Seven Useful Mac Tips

An overview of MacOS tips that you may not be aware of. Great for new Mac users or anyone who is always after a better way to use your Mac. Below is a list of all seven covered:

① Spotlight Searching and the Command Key – Using the ⌘ command key, you can add some power to Spotlight.

② Finder Quick Actions for Editing – No need to open Preview… Just edit right from the Finder window.

③ Changing a Batch of File Names – Select a group of files and rename them all at once. I did mention an alternate third-party app for batch renaming of files. It provides more options than the standard options in the Finder. It’s called NameChanger, and can be found free here:

④ Adding a Modifier Key to Hot Corners – If you accidentally trigger those hot corners too often, add a modifier key!

⑤ Using Night Shift in MacOS – You can turn up the warm color tones at night on your Mac.

⑥ Custom Keyboard Commands – Create custom keyboard commands for specific applications.

⑦ Universal Clipboard – Learn to copy and paste between devices. This has been around for a while but a lot of people still don’t use it!

A Simple Method for Backing Up Your Mac

Are you trying to figure out how to back up your Mac with the easiest solution? In this video, I recommend a simple method for establishing a solid backup plan for your Mac.

For cloud backup, I recommend Backblaze, though iDrive is a close second.

In this video I mention Backblaze as my preferred option. You can sign up for a free Backblaze trial here:

I have two recommendations for backing up to a local drive and it really depends on your needs:

  1. Time Machine – Easy, fewer options
  2. Carbon Copy Cloner – Powerful with many options

Watch the video above for all the details!

7 Tips to Improve iPhone Battery Life

Here are 7 basic ways you can help prolong your battery power on your iPhone (outside of just carrying around an extra battery). Below is a list of all seven covered, and in the video I show you how to adjust each one. I would love to hear your own suggestions in the comments below!

① ⚡️Use Low Power Mode – Low Power Mode isn’t new, but it is helpful when you need your battery to last longer than usual.

② 🔦Lower your flashlight brightness – You can actually choose the brightness level of the iPhone flashlight on the fly.

③ 🎆 Disable some visual effects – All of the visual effects cost some measure of processing power, which equals battery usage. You can turn some of them off.

④ 🔆 Use auto-brightness – Tell your iPhone to automatically adjust brightness based on the lighting levels in the environment you are in.

⑤ 📩 Adjust your push and fetch settings – You can change how often your iPhone checks for new email or other cloud data.

⑥ ✋🏼Tweak the background app activities – Tell specific apps NOT to check for new data in the background. It can be a real battery drain!

⑦ 🔒Shorten the Auto-Lock timing – Tell your iPhone to automatically lock after a shorter duration.

5 Essential Apps for the Mac

The video below is an overview of 5 helpful apps for MacOS users that I highly recommend. Here is a list of all five covered:

Hazel – Magic automation machinery for your Mac. THINGS JUST HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU TOUCHING THEM. You need this app:

aText – Use shortcuts for repetitive typing. Can be used for short text like an email address or for an entire form letter.

PasteBot – Clipboard manager so you can add multiple items to the clipboard and then paste at will.

Acorn – A Photoshop alternative for those who don’t want to spend a bunch of money.

Sophos Home – Anti-Virus protection, because yes, you need this on a Mac:

How to Fix the Public WiFi Problem in MacOS 10.14 Mojave

If you are using MacOS 10.14 Mojave, you may have a problem connecting to public WiFi hotspots like your local coffee shop.  Normally, a pop-up window will appear, allowing you to enter credentials or agree to a lengthy Terms of Service you’ll never read.  However, as of the writing of this post, MacOS 10.14.1 is throwing you the following error instead of allowing you to log in:

WiFi Error!

The first time I saw this, I thought it was a problem with the WiFi at the bookstore I was at.  However, the problem persists no matter what public WiFi hotspot I try to connect to.

To get around this error message, go to in Safari (This does not work in Chrome or Firefox):

You may have to hit enter a couple of times because Safari will still try and connect using the pop-up window, but just click ok on the error message again and the main browsing window will soon display the login screen you’ve been looking for.  Then you can proceed as usual and get connected.

Hopefully Apple will fix this problem soon, making this blog post irrelevant!

Let me know if it worked for you in the comments!

iCloud Photo Library vs. Photo Stream – What’s the difference?

I recently failed in an impromptu conversation when someone asked me to explain the difference between iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream.  So, I figured it out and posted this video overview of the basic differences.

The key point to remember is that iCloud Photo Library allows you to store ALL of your photos and videos in iCloud, while Photo Stream uploads new photos (NOT videos) and sends them to all of your devices where you have Photo Stream turned on. It only stores the most recent 30 days’ worth of photos (up to 1,000 photos).

MacHowDoI is now Everyday Apple

It’s time for a facelift around here, so I have changed the name of my YouTube channel and this blog to…

Everyday Apple

My goal is to create content for the average, ‘everyday’ user of Apple products because I get questions all the time about things that advanced users might take for granted.  I want to turn these bits of knowledge into bite-sized chunks so that you can find what help you need.

The url is, which references the famous Apple commercial from the Super Bowl that year.  Just for fun, here’s that ad (I love it because it shows the Super Bowl score right before the ad starts 😊):

7 Best New Features of MacOS Mojave 10.14

I posted this video review of the top 7 best new features in the new macOS 10.14 Mojave. Below is a list of all seven covered:

① Dark Mode – Mojave has a Dark Mode and it looks amazing.

② Continuity Camera – Import into MacOS directly from the iOS camera!

③ Desktop Stacks – Group items on the desktop by type.

④ Edit in Quick Look – Images or video can now be edited within the Quick Look.

⑤ Screenshot Utility – Command-Shift-5 (which should replace all shortcuts you’ve previously used!)

⑥ Dynamic Desktop – Dynamic Desktop alters the look of the desktop picture throughout the day.

⑦ iOS Apps on Mac – News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home.

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