Repeat Alerts – iOS Messages App

Ever noticed your iPhone buzzing again a couple of minutes after a message has come in? That’s the Repeat Alerts option for the Messages app doing its work.

By default, your iPhone notifies you twice of any new message received in the Messages app. Once when the message is first received, then again two minutes after that.

If you think repeated alerts are too much, or if you want the alert to repeat more than once at two-minute intervals, you can tweak the settings.

iOS Messages App Icon

How to Change Repeat Alerts Settings for iOS Messages App

    1. Go to Settings, then Notifications.
    2. Find Messages in the list of applications under NOTIFICATION STYLE and tap on it.
    3. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the Repeat Alerts option. By default, it’s set to Once.
    4. Tap on the option to change its settings. You can turn it off by selecting Never or select any of the other options available for the alert to repeat X times at two-minute intervals.

iOS Messages App Notifications Settings incl. Repeat Alerts 

iOS Messages App Repeat Alerts Options 

Want to read more of our iOS and macOS tips and tricks? Here’s a link to our Tutorials category. Want to check out Apple’s user guide on the Messages app? Here’s that link.

How to Take Screenshots on Apple TV

Apple TV 4K and Siri Remote

Taking screenshots on your Apple TV is not as simple as pressing two buttons on your Siri Remote. In fact, Apple does not even talk about this in their Apple TV User Guide. But hey, it’s doable with some work.

Before we begin, it’s important to know you won’t be able to capture copyright-protected content on an Apple TV, or any Apple device for that matter. Try grabbing a screenshot on your iPhone while it’s playing video content from iTunes, all you get will be a black screen.

In order to capture screenshots or record videos playing on your Apple TV, you need a Mac connected to the same network as the Apple TV.

In our demo, we are using a Mac running macOS Catalina (version 10.15.4) and an Apple TV 4K running tvOS 13.4.

Throughout the process, you will see prompts on your Mac asking for permission to access the Apple TV screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to grant access.

How to Capture Screenshots or Record Video on Apple TV

    1. First, make sure your Apple TV and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. On your Apple TV, go to Settings and Network to see or change your Wi-Fi network. On your Mac, click on the Wi-Fi icon (Apple TV Network Settings) in the menu bar.Apple TV Network Settings
    2. Once both devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network, use Spotlight to launch Quick Time Player on your Mac. 
    3. In the QuickTime Player menu bar, click on File and then select New Movie Recording.
    4. In the Movie Recording window, click on the dropdown arrow next to the red Record button and select your Apple TV under Camera and Microphone. You should now see the content of your Apple TV’s screen on your Mac in QuickTime Player’s Movie Recording window.QuickTime Player New Movie Recording Select Camera and MicrophoneApple TV Screen in QuickTime Player New Movie Recording Window
    5. To take a screenshot, press Shift, Command and 4 on the keyboard. You’ll see the cursor turn into a crosshair.
    6. Move the crosshair over the QuickTime Player Movie Recording window and press the Space bar. The crosshair will now turn into a camera.
    7. Wait for QuickTime Player’s interface to disappear and then click to take the screenshot. By default, the image will be saved to your desktop on your Mac.
    8. To record your Apple TV’s screen, hit the red Record button.

By now I think you’ll agree taking screenshots on Apple TV is not as simple as it is on an iPhone. Here’s to hoping that Apple will add this functionality to their Siri Remote someday!

What’s in My Podcasts App 2020

Apple Podcasts

If you’ve seen some of my previous posts, you’ll know I’m an avid podcast listener. Podcasts are where I get most of my news and a lot of my entertainment.

Here are some of the podcasts I’m subscribed to in 2020 and why.


Start Here

Start Here

ABC’s Start Here was launched a bit over two years ago. The show is very balanced and informative. The host, Brad Mielke, talks fast and never runs out of correspondents on any subject. Each episode is just over 20 minutes and fits perfectly into my 30-minute drive to work.

Normally when your favorite show host takes the day off, whoever fills in for them just does not work for you, but with Start Here, it’s so much fun to listen to it when other hosts fill in for Brad and try to do his style.

The Daily

The Daily

The New York Time’s The Daily is really good at diving deep into the news. Each episode of The Daily focuses on one main story and presents it in an intimate conversation between the host, Michael Barbaro, and his guests.

Michael speaks in a very unique way that could put certain people off, but for others, it’s intelligent, thoughtful and inspiring.

Each episode of The Daily runs about 30 minutes. At the end of each episode, there is a “here’s what else you need to know” session where Michael tells the audience other news stories not covered in his main focus for the day. 

The Daily also distinguishes itself from others with its use of sound and music.

Global News Podcast

Global News Podcast

Each episode of the BBC’s Global News Podcast is about 30 minutes and breaks down a few main stories of the day. If you like to catch up on multiple things at a time, the Global News Podcast is a pretty neat option.

The World This Week

The Wolrd This Week

The BBC’s The World This Week catches you up with the week’s main news stories in less than 30 minutes.

Fox News Radio Newscast

These 4-minute bite-sized news flashes from Fox help you quickly take in important headlines. Although it’s interesting how the show’s editing ends up cutting themselves off a lot of the time.


The Joe Rogan Experience

The Joe Rogan Experience

There are two reasons behind Joe Rogan’s success in podcasting. One, he’s giving his audience what they want – a deep conversation between two people. Two, he has access to a wide variety of guests. From his fellow comedians, to tech people, to politicians, to countless celebrity guests, Joe Rogan can talk to anyone about anything.

A normal JRE episode could easily go beyond three hours, so it’s important to pick the right episode to start if you are new to the show. I recommend scrolling through the list of episodes and pick the one with the guest you are most interested in. With close to 1,500 episodes available, chances are you’ll find something you like.

Car Talk

Car Talk

NPR’s Car Talk podcast is an edited rerun of their radio talk show. It’s hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as “click and clack, the tappet brothers”. The show focuses on cars and car repairs discussed often in a humorous way. 

Each episode of Car Talk is usually just shy of an hour. While it probably won’t help you much with your car repair, the humorous exchange between the callers and the hosts are guaranteed to crack you up.