90 iOS 7 Tips and Tricks

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karan

my control center doesnt change its theme with my phone theme, can you help me out

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Rock Lumauig

After upgrading my ipad 2 to ios 7 the infinity blade game no longer plays in full screen...infinity blade 1..is there a fix?..thanks in advance

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chirpity

I don't mind anything in iOS 7. I think it's a good upgrade... EXCEPT for Notification Center. I hate the "better organized layout". I used to be able to see everything on one screen. Now I have to click between 3 different ones. How is that better?

One other thing, which hasn't changed in a while... I don't care what Android or iOS users say, access to the camera should NOT be on the lock screen without an option to turn it off. Right now you have to disable the entire camera to turn it off. This is the MOST insecure feature of any phone on any mobile OS.
How can anyone not see that?
If I leave my phone say on a table or desk for a few minutes while I use the restroom, anyone could pick it up, open the camera, take pictures of their private parts and then put it back down without my knowledge that anything happened.
My kids could pick it up, open the photos app and see who knows what in there.
I want the option to disable EVERYTHING on the lock screen. After all, it's called a lock screen for a reason!

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Michael Simon

Agreed. If you can disable the Notification Center and the Control Center, you should be able to turn off the camera shortcut too.

I don't know, I like the Notification Center tabs. If you want things the old way, just keep it on All.

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Meowser

How about this issue, while on safari if I pull up an image that is high resolution it stays zoomed in on part of the image. If I try to pinch to resize it to the right zoom it just bounces back to zoomed in. Seems like I have to hold a pinched position to look at large images. Any idea how to fix that?

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Michael Simon

I think that's just the way it is. For some reason, there doesn't seem to be a way to fit the image to the screen.

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Mobley

Hi. I have the iphone 5. Since downloading iOS7, it stretches photos when I use the photos for wallpaper. Although it says "move and scale" at the bottom, when I make it smaller it won't allow me to "set" it at that size. Please help. Thanks.

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Michael Simon

It shouldn't be stretching your pictures, but it will zoom them if you have parallax turned on. (There needs to be an area of the photo beyond the screen to get the effect.) if you turn it off (Settings>Accessibility>Reduce Motion), you'll be able to scale your photos however you want.

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Cindy George-Bates

Hi, I know this is probably the most ridiculous issue and easy to fix, but I'm stuck. Intermittently, my phone changes some mode since I upgraded to IOS7, not sure if I'm hitting something or not, but it goes into this weird security thing where everything is done with this black box and you have to double tap everything once the box is where you want it. this includes texts. Honestly, it is the most aggravating thing in the world. And then, magically, it will revert back to it's nice normal MO. Please tell me what I'm doing to cause this happening. I may just take it back to the store and I've scoured articles and threads looking for someone with this issue to no avail.

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Michael Simon

You've turned on Guided Access. Triple-clicking the home button turns the black boxes on and off. To turn them off completely, go to Settings>Accessibility>Guided Access.

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lui2000

Cool! Michael you done huge job!

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Michael Simon

Thanks!

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Buste Bee

So I made a ringtone using itunes, and now no matter how many times I re-sync my iphone (5c) it will only play part of the song. It will play in full on my computer but not on my phone... what can I do? I did all i was told to do to make sure it would play right after making a custom tone but it still wont work

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YorUncle Monty

are restricted to 30 seconds. always have been...

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Michael Simon

I'm not sure--I don't use custom ringtones and don't have a 5C. I know there's a ringtone editor in iTunes that lets you set the duration, but it sounds like you already checked that. Anyone else have this problem with the new iPhone?

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Alexandria Marie

ok so, I have the iPhone 4 and i had updated it to the ios 7, but now im starting to get a issue with itunes as it keeps shutting down on me. I'll open it up to see if there is any songs i would like, and then it'd load but then shut down before i could do anything. I tried turning my phone off and then on after a few minutes and it would still do the same thing again. Can anyone help?

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Michael Simon

That happened to me a couple of times. If you can find a link to something in the store (through Google or Twitter or something like that) it'll work again. It's a bug that'll probably be fixed with the next update.

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Teresa Geist

Hi. I have an iPad 2 and I also have iOS 7. As soon as I updated to iOS 7, it showed all the previously purchased movies and TV shows in the video section. They all had a little cloud icon in the bottom right corner. I thought these were streaming from the cloud, but when you click on one of them to watch it, it is actually downloading it to the iPad. Now I cannot delete any of these movies or TV shows from the iPad. Can anyone help me? I have tried holding on the movie to get the little x button, but it does not show up on these movies. I have tried hitting the new edit button, but it does not put the little x on these movies or shows. I have even tried going into iTunes and I deleted all the TV shows and unchecked the box to sync any TV shows, yet there are still TV shows on the iPad that were downloaded from the cloud. It keeps telling me that my storage is full and to go to settings. I went to settings and turned off the show all videos option, but it is still showing all the TV shows and movies that my kids downloaded from the cloud. Is there any way to delete these shows and movies from my iPad?

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Michael Simon

That's the way to do it. When you press the edit button, a little "X" will appear on any movies that are stored on your device; tap it and it will send it back to the cloud. Movies can stream when playing, so perhaps it's not videos that are taking up all of your space. Go to Settings>General>Usage and it'll tall you which apps are eating up your gigabytes.

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Michael Simon

Question for anyone using an iPad with a smart cover: Have you figured out how to bypass the notification screen? Lifting the smart cover used to bring me right to the home screen in iOS 6, but now it stops on the lock screen if there's a notification alert.

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Harvey Singer

Hi Michael,

I have just upgraded my iPhone 5 to ios 7.02 and gone into the Video App where I have a few Music and Home videos and found the indicator that shows which videos you've stated to see or have not seen is no longer there.

Do you know if there is a fix or have i missed something?

thanks

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Michael Simon

It seems as though the only indicator is for unwatched TV shows. Movies don't have any badges or dots for some reason.

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Tiffany Sheehy

Has anyone figured out how to run sound from 2+ apps simultaneously? Before the iOS 7 (iPad) update, for example, I was able to have my baby monitor app running in the background of any app. Now as soon as I open a new app, the monitor app mutes and vice versa.

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Michael Simon

I wonder if it's a bug or something developers need to update. Mine does the same thing; as soon as I enter an app that plays audio, the current backgroup process stops. Rather annoying.

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hockeynutz

I was mucking around with the settings and I noticed that the status bar no longer shows on the home screen.

It appears when I go to a variety of different apps but when I then click the home button to go back to the main screen, it promptly disapperars from the screen.

What could I have possibly done to make this happen?? I am using iOS7 on an iPhone 5

Thanks!!

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Michael Simon

Weird. Try rebooting. (Hold down power and home buttons for five seconds.)

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Jennifer Jensen

Help! I have an iPhone 5, just upgraded to iOS 7 yesterday. I used to use the microphone in Notes, and now it's grayed out and won't work. Is this a glitch on my phone or something that's been disabled? It still works for text messages.

Also, thanks for the article. I'm old enough I don't like the colors of the icons or the slimmer font, and i"m trying to get used to the 3-D clock to set a calendar event, but otherwise I like it. Except for my disabled Notes microphone, of course. :)

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Michael Simon

Two things to try: make sure Siri is enabled (dictation is dependent on that). And if that doesn't work, just try restarting (hold down power and home buttons for five seconds). Glad you like the new look!

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Jennifer Jensen

That worked - thank you so much! (and thanks for such a quick reply!)

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Krafty Max

I have upgraded and for the most part I like the new system. The only problem I am having is with my ringtones. They show up in itunes - and show they are being synced with my phone, but they do NOT show up on my phone. I can't figure out where they are. I have even restored my phone - thinking that might help, but it didn't. EVERYTHING else is working and syncing, but I can't get my custom ringtones... please help!! ~KM

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Krafty Max

I think I have figured it out - I had to copy the ringtones to my desktop and 're-enstall' them.... now they are back! ~KM

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Brandon Schutte

Couldn't read the whole thing, just asking. How do i make the colours on control center and Siri and everything translucent. For some reason it's not working. Pls help. Kthnx

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Michael Simon

It seems that if you don't have an iPhone 5 or iPad 4 (or later) the blurry translucent effect is unavailable. Just a gray box.

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Michael Simon

Sorry for the slow responses everyone. I haven't been able to check comments since Friday. Hope I was able to help!

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Jha76

Do yo know if anybody experiencing safari performance issues in iOS 7? My problem is that it takes sometimes long to load on some websites including this one it took long once the blue line is half way is just goes very slow sometimes is just stays in the middle for a few seconds with some of the web page content but it just freezes I have to tap on the X and the web page will be blank and with the loading icon moving on top but won't load until I hit the reload circle arrow and then it will load fast . Is it a Safari iOS 7 bug??help

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Michael Simon

I doubt it's a Safari bug. Most likely it's related to your network settings. Go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings. Your phone will restart and you'll have to re-enter your WiFi passwords. Hopefully that'll help.

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'Niecie Little

since I installed iOS 7, i having been having trouble with the wi-fi connection. Im unable to connect. what should i do?

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Michael Simon

Go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings. Your phone will restart and you'll have to re-enter your WiFi password(s), but that should fix it.

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Marvin Holloway

I recently updated my iPhone 4 now I am experiencing some problems with trying to post pictures on Facebook & Instagram. Every time I go to post it says, "app doesn't have access to photos go to privacy settings." I click on photos but no aps appear. What should I do?

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Michael Simon

Also, make sure you have location services turned on.

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Michael Simon

That's strange. Try deleting one of the apps and reinstalling to see if the photos slider comes back.

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Sharon Eaton

Hi,
Since updating my iphone 5 to iOS 7, it has been cutting out. Sometimes when someone rings me, it cuts out even before I get to answer it. Anyone else had this problem or do you think its my phone?
Thanks in advance.

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Michael Simon

I haven't experienced that, but you should probably do a restore. Just make sure you've backed up first so won't lose anything.

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Alexa Barron

Ok I have no idea if I have taken a stupid pill or not. But anyway! When I'm trying to look for photos on safari it brings up the thumbnail. But when I click to see a bigger version I can't get it. It's tiny. Like wee and tiny. It's a split screen with the original website address the website where the photo is now etc. can I make it bigger? I sometimes use them for art and nail art stuff. Please help me. I'm tearing my hair oot!
Brilliant article btw! I will be on this site regularly to geek it up on stuff!
Thanks for any help you give me btw!!
X

Also Hey from Scotland! X

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Michael Simon

You mean a Google image search? There's a link for full-sized image once you expand it.

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Alexa Barron

Thanks! I did say it was a stupid pill moment!
Another random question. My phonebook doesn't show up the letters L,M,P and T. I have contacts in those letters but down the side it won't show up! I really hate this new update! I can't find anything!
Also. On the old google image search you could scroll through the images rather than one by one. Take it that's completely gone now? Xxx

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Michael Simon

That's bizarre. Don't know what would be causing those letters to disappear--even if you don't have contacts that start with those letter, they still should be listed in the side panel. Try adding a new contact with one of those letters to see if it pops up. Very strange.

And yes, no more swiping through images in GIS. Not sure is that's an Apple or Google change.

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Alexa Barron

Ok I tried that. And it didn't work. I am actually quite geeky. And know a lot of stuff. But seriously. This is just plain stupid. I do however like the fact they included a torch! I can finally delete that app! And the new safari. That's just pretty cool! Is there any cool wee tricks on the update?
Ok I rebooted the phone and added in my mum again. There are wee dots in between the letters so I pressed on that but it just jumps to the letter above it. Is there anybody I could talk to about getting this fixed? Or I could show you a screen shot? That might help you?
Sorry for the 20billion questions, but there's just some stuff that's too techy for me! Lol
Thanks! Xx

Doesn't matter. I managed to fix it! Basically. I just re added all the contacts I had or rather edited them. Then rebooted my phone. Now it works! Xx

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Jeanette Helsted

Hi

I updated to iOS7 on my iPhone 4 the day it came. And had a little update again yesterday.

My "Words in a pic" app doesn't work anymore. I've got to put some letters together to create a word, but the letters won't move

Is this something someone has mentioned earlier? If so I apologize :-)

I've tried to reboot the phone, but to no use. I really would avoid removing and readding the app, as I would have to start over from the beginning again.

Jeanette

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Michael Simon

Looks like the Words in a Pic app was recently updated to support iOS 7, so it should work. Try deleting it and reinatalling if it still won't work.

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