Category: iOS 13

How to Enable Low Data Mode on iPhone & iPad for Wi-Fi Networks

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Looking for a way to reduce data usage on a wi-fi network while using your iPhone or iPad? This trick is for you.

Depending on where you live, Internet may or may not be expensive. If you’re living in the United States, there’s a good chance you’re paying a higher bill for your broadband connection and cellular data compared to one of your friends living in Europe or Asia. If internet bills are burning a hole in your wallet, you might want to tone down your data usage. With the release of iOS 13 update, Apple has introduced a new feature called “Low Data…

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How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari on iPhone & iPad

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Have you ever wanted to take a full webpage screenshot in Safari on iPhone or iPad? Now you can do exactly that with the latest iOS and iPadOS releases, where you’re able to snap full page screenshot and save it as a PDF file, which can then be shared, saved locally, edited, printed, or anything else you’d like to do with it.

Android smartphones have had the ability to capture scrolling screenshots for quite a while now. Also known as full page or long screenshots, this feature allows users to take a screenshot of an entire web page and share it with anyone,…

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How to Bookmark All Open Tabs in Safari on iPhone & iPad

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Ever have tons of Safari tabs opened on iPhone or iPad and wished you could bookmark them all at once so you can easily refer to them all later? Now you can do exactly that on iOS and iPadOS, bookmarking all of your open browser tabs in one fell swoop.

With so many great websites on the internet it’s very easy to find yourself with many, many open browser tabs. But you probably don’t want to lose them all, so just closing them out isn’t always an option. That’s what bookmarks are for and Safari handles them better than ever with a new ability to…

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How to Manage Your Kid's Contacts in iOS 13.3

iOS 13.3 is here. While you wait for it to download and install onto your device, you have two options. You can scan through Apple’s list of fixes and changes—which only eat up a fraction of the time it takes to just download iOS 13.3—or you can stick with us, and we’ll show you how to set up the big parental control…

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How to Change the Size of Your App Icons in iPadOS 13

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One of the more jarring experiences you’ll encounter when updating your iPad to Apple’s iPadOS 13 this fall—including having to call it that from now on—are the slightly smaller icons now gracing your iPad’s Home screen and pages.

Like a juice cleanse, this icon diet is only a temporary fad. It appears Apple is going to let you revert back to the beefier icons you’ve been using all this time if you prefer your apps to look like a delicious thicc steak than a lean patty. At least, that’s my impression based on the latest iPadOS 13 beta—version 5!—which now comes with a little setting for adjusting the size of your app icons.

Make your app icons big or small

If you’re currently running the iPadOS 13 beta, or you know smaller icons are going to drive you crazy and you’ll want to change this as soon as iPadOS 13 drops in (probably) September, here’s how to fatten up your icons.

First, pull up the Settings app. You’ll then want to tap on Display & Brightness. Toward the bottom of this section, look for the new option for “App Icon Size.” You can’t miss it, as you’ll see a little graphic that shows you how many icons will fit on a page in “More” and “Bigger” modes:

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That’s it! I haven’t reinstalled iPadOS 13 lately, but it makes sense that Apple would also ask you this preference as part of your device’s initial setup process. If not, now you know where to find it.


How to Use Faster Context Menus in the Latest iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Beta

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The fourth iOS 13 and iPadOS beta has rolled out for developers, and while there are the usual list of changes and bug-fixes in Beta 4, one of the more interesting tweaks is a much more responsive Context Menu that you’ll be able to pull up on any device running iOS or iPadOS 13.

To try it out, simply long-press your finger on any app. You’ll need to spend less time doing so than you otherwise would on an iOS 12-running iPhone XS—the “Haptic Touch” feature that serves as its substitute for 3D Touch.

Apple has even dropped a new, special command in this Context Menu: “Rearrange Icons,” which puts your apps into the familiar jiggle mode so you can drag and reorganize them however you want. (You can also just hold down for a second longer to enable the rearranging mode with a single press, or “pry” the app by moving it with your finger when the Context Menu pops up.)

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Not only does iOS 13’s 3D Touch menu now refer to “3D & Haptic Touch,” but you’ll find a new option for adjusting “Touch Duration,” or the amount of time you’ll need to hold your finger on something to activate an action. You can find it by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Touch > 3D & Haptic Touch.

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Does this new move toward Context Menus mean that 3D Touch is on its way out? It’s possible—I wouldn’t expect Apple to keep this not-used-much feature alive in future iPhone generations.


How to Trigger Automatic Shortcuts in iOS 13

The iOS 13 beta is out for developers, and testers are finding a host of new features that the rest of us will be able to get our hands on in a few months. One of the most convenient changes to iOS 13 is the addition of automated triggers to the Shortcuts app.

The current version of the Shortcuts app lets users set up complex, multi-step actions that can be enabled with a single tap or Siri voice command. However, with iOS 13, users will be able to set up automatic triggers for shortcuts. They’ll fire off in the background without you having to do anything (though some actions may still require an approval from you, in which case a push notification will be sent when the shortcut is triggered).

For example, you could set up smart home devices to activate at certain hours when your iOS device is nearby, designate specific locations where your phone will enter Airplane or Do Not Disturb mode, or even change your phone’s performance settings when you open a particular app.

Shortcut automation has the potential to not only reduce the number of times you have to pull your phone out of your pocket, but also help with time and productivity. You might even feel like a wizard if you use it to turn your lights off and on when you enter a room, and we’re eager to check that part out for ourselves.

The full list of iOS 13’s triggers for automatic shortcuts

Here’s the list of everything that can trigger an automatic shortcut so far, with one caveat—we’re still early in the iOS 13 beta, so it’s possible that new triggers might be added or removed in future (or final) builds. If you’re beta-testing iOS 13, you’ll find these new triggers in the Shortcuts app.

  • Airplane Mode: Trigger actions when Airplane Mode is enabled or disabled.
  • Alarm: Triggers can be set for various alarm behaviors, such as when an alarm is snoozed, stopped, or first goes off.
  • Apple Watch Workout: Triggers can run when a workout is stopped or started on your Apple Watch.
  • Arrive: Set behaviors for when you arrive at specific locations. You can also set time windows for when these triggers go off, such as immediately when you arrive, 10 minutes after, etc.
  • Before I Leave: Can be set for 5, 10, 15, 30, or 60 minutes before you leave home.
  • Bluetooth: Can create device-specific triggers for when a device is paired.
  • CarPlay: Triggers actions to occur when you connect or disconnect from CarPlay.
  • Do Not Disturb: Set up triggers for when Do Not Disturb is turned on or off.
  • Leave: Similar to the Arrive trigger, but for when you leave a specific location instead.
  • Low Power Mode: Can set shortcut triggers for when the setting is either enabled or disabled.
  • NFC: Create triggers for when your phone recognizes specific NFC tags.
  • Open App: Set actions to happen when specific apps are opened.
  • Time of Day: Can set up triggers to happen are specific times of day. These can be general—such as at dawn or dusk—or more granular, down to an exact hour and minute on designated days.
  • Wi-Fi: Triggers for when you connect to a specific network.