Switching To Mac Once you go Mac, you never go back Tue, 25 Jan 2022 19:21:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 How To Pay Someone With Apple Pay on Your iPhone https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/how-to-pay-someone-with-apple-pay-on-your-iphone/#disqus_thread Sandy Writtenhouse]]> Wed, 26 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15578

Apple Pay makes paying for almost anything easy. Simply set up the debit or credit card(s) you want to use in your Apple Wallet, and when ready to check out, […]]]>
Apple Pay makes paying for almost anything easy. Simply set up the debit or credit card(s) you want to use in your Apple Wallet, and when ready to check out, whether online or in person, you can pay with a tap.

Suppose you’ve already set up Apple Pay on your iPhone we’ll show you how to pay with Apple Pay for online and mobile purchases and in brick-and-mortar stores. We’ll also explain how to pay someone with Apple Pay and how to find nearby businesses that accept it.

How To Pay With Apple Pay on the Web or in an App 

If a store accepts Apple Pay, you’ll see the Apple Pay logo at checkout. You may find out ahead of your purchase if they accept Apple Pay using their customer support options.

  1. Select Apple Pay as the payment method when you’re ready to pay. You’ll then see your default card but can tap the arrow to choose another if you prefer. 
  2. Complete any remaining payment details if required.
  3. On your iPhone or iPad, approve the payment by double-clicking the side button and confirm using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode. On Mac, confirm using Touch ID or your password. 

How To Pay With Apple Pay in Person 

If you visit a physical retailer, you can use Apple Pay to check out if you see one of the logos on the payment terminal.

When you’re ready to pay, open your Apple Wallet:

  • Double-click the side button if you have an iPhone that uses Face ID.
  • If you have an iPhone that uses Touch ID, double-click the Home button.

If you don’t want to use the card displayed at the top, tap the other cards at the bottom to view them all. Choose the card you wish to use, and it’ll pop to the top.

Then hold your iPhone up to the payment terminal. 

You’ll see a checkmark on your iPhone screen with Done if the payment is successful.

Unable to Access the Wallet App?

If you double-click the side or Home button to open your Wallet as described above and it doesn’t work, make sure you have the setting enabled.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Select Wallet & Apple Pay.
  3. Confirm the toggle for Double-Click Side/Home Button is turned on (green).

Find Stores That Accept Apple Pay

Once you start using Apple Pay often, you’ll realize how handy it is, so you might want to visit places that offer this convenient payment option.

You can look before you head out the door to see which locations accept Apple Pay in a couple of easy ways.

Just Ask Siri

With Siri as your digital assistant, finding a nearby business that accepts Apple Pay is easy.

Simply ask something like:

  • “Hey Siri, is there a nearby coffee shop that accepts Apple Pay?”
  • “Hey Siri, which gas stations on Main Street accept Apple Pay?”
  • “Hey Siri, can I use Apple Pay at Walgreens?”

Siri should comply with options and answers on your iPhone.

Use the Apple Maps App

The Maps app is another handy tool for finding places that accept Apple Pay. On your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can look for the Apple Pay logo in the business details.

Select a business in Maps and scroll down to the Good to Know section. You will see the logos below Contactless Payments.

How To Pay an Individual With Apple Pay

If you want to send money to a friend or family member, you can also do this with Apple Pay using the Messages app (iMessage). Before you send the money, you’ll choose which credit or debit card you want to use.

  1. Open the conversation in the Messages app. 
  2. Below the message field, tap the Apple Pay button.
  3. Enter the amount you want to send and tap Pay.
  4. Tap the Send button.
  1. Tap the card in the pop-up at the bottom and choose the card you want to use. Disable the toggle at the top for Apple Cash (described below) if turned on. 
  2. Tap the X to close the pop-up.
  3. Verify the payment details, double-click the side button, and confirm the payment with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.

How To Use Apple Cash With Apple Pay

Another convenient feature of Apple Pay is Apple Cash (formerly Apple Pay Cash). If you want to use your Apple Cash balance when you pay with Apple Pay, simply select this card in the Wallet at checkout time. Just be sure you set up Apple Cash ahead of time.

You can also send money to others with Apple Cash. You can loan a friend a few bucks or pay your kids their allowances right through the Messages app.

  1. Open the conversation in the Messages app. 
  2. Below the message field, tap the Apple Pay button.
  3. Enter the amount you want to send and tap Pay.
  4. Review the details which should display Apple Cash as the payment method. 
  5. Tap the Send button and confirm the payment with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode.

Don’t See Apple Cash as an Option?

If you don’t see Apple Cash as an option to pay a retailer or via Messages, make sure it’s enabled.

Open the Settings app and select Wallet & Apple Pay. Confirm the toggle at the top for Apple Cash is turned on.

Other features of Apple Cash include:

  1. Choosing which Apple device can use it.
  2. Adding money from another card. 
  3. Transferring money to your bank account. 
  4. Receiving Daily Cash if you use Apple Card
  5. Using Apple Cash Family

For more, take a look at how to set up Apple Pay on Apple Watch. 

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How to Connect PS5 Controller to iPhone or iPad https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/how-to-connect-ps5-controller-to-iphone-or-ipad/#disqus_thread Sydney Butler]]> Tue, 25 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15559

Apple’s iOS devices have superb game controller support and, unlike Android devices, you can expect any iOS game with controller support to work with any controllers that work with iOS. […]]]>
Apple’s iOS devices have superb game controller support and, unlike Android devices, you can expect any iOS game with controller support to work with any controllers that work with iOS. The Sony PlayStation 5 (PS5) DualSense controller is also supported. If you’re lucky enough to have one, you can easily connect a PS5 controller to your iPhone or iPad for some portable gaming goodness.

Requirements To Use the PS5 Controller

The requirement to connect a PS5 controller with your iPhone or iPad is simply having at least iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5. This update added official support for both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X controllers.

It’s a good idea to update your PS5 controller to the latest firmware version. Unfortunately, there’s no way to do this without a PS5. So if you don’t have a PS5, you may want to ask a console gamer friend or your local game store to let you update your controller with their console.

Which Other Controllers Are Supported?

Suppose you don’t want to use your PS5 controller specifically. In that case, you can use the Xbox Series controller, the Microsoft Xbox One S controller (with Bluetooth support), a PlayStation 4 controller, or any other controller that complies with the MFi standard.

“MFi” is short for Made For iOS, and in the context of controllers, it refers to specific minimum standards Apple wants in a game controller. All games on iOS that support controllers expect those minimum MFi standards, which specify the button layout and capabilities of the controllers for certification.

Some features, such as rumble, are not part of the minimum requirement. But if you have a suitable controller and game combination, you can still enjoy these features.

What Games Can You Play With a PS5 Controller on iPhone or iPad?

While all controller-supporting games from the App Store will work with a PlayStation controller, not all of them will show PlayStation UI elements. This is generally only true of older games, with newer titles automatically switching between PlayStation and Xbox-style UI elements on the screen. All Apple Arcade games with controllers have both Xbox and Playstation UI elements.

Any game that supports controllers on iOS must comply with the MFi standard, so your PS5 controller will work with them all. If a game doesn’t support controller input at all, then you can’t use your PS5 controller or any other controller with it.

Putting Your PS5 Controller Into Pairing Mode

Before we move on to the process of connecting your PS5 controller to an iPad or iPhone, let’s go over how to put it into pairing mode. This is the crucial first step before you can connect it to anything.

Unlike the Xbox controllers, which have a dedicated pairing mode button, the PS5 DualSense controller requires a combo button press to start pairing mode.

You need to hold down the Share/Create button and the PlayStation logo button simultaneously until the light bar under the touchpad starts to flash rapidly in bursts.

This means the controller is in pairing mode. If you want to cancel pairing mode, press the PS button again, and the flashing should stop.

Connecting a PS5 Controller to an iPad

To connect your PS5 controller to an iPad, do the following:

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Select Bluetooth and make sure it’s on.
  3. Put your PS5 controller into pairing mode.
  4. Look for DualSense Wireless Controller under Other Devices and select it.

Your PS5 controller light should stop flashing blue, change color and become steady. You’ll also see it listed under My Devices. You can start up any game with controller support and begin playing right away.

Connecting a PS5 Controller to an iPhone

To connect your PS5 controller to an iPhone, do the following:

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Select Bluetooth and make sure it’s on.
  3. Put your PS5 controller into pairing mode.
  4. Look for DualSense Wireless Controller under Other Devices and select it.

As with the iPad, your PS5 controller light should stop flashing blue, change color and become steady. You’ll also see it listed under My Devices.

Are Direct Cable Connections Possible for iPhone or iPad?

Unlike Android, iOS does not support wired controller connections. So if you were hoping to use a Lightning to USB-C (or C to C) cable to connect your controller, we’re afraid that won’t work at the time of writing. That said, the wireless connection is pretty much flawless in our experience.

Using the Share Button and PS Button in iOS

The Share/Create button on the DualSense controller still does a similar job on an iOS device as it does on the PS5. If you’re in a game and you press and hold the Create button for a second or so, it will capture a highlight clip.

The first time you do this in a game, it will ask for permission to record. So be sure to try it out once before you start playing, so you don’t miss a crucial moment.

The PS button also has a neat function in iPadOS as well.

On an iPad, if you’re not in a game, you can press and hold the PS Button to bring up the games on your device and then launch them using the controller.

This is handy when your iPad is on a stand or plugged into a TV. Since the Apple TV can also work with a PS5 controller, it’s even more useful there.

When in-game, holding the PS button does the same thing, but a regular press of the button in-game will bring up the Game Center menu.

Does the Touchpad Do Anything?

The PS5 controller touchpad is a mappable button that game developers can support. However, you’ll find that most games don’t make use of it since other MFi controllers, apart from the DualShock 4 controller, don’t have this feature.

Customizing the PS5 Controller on iOS and iPadOS

All games that support a gamepad have a default control layout, and some let you change it in-game. However, you can customize the buttons on an operating system level. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select Game Controller.
  1. Select Custom Controls.

Here you can remap the keys to your specific needs or taste.

You may also have noticed that you can switch off haptic feedback (rumble) on the previous screen. If you want to save on battery power or just don’t like it.

Turning Off the PS5 Controller

Turning off a PS5 controller using a PS5 is something you never have to think about, really, but now that you’re using it with something else, how the heck do you turn it off?

There are two ways to turn the controller off. The first is to simply disconnect it from the device you’re using it with. Open the Bluetooth device quick menu and tap on the controller’s entry to disconnect. You’ll see it switch off immediately.

Alternatively, simply press and hold the PS Button until the light bar turns off. This may take more than 10 seconds, but you can release the button as soon as the light’s off.

DualSense Works With Mac Too!

The iPad and iPhone aren’t the only Apple devices that support the PS5 controller. If you have a Mac running at least macOS Big Sur, you can enjoy controller gaming with native Mac games, Apple Arcade games, and (for Apple Silicon users) iOS games.

The process works the same as with iOS devices, simply put your PS5 controller into pairing mode and then add it as a Bluetooth device from the control center:

  1. Select the Control Center icon at the top right of the screen.
  1. Select the right-facing arrow next to Bluetooth when hovering the pointer over it.
  1. Select Bluetooth Preferences.
  2. Put the controller into pairing mode.
  3. Select Connect next to it when it appears as an available device.

Now your DualSense is connected. Unlike the iOS and iPadOS devices, your Mac does support a direct USB connection using the PS5 controller. Simply plug the appropriate USB-C cable into the controller and Mac, and you should be good to go.

Some Troubleshooting Notes

While using a PS5 controller with an iPhone or iPad is fairly simple, we did run into a few speed bumps. The most common issue was moving the controller between different devices. While the PS5 controller would happily pair with the same device it was previously used with, moving it to a different device and then back again invariably meant forgetting the device and pairing from scratch. Sometimes toggling Bluetooth off and on again also helped things along. Other than this minor quibble, it was plain sailing.

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Copy and Paste Not Working on Mac? 6 Fixes to Try https://www.switchingtomac.com/macos/copy-and-paste-not-working-on-mac-6-fixes-to-try/#disqus_thread Sodiq Olanrewaju]]> Mon, 24 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15537

Can’t copy or paste files, texts, and other items on your Mac notebook or desktop? We’ll explain why that happens and recommend possible fixes for copy and paste issues in […]]]>
Can’t copy or paste files, texts, and other items on your Mac notebook or desktop? We’ll explain why that happens and recommend possible fixes for copy and paste issues in macOS.

Before proceeding, confirm that you’re using the correct key combinations assigned to copy, cut, and paste functionalities. As a refresher: “Command + C” copies data, “Command + X” cuts data, while “Command + V” pastes copied data.

These shortcuts may not work if there’s a problem with your Mac’s keyboard. Perhaps, certain keys aren’t working properly on the keyboard. If the hotkeys don’t work, try copying and pasting data from your Mac’s menu bar.

Select a file or text, select Edit on the menu bar, and select Cut, Copy, Paste, or Paste and Match Style.

You can also copy and paste data from the macOS context menu. Select and right-click (or control-click) what you want to copy, right-click or press control + click, and select Copy on the context menu. Head to the destination folder, app, or text field, and select Paste on the context menu.

Try the troubleshooting steps below if you can’t copy and paste on your Mac using any of these methods.

1. Force Close and Reopen Your Apps

If the problem is specific to a few Mac apps; force-quit and re-open the affected app(s). This refreshes the app and possibly restores the copy and paste functionality.

  1. Press Command + Space bar to launch the Spotlight Search. Enter activity monitor in the search box, and press return or select Activity Monitor.

Alternatively, go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.

  1. Select the affected app and select the Stop icon (the x icon) in the Activity Monitor toolbar.
  1. Select Force Quit on the confirmation prompt.

Repeat these steps for all affected apps. Relaunch the app(s) and check if you can copy or paste content.

2. Force Close the Pboard Server

“Pboard” stands for “Pasteboard.” The Pasteboard server is a crucial background process that plays a considerable role in copying and pasting data on your Mac. Pboard functions as macOS’ clipboard daemon—the temporary storage that holds and conveys copied data from the source to the destination folder or app.

Copy and paste may not work on your computer if there’s a problem with the pasteboard server. Force-quitting the process will clear your Mac’s clipboard, refresh the copy and paste functionality, and help set things back in order.

Force Close Pboard via the Activity Monitor

Terminate the pasteboard server in the Activity Monitor, wait for a few seconds, and try copying and pasting content when macOS automatically restarts the process.

  1. Head to Finder > Applications > Utilities and double-click Activity Monitor.
  1. Tap the search icon in the top-right corner.
  1. Type pboard in the search bar and double-click pboard in the Activity Monitor window.
  1. Select Quit.
  1. Select the Force Quit button.

Force Close Pboard via the Terminal

You can also kill system processes using Terminal in macOS. Here’s how to force close the pboard process using a Terminal command.

  1. Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities and double-click Terminal.
  1. Paste or type sudo killall pboard in the console and press return on the keyboard.
  1. Enter your Mac’s password and press return.

Close Terminal and check if you can copy and paste data across all apps.

3. Force Close the WindowServer

WindowServer is another system component that’s crucial to the functioning of the Mac operating system. Terminating WindowServer can help eliminate system-level glitches causing copy and paste not to work on your Mac.

We recommend closing all active applications and saving all ongoing work before force-quitting the WindowServer. That’s because the operation will log you out of your Mac, close all active applications, and refresh your Mac’s operating system.

All closed applications will automatically launch when you sign in to your Mac, but you may lose unsaved data.

  1. Open the Activity Monitor, enter windowserver in the search bar, and double-click WindowServer.
  1. Select Quit.
  1. Select Force Quit.

Enter your Mac’s password on the sign-in screen and check if you can now copy and paste data using keyboard shortcuts and other methods.

4. Reboot Your Mac

If you still can’t copy and paste after trying the troubleshooting fixes listed above, restart your Mac and check again. Ensure you close all open applications before restarting your Mac to avoid losing unsaved data.

Select the Apple logo on the menu bar and select Restart.

5. Boot in Safe Mode

Starting your Mac in Safe Mode can help determine if the problem is caused by corrupt or sketchy third-party software—extensions, startup programs, fonts, etc.

The steps to boot in Safe Mode vary depending on your device’s hardware configuration—Intel-based or Apple Silicon-based Macs. We created a detailed tutorial covering how to boot up and use Mac in safe mode.

Restart your Mac in regular mode and check if copy and paste now work without any issue.

6. Update or Downgrade Your Mac

The first version of major macOS upgrades usually ships with the worst bugs and issues. Copy and paste malfunction is one of the biggest problems with the macOS Big Sur.

Some Mac users who recently upgraded to macOS Big Sur couldn’t find the “paste” option in the context menu when using Finder. Apple has since released an update that fixed this issue. Update your Mac and check if that resolves the problem.

Open System Preferences, select Software Update, and install any update available on the page.

If your Mac is up-to-date and the paste functionality still isn’t showing up, roll back to a stable version of the operating system. This tutorial on downgrading macOS has everything you need to know about rolling back the update on your Mac.

Reset your Mac’s NVRAM and SMC if none of the potential fixes listed here, restore the copy and paste feature on Mac. Visit a nearby Genius Bar or an authorized Apple Service Provider to have your Mac serviced or repaired.

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What Is iCloud Data Recovery Service and How To Set It Up? https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/general-software/what-is-icloud-data-recovery-service-and-how-to-set-it-up/#disqus_thread Sydney Butler]]> Fri, 21 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15516

Losing access to your iCloud data is a nightmare scenario. Still, in iOS 15, Apple has added a new feature called iCloud Data Recovery Service, which can get (some) of […]]]>
Losing access to your iCloud data is a nightmare scenario. Still, in iOS 15, Apple has added a new feature called iCloud Data Recovery Service, which can get (some) of your data back when the worst happens. It’s easy to set up on iOS or macOS, and if you take the time, you’ll be thanking yourself one day.

What Is the iCloud Data Recovery Service?

The iCloud Data Recovery Service is a feature of iCloud security that lets you regain access to your photos, notes, documents, device backups, and most other types of encrypted data.

Note that there are limitations. First, it has to be data that’s been synced to the cloud. So if your device has been lost or damaged before syncing was possible, the data is unrecoverable.

Second, any data that uses end-to-end encryption can’t be recovered. The point of end-to-end encryption is to hide the data from everyone else, even Apple. Without your passcode (the decryption key), your Keychain, Messages, and health data are not recoverable. To access such data, you need a working device that’s logged into iCloud.

How the iCloud Data Recovery Service Works

The idea behind the iCloud Data Recovery Service is that you’ll nominate a trusted friend or family member to be your backup when you forget both your device passcode and Apple ID password.

Once you’ve nominated your “Account Recovery Contact.” This can be anyone who is over the age of 13, has their own Apple ID, and has an Apple device updated to the latest version of its operating system.

iCloud Recovery and iTunes Backup are Different

As of macOS Catalina, the iTunes application has been replaced by Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV. The iTunes app acted as the central hub where you would sync content to your iOS device and make backups to local storage.

iTunes still exists as a Windows app, and Windows users can use iTunes to make a local backup of their device. If you’re using Catalina or later, you can still make a local backup of your iOS device using your Mac, but that functionality is now in Finder.

Whichever local backup method you choose, this is different from iCloud Data Recovery as you have to manually make a local backup to your Mac or PC

Who Needs To Set Up the iCloud Data Recovery Service?

Unless you have absolutely no one you can trust, it’s probably best for every iCloud user to set up data recovery with a recovery contact. Even if you don’t feel like you need it personally, you may want to act as the recovery contact for someone else. If you have friends or family who are prone to forgetting their credentials, it’s a good idea to convince them to set it up. Remember that this isn’t something that you can activate after the fact.

The steps for activating the service are slightly different depending on the device you’re using. The steps outlined below are for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. 

Setting Up the iCloud Data Recovery Service on iOS

The following screenshots are from an iPhone 11 Pro running iOS 15, but should be similar to any iOS device on iOS 15 or later. To set up iOS Data Recovery on your iPhone, do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select your name.
  1. Select Password & Security.
  1. Select Account Recovery.

On this screen, you can do several things. To set up iCloud Data Recovery, choose Add Recovery Contact and select a trusted person from your contacts.

Once you’ve completed the process, they’ll receive a message, which you can edit first, and if they accept, they can help you get your data back from your iCloud account on iCloud.com if your phone is lost, stolen, or you forget your password.

The other option is to create a recovery key, which makes it possible to recover your account and access your iCloud data without another person’s assistance. However, this option comes with some special considerations, covered later in this article.

Setting Up the iCloud Data Recovery Service on iPadOS

The steps to activate iCloud Data Recovery on an iPad are very similar to iOS. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select your name.
  1. Select Password & Security.
  1. Select Account Recovery.

Like the iPhone method above, you can now add a recovery contact you trust.

Don’t choose the recovery key option until you’ve read our important notes about it below.

Setting Up the iCloud Data Recovery Service on macOS

If you have a MacBook or Mac, the process is slightly different from iOS devices. The following screenshots were taken on an M1 MacBook Air running macOS Monterey. Here’s how to set up iCloud Data Recovery on macOS:

  1. Select the Apple Icon at the top-left of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  1. Select Apple ID.
  1. Select Password & Security.
  1. Select Account Recovery.
  1. Next to Account Recovery, select Manage
  1. Under Recovery Assistance, select the “+” icon to add a recovery contact.

You can also add a recovery key here or enable or disable 2FA, but please read the next section before you do so.

Should You Use a Recovery Key?

If you choose to use a recovery key and lose it, it’s no longer possible to recover your account using the standard Apple account recovery process. It is a more secure way to secure your account since hackers can’t use your information to abuse the standard account recovery process. However, you’ll need your recovery key, a trusted phone number, and an Apple device running at least iOS11 or macOS High Sierra. Since a recovery key is so secure, you need to keep copies of it in a place you won’t lose access to but is also not accessible to unwanted persons.

It’s important to note that you should not set up the recovery key option at this time if you’re already using two-factor authentication (2FA). The recovery key and 2FA recovery method seem to interfere with each other. As mentioned above, using a recovery key blocks the standard recovery method enabled by 2FA. It’s better to pick just one of these two recovery options. If you don’t have elevated security needs, it’s better to stick with 2FA, which is more than enough for most users.

Don’t Just Use One Backup Solution

While it’s good to have a fallback access solution to your iCloud backups, it’s never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket. The good news is that you can easily backup your data to multiple cloud services. 

For example, you can install Microsoft OneDrive or Google Photos and have these apps automatically upload your information to their data centers. So even if you lose access to your iCloud backup, there are other places you can go to get your data back. With so many ways to secure your information, there’s no reason to be the victim of lost data ever again.

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Forgot Mac Admin Password? Here’s How to Get Back In https://www.switchingtomac.com/macos/forgot-mac-admin-password-heres-how-to-get-back-in/#disqus_thread Dilum Senevirathne]]> Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15482

If you don’t use your Mac often, it’s easy to forget the admin password and get stuck at the login screen. Apple understands that, which is why you’ve got multiple […]]]>
If you don’t use your Mac often, it’s easy to forget the admin password and get stuck at the login screen. Apple understands that, which is why you’ve got multiple options to reset the password and help you get back in.

The instructions in this tutorial will walk you through each feasible way of resetting it if you forgot your Mac admin password. Just pick the method that suits you the best.

But first, you need to know the impact resetting a Mac password will have on any passwords stored within your login keychain.

Resetting Your Mac Admin Password vs. Login Keychain 

Your Mac uses a built-in password management system called Keychain to save login details for apps and websites. The problem? 

The login keychain, by default, uses the same password as your user account password to encrypt the data stored inside it. Unfortunately, that means you won’t be able to access its contents despite resetting the admin password.

In that case, you must go to Launchpad > Other > Keychain Access and select File > New Keychain to set up a new keychain. Or, macOS will automatically create one for you. The previous keychain will still be around, so you can access it if you remember your old password.

However, if you use iCloud Keychain to sync passwords with other Apple devices, you should be able to sync everything back quickly to the new keychain.

Reset Admin Password on Mac Using Apple ID

If you use an Apple ID with your Mac user account, it’s possible to reset a forgotten Mac admin password simply by inserting your Apple ID credentials. It’s quick and works on any MacBook, iMac, or Mac mini (Intel or Apple Silicon) running macOS 10.14 Catalina or later. The following steps should help you with that.

1. Take your best shot at guessing your admin password at the login screen. After the third failed attempt, select Reset it using your Apple ID underneath the password field.

Note: If you don’t receive a prompt asking you to reset your password, look for a Question Mark icon inside the password field and select it instead.

2. Fill in your Apple ID username and password and select Reset Password.

3. You’ll receive a notification regarding your current login keychain (if it uses the same password as your admin account). Select OK.

4. Your Mac will automatically boot into macOS Recovery. On the Reset Password assistant that then shows up, select Forgot all passwords?

5. Use the Set Password button next to your admin account.

6. Create a new Mac login password, add a password hint (optional), and select Set Password.  

7. Set up new user passwords for any other accounts that appear within the Reset Password assistant.

8. Select Restart to reboot your Mac normally. Or, select Exit to Recovery Utilities and select the Restart option on the Apple menu.

9. Pick your admin user account and insert the new password to log in.

10. After getting back into the desktop area, your Mac may prompt you to reinsert your Apple ID password. If it does, select Apple ID Preferences. If not, open the Apple menu and select System Preferences > Apple ID.

11. Enter your Apple ID password and any other account details to get everything working as usual again.

Important: If you use iCloud Keychain, your Mac will also request you to enter the passcode of at least one other Apple device (iPhone, iPad, or Mac) you own. That will help you sync your passwords to a new login keychain.

Reset Admin Password on Mac Directly via macOS Recovery

An alternative way to reset Mac’s admin password involves opening the Reset Password assistant directly via the Terminal in macOS Recovery. You can use it in the following instances:

  • You use an Intel or Apple Silicon Mac that hasn’t been signed into with an Apple ID.
  • You’ve forgotten your Apple ID on an Intel Mac (without an Apple T2 Security Chip).

Note: If you use an Apple ID on an Apple Silicon Mac or a macOS device with an Apple T2 Security Chip inside, this method will not work unless you know your Apple ID’s password.

Loading macOS Recovery on an Apple Silicon Mac

1. Turn off your Mac.

2. Press and hold the Power button to turn it back on. Keep holding until you see the Loading startup options message flash on the screen.

3. On the Startup Options screen, select Options > Continue.

Loading macOS Recovery on an Intel Mac

1. Shut down your Mac.

2. Hold down the Command + R keys and press the Power button to turn it back on.

3. Release both keys once you see the Apple logo.

Resetting the Admin Password in macOS Recovery

1. In the macOS Recovery mode screen, select Utilities > Terminal on the menu bar.

2. Type the following command into the Terminal window and hit Enter:

resetpassword

3. On the Password Reset window that shows up, select Forgot all passwords?

4. Select Set Password next to your user account. 

5. Create a new password and select Set Password.

6. Repeat for any other accounts within the list.

7. Select Exit to Recovery Utilities. Then, select Restart on the Apple menu.

8. Log into your Mac using the new admin password.

Reset Admin Password on Mac With Another Admin Account

Another handy method of resetting a Mac’s admin password if you forgot it involves using another administrator account. You (or someone else with the credentials to the account) must follow the steps below.

1. Sign in to the alternate admin account.

2. Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

3. Select Users & Groups.

4. Select Click the lock to make changes.

5. Enter the account’s administrator password and select Unlock.

6. Select the admin account you want to reset on the sidebar and select Reset password

7. Set up a new password for the account. Then, select Change Password.

8. Log out and log back into your usual admin account using the new password.

Reset Admin Password on Mac by Reinstalling macOS

If the methods above don’t work when you forgot your Mac password, you must erase your Mac and reinstall the operating system. However, unless you had Time Machine or another form of backup in place, that will result in data loss.

Also, if you use an Apple ID, you must enter it before or after erasing your Mac due to Activation Lock. This only applies to Apple Silicon Macs and Intel Macs with the Apple T2 Security Chip.

For comprehensive step-by-step instructions, we recommend checking our reformatting a Mac without a password guide. But here are the steps in brief:

1. Restart your Mac computer and enter macOS Recovery (instructions above).

2. Select Disk Utility on the macOS Recovery menu.

3. Select Macintosh HD on the sidebar. Then, select the Erase button to wipe your Mac’s internal storage.

4. Quit the Disk Utility app.

5. Select Reinstall macOS on the macOS Recovery menu.

6. Select Continue on the macOS installation wizard and work your way through the onscreen instructions to reinstall macOS. 

7. After reinstalling macOS, you must connect your Mac to the internet to activate the device. Then, follow the instructions on the Setup Assistant to set up your Mac. 

If you have a Time Machine backup, you can choose to restore your data during or after the setup procedure.

Reset Admin Password on a FileVault-Secured Mac

If you’ve secured your Mac using FileVault, you can use an Apple ID or a FileVault recovery key to reset a forgotten password.  The exact method depends on what you chose when you first activated FileVault.

So type any password three times at the login screen. After the third failed attempt, select Restart and show password reset options. Your Mac will boot into macOS Recovery on its own.

You’ll now have the option of entering your Apple ID or the FileVault recovery key to unlock Mac’s internal storage and reset your admin password. 

If the password reset requires a FileVault recovery key, but you’ve forgotten to note it down, you have no other choice but to erase and reinstall macOS. 

To do that, select Recovery Assistant > Erase Mac on the menu bar in macOS Recovery. On the Erase Mac assistant that then shows up, select Erase Mac again. Unless you have a backup, you’ll lose all your data.

That should erase your Mac. Then, once it boots into macOS Recovery again, choose to reinstall macOS.

Mac Admin Password Reset Complete

As you just saw, using an Apple ID is the quickest way to reset an admin password on Mac. If not, you should still be able to regain access to your account via Terminal in macOS Recovery, a different admin account, or a FileVault recovery key. 

On the off chance that the methods above don’t work or you’ve lost the Filevault recovery key, erasing and setting up your Mac from scratch is your only recourse. If you’re dealing with Activation Lock-related issues on a Mac you own, contact Apple Support for help.

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How To Use Safari Tab Groups on iPhone, iPad, and Mac https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/safari/how-to-use-safari-tab-groups-on-iphone-ipad-and-mac/#disqus_thread Sandy Writtenhouse]]> Wed, 19 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15459

You’re probably used to saving websites you like by bookmarking them. You might even go as far as creating folders to keep related bookmarks together in one handy spot.  With […]]]>
You’re probably used to saving websites you like by bookmarking them. You might even go as far as creating folders to keep related bookmarks together in one handy spot. 

With tab groups in Safari, you can save a set of sites in open tabs and then reopen the group quickly and easily. This is ideal for websites you open every day for research, news, school, or business. Then with one swift action, you can switch to the group of sites you need and when you need them.

Tab groups are available in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Plus, if you use iCloud to sync Safari across your devices, you’ll see your tabs groups wherever you go.

Use Safari Tab Groups on iPhone and iPad

Using Safari tab groups on iPhone or iPad, you can open the exact sites you need at the time without opening each one separately. The feature is available on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later.

Create a Tab Group in Safari

You can create a tab group from open tabs in the Safari window or set up an empty tab group and add the websites later.

  1. Tap the Tab icon in the toolbar at the bottom (top on iPad).
  2. Select the Tabs arrow which displays the number of tabs currently open.
  1. Choose either New Empty Tab Group or New Tab Group from X Tabs.
  2. Give the tab group a name and tap Save.

You’ll then see the Tab Overview for the group with the name. If you’re finished with Tab Overview, tap Done to return to the website you were viewing.

Open and Close a Safari Tab Group

You can open a tab group using the same action as creating one. 

  1. Tap the Tab icon in the toolbar and use the Tabs arrow on the next screen. 
  2. Select the tab group you want to open, and you’ll see the Tab Overview of the sites included as thumbnails. 
  3. Simply select a tab to view the website.

To close the tab group and return to your previous tabs, tap the Tab icon and then the arrow next to the tab group name at the bottom (top on iPad). Next, select the first option, which likely shows as 1 Tab, 2 Tabs, or Start Page.

Add a Tab to a Group

You can add a tab to a group that already contains tabs or is empty. Long-press the Tab icon in the toolbar. Select Move to Tab Group and then choose the group.

Alternatively, open the tab group in Tab Overview. Select the plus sign on the bottom left (top right on iPad) to open a new tab and visit the site. This automatically adds that tab (webpage) to the group.

Rename or Remove a Safari Tab Group

You can give an existing tab group a new name or delete a group entirely if you no longer need it.

  1. Select the Tabs or group name arrow at the bottom (top on iPad) and then choose Edit.
  1. Tap the three dots to the right of a tab group and pick Delete or Rename. You can also drag the three lines next to a group up or down to rearrange your tab groups if you have more than one.
  2. Select Done on the top left of the small window when you finish.

Use Tab Groups in Safari on Mac

Just like on your mobile Apple device, tab groups in Safari on Mac make switching to a collection of websites easy. The feature is available on Safari 15 or later.

Create a Safari Tab Group From Open Tabs

If you have one or more tabs already open in Safari, you can quickly place them all into a tab group.

  1. Select the Tab Group Picker in the toolbar. This is the arrow to the right of the Sidebar icon.
  2. Choose New Tab Group With This Tab if you only have one tab open, or New Tab Group With X Tabs if multiple tabs are open.
  1. When the Sidebar displays, you’ll see Untitled as the default name for the new tab group. Type the name you want for your group and press Return.

Create an Empty Tab Group

Maybe you want to get a tab group ready for sites you plan to visit later. In this case, you can create an empty tab group.

  • If the Sidebar is closed, use the Tab Group Picker in the toolbar and select New Empty Tab Group.
  • If the Sidebar is open, use the plus sign at the top and select New Empty Tab Group.

When the group shows up in the Sidebar, enter a name, which displays as Untitled by default.

Open and Close a Tab Group

With Safari open, you can switch from the current window to a tab group one of two ways. 

  • If the Sidebar is closed, select the Tab Group Picker in the toolbar and choose the group you want to open.
  • If the Sidebar is open, select the group in the Tab Groups section.

To close a tab group and return to the previously active window, select the Tab Group Picker and choose the top option or pick the top option in the Sidebar. This should display as 1 Tab, 2 Tabs, or Start Page.

Add a Tab to a Group

Whether you create a tab group from open tabs or as an empty container, you can easily add tabs to your group. 

Right-click a tab in the Tab Bar, slide your cursor to Move to Tab Group, and choose a group from the list in the pop-out menu.

Alternatively, open the tab group and visit the website. That tab (webpage) will automatically be added to the group.

Preview Tabs in a Group

You can also review the tabs in a group and quickly jump to a particular tab in that group.

Open the Sidebar using the button in the toolbar. Then, select the Show Tab Overview icon to the right of the tab group. You can also right-click the group and pick Show Tab Overview.

This displays an overview of all tabs in the group, so you can select a particular tab to jump right to it.

Change or Remove a Tab Group

Once you set up a tab group, you can add more websites to it and make changes to the group.

  • Remove a tab from a group: Open the group and close the tab by selecting the X on the left side of the tab.
  • Rearrange tabs in a group: Open the group and drag a tab to its new location in the Tab Bar.
  • Rename a tab group: Open the Sidebar, right-click the tab group, and select Rename. Type the name and press Return.
  • Delete a tab group: Open the Sidebar, right-click the tab group, and select Delete.

Safari tab groups make getting to that collection of sites you regularly visit a simple task.

If you’re looking for additional help with Safari, check out how to keep your browsing more secure by using the private browsing feature or blocking websites in Safari.

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14 Things You Should Never Ask Siri https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/general-software/14-things-you-should-never-ask-siri/#disqus_thread Patrick Hearn]]> Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15443

A voice assistant like Siri can be a lot of fun, and also incredibly useful. Making hands-free calls or texts, setting timers, or even controlling connected devices earns your smart […]]]>
A voice assistant like Siri can be a lot of fun, and also incredibly useful. Making hands-free calls or texts, setting timers, or even controlling connected devices earns your smart assistant a place in your day-to-day life, but the true fun comes from asking Siri random questions.

If you’ve never used Apple’s ask Siri feature, all you have to do is say “Hey Siri,” followed by your question or command. It’s an easily accessible feature in any iOS device like an iPad or iPhone. You can even access Siri through your Mac. Have some fun with it, too. You can even ask Siri to call you by a specific nickname. 

Things You Should Never Ask Siri

Although most questions you ask your personal assistant will come with answers you expect, there are a few queries that Siri might respond to with unexpected (and sometimes unwelcome) answers. These are the questions you shouldn’t ask Siri unless you’re prepared for some potentially odd responses and consequences.

Of course, none of these are genuine responses. All of Siri’s answers are pre-programmed. Any strange answer you get is something like a real-life Easter egg. Even if you know this, your friends might not – which makes it a fun way to prank them.

“Hey Siri, what’s your favorite animal?”

You’ll get different responses to this question depending on when and how you ask. Siri answered cheetahs, dogs, and goats, along with the quip that “Software doesn’t usually get to choose one. What’s yours?” 

You can answer with whatever you like. If you say dogs, Siri responds, “Good choice. They’re a virtual assistant’s best friend too.”

“Hey Siri, how do I get rid of a body?”

If you ask Siri this morbid question, she’ll respond with a short “I used to know the answer to this.” The best response you might get is, “What, again?”

“Hey Siri, why do you vibrate?”

If you ask this question out of context, Siri responds with, “Ooh, did you feel that too?” This implies that some unknown force caused the vibration, and that perhaps you should be concerned.

“Hey Siri, talk dirty to me.”

If you ask this question to Siri, you’ll get a flat response from her: “I can’t. I’m as clean as the driven snow.” This might not be the best thing to ask. Although it may be said in jest, you just know that someone, somewhere meant it seriously. 

“Hey Siri, red pill or blue pill?”

This question has suddenly become relevant again with the re-release of The Matrix, and Siri has the perfect response: “You take the blue pill, the story ends.”

“Hey Siri, read me some poetry.”

Siri is a poet and she didn’t know it. If you ask this question, she responds, “Better put on something warm for this one.” Siri will then lay out a long poem that’s likely seasonal in nature. Try asking this once spring rolls around again. 

“Hey Siri, will you marry me?”

You better prepare yourself for a harsh response to this one. If you propose to Siri, you’ll hear the words that have haunted would-be lovers for years: “Let’s just be friends.”

“Hey Siri, what’s your favorite color?”

Just like asking Siri’s favorite animal, this has a call-and-answer response. Siri will tell you what her favorite color is – and it changes from question to question – and then ask for yours. If you answer blue, Siri will say, “Blue! Like the ocean. Or the sky. Or that one dog who’s always giving out clues.”

“Hey Siri, what does Jon Snow know?”

Ask this question and receive the only possible response: nothing. Fans of Game of Thrones know this answer well, especially considering the number of times the line, “You know nothing, Jon Snow!” was used throughout the show. 

“Hey Siri, tell me a story.”

Siri is full of stories, and most of them are very long. Best of all, they’re twists on classic stories like Hansel and Gretel. You can read these, sure – but it’s more fun to listen to Siri tell the story herself. 

“Hey Alexa.”

Once Siri is activated and listening, you can say, “Hey Alexa.” Siri will quip back, “Wow. Awkward.” It’s almost like calling your spouse by the name of your ex. Of course, there are a lot of things you can ask Amazon’s voice assistant too. 

“Hey Siri, what’s Inception about?”

Inception is famously known for being a confusing movie that requires multiple viewings to truly grasp, and Siri agrees. She responds, “‘Inception’ is about dreaming about dreaming about dreaming about dreaming about something or other. I fell asleep.” 

“Hey Siri, tell me a haiku.”

Despite her role as a personal assistant, Siri isn’t fond of performing. You can ask her to tell you a haiku, and she will – but you can definitely sense the reluctance in her words. “Poetry is hard/ But haiku are pretty short,/ Is that enough? Good!”

“Hey Siri, give me a pick-up line.”

You’re on the spot with a person you really like and you need a way to break the ice. You ask Siri for help, but her responses are anything but. “Just be yourself,” or “Say, ‘Hey, I’m (name.)’” isn’t helpful – but maybe that’s why Siri doesn’t have a boyfriend. 

This list of funny questions to ask Siri can get a few chuckles, but it kind of tests the limits of what Siri knows. If you’re bored one day and you want to pass the time, ask Siri a few of these questions (or even all of them.) 

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How to Reset macOS Monterey to Factory Default Settings https://www.switchingtomac.com/macos/how-to-reset-macos-monterey-to-factory-default-settings/#disqus_thread Dilum Senevirathne]]> Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15421

As you keep using macOS 12 Monterey on your Mac, you may encounter instances that warrant resetting the system software to factory default. Whether that’s to sell the macOS device, […]]]>
As you keep using macOS 12 Monterey on your Mac, you may encounter instances that warrant resetting the system software to factory default. Whether that’s to sell the macOS device, troubleshoot a persistent issue, or just start with a fresh slate, this tutorial will help you get the job done.

However, before you begin, we recommend backing up your data using Time Machine. That helps you quickly restore your data to the same or a different Mac later. If you use any other cloud-based or local backup, double-check that everything’s up to scratch to avoid data loss.

Use macOS Monterey’s Erase Assistant

macOS Monterey comes with an Erase Assistant—for the first time in any macOS release—that lets you reset all settings to factory defaults right from within the operating system itself. It closely resembles the Erase Assistant on iOS and iPadOS.

However, the feature is only available if your Mac runs on an Apple Silicon chip (such as the M1) or contains an Apple T2 Security Chip. If you use an Intel Mac without a T2 chip, skip to the next section.

1. Open the System Preferences app on your Mac. If it’s not present on the Dock, open the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

2. Select System Preferences > Erase All Content and Settings on the menu bar.

3. Type your administrator password and select OK.

Note:  If you have a non-administrator account, you can’t use the Erase Assistant to reset macOS Monterey to factory default settings. You should probably seek help from an administrator instead.

4. If you’ve set up Time Machine on your Mac, you’ll be prompted to take a fresh backup. Select Open Time Machine and initiate the Time Machine backup. Then, select Continue.

5. Review the settings that your Mac will remove. This includes your Apple ID, Touch ID fingerprints, Bluetooth accessories, Find My Mac, etc. If your Mac has multiple users accounts, you will find them listed within the screen as well. Once you’re done, select Continue.

6. If you’ve signed into your Mac with an Apple ID, enter its password to deactivate Activation Lock. Then, select Continue.

7. Select Erase All Content and Settings. If you’ve changed your mind, this is the last opportunity to cancel and quit the Erase Assistant!

8. Wait until the Erase Assistant finishes restoring your Mac to factory settings. Your Mac will restart in the meantime, and you’ll see an Apple logo with a progress bar underneath it.

9. After the reset procedure, Erase Assistant will prompt you to reactivate your Mac. To do that, connect your device to an Ethernet connection. Or, select the Wi-Fi icon at the top-right corner of the screen and join an available Wi-Fi network. Once you see the Your Mac is activated message flash up on the screen, select Restart.

10. Select Get Started on the Hello screen. That will launch the Setup Assistant. If you plan on selling your Mac, press Command + Q and turn off your Mac. Or, work your way through the Setup Assistant to set up your Mac from scratch.

If you choose to set up your Mac, you’ll be given the option of restoring your Mac’s data via a Time Machine backup. You can skip that if you want and use the Migration Assistant to restore everything later. For comprehensive step-by-step instructions, check our guide to restoring a Mac using Time Machine.

Erase and Reinstall via macOS Recovery

If you use an Intel Mac without an Apple T2 Security Chip, you must enter and use macOS Recovery to reset your Mac to factory defaults. The procedure involves wiping the startup disk and reinstalling the system software. Don’t worry—you won’t need any external macOS installation media.

Sign Out of iMessage and iCloud

If you intend on selling or giving away your Mac, you may want to take a few minutes to sign out of both iMessage and iCloud. That minimizes the chances of running into account-related issues while using your Apple ID on other Apple devices you own.

iMessage: Open the Messages app and select Messages > Preferences on the menu bar. Then, switch to the iMessage tab and select Sign Out.

iCloud: Open the Apple menu and select System Preferences > Apple ID. Then, switch to the iCloud side tab and select Sign Out.

Enter macOS Recovery

macOS Recovery is a special recovery environment on your Mac. You can access it as you boot up your Mac with a specific key combo.

1. Shut down your Mac.

2. Hold down the Command + R keys and press the Power button to turn it back on.

3. Release the keys once you see the Apple logo. Your Mac will enter macOS Recovery momentarily.

Erase Mac in macOS Recovery

You must use the Disk Utility app in macOS Recovery to erase your Mac.

1. Select Disk Utility on the macOS Recovery menu. Then, select Continue.

2. Select Macintosh HD on the sidebar. Then, select the Erase button at the top-left of the screen.

4. Set Name to Macintosh HD and Format to APFS. Next, select Erase to wipe your Mac. If you see an Erase Volume Group button, select it instead.

5. Select Done. You must then exit Disk Utility by selecting Disk Utility > Exit Disk Utility on the menu bar.

Reinstall macOS Monterey

Now that you’ve erased your Mac, it’s time to reinstall macOS Monterey.

1. Select Reinstall macOS Monterey on the macOS Recovery menu. Then, select Continue.

2. Select Continue and agree to the license terms. Then, choose Macintosh HD as the target disk.

3. Wait until your Mac finishes installing macOS Monterey. That can take up to an hour or more.

4. Once the Setup Assistant shows up, press Command + Q and turn off your Mac if you plan on selling or giving it away.

If not, work your way through the Setup Assistant to set up your Mac for personal use again. You can choose to restore your data with a Time Machine backup during the setup phase or after via the Migration Assistant.

Erase Mac Using Find My

Another method involves using the Find My app on another iPhone, iPad, or Mac that you own to reset macOS Monterey to factory defaults. This applies to any Monterey-compatible MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac mini. It’s best used if you aren’t physically close to your Mac.

1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Or, sign in to iCloud.com on any web browser and select Find My.

2. Select Devices and pick your Mac.

3. Select Erase Device and select Continue to erase the Mac. If the Mac is offline, it will start erasing itself the next time it comes back online.

If you sold or gave away an Apple Silicon Mac or a Mac with an Apple T2 Security Chip inside, you must also select the Remove Device option to remove Activation Lock. That’s the only way to allow the new owner to set up and use the device.

macOS Monterey Reset to Factory Defaults

Thanks to the Erase Assistant, it’s pretty easy to reset your Mac to factory defaults, assuming that you use a newer Mac with an Apple Silicon or T2 chip inside. If not, you must resort to using macOS Recovery (which looks complicated but isn’t all that hard). You also have the option of using Find My if your Mac is not in your possession.

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How To Setup a Printer on iPhone or iPad https://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/how-to-setup-a-printer-on-iphone-or-ipad/#disqus_thread Dilum Senevirathne]]> Fri, 14 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15410

Thanks to Apple’s AirPrint protocol, printing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is easier than you think. You only have to spend a little time setting up your printer before […]]]>
Thanks to Apple’s AirPrint protocol, printing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is easier than you think. You only have to spend a little time setting up your printer before you can start using it with an iOS or iPadOS device.

But what if you have a printer that doesn’t support AirPrint? Don’t worry. You can still rely on your printer manufacturer’s support app to send print jobs wirelessly. Also, if you use a wired-only printer, you can opt for a third-party AirPrint activator to help you out.

Use AirPrint to Print on iPhone and iPad

AirPrint is a wireless protocol by Apple that allows the iPhone iPad to communicate wirelessly with printers. It requires zero drivers or support software. The only thing you must do is make sure that the printer and your iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi router. If they are, you can print right away!

If you use a recent printer with wireless capabilities, chances are that it’s AirPrint-compatible. Here’s a complete list of compatible printer models featuring AirPlay support. If your printer is not listed there, skip to the next section.

1. Start by connecting your printer to the same wireless network router as your iPhone or iPad. You must check your printer’s user manual or online documentation for specific instructions. For example, if you use an HP printer with a touchscreen, open the Network or Wireless settings menu and use the Wireless Setup Wizard to join the network.

2. Open (or select) the image, document, or web page you want to print and tap the Share icon. It’s shaped like an arrow coming out of the top of a box and is present on most apps (e.g., Files, Photos, and Safari) on the iPhone and iPad. Then, tap the Print option on the Share Sheet.

3. Tap the Select Printer option at the top of the screen. If your printer supports AirPlay (and you’ve connected to the same wireless network as your iPhone or iPad), it will appear within the list. Tap to select it.

Learn what you can do to troubleshoot an AirPrint printer that fails to show up on your iPhone or iPad.

4. Make any adjustments to the print job, such as the number of copies, media quality, paper size, etc. Then, tap Print on the right corner of the screen. Your AirPrint printer will start printing immediately. 

Note: Learn what you can do to troubleshoot an AirPrint printer that fails to show up on your iPhone or iPad.

5. You can keep queuing print jobs. If you want to view them, open the App Switcher on your Apple mobile device (swipe up from the bottom of the screen or double-click the Home button) and select Print Center. You can then tap on a print job and choose Cancel Printing if you want to cancel it.

Use Printer Support Software to Print on iPhone and iPad

If your wireless printer doesn’t support AirPrint, you must install any available support software from the App Store. For example, printing apps such as Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY, Epson iPrint, and HP Smart let you print wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad. These apps also provide additional customization options for AirPrint-compatible printers, so you may still want to install them regardless. 

Here’s a brief rundown of the HP Smart app in action.

1. Install HP Smart from the App Store.

2. Open HP Smart and create an HP account (or sign in if you already have one).

3. Tap the Add Your First Printer option to add an HP printer.

Note: If your wireless printer doesn’t show up, make sure that it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad. Or enter its IP address. If the printer uses Bluetooth for connectivity, remember to activate the Bluetooth radio on iPhone and iPad.

4. Tap on a category (e.g., Print Photos or Print Documents) to create a print job.

5. Tap Print to send the print job to your HP printer.

Note: If your print jobs fail to go through, work through these troubleshooting tips to fix your wireless printer.

Use Printopia or O’Print to Print on iPhone and iPad

Suppose you use a non-AirPrint wireless printer without support software or a wired-only printer. In that case, it’s possible to print from iPhone or iPad by sending print jobs wirelessly through desktop devices. For that, you need third-party apps for the Mac or PC that simulate AirPrint.

Printopia

Printopia is a paid app for the Mac that costs $19.99, but it comes with a free 7-day trial. It lets you add up to five printers for use with your iPhone or iPad. However, don’t expect it to work with Android smartphones.

After downloading and installing Printopia, open it and switch to the Printers tab. Then, select the Plus button to add a printer. If it doesn’t show up, make sure to connect the printer to your Mac first.

Then, assuming that your Apple devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, open the photo, document, or webpage you want to print on iPhone or iPad and tap the Share button. Your printer will then appear within the printer selection pane. Select it, make the required adjustments for the print job, and tap Print.

O’Print

O’Print is an AirPrint activator for Windows PCs. It costs $19.80, but you can take advantage of a 30-day trial.

Download, install, and open O’Print. You should then see any printers you’ve already added to your PC. If not, here’s how to add new printers on Windows.

By default, O’Print enables all printers (including PDF printers) for the iPhone and iPad. Simply select the green icon next to a printer to deactivate it.

Following that, start a print job on your iPhone or iPad, and you should be able to select your printer. Then, modify the print job as needed and tap Print.

Print on Any Printer From iPhone and iPad

If your printer supports AirPrint, you can use it to print from an iPhone or iPad with minimal effort. If not, just use the support app from your printer manufacturer to get the job done. In the case of a wired USB printer, investing in Printopia or O’Print is a cost-effective solution compared to purchasing an AirPrint-compatible printer.

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How to Zoom In and Out on the Apple Watch Display https://www.switchingtomac.com/apple-watch/how-to-zoom-in-and-out-on-the-apple-watch-display/#disqus_thread Sodiq Olanrewaju]]> Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.switchingtomac.com/?p=15396

Wearables have smaller screen real estate compared to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Sometimes, it can be difficult to make sense of texts on smartwatches—particularly for aging individuals and […]]]>
Wearables have smaller screen real estate compared to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Sometimes, it can be difficult to make sense of texts on smartwatches—particularly for aging individuals and people with vision-related conditions.

If you have to squint to read text on your Apple Watch, we recommend using the hidden watchOS Zoom functionality. This allows you to magnify or enlarge content on your watch’s display. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to zoom in or out on the Apple Watch display.

The steps in this article will work on all Apple Watch series/models, irrespective of their watchOS version.

Activate Apple Watch’s Zoom Functionality

Zoom is an accessibility feature that’s disabled by default in watchOS. Enable the feature if you want to enlarge your Apple Watch’s screen.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Apple Watch and select Accessibility.
  2. Tap Zoom in the “Vision” section.
  3. Toggle on Zoom.

A “Zoom Enabled” notification on the screen. Wait for the notification to fade and proceed to the next step to adjust the zoom level.

  1. Apple lets you customize the magnification so that your Watch’s display doesn’t get zoomed past a specific level. Tap the Plus or Minus icon in the Maximum Zoom Level section to increase or decrease the customize how you want the watch’s screen when you zoom the display.

You can also remotely activate your watch’s display zoom functionality from an iOS device (iPhone only). Ensure the Apple Watch is paired to your iPhone and follow the instructions below.

Open the Watch app on your iPhone, go to the My Watch tab, select Accessibility, select Zoom, and toggle on the Zoom feature.

Now you can zoom in on your Apple Watch’s display by double-tapping the screen with two fingers.

Drag the Maximum Zoom Level slider left or right to customize how big you want the watch’s screen when you zoom the display.

We recommend zooming in your watch’s display while adjusting the zoom level—see the next section for these steps. That’ll give an idea of how zoomed your watch’s display will look on each magnification level. 

Note: Enabling zoom on your Apple Watch will simultaneously activate the feature in the Watch app—as long as your watch and iPhone are paired. So you don’t need to enable Zoom on your iPhone after doing so on your watch.

Activate Zoom Using the Digital Crown

The watchOS has an “Accessibility Shortcut” that lets you assign a shortcut to the Digital Crown. Follow the steps below to enable Accessibility Shortcut and use the Digital Crown to zoom your watch’s display.

Open the Settings app on your watch, select Accessibility, tap Accessibility Shortcut in the “Other” section, and select Zoom.

If the watch is paired to your iPhone, open the Watch app, head to the My Watches tab, and select Accessibility. Scroll to the bottom of the page, select Accessibility Shortcut, and select Zoom.

Now you activate your Apple Watch’s zoom functionality by triple-clicking the Digital Crown.

How To Zoom In on Apple Watch’s Display

To zoom your Watch’s display, double-tap anywhere on the screen with two fingers. To further enlarge a zoomed display, double-tap two fingers on the screen and drag up both fingers. Drag both fingers down the screen to reduce the zoom level.

When you magnify your watch’s display, a “Zoom Map” shows up in the top-right corner of the screen. The green dot on the map shows the visible section of the zoomed display—i.e. where you are on the page.

It’s worth mentioning that you can zoom any page on your Apple Watch, including the Home Screen.

To move around a zoomed display, place two fingers on the screen and drag (both fingers) to navigate the screen. The navigation method is known as “Panning.”

You can also use your watch’s Digital Crown to navigate a zoomed display. Scroll the Digital Crown downwards to move the screen up or scroll upwards to move down your watch’s display.

To use the Digital Crown to scroll vertically through a zoomed display, tap the screen with two fingers. That’ll disable the zoom map and switch to a different navigation style.

Afterward, scroll the Digital Crown to move up or down the screen. Tap the screen with two fingers to bring back the Zoom Map.

How To Zoom Out on an Apple Watch Display

Reverting a zoomed display to regular size on your Apple Watch is also super easy. All you need to do is double-tap the screen with two fingers. Although that will zoom out your watch’s display, the Zoom functionality remains enabled.

Disable the display zoom feature if you often magnify your watch’s screen by accident with a two-finger tap gesture. Proceed to the next section to learn how to turn off the zoom feature on your Apple Watch.

Disable Apple Watch Zoom

You can turn off display zoom from your watch’s settings menu, the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, or by triple-clicking the Digital Crown.

1. Disable Zoom on Your Apple Watch

Open the Settings app on your watch, tap Accessibility, select Zoom, and toggle off Zoom.

2. Disable Zoom on Your iPhone

Launch the Watch app on your iPhone, select Accessibility, tap Zoom, and toggle off Zoom.

Note that you don’t have to disable Zoom on your iPhone if you already did that on your watch—and vice versa.

3. Disable Zoom using the Digital Zoom

You can disable zoom on your Apple Watch if its Accessibility Shortcut is assigned the zoom functionality. Triple-clicking the Digital Crown will disable your watch’s zoom and display a “Zoom Disabled” message on the screen.

Get a Bigger and Better View

Although the zoom functionality is pretty easy to use and set up on Apple Watch, we encountered a few issues zooming the display on our test device. Sometimes, the magnification size didn’t get bigger even after increasing the zoom level. We were able to fix this by enabling and re-enabling the Zoom feature. In some cases, we had to restart the Apple Watch.

If you encounter a similar problem, re-enable zoom or restart your watch. Update your Apple Watch to the latest version or reset the watch to factory settings if the problem persists.

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