Mick Symons

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.

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How to remove devices from Find My iPhone and iCloud
Mastering iCloud

How to remove devices from Find My iPhone and iCloud

Mick Symons and Allyson Kazmucha 1

Find My iPhone and iCloud work together so you can keep track of all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs, all in one place. If you're upgrading to a new device, trading in your existing one, or even selling it, however you'll want to make sure you completely remove it from Find my iPhone before letting it out of your possession. This ensures the new owner can't access your data and that they'...

How to quickly share your location in iMessage for iOS 8
Mastering iOS

How to quickly share your location in iMessage for iOS 8

Mick Symons and Allyson Kazmucha 10

Sometimes we have the need to share our current location with someone, or in the case of younger children, you may want to always know where they are. Up until iOS 8 the only way to share a location was through the Maps app, which didn't give you constant location information, only current. Now you can now share specific location information as well as continuous location data with...

How to edit expiration settings for audio messages in iOS 8
Message Tips

How to edit expiration settings for audio messages in iOS 8

Mick Symons and Allyson Kazmucha 4

Audio messages, introduced in iOS 8, allow you to send short voice clips via iMessage. They're incredibly easy to use and receive which should make them a popular option when folks are unable to text. However, they can take up far more storage space than regular text-based messages. That's why you're able to edit automatic expiration settings for audio messages to suit your needs....

How to invert screen colors on iPhone and iPad
Accessibility Tips

How to invert screen colors on iPhone and iPad

Mick Symons and Allyson Kazmucha 17

Inverting screen colors is an Accessibility feature that makes the iPhone and iPad easier on the eyes for some people with a sensitivity to brightness, easier to distinguish for some people with color blindness, and easier to make out for some people with low vision. It can even be used in combination with zoom to greatly increase legibility for anyone with a visual impairment. Note:...

How to activate and use switch control on iPhone and iPad
Accessibility Tips

How to activate and use switch control on iPhone and iPad

Mick Symons and Allyson Kazmucha

Switch control is an Accessibility feature designed to make the iPhone and iPad easier to use for anyone with a physical and/or motor skills impairment. With Switch control you can scan between items, use crosshairs to pick specific points, or manually select items using multiple switches, and then use an external adaptive switch, your iPhone or iPad screen itself, or even the front...

How to enable AssistiveTouch on iPhone and iPad
Accessibility Tips

How to enable AssistiveTouch on iPhone and iPad

Mick Symons and Allyson Kazmucha 1

AssistiveTouch is an Accessibility feature that makes the iPhone and iPad easier to use for anyone with motor control, coordination, or other forms of physical impairment. With AssistiveTouch a special on-screen menu lets you easily tap or perform other gestures instead of potentially more difficult or complex manipulations like pressing the hardware Home button, pressing multiple...

How to enable subtitles and captions on iPhone and iPad
Accessibility Tips

How to enable subtitles and captions on iPhone and iPad

Mick Symons and Allyson Kazmucha 2

Subtitles and closed captioning are Accessibility features that let anyone with a hearing impairment still enjoy any movie, TV show, podcast, and iTunes U video labeled with a CC in the iTunes Store. Subtitles and closed captioning work by layering text over the video, basically showing everything that's being said in written form. Subtitles and closed captioning on the iPhone and iPad...