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XDA Basics: How to uninstall an app on your iPhone

You may want to uninstall an app on your iPhone for several reasons. For starters, deleting apps can free some memory if you're running low on storage and don't want to buy a new iPhone. In other instances, you're just no longer using an app and want to get rid of it. The good news...

XDA Basics: How to delete or deactivate your Twitter account

You've received a new notification, dozens actually -- likes, comments, replies, direct messages, tags, follows, recommendations, views, etc. Open, dismiss, clear, ignore, mark as read, unfollow, block, delete... When does it end? Never -- it just increases as your acquaintances do, unless you choose otherwise. Some of us just dislike maintaining an online social life, despite the...

XDA Basics: How to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch

Taking a screenshot can be needed for lots of different reasons -- technical support, saving conversations, etc. On iPhone, you can even take a screenshot with a double back-tap. What many people don't know, though, is that you can take a screenshot on your Apple Watch. Whether you plan to buy one or already have...

XDA Basics: How to download YouTube videos to your PC (or phone)

Normally, if you want to download a YouTube video, you have to be paying for YouTube Premium, and even then, you have to do it on your phone using the YouTube app. What if you want to watch a video on your computer later when you're not connected to the internet? We're here to show...

XDA Basics: How to change the default search engine on Safari for iOS

When users type a search term in Safari for iOS, the app displays Google Search results. That's because the company pays Apple billions (!) of dollars every year to be the default search engine on Apple products. However, your iPhone doesn't restrict you from changing it to a different one. There are plenty of reasons...

XDA Basics: How to set up Windows Hello on your PC

Windows Hello is one of the coolest features introduced in Windows 10, and it allows you to unlock your PC using your fingerprint or your face. You can even use a USB security key this way. While biometric security wasn't completely new to laptops when Windows Hello rolled around, it became much more common after...

How to effortlessly take long exposure photos on your iPhone

iPhones -- particularly newer models -- are known for their powerful cameras. The resulting images are sharp, vivid, and can often be mistaken for DSLR shots in some cases. However, there are plenty of options, modes, and tricks that not all iOS users are aware of. Without installing any third-party editing or photography apps, you...

XDA Basics: Can I use Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Touch ID with other computers?

Apple's new M1-powered 24-inch iMac is here. It comes with an all-new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, which actually isn't sold separately, at least for now. If you picked one up, you're probably wondering if you can use the new Bluetooth keyboard with other devices. The answer is, kind of. Yes, it works as a keyboard,...

XDA Basics: Can I use an external monitor with the M1 iMac?

Apple's new iMac is here, complete with pretty colors and an M1 processor. We called the MacBook Air with M1 the best affordable laptop for Apple users, and the iMac should deliver that level of quality for desktop users. But before you order, you'll need to know if you can still use your sweet multi-monitor...

XDA Basics: How to mute voice feedback during Apple Watch workouts

The Apple Watch is a great device for plenty of reasons, including fitness. However, a recent watchOS software update added a feature that has been annoying some users. During a workout, Siri would interrupt the music or podcast you're listening to and announce your latest milestones. For example, if you're walking or running, it will...

XDA Basics: How to set an iMessage photo and name on your iPhone

iOS 13 introduced the ability to set a profile photo and name on iMessage. This allows your social circle to save your picture to your contact card. This way whenever you call or text them, your photo will appear instead of the default contact icon. It also allows them to update or save your name...

XDA Basics: How to screenshot on iPhone with a double back-tap

When someone says screenshot on iPhone, the first thing that comes to mind is holding two buttons together. On older iPhones, it's the Home and Power buttons, while newer, Face ID ones use the Side Button and Volume Up combination. On Macs, the process is a bit more complicated, but we've got you covered. While...