How to Play Fortnite on iPhone & iPad via Xbox Cloud Gaming

May 29, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Play Fortnite on iPhone and iPad with Xbox Cloud Gaming

Want to play Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad again? You can do that for free, thanks to Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Fortnite is one of the most popular online games ever made, but because of the drawn out Epic v Apple legal battle, Fortnite was officially pulled off of the App Store, making the game unavailable to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. But not anymore, thanks to the magic of cloud gaming.

While playing Fortnite in a browser has been possible for a while with GeForceNow from Nvidia, now a new offering is available from Microsoft that allows users to play Fortnite on their phones and tablets again, courtesy of Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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Silence an Alarm on Family Members iPhone / iPad

May 28, 2022 - 1 Comment

Stop a family members alarm on their iPhone

Have you ever been in the situation where someone set an alarm on their iPhone or iPad and it is blaring away, but perhaps they aren’t nearby to turn it off, or maybe you want to let them continue sleeping or something similar?

If you use Family Sharing, you’ll be happy to know that you can silence a family members alarm on their device, with just a simple Siri command from your iPhone or iPad. You don’t even need to touch their device.

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How to Make Incoming iPhone Calls Show as Full Screen Again

May 27, 2022 - 4 Comments

Make Incoming iPhone Calls Take Up Full Screen

Modern versions of iOS for iPhone default to incoming phone call alerts being shown as a small banner across the top of the screen when the iPhone is in use, but you may recall that earlier versions of iOS had incoming calls take up the full screen, making them very obvious and impossible to miss an inbound call.

If you or someone you know would prefer the old style full screen incoming call display, perhaps because they’re missing calls or just don’t care for the banner, you can make a settings change to return to the old style where inbound calls appear on the full screen of iPhone. And of course you can change it back again to the modern default of showing as a compact banner that can be dismissed with a swipe.

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

Center a Notes Window in Split View on iPad

May 26, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Centered Note in Split Screen View on iPad

If you regularly use split screen mode on iPad to view two apps side-by-side, and one of those apps is Notes, you may appreciate this little trick that allows you to center a Notes window, hovered above the split view.

To use this trick, you must have the Notes app open as one of the split screen view apps. The rest is super simple once you learn how it works.

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“Touch ID to Log In” Stuck on Mac Touch Bar? Here’s the Fix

May 25, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Safari Touch ID to Log In stuck on Mac Touch Bar

Owners of a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may occasionally run into an issue where the Touch Bar gets stuck on a “Touch ID to Log In” screen, often with a Safari icon, displaying even if Safari is not the foremost app on the Mac.

Tapping on the ‘Cancel’ button on the Touch Bar doesn’t do anything, and the “Touch ID to Log In” message persists on the Touch Bar. You can attempt to put your finger on the Touch ID reader to login (to whatever mystery site or login is requesting the login… if you trust not knowing), but even that doesn’t dispel the message from being stuck on the Touch Bar.

There’s a pretty simple remedy to this issue, and you can fix a stuck “Touch ID to Log In” message on a Mac Touch Bar relatively easily with just a few steps.

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How to SSH to Mac from iPad

May 24, 2022 - 7 Comments

SSH to Mac from iPad

Want to SSH into your Mac, from your iPad? SSH is pretty easy to setup, so if you’d like to have Terminal access of an iMac from an iPad Pro, for example, you’ll be up working in no time at all.

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How to Clear Icon Cache on Mac

May 23, 2022 - 1 Comment

Clear icon cache on the Mac

Occasionally, Mac users may notice that icons in the Finder of MacOS or the Dock of MacOS either display as generic icons, or the icons do not align with what they should (for example, seeing a generic document icon instead of a PDF thumbnail, or seeing a VLC icon instead of a zip archive icon, or seeing a generic application icon rather than Safari icon).

If you experience an issue with the icon display on the Mac, you can manually clear the icon cache, which will force the icon cache to rebuild, thereby resolving the inaccurate display of icons on the Mac.

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How to Silence the iPhone Camera Shutter Sound with Live Photos

May 22, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Take silent photos on iPhone without the shutter sound effect

Would you like to snap iPhone photos in silence? As you know, the iPhone and iPad makes a camera shutter sound whenever you take a picture. The sound effect offers auditory feedback to acknowledge that a photo was taken, but there are times where you’d probably like to have the camera be silent too.

You may already be familiar with the traditional method of turning off the camera sound on iPhone by using the mute switch. Using the mute switch on the side of the iPhone will disable the shutter sound effect and allow you to take quiet pictures, but in some countries, like Japan, the mute switch does not silence the camera sound. This is due to privacy laws in Japan that make it so that you can not take another persons photo without their permission.

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How to Force Restart, Shutdown, and Restart iPhone SE 3

May 21, 2022 - 3 Comments

iPhone SE 3

If you have a new iPhone SE 3 (the 2022 model) you may be wondering how to perform common troubleshooting tasks, like force restarting the iPhone SE, or shutting it down and turning it off, to initiating a standard restart on the device.

These procedures are simple once you learn how they work, so read along to discover the processes for the latest iPhone SE model.

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How to Turn Off / On Backlight on iPad Magic Keyboard

May 20, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Turn off backlight on iPad Magic Keyboard

If you want to turn off the backlight on the iPad Magic Keyboard connected to your iPad Pro or iPad Air, it’s pretty easy to do. Some users may wish to do this to avoid the distraction of the backlit keys, or to save battery life on their connected iPad.

You likely already know by now that the backlit keyboard will turn itself off and on automatically based on ambient lighting conditions, so if you’re in a very bright room the backlight will turn off, and in a dim room it will turn itself on. But what if you want to turn it off even in a dark room or dark environment? And what if you want turn the backlight on for the Magic Keyboard regardless of what environment you’re in? We’ll show you how to turn off and on the backlighting feature of the iPad Magic Keyboard.

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How to Reboot Apple Studio Display

May 19, 2022 - 2 Comments

Apple Studio Display 5k

The Apple Studio Display is a beautiful monitor and screen, both visually and in terms of the picture quality.

But sometimes the Apple Studio Display misbehaves, and problems can happen with it that require the Apple Studio Display to restart. Maybe the sound has stopped working properly or at all, the web camera is frozen, or the resolution won’t change. With no physical buttons on the Apple Studio Display, how do you restart the screen? It’s a little comical, but the solution to reboot the monitor is easy enough.

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Beta 1 of macOS 12.5, iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6 Released for Testing

May 18, 2022 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, MacOS Monterey public betas

Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, and macOS Monterey 12.5 to users enrolled in the beta testing programs.

The new beta builds come just after the final versions of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 along with macOS Monterey 12.4 were released to the public.

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Can’t Scan QR Codes with iPhone / iPad Camera? Here’s a Fix

May 18, 2022 - 1 Comment

Fix QR code scanner not working on iPhone or iPad

As you may know, the iPhone and iPad camera can scan a QR code simply by pointing the devices camera at a QR code. Easy enough, right? Well, not if it doesn’t work. Sometimes users may find that QR code scanning is not working on their iPhone or iPad camera, and this can be an understandably frustrating experience.

Fortunately, it’s typically a super easy fix to get QR code scanning working again on iPhone and iPad cameras. Read along and you’ll be back to scanning QR codes in no time.

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How to Delete /AppleInternal from Mac

May 17, 2022 - 7 Comments

AppleInternal folder on Mac

Some Mac users have found that a directory called AppleInternal is sitting in the root of their Macintosh HD. The folder itself is empty, but is not removable through the typical means.

/AppleInternal is apparently used by Apple for internal development purposes, and thus likely has no benefit or reason to be installed on an average users Mac. Why it is included on some MacOS installations with new Macs (and apparently some reinstalls too) is a bit of a mystery, since these are not Apple employee computers.

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iOS 15.5 & iPadOS 15.5 Updates Available to Download

May 16, 2022 - 3 Comments

iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 update

Apple has released iOS 15.5 for iPhone, and iPadOS 15.5 for iPad.

The software updates include a few minor features and changes, along with security updates. The full release notes are listed below.

Additionally, Apple released macOS Monterey 12.4 for Mac, an Apple Studio Display update which requires the 12.4 macOS update, along with updates to Homepod, WatchOS, and tvOS.

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macOS Monterey 12.4 Released to Download

May 16, 2022 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Monterey 12.4

Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.4 to all Mac users running the Monterey operating system.

According to Apple, macOS 12.4 includes improvements to the Podcasts app, support for a firmware update for the Apple Studio Display camera, and security enhancements.

Separately, Apple has also released iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5, along with updates to watchOS and tvOS.

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Create Quick Notes on iPad from Anywhere with a Swipe Gesture

May 16, 2022 - 2 Comments

How to Use Quick Notes on iPad

The iPad has a great feature called Quick Notes that allows you to instantly create a new note on the iPad from anywhere, with just a swipe gesture.

You can use the Quick Note gesture with a finger, or with Apple Pencil. And it works with any iPad running iPadOS 15 or later. If you haven’t tried out Quick Note yet, it’s super easy to use and very convenient, so let’s check out how this works.

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

How to Screen Record an Android from Mac

May 15, 2022 - Leave a Comment

Record Android Screen from Mac

If you’re a Mac user who has an Android phone for personal or professional use, you may be happy to learn that you can easily record the screen of the Android from the Mac, thanks to a free third party app.

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