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How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

By Charlie Sorrel • 1:00 pm, June 19, 2019

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photosPhotos were much simpler in the old days.
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I hate my friends. I want to show them a photo, or that screenshot I took of those cute otters, and all they can do is take one look, and then swipe off into the rest of my photos. And trust me, you don’t want to know what I have lurking back there. And I also hate myself, because I do the exact same thing without thinking. It’s human nature.

Some apps let you load up a few photos to show to other people, so they can’t pull back the virtual shower curtain and peek at your private photos. But these require that you do extra work to prepare them.

Happily, iOS offers a way to lock down a single image. That way, when you hand your iPhone or iPad over to a friend, or anyone else, they can’t swipe to other photos. In fact, they can’t do anything at all, because you’ve locked the whole touchscreen. Best of all, you can toggle this on and off in a second.

How to use Guided Access to lock the Photos app

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Safe. This is the only photo they’ll see.
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To make this magic happen, you simply use Guided Access in the Accessibility section of the Settings app. Guided Access is a way of switching off certain interactions with an iPhone or iPad. With it, you can disable hardware buttons, disable keyboard, lock the device into a single app (great for presentations in a public kiosk) and more.

  • Triple-tap the home (or side) button.
  • Tap the screen to enable guided access.

That’s it! This is a great feature because it’s so easy to activate. To switch off Guided Access, just triple-tap the same button and follow along. This takes a few more taps, because you must enter a passcode to unlock it, but no worries there, right? The danger has passed. Alternatively, you can use Face ID to end a session with a double-tap.

How to set up Guided Access

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Here’s how you enable Guided Access.
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Step one is to open up the Settings app, and go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Then, toggle Guided Access on, and also switch on Accessibility Shortcut. The Accessibility Shortcut is what happens when you triple-click the home button. You can assign multiple actions. And, if you do, a menu will pop up asking you which feature you want to activate.

Then, in this same section, tap Passcode Settings and set a passcode. This will be used to get you back out of Guided Access, so make sure you can remember it. In this case, I guess security isn’t that big of a concern, as you’ll be standing right there. Go ahead and check the option to use Face ID or Touch ID.

Then, close the Settings app and head to the Photos app.

How to disable the touchscreen with Guided Access

When you’re in the Photos app, triple-tap the home (or side) button. You’ll see the following menu 1 .

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

The Accessibility shortcut menu.
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How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Tap Guided Access. The first time you activate this, you have to configure the features you want to disable. You’ll see this screen. Tap options… Guided Access setup. You only have to do this once.
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How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Now you’ll see the options screen (below). The setting you want to switch off is Touch, but you can pick any others if you like. Tap Done, and you will begin Guided Access. That’s it for setup. You can’t screenshot Guided Access, so here’s an old-school photo.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

How to lock the screen with Guided Access

In the future, you won’t need to do all that setup. In fact, ease of use is the whole point of this method over a dedicated app. When you want to hand over your phone to someone else, just triple-tap the home (or side) button, choose Guided Access from the pop-up menu, and you’re done.

You can hand the iPhone or iPad over, and your friend cannot do anything. If the try to swipe, nothing happens. If they tap a button, they’ll see a warning that Guided Access is enabled.

To end Guided Access, triple-click the home button and enter your passcode. If you set the toggle to use Face ID, then you can double-tap the side button, and Guided Access will switch off immediately.

Limits

The main limitation is that you can’t show more than one photo at a time. But you can quickly select the images you want to show, tap the Slideshow button in the Share Sheet, and then enable Guided Access. In this case, you might want to make sure that Motion is left enabled in the Guided Access options screen, so the viewer can turn the iPhone sideways to see landscape view photos and videos properly.

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Guided Access can be used for a number of things, but recently Reddit user self.apple pointed out that the feature can be used to stop people from swiping to “other” photos.

Never again will I stress about someone swiping to pictures that aren’t meant for their eyes by utilizing the Guided Access feature. You can access Guided Access by either adding it to your control center or by adding it as an accessibility shortcut (triple-click home button). (self.apple)

If you’re looking to enable and start using Guided Access to give yourself a wee bit more privacy, here’s how!

How to enable Guided Access on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Guided Access under the Learning section.

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Tap Set Guided Access Passcode and set a passcode.

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

How to use Guided Access to stop people from snooping your photos

  1. Tap Photos from your home screen.
  2. Tap the photo you would like to show someone with Guided Access.

Triple click the Home button to launch Guided Access.

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Tap on Start at the top of the screen to begin Guided Access.

How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

Whoever you have shown your phone to will no longer be able to scroll through your images until they triple-press the home button 3 times and insert the right access code.

What do you think?

Are you a big fan of using guided access for other things besides photo privacy? Or do you think you’ll skip out all together on the feature and stick to scrambling to pull your phone away once someone starts scrolling?

Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

Updated May 2018: This article still has the best steps to protect you from creepers. Enjoy!

You hand your iPhone to a friend to show them a picture. What happens? They swipe. Left, right, it doesn’t matter. You don’t remember what lies in either direction of the photo in question, and you don’t want anything compromising exposed to the unassuming viewer. Luckily, Apple includes a safety net in iOS to prevent this scenario from ever happening, so long as you set it up ahead of time.

The setting is called “Guided Access,” and offers users a surprising level of control over iOS and their iPhone. With this Accessibility setting, you can choose whether or not the Sleep/Wake button, Volume buttons, iOS motions, keyboards, or touch response functions in a given app. While all of these options have their place one way or another, the latter is what enables you to block users from moving away from the one photo in question.

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Step 1: Enable Guided Access

Go to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Accessibility” and scroll down until you find “Guided Access.” In the Guided Access settings, enable the “Guided Access” toggle. This setting will allow you to control which features are available in a single application, like the Camera Roll.

You can move on to Step 2 from here, however, there are additional settings you can configure before you try out Guided Access. While iOS will make you set up a Guided Access passcode the first time you use it, you can choose a passcode ahead of time by tapping “Passcode Settings,” then “Set Guided Access Passcode.” Enter a passcode, then enter it again to confirm. You can also use Face ID or Touch ID with Guided Access by enabling the “Face ID” or “Touch ID” slider.

If you have other Accessibility Shortcuts enabled, like Smart Invert Colors, you can toggle on “Accessibility Shortcut” at the bottom of this page. That way, you can still access them while Guided Access is enabled.

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Step 2: Configure Guided Access

Now that Guided Access is easily accessible, head over to your Camera Roll and find a picture you want to show someone. Triple-click the Home button or Side button and wait for the Guided Access window to pop up.

At the bottom-right of the Guided Access window, select “Options.” Switch the “Touch” setting off in order to disable any sort of screen touches or swipes. Select “Done” and tap “Start” at the top-right corner.

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Now you’ll need to enter a passcode, which you’ll use later to disable Guided Access. If you already set up your passcode in Step 1, you won’t see this option here. Enter your passcode twice and a short-lived message will then appear saying “Guided Access Started / Triple-click the side button to exit.”

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Now hand your phone over to your friend or family member and watch them try and swipe left or right to no avail.

Step 3: Disable Guided Access

Once you have your phone back comfortably in your hands, it’s time to disable Guided Access. Once again, triple-click the Side button or Home button, which will bring up the “Enter Passcode” screen. Enter the passcode you used earlier, which will then take you to the Guided Access window once again.

Tap “End” at the top-left corner and a “Guided Access Ended” window will pop up, indicating that the feature is now disabled.

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If you want to quickly disable Guided Access, with no option screen, make sure “Touch ID” or “Face ID” is enabled (Step 1). Then, click the Home button once with a Touch ID-enabled finger, or double-click the Side button to instantly end Guided Access.

Hopefully, this will dissuade your friends and family from trying to look through your photos when handing over your phone. Eventually, you might not even need to enable this feature, conditioning everyone to not be so freaking nosy.

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It happens: you lose your phone, freak out because there’s a ton of personal information in it. You go to Android Device Manager (aka ADM), lock your phone with a temporary password and ask ADM for a remote wipe.

Later, it turns out that the phone was just misplaced and out of battery. If you turn it on, it should be wiped right away.

The thing is: once the remote wipe has been requested, there is no way to prevent the command from being SENT (save time, don’t search further), but you prevent the command from being RECEIVED (and executed).

If you follow these simple steps, you may just save yourself a lot of troubles (more details below, I’d advise reading the article):

  1. Shut down all data communications by removing the SIM and shutting down your WIFI network
  2. Boot. Log into the phone
    1. Switch to plane mode.
    2. Go to Settings>Security>Device Administrators>Disable ADM

    1/ Shut down all communications (prevent the wipe command from arriving)

    A remote wipe command will wipe a phone immediately if there’s network connectivity on the device (and enough bettery left for the wipe?). In our tests, it look less than 1 second for the wipe to initiate after the command was sent online.

    I assume that your phone was out of battery at the time, and that is why it has not been wiped – yet. The wipe command comes from Google’s servers, so you must shut down ALL Internet activities on your phone.

    1. Do NOT charge your phone now. It may turn on and connect
    2. Remove the SIM card to prevent cellular Internet
    3. Go to a place where there is no known WiFi network already saved on your phone
      1. Shut down your router and other access points
      2. If you have ever used your neighbor’s WIFI and nearby networks, go to another place
        1. Take your laptop with you to copy data later

        2/ Boot, disable ADM admin rights and backup your data

        Explanation: Android Device Manager has an app component on your phone, which is responsible for executing the wipe command. We will show you how to disable it before re-enabling internet communications.

        Block ADM from doing anything

        How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

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        Without networking, a remote wipe request won’t execute on the phone

        1. Charge your phone
        2. Boot your phone and log in with the temporary ADM password or the regular password
          1. The ADM temporary is the password you used to lock the phone via ADM
            1. Note: this may be different from your usual password
            1. Never too paranoid
            2. In most phones, it is near the WIFI settings in the Settings Screen
            1. These are the apps that have administrative access so they can wipe or do other critical operations

            3/ Backup your data (optional, but recommended)

            To be on the safe side: BACKUP DATA YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE.

            Precaution: save your data before turning networking ON.

            Now would be a good time to look at our How to Back an Android Phone tutorial, where we explain how to backup over USB by copying files. Basically:

            1. Plug your phone to your computer, mount it as a USB Drive
            2. Browse your phone as a USB drive to copy your data to your PC
              1. Photos: they are usually in the DCIM or Camera folder on your phone
                1. There are better ways to backup you Android photos, but they require the Internet

                Hopefully, ADM was blocked for good, but if for some reason the wipe still happens as soon as you are online again, you will keep as much data as possible. Now you can turn the network (WiFi/Cellular) back ON, the phone should not be wiped.

                4/ Reboot, re-enable ADM

                Whether you choose to backup or not, now you can re-enable the network, and event reboot the phone. After that, you can go back in the security settings and re-enable ADM. Normally, the wipe command should no longer execute.

                For that next time you “lose” your phone…

                If you avoided a full wipe despite sending the request, bravo! There are things you can to ease you pain next time.

                • Backup everything you care about on the phone
                  • Using cloud services will alleviate any hardware loss
                  • A strong password is generally a long password
                  • Here’s how to make a long password that is easy to remember
                  • When thieves perform a full reset or even a “wipe” on the phone, some data may still be recoverable
                  • Encryption garbles the data, making it incomprehensible even after recovery
                  • In most phones, you can do this in Settings > Security > Encryption

                  With strong security in place, the urge of triggering a wipe will not be as strong (or urgent) next time you lose/misplace your phone. Typically, people forget their phones in a place that opens in the morning or afternoon, so giving yourself 24 hours is not uncommon. Having some peace of mind that your data will be impossible to breach in that timeframe keeps your stress low.

                  Other things to know

                  Login after a wipe

                  After a remote wipe, the phone may ask you to log in with the SAME account the phone was last used with. This may be a theft deterrent, but if you are selling a phone, do at least a factory reset before shipping it. If you are concerned about recoverable data, here’s how to really wipe an Android phone, because the factory reset doesn’t wipe everything.

                  Once requested, a wipe command cannot be retracted online. Only prevented from executing on the device

                  It has been well documented that it is impossible to retract a remote wipe request, you can read on the topic on the Google product forums. It has been discussed on StackExchange or the Verizon support forums. Maybe in the past, there was an ADM option to cancel (pre-2015?), but I have never seen it myself.

                  Is the ADM password nagging you? Remove it

                  If you used ADM to lock your phone, it has asked you to enter a password. The phone might ask you to enter that password over and over.

                  To remove the Android Lock Password, just change your lock screen to a different type (swipe, fingerprint, pattern), and that is it. If you have it at “none,” the chances are that the password request will continue.

                  The Photos app on the iPhone has a lot to offer. Confused about how to tag people you’ve taken pictures of? Here’s everything you need to know!

                  Apple‘s Photos app is one of the most useful applications pre-installed on the iPhone — with one of its many tricks being the ability to tag people in pictures of themselves. There are seemingly countless ways to back up and save years of pictures online. Whether it be Apple Photos, Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Dropbox, or something else, numerous services want to be the go-to place for someone to store all of their precious memories.

                  For folks who rely on the iPhone, Apple’s own Photos app is arguably the best option out there. It comes pre-installed on every iPhone, has a sleek interface that’s easy to navigate, and is home to a wide variety of features. One key advantage of the Photos app is its ability to automatically organize someone’s library. Take a lot of pictures during the summer months? The Photos app automatically creates a personalized ‘Summer’ section. Have a bunch of pics taken at concerts? A custom ‘Concerts’ moment is generated.

                  The iPhone Photos app also does something similar for people. As the Photos app starts recognizing pictures of the same person, it’ll group all of those photos in their own little section. While this is incredibly handy, all of these pictures need to be assigned to a specific person. Per Apple’s instructions, here’s how to do this: Tap on a photo with someone in it, swipe up, and tap one of the detected faces under the ‘People’ section. Tap ‘Add Name,’ at the top of the screen, enter a name for that person, and then tap ‘Next.’ Whenever the iPhone Photos app detects pictures of that person, it’ll recognize that and automatically tag them in the background.

                  Other Tips For Tagging People In iPhone Photos

                  While this whole process is pretty easy to grasp, there are a few pointers folks should keep in mind. For starters, the Photos app isn’t always 100 percent accurate in tagging people when it should. If there’s a picture of someone when they were much younger/older or with a dramatically different hairstyle, that sometimes tricks the Photos app and leads it to believe it’s a picture of someone else. Those pictures may not be automatically tagged, though iPhone users can manually let the app know it’s a photo of the same person. Just tap on one of these pictures, swipe up, tap the person’s face, start typing in their name, and then tap their name when it pops up.

                  Another situation that pops up is when the Photos app thinks it detects pictures of a known person but isn’t certain. Tap on a picture with a tagged person in it, swipe up, and tap the person’s face under the ‘People’ section. Once on the next page, tap the three dots at the top-right of the screen, tap ‘Confirm Additional Photos,’ and the Photos app will highlight possible matches of that person. Tap ‘Yes’ if it is a picture of them, tap ‘No’ if it’s not, and that’s all there is to it. The Photos app will get smarter and smarter the more someone does this, so take a minute now and then to see if there are new photos to confirm like this.

                  To find all of the people that have been tagged, simply tap the ‘Search’ button at the bottom of the Photos app and browse through the ‘People’ section. After tapping on a person, the iPhone Photos app has a few different options to choose from. At the top of the page are additional search filters to look through. For example, if someone taps a picture of their friend ‘Bob,’ the Photos app may also recommend tapping a ‘Winter’ button, which will only show pictures of Bob taken during the winter. If users want to ignore those search filters and see all pictures of that person, tap ‘See All’ to view all of their tagged photos in chronological order.

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                  How to stop people from swiping through your smartphone photos

                  With a few quick adjustments to your settings, you can take smartphone photos and videos to the next level. (Photo: GaudiLab, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

                  Your phone is chock-full of hidden features you’re not taking advantage of.

                  Use an iPhone? Tap or click for 10 clever tricks you’ll use all the time. Android lovers, did you know you can now easily schedule texts down to the minute?

                  The fun doesn’t stop there. Let’s go beyond the standard camera settings. Grab your phone and jump into five settings to take your photos and videos to the next level:

                  1. Shoot video in 4K

                  Remember how lousy smartphone videos used to be? Now the iPhone in your hand is good enough to shoot an actual feature film if you use the right setting.

                  Turn on 4K video, a resolution measurement equivalent to about 4,000 pixels across a display. Capture your subject in much greater detail. This option is especially helpful if you’re displaying a video on a bigger screen, like your TV.

                  To turn on 4K recording on your iPhone, go to Settings > Camera > Record Video and select from the list of options. It’s available on the iPhone 8 and later models.

                  Most Samsung models produced after 2018 – starting with the Note 9, S9, and S9+ – offer 4K video at 60fps. Google Pixel users can only take 4K video at 30fps. Other Android users can shoot 4K videos with Sony’s Xperia and just about every phone from OnePlus. To turn it on, open your camera’s settings.

                  Note: Shooting in 4K can eat up a ton of space. Remember to switch back to standard video settings when you’re done.

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                  2. Don’t wait for the perfect moment

                  Capturing movement can be a struggle. Dog owners, you know what I mean. Burst mode can help. This feature enables your camera to take pictures faster than humanly possible. You get multiple photos for each second and can select your favorites.

                  On just about every smartphone that supports it, you can activate burst mode by holding down the shutter button. To see all your shots, go to your gallery and choose the photoset.

                  3. Go slow

                  If you’ve never shot in slow motion, you’re missing out. It can make for some seriously cool or hilarious videos. To use it, swipe through the options in your phone’s camera app.

                  To capture the best possible video, use a tripod to steady your phone. Here’s a small, affordable model you can take anywhere.

                  4. Use a shortcut

                  Picture this: It’s winter, and you want to snap a photo of the snowy landscape, but you’re wearing gloves. You can remove one and expose yourself to the elements or use the volume up button. This also helps with stability and focus.

                  The feature is standard on most iOS and Android phones. You can change the volume button’s functionality to take burst photos, zoom, and more in your camera settings.

                  5. Take quality to the next level

                  Your smartphone takes JPEG photos by default, which are fine for everyday use and social media. If you want to get the most out of your photos, however, try shooting in RAW.

                  RAW is an image format that retains all the information when you shoot a digital photo, such as contrast, exposure, and saturation. It also retains all your settings such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture to view later. This all comes into play when editing photos.

                  Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max let you take photos using Apple’s ProRAW format. Go to Settings > Camera > Formats, then toggle Apple ProRAW on. A RAW icon will now be available when taking a photo.

                  Most flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and Google produced after 2016 have this feature, too. You can usually find it in the settings under the camera app. Simply change the format from .jpeg to .raw.

                  Like shooting in 4K, RAW photos are much larger files and can quickly fill up your storage. Keep that in mind when playing with your camera settings.

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                  Your TikTok videos might be interesting, creative, fun, and appealing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want the entire world to see them. While you’re fine with strangers watching your videos, you may not want your close friends, family, and coworkers to see the kinds of mischief you’re up to.

                  When on someone’s TikTok profile, tap the down arrow next to “Follow,” and you’ll see several suggested TikTok users based on your interests. When you follow an account, these suggestions appear automatically. If there are more recommendations available than just the ones you can swipe through, you could also hit “See all.”

                  Although most of the suggestions that appear on the sidescrolling and vertical lists are celebrities, popular creators, and accounts that are very much like the current profile you’re viewing, you’ll also get suggestions based on your contacts.

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                  That means you may see your real-life family, friends, coworkers, classmates, teachers, boss, and other people you know you the physical world as account suggestions. It could be because you synced your contacts with TikTok or connected your Facebook account. You could even see account suggestions for users that are followers of accounts you follow or are in your contacts.

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                  Fortunately, you can easily hide your TikTok account from being suggested to other users, which is great if you don’t want any “locals” to find it.

                  To start, open the official TikTok app on your iPhone or Android phone and tap on “Me” in the navigation bar to head to your profile. Next, tap on the horizontal or vertical ellipses in the top right to view the settings menu. Tap on “Privacy” near the top of the page, in the Account section.

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                  By default, “Suggest your account to others” will be toggled on, so your account may be suggested to family, friends, and other people you may know in person. To stop your account from being suggested, simply toggle the switch off.

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                  If you’re interested in growing your TikTok account, this feature should stay enabled because it will put your account in front of more eyes. If you don’t care about that, then keep it off so that people you know IRL have a harder time finding your account. They may still stumble up it, but this will at least make it harder for them.

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                  You know those texts from your carrier informing you that you've almost blown through your mobile data allotment? Of course you do. You receive them every month. Which means it's time to make some changes. Sure, you could switch to an unlimited data plan, but those can be costly. Instead, take control of your data destiny by tweaking a few phone settings and recalibrating your media consumption.

                  Smartphones ship with default settings, some of which are over-reliant on cellular data. Left unchanged, those settings can cause your phone to slurp up all of your plan's allowed data even if you're swiping and tapping conservatively. Find the following settings and change them. (You should change them even if you're on an unlimited plan—use too much data and your carrier can throttle your connection, making pages and apps load at a mind-numbingly slow pace.)

                  If you're on iOS, first turn off Wi-Fi assist. This feature automatically switches your phone to a cellular data connection when your Wi-Fi connection is poor.

                  Your apps might also be updating over cellular data, which can burn through your allotment pretty quickly. Turn off automatic app updates under the iTunes and App Store settings.

                  Your next move should be to make sure your photos only backup to iCloud when you're on Wi-Fi. Jump into the Cellular page in Settings, scroll down to the Photos app, and toggle the slider to off. While you're there, you can see which apps are using the most data. Turn off cellular data for your worst offenders and any other apps that don't need it.

                  If you've already done all that and are still just squeezing by until your next billing cycle, go into the settings for individual apps and turn off "background app refresh." This stops apps from keeping their feeds up to date even when you're not looking at them.

                  Android users have a couple extra options, and won't have to do as much fine-tuning to keep pesky apps in check. The first—and best—thing to do is set a data usage limit on your Android. This will stop you from going over your plan's allotment, and you won't have to tweak any other settings. Go into your Android phone's Settings, tap on Data Usage, set the duration to match your monthly billing cycle, then toggle the sliders for the limit and warning. Quick tip: If you're on a family plan, set your limit a bit below your threshold to because you probably won't be the only one using the data (even though you wish you could be).

                  When you know you're close to hitting your limit, turn on Data Saver Mode.With this on, apps will either switch into low-data mode or no-data mode, and you can control which apps can tap into your data.

                  Even with all of those system-wide settings turned on, you've probably got some data-intensive apps that can zap your monthly data.

                  • Bingeing on streaming media is the quickest way to hit your cap. If you use a music-streaming service, save your favorite albums and playlists for offline access, then stick to those tunes on your long commute. Spotify users beware—you can only save 3,333 songs offline, so if you're a music glutton, you'd be better off with Google Play Music or Apple Music.
                  • Avid podcast listeners know those episode downloads can add up. Podcast apps like Overcast and Pocket Casts can be set up to download the latest episodes of your favorite shows whenever you connect to Wi-Fi, and you can disable downloads over cellular data.
                  • Videos are a sure way to hit your limit, so download as much as you can for offline viewing. Netflix lets you locally store much of its catalog, but some titles are restricted to streaming. With YouTube Red ($10 per month), you can download as many videos as your phone can handle, and you get a subscription to Google Play Music at no extra charge as well.
                  • Using your phone for navigation can ding your data pretty hard. Google Maps and Apple Maps let you download maps and routes for offline use.Save that data for something more important, like posting your lunch on Instagram.
                  • Just browsing the web strains your data; web pages with large images and scripts that load in the background can get deceptively weighty. You can save a local copy of longer stories using apps like Pocket and Instapaper. Then you can read the article on your commute without having to open your browser. To save more data, disable auto-play videos on Facebook and Instagram, and swap your Twitter app for Twitter Lite, which is a more data-friendly experience. It works through the web browser, and it's far less image- and video-intensive than the regular app.
                  • On Android, the Google Chrome browser has Data Saver, which compresses web pages on Google's servers before loading them onto your phone. It's a bit flakey for sites that use HTTPS (the very same protocol Google itself is pushing developers to adopt) but the feature can still save you some data downloads.

                  Still worried you're missing something? Download an app to track your data usage. Your carrier probably offers an app (or a page on its website) that shows how much data you have left for the month, but there are better ways to do it.

                  Discord allows you to share your smartphone screen with others in your chat. Here’s how.

                  Discord has added the option to share your screen from your smartphone during a video or voice call. Now you can now share your screen to get help with games, advice, or technical issues.

                  Learn how you can start sharing your screen, stop sharing, and what to consider before jumping in.

                  How to Share Your Smartphone Screen on Discord

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                  With the addition of mobile screen sharing, you can now join up to 50 other people in voice calls or video calls on Discord. The mobile app lets all iOS and Android users share their screens.

                  If you’re already familiar with getting started on Discord, then you might already be used to sharing your screen on a PC or laptop. The process works similarly to smartphones.

                  If you’re having trouble sharing your screen make sure you aren’t using one of these disabled apps. Also, if the server owner or administrator has not enabled screen sharing for others, they’ll need to do so before anyone is able to show others their mobile screens.

                  There are two different methods for sharing your screen, depending on what kind of call you are in.

                  For joining an existing voice call, share your smartphone screen using the steps below:

                  1. Join a voice channel.
                  2. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
                  3. Tap the Screen Share option.
                  4. Tap Start Now.

                  If you are joining a video call, follow these steps:

                  1. Join the video call.
                  2. If you see the option available, click on Screen Share. If you don’t see the option, swipe up to reveal options.
                  3. Click Start Now.

                  The app will warn you several times you are about to start sharing your screen before allowing you to share. After confirming, you will see a countdown of three seconds before your screen is actually sharing with the other attendees.

                  Since Discord is primarily used for gamers to interact with each other, screen sharing through mobile is helpful when you need help or want others to see your progress.

                  The addition of mobile screening also helps Discord compete with other video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Slack.