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iOS 14: How to Change App Icons on Home Screen

Monday September 21, 2020 5:16 am PDT by
As the trend of customizing your home screen becomes popular in the aftermath of the release of iOS 14, some users are choosing to add custom app icons to their home screen using the Shortcuts app. Custom home screen posted by @BenZhu8. Custom cloud icons from icons8. Replacing default app icons with images of your choosing allows you to freely customize the look of your home screen....

watchOS 7: How to Eliminate Distractions Using Schooltime on Apple Watch

Friday September 18, 2020 2:36 am PDT by
In watchOS 7, Apple introduced Family Setup, a new feature that allows users to pair additional watches to their iPhone for children or older members of their household who don't have their own iPhones. An associated feature of Family Setup, called "Schooltime," allows parents and guardians to remotely turn on Do Not Disturb on kids' watches and display a special watch face with restricted...

iOS 14: How to Actually Hide the Hidden Photos Album

Thursday September 17, 2020 9:51 am PDT by
Sometimes you might not want certain pictures shot on your iPhone or iPad to be visible in your Photo Library, but for whatever reason, you might not want to outright delete them either. That's why Apple's Photos app includes an option to hide certain photos from the main library. Prior to iOS 14, this option would hide pictures from the ‌Photos‌ and For You sections of the ‌Photos‌ app, but...

watchOS 7: How to Use Optimized Battery Charging on Apple Watch

Thursday September 17, 2020 3:03 am PDT by
With the release of watchOS 7, Apple has added a Battery Health feature to Apple Watch that's similar to the one found on iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.3 and later. In basic terms, Battery Health provides information about the state of the device's battery and includes an option called "Optimized Battery Charging," which is designed to extend the total battery life of your Apple Watch. ...

iOS 14: How to Sort Images and Videos in Apple's Photos App

Monday September 14, 2020 4:55 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple tweaked its stock Photos app to improve user navigation, discoverability, and album management. One of these improvements is the addition of new sort options within albums. The new sort options enable you to view the contents of your albums in order from oldest to newest, newest to oldest, or in a custom order entirely of your choosing, making it easier to find what you're...

iOS 14: How to Set Google Chrome as the Default Browser on iPhone and iPad

Friday September 11, 2020 6:43 am PDT by
Apple made a change in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that enables third-party browsers and email clients to be used as default apps, meaning users who don't get on with Safari or Apple's native Mail app can choose an alternative and it will be opened automatically whenever the system requires it. The latest version of Google Chrome now supports this ability, so anyone on iOS 14 can set Google's app...

iOS 14: How to Filter Images in Your Photo Library on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:06 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple tweaked its stock Photos app to improve user navigation and discoverability in the photo library. One of these improvements is the introduction of filters. The new filter options enable you to display only your favorite photos, edited photos, all photos, or all videos, allowing you to whittle down your photo library and make it easier to find what you're looking for – or...

iOS 14: How to Add Captions to Your Photos on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:03 pm PDT by
In iOS 14 and later, Apple's stock Photos app allows you to add captions to the pictures in your photo library so you can add more context to them. The captions you add are also synced across iOS and macOS, so they'll automatically show up on the ‌Photos‌ desktop app on your Mac too. The following steps show you how to add a caption to one of your photos on an iPhone and iPad running iOS...

iOS 14: How to Mirror Your Front Camera on iPhone

Monday September 21, 2020 5:22 pm PDT by
When you take a selfie with your iPhone using the stock Camera app, it flip or mirror the image by default so that it's the opposite of the mirror image you saw in the preview before you took the shot. Preview (left) vs actual flipped selfie shot This can be confusing and potentially annoying, especially because most third-party social media apps take mirrored selfies, which means you're more ...

iOS 14: How to Change Video Quality in the Camera App

Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:01 pm PDT by
In Apple's stock Camera app in iOS 14, iPhone and iPad users can change video resolution and frame rate on the fly, without having to go into the Settings app, which was previously the case on some ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ models. 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...

iOS 14: How to Quickly Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:59 pm PDT by
When Apple released the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro in 2019, it redesigned the stock Camera app on these devices to make the most of their hardware and also to add new exclusive features. One of those features was QuickTake, which allows users to shoot video without switching out of the default photo mode. The iPhone SE (2020) supports QuickTake, and with the release of iOS 14, QuickTake...

iOS 14 Green and Orange Dots: What Do They Mean?

Saturday September 19, 2020 12:55 pm PDT 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...

iOS 14: How to Use Wind Down Before Bedtime on iPhone

Tuesday September 1, 2020 3:52 pm PDT by
In iOS 14 and watchOS 7, Apple introduced a new Sleep Tracking feature that lets you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night and improve your sleep habits with the help of bedtime reminders and a winding down process. In the Health app on ‌iPhone‌, Wind Down accompanies Sleep Mode and Sleep Schedule as an optional feature. When enabled, it activates Sleep Mode at a set time...

iOS 14: How to Use Sleep Mode on iPhone and Apple Watch

Friday August 28, 2020 9:10 am PDT by
In iOS 14 and watchOS 7, Apple introduced a new Sleep Tracking feature that lets you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night and improve your sleep habits with the help of bedtime reminders and a winding down process. In the Health app on ‌iPhone‌ or using an ‌Apple Watch‌, you can set up a Sleep Schedule with the amount of sleep you want to get each night and your standard...

iOS 14: How to Set a Sleep Schedule on iPhone and Apple Watch

Monday August 17, 2020 10:22 am PDT by
In iOS 14 and watchOS 7, Apple introduced a new Sleep Tracking feature that lets you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night and improve your sleep habits with the help of bedtime reminders and a winding down process. In the Health app on ‌iPhone‌ or using an ‌Apple Watch‌, you can set up a Sleep Schedule with the amount of sleep you want to get each night and your standard...

iOS 14: How to Adjust Your Wake Up Alarm on iPhone and Apple Watch

Monday August 17, 2020 10:20 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced new sleep features that let you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night and improve your sleep habits with the help of sleep goals, bedtime reminders and a winding down process. When you set a sleep schedule in the iOS Health app or on Apple Watch, you also have the option to set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. Of course, some days you might want...

iOS 14: How to Set a Sleep Goal on iPhone and Apple Watch

Monday August 17, 2020 10:12 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new Sleep Tracking feature that lets you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night and improve your sleep habits with the help of bedtime reminders and a winding down process. In the Health app on ‌iPhone‌ or using an ‌Apple Watch‌, you can set up a Sleep Schedule with the amount of sleep you want to get each night. You can also select and adjust...

How to Customize Default Mail and Message Replies on Apple Watch

Monday August 17, 2020 10:08 am PDT by
Whenever you receive a message or email on your Apple Watch, you'll see a selection of options that you can use to respond to it with a few quick taps. You can use voice dictation, scribble, send an emoji, draw a picture, or respond with a preset default reply to an incoming message or email, without the need to open up your iPhone. It may not be immediately obvious, but you can customize ...

How to Install the watchOS 7 Public Beta on Apple Watch

Tuesday August 11, 2020 9:00 am PDT by
Apple doesn't normally release a public beta of its upcoming Apple Watch software, but with watchOS 7, the company appears to have had a change of heart. That means anyone with a compatible Apple Watch can get a taste of the latest new Apple Watch features, such as sleep tracking, new watch faces, watch face sharing, new workout types, and more. Before you rush to install the ‌watchOS 7‌...

How to Install the macOS Big Sur Public Beta

Thursday August 6, 2020 11:38 am PDT by
Apple in August released the macOS Big Sur beta for its public beta testing group, allowing them to test out the new software for Macs ahead of its release this fall. The macOS Big Sur Public Beta is available to anyone with a compatible Mac and it does not require a developer account. This guide walks you through the steps on installing the beta software. Note that you will need about 20GB...