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Last Updated: May 15, 2019 (Added mitigations info to Security Topics)
(Previous Updates: - Article on Aperture support/migration to Photos or Lightroom Classic
macOS 10.14 Mojave Info/Tips, eGPU support and "Metal" supported Macs
HomePod tips, Secure boot/Startup Security Utility, macOS High Sierra and APFS drive format,
Apple TV 4K HDR/Dolby Vision, Tip for Can't boot from external drive in Sierra or later, Touch ID/Face ID,
Apple TV topic added doc on Single sign-on, Thunderbolt, HomeKit, Wi-Fi topics updated
Updated Boot Camp, Apple Music, Photos App, Homekit, AppleCare, Apple Watch topics)


For new Mac owners, or anyone wanting to learn more about later macOS versions/features, here is a listing of Apple's Mac Basics How-To articles, Specs, FAQs and Tips for Mac and OS X Users. (iOS info also added.) Includes guides to troubleshooting problems, backups, restoring, reinstalling OS X, and more.

This page also has links to Apple FAQs and Guides on HDMI, Audio, AirPlay, iTunes, Apple TV, CD/DVD sharing, USB, Apple Display Adapters, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, USB, Firewire, Tips for iOS/iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch users and a list of Airport Utility and Firmware Updates for Apple Base Stations and Time Capsules. (Also tips/guides on using Boot Camp to run Windows on a Mac.)

Plus important tips on what to do with your personal files/data before selling or donating your Mac or iPhone/iPad, and what to do if your Apple product is lost or stolen (and beforehand).

(Note: If you get a 'file not found' (404) on a link, try again later as article may be in process of being updated. It may also be removed. Apple's CDN network has been frustrating at times, including access denied errors. Some articles have been archived but may still be useful for users of previous OS X versions.)


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Diagnostics | Troubleshooting | Reinstall OS X | Startup Problems | Ports & Adapters | Apple RAID Cards | Fusion Drives






Apple Firmware Restoration CD Downloads
These are for use when a firmware update fails (not to revert to a previous version). Each has a list of compatible Mac models.

The Firmware Restore CD v1.4 doc links to an even older v1.3, but the link 404's. In case anyone really needs it, here's the (Archived) Software License Agreement for Firmware Restoration CD 1.3 that has a D/L link. (Update: D/L link now redirects to Apple Support home as of May 2017.)



AppleCare and Warranty Help:



Health App Related


Forgot Passcode for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch?


What to Do If your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, or Mac is Lost or Stolen (and Before)



Apple AirPods Help and Tips:


iPhone Activation and Unlocking


Before Selling or Giving Away your Mac or iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

What to Do Before Sending your Mac or iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch in for Repair


Cleaning your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Display, Keyboard or Apple accessory



Apple Watch Related:


Touch ID and Face ID Related Topics


Apple Pay Setup on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch


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