How to Disable Siri Suggestions on Your iPhone’s Lock Screen

Siri Shortcuts logo

With iOS 12, Siri began offering suggestions for Shortcuts and more via the lock screen. You can disable these suggestions for individual apps or disable all Siri suggestions completely to clean up your lock screen.

Siri Suggestions is a little-known feature that lets Siri watch for tasks you carry out regularly and then offer up a shortcut to those tasks at the best time. A great example of this would be if you made a coffee order at a certain time or location. Siri would, theoretically, notice this and then start to recommend that action when the time is right. All you’d have to do is tap the notification to carry out the action.

Depending on the app in question, having Siri make suggestions that appear on the Lock screen might be something you’re looking for, but if it starts to get a little too chatty, or begins to make suggestions for apps that aren’t important, you might want to shut it off. Thankfully you can disable the feature for specific apps, rather than this being an all-or-nothing affair.

How to Disable Siri Suggestions For All Apps

If you’d prefer to prevent all apps from making Siri Suggestions on your Lock screen, you can flick one switch to make it happen.

To start, open Settings and tap on “Siri & Search.”

Tap Siri and Search

Scroll down and flick the toggle for “Suggestions on Lock Screen” to the off position.

Switch Suggestions on Lock screen off

How to Disable Siri Suggestions for Individual Apps

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How to See and Remove All The Data Websites Have Saved on Your iPhone or iPad

Website data screen

Whenever you visit a website on an iPhone or iPad, snippets of data are saved to your device. Cookies and other cached data eventually start to take up significant space, so you may want to clean them out. Here’s how.

Periodically clearing the data that iOS stores can be a good idea for a number of reasons. Beyond the fact that collectively these websites store quite a bit of data on your devices, that data can be used to track your visits, too. Websites save cookies to your devices to be able to tell when you visit again, and even though that can be beneficial to keep you logged in and save preferences, not everyone likes it.

If you want to make sure that websites can’t keep tabs on you, you might also want to make sure you delete the information they save to your device. If you’re short on space, you might just want to clear out of all cruft, too.

How to See and then Remove Data

To get started, open the Settings app. Next, tap “Safari.”

Open Settings and tap Safari

Now, scroll to the very bottom of the screen and tap “Advanced.”

Tap Advanced

Next, tap “Website Data” at the top of the screen.

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How to Open Links in the Background on Safari on iPhone and iPad

Open in Background dialog

Safari lets you open links in a new tab on iPhone or iPad, but it immediately switches to that new tab when you do. Here’s how to open all new tabs in the background instead.

Opening links in new tabs on an iPhone or iPad has long been a simple case of touching and holding a link and then tapping “Open in New Tab.” That works great if you don’t want to lose your place on your current web page. But it can be jarring if you just want to open a tab and come back to it later. For that, you want to be able to open a new tab in the background.

Thankfully, deep in the heart of the Settings app on both the iPhone and iPad, you’ll find a setting that does exactly that. Once turned on, all tabs will open in the background rather than stealing your focus, and it’s pretty great.

To get started, open the “Settings” app and then tap “Safari.”

Open Settings and tap Safari

Next, scroll down and tap “Open Links” to open the next screen.

Tap Open Links

The next screen will show the two options available to you. If you want to open new links in the background, without having them steal focus, tap “In Background” and exit the Settings app.

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How to Hide Bad Tweets with Twitter’s Advanced Filters

Foul mouthed Twitter

Twitter can be a great place to be, sharing ideas with like-minded individuals on the opposite side of the globe. But it can be full of abuse, too. That’s where filters come into play, and here’s how they work on the iPhone.

Twitter offers a couple of different ways to filter out the noise when using its official iPhone app. Both of them go some way to preventing people from jumping into your life and offering nothing of value—something Twitter has found itself in the news for all too often. If you’re looking for a way to filter out all the noise but still enjoy everything good that Twitter offers, switching a few toggles might be able to do exactly that.

The settings we’re about to cover only apply to the official Twitter app. We used the iPhone app, but the process is the same on Android. Twitter has taken some important steps towards making its app more usable for those who consider themselves “power users” although it still lacks some features we enjoy elsewhere. Still, Twitter is the app most people are using, so here’s where to find those oh-so-great filters.

How to Enable the Quality Filter

The Twitter Quality Filter will filter out “lower quality content” from the Notifications tab in the Twitter app. Tweets from people you follow or you’ve interacted with will continue to reach you, but if it’s a stranger, you’ll never see it.

RELATED: What Does Twitter’s “Quality Filter” Do?

To turn the Quality Filter on, open Twitter and tap the bell at the bottom of the screen to open the Notifications timeline.

Tap the bell icon

Then, tap the cog in the top-right corner to access the settings.

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How to Change the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Google search

Safari uses Google as its default search engine out of the box, but it’s not the only option. You can choose other search engines like Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo if you prefer them.

While most modern search engines can find the web sites you’re looking for, there are often ramifications to consider when making your selection. Google is the big player here, but depending on your privacy stance you might want to select something else. For example, DuckDuckGo pushes itself as a more private search engine, while Bing is integrated with Microsoft Rewards. Making the change in Safari on your iPhone or iPad is super simple, so long as you know where to look.

Changing the Default Search Engine in Safari on iPhone and iPad

To get started, open the Settings app and tap “Safari.”

Open Settings. Tap Safari

Next, under the “Search” heading, tap “Search Engine.”

Tap Search Engine

Finally, select the search engine that you would like to use as your default when inside Safari. To select a search engine, tap it. You can choose either Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

Sorry—those are the only options. Apple won’t let you choose other search engines as your default. You can still navigate to those search engines in Safari and search them from their website, but that’s it. The only way you’ll get more options here is if Apple adds them in a future version of the iOS operating system.

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