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Tip of the Day: How To Keep Track of Family iDevices

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Losing an iDevice is not something any of us plan to do—but it happens. The easiest way to keep track of your device is to turn on the Find My iPhone feature. Hopefully you'll never need it, but if you do, it's a lifesaver! Here are some reasons that you'll want to use Find My iPhone to see the location of your devices and family members:



Tip of the Day: How to Use Private Tabs in Safari

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Apple knows you may have good reason not to want your iPhone or iPad to track what you're doing when you're browsing the web in Safari, and for some time iOS has had Private Browsing Mode, in which no record is kept of which websites you've visited, your search history, or your AutoFill information. With iOS 8 came the introduction of the convenient feature of private tabs. You can have multiple tabs open, with some of them being private and others not.



Tip of the Day: How to Troubleshoot Unresponsive Apps

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There have been times I’ve been using an app and it started acting upeither by not responding or not working properly.



Tip of the Day: How to Access Shared Purchases in Family Sharing

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The best part of Family Sharing is... sharing! After setting up your Family Group, you can get to sharing all of your purchased content (well, except for the content that's hidden). I love sharing music with my boys, but don't care to have any of their apps on my phone. Here's how to share everything you want to and none of what you don't.



Tip of the Day: How To Set Up a Family Reminder

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Take out the trash, do your chores, don't forget about your sister's dance recital... these are all things I'm sure we find ourselves saying to our children often. Reminders help keep everyone in the family on schedule without you and your spouse having to remember it all (and then pass on reminders)!



Tip of the Day: How to Turn Off Government Alerts

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There have been a couple of times now that I’ve been startled out of a deep sleep by my iPhone emitting a high pitched screeching sound. The sound was to make me aware of an AMBER (child abduction) Alert. 

I think AMBER Alerts are a great thing and help save lives, but what annoyed me was that the alert was from a city almost 300 miles away from me. Was it really relevant to me?

Most of the time the alerts are pinged off of cell towers and are specific to the area. I’m not sure why I received this particular alert, but it made me consider turning it off.



Tip of the Day: How to Encrypt Your iTunes iPhone Backup

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It’s a good idea to get in the habit of backing up your iDevices on a regular basis.  Having a recent backup can prevent the loss of photos, passwords, contacts, settings, and other important data in the event your device is ever stolen or destroyed.  To keep that backup data secure, it's important to encrypt the backup. In fact, some things, such as your passwords, Health data, and Wi-Fi settings can’t be backed up unless the backup is encrypted. 



Tip of the Day: How to Add and Remove Apps From the Dock

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Apple has placed what it thinks are the most useful apps in the dock of the iPad and iPhone, where they are accessible on every Home screen. However, your idea of the most useful apps may be different from Apple's. Here's how to add or remove apps from your dock.



Tip of the Day: How to Share Your Location with Family Members

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Using Apple's Find My Friends, Messages, and Find My iPhone apps, you can share your location with your family members and see theirs, as long as they have also shared their location. This can help you find your spouse in a crowd, find your child at school, or even check to make sure your teens are where they said they were going. Here's how to set up the Find My Friends app to share your location with your family members. (Please note: Find My Friends doesn't come pre-installed on your iDevice and will have to be downloaded from the App Store.)



Tip of the Day: How to Send and Receive Audio Text Messages

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With iOS 8, you can send and receive audio messages to and from other iOS 8 users. This can let you send brief recordings of music, a voice birthday message, and more. 



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