AirDrop Reception Not Working? Here’s the Likely Fix

AirDrop has become a fast and reliable way to transfer data from one iPhone to another that’s nearby. Just tap the share icon and in iOS 13’s activity view, either tap an AirDrop shortcut in the top row or tap AirDrop in the second row and select choose a person or device in the [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:26:03-04:00February 11th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on AirDrop Reception Not Working? Here’s the Likely Fix

How to Find the Snaps You Want in the Mac’s Photos App

Digital cameras have been around long enough that people have stopped making snarky comments about how hard it is to find anything in a shoebox filled with hundreds of unorganized photos. But given the tens of thousands of photos many of us now have, it’s hard to be smug about the ease of finding [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:27:58-04:00February 7th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Find the Snaps You Want in the Mac’s Photos App

Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

If you’ve resisted requiring a password on your Mac after it wakes up or comes out of the screen saver because it’s too much work to enter repeatedly, an Apple Watch can make authentication much easier. In previous versions of macOS, just wearing an unlocked Apple Watch is enough to enter your Mac’s password; [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:24:12-04:00February 4th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting

The next time you buy and set up a new Mac, make sure to migrate data and apps from your previous Mac to it right away during the initial setup. It can be tempting to see what it’s like to use it fresh from the factory or to delay migrating because doing so would [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:22:15-04:00January 28th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting

What to Put at the End of Your Email Messages

Email has been around for decades, but there are no hard-and-fast rules for how you should close a message with either the signoff or the signature block. If you’ve always wondered about the best ways to finish off a message or are uncomfortable with what you’ve been doing, here’s our advice. Use the form [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:30:45-04:00January 24th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What to Put at the End of Your Email Messages

Use Guided Access to Let Kids and Others Use Your iPhone Temporarily

Let’s get one thing straight. You know that you should never, ever share your iPhone or iPad passcode with anyone you don’t trust implicitly, like a spouse or adult child, right? That’s because, with your iOS passcode, someone could change your Apple ID password, and if you use iCloud for email, completely steal or [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:28:27-04:00January 17th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Use Guided Access to Let Kids and Others Use Your iPhone Temporarily

Did You Know You Can Drag the Scroll Bar in iOS 13?

In previous versions of iOS, a scroll bar would appear on the right edge of the screen while you were swiping through a long Web page, email message, or document. But the scroller was merely an indicator of where in the page you were and how much content there was (the bigger the scroller, [...]

By |2020-01-03T11:56:28-04:00January 14th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know You Can Drag the Scroll Bar in iOS 13?

Need to Import Photos from a non-iPhone or Want to Keep Images out of Photos?

Most Mac users rely on iPhones and iPads to take photos and store them in the Photos app, which happens automatically for those who use Apple’s iCloud Photos syncing service. But what if you want to import photos from a device other than an iPhone or iPad—say a Samsung smartphone running Android—and what if [...]

By |2020-01-03T11:55:33-04:00January 7th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Need to Import Photos from a non-iPhone or Want to Keep Images out of Photos?

Need to Move Lots of Data Between Macs? Try Target Disk Mode

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the number of ways we can move data between Macs. You can send files via AirDrop, attach them to an email message, put them in a Messages conversation, turn on and connect via File Sharing, or use Dropbox or Google Drive as an intermediary, [...]

By |2019-12-08T16:26:15-04:00January 3rd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Move Lots of Data Between Macs? Try Target Disk Mode

In Case of Emergency, Create an iPhone Medical ID

Accidents, particularly those involving automobiles, are all too common, and while no one plans to be in one, you can prepare for the eventuality. If you end up in a state where you can’t speak with emergency responders or are too shaken up to share your details clearly, your iPhone can provide them with [...]

By |2019-12-08T16:22:44-04:00December 27th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on In Case of Emergency, Create an iPhone Medical ID