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Topic: Tips

Inside iOS 10: How to install, use and remove apps for Messages

09/21/2016, 10:09 am

New to iOS 10 is deep app integration with Apple's Messages app. The process to add a third party's functionality to Messages isn't a one-click process, though -- here's how to do it.


Tips: Apple Watch Series 2's 'Wake Screen on Crown Up' lets you discreetly check the time

09/16/2016, 05:09 pm

The newly released Apple Watch Series 2 boasts a unique feature that allows users to check the time in a more subtle way, without distracting people nearby, via the Digital Crown. Here's how to use it.


How to use your iPhone to see what political affiliation Facebook thinks you have

08/24/2016, 02:08 pm

Facebook stores a significant amount of data on every user, including details about devices and operating systems you've used to access the service, and what political affiliation you may be. Here's how to find out what the world's largest social network knows about you.


How to skip the airport's US Customs line with your iPhone

07/07/2016, 10:07 am

An iPhone app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows users to submit entry information over the internet after landing, allowing them to skip the line at the airport and potentially re-enter the country much faster than usual.


How to remove Stocks, Compass and other native apps from your iPhone or iPad in iOS 10

06/14/2016, 08:06 am

The upcoming release of iOS 10 will finally allow users to uninstall unwanted native apps, including Stocks and Watch, and even core apps like Calendar, Mail and Music. Here's how it works.


How to watch this week's NBA and NHL finals on your iPhone

05/30/2016, 09:05 am

It's championship season for both hockey and basketball -- the NHL Stanley Cup Final kicks off Monday night, while the NBA Finals matchup will be set after game seven of the Western Conference Finals. Here's how to watch all of this week's action on the go with your iPhone.


How to free up space on your iPhone without deleting photos or apps

05/22/2016, 02:05 pm

Running out of space on your iPhone can be extremely frustrating. Whether you're looking to install a cool app recommended by friends or want to add to your photo collection, being limited by a lack of space is exasperating to say the least. Instead of deleting files and apps, though, there are a few simple ways to free up space on your iPhone to make room for new data.


How to install and run Mac apps that don't come from the Mac App Store

04/13/2016, 02:04 pm

Apple has introduced a number of features designed to protect users from malware in OS X, but these tools occasionally go too far when trying to save people from themselves.


How to enable Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 9.3 for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile iPhones

03/23/2016, 12:03 pm

With Monday's release of iOS 9.3, all four major U.S. cellular carriers -- including the latest addition, Verizon -- now support Wi-Fi Calling on Apple devices. Here's how to activate the feature on supporting networks.


How to create password-protected Notes with Touch ID in iOS 9.3

03/22/2016, 11:03 am

The ability to password-protect items in Notes is one of the key features of iOS 9.3. It may not be immediately obvious how to go about doing this, but ultimately, the process is a simple one.


How to verify checksums when you download an app for your Mac

03/07/2016, 10:03 am

Some Mac users received a nasty surprise last week when it was discovered that a recent version of the open source Transmission BitTorrent client infected their computer with malware -- a situation that may have been avoided with proper precautions.


How to create and rename app folders with tvOS 9.2 on Apple TV

01/13/2016, 05:01 pm

Just a few months after the platform launched, folders are already coming to tvOS, in the form of an upcoming 2.2 update that will make it easier for Apple TV owners to organize their apps.


How to make iOS 9's default apps disappear

01/02/2016, 05:01 pm

While Apple is still working on an official method of dealing with unwanted default apps in iOS, a glitch in iOS 9 through 9.2 will let people temporarily push them out of sight.


How to track Santa Claus with your kids on your iPhone or iPad

12/24/2015, 12:12 pm

As much of the world counts down the hours until Christmas Day, families can spend time together on their iPhone or iPad with these free apps that track the current location of Santa Claus.


Tip: Make sure a used iPhone wasn't stolen before you buy it on Craigslist or eBay

12/21/2015, 01:12 pm

Buying a used iOS device online can potentially be a way of saving hundreds of dollars -- to be safe, though, it's wise to try Apple's relatively unknown Activation Lock Status tool to make sure you're getting something legal and functional.


A larger screen gives Apple's iPad Pro a more fully-featured virtual keyboard

11/11/2015, 06:11 pm

The onscreen keyboard with Apple's iPad Pro includes a dedicated number and character row, as well as buttons for caps lock, tab and more, taking advantage of the device's spacious 12.9-inch display.


How to power on and navigate your 4th-gen Apple TV with an iOS-compatible gaming controller

11/06/2015, 10:11 am

With a compatible gaming controller, the new fourth-generation Apple TV can be used just like a traditional game console, powering on and navigating across the entire tvOS platform. Here's how it works.


Simplify Apple TV app & content purchases with a 4-digit passcode, or disable password entry entirely

11/03/2015, 11:11 am

Entering text, particularly a complex alphanumeric password, on the new Apple TV's Siri Remote is, frankly, a pain. Thankfully Apple has included a few convenient workarounds offering both flexibility and security when purchasing content.


How to quickly switch and force-close apps with the fourth-gen Apple TV

11/02/2015, 02:11 pm

Multitasking on the new Apple TV is more iOS-like than ever, thanks to the inclusion of a new dedicated home button on the Siri Remote that functions largely identical to the iPhone and iPad.


How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV Siri Remote

10/30/2015, 03:10 pm

The vastly improved Siri Remote that ships with the fourth-generation Apple TV includes dedicated volume buttons, which can be programmed to control volume levels on TVs and receivers, even via legacy infrared line-of-sight.