How To Guides for iOS, iPhone and iPad

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iOS Bug Causes Messages To Crash, How To Fix It

A bug in iOS allows for the Messages app to crash when an iPhone receives a specific text string. We've seen a similar issue in older iOS builds. This latest issue has been percolating in our forums and is becoming relatively widespread. Using a serious of symbols and Arabic characters sent via iMessage or SMS, the recepient's Messages app to crash and result in a reboot of the iPhone. After the reboot, the Messages app will continue to crash if it is in list view. The temporary fix requires you send a message to yourself using Siri. Something along the lines of, "Siri, send a message to myself." You'll be prompted to confirm your phone number and dictate a message. The content doesn't matter. If you know the person who sent the … [Read more...]

How to transfer music to Apple Watch and listen without your iPhone

Transfer music to Apple Watch

The Apple Watch relies on the iPhone for much of its functionality. With storage capacities ranging up to 128GB, that's a lot of music, all accessible with a flick of the wrist or by asking Siri. If you're going for a run or to the gym, sometimes you might not want to carry your iPhone. This is particularly true if you own one of the larger iPhones. You're in luck if you have an Apple Watch. Not only is it a fantastic activity tracker, it can also become a modern day iPod shuffle. It comes with 8GB of internal storage. Between the operating system, apps, photos and more, you shouldn't expect to carry a decade of music. Think more in the line of around 250 or so high quality tracks or a maximum of 2GB of storage space. Here's how to create a … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Notifications Master Class: Take control of your notifications

Apple Watch notifications tutorial

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 … [Read more...]

How to set up and pair your Apple Watch with iPhone

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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...]

How to add extensions to iPhone contact numbers

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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...]

How to delete photos from iPhone and reclaim valuable storage

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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...]

5 Ways To Use Playlists That Will Rock Your iPhone

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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...]

How to attach files, photos to email on iPhone or iPad

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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...]

How To Use Do Not Disturb On iPhone

Do Not Disturb

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...]

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...]