Category: iOS

How to Access Windows Shared Folders from iPhone & iPad

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Do you want to access specific files and folders on your Windows computer right from your iPhone or iPad? Thanks to the built-in Files app, it’s fairly simple and straightforward to connect to SMB file servers which includes shared Windows folders on a network.

This feature was added to the Files app in modern iOS and iPadOS releases, so if you’re running a version older than 13 you won’t find this option available on your device. Aside from that, you can take advantage of it as long as you’re sharing folders from your Windows computer on a local…

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Make Siri Respond to Voice Even if iPhone Screen Covered

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Do you frequently take advantage of Siri to perform various tasks on your iPhone? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now use Siri without taking your phone out of the pocket, or in other situations where the iPhone screen is covered.

Most of us are already aware of the “Hey Siri” feature that’s available on modern iPhones and iPads. Although it allows you to activate Siri with just a voice command, your device stops listening for “Hey Siri” when you’re phone is laying face down, or if the screen is covered. One good example would be…

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How to Add & Remove People in Signal Group Chat

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If you’ve been motivated by others to get on the popular Signal messenger app, chances are decent that you also got invited and added to a group chat. Group chats are a quick way to get started on a new messaging platform and hence, you may be looking to add some of your friends to the group as well.

Signal has been the talk of the town lately, mostly due to appreciation by popular media for its vast array of privacy-oriented features. Therefore, it’s no surprise that some of your friends decided to try it out and requested you to install the app as well….

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How to Create Messenger Rooms on iPhone & iPad

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You may already know that Facebook Messenger can be used for making video calls and group video calls from your iOS or iPadOS device. Messenger Rooms, on the other hand, are a different implementation of the same service developed by Facebook to compete against the likes of Zoom.

Basically Messenger Rooms are an alternative video conferencing service to those offered by Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Google Meets, and the myriad others. And with over 2.6 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the biggest social network in the world, so it’s easy to see why some…

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How to Automatically Change iPhone Wallpaper with Shortcuts

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Have you ever want to set your iPhone to automatically switch between different wallpapers? You probably already know how to change wallpaper on an iPhone or iPad, but thanks to the built-in Shortcuts app on iOS and iPadOS devices, you can now set up dynamically changing wallpapers within a matter of minutes.

The Shortcuts app that comes preinstalled on iPhones and iPads is capable of doing heavily customized tasks if you aren’t aware. One prime example would be using Shortcuts to personalize your home screen with custom app icons. Since the iOS 14.3 update,…

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How to Change the Background Color of a Note on iPhone & iPad

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Do you want to switch to a different background color while writing down information in the stock Notes app on iPhone or iPad? Similar to how you can change the Notes appearance of the background to blank, grid, or lines, you can also change the background color of notes too.

The default Notes app that comes preinstalled on iPadOS and iOS devices uses the background based on your system-wide setting. For example, if you use Dark Mode on your iPhone, the Notes app will use the dark background for all of the notes. However, some people may prefer using a light…

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How to Enable & Disable Private Wi-Fi Address on iPhone & iPad to Increase Privacy

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Do you connect to multiple Wi-Fi networks from your iPhone or iPad on a daily basis? Whether it’s your workplace or somewhere in public, you may want to help protect your privacy by using private Wi-Fi addresses on your device, which basically spoofs the devices MAC address to a randomized one. But having a changing MAC address is not always desirable for some network situations, thus you may want to turn off this feature in other circumstances too.

When you connect to any Wi-Fi network using any device, the device needs to identify itself to the network…

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How to Block App Tracking on iPhone & iPad

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iPhone and iPad apps will now need permission from the user before they can use their data for targeted ads. This is a newer privacy feature from Apple, which has changed the way app developers access your data for delivering personalized ads to your device.

Most of us are probably familiar by now with how advertising works on the internet. You may have noticed how in-app ads and website ads are more relevant to your internet activity, for example maybe you saw shoe ads after shoe shopping online. These ads are tailored to you by using tracking cookies across…

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How to Use Google Maps Incognito Mode on iPhone & iPad

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Do you use Google Maps as your primary app for navigation on your iPhone or iPad? If so, you might be interested in taking advantage of the Incognito mode it has to offer, which can help to make Google Maps use a bit more private.

Most of us are already aware of the Incognito mode that’s available on Google Chrome to browse the web privately. Google Maps’ incognito mode basically serves the same purpose. It allows you to search for places and navigate privately, without saving all the data to your Google account. This is a feature that most privacy buffs…

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