Category: Mac OS X

How to Check Warranty & Apple Care+ Status of Your Mac

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Wondering if a Mac is still under warranty? Do you want to check the warranty status of your Mac? In that case, you’ll be excited to learn about the method that we’ll be covering here as it doesn’t require you to get your Mac’s serial number to check a Macs Apple Care status.

A lot of Apple users are familiar with the traditional method where you look up your warranty information on Apple’s website using the device’s serial number. While this isn’t really hard considering how you can quickly grab the serial number in the operating system through…

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How to Change the Desktop Wallpaper Background in MacOS

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Do you want to change the desktop background on your Mac? Perhaps, you don’t like the default macOS wallpaper or you just want to use a custom image of your choice as the background? Fortunately, this is pretty easy to do on a macOS machine.

If this is your first Mac and you’re switching from a Windows PC, chances are, you’ll need some time to get a hang of macOS. Even simple things like changing the background wallpaper to personalize your desktop could be a little tricky at first. The good news is that the procedure is not too different from what you…

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How to Change FaceTime Caller ID on Mac

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Do you want to change the caller ID that others see when you FaceTime them from your Mac? This is possible and in fact, pretty easy to do.

If you use FaceTime on multiple devices like your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, chances are, it uses your phone number by default as your caller ID. Now, if you’re a privacy buff or you’re trying to make a FaceTime call for work purposes, you may not want to give away your personal phone number like that. To avoid this, you’ll need to change your FaceTime caller ID to your email address.

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invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools)

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Some Mac Terminal users may discover git, pip, HomeBrew, and other command line tools may fail or not work as intended with an error message stating “xcrun: error: invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools)”. Sometimes these command line tools stop working after a macOS system software update, but they worked previously.

Fortunately it’s easy to fix the “xcrun: error: invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools)” error message, and get git, pip, Homebrew, or whatever other command line tool that failed,…

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How to Install macOS Big Sur in VirtualBox on Windows

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Are you interested in running macOS Big Sur or Monterey from a Windows PC? If you don’t want to spend money on a Mac, you can use a virtual machine and still try out macOS, thanks to VirtualBox.

Before you start making assumptions, this is not a super-complicated Hackintosh setup. Instead, you will be running VirtualBox natively on your Windows computer and installing macOS as a guest operating system within VirtualBox. Unlike a Hackintosh, you don’t need any special hardware to get macOS up and running on your computer. With VirtualBox, you can install…

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How to Repair the Startup Disk on M1 Apple Silicon Macs

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If you are having any peculiar disk issues or disk errors with an Apple Silicon Mac, you may want to try using the repair tools within Disk Utility, available in Recovery Mode.

For those who aren’t aware, Disk Utility has been an integral part of macOS since the beginning of Mac OS X. In addition to allowing users to erase and format their Mac’s storage drive before reinstalling macOS, it’s also capable of searching for errors related to the formatting and directory structure of the disk. Be cautious about disk errors though, as they can often lead to…

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How to Factory Reset M1 Mac (MacBook Pro, Air, iMac, Mac mini)

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Do you have an M1 Mac that you’d like to factory reset as if it were brand new? The process of factory resetting the M1 Mac line to restore the Mac to factory defaults – basically erasing all data and reinstalling a blank macOS – is different with the M1 Mac line, including M1 MacBook Pro, M1 Mac mini, M1 iMac, and M1 MacBook Air, so let’s review how the process works.

First, a quick summary for the unfamiliar; A factory reset or a reset to factory settings involves erasing all the contents stored on your Mac – all files, data, and the OS itself –…

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How to Install macOS Monterey Public Beta

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If you’re interested in installing and trying out macOS Monterey public beta, you now have the opportunity to do so as it became available to download for any Mac user.

Beta system software is typically less stable and more prone to bugs and incompatibilities, so installing the macOS Monterey public beta should be reserved for more advanced users, preferably on secondary Macs. Nonetheless, installing and running MacOS 12 public beta is pretty easy, so if you’re up for testing out the upcoming system software version, read on as this tutorial will walk…

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Can I Show the Dock on All Screens on Mac? Moving the Dock in MacOS

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If you’re a Mac user with multiple monitors, you may be wondering how to get the Dock to show up on all Mac displays, or perhaps you’re wondering if you can add a Dock to the secondary screens.

Indeed, you can set the Mac Dock to display on any Mac screen. But if you’re wondering whether or not you can have multiple Docks on each display, it turns out that is not quite possible.

Unlike the menu bar, which will display across all screens used with a Mac, the Dock does not. There is only one Dock, and the Dock is set to show on the primary…

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