How to Remove Screen Time Limit on iPhone or iPad

Dec 18, 2018 - 4 Comments

How to remove a Screen Time limit on iPhone or iPad

You can easily delete Screen Time limits that have been set for apps or app categories on an iPhone or iPad, allowing unlimited time usage of the app or app category again, or to re-define a more specific Screen Time limit.

For the unfamiliar, Screen Time is a feature of iOS that allows for setting time limits on app usage, either for individual apps or even for entire categories of apps. It’s incredibly useful for iPhone and iPad usage, whether you simply want to reduce your own usage of a particular app or type of app, or perhaps especially for parents and childcare providers who want to limit device time.

This guide will show you how to delete a time limit that has been set on an app, or entire app category, through Screen Time in iOS. This works the same to remove Screen Time limits whether they’re set on an iPhone or iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

iOS 12.1.2 Update Available to Download for iPhone

Dec 17, 2018 - 9 Comments

iOS 12 update

Apple has released iOS 12.1.2 to resolve several issues with some newer iPhone models. Specifically, iOS 12.1.2 resolves issues with eSIM activation on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, and also resolves some cellular connectivity issues with those same model iPhones in certain geographic regions. It’s possible that iOS 12.1.2 also includes other bug fixes or changes that are not specifically mentioned in the release notes.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 9 Comments

How to Use Reduce Motion on Mac to Disable Most Animations

Dec 17, 2018 - Leave a Comment

How to disable animations on Mac by using Reduce Motion

The Mac has many visual animations that draw on screen as you perform various actions throughout the operating system, whether it’s the zooming in and out of opening Mission Control, or sliding between desktops in Spaces, amongst others. These provide for some enjoyable visual eye candy, but some users may find the animations cause motion sickness, or serve as unnecessary glitz.

If you want to disable animations in Mac OS, you can toggle a setting called Reduce Motion that greatly diminishes the interface animations on the Mac.

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How to Show Word Count in Pages for iPad or iPhone

Dec 16, 2018 - 3 Comments

Pages app icon in iOS

Want to enable a word counter in Pages on iPad or iPhone? The Pages app for iOS includes an optional word count service that will constantly update as you type and edit any document within the Pages app for iOS. Curiously, enabling the word counter on Pages for iOS is different on iPad and iPhone, but this article will show you how to enable the feature in either version.

While this may not be useful to all Pages users, many writers, authors, editors, and students rely on word counters for various reasons, and a word counter can help to easily determine the length of a document, manuscript, newsletter, or any other file that may be worked on in the word processor app.

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

How to Disable Video Autoplay in Mac App Store

Dec 15, 2018 - 6 Comments

Disable video autoplay in the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store defaults to auto-playing videos, but if you’re not a fan of autoplaying video let alone in the Mac App Store, you can disable that capability.

When you turn off video autoplay in the Mac App Store, the videos accompanying apps will still exist, but they must be played manually.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Add a Second Person or Face to Face ID on iPhone or iPad

Dec 14, 2018 - Leave a Comment

How to add a second face or appearance to Face ID on iPhone or iPad

You can add a second person to Face ID for authentication on an iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, you can use this same feature to add your own face again but with a vastly different appearance. For example, maybe you want to add your spouses face to Face ID so they can unlock your iPhone or iPad too, or maybe you alternate between your regular appearance as a perfectly coiffed supermodel woman and dressing up as a disheveled Santa Claus. Whatever the case, you can add a second face or alternate appearance to Face ID authentication in iOS.

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How to Limit Social Media Use on iPhone & iPad with Screen Time

Dec 13, 2018 - 2 Comments

How to limit social media use on iPhone or iPad with Screen Time

Want to cut back on social networking use? Or perhaps you want to reduce time spent with social media on a family iOS device? The iPhone and iPad new Screen Time feature can make that easier than ever before, by allowing you to put a time limit on social networking usage to a chosen time limit per day.

For example, perhaps you want to set a 15 minute daily time limit for social networking usage so that you or someone else don’t waste an hour a day mindlessly browsing through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or anything similar. That’s exactly the kind of limitation you can put into place on social media use with the Screen Time feature in iOS.

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

Battery Draining with MacOS Mojave? 15 Battery Life Tips to Help

Dec 12, 2018 - 9 Comments

Troubleshoot battery life issues with MacOS Mojave

Do you feel like battery life has worsened since updating a Mac laptop to MacOS Mojave? Some Mac users have discovered their battery life has reduced after updating a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air to MacOS Mojave 10.14.x, or just that battery life seems to drain faster than expected.

Here we will discuss a few possible reasons for reductions in battery life, as well as offer some helpful tips to improve battery life on Mac laptops running MacOS Mojave.

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How to Get a Linux Shell on iPad or iPhone with iSH

Dec 11, 2018 - 6 Comments

iSH Linux shell on iPhone and iPad

Have you ever wished you had a Linux command line on an iPad or iPhone? With iSH you can get pretty close to accomplishing that goal. iSH Shell is a Linux shell for iOS that uses an x86 emulator to run a simplified version of Alpine Linux on an iPad or iPhone. You can even install packages and additional software directly into iSH with the Alpine package manager, offering access to the world of command line tools like wget, curl, python, git, and much more.

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How to Tell if Safari Private Browsing is Enabled When in Dark Mode for MacOS

Dec 10, 2018 - 6 Comments

Private browsing mode in Safari for Mac when Dark theme is enabled too

If you’re a Safari web browser user, and you also use the popular Dark Mode appearance theme on Mac OS, then you may have noticed that it’s a bit more challenging to determine if a Safari browser window is in private browsing mode or not.

It turns out there is still a visual cue to indicate that Safari is in Private Browsing mode, it’s just a much more subtle visual cue when Dark Mode is enabled on the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

Beta 1 of iOS 12.1.2 & MacOS 10.14.3 Available for Testing

Dec 10, 2018 - Leave a Comment

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 12.1.2 and macOS 10.14.3 for users participating in the system software beta testing programs. The initial beta builds are currently available to those in the registered developer beta testing programs, but typically the public beta rolls out soon after.

Additionally, Apple has rolled out the first beta builds of watchOS 5.1.3 beta 1 and tvOS 12.1.2 beta 1.

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How to Enable TextEdit Dark Mode on Mac

Dec 9, 2018 - 6 Comments

Dark mode in TextEdit for Mac

TextEdit, the default text editor bundled with MacOS, now supports a dark mode theme, which basically inverts the color display of the text editor so that white text appears on a dark background, rather than the default black text on white background. This makes working in TextEdit at night or in low light conditions a bit easier on the eyes, just like the system-wide Dark Mode MacOS feature in general does.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

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