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How to Restore iOS Backups in MacOS with Finder (Big Sur & Catalina)

Sep 28, 2020 - 5 Comments

As you likely know by now, iOS and iPadOS device backups are handled differently in macOS Big Sur and MacOS Catalina compared to Mojave and earlier that ran iTunes. Instead of iTunes for device management, device syncing, backups, and restores are all handled in the Finder now instead. We’ve already explained how to go about … Read More

‌MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 Released, Security Updates for Mojave & High Sierra

Sep 24, 2020 - 3 Comments
MacOS Catalina

Apple has released macOS Catalina 10.15.7 for Mac users running Catalina, along with Security Update 2020-005 High Sierra and Security Update 2020-005 Mojave for Mac users running earlier macOS versions of system software. MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 includes bug fixes to address an issue with wi-fi connections, file syncing with iCloud Drive, and a graphics issue … Read More

Safari 14 for MacOS Catalina & Mojave Released

Sep 16, 2020 - 18 Comments
Safari for Mac

Apple has released Safari 14.0 for users of MacOS Catalina and MacOS Mojave. Safari 14 is also the version of Safari that comes bundled with macOS Big Sur, though Big Sur has yet to be released and remains in beta development. Safari 14 includes a redesigned tab bar and a customizable start page, the removal … Read More

How to Flush DNS Cache in MacOS Catalina & Big Sur

Aug 27, 2020 - 14 Comments
How to Flush DNS Cache in MacOS Catalina & Big Sur

MacOS users may occasionally need to flush DNS cache on their Macs in order to access certain websites, domains, or for troubleshooting purposes. Flushing DNS cache is particularly common with web developers and network admins, but it’s used with some regularity by other advanced users too. This guide will walk through how to flush DNS … Read More

How to Use iCloud Drive File Sharing in macOS

Aug 20, 2020 - 4 Comments
How to Disable iCloud Drive on Mac

Mac users can use iCloud Drive file sharing to easily share files and folders from iCloud Drive with other people. This cloud sharing capability also exists on iPhone and iPad, and it works similar to how Dropbox and Google Drive function, allowing for easy collaboration and sharing of files and documents easily.

macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.6 Supplemental Update Released with Bug Fixes

Aug 12, 2020 - 7 Comments
MacOS Catalina update

‌Apple has released a Supplemental Update to MacOS Catalina 10.15.6 for Mac users running the Catalina release on their computers. macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.6 Supplemental Update includes bug fixes specifically aimed at improving stability for virtualization apps (like VMWare, VirtualBox, and Parallels), and resolves an issue with new model iMac (2020 Retina 5k) where the screen … Read More

What the ‘Legacy System Extension’ Mac Message Means & What To Do About It

Aug 8, 2020 - 12 Comments
macOS legacy system extension warning

If you’re using a Mac running MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later (including Monterey and Big Sur), you might have seen a new and somewhat cryptic message pop up when your Mac is turned on, or when you use certain apps. Titled “Legacy System Extension”, the message goes on to note that “existing software on your … Read More

How to Make Screen Recordings in MacOS Big Sur, Catalina, & Mojave

Aug 6, 2020 - 9 Comments
macOS Catalina

Recording your screen might be something you do often, or very rarely depending on who you are and what you do. But recording a Mac’s screen is super duper easy no matter who you are, and you don’t even need to install an app to do it. Like with so many things, Apple already included … Read More

How to Clean Install MacOS Catalina

Jul 17, 2020 - 13 Comments
How to Clean Install MacOS Catalina

Some Mac users may wish to perform a clean install of MacOS Catalina onto a Mac. A clean install represents a fresh start, and it’s achieved by erasing all data from the Mac hard drive and then performing a fresh clean installation of MacOS Catalina onto that Mac. A clean install sort of feels like … Read More

MacOS Catalina 10.15.6 Released, & Security Update 2020-004 for Mojave & High Sierra

Jul 15, 2020 - 14 Comments
MacOS Catalina update

Apple has released macOS Catalina 10.15.6, along with Security Update 2020-004 Mojave, and Security Update 2020-004 High Sierra. MacOS Catalina 10.15.6 includes several bug fixes and security patches, and the Security Update 2020-004 for Mojave and High Sierra both include important security fixes for Mac users running macOS Mojave and macOS High Sierra. Separately, Apple … Read More

How to Create a Bootable MacOS Catalina Installer Drive

Jul 14, 2020 - 18 Comments

Some Mac users may wish to create a bootable MacOS Catalina installer drive, typically using a USB flash drive or with another similar small boot disk. Bootable USB installers offer an easy way to upgrade multiple Macs to macOS Catalina, to perform clean installs of MacOS Catalina, to perform maintenance from a boot disk like … Read More

What Are Relocated Items in macOS Big Sur / Catalina & Can I Delete Them?

Jun 15, 2020 - 5 Comments
Relocated Items folder

If you have updated to macOS Big Sur 11 or macOS 10.15 Catalina or later from an older version of Mac OS, you might find a new folder on your Desktop called “Relocated Items”. The Relocated Items folder can be confusing and look scary, especially if you aren’t expecting to see it. But you needn’t … Read More

How to Follow Along With Real-Time Lyrics in Apple Music on Mac

Jun 3, 2020 - 3 Comments
Music app header

Listening to music can be one of the most fun, enjoyable, therapeutic things we can do. But it can be frustrating if you’re forgetting the words to your favorite song, or you haven’t quite mastered the lyrics yet. Fortunately the Apple’s Music app has long offered lyrics to those who want to follow along, but … Read More

MacOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 Supplemental Update Released

Jun 1, 2020 - 3 Comments
MacOS 10.15.5 supplemental update

Apple has released macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 supplemental update, an update to the freshly released build of macOS 10.15.5 for Catalina. The fresh supplemental update includes an important security update and is therefore recommended to all Mac users running Catalina. Separately, Apple also released a security update to iPhone and iPad versioned as iOS 13.5.1 and … Read More

MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 Update & Security Updates for Mojave & High Sierra Released

May 27, 2020 - 11 Comments
MacOS Catalina 10.15.5

Apple has released MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 for Mac users running Catalina. The MacOS 10.15.5 update includes a few new features including a new battery management function for laptops, along with bug fixes and security improvements. Additionally, new security updates are available for Mac users running MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.6.

How to Make Apple Music Playlists on a Mac

May 23, 2020 - 3 Comments

Want to make an Apple Music playlist on the Mac? Playlists are a great way to group all of your songs together in different ways. That might be a collection of your very favorite songs, or a playlist full of songs that remind you about a particular vacation, or a collection of songs for an … Read More

How to Control What Apps Can Access Files & Folders in macOS Big Sur & Catalina

May 18, 2020 - 8 Comments
Mac Finder, where you can copy the path of a file name easily

You can control which apps have access to files and folders on the Mac. This article will walk you through how to manage what apps can access files and folders in macOS.

How to Disable Red Badge Circle on System Preferences in MacOS

May 12, 2020 - 32 Comments
How to hide the red badge icon from MacOS System Preferences

System Preferences in MacOS shows a red badge circle icon when there is an available software update for the Mac. This can be helpful for users who want to be notified of software updates, but it can be annoying to other Mac users who are specifically avoiding a particular software update. For example, many Mac … Read More

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