Tips

November 30, 2017
  Did you know you can use Siri without talking? You can type to Siri instead. Typing to talk to Siri is ideal for quiet settings or in very loud public places. You can even set up Siri to respond by text when your ringer is turned off. This is great, because it means you can use Siri anytime. You’ll still be able to say, “Hey, Siri,” and speak, but you’ll also have the option to activate Siri without voice and type instead! Here’s how to enable Type to Siri on the iPhone. You can also use this tip to get rid of Type to Siri if you've been wondering why you have to type for Siri when you activate the digital assistant using the Side button.
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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 23, 2017
  Recording your iPhone screen can come in handy when you want to share something with a friend or explain instructions for how to use an app. If you want to record your screen, you don't need a special on-screen recorder app or software. To answer the question of how to add a screen recorder function, you can enable the screen recorder feature from the Settings app under the Control Center section. With Screen Recording enabled for your Control Center, you can record your screen easily. If you're wondering, "why can't I screen record with sound?" we'll answer that question, too. An iPhone screen recording will record in-app sounds by default (if your iPhone's ringer is on). But you can choose to also record your voice during the screen recording. Let's get started with how to record your iPhone's screen with or without sound, including system sounds and external sounds.
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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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September 20, 2017
I think we can all agree that storage space is a valuable commodity on the iPhone. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to take a photo and having your iPhone tell you to create more storage space. But with iOS 11, your iPhone will give you suggestions on how to save storage and you’ll have the option to ‘offload’ apps you don’t often use but want to keep. We’ll go over what that means and how to do it. This tip will allow you to easily free up storage and get an overall picture of what is taking up your storage on your iPhone anyway. Here’s how to optimize iPhone storage and free up space with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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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? 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 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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