Ankur Thakur

Ankur has been an Apple user for over eight years. At iDB, Ankur primarily focuses on iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, and Mac tips, guides, how-tos, and fixes. He loves to test things thoroughly before putting them in his articles. Someday in the near future, he wants to have a personal office outfitted with Apple products such as Apple TV, HomePod, iMac, and more. Besides writing about Apple, Ankur likes to watch tech videos, comedy movies & TV shows, listen to very old songs, and eat pizza and chicken. Twitter: @iAnkurThakur

How to play white noise in the background using your iPhone, iPad, or Mac (no app required)

Noise, Rain, Ocean, and Stream background sounds on iPhone

While some people like working and sleeping in silence, others prefer white noise in the background. Background sounds can mask unwanted ambient noise, minimize distraction, help you focus on what you're doing, assist you in staying calm, or support you while resting.

Earlier, you had to rely on third-party white noise apps from the App Store or hours-long Zen YouTube videos for soothing sounds if you needed them to help you fall asleep or focus on something. They worked great, and still do.

But nowadays your iPhone, iPad, and Mac have a built-in function to play relaxing background sounds or white noise. In short, they can work as a white noise generator, and in this tutorial, we will show you how to use that.

How to set a vibrate-only alarm or timer that makes no sound on iPhone

Vibrating alarm on iPhone that makes no sound

By default, all alarms and timers you set on your iPhone chime a loud tone at the designated time. However, in situations such as when you're in the office or don't want to disturb people around you, you might want an alarm or timer that doesn't go off like an emergency siren but rather alerts you discreetly without sound.

In this tutorial, we will show you how you can set vibrating alarms and timers on your iPhone. These alarms and timers won't play a sound but only vibrate your device.

How to cancel in-progress app updates on your iPhone or iPad

App updates on iPhone

Have you ever been in the middle of an app update and immediately had regrets about initiating the update? This could be for a variety of reasons; perhaps an update removes a well-liked feature, or it breaks part of the app in question.

Whatever your reason may be, we will show you how to cancel an app update on iPhone or iPad. Once that's done, you can stay on the currently installed version of that app.

iPhone keeps restarting on its own? Here’s how to fix this

iPhone on its Home Screen and the restart screen

Your iPhone should restart only when you choose to or when you install an iOS update. Besides that, it shouldn't randomly restart on its own or keep restarting in a loop and show you the Apple logo each time.

If you're facing a situation where your iPhone keeps restarting, we'll show you the solutions to fix this problem.

These tips apply to all models like iPhone 14, 13, 12, 11, Xs, XR, X, 8, and earlier. Plus, they should also work on iPad and iPod touch.

How to use two or more WhatsApp accounts on one iPhone or computer

Running multiple WhatsApp accounts on iPhone

It's common for people to have two phone numbers. One could be for personal use and the other for business. Your iPhone even lets you use two SIMs at a time. So, it's possible that you might want to set up two WhatsApp accounts and use them simultaneously.

In this tutorial, we will share some easy ways to use two or more WhatsApp accounts on your iPhone and your computer (Mac or PC).

How to make your WhatsApp profile picture, stories, last seen, and online status private on iPhone

WhatsApp privacy settings on iPhones

Your iPhone contacts list has phone numbers of numerous random persons a restaurant, a friend's friend, an old acquaintance, ex-partner, distant relatives, etc. You don't have regular conversations with them but may need to once in a blue moon. However, since their phone number is saved to your contacts, by default, they can see your WhatsApp profile picture, status (stories), last seen, and more.

For privacy and safety reasons, you might want to stop your WhatsApp profile picture, stories, and other similar personal data from showing to such contacts. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to do that on your iPhone.

Please note that these tips also apply to WhatsApp on Android as well as the WA Business app.

How to fix CarPlay not working on your iPhone and your car

CarPlay Home Screen with eight apps and iPhone and CarPlay icons on two corners

CarPlay is built into every iPhone 5 and newer models running iOS 7.1 or later. It lets you enjoy music, receive notifications, run navigation, use Siri, have Siri read messages, and more in your car on its dashboard screen.

Depending on your car manufacturer and model, you can use wireless or wired CarPlay. But if you cannot get CarPlay to work in your car with your iPhone or it doesn't function correctly, here are all the solutions to fix such issues.

How to add sticky notes to your iPhone or iPad Home Screen and Lock Screen

Sticky notes on iPhone Lock Screen and Home Screen

Stickies are great for quickly jotting down a short sentence or to-do item. I like having a few sticky notes on my iPhone Home Screen as it makes them always visible and forces my attention. I don't have to go inside any app to see them, which surprisingly often results in finishing the job mentioned in those sticky notes on time.

If you feel the same or want to try it out, here's how to add, edit, and use sticky notes on your iPhone or iPad Home Screen and Lock Screen.