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How to backup a Mac to Time Machine with any hard drive

With the news that Apple has officially discontinued its AirPort lineup, many users will look to backing up their Macs with something other than Apple’s Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme with a connected external drive. Follow along for how to back up a Mac to Time Machine with any hard drive.<p>Apple’s …

How to turn off Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb mirroring with iPhone and Apple Watch

Many of the default Apple Watch settings will mirror features between the wearable and your iPhone. However, there are times when this isn’t the most convenient option. Follow along for how to turn off mirroring between these devices for Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb.<p>One interesting aspect of …

How to Update macOS Using a Simple Terminal Command

If you're sick of waiting for the progress bar to complete every time you reboot after a macOS software update, then you'll be pleased to learn there's another way to update your Mac that could potentially reduce your downtime.<p>The process involves a simple Terminal command, and allows you to …

Operating Systems

How to easily change the color of individual folders in macOS [Video]

From time to time I like to make certain folders on my macOS desktop stand out. For example, I use automation to move screenshots saved to my desktop directly to a special Screenshots folder. Since I’m always looking for the screenshots that I take, I decided to tint the folder purple to make it …

How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

If you've been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you've probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time.<p>Unless you …

Operating Systems

5 common MacBook problems and how to fix them

Is your Mac is starting to show signs of age and is acting strangely or feeling sluggish? Before you junk it, there might be some easy fixes to what ails it. Here are five fixes to five common Mac problems.<p>1. Startup issues<p>If your Mac fails to boot properly and you find yourself staring at a blank …

Operating Systems

If you receive this message on your iPhone or Apple device do not open it

Here's what you need to do if you receive it…<p>Owners of iPhones and other Apple devices listen up! The latest software update for the company's …

Apps

24 hidden settings that can maximize your Mac

We mean Mac-simize.<p>Apple prides itself on the polish and slickness of its software, and on the surface, macOS proves itself an intuitive and easy-to-navigate operating system. Dig deeper, however, and you'll find a heap of useful settings and options that let you customize your computing …

Operating Systems

ButterflyVPN is a router that unlocks the internet on-the-go

A limited internet doesn’t make sense, right? It seems like a contradictory idea, but in many places it is. Some countries restrict access to certain websites, and often services we know and love are not available in these markets. It’s a bummer, but there are ways to go around these digital …

Crowd Funding

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

Apps

What’s the Wi-Fi password? Share it easily in iOS 11 with Wi-Fi Sharing

Did you know you can easily share your Wi-Fi connection with other people if you’re using iOS 11? No? According to our latest Twitter poll, you’re …

Wi-Fi

20 Apple Watch Tips to Help You Work and Play Better

Watch and learn.<p>For many people, the smartphone has made the traditional timepiece obsolete, with millions of people digging their phones out of their pockets or bags to check the time -- that is, if they don’t already have the thing glued to their hand.<p>For others, smartwatches such as the Apple …

15+ iPhone X Tips and Tricks [Video]

In this hands-on video walkthrough we highlight more than 15 handy tips and tricks for new iPhone X owners. Included in the video are easier methods for invoking Control Center and Notifications, a method for recording Animoji without a time limit, and the best way to quickly switch between two …

How to make a custom ringtone for your iPhone, with GarageBand on iOS

With the latest version of iTunes, Apple buried the interface for making ringtones on the Mac. It’s still possible but a lot more cumbersome to manage.<p>A little-known secret is that you can actually make custom alert ringtones for iOS on your iPhone itself, using GarageBand. Here’s how.<p>This feature …

There’s a trick that makes your iPhone X battery pretty much last forever

Apple’s new iPhone X is the hottest new smartphone on the market right now. In fact, it’s probably safe at this point to say that it’s the hottest …

iOS 11: How to turn off your iPhone without the power button

There are some handy new features in iOS 11 that aren’t very sexy, but can be really useful when needed. One of these new features is the ability to power down your iPhone without the sleep/wake (power) button.<p>iOS 11 brings the option to completely shut down your iPhone with the software. This …

Tips and Tricks: Ten Safari long-press shortcuts for iPhone and iPad

Safari for iPhone and iPad is an incredibly capable mobile web browser despite its simple, straightforward user interface. It is the browser of choice on iOS — in large part because it is the one pre-installed — but very few people know everything you can do with Safari.<p>Much of Safari’s advanced …

PSA: A reminder that toggling Bluetooth and wifi in iOS 11 control center disconnects, not disables

We noted way back in July that toggling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off in the iOS 11 Control Center doesn’t do quite what you might expect. Rather than disabling the functionality, it merely disconnects from currently-connected devices and cancels the auto-join feature to stop it immediately …

How to Use Emergency SOS on iPhone in iOS 11

In iOS 11, Apple added a new emergency feature to the iPhone, which is designed to allow you to quickly and discreetly place a call to emergency services. In the United States, SOS dials 911, and in other countries, it works with local emergency response teams.<p>Emergency SOS is activated through a …

The life-saving browser shortcut everyone should know

If I had a dollar for every time I'd accidentally closed a browser tab -- or worse, an entire windowful of 'em -- I'd be rich.<p>But there's a simple keyboard shortcut that can instantly correct this error: <b>Ctrl-Shift-T</b>.<p>Or <b>Apple-Shift-T</b>, if you're using a Mac.<p>Honestly, I'm a little embarrassed to admit …

Software

How to Train Your Dog to Walk Off-Leash

Right now, my girlfriend and I are busy turning our 15-week-old puppy from a tiny ball of furry terror into a trustworthy adventure companion. And a big part of that is making Bowie reliable off-leash. Here’s how we’re doing that—and how you can, too, no matter your dog’s age.<p>(Why do dogs belong …

App specific passwords will be required to sign in to iCloud with third party apps from June 15, here’s how to make them

In its ongoing efforts to ensure strong security for customers, Apple will require the use of app-specific passwords from June 15th. This affects you if you use a third-party app that logs in with an iCloud email and password (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc) to access contacts, calendar and mail …

Activate iOS Mail’s hidden folders

iOS 10’s Mail app may look just like its previous pedestrian iterations, but it packs a whole lot of hidden superpowers under the hood. While you still can’t export a message to, say, a to-do list app, you can do pretty much everything those fancy third-party mail apps do, and then some.<p>Let’s take …

How to keep iPhone's autocorrect in check

Oh, autocorrect! Sometimes, you’re so handy. You see the word “brain” and know I meant “Brian.” You instantly switch letters around, turning nonsense into coherent words. You complete me ­– or, more accurately, you complete my sentences.<p>So why do you have to drive me so crazy? Why do you take the …

Text Messaging

13 tips every iPad owner should know

How to print to PDF on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Print to PDF is an easy way to preserve the information and layout of what you are currently viewing, saving a 1:1 digital copy of the documents and websites you use everyday. You don’t actually print anything, but the idea is that an exact replica of what would have appeared on paper, if you had …

This upgrade will extend the life of your MacBook Air for years

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Dylan Love Battery technology has certainly improved over the past few years, but rechargeable batteries will always lose their charge over …

Stream Practically Anything to an Apple TV With These 5 Apps

You’ve got your shiny new Apple TV hooked up to a big display... so how do you get all the videos you own up there on screen? Easy enough for your …

4 solutions to the iPhone 7's dongle crisis

If you've got an iPhone 7, you're probably pretty pleased with yourself. What you're probably less pleased about is the removal of the 3.5mm …