Do your friends send you a lot of photos and videos as attachments to text messages? If so, these photos and videos could be consuming a fair amount of space on your iPhone or iPad. I recommend that you periodically review these images, save the ones that you want and then delete them. Here are instructions on how to save these images first to your devices’ Camera app and then to your Mac and finally delete them from your iPhone or iPad. Read More
Some iPhone or iPad problems are only resolved by restoring your iPhone or iPad to factory settings. Apple’s support article details how to restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Restoring a device is definitively one of the last techniques I invoke when troubleshooting iPhone or iPad problems. I have only invoked it when more traditional troubleshooting steps have failed to fix a problem. Read More
Do you have an iPhone or iPad that you cannot access? Is it locked by a passcode that you have forgotten? If so, you will need to use Recovery Mode to regain access to this device. Apple’s support article describes how to use Recovery Mode. Here are some important caveats: Read More
Are you trying to start using a new email address and stop using an older one? For example, are you moving homes and thus will no longer be able to keep your old comcast.net email account? Or did you change jobs and thus need to stop using your old employer’s email account? If so, here’s an overview of what this process commonly involves. This transition can take a surprising amount of time and effort. Typically, there are two primary tasks to be accomplished:
- Notify family and friends
- Update all of your online accounts that use your old email address.
Let’s look at each of these in a bit more detail. Read More
Have you ever wondered if you could use the power adapter that came with another model of Mac laptop with your Mac laptop? In most cases, the answer is yes, but there are a few details to be aware of. Apple’s Support article on the subject states the following. “You can use a compatible higher wattage adapter without issue, but it won’t make your computer charge faster or operate differently. Lower wattage adapters will not provide enough power.” Let me elaborate on what Apple states in their support article. Read More
Do you find it tough to read news articles on web sites because of all of the distracting ads? Do you ever want to print web pages without the clutter of ads around the perimeter? If so, use Safari’s Reader view. It’s easy. Read More
Do you use Apple’s Calendar application? If so, one of the easiest ways to add an event to your calendar is the often overlooked Quick Event feature. Here are instructions to add an event to your calendar using Quick Event.
- In the upper left corner of the Calendar window click the plus sign (+) button.
- Type in an event name, such as Haircut,
- Type in a date, such as Mar 18 or Nov 1
- Type in a time or time range such as 8 am or 2:15 to 3:15 pm
- Press the Return key
Your event will be added to your calendar. You can now add more details such as an alarm or note.
If you only entered a start time, like 8 AM, the event’s default duration will be 1 hour.
The event will be added to your default calendar. To change your default calendar click on the Calendar menu, select Preferences, click on General and pick your preferred calendar to be your default.
If you like to use keyboard shortcuts you can press Command-N to activate the Quick Entry window. Type in the event details and press the Return key.