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How to Block Your MacBook's Webcam Without Using an External Cover

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Covering your webcam is one of the oldest privacy tips around, but some MacBook owners have made the unfortunate discovery that third-party camera covers can damage your laptop when you try to shut it. Many of these coverings are bulky enough that a MacBook can’t close all the way, and the excess pressure they put on…

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How to Use Energy Saver Settings on Mac for Better Battery & Power Management

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If you’re using a desktop Mac, like an iMac or Mac Pro, you’re probably less concerned about power management than someone using something like a MacBook. But there are still chances to reduce your home electricity bill, too. You’d be surprised the difference tweaking a few macOS settings can make, especially if you’re someone who leaves their computer and display on 24/7. Here, we’re going to go through some of the settings you might want to take a look at for improving power management on the Mac.

All of these settings live in the Energy Saver area…

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Ignore Accidental Touch Bar Input with Bar None for MacBook Pro

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Do you accidentally touch the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro and trigger an action without meaning to? Then a free little third party app called Bar None may be what you’re looking for.

One of the complaints about the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro is how easy it is to accidentally trigger input. For example, some users unintentionally brush or tap Siri frequently enough that removing Siri from Touch Bar is a popular remedy to prevent that from happening. Beyond changing your habits to try and avoid inadvertent Touch Bar activation, there isn’t much else you can do,…

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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 See if Your MacBook is Eligible For a Free Battery Replacement

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If you have a 13-inch MacBook Pro that was made between October of 2016 and October of 2017 then you might be eligible for a free battery replacement.

Apple has determined that component may fail in some of the laptops that will cause the battery to expand. It’s not a safety issue, but it is an issue that can result in some issues with your device.

If you own a laptop that you think might qualify, Apple has a dedicated page where you can enter your computer’s serial number to check.

You can find your MacBook’s serial number on the underside of the computer in small print beside the regulatory markings. It’s also on your computer’s original packaging next to the barcode label.

If it does qualify, Apple will replace the battery free of charge at an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider. You can also ship your computer to an Apple Repair Center to get the problem taken care of.

Even if you’re not having issues now, if your computer is eligible for the swap it’s worth taking it in and having it done just in case. You’re going to end up having to spend a few days without your MacBook to make it happen, but it will be well worth it to not run into unexpected issues down the line.

And if you’ve already paid for a battery replacement on your computer and you’re eligible for a free replacement you can also contact Apple now and score a refund for that repair.

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