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 Scan a QR Code with Your iPhone

  August 7, 2021

Quick Response (QR) codes are everywhere. These codes provide easy access to text and websites, but you have to scan the QR codes first to visit the see the text or visit the website. You can scan QR codes with your iPhone to reveal the text or website address. Here’s how to scan a QR code with your iPhone: From the home screen, open the Camera app. Point your iPhone’s camera at the QR code, as shown below.

How to Enable Lossless Audio on Your iPhone

  August 3, 2021

Apple recently announced a feature that allows Apple Music subscribers to listen to lossless audio on their iPhones. This is a free feature and improves the sound quality of the music you listen to. What is lossless audio? According to Apple: Most audio compression techniques lose some amount of data contained in the original source file. Lossless compression is a form of compression that preserves all of the original data.

How to View Lyrics in Apple Music on Your iPhone

  August 1, 2021

If you use Apple Music on your iPhone to listen to songs, you might be surprised to learn that you can view song lyrics right in the Apple Music application. Lyrics are available for most of the songs in Apple Music. Apple Music also has a feature that allows you to share lyrics with a friend, much like how it allows you to share a playlist with a friend. Here’s how to view lyrics in Apple Music on your iPhone:

How to Cancel Apple TV

  July 31, 2021

Apple TV+ is Apple’s paid television service. Similar to other services like Netflix and Disney Plus, Apple TV is one of the newest streaming services that lets you watch original content on your Mac, iPhone, Apple TV, and other Apple devices. Since Apple TV is a subscription-based service, you will be billed for it monthly until you cancel your subscription. You can use your iPhone to cancel your Apple TV subscription at any time.

How to Use an iPhone in Airplane Mode

  July 27, 2021

Flying somewhere with your iPhone? You may need to learn about an important iOS feature called Airplane Mode. Turn this setting on, and your iPhone may be compliant with regulations that prohibit the use of certain wireless technologies while the aircraft is flying. This tutorial provides a comprehensive look at Airplane Mode and how you can use an iPhone on an aircraft. What is Airplane Mode? When you enable Airplane Mode, your iPhone disconnects from any cellular and wireless networks and stops trying to automatically reconnect to those networks.

How to Use an iPad in Airplane Mode

  July 25, 2021

Flying somewhere with your iPad? You may need to learn about an important iOS feature called Airplane Mode. Turn this setting on, and your iPad may be compliant with regulations that prohibit the use of certain wireless technologies while the aircraft is flying. This tutorial provides a comprehensive look at Airplane Mode and how you can use an iPad on an aircraft. What is Airplane Mode? When you enable Airplane Mode, your iPad disconnects from any cellular and wireless networks and stops trying to automatically reconnect to those networks.

How to Set File Permissions on a Mac

  July 24, 2021

Your Mac uses permissions to restrict access to applications, files, and folders. Utilizing this security control can help protect your data from unauthorized access. Whether you use your Mac in public places or share it with other users, you may want to change the permissions on your documents to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of your data. Of course, it can be difficult to strike a balance between convenience and security when using permissions.

How to Check Your iPhone's Storage

  July 22, 2021

Your iPhone has a finite amount of storage space and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to check your iPhone’s total and available storage space. You can also use a feature built into your iPhone to see which apps are taking up the most space. The feature allows you to “offload” apps and delete them if necessary. Here’s how to check your iPhone’s storage space:

How to Download Music to Your iPhone

  July 22, 2021

If you use the Apple Music streaming service to listen to music on your iPhone, you may be interested in learning that there’s a way to download that music to your iPhone for offline listening. Downloading music to your iPhone might be useful if you live in a place with spotty cellular coverage, or if you’re planning to fly somewhere with your iPhone in airplane mode. Here’s how to download music to your iPhone:

Show Only Downloaded Music on Your iPhone

  July 21, 2021

I use Apple Music and I love it. Being able to stream and download music to an iPhone over a wireless or cellular connection is priceless. But there is one time when I don’t want to stream music at all: when I’m using my iPhone in airplane mode or when I’m in an area with no cellular or wireless connectivity. That’s because Apple Music displays all of my music in one big list, and I can’t tell which music is downloaded to my iPhone - that’s the music I can play without network connectivity - and which music that is currently stored on Apple’s servers - that’s the music I can’t play without network connectivity.



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