An Apple A Day – Day 18

Decluttering…It needs to be done

So today it’s all about decluttering. The first place I’m going to start is the 6 pages of apps I have accrued on my iPad.

First things first, if you’re not familiar with App groups, it’s time to get acquainted as this is by far the easiest way to organize your apps.

Long press and drag an app on top of another and it will create a group. Keep pressing and dragging alike apps into the same group and you will slowly but surely see one icon at a time drag their way to a cleaner “desktop”. My groups were as follows, you can feel free to use any and all of the names. Social Media, Collaboration, Home Automation, MS Tools, Games, and Trial Stuff. Those alone took me down to 2 pages from 6.

Next, I wanted to tackle an issue that I haven’t had a chance to follow back up on yet. Custom replies on an Apple Watch. If you ever received a notification on your watch you may have noticed that the watch automatically comes up with a bunch of automated responses to choose from when replying to a text. I’d like to be able to add my own. So after a little research, this is what I came up with:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on the linked iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch to select that tab.
  3. Tap Messages > Default replies.
  4. Select one of the messages that you don’t want.
  5. Use the on-screen keyboard to replace the text.

There are a total of six slots available for custom responses. That’s all you get to make em count. It’s incredible how much a difference just having a few custom messages can make while communicating with people on the fly. This makes things so much easier and personalized. Check out this article for a more complete list of messaging features customizations.

Well, I’m going to wrap it up for the night, leave your comments in the box below. Till we meet again.

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