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Tips, Troubleshooting and How-To Guides for Mac/OS X/iOS Users
About Thunderbolt, HDMI, USB 3.0, WiFi/Bluetooth, AirPrint, AirPlay, FaceTime, iCloud, OS X Troubleshooting, more.
Last Updated: Jan. 17, 2017 (docs on MBP Touchbar)
(Previous Updates: Tip for Can't boot from external drive in 10.12.2 or later
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 having used older Mac OS's and wanting to learn more about later OS X versions, 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 OS X problems, backups, restoring, reinstalling OS X, and installing OS X on an external drive.

This page also has links to Apple FAQs and Guides on HDMI, Audio, AirPlay, iTunes, 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 Some articles have been archived but may still be useful for users of previous OS X versions.)


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Basics/Apps | Printing | WiFi & BlueTooth | Audio/Video/iTunes | Internet/Browsers/Mail | Facetime | AirPlay | AirDrop

OS X Security | Backups/Time Machine | HomeSharing | Displays/TV | Apple TV | iCloud | Migrating Files from a Mac/PC

Diagnostics | OS X Troubleshooting | Reinstalling OS X | Mac Startup Problems | Mac Ports & Adapters | Apple RAID Cards


(FYI: An alternative to using Bootcamp (for those that don't need maximum performance) is running Windows (or other OS) on a Mac via a "Virtual Machine" using OS X compatible VM software like Parallels Desktop, Fusion or (freeware) VirtualBox. Check requirements for the VM -and- for the software/app you plan to use with the VM OS. The VM software vendor's user forums are also worth checking for info on compatibility/problems/performance. There are also some 'emulators' (i.e. Crossover, Wine) that may be useful, but generally have more limited compatibility compared to running the full OS.)



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. (D/L still working as of 7/7/2014.)



AppleCare and Warranty Help:



Apple Homekit Related Help:

Info for Hardware and Software developers at developer.apple.com/homekit.



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


iPhone Activation and Unlocking


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

What to Do Before Sending your Mac in for Repair


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



Apple Watch Related:


Touch ID Related Topics


Apple Pay Setup on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch


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