What’s the Deal with AMBER and Other Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone?

Have you ever gotten an emergency alert on your iPhone, telling you about an abducted child or public safety emergency? That’s the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system, at least in the United States, although some other countries have similar systems. The WEA system enables authorized national, state, and local government authorities to send alerts [...]

By |2019-05-06T18:05:08+00:00May 17th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What’s the Deal with AMBER and Other Emergency Alerts on Your iPhone?

Easier Ways to Move the Cursor When Editing Text on an iPad or iPhone

In theory, it should be easy to move the cursor in text on an iPad or iPhone—just tap where you want the cursor to go, or press and hold until the magnifying circle appears over the cursor and then slide it around. In reality, it’s often fussy and annoying because our fingers are a [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:40:52+00:00April 26th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Easier Ways to Move the Cursor When Editing Text on an iPad or iPhone

Look before You Leap with Safari’s Link Preview

When you follow a link in Safari, you generally don’t know where you’re going to end up. That’s fine most of the time, but what if you’re concerned that a site might be trying to trick you into going somewhere malicious? Safari provides an easy way to look at the URL under a link. [...]

By |2019-04-02T19:46:28+00:00April 16th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Look before You Leap with Safari’s Link Preview

Choose between Archiving and Deleting Messages in iOS Mail

When you’re viewing a message in Mail on an iPhone or iPad, you get five buttons: Flag, Move, Archive or Delete, Reply/Forward/Print, and New Message. But what determines whether that third button is Archive or Delete? iOS hides that option in Settings > Passwords & Accounts > YourEmailAccount—the details then vary by account type [...]

By |2019-03-02T14:21:35+00:00March 19th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Choose between Archiving and Deleting Messages in iOS Mail

Need to Clear Space on an iPhone or iPad? Here’s How to Do It in iOS 12

Little is more frustrating than running out of space your iPhone or iPad. You can’t take new photos, you can’t download new apps, some things may not work at all, and iOS will nag you repeatedly about how you can “manage” your storage in Settings. Luckily, over the past few versions of iOS, Apple [...]

By |2019-03-02T14:38:19+00:00March 15th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Need to Clear Space on an iPhone or iPad? Here’s How to Do It in iOS 12

A Hidden Trick that Lets You Navigate Your iPhone with One Hand

Unless you can palm a basketball, you may not be able to use an iPhone single-handed. But sometimes one hand is all you can spare. If you find yourself in such a situation, give Reachability a try. On a Touch ID–based iPhone, tap (don’t press) the Home button twice to slide the iPhone’s interface [...]

By |2018-09-06T18:54:44+00:00September 25th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on A Hidden Trick that Lets You Navigate Your iPhone with One Hand

Top Features of iOS 12 to Take Advantage of Right Away

Feeling left behind because you don’t have the latest iPhone or iPad? Don’t, because Apple has a present for you in the form of iOS 12. The new operating system promises to increase performance, particularly for older devices as far back as the iPhone 5s and iPad Air. But iOS 12 offers more than [...]

By |2018-09-06T19:03:22+00:00September 21st, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Top Features of iOS 12 to Take Advantage of Right Away

What OS Version Are You Running? Here’s How to Find Out.

In Troubleshooting 101, one of the first questions is always, “What version of the operating system are you running?” There’s a big difference between Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and the solution to any particular problem will likely revolve around knowing what operating system is in play. The [...]

By |2018-06-07T14:00:20+00:00July 6th, 2018|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What OS Version Are You Running? Here’s How to Find Out.

How to Recover Space by Offloading Unused Apps in iOS 11

Running low on space on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11? This problem may be easier to deal with than you expect because Apple has added a quick way to free up storage space by removing unneeded apps. Go to Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage, where you’ll see a Recommendations section. This [...]

By |2018-06-07T14:06:24+00:00June 26th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on How to Recover Space by Offloading Unused Apps in iOS 11

Did You Know Your EarPods Work as a Remote Shutter Button for Photos?

Have you ever composed the perfect photo in the iPhone’s Camera app and then been unable to tap the shutter button without jiggling the iPhone and blurring the image? That can be especially difficult with macro shots that require physical contortions to position the iPhone properly. Sometimes, pressing one of the physical volume buttons [...]

By |2018-06-07T14:04:10+00:00June 19th, 2018|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know Your EarPods Work as a Remote Shutter Button for Photos?