Category Archives: Best iPhone Tips & Tricks

iPhones are amazing and powerful devices. To help you do amazing things with it, we offer this collection of tips and tricks and how-to articles. Some of these are iPhone Basics sort of stuff that are helpful for newer users. Others are how-to’s that are useful even for iPad power users – things like how to print from the iPhone, or the best ways to get photos and videos transferred from an iPhone to the iPad without having to connect to a PC, or how to disable In-App purchases so your kids can’t inadvertently run up your App Store spending. We hope some of these iPhone tips will help you get the most out of your iPhone.

How to use your iPhone as a Wi-fi Hotspot

iPhone Wi-Fi

If you have a family, chances are, you’re sharing some sort of data plan with your iPhone. Most of the time that’s not a bad thing.  In fact, with minor free data increases our family currently shares 15 GB of data a month.  Most of the time the data is only shared between our three iPhones, but we also have an iPad under the same plan.  Add to that the ability to carry over used data each month, and we rarely approach our allotted limit.

With this in mind, sharing data with our iPad’s and laptops that our limited to internet access on Wi-fi only has helped on more than one occasion. All you have to do to share your data connection is to turn your iPhone into a Wi-fi hotspot–and here’s how.

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How to install a third party keyboard on your iPhone

iOS keyboard

For years Apple would not provide an option to download and install any third-party keyboard for iPhones.  Like it or hate it, that’s just how it was–and to be honest, most iPhone users were ok with that.  In fact, I would wager that the majority of iPhone users to this day, aren’t aware that since the introduction of iOS 8, we finally have choices when it comes to what keyboard we choose to use on our iPhones. Luckily there are now options for those who want to use Swift, Flesky, Swype, or any number of other available choices.

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How to set-up Apple pay on your iPhone

ApplePay-Touch-ID

One of the most exciting new features Apple added to the iPhone lineup was the introduction of Apple Pay.  You can use your iPhone at an expanding number of retailers for payments of goods and services, as well as within some apps.  Apple Pay has developed very quickly since it was first introduced in October 2014. It is now accepted in over a million stores and counting. With that in mind, it’s important to know how to set-up Apple Pay as quickly and easily as possible so you can start taking advantage of the most convenient way to checkout at your favorite establishments.

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How to set-up and use Parental Controls on your iPhone

parental-controlsIf you have kids, you’ve probably handed them your iPhone a time or two to keep them occupied while out to dinner.  Perhaps you’ve introduced them to an educational game, or let them use your device for homework or to practice math skills like my youngest son does every week. The earlier you introduce them to technology, the faster they master it.  I know my kids are very tech savvy, more so then I ever was at their age.

However, along with this shared interest in technology, we as parents have a responsibility to keep them safe, and manage what apps they use, and the websites they visit on our devices. I’m _really_ tired of reading posts about parents claiming that Apple needs to refund them for purchases they didn’t authorize. If your young son or daughter uses your iPhone, especially if they know your passcode and Apple ID password, you should be held responsible for purchases made on that phone.

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