How To Downgrade tvOS 11.2.5 To 10.2.2 On Apple TV 4 For Jailbreak

If your excitement levels were propelled through the roof when you learned that the Greeng0blin jailbreak for Apple TV had been released but was immediately dampened when you realized that you were no longer running tvOS 10.2.2, then worry not.

This guide will take you through the process of downgrading your tvOS firmware from the latest tvOS 11.2.5 to tvOS 10.2.2.

For one reason or another, at the time of writing, Apple is currently still signing the tvOS 10.2.2 firmware, which means that it is possible to downgrade the firmware version on Apple TV 4 to one which is compatible with Greeng0blin. Thanks to Kevin Bradley, all Apple TV 4 owners can get a liberated Apple TV running tvOS 10.2.2 and benefit from the NitoTV experience. Let’s take a quick look at the requirements and process involved in downgrading to tvOS 10.2.2.


◦ The latest version of iTunes installed on your PC or Mac.

◦ The required tvOS 10.2.2 IPSW file for your Apple TV

◦ A small amount of patience and some time put aside for the process.

The Apple TV Downgrade Process:

Step 1: First and foremost, make sure your Apple TV is connected to your computer with a relevant USB-C cable. If it doesn’t launch automatically or isn’t already open, make sure that you launch iTunes.

Step 2: Head into the section which gives you information about the connected Apple TV. Hold down the Option/Alt key if you are using a Mac, or the SHIFT key if you are using a Windows machine, and click the Restore Apple TV button in iTunes. This is us basically telling iTunes that we want to do a manual restore.

Step 3: In the resulting system window, navigate to wherever you saved the tvOS 10.2.2 file and select it. Remember that this is the part of the process where iTunes restores the file to the device and wipes everything stored on Apple TV in the process.

Step 4: iTunes will provide a number of informative prompts. Just make sure that you accept those to ensure that the restore process completes as expected.

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How to Use HomePod With Apple TV

While HomePod doesn’t directly integrate with the Apple TV like Chromecast does with Google Home, that doesn’t mean you can’t use HomePod as an excellent speaker system for your Apple TV. Using AirPlay, you can wirelessly connect your HomePod to your Apple TV and use it as a soundbar replacement. While HomePod is designed for music playback, it provides a rich sound when it comes to movies and TV shows as well.

How To Set Up HomePod on Apple TV

Once you’ve set up your HomePod using your iPhone or iPad, make sure it’s turned on when you’re using your Apple TV.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.

Step 2: Select Video and Audio.

Step 3: Select Audio Output.

Step 4: From the Other

Speakers section, select your HomePod.

Now, your HomePod is selected as an output.

How to Control Video Playback Using Siri

You can use Siri to control the video playback on the Apple TV once you’re up and running.

Play/Pause: Say “Hey Siri, play” or Hey Siri, pause” to resume or pause the playback.

Skip/Rewind: You can even ask Siri to skip a couple of seconds, minutes or hours. Just say “Hey Siri skip ahead 30 seconds” or “Hey Siri go back 3 minutes”.

How to Switch To HomePod Speakers on Apple TV

HomePod is a standalone music player. So the next time you boot up your Apple TV, it won’t be the default audio output. But now that you’ve paired your HomePod with your Apple TV, switching to it is just like switching to any other AirPlay devices (like AirPods).

When you’re viewing any media, swipe down to bring up the information panel. Here’s go to the Audio section and select your HomePod.

The audio output will switch to the HomePod instantly.

Coming Soon: Stereo Mode

Once AirPlay 2 goes live in iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, you’ll be able to use two HomePods at the same time. While you won’t be able to set them as a dedicated left or right channel, both HomePods will work together to better fill your room with rich sound. Apple will use its software smarts to balance out the sound between the two speakers.

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Top 25 HomePod Tips and Tricks

HomePod is Apple’s first foray into the world of wireless smart speakers. and while Apple has nailed the software, there are some issues with the software. HomePod is a bit lacking in features and there are glaring privacy issues. If you’ve just got a HomePod, follow our tips and tricks below to get the best out of your device.

Top 25 HomePod Tips and Tricks

1. Ask Siri To Play You Something

Siri is the primary way you’ll interact with the HomePod. Use the following commands for music playback.

Just start by saying Hey Siri, even when there’s music playing on the HomePod. HomePod will pick up your command and the top of the HomePod will start glowing. This means HomePod is listening. Now, you can ask Siri to play any of the 45 million songs on Apple Music or the songs you’ve uploaded using iCloud Music Library.

2. Control Volume

Control Volume: You can ask Siri to raise or lower the volume. You can even get specific and say things like “increase the volume to 50%”.

3. Control Playback

Want HomePod to stop playing? Just say “Hey Siri stop” and no matter what the HomePod is playing, it will start. Similarly, you can say “Hey Siri resume” to continue playing something after you’ve paused it.

4. Invoke Siri From Touchpad

HomePod has a little touch sensitive screen at the top. It can’t display information but you can use it to interact with the HomePod if you don’t want to use your voice. Tap and hold to invoke Siri.

5. Change Volume From Touchpad

Use the Plus and Minus buttons to change the volume.

6. Change Tracks From Touchpad

Double tap to switch to the next track and triple tap to go back to the previous track.

7. Control Playback From Touchpad

Simply tap on the touchpad to play or pause the music.

8. AirPlay Anything To HomePod

Siri only supports Apple Music but you can stream anything to the HomePod using AirPlay. And once AirPlay 2 arrives, you’ll be able to do this for multiple HomePod and other AirPlay compatible devices.

When you’re playing on your iPhone or iPad, just tap on the familiar AirPlay button. As long as you’re in the range from your HomePod, you’ll find it in the list of devices. Tap on your HomePod and the audio output will change.

9. Play Music From Spotify

When you’re playing something in Spotify, tap on Devices Available -> More Devices. From here, select HomePod as an output.

10. Take Notes

If you used your iPhone to setup the HomePod, you can use it to add a note to the Notes app or a reminder to the Reminders app (if it’s not working, you need to enable the Personal Requests feature). Just say “Hey Siri take a note” or

11. Add Reminders

To add any reminder to your list, just say “Hey Siri add (reminder) to my (list)”. For example: “Hey Siri add milk to my shopping list”.

12. Set Multiple Timers Using Reminders

HomePod doesn’t support multiple timers and you can’t name a timer either. Both Echo and Google Home have this feature. And Apple should add this feature in a future update.

But till then, you can use Reminders as a workaround. Just say “Hey Siri remind me to do x in 10 minutes” and “Hey Siri remind me to do y in 15 minutes” and you’ve basically got two timers going at once.

13. Send Messages

HomePod directly integrates with the Messages app. So if your hands are full, you can ask HomePod to send a message for you. Just say “Hey Siri, message Amanda I’ll be 10 minutes late”. You can ask HomePod to read your messages. After listening to your latest message, you can reply to it using your voice as well.

14. Control Your Smart Home Devices

If you’ve got smart home devices that work with HomeKit and you’ve already set them up in the Home app, you can just use HomePod to control them. The process will be the same if you’ve used Siri on the iPhone to control your smart home devices. Just say “Hey Siri turn on the lights”. It also works for the scenes you’ve set up in the Home app.

15. Ask For The Weather

You can ask HomePod what the weather is like right now or what the forecast is going to be later that day or a couple of days later.

16. See How Your Stocks Are Doing

You can ask Siri how a stock is performing. Just ask “Hey Siri whats the Apple share price”.

17. Listen To The News

Just like iOS, Siri will also play the daily news briefing for you when you ask “Hey Siri what’s the latest news”. You’ll get audio news briefings of about 10 minutes from reputable news sources. You can also ask Siri to change the source.

18. Listen to Beats 1 Radio

You can also listen to Beats 1 radio station using HomePod. Just say “Hey Siri play beats 1”.

19. Keep Your For You Section Private

Even though your HomePod is only synced to your Apple Music account, it’s going to be used by your entire household. So you might be worried of your kids messing with your For You recommendations, feed, and your personalized playlists. Don’t worry, there’s a way to turn this feature off. From the Home app, open the HomePod settings and turn off the Listening History feature.

20. Let Others Add To Up Next on HomePod

Because HomePod is its own independent music player, it has its own queue. When the HomePod is playing something, you can go to your Control Center, and from the Now Playing section, you can switch to the HomePod tile. But this will only work for users you have shared your “Home” with on the HomePod.

Then when you go back to the Music app, you’ll see the HomePod music in the Now Playing section, Just browse around, add any song to Up Next and it will be added to HomePod’s queue. You can edit the Up Next queue from your iOS device as well.

21. Turn off Personal Requests

Personal Requests is the feature that lets you use HomePod for listening and replying to your messages, taking notes and adding reminders. Now those are great features and super convenient that you don’t have to pick up your iPhone to do those things. But the problem is that HomePod doesn’t support multiple voice detection.

So your friends or family members can just listen to your messages and reply to them without you knowing. This feature only works when your iPhone connected to the same Wi-Fi network. But that won’t stop your siblings or roommate from messing about when you’re in the shower or on a different floor.

Thankfully there’s a way to stop this.

Step 1: Open the Home app on the iPhone or iPad you used for setting up the HomePod.

Step 2: Tap on the Add Home button in the top right. It looks like a little location icon.

Step 3: Tap on your Profile picture.

Step 4: Tap on Personal Requests.

Step 5: Tap on the toggle next to Personal Requests option to turn the feature off.

22. Restrict AirPlay Access

Anyone who’s near your HomePod, can basically stream anything to the HomePod. By default, there’s no authentication process involved. If you live in a dorm or a shared space, this can be an issue. Anyone can walk up to your HomePod and just start blasting anything. There’s a way you can restrict AirPlay access to only users on the same Wi-Fi network or with people you’ve expressly shared your “Home” setup with in the Home app.

Step 1: From the Home app, tap on the Add Home button (it looks like a small location arrow icon).

Step 2: Tap on Allow Speaker Access from the Speakers section.

Step 3: Now you can choose who you want to give access to HomePod. Currently, it will be set to Everyone. You can switch to Anyone on The Same Network to only allow users you’ve given access to your Wi-Fi network. Only People Sharing this Home option restricts this further to only users you’ve expressly shared the Home with using the Home app.

Step 4: If you want even more security, you can require them to enter a password. To enable this option, tap on Require Password. Tap on the password to change it.

23. Mute HomePod

Like every other Apple product, HomePod respects your privacy. HomePod doesn’t start recording until it hears the Hey Siri keyword. And even then your data is sent anonymously to Apple servers and the communication is encrypted on both ends.

But there’s no physical mute switch on the HomePod. If you want HomePod to turn off its microphones, you can do that by simply saying “Hey Siri stop listening”. To enable the feature again, step up to the HomePod and tap and hold the top of the HomePod.

24. Play Podcasts From Apple Podcasts

Siri on HomePod will let you play any podcast episode from the Apple Podcasts network. Just say something like “play the latest episode of 2 dope queens” to get started.

25. Control Playback Speed

If you’re listening to the news or podcasts on the HomePod, you might want to change the playback speed. Just say “Hey Siri play faster” to increase the speed. Likewise, you can say “Hey Siri play slower” to decrease the speed.

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How to Remove a Credit Card From an iPhone Completely

For most iPhone users, having their credit card details saved on their device is inevitable. The benefits seam to outweigh the risks and when managed correctly, it’s easier to perform any of these tasks below:

• Download apps and or make in-app purchases with your Apple ID.

• Link your credit card for NFC-based Apple Pay payments.

• Saved it so you could easily make payments via Safari using Apple’s AutoFill feature.

• Send money to your friends and family through Apple Pay Cash.

• Used Apple Pay for a number of purchases online, in store, or in-app.

Based on just the tasks above, there are at least three places your credit card details are saved with Apple in iOS 11.

There are many reasons to want to remove your credit card from your iPhone but here are the most common:

• Your card got stolen and you decided to deactivate it.

• Your credit or debit card simply expired.

• You’re getting an error from your current credit card.

• You decided to switch banks and close old credit cards.

Whatever your reason might be, you’re here because you want to learn how to delete your credit card information from your iPhone – so let’s just cut to the chase.

Given the three different places your credit card details are saved with Apple in iOS, here are three different ways to remove your credit card from your iPhone.

Removing your credit card details from your Apple ID

One of the most common places for an iPhone user to have their credit card details is in their Apple ID settings. This credit card is billed every time the user buys apps, makes in-app purchases, or perhaps pays for movies and music from Apple’s iTunes or App Store.

Here are seven simple steps to remove a credit card associated with your Apple ID.

1 Open the Settings app on your phone and go to iTunes & App Stores

2 Click the Apple ID button.

3 A pop-up menu would appear. In that pop-up menu, click the blue “View Apple ID” button.

4 Type your password, or you can choose to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID to continue.

5 You should be on the Account Settings page now. Click the “Payment Information” button.

6 Your credit card details should appear here, choose the “None” option below the Payment Type header.

7 After choosing “None”, your credit card details will be removed from your Apple ID.

8 Click the blue “Done” button at the top right.

To confirm that you have removed your details successfully, simply tap on an old credit card vendor and you will notice that you will be prompted to input all your details again.

You’re done! You have successfully removed your credit card details from your Apple ID!

Removing your credit card details from Apple Pay

The credit card information in an iPhone users’ Apple Pay settings gets billed any time they make Apple Pay-qualified purchases via a supported app or when they make near-field communication purchases at a shop or business that supports NFC payments at their register.

Here are five simple steps to remove a credit card associated with your Apple Pay.

1 From your Home screen, click the Settings app.

2 Scroll to Wallet & Apple Pay and click it.

3 Click the credit card you would like to delete from Apple Pay.

4 Scroll down till you see the red Remove Card button – Click it.

5 A pop-up prompt should appear now. Click the red Remove button.

There, you’re done. You have successfully removed your credit card details from Apple Pay on your iPhone.

Removing your credit card details from Safari AutoFill

To save you the trouble of having to input your credit card details every time you want to make a purchase, your credit card information (once saved) is usually stored on your iPhone in the Safari settings. This is where iOS gets the information used to fill out your personal data automatically in web forms requiring payment information before you complete a purchase.

Here are nine simple steps to remove a credit card associated with your devices’ Safari web browser.

1 From your Home screen, open the Settings app.

2 Click the Safari cell.

3 Click the AutoFill cell.

4 Click the Saved Credit Cards cell.

5 You would be asked to authenticate using your Touch ID. Verify your identity using your fingerprint.

6 Click the credit card you would like to delete from your AutoFill settings.

7 At the top right of the page, you would see a blue Edit button – Click it.

8 Click the red Delete Credit Card button at the bottom of the page.

9 You would be prompted to confirm that you want to delete the credit card. Click the red Delete button again to confirm

There, you’re done! You have successfully removed your credit card details from your iPhone’s Safari AutoFill settings!

Please note that if you saved your details with any third party apps on your iPhone, you’ll have to log into the individual apps to remove or change the details.

This guide is current for iOS 11. If you have any questions or difficulties with any of the methods listed above, please leave us a message in the comment section below and we would be glad to answer them.

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How to Disable Tap To Wake on iPhone X

The iPhone X includes a feature called Tap to Wake, which, much as it sounds, allows the locked iPhone screen to wake up with a tap anywhere on the screen. This makes a lot of sense because the device does not have a Home button to press and wake the screen, so a tap anywhere on the display sort of replicates that Home press function, but Tap to Wake may also lead to a lot of unnecessary screen waking, and theoretically any erroneous screen waking may lead to a detriment to battery life.

Many users like Tap to Wake and find it to be convenient, but if you don’t like the feature or you’re concerned about waking the screen repeatedly either on accident or not intentionally, then you may want to disable the Raise to Wake feature on iPhone X.

It’s worth pointing out that iPhone X defaults to enabling both Tap To Wake and Raise To Wake so if you disable one, you may want to keep the other enabled, or perhaps disable both if you don’t want to use either alternate wake function.

How to Disable Tap To Wake on iPhone X

1.Open the “Settings” app on iPhone

2.Go to “General” and then choose “Accessibility”

3.Scroll down and locate “Tap To Wake” and

toggle the switch to the OFF position

4.Exit Settings and use iPhone as usual

Now the iPhone X will no longer automatically wake the screen just by tapping it, instead you will need to either rely on Raise To Wake or pressing on the side power button to wake the screen.

It’s not immediately clear why this setting is located in Accessibility rather than the Display settings on the iPhone along with Raise To Wake and other screen adjustments, but for the moment that is where Tap to Wake settings are found in iOS.

Note if you disable both Tap to Wake and Raise to Wake, then unlocking the iPhone X will likely feel or appear a bit slower, because you have to manually wake the screen and then either use Face ID to unlock, or use the slide to unlock gesture on iPhone instead of Face ID.

Basically by disabling these features you require an additional step of manually waking the display before being able to access iPhone X.

How to Enable “Tap To Wake” Screen on iPhone

Of course if you decide you regret disabling Tap To Wake you can immediately turn it back on again at anytime by returning to Settings:

1.Open the “Settings” app in iOS

2.Go to “General” and then to “Accessibility”

3.Locate “Tap To Wake” and toggle the switch to ON position

This returns the iPhone X to the default state where Tap to Wake is enabled.

If you use Face ID to unlock iPhone, then if you tap on the screen while looking at the iPhone and swiping up, it will unlock the device and send you to the home screen. This happens quickly and seamlessly, similar to how unlocking a iOS device with Touch ID works.

The Tap to Wake is a handy feature overall and is obviously valuable on the iPhone models that are missing a Home button, so expect this feature to be adopted on future iPhone and iPad devices as Face ID replaces Touch ID and the Home button over time. For this reason, amongst many others, you may just want to get used to tapping the screen to wake the display of your iOS devices.

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How to Get Started With Apple’s New

Apple Pay Cash

This week, Apple finally made Apple Pay Cash available, it’s Venmo competition for the iPhone.

With it, you can send and receive cash from friends, much like you can with services like PayPal, Square, and Venmo using iMessage on your iPhone. Its super simple to use, but can be a bit confusing if you’re not sure what you’re doing.

To use Apple Pay Cash you need to have iOS 11.2 downloaded onto your phone. If you don’t have it yet, now’s a good time to go ahead and update.

To use Apple Pay cash you’ll also have to enable two-factor authentication. To do that, go to Settings, then iCloud, followed by password & security and the Two-factor authentication.

You’ll also need to add a credit or debit card to the Wallet app. To do that open the Wallet app on your phone and then press the + sign on the top-right corner to add a card.

Once you’ve done all that, the first time you open Message you’ll likely get a prompt letting you know Apple Pay Cash is available now. You can press Continue on that prompt to go ahead and dive into setting things up, you can also access the setup menu manually by going to Settings and then Wallet and Apple Pay.

Essentially Apple is creating a debit card with this. You’ll see it in the Wallet app as an Apple Pay Cash card.

To use it, you’ll need to verify your identity. You’ll probably do that during the step process, but you can also do it by tapping the I button on that Apple Pay Cash card and then “Verify Identity.”

From there you’ll have to provide things like your social, birthday, and home address and potentially a photo of your driver’s license.

Once everything is set up, it works just like any other bank account.

You can send money by tapping the Message icon beside where you might type a note to a friend and then selecting Apple Pay Cash from the list of supported apps. From there, you just enter the amount you want to send.

Apple Pay Cash works essentially like a new bank account. Cash you receive from friends will stay in your Apple Pay Cash account until you withdraw it, and if you have funds in your account already those will be what pays your friend when you send money rather than new charge on your card.

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How to Tag Files on iPhone and iPad

Using file tags can help to arrange, organize, and prioritize documents, files, and data. Now that iOS has a dedicated Files app for the iPhone and iPad, you might find it helpful to know that you can tag any items, files, documents, images, or anything else stored within the Files app of iOS, much like you can tag files in the Mac finder and perhaps best of all, if the tagged files are stored in iCloud Drive, they will sync to other iOS devices and Macs as well, with that same tag.

Tagging files in iOS is a simple process, but it’s easily overlooked. This tutorial will show you how to tag a single file, how to tag multiple files, and how to view tagged files in the iOS Files app.

The Files app is available on all iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 11 or later. The tutorial here is demonstrated on an iPhone but the behavior is the same on an iPad too.

How to Tag Files in Files App for iPhone and iPad

You can tag any file quickly from the iOS Files app by following these steps:

1.Open the “Files” app on the iPhone or iPad

2.Navigate to the file(s) you wish to tag and tap on the file you want to tag

3.From the file preview, tap the Sharing button, it looks like a box with an arrow flying out of it

4.Tap the “+Tag” button in the sharing panel

5.Choose the file tag(s) you want to use by tapping on them, then tap on the “Done” button

That’s it, your selected file will have been tagged with the tag of your choice.

If you’re syncing data with iCloud, then the file tags will sync over to other devices shortly and yes if you tag a file from iCloud Drive on the Mac, that tag will sync with the associated file to iPhone or iPad as well via Files app.

How to Tag Multiple Files in iOS Files App

You can also tag multiple files at the same time from the Files app in iOS, here’s how that works:

1.Open the Files app in iOS

2.Navigate to the files you want to tag, then tap the “Select” button in the corner of the Files app

3.Now tap to select each file you want to tag

4.Tap the Sharing icon and then tag the files as desired, choosing “Done” when finished

Whether you tag one file or many files is up to you.

How to View Tagged Files in iOS Files App

Of course you can easily see the tagged files from the iOS Files app as well. This is also where the power of file tagging can be extra useful, because you can use file tags to quickly see and edit items you have tagged, without having to navigate to wherever their original location is in the Files app or file system.

1.Open the ‘Files’ app and go to the main Browse screen to your root directory selection

2.Scroll down to find the “Tags” section, then tap any tag to see the files matching that tag

Note that on the iPad the Browse section will be in the Files app sidebar if the device is orientated horizontally.

For Mac users reading this and wondering about tagging directly in the Finder of Mac OS, or from within iCloud Drive, you can tag files on the Mac with drag and drop or with a file tag keyboard shortcut and remove tags just as well too.

While tagging is fairly new to the iOS world with Files app, the Tags feature has been around on the Mac for a very long time, where it used to be called “Labels” before rebranding as Tags in more recent Mac OS releases. Anyway, enjoy your tags!

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How to Stop Apps Downloading on All iOS Devices Automatically

How to Stop Apps Downloading on All iOS Devices Automatically

If you have more than one iOS device using the same Apple ID, let’s say an iPhone and an iPhone, you may have noticed that if you download an app on the iPhone, the same app will simultaneously download and appear on the iPad, and vice versa. This is due to an iOS feature called Automatic Downloads.

Automatic Downloads in iOS can be undeniably useful in some situations, but it can also be frustrating and unexpected, and can lead to a reduction in storage capacity on devices as they end up downloading the same apps whether you want the apps on both devices or not.

Like many iOS features, Automatic Downloads can be turned off. Once disabled, you will be able to download an app directly to an iPhone or iPad, and not have it automatically appear on the other iOS devices you own sharing the same Apple ID.

How to Disable Automatic App Downloads on iPhone and iPad

The setting for stopping automatic app downloads is the same on all iOS devices:

1.From the home screen of the iOS device, open the “Settings” app

2.Locate the “iTunes & App Store” section of Settings and tap on that

3.Locate the “Automatic Downloads” section and toggle the switch next to “Apps” to the OFF position

For best results, and if you want to completely stop all automatic app downloads on all devices, repeat the process of disabling the setting on all iOS devices you own.

Another helpful tip after disabling this feature is to review the apps on all of your iOS devices and then uninstall the iOS apps from the iPhone or iPad that you don’t want on each particular device. This can help to free up storage space that you may not have even known was being taken up by apps that are not in use on each device.

This can be an important setting to toggle if you frequently are running out of storage capacity on your iOS devices (and who isn’t?). For example, I have a 256 GB iPhone X that I frequently download new apps onto, and a 32 GB iPad that I use a handful of specific apps on. Because of Automatic App Downloads, the many app downloads on the iPhone X quickly consumed all of the storage capacity on the iPad which has a small fraction of the storage space in comparison.

Another option would be to just to manually stop the app downloading in iOS on devices you don’t want to get apps automatically to, but that requires a much more hands-on approach.

Note you can also turn off automatic app updates in iOS within the same setting panel if desired. Or you can leave one setting on and turn the other off, it’s your choice depending on how you use your devices.

Like all iOS settings, you can also change your mind and reverse this setting if you decide you like it later. Just return to Settings > App Store & iTunes > and toggle the switch for Automatic Downloads of Apps back to the ON position again.

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