Tips

January 08, 2018
Few people know that the passwords you’ve saved in Safari are available to view on your iPhone. Don’t worry about security, your fingerprint (Touch ID) or Face ID is needed to access the passwords. But if you’ve forgotten your login name or password, this tip makes it easy to find and view them. Here’s how to view your Safari login names and passwords.
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January 05, 2018
We’ve talked before about how to schedule Do Not Disturb on your iPhone, but did you know that certain alerts can barge right through that setting? These include AMBER Alerts (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response), and government alerts about imminent threats, such as extreme weather. These alerts are extremely important to leave on as they can literally save lives, but you may have the occasional need to turn them off.  One recent example I can recall is when a tornado warning set my phone blaring.  My kids, dogs, and I went to the basement and were as prepared as we could be, but the alerts kept going off.  This was not helpful in my efforts to calm everyone down, and I didn’t want to turn off my phone because I was messaging friends and family to tell them we were safe.
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January 02, 2018
Do you find it totally creepy when an ad pops up on your iPhone for just exactly the sort of thing you’d like to purchase? Does it seem like your phone has just a little too much inside information about your preferences, and you’d like to establish some boundaries between yourself and the wide world of capitalism? If so, it’s time for you to learn how to limit ad tracking in Apple Apps on your iPhone.
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January 01, 2018
It’s wonderful to be constantly connected to friends, family, and coworkers… until it’s not. An iPhone can make you more available and productive, so you can do things like pick up last-minute items at the grocery store or lend your expertise to a client halfway around the world, but it can also encroach on time set aside for family, rest, and relaxation. Fortunately, you can utilize Do Not Disturb to mute intrusive calls, texts, alerts, and notifications.
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December 28, 2017
Starting with the iPhone 7 and beyond, Haptic Feedback is a common tactile way for your iPhone to respond to some gestures in the form of a small vibration. For example, on the iPhone 7, there isn't a physically pressable Home button; so Apple added Haptic Feedback to the Home button, which you feel when "pressing" the Home button even though there's not actually a physical button to be pressed. You’ll find Haptic Feedback on the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X. But if you prefer to turn off Haptic Feedback altogether, you can easily do so from within Settings. Here’s how to turn off Haptic Feedback 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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December 25, 2017
The beautiful edge-to-edge display of the iPhone X leaves no room for a Home button. But if you find yourself missing the old Home button, you can add an on-screen Home button to your iPhone X screen thanks to the accessibility features. This is actually something that anyone with an iPhone can do, and it comes in handy if you have an older iPhone with a broken Home button. For iPhone X users, however, it’s the only way to retrieve the lost Home button. It’s not for everyone, but it’s great for those who want it. Here’s how to add an on-screen Home button to your iPhone X.
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December 22, 2017
One of, if not, the most talked about features of the iPhone X is Face ID. And it works eerily well. The process is so fast that you’re tempted to make sure it doesn't just let anybody in (don't worry, it doesn't). The iPhone X prompts you to set up Face ID when you set up your device for the first time, but if you skipped that part or feel like it didn't do as good of a job as you wanted it to, use this tip to set up Face ID in Settings. Here's how to set up Face ID on the iPhone X.
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December 15, 2017
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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December 08, 2017
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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December 05, 2017
With each new operating system, Apple offers a range of new wallpapers as well. But it’s easy to forget that there are new wallpapers when you update to iOS 11, so I thought we’d quickly go over it in a tip. With iOS 11, you can use some beautiful new flower wallpapers, pictures of earth and the moon from space, or wallpapers with the classic Apple rainbow. Let’s jump in; here’s how to use one of the new iOS 11 wallpapers on iPhone.
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December 01, 2017
The most common way we all know to turn off or power down our iPhones is by using the buttons on the iPhone. But did you know that you can also power off your iPhone from within Settings? As long as your iPhone isn't frozen, you can shut it down without having to use the power or volume buttons (or Home button if you have one). Here’s how to shut down your iPhone without using buttons.
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November 30, 2017
Tired of talking to Siri? With iOS 11, you can type to Siri instead. This is ideal for quiet settings or in very loud public places. By default, Siri will respond back with voice. But you can set it so that Siri will only respond with Voice Feedback if your iPhone isn't on silent. This is great because it means you can use Siri anytime. However, if you turn on Type to Siri, you won’t be able to use the Home button to activate Siri and speak. But you will still be able to say, “Hey, Siri” and speak. Here’s how to type to Siri in iOS 11 on iPhone.
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November 28, 2017
Message attachments are the photos, GIFs, and videos your friends and family send you. They’re stored as a part of each text message, and they can take up a lot of space without you ever thinking about it. Before iOS 11, you had to select each attachment you wanted to delete in the Message app. But there’s an easier way to delete message attachments and free up storage with iOS 11 on your iPhone. Here’s how.
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November 22, 2017
For awhile now on iPhone, you’ve had the ability to hide message previews when receiving a notification from the Messages app. Now, with iOS 11, you can also disable previews for notifications from all your other apps. For example, say you have Facebook notifications enabled and a friend comments on your photo. Normally, you’d receive a notification that tells you that person commented on your photo. But when you disable notification previews, you’ll simply see that you have a Facebook notification, with no further info being displayed on the Lock screen. Here’s how to disable notification previews for all apps with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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November 17, 2017
Home button or Sleep/Wake button not working properly? (Maybe you had some kind of iPhone misfortune involving water or a drop?) You're probably planning to take your phone in to get fixed; but in the meantime, Assistive Touch is a great work around to this problem. Here’s what you can do as a workaround if your Home button isn’t working on iPhone.
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November 09, 2017
You’ve probably received thousands of pop-ups asking you to rate and review an app during your time with your iPhone and iPad, but how often have you actually rated and reviewed them? Pop-ups of any kind are super annoying, and if I really love (or strongly dislike) an app, I go out of my way to rate and review it. But the overwhelming majority of these requests are denied before my brain even acknowledges what the pop-up asked me to do. Luckily, with iOS 11 and later on iPhone, you can turn off in-app requests to rate and review apps fairly easily. Here’s how.
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November 07, 2017
A heavily requested feature for iOS 11 was Dark Mode. Dark Mode essentially turns white space black while leaving media, photos, and content the same. However, we did not get an official Dark Mode in iOS 11, and we haven't gotten one for iOS 12, either. Hopefully this will come out soon because macOS Mojave does offer this feature. For now, though, the next best thing is pretty darn fantastic. Inverting colors on iPhone in the past meant distorting the look of photos and content as well. But iOS 11 introduced Smart Invert, which is (almost) as good of a Dark Mode as we need. Here’s how to turn on Dark Mode or Night Mode in iOS 12 on iPhone, this will invert colors on your display and reduce eye strain.
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November 01, 2017
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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October 31, 2017
Some of iPhone Life's most popular articles have been about saving battery life on the iPhone, which just goes to show how much room Apple still has to improve when it comes to battery life. Luckily, you have a new source of information for saving battery life that’s directly from Apple: Battery Life Suggestions. Now, when you view Battery in your Settings app, Apple will present some suggestions for ways you can improve your battery life. Here’s how to use those Battery Life Suggestions for better battery life with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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October 17, 2017
If you're an avid iphoneographer, there are certain camera settings you may want to be standard in your Camera app on iPhone. In the past, Live Photo was the only setting that stuck. But with iOS 11, you can preserve a few different camera settings so that you need not enable your preferred settings every time you go to take a picture. Here’s how to preserve camera settings with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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October 16, 2017
For years, we’ve recommended turning off Background App Refresh on your device to save battery life and cellular data. Background App Refresh automatically refreshes apps you have open in the background so that when you go to look at the app again, the page is already up to date and loaded. Which is why the feature can siphon off your data without you noticing. But now, with iOS 11 on iPhone, you can choose to turn Background App Refresh on only when your device is using a WiFi connection. That way, you can enjoy the perks of the feature without worrying about how much data it’s using. Here’s how to set background app refresh to Wi-Fi only with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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October 11, 2017
With WatchOS 3, the Apple Watch added the ability to make emergency SOS calls right from its Lock or Home screen. With iOS 11, the iPhone now has the same ability to call Emergency SOS. You turn this on within settings and enable Auto Call; so if you’re in a situation where you need help, it’s easy to make a call to emergency services such as 911. In order to call for emergency services on an iPhone running iOS 11 or later, you'll need to know your iPhone model since it's slightly different on iPhone 8. Here’s how to turn on Emergency SOS on iPhone.
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September 27, 2017
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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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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