Instagram is testing a new feature and you may be part of the test group.
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced on Monday, Nov. 10 that the social media company is beginning to beta test a new digital wellbeing feature called “Take a Break.”
Just like it sounds, the new feature is designed to encourage users of the app to take regular breaks from the social media platform.
In a video shared on Nov. 10, Mosseri explains that the new feature is “Opt-in control that enables you to receive break reminders inside the app after a duration of your choosing.” He continued with “What we’re starting to test this week on Instagram is one that I’m personally very excited about. It’s called ‘Take a Break”, and it does what you think it does. If you opt in, it encourages you to take a break from Instagram after you’ve spent a certain amount of time on the app – 10, 20, 30 minutes. We’ve worked with third-party experts and gotten advice on what tups there should be and how to frame taking a break.”
The “Time for a break?” prompt encourages users to “take a moment to reset by closing Instagram”
Take a few deep breaths
Writedown what you’re thinking
Listen to your favorite song
Do something on your to-do list
The new feature is currently in testing for certain users. Mosseri says the company hopes to launch the new feature sometime in December
Mental Health is important and limiting social media consumption is a great way to take care of your mental health, so do you think this new feature will be useful. Do you plan on using it? Let me know by hitting me up on Twitter or Instagram @MikeStarkCA
iPhone users, tired of carrying around your vaccine card in your wallet? Well, I have good news for you. The latest iOS update will let you add it to the wallet app.
Apple released iOS 15.1 for all iPhones on Monday, October 25, 2021, and the update brought along several cool new features that will make our lives easier and more fun. One of those features is adding a digital copy of your vaccine card to the wallet app for convenience and fast access.
Apple allowing you to add your vaccine card directly to the wallet app is better than downloading a third-party app. When adding to the wallet app, your vaccine card is digitally signed, confirming authenticity. This means you can use this feature to get verified when entering certain places requiring vaccination proof, like flying internationally or heading to a concert.
Here’s how you add your vaccine card to the wallet app.
First, make sure you are running iOS 15.1 to check and or download; go to Settings>General>Software Update. The iPhone will let you know if you need to update.
Once you’re up to date, go to California’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record Portal. Complete the form, and you’ll receive a text message with a link to your QR code and vaccine record. You’ll also be prompted to create a 4-digit pin. Write this pin down as you’ll need it for the next step.
Once you have the text message, click on the link, enter your 4 digit pin, and be redirected to the QR code that contains your vaccine record information. Next, scroll down to the bottom and click on the button that says “Add to Apple Wallet & Health.”
You’re all set; you can now access your digital vaccination record from the Apple Wallet App.
For a list of all the new features in iOS 15.1, check out the list below.
iOS 15 is officially here, and we could not be more excited. If you’re interested in knowing how to get the most of the new operating system, especially when it comes to school, we’ve got you covered.
If you haven’t done so yet, back up your phone via iCloud, Finder (formerly through iTunes), or your Windows PC and then go to Settings, General, and Software Update. When downloading the new software, be sure you have a strong wifi connection with at least 50% battery life or your iPhone plugged in.
The features listed below are in no particular order, and some features may not be available on all iPhones due to hardware limitations. Check the chart below to see if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 15.
FaceTime non iOS & MacOS users Ok, how many times have you wanted to FaceTime a friend or family member but remember they do not have an Apple device to do so, well, that problem is officially solved. When you upgrade to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and or macOS Monterey, these devices can create a FaceTime web link. Once created, you can share the link with people who don’t own an Apple device (Android users, I am talking to you here).
As long as the recipient has access to a web browser, they’ll be able to join your FaceTime without a problem. You’ll find this new feature as soon as you open the FaceTime app on your iPhone.
Drag and Drop Across Apps This feature is excellent when you are working on the go and is handy for group projects. In addition, you can drag and drop content across various apps within iOS 15, such as web links, internet tabs, text, images, or files.
So if a classmate sends you a link to a research article and you do not have time to look at it right now, you can drag that link to a blank note or drag it to your google doc if you have the app on your phone.
Heads up, you’ll need both of your hands to use this feature. First, select the content and long-press on it, and then switch to the app where you want to paste the content.
Tags in Notes We all use the notes apps, whether to make a to-do list, journal or jot something down real quick to get back to later. You can now organize all those notes with hashtags.
For example, if I have a bunch of quick links for a research project and other notes school-related, I can create #school, and then all notes with #school will be grouped for organization and easy access.
This will be a lifesaver when it comes to saving time on trying to find a particular note on a subject area—feeling fancy? In addition, you can add multiple tags to one note. So, for example, if I have a mixture of #business and #school for one note, the same note will go in both categories.
Mute Notifications We’ve all been in a situation where we were in class, and the phone keeps buzzing. The good news, you can mute any app or messaging thread notifications temporarily. You can mute the notifications for the next hour or the day. After that, it is up to you.
Focus Mode I have saved the best for last because this truly is the best feature. Apple has introduced an improved version of the “Do Not Disturb” mode, called “Focus Mode” which lets you filter out notifications from contacts and apps depending on the activity.
Focus is more customizable than the original “Do Not Disturb” and here’s how. Let’s say you have class every Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 – 12:25 pm, and you do not want anyone to interrupt you unless it’s your parent, for example.
You can create a focus for “school” and automate so every Monday and Wednesday between 11 am and 12:25 pm, your phone will silence all calls, texts, and notifications from everybody during this time. If a parent calls you, they’re the only notification that will go through (including text).
I have found this extremely handy when working out. I do not like getting notifications while having my music on and then it throws off my workout, so I have set one up for “fitness.” Every morning from 5:00 am – 6:00 am; my phone silences all notifications from all apps and individuals.
If there is an emergency, repeated calls within a certain period will breakthrough focus mode.
You can view the complete list of all the new iOS 15 features by visiting the Apple website. Let me know your favorite feature of iOS 15 by hitting me up on socials @MikeStarkCA on Twitter and Instagram.