Hide stock iOS apps

One bone of contention for many iOS users is the ‘forced’ stock apps which come bundled with the iPhone/iPad and its mobile operating system. 

I’m not just talking about the stocks and shares app either.. Power users may chose alternatives to the email, calendar, notes, reminders and maybe even messages apps. 

Personally I just bury the stock apps away inside a folder, on a tab I rarely visit. However if you prefer to keep your iDevice spotless you can follow this video tutorial to temporarily make them disappear.. That is, until a reboot occurrs, then you’ll have to follow the steps again. 


As a side, Apple are planning on changing the way stock apps work in a future release of iOS which will mean you’ll be able to remove at least some of them ‘permanently’. 

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Clear iOS app cache to speed up iDevice

A little known trick has been tweeted about by an iOS Developer

Basically by repeatedly tapping one of the software buttons in one of Apples stock apps iOS will clear down its app cache. Which is believed to improve overall performance of iOS devices. 

To perform this “trick” launch the App Store, and tap on the featured star button 10 times in quick succession. If you’ve successfully activated the clear down, the AppStore screen will appear to reload, thus indicating the cache has been cleared. 

This is also said to resolve issues with app downloads stuck in a limbo state. 

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Launch Apps from iOS Notification Centre using LaunchCode

Intelligent Apps Releases LaunchCode Shortcut With Notification Center

Intelligent Apps Releases LaunchCode Shortcut With Notification Center

If you love your iPhone and your Apps so much so that your iPhones pages are crammed full with many apps, you’ll know how painful it can be searching all those icons for that app you’re after. Sure you can use Spotlight to quickly search and launch your app, but if it’s a collection of apps you launch all the time check out LaunchCode.

Using LaunchCode you can launch Apps from iOS Notification Centre, or by drawing predefined custom symbols inside the launch pad of the app.

The ultimate goal of LaunchCode Shortcut Center is for users to use their iPhone as an extension of themselves and not as the focal point of their attention. They will be able to complete tasks, call contacts, listen to their favorite radio station, and even open Maps with directions to their home all without looking at their phone. Muscle memory will take over. All that is required is for one to draw their symbol on the screen and the phone will obey their command.

With the ease of this user interface, this is the only app iPhone users will ever need in their iPhone dock. Unlike other productivity apps, LaunchCode injects the human interface into the iPhone. Humans communicate nonverbally in ways such as with gestures, letters and symbols, and now can communicate with an iPhone the same way.

Intelligent Apps plans to release two versions of LaunchCode. A free version which users can program with up to 5 app shortcuts and 5 action shortcuts and a paid version with which users can program unlimited app shortcuts and action shortcuts.

For more LaunchCode information, including more features, screenshots and videos, check out the official LaunchCode website.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone and iPod touch
  • Requires iOS 6.0 or later
  • Size: 40 MB

Pricing and Availability:

Full version is available for £2.99 while the lite version is available for Free. Both apps are available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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Fix gaps in iOS 8 QuickType words

Since I installed iOS 8 on my iPhone 5s I’ve been experiencing a strange issue with the predictive keyboard/QuickType. Some words that the predictive keyboard suggested had a large gap at the beginning. Meaning my messages would send out looking something like this:

“The cat sat on the mat” …. This is not something I text a lot but used purely as an example.

I soon started to realise it was words that I had previously added to the dictionary. So I figure clearing the dictionary may fix it.. Which it did!

So if your experiencing issues with the predictive keyboard, then perhaps try deleting your iPhone keyboard dictionary. This isn’t the language dictionary this is purely your own custom words.

To do this, tap on Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary

You’ll them be prompted for your iPhone passcode, once entered the dictionary will be wiped.

Caveat: This will obviously mean you’ll have to build up your custom word dictionary again from scratch.. However it’s a small price to pay!

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How to stop iOS explorers

20140614-142034-51634606.jpgWe’ve all been there, found some amazing content you just to show the other people in the room.. But how many of us sit there an think “for god sake, don’t swipe left, don’t swipe right, don’t exit the application, don’t nosey else where.. Just look and hand back the phone!?”

Well – there’s a little hidden gem of a feature called Guided access, and it’s buried inside the accessibility settings menu.

With this feature switched on, you can actually “lock” your device inside an application, and what’s more, using simple drawing techniques you can disable buttons, menus or features.

Only users with the pass code are able to exit the guided access mode, making it perfect for handing your phone over to your more inquisitive friends.

To switch on guided access on your iOS device, goto Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access

Once there, be sure to set a passcode you’ll remember!

Now, to activate the guided mode head to any application, and triple tap the “home” button. Draw round any controls you want to disable, then hand your phone to your friend. Simple!

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