How To: Apple's iOS 16.5 Update Coming Next — Here Are All the New iPhone Features You'll Get
The next big software update for iPhone, iOS 16.5, is already in the works. It began beta testing just one day after the release of iOS 16.4 to all compatible devices.
How To: Unlock iOS 16.4's Hidden Skin Tones for the Pushing Hand Characters in Your Emoji Keyboard
Apple pushed out 31 new emoji with iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4, but it somehow forgot to add ten of those — all skin-tone variations for the new leftward and rightward pushing hand characters — to the iOS keyboard. Here's how to unlock and use them.
How To: Get the Page-Turning Curl Animation Back in Apple Books for iPhone and iPad
A new software update for iPhone and iPad fixes a major Apple Books issue that upset users when iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 were first released last September. If you've fled Apple Books because of that blunder, it's safe to return.
How To: Safari Finally Has More Dark Mode Powers for Your iPhone
Not all websites are created equal, and that's why Safari doesn't apply Dark Mode to each webpage you visit during your iPhone's system-wide dark appearance. But in Safari's latest update, Apple gives its web browser more power to automatically apply Dark Mode to specific website content without having to use extensions like Noir.
How To: Easily Convert Handwritten Lists into Interactive Digital Checklists Using Google Keep Notes
Handwritten notes are no doubt useful at home, work, and school, but digitizing them with your smartphone will make them easier to edit, organize, and review. You'll also always have a digital copy ready if your handwritten notes get lost or erased. And Google Keep for Android, iOS, or iPadOS makes the conversion from physical form to digital a cinch, especially when it comes to checklists.
How To: Apple Music Is Adding a Huge New Feature Next Week
A massive new feature is about to hit Apple Music next week. Anyone can check it out, but only Apple Music subscribers through an Individual, Student, Family, or Apple One plan can take full advantage of the new perk that's been years in the making.
How To: Change the Screen Resolution on Your Google Pixel Pro — And Why You Should
The most recent premium flagship smartphones from Google — the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro — are equipped with displays cable of 1440 QHD+ resolution. But they also come with a tool to downgrade to 1080p FHD+, which you may want to do in certain situations.
How To: If You Wear Headphones with Your iPhone, You Need to Know About This
There's an iOS feature that benefits many users, but it's absolutely vital if you wear AirPods or other headphones models connected to your iPhone. A large number of iPhone users don't even know about it, especially since it's disabled by default and hidden deep in the system settings.
How To: Apple Music Subscribers Just Got a Massive New iPhone Feature
A massive new feature just hit Apple Music, and it's the biggest thing to happen to Apple Music since Apple Music was even a thing.
How To: iOS 16.4 Has 53 New Features and Changes for iPhone You Won't Want to Miss
Apple's iOS 16.3 update for iPhone had impressive new features, but iOS 16.4 might impress you even more.
How To: Your iPhone Just Got 31 More Emoji — Here Are All the New Characters and Variations
We haven't seen an emoji update for iPhone since iOS 15.4, which gave us 112 new emoji characters, but that's finally changed with the release of iOS 16.4. Here are all the new emoji you get after installing the latest software update.
How To: Remove Unwelcome Suggested Contacts from Your iPhone's Share Sheet for Good
It can be convenient to have suggested contacts pop up at the top of your iPhone's share sheet. But all those faces and monograms can make the sharing menu cluttered, give away who you've been chatting with recently and through which apps, and show up in screenshots and screen recordings. Thankfully, there's a way to eliminate that whole row of suggestions — it's just not obvious.
How To: Easily Remove Unwanted People and Objects in Your Photos with Google's Magic Eraser
Magic Eraser was one of Google's big selling points for the Pixel 6 and 7 series smartphones, and it's finally made its way to other Android devices. It's even available on iPhone and iPad with the latest Google Photos app.
How To: TikTok's Latest Hidden Feature Will Change the Way You Watch Videos in the App
A hidden TikTok feature changed how I watch videos in the app, and it's about to transform your TikTok video-watching habits too.
How To: Turn Memoji Stickers into Memoji Wallpapers for Your iPhone's Lock Screen and Home Screen
One of the new wallpaper options on iOS 16 lets you create emoji backgrounds for your Home Screen or Lock Screen. However, Apple didn't include support for Memoji wallpapers — but that doesn't mean you can't have them.
How To: Your iPhone Finally Has a Feature That Macs Have Had for Almost 40 Years
Apple had a version of this feature on its Mac computers for almost 40 years, so why did it take Apple over 15 years to finally add it to iPhone?
Emoji Better: 9 Emoji Tricks Most iPhone Owners Never Knew Existed
If you think you know everything there is to know about using emoji on your iPhone, think again. You may be aware of a few of these tricks, but I'm confident there's at least one or two here that you overlooked or never thought possible. Feel free to prove me wrong.
How To: Clear Your Frequently Used and Recent Emoji from Your iPhone's Keyboard
Despite its name, the Frequently Used section on your iPhone's emoji keyboard features both frequently and recently used emoji, and it may contain emoji you've never even touched. If you want to remove all of those recommendations, there's an easy way to reset what you in Frequently Used to the defaults.
How To: Apple's Messages App Has a Hidden Feature You Can Use Only by Doing This
Apple has a secret iMessage effect so hidden that there's only one way to unlock it, and it's not by digging through the Messages app's settings, tools, effects, or interface. However, it's used the same way whether you're messaging from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, so it's easy to remember once you know.
How To: This iPhone Setting Instantly Improves Video Quality When Shooting in Low Light
If you shoot videos with your iPhone in low-light situations, you may not always get the results you want. And that applies when recording video in 720p, 1080p, and even 4K resolutions. But there's an easy way to maximize your video's quality when filming in dark environments.
How To: Download and Install iOS 16.5 on Your iPhone to Try New Features First
Apple's iOS 16.5 software update for iPhone is currently in the works, and you can try out all the upcoming new features as long as you're OK with running beta software on your iPhone.
How To: Download and Install iPadOS 16.5 on Your iPad Right Now
New features will come to the iPad with iPadOS 16.5, and you can try them all out before everyone else as long as you're OK with running beta software on your device.
How To: 14 New Privacy and Security Features You Should Start Using on Your iPhone ASAP
On the latest iOS software, your iPhone comes with significant privacy and security enhancements to protect your data even more than Apple did before. From safeguarding your iPhone to passcode-protecting files to making it easier to browse the web safely, there's a lot you need to know and start using.
How To: Can't Use Face ID in Landscape Orientation on Your iPhone? Use These 13 Tips to Get It Working Smoothly
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 series models have a new feature on iOS 16 that lets you use Face ID when your iPhone is in landscape orientation. This is most helpful when trying to make purchases in apps and games where you use your iPhone rotated on its side. If you're having issues using Face ID in landscape mode, there may be some easy solutions to getting it working.
How To: If You Keep Valuable Information in Apple Notes, You Need to Read This
Apple's Notes app has an important feature many users overlook, yet it's arguably the most crucial thing you should use for all your notes synced across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and iCloud.com. And Apple's latest updates make it much easier to use than before, so there's no reason you shouldn't be using it.
How To: Your iPhone's Mail App Has a Valuable Feature You Need to Start Using
Your iPhone's Mail app has a lot of fantastic productivity features, such as unsending emails, follow-up reminders, opening drafts from almost any view, the snooze option, bulk-selecting messages, and the formatting toolbar, but one of the most helpful ones might just be the one you're not using.
How To: This New Apple Watch Feature Is More Useful and Important Than You Might Realize
There's a feature that every Apple Watch owner should know about — one that makes navigating menus, tapping tiny icons, and interacting with complications, among other things, much easier on the small display.
How To: Make Your Android Phone Read Articles, Books, News, and Other Text Out Loud to You
For the avid multitasker, listening to audiobooks and podcasts is the ultimate way to passively absorb knowledge while performing other activities — but there are other options. You can turn any written text on your Android phone into speech that's read aloud to you, so there's virtually no limit on what you can soak up audibly from your headphones or speaker.
How To: Your iPhone's Status Bar Can Actually Be Customized — Here's How
You see the status bar nearly everywhere on your iPhone, and it almost always looks the same. But you can use a few tricks to spice things up a bit — without jailbreaking your iPhone.
How To: Your iPhone's Phone App Has a Hidden Call Feature That's Useful AF
There are a surprising number of hidden features in your iPhone's Phone app, from secret dialer codes that provide info or perform actions to special characters that dial extensions automatically. However, there's one little-known trick every iPhone owner should know when using the Phone app for calls — and it's the simplest and most useful of them all.
How To: Your iPhone Lets You Uninstall Certain Software Updates — Here's How
While most iOS updates will only improve the experience on your iPhone, some can cause more havoc than good. If an update unexpectedly breaks or degrades certain functions on your iPhone, you may be able to roll it back to the previous software.
How To: Open Any App Instantly from Your iPhone's Lock Screen
Widgets can display essential information from an app right on your iPhone's Lock Screen, but there's an even bigger reason you should be using them: fast access to your most-used apps.
How To: Use This Trick to View Your Complete Clipboard History and Recopy Anything
Your iPhone's clipboard can only save one item at a time, so it may seem impossible to retrieve your entire history of copied text, images, and other content. Luckily, there is a workaround you can use to find and copy your past clipboard contents, but you have to implement it first.
How To: The Low-Key, Most Important Photos Feature You Need to Implement Right Now on Your iPhone
Your iPhone has a powerful feature that can keep your secrets hidden from other people, and you'll never have to worry about sharing or showing someone something embarrassing or incriminating ever again.
How To: Your iPhone Has an Important New Feature for Maintaining Privacy and Security — And You Should Definitely Be Using It
You're probably sharing a ton of information on your iPhone with other people, apps, and services without really realizing it. Now there's a new tool to show you just how much, and it can be an eye-opener as well as a fast way to manage sharing permissions and review your account security.
How To: Change This One Thing on Your iPhone to Make Your Passcode Nearly Impossible to Hack
There's only one thing keeping hackers, thieves, law enforcement agencies, and maybe even the people you thought you could trust from breaking into your iPhone should they ever get possession of the device. Their odds of bypassing that thing are pretty good, but there's an easy way to make it an almost impossible feat.
How To: 18 Siri Commands Every iPhone Owner Should Know
Siri can perform many actions for you on your iPhone, such as sending messages, providing information, getting directions, looking up a contact, and playing music. Still, there are even more important Siri voice commands that every iPhone owner should know — even the ones who hate Siri.
How To: 14 New iOS 16.3 Features for iPhone You Need to Know About
The latest software update for iPhone has a few new features you should know about, including an enhanced security feature to protect your Apple ID account from phishing and other attacks. Keep reading to see everything new that's included with iOS 16.3 for iPhone.
How To: The Little-Known iPad Feature You'll Never Stop Using Once You Know About It
Your iPad has a superpower that iPhone models don't and probably never will have (even though they could) — one that will make you want to take your iPad with you everywhere you go from now on.
How To: Record a Personal Alarm Sound or Message to Wake Up Hearing Your Own Voice
You can wake up to ringtones, music from streaming services, or downloaded audio files when setting alarms in Google's Clock app for Android, but that's not all. The latest feature lets you turn your own voice into an alarm sound, saying whatever it is you need to say to wake you up.