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How to Use the New Effects Camera in Messages

In iOS 12, Apple added a new Effects camera in Messages that's similar to the live camera features in Snapchat and Instagram, allowing you to take a photo in the Messages app and then edit it with stickers, filters, text, and more. On devices with a TrueDepth camera system, the Effects camera even works with Memoji and Animoji, allowing you to overlay cartoon emoji heads over your own head. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Accessing the Effects Camera The Effects camera lives in the Messages app, and Apple's made it easy to locate. Open the Messages app. Choose a conversation with someone. Tap on the Camera icon next to the App Store icon. Make sure you're in either standard Photo or Video mode. To get to the available Effects, tap on the small star-shaped icon to the left of the shutter button. The Camera in the Messages app is located in the same place that it was in iOS 11, but instead of opening up a smaller camera window that also provides access to your already-captured photos, it is a full-screen camera complete with editing tools. To get to photos you've already taken in the Messages app, you need to open up the app drawer by tapping on the App Store "A" icon and then choosing the Photos icon. Available Effects Camera Features There are multiple tools for editing your photos, all of which are displayed in a bar above the camera shutter, organized by icon. Here are the options, in the order that you'll see them in the app. Animoji/Memoji (TrueDepth devices and front-facing camera only) Filters

How to Use Automatic Strong Passwords and Password Auditing in iOS 12

In iOS 12, Apple has introduced new password-related features that are designed to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to create strong, secure, and unique passwords for app and website logins. In this guide, we'll show you how to use two of those features: automatic strong passwords and password auditing. Automatic strong passwords ensures that if you're prompted by a website or app to make up a password on the spot, Apple will automatically offer to generate a secure one for you. Password auditing meanwhile flags weak passwords and tells you if a password has been reused for different account login credentials. Here's how to use the two features. How to Use Automatic Strong Passwords in iOS 12 Launch Safari and navigate to the site asking you to create new login credentials, or launch a third-party app asking you to sign up for a new account. Enter a username or email address in the first field. Tap on the Password field – iOS will generate a strong password. Tap Use Strong Password to accept the password suggestion and save it to your iCloud Keychain.Pro tip: Next time you need one of your passwords, you can ask Siri. For example, you could say: "Siri, show me my BBC password." Siri will then open up your iCloud Keychain with the relevant entry, but only after you authenticate your identity with a fingerprint, a Face ID scan, or a passcode. How to Identify Reused Passwords in iOS 12 Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Passwords & Accounts. Authenticate via Touch ID, Face ID, or your passcode. Scroll down the list of

How to Use Instant Tuning in iOS 12 and Change Notification Behavior on the Fly

As part of its digital health initiative in iOS 12, Apple has introduced some improvements to the way app notifications can be managed, enabling users to more easily reduce the number of daily distractions their iPhone or iPad throws their way. One of these new features is called Instant Tuning, which allows you to quickly adjust the future behavior of app notifications whenever they appear in the Lock Screen or the Notifications Center. Here's how to make the most of it. How to Use Instant Tuning in iOS 12 Next time an alert appears in your device's Notifications Center or on the Lock Screen, swipe left on it, then tap Manage. Alternatively, if your device supports 3D Touch, hard press on the alert and then tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the expanded notification. A Manage Notifications pop-up will appear on the screen featuring two blue button options. Deliver Quietly ensures future alerts from this app only appear in the Notification Center (accessed by swiping down from the top of your device's screen). Note that selecting this option means alerts will no longer show in the Lock Screen and you won't see any banner notifications on any other screens. Deliver Quietly also turns off any sound or vibration alerts set for the associated app. If you tap Deliver Quietly and then decide you'd rather not stick with the setting, open the Manage Notifications pop-up again in the same way and tap the Deliver Prominently button to reinstate the previous settings. The second option, Turn Off..., completely disables all notifications for the

How to Enable iOS 12's New Do Not Disturb at Bedtime Feature

There's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night, glancing over at your iPhone to check the time, and seeing a bunch of notifications that demand your attention and distract you from getting back to sleep. Apple is aiming to prevent this in iOS 12 with a new Do Not Disturb at bedtime feature that prevents notifications from being displayed on the iPhone's Lock Screen during your downtime, removing the temptation to start opening up apps in the middle of the night. Enabling Bedtime Mode Open up the Settings app. Scroll to the "Do Not Disturb" section and tap on it. In the Do Not Disturb section, tap on "Scheduled" to toggle it on. Select your Do Not Disturb time period, which, for most people, should be from when you go to bed until when you typically wake up. Tap on Bedtime Mode to toggle it on. With Bedtime Mode enabled, when you activate the display on your device, the entire screen is dimmed and black, offering up only the time, the current device charge, and a notice that Bedtime Mode is turned on. In this mode, all incoming calls are silenced as are all incoming notification messages. Your notifications are still listed in the Notification Center, accessible by swiping down from the top of the display, but you won't see them on the Lock Screen. Bedtime Mode vs. Do Not Disturb With Do Not Disturb turned on without Bedtime Mode, all of your incoming calls and notifications are still silenced, but the notification messages themselves will all be visible right on the Lock Screen. Enabling Calls From Certain People If

How to Use App Limits and Downtime in iOS 12

In iOS 12, Apple's digital health push includes a couple of special new features for iPhone and iPad users who want to cut down on their app usage: App Limits and Downtime. In this article, we'll show you how to use them. App Limits allows you to set specific time limits on a particular app category (games, for example). When you've spent the designated time using the app category, iOS sends you an alert notifying you of the fact. Of course, you're free to ignore these alerts, but the idea behind them is that they'll help you manage your time better. The second feature, Downtime, enables you to set a daily schedule for when you'd rather not use your iOS device at all. Once activated, the feature restricts device usage to phone calls and any apps you've specifically exempted from Downtime. Like App Limits, you can override these restrictions – they're more like good guidance than anything else, and can still help if you honestly want to self-regulate your mobile usage.

How to Use iOS 12's New Do Not Disturb Options

In iOS 12, Apple has given users the tools to cut down on disturbances to get more time away from their devices if desired, and one of these new tools is an expanded set of Do Not Disturb options. Thanks to these changes, there are more convenient options for using Do Not Disturb in iOS 12, and it's also a lot smarter. How to Get to the New Do Not Disturb Options Your Do Not Disturb options in the Settings app are largely the same, with the new Do Not Disturb features housed in Control Center. Open Control Center, through a right-side swipe downwards on the screen of an iPhone X or iPad or by swiping upwards from the Home button on other devices. 3D Touch or long press on the Control Center icon that looks like a moon, which is the icon for Do Not Disturb. A 3D Touch or a long press brings up all of the Do Not Disturb options, which can be selected with a tap. Do Not Disturb is a default widget within the Control Center and it's always available, so it's not an option that needs to be enabled through the Control Center customization options. All of the Ways You Can Use Do Not Disturb in iOS 12 There are multiple new limited-time settings for Do Not Disturb in the Control Center, which automatically turn off after the specified time elapses. For one hour Until this evening (or afternoon/morning depending on the time - it's generally a few hours) Until I leave this location Until this event ends (if you have a timed event set in your calendar) A single tap on the icon without selecting an option turns on Do Not Disturb until you tap

How to Use the Siri Raise to Speak Feature in watchOS 5

Apple's watchOS 5 update includes a new Siri feature that eliminates the need to say "Hey Siri" or push the Digital Crown to activate the personal assistant. Instead, you can raise your wrist and speak right to Siri, with the Apple Watch able to detect your movements and your desire to relay a Siri command. It's simple to enable, and it works well once you know a few tricks. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Enabling Raise to Speak Open the Settings app. Choose "General." Scroll down to "Siri" and Tap it. Make sure "Raise to Speak" is toggled on. You can leave "Hey Siri" enabled right alongside "Raise to Speak," and use whichever Siri activation method is most convenient. Using Raise to Speak Using Raise to Speak is as simple as raising up your wrist and speaking into your Apple Watch. Lift your wrist as you would to view the time or do any other Apple Watch activity, and then speak a command. Most people will find that they need to bring the watch a little closer to their face than they would just to view it, so if you can't get Raise to Speak to work, hold your wrist closer to your mouth. Raise to Speak is a slightly different gesture than just raising your arm to look at the time, and the Apple Watch can tell the difference in intent. Raise to Speak Tips Raise to Speak needs to be fairly close to your face to interpret a Siri voice command, which prevents it from automatically activating for the most part. If it's not working, bring your wrist closer to the speaker of the Apple Watch before trying a

How to Use the New Augmented Reality Measure App in iOS 12

One of the new features in iOS 12 is an augmented reality app called Measure, which Apple has designed to make it easier for you to measure various real-world objects using 3D spatial detection techniques. Open up the Measure app. Follow the on-screen instructions and move your iPhone around the room so that it can get the dimensions of various objects. Once it's calibrated, denoted by a white dot in a circle, you're ready to start measuring. To take a measurement, line the white dot up with the corner of an object and then press the "+ button to create an anchor point. From the anchor point, pan the iPhone over to the other edge of the object. Press the "+" button again to get the final measurement of the line. You can continue using this method to get the full dimensions of different objects in your room, with the ability to set multiple anchor points if desired. Haptic feedback is included in the Measure app, so you'll feel little haptic taps whenever you set an anchor point, for physical feedback. Haptic taps are also included whenever the app detects an obvious stopping point for a measurement, such as the end of a wall. To clear your anchor points and start over at any time, tap the "Clear" button. Once all of your measurements are in place, tap the white camera button to take a photo that displays all of the measurements overlaid on the object you're measuring. You can also tap on the arrow of one of the measurements to get a pop up with the current readings that you can copy and paste into another app like Messages or

How to Use the New Photos App Features in iOS 12

In iOS 12, Apple has introduced some new features to the Photos app that aim to make it easier for you to search, share, and enjoy your photo collection. Here's how to make the most of them. The most prominent addition in the Photos app is a new For You tab, which replaces the old Memories and Shared tabs and brings together their features – along with any iCloud Shared Albums you may have – in a single scrolling panel. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. For You Tab: Sharing Suggestions Top of the For You tab is where your latest Sharing Suggestions appear. If the app recognizes someone in the photos it will ask if you want to share the collection with them, otherwise an option to "Share with friends?" is shown. The great thing about sharing photos this way in iOS 12 is that if your friends have any pictures that are from the same event, time, or location, they will also be prompted to send those back to you, allowing you to fill any holes in your collection. Tap the Sharing Suggestions card and you'll be taken to a screen where you can choose the pictures you want to share. Tap Select and then tap any photos you don't want to include, or choose Deselect All and then tap the ones you want to share. Choose Next to select people in your contacts that you want to share the pictures with. Tap Share in Messages when you're done – just note that anyone with access to the shared photo link will be able to view the photos. For You Tab: Memories Immediately below Sharing Suggestions you'll find Memories, which curates various photos

How to Use Walkie-Talkie in watchOS 5

Apple's watchOS 5 update, out now for all Apple Watch models with the exception of the original Apple Watch, introduces a fun new feature that mimics old school walkie talkies. With Walkie-Talkie, you can connect to your friends and family and have push-to-talk conversations right on your wrist. The video below demonstrates Walkie-Talkie in action, while the post explains the steps to set it up and use it. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Turning on Walkie-Talkie and Adding Friends Walkie-Talkie is an app on the Apple Watch with an icon that looks like a little walkie talkie on a field of yellow. Whenever you want to use Walkie-Talkie to communicate with someone, you'll need to open up the Walkie-Talkie app. The first step, though, is adding a friend to chat with. Open the Walkie-Talkie app. Turn the Digital Crown to scroll through your contacts. Choose a friend who has an Apple Watch and watchOS 5. Tap on the person's name in the contacts list. When a yellow card with their name appears on your Apple Watch in the Walkie-Talkie app, tap on the card. Press on the "Talk" button to initiate a connection. You'll need to wait for your friend to receive your message and approve the Walkie-Talkie connection. It will say "Connecting to [Your Friend's Name]. When a connection is established, it will go back to the Talk button and you will be able to have a Walkie-Talkie conversation with your friend. If a connection cannot be established, you'll see a popup that says "[Your Friend] is not available." If this happens,

HomePod Guide: How to Create Multiple Timers, Search for Lyrics, Find Your iPhone, and Make Calls

Apple's HomePod was updated this week to version 12, which debuted alongside iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads. The HomePod update brings about a handful of new abilities for Apple's smart speaker, including support for multiple timers, lyric search, find my iPhone, making and receiving phone calls, and more. Because of all the useful and handy new additions arriving on HomePod this week, we've written this guide to provide quick steps that can help you figure out each new feature, and added in some tips as well. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Multiple Timers On previous HomePod software you could only make one timer and not name it, but with the new software Apple is letting you create and name as many as over 20 timers at once (our testing reached about 23). This should greatly help out HomePod owners, especially those who have placed the speaker in their kitchen. Note: Because HomePod relies entirely on voice controls for timers (and other features in this guide), there may be other sentence patterns that result in the same responses as the ones we've discovered. With that being said, below you'll find a few examples of Siri commands for multiple timers on HomePod. To create multiple timers, simply begin listing one timer after the other to Siri: Setting Timers "Hey Siri, set a 15 minute timer for food." "Hey Siri, set a burger timer for 20 minutes." "Hey Siri, set a 25 minute french fries timer." "Hey Siri, set a 45 minute timer for the laundry." "Hey Siri, set a 3 hour timer for the sprinklers." Checking Individual Timers "

How to Create and Use Memoji in iOS 12

In iOS 11, Apple introduced animated emoji characters called Animoji, which are designed to mimic your facial expressions. In iOS 12, Animoji have grown to encompass Memoji, which are customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you. Memoji can do all of the same things that Animoji can, mimicking your facial expressions to allow for cute videos, photos, and interactions with friends and family. In iOS 12, you can also use Memoji and Animoji in photos through the Messages camera and in live FaceTime chats. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Making a Memoji Animoji live in the Messages app, so creating a Memoji is also done in Messages. Open up the Messages app. Choose a conversation. Tap on Animoji Messages app from the Messages app bar, which looks like a little monkey. Scroll all the way to the right until you see the "+" button and tap it. Customizing Your Memoji Memoji start out as a blank face, and it's up to you to customize it to look like you. The Memoji interface will open up to a display that lets you choose skin tone to begin with. Tapping buttons and sliders will let you customize features and choose options like freckles or no freckles. To move on from skin tone to other features, tap the labels at the top, cycling through Hairstyle, Head Shape, Eyes, Brows, Nose & Lips, Ears, Facial Hair, Eyewear, and Headwear. During this entire process, your Memoji is active so you can see what all of the features look like when animated. Sometimes it will pause when changing a

How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12

Apple in iOS 12 introduced Screen Time, which is designed to provide you with information on how you're using your time on your iPhone and iPad. With Screen Time, you can see how often you pick up your iOS device, which apps you're using, which apps are sending the most notifications, and other details. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Accessing Screen Time There's no dedicated app for Screen Time, so it might not be immediately obvious how it's accessed when you first install iOS 12. All Screen Time features are actually available in the Settings app. Open up the Settings app. Scroll down to the "Screen Time" section that's grouped with Notifications, Sounds, and Do Not Disturb. Tap on "Screen Time" to see your usage statistics. Screen Time Syncing Screen Time statistics are collected from all iOS devices running iOS 12 where you're logged in with your iCloud account. That means it will aggregate data from all iPhones and iPads that you use during the course of a day. You can view your data across all devices or on a per device basis. To view other devices, tap on the "All Devices" label on the main Screen Time screen and then choose "Devices" from the upper right hand corner. Info Available in Screen Time When you open up Screen Time, a chart is displayed with information on your last 24 hours of iPhone usage, organized by each individual app or which app category you've used the most, such as Productivity, Games, Creativity, or Messages. If you tap on that chart, you can see even more information from

How to Perform a Clean Installation of macOS 10.14 Mojave

This article guides you through the process of performing a clean installation of macOS 10.14 Mojave using the bootable USB drive method, rather than upgrading your Mac using Apple's standard installation package, which retains existing user data and any user-installed apps. Creating a bootable USB drive provides you with a convenient way to install a fresh copy of macOS Mojave on multiple Macs. Performing a clean install can also remove annoying quirks and strange behaviors that your Mac may have inherited over time, and often helps to reclaim disk space caused by junk files left by third-party apps. The following procedure works with the latest public beta of macOS Mojave, which you can download by enrolling in the Apple Beta Software Program. It will also work with the final version of Mojave, once it's released in the fall. To follow the steps, you'll need an empty 8GB or larger USB thumb drive (USB-C or USB-A, depending on your Mac) and an hour or two of downtime while the installation procedure completes. Also, be sure to perform a full backup of your Mac beforehand using Time Machine, so that you can restore your original system from the Recovery partition if something goes wrong.

How to Add an Alternate Appearance to Face ID in iOS 12

When the iPhone X launched, there was no option to record multiple faces like there was to enter in multiple fingerprints with Touch ID, but that's something Apple changed in iOS 12. With iOS 12, you can add a second face to Face ID, which is useful if you have a job where your face dramatically changes, such as with a surgeon's mask or protective goggles. Face ID can learn to overcome items like hats, sunglasses, and scarves, recognizing you anyway, but having the option for a second face while you're wearing frequently worn items makes sure Face ID works more seamlessly. Open the Settings app. Scroll down to Face ID & Passcode and tap it. Enter your passcode. Choose the "Set Up an Alternate Appearance." From there, you can set up Face ID as you did when you first purchased and set up your iPhone X for the first time. The iPhone will walk you through the steps of positioning your face in the camera and then moving your head in a circle. Once your alternate appearance has been entered, there's no option to delete it. To re-add an appearance, you will need to tap the "Reset Face ID" button that has replaced the "Set Up Alternate Appearance" option. Be aware, there's no confirmation screen when you tap the "Reset Face ID" option. Once it's tapped, all of your Face ID data is

How to Share an iCloud Photo Link in iOS 12

In iOS 12, Apple has added the ability to share pictures or video in your Photo Library using an iCloud.com link that lasts for 30 days. Not only is sharing a link quicker and less burdensome on your data allowance than sending several images or gigabytes of video, you can also share the same link as many times as you want within the expiry limit. For the new photo link option to appear, you'll need to ensure iCloud Photos is enabled on your iOS device. To do so, launch the Settings app, tap your Apple ID at the top, select iCloud -> Photos, and make sure the toggle next to iCloud Photos is on. How to Share an iCloud Photo Link in iOS 12 Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad Tap the photo you want to link to. If you want to share a link to several photos, tap Select in the upper right corner of the screen and tap the photos you want to include. Next, tap the Share Sheet button at the lower left corner of the screen. Tap the Copy Link button in the third row of the Share Sheet. Wait a moment while iCloud prepares your link. Launch the app or service you want to use to share the link. We're using Messages in our example. In the message text field, tap and hold your finger. Tap Paste. Send the message to share the link.If you share the link over Messages and the recipient is using an iOS device, they'll see a tappable thumbnail of the shared photo(s). If they're on an Android device, they'll just see the URL. Tapping the thumbnail/URL link will take them to an iCloud.com web page similar to the one above, with a preview image, the author's

How to Use the Podcasts App in watchOS 5

watchOS 5 introduces a new Podcasts app for Apple Watch, which is designed to let you listen to your favorite podcasts on the watch without the need for the iPhone. Streaming podcasts works over Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, and you can also use the Podcasts app to play podcasts from a connected iPhone if desired. Using the Podcasts App on Apple Watch As with Apple Music, when using Podcasts on the Apple Watch, you will need to have a pair of AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones paired to your Apple Watch. Once Bluetooth headphones are paired, you will need to tap on the Podcasts icon, which looks like a radio antenna on a field of purple, much like the Podcasts app icon on the iPhone. You can also ask Siri to open it. The Podcasts app will open up to the most recent podcast among the podcasts you're subscribed to, and you can play it by tapping on it. Music controls are available by scrolling with the Digital Crown or swiping and tapping on "Now Playing." Viewing Your Library To view your library of subscribed podcasts, follow these steps: Open the Podcasts app. Scroll down with the Digital Crown or Swipe to get to the list of app options. Choose "Library." The Library section of the Podcasts app will let you see all of the different podcasts that you subscribe to in the "Shows" section, and individual episodes in the "Episodes" section. Scroll through each section using a swipe on the Apple Watch's face or the Digital Crown. Adding New Podcast Subscriptions To add new podcast subscriptions on the Apple Watch, you'll need to

How to Customize Grouped Notifications in iOS 12

iOS 12 introduces Notification Grouping, a long-awaited feature that groups all of the notifications from a single app together in one neat bundle that prevents the Lock screen from becoming overly cluttered. By default, all apps have an "Automatic" grouped notification setting, which groups up notifications by app, but does so intelligently. For example, if you have multiple iMessage conversations going on with people, the notifications might be grouped by app (Messages) but separated by person. You can adjust your Notification Grouping settings to turn off grouped notifications entirely or to force your iOS device to sort all incoming notifications by app, regardless of whether or not certain notifications are coming from different people. Open up the Settings app. Choose "Notifications" from the main list of options. Find the app with the notifications you want to modify from the list, such as Messages, and tap it. Scroll down to Notification Grouping and tap it. Automatic is enabled by default. Select "By App" or "Off" to change it. As mentioned above, selecting "By App" instead of "Automatic" will make sure that all incoming notifications from a specific app are grouped together rather than sometimes being intelligently separated out. Selecting the "Off" option will disable Notification Grouping for the selected app entirely, which means your incoming notifications for that app will all come in individually, like they did in iOS 11. There is no option to turn off Notification Grouping for all apps at once, so it's something that needs

How to Browse the Internet on Apple Watch Through watchOS 5's WebKit Integration

With watchOS 5, Apple has added support for WebKit, which is designed to allow you to view content from the web right on your wrist, something that's entirely new to the Apple Watch. There's no full web browser so you're not going to see a Safari app for Apple Watch anytime soon, but you can now click on and open web links in apps like Mail and Messages. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. WebKit in Messages If someone sends you a link to your Apple Watch in the Messages app, you can tap on it to open up a little mini web browser right in the Messages app. You can open all kinds of webpages, from restaurant menus to airline flight information. Webpages are interactive and you can click on links and browse as you normally would. WebKit in Mail Just like Messages, if you get an email with a web link in it, you can open it up using the Mail app. You can also view HTML emails on the Apple Watch for the first time thanks to the WebKit integration. Using Google and Other Websites on Apple Watch As we mentioned earlier, there's no built-in Safari app on the Apple Watch for browsing the web, but you can cheat. Here's how: From your iPhone or Mac, send yourself an iMessage with a link to Google.com (or any other search engine). On the Apple Watch, open up the Messages app. Tap on your name, and then tap on the Google.com link that you sent yourself. Wait for the Google site to load on the Apple Watch. Tap on the search field. Speak or spell out whatever you want to search for. Tap the search button. You can load

How to Share Files Stored in Your iCloud Drive

You can share files you've synced to iCloud with friends and colleagues who have an Apple ID using the step-by-step guide below. Whether you're sharing from a Mac or an iPhone, you'll be able to give people one-way access to the file, or allow them to modify the document if you're collaborating on a piece of work. The sharing options you choose automatically sync across your devices, so you could, for example, share a file on Mac and change access permissions on your iPhone or on iCloud.com at a later time. The following steps assume Mac users are running macOS High Sierra or later and that iPhone or iPad owners are on iOS 11 or later. How to Share iCloud Files From Your Mac Open a Finder window and locate the file in iCloud that you want to share. It could be in iCloud Drive or another folder that you sync to iCloud, such as Desktop or Documents. Click the file to highlight it. Click the Share button and select Add People from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, right-click (or Ctrl-click) the file and select Share -> Add People. Choose how you'd like to send your invitation to access the file. In our example, we're sharing a link via email. You can also click the chevron next to Share Options to control who can access the file (Only people you invite / Anyone with the link) and their permissions (Can make changes / View only). Click Share. Depending on how you chose to share the invitation, the relevant app will open containing a link to access the file. In our example, an email compose window appears, ready to add recipients and click Send. How to Share