What Does Blue Dot Mean On My Home Screen?

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What Does Blue Dot Mean On My Home Screen?
You may notice that blue dots appear next to some of your apps. And you may wonder why these blue dots appear sometime and what does that mean?
See also: App Review Popups?
These blue dots may appear next to some apps (left side of the app name – under the app icon, as you can see below) on the home screen or inside folders. This shows that apps with blue dots have recently been updated. In other words, when an app is updated (automatically or manually), little blue dots will appear next to the app name indicating that your app just updated.

All apps releases updates on a regular basis. These updates may include new features or they may include bug fixes. Thus, you may want to update apps. Sometimes, an app will not work until you update. To update your iOS apps, you have two options:

You can manually update the apps. You need to do this by opening the App Store app on your iPad or iPhone and then tap Updates. You can update the apps individually or you can update apps in bulk by tapping “Update All”.
You can automatically update your apps. You can turn on or off this option. To enable automatic app updates, simply go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores > and then toggle on “Updates” (under the automatic updates section). If this option is grayed out and not available, that is because your iPhone or iPad is in Low Power Mode. You may want to charge your device and you may want to turn off Low Power Mode by going to Settings > Battery >  and turn off  “Low Power Mode”.

The blue dot will be removed after you open the app for the first time after an update. Also please note that, currently, there is no way to stop these blue dots for updated apps. Please also note that you may want to update apps over a Wi-Fi connection to avoid data charges, also note that cellular data downloads are limited to 150MB. If an update is bigger that 150MB, you will have to use a Wi-Fi connection. Lastly, if you do not want to automatically update your apps over your cellular network, you can turn this off by going to Settings > iTunes & App Stores and toggle off “Use Cellular Data”.

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What Does Blue Dot Mean On My Home Screen?
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iPad Freezes or Stops Responding, Fix

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iPad Freezes or Stops Responding, Fix
You may experience that your iPad has become unresponsive. When your iPad freezes, it will not respond to any input (e.g., screen tapping, pressing buttons etc). This short article provides recommendations to help resolve this problem.
Some of the symptoms include:

iOS stops responding
Nothing moves on the iPad’s screen
Buttons do not work

See also: Dead iPhone?
iPad Freezes
If your iPad freezes while you are using it, you can force restart your iPad. Do not worry, this action does not delete anything. Here is how:

Press and hold the Home button and the side buttons (sleep/wake button) together and keep pressing them until you see the Apple logo. Then you may release the buttons (see the image below). Your iPad will start.

If your iPad keeps freezing while you are using, you may want to find out what causing it. So the big question is why your iPad freezes and how you can address this problem. Here is how:
Check for faulty app
Certain apps can be one of the factors that can trigger this iPad freezing issue. I used to have a game on my iPad that was causing this whenever I use this app. If you notice a single app giving you this type of problems, you may want to do a few things. One of them is to check if there is an update for this particular app. This update may fix your problem. To figure this out, tap App Store on your iPad, and then tap Updates. After updating, if you are still having this problem, now, you may want to remove the particular app. To remove it, press and hold the Home button and then press the (x) icon located in the top right-hand corner of the app.
Too many apps open
It may be that too many apps are running in the background. This may slow down your iPad’s memory and processing power and causing your iPad to stop functioning. Quit (shut down) apps. Here is how:

Double press Home button
This action will bring up the fast app switcher
Then swipe up on the app cars. Note that this does not remove any app data. Note you can swipe from left-to-right or right-to-left to navigate.

Update your iPad
Some bugs may cause your iPad to freeze up. And Apple releases updates often to fix these bugs. So make sure that your iPad is running the latest version of the iOS software. You can update your iPad easily by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
See also: iPhone black screen?
Turn off some features
Some of the iOS features may be slowing down your iPad. Especially Background App Refresh and Automatic Downloads. Try disabling these features to see if this fixes your problem. Here is how:

On your iPad, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and toggle this off.
On your iPad, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > and toggle off Automatic Downloads.

Charge your iPad
When your iPad is low on battery, iOS will try to increase performance by minimizing some system operations. This may cause your iPad to freeze. Simply charge your iPad. First connect your iPad to the USB cable, and then plug into a power outlet.
Not enough space?

How much free data storage space is left on your iPad? When your iPad is low on free space, your iPad may not function properly. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage to check your usage. Find the apps that take up the most space. You may want to remove them. You may also want to delete the apps you do not need or want. You may also want to transfer your photos or videos to you computer to free up space.
See also: Flashing Apple logo?
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What Is Screen Time Password? How You Can Reset It

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What Is Screen Time Password? How You Can Reset It
iOS 12 introduced a new feature: Screen Time. Screen Time lets you control how you spend your time interacting with your iPhone or iPad. This feature provides you with the information how you are using your time on your iOS devices. You get weekly screen time reports. This feature also lets you set time limits for apps. If you have a child, Screen Time also lets you set up various parental controls (like limiting screen times, apps and restricting content etc).
A lot of users have reported issues with Screen Time passcode. It seems that some users are having problems with remembering or recovering their Screen Time passcodes. This article explains how you can find your Screen Time passcode. Here is how:
iOS 11 and earlier versions have a similar feature called Restrictions. With iOS 12, Apple replaced Restrictions with Screen Time. Before upgrading to iOS 12, if you turned on Restrictions, Screen Time is enabled by default. Your screen Time password is your previous Restrictions password or your old Restrictions passcode and now your new Screen Time pass code. To put differently, If there was a Restrictions passcode  set up on iOS 11, once you upgrade to the iOS 12 version, iOS transferred the code to Screen Time in iOS 12 (Settings > Screen Time).

This means that if you want to disable or change your Screen Time passcode it, you will be asked a password. Simply enter your Restrictions passcode. If you never used Restrictions before, you may need to set up a passcode. You will be asked to enable Screen Time during the iOS 12 installation process. If you do not set up a passcode during the installation process, you can also turn on Screen Time later by gong to Settings > Screen Time, and enabling this will guide you.
See also: Can’t Remove iOS Apps (No ‘X’ Button)?
Please note that this is not your screen unlocking passcode. That password is 6 digit. While your Screen Time passcode (or your Restriction passcode) is 4 digit. You will need this passcode if you want to update your old password or if you want to disable Screen Time.
If you do not remember your Restrictions passcode and thus you do not know your Screen Time, you have three options:

The first option is to try some common passcodes that you might use (like 0000). Do not repeat this a lot. Just try a few different passcode options.
you may want to erase everything and set up your device as new by going to Settings > Reset > Reset All Content and Settings. Again this will erase everything. And you must set up your device as new again. You cannot use your old backups because your backups will include your passcode too.
Another option is to use a third party tool. If you have previous iTunes backups (iOS 11 or earlier versions, iOS 11-iOS 8), you can use pin finder to recover your Restrictions passcode. Once you know your Restrictions passcode, now you can disable ot change your Screen Time passcode.

If you want Apple to know about this, you can send feedback to Apple.
See also: How To Delete Your iCloud Backups
What Is Screen Time Password? How You Can Reset It
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How to Turn Off Two-Factor Authentication?

We get a lot of questions from our readers wondering how two-factor authentication can be turned off. It seems that some users find that two-factor authentication is annoying and it is understandable that they may have various concerns about wanting to turn off two-factor; even though it helps enhance your account’s security by making it a lot more difficult for someone else to sign in to your Apple account.

So we decided to write this short article. The purpose of this article is simply to answer this question: Is it possible to disable two-factor authentication, and if so, how can you do that?

See also: Cannot Reset Apple ID Security Questions?

Disabling two-factor authentication

So, is it possible to disable this? The short answer is maybe but it is highly likely that you cannot. If you  already turned on this, you may turn it off within two weeks. Then you would be able to go to the apple.com website and go to manage my account. You would be able to turn it off there, if it shows. Here is exactly how you can do that:

Visit appleid.apple.com
Enter your Apple ID and password and log in
Find the Security section
Click Edit
Then click “Turn off two-factor authentication” (if you do not see this, then you cannot turn this off).  Once you click, you will be asked to confirm: “If you turn off two-factor authentication, your account will be protected with only your password and security questions”. Click Continue. 

But if you cannot find the option to turn off this, then it means it can not be turned off.  As we stated above it cannot be disabled after it has been on for two weeks or longer.  If this is the case, you cannot turn off this security feature. Apple does not allow it. And here is why.

Why I Cannot Turn Off Two-Factor Aunhetication

Your account is more secure when you use Two-factor authentication so that no-one else can access your account even if someone else knows your Apple password. And a lot of iOS and macOS features (iCloud Keychain, iCloud Messages etc) require this extra level of security. 

Apple introduced this feature in 2015 with iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. 

Please note that two-factor authentication and two-step verification  is NOT the same thing. They are different. Two-step verification is an older security method than two-factor authentication. 

If you are using two-step verification, you CAN turn this off. If you want to turn this off:

Go to https://appleid.apple.com/
Enter your Apple ID and password to login
Scroll down and go to the “Security” section
Click Edit
Click “Two-Step Verification…” and then you will be asked to confirm. You will be asked: Turning-off two-step verification will make your account less secure. Are you sure you want to proceed? Click to confirm and you are done. 

Please further note that if your device is running iOS 11 (or later) or macOS High Sierra, you will be automatically switched you from two-step to two-factor.

See also: Change Apple ID email 

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How To See The Full Web Site Address In Safari URL Bar

By default, macOS Safari only shows the domain name of the web site you are viewing. It does not show the full, complete url. For instance, when you visit https://macreports.com/disable-auto-play-videos-safari-macos/, Safari’s address bar will only show macreports.com, as you can see below:

You may want to change this setting for various reasons. For instance, you may want to know the exact url that you are visiting. Here is how you can change this setting:
Show full web site address in Safari

Launch Safari
Click the Safari menu
Click Preferences
Click the Advanced tab
The first menu item is “Smart Search Field”. Then click to check the checkbox for “Show full website addresses”. 
Now you can close the preferences window.

Now you are seeing the full web site address.
See also:

How To Change Default Search Engine in Safari
Where screenshots go?

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