Set up your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus the right way


Getting a new iPhone 6s is awesome - now set it up correctly.
Getting a new iPhone 6s is awesome, especially if you set it up correctly.
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If you’ve gotten yourself a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, there are some essential things you’ll want to do to set it up right away. Granted, we’re biased toward our own process, but after eight years setting up iPhones, we’ve learned a thing or two about doing it right.

After you’ve gone through the basic guided setup that Apple walks you through, these additional tips and tweaks will get you to a better iPhone experience faster.

Prep photos perfectly for your custom Apple Watch face


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Get ready to make custom Apple Watch faces like a champ.
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With watchOS 2, you can now use any photo in your library to make a custom Apple Watch face. And that gives you a lot of freedom to make the wearable your own, but sometimes, you and the watch might have different ideas for how to treat your pictures.

Here’s a quick and easy way to make sure that your Apple Watch looks exactly how you want it to.

Get out of bed with Apple Watch’s new Nightstand mode


Use your Apple Watch to wake up without all the hassle.
Use your Apple Watch to wake up without all the hassle.
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Every day, it’s the same thing. Wake up to my iPhone blaring OK Go’s “I Won’t Let You Down” at me, then fumble the Tap to Snooze function (which never seems to work for me in the morning). It’s not as simple as an alarm clock, and the distraction of having your iPhone with you when you go to sleep at night is something I think we all can do without.

Apple Watch now has the answer, in the form of a new watchOS 2 feature, Nightstand mode.

Here’s how to use it to help you get your sorry butt out of bed in the morning.

How to keep your Apple Watch display on longer in watchOS 2


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Don't go anywhere, Apple Watch -- we're not finished yet.
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Here’s another tip that’s snuck into watchOS 2: Did you know that you can keep your Apple Watch awake longer now while you’re using it?

Apple hasn’t mentioned this feature much, if at all; we couldn’t even find it on the details screen when we upgraded. But it’s a great addition to the firmware that will save you a little frustration and a lot of wrist-flipping.

Here’s how to do it.

How to set up third-party complications in watchOS 2


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Third-party complications are here in watchOS 2.
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Third-party complications have arrived to the Apple Watch in watchOS 2, and setting them up is far from complicated.

The new operating system for Apple’s wearable dropped this week, and this is one of the features the company has talked up the most. And rightly so, because it adds a ton of new functionality to the device.

Here’s how to put a wealth of new information on your watch face.