Tips

June 26, 2020
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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June 25, 2020
Since the dawn of Siri, I’ve wanted my iPhone to automatically read my text 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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June 24, 2020
This article will tell you how to turn a Live Photo to a video by selecting two or more Live Photos. 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. If you've been wondering how to make a Live Photo a video, read on to find out! 
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June 22, 2020
Customizing the apps in your Apple Watch Dock puts all the information and functionality you need at your fingertips. To get started, you'll need to open the Watch app on your phone and select the My Watch tab to edit the apps that appear in your Apple Watch Dock. Here's everything you need to know to customize your Apple Watch Dock! 
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June 20, 2020
Want to use your iPad as a monitor for your Mac? No problem, Sidecar has you covered! With macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, you can use a feature called Sidecar to turn your handy iPad into a second screen. Want to see your iPad mirroring your Mac's display? Not a problem either. Sidecar is easy to set up, and works like a charm. The ability to use an iPad as a second monitor for an iPad dual-screen setup has been possible with the third-party Duet Display app for a while. Now an even better way to do it is available to everyone, built right into the operating systems. Read on to find out how to set up this feature, and what requirements to check for if it doesn’t seem to be working.
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June 19, 2020
Dark Mode is Apple's new feature that offers a muted, eye-strain-reducing color scheme; it's especially helpful for low-light environments. If you'd like to schedule Dark Mode so that it turns on and off automatically at sunset and sunrise or at customized times, it's possible on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Let's get started learning how to schedule Dark Mode on your device.
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June 18, 2020
Did you know that your iPhone tracks everywhere you go? It does; and if there is a place you visit often enough, it marks it as a Significant Location (a feature formerly known as Frequent Locations). This tip will show you how to find your iPhone location history in your Location Services settings. And we'll also cover how to turn Significant Locations tracking off and how to clear your iPhone location history, in case looking at the list of all the places you frequently visit gives you the heebie-jeebies.
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June 18, 2020
Did you know that your iPhone tracks everywhere you go? It does; and if there is a place you visit often enough, it marks it as a Significant Location (a feature formerly known as Frequent Locations). This tip will show you how to find your iPhone location history in your Location Services settings. And we'll also cover how to turn Significant Locations tracking off and how to clear your iPhone location history, in case looking at the list of all the places you frequently visit gives you the heebie-jeebies.
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June 17, 2020
Want to know how to start a Siri FaceTime call? It’s no secret that you can use Siri to do things like control your music or launch apps. And most people are familiar with using Siri to make a voice call, but you can also use Siri to make a FaceTime call. My mom is a huge fan of this as she continues to learn the best ways to use her iPhone; using Siri to FaceTime me is her personal favorite how-to. Here’s how to use Siri to make FaceTime calls.
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June 16, 2020
Do you know how to connect to Wi-Fi, or change the network you're using, directly from your iPhone or iPad's Control Center? This method is much quicker than sorting through the Settings app to find available networks. Let's get started learning how to connect to a specific Wi-Fi network, or change the network you're connected to, via the Control Center.
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June 15, 2020
People want to know how to change the default Apple Pay card quickly, without hassle. Having a default card can be useful, but sometimes you you'd rather put a big expense on a credit card instead of your bank card. This tip teaches you the most convenient method for swapping out your default Apple Pay card, right from inside your wallet! Let's dive in with how to change an Apple Pay card.
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June 13, 2020
The folder-sharing feature available starting with iOS 13 is a great collaboration tool for those who've long enjoyed the convenience of the Notes app, as well as those using it for the first time. We've already covered how to move a note into a folder in the Notes app, so now let's go over how to invite one or more people to a shared Notes folder on your iPhone or iPad. 
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June 12, 2020
Sharing your ETA with a contact using Apple Maps allows you to keep a friend or colleague up to date on your arrival time so that you can focus on driving. To share your ETA, you'll need to select a destination in Apple Maps and begin navigation. Let's dive in with how to share your ETA with a contact using the Maps app on your iPhone.
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June 11, 2020
  Using your iPhone to check the status of your AirPods and AirPods case is a quick way to know if your case is charging, if your AirPods are charging, or how much time you have left to listen to music. To check the battery levels of your AirPods and their charging case, open the AirPods case near your iPhone to view the status on your screen. Let's get started with how to use your iPhone to monitor the status of your AirPods and their charging case.
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June 10, 2020
Some people want to know how to turn off the shutter sound on an iPhone. I like to take pictures of my cat when she's asleep, but as soon as she hears the shutter sound, she starts to move. If you want to take nature photos without being noticed or just don't like the shutter sound, there's an easy way to mute the shutter. While you can turn down your volume or turn off the ringer, this tip will show you how to mute the shutter without having to adjust your iPhone's volume. Let's get started with how to turn off the shutter sound on an iPhone.
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June 09, 2020
People are asking, "Can you get incoming calls while on FaceTime?" Yes! With FaceTime call waiting, accepting incoming calls and putting your FaceTime call on hold is easy. When someone calls you while you’re on a FaceTime call, you have two options: End & Accept or Decline. If the calls are both FaceTime Audio (FaceTime without video) or one is a regular phone call, you'll be able to Hold & Accept. This fast tip will show you how to answer calls and place calls on hold using FaceTime call waiting, so let's dive in!
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June 08, 2020
Apple Cash doesn't need any extra app downloads or new accounts to work; all you have to do is set up Apple Pay in Settings. Once set up, Apple Cash will allow you to request and receive payments quickly and conveniently through your Messages app, and even cancel payments if needs be. Not everyone will want to receive payments automatically, though. Some people may want to approve each payment that gets sent to them, and there is a setting in Apple Cash that allows for manual rather than automatic payment acceptance. Let's get started learning how to change your Apple Pay settings from automatic to manual receipt of payments. Please note that there is no Apple Cash for Android; only iMessage users can send and receive Apple Cash.
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June 06, 2020
Want to know how to find Apple purchases using Family Sharing? After all, the best part of Apple Family Sharing is... sharing! After setting up your Family Group, you can get to sharing all of your content, including purchases like apps, music, TV shows, and movies, as well as books from the Apple Books app (well, except for the content that's hidden.) I love sharing music with my boys, but don't care to have any of their apps on my phone. With this tip you can use Family Sharing to share everything you want to and download none of what you don't. Here’s how to access and download shared purchases with Family Sharing.
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June 05, 2020
If you've been wondering, "how do I scan a QR code on my iPhone?", you're in luck. Before iOS 11, you needed a third-party app to be able to scan QR codes on an iPhone or iPad. No longer! You can finally use the stock Camera app on your phone or tablet to scan QR codes, and it’s pretty easy to do so. QR codes usually appear as encoded black and white squares that, when scanned, present more information on a topic in the form on a web-page, contact information, video, or just about anything. Once you've learned how to scan a QR code with your Camera app on an iPhone or iPad, you might like to find out how to add a QR scanner to your iPhone's Control Center.
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June 04, 2020
Want to know how to listen to audiobooks on an Apple Watch? If you've bought books for the Audiobook app on your iPhone, then you can listen to those books on your Apple Watch. I've enjoyed listening to books that I forgot that I purchased ages ago through iTunes, as well as newer books that I bought on sale. The Audiobook app on the Apple Watch lets you listen to your favorite book wherever you are, whether you're walking to grab a cup of coffee or out for your morning jog. Here's how to listen to audiobooks on the Apple Watch.
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June 03, 2020
If you use Apple's Reminders app to keep on top of your chores, events, and tasks, there's a convenient feature you'll want to try out. The Reminders app now allows users to tag a contact when they create a new reminder. Once you do this, a reminder notification will pop up on your iPhone next time you use the Messages app to text your tagged contact. We've already gone over how to use Siri to add reminders to lists, and how to group related lists in the Reminders app. Now, let's learn how to stay organized by tagging a contact in a reminder, so you don't forget to include key people in your plans.
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June 02, 2020
People are asking, “How do I remove Memoji keyboard stickers from my emoji keyboard?” You might have been annoyed to find that your Frequently Used emojis are preceded by a bunch of Memoji stickers that you never actually use. Luckily, there’s a hidden setting you can adjust to remove Memoji stickers from the emoji keyboard. Let’s dive in with how to get rid of Memoji stickers on the emoji keyboard so that you can once more find your favorite face-palm emoji.
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June 01, 2020
There's an Apple TV remote app available for download in the iTunes Store, but if your iPhone is running iOS 11 or later, you don't need it; your iPhone's Control Center automatically includes the Apple TV Remote app. The iPhone remote control feature is super convenient, especially if you've lost your Apple TV remote or want to use your iPhone keyboard to enter text in the search field on your Apple TV instead of slowly and painfully swiping through one letter at a time with your remote. Here’s how to set up the Apple TV Remote in your iPhone's Control Center to operate your Apple TV.
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May 30, 2020
Want to check your iPhone's battery health? Apple landed in hot water with customers a few years ago when a feature designed to slow the processors of older iPhone models to keep them from suddenly shutting down came to light. Critics maintained that Apple was throttling the speed of earlier iPhone models to push customers toward newer devices, while Apple insisted that the feature was necessary to cope with aging batteries. Now, Apple lets iPhone users monitor their battery life. You can also enable a feature that reduces aging by optimizing how your battery behaves when charging. Let's get started with how to check your iPhone's battery health. It's quick and easy, and a valuable piece of information about your device.
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May 29, 2020
Want to know how to set Family Sharing? Apple Family Sharing is a great way to share apps, media such as music, books, and movies, and even iCloud storage plans with your family. You can also use it to manage your kids' screen time and purchases. Though I love the idea of sharing Apple Music, Books, and App Store purchases with my family (who really wants to have to purchase the same song three times so everyone in the house can have it?), the job of setting up your Family Sharing account can be daunting. Here's a quick tutorial about how to set up your Family Sharing account.
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