iOS

Get more out of alarms in the iOS Clock app

If you’re anything like me, you probably already use your iPhone as your alarm clock (and egg timer…and stopwatch). But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that the Clock app’s alarm feature gives you a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to setting and managing alarms.

In case you aren’t sure how to make an alarm in iOS, pop open the Clock app, then tap the Alarm button in the bottom toolbar. Tap the “+” button in the upper right corner, set a time, then tap Save. To change the alarm later on, tap the Edit button in the upper left, then tap the alarm you want to edit. You can add and remove alarms all you want at any time.

Name your alarms

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How to attach photos to emails in iOS 10

In today’s world of Facebook, Snapchat, and iMessage, there are no shortage of ways to share photos with friends or family members. But sometimes, email is still the easiest, more straightforward approach. After all, email is ubiquitous in a way that other services—even widely used ones—aren’t: If you’re online, you almost assuredly have an email address. With that in mind, here’s how to attach photos to your emails in iOS.

From the Photos app

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Select your photos then tap the Share button to get to the photo emailing feature.

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How to use your iPhone or iPad as a wireless hotspot

Back in January, while I was helping or sister site PCWorld with CES coverage, my Internet blinked out. After scurrying around the house in a panic—I was in the middle of a story—my sister came to the rescue with her iPad, which she set up as an Internet hot spot. 

Whew.

Setting up a wireless hotspot on your iOS device is a simple process, and it’s useful for more than bailing out freaked-out freelance tech journalists. Here’s how to go about it.

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How to create a folder on your iPhone or iPad

If there’s one thing I can fault iOS for, it’s the fact that it isn’t always immediately obvious how to do some very basic things. Organizing apps into folders is one such example: Sure, it’s super easy to do once you know how to do it, but if you’re brand-new to iOS, you could be forgiven for not realizing that the folders feature exists in the first place. But now that you know it’s there, here’s how to use this handy organizational tool.

First, tap and hold your finger on any home screen icon until the icons all start to wiggle around. (If you have an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or 7 Plus, you don’t want to press down too hard with your finger, otherwise you may pop open a menu instead, thanks to your phone’s 3D Touch feature) Once the icons start wiggling, drag one app icon on top of another for a second or two, then lift your finger: Just like that, you’ve created a folder. 

weather folder

A folder for weather apps.

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Which iPhone model do you have? Here's where to look

You probably have a general idea of which iPhone you have—iPhone 6, SE, 4s, and so on. But behind the marketing names, each iPhone configuration has its own model number. You normally won’t need to know this number, but it could come in handy if you ever need to get more technical details about your device. Here’s where you can find your iPhone’s model number—and what that number means.

Which number is which?

Apple uses two numbering schemes for its devices. The first, which we’ll call the “A” number (hat tip to The iPhone Wiki for the name) is a five-digit alphanumeric string that starts with the letter A followed by four numbers.

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How to turn off your iPhone's cellular data

There are plenty of reasons for why you’d want to turn off your iPhone’s cellular data connection. Perhaps you’re running low on battery but need to answer an important call. Maybe you’re on a limited data plan and want to switch on data only as needed. Or maybe you’re handing your iPhone off to your bored toddler and don’t want them to load random webpages.

Whatever your reason, toggling off your data connection only requires a quick hop into the Settings app. Open Settings, tap Cellular, then toggle the Cellular Data switch to the “off” position. To turn it back on, simply return to Settings > Cellular and slide the toggle to the “on” position.

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Switch off Cellular Data to keep your iPhone from connecting to your carrier’s data network.

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