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Tip: How to recover deleted files from iCloud on your Mac or iOS device

Tip: How to recover deleted files from iCloud on your Mac or iOS device

Many of our files are now hosted from inside of iCloud and you may not even know it. Not only does it this make them available on all your devices, but files can actually be recovered should they ever be deleted —at least most of the time.

Restore iCloud Files

Before you get your hopes up about recovering that long-gone term paper, there are as series of caveats that accompany iCloud file recovery. First, is understanding which files are actually housed in iCloud. Second is being within the recovery window. And third, is knowing from which devices recovery can be accessed cleanly —and how.

Starting with which files live inside iCloud, it can be a bit fuzzy. On recent versions of macOS, Apple syncs your Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud, making them available on the web and your iOS devices. Any files in those two locations can be synced to iCloud, assuming it is turned on.

Other files live there as well, such as those of popular apps such as Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Just Press Record, Affinity Photo, and many more. When files are saved in the default folders, any of these files could be potentially recoverable.

Our second qualifying factor is the timetable. Any files that were stored on iCloud get moved into iCloud’s trash, which keeps files for 30 days. If you delete a recording in Just Press Record, you’ve got about a month to recover it before it is lost forever.

Third, you have to be on a specific device to access to iCloud’s hidden trash depot — namely, a computer. Any iOS device — be it iPhone or iPad — is generally unable to access, which is where Apple keeps the list of deleted files. Therefore, you’be got to be on a Mac or PC to be able to find them. Some files can be restored using an iOS device and the Files app, but we will touch on that in a bit.

On the Mac

With that out of the way, let’s take a look.

  • First, head to and sign in

  • Next, click on the gear icon to access the iCloud Settings web app

  • Scroll to the bottom, and on the left you will see an option to Restore Files. Click that.

  • A window will appear, showing you all of your recently deleted files. Select the check boxes next to the files you’d like to restore, and tap Restore.

That is all you need to do!

There are additional nuances that may help along the way, such as sorting the files by date deleted, name, or size. It is also good to know that iCloud’s recovery feature is also painfully slow. Slowly but surely, your files will appear in their original locations.

iOS limitations

Whenever you head to you are presented with an explainer that outlines the abilities of iCloud but doesn’t give you the option to sign in. You can hold the refresh button in the navigation bar and tap Request Desktop Site, but it is certainly not a mobile-optimized experience, nor in our testing did it work for file recovery every time.

If you head to the Files app, there is an option for recently deleted files, but it does limit you to files that were deleted on your iOS device.

Ones ability to recover deleted files from iCloud is not going to be a full replacement for a real backup, which you absolutely should still have. (Note: check out AppleInsider’s guide on how and why you should be backing up your Mac)

If you’ve ever inadvertently moved a file from your desktop or documents folder to the trash and emptied it, then soon regretted it, you may not completely be out of luck. While slow, iCloud’s file recovery feature can easily be a lifesaver. 

iPhone XS/XR: Force reset, DFU mode, SOS, and more

iPhone XS/XR: How to force restart iPhone XS, enter DFU mode, recovery mode, and more

If you’ve recently upgraded from a device like an iPhone 8, iPhone 7, or older iPhone, you’ve likely noticed how different it is to use a phone that lacks a physical Home button. But what about basic iPhone reset functions like how to force restart iPhone XS, or even more advanced functions like entering Recovery or DFU mode? All of these functions previously required Home button input, so methods have changed with the latest crop of new iPhones.

In this post and hands-on video walkthrough, we show you everything you need to know about performing these functions on your iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

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Three essential buttons

There are three physical hardware buttons on the new iPhones: A Volume Down button, Volume Up button, and a Side button. You can perform a variety of functions with your iPhone using various combinations of those three buttons. What you won’t see is a Home button, a staple of the iPhone’s design up until the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

How to power off iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button + either Volume button until the slide to power off dialogue appears.

Step 2: Release the buttons, and swipe right on the slide to power off dialogue and the phone will power off.

Video walkthrough

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How to power on iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Step 1: Press the power button once, and it will power on.

Note: You don’t have to hold the power button to turn on the device if it’s truly powered off and has enough battery.

How to force restart iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Note: Each of the following steps should be performed in quick succession to successfully force restart iPhone XS, XR, X, etc. Watch the video above for an example on how to force restart iPhone XS.

Step 1: Press and release the Volume Up button.

Step 2: Press and release the Volume Down button.

Step 3: Press and hold the Side button and continue to hold until the device reboots.

How to enter recovery mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Note: Steps 2-4 should be performed in quick succession. Watch the video above for an example.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac (or PC with iTunes installed) using a Lightning to USB cable.

Step 2: Press and release the Volume Up button.

Step 3: Press and release the Volume Down button.

Step 4: Press and hold the Side button and continue to hold as the device reboots.

Step 5: Even after the Apple logo appears, continue holding the Side button.

Step 6: Release the Side button after you see the Connect to iTunes logo and dialogue.

Step 7: Launch iTunes, and you’ll be presented with a message to acknowledge your connected iOS device in Recovery Mode. You’ll then be given options to update or restore your iPhone’s software.

How to exit Recovery mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button until the Connect to iTunes logo disappears. You iPhone will then reboot back to normal.

How to enter DFU mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Note: Steps 2-4 should be performed in quick succession. Watch the video above for an example on how to enter DFU mode on iPhone XS. 

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac (or PC with iTunes installed) using a Lightning to USB cable.

Step 2: Press and release the Volume Up button.

Step 3: Press and release the Volume Down button.

Step 4: Press and hold the Side button for 10 seconds until the iPhone’s screen turns black

Step 5: While continuing to hold the Side button, press and hold the Volume Down button for 5 seconds, and then release the Side button while continuing to hold the Volume Down button for an additional 10 seconds. The screen should remain black if performed correctly.

Step 6: Open iTunes, and you should see a message stating that “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.”

How to exit DFU mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Exiting DFU mode is a bit more involved than exiting normal Recovery mode.

Step 1: Press and release the Volume Up button.

Step 2: Press and release the Volume Down button.

Step 3: Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

Note: You can also use this same method to exit out of Recovery mode.

How to temporarily disable Face ID on iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button + either Volume button.

Step 2: Tap the Cancel button.

You’ll be required to enter your iPhone’s passcode to reenable Face ID.

How to invoke Emergency SOS on iPhone XS, iPhone XR or iPhone X

Note: Emergency SOS will contact emergency authorities and send a text message with your location to your emergency contacts. Obviously, this should only be used in the case of a real emergency.

Step 1: Press and hold the Side button + either Volume button.

Step 2: Continue holding these buttons as the Emergency SOS countdown continues or slide the SOS button on the Emergency SOS slider.


If you’re coming from an older device like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, or iPhone 8, then it may take a while to get used to the new mechanics to force restart iPhone XS, enter recovery mode, etc. Because the Home button no longer exists on newer devices like the iPhone X, iPhone XS and XS Max, and iPhone XR, Apple had to come up with an alternative method. I recommend bookmarking this page, as it’ll serve as a good memory refresh in case you ever need to force restart iPhone XS, or perform any of the aforementioned functions.

For more details on the iPhone XS, be sure to watch our hands-on video as we discuss the device’s top new features and changes. Be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more videos.

Getting started with Apple’s new Shortcuts app

Getting started with Apple’s new Shortcuts app

Siri Shortcuts may seem complicated at first, but you’ll be running it like a boss in no time at all.

Now that iOS 12 has launched, the rest of the iPhone using world can check out and start using the Shortcuts app, bringing the ability to build scriptable custom shortcuts to iOS that can be added to Siri or run from your device.

This app is the result of Apple’s acquisition of Workflow, an automation app that let users take advantage of their phone’s potential capabilities as a computer while also connecting apps together in new ways.

What is

As we mentioned in our Siri Shortcuts FAQ, the dedicated Shortcuts app coming to everyone with iOS 12 that lets you go deeper into Shortcuts beyond the suggestions or voice commands.

Building off the shortcuts feature which already allows for actions to be taken on-device or with Siri using your voice, the Shortcuts app lets you build multi-step shortcuts that combine multiple steps you might take on your phone into one flow of actions.

This app is like a visual programming language, letting you tell your computer what to do ahead of time by building it from individual pieces like a Lego set letting which you can organize into a sequence using drag-and-drop. Then, you can trigger the advanced shortcut by running it in the Shortcuts app, with your voice, or anywhere else Siri Suggestions show up (on the Lock Screen, in Spotlight, and on Siri face for Apple Watch).

While most shortcuts are single tasks taking you into an app or doing something like ordering coffee, the Shortcuts app combines these will new actions that can be mixed-and-matched to get an endless combination of different results.

The actions that are available for you to use in Shortcuts include the new Siri Suggestions of shortcuts offered by apps, but they also have the ability to perform deeper functions using the features of Apple’s default apps like:

  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Documents
  • Health
  • Maps
  • Music
  • Photos, and
  • Safari

Not only will you be able to do things like order from the Philz app as Apple demoed at WWDC, but you can also do things like gather recent photos, combine them into a GIF, and share it out to Messages in one tap.

Going even further, these actions can enable programming-type functionality including (but not limited to):

  • Operating on text or dates to change it into a different format,
  • Adding scripting options to repeat through items or change depending on different conditions, and
  • Sharing back to other apps on your device (or even the web)

With these features, you can do a whole variety of things like build email templates, find all the recent music you’ve listened to and great a grid of album artwork, or even interact with web services like Dark Sky to retrieve information from online databases (and much, much more).

If you’re new to this, there is an almost overwhelming amount of potential here. You can make simple little tools that accomplish a single task for you quickly, or you can go hog-wild and built a suite of mini-apps that serve your needs exactly – there’s a lot to learn here.

Starting out with the Shortcuts app

Once you have access to Shortcuts, the app consists of two main screens – your Library of shortcuts and the curated Gallery that shows pre-made shortcuts you can add and try out.

If you had Workflow already installed and have created workflows, those will be imported into Shortcuts automatically so you don’t have to add them manually.

Exploring what’s possible

If you’re new to Shortcuts, however, I suggest looking through the Gallery and browsing the collections to see what’s possible – they’re organized by topic, app, or use case, plus there are banner pages at the top with larger groups of collections.

You can tap on a shortcut to see its description, where you can tap “Get Shortcut” to add it to your Library to use later. Or, you can tap Show Actions and get a preview of the steps included in that workflow, which helps you get a better sense of what’s happening if you’re curious to learn more.

How to run shortcuts

Once you’ve added some shortcuts, you can run them by tapping on them once in the Library view. The shortcut will run in the background, completing its steps and moving through each action in a row until the shortcut is finished and your task is complete.

These shortcuts will only operate inline, however, if they don’t include any prompts for the user – if you’re prompted to pick from a list of options or enter text in the course of the shortcut running, that will pop up on top and you can continue there.

You can also add a custom voice command so that can you run that shortcut with Siri by tapping Add to Siri in the shortcut’s settings and speaking your prompt out loud.

Adding actions to a custom shortcut

In order to edit a shortcut that’s been added to your library, tap on the ellipsis (dot dot dot) in the top right corner of a shortcut and you’ll enter the Shortcuts Composer view, wherein you can re-order the sequence of actions, add new ones, or change the details of an action if available. (Adding a new shortcut will immediately take you to the Shortcuts Composer).

Once you’re in the composer view, you can add new actions to the flow using the expandable drawer and search field at the bottom of the screen.

If you pull up on the grab handle, you’ll be presented with suggested actions to use in your shortcut – these are grouped by app/category, so you’ll likely see Calendar, Maps, and Sharing at first.

But if you tap in the Search field, you’ll be presented with a full list of the available action groups:

  • Favorites
  • Siri Suggestions
  • Scripting
  • a Content Types section for each type of content made by Apple’s default apps
    • an Apps section with actions from any third-party apps you have installed.

For each action available in Shortcuts, you’ll see the icon, title, short description, and an info button to learn more.

If you tap the action once, it’ll be added in the next available spot in your current shortcut. If you tap the Info icon, the drawer will be expanded to show buttons for Favorite and Add to this shortcut, as well as a description and more details about how the action operates.

We’ll get into just exactly how Shortcuts work, how actions operate and pass content in between each step, and some tips for learning more in another article.

But for now, you should know that in between actions inside a shortcut, content can be passed as input/result into/out of the action step, usually represented by the vertical line connecting the two. (This is partially where the original name Workflow came from, as content flows from one action to the next).

Start testing what’s possible

Getting started with Shortcuts is understandably overwhelming – you’ve got quick pre-built tools you can already use, a whole new suite of apps to utilize and interact with, and a new visual programming tool that you can start to dig into.

I suggest starting small – look through all the actions available, browse the gallery, and start running some shortcuts to see what happens (if you run it from the compose view, you’ll see each step occur one-by-one).

Start experimenting with new shortcuts using only a handful of actions – Get Recent Bursts, Make GIF, and Quick Look will let you instantly turn a recent burst into a GIF in one tap, for example, which is in no way easy on iOS currently.

And there’s a whole community to explore – we shared some links in our Siri Shortcuts FAQ as well.

I also suggest reading the recently updated Workflow documentation from Apple or the previous version still available on the Internet Archive (written by yours truly when I worked at Workflow before it was acquired).

Otherwise, there’s a whole new world of automation that you can start exploring. There will likely be a lot of trial-and-error if you’re doing deeper shortcuts programming, but once you get beyond the learning curve the sky is the limit right now.

We’ll be covering much more here on iMore, and if you have any questions you can ask @iMore or me directly at @mattcassinelli and I’d be happy to help. Also check out my YouTube channel where I’m producing videos to help you learn the Shortcuts app.

iPhone & iPad: How to use Do Not Disturb for Messages

iPhone & iPad: How to use Do Not Disturb for Messages

Whether you’re in a group iMessage or SMS, the notifications can be insane at times. In certain situations, you don’t want to leave the group, especially when its family, but at the same time you don’t want to keep getting spammed with notifications. So, there’s the next best thing: Do Not Disturb for individual message threads.

DND for Messages lets you mute individual threads without muting all of your incoming notifications. Follow along as we walk you through how to enable DND for individual message threads.

iPhone & iPad: How to use Do Not Disturb for Messages

  1. Open the Messages app on iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap into the message thread in question.
  3. In iOS 11 or earlier tap the i icon in the top right. In iOS 12 or later, tap the avatars at the top to show more details and then tap info.
  4. Flip the switch next to Hide Alerts.

DND for Messages is a great tool if there’s a specific thread (single or group) that is sending way too many notifications while you’re busy. Unlike leaving a group message, you can still reply and interact after enabling this feature.

For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:

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How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone or Mac

How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone or Mac

How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone or Mac

FaceTime calls are a great way to stay in touch with people you care about, whether on an iOS device or a Mac. However, what do you do if you want to save those special moments? Luckily, using your Mac, you can record those calls to view later.

Here’s how you can record FaceTime calls taken on both Mac and iPhone.

  • How to record a FaceTime call on your Mac
  • How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone using your Mac
  • How to use third-party software to record a FaceTime call

How to record a FaceTime call on your Mac

If you’re looking to record a FaceTime call on your Mac, you can use QuickTime’s screen recording feature to your advantage.

  1. Open QuickTime on your Mac from your dock or your Applications folder.
  2. Click File in the Menu bar.

    Open QuickTime, click File

  3. Click New Screen Recording.
  4. Click the arrow next to the record button in the QuickTime window.

    Click New Screen Recording, click arrow

  5. Choose Internal Microphone from the list of available microphones.
  6. Open FaceTime.

    Click Internal Microphone, open FaceTime

  7. Click the record button in QuickTime.
  8. Click the screen to record your whole screen, or click and drag over the FaceTime window to only record FaceTime.

    Click Record, click screen or drag

  9. Start your FaceTime call.
  10. Click the Stop Recording button in the Menu bar.

    Start FaceTime call, click Stop Recording

  11. Click File in the Menu bar.
  12. Click Save.

    Click File, click Save

  13. Give your recording a name.
  14. Choose where you want to save your recording.

    Name recording, choose save destination

  15. Click Save.

    Click Save

How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone using your Mac

First things first: don’t. Since you can’t record your screen natively on your iPhone anyway, you need a Mac for this, and you can already record FaceTime calls on your Mac (I mean, you are reading this whole guide, right?).

However, if you insist on recording a FaceTime call on your iPhone using your Mac, here’s how.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with a Lightning cable or 30-pin connector.
  2. Open QuickTime on your Mac from your dock or Applications folder.
  3. Click File in the Menu bar.

    Open QuickTime, click File

  4. Click New Movie Recording.
  5. Click the arrow next to the record button in the QuickTime window.

    Click New Movie Recording, click arrow

  6. Choose your iPhone from the list of available cameras.
  7. Unlock your iPhone. Its display should now appear in QuickTime on your Mac.

    Choose iPhone from menu, unlock your iPhone

  8. In QuickTime for Mac, make sure the volume bar is turned up. Otherwise, you won’t be able to hear your call, and what would even be the point?
  9. Open FaceTime on your iPhone.

    Turn up volume in QuickTime, open FaceTime

  10. Click the Record button in QuickTime on your Mac.
  11. Place your FaceTime call on your iPhone.

    Click Record, place FaceTime call

  12. Click the Stop button in QuickTime to stop recording when you’ve finished your call.
  13. Click File in the Menu bar.

    Click Stop, click File

  14. Click Save.
  15. Give your recording a name.

    Click Save, pick a name for recording

  16. Choose where you want to save your recording.
  17. Click Save.

    Choose save location, click Save

How to use third-party software to record a FaceTime call

If you want your recorded FaceTime calls to look a little more polished, Ecamm’s Call Recorder for FaceTime not only lets you record your default FaceTime window, but it also offers basic audio editing after you record, repositioning of the call window, and split-screen or side-by-side modes. It’s often the better option if you’re recording your FaceTime calls for professional use or YouTube uploads.

Ecamm’s Call Recorder for FaceTime


Let us know if you have any questions about recording FaceTime calls in the comments below.

Update July 2018: These are still the right steps for recording FaceTime calls.

How to type the Apple logo symbol on iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, Windows & more

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Your devices support entering the familiar Apple logo symbol with keyboard shortcuts.

Check out what this character looks like typed out: 

Some people will find entering the Apple logo symbol an indispensable feature for renaming products like in Apple’s marketing materials, such as Pay or Music,. Others may be content with saving a few characters on social media apps like Twitter and Instagram.

As you’ve likely noticed by now, your Mac’s keyboard lacks a dedicated Apple symbol key even though this special character is actually available to type on your devices.

The Apple logo symbol codes

The Apple logo character renders properly across any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV or Apple Watch. It can be typed on iOS, macOS and tvOS devices. On watchOS, the Dictation and Scribble features provide no way to enter the Apple logo whatsoever.

On foreign platforms and web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge, the symbol may show as a simple square, a strange character or something entirely different.

This isn’t Apple’s fault.

Both the Windows and Apple logos are in the private use area of the extended character set because the standard Unicode character set doesn’t contain any corporate logos. Due to their different implementations, these symbols don’t show as visible on other platforms.

The Apple symbol is included in the ASCII extended character set with these values:

  • Decimal: 240
  • Hexadecimal: F0
  • Unicode: U+F8FF

TIP: The website lets you find numeric values of special characters.

Follow our step-by-step tutorial to learn how how to properly type the Apple symbol with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or non-Apple platforms such as Microsoft Windows.

How to type the Apple logo symbol

Here’s how to enter the Apple logo with your devices.


To type the Apple symbol on your Mac, use the following keystroke combo:

Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K

The shortcut works with the standard US English keyboard layout.

To visualize the Apple symbol’s placement on your Mac keyboard, choose the option Show Keyboard Viewer from the Input Source popover in macOS’s menu bar.

Alternatively, venture into System Preferences → Keyboard → Input Sources.

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This is the keyboard shortcut that produces the Apple logo symbol

This lets you visualize key assignments for special symbols. To reveal additional hidden characters, press a modifier key like Control (⌃) or Command (⌘).

International users who rely on world keyboards that feature keyboard layouts that are different from the standard US QWERTY keyboard can add the US English layout via the Keyboard preference pane, then switch to it before entering the Apple logo symbol.

As a more elegant solution, create a custom text replacement as outlined further below.

iPhone and iPad

The Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K Mac keyboard shortcut has no alternative on iOS.

There’s no Keyboard Viewer on iPhone, but iOS include a dedicated feature to make entering phrases and special symbols easier, called Text Replacements. Also found on macOS, this auto-replaces a word or a phrase with custom text, like replacing (c) with the copyright symbol.

You can leverage this feature to type the Apple logo on iOS, here’s how:

1) Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Tap General.

3) Tap Keyboard.

4) Tap Text Replacement.

5) Hit “+“ in the top-right corner to create a new text replacement.

6) Copy  from this post with your iOS device, then tap and hold next to Phrase and select Paste from the bubble menu to insert the Apple logo symbol.

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7) Tap next to Shortcut and create a custom text snippet to be replaced with the Apple logo. I use the shortcut “appl,” but you may choose a different shortcut that better suits your needs. To avoid triggering it by accident, come up with some unique letter combo that’s not part of any common word or phrase.

8) Tap Save in the top-right corner to finish making changes.

The newly created shortcut will automatically expand into the Apple logo symbol as you type.

TUTORIAL: How to create and use Text Replacements on iPhone and iPad

That’s right, now you can enter the Apple logo with your iOS device or Mac in your emails, texts, documents, notes and more—just hit the Space bar after typing the “aapl” shortcut to have it replaced with the Apple logo character.

This is a great feature!

The key benefit of this method is synchronization: your text replacements are kept in perfect sync across iOS and macOS via iCloud, letting you enter the Apple logo across iPhones, iPads and Macs using the same text shortcut.

If you pair a wireless Bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone and iPad, you can also enter the Apple logo symbol by pressing the same Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K keystroke like on Mac.

Apple Watch

As mentioned, there’s currently no way to type the Apple logo with your Apple Watch.

Dictation and Scribble, the two primary input methods in watchOS, unfortunately do not offer any way of entering the Apple symbol using one’s voice similar to punctuation and formatting.

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The logo does show as visible on Apple Watch in apps like Messages and Reminders because it’s supported by the default fonts included in the watchOS operating system.

Apple TV

To type out the Apple logo on your Apple TV, do the following:

If you have an external keyboard:

1) Go to Settings → Remotes and Devices → Bluetooth on your fourth-generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K. For earlier models, venture into Settings → General → Bluetooth.

2) When the device finds nearby Bluetooth accessories, select your keyboard from the list.

3) If asked, enter the four-digit code and press Enter.

4) Navigate to the section of an app that accepts text, like YouTube’s search feature. Alternatively, try renaming your Apple TV by going to Settings → General → About → Name.

5) Press Option (⌥)-Shift (⇧)-K on your Bluetooth keyboard to enter the Apple symbol.

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Pair a wireless keyboard with your Apple TV to type out the Apple symbol faster

And just like that, the symbol is written out on your TV!

If you don’t have an external keyboard:

1) On your iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or later, open Settings → Control Center → Customize Controls and tap “+” next to Apple TV Remote.

2) Be sure to set up a shortcut on your iOS device that will replace “appl” with “” by following the step-by-step instructions provided in the iPhone and iPad section of this tutorial.

3) With the Apple TV Remote widget added to your iOS Control Center, highlight any text input field on your Apple TV using your Siri Remote.

4) On your iPhone or iPad, open Control Center and tap the Apple TV Remote widget you just added, then choose your Apple TV from the list and enter the four-digit passcode that appears on the Apple TV screen, if necessary. Alternatively, press a notification that pops up on the Lock screen of your iPhone upon selecting a text field on your Apple TV.

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The Apple TV Remote widget in Control Center works only with the fourth-generation Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4K, and also requires an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 device or later.

TUTORIAL: Stopping the Apple TV remote keyboard from showing up on iPhone or iPad

If you own an older Apple TV model or have yet to upgrade your device to iOS 11 or newer, download the free Apple TV Remote app or the iTunes Remote app from App Store and set it up to remotely control your set-top box, type out the Apple logo and access additional features, like Now Playing and Game mode.

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Finally—rename your Apple TV as TV

Entering the Apple symbol on your Apple TV using the Dictation feature is unsupported.


As we mentioned, the Apple symbol is included in the extended character set.

It’s defined in one of a private-use character points that are intended for certain apps and devices that need to display one or more glyphs unspecified by the Unicode standard.

This, coupled with the fact that Unicode does not contain any corporate logos as part of the standard character set, is why the Apple symbol in your Pages file or other document in most cases won’t show as visible on Windows, Linux and other non-Apple platforms.

On Windows there are many ways to enter special characters, but we’ll focus on the perhaps the most popular method: alt codes. It works by pressing and holding down the Alt key on the keyboard while typing the character’s 4-code decimal value.

You can find the full Unicode character code list at

1) Open a document where you’d like to insert the Apple logo symbol.

2) Be sure that the Num Lock key is on, the press and hold the left Alt key.

3) Press “0” on the numeric keypad.

4) Press “2” on the numeric keypad.

5) Press “4” on the numeric keypad.

6) Press “0” on the numeric keypad.

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NOTE: you must put in the leading zero even though the character’s decimal code is “240.”

Don’t worry if your laptop came without a numeric keypad: you can still enter any special character by typing its Unicode value, just continue reading…

1) Open a document where you’d like to see the Apple logo symbol.

2) Press F 8 F F  on the keyboard (the Unicode value of the Apple logo symbol).

3) Press Alt-X.

The Apple symbol will be inserted at the current cursor position.

I recommend using dedicated options for entering special characters that are found in some Microsoft apps, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. To see a graphical representation of the special symbols, open the Windows app Character Map (charmap.exe).

The alt code trick won’t work if the selected font lacks the Apple logo.

If so, be sure to select the Baskerville Old Face font in the Character Map app. Now select the Apple logo symbol and click the Select button, then choose the Copy command to send it to the system clipboard, ready to be pasted into other apps via the standard Ctrl-V shortcut.


The Apple logo or any other special character or symbol can be typed out in your blog posts or webpages by using the HTML entities hexadecimal notation followed by a character’s Unicode hexadecimal value. In our example, the Apple logo symbol has the Unicode value F8FF.

To use the Apple logo in your webpage, type the following in HTML code:


You should see the  character when the page is rendered in a browser.

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How to create iPhone Calendar default alert times for events

How to create iPhone Calendar default alert times for events

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When you create events in the iOS Calendar app, you can easily set an alert to remind you of that event. But, you’ll also notice that a time for the alert pops into your event alert automatically. This is the default time in your Calendar app and you can change it to suit your preference.

Once you set the default alert time you want, you won’t have to change it when creating the event unless you really need to and here’s how.

Create the Calendar default alert times

You can easily change the default alert times for birthdays, events, and all-day events in your Calendar app.

1) Open the Settings app.

2) Scroll down to and tap Calendar.

3) Tap Default Alert Times.

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4) Choose from Birthdays, Events, or All-Day Events. You can change each one individually.

5) Pick the alert time you want to use. Then, when you return to the Default Alert Times screen, you will see your choice next to the type of event.

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You’ll notice that the alert times available for birthdays and all-day events are exactly the same. This is because birthdays are considered all-day events. You have more options for regular events like 15 minutes, one day, or one week before.

Change the alert times for events

Now, when you create a Calendar event, you will see the default alert set for you. And, if you want to change the alert time for that particular event, just tap Alert and select your new time. You can also create another alert by tapping Second Alert and choosing a time.

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Default iPhone Calendar alerts are handy

If you always want an alert one hour before an appointment, one week before a birthday, and one day before an all-day event, these default Calendar alerts are convenient.

If you’re looking for additional tricks for the Calendar app, let us know! In the meantime, take a look at these tips for viewing birthdays in the Calendar or changing the Calendar time format on your Mac.

How to remotely remove your credit and debit cards from Apple Pay

How to remotely remove your credit and debit cards from Apple Pay

Mastering Apple Pay

How to remotely remove your credit cards from Apple Pay

Apple Pay offers many security advantages, including single-use tokens and authentication via Touch ID fingerprint scan or pin code. However, if you lose your iPhone or iPad, you’ll still want to remove any credit or debit cards that you’ve linked to it, just to be extra safe. Luckily, Apple and let you do just that secure and, best of all, remotely. Simply log in and wipe your cards away!

How to remotely delete all your credit accounts from Apple Pay

  1. From any web browser on your computer, go to
  2. Enter your log in information.
  3. Click on Settings.

  4. Under the My Devices section at the bottom, click on the device you’d like to wipe Apple Pay from — you should see an Apple Pay logo next to any device set up with the service.
  5. Click on Remove All…

That’s it! Apple Pay will then be de-authorized and all your cards will be removed from that specific device. Even though Apple Pay can’t be used by anyone that doesn’t have a fingerprint registered on your device, we’d still recommend removing all payment options if your iPhone goes missing.

Updated May 2018: Changed the steps to reflect the most recent changes in the process.

Luke Filipowicz

iMore’s resident gaming guru. Loves playing games from all eras, and still has a working Atari 2600 in his basement. When he isn’t writing about games, you’ll probably find him slapping the bass to his favourite 80s tunes.

How to check if your Mac or iOS device is still covered under warranty or is protected by AppleCare

How to check if your Mac or iOS device is still covered under warranty or is protected by AppleCare

If you have a problem with your Mac, iPhone or iPad that needs examination by the Genius Bar or another tech support member, it’s usually handy to check if the hardware is still covered by warranties or one of the AppleCare programs, or if you can expect a heftier repair bill. AppleInsider details how to find out if you are still covered before you contact Apple’s support teams.

Accidents and computer issues happen to almost everyone, and while many are minor and can be easily dealt with via light use of Google and a small amount of effort, sometimes the problem is significant enough to require professional assistance. In the case of physical issues, like an iPhone display cracking or a key flying off a MacBook’s keyboard, this will usually result in a visit to an Apple Store or one of the Apple Authorized Service Providers for a repair.

Depending on the issue, this could potentially cost a lot of money, unless it is something covered under the standard limited warranty or the various AppleCare protection plans. In these cases, the cost of repair could be reduced, but only if the hardware is still within its coverage period, or if you paid for the extra protection, if it is still protected under AppleCare.

Before you make contact, it is usually a good idea to check the status of the problematic device, as finding out it is covered could ease your concerns of receiving a hefty repair bill.

Registered Devices

If you have registered your devices to your Apple ID, there are two easy ways to find out the status of all of your hardware via your account.

On a working iOS device logged into your Apple ID, open the Apple Support app, which appears in iOS as a blue square icon with a white Apple logo in one corner. Within the app, tap Account, followed by Check Coverage.

This will bring up a list of devices registered to the account. Tap the item you want to check, and the app will advise of its coverage status.

This can also be checked in the browser, by accessing the My Support page. Click Sign In to My Support, enter your Apple ID credentials, then if needed, complete the two-factor authentication procedure.

The My Support page will bring up a list of all devices currently signed into that account, along with the serial numbers. Click the device in question to bring up the coverage status for the device, and offers links for support.

Unconnected Hardware

In the event the device in question isn’t connected to your Apple ID, such as one used by a family member, the status can still be checked online via the serial number.

Using the Check Coverage website, enter the serial number in the top text entry box followed by the captcha security code, then click Continue.

The next page will identify the device registered to the serial number, and advise on the support status for the device.

Serial Numbers

There are a number of ways to find the serial number for a device, with Apple including a number of different ways to find it out.

For iOS devices, it can be located in the Settings app, under General then About. The serial number is roughly three-quarters of the way down the page.

Alternately, it is also printed on the back of the device. Look under the name section where the regulatory marks are located, and it can be seen in very small print, as well as the model number.

Mac users able to access macOS can find it by clicking the Apple icon in the menu bar and selecting About This Mac. The serial number will be detailed below other general specifications for the Mac, which may also be handy to record.

Again, it is also possible to find the serial number physically printed on the Mac hardware, alongside the regulatory information and the device name. In the majority of cases, it will be printed on the base of the Mac, though some older models can have this information printed on the back instead.

For the Apple Watch, the data can be found in the Apple Watch iOS app, by selecting the My Watch tab, then General, then About. On the Apple Watch itself, open Settings, select General, then About.

Lastly, you can also find the serial number on the back of the Apple Watch itself.

Support Status

The status pages will provide information depending on whether or not they apply to the device.

First, the Valid Purchase Date is a confirmation that it was bought and Apple knows when. This date dictates whether or not certain options are available.

The next section will advise of whether or not telephone technical support is still available for the item. Regardless of whether or not it is active, there will be links explaining how to contact Apple for support.

The third section, Repairs and Service Coverage, will explain if the hardware is covered by Apple’s limited warranty or the AppleCare Protection Plan, and links to arrange a repair. In the event both options are expired, the section will also advise your country’s consumer protection laws may still be of some assistance, and to speak to an advisor to see if they apply to the device’s current predicament.

If AppleCare was bought for the device, a fourth option will show if it is still active or has expired.