New to Mac? Here’s all the tools in the Mac Utilities folder

macOS Utilities Folder

If you’ve just purchased your first Mac, and especially if you’re coming from Windows, you might be wondering about the Utilities folder. You may see the folder but have yet to open it or you might be looking for a specific tool and don’t realize it’s in that folder.

Whatever the case, we’re here with another in our New to Mac series to help you out! We’ll explain what’s in the Utilities folder and what each tool is for.

How to set up Wireless Audio Sync on Apple TV

Wireless Audio Sync on Apple TV

If you use AirPlay from your Apple TV to your HomePod, AirPlay speakers, or Bluetooth devices, have you ever noticed that the sound seems out of sync? In just a few minutes, you can set up the Wireless Audio Sync on your Apple TV and solve the problem, here’s how.

How to listen with spatial audio on AirPods Pro

The awesome AirPods Pro spatial audio feature lets you create an immersive 3D sound experience so that it seems as if the sound is emanating from all around you, even as your head or device moves. Follow along with us as we show you how to use spatial audio with your AirPods Pro for Movies and TV Shows, as well as adjust the feature's settings to your liking.

How to play a movie or audio across slides in Keynote on Mac and iOS

Keynote iPhone Play Movie Across Slides

When you’re building a slideshow in Keynote, you can get really creative. And depending on whether your presentation is for business or pleasure, you can add and create some terrific effects. You can do things like insert slide transitions and use amazing animations. With Keynote 10.1, you can also add a movie or audio file that plays across your slides.

What’s nice about this feature is that you can set the volume differently on each slide and continue to use your object animations and slide transitions. If you’re ready to spruce up your slideshow with a movie or audio, here’s how to play those files across your slides in Keynote on both Mac and iOS.

How to send an audio message with Siri

Send Audio Messages with Siri on iPad

With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple has given Siri a bit of an update. You’ll notice a more compact Siri that doesn’t take up your whole screen, a feature to always show Siri captions, and the ability to enable transcriptions for Siri requests. Another cool thing Siri can now do you for is send audio messages.

If you’ve tried to ask Siri to send an audio message for you in the past, you would have received a response like, "Sorry, I can’t send audio for you." But you won’t have to see or hear that response from Siri again. Here’s how to send audio messages with Siri on iPhone and iPad.

AlwaysOnHeadphones can improve the call-taking experience on Apple Watch

Having an Apple Watch is convenient for a bevy of reasons, but one of my favorites is having instantaneous access to messages and phone calls from the comfort of my wrist, even when my iPhone isn’t within arm’s reach.

As wonderful as it is, it’s not without its quirks. Perhaps one of the most annoying processes has to do with how you would take Apple Watch-centric phone calls when you have a Bluetooth headset or headphones connected to your iPhone, and a newly released jailbreak tweak called AnswerOnHeadphones by iOS developer CardboardFace aims to fix this once and for all.