Tips

April 11, 2020
In iOS 13, Reminders lets you group related lists of reminders on the iPhone. When you create a group in Reminders, you can bring together related lists under one folder. This tip will help you set up groups and get your reminders organized. You can even use this method to add groups in Reminders on your iPad! Read on to learn how to use the updated iOS 13 Reminders app to set up groups of lists on the iPhone.
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April 10, 2020
If you're into iPhone photography and looking for ways to get the best shots in low light, you're in luck. Apple's latest iPhones, the 11 and 11 Pro, offers a new feature called Night mode. Night mode makes night photography easy, allowing users to take clear, vivid pictures in low-light situations. So, how do you use the new iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Camera in Night mode? We'll go over the ins and outs of these Camera settings below.  
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April 09, 2020
The Scribble feature makes Apple Watch lets you compose texts by writing the words on your Watch Face with a finger rather than dictating them to Siri. Quiet texts on the Apple Watch make it easier to send and receive texts discreetly. But what happens when your watch fails to correctly translate your scribbling into text? With Scribble on the Apple Watch, you can also edit incorrect words without talking to Siri. Here’s how to text on an Apple Watch and edit texts using Scribble.
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April 08, 2020
You probably already know that you can react to text messages with a heart or a thumbs up. But Memoji stickers are another fun way to react to text messages and give your conversation a personal touch. You can add stickers to an iMessage, even after that message was sent! If you already have a Memoji sticker sheet, then you probably want to know how to add those stickers in a message. This tip will show you how to add a Memoji sticker after the message is already sent, for the ultimate in text customization. Read on to learn how to use your Memoji stickers for text messages.
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April 07, 2020
One of the biggest questions people usually have when they upgrade from an older iPhone with a Home button to an iPhone 11 is, "How do I navigate my iPhone 11 without the Home button?" In particular our readers frequently ask us how do you return to the Home screen on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max as well as any earlier iPhone without a Home button? The answer is surprisingly simple: To go back to the Home screen without a Home button, start by locating the thin, long bar that usually appears as white, black, or gray, at the very bottom of your screen. Here’s how to return to Home screen on iPhone XR, XS, 11, and more.
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April 06, 2020
Did you know that the person you've invited can call into your meeting straight from their iPhone's Calendar app? We'll show you how to use this easy and efficient way to keep calls and meetings on time and in order. We've already gone over how to get directions from the Calendar app, and also how to create events and meetings in your iPhone's Calendar app, then invite people to them; let's get started learning how to use this iPhone Calendar app feature. 
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April 04, 2020
Want to know how to share a podcast from one iPhone to another? Sometimes, a podcast episode is so good, you have to share it right away. With this tip, you can share a podcast episode any time, even while you're listening! Then, when you're done with the episode, you'll have someone to talk about it with right away. It's great way to spend time with someone, even if you can't be in the same place. Not only can you share a podcast, but there are also several different ways to do so. You can send an episode via text message, Facebook Messenger, email, a Facebook post, and more, all from right within the podcast episode you're enjoying at the moment. Let's get started learning how to share a podcast episode on your iPhone! 
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April 03, 2020
Want to know how to use FaceTime to talk to your friends and family? If you're trying to find a more personal way to keep in touch, FaceTime is a great option! FaceTime has features you can use like call waiting, and the option to pick between video calls or audio only. Below, I show the first thing you need to know about FaceTime: how to make a FaceTime audio or video call. The person you call will also have to have FaceTime enabled on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
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April 02, 2020
If you have iOS 10 or later, you can challenge a friend to a quick game in the Messages app, provided your friend is also using iMessages! Just find a game you like in the iMessaages App Store, tap to get it, and then start playing with your friend. Playing a game via iMessages is great for when you don't have much to talk about, but still want to keep in touch with someone. Here's how to start and play games in iMessages. 
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April 01, 2020
Forget package tracking apps! Did you know you can track shipments on your iPhone without ever leaving the app in which you received the tracking number? If you’re worried about porch pirates, one of the best security measures is knowing when a package is supposed to arrive. Your iPhone will automatically detect tracking any tracking number that you receive in Mail or Messages. You can also use the same method to track packages from websites like Amazon by copying and pasting the tracking number into Notes. For an extra layer of security, you can add a unique passcode to Notes. With this tip, you’ll be able to set up tracking from any carrier. Let’s dive in to how to use iPhone package tracking.
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March 31, 2020
You don't have to leave a group text on the iPhone just because you want it to stop buzzing with new message notifications. Instead, you can turn on Hide Alerts for that message thread and read all the messages about from your family and friends later. Here’s how to mute group messages without leaving the conversation.
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March 30, 2020
If you're wondering whether your cough is allergies or COVID-19, you aren't alone. Apple has added COVID-19 to things you can ask Siri about. If you want to know more about the illness, this tip will show you a way to access reliable and accurate information. Whether you're checking your symptoms or looking for help from a medical professional, Siri's here to help. Let's dive in with how to ask Siri for information about COVID-19.
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March 28, 2020
When iPadOS 13 came out, I was delighted to discover that I could use a mouse with an iPad, as long as the mouse used Bluetooth. When Apple released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, it added even more support for using a trackpad or wireless mouse for the iPad, iPad Pro, or even an iPhone, if it's the correct model. Here's how to connect your iPad mouse or trackpad to your tablet.
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March 27, 2020
With the Files app, you can use your iPhone to view notes, images, documents, and files that you've saved from your computer or iPad to iCloud and other storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive. To view saved items using the Files app, you'll need to go to your Apple ID in the Settings app and enable iCloud Drive. Let's get started with how to use the Files app to access documents saved to iCloud Drive.
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March 26, 2020
Rich text email, including bold text and fonts, has come to the iPhone! As of iOS 13, you can format emails to your pleasure in the Mail app by simply composing an email, selecting the text you want to format, and then tapping the "Aa" option just above the keyboard. A menu of text formatting options will replace the keyboard, and you can format your email like a pro. Here’s how to format your text in the Mail app on an iPhone with iOS 13.
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March 25, 2020
Want to scan a document on the iPhone? Your Files app can be used as a document scanner where you can scan and save documents to your iPhone and iCloud. Using the Files app to scan a document on the iPhone helps keep you organized by scanning, saving, and marking up documents from one location. Here’s how to scan a document on the iPhone using the Files app.
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March 24, 2020
The folder-sharing feature available starting with iOS 13 is a great collaboration tool for those who've long enjoyed the convenience of the Notes app, as well as those using it for the first time. We've already covered how to move a note into a folder in the Notes app, so now let's go over how to invite one or more people to a shared Notes folder on your iPhone or iPad. 
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March 23, 2020
Want to change the default Gmail account in the Mail app? To change the email on an iPhone from one default to another, you have to go into the Settings app. You can make a Google account the default email address, but if you have more than one Gmail account, this tip will teach you how to select a specific Gmail address. Choosing your preferred email address helps your contacts know that the email you just sent really did come from you and could save you from getting filed as junk. Read on to learn how to change the default email on an iPhone to a Gmail account.
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March 21, 2020
  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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March 20, 2020
Want to download large apps without Wi-Fi? Since Apple introduced iOS 13, you can download apps over 200 MB using cellular data. By default, your iPhone will ask for permission to download large apps. That can get really annoying if you have unlimited data and frequently download large apps. This tip will teach you how to download apps on the iPhone using cellular data without having to give permission every time. Let’s dive in with how to allow large apps to download over cellular data. 
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March 19, 2020
We've already gone over Apple's new recommendation for how to sanitize your smartphone and other devices with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or similar wipes with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol. Now, let's talk about another option, using ultraviolet light as a disinfectant and sanitizer. We have three different options for people looking to kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, Mac, and even Apple TV remote to prevent COVID-19. Some of these devices are on our person nearly all the time, especially the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, and therefore have more bacteria and viruses on them than the average toilet seat. Let's cover how to sanitize your cell phone, tablet, earbuds, smartwatch, and other Apple devices.
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March 18, 2020
I rarely write a tip that will impact people's health, but learning how to clean and sanitize your Apple devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, Mac, and even Apple TV remote, is part of how to prevent coronavirus. Some of these items are on our person nearly all the time, especially the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, and therefore have more bacteria and viruses on them than the average toilet seat. Apple has recently changed their cleaning guidelines, so let's go over how to sanitize your cellphone, tablet, earbuds, smartwatch, and other Apple devices.
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March 17, 2020
Do you want to know how to open the Camera app on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro quickly? Or are you wondering how to access the flashlight? This tip will teach you how to access both your flashlight and camera, right from the Lock screen. Before the iPhone X, you had to swipe left on the Lock screen to open the iPhone Camera, but things changed when Apple got rid of the Home button. When looking at the Lock screen on your iPhone 11 or 11 Pro, you’ll see two icons on either side near the bottom: a camera and a flashlight. Having quick access to the Camera app and flashlight on your iPhone 11 is a great feature that utilizes some of your extra screen space. But how do you open the Camera app or turn on the flashlight from the Lock screen? Your instinct may be to tap each icon, but you’ll need to make it a 3D Touch or a long press. Here’s how to access the flashlight and camera from the Lock screen on your iPhone 11 or earlier iPhone without a Home button.
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March 13, 2020
Did you know that you can close all your Safari tabs that have been open beyond a set amount of time, instead of waiting for Safari to hang up or slow down? When you close tabs regularly, Safari runs much more smoothly, but it’s easy to forget to close tabs in between use. Luckily, you can create a schedule to close all your Safari tabs. Here’s how to close tabs on Safari automatically.
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March 12, 2020
Want to learn how to get Siri on the iPhone 11 or any iPhone without a Home button? Earlier iPhone models used the Home button to activate Siri, but that's not an option with the iPhone X and later. While activating Siri may not be as intuitive if you're used to having a Home button, it's just as easy once you retrain your muscle memory. Of course, Hey Siri is still an option on the iPhone 11 Pro and earlier iPhones with no Home button, and it's the same as before. But we'll cover how to activate Siri on your iPhone 11 manually below.
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