How to permanently delete your WhatsApp account


How to permanently delete your WhatsApp account

WhatsApp read receipts

Are you suffering from information overload? Is using multiple chat services to stay in touch with friends and family starting to feel like a burden?

People who rarely use Facebook-owned WhatsApp and don’t envision using the service much going forward might be wondering whether they can nuke their account and all of the underlying data out of orbit. The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you step-by-step through WhatsApp’s account deletion process, inform you what happens to your data after the fact and teach you how to reactivate your account and restore your chats and media.

Before we proceed with the tutorial, it’s important to remember that you must delete your account from within WhatsApp because the company’s support team cannot delete it for you at this time.

Oh, and ensure that you have the latest version of WhatsApp for iPhone.

What does deleting my WhatsApp account do?

When you delete your WhatsApp account, the following things happen:

  • Your phone number is no longer associated with WhatsApp
  • Your account is removed from your friends’ WhatsApp Favorites lists
  • Your account is deleted from all WhatsApp groups
  • You WhatsApp chats and media are erased in the app
  • Your service payment information is removed from WhatsApp servers

Keep in mind that you can always reactivate your account by re-registering your mobile phone number, or some other, with the service but you should consider creating a backup of you chats and media first.

How to back up WhatsApp chats and media

If you think you might be coming back to WhatsApp at some point in the future, don’t forget to create a full backup of your chat history and media (WhatsApp Settings → Chats and Calls → Chat Backup → Back Up Now) prior to deleting your account.

You can enable automatic, scheduled backups by tapping Auto Backup and then choosing your backup frequency. For your information, WhatsApp backups are saved to iCloud or iTunes, as part of your full device backup.

You’ll be able to restore from a saved WhatsApp backup after reactivating the service on the same phone number. You won’t be able to restore your chat history from a WhatsApp account registered with a different phone number.

The backup feature requires iOS 5.1 or later and enough free space on your iCloud and iPhone. iOS 7 users must be signed into iCloud (Settings → iCloud). On iOS 8 and later, Settings → iCloud → iCloud Drive must be set to ON.

How to permanently delete your WhatsApp account

Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on Settings and head into the Account section.

Step 3: Choose Delete My Account.

WhatsApp delete account iPhone screenshot 001

Step 4: Enter your phone number in the full international format to proceed.

Step 5: Finish the process by tapping Delete My Account at the bottom.

Step 6: You can now delete WhatsApp from your iPhone.

How to reactive deleted WhatsApp account

Step 1: Launch WhatsApp for iPhone.

Step 2: Follow the on-screen instructions to register your mobile phone number with the service. You will receive a six-digit verification code via SMS to activate your account.

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Tip: WhatsApp is not supported on the iPad, iPod touch and jailbroken iPhones.

How to restore my chats and media from WhatsApp backup

Step 1: Download WhatsApp in the App Store and launch the app on your iPhone.

Step 2: After verifying your phone number, follow the on-screen prompts to restore your chat history. The phone number used for backing up and restoring must be the same. In other words, you cannot restore the chat history from another WhatsApp account.

Needles to say, if you’ve previously backed up your iPhone through iTunes or iCloud, restoring the device from a backup will also retrieve your WhatsApp chats and media.

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How to Change 3D Touch Pressure Sensitivity on iPhone 6S


How to Change 3D Touch Pressure Sensitivity on iPhone 6S

Adjust 3D Touch screen sensitivity on iPhone

The new iPhone 3D Touch display detects the level of pressure placed on the screen and, depending on the app, action, or home screen icon, offers different responses and interactions. These “peak” and “pop” features are throughout iOS and offer shortcuts of sorts to perform various functions, and they’re really a great feature of the iPhone 6S lineup. Using 3D Touch takes a little bit of practice, particularly in regard to applying the correct amount of screen pressure to get the intended action, but one way to greatly improve the 3D Touch experience is to manually adjust the touch screen pressure sensitivity required to activate the various features.


iPhone users can easily change the amount of screen pressure required to activate 3D Touch, but because the setting is going to be unique to each person and how they use the feature, you’ll want to test out the various levels of pressure required with the handy adjustment ‘sensitivity test’ area to determine if the settings are appropriate for your needs.

How to Adjust 3D Touch Screen Pressure Sensitivity

This obviously requires an iPhone with a 3D Touch display, whether that’s an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, other models will not have this setting available:

  1. Open the Settings app in iOS and go to “General” then to “Accessibility”
  2. Go to “3D Touch” and locate the “3D Touch Sensitivity” portion of the settings, the slider below this is what you’ll want to change to fit your preferences, pick one of the following:
    • Light – a soft amount of screen pressure activates 3D Touch peak, and a slightly more firm amount of pressure activates 3D Touch pop
    • Medium – the default level of pressure sensitivity for 3D Touch displays
    • Firm – a notably harder amount of screen pressure is required to activate 3D Touch peak and pop

    Where to change 3D Touch pressure settings

  3. Next scroll down to the “3D Touch Sensitivity Test” area and press at varying degrees on the image, the initial 3D Touch press will ‘peak’ on the image, and a harder press will ‘pop’ the image
  4. When satisfied, leave Settings as usual and try the effect elsewhere in iOS

3D Touch on iPhone camera

If you find yourself activating 3D Touch when you don’t always want to, you’ll probably want to use the “Firm” option, whereas if you find the required pressure is too great, using the “Light” feature is ideal.

This is really largely a matter of personal preference, but it also depends on what you’re using to activate the touch screen, if you use a case on the iPhone, and your general usage patterns, and whether or not you use a finger, toe, stylus, or other pointing device.

My personal preference is for the “Light” setting but when demonstrating the feature to a friend they found it way too easy to activate, so they strongly preferred the Firm setting. Try it out yourself and see what works for you, you can always make another change again by returning to 3D Touch settings.

Tip: Hurtig og nem konvertering af videofiler på Mac

Tip: Hurtig og nem konvertering af videofiler på Mac

Skal det være nemt og ligetil, så brug Finders indbygge værktøj til konvertering af videofiler på din Mac.

Normalt plejer vi at anbefale Handbrake til konvertering af video på Mac, men der findes en hurtigere og nemmere metode. I Finder i OS X er der nemlig indbygget videokodning. Alt man skal gøre er at højreklikke (eller ctrl + klikke) på den film, man vil kode. Det bringer en menu frem, hvor man blandt andet kan vælge “Kod valgte videoarkiver”. Man kan snildt markere flere film ad gangen, hvis man har behovet.

I det vindue, der kommer frem, skal man vælge opløsning samt hvilket formål konverteringen har, og et sted til den ny videofil. Herefter er der bare at vente. Det kan godt tage lang tid, så det er smart, at man kan følge med i udviklingen i menubaren øverst ved at klikke på det lille tandhjul.

Er du på OS X El Capitan, skal du ned i bunden af højrekliksmenuen, Tjenester, for at finde muligheden for at konvertere videofiler.

Der er ingen tvivl om, at Handbrake giver større frihed og bedre resultater, men Handbrake er til tider så avanceret, at almindelige ikke-nørder opgiver. Her er Finder-metoden helt perfekt. Den er så enkel at alle burde kunne finde ud af det.

Sådan skifter du RAM på din Mac

Sådan skifter du RAM på din Mac

Se hvordan du finder ud af, om du kan opgradere mængden af RAM i din Mac. Det er nemlig ikke alle Mac’s hvor det kan lade sig gøre.

Computere kan i princippet ikke få for meget RAM. Jo mere RAM man har i sin Mac desto bedre vil det hele køre. Det gælder selve styresystem OS X samt alle de programmer man bruger. Ofte er det RAM’en og ikke processoren der er den begrænsende faktor for ens Mac’s ydelse. Forstået på den måde, at det oftest er RAM, der er mangel på og ikke rå processorkraft. At opgradere RAM-mægden i sin Mac vil derfor give et voldsomt boost i ydelse. Ofte i en grad, så man kan holde liv i sin gamle Mac et par år endnu. Typisk har den nemlig rigelige med processorkraft til at afvikle OS X fornuftigt, men mangler RAM.

Hvad er derfor mere nærliggende end at putte noget mere RAM i sin Mac? Det er en billig måde at få mere saft og kraft, og forholdsvist nemt at gå til i de fleste tilfælde.

Det største problem er ofte at finde ud af, om ens Mac overhovedet kan opgraderes på RAM-fronten. Det er nemlig ikke alle Mac’s der kan det. På nogle modeller er RAM loddet fast på bundkortet eller utilgængelig på anden vis.

Værst ser det ud for de bærbare Mac’s. Hverken MacBook Air eller MacBook kan RAM-opgraderes, mens der gælder for MacBook Pro, at kun modeller fra midten af 2012 eller tidligere kan opgraderes med mere RAM. Alle nyere MacBook Pro kan ikke opgraderes med mere RAM.

Det samme gælder for Mac mini. Kun 2012-modeller eller tidligere kan opgraderes med mere RAM.

Bedre ser det ud for iMac’ens vedkommende. I hvert fald for den store 27″ iMac. Her kan alle modeller opgraderes med mere RAM. For den lille 21,5″ iMac er det igen kun de ældre computere, hvor RAM’en kan skiftes.

Summasummarum så er det faktisk kun på den store 27″ iMac samt ældre modeller af de andre Mac’s at Apple tilbyder at brugeren selv kan skifte RAM. En vigtig lære her er, at næste gang du skal købe en Mac, så få den konfigureret med som meget RAM som muligt, når du køber den. Bordet fanger nemlig, da man ikke selv kan smide mere i senere.

Den nemmeste måde at finde ud af om ens Mac kan få mere RAM er at trykke på Apple-logoet i øverste hjørne på ens Mac. Her skal man vælge “Om denne Mac” og trykke på fanebladet “Hukommelse”.

Her kan man se hvor mange RAM-pladser ens Mac har, hvor mange af dem der er i brug, og ikke mindst om RAM’en er til at udskifte. Hvis RAM’en kan opgraderes vil der være et link til fremgangsmåde, hvis ikke vil det stå der.

Den praktiske fremgangsmåde til selve udskiftningen er forskellig fra model til model. Det nemmeste er at følge linket, jeg nævnte ovenfor.

Ellers er her links til Apples egne oversiger, hvor fremgangsmåde for de enkelte modeller er gennemgået (på dansk):

Udskiftning af RAM på iMac
Udskiftning af RAM på MacBook Pro
Udskiftning af RAM på Mac mini

How to Take Screenshots of the Login Screen on any Mac


How to Take Screenshots of the Login Screen on any Mac

How to take a screenshot of the login screen on any Mac

Taking screen shots of the login screen on a Mac is possible, and you can do so at either the OS X system boot, any login window, or at a locked user authentication screen. How a screenshot of the Mac login screen is accomplished will depend on what version of OS X the Mac is running however.


We’ll run through the process of taking a screenshot of a login screen and login window in all versions of Mac OS X. As you’ll see, the process is very easy on modern versions, whereas prior releases of Mac OS are a bit more involved.

Taking a Screenshot of the Login Screen in OS X EL Capitan

The latest versions of OS X 10.10 (and beyond) support the regular screenshot keystroke at all login windows. This makes taking a screenshot of the login screen or a setup window just as easy as taking one anywhere else:

  1. Access the login screen of OS X either on boot, through a locked screen saver, or Fast User Switching menu
  2. Hit Command+Shift+3 to take a screenshot of the login display

The login window screenshot will appear on the desktop with an “LW” prefix to the regular screenshot file name, like this: “LWScreenShot 2016-12-04 at 12.43.23 PM.png”

For example, if you have customized your login screen wallpaper in OS X El Capitan, you can now easily share that with the world by using the standard screenshot command sequence. Very easy.

A screenshot of the login screen on a Mac with OS X El Capitan

Taking Screen shots of the Login Screens in Earlier OS X Versions

Capturing a picture of the login window in earlier versions of OS X is a bit more technical and it involves a multiple part sequence; enabling remote login on the Mac with SSH, then connecting to the Mac with SSH to issue a command. Here are the steps for those interested in achieving this:

  1. First, enable SSH on the Mac to allow remote login connections, this needs to be done on the Mac which login display you’d like to screen capture, make note of this machines IP address if you aren’t aware of it
  2. Get to the login display on the Mac you just enabled SSH with, either through the screensaver lock screen or the fast user switching login screen
  3. From another computer (Mac or anything with an SSH client), login to the prior Mac with ssh by specifying the proper IP:
  4. ssh mac@192.168.0.150

  5. Now logged into the target Mac with the login screen active, issue the following command line sequence to capture a screenshot on the target Mac:
  6. screencapture ~/Desktop/login-screen-shot.png

  7. Login to the Mac as usual, and locate the newly created ‘login-screen-shot.png’ file on the desktop

A screenshot of a Mac login screen in OS X Mavericks

You can then disable SSH if you want, or keep it on if you think you’ll want to connect again.

Another option with all versions of OS X is to take a screenshot of login windows through virtual machine software, though that’s obviously going to depend on what app you’re using rather than the Mac OS release.

As you can see, prior versions of OS X require quite a bit more effort to take a picture of the login windows and login screens, and require network access, whereas the latest versions of OS X are as simple as pressing a keyboard shortcut. 

Why are some Apple Watch notifications round and others are square?


Why are some Apple Watch notifications round and others are square?

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I was wondering about this for a long time, too. Some notifications that hit my Apple Watch are presented using a round app icon while the others embed a square one. But why is that?

Thanks to Mac Kung Fu, we now know that this simple yet subtle difference serves a very good purpose because you can decide whether the notification can be replied to or not by its attached app icon.

As it turns out, knowing the difference between square and round app icons helps determine at-a-glance whether or not you can reply to it from your wrist.


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From Mac Kung Fu’s article:

  • Round notification icon: If the icon is round then it’s a notification you can action on the phone because you’ve a Watch version of that app installed. For example, if it’s a Mail message then you will be able to tap the notification to reply to the mail there and then.
  • Square notification icon: If the icon is square then there is no Watch app for that particular notification. Essentially, the notification is being “echoed” from your iPhone, and all you’ll be able to do is tap to dismiss it.

The article goes on to explain that Mail notifications are sometimes square, and sometimes round depending on whether the message attached to the alert is in your inbox or not, which determines your ability to reply to it in watchOS 2 with dictation.

At any rate, I’ll be making sure to remember this incredibly helpful tip.

I used to tap blindly on these alerts only to be frustrated realizing I cannot interact with some of them. Were you aware of the subtle difference between round and square app icons embedded in Apple Watch notifications?

Source: Mac Kung Fu via The Loop

How to record Apple TV video output on Mac


How to record Apple TV video output on Mac

QuickTime Mac

There are lots of reasons why you might invest in a USB Type-C cable for the new Apple TV. One of the most compelling reasons is because a USB Type-C cable allows you to record Apple TV video output. Via QuickTime’s video capturing capabilities, first introduced in OS X Yosemite, it’s possible to record and save direct-feed footage from the Apple TV to your Mac.

Apple TV direct feed

Step 1: Connect your Apple TV to your Mac using a USB Type-C cable

Step 2: Launch QuickTime

Step 3: Click File → New Movie Recording

Step 4: Click the dropdown menu next to the record button and select Apple TV for Camera and for Microphone

Apple TV QuickTime Recording

Step 5: Click the Record button to start recording

Step 6: Once you’re finished recording, click the Stop button

Step 7: Click File → Save to save your recording

Keep in mind that you will not be able to record HDCP protected content, which is used on some video streaming apps. You will, however, be able to capture direct-feed footage from games and the Apple TV interface itself.

I’ve used QuickTime’s video capture capabilities in many of our Apple TV tutorials thus far, and it’s come in really handy.

Do you own a USB Type-C cable yet? If not, is this enough to convince you to invest in one?

How to play MAME arcade games on Apple TV


How to play MAME arcade games on Apple TV

MAME Apple TV

Along with being able to play classic Nintendo and Sega games on your Apple TV, you can also play classic arcade titles. Doing so is made possible by a port of MAME, which stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Unfortunately there isn’t yet a GitHub page setup for the MAME tvOS port, but the same developer that created the MAME emulator that we showed you a while back has made the full Xcode project available for download.

Before you begin, get familiar with our official sideloading tutorial. This teaches you the mechanics and ins and outs of sideloading, which is what we’ll be doing to get MAME installed on our Apple TV. Also, you will need a Bluetooth controller to control the MAME interface and games.

Step 1: Connect your Apple TV to your Mac using a USB Type-C Cable

Step 2: Download the MAME Xcode project

Step 3: Drag and drop your MAME ROMS into the Resources folder under the project

MAME Roms Apple TV

Step 4: Click the Play button in Xcode to deploy the app to your Apple TV and click Finish (if needed).

And that really is all there is to it. Once you have MAME running on your Apple TV, it’s just a matter of pressing the A button on your controller repeatedly to get to the ROM selection screen. Happy old-school gaming!

Update: a new GitHub page has been created for the MAME tvOS emulator. The GitHub download includes a new version with fixes and preliminary Apple TV remote support.

How to Add a Location to Pictures in Photos for Mac


How to Add a Location to Pictures in Photos for Mac

Add a location to a picture in Photos for Mac

The latest versions of Photos app for Mac allow users to add geographic location data to any pictures stored within the image browser. This can be helpful for organizing photos, sharing with others where a picture was taken, and for later recollection purposes too. Additionally, you can edit the location of pictures as well, so if a photo was incorrectly assigned a location, you can change that in the OS X Photos app.


You’ll need Photos for OS X running on at least OS X 10.11 or later to have the location adjustment features.

How to Add a Location to a Picture in Photos for OS X

You can add locations to single pictures or multiple images, depending on what you select in Photos app:

  1. Open Photos app and double-click on the photo you wish to add a location to (alternatively, you can select multiple pictures from the Albums or Photos view if you wish to apply the location to all selected images)
  2. Click on the (i) button in the Photos menu bar to bring up the image info inspector window
  3. Get Info about the picture to add a location to

  4. Click in “Assign a Location” and start typing the name of the location – this uses a location search based on the Maps application to find* and assign locations, so select a matching location from the search and hit “Return” to assign that location to the picture when satisfied
  5. Click to "Assign a Location" then search for your location to add to the picture

Once assigned, the location data appears in the Image Information panel on a map, as you can see here with a picture from the Grand Canyon:

Add location data to pictures in Photos for Mac

*At the moment there does not appear to be a way to assign locations based on maps and dropping pins alone, you must use the location search feature within Photos

Once the image has been assigned a location and saved, if you export the picture the new GPS geolocation data is stored as part of the images EXIF data, meaning you can find the exact location in Preview, another Mac with Photos, or any other image viewer capable of reading location data (which is most nowadays).

This is a nice feature if you want to selectively add locations to pictures yourself rather than having the iPhone assign them though GPS, particularly if you’re one of us who disabled iPhone GPS automatically adding geotagged locations to photos taken with the camera, or if you manually strip out GPS EXIF data of image files, which is sometimes desirable for user privacy purposes. 

Sådan blokerer du for Windows 10-opgradering – Computerworld


Sådan blokerer du for Windows 10-opgradering

Windows 10 er en god og velfungerende version af Windows, men det er langt fra alle, som er blevet lokket over til det nye system.

Enten har skuffelsen ikke lagt sig endnu efter Windows 8, eller også stoler man ikke på Microsoft og den stigende mængde data, som indhentes i Windows 10.

Hvad end din grund er, så vil Microsoft stadig meget gerne have, at du benytter dig af Windows 10-opgraderingstilbuddet.

Microsoft er faktisk så insisterende, at selskabet er begyndt at pusle med ideen om at opgradere folks computere automatisk. 

Det kan du læse mere om her: Snart ingen vej uden om: Microsoft på vej med automatisk download af Windows 10 på de fleste pc’er

Og ved første øjekast er der ikke noget, som kan stoppe det.

Pcworld.coms Lincolm Spector blev selv ramt af opgraderingen, som pludselig fortalte, at der var opdateringer at installere.

Efter et par fejlslående forsøg opdagede Lincolm Spector, at computeren havde forsøgt at installere Windows 10. Noget han aldrig havde givet lov til.

Foto: Pcworld.com

Herunder findes der en løsning på den udfordring.

Løsningen hjælper ikke kun mod den automatiske opgradering, men også på at fjerne “Få Windows 10-ikonet i hjørnet.”

Det er en tredjepart-software, som Pcworld.com har prøvet og testet og som fungerer godt.

For at slippe for både ikonet og den automatiske opgradering, skal du hente et gratis program fra Ultimate Outsider, som hedder GWX Control Panel. Programmet kan findes via dette link og er en EXE.-fil.

Når du har installeret programmet, kan du se, hvad der er aktiveret på din computer.

Du kan for eksempel se, om Windows 10 selv skal hente sig selv – hvilket ifølge Lincolm Spector ikke passer med det, han selv har sagt ja til.

I programmet er der to ting, som du skal gøre.

Nederst er der fire knapper, hvoraf to af dem er vigtige for dig. “Disable ‘Get Windows 10’ app” og “Disable Operating System Upgrades in Windows Update”

Begge dele skal slås fra.

Nu burde du være fri for Windows 10’s måske invaderende opførsel i dit Windows 7- eller 8-system.

Hvad synes du om Microsofts Windows 10?

Læs også denne guide: Glad for Windows 10? Så husk at få slettet “Windows.old” på den rigtige måde

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