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December 14, 2019
Listening to Podcasts can be a relaxing way to fall asleep, and when you use the Sleep Timer, you can drift off without having to worry about sleeping through the best parts of an episode. To use the sleep timer in the Podcast app, you'll need to begin playing a podcast before the Sleep Timer will appear on the screen. Here's how to use the Sleep Timer in the Podcast app to help you fall asleep without missing any content.
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December 13, 2019
When you need to make yourself a quick voice recording, the Voice Memos feature on the Apple Watch is a great shortcut. I like using this feature to make a recording when my iPhone is out of reach or I don't have time to open my iPhone and open the Voice Memos app. It's also a nice way to record your thoughts without losing your thread of concentration. Here's how to record a voice memo on the Apple Watch.
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December 12, 2019
Here's a fun one! Did you know that Apple's animated emojis, Animojis, can not only be sent as video messages but also as stickers in your iPhone's Messages app? While you still need an iPhone with Face ID to send video messages, you can now send Animoji stickers from any iPhone with iOS 13, meaning the iPhone SE and later. Let's get started with learning how to make and use Animoji stickers in Messages right now. 
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December 11, 2019
If you use Apple's Reminders app to keep on top of your chores, events, and tasks, you'll enjoy a convenient new feature just added with iOS 13. The Reminders app now allows users to tag a contact; when you use the Messages app to text your tagged contact, a reminder notification will pop up on your iPhone. Let's get started learning how to use this new Reminders feature now.
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December 10, 2019
Apple has placed what it thinks are the most useful apps in the Dock of the iPad and iPhone, where they are accessible on every Home screen. If your most useful apps aren't in the Dock, you can easily move them there! Read on to learn how to move apps into or out of the Dock on your iPhone or iPad.
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December 09, 2019
Apple's new operating system, iOS 13, has a helpful new feature in the Health App; Cycle Tracking. This period tracker is useful for not only logging your menstrual cycle, but also symptoms associated with it, such as spotting, basal body temperature, fertility tracking, and calculating when your next period will start. Let's get started learning how to set up Cycle Tracking on your iPhone. 
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December 07, 2019
  If you love podcasts, and also love iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices, you've probably heard that you can sync your podcasts across your devices. Once your devices are synced, you can use the Podcasts app to listen to a podcast on your iPhone, then pick it up right where you left off on your iPad. Syncing across Apple devices includes not only podcast playback positions but also your podcast subscriptions and stations. If this sounds like podcast heaven to you, follow the steps below to sync up your devices and start listening.
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December 06, 2019
Setting a website to always open in your preferred mode, such as Desktop or Reader View, makes it easier to browse your favorite websites from the iPhone. With Safari's custom controls, you can also allow or disable your microphone, camera, and location sharing for individual websites. Here's how to customize your Safari experience on the iPhone.
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December 05, 2019
  iPhone app developers release updates from time to time, whether it be to fix bugs or add new features. If you're wondering, "how do I get updates for my apps?" there are two answers. You can change your settings to update apps automatically, but there's also an easy way to check which updates are available for your apps and download them. Let's learn how to quickly update apps all at once on your iPhone. 
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December 04, 2019
Text message conversations may contain evidence of important memories, and if you’re like me, you probably want to download your iMessages, save your messages, print your messages, or do something, anything, to make those exchanges more secure and accessible. One useful trick to save those interactions is to use the Messages Mac application to download your message history as a PDF file. This will let you keep that conversation on your computer and share it as you like, whether it was a conversation with a friend who isn't around anymore, or with a landlord and you need a record. Read on to find out how to turn an Messages conversation into a document you can save on your computer, or print later.
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December 03, 2019
Beginning with iOS 12, Apple grouped notification topics and message threads together in the Notification Center to help users see all their updates at a glance. But what if you don't like how your Notifications are sorted and want to ungroup them? If you don't like the way your Notification Center is organized, it's easy to ungroup some or all of your Notifications. Let's get started learning how to ungroup Notifications in your iPhone's Notification Center. 
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December 02, 2019
Among the helpful features Apple introduced with iOS 13 is the ability to take full-page, or scrolling, screenshots in Safari. This means that, rather than capturing only the section of the web page that's visible on your iPhone display, you'll now be able to screen capture the entire page. Let's get started learning how to use this useful new screenshot capability! 
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November 30, 2019
Apple introduced a new, useful measurement app back when it released iOS 12 that also includes a level (the Compass app no longer has a level feature). Third-party developers have long offered a level app, a tape measure app, or both, so it's great that owners of the iPhone 8 and later can now enjoy this feature for free. I've written about how to use the augmented reality (AR) tape measure portion of the Measure app in a previous tip, so now it's time to go over how to use the level feature; let's get started! 
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November 29, 2019
The Swipe Keyboard on the iPhone, often called Swipe Text, Swype Keyboard, Slide to Type, or sometimes QuickPath, is available on the iPad as of iPadOS 13. Using the iPad’s floating keyboard, you can drag your finger from one letter to the next without lifting it, spelling out whole words in one quick motion. There’s no need for a keyboard app. To get Slide to Type working on your iPad, you’ll need to use the floating keyboard, and learn how to switch between the floating keyboard and the regular keyboard. Read on for quick instructions on how to use QuickPath and the floating keyboard on your iPad.
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November 28, 2019
  If you have an iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro Max with 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, you can easily select the exact amount of zoom you'd like to use with each shot with the zoom slider. With Ultra-Wide thrown into the mix, your zoom menu has changed to make it easier for you to swap back and forth between your cameras. Learning how to use the zoom on the iPhone gives you more freedom to play with photography, so let's get started learning how to use the zoom slider on your iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
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November 27, 2019
If you've ever wished for the ability to pair two sets of AirPods to your device so you can share audio from your iPhone with a friend, Apple has finally granted your wish. As with earlier models, you can still monitor your AirPods battery life using the Today View. This year the iPhone's latest software update, iOS 13, comes with the ability to connect two pairs of AirPods to an iPhone, so that you can listen to your music, audiobook, podcast, or movie together. Let's get started learning how to pair two sets of AirPods to your iPhone and listen to the same audio simultaneously.
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November 26, 2019
If you have favorite shows in the Podcasts app, but keep forgetting to check for new episodes, you'll probably benefit from turning on notifications so you can keep up to date. On the other hand; if you're subscribed to lots of podcasts, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the new episode notifications. Let's learn how to customize your Podcasts notifications, so you're informed about the shows you really want to listen to, while silencing notification about the ones you only occasionally tune into. 
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November 25, 2019
Since the dawn of Siri, I’ve wanted my iPhone to read my messages to me. Now my wish is fulfilled; with iOS 13 and a compatible set of earbuds, Siri can read your texts to you in the privacy of your earbud audio. When you are sitting in the car, or out on a walk at night, Siri will announce your message contents as they arrive, and save you the trouble of scrambling for your phone and squinting at a bright screen. Let me show you how to turn on the feature and have Siri announce your text messages.
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November 23, 2019
Screen addiction is a very real issue for many smartphone users, and Apple is taking the problem seriously. Since the rollout of iOS 12, there's a Screen Time feature that can help iPhone and iPad users become aware of how much time they spend on their devices, then cut back if they feel the need. One of these settings is called Downtime. What does Downtime in Screen Time do? It's exactly what it sounds like; a set time of day where your device reminds you that it's time to unplug and do something else. Let's get started learning how to set up Downtime in iOS 13 now. 
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November 22, 2019
Apple's Live Photos are fun, three-second videos that capture a brief period of movement and sound, rather than a standard, static picture. These moving pictures can be turned into GIFs, used as your Lock screen, still photos can be saved from them, and more. With iOS 13, Live Photos have a new, fun capability that you'll want to try out; you can now make videos out of two or more Live Photos. If you've been wondering how to make videos from your Live Photos, read on to find out! 
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November 21, 2019
You might want to uninstall apps because your storage is filling up. Or you might be wondering how to delete apps on your iPhone because your home screen has gotten cluttered. It's not obvious how to remove apps from your iPhone, but once you see how it works, it's fast and easy. Let's get started learning how to uninstall apps on your iPhone so you can declutter your Homescreen and free up storage.
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November 20, 2019
You can hook up a mouse to an iPad, as long as the mouse uses Bluetooth. I was delighted to discover that the iPad Pro has mouse support, and it even works on my iPhone! You have to register the mouse as an AssistiveTouch device in the Accessibility menu. The technique should work with most Bluetooth mice, although you may have to use a special workaround for some, including the Apple Magic Mouse. Read on for step by step instructions on how to get your iPad mouse working.
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November 19, 2019
You can pair multiple Bluetooth devices to your iPhone or iPad and easily switch between them from the Control Center. We’ll go over where in the Control Center you can switch which Bluetooth device is currently playing your sound. This is handy if you need to switch from a speaker to headphones and in other similar instances. Here’s how to switch Bluetooth devices in the Control Center.
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November 18, 2019
High-Key Light Mono, for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, is a gray-scale portrait effect that whites out the background and turns up the highlights on your subject. To use this effect, open your Camera app and use the Portrait Mode lighting wheel to select High-Key Light Mono. Here’s how to use High-Key Light Mono in the Photo app on your iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max.
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November 16, 2019
Want to see what apps are draining the battery on your iPhone? Your iPhone's battery usage is broken down app by app in the Battery Health section of your Settings app. The data lets you see the percentage of battery life used by each app, and also how long you spent on individual apps. You'll be able to save your battery life and save your phone by picking out the apps that use more battery than they should be. 
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