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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How to mute on Twitter for iOS


MuteWe all have at least that one account on twitter that we love to follow, and 9 tweets out of every 10 are interesting – however sometimes that very same account gets a little…….. passionate….. about a particular subject and start ‘flooding’ your time line with something you’re not really interested in.

Now – you could un-follow them – but then you’d miss the over tweets you actually like to read. Twitter has finally come to the rescue with its most recent feature. The ability to mute a user! This is something so simple, which is already saving headaches.

To mute a user from the twitter app on your iPhone, all you need to do is head over the ‘profile’ of the twitter user. You can do this by tapping on their avatar from their latest tweet.

Now tab on the ‘cog’ icon just underneath their post count.

Twitter Cog


Now tap of the ‘Mute @<username>’ menu option at the top of the pop up menu



The app will then display a visual prompt to confirm the mute has taken effect



That’s all there is to it.. You will no longer see the users tweets in your timeline unless they mention you in a tweet.

There is (currently) no way to ‘schedule’ the removal of a mute. So once things have calmed down, and you would like to once again see the users tweets in your timeline; head back to their profile, and tap on the red speak to un-mute them.



That is how to mute on Twitter for iOS.

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Hide stock iOS apps without jail breaking

Since my very first iOS device I suffered the same annoyances as countless other newly found apple owners. That was the forced acceptance of applications that served a specific purpose to a specific audience, such as the stocks and shares or newsstand etc.

Now obviously getting rid of these apps could be done by jail breaking the device and simply removing them or hiding them etc. however jailbreaking isn’t really for the faint hearted and cam pose issues if your not tech savvy.

Which is where this little trick comes in. Thanks to this site its now possible to hide those annoying ‘stock’ apps from your iOS devices launch pad. Granted this is only a temporary fix, as a reboot will bring them back. However, Im pretty sure I could count how many times I reboot in a month on one hand, so its a small price to pay having to reapply the ‘fix’.

All you need to do is visit this site select the app you want to hide from the list
then follow the instructions. Works perfectly every time 🙂 if you have a different method you use or find the one above useful, let me know using the comments section below!

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