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XDA Basics: How to Transfer Files between Android and Windows PC

Android provides a lot of ways to transfer files to and from a Windows PC. While some methods involve using a USB cable, others are wireless. If you’re struggling to transfer a file from Android to Windows, or vice versa, the methods mentioned below will be useful. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explain all the...

XDA Basics: How to change the default web browser on iOS

Safari is Apple's web browser across its major operating systems -- iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. According to the company's tests, this browser is faster and more energy-efficient than its popular rivals. However, some users depend on other ones for various reasons. For example, certain people use Google Chrome on iPhone to sync their bookmarks and...

XDA Basics: How to install and use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone

Apple's built-in iPhone keyboard doesn't get a lot of attention and love. Every once in a while, the company will tweak its design or add a major feature, such as typing by swiping. Otherwise, the set of keys millions of us depend on every day to communicate remains the same. iOS has supported third-party keyboards...

XDA Basics: How to unlock your Face ID iPhone with Apple Watch when masked

The Apple Watch is a great fitness tracker that comes loaded with features, both useful and gimmicky ones. A favorite feature of mine is unlocking my Mac with my Apple Watch. A similar feature Apple has brought to iOS is unlocking your Face ID iPhone with the Apple Watch when masked. This is particularly useful...

XDA Basics: How to erase all content and settings on macOS Monterey

For the longest time, erasing all content and settings on macOS was a hassle. There was no simple process to return your Mac to its original, "out-of-box" state. On iOS there has always been an option for that -- making preparing an iPhone for resale a convenient process. Apple has finally added a similar option...

XDA Basics: How to format an SD card on a Mac

Apple computers -- Macs -- are known for their premium builds and capability. Take the new MacBook Pro models as an example; they're extremely powerful, energy efficient, and merely unrivaled. It's important to keep your Mac protected from scratches and dust, so take a look on our list of best MacBook Pro cases. SD cards...

XDA Basics: How to use the new 2FA code generator on iOS 15

For years, iPhone users had to depend on third-party apps to generate 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) codes. These codes act as an extra security layer for online accounts. When you enable 2FA, websites and apps will ask you to type an expiring, one-time code. The prompt typically appears after entering your email/username and password correctly. These...

XDA Basics: How to check your iPhone’s battery health

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are consumables that have limited lifespans. When a battery degrades, a full charge won't last you as long as that on a new battery. The lifespan of a lithium-ion battery has a set number of full recharging cycles. After you cross that certain number, the battery will need replacement. Otherwise, your iPhone...

XDA Basics: How to set a silent but vibrating alarm on your Apple Watch

Most people I know struggle with waking up early in the morning. Our loud alarms can make the process even harder and more unpleasant. I'm aware there are soft alarms out there that aren't as bad. However, some of us find them startling as well. There are also people who live with others who don't...

XDA Basics: How to set up and use an Apple AirTag on iPhone

Earlier this year, Apple released its Find My Network-enabled trackers — AirTags. These coin-sized devices help you find lost or stolen items by piggybacking other Apple devices. So when an internet-connected iPhone user passes by an AirTag, the two devices will communicate. This is what updates the AirTag’s status and location on Apple’s servers and...

XDA Basics: How to use the Hide My Email feature on iOS 15

Apple revealed iOS 15 back in June, during its opening WWDC21 keynote. This release was then made available to the public in September, after months of beta testing. One of the new features that it brings is Hide My Email. It's an exclusive feature for iCloud+ subscribers using the latest Apple OS. Hide My Email...

XDA Basics: How to edit or combine PDF files on a Mac

Apple revealed the new MacBook Pro 2021 during its Unleashed Mac event last month. If you own a MacBook Pro, make sure to protect it with a case. macOS is a great operating system for productivity, especially handling documents. However, dealing with PDF files isn't as straightforward as a Pages document. So here's how to edit...