How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone to play games and more

An Xbox Series X/S wireless controller.
Connecting an Xbox controller to your iPhone is a great way to enhance your games.

  • To connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone and play games with it, you’ll need to have at least iOS 13.
  • You can connect nearly any Xbox controller, whether it’s from the Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.
  • Make sure that your Xbox controller has Bluetooth and is in pairing mode before trying to connect it.
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Thanks to some recent updates, you can now connect nearly every popular video game controller to your iPhone. This includes Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S controllers, which are considered some of the best on the market.

Although not every game supports the use of controllers, several of the more popular games on the App Store allow it, including nearly every game in the Apple Arcade.

Pairing your Xbox One controller to your iPhone is pretty straightforward. Here’s how to do it.

How to connect an Xbox controller to your iPhone

Now, if you have an Xbox controller with Bluetooth:

1. Hold down the Xbox logo button, located at the top-center of the controller, until it starts flashing. If it doesn’t flash and instead just glows solidly, it’s already paired to a nearby Xbox – if this is the case, hold the small button located next to the charging port until the Xbox logo flashes.

2. Grab your iPhone and open the Settings app, then tap Bluetooth.

3. Once you’re in the Bluetooth menu, you should see a device named “Xbox Wireless Controller” or something similar. Tap it, and your iPhone will ask you if you want to pair the device.

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Make sure the controller isn’t paired with anything else, or otherwise it won’t appear here.

4. Select Pair.

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Once the device is paired, you can start using it.

5. Later, if you’re done using the controller and want to disconnect it, go to the Bluetooth menu again, tap the small i icon next to the device’s name, and then tap Disconnect.

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Pairing and unpairing your controller is simple.

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How to use Live Text, a new iPhone feature in iOS 15 that lets you copy text from photos

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Live Text is coming to iPhones with iOS 15.

  • Live Text is a new feature on iPhones in iOS 15 that lets you copy and import text from photos onto your device.
  • If you take or save a picture that has text in it, you can use Live Text to copy and paste that text into any app on your iPhone.
  • If you have an iPhone XS or newer, you can grab text just by pointing your camera at it.
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It’s incredibly annoying when you want to copy text from a screenshot, but have to manually type it all out yourself.

That’s where Live Text comes in – this new iOS 15 feature lets you pull any text from pictures you take or have saved on your phone. And once you’ve pulled the text, you can paste it into any text field. It’s great for quickly sharing addresses, phone numbers, and anything else you don’t want to type out manually.

Live Text works with typed and handwritten text, and understands English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. It’s available on any iPhone (or iPad) released in 2018 or later.

Here are three ways to use it.

How to use Live Text in the Photos app

First, you can use Live Text on any photo you have saved in the Photos app. This includes screenshots, saved photos, and pictures you’ve taken yourself.

1. Open the Photos app and find a picture with text on it.

2. When you open the picture, a small square icon will appear in the bottom-right corner. Tap it.

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Tap the Live Text icon when it appears.

3. The picture will darken, except for the space around the picture’s text. You can now interact with the text by holding your finger down on it to highlight it. Once highlighted, you can copy, share, translate it, and more.

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The text in the image is now selectable.

If you copy the text, you can paste it into any text field on your device.

You can also do this natively with pictures that appear on websites in Safari. Just tap and hold your finger on a photo with text in it to select that text.

How to use Live Text to type in any app

If you want to quickly scan text you’ve found in real life, you can use Live Text to type directly into any text box.

1. Open any app that you can type in and tap a text field.

2. In the black pop-up that appears, tap the Scan Text option. It might also just appear as the small square icon.

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You can scan text right into an empty text box.

3. Your iPhone’s camera will turn on. Point it at whatever text you want to use, and then tap Insert when it’s highlighted.

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Hover over the text you want to import, and you’ll see it appear in the text box.

Depending on how the text you’re trying to scan is formatted, you might need to try this a few times.

How to use Live Text while taking a picture

This feature lets you grab text just by pointing your camera at it. It might not be available on some older iPhone models.

1. Open your Camera app and point the camera at some text.

2. When the square Live Text icon appears in the corner, tap it.

3. Your device will highlight the text. You can then hold your finger down on it to copy it, share it, or look it up.

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You can select text right from the Camera app.

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The $500 iPhone 11 is the new king of budget iPhones

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The purple iPhone 11’s glass back

  • Apple reduced the price of the iPhone 11 to $500 after announcing the iPhone 13.
  • The iPhone 11’s lower price and superior design, camera, and battery life makes it a better deal than the $400 iPhone SE.
  • The iPhone SE is still the obvious choice for people who specifically prefer smaller screens.

In a smart move to draw in anyone who likes a good deal, Apple kept the iPhone 11 on its roster and reduced its price from $600 to $500 after announcing the iPhone 13.

Back when the iPhone XR was still around as the “big budget iPhone” option, it was easily argued that the iPhone SE 2020 posed better value. Mainly, the iPhone SE had a newer and more powerful A13 Bionic processor compared to the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR also didn’t sweeten the deal with extra camera performance, and it had a single-lens camera, like the iPhone SE 2020.

Indeed, the $500 iPhone XR was an awkward phone to recommend when the iPhone SE 2020 was $100 less and had a better processor. Apart from a larger screen, longer battery life, and a newer design, the iPhone XR didn’t really have that much going for it last year.

The iPhone 11, originally released two years ago in September 2019, has dethroned both the iPhone XR and SE as budget iPhone king. It has the same A13 Bionic processor as the iPhone SE, and comes with suitable reasons for costing $100 more, which isn’t a terrible amount to even save up for.

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Here’s why the iPhone 11, not the iPhone SE, is the new king of budget iPhones for most people:

The iPhone SE 2020 is for people who like smaller screens, whereas the iPhone 11 is for ‘most people’

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The purple iPhone 11, shown held in hand, is arguably the perfect size that can please those who prefer smaller screens, as well as those who prefer larger screens.

The iPhone SE 2020 and its 4.7-inch screen is a dream come true for iPhone fans who like the smaller form factor. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 and its 6.1-inch screen suits a wider range of users. 

It’s the “Goldilocks” screen size that fans of both smaller and larger screens can feel comfortable with. That’s why we say the iPhone 12, not the iPhone 12 Mini, is the best iPhone “for most people.”

The iPhone 11 has better battery life

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The glass back of the yellow iPhone 11.

The smaller the phone, the shorter its battery life. Reviewers and users alike have noticed that the iPhone SE’s battery life often has them wanting more. 

We found that the iPhone SE would last about a work day with above-average usage, but we’d need to charge it so it would last until the end of the day more comfortably. The iPhone 11, on the other hand, lasted us a day and a half before we felt the need to plug it in.

The iPhone 11 has better cameras than the iPhone SE

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Taking a photo of a purple flower via the iPhone 11’s camera app on-screen viewfinder

The biggest difference between the two phones’ cameras is that the iPhone SE has a single camera, while the iPhone 11 has a dual-lens camera that includes a standard wide lens and an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view. 

That ultra-wide lens gives the iPhone 11 more versatility for taking beautiful photos, but the iPhone 11 also takes better photos in general. We found that the iPhone SE’s camera is similar in quality to the 2018 iPhone XR. That’s to say that the iPhone SE’s camera is still pretty good, but not as good as the iPhone 11’s. 

There’s no comparing the selfie camera between the two phones, either. The iPhone 11’s 12-megapixel selfie camera with Smart HDR takes decidedly superior selfies than the iPhone SE’s 8-megapixel selfie camera without Smart HDR.

The iPhone SE’s design really is getting old

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The iPhone 12 Mini on the left and iPhone SE 2020 on the right shows how the iPhone SE’s design is dated.

You could easily mistake the iPhone SE 2020 for the iPhone 6 that came out in 2014. The big borders above and below the screen give the iPhone SE a dated look that doesn’t really belong in 2021. Some people won’t care, but the reality is that more people do. 

Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 looks like a modern iPhone with its edge-to-edge screen.

The iPhone SE is still a great budget phone that shouldn’t be dismissed

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The iPhone SE’s Touch ID sensor.

The iPhone SE has a time and a place for those of you who “just want a new iPhone” for as little as possible, and don’t mind so much about fancy ultra-wide cameras or edge-to-edge displays. 

Plus, there’s a small but vocal minority who do not like Face ID on the newer iPhones and swear by the old-fashioned and reliable Touch ID. Chances are there won’t be another iPhone released with Touch ID.

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‘Fortnite’ may not return to iPhones for up to 5 years, if ever

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  • It sounds like “Fortnite” isn’t coming back to the iPhone anytime soon.
  • Epic says it won’t bring the game back to the iPhone unless Apple allows alternate payment forms.
  • Apple says it won’t even consider allowing Epic back until the the companies’ legal spat is over.
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It sounds like “Fortnite” won’t be back on Apple’s iPhone anytime soon.

Based on the most recent exchanges between “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, Apple’s App Store leader Phil Schiller, and a member of Apple’s legal team at Gibson Dunn, relations between the two companies are as icy as ever.

In a letter sent by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney to Apple App Store leader Phil Schiller, things start out friendly enough. Sweeney started by asking Schiller to reinstate Epic’s development account, which is needed for “Fortnite” to operate on Apple’s iOS.

“Epic has asked Apple to reactivate our ‘Fortnite’ development account,” Sweeney said to Schiller. “Epic promises that it will adhere to Apple’s guidelines whenever and wherever we release products on Apple platforms.” He added that this “depends on whether and where Apple updates its guidelines to provide for a level playing field between Apple In-App Purchase and other methods of payment.”

In other words, “Fortnite” will only return to iPhones when Apple allows Epic to circumvent Apple’s App Store payment system – an argument that was at the heart of the recent lawsuit between Apple and Epic.

In a response, Apple’s attorney said the company isn’t even considering that reinstatement until the legal spat between the two companies, “becomes final and nonappealable.”

And that may not be for another five years, Sweeney said.

“‘Fortnite’ will be blacklisted from the Apple ecosystem until the exhaustion of all court appeals,” he tweeted on Wednesday, “which could be as long as a 5-year process.”

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An image of the “Fortnite” update that included the ability to pay Epic Games directly rather than paying through Apple.

Apple has repeatedly refused to allow alternative payment methods on the App Store, citing security concerns, and kicked “Fortnite” off the iPhone last year when Epic quietly added a way to pay Epic directly rather than paying through the App Store.

Subsequently, Epic sued Apple.

The result of that lawsuit, which Epic is appealing, was relatively minimal: In Apple’s case, the App Store is being forced to allow app makers the ability to link out and sell items directly to their users via external payment methods. That means app makers will be allowed to directly link out to alternative ways for purchasing, giving them a new way to avoid App Store commissions.

Apple has charged app makers on its iPhone and iPad App Store a commission for sales, ranging from 15 to 30%, which Epic Games sought to circumvent in an update to its hit game, “Fortnite,” in August 2020.

Epic, meanwhile, was ordered to pay millions in royalties to Apple, and Apple doesn’t have to allow alternative forms of payment on the App Store. Moreover, Epic is missing out on untold millions of dollars from potential “Fortnite” players on iPhone and iPad.

Apple declined to comment for this story, but confirmed the veracity of the letter from its lawyer. Epic Games representatives highlighted a post on Epic’s blog published on Wednesday that built on Sweeney’s tweets.

“Apple lied,” Sweeney said in the blog post. “Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, nd the press they’d ‘welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree to play by the same rules as everyone else.’ Epic agreed, and now Apple has reneged in another abuse of its monopoly power over a billion users.”

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How to update your iPhone to iOS 15, and troubleshoot any update issues

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Updating your iPhone can be done automatically or manually from Settings, or even from your computer.

  • You can update your iPhone to iOS 15 from the “Software Update” section of Settings.
  • It’s possible to set up automatic iPhone updates, so it downloads whenever a new iOS is available.
  • If your iPhone won’t update to the new iOS, it might be too old or not have enough storage space.
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Apple releases updates for the iPhone pretty regularly. In addition to at least one major update to the OS each year, there are generally a few incremental updates throughout the year, often to fix bugs and perform security improvements.

You can set your iPhone to update itself automatically, or manually update it yourself. Here’s what you should know.

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How to update your iPhone automatically

The easiest (and most secure) way to manage iPhone updates is to let your device handle it.

Here’s how to make sure your iPhone is ready to update automatically:

1. Open the Settings app and tap General.

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Go to “General.”

2. On the General page, tap Software Update.

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Select “Software Update.”

3. On the Software Update page, tap Automatic Updates.

4. To let the iPhone do everything automatically, be sure both the Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates buttons are turned on by swiping them to the right, turning them green.

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Swipe the buttons to turn them green.

When both switches are turned on, your iPhone will download update files to the phone and then install them automatically overnight, when your phone is charging and locked.

How to update your iPhone manually

If you want to manage updates yourself, or the phone isn’t installing updates automatically for some reason, you can do it yourself.

1. Open the Settings app and tap General.

2. On the General page, tap Software Update. Your phone will check to see if there’s an update available.

3. If there is an update available, tap Download and Install. Agree to the terms and conditions, and wait while the update downloads to your phone.

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Select “Download and Install.”

4. Finally, tap Install to complete the update.

Troubleshooting tips if your iPhone won’t update

If your iPhone won’t update either manually or automatically, try these troubleshooting methods.

Make sure your iPhone is compatible

The latest iOS software update, iOS 15, is available for the iPhone 6S and later, as well as the iPhone SE (both first and second generation) and the iPod Touch 7th generation.

This means that if you’re still using an iPhone 5S or earlier, you’re out of luck. You can view a full list of compatible iPhone versions here.

Check that you have enough available storage

iOS 15 will take up about 3.24 GB of storage space, but you’ll need more than that to successfully install the update. In fact, you’ll need a total of about 5GB of free space on your phone to download and install the update.

To see how much free space your phone has right now, open the Settings app, tap General, and select iPhone Storage. The amount of storage you have available will be listed at the top of the iPhone Storage page.

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Your available storage space will be listed at the top.

Connect to WiFi and charge your battery

Sometimes it’s the little things that will block an iOS update. You should have a strong, reliable WiFi connection and your iPhone needs to have at least 50 percent of battery life remaining.

For the best results, perform the update at home or in the office, where you know you have dependable WiFi. And connect your phone to a dock or charger before starting the update.

Restart your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone can solve any number of small glitches, including corrupted files or other bugs that can interfere with an iOS update.

For details on how to restart your iPhone, see our article on restarting and force-restarting any iPhone model.

Update your iPhone from your computer

On rare occasions, you might run into a glitch and find that your iPhone can’t install an update, either automatically or manually. If that happens, you can install it from a PC or Mac.

1. Plug your iPhone into your computer.

2. If you’re on a PC, open iTunes. If you’re on a Mac, open Finder and click your phone’s name in the sidebar.

3. If you see a message on the computer asking if you want to allow the computer to access your iPhone, click Continue. Likewise, tap Trust on your iPhone.

4. In iTunes, click Library and then click the iPhone icon on the left side of the toolbar. In Finder, click General.

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When you switch to the Library view in iTunes, you should see an icon representing your iPhone.

5. Click Check for Update.

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Click “Check for Updates” in your iPhone’s Summary info to start the update process.

6. If there’s an update available, click Download and Update. Leave your phone connected for as long as it takes to update.

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A judge just ruled a massive blow against Apple’s App Store business

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  • The judge in the case between “Fortnite” maker Epic Games and Apple issued a ruling on Friday.
  • Apple must allow app makers the ability to monetize their apps without paying Apple.
  • Epic has to pay Apple over $3.5 million in owed royalties, and still can’t charge users directly in apps.
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The end of the months-long legal saga between Apple and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games finally came on Friday when Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a ruling with bad news for both parties – and a major blow to Apple’s App Store business.

In Apple’s case, the App Store is being forced to allow app makers the ability to link out and sell items directly to their users via external payment methods. That means app makers will be allowed to directly link out to alternative ways for purchasing, giving them a new way to avoid App Store commissions that can cost as much as 30%.

Apple is, “permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app,” the judge wrote in her permanent injunction ruling.

The ruling will go into effect in 90 days unless any motions to delay or reverse the order are successful.

Moreover, the judge chastised Apple for continuing to charge a 30% commission despite years of criticism from app makers. “Unlike those in the computer gaming market,” she wrote, “nothing other than legal action seems to motivate Apple to reconsider pricing and reduce rates.”

While that’s good news for Epic, it wasn’t the total victory Epic was hoping for: The company is being ordered to pay over $3.5 million owed royalties to Apple, and still isn’t able to directly charge “Fortnite” players for items within the game.

Apple charges app makers on its iPhone and iPad App Store a commission for sales, ranging from 15 to 30%, which Epic Games sought to circumvent in an update to its hit game, “Fortnite,” in August 2020.

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An image of the “Fortnite” update that included the ability to pay Epic Games directly rather than paying through Apple.

A new payment option was introduced in the update that said “Epic direct payment,” which is exactly what it sounds like: Instead of paying Apple, then Apple paying “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, you could pay Epic directly. Epic even charged less for the same virtual items.

By doing this, Epic intentionally circumvented paying Apple the cut it takes from app makers for selling through its digital storefronts. It was this move that caused “Fortnite” to be kicked off the App Store last year, and subsequently sparked a lawsuit between Epic and Apple.

In the suit, Epic Games accused Apple of operating a monopoly with its iOS App Store – a charge the judge on Friday disagreed with, ruling that Apple’s practices were not monopolistic.

The smartphone is an “essential computing device,” Epic CEO Tim Sweeney argued in a letter to Apple leadership, and opening up the platform would give iPhone users, “the rights and freedoms enjoyed on the world’s leading open computing platforms including Windows and macOS.”

In a better world, Sweeney argued, iPhone users could choose from a variety of App Stores with competing libraries of content and sales – a world where games like “Fortnite” could offer players the ability to pay less by purchasing stuff directly from Epic, or to download another store entirely (like, say, Epic’s own digital storefront, the Epic Games Store).

In defense, Apple argued that Epic’s foundational assertion is incorrect: The App Store is intentionally operated as a “walled garden,” the company says, because it protects users from harm.

Without Apple vetting each app before publishing, “the health of Apple’s ecosystem” is at risk, Apple Chief Legal Counsel Douglas Vetter argued. Moreover, Apple said that Epic knowingly, intentionally violated developer agreements it signed.

“Today the Court has affirmed what we’ve known all along: the App Store is not in violation of antitrust law,” Apple said in a statement sent to Insider. “As the Court recognized ‘success is not illegal.’ Apple faces rigorous competition in every segment in which we do business, and we believe customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world. We remain committed to ensuring the App Store is a safe and trusted marketplace that supports a thriving developer community and more than 2.1 million US jobs, and where the rules apply equally to everyone.”

Epic Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney took to Twitter to respond.

“Today’s ruling isn’t a win for developers or for consumers. Epic is fighting for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers,” he wrote. “‘Fortnite’ will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers.”

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iPhone warranty: How to check if your device has standard warranty or AppleCare+, and what each warranty offers

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Before you buy a new iPhone to replace a broken one, you should first check if you’re covered under warranty.

  • You can check if your iPhone has a warranty via Apple’s warranty tracker or the Settings app.
  • You’ll need to enter your serial number to get full information on your standard warranty and AppleCare+ coverage.
  • AppleCare+ is an extended warranty program that users can purchase within 60 days of buying a new iPhone.
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Having an issue with your iPhone, whether it’s a broken screen or a hardware malfunction, isn’t fun. What’s even less fun is paying hundreds of dollars to get it fixed.

Thankfully, Apple offers two types of warranties on new iPhones, and one of them is free. If you’re curious about what each type of warranty offers, as well as how to check your warranty status, you’ve come to the right place.

Types of iPhone warranties

There are two types of warranties that cover iPhone repairs: a standard warranty and AppleCare+.

iPhone standard warranty

What it gets you:

  • If you have a new iPhone, you are automatically covered under the standard warranty.
  • It covers one year of hardware repairs (at a low or no cost) and includes 90 days of telephone technical support from an Apple Advisor.

What it does not cover:

  • The iPhone standard warranty does not cover battery related issues, normal wear and tear (like scratches and dents from dropping your phone or repeatedly placing it on rough surfaces), or if your iPhone is stolen.
  • Defects due to accidents (dropping your iPhone in water, breaking your screen) or another product (like a case) are not covered.
  • If you jailbreak your iPhone or get it repaired by someone that isn’t an Apple-authorized provider, your warranty is void.
  • This warranty does not apply to used Apple devices.

AppleCare+ extended warranty

What it gets you:

  • AppleCare+ is an extended warranty program for iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads.
  • An AppleCare+ plan can only be purchased within 60 days of the original purchase date of your device.
  • AppleCare+ extends the standard warranty to two years and covers up to two accidental damage incidents (like dropping your phone and breaking the screen) every 12 months. Each incident is subject to a service fee ($29 for screen damage, $99 for any other type of accidental damage), plus taxes.
  • You can get your iPhone’s battery serviced if it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity.
  • You also get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts via chat or phone to help troubleshoot any issues.

What it does not cover:

  • If you lose your iPhone or if it’s stolen, unless you purchase AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss ($149 fee per incident of theft or loss).

How to check if your iPhone is under warranty

If you’re having an issue with your iPhone or simply want to check whether or not you’re still covered under Apple’s standard warranty or AppleCare+, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap General.

3. Tap About. On the About page, you should see your serial number as the fifth item listed.

4. Press down and hold your finger over the serial number.

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Locate your serial number to check your iPhone’s warranty.

5. Once the Copy bubble pops up, tap on it to copy your serial number.

6. Open up your preferred browser and go to Apple’s warranty tracker.

7. Tap the text box located under Enter your serial number.

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Paste your serial number directly into this box, so you won’t need to write it down and type it in manually.

8. Double tap the text box and a Paste bubble should pop up. Tap on it to paste your serial number into the text box.

9. Type the security code into the text box under Please enter the code and then click Continue.

10. You’ll be taken to a new page that will tell you if your iPhone is still covered by Apple’s limited warranty program and if you still have telephone support.

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On this page you’ll find information about the types of coverage and support your iPhone has.

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How to make a group chat on iPhone and customize your name, members, and more

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You can start a group chat on iPhone just like you’d start a regular text.

  • To make a group chat on iPhone, add multiple recipients to the address line of a new message.
  • Once a group chat is created, you can add members or edit the name.
  • There’s three types of group messages: group iMessage, group MMS, and group SMS.
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Group chats can be a useful tool in both your professional and personal life. Whether you’re planning a happy hour or a surprise baby shower, or you want to text hilarious memes to your besties, a group chat is a great way to relay information to multiple people at once.

Depending on the settings and types of phones people have, group chats will look different and have different capabilities. And if a group chat is getting to be too much, you can silence notifications or leave a group chat entirely. Here’s how to do it all on an iPhone.

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How to make a group chat on iPhone

Make sure you have both iMessage and MMS turned on in Settings > Messages.

1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone. It looks like a white chat bubble inside a green box.

2. Tap the Compose button in the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Begin entering the names of the people you want to include in the group chat in the To: section. You can also tap the plus + button to select people from your contacts.

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Start a group chat by entering two or more names into the address bar.

4. Type out your message, then tap the Send icon. It looks like an arrow pointing up.

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When you’re ready to send your message, tap the blue arrow.

How to add members to a group chat

New roommate? Coworker? Add them to your group chat with just a few steps. However, this only works on iMessage group chats, if everyone in the group has an iPhone.

1. Open the Messages app and navigate to the group chat you want to add someone to.

2. Tap the names at the top of the group chat, then tap info in the drop-down menu.

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You can add a new member to an iMessage group chat at any time.

3. Underneath the names of the people already in the group, tap Add Contact.

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Tap the + button to add a contact to an iMessage group chat.

4. Type in the name of the person you want to add, then tap Done.

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Type in the name(s) of the people you want to add, or select them from your contacts list using the + button.

How to silence notifications from a group chat

1. Open the Messages app and navigate to the group chat you want to silence notifications for.

2. Tap the names at the top of the group chat, then tap info in the drop-down menu.

3. Scroll down to Hide Alerts, then tap the toggle on the right to silence notifications. It will turn green when on.

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The toggle will turn green when notifications are silenced.

How to leave a group chat

1. Open the Messages app and navigate to the group chat you want to leave.

2. Tap the names at the top of the group chat, then tap info in the drop-down menu.

3. Tap Leave this Conversation. Then, tap Leave this Conversation again in the pop-up to confirm your decision.

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If you accidentally tap “Leave this Conversation,” tap “Cancel” to remain in the group chat.

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How to put your iPhone or iPad in DFU mode to fix it as a last resort

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If your iPhone or iPad’s technical issues aren’t solved from a reset or restore, you can try using DFU mode.

  • DFU mode is a way to recover your iPhone or iPad using a computer.
  • To put an iPhone or iPad into DFU mode, you’ll need to use either iTunes or Finder.
  • DFU mode works differently on iPhones and iPads with Face ID, compared to older models.
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Your iPhone or iPad can sometimes run into technical issues, requiring the device to be reset or restored.

However, if it can’t be recovered through its settings, this can complicate efforts and require the use of iTunes or Finder to restore the device’s operating system and firmware.

Here’s how you can use DFU mode and a computer to restore your iPhone or iPad when it cannot recover itself.

What is DFU mode?

Device Firmware Update mode – or DFU mode for short – is a state that an iPhone or iPad can be put in to get your device back into working order.

DFU mode is similar to the BIOS on Windows computers or Recovery Mode on a Mac. It exists “below” the operating system level – iOS – but can still communicate with iTunes or Finder on a Windows or Mac computer.

In DFU mode, your iOS device is accessible to iTunes or Finder at a more privileged level. This allows for more to be changed than normal. However, going into DFU mode on its own does not change anything on the iPhone or iPad.

Put an iPhone or iPad in DFU mode

To put an iPhone or iPad into DFU mode, follow the instructions based on which model you have.

iPhone or iPad with Face ID

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iPhones X generation or later and iPads 11 Pro generation or later support Face ID.

1. Turn off your iPhone or iPad and plug it into your Mac or Windows computer.

2. Make sure that iTunes or Finder are running.

3. Press and hold the side button on your device for three seconds.

4. While continuing to hold the side button, press and hold volume down. Hold both buttons for 10 seconds.

5. Release the side button but continue holding volume down for another five seconds.

6. Release volume down. If the screen is illuminated but blank, your iPhone has now entered DFU mode.

To exit DFU mode, quickly press the Volume Up button, then quickly press the Volume Down button, then hold down the Side button until the device reboots.

iPhone 7

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro have a different process for entering and exiting DFU mode than other iPhone models.

1. Turn off your iPhone and plug it into your Mac or Windows computer.

2. Make sure that iTunes or Finder are running.

3. Press and hold the side button of your iPhone for three seconds.

4. While continuing to hold the side button, press and hold down the Home button. Hold both buttons for 10 seconds.

5. Release both buttons. If the screen is illuminated but blank, your iPhone has now entered DFU mode.

To exit DFU mode, hold down the Side button and Volume Down button until the device reboots.

iPhone 6s or earlier

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To enter DFU mode on iPhones generation 6S or earlier, you’ll use the Home and side buttons.

1. Turn off your iPhone and plug it into your Mac or Windows computer.

2. Make sure that iTunes or Finder are running.

3. Press and hold the side button of your iPhone for three seconds.

4. While continuing to hold the side button, press and hold down the Home button. Hold both buttons for 10 seconds.

5. Release the side button but continue holding down the Home button for an additional five seconds.

6. Release the Home button. If the screen is illuminated but blank, your iPhone has now entered DFU mode.

To exit DFU mode, hold the Home button and the Lock button until the device reboots.

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How to copy and paste on a Mac computer, or from a Mac to other Apple devices

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There’s a few different ways to copy and paste on your Mac, including with keyboard shortcuts.

  • You can copy and paste on Mac by right-clicking, opening the toolbar, or using keyboard shortcuts.
  • Text, images, GIFs, and other file formats can all be copied and pasted on a Mac.
  • Apple devices on the same iCloud account can copy and paste across devices.
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Copy and paste is one of the most basic and helpful computer shortcuts. It saves time and ensures that text and images are preserved in their original form; no need to type out text you see on a webpage into an email or document when you can simply copy and paste.

There are several different ways to copy and paste on a Mac, and knowing them all helps you use this function no matter what you’re copying and pasting. You can even copy and paste content across Apple devices.

Here’s how to do it all.

How to copy and paste on Mac with keyboard shortcuts

1. Highlight the text you want to copy using your mouse or trackpad.

2. Hold the Command key, then press the “C” key to copy the highlighted text.

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This two-button keyboard shortcut is a quick way to copy and paste.

3. Click to place the cursor where you want to paste the copied text.

4. Hold the Command key, then press the “V” key to paste.

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Press Command + V to paste.

How to copy and paste on Mac with a mouse or trackpad

1. Highlight the text you want to copy using your mouse or trackpad, then right-click. If you’re copying an image, GIF, or another file type, simply hover the cursor over it before clicking.

2. In the pop-up menu, click Copy.

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Right-clicking is one of several methods to copy and paste content.

3. Click to place the cursor where you want to paste the copied text or file.

4. Right-click, then select Paste in the pop-up. If you’re simply copying and pasting, the pasted text will maintain the same formatting from its original context.

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You can paste copied text into emails, Word documents, and Google Docs.

How to copy and paste on Mac using the toolbar

1. Highlight the text you want to copy using your mouse or trackpad.

2. In the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Edit, then select Copy in the drop-down.

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The toolbar at the top of the screen is another way to use the copy and paste function.

3. Click to place the cursor where you want to paste the copied text.

4. In the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Edit, then select Paste in the drop-down.

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To paste, use the toolbar at the top of your screen, or in the program you’re using.

How to copy and paste on Mac to match formatting

The methods detailed above will transfer highlighted text as it appears in its original context, i.e. in its original font, size, color, etc. This isn’t always ideal, but there’s an easy workaround to help keep things consistent in the email or document you’re pasting text into.

To change copied text to match the style of its new location, follow the steps below:

1. Highlight the text you want to copy using your mouse or trackpad.

2. Copy the text using either of the methods discussed above: right-click, toolbar, or Command + C.

3. Click to place the cursor where you want to paste the copied text.

4. In the toolbar located at the top of the screen, click Edit, then click Paste without formatting. It can also be phrased as Paste and Match Style or something similar. When pasting without formatting, the copied text is set to match the style of the document or email you’re pasting into.

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Use the toolbar or a keyboard shortcut to paste and match formatting.

How to copy and paste between Apple devices

If you have an iPhone or iPad registered under the same iCloud account as your Mac, you can easily copy and paste text and photos between devices. Here’s how it’s done:

1. On your Mac, open System Preferences, and click General.

2. Toward the bottom of the General page, check the box next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.

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If copied text or photos aren’t transferring between devices, check your Mac settings.

3. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app, and tap General.

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In Settings, go to “General.”

4. On the General page, select AirPlay & Handoff.

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Select “AirPlay & Handoff.”

5. Ensure the Handoff feature is on by tapping the switch, turning it from grey to green.

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Ensure the Handoff capability is turned on by tapping the toggle.

6. On your mobile device, tap to highlight the text or image you want to copy, then tap Copy.

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After highlighting your text, tap “Copy” in the small pop-up.

7. On your computer, paste the content using any of the methods described above. This method also works for copying content on your computer and pasting it on your mobile device.

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