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How to Disable HomePod Mini Proximity Notifications & Vibrations on iPhone

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If you’ve been using the new HomePod Mini regularly, you may have noticed that your iPhone starts vibrating when it’s nearby and also brings up a pop-up notification. This may not be desired by some users who keep their HomePods on their desks, but it’s really just a handy feature that can be disabled if you decide you don’t want those proximity notifications.

From iOS 14.4 onward, Apple includes the Handoff feature for the HomePod Mini, which allows Ultra Wideband (U1) enabled iPhones to transfer the audio feed to the smart speaker when they’re in…

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How to Disable U1 Chip on iPhone to Prevent Background Location Tracking

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If you’re a privacy buff who owns an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 (or better), you might want to disable the U1 chip on your iPhone to prevent it from tracking your location in the background.

The U1 is a custom chip developed by Apple just like the H1 and W1 chips that were made for AirPods. However, unlike the other two chips, the U1 chip is designed to precisely determine the distance between U1 chip-equipped devices. The U in U1 stands for ultra-wideband, a short-range radio technology used for wireless data transmission. However, this technology is prohibited…

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How to Link Shazam to Spotify Instead of Apple Music

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If you’re an iPhone user who uses the Shazam app to quickly identify songs that are being played in the background, and you’re also a Spotify user, you’ll be pleased to know that you can link your Spotify account within the app. Doing this can greatly improve your experience with Shazam in a couple of different ways.

Shazam is a service that’s owned by Apple and hence, Apple Music is primarily recommended by the app over the competition. However, the app that’s used by millions of users to identify a song in the background simply cannot overlook the…

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How to Add & Delete a Reminder with HomePod

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You can easily add and delete reminders for yourself by using HomePod or HomePod Mini. And yes, because HomePod is synced with your other Apple devices, any reminders added (or removed) by HomePod will also go to your iPhone, Mac, iPad, and other devices too.

For starters, Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers are powered by Siri, the same voice assistant that’s integrated into iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. If you frequently use Siri commands on any of these devices, you probably have an idea of how to use reminders already, but a vast majority…

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How to Set Up Cardio Fitness Levels on iPhone & Apple Watch

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Have you ever wanted to measure your cardio fitness and determine your endurance during workouts and jogs? In that case, you’re in for a treat since Apple now allows users to easily check their cardio fitness levels directly on their iPhones, provided they use an Apple Watch as well.

With the recent iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 software updates, Apple released a new Health app feature that shows cardio fitness levels with the help of your Apple Watch. This is made possible by measuring VO2 max which is considered to be the most valid measure of cardiovascular…

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How to Disable Safari Tab Previews on Mac

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The latest versions of Safari for Mac show a thumbnail preview of webpages as you hover the cursor over tabs. Some users may find the hover thumbnail previews to be distracting, and may want to turn them off. While Safari has many options and preferences, curiously the ability to disable Tab Previews on Hover is not available in the standard Safari options on the Mac. Nonetheless, you can still disable tab previews in Safari, you just have to go through a few extra steps to get it done.


To turn off Tab Previews on Hover, you’ll need to first enable the Debug…

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How to Play Podcasts on HomePod

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Listening to podcasts from HomePod and HomePod mini is easy and quite enjoyable, so wouldn’t you like to know how to do this? Whether it’s listening to your favorite podcasts or finding new ones, let’s dive in.

Both the HomePod and HomePod Mini are powered by Apple’s Siri voice assistant which means you can get most of the tasks done with just your voice. You may have already used Siri on the HomePod to play your favorite songs on Apple Music and make other requests. The good news is that podcasts can be played on your HomePod in a pretty similar way…

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How to Change HomePod Language

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Not everyone who purchases a new HomePod or HomePod Mini is a native English speaker. These users may want to use HomePod in a language that they’re more familiar with. Thankfully, changing your HomePod’s language can be done in a jiffy using your other Apple devices like your iPhone or iPad.

HomePod is a smart speaker that’s powered by Siri and you’ll be communicating with it mostly by using voice commands. By default, Siri uses the default language used on the iPhone or iPad that you used to set up your HomePod. The issue with this is that a lot of…

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How to Stop Podcasts Auto-Downloading New Episodes to iPhone & iPad

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Do you use the built-in Podcasts app for listening to your favorite podcasts on your iPhone and iPad? If so, you might want to turn off automatic downloads, especially if you’re low on internet data or storage space on your device.

Apple’s Podcasts app is a home to nearly a million podcasts and is obviously very popular. By default, the app automatically downloads all the new episodes on to your device. This not only uses up your internet data cap, but also takes up valuable storage space on your iOS device. You probably already know that clearing Podcasts…

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How to Play Ambient Sounds on HomePod & HomePod Mini

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Did you know that your HomePod and HomePod Mini can play calm, relaxing sounds for white noise, background noise, or that can help you during your bedtime? This may be a feature that most people overlook while purchasing a HomePod, but it can be really pleasant and quite useful for some.

Most of us already know that both the HomePod models are capable of delivering high-quality audio for their size. Although music listening and home automation are the main selling points for these smart speakers, users can get really creative with the way they use their…

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