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November 30, 2018
I love that I can receive calls on my Apple Watch. If I’m out and about, my iPhone is in my backpack. But I never miss a call because my watch lets me know one is coming in. However talking to your wrist, especially in public, isn't ideal. No problem! Here's two different ways you can transfer a call from your Apple Watch to your iPhone. 
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November 27, 2018
There’s a lot or a little you can access when your iPhone is locked, depending on the iPhone Lock screen settings you choose to enable. Lock screen access to your notifications, Siri, Wallet, and control of your smart home is certainly convenient. But if you're concerned about someone else being able to use those features when your phone is locked, you can also disable access for maximum privacy and security. We've already gone over how to change the auto-lock time on your iPhone and how to write notes from the Lock screen. Now, here’s how to customize your Lock screen settings, whether you have an iPhone X, an iPhone 11, or even the new iPhone SE. 
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October 23, 2018
Did you know that the iPhone allows your phone to automatically answer calls after a certain number of rings? This is great for when you're using a headset or you're making dinner, but also expecting an important phone call.  If you’re the type of person who’s always near their cellphone but sometimes takes too long to answer, or if you find the swiping-to-answer motion annoying or difficult to do, then you can enable this feature in your Accessibility Settings. Here's how to have your iPhone automatically answer incoming calls.
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September 12, 2018
Voicemail greetings are important; your personal voicemail message lets people know they’ve reached the right person and reminds them to leave a message after the beep.  To create a custom voicemail message on your iPhone, you'll need record your greeting in the Voicemail tab of the Phone app. Here's what you need to know to start recording a voicemail message:
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August 06, 2018
Your Apple's HomePod delivers a high-fidelity audio experience and helps control Homekit devices with Siri. Did you know that you can also transfer phone calls from your iPhone to your HomePod for speakerphone calls? Simply tap the audio icon while making a call, and select the HomPod from the list of audio options. Using your HomePod as a speakerphone is a great way to go hands-free when you need to move around the room without carrying your iPhone or worrying about sounding muffled. Let's get started learning how to transfer calls on your iPhone to your HomePod so you can use your HomePod as a speakerphone. 
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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 05, 2018
If you've just bought your first iPhone, or if you're one of the many people who just never got around to setting up their voicemail until now, you may be wondering how to open and listen to voicemail on your phone. You'll also want to learn how to delete voicemail messages, since too many undeleted messages will mean new messages can't be added to your voicemail. Voicemail on your iPhone is quick and easy to use; let's get started learning how to play voicemail messages on your iPhone, and how to delete voicemails as well, so you'll never miss a message. 
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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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May 14, 2018
Let’s say you’re listening to music using your Bluetooth speaker, and you get a call. When you answer that call, the audio will probably default to your iPhone. But what if you want the call to always default to your Bluetooth headphones, speaker, or earbuds? You can select which Bluetooth device your call audio defaults to in the Call Audio Routing settings in the iPhone Settings app. We've already covered Bluetooth pairing to your iPhone, and how to change which Bluetooth connection you're using to play audio from your iPhone or iPad. Now, here’s how to set your speaker, headphones, or earbuds as the default audio on your iPhone.
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May 11, 2018
The Do Not Disturb setting is pretty handy, especially when you’re at work or sleeping. This feature allows you to receive all your usual notifications, minus the disruptive sounds and vibrations that tend to come with them. But what if someone on your favorites list (like your brother, mom, best friend, etc.) has an emergency and can’t get ahold of you? Well, there’s an easy way to let their call pass through the Do Not Disturb barrier. Here’s how to let Favorites contact you when Do Not Disturb is turned on.
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April 30, 2018
Voicemail-to-text transcriptions on the iPhone aren't a perfect offering—the service often drops words and mangles names—but despite that, voicemail transcriptions are useful if you would rather scan a bit of text than listen to a voice message. If you want to send that text to someone else, you'll have to select the text, then on the Edit Menu which pops up, choose the Share option, and finally tap the sharing method you prefer and send the text. One feature we'd love to see added to the voicemail-to-text feature is a single-step method for sharing voicemail transcriptions. While we're waiting for this feature, though, the select-share workaround is functional enough. Read on to learn how to share voicemail to text transcriptions on your iPhone.
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March 07, 2018
We've gone over how to know if someone blocked your number, and how to block a phone number on the iPhone, which includes how to block calls and text messages, but what happens when you block someone on your iPhone? Did you know that even when someone's number is blocked, they can still leave you voicemails? It seems odd to be able to receive voicemails from someone you've put on your block list, but there it is, and in a way, this peculiar feature has its merits. For example, if you've blocked an ex or cyberbully, it can be useful to know if they've moved on or if you may have cause to worry. So let's get started learning what happens when you block a caller, how to find out if someone you blocked has called you, and how to listen to voicemails from blocked numbers, as well. 
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February 27, 2018
Sometimes, whether it's an ex, a cyberbully, or an obnoxious telemarketer, a person just won't get the message and stop calling or texting you. That's when it's time to block their calls and texts on your iPhone. We've already gone over how to use a call blocker to stop unknown callers, and how to know if someone blocked your number, so now let's talk about how to stop unwanted messages or phone calls on your iPhone. Enabling call blocking for a specific number on your Apple device means you will no longer receive phone calls, FaceTime calls, text messages, or iMessages from that number. Here’s how to block a phone number on iPhone, so you won't receive calls or texts from that number again!
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January 06, 2018
The camera roll on my iPhone is jam packed with pictures of my dogs—there's just something about those fuzzy faces that demands to be adored and photographed so that the pictures can be adored as well. Then of course there's the sharing; #instadog #socute #sorryyouguysicantrestrainmyself. I've been known to take dog photos with Instagram, share them to Facebook, then text and private message them to friends and family that really must see the latest iteration of canine cuteness right away. Therefore it is with great delight that I announce the discovery of my new favorite app, BarkCam, the "Instagram for Dogs." 
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December 14, 2017
​ AirPods and AirPods Pro users: did you know you can answer a call on your AirPods? If you’re sporting AirPods, you’ll certainly want to adjust your Airpods settings so that you can answer the phone with AirPods using this hidden feature. You can answer your iPhone with AirPods and hang up calls with your AirPods as well; we’ll go over how to do both. You can even set up your iPhone to announce calls via Airpods, so you know who's on the line before you answer the call. When learning how to use your AirPods, make sure to memorize this short set of Airpods instructions and to keep track of your AirPods battery life. Here’s how to answer a call with AirPods.
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September 21, 2017
If you are logged into iCloud on Apple devices, you’ve likely had this happen: one minute, you’re calm, the next, you receive an incoming call, and every device you own is suddenly beeping and blaring. This happens because of a handy feature called Continuity, which can connect your Mac, iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone. Once these devices are connected, they'll work together, and you'll be able to use Handoff with apps like Safari, Mail, Maps, Messages, Phone, and more to start a task on one device and finish it on another. Continuity and Handoff make it possible for you to make and receive calls on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod Touch; but what if you don't want your calls ringing through to all your devices? Here’s how to make all of your devices stop ringing when you get a call on iPhone.
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August 15, 2017
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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July 05, 2017
Your ringtone on the iPhone lets you know when you have an incoming call or text. Here’s how to change your default ringtone on an iPhone. Since you’re likely to hear the sound often, it’s nice to choose one you like. You can choose to use a ringtone that Apple has built-in or use ringtones you’ve purchased within the iTunes Store on your iPhone. 
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June 29, 2017
I had no idea this was a thing until I started looking for an answer. Let me explain: my mom has been slowly adjusting to using an iPhone. With her old flip phone, she merely closed the phone to hang up the call. But with an iPhone, you have to press the big red dot on the screen. But for her, it felt more intuitive to press the Home button. So she found herself thinking she’d hung up the phone when she hadn’t. This let me to search for an easy solution. There’s no setting on iPhone that allows you to use your Home button to hang up a call, but you can use a different button. Here’s how to hang up your iPhone with the click of a button.
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May 24, 2017
The ability to make conference calls on your iPhone makes it easier to use your device in professional settings. All major US carriers support conference calls, but how many lines you can add will vary depending on your carrier. That’s because wireless carriers use one of two radio systems: GSM or CDMA, and your phone’s capabilities will vary depending on the radio system your carrier uses. Carriers that use GSM, including AT&T or T-Mobile, support up to five calls simultaneously. Carriers that use CDMA—including Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular—support six calls as long as your have an iPhone 6 or newer. If you have an older iPhone and have a CDMA carrier, you can make up to three calls simultaneously. Here's how to make a conference call on your iPhone.
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