iOS Devices - iPhone, iPod and iPad

Here you'll find instructions and guidance for your iOS devices. Learn about restrictions, location settings, iMessage and more.

iOS Family Sharing Pros and Cons

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When iOS 8 was announced, I was pleased to see the new Family Sharing features. Family sharing allows you to share purchases among family members, use a shared photo library and family calendar, and easily share your location so you can find each other on a map. Family sharing also allows for the creation of Apple ID’s for those under age thirteen. These all seem like great features in theory. But how do they actually work in practice? Here are some of the pros and cons of Apple Family Sharing.

The solution to unwanted group iMessages on the way with iOS 8

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Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8. This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about. At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage! And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.

Frequent Locations: Your iPhone knows where you’ve been

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Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you’ve visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”. The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there. This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it. Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.

Use different Passcodes for Restrictions and Lock Screen on Kids’ Devices

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Recently I received a question from two different readers about restriction and lock screen passcodes on Apple devices. It is recommended to use a different passcode for restrictions than the one used on the lock screen. So here are step-by-step instructions for how to change the restrictions setting to make it different than the lock screen passcode. This example assumes that you’ve already set restrictions, but you now want to change the Restrictions passcode.