El Capitan Preferences – Tips For Using iCloud, Part 2

Here are more tips for making the most of iCloud on your iOS devices

How to Set up iCloud Keychain

How to turn on (or turn off) iCloud Keychain on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen
  2. Tap on iCloud.
  3. Tap on Keychain.
  4. Toggle iCloud Keychain to On.
  5. You will be asked to either set up an iCloud Keychain password or enter the existing one. You can also choose to verify with another device if you choose.

How to Manually View Credit Card Numbers with iCloud Keychain

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Safari.
  3. Tap on Passwords & AutoFill under the General section.
  4. Tap on either Saved Passwords or Saved Credit Cards.
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El Capitan Preferences – Tips For Using iCloud, Part 1

Here are some tips that will allow you to take full advantage of the features in iCloud on your Mac and iOS devices.

iCloud Email

With iCloud, you can get an @icloud.com email account that’s ad-free, is up to date everywhere you check it, and includes webmail at iCloud.com. Just select Mail in iCloud preferences and follow the onscreen instructions.

iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain will generate and store all your Safari-based passwords and autofill them for you where and as needed. However, there may be times when a website doesn’t allow autofill (for example, at public terminals or shared computers).

iCloud Keychain keeps the following account information up to date across your Mac computers and iOS devices:

  • Website account names and passwords that Safari autofills for you
  • Credit card numbers and expiration dates that Safari autofills for you
  • Most Wi-Fi network names and passwords

iCloud Keychain also keeps account names, passwords, and settings that you add to Internet Accounts preferences up to date on your Mac computers.

Passwords and credit card information are encrypted in your OS X keychain and your iCloud Keychain.

iCloud Keychain requires OS X v10.9 or later or iOS 7.0.3 or later.

Approve a device to use iCloud Keychain

If you set up iCloud Keychain on your Mac, and then you set it up on another device, you may receive a notification on this Mac asking if you want to let the other device use your iCloud Keychain.

Do one of the following:

  • In the notification alert, click View, or
  • In iCloud preferences, click Option to the right of Keychain, then click Details.
  • In the dialog that appears, enter your Apple ID password, then click Allow.

Change how new devices can be approved

After setting up iCloud Keychain on your Mac, you can change whether your iCloud Security Code can be used to approve iCloud Keychain on new devices. You can also change the iCloud Security Code or the phone number used to verify your identity after you use the iCloud Security Code.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  2. Make sure Keychain is on and your Mac is approved.
  3. Click Options next to Keychain, then make changes in the dialog that appears
  4. If you use the fingerprint to open your phone, Keychain will require it before it will open your Keychain info on your iOS device.


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El Capitan Preferences – The Cloud

Here’s the thing about the System Preferences on your Mac – You can use your Mac forever and never change any of the System Preferences from the factory settings.  But when you understand them and can set them to meet your needs you may well find them to be the difference between running your boat with a motor or paddling it.  Find the System Preferences at: Apple icon > System Preferences.

Here is some information and tips for setting the Preferences for iCloud.icloudicon

The first thing you will have to do is decide if you want to use iCloud. A lot of your preferences will involve it so start there first. iCloud lets you back up your computer, and transfer documents from Mac > iOS Device > Mac. Any changes you make to a document once it is in the cloud will be affected on all your Apple devices.

For instance, create a slide show using Keynote and save it to the cloud. It will appear on both your Mac and your iOS device. Make changes to the slide show later on either your Mac or iOS Device and the changes occur everywhere else you are using iCloud.

Because I have iCloud set up, I can get to all my passwords on my iPhone. This works best if you use the fingerprint ID to sign on. No one else can get to my passwords.

Activate iCloud

Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu on your Mac. Click iCloud, enter your Apple ID, and select the services you’d like to enable. Your Apple ID is the ID you use to conduct transactions in iTunes and the App store.


It’s that easy. If you are interested in using iCloud, check out my next posting. I will offer several tips for using iCloud successfully.

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Organizing the Apps on your iPhone The Easy Way

Organizing the apps on your iPhone can be a chore.  Granted, you can click on an app and move it when the x appears at the top left of the icon.  Just  grab that icon and drag and drop it to a new location. The truth is that it can take two or three tries to move an app from one screen to another.

There is an easier way.

Just plug your phone into your computer and open iTunes. On the tool bar for iTunes click on the device icon and select the device you want. Then click on the Apps heading in the sidebar.

Under the Apps heading on the iPhone screen you can remove apps, change their positions on the screens, and even drag entire home screens into a different order. Double click on a screen and it will become large. Click once on an app you want to move and it will be outlined in blue. Grab it at that point and move it. Interestingly, once you grab an app the screen becomes small again so you can see all your screens and move the app. To rearrange screens just select them and drag and drop.


If you have lots of apps, consider organizing them into folders. This is an easy process. Move one app on top of another and a new folder will appear containing those two apps. Add more apps to that folder or create additional ones. You can name the folders and you can put he most important ones on your home screen so that the apps are readily available.

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What To Do If You Forget Your Apple ID or Apple ID Password

Tip is for OS 10.11 – El Capitan

You need your Apple ID more and more these days. That means you also need your Apple ID password. But people have been known to forget those passwords.  (Hint:  Keep them stored in Keychain) And for that matter, people sometimes forget their Apple ID. You can fix both these problems.

Visit iforgot.apple.com

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If you have forgotten your password, enter your Apple ID in the box (red arrow). If you have forgotten your Apple ID, click on the link that says Forgot Apple ID? (green arrow).

For forgotten passwords, once you enter your ID and click, the next window gives you two options.  The first is get an email with instructions sent to your email address that ends in me.com.

The second is to answer security questions.  Choose your option and click continue. Follow the directions for either option.

For forgotten Apple ID, the next window will ask for your name and email address.  Be sure to use the email address associated with your Apple ID account. Continue to follow the directions.


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iOS 9 – Use Your Own Photos As Screen Savers On Your iPhone

This is so easy to do and gives you more personalization of your phone. You select a photo to use as your screen saver. Choose your photo and click on your chosen image. Click on the share button at the bottom of the screen.20151030h

That takes you to the action page that you use to send your pictures by email, messages, etc.  The last option is Use As Wallpaper. Choose it and it is done.


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Deleting Photos On Your iPhone

It took a while for me to figure out how to delete photos on my new iPhone 6s. It is actually easier than it used to be once you know how to do it.

With the Photos app open, choose Albums > Camera Roll. Press down on an image. The image gets bigger. Don’t let go of the image and swipe up. Options appear at the bottom of your screen, allowing you to copy, mark as a favorite, share, or delete. If you choose delete it asks you again before acting. I found that it sometimes took more than one try to get it to work, but perhaps practice will improve that.

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