How to stop specific notes from uploading to iCloud and prevent them from syncing to all your Apple devices

Create offline notes on iPhone and other Apple devices that don't upload to iCloud

iCloud stores your notes and syncs them wirelessly to all your Apple devices. As a result, a note you create in the Notes app on your iPhone immediately syncs to your other iPhone, iPad, Mac, and vice versa.

However, there are situations and some types of notes that you might not want to upload to iCloud and be available everywhere. For example, you may not want to clutter the Notes app on all your devices with some not-so-important notes. Or, it may be a note of a random shopping list that you only want on your iPhone, or a quick sketch you only wish to have on your iPad.

To address such scenarios, here's how to use the local on-device notes account. This keeps those notes offline and prevents them from uploading to iCloud and syncing to all your devices.

Video: Siri goes offline

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iOS 15 brings offline Siri, which leverages on-device processing to handle specific types of requests even without an internet connection, and we have a video to show it to you.

How offline editing works in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Rearrange Pages in Pages on mac

With an update to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, users can edit shared documents offline. So if you find yourself without internet, but need to keep working on a report, spreadsheet, or presentation, you can.

The offline editing feature came with versions 10.0 of the apps on iOS and macOS. Just make sure you’ve updated to the latest versions.

Here’s how to work with offline editing in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote so you can keep plugging away on your shared documents even when you’re not online.

How to manage your Reading List in Safari

Reading List Safari Mac

The Reading List feature in Safari is a great way to hang onto articles that you want to read later. And if you use it, then you likely have plenty on your list. But after a while, those articles on your Reading List can build up, making it harder to find what you want.

Whether you need a better way to manage your current list or are totally new to how to use the feature, we’ve got you covered. Take control of your Safari Reading List with these tips for reading, managing, and deleting articles.

How to download shows on Apple TV+ to watch offline

Apple TV+ Download Mac

The Apple TV+ streaming service gives you a great way to watch something new with its original shows and convenient channels. Another perk of the service is that you can download shows to watch offline. This is terrific if you’re traveling or simply going to be without internet.

If you’re preparing to head someplace where streaming isn’t an option, we’ll show you how to download shows to watch offline and where to access them once you do.

How to turn off your Active Status in Facebook and Messenger

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Just because you're browsing your News Feed on Facebook or rereading some conversations in Messenger, it doesn't mean you want everyone to know you're available. You can change your status to inactive whenever you please. This way, you can use Facebook and Messenger without others knowing you're online.

This tutorial will walk you through how to turn off your Active Status on Facebook and Messenger.

How to enable, add and access Safari Reading List items to read offline

Offline Safari Reading List on iPhone

The Reading List feature in Safari is handy for saving web pages that you want to read later. You can save them in Safari on both iOS and Mac so that you can access them anywhere. What makes the Reading List feature even better is that you can read your items even when you have no internet connection.

In order to take advantage of this, you’ll need to enable the offline feature. This tutorial shows you how to do this and then add and access Safari Reading list items to read offline on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.