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Why Resetting Your iPhone Could Dial 911 (and How to Avoid It)

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Smartphones are just tiny computers, and every now and then, all computers will decide to stop working. Your device will freeze up and become unresponsive, instantly turning into a $1,000+ paperweight. It’s times like these when a forced reset comes in handy—a simple combination of button presses that will hopefully …

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How to Stop Your iPhone Camera From Recognizing Text Everywhere

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Back when it was first released, we called Live Text the best new feature in iOS 15, and it’s not hard to see why—the tool can recognize any text in any photo (or within the camera view) so you can copy and share it. But the more we use it, the more annoying we find it can be. When you’re in the camera view, for…

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How to Make Your iPhone's Voice Memos Sound Better

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The iPhone’s Voice Memos app is easy to use to record anything from a college lecture to a podcast—but not all recordings turn out to have the quality you’d like. You might end up with wind noise in the background, or a speaker’s voice that is barely audible. With patience (and some audio editing skills), you might…

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How to Reset and Erase a Locked iPhone Without Connecting to a Mac or PC

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iOS 15.2 is filled with features big and small. Along with features like Digital Legacy and App Privacy Report, comes a feature we’ve been waiting years for; the ability to completely erase and reset a locked iPhone without needing to connect it to a Mac or PC first.

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How to Pass on Your iPhone Data After You Die

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Our digital lives are heavily intertwined with our “real” lives, and Apple is finally starting to acknowledge that. The data that lives in our iCloud accounts is not only important to us, but also to our family members. Now, there’s a way for our loved ones to access our digital data when we no longer can.

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How to Finally Disable Auto Macro Mode on iPhone 13 Pro

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Apple pulled off a neat trick on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max; it added a surprisingly good Macro mode to the Camera app, without even adding a separate Macro camera (like Android phones do). The Camera app automatically switches to a cropped version of the Ultra-Wide camera once you got closer to an object.…

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How to Know When Your iPhone Could Be Recording You

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You’ve probably had the (legitimate) fear that your smartphone is listening or watching you. Your iPhone certainly isn’t without privacy risks, and you should absolutely audit your settings and all of your app permissions, but one helpful feature that Apple has built in is a visual warning when your device is queued…

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How to Stop Your Phone From Calling 911 by Accident

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When there’s an emergency, you want quick, reliable access to help. What you don’t want is for that access to be so quick and so reliable you end up calling 911 by complete accident. Unfortunately, that is the state of emergency services on iPhone and Android, and if you’re reading this, you might be well aware of how…

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How to Set Up Rain and Snow Alerts on Your iPhone

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Weather forecasts can be helpful for planning in advance, but knowing it’s about to rain right before it actually starts can save you the headache of getting literally caught in a storm. If you’ve updated to the latest version of iOS 15, you can now set up real-time precipitation notifications right in Apple’s…

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How to Get Notified When You Leave Your AirPods Pro Behind

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AirPods Pro are way too easy to leave behind. Yes, you can track your lost AirPods Pro from the Find My app, but now you can help stop the problem before it happens: Your iPhone can notify you when you leave your AirPods Pro behind.

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