How to Fix Bad iOS 11 Battery Life

How to Fix Bad iOS 11 Battery Life is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s iOS 11 update is already causing battery life issues for iPhone and iPad users and today we want to show you how to fix bad iOS 11 battery life from the comfort of your computer chair or couch.

The iOS 11 update went through an extensive beta process but problems have slipped into the final release. One of these early problems is severe battery drain, a common iOS problem and an issue that always pops up immediately after a major iOS upgrade release.

If you run into major battery life problems on iOS 11 you might start thinking about a downgrade back to iOS 10.3.3. While this is certainly an option, especially if your device was running well on iOS 10, you’ll want to try and iron out these issues before you give up on iOS 11.

Our guide to fixing bad iOS 11 battery life on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will provide you with some proven fixes and some strategies to use if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch battery life starts acting up.

Some of the steps here only require a few seconds of your time. Others could take you a lot longer. Here are a few things to try before taking your phone or tablet down to your local (if you have one) Apple Store.

Restart Your Device

Sometimes a simple restart can help your device overcome abnormal battery drain. If you start noticing weird iOS 11 battery drain, try restarting your phone or tablet. Hold the power button, swipe, and hold the power button to turn it back on.

Check Your Apps

Apple’s iOS updates aren’t supposed to have a negative impact on your battery life and there’s a good chance it’s something other than the operating system causing the problem.

Apps like Facebook have been known to suck up battery life and there’s a very good chance you’ve got a rotten apple on board your iPhone or iPad. Applications and services will often act up after a major iOS release.

Before you do anything else, check your apps. Go into your Settings > Battery and check out the Battery Usage tool. It will show you the apps doing the most damage to your device’s battery.

If you notice an app draining a ton of battery, try deleting the app to see if things improve. You can always re-install it if you determine it’s not the source of the drain.

If you’d prefer to keep the app, try installing the latest bug fix to see if that helps. Developers will roll out iOS 11 support updates and these should help performance.

Disable Vibrations

Your device might vibrate whenever you receive a phone call or a message. These alerts are useful but they make the hardware inside your phone work and this work requires power.

If you’re fine without vibrations, you can always use a ring tone to alert you to new messages and calls, try shutting them off. It could help.

To do this go to Settings > Sounds and toggle Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent off. You’ll also want to go into each individual Sound and Vibration and make sure Vibration (located at the top of the screen) is set to none.

Manage Your Display

Your display can be a battery life killer if you don’t manage it properly.

The sensors inside your iPhone or iPad will adjust the screen automatically in certain lighting environments. Sometimes these sensors work as advertised. Sometimes they don’t. If your screen is bright for no reason, you might be costing yourself some battery life.

If you’re up to it, try manually adjusting your display to suit your lighting conditions. To do this, you’ll need to turn Auto Brightness off.

Go into Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Brightness > Off. Once you’ve shut it off, you’ll need to manually adjust your screen brightness. Fortunately, this is simple on iOS 11.

Simply pull up Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of your phone) and adjust the screen as needed. You can also adjust it in the Settings app.

Disable Raise to Wake

iOS 11’s Raise to Wake feature is handy but turning it off could save you a few battery percentage points.

If you don’t need your screen to automatically turn on whenever you pickup your device, go into the Settings app > Display & Brightness and toggle the Raise to Wake function off.

You can always turn it back on if you don’t see any improvements to your device’s overall battery life.

Kill Background Refresh

iOS’ Background App Refresh feature lets your apps refresh in the background in order to show you the latest data when you open them. It’s a nice perk but it’s also a resource hog.

Most people probably don’t need this feature enabled. To disable it, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > and turn it off for apps you don’t use.

You can also turn Background App Refresh off completely if you don’t want to go through your list of applications one by one. If you have a ton of apps, the process can be extremely tedious.

You can always turn the feature back on if you don’t notice any gains.

Avoid Dynamic Backgrounds

Animated wallpapers look great but they can be a drain on your device’s battery. If you want to save your battery you’ll want to use static backgrounds. Fortunately, iOS 11 delivers more than 15 new static wallpapers for you to choose from.

Turn Off Fitness Tracking

Your iPhone comes with a motion co-processor that can track your steps and other activities. If you’re trying to stay in shape we’ll understand if you want to keep this feature on. If you don’t use your phone to track your fitness try turning the non-stop tracking off.

To do this head into your Settings app and tap on Privacy. From there, select Motion & Fitness and toggle the Fitness Tracking function off.  You might also want to toggle off any apps listed below Fitness Tracking in that menu.

Use Low Power Mode & Put It In Control Center

iOS 11’s Low Power Mode can help you save battery life and it’s a feature you’ll want to get familiar with if you haven’t done so already.

Low Power Mode’s been around for a couple of years now but we still hear from people who don’t use it or don’t know what we’re talking about.

In a nut shell, Low Power Mode shuts off functions that could be draining your battery. For instance, Hey Siri, automatic downloads, and mail fetch. You can turn Low Power Mode on and off any time.

Customize the iOS 11 Control Center.
Customize the iOS 11 Control Center.

To do that, head into Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > and toggle it On whenever you need to save a few percentage points. We also recommend putting it in Control Center for easy access.

Apple’s iOS 11 allows you to customize Control Center (the menu that pops up when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen). We recommend storing a shortcut to Low Power Mode in Control Center for easy access.

To do that, head to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap the green plus sign next to Low Power Mode.

Use Airplane Mode

If you start noticing rapid battery drain, turn on Airplane Mode.

Airplane Mode, which can be accessed via the Settings app or Control Center, kills all of your connections including Bluetooth, cellular data, and Wi-Fi.

If you’re in an area with spotty service, your phone is going to be working hard to get a signal. When your phone is working hard, your battery is probably draining. Airplane Mode will prevent this.

Disable Widgets

Widgets are everywhere in iOS 11 and they could ruin your battery life if you’re not careful.

If you don’t use widgets or simply want to get a handle on them, swipe over to the right while you’re on your device’s home screen.

On this screen, scroll all the way to bottom of your widgets and select Edit. It’s the circular icon. You should now see a list of services and apps. These are your widgets. To deactivate a widget, tap the red circle with the white line and tap Remove.

Disable as many as you want.

Stop Killing Your Apps

While you might be tempted to shut down your apps to conserve battery life, Apple says the closing apps in your multitasking screen won’t help.

It’ll be a hard habit to break for some of you but if you can manage you could see a positive effect.

Reset All Settings

Once you’ve exhausted those options, it’s time to go nuclear. First, we recommend resetting your Settings.

To do this, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and then enter your passcode if you have one enabled on your device.

The process could take a few minutes and it will restore your device’s settings to their factory defaults so make sure you have all of your Wi-Fi passwords handy because your device will forget them.

Downgrade to iOS 10

If you were having a great experience on iOS 10 you could try downgrading to iOS 10.3.3 to see if that improves your device’s battery life.

We’ve put together a downgrade guide that will take you through the steps necessary to drop back down to Apple’s iOS 10 operating system.

The iOS 10 downgrade loophole will close at some point so this won’t always be an option for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.

Buy a Battery Case or Battery Bank

If you’re willing to spend money to improve your battery you might think about buying a battery case or a battery bank.

There are a ton of battery case options out there and our list of the best iPhone cases will get you on the right track.

If you’d prefer not to cover up your phone with a bulky case, and battery cases are bulky, you might opt for a battery bank.

Battery banks are small and lightweight gadgets that give you multiple charges. One such device, the RAVPower battery pack can give you six full iPhone charges.

You should also take a look at Mophie’s powerstation plus mini and the Anker Powercore 20100.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11 for Better Security

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Install iOS 11 for Better Security

If the security of your device is important to you you'll probably want to install iOS 11 today or sometime in the near future. 

Apple's iOS 11 update comes with several patches for potential exploits. These patches address serious vulnerabilities in iOS. In all, the iOS 11 update delivers eight patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

That's not all. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices. 

In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust. 

If you skipped previous versions of iOS, your iOS 11 update will come with an even longer list of security patches. 

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn." 

If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11. 

If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 soon. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.

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How to Fix Bad iOS 11 Battery Life is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Fix Poor iOS 11 Performance

How to Fix Poor iOS 11 Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch starts freezing, lagging, or rebooting after the iOS 11 update, we have a few solutions for you to try before taking your device into an Apple Store for a checkup.

The iOS 11 update went through a lengthy beta process but problems are plaguing those who’ve decided to install the final version.

The early list of iOS 11 problems including various bugs and performance issues including stuttering, app lockups, random reboots, user interface lag, freezes, and more.

iOS performance issues are extremely frustrating but there are some things to try before you give up and get in contact with Apple’s customer support. Some of you might even be able to fix your iOS 11 performance issues in seconds.

This guide to fixing poor iOS 11 performance will provide you with some tips that’ve worked for us on previous versions of iOS software. There’s no guarantee they’ll work for you and your device but they’re worth a shot if you can’t stand iOS 11’s performance on your iPhone or iPad.

Restart Your Device

The first thing you’ll want to do is restart your phone or tablet.

This might seem ridiculous but a simple restart could get you back on track. Power down your device by holding the power button, swipe to turn it off, and then power it back on.

Reset Your Network Settings

If you’re noticing slow download speeds after installing iOS 11, try resetting your device’s network settings.

Go into your Settings app > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will cause your device to forget your Wi-Fi passwords so make sure you have those handy before you make your move.

You can also try resetting all of your device’s settings from the same menu. Simply tap Reset All Settings. This will restore your device’s settings to their factory defaults so, again, make sure you write down those Wi-Fi passwords.

Do Some Cleanup

If you’ve owned your device for awhile you’ve probably accumulated all sorts of apps, photos, and videos you no longer need. Getting rid of this clutter could improve your device’s overall speed.

In order to check how much space you’re using, head into your Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage and select Manage Storage.

If you’re running out of space on your iPad or iPhone, head back into General and then scroll down to where it says iPhone Storage or iPad Storage if you’re on a tablet.

Apple’s iOS 11 update gives you an extremely detailed look the stuff you’re storing on your device. It also makes some recommendations based on your utilization of your device’s hard drive. You might want to take Apple’s advice.

Update Your Apps

If your applications are starting to act up make sure they’re updated.

Developers are going to be rolling out iOS 11 support updates with bug fixes and improvements. If you start experiencing issues with an app, you’ll want to look into these updates.

Head into the new App Store and read reviews from iOS 11 users. If they’re mostly good, you should install the latest version of the app on your device.

Stop Automatic Downloads

If you have trouble keeping pace with app updates, iOS’ automatic feature can be useful. That said, the constant stream of updates can make your device work in the background which can potentially lead to poor performance.

If you don’t have a problem with manually updating your apps, at least temporarily, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your device.

Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Once you’re there, you’ll want to toggle the switch to turn off Updates located in the Automatic Downloads section. You might toggle the other options off as well.

Disable Widgets

Widgets can be useful but they also make your device’s hardware work. Disabling widgets you no longer need could help improve iOS 11’s performance on your iPhone or iPad.

While you’re on the home screen, swipe to the right. Scroll all the way to bottom of the list and tap on Edit. It’s that little circular icon.

On the next screen you should see a long list of services and apps. These are your active and inactive widgets. To disable a widget on your device, tap the red circle with the white line and tap Remove.

You can remove as many as you want and you can always flip them back on if you don’t notice an improvement to your device’s performance.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and data will free up memory and help speed up your device.

If you use Apple’s Safari browser go into your Settings > Safari > and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap it.

Tapping this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. History will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account. If you’re fine with that, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you’re using Google’s Chrome browser on your device, you’ll want to head into the app itself and tap the three vertical circles in the top right corner.

Once you’re in there, tap Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing serious lag, you might want to start fresh.

If that’s the case, select them all (you’ll notice a check mark on the right once you’ve done this) and then click Clear Browsing Data.

Stop Background Refresh

Background App Refresh works in the background to keep your apps updated with fresh data. For instance your Facebook feed will constantly be updated without having to actually open up the app.

If you don’t need your apps working in the background try Turning Background App Refresh off. It could help improve performance.

Head into Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle Background Refresh off. This will shut it down completely.

You can also go down your list of apps one-by-one and make your selections on a case-by-case basis. This is tedious but it’s the route to take if you want to keep this feature live for your core applications.

Reduce Your Animations

If you start noticing choppy animations, try toning them down.

iOS 11 provides a sense a depth when you tilt your device and open and close your apps. If you minimize this feature it could improve performance.

To reduce Motion Effects on your device, head into Settings > General > Accessibility and toggle Reduce Motion on. Before you do, note that reducing Motion Effects will disable some features like the bubble effect in the Messages app.

You’ll also want to reduce transparency and blur effects. To reduce transparency, head into Accessibility > tap Increase Contrast and then tap the toggle to turn on the Reduce Transparency function.

Start Over

If none of those tips help, and you can’t find a fix anywhere else, you might want to start fresh and factory reset your phone or tablet.

If you can’t take your device into an Apple Store, a factory reset is the nuclear option. It will take some time but it could fix your performance issues.

Before you reset your device to its factory defaults, make sure your important data is properly backed up via iTunes or Apple’s iCloud service.

If everything is backed up and good to go and you’re ready for a clean slate, head into Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to get the process started.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11 for Better Security

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Install iOS 11 for Better Security

If the security of your device is important to you you'll probably want to install iOS 11 today or sometime in the near future. 

Apple's iOS 11 update comes with several patches for potential exploits. These patches address serious vulnerabilities in iOS. In all, the iOS 11 update delivers eight patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

That's not all. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices. 

In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust. 

If you skipped previous versions of iOS, your iOS 11 update will come with an even longer list of security patches. 

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn." 

If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11. 

If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 soon. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.

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How to Fix Poor iOS 11 Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Use Smart Lock and Skip Fingerprints on the Galaxy Note 8

How to Use Smart Lock and Skip Fingerprints on the Galaxy Note 8 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

With Smart Lock on the Galaxy Note 8, you can skip the fingerprint scanner in most situations. This feature recognizes trusted environments so the phone can unlock itself. You won’t need a fingerprint, face scan or PIN to use your phone. This works at home, connected to your car stereo and there’s even an option to set it up to trust your voice.

Smart Lock enables the Galaxy Note 8 to unlock itself most of the time. You will still have to use a PIN, fingerprint scanner, or Iris eye scanner on occasion.

Read: 20 Best Galaxy Note 8 Cases

If you’re getting frustrated trying to scan your eyes or reach the fingerprint scanner we recommend using Smart Lock. Below we go over what you need to know and how to use this feature today.

How to Use Smart Lock on the Galaxy Note 8

To get started find Smart Lock on the Lock screen and security menu in Settings. This feature gives you several options for fast device access: On-body detection, Trusted places, Trusted devices, and Trusted voice.

  • Tap the gear-shaped Settings button in the notification bar (or find Settings in the app tray)
  • Select Lock screen and security
  • Tap Smart Lock
  • Enter your PIN or password to continue

You’ll see four different modes to choose from, pick whichever works best for you. I’m using Trusted devices and Bluetooth, so when I connect the Note 8 to my car stereo or it’s near a smartwatch I don’t need to unlock it. The software recognizes I’m near a trusted device and bypasses the lock screen method temporarily. Smart Lock works with any NFC or Bluetooth device.

  • Click Trusted devices
  • Tap + Add trusted device
  • Select from Bluetooth or NFC (it will search and find any nearby connected device)
  • Choose which accessory and then select Add as trusted device

Now the Galaxy Note 8 will stay unlocked when it’s connected and near that device. If you disconnect from the stereo or leave a trusted place Smart Lock turns off. Then, your PIN or fingerprint lock screen method kicks back into place. If it gets lost or stolen and the connection drops it will instantly lock itself.

This makes it easier to use the Galaxy Note 8 each and every day, only requiring a fingerprint scanner when it’s truly needed.

More Details

Another option is “On-body detection”. This will unlock the Galaxy Note 8 as long as it’s in motion, like when you’re holding it and walking. The phone will lock and require your PIN or fingerprint when it stops moving, or you set it down. Just tap On-body detection and flip the switch to on to enable this feature.

Set your home as a trusted place and only unlock it once while you’re home. As long as you stay home, you won’t need to unlock the screen. You’ll need to use a security method once you leave that trusted area. This uses GPS, WiFi and Google Maps for an accurate location reading. It’s extremely useful, although some might want to skip the home feature if they have kids.

Read: How to Turn Off the Note 8 Always-On Display

Last but not least, you can set up a trusted voice to quickly unlock the Note 8. To try this out, enable “Trusted voice” in the Smart Lock menu, then follow the prompts to train it to recognize your individual voice. Now just say, “Ok Google” and the phone will instantly unlock. See, no fingerprint scanner or Iris scan is necessary.

Is Smart Lock Worth Using?

So, is smart lock worth using? Absolutely. It’s extremely easy to set up, works great, and cuts down on how often you need to use a fingerprint scanner or alternative lock screen methods. With the fingerprint scanner being so hard to reach, this is almost a must-use feature.

In closing, Trusted Places may drain battery life because it uses GPS. Then, On-body detection may not lock the device immediately, like in cases of theft, because it takes a few seconds to register and kick into place. This is a very useful feature but it’s not perfect. Just keep that in mind.

While you’re here, consider getting a Galaxy Note 8 screen protector from our roundup below.

8 Best Galaxy Note 8 Screen Protectors

Spigen NeoFlex 2-Pack

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Spigen NeoFlex 2-Pack

Spigen was one of the first companies to offer durable tempered glass screen protectors. However, what we're recommending today isn't made from glass. Instead, our choice is the NeoFlex film from Spigen. They're a trusted brand, and you'll get two in case you need an extra. 

Some screen protectors don't apply right on curved screens like the Galaxy Note 8, and the touch response has issues or the protector won't stay on. As a result, Spigen went back to older (and cheaper) films, but these still offer plenty of protection. 

The NeoFlex film can absorb impact from drops and other situations and is highly scratch resistant. And while it may not save the screen from a huge fall, it will keep it scratch-free. 

Spigen promises a bubble-free, rainbow-free easy installation using a wet application method. It also claims 99.9% clarity, and works even with a case installed. Give it a try today. 

Buy it on Amazon for $7.99 (2-Pack)

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How to Use Smart Lock and Skip Fingerprints on the Galaxy Note 8 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10

How to Downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You can downgrade to iOS 10 if you don’t like the annoying new iOS 11 features or if your iPhone is slow, but only for a limited time.

Even though Apple doesn’t list this officially, you can downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10 in about 15 to 30 minutes and then you can restore to an iOS 10 backup that you made before upgrading.

Apple released iOS 11 this week and it is a free upgrade for the iPhone 5s and up, but on older devices it may not be what you were expecting.

You need to download the latest version of iOS 10, in this case iOS 10.3.3 for your device and then you can downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 as long as Apple is still signing this software.

Typically this period lasts at least a week. Apple checks to see if the software you are trying to install is still supported before completing the installation, so this is an essential step.

How to Downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3

How to go back to iOS 10 from iOS 11.
How to go back to iOS 10 from iOS 11.

This will show you how to go back to iOS 10.3.3 from iOS 11. You can only go back to this specific update. You cannot downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 9 or to any version of iOS that you can jailbreak.

Even though you are going to wipe your phone and you can’t use an iOS 11 backup on iOS 10, you should still back up your iPhone or iPad. Use this guide to backup your iPhone if you aren’t already doing so.

Download the iOS 10.3.3 update for your iPhone or iPad. You will need to plug your iPhone into a computer to downgrade and you will need to download the file to your computer to install it on your device. You cannot downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10 over the air.

Go to this website and download iOS 10.3.3 for your specific iPhone or iPad model. Make sure the row is still green. If it is not green, you can no longer downgrade and should stop.

Turn off Find My iPhone on your iPhone. To do this, go to Settings -> tap on your name at the top of settings -> Tap on iCloud -> Tap on Find My iPhone -> Toggle off. When prompted enter your password.

At this point you should have your iPhone backed up, your iPhone connected to your computer and the iOS 10.3.3 ipsw file on your computer.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click on the iPhone in the iTunes menu.
  3. Click on the Restore iPhone button using a special click. On Mac hold alt/option when you click and on PC hold Shift when you click.
  4. In the window that opens, find the iOS 10.3.3 file you just downloaded and click on it and then click open.
  5. When prompted, choose to erase and restore your iPhone. Click Restore to begin this process.
  6. Over the next 15 to 30 minutes your iPhone will restart multiple times and then when it is done you will be back on iOS 10.3.3. From here you can restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup and get going or you can start fresh.
iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11

iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

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iOS 11 iMessage Upgrades

iMessages continue to be one of the biggest iPhone and iPad features that Apple offers. In fact, it's a major reason we don't switch from the iPhone to Android. Apple ramps up the options in the iOS 11 update with tweaks and new features for iMessages. 

There is a new iMessage App Drawer so that it is easier to find the apps you want while you are in an iMessage conversation. This means you can use the iMessage apps to send stickers and other short bits of information to people faster on iOS 11. 

Apple also now offers Messages in iCloud. This allows you to keep all of your iMessage and Text conversations in sync across your devices using iCloud. This also means that if you delete a conversation it is deleted across all devices. This will also help keep large message thread storage in check without the need to delete threads all the time. 

 

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How to Downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Change the Galaxy Note 8 Lockscreen & Wallpaper

How to Change the Galaxy Note 8 Lockscreen & Wallpaper is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This quick guide will show you how to change the Galaxy Note 8 lock screen and wallpaper. Including all the customization options and using your own images instead of relying on the Samsung theme store.

With a big 6.3-inch Quad-HD display choosing the right wallpaper makes a big difference. Especially in terms of quality and resolution. We’ll show you how, and recommend some of the best places to get great wallpapers.

Read: How to Turn Off the Galaxy Note 8 Always-On Display

For starters, Samsung allows you to set a different image for both the lock screen and home screen. Additionally, they offer tons of customization, app shortcuts, and themes so you can make your phone more personal. 

With so many features, controls and settings it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the Galaxy Note 8. Once you learn about everything the Galaxy Note 8 can do, you’ll want to start with easy customizations like the lockscreen.

How to Change the Galaxy Note 8 Lock Screen & Wallpaper

There are multiple ways to change the background image and wallpaper on the Galaxy Note 8. However, it can get confusing because when you head into Settings and select Wallpapers and Themes it goes to the Samsung theme engine, not somewhere to change the wallpaper.

If you just want to apply your own image for a wallpaper, follow these steps instead of using Samsung’s theme store.

Instructions

  • Push and hold your finger on a blank area of the screen
  • It will zoom out to a customization menu. Select Wallpaper
  • Scroll through Samsung’s options, or hit My Photos
  • Now select the image you want, crop to fit, and hit Apply Wallpaper
  • Choose home screen, lock screen or both

This is the easiest and quickest way to change the Galaxy Note 8 wallpaper, no theme store required. Just browse their pre-installed images or select one of your own. Find what you want and hit apply. This is how you use photos right off of your smartphone.

While many of your own images will work fine, we recommend choosing something that is at least 1080p HD or higher. To find some beautiful wallpapers like what’s shown here look through Samsung’s theme store or download the app called Zedge and browse their collection.

Lock screen Wallpaper

Adding a custom or new image to the lock screen is just as easy. If you didn’t notice in our instructions above, when you select an image there’s an option to use it in multiple areas on your phone. Follow the same steps as above for the lock screen. When you find the image you’d like to use and hit apply the phone will ask, “Do you want to apply the image to the home screen, the lock screen, or both?”

Choose what works best for you. The same image for both the lock and home screen, or different images for each one. I have a Packers lock screen image, then a dark wallpaper for my main screen. Dark or black images can save battery life on Samsung devices because the way AMOLED screens show dark colors.

Samsung Theme Store

You can also head into Settings > Wallpaper & Themes and find a huge collection of themes, wallpapers, live wallpapers, custom icons and more.

However, it isn’t very user-friendly and is hard to understand. Samsung’s theme store has beautiful photos, themes, and custom icon options. We really like the option to use a different image for the lock screen and home screen. You can have one image for the lock screen, and something like a moving “live wallpaper” for everything else. Simply find what you want, hit download, then select Apply.

When you first open the Samsung theme store it defaults to wallpapers. There are tons of recommendations and popular options to choose from. At the top of the page, the first square says “Your Gallery” which is where you find your own images instead of using Samsung’s.

We recommend browsing the gallery as there are tons of excellent images and options to choose from. Once you find a good one simply download it and hit apply. The app will let owners choose if it goes to the lock screen or the home screen background, as expected.

Don’t forget to look through the list of themes. These change the entire look and feel of the Galaxy Note 8. Everything from icons, the settings menu, backgrounds, text, font and more.

While you’re changing things up try customizing the on-screen navigation keys or turn off the Always-On display. Make sure you enable full-screen support for apps on the Galaxy Note 8 and enjoy your new phone.

How to Change the Galaxy Note 8 Lockscreen & Wallpaper is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.