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iOS 15.4: How to Adjust Magic Keyboard Brightness on iPad From Control Center

Friday January 28, 2022 5:32 pm PST by
If you use an Apple Magic Keyboard with your iPad, you might be interested to know that Apple has added an optional setting in iPadOS 15.4, currently in beta, that allows you to adjust the brightness of the keyboard's backlighting. To access the Keyboard Brightness option, you'll first need to add it manually to the Control Center. The following steps show you how. Launch the Settings app...
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iOS 15.4: How to Set Up Face ID With a Mask

Friday January 28, 2022 10:46 am PST by
In iOS 15.4, currently in beta, Apple has added a handy new feature that allows you to unlock your iPhone with Face ID and authenticate Apple Pay payments even when you're wearing a mask. In previous versions of iOS going back to iOS 14.5, it is possible to unlock your ‌iPhone‌ while wearing a mask, but only if you're also wearing an Apple Watch as an extra layer of security. The new option...
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How to Set Up Universal Control Between Mac and iPad

Friday January 28, 2022 10:40 am PST by
As of iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, both currently in beta, Apple has introduced support for Universal Control, the long-awaited feature that's designed to allow multiple Macs and iPads to be controlled with a single mouse and keyboard. Thanks to Universal Control, you can use the same cursor and keyboard on any nearby Mac or ‌iPad‌ that's signed into your iCloud account. So, for ...
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How to Multitask on iPad With Slide Over

Thursday January 27, 2022 5:51 pm PST by
In iPadOS, Apple includes several multitasking options that let you work with more than one app on your iPad at the same time. This allows apps that support multitasking to be used in a few different ways. This article looks at Slide Over. Be sure to check out our separate Split View how-to guide by clicking the link. We've also provided a link for it at the end of this article. Slide Over in ...
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How to Use Split Screen on iPad

Thursday January 27, 2022 5:49 pm PST by
In iPadOS, Apple includes several multitasking options that let you work with more than one app on your iPad at the same time. This allows apps that support multitasking to be used in a few different ways. This article looks at Split View, which makes two apps appear side by side in a split screen arrangement. Be sure to check out our separate Slide Over how-to guide by clicking the link. We've...
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How to Use a Private Wi-Fi Address on Apple Watch

Wednesday January 26, 2022 6:58 pm PST by
Did you know that your Apple Watch can use a different MAC address with each Wi-Fi network to prevent network operators from tracking your activity across different Wi-Fi networks? To communicate with a Wi-Fi network, a device has to identify itself to the network with a unique network address called a media access control (MAC) address. If your Apple Watch always uses the same Wi-Fi MAC...
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How to Show Function Keys on a Mac's Touch Bar

Wednesday January 26, 2022 6:56 pm PST by
When Apple first introduced the Touch Bar on its Macs in 2016, the company touted the adaptive app-specific features of the OLED strip and framed it as an improvement over the traditional function keys that it replaced. What Apple didn't expect was the number of users who mourned the physical function keys, which often play an important role in the workflows of creative professionals and...
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One AirPod Not Charging? Here's How to Fix the Problem

Wednesday January 26, 2022 6:55 pm PST by
If you're having problems getting one AirPod to charge, read on. This article outlines the solutions available to you. Whether you've got original AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, or AirPods Pro, all of these models can sometimes suffer from a problem where one AirPod refuses to charge in the Charging Case. It's a common issue that's not only frustrating but it can effectively press pause...
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How to Make a FaceTime Call on Apple Watch

Tuesday January 25, 2022 8:09 pm PST by
When most people hear the word FaceTime, they think of Apple's call service as a video communications platform. But you don't need a camera to use ‌FaceTime‌, because it supports audio calls too. That means you can use it on Apple Watch as long as it's connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. If you've ever taken a phone call on your Apple Watch when your iPhone isn't within easy reach, you'll know...
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How to Enable Disappearing Messages in WhatsApp

Tuesday January 25, 2022 8:06 pm PST by
WhatsApp in 2020 launched disappearing messages on its end-to-end encrypted chat platform as a way of doubling down on user privacy. If you want to have control over how long a message lasts in WhatsApp, read on to learn how it works. When you sit down and have a face-to-face conversation with someone, usually you're reasonably confident that your conversation isn't being recorded and stored ...
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How to Disable iMessage

Monday January 24, 2022 12:01 pm PST by
Apple's iMessage is one of the most popular messaging platforms, and Apple continues to improve it with new features, hoping that it will keep people using its devices. However, there may be times when you want to disable iMessage. This article tells you how. There are genuine reasons why you might want to disable iMessage. Turning off iMessage is usually the first thing to do if you're...
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How to Remove the App Library From Your iPad's Dock

Monday January 24, 2022 12:00 pm PST by
Apple includes an App Library feature in iOS and iPadOS that shows you all of the apps that are installed on your iPhone or iPad in one place, both in an icon view organized into smart categories and in an alphabetical list. Since all of the apps are listed in the App Library, app icons and Home Screen pages can be hidden for a cleaner look. On ‌iPad‌, Apple adds an App Library icon to the...
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macOS: How to Manage Multiple Open Safari Tabs

Friday January 21, 2022 1:29 pm PST by
Browser tabs in Safari are a great way to visit multiple webpages in the same browsing session without having to close any of them, which makes them particularly useful for cross-referencing and researching things online. But all too often, the number of tabs you have open can get out of control. This makes navigating them tricky and it can also sap system resources, so to avoid being...
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How to Close or Force Quit iPad Apps

Wednesday January 19, 2022 5:24 pm PST by
Apple designed its iPadOS software so that you don't have to close an app when you're not using it, since most apps that are not active remain in a suspended state and don't use up any resources or eat up battery. However, if an iPad app becomes unresponsive, you may need to force quit the app and restart it to get it to work properly again. Here's how you can do that on both older and...
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How to Close or Force Quit iPhone Apps

Wednesday January 19, 2022 5:24 pm PST by
Apple designed its iPhone software so that you don't have to close an app when you're not using it, since most apps that are not active remain in a suspended state and don't use up any resources or eat up battery. However, if an iOS app becomes unresponsive, you may need to force quit the app and restart it to get it to work properly again. Here's how you can do that on both older and newer ...
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How to Force Quit a Frozen Mac App

Wednesday January 19, 2022 3:20 pm PST by
Macs aren't infallible, and at some point during your time using them you'll come across a situation in macOS where an app has become unresponsive, leaving you without access to its contents and functions, and only a continually revolving beachball for your troubles. If the beachball stays on the screen for more than a few minutes and you can't interact with the app's interface, this usually ...
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Hidden Feature: How to Make Fine-Tuned Adjustments to Your Mac's Audio Volume

Wednesday January 19, 2022 3:07 pm PST by
On a Mac that has a top row of function keys, Apple includes volume and brightness controls that can be used to make adjustments in stepwise increments. However, there may be times when you want to make more fine grained adjustments to these settings than the default increments allow, in which case, read on. Whenever you tap the volume or brightness controls on your keyboard, you'll see an...
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How to Listen to Apple Music on a Google Home Mini or Nest Audio Speaker

Wednesday January 12, 2022 9:45 am PST by
When Apple Music first launched in 2015, playing it on anything other than an Apple device was impossible. Thankfully though, over the years Apple has made its streaming service available to access through third-party devices and speakers, including Amazon Echo and Google-owned speakers. This article focuses on Google devices. If you have a Google Home mini or a newer Nest-branded smart...
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How to Hide Your Instagram Online Status

Wednesday January 12, 2022 9:43 am PST by
Most social media networks and chat platforms these days include a feature that shows when a user was last online or last active on the service, which can be either helpful or a hindrance, depending on your personal or business situation. WhatsApp includes an optional "Last Seen" status for the person you're chatting with in a conversation thread, while Instagram tells you how long it was...
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How to Hide Your 'Last Seen' Status in WhatsApp

Wednesday January 12, 2022 9:36 am PST by
For a long time now, WhatsApp has included a feature that shows when a user was last online or last active on the messaging platform, which can be either helpful or a hindrance, depending on your personal or business situation. As regular WhatsApp users will know, the "Last Seen" status of a contact sits atop the conversation thread, informing you when that contact last opened the app and...