By Conner Carey on Wed, 02/10/2016
Apple’s music streaming service debuted six months ago, and with its arrival, the entire world of music on my device changed. I’ve fully embraced the Apple Music ecosystem and can’t imagine my musical life without it. Yet, new services require a learning curve, and that’s why we created a collection for Insiders of our best video tips: "Apple Music—15 Tips for Mastering Music Streaming." You’ll get step-by-step video tutorials and a downloadable PDF to help boost your musical discovery, plus instant access to all of our subscription benefits when you sign up for a free trial of iPhone Life Insider. We're sharing a couple of video tips from the guide to teach you how to make all of your music available offline and use a song as an alarm.
By Becca Ludlum on Wed, 02/10/2016
There are a few different ways to leave a Family Sharing group, however, there are some rules you should be aware of before doing so. This tip will show you how easy it is to leave a Family Sharing group, then tell you about Apple's Family Sharing stipulations.
By Conner Carey on Tue, 02/09/2016
When you’re searching for specific information on the web, it’s helpful to be able to locate keywords and find the information you need without having to skim whole articles. Most of us are familiar with doing this on a computer, but you can also search web pages within Safari. This can be especially helpful on a small screen, as it highlights the words you’re looking for and allows you to easily scan through. Here’s how to search a Safari webpage.
By Conner Carey on Mon, 02/08/2016
There are two main ways to rent a movie from iTunes. If you use your iOS device or Apple TV, you have to watch the movie on that device. However, you can Airplay a rented movie from your device to your Apple TV. But if you want to be able to move a rented movie from one device to another, you have to download it to your computer. However, the process is basically the same whether you’re in iTunes on your device or on your computer. Here’s how to rent a movie from iTunes.
By Abbey Dufoe on Sun, 02/07/2016
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to answer the phone. Especially if you’re driving, it’s often safer to send an iPhone automated message to let the person know you’ll call them back later. This function is accessible right from the call screen with different messages prepared for quick sending. Here’s how to answer a call with a text message if you happen to be busy.
By Conner Carey on Sat, 02/06/2016
As we accumulate more apps, we need more screen space to organize them all. You can create multiple Home Screens, allowing you to swipe through Home Screen pages and have access to as many apps as you want. At the bottom of your Home screen, above your stationary Dock apps, are dots indicating how many Home Screen pages you have. If you find you’re running out of space or want to step-up your organization game, here’s how to create a new Home Screen.
By Conner Carey on Fri, 02/05/2016
Introduced with iOS 9, iCloud Drive is an easy way to share documents and data from within different iWork and compatible third-party apps across all devices. You can store documents, including pdfs, in your iCloud Drive and access or email them from your device. Here’s how to turn on iCloud Drive and add it to your Home Screen for quick access.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 02/04/2016
Internet browsers allow websites to store cookies on your device to improve your experience. When you visit a website and it remembers your email and password for you, that’s a cookie working. However, some people would prefer to not have their cookies on, especially when it comes to remembering data and tailoring advertisements to the user. Or, instead of blocking cookies altogether, you can also clear them every now and again. Here’s how to block cookies and how to remove cookies already on your iPhone.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 02/04/2016
Last September, Apple released iOS 9 with a slew of upgrades to the software. From the long-awaited iPad multitasking capabilities to the smarter-than-ever Siri to a host of new and reimagined apps like iCloud Drive, News, Notes, and Maps, our iPhones and iPads saw some huge improvements. Yet all the changes, wonderful as they are, can be overwhelming to navigate. There are lots of new ways to utilize your iPhone, and we cover them all in our Ultimate Guide to iOS 9. Here's a sneak peak inside the guide, including an overview of everything it includes plus two full lessons covering iCloud Drive and Apple Pay.
By Conner Carey on Wed, 02/03/2016
Game Center is the main station for keeping up with your favorite iOS games, your ranking in the games, fellow friends who play, and challenges between friends. Game Center also makes it easy to request a multiplayer game with a friend. Here’s how to do that.
By Jim Karpen on Tue, 02/02/2016
I've been increasingly using my new fourth-generation Apple TV for viewing sports — and was delighted to learn that Super Bowl 50 will be available for free via the CBS Sports app (free) for Apple TV. CBS is streaming the big game pretty much via every platform, including via the CBS Player website on desktop computers.
By Abbey Dufoe on Tue, 02/02/2016
iPhone reminders are an easy way to keep your life on schedule. You can set them via the Reminders app or simply tell Siri when and what you need to be reminded of. However, I don't use the reminders app very often; therefore, it's buried in a folder on my third Home Screen and is annoying to access. But, did you know that you don't have to unlock your phone to mark a reminder as complete? You can even Snooze the reminder from Lock Screen as though it were any other alarm. Once you've set a reminder in the native app, the reminder will be set to go off. Here's how to mark it complete from Lock Screen.
By Conner Carey on Mon, 02/01/2016
Depending on where you are, what time of day it is, and how you’re using our iPhone, you may want to adjust the brightness of your iPhone screen. Late at night you may want the screen to be dimmed as you prepare for bed, but during the day you probably want full brightness, especially when watching videos. There are two ways to adjust your screen’s brightness. You can access it through the Settings app or in Control Center.
By Jim Karpen on Sun, 01/31/2016
Several times when I've gone to the App Store to download a popular app such as Periscope, Snapchat, or Instagram, I initially get frustrated. That's because the App Store recognizes that I'm on an iPad and only shows me apps designed for the iPad. Then I remember that I need to change the default "iPad only" setting in the app to "iPhone only." I'm then able to download iPhone apps that haven't been designed specifically for the iPad.
By Paula Bostrom on Sat, 01/30/2016
The placement of app icons on your iPhone’s Home screen can make life simple or hard. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but app icon placement is important to those of us who crave organization. You can choose to organize your apps using your iPhone, but you may find it more efficient to do so using iTunes, since you can do things like reorder Home screen pages and sort apps according to your preferred criteria.
By Conner Carey on Fri, 01/29/2016
The iPhone 6s has some new features we’ve never seen before on iPhone. With the addition of 3D Touch and Live Photos, a whole new world of tips open up for getting the most from your device. I scoured our list of tips to bring you the top how-tos for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The list includes tips for utilizing Peek & Pop functions of 3D Touch and how to get the most from your Live Photos. If you haven’t made the upgrade plunge check out Sarah and David’s debate on whether or not you should buy the iPhone 6s.
By Conner Carey on Fri, 01/29/2016
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users can utilize 3D Touch for a plethora of convenient actions and previews. One such action is the ability to 3D Touch a group text in order to individually text a specific person from the group. This saves you the step of opening a new message and searching for the contact when you already have their information right in front of you. Here’s how to 3D Touch a group text to contact anyone in the text individually.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 01/28/2016
Game Center is the main hub for iOS gaming, keeping score, and challenging friends. When playing multiplayer games, you can Auto-Match with a random person, or invite your friends to play. In order to play with your friends from real life, you need to add them to your list of friends in Game Center. Here’s how to send a friend request in Game Center.