How to Block Phone Numbers on Your iPhone
Matt Cone January 22, 2021
Getting unwanted calls on your iPhone? You can use a feature on your iPhone to block the phone number from calling your iPhone again. After you block the phone number, the caller will still be able to leave you a voice message, but it won’t appear in a notification on your iPhone. Tip: If you’re receiving a lot of “Scam Likely” calls on your iPhone, you may want to block all of the Scam Likely calls on your iPhone.
How to Change the Default Search Engine on iPhone
Matt Cone January 18, 2021
By default, your iPhone’s search engine is set to Google when using the Safari web browser. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to change your iPhone’s default search engine from Google to another search engine like DuckDuckGo or Ecosia. Here’s how to change the default search engine on your iPhone: From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings. Tap Safari. Tap Search Engine. Tap the name of the search engine you want to use on your iPhone.
How to Forward Text Messages to Your Mac
Matt Cone January 17, 2021
Not everyone owns an iPhone, and that means that many text messages are still sent as SMS/MMS text messages. You can forward these text messages from your iPhone to your Mac so they appear in the Messages application on your Mac (you can also respond to the text messages from your Mac). This is a great feature for people who want to do all of their texting from their Mac.
How to Disable Siri on Your iPhone
Matt Cone January 16, 2021
Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including iPhones, Siri can help you find information, add calendar events, and send email. While many people find Siri helpful, some people find it distracting. Others worry about the privacy implications of their voice commands being sent to Apple. In any event, there’s a quick and easy way to turn off Siri on your iPhone. Here’s how to disable Siri on your iPhone:
How to Change Your iPhone's DNS Servers
Matt Cone January 14, 2021
Just like in macOS, you can change the DNS servers on your iPhone. This can significantly speed up Safari and other iPhone apps that use the Internet. For a general introduction to DNS, and to learn why you would want to change the DNS servers on your iPhone, see How to Change Your Mac’s DNS Servers. Before we start, you should know a couple things about how iOS handles DNS. First, these instructions only work for Wi-Fi connections - iOS does not allow you to change the DNS servers when connected to cellular networks.
How to Backup Your iPhone to iCloud
Matt Cone January 13, 2021
iCloud provides an easy way for you to back up your iPhone to iCloud. Enable this feature, and your iPhone will automatically create a copy of the information stored on your iPhone and upload it to Apple’s cloud servers. If you ever lose your iPhone or purchase a new iPhone, you can use the iCloud backup to restore the backup to the new iPhone. Warning: If you enable this feature, Apple can decrypt your backup and provide the contents to law enforcement.
How to Check Your AirPods Battery Life
Matt Cone January 9, 2021
Apple reports that the AirPods Pro headphones can provide 4.5 hours of playback on a single charge. By recharging the headphones with the charging case, you can eek out 24 hours of playback. But how do you check the battery life of the AirPods Pro headphones? There’s a light on the charging case, but it doesn’t provide any indication of how much time you can continue listening to the headphones. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to check the AirPods battery life using an iPhone or a Mac.
How to Find Your iPhone's Serial Number
Matt Cone January 7, 2021
Every iPhone is assigned a unique serial number. This isn’t something you’ll need to know under normal circumstances, but if you ever need to check your AppleCare status or have Apple repair your iPhone, you’ll need to provide them with your iPhone’s serial number. Here’s how to find your iPhone’s serial number: From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings. Tap General, and then tap About. Your iPhone’s serial number is displayed at the top of the page, as shown above.
How to Find Your iPhone's IMEI Number
Matt Cone January 7, 2021
Your iPhone has a unique identifier known as an IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity number. This isn’t information you’ll need under normal circumstances, but this number can be used to unlock your iPhone and activate it with a different mobile carrier. You’ll need the IMEI number to unlock the iPhone and switch carriers. Here’s how to find your iPhone’s IMEI number: From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.
Set Your iPhone's Clock to 24-Hour Time
Matt Cone January 6, 2021
Many people use a 24-hour clock, also known as “military time,” to keep track of time. This is the most commonly used time notation in the world today, and it’s the international standard notation for time of day. The 24-hour clock is especially popular in military and health care environments. Here’s how to set your iPhone’s clock to 24-hour time (military time): From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.