How to Measure Elevation on Your iPhone

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Your elevation is usually measured as your height above sea level. This is useful information, especially if you enjoy climbing mountains. You can find your current elevation by looking at your iPhone, and you already have the app to do it.

All iPhones from the iPhone 6 onwards include a barometer that calculates a device’s current elevation. The iPhone uses that data for multiple things, not least to help it know when you take a flight of stairs—gotta close those activity rings.

The Difference Between Altitude and Elevation

People often interchange the two words, but they do have separate definitions. Altitude is the height of an object or place “above a given planetary reference plane, especially above sea level on earth” as explained by

Elevation relates to a position that is “above sea level or ground level” according to the same source.

Measuring Your Elevation

Finding your elevation is easy, and you don’t have to download anything new to do it. The Compass app is installed on all iPhones, which is all you need to get started.

First, open the “Compass” app. Next, locate the listed elevation, which appears at the bottom of the screen.

Open the Compass app

Elevation data is pretty basic information but super useful at times. If you need more information about your current position, you can download more detailed apps like My Altitude. That one is free with in-app purchases to unlock additional data.

Another Use for the Compass App

In addition to displaying your coordinates and elevation, the Compass app has one more trick up its sleeve: You can use it as a level. It’s surprisingly accurate thanks to the array of sensors built into the iPhone and handy for when a new shelf absolutely must be perfectly level.

How to Force Restart iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

Apple logo on the back of a black iPhone.
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Just like computers, iPhones sometimes stop responding during use. Rarely, they become so unresponsive they can’t be powered off. However, it’s possible to force an iPhone to restart in these situations and bring it back to life.

Forcing an older iPhone to restart was easy—all you had to do was press and hold the Volume and Home buttons. But the iPhone X and later don’t have a Home button, so the process had to change.

Apple does provide a method to force restart all modern iPhones, but you need to know the particular combination for it to work.

How to Force Restart a Modern iPhone

In quick succession, press, and then release the Volume Up button, and then press and release the Volume Down button.

Next, press and hold the power button (Apple calls it the Side button). You can release it when the Apple logo appears on the iPhone screen.

Press Volume Up. Press Volume Down. Hold the Side button

When your iPhone restarts, it should work as usual. The next time you want to power off your iPhone, you can turn it off using the conventional method.

The removal of the Home button means other standard functions have been remapped to new combinations of key presses, too. Taking screenshots is one example, and the whole Apple Pay experience is entirely different, as well.

If you’re new to Home buttonless iPhones, we have a full rundown of how to get around iOS, use your apps, and more, that will have you up and running in no time.

How to Unlock Detailed Streaming Statistics on the Apple TV

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Things might not look amazing even with an Apple TV 4K and a great television. Instead of counting pixels to make sure you’re receiving the best quality stream, you can find streaming statistics behind the developer menu.

It isn’t immediately obvious how to access the developer menu, but we’ve got you covered. You’ll need an Apple TV and Mac, and they need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

How to Unlock the Developer Menu

Navigate to “Settings” on your Apple TV.

Open Settings

Select “Remotes and Devices” and leave the Apple TV on this screen.

Select remotes and devices

You need Xcode installed on your Mac to enable the developer menu. Download Xcode from the Mac App Store and then open it.

Click “Window,” followed by “Devices and Simulators.”

Click Window. Click Devices and Simulators

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The Best Apps for Browsing Reddit on an iPhone or iPad

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Reddit is the self-proclaimed front page of the internet whether you want cat videos or high-level physics discussion. But the web interface sucks. Thankfully iPhone and iPad users have plenty of apps as alternatives, and here are the best.

Choosing the Right App for You

Not all Reddit apps are the same. Sure, they all let you read Reddit and post comments. But how they do it differs from app to app. How you use Reddit will inform which kind of Reddit app suits you best.

If you’d like options all the way down to changing the app icon to fit your particular aesthetic, you need an app that excels in customization. If you want to be able to do your thing and move on, then something more basic is best. Reddit power users—serial commenters, voters, and meme posters—will need yet a different set of features.

Best for Most People: Reddit (Free with In-App Purchase: $7.99)

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Reddit does everything you need if all you need is the basic Reddit experience. That includes support for posting, commenting, and uploading media.

At the time of writing Group Chat is only available on the official Reddit app, so if you make use of that, this is the only app for you.

The official Reddit app ticks enough boxes to be recommended for most people. It doesn’t go crazy with fancy gestures or animations, but there’s something to be said for simplicity. And being a first-party app means it is likely to support any new features Reddit adds before the competition.

While free to download, Reddit does offer a $6.99 monthly in-app purchase to enable Reddit Premium. You’ll get access to the r/lounge subreddit and 700 Coins for every month you are subscribed.

Best for Power Users: Apollo (Free with In-App Purchase: Pro $2.99/Ultra $9.99)

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How to Take Control of Your Mac’s Menu Bar with Bartender

A full menu bar on a Mac.

Menu bar clutter on Macs is real, but Bartender helps by hiding everything you don’t need and surfacing it when you do. Here’s how to use it to declutter your menu bar for good without losing functionality.

Why Bartender Is So Useful

It sometimes seems like every app adds a menu bar item. Over time, the number of items in our menu bar grows.

The problem is Apple’s solution to decluttering this area isn’t very useful. Sure, you can enable and disable specific items, but there are some you might need occasionally but don’t want to see all the time.

That’s where Bartender comes in. If you only need an item once in a while, you can hide it behind the Bartender icon. You click it to open the Bartender Bar, and there you find all the items you chose to hide.

Bartender is available as a free, four-week trial. You have to pay $15 to continue using the app after that.

How to Hide an Item with Bartender

Right-click the Bartender icon in the menu bar and click “Preferences.”

Right click the bartender icon and click "Preferences."

Click the “Menu Items” tab. All available items are listed on the left of the window. Click an item to select it.

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