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What Do the F1, F2, F3, Through F12 Keys Do on Mac Keyboards?

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If you’re sat in front of your Mac now, take a look down at your keyboard. Sure, it has all of the characters you’d expect from a keyboard, but there are some keys along the top of the keyboard that might not be familiar to you. These are called function keys and all have Fx written on them, where x x is replaced with a number, like F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12. So what do the the F keys on a Mac do?


Glancing at the F keys on a Mac keyboard, you’ll see an icon if you look above the function key number, and that icon shows what else

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How to Set Up Your Brand-New AirPods Pro

I am weak. I splurged on a brand-new pair of AirPods Pro and I’ve been fiddling around with them all day. Setting up these third-generation wireless earbuds isn’t that difficult, but there are a few settings you’re definitely going to want to play with if you preordered a pair yourself (or plan to pick some up later).

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How to Mirror Netflix from iPhone to TV

Netflix has now stopped AirPlay support on Apple TV citing technical limitations. So now, when you try to AirPlay a video from iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV, it just won’t play. But not all is lost. If you’re trying to AirPlay content from your phone, your biggest reason might be the need to control playback from the iPhone itself. There are a couple of ways to can keep this experience going. Here’s how you can mirror Netflix from your iPhone to TV.

Mirror Netflix from iPhone to Your TV

Using Chromecast

Google Chromecast

The most reliable way of getting an AirPlay-like experience for Netflix is by buying a Chromecast. A Chromecast is Google’s streaming device. At around $30, it’s quite cheap. It doesn’t have a remote and is very simple to use. Once it’s set up and active, you’ll see a Cast icon in the Netflix app at the top.

Tap on it, and select your Chromecast. Now, anything you play on the Netflix app will be played on your TV via Chromecast. And you’ll be able to control the playback using your iPhone or iPad (similar to AirPlay).

There’s only a technical difference here. When you’re using AirPlay, the video is actually going through your device. On Chromecast, it’s directly going through the Chromecast device, connected to the web. This leads to a faster, more reliable connection.

Buy: Chromecast ($35)

Use Your Smart TV’s Netflix App

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If you own a smart TV, no matter how old, chances are that you’ll have a Netflix app in there. If it’s not installed already, you can download it from the library. After that, log in with your account and start streaming.

But you might not like the experience of using your TV’s remote to navigate the Netflix app. If so, use the Netflix 2nd Screen experience outlined below.

Using Netflix’s 2nd Screen Experience

A myriad of devices supports Netflix’s 2nd Screen experience. What this means is, you can turn the first device (your iPhone or iPad) into a remote for a second device which is the one playing the Netflix media.

For this to work, both devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network and logged into the same account. A majority of Smart TVs, Play Station and more support this feature.

To find out of your device does or not, open the Netflix app on your TV (or device connected to your TV) and then open the Netflix app on your iPhone. Tap on the Cast button that appears on the top toolbar. If you see your device listed here, it means the 2nd Screen feature is supported.

Tap on it and now both your devices will be connected. Continue to browse around on your iPhone and when you finally find something that you like, tap on it. The playback will start instantly on your TV!

Other Methods to Watch Netflix on Your TV

Use an HDMI Cable and Your Laptop

If all fails, this is something that will still work, reliably. Just connect an HDMI cable from your Mac or Windows laptop to your TV. Then open the Netflix window in your browser. Make it full screen and as long as you’re in mirroring mode, you should see the content, along with the sound, coming through from the TV.

Miracast From Android Or Windows

You can think of Miracast as the new, wireless format of HDMI. If the technology is built into your Android phone, Windows PC and your TV, you can get Chromecast like casting feature without the need for any additional hardware. Just check online if Mircast is supported on your devices. And then like always, use the Cast button to connect to the available devices on your Wi-Fi network.

Mirror Using Google Chromecast on Mac

You might not know this but Netflix officially supports Google Chromecast is the Chrome browser as well. Make sure you’re running the latest version of Google Chrome which comes with Google Cast feature built-in. Then open Netflix in your browser, start playing something and then click on the Cast button to send it to your TV. You can continue to control the playback using Google Chrome on your computer.

How Do You Use Netflix On Your TV?

As you can see, even though Netflix has ended AirPlay support, it doesn’t mean all is lost. There are still many ways you watch Netflix on your TV where you can control it from your iPhone.

How do you watch Netflix? Share with us in the comments below.

Source: iPhone Hacks: How to Mirror Netflix from iPhone to TV by Khamosh Pathak

How to Download TikTok Videos on iPhone

TikTok is currently the most fun app for short-form videos. Yes, it’s even more popular than Instagram when it comes to vertical videos. The app, previously known as Musical.ly, lets users create fun 15 seconds lip-sync videos. You can spend hours just looking at fun videos in TikTok. But what if you want to download and save some of your favorite TikTok videos offline? Or share them with your friends on WhatsApp? That’s quite easy to do.

How to Download Videos in TikTok App

The app has a built-in download feature. And it works with most public facing and viral videos.

Step 1: Open the TikTok app and find the video you want to download.

Step 2: Tap on the Share button and select Save Video.

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Now, the video will be downloaded in the background and will be stored to your device, locally. To find the save video, open the Photos app and swipe to the bottom of the All Photos album.

How to Download TikTok Videos Using Instagram Stories

There are some videos which won’t have a Save Video button. But don’t worry, there’s a simple workaround. You just need the Instagram app installed (and logged in).

Step 1: Open the TikTok app and find the video.

Step 2: Tap on the Share button. You won’t find the Save Video button. Instead, tap on the Stories button (or Instagram button).

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Step 3: You’ll see the progress bar for saving the video. Then the app will open Instagram, with the screen for adding a new story. You’ll find the video here playing already.

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Step 4: Tap on the Download button from the top toolbar. The video has just been saved to your Camera Roll. Tap on the X button to exit the story view.

How to Download TikTok Videos Using Total Files App

If you don’t want to use Instagram, you can use a file manager app like Total Files to download the video.

Step 1: Open the TikTok app and find the video.

Step 2: Tap on the Share button and select Copy Link.

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Step 3: Open the Total Files app and tap on the Globe icon in the bottom-right.

Step 4: From the URL bar, paste in the link we just copied and tap on Go.

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Step 5: Play the video and it will play in full-screen view.

Step 6: Tap on the screen and the app will ask you if you want to download the video. Tap on the green Checkmark button and choose a destination.

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Step 7: Tap on the File icon and from the Local section, you’ll see the downloaded video right there. From here, tap on the Menu button next to the video for options. You can convert the video to audio, or upload to a cloud account. If you want to save it to Camera Roll, tap on Share and then choose Save Video.

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Download: Total Files (Free)

What Do You Think of TikTok?

Do you create videos for TikTok or you just like to watch them when you’re free? Share with us in the comments below.

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Source: iPhone Hacks: How to Download TikTok Videos on iPhone by Khamosh Pathak