WhatsApp may give you end-to-end encryption for your conversations, but it’s stunningly simple to log into your account unless you enable two-step verification. Read on to learn how.
Lost some notes out of the Mac’s default Notes app? Never fear—as long as you have a backup! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll go over how to recover your database from Time Machine, but there are a lot of caveats. A lot. Pay attention to the warnings before you get started!
The Mac’s built-in Photos program has a way that you can export Live Photos as GIFs…well, some Live Photos, that is. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to get this to work!
If you have an old iPhone sitting around you want to unlock so it can be used on another carrier’s network you’ll need to its IMEI number. Read on to learn where it’s hiding.
Today’s Quick Tip is on a fancy new security feature of the latest releases of macOS and iOS. It can protect you! But only if you pay attention to it. We’ll go over what it’s telling you and what you should do—or not do!—when you see it.
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.
The newest version of Safari has a handy-dandy way to sort bookmarks by name (or by URL), and we’ve got the scoop on how to do it…and how to undo it if you want to. (At least temporarily.) Come on in and read all about it!
When Apple released iOS 11.3 last week some handy new features went relatively unnoticed, like the ability to sort App Store reviews. It’s a handy feature, and easy to use. Read on to learn how it works.
macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 gets us a step closer to ditching 32-bit mode for apps. In fact, you can force your Mac to run only in 64-bit mode if you aren’t afraid to pay a visit to the command line. Read on to learn how.
HomePod is pretty much a hands-off device for maintenance, but what if you want to start a software update right now? Here’s how to update your HomePod software when you want.
If you want to lock your Mac’s screen quickly when you’re walking away from it, there are lots of ways you could do so. In this Quick Tip, we’ll give you a few suggestions, but we’ll also show you how to add a shortcut to your screen saver to your Dock, which’ll mean a one-click way to lock your Mac when combined with certain security settings. We’ve got you covered!
If your machine shipped with Yosemite, for example—and you’d like to wipe its drive and reinstall that version of the Mac’s operating system—there’s a keyboard shortcut for that! In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to do so, along with giving you some other neat startup tricks.
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.
Today’s Quick Tip is about pausing printing—and then having your printer resume on a specific page! No, you don’t have to cancel your print job if you forgot to tell your Mac to print only a range of pages, and we’ll tell you how to get around doing that.
There are a few simple text-replacement features you can turn on (or off, if you prefer) for your Mac, which’ll correct your spelling, add a period when you tap the spacebar twice, or capitalize words automatically. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover where those settings live—and how you can override them in individual apps!
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.
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.
If Amazon’s Alexa feels a little too chatty for you, there’s a fix for that. It’s called Brief Mode, and it’s easy to enable.
Amazon added a new feature to its Alexa voice assistant platform that saves you from having to say the trigger word multiple times when you’re speaking a series of commands. The feature is called Follow-Up Mode, and here’s how to enable it.
Today’s Quick Tip is all about those grey suggestions in Calendar and Contacts that may be coming from other apps around your Mac. If you’ve made a flight reservation and see that event show up automatically on your calendar, that may be handy! But if you’d rather someone’s business phone number not get added to her contact card, for example, you may find the feature less helpful. We’ll tell you how to stop this from happening in either program!