Guides

Every year Apple announces a new and improved operating system. We know that new updates can be overwhelming—but they can be pretty exciting too! With iOS 14, you can customize your Home screen display with widgets, use powerful new texting features to keep in touch with friends and family, use Picture in Picture mode to watch videos while completing other tasks, and even use the App Clips feature to access a portion of an app without having to download it to your phone. We cover all of these features and so much more in our iOS 14 guide.

The Notes app may not look like much, but it can do a lot for you. The iPhone and iPad offer no better tool for quickly jotting down notes, but beyond this useful task, you can also sketch, doodle, add attachments, share notes with friends for collaboration, and much more. The Notes app is a great example of simplicity and power going hand-in-hand, with a clean and intuitive interface that sometimes hides useful features. In this guide, we'll teach you how to master the Notes app.

When Steve Jobs released the iPad in 2010, many people dismissed it as an unnecessary device. As it turned out, it was the device we didn’t know we needed, and it is now a staple in millions of homes. The iPad offers a unique experience for consuming media like movies or books, surfing the web, and even tackling work projects. In this guide we’ll cover the basics of how to use your iPad, give you app recommendations, teach you how to turn your tablet into a work powerhouse, and show you how to manage all your iDevices so they interact just how you like. 

In this video guide, we'll show you how to get the most out of your iPhone battery, from daily practices that reduce drainage to long-term strategies that ensure your phone will stay working at peak performance for years to come. There are a ton of little habits you can adopt to increase your battery's health and lifespan. Join us and learn the most useful aspects of your device's lithium ion battery.

FaceTime offers a super easy way to keep in touch with friends and family from afar. Video
chatting isn’t the same as seeing someone in real life, but it’s a close second! You can really get
the feeling that you’ve spent time with someone even though it’s through your phone. FaceTime
can be intimidating to approach, but it’s actually really simple once you learn how it works. With
this guide, learn the basics of making Facetime calls, Group Calls, some hidden features like

Messages is Apple's own text messaging app, and it does far more than just send plain old cell phone text messages. This guide will start simple and work up to hidden features to make your text message conversations easy, quick, and fun. Even as a long-time user, you're likely to find tips and tricks to raise your text messaging to the next level.

There’s a lot to love about the iPhone 11 Pro. It’s faster, it’s more durable, it offers higher-quality sound—but nothing steals the show quite like the iPhone 11 Pro’s new camera. In this guide, you'll learn the ins and outs of how to use the iPhone 11 Pro's camera—but don't worry! If you have the iPhone 11 or another phone running iOS 13, you'll find plenty of tips that work with your device too. Learn everything from how to use Night Mode to capture better shots in low lighting to using the latest editing tools to crop and rotate your videos. 

Apple finally dropped its latest iOS update and we at iPhone Life couldn’t be more excited. With this update comes a variety of new features, including a revamped Notes app, new options in Maps, fun new Memoji features, and other hidden gems that will boost your battery health and allow you to avoid pesky spam calls. Of course, with so many new features comes (what may feel like) a steep learning curve. Don’t worry, we’ve put the work in and have organized this guide to help you through the process. In this guide you’ll find a rundown of Apple’s most essential updates and how to use them.

Apple prides itself on creating user-friendly interfaces for its iPhones, but that doesn’t mean you're expected to completely understand how to use your device overnight. The fact is, some of our iPhone’s core features aren’t as intuitive as we want them to be, which is why we've created this guide to help you use your iPhone with confidence. This guide isn’t strictly for new iPhone owners—it’s for anyone who wants to better understand their iPhone’s core functions.

Apple’s official release of iOS 12 is now available! Thanks to Apple’s new mobile operating system, your iPhone and iPad are about to become a lot more powerful (and stable!). This is great news, but it also means you have a lot to learn in order to take advantage of all the new features. That’s where this guide comes in. Whether you’re looking to monitor your family’s screen time, create an animated avatar with Memoji, or test out the new augmented reality Measure app, this guide is your go-to source for all that and more.

Welcome to Getting Started with the Apple Watch. If you just bought an Apple Watch and could use some help figuring out how to use it, you are in the right place. This guide offers a quick and simple way to set up your Apple Watch and begin using it straight out of the box. Inside, you’ll learn how to set up your Apple Watch, tailor your settings, navigate apps, and check notifications. You'll also learn how to use your digital assistant Siri on your watch, customize your watch face, and make calls and send texts from your wrist.

iPhone Life has partnered with the experts at iPhone Photography School to bring you this course. By watching these videos, you’ll learn how to use Google's free Snapseed app to adjust the color, exposure, white balance, textures, and focus in your images. Course leader Emil Pakarklis will also teach you the best ways to crop your photos in order to achieve the perfect composition.

The iPhone X is an amazing device. If you’re lucky enough to get one for yourself, you want to make sure you’re not missing out on any of the features and perks it has to offer! With this guide, iPhone Life's editor in chief Donna Cleveland will walk you through everything you need to know to hit the ground running with your new iPhone X.

It’s the start of the new year, and for many of us, that means it's time to incorporate healthier routines into our daily lives—and believe it or not, your iPhone can help a lot in that department! Here, we’ll feature a variety of apps and tips to help you reach your goals, from apps that help you get a good night’s rest to built-in iPhone features that help you track your activity.

Apple's core productivity apps—including Notes, Calendar, and Reminders—are powerful tools that can help you manage your busy life, if you know how to use them. With this guide, you'll learn how to use these three apps in tandem in order to organize your schedule, ideas, and to-do lists, all from your iPhone or iPad. Let’s get started!

 

You heard right, Apple’s new operating system is out! Thanks to iOS 11, your iPhone and iPad just got a lot more powerful. While this is great news, it also means that you have to learn how to use your iDevices all over again! Don’t worry, we’re here to help you with that. Whether you’re looking to kick start your productivity with the new Drag and Drop feature for the iPad or train yourself to be a safer driver with Do Not Disturb While Driving, this guide is your go-to source for all that and more.

If you're passionate about something and want to share it with the world, video is a great way to spread your message. In this class, award-winning videographer Cielo de la Paz will teach you how to use your iPhone to shoot and edit your own videos. By the end of the class, you'll have the knowledge to set up, film, and edit a video, all in a day! Whether you're making a promotional video for your business or compiling highlights from a family vacation, you'll learn how to create a finished product that is memorable, tells a story, and captivates your audience. 

Your iPhone possesses a lot of useful features—many of which you’d never discover without knowing where to tap, swipe, or use 3D Touch. Here, we’ll cover your iPhone’s most popular hidden features, from easy text selection to message effects that add a whole new dimension to your text messages.

Within Apple’s core apps—Messages, Phone, and Mail—you might be surprised to find a host of rich capabilities that put you in full control over how you communicate with friends, family, and coworkers. While these apps have a simple layout, they offer more features than meet the eye if you know where to look. With this guide, we’ll walk you through them all so you can take your iPhone communication to the next level.

Your Apple ID is the key to using Facetime, sending iMessages, accessing your iCloud account, and making purchases in the App and iTunes Stores. In this roundup of tips we’ll focus specifically on managing your Apple ID, covering everything from resetting a forgotten password to figuring out how to stop receiving iMessages on your Mac.

 The Apple TV has revolutionized home entertainment, allowing you to stream movies, watch TV shows, play games, and access a slew of third-party apps, all through a small black box that sits beside your TV. The Apple TV places the control in your hands with a huge assortment of on-demand offerings. There are many streaming devices available on the market, but none have the operating system you've come to know and love from Apple.

It can be difficult to balance convenience and security when it comes to using your iPhone. We understand—you want it to be effortless to navigate your device, but you also want to protect your privacy and make it tough for otheres to access your data. The following collection of tips will help you maximize your iPhone security without sacrificing functionality. We'll cover everything from how to set up Touch ID so you can unlock your iPhone without entering a passcode to how to use Find My iPhone to find your lost or misplaced device.
 

The iPhone Life team has partnered with the experts at iPhone Photography School to bring you this course. By watching these videos, you’ll learn how to go from taking simple snapshots to masterfully capturing moments in unique and creative ways. To begin, course leader Emil Pakarklis will teach you tips and tricks for handling your iPhone camera with ease and skill. Once you've mastered the basics, Emil will show you how to achieve better composition, lighting, and focus.

Mail is likely one of the most-used apps on your iPhone and iPad. Thanks to the Mail app, you can (for better or worse) access your email at all times of the day, meaning you never miss that important message from your boss or greeting from your friend across the globe. But did you know the Mail app offers so much more than the ability to compose simple messages? Here’s a collection of our favorite email tips so you can start taking full advantage of Apple’s Mail app.

With as much time as the average user spends on Facebook, you would think that we'd know everything there is to know about the popular social media site—but think again! There are a lot more hidden features to Facebook than you may realize, and this collection is here to help you take advantage of them. To introduce the collection, we've included a roundtable conversation in which members of the iPhone Life editorial team discuss privacy concerns on Facebook and share their favorite tips from the collection.

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