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Topic: Tips

How to ditch bad Wi-Fi info so Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has better connectivity

09/21/2017, 02:09 pm

The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has a bug related to how it decides to stay on shoddy Wi-Fi, or shift to LTE. This can be remedied somewhat by cleaning up your known networks and not connecting to the some bad Wi-Fi hotspots in the first place -- here's how to do it.

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Inside iOS 11: Apple's new one-handed keyboard allows for easier typing

09/21/2017, 11:09 am

Although most recent iPhones aren't as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple's new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here's how to use it.

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These stickers cover up the Digital Crown red dot on your Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular

09/15/2017, 03:09 pm

The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular features a unique aesthetic decision, placing a large and noticeable red dot on the Digital Crown, that may not be appealing to all buyers. Thankfully, there are a few decent options for covering it up with a decal.

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How to free up space on your iPhone in iOS 11 without deleting apps or photos

09/15/2017, 11:09 am

As default capacities have grown on the iPhone over the last year, the immediate pinch of space has been eased somewhat for new iPhone users -- but, over time the digital cruft accumulates and stacks up. Here's how to use the iCloud Photo Library to shunt your valuable pictures to the cloud without deleting any forever, and how to prune down lightly used apps automatically.

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PSA: Zello app for iPhone is not an actual walkie-talkie, still needs internet connectivity to work

09/06/2017, 10:09 am

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and with Irma approaching, word is spreading about "push to talk" iPhone app Zello. However, downloaders should be aware that the app requires not only a solid internet connection, but connectivity to Zello's servers to function.

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How to integrate iPhone into your strength training regimen

09/04/2017, 07:09 pm

Strength training may not be well-supported on iPhone or other Apple accessories, but there are a few options out there. We'll run through the three main paths: standard fitness accessories, specialized devices and a purely app-based approach.

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How to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone

08/19/2017, 12:08 am

On August 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will trace a coast-to-coast path across the U.S. Here's some tips on how to capture it with your iPhone.

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How to secure AirDrop on your iPhone to prevent unwanted photos on the subway

08/15/2017, 01:08 pm

Reports have circulated that miscreants are sending unsolicited, inappropriate images to people in public venues. While Apple's default settings prevent this, AppleInsider shows you how to check the setting, and lock it down, if you've changed it for some reason.

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How to use the Medical ID feature in Apple's iOS Health app

07/24/2017, 05:07 pm

A lesser-known but theoretically life-saving feature of Apple's iOS Health app is Medical ID -- a quick guide for nurses, doctors, ambulance crews and others in an emergency. Here's how to set it up on an iPhone running iOS 10.

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How to: turn your iPhone into a document scanner, and when you shouldn't

07/23/2017, 03:07 am

Nothing can beat having the iPhone's camera with you but many, many tools can better how that camera shoots documents and what you can do with them later. AppleInsider staffers show you what apps and hardware we use to scan everything from single receipts to the contents of a history archive.

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Get the most out of Apple's Health app with these starter tips

07/17/2017, 01:07 pm

Apple's Health app for the iPhone can be a useful way of tracking fitness and medical data -- so long as everything is configured and used just the right way. Here's the essentials to get going.

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How to reset and get into a locked iPhone or iPad

07/12/2017, 12:07 pm

Picture this -- you've got a family member who changes the password on a device that you've given them, and promptly forgets it. Or, maybe, a child has locked a device with a passcode that didn't have one before, and either denies it or just doesn't remember the code. What do you do?

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Securely record and view 'home videos' with your partner with Rumuki app for iPhone

05/26/2017, 03:05 pm

If you're looking for an ephemeral video sharing app, limiting the recipients to two people who must both consent to viewing the recorded video, iOS-exclusive app Rumuki fits the bill.

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Install the AT&T 'Call Protect' app on your iPhone to cut way back on spam calls

05/10/2017, 01:05 pm

If you've had an iPhone for a very long time, there is a pretty decent chance that you're also still on AT&T -- and you get battered with spam phone calls. AT&T has an app to help deal with that, and AppleInsider has taken a look at it.

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Combine watchOS 3.2 'Theater Mode,' 'Wake Screen on Crown Up' to discreetly check time on Apple Watch Series 2

05/09/2017, 09:05 am

The new addition of "Theater Mode" to watchOS can be combined with the Apple Watch Series 2 feature "Wake Screen on Crown Up" to check the time on your watch in an extremely discreet, unobtrusive low-light fashion. Here's how to combine the two features.

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How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a native app or an iPhone app

04/28/2017, 01:04 pm

Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. Other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there's not much you can do with it other than dismiss it. Here's how to quickly tell the difference.

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How to disable homescreen rotation on Apple's Plus-series iPhones

04/17/2017, 04:04 pm

By default, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus add an auto-rotating home screen to iOS, rearranging icons and the dock whenever a device is tilted sideways. Aside from the Control Center orientation lock, here's an indirect way of achieving the same result.

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How to keep 2GB of most recently added music synced to your Apple Watch with iTunes Smart Playlists

04/11/2017, 10:04 am

Syncing music to your Apple Watch can be a convoluted, laborious process. But if you want to ensure that the latest additions to your library are automatically available on your watch, iTunes Smart Playlists may be the solution you need.

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How to securely back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud or iTunes

03/31/2017, 02:03 pm

It was probably prudent to make a backup of all of your iPhone's data before the shift to APFS with iOS 10.3 was applied, but fortunately it all went okay -- but what if it hadn't? In celebration of Backup Day, AppleInsider shows you how to back up your iPhone or iPad.

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How to use Facebook Messenger's new Live Location feature on iPhone

03/29/2017, 01:03 pm

Facebook this week introduced Live Location to its Messenger app for iOS, letting people temporarily track each other when trying to rendezvous. Here's how to make use of the feature on your iPhone.

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