Fix a Missing Print icon in Safari ios 12 | HP Printer’s Tap to Print App is a Total Scam

Our old and new HP Printers

Above: So far we love our new HP 7855 Envy. The 7500a it replaced was a disappointment from day one.


Recent changes HP has made to their ios apps have caused a lot of confusion about which app to use as well as introduced a bogus app that’s ripping off tons of HP and Apple customers.

What may be worse is that unless you’re very careful in your app selection you will be shelling out over $150 a year for nothing and you’ll lose basic Apple features like the ability to print or create PDF’s from within Safari.

This article describes how to avoid these unnecessary charges and provides a link to the correct HP App too use. I also show you how to restore the Print command in Safari.

Why the Missing Print Icon is a Big Deal

This is a big problem because I use Apple’s awesome Print to PDF utility all the time. If you’re unfamiliar, that gives you the fastest way to save an entire webpage. I save them in Apple notes but you can save them anywhere you like.

If you need to learn how to use Apple’s great utility for saving webpages you can read my article which  teaches you how to turn any webpage into a PDF that you can save offline using the Safari Print command.

But I can’t do this without the Print utility!

I First Experienced the Missing Print Command the Day We Bought a New HP Envy Printer

Our HP Quick Start Instructions to set up the new printer had 2 bar codes to scan. I scanned the first one and it took me to what ended up being a SCAM APP called TAP TO PRINT. This app appears to be an HP app but it’s not. From what I can tell the app’s developer has no connection to HP whatsoever. The fact that I downloaded this app directly from HP’s own printer documentation has not gone unnoticed! It also begs the question…

HP…Why Do You Allow a Scam App on Your QuickStart Printer Guide?

In What Ways is ‘Tap to Print’ a Scam?

Let me count the ways.

  1. The app misrepresented itself as being by HP and aggressively took over everything related to the setup and management of our new printer.
  2. The app didn’t say it was a subscription based app that cost $15 a month!
  3. The app secretly placed me on a subscription despite having deleted it right after realizing my mistake.
  4. The app removes the Print command from Safari
  5. The app gets awful reviews because apparently it doesn’t even work well.
  6. Interspersed between the real 1 star reviews are many fake 5 star reviews
  7. When you try to visit the apps support site it’s nonexistent.
  8. When you try to contact the developer there’s no way to do so.

More Information About HP’s Bogus App ‘Tap to Print

It’s unclear to me if HP even knows that they are causing this widespread problem by their including a link to this Tap to Print company who’s clear purpose in life is to rip off customers. Sadly, it’s not just HP that’s involved.

It became obvious to me when reading about the app at the Apple App Store that this app is being marketed to owners of many different brands of printers. You can refer to the screenshot below to see all the printer brands that this scam is targeting.

Below is a screenshot showing what the app looks like in the App Store.

Here’s a link to the app too…but PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Don’t download it or you run the risk of starting the $15.83 per month subscription. I’m providing the link purely for research purposes…not for downloading!

Below is a screenshot showing the webpage you arrive at when you click on the ‘Developer’s Website‘ in the App Store description.

Last, here’s a screenshot of the apps most recent reviews. Close analysis will reveal one or 2 terrible reviews and then 4 or 5 perfect ones. One clue that the perfect ones are bogus is that they are always all written on the exact same day!

Tap and Print’s developer appears to be from Japan. His name is Fedor Baznat. This only appears to be his 2nd app. But it’s been a highly successful one for him!

Since Tap and Print came out in January he’s made $70,000 in profits*! Not bad for an app that doesn’t work and that stopped being  updated 4 months ago!!!”

*According to App Stats Service Sensor Tower

Which HP App Should You Use?

There is only one HP App now that serves all of the main functions you used to need several apps for. Needless to say (I hope) is that it’s free (as are all Hp apps!)  If you install this app, the correct app, you won’t ever experience the disappearance of the Apple’s Printer icon! Because it’s the over aggressiveness of the scam app as well as HP’s lesser quality apps that works to block Apple’s stock Print utility.

The app you want is HP Smart by HP. Below is a screenshot of it.

HP Smart replaces HP’s old ePrint & HP All-in-One Printer Remote Apps. Both of these apps have been discontinued however if you owned the ePrint one previously you can still download it.

Don’t make the mistake of confusing that ePrint app with another one which is still available for sale. It’s called HP ePrint Enterprise. The reason you don’t want that one is because of all the horrible reviews AND because if you have it on your devices it blocks Apple’s Print function from appearing!

Using HP’s Smart App Should Guarantee that You Never Lose the Print Function

How to Restore the Print Icon

The easiest ways to do this is to search for any errant or scam Print apps and deleting them. The easiest way to do that is to use your ios devices Spotlight Search Utility. Here’s how:

Spot Light Search

Simply swipe down from about the middle of any Home screen and you should see something like this:

Then try searching using words that hopefully are familiar to you and your device…like Print or Printer apps or HP into the search bar.

Hopefully any Print Apps you have will be listed below like these:

If there’s an app that’s actually on your device, but it’s hard to find because it’s in a folder you can find the name of the folder using this technique too:

Once you find any offending app just delete it. Don’t worry, you can always reinstall it if need be.

Check Safari Again After Any & All Superfluous Print Apps are Deleted

Here’s what my Safari Share Extension menu looked like before and after I deleted HP’s ePrint Enterprise App today, which ended up being the cause of my problem today.

If you’re still having problems finding it, make sure that you scroll all the way to the end of the bottom menu in the Share Extension and tap on the three dots which opens another longer menu of everything that could appear there. Check to make sure that Print isn’t just unchecked or hiding which would prevent it from appearing in the menu…see below.

How to Report an App to the App Store

It’s really easy to report any app to Apple’s App Store. Of course it’s a good idea to leave a lousy review for the app too. But the easiest way to report it to Apple is to use their ‘Report a Problem‘ webpage.

You can use this same reporting feature to ask for  refund if you were taken in by this app the way that I was. You can even go to Apple’s main support page and request that a support person call you and then request a refund in person. I mention this only because it appears several Apple users didn’t get refunded because they didn’t know where to ask for a refund. The phone support option I think works best in this scenario.

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How to Search a Whole Website Using Google


The new 10.5”iPad Pro

Above: Apple’s New iPad Pro’s


One day last week my husband told me he’d searched a website for something. I’m the tech person now in our empty-nester 2 person household, yet I didn’t know that it was possible to search an entire website for one little thing. My own website for example has hundreds of posts and pages,,,.certainly no one could search through all that quickly and easily.  That’s why I continue to house my somewhat unsightly but infinitely useful side menu system (which is in addition to the top menu…and also essentially identical to it!) Yet seeing how ungainly it’s become makes me cringe!

My husband and I argued for a while when I finally learned that he hadn’t really done that. I’m almost to embarrassed to tell you that was a big relief  for me because it means I continue to know more than he does about tech stuff. But the thought stayed with me.

Today I had occasion to need this exact capability so I decided to find out once and for all if this is really possible. And if it is possible, is it possible using an iPad?

That 2nd question is important because as many of my regular readers know, I use an iPad for pretty much everything I do online…which is a lot! Because of that I know for a fact that an iPad can never replace a computer…at least not easily, that is. Despite Apple’s increasing claims to the contrary.

Find a word on a webpage on iPad

What is easily done however using an ios device, is to search a webpage for a specific word or phrase.

I learned today that it’s equally easy to search a whole website for that word or phrase! Even more impressive is that this isn’t limited to just ios devices…

Anyone Can Do It!!!

Here’s How to Search a Whole Website for a Word or a Phrase

Simply pull up a Google search bar and enter this into the search bar:


the site name

the search word or phrase 

It occurred to me that what this is doing is essentially Googling within a website…which is pretty cool I think!

Putting it All Together

site:the site name the search word or phrase

A Real World Example

Today I wanted to search my 92 year old Dad’s website for his story recounting the worst inflation his family had ever experienced. This occurred before he was born in post World War I Germany.

As you can see from the screenshot a little further down, the way that Dad’s site is organized is that he uses menus for main categories of information. That means that when I’m searching for something in his website I need to open each category’s menu and scan through it. This can be time consuming and oftentimes I scan right past what I’m looking for.

My 92 year old Dad's website.

You may also notice that Dad doesn’t have a search bar in his website. That’s something I’ve suggested to him…but let’s face it…at 92 years old he sometimes struggles just to keep creating new content and getting it posted to the right place!  So, maybe when I’m visiting during Thanksgiving I’ll try to figure out how to do that for him.

But I digress…lets get on with my search.

While on his homepage I just scroll to the top of the page where my Google search bar is located. Currently it has his homepage information preloaded in the search bar which makes it super easy for me to add the remaining bits of information to.

adding site: to Dad's web address

As you can see by the following Google search results I hit the jackpot.

The Google Search results for my query.

I’m pretty shocked to see how many search results are all from Dad’s site! Apparently he’s written quite a lot on the subject of inflation!  It’s the first search result that’s the one I need…a story called ‘Inflation at it’s Worst.’ 

When I click on it, it takes me to Dad’s fascinating article (shown below) on what may well be the worst inflation that’s ever occurred in modern times!
Dad's article about the worst inflation he's ever heard of in modern times

So it Works!!

I guess I need to give my husband partial credit for even knowing this was possible to do ;-)


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Find AT&T’s New Private WiFi App | Find All AT&T Links

Apple's new iPhone XR

 The Private WiFi app only runs on cellphones.


Apple’s got a brand new App Store…sadly despite all the shiny new bells and whistles you still can’t actually search for an app within the App Store. What I mean to say is…you can, search, that is…just don’t expect to actually find what you’re looking for.

Dumb me, I assumed that the Apple’s App Store overhaul had something to do with fixing the broken search feature!

The broken App Store search utility is  just one aspect that makes finding AT&T’s new Private WiFi app difficult if not impossible. Other’s include the fact that literally no one has ever heard of it…it’s that new. It appears that AT&T doesn’t really want customers to find the app either…at least that’s how it seems. I’ll talk about this more in a little while.

First, I want to share the little bit that I do know about this app and how we discovered it.

Apple's new is App Store All New ios App Store Lacks a Basic Feature…the Ability to Search for and Find an App

Discovering AT&T’s New Private WiFi App

We recently switched our cellular plan from a family plan to a business one with AT&T.  AT&T texted us shortly after we made the switch that we were now eligible to use their Private WiFi app. They discussed the app a little but it was unclear to us from what they texted what we’d really use the app for. From all we could tell the app was designed to possibly create a cellular hot spot…and/or to possibly provide a free VPN. So I began to look for the app.  That’s when discovered that despite Apple having completely overhauled their ios App Store earlier this year, you still can’t actually find anything when you search within it.

My Expanded Search for the Private WiFi App

Taking this recent development as a challenge, I set out in earnest  to find AT&T’s elusive app online. What I found instead was that AT&T published a webpage that discusses how to use their Private WiFi app and it’s feature…but they failed to include links to the apps (there’s an Android version too) that you need to use these features in this article too.

Next I made another discovery.  Apparently AT&T has created a new user forum. They seemed to be strongly encouraging customers to use it. So I created a user account there and posted a question to the forum. As of two days later the only forum response I received was a question from someone about what the new app does and who might be eligible or use it.

Below:  The question posted in the forum

My AT&T Forum question

Upon leaving the forum I happened upon a link to their business plans. There I found a lot more information about the fact that they do have a Private WiFi Feature…but once again was disappointed to learn that the links themselves weren’t included.

But I did find a site map. And the site map had a link to AT&T apps! I didn’t want to get too excited but it was going on half an hour that I’d wasted so it was hard not to.

Here’s a link to the webpage that has all of AT&T’s apps.

When you arrive at this webpage you need to decide which of 4 categories the app you’re seeking is in (see below.) I guessed that Private WiFi would fall under the category of ‘Stay Connected.’

Apparently I was wrong!

Below are the apps which appear in the ‘Stay Connected‘ section.

Next I tried the section called ‘Protect and Secure‘…thinking that because the Private WiFi Feature includes a VPN, it might be considered a security app.

Apparently I was wrong again!

So, while the link above to all AT&T apps is a great find, it doesn’t have the one app I need! If anyone knows what that link is, I’d greatly appreciate your leaving a comment a little further down the page for both me and all of my readers. Thanks in advance!

I finally Found the Private WiFi App!

Geez…AT&T didn’t make it easy! After discovering AT&T’s webpages with all of their apps, I grew skeptical that those really were all of their apps. It just didn’t seem like enough imo. So I decided to check in with the app store to the verify. There ‘weren’t as many as I thought there would be but then I discovered more AT&T apps by a completely different developer.

Link to the Private WiFi App

The link was finally provided to me by someone answering my post in the forum.

I’m very appreciative of Gary Lapointe taking the time to supply me an actual link to the app. Because, although I found it, I was not able to find an actual link I to it!  It’s the oddest thing, but once I found the app, I discovered that Apple does not supply a link to it from it’s Share icon. I’ve never before run across an app that’s ‘for sale’ with no sharing link provided. This is a first for me! When you use the Share icon you’re just taken to the plain text ‘Private WiFi‘ with no hotlink.

Here’s the link to the app…hopefully you don’t lose it!

The Private WiFi App

AT&T’s main app developer is called AT&T Services, Inc. My earlier instructions to find the app were to search for this app developer in the App Store and then to scan through all of their apps to find it. Having the real link is much easier :-)  A little further down I added screenshots of the app in both the ios App Store and in Google Play, as well as a link to the Android app which was much easier to find.

Below are all of the apps by AT&T Services

There are more apps for AT&T by the app developer called Persource. It looks like Persource might be an app developer for a Private apps. It also looks like AT&T has a lot of apps here, so if my guess is correct they’ve held a lot of events!

Below are some of the AT&T apps by Persource.

Persource Apps

But there’s great news for anyone who’s managed to get through this all so far! I finally found the Private WiFi app!! It was amongst all of the AT&T Service, Inc. Apps!!! I must have missed it the first time.

Below:  How the Private WiFi app appears in the App Store.The Private WiFi App!

Private Wi-Fi by AT&T Services, Inc.

What’s AT&T’s Private WiFi App All About?

Private WiFi is a relatively new app AT&T created for their Business accounts. If the app is installed on a cellphone using an AT&T’s Business Unlimited Data Account, whenever that cellphone enters a new WiFi area, the app scans the network to see if it’s secured and if any insecure elements impact the network. If they do, or if any network appears insecure in any way, Private WiFi will route all your network traffic through a VPN that’s created when the app is first installed. The user will receive a notification telling them they are utilizing the VPN and that the WiFi they’ve joined isn’t secure otherwise.

The screenshot below shows how users setup the VPN when the app is installed.

Testing Out Private WiFi the First Time

I noticed after I installed and setup the app that I received a notification on my cellphone telling me our home WiFi was secure. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but today we were out running errands and in one store my cellular network   disappeared.  I searched for and found a guest network which I joined. Shortly after that I received a notification that my phone was now networked using AT&T’s VPN.

I was playing PokemonGo and it was Community Day, so there were lots of things for me to do. I was pretty amazed at how fast the VPN was! And how seamless the whole experience was. Automatically having the VPN kick into action is a pretty brilliant feature, making the free VPN infinitely more useful! While I’m sad that Private WiFi doesn’t create a hot spot… because that’s a feature we don’t have with our plan, I’m thrilled with the new VPN feature…especially because it’s free*.

*Right after publishing this I was cleaning up screenshots and things and discovered that maybe Private WiFi isn’t free after all? See the screenshots below…

Screenshots of the Private WiFi ios & Android Apps

Finding a link to the Android version of the app isn’t nearly as problematic as finding the ios version is. But I’ll still share it there just to hopefully save someone some time.

Link to the Android Version of the Private WiFi App

Below:  Screenshot of the Android version with reviews in Google Play


Maybe  Private WiFi isn't Free After All?



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Incredible Free Apple Wallpaper Collections | From Mac OS & ios

Above: These incredible collections are free for all users…not just Apple users.


I apologize in advance for this long introduction. It’s long because this post kicks off a new series of articles designed to assist serious iPhone customers in making their decision regarding which of Apple’s newest iPhones they should purchase.

For most readers, this introduction is completely unnecessary. You should skip it and just head on down to the ‘About the Incredible Wallpaperssection.

Anyone who’s considering getting one of the new iPhones…read on.

Apple’s comprehensive new iPhone lineup truly has something for everyone. But with great ideas come the potential for great misunderstandings too. Which is why I tried to create a comprehensive, one-stop shop (if you will) to answer any and all questions about Apple’s newest iPhone lineup. For reasons that will become obvious once you’re into this series, it also includes Apple’s newest Watch 4 too.

This post kicks off the brand new series:

iPhone XS, XS Max or XR…which iPhone should I get?’ My Research & Tips’

I began what should have been a relatively short post about the new iPhone announcements on the day of Apple’s live event, September 12th. Thanks to one iPhone-loving nephew of mine I remembered to attend the event…well, not really attend but view it via the live-stream Apple transmits.

In my own predictable fashion of getting completely immersed in a topic, I’ve continued working almost nonstop on this one post! It’s transformed from a short overview into the actual working document I’m using to pick my first iPhone upgrade (because I joined the iPhone Upgrade Program last year with my purchase of the iPhone X.)

Below: 2 Beautiful Mac Wallpapers I’d Not Seen Before

About 2 weeks ago I ended up sharing my original post with 2 family members who were kind enough to proofread it for me. That was no small undertaking!

I was thinking they would suggest major cuts. Maybe they didn’t because I said, “please don’t tell me to get rid of half of this!” because I really do believe that all this information is important…at least it’s important to me in making my decision…therefore it must be important to at least a smaller subset of Apple iPhone customers.

I was very pleasantly surprised when neither suggested that (thereby ignoring my warning completely, which frankly, is a common occurrence in our household!) I was even more pleased when my 20-something, Android loving and ‘well written‘ son said that he thought it was a good article and he wouldn’t cut a thing. In reality, he did suggest one cut. I discovered this as I read through his notes, which conveniently was after he left, bound for his out-of-state home. My typically ‘cut-heavy’ husband also agreed!

Both of them did suggest one thing however. It was the same thing too. They suggested that I split up the massive amount of content into many smaller posts.

That is a great suggestion! It’s one that you’re getting to benefit from, beginning with this post. Because this post kicks off my new series.

About the Incredible (and almost complete) Collections of Apple Wallpapers

Without a doubt, Apple has had some of the most incredible and intricate wallpapers of any computing device known. Unlike Windows computers which many times maintain the same sets of graphics for many years running, Apple doesn’t keep theirs around. As soon as a new operating system is launched old wallpapers seemed to be ‘deep-sixed’.

So many times I’ve seen something that reminded me of one of the old ones that I used to use and which I’ve randomly searched for in vain time and time again.

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ios Wallpapers

There are about as many ways to download images as there are devices themselves. Since vsatips is primarily about Apple mobile devices, I wanted to make sure that those users know how to download these wallpapers in the best way possible. So a little further down the page I’ve written a quick tutorial on exactly that.

If you want to know why I bothered to go to all that trouble there are two reasons primarily. The first is that it actually is a little tricky. While you can easily download them or take screenshots of them, that doesn’t guarantee that you get the best resolution. The second reason is because personally I’ve always harbored strong feelings and attachments to some of my oldest wallpapers.

The iOS wallpapers are some of my all-time favorites. After all, who do you know that isn’t married to their cell phones these days? We all got into that habit pretty early. So if that old adage, familiarity breeds contempt were really true (which I’ve always contended is not the case,) we wouldn’t all have such a fondness for those things which harbor the greatest nostalgia in us…i.e favorite old iPhone wallpapers.

I only bring this up because the creator of this amazing collection isn’t a retired baby boomer at all, but rather someone you might think would have been one of the most unlikely to have done so.

The collection creator’s name is Evgenii Bogun. He’s an 18-year-old art and design student in Moscow! He goes by the Reddit handle of nucleam.


According to the Cult of Mac author Luke Dormehl, who actually managed to track him down and interview him…

Bogun told Cult of Mac that he only got his first Apple products in 2013, but said that he wanted to produce a comprehensive archive of older wallpapers due to the fact that, “Apple has [the] best wallpapers among other companies, and people generally have some memories associated with wallpapers they had at a time.”  

The images have been compiled from a variety of sources, including wallpaper packs already online to ones downloaded from older systems directly. The collection isn’t quite complete.

“There are some wallpapers I’d like to have,” Bogun said. He’s missing a few from iOS 6, and some of the classic versions of Mac OS (as it was styled before the current macOS) wallpapers are also absent. “Readers can support albums by sending wallpapers that are not in the album or in better quality,” he said.

Mac OS X Wallpapers

It just so happens that we still have a relatively early model iMac. It’s still setup and it runs. In case you’re wondering…no one really uses it anymore but I’ve always loved that computer…it was our very first Mac. I kept it in part because it’s worth nothing to anyone else today and scrapping it just seems wrong!

Also, I had the idea that I could use it to learn about how Macs are built…which I tried to do somewhat when I upgraded the memory. But it turns out that iMacs aren’t great for that purpose. I think it’s because it’s form factor makes it impossible to see inside the machine. iMacs are basically composed of a few circuit boards which sort-of slide out of this slot.

I bring this up because our old iMac could prove to be invaluable as a wallpaper resource. I examined each wallpaper collection carefully and thoroughly enjoyed myself in the process. Seeing so many old wallpapers brought back many happy memories!

But I also noticed that this collection is missing some very old favorites of my families.

How Legal Are These Collections?

It’s unclear what the actual legal status of any Apple wallpaper collection offered for download to the public is. In the strictest sense, Apple could say that users don’t have the right to freely distribute content they create. However, it’s a practice that’s gone on for decades, and to my knowledge Apple has never made any attempt to curtail it.

In my opinion (imo,) Apple benefits from this free publicity and for all I know these images are considered ‘in the public domain’ in some instances because of their age, or in others because of the ways they’ve been redistributed for years and years.

But what the true legalities are is in question. So, I recommend that anyone who’s interested in downloading some or all of these wallpapers, do so sooner rather than later. You never know if or when they might disappear completely, and once they are in your possession they are essentially yours to do with what you will!

How to Contribute to Evgenii Bogun’s Effort

Providing better resolution wallpapers or missing wallpapers is one important way you can support the creator. However, you can also support the wallpaper collection’s creator, who’s also know as Reddit user nucleam, by making a Paypal donation. You’ll see the notice below immediately upon entering each collection.

Donate to PayPal to support this wallpaper collection

In addition to operating system wallpapers these collections also include Apple graphics for many of their special campaigns, such as the one below.

Tips to Download Archival Wallpapers

Part 1 | Viewing the wallpapers in a browser on mobile ios devices is tricky (this probably also pertains to people who are on most mobile devices!)

There are as many different ways of capturing web images as there different types of devices. Since vsatips is primarily a site about Apple mobile devices I want to make sure that users of ios devices know the absolute best way of downloading images using ios devices.

If you want to download these images in the highest resolutions possible using a mobile device such as an iPad or a cellphone follow these steps.

First, note the words in the blue box towards the bottom of the first screen you’ll arrive it, depicted in the screenshot below. It says:

Open In App


No wallpapers will be displayed for you in mobile view because Google Photos wants you to download the Google Photos app and to view the wallpapers using their app. But it’s much easier to download the wallpapers from within the Safari browser. Also, unless you actually use Google Photos you’d be downloading an app that you really won’t use again.

Important Note:

Google Photos is aggressive…I didn’t realize how aggressive until I started working on this with perhaps my 4th iPad.  I wasn’t even shown the above ‘Open App’ message.  It just opened the Google Photos app!

If that happens to you the fastest thing to do (rather than trying to figure out how to change some G. Photos Settings for example) is to delete the Google Photos app!  I had to do that on two iPad’s in order to even get to the place where I could initiate Desktop View…which is my next top below.

Below:  Mac OS Wallpaper Gallery of Some of My Favorite Wallpapers

Tip to Bypass Google Photos App & Make Wallpapers Visible to Mobile Devices

You need to switch to Desktop View in order to view or download any wallpapers. This method will also assure that you download the images in the highest resolution possible too.

Refer once again to the screenshot further up above. The purple arrow demonstrates how to switch to Desktop View. You do so by tapping on the Share Icon (the little box with the arrow in the upper right corner) and scrolling the display that opens until you see the menu item ‘Request Desktop View.’ Tap on that and your display will shift to Desktop View.

You should see something similar to the screenshot shown below.


Note that now you can see all the wallpapers, despite the fact that you’re using a mobile device.

You can download the images now just as if you were using a computer!

Part 2 | Actually downloading a wallpaper

The next step is to tap on any wallpaper. It will open in a second dedicated screen that looks like the one below. In the top right hand corner you’ll see a three dot menu. Tapping on it will open a menu which finally has the ‘Downloadcommand.


When you tap on the word Download you’ll be taken to the third and final screen. Below is an example of that screen…it’s the third and final screen. It’s also the actual download screen.

If you follow the instructions on the screenshot and long press anywhere in that screenshot and eventually the words ‘Save Image‘ should appear. You may need to try long pressing several times, because it’s finicky on ios devices.


If long pressing just won’t work for you there’s a second way to save the image. It involves using the Share Icon again. Tap on the Share Icon in the upper right hand corner and scroll through the bottom loose of commands until you find the ‘Save Image‘ one…see below.

Save image from Share icon


Gorgeous Free Non-Apple Wallpapers

UnSplash is a Great Site to Get Free Beautiful & Contemporary Images for Use as Wallpapers

As a blogger I’m always on the lookout for free images to use on my websites. A year or two ago Unsplash entered the scene. It’s completely changed this task from an effort-based one into a pleasurable one because their images are gorgeous!

The way it works is this. Amazing photographers from all around the world submit their favorite images to Unsplash AND make them freely available for use by the public under Creative Commons laws. Then the general public can come and search their database for the images they need…and no user account is required!

Unsplash reminds you that it’s not necessary to credit individual photographers, but it’s always appreciated, and they provide you with a fast and easy way to do so. So whenever I download images from there, I always attach a small text file with the photographer’s name.

Below: A Sampling of the Wallpapers You’ll Find at UnSplash

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Links to Additional Information

I’ve compiled a list of several other websites that reported the news of this great new archive in July 2018 when the news broke, for anyone who’s interested  in seeking out more in-depth information.

There are also links to a few other sites which offer different archives. The ones from iDownloadBlog and 512Pixel are of particular interest imo. They’ve commissioned an artist to re-render various Mac OS wallpapers so they can be used on iPhones.

CNET’S  Get all the wallpapers for all the versions of iOS and MacOS in history

512Pixel’s  Every Default macOS Wallpaper – in Glorious 5K Resolution

MacRumor’s  Archive Offers Up All Past Mac and iOS Wallpapers

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Apple News

Apple is set to host a keynote on October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

New iPad announcements are expected. Macs and iPads are expected to take up most of the stage time but hopefully predictions of new AirPods, AirPower and an iPad mini will come true too.

9 to 5 Mac’s New iPad Pro Rendered

Below:  9 to  5 Mac’s Artist Rendering of the Expected New iPad ProLatest arenders Show the 2018 iPad Pro Designs


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