Category: Troubleshooting

How to Get Around Activation Lock on iPhone

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Did you purchase a used iPhone from someone only to be welcomed with an Activation Lock screen? Or, did you forget your Apple ID details and get locked out of your own iPhone? Either way, there are multiple ways to go about resolving the activation lock situation on an iPhone (or iPad for that matter).

Activation Lock, if you aren’t aware, is Apple’s security feature that’s tied to the Find My iPhone service. This is to make sure your device and the data stored remains secure in case if it’s lost or stolen. If Find My was enabled on your iPhone and you…

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How to Clean Install macOS Big Sur

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Mac users may occasionally find themselves wanting to clean install macOS Big Sur onto a Mac. A clean installation of macOS Big Sur basically means the entire hard drive – including the system itself, all data, all apps, user accounts, literally everything – is erased, and then a fresh clean install of macOS Big Sur is installed onto the Mac. In this way it’s sort of like a factory reset or a fresh start, or what PC users sometimes refer to as reformatting, because there will be nothing left on the Mac at all, and booting it up will be similar to booting up a…

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How to Change Sidecar iPad Position Side on Mac

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By default, Sidecar for Mac sets iPad to be on the right side of the Mac display, but what if you want to change the iPad position to be on the left side? Or to the top, or bottom of the Mac display? Or perhaps you want the iPad display to be a little bit up or down? Much like you can change positions and orientations of other external displays on Mac, you can also change the iPad Sidecar position side on Mac too.

For the less familiar, modern versions of macOS and iPadOS allow an iPad to turn into an external display for a Mac by using the fantastic Sidecar…

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How to Fix “Import Failed” Mail Error on Mac

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Rarely, Mac users encounter an “Import Failed” error message when trying to open the Mail app in Mac OS, with a brief Message Import splash screen. The import failure prevents the Mail app from opening any further, and therefore renders the Mail app and inboxes unusable. This can happen on any version of Mail for Mac, sometimes at random, or sometimes after updating system software, if user accounts have been migrated, or in many other situations, including if the Mac hard drive is too full without available disk space.

The full error is usually encountered…

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Fix “Unable to Install Update” Error for iOS & iPadOS

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If you’re trying to install an iOS or iPadOS software update and discover a failure error that states “Unable to Install Update – An error occurred installing iOS 14.5” (or any iOS/iPadOS x.x.x) with an option to Retry or to Remind Me Later, you may be understandably frustrated. Fortunately this is usually pretty easy to get around.


This “Unable to Install Update. An Error Occurred” failure and error can happen with basically any iOS or iPadOS version so it’s not limited to any particular release. It’s typically only experienced when attempting…

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How to Download Apps over 200 MB with Cellular on iPhone & iPad

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Are you unable to download large apps on your iPhone over the cellular LTE network? This is intended to avoid excessive data charges, but it’s something that can be overridden by tweaking the settings, if necessary.

Cellular data is fairly expensive in most parts of the world, and bandwidth is often capped, and as a result, Apple limits the size of apps that can be downloaded or updated over an LTE connection. This particular limit is set to 200 MB on both iOS and iPadOS devices. However, people living in certain regions have access to unlimited cellular…

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How to Fix Safari “This Connection Is Not Private” Warnings

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Are you receiving an error message saying “This connection is not private” when you’re trying to access a website in Safari from iPhone, iPad, or Mac? Many users have seen this error at some point as they browse the web, and this can be bypassed or ignored quickly fixed regardless of what device you use.

This message pops up when Safari’s security check on the website’s certificate fails. You’ll likely face this issue when you’re visiting a website that uses an expired certificate, or HTTP instead of HTTPS when it’s not configured properly. The…

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How to Reset HomePod and HomePod Mini

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Are you facing ongoing issues, problems, or quirks with HomePod? If so, one of the troubleshooting methods would be resetting your device. Fortunately, resetting your HomePod to its default settings can be done in a few seconds using the Home app.

Resetting a device basically sets it up as new again, and is different from a restart. If you’ve been using Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, or Mac for a while, you may be familiar with the idea of resetting the device to factory default settings as a way to resolve some persistent issues. Apple’s HomePod and…

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How to Restart HomePod and HomePod Mini

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Did your HomePod stop responding to your queries all of a sudden? Is Siri not being activated when you press the top of your HomePod? This may be either a glitch or a connectivity issue that can often be easily resolved by just rebooting the device.

Unlike most other Apple devices that have a physical button to turn them on/off for quickly fixing minor software-related issues, the HomePod doesn’t have a dedicated power button. Of course, you can unplug it from the wall socket, but that’s not really an ideal solution to restart your device, isn it? You may…

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How to Change Siri’s Volume on HomePod

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Are you using the HomePod or HomePod Mini and wondering how to change Siri’s volume? You may have used the volume controls on the HomePod only to realize that it doesn’t affect Siri’s volume at all. Not to worry, we’ll show you how you can change Siri’s speaker volume on HomePod.

Smart speakers are a relatively new breed of devices and a lot of newcomers may have trouble making use of them properly. You might think that changing the volume of a device might be a silly topic, but some users get confused when pressing the volume buttons on your HomePod…

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