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It gets annoyed sometimes that when you want to make your Mac run faster but you have to close apps one by one, so If you are too troublesome to quit apps one by one, you can actually let the machine kill apps you don't need automatically, Of course, macOS itself does not have this feature, hence you have to download a software called Quitter for Mac created by developer Marco Arment.

In Quitter for Mac, you can set a number of apps that don't need to be in the background. after you haven't done any work on the app for a certain period you set, Quitter will automatically quit or hide it for you. According to Marco, it's also particularly helpful in "minimizing distraction from social apps like Twitter and Slack, news readers, or even your email app."

This handy Mac app is now available for free to download, however, you can't find the app on the Mac App Store due to the inability to be sandboxed, and other reasons.

iPhones are pretty much waterproof nowadays, the latest models, iPhone XS, for example, is IP68 rated waterproof, which means it is able to resistants depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes. iPhones work quite well after underwater, can't say the same thing regarding the speakers though, it will sound goofy following the water enters the speaker grill, and may take some time to clean up.

However, the problem can be easily solved with a clever Siri shortcut, which it plays high-frequency sounds and immediately forces water to flow out of the speaker grill. The Water Eject shortcut works like the water ejection feature on the Apple Watch, and it can also be ejected by playing sound through the speakers.

Thanks to the YouTube channel iDeviceHelp, you can now eject water from your iPhone's speakers by clicking this link and download the Shortcuts, then run it by tapping on the Shortcuts, and finally tap on ‘Begin Water Ejection’ and you should start to see water coming out of speakers.

The Siri Shortcuts have enabled a lot of possibilities of what we can do on iOS. Yes, we realize that Apple doesn't offer a way to schedule text messages, however, you can now schedule text messages thanks to the Siri Shortcuts so you will be able to draft text message in advance and schedule it to be sent out on a later date. Here is how to do add it to your iOS 12 devices:

  1. Download the Shortcuts by clicking this link
  2. Whenever you want to schedule a text, just tap on it
  3. Select someone in your Contacts
  4. In the Enter Text filed, enter the message you want to schedule
  5. Then select Date and Time to when should this be sent
  6. And that's it
Here are a couple of things to bear in mind though: first, you need to turn on the Background App Refresh in order for this to work; further, you can't run any other Shortcuts during the time, lastly, you can't close the app; otherwise, there is no restriction whatsoever. Hopefully, this Shortcuts would come in handy when you are busy doing other stuff.

Have you ever accidental delete apps on your iPhone? That happens to me so many time when I’m just holding my device, and I get that “Delete?” message. Even if you haven't experience that problem before, I would still suggest you to use the tip to prevent accidentally deleting apps on your iOS device, cause your kids can be heavy-handed sometimes: it's so easy to just hold down an app to delete it.

  1. Open the Settings app on your devices
  2. Tap on Screen Time, and then to the Content & Privacy Restrictions
  3. Click on the iTunes & App Store Purchases
  4. Select the Deleting Apps option, and set it to Don't Allow
  5. So there you have it!
In normal settings, an “X” will appear when you tap on hold down an app icon at the top left corner of the App icons, which letting you to delete apps by tapping on the X symbol, now, it will no longer be that case. Of course, in order to delete apps again in the future, you will have to temporarily enable the restriction, though you will be in full control of when you want to delete apps.

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Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 12, introduced a feature called "Instant Tuning" that allows users to adjust and configure notification settings without having to go to the Settings app, in other words, you can immediately "mute" notification from a certain app, which it won't display on the lock screen, or basically, it filters out unnecessary notifications. Here is how to do it!

  1. Choose a notification on the Lock Screen or the Notification Center
  2. Swipe from the right side to the left side on a specific application
  3. Tap on Manage, and then click on the Deliver Quitely so notification won't show on the lock screen or make any sounds
  4. If you don't want to see the notification on the Notification Center, you can Turn Off that the notifications will be completely muted.
  5. Change your mind? Just simply go to Settings -> Notifications, then activate it
With iOS 12, users can more easily reduce interference. In addition to introducing Instant Tuning, the company also makes it easy for users to turn off all alerts at once with an improved "Do Not Disturb" feature, better, you can schedule a time to enable the Do Not Disturb, for instance, when you study an exam.

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The need to use the F1-F12 fn keys on Touch Bar MacBook Pro is a primary problem because many people install Windows operating system following they purchased a MacBook Pro, we are introducing two ways of using F1-F12 function keys on Touch Bar MacBook Pros that are rocking Windows to make your life way easier.

First one:

  1. Launch Boot Camp, click on the Boot Camp Control Panel
  2. Next is to select the Keyboard tab
  3. Select “Use all F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys” so that the function keys are always displayed in the Multi-Touch Bar
  4. Click on Apply and OK, then you are good to go
Second one:
  1. From the Windows Settings, select the "Ease of Access" menu option.
  2. Click "Use the On-Screen Keyboard."
  3. Tap the fn key. The function key will now appear on the on-screen keyboard.
Just like that, you can now easy to access fn keys on your Touch Bar version of MacBook Pros, and hopefully, that will save you a lot of time. Do you use the Fn keys all the time? Do you have any good tip you want to share with us? Comment down below!

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iMessage, one of the reason that most users don't switch to Android, in recent years got even better. However, if you joined a group conversation or just simply texting friends and family, your iPhone will keep buzz until you respond to them. Luckily, there is a way that mute a certain group chat and people who keep texting you, here is how to do it!
  1. Choose conversation that you want to mute, don't click on it 
  2. Swipe from right to left on the conversation will have two options: Hide Alerts Delete
  3. Then tap on the Hide Alerts to mute the conversation
  4. Once you tapped on it, a Do Not Disturb icon will appear near the person’s name
  5. And that's it
With this enabled, your iPhone won’t ring, vibrate or light up when you receive a message from the conversation. Yet, these messages will still be visible on your Lock screen, but unlike before, where your device will light up to notify you a message has received. Surely, this trick will help from being disturb, and a great way to stay away from your devices.

Privacy is truly the reason that majority people stick with Apple prodcuts, that's why the company worked so hard to protect it. With iOS 11 and above, they took the step further, the introduction of USB Accessories and New Notifications feature, it will be tough for people to steal information from your device, a feature called Show Previews also cool to enable it, which the Notification previews won't show up unless you unlocked the devices.

  1. To enable this feature, go to the Settings app on your Home screen
  2. Scroll down and tap on the Notifications section.
  3. Click on the Show Previews, which will show "Always", "When Unlocked", and "Never"
  4. Then choose the "When Unlocked" in the Show Previews section
  5. And that's it
Now, whenever you received notification from any apps, it will be only show number of notification a certain app has, however, when you unlock your device with Passcodes, Touch ID, and Face ID, then it will tell you what the Notifications about. Do this, will further protect your privacy, of course, it only needs to be unlocked to see more in detail.

Do you have awesome tips? Please share with us! Comment down below if you have any concerns.

Sure enough, most users are using App Switcher every day: some time for multitasking, sometimes for the purpose of quitting certain app so your iOS device saves more battery but also enables it to run smoother. However, I personally don’t like to click the Home key twice and for iPhone X and XS owners, who need to swipe up and pause and then use the App Switcher, which is a pretty complicated process. Luckily, there is an easy to do it, here is how!

  1. Go to your Home screen then click on the Settings app
  2. Tap on General -> Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch -> Customize Top Level Menu
  3. Delete all the icons you have, whatever the last icon is, just click on it, you will see many operations such as Home, Nonfiction, etc. Tap on the App Switcher
  4. Back to the AssistiveTouch section, make sure it’s Switched on
  5. You can also reduce the viability of the AssistiveTouch by press on the Idle Viability.
  6. Now whenever you click on the AssistiveTouch, it will take you directly to the App Switcher
And that’s it! Now it’s the time to say goodbye to the Home button. You probably know that you can also customize the top level menu like Restart your iPhone with a click or screenshot the display with a click. Hopefully, this will help your life become less stressful.

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On 3D Touch-Enabled iPhones, Apple introduced Virtual Keyboard, a feature that you'd press a bit harder on the keyboard to turn the whole virtual keyboard into a trackpad. You can either select text or if you make a typo, just move the cursor to the typo, and change it. However, with iOS 12, any iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices can now use it.

  1. Open an app that you can use the keyboard
  2. Click on the space bar on the keyboard
  3. Now, it turns into a trackpad, whenever you move your finger, the cursor moves
  4. You can either select text or moved to cursor to where you made a typo
  5. That's it
The feature, however, is better replacements of the text selection feature - Select All. What's more interesting, is the fact that the feature now can be activated on every iOS 12 devices. Yet, it makes me wonder that is this the first sign that Apple will remove 3D touch on iPhones in the feature since rumors that this year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone won't include it.

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Since Apple introduced Split View on iOS 9, a feature that lets you run multiple apps side by side, it makes the iPad become a much more productive device. Sadly, you can't view two different windows from the same app. However, there is a little-known trick that can be very handy when browsing the Internet, that is, you can Split View in Safari on your iPad.

  1. Firstly, make sure your iPad is capable of supporting the feature, it's available in all iPad Pro models, iPad (5th generation and newer), iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4.
  2. Open Safari app on your iPad, and make sure it's in landscape mode.
  3. Click on the Tabs icon and then select Open in Split View; you can type CMD+N if a keyboard is included, or you can also touch and hold the tab, then drag to the right or left until a split window appears.
  4. And that's it.
It's pretty simple, right? Now, when you decided to end Split View, just simply touch and hold the Tabs icon, then choose Close All Tabs or Merge All Tabs. I do hope that someday the feature would come to iPhones, though you can already with a couple third-party apps like iBrowse Duo.

Every time when opening the News app on my devices, the Today page always appears first, and I am annoyed by the fact that it shows sort of news that I don't really care about it. However, I found a solution that prevents it from happening, and will only display news from channels that you subscribed. Here is how to enable that!

  1. Tap on the Settings app from your devices' Home screen
  2. Scroll down and click on the News section
  3. Once you are in the section, scroll down and toggle on Restrict Stories in Today
  4. And from now on, News will be only showing news from channels you have subscribed
This gives a way to clean up and tweak the Today page, so you don't have to peak at the political news but rather articles that fits your taste. Of course, you can also block channels via a tap on the little sharing button for the specific source, after a window pop up, click on Mute Channel.

Need help? Leave a comment down below so we can answer questions with our best efforts.

We all face such problems in our daily life, when we want to listen to the song or watch the video, we notice that we don’t have headphones. Although you can borrow it from people around you, what if they just want to use it themselves? However, if this pair of headphones is AirPods, it will be fine, as AirPods can be paired with different iPhones.

  1. Put both AirPods into the charging case and make sure it has enough battery.
  2. After opening the lid, pair it with the first iPhone and take one of the AirPod out.
  3. Close the case. Open the lid again, press and hold the setup button.
  4. Now connected the AirPod to the second device like a MacBook or iPad.
  5. And that's it! Enjoy it.
Since its launch in late 2016, AirPods is the most successful headphones made by Apple. In fact, a report by the research firm NPD Group shows that AirPods and Beats taking about 27% of the wireless headphone market, and its sales account for nearly half of the overall market.

One day, just imagine you popped out ideas that you want to record, you really need to write down these ideas on your iPhone, however, ideas would fade before we can even unlock our device and open Notes app. However, with iOS 11, it's no longer that case, as Apple offers a solution that allows you instant access Notes from the lock screen.

  1. Go to Settings on your devices, then click on Control Center section.
  2. In Customize, add yellow Notes icon.
  3. Tap on Settings app again, scroll down and select Notes.
  4. Scroll down until you see Access Notes from Lock Screen, tap on it.
  5. You can choose either Off, Always Create New Note, or Resume Last Note.
  6. Now back to lock screen, swipe up for Control Center.
  7. From there, you can create or resume note.
  8. And that's it.
I am sure with this tip, it should save time and helps you convert your idea from your brain to paper more accurately, and be able to capture your next fleeting idea before it fades into oblivion. Do you really enjoy this tip? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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I'm sure you are not the only one noticed that the “System” storage section on your Mac is occasionally quite large and can take up a notable amount of storage capacity, sometimes it can even take it up to 2/3 of your storage space! So is there is any proper way to clean up all of these junk stuff caused by Time Machine Backups? Here's how to do that.

  1. Open Terminal on your Mac
  2. Type sudo tmutil listlocalsnapshots /
  3. Once you hit enter, it will show all the local snapshots that are consuming the storage
  4. For example:
  5. To delete that snapshot, type tmutil deletelocalsnapshots 2018-07-07-113254
  6. And you can use the command to delete all of the snapshots
With the tip, you can free up as many as GBs of space. Of course, you can also disable Time Machine backup to stop using the storage. However, it will not make it fairly simple to restore from a backup in the event something goes wrong, whether you need to restore files, or even if you need to restore the entire macOS installation.

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For most Apple Watch users, the slow software update process can be really frustrating. Large updates can take anyway between hours or more! So users usually install it at night time. However, did you know that you can speed up the installation process? Here’s how!

  1. Make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and it’s on a charger with at least 50% of battery
  2. Go the Watch app on your iPhone, click on My Watch -> Settings -> General -> Software Update
  3. Tap on Download & Install, once you see “time remaining...”, go to Settings app on your device, and toggle off Bluetooth.
  4. Return to the Watch app and when a disconnecting message appears, click on Cancel button
  5. By doing this, you simply use a Wi-Fi connection to make the installation process faster, compared to a much-slower Bluetooth network.
This is a great workaround before Apple brings to WiFi update feature to the platform. Do you find this to be really helpful for you? Or do you have an easier way to update the wearable tech gadgets, you’re welcome to share your tips with us!

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For the most part, the macOS menu bar can be really useful, however, if your menu bar is looking cluttered with tons of icons, then you might want to try out this handy and free utility app called Vanilla, it allows you to hide menu bar icons simply by collapsing them. Here’s how to use it!

  1. Download the Vanilla from developer Mathew Palmer, it’s free, but there’s also a pay version for additional features.
  2. Once you downloaded, launch it, then hold the Command key and drag menu bar icons hide into the Vanilla portion of the menu bar.
  3. Click the arrow button to expand or collapse these menu bar icons.
  4. And that’s it!
All of the hidden menu bar icons are accessible behind the Vanilla arrow button. And, if you want these icons visible again, just quit the Vanilla, then all of your menu bar stuff are returned to their normal position. It is that simple!

Nothing resembles more futuristic and Star Trek than making AirDrop to instantly beam pictures, videos, contacts, Voice Memos, Map locations, and more to other devices. Now, with iOS 12, Apple introduced a way to let you share a password between devices with AirDrop. Here is how to do it.
  1. Go to the Settings app on your Home screen
  2. Scroll down until you see Passwords & Accounts
  3. Then tap on the Website & App Passwords. 
  4. From there, tap on the password field whatever your account is
  5. Choosing AirDrop and select a nearby device

Once you have AirDropped the password to a nearby device, the password will go straight into the same Passwords section in Settings, or a site that matches your chosen account, from there, you should notice the option to update it or cancel the process entirely.

The NBA 2K18 has available on the iPhone for several months, but its $7.99 price tag has made it inaccessible to many mobile gamers. However, the good news is you can download the free version in the New Zealand App Store as a soft-launch, here is how to download it to your devices regardless the country you are in.

  1. Open Settings app on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID on the top of the panel.
  3. Tap View Apple ID, you may have to enter your password.
  4. Change your country/region to New Zealand.
  5. Must enter a valid address, for example, a KFC andresss.
  6. Back to your Home screen, tap on App Store and search for "NBA 2K Mobile Basketball"
The game has the same intuitive one-touch controls and overall gameplay, and that makes it fun to play on the go. NBA 2K Free version is also featured with stunning graphics, more unique activities, and to participate in special awards or added to the list of all-star players. Due to it's still in development, a few hiccups could happen when playing the game.

Need help? Leave your comments down below, and we will help you to solve it.

Sure, some people says the Phone app is the one the app that didn't receive any new features in the past few years, besides from 3D Touch that let you quick dial favorite contacts on the Home screen. Having said that, there's a petty cool function that you won't even be noticed that is there, and with the tips you don't have to routinely enter the last number, here is how!
  1. Open the Phone app on your Home screen
  2. Tap on the Keypad icon at the bottom of the app
  3. Click the Green button once
  4. Now you last dialed number should show in the top, click the call again
  5. And that's it!

You can use Siri or Voice Control by saying “Redial that last number” as well. However, it's worth to note that the trick actually only allows you to quickly redial last number that was physically dialled using the Keypad, rather than a contact that was being called through the Contacts app.
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