How To Guides for iOS, iPhone and iPad

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How to set Siri relationships

Set Siri relationships

If you’re like me, at times you can experience a love/hate relationship with Siri. You press the home button and ask her to phone a friend or family member, only to have her completely misunderstand your request, mangling what you thought was the proper annunciation of the name. We’ve all been there and my Long Island accent certainly doesn’t help matters. Thankfully, there are ways to improve Siri with a few easy steps and improve her accuracy. Read on for how to set relationships with Siri using your contacts. This tutorial works for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. … [Read more...]

How to track iPad, iPhone data usage and save money

Track data usage iPhone

Both the iPhone and the latest 4G LTE iPads offer a wide array of applications that allow you to do most anything when you are outside of the home. From streaming live television using Slingbox to more mainstream uses such as checking email, browsing the web or surfing YouTube. All of these and many more have a direct impact on your data usage. It’s important to track your iPhone data usage where possible. Not only to prevent unwanted overage charges, but also to possibly downgrade your plan and save money. … [Read more...]

Guide to understanding iPhone status icons

status icons

There are a number of status icons on the iPhone, each of which provide information. This short overview will provide you with a guide to the common icons and some which are not as familiar. This list has been updated to include the latest icons used in iOS 8. For those running older operating systems, we've kept an archive of some older status icons. The cell signal icon displays your current cellular signal and the strength of the signal. Starting with iOS 7, Apple replaced bars with circles. You want to see more solid circles on this display, which means better service for making and receiving calls. If you are outside of the range of your wireless carrier, the circles are replaced with “No Service”. When airplane mode is … [Read more...]

How to use Reading List in Safari

Reading List Safari

Using the iPhone or the iPad, we often find ourselves in a constant state of feeling connected, with the ability to pull up a webpage in a matter of seconds. Whether it’s by using a locally available WiFi network or your carrier, it’s easy to access information from the Internet with just a few taps. However, there are times when you might find yourself in an area with spotty wireless coverage, no access to WiFi, or you might simply be too busy to read an article you’ve found on the Internet. Learn how to use Reading List in Safari and you will never find yourself without great content on your iOS device. … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Fix an iPhone App That Won’t Stop Crashing

fix crashing apps

If you're careful to only purchase reputable apps on the App Store (always get recommendations or check reviews), you usually won't run into any major problems. But every so often, be it due to an iOS update, an app update or just pure bad luck, you'll find yourself stuck with an app that keeps crashing. If you're lucky, it only crashes once in a while. If you're unlucky, you might not be able to open it. When this happens, many iOS users will simply leave a bad review and then delete it, but that's such a waste of money. Before you go to that extreme, consider a few simple steps that might clear up the problem. … [Read more...]

The ultimate guide to using emoji on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Emoji guide iPhone

Emoji has become such a vital part of our communications. The ability to send small images that help convey our emotions is an extremely powerful feature. Since 2011, Apple's iOS devices have provided native support for emoji. It's a fantastic feature, but often left unused. If you're new to emoji or an old pro, we've got you covered with the latest in Master Class series. Using our table of contents, you'll have quick access to answers to your most pressing questions. It's time to get your thumbs up icon ready. Read on for the ultimate guide to emoji on iPhone, iPad and Mac! What is emoji Emoji etiquette How to enable emoji on iPhone, iPad How to use emoji Best Third Party Emoji Apps How to use emoji on your … [Read more...]

How to turn off those awful Facebook sounds on iPhone

Facebook turn off sounds

Every two weeks, Facebook pushes a new software update. Often these are bug fixes and what they term as improvements. The most recent release 24.0.0.7.12 introduced a most unwelcome feature, sounds. Every navigation point now includes an audible reminder. More importantly, those in your immediate surroundings, are also privy to the soundtrack of your Facebook activity. Luckily, if you'd prefer to to turn off these sounds, it's easily done. How to turn off Facebook sounds 1. Open Facebook and tap on the 'More' menu. 2. Tap on Settings. 2. Select Sounds. Toggle in-app sounds to off. It's odd that Facebook has committed  to such a bizarre update schedule. Are these updates that vital? Are they improving things? I understand the … [Read more...]

8 Killer Tips To Master Safari On iPhone

Safari iOS tips

Apple's Safari for iOS is an incredibly capable web browser. Years of improvements have resulted in advanced features throughout, some of which you may not know. We've uncovered 8 things you can do to master Safari on iPhone and iPad. Don't just browse the web, take control of it with these tips. 1. Change Safari's Default Search Engine If you had a list of the most often used features on a smartphone, searching the web would probably rank near the top of that list. As recent as iOS 8, Apple sets the default search engine to Google. You can make a radical change to your web searching experience by changing it and when you do, there are a number of options. 1. Navigate to Settings > Safari > Search Search Engine 2. Tap on … [Read more...]

How to setup iCloud Photo Sharing on iPhone and iPad

Setup iCloud Photo Sharing

If you are someone who shares photos from your iPhone or iPad with friends and family often, then you should rejoice at iCloud Photo Sharing. Before Photo Stream, most people would use iMessage, SMS or attach photos to an email. Apple realized this was a terribly inefficient method of sharing photos made even worse if you want to share more than a few images. If you share photos often, read on for how to setup shared Photo Streams on iPhone and iPad. This might just be the best feature in iOS, making it easier than ever to share those important moments. … [Read more...]

How to sync Safari bookmarks on iPhone, iPad with Mac or PC

Sync Safari bookmarks

Having an organized set of bookmarks can vastly improve your experience when browsing the web. Conversely, having different sets on different computers, iPhones and devices can be frustrating. It’s not simply a matter of remembering your favorite sites, but the time you save in manually entering each website address. Whether you are surfing the web for fun, work or education, bookmarks are a vital part of the overall experience. If you mainly surf the web from your iPad, you may be looking to export your favorite bookmarks, so that they are accessible on your Mac or PC. We’re here to help you bring a sense of order to your bookmark chaos. Read on for our comprehensive guide to how to sync Safari bookmarks on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. … [Read more...]