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Solve the “Can’t rearrange app icons” problem in iOS 13

iOS 13.1.3 (and possibly earlier versions) has a bug that makes rearranging icons almost impossible. You can drag an icon to place but it snaps back to where it came from. In fact, it doesn’t even quite go where it should go (and it doesn’t show an “x” in the top left corner, and the name disappears also– see below).

Left side: App has no name, no “x”, and it’s not quite on the grid.
Right side: everything is fine.

The solution is sort of ridiculous but it works:

Turn off “Zoom” in the Accessibility settings.

  1. Settings
  2. Accessibility
  3. Turn off Zoom
Turning off Zoom in Accessibility settings

You can turn Zoom back on after you’re rearranged the icons. Just remember to turn it off again if you have trouble moving things around.

(If you’re not having problems dragging things around you must already have Zoom off. Lucky break for you!)

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Scan QR Codes with the built-in Camera app

iOS 12’s Camera app can scan a QR code. All you do is launch the Camera app and aim it at a code, like this:

QR Code

You will see a little notification banner, like this:

Notification after aiming Camera at QR Code

Tap the notification and presto, you’re done. Neat.

Note: not too long ago the Camera app didn’t work this way. If you aim your iPhone’s camera at a QR code and nothing happens, your iPhone might be on an older iOS. In that case, consider updating. If you don’t want to update your iPhone’s system, or can’t, you can use the Qrafter app to scan QR codes instead of the Camera app. It’s free, and it’s great.

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They moved the Level

The iPhone’s Level used to be hidden inside the Compass app. Now (if you’re using iOS 12 on an iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later, iPad 5th Generation or later, or iPad Pro) it’s hidden in the Measure app. It’s still very useful and super-handy, once you find it. Hang your pictures perfectly, get your table level, settle arguments about whether that wall is leaning or not.

To use the Level you have to first start the Measure app, so do that. Then, look for the “Level” icon at the bottom right of the screen. Tap that, then put your iPhone on edge and you’ll see something like this:

iPhone Level app, 7 degrees away from level

If you lay your iPhone down flat, on a table or perhaps the floor, you’ll see something like this:

iPhone Level app. This iPhone is on a tilted table!

When your iPhone is level on edge, it looks like this:

iPhone Level app: that’s level!

When your iPhone is laying flat on a level surface you’ll see something like this:

iPhone Level app, iPhone laying flat on a level surface

Bonus: Here’s how to use the Measure app.

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Free 4th of July Fireworks App


Just in time, here’s a link to “Fireworks Arcade,” a free fireworks app that I really like. As the name implies, it has games in it too. Celebrate the 4th of July with this safest of all fireworks shows!

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