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How to Assign a Custom Ringtone to a Specific Contact on iPhone

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:48 pm PDT by
On iPhone, Apple allows you to set custom ringtones for specific people whose details appear in your contacts. Setting a special ringtone for someone in your Contacts app enables you to recognize when that particular person is calling you, without you even having to look at your ‌iPhone‌'s screen. To know instantly when someone you know is trying to get in touch with you, follow these steps. ...

How to Set a Custom Alert Tone for a Specific WhatsApp Contact

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:46 pm PDT by
In iOS, Apple allows you to set a custom alert tone for messages and calls from a specific person in your contacts, but did you know that you can do the same for your WhatsApp contacts, too? Setting a special alert tone for a WhatsApp contact enables you to recognize when that particular person is calling you or has sent you a message, without you even having to look at your iPhone screen. ...

How to Disable Lock Screen Notification Previews on iPhone and iPad

Monday June 15, 2020 11:07 am PDT by
If you're concerned about people reading the contents of notifications that appear on the Lock screen of your iPhone or iPad when you're not around, you'll be happy to learn that Apple's mobile software provides a quick solution. In iOS, you can set your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ to never show notification previews, or to show them only when the device is unlocked. The following steps show you how it's...

How to Disable WhatsApp Message Previews on iPhone

Monday June 15, 2020 11:05 am PDT by
Facebook's free WhatsApp instant messaging app uses end-to-end encryption so that messages exchanged over the platform can only be read by the intended recipient. If you use WhatsApp for important conversations and you want to further ensure your privacy, you can prevent WhatsApp messages from showing previews on your iPhone. When you receive a WhatsApp message on your ‌iPhone‌, the...

How to Lock WhatsApp on iPhone With Face ID or Touch ID

Thursday June 11, 2020 11:31 am PDT by
WhatsApp on iPhone includes an option to lock the app with your device's Face ID or Touch ID authentication. This article explains how to enable the feature. Locking WhatsApp is a neat way of doubling the security and privacy of your messages, and especially useful if your ‌iPhone‌ isn't set up to automatically lock after a few minutes of idle time, because even you leave your ‌iPhone‌ unlocked,...

How to Schedule Emails in Gmail for iPhone and iPad

Thursday June 11, 2020 11:30 am PDT by
Gmail for iPhone and iPad now offers users the ability to schedule emails to be sent at a later time and date. If you don't need to send an email right now, but don't want to forget to send it later, it's a useful trick to have in your mail app. Scheduled emails are also handy if you want time to reflect on what you've written before it's sent, or when you're emailing someone in a different...

How to Search a Webpage for Specific Text in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Wednesday June 10, 2020 9:46 am PDT by
If you've ever used Safari on Mac to search an open webpage for a specific word or phrase, you've probably selected the Edit -> Find command in your browser's menu bar or used the Command-F shortcut. On iPhone and iPad, the way you search within a webpage in Safari isn't so obvious. There are two different methods you can use in Apple's browser, both of which are described below. Once you've...

How to Transfer Your Signal Account and Chat History to a New iPhone or iPad

Wednesday June 10, 2020 2:08 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging app Signal has introduced a new account transfer feature to make it easier for users to migrate their chat history to a new iPhone or iPad. The feature is part of Signal's version 3.9.1 update that was released last week, but the company officially announced it in a blog post on Tuesday. Signal iOS now includes a new feature that makes it possible to switch to a...

How to Use Cloudflare's DNS Service for a Faster and More Secure Internet Connection

Tuesday June 9, 2020 8:22 pm PDT by
Nearly everything on the internet begins with a Domain Name System (DNS) request. When you click a link on a website or send an email, the first thing your device does is consult a DNS to find out which server it should connect to. The DNS does the job of linking a numerical IP address (192.168.1.1, for example) to its more easily identifiable domain name, like macrumors.com. In this way, a DNS...

How to Use Your iPhone or iPad Camera on Your Mac

Monday June 8, 2020 3:35 pm PDT by
Apple's Continuity Camera feature in macOS Mojave and later allows you to use your iPhone or iPad like a camera extension for your Mac. In other words, you can use your iOS device to scan documents or take a photo of something nearby, and it will appear instantly on your Mac. Continuity Camera works in many Mac apps, including Finder, Preview, Notes, Mail, Messages, TextEdit, Keynote,...

How to Transfer Files Between Your Mac and Your iPhone and iPad

Monday June 8, 2020 3:33 pm PDT by
This article shows you how to share files between your Mac and your iPhone and iPad using the new route in Catalina. How to Transfer Files From Mac to ‌iPhone‌/‌iPad‌ How to Transfer Files From ‌iPhone‌/‌iPad‌ to Mac How to Delete Files on Your ‌iPhone‌ and iPadWith the release of macOS Catalina, Apple said goodbye to iTunes and broke it up into separate Mac apps for Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV,...

How to Mirror Your iPhone or iPad Screen on Apple TV or a Smart TV

Monday June 8, 2020 3:31 pm PDT by
Did you know that you can use the AirPlay feature on an iPhone or iPad to mirror its display on an Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV? This article shows you how. Before following the steps below, make sure that your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Not sure if your smart TV supports AirPlay 2? You can find the...

How to Change Your Mac's Computer Name

Monday June 8, 2020 3:29 pm PDT by
When you set up a new Mac, macOS gives the computer a generic name that includes the first name of the owner – "Tim's ‌MacBook Pro," for example. This default name is used for identifying the device when someone wants to AirDrop a file to you, when you're connected to a local network, when you're using the Find My app, and more. But there are good reasons why you might want to change it. ...

How to Schedule Sleep and Wake Times for Your Mac

Monday June 8, 2020 3:28 pm PDT by
If you frequently forget to turn off your Mac at night, you may find its built-in sleep scheduling feature useful. Using this Energy Saver option, you can set your Mac to automatically go to sleep at a particular time each day, on weekdays, weekends, or only on specific days. You can also set your Mac to start up, so it's ready and waiting for you to get to work in the morning. To...

How to Enable LED Flash Notifications on iPhone and iPad Pro

Monday June 8, 2020 1:25 pm PDT by
Unlike some Android phones, Apple's iPhones don't have a dedicated notification LED that lights up when you get a call, text, or other alert. What iPhones do include is an optional Accessibility feature for the deaf and hard of hearing that blinks the rear camera flash and provides a visual cue for incoming notifications. Even if your hearing is fine, having a visual cue for incoming alerts...

How to Choose When Safari Clears the Downloaded File List on Your Mac

Friday June 5, 2020 12:58 pm PDT by
In Apple's Safari browser in macOS, the Downloads pane is where you can find information on things you've downloaded from the web to your Mac's hard drive. You can access it from the Safari toolbar by clicking the Show Downloads button, or by selecting View -> Show Downloads from the menu bar. Once it's open, you can click and drag it to a more convenient location on your screen. The...

How to Change Where Screenshots Are Saved on Your Mac

Friday June 5, 2020 4:17 am PDT by
When you take a screenshot on your Mac – using the Shift-Command-3 shortcut to capture the whole screen, or Shift-Command-4 to capture a portion of it – the image files are saved straight to your desktop. This can result in this: If you'd like to change that default save location to somewhere different, simply follow the steps below. If you're running macOS Mojave or later, you can press ...

How to Transfer All Your Photos and Videos From Facebook to Google Photos

Friday June 5, 2020 3:17 am PDT by
Facebook has just made a photo transfer tool globally available that lets account holders easily download all their pictures and videos from the social network to Google Photos. Previously, the majority of Facebook users wanting to download their media from the site had to do it manually. From today, however, users with a Google ‌Photos‌ account can automate the job, and Facebook says more...

How to Change Where Safari Downloads Are Saved on Your Mac

Wednesday June 3, 2020 2:20 pm PDT by
In macOS, Apple's Safari browser includes a download manager that you can use to keep track of any currently downloading files, restart partially downloaded files, and reveal downloads in Finder. By default, Safari's download manager saves files in the "Downloads" folder of on your Mac, but you can easily customize the storage location by following these steps. Launch Safari browser on...

How to Set Communication Limits on Your Child's Allowed Screen Time and Downtime on Mac

Wednesday June 3, 2020 2:18 pm PDT by
With the release of macOS Catalina 10.15.4, Apple added new Screen Time options to let parents control who their children are able to contact on Mac. If you're not familiar with Apple's Screen Time functions, they enable users to keep track of their usage and place self-imposed limits on the time they spend using their Mac. Screen Time also serves as a parental control system for parents....