The 8 Best Free Photo and Image Editing Apps on iPhone

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Your iPhone takes beautiful photos, but the right apps can make them even better. Most photographers accept post-production as a part of their workflow, but a lot of the time our smartphone images miss out on this important step.

There’s no shortage of solid photo editors for iPhone, and plenty of the options are free. Today we’ve rounded up our favorites including basic adjustment apps, quick fixers, whole-image manipulators, and more.

1. Photos

best photo editing apps for iphone - Photos App

Best for: Quick edits, JPEGs, and sharing.

Your iPhone already comes with an impressive image editor, built right into the Photos app. Launch it, find a photo, and tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen.

Here you can crop and rotate your image, apply filters, and adjust a wide variety of parameters. Rescue the highlights and shadows, adjust exposure and contrast, or convert to black and white.

Photos has its limitations, however. While it can handle RAW files, it only serves up lossy JPEGs to other apps. That means you can’t make edits in Photos and export your RAW to other apps without first duplicating it.

2. Google Snapseed

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Best for: All-round RAW and JPEG editing.

Google’s Snapseed is photo editing powerhouse on both iOS and Android. In 2016 the app was updated to support RAW editing, which makes it probably the best free image editor on the platform.

In addition to several filters, which Snapseed refers to as Looks, there’s a dizzying array of editing tools to choose from. These range from the basics to perspective shifts, selective coloring, instant HDR, and extensive monochrome filters and options.

The app controls nicely too. Just drag left and right to adjust a parameter’s strength, or drag up and down to change the parameter.

Download: Google Snapseed

3. Aviary Photo Editor

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Best for: Hands-off photo editing, instant effects, filter lovers.

If you want an app that’ll hold your hand through the editing process, or perhaps just do it all for you, Aviary is a good choice. It features a ton of instant enhancements for specific scenes like night shots and pictures of food.

There’s also a healthy lineup of filters, and a lot more available for download once you’ve signed in with an Adobe ID. Most of the photo editing tools you’d expect are present, including highlight and shadow recovery, tinting, and white balance correction.

There’s also a few extra features that you don’t normally find, like the ability to add text and stickers to your image, and a “whitening” tool for teeth. There’s even a meme mode for adding text at the top and bottom of your images, making this a Swiss Army knife of mobile photo editing.

Download: Photo Editor by Aviary

4. Instagram

best photo editing apps for iphone - Instagram Photo Editor

Best for: Instagram users, tilt-shift effects, filter lovers.

You’ll need an Instagram account in order to use the app, but you don’t necessarily need to post anything. If you only want to use the social media app for its editing tools and filter presets, you can!

Enable Airplane Mode on your iPhone before tapping Share, then wait for the upload to fail. Tap the X to cancel the upload, and you’ll find your image in your device’s Camera Roll.

Instagram’s tools are familiar and efficient. Since it’s the app that started the filter craze, the included presets are pretty good. It’s also one of the quickest way of applying tilt-shift or vignetting to an image.

Download: Instagram

5. Adobe Photoshop Fix

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Best for: A select few editing tools and quick fixes.

Adobe’s iOS lineup is largely crippled by a reliance on Creative Cloud and no “proper” version of apps like Photoshop for iPad Pro. Lightroom has a good set of editing tools, but if you want to make any real use of it you’ll need to pay for a Creative Cloud subscription.

Photoshop Fix doesn’t try to be a full-fledged photo editor, but it does a select few tasks well. Two standout features are the liquify tool, which allows you to blend and stretch images for subtle or wacky adjustments, and the defocus mask, which is perfect for faking depth of field in your shots.

There’s a healthy range of the usual exposure, contrast, and saturation adjustment sliders, plus spot healing and red eye removal. However, it has no support for RAW editing.

Download: Adobe Photoshop Fix

6. Prisma

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Best for: Weird and wonderful transformations.

Prisma is an app unlike any other here. When you load an image in Prisma, it sends that image to a server where it’s converted into a particular style of art. These styles are modeled on great artists like Picasso and Matisse, but also venture into comic book and futuristic territory.

You can adjust the strength of the filter, which is fortunate since the app produces a mixture of impressive and slightly-off images. Some filters produce images that really look like computer-generated artwork; others transform images into something weird and wonderful.

Prisma has some of its features locked behind a premium subscription. If you want more styles, unlimited HD renders, and an ad-free experience, you’ll need to cough up $ 3 per month.

Download: Prisma

7. Lens Distortions

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Best for: Faking weather effects and retro lenses.

This app is all about emulating the look of fancy glass, weather effects, and lighting. It also includes some basic photo editing tools, and uses layers to blend various effects together.

In addition to lens distortions, like blurs and flares, the app includes bokeh balls, fog, rain, snow, and shimmering effects. You can adjust the intensity, position, and scale of the effects as you see fit. It’s a great step toward achieving that vintage photography feel on any image that’s already on your iPhone.

To unlock even more effects and filters you can subscribe for $ 1 per month. You can also expand the various categories by buying packs outright if you’d rather pay once and keep forever.

Download: Lens Distortions

8. VSCO

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Best for: RAW capture and editing, filters.

You’re going to either love or hate VSCO’s abstract, minimalist interface. To its credit, the app has improved over the years with better labels on its editing tools and a more straightforward approach to image editing.

It’s also the only app on this list capable of capturing RAW images. Tap on the camera and then change the image format to RAW to capture four times as much data every time you press the shutter (if these 12MB RAW file sizes are anything to go by).

The app brings Instagram levels of complexity to RAW editing, with a number of filters included and more available with a VSCO X subscription ($ 20 per year).

Download: VSCO

The Power to Edit Photos in Your iPhone

If you’re serious about your photography, you should be shooting RAW. Support for the format, which captures and retains more detail than lossy JPEG, means you can push your images further in post-production.

Just remember they’ll take up space, so don’t leave them hanging around your iPhone for long.

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How to Merge or Delete Duplicate iPhone Contacts

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Cleaning up your iPhone contacts can be quite the chore. With a free iOS app, the process can be far easier and quicker. If you don’t want to use a third-party app, you can manually delete and merge contacts on your computer, but it will take much longer.

The Easy Method

If you don’t mind granting a third-party app access to your contact list, a popular option is Cleaner. It provides a list of duplicate contacts and numbers, makes it easy to delete old contact info, and merges contacts with the tap of a button.

Cleaner will prompt you to sign up for an account to use the app, but you don’t actually need to in order to use these features:

  1. On the home tab, tap Duplicate Contacts to see a list of all duplicate names listed in your contacts. Alternatively, you can tap Duplicate Phones to see a list of duplicate numbers assigned to different names. There is also the option to view Duplicate Emails and Similar Names.
  2. Tap the contact name or number you want to resolve. You can tap each instance to see the contact information associated with each name. If there are numbers you want to delete tap Edit and then tap the red button next to individual numbers to delete them. 
  3. Under Merged Contact (Preview), you can see what the contact will look like once you’ve merged all the contact information.
  4. Once you’ve deleted any outdated numbers, tap the orange Merge button to merge the contacts one by one. If you’re confident that all duplicates need to be be merged, tap the grey Merge All Duplicates button.

The app also has other contact cleanup features including highlighting missing information including no name, no phone, and no email.

The Manual Method

If you don’t want to grant a third party access to your contact list, you can go through the list manually in your iCloud account. You’ll want to back up your contacts first.

  1. Log in to your iCloud account in a browser.
  2. Click the Contacts icon.
  3. Click the Settings cog and click Select All.
  4. Once all your contacts are selected, click the Settings cog again and this time click Export vCard to export all the contacts as a VCF file. This step is to backup your contacts in case you inadvertently delete a contact you meant to keep.
  5. You can then manually go through all the contacts in the iCloud interface, and manually delete duplicate contacts. To delete a contact, just hit the delete button on your keyboard.
  6. To make changes to a contact, click the Edit button and you can add or remove numbers or other contact information.

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The 10 Best Apple CarPlay Apps for iPhone

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While using your phone while driving is dangerous, you can integrate your phone safely into your ride to enjoy some neat benefits. The App Store has featured apps for motorists for quite some time.

But in the past few years, Apple CarPlay has greatly expanded your iPhone’s utility in the car. If you have a compatible vehicle, CarPlay makes it easy to navigate, respond to messages, and play music. Let’s take a look at some of the best CarPlay apps you can use on your iPhone.

Built-In Apple CarPlay Apps

Apple CarPlay Home

First, let’s look at the apps included with your iPhone that work with CarPlay.

Note that in addition to these, Siri can also access features of the built-in Calendar, Clock, Reminders, and other apps. You won’t see CarPlay icons for them, but you can use commands like Add paper towels to my grocery list or Set an alarm for 7am tomorrow.

1. Maps

Apple CarPlay Maps

Likely the most important app you use in the car is Maps for navigation. Tap its icon, and you’ll get an overview view of your location. Hit the Destinations link and Maps will suggest places based on where you are. You can tap the icons at the top of screen to quickly find gas stations, food, and more.

Use the microphone button on your steering wheel, or tap the Microphone icon in the upper-right corner of the Destinations screen, and you can use Siri to start navigation instead.

Unsurprisingly, Apple Maps is the only navigation option available with CarPlay. That means you can’t use Google Maps or Waze.

2. Phone

Apple CarPlay Phone

The Phone app’s CarPlay integration lets you make and receive calls in your car. Opening the app lets you browse your contacts, open a dialer, review recent calls, or check your voicemail. However, since scanning through a list of contacts while driving is unsafe, you should just use Siri integration to say Call Sarah.

3. Messages

Apple CarPlay Messages

To message safely in the car, you can use the Messages app. Opening it lets you review your recent conversations, which is something only your passenger should do. Like with Phone, Siri makes sending messages easy. You can also have her read your received messages aloud.

Try saying Text Norah I’ll be home in 15 minutes or Read my text messages.

4. Music

Apple CarPlay Music

What’s a drive without the right music? Use the Music app with CarPlay to play music you’ve purchased from iTunes, or anything available on Apple Music if you’re a subscriber.

You can scroll through your playlists and other saved music by opening the app. Or just ask Siri to play your favorite artists, albums, genres, and more. Once you’re playing something, open the Now Playing app to easily adjust playback.

5. Podcasts

Apple CarPlay Podcasts

Prefer listening to podcasts on your commute instead of music? Use the Podcasts app to access the shows on your iPhone. Siri can also help with commands like Play the iPhone Fanatics podcast or Skip ahead one minute.

6. iBook Audiobooks

Apple CarPlay Audiobooks

If you’ve purchased any audiobooks through Apple’s iBook service, you can have them read aloud to you in the car. Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books if you don’t have time to sit down and read. However, if you haven’t purchased anything from Apple’s iBook store yet, check the below options for other audiobook providers.

Additional Apple CarPlay Apps

While the above apps come pre-installed on every iPhone, several third-party apps work with CarPlay as well. Apple keeps tight control over these, so there are only a few hand-picked apps. All of them support Siri for hand-free control.

You’ll see icons for any CarPlay-compatible apps on the CarPlay homescreen as long as they’re installed on your phone. In addition to the below apps, CarPlay works with car manufacturer apps for controlling your vehicle’s features.

7. iHeartRadio

Apple CarPlay iHeartRadio

Prefer to listen to radio in the car, but don’t have a favorite station nearby? iHeart Radio, one of the best radio apps for iOS, is available with CarPlay. Open it and you can browse hundreds of radio stations from across the country. For quick access, save your favorites on your phone before you start driving.

Download: iHeartRadio (Free)

8. WhatsApp

Apple CarPlay WhatsApp

WhatsApp is currently the only third-party messaging app available in CarPlay. It functions almost identically to the Messages app, except you can’t scroll through lists of conversations. All the voice commands you’d expect are here though, so you can have Siri read your incoming messages and respond via voice.

Download: WhatsApp (Free)

9. Spotify

Apple CarPlay Spotify

Spotify is one of Apple Music’s biggest competitors, so it’s great to see it available on CarPlay. Like other music apps, you can browse your playlists and other saved music through the interface, or just use Siri to start playing an album or genre. Remember that you’ll need Spotify Premium to listen ad-free and disable shuffle mode, though.

Download: Spotify (Free)

10. NPR One

Apple CarPlay NPR

Here’s one of the best CarPlay apps for those who prefer news over music or other entertainment in the car. NPR One’s CarPlay integration lets you catch up on public radio news, podcasts, and other stories. Use the quick Catch Up button to review the latest stories, or check Recommendations to see what the app thinks you’ll like.

Download: NPR One (Free)

More Audio Apps for Apple CarPlay

Many of the other best apps for CarPlay are quite similar to the above. They’re nearly all music, radio, podcast, or audiobook apps. To avoid redundancy, we’ll quickly mention a few of them here:

  • Overcast: Popular podcast finder and player with plenty of features.
  • Audible: Amazon-owned audiobook service that’s compatible with nearly every platform (unlike iBooks).
  • Pandora: The best-known internet radio service that lets you create personalized stations for anything.
  • Tidal: If you don’t use any of the other music apps, maybe Jay-Z’s hi-fi music service that promises better sound than the competition will appeal to you. Requires a subscription after free trial.
  • MLB At Bat: The ultimate app for baseball fans, featuring highlights, scores, and more. Requires a subscription.

The Best iPhone Apps, Now in Your Car

Apple has hand-selected only a few apps for CarPlay, so it can’t compete with the amount of apps available for Android Auto.

However, all the apps available here are high-quality and provide the features that most drivers will want. Navigating with Maps, responding to messages by voice, and playing your favorite music, audiobooks, or podcasts all work great with CarPlay.

Now that you’re used to talking to Siri in the car, check out how she can help you improve even more.

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The 9 Most Common iCloud Problems and How to Fix Them

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If you use Apple devices, such as an iPhone or iPad, and perhaps a Mac, then you’re probably using iCloud services as well. For those unaware, iCloud is Apple’s own cloud storage service, keeping your data safe in the cloud and easily accessible across multiple devices.

With iCloud, you can safely and securely store photos, videos, documents, mail, music, apps, and more, all right in the cloud. Data syncs quickly so everything stays up-to-date on your Apple devices.

For the most part, iCloud works fine, but you might encounter issues on occasion. We’re going to cover the most common iCloud problems and provide the solutions.

1. Cannot Connect to iCloud

iCloud Connection Error

The biggest step with iCloud is usually signing in. But sometimes that may fail, and you get the Cannot Connect to Server error message.

The first solution is to check the status of Apple’s servers, which you can do on the Apple status page. If it’s green, you’re good. A yellow or red light signifies issues or maintenance in progress, so you’ll have to wait it out.

Sometimes you may need to verify your iCloud account with updated terms and conditions to get it up and running again. This is an easy fix:

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name] (at the top).
  2. If there’s any change in the Terms & Conditions, then it’ll pop up and prompt you to agree or disagree. Simply agree to verify your account.
  3. If you’ve changed your password for security reasons, then you may need to sign in with the new password to verify your account.

Another simple, but straightforward solution is to log out and log back in. This can work for your iCloud account, as well as your Apple ID for iTunes or the App Store.

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Sign Out. For iTunes and App Store, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Select your account.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click Sign Out for iCloud. For the Store, tap on your account and then Sign Out in the menu prompt.

If all else fails, you may need to use Recovery Mode on your iOS device.

2. iCloud Data Is Not Syncing

Apple ID Settings

While iCloud should sync automatically and changes appear instantly, sometimes that isn’t the case. If that happens, try these fixes in turn:

  1. Restart your device and wait. Sometimes all you need is patience.
  2. Make sure you’re logged in to the right account on all your devices. To check this, just go to Settings > [Your Name] on each iPhone or iPad.
  3. Again, make sure that Apple’s servers are working by checking the status page.

3. App Is Not Saving in iCloud

iCloud Data Sync

Usually apps that use iCloud Drive to store their data do so by default. However, sometimes you must manually toggle them to save to iCloud, either in the app settings or through a permission prompt. It’s easy to check and make sure this is on for the app you want:

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud.
  2. Scroll through the list of apps and make sure that the toggle is green for the apps you want to save in iCloud.

4. Stuck on iCloud Signin or Updating iCloud Settings

Update iCloud Settings Stuck

If you’re trying to sign into iCloud on one device and it gets stuck, but Apple’s servers are functional and your credentials work on another device, then try a basic reboot:

  1. Turn off your phone by holding down the power button.
  2. Press the power button again until the Apple logo shows up.
  3. Re-enter your iCloud account information again in Settings.

If this happens when you’re in the Setup Assistant after updating or setting up a new device, and it asks to set up iCloud, then the restart should work too, or a hard restart. When you try it again, you can opt to skip setting up iCloud during the setup and do it later instead.

5. “Authentication Error” When Signing Into iCloud

Reset iCloud Password

Sometimes you think you have the right login credentials, but may have made a mistake somewhere along the way. If you get an “authentication failed” message when trying to sign in, try this:

  1. Go to appleid.apple.com.
  2. Log in with your Apple ID/iCloud credentials.
  3. If you still can’t log in, then try resetting your account password by clicking the Forgot Apple ID or password? link on the page.

6. “Unsupported Apple ID” When Signing Into iCloud

Apple ID Login

Creating your Apple ID is pretty straightforward. However, you may have created an Apple ID under non-standard circumstances, which can cause issues later.

Typically, if an Apple ID works with the iTunes Store, App Store, Game Center, FaceTime, and other Apple services, then it should work with iCloud. But if it doesn’t work with those services, there may be issues with using it for iCloud.

For this, Apple recommends to contact iCloud support to resolve the issue.

7. Reached or Exceeded iCloud Storage Limit

iCloud Delete Files

When you start using iCloud for everything, it can fill up pretty fast. After all, it can have backups of your iPhone and iPad, along with high-quality photos and videos, documents, and other data in iCloud Drive.

Apple gives everyone 5GB of iCloud storage for free. But that’s usually not enough, and a lot of users end up getting a message saying that they’ve reached or exceeded their iCloud storage limit. When this happens, you won’t be able to do daily backups or save more files in iCloud until you fix it. You have two options for this: make some space or buy more storage.

The first option involves checking your iCloud storage and getting rid of unnecessary data. To do this:

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud. Tap on Manage Storage.
  2. You’ll see all apps and services storing in iCloud in descending order, sorted by largest amount of data.
  3. Tap on an item to view its contents and size.
  4. To get rid of something, just tap on the Delete Documents & Data (or something similar, depending on item) option.
  5. Wait a few moments while iCloud purges the selected data from your storage. Then you can celebrate, because you’ve regained space.

Purchase iCloud Storage

If you prefer not getting rid of anything, then consider buying more storage. It’s easy to do right from your iOS device:

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Manage Storage.
  2. Select Change Storage Plan.
  3. You’ll see your current plan, along with available upgrades below.
  4. Apple’s iCloud plans start at $ 1 a month for 50GB, and go up to 2TB for $ 10 a month.
  5. Select the one you want, and then tap Buy. You’ll get charged immediately and the storage is available right away. The monthly payment date reflects your original purchase date.
  6. Apple charges your card charged every month until you cancel. If you had a paid plan before and needed an upgrade, Apple cancels the existing plan and charges the prorated cost for the new one.

8. Can’t Log In or Out of iCloud: “Verification Failed”

iCloud Verification Failed

If you’re trying to log in or out of your iCloud account in your iPhone or iPad’s Settings, but get a “Verification Failed” error message, there are a few ways to fix this:

  1. Do a hard reboot of your phone. See the link in the “Cannot Connect to iCloud” section above for detailed instructions.
  2. Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi. This is a common issue after updating your device’s software.
  3. Oddly enough, your device’s date and time may be incorrect, thus causing verification issues. Fix this by going to Settings > General > Date & Time. Make sure the Set Automatically option is on, and it should fix itself.
  4. Use another device that has the same Apple ID. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Password & Security > Get Verification Code. This generates a six-digit code that you input on the other device (where you get verification error) if you have Two-Factor Authentication on.

9. iPhone Keeps Asking for iCloud Password

iCloud Password Error

This is an old bug, but one that pops back up at times. You’re in the middle of using your iPhone, when a prompt pops up asking you to enter your iCloud credentials. You do that, but then a few moments later, it pops up again, and again… What do you do?

  1. Rebooting your phone is the first step. Do it the traditional way with the power button, or use the hard restart method mentioned earlier.
  2. Sign out and back in to your iCloud account. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Sign Out. When the prompt comes up, tap Delete from Phone. Then sign in again.
  3. Make sure Apple’s servers are working by checking the status page.
  4. If none of these steps work, try resetting your Apple account password at appleid.apple.com. Enter the new password in the prompt when it appears, and it should fix the problem.
  5. The last resort option is to back up and restore your device. Since this process can be time-consuming, make sure none of the other solutions worked for you.

iCloud Is Simple and Invisible… When It Works Right

Many Apple users rely on iCloud for at least something, if not everything. The service is seamless and invisible, but only when it works. When iCloud problems do come up, they make themselves quite apparent, leading to a frustrating experience.

We’ve covered some of the most common issues with iCloud here, but there are plenty of other annoying problems that can arise. However, when in doubt, it’s always good to try restarting your device to fix any strange problems you’re having before troubleshooting with Google.

Now that you know how to troubleshoot iCloud, check out our guide to fixing crashing iPhone apps.

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How to Set Up, Configure, and Troubleshoot Your Apple HomePod

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Apple’s latest gadget is part wireless speaker, part Siri for the home. As our review of the HomePod found, it’s a considerably better speaker than it is an assistant.

Like any of your gadgets, something can and will go wrong with HomePod. It’s not obvious how to change the basic settings, adjust permissions, or update the firmware either. So today we’ll look at the setup and operation of HomePod, and what you can do when you run into trouble.

If you’re wondering what a HomePod is, check out our essential guide to Apple’s smart speaker.

How to Set Up Your HomePod

Apple has put a lot of work into expediting the setup process for its gadgets over the past few generations. HomePod is no different, pairing via proximity with an iPhone.

  1. Plug in and turn on your HomePod, and wait till you see a flashing white circle.
  2. Bring your iPhone nearby, unlock it, and wait for the HomePod notification to appear onscreen.
  3. Tap Set Up and follow the onscreen instructions.

During this process you’ll be asked if you want to enable Personal Requests. This basically functions as an extension of your iPhone, allowing you to do tasks like create notes and reminders, or send and read messages using your HomePod.

If you enable this feature, anyone in your home will be able to access some of your personal information or send messages on your behalf.

How to Change Your HomePod’s Name and Settings

HomePod Settings

You’ll find your HomePod’s settings under the Home app, which comes pre-installed on iOS. Tap it and you’ll see an overview of your current HomeKit-compliant setup, with any smart devices listed. Tap and hold HomePod (or 3D Touch), then tap Details to configure the device.

Some highlights include:

  • Device Name: Perfect if you have multiple HomePod speakers in your house.
  • Room: Allows you to group devices for whole-room control.
  • Add to Favorites: Enables HomePod media controls in Control Center for faster access.
  • Sound Check: Normalizes volume between songs by boosting or reducing volume.
  • Apple ID: This needs to match the same Apple ID as the primary paired device for personal requests to work.
  • Use Listening History: Let any songs played via HomePod influence your Apple Music For You recommendations. Turn this off if members of your household have wildly differing musical tastes.

How to Change Your HomePod’s Privacy Settings

HomePod Personal Requests

To enable or disable Personal Requests, which allows anyone to send messages, create notes, and other personal Siri requests:

  1. Launch the Home app and tap on Edit at the top.
  2. Tap the name of your home setup at the top of the screen; this is My Home by default.
  3. Tap on your name under People.
  4. Toggle Personal Requests on or off.

HomePod Speaker Access

To limit who can use the HomePod as an AirPlay speaker:

  1. Launch the Home app and tap on Edit at the top.
  2. Tap the name of your home setup at the top of the screen; My Home is the default.
  3. Tap Allow Speaker Access then choose who can access what.
  4. Choose whether or not you need a password.

If you are the Home administrator, you can also use this area to restrict what other members of your household can do. You can also add another Home by tapping Add Home at the top of the screen.

Why Won’t Siri Work on My HomePod?

HomePod with Black Cat

By default, Siri can perform some basic tasks like converting currency and performing simple math regardless of who is present in your household. For personal requests that involve a user’s device or iCloud account (like creating reminders or sending messages), there are some conditions that must be in place.

Personal requests will only work when your iPhone and HomePod share the same Apple ID, your iPhone is set as your primary location device for Find My iPhone, and your iPhone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the HomePod.

Note: You can check your location settings under Settings > [Your Name] > [Your Device] > Find My iPhone.

Why Won’t My HomePod Play Playlists?

Siri HomePod Music Commands

A number of users have encountered this issue over at Apple Support Communities message boards. It’s not well understood why it happens, but some users have suggested that HomePod only works with Apple Music playlists and thus requires an active subscription and having iCloud Music Library enabled.

Others have had success factory resetting their HomePod (instructions at the end of this article). You could also try telling Siri to play my Dance playlist rather than play playlist Dance for improved clarity.

HomePod Makes a Crackling Noise While Playing Music

Apple HomePod With Plug

I’ve experienced this issue myself when streaming content from my iPhone or Mac via AirPlay, and I’m confident it was due to the distance between the source and the HomePod. Try moving closer if you encounter a similar problem. If that doesn’t work, power cycling the HomePod by unplugging it and plugging it back in should do the trick.

HomePod Won’t Play iTunes Match Content

A well-documented issue over at Apple Support Communities, there’s currently no known fix. Many users have complained that playback of iTunes Match content is patchy at best, and nothing they’ve tried (including factory resetting the HomePod) has worked.

We’ll likely have to wait for a firmware update from Apple to see any improvement here.

App “Hasn’t Set That Up With Me Yet” Error

HomePod Touch Panel Siri

You’ll most often hear this error when trying to use an app that’s incompatible with Siri on your iPhone. You can’t do anything about that, but I’ve heard it while trying to use Siri on the HomePod too. The only trick that fixed this error appearing while trying to use Notes and Reminders was power cycling both the affected iPhone and HomePod.

“Setup Failed -6722” Error

This error message can appear on your iPhone while trying to set up HomePod for the first time. If you see it, first you should turn off any other HomeKit devices (like the excellent Sonos AirPlay speakers) and try again.

If that doesn’t work, try waiting 30 minutes, then open the Home app and tap Reconfigure when it appears. Multiple users report that this particular solution from forums poster “Snoop Dogg” worked for them:

“If you wait 30 minutes and then go back to Home app it should offer you to “Reconfigure” your HomeKit. If that doesn’t appear you’ll likely need to sign out of iCloud and sign back in to fix this. Once your Home app opens successfully you should be able to complete setup.”

How to Update HomePod Firmware

HomePod Software Update

You probably won’t ever need to manually do this, since the HomePod is set to install updates automatically by default. You can change that setting on this screen too, though:

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone and tap Edit.
  2. Tap the name of your home setup at the top of the screen, which is My Home by default.
  3. Tap Software Update and wait for your device to check for any new versions. Toggle automatic updates if you want.
  4. If a new version is found, hit Install when prompted and wait.

How to Optimize HomePod Audio

HomePod Play Music

HomePod configures its audio based on the room you’re in. In order to manually tell the device to reconfigure, simply plug it in, pick it up, and set it down again. The accelerometer inside tells HomePod that it’s been moved, and it runs the setup process again.

You should do this when you introduce any large objects nearby, like adding a new monitor on your desk for example.

How to Factory Reset Your HomePod

Remove HomePod from Home App

You can reset your HomePod to a like-new state using two methods. The first uses the Home app:

  1. Launch Home then tap and hold (or 3D Touch) the HomePod you want to reset and hit Details.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap Remove Accessory.

If you no longer have access to the primary iPhone, you’ll have to reset the HomePod using the touch panel on the top:

  1. Turn off HomePod. Wait five seconds, then turn it back on again.
  2. Immediately touch and hold the touch panel at the top.
  3. Watch for a spinning red light and keep holding, Siri will tell you that you’re about to reset HomePod.
  4. Lift your finger when you hear three beeps and your HomePod will reset.

Siri, I’m Home!

HomePod is a great speaker, at a premium price point, with a fairly limited smart home toolkit and personal assistant bolted on. Apple has done its utmost to keep HomePod within the Apple ecosystem, but this often introduces its own quirks and problems.

This is one of the reasons you might want to avoid the HomePod for now. If you have any other issues with your HomePod that we haven’t touched on here, list them in the comments below and we’ll consider adding them to the list.

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Why You Need to Be Using Your iPhone’s “Do Not Disturb” Feature

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Are you tired of notifications distracting you from getting work done on your iPhone or iPad? Do you use your phone as an alarm and worry about unimportant notifications waking you up? Your iPhone has a solution for these issues: Do Not Disturb mode.

When Do Not Disturb is on, all calls and other alerts you receive when your phone is locked won’t make a sound. To easily toggle Do Not Disturb at any time, slide up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center. Tap the crescent moon icon to enable it.

Navigate to Settings > Do Not Disturb to take a look at what you can do with this. You can enable the Do Not Disturb (DND) slider here and your phone will immediately enter DND mode. When it’s on, you’ll see a crescent moon icon in the status bar to indicate so.

Enable the Scheduled slider and you can set a time interval to automatically enable DND. This is an easy way to avoid interruptions while you’re sleeping.

Under the Silence header, you can choose to silence notifications Always instead of just when your phone is locked.

Check the Allow Calls From option to choose who can still call you in Do Not Disturb. You can choose Everyone (which kind of defeats the purpose), No One, Favorites, or another contact group you’ve created.

Enable Repeated Calls, and anyone who calls you two times within three minutes will break through DND.

Do Not Disturb keeps you in control of when your iPhone notifies you. It lets you suppress notifications you don’t need to see while still letting important ones through.

And don’t forget that Do Not Disturb has a few driving options to look at too. You can choose whether to enable it automatically while driving or not, as well as automatically replying to messages from your Favorites contacts group.

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12 Free Pedometer Apps That Are Better Than Fitbit

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Do you get your 10,000 steps every day? To answer this question, many people will immediately look to their wrist, where a Fitbit (or another fitness tracker) will immediately provide an answer.

These glorified pedometers now offer features ranging from basic step/calorie counting (Fitbit Zip), to models with full smartwatch capabilities (Fitbit Versa).

Fitbits are now recognized as an essential tool for anyone interested in losing weight, staying active, or becoming more physically fit. But in reality, that’s simply not true.

You Don’t Need a Fitbit…

There’s no arguing the facts. Fitbit has created a targeted product with great features that can enable some people to change their habits for the better and lead healthier lives.

But there’s also no arguing this fact: you don’t need a Fitbit to see these results. Why?

Fitbits don’t make you healthier. Evidence from scientific studies suggests that wearable activity trackers don’t have lasting results on people’s habits. And while some studies occasionally show a slight increase in user’s active minutes per day, it’s rarely enough to actually have a lasting impact on someone’s health or fitness.

Fitbit’s measurements aren’t as accurate as they’d like you to believe. See also the ongoing lawsuit regarding the accuracy of Fitbit’s heart rate tracker, and reasons your Fitbit isn’t tracking all of your steps.

Fitbits are expensive. You don’t need to spend between $ 70 and $ 250 to count your steps when there are other alternatives available for free!

…But You Do Need to Exercise

This article isn’t meant to discourage anyone from walking more and sitting less. After all, current research suggests a sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest risks for heart disease, stroke, obesity, and death.

Your best protection against many diseases and health risks is to regularly participate in physical activity focused on endurance (150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous cardiovascular activity per week), strength, and flexibility.

Of course, changing your habits can be hard. This is why so many people are drawn to Fitbit. The product offers gentle reminders to get moving, a way to track how much exercise you’ve done in a given week, and gives you a sense of achievement when you meet your goals.

Yet most people already carry their phones with them every day, and they can track your steps using built-in motion sensors. Since we already know that wearables aren’t as accurate as they promise, and that improving your physical activity is about making overall changes in your lifestyle rather than reaching a magic number of steps, an inexpensive app can be your best bet to move towards a healthier lifestyle.

So before you spend a ton of money on a wearable band, why not look at the apps on this list first?

The Best Built-In Pedometer Apps

Want the easiest solution of all? These apps are designed to work directly with your phone.

1. Apple Health

Apple Health is a comprehensive app automatically installed on every iPhone 5s and newer. The app is a way to keep track of all your health and fitness data from a multitude of devices and apps. However, it also has a simple Steps feature that tracks your activity throughout the day.

2. Google Fit

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Unlike its Apple counterpart, Google Fit is not automatically installed on your smartphone. But after installing, it’s incredibly easy to track activity of any kind. You can also track your calories burned, set goals, and check your stats online on Google Fit’s web portal.

Download: Google Fit for Android | Web (Free)

The Best Basic Pedometer Apps

If you want a pedometer app that offers basic functionality without draining your battery life, these apps are excellent options.

3. Stepz

Stepz is a simple app for people who just need a little extra motivation to get walking. The app offers reminders to get moving throughout your day, and shows simple visualizations of your activity habits so you can track your improvement over time. Plus you don’t even need to open the app to see how you’re doing, because your daily steps show automatically in your app’s icon badge.

Download: Stepz for iOS (Free)

4. Accupedo

Accupedo is an ideal choice for Android and iOS users who want an easy way to check their activity levels throughout the day. The app offers a widget for your home screen, daily reminders and summary emails, and an intelligent algorithm that can distinguish between walking and other activities that may cause your phone to move.

Download: Accupedo for iOS | Android (Free)

The Best Visual Pedometer Apps

If you respond better to visual presentations of data than numbers, these apps are for you.

5. StepsApp Pedometer

free pedometer apps - StepsApp Pedometer

StepsApp offers several different visualizations of your health data, including customizable calendar views, line graphs, and a daily widget. The app offers GPS functionality for workout sessions, and a mode that tracks wheelchair pushes in lieu of steps.

Download: StepsApp Pedometer for iOS (Free)

6. Argus

Argus arguably has one of the most innovative pedometer app designs. The appealing honeycomb look of the app’s home screen offers you quick insight into a number of health-related data points. These include steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, caffeine intake, your daily calorie intake, and more.

Download: Argus for iOS | Android (Free)

The Best Route-Tracking Pedometer Apps

Interested in both how far you walk and where exactly you’ve ended up along the way? These apps offer GPS tracking functionality, but be aware that these apps may drain your battery faster than their GPS-free counterparts!

7. Map My Walk

Map My Walk (owned by Under Armour) is one of the best-known apps on this list. The app tracks your walking distance, pace, and calories burned as well as your route. You can then share your route with friends, or explore other walking routes near you for new adventures.

Download: Map My Walk for iOS | Android (Free)

8. Walker

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Walker has similar features to Map My Walk without the large focus on community interactions. You can see overviews of your activity at a glance, as well as a daily step count, and activate your GPS tracking for dedicated walks.

Download: Walker for iOS (Free)

The Best Community-Oriented Pedometer Apps

Want to really step up your step count? Challenge yourself by competing with other users in these pedometer apps.

9. Fitbit

Fitbit Challenges

Some of the best motivation Fitbit provides is its ability to compete with friends and family members across the globe. Believe it or not, you don’t need to purchase a Fitbit to join in.

Instead, download the app and then select No Fitbit Yet when creating an account. You will then be guided through the MobileTrack setup and can log your steps to compete in challenges using your phone’s sensor.

Download: Fitbit for iOS | Android (Free)

10. Quped

Want the fun of competing with others without having to interact with people directly? Quped is an app developed by researchers at the University of Glasgow. Instead of comparing you with individual people, you can see how your stats stack up with norms for people of the same age and gender as you.

Download: Quped for iOS (Free)

The Best Pedometer Apps That Reward You

Sure, being healthy is its own reward. But with these apps you can also earn reward points, discounts, or donations to charity simply by walking more. If these apps don’t inspire you to get a few extra steps in each day, we’re not sure what will.

11. Unicef Kid Power

Want a great way to teach your child about being physically active and giving back to those in need? The Unicef Kid Power app can use a dedicated wristband or your child’s phone to track activity in engaging and entertaining ways. Steps earned and challenges completed result in points that are then turned into food donations organized by Unicef.

Want a similar app targeted at adults? Try Charity Miles.

Download: Unicef Kid Power for iOS | Android (Free)
Download: Charity Miles for iOS | Android (Free)

12. Winwalk

Winwalk is a basic pedometer app that transforms your steps into points, which you can then redeem for gift cards and discounts to major brands. Every 100 steps is equal to one coin, with a maximum of 100 coins per day. Rewards available are based on your location.

Download: Winwalk for Android (Free)

Other Location-Based Rewards Apps

Getting Healthy Without a Fitbit

While Fitbits are fun gadgets to have, they’re definitely not necessary for improving your health. Instead, try out one of these apps for a few weeks (or longer) to see if it provides enough motivation for you to change your physical activity habits.

Still not convinced? There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you buy a Fitbit.

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The 4 Best iPhone Radio Apps Compared

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Increasingly, folks are turning to streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify to enjoy their favorite music. Despite this, traditional terrestrial radio stations have survived. You can enjoy many of these stations on your iPhone thanks to the internet and the rise of digital radio.

You’ll find no shortage of radio-based apps on the App Store. However, only a few of these are worth considering. And of them, one is clearly the best, as you’ll see below.

What Makes a Great Radio App?

You should consider four critical factors when selecting an app to listen to traditional radio stations.

First, you’ll want to make sure the app offers the channels you want. Yes, this sounds like a no-brainer. However, depending on where you live, it may prove challenging. Since most of the best radio apps are free (if only to try), you can find this out with ease.

Second, you may wish to branch out beyond your local channels. Therefore, make sure your solution offers a diverse lineup of stations including those that feature music, talk shows, news, sports, and more.

Next, you may think you only want to listen to the best radio stations on your phone live and with commercials. But premium solutions might change this thinking. The most beneficial radio app solutions are those that also provide extra features such as offline listening or podcasts, even if that means paying extra.

Finally, the best radio apps should receive frequent updates to fix bugs and add new features. Therefore, avoid abandoned apps on the App Store.

1. TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio - iPhone Radio Apps

TuneIn Radio is the best radio app available thanks to its vast, diverse library and ease of use. To date, TuneIn offers over 120,000 live radio stations from around the world across various formats, including music, sports, news, talk, and even podcasts. TuneIn groups stations by location and genre.

A free TuneIn account is all you need to listen to your favorite stations in real time. Although you can’t create stations like you can through Pandora and other services, you can find out if any live stations are currently playing your favorite music.

A $ 10/month TuneIn Pro subscription gives you the ability to record broadcasts for later listening. It also offers live games for NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL teams. A premium subscription also adds commercial-free music and removes display ads. Access to select audiobooks is also available.

Pros:

  • Truly a free service, if you only want to listen to live stations.
  • A premium subscription adds lots of other features.
  • Available on iPhone and iPad, plus the web and other platforms.

Cons:

  • TuneIn isn’t a solution if you’re looking for curation.
  • No Apple Watch support.

Download: TuneIn Radio (Free, subscription available)

2. iHeartRadio

iHeart Radio - iPhone Radio Apps

The iHeartRadio app features live broadcast and digital-only radio stations numbering around 800. While this might not sound like a lot, the stations are among the most popular in the United States. In other words, if you’re looking for a hit local station from your area, the odds are pretty good it’s available here.

Content on iHeartRadio includes music, news, podcasts, sports, talk, and comedy programs.

Besides offering live radio stations, iHeartRadio also allows you to create custom stations based on a song or artist. You can also create a “My Favorites Radio” station offering content based on your listening history.

To date, iHeartRadio also offers two premium subscription plans: the $ 5/month iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access for $ 10/month.

The former gives you the ability to instantly replay songs from the radio and then return to the live radio station in progress. The latter combines the interactive radio functionally of iHeartRadio Plus with the addition of a personal music collection and library. Offline listening is also possible.

Pros:

  • Terrific, easy-to-use interface.
  • Lots of premium offerings.
  • Neat customization tools.
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, plus other platforms.

Cons:

  • Limited library, which is why it’s not the best.
  • The company filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2018.

Download: iHeartRadio (Free, subscriptions available)

3. MyTuner Radio

MyTuner Radio - iPhone Radio Apps

MyTuner Radio first launched in 2012. Since then, its reach has steadily grown and now includes 50,000 radio stations around the world. The service is available in over 200 countries across multiple platforms. Besides iPhone, you can find the service on Apple TV, Apple Watch, Android, on the web, and in the auto market. It also claims to offer access to over a million podcasts.

Currently, myTuner Radio is lacking some of the features found on other services, such as being able to listen to music offline. Additionally, the only premium option is the ability to remove in-app ads.

Pros:

  • Growing listing of stations.
  • Impressive podcast lineup.
  • International coverage.

Cons:

  • Few extras.
  • No offline listening.

Download: myTuner Radio (Free)
Download: myTuner Radio Pro ($ 3)

4. NextRadio

With NextRadio, you can stream live local FM radio broadcasts plus those outside of your area. The service, which only launched on iOS devices in 2017, is entirely free to use.

Stations within NextRadio’s orbit include those featuring music, talk, sports, comedy, and news.

One of NextRadio’s most prominent features is the Live Guide. This allows you to see and select from what’s playing on local stations in real time all at once, rather than searching through each station for something. In doing so, the Live Guide interface displays album art and program details for better music discovery.

NextRadio is the only solution on this list that works with the FM chips installed on select smartphones. This integration means you can listen to any FM channel in your area just as you can with traditional radio boxes.

Current iPhones don’t have FM chips, however, which means NextRadio can only offer music streaming music. The number of stations that support the service is unknown.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • A great “basic” service.

Cons:

  • Limited reach on iOS devices.
  • No premium features.

Download: NextRadio (Free)

What’s Your Favorite Way to Listen to Music?

There are countless solutions for listening to your favorite radio stations on your iPhone. TuneIn Radio is probably the one you’ll like the best. It offers 100,000 stations and lots of extras to provide you with hours of entertainment each day.

Are you looking for more ways to listen to music on your iPhone? You might want to consider Apple Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music. There’s also Pandora, which now has a premium music service.

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How to Remote Control Your Apple TV With an iPhone or iPad

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Apple currently produces two models of Apple TV: a regular HD version (our review) and a new 4K flavor (we’ve compared it to competitors). If you lose your hardware remote, your iPhone or iPad might be the only way you can control your set-top box.

Both run tvOS, a fork of iOS that lets you run apps on your TV, and you can control both using your iPhone or other iOS device. You’ll need to pair the two before you can do so, but the benefits extend beyond simple convenience.

Why Control Apple TV With an iPhone or iPad?

Apple TV Remote

If you’ve used the Apple TV for any length of time, you’ll know that the remote is slippery. Made of smooth aluminium, glass, and a small textured touch pad, Apple’s remote is constantly sliding down cracks in the sofa. It’s small enough that you could vacuum it up or throw it away by mistake, and you’d never know what happened to it.

In the event something happens to your remote, your only means of control is another iOS device. If you don’t fancy spending $ 60 on a replacement remote, you should probably pair a few devices before something happens. It’s always better to pair remotes and not need them than to lose your main remote control and be left with a paperweight.

How Do I Pair an iPhone With Apple TV?

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It’s easy to pair your iPhone with your Apple TV:

  1. On your Apple TV, navigate to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote App and Devices.
  2. Unlock your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device and bring it close to your Apple TV.
  3. Wait for the Apple TV prompt to appear on your screen, then tap Pair.
  4. Authorize your iPhone by typing the PIN displayed by the Apple TV.

When you see a tick, your device is paired and ready. You can pair as many remotes as you like. Simply repeat the process on your iPad, iPod Touch, or another iPhone.

My iPhone and Apple TV Won’t Pair, What Now?

Checking for iOS update on iPhone 7 Plus

Your Apple TV and iPhone will only be able to communicate if they’re on the same network, so the first place to check is the network status of both devices. If your router broadcasts on two bands, make sure both devices are connected to the same one. The SSID (also known as network name) should be identical on both.

You can also try updating both devices to the latest firmware. On the iPhone you’ll find this option under Settings > General > Software Update. On the Apple TV it’s at Settings > System > Software Updates. If both devices are already up to date, you may want to try power cycling your Apple TV under Settings > System > Restart.

Finally, you can try a more drastic measure: re-pairing your device by deleting it and starting over. To do this, on your Apple TV navigate to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Remote App and Devices then select the device you’re trying to pair and hit Un-pair Device. Now follow the instructions above to re-pair.

How Do I Control Apple TV With My iPhone?

Apple TV remote shortcut - Remote Control Apple TV With iPhone

You don’t need to download an app to control your Apple TV. Provided you have updated to the latest version of iOS, just add the Remote shortcut to Control Center:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls on your iPhone.
  2. Under More Controls add the Apple TV Remote to your list of shortcuts.
  3. Exit the Settings app and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Center.
  4. Tap the Apple TV button to launch the control panel.

You can then control your Apple TV by swiping the main navigation panel as you would your hardware remote. You’ll notice this software remote has the same controls as your main remote, but it lacks volume control. This is because your iOS device doesn’t have an infrared blaster to communicate with your TV.

You can also control your Apple TV using two of Apple’s official remote apps: iTunes Remote and Apple TV Remote. The latter is the most recent official addition, but they both work the same way:

  1. Launch your chosen remote app then wait for the list of available devices to update.
  2. Tap on your Apple TV, then input the PIN displayed on your TV.
  3. Control your Apple TV using the software remote by dragging your fingers around the navigation area.

While these apps work perfectly well, native iOS control using Control Center (above) is more convenient and doesn’t require an additional download.

How Do I Type on Apple TV Using iPhone Keyboard?

Apple TV navigation and keyboard

If you’ve successfully paired your Apple TV as per the instructions above, you can simply launch the remote from Control Center to type. When you select a text field, the keyboard will automatically appear on screen. Tap the navigation area to cancel typing. If you’re using one of the downloadable apps, it works in the same way.

Not only does this make searching Netflix and the App Store even easier, it makes logging into apps and services quicker too. If you use a password manager, you can even paste your passwords into the iPhone keyboard text entry field.

How Do I Turn On an Apple TV Without a Remote?

You can use any paired device or app to start your Apple TV. Simply swipe up to reveal Control Center and tap the Apple TV logo shortcut you created earlier. Tap anywhere on the navigation panel to wake up your Apple TV.

How Do I Pair a New Remote With My Apple TV?

Apple TV and Remote

If you bought a new Apple TV remote because your old one disappeared or doesn’t work anymore, you can pair it by turning it on near your Apple TV and waiting. If nothing happens, press and hold Volume Up and Menu until the remote enters pairing mode, then move it close to the Apple TV.

Top Tip: Charge Your Apple TV Remote!

Roughly three times a year my Apple TV remote will start acting up. During this time it won’t register full swipes and I can’t scrub through any media that’s playing. It’s at this point I remember that there’s a battery inside that I never think to charge. Plug your Apple TV remote in for an hour every few weeks to avoid this problem!

For everything you need to know about using your Apple TV, check our our Apple TV setup and troubleshooting guide.

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Apple Unveils a New iPad Aimed at Students

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Apple has updated its entry-level iPad, adding some improved specs and support for the Apple Pencil. But beyond that this is an incremental update, with more staying the same than changing. And this isn’t the budget iPad for students some were expecting.

There have been rumors suggesting Apple was preparing to launch a budget iPad to compete with Chromebooks. Which now includes the first Chrome OS Tablet. Unfortunately, Apple’s bottom line prevents the company from offering a true bargain.

The New iPad: Just Like the Old iPad

The new Apple iPad is just like the last Apple iPad, and the one before that, and… you get the idea. It boasts a 9.7-inch screen, the A10 Fusion chip, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, an HD FaceTime camera, and 10 hours of battery life.

For ordinary consumers, the new iPad will cost $ 329, the same as the current model. The Apple Pencil, which this new model supports, will set you back a further $ 99. However, schools can get the iPad for $ 299 and the Pencil for $ 89. A saving of just $ 40.

Apple thinks this makes the iPad a bargain for students, which is why it focused this event on education and held it in a school in Chicago. The idea being to take the fight to Google, which, thanks to the success of the humble Chromebook, owns the education sector.

Unfortunately for Apple, these paltry savings are simply not enough to make the iPad an attractive option for public schools. Which are facing budget cuts forcing parents to crowdfund for basic supplies. Spending $ 388 on an iPad/Pencil combo is not a priority.

Maybe Apple Will Crack It Next Time

While iPads are fantastic devices for creating and consuming content, a Chromebook makes much more sense in a classroom. Especially as most Chromebooks cost less than the new iPad, and come with a keyboard allowing students to write comfortably.

If Apple really wants to compete in the education sector the company will have to launch an actual budget iPad. Or maybe even forgo a slice of its profit in order to help the next generation of consumers get a good education. But that hasn’t happened yet.

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