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July 11, 2017
There are several reasons why you might want to see comments on a Facebook post—I often want to see comments if the poster is asking a question I'd like to know the answer to. You can receive notifications about future comments by leaving a comment yourself. Indeed, I often see people comment "following" or "commenting because I'd like to receive updates" on Facebook status updates. But did you know that you can easily subscribe to updates without commenting on a thread? Here's how to follow a Facebook thread and receive notifications of comments without leaving a comment.
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July 07, 2017
You don't have to leave a group message just because you want your iPhone to stop buzzing with new message notifications. Instead you can turn on Do Not Disturb for that message thread and read all the messages about planning your brother-in-law's birthday party later. Here’s how to mute group messages without leaving the conversation.
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June 22, 2017
How do you keep your text messages private when reviews of incoming texts appear as banners or alerts on your home screen? Message previews can be handy if you want to quickly decide to reply to a message now, or wait and reply later. But how can you have private text messages on your iPhone with all these previews popping up? After all you don't want friends and family catching sight of private text messages you'd rather they hadn't. Sometimes it's not even an unintentional glance! We all have that one friend or coworker who thinks nothing of grabbing your iPhone to check out the text notifications on your home screen. Luckily, within your Settings app, there’s an easy way to make texts private. You can disable text messages from being displayed on your Home screen while still receiving notifications. Here’s how to keep your messages private and prevent your text messages from being on display for all to see.
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April 04, 2017
Sometimes, I think Apple Pay works too well. Never have I been more able to impulse buy things. But if you’re not sure where your money is going, you can check the history of your Apple Pay purchases for each credit card you have set up. When you make a purchase, Apple Pay will notify you of recent activity on any of the cards set up for Apple Pay. But you may want to see a list of recent transactions, which you can view in the Wallet app. Here’s how to view recent credit card activity for Apple Pay on iPhone.
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March 31, 2017
One of the Apple Watch's many benefits is the ability to manage incoming messages and notifications from your wrist. But if you've let the notifications pile up, don't worry about going through and dismissing them one by one; there's an easy way to dismiss all your notifications at once. When your Apple Watch notifications start to pile up, here’s how to clear all of them at once.
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March 27, 2017
I don’t know how or why it started, I just want it to stop. The past couple months, I’ve started to receive notifications about random friends’ activity on Facebook. It says something like, “Brenda posted a picture,” to which I’m scratching my head wondering, “and why do I care what Brenda who I knew in 5th grade and haven’t seen since did?” Apparently, I’m not the only one suddenly receiving notifications from random friends. So let’s figure out how to stop this! Here’s how to stop receiving notifications from random friends on Facebook.
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January 06, 2017
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 22, 2016
The Apple News app on iPhone allows you to keep up to date on all the topics and publications that interest you. You can also sign up for breaking news alerts on your iPhone, which appear as notifications. You can choose which news sources are allowed to send you breaking news alerts. You can see news alerts for publications you follow or other large, well-known channels that often cover breaking news. If you don’t have a favorite source of news, you can turn on News Top Stories as a means of getting breaking news notifications from a wide range of media outlets. Here’s how to turn on breaking news alerts in Apple News on iPhone.
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September 19, 2016
On Apple Watch, you can clear all notifications by using Force Touch. Now you can do the same on iPhone with 3D Touch. Deleting individual notifications isn’t worth the time, but being able to clear them all can be extremely helpful when keeping up to date with your network and to dos. This great shortcut was introduced with iOS 10; it should work on any iPhone model with 3D Touch running that operating system or later. Here’s how to clear all notifications with 3D Touch on iPhone.
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September 08, 2016
The times they are a changin’ with iOS 11. If you want to reply to notifications from Lock screen on your 3D Touch compatible iPhone, you’ll need to use 3D Touch. Older models have the good ‘ol Swipe to Reply feature in place, which we’ll also go over. However, rich notifications from Lock screen in iOS 11 allows you to do a lot more. The notification on your Lock screen can easily be responded to using either 3D Touch or by swiping left. This is one of the ways Apple is incorporating 3D Touch into more and more places on the iPhone. Here’s how to respond to notifications in iOS 11.
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June 24, 2016
I’m sure you’ve noticed that your Messages alerts sound twice: once when you get the message, and again two minutes later. If this isn’t your cup of tea, there’s an easy way to change it. Repeat Alerts can be found, and changed, in the Settings app. You can choose to set repeat message alerts from Never all the way up to 10 times. It’s good to know that all alerts repeat in two-minute intervals. Here’s how to turn off repeat message notifications.
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March 11, 2016
I don’t know about you, but Low Power Mode is my absolute favorite feature that came with iOS 9. I don’t just turn it on when my battery is low; I keep it on the vast majority of the time, because I have yet to notice an experiential difference in my iPhone’s performance or capabilities when it’s on. However, whenever I go to charge my phone, eventually it’s charged enough for Low Power Mode to turn itself off. Luckily, you can easily re-enable Low Power Mode from your Lock screen. Here’s how.
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February 20, 2016
Touch ID has seen some major improvements since the release of the iPhone 6s. It’s more accurate and works much more often than it used to. But now, I find Touch ID unlocks my iPhone before I have a chance to check the notification that has popped up. Or, if I’m driving and I just want to change the song from the Lock screen, sometimes Touch ID works too quickly and I end up unlocking my iPhone and having to take the extra step of opening the Music app. Well, here’s our trick to get around that.
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February 07, 2016
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to answer the phone. Especially if you’re driving, it’s often safer to quickly pull over and send an iPhone automated message to let the person know you’ll call them back later. This function is accessible right from the call screen with different messages prepared for quick sending. Here’s how to answer a call with a text message if you happen to be busy.
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February 02, 2016
iPhone reminders are an easy way to keep your life on schedule. You can set them via the Reminders app or simply tell Siri when and what you need to be reminded of. However, I don't use the reminders app very often; therefore, it's buried in a folder on my third Home Screen and is annoying to access. But, did you know that you don't have to unlock your phone to mark a reminder as complete? You can even Snooze the reminder from Lock Screen as though it were any other alarm. Once you've set a reminder in the native app, the reminder will be set to go off. Here's how to mark it complete from Lock Screen. 
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November 21, 2015
Sometimes particular conversations or individuals can become a bit of a nuisance in Messages — so much so that you'd like to stop receiving notifications for that conversation. Maybe you are part of a group conversation run amok or a family member likes to text you during work hours? Fortunately, you can turn on Do Not Disturb for any particular conversation.
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November 07, 2015
With iOS 9, you have the option to sort pull-down notifications. This allows you to group or ungroup apps and view notifications sorted manually or by most recent. When you group apps, they’re sorted into blocks under notifications with the most recent app appearing at the top. When apps are ungrouped, notifications will sort intermixed by most recent unless sorted manually.
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August 30, 2015
Not all emails are created equal. Between spam and miscellaneous messages, there are a lot of emails we get notifications for that don't need to be checked right away. On the other hand, there are business emails and notes from family members we may want to reply to immediately. By turning on email notifications for only your VIP Mailbox in the Mail app, you'll receive fewer non-urgent notifications. Or, you can set a separate notification sound for your VIPs to differentiate between the two.
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August 15, 2015
It’s easy to miss appointments when our calendars are always full, and pasting sticky notes to computer screens just doesn’t cut it anymore. However, your phone is happy to do the thinking for you; change the Default Alert Time and your Calendar app will remind you. 
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August 08, 2015
Siri is an awesome time saver. Want to view your most recent calls, text someone, get directions, or post to Facebook? Just ask Siri. You can even do all this from your lock screen. The problem is, so can anyone else. If your settings allow for it, anyone can access your call history, send a tweet, or get directions to a contact's home from your lock screen just by bringing up Siri and asking.
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August 01, 2015
If important notifications keep getting buried under less significant ones in Notification Center, you can easily change the order they are shown to you, and even determine whether you see them at all.
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June 29, 2015
If you need to call someone, but it's not convenient to place the call right now, you can use the Reminders app to help you remember to make the call later. If you use Siri to create the call reminder, you'll be able to call the person directly from the reminder notification.
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