How to Turn Off 3D Touch (And Why You Might Want To)

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

3D Touch folder notifications

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re covering something that’s relevant for folks with dexterity problems—how to turn off 3D Touch. It’s also relevant if, you know, you just don’t like your screen having different levels of press available!

watchOS 5: How to Silence Siri

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Apple Watch and Siri

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover how to shut Siri up on the Apple Watch—and it doesn’t involve Silent Mode. If you’re easily embarrassed by your voice assistant shouting at you, then you’ll like this!

iOS 11: How to Use Smart Invert

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iOS 11

The iPhone and iPad’s accessibility features offer a sort of “dark mode” that’ll invert the colors on your screen without messing with images and other media. It’s awesome for those who have trouble viewing iOS devices using the default color scheme, but it’s also handy to make your screen less bright in the dark!

How to Make Your iPhone Default to Speaker for Calls

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iPhone X

If you use the speaker on your iPhone during calls more often than not, then set that as the default! We’ll tell you how to change this setting so you won’t have to tap the darned button every time.

How to Control Which Apps Can Access Your Google Account

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Google Apps with account access settings

If you’re concerned about, or just aren’t sure, which apps and services have access to your Google account there’s an easy way see and even revoke access. Read on to learn how.

How to Use Screen Time in iOS 12

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iOS 12 Screen Time settings

iOS 12 makes it easier to manage how much time you spend each day gaming, surfing social networks, and watching movies on your iPhone or iPad. You need to use the new Screen Time feature, and it’s easy to set up.

How to Install macOS Mojave System Updates

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iMac with macOS Mojave Software Update Preferences

In macOS High Sierra and earlier operating system updates show up in the Updates tab in the App Store, but not so in macOS Mojave.

macOS Mojave: How to Enable Dark Mode

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Mojave Dark Mode settings

One of the more visible features in macOS Mojave is Dark Mode. It’s off by default, but easy to turn on. Here’s how.

How to See Where Apple Tracks You on Your iPhone and iPad

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iOS 11 Significant Location settings

Your iPhone and iPad use Location Services to track places you go that it deems important to you. That’s either really cool, or super creepy, depending on your point of view. Here’s how to see the significant locations where your iPhone and iPad have tracked you.

How to Stop Video Autoplay in the iOS App Store

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

new app store ios 11

The iOS App Store on your iPad or iPhone may autoplay video demos of the apps you’re looking through; if you find that annoying (or don’t want such a thing eating up your cellular data!), come on in and learn what to do in today’s Quick Tip.

How to Change DNS Entries on the Mac

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iMac with macOS Network Settings

If you aren’t happy using the default DNS servers your ISP or local coffee shop provides with your Mac, you can change them. It’s pretty easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

Here's What You Need to Know About Managing Your FaceBook Account

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Locking down your Facebook privacy settings

Facebook digs pretty deep into our personal lives, but that doesn’t mean you have to blindly hand over all of your intimate details. Check out The Mac Observer’s tips on managing your Facebook privacy settings, deleting posts, shutting down your account, and more.

Here's How to Block Facebook Platform Data Sharing

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Facebook Platform settings to disable all apps and services from linking to Facebook

Cambridge Analytica worked Facebook’s own system to harvest millions of profiles and then used that data in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. That was all thanks to Facebook Platforms, which is a feature you can disable. Read on to learn how.

Here's How to Disable Face ID for Specific Apps

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iPhone X Face ID settings to disable specific apps from authenticating with your face

Face ID is handy for authenticating in apps as well as unlocking your iPhone X. If you don’t want to use Face ID to unlock an app, however, you can selectively turn the feature off. Here’s how.

iOS: Choosing How Far Back to Sync Events

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

You can actually choose how far back you’d like to go when syncing your calendars to your iPhone or iPad—just a month, say, or the whole kit and caboodle. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to configure this setting!

Working Smarter with macOS Preferences

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

We sometimes forget there are myriad options we can set for our Macs. Starting with his first book (Dr. Macintosh) and countless times thereafter, our own Dr. Mac has implored readers to poke around and try various settings, explaining that it’s quite difficult to break a Mac by merely changing a Control Panel (old-school) or System Preferences (modern) setting.