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iPad Mini 6: How to Hard Reset or Shut Down

Wednesday December 22, 2021 3:10 pm PST by
Apple's 2021 iPad mini features an edge-to-edge display with no Home button included and Touch ID built into the Power button instead. The lack of a Home button has resulted in some re-mapped gestures and features, with Apple introducing the restart, shut down, and force restart methods that are common to other iPads with no Home button. A shut down and a restart are the same gesture now,...
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How to Track a Flight on Your iPhone

Wednesday December 22, 2021 3:08 pm 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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AirDrop Not Working? Here's How to Fix It

Wednesday December 22, 2021 3:06 pm PST by
AirDrop is a handy feature on Apple devices since it lets users discover nearby Macs and iOS devices and securely transfer files between them over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The only problem is that it doesn't always work. If that sounds like your current experience with AirDrop, this article offers some troubleshooting steps that may help. AirDrop is designed to let you send and receive photos,...
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How to Customize Your iPhone's Status Bar With an Emoji

Monday December 20, 2021 12:16 pm PST by
Apple in iOS 15 introduced a Focus feature that's designed to let you set up your device to help you be in the moment and zone in on a single thing. When a Focus mode is active, it displays a little customizable emoji/icon in the status bar of your iPhone, next to the time. Setting up a Focus mode can be complicated, but if all you want is to see a symbol in the status bar, it's easy to do once...
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How to Limit What a Toddler Can Do When You Hand Over Your iPhone or iPad

Monday December 20, 2021 3:58 am PST by
If you've ever handed your iPhone or iPad to a baby or toddler to entertain them while you do something else, you'll probably know just how easily their little fingers can navigate into all manner of screens and settings they shouldn't be messing with. Fortunately, Apple includes a feature in iOS that allows you to keep your device locked into a single app and control which features are...
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How to Erase and Reset a Locked iPhone or iPad

Thursday December 16, 2021 1:51 pm PST by
If you've forgotten the passcode for your iPhone or iPad, you can erase and reset or restore the device using your Apple ID and password. This article explains how. ‌iPhone‌ passcodes are usually six digits long, but they can still be forgotten, especially if the device hasn't been used for a while. If you find yourself in this predicament, you have the option to erase and reset it, after...
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How to Blur Your Background on a FaceTime Call on Mac

Thursday December 16, 2021 1:50 pm PST by
In macOS Monterey, Apple brought several enhancements to FaceTime on Mac, including new visual and audio effects to improve the video call experience. One of the new visual features is Portrait mode in calls. With this mode enabled, you can blur your background so that the focus is on you rather than what's behind you. The feature is commonly used by other video conferencing apps like...
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macOS Monterey: What Does a Green or Orange Dot in the Menu Bar Mean?

Thursday December 16, 2021 1:49 pm PST by
If you're wondering what the green and orange dots are that you sometimes see in your Mac's menu bar, just next to the Control Center icon, you've come to the right place. Apple has added these to macOS as a privacy feature in order to indicate when an app is using your Mac's microphone or camera. The feature was first introduced on iPhone and iPad, after it emerged that some popular apps...
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How to Turn Off 'Shared With You' on Mac

Tuesday December 14, 2021 5:10 pm PST by
In macOS Monterey, Apple introduced a feature called Shared with You that takes content you've received in Messages and makes it available in the relevant app on your Mac. So when a friend shares content with you, such as a link to a news story or TV show, that content will show up in a dedicated Shared with You section in the corresponding app. If you don't want content that's been shared...
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How to Use Safari Tab Groups in macOS Monterey

Tuesday December 14, 2021 4:56 pm PST by
In macOS Monterey, Tab Groups are a new Safari feature that aim to make organizing and preserving your open browser tabs more manageable without having to have those tabs active and taking up space. Tab Groups are a way to easily save and manage related tabs, such as those used when planning trips or shopping, or groups can be used to store the tabs you visit daily. If you're planning a...
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How to Open Spotify Links in Apple Music and Vice Versa

Monday December 13, 2021 2:47 am PST by
Spotify is the biggest music streaming service available, so it's not uncommon to receive a Spotify link from someone to something they want you to listen to on your iPhone or iPad. If you're an Apple Music subscriber, however, that link isn't going to work for you. The opposite of course is also true – if a Spotify subscriber receives an ‌Apple Music‌ link, they'll have to search for the content ...
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macOS: How to Quickly Convert Images in Finder

Thursday December 9, 2021 8:13 pm PST by
There are many third-party apps available for Mac that will convert images for you, but if you're running macOS Monterey or later, you can convert an image or a selection of images from directly within Finder using a new default Quick Action. If you're not familiar with them, Quick Actions help you perform certain tasks, such as creating a PDF or rotating an image, right from the Finder or...
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macOS: How to Prevent Emails From Tracking You in the Mail App

Thursday December 9, 2021 8:10 pm PST by
In macOS Monterey, Apple introduced a new email privacy feature called Mail Privacy Protection, which prevents companies and advertisers from tracking how you interact with their emails. This article explains the feature and how you can control it. Apple's App Tracking Transparency feature is designed to allow users to opt out of the surreptitious tracking that third-party apps have...
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How to Test Your Internet Speed in macOS

Thursday December 9, 2021 8:05 pm PST by
Since macOS Monterey was released, Apple has included a tool to check the quality of your Mac's internet connection without having to rely on benchmarks from third-party websites. After you've joined the Wi-Fi network that you want to test, the tool is accessed via the command line, so you'll need to open the Terminal console (found in Applications/Utilities) and type in the following at the...
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How to Customize the Mouse Pointer in macOS Monterey

Thursday December 9, 2021 8:03 pm PST by
In macOS Monterey, Apple allows you to change the color of the mouse pointer from the standard white outline and black fill, to pretty much any color combination you want. So if you're having a hard time working out when it moves or changes to an insertion point, crosshair, hand, or other shape, it's worth switching things up. The following steps show you how. Launch System Preferences...
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iOS 15: How to Add a Hotel Room Key to iPhone and Apple Watch

Thursday December 9, 2021 8:02 pm PST by
In iOS 15, Apple has introduced the ability to add a hotel room key to the Wallet app on your iPhone, allowing users to consult their phone or Apple Watch for reservation details, as well as use them to check in and unlock their room. For example, Hyatt, a well-known hotel chain, in December 2021 announced its adoption of Apple's Wallet technology, with guests able to use Apple Wallet room...
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What the Colored Bars Mean in the iPhone Weather App

Thursday December 9, 2021 8:01 pm PST by
In iOS 15, Apple's stock Weather app received a major design overhaul, thanks in part to a number of features brought over from the popular weather app Dark Sky, which Apple acquired in 2020. These features have made the Weather app interface a lot more detailed and extended existing sections to include things like weather maps, rainfall, air pressure, and more. Apple has also...
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How to Check for COVID Exposure Notifications on iPhone

Thursday December 9, 2021 7:58 pm PST by
Apple in May 2020 introduced an Exposure Notification System, which lets public health authorities and governments worldwide help people figure out if they've been exposed to COVID-19, and if so, what steps to take next to minimize the spread of the virus. Apple and Google developed the underlying APIs and Bluetooth functionality, and that technology has been incorporated into apps designed...
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How to Watch YouTube Without Ads

Monday December 6, 2021 4:35 pm PST by
YouTube in recent years has been increasing the number of ads that viewers see in and between videos, all in an attempt to get more people to subscribe to its YouTube Premium plan, which removes all ads for a monthly fee, amongst other benefits. If you're a regular user of YouTube, paying a few dollars a month to enjoy an ad-free experience is probably worth the outlay, especially if you...
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How to FaceTime a Windows PC User From Mac

Monday December 6, 2021 4:33 pm PST by
In macOS Monterey, you can enable anyone, even if they don't have an Apple device, to join a FaceTime call with you by creating a link to a ‌‌FaceTime‌‌ conversation that can be shared anywhere. Using this new link function, friends and family members who do not have an Apple account can log into a ‌‌FaceTime‌‌ call with you using a web browser opened on any non-Apple device, whether...