How to Set Up Wireless Audio Sharing in iOS 13

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 come with a new feature that makes it much easier to share audio with your friends. Sure, you can go the “two of you use one half of a pair of earbuds” route, but that isn’t the best way to experience music or watch videos—both listeners miss out on one channel of audio, after all. And while you could always get a 3.5mm splitter, we doubt you’re rocking out with your friends that much.

The new iOS (and iPadOS) audio-sharing feature uses Bluetooth to split audio between two different devices. Specific requirements change depending on which sharing method you use (more on that in a bit), but both users will need a pair of AirPods or Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones, as well as one of the following devices (running iOS or iPadOS 13):

  • iOS 13: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, or XS Mini; or an iPod Touch (seventh-generation).
  • iPadOS 13: iPad Pro 11-inch; iPad Pro 12.9-inch (second-generation or later); iPad Air (third-generation); iPad mini (fifth-generation).

There will technically be two ways to share audio in iOS/iPad OS 13 when the final versions release for the public later this year. The first isn’t yet supported in the betas, but here’s how it will work:

Option 1: Audio sharing by proximity

  1. Put the two iOS/iPadOS devices near each other while one is playing media from an app like Apple Music or YouTube.
  2. Both devices will get a pop-up; Tap “Share Audio”
  3. You can now share media between the two iPhones or iPads. Both users have separate volume controls on their respective devices.

The second method, though clunkier, works in the current iOS 13 beta:

Option 2: Multi-device Bluetooth pairing

The final iOS/iPadOS 13 release will also allow users to share audio by syncing up two sets of Bluetooth headphones to a single handset.

  1. Put both pairs of Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode (this varies by model—check your user manual or do a quick internet search if you don’t know how to do this).
  2. On the iOS/iPadOS 13 device you wish to use for playback, go to Settings > Bluetooth
  3. Tap the names of each unpaired device to connect both headphones.
  4. Both headphones will now play the same audio simultaneously, but volume and playback can only be controlled on the iPhone/iPad.

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What To Watch Out For When Buying a Used Mac



https://macmost.com/e-1964 If you are buying a used Mac there are many things you need to check out before you complete the purchase. You can run hardware diagnostics and check out battery and hard drive health. You should carefully inspect the screen, keyboard and other parts. It is also very important that you check for a firmware password and see if the Mac is connected to iCloud. The best place to buy is from Apple’s refurbished store, but you can also find used Macs at some well-known resellers as well as eBay and CraigsList. Be very careful to avoid scams and protect yourself. Once you get your new old Mac, be sure to wipe it and start fresh.

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10 Ways to Change iPhone Wallpaper

A wallpaper is a window to your iPhone. It’s the first thing you see when you pick up your iPhone. Something you do dozens, or hundreds of times a day. Maybe you’re happy with a stock wallpaper or a dark OLED wallpaper most of the time. But what if you want to spice things up from time to time? How do you go about changing the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad? Read on to find out.

10 Different Ways to Change iPhone or iPad Wallpaper

Before we begin, please note that the steps below and the screenshots are for iOS 13. iOS 13 is currently available in Public Beta and it will be available as an update to all users in September.

1. Set A Stock Wallpaper From Settings

How to Change Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad 5

You can quickly switch to a different wallpaper that Apple provides using Settings. Apple has a great set of stock wallpapers, especially if you’re using an iPhone X and higher, and iOS 13. You’ll see a great collection of colorful and dark wallpapers, along with Live Photos and Dynamic wallpapers. For example, iOS 13 users can use four new wallpapers that changed based on Light mode and Dark mode.

How to Change Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad 6

Go to Settings -> Wallpaper -> Choose New Wallpaper to get started. Here you’ll find three categories: Dynamic, Stills, and Live. You’ll also see all your photos below, but we’ll get to that in the next section. Go to a section, tap on a wallpaper to select and preview it. Tap on Set and then choose if you want to set the wallpaper on the Lock screen, Home screen, or both. And that’s it, your wallpaper has been changed.

2. Set Your Own Photo as Wallpaper

You can also set any of your photos as a wallpaper. Open the Photos app and navigate to a photo. Tap on it and then tap on the Share button. From here, select Use as Wallpaper.

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The same wallpaper setting screen will show up. From here, you’ll be able to zoom in or pan around in the wallpaper, if you want. Tap on Set to set the photo as a wallpaper on the Lock screen or Home screen.

How to Change Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad 2

3. Use a Wallpaper App

iPhone Wallpaper Apps

If you’re fond of discovering and changing wallpapers often, you should use a dedicated wallpaper app. Take a look at the wallpaper apps below to find your next best wallpaper.

Vellum: Vellum is one of the best iPhone apps for finding awesome, high-quality wallpapers. Using this app you’ll find category-wise, curated lists of wallpapers that will look great on the new iPhone’s OLED screen.

Unsplash: Unsplash is the biggest online community for photographers. And some of the best photos make for great iPhone wallpapers. You’ll find curated wallpaper collections here. Or you can just download any photo you like, crop it and set it as iPhone wallpaper.

Clarity: Clarity is the best-curated wallpaper platform for iPhone. The app takes a quality-over-quantity approach where it features new wallpapers in different editions. The app is also great for browsing through photos, editing them for lock screen, adding blur effects and more.

WLPPR: If you like geographical or astronomical wallpapers, you’ll love the WLPPR app. It has the best collection of top-down satellite photos for Earth and other planets.

4. Set Live Photos as Wallpaper

How to Change Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad 7

You can also set Live Photos as wallpapers on your iPhone Lock screen. When you 3D Touch the Lock screen, the Live Photos will animate and play. This is a great way to put a lively photo of your kid(s) as a wallpaper. To set a Live Photo as a wallpaper, go to the photo and tap on the Share button. Here, select Use as Wallpaper. When you’re in the wallpaper editing screen, tap on the Live button to turn on the Live Photo option.

There’s a wonderful world of third-party Live Photos available to you. They are called animated photos and when you tap and hold, the image usually animates in a soothing manner. Try the following Live Wallpapers apps to see they strike your fancy: Live Wallpapers for Me, iLiveThemes.

5. Download Wallpapers From Web

How to Change Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad 3

If you don’t want to download wallpaper apps, you can just download wallpaper photos online, save them to your iPhone or iPad and just use the photo as a wallpaper. There are many awesome websites for wallpapers. You can use Unsplash, Pexel, SetAsWall, and Papers.co as a good starting point.

Open the website and then select a photo. Tap and hold on the photo from Safari and select Save to Photos. Then go to Photos app, select the photo, tap on Share and select Use as Wallpaper to set it as your wallpaper.

6. Edit and Crop Your Own Wallpapers

The wallpaper you download online won’t be a perfect fit. Plus, the iPhone won’t let you define the complete dimensions. If you’re particular about your wallpaper, you should crop the wallpaper just right. Use the following dimensions for your iPhone.

  • iPhone 4/4s: 960 x 640
  • iPhone 5/5s: 1136 x 640
  • iPhone 6/6s: 1334 x 750
  • iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus: 1920 x 1080
  • iPhone 7: 1334 x 750
  • iPhone 7 Plus: 1920 x 1080
  • iPhone 8: 1334 x 750
  • iPhone 8 Plus: 1920 x 1080
  • iPhone X: 2436 x 1125
  • iPhone XS: 2436 x 1125

You can use an app like Pixelmator on the iPhone to create a canvas of the size relevant to your iPhone and then scale the wallpaper perfectly. You can use an online editor like Pixlr to do this as well. Doesn’t matter which photo editor you’re using. Just use the Crop or Dimensions feature to get the photo resolution just right.

7. Manage and Sync Wallpaper Collection Using Files

How to Change Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad 4

If you’re using iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, you can use Safari Download Manager to download photos and save them directly to the Files app. Go to the page which has the photo, tap and hold on the photo and then select Download Linked File. The photo will be downloaded in full resolution. Then open Files app and you’ll find in the Downloads folder. You can then select multiple photos and move them to another folder on iCloud Drive.

You can use this method to download all the photos you want as a wallpaper without crowding up your camera roll. When needed, you can open the photo, save the image to Photos and then use it as a wallpaper. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to directly set an image as a wallpaper from the Files app.

8. Change Wallpaper Daily Using Shortcuts

In iOS 13, Shortcuts gains more powers and true automation. This means you can use a shortcut to randomly set a wallpaper from an album and then create an automaton that will trigger the shortcut every day at a specific time. Learn about the step-by-step process in our guide here.

First, download and set up the Randomize Wallpaper shortcut. Edit the shortcut and change the Album field. Then, go to the Automations tab and create a new automation. After setting the trigger date, set the Randomize Wallpaper shortcut as an action. Your iPhone or iPad will now change wallpapers on its own, daily.

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If you’re new to Shortcuts, the steps above can sound a bit much. While it can seem like Shortcuts has a big learning curve, it becomes easy once you create one shortcut on your own. Learn how to create your first shortcut using our guide. You can use ready-made shortcuts to do some really cool things in iOS.

9. Set Wallpaper From Online Source Using Shortcuts

Using the shortcut in the above section, you can change your own photos as wallpapers on a daily basis. There’s another version of the shortcut, created by Twitter user Alex Chernikov that will automatically download a new wallpaper from Art Paper and will set it as a wallpaper for you. You can automate this shortcut as well.

10. Set a GIF as a Wallpaper

How to Change Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad 8

Love GIFs? You can set one as your wallpaper using the GIPHY app. Find your favorite GIF in the app, tap on the Menu button and select Convert to Live Photo. The photo will be saved to the Photos app.

Go to Settings -> Wallpaper -> Choose New Wallpaper and select Live Photos. Find the GIF that you just saved, make sure Live Photo is selected, and tap on Set.

Download: GIPHY (Free)

Your Favorite Wallpapers and Sources?

Now that you know about ten different ways to set wallpapers on iPhone and iPad, what you should focus on is discovering and collection awesome wallpapers that suit all your moods, festivals and seasons. I find awesome wallpapers on Reddit.

What about you? Share your favorite wallpapers and sources with us in the comments below.

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How To Zip and Unzip Files On Your Mac



https://macmost.com/e-1963 It is fairly easy to compress a single file or multiple files and folders into a ZIP file archive on your Mac. You can also decompress any ZIP file by simply double-clicking it. This is useful for sending files online or to store files you no longer need. The Archive Utility is used invisibly for both commands, but you can run this app by itself and choose from more options when compressing or decompressing ZIP files.

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How to Use Faster Context Menus in the Latest iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Beta

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The fourth iOS 13 and iPadOS beta has rolled out for developers, and while there are the usual list of changes and bug-fixes in Beta 4, one of the more interesting tweaks is a much more responsive Context Menu that you’ll be able to pull up on any device running iOS or iPadOS 13.

To try it out, simply long-press your finger on any app. You’ll need to spend less time doing so than you otherwise would on an iOS 12-running iPhone XS—the “Haptic Touch” feature that serves as its substitute for 3D Touch.

Apple has even dropped a new, special command in this Context Menu: “Rearrange Icons,” which puts your apps into the familiar jiggle mode so you can drag and reorganize them however you want. (You can also just hold down for a second longer to enable the rearranging mode with a single press, or “pry” the app by moving it with your finger when the Context Menu pops up.)

Screenshot: David Murphy

Not only does iOS 13’s 3D Touch menu now refer to “3D & Haptic Touch,” but you’ll find a new option for adjusting “Touch Duration,” or the amount of time you’ll need to hold your finger on something to activate an action. You can find it by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Touch > 3D & Haptic Touch.

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Does this new move toward Context Menus mean that 3D Touch is on its way out? It’s possible—I wouldn’t expect Apple to keep this not-used-much feature alive in future iPhone generations.

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Which MacBook Should I Buy 2019



https://macmost.com/e-1962 Apple’s new lineup of MacBooks simplifies your choices by removing the 12-inch MacBook and older MacBook Pro models. But you still have 8 base models of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Which one is the right one for you. But looking closely at the specifications and purchase options, there is really one one MacBook Air model and two 13-inch and two 15-inch models. For most people, it comes down to a low-end but light MacBook Air, a mid-range MacBook Pro 13-inch and a high end MacBook Pro 15-inch. Find out which models you should consider to match how you use your MacBook.

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Managing a Video Library On Your Mac (MacMost #1961)



https://macmost.com/e-1961 Instead of storing your videos in the Photos app with your pictures, consider storing them as files in a folder in the Finder. You can place this folder on your iCloud Drive, on your local drive only, or on an external drive. You can organize them using file names, subfolders, tags and comments. You can use the Gallery view to look through your videos almost as if they were in a special video management app.

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Use Hide Instead Of Minimize On Your Mac (MacMost #1960)



https://macmost.com/e-1960 Many people overuse the minimize button to get applications and windows out of the way. In most cases, it is more efficient to use the Hide command to simply hide the app. Hidden apps can be quickly and easy brough back and you won’t clutter your Dock with minimized windows. Today using tabs in windows and autosave to easily quit and relaunch apps means you should rarely need the minimize button.

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How to Back up Your Personal Data on iOS and Android

Phones break or get lost all the time, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your personal data when and if that happens. In the video above, I go over the basics of backing up your Apple and Android devices.

Quick Fix is a new video series where I tackle your most commonly asked tech questions in 90 seconds or less. If you have a question you want me to answer, leave a comment below or email me.

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Building an Automator Script To Snap Windows Into Position (MacMost #1959)



https://macmost.com/e-1959 If you would like to precisely position your application windows without using any third-party tool, you can build a versatile script in Automator to snap windows to portions of your screen. You can give yourself multiple options such as the Left Third, Right Two-Thirds, corners or anything you can come up with. Then you can put the workflow into the Services menu where you can quickly trigger it with a keyboard shortcut. The framework in this JavaScript/JXA script can be used to develop your own customizable window organizing tool.

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