How to Disable iMessage for Your Phone Number
Matt Cone December 11, 2021
iMessage is Apple’s end-to-end encrypted instant messaging service that you can use to send text messages, photos, and more to other people who own Apple devices. If you’re switching from an iPhone to an Android phone, you’ll need to disable and deactivate iMessage permanently so it doesn’t interfere with your new phone. You can disable iMessage on your iPhone, but if you’ve already gotten rid of your iPhone, you’ll need to use Apple’s website to disable and deactivate iMessage for your phone number.
How to Disable iMessage on Your iPhone
Matt Cone December 7, 2021
iMessage is Apple’s end-to-end encrypted instant messaging service that you can use to send text messages, photos, and more to other people who own Apple devices. If you don’t want to use iMessage on your iPhone, you can disable it. Disabling iMessage will prevent you from sending and receiving iMessages on your iPhone. But if your iPhone has an active cellular service plan, you’ll still be able to send and receive SMS text messages if your plan supports it.
How to Scan a QR Code with Your iPhone
Matt Cone November 1, 2021
Quick Response (QR) codes are everywhere. These codes provide easy access to text and websites, but you have to scan the QR codes first to visit the see the text or visit the website. You can scan QR codes with your iPhone to reveal the text or website address. Here’s how to scan a QR code with your iPhone: From the home screen, open the Camera app. Point your iPhone’s camera at the QR code, as shown below.
How to Scan Text Using Your iPhone's Camera
Matt Cone October 27, 2021
If you have an iPhone running iOS 15 or later, you might be able use the Live Text feature to scan text in photos. After you scan the text, you can paste it into a different application, such as Notes or Mail. This is a great way to record text off receipts, copy a friend’s written notes, or scan a page from a book. Here’s how to scan text using your iPhone’s camera:
How to Change the Siri Voice on Your iPhone
Matt Cone October 6, 2021
Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant that you can verbally communicate with. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including the iPhone, Siri can help you do things like find information, add calendar events, and send email. Siri comes with a default voice, but if you don’t like that voice, you can select one of the other voices for Siri that are available on your iPhone. Here’s how to change the Siri voice on your iPhone:
How to Activate Siri on Your iPhone
Matt Cone October 2, 2021
Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including iPhones, Siri can help you do things like find information, add calendar events, and send email. Siri is not enabled on your iPhone by default — you have to activate it. This guide shows you how to enable and activate Siri on your iPhone. Here’s how to activate Siri on your iPhone: From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.
How to Automatically Delete Old Messages on Your iPhone
Matt Cone September 25, 2021
iMessage allows you to send and receive free SMS and text messages to your friends and family. But those old text messages can start piling up! After a while, all of the old text messages can start cluttering your iPhone, making it difficult to find the text message threads you’re really interested in. Thankfully, your iPhone contains a feature that can automatically delete old text messages after a certain period of time.
Move Safari's Address Bar to the Top on Your iPhone
Matt Cone September 23, 2021
One of the more dramatic changes in iOS 15 is in the Safari web browser: The address bar moved from the top to the bottom of the screen. But worry not! If you’d like to move Safari’s address bar back to the top of the screen, Apple has given you a setting to do just that. Here’s how to move Safari’s address bar to the top of the screen on your iPhone:
How to Enable Private Relay on Your iPhone
Matt Cone September 21, 2021
When you surf the internet with your iPhone, your personal information is collected at several points along the way. For example, if you visit nytimes.com, the New York Times web server can log your iPhone’s IP address and user agent (iPhone), among other technical details that could be used to identify you. That data can be used to track you around the internet and deliver customized advertisements. Understanding How Private Relay Works Apple’s Private Relay feature — new in iOS 15 and available to iCloud+ subscribers — helps obscure those technical details when using the Safari web browser.
How to Turn Off Read Receipts on your iPhone
Matt Cone September 9, 2021
Your iPhone has the ability to show others when you read their text messages. This feature, known as read receipts, provides visual confirmation in the Messages app that you’ve read someone’s text message. The image below gives you a sense of what read receipts look like from the other person’s perspective. If you don’t want people to know when you’ve read a message, you can turn off the read receipts feature on your iPhone.