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How to Turn Off FaceTime

Wednesday March 4, 2020 4:25 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
As convenient as Apple's FaceTime is, sometimes you might not want to be surprised or interrupted by a prompt asking you to accept a video or audio call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Fortunately, Apple has made ‌FaceTime‌ very easy to turn off, and if you want re-enable it in future, you won't have to set it up all over again. Simply follow the steps below. How to Turn Off ‌FaceTime‌ on ‌iPhone‌ ...

How to Capture a Live Photo in FaceTime

Wednesday March 4, 2020 4:23 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
With Apple's FaceTime, you can take Live Photos during ‌FaceTime‌ video calls, allowing you to capture special moments as they happen onscreen when chatting with friends and family. ‌Live Photos‌ record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture, allowing them to come alive when you view them in Apple's Photos app. Apple gives you control over whether ‌Live Photos‌ can be...

How to Clean and Disinfect Your iPhone

Monday March 16, 2020 12:36 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Most of us are touching our iPhones constantly throughout the day, which means the iPhone can be a magnet for germs, dirt, and fingerprints. It's a good idea to regularly clean your iPhone, especially during the flu season and, right now, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Apple has some specific guidelines for cleaning depending on which iPhone you have. Cleaning iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and...

How to Disinfect an Apple Keyboard, Trackpad, and Mouse

Wednesday March 4, 2020 11:06 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Computer keyboards and input devices can be hotbeds of bacteria, especially if they're used by several people – in a school or office environment, for example. Regularly disinfecting your Apple keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse is the best way to sterilize these devices and remove any nasties, and it only takes five minutes to do. Keep reading to learn how. To follow the steps below,...

How to Make a FaceTime Audio Call

Monday March 2, 2020 5:01 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
Making a FaceTime call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac costs nothing and is extremely easy to do, and if you're camera shy, you can even make an audio-only call. If you've never used ‌FaceTime‌ before to get in touch with someone, here's all you need to know to get going. Every ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, iPod Touch, and Mac comes with a built-in ‌FaceTime‌ app, so you don't need to install anything. All you need...

How to Make a FaceTime Call

Monday March 2, 2020 5:01 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
Making a FaceTime call on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac costs nothing and is extremely easy to do, but if you've never used ‌FaceTime‌ before to get in touch with someone, here's all you need to know to get going. Every ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, iPod Touch, and Mac comes with a built-in ‌FaceTime‌ app, so you don't need to install anything. All you need to call someone is a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection....

How to Change Your FaceTime Email Address

Friday February 28, 2020 9:09 am PST by Tim Hardwick
When you have an active FaceTime account, there may be certain circumstances when you don't want a particular email address to be registered with it. For example, you may not want family and friends to contact you on ‌FaceTime‌ using your work email address, or you may want to keep your personal email separate from your work contacts. That's why Apple has made it possible for you to change...

How to Use FaceTime With an Email Address Instead of a Phone Number

Friday February 28, 2020 9:08 am PST by Tim Hardwick
When you have a FaceTime account, in certain circumstances you may not want a phone number to be registered with it. For example, you may not want your iPhone work number to ring on your iPad. Fortunately, Apple has made it possible for you to remove phone numbers from your ‌FaceTime‌ account and use email addresses instead. The following steps show you how it's done. Launch the Settings app ...

How to Set Up FaceTime on iPhone

Thursday February 27, 2020 4:38 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple's FaceTime app lets you make video or audio calls from your iPhone to any of your friends and family, as long as they have an ‌iPhone‌, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Using your ‌iPhone‌'s front-facing camera and ‌FaceTime‌, you can talk face to face, or switch to the rear camera so that both you and the person you're on a call to can see what's in front of you. Setting up ‌FaceTime‌ on ‌iPhone‌ is...

How to Set Up FaceTime on iPad

Thursday February 27, 2020 4:36 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple's FaceTime app lets you make video or audio calls from your iPad to any of your friends and family, as long as they have an iPhone, ‌iPad‌, iPod touch or Mac. Using your ‌iPad‌'s front-facing camera and ‌FaceTime‌, you can talk face to face, or switch to the rear camera so that both you and the person you're on a call to can see what's in front of you. Setting up ‌FaceTime‌ on ‌iPad‌ is easy...

How to Set Up FaceTime on a Mac

Thursday February 27, 2020 4:36 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple's FaceTime app lets you make video or audio calls from your Mac to any of your friends and family for free, as long as they have an ‌iPhone‌, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. Using your Mac's built-in ‌FaceTime‌ or iSight camera and built-in microphone, you can talk face to face. If you want, you can optionally use a connected camera and microphone instead. Alternatively, if you're put...

How to Disable Control Center on Your iPhone or iPad Lock Screen

Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:58 am PST by Tim Hardwick
In iOS, the Control Center can be used to quickly take a picture, jot down a note, turn on the lights, control your Apple TV, and much more. It's useful and convenient because you don't even have to unlock your iPhone or iPad to use it. However, with that convenience comes a potential security issue. If you use Control Center to create Instant Notes, for example, you might not want anyone...

How to Set Up and Use Apple's Instant Notes Feature on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:56 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Instant Notes is a feature of Apple's stock Notes app that enables you to make a fast note or return to a recently viewed note, without even needing to unlock your iPhone or iPad. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. It's a really handy function to use if you want to quickly jot down something and then go about the rest of your day, or if you want to add to an existing...

How to Enable the Classic Startup Chime on Newer Macs

Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:59 am PST by Tim Hardwick
The discovery of a simple Terminal command that brings back the classic startup chime on newer Macs has gone viral in recent days. Apple disabled the startup sound on new Macs in 2016, and while a couple of tricks have worked in the past to get the chime back, updates to macOS appear to have stopped them working. However, the latest trick – first shared in the MacRumors Forums by BigMcGuire ...

How to Create an Apple ID on iPhone or iPad

Wednesday February 12, 2020 3:00 pm PST by Juli Clover
An Apple ID is a key part of owning an Apple device, and it is used for access to iCloud, the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and more. It is also necessary for syncing content across devices, making purchases, using Find My to keep track of devices, and more. Creating an ‌Apple ID‌ is free and easy, and it's the first step to getting an Apple device set up if you're new to the Apple ecosystem....

How to Create an Apple ID on Mac

Wednesday February 12, 2020 2:25 pm PST by Juli Clover
An Apple ID is a key part of owning an Apple device, and it is used for access to iCloud, the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and more. It is also necessary for syncing content across devices, using Find My, making purchases, and more. Creating an Apple ID is free and easy, and it's the first step to getting an Apple device set up if you're new to the Apple ecosystem. This how to walks through ...

How to Create an Apple ID From Any Device Using the Web

Wednesday February 12, 2020 12:51 pm PST by Juli Clover
An Apple ID is a key part of owning an Apple device, and it is used for access to iCloud, the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and more. It is also necessary for syncing content across devices, making purchases, and more. Creating an ‌Apple ID‌ is free and easy, and it's the first step to getting an Apple device set up if you're new to the Apple ecosystem. This how to walks through creating an...

How to Create an Apple ID on a PC

Wednesday February 12, 2020 12:29 pm PST by Juli Clover
An Apple ID is a key part of owning an Apple device, and it is used for access to iCloud, the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and more. It is also necessary for syncing content across devices, making purchases, and more. Creating an ‌Apple ID‌ is free and easy, and it's the first step to getting an Apple device set up if you're new to the Apple ecosystem. This how to walks through creating an...

How to Disable AutoPlaying Trailers in Netflix

Friday February 7, 2020 11:58 am PST by Tim Hardwick
If you're tired of seeing trailers for shows or movies start to play as you browse the Netflix home screen, we have some good news for you. Netflix has listened to user feedback and now offers a way to disable autoplaying videos. What you need to know is that the setting can only be changed by signing into Netflix from a web browser. As it stands, there's no way to do it from within the...

How to Share iCloud Folders on iPhone and iPad

Friday February 7, 2020 11:55 am PST by Tim Hardwick
As of iOS 13.4, Apple lets you share folders that you've synced to iCloud with friends and colleagues who have an Apple ID. Whether you're sharing from an iPhone or iPad, you'll be able to give people one-way access to the file, or allow them to modify the document if you're collaborating on a piece of work. This step-by-step guide shows you how it works. The sharing options that you choose...