Q: I need an iPhone app that reminds me to take my medicine, and if I’m late taking it, helps me readjust the time between doses. Setting an alarm on the phone won’t work because I may be in a meeting. What apps might help me?
The App Store stocks several pharmaceutical apps designed to organise your pills, schedule doses and remind you to take your medicine. Many of the apps in this category require a bit of setup, where you enter the name of the medications you take, your dose, schedule and other information; some also integrate with the Health app built into iOS 8 and later, and have Apple Watch companion apps.
After you set up the app, it alerts you when to take each medication. Some apps also include features like refill reminders and warnings about drug interactions. Finding the pill-reminder app that suits your needs may take some experimentation.
If you are looking for an app that notes when you go off schedule and can help you recalculate your dosage times, a recent update to the free, well-reviewed Round Health iOS app records when you last took a pill so you can do the math needed for timing the next dose. The app reminds you to take your scheduled pills with pop-up alerts.
The Medisafe app for Android and iOS is another popular pill-reminder program with good reviews from users on both platforms; the app is free but offers in-app purchases for more features. MyTherapy Pill Reminder & Medication Tracker (free for Android and iOS) includes a journal function and can create PDF reports to share with a doctor.
Q: How do I get apps to give me notifications when I’m using Windows 10 on a desktop computer?
As with mobile operating systems, Microsoft’s Windows 10 can display app alerts on your screen, even when you do not have those programs open. You may not want to hear from every app on your computer that can send notifications, but you can control what you see both while you are working and while your PC’s lock screen is on.
To do so, go to the Start screen and open the Settings app. As a shortcut, you can press the Control and I keys on the keyboard to open the Settings box, or tell the Cortana assistant to do it for you.
Once you are in the Settings box, select System. On the left side of the System screen, choose Notifications & Actions. Here, you flip the switches for apps and services you want to show notifications. (Some programs may have their own notification settings, like web browsers sending you updates from selected sites.)
You can also select the style of alerts you see on the screen, and if you would like audio cues as well. If you prefer not to have the computer ping you with notifications between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., you can turn on the Quiet Hours setting. Select the Action Center icon in the lower-right corner of the Windows taskbar. In the rows of Acton Center squares (choose Expand if you do not see them all), tap or click the Quiet Hours icon to toggle it.
Mac users can find similar settings for the system’s Notifications Center — just select Notifications in the System Preferences area. The Mac operating system also includes a Do Not Disturb setting to mute the alerts during specified hours.
J D Biersdorfer