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September 19, 2017
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 18, 2017
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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September 13, 2017
One of the big safety features of iOS 11 is the new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature. When it’s on and set up, your iPhone won’t receive notifications while you’re driving unless you let it know you aren’t the person driving. It will also send automatic text replies to those who try to reach you to let them know that you’re driving and not available. And if it’s an urgent message, the person can reply "Urgent" and the text will go through. It’s a great feature for those who get distracted by their phone when driving. Here’s how to turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving with iOS 11 on the iPhone.
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September 05, 2017
In the same way you organize widgets in the Today View, you can choose certain features of your iPhone to be quickly accessible from the Control Center. This also allows you to remove Control Center functions that you might never use and replace them with something better. Here’s how to customize the Control Center on your iPhone.
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August 28, 2017
Want to get rid of that annoying, “Sent from my iPhone” signature? Here’s how. Better yet, if you have more than one email account connected to your Mail app, you can create different signatures for the separate accounts. This is especially convenient if you have mail accounts for different purposes, such as one for work and one for personal use. You can create different signatures for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud, and more. Here’s how to create different signatures for separate email accounts on iPhone.
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August 24, 2017
When you do a search in Safari, it preloads the top search result in the background so that if you do indeed select that result, the page will appear almost instantly. What this means, though, is that if that's not the web page you want, you've already used up some of your data to preload it. This is fine if you're on Wi-Fi or an unlimited data plan, but perhaps not a good idea if you're trying to keep down your data usage. Fortunately, you can turn off this feature, thereby avoiding data usage for web pages that you may not want to access.
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August 23, 2017
By default, the Contacts app sorts your contacts by last name. And it displays them in the order of first name, last name. But perhaps you're not good at remembering last names and would prefer to sort contacts by first name. Or you might prefer to have them displayed last name first so that it's easier to scan down the list for a particular person. Fortunately, you can change both the sort order as well as the display order in Settings. Here’s how to change the order of your contacts on iPhone.
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August 19, 2017
The triple- and double-click shortcuts are designed to let you easily maneuver through a few features of your iPhone when pressing your Home button multiple times. The double-click shortcut lets you find the recent apps you’ve used, and the triple-click shortcut allows you to quickly jump to Accessibility shortcuts you’ve set. However, the triple- and double-click Home commands have a default setting that might be too fast for some to push. My 83-year-old grandmother has an iPhone and she has difficulty pressing her Home button in quick succession due to arthritis in her hands. Whatever your reason, here’s how to slow down the triple- and double-click shortcuts on iPhone.
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August 18, 2017
For some, it’s not easy to catch every word spoken when watching their favorite shows, videos, and movies on their devices. My mom has grown accustomed to watching her shows with closed captions, simply because she likes the added benefit of reading while she watches. Luckily, it’s easy to set up. You can turn on closed captions for media as your default on iPhone or iPad; here’s how.
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August 12, 2017
3D Touch can be a cool, helpful feature for a lot of people. But I also know some who never use the feature or even find that it gets in the way of simply pressing and holding something on the screen. Whatever your reasoning, you can turn 3D Touch off on your iPhone. And it’s very easy to do. Here’s how to turn 3D Touch off on iPhone.
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August 10, 2017
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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August 09, 2017
With iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad, the Game Center app we’re used to is gone. Apple ditched the app, but most Game Center features remain. Within apps, you can still sign into Game Center. It will track your score for the Leaderboards and take a tally of your in-game achievements. But without a designated app, how do you change your Game Center username? Here’s how.
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August 04, 2017
A while ago, Facebook introduced autoplay for videos on the social network. Perhaps the most obnoxious part about it is that every time a video ad starts playing in your News Feed, you are essentially paying with your precious data or battery power for them to advertise to you. Fortunately, it's easy to disable this feature. Here’s how to disable Facebook’s video autoplay.
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August 02, 2017
The stuff on our iPhones and iPads tends to accumulate, using up valuable storage space. But if you're careful, you can use your storage space more efficiently. And one way to do that is to enable a setting to automatically delete text messages after 30 days. This will be especially useful in saving space if your text messages include video and audio messages. Just be aware that deleted messages can’t be searched, so make sure to save any information you need before your message history is deleted. Here’s how to automatically erase old text messages 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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July 29, 2017
It’s lovely to live during a time when music is so readily available. If you have Apple Music, you can go from discovering a song to listening to it offline in a matter of minutes. Apple Music allows you to have a library of music that’s stored in the cloud, as well as music that's downloaded to your device, which you can play when you don’t have an internet connection. But the music you download will certainly start to take up a lot of space after a while. Here’s how you can mass delete downloaded artists in Apple Music, without removing the music from your Apple Music library altogether.
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July 26, 2017
Your iPhone is given a default name when you first set it up. That name appears in a few different places such as on iTunes when you plug in your iPhone or in Find My iPhone when you’re looking for it or another device. When you check to see what devices are using your Apple ID, all of your devices will be listed by name. So why not have some fun with it? Whether you want to rename it for clarity or just to be silly, here’s how to give your iPhone a new name.
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July 22, 2017
Accessibility features on iPhone improve year after year. It used to be that those who are color blind could only to choose to use grayscale, but did you know that’s no longer the case? If you’re color blind, you can go into your settings and select the color correct palette that works with your specific type of color blindness. It’s pretty incredible. Even those with ‘regular’ vision should check it out. Here’s how to correct your iPhone’s colors for your vision.
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July 20, 2017
On your iPhone, there are many instances in which you can shake to undo something. For example, if you delete an email and quickly realize you didn't mean to do that, you can simply shake your phone to undo deleting it. However, plenty of iPhone users have complained about the feature, and they would rather just turn the damn thing off. Luckily, you can. Here’s how to turn off shake to undo on iPhone.
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July 15, 2017
Did you know you can set your iPhone display to appear only in grayscale? Your first thought may be, “Why would I want my display to appear gray rather than in color?” There are a few reasons you might want to see your iPhone screen in black and white. First, for those who are color blind, items on menus may be hard to distinguish if they rely on color to stand out from a background. Grayscale can make the display more readable for those who are color blind. Second, if your battery is running low and you know that it will be a while before you'll have the opportunity to charge it, grayscale can extend battery life. Third, some experts say that using grayscale on your iPhone might be the answer to the question of how to break phone addiction. Here’s how to turn on grayscale mode on your iPhone or iPad.
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July 14, 2017
Say you’re taking a trip abroad or somewhere else outside your carrier’s service area. You can turn on your phone and use Wi-fi when you’re near a connection, but what if you leave your phone on when you leave the hotel? There’s a simple way to avoid roaming charges when you’re traveling, and it lives in your iPhone settings (this tip also applies to cellular models of iPads). Here’s how to turn off cellular data to avoid roaming charges on iPhone while traveling.
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July 12, 2017
Have you ever asked yourself, "What is the TV Provider function on iPhone?" You've come to the right place, because we've got the answers on how you can use TV Provider feature in the Settings apps to connect to your cable provider. The TV Provider setting brings all of your TV show and movie watching experiences together under the Zero Sign-In feature. With TV Provider, you can sign in once with your cable provider or any iOS TV app like Hulu or Amazon and never have to sign in again on any other Apple device. Here’s how to watch cable on your iPhone or iPad using the TV Provider setting.
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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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