Choose Your Preferred Default Web Browser and Email App in iOS and iPadOS 14

Since the earliest days of the iPhone, Apple’s Safari and Mail have been the default Web and email apps for iOS and, later, iPadOS. There was no way to choose alternatives that would be used whenever an app wanted to open a Web page or create an email message. That has now changed with [...]

By |2021-04-05T15:47:56-04:00April 20th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Choose Your Preferred Default Web Browser and Email App in iOS and iPadOS 14

Getting Started with 1Password

We’ve long recommended that everyone use a password manager like 1Password instead of attempting to memorize or write down passwords. Although there are other password managers, 1Password is the leading solution for Apple users, thanks to a focus on macOS and iOS from its earliest days. 1Password offers numerous benefits, including: Automatic generation of [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:56:26-04:00March 19th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Getting Started with 1Password

What Are Those Orange and Green Dots in Your iPhone’s Status Bar?

In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple added two new status indicators to the right side of the status bar at the top of the screen. They’re designed to give you feedback about what an app is doing. An orange dot indicates that an app is using the microphone, and a green dot means [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:49:28-04:00March 9th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What Are Those Orange and Green Dots in Your iPhone’s Status Bar?

Want an Early Warning System for COVID-19 Infections? Install NOVID!

With vaccinations underway, there’s light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel. But given the enormity of the task and the unknowns surrounding coronavirus variants, we’ll still be in this tunnel for some time to come. Happily, there’s a new app called NOVID that, if you and your friends (and their friends, etc.) [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:47:33-04:00March 5th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Want an Early Warning System for COVID-19 Infections? Install NOVID!

Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads

With iCloud Drive, Apple provides an Optimize Mac Storage checkbox that, when checked, stores the full contents of iCloud Drive on the Mac only if there’s enough space. However, you may wish to recover local storage space without selecting that option—luckily, that’s easy to do. Open iCloud Drive in the Finder, Control-click a file, [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:45:12-04:00March 2nd, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads

8 Ways Apple Improved the Camera App in iOS 14

It’s difficult for most of us to imagine that a camera—something that still feels like it’s a standalone object—could be improved significantly with a software update. But now that cameras are part of our phones, code is king. With iOS 14, the camera in your iPhone becomes all the more capable. You’d be excused [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:20:54-04:00February 26th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on 8 Ways Apple Improved the Camera App in iOS 14

Keep iPhone 12 and MagSafe Accessories Away from Pacemakers

Remember when we had to keep magnets away from floppy disks to avoid scrambling them? Modern storage is no longer vulnerable, but magnets and electromagnetic fields from consumer electronics can interfere with medical devices, like implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. Although iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior models, Apple says they’re not expected to [...]

By |2021-02-22T19:42:11-04:00February 23rd, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Keep iPhone 12 and MagSafe Accessories Away from Pacemakers

New Features You May Have Missed in the iOS 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3 Updates

We’ve published overviews of the major features in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, along with detailed looks at our favorite features. But Apple keeps releasing updates with new features, and we wanted to take a moment to catch you up on what Apple has added in versions 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3. (If you’re running [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:18:00-04:00February 19th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on New Features You May Have Missed in the iOS 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3 Updates

Need to Save Bandwidth on Your iPhone? Try Low Data Mode

Even as we get 5G cellular connectivity and high-speed Wi-Fi networks, there are plenty of times when you might want to reduce your data usage. Perhaps you’re trying to avoid running over a data cap while traveling, or maybe you’re sharing a Wi-Fi network with a very slow Internet connection. Either way, you can [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:11:14-04:00February 16th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Need to Save Bandwidth on Your iPhone? Try Low Data Mode

Not Enough Space to Install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14? Try This Approach

Suppose you have an older iPhone or iPad, especially one with only 16 GB of storage. In that case, it’s possible that you won’t have enough space to upgrade to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 through Settings > General > Software Update. That’s often true due to an inexplicably large Other category when you [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:08:30-04:00February 9th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Not Enough Space to Install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14? Try This Approach
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