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How to set iPhone to automatically answer calls

Before iPhone came along, certain Nokia handsets and some feature phones by other vendors had had the option to automatically answer an incoming phone call on your behalf.

Beginning with iOS 11, your iPhone supports the same feature as well. Rather than use Siri, this option prompts your phone’s stock Phone app to pick up the call for you.

The feature is, of course, optional and works with all kinds of calls, including regular voice calls, Wi-Fi calls, FaceTime audio and video calls and VoIP calls from apps such as WhatsApp and Skype that integrate with the stock Phone app via Apple’s CallKit framework.

Before we get to it, keep in mind that this feature requires iOS 11 or later.

When to use Auto-Answer Calls

You may want to use the ability for your iPhone to automatically answer incoming calls on your behalf whenever you’d like to use the phone hands-free. For instance, if you’re driving a car that doesn’t have CarPlay or working out at a gym or running while listening to music on your AirPods, you might be tempted to try out this handy capability.

And if you use Apple Watch, which lets you make and receive calls using your paired iPhone’s cellular network, the Auto-Answer call should come in handy in a bunch of other situations when interacting with your phone may be impractical.

Needless to say, if you’d rather pick and choose what you want to answer, this new feature probably won’t be suited to your needs.

How to set iPhone to auto-answer calls

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2) Tap General → Accessibility → Call Audio Routing.

3) Tap Auto-Answer Calls at the bottom of the Call Audio Routing screen.

3) On the next screen, slide the switch Auto-Answer Calls to the ON position.

The feature is disabled by default.

4) Optionally, set the duration of time your iPhone will wait until the call is auto-answered.

5) Close out the Settings app.

Auto-Answer Calls and Do Not Disturb mode

The Auto-Answer mode plays nicely with iOS’s Do Not Disturb mode.

When Auto-Answer is used in conjunction with Do Not Disturb, your iPhone still answers incoming calls from contacts in your Favorites while it’s in Do Not Disturb mode.

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2) Tap Do Not Disturb.

3) Enable Do Not Disturb, either by toggling the Manual switch or set up a custom schedule by sliding the Scheduled switch to the ON position, then set quiet hours for DND.

4) Now tap the Allow Calls From option on the Do Not Disturb screen.

5) Tap the Favorites option.

6) Close out the Settings app.

This will allow calls and messages from favorited contacts through while Do Not Disturb is on.

Combined with the Auto-Answer setting, your iPhone will automatically answer all incoming calls when not using Do Not Disturb, but only the calls from Phone’s Favorites will be auto-answered when the phone is in Do Not Disturb mode.

White-listing contacts for Auto-Answer Calls

Wouldn’t it be great if the Auto-Answer Calls feature allowed you to create a white list so your iPhone would automatically pick up only the most important calls from select people? While that’s not possible directly, you can take advantage of a workaround solution.

In short, it involves turning Do Not Disturb mode on, disabling the Allow Repeat Calls option and setting up the Emergency Bypass feature for your cherry-picked contacts.

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2) Tap Do Not Disturb.

3) Slide the Manual switch to the ON position to turn Do Not Disturb on.

4) Disable the option Allow Calls From found on the Do Not Disturb screen.

5) Close out the Settings app.

6) Open the Contacts app.

7) Tap the contact card of the person you’d like to whitelist, then tap Edit.

8) Tap Ringtone, the turn on Emergency Bypass near the top of the contact card.

9) Tap Done to get back to the previous screen.

The Ringtone entry on the contact card should now read “Emergency Bypass on”.

10) Tap Done to save the changes and close the contact card.

This shall allow sounds and vibrations for calls from that particular contact to come through even if Do Not Disturb is on, in turn allowing your iPhone to automatically answer the call as long as the Auto-Answer option has been turned on in Settings.

The downside: in order for this to work, you must use Do Not Disturb without the Allow Repeat Calls option while setting up Emergency Bypass for each and every contact you’d like through.

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How to switch Home screen of your Apple Watch between list and grid view

Prior to watchOS 4, Apple Watch used to present the installed apps arranged in the default hexagonal grid, always focused on the Clock app in the center of the Home screen.

On watchOS 4, users who dislike the honeycomb grid view have been given the option to switch the Home screen of their Apple Watch to the new list view.

List view, as you can imagine, ditches the hexagonal grid and replaces app icons with an alphabetically sorted list that you can quickly get to by pressing the Digital Crown. Here’s how to switch between list and grid-based Home screen app layout on your Apple Watch.

This feature supports any Apple Watch model with watchOS 4 or newer.

How to switch Apple Watch Home screen between list and grid view

1) Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to get to the Home screen.

2) While on the Home screen, press the display of your Apple Watch firmly with Force Touch to reveal a hidden menu with two options:

  • Grid View—Use the default honeycomb app layout.
  • List View—Browse your apps in the scrollable list view.

After tapping either option, Apple Watch adapts its Home screen to the selected layout.

How to select apps in list view

List view sorts your watch apps alphabetically from A-Z, making it easier to quickly find the app you’d like to launch. To scroll through the list, just turn the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.

To launch an app, tap its row.

Unlike grid view, which makes it easy to rearrange apps using the companion Watch app or by tapping-and-holding anywhere on the Home screen to enter the jiggle mode, list view does not allow you to change the order in which your apps appear in the scrollable menu.

One last thing: the Watch app does not provide the option to switch between grid and list view—you must do that directly on your Apple Watch, using the instructions provided above.

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Uber makes big changes to driver pay, adds tipping option

Enlarge / People sign up to become Uber drivers at a recruitment event in South Los Angeles. (credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Uber has announced it will make various changes to how its drivers get paid, including adding an option for riders to tip their driver.

Tipping is available as of today in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston; the cities will serve as test markets that let the company "create the best tipping experience." Tipping will be available to all US drivers by the end of July.

Other significant changes include shortening the cancellation window—the time period during which a rider can cancel without penalty—from five minutes to two minutes. Drivers will also begin to collect a per-minute rate for wait times if a rider keeps them waiting longer than two minutes after arrival.

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How to have Messages sync your chats across devices

Starting with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple’s Messages app provides a useful new cloud-syncing feature, called Messages on iCloud. With it, when you sign in to another new device all of your conversations are automatically synchronized through iCloud and appear automagically in the Messages app on the new device.

Like with iCloud Photo Library, the Messages on iCloud feature keeps your conversations and attachments continually synchronized across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac devices in a manner that helps preserve storage.

With Messages on iCloud, deleting an embarrassing message you don’t want in your transcript on one device automatically removes it from all the other devices you own, and vice versa.

Here’s how to set up and use Messages on iCloud.

Before we get to it, Messages on iCloud requires:

  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11 or later
  • Mac with macOS High Sierra or later

The feature is not directly supported on Apple Watch.

The benefits to using Messages on iCloud

As mentioned, this feature saves your entire message history in iCloud, so all your conversations and attachments are available when you sign in to Messages on a new device.

Messages caches the most recent chats on the device and older ones are loaded on demand from iCloud. This lets you save space on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Messages on iCloud also makes for smaller and faster iCloud backups.

That’s because the Messages database is not included in your iOS device backup in iCloud since it’s already there. Perhaps most importantly, Messages on iCloud helps you keep the size of the Messages database on your device under control.

Messages is notorious for keeping deleted messages in its database—chats and attachments are simply marked for deletion, which lets iOS optimize the Messages database when storage is low. It is not uncommon for Messages to store years worth of saved and deleted chats on your device, with no way to manually slim down its database without jailbreaking.

With Messages on iCloud, those storage issues become a thing of the past.

As a bonus, should you ever lose your iPhone or accidentally wipe out everything, simply sign in on your new device and all your chats are loaded from iCloud.

Best of all, you don’t have to give up your privacy and security when using this feature: with Messages on iCloud, all your chats are end-to-end encrypted, just like before.

How to enable Messages on iCloud

You must enable the feature separately on every iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac you own.

iPhone and iPad:

1) Launch Settings on your iOS device.

2) Tap Messages.

3) Slide the switch Messages on iCloud to the ON position.

The first time you turn this feature on, your device will need to upload the Messages database to iCloud. Depending on the number of chats and attachments you have in Messages, this may take anywhere between a few seconds to a couple of minutes or more.

Mac:

1) Launch Messages on your Mac.

2) Choose Preferences from the Messages menu.

3) Click the Accounts tab in the Messages preferences window.

4) Select your iMessage account from the list on the lefthand side, then tick the box next to “Enable this account” if it hasn’t been turned on already.

5) Now tick the box next to “Enable Messages on iCloud”.

Messages will start downloading your chat archive from iCloud, which may take a while depending on the number of conversations and saved attachments in your account.

If the Messages on iCloud is already enabled on your other iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, Messages may put up a prompt offering to enable it on this Mac, and vice versa.

If so, a single click on the Allow button is all it takes to enable Messages on iCloud.

How to manually force-sync Messages to iCloud

Before turning off Messages on iCloud for all of your devices, it may be a good idea to force the Messages app to perform one final sync with iCloud.

iPhone and iPad:

1) Launch Settings on your iOS device.

2) Tap Messages.

3) Tap the link “Sync Now” underneath the Messages on iCloud switch.

NOTE: The date and time of the last sync are shown underneath the “Sync Now” link.

This will ensure you have an up to date Messages database in iCloud, which may come in handy if you lose your device or accidentally wipe out everything.

If you don’t have Messages on iCloud enabled, you won’t see this option.

How to disable Messages on iCloud

You can disable Messages on iCloud for your current device only or have it turned off at once across all iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac devices that have it enabled.

iPhone and iPad:

1) Launch Settings on your iOS device.

2) Tap Messages.

3) Slide the switch Messages on iCloud to the OFF position.

A prompt asks if you’d like to turn the feature off for just this device or all of your devices.

Choose what you’d like to do:

  • Disable This Device—Disables Messages on iCloud for just this device.
  • Disable All—Disables Messages on iCloud for all of your devices.

Choose either option or tap Cancel to abort the operation.

Turning the feature off prompts your device to download the most recent Messages data. “By disabling Messages on iCloud, your Messages data will be downloaded to your device and will no longer sync to iCloud,” reads the feature’s description.

As mentioned before, it’s a good idea to manually force the Messages app to sync with iCloud before disabling this feature. The date and time of the most recent sync are displayed underneath the “Sync Now” link in Settings → Messages on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and in the Messages preferences window on your Mac.

Mac:

1) Launch Messages on your Mac.

2) Choose Preferences from the Messages menu.

3) Click the Accounts tab in the Messages preferences window

4) Untick the box next to “Enable Messages on iCloud” to turn the feature off.

If Messages on iCloud is active on other devices, your Mac will ask if you’d like to disable the feature for just this computer or for all your devices.

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How to disable ‘Behind the Lyrics’ pop-ups in Spotify

Spotify is perhaps one of the largest names in the music-streaming industry, and while Apple Music is indeed catching up, a large number of iPhone users are still using the third-party alternative.

Despite its popularity, many Spotify users aren’t fond of the persistent Behind the Lyrics feature that interrupts your view of the album artwork whenever music is playing.... Read the rest of this post here


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