One of the key attributes of the Apple Watch is its ability to not only display notifications, but to also give you a slight tap on the wrist when something of importance arrives, either to your Apple Watch or iPhone. Here's where things can get a bit muddled. When you transition from iPhone to Apple Watch, what you define as important can also change. How you manage notifications on both devices can have a major impact. Now that you're wearing a notification system, dialing in your preferences should have a profound effect on not only the usefulness of the watch, while also reducing any unwanted nag factor. How to access your notifications How to read and dismiss a notification How to enable the notifications indicator How … [Read more...]
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If you just got your Apple Watch, congratulations on owning a truly awesome device that will have your traditional timepiece cowering in fear. Before we start the setup process, I hope you've taken some of our recommendations on what to do before you get your watch. If not, it's still worth checking out, as some of the tips might improve your overall experience with Apple Watch. Once you've finished unboxing your precious, it's time to setup and pair Apple Watch with your iPhone. While it isn't necessary to have a full charge, you should consider charging it prior to beginning this process. If you can't wait, that's understandable. It ships with plenty of juice for setup and beyond, so let's get started. What You'll Need: The … [Read more...]
If you are frequently calling a contact that requires an extension, the process of entering the extra digits can be time consuming. If you are in the car, for safety reasons you should not be accessing phone, so it makes it difficult to call those contacts who are not direct numbers. Whether it’s your wife, husband or you want to simplify those dreaded calls to your cable company, the iPhone makes it easy. Read on for our guide on how to add extensions to iPhone contact numbers. … [Read more...]
The iPhone is an incredibly easy device to use, making you want to download apps, movies, books and of course use the camera to take beautiful pictures and videos. Over time, managing storage on your iPhone becomes more important as you start to bump up against storage capacities of your device. It’s one of the main reasons that folks opt for a 64GB or even 128GB iPhone. But with iPhones available from Apple to start with only 16GB of storage, some of which is deducted for the operating system, it's easy to find yourself in a position where you've maxed out your storage and unable to take a video or shoot a photo. I was able to drastically increase my storage capacity and so can you without deleting all of your iPhone photos. Here’s how to … [Read more...]
Back in the days when we all rocked iPods, its singular use as a music player allowed for users to focus on getting the most from their portable music player. Now that the iPhone has effectively replaced the iPod, managing music can often take a backseat to the infinite functionality of our phones. Music still has tremendous meaning, but it's easy to find yourself content with loading up music without any filters or extensive thought. That can have several unintended consequences. It can chew up valuable storage space and make it infinitely more difficult to get the absolute best listening experience from your music collection. We've compiled five super-smart playlist tips that will rock your iPhone, like a hurricane! … [Read more...]
Take a great photo on your iPhone and it’s natural to want to share it with friends and family. We’ve covered sharing photos from the Photos app, but you can also share photos directly from within your Mail application. As more and more are using their iOS devices for productivity and work, attaching files like Word documents or PDFs becomes a necessity. Here’s how you can attach files and photos on iPhone or iPad, directly from the Mail app. … [Read more...]
Do Not Disturb is one of the best and often ignored features in iOS. If your iPhone is home to multiple social network apps, email, messaging and more, I’m guessing it buzzes and beeps plenty throughout your day. While not uncommon, this sort of thing can be extremely distracting when night falls and you’d like to get some well deserved rest. In the past, that mean switching on Airplane mode, which is like taking a hacksaw to a dandelion. With Do Not Disturb enabled, and customized to your preferences, calls and alerts that you designate will be silenced if your iPhone is locked. Read on for how to use do not disturb on iPhone. When you wake up tomorrow, you’ll be well rested and you will not have missed anything important. … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]