Turn off Apple Wallet / Apple Pay notifications and nag screens

The latest version of IOS for iPhone, iPad, and iWatch devices really, really wants you to set up Apple Wallet / Apple Pay. Your devices want you to embed Apple in the middle of every purchase, and they’ll pester you every time you pick up your device with full-screen dialogs insisting that you need to finish setting up Apple Wallet. Right. Now.

I try to limit the number of things that can access my money, and I have no reason or desire to set up Apple Wallet, so I turned the notifications off. They are embedded in three separate places on the iPhone.

Go to Settings > Notifications > Wallet, turn Allow Notifications off.

Go to Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay, turn Double-Click Home Button off.

Go to Settings > Safari, scroll to the bottom, turn Check for Apple Pay off.

After you update the three settings above, you will still see a notice in Settings stating Finish Setting Up Your iPhone.

    • Click Finish Setting Up Your iPhone.
    • It’ll prompt you to Set Up Apple Pay.
    • Click Set Up Apple Pay, then exit without doing anything.

No more nag screens!

Hope you found this useful.

Article updated on 2018-07-10

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Turn off trackpad pinch-to-zoom on Firefox on Mac OS X

If you browse the web using Firefox on a Mac laptop you’ve probably brushed the track pad the wrong way and accidentally zoomed in on content. I’ve never used the pinch gesture to zoom in on purpose, it always happens by accident, then I have to press Command-0 to reset the screen back to normal.

I tried Googling for an answer, and found a bunch of people annoyed by the same experience, but no solutions.

I thought there might be a Firefox setting to control this, so I looked and I found one. Here’s what I did:

  • I typed “about:config” into the Firefox location bar to get to the configure-anything screen.
  • I clicked past the “this voids your warranty” disclaimer.
  • Type “zoom” in the search bar to find settings related to zoom.
  • The zoom in / zoom out gesture settings are browser.gesture.pinch.in and browser.gesture.pinch.out. Click browser.gesture.pinch.in to edit the setting. It’s usually set to “cmd_fullZoomReduce” and I changed that to “cmd_fullZoomReduce-disable”. (That way if I ever want to re-enable it all I have to do is remove the “-disable” part.)
  • Click browser.gesture.pinch.out and change its setting from “cmd_fullZoomEnlarge” to “cmd_fullZoomEnlarge-disable”.

That’s it. No more annoying track pad zoom.

Hope you find this useful.

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