Apple makes it easy to share contact cards on the iPhone or iPad—just scroll down in a contact and tap the Share Contact button. But what if you don’t want to share every piece of data on that card? To avoid oversharing in iOS 16 or iPadOS 16, tap the small and easily overlooked button … Read more
Apple has long provided a microphone button in the keyboard to invoke dictation on the iPhone and iPad. But, it wasn’t always easy to hit, and you had to switch back to the keyboard to fix the inevitable mistakes. (Apple’s dictation is a huge timesaver but far from perfect, particularly with homonyms and proper nouns.) … Read more
Do you need to scan something? Your iPhone or iPad can now make light work of scanning short documents into PDF format. Learn how here:
Is your iPhone, iPad, or Mac nearly full? Do you receive a lot of photos and videos via text message? You might consider storing your text messages and their attachments in iCloud to free up storage space on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Have you ever setup a new iPhone, iPad or Mac and notice … Read more
This week’s Tech Tip is a cautionary tale. Please make sure you enable the Find My feature on your iPhone or iPad if you bought AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss protection. The Find My feature was originally called Find My iPhone, but Apple renamed it since it has been added to the Mac, Apple Watch, … Read more
Here are instructions on how to add a Comcast account to an iPhone or iPad. Comcast, like most email providers offer a type of email account called IMAP. These instructions apply to any IMAP email accounts, not just Comcast. For simplicity, I’m going to write iPhone instead or iPhone or iPad, but the instructions are … Read more
Do you have an Exchange email account? Many people think that they have to use Microsoft Outlook on their Mac to access an Exchange account. This is not true. Apple’s Mail application on both Macs and iPhones can be used instead. Here are setup instructions.
Are you unable to either send or receive emails on your iPhone? Are you getting an error message about an incorrect password? Sending and receiving emails are independent processes so one could be working while the other one is not. More specifically, your iPhone could be able to send emails but not receive emails, or … Read more
Does your new iPhone not have a Home button? Are you struggling to figure out how to do some tasks that used to be done using the Home button? Have you discovered that you can no longer turn off your iPhone by pressing and holding the button on the side and then swiping your finger … Read more
Are you trying to decide if you should buy Office for Mac as part of a Microsoft 365 subscription or as a stand-alone product? [Note: Microsoft 365 used to be called Office 365, but Microsoft re-branded in in early 2020.] While cost is one important consideration it is not the only one. I’d like to … Read more
Do you frequently drive to a handful of destinations such as your home, office, gym, coffee shop, restaurant or storage unit? Did you know that you can mark these frequently visited locations as Favorites in the Maps app on your iPhone? Then you can easily get directions to these destinations. Even if you know your … Read more
Do you use Apple’s Mail application on your iPhone or iPad? Do you want to remove one of your email accounts? This process isn’t difficult, but there are a couple of non-obvious steps. Here are instructions for removing an email account from Mail on your iPhone or iPad.
Have you updated your iPad to iOS 11? If so, you may have noticed that all of the keys now display both a letter as well as either a number or a symbol. For example, the “T” key displays both a T and a 5. If you want to type a T, of course, you … Read more
Do you sometimes forget to close the web pages that you open on your iPad or iPhone? If so, here’s a tip on how you can quickly close all of the open web pages. Each page opens in a separate window. These windows are called Tabs.
Do you have a new iPhone X? Are you unsure about how to access certain features on the iPhone X since Apple removed the Home button from this model? If so, check out Apple’s iPhone X support article to help you learn how to use gestures to navigate around your iPhone X. The Normal Neilsen group … Read more
Did you know that you can easily look up any word’s definition that you’re reading in an email or web page on your Mac, iPhone or iPad? All of your Apple devices have built-in dictionaries which are used to display definitions. Here are instructions for performing a look up on your Mac. Instructions for your … Read more
iOS 11, released in October, 2017, adds an Emergency SOS feature, which also gives you a way to disable your TouchID feature. Disabling TouchID could be desired in the event of a mugging or an arrest.
Before you install iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad, please check to see if you rely on older apps which are not compatible with iOS 11. iOS 11 is Apple’s latest major release of software for iPhones and iPads, released at the end of September, 2017. For many years, I’ve recommended holding off on … Read more
When you are away from home, you need to make sure your iPhone connects to wi-fi networks to ensure that it’s getting backed up. This tip assumes that you have automatic backups to iCloud enabled. If you need help turning on this feature or checking to see if it’s on, then please refer to my … Read more
Would you like to make the text on your iPhone or iPad easier to read? I believe the following 3 ways to enlarge text have been available since at least iOS 7 and they continue to be available in the current version of iOS. To turn on any of these options do this: Tap on … Read more