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Saturday, April 24, 2021



As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I am trying to figure out how to reconnect over here using my phone. It just isn’t feasible to set it up as a hotspot for the laptop every time I want to check in.

I’ve run into lots of problems and limitations trying to use the app for iOS and the mobile website, ranging from limited functionality to my text having all the carriage returns stripped, and inability to post photos. Tonight I got a tip that is a game changer for me.

You can get desktop mode from within a Safari setting. I can’t link to directions here but I can summarize: At the top left of the browser window there’s a settings tab, labeled “Aa.” Tapping that will open a menu, where one of the choices is, “Request desktop site.” Voila! All the functionality of the desktop interface, really tiny, right here on my phone. Phew, what a relief! Also, bonus- reopening the run-together content without carriage returns and saving in desktop mode fixes the formatting! (Merle saw my plea and told me about this. Thanks, Merle!)

*There is also a way to do this in the Chrome browser (both iOS and Android). See the “browserhow” website, which is where Merle originally pointed me.

So, while I may have to squint a bit, I can at least do everything. Yay.


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  • no profile photo CD11945874
    Thanks for sharing with everyone and I can't see your blog has helped a lot! emoticon
    57 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    Wow - that's good news about the phone options. I hope you have a magnifying glass.

    And thank you for the bloglove on my grass and beach post. I am going to start calling those dogs the Excavators. DH is gonna howl with laughter. Because - like the Terminator - THEY'LL BE BACK!

    (giggle)

    Hope you have a glorious day.
    58 days ago
  • LESLIELENORE
    I am glad you were given a way to get access!
    59 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    I am sure there are lots of people in the same circumstances as you that could use this info. Keep up the good work!
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    59 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Thank you for sharing this news and Thank You Merle!

    A solution for so many that likely have no idea a fix is available. emoticon
    59 days ago
  • SPARKLINGME176
    Yes! Great info. How I do it, is go to my eMail linked to SP. Click to 'see' a response in 1 of my teams.... then go to the upper top left corner, several lines, (I have a iPhone 8) & it brings up a list of my trackers. Works for me. I can also 'type' speak- buy clicking on the little microphone. THEN I go over what I said to make sure it is correct & not spelled checked, wrongly. I can't add photos, but everything else! That is how I have been active 3,326 days Sparking.

    Also, thx for the comment about my beloved LUCY. It IS hard, but worth having her! I KNOW you & most people on SP land understand. I have written a blog, my latest about her.
    59 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    This is just great!! So nice to get a helpful response from the Sparkie admin Merle and be able to proceed full speed ahead!!!
    59 days ago
  • FELINEBETTER
    Atta Girl! With technology - there's usually another way. I'm glad you found a way to stay in touch that's convenient. You've probably saved many others too! emoticon emoticon
    59 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    Wow! Thanks for this! My Internet went down yesterday afternoon and evening and I was had a heck of a time trying to comment on blogs.

    I will save your instructions and check out the procedure.

    Coach Merle is great. She always responds and does her best to answer questions and find a solution
    59 days ago
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