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How to pause iCloud Photo Library updates

Apple’s iCloud Photo Library feature keeps your photos, videos and any edits perfectly synchronized across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV devices…. Read the rest of this post here


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Checking how much storage apps and their data are taking up on iOS devices

iOS 11 lets you delete apps from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch while retaining their data. This allows you to reinstall the app without needing to set it up again. While this is nice, low storage warnings will serve as a reminder that the best way to cut down on wasted storage is to delete those storage-hogging apps and their data…. Read the rest of this post here


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How to use one-handed keyboard mode on iPhone

Apple’s stock keyboard on iOS 11 comes with a special mode designed to make typing with larger iPhones easier. Available on 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones but not on iPad, it shrinks the keys and moves them closer to your thumb.

This makes it far easier to compose messages in one-handed mode because the compressed keyboard is tantamount to the size of the standard keyboard on a four-inch iPhone.

Not only does it make doable to reach all of the letters on larger iPhones, it’s also perfect for accessibility concerns. Plus, this keyboard mode caters to both left and right-handed users.

Here’s how to enable and use the one-handed keyboard on your iPhone with iOS 11…. Read the rest of this post here


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How to get 12 months of Apple Music for the price of 10

Do you use Apple Music on a regular basis and foresee continuing to do so? Are you paying your membership month-to-month? If so, how would you like to get full twelve months of uninterrupted Apple Music experience for the price of ten?

All you need to do is switch your individual month-to-month membership to an annual plan, where available, and you’ll instantly save a cool twenty bucks. Apple quietly introduced this new subscription option in June 2017, following the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Where is this available?

Not all countries are eligible for the $99 annual option.

Thankfully, Apple’s support document titled “Availability of Apple Music and iTunes Match” lists the markets in which customers can access this annual membership, as well as get an Apple Music student membership, access Beats 1 Radio and more.

By the way, the company has long offered 12-month Apple Music Gift Cards for $99. If you’re a student, your cheapest option would be Apple’s special $4.99 per month student plan.

Without further ado, here’s how to switch from a monthly family, individual or student Apple Music membership to an annual one, a savings of $20 during the course of your subscription:

How to switch to annual Apple Music membership

1) Open the Music app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

2) Tap the For You tab at the bottom.

3) Tap the profile icon or your profile photo in the upper-right corner.

4) Choose the option labeled View Apple ID.

You may be asked to sign in with your Apple ID or use Touch ID.

5) Tap Subscriptions.

6) Choose Apple Music Membership from the list of your active subscriptions.

7) Tap Individual (1 Year) underneath the Options headline.

8) You’ll be charged $99 upfront for your annual plan, saving you $12 versus what you’d spend for the full year on a $10 per month plan. Confirm your selection, then tap Back.

Can I do this in iTunes or App Store?

You can switch to an annual membership in iTunes for Mac and Windows, too:

1) Launch iTunes on your computer.

2) Click View My Account under the Account menu.

3) Click Manage next to Subscriptions underneath the Settings heading.

4) Click Edit next to Apple Music Membership, select the option Individual (1 Year) and confirms the selection by clicking Done.

To switch to an annual membership in iOS App Store:

1) Open App Store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

2) Tap the Featured tab at the bottom.

3) Scroll to the bottom of the page, tap your Apple ID then choose View Apple ID.

4) Tap Subscriptions.

5) Choose Apple Music Membership from the list of subscriptions.

6) Tap the option Individual (1 Year) to switch to the annual plan.

Don’t worry if you have already purchased a $99 Apple Music Gift Card—simply redeem the card in desktop iTunes, App Store or the iOS Music app and you’ll be asked if you’d like to switch to the more affordable $99 per year Apple Music plan.

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How to install tvOS public beta on your Apple TV

Apple’s Beta Software Program permits regular users to install betas of iOS, macOS and tvOS on their Apple devices without needing a developer account.

The process for enrolling your iPhone, iPad or Mac to get the public betas from iOS’s Software Update mechanism or Mac App Store is a tad complex and requires that an appropriate configuration profile be installed on your device.

Thankfully, getting on the tvOS public beta program is a lot easier and requires just a few clicks. Here’s how to quickly install the tvOS public beta on your fourth-generation Apple TV.

How to install tvOS public beta on Apple TV

Before you can install the tvOS public beta on your device, you must first sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program and enroll your Apple TV so that it could receive beta updates.

1) Visit beta.apple.com in your web browser and click the blue Sign Up button at the bottom.

2) Use your Apple ID user name and password to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program.

3) Read the Apple Beta Software Agreement, then click the blue Accept button at the bottom.

4) Congratulations, you have just become a public beta tester! Now you must sign in with the same Apple ID on your Apple TV. First, go to Settings → Accounts on the device.

5) Underneath the Apple ID headline, sign into at least one of the account options (“iCloud”, “iTunes and App Store” or “Game Center”) with the same Apple ID that you used to register for the Apple Beta Software Program.

6) Now go to Settings → System → Software Update on the device and you’ll notice a new Get Public Beta Updates options. Click this option with Siri Remote’s Touch surface and follow the onscreen instructions to complete enrollment.

7) Your Apple TV is now set to automatically receive the latest tvOS public beta. If the Automatically Update has been enabled in your Software Updates settings, you should be prompted shortly to download and install the tvOS public beta.

Like before, you can manually check for tvOS beta updates by going to Settings → System → Software Updates → Update Software on this Apple TV.

The usual caveats apply: do not install beta software on devices you use for work. tvOS betas can be riddled with bugs so you the device’s performance may suffer as a result and compatibility with certain apps may be broken.

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