Articles by Matt Cone
Matt Cone is a technical writer at Fastly. He has experience creating documentation for organizations like Linode and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Matt’s first book, Master Your Mac, was published by No Starch Press. To get in touch with Matt, visit https://www.mattcone.com.
How to Add Another Fingerprint to Touch ID on Your iPhone
May 6, 2022
Entry-level iPhones and older iPhones use Touch ID, a feature that allows you to use your fingerprint for authentication. Instead of typing a password to log in, you can press your finger on the home button to verify your identity. Did you know that you can add another fingerprint to Touch ID on your iPhone? There are several reasons you might want to do this. Maybe you want to start authenticating with your pointer finger instead of your thumb.
How to Force Your MacBook's Battery to Fully Charge
April 13, 2022
Your MacBook ships with a setting called optimized battery charging. This setting is enabled by default and helps your MacBook optimize battery charging and usage. Optimized battery charging helps preserve your MacBook’s battery life, but it also tends to keep your battery charged at 80% capacity. That’s a problem if you’re planning to unplug your MacBook and use it on battery power. Fortunately, there’s a way to temporarily disable this feature and force your MacBook to fully charge the battery.
How to Put Your MacBook in Low Power Mode
March 31, 2022
When you’re away from home and using your MacBook away from an outlet, you’ll want to conserve as much power as possible to keep using your MacBook for as long as possible. You can enable your Mac’s low power mode feature to help automatically conserve power. When this feature is enabled, your Mac will make several adjustments behind the scenes to reduce power consumption. We recommend enabling this setting when flying on an airplane, working at a cafe, or doing any other activities that require you to be away from an a power outlet for an extended period of time.
How to Disable WiFi Calling on Your iPhone
March 29, 2022
Most iPhones come with the WiFi Calling feature enabled by default. This feature allows you to make and receive phone calls using your wireless network instead of your service provider’s cellular network. Unfortunately, the quality of your phone calls may suffer if the WiFi Calling feature is enabled. You can try disabling the feature to improve call quality. Here’s how to disable the WiFi Calling feature on your iPhone: From your iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.
How to Share Your iPad's Location
March 5, 2022
You own an iPad and you need to let someone know where you are. What do you do? Using built-in features on your iPad, you can share your location with family and friends. The Find My app on your iPad allows you to share your iPad’s location with anyone, whether you have previously shared your location with them or not. Here’s how to share your iPad’s location with family and friends:
How to Locate Your iPhone on a Map
March 4, 2022
Did you lose your iPhone? If you enabled Find My iPhone, there’s no need to worry. As long as the iPhone is turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network, you can access a map that pinpoints its exact location. This should be the primary tool in your recovery arsenal, whether you left your iPhone under a couch cushion or on a table at the neighborhood cafe. Here’s how to locate your iPhone on a map:
How to Enable Find My iPhone
March 1, 2022
The iPhone is nothing if not portable. You can carry it with you and use it just about anywhere. It’s great for communicating with others and doing work in cafes, airports, and at the office. But the iPhone’s portability also poses a serious problem: It’s easy to misplace! Apple saw this coming. They created a free utility called Find My iPhone that can detect the location of a lost iPhone with great accuracy, assuming it’s turned on and connected to the internet.
How to Share Your iPhone's Location
February 27, 2022
You own an iPhone and you need to let someone know where you are. What do you do? Using built-in features on your iPhone, you can share your location with family and friends. The Find My app on your iPhone allows you to share your iPhone’s location with anyone, whether you have previously shared your location with them or not. Here’s how to share your iPhone’s location with family and friends:
How to Set Chrome as the Default Web Browser on Mac
February 19, 2022
All new Macs are set to use the Safari web browser by default. If you’d prefer to use Chrome as your default web browser, you can change the default web browser on your Mac in a few easy steps. Setting Chrome as the default web browser tells your Mac to open Chrome when you click links in other applications, like the Mail or Calendar application. Here’s how to set Chrome as the default web browser on your Mac:
How to Use Apple Pay in Safari for Mac
February 18, 2022
Apple Pay has revolutionized how people pay for physical and digital goods. With a couple taps of your finger, you can effortlessly pay for virtually anything. Most people associate Apple Pay with their iPhone or Apple Watch, but you can also use Apple Pay on your Mac if you use the Safari web browser. Many websites, like Etsy, support Apple Pay as a checkout method — in many cases you don’t even have to sign in to the website to make a purchase.