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How to set iPhone to automatically answer calls

Before iPhone came along, certain Nokia handsets and some feature phones by other vendors had had the option to automatically answer an incoming phone call on your behalf.

Beginning with iOS 11, your iPhone supports the same feature as well. Rather than use Siri, this option prompts your phone’s stock Phone app to pick up the call for you.

The feature is, of course, optional and works with all kinds of calls, including regular voice calls, Wi-Fi calls, FaceTime audio and video calls and VoIP calls from apps such as WhatsApp and Skype that integrate with the stock Phone app via Apple’s CallKit framework.

Before we get to it, keep in mind that this feature requires iOS 11 or later.

When to use Auto-Answer Calls

You may want to use the ability for your iPhone to automatically answer incoming calls on your behalf whenever you’d like to use the phone hands-free. For instance, if you’re driving a car that doesn’t have CarPlay or working out at a gym or running while listening to music on your AirPods, you might be tempted to try out this handy capability.

And if you use Apple Watch, which lets you make and receive calls using your paired iPhone’s cellular network, the Auto-Answer call should come in handy in a bunch of other situations when interacting with your phone may be impractical.

Needless to say, if you’d rather pick and choose what you want to answer, this new feature probably won’t be suited to your needs.

How to set iPhone to auto-answer calls

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2) Tap General → Accessibility → Call Audio Routing.

3) Tap Auto-Answer Calls at the bottom of the Call Audio Routing screen.

3) On the next screen, slide the switch Auto-Answer Calls to the ON position.

The feature is disabled by default.

4) Optionally, set the duration of time your iPhone will wait until the call is auto-answered.

5) Close out the Settings app.

Auto-Answer Calls and Do Not Disturb mode

The Auto-Answer mode plays nicely with iOS’s Do Not Disturb mode.

When Auto-Answer is used in conjunction with Do Not Disturb, your iPhone still answers incoming calls from contacts in your Favorites while it’s in Do Not Disturb mode.

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2) Tap Do Not Disturb.

3) Enable Do Not Disturb, either by toggling the Manual switch or set up a custom schedule by sliding the Scheduled switch to the ON position, then set quiet hours for DND.

4) Now tap the Allow Calls From option on the Do Not Disturb screen.

5) Tap the Favorites option.

6) Close out the Settings app.

This will allow calls and messages from favorited contacts through while Do Not Disturb is on.

Combined with the Auto-Answer setting, your iPhone will automatically answer all incoming calls when not using Do Not Disturb, but only the calls from Phone’s Favorites will be auto-answered when the phone is in Do Not Disturb mode.

White-listing contacts for Auto-Answer Calls

Wouldn’t it be great if the Auto-Answer Calls feature allowed you to create a white list so your iPhone would automatically pick up only the most important calls from select people? While that’s not possible directly, you can take advantage of a workaround solution.

In short, it involves turning Do Not Disturb mode on, disabling the Allow Repeat Calls option and setting up the Emergency Bypass feature for your cherry-picked contacts.

1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

2) Tap Do Not Disturb.

3) Slide the Manual switch to the ON position to turn Do Not Disturb on.

4) Disable the option Allow Calls From found on the Do Not Disturb screen.

5) Close out the Settings app.

6) Open the Contacts app.

7) Tap the contact card of the person you’d like to whitelist, then tap Edit.

8) Tap Ringtone, the turn on Emergency Bypass near the top of the contact card.

9) Tap Done to get back to the previous screen.

The Ringtone entry on the contact card should now read “Emergency Bypass on”.

10) Tap Done to save the changes and close the contact card.

This shall allow sounds and vibrations for calls from that particular contact to come through even if Do Not Disturb is on, in turn allowing your iPhone to automatically answer the call as long as the Auto-Answer option has been turned on in Settings.

The downside: in order for this to work, you must use Do Not Disturb without the Allow Repeat Calls option while setting up Emergency Bypass for each and every contact you’d like through.

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Monument Valley 2 — Everything you need to know!

Dive into the beautiful, richly-colored world of Monument Valley 2!

Monument Valley 2 is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed game Monument Valley developed by ustwo games.

If you loved the first Monument Valley, the second one gives you everything you loved about the puzzle game; beautiful 3D puzzles that are challenging and will force you to change your perspective, an eerie but gorgeous soundtrack that adds to the overall experience, and a compelling story that's told with very few words.

Monument Valley 2 isn't just a rehash of the old game as it throws in new mechanics for the player to deal with, including controlling different characters! Here's a look at everything you need to know!

The Objective

Your primary goal is to solve each puzzle you encounter and make it to the final destination, which is typically a door, but on occasion, it's something else.

How you going about solving each puzzle is going to be different depending on the obstacles in front of you. You tap around on the screen to command Ro, the name of the main character, or her daughter to move them through each level.

You'll also need to swipe or tap, hold, and drag certain obstacles you encounter to complete all the levels.

Spinning Handles

Throughout the game, you'll come across many four-pronged handles that spin when you swipe your finger on them. As you spin them around, they will move pieces of the level for you opening up new paths.

When Ro or her daughter are walking across the platforms that these handles control, you will not be able to rotate them. Keep this in mind when you're planning out how to solve the puzzle.

Moving Platforms

In your journey across the colorful Monument Valley, you'll also com across platforms that you can move around the lever in different ways. Some will move side-to-side, and other will move up-and-down; you move these platform by dragging them around the screen.

You'll be able to tell these platforms apart from other structures in each level because they will have two circles sticking out of the platform much like the platform pictured above.

You can move these platforms while Ro and her daughter are on them, meaning they can be used to ferry the ladies around. Incredibly important to keep in mind as you are trying to solve each level.

Pressure Plates

Throughout the puzzles, you will come across a bunch of raised pressure plates. To activate them you'll need Ro or her daughter to step on them.

These pressure plate will often do a variety of things including changing the way the current puzzle is laid out. You'll need to hit the pressure plates in each level before you can proceed to the end of the puzzle.

Don't think in one dimension

On top of the obstacles, each level is designed to play tricks on your mind via cunning optical illusions. Not every puzzle follows a linear path, and sometimes you'll need to move Ro and her daughter onto the side of a building or even have them walk on a ledge upside down.

My advice to you — one gamer to another — is to very carefully examine each level from different angles by rotating your phone. This will allow you to see all the paths available to you and prevent your eyes from getting swept up in the optical illusions!

Monument Valley 2

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AR for iOS FAQ: Everything you need to know!

Apple is doing cool things with Augmented Reality. Here's why you should care.

Augmented Reality isn't a new technology, but as our phones and tablets become more powerful, the limits to what is possible have started to melt away. With Apple jumping into AR, there are a few additional reasons to get excited. Our FAQ will walk you through everything you need to know right now, and how to prepare for your AR future!

What is Augmented Reality?

Where VR replaces everything you see by completely immersing you in another world, AR takes the world around you and adds to it. For Apple, this means looking through the camera on your phone and seeing new things in addition to the real world.

The applications for this kind of technology are nearly endless. You could point your camera at a painting and have details about the artist appear nearby, or see how furniture would look in your office before buying and moving it. And, of course, AR opens the door to a lot of interesting and fun games.

What does Apple want to do with AR?

Basically, everything. Apple is betting on developers wanting to build AR experiences for the millions of iOS users out there and offered plenty of demos during its WWDC keynote and demo areas to prove it. Through ARKit, Apple's new toolkit for AR apps, we've seen demos where the table in front of us has been completely overrun by something virtual and interactive.

For Apple, this is an entirely new category of apps that would all run on every iPhone. Long term, it's possible Apple has plans to build special displays you wear like prescription glasses that make the Augmented world a part of your everyday experience.

How does this compare to the other stuff out there right now?

Apple's AR demos are impressive and fun, but for now it would be premature to compare what we've seen from ARKit to the Microsoft's Hololens or Google's Tango AR kits. Hololens and Tango are designed to be aware of multiple physical spaces and all of the shapes contained within, like a glass on a table or the distance between where you are standing and the wall on the other side of the room. ARKit as it exists right now is able to find flat surfaces and draw on those flat surfaces, but is otherwise limited.

The best thing to compare ARKit to right now is the Facebook Camera app. ARKit is a more capable version of the AR capabilities contained within Facebook's app right now, with the potential to continue improving as we move closer to the launch of iOS 11. Apple is able to use the whole phone, which means systems like Unity and Unreal Engine will allow for much more dynamic and interactive experiences once developers have had time to explore.

Will my existing iPhone and iPad be able to use ARKit apps?

Absolutely! Anything running iOS 11 will be able to install and enjoy ARKit apps, according to Apple. It's a big part of what makes AR such a big deal for developers, knowing there will be so many people around to immediately enjoy these apps and games when the next version of iOS comes out.

That having been said, ARKit apps and games will not be exactly the same on what you have now and the next iPhone and iPad. Apple unveiled the new 10.5-inch and 12.5-inch iPads Pro during WWDC, and these new tablets have a feature which which will make a huge difference in enjoying more complex AR apps and games. The display refresh rate was bumped from 60hz to 120hz, which means what you see through the camera will be noticeably more true to life on this new iPad. The display has also been adjusted so it reflects less incoming light and has a much brighter backlight, which will also help everything AR look much nicer on this iPad.

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You can expect all of these improvements to make their way to the next iPhone as well, because having that killer display experience is everything when you're using that display for AR. Apple is going to make sure AR is best on iPhone, and this new display is going to be a big part of that experience.

How do I get started with ARKit?

Developers interested in building things for iOS 11 can head to the Apple Developer site today, where you'll find forums for building AR apps and beta downloads for everything you need to get started.

The rest of us have two choices in front of us. We can either rush out and buy a new iPad Pro right now and install the iOS 11 beta to try out some of the early demos for AR, or wait for iOS 11 to come out later this Fall when there will be lots of amazing new apps waiting in the App Store.

Which one are you going to do?

Pokémon Go: The Ultimate Guide

How do you get started, find and catch Pokémon, evolve and power up for Gyms, get Gen 2, troubleshoot, and more? Here's everything you need to know!

Updated June, 2017: If you're heading out to take advantage of the summer weather and enjoy some Pokémon Go fun — especially if it's for the first time or the first time in a long time — we've got a completely updated guide to help you make the most of it!

Take location-based gaming, add augmented reality, and mix in characters so beloved they shaped a generation, and what do you get? Pokémon Go! Developed by Niantic, the makers of Ingress, it takes the Pokémon characters and places them in the real world so you can catch, hatch, and evolve them on the go. Playable on both iOS and Android, alone or with family and friends, it's not only incredibly fun, it's become a global phenomenon.

Whether you're just starting, trying to take your training to the next level, or been playing for. a while and looking for new challenges, this is the guide for you! Here's everything you need to know about Pokémon Go!


New: Latest Pokémon Go Updates | Next Pokémon Go Event

Hot: Best movesets | Best Power-Ups | Find rares | Catch bonuses

Guides: Pokémon Go tips + tricks | Pokémon Go cheats


How do you get started with Pokémon Go?

If you're brand new and have never played Pokémon Go before, getting started is easy. All you have to do is create an account. You can use a Pokémon account or you can sign in with a Google Account. If you don't want to share your primary Google Account — including your Gmail, Google Docs, and more — with Pokémon Go, you can make a secondary account exclusively to use with the game.

Once you're done, you create your character, called a "trainer" and customize her or him to represent you or any image you want to portray in the Pokémon Go world. Then you can start playing!

Need help getting signed in, suited up, and started with catching Pokémon, using the menu, dropping Incense and Lures, and all the other basics?

Pokémon Go Beginner's Guide: How to get started with Pokémon Go!

What Pokémon Go tips, tricks, and cheats do you need to know?

I've been playing Pokémon Go since launch day. I'm currently level 39, have completed my Gen 1 and Gen 2 North American Pokédex and most of the medals (Fisherman, though, might take a million years...) Over the last many months, levels, events, and encounters, I've picked up a few tips and tricks that have helped me immensely. It's the stuff I know now that I wish I knew back when I started. Heck, I wish I knew some of it back when I hit level 30!

And... there are also some cheats. They're not how some people want to play, but they include precisely measuring stats, scanning and tracking beyond the legal limits, sneaking in extra power-up, bubble-boosting Gyms, and getting around the speed lock. Use at your own risk.

Pokémon Go tips and tricks you need to know!

Pokémon Go cheats that really work

How do you find and catch rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

Before you can catch any Pokémon in Pokémon Go, you first have to find them. And that can be easier said than done, especially for rare Pokémon like Tyranitar, Snorlax, Dragonite, Lapras, Blissey, Amphoros, and Muk.

There are places like water spawns, though, where you have a higher chance of catching Magikarp and Dratini so you can evolve Gyarados and Dragonite, and there are nests, where many kinds of Pokémon spawn in large numbers for two weeks at a time.

Once you find them, some Pokémon are also considerably harder to catch than others. There are catch rates, flee rates, levels, bonuses, and more to consider.

Pokémon Go Nests: What they are and how to locate them

How to find rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to catch rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go!

How do you level up, hatch eggs, evolve, and power up faster in Pokémon Go?

To be the very best in Pokémon Go you need to get XP and level up faster, and hatch Pokémon Eggs, and get candy and stardust so you can evolve and power up your Pokémon quicker than anyone else.

You get XP by playing the game. You get eggs by spinning PokéStops and hatch them by incubating them and walking with them. You get candy by hatching eggs and catching and trading in Pokémon. You get stardust by hatching eggs, catching Pokémon, and defending Gyms.

But there are ways of getting XP, candy, and stardust more rapidly so you can level up, evolve, and power up sooner. Then you really can be the very best!

Pokémon Go: How to get more XP and level up faster

Pokémon Go: How to get more candy and stardust to power-up your Pokémon

Pokémon Go: How eggs work and how to hatch 'em faster

Which Pokémon should you evolve and which should you power up?

When you catch Pokémon in Pokémon Go, you get candy and Stardust that you can use to evolve them and power them up. But which Pokémon should you evolve and power up? That's the question! If you have favorites, especially favorites from your childhood, by all means, go for those. If you want to evolve the very best Pokémon to use for defending or attacking Gyms, though, those should be your go-tos.

While any of the top 7 Pokémon will sit high up on a Gym for you, it's the ones with the best movesets that'll do the most damage while defending it. Movesets are generated at random, which is vexing, but once you know what they are you can max them out when and if you get them.

But if everyone is putting maxed out Tyranitar, Dragonite, Snorlax, Rhydon, Gyarados, Blissey, Vapereon on Gyms, how do you beat them so you can take down or presitige up a Gym? Why, with their counters, of course!

Best Pokémon to evolve and power up for Gyms

Best Pokémon Go movesets for attack and defense

Best Pokémon Go counters for Blissey, Snorlax, Tyranitar, Dragonite, and more!

How do you get all the gold medals in Pokémon Go?

Getting to level 40 and completing your Pokédex are just a couple of the ways to win in Pokémon Go. Getting gold in all the medals is another. Some of them are easy and some are just a matter of time. Others... are more of a challenge.

While the basic achievement medals don't offer anything by way of rewards, the type medals do. Get gold for one of those and you also get a permanent 1.3x bonus towards catching Pokémon of the same type. Yeah, you want that!

How to get every gold medal in Pokémon Go

What are Pokémon Go updates and events you need to know about?

Pokémon Go has promised a major update every three months or so, and also sneak in some small and medium-sized updates in between. Back in February, we got Gen 2 and just recently we got stat and moveset randomization for everyone under level 30.

There have also been major events held roughly every month, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, the winter holidays, New Year's, Valentine's Day, and spring — with Pokémon Day, Water Festival, and a few others thrown in between.

Pokémon Go Updates: Here's what's new

Pokémon Go Events: Here's what's next!

What about Gen 2 Pokémon? How do you catch 'em all — again?

Pokémon Go Gen 2 arrived in Feburary, 2017, and brought almost 100 new Pokémon to catch, hatch, and evolve. They also brought new evolution items, Shiny Pokémon, and other dynamics to make the game even more exciting — and frustrating!

Shiny Pokémon Go: How to catch gold Magikarp, red Gyarados

How to get Evolution Items in Pokémon Go

How to evolve Umbreon, Espeon, Hitmontop, Blissey, and other Gen 2 Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to catch Unown in Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go Gen 2: The ultimate guide!

How do you prepare for Gen 3 in Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Gen 2 might just have launched but it's never too early to start preparing for Gen 3... and Gen 4. That's because Gen 3 was more of a departure than a sequel to the beloved franchise. There are a couple of new babies but no new evolution. But that simply sets and even bigger, better, stage for the super-evolutions coming in Gen 4.

How to prepare for Gen 3 and Gen 4 in Pokémon Go

What accessories can you use to boost your Pokémon Go play to the next level?

All you really need to enjoy Pokémon Go is your phone and the app, but there are a few other things that you can use to take the game to the next level. That includes Nintendo's Pokémon Go Plus Bluetooth accessory, that lets you catch Pokémon and spin PokéStops faster and more easily than ever; Apple Watch and the Pokémon Go workout extension that lets you hatch eggs in a jiffy; as well as the battery packs, headphones, and other basics that simply let you keep going and going.

Pokémon Go Plus: 5 reasons to buy and a couple not to

Pokémon Go for Apple Watch: The ultimate guide

Best accessories for Pokémon Go

Help! Pokémon Go isn't working! How do you fix it?

Pokémon Go is a lot of fun but it's not without its frustrations. Servers go down, Gyms glitch out, PokéStops stop spinning, everything disappears, and the list goes on and on. It happens on your phone and, if you have an Apple Watch, it happens there as well. Troubleshooting isn't always easy but it is possible. If you're experiencing any grief, here's what you can do!

How to fix Pokémon Go problems on your phone

How to fix Pokémon Go problems on your Apple Watch

Any Pokémon Go questions?

We've done our best to cover Pokémon Go from Abra to Zubat — okay, Bulbasaur to Dragonite! — but if there are any questions we didn't answer, drop them in the comments below!

Essentially losing it: Unbridled enthusiasm for an upcoming phone

Andy Rubin revealed more information about the iPhone-killing Essential Phone this week and, if you’re curious about it, never fear because The Verge has published no fewer than infinity stories on it.

OK, that may be an exaggeration. The Macalope doesn’t really know because he stopped counting at 9 pieces that can best be summed up as “Isn’t Andy Rubin dreamy? What do you think he’s doing right now? Probably something really cool.” That doesn’t include stories on Essential Home, the other product Rubin pre-announced which is a home speaker system that is supposed to compete against the Amazon Echo and Google Home while simultaneously working “seamlessly” with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.

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