How to Back Up an iPhone or iPad with Your Mac Running Catalina

One of the most significant changes in macOS 10.15 Catalina was the breakup of the long-standing iTunes app into separate Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. But what about backing up iOS devices, which you also used to do in iTunes? In Catalina, Apple moved this function into the Finder. So if you’ve upgraded to [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:22:07-04:00July 3rd, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Back Up an iPhone or iPad with Your Mac Running Catalina

Do You Know Who Can Track Your Location? It’s Worth Checking Periodically

Sharing your location works well when you’re out with friends or family and want everyone to be able to see where everyone else is. It’s easy to enable in various spots in iOS 13—in Messages, in Contacts, in the Find My app, and so on. You can share your location for an hour, until [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:31:28-04:00June 16th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Do You Know Who Can Track Your Location? It’s Worth Checking Periodically

Want to Push Some Buttons? Make the Most of Control Center in iOS

Starting back in iOS 11, Apple made Control Center significantly more useful by letting you customize it more to your liking by adding and rearranging buttons. You can even remove a few of the default buttons if they’re just taking up space. Opening and Closing Control Center To open Control Center in iOS 11 [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:37:57-04:00June 12th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Want to Push Some Buttons? Make the Most of Control Center in iOS

iPhone Not Charging Reliably? Clean Its Lightning Port with a Toothpick

If you’re plugging your iPhone in regularly but getting low-battery warnings when you shouldn’t, consider the possibility that something is preventing your iPhone from charging successfully while plugged in. If there’s no lightning bolt badge on the battery icon when the iPhone is plugged in, that’s a sure sign that no power is reaching [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:10:12-04:00May 26th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on iPhone Not Charging Reliably? Clean Its Lightning Port with a Toothpick

What to Do If You Run Low on iCloud Storage Space

By default, Apple gives every iCloud user 5 GB of storage space. That disappears quickly, given how it’s shared between iCloud Mail, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, Messages, and iCloud-enabled apps. Apple will, of course, sell you more iCloud space. $0.99 per month gets you 50 GB, $2.99 per month provides 200 GB, and for [...]

By |2020-03-06T21:39:16-04:00April 3rd, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What to Do If You Run Low on iCloud Storage Space

The Fastest Way to Change Wi-Fi Networks in iOS 13

Historically, picking a new Wi-Fi network has required you to open the Settings app and tap Wi-Fi, forcing you to unlock your iPhone or switch away from what you were doing. In iOS 13, however, Apple added a better way to connect to a new Wi-Fi network. Open Control Center (swipe down from the [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:31:13-04:00March 10th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on The Fastest Way to Change Wi-Fi Networks in iOS 13

Here’s How to Mark Up Photos and Screenshots with Text and Graphics in iOS 13

Ever wanted to take a photo of a receipt and circle the item for which you should be reimbursed? Or perhaps you’d like to put some text or a speech balloon on a photo? You can do all that and much more using iOS 13’s Markup tools. They’re available when you take a screenshot, [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:20:57-04:00February 28th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to Mark Up Photos and Screenshots with Text and Graphics in iOS 13

To Prevent Spearfishing, Set a PIN or Passcode on Your Cell Phone Account

Spearfishing. It’s no longer just a tropical ocean sport that could provide seafood for dinner. In today’s tech world, spearfishing is when someone targets you specifically, usually with the goal of taking over your online accounts. Once that’s done, the attacker will try to siphon money from your bank account, impersonate you in an [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:14:09-04:00February 21st, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on To Prevent Spearfishing, Set a PIN or Passcode on Your Cell Phone Account

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

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