Category: macOS Monterey

How to Clear DNS Cache in MacOS Ventura & MacOS Monterey

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Mac users may need to occasionally clear out and flush DNS cache in MacOS, perhaps because they modified their hosts file, or for troubleshooting purposes.

Resetting DNS cache on the Mac is generally only needed by advanced users, but even novice Mac users should find the process to be pretty easy, though it is achieved through the use of the command line.

How to Flush DNS Cache in MacOS Ventura & MacOS Monterey

Here’s how to clear out and reset your DNS cache in modern MacOS versions:

  1. Open the Terminal application on the Mac, the simplest way to do this is…

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How to Install MacOS Updates Without Upgrading to MacOS Ventura

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You likely know by now that macOS Ventura is available to download and install for any compatible Mac, but perhaps you’re not quite ready to install Ventura yet, or you’re perfectly satisfied running macOS Monterey or Big Sur, so you’d prefer to simply update those operating system releases to the latest available version.

Both macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur are continuing to get software updates from Apple for security patches and other major issues, so if you choose to stay on those system software releases (which is a perfectly reasonable decision if…

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Tap to Click Not Working on Mac? Here’s How to Fix It

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Tap to Click is a popular feature for Mac trackpads that allow users to tap on the trackpad to perform a click, rather than exert physical pressure to physically click down on the trackpad. Many Mac users like to use Tap to Click, so if you find it’s suddenly not working, or not working as expected, it’s understandable why you’d be bothered.

Some Mac users have found that Tap to Click is not working as expected on their MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, or Magic Trackpad, often since updating to macOS Monterey or later. If you encounter this issue, read…

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How to Change or Remove Font Smoothing on MacOS Monterey & Big Sur

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Are you noticing blurry text on your Mac’s display while navigating through the menu and across apps? More specifically, has this been an issue ever since you updated to macOS Monterey or Big Sur, and on a non-retina display? If so, chances are, font smoothing is enabled by default, and for some users they feel like this can result in slightly blurry text in menus and across apps. If you don’t like this, you’ll need to disable the feature in MacOS.

Until the release of macOS Big Sur, there was this setting called “Use Font Smoothing when available”…

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How to Blur Background During FaceTime Calls on iPhone, iPad, & Mac

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Ever wanted to blur your background while on a FaceTime call? Maybe it’s a busy room or a messy kitchen behind you. Fortunately, you can use the same Portrait mode you use for your selfies, right on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

The Portrait mode on the front selfie camera of your iPhone and iPad works only because of Apple’s software magic, but we’re glad to see this feature make its way to FaceTime. With third-party video calling apps offering virtual backgrounds to hide your room, Apple had to do something similar with FaceTime. Sure, blurring the background…

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How to Enable ‘Universal Control’ Between Your Mac and iPad

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With iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3, Apple has finally released the major cross-platform feature we first saw in WWDC 2021: Universal Control lets you use the same keyboard, mouse, or trackpad between multiple Macs and iPads. That means when you set your iPad next to your Mac, you can push the cursor off of the edge of…

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How to Make a MacOS Monterey Boot Installer Drive

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Some Mac users use bootable install USB drives for updating or installing MacOS Monterey onto a computer. If you’re wondering how to make a bootable macOS Monterey installer drive, we’ll walk through the process.

This is generally for more advanced users, typically who wish to use a bootable installer drive for erasing and formatting a Mac, clean installing, troubleshooting purposes, or updating multiple Macs to macOS Monterey without having to re-download the installer. For most users, the simplest way to install Monterey is the standard upgrade path….

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How to Use Low Power Mode on MacBook Pro & MacBook Air

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Low Power Mode allows you to prolong the battery life of a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook, by reducing energy usage on the device to optimize the battery performance. This is a fantastic feature for Mac laptop users on the go, since an unplugged laptop is only as useful as it’s battery life.

Mac laptops already get pretty good battery life (particularly the M1 series and newer), but with Low Power Mode you can get even more usage out of a MacBook, and it’s done all behind the scenes through software optimizations.

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Is macOS Monterey Draining Your Battery Overnight in Sleep Mode?

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There is some online discussion of battery drain occurring overnight on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops, while the Macs are in sleep mode, with many users noticing the problem after updating to a recent version of macOS Monterey.

While there does seem to be an uptick of overnight battery draining behavior with macOS Monterey 12.2, the particular issue has actually predated macOS Monterey. As we covered in October of last year prior to Monterey’s release, we noted similar overnight battery drain was happening with later macOS Big Sur updates to some Mac…

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