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June 08, 2018
Have you ever wondered how to turn off iMessage on Mac? The first time I received an iMessage on my Mac, I immediately began looking for a way to disable the feature. My iPhone tends to be right next to me anyway, so broadcasting my text messages on a Mac is definitely something I wanted to deactivate. Luckily, you can stop iMessages from popping up by simply turning off messages on Mac. It’s actually incredibly easy to do. Here’s how to deactivate and get rid of messages on Mac.
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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 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 17, 2018
  The Always on Location Tracking by Apple's Weather app can take a toll on your iPhone's battery life, but a couple of tweaks can improve your iPhone's performance and battery life without sacrificing the convenience of the Weather app. To rescue your battery life from the Weather app, you'll need to go to Settings first to disable Location Tracking and then pick a city to permanently display inside the Weather app. The following steps will allow you to monitor the weather and temperature near your home without the Weather apps' pesky power and performance drains, so let's get started.
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May 15, 2018
The default iPad and iPhone signature in iOS Mail is "Sent from my iPad" or "Sent from my iPhone." But while some people may be happy to declare what device they are using at the bottom of every email they send, others prefer to provide other information, such as the name of the sender and additional contact information. Here's how to remove or change your email signature. This tip will let you change your signature in Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook emails sent from iPhone as well as your Apple iCloud account.
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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 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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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 04, 2018
I try to be good about keeping my Messages app clear of unwanted texts by deleting them. There are times, though, that I receive messages from people who are not in my Contacts and I may want to save the text, but not necessarily add the person to my Contacts list. That’s why I’m glad Apple added a sorting feature to Messages. Now I can keep my Contacts and Unknown Senders separate. Once you change this message-filter setting on your iPhone, you'll see two tabs in Messages: one for Contacts and one for Unknown Senders. Here’s how to sort texts from Contacts and unknown senders in Messages on your iPhone.
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April 26, 2018
  If you love podcasts, and also love iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices, you've probably heard that you can sync your podcasts across your devices. Once your devices are synced, you can use the Podcasts app to listen to a podcast on your iPhone, then pick it up right where you left off on your iPad. Syncing across Apple devices includes not only podcast playback positions but also your podcast subscriptions and stations. If this sounds like podcast heaven to you, follow the steps below to sync up your devices and start listening.
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April 17, 2018
When it came to light that Apple was throttling processor speed for older iPhone models, the fallout was ugly. Apple explained that the throttling was meant to prevent iPhone models 6 through 7 Plus from shutting down when their batteries couldn't keep up with the demands of their processors. Apple also lowered replacement battery prices to $29 to assist customers in getting their iPhones back up to speed. Now, with iOS 11.3, Apple is letting go of the automatic throttling plan and allowing iPhone users the ability to decide for themselves whether they'd like to slow processor speeds when their iPhone's batteries aren't able to keep up. Let's learn more about the throttle setting on your iPhone, actually called the applied performance management feature, and where to disable this setting if you choose.
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April 16, 2018
Apple landed in hot water with customers this year when a feature designed to slow the processors of older iPhone models to keep them from suddenly shutting down came to light. Critics maintained that Apple was throttling the speed of earlier iPhone models to push customers towards newer devices, while Apple insisted that the feature was necessary to cope with aging batteries. Now, with iOS 11.3, Apple is letting iPhone users decide for themselves how to manage their iPhone's battery health and processor speed. The first step in this process is making battery health visible, so customers can decide if and when they'd like to replace their battery. Let's get started learning how to check your iPhone's battery health in iOS 11.3, it's quick, easy, and a valuable piece of information about your device. Note that this feature is only available for iPhone 7, 6S, and 6 models.
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March 23, 2018
If you've been having trouble with pop-ups on your iPhone whenever you try to browse online, you're probably hoping for a way to block pop-ups on Safari. Luckily, your iPhone does have a way to disable pop-ups in Safari so that you don't have to deal with these annoying interruptions anymore. Conversely, you may want a website to be pop-up enabled but realize that the pop-up blocker on your iPhone is stopping pop-ups you actually need. Let's get started learning how to disable pop-ups and enable them again in Safari on your iPhone so you can browse the web in peace. (Note that this article doesn't cover how to disable in-app rating requests on the iPhone; you will need to do that in the App Store settings.)
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March 13, 2018
What are widgets? Widgets are a quick way to look at information from the apps that are the most important to you, choose to see more information, or even open the app directly from the widget. The widgets chosen will vary person to person, but some common favorites include Weather, News, and Stocks. You can add widgets to what Apple calls the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping right on the first Home screen on your iPhone.You can add, organize, and subtract your iPhone widgets whenever you want to, so let's get started learning how to add widgets to your iPhone's Notification Center!
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March 06, 2018
Some of the neatest improvements we have seen with iOS 11.2 are the cool things you can do with Apple Pay. It's so easy to pay for things using your iPhone, even directly from a text message, without the need to swipe a credit card. Of course, if you're going to use this feature, you'll need to know how to set a default card and remove an outdated card in Apple Pay. Let's get started learning how to set a default credit card and remove outdated cards in your Wallet on the iPhone. 
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March 05, 2018
The Apple Watch is an ideal purchase for on-the-go people who need an ultra portable device that can offer both functionality and durability. Many of the iPhone's best loved features are included in the Apple Watch, including fitness tracking and health monitoring, the ability to play music, and of course text messaging and calling. The Apple Watch also accommodates health apps with safety features designed to notify wearers of medical concerns and offer help to contact emergency services if needed. These features have been credited with everything from alerting Apple Watch owners to life-threatening health crises to enabling the Coast Guard rescue of an Apple Watch user stranded off the California coast after a kiteboarding mishap. Sometimes, though, it can be a little too easy to get in touch with Emergency Services via an Apple Watch; there have been multiple reports of accidental calls to 911 from Apple Watch owners who unwittingly triggered their device's SOS setting. How can you keep from joining their number and accidentally dialing 911 on your Apple Watch? Let's figure it out! 
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February 20, 2018
When Apple rolled out iOS 9, it introduced the possibility of accessing Apple Pay from the iPhone Lock Screen. In iOS 11, you can still use Apple Pay from your Lock screen, but things work a little differently with the iPhone X. When this feature is enabled, it will allow you to quickly access Apple Pay and the passes and loyalty cards found in the Wallet app so you can get ready to make a payment or bring up your boarding pass while you wait in line. Note that Apple Pay only works with the iPhone 6 or later. Let's get started learning how to enable Apple Pay from your iPhone Lock Screen!
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February 06, 2018
Creating playlists is the best way to curate songs for different events, outings, and moods. I like to create playlists with all of the albums I’ve recently downloaded, so I can see which songs I like and which songs I want to remove. You can create a workout playlist for the gym, a beach playlist for vacation, or any number of other possibilities. And with iOS 11, your friends can easily check out your public playlists too. Here’s how to create and edit Apple Music playlists on iPhone.
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January 26, 2018
If you're concerned about your iPhone's battery life, knowing what apps are using up your battery life is a good practice. Of course, if you use an app a lot it’s always going to show up as the app using most of your battery. But sometimes an app running the background or not working properly will drain your battery life too, and it’s good to be aware of them. This feature gives you a clearer picture of what's going on. Here’s how to find out which apps are draining your battery on iPhone.
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January 24, 2018
Navigating in a different country and feeling confused trying to convert miles to kilometers? Or perhaps you learned the metric system and realized how much more sense it makes than the imperial system. Whatever the reason, you can easily change miles to kilometer in Maps on iPhone for all future directions. Here’s how.
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January 19, 2018
Face ID can be used to unlock apps on iPhone. For example, when I open my Day One journaling app, it pretty quickly recognizes it’s me and lets me in. This saves me from needing to enter the passcode. Whether or not Face ID works with an app depends on the app’s developers and what they’ve programmed it to be able to do. But you can easily see which of your apps will work with Face ID within Settings; you can also turn Face ID on for apps in the same place. Here’s how to turn on Face ID for apps in settings on iPhone.
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January 17, 2018
When you want lines to draw within or a grid to help you stay on track, you can choose a one-time paper style or set up a default paper style to automatically appear in your Notes. To change the style of paper to a lined or grid pattern in the Notes app, tap on the export icon and select Lines & Grids to open the style sheet. When you type, the paper style disappears in that part of the tip; but for drawing by hand in the Notes app, choosing the paper style can make a big difference. Here’s how to change the paper style in Notes on the iPhone.
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January 09, 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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