How to easily find, get all your Apple TV apps


If you’re curious to see whether an app you use has an Apple TV version, or if you just want a one-stop place to grab all available apps, check your Apple TV’s App Store. Under Purchased > Not on This Apple TV, you’ll see Apple TV versions of every app you’ve ever downloaded.

Since they’re all universal purchases—meaning there is (currently) no way to charge separately or extra for the Apple TV version of an app—all apps listed here are free downloads as long as you purchased or downloaded the iPhone or iPad version first.

iOS 10 Safari: Close all tabs at once

If you long tap on Safari’s tabs button in iOS 10, there is a new option to close all current tabs.

Bonus tip: you can also create a new tab from this button, in case that’s easier for some folks.

via Zaid Hyad

Airmail for Mac supports Markdown (per account, too!)

Airmail for Mac (and iOS) is a powerful email app with lots of customizability. The Mac version supports composing emails with Markdown, and you’ll even get a live preview as you type. For bonus points: you can enable Markdown as the default editor on a per-account basis in Airmail’s preferences.

Touch ID tips: multiple fingers, toggle services, verification, and more

In Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, you can make your device life easier by customizing some of Touch ID’s options:

Touch ID supports up to five fingers

Add fingers for other situations, like holding your device in a different hand, or unlocking when it lays flat on a surface.

You can allow other people to access your device

But be extremely careful. If you allow Touch ID for making purchases, those other people can essentially make purchases on your device with your Apple ID and credit card/PayPal. But this can be useful for loved ones who need help using their device, or to let your children into your device (but perhaps you could disable Touch ID for making purchases)

Disable Touch ID’s use for some services

In the Touch ID Settings page, you can change its ability to control some services, including unlocking your devices, Apple Pay, and making purchases in the App and iTunes Stores.

Verify which fingers Touch ID understands

While on the Touch ID Settings page, press a finger on the Home button (but don’t click it) to verify whether it’s registered with Touch ID. If that finger is registered, its Touch ID entry will highlight. In my screenshot below, my right thumb is verified.

Rename, delete registered fingers

Tap a finger entry in Touch ID to rename or delete it.

The iOS 9 keyboard shortcuts window is contextual, depending on task

When using a hardware keyboard with iOS 9, you can hold the Command key to view a cheat sheet of an app’s shortcuts (assuming its developer has updated to add some). But I noticed this morning that those shortcuts can be contextual, based on the task at hand or which panel or tab you are currently viewing.

The gallery I included here shows various cheat sheets from Tweetbot and Ulysses. Notice how they change based on whether I’m viewing my Twitter timeline or composing a tweet, or whether I’m at the top level of my Ulysses documents or have one selected.

The cheat sheet in iOS 9 makes keyboard shortcuts much more accessible on iOS versus a Mac. But this contextual aspect helps to break them down by task, allowing users to learn just the shortcuts they want. This is a clever feature, and I hope all developers take advantage of it.

A few ideas for how to use multiple journals in Day One 2.0

Day One for iOS and Mac (affiliate links) is one of my favorite apps, even though I may not use it every single day. With 2.0’s introduction of support for multiple journals, though, I’ve found a number of new uses for it beyond personal journaling and reflection.

Note: If you need help with the core questions of why and how to journal for yourself, Day One has a pretty good series on its blog.

As for what to do with the new multiple journal support, I’ll share a couple of my own cases and a few ideas below that you can use as inspiration. While other apps may cover some or all of these tasks for you, mixing these with Day One’s other features—attaching locations to entries, automation with IF, multiple photos per entry, plotting entry dates on a scrolling calendar, and more—make it a compelling option for saving and looking back on all sorts of things:

  • Social journal – Create a new journal specifically for saving certain kinds of activity on across all your social media accounts (mine is simply called “Social”). With Day One’s new, dedicated channel on IF, you can automatically save things like favorited tweets, Facebook photos you’re tagged in, liked videos on YouTube, Instagram photos, you like, and much more. You can also use Day One’s powerful app extension to cover that last mile of stuff you don’t want to automate. This is one of my favorite uses of Day One’s journals, especially after my previous tool for this, Favs, seems to be abandoned.
  • Work journal – Some people don’t like to mix work and personal lives, so this is a good way to separate your journaling and reflection for work purposes.
  • #Winning journal – If you’re like me, and sometimes you have a hard time remembering how far you’ve come in terms of personal or professional growth, a journal for cataloging milestones and other wins could go a long way. This could be instead of, or in addition to, a Work journal, but the idea is to set rules or goals for what to catalog here. Things like finishing a big project, receiving a compliment, getting a new client, and overcoming a personal fear or challenge are all good ideas.
  • Photo a day – Maybe you want to build and explore your photography habit, or maybe you just need a place to keep your self portrait progression shots somewhere besides your Photos app. A dedicated Day One journal could be great for this, especially if you travel and want to record the location of your shots.
  • Quote journal – I like saving quotes, and for a couple years now I’ve used the excellent Quotebook from Lickability. But recently I realized I sometimes post quotes to services like Tumblr, and I wanted an easy way to collect those too. I created a new Day One journal, hooked up a couple recipes in IF (such as “if I post a quote to Tumblr, add it to X journal in Day One”). I like that I can pull in these quotes from other places, in addition to manually adding them, and they’ll sync to all my devices, including my Mac.

Additions:

  • Booze journal – Another place where attaching places and locations, as well as tags, can be real handy for cataloging the beer, wine, and spirits you try and enjoy. Thanks Jay Ray.

That’s all I have for now. If you have some Day One journal that might be good fits here, let me know on Facebook and Twitter.

Mail for iOS: You can add custom folders to the Mailboxes sidebar

In Mail’s top-level Mailboxes sidebar, you can enable a number of smart mailboxes and add your own folders for quick access. Some of the pre-built folders are pretty handy, like Attachments, Thread Notifications, and All Archive.

At the bottom of the panel is an Add Mailbox button. Tap that and you can browse your account(s), select one or more folders, tap Done, and rearrange your custom folders among all the built-in options. It’s a simple way to bend Mail to better fit your needs.

You can install custom fonts on iOS 9

A little-known feature of iOS 9 is that it supports custom fonts, much like a Mac. You need either an app that supports installing them, like Ulysses for iOS (my favorite and only writing app now), or an app like AnyFont, a font manager.

Note that, in order to see your custom fonts, an app has to support them. I used Ulysses to install Museuo Sans, but I can’t set it as my default font in Safari or system-wide. Fortunately, it sounds like many apps have adopted iOS 9’s custom font features, including even Office for iOS.

Use Day One to save personal and work wins, review how far you've come

imageI’m one of those people who suffers from some forms of imposter syndrome. “Everybody already knows/does this stuff,” goes one train of thought, “so why should I bother doing, talking, or engaging in it.” I also have a hard time remembering how far I’ve come on a particular journey, or looking back on the wins I’ve had in my personal and work adventures.

The idea hit me a little while ago that Day One 2 can help here. Now that it supports multiple journals, I created a second one called “Work” and started cataloging things like compliments I receive on my work, skills I learn, and general things that could fall under the #winning tag in your mind.

Maybe you keep it all in the same journal, or maybe you set up multiple journals in a different way, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that, if you have these same problems, you start recording your wins somewhere that is both easy to get to when the time calls for it, and easy to review when you need it.

I have a hard time remembering this stuff, especially on days when I feel defeated and ineffective, which just makes things worse. Now that I’m recording wins in Day One, I have a bread crumb trail—a way to remind myself that I’m doing good work, I’ve learned new things, and of course still have plenty to go.

Maybe this could work for you too.

Pocket Casts: add new podcasts to your queue from their notifications

Pocket Casts for iPhone and iPad is a well-designed and feature-packed podcast listening app, and my personal favorite for its style and queue system.

One of its great perks is that, if you opt into Push Notifications for one or more shows, you can quickly add new episodes to your queue right from the notification.

Note: You might notice Pocket Casts hasn’t been updated in a little while. I’m usually cautious of apps in that state, but it still works well on iOS 9.3 and developer Shifty Jelly is working on a huge upgrade coming soon. It will be free to existing owners, too.