How to Check Your iPhone and iPad Warranty

In the USA, every iPhone and iPad comes with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects and hardware failures. Other jurisdictions, like the E.U. and Australia, come with two years. If you choose, you can also extend that warranty for two years with AppleCare+. Regardless of which warranty you have, you can easily find out whether or not your Apple device is currently covered.

In the USA, every iPhone and iPad comes with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects and hardware failures. Other jurisdictions, like the E.U. and Australia, come with two years. If you choose, you can also extend that warranty for two years with AppleCare+. Regardless of which warranty you have, you can easily find out whether or not your Apple device is currently covered. Let’s find out the warranty status for your iPhone and iPad.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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Check Your Warranty Status in Settings

You can check the warranty status of your iPhone and iPad using the Settings app. This will tell you whether you are covered by the basic one-year limited warranty, AppleCare+, or whether your coverage has expired.

First, launch the Settings app. Refer to below image:

Accessing the Settings app

Next, tap the General option. See below image:

Accessing the General option

Now, tap the About option. See following image:

Accessing the About option

Below your Serial Number you should see a description of your your current warranty status. It will either say “Limited Warranty,” “AppleCare+,” or “Coverage Expired.” Refer to below image:

Your Coverage from iPhone or iPad

Now, tap it to see more information. See below image:

More information about your Coverage from your iPhone or iiPad

If your device is no longer covered, like mine, you may still be able to get repairs and phone support from Apple, which will be listed on the above screen. Also, you should be able to find a link to the Apple Support app for getting help.

Check Your Warranty Status From Apple’s Website

If you would like to check your coverage using Apple’s website, you can do so for virtually any Apple device at check coverage here. Open the website, then enter the Serial Number into the box, (you can find this number by following the above steps for an iPhone and iPad). See following image:

Checking your Coverage on the web

Also, you might want to check your other Apple devices. Just click the blue link labeled Check another serial number. Each device has its own Serial Number, which you would enter as mentioned above. Refer to below image:

Your Coverage from the web

What’s In Your Warranty

Apple’s limited one-year warranty covers manufacturer defects, including poor battery performance or faults that arise from regular use. It does not cover accidental damage, such as a cracked screen caused by a drop. Apple will check certain markers (like strips that detect moisture inside the chassis) to determine whether any damage has been caused by user error.

AppleCare+ plan covers you for two incidents of accidental damage over two years. If you break your screen, then you will have to pay a service fee of $29. For other damages, the fee goes up to $99.

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How to Find the Model Number for iPhone and iPad

How do you know which version you have? All you have to do is find the model number of your iPhone and iPad. But it’s a little tricky and hidden. Why, I do not know.

How do you know which version you have? All you have to do is find the model number of your iPhone and iPad. But it’s a little tricky and hidden. Why, I do not know. Let’s find out.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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You can find the model number of your iPhone or iPad using the hardware or the software. The fastest way is using the Settings app.

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

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Accessing Settings app

Next, scroll down to the General option. See below image:

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Accessing General option

Now, select the About option. See following image:

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Accessing About option

Next, tap on the number next to the Model Number option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Model Number option. This is really the Part Number

The number will change to reveal the real model number for your iPhone and iPad. The first number displayed is the part number and the second number is the model number. Tricky by the Apple engineers. See below image:

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Accessing the real Model Number

If your iPhone will not boot up, you can also check the model number from the device. If you are using an iPhone 8 or higher, remove the SIM tray. You will find the model number etched on top in very small letters.

If you are using an iPhone 7 or older, you will find the model number inscribed on the back of the case.

With your iPhone and iPad’s model number, you can determine the exact model name of your device, and the region it came from. Just perform a web search for the model number to find out which iPhone and iPad you have and where it came from.

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How to Force Chrome to Always Open Previously Open Tabs

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

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First, launch Chrome. In any window, click the three vertical dots button (the hamburger icon) in the upper right-hand corner and select Settings from the menu. Refer to below image:

Accessing Settings

Next, select On startup option in the sidebar. See below image:

Selecting On startup option

Now, in the On startup section, select the radio button beside Continue where you left off. See following image:

Enabling opening your previous tabs

You can also force Chrome to launch with a set of your favorite pages. In the same On startup page in Chrome Settings just select Open a specific page or set of pages instead. Refer to below image where you can open the browser to Chrome apps using the text of chrome://apps/.

Enabling open to a specific page

Here you will see your Google (and non Google) apps. Yes, you can add third party apps to your opening Chrome apps page. See below image:

Your Google apps screen

If you want Chrome to always open with a fresh, empty browser state, you can head back to this screen and select Open the New Tab page instead.

After that, close Settings, The next time you restart Chrome, all of your tabs will open again exactly where you left off.

Note! If you were browsing through Incognito (private mode) and you lose your tabs, Chrome will not remember them.

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How to Choose Your Safari Favorites Folder for iPhone and iPad

By default, Safari on iPhone and iPad displays a list of your Favorites when you open a new window or tab. We are going to choose another folder of bookmarks to display.

By default, Safari on iPhone and iPad displays a list of your Favorites when you open a new window or tab. We are going to choose another folder of bookmarks to display. Let’s explore how to do this.

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

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Accessing Settings app

Next, scroll down and tap Safari. See below image:

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Accessing Safari option

Now, tap Favorites. See following image:

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Accessing Favorites option

Next, in the list that appears, choose another folder. (If no folders are present in the list, you can create a new folder in Safari by tapping the Bookmarks button, selecting Edit, then tapping the New Folder button.)

Note! Choosing a different folder here will also change your default Favorites folder. From now on, whenever you add a new bookmark to Favorites, it will appear in this folder. Refer to below image where we are choosing the Magazine folder for Favorites:

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Selecting a bookmark folder

Now, tap back once, then exit Settings. The next time you open Safari to a New Tab page, you.will see a list of favorites pulled from the folder you just selected; in our case, the Magazine folder. See below image:

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Your new Favorities folder

If you would prefer having nothing listed on your New Tab page, you can create an empty folder and select it instead. The next time you open a new tab, the page will be completely blank.

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Deleting Microsoft Accounts Gets Man Two Years in Jail

This post is for information only, no screenshots. At the end of the main story, I added one of my own IT consultant stories.

This post is for information only, no screenshots. At the end of the main story, I added one of my own IT consultant stories.

This is for businesses

Source: Office Watch

A man has been jailed for two years after sabotaging a company by deleting 80% of their Microsoft 365 accounts; email, calendars, contact lists, docs, and so on. What did he do and what organizations should do to prevent a similar catastrophe.

Deepanshu Kher worked for an IT consultant firm and was deployed to work at Carlsbad Company who were migrating to Microsoft 365 hosting. Carlsbad were unhappy with Kher who eventually left both Carlsbad and the consultant firm.

He returned to India where he hacked into Carlsbad Company’s new Microsoft 365 system and deleted 1,200 of their 1,500 user accounts. That shut down the company for two days, unable to access email accounts, contacts, calendars, documents, directories plus Teams and video conferencing.

Customers and partners could not contact the company or vice-versa. There was no way to tell people what was happening and why.

It took three months and over half-a-million dollars for Carlsbad to get everything back into something like normal.

Lessons to be Learned

Details of the hack have not been disclosed but some reasonable guesses are possible with some preventative measures suggested. See end of this blog post for a link about the hack.

Revoke Accounts

When someone leaves an organization, especially admin level access, make sure their account privileges are suspended or revoked.  It’s easily overlooked.

A former employee or contractor might have discovered other logins or know hacks into a system but most commonly they just login to their account.

Restoring Deleted Accounts

Microsoft’s default for deleting a mailbox or user account is a ‘soft’ deletion that’s held in a recycle bin for 30 days, with a Restore option, before full deletion. Unfortunately, there’s a second ‘hard’ option which immediately deletes the entire mailbox or user account. In some cases, hard deletion is necessary but perhaps Microsoft should make irreversible deletions a lot more difficult to access, even by administrators? Maybe require more than one admin to approve hard deletions?

Where is the Hacker Now?

Mr Kher did his nasty deed from India but that didn not stop the FBI from tracking him down and issuing an arrest warrant. When he tried to re-enter the US in January 2021 he was arrested, unaware of the outstanding warrant.

In US District Court he was found guilty of “Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer ” which carries a 10 year and $250,000 fine maximum. Kher was sentenced to two years jail, three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $567,084 (the precise amount it cost Carlsbad to fix their systems).

See Justice.gov for details.

One of my Personal IT Consultant Jobs

I went to work thru a consultant agency for a manufacturing plant in the Port of Catoosa near Tulsa, Oklahoma. On my first day, around 9am, the admin person starting setting me up access to their system. Two hours later, he was still working; he did not know how to set my credentials. Also, a lady supervisor came by and gave me a foot high stack of paper and told me to go through it. I ask, “what am I looking for?”. She said, “just go through it.” Then she left. I did not do this; if she did not know what I was looking for, I sure did not know.

Around 11:am, the IT director came by and wanted to take me to lunch. His right-hand partner, he and I got into his vehicle. They did not ask me any questions on the ride to the restaurant or back to the company. During lunch, they did not even acknowledge my presence or ask me anything. They just talked to each other. So, I remained silent. I thought this was strange.

Back at the plant, he took me to several departments where I met a lot of people, names I could not remember. What I later realized, it was a “dog and pony” show. He was being pressured to do something about their IT “system”, so he talked to my consulting agency and they sent me. He expected me to fix their “system”. He knew this was an impossible task for one person; he set me up for failure.

Over the next two days, I was amazed at their “system”. Their plant was using Excel spreadsheets to run the company; I found thousands of them. I estimated 10,000 spreadsheets.

One department would enter info like name, supervisor, hours worked. Then that department would “pass” the spreadsheet to the next department where they added their own info and/or creating new Excel spreadsheets. And so it went to each department. It was a gigantic mess. I wrote him a letter saying he needed an enterprise system like SAP, IBM or Accenture. He ignored the letter. He had done his job by hiring me to be his savior.

I decided to start with the Time Keeping system. I create a database and the forms. At least, they could have something to visualize.

No one spoke to me. I tried to talk to the guys in IT, but they shut the door in my face. Very wierd.

After ten days, I came in on a Monday morning and starting working. Around 10:00am a supervisor comes by and says, “why are you hear, you were fired on Friday”. I said, “no one told me”. She left and I called my boss. They did not know either. I packed what work I had done and left.

After reading the main story above, I could have done major damage to the company by deleting thousands of Excel spreadsheets in a matter of minutes. I had full admin access. So, would I have been sentenced to jail? I do not think so because I was technically fired and no one told me or my boss. The company was to blame for their lack of communication and not revoking my credentials. So, pay attention to the above story, especially, if you are running a business.

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How to Scan QR Codes from Control Center on iPhone

You can use the Code Scanner to scan Quick Response (QR) codes for links to websites, apps, coupons, tickets, and more. The iPhone camera automatically detects and highlights a QR code.

You can use the Code Scanner to scan Quick Response (QR) codes for links to websites, apps, coupons, tickets, and more. The iPhone camera automatically detects and highlights a QR code.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 11 and higher

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A QR code is a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read by devices with camera or specialized barcode reader. Some QR codes even allow users to pay for goods, such as groceriess, as an alternative form of touchless payment.

The dedicated scanner is helpful for scanning QR codes in dark environments, as it enables you to use your camera’s flash as a light to illuminate the code.

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

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and choose the Control Center option. See below image:

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Accessing Control Center option

Now, scroll down and tap the “+” icon next to the Code Scanner option. See following image:

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About to add the Code Scanner option to the Control Center

Now, the Code Scanner control will be added to the bottom of the Control Center. You will see the Code Scanner option with a “” icon just above the More Controls section. This indicates that the Code Scanner is now embedded in the Control Center. Refer to below image:’

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The Code Scanner added to the Control Center

It’s now time to use the feature to scan a QR code.To open Control Center, swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone’s screen.

Next, tap the new Code Scanner control. See below image:

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The QR icon in the Control Center

This will open a dedicated QR code scanning interface. Just point your iPhone’s camera toward the QR code. See following image:

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Scanning a QR code with the iPhone camera

It will be scanned after a second, and your iPhone will automatically open the designated app to complete the action. In our example, we are opening the USPS website regarding a customer experience questionarre. Refer to below image:

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Opening the website corresponding to the QR code

You are finished. Also, you can use your iPhone to create your own QR code, like pointing to your website or Facebook page. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

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How to Change Google Assistant’s Voice

If you use the Google Assistant often, you might be getting tired of hearing the Assistant reply in the same voice. Fortunately, Google realized their customers wanted voice options for their devices, and introduced the ability to change your Assistant’s voice some time ago; and added a few surprise options.

If you use the Google Assistant often, you might be getting tired of hearing the Assistant reply in the same voice. Fortunately, Google realized their customers wanted voice options for their devices, and introduced the ability to change your Assistant’s voice some time ago; and added a few surprise options.

With a few simple steps, you can change the voice on all of your Google-powered devices, including your Chromebook and smartphones. Here’s the simple guide on how to change the Google Assistant’s voice.

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First, open the Google Assistant app from your iPhone App Library. Hold, swipe right, and release using the Dots bar at the bottom or swipe left all the way to open the App Library. Refer to below image:

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Using the Dots bar

Next, at the top of your screen you will see a Search box. See below image:

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The App Library screen

Now, in the Search bar, type in google assistant and tap the app to open. See following image:

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The Google Assistant app

Here you will see a list of things you can do with the app. Locate the Assistant voice option and tap it. Refer to below image:

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The Assistant Voice option

The default voice will be displayed, usually Red. At the bottom of your screen you will see the list of devices supporting this voice. See below image:

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Selecting the Red voice, the default

To change the voice setting, just swipe the Dots bar to highlight one or tap a color bubble to hear a voice sample. After your selection, that voice will remain as your Google Assistant Voice setting. See following image;

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Selecting the Amber voice

Google Assistant also has the option to assume a variety of celebrity voices, giving you some very unique options for your voice assistant. The range of celebrity voices available continues to grow, but popular options currently include John Legend and Issa Rae.

You may have found the celebrity voice options when looking at the voice settings we mentioned earlier, but there’s an, easier way to give your Google Home a celebrity voice. All you have to do is say, “Hey Google, talk like John Legend,” or whoever you prefer, and the voice assistant will address you in that voice until you tell it otherwise. All voices are not available in all areas.

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How to Setup Automatic Birthday Reminders on iPhone

It is easy to setup birthday alerts on iPhone and make sure that you never forget birthdays of important people in your life.

It is easy to setup birthday alerts on iPhone and make sure that you never forget birthdays of important people in your life. You first need to tell your iPhone the birthday dates of your family members, friends, and relatives. This can be done using the Contacts app on iPhone, which allows you to add Birthdays and important dates in its Contact details section. Your iPhone can alert you on the day of the occasion, 1 day early, 2 days early or a week before the birthday.

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Couple of Prelimanary Steps

First, you must have notifications enabled for your Calendar app. To turn this on, visit:

Settings > Notifications > Calendar

scroll down and set the toggle beside Allow Notifications to On. Now, exit Settings. Refer to below image:

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Enabling Allow Notifications for Calendar app

Also, you will need to have some birthdays defined in your Contacts app. To do this, open Contacts, tap a contact from the list, and select Edit. Next, tap add birthday. See below image:

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Selecting Add a Birthday option to a Contact

Set a Birthday Notification

Now, exit Contacts. To turn on automatic Calendar birthday reminders, open Settings, scroll down and tap your Calendar app. See following image:

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Selecting your Calendar app

Next, in Calendar settings, tap Default Alert Times. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Default Alert Times option

Now, in Default Alert times, select Birthdays. See below image:

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Seledting the Birthdays option

Next, on the Birthdays screen, you can pick a time when Calendar will alert you about upcoming birthdays. You can choose On day of event, 1 day before, 2 days before, or 1 week before. For the first three of those choices, your Calendar app will notify you at 9 a.m. on the day you selected. See following image:

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Setting a time for the Birthday notification

Now, exit Settings. When the proper alert time comes, your Calendar app will send you a notification about the birthday. Refer to below image:

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A birthday reminder

Depending on your notifications settings, you can potentially see this alert on your Lock Screen or Notification Center as well as via pop-ups on your screen.

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How to Auto-Delete Your Google History Activities

Google collects and remembers “tons” of information about your activity, including your web, search, YouTube, and location history. Google auto-deletes for new users after 18 months but it will remember history forever if you previously enabled this feature with the default options.

Google collects and remembers “tons” of information about your activity, including your web, search, YouTube, and location history. Google auto-deletes for new users after 18 months but it will remember history forever if you previously enabled this feature with the default options.

As an existing user, you have four options in making Google delete your data; after 36 months, 18 months, 3 months, or stop activity collection entirely. The options are buried in Google Settings.

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Note! Google uses this history to personalize your experience, including your web search results and recommendations. Deleting it will make your Google experience less “personalized.”

Let’s explore how to set up this auto-delete function..

Control Web and App Activity

First, launch Google and tap your profile photo. Refer to below image:

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Launch Google

Now, tap the Google Account settings option See below image:

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Accessing Google Account option

Next, scroll down to Privacy & personalization section and tap Manage your data & personalization. See following image:

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Accessing your data and personalization link

Now, scroll down to Activity controls section. Here, tap the Web & App Activity option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Web & App Activity section

Next, toggle to On the Web & App Activity toggle. Next, tap the Auto-delete (Off) switch to turn in On. See below image:

Enabling Auto-delete by its link

Now, select one of four options. See following image where I selected Auto -delete activity older than 18 months and tap the Next button:

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Selecting one of four options for Auto-delete

A Confirmation screen will be displayed. Just tap the Confirm button in lower right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Confirming your selection

Now, you will see a Preference saved dialog box. Just tap Got It text in lower right-hand corner. See below image:

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Saving your preference

Control Location and YouTube Activity

Next, go back to Activity controls section and repeat above steps for Location History and YouTube History.

Let’s say you Search, read articles, watch videos, or see photos on ‘drones’. Google will send out ad links for ‘drones’, this is called ‘ad personalization’. Through these sponsored ads is one way Google makes money. You can turn off these ads but at the expense of a ‘depersonalization experience’.

Control Ad Personalization

Now, go back to Activity controls and scroll down a little till you see the Ad personalization section and tap the Go to ad settings link. See following image:

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Selecting your ad settings link

Next, toggle the Ad personalization switch to ON. Refer to below image:

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Enabling your Ad personalization

Here you will see a listing of companies/others who are using ad personalization. See below image where I selected WooCommerce:

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Selecting a targeted ad

Now, you will be presented a dialog box to Turn off or Close. Next, tap the Turn off button to no longer see this company/others targeted ads. See following image:

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Turning off your targeted ad

Now, a confirmation dialog box appears where you have to tap the Turn off button again. Google makes you go through ‘hoops’ to reduce their ads. Refer to below image:

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Your confirmation for turning off the targeted ad

Really, Turn Off Ads?

Google is making you go through a myriad of selections. Notice the text that states turning off your selected ad will stay off for at least 90 days. Your selected ad will stay off for this period, then guess what, the ad comes back! Google wants to make money off these ads; they do not want you to turn them off. See above image.

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How to Easily Delete Old Text Messages on iPhone or iPad

You might want to delete plain text messages because of the storage space they use. Also, you may want to delete messages for privacy reasons or just because it keeps your Messages app better organized. Plus, texts with images actually can take up a fair bit of room.

You might want to delete plain text messages because of the storage space they use. Also, you may want to delete messages for privacy reasons or just because it keeps your Messages app better organized. Plus, texts with images actually can take up a fair amount of space.

By default, your iPhone and iPad save every iMessage and SMS text message that comes your way. As a result, you could have years of messages synced to iCloud that follow you for the rest of your life, taking up valuable space. Fortunately, there’s a way to delete old text messages automatically. Lets explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad. Screenshots are from an iPhone

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First, lets check how much storage you are using for messages and attachments (like photos on an iPhone). Go to

Settings > General > iPhone Storage > (scroll down to) Messages

Notice the amount of storage used by Documents & Data, and tap on Review Large Attachments for more detail. Refer to below image where I can save 145 MB by deleting them:

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Viewing how much storage space is being used

Now, exit back to Settings (the gear icon) on your iPhone or iPad. See below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, in Settings, scroll down and tap the Messages option. See following image:

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Accessing the Messages option

Next, in Messages, scroll down and tap the Keep Messages option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Keep Messages option. The default is Forever

By default, Messages is set to keep your SMS text messages and iMessages forever. Next, tap either 30 Days or 1 Year depending on how long you would like to keep your old text messages. See below image:

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Selecting your option on how long to keep text messages

After tapping your preference, you will see a pop-up dialog asking whether you want to delete all messages older than the time period you specified. If you are sure, just tap the Delete button. See following image:

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Pop-up window showing the option you selected

Next, exit Settings. From now on, Messages will automatically delete any messages once they hit the 30-day or 1-year mark, depending on which option you specified. Note! The default, Forever, will remain checked until you tap the Delete button.

Now, head back to

Settings > General > iPhone Storage > (scroll down to) Messages

and check your Messages storage for the amount of space you reclaimed.

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