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How to Install MacOS Catalina Public Beta

Jun 26, 2019 - Leave a Comment
How to install MacOS Catalina public beta

MacOS Catalina public beta is now available for the adventurous to download and install. With MacOS Catalina public beta you’ll be able to try out all the interesting new features of macOS 10.15, including Sidecar which allows you to use an iPad as a secondary display, Screen Time for Mac, Activation Lock for Mac, enhancements … Read More

How to Install iOS 13 Public Beta on iPhone

Jun 25, 2019 - 2 Comments
How to install iOS 13 public beta on iPhone

Now that anyone can download iOS 13 public beta onto a compatible iPhone, many people may wish to experiment with the iOS 13 beta and try out the new features like Dark Mode, revamped Photos, Reminders, and Notes apps, new Animoji, new Messages features, and others. This tutorial will walk through how to install iOS … Read More

How to Fix iPad Stuck on Apple Logo Screen

Jun 23, 2019 - Leave a Comment
iPad stuck on Apple logo screen

Rarely, an iPad may get stuck on an Apple logo screen when the device is booting or restarting. Getting stuck on the Apple logo usually happens during a failed software update, whether it was interrupted or incomplete, but it can sometimes happen during restores and during other operations as well. If an iPad, iPad Pro, … Read More

How to Enter DFU Mode on iPad Pro (2018 and Later)

Jun 22, 2019 - Leave a Comment
How to enter DFU mode on iPad Pro

Sometimes, an iPad Pro must be placed into DFU mode as a troubleshooting step before being able to restore the iPad Pro. DFU stands for Device Firmware Update and DFU mode is basically a lower-level device restore state than regular Recovery Mode for iPad Pro. Placing an iPad Pro into DFU mode is for advanced … Read More

How to Enable Do Not Disturb on Mac

Jun 21, 2019 - 3 Comments
How to enable Do Not Disturb on Mac

Enabling Do Not Disturb on a Mac will instantly silence and hide all notifications and alerts that arrive to the computer. This makes Do Not Disturb a great feature if you use your Mac to get work done and want to focus, since you can hush the pestering notifications and alerts that bug you about … Read More

16 Word for iPad Keyboard Shortcuts

Jun 20, 2019 - 1 Comment
Microsoft Word for iPad keyboard shortcuts

If you use Microsoft Word for iPad, you can improve your typing experience and workflow by mastering and memorizing a wide variety of keyboard shortcuts to perform many frequently used tasks, from applying styles to modifying text, or navigating within the Word document itself. In order to use these Word for iPad keyboard shortcuts you … Read More

How to Downgrade from MacOS Catalina Beta

Jun 19, 2019 - 2 Comments
How to downgrade macOS Catalina

Have you decided you no longer want to run the MacOS Catalina 10.15 beta? You can revert from MacOS Catalina by downgrading. The simplest way to downgrade from MacOS Catalina beta back to a prior stable build of MacOS like MacOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, or otherwise, is by formatting the computer and … Read More

How to Resume a Download in Safari on Mac

Jun 18, 2019 - Leave a Comment
File download resuming in Safari on Mac

Safari on the Mac can resume stopped downloads and restart failed downloads rather easily. For example, if you were downloading Xcode from Apple but your internet connection was interrupted and the download stopped, you can resume the download where it left off rather than restart the entire download over again. This is a great way … Read More

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone XR, iPhone XS & XS Max, iPhone X

Jun 16, 2019 - 1 Comment
How to enter Recovery Mode on iPhone XS, XR, XS Max, X

Sometimes an iPhone must be placed into Recovery Mode to be able to effectively troubleshoot the device. Usually this is only necessary when an iPhone XS, XR, XS Max or X is stuck on the  Apple logo for an extended amount of time and does not boot, is stuck on the iTunes logo with … Read More

How to Enter Recovery Mode for iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

Jun 15, 2019 - Leave a Comment
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

If needed, you can put any iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 into Recovery Mode for troubleshooting purposes. This is usually only used for troubleshooting purposes, particularly if an iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo screen for an extended amount of time, or the screen shows an iTunes logo with a connect to iTunes … Read More

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, Early iPad Pro

Jun 14, 2019 - Leave a Comment
Recovery Mode on iPad Air, iPad, iPad mini, and iPad with Home buttons

Sometimes an iPad must be placed into Recovery Mode before it can be restored or updated successfully with a computer. For example, if an iPad gets stuck on a black screen with an Apple logo for a very long time, Recovery Mode can usually remedy that. Typically Recovery Mode is used for a troubleshooting endeavor, … Read More

How to Boot MacBook Pro Without a Battery (Older Models 2006 – 2011)

Jun 14, 2019 - 6 Comments
MacBook Pro 2010 model

You may have noticed that sometimes you can not power on and boot a MacBook Pro when it doesn’t have a battery installed. Let’s say you had to remove the battery of an older MacBook Pro because it was swelling, or the battery failed for some other reason, but when you go to power on … Read More

How to Put iPhone 7 Plus & iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode

Jun 13, 2019 - Leave a Comment

Knowing how to put an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode can be valuable knowledge, as it is sometimes necessary for troubleshooting purposes. Typically the need to use Recovery Mode is limited to troubleshooting some more unusual scenarios like when a device is completely stuck on an  Apple logo, or if … Read More

How to Downgrade iOS 13 Beta to iOS 12

Jun 12, 2019 - 3 Comments
How to downgrade iOS 13 beta to iOS 12

Want to downgrade from iOS 13 beta back to iOS 12 stable builds? If you installed iOS 13 beta or iPadOS 13 beta onto a compatible iPhone or iPad and now want to revert back to a prior iOS 12 release, you can do so with the assistance of iTunes and a computer. And yes … Read More

How to Create a New Email Compose Shortcut for the Mac Dock

Jun 11, 2019 - 4 Comments
Custom New Mail Compose icon for Automator action built from Emoji and a system icon in MacOS

Heavy email users may find it useful to have a handy Dock shortcut for creating new email messages on the Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll walk through setting up a simple Automator application that will compose a new email message with a set template whenever the app is clicked in the Mac Dock, from anywhere … Read More

How to Install iOS 13 or iPadOS Beta

Jun 10, 2019 - 3 Comments
How to install iOS 13 beta or iPadOS beta

Installing iPadOS 13 beta or iOS 13 beta is easy to do, and though most users should not install it right now, this tutorial will walk through the process for those who are interested in doing so and with access to the developer betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS.

How to Enable or Disable Attention Aware Features of Face ID on iPhone & iPad

Jun 8, 2019 - 1 Comment
Face ID

If you have an iPhone or iPad with Face ID you may want to toggle the devices Attention Aware Features setting to be enabled or disabled. The Attention Aware Features uses the iPhone or iPad camera to check if you are looking at the device before dimming the display, or lowering the volume of alerts … Read More

How to Stop an iCloud Restore on iPhone & iPad

Jun 7, 2019 - Leave a Comment
How to stop iCloud Restore from backup to iPhone or iPad

iCloud backup restores can be stopped at any time on newer iOS devices. This means that if you have chosen to restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iCloud backup, either when setting up a device with a prior iOS backup, or to restore a problematic device as a troubleshooting method, you can … Read More

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