iOS 6: Trouble Uploading Photos to Facebook?

After installing iOS 6, I found I couldn’t upload photos. I got the following error message: This app does not have access to your photos or videos. You can enable access in Privacy Settings. This may have occurred to me and others if we mistakenly denied facebook access to our photos the first time we used the facebook application. The fix is easy:

Go to Settings > Privacy > Photos. Be sure Facebook is ON. (Depending on the applications you have installed, you might see other apps here.)

Facebook photos



iOS 6: Organize Your Camera Roll Photos into Albums

By many accounts, the iPhone is the world’s most popular camera for taking photos and posting on-line. If you’re like a lot of people, your Camera Roll (the collection of photos you’ve kept on your iPhone) has gotten so overgrown, it’s hard to find the photos you’re interested in. Did you know you can organize the photos in your camera roll into albums?

1. Launch the Photos app (Not the Camera app) and select the Camera Roll.

2. Tap on the Edit button on the upper right hand corner and tap on all the photos you want to assemble into an album.

Create Photo Album

3. When you’re finished selecting photos, tap on the Add To button, then select Add to New Album. Next, enter a name for the album, then press Save.

If you wish to add photos to an existing album, follow the same steps but choose Add to Existing Album instead.A photo may belong to more than one album. 

You can delete photos from an album at any time. This will not delete them from the Camera Roll. However, if you delete a photo from the Camera Roll, it will also delete them from all albums.

Note: Prior to iOS 6, the process is the same but the position and style of some of the buttons may be different.

A Quicker Way to Post to facebook or Twitter

iOS 6 offers a faster way to tweet or post a facebook status update without the need to bring up the respective applications. This can save time. I’ve also found that posting this way seems to take less “cellular resources” when I’ve got a questionable connection. When I’m in Yosemite competing for an over subscribed data connection, I’ve found my status updates are more likely to get through. 

Bring up Notification screen by swiping from the top down on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. At the top of the screen, you’ll see Tap to Tweet and Tap to Post. (If you don’t, I’ll explain why below and how to .)

Tap to Post


At the top of the screen are two buttons for posting to Twitter and facebook. 

Posting from Notification Screen


If you don’t see either of these posting options, it’s likely because you haven’t signed into these accounts via iOS 6. To sign in, go to Settings > Facebook and/or Settings > Twitter and log into your accounts.

iOS 6: Emailing a photo just got easier…

Prior to iOS 6, the process of emailing a photo required you to start in the Photos application and email the photo from there. You couldn’t do it from within the Mail application. iOS 6 changes this.

When composing an email on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, double tap in the body of the message. The familiar option bar (Select | Select All | Paste, etc.) will appear. A new choice has been added – Insert Photo or Video. (On the iPhone/iPod, tap on the arrow on the far right of the option bar to get to this option.)

Insert Photo

Tap on Insert Photo or Video and you’ll be taken to Photos. Select the photo or video you want to attach. Repeat this step if you want to attach more than one photo or video.

iOS 6: Useful Safari Features

iOS 6 comes with over 200 new features. But not all of them are headliners. Here are a few new features for Safari on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch:


Offline reading: While this has been a part of Safari in OS X, it’s new for iOS. Press the share button, the middle button on the bottom menu bar shaped like a box with a swooping arrow. Among the nine options that pop up is Add to Reading List. Tap the button to add a web page to your reading list. Via iCloud, your offline reading list will be added to all your iOS 6 devices.

Browsing history: You can access your browsing history by pressing and holding your finger on the Safari back button, found on the far left side of the bottom menu bar on the iPhone and iPod touch. The back button is on the upper left of the menu bar on the iPad.

The browsing history is on a tab by tab basis on the iPad and on a page by page basis on the iPhone.

Copy the URL: If you want to share the URL of a web page, you can copy it to the clipboard by tapping the share button, then tapping the Copy button. You can paste the URL into another application, like a document.

There are other quick ways to share the URL by tapping on the Mail, Message, Twitter and Facebook buttons. While you’re here, you might want to check out the other options tucked away in the share button.

iCloud tabs: This is probably one of the coolest new features! Let’s say you spend an hour searching the internet for your favorite Teletubbie blog but have to run off to work before reading anything. From your work Mac or one of your iOS devices, you can go to iCloud tabs and go directly to the URL you opened on your other Mac.

Access iCloud tabs by selecting the cloud icon in the upper left hand side of the Safari address bar:

ICloud tabs

On an iPhone or iPod touch, you access iCloud tabs by navigating to the highest level of your bookmarks (the open book icon found on the bottom menu bar) and selecting iCloud tabs.

Note: If you don’t see one of your devices listed when you select iCloud tabs, check to see if the missing device has Private Browsing enabled.

A bigger Safari screen: No, not just because the iPhone 5 has a larger display. Hold the iPhone in landscape mode and tap on the button on the far right side of the bottom menu bar. This will hide the bottom menu bar and the URL bar, giving you just a bit more reading space.