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How to Enable a Hidden Emoticon Keyboard on iPhone

Jun 1, 2016 - 11 Comments
How to Enable the Emoticon keyboard on iPhone and iPad

iPhone users regularly enjoy the Emoji keyboard with all the fun icons, faces, and little pictures, but before Emoji came around there were Emoticons, which are basically little text drawings of faces and actions using regular characters on a keyboard. Emoticons are a little bit more complex to type out than hitting a simple Emoji … Read More

How to Setup 2-Factor Authentication on Apple ID for Extra Security

May 30, 2016 - 6 Comments
Two factor authentication for Apple ID

This guide will walk through setting up two-factor authentication for an Apple ID. Two-factor authentication requires that whenever a user is logging in to an Apple ID from a new untrusted device, not only must the proper password be entered but a secondary security ID code must be entered as well, which is typically delivered … Read More

How to Use iPhone Keyboard as Trackpad with 3D Touch

May 27, 2016 - 9 Comments
Using the iPhone Keyboard as a Trackpad with 3D Touch

Navigating around text blocks in iOS is typically done by hunting and pecking with a finger to tap in between precisely the write characters or words. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that approach and that’s what we have all become used to on the iPhone, but the 3D Touch enabled devices offer a much better … Read More

How to Download Photos from iCloud to Mac or Windows PC the Easy Way

May 26, 2016 - 19 Comments
How to download photos from iCloud

One of the most common questions regarding using iCloud and iCloud Photo Library is how to download photos from iCloud once they have been stored there. This is a deceptively simple question, and we’re going to push aside any of the complexities of downloading pictures from iCloud Photo Library within Photos app on the Mac, … Read More

How to Create an @iCloud.com Email Address

May 24, 2016 - 18 Comments
welcome-to-icloud-mail

If you created an Apple ID based on your own unique email address and use that for logging in to iCloud and other Apple services, you may have missed the part where you can create a new separate @icloud.com email address. Not to worry though, if you decide you want to create a new and … Read More

See Flight Info on iPhone with a Quick Tap Trick

May 24, 2016 - 16 Comments
See flight information on iPhone

iOS has an excellent flight-lookup feature which allows users to instantly get flight information about planes that are coming and going. All you need to use this great ability is a flight number embedded somewhere, like a text message, email, note, or webpage, and the rest is just a matter of knowing how to retrieve … Read More

First Beta Builds of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2 Arrive

May 23, 2016 - 4 Comments
Mac OS X and iOS betas

Apple has released the first beta testing versions of multiple system software updates, including OS X 10.11.6 beta 1, iOS 9.3.3 beta 1, tvOS 9.2.2 beta 1. Presumably the beta releases will focus primarily on bug fixes and feature enhancements, which is typical for point releases of system software.

iPhone Screen Turned Black and White Suddenly?! Here’s the Fix

May 22, 2016 - 4 Comments
iPhone stuck in black and white fix

Have you ever discovered your iPhone to suddenly be black and white display? If this has happened to you, then seemingly out of the blue, the iPhone screen is no longer showing color, and instead everything is stuck in black and white mode. This is fairly unusual circumstance, but it can happen, and I recently … Read More

How to Get Transit Directions in Maps on iPhone

May 20, 2016 - 4 Comments
Maps

While iPhone users of Google Maps have been able to get directions around cities with transit options for quite some time, the feature has recently come to the bundled Apple Maps app as well. This means if you’re in a global city or metro area with a mass transit system, whether trains, subways, street cars, … Read More

Access Alternate Contact Methods from Messages with 3D Touch on iPhone

May 19, 2016 - 3 Comments
3D Touch contacts picture on iPhone

Most iPhone users who are communicating in the Messages app will leave the application and then launch Mail or the Phone app if they wish to continue a conversation through a phone call, FaceTime, or email. For modern iPhones with 3D Touch screens, there’s another option that’s even quicker to jump to a different communication … Read More

How to Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1

May 17, 2016 - 12 Comments
Downgrade iOS 9.3.2 to iOS 9.3.1

Most users are best served by sticking with the recently released iOS 9.3.2 update, which offers a variety of improvements, bug fixes, and feature enhancements. Nonetheless, a select group of users have had specific problems with iOS 9.3.2, like some iPad Pro owners who are experiencing crashes and other frustrating behavior, and thus impacted users … Read More

How to Select an iPhone or iPad in iTunes 12.4

May 17, 2016 - 23 Comments
How to select an iPhone or iPad in iTunes

The latest version of iTunes has re-added the sidebar and made some other user interface changes designed to make using the app a bit easier to navigate. Most of the changes are welcome to iTunes, but one of the more unnecessarily difficult tasks remains selecting an iOS device in the iTunes app itself.

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