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How to Erase Your Old iPhone Before Trading It In

If you're planning on trading in your old iPhone for a new one, there are some steps you'll want to take beforehand to ensure it's de-linked from your accessories and accounts and that everything on it is erased. The procedures described below shouldn't take long to follow, and at the end of it you can rest assured that you have a clean iPhone reset to default factory settings and ready to trade in. Here's what to do. Back Up Your iPhone Before you reset, you should back up your device. You can back up your data to iCloud, but we'd advise you connect your iPhone up to a computer and perform an iTunes backup instead, just to be sure. You can find steps to back up your iPhone by clicking here. Got an Apple Watch? Time to Unpair If you're trading in your iPhone and have an Apple Watch linked to it, you're going to want to unpair it first. Here's how. Bring your iPhone and Apple Watch close to each other. Launch the stock Watch app on your iPhone. Tap the My Watch tab. Select the Apple Watch you want to unpair, then tap the info button (the encircled "I") next to it on the next screen. Tap Unpair Apple Watch. Tap again to confirm. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted to turn off Activation Lock. Deactivate Services and Log Out Manually Erasing your iPhone deactivates Find My iPhone and logs you out of all your iCloud and iTunes accounts automatically – in theory. Occasionally we've heard cases of erased iOS devices still being linked to Find My iPhone or iCloud accounts. Whatever the truth of these reports, you can always make doubly

How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you're located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away. Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides your location from websites and ad trackers. In that respect, it won't protect any internet traffic outside of your web browser, but it's a good option if you want to use an encrypted connection on the fly when you're using Firefox on a public Wi-Fi network, for example. As a time-limited beta, the Firefox Private Network is currently free to try, although this does suggest it may become a paid service in the future. You also need to be a U.S. resident logged into your Firefox account using Firefox desktop browser. If you can fulfill those pre-requisites, you can install the private network by navigating to this page, clicking the blue + Add to Firefox button, then granting permission for the network to be added to the browser. Click the door hanger icon that appears at the top-right corner of the toolbar, and you'll see a switch that you can use to toggle the VPN on and off. A green tick in the icon indicates the secure network is active and your browsing activity is being encrypted. Opera browser offers a similar free VPN service that cloaks your web browsing, but with the added benefit that it lets you choose the continent that you want your connection to reside. So if you're looking to access a location-restricted

How to Organize Reminder Lists on iPhone and iPad

In iOS 13, Apple's stock Reminders app can be used to create a reminder for just about anything. You can also create as many reminder lists as you like to categorize different tasks and projects. Your lists automatically appear in the Reminders home screen under "My Lists" in alphabetical order. If you generate a lot of ongoing lists, you'll be glad to know that you can re-organize them manually. You might like to move the lists that you refer to regularly up to the top of this section, for example. To rearrange your lists under My Lists, tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen, then drag individual lists to a position of your choosing using their rightmost drag handles (indicated by three lines). Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen when you're happy with the new

How to Add Sub-Items to a Reminder in iOS

In iOS 13, Apple overhauled its native Reminders app in order to make the process of building to-do-style lists more intuitive and easier to organize. One way Apple achieves this is by introducing nested reminders. Basically, this feature enables you to break down a reminder into smaller tasks with sub-items. If you have a reminder called "housework," for example, you could get more specific by adding reminders below it to wash the dishes and empty the tumble dryer. Breaking down a reminder into individual tasks like this often tends to make your lists more manageable and less daunting. You can create nested reminders in any list, but we're demonstrating it in All section, which you'll find at the top of the app. This section shows all the reminders from your various lists in one scrollable screen. You can tap the plus buttons at the bottom of each list to add new reminders, and drag reminders around to rearrange them – even between lists. To nest a reminder under the one above it, swipe rightwards on the one you want to nest and then tap the gray Indent button that appears. You can also just swipe right across the length of the reminder to achieve the same thing in one quick gesture. To continue nesting reminders, tap the indented reminder as if to edit its name, then tap return on the onscreen keyboard, and this will create a new reminder directly below at the same indentation. To remove the indent on a reminder, simply repeat the right swipe gesture on it.

How to Group Together Lists in the Reminders iOS App

Following Apple's revamp to its stock Reminders mobile app in iOS 13, you can now group together separate reminders lists under a single heading to keep the My Lists section more compact and tidy. Not only do reminder groups keep the app neat, they also make it easier for you to organize related lists. For example, if you have several lists for different work projects, you can aggregate them all into a "Work" group. The following steps show you how to group several reminder lists under one heading. Launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad and navigate to the top of the app. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. Tap Add Group at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Give your group a name. Tap Include, then select the reminder lists that you want to group together by tapping the green plus button beside each one. Tap New Group to return to the previous screen, then tap Create. When a group is collapsed under the My Lists section of the app, the number of reminders it collectively contains is shown to its right. Simply tap a group to expand it and reveal the individual reminder lists. If you swipe leftwards across a group in My Lists and tap the delete button, you'll be asked whether you want to delete the group but keep the group's lists and their reminders, or delete both the group and its

How to See Your Completed Reminders in Apple's Reminders App

If you recently started using Apple's revamped Reminders app for iPhone and iPad, you may have noticed that when you mark a reminder in a list as completed, the next time you return to that list the completed reminder is no longer shown. Apple appears to have chosen this default behavior to put the focus on reminders that still need to be actioned. Sometimes though, it can be useful to keep tabs on what you've already achieved in a list. Seeing the tasks you've accomplished can also give you encouragement and motivation when you're working on a project. If you'd rather have any completed reminders stick around in your reminders list, simply follow the steps below. Launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap a reminders list you created under My Lists. Tap the ellipsis button (the three encircled dots) in the top-right corner of the list. Tap Show Completed at the bottom of the pop-up menu.Don't need to see your completed reminders anymore? No problem. Simply repeat the above steps and you'll find the option to Show Completed in the last step has been replaced with Hide Completed.

How to Delete a Reminder List in the iOS Reminders App

In iOS 13, Apple's Reminders app allows you to create a reminder for just about anything. Not only can you schedule and prioritize reminders, you can add notes and websites to them to give you more context. As with the previous version of the Reminders app, you can make as many lists as you need. You can have separate lists for family, friends, work, or for other custom categories. The redesigned interface also incorporates all of your reminders across all of your lists into four views – Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged – with your separate lists listed below. When you've checked all the reminders in a list and you no longer need it around, you can easily delete it from the main Reminders screen at the top of the app. Simply swipe left across the list in question then tap the red trash button to remove it for

How to Share Reminders in iOS

In iOS 13, Apple's Reminders app allows you to create a reminder for just about anything. Not only can you schedule and prioritize reminders, you can add notes and websites to them to give you more context. You can even share your reminder lists with other people. Keep reading to learn how. As with the previous version of Reminders, you can make as many lists as you need in the Reminders app. You can have separate lists for family, friends, work, or for other custom categories. The redesigned interface also incorporates all of your reminders across all of your lists into four views – Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged – with your separate lists listed below. To create a new list, tap Add List at the bottom-right corner of the screen. You'll be invited to give your new list a name and select a color for it, to help distinguish it from any other lists you keep. Tap Done in the top-right corner, and your list is created. Your new list automatically appears in the Reminders home screen under My Lists. Tap its name to start working with it. With the new list open, you can tap the plus icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen to add reminders. To share the list with someone, tap the ellipsis button in the top-right corner. Select Add People from the pop-up menu that appears, and you'll be invited to enter the email address of the person(s) you want to share the list with. Once you've done that, tap Add, then tap Done

How to Change Reminder Priority in the Reminders App for iOS

In iOS 13, Apple's stock Reminders app can be used to create a reminder for just about anything. You can add notes and websites to provide a reminder for more context, and you can even prioritize your reminders to see at a glance how important they are relative to each other. Keep reading to learn how. Adding a reminder to a list can be done by tapping into a list and then tapping New Reminder, or by tapping into the Today, Scheduled, All, or Flagged categories at the top of the app and then choosing New Reminder or tapping the plus button. Once you've given your reminder a name, tap the info ("i") button next to it to open the Details screen. Further down the screen you'll find the Priority option – tap it, then select Low, Medium, or High, depending on the reminder's importance. Tap back to the details screen and then select Done to confirm. Note that flagging a reminder makes it appear in the default Flagged list and helps to highlight it in your own custom list, but making a reminder a priority adds exclamation marks to it and re-locates it higher up the list based on its priority level.

How to Create a Location-Based Reminder on Your iPhone

In iOS, Apple's stock Reminders app can be set to remind you about something specific when you arrive at or leave a location. It achieves this using a feature called geofencing, which triggers the reminder notification when your whereabouts change. A location-based reminder can come in useful in a range of contexts. Perhaps you need to remember to buy something for dinner when you leave the office. Or maybe you need a nudge to feed the cat or water the plants when you get home from work in the evening. Whatever your use case involves, here's how to set up a location-based reminder on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 and later. Adding a reminder to a list can be done by tapping into a list and then tapping on the the New Reminder plus button. If you don't have a list, tap into the Today, Scheduled, All, or Flagged categories at the top of the app and then choose New Reminder at the bottom of the screen. Once you've given your reminder a name, tap the info ("i") button next to it to open the Details screen, then tap the switch next to Remind me at a location to toggle it to the green ON position. Tap Location, then search for or enter an address in the search field at the top of the screen. Tap a location in the results, then select Arriving or Leaving above the map that appears. Alternatively, you can choose to be reminded at your predefined home or place of work in Maps, or when getting in or out of your car. Whatever you choose, tap back to the Details screen, then tap Done, and your location-based reminder is set up and ready to

How to Create a Messages-Based Reminder on Your iPhone

In iOS 13 and later, Apple's stock Reminders app includes a feature that enables you to be reminded you about something when you're messaging someone specific in the Messages app. This feature is particularly handy if you need to remember to do something for a friend or family member, like send them a birthday card, or pay them back some money using Apple Cash, let's say. Here's how to create a messages-based reminder in the Reminders app on iPhone and iPad. Note: The person you're messaging has to be in your contacts for the feature to work. Adding a reminder to a list can be done by tapping into a list and then tapping on the the New Reminder plus button. If you don't have a list, tap into the Today, Scheduled, All, or Flagged categories at the top of the app and then choose New Reminder at the bottom of the screen. Once you've given your reminder a name, tap the info ("i") button next to it to open the Details screen, then tap the switch next to Remind me when messaging to toggle it to the green ON position. Tap Person under that, then select the person from your contacts whom you'll be messaging. When you've done that, tap Done in the top-right corner of the Details screen and your reminder is ready. The reminder notification will now appear at the top of the screen the next time you chat with the person in the Messages

How to Customize the Look of Your Reminders Lists in iOS

In iOS 13, Apple overhauled the interface of its Reminders app and added some new functions that make it a lot more competitive with rival third-party to-do apps. One of the new features is a series of customization options, offering up additional colors to choose from for color coding lists and new identifying icons that you can assign to each list for a visual cue. There are all kinds of icons to choose from, including food, sports, work-related icons, shapes, and more. Customizing a reminders list in the Reminders app is a straightforward process. The following steps show you how. Launch the Reminders app and tap a reminders list you created under My Lists. Tap the ellipsis button (the three encircled dots) in the top-right corner of the list. Tap Name & Appearance in the pop-up menu. Tap a color circle to assign it to your list. Select an icon from the collection to assign to your list. Tap Done to apply your changes. You can also change these appearance options from the main Reminders screen. To do so, tap Edit, then tap the info ("i") button next to the list that you want to customize under My Lists. Whichever way you do it, the custom appearance you chose should make your list more immediately recognizable among any other lists you keep in the Reminders

How to Flag a Reminder on Your iPhone and iPad

In the Reminders app for iPhone and iPad that Apple updated in iOS 13, there's a new flag feature that you can use to draw your attention to specific reminders. Adding a flag to a reminder automatically places it in the Flagged smart list, which you can access from the Reminders app home screen. This helps highlight the reminder for you so you don't forget it, without necessarily using a notification. In this way, flagging a reminder is different to giving it a priority, which adds exclamation marks to a reminder and reorganizes it in a list based on priority level. To add a flag to a reminder in a list you created, tap its name under My Lists. Tap the reminder. Tap the flag icon in the quick toolbar above the virtual keyboard. Tap it again to remove the flag. Alternatively, tap the info ("i") button alongside the reminder to open the Details screen, then toggle the switch next to Flagged to turn it on or off. Note that the flag feature only works if all devices signed in with your Apple ID have been upgraded to at least macOS Catalina and/or iOS 13 so that they have the new Reminders

How to Add Notes and URLs to Reminders in iOS

In iOS 13, Apple's stock Reminders app can be used to create a reminder for just about anything. You can add notes to provide a reminder with more context, and if your reminder is related to something you need to do online you can even attach a website link to it for convenience. Adding a reminder to a list can be done by tapping into a list and then tapping on the New Reminder plus button, or by tapping into the Today, Scheduled, or Flagged categories at the top of the app and then choosing New Reminder. Once you've given your reminder a name, tap the info ("i") button next to it to open the Details screen. Immediately below the name of your new reminder you'll see Notes and URL fields that you can fill in, either by typing or pasting text copied from elsewhere. When you've filled in the info and selected any other options on the Details screen, tap Done. Note that the Reminders app helpfully displays a small preview image in the list of the URL you added. Create a Website-Related Reminder From Safari If you come across a website while browsing that you'd like to create a reminder for, you can do that too. Simply tap the Share button at the bottom of Safari's interface, then tap the Reminders icon in the Share Sheet. Give your reminder a name and add any notes for it in the second field. You can access the Details screen at the bottom to select additional options. Tap Done when you've finished to generate the reminder and return to

How to Create a Reminder in the iOS Reminders App

For iOS 13, Apple overhauled the interface of its Reminders app and added some new features that make it a lot more competitive with rival third-party apps offering similar reminder functions. As with the previous version of Reminders, you can make as many reminders as you think you'll need in the new Reminders app, and you can add them to dedicated reminder lists for specific projects. Your lists appear in the main Reminders screen under My Lists. But you don't need to have created a list to add a reminder, thanks to the app's new Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged views. Tap the Today view, for instance, and you can tap the "+" icon next to New Reminder in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Similar plus buttons appear in the other views and you can likewise tap these to add reminders. When naming your reminder, a new quick access toolbar appears above the virtual keyboard that lets you add times, locations, and more to your reminders. A small info ("i") button will also appear next to your reminder. You can tap the info button to add notes to your reminder, opt to be reminded on a particular day and/or at a particular location, give it a priority level, and more. Tap Done in the top-right corner of the Details screen to

How to Add a Reminder to a List in the Reminders App

For iOS 13, Apple overhauled the interface of its Reminders app and added some new functions that make it a lot more competitive with rival third-party to-do apps. As with the previous version of Reminders, you can create as many lists as you need in the new Reminders app, and add as many reminders to each as you like. Here's how it works. To add a reminder to a list you created, tap its name under My Lists. Tap the plus (+) button next to New Reminder in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Give your reminder a name. Tap the small info ("i") button next to it to add notes to your reminder, opt to be reminded on a particular day and/or at a particular location, and give it a priority level. To quickly move your new reminder to another existing list, tap the info button, tap List, then select the list you want to move it

How to Create a Scheduled Reminder in iOS

For iOS 13, Apple overhauled the interface of its Reminders app and added some new functions that make it a lot more competitive with rival third-party to-do apps. As with the previous version of Reminders, you can make as many lists as you need in the new Reminders app, and add as many reminders to each as you like – including scheduled reminders. Here's how it works. To add a scheduled reminder to a list you created, tap its name under My Lists. Tap the plus (+) button next to New Reminder in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Give your reminder a name. Tap the small info ("i") button next to it. Tap the toggle next to Remind me on a day. Tap Alarm to select a date on which to be reminded. To be choose a specific time to be reminded on the date you selected, tap Remind me at a time. Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen. To quickly move your scheduled reminder to another existing list, tap the info button, tap List, then select the list you want to move it

How to Create a New List in Reminders

In iOS 13, Apple overhauled the interface of its Reminders app and added some new functions that make it a lot more competitive with rival third-party to-do apps. As with the previous version of Reminders, you can make as many lists as you need in the Reminders app. You can have separate lists for family, friends, work, or for other custom categories. The redesigned interface also incorporates all of your reminders across all of your lists into four views – Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged – with your separate lists listed below. To create a new list, tap Add List at the bottom-right corner of the screen. You'll be invited to give your new list a name and select a color for it, to help distinguish it from any other lists you keep. Tap Done in the top-right corner, and your list is created. Your new list automatically appears in the Reminders home screen under My Lists. Tap its name to start working with it. With the new list open, you can tap the plus icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen to add your first reminder. Note the ellipsis button in the top-right corner as well. The ellipsis button provides quick access to options for changing the name and appearance of your list, adding people to make it a shared reminders list, deleting the list, editing your reminders, and showing completed reminders. Tap a reminder that you've created to edit it. A small info ("i") button will also appear next to it. You can tap this to add notes to your reminder, opt to be reminded on a particular day and/or at a particular location, and give it a

How to Choose an Image Size When Uploading a Photo in Safari for iOS

When it comes to uploading an image to a website using your mobile device, you may be concerned about your data cap or the time the upload is going to take, especially if the original image is in a very high resolution. Happily, in the latest version of Safari for iOS 13, Apple has added an feature that lets you choose what size image to upload. The options include Actual Size, Large, Medium, and Small, and Safari provides the file size at the bottom of the display once you've selected one. Here's how it works. Select the option to upload an image on the website of your choosing. Tap Photo Library. Select the image in your library, then tap Choose Image Size at the bottom of the screen. Select Large, Medium, Small, or Actual Size, then tap to go back to your photo library. Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen to upload the image.Safari in iOS 13 offers a whole range of useful updates, from an updated start page to a new download manager. Check out our dedicated Safari guide to learn more.

How to Remove Annoying iOS Prompts Asking You to Finish Setting Up Your Device

If you recently updated the software version on your iPhone or iPad, you may be receiving prompts from the Settings app to finish setting up your device. These alerts are usually the result of skipping steps during the iOS setup process, such as enabling Siri or setting up Apple Pay. If you don't plan to set up these features anytime soon, the settings prompts and notification badges can get annoying pretty fast. Fortunately, it's easy to get rid of them by following the steps below. Launch the Settings app. Tap the alert asking you to Finish Setting Up Your iPhone/iPad. Tap the settings suggestion that you skipped during the initial setup of your device. In our example, we're being prompted to Set Up Apple Pay. Tap the Set Up Later option on the next screen. That's all there is to it. You may need to repeat these steps for every feature listed in Settings' setup suggestions, but once done, you shouldn't be bothered by the prompts