How to share a phone number from an iPhone to a basic phone

The easiest way to share contact information from your iPhone to another iPhone is simply to use the Share Contact feature when viewing a contact to text or email a vCard. A vCard contains all of the contact information you have on file for a contact, and its VCF file format can be read by most modern devices, including Android and Windows phones as well as Macs and PCs.

But what if you want to share contact info with someone who (gasp!) is still holding onto an old flip phone? Or maybe you just want to share a phone number for a contact without any of the other information you have on file for him or her.

In such cases, there is a better way than memorizing a phone number of a contact and then typing it into a text or email message before going back to the contact to double check that you got the number correct. That way is to copy and paste the number.

A contact’s page in the Contacts or Phone app may not look like a place where you can copy information, but if you tap and hold on a phone number, a small dialog window will appear to let you copy that number. Then you can head to your text or email app, open up the message you are typing and then tap and hold in the message body for the Paste dialog. No more memorizing and double checking. Just a quick copy and paste.

Fend off parasites by washing your sheets this way

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If you wait until your sheets start getting crunchy before you wash them, listen up. You need to wash your sheets once a week. Why? Sweat and skin particles build up on your sheets while you sleep, giving dust mites a lovely environment to live and breed. This can lead to allergy problems. Not only do you need to wash your sheets weekly to fend off these parasites, you also need to wash your sheet a certain way.

How to wash your sheets right

Extreme heat or extreme cold kills dust mites. Since putting your sheets in the freezer doesn’t clean off the sweat and skin particles, you need to wash your sheets in hot water. The Mayo Clinic says to aim for 130 water that is at least 130 F (54.4 C) to kill dust mites and remove allergens.

Not sure how hot your wash water is? Check your hot water heater’s settings. If your hot water heater doesn’t show how hot the water is on the dial, there is a way to test your water. Turn on the hot water tap in your kitchen. Wait for the water to warm up, then fill a glass with it. Put a meat or candy thermometer into the water. Is the reading 130 F (54.4 C)? If not, you will want to raise the heat on your water heater.

Even better, if your washer has a sanitize setting, use that. This feature activates heaters in the washer that will heat the water hot enough to kill germs and parasites.

Dry right for a double-whammy of clean. Drying your sheets at high heat can kill anything that your washer missed. Dry your sheets for at least 15 minutes at 130 F (54.4 C).

How to only see your emails with attachments in iOS’ Mail app

Before seeing this OS X Daily post, my method for finding an attachment in an email using the iOS Mail app was to scroll and scroll through my inbox, stopping briefly each time I saw the little paperclip icon to see if that was the message with the attachment for which I was searching. Little did I know that there is a way that involves a lot less scrolling and effort.

With the Mail app, you can create a filter to show only those messages with attachments.

1. To set up this filtered view, open the Mail app and back out of any one email or inbox you may be viewing until you get to the Mailboxes view of all of your mailboxes and accounts.

2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.

3. Tap the Attachments option so that a checkmark appears.

4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner.

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Now, when you return to the Mailboxes view, you’ll see a line has been added titled Attachments. Tap this new addition and you’ll see a list that shows only email messages that contain attachments.

One last note: If you have more than one email account set up in the Mail app, the Attachments filter shows emails from all of your accounts.

How to hide app icons on iOS 9.2

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Apple has said it’s looking at ways to give users the option of removing preinstalled apps from iOS devices. Although, the company has given no timetable or clear indication if such capabilities will ever manifest in a future version of iOS.

In the meantime, there are ways to get around the limitation. Instead of creating a folder for all of the Apple apps you have zero intention of using, you can take advantage of a bug discovered by Twitter user @VBarraquito.

You can make an app icon disappear by creating a folder, then dragging the icon to the right, creating a blank page within the folder. However, instead of lifting your finger and placing the icon on the new page, press the home button.

If everything has worked properly, you should see the app icon float off of the screen in the top-left corner. The app is still installed, and can be accessed by searching for it in Spotlight.

I tested the workaround on iOS 9.2.1 public beta 2 and was able to hide icons.

As has been the case in the past, the solution is a temporary one — the app will reappear after you restart your iOS device. In order to hide the apps again, you’ll need to go through the process once more. It’s not perfect, but for those who don’t often restart their device, it’s better than nothing.

How to force sync Safari history across all your Apple devices

When you’re logged into the same iCloud account from multiple Apple devices, iCloud will sync your Safari browsing history across the devices. Sometimes, however, your devices can get out of sync and waiting around for iCloud to catch up can be frustrating.

With little effort you can manually force iCloud to sync your Safari history using your Mac, OS X Daily reports.

The first thing you need to do is enable a hidden Debug menu in Safari using a Terminal command. You can find the Terminal app in Applications > Utilities on your Mac. Or you can search for “Terminal” on Spotlight.

After quitting Safari on your Mac, open Terminal and enter the following line of text:

Press return, then open Safari. If it worked, you should see a new “Debug” item in the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen.

With the previously-hidden menu now present, click on Debug. Then click Sync iCloud History, which should appear at the bottom of the list. Your Mac will then take care of the rest, and you should see your history sync between devices within a minute or two.