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How to Block or Allow Pop-ups on Safari on Your iPhone

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If you’ve been having trouble with pop-ups on your iPhone whenever you try to browse online, you’re probably hoping for a way to block pop-ups on Safari. Luckily, your iPhone does have a way to disable pop-ups in Safari so that you don’t have to deal with these annoying interruptions anymore. Conversely, you may want a website to be pop-up enabled but realize that the pop-up blocker on your iPhone is stopping pop-ups you actually need. Let’s get started learning how to disable pop-ups and enable them again in Safari on your iPhone so you can browse the web in peace. (Note that this article doesn’t cover how to disable in-app rating requests on the iPhone; you will need to do that in the App Store settings.)

How to Block or Allow Pop-ups on Safari on Your iPhone

  • Open Settings.
  • Scroll down to Safari and tap it.
  • Scroll down under General until you find Block Pop-ups.
  • Toggle on Block Pop-ups.

That’s it! There may still be a few sneaky pop-ups that get past this setting, but taking this step should drastically reduce the amount of pop-ups you encounter while browsing the web on your iPhone. If you find that pop ups you actually want are being blocked, you can toggle Block Pop-ups back off while you’re using a particular website.

How to Create & Add Events to Calendar on iPhone & iPad

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One of the most useful apps on the iPhone and iPad is one I use multiple times throughout the day; the Calendar app. Beyond the ability to create an event or appointment and add it, the Calendar can be synced between all your Apple devices using iCloud. In addition you have the choice to use multiple calendars, such as one for work and one for home. When you make and add an event to the Calendar app, it’s automatically placed in the default calendar on your device. Let’s get started learning how to create Calendar events, add event details, and, if you choose, place your events in separate Calendars.

View Your Calendar by Day, Month, or Year

To begin:

  • Open your Calendar app.
  • You can view your calendar by day, month, and year by tapping the Today tab at the bottom of your screen.
  • If you’re in the today view and want to see the monthly view, tap the month name in the upper left corner.
  • If you’re in the monthly view and want to see the calendar for the whole year, tap the year at the upper left corner of your display.
  • Tap Today to go back from year to month or month to day.
  • Or to move from a yearly view back to a monthly view, tap the month.
  • To move from a monthly view to a daily view, tap Today at the lower-left corner of your screen.

Create a Calendar Event & Add Details

  • Tap the + icon at the top-right of the screen to create a new event.
  • Enter the title, then enter the location and tap Done.

Define a Duration

After entering the event, scroll down and tap on Starts to set a time for your event. To schedule how long the event lasts tap Ends. If the event occurs regularly, such as once a week, tap Repeat and then choose from the selection.

Set an Alert

  • Tap Alert to set an event alert time; you can pick from a set of predefined times.
  • Once you’ve entered your first Alert, the option appears to enter a second one.

Pick a Calendar

If you wish to add the event to another calendar besides the default, tap on Calendar to select a different one.

Add Notes

If you need to remember to bring something or if there is extra preparation required, use the Notes section. Notes are also searchable.

Add URL

  • If there’s a URL associated with the event or location, you can enter it in the URL section.
  • When you’re finished, tap Add at the upper-right corner of your display, and the event will be added to your Calendar.

Edit Events

  • To make changes, tap on the event in your Calendar and then tap Edit in the upper right corner of your screen.
  • If you want to Delete your event, just tap Delete Event at the bottom of the screen.

How to Reset iPhone: Restore iPhone to Factory Settings

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If you’re getting ready to sell, trade, or give away your iPhone, you’re probably wondering how to wipe your iPhone and restore it to factory settings so that all your data and settings are deleted. If you want to know how to factory reset an iPhone, there are two methods for accomplishing this. If you have a computer available you can reset your device with iTunes; if you only have your iPhone available, you can still restore to factory settings from the Settings app. Every generation of iPhone resets to factory settings in the same way, even the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4. So you don’t need to worry about figuring out how to delete everything on your iPhone model; this will work for all of them. Ready to wipe your iPhone or iPad? Let’s get started!

How to Factory Reset iPhone from the Settings App

To reset your iPhone to factory settings and delete everything:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and tap Reset.
  • Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

You’ll be asked to confirm that you really want to wipe your device; read the prompts carefully to make sure there’s nothing else you need to do or finish before resetting your device. Then confirm, and your iPhone will reset!

How to Reset iPhone with iTunes on Computer

If resetting your iPhone from the Settings app isn’t possible, you can use iTunes. To do this, first make sure you have iTunes downloaded on your computer and updated to the latest version.

  • Plug your iPhone into your computer with the Lightning-to-USB cable.
  • Open the iTunes app.
  • Tap on the little phone icon near the top left of the screen.
  • The first box will have two options: Update and Restore iPhone.
  • Click Restore iPhone.
  • If you haven’t logged out of iCloud, you’ll need to turn off Find My iPhone to continue.
  • iTunes may ask for your Apple ID password and to confirm before actually restoring your iPhone to factory settings. Follow the onscreen prompts to confirm.

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts on Your iPhone

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If you look through your messages you will probably notice that you use a lot of the same phrases over and over. But did you know you can be boring and repetitive in half the time by creating a few text replacements? A text replacements, formerly called keyboard shortcuts, let you enter an entire word or phrase by typing just a few characters.

For example, Apple has already set one up for “On my way!” The company’s thoughtfulness means fully half of your text messages can be quickly taken care of by typing the characters “omw.”

To create your own shortcuts, go to Settings > General > Keyboard, then tap Add New Shortcut. The possibilities are endless:

“Hdyr” for “Honey, did you remember to … ?” when texting your spouse.

“Nycc” for “No, you can’t have any cookies.” and “dyh” for “Do your homework.” when texting your children.

“Idwiw” for “I do what I want.” for your kids when they text you back.

What phrases do you use the most when texting? Let us know in the comments.