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June 13, 2019
Are you getting bored of seeing the same old background or screensaver on your device and wondering how others have such cool and interesting iPhone and iPad backgrounds? Here's how to change the wallpaper image for iPhone XR, XS, and the XS Max as well as older devices like iPhone 7, 6, or whichever you have! Whether you like a simple picture, something more fancy like an animated image, or even a personalized wallpaper, this article will teach you how to get rid of that dull, old image and put a fresh, new wallpaper on your device.
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June 12, 2019
If you're just getting started with Apple HomeKit automation, beginning with a timed automation is a great first step! Here's how to schedule an Apple Home automation, so your smart home accessory will perform an action like clockwork. For example, you can set your porchlights to turn on every day at sunset or open the curtains at a certain time while you're out of the house so your indoor plants get plenty of sunlight. The smart accessory will need to have previously been added to the Home app, as well as be charged and connected to Wi-Fi.
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June 11, 2019
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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June 10, 2019
While wearing your Apple Watch, you'll notice arm movements during activities like knitting, playing games, or even just waving will register as steps. Here's how to delete steps from your Apple Watch, which will erase the data and reset your step count closer to the correct number. You can't do this from your Apple Watch; you'll have to use the Health app on your iPhone.
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June 08, 2019
Adding a picture to a text message in Apple's Messages app used to be quick and easy; you just tapped the little camera icon to the left of the text field, chose an image, or multiple images, to attach, and sent your text as usual. If you're stumped, here's how to add a photo to a text message on your iPhone. Starting with iOS 12, the familiar process for sending photos in Messages has changed: The camera icon is still there, but it only offers the option to take a new image to send and accessing your Photos app from there requires a second step. Don't worry though, it's still very simple to send images from the Photos app on your iPhone; let's learn the new way right now!
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June 07, 2019
You can customize your iPhone's Share menus by selecting apps like Messenger or Mail and rearranging the icons to make sharing images, web pages, and other media from your iPhone more efficient. To edit the icons in your Share menu, you'll need to open the Share tab and tap the More icon to the right of your share options to access the edit menu. Here's how to add Messenger and other apps to your Share menus.
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June 06, 2019
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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June 05, 2019
The Apple Pencil is seen by many iPad users as a stylus (much to Jony Ive's annoyance), but its main use is as a tool for markups and creative projects in apps like Procreate or something more simple like Notes. Here are some quick tips for drawing with the Apple Pencil including adjusting opacity and line thickness, shading with the side of the Pencil's nib, erasing, and using the Apple Pencil 2's double tap feature to switch between tools. While there is some overlap with the basics functions of both a regular pencil and an Apple Pencil, you'll find the Apple Pencil has potential to unlock a digital flood of creative possibilties and may help with an artist block or two.
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June 04, 2019
Have you received a GIF in a text on your iPhone and wondered, "what does GIF stand for, anyway?" If you've been wondering what GIF means and how to find the GIF keyboard on your iPhone so you can start sending them, too, this is the article for you. GIFs are basically small, moving or animated pictures that you can use and send in a variety of ways. In this tip, we'll go over how to search for and send an Messages GIF. You won't need a GIF app or anything extra, and it's fun and easy. Let's get started!
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June 03, 2019
As you use your iPhone, you'll notice status icons are shown to signal certain functions. Here's a quick overview of some of the most common status icons you'll see on your iPhone's Home screen. For iPhones 8 and earlier, I show the screen of an iPhone 7. For iPhones X and later, I use the screen of an iPhone XR. Across devices, the status icons have the same meaning. The display of status icons are arranged differently between iPhone 8 and earlier, and iPhone X and later. But if you know which status icons you're looking for and what they mean, you won't have a problem finding them.
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June 01, 2019
Within the Clock app on the iPhone there is a stopwatch you can use. Here’s how to use the iPhone’s stopwatch, and why you would want to use it. Whether you want to track how quickly someone runs a mile, time individual laps or circuits, or simply track the time it takes to complete a task, you can use the stopwatch to do it. 
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June 01, 2019
Within the Clock app on the iPhone there is a stopwatch you can use. Here’s how to use the iPhone’s stopwatch, and why you would want to use it. Whether you want to track how quickly someone runs a mile, time individual laps or circuits, or simply track the time it takes to complete a task, you can use the stopwatch to do it. 
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May 31, 2019
If you have an iPhone 5s or later, and that iPhone has a Home button, or if you have an iPad that offers Touch ID, you can set it up to work as a passcode for your iPhone or iPad and App Store purchases and for apps like 1Password or Notes. If your iPhone or iPad doesn't have a Home button, you'll want to read our article on how to set up Face ID instead. If you're not sure if your device has Touch ID, see the full list of compatible devices at the end of this article. Using Touch ID is as simple as placing your finger on your Home button, which is where Touch ID resides. Touch ID recognizes your fingerprints, up to five of them. But first you'll need to set up Touch ID and allow it to be used across your device. 
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May 30, 2019
Did you know you can use your Apple Watch as a timer? Since the Apple Watch is on my wrist, I'm less likely to ignore the the timer going off than if I were using my iPhone, or drop my Apple Watch if I'm using the timer while cooking with slippery ingredients or washing dishes. For less fumbling and more punctual time management, try using the Timer app on your Apple Watch.
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May 30, 2019
Did you know you can use your Apple Watch as a timer? Since the Apple Watch is on my wrist, I'm less likely to ignore the the timer going off than if I were using my iPhone, or drop my Apple Watch if I'm using the timer while cooking with slippery ingredients or washing dishes. For less fumbling and more punctual time management, try using the Timer app on your Apple Watch.
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May 29, 2019
The Home app packs quite the punch if you're interested in automating the everyday functions of your house. With compatible accessories, you can create smart home scenes in the Home app; and when you enable the scene via an iOS device or Hey Siri command, these accessories will adjust to preferences you've selected. So the next time you're settling in for a movie, you can enable a scene you created to dim the lights and close the window curtains with one command rather than separate commands for each accessory.
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May 27, 2019
Want to know more about why your iPhone looks the way it does? If you have an iPhone 8 Plus or earlier, here's a general overview of what the external ports and buttons are for. Knowing which functions the buttons perform and what the ports are for can help you navigate and use your device to its full capability. Below I show example of iPhones from Apple's support page to better explain your device.
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May 25, 2019
You know how to take a screenshot with an iPhone, but did you know one of the fastest ways you can share it? Here's how to share a screenshot from your iPhone in just a few taps. Below, I show how to open the share menu directly from the screenshot, so if you don't want or need to edit the screenshot, you can send it to someone as is.
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May 23, 2019
If you want to quickly revisit pages in Safari, you can save them as bookmarks. But did you know you can save Safari bookmarks in bookmark folders? Instead of scrolling through all the bookmarks you've saved, you can categorize them into folders, making your bookmarks organized and easy to browse. Below, I'll show you how to create Safari bookmark folders.
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May 22, 2019
If you're not able to make a phone call, you can send a text! For experienced iPhone users, texting is generally second nature. But other iPhone users are unsure where to get started. This tip is for them. Sending and receiving text messages is quick and convenient. I prefer texting since it's quiet and talking on the phone isn't my favorite thing to do. I can also send a text and maybe get a reply faster than if I had to call and leave a voicemail. Here's how to send a text message on your iPhone. 
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May 21, 2019
If you enjoy downloading and trying new apps, the Home screen on your iPhone or iPad will quickly fill up with little app icons. At a certain point, you may want to organize those apps into folders, which you can label. I’ll go over everything you need to know about organizing your home screen on the iPhone or iPad, including how to move app icons, how to create and add folders to your Home screen, and how to put those apps into the new folders. Creating a folder is fairly easy once you get the hang of it, and you can create new folders on iPhone for all the different categories of apps you might have. On my Home screen, I have a folder dedicated to Apple apps, games, productivity, social media, and more. 
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May 20, 2019
The Photos app can get crowded quickly, but knowing how to use the Photos Tab inside the app can make navigating and organizing your files much simpler. And now it's even easier with the updated Photos app in iOS 13. To use the Photos Tab, open the Photos app and tap the Photos label on the bottom left to view your images by Years, Months, Days, or All Photos. Here's how to navigate the Photos Tab.
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May 18, 2019
If you're trying to find a better way to keep in touch, FaceTime is a great option! FaceTime has features you can use like call waiting, and we have a FaceTime guide you can browse to learn more about this helpful video and audio calling app. 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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May 17, 2019
Within the Messages app, you can send and receive audio messages with other iPhone users. This lets you send brief recordings of music, a voice birthday message, and more. One of my best friends and I enjoy sending audio recordings back and forth, having a full conversation using audio messages. The audio messages you send also disappear after a set amount of time unless the recipient taps Keep. Sending and receiving audio messages is a fun way communicate with your voice without being on the phone. Here’s how to send and receive audio text messages.
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May 16, 2019
If you're learning how to use your iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, here's an overview of the different buttons and ports you'll see on your device. So if you've been wanting to know just what is this button on your iPhone is called, or what the holes on your iPhone are for, here is a general explanation. For anyone using an iPhone X or later, here's an introduction on how, and a little bit why, your iPhone looks the way it does.
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