Whether you're calling, sending taps, or answering a message, the Apple Watch makes communication more convenient.
Need to quickly let someone know you're running late for a meeting, or place a quick call? The Apple Watch lets you stay in touch with those most important to you without reaching for your iPhone. You can give your favorite contacts one-button access, create a new message and dictate whatever it is you need to say, and even send your heartbeat to let someone know you're thinking about them.
However you want to use your Apple Watch to communicate, here's everything you need to know!
Use Nearby Friends? If you don't want Facebook for iPhone tracking your every move, you're going to want to change your settings.
I like using Facebook to share what I want, when I want, and it's fair game. But many of us don't fancy a social network tracking our every move, even privately. If you use Facebook's Nearby Friends feature, however, you may be at risk of just that. If you'd prefer not to have a personal map of every place you've been accessible via your Facebook account, here's how to change your settings and put the social network back in its place.
If you use location sharing with family and friends, you'll want to make sure iOS is sharing from the right device.
There are lots of reasons you may want to share your location through the Messages app or Find My Friends. For example, sharing a location is a lot faster than manually typing out a location to someone. If you have more than one iOS device, maybe an iPhone and an iPad for example, you may want to change which one is used for default location sharing.
If you have an Apple Watch, you can now triage your Todoist tasks faster than ever.
Todoist is a full-featured to-do and task management app available for many platforms, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As of Thursday, Todoist is also available for the Apple Watch: The watch app lets you view, mark, and manage tasks right on your wrist. The iOS update also includes several improvements and performance enhancements to the Today view widget and share extension.
Pictures and videos stored in the Messages app can take up lots of storage space on your iPhone and iPad.
If you've already saved a lot of them, there's little reason to keep them hanging around in the Messages app. Deleting them all one by one would be a daunting and tedious task. Instead, you can delete multiple images or videos at once in the Messages app. You've just got to know where to look!
If Safari just isn't your thing, here are some other great browsers to choose from.
The iPhone's built-in browser, Safari, is perfect for many people. But it's not perfect for everyone. If you want or need something different, like Google account sync, Flash support, or night reading, the App Store has you covered. If you already know which browser you want, great! If not, and you want to try some alternatives, here are our favorites!
Saving pictures and videos in the Messages app for iPhone and iPad doesn't have to take forever.
If someone sends you multiple photos and videos and you'd like to save them, there's no need to do it individually. Thanks to the Messages app, you can save multiple pictures or videos to the Photos app all in one go!
Having trouble getting iTunes to recognize your iPhone or iPad?
While there are are fewer reasons than ever to plug your iPhone or iPad into iTunes on your computer as time goes on, when you do — to transfer large media files, to make an encrypted backup, to restore your device, etc. — you need it to work. So what happens when it doesn't? What happens when it won't connect to iTunes? That's the issue we tackle in this edition of iOS Help!
By default the collections and years views in the Photos app don't show all your photos — but you can change that.
If you use the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad to sort, organize, and find your photos, there are lots of ways you can make that task easier. While one is simply using the search feature, another is by adjust exactly what the Photos tab shows under the Collections and Years views. By default you only see a summary of photos that iOS picks at random. If you'd rather see all your photos in these views, you just have to change a setting!
Debating over which weather app you should use on your iPhone?
What exactly is the best iPhone app for weather watchers? That's a tough question to answer. Apple has their own, built-in Weather app, with edge-to-edge graphics and subtle, elegant animations. However, it's still decidedly on the simple side. Since weather apps have become something of a playground for great designers and developers these days, there are many excellent, yet very different alternatives to be found in the App Store. The toughest part is choosing between them. If you need help deciding, these are currently our absolute favorites!
If you have thousands of photos and videos on your iPhone or iPad, finding a particular one can be a challenge.
Luckily, the built-in Photos app offers some incredibly useful search tools. As long as you can remember where or when a photo or video was taken, the Photos app can help narrow down your search quickly. And if you've tagged Faces in Photos for OS X, you can even search for people, too! As long as you remember something about the picture or video in question, odds are the Photos app can help you track it down.
If you belong to several groups on Facebook, notifications can get annoying incredibly fast.
When you join a new group on Facebook, you're automatically subscribed to all notifications by default. That means your notifications feed can end up being littered with unnecessary alerts every time someone posts something to that group. That's exactly the problem iMore reader Katelin recently ran into:
I am a member of a few groups on Facebook. I find them useful, but I don't need to receive notifications on my iPhone or see information in my news feed every single time someone makes a post. How do I stop this?
I feel your pain and had the same problem with Facebook groups a while back. Luckily, Facebook was kind enough to give you an option to disable these annoying behaviors. You just have to know where to look.
I ordered an Apple Watch to help me track health and fitness data. Almost a month into using it, however, I'm finding its best feature is that it keeps me off my iPhone and iPad.
Smartphone usage has gotten completely out of hand, though I doubt that's breaking news to anyone. Whether you're sitting at home with your significant other or you're out with friends, you'll see smartphones popping up almost everywhere you look. The time we should spend talking and communicating with one another is instead spent behind glowing screens filled with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, RSS feeds, and YouTube.
I don't think we mean to get as engrossed as we do, but it happens. I'm guilty of it myself. My iPhone buzzes or beeps and instinct tells me to reach for it. I only intend to respond to a single message, but Twitter grabs my attention, or an incoming email pulls me further down the rabbit hole. It's over; I've checked out of the conversation happening around me.
Have apps on your Apple Watch that are stuck installing or updating?
If so, you're not alone. Sometimes, no matter how much time you give an Apple Watch app to install or update, it still shows the loading icon. While Apple will most likely address this issue in a future update, we can walk you through how to unstick app installs and updates right now!
If you want to hit the beach — or the hot tub! — with your iPhone 6 Plus, a waterproof case is a must-have.
A waterproof case not only protects your iPhone 6 Plus from water damage, but from sand, dust, and dirt as well. It also lets you take awesome underwater pictures! Since failure isn't an option, it's so important to make sure you pick the right waterproof case for you. Here are the ones we recommend!
Tired of Google Chrome launching every time you restart or log in to your Mac?
If Chrome is your browser of choice, it can be convenient. If you tried Chrome but switched back to Safari, like I recently did, it can be annoying. I still want to be able to use Chrome from time to time, but I don't want it opening on login or launching on startup. Luckily, there's a super simple way to get Chrome to stop launching automatically, and it only takes a few clicks!
Having problems getting Google Calendars to show up in the Calendars app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac?
If you accepted an invitation from someone to share a Google calendar but aren't seeing it on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac; it could be due to your Google Sync settings. Google turns sync off by default for new calendars, particularly shared ones. It's frustrating, and it's why you can't immediately see them on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac even when you can see them online. Luckily it's also simple to fix — once you know how!