I just upgraded to a new iPhone that should be able to do animoji, but when I start up iMessage and click on the ‘new message’ icon to start a new conversation, the AppStore-icon stays greyed-out, and when I click it the toolbar with the Monkey-button (the animoji-button) doesn’t appear…
How can I activate animoji in iMessage ?
You might encounter this problem especially if you just upgraded from an older iPhone to a new iPhone X, XS or XR.
To solve this problem, do this :
on your iPhone, open the Settings app
then go to Messages
make sure that ‘Send as SMS’ is switched OFF
then swipe-up to exit the Settings app
open the iMessage app
click on the ‘new message’ -icon (top right ; the pen&paper-icon)
type any addressee in the ‘To:’-field
now the extra toolbar with the Monkey-button (animoji-button) will appear
clear the ‘To:’-field so you won’t accidentally send a message to someone
swipe-up to exit the iMessage app
open the Settings app
go to Messages
switch ‘Send as SMS’ back ON if you want
exit the Settings app
…and from now on, you will have the animoji available in iMessage
On my previous iPhone I had several heart function registration apps that work with my Polar H10 band. Now I have replaced my iPhone for a newer one, these same apps on my new iPhone can’t connect to the Polar band. They don’t even list it as an available Bluetooth device.
What can I do to fix this ?
To reconnect your Polar band to your new iPhone, in case the Polar band is not detected, do this :
attach the Polar band on your body (after moistening sensor strips)
open the app that couldn’t pair with your Polar band because it couldn’t find it
try to pair again
if the app can find your Polar band, let them pair
if the app can’t detect your Polar band, continue with the following
open the Polar Beat app (if you need to download it first, you can do that here)
if you don’t have an account yet, you can click “Continue” instead of “Sign in”
then click “Settings”
then click “HR sensor”
then choose ‘new device’
see the Polar band appear
click on it’s icon
save this new setting
open the other app that couldn’t find your Polar band
I just got a new iPhone X without a Home button. On my previous iPhone I always used to shut down apps that were needlessly running in the background by double clicking on the Home button which brought up the underwater-screen where I could go through all apps that were open in the background and just pick the app and swipe up to close it…
But now, without a Home button, how do I do that ?
as you would expect, it’s simple…
but as you have already experienced, it’s not intuitive for anyone who has grown familiar with using the Home button… since the release of iOS 12, it basically comes down to :
“swipe-up & hold”
to be more precise :
make sure the iPhone is unlocked (using FaceID or maybe even your unlock code)
then swipe upward from the bottom of the screen and keep your finger on the screen
now the underwater screen that you were searching for will appear and you can browse through all open apps and swipe up to close the ones you aren’t using (it actually looks less and less like an underwater screen, it’s more like the Cover Flow feature in iTunes and Finder on macOS)
we used to do this on older iPhones to regain RAM space to keep your iPhone running smoothly… on new iPhones that’s possibly less relevant, but it still feels good to know you can do this when you need to 😉
I am trying to get my photos from my iPhone onto my Mac. But after connecting my iPhone using USB the Photos.app does start up in macOS, but the newest photos I’ve made with my iPhone never show up my Mac.
Disconnecting and reconnecting my iPhone doesn’t help. Restarting the iPhone doesn’t resolve this problem, neither does restarting my Mac.
What can I do to solve this ?
Even though you are encountering a very annoying problem, it’s rather easy to solve :
disconnect your iPhone (or iPad) from your Mac
open the Photos.app in iOS (on your iPhone/iPad)
click on the Photos-button (bottom-left ; the icon consisting of a double rectangle with the text ‘Photos’ below it)
select one photo one of the newest photos
then click on the Share-button (bottom-left ; the icon consisting of a square with an arrow pointing upward)
select all photos that are not showing up on you Mac, by swiping the photos to the left and right and tapping the bottom-right circle of each individual missing photo (the circle will turn into a blue checkmark)
then swipe in the row of app-icons to the Shared Albums icon and click it
wait while the clock says ‘Preparing’
then click Cancel (top-left)
now connect your iPhone (or iPad) to your Mac
open the Photos.app in macOS (on your Mac)
unlock your iPhone (or iPad) using your fingerprint/face-scan/screen-unlock-code
then, on your Mac, in Photos.app goto the left side bar and at Devices, click on your iPhone/iPad
then wait for the photos to appear as New Items
and click on the Import All New Items button top-right (or select only the photos you want to import and click on the Import Selected button)