Categories
iPhone

iPhone Tip: Enable Mail Smart Folders

I have been forcing myself to use the default Mail App to make sure I take advantage of all the features and functionality before I label the app wack, and adopt a 3rd-Party iPhone mail app.

So late last week, I flagged several emails in my inbox to quickly access those messages later. So when the time came to find those emails, I could not find the ‘Flagged’ email folder. So after to trial and error (and when I say trial and error, I mean searching Google), I was able to figure out how to enable additional iOS Mail smart folder options.

What Are iOS Mail Smart Folders

The short version – Instead of digging through your entire mailbox on your iPhone or iPad, you can enable Smart Folders to only see certain emails that match certain criteria. Smart Folders enabled, you can quickly view certain types of folders like (you guessed it) messages that you have flagged “important”. Additional handy smart folders include unread messages and messages with attachments.

Enabling Smart Folders

Of course, not all Smart Folders are enabled by default, which was the case of the Flagged folder that held the messages I was saving for later. To see and enable all available smart folders:

  1. Open Mail
  2. Make sure you can see all the Mailboxes you’ve currently signed in to
  3. Click “Edit” in the upper right corner of the screen

From there, you will be able to see all the available mailboxes that you can hide/unhide, in addition to the ‘Smart Folders’ you can toggle including:

  • VIP
  • Flagged
  • To or CC
  • Attachements
  • Thread Notifications
  • Today
  • All Drafts
  • All Archive
  • All Sent All Trash

Once you decide which Smart Folders to enable that makes sense for you and how you triage email, those folders will now be available right from the Mailboxes section of the Mail app. The Whole Point of this exercise is to quickly access the emails you need to see, instead of digging through your inboxes.

If a blog post won't cut it, be sure to get in touch for all your Apple support needs...

Book a Support Session
Shoot me a message

Subscribe to my newsletter – No wack emails

* indicates required
Categories
iPad iPhone Mac

4 Reasons To Use iCloud Keychain

This post may contain affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Disclosure

 I was working with a client a couple weeks ago, and she inquired about utilizing a password manager for her team. She needed some sharing features, so I recommended my go-to LastPass.

She also asked about her mother adopting a password manager as well – Her mother is currently storing passwords in a physical notebook and in locked notes in the iPhone-native Notes app.

For her mother, I recommended she look into using the native iCloud Keychain to manager her passwords. Here’s 4 reasons why iCloud Keychain may be a better fit over fancier 3rd-Party password manager services:

iCloud Keychain is Apple

The only requirements to start using iCloud Keychain is you need an Apple ID, an Apple device and…That’s it. Just turn on iCloud Keychain in iCloud settings, you it will automatically start remembering your passwords. No matter if you’re on an Mac, iPhone, or iPad, it just works with no fuss.

iCloud Keychain is Simple

No worrying about software updates, compatibility issues or complex features, configurations, or functionality. If you open a website or app, iCloud Keychain will prompt you to enter a stored password. Enter a new password for the first time, it will ask to save the password. That’s it. 

iCloud Keychain is Secure

Apple is serious about your data security, so naturally one of its services that focuses on keeping your passwords secure, will require a level of security in and of itself. So in order to use iCloud Keychain, you do have to turn on 2-Factor Authentication. Doing so will lock down your data with end-to-end encryption that will keep your passwords on lock down.

iCloud Keychain is Free

Apple’s hardware costs a pretty penny. The software/services that come with adopting the Apple ecosystem…not so much. iCloud Keychain is free to use across all your devices. No per user/computer/year subscription costs like other 3rd-Party services. So save as many passwords as you want, free of charge. 

All that to say, if you don’t need a super-sophisticated password management tool that can sync across different hardware/software brands, or need to share data with multiple users across your team, you might want to adopt iCloud Keychain as your main password manager.

If a blog post won't cut it, be sure to get in touch for all your Apple support needs...

Book a Support Session
Shoot me a message
Categories
iPhone

iPhone Tip – Use Mobile-Friendly Sites

The 2 top items currently sucking up all the space on your phone are pictures and apps. While you can’t fathom offloading all those never-to-be-seen selfies, there may be some room to get rid of a ton of those apps you use maybe once a quarter.

But you really don’t have to stop using those services on your phone because I bet money those same apps have a mobile-friendly version that you can access via the mobile browser that I bet money have the same features and functionality as a full-blown mobile app.

That wasn’t the case 3-5 years ago, but now companies are building entire websites and web applications with mobile in mind because…folks can’t pry themselves from their phones if they wanted to. So companies want to be where the people are – Which is currently 12 inches from your face.

Taking this into account, I’m positive you can go through most of your phone’s app inventory and replace it with a bookmark, better yet, a home screen icon of the mobile-friendly web version. 

So I challenge you – See how many apps you can delete off your phone AFTER you’ve signed in and bookmarked the mobile-friendly website. Bonus: Hit me in the comments with number of apps you successfully deleted.