Email and Messaging

How can I block spam text messages on Verizon?

Update (06/14/19): Verizon has rolled out a new spam/robocalls blocking tool called "Verizon Call Filter." This new feature alerts Verizon customers to to incoming spam calls and allows them to report and block unwanted numbers. Depending on your device, you will see "a name, a picture, city and state when you receive an incoming call, text or voicemail from an unknown number." Click the link above for a Verizon Call Filter guide.

How to use special characters and symbols in Instagram, Facebook, Reddit and other posts

How to use special characters and symbols in Instagram, Facebook, Reddit and other posts on iPhone and iPad.

Whether you need specific symbols for a technical paper or are simply looking to add some flavor to your social media posts, the iPhone keyboard doesn't have a very extensive library of symbols. You can find a few extra symbols by long pressing on certain keys like the '$' which will reveal a few other currency symbols, and you can find some in the emoji library like the trademark and copyright symbols, but they aren't really ideal (they don't appear as superscripts).

How to archive an entire text conversation from Messages

How to save an entire message thread on iPhone and iPad.

There are any number of reasons that you may want to save an entire Message thread - perhaps you will need it for legal purposes, maybe you want to keep it for memories. Whatever the case may be, there are a few methods you can employ to save snippets of text conversations or entire conversations if they are relatively short. Unbelievably, however, Apple has not developed a simple way to export a long text conversation - your best bet is to use third-party software like Chatology.

How to set up an out-of-office reply for Outlook on iPhone, iPad and Mac

How to set up an out-of-office reply for Outlook on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Out-of-office automatic email replies are useful to let people know that you aren't viewing or responding to your emails because you are on vacation or away for any other reason. Every email provider worth its salt has the option somewhere, including Outlook. If you use Outlook to manage other emails like your Gmail or iCloud accounts, you should go directly to the source to set up an out-of-office reply (i.e. log in to Gmail to set up automatic replies for that account).

How to expand Mail previews on iPhone

iOS Mail preview settings

The stock iOS Mail app does a fine job of bringing multiple email accounts into one place. Apple naturally integrates the Mail app across iOS for a variety of purposes, including smart Siri suggestions and Notification Center widgets. Just browsing your inbox is usually the easiest way to see which messages are a priority.

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