How to Make Chrome the Default Browser on iPhone and iPad

The iPhone has been out for over a decade, and for most of that time, Apple has only allowed one browser to be the default. Safari, the one they built; till iOS 14 and higher, has been the only supported browser.

The iPhone has been out for over a decade, and for most of that time, Apple has only allowed one browser to be the default. Safari, the one they built; till iOS 14 and higher, has been the only supported browser.

This means that Google Chrome fans can finally set the app as their default, and use it for all their browsing.

As long as your device is running the latest version of the operating system, this setting should be available to you.

You can change the default browser in the Settings app. First, though, make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Chrome from the App Store and opened it at least once.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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First, launch your Settings app (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll way down to the Chrome section and tap on it. See below image:

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Selecting Chrome app settings

Now, tap the Default Browser App option. See following image:

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Selecting Default Browser App option

You will see a list of installed browsers. Tap the Chrome app to place a checkmark by it. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Chrome as the default browser

To ensure your setting, tap the Back text button. You may now exit Settings.

That’s all you need to do! Chrome is now your default browser on your iPhone and/or iPad.

You may still see Safari if an app uses this browser by default. If this happens, you can simply tap the associated browser icon to reopen the page in Chrome.

If you want to revert back to Safari or choose another browser, navigate back to the Default Browser App section in the Chrome or Safari settings.

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How to Automatically Change Dark Mode Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad

Changing the wallpaper or background on your iPhone and iPad is a great way to update the appearance of your device, especially with the Dark Mode Apple wallpaper options to choose from. You need to have your device updated to at least iOS 13 or iPadOS 13. It’s best to update to iOS 14 if you’re looking to stay up to date

Changing the wallpaper or background on your iPhone and iPad is a great way to update the appearance of your device, especially with the Dark Mode Apple wallpaper options to choose from. You need to have your device updated to at least iOS 13 or iPadOS 13. It’s best to update to iOS 14 or higher if you are looking to stay up to date.

By using special wallpapers provided by Apple, they will automatically operate in both light and dark modes.

Let’s get started finding and changing our device’s wallpaper to a Dark Mode option.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, tap the Wallpaper option. See below image:

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Selecting Wallpaper option

Now, in its settings, tap the Choose a New Wallpaper option. See following image:

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Selecting the new Wallpaper option

On the Choose screen, tap the Stills category. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Stills category

In the Stills category, select a wallpaper that includes the dark mode icon. This looks like several concentric circles with the center cut out of them. If you scroll down, you will notice stills without the icon; these will not work for our purposes. See below image:

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Choosing a Dark Mode Wallpaper

The wallpapers with the dark and light mode icon will change automatically between dark and light versions when dark or light mode is activated.

Once you have selected a still, tap the Set option. See following image:

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Selecting the Set option

Now, decide whether you want to see the wallpaper on your Lock screen, Home screen, or both; or Cancel your selection. Refer to below image:

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Choosing where to apply the new Wallpaper

Next, exit Settings and switch from light to dark mode (or vice versa) by opening Control Center, (swipe down from upper right-hand corner in iOS 14 or higher). Now, hold down the brightness slider, and tap the dark or light mode button to switch modes. After you switch, you will notice that the wallpaper you set changes automatically to match.

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How to Enable Full Screen Incoming Calls on iPhone or iPad in iOS or iPadOS 14

In iOS and iPad OS 14, Apple introduced persistent call banners instead of full-screen notifications. This means that when your device is unlocked, regular, FaceTime, and third-party VoIP incoming call banners take only a small space at the top.

In iOS and iPad OS 14, Apple introduced persistent call banners instead of full-screen notifications. This means that when your device is unlocked, regular, FaceTime, and third-party VoIP incoming call banners take only a small space at the top.

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Incoming Call banner mode

This compact UI feature is turned on by default. While you can swipe down on a banner to quickly expand the incoming call to the full-screen mode, it is not a permanent solution.

However, if you want a big contact picture in incoming calls, or do not like the new style, or it’s too easy to miss and you prefer the old way, here is how to activate this feature in iOS and iPadOS 14.

This is for iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14

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Open the Settings app (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down to the Phone section. See below image:

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Accessing the Phone option

Now, choose Incoming Calls option. See following image:

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Accessing Incoming Calls option

Next, checkmark the Full Screen option. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Full Screen for incoming calls

The next time you receive a phone call (a cellular or a VoIP call), you will see a full-screen incoming call notification. See below image:

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Incoming Calls full screen mode

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How to Use the Magnifier Feature on iPhone or iPad in iOS 14

Your device can serve as a magnifier so you can better view the world around you. The built-in Magnifier tool uses the camera to zoom in like a magnifying glass. You can use the Magnifier to better see faraway objects or enlarge items that are closer to you, like text in a book or on a computer screen.

Your device can serve as a magnifier so you can better view the world around you. The built-in Magnifier tool uses the camera to zoom in like a magnifying glass. You can use the Magnifier to better see faraway objects or enlarge items that are closer to you, like text in a book or on a computer screen. Lets explorehow to use the Magnifier.

This is for the iPhone or iPad running iOS 14+

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Setup Magnifier

To enable the feature, go to

Settings > Accessibility > Magnifier

and toggle On the switch for Magnifier. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Magnifier

The Magnifier then appears on your Home Screen as an app. To launch the tool, just tap its icon. In my example, my first available Home Screen area is at the bottom right of the 6th page. See below image:

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Accessing the Magnifier app

The Magnifier Toolbar

Notice that the objects within the view of your camera are magnified in the viewfinder. Using the Magnifier panel at the bottom of your screen, drag the slider or pinch your fingers in and out to zoom in and out of the object. You can move the Magnifier panel around the screen by dragging any empty area of it with your finger. See following image:

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The Magnifier Toolbar

The Brightness Option

Tap the icon for Brightness and then drag the slider to increase or decrease the brightness. Tap the icon again to turn off the Brightness slider. Refer to below image:

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The Brighness option

The Filter Option

Tap the Filter icon to choose between different filters and find one that improves the clarity of the object. Tap the icon again to turn off the Filter gallery. Tap the Flashlight icon to turn on your device’s flashlight and throw more light onto the object. See below image:

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The Filter option

The Capture and View Options

To capture an image of the object you are viewing, press the Shutter button. You can then view any images you capture by tapping the View button. Swipe through the thumbnails of your captured images at the bottom left-hand corner and tap a specific picture to view it. See following image:

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Selecting a snapshot to view

The Share Option

From here, you can also tap the Share icon to share an image with someone else via an app or service. Refer to below image:

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Sharing your snapshot via Social Media

Close the Magnifier

Tap the End link at the upper left-hand corner to return to the Magnifier screen. See following image:

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Close the Magnifier

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How to View Privacy and Other Features in Safari for iPhone and iPad

Apple’s default web browser on iPhone or iPad is Safari, but have you ever taken the time to investigate its many hidden features and settings? We are going to concentrate on three features regarding security, privacy and the new start page. You may be amazed at what you find, at least we were.

Apple’s default web browser on iPhone or iPad is Safari, but have you ever taken the time to investigate its many hidden features and settings? We are going to concentrate on three features regarding security, privacy and the new start page. You may be amazed at what you find, at least we were.

With iOS or iPadOS 14 and higher, Safari has a few new tricks up its sleeve, including privacy reports, and password monitoring. Let’s explore three hidden features.

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Your Privacy Report

Cross-site trackers monitor your web-based activities as you surf from one site to another, an activity that can certainly raise privacy concerns. Safari blocks such trackers from profiling you by default, and now allows you to see which sites and trackers are blocked.

First, to check your Privacy Report, tap the aA icon in upper left-hand corner of a website. Next, tap Privacy Report. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Privacy Report

Now, your report will open. See below image:

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Your Privacy Report

In my Privacy Report, I have 164 trackers with 78% of visited websites with trackers.

Next, click the Show More link to learn more about the cross-site tracking and how Apple blocks them and to read about trackers. The window reveals how many trackers were prevented from profiling you and how many sites contacted such trackers. See following image:

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Stats about your browsing

Let’s go back one screen and tap the Show Less link. Now, scroll down till you see two tabs. Websites and Trackers tabs. Refer to below image:

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Verbage about trackers

Next, tap on a Website to see which trackers were blocked. See below image:

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Selecting a website for tracking info

In my example, I selected Microsoft.com. Yes, even Microsoft has trackers. You may be alarmed at the number and percentage of trackers wanting to profile you, especially if you access Safari a lot. Your device is blocking them.

You may tap on the Trackers link to see a list of trackers. See following image:

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The list of trackers for a website

My son works for a cyber security firm. He helps recover “hacked” devices. If a person wants to “hack” your device, with the proper tools, they can. The best you can do, is to “protect” your device. by using security features on your device and apps, having strong passwords, using multi factor authentication, and the like.

Your iCloud Passwords

On your iPhone or iPad, you can now see any passwords saved in the iCloud Keychain that has been leaked in a data breach, are being reused for multiple login credentials, or are considered weak.

First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down to the Passwords option and tap it. See below image:

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Accessing the Passwords option

Next, tap the Security Recommendations option. See following image:

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Accessing Security Recommendations option

Now, you can tap a specific entry to delete or change the password. You may be surprised by passwords you have forgotten. Apple has provided a link to access the website for updating these passwords. In my example, I have one High Priority password that I need to change; one that I had forgotten about. The password for PayPal website has been erased for privacy purposes. Refer to below image:

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Your comprised passwords

Your New Start Page

Safari debuted a new Start page with the release of iOS/iPadOS 13. Open a new tab by taping the plus “+” button at the bottom of your screen. See below image:

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Selecting a new tab

Now, you will see your bookmarks, frequently visited sites, and Siri suggested sites. Tap the Show More or Show Less link in the upper right to see more or fewer icons. See following image:

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Your new Start page

Using SpeedTest

Althrough not a feature of privacy in Safari, you may want to know about the speed of your ISP for downloads and uploads. This tool is best used for a PC or Mac. Simply, head over to SpeedTest in your browser for your ISP speeds. Next, click the big round GO button. When it is finished, you will see your results like the image below:

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Results of running SpeedTest

You can click the GO button again to rerun the test. Your results will differ depending on the time of day and Internet traffic. The firm, Ookla, has specific apps for your operating system that you can download and use.

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How to Use the Zoom Feature on iPhone or iPad in iOS 14

Zoom is an accessibility feature that makes everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen bigger and much easier to read.

Zoom is an accessibility feature that makes everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen bigger and much easier to read.

It defaults to 5x magnification but can be set from 1x to 15x, depending on your preference and needs. You can pair it with Voice Over for further assistance to those with visual impairments.

Let us explore how to setup and use this feature.

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Setup Zoom Settings

To enable the feature, go to

 Settings > Accessibility > Zoom

and toggle On the switch for Zoom. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Zoom feature

A small window pops up that zooms in on the portion of the screen on which the window is resting. You can move the Zoom window by dragging the small bar that appears in the middle bottom of the window. You can also swipe up and down on the screen to change which section is zoomed in. (Note! We are unable to capture the screen while in Zoom.)

Turning on the Follow Focus button moves the Zoom window to the text you are typing and will follow along as you type. Turning on Smart Typing moves the Zoom window when a keyboard pops up so that the text is zoomed in but the keyboard is not. See below image:

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Two Zoom options

More Zoom Settings

On the Zoom settings, you can toggle Keyboard Shortcuts, Zoom Controller, Zoom Region, and Zoom Filter. Each switch has an associated menu of features to choose. At the bottom of the Zoom settings, you may adjust the Maximum Zoom Level (the default is 5x). See following image:

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More Zoom options

The Keyboard Shortcuts is a list of shortcuts to use on your keyboard for various Zoom features. Refer to below image:

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Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts

Setup Zoom Controller

Show Controller displays a round on-screen controller that you can use to move the Zoom window around the screen. Tap the controller to display a menu with options to zoom in/out, choose the region, resize the lens, choose a filter, or hide/show the controller. See below image:

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Zoom Controller options

You can zoom in or out with the first menu option. Choosing Region lets you choose a Full Screen Zoom or a Window Zoom.

Full-Screen Zoom makes the Zoom window disappear, while the entire screen is zoomed in instead. With Window Zoom, you use the Zoom window to zoom in on a small section of the screen as you move it around. See followimg image:

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Zoom window options

Resize Lens feature allows you to resize the Zoom area you are viewing by grabbing and dragging on its handles. Refer to below image:

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Resize Lens option

The option to Choose Filter applies a specific color filter to the Zoom window in an attempt to make the text easier to read. See below image:

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Zoom filter options

iPhone/iPad Tapping Shortcuts

Once you have Zoom enabled, you can use it on the fly. Here’s how to use it:

  • Double-tap with three fingers anywhere on the screen to enable and disable zoom. You can do this from pretty much anywhere.
  • Drag three fingers around the screen to pan around and move to another area of the screen.
  • Use one or two fingers to scroll in the particular section that is on the display.
  • Tap and hold the anchor to drag the magnifying glass up and down the screen.

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How to Use Emoji in Microsoft Word

One of the most common forms of shorthand communication developed for the mobile age is the icon-based vocabulary known as Emoji. You have seen those seen Emoji pictures on social media. It’s available for Microsoft Word in Windows 10, MacOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android.

One of the most common forms of shorthand communication developed for the mobile age is the icon-based vocabulary known as Emoji. You have seen those seen Emoji pictures on social media. It’s available for Microsoft Word in Windows 10, MacOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android.

Microsoft Word is an indisputable application in the documentation world. When preparing documentations, you can easily insert Emoji to jazz up a Word document on various devices.

You can enter an Emoji in Word in the same way you can enter an Emoji in any other application. While typing in a Word document, just use the appropriate keyboard shortcut for your operating system. Let!s explore how this is done.

This is for devices supporting Microsoft Word. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Open Rmoji Keyboard

Open your Word document and position the cursor where you want to insert the Emoji.

  • For Windows 10 – Press, “Windows + Period” keys or “Windows + Semicolon” keys to open the Emoji picker.
  • For MaOS – Press “Command + Control + Space” keys to open Emoji keyboard on a Mac, which is a Character Viewer app in MacOS.
  • For iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, you can use the standard Emoji keyboard.

These keyboard shortcuts work in basically all Windows or Mac applications.

A pop-up will be displayed with all popular emoji symbols. The most frequently used Emoji will appear first. Refer to below image:

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The Emoji keyboard

Searching for an Emoji

On both Windows and Mac, you can start typing the name of an Emoji to search for it. For example, to find “music” related Emoji, just start typing a few characters of the keyword. You can also just scroll through the long list of Emoji to find one.

Use the arrow keys and press Enter or click an Emoji to insert it. See below image:

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Searching for a music Emoji

The Emoji you insert into your document will appear as a colorful icon. You can resize them. adjust their font size, just as you would with any other text in the document.

See following image for an inserted “music”Emoji followed by text:

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Inserting an Emoji followed by some text

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How to Disable Auto-Correct on iPhone or iPad in iOS 14

f you use a lot of terms, proper names, acronyms, or places, you may want to turn off Auto-Correct that is enabled by default.

If you use a lot of terms, proper names, acronyms, or places, you may want to turn off Auto-Correct that is enabled by default.

When your iPhone or iPad corrects a word automatically, it’s drawing on both a dictionary and a predictive text algorithm that learns from how you type. The dictionary may not include every proper name, acronym, or new term as it appears on the screen, so it can be frustrating when Auto-Correct changes what you know is correct. Also, if you misspell a certain word frequently enough, the predictive text algorithm will learn that typo, and it may begin “fixing” correct instances of a word or term when you do not want it to.

The easiest way to deal with Auto-Correct is to turn it off completely. (Note! IFfyou use an everyday language, it is recommended not to disable this feature to avoid typos). If you need to turn it off, here’s how to disable Auto-Correct.

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First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down and launch General. See below image:

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Accessing General option

Next, scroll down to Keyboard and tap it. See following image:

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Accessing Keyboard option

In the Keyboard settings, scroll down to the All Keyboards sections. Tap the toggle beside Auto-Correction to disable it. Refer to below image:

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Disabling Auto-Correction

Next, let’s go back one screen to make sure the change registers. You may now exit Settings.

You can always turn Auto-Correct back on by following the above steps.

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How to Place New iPhone Apps in iOS 14

Starting with iOS 14, you can choose whether to place downloaded apps either on the Home Screen or in the App Library on your iPhone. The latter option can help you keep the Home Screen uncluttered.

Starting with iOS 14, you can choose whether to place downloaded apps either on the Home Screen or in the App Library on your iPhone. The latter option can help you keep the Home Screen uncluttered. Let’s explore how this is done.

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First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down to the Home Screen option and tap it. See below image;

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Accessing the Home Screen option

Locate the Newly Downloaded Apps section. There, you will find the two choices:

Add to Home Screen – If you want new apps you download to appear on the Home Screen (the default behavior prior to iOS 14). Apps will also appear in the App Library.

App Library Only – If you want new apps to appear only in the App Library. You can get to the App Library by swiping right through all of your Home Screen pages or swiping on the Dots Bar at bottom of your screen.

Regardless of what method you chose, your new app will appear in the App Library.

It appears that Apple is wanting to move away from the outdated Home Screen page(s) to the new App Library feature.

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Your Home Screen options

After you have made your selection, a checkmark will appear beside your choice.

Tap Settings and make sure your change has been saved. From now on, whenever you download a new app, it will appear in the location you have chosen.

If you have chosen App Library Only, you can find your new apps in the Recently Added section of the App Library. Refer to below image:

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Recently Added app library

To move an app from the App Library to the Home Screen, simply hold and press down its icon, then tap Add to Home Screen in the menu that appears.

If you have chosen Add to Home Screen, newly downloaded apps will appear in the first blank spot on one of your Home Screen pages.

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You can also move apps from the Home Screen to the App Library. To do so, just tap and hold a blank area of the Home Screen until the icons start to jiggle. Next, tap the app you want to move. Next, tap Remove App, then tap Move to App Library.

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That’s it. I find the new App Library feature clunky and cumbersome to use. For now, you are unable to create new groupings or move apps between groupings. Apple has more work to do to make the App Library an easy to use feature.

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How To Close Safari Tabs Automatically on iPhone or iPad

IOS 13 or higher allows you to automatically close tabs in Safari after a specified period of time, which helps to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

IOS 13 or higher allows you to automatically close tabs in Safari after a specified period of time, which helps to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

You can have up to 500 open tabs. This number of active browser tabs can quickly get out of hand. It gets to be kind of a pain to go swiping through all your open tabs every few weeks to clean out the ones you no longer use.

Fortunately, in the Safari settings on your iPhone or iPad, you can set how long your tabs stay open before they automatically close; after one day, after one week or after one month. Let’s explore how to set this feature.

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Close All Tabs Solution

One solution is using the Close All Tabs option revealed by a long press on Done. But it’ is no good if you have a handful of newer tabs that are still useful to have open. Refer to below image:

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Close All Tabs option

The Settings Solution

First, open Settings. Next, scroll down until you see the Safari option and tap it. See below image:

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Safari option under Settings

Now, swipe down to the Tabs section, then tap Close Tabs. See following image:

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Close Tabs option under Safari

On this screen, you have the option to set the duration of open Safari browser tabs. When set, Safari will close tabs that have not been viewed within the period of time you set. The options are Manually, After One Day, After One Week or After One Month. This setting applies to Private tabs as well.

Checkmark an option that suits you. Refer to below image:

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Select an option to automatically close Safari tabs

Now, you can exit Settings.

However, you can still find the automatically closed tabs as well as Private tabs in the Recently Closed Tabs menu by holding down the + (plus) button on the tab management screen in Safari. See below image:

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Viewing Recently Closed Tabs

This is a potential downfall in using this feature. If you want to fully conceal recent browsing activity, it may be best to manually close the tabs.

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