How to Change Your FaceTime Caller ID on iPhone and iPad

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When you make FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad, recipients see your caller ID—an email or phone number. If that caller ID isn’t what they expect, they won’t know who’s calling. Here’s how to change your caller ID.

When you call someone using FaceTime, your caller ID is the email or phone number that appears on their screen. If you have many email addresses associated with your Apple ID, then there’s even more chance that you’re calling people with one they don’t recognize. That could lead to calls going unanswered, or an unexpected email address being shared with someone you don’t want to have it.

Changing the caller ID that is used when you initiate a new FaceTime call is a relatively simple process, and here’s how to go about doing it.

To start, open the Settings app and tap “FaceTime.”

Open Settings. Tap FaceTime

Note that email addresses will only appear if you are signed in with your Apple ID, so make sure you’re signed in and tap the “Use your Apple ID for FaceTime” button if not.

Tap Use Your Apple ID for FaceTime

Next, tap the number or email address you want to use as your caller ID under the “Caller ID” section.

Select the number or address you want to use

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How to Delete Your Instagram Account

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Instagram is owned by Facebook, a company that continues to divide opinion. That’s not likely to change any time soon, and if you don’t trust Facebook, you might distrust Instagram, too. Here’s how to delete your Instagram account.

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for a cool billion dollars, a move that raised eyebrows at the time but seems like a bargain in the current social media climate. Instagram is one of the most influential social media platforms around, and despite its affinity with Facebook, it continues to grow. There has been a steady stream of people leaving Facebook over recent years, but Instagram has been largely unaffected.

However, some people distrust Facebook enough also to want to remove themselves from any Facebook-owned services—Instagram included. If you want to delete your Instagram account, the process is a surprisingly simple one considering the hoops Facebook makes you jump through to delete your account there. If you do want to delete your Instagram account, consider downloading all of your images, first.

Note: A word of warning here, too. Once this process is complete, your account will be deleted. That part is obvious, but you will also not be able to re-open a new account under the same name, so keep that in mind if you thought deleting your account would be a good way to start fresh. It still can be, but only if you are willing to choose a new name, too.

How to Delete Your Instagram Account

That said, let’s move on. To delete your Instagram account, visit the Instagram account deletion page and sign into your account.

Sign into instagram

Once you’re signed in, select a reason you want to delete your account from the drop-down menu.

Select your reason for deleting your account from the dropdown

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How to Change the Color of Lights in the Home App for iPhone and iPad

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You can do all kinds of great things to make your home look, sound, and feel just how you like with the Home app. If your home has color-changing light bulbs, here’s how to pick the right color for your mood.

After a somewhat slow start, HomeKit is starting to show some of the promise we always knew it had. Its logo is now starting to crop up on the boxes for smart home products from many manufacturers both large and small. That’s great for consumers, but smart homes can be costly. Smart bulbs are a great way to get started without breaking the bank.

Because HomeKit ties into your light bulbs at a deep level, you can use the Home app on your iPhone or iPad to control not just whether the light is on or off, but also what color it is, too.

Using the Home app to Change the Color of Your Lights

To start, open the Home app and locate the light that you want to interact with. If you just want to turn the light on or off, tap it. If you want to change the color, tap and hold, and then choose the “Color” option at the bottom.

Tap and hold your bulb Tap color

The next screen shows a collection of color options, but if you’d prefer more fine-grained control over the color, tap the “Edit” button.

Tap edit

There are now two options to choose from, both at the bottom of the screen. If you’d like to select a color temperature, tap “Temperature.” If you’d rather select a color, tap “Color.” Either option will show a color wheel that can be tapped to select a new color.

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How to Update Your AirPods’ Firmware

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Apple’s AirPods are one of the company’s most popular accessories, and they’re pretty great. Like all modern wireless headphones, they have firmware that sometimes needs to be updated for optimal performance. Here’s how to update the firmware on your AirPods.

With no screen to speak of it can be easy to forget that wireless headphones often need firmware updates to make sure that hey work as well as they possibly can. Sometimes the updates even fix bugs that have been reported. If your AirPods are misbehaving, it’s always a good idea to check whether there are software updates available.

When AirPods Automatically Update

Thankfully, AirPods will normally update their firmware—a type of software that runs on the AirPods themselves—on their own. So long as a few prerequisites are met, you should never need to force your AirPods to update manually. Those prerequisites are:

  • Your AirPods are in their Charging Case.
  • The Charging Case is plugged in or placed on a Qi charger if using a Wireless Charging Case.
  • The AirPods are within range of a device to which they have previously been connected. That device also needs to have an internet connection.

That should be all that’s needed to make sure that your AirPods take care of any firmware updates automatically. It’s likely that this will happen without you realizing—when you charge your AirPods, for example.

There are some times you may wish to kick an update off manually, however. First, let’s check which version of software the AirPods are running currently.

How to Check Which Firmware Your AirPods are Running

With your AirPods in their Charging Case, open the lid near your iPhone. Dismiss the on-screen battery indicator that appears and then open the Settings app.

Dismiss the battery screen and open settings

Inside the Settings app, tap the “General” button.

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How to Improve the Sound Quality of Your Voice Memos on iPhone and iPad

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Your iPhone’s Voice Memos app records audio in a compressed format by default, saving storage space on your iPhone but reducing the recording quality. You can switch to a lossless mode for maximum fidelity.

Your iPhone, by default, records voice memos in a compressed format. However, if that doesn’t cut the mustard for you, there is an option to switch over to a lossless recording instead. It’s not clear what file format your iPhone uses here, but suffice it to say it’s going to take up more space than a compressed AAC file. Bear that in mind, but considering most voice memos are probably pretty short, we don’t think it’ll be of huge impact.

How to Choose Lossless Recordings

As always with iOS, the setting that we are looking for is in the Settings app. Open it and tap “Voice Memos” to get started.

Open Settings. Tap Voice Memos

Next, tap “Audio Quality” towards the bottom of the screen.

Tap Audio Quality

The next screen offers two options. Tap “Lossless” for the best sound quality from your recordings. If space is your main concern however, we’d suggest sticking with “Compressed” and leaving everything as it is.

Tap Lossless