Tips

March 31, 2020
You don't have to leave a group text on the iPhone just because you want it to stop buzzing with new message notifications. Instead, you can turn on Hide Alerts for that message thread and read all the messages about from your family and friends later. Here’s how to mute group messages without leaving the conversation.
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March 30, 2020
If you're wondering whether your cough is allergies or COVID-19, you aren't alone. Apple has added COVID-19 to things you can ask Siri about. If you want to know more about the illness, this tip will show you a way to access reliable and accurate information. Whether you're checking your symptoms or looking for help from a medical professional, Siri's here to help. Let's dive in with how to ask Siri for information about COVID-19.
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March 28, 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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March 27, 2020
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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March 26, 2020
Rich text email, including bold text and fonts, has come to the iPhone! As of iOS 13, you can format emails to your pleasure in the Mail app by simply composing an email, selecting the text you want to format, and then tapping the "Aa" option just above the keyboard. A menu of text formatting options will replace the keyboard, and you can format your email like a pro. Here’s how to format your text in the Mail app on an iPhone with iOS 13.
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March 25, 2020
Want to scan a document on the iPhone? Your Files app can be used as a document scanner where you can scan and save documents to your iPhone and iCloud. Using the Files app to scan a document on the iPhone helps keep you organized by scanning, saving, and marking up documents from one location. Here’s how to scan a document on the iPhone using the Files app.
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March 24, 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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March 23, 2020
Want to change the default Gmail account in the Mail app? To change the email on an iPhone from one default to another, you have to go into the Settings app. You can make a Google account the default email address, but if you have more than one Gmail account, this tip will teach you how to select a specific Gmail address. Choosing your preferred email address helps your contacts know that the email you just sent really did come from you and could save you from getting filed as junk. Read on to learn how to change the default email on an iPhone to a Gmail account.
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March 21, 2020
  Did you know you can use Siri without talking? You can type to Siri instead. Typing to talk to Siri is ideal for quiet settings or in very loud public places. You can even set up Siri to respond by text when your ringer is turned off. This is great, because it means you can use Siri anytime. You’ll still be able to say, “Hey, Siri,” and speak, but you’ll also have the option to activate Siri without voice and type instead! Here’s how to enable Type to Siri on the iPhone. You can also use this tip to get rid of Type to Siri if you've been wondering why you have to type for Siri when you activate the digital assistant using the Side button.
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March 20, 2020
Want to download large apps without Wi-Fi? Since Apple introduced iOS 13, you can download apps over 200 MB using cellular data. By default, your iPhone will ask for permission to download large apps. That can get really annoying if you have unlimited data and frequently download large apps. This tip will teach you how to download apps on the iPhone using cellular data without having to give permission every time. Let’s dive in with how to allow large apps to download over cellular data. 
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March 19, 2020
We've already gone over Apple's new recommendation for how to sanitize your smartphone and other devices with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or similar wipes with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol. Now, let's talk about another option, using ultraviolet light as a disinfectant and sanitizer. We have three different options for people looking to kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, Mac, and even Apple TV remote to prevent COVID-19. Some of these devices are on our person nearly all the time, especially the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, and therefore have more bacteria and viruses on them than the average toilet seat. Let's cover how to sanitize your cell phone, tablet, earbuds, smartwatch, and other Apple devices.
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March 18, 2020
I rarely write a tip that will impact people's health, but learning how to clean and sanitize your Apple devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, Mac, and even Apple TV remote, is part of how to prevent coronavirus. Some of these items are on our person nearly all the time, especially the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, and therefore have more bacteria and viruses on them than the average toilet seat. Apple has recently changed their cleaning guidelines, so let's go over how to sanitize your cellphone, tablet, earbuds, smartwatch, and other Apple devices.
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March 17, 2020
Do you want to know how to open the Camera app on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro quickly? Or are you wondering how to access the flashlight? This tip will teach you how to access both your flashlight and camera, right from the Lock screen. Before the iPhone X, you had to swipe left on the Lock screen to open the iPhone Camera, but things changed when Apple got rid of the Home button. When looking at the Lock screen on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro, you’ll see two icons on either side near the bottom: a camera and a flashlight. Having quick access to the Camera app and flashlight on your iPhone 11 is a great feature that utilizes some of your extra screen space. But how do you open the Camera app or turn on the flashlight from the Lock screen? Your instinct may be to tap each icon, but you’ll need to make it a 3D Touch or a long press. Here’s how to access the flashlight and camera from the Lock screen on your iPhone 11 or earlier iPhone without a Home button.
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March 13, 2020
Did you know that you can close all your Safari tabs that have been open beyond a set amount of time, instead of waiting for Safari to hang up or slow down? When you close tabs regularly, Safari runs much more smoothly, but it’s easy to forget to close tabs in between use. Luckily, you can create a schedule to close all your Safari tabs. Here’s how to close tabs on Safari automatically.
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March 12, 2020
Want to learn how to get Siri on the iPhone 11 or any iPhone without a Home button? Earlier iPhone models used the Home button to activate Siri, but that's not an option with the iPhone X and later. While activating Siri may not be as intuitive if you're used to having a Home button, it's just as easy once you retrain your muscle memory. Of course, Hey Siri is still an option on the iPhone 11 Pro and earlier iPhones with no Home button, and it's the same as before. But we'll cover how to activate Siri on your iPhone 11 manually below.
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March 11, 2020
  f you want to know how to unzip files on the iPhone or iPad, you can extract that zip file straight from the Files app! This is great news, since in the past unzipping a file on the iPhone required third party software. Now, you can unzip files and view them inside the Files app! Let’s dive in with how to extract a zip file on the iPhone.
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March 10, 2020
When you make a slideshow on the iPhone, you’re creating a collection of memories that you can watch later and even share with others. You can make a slideshow with music and edit the transitions between slides for a truly polished look. Here’s how to make, save, and play slideshows from the Photos app on the iPhone.
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March 09, 2020
You can search Safari on the iPhone to find words or phrases, but did you know you can also Safari Search your open tabs? If you tend to have large numbers of Safari tabs open at once, this tip will help you search Safari for the tab you want without having to scroll through all your open tabs to find it. Read on to learn how to search Safari on the iPhone to switch between tabs.
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March 07, 2020
Do you find yourself answering the phone and quickly putting it in speaker phone mode so you can use your iPhone hands-free? Do you find yourself fumbling for the phone to make an important call? Well, there’s an easier way than tapping buttons. You can set your iPhone settings to send and receive calls hands-free, automatically, within the Settings app. It’s part of Apple's accessibility and Hey Siri features. Here’s how to set speakerphone as the default for answering incoming calls.
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March 06, 2020
Is your iPhone storage taken up by apps you don't use, buried deep in folders where you can't see them? If you want to know how to delete an app on the iPhone, this tip will show you the quickest way to delete apps, even if you're not sure where the app is on your phone. You can delete apps and remove the app data quickly, all from the App Store, without ever having to locate the app's exact location on your iPhone. This is a great way to free up storage and get rid of the apps you never use. Read on to learn how to delete an app on the iPhone.
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March 05, 2020
Have you ever used Find on your computer to search for a word on a web page? It’s incredibly useful when looking for something specific among a lot of text. Wouldn't it be great to know how to search for a word on a web page on your phone too? While you can't do Command-F or Control-F on your iPhone, there is a way to search a webpage in Safari on the iPhone called Find on Page. You can use Find on Page to search a web page for the information you’re looking for. Here’s how to use Safari search on the iPhone.
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March 04, 2020
You can easily take a screenshot on your iPad, whether you have an iPad Pro or an older model. Whether or not your iPad has a Home button, this tip will teach you how to take iPad screenshots using your iPad’s physical buttons. A screenshot is a great way to capture information on the internet, such as a favorite recipe or the current score, as well as fond memories like texts from the grandchildren. Let’s dive in with how to take screenshots an iPad.
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March 03, 2020
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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March 02, 2020
We’ve had Split View and Slide Over for a while now, allowing us to work in more than one app at a time. Now, users can also work in more instances of the same app in different windows. This is great if you’re organizing the folders in your Files app working on a large project in Pages, but how does it work, exactly? This tip explains what it means to run multiple windows of the same app. Read on to learn how to open the same app in a new window on the iPad.
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February 29, 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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