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How to Temporarily Disable Instagram Account

Social media gives us the medium to be able to connect with friends and family over the internet. You can talk in private, or you can also share images and status which all of your online followers can see and react. Currently, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram are two major social network platforms with millions of daily active users. Facebook is still the number platform for people to socialize; Instagram is not far behind. Many people are slowly moving towards Instagram. Instagram offers a lot of features, and one of them is just to take a break from the platform. If you want to take a break from Instagram and hide all of your online activity for a limited period then, you can temporarily block your Instagram profile.

temporarily disable Instagram account

Temporarily disabling Instagram allows you to hide your profile, photos, your comments, messages, and likes for as long as you want. And when you decide to come back to the platform, you can simply enable your account to start from where you left. Many people would argue that of you want to get off the platform then you can simply delete the account. But I disagree. Deleting your account is permanent and if you want to come back to the platform, then you will have to start all over again whereas disabling give you the flexibility to come back to Instagram whenever you feel like without having to start all over again.

Related: How to use Instagram close friends feature

How to Temporarily Disable Instagram Account

Many of us use Instagram on the mobile app for Android and iOS, but unfortunately, Instagram decided to omit the temporarily disable feature from the app. I don’t understand why Instagram did that, was it intentional or was there any technical difficulties? I don’t know for sure. Anyway since there is no option for a temporary block on the Instagram app, we need to use the browser.

Open your favorite browser; it can be Chrome if you are on Android or Safari if you are on iPhone/iPad.

Type instagram.com/accounts/edit in the address bar or you can click on this link directly. (If you don’t want to click the click, then you can go to your Instagram profile from browser and then click on the ‘Edit Profile.’)

Log in to your Instagram account if you are not already.

Edit Profile INstagram

Once you are in the ‘Edit Profile‘ menu, scroll down until you see “Temporarily disable my account.

Select disable reason

Clicking on the option will bring a new pop-up where you have to select a reason as to why you want to disable your account.

Temporarily Disable account Instagram

Once you select an appropriate reason, you need to enter your Instagram password again and click on the ‘Temporarily Disable Account‘ button.

Now your account has been temporarily disabled. Now no one can find your profile or your photos on Instagram anymore until your re-enable your account.

To re-enable your account, you need to log in back to your account, and it should be enabled again.

I hope my short article helped you. Please leave a comment and tell how and if this article helped you.

How To Lock Notes with Password on MacBook

We all like to take notes. It makes life much easier to just write down anything without relying on human memory or jumping one place to another to find a pen paper to take notes. Also, note apps now come with multi-platform support and syncs across the devices. If you are a MacBook user and also own an iPhone, you can sync your notes with iCloud to access from both Mac and iPhone. This is so cool and eliminates the fear of losing something. I don’t know about you, but I take a lot of notes on my Mac sometimes some notes are too sensitive to keep it open. Thankfully there is a simple option on Mac as well as iPhone which lets users lock certain notes with password. In that way, your sensitive note secure and you only can access the content of that note.

If you are a Mac user and was scanning through the google search to find a simple trick to lock note with a password, then you have come to the right place.

Lock Notes with Password on Mac

Lock Notes with Password on MacBook

Creating a password protected note on Macbook is a very simple process. First, you need to create a note. If you want to lock an existing note, then please skip to this part.

Open Notes app on your Mac.

Click on File–>New Note to create a new note. Write down anything you want to store in that note.

To lock the note, click on ‘Lock Pad (🔒)’ icon and then ‘Lock Note‘ just like the image below.

Now, you will be shown a new menu which will ask you to fill a password and a hint for the password. After filling the details, click on ‘Set Password.’

Now, your Note is password protected.

Remember- All the notes which you choose to lock will be using the same password.

How to Remove Password from A Note

Knowing how to lock something is not enough, it is also necessary to know how to remove a lock.

if you want to remove password from a particular note, then select, the note and click on that same ‘Pad Lock(🔒)’ icon and then ‘Remove Lock.’

It will ask you to enter the password, enter the password and you are good to go.

This is how you can set a password to your personal notes. I hope my small tutorial helped you achieve what you were looking for. Also, I hope my article was easy enough for you to understand without much hassle. I would love to know what you think and if this article helped you in any way.

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5 Essential Tips to Stay Safe Online

The Internet is like a double edge sword. In one side it is the best thing to happen to human civilization. The internet powers everything we do, and it does it with a speed that no human could match. We are connected to the internet almost all the times, not just our smartphones or computers; our appliances are not connected to the internet to enable us to do things we never imagined we could do. For example, you can now see real-time who is ringing your front door or you can turn on our home heater while leaving from the office. With all this thing connected to the internet, the internet also becomes a very dangerous place. Recent news sounding the internet has been very disturbing. Few people with skill and ill intention can access your online accounts to steal your online stored data, control your devices and manipulate what you do online.

Stay Safe Online

But the good news is you can avoid most of these things by just following a few essential tips to make the internet safer.

#1- Create Strong Password

I know you have heard these tips thousands of times but believe me, having a strong password is the safest way to keep yourself safe from any online intruder. Having a strong password and hard to guess password is not enough. You also need to have a unique password for each account. This way if someone gets your password for one account cannot affect other online accounts.

I realize how hard it is to remember hundreds of complex passwords so to save yourself from the pain you should consider investing in a good password manager. Many password manager also comes with a feature to generate a complex password for the online account and save them securely, and you don’t need to remember the password at all.

#2- Use 2-Factor Authentication Where Ever Possible

Two-Factor-Authentication

What is 2-factor authentication? This is an initiative taken by many major platforms like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Dropbox, and many other platforms. With this, you get additional security major onto your account. Having a password won’t be enough to access accounts with 2-factor authentication. Generally, when you log in with your username and password, you get a security code sent to your registered phone which you need to insert in order to access the account. That means if somehow someone gets access to your password can still struggle to access your account. So, I would say it is a no brainer to enable 2-factor authentication on every account that is giving this feature.

#3- Beware of What You are Clicking

Some report suggests that almost 90% of online hacking happens through phishing and reverse engineering. They send you tempting emails disguise as the official site and make you reveal your personal information. Some site also downloads malicious files onto your computer without your permission and steal your private data and sometimes access your webcam to see what you are doing live. Always be aware of what you are clicking. Click only to those links that you are fully satisfied that they are from the genuine sender. Offers that seems too good to be true then chances are they are too good to be true. Just avoid such emails. Similarly, download files from sites that you trust. Anything from and shady website can cost you a lot.

#4- Secure Your Network, Use Firewall

The chances are that your home Wi-Fi is password protected and encrypted but what about that public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi is very tempting but they are also open and anyone with slight knowledge in networking and hack into the network and can monitor your online behavior. I would suggest you invest in a good VPN. VPS’w will encrypt your communication with the network and anyone trying to access your device will have to face the barrier put on by the VPN.

Firewall is like a digital wall that prevents unauthorized personnel from the internet from accessing your device. Firewall installed at router level can also guard your IoT based devices.

#5- Install Latest Updates

The final tip I can give on this topic is to keep your apps and software updated. Many software developers push regular updates and patch security holes that happens from time to time. If you are serious about your online safety, then it is a must to update all apps and software regularly. If you don’t want to deal with the updates, then you can turn on auto updates, so the app/software can do that itself without bothering you.

Your little vigilant can save you and your online data from being leaked to an unknown person who can harm you in many ways. ALways follow all the five tips that I mentioned above to keep yourself safe from those who have ill intentions.

Best Places to Watch Anime Legally in the USA

The USA is one of the growing anime markets after Japan. Despite all this craze on Anime, there is still no good method to access anime series, especially those which are currently airing in Japan. Many people rely on illegally pirated platforms to get access to the latest and popular anime series. Despite what others believe, there are still few platforms for anime where you can watch anime legally. They also publish the latest anime as soon as possible. If you are currently using pirated platforms, then you should start using legal sites because you don’t want to get into trouble because you wanted to watch the latest episode of Naruto before any of your friends did.

Watch anime legally in the USA

Watch anime Legally in the USA

If you are from the USA and wants to watch anime legally, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we shall all the legal platforms for watching anime.

1. Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is currently the king of legal anime streaming. It is also the biggest online platform in the USA. It is streaming hundreds and thousands of anime for free. You can also create an account to keep track of your watching history. And if you want to access the even bigger database, then you need to choose a paid subscription which is not that expensive.

Crunchyroll also lets you read manga online for free. Crunchyroll should be your one-stop destination for anything anime. You can watch anime, participate in anime conversation on their forum, read manga online, and buy anime souvenir all from one platform.

2. Netflix

Netflix

Netflix is also in a hurry to capture the anime market by adding more and more anime series and movies to its library. In today’s Netflix you can find a huge variety of anime and anime movies that are available for watching for any Netflix subscriber in the USA. Netflix also added a new Anime section for easier navigation. Almost all anime comes with both English subtitle and English dubbed variant. While Netflix is working round to clock to add more and more anime series to the platform, it still has to add more to satisfy the hunger of anime fans.

Who is Netflix for? There is no doubt that Netflix lacks some popular anime series, but if you consider all the shows, series and movies you are getting with Netflix is balances it. If you are only thinking of subscribing Netflix for Anime, then don’t. If you watch other Netflix series and movies, then it is good.

Don’t know what to watch with your new Netflix subscription? You can start watching by checking out some of my most favorite romantic anime series.

3. Funimation

Funimation

Funimation is also a big name in the online anime business. It is a direct competitor of Crunchyroll. You can access both free and paid anime on this platform. The library of Anime series is also as compared to Crunchyroll and Netflix. Funimation is great, but it also lacks in user experience. For a starter, it is awfully painful to distinguish free anime and paid anime. You will have to play an anime to see if it is available for free users or not. It is both tiring and time-consuming. The app for Android and iOS is also far from perfect and also if you are a free user you can not access anime from their app.

With all this in mind, only if you are a paid subscriber, then Funimation is worth your time. But if you are planning to use as a free subscriber, then you are better off with Crunchyroll.

With these 3 anime platforms you can watch anime legally in the USA. If you are still using those pirates networks then it is high time for you to move to the paid/legal anime platform.

Best Romantic Anime Shows to Watch this Year

Watching anime, and reading manga online are two of my favorite hobbies. Whenever I get some free time from my busy schedule, I just lay on my couch and stream anime. I recently found interest in romantic anime genre. There is nothing beautiful than watching two souls living and dying for each other while making the most out of their time. Today I couldn’t find anything to write, so I decided to share some of my favorite romantic anime series that either I am watching or in my watchlist. If you are an anime fan, then do watch these series, and I promise you will fall in love again.

Best Romantic Anime Shows to Watch this Year

There are many anime series in this genre but the followings are my absolute favorite anime series in the romance genre, and I suggest everyone watch at least once in their lifetime.

1. Ore Monogatari

Ore Monogatari

This is the first anime series that I saw in this genre, and I absolutely fell in love with both Yamato and Takeo (main protagonist) and their cute journey. MMX News Caster recently named Yamato and Takeo number two romantic couple in their top cute anime couples list. So, you know they are legit.

Yamato is a cute and beautiful and Takeo is also a very good guy with a gentle heart. Takeo is a muscular guy who scares many girls in the school even though he is a good guy at heart. One day Takeo saves Yamato from being bullied, and that starts a love story and their romantic journey. Grab some coke and popcorn because you are going to love this couple.

2. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is also known as My Little Monster in English. It is a romantic anime series unlike any other. You will fall in love with this series and characters from the first episode. It has all the elements you need to cook a perfect love story.

Official Trailer

The story starts with Shizuku, a cute school student who was tasked by her teacher to deliver some necessary supplements to Yoshida who was suspended from school. Yoshida is socially awkward and he is touched by the move of Shizuku of delivering the supplements to him. This is how the story begins, and it soon becomes a love story you would love to live.

3. Kimi no Na wa

Kimi no Na wa

Kimi no Na wa is also known as Your Name in English. This anime series is not like any other average anime series you have seen. So there is a boy called Tachibana who is from Tokyo and one day he woke up in a remote village in a girls body. Something similar happened to Miyamizu, a sweet girl from a remote village find herself one morning in a boys body in Tokyo.

This alteration keeps happening a few times a week, and that is how they both got to more and more about each other without ever meeting. With time they fall in love and become little desperate when they can not access each other’s skin. You should definitely add this anime to your watchlist.

4. Orange

Orange

What would be your reaction if you get a letter from yourself from 10 years into the future? You would be shocked right? And what if the same letter tells you to rectify some mistakes that might cause you to regret in future? You would completely do that, wouldn’t you? Naho Takamiya a student receives one such letter from the future which tells her not to let go of Kakeru Naruse, a new student at her school. This show explorer all the adventure the girl goes through obeying the letters that apparently come from herself from the future.

With all these good romantic anime series, I am now hooked to this genre. There are many other good romantic anime series that I could’ve mentioned, but I feel like if you are starting with this genre, then these four are the best to start with.

How to Read Manga Online Anywhere on Android and iOS

Manga is part of Anime culture. Many believe that if you enjoy anime, then you must be liking Manga as well. There is a very strong reason to believe as well. Manga is just a visual form of Manga; many anime series are even inspired or direct version of Manga. There used to be a time when Anime and Manga were only popular in Japan. But thanks to globalization, it is now easier than ever to watch a full-length anime series or read complete manga series from any part of the world.

Traditionally Mangas were only available through their dedicated books much like Comic books in the USA. But now thanks to the rapid growth in technology you can read Manga without carrying any Manga book with you. You can do that by using your smartphone.

how to read manga online on Android and iOS

In this article, we shall explore all the ways to read manga off of your phone – be Android or iOS – without any effort.

How to Read Manga Online Anywhere on Android and iOS

There are many services both legal and illegal. I am a law-abiding citizen, and you should be too. I will only share legal ways and apps to read Manga online.

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is among the top anime distributor for most of the world. Even though Crunchyroll is mainly known for Anime collection, you will be pleased to know that Crunchyroll has one of the largest Manga collections as well.

You can access to a limited number of Manga collection as a free subscriber, but however, if you subscribe to their monthly plan, you can access the whole collection of Manga online. That subscription also comes with thousands of Anime as well. Crunchyroll has apps for both Android and iOS so that you can enjoy an anime show or read a manga anytime and anywhere you like.

Manga Box

Manga Box is a Manga only platform operate out of Japan. This site is among the top player when it comes to online manga distribution. You what is the best feature of Mangabox? Well, it is free. Yes completely free! You can access to huge database of beautiful Manga series for free from anywhere in the world. Manga Box is available for web users at mangabox.me and smartphone users, they have apps for both Android and iOS.

Yen Press

Yen Press is also a known name for most anime/manga fans. You can find pretty much any Manga book here. Yen Pass works a little differently. It doesn’t host any Manga book itself. Rather it sells on digital platforms like Kindle, Google Play, iBook, Kobo and other digital eBook readers. You can buy a single book, or you can buy a couple of books in bulk to get a good discount.

The only problem I had with this app is that this service is very Noth-America centric. If you live in those regions than you are lucky. For others like me who live in other parts of the world, the collection is very limited. It is not a deal breaker, but I thought I should mention.

These are 3 most useful ways to read Mangas online on Android and iOS phones. Do you use services from any of the above-mentioned providers? I will love to know your results.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhones to Android?

Both iPhone and Android have their own advantages and disadvantages. Some like Android better than iPhone and some likes the other way around. It all boils down to what you prefer. Do you want to have a phone that just works smoothly then iPhone is the one you should get (and also if your budget allows) and if you are sort of person who likes to customize their phone, then Android is the best. I personally prefer Android because it allows you to customize your phone the way you like. If you are a nerd, then you can also play around advanced stuff to make your phone more personal.

For this same reason, many people are migrating from iOS to Android the fact that you are now reading this article proves that you are also either already bought an Android or in the process of ditching your iPhone for an Android phone. Good for you.

Changing a phone is not an easy task, you need to move everything from one phone to another. And the both phone involves two different OS then it becomes much harder. In this article, we are going to address one such problem.

Transfer Contacts from iPhone to Android

All of us has contacts on our phone that we don’t want to lose. In this article, I will show you how you can transfer your contacts from iPhones to Android phones.

How to Transfer Contacts from iPhones to Android?

This article has two parts. One is where you have to download all the contacts from your iPhone, and the other one is to import all those downloaded contacts to the Android. Sounds complicated? Well, don’t worry. I will walk you through.

Part1- Download Contacts from iPhone using iClouds

  • First, make sure that all of your contacts are synced to the iCloud.
  • Go to your computer and open up a browser (use safari or firefox for better user experience) and visit iCloud.com.
  • Sign in using your Apple id and password.
  • Select contact and then select All Contact from left-hand side.
  • If you are on Mac press command + A or press Ctrl + A on Windows to select all the contacts.
  • Now on the bottom left side, you can see a gear icon. Click on that and then select Export vCard.
  • A .vcf file should be downloaded onto your computer.

You have completed 1st part of this tutorial. Now on to the 2nd part.

Part2- How to import contact from .vcf file on Android

  • Open your computer browser and type contacts.google.com or you click here.
  • Sign in with the google account that you are using on your Android phone.
  • On the left-hand side, you should see an option marked as import.
  • Click on that. Now you can select your download .vcf file, and you have to click import.
  • Wait couples of minutes and let Google import all the files from your .vcf file.

Your contacts have been transferred. Now all you have to do is sync your contacts with your android phone.

  • To do that, open setting app on your Android phone.
  • Tap on Accounts then Google.
  • Tap on the three vertical dots on the top right corner and select Sync Now..

Now done, you have successfully imported your contacts from iPhone to Android. You need to celebrate now.

How to Record WhatsApp call On Android and iOS Devices

Call recording is one of the standard features for many smartphones. Even if some phones don’t support natively, you can enable this feature fairly easily by using countless auto call recording apps. But that can not be said for VoIP based calls like WhatsApp and truth to be told many peoples are moving to WhatsApp and similar apps for voice calls and as well as videos all thanks to cheaper internet plans.

Recording a WhatsApp call is very tough and not a pleasant experience. Many third-party apps struggle to provide quality call recording feature for WhatsApp call and don’t even think for a second that there are native features for this. Because no OS by default accepts VoIP based apps. In this article, we will try to ease that process by mentioning ways to record WhatsApp calls on Android and iOS.

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But before we do, it is worth mentioning that recording a call without the other person’s permission is not just unethical it is also illegal. Also, make sure to learn about the local laws before recording a call.

How to Record WhatsApp call on iPhone

Recording WhatsApp calls on the iPhone requires both iPhone and Mac. Yes, you heard it right. There is no other way around this. This process sounds awful but as I said there is no other way around.

Follow the below steps carefully to be able to record WhatsApp calls on the iPhone successfully.

  • Connect your iPhone to the Mac using lighting cable.
  • You might get a prompt on iPhone if you are connecting your iPhone to the mac for the first time. Select ‘Trust this computer‘ on iPhone if you get that prompt.
  • Open Quick Time Player app on Mac and from the File select New Audio Recording.
  • Next to the record button, you can see a downward pointed arrow. Click on that and select your iPhone.
  • Now hit the recording button on your Mac Quick Time Player.
  • Now make a call on WhatsApp. Once done hit stop recording and disconnect your iPhone from your PC.

Your recording should be saved on your Mac.

I realize that this method is complicated and if someone doesn’t use a Mac cannot use this technique. But trust me if there were any other way around this I would’ve found and mentioned here.

How to Recording WhatsApp call on Android

There are many auto call recording apps on the Google Play Store, but most of them struggle when it comes to WhatsApp or similar VoIP based call recordings. One of the apps that I found working fine is the Cube Call Recorder. Don’t cheer yet because this app also comes with caveats. Due to hardware limitation this app doesn’t work with many smartphones. They have a link to a Google Spreadsheet on their app page on Google Play Store where you can see all the phones that Cube app supports.

Like for example, I couldn’t make this app work on my OnePlus 6t, but this app worked just fine on my old OnePlus One. So before you try, I would suggest you to check if your phone is listed on this list.

Follow these steps to Record WhatsApp calls on Android phones.

  • First, download the Cube Call Recording app from the Google Play Store.
  • Allow all the necessary permission to the app.
  • Now make a call on WhatsApp and see if you can see a Cube app widget on the screen with the recording button. If it is there, then you are good to go.
  • If it is not, then open the app again and go to setting. There you can see an option labeled as ‘Force VoIP call as voice call.‘ Turn on that feature.
  • Now make a call on WhatsApp again. If you see the recording widget then congrats you can now record WhatsApp calls. If you don’t see any option then, unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you know any other app for Android that you are personally using and working just fine then let me know in comments. I will include this here with proper credit. Similarly, if you know any app or other methods for recording WhatsApp call on iOS devices, then I am ready to listen.

Thank you for reading so far into the article. Hope you have a nice day.

How to Use Instagram Stories Close Friends Feature

Instagram Stories

Instagram has become one of the top social media platforms for millions of people to share photos and videos with their followers, friends, and family. Now you will be able to create a profile on Instagram and share your photos and videos with everyone who is following you on the platform. While this Facebook-owned platform offers many features but one feature that is more popular is its stories.

What is Instagram Stories?

The Instagram story is a place where you can share photos, add polls, share videos and many other with your followers. But the catch is that it is only visible for 24 hours. Once 24 hours passes the post vanishes, and no one can see that again. The Instagram story is highly influenced by the Snapchat story, and now most people use Instagram story feature that they do Snapchat story. Most Instagram users us this feature to share their daily life with their followers.

What is Instagram Story Close Friends Feature?

So recently Instagram launched close friends feature for stories. Up until now whatever you share on your IG stories could be seen by everyone who is following you. Also, people could see your story without even following you. This close friends feature aims to solve that. There are posts or update that you only wish to share with your close friends and there was no option to do earlier. But now you can create a close friend category and select to share your stories with those people only and others won’t even notice.

How to Use Instagram Stories Close Friends Feature

Despite how complicated this feature might sound to you, this feature is in reality very simple. This feature has two part, one is to create your close friend’s group and the 2nd, and the final part is to share stories with those friends only.

How to Create a Close Friends Group on Instagram:

  • Open your Instagram app and go to your profile.
  • On the top left screen, you can see your Instagram username.
  • Tap on the username.
  • Now you shall see two options, one tells you about the number of followers you have, and the other one reads ‘Close Friends.’
  • Tap on the Close Friends option, and you will be asked to mark people who you want to add as your close friend.

How to Share Stories With Close Friends Only:

So now that you have created your close friend’s group, now it is time to share your stories with those chosen friends only.

  • First, create your story using the same methods that you used to previously.
  • Once your status is ready, hit on the ‘Send To’ button.
  • Here you will be asked where you’d like to share your story, instead of selecting ‘Your story’ like you would normally do, select ‘Close Friends.’
  • The story will then only be shared with your close friends.

Still not convinced? Here is a video that explains the same.

So, this was the simple guide to create and share Instagram stories with your close friends only. This feature is still rolling out globally. If you don’t see this feature, then update your app or wait for few more days.