How Tos

How to Move Multiple Apps on iOS

For those of you who like to rearrange the Home screen on your iPhone and iPad to organize your apps, you might be interested to know that there's a handy little hidden feature for moving multiple apps at one time. With this option, you can move multiple apps from your Home screen to another screen or into a folder, making organization a breeze. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Here's how to do it: Press and hold to make all of your apps wiggle, like you'd do to move or delete an app. With a finger, drag the first app that you want to move away from its initial position. With a second finger, tap the additional app icons that you want to add to your stack, while keeping the first finger on the first app.That's all there is to it! Each app that you've tapped will be stacked up with the first app that you dragged. You can assign the entire stack to a folder, or drag it over to a new Home screen page. If that list of instructions sounds a bit confusing, just check out our video above for a hands-on walkthrough of the

How to Cancel an Over-the-Air iOS Update in Progress

When an over-the-air iOS update starts downloading on your iPhone or iPad, you can monitor its progress in the Settings app via General -> Software Update. The lack of a cancel option on this screen seems to imply that there's no way to prevent a software update from downloading once it's started, but don't be fooled. You can stop the update process in its tracks at any time and even delete the downloaded data from your device to free up space. Here's how. First, you'll want to pause the download by temporarily disconnecting your iPhone or iPad from your Wi-Fi network. The easiest way to do this is by enabling Airplane mode: swipe down from the upper right of your device's screen (on iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen) and tap the Airplane button in the top left of the Control Center grid. Now that's done, follow these steps. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap General. Tap iPhone Storage. Locate and tap the iOS software update in the app list. Tap Delete Update and confirm the action by tapping it again in the pop-up pane. How to Turn off Automatic Updates As some of our readers have pointed out, there's currently no option in Settings to prevent iOS software updates from re-downloading the next time your device is connected to Wi-Fi. What you can do though is prevent an update from automatically installing once it has downloaded: To so, simply launch the Settings app, tap Software Update, and toggle off the switch next to Automatic Updates.

How to Passcode Lock an App in iOS

Apple doesn't have an official method for individually locking sensitive apps like Photos with a passcode, but luckily there's a workaround that was introduced in iOS 12 with Screen Time. If you really want to make sure one of your apps is inaccessible, you can use Apple's App Limits feature to do so. Here's how: Open up the Settings app. Choose "Screen Time." Make sure Screen Time is enabled and a Screen Time passcode is set. Tap on "Devices" in the upper left corner and select your current device. If you don't have multiple devices, just tap on the name of your device at the top. Choose an app you want to lock and tap it. If the app you want isn't listed, choose any app. It's just a gateway to get to deeper settings. Tap "Add Limit." From here, tap "Edit Apps" and add all the other apps that you might want to lock. It gives you a full dropdown of all your apps.After you've selected all of the apps that you want to be locked, use the timer interface at the top of the display to select a short period of time, like a minute, and then tap "Add." The new App Limit will effectively lock up your selected apps, and if you attempt to tap on one of these locked apps, you will be required to input your Screen Time passcode. How to Use a Locked App Once you have App Limits in place to lock apps you want to be inaccessible, you can tap on "Ask for More Time" to access the app. You'll need to put in your passcode, and then once you do, you can unlock it for 15 minutes, an hour, or the rest of the day. There's no way to immediately lock it again

How to Make Your iPhone Display Dimmer Than Standard Brightness Controls Allow

If the screen of your iPhone or iPad is too bright for comfort, the usual solution is to go to Settings -> Display & Brightness and drag the Brightness slider to the left, or open Control Center and adjust the corresponding setting from there. However, if the lowest setting offered by the Brightness level just isn't dim enough for you, there are a couple of ways to make your screen even darker. One method we've covered previously is to adjust white point using the Accessibility Shortcut. Another way is to enable a low light filter, which you can do by following the steps below. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device. Tap General. Tap Accessibility. Tap Zoom. Tap Zoom Region. Select Full Screen Zoom and return to the main Zoom menu. Tap Zoom Filter. Select Low Light and return to the main Zoom menu. Now, turn on Zoom by toggling the switch at the top of the Zoom menu. Double-tap the screen with three fingers to zoom out to fullscreen. Your device's display brightness should now be extra dim. Note that you can disable the low light filter at any time: Simply triple-tap the screen with three fingers, tap Choose Filter from the overlay panel and then select None.

How to Use the macOS Help Menu

The ever-present Help menu in your Mac's menu bar is an easily overlooked aspect of macOS, but it's home to some surprising and extremely handy features that every user can benefit from. Apart from being a useful first port of call for any queries you may have about the application in use or your Mac in general, it also serves as a menu navigator. Let's take a closer look. How to Use the Mac Help Menu You can use the keyboard shortcut Command-Shift-/ to quickly access the macOS Help Menu. At the top of the Help menu is a Search field for typing in the subject you need help with. Below this, you'll also see a direct link to the help documentation for the currently active application, which is useful for looking up topics manually. If it's an Apple app you're using, search results come from the official macOS User Guide, while the direct help link below the search field takes you straight to the relevant section of the guide, or in the case of Finder, the main contents page. It's important to remember that if the active app is a third-party one, the contents of the Help menu can differ depending on how much effort the developer has put into it. For example, some apps may include FAQs, manuals, or links to online help, while others may offer very little. How to Use Help's Action Search Feature Another neat built-in feature of the Help menu is its ability to point to available actions in other menus for the currently active app. Next time you type into the Help menu's Search field, check to see if the results include any Menu Items. Hover over

How to Use AirPods With Your Mac and Customize Controls

If you've set up your AirPods with your iPhone and your Mac is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, then your AirPods should be ready to use with your Mac. Ideally, all you need to do is put your AirPods in your ears, click the Bluetooth icon in your Mac's menu bar, select your AirPods from the dropdown list, and click Connect. If you don't see your AirPods in the Bluetooth menu, you can pair them manually with your Mac in the following way. How to Pair AirPods With Your Mac On your Mac, launch System Preferences from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...). Click the Bluetooth pane. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. With your AirPods in their charging case, open the lid. Press and hold the button on the back of the charging case until the status light between the AirPods flashes white. Select your AirPods in the Bluetooth devices list and click Connect.Next time you want to use your AirPods with your Mac, place them in your ears and they should automatically pair. If they don't (if they pair with your nearby iPhone instead, for example) simply click the Bluetooth icon in your Mac's menu bar, select your AirPods in the dropdown list, and click Connect. Customizing AirPod Controls Apple AirPods support a number of gestural touch controls that you can customize, including the option to change tracks with a double tap. All of these options can be accessed in the Settings app while the AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad. But you can also access them when your AirPods are connected to your Mac. Here's how: On your Mac,

How to Check AirPods Battery Life on iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple AirPods offer around five hours of listening time and two hours of talk time on a single charge, and if you pop your AirPods for 15 minutes in their case, you can get up to three hours of listening time or over an hour of talk time. During use, you'll hear a tone when your AirPods' batteries are low, and another tone just before they run out. But you don't have to wait for these tones to know how much charge they have remaining. Here are a few other ways that you can keep a closer eye on your AirPods' battery life. On iPhone If you're not using your AirPods, open the charging case lid with the AirPods inside and hold the case close to your iPhone. The charge status of your AirPods and their case should appear on the device's screen, and if you take out an AirPod, you'll see individual percentages for the two earpieces. You can also check the charge status of your AirPods using the Batteries widget in your iPhone's Today View, accessed by swiping right on the Lock screen or on your Home screen's first screen of apps. If you're wearing both AirPods, the Batteries widget will show a single percentage for the two of them that's rounded down to the earpiece with the lowest battery. If you place one of the AirPods in your charging case, the widget will show you individual percentages, as well as the current charge level of the charging case itself. If you don't have it installed already, you can add the Batteries widget manually. To do so, enter the Today view, scroll to the bottom of the column of widgets and press the Edit button. Then simply tap

How to Create a Virtual Home Button in iOS Using Assistive Touch

After testing some apps on an old iPhone 6 recently, I started to notice the device's Home button was becoming less and less responsive to finger presses, especially when it came to double-clicking it. Sure enough, after a few more days' use, the Home button stopped working completely. In memory of the Home button Now, ordinarily this would have left me in the unenviable position of having to power off my iPhone and turn it on again whenever I wanted to exit out of a launched app, until I relinquished the device and sent it away for a costly repair. Fortunately, however, the event jogged my memory of a friend who was able to continue using their iPhone even after a drop had left its Home button dangling by a wire (by some miracle, Touch ID still worked). They had set up iOS's Assistive Touch feature as a virtual Home button while they waited until they could afford a replacement. If your iPhone's Home button is dead or dying and you want to take similar action, or if you just fancy reminding yourself what using a Home button was like before Apple removed them from its latest iPhones, here's how to set up Assistive Touch to mimic a virtual one. Note that if your Home button is already broken and your iPhone is stuck in a launched app, simply power off the device and turn it on again to boot back into the Home screen and follow these steps. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap General. Tap Accessibility. Scroll down and tap AssistiveTouch. Slide the AssistiveTouch toggle to the green position to turn it on. Next, under Custom Actions,

How to Rename Several Files at Once in macOS

In early versions of Mac OS, users looking for a way to quickly rename multiple files simultaneously (commonly referred to as batch renaming) had to use the command line or download and install a third-party tool dedicated to the task. Since OS X Yosemite however, Apple has integrated several useful batch renaming capabilities directly into Finder. To rename several files of the same kind on your Mac at once, follow the steps below. In our example we're going to be batch renaming some photos. Open a Finder window and locate the files you want to rename. Drag a selection box over the files with your mouse or hold the Shift key and click them one by one. Click the Action button in the Finder toolbar. Alternatively, right-click (or Ctrl-click) one of the selected files in the Finder window. Select Rename [XX] Items in the menu. Select Format from the first dropdown menu in the Rename Finder Items panel. In the next dropdown, select a Name format. We're going to use Name and Index, but you can optionally select Name and Counter or Name and Date. Enter a common name for your files in the Custom Format field. Enter a starting number for the file series in the Start numbers at field. Note that if you selected a number format, you can use the Where dropdown to choose whether the sequential numbers appear before or after the common name of your files. Make sure you're happy with the preview example at the bottom of the Rename panel, then click Rename. The selected files will now be renamed with your chosen nomenclature. Note that if you're note happy

How to Use Google Lens on iPhone

Google Lens can now recognize over a billion items in the world around us, the search engine giant announced this week. That's four times as many things that the AI-powered feature could identify when it was first launched last year, thanks partly to a huge number of Google Shopping products which have been added to its knowledge base. While its optical character recognition engine has been optimized to read more product labels, Google has also honed its machine learning and AI to recognize more animals, including common pet breeds. In addition, you can use Lens to get more information about places as well as word definitions and translations of words. Google Lens can now also recognize people, Wi-Fi network names for auto-connecting, and geometric shapes. And if it isn't sure what an object is, it will offer up similar photos that match. Google Lens originally appeared on iOS as part of Google Photos and could only be used on pictures you'd taken. However, last week Google added the feature to its flagship search app, and this implementation is better since it allows you to aim your phone's camera at things in your environment in real time. Follow the steps below if you'd like to give it a whirl. How to Use Google Lens on iPhoneIf you don't have it already, download the Google app [Direct Link] from the App Store and launch it. Sign in with your Google credentials or create an account. Tap the Lens icon to the left of the microphone in the Search bar. Tap the blue button that says Turn on camera to use Lens. Tap OK in the permissions alert to

How to Add a Recent Items Folder to Your Mac's Dock

In a previous how-to, we explained how to add a special stack to your Mac's Dock that enables quick access to recently opened or favorite items. This unique stack can be configured to show your most recently opened apps, documents, or servers, but what you can't do is make it show all your recent items, regardless of kind. One solution is to add a recently opened items folder to your Dock instead. The following steps guide you through the process of creating one using Finder's smart folder feature. Open a Finder window and select File -> New Smart Folder in the menu bar. Alternatively, right-click (or Ctrl-click) the Finder icon in your Dock and select New Smart Folder. In the Finder window that opens, make sure the search header is selected as This Mac, then click the plus icon in the upper right of the viewing area. Select Last opened date in the first search criteria dropdown. Select within last in the second dropdown. In the third and final dropdown, select how far back you'd like the folder to show recently opened items for. Your options are days, weeks, months, and years. In the input field to the left of your timescale selection, specify the number of days/weeks/months/years of recently opened files to show. To restrict your recent items folder to a certain kind of file – images, for example – click the plus button to add another row, then select a kind from the second dropdown. (Depending on the kind you select, you may be offered an additional dropdown to further limit the criteria.) Now, hold down the Option key. Note how the plus icon

How to Pair an Apple Remote With an Apple TV (or Even a Mac)

When you set up a new Apple TV and power up the set-top box, the Apple Remote that comes in the box should pair automatically as soon as you press one of the buttons. If the Apple Remote stops working, it's probably out of juice and needs charging for 30 minutes via a USB to Lightning cable connected to a USB outlet. But if that doesn't fix the problem, your best bet is to re-pair the device with your Apple TV. This article shows you how. The following instructions will also come in useful if you need to pair a new replacement Apple Remote in the event that the one that came with your Apple TV stops working completely or is damaged beyond repair. In addition, at the end of this article we've included a quick tip for pairing your Mac with an Apple TV Remote, for controlling things like iTunes, VLC, and Keynote. How to Pair an Apple Remote with Apple TVMake sure your Apple TV is powered on. Point the Apple Remote three inches away from the set-top box, then press and hold the remote's Menu and Volume Up buttons for five seconds. If you see a notification on your television screen asking you to bring the Apple Remote closer, place the Remote on top of the Apple TV. If you don't see Remote connected notification on the television screen, unplug your Apple TV from the wall power outlet, wait at least six seconds, then plug it back in. If necessary, repeat steps 1 to 3.How to Control Your Mac With an Apple Remote. Apple used to include a small white or silver infrared remote control with some Macs, which allowed Mac users to control things like Keynote

How to Shut Down or Force Restart Your 2018 iPad Pro

Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models, available in 11 or 12.9-inch size options, feature edge-to-edge displays with no Home buttons included. The lack of a Home button has resulted in some re-mapped gestures and features, with Apple introducing new restart, shut down, and force restart methods in the tablets. A shut down and a restart are the same gesture now, while a force restart, used if a regular restart won't work, is a bit different. To Shut Down/Restart Your iPad Press and hold down on the top button and either the volume up or volume down button until a slider appears. Slide a finger along the slider to turn off the iPad. Once it's turned off, press and hold on the top button again until the Apple logo appears. On previous devices, you could restart by holding down the home button and the side button on a device at the same time, but in the new models, you need to do a full shutdown and then power the tablet back up in a separate step. You can also turn off your iPad by opening up the Settings app, choosing General, and selecting "Shut Down." To Force Restart Your iPad Press and quickly release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Press and hold the Power button until a restart is initiated. All of the gestures used in the new iPad Pro models are the same as the gestures used in the iPhone X and later, so you can also follow these same steps to shut down or restart an iPhone without a Home button with one small tweak - you'll need to hold the Side button on the right because there is no top power

How to Disable Memories Alerts in iOS 12

Have you ever woken up to your iPhone or iPad alerting you to the fact that "You Have a New Memory" on this day, in the form of photos and videos you shot years ago? If the answer is yes, you've been the willing (or unwilling) recipient of a Photos feature notification called Memories. In iOS 12, the Photos app automatically curates photos and videos that you've taken into specific memory collections. Essentially, these are homemade movies of past events like family gatherings or vacations which your device generates without any input required on your part (although you can edit them).How to Use the New Photos App Features in iOS 12Despite Apple's good intentions, the risks inherent in its Memories feature are pretty obvious. So if you're less than enthusiastic about the idea of your iOS device digging up bygones from the annals of your Photo library, here's how to switch off those Memory alerts. How to Disable Memories Alerts in iOS 12Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Notifications. Select Photos from the list of apps. Tap Memories. Toggle the Allow Notifications switch to the OFF position. Note that this doesn't disable the automatic Memories feature, which will still appear in the Photos app's For You tab, but at least you won't receive unexpected reminders about events that you intentionally consigned to the history books long

How to Change the Tap Gesture on the Apple Pencil 2

To go with the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, Apple designed a second-generation Apple Pencil. In addition to doing away with the Lightning connector thanks to a new built-in magnetic charging method, the Apple Pencil 2 also supports tap gestures. Tap gestures can be used to do things like swap between a drawing tool and an eraser in a sketching app, which is a super handy way to switch between two tools quickly. You can customize the settings of your Apple Pencil 2 on your iPad. Here's how: Open up the Settings app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil connected. Choose the "Apple Pencil" section. Select the function you want the tap gesture to have. You can choose between three options for the tap gesture on the Apple Pencil: Switch Between Current Tool and Eraser, Switch Between Current Tool and Last Used, and Show Color Palette. You can also choose to turn the tap feature off entirely if it's not

How to Encrypt a USB Flash Drive in macOS Mojave

In macOS Mojave, you can choose to encrypt and decrypt disks on the fly right from the desktop. Using this convenient Finder option, we're going to show you how to encrypt a USB flash drive (or "thumb drive"), which is useful if you're traveling light and want to take sensitive data with you for use on another Mac. Finder uses XTS-AES encryption, the same encryption that FileVault 2 uses to prevent access to data on a Mac's startup disk without a password. Note that the following method is only compatible with Macs – you won't be able to access data on the encrypted drive using a Windows machine. If this is a requirement, you'll need to use a third-party encryption solution like VeraCrypt. With that in mind, here's how to securely encrypt your USB flash drive. Attach the USB flash drive to your Mac and locate its disk icon on your desktop, in a Finder window, or in the Finder sidebar, then right-click (or Ctrl-click) it and select Encrypt "[USB stick name]"... from the contextual menu. (Note that if you don't see the Encrypt option in the dropdown menu, your USB flash drive hasn't been formatted with a GUID partition map. To resolve this, you'll need to erase and encrypt the USB drive in Disk Utility – before that though, copy any data on the drive to another location for temporary safekeeping.) When you select Encrypt, Finder will prompt you to create a password, which you'll need to enter the next time you attach the USB flash drive to a Mac. (Don't forget this, otherwise you'll lose access to any data stored on the USB drive!) Once you've chosen a

How to Take a Screenshot on the 2018 11 and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Models

Apple's newest iPad Pro models, available in 11 and 12.9 inches, are the first iPads not to feature a Home button. On traditional iPads, you press on the volume button and the home button to take a screenshot. On the new iPad Pro models, taking a screenshot is just as easy, but the gesture is a bit different. To capture a screenshot, press on the power button located at the top of the device and the volume up button located on the right of the device at the same time. The two buttons are located closely together, so it's just a quick pinch gesture. This is the same way you take a screenshot on the iPhone X and later, Apple's iPhones without home buttons. Make sure to press the volume up button and not the volume down button as the volume up + power gesture is the only gesture that will capture a screenshot. Pressing volume down and power will ignore the volume down and turn the display off. You'll also need to make sure just to press and release, as holding down the buttons will initiate a

How to Disable Transparency Effects in macOS Mojave

In macOS, transparency – or more properly, translucency – is a visual effect many apps use to create a sense of depth by hinting at content residing in the background. An example of transparency is when content behind a window shows through in interface elements like menus and sidebars. It's evident in the screenshot above, for example, in which the colors of the desktop wallpaper bleed through the sidebar in the Photos app. A similar effect is sometimes used within app interface elements that are windowed, allowing window content to show through other elements like toolbars. An instance of this can be seen below, where the folders are visible through Finder's toolbar as if through frosted glass. Transparency enabled (left); transparency disabled The effect can look cool, but it can also be distracting if you're trying to focus on content, especially if you're editing photos. Fortunately, macOS lets you turn off transparency, but the way to do it isn't immediately obvious. The following steps show you how. How to Disable Transparency in macOS MojaveLaunch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...). Select the Accessibility preference pane. In the sidebar, under Vision, click Display. Check the box next to Reduce transparency.

How to Use Your iPad as a Second Screen for Your Mac

Duet Display is an app made by former Apple engineers that allows you to use your iPad as a second screen for your Mac. In this article, we'll explain how it works and the steps you need to follow to get things up and running. Duet Display is a great way to extend your Mac's desktop and can come in especially handy when you're working away from home and want to broaden your productivity space, but don't have the luxury of a dedicated external monitor. In earlier versions of macOS, the app was hampered by changes to Apple's operating system that caused its developers no end of problems, but the latest Duet update (v2.0.3.8+) released on December 5 appears to have resolved those issues thanks to the introduction of full hardware acceleration support. We are excited to announce a breakthrough. As of macOS 10.14.2+ & duet v2.0.3.8+, Duet Display is now fully hardware accelerated, making the fastest way to turn your iPad into a second display even faster. 100% free update at— Duet Display (@duetdisplay) December 5, 2018 Duet Display is actually one of two apps best known for letting users leverage their iPad as a second screen for their Mac. The other is Luna Display ($79.99), but that app uses another implementation that requires two small dongles to ensure a consistent low-latency connection. Duet Display on the other hand is a pure software solution and a lot more affordable at $9.99, which is why we've chosen to cover it here. How to Use Your iPad as a Second Screen for Your MacLaunch the App Store on

How to Disable Autoplaying Videos in the YouTube App's Home Tab

Over the next few weeks, YouTube is rolling out a new feature for its mobile app called "Autoplay on Home," which automatically plays videos that appear on your Home tab. As you scroll through your Home feed, videos will begin to play on mute with captions auto-enabled. Google claims the previously Premium-only feature is a better way to experience new content on the go, and will help you "make more informed decisions about whether you want to watch a video," but not everyone is likely to agree, especially users who have a cellular data cap. Fortunately, YouTube has provided some options to customize the app's new default behavior, which we'll mention shortly. But first, here's how you can turn off Autoplay on Home completely. How to Disable Autoplay on Home in the YouTube AppLaunch the YouTube app on your iPhone. Tap your profile icon in the upper right of the screen. Tap Settings. Tap Autoplay. Tap the Autoplay on Home toggle to turn it off.In some circumstances, Autoplay on Home may be enabled only when you're using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. If you want to adjust this behavior, follow the steps above to bring you to YouTube's Autoplay settings, and you'll find options to Use on Wi-Fi and cellular data and Use only when connected to Wi-Fi.