view the Control Center Swipe up on the window to close apps. Continue the process for each app window.
  • Reboot the iPad
  • Hold down the sleep/wake button until instructions appear to turn power down/turn off the iPad.
  • Inspect Your Wi-Fi Connection
  • Check the Internet speed, install a Wi-Fi Speed test app. The average network is around 12 megabits-per-second(Mbps) to 25+Mbps.
  • You’re running current iOS verion
  • Clear Storage Space
  • Store old photos and music on an usb/flash drive and delete from the iPad. Delete unwanted apps. In the browser(s) Safari or Chrome, delete cookies and web history.

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Do Not Track

Do Not Track

This feature is a component of all browsers for website tracking. By default this feature is turned OFF except in Private browsing where it is always turned ON. Turn Tracking ON Chrome:

  • On your computer, open Chrome browser.
  • At the top right ☰, click More > Settings.
  • At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  • Under "Privacy," check or uncheck Send a "Do Not Track" request with your browsing traffic
Firefox feature lets every content advertisers and providers of sites visited that your behavior is not to be tracked:
  • Click the menu button ☰ and select Preferences.
  • Select the Privacy & Security panel.
  • Tracking Protection
  • DoNotTrack-Choose the Always setting.
  • Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.