How Tos

How to Send Inline Replies in the iOS Messages App

Wednesday July 1, 2020 6:00 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple has added several new features to its native Messages app, including the ability to send inline replies to specific messages that appear in the conversation thread of a group chat. The neat thing about inline replies is that it allows you to respond to a particular person's message in the thread, and then view all the responses to the message in either the full group...

How to Filter Messages Between Known and Unknown Senders in iOS

Wednesday July 1, 2020 5:51 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple has added several new features to its native Messages app, including the an improved interface for filtering incoming messages. Message filtering sorts messages from people who are not in your contacts into a separate list, which makes it easier to view messages from friends, family, or colleagues in their own special Known Senders list. All other messages, from OTP codes ...

How to Pin and Unpin Conversations in the iOS Messages App

Wednesday July 1, 2020 5:45 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple has made it easier to keep track of conversation threads in Messages by allowing users to pin threads in the app. Pinned conversations live at the top of the main messages list and appear as large contact circles. You can have a maximum of nine pinned threads. You can pin both one-on-one conversations and group chats in ‌Messages‌, and threads can include both SMS texts...

How to Downgrade From iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

Monday June 29, 2020 10:55 am PDT by
If you've installed iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 through Apple's developer program or the public beta after it's been released, you may decide you want to downgrade because of issues. Keep reading to learn how it's done. Compared to betas of previous years, ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌iPadOS 14‌ are relatively stable. That said, Apple's beta versions of its major software updates can be notoriously buggy, especially...

How to Take a Screenshot on Apple Watch

Friday June 26, 2020 11:02 am PDT by
Knowing how to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch can come in handy for all sorts of reasons. Whether you want to capture a snapshot of a bug, or give someone a preview of your activity, taking a picture of your screen is extremely easy to do. Before you take an ‌Apple Watch‌ screenshot though, you need to enable a setting on your iPhone. The following steps show you how it's done. How...

How to Make an Image-Converting Folder in macOS

Friday June 26, 2020 11:01 am PDT by
Batch converting images in macOS is easily done in the Preview app, but if your daily workflow requires you to repeatedly convert images – for uploading to a blog, for example – then using a Folder Action can be a much faster way of getting the job done. In this article, we'll show you how to use the macOS Automator app to create a very simple Folder Action that will automatically...

How to Install iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Betas

Friday June 26, 2020 10:57 am PDT by
If you're keen to try out the new features and improvements in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can test beta versions of the software today. Keep reading to learn how to download and install it on your device. With ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌iPadOS 14‌, Apple is introducing several new features and improvements, including Home screen widgets and an App Library, updates for existing apps, Siri improvements, and...

How to Use the Sound Recognition Accessibility Feature in iOS 14

Friday June 26, 2020 10:48 am PDT by
In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple has added an accessibility feature called Sound Recognition that enables iPhones and iPads to listen for certain sounds, like a doorbell or a baby crying, and alert the user if they're detected. The feature is designed to help people that are hard of hearing, but Apple cautions that it shouldn't be relied upon in circumstances where the user may be harmed or...

How to Stop Your iOS Device From Automatically Installing Software Updates

Thursday June 18, 2020 4:30 pm PDT by
In iOS 13.6, Apple added more granular control over the downloading and installing of iOS software updates. In earlier versions of iOS, new software updates were downloaded automatically in the background and then installed through an Automatic Updates feature. In iOS 13.6, toggles have been included to let you customize Automatic Updates more selectively. The new toggles provide you with...

How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2020 Keynote on June 22

Thursday June 18, 2020 11:45 am PDT by
Apple's 31st Worldwide Developers Conference will be a digital-only event in 2020, with no physical gathering planned due to the ongoing global health crisis. The virtual event starts a little later in the month than usual, on June 22, and is free for anyone. As with previous years, Apple is kicking off WWDC with a keynote on the first day, offering a look at some upcoming products and...

How to Set a Custom Vibration Alert for a Specific Contact on iPhone and iPad

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:51 pm PDT by
You can create custom sounds and ringtones for text alerts, phone calls, and more on your iPhone, but did you know the same functionality exists for vibrations? Setting a special vibration alert for someone in your Contacts app enables you to recognize when a specific person is calling you or has sent you a text, without you even having to look at your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ or ‌iPad‌ screen....

How to Assign a Custom Text Alert Tone to a Specific Contact on iPhone and iPad

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:49 pm PDT by
On iPhone and iPad, Apple allows you to set a custom alert tone for text messages received from a specific person in your contacts. Setting a special message alert tone for someone in your Contacts app enables you to recognize when that particular person has sent you a text, without you even having to look at your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ screen. To know instantly when someone specific has sent you...

How to Assign a Custom Ringtone to a Specific Contact on iPhone

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:48 pm PDT by
On iPhone, Apple allows you to set custom ringtones for specific people whose details appear in your contacts. Setting a special ringtone for someone in your Contacts app enables you to recognize when that particular person is calling you, without you even having to look at your ‌iPhone‌'s screen. To know instantly when someone you know is trying to get in touch with you, follow these steps. ...

How to Set a Custom Alert Tone for a Specific WhatsApp Contact

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:46 pm PDT by
In iOS, Apple allows you to set a custom alert tone for messages and calls from a specific person in your contacts, but did you know that you can do the same for your WhatsApp contacts, too? Setting a special alert tone for a WhatsApp contact enables you to recognize when that particular person is calling you or has sent you a message, without you even having to look at your iPhone screen. ...

How to Disable Lock Screen Notification Previews on iPhone and iPad

Monday June 15, 2020 11:07 am PDT by
If you're concerned about people reading the contents of notifications that appear on the Lock screen of your iPhone or iPad when you're not around, you'll be happy to learn that Apple's mobile software provides a quick solution. In iOS, you can set your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ to never show notification previews, or to show them only when the device is unlocked. The following steps show you how it's...

How to Disable WhatsApp Message Previews on iPhone

Monday June 15, 2020 11:05 am PDT by
Facebook's free WhatsApp instant messaging app uses end-to-end encryption so that messages exchanged over the platform can only be read by the intended recipient. If you use WhatsApp for important conversations and you want to further ensure your privacy, you can prevent WhatsApp messages from showing previews on your iPhone. When you receive a WhatsApp message on your ‌iPhone‌, the...

How to Lock WhatsApp on iPhone With Face ID or Touch ID

Thursday June 11, 2020 11:31 am PDT by
WhatsApp on iPhone includes an option to lock the app with your device's Face ID or Touch ID authentication. This article explains how to enable the feature. Locking WhatsApp is a neat way of doubling the security and privacy of your messages, and especially useful if your ‌iPhone‌ isn't set up to automatically lock after a few minutes of idle time, because even you leave your ‌iPhone‌ unlocked,...

How to Schedule Emails in Gmail for iPhone and iPad

Thursday June 11, 2020 11:30 am PDT by
Gmail for iPhone and iPad now offers users the ability to schedule emails to be sent at a later time and date. If you don't need to send an email right now, but don't want to forget to send it later, it's a useful trick to have in your mail app. Scheduled emails are also handy if you want time to reflect on what you've written before it's sent, or when you're emailing someone in a different...

How to Search a Webpage for Specific Text in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Wednesday June 10, 2020 9:46 am PDT by
If you've ever used Safari on Mac to search an open webpage for a specific word or phrase, you've probably selected the Edit -> Find command in your browser's menu bar or used the Command-F shortcut. On iPhone and iPad, the way you search within a webpage in Safari isn't so obvious. There are two different methods you can use in Apple's browser, both of which are described below. Once you've...

How to Transfer Your Signal Account and Chat History to a New iPhone or iPad

Wednesday June 10, 2020 2:08 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging app Signal has introduced a new account transfer feature to make it easier for users to migrate their chat history to a new iPhone or iPad. The feature is part of Signal's version 3.9.1 update that was released last week, but the company officially announced it in a blog post on Tuesday. Signal iOS now includes a new feature that makes it possible to switch to a...