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How to Change Your iPhone Wallpaper With a Tap of the Lock Screen

Tuesday February 7, 2023 1:41 pm PST by
With the release of iOS 16, Apple introduced some major changes to the Lock Screen experience, including the ability for users to make their iPhone wallpaper shuffle between a pre-selected set of photos with a simple tap of the screen. Using the Photo Shuffle option, you can include different categories of photos to tap through, including people, pets, nature, and cities. Or if you want, you ...
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How to Make an Image-Converting Folder in macOS

Monday February 6, 2023 1:15 am PST by
In macOS, you can easily convert the format of images using a Quick Action in Finder or you can achieve the same thing via the Preview app, but if your daily workflow requires you to repeatedly convert images – for uploading to a blog, for example – then using a Folder Action can be a much faster way of getting the job done. In this article, we'll show you how to use the macOS Automator...
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How to Keep HomePod Volume Level Consistent for Music and Podcasts

Friday February 3, 2023 1:55 am PST by
Apple's HomePod speakers are a great way to stream your favorite music and podcasts from your iPhone or iPad, but occasionally you might find that some podcasts or music tracks play at a louder or quieter volume than others, which can be uncomfortable for your ears. Fortunately, Apple includes a feature for HomePods that can balance out the volume level between different media sources. It's...
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How to Disable Playback of Explicit Content on HomePod

Friday February 3, 2023 1:54 am PST by
Apple's HomePod speaker is a great way for your kids to play their favorite songs from Apple Music and podcasts from the Podcasts app, but many parents will be aware that some song lyrics and the contents of some podcast episodes can include explicit content. Fortunately, you can disable playback of explicit content for specific ‌HomePod‌ users in your home. Once the restriction is turned on,...
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How to Use Your Apple Watch to Split the Bill and Calculate Tips

Thursday February 2, 2023 2:28 am PST by
All Apple Watch models include a stock Calculator app that offers a couple of handy features for working out how much you should tip when eating out and how much each person in a group owes if you're splitting the bill. The two functions can be used together, but if it's just yourself dining out then you can just leave the People field set to 1. The steps below show you how it works....
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How to Find Family, Friends, and Items With Your HomePod

Tuesday January 31, 2023 5:23 pm PST by
With the release of HomePod software version 16.3 in January 2023, Apple added a number of new features to its HomePod lineup, including the ability to track your family and friends for you as well as any items in Find My. Keep reading to learn how it works. If you have a HomePod or HomePod mini that has been updated to the latest software, you can use it to locate any family and friends...
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How to Use Ambient Sounds in HomePod Automations

Tuesday January 31, 2023 5:22 pm PST by
Apple released HomePod software version 16.3 in January 2023, which brings a number of new features to its ‌HomePod‌ lineup, including the ability to include ambient sounds in automations. This article explains how it's done. The arrival of Apple's ‌HomePod‌ software version 16.3 adds a number of new features to new and existing HomePods that are well worth checking out. The update activates ...
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How to Use Ambient Sounds in HomePod Alarms

Tuesday January 31, 2023 5:21 pm PST by
With the release of HomePod software version 16.3 in January 2023, Apple added a number of new features to its ‌HomePod‌ lineup, including the ability to set ambient sounds to alarms. This article explains how it's done. The arrival of Apple's ‌HomePod‌ software version 16.3 adds a number of new features to new and existing HomePods that are well worth checking out. The update activates...
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How to Use HomePod Ambient Sounds in Scenes

Tuesday January 31, 2023 5:19 pm PST by
Apple released HomePod software version 16.3 in January 2023 and added a number of new features to its ‌HomePod‌ lineup, including the ability to add a selection of remastered ambient sounds to scenes. This article explains how it's done. The arrival of Apple's ‌HomePod‌ software version 16.3 adds a number of new features to new and existing HomePods that are well worth checking out. The...
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How to Pair a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse in macOS Recovery

Tuesday January 31, 2023 5:17 pm PST by
All modern Macs with Apple silicon feature a built-in recovery system called macOS Recovery that includes various utilities that can be accessed before your Mac boots up the operating system. With macOS Recovery, you can perform several troubleshooting related actions on your Mac if it isn't functioning as it should, but booting into Recovery mode may prevent you from automatically using...
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How to Get Siri to Alert You When Your iPhone Battery is Low

Tuesday January 31, 2023 5:16 pm PST by
If you find your iPhone regularly running out of battery before you know it, there's a way you can get Siri to notify you of the fact with a spoken alert – even if your ‌iPhone‌ is on silent. Keep reading to learn how it's done. On iPhones, whenever the device reaches a battery level of 20%, iOS throws up a prompt on the screen suggesting that you turn on Low Power Mode. But if the display...
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How to Track a Flight on Your iPhone

Tuesday January 31, 2023 5:13 am PST by
Flight tracker apps are a popular way to keep tabs on planes in the sky, because when you're preparing to fly or when someone you know is on board a flight, you can use them to check that things are still on schedule. But if you have an iPhone, you don't need to download and install a third-party app to track a flight – it's a handy built-in feature of the operating system. The ability to ...
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How to Double the Brightness of Your MacBook Pro Display

Tuesday January 31, 2023 4:28 am PST by
Apple's 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are equipped with a Liquid Retina XDR display that is capable of outputting HDR content at full screen brightness, and thanks to a third-party utility, it's possible to enable it system-wide when displaying only SDR content. Keep reading to learn how it works. Both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro use mini-LED display technology, which allows ...
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How to Reduce Google Chrome's Memory and CPU Usage

Friday January 27, 2023 3:10 am PST by
Google's Chrome browser has long been criticized for being a system resource hog, which is why Chromium developers have been busy working on ways to free up memory and keep things running smoothly when users have multiple windows and tabs open. The latest effort in that regard comes in the form of Memory Saver, a new feature that deactivates open tabs you haven't used in a while so that the...
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How to Create Recurring Automations on HomePod Using Your Voice

Tuesday January 24, 2023 5:09 pm PST by
In January 2023, Apple released a HomePod 16.3 software update that adds the ability to set up recurring automations with your voice on second-generation ‌HomePod‌ and HomePod mini models. This article explains how to use them. Thanks to iOS 16.3 and the ‌HomePod‌ 16.3 software update, it's now possible to set up recurring Apple Home automations using Siri on the second-generation ‌HomePod‌ and...
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How to Use the Temperature and Humidity Sensors on HomePod and HomePod Mini

Tuesday January 24, 2023 4:30 pm PST by
In January 2023, Apple released a HomePod 16.3 software update that adds humidity and temperature sensing to the second-generation ‌HomePod‌ and all HomePod mini models. This article explains how to use the features. In January 2023, Apple announced a second-generation full-size ‌HomePod‌ featuring temperature and humidity sensors that can be used to measure the indoor climate, but it also...
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How to Show More or Fewer Recent Applications in Your Mac's Dock

Monday January 23, 2023 2:28 pm PST by
In macOS, a handy option called "Show recent applications in Dock" (found in System Settings -> Desktop & Dock) adds a divider to the right-hand side of your Mac's Dock and after it displays any apps you recently used that aren't permanently docked. By default, this option only shows the three most recently used apps that have since been closed. However, there is a way to make it show more, ...
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How to Copy and Paste Text Excluding Formatting on Mac

Monday January 23, 2023 2:27 pm PST by
If you're a Mac user with a Windows PC background, you'll probably know how to use the typical copy and paste commands in macOS. But there's a handy clipboard trick that's worth keeping in mind. In Windows, the Copy and Paste key combinations are Control-C and Control-V, respectively. On the Mac, it's very similar – all you do is use the Command (⌘) key instead of Control. But did you...
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How to Use Your Voice to Restart Your iPhone

Monday January 23, 2023 2:25 pm PST by
In iOS 16, Apple has added a new voice command that lets you use Siri to restart your iPhone. Here's how it works. Typically when you want to restart your ‌iPhone‌ for whatever reason, you have to perform a button press combination to do so. In ‌iOS 16‌, however, you can use a ‌Siri‌ voice command, which makes things easier if you don't have both hands free. For the ‌Siri‌ command to work without ...
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macOS: How to Adjust the Undo Send Delay in Apple Mail

Monday January 23, 2023 2:24 pm PST by
In macOS Ventura, Apple's stock Mail app allows you to retrieve emails sent in error, but only for a certain time after you click send. The default delay is 10 seconds, but you can change this to be longer. Keep reading to learn how. If for some reason you regret sending a message immediately after you have pressed Send, Apple's Mail app lets you retract the email so that it doesn't arrive...