Just because you've installed an iPhone app's extension on your Apple Watch doesn't mean you have to leave it there.
Whether you decide you don't like or want an Apple Watch app anymore, or you just don't need it taking up space at the moment, Apple Watch apps are easy to delete... once you know how. And no need to worry, deleting them from your Apple Watch won't delete them from your iPhone!
If you're planning on getting an Apple Watch, you'll want to make sure your iPhone is ready to go when it arrives.
While the Apple Watch pretty much comes ready to pair and start using out of the box, it does come with a few caveats. This week I've had a few iMore readers asking what exactly the requirements of Apple Watch will be and if they need to do anything on their iPhones beforehand.
The Health app for iPhone lets you track steps, distance, vitals, and other data that's important to you.
The main Dashboard in the Health app lets you get a quick look at sets of data without having to dig into any menus. If there's data you don't want in the Dashboard at all, you can easily remove it. However, if you just want to reorganize the order that data shows up, you can do that too!
The Health app for iPhone lets you customize what kind of stats and data you want to see at a quick glance.
You can collect all kinds of data inside the Health app but if some of it is more important to you than the rest, you'll want to make sure that's what you see on your Dashboard, which functions as the main view in Health. You can also remove stats that you don't care about from the Dashboard altogether. Here's how!
The Apple Watch is going to bring with it lots of new and interesting accessories to choose from.
From stands to third party bands, tons of companies are pulling out all the creative stops for the Apple Watch. Whether you want to design your own custom bands or you need accessories that are more geared towards health and fitness, the Apple Watch isn't even out yet and all of the above is already in the works. Here are just some of the accessories us here at iMore are most looking forward to in the coming weeks and months!
Apple's Health app for iPhone can track all kinds of fitness and medical related data, and from a variety of apps.
To allow Health to collect the data from App Store apps, however, you'll need to grant those apps permission to read and/or write to Health. That way, Health can keep your information absolutely private and in silos if that's what you want, but it can also act as a central repository and exchange for all your data. So, if you switch between fitness trackers, smartwatches, or apps, you don't have to start over from scratch each time. All your data goes with you.
Wondering what the silver and space gray Apple Watch Sport looks like with the Milanese, Link Bracelet, Leather Loop, Modern or Classic Buckle?
One of the biggest questions we have been getting asked is how the Apple Watch Sport looks with the bands from the stainless steel Apple Watch collection. The answer is going to be highly personal, but in an effort to help you decide for yourself, I went to my local Apple Store, tried out as many of the combinations as possible, and took photos to help you decide. So, if you ordered an Apple Watch Sport and have been debating whether or not to get extra bands, and which, here's how they look!
Notification Center lets you add handy Today view widgets so you can keep up with your most used apps in just a swipe.
That being said, some widgets are going to contain more important information than others. For example, you probably care more about upcoming appointments and meetings in Fantastical than you do what tv shows are coming on tonight. Or maybe you don't. Hey, we aren't here to judge priorities! Regardless of what's more important to you personally, you can easily sort all of your Today view widgets in whatever ordered you'd like. That way the information that's most important to you is readily available right at the top of Today view. Here's how!
Even though the iPhone doesn't have a built-in heart rate sensor, you can still find a third-party app for that!
Apple has put a much larger emphasis on health and fitness in iOS 8 than in any other version of iOS — yet the iPhone doesn't offer a heart rate monitor. That being said, there are third-party apps in the App Store that can pick up the slack, and don't even require an external sensor of any kind!
Streaming your iTunes video purchases on iPhone and iPad should let you save lots of precious storage space on your iPhone or iPad.
However, for a small number of people, iTunes file caching seems to be eating up more space on their devices. This happens when iTunes doesn't properly delete the cached files once you're done streaming a video. This can result in your "Other" storage growing to a tremendous size, and the dreaded "out of storage" message popping up on your iPhone or iPad. This is exactly the issue our reader John is having:
If I stream a movie, it seems to buffer the whole movie, and it never lets it go. I will find that "Videos" is using many, many gigs of storage, even if I have nothing downloaded. How can I fix this?
If you're having the same issue John is, follow along for some tips on how to free up your storage and get Videos working properly again!
Workflow allows you to automate all kinds of tasks right on your iPhone, and soon, right on your wrist with Apple Watch.
If you've ever found yourself wishing some of the most repeated tasks on your iPhone could be done easier and with less steps, Workflow is for you. If you frequently email the same group of people, Workflow can make child's play of it. Travel a lot and frequently need to find coffee shops to work from? Workflow can automate that too. The possibilities of what you can automate with Workflow are nearly endless. Now a lot of that incredible automation power is coming to your wrist with Workflow for Apple Watch.
Placing FaceTime calls over cellular, especially video, can eat through data quickly if you aren't monitoring them.
Since unlimited cellular data plans are pretty much a thing of the past, most of us keep a watchful eye on our data usage. When it comes to FaceTime, Apple gives you several different ways to check and see how much data FaceTime is using over your cellular network. You just have to know where to look!
An iPad mini paired with a great keyboard case can make a great ultra portable productivity tool.
Whether you want to get some serious work done on a long flight or just don't want to haul an entire laptop bag to the coffee shop, keyboard cases are turning iPads everywhere into workhorses, and the iPad mini is no exception. Keyboard cases aren't cheap, however, and like most accessories, they definitely aren't one size fits all. Some people may prefer a folio to add a little protection while others may prefer the cover to keep things light and thin. No matter what your style is, these are our absolute favorite keyboard cases for the iPad mini!
If you frequently receive iMessages from people not stored in your address book, you can quickly filter them out.
A lot of us depend on iMessage to communicate with friends, family, clients, and colleagues. That means not every message we receive is attached to someone in our contacts. If you keep finding yourself buried in tons of iMessage threads, some less important than others, here's how to filter out messages from those you don't have saved.
If you've ever received spam in the form of an iMessage, it's a good idea to report it as junk to Apple.
While you've always been able to report iMessages as spam, you can now do it in a lot fewer steps if you're running iOS 8.3 or above. Reporting junk iMessages will help Apple to remove spammer accounts from their servers, making iMessage a much happier place for everyone. In order to report an iMessage as junk, just follow these steps:
Not sure what Apple Watch you should order? Schedule an in-store try-on session to help!
Coinciding with Apple Watch pre-orders, you can also book in-store appointments to try on different Apple Watches. If reading our massive Apple Watch buyer's guide has left you still deciding between more than one mode, an in-store appointment to try them on is definitely your best bet. This is especially the case if you're still debating between casing sizes.
Photos for Mac makes it easy to add people to shared Photo Streams whenever you'd like. Here's how!
Whether you've created some new shared Photo Streams or want to add someone to an existing one you already manage, adding them with the Photos app on your Mac is pretty straight forward. They'll then receive an invitation to iCloud Photo Sharing they can join on any iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Before continuing, remember that in order to invite someone to a shared Photo Stream, you must be the owner of that stream. You can not invite new members to a shared stream that you do not own.
Ever received a FaceTime call, dismissed the notification, and then forgot the email or phone number?
Not every email and phone number we communicate with is always stored in our address books. That's why features like call history are so important. If you use FaceTime audio and video regularly, you're already aware that people can use both emails and phone numbers, adding even more contact information to the mix. For this reason, you can easily access a history that only shows FaceTime activity, instead of it being combined with your regular call history.
Share directly via iCloud, Mail, Messages, or AirDrop, or socially with Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, or Flicker. Here's how!
Either way, you can do it quickly and easily right from Photos for Mac! Simply find the picture or video you want to share — or multiple pictures or videos — choose the way you want to share them, and you're good to go.
Thanks to Mac sharing extensions, other services can plug in as well. It's the fastest, easiest way to get your pictures and videos from where they are to where you want them to be.