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How to Set Communication Limits on Your Child's Allowed Screen Time and Downtime on iPhone and iPad

In iOS 13.3, Apple added new Communication Limits to its Screen Time options, which let parents control who their children are able to contact. If you're not familiar with Apple's Screen Time functions, they enable users to keep track of their device usage and place self-imposed limits on the time they spend using their iPhone or iPad. Screen Time also serves as a parental control system for parents. The latest feature addition, Communication Limits, lets parents manage who their children are able to contact through FaceTime, Phone, Messages, and iCloud Contacts. The new options allow contacts only or everyone to be contacted during a child's allotted Screen Time, and there's a toggle that either allows or prevents people from being added to a group chat when a contact or family member is in the group. There's also a separate setting for communication limits during downtime, which can be set to allow everyone or just specific contacts. Follow the steps below to set your preferences for your child's Screen Time and Downtime. How to Set Communication Limits During Allowed Screen Time in iOS Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Tap Screen Time. Tap Communication Limits. Tap During Allowed Screen Time. Under Allowed Communication, select Everyone or Contacts Only. To allow people to be added to group conversations when an ‌iCloud‌ contact or a family member is in the same group, tap the toggle next to Allow Introductions in Groups so that it's in the green ON position. How to Set Communication Limits During Downtime in iOS Launch the Setting

How to Enable Messages in iCloud and Fix Stuck Message Downloads

Messages in iCloud, as the name suggests, stores your iMessages in Apple's cloud servers rather than on each of your individual devices, which has a number of benefits. When you receive a message on one device, it shows up on all devices logged into the same ‌iCloud‌ account. Likewise, when you delete messages and conversations they are instantly removed from all your devices. Another advantage of the feature is that your messages, photos, and other message attachments are stored in ‌iCloud‌, which frees up space on your devices. In addition, all your messages appear when you sign into a new device with the same ‌iCloud‌ account. To make sure that Messages in ‌iCloud‌ is turned on for you, follow these steps. How to Enable Messages in ‌iCloud‌ on iOS Bear in mind that iOS 11.4 or later must be running on your device for the feature to work. If you haven't already, enable two-factor authentication on your Apple account. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap your name in the banner at the top. Tap ‌iCloud‌. Make sure the switch next to Messages is toggled to its green ON position.How to Enable Messages in ‌iCloud‌ on Mac Note that Messages in ‌iCloud‌ only works on Macs running macOS High Sierra (10.13.5) or later. Launch the Messages app on your Mac – you can find it in the Applications folder. It can also be found in the Dock on new Macs. If this is your first time using Messages on Mac, you'll be asked to sign in. Enter the same Apple ID that you use with Messages on your ‌iPhone‌ and other Apple devices. If you have two-step or two-factor

How to Change Apple TV+ Streaming Quality on iPhone and iPad

Apple TV+ has been praised for offering content in the highest streaming quality provided by any video streaming service. The only problem is that higher quality requires more bandwidth, and that isn't great news if you're watching on iPhone or iPad using a cellular connection and have a data cap to consider. Fortunately, you can change streaming quality settings for the Apple TV+ platform. Keep reading to learn how. How High is ‌Apple TV‌+ Streaming Quality? ‌Apple TV‌+ has the highest 4K streaming quality offered by a streaming service that supports 4K, according to tests conducted by FlatpanelsHD. For example, Apple original "See" is streamed at the highest bitrate on the platform, at an average of 29Mb/s video bitrate and a 41Mb/s peak. That's almost twice the video bitrate of a typical HD Blu-ray disc and around half of a typical UHD Blu-ray disc. By default, ‌Apple TV‌+ dynamically adjusts this bitrate based on the device that's being used, but always with a view to maximizing the quality. However, that behavior can be tempered by changing a single setting in iOS. Follow the steps below to do just that. How to Change ‌Apple TV‌+ Streaming Quality Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Tap TV. Tap iTunes Videos. Under Playback Quality, tap Wi-Fi or Mobile Data. Tap Good so that a tick appears alongside it.The data savings you can expect by changing this option will vary depending on the content you're watching, but in our tests we found that switching from Best Available to Good reduced streaming bandwidth by around 40 percent over

How to Clear the Cache on iPhone and iPad

If your iPhone or iPad storage space is dwindling at an alarming rate or your device feels like it's getting slower, then you could benefit from clearing the cache that apps use. Cached data includes all the files and images that are kept in your device's memory, which is meant to help apps avoid having to request the same data repeatedly and thereby keep things speedy – in theory. In fact, it's possible for an overzealous app to fill up your ‌iPhone‌'s cache to the point where overall performance takes a hit. So it's good practice to spring-clean the cache now and again to ensure your device isn't bogged down unnecessarily. Here's how. How to Clear ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ Cache The following steps clear all cookies and web data cached on your device by Safari, although AutoFill information remains unchanged. Note that when you clear Safari browsing history on a device running iOS 11 or higher, the same logs are cleared on any other devices signed into the same iCloud account. Open the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ and scroll down to Safari in the list. Scroll to the Privacy & Security section and tap the blue Clear History and Website Data option near the bottom of the menu. (Note that this setting might be grayed out if there's already no history to clear or if parental controls are set for websites.) Tap Clear History and Data in the popup pane to confirm. How to Clear ‌iPhone‌ Cache for Third-Party Apps The way to clear the cache used by third-party apps on your ‌iPhone‌ varies from app to app. For example, there's a cache reset option for Slack in the

How to Install macOS Catalina on an Unsupported Mac

Each year that Apple releases a major new version of macOS, a few older Mac models that ran the previous version usually fail to make the new list of officially supported Macs. In the case of Catalina, the latest macOS version, the operating system doesn't work on models released before mid-2012 (and Mac Pros before late 2013). Apple's official list of Macs supporting macOS Catalina: MacBook (Early 2015 or newer) MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer) MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer) Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer) iMac (Late 2012 or newer) iMac Pro (2017) Mac Pro (Late 2013)To check if your Mac is compatible, open the Apple () menu in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen and select About This Mac. Look just below the OS X version number in the Overview tab – if the Mac model name is the same or a later model year than the one shown in the compatibility list above, your Mac is compatible with ‌macOS Catalina‌. What You Can Do if You Have an Unsupported Mac If your Mac is too old to make it onto the above list, Apple has decided that it lacks the hardware required to meet the demands of Catalina. But that doesn't mean there's no way that you can get it running. DosDude Catalina Patcher is a popular third-party tool that allows users to patch the MacOS Catalina installer on otherwise unsupported Macs. Of course, just because you can do this, doesn't mean you should, as there's a good chance that performance will be sub-optimal, while Catalina features may depend on modern Mac hardware (Sidecar, for example) and likely won't work at all.

How to Share Media in Google Photos Using the App's New Direct Messaging Feature

Google Photos for iOS offers users several picture and video sharing options like live albums, shared libraries, and shared albums, and now Google has built a messaging service into its ‌Photos‌ app that makes it possible to share individual snaps and video clips as part of an ongoing conversation. Why Add a Messaging Service to a ‌Photos‌ App? Previously, sharing individual photos through the app was done by creating an album for the photo and sharing a link to it, but user feedback suggested to Google that this sharing option could be a simpler experience, so it's adding an option to share individual photos as part of an ongoing, private conversation. You can like photos or comment in the conversation, and you can save photos or videos to your own gallery. Google says the new messaging feature isn't designed to replace the chat apps you already use, but it hopes that by including an option, users will find sharing moments with friends and family easier than before. Here's how it works. How to Share Media in a Google ‌Photos‌ Chat Thread Launch the Google ‌Photos‌ app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap a picture in your library that you want to share. Tap the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out). Type in the name or email address of the person with whom you want to share the photo, or select a contact from the Share Sheet options. You can also start a group chat by adding as many people as you like. Type a message to accompany the photo, then tap Send. You can keep up with the chat thread that you just created via the Sharing tab. You can easily share

How to Enable Dark Mode in the Gmail iOS App

Since the release of iOS 13, Apple has included a system-wide Dark Mode option for iPhones and iPads, similar to the one it brought to the Mac in 2018 with the release of macOS Mojave. Many third-party app developers have since added support for Dark mode to their apps, although it has to be said that some popular apps have been quicker than others. On September 24, 2019, Google announced a new dark mode for its Gmail app, but rollout of the feature has been glacially slow. Fast forward to December, and the option still isn't showing up for all its users. You can follow the steps below to find out if it's available for you. Okay, But Why Should I Use ‌Dark Mode‌ in Gmail? The Dark theme in Gmail is designed to be easier on the eyes by providing less harsh display brightness in situations where ambient lighting is lower, while maintaining contrast and vibrancy. If you have an OLED iPhone, such as an ‌iPhone‌ X, iPhone XS, or iPhone 11 Pro, enabling ‌Dark Mode‌ can also conserve battery life, since black pixels in an OLED panel basically switch off and consume far less power. How to Enable ‌Dark Mode‌ in Gmail for iOS Launch the Gmail app on your ‌iPhone‌ or iPad. Tap the Menu icon (the three lines) in the top-left corner of the screen. Scroll down and tap Settings. Tap Theme. (If you don't see the option, try force-quitting and then relaunching the app.) Select Light, Dark, or System default. The latter option makes Gmail's theme default to your device's system settings, which is a useful option if you've set the appearance of iOS to change automatically

How to Use Spotify's Sleep Timer Feature on iPhone and iPad

Spotify added a Sleep Timer to its Android app earlier this year, and this week, it's making the feature available for Spotify users on iPhone and iPad. Keep reading to learn how to use the Sleep Timer and get a good night's sleep. What's the Spotify Sleep Timer For? Basically, the Sleep Timer feature is for anyone who goes to bed with Spotify playing on their iOS device and wants it to automatically stop playing after they've fallen asleep. It's a useful function to have if you don't want your ‌iPhone‌ playing through that carefully chosen playlist or podcast series when you're not awake to enjoy it. It can also help save your battery, and potentially your data allowance if you're streaming over cellular. How to Use the Spotify Sleep Timer Spotify is rolling out the feature via a software update, so make sure you've downloaded the latest version of the Spotify app from the App Store before following these steps. If you don't see the function in the Spotify app, check back later in the day, by which time the rollout will have hopefully reached you. Launch the Spotify app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Start playing your music or podcast of choice. Select the "now playing" screen so that the artwork and playback controls are front and center. If you're listening to music, tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen. If you're listening to a podcast, tap the little moon icon in the bottom-right corner. Scroll down and select Sleep Timer from the list of options that appear. Select a duration for your timer. There are six increments to choose from,

How to Forget Wireless Networks on Mac

If you take your Mac everywhere with you, there's a good chance that it has connected to a number of private and public Wi-Fi networks over that time. These networks are remembered by macOS so that in the event that your Mac encounters one of them again, it can connect to it automatically and you won't have to manually select it or enter the password. If you want, you can edit this list of "preferred networks" that your Mac keeps and change individual network connection settings. Whether you want to remove redundant networks or just forget a specific one, the following steps guide you through the process. How to Forget a Wireless Network on Mac Click the Wi-Fi icon in the top-right corner of the Mac menu bar. Select Open Network Preferences.... Click Advanced. Click a network in the list to select it. (To select multiple networks, hold the Command key while clicking them.) You can also drag networks higher up the list to prioritize them over other local networks. Click the minus ("–") icon below the list to forget the selected network. Note that in the main Network pane of System Preferences there are two checkboxes. The first allows you to specify whether your Mac is allowed to automatically join the currently connected network, while the second allows you to force your Mac to ask you before it joins new

How to Buy Replacement AirPods Pro Ear Tips

AirPods Pro sport an all-new in-ear design with three sizes of soft, flexible silicone tips included in the box, including small, medium, and large. Apple does not sell the ear tips directly, but if you happen to lose them, replacements are available for $3.95 per pair through the company's support channels. AirPods Pro replacement ear tips via MacRumors forum member faythebest There are multiple ways to obtain replacement AirPods Pro ear tips, including ordering them online, contacting Apple by phone or online chat, or booking an appointment with a Genius Bar at an Apple Store: Navigate to getsupport.apple.com. Select AirPods. Select Lost or Missing AirPods. Select Replace your AirPods Pro ear tips. Choose from one of four options: Order Replacements for online ordering, Chat for online chat, Talk to Apple Support Now for a phone call, or Make an Appointment at a Store for a Genius Bar appointment.If you choose the Order Replacements option, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID email address and password and complete two-factor authentication if necessary. Then you will be presented with a list of your Apple products. If your AirPods Pro are not shown, enter their serial number at the bottom of the page and select Continue. On the next page, select a size of ear tips, and hit Continue once more. The total cost comes to $3.95 plus tax per pair, including shipping, with payment collected online. If you choose the Chat option, you will be prompted to enter your first name, last name, and email address. You will then join an online chat with an Apple

How to Set Up iMessage on Your Mac

The Messages app in macOS offers users a convenient way of communicating with friends, family, and colleagues across a variety of Apple devices. With Messages for Mac, you can send unlimited messages to any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that uses iMessage, Apple's secure-messaging service. If you have an ‌iPhone‌, you can also send and receive SMS texts. The following steps show you how to get Messages set up on your Mac, while the second set of steps explain how to set up Messages in iCloud, which keeps your messages in sync between your Mac and your iOS devices. How to Set up Messages on Your Mac Launch the Messages app on your Mac – you can find it in the Applications folder. It can also be found in the Dock on new Macs. You'll be asked to sign in. Enter the same Apple ID that you use with Messages on your ‌iPhone‌ and other Apple devices. If you have two-step or two-factor authentication turned on for your Apple ID, enter your verification code. Select Messages -> Preferences... in the menu bar. Select the iMessage tab. Tick the box next to Enable Messages in ‌iCloud‌ (this will keeps your messages in sync between your Mac and your iOS devices). Tick the phone number and email addresses at which you would like to be reached. Using the dropdown under Start new conversations from: choose which phone number or email address you want people to see when you start a new conversation. Tick the red traffic light in the top-left corner of the window to close Messages preferences.If you enabled Messages in ‌iCloud‌, you'll also want to make sure it's

How to Add Funds to Your Apple ID on iPhone and iPad

It used to be the case that adding funds to your Apple ID required redeeming an iTunes Gift Card bought from a store, but Apple now lets you use a debit or credit card right on your iPhone or iPad to do the same thing. Adding funds to your Apple ID allows you to make purchases from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and App Store on any of your Apple devices. It's easy to add funds to your Apple account once you know how. Simply follow these steps. How to Add Funds to Your Apple ID Launch the ‌App Store‌ app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Tap your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen. Tap Add Funds to Apple ID. Tap one of the preset amounts, or tap Other to enter a custom amount. Tap Next. Authorize the transaction using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode. You can check how much credit you have on your Apple ID any time. Simply open the ‌App Store‌ app and tap your profile picture, and you'll see the amount right under your Apple ID

How to Use Emoji on Mac

Emoji gained currency in electronic communications thanks to phone texting, but you don't need to be on your iPhone to insert these now-iconic facial expressions in your text – you can use them on Mac, too. This fact may come as a surprise to some Mac users, as it's not exactly obvious how to access them in macOS, but it's actually very easy, as the following steps show. How to Use Emoji on Your Mac Click the text field in which you'd like to insert an emoji, like an email subject or social media post. Press the keyboard shortcut Command-Control-Space to bring up the emoji picker. Double-click the emoji that you want to use and it will be inserted where your cursor is. If you don't see the one you want, use the search field to enter a face, object, or action description. Emoji categories include Smileys & People, Animals & Nature, Food & Drink, Activity, Travel & Places, Objects, Symbols, and Flags. How to Add the Emoji Picker to Your Mac's Menu Bar If you're a frequent emoji user, you can make things easier by adding the emoji picker to the menu bar at the top of your Mac's screen. Click the Apple  symbol in the top-left corner of your screen. Click System Preferences.... Click Keyboard. Tick the box next to Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar. Close System Preferences.You'll find the emoji and keyboard viewer icon in the top-right corner of the menu

How to Remove Memoji Stickers From the Emoji Keyboard in iOS

In iOS 11, Apple introduced animated emoji characters called Animoji, which are designed to mimic your facial expressions. Animoji have since grown to encompass Memoji, which are customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you. These characters are also available as Memoji Stickers in iOS 13, which show up in the frequently used section of the emoji picker on the default virtual keyboard. If you don't use them enough to find their appearance useful in the emoji keyboard, there's now a way that you can get rid of them. As of iOS 13.3, Apple has added an option to prevent Memoji Stickers from showing up in your Frequently Used emojis on iPhone and iPad. Make sure you're running iOS 13.3, then follow the steps below to turn them off. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device. Tap General. Tap Keyboard. Swipe down to the bottom of the screen. Toggle off the switch next to Memoji Stickers.Next time you send a message, your favorite emojis will fully populate the Frequently Used section of the emoji keyboard, which will be free of Memoji

How to Use Audio Sharing on iPhone and iPad

Apple's Audio Sharing feature on iPhone and iPad lets you share your device's Bluetooth audio with a second pair of wireless headphones, allowing two of you to listen to the same music together while running, or enjoy a movie on a plane without disturbing those around you, for example. Compatibility Check To get started with Audio Sharing, first make sure that the headphones and iOS device that you plan to use are compatible with the feature. According to Apple, Audio Sharing is supported by the following models: AirPods (first and second-generation) AirPods Pro Powerbeats Pro Powerbeats 3 Beats Solo Pro Beats Solo 3 Wireless Beats Studio 3 Wireless BeatsX iPhone 8 and later iPad Pro (12.9-inch) 2nd gen and later ‌iPad Pro‌ (11-inch) ‌iPad Pro‌ (10.5-inch) ‌iPad‌ (5th gen and later) iPad Air (3rd gen) ‌iPad‌ mini (5th gen) iPod touch (7th gen) Next, check that the iOS device that will be hosting the audio is running iOS 13.1 or later. You can check that your device is up-to-date by launching the Settings app and going to General -> Software Update. Once you've done that, you're ready to start audio sharing. Here's how it works. How to Use Audio Sharing in iOS With your ‌AirPods‌ on, start playing audio on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Launch Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen. In Control Center's audio playback controls, tap the icon with the triangle and three circles. Now, bring your friend's ‌AirPods‌, inside their case, close to your device, and flip the lid open. You should see a prompt on

How to Change Video Quality in the Camera App on iPhone 11 and 11 Pro

For the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple redesigned the Camera app and added new ways to shoot video. As well as the usual method of selecting Video from the menu strip below the viewfinder, ‌iPhone 11‌ series users can also simply press and hold the shutter button, then release it to stop recording. In October 2019, Apple released iOS 13.2, which added another camera app function for ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌: The ability to change video resolution and frame rate on the fly. Next time you shoot video using the Video mode found in the menu strip below the viewfinder, notice the video resolution and frame rate separated by a dot in the top-corner of the screen. If video quality is set to 1080p in Settings -> Camera, you can tap the resolution in the Camera interface to flip between HD (1080p) and 4K. If it's set to 720p in Settings, tapping the format flips between 720p and 4K. When shooting in 4K, you can tap the frame rate to switch between 24 (for low light), 30, and 60fps. If you shoot in HD (1080p) format, you can flip between 30 and 60fps, and when shooting in 720p, the frame rate is limited to 30fps. Previously, changing these video settings was only possible by going into Settings -> Camera, so the ability to adjust them from the Camera app is a boon, especially when you want to capture something at a moment's

How to Sign Up for Apple TV+

Apple on November 1 launched its new streaming television service, which offers up original movies and TV shows for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, plus there's a free year of service for those who have recently purchased an Apple device. You can use Apple TV+ on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, ‌Apple TV‌, and iPod touch in the ‌Apple TV‌ app, or visit tv.apple.com on the web, and all of these devices can also be used to sign up for a new subscription. You can also access ‌Apple TV‌ on the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and some smart TVs from Samsung. To sign up for an ‌Apple TV‌+ subscription, you're going to need an Apple ID, which you can sign up for right when creating a subscription or on Apple's Apple ID website. Make sure you're signed in to the ‌Apple TV‌ app on all of your devices with your Apple ID. You'll also want to make sure that whatever device you're signing up on is running the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, or macOS, as ‌Apple TV‌+ requires iOS 13, ‌iPadOS‌ 13, tvOS 13, or macOS Catalina or later to work. How to Sign Up for an ‌Apple TV‌+ Subscription on the Web Visit tv.apple.com in Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. Sign in with your Apple ID. Click on "Start Your Free Trial." Follow the steps and enter your credit card information if required, then confirm your subscription. Once you've activated your account on the web, you can watch ‌Apple TV‌+ on any of your Apple devices that are signed in to the same Apple ID account where the subscription is activated. How to Sign Up for an ‌Apple TV‌+ Subscription on ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ Make sure you're signed in

How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod

Apple released a new 13.2.1 HomePod software update in October 2019 that brings the ability to play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds. This article explains how to use them. The software update will be installed automatically on the ‌‌HomePod‌‌, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our ‌HomePod‌ software how-to. How to Play Ambient Sounds on ‌HomePod‌ The Ambient Sounds feature offers seven continuous streaming options. They include the following: Rain Stream White Noise Fireplace Forest Night OceanTo start streaming one of the sounds on your ‌HomePod‌, simply ask Siri. To play White Noise for example, you would say "Hey ‌Siri‌, play white noise sounds." You can also get ‌HomePod‌ to play a random ambient sound by saying "Hey ‌Siri‌, play sounds." How to Set a Sleep Timer on ‌HomePod‌ Additionally, you can play an ambient sound and set a sleep timer so that it automatically stops playing after a certain period of time has passed. First, get ‌HomePod‌ to play an ambient sound using one of the phrases above, then say "Hey ‌Siri‌, set a sleep timer for 45 minutes," or however long you want it to play for. If you listen to the ‌HomePod‌'s ambient sounds very carefully, you may notice that they loop after about 15 minutes, but it's not something you're likely to pick up on if you're using them as background audio for focus or

How to Take Screenshots on iPhone

This article explains how to take screenshots on iPhones and iPads that have a Home button, as well as on iPhones and iPads that don't have a Home button. Keep reading to learn how it's done. Taking a Screenshot on iPhone X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max Taking a Screenshot on ‌iPhone‌ 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and ‌iPhone‌ SE The ability to take screenshots on your ‌iPhone‌ can come in handy for a number of reasons. Maybe you have a blog where you'd like to write about an app you like and you want to include some pictures, or maybe you want to quickly record something useful that you found on a web page. If you're troubleshooting your ‌iPhone‌ and need support, or you're helping someone else with their device, they can also come in really handy. Taking a Screenshot on ‌iPhone‌ X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max In 2017, Apple launched the ‌iPhone‌ X – the first Apple smartphone without a Home button. Apple continues to release iPhones that lack a Home button, and so certain iOS functions are performed differently to older iPhones with a Home button, including taking screenshots. Press the Side button and the Volume up button at the same time. Quickly release both buttons. A preview of the screenshot will pop up in the lower left of the display. Tap it to open up the Instant Markup interface, or let it disappear (this takes about five seconds) and it will be saved as-is.The Instant Markup interface lets you add text, crop, highlight specific areas in a screenshot. To learn more about quickly editing screenshots using Instant Markup, click

How to Delete Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on HomePod

This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. How to Opt Out of ‌Siri‌ Audio Sharing on HomePod How to Delete Your ‌Siri‌ Audio History on ‌HomePod‌ Earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized ‌Siri‌ recordings to evaluate the virtual assistant's responses with the purpose of improving accuracy and reliability. The Guardian revealed that Apple employees working on ‌Siri‌ often heard confidential details while listening to the audio recordings. Apple was subsequently criticized for not making it clear to customers that some of their ‌Siri‌ recordings were being used to improve the service. Soon after the report, Apple suspended its ‌Siri‌ grading practices and promised users that it would introduce tools in a forthcoming update that would allow them to opt out of sharing their audio recordings. With the release of iOS 13.2 in October, those new tools arrived on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, allowing users to delete their ‌Siri‌ and Dictation history and opt out of sharing audio recordings. With the release of the 13.2.1 software update for ‌HomePod‌, the same tools are also available for Apple's smart speaker. It's important to note that ‌HomePod‌'s ‌Siri‌ settings are independent from your iOS device's ‌Siri‌ settings, so if you want to opt out of ‌Siri‌ Audio Sharing and delete your ‌Siri‌ audio history completely, you'll have to disable them separately. The following steps show you how to access these settings on