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How to Hide Nudes, Personal Data, and Pictures of Your Ex on an iPhone or iPad

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It’s possible you have a few photos on your iPhone or iPad that you’d rather not stumble upon—or have anyone else stumble upon, such as a picture of your ex, a troubling memory, or other, uh, unmentionables. If you’re not ready to delete or offload them, but you don’t want them seen by the wrong eyes, you can hide

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The iOS Message Effects You Thought You Knew How to Use but Really Don't

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If you send “congratulations” or “happy birthday” to someone using Messages on an iPhone, they’ll get a little surprise along with it: a shower of confetti or some celebratory balloons will rain down or float around on their screen along with your words. It’s a neat little trick embedded in the messaging platform—but…

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How to Check the Battery Health on All Your Apple Devices

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If you’re like me, you relentlessly charge your devices even if doing so might be hurting the battery over the long-term. “This is the way,” I think to myself as I look over at the AirPods Pro charging case that I’ve left plugged in for the last three weeks.

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How to Declutter Your Home: A Start-to-Finish Guide

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It’s hard to argue that most of us have a little too much stuff lying around, but getting rid of your stuff can be difficult. Maybe you’ve formed a personal attachment to certain items or you truly believe you’ll have a practical use for it someday. Most of the time, though, “personal value” means “guilt” and…

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How to Unlock That Hidden Debug Mode for AirTags in iOS 14.5

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Apple’s AirTags have a hidden debug mode that you can access pretty easily on your connected device (ideally, an iPhone). And while the features found within aren’t going to give you magical tracking powers, you can at least enjoy some of the data related to AirTag tracking. That, and you can change some colors, too.

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How to Set Up Every iOS 14.5 Feature Worth Knowing About

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It’s been just over a week since iOS 14.5 debuted, and we’ve spent a chunk of time going over the most interesting features the operating system has to offer. This is one update I wouldn’t wait to install, if for nothing else than it’s the only way your iPhone will tell you if someone has slipped an AirTag tracker…

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How to Get Started With Apple Fitness+

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Apple is all about the three Ss these days: subscriptions, services, and saturation (for its new iMacs, at least). And while you can hardly blame the company for wanting to diversify its revenue, it can sometimes feel like there’s just a lot to buy from Apple—with a recurring monthly payment, that is. However, you…

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How to Get Early Access to iOS 14.5 Before Next Week's Launch

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iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 are officially hitting iPhones and iPads next week, but you don’t have to wait until then to get your hands on the final release candidates of the new operating systems.

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How to Find COVID Vaccination Sites in Apple Maps

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While we can’t help you find a vaccination appointment—good luck, given how terribly we’ve orchestrated the process and turned it into a kind of free-for-all reminiscent of buying concert tickets, shoes, or GeForce 3080 cards—we can at least give you a useful way to see where you can get vaccinated around your general…

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How to Change Your Default Music Player in iOS 14.5

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It’s rare to see Apple add options to iOS that allow you to set the app you actually want to use to accomplish something as the default, rather than forcing you to use the official Apple app. And while I doubt you’ll ever be able to use anything other than the App Store to get new software on your iPhone (sans…

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