Can an iPhone be hacked? A breakdown of common hacks and cyber hygiene best practices

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To avoid being hacked, make sure you stay away from suspicious links and spam messages.

  • Your iPhone can be hacked in various ways, although iPhones are safer than Androids.
  • Experts say the best way to stay safe from hacks is to be vigilant of strange links or sketchy apps and to only give out information when necessary.
  • Poor battery life and sluggish performance can be indicators of an iPhone hack.
  • You might need to restore your iPhone to factory settings or get a replacement if it’s been seriously hacked.
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iPhone hacks aren’t incredibly common, but they can still occur if you aren’t careful.

From malware and trickster apps downloaded from the App Store to targeted attacks on a specific device, your information can be stolen in myriad ways.

Here we’ll break down the common types of hacks, how to tell if you’ve been hacked, and what to do about it.

How an iPhone can be hacked

Hacking occurs when someone else gains access to private information on your device or controls it without your consent. It’s a broad term, and lies on a gradient of bad to very serious. Some hackers want to make a quick buck selling advertising. Others want to hurt you.

Experts said there are a few main types of iPhone hacks:

Suspicious websites or links

Just like on your computer, your iPhone can be hacked by clicking on a suspicious website or link. If a website looks or feels “off” check the logos, the spelling, or the URL.

Try to avoid connecting to a password-free public Wi-Fi network, which opens the possibility of a hacker accessing unencrypted traffic on your device or redirecting you to a fraudulent site to access login credentials.

Messages from numbers you don’t recognize are also suspect.

Fortunately, modern smartphones are good at resisting malware and ransomware.

Suspicious apps on the App Store

Apple devices exist in a much more closed and monitored digital ecosystem when compared to Android devices.

The company has a vetting process for apps on its store, but it’s not bulletproof.

Ning Zhang, who leads the Computer Security and Privacy Laboratory at Washington University in Saint Louis, said to watch out for apps that ask for more information than they’ll need to function.

For example, if you’ve downloaded a wallpaper or flashlight app and it’s asking for your location or contact list, camera, or microphone, that’s a red flag. Likely, the developers are tricking you into giving out this information so it can be sold.

“I’d be a little bit skeptical about it and consider if I really want that wallpaper app,” he said. “Being vigilant, even with official apps, is helpful. If we are able to do that, I think for the average person, you should be fairly safe.”

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It’s important to keep track of even the official apps on your phone and to check for any suspiciously downloaded apps, as well.

Intimate partner hacks

Abusive partners can grab your phone and download spyware (or stalkerware) when you’re not looking. This malicious software can be used to track your location, or make private information like texts, your call history, and emails accessible to them.

All they need is your password and physical access to your phone. Experts we spoke to said that this is unfortunately common. This abuse can be psychologically traumatizing and devastating to someone’s personal and public life. If you notice apps that you don’t remember downloading, this could be a sign – although many times the spyware app is invisible on the home screen.

Sadly, this problem isn’t easy to fix. Victims can risk their safety by deleting the apps or checking for malware if and when abusers notice these actions.

Targeted attacks

The average person probably won’t be singled out and remotely targeted by hackers because it’s expensive, sometimes costing millions for hacks of newer phones, said Matthew Green, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Internet Security Institute.

Journalists and activists are most at risk for this kind of hack.

One form of a targetted hack works like this: Hackers exploit unknown flaws in the iOS programming that even its developers don’t yet know about. With this knowledge, hackers can install malware to get data from targetted sources.

“This is a very sophisticated set of hacks and oftentimes you won’t even know this happened to you,” Green said. “If it’s someone who is really sophisticated, they’ll send you an invisible text message and then your phone is going to be compromised for awhile.”

The bugs are known as “zero-day” exploits, corresponding with the fact that Apple will find out about a possible security issue in their software on the same day it’ll work to patch it. The minute the world knows, it’s only a matter of time before the hack is obsolete. That’s why these pricey hacks are often kept under wraps by the people, or governments, who purchase them, Green said.

Ways to protect yourself from an iPhone hack

iPhones can absolutely be hacked, but they’re safer than most Android phones.

Some budget Android smartphones may never receive an update, whereas Apple supports older iPhone models with software updates for years, maintaining their security. That’s why it’s important to update your iPhone.

Apps on the App Store are also vetted for malware (though there are questionable apps that go unnoticed).

However, if you’re considering “jailbreaking” your iPhone – removing the software restrictions imposed on iOS – you’re opening yourself up to potential vulnerabilities in the software because you’ve eliminated some of Apple’s existing security measures. It is possible to download incompatible spyware or malware apps on a jailbroken phone, and this is also how remote takeovers can occur with iPhones. A jailbroken phone should be avoided as it can dangerously allow malicious apps to go undetected.

If you backup your phone in iCloud, make sure to have a strong password. If someone gets ahold of your password, they don’t even need to hack your phone because they can download a backup from the cloud.

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Hackers can access your information by downloading a backup from the cloud, which eliminates the need to jailbreak or get access to your phone.

Turning on Apple’s two factor authentication is another good way to stay safe and can prevent your iCloud account (Apple ID) from being hacked by requiring another step of verification.

Vyas Sekar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, said staying safe is all about “good digital hygiene.”

“Install apps from trustworthy sources and unless you know what you’re doing, you probably don’t want to jailbreak your phone,” Sekar said. “Be careful. Don’t click on attachments you don’t want to open and keep your phone up to date.”

How to tell if your iPhone has been hacked

You can’t always tell if your iPhone has been hacked, Sekar said. But you may notice a few things.

  • Your phone is unusually hot, or frequently dying.
  • Your phone is sluggish when trying to load websites.
  • The battery is draining even when you’re not touching your phone.

These symptoms indicate the phone is running all the time, even when you’re not using it. Sometimes, the best indicators come from the outside, such as when friends say they’re getting odd messages from you. However, the most sophisticated hacks can be somewhat invisible.

There’s no definite way to check for every type of hack. Experts told us that one reliable way to investigate is to download a mobile security app called iVerify, which scans your phone’s operating system for suspicious behavior and can also detect if your phone has been jailbroken.

What to do when your iPhone has been hacked

If you know your phone has been hacked, you have a few options depending on what happened.

For minor problems, like an app stealing your information, delete the app and update your software.

In serious cases, you’ll want to wipe your iPhone and restore it to factory settings. But even if you do that, it may note be completely clear if you’ve gotten rid of the malware installed on your phone – especially if it has been jailbroken.

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If you suspect your phone has been hacked, sometimes the safest bet is to get a new phone, depending on the severity of the breach.

Finding an expert for inspection may be the best solution. Green from Johns Hopkins said your phone can’t always be cured.

“I hate to say this, but if you really, really need to be safe, get a new phone,” Green said. “If somebody actually gets on your phone, and it’s a really high barrier for iPhones, they can install stuff like keyloggers, which means every key press, every letter you type in is being sent to somebody. Until you’re sure that’s gone, you can’t be sure you have any privacy.”

If you can’t get a new phone right away, a hacked iPhone is likely not safe to use, so you’re best to leave it turned off.

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4 thermometer apps that can help you check temperature with an iPhone

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Temperature sensors often come with an associated iPhone app.

  • You can’t check the temperature of a room with your iPhone itself, but you can buy a thermometer that connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth.
  • You can also use these apps and devices to measure the humidity in a room.
  • To take body temperature, you can use the Apple Health app on your iPhone and a smart thermometer like Kinsa.
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If you need to monitor the room temperature of your home or office – for specialty plants or exotic pets, for example – there’s a way to do so with your iPhone, but it’s not free.

To accurately check room temperature with your iPhone, you’ll need to purchase an external thermometer, which you can use with an associated iOS app to monitor current temperature, historic temperature, humidity, and more.

Govee Temperature Monitor

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The Govee Temperature Monitor is one of the cheapest options.

Price on Amazon: $15.99

The Govee Temperature Monitor does more than just monitor the temperature of a room, it can also measure humidity, track temperature over time, and connect to your phone via Bluetooth. 

With the Govee Home app on your iPhone, you can register up to 10 Govee Monitor devices to measure the temperature and humidity of different rooms at once. According to Amazon, the monitor is accurate to within .54 degrees, and has four stars.

SensorPush Thermometer

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The SensorPush Thermometer is one of the smallest devices on the market.

Price on Amazon: $49.99

The SensorPush Thermometer has all of the same capabilities as the previous thermometers — it takes temperature, reads humidity, stores history, and connects via Bluetooth — but the main difference lies in its size. 

Whereas the other devices listed are around three to six inches, this thermometer is tiny and discreet, measuring about an inch and a half long on all sides and less than an inch wide. Thus, it can be placed anywhere discreetly. 

SensorPush lets you set up alerts for when your temperature reaches a certain threshold, but unfortunately, because it’s connected to your iPhone app through Bluetooth rather than Wi-Fi, you need to be within the device’s range. 

SensorPush is a bit more expensive than some of the other options, but it has 4.4 stars on Amazon, with many perfect five-star reviews.

Temp Stick Wi-Fi Temperature and Humidity Sensor

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The Temp Stick is a more advanced device with greater capability.

Price on Amazon: $149.00

One of the more expensive options, the Temp Stick does a bit more than just check temperature, track history, and monitor humidity. 

With the Temp Stick app for your iPhone, you can also create custom alerts to notify up to 10 contacts when the temperature reaches a certain threshold. Instead of using Bluetooth, the Temp Stick uses Wi-Fi, which loads your data onto the app in real-time so you can monitor it even when you’re not at home. The Temp Stick app also offers unlimited data storage, unlike the SensorPush app, for example. 

Ambient Weather WS-8482-X3

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The Ambient Weather device is the best deal for monitoring the temperature of more than one room.

Price on Amazon: $124.99

The Ambient Weather WS-8482-X3 device is wireless, Wi-Fi-enabled, and comes with three indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity sensors as well as a remote monitoring weather station.

The base station lets you monitor your current and historic data from each sensor without having to log into an app, though you can also check your data on AmbientWeather.net. Like the Temp Stick, because the Ambient Weather device is connected through Wi-Fi, you can monitor your data remotely in real-time from the Ambient Weather website. 

The Ambient Weather device can support up to seven separate sensors, which can include thermo-hygrometers, soil moisture sensors, and water temperature sensors. 

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How to mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac computer with QuickTime or AirPlay

  • You can mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac with QuickTime and a Lightning to USB cable, or AirPlay and a third-party app.
  • When you mirror your iPhone to Mac with AirPlay, you need to be on the same Wi-Fi network and use a third-party app like Reflector.
  • When you use QuickTime to mirror content, you don’t need AirPlay or the same Wi-Fi network, but you do need a cable.
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One of the iPhone’s greatest assets is its connectivity. Built into Apple products are several ways to share what you’re viewing or working on from your iPhone to a Mac.

This can be useful if you want to display a photo album or app on your computer, or play video content directly from iPhone apps like Hulu.

The drawback to mirroring your iPhone to your Mac, however, is that you have to either use the QuickTime app on your Mac, which requires a wired connection, or download a third-party app, like Reflector, which uses AirPlay. Here’s how to do both.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with QuickTime

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using your Lightning to USB cable.

2. Open QuickTime on your Mac.

3. Click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

4. Click “New Movie Recording.”

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Under “File,” click “New Movie Recording.”

5. Next to the red record button (bottom middle), click on the down arrow. Select your iPhone from the list of available devices. If it’s not there, try disconnecting and reconnecting your iPhone.

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Select your iPhone from the drop-down menu to connect to it.

6. Your phone should now be fully mirrored on your computer, in the exact shape of your iPhone screen.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with AirPlay

AirPlay is an Apple feature that lets you wirelessly stream content from one device to another. It’s designed for streaming from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to an Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible smart TV.

There’s no direct way to AirPlay, or screen mirror, from an iPhone to a Mac, but you can work around that by downloading a third-party app like Reflector, and connecting both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

To mirror your iPhone to Mac, first download Reflector on Mac. Then open the Control Center on your iPhone, click AirPlay, and select the Mac you want to mirror to.

Here’s a full step-by-step guide.

1. Download the Reflector app on your Mac, and open it.

2. You can either AirPlay content directly from an app that allows for AirPlay like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or the NFL app, in this example. Or, you can AirPlay your entire iPhone screen by opening the Control Center.

3. If you’re AirPlaying from within an app, start playing content, like a show or movie, and hit the AirPlay symbol (it’s a rectangle with a solid triangle at the bottom) in the upper-right corner of the video.

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When playing content within some apps, like Amazon Prime Video, you have the option to AirPlay the video.

If you’re AirPlaying from the Control Center, select the “Screen Mirroring” tile.

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In the Control Center on your iPhone, select “Screen Mirroring.”

4. Once you’ve selected either the AirPlay symbol from within an app or “Screen Mirroring” from the Control Center, a pop-up will ask you to select a device – tap the name of your Mac.

5. Your iPhone will ask for an AirPlay Code, which will be displayed on your Mac. Type the code into the text box on your iPhone. Your iPhone content will now show up on the Reflector program on your Mac.

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Your AirPlay content will appear on the computer in the exact quality it appears in on your iPhone.

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10 ways to use the S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device

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There’s a number of handy ways to customize and use your S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device.

  • To use the S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device, you’ll need to release it from its holder and tap the screen.
  • The S Pen stylus comes with all Galaxy Note devices, and some Galaxy and Galaxy Tab devices.
  • Beyond the traditional stylus actions, there are additional features that can make the S Pen even more useful.
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The S Pen is a stylus that’s designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Tab phones and tablets.

If it came with your Galaxy device, you won’t need to connect it, but there are still a few steps needed to use it. And the newer your device, the more features you’ll have access to with the S Pen.

How to use S Pen on Samsung Galaxy

You can start using the S Pen by pressing on the end of it to release it from your Galaxy device. Your Galaxy will vibrate to let you know that it recognizes you’ve released it.

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Press in the S Pen to release it from the holder.

Your S Pen should start working immediately. If it doesn’t, hover the S Pen over the screen and quickly double-press the button in the middle of the stylus.

Ways to use the S Pen

You can use the S Pen to do anything that you could normally do with your finger. And depending on the Galaxy Note or Tab model you have, you may be able to use some or all of the following useful features. Test them all out and see which ones you like.

Take notes on the lock screen. Simply take out your S Pen and write on the locked screen.

Customize the pen button. Press and hold the pen button. Go into your settings’ advanced features section for the S Pen and select “S Pen remote” or “Air actions.” Then tap “Hold down Pen button to” and select the desired option.

Annotate a PDF. Open the desired PDF file in the Samsung Notes app and write your notes on it with the S Pen as you read.

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Write or draw on PDFs and images with your stylus.

Automatically change your handwriting to text. Turn on your S Pen and open the Samsung Notes app. Create your handwritten note and hit save, then tap the handwriting-to-text icon in the lower toolbar.

Turn your stylus into a remote. Go into your settings, then select “Advanced Features,” and then “S Pen,” followed by “Air Actions.” Then tap the toggle to turn on the “S Pen remote” option.

Remotely take photos and videos. Follow the steps above to use the stylus as a remote. Then, when you have the camera open and ready, simply tap the end of the stylus once to take a photo or begin a video. Tapping twice will switch between the front and rear cameras. This works when the stylus is less than 10 meters away from the device.

Control your music and other media with the S Pen. Once you’ve set up your S Pen as a remote, you’ll also have the ability to start and stop your media by tapping the end of the stylus while watching a video or listening to music.

Customize air actions. Swipe down on your device, and on the notification panel, select “S Pen air actions.” Under “App actions,” select the app you want to customize. Tap the item you want to customize and select either “Pen button” or “Gestures.”

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Air actions, also known as “air commands,” give you quick access to useful features.

Use direct pen input. This is turned on by default and allows you to write in text boxes, like in the Messages, Internet, or Phone app, and also converts your handwriting to text.

Advance through a slide deck. Open a presentation on your phone, then pull down your notification menu and choose to use your phone as a touchpad. Go into presentation mode and click your pen once to go to the next slide, or twice to go back a slide.

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How to clear cache, history, and cookies on iPhone for Safari and iOS apps, to free up space and improve speed

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You can clear your iPhone cache for Safari and other apps, or offload apps to increase storage space.

  • You can clear cache, history, and cookies on your iPhone for Safari to improve speed and performance.
  • You can also clear cache for iPhone apps by offloading or deleting them to free up space.
  • When you clear cache, you may lose some saved data from Safari or iPhone apps, like passwords and files.
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Apple offers several ways for iPhone users to clear their cache, whether it’s for Safari or iOS apps.

When you clear cache on iPhone for Safari, it means all the files, images, passwords, and scripts from previously visited websites will be wiped. You can also clear cache on iPhone apps by offloading or deleting them.

Clearing cache for Safari and certain apps can free up space on your iPhone, improving speed and performance by removing unnecessary app data.

Here’s how to clear cache on your iPhone.

How to clear cache, history, and cookies on iPhone for Safari

To clear cache on your iPhone, select Safari in the Settings app and click “Clear History and Website Data.”

Here’s a full step-by-step guide:

1. Open the Settings app and click Safari.

2. Tap “Clear History and Website Data.”

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Tap Clear History and Website Data to clear your Safari cache, history, and cookies.

3. Your device will double-check that you want to clear Safari’s data. Click through the message that follows.

How to clear cache on iPhone for apps

To clear cache on iPhone apps, you’ll need to offload them. Offloading an app will free up storage space used by the app while still keeping its documents and data. If and when you reinstall the app, your data will be reinstated.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select “General” and tap “iPhone Storage.”

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The iPhone Storage option should be beneath the Accessibility option.

3. Select the app you want to offload and tap “Offload App.”

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Tap Offload to remove the app and make space on your iPhone.

4. Select “Offload App” from the pop-up window to confirm your choice. You can also delete the app if you no longer need it.

How to clear cache on iPhone for apps with a cache feature

Some apps have a cache feature that make it easy for you to clear it directly in the Settings app. Here’s how to find it:

1. Open your iPhone’s settings.

2. Scroll until you see the eligible app, then tap it.

3. Look for a “Clear cache” option. If the toggle next to it is green, tap it to clear the app’s cache.

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How to add a printer and print directly from your iPhone or iPad, with or without AirPrint

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There’s a few different ways to print from your iPhone – the easiest of which is using AirPrint.

  • The easiest way to print from your iPhone or iPad is with AirPrint.
  • When you add a printer to your iPhone with AirPrint, you can directly print with a wireless connection.
  • You can also print from your iPhone without AirPrint by downloading your printer’s app or plugging in a USB cord to your printer.
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If you want to print on your iPhone or iPad, it can be easier than you might think. The simplest way to print from an iPhone is by adding a printer with AirPrint, so you can print directly with a wireless connection.

You can also print wirelessly without AirPrint by downloading your printer’s app on an iPhone or iPad, or by connecting your devices with a USB cable and adapter. Here’s how to do it all.

How to print from an iPhone or iPad with AirPrint

Most current printers with wireless capabilities have the AirPrint feature, which allows the printer to easily sync up with an iPhone or iPad and print directly.

To add a printer to your iPhone or iPad with AirPrint and use it to print:

1. Open the document, image, or webpage you wish to print. This can be located in your email, web browser, Photos app, Files app, or elsewhere.

2. Locate and hit the “Share” button, which is the square with an arrow aiming upward out of its center. If you don’t see this button, depending on the app you’re using, you may need to select the icon of three horizontal dots or the icon of an arrow pointing to the left.

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Tap the “Share” button.

3. In the pop-up, scroll down until you see an icon of a printer next to the word “Print.”

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Select “Print” from the list of actions.

4. Tap “Print,” and on the next screen, tap “Select Printer” at the top. Find and select the name of the nearby printer you wish to use.

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Tap “Select Printer” and find your printer in the list on the next page.

5. Hit the word “Print” written in blue in the top-right corner of the screen.

The AirPrint enabled printer will now be added to your list of preferred devices and will come up as an option for printing whenever in range. You can add another printer to your iPhone at any time by following the same steps with a new printer.

How to print from an iPhone or iPad without AirPrint

Not all printers have the AirPrint feature, especially if they are a bit older. But if they have a wireless capability, you should still be able to print from it wirelessly – you’ll just have to download your printer’s app on the App Store.

To set up a printer on your iPhone or iPad without AirPrint and use it to print:

1. Open your printer’s app on your device.

2. Turn on your printer’s Wi-Fi.

3. Go into your phone or tablet’s “Settings” and hit the Wi-Fi tab.

4. Locate your printer under “OTHER NETWORKS” and tap on it.

5. Pull up the document, image, or webpage you want to print, then hit the “Share” icon.

6. You should now be able to connect the printer through the app and print.

How to print from an iPhone or iPad with a USB cable

To print from an iPhone or iPad with a printer that can’t connect wirelessly, you’ll have to use a piece of hardware as the go-between. You’ll need a USB cable and a USB OTG (on-the-go) adapter that connects your iPhone to the USB cable.

To print from an iPhone or iPad with a USB cable:

1. Turn on your printer and connect one end of the USB cord to your printer and the other end to the USB OTG cord. Plug the other end of the USB OTG cord into your iPhone or iPad.

2. A pop-up should appear on your iPhone or iPad – tap “OK.”

3. Then, on your iPhone or iPad, go to the document you wish to print and tap the Share button.

4. In the Share menu, select the “Print” option.

5. The connected printer should appear next to “Printer” on the Printer Options page.

6. Tap “Print” in the upper-right corner.

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What is BlueStacks? How to use Android apps and games on your Mac or PC

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You can use BlueStacks to access your Android apps from a computer.

  • BlueStacks is a popular and free emulator for running Android apps on a PC or Mac computer.
  • BlueStacks doesn’t look exactly like Android, but it’s easy to use and you can install Android apps from the Play Store.
  • BlueStacks has modest system requirements and should work with computers running Windows 10, or at least macOS Sierra.
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BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator for Windows and Mac. Using BlueStacks, you can run virtually any Android app on your desktop.

What is BlueStacks?

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Like any emulator, BlueStacks creates a virtual version of an Android device that runs in a window on your computer. It doesn’t look exactly like an Android device, but it resembles a phone’s screen well enough that even a first-time user should have no trouble using it.

BlueStacks is free to download, install, and use. While you can use BlueStacks to run almost any Android app (it’s compatible with about 97% of the apps in the Google Play Store), the app has found its largest audience with Android users who want to play mobile games on their desktop computer.

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Candy Crush, a mobile game, being played on a Windows computer.

The app is optimized for gamers, but gives direct access to the Google Play Store, and any app can be downloaded using your Google account, just like on an Android device.

BlueStacks is a safe and trustworthy app

BlueStacks is a legitimate app that’s developed and produced by a major company. As long as you install the program from BlueStacks’ website, it’s safe to install and use – installing it from a third-party site might be more risky.

Even so, some anti-malware utilities might block the installation of the program even from the Bluestack website. As long as you’re installing the official program from Bluestack, it’s safe to proceed.

It’s also completely legal – although some companies try to argue otherwise, emulators are protected by US law, and can be run like any other app.

BlueStacks’ main features and capabilities

The BlueStacks home screen doesn’t replicate any particular version of Android or phone screen, but it should be easy for any Android user to find their way around.

The home screen includes an icon for the Google Play Store as well as a collection of system apps (including Settings). A toolbar on the side of the window gives you access to the programs’ various modes and features, as well as lets you adjust the volume, take screenshots, rotate the display, and more.

There’s also a separate settings icon for adjusting BlueStacks’ settings – this is different from adjusting the virtual Android device’s settings.

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The BlueStacks home screen shows your installed apps and features a toolbar for controlling BlueStacks and your Android experience.

You can navigate around using the Back, Home, and Recent Apps icons at the bottom-right of the toolbar.

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Use the icons at the bottom of the toolbar to navigate around.

BlueStacks’ most popular features

  • Easy app installation: You can install Android apps directly from the Google Play Store within BlueStacks in the same way you’d install any app on your phone. If you have an app’s .APK file (the executable app file) you can install it from the BlueStacks toolbar.
  • Integration with PC devices: BlueStacks integrates seamlessly with your computer’s devices and peripherals, including the mouse, keyboard, webcam, and more. These devices will work as if they were built into your Android device, and Android apps will be able to take advantage of them automatically.
  • Game controls: Most Android games have a set of default controls that make the best use of the computer’s mouse and keyboard, though you can modify and customize these controls within BlueStacks.
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A sampling of the most popular games on BlueStacks.

  • Multi-instance support: BlueStacks allows you to open the same game in multiple windows, playing it with two or more accounts at once. You can use this to play multiple games at the same time, to play the same game from several accounts, or even to play multiplayer games with yourself.
  • Macros: BlueStacks includes a robust macro editor to automate tasks with keyboard shortcuts.

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How to connect two pairs of AirPods to one iPhone, and share music wirelessly with your friends

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You can use Bluetooth and AirPlay to connect two AirPod pairs to a single iPhone.

  • You can connect two pairs of AirPods to one iPhone as long as it’s an iPhone 8 or newer, running iOS 13 or newer.
  • One pair of AirPods will connect to the iPhone via Bluetooth, and the other pair connects via AirPlay.
  • AirPods aren’t the only headphones that have this feature – you can also use several kinds of Beats headphones.
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Sharing things like music used to be as simple as handing over an earpod and sitting side by side.

But with wireless headphones becoming the norm – and with social distancing measures still in place – it helps to have multiple pairs of headphones.

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Luckily, newer iPhones have the ability to stream music and other audio to two pairs of AirPods (or Beats) at once. As long as you have an iPhone 8 or newer, running iOS 13 or newer, you can set this up in moments.

How to connect two pairs of AirPods to one phone

Firstly, make sure you have the right iPhone and the right headphones. Every AirPods model can use the double-streaming feature, as well as:

  • Powerbeats
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless
  • Beats Solo Pro
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless
  • BeatsX
  • Beats Flex

For those who have the compatible devices, here’s how to connect two pairs of AirPods to your phone:

1. Connect your first pair of headphones as usual, by turning on the Bluetooth in your Settings app and then selecting your headphones from the list of devices.

2. Either open the app you want to play audio from and select the AirPlay icon, or lock your phone and then select the AirPlay icon in the control center.

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In Spotify, you can find the AirPlay option in the same menu you can use to switch listening devices.

3. Underneath the already connected headphones, select “Share audio.”

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The AirPlay menu lets you pick which device you want to route audio through.

From here, the method changes depending on the kind of headphones you have:

  • AirPods or AirPods Pro: With the AirPods inside of their case, open the AirPods case and hold it close to the iPhone.
  • AirPods Max: Simply hold the headphones next to your iPhone.
  • Beats: Put the headphones in pairing mode, according to the directions provided by the manufacturer, and then hold them up to your iPhone.
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Most Beats models require you to press and hold the power button to pair.

Finally, when you see your (or your friends’) other headphones appear on the screen, tap to select them and then select “Share Audio” again.

You can control the volume, play, pause, and stop from the lock screen’s control center. You’ll see separate options to control the volume for the headphones using the sliders next to the name of the headphones.

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You’ll be able to see, control, and disconnect each pair of headphones individually.

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How to get your prescriptions delivered through Uber and avoid a trip to the pharmacy

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You can use the Uber Eats app or the NimbleRx website to set up prescription delivery through Uber.

  • You can get prescriptions delivered through Uber by signing up as a patient with NimbleRx.
  • NimbleRx offers next- or same-day, contactless prescription deliveries to users in several major cities.
  • To sign up for Uber’s prescription deliveries, link your NimbleRx account to UberEats.
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In August 2020, Uber announced it would start making contactless prescription deliveries straight to customers’ doors. The feature aims to help vulnerable people receive the medications they need safely, without having to venture out to their local pharmacy.

To make this possible, Uber Health, a HIPAA-secure service, teamed up with NimbleRx, a company that works with local pharmacies to get customers’ prescriptions delivered the same or next day.

If you live in one of the markets served, you can start to get your prescriptions delivered through the UberEats app.

How Uber prescription delivery works

Depending on what device and method you prefer, you can have your current and future prescriptions delivered through the UberEats mobile app or the NimbleRx website.

But before you begin either process, you’ll want to have the names of your prescriptions, your pharmacy address, and your insurance card – if you have one – with you.

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You’ll need your insurance card if you want to pay with it.

The Uber Health program is limited to a few select markets across the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and Austin, with plans for future expansion.

However, similar to how UberEats isn’t available for all restaurants, not all pharmacies can deliver prescriptions through Uber. If your pharmacy isn’t available, you can be connected to one that will deliver to you, or have your physician send new ones to Uber Right Choice Pharmacy. The transfer process will take a few days, but once it’s complete, you can order and manage future orders with them through the app.

Deliveries come next- or same-day in discreet packaging with no delivery fee, and you can pay using your insurance. NimbleRx will use what insurance you have on file with your pharmacy, though you’ll want to check with NimbleRx as there are some insurance exclusions. Delivery is currently free, but Uber notes that it’s only a limited time offer.

It’s also important to know that while many prescriptions are eligible for delivery, there’s currently no option for controlled substances.

How to get prescriptions delivered by Uber

Before you can get any prescriptions delivered, you’ll need a NimbleRx patient account. You can sign up for this on the NimbleRx Website.

Sign up through the NimbleRx website

1. Head to NimbleRx and select either “Yes, I have a prescription” or “I will see a doctor soon.”

2. You’ll need to input your personal information, and then prove your identity so that it can be confirmed with your local pharmacy. You’ll also need to verify your mobile phone number by clicking the link they text you in order to activate your account.

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You will need to enter your information to begin the process.

After successfully signing up for an account, you’ll be prompted to choose your pharmacy as well as the prescription medication you’re ordering. You can use this menu to order your prescriptions through NimbleRx’s own delivery service.

Read on for instructions on how to link NimbleRx to your Uber account.

If you don’t have a prescription that you want to be delivered immediately, you can also set up future prescription deliveries.

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How to use Google Take Me Home to get hands-free directions on your iPhone and Android

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You can get directions home from Google with just a few words.

  • “Hey Google, take me home” is a voice command you can use to immediately get directions home from Google Assistant.
  • Google Take Me Home is available on iPhone and Android in the Google Maps and the Google Assistant apps.
  • iOS users will need to install the Google Assistant app to use this feature.
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“Hey Google, take me home” is a voice command for Google Assistant that opens the Google Maps app and starts a route to your home address.

It’s most seamlessly used on Android devices, which already use Google Assistant as its default virtual assistant. However Apple users can also install the Google Assistant app and use it separately or in tandem with Siri.

How the “Hey Google, take me home” feature works

This voice command is carried out by Google Assistant and can be used once you set – or edit – a Google Maps home address. Once it’s all set up, you can open either Google Assistant or Google Maps to use the command.

For Android users, all you need to do is set that home address and then say “Hey Google, take me home” or or “Ok Google, take me home.” Google Assistant will open Google Maps and find the fastest route home.

For Apple users, you’ll need to install and set up Google Assistant, then set your home address on Google Maps.

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