How to Limit Which Photos Apps Have Access to in iOS 17

Arnold Zafra

  • Apple is introducing new privacy-focused features in iOS 17.
  • In iOS 17, you can limit access of apps to the Photo Library.
  • Learn how to limit Photo Acesss in iOS 17.

How to Limit Which Photos Apps Have Access to in iOS 17

Beginning with iOS 17, several privacy-focused features make the iPhone safer and more secure than it ever was. These new security features include private browsing upgrades in Safari, tracking URL removal, shared passwords, passcode resets, passkeys, calendar access, and most importantly, photo library access. Speaking of photo library access, continue reading if you want to know how to limit Photos app access for apps in iOS 17.

Can I Restrict Access to Photos on iPhone?

Yes, you can! With iOS 17 , the Photos picker will allow users to share specific photos with other apps while at the same time keeping the rest of the photos in your library private. This means that apps will have to ask for access to the user’s entire photo library.

Additionally, the Photos app will also show you additional information on the photo that you are sharing. These include the number of photos and videos as well as metadata such as location and captions.

Increased Privacy Transparency When Granting Access to Photos App

Also in iOS 17, if you go to Settings and then Privacy & Security > Photos , you will be able to see the Photos access that all apps have access to. This means that you will be able to know which apps can see your images and videos. The good thing here is that you can easily remove information such as location and caption, and even change photo format.

In short, iOS 17 will give you more control over what apps can see in your iPhone photo library if you have given access to it.

Currently, apps have the option to ask for blanket Photo Library access. This means that they will have access to your entire iPhone photo library. But in iOS 17, you will have the option to access certain images in the photo library instead.

Step-By-Step Guide to Limiting Photo Access in iOS 17

You can limit iPhone Photos app access in three ways. One is by keeping tabs on automatic alerts about apps that you’ve given access to your iPhone’s photo library. iOS 17 will send notifications from time to time asking if you want to continue allowing those apps to access your photos and videos.

Another way of limiting Photos access in iOS 17 is when new apps you installed ask for access to your photo library. In iOS 17 you can choose from the access options mentioned in the previous section.

Finally, you can limit iPhone Photos app access anytime by following the below steps.

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Follow the steps below to limit iPhone Photos app access.

App you want to restrict

At this point, it should be worth noting that when you restrict an app’s access to the photo library, you will start seeing the photos picker. You can then use the photos or albums toggle at the top, use the search bar, or just swipe and select. When finished, tap Done.

Once you’ve given an app access to your iPhone’s photo library, you can always change it anytime. Simply go to Settings > app > Photos > Edit Selected Photos.

The ‘Add Photos Only’ Feature

In iOS 17, you can grant apps four types of access to your iPhone’s photo library.

1. Limited Access : This means that apps can only see photos and videos that you’ve selected. You can change this anytime by going to Settings > Privacy & Security > Photos.

2. Full Access: Apps will be able to see all photos and videos in your iPhone’s photo library. Your iPhone will also inform you exactly how many photos and videos you giving access to.

3. Add Photos Only: This means that apps can only add photos to your photo library but they will not be able to see them. Note that this access depends on the app which means not all apps can be granted with this access level.

4. None – This will give apps no access to your iPhone’s photo library.

How to Manually Select Content for Apps Without Granting Full Photo Library Access

To grant apps access to specific photos or videos, follow the steps below.

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Privacy Implications

While allowing apps full or limited access to your iPhone’s photo library or specific photos may seem secure, you’ll never know when issues that could compromise your security might arise. By allowing apps to access your photos, you are also giving them important information that could threaten your security. Thus, it would be best to carefully evaluate apps asking for access to your iPhone’s photo library.

By carefully evaluating which apps you’ll give access to the photo library on your iPhone, you’ll be ensuring that only the apps that you think will not compromise your privacy will be able to see your photos and videos. The bottom line is that when it comes to security and privacy, you are still the one who has full control of it.

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Marja E

Is there any way to block images in Safari and Browse in a Text-Only Mode?

I have sensory processing issues, and chronic migraines, so the flashing, animation, zooming, sheering, etc. on many web sites can be very painful.

I have been using Firefox with various animation-blocking extensions, but I can't block enough, and I started having trouble with flashing menus due to a bug in Firefox.

I may switch back to Safari for some purposes, though I prefer the cookie handling in Firefox to the constant switching them on and off again and again in Safari.

I would rather only block animated images, zooming maps, etc. but it's probably simplest to block all images.

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Feb 9, 2016 10:11 AM in response to Ewan Lamont

I keep the screen one level above dark. I got a Mac because I *know* I can turn the brightness down, *know* I can turn tapping off, and I can't test these things in stores, under store lighting, with sunglasses to shield against store lighting.

I can experiment with the settings. Unfortunately, many sites won't work without Javascript. I may need tools to block certain types o scripts.


Jan 23, 2016 7:13 AM in response to Marja E

If a website article is Reader capable, you can try that Safari feature.

Jan 23, 2016 7:25 AM in response to dominic23

That only works with some websites. That also requires a special click to open each and every website.

I tried the "Hide Images" extension but it doesn't work. I can't find any extensions to fix accessibility or to fix cookie handling, so Safari won't work.

Ewan Lamont

Feb 8, 2016 5:16 PM in response to Marja E

I wanted to learn about this topic so that I could surf the Web and save data by disabling images. The solution I found was to go to Safari >Preferences>Advanced and tick the box against "Show Develop menu in menu bar". The menu bar is the bar at the top of the screen with the Apple icon at the left end. The trouble is that to sign in to post this, I had to enable Images because the sign-in button is an image. Still, when my data is getting low, I will be able to do this to spin it out.

Feb 8, 2016 11:53 AM in response to Ewan Lamont

I should add that you click on Develop to open the dropdown menu and click on Disable images. It is quick and easy to reverse this temporarily to see buttons, etc.

Feb 8, 2016 5:25 PM in response to Ewan Lamont

Thank you, that blocks some images, but I am still encountering painful animation.

For example, I stopped by this site while looking for help with pdf bookmarks: and, when my mouse reached the "sponsored stories" area, the images would move just enough to hurt.

Feb 9, 2016 10:05 AM in response to Marja E

I am in no way a medical or IT expert so I am just casting around for ideas.

Would lowering the screen's brightness help? This can easily be done. The keys with the sun icons for brightness are in the top left row of an Apple keyboard.

In the Safari Preferences Security pane you have the options for JavaScript, for pop-up windows, for WebGL and for Plug-ins. The effects of these choices are explained in Mac Help when you click the question mark in the lower right corner of the pane. I think that only experimenting with the options will show what is best for you as you will be altering the functionality of websites and what content is shown to you. Once you know how to effect the changes you will be able to switch back when a technology is absolutely needed.

I think that information in PDFs can be viewed in other ways, sometimes. I don't understand this aspect of viewing as HTML or PDF so will leave it there.

Feb 9, 2016 11:09 AM in response to Marja E

In Safari>Preferences>Advanced there is the option to choose your own "cascading style sheets" to direct the browser to display content the way you like. What cascading style sheets are, where you get them, how they work and what they cost are unknown by me. I wonder if you would find someone at an Apple Store Genius Bar who could shine a light on this. The feature must be of use to some people.

Feb 10, 2016 8:07 PM in response to Marja E

I would also need some way to whitelist cookies, rather than going to my prefs panel, enabling them, disabling them, discovering I've forgotten to disable them, frantically trying to delete all the unfamiliar cookies but having them reappear...

Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any extensions for that.

I really need an accessible web browser, but don't know if any CAN be made accessible, and if so HOW TO make them accessible. I got migraines just trying Opera, Vivaldi, and Sleipnir, because of extra animation in each.

Feb 12, 2016 12:58 AM in response to Marja E

My last idea, is to look at System Preferences > Accessibility. There are options to change the look and behaviour of the computer and Safari such as making the Desktop monochrome, making text larger and reducing "transparency" of windows. Is there a forum or website for sufferers of the condition which makes computer use so difficult for you?

I suppose you have checked out the simple things like eyesight tests and do not overuse the computer.

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Eight Privacy and Security Improvements in iOS 17: Safari, Shared Passwords, URL Tracking Removal and More

The iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates include a number of privacy and security improvements that make your devices safer than ever, with Apple restricting access to photos and calendar events and cutting down further on how websites track you across the web.

iOS 17 Privacy and Security Improvements Feature

Private Browsing Upgrades in Safari

In Safari, Private browsing windows are now locked and require secondary authentication to unlock and access. If you hand your phone over to someone and they attempt to open your Safari private browsing tab, access will be denied without a Face ID / Touch ID scan or a passcode.

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Tracking URL Removal

Opening up a URL in a private browsing window automatically strips all tracking information added to the URL, plus unknown trackers are completely blocked so companies aren't able to track your browsing across multiple sites.

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  • Open up the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to Safari.
  • Tap on Advanced.
  • Tap on Advanced Tracking and Fingerprinting Protection.
  • Toggle on "All Browsing."

Turning this on will ensure that all URLs opened in Safari will strip additional tracking information that's pasted on to the end of a URL.

Shared Passwords

With ‌iOS 17‌, ‌iPadOS 17‌, and macOS Sonoma , you can securely share passwords and passkeys with friends and family members using a new shared password function. Using this feature, passwords for shared media accounts, utilities, bills, and more can be provided to multiple people.

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Passcode Resets

If you change the passcode on your iPhone and then accidentally forget the new passcode that you chose, you now have a 72-hour grace period to fix it without getting locked out of your device.

iOS 17 Passcode Reset Feature

When you enter an incorrect passcode after making a change, you can tap on the "Forgot Passcode?" option at the bottom of the display to use the "Try Passcode Reset" option. Tapping it allows you to use your old passcode to create yet another new passcode.

For protection in case someone has learned your passcode, there is an "Expire Previous Passcode Now" setting that you can turn on.

Photo Library Access

The Photos picker in ‌iOS 17‌ is designed to allow users to share specific photos with apps while the rest of the Photo Library stays private. Apps must ask to access the user's entire photo library, and users will be shown additional information on the photo information they are sharing, such as number of photos and videos and the metadata included like location and captions.

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  • Limited Access - Apps can see only the images that you can select, and you can review the selected images anytime either in the app or by going to Settings > Privacy & Security > ‌Photos‌.
  • Full Access - Apps can see all of the images and videos in your Photo Library, and your device will tell you exactly how many photos and videos you're giving access to.
  • None - No access to the Photo Library at all.
  • Add ‌Photos‌ Only - The app can add images to your library, but not view them. This setting depends on the app, and is not available for all apps.

If you open up the Settings app and then go to the Privacy and Security section and choose ‌Photos‌, you can see the ‌Photos‌ access that all apps have access to. You can change the settings from here, and it's a good idea to go through the list to see exactly which apps can see your images. You can also opt to remove information like location and caption, and change photo format.

Downloading a new app that wants Photo Library access will bring up options to give limited or full access. In the past, apps had the option to just ask for blanket Photo Library access, which gave them the entire library, rather than just chosen images. There's much more control over what apps can see in terms of photos in ‌iOS 17‌.

Your ‌iPhone‌ will also periodically remind you about apps that have access to your full Photo Library, offering up the option to change access to limited.

Calendar Access

Apps can add an event to the Calendar app without being able to view your Calendar through the "Add Events Only" option.

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Apps that have full Calendar access can see location, invitees, attachments, and notes, according to Apple.

‌iOS 17‌ automatically assigns a passkey to an Apple ID , which is a more secure password alternative. With a passkey, users can sign into an ‌Apple ID‌ with ‌Face ID‌ or ‌Touch ID‌ instead of their password, with the feature available on,, and other Apple websites.

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With ‌iOS 17‌, ‌macOS Sonoma‌, and ‌iPadOS 17‌, when you sign into an Apple website, you'll use biometric authentication rather than your password. Passkeys will eventually be adopted by many sites, replacing passwords.

Home Activity History

The Home app now includes an activity history for up to 30 days, so you can see who accessed door locks, garage doors, contact sensors, and alarm sensors, and when. It can be accessed by tapping on the "Security" button at the top of the Home app and then choosing "Activity History."

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More information on all of the new features in the ‌iOS 17‌ update can be found in our iOS 17 roundup .

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How to stop safari from launching apps on iphone and ipad.

Want to stop Safari from automatically opening apps on your iPhone or iPad? We've got some tricks for that.

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Option 1: uninstall the app, option 2: long-press on a link, option 3: use safari in private browsing mode, option 4: lock safari with guided access.

Safari for iPhone and iPad will automatically open many web links in apps. For example, if you tap a LinkedIn, Reddit, or YouTube link on a web page, you'll be taken to the associated app. Here's how to stay in Safari.

Here's why Safari does this: App developers can choose to register their apps with URLs. For example, if you install the LinkedIn app, it will register itself with addresses. Whenever you tap a link in Safari with LinkedIn installed, Safari will take you to the LinkedIn app. Apple doesn't offer a way to disable this for individual apps.

If you really don't like using a service's app and prefer its website, you can uninstall the app from your iPhone or iPad. Safari won't open the app if it's not installed.

To avoid opening an app when opening an individual link, you can long-press it in Safari. A preview of the web page will appear. Tap "Open" to open the link in Safari in the current tab or "Open in New Tab" to open the link in Safari in a background tab.

This will bypass opening the link in the associated app, but you'll have to use the context menu each time. If you find yourself doing this all the time, uninstalling the service's app may save you some time.

In Private Browsing mode, Safari's behavior changes to protect your privacy. Safari will never open a private browsing link in its associated app before asking you first. This helps protect your privacy---after all, you may be signed into the app and it may reveal personal information.

When in Private Browsing mode , you'll receive an "Open in [App]?" prompt after tapping a link if that link would normally open in an app. Tap "Cancel" and Safari will open the link in a normal Private Browsing tab.

However, there is still that extra step after enabling Private Browsing mode---you have to tap "Cancel" rather than just instantly opening the link.

Related: How to Use Safari Private Browsing on an iPhone or iPad

Guided Access mode is a feature on your iPhone or iPad that lets you "lock" your iPhone to a specific app. For example, you might enable this if you want a child to use a specific app on your device (like a game or video player) without accessing anything else (like your email or online banking.)

This feature can stop Safari from opening apps, too: With Guided Access enabled, you can't leave Safari until you disable Guided Access mode. Safari won't even try to open links in other apps.

To set up Guided Access mode, head to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access. (You can use the search box to search for the Guided Access page in settings, too.) Activate "Guided Access" here.

Next, switch to Safari and triple-click the side button, as explained on the Guided Access settings screen. Tap "Start" to enable Guided Access mode. You'll be prompted to enter a PIN the first time you do this. You'll need this PIN to leave Guided Access mode.

You can now browse and Safari won't offer to open any apps. To leave Safari, you'll have to exit Guided Access mode by triple-clicking the side button once again and entering your PIN. You can tap "Passcode Settings" on the Settings screen where you enabled Guided Access to enable other authentication methods like Touch ID and Face ID.

None of these methods are perfect. You'll either have to uninstall the associated app or do some extra tapping around to avoid opening its links in Safari.

Ideally, Apple would offer a Settings screen that lets you control which apps can take over links just as you can control other app features like location access and notification permissions.

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21 Safari Photography Tips for Capturing Stunning Safari Photos

As a passionate ethical wildlife photographer and qualified safari guide, I've gathered some valuable safari photography tips to help you elevate your safari experience. Even if you've never held a professional camera, you can still capture the raw beauty of the wild with just a few tips and tricks.

photographing wildlife in Amboseli Kenya

Embarking on a safari in Africa is a magical journey, and capturing these moments through photography allows you to relive the excitement and share the beauty of the African wilderness with others. Photography on safari also encourages you to pay attention to other things that might have gone unnoticed. By actively seeking unique angles and observing moments to capture, you become more attuned to the intricate details of the wildlife and the breathtaking landscapes surrounding you. It helps you notice small details and appreciate nature even more.

Read my 21   safari photography tips for capturing stunning safari photos :

1. Immerse Yourself in the Experience

Safari Guide Training Kenya

Each day on safari brings unique moments. Photography not only preserves memories but also encourages you to notice intricate details and appreciate nature. Seek unique angles and moments to capture, and let the beauty of the wild inspire you.

2. Be mindful of the Environment and Respect Wildlife

Akagera National is a must visit Park for Big Five Game Drives

Patience is key to capturing natural behavior. Maintain a respectful distance, observe quietly, and avoid disrupting the animals' natural rhythm. Remember, you are a guest in their home and therefore this is one of the most important wildlife photography tips . Always respect local regulations, cultures, and environments. Your patience will be reflected in the authenticity of your safari photos.

If you approach an animal sighting, always be careful to not disturb the animal and minimize noise. How to show respect for the animals during wildlife photography? 

  • Maintain a respectful distance
  • Approach animals indirectly
  • Avoid positioning yourself upwind from the animal
  • Keep your voice extremely low
  • Switch your camera to silent mode to avoid startling wildlife
  • Don’t use your flash

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced photographer, adhering to a code of conduct ensures the well-being of wildlife, contributes to conservation efforts, and ensures a more authentic safari experience.

3. Utilize Your Guide's Knowledge

Giraffe on Walking Safari with Robin Pope Safaris Zambia

Collaborate with your local field guide who possesses invaluable knowledge of animal habits, territories, and behavior. Communicate your photography preferences, and leverage their expertise to position yourself for the perfect shot. Guides can anticipate lighting conditions and animal movements, enhancing your photography experience. For example, positioning the vehicle in a way that the sun is in your back instead of in your lens to have nice lighting on the animal or landscape you want to capture. However, on some occasions, it’s also great to photograph towards the sun to create a nice rim light around the animal.

As a nature and wildlife enthusiast, I encourage you to ask your safari guide lots of questions  to learn more about the behavior and habitats of the wildlife you encounter. This knowledge helps you anticipate movements and position yourself for the perfect shot.

4. Pay Attention to Composition

Wildebeest in Amboseli part of the Ugly Five Animals of Africa

Crafting attractive compositions on safari is key to impactful photography. Be creative. Explore angles, perspectives, and framing techniques to create visually appealing images.

Rule of Thirds

Safari Photography Tip about Rule of Thirds in Composition

Apply the rule of thirds by placing your subject off-center for dynamic images. Utilize paths, tracks, or natural elements like bushes, rocks or trees for depth and scale. These composition tips elevate your photos without requiring advanced technical skills. Most cameras also have a grid that helps you to better frame your subject. Also, always think of leaving an empty space in the direction the wildlife is heading or the direction the animal is looking. In some occasions, it's also a good idea to put your subject in the middle.

Shoot from a low angle

Low Angle Safari Photography

Shooting from a low angle (on the ground) can also make your composition more attractive. Safari in a game drive vehicle mostly doesn’t allow you to get out of the car to photograph wildlife, but on some occasions it might be possible. Another occasion could be if you’re on a walking safari . The advantage of getting low on the ground is that you are able to change the background in your scene. Being on eye-level with your animal also establishes a better connection.

Please consider the ethics of your framing – prioritize the well-being of the wildlife you encounter.

5. Show animals in their natural environment

Photograph animals in their environment for safari photos that tell a story

Capturing close-ups of the Big Five is often popular among safari tourists, and wildlife photographers, but don’t forget the beautiful environment these animals live in.

Their natural environment is equally important as they form that bigger picture together. And it’s those areas that we need to protect to save wildlife from extinction.

Black Rhino on Photographic Safari Africa

Every part of the ecosystem is dependent on each other. That’s the beauty of nature, and it allows the viewer to understand where the animal lives and flourishes. As a conservation photographer, I also love to showcase the wildlife’s home that we need to protect.

6. Master the Exposure Triangle

Learn the exposure triangle for better safari photography

Light is a fundamental element in photography, and understanding the exposure triangle is a fundamental part to master the art of safari photography. Understanding aperture , shutter speed , and ISO allows you to adapt to various lighting conditions. These three factors work together to determine how bright or dark your photos will turn out, as well as the level of sharpness and graininess.

Master Exposure Triangle to take better photos

Adjust aperture for light control and depth of field , use shutter speed to freeze or create motion of animals, and set ISO for sensitivity (lower during the day, higher when it’s getting darker).

7. Use Shutter Priority Mode for moving wildlife

Using shutter priority mode for moving wildlife is a great safari photography tip

If you’re used to photographing in automatic mode, it can feel like a puzzle if you want to photograph wildlife manually. Therefore, my best photography tip is to set your camera on shutter priority mode (S). It means that you only have to think about the shutter speed and the camera does the rest like your ISO and Aperture (semi)automatically.

Master Shutter Speed to take better photos

This technique ensures sharp and clear images, especially when photographing animals in motion on your safari. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze fast-moving wildlife action, and try to practice with various settings between 1/250th of a second up to 1/2500s. Additionally, fast shutter speeds can help prevent camera shake, particularly when shooting handheld.

Wildlife on Serengeti Balloon Safari activity

A rule of thumb: choose a minimum shutter speed based on the focal length you are shooting. An example: I often capture wildlife with a focal length of 400 mm, meaning my minimum shutter is 1/400s. If you are in a moving safari vehicle, boat or hot air balloon, and/or the animal you want to photograph is moving fast, then use a minimum of 2 times the focal length. So, shooting at 400 mm would mean a shutter speed of 1/800s. To capture moving birds in flight , you might want to practice choosing shutter speeds to up to 1/2000s.

8. Choose AI Servo (AF Continuous) Mode for moving wildlife

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AI Servo  is the best mode to capture wildlife that is moving, to automatically keep track of and stay focussed on the moving animal.

9. Practice with Aperture Priority Mode for a ‘blurry’ background

How to create a blurry background in wildlife photography

Aperture Priority in safari photography allows you to set the desired aperture, controlling the depth of field in your wildlife shots. In situations where you want a blurred background to emphasize the subject, or conversely, a broader depth of field to capture more details.

Master Aperture to take better photos

Aperture Priority mode gives you this creative control. For example, when you want a close-up of a lion or a colorful bird with a blurred background effect, like the Lilac-breasted Roller in the above image. The more zoom and the lower the aperture number, the more you are able to eliminate the background in your image and create that nice compression.

Aperture Priority Mode on Safari for Capturing a group of animals

On the other hand, if you want to photograph a group of animals like a herd of elephants, I recommend choosing an aperture of f/8 to get the whole group of animals in focus (and not only one).

10. Try Burst Shooting Mode in Safari Photography

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Shooting in  burst mode is an important wildlife photography tip for safari enthusiasts, catering to both beginners and advanced photographers. Wildlife is unpredictable, and animals often move swiftly. Burst mode allows you to capture a series of rapid shots, increasing the chances of freezing dynamic moments, ensuring you don't miss critical actions or spontaneous behaviors.

Beginners benefit by having a safety net, capturing shots even if timing is a challenge. For advanced photographers, burst mode offers creative opportunities to select the perfect frame from a sequence.

11. Focus on the eyes of an animal

Focus on the eye of the animal is an important wildlife photography tip

Always focus on the eyes of the animals ; that’s the cardinal rule of wildlife photography! This golden tip elevates your shots, creating a connection between the viewer and the wildlife subject. Instead of hastily snapping numerous wildlife images, wait for the moment when the animal turns its gaze towards you.

Focusing on the eyes provides viewers with a unique perspective. It creates a visual connection, as if the animals are looking directly through the photograph at the audience. This transformative approach adds depth and emotion, making your wildlife images more memorable and resonant, especially when capturing close-up shots of animals. This technique enhances the details in the eyes, showcasing the intricacies and expressions that might be missed in broader shots.

Aim for a shutter speed between 1/250s to 1/2500s, depending on the animal's movement, and an aperture between f/2 to f/6, depending on your lens. These settings ensure both eyes are in focus, capturing the essence of the wildlife subject.

Remember, the eyes are the windows to the soul , even in the animal kingdom. So when focusing on the animal’s eyes, you can create truly remarkable and memorable wildlife photographs.

12. Shoot in RAW if you can

Central Serengeti Tanzania hippo viewing

Shooting in RAW format on a safari offers several advantages.

RAW images provide a higher dynamic range compared to JPEG, capturing more details in both shadows and highlights. This is crucial in the diverse and often challenging lighting conditions encountered during a safari.

RAW files contain more image data , allowing for extensive post-processing without compromising quality. This flexibility is valuable when adjusting exposure, contrast, color balance, and other elements during the editing process (I usually edit my wildlife images in Lightroom).

Shooting in RAW preserves the original quality and detail captured by the camera's sensor. This is especially important in wildlife photography, where preserving the authenticity of the scene is crucial.

13. Timing is Everything: The Golden Hour and Beyond

Wildlife Photography during Golden Hour

The golden hours of sunrise and sunset conveniently align with the typical timing of game drives during a safari when the animals are most active. The warm, soft light enhances the colors and textures of the African landscape, creating a captivating backdrop for your photos.

The advantage of photographing during the Golden Hour , sometimes called ‘Magical Hour’, is that the soft golden light reduces harsh shadows and creates a golden glow. Patience during these hours rewards you with captivating glimpses into the animals' daily lives.

14. Equip Yourself Wisely with the right camera gear

4X4 photography vehicle for safari in Africa

Ensure you have the right camera equipment for safari photography.

Bring a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera and zoom lenses with 200-600 mm range or a quality compact camera for versatile quality wildlife photos. Safari photography on a smartphone is not the best option to photograph wildlife, but it is, of course, a great option to create short videos, stories, and reels.

Zoom lenses for safari photography

I highly recommend a long lens with a minimum of 200 mm zoom to capture distant wildlife. A zoom lens allows you to effortlessly switch between photographing animals from a distance without disturbing them and capturing intricate details of flora and fauna up close.

More ideally, a zoom lens with a focal length of 300 mm+ is great for capturing wild animals or birds. If you’re using a full-frame camera, I would suggest a 400 mm zoom lens and if you are a keen birder a 600 mm long lens is perfect for bird photography on safari.

Wide-angle lens

Apart from zoom lenses, I always carry a wide-angle lens (for example 16-35 mm), great for capturing the beautiful African landscapes and its animals or magical sunsets.

Essential accessories

Don't forget essential accessories, such as memory cards, extra batteries, cleaning wipes, a charger, a camera bag, and a rain cover. Consider a beanbag for stability.

Hire photography gear for safari

Not having the right camera gear ? Nowadays, the quality of compact cameras is pretty good as well, and it’s also possible to hire photography gear .

15. Consider bringing a tripod and/or beanbag

Bringing a tripod and/or beanbag on safari is a crucial photography tip for the following reasons:

  • Stability for Clear Shots: A tripod or beanbag provides stability, reducing camera shake and ensuring clear shots, especially when using longer lenses.
  • Flexibility in Composition: Both tripods and beanbags allow photographers to compose shots with precision. A tripod is ideal for setting up shots in a fixed position, while a beanbag provides a more flexible option, allowing quick adjustments and movements.
  • Support for Heavy Equipment: Professional camera gear, including telephoto lenses, can be heavy. A tripod and/or beanbag offers robust support for heavier equipment, preventing fatigue during extended periods of shooting.
  • Long Exposure and Low Light Conditions: In low light or during sunrise/sunset safaris, a tripod is essential for capturing long-exposure shots without introducing motion blur. A tripod is also great to practice with star photography and photographing the milky way when you're back at the safari lodge .
  • Silent Shooting with Beanbags: Beanbags are preferred for wildlife photography as they provide a stable base without the noise associated with adjusting tripod legs. This is especially important to avoid disturbing animals in their natural habitat.
  • Versatility in Safari Vehicles: Safari vehicles often have limited space, and tripods may be cumbersome. Beanbags are more versatile, easily adapting to the contours of the vehicle and providing a stable platform for photography.

16. Make a back-up of your images on safari

Giraffes Murchison Falls National Park

I always back up my images while traveling. When my memory card is full, I back up my images onto an external hard drive. That is mostly enough, but for people who want to travel longer, I highly recommend backing up to a second external hard drive (kept in different locations). Hard drives I use are Lacie Rugged, Samsung, and Seagate.

If you are using your phone only, I also recommend backing up your images in the cloud, for example iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Photos, you name it.

17. Keep it Simple and Be Patient

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

Wildlife photography requires patience . Allow yourself time to observe and wait for the right moment, focusing on mastering basic techniques. Don't be overwhelmed by settings; simplicity often reveals the raw beauty of wildlife.

18. Edit your photos

Editing in Safari Photography

Editing your safari photos is not essential, but if you want to step up your safari photography game, I highly recommend learning how to edit your wildlife images in, for example Adobe Lightroom (for both desktop and smartphone) and Photoshop . Especially if you are planning to print your photos, post-processing is an important step.

Get in touch for a private workshop on how to edit your safari photos or join me on a photo safari where I will share editing tips to improve your wildlife photography.

19. Know Your Camera

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If you're a beginner photographer, all the settings on your camera can be a bit overwhelming. When I first started photography, my camera was a puzzle to me. I kept using the automatic mode until I learned the basics of photography during a volunteer program in South Africa . Having two game drives per day in Thanda Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal was the perfect way to start practicing shooting in manual mode and learn more about the best settings for safari. I highly recommend to start learning more about your camera and camera settings before you go on safari. Go through your camera manual to find the buttons and settings of some of the technical photography tips I mentioned in this article.

20. Embrace Learning and Growth

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Whether you're a beginner or experienced photographer, nurture your interest in learning photography. Books about photography, online photography courses, workshops and guided photo safari tours with photography experts offer opportunities to enhance your safari photography skills; including my small group photo safaris . To master a new skill, learning by doing is often the most effective approach to get to know your camera better. So please remember, anyone can learn photography, and the wonders of a safari in Africa can ignite your passion for capturing the mesmerizing beauty of our planet's wildlife.

21. Join me on a photo safari to Africa

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Do you want to improve your photography skills on safari  and travel with like-minded travelers? Join me on a small group safari to Africa . As a professional wildlife photographer, I can help to improve your photography skills on safari by sharing hands-on experience and valuable tips. Instead of rushing to tick off the Big Five, we will spend our time carefully during the beautiful golden hours around sunrise (morning game drive) and sunset (afternoon game drive).

It doesn't matter if you're a beginner, intermediate, or professional photographer. Having an interest in photography and and being prepared to learn are the most important aspects.

Safari Photography Tips to take the best photos on safari

These tips, coupled with the expertise on my photographic safari trip to Africa , will undoubtedly enhance your safari photography journey. Capture the essence of Africa's breathtaking wildlife and create lasting memories with every click of your camera (or even your smartphone).

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How to fix Safari not downloading files on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

You may, at times, encounter an issue where Safari refuses to download photos, videos, audio, PDFs, documents, and other files from a website. In this article, we’ll explore common reasons why Safari may not be downloading files on iPhone, iPad, or Mac and provide solutions to help you get back to downloading with ease.

List of Safari downloads on iPhone

The issues you may be facing

  • Clicking the download link opens a new blank tab, and no file download starts.
  • Safari is refusing to begin file downloads from one or all sites.
  • File download starts, but it fails immediately in a second or two.
  • The download happens up to a point and then fails midway or just before completing.
  • Safari downloads a file but opens it and then deletes the original files (this happens with ZIP and other compressed files).

The solutions below should help fix all the above issues and also ones similar to them.

Before you begin

It’s possible that you’re not following the right steps to download the file. On Mac, it’s super easy, but on iPhone and iPad, downloading files may not be as obvious. With that said, even if the file has been downloaded, you may not know where it’s saved and how to find it. So, look at these tutorials, if needed:

  • How to download videos from Safari on iPhone and iPad
  • How to download files and documents to iPhone or iPad
  • How to access downloaded files on iPhone and iPad

Retry the download

In many cases, initiating the download again does the trick. Try hitting the download link again, and it should work. If not, refresh the webpage and click the download button again.

Note: Some websites put downloads behind a login wall. So, make sure to honor that.

Pause and resume the download

The download may look like it has started, but it will pause or fail in a few seconds. If that happens, hit the tiny retry button a few times, and it should start the download. If not, hit the download link again on the website.

Check your internet

Make sure your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is connected to a stable Wi-Fi, Cellular Data, or Ethernet connection and the internet is working properly.

Some useful tips

  • Turn off VPN if you’re using one.
  • Restart your Wi-Fi router.

Troubleshooting internet problems

  • How to fix cellular data not working on iPhone or iPad
  • What to do when your iPhone or iPad can’t connect to Wi-Fi
  • Internet not working on your Mac? Here are 16 solutions to fix it

Allow the website to download files

When you try to download a file from a website for the first time, it doesn’t start immediately. Instead, you will see an alert asking your permission to allow this site to download and save files locally or not. Make sure you allow that. If you choose to block the download, follow these steps to fix it:

On iPhone and iPad: Hit the download link again on the website and tap Allow or Download when asked. If you don’t see the Allow button, clear your browser data.

Allow and Download popup alert in Safari before downloading a file

On Mac: Open Safari and click Safari > Settings from the top menu bar. Now, go to Websites > Downloads > click the drop-down menu next to the website name and choose Allow . While you’re here, also make sure it says ‘ Ask ‘ or ‘ Allow ‘ next to ‘ When visiting other websites .’

Allow websites to download files in Safari on Mac

Force Quit and reopen Safari

On iPhone and iPad: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold or double-press the Home button to enter App Switcher. From here, drag the Safari app card all the way up to close it .

On Mac: Save your work in any other open Safari tabs. Next, click the Apple icon  and choose Force Quit . Here, select Safari and click Force Quit .

Now reopen Safari and try downloading the file again.

Use alternate download links

You may see more than one download link on a website. If one link fails to work, try the other one. Note: Sometimes, picking a different download quality (for a video, audio, or image) should do the trick.

Choose different download quality for image, video, and audio

Set Safari download location to anything other than iCloud Drive

If you have set Safari to download files to iCloud Drive,  switch it to any other local storage folder using the steps below:

On iPhone or iPad: Settings > Safari > Downloads > On My iPhone or Other .

On Mac: Open Safari and click Safari > Settings from the top menu bar. From the General section, select Downloads , Desktop , or any local folder next to ‘ File download location .’

File download location in Safari on Mac

Stop Safari from automatically opening files after download

By default, Safari on Mac is set to open files after downloading them. That means if you download a ZIP file, Safari will automatically unzip it after downloading. In rare cases, this may cause the download to fail, not complete successfully, or not even start in the first place if the file you’re trying to download is incompatible. Therefore, it’s best to turn it off from Safari Settings > General > uncheck ‘ Open “safe” files after downloading .’

Restart your device

If Safari is unable to download files due to minor glitches, save your work and do a restart .

Make sure your device has sufficient free space

New file downloads will only succeed if your iPhone, iPad, or Mac has enough free space. So go to Settings, and check how much free storage you have. If it’s full, use these tutorials to free up space:

  • 50+ tips to free space on your iPhone and iPad
  • 30+ ways to free storage space on your Mac

Clear Safari history and cache

One of the most reliable solutions to fix Safari issues is clearing its history and website data .

On iPhone and iPad, you can do this from Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data .

On Mac, click History from the top menu bar and select Clear History .

Try disabling a recently installed Safari extension

If you could download files earlier but can’t after installing an extension, then that extension is likely the culprit. Remove it, restart your device, and now you should have no problem downloading files.

On iPhone and iPad: Head over to this guide on installing and removing Safari extensions .

On Mac: Go to Safari Settings > Extensions > select the extension and click Uninstall .

Uninstall extension from Safari on Mac

Update Safari

Safari updates are tied to system updates on iPhone and iPad. So, go to Settings app > General > Software Update and get the latest version of the operating system.

On Mac, you can update Safari from System Settings .

Update your Mac

If you’re on an older version of macOS, consider updating to the latest version, which should improve your computer’s overall working and stability.

On macOS Ventura and later, go to System Settings > General > Software Update . And on macOS Monterey and earlier, go to System Preferences > Software Update .

How to Unsync iPad from iPhone—Photos, Texts & More

What to know.

  • Unsync your iPad from your iPhone if you're selling or giving it away by signing out of your Apple ID on iPad.
  • Share your iPad with family and friends without revealing your private data by turning off app syncing in Settings.
  • The Settings app can also disable certain features (like syncing photos on your iPad) to save space on your device.

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Wondering how to unsync your iPhone from your iPad? If your iPad is regularly used by other family members, you probably don't want your private messages to show up on your iPad. And if you're selling or giving away your iPad, you'll want to completely disconnect your iPad from your iPhone. We will show you how to unlink your iPad from iPhone in five different ways.

Completely Disconnect iPhone & iPad: How to Unsync iPhone from iPad through Apple ID

  • Unsync iPad from iPhone for Sharing Purposes

To completely disconnect your iPad from your iPhone, you'll want to log out of your Apple ID on one of them. There might be a point in time when you decide that you want to sell or give away your iPhone or iPad. However, you don't want to give someone an iPhone or an iPad that still has your personal information. Read our article to learn about unsyncing iPhone and iPad with your Apple ID and other privacy measures you should take before selling or giving away your iPad.

How to Unsync iPad from iPhone for Sharing Purposes

The following steps are helpful if you want to share your iPad with kids or family members but don't want them to see your calls, texts, Safari history, and photos. Here's how to unlink your iPhone from your iPad in five different ways.

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How to Unlink Your iPhone from Your iPad:

1. disconnect iphone from ipad through icloud.

This method is great if you only want to disable some files from syncing between your iPhone and iPad.

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Now, when you work in apps you have chosen not to sync, whatever you change will not be shared between your iPad and iPhone.

2. Stop iPad from Getting iPhone Messages

If you want to know how to unlink iPad and iPhone text messages, there's an easy way. You can toggle Messages off on your iPad to stop receiving your messages on that device. Go into Settings, tap Messages, and toggle iMessage off. For full instructions. read our article about iMessages to learn  how you can disable this feature on your iPad and other devices . This goes over how to enable it, but if you follow the same steps but toggle Messages off, you'll be good to go.

3. Prevent Incoming iPhone Calls from Ringing on Your iPad

It can be an inconvenience when you have an incoming call on your iPhone and your iPad rings in unison. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to prevent incoming calls from ringing on your iPad. All you have to do is go into Settings on your iPhone, tap Phone, tap Calls on Other Devices, then toggle your iPad off. Read our full article on  answering and making phone calls on your iPad  to find out how to avoid incoming calls. Make sure to toggle Messages off instead of on. 

4. Prevent Apps from Downloading between iPhone & iPad

Any time that you download an app on your iPhone, it can be frustrating to see the same app appear on your iPad and vice versa. Just go into the Settings app on whichever device you don't want the new downloads on, select App Store, and toggle App Downloads off. You can read our full instructions on  how to stop apps from automatically downloading between your iPhone and iPad .

5. Disable iCloud to Stop Photos from Syncing between iPhone & iPad

After using your iPhone to take pictures, it can be annoying to see photos appearing in unwanted places such as your iPad. In addition, you don't want a significant amount of storage to be used on your iPad. Since iCloud is responsible for syncing data between your iPhone and iPad, you can easily disable iCloud Photo Library on your iPad to prevent your iPhone pictures from syncing to your iPad in Settings. Just tap Photos, then toggle iCloud Photos off. Our article about uploading photos to iCloud can guide you on how to turn syncing off. Make sure to toggle Photos off instead of on.

Now that you know how to unsync your iPhone from your iPad, check out our article on how to delete expired subscriptions on your iPhone  and how to disconnect your iPhone from your Mac .

  • How do I stop my iPhone photos from syncing with my iPad? The best way to stop sharing photos between your two devices is to go into Settings on your iPad, tap Photos, then toggle iCloud Photos off.
  • How do I stop sharing texts between my iPhone and iPad? Go into Settings on whichever device you don't want Messages on (usually your iPad), tap Messages, then toggle iMessage off.
  • How do I stop sharing between devices with the same Apple ID? You can go into your iCloud settings and manually disable the apps you don't want to share with the other device, or you can log out of your Apple ID on one of the devices.

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20 Easy Tips for Better Safari Photos

I hate to break it to you, but it’s impossible to get good safari photos with your phone’s camera . Yes, even with the latest iPhone or Pixel, what good safari photos require is physically impossible to fit into a phone. I mean, if we didn’t need to lug around big lenses, I’m pretty sure no one would do it?

So if you need to bring a “real camera” on safari, exactly what camera equipment do you need for safari? Which equipment is optional? And how can you make the most out of the camera equipment that you already have?

Here are the essential photography equipment for going on safari, including my personal recommendations for gear, ideas for how to save money on your safari photography setup, as well as safari photography tips to help you make the most of any gear you get your hands on.

Bring the right photography gear for safari

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get great photos, but you do need more than an iPhone to snag great photos. If this list sounds daunting and you don’t already have a suitable camera, consider renting a camera or lens if you are certain you won’t use it again. You can also buy gear used on eBay or Amazon to save some money.

  • Camera – I used the Fujifilm X-T2 with great success.
  • Zoom lens – For the Fuji system, I can recommend the Fujinon XF 50-140mm f2.8 + Fujinon 2x Teleconverter .
  • Wide angle / mid-range lens – I took the Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 + Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4 + Fujinon 56mm f1.2 .
  • Lens cleaning equipment (lens pen, lens wipes) – I recommend this lens pen and these lens cleaning wipes .
  • Spare batteries – Choose whatever fits the camera you have, fully charged! I usually bring two spares.
  • Spare memory cards – You want something with a fast write speed, like this 64GB UHS-II 300MB/s SD card
  • Camera bag – Bring anything with easy access. You’ll be sitting on safari so size and weight is not a big deal.
It might look silly, but you can bet I got the best photos!

Use the burst shooting mode

Burst shooting mode allows you to hold down the shutter, and take between 5 10 photos in a single second! This can be extremely useful on safari, when animals are moving quickly or simply when you know the animals are likely to disappear into the bush or an area you cannot drive to. That’s why it’s super useful to get a camera that supports this setting!

For example, here there are two water bucks, sparing with one another in the morning sun. Since they’re moving around quite a lot, there weren’t a lot of photos where I could see their antlers interlock. But since I could take a bunch of pictures, I could just pick the best one.

Here, the rhinos are not moving very fast, but it’s a super special moment to capture a baby rhino on camera! Owing to the vegetation, I knew I wouldn’t have a view of both the mother and baby for long, but burst mode saved me and I had a number of pictures to choose from. Thanks burst mode 🙏

Learn to use your camera in advance

Nothing is worse than trying to figure out how your freaking camera works while you’re already ON safari! You’ll just be frustrated trying to get the settings right, while an amazing wildlife moment just passes right by. Spend time practicing with your new camera. You’ll want to learn a few things like:

  • How to make the shutter speed faster
  • How to turn on burst mode
  • How to change the focus point

That’s just for beginners, but these are really important things to have down second-nature before your safari 🍃

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Bring equipment for dealing with dust or fingerprints

When you’re driving out in the bush, there’s a good chance you’ll need to deal with some dust. How much dush depends a lot on where you’re driving and recent weather conditions (has it rained recently?). In any case, don’t forget to bring along a lens pen for cleaning smudges off your lenses (which can make your photos blurry!) and some lens cleaning wipes for more serious dirt or water droplets 💦

Bring back up memory cards

When you’re using burst mode, it’s easy for your memory card to fill up fast . Don’t get caught on safari having to delete photos just to free up space on your memory card. I personally filled up THREE memory cards during my two-week trip to South Africa, and about half of that was just safari photos. Be prepared, buy extra.

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Bring a telephoto lens

If your goal is to take wildlife photos, then a telephoto lens (also called “zoom lens”) is the one piece of equipment you can’t leave behind. The question is always, how much zoom do you need for safari? For many systems, the most common zoom lenth is somewhere between 50-150mm and 100-400mm. In general, you won’t regret having plenty of zoom – it doesn’t go as far as you’d think. That said, be sure to complement your zoom lens with a wide-angle or mid-range lens because there will be times where you need to capture a landscape, a whole herd of animals, or a complete scene with multiple animals in it.

This crocodile was super far away, but I could capture him with my zoom!

Support your zoom lens to avoid camera shake

An interesting caveat to having a big zoom lens is that the more you zoom, the more likely you are to get blurry photos . That’s because more zoom means less light coming in, and your camera needs to compensate for it. If you already have the aperature (also called “f stop”) as open as possible, the next step for the camera is probably to slow down the shutter speed.

That’s why you need to be as still as possible and support your lens with your hand to keep camera shake down. You can also hold your breath during a shot, to avoid introducing shake, or balance your lens on a bag or something soft on the edge of the safari vehicle or hand rail. Anything to help the lens keep still!

Many zoom lenses also come with OIS (optical image stabilization), so look for that when you are picking a zoom lens!

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This two-week South Africa itinerary can show you some of the best of the country, from wine regions to urban life, from safari to city, and from the sparkling Indian Ocean to the deserts of the Karoo. Here is how to spend two weeks traveling South Africa.

Bring a tripod for long exposures at night

Even though this isn’t strictly a safari tip, the fact is that if you’re staying in a private safari lodge , you’re going to have incredible views of the stars . Bring along a tripod for some very special photos at night!

Include the environment

Sometimes the environment with the animal in it is way more interesting than the animal itself! Here’s an example of that, with the hippo yawning as the sun sets over his favorite watering hole. These guys were so loud with their howling, it was a really memorable moment on safari while the sun was going down.

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Be prepared for low light photos

When choosing lenses for safari, make sure you find one that has the lowest f-stop number (meaning, the widest aperature) that you can find. For example, the lens I used was f2.8. That’s pretty good for a zoom lens. Many wildlife lenses will be f4, but that can also mean you get less light for the evening drives. Strive for a balance between zoomm power and f-stop.

At night, our tracker scans the landscape for the gleam in the eyes of nocturnal animals. On one night, we spotted this beautiful African barn owl who was patient enough to let me take his photo!

You can hover over any photo on this blog to see the camera and lens that the photo was taken with. Click on the information to see reviews on Amazon.

Don’t forget about the details

It can be really easy just to focus on animals, but safari is also about the overall experience, not just the so-called “Big Five”. On safari you’ll learn about the plants that animals feed on, and how it affects where they move to, as well as the smaller creatures that drive the ecosystem in the bush, like the venerable Dung Beetle!

Above: Mopane trees are a favorite food of elephants, and one of the reasons they come to the Timbavati Game Reserve. Below: A Dung Beetle crafts its ball of dung, intended to attract a mate.

Include people or other objects for scale

It can be incredible how big animals are on safari! But usually in photos it’s hard to convey how big they really are. By including people or other objects for scale, it can be easier to communicate visually how big something really is. For example, this Giraffe is totally huge standing next to a fully grown tree! No trouble getting to those leaves, eh?

Go to where the animals are

In most parks, this means watering holes! Especially during high sun, you’ll see animals coming to watering holes for a drink or to take a mud bath. Even if you don’t see animals right away, you can stay and sit at a watering hole for a while and there’s a pretty good chance that some animals will swing by in no time.

Watering holes are also a great place to see herds of animals. At Addo Elephant Park we saw herds of zebras and especially elephants congregating at the watering holes. The best part is watching the elephants chase the zebras away! 🐘

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Going on safari is the number one item on top of many tourists' lists when visiting Africa. No matter what your budget is, there is a safari option that will fit your budget. Here are different ways you can get the safari experience and their pros and cons!

Wear neutral colors

There’s a reason why safari-goers tend to dress in neutral colors! That’s because animals are less likely to see it and run away. In most areas that are popular for safari, the animals know that safari vehicles are not to be feared, but plenty of prey animals are likely to run anyways. Dress neutral and keep your visibility to a minimum.

Dressing neutral usually means tan and olive-colored clothing. You’re meant to avoid white or neon colors in particular.

Join a bush walk

One of the best ways to experience the African bush is going through a bush walk! You’ll get a chance to see smaller animals and get up close to plants and insects you typically don’t get to take your time with when driving through. Check that your safari lodge offers a bush walk.

WARNING – You should never go on a bush walk on your own, or leave the safari vehicle without your guide telling you it’s fine. On a self-drive you should not get out of the vehicle at all. Only walk through the bush on guided tours, with guides who are usually armed.

Travel early in the morning or around sunset

Not only do you get some of the best photos possible during the “golden hours”, but it’s also the time when animals are the most active. Although we saw animals at all times of the day, you’ll see different animals active at each time during the day. Most private safari lodges will take you on early morning and late afternoon game drives, but be sure to verify that before you book!

Above: Hyenas venture away from their den for a late afternoon drink near our safari lodge. Below: A bull elephant eating his leafy breakfast 🍃

Talk to other safari-goers for tips on sightings

If you’re doing a private safari, there’s a good chance your guide and tracker are communicating with other guides and trackers about their sightings. That’s one of the big benefits of going on private game drives. But even if you don’t have the budget for that, don’t be afraid to slow down your car on a self-drive and roll the window down to talk to people! That’s how we got a tip about one of the best elephant herd sightings we had.

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It can be really hard to pick a safari lodge in South Africa with so many great options. Here is my incredible experience at Motswari, a private game reserve in part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Don’t just zoom in all the way

Sometimes the best photos include the full body of the animal, or even some of the environment. It can be so so so tempting just to use your zoom for animal portraits, but make sure you’re also getting some of the landscape in the picture too!

Focus on the eyes

Whether you’re photographing animals on safari, or you’re taking portraits of people, the principle is the same: set your focus point on the eyes! This is what makes the photo look sharp and feel engaging.

Make sure the settings on your camera are correct

Before heading out for the day, check that your camera settings didn’t get changed, or that they’re not the same settings you used when you were out at night! Nothing’s worse than having an awesome early morning sighting and screwing it up because you still had your ISO too high.

Don’t forget to enjoy the safari!

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A 'Stop The Steal' Symbol Was Displayed At Alito's House In 2021: Report

A symbol affiliated with former President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” fallacy was on display at Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s house in 2021, a New York Times investigation found Thursday.

The symbol in question was an upside-down American flag, which supporters of Trump’s stolen election conspiracy theory began displaying after he lost to President Joe Biden in 2020. Neighbors who saw and photographed the flag confirmed to the Times that it flew on Jan. 17, 2021. The conservative justice admitted it but said it was his wife’s doing.

“I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag,” he said in a statement to the paper. “It was briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs.”

The Times found in interviews with neighbors that Alito’s wife, Martha-Ann Alito, was having an ongoing argument with neighbors who’d put up an anti-Trump sign with an expletive on their front lawn.

You can see a photo of the flag in question in the Times’ story.

Jan. 17 was a little over a week after Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to stop the ceremonial counting of electoral votes that gave Biden the presidency. More than a thousand people involved in the riot have been charged with crimes associated with that day.

While the flag was up, the Supreme Court was deciding whether to hear several cases about the integrity of the 2020 election. Alito was in favor of hearing the arguments but was ultimately on the losing side. Currently, the court is set to rule on two cases related to the Capitol riot, including one that could give Trump presidential immunity from some of the dozens of charges he’s facing.

The Supreme Court’s code of ethics calls for the justices to avoid making political statements or sharing opinions on matters that might come before the court.

Take Back the Court, a group opposed to the conservative swing the court has taken in recent years, said this incident is proof Alito doesn’t belong on the court.

“Sam Alito has disqualified himself from legitimate service on the Supreme Court. It’s hard to imagine a more blatant f-you to the American public than proudly displaying a vestige of a failed coup attempt on the country you’re supposed to serve, right on your front lawn,” the group’s president, Sarah Lipton-Lubet, said in a statement.

Alito’s wife isn’t the only Supreme Court spouse to get caught up in an election conspiracy scandal. Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas, promoted and attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House that preceded the Capitol insurrection. Her husband has refused to recuse himself from cases related to the attack on the Capitol.

“If the wife of one sitting Supreme Court justice helping incite an insurrection wasn’t enough for Congress to issue subpoenas to these extremists, perhaps another sitting justice proudly displaying memorabilia from that insurrection will be,” she said.

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A 'Stop The Steal' Symbol Was Displayed At Alito's House In 2021: Report

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At Justice Alito’s House, a ‘Stop the Steal’ Symbol on Display

An upside-down flag, adopted by Trump supporters contesting the Biden victory, flew over the justice’s front lawn as the Supreme Court was considering an election case.

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After the 2020 presidential election, as some Trump supporters falsely claimed that President Biden had stolen the office, many of them displayed a startling symbol outside their homes, on their cars and in online posts: an upside-down American flag.

One of the homes flying an inverted flag during that time was the residence of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., in Alexandria, Va., according to photographs and interviews with neighbors.

The upside-down flag was aloft on Jan. 17, 2021, the images showed. President Donald J. Trump’s supporters, including some brandishing the same symbol, had rioted at the Capitol a little over a week before. Mr. Biden’s inauguration was three days away. Alarmed neighbors snapped photographs, some of which were recently obtained by The New York Times. Word of the flag filtered back to the court, people who worked there said in interviews.

While the flag was up, the court was still contending with whether to hear a 2020 election case, with Justice Alito on the losing end of that decision. In coming weeks, the justices will rule on two climactic cases involving the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, including whether Mr. Trump has immunity for his actions. Their decisions will shape how accountable he can be held for trying to overturn the last presidential election and his chances for re-election in the upcoming one.

“I had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag,” Justice Alito said in an emailed statement to The Times. “It was briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs.”

Judicial experts said in interviews that the flag was a clear violation of ethics rules, which seek to avoid even the appearance of bias, and could sow doubt about Justice Alito’s impartiality in cases related to the election and the Capitol riot.

The mere impression of political opinion can be a problem, the ethics experts said. “It might be his spouse or someone else living in his home, but he shouldn’t have it in his yard as his message to the world,” said Amanda Frost, a law professor at the University of Virginia.

This is “the equivalent of putting a ‘Stop the Steal’ sign in your yard, which is a problem if you’re deciding election-related cases,” she said.

Interviews show that the justice’s wife, Martha-Ann Alito, had been in a dispute with another family on the block over an anti-Trump sign on their lawn, but given the timing and the starkness of the symbol, neighbors interpreted the inverted flag as a political statement by the couple.

The longstanding ethics code for the lower courts, as well as the recent one adopted by the Supreme Court, stresses the need for judges to remain independent and avoid political statements or opinions on matters that could come before them.

“You always want to be proactive about the appearance of impartiality,” Jeremy Fogel, a former federal judge and the director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, said in an interview. “The best practice would be to make sure that nothing like that is in front of your house.”

The court has also repeatedly warned its own employees against public displays of partisan views, according to guidelines circulated to the staff and reviewed by The Times. Displaying signs or bumper stickers is not permitted, according to the court’s internal rule book and a 2022 memo reiterating the ban on political activity.

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Asked if these rules also apply to justices, the court declined to respond.

The exact duration that the flag flew outside the Alito residence is unclear. In an email from Jan. 18, 2021, reviewed by The Times, a neighbor wrote to a relative that the flag had been upside down for several days at that point.

In recent years, the quiet sanctuary of his street, with residents who are Republicans and Democrats, has tensed with conflict, neighbors said. Around the 2020 election , a family on the block displayed an anti-Trump sign with an expletive. It apparently offended Mrs. Alito and led to an escalating clash between her and the family, according to interviews.

Some residents have also bridled at the noise and intrusion brought by protesters, who started showing up outside the Alito residence in 2022 after the Supreme Court overturned the federal right to abortion. Other neighbors have joined the demonstrators, whose intent was “to bring the protest to their personal lives because the decisions affect our personal lives,” said Heather-Ann Irons, who came to the street to protest.

The half-dozen neighbors who saw the flag, or knew of it, requested anonymity because they said they did not want to add to the contentiousness on the block and feared reprisal. Last Saturday, May 11, protesters returned to the street, waving flags of their own (“Don’t Tread on My Uterus”) and using a megaphone to broadcast expletives at Justice Alito, who was in Ohio giving a commencement address . Mrs. Alito appeared in a window, complaining to the Supreme Court security detail outside.

Turning the American flag upside down is a symbol of emergency and distress, first used as a military S.O.S., historians said in interviews. In recent decades, it has increasingly been used as a political protest symbol — a controversial one, because the flag code and military tradition require the paramount symbol of the United States to be treated with respect.

Over the years, upside-down flags have been displayed by both the right and the left as an outcry over a range of issues, including the Vietnam War, gun violence , the Supreme Court’s overturning of the constitutional right to abortion and, in particular, election results. In 2012, Tea Party followers inverted flags at their homes to signal disgust at the re-election of President Barack Obama. Four years later, some liberals advised doing the same after Mr. Trump was elected.

During Mr. Trump’s quest to win, and then subvert, the 2020 election, the gesture took off as never before, becoming “really established as a symbol of the ‘Stop the Steal’ campaign,” according to Alex Newhouse, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A flood of social media posts exhorted Trump supporters to flip over their flags or purchase new ones to display upside down.

“If Jan. 6 rolls around and Biden is confirmed by the Electoral College our nation is in distress!!” a poster wrote on, a forum for Trump supporters, garnering over a thousand “up” votes. “If you cannot go to the DC rally then you must do your duty and show your support for our president by flying the flag upside down!!!!”

Local newspapers from Lexington, Ky. , to Sun City, Ariz., to North Jersey wrote about the flags cropping up nearby. A few days before the inauguration, a Senate candidate in Minnesota flew an upside-down flag on his campaign vehicle .

Hanging an inverted flag outside a home was “an explicit signifier that you are part of this community that believes America has been taken and needs to be taken back,” Mr. Newhouse said.

This spring, the justices are already laboring under suspicion by many Americans that whatever decisions they make about the Jan. 6 cases will be partisan. Justice Clarence Thomas has declined to recuse himself despite the direct involvement of his wife, Virginia Thomas, in efforts to overturn the election.

Now, with decisions in the Jan. 6 cases expected in just a few weeks, a similar debate may unfurl about Justice Alito, the ethics experts said. “It really is a question of appearances and the potential impact on public confidence in the court,” Mr. Fogel said. “I think it would be better for the court if he weren’t involved in cases arising from the 2020 election. But I’m pretty certain that he will see that differently.”

If Justice Alito were on another court, Mr. Fogel said, the flag could also trigger some sort of review to determine if there was any misconduct. But because the Supreme Court serves as the arbiter of its own behavior, “you don’t really have anywhere to take it,” he said.

Aric Toler contributed reporting. Julie Tate contributed research.

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Variations of this claim have been floating around the internet for more than a decade., izz scott lamagdeleine, published may 19, 2024.


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For years, messages about protecting your copyright or privacy rights on Facebook by posting a particular legal notice to your account on the social media platform have spread across the internet. Most of these messages have shared as  copypasta  —  copied-and-pasted text often used to pass along an alleged warning of some sort.

We found the latest variation of this claim began to pick up steam on Facebook in May 2024, mentioning Meta, the social media company's parent company:

Goodbye Metaverse, it's been a Nightmare. Just in case Notice:   An attorney advised us to post this. The violation of privacy can be punished by law.  NOTE: Facebook Meta is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once, it will be technically  understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.  I HEREBY STATE THAT I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION TO USE ANY OF MY PERSONAL DATA OR PHOTOS.  If you are thinking of getting off FB because of the volume of sales ads and trash stuff.  So hold your finger anywhere in this post and click ′copy'. Go to your page where it says 'What's on your mind?' Tap your finger anywhere in the blank field. Click paste. This upgrades the system. Good bye annoying ads and Hello new and old friends!

The text — which mentioned how an attorney had advised the user on the notice, as well as that every person on Facebook needed to post the notice or else they were allowing their photos or information to be used by the social media platform — was reminiscent of previous posts we've seen on the platform. 

We previously fact-checked this type of claims in 2012 . We also looked into similar claims related to Snapchat photos in 2019 and a "new Facebook/Meta rule" in 2021 . In all of these cases, as with the latest one in 2024, we found the claims to be false.

The "problem" the notice supposedly solves doesn't exist. Facebook users can't retroactively negate the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up. They also can't alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their account. 

We've fact-checked other claims about Facebook policy, including a false claim that the company allowed an "unprecedented" Facebook rule to take effect that would allow users to do what they wanted with users' photos.

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Phones have given us the opportunity to snap pictures on a whim, but depending on how much storage you have, this can be a double-edged sword. A few photos can quickly turn into hundreds or even thousands, depending on how trigger-happy you get. Luckily, there are several photo management platforms that can help wrangle all of your images. If you use Google Photos , you may already be on top of keeping your pictures organized, but the company could soon make it more customizable.

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As spotted by Android Authority , a new feature is being tested in Google Photos that would allow users to designate how the platform displays images downloaded from third-party apps (via AssembleDebug ). The idea is to cut down on clutter that appears within the Photos feed without needing to trash images like memes or GIFs altogether. For now, the feature is not live, and Google has not announced any sort of timeline as to when it could debut in the app.

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If the new organizational feature does become official, it will require little effort to leverage. From screenshots of the feature in action, it seems that the app will suggest turning it on within settings. In the “Photos view” section, users will see a “Photos from other apps” segment that houses options to change which images are backed up – this means that you can deselect meme images from being included in your back-ups, for instance. These specified pictures are still searchable and housed in Google Photos, but they don’t clutter your main feed by appearing in the rotation.

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This is just one example of some of the changes Google is making to its Photos app. Recently, a new “Collections” tab appeared on the platform, replacing the Library tab – to the dismay of some users. Many have also encountered issues while trying to remove auto-generated albums in the app. Thus far, there don’t seem to be any signs of Google holding back in terms of its Photos app redesign. That being said, users of the platform may want to brace themselves for what is shaping up to be a rocky rollout.

Alito and the upside down flag: What the symbol means to 'stop the steal' crowd

An upside-down american flag is a symbol connected with false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from former president donald trump..

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WASHINGTON − An upside-down American flag – a symbol connected with false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump − flew at the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after the election, the New York Times reported Thursday.

The news came as the high court is deciding two cases related to the attempts by Trump and his supporters to overturn the results of the election, decisions that will affect the criminal election interference charge s pending against Trump. Supreme Court justices are supposed to avoid politics .

In a statement to The New York Times, Alito said he “had no involvement whatsoever in the flying of the flag.”

“It was briefly placed by Mrs. Alito in response to a neighbor’s use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs,” he told the Times, referring to his wife Martha-Ann Alito.

Justice Alito says he couldn't tell his wife Martha-Ann Alito what to do

Alito told Fox News he didn’t have the right or ability to tell his wife what to do in the neighborhood dispute that began after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

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Alito also said the neighbors’ sign she was reacting to by flying the upside-down flag blamed her for what happened on Jan. 6.

Inverted flags, a sign of distress, have been used by Trump supporters, particularly those protesting the 2020 election.

Kathleen Clark, a legal ethics expert at Washington University in St. Louis, who emphasized that she’s not an authority on the significance of an upside-down flag, said justices are not supposed to publicly display support or opposition to partisan political candidates.

“If it means `Stop the Steal,’ then it seems like he didn’t mind that ideological message going out to the world,” she said of the flag. “That’s political activity, arguably.”

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There have already been calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from those decisions because of his wife’s political advocacy.

Virginia  “Ginni” Thomas has argued repeatedly  the 2020 election was stolen and attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Stephen Gillers, a judicial ethics expert at New York University’s law school, told USA TODAY he doubts Alito knew the flag was flying upside down or, if he did know, wasn’t aware of the “Stop the Steal” connection.

“I don't believe Alito would have allowed this to happen if he did know,” Gillers said. “While Alito's explanation for how it did happen is hard to believe, it is more credible than the view that he knowingly chose to fly the flag upside down knowing its meaning to the "Stop the Steal" crowd.”

Alicia Bannon, director of the judiciary program at the Brennan Center for Justice, a liberal group, said a reasonable person could question Alito’s impartiality in the pending cases related to Jan. 6, 2021, and the charges Trump faces.

More: Justices Thomas, Alito complain about 'nastiness' and 'imperiled' freedom of religion

Alito, she tweeted, should recuse himself from those cases.

But both Bannon and Clark noted that the code of conduct the court adopted last year in response to ethics controversies does not include an enforcement mechanism.

“It's an acknowledgment that he needs to do something,” Clark said, “but it failed to do the most important thing which is provide a mechanism for accountability.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Appear in New Footage from Surprise Stop During Nigeria Trip

Save the Children U.K. CEO Gemma Sherrington called it "phenomenal" that the couple took time to meet with young people

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made an under-the-radar charity visit during their recent trip to Nigeria .

On May 16, Save the Children U.K. revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with the nonprofit's staff and two youth ambassadors in Abuja during their three-day tour last week. The event was facilitated and chaired by photographer Misan Harriman, a global ambassador for Save the Children. Harriman is a friend of the couple and photographed their trip to Nigeria, where he was born.

Prince Harry, 39, and Meghan, 42, posed for photos with Save the Children staff, Harriman and Youth Ambassadors Maryam and Purity during the meeting, where they learned more about the charity’s ongoing work in Nigeria. Maryam, 23, and Purity, 19, told the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about their efforts to address a slew of issues, including child marriage, gender-based violence, access to education and healthcare and the plight of displaced children.

"This charity recognizes the importance of having young people's voice at the forefront, not just as advocates, but as decision-makers. And that is absolutely crucial, because you know better than anybody else what is going on, what are the conversations are that are happening but also it's your future," Prince Harry said in a video shared to Instagram by the organization.

"We won’t stop, every one of us. Every one of us has a role to play through our advocacy, our voices, our financial support, volunteering. So we hope to see a positive change and a better future for Nigeria," Purity added.

According to statistics from Save the Children, one in 10 children in Nigeria dies before they turn 5, three in 10 girls are married by age 18 and 10 million kids are out of school. The statement explained that Nigeria also has one of the highest rates of "zero dose children," who have never received a routine vaccine. During the stop, Prince Harry and Meghan learned more about Save the Children’s new partnership with British pharmaceutical company GSK to help solve the problem through new immunization programs, funding to support local organizations and youth-led advocacy.

Connecting back to the couple’s advocacy around greater global vaccine access , Save the Children U.K. CEO Gemma Sherrington said in a statement, "We were thrilled to share information about this innovative partnership with Duke and Duchess of Sussex in light of their long-standing interest in vaccine equity."

"We’re honored that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took time out of their busy schedule in Nigeria to learn about the work Save the Children does, alongside our youth advocates and partners, to ensure children don’t just survive but thrive,” Sherrington said. "Child Champions and Youth Ambassadors are the beating heart of our work in Nigeria so for two of them to have this opportunity to speak with Prince Harry and Meghan, and to shine a spotlight on their tireless advocacy to protect the rights of children, is phenomenal."

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have partnered with Save the Children before, releasing a sweet video of Meghan reading the picture book Duck! Rabbit! for son Prince Archie ’s first birthday in 2020 in collaboration with the organization’s #SaveWithStories campaign, launched to help kids adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, Prince Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation donated funds to the charity for the humanitarian flood response in Nigeria. 

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Harry and Meghan hit the ground running when they arrived in Nigeria on May 10, in a visit significant as their first international tour since stepping back from their royal roles in 2020. The whirlwind tour championed the Archewell Foundation's mental health initiatives for young people and Prince Harry's Invictus Games , which Nigeria participated in for the first time last year. Throughout the trip, Meghan also spoke about feeling a connection to the country after discovering that she is 43% Nigerian.


Speaking with PEOPLE on the tour, Prince Harry says, "These trips are about us being able to go out and go and focus on the things that mean so much to us. And being able to be on the ground, to us, is what it’s all about."

"It's really meaningful. Just being able to connect to people... that's what makes it special,” Meghan tells PEOPLE.


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    Safari can't upload photos from Google photo albums People who use the google photos application for organizing their pictures do not have the option to upload/search for photos via google photos when using safari; it only allows us to search using the stock IOS photos app. Google photos app users are currently SOL. Please come out with an update that allows users to search/upload using a ...

  2. iOS 17: How to Control Which Apps Have Access to Your Photos

    There are concerning reports on Reddit that Apple's latest iOS 17.5 update has introduced a bug that causes old photos that were deleted - in some cases years ago - to reappear in users' photo ...

  3. «Private access» for photos on certain ap…

    Apps do not have access to photos after IOS 13.7 update Hey there, ever since updating to IOS 13. I cannot upload a photo via any app. It always says "this app does not have access to your photos, you can change this in privacy settings" when I go to "photos" in the privacy settings, it says "apps that have requested access to your photos will appear here" but there's nothing there.

  4. How to Limit Which Photos Apps Have Access to in iOS 17

    Finally, you can limit iPhone Photos app access anytime by following the below steps. Time needed: 1 minute. Follow the steps below to limit iPhone Photos app access. Go to Settings on your iPhone ...

  5. Customize your Safari settings on iPhone

    Customize your start page. When you open a new tab, you begin on your start page. You can customize your start page with new background images and options. Open the Safari app on your iPhone. Tap , then tap . Scroll to the bottom of the page, then tap Edit. Favorites: Display shortcuts to your favorite bookmarked websites.

  6. Better Browsing: 30 Hidden Tricks Inside Apple's Safari Browser

    Now, here are 30 tricks to help you have a better experience when using Safari. 1. Navigate Tab Bar. (Credit: Lance Whitney / Apple) The jump to iOS 15 moved Safari's address bar to the bottom of ...

  7. Is there any way to block images in Safar…

    Feb 8, 2016 5:16 PM in response to Marja E. I wanted to learn about this topic so that I could surf the Web and save data by disabling images. The solution I found was to go to Safari >Preferences>Advanced and tick the box against "Show Develop menu in menu bar". The menu bar is the bar at the top of the screen with the Apple icon at the left end.

  8. Control access to your photos on Mac

    Turn access to your photos on or off for each app in the list. For some apps, you can click Options to give full access to all your photos, access to only photos you select, or only the ability to add photos. If you allow third-party apps or websites to use your photos, any information they collect is governed by their terms and privacy ...

  9. How to stop sharing your iPhone or iPad content

    If you have an Apple Watch and shared your Activity rings with someone, you can choose to stop sharing. On iPhone, go to the Activity app , then tap Sharing. Tap a person you share with, tap their name, then tap either Remove Friend or Hide my Activity. You can also choose to share information with others using third-party apps.

  10. Eight Privacy and Security Improvements in iOS 17: Safari, Shared

    The Photos picker in ‌iOS 17‌ is designed to allow users to share specific photos with apps while the rest of the Photo Library stays private. Apps must ask to access the user's entire photo ...

  11. How to disable auto-play for videos and photos on iPadOS

    Open the Settings on your iPad. Scroll to and select Photos. Under Photos Tab, turn off the toggle for Auto-Play Videos and Live Photos. Disable auto-play in Photos on iPadOS. That's it! When you head back to the Photos tab in the Photos app and scroll through, you should no longer see your vidoes and photos come to life.

  12. How to Disable "Shared With You" on iPhone and iPad

    To get started, open the "Settings" app on your iPhone or iPad. Go to the "Messages" section. Choose the "Shared With You" section. If you want to disable the entire feature, disable the "Automatic Sharing" feature. To disable the feature on a per-app basis, you can disable the "Music," "TV," "Safari," or the "Photos" app.

  13. Stop autoplay videos in Safari on Mac

    In the Safari app on your Mac, choose Safari > Preferences, then click Websites.. Click Auto-Play in the list on the left. Do any of the following: Choose settings for a website in the list: Select the website on the right, then choose the option you want for it. Choose settings for all websites that aren't currently customized: Click the "When visiting other websites" pop-up menu, then ...

  14. How to Stop Safari From Launching Apps on iPhone and iPad

    Option 1: Uninstall the App. Option 2: Long-Press on a Link. Option 3: Use Safari in Private Browsing Mode. Option 4: Lock Safari With Guided Access. Safari for iPhone and iPad will automatically open many web links in apps. For example, if you tap a LinkedIn, Reddit, or YouTube link on a web page, you'll be taken to the associated app.

  15. 21 Safari Photography Tips for Capturing Stunning Safari Photos

    15. Consider bringing a tripod and/or beanbag. Bringing a tripod and/or beanbag on safari is a crucial photography tip for the following reasons: Stability for Clear Shots: A tripod or beanbag provides stability, reducing camera shake and ensuring clear shots, especially when using longer lenses.

  16. 14 solutions to fix Safari not downloading files on iPhone & Mac

    Force Quit and reopen Safari. On iPhone and iPad: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold or double-press the Home button to enter App Switcher. From here, drag the Safari app card all the way up to close it.. On Mac: Save your work in any other open Safari tabs. Next, click the Apple icon and choose Force Quit.Here, select Safari and click Force Quit.

  17. How to Unsync iPad from iPhone—Photos, Texts & More

    Tap iCloud. Tap Show All. Turn off the toggles beside the applications that you don't want to sync with your iPhone. The toggles will be gray and to the left when disabled. Now, when you work in apps you have chosen not to sync, whatever you change will not be shared between your iPad and iPhone. 2.

  18. 20 Easy Tips for Better Safari Photos

    Lens cleaning equipment (lens pen, lens wipes) - I recommend this lens pen and these lens cleaning wipes . Spare batteries - Choose whatever fits the camera you have, fully charged! I usually bring two spares. Spare memory cards - You want something with a fast write speed, like this 64GB UHS-II 300MB/s SD card.

  19. If Safari isn't loading websites or quits on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

    Connect to a different network. Try to load a website, like, using cellular data. If you don't have cellular data, connect to a different Wi-Fi network, then load the website. If you're using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), check your VPN settings. If you have a VPN turned on, some apps or websites might block content from loading.

  20. Safari Stop

    Safari Stop Indoor Playground. Safari Stop is open to the public for free play. Safari Stop is appropriate for children ages 3 through 9. Please do not leave children unattended. Hours: Sunday - Thursday | 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Location. Safari Stop is located across from the Fireside ...

  21. How do you disable opening Safari on macOS?

    Is there any way to stop Safari from opening? I'm using macOS Catalina. Would updating to Big Sur / higher version help? macbook-pro; catalina; screen-time; Share. Improve this question. Follow edited Feb 10, 2021 at 21:23. pkamb. 8,901 15 15 gold badges 73 73 silver badges 118 118 bronze badges.

  22. iOS 17.5—Apple Issues Update Now Warning To All iPhone Users

    Apple has issued iOS 17.5 along with a warning to update your iPhone as soon as possible. Apple iPhone. 05/14 update below. This article was first published on 05/13. Another significant bug ...

  23. Open-Top Martinique Safari

    Open-Top Martinique Safari. Hop aboard an open-top bus and head off to the north of the island. Venture along Trace Road, through the rainforest to the Alma River - an idyllic spot where you'll stop for photos. Marvel at stunning views from high up when you drive through Fonds Saint Denis village and pay a visit to the pretty Gendarme ...

  24. A 'Stop The Steal' Symbol Was Displayed At Alito's House In 2021 ...

    You can see a photo of the flag in question in the Times' story. Jan. 17 was a little over a week after Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to stop the ceremonial ...

  25. Supreme Court Justice Alito's House Displayed a 'Stop the Steal' Flag

    A photo obtained by The Times shows an inverted flag at the Alito residence on Jan. 17, 2021, three days before the Biden inauguration. ... This is "the equivalent of putting a 'Stop the Steal ...

  26. Posting This Notice on Your Facebook Account Will Stop Platform from

    Claim: Posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will protect you from having all your posts and photos made public. Rating: False. About this rating. For years, messages about protecting your ...

  27. Google Photos wants to stop memes from killing your feed's vibe

    A new Google Photos feature may allow users to filter out images from third-party apps, reducing clutter in their feed. As spotted in development, you would be able to prevent GIFs and memes from ...

  28. Alito and the upside down flag: What the symbol means to 'stop the

    Alito also said the neighbors' sign she was reacting to by flying the upside-down flag blamed her for what happened on Jan. 6. Inverted flags, a sign of distress, have been used by Trump ...

  29. Stop and remove location metadata in Photos

    Stop and remove location metadata in Photos. When location services is turned on for the Camera app, it uses information gathered from cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS networks, and Bluetooth® to determine the location of photos and videos.This location metadata is embedded into each photo and video so that you can later search for photos and videos in the Photos app based on the location they were taken ...

  30. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Appear in New Footage from Surprise Stop

    New footage revealed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's visit to Save the Children during their tour of Nigeria. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with two youth ambassadors to learn more about the ...