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July 25, 2020
Apple Cash, the Apple Pay peer-to-peer payment service similar to Venmo, is a quick and convenient way to send and receive money through your iPhone. A common question with this Apple Pay feature, though, is: "Can you transfer Apple Pay to the bank?" Yes! Not only is it possible, but it's easy and efficient. Without this capability, Apple Cash would be unable to reach its potential as a full-service payment platform, and limit users greatly in how they could use the money they receive. Let's look at how to transfer Apple Cash to the bank and get the most out of this service.
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July 24, 2020
  Are you getting bored with seeing the same old screensaver or phone wallpaper, and wondering how to change the background on your iPhone or iPad? There's a ton of cute iPhone wallpaper to choose from, so you can have cool iPhone and iPad backgrounds like your friends. Here's how to change the wallpaper image for every iPhone, whether its an iPhone X, XR, XS, XS Max, or 11, as well as older devices like the iPhone 8 or 7. Whether you like a custom background, a live wallpaper, a dynamic wallpaper, or a personalized wallpaper with a photo of your kids or pets, here's how to put a fresh, new iPhone wallpaper on your Home screen, Lock screen, or both!
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July 23, 2020
You can stream music from your iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone to your Apple TV using Apple's AirPlay feature. This wireless option makes listening to your music on an Apple TV easy to do. We'll answer the questions, "what is AirPlay", and "what is Screen Mirroring", as well as the differences between the features. Then, we'll jump into how to AirPlay music on an Apple TV from an iPhone from Apple Music or a third-party app.
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July 22, 2020
While family sharing can be a useful way to consolidate your family's tech, there can be many reasons why you might want to hide app or e-book purchases. Some apps have credit card information you might not want to give your kids access to, and other apps may have content suitable for some family members but not others. Whatever your reason is for wishing to hide certain app or book purchases from Family Sharing, it is possible to do. First, here's how to hide app purchases, followed by how to hide book purchases.
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July 21, 2020
A lot of people keep asking, "can you text on an Apple Watch?" Apple Watch texting is not as convenient as iPhone texting since there's no Apple Watch keyboard. But, with WatchOS 3 and later, you can send Apple Watch messages with Scribble, send preset replies or emojis, or dictate a message to Siri. The Scribble feature allows you to use your finger to write each individual letter of your response. It’s easy, but best for shorter messages. You wouldn’t want to write a novel with Scribble messages on an Apple Watch, but you might use it to say, “OK,” or “omw” (on my way). Here’s how to Scribble messages on the Apple Watch with WatchOS 3 and later.
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July 20, 2020
Many of us share our data with our family members via a Wi-Fi hotspot on a regular basis—perhaps a spouse needs to get some work done or your kids are trying to do homework. Whatever the reason, sharing password access can be arduous, and it's unnecessary if you have Family Sharing. This easy method lets you bypass passwords and allow the people you trust to connect effortlessly to your hotspot. Not every service provider offers hotspots; so before you set this up, check to make sure this is available with your plan. Let's take a look at how to turn off the password requirement for family members when sharing data through a WiFi hotspot.
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July 18, 2020
When you use Apple Pay to make a purchase or payment, Apple will notify you of recent Apple Pay activity on any iPhone credit card you've set up. But if using Apple Pay has left you wondering about your transaction history and where your money is going, you can also quickly check your Apple Pay purchase history in three easy steps. Here’s how to check Apple Pay activity for any credit card in the Wallet App on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
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July 17, 2020
Apple Watch features just keep getting better. Starting with watchOS 5, you can raise your wrist and talk to Siri without saying, "Hey Siri." If Siri is not responding, or Raise to Speak is not working, you may need to turn on Raise to Speak. Here's how to turn on and use raise to talk, or raise to speak, for Siri voice commands on your Apple Watch. I've found this to be one of our most useful Apple Watch tips, since when I say, "Hey Siri," it can trigger my personal phone, the company phone, or the office HomePod. This way, I can use the Apple Watch Siri feature without any confusion!
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July 16, 2020
Timestamps used to appear at the top of each text message on your iPhone. Now, iPhone message timestamps for individual texts seem to have disappeared, but they’re only hidden. You don’t always need to know what time a text was received, but if you wonder how to see the date and time someone texted you, we have the answer. And it's surprisingly easy. For those occasions when you do need to know when a text was sent or received, here’s how to uncover the iPhone text message timestamp next to each message.
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July 15, 2020
With indentation as easy as it is on a computer, it can be frustrating to realize there's no tab key on iPad or iPhone keyboards. If you're like me and depend on your Notes app to organize your life, you'll want to know the formatting options available. Nested lists in the Notes app make navigation easier and gives the option to mark tasks as partially done, and indenting blocks of text can draw attention to quotes or important items. But without an obvious option on the keyboard, how does one indent text in the Notes app? It's easier than you think.
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July 14, 2020
Apple allows family members with separate Apple IDs to join a Family Sharing group and share Apple Music, Book, TV, apps, and other Apple purchases, among other benefits. The Family Organizer of each group can enable Ask to Buy and designate a second adult to approve kids' Apple purchases, as well. This way, both parents, or a parent and step-parent, or parent and grandparent, or any two adult members of the same Family Sharing group can approve or deny a child's request (Ask to Buy can't be enabled for adult family members). We've already gone over how to set up Family Sharing, now let's learn how to allow a second adult Family Group member to approve or block Ask to Buy requests.  
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July 13, 2020
Learn how to lock the Apple Watch screen during a workout, how to lock the Apple Watch any time, and how to turn the Digital Crown to unlock the Apple Watch. Have you ever been tracking a workout only to brush the screen and accidentally pause or end your workout? Or have you ever brushed against your Apple Watch screen during daily activity and started tracking a workout or opened a random app without meaning to? If so, you probably want to know how to lock your Apple Watch in order to prevent that from happening again. Fortunately, the Apple Watch has a feature called Water Lock that makes your watch screen unresponsive so it doesn't misinterpret drops of water as finger taps. In addition, it prevents water from getting into the watch during water workouts. But you can also use Water Lock to keep your Apple Watch locked any time, even if you're not swimming. Here's how.
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July 11, 2020
The Reminders app, Apple's free to-do list app, allows users to stay organized by creating to-do list on the iPhone. Reminders can also be edited to include subtasks, nested tasks that will help you break down jobs into smaller components. Learn how to use Reminders on the iPhone to add subtasks to your to-do lists, three different ways. 
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July 10, 2020
When FaceTime originated, there was no way to turn off your phone’s screen and keep your call going. One tap of the power button was enough to end an entire conversation. Recent updates have changed this on all models, though, so don’t depend on your Side button to do the work for you anymore. Learn how to hang up on a FaceTime call and how to leave a group FaceTime call to avoid those embarrassing situations where you stay on the line well after the call has ended.
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July 09, 2020
When iPadOS 13 came out, I was delighted to discover that I could use a mouse with an iPad, as long as the mouse used Bluetooth. When Apple released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, it added even more support for using a trackpad or wireless mouse for the iPad, iPad Pro, or even an iPhone, if it's the correct model. Here's how to connect your iPad mouse or trackpad to your tablet.
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July 08, 2020
With the new iPadOS, Apple made app icons smaller in order to fit more icons on a given screen. But what use is having more icons if you can’t find the app you’re looking for because the app icons are so small? Apple anticipated this and nested a fix for the small iPad icons inside the Settings app. Read on to learn how to make the change the app icons on your iPad to be bigger.
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July 07, 2020
Sometimes, you need to close all your tabs in Safari on your iPhone to get the browser to run smoothly, but that can mean losing important pages you’d like to read later. This tip will teach you how to instantly save all your open Safari tabs as bookmarks on your iPhone or iPad so that you can easily find them again. Read on to learn how to save several bookmarks at once.
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July 06, 2020
Apple's new operating system, iOS 13, offers lots of convenient, new features for iPhone users. One of my favorites is the ability to drag and drop the cursor while typing in native Apple apps like Mail and Messages. Now it's faster and easier than ever to edit text on your iPhone! Let's get started learning how to use this text-editing feature.
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July 04, 2020
Taking an iPad screenshot using the iPad’s physical buttons can be a pain. The iPad’s buttons are far apart, plus it’s easy to get the combination wrong and accidentally lock the iPad. But, if you have an Apple Pencil, then you can use a simple sliding gesture to quickly capture an iPad screenshot without having to fumble for the right buttons. Here’s how to take a screenshot on an iPad using either generation of the Apple Pencil.
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July 03, 2020
Sharing pictures from your iPhone can be fun, but that doesn't mean you also want to share the data attached to the photo. Not everyone needs to know where a picture was taken, especially not when it comes to posting your pictures online. Luckily, you can control how and when that data is shared directly from the Photos app. Let's dive in with how to remove your data from the photos you want to share.
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July 02, 2020
If you've ever wished for the ability to pair two sets of AirPods to your iPhone so you can share audio with a friend, Apple has finally granted your wish. As of iOS 13 you have the ability to sync two pairs of AirPods to one iPhone, so that you can listen to your music, audiobook, podcast, or movie together. Connecting AirPods this way isn't hard at all, but you might want to first rename your AirPods so that you can keep them straight. 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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July 01, 2020
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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June 30, 2020
Want to know how to hide music purchases from Family Sharing? Do you have some movies or shows you'd like to keep private? When using Family Sharing, some family members (like children) sometimes end up with things on their devices that others (like parents) didn’t really want to share with everyone, like when my favorite song (with explicit lyrics) popped up on my 10 year-old's iPad! In that moment, I was inspired to write a how-to for setting up your Family Sharing so you can share what you’d like, and keep hidden what you don’t. You can use your iPhone to hide app and book purchases, but not music or shows, so this tip focuses on how use your Mac to hide shows, movies, and music. Here’s how to use your Mac to hide purchases in Family Sharing.
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June 29, 2020
If you haven't learned how to use Apple Cash yet, you should try it. Apple Cash is Apple's peer-to-peer payment service that lets iPhone users send money with Apple Pay. There are lots of different ways to send payments from your iPhone, including on Facebook, PayPal, Venmo, and even Snapchat, but the great part about Apple Cash is that you don't need to set up any new accounts or download an app. You can quickly and securely send Apple Cash from within iMessages either using your Apple Cash Card balance or a debit or credit card that works with Apple Pay. So, let's get started learning how to use Apple Cash to send money! 
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June 27, 2020
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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