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December 21, 2015
I use Voice Memos a lot, but I had no idea you could record over a section of an already recorded voice memo. Just make sure you don’t record over a portion you want to keep. Otherwise, this is a great hidden feature. Here’s how to record over a section in Voice Memos on your iPhone, whether you’re recording vocals or dictation.
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December 20, 2015
Facebook has this nifty little feature called “On This Day” or “Year In Review” that shows you posts from the past and encourages you to share and comment on them, which is great if they’re memories you want to see. However, Facebook selects which pictures to show you based on past interaction, which doesn’t always mean you end up seeing the happiest of memories. There isn’t a blanket way to turn off the feature, but you can designate people and dates you don’t want to be reminded of. You can easily choose to stop setting Facebook memories from within the mobile app. Here’s how to turn off Facebook “On This Day” Memories on iPhone.
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December 19, 2015
Apple Maps Favorites allow you to skip typing in your home address every time you want to navigate there. Instead, you can save your often-used locations, including work, home, and any place else you want, by opening Maps, searching for your favorite location's address, tapping on it in the search results list, and then scrolling all the way to the bottom to tap Add to Favorites. Your list of favorites will appear every time you open Maps, and navigating to one of them is just one tap away. Read on to learn more about how to add Favorites to your Apple Maps and how your Favorites can help you plan your frequent trips.
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December 18, 2015
iPhones with 3D Touch have Quick Actions that allow you to activate 3D Touch by hard-pressing an app and revealing places within that app you can quickly jump into. For example, when you 3D Touch the Settings app, you see multiple options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Battery. By tapping on of the options, you’ll jump into that place within the app. You can do a similar thing with the Phone app on iPhone. Except when you 3D Touch the Phone app, your options include Create a New Contact. Here’s how to create a new contact from the Home screen with 3D Touch.
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December 17, 2015
Did you know you can choose a different iPhone ringtone for each of your contacts? Personalizing ringtones by assigning a different sound or song to each contact means that when a friend calls, you’ll immediately know who it is based on their custom ringtone. You can set as many or as few personalized ringtones for your iPhone contacts as you desire. This ringtone customization has been around for awhile, so your iPhone should have no problem even if it’s a little older. Here’s how to change ringtones on your iPhone, so individual contacts have their own unique sound.
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December 16, 2015
If you don’t want constant notifications from Facebook or a guilty pleasure game (cough, cough, Candy Crush), there are two ways to adjust the settings for your app notifications. The first way is to access the app’s settings. The second way is through the notification settings on your device. These notifications are called push notifications because your iPhone alerts you of the notification even if you aren’t using the app. You can selectively choose which apps are allowed to send you notifications and which apps can wait until you have time to check them. Here’s how to turn off push notifications for a particular app on iPhone.
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December 15, 2015
When you do a search in Safari, it preloads the top search result in the background so that if you do indeed select that result, the page will appear almost instantly. What this means, though, is that if that's not the web page you want, you've already used up some of your data to preload it. This is fine if you're on Wi-Fi or an unlimited data plan, but perhaps not a good idea if you're trying to keep down your data usage. Fortunately, you can turn off this feature, thereby avoiding data usage for web pages that you may not want to access.
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December 14, 2015
Once you get the hang of editing text on iPhone, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is. Furthermore, adding italics, bold text, or an underline on the iPhone is also easily doable. You can also indent right, select, copy, and paste text on the iPhone. It all starts with highlighting the text you want to edit. Let’s jump in; here’s how to edit and format text on the iPhone.
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December 13, 2015
By default, the Contacts app sorts your contacts by last name. And it displays them in the order of first name, last name. But perhaps you're not good at remembering last names and would prefer to sort contacts by first name. Or you might prefer to have them displayed last name first so that it's easier to scan down the list for a particular person. Fortunately, you can change both the sort order as well as the display order in Settings. Here’s how to change the order of your contacts on iPhone.
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December 12, 2015
Maybe you’re not ready to buy those songs you love in iTunes, but you do want to save them for purchase later. Well, in iTunes you can easily create a wish list for those songs.
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December 11, 2015
Social media is one of many ways to keep in contact with someone these days; it makes sense to include that information within a contact card, especially for the people you interact with most. Doing so allows you to view their social media profile directly from Contacts. Here’s how to include someone’s social media profile information in their contact card.
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December 10, 2015
When you’re on the phone with someone, you can still use other apps.  Let’s say you’re talking to a friend who needs another mutual friend’s number. You can stay on the phone with them while you visit your contacts to find the information. It’s a simple tip but one that will be forever useful. Here’s how to use another app while on a phone call with iPhone.
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December 09, 2015
Similarly to the Safari browser on your Mac, the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad will recommend suggested websites, show popups related to your search, and auto-fill search queries as you type. Here's how to turn off suggestions for search in Safari. It's a simple, quick tip!
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December 08, 2015
I use reading glasses for some things, a concession to middle age, but fortunately I don't ever need them when I'm using my iPad. That's because I've adjusted the settings so that the text is larger and bolded, making it much easier to see. These settings apply to all of Apple's apps and to third-party apps that support Apple's Dynamic Type. Ever since iOS 8 was introduced, Apple has gathered text size, bold, view, and brightness into a single panel in Settings.
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December 06, 2015
It’s super easy to forward calls from your iPhone. Forwarding your calls will automatically direct incoming calls to a different number. Here’s how to set it up.
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December 05, 2015
It may seem to you that you haven't added a lot of apps to your device, yet your storage space is quickly dwindling. Part of the reason may be not just the app itself taking up space but also the files and data associated with it. Fortunately,you can find out in Settings how much space is being taken up by each app and its associated files. Once you determine that, you may want to delete apps and files you don't need.
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December 04, 2015
There are two kinds of people: those who keep their apps in folders and those who don’t. Personally, I keep 90 percent of my apps in folders and the rest on my Home screen. You probably know that in order to make an apps folder, you drag apps together and a folder is automatically created. But maybe you're wondering how to delete folders from your iPhone so you can rearrange your apps. Let’s get started learning how to delete folders from your iPhone so you can reorganize your apps.
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December 03, 2015
When you type in popular app names into the Safari search url bar, Apple will try to match that with apps you either have or may want from the App store. It’s a suggestion feature turned on by default. Here’s how to turn it off.
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December 02, 2015
You can add all types of attachments to Mail on iPhone. Being able to add attachments to your emails on the go allows you to be productive just about anywhere. You can attach a PDF, doc, and more. You’re able to do this because of iCloud Drive with iOS 9 or later and the Files app with iOS 11 or later. Here’s how to add attachments in Mail on iPhone.
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December 01, 2015
Maps got a nice upgrade for iOS 9 with the introduction of Public Transit Directions. The process is the same as usual, but now there’s a button for Transit.
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November 30, 2015
I don’t know about you, but I record a lot of Voice Memos. They’re a great way to capture a random thought or idea to save for transcription later. However, what if you want to save those memos on your computer? You can easily sync your voice memos to your computer the way you sync your music. Of course, you'll need to use iTunes to do this, but it's a simple change to make. Here’s how to transfer your Voice Memos from iPhone to your computer.
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November 29, 2015
One of the interesting new features of iOS 9 is its "proactive" smarts. Apple wants your device to anticipate what you want to do depending on the context. A good example of that is how your iPhone or iPad now responds when you plug in earbuds or headphones. Your device figures that you want to listen to something, and a small icon appears in the lower left corner of your lock screen that shows the most recent audio app you've been using, whether that's Apple Music, Spotify, Podcasts, or any other app.
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November 28, 2015
For those who have an iPhone with 3D Touch, selecting text for editing has never been easier. With 3D Touch, you can turn your keyboard into a trackpad in most Apple apps and use your finger to highlight the words you need to edit. Here’s how to quickly select and edit text with 3D Touch on iPhone.
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November 27, 2015
Are you wondering how to create a group text? You don't need to look for a free chat app; you can create group messages to keep in contact with multiple people simultaneously in the Messages app on your iPhone. You can even hold group chats with contacts that don’t use an iPhone—you just won’t be able to add anyone to a group chat unless it’s comprised of all iPhone users with iMessage enabled. Group texts can easily get out of hand when there are lots of people in one, but they’re fantastic for sharing information that multiple people need to know in a single message. We've already covered how to name a group text, and how to leave a group text; here’s how to create group messages on your iPhone.
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November 26, 2015
If you come across an unfamiliar word while using your iPhone, it's easy to quickly get the definition. If you have an iPhone with 3D Touch you can look up a definition with ease. Of course, you can also look up a word if you don’t have 3D Touch by tapping and holding to highlight a word, then tapping Look Up. For those with iPhone 6s (Plus) or later, however, use this tip to 3D Touch a word for the definition.
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