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March 20, 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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December 27, 2017
The App Store got a huge upgrade with iOS 11. One of the new features is videos! Developers can create little videos that autoplay when you're browsing apps. When you're browsing with WiFi, this probably isn't a problem. But on cellular, you don't want to eat up data just to play a video about an app you're downloading. Of course, if you're not a fan of video autoplay under any circumstance, you can turn it off completely. Here's how to turn off video autoplay in the App Store on iPhone.
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December 26, 2017
When using my iPhone, I often download apps to try out. Later, when I unlock my iPad, all of the apps I downloaded to test on my iPhone are suddenly on my tablet. Most of the apps I use on my iPhone aren't apps I use on my iPad, so I have to go and delete them all. Some people prefer the automation of all their apps showing up on all their devices. But for me, it's a problem; here's how to stop apps you purchased on one device from downloading automatically on your other devices.
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November 02, 2017
The app store looks very different in iOS 11. Not only are many of the tabs at the bottom different, but also Apple has added new features to the App Store that weren’t there before. The App Store has full articles on how to play certain games, interviews with the developers of a popular app, a featured App of the Day, and more. In a lot of ways, it’s much easier to find and discover apps in the new App Store. But it may take some getting used to. Here’s a quick tour of the new App Store with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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July 31, 2017
I remember when the Sunrise calendar app stopped getting updates. My (first) world fell apart. I jest over dramatically for effect, of course, but it was truly difficult to find an app to replace it. Had I known in advance, I could have started looking for that replacement sooner. (I now use Vantage, by the way). Luckily, you can actually check if an app you have won’t be receiving new updates on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to see which of your apps will no longer have updates available in the future.
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March 09, 2017
With iOS 10, Apple gave the Messages app its own App Store. You can use apps within Messages to play games, share stickers, invite friends to dinner, and more. Luckily, removing apps and stickers from Messages is even easier than downloading them. Here’s how to remove apps from messages on iPhone.
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February 08, 2017
With iOS 10, you can send stickers to your friends that you’ve acquired from the App Store that’s within Messages. Our tip on Stickers in Messages will give you the full rundown if you’re not familiar with how to get and use stickers. If you’ve been using stickers with your friends, you’ve probably received a sticker from a friend that you liked and wanted but didn’t know how to find in the App Store. Well Apple built an easy shortcut into Messages for this exact instance. Here’s how to get the same stickers that your friend just sent you in Messages.
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January 12, 2017
With iOS 10, Apple introduced Stickers to the Messages app. We’ve covered how to download and use Stickers in a previous tip. We learned that you can send stickers to friends as a reply, but you can also use a sticker to react to a friend's message. Here’s how to react to a message with a sticker.
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December 17, 2016
One of the things you can do to save your iPhone battery is to turn off automatic app updates. However, doing so means your app updates pile up and eventually you have to update them all, usually at the same time. Let’s say you’re updating ten apps, but one of those apps is Facebook Messenger and you need to reply to a friend’s message as soon as possible—you can use 3D Touch to prioritize that app’s update before the others. Here’s how to prioritize app update downloads with 3D Touch.
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December 08, 2016
Removing Apple Stock apps from your iPhone is a new feature with iOS 10. While we’ve wanted to delete stock apps for ages, only now is it possible to remove those stock apps from your Home screen. If you delete the stock apps from your Home screen, you can easily reinstall the stock apps from the App Store should you need them in the future. Here’s how to reinstall stock apps on iPhone with iOS 10 or later.
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November 16, 2016
The Messages app in iOS 10 on iPhone has its own App Store. While the Messages App Store is mostly stickers, there’s also apps that complement the original app available in the normal App Store. When you download an app from the normal App Store, it will automatically install the complementary Messages app. Luckily, you can turn this whole business off so that apps within Messages are only added manually. Here’s how to turn off automatically installed iMessage apps.
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October 21, 2016
If you want to buy an iTunes or Apple gift card for a friend, you can easily do so right from your iPhone. Sending an iTunes gift card is a great gift because it can be used in iTunes, the App Store, Mac App Store, or iBooks so long as the recipient is logged in to each with the same Apple ID. This means the iTunes gift card you buy and send can pay for not only their music but any monthly app subscriptions or best selling novels they’ve had their eye on. If you’re not sure how to send that iTunes gift card, no worries, we’ll go over the whole process below. Here’s how to send an iTunes or Apple gift card from your iPhone.
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October 15, 2016
With iOS 10, the Messages app got its own App Store. This will allow you download apps within the Messages app that can be used in conjunction with it. For example, you can download Giphy and share your favorite gifs without needing a gif keyboard. You can also use Messages apps to buy and send stickers, share recipes, share weather forecasts, share flight information and maps, make dinner reservations, and more. It’s a whole new Messages world. Here’s how to download apps in Messages.
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October 04, 2016
One of the most basic functions of the iPhone is the ability to download apps from the App Store. You access the app store from Home screen. Once you’ve opened the App Store, downloading apps to iPhone is as simple as finding the apps you want. We’ll cover everything you need to know below. Here’s how to download apps on iPhone.
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August 02, 2016
Want to know how to find Apple purchases using Family Sharing? After all, the best part of Apple Family Sharing is... sharing! After setting up your Family Group, you can get to sharing all of your content, including purchases like apps, music, TV shows, and movies, as well as books from the Apple Books app (well, except for the content that's hidden.) I love sharing music with my boys, but don't care to have any of their apps on my phone. With this tip you can use Family Sharing to share everything you want to and download none of what you don't. Here’s how to access and download shared purchases with Family Sharing.
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July 30, 2016
Who doesn’t love free apps? Luckily, there are a lot free apps in the App Store. But it’s not always easy to tell the awesome free apps from the apps you’ll open once and never again. Luckily there are lots of categories in the App Store that help you search for the specific kind of apps you’re looking for, and there’s also a Free tab so you can sort through only the apps that won’t cost any money to download. Here’s how to find the top free apps in the app store on iPhone.
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May 26, 2016
  iPhone app developers release updates from time to time, whether it be to fix bugs or add new features. If you're wondering, "how do I get updates for my apps?" there are two answers. You can change your settings to update apps automatically, but there's also an easy way to check which updates are available for your apps and download them. Let's learn how to quickly update apps all at once on your iPhone. 
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December 27, 2015
If you're here, you've probably been given an iTunes gift card and now it's time to redeem it. It's also possible that you've already redeemed your iTunes gift card and simply want to check the remaining Apple gift card balance or add more money to your iTunes balance. You're in the right place; we're going to cover everything you need to know about your Apple gift card. Once you see the steps, it'll be easy to redeem your iTunes gift card, check your iTunes gift card balance, and add money to your iTunes account. We'll also explain the difference between an iTunes gift card, an Apple Store gift card, and an Apple Music gift card and show you a few other things to make the whole process of learning how to use an iTunes gift card as smooth as possible.
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September 04, 2015
Apple allows family members with separate Apple IDs to join a Family Sharing group and share Apple Music, Book, TV, apps, and other Apple purchases, among other benefits. The Family Organizer of each group can enable Ask to Buy and designate a second adult to approve kids' Apple purchases, as well. This way, both parents, or a parent and step-parent, or parent and grandparent, or any two adult members of the same Family Sharing group can approve or deny a child's request (Ask to Buy can't be enabled for adult family members). We've already gone over how to set up Family Sharing, now let's learn how to allow a second adult Family Group member to approve or block Ask to Buy requests.  
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August 10, 2015
In iOS 10, there are now two ways Siri makes app suggestions on the Lock screen. The first is the Siri app suggestions that appear in the Widget pane. The second are the time and location-based app suggestions that appear in the lower left corner of the Lock screen in the same place app icons appear when you’re using Handoff. If you don’t appreciate this feature, it’s easy to turn off app suggestions.
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