How to View VPN Connect Time on iPhone or iPad

Feb 5, 2020 - 4 Comments

VPN on iPhone or iPad

If you use a VPN with iPhone or iPad you may be wondering how to see how long you have been connected to the VPN for from an iPhone or iPad. Have you been connected for a few minutes, a few hours, or days? No reason to wonder, as you can find this information directly regardless of the VPN provider in use.

Both iOS and iPadOS make finding and viewing the connected time to a VPN easy to see, though this information is a bit hidden so it’s also easy to overlook if you’re not sure where to look. This article will show you how to view the amount of time you have been connected to a VPN for.

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

iMessage Not Working on Mac? How to Fix & Troubleshoot Messages in MacOS

Feb 4, 2020 - 1 Comment

How to Fix iMessage Not Working on Mac

The Messages app on Mac allows you to send iMessages easily to and from the computer to any other iPhone, iPad, Mac, or iPod touch that is also using the iMessage protocol. Messages usually works just fine, but sometimes there can be issues encountered that prevent the iMessage feature from working in MacOS. Usually this manifests as an inability to send messages through the app, or time-outs when attempting to send messages that seemingly take forever, or failed attempts at sending messages from the Mac, and in any case iMessage appears to not work properly or as expected in Mac OS.

This guide will walk through troubleshooting steps to fix and resolve issues where iMessage is not working on a Mac.

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How to Switch Wi-Fi Networks on iPhone & iPad from Control Center

Feb 4, 2020 - 3 Comments

How to Switch Wi-Fi Networks from Control Center on iPhone

Ever wished you could quickly change wi-fi networks on iPhone or iPad? How about switching wireless networks right from the Control Center? Control Center is a handy feature allows users to quickly toggle certain functions like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, and more. With each new iteration of iOS, Apple has been adding incremental upgrades to the Control Center to add more functionality and further enhance the end-user experience. The latest version of iOS however, takes it a whole new level, and it adds the ability to toggle between wireless networks right from the quick access panel.

Most of us are constantly on the move, and we might often find ourselves switching between the Wi-Fi networks depending on where we are. Traditionally in order to do this, users had to open the iOS Settings app, go to the Wi-Fi section and then change the network from there, which as you can tell, is far from convenient. With iOS 13 (and later) though, you can now switch wi-fi networks without even having to leave your device’s home screen or lock screen, instead just open Control Center and use this nifty trick.

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

How to Change FaceTime Caller ID on iPhone & iPad

Feb 3, 2020 - 1 Comment

Incoming FaceTime call screen

Whenever you make a FaceTime call on an iPhone or iPad the person you are calling will see your caller ID. That ID could be your phone number, or an email address associated with your device, but if it’s one that they don’t already have saved as a contact they won’t know it’s you. It’s important to make sure your caller ID is correct for that reason, otherwise someone may not answer your FaceTime calls. So, what if you want to change you FaceTime caller ID on iPhone or iPad? It turns out that’s pretty easy, as we’ll show you.

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

How to Delete VPN from Mac

Feb 2, 2020 - Leave a Comment

How to remove a VPN on Mac

If you have previously setup a VPN on Mac but no longer use the VPN service, you may want to delete and remove the VPN from MacOS. Additionally, you may wish to remove a VPN configuration from a Mac that is not needed for a particular purpose, job, or enterprise anymore.

Removing a VPN from the Mac is incredibly simple, and if you manually configured a VPN then you’ll be impressed at just how easy it is to delete the VPN especially compared to the manual setup process which is much more complex.

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

How to Disable In-App Ratings & Reviews on iPhone & iPad

Feb 1, 2020 - 3 Comments

How to Disable IIn-App Ratings & Reviews

Have you ever used an app where you received random pop-ups out of nowhere asking you to rate their apps and write a review? Kind of annoying, right?

Most long-time iPhone and iPad users have probably closed dozens or even hundreds of annoying review request pop-ups that does nothing more than hamper the app usage experience. Apps that constantly ask for ratings and reviews are a nuisance for many users, and let’s be honest, how often have you actually rated these apps because of the review pop-ups?

Fortunately Apple has been taking notes, as they’ve added an option that allows users to disable these unnecessary in-app review pop-ups.

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

How to Switch Between Slide Over Apps on iPad

Jan 31, 2020 - 2 Comments

Slide over on iPadOS

In the latest versions of iPadOS, Slide Over for iPad allows for multiple apps to be in the Slide Over mode, sort of like running an iPhone app on the side of the iPad screen. Accordingly, you can also switch between apps that are in Slide Over on the iPad.

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

How to Sync Music to iPhone with MacOS Catalina via Finder

Jan 30, 2020 - 9 Comments

Finder music syncing

Apple completely changed the way that we sync data to our iPhones and iPads with the arrival of macOS 10.15 Catalina and later versions of MacOS. The removal of iTunes is something that has been a long time coming, but now that it’s here a ton of people are left wondering – just how do I sync music from Mac to my iPhone or iPad now?

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By Oliver Haslam - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

How to See & Change What Apps Can Access Health Data on iPhone

Jan 30, 2020 - 1 Comment

Health app data control on iPhone

The more sensors and gadgets that we wear the more our phones and watches know about us, and if you use some of the various Health apps and fitness trackers you’ll find personal health data can be gathered as well. You might be surprised just how much data your iPhone and Apple Watch can collect and gather, and while it can be really useful to have access to that Health data yourself, you might not want some other apps to access all of it, or some of it. Thankfully Apple knows that and provides a simple way to make sure only the apps you give permission to can see Health information about you.

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By Oliver Haslam - Apple Watch, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

How to Delete All Email on iPhone & iPad with iOS 13

Jan 29, 2020 - 5 Comments

How to delete all emails from iPhone or iPad

Want to delete all emails from iPhone or iPad? You can easily remove every email from the Mail app on any iPhone or iPad with the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS, and the process is the same on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models.

This tutorial will walk through how to delete all emails from Mail app on any iPad or iPhone running iPadOS 13, iOS 13, or later releases of system software.

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iOS 12.4.5 Update Released for Older iPhone & iPad Models

Jan 28, 2020 - 16 Comments

iOS 12.4.5 update

Apple has released iOS 12.4.5 for a select group of older model iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that are unable to run the latest iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 releases.

According to the brief release notes accompanying the download, iOS 12.4.5 “provides important security updates” and is therefore recommended for all eligible users to install on their devices. No new features are expected to be included in the release.

The iOS 12.4.5 update is available specifically for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 16 Comments

MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 Update Released & Security Updates for Mojave & High Sierra

Jan 28, 2020 - 25 Comments

macOS Catalina 10.15.3

Apple has released macOS Catalina 10.15.3, which includes bug fixes and security updates to the Mac Catalina operating system.

Separately, Mac users running Mojave or High Sierra will find new Security Updates available for those respective operating systems.

Additionally, iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 were released as updates, along with watchOS 6.1.2 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 13.3.1 for Apple TV.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 25 Comments

iOS 13.3.1 & iPadOS 13.3.1 Update for iPhone & iPad Released

Jan 28, 2020 - 6 Comments

iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1

Apple has released iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 for iPhone and iPad users. The release includes bug fixes, security improvements, and feature enhancements. The full release notes for the system software versions is available below.

Additionally, iOS 12.4.5 is available for older iPhone and iPad models that are not able to run the latest iOS and iPadOS 13 versions.

Separately, Apple has also released MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 for Mac, watchOS 6.1.2 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 13.3.1 for Apple TV, Security Update 2020-001 for macOS Mojave and High Sierra, all of which are also bug fix or security releases.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 6 Comments

How to Find a Lost iPhone, iPad, or Mac with Find My from iPhone or iPad

Jan 28, 2020 - 1 Comment

Find My iPad App

Apple’s Find My app and service is a wonderful way of locating and hopefully retrieving lost iPhones, iPads, and Macs. So if you think you’ve misplaced or lost a device, don’t freak out. As long as you’ve done a little setup beforehand – we’ll get to that later – you can use an iPhone or iPad to find your missing device.

This article will show you how to find a lost iPhone, iPad, or Mac by using the FindMy app from an iPhone or iPad. You can also perform this action on a Mac as detailed here if for example you misplaced an iPhone but have your Mac nearby instead.

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

How to Restore Lost Contacts from iPhone with iCloud

Jan 27, 2020 - 3 Comments

How to Restore Lost Contacts from iCloud

Worried about lost contacts from iPhone, iPad, or Mac? If you are looking to recover and restore lost contacts, the instructions here will help walk you through the process by using iCloud to recoup contact information that has gone missing from a device.

Contacts are extremely important to stay in touch with your friends, family members and colleagues, regardless of what smartphone you’re using. Anyone would be infuriated when they realize all their contacts are missing from their phone. This is a rare problem but it can occur with iPhone and iPad users, particularly if they run into issues like losing contacts and other data after a major iOS software update, accidentally deleted them some other way, or even losing some contacts after syncing or restoring a device from an iTunes backup. Thanks to Apple’s cloud storage service called iCloud, users don’t really have to worry too much about permanently losing their contacts anymore, as you can use a handy feature to recover and restore lost contacts which can be used for iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other devices too.

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How to Cancel Subscriptions on iPhone & iPad

Jan 26, 2020 - 4 Comments

How to Cancel Subscriptions on iPhone

Have you ever wondered how to cancel subscriptions from an iPhone or iPad? It’s pretty easy once you learn how. If you use an iPhone or iPad, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve subscribed to some services that require you to pay on a monthly or annual basis. These may include streaming music and video services, cloud storage services, and a lot more like Netflix, Apple Music, iCloud, Apple Arcade, and Disney+ to name a few.

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By Hamlin Rose - iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 Beta 3 Available for Testing

Jan 25, 2020 - 1 Comment

MacOS Catalina beta

MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta 3 has been for testing by Apple. Mac users who are currently enrolled in the Mac system software beta testing program will find the new beta software update available to download now.

The latest MacOS Catalina beta arrives a few days after iOS 13.3.1 beta 3 and iPadOS 13.3.1 beta 3 were released for testing for iPhone and iPad users.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Automatically Download Apple Music Songs on iPhone & iPad

Jan 25, 2020 - Leave a Comment

How to Automatically Download Apple Music Songs on iPhone

How would you like to automatically download songs from Apple Music to your iPhone or iPad? That’s an option if you have subscribed to Apple Music.

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