Tips

February 22, 2019
Emoji symbols add a touch of whimsy to text messages, notes, and emails. But did you know that they have names besides "the pink flower," "the other pink flower," "dead dudes one and two," and "the not-quite-full moon—is it waxing or waning? I can never remember"? The easiest and most hilarious way to find out what the Emojis' official names are is to have your iPhone read them out loud to you.
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February 21, 2019
I recently upgraded my iPhone and decided to take advantage of the extra storage space on my new iPhone and download apps I'd deleted in the interest of saving space onto my new device. An easy way to do this is to view all your past app purchases and tap to download them again. Here's how to view all past app purchases, including free apps.
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February 20, 2019
I frequently receive Amazon gift cards and claim codes for my birthday or as bonuses for paying my cellphone bill on time from the carrier I use. Here's how to redeem an Amazon gift card or claim code on your iPhone or iPad or on your computer. You'll need to have an Amazon account and be signed in. Redeeming the credit stores it to your account balance until you're ready to use it on a purchase. 
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February 19, 2019
Similarly to the Safari browser on your Mac, the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad will recommend suggested websites, show popups related to your search, and auto-fill search queries as you type. Here's how to turn off suggestions for search in Safari. It's a simple, quick tip!
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February 18, 2019
Starting with watchOS 5 for Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you can raise your wrist to get Siri's attention without saying "Hey Siri." Here's how to use raise to talk, or raise to speak, for Siri voice commands on your Apple Watch. I've found this tip to be especially useful at work since when I say "Hey Siri" it can trigger my personal phone, the company phone, or the office HomePod. So I can use Siri on my watch without any confusion!
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February 16, 2019
With all the movies and TV series coming out, it can be hard to keep track of what you might be interested in watching. IMDb is a source for discovering new and old movies and shows, current show times, ans if you're able to stream a show on Amazon. IMDb is great for any casual viewer or film buff, as the app also provides behind the scenes content and additional information about cast and crew, while recommending other titles you may enjoy. 
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February 15, 2019
There’s no doubt that kids absolutely love to play games on iPhones and iPads. But not all games are created for younger children, and you may prefer they don’t play those games. Luckily, you can set restrictions on your child’s iPhone or iPad. This will give you a little more control over the content your child consumes in the age of information. Here’s how to set Game Center restrictions on your child’s iPad or iPhone.
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February 14, 2019
I like adding events and to-do list items for certain days in my iPhone Calendar app. Here's how to widen the daily Calendar display to make it easier to read and to display any additional information included with the event. I usually do this in the morning since reading densely packed words before I've had coffee is nearly impossible.
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February 13, 2019
Sometimes Do Not Disturb will still let messages and calls through in certain circumstances depending on your Do Not Disturb settings. Want to use your phone without receiving ANY notifications and calls? Here's the best way to set Do Not Disturb so your phone won't go off for any reason. I use it for when I'm listening to podcasts or just trying to get some work done.
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February 11, 2019
With the latest iOS update, you can do more with your iPhone even before unlocking it. Here's how to respond to your notifications directly from the Lock screen. For iPhone 6s or later, you'll use 3D Touch. For the iPhone XR, you'll just use long press or swipe and tap. 
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February 09, 2019
Considering options for a web browsing alternative to Safari on your iPhone or iPad? Google Chrome is a fast web browser app that can quickly load pages and has loads of features you can easily learn to take advantage of. With so much to offer, here's why Google Chrome is one of our top choices.
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February 08, 2019
Reader Mode in Safari is a great way to reduce the clutter on a web page to make it easier to read. When you enable this reading mode, Safari strips away all the ads, sidebars, and other extraneous material and only shows you the article and its accompanying images. The Reader Mode feature is especially useful if text size is an issue for you when​ reading. Here’s how to change font size with Reader Mode on iPhone, so you can stop squinting and start reading!
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February 07, 2019
FaceTime video calls automatically use the front view camera. Here's how to flip the camera from front to rear view during a FaceTime call. It's helpful for showing the other person a quick house tour, the odd sleeping position your cat is in, or anything that's not directly next to you. 
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February 06, 2019
Occasionally your Apple TV may freeze, or otherwise start glitching, and need a restart. The Apple TV doesn't have a power button, but you can still restart it. Here are three easy ways to reboot your Apple TV.
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February 05, 2019
Ever since Apple released iOS 10 in 2016, it's been possible to use the iPhone as a magnifying glass. You don't need a separate magnifying glass app; this helpful magnifier feature is free! Of course, the screen magnifier is not only useful for those with visual challenges, but also for any of us who has ever needed a reading magnifier to see more detail in an image. Better yet, the screen magnifier includes a light, as well as the ability to adjust contrast and color, which is a big help for those with color blindness. So how does this smartphone magnifier work? Read on to find out! 
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February 04, 2019
When your phone is locked, you can glance at the notification previews to see if you need to respond to something. But that means other people can too. Fortunately you don't have to turn off notification previews altogether to ensure your privacy. Instead you can set your notification previews to only be visible when your iPhone is unlocked. For iPhone X and later, Face ID works to keep your information secure. But if you have an older phone and have at least iOS 11 or later, this tip also works by using Touch ID.
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February 02, 2019
I used to only watch YouTube when I wanted to do something specific, like looking up a how-to video or watching from a link someone sent me. With so many videos and not so very strict categories, I found it hard to find something I liked right off the bat when just browsing the app. But after liking some videos and subscribing to a couple channels, I began to better navigate YouTube's sea of videos. Now I can browse YouTube and enjoy videos relevant to what I like or branch out to discover new interests. 
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February 01, 2019
When you set up an iPhone X or later model iPhone, it tells you how to open the App Switcher: swipe up from the bottom of the screen to just below the center, hold for a second, and let go. There might be a subtle bit of haptic feedback when you’re holding to let you know it’s okay to let go. But once you’ve opened the App Switcher, figuring out how to remove apps and fully close them isn’t so obvious. Here’s how to close apps in the App Switcher on iPhone X and later running on iOS 12 or later.
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January 31, 2019
If you're reading News in landscape mode on your iPad, you'll want to close the sidebar so there's more room for articles. To get rid of the sidebar in News on your iPad, you'll have to have the iPad updated to iOS 12.1.1 or newer.
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January 30, 2019
The new Apple Watch ECG app works with your Apple Watch Series 4 to read your heart's rhythm and detect any irregularities that might indicate atrial fibrillation (AFib), while letting you take note of any additional symptoms you want to record. To use the ECG app, your Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 5.1.2 or later needs to be paired with iPhone 5s or later with iOS 12.1.1 or later. Older Apple Watches do not have this feature.
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January 29, 2019
For those who have an iPhone with 3D Touch, selecting text for editing has never been easier. With 3D Touch, you can turn your keyboard into a trackpad in most Apple apps and use your finger to highlight the words you need to edit. Here’s how to quickly select and edit text with 3D Touch on iPhone.
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January 28, 2019
When you're taking photos with your iPhone, sometimes you have to finagle your phone a bit to get the right shot by tilting it or holding it on its side to use the volume buttons to snap a picture. But while the photos usually appear right-side up in the iPhone's Photos app regardless of how you were holding the phone when you snapped the picture, sometimes they don't. And sometimes the photos appear upside down when you're trying to upload the photos to your computer or when you send them in an email. Here's how to fix upside-down photos on your iPhone.
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January 26, 2019
I absolutely love going on road trips, or travel of any kind, really. One of the most fun aspects of any trip for me is finding places to eat, as well as museums and shops that are off the beaten path, local favorites that become part of my mental "must visit" list for future adventures. One of the best tools I've found for trip research to destinations near and far is the Yelp app. Yelp is a free app that collects professional and business reviews from all over the world including restaurants, movers, home cleaning services, shopping, and even doctors and clinics! Yelp has collected over 135 million reviews so far, and the number keeps growing as more and more smartphone users discover this handy app. If you're the type of person that likes to plan ahead and get the most for your money and time, you'll want to learn more about Yelp, including how to set up your own free account and use it to read and write reviews.
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January 25, 2019
FaceTime, the Apple live video chat app, is a fun way to connect with friends and family when hearing their voice just isn't enough. Now FaceTime is getting even better with a new filter feature in iOS 12. There are lots of filters to choose from, so you'll always find something to fit your mood: a cartoon filter, a few black and white choices, and much more. Let's get started learning how to use FaceTime filters on iPhone or iPad. 
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January 24, 2019
Apple's iBooks app has gotten some major renovations with iOS 12 and is now just called Books. In addition to a new look and updated interfaces, there are lots of new features to explore including the ability to save books to a Wish List for later purchase. Let's get started learning how to save audiobooks and e-books to purchase later in the Books app on your iPhone or iPad. 
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