How to add and remove trusted devices for Apple ID two-factor authentication

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2015

Back in July, we provided you with an overview of Apple’s two-step authentication. This is the security method that requires at least two factors of authentication—a password and a trusted device—in order to successfully access an account.

Two-factor, or two-step, as it’s sometimes referred to, is a great security method, because it forces one to have physical access to a security key, in this case, an iPhone or an iPad.

Needless to say, we here at iDB highly recommend using 2FA for any account that allows it, Apple ID, or otherwise. In fact, if a service that you’re using doesn’t offer 2FA, I’d seriously think twice about using that service—it’s that important for keeping your data secure.

If you have two-factor enabled for your Apple ID, and you should, then you’ve doubtlessly run into the screen that asks you to verify your identify when logging in with your Apple ID. On that screen, it may list some of your Apple devices, and at least one verified phone number. These devices act as security authentication keys.

Have you ever wondered what the requirements are for the devices that are listed here? Have you ever wanted to remove or add a device? In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through managing your iOS trusted devices for two-factor authentication. Read More


20+ things you can do with a Force Touch trackpad on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 22, 2015

Apple just released its Force Touch-enabled Magic Trackpad 2, which joins the Force Touch trackpads already built into many of its MacBooks. The significance of the Magic Trackpad 2 sporting Force Touch, is that it essentially brings the feature to everyone without needing to go all out and purchase a brand new machine.

Force Touch is an interesting concept that’s been a part of our vernacular for over a year with the unveiling of the Apple Watch. Since then, the pressure sensitive technology has made its way, in some way, shape, or form, to both MacBooks and the iPhone.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Force Touch is best implemented on the iPhone (as 3D Touch), but it’s an interesting feature on the MacBook as well. Now that pretty much anyone can add the ability to Force Touch via a $129 Magic Trackpad 2 purchase, I figured it was time to showcase some of the things that you can do with the nifty pressure sensitive input method. Read More


How to disable frequently visited sites in Safari on iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 19, 2015

When you open a new tab in Safari, you’re able to see your Favorites along with a list of frequently visited websites. While this can be handy, not everyone wants to advertise their most frequently visited sites every time they open a new Safari tab.

In the past, there was a jailbreak tweak that allowed you to disable frequently visited sites in Safari. Now, however, it’s possible to disable these sites directly from Safari’s preferences without jailbreaking. In this post, I’ll show you how. Read More


How to find your Mac’s Bluetooth version

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

With the recent release of Apple’s new “Magic” devices—the Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, and the Magic Keyboard—some of you may be wondering if your Mac can support these new peripherals. Since all of the new Magic devices are wireless and work with the latest Bluetooth versions, it’s important to know if your Mac will support them before making a purchase.

Apple doesn’t exactly make it easy and straightforward to find what version of Bluetooth your Mac sports, but it can be done. In this post, we’ll show you a simple method for quickly deriving your Mac’s Bluetooth version in just a few steps. Read More


OS X El Capitan: how to use the new Mission Control

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 30, 2015

OS X El Capitan now features a redesigned Mission Control that’s smarter and more efficient. Now, all of your apps are easily viewable with just a swipe up gesture on your trackpad. Because OS X now arranges all windows in a single layer,  it’s now easier than ever to see everything that you have open on your Mac.

Mission Control El Capitan also places windows in a position relative to where they currently are on your screen. This makes it easier to quickly locate the specific app that you’re looking for when entering and exiting Mission Control

But that’s not all. Mission Control now allows you to easily place an app on a different desktop or in its own full screen view by simply dragging the app towards the top of the interface. Watch our video walkthrough and see how it all comes together. Read More


How to disable the mouse pointer shake gesture in OS X El Capitan

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 30, 2015

Have you ever woke your Mac up from sleep, and couldn’t find the mouse pointer among the mess of windows and desktop icons. We’ve all been there before.

OS X El Capitan is hoping to help out with that, courtesy of a brand new addition to the OS. It’s certainly not a headline feature, but El Capitan can help you quickly locate your mouse or trackpad pointer by simply shaking your mouse or swiping your finger back and forth on the trackpad in quick succession.

Watch our video inside to see how it works. We’ll also show you where to go to disable the feature in System Preferences.

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How to use 3D Touch on iPhone 6s: a video tutorial

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 26, 2015

3D Touch is the biggest new feature to come to the iPhone 6s, and it brings a whole new interaction paradigm to the iPhone. 3D Touch is possible by means of a new pressure sensitive screen used in Apple’s new iPhone hardware.

By tapping into this new input method, Apple and third-party developers are able to lend users access to quick Home screen shortcuts, in app previews, and quicker access directly to specific pages within an app. Not only is 3D Touch an awesome feature today, but its potential for the future is even more exciting.

In the following video, I’ll share over 15 different points on 3D Touch. Perhaps you’ll find something in this list that you weren’t aware of. Read More


How to update to watchOS 2

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2015

As of a few minutes ago, watchOS 2 is now available for download. If you own an Apple Watch, you can upgrade from watchOS 1 to watchOS 2 and enjoy many of the Apple Watch’s new features. These features include native apps, third-party complications, and much, much more. In this post, we’ll show you how to update your Apple Watch to the latest and greatest. Read More


How to migrate your data from Android to iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

Apple just released its Move to iOS app for Android. This is an app that you can download from the Google Play store that will make it easier for Android users to migrate to iOS.

During the initial iOS 9 setup, users are given the option of how they want to proceed with setup, and migrating from Android is one of those options. If a user selects Move Data from Android, they will then be pointed to the Move to iOS app on their Android device for easy migration.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the full migration process, which involves pairing the two devices together in order to transfer Android user data to your iOS device. Read More


How to search within third-party apps using Spotlight on iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2015

One of the biggest new features found in iOS 9 is the adoption of universal search. Universal search is a new feature that allows you to search for content within apps directly from Spotlight search.

On previous versions of iOS, searching was limited to the web and first party Apple apps pre-installed on iOS. For example, with older version of iOS you could search for contents within the Notes app, but couldn’t do so for third-party note apps.

With iOS 9’s new Spotlight search abilities, you can now search and discover content buried deep within the apps on your iPhone. It makes Spotlight feel truly useful and brand new. Read More


Five ways to prepare for iOS 9

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 15, 2015

Tomorrow, after months of arduous testing, the final version of iOS 9 goes live to the public. Major iOS releases are always a big deal, and as such, it’s best to plan your upgrade strategy beforehand.

If you’re jailbroken, that adds yet another level of complexity to your decision making come go-live day. In this post, I’ll show you how to properly prepare for iOS 9 regardless of whether or not you’re jailbroken. Read More


How to use Time Machine on your Mac – the full roundup

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 29, 2015

Over the last several months, we’ve revisited Time Machine, the backup utility present in OS X. We’ve showed you everything from performing an initial Time Machine setup, to encrypting Time Machine backups, to restoring specific files from those backups.

Time Machine is a great tool that every OS X user should become intimately familiar with, and in this roundup, we’ll revisit each of the topics covered over the last couple of months. Read More


How to move Music or Photos to a new Mac using Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 15, 2015

With Time Machine, it’s easy to restore all of your data back to a new Mac or to a fresh install of OS X. As we outlined previously, users can choose to restore all data, or pick and choose the data that they wish to restore during the initial setup process of OS X, and that includes both music and photos.

Another option is to simply restore the entire Pictures or Music folder via the Time Machine interface. We show you how to do that via this post.

In the following tutorial, we’ll show you another quick and easy way to recover photo or music data from a Time Machine backup—directly from the backup folder on your Time Machine external drive. Read More


How to set up a new Mac from a Time Machine backup

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 1, 2015

One of the primary benefits to using Time Machine is that it allows you to restore your backup on a new Mac or a new OS X installation. This makes it so that you can essentially pick up where you left off from your old machine or old installation.

Fortunately, restoring Time Machine backups to a new Mac is extremely easy and straightforward. In this fifth tutorial in our Time Machine how-to series, we’ll show you how easy it is. Read More


How to create a partition on your Time Machine external hard drive

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 25, 2015

Time Machine is extremely easy to use, and its flexibility makes it a great solution for keeping your Mac backed up safely. But with external drives being as large as they are, you may wish to use some of the space on your Time Machine drive for basic file storage.

There are many ways to go about this, but one of the best ways is to simply create a separate partition on your external drive. By doing this, you have a dedicated partition for file storage, and a dedicated partition for your Time Machine backups.

Although it’s possible to store files on your Time Machine partition, in my opinion, it’s a better practice to keep them separated. In this fourth entry into our Time Machine tutorial series, I’ll show you how simple it is to create a second partition on your Time Machine external drive. Read More


How to update the iOS 9 public beta to iOS 9 beta 4

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 22, 2015

It’s possible to update to the latest developer version of the iOS 9 beta directly from the iOS 9 public beta. If you want the latest and greatest updates offered by iOS 9 beta 4, but you’re currently running the public beta, listen up—it’s super-easy to upgrade to the latest developer version of the iOS 9 beta. Read More


Jailbreak tip: spoof your location in Snapchat to use any geofilter

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2015

Phantom for Snapchat is a popular jailbreak tweak that allows you to supercharge Snapchat with all sorts of bolt on features. It also has the ability to spoof your location.

Snapchat uses your location to present you with custom geofilters, which are basically stickers that you can place on your Snaps that reflect your current location. So, for example, you couldn’t normally add a Paris filter to your Snaps unless you were actually in Paris.

With Phantom’s location spoofing option, it’s possible to snag filters for any location that you desire around the world. It’s super-easy to use as well. We’ll show you how to spoof your location in Snapchat to add custom filters in our video tutorial. Read More


How to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac with PP jailbreak [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 13, 2015

The PP untethered jailbreak for iOS 8.4 is out, and it has been confirmed to work. As we continue to wait on a possible TaiG jailbreak for Mac, the 25PP team is making it so that Mac users can jailbreak now.

Of course, you can always use the virtual machine method for jailbreaking iOS 8.4 using TaiG on Mac, but the PP jailbreak tool is as simple as simple gets for Mac users. Inside, we’ll show you how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8.4 on Mac using PP jailbreak. Read More


How to view and restore specific files using Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 11, 2015

Time Machine is very useful, because not only does it allow you to back up all of your user data, but it also allows you to selectively view and restore portions of that data, even down to individual files.

In this tutorial, the forth in our series about Time Machine, I’m going to show you to how to view and restore an individual file using a Time Machine backup. Read More


How to exclude files from being backed up in Time Machine

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 4, 2015

In our third Time Machine tutorial for OS X, we’ll show you how to exclude specific files from being included in your Time Machine backup. You’ll find that it’s extremely easy to curate your Time Machine backups using its preferences.

The thing that I really like about Time Machine is that you can exclude not only individual files, but entire folders of files as well. Have a look at our easy to use tutorial to find out how you can exclude certain data from becoming a part of your backup. Read More

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