Tips

August 13, 2018
Some of my favorite features of the iPhone are the Camera and the Photos app, though I haven't fully utilized all their features. I'd like to learn more photography tips so I can fully utilize my smartphone to take great pictures, or at least good ones! But how to take good pictures on my iPhone when I've never been much of a photographer? Luckily Apple shares lots of photography tips and tricks, and here's one I want to pass on to you; how to take an overhead shot on your iPhone. Let's get started! 
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August 11, 2018
For someone who is blind or has impaired vision, Be My Eyes is a resource that makes everyday tasks easier. Sighted people sign up to be volunteers; when a blind or visually impaired person asks for assistance, the app video calls one of over a million volunteers to help. When someone starts a call, the first available volunteer will connect with them. If you’re blind or visually impaired, you can contact volunteers as often as you want; there are plenty of people who have showed up to say, “I’m here; what can I do?” And you can connect with them in a matter of minutes. Learn more on what the app does and why we love it below.
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August 10, 2018
Have you ever wondered how to turn off Read Receipts on your iPhone? You know, the notification sent to the person who texted you that you've read their message? iMessage Read Receipts are okay sometimes; however, it’s not always desirable or necessary that every single person you talk to knows when you’ve read their message. Here's the good news, you can turn off Read Receipts on your iPhone, but leave them on for specific conversations where they're helpful to you. Here’s how to turn on Read Receipts for specific conversations on your iPhone. 
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August 07, 2018
Did you know your iPhone has a helpful feature that allows you to color code email addresses that you're composing messages to? You've probably had the experience of inadvertently sending an email to the wrong person and the problems that can cause! Fortunately, Apple's Mail app has a feature that lets you identify a particular domain by highlighting it blue and turning all other addresses red. This can be useful if, for example, you want to make sure you don't inadvertently send your work-related emails to someone outside your company. Recipients within the company will have their email addresses appear blue in the To field, and the email address of recipients outside the company will appear red.
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August 04, 2018
All of us have had to plow through at least one difficult day of school or work after a less-than-optimal night of sleep, or even an all nighter. But what happens when a rough night becomes the norm? The Centers for Disease Control collects data about the sleep habits of Americans, and reports that one in three of us are getting fewer than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. Whether you can't fall asleep, can't stay asleep, or both, insomnia is not only miserable, but bad for your health. I'm one of those insomniacs that can't stay asleep; waking up more nights than not after only about four hours of shut-eye, and not being able to drift off again for at least an hour or two. If you're like me, and have spent many wakeful hours wishing you could just relax and sleep, it's time to find some help. While relaxing bedtime routines, meditation for sleep, natural insomnia remedies, calming teas, and even sleeping pills can help, there's one more thing I think you should try: a sleep app for your iPhone! I tried Sleep Genius for two weeks, and am still using it every night. Sleep Genius is a sleep app that combines soothing sleep music, a gentle alarm, a relaxation program for anxiety at any time, and even a power nap feature! Read on to learn more about Sleep Genius, and why I think you should give this sleep app a home on your iPhone.
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August 03, 2018
We’ve all been there: we get swipe happy while checking our email and accidentally delete an email we needed to read. Shake to undo on the iPhone is helpful in this situation, but if you’re chronically deleting emails you needed to read, consider turning on a feature that asks you if you’re sure you want to delete an email before it’s deleted. You can turn this feature on in Settings on the iPhone; here’s how to avoid accidentally deleting mail starting with iOS 12 on your iPhone's Mail app.
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August 02, 2018
If you have an iPhone Plus model, you’ve definitely struggled to type on your iPhone’s keyboard with just one hand. It’s not easy to do on a regular iPhone model, and nearly impossible with the larger device. Well, there’s a new hidden feature in iOS 11 that allows you to move the keyboard to the right or left of the screen. The keys become smaller and closer together, but you can definitely type one-handed on any iPhone with this one-handed keyboard. Here’s how to enable the one-handed keyboard in iOS 11 on iPhone.
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July 30, 2018
If you’ve recently upgraded your iPhone, you’ve probably noticed that your older iOS device still appears on iCloud’s list of backups. These old iCloud backups could be taking up a lot of unnecessary storage space and don’t do you any good either. All the documents, data, and settings you need backed up for your new iPhone are already saved in your iCloud account if you've been backing up your new device regularly. Here’s how to delete those old iCloud backups and clear more iCloud storage space!
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July 28, 2018
Whether indoors or out, plants add oxygen to the air and bring a sense of calm to those who look upon them. I’ve always dreamed of an apartment filled from top to bottom with sprawling green plants, but remembering the various watering schedules amid my busy schedule means more plants die on my watch than thrive. No longer! If your thumb ain’t so green, the Happy Plant (Free) app is what you need. The app lets you create a little profile for each of your plants and set a watering schedule. For each plant you add, the app prompts you to take a picture of the plant. And each time you water it, the app asks for another picture. Overtime, all of those photos are strung together for a time-lapse of your plant and its growth. I’ll go over more of what Happy Plant does and why I love it below.
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July 27, 2018
Do Not Disturb While Driving disables text message notifications on your iPhone while you drive, but did you know that you can set up an auto-reply to respond to text messages while Do Not Disturb is on? To send an auto-reply text while driving, open the Settings app, go to Do Not Disturb While Driving, and create and enable an auto-text response. Read on to learn more.
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July 26, 2018
In a previous daily tip we discussed how to set up a Personal Hotspot using your iPhone, and how to connect your devices to it using Wi-Fi. But what to do if Wi-Fi is unavailable or unreliable? You're not out of options; it's time to connect to your Personal Hotspot using Bluetooth. While your Bluetooth connection will be slower than Wi-Fi, it does have its charms. Bluetooth uses far less power than a Wi-Fi connection, is more secure, and features automatic pairing—as opposed to Wi-Fi, which has a lag while your laptop, iPad or iPod connects, and may require you to rejoin the network every time your device goes to sleep. So without further ado, let's learn how to connect to a Personal Hotspot using Bluetooth!
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July 21, 2018
Establishing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is important for keeping your personal information safe, especially when on public Wi-Fi. We often think about using a VPN on our computers, but it's worth getting on for iPhone as well. With TunnelBear VPN on iPhone, you can browse the web securely at home and in public. Each month you can use 500 MB of data completely free, and TunnelBear offers affordable options thereafter. With super strong encryption and security that’s been verified by a third-party company, TunnelBear has positioned itself as a VPN to trust. Learn more on what TunnelBear does and why we love it below.
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July 20, 2018
The Photos app on your iPhone has so many useful functions and features. You can use this built-in photo editor to crop, adjust lighting, apply filters, and more. Sometimes, though, in the middle of editing a photo, you can start to forget how your original picture looked, and wonder if the changes you're making are really an improvement! Luckily, you can compare a before and after image while you're in the middle of editing a photo. Let's get started learning how to compare the photo you're editing to your original picture, right in the Photos app of your iPhone. 
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July 19, 2018
After you've downloaded the latest version of iOS to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you'll need to make sure that your HomePod has updated to the new operating system as well. The HomePod automatically updates software, but sometimes there's a bit of lag time. Let's get started learning how to check if your HomePod has completed the download, ​and how to update the HomePod's software if an automatic update hasn't occurred. 
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July 17, 2018
When you connect your iPhone to your computer, you may have noticed that it has a name. When you use Find My Phone, the name of your iPhone is also how you identify it from other similar devices. If you share devices among a family, it’s also helpful to give it a name. What happens if you need to change your iPhone's name, though? Let's get started learning how to rename your iPhone. 
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July 16, 2018
iOS 11.4 has made it possible to AirPlay audio content to multiple Apple devices and third-party AirPlay compatible speakers at once, including HomePods and Apple TVs. A really cool outcome of this upgrade, called AirPlay 2, is the ability to set up two HomePods in the same room, sync them, and have them work together to create stereo sound. If you'd like to utilize this new iOS 11.4 AirPlay 2 feature, you'll need to set your HomePods up as a stereo pair. Let's get started learning how to set your HomePods up as a stereo pair right from your iPhone, so you can start enjoying amazing, upgraded audio right away. 
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July 13, 2018
Have you ever deleted a voicemail and then realized you should have saved it? Don't worry; there's a fix for that! When voicemails are deleted on iPhone, they move to a Recently Deleted folder, which allows you to recover a voicemail you didn't mean to delete or need to listen to again. How long voicemail messages remain in your Deleted Messages folder depends on your carrier. I have Verizon, and the oldest deleted voicemail in my folder is from ten months ago. You can retrieve deleted voicemail and move it back to your regular Voicemail inbox. It's also possible to clear all your deleted messages, permanently removing them from your iPhone. Here’s how to recover a recently deleted voicemail messages, move them back to your Voicemail inbox, or permanently delete them.
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July 12, 2018
One of the most convenient features of the iPhone's Mail app is its ability to autofill email addresses based on your recent activity; but what happens when friends, family, and coworkers switch accounts? Mail will keep right on suggesting the old email address, even after you've updated to the new one in your Contacts! Don't worry though; there's a way to delete outdated contact information in your Mail app so that your iPhone will start using the new, correct address every time. Let's get started learning how to get rid of the old email addresses now. 
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July 11, 2018
I'm just now diving into the world of Spotify, and one of my favorite features is, of course, the Spotify playlist! After using Spotify for at least two weeks, a new Spotify playlist appears; it's called the Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. Discover Weekly is a batch of song recommendations that are based on the music you've played and liked over the course of the week. The frustrating thing about this list, though, is that it disappears and is replaced every Monday. It's great to get the new recommendations, but what if you'd like to save the old playlist? Let's get started learning how to save or download your Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify, so you can save the playlists you really love and listen to them whenever you want. 
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July 10, 2018
Reader Mode in Safari is a great way to reduce the clutter on a web page to make it easier to read. When you enable this reading mode, Safari strips away all the ads, sidebars, and other extraneous material and only shows you the article and its accompanying images. The Reader Mode feature is especially useful if text size is an issue for you when​ reading. Here’s how to change font size with Reader Mode on iPhone, so you can stop squinting and start reading!
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July 09, 2018
If you have the Facebook app on your iPhone, you've agreed to allow Facebook access to all your phone's contacts. If you don't remember giving that permission, neither do I; but apparently, it's part and parcel of the terms of service. Don't worry, though; there's an easy way to change this sharing setting and make the names and numbers in your Contacts app private again. Let's get started learning how to stop Facebook from accessing your Contacts on iPhone. 
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July 07, 2018
When you set out to learn coding, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot to learn, and the best way to learn something big is to break it down into manageable sections. For this reason, I was immediately drawn to Mimo. I tested competing code-learning apps and quickly felt like what I didn't know was pilling up around me. But with Mimo, I chose my goal (ie. build an app, make a website, etc.). Then the app set me up on a Track starting with the absolute basics. Plus, at the end of each course, Mimo has a section for practicing what you’ve learned. I’ll go over more on what the Mimo app does and why we love it below.
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July 06, 2018
It’s easy to lose track of the pages you’ve liked on Facebook, and they can add up quickly. Before you know it, your news feed is jammed with content from all those Facebook likes, and you're not seeing the posts from friends and family that you're really looking for. How to see your likes on Facebook, and how to unlike pages on Facebook—those are the questions! There’s an easy iPhone tip to find all your page likes on Facebook so you can unlike the pages you're no longer interested in; let's get started!
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July 03, 2018
Maybe you want to make a video with your iPhone camera, but you don't need it to be high resolution. After all, high-quality videos look gorgeous, but they also take up a lot of storage space. If you have the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus or later, 4K video, in particular, takes up large chunks of storage. Whether you want to save storage or ensure you’re recording the highest-quality video possible on your phone, it's great to have the option to change your iPhone's video-resolution settings. Here’s how to change the video resolution on your iPhone.
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June 26, 2018
If your iPhone X is stuck on the Apple logo, a spinning wheel, a completely black screen, or otherwise frozen, one quick method for getting everything back to normal is a force restart. There are lots of different names people call this procedure; a hard restart, force shutdown, a hard reset, or even a hard reboot. What all these terms refer to, though, is the same thing; forcing your iPhone to turn off in such a way that it has to completely reboot when you turn it back on. This iPhone X reboot allows your device to restart with refreshed memory and, hopefully, minus the glitches. This isn't something you want to do every time you turn off your iPhone; it’s more of a last resort when your iPhone is acting wonky or freezes completely. A hard reset is a bit more complicated on the iPhone X than on other iPhones, so let's learn how to reboot your iPhone X. 
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