How to fix a frozen or unresponsive iPhone

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To fix a frozen iPhone screen, sometimes all you need to do is allow it to charge for at least an hour.

  • If your iPhone screen is frozen or unresponsive, there are a few things you can try when troubleshooting the problem.
  • First, try a force-restart. If that doesn’t work, you can update or reinstall the operating system.
  • If you’re still having problems, you can always contact Apple support.
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Dealing with an iPhone that has a black or frozen screen? There are a few steps you can take to fix it without losing all your data.

If it’s gotten to a point where you can’t turn your iPhone on or off, your first option is a force-restart. In most scenarios, this method should get you unstuck.

Of course, it’s possible there’s a more serious problem. If the troubleshooting steps below don’t work, you can always contact Apple support.

Force-restart your iPhone

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Hold the correct keys for your particular iPhone model to force it to restart.

Forcing your iPhone to restart will not erase any apps or data, so it’s a safe first resort. The steps to force-restart depends on your iPhone model.

For iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone SE (2nd generation)

Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, and then press and hold the side button until the screen turns back on. Release the side button when the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 7

Press and hold the volume down button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time. Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 6s and iPhone SE (1st generation)

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button at the same time. Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears.

If, after a force-restart, your iPhone won’t turn on or start up, move on to the next method.

Charge your iPhone

It’s possible that charging your phone for a short time can revive it. For the best results, plug your phone directly into a power adapter – avoid charging it wirelessly or plug it into a computer’s USB port. Let it charge for at least one hour and then try to use it again.

If your iPhone still isn’t working, or it gets stuck during start up, your next option is to update or reinstall iOS.

Reinstall iOS

As a last resort before contacting Apple Support, you can try updating or restoring iOS. This is a good option if your iPhone successfully restarts but can’t get past the Apple logo. Here’s how to do it.

1. Connect your iPhone to a computer and start iTunes.

2. Put your iPhone in recovery mode following these steps:

  • iPhone 8 or later: Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. Hold the side button until you see the recovery mode screen, which has a lightning connector and iTunes logo.
  • iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold the volume down button and Sleep/Wake button at the same time. Hold the volume down button until you see the recovery mode screen.
  • iPhone 6s or earlier: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button at the same time. Hold the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen.

3. When you see the option to restore or update your iPhone on your computer, click Update. iTunes will update the phone without deleting your apps and data. Do not choose Restore, which will erase all of your data.

4. If the Update doesn’t work, your final option is to choose Restore. This option will restore your iPhone to its factory settings.

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iTunes can try to fix your iPhone by updating the operating system.

Contact Apple support

If you still have had no luck reviving your frozen iPhone, you should contact Apple support.

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How to rotate a video on your iPhone using the Photos app or iMovie

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It only takes a couple taps to rotate a video on your iPhone.

  • You can rotate a video on an iPhone with iOS 13 or later by using the crop tool in the Photos app.
  • If you don’t have iOS 13, you can also rotate a video on your iPhone using iMovie.
  • iMovie is free to download, though most newer iPhones already have it pre-installed.
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iPhones and other smartphones have, in the span of just a few years, rendered consumer video cameras nearly obsolete.

But because you can record a video with your iPhone positioned horizontally, vertically, or even upside down, you need to know how to rotate that video.

If your iPhone is running iOS 13 or later, you can rotate your videos in the Photos app. If you don’t have iOS 13, you’ll have to use iMovie. Here’s how to do both.

How to rotate a video on iPhone using Photos

1. Open the Photos app and choose the video that you want to rotate.

2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner of the screen.

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Select “Edit” above the video.

3. On the right side of the toolbar beneath the video, tap the Crop icon, which looks like a square with two arrows around it.

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Tap the “Crop” icon.

4. Then, in the top-left corner of the screen, tap the icon of a square with a curved arrow above it. Keep tapping the button until your video rotates to your desired orientation.

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Tap the “Rotate” icon.

5. Hit Done in the bottom-right corner to save your video in its new orientation.

If you don’t like the results, you can always go back to Edit and rotate the video into any other position.

How to rotate a video on iPhone using iMovie

1. Open the Photos app and choose the video that you want to rotate.

2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner of the screen.

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Select “Edit” above the video.

3. In the top-right corner, tap the icon of a circle with three dots inside. Select iMovie in the pop-up. The video will automatically open up in iMovie.

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After tapping the three-dot icon, select iMovie.

4. Using two fingers, make a twisting gesture in the middle of the video, as if you were trying to rotate the video. Twist your fingers in the direction that you want the video to rotate. Keep twisting until the video rotates to your desired orientation.

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When you twist your fingers on the video, a big white arrow will appear and the video will rotate.

5. Tap Done in the upper-right corner.

The video will be re-saved to your Photo Library (replacing the original video), rotated to the desired orientation.

If you don’t like the results, you can re-edit the video and rotate it in the other direction to revert to the original orientation.

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How to lock apps on your iPhone by setting time limits for usage

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You can set time limits to lock apps on iPhone with Screen Time.

  • You can lock apps on your iPhone from the Settings app with Screen Time.
  • Locking apps prevents you from overusing them by implementing a passcode-protected time limit.
  • Apple’s Screen Time feature lets you set a time limit on any app or website.
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Whether you want to limit the time you spend on social media or you just need some quiet from work emails while on vacation, your iPhone’s Screen Time feature lets you set daily hour limits on any app.

Here’s how to lock apps on your iPhone once you’ve reached the daily time limit.

How to lock apps on your iPhone

1. Open the Settings app and select Screen Time.

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From the main Settings page, go to “Screen Time.”

2. If the only thing you see on the next page is a button to Turn On Screen Time, tap it and hit Continue in the pop-up, then select either This is My iPhone or This is My Child’s iPhone.

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If Screen Time is off, tap “Turn On Screen Time.”

3. In the Screen Time menu, select App Limits. If you have a Screen Time passcode set, you’ll need to enter it to access the App Limits page.

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Tap “App Limits” to set limits for certain apps.

4. On the App Limits page, select Add Limit.

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Select “Add Limit.”

5. Here you can choose which apps you wish to limit by various groupings like Games or Social. Once you tap a category, all apps within that category will appear beneath it – tap the circle next to individual apps or tap the circle next to the category name to limit all apps within that category. If you want to limit all apps on your device, select All Apps & Categories at the top of the page.

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Choose which apps you’d like to limit.

6. After you’ve selected which apps you’d like to limit, select Next in the top-right corner of the page. Under Time, choose a daily hour limit, or select Customize Days to choose which days to limit app time and customize the hourly limit by day.

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Choose how many minutes or hours you want to limit your time to, and select “Customize Days” if you want each day to have different limits.

7. When finished, tap Add in the upper-right corner.

How to access locked apps on your iPhone

1. If you’ve hit the time limit you’ve placed on an app but wish to continue to use the app, tap Ask For More Time under the icon of an hourglass pictured.

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Tap “Ask For More Time” to continue on the locked app or website.

2. Tap Enter Screen Time Passcode. If you haven’t created a Screen Time passcode, this will just be your lock screen passcode you use to unlock your iPhone. If you don’t have a passcode on your device, you won’t be required to enter anything.

3. Once you’ve entered your passcode, you can choose how much longer to allow use of the app – either 15 minutes, an hour, or all day.

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How to use the Live Photo feature on your iPhone or turn them off

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Live Photos are easy to take on both iPhone and iPad.

  • Live Photos are still photos that turn into videos when you “activate” them on your iPhone or iPad.
  • You can take Live Photos by enabling them in the Camera app.
  • Live Photos only work on Apple devices – on non-Apple devices, they’ll just be still photos.
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Technology has come a long way over the past couple of decades. All but gone are the days of disposable cameras, Polaroids, or even point-and-shoot models – these days, most of us just whip out our phones and tap a button.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ve also got access to Live Photos.

Live Photos are like still photos, but when you hold your finger down on them, they “activate” and play a few seconds of video and sound. They’re like GIFs with sound, and are a fun treat when you’re looking back at your photos later. But they’ll only work on Apple devices, and if you try to play them elsewhere, they’ll just be still photos.

Here’s how to take, view, and edit Live Photos on an iPhone or iPad.

How to take a live photo on an iPhone or iPad

1. From your iPhone or iPad’s home screen, open the Camera app.

2. Make sure that Live Photos are turned on by tapping the icon that looks like a bullseye. On a new iPhone, it’ll be at the top of the screen.

If the Live Photo icon is colored yellow, that means it’s enabled. If it’s white with a line slashed across it, it’s off. You can enable or disable Live Photo at any time by tapping the icon.

On iPhone 11 and newer models, when you tap the Live Photos icon you’ll also be given an “Auto” option. This will let your iPhone decide whether or not to take a Live Photo based on how much movement it sees.

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Live Photos can be quickly toggled on or off using this icon.

3. Aim your phone at whatever you want to take a photo of and tap your shutter button as normal. You can also use filters like a normal photo.

You’ll be able to find your Live Photo in your camera roll.

How to edit a live photo on an iPhone or iPad

You can give your Live Photo various effects.

1. Open your device’s Photos app and select the Live Photo you want to edit.

2. With the Live Photo open, swipe up to reveal a list of Effects options.

3. Under Effects, you can choose to keep the Live Photo as is or use a few different options:

  • Loop, which will play the Live Photo in an endless video loop.
  • Bounce, which will cause your Live Photo to bounce back and forth.
  • Long Exposure, which will blend every frame of the Live Photo together into one shot.
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The “Loop” option, for example, turns your Live Photo into a makeshift GIF.

4. Save your effect simply by exiting out of the photo – no need to do anything else. You can, however, change the effect at any time by following the same steps outlined above.

You can also change the Live Photo’s “Key Photo” – the image that appears when your Live Photo is still – and trim the Live Photo’s video.

1. Open the Live Photo and tap Edit in the top-right corner.

2. At the bottom of the page, tap the Live Photo icon.

3. A slider will appear with every frame from the Live Photo. Slide the white window to pick a new Key Photo, or use the arrows on the edges to trim the Live Photo.

An iPhone's Live Photo editing screen, set to the page where you can trim the photo or edit its Key Photo.
You can use the other icons to change the picture’s colors, add a filter, or crop it.

How to turn off live photos on iPhone or iPad

If you want to turn off Live Photos – maybe you just want to take a good still photo without worrying about the video portion – doing so is easy.

When you open the Camera app, you can turn off Live Photos by tapping the icon so it has a slash through it.

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If the Live Photos icon has a slash through it, the feature is disabled.

If you want to turn off Live Photos permanently, so they don’t default to being turned on every time you take a photo:

1. Open the Settings app and select the Camera option.

2. Tap Preserve Settings, and make sure the Live Photo switch is turned on.

An iPhone's "Preserve Settings" menu, with the "Live Photo" option highlighted.
Turning on this switch will keep Live Photos disabled.

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How to stop your Android phone from listening to you by disabling 3 microphone-related features

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Android users can disable “OK Google” and other microphone-related features to stop their device from listening in.

  • If you want your Android phone to stop listening to you, you can disable its “OK Google” feature in the phone’s Settings app.
  • To thoroughly stop your Android from listening, you can also turn off listening while driving and disable the Google search app’s microphone.
  • Android phones are configured to listen to you in order to respond to wake words like “OK Google” and perform voice commands.
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Your phone may be silently listening to everything you say. That’s because smartphone voice assistants like “OK Google” need to know when to spring into action.

To activate your Android phone’s voice assistant, all you need to say are wake words “OK Google” or “Hey Google.” Your phone uses only your audio starting with – or just before – the wake word and ending when you’ve completed your command.

These interactions are archived to improve the service. You can see all your Google Assistant commands by visiting My Google Activity. Click Filter by Date & Product and then choose Voice & Audio.

While having a voice assistant at the ready has its advantages, this understandably raises privacy concerns for smartphone users. So if you’d rather not have your phone listening to you, you can disable the features that do it. You’ll need to disable “Hey Google,” audio monitoring while driving, and the Google search microphone.

Once you do, Google will no longer listen for your voice.

How to stop an Android from listening to you by disabling Google Assistant

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap Google.

3. In the services section, select Account services.

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Open the account-services link for Google in the Settings app.

4. Choose Search, Assistant & Voice.

5. Tap Voice.

6. In the Hey Google section, select Voice Match.

7. Turn off Hey Google by swiping the button to the left.

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You can turn off “Hey Google” microphone monitoring with a tap.

How to stop an Android from listening to you by disabling audio monitoring

After disabling Hey Google in the Voice Match menu, as depicted in the section above, stay in the same window.

1. Tap Driving Settings.

2. Turn off While driving by swiping the button to the left.

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Don’t forget to turn off monitoring while you’re driving.

How to stop the Google search app from listening to you on your Android

1. Launch the Settings app.

2. Tap Apps & Notifications or Apps, depending on your device.

3. Select See all apps if required. Otherwise, scroll down and tap Google.

4. Choose Permissions.

5. Tap Microphone.

6. Select Deny to prevent Google from using the mic.

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Deny Google use of the microphone to prevent your phone from listening to you.

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How to make a conference call on your iPhone with up to 5 participants

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It’s easy to quickly make conference calls on an iPhone.

  • You can place a conference call on your iPhone with up to five total participants.
  • To start a conference call, use the add call button to dial a new participant and tap merge calls.
  • You can drop individual participants by tapping the blue ‘i’ at the top of the screen.
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You might not realize it, but your iPhone is capable of making conference calls with up to five participants at once, including you.

You can even break off into private calls with individual participants, or end the call for only certain participants.

Here’s everything you need to know about conference calling on iPhone.

How to start a conference call on your iPhone

1. Open the Phone app and place a call to your first participant in the usual way.

2. After the call connects, tell your participant that they’ll be briefly placed on hold while you dial in the next person.

3. Tap add call underneath the plus sign “+” icon.

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Tap “add call” to dial another participant.

4. Call the next person any way you like. You can select someone from your list of contacts or tap any of the icons at the bottom of the screen – Favorites, Recent, Contacts, or Keypad to place the call.

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Choose a contact from your contacts, favorites, recents, or type in a number using the keypad.

5. After this next participant answers, tap merge calls to combine them into a single conversation.

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Tap “merge calls.”

6. If you want to add more people to the call, you can repeat the process: tap add call, place the call, and merge the call. You can add up to five participants, depending on your carrier’s limitations.

You can also add someone who calls you to a conference call in progress. When the call comes in, tap Hold & Accept, and then tap merge calls.

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To accept the call, tap “Hold & Accept.”

How to manage your conference call on iPhone

Once your conference call is in progress, you can go “private” with a specific participant, as well as hang up on callers one at a time.

To do that, tap the blue “i” icon at the top-right of the screen. You’ll see a list of all the participants on the call with buttons to end the call or speak to them privately.

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in the list of call participants, tap “End” to remove that person from the call or “Private” to start a private call.

The person who started the conference call is the only one who can see the list of all callers. If you didn’t start the call but added a participant, then you can see a list of only the people you’ve added.

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How to put your iPhone into recovery mode to repair it when it’s malfunctioning

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Recovery mode can fix serious issues with your iPhone.

  • iPhone recovery mode is useful if your iPhone won’t turn on or there’s been a critical error.
  • Recovery mode lets your computer connect to the iPhone and try to fix the operating system.
  • If recovery mode doesn’t fix your iPhone’s bugs, you might need to contact Apple support.
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Like any high-tech device, the iPhone is designed to be as trouble-free as possible, and most people will own one for years without ever experiencing a serious issue.

But sometimes things can go wrong, and if your iPhone is unresponsive – and all other troubleshooting steps have failed – then you might need to enter recovery mode.

Here are some reasons why you might need recovery mode:

  • Your iPhone’s display shows nothing but the Apple logo for a long time and never fully turns on.
  • During an iOS update, the phone gets stuck in a loop of continuously restarting.
  • The phone won’t turn on, turn off, and is completely unresponsive.

Recovery mode is a troubleshooting tool that connects your iPhone to a computer and lets an app – either Finder or iTunes – diagnose and fix the problem.

How to put your iPhone into recovery mode

The method you use to activate recovery mode will differ depending on whether you’re using a newer version of macOS, an older version, or a PC with Windows.

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC with a USB charging cable.

2. If you’re running macOS Catalina or newer, open a Finder window. If you’re running macOS Mojave or older or Windows, open iTunes.

3. You’ll need to press and hold buttons on your iPhone to activate recovery mode.

  • On an iPhone 8 or newer, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, and then the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Lock button until the recovery mode screen appears.
  • On an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, press and hold the Lock and Volume Down buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.
  • On an iPhone 6s or earlier, press and hold the Lock and Home buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.
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Don’t release the buttons until you see a screen that looks like this.

4. In Finder, click on your phone in the left sidebar; or in iTunes, click the iPhone icon near the top-left corner of the window.

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If you’re using a version of macOS that doesn’t have iTunes, you’ll find your iPhone in the Finder’s sidebar.

5. You’ll be asked if you want to Update or Restore your iPhone. Click Update – this will try to fix your phone without erasing the data. If the recovery finishes and your phone still isn’t fixed, try it again but click Restore.

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You’ll be given a warning before you choose a recovery option.

Once you’ve gone through the recovery process, your phone should exit recovery mode on its own. Turn it back on and set it up.

If recovery mode didn’t work, and your iPhone is still malfunctioning, then you’re probably out of options you can perform at home. Try contacting Apple directly for more help.

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How to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad

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It only takes a second to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad.

  • You can turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad from the Keyboard page of the Settings app.
  • You can also disable spell-check, predictive text, auto-capitalization, and more.
  • Autocorrect can be helpful when you need to quickly send messages, but it can also be a nuisance if it gets words or names wrong.
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Autocorrect can be a great feature to have. The fact that it can pick up on what word you mean to use, even if your spelling is incorrect, is pretty impressive.

That said, it’s not foolproof. Sometimes autocorrect gets it very wrong, which is an annoyance at best, and potentially disastrous at worst. Plus, some people just don’t like the feature or don’t want it turned on.

Thankfully, turning off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad is a quick and easy process. Here’s how to do it.

How to turn off autocorrect on an iPhone or iPad

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and select General.

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Go to “General.”

2. On the General page, scroll down and select Keyboard.

General page of iPhone Settings app
Tap “Keyboard” to go to your autocorrect settings.

3. In the All Keyboards section, locate the Auto-Correction option.

Keyboards page of Settings app on iPhone
Swipe the button next to “Auto-Correction” to turn it off.

4. To disable autocorrect, tap the Auto-Correction button, turning it from green to grey.

To re-enable autocorrect, simply return to this page and swipe the relevant buttons to turn them green.

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How to block a number on your smartphone or landline to stop spam calls and texts

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There are multiple ways you can block numbers on any smartphone or landline.

  • You can block a number to stop receiving all incoming calls or texts from that phone number.
  • To block a number on an iPhone or Android, you can use your device’s Phone app.
  • To block a number on a landline, contact your service provider or use a call-blocking device.
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Tired of being asked about renewing your car’s warranty? Blocking phone numbers is one way to stop spam calls and spam texts and receive fewer robocalls or unknown callers.

To block a number, you’ll have to follow a slightly different process on an iPhone, an Android, or a landline. Here’s how to do each.

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How to block a number on an iPhone

You can block a number on your iPhone via the call log in your Phone app, or through your Messages app.

Likely the most convenient method: In your Phone app, go into your recent calls and tap the icon that looks like an “i” inside a circle next to the call from the number you’re looking to block. On the next screen, select “Block this Caller.”

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Select “Block this Caller.”

Once you’ve blocked someone, you won’t receive further communication from that number via Apple’s communication apps; calls, texts, and FaceTime requests will be blocked. (They can still leave a voicemail, but it will be hidden from your view.)

However, the blocked number could still contact you through third-party apps.

Also, any blocked person won’t be notified of the block. That said, there are ways to check if you’ve been blocked on an iPhone, though they aren’t definitive.

Alternatively, instead of directly blocking a private number (like a robocall), you can choose to set up “Do Not Disturb” mode so that you only get calls from people in your contacts list.

If you want to unblock a number on your iPhone, go into your recent call list on your Phone app, find the person or number you want, tap the “i” icon next to the name or number, and on the next screen tap “Unblock this Caller.”

How to block a number on Android

To block a number on an Android, go into the Phone app and tap the three dots in the top-right corner, select “Settings,” then tap “Blocked numbers” and add a number to the list.

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You can Add a Number or block all Unknown numbers.

Or, you can block numbers via the messages app, though the exact process will depend on your device. Either way, they won’t be notified and they won’t know for sure that you’ve blocked them, even if they try to find out if they’ve been blocked.

Variance is pretty common among Android devices, and blocking private or unknown numbers is another instance where the process may vary depending on your device. For example, if you have a Samsung Galaxy S10, you can block all of those unknown calls via the settings in your Phone app.

If that isn’t setting isn’t an option for your device, though, you can still block those calls on a case-by-case basis, using the three-dot method listed above.

If you want to unblock a number on Android, you can do so via the blocked numbers list in your Phone app.

How to block a number on a landline

To block someone via a landline phone, you have to contact your service provider or use a call-blocking device. It’s also a good idea to add your number to the National Do Not Call Registry.

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How to screen mirror from your iPhone to a Samsung TV in 2 different ways

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It’s easy to mirror the screen of your iPhone to your Samsung TV using either Apple AirPlay or an HDMI cable.

  • You can screen mirror, or AirPlay, content from your iPhone to your Samsung TV.
  • Most Samsung TV models from 2018 or later are compatible with the current version of AirPlay called AirPlay 2.
  • If your Samsung TV isn’t AirPlay 2-compatible, or if you’d prefer a wired connection, you can still use a lightning-to-HDMI adapter to mirror your screen.
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Screen mirroring is a common feature on most new technology that allows you to cast content from the screen of one device to the screen of another. Screen mirroring goes by many different names, but on Apple devices, it’s called AirPlay.

Though AirPlay is an Apple feature, since the advent of AirPlay 2 in 2018, it has become much easier to connect across device ecosystems. If you have a Samsung Smart TV made in 2018 or later, you will most likely be able to use AirPlay – see if your model is on this list to be sure.

There are two ways to access AirPlay on your iPhone – you can either select “Screen Mirroring” from the Control Center to mirror your entire iPhone screen, or you can select the AirPlay icon from within some apps to cast content from your iPhone to your TV. Alternatively, you can connect your iPhone to your Samsung TV with an HDMI cable to achieve the same effect. Here’s how to do it all.

How to turn on AirPlay on a Samsung TV

Before you can use screen mirroring or AirPlay, you need to first make sure the feature is enabled on your Samsung TV.

1. Using your TV remote, go to “Settings” and select “General.”

2. Choose “Apple AirPlay Settings” from the menu.

3. Select “AirPlay” and turn it to “On.”

How to screen mirror an iPhone to a Samsung TV using AirPlay 2

How to mirror your entire iPhone screen from the Control Center

1. Swipe down from the top-right of your iPhone’s screen to bring up the Control Center. For older iPhone models with a home button, the Control Center is accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

2. Tap “Screen Mirroring” beside an icon of two overlapping rectangles.

iPhone Control Center
Open the Control Center and tap “Screen Mirroring.”

3. Select your Samsung TV from the list of available devices.

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Your Samsung TV will appear in a list of available devices.

4. If a passcode appears on your Samsung TV, enter it into the pop-up on your iPhone.

5. Your entire iPhone screen should then begin mirroring onto your Samsung TV. When you play a video on your iPhone, your TV should automatically format it to full-screen.

How to AirPlay content from within apps

If you’d rather not mirror your entire phone’s screen to your TV, some major media services like Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and Hulu have an AirPlay button directly in their apps. Unfortunately, Netflix no longer includes the in-app AirPlay option.

Some built-in iPhone apps like the Photos app have the AirPlay option as well, located in the “Share” menu.

1. Once you’ve made sure your phone and your TV are on the same Wi-Fi network, open the app and select the media you want to play.

2. Find the AirPlay button – a rectangle with a triangle beneath it, usually near the top-right or top left corner of the screen – and tap it. If you’re trying to AirPlay from the Photos app, tap the “Share” button, then select “AirPlay.”

Hulu in-app AirPlay button
Start playing the media you want to mirror, then tap the AirPlay button.

3. Choose the name of your Samsung TV from the list of available devices.

4. If a passcode appears on your Samsung TV, enter it into the pop-up on your iPhone.

5. Your photo or video should then begin mirroring onto your Samsung TV.

How to screen mirror an iPhone to Samsung TV with an HDMI cord and Lightning Digital AV adapter

If you find it easier to use a wired connection, or if your devices aren’t AirPlay-compatible, you can use an HDMI cable and a Lightning-to-HDMI adapter.

A Lightning-to-HDMI adapter is a dongle that attaches your iPhone to an HDMI cable, which connects to your TV. The adapter costs around $40 on Amazon, and you’ll also need to buy an HDMI cable if you don’t have one already.

1. Connect the Lightning end of the cable to your iPhone.

2. Plug one end of your HDMI cable into the other end of the adapter.

iPad AV adapter
Connect the HDMI cable to the adapter that’s plugged into the Lightning port of your iPad or iPhone.

3. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to your Samsung TV.

4. Switch the input of the television to the corresponding HDMI channel.

5. Begin playing the desired media on your phone to see it on your TV.

How to change AirPlay settings on your Samsung TV

1. Using your TV remote, go to “Settings” and select “General.”

2. Choose “Apple AirPlay Settings” from the menu.

3. From here, choose one or more of the following options to make adjustments:

  • AirPlay: This allows you to turn your TV’s AirPlay feature on, which only needs to be done the first time you use AirPlay. You can also turn AirPlay off.
  • Subtitles and Captioning: This setting not only allows you to turn subtitles for your selected media on and off, it also lets you change the size, font, and color of the subtitles.
  • About AirPlay: Open this menu if you want to make sure you’re running the latest version of AirPlay, or to find information about your current software.
  • Require Code: When you first start using AirPlay, anybody on your Wi-Fi network with a compatible device can connect and mirror to your TV. If you want to prevent this for any reason, you can use this setting to create a passcode users need to enter before they can project anything to your TV.

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