Tips

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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May 28, 2020
The FaceTime app is the free Apple live chat app, and it's a fun way to connect with friends and family when hearing their voice just isn't enough. This video chat app, one of the best, is even better with FaceTime filters. There are lots of filters for FaceTime to choose from, so you'll always find something to fit your mood, including a cartoon filter, a few black and white choices, and much more. We've already shown you how to FaceTime, how to group FaceTime, and how to use Memoji, Animoji, and stickers during your FaceTime call. Now, let's get started learning how to put filters on FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad. 
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May 27, 2020
People are asking how to organize podcasts on the iPhone with the Apple Podcast app. If you have a long morning commute or like to listen to podcasts while you're out and about, having to stop what you're doing to switch podcasts can get annoying. That’s where the ability to create your own stations or playlists comes in handy. You can organize podcasts into stations that allow you to easily find the type of podcast you want to listen to. A recent change to my schedule has me commuting an extra two hours a week. Instead of looking at the extra time as an annoyance, I decided to make more use of the Podcasts app on my iPhone. However, the more subscriptions I have, the less organized they are in the Podcasts app. I have a variety of Podcasts on my iPhone, but I don’t want to be listen to meditation Podcasts while I’m driving down the road. Here’s how to organize podcasts into stations on iPhone.
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May 26, 2020
People are asking, "Can I use my iPhone to type on the Apple TV?" The answer is yes! Being able to use your iPhone or iPad to enter text instead of the Siri remote is a huge bonus. Using Siri or the Siri remote to input text on the fourth-generation Apple TV can be a real pain. Using your iPhone or iPad to type on the Apple TV is the quickest way to input text. Forget sliding across or spelling out each letter of a sword to Siri; just use the Apple TV Remote keyboard on your iPhone or iPad to make it easy. Here’s how to use your iPhone or iPad to type on the Apple TV.
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May 25, 2020
The Apple Notes app is a convenient way to keep track of lists, ideas, and more. You can choose to start a new note from your Lock screen every time you need to jot something down, or to continue with the last note you were working on. We've already shown you how to write a note directly from your iPhone's Lock screen, and how to organize your notes by transferring them to a folder. Now, let's learn how to set whether to continue a previous note or start a new note when opening Notes from your Lock screen. 
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May 23, 2020
Want to know how to flip the FaceTime screen on an iPhone? FaceTime video calls automatically use the front view camera, which is great for talking face-to-face, but sometimes you want to show the other person a quick house tour or the odd sleeping position your cat picked. Sure, you can flip your iPhone around, but it's hard to tell exactly where your camera is pointing when you use that method. Here's how to flip the FaceTime camera during a call.
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May 22, 2020
Apple's Books app, formerly iBooks, allows iPhone and iPad users to purchase, save, and read books and PDFs. The Books app offers a page-turning animation to mimic the experience of reading a hardcopy book. Some people enjoy this type of e-book reading experience, while others find it unnecessary or annoying. Fortunately, it's easy to switch off the page-turning animation. We've already gone over how to buy e-books and audiobooks in the Books app, as well as how to save e-books and audiobooks to purchase later. Now, let's cover how to read those e-books by scrolling through, rather than turning virtual pages. 
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May 21, 2020
Have you ever wondered how to turn off iMessage on a Mac? The first time I received an iMessage on my computer, I immediately began looking for a way to disable the feature. My iPhone tends to be right next to me anyway, so broadcasting my text messages on a Mac is definitely something I wanted to deactivate. Luckily, you can stop iMessages from popping up by simply turning off messages on your Mac. It’s actually incredibly easy to do. We've already shown you how to enable iMessages on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac, how to turn off read receipts, and how to fix an iMessage waiting for activation error; here’s how to deactivate and get rid of messages on your Mac.
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May 20, 2020
Let’s say you’re listening to music using your Bluetooth speaker, and you get a call. When you answer that call, the audio will probably default to your iPhone. But what if you want the call to always default to your Bluetooth headphones, speaker, or earbuds? You can select which Bluetooth device your call audio defaults to in the Call Audio Routing settings in the iPhone Settings app. We've already covered Bluetooth pairing to your iPhone, and how to change which Bluetooth connection you're using to play audio from your iPhone or iPad. Now, here’s how to set your speaker, headphones, or earbuds as the default audio on your iPhone.
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May 19, 2020
Have you ever wished you could mute yourself on FaceTime? Would you like to know how to pause FaceTime to hide your video feed? Well, we've got good news. You can mute yourself and hide your video during a FaceTime call, for those times when you need some privacy. FaceTime is a great tool for staying in touch with friends and family in a way that not only allows you to hear their voice, but also to see them and their environment. While using FaceTime on an iPhone is a convenient and fun way to stay in touch, there are times when you may need to mute the audio or pause the video so that every detail of life isn't available to your FaceTime buddy. Whether you need to take a moment to get out of a crowded, loud area, or for any number of other reasons, you may want to mute yourself on FaceTime or pause the video on your FaceTime call. Let's get started learning how!
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May 16, 2020
Want to view the Apple workout history from your Apple Watch? The Apple Watch is the ideal accessory for on-the-go people who need a workout watch that offers both functionality and durability. With handy features including fitness tracking, health monitoring, and the ability to play music, the Apple Watch offers everything an athlete needs to stay informed and motivated about activity levels and fitness. The Activity app for Apple Watch tracks data about your workouts each day, then archives that information for future reference. But what if you want to review your Apple Watch workout history? Let's get started learning how to view your Activity app workouts, so you can sort your data and have the fitness information you need at your fingertips. 
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May 15, 2020
  If you've ever wondered, "Can you pair headphones with an Apple TV," then you'll want to check out this tip. Pairing your Apple TV with Bluetooth headphones is simple if you know where to look. Apple TV is striving to be your one-stop box for all things TV, movies, and video. But you may not want the sound of your Apple TV disturbing the people around you (or a baby sleeping in the next room.) Luckily, with a 4th-generation or later Apple TV, you can pair headphones with Bluetooth headphones like you would any other Apple device. Here’s how to pair headphones with an Apple TV.
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May 14, 2020
People are asking, "How do I choose my phone number for FaceTime?" If you have multiple numbers and email addresses associated with FaceTime, you can set which one will appear as your caller ID. Setting your FaceTime caller ID will allow the person receiving your call to always see the same contact and know it’s you. Your caller ID can be your phone number or linked email account, depending on your preference. We'll cover how to change your Facetime caller ID in just a few easy steps. 
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May 13, 2020
You've probably seen iPhone message reactions; they're the little icons that appear beside a text in an iMessages thread. If you've wondered how to like a text message or if you've asked yourself, "how do you laugh at a text," this quick tip will help you out. Message reactions are a fast, fun way to respond to a text or to add visual flair to a conversation. Here's how to add iPhone message reactions to a text conversation.
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May 12, 2020
If you find that a podcast is playing too fast on your iPhone, you might need to adjust the playback speed. Podcasts are perfect for listening to while completing a task, whether that be cooking dinner or driving home from work in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The length of podcasts varies hugely from a few minutes to a couple hours. But what if you don’t have a couple hours but you also really want to listen to that podcast you love? Speed it up.  Or, if you find yourself asking, "Why is my Podcast app playing so fast?" slow it down. Here’s how to change the playback speed of a podcast.
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May 11, 2020
Some people are wondering, "Can you share iBooks?" While you can share purchased e-books with other members of your Family Sharing group, if you want to know how to share iBooks, now just called Books, with a friend outside of Family Sharing, this tip will show you how to give them an e-book. Sending the gift of a good book is a real pleasure, and being able to do so instantly with just a few clicks is even better! As long as you've set up an Apple ID and you have the email address for the friend you want to send a book to, you'll be able to complete your purchase quickly. So let's dive in with how to send an Apple book as a gift.
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May 09, 2020
The Apple Calendar app for your iPhone and iPad is one of the best free calendar apps available, and has many features you might not be fully utilizing. Did you know that the Calendar app has a hidden list view that allows you to see your daily events while in the month view? We've already shown you how to see the weekly view in your Calendar app, and how to get directions from the Calendar app. Now, here’s how to save time and switch to the list view in the Calendar app in two quick steps.
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May 08, 2020
Are you tired of having to swipe through all your screens just to check the weather widget in the Today View on your iPad? Wouldn't it be nice if you could pin your favorite widgets to your Home screen? Well, now you can! When you add widgets to your Home screen on the iPad, it's easier to keep up with the breaking news or check the day's weather. Here's how to pin your Today View so that you can view your widgets on your Home screen.
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May 07, 2020
Here's a time-saving feature to boost your productivity: Lock Screen apps. You can open the Notes app directly from the Lock Screen of your iPhone. Lock Screen Notes are helpful for quickly marking down all the notes, checklists, links, and sketches that you want to have close at hand, without having to unlock your device. Let's get started learning how to add Lock Screen Notes to your iPhone so you can master this feature. 
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May 06, 2020
Using folders is a great way to add applications to the Dock on your iPhone. If you’ve ever wished you could have more than four apps in your iPhone dock, this tip will teach you how to add a folder to an iPhone Dock and have way more than four apps! By using folders in the Dock, you can increase your productivity. No more scrolling between Home screens looking for your favorite app. Let’s get going with how to add extra apps to your iPhone’s Dock.
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May 05, 2020
Did you know that the iPhone allows your phone to automatically answer calls after a certain number of rings? This is great for when you're using a headset or you're making dinner, but also expecting an important phone call.  If you’re the type of person who’s always near their cellphone but sometimes takes too long to answer, or if you find the swiping-to-answer motion annoying or difficult to do, then you can enable this feature in your Accessibility Settings. Here's how to have your iPhone automatically answer incoming calls.
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May 04, 2020
Sometimes, you need to respond quickly to multiple texts. Unread messages can pile up fast, and it sure would be nice to reply to conversations without having to type out every single reply. Luckily, Apple put a hidden feature on the iPhone that lets you respond to texts fast using automatic replies. With this tip, you’ll be able to send replies like “Okay” and “See you soon,” just by pressing a couple of prompts. Let’s dive in with the fastest way to respond to text messages on an iPhone.
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May 02, 2020
Want to know how to close apps on an iPhone 11 or other iPhones without a Home button? The App Switcher on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro is nearly identical to the App Switcher on older model iPhones. There are two major differences: how you access the iPhone’s App Switcher and how you remove apps from the App Switcher. We’ve already covered how to close apps in the App Switcher; here’s how to open the App Switcher on an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro. We’ll also cover a really cool feature that allows you to quickly swipe between apps without ever opening the App Switcher. Let’s get into it.
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May 01, 2020
Scrolling the iPhone can be tedious, but it turns out that we’ve been scrolling the wrong way the whole time! This tip will help you quickly master the art of iPhone scrolling. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if there was a better way to use the scroll bar, then this is the tip for you! Let’s get started with how to quickly scroll on your iPhone.
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April 30, 2020
When you know how to delete text messages on the iPhone automatically, you’ll have an easier time managing your storage. The stuff on our iPhones and iPads tends to accumulate, using up valuable storage space. This will be especially useful in saving space if your text messages include video and audio messages. Just be aware that deleted messages can’t be searched, so make sure to save any information you need before your message history is deleted. Here’s how to automatically erase old text messages on iPhone.
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