Tips

June 15, 2018
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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June 14, 2018
Lately I've noticed that the app switcher at the bottom of my messages is getting cluttered with icons that I never added. You can remove apps from the app switcher in the switcher's More Options menu. The overabundance of icons on my app bar has made me want to pare down my selection, so I'm not forever scrolling back and forth searching for my favorites. Let's get started learning how to add and remove apps from Messages on the iPhone, so we can have just the ones we need and want available for our texts. 
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June 13, 2018
Using two-factor authentication helps ensure that the accounts associated with your Apple ID are safe. Even if someone has your login name and password, they won't be able to access your accounts without a verification code from a trusted phone number or one of your trusted devices. Once you verify a new device, you won't need to use two-factor authentication again unless you sign out of it completely, erase your device, or change your password. Similarly, when signing in on the web, you can choose to trust that browser so that you don't have to go through the verification process each time you sign into your account on your computer. Let's go over the steps of signing in to a new device or iCloud account with two-factor authentication.
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June 12, 2018
I don’t know about you, but I am a master of having far too many tabs open on my iPhone. Before I know it, Safari is overrun with my web pages from the past month, and all I can do is tap X a hundred times to close all windows. But now there’s an awesome trick in Safari on iPhone that allows you to quickly close all tabs or easily open a new one in Safari. Here’s how to quickly close tabs all at once in Safari on iPhone.
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June 09, 2018
When you have thousands of photos, there’s no way you’re going to look through them to try and spot the duplicates. There’s also the matter of exact versus similar duplicates—it would be a pain in the ass to try and sort that out manually. Well, a question in the iPhone Life Facebook group about this very topic sent me on a search for the best app for easily removing duplicate photos. And I do believe I’ve found it: Remo Duplicate Photos Remover on the iPhone is a free app that scans all of your photos, presenting you with a quick look at all of the duplicates. Then the app makes it easy for you to quickly remove the photos you don’t want to keep. Learn more on what this app does and why we love it below.
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June 07, 2018
Instagram account holders have been hit with a wave of spam lately, and from a different source than many have previously experienced. I'm talking about the auto-like or auto-follow phenomenon, where Instagrammers suddenly notice they're following unfamiliar accounts. How does this happen? Insta-following seems to happen when Instagram apps are granted more access to our accounts than they should have. Let's learn how to revoke permissions from spammy apps so we can reclaim our iPhone's Instagram feeds.
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June 06, 2018
You can't effectively use an iPhone without an Apple ID. In this article, we'll show you how to create an Apple ID using any model iPhone, including the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. Once you've created your Apple ID, you can use it for all of the purchases, services, and accounts associated with your Apple ID. Your Apple ID will save you from having to keep track of multiple passwords for different any services or apps you subscribe to via the App Store or iTunes. Signing up for an Apple ID is free and easy to do; let's get started learning how to sign up for a new Apple ID on your iPhone. 
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June 04, 2018
Facebook recently announced a new facial recognition feature that informs account holders when their image appears in other people's photos and videos, then allows them to tag themselves. In addition, the feature warns Facebook users when their picture is used to open another account. While some Facebook users find the facial recognition feature innocuous, or even helpful, others prefer to steer clear of what they perceive as an invasion of privacy. For those of you who would like to turn off facial recognition on Facebook, read on to learn how to do so on your iPhone.  
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June 01, 2018
  Have you ever had three or four or people more gathered around you as you show off pictures from your iPhone? Ever wish you had a bigger screen to display those photos? Well, if you (or someone you know) has an Apple TV, you can use your iPhone’s AirPlay feature to wirelessly stream those photos to the TV’s screen. AirPlay, or screen mirroring, is also a great way to stream music, other audio, and videos from your iPhone. If you are a Spotify (or other non Apple music) subscriber who wants a HomePod, AirPlay is the only way you can listen to your tunes from your Smart Speaker Let's get started learning how to use AirPlay on your iPhone now so that you can take advantage of all your Apple TV and HomePod have to offer.
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May 31, 2018
Here's a time-saving feature to boost your productivity; 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 new feature. 
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May 30, 2018
Touch ID and Face ID are great iPhone security features, but if you want the best protection for your device, you need an iPhone passcode. Not too long ago, Apple changed from having a four-digit code as the default to an even-harder-to-crack, six-digit code as the default. Better yet, you can set an alphanumeric code that's six digits or longer as your iPhone passcode. If you're looking for the best security code possible, an alphanumeric code is your best bet. Let's get started learning how to set a new passcode on your iPhone now. 
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May 29, 2018
With AutoFill, you can have your credit card information stored right on your iPhone, so you won't need to go through your wallet for online purchases made through the Safari browser. If you have iCloud set up and iCloud Keychain enabled, iCloud Keychain will securely store AutoFill information from Safari, including credit card information, across all your devices. Here's how to update credit card information, so your AutoFill data is always helpful and correct. 
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May 26, 2018
1SE is a video-diary app that allows you to save one second videos of each day. The app will then automatically string all of those memories together to create a movie collection of your life. You can view them anytime or at the end of a year to reflect. It’s any easy yet beautiful way to capture and appreciate a little something from each day you live. With the latest update, you can add two one-second snippets to each day, as well as add journal notes and record your mood. The added features make this both the perfect keepsake and journaling app. Learn more on what 1SE does and why we love it below.
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May 25, 2018
Apple introduced the QuickType predictive text feature to iPhone users with iOS 8, and it's been a time-saver ever since. The iPhone's ability to suggest the three most likely words you'll use next in your message is a fantastic keyboard add-on, but what happens when QuickType makes the wrong word suggestions? Sometimes our iPhone keyboards "learn" misspellings, or offer unwanted words that pop up before the word you prefer. Luckily, there is a way to edit or remove unwanted words that the predictive text feature presents. Read on to learn how to fix your iPhone's predictive text function by resetting your iPhone's keyboard, so you can make sure QuickType is suggesting the words you really need in your iMessages. 
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May 24, 2018
Sometimes you get the perfect shot on your iPhone, but you'd like to crop the photo so the focus is on the main subject. If you're wondering how to crop a picture on iPhone, there's a quick and easy way to accomplish this without adjusting the crop box manually. 
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May 22, 2018
It's like the Interrupting Cow joke that delights school-age kids everywhere; you activate Siri and start speaking your request, only to be interrupted by, "Here's what I found on the web." At which point you probably say something like "If you'd just let me #$@%ing finish, Siri, you'd know I'm trying to call my wife, not do a web search!"  I can't help you with your anger issues, but I do have a very simple solution to your problems with Interrupting Siri. Here's how to get Siri to stop interrupting you and listen to your entire question. 
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May 19, 2018
In Safari on iPhone, you can add an article you come across to your Reading List, which makes it easy to come back later and read all of the articles you saved. But with iOS 11, you can tell Safari to save those article so that you can read them even if you’re offline. This is an easily overlooked feature that’s actually really cool. Here’s how to save your Safari Reading list for offline viewing with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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May 14, 2018
Let’s say you’re listening to music using your fantastic Bluetooth speaker and you get a call. When you answer that call, it will probably default to your iPhone. But what if you want the call to always default to you speaker? Or your headphones? You can select where your call audio defaults to in the Call Audio Routing settings in the iPhone Settings app. Here’s how to set your speaker or headphones as the default audio on iPhone.
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May 12, 2018
Have you ever lost an app on your iPad or iPhone? It can happen more easily than you might think. Maybe you stuck it in a folder in an effort to declutter your Home screen, or even deleted it to create space for the latest iOS update, and then forgot. Or maybe you just have so many apps it's lost in the crowd. Whether you have a missing app on your iPhone, a hidden app on your iPhone, or have simply deleted your app, here's how to find an app that disappeared from your device.
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May 10, 2018
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 is customizable, and one of the features you can add to it is your Apple TV Remote. The iPhone remote control feature is super convenient, especially if you want to use your iPhone keyboard to enter things in the search field on your Apple TV instead of slowly and painfully entering them one letter at a time with your remote. Here’s how to add the Apple TV Remote to your iPhone's Control Center, so you can start using your iPhone as a remote control.
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May 09, 2018
Have you been wondering how to save photos from your iPhone? Don't worry, you can easily save images you’ve received from email or Messages. Whether you've got a text from a friend with pictures of your road trip or an email from family with pics of the grandkids, you can save those snapshots to your iPhone with a couple of taps. Saving images on iPhone from email or Messages is roughly the same process, but with email, you can also copy and paste the image from one email into a new email. We'll cover both methods, plus some quick ways to transfer those images from your iPhone to your desktop. Here's how to save pictures from email and messages on your iPhone.
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May 08, 2018
​ If you have a limited data plan or a data cap for your iPhone, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on where your cellular data is going. But how do you find out which apps use the most data? How much data does Spotify use? What about YouTube? If you can find out which apps are sucking your data, you can turn off Cellular Data usage for them, which means you’ll only be able to access the apps over Wi-Fi. If you have unlimited data, how to check and manage data usage on an iPhone isn't a big deal. But if you’re trying to stay within a certain amount of gigabytes each month, this data saving tip will make it easy. Here’s how to check what apps are using the most data on your iPhone.
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May 07, 2018
In a previous tip, we shared how you place an Emergency SOS call on the iPhone (though if you need a refresher, just hop into Settings, tap Emergency SOS, and it will tell you how near the top.) When an Emergency SOS call ends, your iPhone will automatically send a text message with your location to your Emergency contacts. This is a fantastic feature, but it’s only helpful if you have contacts set up as your Emergency Contacts. Here’s how to set an Emergency Contact for Emergency SOS on iPhone.
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May 05, 2018
There are a lot of different apps you could use to learn a language, but not all language apps give you the tools to truly become fluent in a language. Babbel offers language learning at a classroom level from the comfort of your smart devices. The app offers fourteen different languages and more than 8500 hours of learning content across them. I chose this app to feature because of the way it engages the learner; it immediately felt different to me than the numerous other language apps I’ve tried. We’ll go over more on what it does and why we love it below.
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