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How to add Spokesman.com to your mobile desktop

What's that? You got yourself a brand spankin' new phone for a gift? You'll probably be playing with it for the next 24-36 hours straight, without sleep, without showering, muttering “grph moar apps” under your breath like a downtown hobo grumbling about aluminum cans.

Whilst in the middle of your new phone activation / moar apps hysteria, a gentle voice of wisdom and knowledge (I imagine Cate Blanchett, but you might prefer Morgan Freeman) whispers in your ear:

“Dearest loyal Spokesman-Review reader, don't forget to add spokesman.com to your mobile desktop as a bookmark, so you can access the most rad daily newspaper in Spokane, 24/7.”

With that, here is how you can add spokesman.com to your mobile desktop on a number of devices. It's actually quite simple.

(Beware, thar be .gifs ahead.)

STEP ONE

Go to www.spokesman.com. Since you're probably on the site right now, you should open a new tab or window so that I don't go away. You might end up on m.spokesman.com if you're on mobile, but the process is the same whether you're on a tablet device or phone.

STEP TWO

Follow the easy to understand .gifs below for your appropriate device

iPhone

iPad

Android

STEP THREE

Drink cocoa. With some of those tiny crunchie marshmallows, which, I dunno. I don't think they're actually marshmallows. I think they stole the ingredients for those from the Lucky Charms factory, and they should expect an angry leprechaun on their doorstep any day now.

Thanks to Toyota 4x4 lover Patrick Hanley for the Android screenshots and Kaitlin Gillespie for the iPhone shots.

The iOS upgrade experience

Our newsroom has an iPad Mini, codenamed “iPad Mini”, for testing stuff. It’s still using the archaic and antiquated iOS 6, so let’s update it.

First we open our Settings app. Then we go to General settings, and at the top we see Software Update. Let’s click that.

So now it says iOS 7.0.2 and has a download bar. But what’s that? 5 hours? Ain’t no one got time for that.

Time for Plan B, downloading the software on our desktop computer and update the iPad using iTunes.

Open up iTunes, select the iPad. What’s it say? “A newer version of the iPad software is available (version 7.0.2). To update your iPad with the latest software, click Update.” I think that means I should click Update.

After a few dire warnings from Apple and a bunch of terms and conditions that no one ever reads, things are going smoothly. In fact, the download took less than a minute from my desktop and the update is already pretty much done.

Let’s look at what we have. First, a bunch of set up screens that you can skip:

Lastly, the new home screen with all its Jony Ives goodness:

So that’s it. Lessons learned? From start to finish it was less than 15 minutes updating our company iPad Mini to iOS 7 via our desktop computer using iTunes. For those of you worrying about the update taking so long because you were updating over 3G/4G/AOL/IPoAC, I feel sorry. Don’t do that.

Follow these easy steps and you too can relish in radioactive gradients that will cause night blindness if stared at too long.

Do you have an iOS upgrade experience you’d like to relate?

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