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Never miss an iPhone call or alert again

There are two different channels for audio on your iOS device: there are ringers and alert sounds and there are media sounds, like from the Music app or various games on your iPhone.<p>The hardware volume buttons on the side of your iPhone are set to control both by default, but you can separate it …

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How to deal with zip files on your iPhone or iPad

Zip files—that is, single-file bundles that contain multiple items—are incredibly useful tools. On my Mac, I use zip files for all sorts of tasks: …

How to make a bootable Yosemite installer drive

Installing Yosemite from a bootable drive comes in handy if you want to do a clean install - wiping your hard drive and installing a <i>fresh</i> copy of the …

How to use the QuickType keyboard on iPhone and iPad

QuickType is Apple's predictive keyboard that gets smarter as you use it. Since QuickType is contextually aware of your conversation, it can even …

iMessage: The ultimate guide

iMessage is Apple's built-in instant messaging (IM) service. It lets you send text, picture, video, sound, and location quickly and easily to anyone …

Beginner's guide: How to set up and start using your new iPhone

Whether you just bought the brand new iPhone X, the iPhone 8, or an older version of Apple's flagship phone, there are a few steps you have to take …

How to use multitasking contacts in iOS 8

If you're running iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad, it's never been easier to access the contacts you call and message the most. From most recent …

How to use iTunes Wi-Fi Sync with iPhone and iPad

You can set up iTunes so that your iPhone and iPad sync via Wi-Fi. Then, so long as you're on the same network, your tunes, movies, TV shows, and …

How to add a Gmail or Google apps account to your iPhone or iPad using an app-specific password

Your Gmail or Google Apps account should now start functioning normally again and not output password errors any longer. If you set up your account …

iOS 8: How To Add Widgets to Notification Center

One of the areas that Apple has opened up in iOS 8 is access to Notification Center – as in access for third party apps. Now it’s supported and you can add Notification Center widgets for some of your favorite 3rd party apps.<p>Here’s how:<p>— Open Notification Center – with a swipe down from the top of …

How to transfer data from your old phone to your new iPhone

When you get your shiny new iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus — or any new iPhone — you'll need to move all your old data to its new home. Whether …

How to hide (but not delete) a photo in iOS 8

Now that you where to find your photos in iOS 8, let us discuss a new feature of iOS 8 that lets you hide photos.<p>In the Photos app, you now have the option of deleting or hiding photos. Neither choice, in fact, removes a photo immediately from your iPhone. When you delete a photo, it gets sent to …

Clearing up the iCloud Drive confusion: No, there's no iCloud Drive app on iOS!

The launch of iOS 8 brought with it the launch of iCloud Drive, and... a whole lot of confusion. Apple stated during the WWDC keynote that while …

How to setup an iPhone or iPad as new

How to setup an iPhone or iPad as brand new<p>If you're trying to clear off a device you've already been using in order to sell it or hand it down to a …

How to manage your iTunes account on your iPhone and iPad

All of your iTunes purchases are available on all of your supported devices, as long as you are signed into them with the same Apple ID. You can also …

Tip of the Day: How to Access Email Drafts Quickly

If you're like me, you have been going about accessing your email drafts all wrong. Usually, I go to the <b>All Ma</b><b>il</b> option in the native Mail app to find my drafts folder and edit emails from there.<p>But there is an easier way!<p>You know that compose icon on the bottom right when you are in the mail view? …

Restrict music, movies, TV shows, and more

How do I use parental controls on my iPhone? With Restrictions!Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, …

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How to troubleshoot and fix problems with iMessage

From time to time Apple may perform maintenance or run upgrades that could temporarily interfere with services such as iMessage. You can quickly …

How to check movie ratings with Siri

Press and hold the <b>Home button</b> or say "Hey, Siri" on your iPhone or iPad to activate Siri.<p>Say something like "Show me ratings for Sully."<p>Siri will …

How to find movies and showtimes in your area with Siri

Press and hold the <b>Home button</b> or say "Hey, Siri" on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri.<p>Say something like "What movies are playing tonight?"<p>Siri will …

Calendar App: The Ultimate Guide

Calendar lets you can create and edit appointments, share agendas, invite friends and colleagues to events, get alerted, stay on track and — most …

Tip of the Day: Siri Can Flip a Coin, Roll Dice, and Make Hard Parenting Choices for You

Siri can flip a coin, roll dice, or pick random numbers for you.<p>These may seem like amusing but ultimately useless tricks, unless you are a parent. In which case they can help you navigate all the tricky situations you deal with on a daily basis.<p>Need to decide which of your offspring is going to …

How to Turn Flashlight On & Off on Your iPhone

You can turn off your flashlight on the iPhone in the same place that you turn the iPhone flashlight on—in Control Center. If you’re wondering how to access the flashlight on your iPhone, you do so by opening Control Center, which is opened by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, or down from …

Tip of the Day: How to Turn on Character Count in Messages

Apple does not limit the character count for iMessages; but if you are sending a message to a non iUser it will be sent as an SMS and will therefore be limited to 160 characters. This means characters over 160 will be sent in a second text or possibly even deleted, depending on your recipient's …

Tip of the Day: How to Adjust Siri's Volume

Have you ever wanted to tell Siri to keep it down or to speak up, but couldn't find where in the settings to adjust the virtual assistant's volume? That's because there is no Siri volume control in Settings.<p>Asking Siri to adjust it's own volume doesn't work either. You may recognize these Siri …

Tip of the Day: How to Clear Cookies and Browsing History from Safari

Whenever you browse the web in Safari, your iPhone or iPad logs the sites you visit, which allows you to easily go back and visit those sites again. Your iPhone and iPad also store cookies and other data, which is what allows you to revisit sites without having to log in each time.<p>For privacy …

How to Make Siri Say Your Name Correctly

Being able to ask Siri to call a family member or dictate a text to a friend is one of the most useful offering the AI assistant brings to the iPhone. The one snag is that Siri's pronunciation isn't always the best when it comes to saying names correctly. Siri is great for calling or sending …

How to replace your iPhone battery: The ultimate guide

Need an iPhone battery replacement? Here's everything you need to know to DIY (do-it-yourself) replace a dead or dying battery in your iPhone!If …

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