How to Clean Install MacOS Mojave


How to Clean Install MacOS Mojave

How to Clean Install MacOS Mojave

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Performing a clean install of MacOS Mojave may be desirable to some Mac users. A clean install means erasing all data on a hard drive, and then installing a fresh new installation of MacOS Mojave to that Mac. The idea is that a clean install starts fresh, sort of like how a new Mac comes when you first open the box, with no customization, no third party apps, no user accounts, no user data, preferences, settings, caches, no personal files or data, it’s basically just a new clean installation of MacOS Mojave, and nothing else.

While the vast majority of Mac users should simply prepare for and update to macOS Mojave as usual from a prior MacOS system software release, thereby preserving their apps, customizations, personal files, and all else, this walkthrough is intended for users who want to erase a Mac completely and start over fresh to perform a clean install of macOS Mojave 10.14.


To perform a clean install of MacOS Mojave on a Mac, you’ll need the following:

Remember, a clean install will erase everything on the Mac, including all personal files, photos, movies, apps, any customizations or settings, or anything else. A clean install starts new, with absolutely no personalization or your data on the computer. Thus it becomes critical that you have separately backed up your personal data and anything important to you, as failure to do so will result in permanent data loss.

Warning: This process will erase everything on the Mac, and then perform a new clean install of macOS Mojave only. No personal files, data, or apps will be preserved or included on the Mac, unless you restore that data separately.

Do not proceed without sufficient backups of your important data and computer.

  1. Complete a full Time Machine backup before starting this process. It’s recommended to have a Time Machine backup, in addition to any manual file backup of your personal data that you wish to keep. Be certain you have backed up any important files, personal data, pictures, etc – do not skip a full backup
  2. Connect the bootable macOS Mojave installer drive to the Mac via a USB port
  3. Reboot the Mac, then immediately start holding the OPTION key on the keyboard
  4. Hold OPTION key until you see a boot selection menu appear on screen, then choose the “Install macOS Mojave” drive (this is the bootable USB installer) from the choices
  5. At the “macOS Utilities” screen, select “Disk Utility”
  6. In Disk Utility, choose “Macintosh HD” (or whatever your Mac hard drive is named that you want to format and clean install Mojave onto), then select the “Erase” button
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  8. Choose “Macintosh HD” as the drive name, then go to “Format” and select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” or APFS depending on which file system format you use, then choose “Erase” – WARNING: ALL DATA ON THE MAC WILL BE PERMANENTLY ERASED
  9. Once the drive has finished erasing and formatting, quit out of Disk Utility
  10. Back at the ‘macOS Utilities’ screen, now select “Install macOS” from the available options
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  12. At the “Install macOS Mojave” splash screen, choose “Continue” and then select “Macintosh HD” as the destination to install macOS Mojave, and then choose “Install” to begin the clean macOS installation process
  13. MacOS Mojave will install fresh on the otherwise empty drive and computer, let this process complete, when finished macOS Mojave will boot up as if it were a brand new Mac

When the Mac has finished installing macOS Mojave, the computer boots up into a fresh clean install of macOS Mojave as if it’s a new computer, thus you’ll go through the standard setup process as if it were a new Mac. There are no personal files, no personal data, no apps, nothing on the Mac except for macOS Mojave and what comes with it by default. Thus, it’s a “clean install”.

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At this point, you’ll probably want to setup the Mac as new, and then go about manually re-downloading apps, utilities, and other stuff you use to the Mac, as well as manually restoring any of your important personal files and personal data to the computer. Or you can skip all of that and just use the Mac with a clean install of macOS Mojave as if it were a brand new computer, without restoring or copying any data back to it. That’s entirely up to you.

So that’s how you clean install macOS Mojave. If you have any questions, comments, or other methods for performing a fresh install of macOS Mojave, share with us in the comments below. 

How to install a fresh copy of macOS Mojave on your Mac


How to install a fresh copy of macOS Mojave on your Mac

You can reinstall a fresh copy of macOS Mojave with Recovery Mode!

macoOS Mojave

If something doesn’t quite work right after you’ve installed macOS Mojave, you can reinstall the operating system so it is a fresh copy. Reinstalling a fresh copy of macOS High Sierra will not affect your current settings. Applications and settings will remain the same. Completing this process replaces the core files of macOS Mojave in case something wasn’t working right before.

Before you start: Back up your data

  • It is a good idea to perform one full backup before starting with a clean copy of macOS Mojave. You can also back up files and documents using a cloud-based storage system like Dropbox, OneDrive, or the easiest: iCloud.

  • Make sure the computer on which you’re installing a fresh copy of macOS Mojave can be connected to the internet, either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. This step is important. An Internet connection is needed in order to reinstall the macOS operating system.

  • If you are using a laptop, make sure it is connected to a power source.

How to install a new copy of macOS Mojave in Recovery Mode

Recovery Mode is the special salvation of the Mac that first launched with OS X 10.7 Lion. It creates a temporary boot partition that allows you to access certain things on your computer that you might not be able to if your system froze or crashed. It is the easiest way to install a fresh copy of an operating system.

  1. Connect your Mac to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  2. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
  3. Select Restart from the drop-down menu.

    Restart your Mac

  4. Hold down Command and R (⌘ + R) at the same time. When you hear the startup chime (or when the screen goes black on newer Macs), keep holding the keys until your computer reboots.
  5. Click on Reinstall a new copy of macOS.
  6. Click Continue.

    Reinstall macOS Sierra

  7. Click Continue again when the installer window appears.
  8. Agree to the software terms and conditions.
  9. Select your hard drive.
  10. Click Install.
  11. Complete the installation process.

    Reinstall macOS Sierra

How to download a fresh copy of macOS Mojave from the Mac App Store

When you install the latest operating system from Recovery Mode, sometimes, your Mac will install an older operating system, like High Sierra or Sierra. Once the older operating system installation is complete, you can then download Mojave directly from the Mac App Store.

Remember, you must have an internet connection in order to download a fresh copy of the Mac operating system.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on App Store…

    Launch the Mac App Store

  3. Click on the Purchased tab in the Mac App Store window.
  4. Select macOS Mojave from the list of purchased apps.
  5. Click Download.

    Download macOS Sierra

  6. Click Continue when asked to confirm that you want to install software that is already on your computer.
  7. Click install after macOS Mojave is finished downloading.
  8. Complete the installation process.

Any questions?

Do you need help reinstalling macOS Mojave on your Mac? Post your questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to help troubleshoot your issue.

Updated September 2018: Updated for the public launch of macOS Mojave.

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How to create a bootable installer for macOS Mojave


How to create a bootable installer for macOS Mojave

Make a bootable installer of macOS Mojave so you can have a portable copy to install on multiple devices.

macOS Sierra

If you’re thinking about installing macOS Mojave, the first thing to consider is whether you want to install it directly onto your Mac or create a bootable drive. You can use a bootable drive on a hard drive partition for dual-software installation, to install on multiple Macs in your home, or as a bootable drive if you can’t use the Internet Recovery partition.

Note: These instructions require the use of Terminal. If you don’t feel comfortable making changes to your Mac with Terminal, you can create a bootable disk using the DiskMaker X program.

  • Before you start
  • How to format your external drive for macOS Mojave
  • How to put macOS Mojave onto an external bootable installer drive
  • How to use macOS Mojave with a bootable installer drive

Before you start

Before you get started, make sure you have a thumb drive with at least 15GB of storage, or a spare external hard drive (one you aren’t planning to use for anything else). You’ll also need to download macOS Mojave and ensure that it’s sitting in your Applications folder.

Note: After macOS Mojave has downloaded, it will automatically launch the installer to begin the installation process. Quit the installer when this happens.

And please: Don’t forget to back up your Mac before you do anything.

How to format your external drive for macOS Mojave

You’ll need to start with a clean thumb drive or external hard drive in order to make it a bootable drive.

  1. Plug the thumb drive or cable for your hard drive into the appropriate port on your Mac.
  2. Click on Finder in your Dock to open a Finder window.
  3. Select Applications from the list on the left side of the window.

    Opening Finder on Mac

  4. Scroll down and double-click on Utilities.
  5. Scroll down and double-click on Disk Utility.

    Selecting Disk Utility on Mac

  6. Select your thumb drive or external drive under External.
  7. Click on the Erase tab at the top of the window.

    Erasing a drive on Mac

  8. Note the name of your external hard drive (probably “Untitled”) because you will need it when you create a bootable drive. If you have more than one external drive with the same name, you will need to rename the drive you are using as a bootable installer now.
  9. If your Mac is using AFS+, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the format list. If your Mac is using APFS, select APFS from the list of options.
  10. If Scheme is available, select GUID Partition Map.
  11. Click Erase.
  12. Click Done when the process is complete.
  13. Close the Disk Utility window.

    Confirm erase thumb drive

Your thumb drive or external hard drive is now ready.

How to put macOS Mojave onto your external drive

Important: You will need to use an administrator account on your Mac in order to run the Terminal commands to create a boot drive. You’ll also need to ensure that the macOS Mojave beta is in your Applications folder and you’ll need to know the name of the external drive.

  1. Click on Finder in your Dock to open a Finder window.
  2. Select Applications from the list on the left side of the window.

    Opening Finder on Mac

  3. Scroll down and double-click on Utilities.
  4. Scroll down and double click on Terminal.

    Opening Terminal on Mac

  5. Recall the name of your formatted external drivewhen entering the following text into Terminal. If it is not named “Untitled,” you will need to change the command syntax for the pathname where it says: Volumes/Untitled. The name of the drive can’t have any spaces and it is case sensitive.
  6. Enter the following text into Terminal (Don’t forget to change the name “Untitled” in the text below to the actual name of your external drive. Names are case sensitive and can’t have any spacing.):

    sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled -- /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Mojave.app

  7. Hit the enter/return key.

  8. Enter your administrator account password. This is the password you use to make changes on your Mac or log in. No text will appear in Terminal when you enter the password.

The process could take a very long time, depending on the drive. When it is done, the Terminal window will report “Done.”

How to install macOS Mojave with a bootable installer drive

Once macOS Mojave is installed on your external drive, you can install it on any Mac with the drive plugged into it. You can use this installer to upgrade your operating system easily on multiple Macs, or to help downgrade if you decide you want to go back to an earlier version of macOS.

If you’re downgrading from macOS Mojave, please check out this guide instead.

How to downgrade from macOS Mojave

If you’re upgrading to macOS Mojave, follow the steps below.

  1. Turn off the Mac you want to install macOS Mojave with the bootable installer drive.
  2. Connect the external drive to your Mac via the USB port.
  3. Turn on your Mac.
  4. Hold down the Option key when it starts up.
  5. Select the external drive with macOS Mojave on it from the list of systems to start up your computer.
  6. Follow the installation process when prompted.

Questions?

Do you have any questions about how to create a bootable drive for the macOS Mojave installer? Let us know in the comments.

Updated September 2018: Updated for the macOS Mojave public release.

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How to use the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch in watchOS 5


How to use the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch in watchOS 5

How to use Walkie-Talkie in watchOS 5

Walkie-Talkie is a fun new way to communicate that’s been introduced with watchOS 5. Apple Watch owners can use the new Walkie-Talkie app to instantly talk to available contacts by holding down a button, just like you would with a hardware walkie-talkie. The app works both over Wi-Fi and cellular connections, so you can use the app wherever and whenever you want as long as you Apple Watch has a data connection.

Here’s how you’ll use Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch in watchOS 5.

  • How to start using Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch
  • How to send a message with Walker-Talkie
  • How to set Walkie-Talkie availability
  • How to remove a Walkie-Talkie contact on Apple Watch
  • How to manage your Walkie-Talkie contacts on your iPhone

How to start using Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch

First things first, you’ll need to get Walkie-Talkie set up on your Apple Watch. You can only connect with other Apple Watch owners.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on the side of your Apple Watch to go to your app list.
  2. Tap Walkie-Talkie from the app list or grid layout.
  3. Tap the name of the contact with whom you wish to use Walkie-Talkie. Contacts that already have Walkie-Talkie set up will appear at the top of your list under Suggested.
  4. Tap the + button on your contacts list to add additional contacts to Walkie-Talkie.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, tap contact name, tap +

How to send a message with Walker-Talkie

Once you’ve got everything set up, sending a message is really easy and involves a big yellow button.

  1. Open Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap on the contact you want to speak to.
  3. Tap and hold on the TALK button and speak. Let go of TALK when you’re done.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, tap contact, tap and hold Talk

How to set Walkie-Talkie availability

If you need to be uninterrupted by Walkie-Talkie, you can turn off your availability.

  1. Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll to the top of your Walkie-Talkie contacts list.
  3. Flip the switch next to Available to the gray Off or green On position depending on whether or not you’re available.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, scroll down, toggle availability on or off

How to remove a Walkie-Talkie contact on Apple Watch

  1. Open Walkie-Talkie on your Apple Watch.
  2. Swipe to the left on the contact you want to delete.
  3. Tap the X button to delete the contact.

    Open Walkie-Talkie, swipe left on contact, tap X

How to manage your Walkie-Talkie contacts on your iPhone

If you need to, you can manage your Walkie-Talkie contacts using the Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Walkie-Talkie.
  3. Tap on a contact to see their full contact card.

    Open Watch app, tap Walkie-Talkie, tap contact

  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Tap the – button.
  6. Tap Remove to delete a contact from Walkie-Talkie.

    Tap Edit, tap - button, tap Remove

Questions?

If you have any questions about Walkie-Talkie in watchOS 5, let us know in the comments.

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 Shortcuts.app?

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.

How to troubleshoot your Apple Watch


How to troubleshoot your Apple Watch

Is your Apple Watch being fussy after installing watchOS 5? Here are a few ways to make it behave.

Whether it’s an app on your Apple Watch or the Watch itself that’s giving you some trouble, you don’t have to panic: There are a few simple fixes you can employ to get your smartwatch back on the operational path in no time.

  • My app is frozen
  • My Apple Watch is sluggish
  • My Apple Watch is frozen
  • My Apple Watch isn’t seeing my iPhone or my network
  • My Apple Watch’s battery is mysteriously draining
  • My Apple Watch is still malfunctioning after a restart
  • How to get service or a replacement for your Apple Watch

My app is frozen

If an app on your Apple Watch stops scrolling, responding, or otherwise being interactive, it may have locked up. You can try fixing this problem a couple of ways:

  • Press the Digital Crown to try and return to the Apple Watch home screen, then relaunch the app from that home screen.
  • If that doesn’t work, try a force quit: Press and hold the side button on your Apple Watch until the sliders appear, then press and hold the Digital Crown until you return to the Home screen.

How to force quit apps on the Apple Watch

My Apple Watch is sluggish

If your Watch is behaving erratically or lagging in multiple apps, it may be in need of a restart. To restart your Watch, just follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the side button until the digital switches appear.
  2. Slide the Power Off switch to the right to turn off your Apple Watch.
  3. To restart the Watch once it turns off, hold down the side button until you see the Apple logo.

If a Watch restart doesn’t fix your problem, you might try restarting your iPhone, too.

  1. Hold the iPhone’s On/Off button until you see the “slide to power off” switch.
  2. Slide the “slide to power off” switch to the right.
  3. To restart your iPhone, press and hold the On/Off button.

We also recommend checking the iPhone’s Apple Watch app for any software updates you might have missed, as they often can solve bugs and improve performance.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap General > Software Update to check for updates.

How to update the Watch OS software on your Apple Watch

My Apple Watch is frozen

If your Watch has locked up entirely, you can try either a traditional shutdown and restart or a force restart.

  1. Press and hold the side button to attempt to bring up the Power Off screen.
  2. If that works, slide the Power Off switch to the right to turn off your Apple Watch, then press the side button again to turn it back on.

If your Watch is unresponsive when you try to hold the side button, it’s time for a forced reboot: Simultaneously hold down the side button and the Digital Crown until you see the Apple logo (it may take up to ten seconds).

My Apple Watch isn’t seeing my iPhone or my network

If your Apple Watch is showing “disconnected” when you know by all rights it shouldn’t be, here are a few steps you can try:

  1. Make sure neither your iPhone nor your Apple Watch has Airplane mode enabled, and that your iPhone has Bluetooth turned on.
  2. Try toggling Bluetooth off and on from your iPhone.
  3. Restart your Apple Watch.
  4. Restart your iPhone.

Apple Watch won’t connect to your iPhone? Here’s the fix!

My Apple Watch’s battery is mysteriously draining

Is your Watch’s battery dying too early in the day for your liking? We put together a few tips to get the most out of your smartwatch without compromising on functionality.

Apple Watch battery life: 8 power saving tips!

My Apple Watch is still malfunctioning after a restart

If you’ve tried all these fixes and still can’t make your Watch work, it may be time to try an erase and restore. Your iPhone automatically backs up your Apple Watch in the background during daily use, so you shouldn’t lose any data during the restore.

How to get service or a replacement for your Apple Watch

If a force restart doesn’t do the trick, your Apple Watch may be well and truly bricked: If you still see a red exclamation point or permanent Apple logo, you’ll need to contact Apple Support or make an appointment at an Apple Store.

Due to the Watch’s sealed diagnostic port, Apple Support may have to send your watch to a depot location to fix it or replace your watch outright; as a result, you may not be able to recover any information on your watch after it has been bricked.

Other questions?

Run into an issue we didn’t address here? Ping us in the comments or on our iMore forums and we’ll try to take a crack at it.

Updated September 2018: Updated for watchOS 5.

How to customize the Junk Mail filter in the Mail app for Mac


How to customize the Junk Mail filter in the Mail app for Mac

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Junk mail comes in many forms and while some messages are obvious junk, others might not be. If you want to have more control over what the Mail app considers as junk mail on your Mac, here’s how to customize the filter settings.

Junk Mail settings

Open the Mail app on your Mac and then follow these steps:

1) Click Mail from the menu.

2) Select Preferences.

3) Choose Junk Mail in the pop-up window.

On this screen, you have some very basic options for handling your junk mail. Start by making sure the Enable junk mail filtering box is checked.

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Then, decide what to do with messages considered to be junk mail. You can have the emails marked as junk, but leave them in your inbox or have them moved to the Junk mailbox in your Mail app.

The third option is to perform custom actions and this is where you can decide exactly what you consider to be junk mail. If you choose this option, the Advanced button at the bottom will become clickable. Hit the button and start configuring your mail with the settings below.

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Advanced Junk Mail settings

Description: By default the description has the word Junk, but you can change that if you like.

If: The drop-down box next to If lets you pick from Any or All. You’ll want to make this choice first before you start adjusting the conditions. Any means that any one of the conditions you configure will apply whereas All means that every one of the conditions must be met.

Conditions: This is where you will choose the conditions that apply after you pick Any or All. When you click the first drop-down box, you will see many options. So, think about the types of emails you receive that you consider to be junk mail and adjust the conditions accordingly.

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For instance, if you want the Mail app to check for messages that come from people not in your contacts list, choose that condition. Or, if you want it to look at messages not addressed to your full name, pick that one. You can add and remove conditions by using the plus and minus signs to the right of them.

Let’s say that you want emails that come from anyone and have the word Sale in them to be considered junk. You would do the following:

1) Click one of the plus signs to add a condition.

2) Click the first drop-down box and select Any Recipient.

3) Click the middle drop-down box and select Contains.

4) Click inside the text box on the right and type the word Sale.

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Now this condition you created will apply to messages you receive and the actions you decide next will take place.

Perform the following actions: Here you choose what to do with these junk mail messages. You can pick from options like moving the message, redirecting it, or deleting it. Depending on the item you choose, the next box will change.

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For example, if you choose to move the message, you’ll pick where to move it to in the next box. Or, if you decide to redirect the email, you’ll need to type in where to direct it to in the next box.

Like with the conditions, you can add and remove actions with the plus and minus signs.

When you finish with all of your adjustments on this screen, click OK to save the configurations and return to the main Junk Mail screen.

Exempt messages

Now that you are back on the main Junk Mail screen, you can head to the exemptions area. You have three options you can check or uncheck. When any of these are marked, the messages they apply to will be exempt from junk mail filtering.

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So, if you want to keep it simple and remove messages from contacts, previous recipients, or those that use your full name from the filtering, just mark the checkboxes.

Last, you can mark boxes for trusting junk mail headers and filtering junk mail before applying the rules you configure.

If at any point, you want to go back to the default junk mail filtering configuration, click Reset.

Wrapping it up

While the Mail app does a good job at filtering emails it considers to be junk, you can adjust the settings to include more or less filtering rules. And, as you can see, it’s easy to do. Do you configure your own junk mail filters or do you leave it up to the app?

How to Access a Secret Login Console in Mac OS


How to Access a Secret Login Console in Mac OS

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Some versions of Mac OS support the ability to login any user account directly to the command line right from the traditional login screen, thereby bypassing the familiar Mac user interface. Instead you’re essentially signing a user directly into the Terminal (a bit like using the ssh client to connect to an SSH server), without having to load the desktop, Finder, WindowServer, or any other frills of the GUI. This can be handy for advanced users who need quick access to the complete command line from a particular user account, but want to skip the complete login and loading of the Mac OS graphical environment. Keep in mind not all versions of system software support this feature however, so it’ll take a bit of discovery to determine which do and which do not.


Before diving in, realize this is really only for advanced Mac users thoroughly comfortable with the command line environment. It’s also important to point out the hidden login Console / Terminal is completely different from Single User Mode or the Recovery Mode Terminal, which are supported on all Macs and Mac OS versions. For one, with the Console Login trick you can login directly as any user on the Mac with user level privileges, whereas Single User Mode always uses a root login with many system services and processes disabled, and is aimed for more administrative purposes. Two common uses of Single User Mode are repairing a disk with fsck and changing an admin password, or other troubleshooting tasks. Single User Mode and Recovery Terminal are really best for troubleshooting and is not an appropriate environment for more generic command line interactions, but the direct Console login can be used just like you would the Terminal app.

Does my MacOS version support Login Terminal / Console?

Console Login is not supported by all versions of Mac OS or Mac OS X. The Console login feature appears to be supported in Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks), 10.8.x (Mountain lion), 10.7.x (Lion), 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Leopard, Tiger, etc but may or may not be supported in MacoS Mojave (10.14) macOS 10.13.x (High Sierra), macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra), OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan), or 10.10 Yosemite. Feel free to report in the comments below if you have success with this or not, and your version of system software.

You can attempt to enable the login console in Mac OS / Mac OS X with the following defaults command, and then reboot the Mac to then follow the directions further below to see if you can access the login screen terminal:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist "DisableConsoleAccess" NO

If you attempt to load the Console from login screen on an unsupported Mac, you will either just see a blank black screen which appears to be inescapable, requiring you to forcibly reboot the Mac, or you will briefly see a flash of white text on the black screen, and then a blank black screen that also requires a reboot to escape. If you know of a way around this, share with us in the comments.

How to Access a Terminal at Login Screen in Mac OS

Note you must have automatic login turned off on the Mac, otherwise you will not have access to the login screen on boot from which to access the console. Remember, not all versions of Mac OS support this feature.

  1. Reboot the Mac as usual
  2. At the login screen, choose “Other”
  3. For username, type the following and then hit return – no password is necessary yet
  4. >console

  5. Hit the Return key
  6. If successful, you will see a login prompt at the command line, as if you just booted up a unix environment without a windowing environment, now enter a user name and password to login directly to the command line as that user
    • NOTE: If unsuccessful, the screen will turn black and you will have to force reboot the Mac by holding down the Power key to exit

Assuming you successfully logged into the login Console, you will have full access to everything you would in a normal Terminal environment, but without any of the Mac OS graphical interface. You can exit out of this environment by rebooting from the command line with the shutdown or reboot commands.

Note you can access the “Other” field whenhiding the login user name list or with the list of users at the logins screen enabled, but it will not work with Automatic Login enabled.

This is a little known trick, and that it’s supported in some versions of Mac OS but not in others further muddies the waters of when and where it will work, and if support has been pulled from modern versions (it appears to be missing from the latest macOS releases). MacWorld referenced the secret login Terminal some time ago and uncovered discussion of the trick from way back in 2002, suggesting that the console login may work in all earlier versions of Mac OS X but not in the most recent versions. To find out definitively what versions support the capability, user exploration in a wide variety of more recent Mac OS releases would be necessary. I was able to successfully access Terminal via the login console on a Mac running Mavericks, but not on a Mac running High Sierra or Sierra, for example. It’s entirely possible this feature is gone for good in modern macOS releases, in which case this will only apply to older Mac OS X system software.

Were you able to access the Login Console on your Mac or with your version of Mac OS? Share your experience in the comments below, and if you know any other tips or tricks relating to the little known login terminal screen, share those too.

How to Remove Stuck Time Machine Backups from Mac Trash Due to System Integrity Protection Error


How to Remove Stuck Time Machine Backups from Mac Trash Due to System Integrity Protection Error

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If you’re trying to remove a Time Machine backup from a drive and find that it’s stuck in the Mac Trash with a specific error message stating the trash can’t be emptied because “Some items in the Trash cannot be deleted because of System Integrity Protection”, then read on to learn how to resolve this particular Time Machine backup removal problem.


Note: this troubleshooting walkthrough is focused exclusively on when a Time Machine backup is stuck in the Trash with the accompanying SIP related error message stating “Some items in the Trash cannot be deleted because of System Integrity Protection” with three options available, ‘Cancel’, ‘Remove Unlocked Items’, and ‘Remove All Items’ – the fixes discussed here will address this error message pertaining to SIP limits on removal of Time Machine backups specifically. There are other possible reasons (and solutions) as to why a Time Machine backup can get stuck in the Trash and nearly impossible to delete, including the seemingly endless “preparing to empty the Trash” message with Time Machine backups, which can also prevent a backup from being trashed the regular way. If you do not see the ‘System Integrity Protection’ error message when trying to remove the Time Machine backup then skip this walkthrough and instead focus on this guide, or even just deleting old Time Machine backups from Time Machine directly on the Mac.

How to Fix Stuck Time Machine Backups in Mac Trash with “items in the Trash cannot be deleted because of System Integrity Protection” Error

As the “Some items in the Trash cannot be deleted because of System Integrity Protection” error message implies, the reason the Time Machine backup is stuck in the Trash and unable to be deleted is because System Integrity Protection, or SIP, is enabled and protecting that particular backup from removal. SIP is a feature that locks down important system files to prevent their removal, but in this particular case it’s also preventing the removal of an old Time Machine backup file. Thus, we’ll temporarily disable SIP, trash the stuck Time Machine backup, then re-enable SIP. Here are the full steps:

  1. Backup the Mac before beginning, either with Time Machine or otherwise
  2. Go to the  Apple menu and choose “Restart” to reboot the Mac
  3. Once you hear the boot sound or see the  Apple logo on screen, press and hold COMMAND and R keys concurrently to boot the Mac into Recovery Mode
  4. Once you see the “MacOS Utilities” (or “OS X Utilities”) screen you’re in Recovery Mode, ignore the initial onscreen options and instead pull down the “Utilities” menu at the top of the screen and then select “Terminal”
  5. At the command line prompt, enter the following command string:
  6. csrutil disable; reboot

  7. Hit “Return” on the keyboard to disable SIP and instantly restart the Mac again
  8. Let the Mac boot up as usual with System Integrity Protection disabled
  9. When the Mac has finished booting up, return to placing the old Time Machine backup in the Mac Trash can and then choose “Empty Trash” to remove the stuck Time Machine backup *
  10. Once the trash emptying process has completed and the once stuck Time Machine backup is deleted, you can now reboot the Mac and re-enable System Integrity Protection
  11. Restart the Mac as usual and immediately hold down COMMAND + R keys again to enter into Recovery Mode
  12. Again pull down the ‘Utilities’ menu and choose “Terminal” then enter the following command string to enable SIP:
  13. csrutil enable; reboot

  14. Hit return to restart the Mac up again as usual, this time with System Integrity Protection enabled again, where you can use the Mac as usual

(Note that deleting a Time Machine backup by dumping it into the Trash and emptying the Trash can take quite a while, so be prepared for that. If the backup is huge, you might want to let it sit overnight as it empties from the Trash successfully, in which case you still want to resume the steps to enable SIP again afterwards.)

Assuming you followed the instructions correctly, you should not see the “Some items in the Trash cannot be deleted because of System Integrity Protection” error message when trying to delete the stuck Time Machine backup from Mac Trash again, it will just empty the Trash as normal.

It’s very important to enable System Integrity Protection again on the Mac, as it offers security and privacy protection benefits that won’t work if it’s disabled. Don’t skip that step after you successfully trash the stuck Time Machine backup file.

* If you are still encountering problems, you can either go to the command line and forcibly delete the backups from the Trash with these instructions, or you can put back the stuck Time Machine backup file and focus on the dated specific backup folder you want to delete, these are contained inside the “Backup.backupdb” directory.

Alternative Method: Using tmutil to Properly Remove the Time Machine Backup

** Another option is to use the command line tmutil command, which is a more proper way to delete an old Time Machine backup in the first place.

To try this approach, you need to have the Time Machine backup in its original location on the backup drive, so first go to the Trash in MacOS and right-click on the stuck backup and choose “Put Back”. Then do the following:

  1. Open the “Terminal” application found in /Applications/Utilities/
  2. Type the following command string, replacing “DRIVENAME” with the name of the Time Machine backup volume, and replacing “SPECIFICBACKUPNAME” with the specific dated backup folder you’re trying to delete:
  3. sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/DRIVENAME/Backups.backupdb/SPECIFICBACKUPNAME

  4. Hit return and enter the admin password as required by sudo, this will instantly delete the Time Machine backup with tmutil

However you resolved the issue, once the stuck Time Machine backup is trashed and removed successfully, you can resume using Time Machine for backups on the Mac as usual.

Time Machine is a great feature, and all Mac users should regularly use Time Machine to backup their entire Mac and personal data so that if something goes awry they can easily restore their machine and data to its proper state.

Did the above trick work for you to successfully remove the stuck Time Machine backups from the Mac Trash? Did you use one method or another, or a different entirely? Share with us in the comments below!

How to set up Sonos speakers and control them on an iPhone or iPad


How to set up Sonos speakers and control them on an iPhone or iPad

How to set up and use Sonos Controller app on iPhone and iPad

Sonos is a wireless smart speaker system that lets you connect up to 32 components and fill your home with audio of your choice. The company offers a variety of speaker styles, five of which are also AirPlay 2 compatible so you can use it with Siri, including Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbase, and the second generation Play:5.

Once you’ve picked your speakers and set up your system, you can control your speakers from any part of your home — all using the handy Sonos Controller app. Here’s how to get started!

  • How to download the Sonos app for iPhone and iPad
  • How to set up your Sonos speaker
  • How to connect a music service to the Sonos Controller app on iPhone and iPad.
  • How to play a streaming service on your Sonos speakers
  • How to add content to My Sonos in the Sonos app
  • How to play music from your iTunes Library on your Sonos speakers
  • How to search for music in the Sonos app

How to download the Sonos app for iPhone and iPad

Before you can start using your new Sonos speakers, you’ll need Sonos’s official app; you can download it for iPhone and iPad from the App Store.

You can also search the App Store for “sonos” at any time to find it.

How to set up your Sonos speaker

When setting up a new Sonos speaker, you’ll follow a slightly different opening process depending on whether you’re a brand new Sonos customer or you already have an account.

When creating a new Sonos account

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Create account.
  3. Enter your email address and a strong password.
  4. Use the toggle switch to accept the terms and conditions.
  5. Press Create account.
  6. Switch to your email account to confirm your address.
  7. Tap the Verify email address button. The Safari app will automatically open and display a confirmation.
  8. Return to the Sonos app.
  9. Tap Continue.
  10. Tap Continue once more to begin setting up your speakers.
  11. You’ll be asked whether you’d like to set your Sonos network up as a Standard or BOOST network. Most users should pick Standard setup.

  12. Press Next to begin setting up your first speaker.
  13. Continue with the steps below under Add a new speaker.

When using an existing system

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the More tab.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap on the Add a Player or SUB option.
  5. Continue with the steps below under Add a new speaker.

Add a new speaker

  1. Connect your Sonos speaker to a power outlet.
  2. Press Next.
  3. Look for a green flashing light on your Sonos device. Once you see it, tap continue.

    Note: If you don’t see the light, tap I’m unsure about the light for troubleshooting tips.

  4. Sonos will automatically look for any compatible speakers for its system. Tap the one you wish to set up (or, if setting up multiple speakers, the device you wish to set up first).

  5. Locate the pairing button (on older models, it may be a combination of buttons) on your Sonos device and press it, then release.

  6. After the device connects (you may need to enter your Wi-Fi network name and password), press Next.
  7. Choose the room where you’d like to set up your Sonos speaker.
  8. Press Next.

Your speaker is now set up with the Sonos system. Press Add another speaker (and return to step one of “Add a new speaker”) to set up an additional one.

Finish the setup process

After you’ve connected all your speakers, you’ll have to finish setting them up.

  1. If your Sonos products need updates, you’ll be prompted to update your speakers. Press Next to begin the update process.
  2. Press Continue after the update process is complete. Your Sonos products will then automatically register to your account.
  3. Tap Continue to use Sonos’s Trueplay tuning process.

    Note: Only certain phones support Trueplay; if your device doesn’t support it, you’ll see an error and an OK dialogue; you can set up Trueplay later at any point with a compatible device.

  4. If you have an Alexa-enabled Sonos speaker, see set up Sonos and Alexa below.
  5. Tap Done to complete the setup process.

Set up Sonos and Alexa

  1. If your Sonos speaker supports Amazon Alexa, you’ll be asked to set up Alexa by tapping Sign in to Amazon.
  2. Enter your Amazon credentials and press Sign in.
  3. Tap I agree.
  4. Press Continue.
  5. If you have non-Alexa Sonos speakers as part of this system, you can have Alexa recognize them all by saying “Alexa, discover my devices” to your Alexa-enabled Sonos speaker.
  6. Switch to the Alexa app on your iPhone.
  7. Tap the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner.
  8. Tap Skills.
  9. Under Search all skills, type Sonos.
  10. Tap Enable Skill.

Set up Sonos and Siri

If you have an AirPlay 2 supported Sonos speaker, you can also set it up to receive requests from Siri. You can connect Siri to Sonos using the Home app.

How to set up your Sonos Speaker with the Home app for Siri support

How to add Apple Music or another music streaming service to your Sonos Speaker

You can stream music directly from Apple Music to an AirPlay 2 supported speaker. Whether you use Apple Music or another music streaming service, Sonos supports dozens of them. Here’s how to find and add them to your Sonos speaker.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap More in the bottom right corner of the app.
  3. Tap Add Music Services.

    Launch the Sonos Controller app, then tap More, then tap Add Music Service

  4. Tap the streaming service you want to add.
  5. Tap Add to Sonos.
  6. Tap the button to connect the service (it will read log in or set up or something like that).

    Select a music service, then tap Add to Sonos, then tap the button to connect to the service

  7. Authorize the streaming service with your account credentials.
  8. If you’ve left the Sonos app to log in, go back to the Sonos app and tap Continue to complete the process.

    Enter your login credentials and Tap Continue

How to play a streaming service on your Sonos speakers

If you want to stream music from Apple Music, podcasts from Overcast, or audiobooks from Audible, you can select the streaming service and browse content from there.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab.
  3. Select the streaming service you want to use.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap Browse, then select a music service

  4. Select content you want to stream.
  5. Tap play Now.

    Select the content you want to stream, then tap Play Now

How to add content to My Sonos in the Sonos app

You can also add songs, albums, playlists, audiobooks, radio stations, and more directly to your Sonos app. It’s like favoriting content so you can find it easier later on. When you add something to My Sonos, it will appear in the My Sonos dashboard in the Sonos Controller app.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab.
  3. Select the streaming service you want to use.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap Browse, then select a music service

  4. Select content you want to add to My Sonos.
  5. Tap the More button next to the content. It looks like three dots.
  6. Tap Add to My Sonos.

    Tap the More button, then tap Add to My Sonos

Note: You can’t add songs from the iTunes library on your iPhone to My Sonos.

How to play music from your iTunes Library on your Sonos speakers

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab.
  3. Tap On this iPhone.

    Launch the Sonos app, then tap Browse, then tap On this iPhone

  4. Tap a category from playlists, artists, albums, genres, songs, compilations, composers, and podcasts.
  5. Select the content you want to play. If it’s an individual song, podcast, or audiobook it will begin playing.
  6. If you select a playlist or album, tap play all to begin playing it immediately.
  7. Tap the more button (it looks like three dots) if you want to play next, add to end of the queue or replace the current queue with it.

    Select the content, then tap the More button, then select when you want to play it

You can also browse more music from a specific artist or get album info by tapping More.

How to search for music in the Sonos app

Once you have all your music services linked to the Sonos Controller app, you can search through them all with ease to find any of the music you like.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the search button. It’s the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap on the category you would like to search. The options are as follows:
    • Artists
    • Songs
    • Albums
    • Playlists
    • Stations
    • Genres
    • Composers
    • Hosts
    • Podcasts & Shows
  4. Type your search into the search field.
  5. Tap the item you want to play.
  6. Tap when you want to play the item. Your options are as follows:

    • Play Now: This will play the item immediately.
    • Play Next: This will play the item after what’s currently playing.
    • Add to Queue: This will place the item at the end of the current list of songs.
    • Replace Queue: This will play the item after the current song and remove all other songs after it in the list.
    • More: This option lets you browse more music from the artist and get album info.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments!

Updated August 2018: Updated steps to reflect changes in the Sonos Controller app.

Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.

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