How Tos

How to Get Siri to Respond to Your Voice When Your iPhone's Screen is Covered

Friday March 27, 2020 5:22 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
Normally your iPhone will stop listening for the "Hey Siri" command when you place your device face down on a surface or the screen is otherwise covered. In these circumstances "Hey ‌Siri‌" is automatically disabled until the situation changes. If you find this automated behavior inconvenient for your purposes, you'll be happy to learn that in iOS 13.4, Apple has added an option to always...

How to Make a FaceTime Call With Siri

Friday March 27, 2020 4:33 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
If you're a frequent user of FaceTime, you may have relocated the ‌FaceTime‌ app to your main Home screen for convenience. Or perhaps you've set up the Phone app widget for quick-access to your favorite ‌FaceTime‌ contacts. Alternatively, you could always use your voice to make a ‌FaceTime‌ call using Apple's Siri virtual assistant. It really couldn't be easier – the following steps show you how...

How to Switch from a Regular Phone Call to FaceTime

Friday March 27, 2020 4:32 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
On iPhone, if you're on a regular voice call to someone and they're also using an ‌iPhone‌, you can switch in mid-call to a FaceTime video chat, without even hanging up. It's a handy feature to make use of if you're chatting to someone over the phone and they want to show you something. The following steps show you how it's done. Remember, ‌FaceTime‌ is an ‌‌iPhone‌‌-only feature, so placing a...

How to Adjust TV App Video Download Settings on iPhone

Friday March 27, 2020 4:29 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
If you have an Apple TV+ subscription or you've rented or purchased movies via iTunes, you can download the videos to your iPhone and iPad over Wi-Fi or cellular using Apple's TV app, which allows you to watch them offline. In iOS 13.4 and later, ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users have granular control of TV app video download settings. So if you want, you can choose high quality video if you don't mind...

How to Adjust TV App Streaming Quality Settings on iPhone

Friday March 27, 2020 4:29 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
If you have an Apple TV+ subscription or you've rented or purchased movies via iTunes, you can stream them over Wi-Fi or cellular using Apple's TV app for iPhone and iPad. In iOS 13.4 and later, ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users can control the streaming quality of TV app content over Wi-Fi and cellular, which is particularly good for those who don't have unlimited streaming plans or don't want to hog the ...

How to Enable or Disable Apple Music's New Release Alerts in iOS

Friday March 27, 2020 4:20 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple on Thursday began rolling out a new Apple Music feature on iPhone and iPad that alerts users to new albums, EPs, and videos from artists included in their music library. The alerts show at the top of the Library tab in the Music app, and given that they relate to content that's available in ‌Apple Music‌, they're likely to be welcomed by most subscribers to the streaming service. But...

How to Check the FaceTime Numbers you Have Blocked

Monday March 23, 2020 6:28 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
FaceTime is great for when you want to stay in touch with friends and family using your Apple devices, but it's also pretty good at dealing with contacts that you don't want to hear from. If you've blocked people from calling you on ‌FaceTime‌ and you want to see a list of their numbers, you can do so by following the steps below. The first set of steps are for iOS devices, while the second...

How to Unblock People on FaceTime

Monday March 23, 2020 6:28 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
FaceTime is great for when you want to stay in touch with friends and family, but it's also good at dealing with contacts that you don't want to hear from. If you've blocked someone from calling you on ‌FaceTime‌ and you've since changed your mind, follow the steps in this article to unblock them. The first set of steps are for iOS devices, while the second relate to ‌FaceTime‌ on Mac. How to...

How to Block Unwanted FaceTime Calls

Monday March 23, 2020 6:27 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
FaceTime is great for when you want to stay in touch with friends and family, but it's also good at dealing with people you don't want to hear from, too. Apple provides features on Mac and iOS that allow you to block nuisance calls from the same number coming through to your ‌FaceTime‌ account. The steps below show you how it works. How to Block Unwanted ‌FaceTime‌ Calls on Your iPhone or iPad ...

How to Use Memoji and Animoji in FaceTime

Tuesday March 17, 2020 4:34 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
Animoji are animated emoji characters designed to mimic your facial expressions, while Memoji are customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you. In iOS 12 and iOS 13, you can entertain friends and family by "wearing" your favorite Memoji and Animoji during live FaceTime chats using the Effects camera. The following steps show you how. Note that to use...

How to Use Effects in FaceTime

Tuesday March 17, 2020 4:27 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
When using Apple's FaceTime app, you can apply camera effects while on a video call, including built-in filters, stickers, labels, and shapes. ‌FaceTime‌ camera effects can be used on these devices: iPhone 7, ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus, iPhone 8, ‌iPhone 8‌ Plus, ‌iPhone‌ X, iPhone XS, ‌iPhone XS‌ Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and later models. If you have a supported device,...

How to Improvise a Parental Lock For Your Apple Watch

Wednesday March 11, 2020 9:12 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Anyone who looks after children knows how fascinating an illuminated display is to a baby or toddler. When it's an interactive touchscreen that's strapped to your wrist, you can easily multiply that intrigue by a factor of ten! If your Apple Watch has proven a bit too attractive to little fingers and you're worried they'll unintentionally send a message, mess up your notification settings,...

How to Use Your Mac to Help the Fight Against Coronavirus

Wednesday March 11, 2020 9:08 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Folding@home is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. In addition to cancer, Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's, Folding@home has announced that it is tackling a disease that has been dominating the headlines: COVID-19. The project is joining researchers around the world ...

How to Switch From FaceTime Audio to FaceTime Video

Wednesday March 11, 2020 9:05 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
As the name suggests, the big draw of Apple's FaceTime is its ability to make free video calls, but you can also make free audio calls over ‌FaceTime‌ just as easily. If you start a ‌FaceTime‌ audio call on your iPhone and iPad, you can switch to ‌FaceTime‌ video any time you like in mid-conversation. The following steps show you how it's done. If you're not already on a ‌FaceTime‌ audio call,...

How to Make a FaceTime Call From Your Favorites

Wednesday March 11, 2020 9:02 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
If you use FaceTime to frequently call certain people in your contacts, you can save time by adding them to your Favorites list. Your iPhone's native Phone app makes it easy to call the people you talk to most by adding them to your Favorites list. This lets you tap the person's name to immediately start a ‌FaceTime‌ call. The following steps show you how to add someone to your Favorites as ...

How to Switch From Facetime Video to Facetime Audio

Thursday March 5, 2020 5:01 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
Making a FaceTime call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac costs nothing and it's extremely easy to do. And if you get camera shy when you're using ‌FaceTime‌, you can turn the call into an audio-only connection. In fact, you can change the audio and video settings in the ‌FaceTime‌ app at any time during a call. The steps below show you how. Start or answer a ‌FaceTime‌ call in the usual way. Tap the...

How to Enable WhatsApp's Dark Mode for iPhone

Thursday March 5, 2020 6:15 am PST by Tim Hardwick
WhatsApp messenger recently rolled out its long-awaited Dark Mode theme for iPhone, which is good news for anyone who uses the chat app in bed when they just can't sleep. With ‌Dark Mode‌ enabled, users will benefit from no more bright white splash screen blinding them upon opening WhatsApp, a less harsh app interface, new dark themes for chat threads, and potentially less battery drain....

How to Check How Much Cellular Data FaceTime Uses

Wednesday March 4, 2020 4:56 pm PST by Juli Clover
FaceTime, Apple's video and audio chatting app, can use up a decent amount of data. That probably doesn't matter if you're using WiFi or have an unlimited cellular data plan, but if you do need to keep track of data use, you might want to check how much data is being eaten up when you make a call. On average, ‌FaceTime‌ video appears to use somewhere around 70 to 80MB per 20 minutes, but it can...

How to Turn Off FaceTime

Wednesday March 4, 2020 4:25 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
As convenient as Apple's FaceTime is, sometimes you might not want to be surprised or interrupted by a prompt asking you to accept a video or audio call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Fortunately, Apple has made ‌FaceTime‌ very easy to turn off, and if you want re-enable it in future, you won't have to set it up all over again. Simply follow the steps below. How to Turn Off ‌FaceTime‌ on ‌iPhone‌ ...

How to Capture a Live Photo in FaceTime

Wednesday March 4, 2020 4:23 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
With Apple's FaceTime, you can take Live Photos during ‌FaceTime‌ video calls, allowing you to capture special moments as they happen onscreen when chatting with friends and family. ‌Live Photos‌ record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture, allowing them to come alive when you view them in Apple's Photos app. Apple gives you control over whether ‌Live Photos‌ can be...