Category: Mac

How to Refresh Software Update on Mac

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Occasionally when a user goes to update macOS system software through the Software Update preference panel, they’ll find the updates that are shown are outdated, not showing up at all, or not showing all of the updates that you know to be available (for example, a newly released system software update).

If you find that the proper Mac software updates are not showing as available in the Software Update panel, you can refresh the Software Update preference panel in macOS.

Curiously enough, the refresh option is not shown in any of the menu items however, so if…

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How to Run Snapchat on Mac

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If you’re a Snapchat user and you’d like to run Snapchat on your Mac, you’ll be happy to know there’s a new option to get Snapchat on the Mac without having to use the Bluestacks method that has been around for quite some time.

Now, all you need is a web browser to run Snapchat on your Mac.


There’s not much to getting Snapchat running on the Mac with the web client method, here’s all you need to do:

  1. On a Chrome browser for Mac, go to https://web.snapchat.com/
  2. Login to your Snapchat account as usual

And there you go, it’s that simple, you’re now…

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12 Ultra Useful Touch ID Tricks for Mac

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Touch ID for Mac is super useful, and now that basically all modern Mac laptops have Touch ID sensors on their keyboards, and the new Magic Keyboards for Mac have Touch ID, you’re almost certain to encounter the biometric authenticator when using a Mac.

We’ll review some handy and interesting Touch ID tricks for the Mac, ranging from improving Touch ID response, to alternate biometric authentication options (including a few super unique options you almost certainly haven’t considered), to faster sudo usage with Touch ID, to making purchases and autofill…

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Convert WEBP to JPG on Mac from Finder with a Quick Action

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Did you know you can quickly convert a webp image file to JPG, right from the Mac Finder? Thanks to Quick Actions, this is by far the simplest and fastest way to convert webp files to JPEG format on the Mac.

Modern versions of MacOS system software support the excellent Quick Actions feature, that offer handy image editing and management features like rotating pictures or converting image file types to JPG or others, and that includes converting webp images. Not only does the Quick Action allow you to convert a single webp image, but you can also batch convert…

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Hosts File Not Working on Mac? Try This Fix

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Some Mac users have discovered that the hosts file in MacOS does not appear to work, or changes to the /etc/hosts file on the Mac are seemingly ignored. Given that the hosts file is used to map IP addresses to host names, and is frequently modified by advanced users, this is an understandably annoying problem.

This is fairly obvious issue when it happens, because after editing the hosts file on a Mac from the command line or even with TextEdit, and flushing DNS cache, there does not appear to be any change to hosts.

Changes to the hosts file being ignored, or…

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How to Play iPhone & iPad Games on Mac

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Have you ever wanted to play the iPhone or iPad games you own on your Mac? Perhaps, you just want to play one game of Among Us while you’re stuck at work? As long as you have a Mac that’s powered by Apple Silicon, you’re all set.

At this point, it’s no secret that the Apple ARM-powered Macs are capable of running iOS and iPadOS apps natively. What this means is that your favorite iPhone games are playable on your Mac too. Having said that, this particular functionality comes with a catch that we’ll talk about in a minute.

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How to Search Messages on Mac

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If you use Messages app on your Mac, you may frequently arrive at a situation where you’d like to search and filter the content of your messages and conversations for a match, or a particular word, or topic. Fortunately, the Messages for Mac app has a nice and easy message search feature.

Not sure where to get started with message search? We’re here to help walk you through the process of finding and searching for keyword matches in the Mac Messages application.

How to Search Messages & Conversations on Mac for Keywords

If you haven’t noticed the search…

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Unable to Auto Unlock Mac with Apple Watch? Troubleshoot & Fix

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Apple allows users to unlock their Macs using their Apple Watch, which is a super handy feature for users of both devices. As convenient as this may sound, the feature isn’t completely flawless though, and sometimes you may run into issues with the auto-unlocking Mac feature.

Since Apple Watch and your Mac relies on a wireless connection to get this done, you can run into connectivity problems that may prevent you from unlocking your Mac with it. Additionally, certain macOS settings can change the way your Mac unlocks and in some rare cases, software glitches…

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How to Find Word Count for Pages Documents on iPhone & iPad

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Need to know the word count of a document you’re working on in Pages? Word counts can help you determine how long something that you’re writing, whether for school, work, or personal. This is a feature that a lot of users would like to have, but for whatever reason the Pages app doesn’t show this information by default. Fortunately, it’s very easy to toggle word count on in Pages app for iPhone and iPad.

Pages app is Apple’s equivalent word processor app to Microsoft Word, if you aren’t aware. That’s right, it’s the default word-processing software…

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How to Split Screen on Mac

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Using Split Screen on a Mac is easier than ever before in the latest versions of MacOS, including macOS Monterey, Big Sur, and Catalina. You can nearly instantaneously split screen two different apps, or two windows from the same app. Perhaps you want two browser windows to be side-by-side, or a browser window split screened with a text editor, or your email split screen with a calendar. Whatever your needs for using Mac split screen mode, it’s simple to use once you learn how it works.

Using Split Screen on Mac

  1. Open the two apps or windows you want to split…

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