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How to Create an Apple ID without Credit Card

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Do you want to create an new Apple account without adding a payment method? Although Apple asks for payment information while you create a new Apple ID by default, there’s a nifty trick that you can use to avoid adding any credit card information.

If you’re creating a new Apple account for your kids or other family members to use on their devices, you might not want any sort of payment method to avoid unnecessary charges on your credit card. This workaround can also come in handy for teenagers who don’t own their own credit cards, or for anyone else…

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How to Fix “This app is no longer shared with you” Error on iPhone & iPad

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Some iPhone and iPad users have discovered a curious “This app is no longer shared with you” error message when trying to use some apps own their devices. For some users the error is apparently random, but for others it is showing up after updating apps, or after updating their system software to iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5 and iOS 12.4.7.

The error message appears as a pop-up dialog when attempting to use the app, and then trying to use the App Store to correct the problem fails, resulting in an endless loop and an unusable application.

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How to Access “Updates” in App Store for iPhone & iPad from Home Screen

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If you find the new way of updating apps in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 to be too slow or too many steps, there’s a faster way to access the Updates section of the App Store on iPhone and iPad, and you can jump directly to app Updates from the Home Screen.

This article will show you how to access Updates in App Store on iPhone and iPad directly from Home Screen on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 and later.

How to Use “Updates” in App Store on iPhone / iPad with iOS 13 / iPadOS from Home Screen

  1. Locate the App Store application on your iPhone or iPad home screen, then tap…

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Cannot Connect to App Store on iPhone or iPad? Fix & Troubleshoot App Store Connection Issues

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If you’re using the App Store on iPhone or iPad you may occasionally run into an issue where you see an error message upon launching the App Store that says “Cannot Connect to App Store”, rather than the typical App Store options you’d expect to see. This can be frustrating as an inability to connect to the App Store can prevent app downloads, app updates, and all other App Store activities on iPad and iPhone.

This guide will walk through troubleshooting methods to resolve and fix a “Cannot Connect to App Store” iPhone and iPad error message.

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How to Play Apple Arcade Games on a Mac

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The arrival of Apple Arcade last year was something that we’d been looking forward to – and was rumored – for a long time. Now it’s here, and you can play games on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And it’s the last one we’re going to cover today, so if you’ve been wondering how to play some Apple Arcade games on the Mac you’re in the right place.

How to Sign Up for Apple Arcade on Mac

You’ll first need an Apple Arcade subscription to play Apple Arcade games. That much is fairly obvious, and at $4.99 per month, it’s unlikely to break the bank as well….

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How to Remove Apple ID Payment Method on iPhone & iPad

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If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you probably use some sort of a payment method to make purchases on the App Store and iTunes Store. This could be a credit card, debit card, Apple Pay, PayPal or even Apple ID credit that you get from redeeming gift cards. Sure, your payment information is secure and there’s nothing to worry about it, but nonetheless there are still scenarios where you might want to remove the payment method from an Apple ID. Perhaps you’re sharing your device with others, or you want to replace the payment method with a new one, or perhaps…

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How to Disable In-App Ratings & Reviews on iPhone & iPad

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Have you ever used an app where you received random pop-ups out of nowhere asking you to rate their apps and write a review? Kind of annoying, right?

Most long-time iPhone and iPad users have probably closed dozens or even hundreds of annoying review request pop-ups that does nothing more than hamper the app usage experience. Apps that constantly ask for ratings and reviews are a nuisance for many users, and let’s be honest, how often have you actually rated these apps because of the review pop-ups?

Fortunately Apple has been taking notes, as they’ve added…

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How to Spot iOS Apps That Are Scams

We tend to call out shady apps found on the Google Play Store pretty regularly, but there are also some iOS apps looking to pull one over on unsuspecting Apple customers. In this case, these apps are trying to scam users into costly—and in some cases, undisclosed—in-app transactions.

One such app is a notorious iOS heart rate monitor app that has reappeared on the App Store just eight months after it was banned for scamming users out of their hard-earned cash. The app claims to use the fingerprint Touch ID scanner found on some iOS devices to track your pulse; What it actually does is dupe you into performing an in-app purchase for $89 by using your fingerprint to complete the transaction in the background.

The app’s return to the App Store was reported on by 9to5Mac, who also notes that a recent report from Apps Exposed references more than 500 other apps on the App Store that are also using similar tactics to con users..

Unsurprisingly, many are based around adult content—especially peer-to-peer video chatting, free pornography, and casual sex. What is surprising, however, is that many manage to skirt Apple’s relatively strict reviews policy and artificially inflate their app scores with five-star reviews, which makes it harder to tell they’re fishy from a cursory glance. Still, if you look hard enough and comb through the reviews, you’ll find plenty calling out these apps for being scams.

To keep yourself safe, don’t download apps that appear on Apps Exposed’ list. If you have, delete them immediately and review and report any dubious transaction history. Some of these apps have managed to scam hundreds of thousands in total revenue from users in just the last year.

Remember to vet apps and user reviews thoroughly. Take a few extra minutes to check out apps you’re unfamiliar with by doing a quick Google search before installing them—especially if they claim to, say, send you free naughty images or set you up with real-life hookups or private video chats.

That said, many con apps aren’t based around adult content; plenty of other categories like photo/video filters, quizzes and games, health and wellness, and backgrounds or UI themes are common targets as well. That’s why all unfamiliar apps should be approached with caution. When in doubt, don’t put them on your device, and keep your finger away from any typical in-app purchase approval methods, too.

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