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Short video on Gmail shortcuts.



Buying a new phone often meant an afternoon of entering contacts, one by one, into the new handset. Switching from Android to iPhone might seem even more difficult, with all the photos, apps, messages, contacts and settings on each device.

But making the big switch is actually simpler than you might think, thanks to a great deal of cooperation from both sides, if you follow these instructions to switch from Android to iPhone.

Before you get started, it is important to ensure both your iPhone and Android phone have plenty of battery life and are plugged into a charger — transferring everything can take a long time. You will also want to make sure they are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Finally, make sure there is enough storage space on your iPhone to accommodate everything on your Android — including its own internal storage, and the microSD card if it has one. If there isn't enough space, don't worry too much. You can pick which content to transfer and which to leave behind later.

Next, you should switch on your new iPhone and start working through the initial setup process. When you reach the Apps & Data screen, you'll see this option: 'Move Data from Android'. Tap on this to get started.

If you have already setup your new iPhone without doing this, you can go into the Settings app, then tap General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings. This will restore your iPhone to as-new condition, so you can go through the setup process again and tap Move Data From Android.

The Move to iOS app

Now it's time to download the Move to iOS app onto your Android phone from the Google Play store. Once you have installed the app, opened it and agreed to the terms and conditions, you should tape Next in the top-right corner of the Find Your Code screen.

Next, head back to your iPhone and, having tapped Move Data From Android, tap Continue and wait for a 10-digit code to appear on the screen. Enter this code on your Android smartphone, then wait for the Transfer Data screen to appear.

On the next screen you'll be asked to select which content you want to transfer from your Android phone to the new iPhone.

Here is a list of the data that can be transferred from Android to iPhone:

Contacts
iMessage history
Camera photos and videos
Web browser bookmarks
Email accounts
Calendars and events
Free apps available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play store


Apple cannot promise that all free apps will be downloaded, but you can head into the App Store and grab them manually after the transfer process has been completed.

If you have a lot of photos and videos on your Android, then this transfer — which is carried out over Wi-Fi — can take a long time. You might want to leave the two phones for an entire afternoon, and Apple warns that you should wait even after your Android suggests the process is complete.

Once the iPhone shows the process has completed, tap, "Done" on your Android device, then tap, "Continue" on the iPhone and follow the instructions to finish the setup process.

Music, books and PDFs

Some content has to be transferred manually. Music, for example, can be transferred using iTunes on your computer. Or if you use a streaming service like Spotify, just download the app on your new iPhone, log in, and download your playlists.

The same logic applies to ebooks saved in apps by services like Amazon Kindle or Google Play Books. To move ePub books and PDFs, you'll need to use iTunes and the Android Fire Transfer app on your computer.
It’s easy to get free protection from losing all your photos if your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken using Google Photos.

There’s a good chance you are already backing up your photos and video from your iPhone through iCloud, Google Photos, or another service and that’s great, but I’m also sure you probably have a parent or sibling that isn’t, especially if they’ve already filled up their free allotted iCloud storage. It’s easy with Google Photos to get free protection from losing all your photos if your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken.

How to install Google Photos

1. Go to the app store and download Google Photos. Once that’s finished, go ahead and open it.


2. You’ll need to allow Google Photos to access all your Photos.

3. It’s your choice on whether you want notifications. I personally don't allow them to avoid the distractions.


4. Now you’ll have the options to Back Up and Sync, which is precisely what you want to do, and what image quality to save at.
If you want free unlimited photos and video storage, Google Photos will need to compress the files. Google's compression quality is quite good, so you really won’t be missing much.

You could save original quality but then you’d hit the free storage limit and you’d end up in the same boat as you were with iCloud.
5. You can choose to use cellular data to back up if there’s no Wi-Fi. This depends on your data plan and the amount of photos and videos you take. If your plan has a limited data cap, or if you’re just using Google Photos as a free backup and you’re unlikely to touch it often, then leave this off.

6. Log in with your Google account. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create one.

Using Google Photos

Google Photos will save all the photos you take on the iPhone, but if you delete something from the Apple Photos app, it won’t necessarily delete it from Google Photos. However, if you try to delete an image from the Google Photos app, it will ask if you want to remove it from the phone as well.
The background upload isn’t perfect and you may occasionally want to open up the app to force a backup. With these settings though, I had good backup experience if the phone was both on Wi-Fi and plugged in charging.

Finally, if you edit the photo in the Apple Photos app, Google will treat that edit as a new image and save it in addition to the unedited one.
With all that said, you should be able to rest a little bit easier knowing that the only priceless things on your iPhone are now a little bit safer.
You do not need any third party software for this. Just use the Finder.

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Here is a pdf on my secure server showing some favorite highlites of the new IOS 13.

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Apple has announced that Shortcuts, a powerful automation app for the iPhone and iPad, will come pre-installed on iOS devices. This is great news because it’s an incredibly handy app — based on Workflow which Apple acquired in 2017 — let’s you combine multiple actions to perform a specific task.

What kind of things, you ask? Well, you can for example make it easier to open your favorite Apple Music playlist, finding travel times to an address, creating GIFs, and more.

But one of its best uses in my opinion is use it as an RSS reader, and here’s a PDF to show you how you do it:

https://mespn.com/rssShortcut.pdf


At WWDC 2019, Apple announced the next big update to macOS, which supports the Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. MacOS 10.15 Catalina will this fall although an exact date hasn't been announced. There are plenty of new features coming our way, including the following.

What's new with macOS 10.15 Catalina?
There are dozens of new features coming to macOS 10.15 later this year. Some are bigger than others, of course.

Three new Apps to replace iTunes
In Mac, Apple is splitting iTunes into three separate apps: Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.
Not surprisingly, Music is a lot like iTunes and even more like Music on iOS 12. It also offers syncing capabilities for those who still like to sync iPhone and iPad with Mac. For those who love buying music, there's a store built into the app.

Apple Podcasts offers an interesting search feature that uses machine learning to help you find a podcast you heard about but forget its name by title, topic, guest, host, and more. Apple says there are now over 700,000 podcasts available.

Finally, the new Apple TV app supports 4K and Dolby Atmos-supported films for the first time on Mac. It looks similar to the iOS version of the Apple TV app.
All three apps — Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV — sync your content through iCloud across your devices. Or sync it from each of the apps if you prefer using a cable.

Sidecar with iPad
With Sidecar, you can use your iPad as a second display for Mac! This feature works wirelessly and wired. Sidecar also lets you use the same Multi-Touch gestures with your Mac that you do with your iPad. Draw and sketch is also supported.
At launch, various third-party apps will support Sidecar, including Adobe Illustrator, Cinema 4D, Sketch, and more.

Accessibility
On macOS Catalina, there is now Voice Control, a new way to fully control your Mac, iPadOS, and iOS devices with your voice. It's just one of many new accessibility features in macOS Catalina.

Find My
Find My iPhone and Find My Friends have been merged on both Mac, iPhone, and iPad as Find My. The combined apps lets you locate the people and devices that are important to you.

Activation Lock
Available on all Macs with a T2 Security Chip, Activation Lock allows you to erase and deactivate your Mac in the event that it's stolen. It's similar to a feature already available on iPhone and iPad.

Updated Apps
Existing Mac apps like Reminders are getting minor updates in macOS Catalina.
In Notes, there's a new gallery view that displays your notes as visual thumbnails, which makes it easier to find specific content. There's also the ability to share notes or entire folders as view-only. With new shared folders, you can collaborate on a folder level with ease. Look for more powerful search functionality as well.
Reminders is completely new in macOS Catalina and includes a new design and more powerful features. These include enhanced Siri intelligence, the ability to add attachments, new edit buttons, and more.
In the Photos app, you'll now find a new Photos tab, larger photo previews, day, month, and year organization, and auto-playing of Live Photos and videos.
Safari has received a new start page and other features.
Next, Mail now includes block sender, mute, and unsubscribe features.

Screen Time for Mac
One year after it arrived on iOS, ScreenTime is coming to macOS too. The controls allow you to keep track of your usage on Mac and also restrict the content that's available. You can also use ScreenTime to turn off features at certain times of the day.

Project Catalyst
Goodbye, Marzipan, hello, Project Catalyst. This new program will allow developers to create apps that will work across multiple Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This integration will be available for games, of course, plus travel, entertainment, banking, education, project management, and more.

Approve with Apple Watch
You can soon double-click the side button of your Apple Watch to authenticate on your Mac. In doing so, you can unlock a locked note, approve app installations, and view your passwords in Safari preferences without having to enter one.

And many more!
We're just scratching the surface on macOS Catalina. Be sure to bookmark this blog for updates.

When can I download the official version of macOS Catalina?
macOS 10.15 is available as a beta for developers right now. If you're not a developer you'll be able to download it for free this fall.

(CAUTION*) If you plan on downloading the developer beta, be smart about it: If you only have a single Mac, make sure you create a partition to run beta software or install on a secondary Mac you don't rely on for everyday use. Remember this is an early beta and is not meant for primary use. (You have been warned!)

The final version — the public version that is no longer in beta — will be available this fall as a free update in the Mac App Store.

My Mac is old, can I upgrade to macOS Catalina?
The latest Mac operating system will run on the following devices:
MacBook (2015 or newer)
MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
Mac mini (2012 or newer)
iMac (2012 or newer)
iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
Mac Pro (2013 or newer)


A list of some of the new IOS 13 features and changes. 200+ and counting!!

General/Design
Dark Mode
Scheduled Dark Mode
Eight new stock wallpapers
3D Touch replaced by Haptic Touch
Access peek and quick actions on older devices
New Volume HUD interface
New Silent Mode interface
iTunes Store demoted to second page
Podcast app promoted to first page
Find My replaces Find My Friends and Find My iPhone
New Contacts app icon
New Reminders app icon
Shortcuts app is preinstalled
New rounded glyphs
Padded table views
New header buttons
New Card sheet interface
New Options Ellipsis
Siri Dictation within search fields
Smaller ‘AM/PM’ text on time

Connectivity
Personal Hotspot: Family Sharing
Personal Hotspot: Allow Others to Join
Persistent personal hotspot
Low Data Mode
Wi-Fi: Ask to Join Networks
Wi-Fi: Auto Join Hotspot
WPA3 Wi-Fi support

Other
Audio Sharing with AirPods
New location controls to allow access to your location just once
Playstation 4 and Xbox One S Controller Support
Optimized Battery Charging

ScreenTime
ScreenTime: Communication Limits
Combined app limits
One more minute
Accessibility
Accessibility promoted root Settings with icons
Display Accommodations is now Display & Text Size
Voice control – control your device with your voice

Keyboard and Input
Cut, copy, and paste gestures
Undo and redo gestures
QuickPath Typing
Cursor navigation
Scroll bar scrubbing
Text selection via tap and swipe
Multiselect tap with two fingers and drag
Intelligent selection for address, phone numbers, email address, etc.
38 new keyboard languages
Separate emoji and globe keys
Memoji Stickers accessible from keyboard
Memoji and Animoji stickers on older devices
Redesigned Markup toolset
Install and manage Fonts
Full page screenshots

Share Sheet
Completely redesigned
New Share Suggestions
Standalone AirDrop card

Control Center
Dark Mode Toggle
Switch to specific Wi-Fi networks
Switch to specific Bluetooth
Volume shows what device you’re controlling
Larger Glyphs (flashlight, etc)
Music control shows Speakers & TVs
Larger Hearing icon
More rounded Hearing shortcut
Slightly tweaked Magnifier interface
New Voice Memos glyphs
New QR Code Reader icon

Widgets
Redesigned widgets for a cleaner look
Show text replaced by disclosure triangle

Siri
New voice using advanced neural text-to-speech
Indian English Accent
Phone
Modified phone glyph with darker green
Updated Contacts tab glyph
Updated in-call screen with larger icons/updated glyphs
Background shows contact photo
Settings: Call Silencing

Safari
Updated Start Page
Siri suggested website links
Siri Suggestions
Built-in download manager
Page zoom
Website view menu
Per‑site settings
Save open tabs as bookmarks
Open all tabs
Jump to open tab from smart search
Haptic Touch Download Linked File
Photo upload size
Private mode
Settings: Downloads
Settings: New Tabs section
Settings: Settings for Websites

Messages
Share name and photo
Quickly access additional contact methods
Three new Animoji
Tons of new Memoji customizations
Animoji & Memoji stickers
Announce Messages on AirPods
Settings: Send & Receive Addresses Moved to the Top
Settings: Share Name And Photo

Music
Redesigned Now-Playing interface
Time‑synced lyrics
Easily view Up Next queue
Updated AirPlay button
Smaller volume button
New options menu
Settings: Sync Library replaces iCloud Music Library

Calendar
Larger glyphs
Add attachment to events

Photos
New Photos tab
Auto-playing Live Photos and videos
Settings: Auto-Playing video and Live Photos
Photos tab auto hides content
Redesigned editing interface
Adjust intensity of filters
Pinch to zoom while editing
Options relocated to upper right-hand corner
Auto enhance integrated within main editor
Vibrance
White Balance (Warmth & Tint)
Sharpen
Definition
Noise Reduction
Vignette
Review each effect individually
Powerful video editor
Video edits are non-destructive
Portrait Mode High-Key Mono
Portrait Lighting Control
New Options when sharing Photos
Combine multiple search terms

Camera
Redesigned Zoom button

Mail
Search box is shown immediately
Larger subject in compose view
New Send button
Updated action buttons (More, Flag, etc.)
More options when performing a Haptic Touch
New text formatting tools
New toolbar for inserting photos, drawings, scans and documents
Extended Reply menu
Multi-colored flags (across devices)
Settings: New Threading options
Settings: Include attachments with replies

Clock
Larger header text
New splash screen and set up for Bedtime
Larger stopwatch without header
Updated Timer interface with new circle also shows when timer will end

Maps
Rebuilt Maps
Look Around
Browse Nearby
Redesigned Favorites
Collections

Reminders
Brand new app
Quick toolbar to add times, dates, locations, etc.
Smart lists automatically organized by Flagged, Scheduled, and Today
Add attachments to Reminders
Natural language input/Siri Intelligence
Messages integration
Settings: Today Notification
Settings: Show Reminders as Overdue

Notes
New gallery view
Shared folders
View-only collaboration

Stocks
Stocks text no longer all caps
Edit button on main interface
Redesigned interface elements

Books
Reading Goals
New Notification panel on Account page
Settings: Reading Goals
Settings: External Controls (Just like podcasts)

App Store
App Updates have moved
Bypass cellular download limit
New Apple Arcade tab
Default search text
Apple Watch search results
Subscription link moved

Health
New dynamic Summary view
Menstrual Cycle Tracking
Highlights
Dedicated Search and Browse
New profile page
New Settings panel

Home
Refreshed Home app accessory controls
AirPlay 2 speakers in scenes and automations
Siri Shortcuts in automations
New Hubs and Bridges section in preferences

Files
Rich metadata
External USB drive, SD card, or hard drive support
Create folders on the local drive and add your favorite files.
Connect to a file server at work or a home PC using SMB from Files.
Downloads folder
iCloud Drive folder sharing
Zip and unzip
Document Scanner

Find My
New app combines Find My iPhone with Find My Friends
Settings: Enable Offline Finding

Shortcuts
Redesigned look
Shortcut automation that works with HomeKit

Contacts
New relationship labels in Contacts app
Create Memoji right inside of Contacts

Watch
Search option has been removed
App Store links to actual App Store
Accessibility section promoted

Voice Memos
New Splash screen
Pinch to zoom

Theses are just some of the new IOS 13 features and changes, there may be more on final release!
One announcement Apple did not mention at the WWDC 2019 was:
For power users, Apple replaced bash with zsh as the default shell in macOS Catalina. It is a more modern shell, so why not. Good timing...



According to Apple, these are the Macs that will run Catalina:
MacBook 2015 and later
MacBook Air 2012 and later
MacBook Pro 2012 and later
iMac 2012 and later
iMac Pro 2017 and later
Mac Mini 2012 and later
Mac Pro 2013 and later