How to Delete Spotify Cache on iPhone and iPad

May 19, 2019 - Leave a Comment


If you use Spotify for streaming music, over time you may discover the Spotify app increases local cache storage, which can sometimes grow quite large. These audio cache files can make the Spotify app appear to take up a lot of storage space on an iPhone or iPad. But fortunately Spotify offers a simple functionality hidden within the app that allows you to easily delete all local cache from Spotify, which is a very helpful tool to free up some storage space.

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How to Use Gmail in Basic HTML Mode

May 18, 2019 - 6 Comments


The Gmail web email client is very fancy, but some Gmail users may wish to use the much more simplified Basic HTML mode for Gmail. Basic HTML Gmail strips away the fancy actions, features, and functions as well as JavaScript from the default Gmail web view, turning into a much more simplified webmail experience.

The main advantage to using Gmail in Basic HTML mode is that it’s stripped down considerably and thus very fast loading with lower resource requirements, so if you’re on a lower bandwidth internet connection it can make using Gmail a better experience. Of course there are other reasons users may want to use Gmail in HTML mode as well, including for improved compatibility with specific web browsers, for using Gmail with notably older browsers or older operating systems, to simplify the interface appearance to be closer to old-fashioned Gmail, or to avoid JavaScript altogether, amongst many other reasons.

You can switch Gmail to Basic HTML view and back to Standard Gmail View at any time, this article will show you how to do that.

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By Paul Horowitz - Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Show iCloud Status Indicator in Mac Finder

May 17, 2019 - 2 Comments

iCloud Status indicators in Mac Finder

If you’re a Mac user who relies on iCloud Drive for data syncing and cloud storage, you might appreciate knowing that you can enable an optional iCloud Status indicator in the Mac Finder.

The iCloud Status indicators in Finder can tell you if a file or folder is only in iCloud, on the local Mac, ineligible for iCloud, waiting to upload, transferring, and more. Note these iCloud Status indicators are different from progress indicators, though you can also check the progress of iCloud file uploads and downloads in Mac OS if desired.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Turn Off Auto-Correction on iPad Hardware Keyboards

May 16, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to toggle auto-correction off on iPad with hardware keyboards

If you use a hardware keyboard with iPad you may have noticed that auto-correct and some other keyboard settings that applied to iOS are no longer taking effect. This is because the iPad has separate settings for the software keyboard onscreen, and a hardware keyboard if one is connected to the iPad, and thus disabling autocorrect in iOS for the screen keyboard won’t carry over to the hardware keyboard, like a Smart Keyboard, iPad keyboard case, or external keyboard. Thus, to turn off autocorrection on iPad with a physical keyboard, you must adjust a separate setting.

We’ll show you how to disable auto-correction on iPad when using a hardware keyboard with the tablet.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Beta 1 of iOS 12.4 & macOS 10.14.6 Released for Testing

May 15, 2019 - Leave a Comment

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released the first beta version of iOS 12.4 and macOS Mojave 10.14.6 to users enrolled in the eligible beta testing programs.

The release of iOS 12.4 beta 1 and macOS 10.14.6 beta 1 comes just a day after the wide public release of the iOS 12.3 update for iPhone and iPad users, and macOS 10.14.5 update for Mac users.

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How to Send Your Location on iPhone by Messages the Fast Way with a Phrase

May 15, 2019 - 7 Comments

Share current location from iPhone in Messages the fast way with a phrase

Let’s say you’re in a Messages conversation and you want to quickly send someone your current location from iPhone. In this scenario you might go to the Messages conversations Info / Details section and use the “Share Current Location” feature, but did you know there’s an even faster way to instantly share your current location from the iPhone Messages app that can be accessed by typing alone?

This is about as easy as it gets, and sending someone your current location this way is initiated entirely by typing a very short phrase on the iPhone within the Messages app.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

How to Take iPad Screenshots Using Keyboard Shortcuts

May 14, 2019 - 2 Comments

How to take screenshots on iPad with keyboard shortcuts

Using an iPad with a hardware keyboard provides access to several keyboard shortcuts to quickly take screen shots on iPad. These keystrokes offer a consistent and quick way to take a screenshot on iPad without your fingers having to leave the keyboard to use the other approaches of the Home / Power button iPad screenshot method or the Power / Volume button approach to taking screenshots on iPad Pro.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 Update Available for Download

May 13, 2019 - 21 Comments

MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 update

Apple has released MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 to all Mac users running the Mojave operating system. The macOS 10.14.5 update includes several bug fixes along with AirPlay 2 support for AirPlay 2 compatible smart TVs.

Mac users running MacOS High Sierra or Sierra will also find a Security Update available for those prior system software releases.

Separately, Apple also released iOS 12.3 update for iPhone and iPad, alongside tvOS 12.3 for Apple TV and watchOS 5.2.1 for Apple Watch.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 21 Comments

Download iOS 12.3 Update for iPhone and iPad Now [IPSW Links]

May 13, 2019 - 7 Comments

iOS 12.3 update for iPhone and iPad

Apple has released iOS 12.3 for iPhone and iPad. The final stable version of iOS 12.3 includes a handful of bug fixes, along with AirPlay 2 support and a redesigned TV app.

Separately, Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.5 for Mac, along with watchOS 5.2.1 for Apple Watch, tvOS 12.3 for Apple TV.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 7 Comments

How to Fix Unzip Error “End-of-central-directory signature not found”

May 12, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to fix Zip file error End of Central Directory Signature not found

Rarely, you may attempt to unzip a zip archive and come across an error that states “End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on the last disk(s) of this archive.” This tutorial will attempt to resolve the zip file “End of central directory signature not found” errors when attempting to decompress an archive.

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Disabled Apple ID? Here’s How to Fix When an Apple ID is Disabled

May 11, 2019 - 6 Comments

How to fix a disabled Apple ID

For a variety of reasons, an Apple ID may become disabled. Usually this corresponds with an obvious message like “Apple ID Disabled” or “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons” or some other notification that you are unable to sign in to the locked Apple ID because it has been disabled. This can be seen when trying to login to an Apple ID on iPhone, iPad, Mac,, or any other place you might attempt to login to an Apple ID. Obviously a disabled Apple ID is a big deal because nearly the entire Apple universe is accessed through an Apple ID, including iCloud, Music, iTunes, App Store, and much more, so you’ll understandably want to regain access to an Apple ID to re-enable it and fix the issue.

If your Apple ID is disabled and you having trouble logging into the account, read on to learn how to troubleshoot and resolve this problem. We’ll cover three different approaches to fix a disabled Apple ID.

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How to Hide Holidays on Calendar for Mac

May 10, 2019 - 2 Comments

How to Hide Holidays from Calendar on Mac

Don’t want to see dozens of holidays on the Calendar for Mac? You can easily disable the Holiday Calendar in the Mac Calendar app. By turning off the Holiday Calendar, you will no longer see the broad array of religious holidays, cultural holidays, national holidays, political holidays, and other holidays on the Calendar app for Mac, this can be helpful to some users if they find the multi-dozens of holidays do not apply to them.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

iOS 12.3 Beta 6 Released for Testing

May 10, 2019 - Leave a Comment

iOS 12.3 beta 6 released for testing

Apple has released iOS 12.3 beta 6 to users enrolled in the beta system software testing program. The sixth beta build comes just a few days after the fifth beta build, and thus far has arrived on its own rather than with new beta updates to the other ongoing beta builds of macOS, tvOS, or watchOS.

Usually a developer beta build comes out first and is soon followed up by a public beta version of the same build.

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How to Delete Health Data on iPhone

May 9, 2019 - 4 Comments

How to Delete Health Data on iPhone

Want to delete the Health app data from iPhone? Some users may decide they want to remove their Health data from iPhone for a variety of reasons, perhaps as a storage conservation mechanism if a user discovers the Health app data is taking up multiple gigabytes of storage on a device, or to clear out old health data, or to remove health data from another person (without clearing the entire phone, for example if you let someone take a jog wearing your Apple Watch), for privacy, among other purposes to to delete Health app data.

This article will show you how to delete data from the Health app on iPhone.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple Watch, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Download Microsoft Edge Beta for Mac Right Now

May 8, 2019 - 2 Comments

Microsoft Edge for Mac Dev

Want to try out and download the upcoming Microsoft Edge web browser for Mac? You can do that right now, without having to wait for the final version to come out.

Microsoft has announced that the Microsoft Edge browser will be coming to the Mac platform natively, meaning you won’t have to run Microsoft Edge in a Windows 10 virtual machine if you don’t want to, instead Microsoft Edge will run as a regular app on the Mac. Microsoft Edge for Mac is built off of Chromium and is actively under development, and while in beta there will be two builds available to try out for users who are interested; a nightly changing Canary build, and a weekly changing Dev build. Eventually a final version will be released to the general public of course too. But you don’t have to wait for the final version to be released to download and use the Microsoft Edge browser for Mac right now, so if you feel like trying out a new web browser on your Mac, follow the links below to download Edge for MacOS:

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Remove Holidays from Calendar on iPhone & iPad

May 7, 2019 - 11 Comments

How to remove Holiday Calendar on iPhone or iPad

A wide variety of Holidays are shown on the Calendar of iPhone and iPad by default, including many religious holidays, cultural holidays, secular holidays, national holidays, and traditional holidays. If you do not want these Holidays showing on iPhone or iPad Calendar app, you can easily hide them by removing the Holiday Calendar in iOS Calendar app.

Additionally, sometimes the Calendar app in iOS shows repeat entries for the same Holidays, for example you might see multiple Calendar entries for the exact same Holiday. We’ll show you how to disable those repetitive holiday calendars on the iPhone and iPad too.

Finally, we’ll also show you how to complete delete the Holiday Calendar from iPhone or iPad if you don’t ever want to see any of them.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

iOS 12.3 Beta 5 & MacOS 10.14.5 Beta 5 Available for Testing

May 7, 2019 - Leave a Comment

macOS and iOS beta testing

The fifth beta build of iOS 12.3 and MacOS 10.14.5 has been released to users participating in the Apple system software beta testing programs. Typically a developer beta rolls out first and is soon followed by a public beta build.

Additionally, new beta builds of watchOS 5.2.1 and tvOS 12.3 have been made available.

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How to Convert a Numbers File to CSV on Mac

May 6, 2019 - 1 Comment

Convert Numbers to CSV on Mac

If you need to convert a Numbers spreadsheet file to CSV format from a Mac, you can do so quickly with the Numbers app. CSV stands for Comma Separated Values and is broadly used by many spreadsheet, database, and data storage uses, whereas Numbers is a spreadsheet app that is exclusive to the Mac and iOS platforms. Accordingly, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to convert a Numbers file to a CSV.

We’ll show you how to quickly convert a Numbers spreadsheet file into a CSV file for use where necessary.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

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