Tips and Tricks of MacBook Air 2020 (with M1 Chip)

Apple has integrated its new M1 processor to the MacBook Air released on the fall of 2020. The company claims that this new MacBook Air is faster than 98% of the best-selling PCs in 2019 and nine times faster than the latest model.

This laptop, which does not have a fan and will be even quieter than others from the company, will have a starting cost of $999. The new Air with M1 comes with a 13-inch Retina display and Touch ID.

The MacBook Air offers better performance. Still, the most significant advantage they offer is that due to the ARM systems, they will run iOS and iPadOS applications natively on macOS.

This laptop features a 100% recycled aluminum casing and will be available in gold, silver, and space gray. It has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

In terms of processor, the computer has an 8-core Apple M1, manufactured at 5 nanometers. RAM is 8GB in its base version, but it will be configurable up to 16GB. It also has internal storage from 256 GB, in its initial version, and another 512 GB.

The launch of the MacBook Air with M1 is the first step in Apple’s transition from Intel processors, which Apple computers have used since 2005, to its processor that it said has been working on for a decade.

This guide will show you how to set up all the essentials features of your new MacBook Air; this user manual includes pictures and easy step by step instructions and practical illustrations to help you quickly master your new MacBook Air (with M1 Chip)without stress.

If you’re a beginner, you’ll find out that this comprehensive manual is all you need to take your MacBook Airexperiences to a new level, and if you’re an expert, you’re going to find this guide as your reference and go-to guide. This guide is simple, detailed, and comp

Features of MacBook Air

Apple introduces its new MacBook Air, the company’s lightest and thinnest notebook. This new version is the first to feature Apple’s new M1 chip, the fastest CPU ever in a MacBook Air.

Keeping the compact and elegant design, the new MacBook Air has an incredible 13.3-inch Retina display; the images reach a higher detail and realism level. Thanks to its 2560 x 1600 resolution.

Similarly, MacBook Air automatically adjusts the screen’s white point based on the surrounding color temperature to make everything look more natural and comfortable to look at.

It has a backlit keyboard that allows you to type with great comfort and do much more is simply magical. Add in the perfected scissor mechanism, and with the Force Touch Trackpad, you can move with ease.

It supports Wi-Fi 6 up to 1.2 GB / s and adds Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports.

The first chip designed specifically for the Mac is now a reality. Apple’s M1 system on chip (SoC) has 16 billion transistors and integrates CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and much more into one tiny chip.

Thanks to these characteristics, it allows for incredible performance, exclusive technologies, and unmatched energy efficiency. The M1 chip is more than a step forward – it’s the gateway to the future of the Mac.

The RAM is 8 or 16 GB, and we can choose between 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB of storage. Everything will depend on the money you want to spend.

The M1 chip brings up to 16GB of blazing-fast unified memory. Thanks to low latency and high bandwidth, apps can efficiently share data between the CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine to make everything faster and smoother.

The M1 chip has the fastest CPU ever made by Apple. With its incredible processing speed, you can handle such demanding tasks as professional-quality editing and advanced games.

But that’s not all; the 8-core CPU of the M1 chip is not only up to 3.5 times faster than its predecessor, it also combines high-performance and efficient cores to perform day-to-day tasks consuming a tenth of the power.

While the GPU on the M1 chip enables faster-integrated graphics in a personal computer, the new MacBook Air achieves graphics performance up to 5 times faster than the previous generation.

For the first time, content creators can edit and play multiple high-quality 4K video streams without missing a single frame.

Thanks to the Neural Engine, this new Air allows automatic learning up to 9 times higher. Apps on the MacBook Air can take advantage of machine learning for many things: retouching photos like a pro, improving the accuracy of automatic detection from smart tools like image editing or audio filters, and much more.

The new MacBook Air is fanless anymore but still soaring in performance. Now the heat generated by the system is removed through an aluminum heatsink.

But yes, it is worth giving it the prominence it deserves, and that is that the 49.9Wh battery with charger (included in the box, eye) USB-C of 30W has an autonomy of up to 18 hours (6 more than its predecessor) in video playback, and 15 hours browsing the web. We are facing the MacBook Air with the longest autonomy in history. It offers six more hours without charging it.

Lastly, macOS Big Sur was created to harness the full potential of the M1 chip. As a result, you have a Mac with better performance and many more benefits. Also, the operating system is macOS Big Sur with Rosetta 2. What does this mean? That it can run iPhone and iPad applications on it and Intel’s optimized apps;what better way to complete a very complete device.

On an aesthetic level, little or no difference at first glance between the new MacBook Air (with M1 Chip) compared to the MacBook Air 2020 or earlier models. The model integrates the classic 13.3-inch IPS Retina screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. As aspects to highlight, we have the True Tone technology that automatically adjusts the white point of the screen according to the ambient color temperature, making it easier to look at it without straining your eyes and a 25% wider color palette and 227 pixels per inch.

If we go to the keyboard, this is again Magic Keyboard with Touch ID on the top, to unlock the device with the fingerprint. When it comes to the sides of the chassis, don’t you notice that something is missing? The ventilation system disappears from the MacBook Air thanks to the thermal efficiency of the M1 chip. With that, the noise ended. The connectivity does not undergo any optimization, nor does it need to, with two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and the headphone minijack. All this in a laptop that barely weighs 129 grams with a thickness of 41 millimeters.

How to Turn On Automatic Updates

You can set up automatic update for new versions ofmacOS every time a new operating system launches. This will download in the background.

  • Tap Apple logo on the top left corner of your Mac device.
  • ChooseSystem Preferences from the resulting menu.
  • Next, tapSoftware Update.
  • Lastly, check the box for Automatically keep my Mac up to date.

That’s it!

How to Create a Partition

The partitioning of your Mac is essentially splitting your hard drive into distinct, usable systems. This makes it possible to run two different operating systems on one computer, such as Windows and macOS, or two versions of macOS (such as Catalina and Big Sur).

It is important to note that partitioning your hard drive always splits the free hard drive space. Each partition should contain a portion of your available memory. So, if you’re running low on your hard disk storage capacity, it’s not always recommended to do the partitioning.

However, if you decide to continue, the most important thing to do before you make any changes to your hard drive is to back it up.  Also, make sure you have enough available storage space to run a secondary operating system properly.

  • Open Finder from your dock.
  • Tap Applications.
  • Scroll down and tap on the Utilities folder.
  • Tap twice to open Disk Utility.
  • Choose your hard drive in the Disk Utility window. It will either be labeled “Fusion” or “Macintosh HD.”
  • Tap on the Partition tab. You’ll be required to either add an APFS volume or a Partition.
  • Tap Partition.
  • Next, tap the (+) icon to Add partition.
  • Adjust the size of the partition you want to use by moving the resize controls. The used space is denoted by blue.
  • Input a name for the new partition.
  • Confirm the file system format you wish to use. For higher version, choose APFS. For older version, select Mac OS Extended.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Wait for some minutes for Disk Utility to check and make changes.

How to Switch Partitions

You can easily navigate to the new partition, install the current macOS, download and install the new macOSBig Sur from there.

  • Tap the Apple icon in the top left corner of your computer.
  • From the drop-down menu, select System Preferences.
  • Choose Startup Disk.
  • From the bottom left corner of the window, tap the Lock icon to unlock and make changes.
  • Input your admin password.
  • Tap OK.
  • Choose your partition drive.
  • Tap Restart.
  • Alternatively, tap the Option Key once you hear the startup chime to restart. This will redirect you to Startup Manager, and then proceed to choose your drive right away.

How to Remove Hard Drive Partition on Mac

If you have before now partitioned your Mac’s hard drive so as to download a macOS beta or install Windows, however, now you need that storage space back, you can get rid of the partition and recover the necessary space.

After deleting the partition, you would then be able to remove it from your system.

The best thing to do before making any changes to your hard drive is to back it up on your hard drive or alternatively by using the Time Machine feature. Let’s check out how to remove partition right away.

Erase Partition on Mac

Ensure you restart your Mac device in your primary partition to erase additional ones.

  • Open Finder from your dock.
  • Choose Applications.
  • Scroll down and launch the Utility folder.
  • Click twice to open Disk Utility.
  • Choose the partition you wish to erase.
  • Tap Erase.
  • Tap Erase to confirm you want to erase the partition.
  • Tap Done to continue.

Remove Partition on Mac

  • After you follow the steps to delete a partition, you can delete it from your hard drive. Select the main partition, which is the first drive on the list. It could be called “Fusion” or “Macintosh HD.”
  • Tap Partition.
  • Choose the partition you want to remove from the graph.
  • Tap the minus () button.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Disk Utility will check the disk and will make the necessary changes. This will take some minutes.

Set up Time Machine

The Time Machine app allows you to easily back up your Mac data.

Enable Time Machine Backups on Mac

  • Tap the Apple logo from the top left of your Mac.
  • Choose System Preferences.
  • Select the Time Machine icon.
  • Next, choose Backup Disk.
  • From here, choose the disk you prefer to use as a Time Machine backup.
  • Next, tick the Back Up Automatically box to automatically back up your Mac to your selected disks.

That’s it. Your hard drive is all set to accept backups through Time Machine.

Restore Files from a Time Machine Backup

  • Tap the Apple logo from the top left of your Mac.
  • Choose System Preferences.
  • Select the Time Machine icon.
  • Next, tick the box close to Show Time Machine in the menu bar.
  • From here, tap Enter Time Machine after tapping the Time Machine symbol in the Menu bar.
  • Next, locate the desired content or folder and tap Restore.

That’s it. From here, Time Machine will copy the file to its original location on your hard drive.

How to Enable Auto Dark Mode

The Dark Mode features make it convenient to focus on your screen because it doesn’t strain your eyes. Here’s how to enable the feature:

  • Tap on the Apple icon on the upper left of the window
  • Tap System Preferences.
  • Tap the General section.
  • Next to Appearance, tap the Dark icon to switch on Dark Mode. To return to Light Mode, tap the Light icon.
  • The Dark Mode feature will be applied to menus, buttons, and windows, etc.

Enable Night Shift

The Night Shift feature reduces eye strain and allows you to sleep better. The feature alters the color balance of your Mac screen, by decreasing bright blue light in the evening hours and reinstating those blues during the day.

Here’s how to enable this feature:

  • Tap the Apple menu from the top left.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Next, tap Displays.
  • Select the Night Shift tab.
  • From the Schedule drop-down list, choose any of the displaying options: Off, Sunset to Sunrise, or Custom.
  • To toggle on Night Shift notwithstanding the current time, choose the Manual checkbox. The feature will be activated until sunrise the next day or you toggle it off.
  • Modify the Color Temperature slider. The slider allows you to set how warm or cool the display will appear when Night Shift is activated.

How to use Find My App

Find My is enabled automatically. It can be found on the Mac Dock and in the Applications folder. You can use the app to track your friends and families.

Track your friends with Find My App

  • Open the Find My app.
  • Tap the People tab.
  • Choose the person to track. Select to view the person from the three maps types available, namely, satellite, default, and hybrid.
  • Tap the minus sign “” and plus sign “+” to adjust the size of the map.
  • To find your current location, tap the location symbol on the map.
  • Tap Share My Location to send your location to anybody you wish.
  • While on the “To” box, input the name of the person you want to share your location with.
  • If the person is not in your Contacts app, add them from the menu that pops-up.
  • Once you’ve added the new person to your contacts, tap Send.

Track your Devices with Find My

  • Open the Find My app.
  • Tap the Devices tab.
  • Choose the device from the left side of the display to track. You can opt to view the devices using either of the three maps type: satellite, default, or hybrid.
  • Tap the minus sign “” and plus sign “+” to adjust the size of the map.
  • Next, choose the location sign to find the current location of the device on the map.

Set up Find My Mac

By default, Find My Mac feature is not turned. However, you’ll learn how to do that right away.

  • Tap on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Open the iCloud window.
  • Sign in to iCloud using your Apple ID password.
  • When logged in, move down to confirm if the Find My Mac checkbox is ticked.
  • If it isn’t already turned on, tap on the box, and if prompted, tap on Allow to turn it on.

Find My Mac on a Mac or PC

If you can’t find your Mac or you think it’s stolen, don’t panic. You can always find the location by following the steps below.

  • Go to the iCloud website in a web browser using a Mac or PC.
  • Sign in with your Apple account details.
  • Tap on Find iPhone tab.  
  • From here, you’ll see a map showing all your devices nearby.
  • To view more information about your devices, tap on All Devices just above the map. From this area, you’ll see a drop-down box containing details if the device is online or offline, and when it was last contacted.
  • Tap the device to see more details and access the options: Play Sound, Lock, or Erase.
  • Play Sound is a useful option if it turns out that Mac is nearby, but you just can’t find it, it will be triggered to beep out a sound.
  • Lock is a good option if you think you might be able to get your Mac back, but you don’t want to take any chances with the data. If you choose to remotely lock your MacBook (or any of the other devices) it will shut down and set the four-digit passcode of your choice. It won’t start again without the correct passcode.
  • If you think the Mac has been stolen, you should choose Erase Mac to delete every file and folder so the stealer doesn’t access your files.

Turn your iPad into a Second Screen Using Sidecar

Sidecar feature allows you to mirror the screen of your Mac to your iPad and vice versa. You can use Apple Pencil with your Mac to perform tasks such as drawing, sketching, and tagging screenshots and PDFs. Although not all Mac supports this feature. Here’s a list of supported Mac devices.

  • iMac 27-inch (late 2015 or newer)
  • MacPro (2016 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2018)
  • Mac Pro (2019)
  • MacBook Air (2018)
  • MacBook (early 2016 or newer)

To use the Sidecar feature on your iPad, your tablet must support the first or second-generation Apple Pencil. These include:

Apple Pencil:

  • iPad Air (3rd generation   
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) 
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Apple Pencil (2nd generation):

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch

Note: To use this feature appropriately, you must be logged into the same iCloud account on both your iPad and Mac.

Other requirements include:

  • The Mac must not be sharing its internet connection.
  • Mac and iPad must be within 10 meters of each other.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff features are all turned on.
  • The iPad must not be sharing its cellular connection.

That’s it for the requirements, let’s proceed on how to set up and activate Sidecar on the Mac and iPad.

  • From your Mac, tap on the Apple logo at the upper left of the screen
  • Choose System Preferences.
  • Tap on Sidecar.
  • Tap on Devices under Connect to.
  • Choose your iPad from the dropdown menu.
  • If your iPad doesn’t appear on the list of devices to connect to, plug it into your Mac.

Customize Sidecar on Mac

There are different ways you can use Sidecar on your Mac. These include determining whether to use the Sidebar on the left or the right, and whether to view your Mac Touch Bar at the top or bottom of your computer, if necessary.

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Tap on Sidecar.
  • Tap the checkbox to toggle on or off Show Sidebar.
  • If Show Sidebar is turned on, use the toggle to choose Left or Right.
  • Tap the checkbox to turn on or off Show Touch Bar if necessary.
  • Tap the toggle and choose Top or Bottom, where the Show Touch Bar will appear.

Customize Apple Pencil Options

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Tap on Sidecar.
  • Tap the checkbox to turn on or off the Enable double-tap on the Apple Pencil feature.
  • Tap the checkbox to turn on or off the Show pointer when using the Apple Pencil feature.

Use the sidebar on iPad

  • Using your finger or Apple Pencil, click the icons in the sidebar to show or hide the menu bar, show or hide the Dock, or show the onscreen keyboard . Alternatively, click one or more modifier keys, e.g. Ctrl , to use keyboard shortcuts.
  • To stop using your iPad, click the Disconnect symbol at the bottom of the sidebar on the iPad.
  • To disconnect on your Mac, tap the active iPad listed in the Sidecar menu in the menu bar.

Using AirDrop to Send Files to Devices

AirDrop allows you to wirelessly send pictures, map locations, files, webpages, etc. to nearby Mac and iOS devices.

Turn On AirDrop on Mac

  • First, ensure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are switched on both devices.
  • To switch on Wi-Fi, tap the Wi-Fi symbol in the menu bar, and connect to a network. To switch on Bluetooth, navigate to System Preferences, and then tap Bluetooth and toggle on the feature.
  • Ensure your Mac is detectable to anyone who desires to AirDrop files. To do this, launch a new Finder window and choose AirDrop from the sidebar. If you find it, choose Go >AirDrop from the menu bar as an alternative.
  • From the bottom of the AirDrop window, launch the dropdown menu from the option Allow me to be discovered by and select Contacts Only or Everyone.
  • However, irrespective of the option, no one can AirDrop files to your Mac without seeking your authorization.

Transfer Files Using the Share Button

The fastest way to access AirDrop files from your Mac is to find a Share button in your current application.

  • Most applications allow you to choose AirDrop as your file-sharing method. So you should be able to transfer what you are working on without switching applications.
  • After choosing AirDrop from the Share menu, a frame pops up with every other device you can transfer files to. Always ensure AirDrop is switched on for both devices.

Transfer Files Using Finder

If the app intends to transfer the files doesn’t display a Share button or AirDrop option, an alternative will be to use Finder to send files over AirDrop.

  • Launch a Finder window and tap AirDrop in the sidebar, otherwise choose Go >AirDrop from the menu bar.
  • Subsequently, you will see the devices available to AirDrop files.
  • Now, launch a second Finder window and move to the file you desire to transfer.
  • Next, drag and release onto the device you desire to send it to in the AirDrop screen.

Receive AirDrop Files on a Mac

When you AirDrop files to people, they have the choice to either accept or decline them before the transfer begins. In the same way, if someone AirDrops a file to your Mac, you’ll have to press Accept in the notification that pops up.

The notification will pop up in the upper-right corner of your Mac. After tapping Accept, you can select somewhere to save the file. If this option is not accessible, move to your Mac, and check the Downloads folder.

Use Continuity Camera on Mac

The Continuity Camera feature is available on macOS and iOS, it allows you to open your iOS device’s camera using your Mac, and then instantaneously transfer a picture you take to a document you’re working with on your Mac. So, for example, if you’re working in a Pages document on your Mac and you require a photo of something close by, you can activate the continuity camera, snap the photo with your iPhone, and then straightaway view that photo pop-up in the document on your Mac.

Add a Photo with Continuity Camera

To use Continuity Camera, you have to work with an editable document.

  • Launch your document or project in an app like TextEdit, Pages, or Keynote.
  • Ctrl-click or right-click on a space inside the document (your image will pop up anywhere you end up tapping).
  • Drag your cursor to Import from iPhone or iPad.
  • From here, tap Take Photo below the name of the device you’ll use to take that picture.
  • Next, snap a picture with your selected iPhone/iPad.
  • Lastly, touch Use Photo. Now, the image will display in your document where you tapped.

Scan a Document with Continuity Camera

  • Launch your document or project in an app like TextEdit, Pages, or Keynote.
  • Ctrl-click or right-click on a space inside the document (your image will pop up anywhere you end up tapping).
  • Drag your cursor to Import from iPhone or iPad.
  • Next, tap Scan Documents below the name of the device you’re using to scan that document.
  • From here, scan the document with your iOS device. Choose by picking up the device and using it. Recap to scan multiple documents.
  • Lastly, click Save. Now, your documents will be placed into the document on your Mac.

Insert sketches with Continuity Sketch

  • Tap File in the menu bar or Ctrl-click. In Mail, Ctrl-tap in a compose window. In Messages, Ctrl-tap in the message box. In Finder, Ctrl-tap any blank area of the Desktop.
  • From here, select Import from iPhone or iPad.
  • Next, tap Add Sketch.
  • Your iOS device will wake up to a sketch canvas. Draw your sketch using the onscreen tools.
  • After completion, click Done to send the sketch to your Mac and insert it in the app from which you called it.

Continuity Markup

Continuity Markup offers the same functions as Continuity Sketch, but it functions differently. It can be accessed via the Quick Look on the Mac. Furthermore, unlike Continuity Sketch, the scribbles on your iPhone/iPad pop up in real-time on your Mac’s screen.

The steps below will show you how you use and activate the feature:

  • First, pull up a photo or PDF document in Quick Look by choosing it in the Finder and tapping the Space bar.
  • Next, tap the Markup button in the Quick Look toolbar.
  • From the markup toolbar, tap the icon on the right that appears like an iPad and Apple Pencil and select your device from the resulting menu.
  • The selected device will wake up, with the document or photo in markup mode. Mark it up using the onscreen tools.
  • After completion, click Done to dismiss it from your device.
  • To your Mac, tap Done in Quick Look to save your changes, alternatively, tap Revert to undo them all.

How to Sign Documents

You will now be able to sign documents on your Mac using your iPhone or iPad, for example. You can add a signature directly from your iPhone or iPad using the macOS markup features in Quick Look or Preview. This is awesome, particularly if you have an iPad from 2018 or later, because they all work with some variant of the Apple Pencil, enabling you to make a perfectly accurate signature for use on your Mac.

Sign a Document on Mac with iPhone or iPad in Quick Look

  • Open the Finder window on your Mac.
  • Search and tap on the file you want to sign.
  • Tap the space bar on your Mac’s keyboard. This will open up your document in Quick Look
  • Tap the Markup button.
  • Tap the signature button.
  • Next, select iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Select Device.
  • Tap on your selected iPhone or iPad from the list of devices.
  • Next, sign your name on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Done on the iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap the signature at this instant that appears in the signature menu on your Mac.
  • Drag your signature to where you want it to be in the document.
  • Tap Done.

That was an easy call right there.

Sign Documents on Mac with your iPhone/iPad

  • Open Preview on your Mac.
  • Open the document you want to sign.
  • Tap View.
  • Tap Show Markup Toolbar.
  • Tap the signature button.
  • Tap iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Select Device.
  • From the device list, tap on your selected iPhone or iPad.
  • Next, sign your name on iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Done on the iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap the signature that pops up in the signature bar on your Mac.
  • Drag your signature to the position you want it to be in the document.
  • Next, Save your document.

How to Merge PDFs Using Preview

Preview is a rarely used tool with lots of functionalities for editing photos and signing documents and perform some PDF operations freely.

Here, you’ll learn how to swiftly combine multiple PDF documents. Let’s begin:

  • First, launch the desired PDF file in the Preview app.
  • Next, ensure you can view the Thumbnails bar on the left side of the window. If you can’t, tap on the “Sidebar” button and tap on the “Thumbnails” option.
  • From here, you’ll be able to view a rundown of all pages in the document.
  • Move to the menu bar and choose the “Edit” option. At this point, move to the “Insert” option and tap on the “Page from File” button.
  • The app will at this point ask you to select a PDF. Move to the folder where you saved the second PDF file. After choosing the file, tap on the “Open” button.
  • From here, you’ll notice that all the pages from the second PDF are included at the end of the current PDF. To be sure, move down in the Thumbnails section to stare at the total page count.
  • Also, the Preview app allows you to include individual pages from a different PDF file into the original document. To do this, launch two PDF files in two separate Preview windows and retain them side by side.
  • Next, tap and move the page from the second PDF into the original document. Navigate to the Thumbnails section and when you’re at the desired location, let go the tap to drop the page in the original document. Repeat this procedure to include more PDF pages from multiple documents.
  • Since the PDFs are merged, you can now save them as a new PDF file.
  • Move to the “File” section in the menu bar and tap the “Export as PDF” button.
  • Lastly, rename the PDF file, after choosing the destination, tap on the “Save” button.
  • At this point, the merged PDF will be saved to the destination folder.

How to Change Apple ID Name

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Click on Apple ID.
  • Tap Name, Phone, Email on the left side of the screen.
  • Tap the Edit option near Name to edit the name on your Apple ID account.
  • Enter the new name.
  • Select Save to confirm.
  • You can also change the birthday next to the account by tapping Edit next to Birthday option.

How to Add/Change Apple ID Phone Number

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Click on Apple ID.
  • Next, tap Name, Phone, Email on the left side of the screen.
  • Tap on the “+” icon under the Reachable At box.
  • Toggle the Phone Number option.
  • Add the new Phone Number.
  • Tap Next.
  • You’ll be sent a verification code to your phone number to confirm the addition of the new number.

Add/Change Apple ID Email Address

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Click on Apple ID.
  • Next, tap Name, Phone, Email on the left side of the screen.
  • Under the Reachable At box option, tap on the “+” icon.
  • Toggle Email Address.
  • Enter the Email Address.
  • Tap Next.
  • You’ll be sent a verification code to your email to confirm the addition of the new address.

Change Apple ID Password

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Click on Apple ID.
  • Tap Password & Security on the left side of the screen.
  • Tap the ChangePassword.
  • Tap on the Password filed
  • From the popup menu, input your Mac’s or current password.
  • Enter the new password.
  • Verify the new password.
  • Tap Change.
  • Next, tap Sign Out or Don’t Sign Out. Choosing the first option will force all devices and websites using your Apple ID to sign out.
  • However, once the password change has been confirmed, you may be asked to log into your account again on other Apple devices.

Set up/Change your Apple ID Payment Method

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Click on Apple ID.
  • Tap Payment & Shipping on the left side of the screen.
  • Tap Detail to change your credit/debit card information.
  • Next, enter the payment method and billing address.
  • Tap Save to confirm.

Setup/Change the Shipping Address

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Click on Apple ID.
  • Tap Payment & Shipping on the left side of the screen.
  • Tap Edit to change your address.
  • Enter the address.
  • Tap Save to confirm.

Setup/Change Apple ID Media & Purchase Settings

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Click on Apple ID.
  • Tap Media & Purchases on the sidebar.
  • Tick the Use Touch ID for Purchase, if applicable. Else, opt when to require a password for purchases made on the various Stores.
  • The options for free downloads include; Require Password, or Never Require Password.
  • The options for purchases and in-app purchases include; Always Require Password, Require after 15 minutes, and Never Require.
  • Tap Manage next to your account name to review your App Store account. Tap Manage next to Subscriptions to view your current App Store subscriptions.

Unsubscribe from a Mailing List in Mail

The more we use our email accounts, the more mailing lists we seem to have signed up for. After a while, you can find yourself receiving mail that you are no longer interested in, but not every email recipient makes it easy for you to delete yourself from their mailing lists. Fortunately, the operating system for the new Mac comes with an option to opt-out of any mail list.

When you get an email from a list that you want to unsubscribe from, Mail will put a bar at the top of the address that reads, “This email is from alist” next to the “Unsubscribe” link. Tap the “Unsubscribe” option to opt-out of the list.

How to Use Finder

To open the Finder app on your Mac, tap on the icon from the dock; you can opt to search Spotlight. To change the viewing design, select a suitable arrangement form the options in View on the Toolbar.

Using Quick Look in Mac Finder

  • The Finder’s Quick Look allows you to preview pictures or documents without opening the associated app. What you simply have to do is to select the file.
  • Next, tap Option + Space Bar; the file will then open in a preview window.
  • The Quick Look feature can be used for multiple files and also view these files in a full-screen slideshow. Alternatively, you can also see them all on one screen.

Open Quick Look for Multiple Files in the Finder App

  • Open Finder on your Mac and choose the files.
  • Hold down Option + Space Bar; this will make all the files open in a full-screen mode.
  • Tap on the Play/Pause icon to manage the slideshow.
  • Tap on the Arrow icons to switch between the files.
  • Tap the Index Sheet icon to view the files on one screen.
  • Choose any window to zoom in.
  • To exit Quick Look, tap the Close icon or press ESC.

Customize Mac Finder Window Toolbar

  • Open Finder on your Mac
  • Right-tap on the empty space of the Toolbar and choose the Customize Toolbar Option.
  • Choose an option from the drop-down menu and drop it on the Toolbar.
  • If you’re okay with the configuration, tap on Done.
  • The new icons will then be added to your Toolbar.

Add Folders in the Finder Sidebar on Mac

  • Open Finder on your Mac
  • Tap on Preferences from the Finder menu.
  • Choose the Sidebar tab.
  • Tick or uncheck the folder you want to add or remove from Finder’s sidebar.
  • To quit Preferences, close the window.

Customize Menu Bar Icons on Mac

  • Tap the Command () key and then press the Status icon you want to move.
  • Move and place the icon base on your preference.
  • To remove a particular Status icon, move it towards the middle of the screen. It will automatically disappear.
  • To add a Status icon, tap on the Apple logo > System Preferences. Here select the relevant preference pane and checkmark Show in menu bar.

Add Status & Path Bar to Mac Finder Window

The Status Bar and Path Bar are located at the bottom of your Finder window and provides information about the folders and files. The Status Bar tells the number of items in the opened folder and free storage left on your hard disk.

The Path Bar shows you the folder path of any chosen file or folder in the window. This allows you to find the location of your file without stress.

  • To add both bars, open the Finder on your Mac.
  • Go to View.
  • Tap Show Path Bar.
  • Alternatively, Finder > View > Show Status Bar.
  • Keyboards shortcuts are a different way to enable these features. Hold down “Option + Command () + P” for Path Bar and “Command () + /” for Status Bar.

Create Smart Folders in Finder App on Mac

  • Open Finder
  • Tap on New Smart Folder from the File Menu.
  • Input your search term in the search field.
  • Tap on the “+” icon that is near the Save icon.
  • Choose options to refine the search. You can opt to add or remove base.
  • Tap on Save.
  • Select a name for the folder and the folder location. Also, tap checkbox if you want it on the sidebar. Tap Save.
  • The folder will be created and will contain all the files from your Mac that follow the conditions laid by you. However, when a new file is created that follows the terms, it will automatically be added to the folder.

Rename Multiple Files on Mac Using Finder App

  • Open the Finder app on your Mac
  • Choose the files you want to rename.
  • Right-tap on the files and choose Rename X Items (X= number of files selected).
  • Choose the action you want to perform from the drop-down menu on the left side of the screen. These actions include; Replace Text, Add Text and Format.

Set Your Default Finder Folder on Mac

  • Open the Finder on your Mac
  • Tap on Preferences
  • Click on General
  • Tap on New Finder windows show.

Set Up Family Sharing and Screen Time

The Family Sharing feature allows everyone in the same family or friend group to share their purchases from Apple Books, iTunes Store, and App Store.

Here are the steps to setting up Family Sharing on the Mac:

  • Tap the Apple logo from the top left of your Mac.
  • Choose System Preferences.
  • Next, tap Family Sharing from the top right of the window.
  • From here, you’ll be asked to confirm your Apple ID and afterward asked for family members to invite.

Adding Family Members

  • Tap the Apple logo from the top left of your Mac.
  • Choose System Preferences.
  • Tap Family Sharing. Ensure Family is picked in the left sidebar, and select Add Family Member.
  • The family members you add will receive an iMessage inviting them to the Family. However, they’ll have to click on it and join before the feature will work for them.

Share Contents and Purchases

Here, you’ll learn how to share content and purchases with friends and families:

  • Launch Apple Books, iTunes, Music, or the App Store from your Mac.
  • Next, move to the Purchased section. In Music, choose iTunes Store in the left sidebar, and then Purchased in the right column.
  • In Apple Books, tap Audiobook Store or Book Store and then choose Purchased in the right column.
  • In the Mac App Store, tap Discover> your icon.
  • In iTunes, tap Account > Purchased.
  • From here, close to the Purchased menu in iTunes in the upper left corner, tap your name to view all the users whose purchases you can download.
  • Next, choose the user whose purchase you desire to download.
  • From the resulting screen, look through the categories of purchases available. These options will vary depending on the app you’re using.
  • When you discover what you desire to download, tap the download icon (the cloud with the arrow in it).

Add a child account to Family Sharing

  • Tap the Apple logo from the top left of your Mac.
  • Choose System Preferences.
  • Tap Family Sharing.
  • From the bottom of the list of family members tap the + button.
  • Next, select the option to Create an Apple ID for a child.
  • Tap Continue.
  • Input the child’s details, as well as creating a new Apple ID, and tap Next. If the Apple ID you desire to create is currently in use by a different person, you’ll be warned to make another attempt.
  • Approve by tapping Create again.
  • Next, follow the onscreen guidelines and input the verification code. Tap Next.
  • From here, read the Parental Privacy Disclosure and tap Agree.
  • Input security questions and answers.
  • Tap Next.
  • From here, agree to iCloud and Game Center Terms and Conditions.
  • Once again, agree to iTunes Terms and Conditions.
  • Next, input your password to view account info.
  • Tap Continue.

How to Use Screen Time

Screen Time tracks the amount of time a user spends on various apps, from social networking to gaming. It also has filtering functionality to restrict use. There are also parental controls, such as the ability to place limitations on communication, websites, etc.

Turn on Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • Tap System Preferences
  • Next, tap Screen Time.
  • Select the Options button at the lower left of your Mac.
  • Tap the Turn On button at the top right corner.
  • Congrats! You can now start using Screen Time on your Mac.

Turn off Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • TapSystem Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Select the Options button at the lower left of your Mac.
  • Next, tap the Turn Off button at the top right.

Share Screen Time Across all Devices

You can use Screen Time across all your devices to get a view of how much time you spend online. From this, you can view your total Screen Time from the app.

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • Tap System Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Choose the Options button at the lower left of the screen.
  • Tick the Share Across Devices box.

Add a Password to Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • Tap System Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Choose the Options button at the lower left of the screen.
  • Tick the Use Screen Time Password box.

View App Usage in Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • Tap on System Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Choose App Usage on the left side.
  • From this window, you can view your app usage by day, apps, and categories. Also, if there are limits, you’ll also see them here.

View Notifications Sent in Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • Tap System Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Choose Notifications on the left side.
  • From here, you can see how many notifications you’ve received by who, day, or week.

View Pickups in Screen Time

If you shared Screen Time info across your Apple devices, you could view the number of times you picked up your mobile devices through the Mac app. 

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • TapSystem Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Tap on Pickups on the left side.

Schedule Downtime Using Screen Time

During Downtime, only apps you select to allow will function and phone calls, when applicable.

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • TapSystem Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Select Downtime on the left side.
  • Tap the Turn On button to enable Downtime.
  • By using the radio buttons, choose EveryDay or Custom based on the schedule you’d like to set.
  • If you choose the Everyday option, Downtime will be enforced during the same time each day. However, if you choose Custom, you can modify the time for each day of the week or uncheck the box close to a day to turn Downtime off for that day.

Set Limits Using Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • TapSystem Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Tap on App Limits on the left side.
  • Tap the Turn On button to activate App Limits.
  • From here, tap the “+” to add an app category.
  • Tick the box next to the app category you would like to limit.
  • Once the app category is highlighted, you can then set the limit using the radio buttons by choosing from either the Every Day or Custom schedule.
  • Rinse and repeat the above steps for subsequent apps categories you’d like to limit.
  • Tap Done to complete.
  • You can remove app limits by following the steps below:
  • While on the Screen Time menu on your Mac, tap on App Limits on the left side.
  • Next, on the right, uncheck the box next to each app category, you don’t want to limit anymore.
  • To turn off app tracking, tap the Turn Off button.

Set Always Allowed Content in Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen.
  • Tap SystemPreferences.
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • Choose Always Allowed on the left side.
  • Next, check the box next to each of the items to always allow.

Set Content & Privacy Using Screen Time

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left of your Mac’s screen
  • Tap on System Preferences
  • Tap Screen Time.
  • SelectContent & Privacy.
  • Tap Turn On to activate Content & Privacy.
  • You can choose from the four options available here, namely, Content, Stores, Apps, and Other, and then check the box under each of the options.
  • Navigate to each tab to check all the options.

How to Use the Music App

As you might have noticed, Apple has decided to split iTunes into multiple apps and into three separate pieces. These apps include the new Music, Podcast, and Apple TV applications.

Although, navigating this new app won’t be difficult especially if you’re used to the iTunes app. However, I’ll simplify every aspect of the Music app for you. So, let’s begin.

Play Music in the Music App

  • Open the Music app from your Dock.
  • Tap the Play button that appears when you hover over the album or playlist you want to play.
  • Tap on the album or playlist if you just want to play a particular song.
  • Tap on the play button that pops up on the song’s album art/track number when you hover over it.

Using Apple Music in the Music App

  • Open Music app from your Dock.
  • Tap the “For You” option in the sidebar to view your Apple songs, suggestions, recently played albums and playlists, and also what your friends have been listening to.
  • Tap Browse in the sidebar to browse through the currently-trending music, artists, Apple’s recommended playlist selections, and the rest of Apple Music’s available library.
  • Tap Radio in the sidebar to show and play Beats 1 radio shows, both live and previously recorded.
  • Tap Featured in the Radio section to view Apple’s highlighted Beats 1 streams, featured radio stations, and recently played radio content.
  • Tap Beats 1 in the Radio section to view and play Beats 1 content.
  • Tap Stations in the Radio section to view the available radio stations from Apple Music and chosen partners.
  • Tap the “+ Add button” to any song, album, or playlist in Apple Music to add it to your Library.

View Music Library in the Music App

  • Open the Music app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap Recently Added in the sidebar to see albums and tracks that have been included to your library.
  • Tap Artists in the sidebar to surf through the musical artists whose music is in your library.
  • Tap View in the menu bar.
  • Go to Sort Albums By.
  • Tap Title, Genre, Year, or Rating.
  • Tap Ascending or Descending.
  • Tap Albums in the sidebar to surf your music collections by albums.
  • Tap View in the menu bar.
  • Tap Show View Options.
  • Tap the drop-down options next to Sort by to select from the options which include; Year, Artist, Rating, Title or Genre.
  • Tap Songs to show your songs.
  • Tap the Name, Time, Artist, Album, Genre, or other category bars to sort your songs by those categories.
  • Tap on any playlist in the sidebar to open it. Your playlists are arranged by origin in the sidebar.

Import Music into the Music App

  • Open the Music app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap File.
  • Tap Import.
  • Next, select the folder or files that you want to import.
  • Tap Open.

Get Song & Album Info in the Music App

  • Open the Music app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Right-tap on a song or album.
  • Tap Get Info.
  • Tap Edit Items if you want to edit more than one song.
  • Proceed to edit the information under the Lyrics, File, Details, Sorting, Options, and Artwork tabs if you need to.
  • Tap OK when you’ve finished editing.

Manage General Settings in the Music App

  • Open the Music app from your Dock.
  • Tap Music from the menu bar.
  • Tap on Preferences.
  • Under the General tab, tap the checkboxes to toggle on iCloudMusic Library, activate Automatic Downloads, and Always check for available Downloads.
  • Tap the checkboxes to show or hide the iTunes Store, Song list checkboxes, and Star Ratings.
  • Tap the drop-down menu to choose the list size.
  • Tap the checkbox to allow or discontinue notifications for when songs change.

Manage Playback Settings in the Music app

  • Open the Music app from your Dock.
  • Tap Music in the menu bar.
  • Tap on Preferences.
  • Tap Playback.
  • To enable crossfading, tap on the checkbox next to Crossfade Songs.
  • Drag the slider forward or backward to set how long the crossfade would last.
  • Tap the checkbox close to Sound Enhancer.
  • To turn the sound enhancement lower or higher, simply move the slider left or right.
  • Tap the next checkbox to activate the Sound Check.
  • Tap the drop-downs to choose the quality at which music videos should play or at which they should be downloaded.
  • Tap the checkbox next to Use Listening History to be able to show your played music to your followers and get recommendations based on the music you play on your Mac.

Manage Music File Settings in the Music app

  • Open the Music app from your Dock.
  • Tap Music in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap Files.
  • Tap Change if you wish to change the folder in which the Music app stores its media.
  • Choose another folder for Music app media storage from the pop-up window.
  • Tap Open.
  • Go back to Preferences, and tap the “Keep Music Media” folder organized checkbox to keep your music collated in your chosen library folder.
  • Tick or uncheck the Copy files to Music Media folder when adding to library so that files you which you move into your library are automatically added to your media folder.
  • Tap Import Settings.
  • Tap the drop-down to choose if music files will be imported with the AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, or WAV encoders.
  • Tap the drop-down to set the quality of the encoding.

Set up Parental Controls in the Music App

  • Open the Music app.
  • Tap Music in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap Restrictions.
  • Tap the checkboxes to enable or disable the iTunes Store, Apple Music, Apple Music Profiles, and Shared Libraries.
  • Tap the drop-down to select any country’s rating scheme to use.
  • Tap the checkboxes to limit music with explicit content.
  • Tap the drop-downs to select the maximum content rating allowed.

Reset Warnings in the Music App

  • Open the Music app.
  • Tap Music in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap Advanced.
  • From here, tap the checkboxes for “Add songs to Library when adding to playlists” and to “Automatically update artwork.”
  • Tap Reset Warnings.
  • Tap Reset Cache.
  • Next, tap the checkboxes for “Keep mini-player on top of …” and “Keep video playback on top of ….”

How to Sync iPhone & iPad with your Mac

Apple has replaced the iTunes app with three new apps, which include; Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. However, if you used iTunes on your Mac to sync your other devices, you can still use your Mac to run these tasks.

Where to Sync your iPhone or iPad

  • Launch the Finder app.
  • Under Devices, choose your device from the left side of the screen.
  • From the window that pops up, you can proceed to restore your device, manage backups, and sync content between your Mac and other Apple devices. Also, you can also manage file transfers between devices from this section.

Sync Music to iPhone or iPad

Before proceeding to do the needful here, just to let you know that you can’t sync music using your Mac if you’re using the iCloud Music Library on your other Apple devices.

  • Tap on the Finder app from your Mac Dock.
  • Under Devices, choose your device from the left side of the screen.
  • Tap on the Music tab from the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Check the box Sync Music onto your device to enable Music syncing.
  • Under the Sync tab, you can choose from the full music library or designated playlists, artists, albums, and genres.
  • Under Options, you can select to add videos, voice memos, and automatically occupy the free space with songs.
  • Choose albums, genre, playlists, and artists where necessary.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Tap Sync to synchronize music files between your Mac and your smartphones.

Sync Movies between iPhone/iPad

  • Open the Finder app.
  • From under Devices tab, choose your device from the left side of the screen.
  • Tap on the Movies tab, on the right-hand side.
  • To activate Movies syncing, tick the box labeled “Sync Movies onto your device.”
  • From the under Sync tab, tap the Automatically include box.
  • Choose all content from the drop-down menu or make a different choice from those listed.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Finally, to sync movies between your Mac and mobile device, tap on the Sync button.

Sync TV Shows to iPhone or iPad

  • Tap on the Finder app in the Mac Dock.
  • Choose your Apple device on the left side of the screen under Devices.
  • Tap on the TV Shows tab on the right-hand side.
  • Tick the box Sync TV Shows onto your device to enable TV Show syncing.
  • Tick the Automatically include box.
  • From the drop-down menu, choose all unwatched TV shows or make a selection from those listed.
  • From the next drop-down menu, choose all shows or selected shows.
  • If you opted for selected shows, tick the boxes next to the shows you want to sync.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Finally, to sync TV shows between your Mac and mobile device, tap on Sync.

Sync Podcasts to iPhone or iPad

  • Open on the Finder app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Choose your device on the left side of the window under Devices.
  • Tap on the Podcasts tab on the right-hand side.
  • Tick the box Sync Podcasts onto your device to enable podcast syncing.
  • Next, tick the box to Automatically copy.
  • Choose all unplayed or make a different selection from those listed from the drop-down menu.
  • From the next drop-down menu, choose all podcasts or selected shows.
  • If selected podcasts were chosen, tick the boxes next to the podcasts you want to sync.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Lastly, to sync podcasts between your Mac and other Apple device, tap on Sync option.

Sync Audiobooks to iPhone or iPad

  • Tap on the Finder app in the Mac Dock.
  • Choose your device on the left side of the window under Devices.
  • Tap on the Audiobooks tab on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Tick the box Sync Audiobooks onto your device to trigger audiobooks syncing.
  • Tick to sync All audiobooks or Selected audiobooks.
  • Choose your audiobooks to sync.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Lastly, to sync audiobooks between your Mac and smartphones, tap on Sync option.

Sync Books to iPhone or iPad

  • Tap on the Finder app in the Mac Dock.
  • Choose your device on the left side of the screen under Devices.
  • Tap on the Books tab on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Tick the box Sync Books onto your device to enable books syncing.
  • Tick to sync All books or Selected books.
  • Choose your books to sync.
  • Tap Apply.
  • Lastly, to sync audiobooks between your Mac and mobile device, tap on the Sync option.

Sync Photos to iPhone or iPad

If you’re making use of the iCloud Photo Library sync on your iPhone or iPad, you can’t sync photos using your Mac.

  • Tap on the Finder app in the Mac Dock.
  • Choose your device on the left side of the window under the Devices tab.
  • Tap on the Photos tab on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Next, choose the files to sync.

Sync Files to iPhone or iPad

  • Tap on the Finder app in the Mac Dock.
  • Choose your device on the left side of the screen under Devices.
  • Tap on the Files tab on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Tap the files you want to sync using the drop-down menus for every respective app.
  • Tap on Apply.
  • Lastly, to sync files between your Mac and mobile device, tap on the Sync option.

How to Backup iPhone or iPad

  • Tap on the Finder app in the Mac Dock.
  • Choose your device on the left side of the window under Devices.
  • Tap on the General tab on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Finally, tap Back Up Now next to the Backup & Restore section.

How to Restore iPhone or iPad on macOS

  • Tap on the Finder app in the Mac Dock.
  • Choose your device on the left side of the window under Devices.
  • Tap on the General tab on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Finally, tap Restore Backup next to the Backup & Restore section.

How to Use the Podcasts App

Finally, Mac has its own Podcasts app. You can subscribe, search, and manage your podcast library from the app. There isn’t much difference between the iOS podcast app and this one, although you might get overwhelmed, don’t worry. I’m here to walk you through the process.

Play a Podcast in the Podcasts app

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap on the podcast image of the podcast you want to listen to.
  • It doesn’t matter which tab you’re in, whether you’re looking for a new podcast, or whether you want to listen to the last podcast you’ve started, every time you tap the podcast app will play the podcast for you.

Search for a Podcast in the Podcasts App

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap the search bar in the sidebar.
  • Input your search term.
  • Tap Enter/Return on your keyboard.
  • From here, you can view all the options for shows and episodes about your search term.

Search for Podcasts in the Podcasts App Library

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap search bar in the sidebar.
  • Tap the Your Library tab.
  • Type in your search term.
  • Tap Enter/Return on your keyboard.

Subscribe to a Podcast in the Podcasts App

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Look for the podcast you want to subscribe to.
  • Place your cursor on the podcast image until the play and options buttons appear on the screen.
  • Tap the Options button. It is denoted by three dots.
  • Finally, tap Subscribe.

Unsubscribe to a Podcast in the Podcasts App

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Look for the podcast you intend to unsubscribe in your library.
  • Move your cursor over the podcast image until the play and options buttons appear on the screen.
  • Tap the Options button. It’s denoted by three dots.
  • Lastly, tap Unsubscribe.

Delete a Podcast from Library

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Look for the podcast you intend to delete in your library.
  • Move your cursor over the podcast image and wait for the play, and options buttons appear.
  • Tap the Options button. It’s denoted by three dots.
  • Finally, tap Delete from the library.

Play a Podcasts Next in Queue

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Look for the podcast episode you wish to play next in your library.
  • Move your cursor over the podcast image and wait for the play and options buttons to appear.
  • Tap the Options button. It’s denoted by three dots.
  • Finally, tap Play Next.

View the Top Charts in the Podcasts App

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap Top Charts option in the sidebar.
  • From this window, you can view the top podcasts shows and episodes that are being listened to by other Podcasts users.

Share a Podcast in the Podcasts App

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Dock.
  • Look for the podcast you want to share.
  • Move your cursor around the podcast image until the play and options buttons appear.
  • Tap the Options button. It’s denoted by three dots.
  • Next, tap Share Show or Share Episode.
  • Tap the Options button (three dots icon) and then tap Share Show or Share Episode.
  • Tap the sharing method you prefer.
  • Based on the sharing method you selected, you may have to put in some extra information. The process varies for each method; however, follow the applicable prompts to share your podcast base on the method.

Change the Order Episodes get Played

  • Open the Podcasts app from your Dock.
  • Look for the podcast you don’t want notifications from in your library.
  • Move around the podcast image until the play and options buttons appear.
  • Tap the options button. It is denoted by three dots.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap the option you want for your episodes. You can choose from either of the following options; Play in Sequential Order, Only Keep the Most Recent Episodes or Play Most Recent First.

How to Use the Reminders App

You can track your important tasks and schedules like meetings, business symposia, shopping lists, etc. You can sync your reminders across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and it’s that simple. So, let’s explore the Reminder app.

Add a Reminders Account Provider

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap Reminders in the Menu bar.
  • Tap on Add Account.
  • Tap on the type of Reminders accounts you prefer, e.g. iCloud.
  • Tap Continue.
  • Input your account credentials.
  • Tap Sign In.
  • Make sure the box next to Reminders is checked, and choose the apps your account should be used with.
  • Finally, tap Add Account.

Create a Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap the “+” button.
  • Write out your reminder.

Schedule a Due Date for a Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap the Info button “i” that appears when you move your cursor around your reminder.
  • Tap the box next to On a Day.
  • Input the date for your reminder.
  • Input the time for your reminder.
  • Tap Done.

Schedule a Due Time for a Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap on the text for the reminder which you’d like to include a date.
  • Tap the Add Date button.
  • Tap on any of the suggestions if it applies to your reminder, alternatively, type your desired date.
  • Tap Add Time.
  • Finally, tap a suggested time or manually input the time for your reminder.

Set up a Location Notification for a Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap the Info button “i” which appears when you move your cursor around your reminder.
  • Tap the box next to At a Location.
  • Input a location for your reminder.
  • Select either Arriving or Leaving.
  • Move the dot on the map nearer or distant from the pin to set the region in which your reminder should initiate.
  • Tap Done.

Add a Location to a Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap on the text for the reminder to which you want to add a location.
  • Tap the Add Location button.
  • Next, tap on a suggestion if it is relevant to your reminder.
  • Type in your desired location.
  • Finally, tap the suggestions that appear from the list.

Create a New List

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap Add List.
  • Input a name for your list.

Rename a List

  • Open Reminders from Your Dock.
  • Right-tap on the list you wish to rename.
  • Tap on Rename.
  • Input your list’s new name.

Delete a List

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Right-tap on the list you want to delete.
  • Tap Delete.

Move a Reminder to a different List

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap on the list that contains the reminder that you want to move.
  • Tap and press the reminder you wish to move.
  • Move the reminder over to the list where you want to move it to.

Share a List with another iCloud User

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap the Share button next to the list you wish to share that pops up when you move your cursor around the list name.
  • Input the contact that you wish to share the list with.
  • Finally, tap Done.

Share a Reminder List

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap on the share button that pops up when you move your cursor around a list’s name.
  • Tap on your preferred sharing method; AirDrop Messages, Mail, or Copy Link.
  • Tap Share if you selected Mail or Messages.
  • Type the name, phone number, or email address of the contact you want to share the list to.
  • Finally, tap Send.
  • However, if you select Copy Link or AirDrop, simply type in the name, phone number, or email address of the contact you want to share the list to.
  • Lastly, tap Share.

Group Reminder Lists

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap and drag a list on the top of another list.
  • Create a name for the group.

Add a Message Notification for a Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap on the information button “i” that appears when you move your cursor around the reminder to which you’d want to add a message notification.
  • Tap the When Messaging a Person checkbox.
  • Tap Contact Name.
  • Move through the list or enter the name of your contact.
  • Tap the name of your contact.

Add Attachments to a Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Tap on the information button “i” that appears when you move your cursor around the reminder to which you’d want to add a message reminder.
  • Tap Add Image.
  • Tap Photos to browse and add images from the Photo Library.
  • Tap the Scan Documents, Take Photo, or Add Sketch buttons, which is under your available iOS devices to directly create photos on and transfer them from an iOS device.

Add a Secondary Reminder to a Current Reminder

  • Open Reminders from your Dock.
  • Make a new reminder in the exact list as the reminder to which you wish to add it.
  • Tap and press on your new reminder.
  • Move your reminder onto the top reminder.
  • Tap the chevrons to display and hide the sub-reminder.

How to Use the Apple TV App

From the Apple TV app, you can simply tap play on your favorite library or channel titles to watch them from a dedicated app. Progress in your shows and movies will be synced through all your Apple devices, so you can pick up where you left off no matter which screen you last watched.

The TV app combines with a range of third-party apps, such as Hulu and NBC, to take all your favorite content together in one place. Because these providers often don’t offer stand-alone MacOS applications.

Watch a Show/Movie in the Apple TV App

  • Open the TV app from your Dock.
  • Tap on a show or movie from Up Next option to continue watching it straightaway.
  • Alternatively, move down to What to Watch or to the other TV and movie segments.
  • Tap on your preferred show or movie.
  • Lastly, tap Play First Episode.

Add Shows & Movies to Up Next in the TV App

  • Open the TV app from your Dock.
  • Play a movie or TV show from the app. The content will pop up in Up Next the next time you access it.
  • On the other hand, you can tap on content in one of the sections under Up Next section.
  • Lastly, tap Add to Up Next.

Play a Video from your Library

  • Open the TV app from your Dock.
  • Tap Library at the top of the window.
  • Tap any of the options in the sidebar: Recently Added, Movies, TV Shows, Downloaded or Genres.
  • Tap on the movie or show you wish to watch.
  • Tap on the play button that pops up when you move your cursor over your selected movie or episode. Your movie or show will then download and play.

Buy Movies and TV Shows in the TV App

  • Open the TV app from the Dock.
  • Tap Movies or TV Shows at the top of the display.
  • Tap on a title you wish to buy or rent.
  • Tap the Buy or Rent buttons if available.
  • Alternatively, tap the search bar.
  • Type the name of the title you prefer.
  • From the search result, tap the title.
  • Finally, tap the Buy or Rent buttons when it pops up.

Subscribe to Channels in the TV App.

  • Open the TV from the Dock.
  • Under Apple TV Channels, tap on a channel to which you want to subscribe.
  • Tap on Try It Free.
  • Input your password
  • Tap Buy.
  • Tap Confirm.
  • You’ll be billed for your first month when your free trial period elapses. After you’ve subscribed to a channel, recommendations from the channel will pop up in the Watch Now section of the TV app.

Cancel a Channel Subscription

  • Open to the Settings app
  • Tap on SystemPreferences
  • Tap Apple ID.
  • Tap Media & Purchases.
  • Tap Manage, which is next to the Subscriptions option.
  • Tap Edit close to the channel subscription on your list of active subscriptions.
  • However, if you’re canceling when your free trial has not elapsed, it will appear towards the bottom of the list.
  • Tap Cancel Subscription.
  • Finally, tap Confirm.

Manage Downloads in the TV App

  • Open the TV app from the Dock.
  • Tap TV in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap the checkbox next to Always check for available downloads under the General panel if you want the app to search for any available downloads.
  • Tap either the Movies or TV Shows boxes to automatically download either movies or TV episodes, tap both checkboxes if you want both downloaded automatically.
  • To sync automatically sync only the items in your library, tap the checkbox next to “Checkboxes in Library.
  • Tap the drop-down to select a new list size.

Manage Video Playback Settings in the TV App

  • Open the Apple TV app from the Dock.
  • Tap TV in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap Playback.
  • Tap on the Streaming Quality drop-down to determine the quality of streaming media between Good or Best Available.
  • Tap the Download Qualitymenu to pick the quality of streaming media.
  • From here, tap the checkboxes to checkmate if the TV app has to download multichannel audio and HDR content if available.
  • Tap the checkbox to decide if the TV app will use your viewing history to show recommendations.

Manage Media Files in the TV App

  • Open the TV app from the Dock.
  • Tap TV in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap Files.
  • To change the folder where the TV app stores media, tap on Change. Alternatively, tap Reset if you want to reset the folder to its default location.
  • Choose another folder for Apple TV app media storage from the pop-up window.
  • Tap Open.
  • From the in Preferences tab, check or uncheck the Keep Media folder organized checkbox to keep your media organized in your selected library folder.
  • Check or uncheck the Copy files to Media folder when adding to the library so that files you move into your library are automatically included in your media folder.
  • Check or uncheck the final checkbox to decide if your movie and TV show files will be deleted automatically after you have watched them.

Set up Parental Controls in the TV App

  • Open the TV app from the Dock.
  • Tap TV in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap Restrictions.
  • Tap the checkboxes to enable or disable the iTunes Store for movie and TV show purchases and shared libraries.
  • Tap the drop-down to select the country’s rating system you prefer to use.
  • Tap the checkboxes to restrict movies and TV shows to just certain ratings.
  • Tap the drop-downs to select the maturity limits of the rating for movies and TV shows.

Reset Warnings, Cache & Clear Play History

  • Open the TV app from the Dock.
  • Tap TV in the menu bar.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Tap Advanced.
  • Tap Reset Warnings.
  • Tap Reset Cache.
  • Tap Clear Play History.

How to Use Notes App

Notes is a useful way to save data, especially when you’re tinkering over sudden thoughts, shopping lists, etc. the note app can be your diary if you want it to be. You can also encrypt your notes and can only access it via your chosen password. Let’s quickly explore the Note app.

Start a New Note

  • Open Notes app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap the New Note button (pencil on a square icon). Otherwise, tap on File in the menu bar at the top of your computer screen and choose New Note.
  • Proceed to write your note.

Make a Checklist

  • Open Notes app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Tap the New Note button (pencil on a square icon) or tap File in the menu bar and choose New Note.
  • Tap the checklist button (checkmark in a circle icon).
  • Input your first item.
  • Press Return on your keyboard to automatically start a new checklist item.

Reorder Checklist Notes

  • Open the Notes app from your Mac’s Dock.
  • Launch the checklist you intend to re-order.
  • Tap and press on the checkbox of the checklist item that you wish to move.
  • Move the checklist item to a new position. Repeat the process until the list is ordered to your taste.

Make a Bulleted, Dashed, Or Numbered list and Headings

  • Open Notes from your Mac’s Dock der.
  • Tap the New Note button.
  • Tap Format in the menu bar.
  • Tap Heading to change the next line in the note into a heading.
  • Tap Dashed List, Numbered List, or Bulleted List to select the list types you prefer to create.
  • To stop writing on a list, press the Return button while on a blank list item.

View Note Attachments

  • Open Notes from your Dock.
  • Tap the Attachment option in the toolbar (four squares icon).
  • Tap on the respective tabs, like Sketches, Photos & Videos, and Audio, to view your attachments.

Lock a Note

  • Open Notes from your Dock.
  • Tap on the Note you wish to lock.
  • Tap the Lock icon in the toolbar (padlock icon).

Set a Password for Locked Notes

  • Open Notes app from your Dock
  • Tap Notes on the menu bar at the top of your Mac
  • Tap on Preferences.
  • Tap Set Password.
  • Input a new password.
  • Type your new password once again under Verify.
  • Finally, tap Set Password.

Invite People to Participate on a Note

  • Open Notes from your Dock.
  • Tap the Add People button in the toolbar (a silhouette with a “+” button).
  • Tap a sharing method (Message, a link, Mail, etc.).
  • Type in the email address or phone number of the person or people you wish to share the note with.
  • Finally, tap Share.

Send Notes to People or App

  • Open Notes from your Dock.
  • Tap on the note you intend to share.
  • Tap the share button on the toolbar (square icon with an arrow pointing out of it).
  • Tap the app you prefer to make use of to share your note.

Sync Notes to iCloud

  • Tap the Apple logo at the top left corner of your Mac’s home screen.
  • Choose System Preferences.
  • Tap iCloud.
  • Log in to your iCloud account.
  • Ensure the checkbox next to Notes is checked.

Invite People to Participate in a Note or Folder

  • Open Notes from your Dock.
  • Launch the Note to which you wish to add people.
  • Tap the Add People option in the toolbar (an outline with a “+” button).
  • Tap either Note “[note name] or Folder “[folder name] to share the note or folder.
  • Tap a sharing method.
  • Next, tap the authorization drop-down to determine what people you invite can do with the note, either to only read or make changes.
  • Tap Share.
  • Type in the phone number or email address of the person you wish to share the note or folder with.
  • Finally, tap Send.

View Notes in a Gallery

  • Open Notes app from the Dock.
  • Open the folder you want to set to the Gallery view.
  • Tap the gallery button in the upper-left of the toolbar.
  • To change the folder back to the list view, tap the list button.

How to Use Voice Controls

With the Voice Control feature, users can now use speech commands to control their devices. So, you don’t necessarily have to do this stuff manually. All you need is to issue command through your voice, and the rest is history.

Turn on Voice Control

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your Mac’s home screen.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Under the Motor section, tap on Voice Control.
  • Tick the box for Enable Voice Control.

Wake/Sleep Voice Control

  • Tap Sleep on the Voice Control icon to place the tool to sleep. During this time frame, Voice Control will not function.
  • Tap Wake on the Voice Control sign to wake the tool.

Change the Voice Control Language

  • Tap on System Preferences from the Apple logo drop-down on your Mac’s Dock.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Under the Motor section, tap Voice Control.
  • Tap on the drop-down next to Language.
  • Tap on Customize.
  • Tap the box for the language you wish to add.
  • Finally, tap, OK.

Select New Language in Voice Control

  • Tap the current language denoted on the Voice Control symbol on the right side of your Mac’s screen.
  • Select the new language you now wish to use.

Enable/Disable Commands in Voice Control

  • Tap on System Preferences from the Apple logo drop-down on your Mac’s Dock.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Under the Motor section, tap Voice Control.
  • Tap on the Commands button.
  • Tick the boxes for the commands you want to activate or uncheck the boxes for the commands you wish to disable.
  • Finally, tap on the Done button.

Create Custom Commands in Voice Control

  • Tap Apple logo on your Mac.
  • Tap System Preferences.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Under the Motor section, tap Voice Control.
  • Tap on the Commands button.
  • Choose the plus icon “+.
  • Include your command in the When I say box. By default, this command can be used across all apps on your Mac.
  • To limit the command to just one app, tap on the White Using drop-down menu.
  • Select the app you wish to use with your custom command.
  • Select how this command is performed from the drop-down menu.
  • Finally, choose Done.

Delete Custom Commands in Voice Control

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your Mac
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Under the Motor section, tap Voice Control.
  • Tap on the Commands button.
  • Under Custom, highlight the command to erase.
  • Select the minus icon “
  • Tap Delete to confirm the removal.
  • Once this is done, the custom command is no longer usable via Voice Control on Mac.

Change the Microphone for Voice Control

By default, Voice Control uses your Mac’s built-in microphone.

  • Tap on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your Mac
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Under the Motor section, tap Voice Control. Make sure the Enable Voice Control option is checked.
  • Tap on the drop-down menu next to the Microphone.
  • Select the microphone to use.

Receive an Alert when a Command is Recognized

  • Tap the Apple logo at the upper left corner of your Mac.
  • Tap on System Preferences.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Under the Motor section, tap Voice Control.
  • Finally, tap the box close to Play sound when a command is recognized.

How to Use Safari 14

Safari is Apple’s web browser, which means it’s your access to the internet. You can visit websites, search though domains, bookmark favorite pages, save pages, etc. so, let’s quickly learn how to use Safari.

Visit a Website

  • Open Safari from the Dock.
  • Tap the address field at the top of the display.
  • From here, input the address of the webpage youwish to visit.
  • Next, tap the return key on your keyboard.

Search with the Address Bar

  • Open Safari from the Dock or the Finder.
  • From here, tap the address field at the top of the display or search query.
  • Press the return key on your keyboard.
  • Safari will go to Google, where you can view a list of results for your search.

Bookmark a Website

  • Open Safari from the Dock or the Finder.
  • Proceed to the web page you want to bookmark.
  • Tap Command-D on your keyboard.
  • Type in a name for the bookmark. Alternatively, you can enter a description if you want.
  • Tap Add or press return on your keyboard.
  • Tap View in the menu bar at the upper left of your window.
  • Tap Show Favorites Bar.
  • From here, the bookmarked pages you added to Favorites will pop up just below the address bar; you can access each of them by tapping on it. Furthermore, each time you tap in the address bar, your Favorites will show as suggested sites.

View all of your Bookmarks

  • Open Safari from the Dock or the Finder.
  • Tap the Show sidebar button close to the address bar.
  • Tap the bookmarks tab (looks like a book) if it’s not there already.

Remove Bookmarks

  • Open Safari from the Dock or the Finder.
  • Tap Bookmarks in the menu bar on the top left of your window.
  • Tap Edit Bookmarks.
  • Tap the arrow close to Favorites; by default, that’s where your bookmarks go.
  • Right-tap the bookmark you want to delete.
  • Finally, tap Delete.

Add a Web Page to your Reading List

  • Open Safari from the Dock.
  • Go to the website you want to add to your reading list.
  • Tap Shift-Command-D on your Mac’s keyboard.
  • From here, you’ll notice a little icon jump over to the sidebar.

View your Reading List

  • Open Safari from the Dock or Finder.
  • Tap the Show sidebar button close to the address bar.
  • Tap the reading list tab (appears like a pair of glasses).
  • Tap the item you’d like to look at.

Remove items from your Reading List

  • Open Safari from the Dock or Finder.
  • Tap the Show sidebar button next to the address bar.
  • Tap the reading list tab (a pair of glasses icon).
  • Right-tap the item you want to remove.
  • Finally, tap Remove Item.

Enable Private Browsing

Private Browsing allows you to surf the internet without having to save the websites you visited including your search history, AutoFill information, etc. This also means no one can track or trace your website activities

  • Open Safari from the Dock or Finder.
  • From the menu bar, tap File on the top left of the screen.
  • Tap New Private Window. Alternatively, hold shift-command-N on your Mac’s keyboard. Happy surfing!

Add Extensions to Safari

Browser extensions are plug-ins that add new functionality to Safari. You can do stuff like block ads, add features, and more. There are a host of free extensions that improve your productivity, keep you up-to-date on the news, provide security, entertainment, and more!

  • Open Safari from the Dock or Finder.
  • Tap Safari in the menu bar at the top left of the screen.
  • Tap Safari Extensions.
  • From here, you’ll be redirected to the App Store’s Safari Extensions section, where you can download and install the extensions. Once the installation is complete, launch the app to include it to your Safari toolbar.

How to Pin Tabs

  • Open Safari from the Dock or Finder.
  • Tap View in the menu bar at the top left of the screen.
  • Tap Show Tab Bar.
  • Proceed to the website you want to pin.
  • Tap and hold the tab and move it to the left.
  • The tab will then appear as a small site logo or the first letter of the name of the site on the left side of the tab bar.
  • To remove the pinned tabs, move them to the right.

Set Homepage

  • Open Safari from the Dock or Finder.
  • Tap Safari in the menu bar on the top left of the screen.
  • Tap the General tab.
  • Type a website next to Homepage. Alternatively, you can tap Set to Current Page if you prefer to use the page you’re currently on as your homepage.
  • Tap the dropdown menu close to New windows open with.
  • Tap the Homepage if you prefer new windows to open on your homepage.
  • Tap the dropdown menu close to New tabs open with.
  • Tap Homepage if you want new tabs to open to your homepage.

How to Share Websites

  • Open Safari from the Dock or Finder.
  • Go to the website you want to share.
  • From the top right corner of the Safari window, tap the Share Sheet button.
  • Tap a sharing mode by choosing to share via email, Reminders, Notes, Messages, AirDrop, and third-party apps.

How to Use Reader View

Reader View helps you to view a web page in a more stripped-down format so that you can read the words and see the images without a lot of complex graphics and gestures encoded into the page. However, not all web pages will allow the use of Reader View.

  • Go to a web page.
  • Tap the button (the lines to the left side of Reader View the address bar).

Change the Background Color in Reader View

  • Go to a web page.
  • Tap the Reader View button.
  • Tap on the Reader Options button (two A’s on the right side of the address bar).
  • Finally, tap on the background color you wish to use.

Change the Font in Reader View

  • Visit a web page.
  • Tap the Reader View button (the lines to the left side of the address bar).
  • Tap on the Reader Options button (two A’s on the right side of the address bar).
  • Lastly, tap on the font you wish to use.

Change the Font Size in Reader View.

  • Visit a web page.
  • Tap the Reader View button.
  • Tap on the Reader Options button.
  • Tap on the smaller “A” to decrease the text size. Alternatively, tap on the bigger “A” to increase the text size.

Customize Favorites in Safari

Favorites are lists of websites you visit the most. When you add these web pages to your Favorites list, you can easily access them across all of your Apple devices.

Add a website to Safari Favorites list

  • Open the Safari browser and go to the website you want to include as a Favorite.
  • Hover your cursor over the Smart Search field.
  • Finally, tap Favorites.

Delete a website from Safari Favorites list

  • Tap Bookmarks in the Safari Toolbar.
  • Choose Show Favorites.
  • Right-tap on the website you want to remove.
  • Tap Delete to erase the website from your list of favorites.

Organize Safari Favorites

  • Tap Bookmarks in the Safari Toolbar.
  • Choose Show Favorites.
  • Move your Favorite to a new position on the list.

Customize Frequently Visited in Safari

The Safari browser automatically includes websites to your Frequently Visited. However, you can customize this and other features.

Access Frequently Visited sites

  • Tap Bookmarks in the Safari Toolbar.
  • Choose Show Favorites.
  • Similarly, tap Show Frequently Visited in Favorites in the same location.

Delete Frequently Visited site

  • Navigate to the Favorites page in Safari.
  • Right-tap on the website you want to remove, under Frequently Visited.
  • Lastly, tap Delete.

Add Background Photo to Safari’s Start Page

The new Safari 14 provides the preference to set up your background straight from the browser. This connotes that, you can customize your home screen in Safari with any picture you desire.

The picture can be selected from the options shown by Apple, alternatively, you can opt for your picture.

To ascertain the Safari version your Mac/iMac is running, here are the steps:

  • Launch Safari.
  • Tap on Safari in the menu.
  • Next, tap on About Safari. From here, you can view the version of Safari your Mac is currently running.

To install the new Safari 14:

  • Navigate to System Preferences.
  • Next, tap Software Update. From here, you’ll the see download.

At this point, you can adjust the background by following the procedure below:

  • Launch Safari.
  • Tap on the icon with 3 horizontal sliders in the bottom right corner. (If this does not appear, tap Command + T to launch the Start page in a tab).
  • At this point, you can enable the options provided by Safari to modify the start page, as well as the Background Image. Some options will pop up, you can likewise add your background photo.
  • Tapping the + icon will launch the Desktop Pictures folder. From here, you can choose any of those pictures as the background image in Safari. After choosing the desired picture, your Safari background will change. 
  • Next, tap Choose to validate the new background.
  • To add your preferred or customized photo as the background, tap on the + icon, nevertheless use the Finder window that appears to find your desired picture.
  • While trying to change the new background picture, the + option will display anymore. So, what’s next? You’ll have to erase the current picture in your background by tapping on the grey dot in the upper left corner of your Mac. From here, you can now add a new background after the current image has been erased. 
  • On the other hand, you can simply drag the picture onto the Safari page and it will automatically be added as your background photo.

Add/Remove Categories on the Start Page

  • From the bottom right corner of Safari Start Page, tap the settings icon, a window will display with a rundown of the categories and checkboxes. However, by default, all of the groupings are ticked to display on the page.
  • From here, uncheck any boxes you don’t like on the Start Page, and tick the boxes you prefer.

Set the Start Page as the Default

  • Navigate to Safari.
  • Tap on Preferences.
  • Next, move to the General section.
  • At this point, you’ll notice the settings for “New windows open with” and “New tabs open with.” Tap the resulting menu for your preferred setting then choose Start Page.

Translate Webpage on Safari 14

With the new Safari, you can now translate webpages to different languages, these includes; Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Russian, and Chinese.

Here’s how to translate webpages:

  • While on Safari, tap View.
  • Choose Translation. From here, a menu will pop up with the available translations. At this point, choose the translation you desire, the browser will process the request and subsequently show the translated page.
  • To include a language that’s not on the list, swipe to the Language & Region, and include the language you desire beneath the “Preferred languages” section.

Access Siri Suggestions in Safari

  • Tap on Bookmarks in the Safari Toolbar.
  • Choose Show Favorites.
  • Tap on a link under Siri Suggestions.
  • These steps will be enough to help you navigate your Safari like a Pro.

Make Phone Calls and Send Messages

Call forwarding, part of Apple’s continuity features, allows you to answer and make calls from your iPhone using your Mac without having to struggle to find your phone. Because call forwarding uses the same phone number, carrier, and plan as your iPhone, the person on the other end can’t tell the difference. It also shows you the caller’s number, the contact’s picture, and more, so you don’t miss out on any features.

Enable or Disable Call Relay

  • Open FaceTime from the Finder or Dock.
  • Tap on FaceTime in the upper menu.
  • Tap Preferences.
  • Next, tap the checkbox next to Calls from iPhone.
  • To disable Call Relay, repeat the steps above and uncheck the box.
  • The FaceTime app on your Mac or iOS device doesn’t need to be running to allow your Mac to make and take calls.

Enable call relay on your iPhone

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Next, click Phone.
  • From here, click Calls on Other Devices.
  • Click the switch close to Allow Calls on Other Devices.
  • From here, touch the toggle next to each device on which you desire to permit calls.

Answer a Phone Call on Mac

Tap Accept to answer when the notification displays on the upper right of your Mac.

Decline a call on your Mac

Tap Decline when the notification appears on the upper right of your Mac or press the dropdown arrow and select to be prompted of the call in any chosen minutes or hour.

Place a Phone Call on your Mac

  • Open FaceTime from the Finder or Dock.
  • Input someone’s name or phone number from the Enter a name, email, or number option.
  • Next, tap the phone button.
  • Lastly, press the number under Call using iPhone.

Transfer a Call from Mac to iPhone Mid-Call

This feature allows you to continue your call that began on your Mac on your iPhone.

  • Unlock your iPhone.
  • Next, click the Touch to go back to the call banner at the upper screen.
  • From here, click the audio button.
  • Lastly, click iPhone.

How to Pin a Message

This is another interesting feature. You can now pin up to nine chats at the top of your list, and your pins will likewise pop up on your iPhone and iPad.

To pin a chat, right-click on it in the message listing, and then choose Pin. To unpin a chat, right-click it and choose Unpin.

Using Memoji Stickers, Screen Effects and Apps in Messages App

Apple has restyled the Messages app. The app now includes Memoji stickers, screen effects, apps, etc. These features were inherited from iOS and iPadOS.

Using Memoji Stickers

Here are the steps to use the Memoji stickers in the Messages app for Mac:

  • Tap on the Messages app from your Mac.
  • Select an existing conversation or begin a new one.
  • From the lower left of the iMessage box, choose the App Store symbol.
  • Next, select Memoji stickers from the rundown of options.
  • From here, pick the Memoji sticker you desire to send.
  • Next, input your message.
  • Lastly, tap the Return key to send your message.

Creating New Memoji Stickers

To create new Memoji stickers on Messages for Mac:

  • Tap on the Messages app from your Mac.
  • Select an existing conversation or begin a new one.
  • From the lower left of the iMessage box, choose the App Store symbol.
  • Next, select Memoji stickers from the rundown of options.
  • Tap on the at the upper left of the box.
  • Choose New Memoji.
  • From here, create your new Memoji, by adding brows, facial hair, skin, hairstyle, headwear, eyes, head, nose, ears, eyewear, and mouth.
  • From here, tap Done to save the new Memoji.
  • After saving, Mac will automatically create a new Memoji sticker pack.

Using Photos

Adding photos from the Photos library to the iMessage is easy:

  • Tap on the Messages app from your Mac.
  • Select an existing conversation or begin a new one.
  • From the lower left of the iMessage box, choose the App Store symbol.
  • Select Photos.
  • From here, use the search tool to locate the picture to use.
  • Next, choose the photo to send.
  • Input your message.
  • Lastly, touch the Return key to send the message.

Using Animated GIFs

Adding animated GIFs from the web to iMessage:

  • Tap on the Messages app from your Mac.
  • Select an existing conversation or begin a new one.
  • From the lower left of the iMessage box, choose the App Store symbol.
  • Select #images.
  • From here, use the search tool to locate an animated GIF to use.
  • Next, choose the animated GIF to send.
  • Input your message.
  • Lastly, touch the Return key to send a message.

Adding Effects        

You can easily add effects to your messages, as well as confetti, balloons, etc.

  • Tap on the Messages app from your Mac.
  • Select an existing conversation or begin a new one.
  • From the lower left of the iMessage box, choose the App Store symbol.
  • Input your message.          
  • Next, select Message Effects.
  • From here, tap the effect you desire to use.
  • Lastly, choose the up arrow close to your message at the right to send the message.

Manage Notifications and Widgets

In the new operating system, Apple has restyled the Notification Center. It now pops up as a single column of notifications as well as widgets to display swift details with one click.

The Notification Center can be opened by tapping on the date in the menu bar, found in the top right of the Mac. What this means is that there is no more Notification Center icon.

So, how can you personalize the new Notification Center to your taste?

Notifications

Notifications will pop up at the top of the Notification Center. Tapping on a notification will redirect you to the resultant app. So, if you click on a Finder notification, the Finder app will open.

Also, notifications are organized together if you have multiple notifications from an app. That is to say, if you have an iCloud notification active, each notification is grouped, if you tap one, the grouping enlarges allowing you to view all the notifications.

Every notification has an expansion arrow icon (>) attached on the top right. Tap it, and the notification enlarges to display additional details. However, if you hover over a notification, a Delete button will pop up in the bottom left, you can click this to wipe off the notification.

Adding and Removing Notifications

  • Adding or eliminating an app notification is simple as heck:
  • Tap the Apple logo at the top left.
  • Tap System Preferences.
  • Next, click Notifications.
  • A rundown of apps that displays notifications will pop up on the left side.
  • Next, tap on the app you desire, its settings will spring up on the right corner of the screen. Tick/uncheck the Show in Notification Center box to include/erase its notifications.
  • By tapping the “Notification grouping” display, you can choose from automatic, by app, or off options to customize its groups.

Widgets

Widgets are small and simple items that show quick access to info or configurations. You can find it below the notifications. A lot of the widgets are of Apple apps, whereas the rest show info taken from the internet.

Rearrange widgets

To move a widget, highlight and drag it to the desired location.

Remove or resize a widget

  • To resize a widget, right-click it, then a resulting menu will display. From the options, choose Large, Medium, or Small. If a size is not available, it will not display.
  • However, to delete a widget, right-click it, and from the resulting menu, choose Remove Widget.

Add a Widget

Right-click a widget and choose Edit Widgets in the resulting menu, or move down to the bottom of Notification Center and then tap the Edit Widgets button. The Notification Center will enlarge to display the available widgets.

If you’ve found a widget you wish to add, tap on the L, M, or S buttons to preview its size. (If these options are not there, it means it’s only available in the displayed size). Select a size, then tap on the picture of the widget to include it in Notification Center.

From here, proceed to the Notification Center on the right and move the widget to your desired location by tapping and moving it.

After this, tap the Escape key on your keyboard or tap outside the Notification Center to close it.

Edit Widget

Right-click on a widget, if it displays an Edit Widget option that the upper screen of the resulting menu, you can customize its appearance.

Turn On/Off Automatic Hiding of the Menu Bar

In older macOS, you can automatically hide the menu bar by navigating to the General system preference.

The settings are now found in the Dock & Menu Bar system preference. To configure the menu bar to hide and pop up when you hover the cursor to the upper side of the screen, tick the box.

Stream Audio and Video with AirPlay

AirPlay allows you to use a Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly stream music, videos, photos, etc from your Mac to your speakers, Apple TV, and other smart TVs. To do this, ensure your Mac and other devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Listen to Music on your Speakers

  • On your Mac, launch the Apple Music app, line up your tunes.
  • Next, tap the AirPlay audio icon in the playback controls, and then choose a speaker.

Play Movies on the Big Screen

  • On your Mac, launch the Apple TV app , start the show.
  • Next, tap the AirPlay video icon in the playback controls, then choose your Apple TV or smart TV.

Share Photos with Everyone in the Room

With the AirPlay mirroring feature, everyone in the room can view what’s playing on your Mac.

  • On your Mac, tap Control Centrein the menu bar.
  • Next, tap Screen Mirroring.
  • Lastly, choose your Apple TV or smart TV.

How to Record Audio on Mac

Here, you’ll learn how to record your audio on your Mac using three apps namely; GarageBand, QuickTime, and Voice Memos. Let’s start from the last. 

Record Using Voice Memos

  • Launch Voice Memos via Finder, Launchpad, or Spotlight.
  • Tap the red circle to begin recording your voice.
  • Next, press Done after the completion of your recording.
  • From here, tap twice on the name of the file to retitle it.
  • This file is automatically shared through iCloud to other Apple devices. To share it in a different place, tap on the symbol at the upper right of the screen.

Recording Audio with QuickTime

QuickTime gives you additional control over the location to save the audio file.

  • Launch QuickTime through the Finder, Launchpad, or Spotlight.
  • Tap the File tab.
  • Tap New Audio Recording.
  • Tap the red circle in the center.
  • Next, tap the gray square to stop recording.
  • From here, tap File > Save to select a name for the recording and where you desire to save it.
  • The file will be saved to your selected folder and can be shared via usual methods.

Record Sound with GarageBand

GarageBand offers more advanced features, it is a music recording app.

  • Launch GarageBand through the Finder, Launchpad, or Spotlight.
  • Next, tap Choose to open a new project.
  • From here, tap Audio.
  • Tap Record using a microphone.
  • Next, tap Create.
  • Tap Record.
  • Next, tap Stop to stop recording.
  • Lastly, tap File > Save to save the audio file otherwise, tap Share to share it straight away. 

CONCLUSION

The MacBook Air is an amazing device, with a redesigned interface similar to iPadOS. I hope with this book, you’re now able to navigate your MacBook Air interface swiftly and efficiently. Good luck and cheers.

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