macOS: Putting a Recovery Partition on Your Mac (Without Reinstalling macOS)

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

Reinstalling a recovery partition without reinstalling the operating system

When Jeff Butts was mucking about with his trusty Mac Mini, he managed to mangle his recovery partition. Normally, this would mean a complete reinstall of the operating system, but Jeff found another way. Read on to learn how to get your recovery partition back without resorting to a complete reinstall.

Enabling Find My Mac Might Not Work if Recovery Drive Is Damaged or Missing

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Enabling Find My Mac doesn't always work at first

When Jeff Butts was playing around with resetting his firmware and checking the status of Find My Mac, he discovered a deeper problem: the feature depends on a valid and up-to-date recovery drive. Follow along with Jeff to learn how to get past a grayed-out Find My Mac checkbox.

PSA: Find My Mac Has a Serious Security Vulnerability

· Jeff Butts & Adam Christianson · Quick Tip

Find My Mac has a security flaw

Find My Mac is a wonderful utility for locating a lost Macbook. However, its design combined with a common troubleshooting step can leave the security feature seriously flawed. Read on to learn what Jeff Butts and Adam Christianson have discovered, and how to protect yourself even further.

How to Change Your iPhone and iPad's Name for AirDrop

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Give your iPhone or iPad a unique name to avoid AirDrop file sharing confusion

AirDrop is handy for sharing files between your devices, like your iPhone and iPad. If there are lots of other devices nearby named “iPhone” or “iPad,” just like yours, it’s time to change your iPhone’s name so you know those files are going to the right place. Luckily, that’s easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

iOS 10.3 May Have Reenabled Some iCloud Settings - Here's How to Check

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Bugs in the cloud

iOS 10.3 may reset some iCloud settings for users. MacRumors reported that Apple sent out emails to some customers alerting them about the problem. Specifically, the update might “inadvertently reenable” some iCloud services that were disabled. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to check.

macOS: How to Delete Old Versions of Files

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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As a follow-up to last week’s Quick Tip on restoring versions of files, today Melissa Holt is answering a reader’s question about how to delete those old versions. So if you need to, say, remove that one version of a TextEdit document with all those nasty words about your boss, you can do just that!

macOS Sierra: Delete Your APFS Partition the Right Way

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

Delete your APFS partition the right way

If you’ve been experimenting with APFS, perhaps you’ve already tried to delete your APFS partition. You probably found out that it’s not easy. Jeff Butts went through several methods, and has landed on what seems to be the cleanest way to delete your APFS partition when you’re done with it.

5 Things to Consider when Evaluating a VPN for Privacy

· Andrew Orr · Deep Dive

Yesterday we explained what a VPN is and covered the benefits of using one. Today we’re examining how to figure out if you have a trustworthy VPN provider. In place of your ISP, your VPN provider receives your browsing data, and it’s good to shop around and compare privacy policies. Andrew Orr tells us what to look out for.

What Is A VPN, And How Can It Help You?

· Andrew Orr · Deep Dive

Now that Congress have chosen to allow ISPs to sell your data, many people are turning to VPNs to help. But you may not know how VPNs work, or how a VPN can help you browse the web safely. In this article Andrew Orr explores the technical details and gives you our VPN recommendations.

macOS: Decorate Your Email With Apple Mail Stationery

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

An email using stationery in Apple Mail

Email is usually pretty basic, but sometimes you’ll want to really dress up a message you’re composing. With stationery in Apple Mail, Jeff Butts has found that it’s easy to create a gorgeous email perfect for almost any occasion.

iOS: Close Running Apps All at Once

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Close running apps all at once

Even though Apple says this is unnecessary, sometimes when you have a lot of apps running, it can help boost your iPhone’s performance to shut them down. Doing that one by one is a pain, so Jeff Butts found a way to close running apps all at once.

iOS 10.3: How to See Which Apps Are Still 32-bit

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Apple is making it very clear the days of 32-bit app support on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are coming to an end. Lots of developers are working to make sure their apps are 64-bit, but there’s a chance some of the titles you depend on haven’t made the move. If you want to see if any of the apps you’re using are still 32-bit there’s an easy way to check on your iPhone and iPad. Follow along to learn how.

macOS: Using "Restore a Copy"

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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This Quick Tip of the day is about restoring file versions. The fact that you can go back to earlier saved documents is great, but what if you don’t want to replace the one you’re working on when you revert to an old version? Melissa Holt’s got the scoop in this article!

Want to Experiment With an APFS drive? Here's How You Can Do That

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

An APFS volume on macOS Sierra

Under macOS Sierra 10.12.4, you know have limited support for an APFS drive. You won’t find the option to create one in Disk Utility, but Jeff Butts is here to demonstrate how to get the APFS drive created and mounted using Terminal and the diskutil command.

iOS 10.3: Your iCloud Settings Just Got Easier to Manage

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

An iPhone 7. Wonder if the owner has found the new iCloud settings option?

Hidden in the release notes of iOS 10.3 was a listing about a “New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices.” That’s actually a pretty big deal, because it consolidates a number of iCloud settings while also bringing some new functionality to your iOS device. Jeff Butts walks you through these changes.

iOS 10.3: Using "Find My AirPods"

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Apple AirPods with iPhone

This Quick Tip is about the new “Find My AirPods” feature that’s available now with iOS 10.3. If you’ve lost one of those tiny white headphones somewhere in your house, this’ll help you locate it, and Melissa Holt’s gonna tell you how!

macOS: Search Photos on macOS for Whatever You're Looking For

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

search photos on macOS

If you have thousands of pictures in Photos for macOS, you might think it would be impossible to search and find specific ones. Jeff Butts has delved into how to search Photos on macOS, and found that the app is much smarter than he thought.

macOS: Creating an App-Specific Password for iCloud

· Jeff Butts · Tips

Learn how to generate an app-specific password

When you first enable two-factor authentication in iCloud, you might notice some of your apps appear broken. This is because those apps don’t support 2FA, and require app-specific passwords. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he demonstrates how to generate and manage your app-specific passwords.

Pages for macOS: Always Start New Documents With Specific Template

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Change Pages for macOS to always open with a blank document or some other template

Pages for macOS is a great app, as are its cousins Numbers and Keynote. What many people don’t think is so great is having to select a template every time you want to begin a new document. Jeff Butts shows us how to configure any of the three iWork Suite apps to launch new documents in the Blank template or any other template of your choosing.