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October 24, 2018
If you have a child who uses your iPad or iPhone, you'll love this tip. Keeping our kids from seeing inappropriate content online can be a struggle, but with iOS 12, Apple makes it even easier to set content restrictions on your personal devices (we will cover how to use Parental Controls to set restrictions on a child's personal device in a future tip.) If you ever hand your iPhone to the back seat to keep your kids occupied on a long car ride or let them watch a movie on your iPad while you get dinner together, you'll want to read this tip to make sure they're only accessing age-appropriate material. 
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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? Here’s how to set your iPhone to automatically answer calls after a fixed amount of time. 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 (like my mom) or difficult to do, then you can enable this feature from your Accessibility Settings. 
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October 18, 2018
Apple's new operating system, iOS 12, has a set of Screen Time features that can be used to combat smartphone and device addiction by setting app limits. There are some apps, though, that you may want to have constantly available; luckily you can choose some apps that will always be allowed in your Screen Time settings. Let's get started learning how to set Always Allowed apps on iPhone and iPad. 
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October 09, 2018
If you're worried that your child is spending too much time on their iPhone or iPad, and may even have a screen addiction, Apple's new operating system, iOS 12, is here to help. With iOS 12, parental restrictions are easy to put in place, and you can limit not only the total amount of time spent on a device but also set restrictions for individual apps, as well as content and privacy. Let's get started learning how to set up Screen Time restrictions for a child or teenager on iPhone or iPad.  
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October 08, 2018
Want to see what apps are draining the battery on your iPhone? Your iPhone's battery usage is broken down app by app in the Battery Health section of your Settings app. The data lets you see the percentage of battery life used by each app, and also how long you spent on individual apps. You'll be able to save your battery life and save your phone by picking out the apps that use more battery than they should be. 
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October 04, 2018
Screen addiction is a very real issue for many smartphone users, and Apple is taking the problem seriously. Since the rollout of iOS 12, there's a Screen Time feature that can help iPhone and iPad users become aware of how much time they spend on their devices, then cut back if they feel the need. One of these settings is called Downtime. What does Downtime in Screen Time do? It's exactly what it sounds like; a set time of day where your device reminds you that it's time to unplug and do something else. Let's get started learning how to set up Downtime in iOS 13 now. 
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October 01, 2018
Customizing the apps in your Apple Watch Dock puts all the information and functionality you need at your fingertips. To get started, you'll need to open the Watch app on your phone and select the My Watch tab to edit the apps that appear in your Apple Watch Dock. Here's everything you need to know to customize your Apple Watch Dock! 
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September 24, 2018
If you have favorite shows in the Podcasts app, but keep forgetting to check for new episodes, you'll probably benefit from turning on notifications so you can keep up to date. On the other hand; if you're subscribed to lots of podcasts, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the new episode notifications. Let's learn how to customize your Podcasts notifications, so you're informed about the shows you really want to listen to, while silencing notification about the ones you only occasionally tune into. 
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September 17, 2018
iOS 13 is finally here! When you're ready to install the new OS, open the Settings app and select General then Software Update to begin the installation process. If you're reading this on September 19 and haven't yet received an update notice on your iPhone yet, be patient; Apple rolls out its software update gradually on the release date. Apple's new operating system update includes overall improved speed and performance, a more user-friendly Photos app, Dark Mode, 3D and street-level maps, Memoji updates, a swipe-to-type keyboard, and many other improvements and fixes. Ready to update to iOS 13? We’ll cover what devices are compatible with iOS 13 and how to accomplish this software update so you can begin to take advantage of these new capabilities and features right away.
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September 13, 2018
The iPad and iPhone Mail app is a convenient way to check your email, but did you know you can add more than one email account to your iPhone or iPad? To set up new email accounts like Gmail and Outlook on your iPhone, you just need to open Settings and scroll down to Passwords & Accounts to reach the Add Mail Account section. Read on for more on how to add a new email account to the Mail app on your iPhone and iPad.
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September 10, 2018
Are you getting bored of seeing the same old background or screensaver on your device and wondering how others have such cool and interesting iPhone and iPad backgrounds? Here's how to change the wallpaper image for iPhone XR, XS, and the XS Max as well as older devices like iPhone 7, 6, or whichever you have! Whether you like a simple picture, something more fancy like an animated image, or even a personalized wallpaper, this article will teach you how to get rid of that dull, old image and put a fresh, new wallpaper on your device.
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September 06, 2018
Face it; kids are going to use technology as a regular part of their lives. Whether it's a home or at school, for recreation or education, or all of the above, your children and grandchildren will learn all the ins and outs of your iPhone, iPad, and whatever other devices you may have around the house. We already know it's important to limit screen time to keep our kids well rounded, but what about other parental controls? Apple has created several iPhone and iPad restriction settings that adults can put in place without ever needing to purchase a parental control app, and even more settings are coming with iOS 12! There are many reasons you might enable restrictions on your iPhone; they act like a child lock app and control major aspects of privacy, allowed content, and more. Here are two restrictions I find very helpful; preventing kids from adding or deleting apps on your devices. Let's get started learning how to use these parental control settings.
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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 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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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 23, 2018
Many advertisers on the web use a bit of software called cookies to follow you around so they can continue to advertise to you across the web. People are simply more likely to make a purchase if they’re familiar with a product, so cookies essentially make you familiar in the hope that you’ll eventually decide to buy. But with iOS 11 on iPhone, you can ask Safari to prevent this cross-site tracking so that ads aren’t able to follow you around the internet. If you’ve ever clicked on an ad, only to have that same ad suddenly appear on every website you go to, this setting is designed to make that stop. Here’s how to stop advertisers from following you around the web in Safari with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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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 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 04, 2018
AirPods, second-generation AirPods, and Airpods Pro settings and volume control can be a bit unintuitive. It's not easy for everyone to figure out how to adjust the volume on their AirPods when there are no buttons and no dials! There are two Airpods volume options for increasing and decreasing the volume on your AirPods: One involves using Siri to turn your AirPods up or down, and the other involves using your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac to raise or lower the volume. Let's get started learning how to use these volume control options. 
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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 29, 2018
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 iTunes purchases like apps, music, TV shows, and movies, as well as books from the iBooks store (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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June 22, 2018
Did you know you can record slow-motion videos on your iPhone? No slow-motion app is needed, you can use the Slo-Mo setting in your iPhone's native Camera app. Recording slow-motion video on iPhone is a great way to get a shot that would have otherwise gone by too quickly or to just get a great laugh watching and re-watching your slo-mo videos (pets and kids are the funniest slo-mo subjects.)  Depending on which iPhone model you're using, you can record slow-motion video at 120 or 240 fps (frames per second.)
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June 18, 2018
Did you know that you can customize how you'd like your AirPod's settings to work? Using the iPhone paired with your AirPods, you can decide which functions you'd like to engage when you double tap your right or left AirPod. Let's get started learning how to adjust your AirPod's features with your iPhone! 
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