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  • How to set up Messages in iCloud in iOS 11

    Open Settings. Tap the Apple ID banner. Tap iCloud. Make sure the switch next to Messages is flipped to the green 'On' position. Tap Apple ID. Tap Settings. Tap Messages. Tap Sync Now to immediately s...

  • How to set up iMessage on your Mac

    How to set up Messages on the Mac Launch Messages from your desktop, dock, or Applications folder. Enter your Apple ID email address and password. If you have two-step or two-factor authentication tur...

  • Add or remove your phone number in Messages or FaceTime

    Set up your phone number These steps work only with the phone number that belongs to your iPhone, not the phone number of a landline or other device. On your iPhone: Go to Settings > Messages and make...

  • Start, pause, and resume a Time Machine backup

    You can have Time Machine perform a backup at any time, even if you don’t have Back Up Automatically selected in Time Machine preferences. Start a backup: Click the Time Machine icon  in the menu bar,...

  • Require a password after waking your Mac

    To keep the information on your Mac secure when you are away from it, set it to require a password when it wakes from sleep. When you return to your Mac, enter your login name and password to continue...

  • Use hot corners to start your screen saver

    If you use a screen saver, it starts automatically after your Mac is inactive for a time. You can set a shortcut so your screen saver also starts when you move the pointer to a corner of the screen. C...

  • Stacks are your shortcut in the Dock

    A stack is a Dock item that gives you fast access to a folder. When you click a Stack, files and folders within spring from the Dock in a fan or a grid. Stacks OS X starts you off with the Downloads s...

  • Use your voice to enter text on your Mac

    Set up Dictation Choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Dictation. Turn on Dictation and choose from these Dictation options: Choose whether to use Enhanced Dictation, ...

  • Use Messages with your Mac

    Messages is the text-messaging software included with your Mac. Use it to send messages from iMessage or other messaging services.   With Messages for Mac, you can send unlimited messages to any Mac, ...

  • Use Notifications on your Mac

    Notifications are a great way for your apps to keep you informed and appear in the upper-right corner of your screen. Learn how to customize alerts and use features like Notification Center and Do Not...