How to Access iCloud Photos from Windows PC

Jan 8, 2020 - 3 Comments

How to Access iCloud Photos from Windows PC

Have a Windows PC and want to access iCloud Photos? You can do that with ease as you’ll find out in this article.

Since Apple introduced iCloud eight years ago, the service has been widely used to store photos, as they take up a chunk of physical storage space. For many users this is more convenient as well, considering the data is synced automatically across all the Apple devices owned by the user. If you’re one of those iPhone and iPad users who utilize iCloud to store your pictures, but couldn’t figure out how to access them on your Windows PC, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a good chance you assumed you needed a Mac because its a service operated by Apple, but that’s not the case at all.

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By Hamlin Rose - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Find AirPods Serial Number (& AirPods Pro)

Jan 7, 2020 - Leave a Comment

How to Find AirPods & AirPods Pro Serial Number

Need to find the serial number of AirPods or AirPods Pro? Perhaps you want to check the warranty status of AirPods, you’re going to use an AppleCare service claim, you need their serial number for insurance purposes, or for any other number of reasons that you may need the unique serial number for AirPods.

There are several ways to get the serial number of AirPods Pro and AirPods, we’ll show you the two easiest methods and offer another alternative as well.

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How to Disable Lock Screen Notifications on iPhone & iPad

Jan 6, 2020 - 3 Comments

How to Disable Lock Screen Notifications

Want to hide notifications from your iPhone lock screen? Maybe you don’t want any notifications showing up on the locked screen of an iPad? We all receive several notifications from multiple apps on our iPhone and iPad on a daily basis, and we glance through most of them from our device’s lock screen. Although this may be a lot more convenient since you don’t really have to unlock your phone, this convenience of visible lock screen notifications could come at the cost of privacy.

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By Hamlin Rose - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Enable Light Appearance Mode on iPhone & iPad

Jan 5, 2020 - 2 Comments

How to change to Light theme on iPhone and iPad

Want to change the visual theme of your iPhone or iPad to the Light appearance theme? If you’re using Dark Mode on iPad or iPhone, you may decide you want to brighten up the visual look of your device with the Light mode theme.

You can switch to the Light Mode theme at anytime, adjusting the entire visual appearance of iOS and iPadOS with a quick settings adjustment. This process of switching to the Light appearance is the same on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

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

Use iPhone as an Escape Key on MacBook Pro Touch Bar with ESCapey

Jan 4, 2020 - 5 Comments

iPhone escape key for Mac

OK so here’s a silly one, don’t take this too seriously… but as you may know, up until the release of the 16″ MacBook Pro, all MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models removed the hardware escape key along with the function keys and replaced it with the Touch Bar virtual screen. Sometimes they will show a virtual Escape key on Touch Bar and sometimes it won’t, depending on what app is active and what’s going on within the app. If you have a MacBook Pro model without the ESC key but rely on the Escape key often, this could be disappointing or frustrating, but not to worry, now you can use your iPhone as one big Escape key thanks to an app called ESCapey!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone, Mac OS X - 5 Comments

How to Check iPhone Camera Orientation When Taking Photos or Videos

Jan 3, 2020 - 1 Comment

How to check iPhone camera orientation before taking photos or videos

The iPhone camera can take photos in vertical orientation or horizontal orientation. Typically it’s pretty obvious when you’re taking a photo in either landscape or portrait orientation because the iPhone is physically rotated to one side or another, but sometimes it may not be clear. Maybe orientation lock is enabled on iPhone, or maybe you’re taking a picture of something up in the sky, down on the ground, or at an angle.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Quickly Stop Screen Recordings on iPhone & iPad

Jan 2, 2020 - 2 Comments

How to stop screen recording quickly on iPhone and iPad

If you frequently use the screen recorder on iPhone and iPad you might appreciate knowing this easy tip that allows you to quickly stop a screen recording from anywhere, without having to access Control Center.

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

How to Change How Long You Need to Squeeze & Press AirPods Pro

Jan 1, 2020 - 1 Comment

AirPods Pro

Squeezing the AirPods Pro are how you can interact with the earbuds in different ways, but have you ever thought to change the squeeze duration to be longer or shorter to activate the feature you intend to use? You can change all kinds of things about how they work, like how long you need to squeeze an earbud to change active noise cancelling (ANC) mode. This article will show you how to do that.

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By Oliver Haslam - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Order Uber on iPhone with Siri

Dec 31, 2019 - 4 Comments

How to Order Uber with Siri

Want to make booking an Uber ride even easier from iPhone? Try ordering an Uber ride with Siri, your phones built-in personal AI assistant.

Uber is the incredibly convenient ride service that will take you just about anywhere you want to go, and Siri is the incredibly convenient virtual assistant that can perform all sorts of helpful tasks for you – so why not maximize the convenience and combine the utility of the two?

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

How to See Your Top 25 Most Played Songs in Apple Music

Dec 30, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to See Your Top 25 Most Played Songs in Apple Music

Have you ever wanted to see a list of the songs you listen to most on Apple Music? Most of us have a set of songs that we find ourselves often listening to, and if you make use of Apple Music to listen to your favorite songs on your iPhone or iPad, then you’re in luck. Apple Music curates a set of default smart playlists based on your listening habits, and one of them is simply called “Top 25 Most Played”.

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By Hamlin Rose - iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Record Video Using QuickTake on iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro

Dec 29, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone 11

Want to record a quick video with an iPhone? The new QuickTake feature of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max makes it easier than ever to quickly capture video clips.

If you’ve used popular social networking apps like Instagram and Snapchat, there’s a good chance you’re well-aware of the “Stories” feature. These are usually short video clips recorded and shared by holding the shutter icon within the app’s camera interface. Perhaps Apple has taken cues from these apps and added a similar functionality to the redesigned Camera app that comes out of the box with the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Dubbed QuickTake video, the feature allows users to quickly start shooting videos without having to switch to the dedicated video recording section within the Camera app. This makes recording videos a tad more convenient than it used to be on the older iPhones and iPads.

Interested in trying this feature out for yourself to see how it works? Then you’ve come to the right place then. In this article, we’ll be discussing how iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro users could record QuickTake videos using the stock Camera app.

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By Hamlin Rose - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Backup WhatsApp Chats to iCloud on iPhone & iPad

Dec 28, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats to iCloud

Want to make sure your WhatsApp chats and conversations are backed up? You’re in the right place. Regardless of what instant messaging platform you may use, your messages and other media are of huge importance. These could include work-related conversations with colleagues, important plans with family, friends and the list just goes on. This is exactly why you should consider backing up these data to cloud storage services, so you don’t exactly lose them because of a corrupted software update or a simple uninstall/reinstall of the messaging application.

The stock Messages app that’s baked into iOS devices automatically backs up your conversations to iCloud as long as it’s turned on. However, popular third-party messaging services like WhatsApp take a slightly different approach when it comes to backing up your chats.

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How to Change What AirPods Pro Stems Do When Squeezed

Dec 27, 2019 - 2 Comments

AirPods Pro settings

When Apple released AirPods Pro it changed the way they are controlled compared to standard AirPods. Whereas tap controls of the earbuds handled playback controls and Siri of AirPods, AirPods Pro now have a squeeze gesture.

This new gesture can be used to either toggle active noise cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes, or invoke Siri – the choice is yours.

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By Oliver Haslam - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Customize AirPods Tap Controls

Dec 26, 2019 - 1 Comment

AirPods tap controls can be customized

You can change how AirPods respond when you double-tap on them while they’re in your ears. For example, if you want to be able to double-tap on the left AirPod to summon Siri, and double-tap on the right AirPod to play or pause audio, you can configure that easily.

There are a variety of double-tap customizations available for AirPods, including Siri, play/pause/stop audio, skip track, and go back a track, and you can set those double-tap controls separately for both the Left and Right AirPod.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Need a Last Minute Gift? The Ultra Slacker Christmas Shopping Guide

Dec 24, 2019 - 2 Comments

Last Minute Gift Ideas

We all know the feeling; it’s Christmas Eve (or Christmas morning… if you’re the biggest slacker on the planet) and you still need to do some gift shopping. If you’re in need of a last minute gift, either because you like to procrastinate until the literal last moments before shopping or perhaps an unexpected visitor has arrived for the holidays, then gift cards bought from Amazon are an excellent solution.

Whether it’s a gift card to Amazon.com, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Whole Foods, iTunes, Hotels.com, Southwest Airlines, Olive Garden, Nordstroms, if you can think of it, Amazon probably has a gift card available to buy right away with e-delivery.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 2 Comments

Get a Christmas Tree & Blinking Lights on the Mac Desktop with TreetopLights

Dec 24, 2019 - 3 Comments

TreetopLights for Mac

Want to decorate your Mac for Christmas and the holidays? How about putting some blinking Christmas lights and a tree on your Mac desktop?

If you’re feeling festive then you’re in luck, because the classic Mac app TreetopLights still works on many Macs (as long as they have 32-bit apps support anyway, sorry Catalina).

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Fun, Mac OS X - 3 Comments

How to Use Recovery Mode on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dec 23, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to use Recovery Mode on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max

Recovery Mode can be initiated on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max as a means of troubleshooting some particularly challenging problems with the device.

Typically Recovery Mode is only needed in rare occasions, like when the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro is stuck on  Apple logo during boot, or the device is stuck with a connect to computer screen indicator, or sometimes if the computer doesn’t recognize the iPhone at all and the device is stuck in some unusable state.

There are other troubleshooting scenarios as well, where using Recovery Mode can be helpful, in which case the instructions below will guide you through putting an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max into Recovery Mode.

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How to Force Restart iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dec 22, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to force restart iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max

Force restarting an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max may be necessary as a troubleshooting measure sometimes. Usually you’d only need to force restart iPhone 11 / iPhone 11 Pro if the device becomes unresponsive or otherwise unusable for some reason, like an app has frozen or the system software itself has become frozen.

This article will show you exactly how you can forcibly reboot an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Max.

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