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Topic: Tips

How to free up your Mac's internal storage by moving your iTunes Library to an external drive

03/05/2018, 01:03 pm

A user's music and video collection can be one of the largest consumers of hard drive space on a Mac, and is typically overlooked in favor of other items when it comes time to free up drive space. This guide explains how to shift where iTunes stores all of the content to an external drive.

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How to watch the Oscars & behind-the-scenes streams on Apple devices this weekend

03/02/2018, 12:03 pm

People wanting to watch the Oscars will have a number of live options when the event unfolds on Sunday. Here's how to stream it on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

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How to combine folders in macOS using the hidden Merge options and the Ditto command

03/02/2018, 10:03 am

If you ever need to combine two identically-named folders together, but they contain a mix of old, new, and duplicate files, it's likely you will want to be selective in how they are merged together. AppleInsider offers a basic guide to using the Merge option in Finder to keep only the files you want intact.

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How to personalize your macOS desktop by replacing file and folder icons with other images

03/01/2018, 11:03 am

If the macOS desktop is looking a little boring, or is in need of a little more personalization than a change of background image, one solution could be to change how files, folders, and apps look. AppleInsider tells you how to quickly change the icon for the majority of files stored on your Mac.

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How to backup iPhone data to iCloud before moving to iOS 12

02/28/2018, 07:02 pm

Your iPhone's photos, contacts, messages and other data are precious commodities that shouldn't be siloed on a single device. Learn how to use iCloud Backup to protect your data from being deleted or lost before you update to iOS 12 in this video.

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How to take advantage of the Dock's Stacks to easily access your most-used files

02/28/2018, 12:02 pm

Stacks offer the ability to quickly access regularly used files from the macOS Dock, instead of storing the documents on the desktop. AppleInsider teaches the basics of Stacks, including how to use the feature to create your own easily accessed file collection on the Dock.

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How to see which applications on your Mac are 32-bit and won't be supported in the future

02/27/2018, 06:02 pm

Apple has confirmed that macOS will no longer provide full support for 32-bit apps following High Sierra, and users are starting to see warnings about it. AppleInsider shows you how to check which software on your Mac might be affected by the shift.

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Manage apps that automatically open when you log into your Mac

02/27/2018, 03:02 pm

If it is taking a lot longer for a Mac to boot up than expected, the problem may lie in applications automatically launching when you log into macOS. AppleInsider shows you how to take back control of how your Mac starts up, stopping certain apps from immediately running and adding those that would be more useful.

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How to create a list of all the files inside a macOS directory in seconds with TextEdit

02/27/2018, 10:02 am

On the rare occasion a list of all of the files within a folder are required, there is a simpler way than manually typing it out or creating a collage of Finder screenshots. AppleInsider reveals how to compile the list using TextEdit.

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If you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and your AirPods, disconnect them, then re-link to your iPhone

02/21/2018, 12:02 pm

Reports are circulating that some users are experiencing odd behavior from connected AirPods following the iOS 11.2.6 update -- but there's an easy fix and it will only take a few minutes.

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How to ensure you're getting full credit towards your Move & Exercise goals on Apple Watch

02/20/2018, 03:02 pm

Although the Apple Watch does a lot of its fitness tracking without any help, it isn't perfect, and there are a few things you can do to guarantee the most accurate possible results.

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How to AirPlay to two HomePods on iPhone & Mac (without AirPlay 2)

02/15/2018, 04:02 pm

Though AirPlay 2 with support for multiple HomePods won't ship until later this year, there are ways to use multiple HomePods with your iPhone and Mac right now. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

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Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.

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How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

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How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID

02/14/2018, 01:02 pm

HomePod services like sending text messages or creating reminders can only be accomplished with the Apple ID used to initially set up the device. If you want to change the Apple ID affiliated with your HomePod, you'll need to redo the setup process.

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How to play anything on your HomePod, including vinyl records, with Airfoil and a Mac

02/13/2018, 01:02 pm

Apple's HomePod may be limited in connectivity, but thanks to its support for the legacy AirPlay standard, it's possible to connect basically anything you want to it over Wi-Fi. One of the best ways to do this is with the Airfoil app, available from longtime Mac developer Rogue Amoeba.

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Reminder: Apple includes a tiny AirPlay toggle in iOS 11's Control Center for iPhone and iPad

02/12/2018, 02:02 pm

Apple, in its "infinite wisdom," compacted the Control Center in iOS 11, and gave AirPlay even less of a starring role on it. With HomePod now available and able to have audio streamed via AirPlay, AppleInsider shows you where the AirPlay button is, and two slightly different ways to turn it on.

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Tune HomePod's sound using equalizers in iOS and macOS

02/10/2018, 12:02 am

From multi-array microphones for far-field listening to beamforming tweeters and dynamic audio processing powered by a beefy A8 processor, HomePod is a compact marvel of technology. Despite its smarts, users are unable to access audio output settings as they would a traditional speaker or even Bluetooth devices marketed by companies like Sonos.

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How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

02/09/2018, 08:02 pm

With HomePod, accessing Apple's Siri technology is more convenient than ever. But users might want trigger the virtual assistant on an iPhone rather than a speaker that blasts answers to anyone within earshot. Here's how to do it.

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How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV

02/08/2018, 02:02 pm

Even though the opening ceremony won't take place until Feb. 9, early competition is already getting underway at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. Here's how to watch on your Apple device of choice.

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