Tips

September 23, 2019
Sometimes the right side is the left side—you've taken a picture that needs to be flipped, or mirrored, in order to get the best effect. This effect is super easy in iOS 13; simply open the image in Photos, tap Edit, and use the mirror/flip icon. Images in mirrors are flipped around right to left, so this lets you take a selfie that looks like you do in the mirror, and can also be useful when you need to imbed an image in a collage or other media, since sometimes the direction the subject is facing makes all the difference. Read on for how to horizontally flip pictures or images in the Photos app on the iPhone.
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September 21, 2019
Did you know that in the Photos app you can apply a filter, tweak an effect like contrast, or even remove those changes to reset the picture? You're not stuck with the settings you pick when you take a picture—you can change them simply by opening the Photos app, selecting a photo to edit, tapping the Edit option at the top right of the screen, and then swiping left or right through the exposure options below the picture to apply effects. The Photos app puts the power right in your hands, with no need for third-party photo editing apps! Here’s how to apply filters and tweak contrast in the Photos app on your iPhone.
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September 20, 2019
If you accidentally recorded a video in landscape mode or upside down on your iPhone, then fear not; with iOS 13, you can flip your videos from inside the Photos app. To flip a video with iOS 13, all you have to do is open the video in the Photos app, tap Edit, and tap the cropping icon to open the rotation options. Here's how to use the Photos app to flip a video on your iPhone with iOS 13.
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September 19, 2019
iOS 13 is finally here! When you're ready to install the new OS, open the Settings app and select General then Software Update to begin the installation process. If you're reading this on September 19 and haven't yet received an update notice on your iPhone yet, be patient; Apple rolls out its software update gradually on the release date. Apple's new operating system update includes overall improved speed and performance, a more user-friendly Photos app, Dark Mode, 3D and street-level maps, Memoji updates, a swipe-to-type keyboard, and many other improvements and fixes. Ready to update to iOS 13? We’ll cover what devices are compatible with iOS 13 and how to accomplish this software update so you can begin to take advantage of these new capabilities and features right away.
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September 17, 2019
The Apple Watch Series 4 and later has a feature that will contact emergency services when you fall if you either confirm that you need help or you remain immobile for thirty seconds. Fall Detection on the Apple Watch can be enabled in your watch's Emergency SOS settings, which can be found in the Watch app on your iPhone. It's important to keep in mind that while the Apple Watch has an intuitive accelerometer and gyroscope, it won't register all falls. Also, if you participate in high-impact activities such as sports, those activities may register as falls. If you've previously entered your age in the Health app or while setting up your Apple Watch as 65 or older, Fall Detection will be on by default
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September 16, 2019
Your Apple Watch includes the option to create custom workouts when your activity is not included in the default list of Apple Watch workout-tracking options. To create a custom workout, you'll need to use the option labeled Other in the list of workouts and then name that workout for later use. Let's get going with creating your custom workout on the Apple Watch.
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September 14, 2019
When you want lines to draw within or a grid to help you stay on track, you can choose a one-time paper style or set up a default paper style to automatically appear in your Notes. To change the style of paper to a lined or grid pattern in the Notes app, tap on the export icon and select Lines & Grids to open the style sheet. When you type, the paper style disappears in that part of the tip; but for drawing by hand in the Notes app, choosing the paper style can make a big difference. Here’s how to change the paper style in Notes on the iPhone.
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September 13, 2019
Taking a screenshot allows you to capture exactly what’s on your screen and save it as a photo. To take a screenshot on an iPhone without a Home button (iPhone X and later), you'll need to use a combination of the Side and Volume Up buttons to capture the screen. I take a lot of screenshots in my job; but even outside of work, there are various reasons taking a screenshot can come in handy. Every iPhone before the iPhone X uses the Home button and Side button together to take a screenshot. But with the introduction of the edge-to-edge display with the iPhone X, Apple needed to shift how you take a screenshot on iPhones with no Home button. Let’s go over it.
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September 12, 2019
Translating your speech from English to another language can come in handy if you're overseas shopping in a foreign country or chatting long distance with a non-English speaking colleague. To use Siri to translate, say something like "Hey, Siri, how do I ask where the bathroom is in French" and Siri will speak the translation for you. While Siri can’t translate other languages to American English, you can translate English to various other languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. Here’s how to use Siri to translate English to other languages with the iPhone.
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September 11, 2019
Whether you're troubleshooting a problem with your AirPods or you want to give your old AirPods to a new user, you'll need to know how to reset your AirPods to their factory settings. Let's dive in with how to reset your AirPods to their factory settings, beginning with opening the AirPods settings in the Bluetooth menu of the Settings app.
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September 10, 2019
If you're getting in the zone on a good workout, listening to your music, and feeling the endorphin rush, then the interruption of a notification from your Apple Watch can mess up your rhythm. Luckily, all you have to do is open your Watch app, go to the General settings page, select Do Not Disturb, and activate Workout Do Not Disturb. Then your watch will automatically enter Do Not Disturb mode any time you start a workout, and your running or rowing will be the "me time" you need. Let's get started.
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September 09, 2019
With the Files app, you can use your iPhone to view notes, images, documents, and files that you've saved from your computer or iPad to iCloud and other storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive. To view saved items using the Files app, you'll need to go to your Apple ID in the Settings app and enable iCloud Drive. Let's get started with how to use the Files app to access documents saved to iCloud Drive.
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September 07, 2019
With the iPhones' Contacts app, you can include the phonetic spelling of names to teach Siri how to pronounce the names of your contacts. In Contacts, you'll need to tap Edit on a contact's card and select Add Field to enter a name phonetically. Let's get started learning how to add the phonetic pronunciation of names to your iPhone's Contacts list!
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September 06, 2019
The iPhone's camera is such a handy and versitile tool that I find myself favoring it even when I've got expensive photography equipment gathering dust in my office. Setting the exposure is as easy as tapping on the point in the image you want to meter, tapping the sun icon that appears next to that point to reveal the brightness slider, and then dragging the brightness slider up or down. That way you can make the darks a little darker or the lights a little lighter, and create the image you want every time. The Camera app doesn't give you exposure settings in f-stops, or let you adjust aperature or shutter speed directly. For that you'll need a third party app. However, it does let you adjust which part of the frame the auto-exposure meters quickly and easily. Here's how to do it.
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September 05, 2019
When you enable automatic updates for your apps, the iPhone will update all your apps at once instead of requiring you to manually update each app individually. To enable automatic updates for all your apps, open Settings and enable Updates inside the Automatic Downloads menu. Let's learn how to save time by setting all your iPhone apps to update automatically. 
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September 04, 2019
Adding Homekit enabled accessories like smart lights to the HomeKit app lets you control, schedule, and monitor your smart home devices from anywhere in the world. To add a smart accessory to your Homekit, you'll need to pair the smart device using the app's Scan QR function or enter the code manually on your iPhone or an iPad. Now, plug in your smart accessory, power it up, and let's dive right in with adding your first smart accessory to your HomeKit.
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September 03, 2019
Enabling notifications on an email thread lets you sit back and wait for that important reply without feeling the need to check your inbox every five minutes. You can turn on notifications for a thread either from the subject line of an email you are composing or by swiping left on a thread inside your inbox. Here are the two methods for enabling notifications on email threads in the Mail app.
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September 02, 2019
The Apple Watch Workout app is a fantastic assistant for those of us who like to count calories, paces, or heartbeats. If you work out as often as doctors recommend, then you might want to add a shortcut on your watch face so you can reach the app with a single tap. Such shortcuts are called "complications," a word taken from the ancient and honorable trade of watch-making, where it means any function of a watch face besides time-keeping. The Workout complication allows you to open the Workout app right from the watch face. To get started, all you need is your Apple Watch. Follow these simple steps:
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August 31, 2019
Voicemail-to-text transcriptions on the iPhone aren't a perfect offering—the service often drops words and mangles names—but despite that, voicemail transcriptions are useful if you would rather scan a bit of text than listen to a voice message. If you want to send that text to someone else, you'll have to select the text, then on the Edit Menu which pops up, choose the Share option, and finally tap the sharing method you prefer and send the text. One feature we'd love to see added to the voicemail-to-text feature is a single-step method for sharing voicemail transcriptions. While we're waiting for this feature, though, the select-share workaround is functional enough. Read on to learn how to share voicemail to text transcriptions on your iPhone.
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August 30, 2019
The iPhone's Screen Recording feature lets you record videos of your screen along with in-app sounds so that you can share videos of things like how to use your favorite golfing app or that funny GIF you found online. When you enable the Screen Recording feature in the Settings app, your iPhone can record videos of your screen that include the audio feedback on most apps. While this tip won't let you capture audio in apps like Apple Music or Netflix, it will let you record audio in most other apps. With that in mind, let's dive into how to record your screen along with in-app audio.
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August 29, 2019
One of my very favorite iPhone features is a simple one, the camera! It's convenient and fun to have a camera in my pocket all the time, and to be able edit my photos right on my iPhone for the best results. Recently I learned that it's possible to use compatible third-party camera and photo-editing apps as an extension, right from my Photos app. And while many of the best photo-editing apps cost money, there are lots of free photo-editor apps with Photos extensions to choose from as well. Let's get started learning how to enable a third-part photo-editor app extension, so you can have as much fun with iPhone photography as I am. 
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August 28, 2019
You can listen to your Apple TV late at night without disturbing the rest of the household by pairing your AirPods to your Apple TV. Just turn on your Apple TV, press and hold the pairing button on your AirPods case, and use your Apple TV remote to enable the connection in settings. Read on to learn more about how to pair your AirPods to your Apple TV.
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August 27, 2019
The ability to mark, move, or delete emails using the Mail app comes in handy when you need to manage your inboxes. You can easily mark, move, or delete an email in your iPhone's Mail app from within the body of an email using the menu at the bottom of your screen. You can also manage individual emails from within your inbox by swiping to the left over the email. But this is tedious if you have a large number of emails to deal with.
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August 26, 2019
You can use your iPhone or iPad’s Search function to find information online or to find something on your device, such as a missing app or a specific iPhone setting. To use Search, you can swipe down on the screen to use the keyboard. Here’s how to use the Search function, sometimes called the smart search bar, on your iPhone.
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August 24, 2019
Lately I've noticed that the app switcher at the bottom of my messages is getting cluttered with icons that I never added. You can remove apps from the app switcher in the switcher's More Options menu. The overabundance of icons on my app bar has made me want to pare down my selection, so I'm not forever scrolling back and forth searching for my favorites. Let's get started learning how to add and remove apps from Messages on the iPhone, so we can have just the ones we need and want available for our texts. 
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