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How to Install Unsupported Apps on Older iPhones

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As much as Apple will want you to buy the iPhone 14, your old phone is probably serving you just fine, even if the company doesn’t officially support it anymore. But the bigger problem with aging tech isn’t necessarily the lack of official software support, it’s when third-party developers stop making apps for your…

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How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder to iCloud on Mac

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Do you want to make sure the files stored on your Mac’s desktop and in the documents folder are accessible from all your Apple devices? You can set this up pretty easily on your Mac with the help of iCloud. To be more specific, it’s an optional iCloud Drive setting in macOS, that allows you to sync your Mac desktop and documents folders to iCloud.

Considering a lot of Mac users own other Apple devices too like the iPhone and iPad, they’d want to be able to access the files stored on their computers regardless of the device they’re using. Let’s say you…

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How to Download iCloud Photos via the Command Line

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Ever wanted to download all photos from iCloud Photos using the command line? Thanks to the third party icloud_photos_downloader tool, you can do just that. Called icloudpd for short, it works to access and download photos directly from iCloud using the command line on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux.

icloudpd is open source, and you can check out the source project on github if interested.

Because icloud_photos_downloader is a Python tool, you will need to have installed Python 3.x or installed Homebrew on the Mac if you haven’t done so already. We’re going to…

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How to Create Local Backups of Notes on Mac

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The Notes app is popular for keeping bits of data, jotting down information, maintaining lists, storing text, photos, and so much more. It’s completely reasonable to want to create a local backup of notes from the Notes app, but you may be unsure of how to accomplish that.

We’ll discuss a few ways to backup Notes on the Mac, from using iCloud, to exporting the notes as a PDF file, to getting the notes data into a more broadly compatible file format, to creating local backups of the Notes SQL database.

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How to Stop Email Trackers on Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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You might already know that websites and apps track you. It’s so common now we don’t even bat an eye. But did you know the same thing applies to emails as well?

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How to Reset and Erase a Locked iPhone Without Connecting to a Mac or PC

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iOS 15.2 is filled with features big and small. Along with features like Digital Legacy and App Privacy Report, comes a feature we’ve been waiting years for; the ability to completely erase and reset a locked iPhone without needing to connect it to a Mac or PC first.

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How to Pass on Your iPhone Data After You Die

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Our digital lives are heavily intertwined with our “real” lives, and Apple is finally starting to acknowledge that. The data that lives in our iCloud accounts is not only important to us, but also to our family members. Now, there’s a way for our loved ones to access our digital data when we no longer can.

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How to Use iCloud Passwords on Windows PC

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Most iPhone, iPad, and Mac users rely on the built-in iCloud Keychain feature to securely store and manage their passwords, but if you also have a Windows PC you may be interested to know that you can seamlessly use iCloud Keychain passwords from a Windows computer too.

Until very recently, Apple limited the Keychain functionality to its own devices. This meant that users who owned PCs had to use a third-party password management tool like LastPass, 1Password, or Dashlane with multi-platform support. Thanks to the latest iCloud for Windows updates,…

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How to Set Up Contact Groups for iPhone

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Have you ever wanted to create contact groups on your iPhone to sort out the people in your list? While this is not possible natively for some reason, you can use iCloud’s web client to make contact groups for your iPhone.

Most people have hundreds of contacts stored on their iPhones these days. The list of contacts includes your colleagues, family members, friends, or anyone else really. As the number grows, organizing those contacts becomes increasingly difficult. The best way to manage all your contacts would be by sorting them into different groups. Most…

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How to Share iCloud Storage with Family on Mac

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Are you on the larger size iCloud storage plan and want to share it with family? iCloud storage can be shared with family members thanks to Apple’s Family Sharing feature, and this is easy to access on the Mac.

For those who aren’t aware, Family Sharing allows you to share your purchases and subscriptions with other people in your family group. This means that you can share your iCloud subscription as well. While the least expensive 50GB plan may barely be enough for one person, the 200 GB and 2 TB plans can be shared with up to 5 people depending on how…

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