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iOS 15: How to switch to Private Browsing on iPhone with Safari

Safari got an overhaul with iOS 15, and while there are a number of improvements and changes, some features aren’t found where they used to be. Read along for a look at how to switch to iPhone Private Browsing in Safari with iOS 15.

How-to Stories April 20

How to receive and send a fax with iPhone or iPad

As far as technology has advanced, there are still times when you might need to send or receive a fax. Whether it’s a rare or regular occurrence, fortunately, you can handle your fax needs with an app. Read on for three ways to receive and send a fax with iPhone or iPad, including two free options as well as solutions for businesses with strict privacy requirements.

How-to Stories April 19

How to check if your AirPods Pro are eligible for free replacement

If you’re having issues with one or both of your AirPods Pro earphones, they may be covered under Apple’s service program. Follow along for how to check your AirPods Pro free recall replacement eligibility.

How-to Stories April 18

How to find the serial number on your Apple Watch

Need to figure out your Apple Watch serial number? Follow along for how to find it even if you can’t read the serial number on the watch itself or power on the wearable.

How-to Stories April 15

Beyond Apple Watch’s ability to track basic activities like steps and exercise, more sophisticated features like ECG, high/low heart rate warnings, and fall detection offer a lot of value and have gained mainstream attention. But flying under the radar, Apple Watch has several lesser-known important capabilities that measure everything from current to future overall health, likelihood of mortality, and your base metabolic rate. Let’s look at four hidden Apple Watch health features you’re probably not using.

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How-to Stories April 14

Getting ready for vacation, business travel, or just want some ideas to improve charging, organizing, and using your Apple devices on the go? After hands-on testing, we’ve rounded up six of the best travel accessories for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and more.

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How to take a scrolling screenshot on iPhone

Taking a screenshot on your iPhone is probably second nature but what about a screenshot to capture everything on a website, PDF, email, note, or stitching together multiple screenshots? Read on for how to take a scrolling screenshot on iPhone.

How-to Stories April 13

How to factory reset Apple Watch with or without iPhone

No matter if you’re having issues or ready to sell or give away your current watch, follow along for how to factory reset Apple Watch. We’ll look at how to do this both with and without iPhone even if you’ve forgotten your Apple Watch passcode.

How to delete Snapchat on iPhone

Whether you’re ready to fully ghost the platform or deactivate your account for a bit, follow along for how to delete Snapchat on iPhone.

How-to Stories April 12

How to screen record on iPhone and iPad

Grabbing a screen recording is a handy feature in a variety of scenarios. Read on for how to screen record on iPhone and iPad including how to save the video to your device and stream screen recordings to third-party apps.

How to deactivate or delete your Facebook account or change privacy settings on iPhone

Whether you’ve been considering taking a break from Facebook or decided it’s time to leave the platform for good, follow along for how to deactivate or delete Facebook, or dial in your privacy settings.

How-to Stories April 11

How to reset AirPods and AirPods Pro and remove AirPods Apple ID

Have an issue with charging or connecting to your AirPods? Or maybe the AirPods Apple ID is locked to a previous owner? Read along for how to reset AirPods and AirPods Pro and the separate process to remove AirPods Apple ID.

Here’s how to turn on Snapchat dark mode for iPhone

Whether you want it to switch with the iOS system’s light or dark mode automatically or keep a dark theme permanently, follow along for how to turn on Snapchat dark mode on iPhone.

How-to Stories April 8

How to watch UFC 273 Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie on iPhone, Apple TV, web

UFC Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie is set for Saturday, April 9 at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Follow along for how to watch UFC 273 on iPhone, Apple TV, web, and more.

How to check if your iPhone 12 is eligible for the no sound recall

Just about a year after launching the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, Apple started a service program for devices that see their speakers fail. If you’ve noticed trouble with sound for phone calls or similar, here’s how to check iPhone 12 no sound recall eligibility.

How-to Stories April 7

How to use Ethernet with iPad over USB-C or Lightning

Whether you’re having temporary trouble with your WiFi or would like to set up a persistent network connection, follow along for how to use Ethernet with iPad over both USB-C and Lightning.

How-to Stories April 6

How to see steps with Apple Watch including distance and custom complications

Whether you’ve just gotten an Apple Watch or have had one for a while and just haven’t tracked your steps closely before, it’s easy to do. Follow along for how to see steps on Apple Watch including distance, flights climbed, along with daily, monthly, and yearly trends. We’ll also look at how to make custom complications to track steps right on Apple Watch faces.

How-to Stories April 5

Like HRV and VO2 max, heart rate recovery is a lesser-known health metric that’s tracked by Apple Watch. Follow along for how to see your Apple Watch heart rate recovery data, why it’s valuable, what good heart rate recovery numbers look like, and some tips on improving it.

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How-to Stories April 4

The popularity of live streaming has soared since the beginning of 2020. Everything from video games to music to chess is live online from creators with followings large and small. While Macs are not the traditional streaming computer, it is entirely possible to become a successful live streamer on one of these devices.  

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If you’re looking for a better deal on your cellular plan, checking out some of the growing pre-paid options is a great idea. Below we’ll look at the best cheap iPhone plans with valuable features like free trials, free activation, and no contracts from as little as $10 per month without giving up good coverage.

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How-to Stories April 3

2022 GRAMMY Awards: How to watch on iPhone, Apple TV, web, more

The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards are set for tonight, Sunday, April 3. Follow along for how to watch the GRAMMYs on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the web, plus the nominee list, which artists are performing during the show, and more.

How-to Stories April 1

Apple’s Health app features a lot of information and can be overwhelming to the average user. It integrates with other apps to give you an overall summary of your health in one place. When used between iPhone and Apple Watch, it can be a useful tool in maintaining your optimal wellbeing. 

Here’s how you can navigate Apple Health a bit better.

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USB-C/Thunderbolt display options have really grown over the last couple of years. While Apple’s Pro Display XDR isn’t the best fit for most Mac users at $5,000+, it’s now launched the more affordable Studio Display. And there are also lots of solid choices from LG, Samsung, BenQ, and more. Let’s look at the best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays available in the $400-$1,600 range.

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How-to Stories March 31

Today, March 31 is World Backup Day – a good reminder to check in on your device backups. Even with Apple’s high-quality products, it’s important to backup regularly. No device works flawlessly all the time and there are many scenarios outside of device failure when a backup is crucial like upgrading, accidents, bugs, loss, or theft. Let’s look at a variety of ways to backup iPhone, iPad, and Mac with built-in and third-party options, NAS, and more.

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