Freestyle Friday: Something You Can Use (If You’re an iPhone)

I don’t know what it says about me, but I’ve never liked having a lot of programs running at the same time on my computer. Not that computers today can’t handle multiple programs and apps running at the same time, but I don’t like the cluttered look and – especially with my iPhone – I’m more concerned with RAM and battery life than with having my Twitter timeline open all the time. I also think that having 15 different open icons in your tray is the technology age equivalent to “a cluttered desk, a cluttered mind.”

So imagine my shock (SHOCK!) when, after updating my iPhone to iOS7 and pressing my home button twice, I saw all of these apps that were running in the background. Dozens of apps that were just, seemingly, in a suspended state eating up memory and (I assume) battery life. To be fair, I’m told apps continued running in the background in previous iOS versions, but it wasn’t as easy to identify open apps way back in 2012.

I felt the need to close the open apps, but how?  There was no little ‘x’ in the top corner to close the app. There doesn’t appear to be a way to “Exit and Close” any app from within the app itself. So how do you close the app that you opened weeks ago that’s still spinning around in the background?

As with most things created by Apple, closing an app on your iPhone is actually quite easy.

1. Double-click the Home button to bring up all of your open apps.  You should see something that looks like this:

Yes, I'm a multimillionaire in Bejeweled Blitz coins
Yes, I’m a multimillionaire in Bejeweled Blitz coins

2. After you have all of your apps open, you can scroll through and select the ones that you do not want to run in the background. Alternatively, I admit that you are also choosing the ones that you do want to run in the background. Whichever your zen is pointing you toward this morning.

3. When you identify an app that you want to close, simply ‘flick’ the app (the screen shot of the open app, not the app icon on the button) upward, toward the top of the screen. Voila! You’ve closed the app!

Perhaps it was the update that Apple released last week, or perhaps it’s my imagination, but battery life – which has been an issue since updating to iOS7 – seems to have improved since I started closing apps that were running in the background.

That’s my tip of the week.  Thanks to Ray for sharing it with me so that I could share it with you. We may not always get along, but we’re better together, folks!

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Thanks, as always, for your support, encouragement, and patience as I continue the process. Have a great weekend!

How to Attach a Photo to an iPhone Email

I know, I know.  My website does not look good, yet.  Michael Hyatt would not approve of my platform, visually speaking.  I think, however, that he would approve of the content of this post. I believe that it will have widespread appeal.

Since switching to the iPhone about 4 years ago, I have been frustrated with not knowing how to attach a photograph to an email that I had already drafted. The only way that I knew to attach a photo was to find the photo in my album and then create the email message by clicking the appropriate icon at the bottom of the screen.  That doesn’t work, however, when you are responding to an email.

This week, I was informed by a friend, Todd – who develops iPhone apps yet struggled also with the photo attaching function – that there is a way to attach a photo to an email that you’ve already started or in to a response email.  Below is the process:

1.  Tap in the body of the email.  The Select, Select All, Paste toolbar should appear on your screen.

2. At the far right of the toolbar is an arrow pointing to the right.  Tap the arrow.

3. Select, Select All, Paste turns in to an Insert Photo or Video option.

4. Tap Insert Photo or Video.  You are taken to your Camera Roll or your list of photo albums.

5. Find the photo you want to attach and then tap “Choose” in the lower right corner.

6. You will then be taken back to the email, and the photo you selected is inserted in to your email message.

It’s really not a difficult process, it’s just not very intuitive. Many thanks to Todd for sharing the solution with me, along with his long list of why he feels the Android is far superior to the iPhone. 🙂

If you have any other tips or tricks, please share.