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Set Different Wallpapers on iPhone Lock Screen and Home Screen

Thursday November 30, 2023 4:57 am PST by
Apple took Lock Screen customization to a whole new level with iOS 16, allowing you to change the font and style of the clock, add widgets, and apply dynamic weather and astronomy wallpapers. As a result, it also changed the way you go about setting a different Home Screen background to that of your Lock Screen. Keep reading to learn how it's done. When you customize the Lock Screen for the...
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How to Stop Apple TV Keyboard Notifications on iPhone

Thursday November 30, 2023 4:54 am PST by
On the Apple TV, if you prefer not to input text using the Siri Remote you can use a nearby iPhone or iPad to type. Whenever a text field appears on the ‌Apple TV‌, a notification appears on the ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌, and after tapping the notification, you can use the on-screen keyboard on your iOS device to enter text on the ‌Apple TV‌. You can disable these notifications on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ if...
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How NameDrop Works on iPhone (and How to Disable It)

Wednesday November 29, 2023 8:06 am PST by
In iOS 17, there's a new AirDrop feature that lets you exchange contact information with someone by touching two iPhones together. It's called NameDrop, and here's how it actually works. Rather than type in the number of someone new to call or text them so that they have your number, NameDrop allows you to simply hold your ‌iPhone‌ near their ‌‌iPhone‌‌ to swap contact details....
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How to Use Safari's Private Browsing Mode

Wednesday November 29, 2023 3:51 am PST by
This article explains how to use Safari's Private Browsing mode, which prevents your browsing history from being logged on your Apple devices. It's a useful feature if you're buying gifts online for friends or family, for instance, and you don't want anyone with access to your devices to find out what you're up to. Of course, if you've already been browsing where you shouldn't have and...
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Scan Printed and Handwritten Notes in iPhone's Notes App

Wednesday November 29, 2023 3:04 am PST by
In 2022, Apple added a new feature to the stock Notes app on iPhone and iPad that allows you to quickly scan printed or handwritten text and save it in digital text format. Keep reading to learn how it works. On earlier versions of iOS and iPadOS, scanning text into Apple's Notes app required tapping on a note's text field and tapping the Live Text option in the popup menu. However, Apple...
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How to Clear Safari Browsing History and Cache

Wednesday November 29, 2023 3:31 am PST by
Whenever you browse the web in Safari, the browser stores website data so that it doesn't have to download it again each time you revisit a site. In theory this should speed up your browsing experience, but there are some scenarios where you might want to clear the cache and start anew. Keep reading to learn how it's done on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. There are a couple of situations where you...
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Play Ambient Background Sounds on iPhone to Stay Focused

Wednesday November 29, 2023 1:52 am PST by
On iPhone and iPad, one of several accessibility features that Apple includes is Background Sounds. The sounds are designed to help you stay focused, stay calm, and help you minimize distractions while you are busy with something. The Background Sounds on offer include balanced, bright, and dark noise, as well as natural sounds like ocean, rain, and stream. All of the sounds can be set to...
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How to Scan Documents in the Notes App on iPhone

Wednesday November 29, 2023 2:48 am PST by
In iOS and iPadOS, Apple includes a feature in Notes that allows you to quickly scan all kinds of documents so you can keep track of everything from receipts to recipes and photos. The Document Scanner detects the edges of a document, aligns things properly, and removes all glare and tilt so you get a clean scan every time. Apple's document scanning tools are well engineered and impressive,...
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Disable iPhone Private Browsing Authentication in Safari

Wednesday November 29, 2023 3:56 am PST by
With iOS 17, Apple introduced several new privacy and security features to its mobile operating system, one being the ability to require secondary authentication for Private Browsing tabs in Safari. Here's how it works and how to turn it off. On an iPhone or iPad running ‌iOS 17‌ or iPadOS 17, if you have any Private Browsing tabs open in Safari and then exit the session or the app, Apple's...
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Play Calming Background Sounds on Mac to Stay Focused

Wednesday November 29, 2023 12:36 am PST by
In macOS Ventura and later, Apple includes an accessibility feature for Mac called Background Sounds. These sounds are designed to help you stay focused at work, promote calm, and minimize distractions. Keep reading to learn how it works. Apple first introduced Background Sounds on iPhone, allowing users to play ambient soundscapes in the background. This feature is also available on Macs,...
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Find Messages Faster in macOS Using Search Filters

Tuesday November 28, 2023 6:02 am PST by
In macOS Sonoma, Apple has improved the search function in its stock Messages app for Mac, which now allows you to combine search queries and narrow down results to quickly find the messages that you're looking for. This article explains how it works. Previously in macOS, you could type a word or phrase in the search field of Apple's Messages app and it would return matching results, but...
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How to Rearrange, Disable, and Delete iPhone Home Screen Pages

Tuesday November 28, 2023 6:47 am PST by
In iOS, Apple lets you disable individual Home Screen pages on your iPhone. It's also possible to rearrange the order of your ‌‌Home Screen‌‌ pages, and delete pages outright rather than merely disable them. Here's how it works. How to Rearrange ‌Home Screen‌ Pages Touch and hold a space on the ‌Home Screen‌ to enter jiggle mode. Tap the row of dots representing your ‌Home Screen‌ pages. In the...
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How to Remove Suggested Contacts From iOS Share Sheet

Tuesday November 28, 2023 5:12 am PST by
Does your iPhone keep displaying certain contacts whenever you go to share something in iOS, and you'd rather not see them? Keep reading to learn how to get rid of them. Whenever you go to share something on your ‌iPhone‌ or iPad using the Share button, iOS brings up the activity view – often called the Share Sheet – at the top of which is a row of suggested contacts with whom you've...
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How to Link Notes Together in macOS

Monday November 27, 2023 4:58 am PST by
In macOS Sonoma, Apple has made its stock Notes app significantly more useful by adding the simple yet powerful ability to link notes and connect related notes together on your Mac. Here's how it works. With just a few clicks, you can create links between notes in the Notes app in ‌macOS Sonoma, making it easy to jump from one idea to another. To add a new link to another note, right-click ...
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How to Disable Inline Predictive Text on Mac

Monday November 27, 2023 4:09 am PST by
Apple in macOS Sonoma added inline predictive text. Here's how it works on the Mac, and how you can turn it off. Apple has improved its machine learning technology for Macs in an effort to make macOS a lot more helpful, and one of the features in which this tech has been deployed is inline predictive text. Predictive text does just what it says - it predicts what you're going to type...

iPhone Displays Green and Orange Dots: What Do They Mean?

Monday November 27, 2023 3:13 am PST by
Digital privacy is a perennial hot topic these days, and Apple is regarded as being at the forefront of security when it comes to smartphone and tablet operating systems. For example, for an app to access your iPhone or iPad's camera, camera and microphone access must be enabled for the app in question in the Settings app. Social media apps will often ask you for access to your device's...
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Disable 'Click Wallpaper to Reveal Desktop' in macOS

Wednesday November 22, 2023 11:33 pm PST by
By default, ‌macOS Sonoma‌ hides all your active windows when you click on your desktop wallpaper. This is handy if you tend to have a bunch of files on the desktop that you need access to. But if you find this behavior maddening, there is a way to turn it off. Apple's latest ‌macOS Sonoma‌ operating system for Mac has a new option called "Click wallpaper to reveal desktop." Enabled by...
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iOS 17.2: How to Lock Your iPhone Journal

Wednesday November 22, 2023 4:02 am PST by
Apple introduced its long-awaited Journal app for iPhone in iOS 17.2. Keep reading to learn how to keep your journal's contents secure and safe away from prying eyes. Apple announced in June 2023 announced it was bringing its own journaling app to iOS 17, and it has since been confirmed that the app is included in iOS 17.2, which is currently available to download as a beta. Apple's...
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iOS 17.2: How to Set a Journaling Schedule on iPhone

Monday November 20, 2023 5:09 am PST by
Apple in iOS 17.2 added its long-awaited Journal app to iPhone. This article explains how to set a journaling schedule and get reminders for when it's time to write. Apple announced in June 2023 announced it was bringing its own journaling app to iOS 17, and it has since been confirmed that the app is included in iOS 17.2, which is currently available to download as a beta. Apple's...
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How to Erase All Content and Settings on Your Mac

Monday November 20, 2023 4:37 am PST by
Following in the footsteps of the iPhone and iPad, Apple silicon Macs and Intel Macs with a T2 security chip (2017-2020 models) now have an "Erase All Content and Settings" option available in macOS Monterey and later. This article explains how to use it to erase and factory reset your Mac if you plan to give it away, sell it, or trade it in. If you have an older pre-2017 Mac, follow this link...