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Tip of the Day: How to Quickly Zoom In on Your iPhone or iPad Screen

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If you constantly find yourself squinting at your iPhone screen and you're tired of always pinching and zooming in and out, you can try turning on your iPhone's Zoom setting for easy zooming.



Tip of the Day: How to Save Photos Received via Messages or Emails

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If you've ever received a photo on your iPhone via text or email that you wanted to save or share, you'll be glad to know saving the image to your Photos app or copying and pasting it into a new email is quick and easy.



Tip of the Day: Your Apple EarPods Do A Lot More Than Turn the Volume Up Or Down

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Once you get over the fact that Apple's earbuds are called EarPods™ you can start to appreciate all the cool things you can do with them. You can answer and decline calls, fast-forward and rewind songs, take pictures, and more with your Apple earphones. Oh yeah, and you can also adjust the volume up and down. 



Tip of the Day: How to Teach iOS Autocorrect New Words

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Autocorrect is awesome at turning your garbled typing into coherent messages, notes, and more.

Except when it's not. 

Here's how to make the awesomeness of autocorrect work for you:



Swift Programming 101: Creating Self-Registering Swift UI Controls

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What’s the best way to create controls that respond to notifications without interfering with existing messaging mechanisms? In this article I demonstrate a Notification Proxy class that helps you add functionality to existing iOS UI controls using a practical example: Adding placeholder text to the text view control.



Tip of the Day: How to Send Messages with Subject Lines

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We're all used to sending emails with subject lines. It lets the receiver know what the email is about, which increases the odds they'll read it, and it makes it easier to keep track of multiple email exchanges on the same topic. It turns out you can also add subject lines to text messages and iMessages sent from your iPhone—which can be especially handy if you know you'll want to refer back to the conversation at a later time, since you can easily search for the message's subject. Here's how you can turn this feature on:



Tip of the Day: Quick Charge Your iPhone Battery

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Your ankles hate you. Go back to spin class. Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock

The other day, I was about to head out on the trails for my annual attempt at completing a couch-to-5K program, when I realized that my iPhone battery was almost out of juice. I didn't want to risk having my phone die while I was out on the relatively deserted trails (what if I got attacked by angry squirrels and needed to call for help?) And I needed to leave the house soon or I wouldn't be able to complete the workout before sunset.



Tip of the Day: Manage Your Apple ID Account in Settings

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Apple has worked hard to make sure you can do everything from your iPhone and iPad without having to connect it to your desktop computer. Over-the-air system updates and backups via WiFi were a culminating step in this direction. In addition, you can also now manage your Apple ID account from your iPhone or iPad.



Tip of the Day: How to Share Your Shopping List Using iCloud

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Thanks to iCloud, you can create things like shopping lists or to-do lists in Reminders at home on your iPad and then access and edit those lists on your iPhone while you're out running errands or shopping. But what if you want someone else to have a copy of the list on his or her device and you don't want to use the Family Sharing Reminders list or that person's not part of your Family? Here's how you can share your shopping list with another person using iCloud.



Tip of the Day: How to Use iOS 8's Manual Exposure in Camera

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Automatic exposure (which determines how light or dark our images should be) is so convenient and accurate most of the time, but then there are those times when we end up with  overexposed or underexposed images that make us cringe. After all, our cameras are pretty advanced, but it's still impossible for them to recognize when we want our focal point darker (such when shooting silhouettes) or lighter. 



Tip of the Day: Add Emergency Medical Card to Your Lock Screen

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The number one tip suggestion we get at iPhone Life is to write up your emergency contact and health information, take a picture of it, and set that image as your lock screen. However, you can easily do this via the Health app instead.



Tip of the Day: How to Control What Information Each App Can Access on Your iPhone or iPad

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Privacy is a huge topic these days. But despite this, how many of us download apps and accept the terms without even thinking about it, thus giving apps access to our contacts, location, social media accounts, and more?

If this describes you, no worries. I am going to tell you how you can check your privacy settings on your iDevice and revoke the access you absentmindedly gave to these apps.



Tip of the Day: Save Storage by Turning on iCloud Photo Library [Update]

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One of the major benefits of iOS 8.1 is iCloud Photo Library. All your photos can now live in the cloud rather than being tied to a particular device, making them available to you regardless of which device you're using. Any change you make to a photo or video on one device is carried over to the others. And perhaps the most important benefit is that it allows you to free up space on your devices. If you enable iCloud Photo Library, you can choose to store only optimized versions of your photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad. The full-resolution versions are kept in the cloud, and versions less storage-intensive, which are perfectly suited to the size and resolution of your iPhone or iPad, are stored on your device. This can save you gigabytes of storage space on your iPhone. And any time you want, you can download the full resolution.



How to Get Directions from Siri Without Using iOS Maps

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There is a commonly held belief that men don't like to ask for directions. As a guy, I am here to say it's true. At least for me. With Siri, I can ask for directions without anyone knowing.



Tip of the Day: How to Use a Credit Card that is not Your Default Card with Apple Pay

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When using Apple Pay, there will be times when you do not wish to use your default card. Selecting a different card is very easy to do.



Tip of the Day: How to Change the Credit Card Associated with iTunes

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Changing or updating the credit card you use to make iTunes and App Store purchases is easy and can be done right on your iPhone or iPad.



Tip of the Day: How to Assign Photos to Contacts

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Sometimes it's handy to see a face or other image pop up on your iPhone's screen along with the name of your caller. If you like having a photo associated with each of your contacts, it's easy to do. 



Swift Programming 101: Mastering Dynamic Type in iOS 8

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Apple has announced they expect third party apps to support Dynamic Type. However, if you have tried to implement it in your apps, you know there are some unexpected land mines along the way (such as static table view cells and custom cell styles). In this article, you will learn how Dynamic Type works under the hood and how to get it working properly in a variety of scenarios. You will also get some Swift code that makes it easier to implement Dynamic Type in your apps.



Tip of the Day: Never Forget to Return a Call

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Have you ever rejected a call from a person whom you wanted to speak with because you were driving or in a meeting, or it was an otherwise inconvenient time? Did you truly, honestly intend to return that call, only to forget? Here's how to make sure that never happens again.



Tip of the Day: How to See All Your Scheduled Reminders at Once

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When creating reminders in the Reminders app, you may find it useful to organize them into separate lists such as a personal to-do list, a list for a pet's vaccination and worming schedules, and a work to-do list. But at other times it can be helpful to see all your recurring reminders from all your different Reminders Lists in one place.



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