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iCloud Photos: Download all your photos from iCloud at once – here’s how

The iPhone is our constant companion and makes an additional digital camera superfluous. There is a small but effective trick to back up all recordings quickly. With the iPhone, we always carry a camera with us just in case. However, we are often too convenient to save the images locally on an external memory. Depending on the scope, this can vary in intensity. Fortunately, there is an easy way to back up all of your footage with little effort. However, the use of iCloud photos is required. You can check whether the function is active in “Settings> Photos”. If you have switched on the feature, all recordings will be synchronized across all your Apple devices. However, this also takes up iCloud storage. To create space, you should always back up older recordings locally and then delete them from the cloud. But how can you simply download and save all images locally? This is how you download all the pictures from iCloud at once Of course, you could simply export all recordings to the hard drive in the Photos app on the Mac. But a simpler method is hidden on Apple’s “data and privacy” website . There you can click on “Request copies of your data” after logging in and then tick “iCloud photos”. Click on “Next” and request your data. Within a few days, Apple compiles your recordings and lets you download them in a handy zip format. Then you can safely remove numerous photos and videos from your iCloud storage and save a lot of space.

How to save emails as PDF on the iPhone and iPad

Unfortunately, the options for forwarding and backing up emails are severely limited in Apple’s Mail app on iOS. The e-mails can certainly neither be shared via a messenger, nor can they be saved on the device. At least a cursory glance at the app makes this look. Apple has integrated both functions. However, they are not quite as intuitive to find and use as you are used to from Apple.  How to save emails as PDF – with 3D Touch Pick up your iPhone (iPhone 6s to iPhone X only) and open the Mail app. Select the email you’d like to save as a PDF. Now tap on the action button at the bottom with which you can forward, reply to or print emails. Select the “Print” item here. You will now see a small preview. First press it lightly to see the familiar “3D Touch” preview. Keep your finger on it. Now press a little harder to open the view. With the new view, you will also see the share button. Tap on it . Select files, cloud storage or iBooks to save the email as a PDF. Alternatively, you can add the email to your notes or send it via one of your installed messaging services – the choice is yours! How to save e-mails as PDF on the iPhone and iPad – without 3D Touch If you don’t have an iPhone with 3D Touch or an iPad, you can still save emails as PDF. Follow the instructions above to preview. Instead of pressing firmly on it, pull the preview large with two fingers as you would with zoom. You can then save the document as a PDF on your device or cloud storage using the share button. 

How to sort your emails on the iPhone or iPad

Your e-mail inbox is overflowing and you can no longer find certain e-mails? Then it is high time for some order. We’ll tell you how it works. There should always be some order. This also applies to your emails. You should not only acquire routines such as immediately deleting unpleasant emails or delete weekly expired newsletter advertisements, but also sort your emails. While automation is available on the Mac with the applicable rules, you still have to do it yourself on the iPhone and iPad. Apple gives you the option of sorting your e-mails with your own and intelligent folders in the mail app and this does not even require much effort. How to create new mailboxes and folders in Mail To do this, open the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the back icon in the top left until you see your mailboxes. Then tap on “Edit” in the top right corner. You will immediately see some new mailboxes that give you quick access to today’s inboxes, e-mails with attachments and other intelligent sorting. Check the box to make it permanent. In the lower right, tap on “New mailbox” to create your own storage space, for example for invoices. To move an email, simply hold your finger briefly on it in the mailbox so that a context menu appears. Select “Move E-Mail” and then select the destination folder.

Corona warning app: this is how you can protect your data

The time has come. The official Corona warning app is ready and can be downloaded voluntarily by any interested user. We’ll show you how to keep the app under control. Together with Google, Apple developed an interface for contact tracking that was introduced with iOS 13.5. Your iPhone exchanges random IDs with other devices via Bluetooth. If a contact person is infected with COVID-19, an authorized app can inform you about it. The German Corona Warning app is now also  available for download in the App Store. What does the Corona warning app actually do? Basically, the new application is used to track contacts so that chains of infection can be traced. This is usually done via Bluetooth and thanks to the close cooperation between Apple and Google, it also works across platforms between iOS and Android devices. Location data should not be recorded. Rather, the devices exchange anonymously IDs with one another. If a contact person is infected, you can report this and all persons in the contact chain are informed that you came into contact with an infected person. According to the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, this should be completely anonymous.  This way you can prevent tracking afterwards If you do not want your contacts to be saved anonymously on your device, you can deactivate the contact log in “Settings> Data protection> Bluetooth> COVID-19 contact log”, view apps used, check contacts and also delete your previous contact log. Basically, the function only becomes active when you have installed an authorized app on your iPhone and you still have full control over your data.  Since the data is anonymized anyway and Apple developed the interface together with Google in order to be able to control the actual access, installing the app is safe and of course also useful for people who travel a lot.

Trick 17: This is how you get all of your music onto your iPhone with one click

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a button on the Music app that allows you to download all of your music? There is no such thing, but it works with a little detour. Apple doesn’t allow you to download all of your music. At least not in the simple way that you only have to tap a button, for example. Nevertheless, you can download all the songs from your personal music library and even keep them up to date without having to do anything in the future. To do this, you need a Mac with the music app or iTunes and your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to download your entire music library Open the Music app on your Mac and click on “File> New Smart Playlist” in the menu bar. If you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, continue in iTunes. After “Contains” select the option Music “and set the property” Playing time is greater than 00:01 “. Remove the tick in front of the maximum objects. Check the box below in front of “Update automatically” and then click on “OK”. Now set a name so that you can quickly find your playlist again. If the “Sync library” option is activated in “Music> Settings> General” in the music app on the Mac and also in “Settings> Music” on your iOS device, the new playlist will appear in your library after a short while. The playlist should now appear under “Recently added” in the “Media library” tab. Select it and tap the cloud icon next to the title cover. The download can take a few minutes or even several hours, depending on the size of your media library and the speed of your internet connection. So you should be patient and have enough storage space. It is also advisable to connect your iPhone to the charging cable so that you don’t run the risk of running out of battery when you need your smartphone.

iOS 14: Apple lets you control your iPhone with the back – this is how it works

It might sound strange in the absence of new hardware, but iOS 14 lets you use the back of the iPhone as a new input method. iOS 14 introduces many new features that should make it easier for you to use your iPhone. However, Apple did not address a very special feature at the WWDC keynote: “Tap on the back”. This allows the back of your iPhone to be used for simple commands. There are two gestures to choose from: double-tap and three-tap. A basic selection of 24 commands is available for each of the two options, which you can, however, expand with your own shortcuts from the Shortcuts app.  What can the new function in iOS 14 do? The “Tap on the back” function allows you to use the following basic functions with a double or triple tap: Without, app switcher, lock screen, screenshot, one-handed mode, home, control center, shortcut, volume up, volume down, message center, shake, Siri, spotlight, mute, scroll up and scroll down. These accessibility aids are also available: AssistiveTouch, Speak Screen, Magnifying Glass, Invert – Smart, Invert – Classic, VoiceOver and Zoom. In addition, the function can be used system-wide. This includes the home screen, all apps and even the lock screen.  How do you enable “Back Tap” in iOS 14? To set up the feature, open the Settings app, then tap Accessibility> Tap. There you will find the new entry “Tap on the back” at the bottom. Tap it, then choose whether you want to turn on Double Tap or Three Tap. Now choose an action.  We recommend a function like the control center or the notification center, as these are often harder to reach and require a second hand. Alternatively, there are of course also your own shortcuts.

iPhone 8: That’s why the Aldi bargain is not worth it (and what the better alternative is)

As of today, Aldi has been selling the iPhone 8 at an affordable entry-level price. While the price sounds tempting, there are some arguments against it. We tell you why you should ignore the apparently bargain. iPhone 8: Apple’s discontinued model As a price-conscious smartphone buyer, it doesn’t always have to be the latest device. For this reason, Apple also offers older iPhone models. But you can find real bargains with the numerous third-party providers. Aldi is currently offering you the iPhone 8 for 369 euros (north) or 379 euros (south) with 64 GB of storage space. Not a bad deal when you consider that they were charging more than double that from Apple recently. But you can’t compare it because something is different. Aldi’s offer has a catch Unlike Apple and other providers, Apple sells you a refurbished iPhone 8. Specifically, this means that it already had a previous owner and Aldi had the device completely dismantled and checked for functionality. There should be no differences compared to a new device. According to Aldi, the devices have “no discoloration on the LCD display, no gaps, no signs of damage from liquids and only minimal scratches up to a maximum length of 0.5 millimeters”. You also get a two-year guarantee. However, it is not a new device and should not be viewed as the same.  Alternative 1: Another provider Aldi’s bargain is tempting and is sure to make buyers happy. However, you should look around if you are already considering a refurbished device from the discounter. Rebuy is therefore a very good and reliable alternative. There you can get an iPhone 8 with 64 GB in “like new” condition for 355 euros, which roughly corresponds to the completely overhauled status of the Aldi model. There you also have a large selection of colors and can opt for another storage option for an additional charge. What makes Rebuy significantly better than the Aldi bargain, however, is the fact that you get a 36-month guarantee, while Aldi only offers 24 months. Before you buy from Rebuy though, we would like to introduce you to a better alternative or the best price-performance ratio. Alternative 2: a new model Both the iPhone 8 and the processor have almost three years on the camera hump and this is not to be underestimated if you want to use the smartphone for another three to five years. During this time Apple could stop software support and the extended warranty will no longer help you. You should therefore take a look at a similar device: the iPhone SE (2nd generation).  The iPhone SE (2020) appeared only a few weeks ago and looks like the iPhone 8 down to the last detail. However, Apple has installed the latest processor – the A13 – which is also used in the iPhone 11 Pro. In addition, the device has the camera from the iPhone XR, which is further enhanced by the A13 chip. Even if the surcharge of 100 euros compared to the Aldi or rebuy offers may sound like a lot, it should be mentioned that from 466 euros you get a completely new smartphone with the latest processor technology that will be supported for many years to come.

Apple’s beta program: how to sign up for iOS 14, macOS 11, and watchOS 7

The time has come: after developers have been able to try out iOS 14 and Co. for two weeks now, ordinary users can also test the betas – for the first time also watchOS 7. Register for the Apple Beta Software Program – Here’s how At WWDC 2020, Apple not only announced beta for developers, but also confirmed a public beta test. While previously only tvOS, iOS and macOS versions were available in advance as part of the beta program, interested users can now also try out watchOS 7 in detail. The latter operating system in particular makes people sit up and take notice and hope that Apple will focus on stability and optimization this year. But how do you register for the public beta test? First, you should register on Apple’s official beta website . To do this, click on “Register” and then log in with your Apple ID and password. Then you just confirm the conditions of participation.  Now select the desired operating system and follow the respective instructions. For the beta of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7, you had to visit the website with your smartphone or tablet, as you need to install a beta profile in order to update to the beta version. This is particularly easy with tvOS 14. Once you have registered for the beta, you can activate the public beta updates on your Apple TV with the same Apple ID in “Settings> System> Software update” and then update them from there.  Note : Before you sign up for the beta and install a pre-release version on your device, you should not only make a backup, but also be aware that it is not an official version. Rather, Apple offers you the opportunity to try out the new software and to help remove possible errors from the final version until it is widely released in autumn. You should therefore not install a beta on a device that you absolutely need, as full compatibility with all apps is not guaranteed and errors can lead to data loss.

Mail: Are you being haunted by unread phantom emails? You can do that about it

Apps show you whether there is new content with a label on the app icon. The Mail app is no exception. However, there is an error that does not reset the counter even though all mails are marked as read. We’ll tell you what you can do. Actually, it is very helpful if you can see on the home screen how many unread emails there are in the Mail app. However, a strange mistake prevents the correct display, so that the license plate counter shows unread mails, although one has read all of them. Fortunately, there is a simple trick that doesn’t require resetting the device as the cause is different. Why does the Mail app show me unread emails even though they are not? Apple’s mail app doesn’t have the best reputation. Nevertheless, it offers a practical application that is more than sufficient for the average user. However, it should be noted that the iOS app in particular can do less, so that, for example, no intelligent mailboxes can be created or no rules are possible. On the Mac, you can use rules to automatically sort mail from specific senders or specific words in the subject into other mailboxes, thus saving you time. Since mail is synchronized on both platforms, you can also benefit from it on the iPhone and iPad. While the Mac automatically classifies incoming e-mails, it can take a moment under iOS or iPadOS and sometimes errors occur. If you open an email while moving it or shortly before, the system can get mixed up and show you an unread email accordingly. This is how you avoid the problems Basically, you have several solution methods to choose from. It is probably easiest if you use a different e-mail app or do without the rules on the Mac so as not to confuse the application. However, this is counterproductive and misses the point behind the function. If you open the Mail app on the iPhone or iPad, we recommend waiting a moment for the mails to sort themselves in order to prevent the problem. There is also the possibility that one of the mail services you use uses its own filter. On the associated page, you can often make settings and deactivate them, for example. Because even such filters can sometimes overwhelm the mail app.  As a last alternative, you can select a mailbox under “Settings> Notifications> Mail” and deactivate the indicator and you will not see a notification counter on the home screen.

Apple Watch: This is how you deactivate route guidance when using CarPlay

The Apple Watch is the perfect companion on the go and helps with navigation. CarPlay takes over in the car. But what if both systems want to lead you to your goal? This can be annoying, but there is a solution. It’s actually pretty handy if you start route guidance on your iPhone and your Apple Watch then always gives you notification instructions for turning. So you don’t have to dig out your iPhone every time to know when to turn. This is a great solution to a simple problem – especially when traveling in an unfamiliar city. However, this can be disruptive in combination with Apple’s CarPlay. By default, both your vehicle and your smartwatch will want to inform you about the route guidance and this can prove to be annoying, especially due to the constant vibrations of the Apple Watch. Fortunately, Apple gives you the option to prevent this from happening. Deactivate navigation via Apple Watch and CarPlay – Here’s how As already mentioned, Apple has therefore provided a software update that deactivates the turn-by-turn instructions on the Apple Watch when using CarPlay. To do this quickly and easily, first open the Watch app on your iPhone. At the bottom of the screen, tap the “My Watch” tab. Then select the entry “Cards” from the settings list. Once in the navigation settings, pull the slider next to “Drive with CarPlay” to the left. In addition to this, you can also switch off the “Driving” option in this way. Then you will no longer receive any turn-by-turn instructions if you are going with someone.  We generally recommend deactivating the function. The reason for this is simple. The Apple Watch has an increased energy requirement due to the navigation and since CarPlay shows you the route, this would be extremely unnecessary.