Ways I’m cutting back on social media

Social Media

I’ve fallen back into having social apps like Twitter and Reddit back on my iOS devices and it’s been a real time waster. I’ve looked at having screen time turned on but it does nothing for me when I can just ignore limits. I wanted to end the mindless habit of opening the app and scrolling.

So to reduce this and get some energy back to create stuff and be more present I’ve taken the apps of all of my iOS devices.

I’ve given up on Reddit and YouTube completely (I can’t take anymore “I wasted £1000 at store X”, evil pranks or facepalm thumbnails that provoke platform wars) and with Twitter I’ve bookmarked in iOS Safari and aim to only check it for notifications maybe a few times a week.

I’m not really worried about missing out on stuff, for me it’s one more thing to think about when I’m not getting the same value out of the service I did say 4 years ago. It’s become somewhere I only check now out of habit, I don’t go anywhere near reading threads these days as they are mostly toxic – especially if like me you love Star Wars. Just checking it during the Pixel 4 keynote (which I enjoyed BTW) I saw certain pundits feeling the need to negatively comment on pretty much every announcement, I don’t need this (yes he is now unfollowed).

Thankfully I deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts years ago.

Any tips for cutting back on social media you can share?

Selling your Apple Watch bands

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I’ve always just kept my old Apple Watch bands but after reading a few forums I thought I’d have a clear out. Little did I know but there is a collectors market when it comes to watch bands. This is because Apple discontinues certain colours for each season. I was very surprised when I sold my hyper grape Nike version on eBay for double the original retail price!

If you have bands lying around this might be a way to get rid of them for a good return.

Notability setup

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My problems with iOS 13 iCloud sync is well known now if you’re reading my blog but I haven’t really shared what I’m doing about it. I’ve used a few different third party Notes apps in my time with an iPhone but the one I’ve landed on is Notability.

I’m using it for everything.

This is a work in progress but at the moment I’m using dividers and subjects to spit out my content. You can see my dividers above.

You can then see above how I split the divider up into subjects based on context. So for example I have a watches subject that contains all of my notes about watches like a wish list and interesting articles I’ve saved.

For now I’m using the app to store everything I would in Notes such as important documents I need to reference, handwritten notes using Pencil and just those day to day ones I like to make.

I’ve got it using iCloud sync and it’s working flawlessly.

What third party notes app do you use?

iOS 13 Notes troubles

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I’m doing my best not to continue complaining about iOS 13 but given I get no feedback on my bugs raised with Apple I’ll use my blog to document my troubles with it (it’ll serve as a reminder for myself if anything).

Here’s my latest issue. This is how it looks on my iPhone but the changes I make here are not propagated to iCloud and my other devices.

I can’t be alone with all of these Notes sync issues, is no one else getting this?

I gave Notes another chance but I’ll be switching to Notability again.

iPhone 11 Pro Apple Silicone Case review

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I’ve always picked up the white silicone case, the red reminded me why – it’s a lint magnet.

Let’s put the lint aside for a moment. Personally I like the red with midnight green combination but ultimately I sent it back and opted for a black leather case.

The texture on the silicone isn’t my favourite, especially when it wears but it does add a texture that grips to most surfaces.

So if you’re looking for a case with a lot of grip that doesn’t add a lot of bulk this may be for you.

There are two major drawbacks though.

First is the amount of fluff and debris that these cases pick up in day to day use. Even just in and out of my pocket it’s a case I’m having to constantly brush off.

Second drawback for me is durability. This was too new to test but in the past the bottom exposed section of the case tends to wear away at the edges leaving the plastic showing underneath.

My advice on the official Apple silicone case is to pick up a third party one at a third of the price. You really are paying for the Apple logo for this one. With the leather cases I feel the quality and finish justify some of the cost but with the silicone I just don’t see their worth.

iOS 13 Tip: how to quickly delete screenshots

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I take a lot of screenshots on my iPhone for posts like these and iOS 13 gives me a nice way to quickly select and delete these.

Head into the photos app and tap albums at the bottom. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Screenshots. Once you’re in here just tap Select from the top right. You can now select the ones you want to delete. Once you have the selection tap the bin icon in the bottom right.

Do you like iOS 13 dark mode?

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Dark mode is something that I’ve wanted for years but in day to day use I’ve found that it’s a little too oppressive to have on all of the time, especially on my iPad.

What I’ve settled on is a scheduled dark mode.

This is the setting that I have across all of my iOS devices and it seems to be working well for me. With the OLED on the iPhone 11 it’s tempting to leave it on all of the time but I just don’t like to have it on all day.

What’s your view on dark mode in iOS 13?