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David Murphy David Murphy Jul 15, 2019 at 10:50.

How to Not Get Scammed by Bogus Subscription Apps

How to Not Get Scammed by Bogus Subscription Apps

There’s a special corner in Tech Hell reserved for app developers who try to sucker people into paying obscene amounts of money for an underwhelming product.

I’m not talking about the kinds of situations where you’re pissed off because your favorite band’s album just dropped off Spotify. Quit the service, if you must. No problem there. Instead, I’m referring to the ongoing problem of scammy...

Thorin Klosowski Thorin Klosowski Jun 23, 2019.

Force Refresh the iOS App Store by Tapping the Tab Bar 10 Times

Force Refresh the iOS App Store by Tapping the Tab Bar 10 Times

Every once in a while, the App Store seems to glitch out and get stuck either not properly updating or not showing new updates correctly. Over on Twitter, Zachary Drayer points out that you can force reload everything in the app by tapping an icon on the tab bar 10 times.

All you need to do is tap any of the five menu items at the bottom of the App Store screen 10 times in a row (you’ll need...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse May 03, 2019. 5 comments

Why You Can't Find Parental Control Apps in the iOS App Store

Why You Can't Find Parental Control Apps in the iOS App Store

iOS: If you’re having trouble finding a good parental control app in the iOS App Store, there’s a reason for that: MDM, or Mobile Device management. According to Apple, apps using MDM “incorrectly” pose serious security risk, and so the company is cracking down—but what does this actually mean?

What is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a general term for any technology...

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Abu Zafar Abu Zafar Mar 07, 2019.

What Apps Do You Want Us to Test?

What Apps Do You Want Us to Test?

If there’s something you need your phone to do, there’s probably an app for it. In fact, with more than 2 million apps available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play store, there are probably too many apps for it. So how do you choose the right one?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Introducing App Directory, a new video series by Lifehacker dedicated to helping you find the best apps. The...

Emily Price Emily Price Dec 13, 2018. 6 comments

How to Download an App That's Been Removed From the App Store 

How to Download an App That's Been Removed From the App Store 

This week, Epic Games made the decision to pull all of its Infinity Blade games from Apple’s App Store. For fans of the franchise, it was a huge bummer. An even bigger bummer: if you had temporarily removed the app from your phone, now you can’t get it back from the App Store.

While on the surface it might look like all is lost, as long as you’ve downloaded an app before, you can download it...

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Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Nov 30, 2018.

This Powerful iOS Shortcut Lets You Create Custom App Icons

This Powerful iOS Shortcut Lets You Create Custom App Icons

MacStories blogger Frederico Vitticci has created an incredibly robust iOS shortcut called Home Screen Icon Creator, which allows you to create custom buttons that look different and, if you want to get fancy, to fine-tune what happens when you open an app. It also lets you create customizable icons for iOS shortcuts and icons for calling people from your contacts.

Though it has many possible...

David Murphy David Murphy Oct 30, 2018.

Why You Should Look Up an iOS App's In-App Purchases Before You Buy It [Updated]

Why You Should Look Up an iOS App's In-App Purchases Before You Buy It [Updated]

Updated on 10/31/2018 at 6:30 p.m. PT:

Apple, which previously removed in-app purchase listings from apps’ “Information” sections on the App Store, has now resurrected them. I just took a look at Carrot Weather, and here’s what I saw:

While that’s no guarantee that this listing will stay around forever, it’s good to see that Apple’s exclusion was just temporary, not permanent. Our advice...

David Murphy David Murphy Sep 04, 2018. 10 comments

The Essential iOS Apps for 2018

The Essential iOS Apps for 2018
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Trying to find the perfect iOS apps can be tough, and we’re willing to bet that your iPhone or iPad is full of pages and pages of apps. There’s just so much out there, it’s hard to come up with a short list of favorites. We understand. Allow us to help you with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for iOS.

The...

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David Murphy David Murphy Aug 15, 2018. 6 comments

iOS Users: Don't Forget to Grab the 'Obscura 2' Camera App for Free

iOS Users: Don't Forget to Grab the 'Obscura 2' Camera App for Free

iOS: The words “Apple” and “free” are a bit like oil and water—just ask anyone who works at the company and doesn’t get to partake in the Silicon Valley custom of free lunches and dinners for all. However, Father Cook is feeling generous this month, and Apple is offering up the excellent Obscura 2 camera app for free. Here’s how you get it (and save $5).

First, pull up the Apple Store app on...

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David Murphy David Murphy May 24, 2018. 3 comments

How to Keep Track of All the iOS Apps You Might Want to Download Later

How to Keep Track of All the iOS Apps You Might Want to Download Later

How many times do you see an app on the App Store and think, “I should buy that, but maybe later”? You can even put off downloading free apps—something might pique your interest, but you might not feel like immediately downloading it to your iPhone or iPad for any number of reasons.

I know that I’m usually pretty resistant to cluttering up my device with apps whenever possible, and if I’m...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Mar 10, 2018. 6 comments

How to Update Your Mac Faster

How to Update Your Mac Faster

When it comes to updating your Mac, there’s never a good time. Besides the intrusive and constant annoyance that is the update reminder (which, thankfully, you can deactivate ), it often feels like a slog instead of what should be a few minutes of processing and a restart. If you’re sick of waiting for the App Store and its sluggish interface, here’s how you can speed up the process.

Use the...

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Jacob Kleinman Jacob Kleinman Feb 13, 2018. 4 comments

How Mac Apps Can Spy On Your Computer 

How Mac Apps Can Spy On Your Computer 

Apple used to boast that its Mac computers were a virus-free utopia, but that was before hackers and criminals decided to focus their efforts on the operating system. Now, your Mac is just as vulnerable to viruses as any Windows PC, and a new report reveals that hackers can get access to your computer through an entryway that you might think would be better protected: the Mac App...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Jan 13, 2018. 3 comments

You Can Now Try the 1Password App for Free

You Can Now Try the 1Password App for Free

iOS: It’s 2018 and you’re still writing “1234” in all your password fields, huh? Thanks to Apple, you now have no excuse for sharing the same password with the rest of America. The company’s added a new section to its app store called “Try it For Free,” which lets you kick the tires on some apps before you shell out some cash. The first one you should try? 1Password .

The Try It For Free...

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Jacob Kleinman Jacob Kleinman Dec 22, 2017. 10 comments

How to Spot Fake Apps in Apple's App Store and Google Play

How to Spot Fake Apps in Apple's App Store and Google Play

When something is too good to be true, it usually is.

At least, that was the case for a knockoff version of Cuphead, a popular new game that launched as an Xbox and Windows exclusive before unexpectedly showing up in the iOS App Store this week. Everything about the mobile port looked legit, from the company name to the description—it even played just like the real thing. But it didn’t take...

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Mihir Patkar Mihir Patkar Dec 13, 2017.

TheAppStore Searches iTunes and the Mac App Store with Age, Price, and Rating Filters

TheAppStore Searches iTunes and the Mac App Store with Age, Price, and Rating Filters

Web: For some reason, Apple has never made a fully-functional online version of the iTunes App Store or Mac App Store, and definitely hasn’t built an easy web search tool.Well, there’s a fan-made app for that now. TheAppStore finally lets you browse the web for iOS and Mac apps from any device.

Search for whatever you want, or check the top 100 iPhone, iPad, or Mac apps. You can filter the...

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 13, 2017. 1 comments

You'll Soon Be Able to Pre-Order iOS and Mac Apps

You'll Soon Be Able to Pre-Order iOS and Mac Apps

Bucking its minimalist trend of killing wishlists and killing desktop downloads , the iOS App Store added a feature: Developers can open up their apps for pre-orders, up to 90 days in advance. (The feature is also available on the Mac App Store.)

Pre-orders are only available after the App Store has approved an app, and customers won’t be charged until they download the app. So this probably...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Oct 15, 2017. 5 comments

Apple Brings Back iOS App Support in iTunes (Sorta)

Apple Brings Back iOS App Support in iTunes (Sorta)

Apple’s recent 12.7 update to its iTunes app removed support for the iOS App Store and iOS app management. After an outcry from users, however, Apple has brought app support back in iTunes 12.6.3. Even if you’ve already upgraded to iTunes 12.7, you can still take advantage of the app-friendly nature of iTunes 12.6.3, but if you stick with it you’ll have to miss out on any future iTunes...

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Patrick Lucas Austin Patrick Lucas Austin Sep 22, 2017. 5 comments

How to Turn Off App Ratings Requests in iOS 11

How to Turn Off App Ratings Requests in iOS 11

iOS: When you’re a few hours into your favorite tower defense game, an unwarranted pop-up can break your concentration and end a previously flawless run through a challenging level. Luckily, one of the many updates in iOS 11 is designed to curb the number of pop-ups and interruptions from app developers looking for positive feedback. The new option lets you rid yourself of the dreaded app...

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Thorin Klosowski Thorin Klosowski Aug 18, 2017. 7 comments

Hide the Giant macOS Sierra Update Banner in the Mac App Store With a Click

Hide the Giant macOS Sierra Update Banner in the Mac App Store With a Click

If you haven’t updated to macOS Sierra , you’re probably pretty annoyed by the giant banner that appears in the updates tab in the App Store. Thankfully, OS X Daily points out that you can get rid of it.

All the New Features in macOS Sierra

Apple’s just released macOS Sierra, and while it’s a minor update, it does include Siri, a…

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