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Thanksgiving tech support: Essential iOS and macOS tips and tricks to give your relative’s devices a tune-up

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The United States is celebrating Thanksgiving today. Many Americans are preparing for family gatherings, watching football games, enjoying their free time on the holidays, and looking for bargains as Christmas shopping approaches. If you’re a “technician” on , someone might ask you for help with an iPhone or Mac. Here are some tips to help you run better!

Get the latest versions of iOS and macOS

If you have family members running iOS 13 or earlier versions of macOS, Thanksgiving is a great time to update them. Receive all the latest features of iOS 16 and watchOS 9 and stay up to date even longer thanks to automatic updates.

All of Apple’s fall operating system updates have been rolled out long enough to make it safe to upgrade. Keep in mind – the current version is the most secure on the market, so we recommend keeping your family up to date with these patches and fixes.

Make sure your system is backed up before updating to macOS Ventura. More on this later. If you only do one thing at Thanksgiving tech support, you should check for updates (even more so than peeling a potato).

Make sure iCloud is set up


iCloud Shared Photo Library

If you want to check your family’s devices, make sure you’re signed in with your iCloud account before doing anything else. It may seem silly, but I’ve seen it with my own eyes. In 2022, someone may be able to use iOS without iCloud.

To see if your family members are signed in to iCloud, tap[設定]>[iCloud]Go to. While you’re in that section, scroll down and make sure you’ve recently completed a backup. If not, start a manual backup now and let it complete before upgrading iOS.

After confirming that iCloud Photos is enabled, return to the main screen and check if your iCloud account has enough space. With your photo library backed up to iCloud, losing your device isn’t as bad as forgetting where you left your charger.

On macOS, iCloud must be enabled (Apple logo >[システム環境設定]>[iCloud]). Then open the Photos app so that it syncs correctly.

If you want to be adventurous, we recommend enabling iCloud photo sharing.

Time Machine and cloud backup

Your family may not have an external hard drive, but you should strongly encourage them to back up their Macs regularly.Amazon offers many products affordable external Time Machine-friendly drive.

If they don’t have a drive, you’ll have to ask them order And set it to Christmas. To check that Time Machine is working,[システム環境設定]>[Time Machine]Go to.

If you don’t have a Time Machine backup and need one, I can recommend a service like Backblaze. Only $70 a year. I have several colleagues who don’t want to deal with having to remember to plug in an external drive to make a backup. back blazeBackblaze automatically backs up all the files on your Mac or PC. Offsite backups are especially important in case of fire, flood, or theft. Once installed, you don’t need to do anything else.

Check your Chrome extension

Chrome is a popular browser among Mac users thanks to its easy syncing with PCs and robust extension ecosystem. We often see PC owners downloading bloatware, but fortunately such add-ons are relatively easy to remove.

[ウィンドウ]>[拡張機能]Go to. Look for anything unusual (such as PDF converters) and remove it. You can also change the default home page (duck duck go is the safest option). If your significant other is complaining about constant pop-ups while trying to browse the web, it’s probably caused by an extension that installed its own search engine. Be sure to include this tech support in your Thanksgiving dinner.

General macOS cleanup

macOS is pretty safe, but you can still get malware by clicking on random pop-up ads telling you to download a new flash player or something. My favorite tool for cleaning up malware is malware bytes Also CleanMyMac XMalwarebytes is free to download and will have paid options for automatic scans in the future. If you want to run a quick scan and remove it, you can do so for free.

If you need to do general maintenance, delete large files to free up space, or uninstall an application, check out: CleanMyMac XThis is the best macOS maintenance tool on the market. Great for cleaning up space, uninstalling unused apps, and more.

Discuss Wi-Fi upgrades

More and more people are asking how to improve their home Wi-Fi connection. You may have 60 devices connected to your home network at any given time. Mostly his HomeKit-enabled devices and accessories, but also computers, iPhones and iPads.

i am using Aero Pro 6E I work from home so in my house Erotic 6 The model would be a great upgrade.here is my complete reviewIf your family complains about poor Wi-Fi at home while working remotely, you can safely recommend eero.

Thanksgiving tech support roundup

With all your friends and family ready for the new year, it’s time to back up your devices, update them, and make sure they’re malware-free. Avoid controversial topics like web and native apps. It’s Thanksgiving.

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