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Did you know you can change the ring or text tone for a particular contact for calls and text? Why would you want to do this, you may ask. By doing this you would know by the sound who was calling or texting.

You might want to do this for the important people or companys in your contacts.

Here is how to do it.

After finding a contact, click on the EDIT button:

Then scroll down and tap on Ringtone or Text tone to select a diferent tone from the lists.

After selecting a tone, you will hear the one you select. After finding and selecting you choosen tone, click the Done button.

That is it! Now when that Contact calls of text you, you will hear the selected tone.

How to share your Mac’s screen the quick and easy way in Messages
Need to help someone by seeing what they’re up to or get help yourself?

Thanks Apple

For nearly 20 years, Apple has offered screen sharing as a basic feature in what was once OS X and is now macOS. This has included a way to share your screen remotely with other people and let them share yours. (At one point, it was easy to reach your Mac while outside your local network and access your screen, but then Apple removed Back to My Mac from macOS.)

The feature has changed and migrated over time—it was once part of AOL Instant Messenger!—so you may not know that it’s tucked away in Messages. It also works only with people who use their iCloud account with Messages, which allows you communicate through Apple’s iMessage system.

You can check that iMessages is in use by either looking at a conversation and seeing blue bubbles for text messages. Or, when starting a new conversation, the person whose name you select as you type in a recipient is in blue text. If their name or the messages are green, it’s regular SMS text messaging and screen sharing isn’t available. It’s also available only for one-to-one conversations.

macOS Big Sur made additional changes to its appearance, but it’s not far off from its location in macOS Mojave and Catalina.
Here’s how to use it:
Open Messages.
Select a conversation or start a new one, and make sure iMessage is in use, per above.
Click the circled-i info button in the upper-right corner.
Click the overlapping rectangles—the share icon. (This icon will be grayed out or absent if screen sharing isn’t available with this other account.)
Select either Invite to Share My Screen or Ask to Share Screen as the case may be.
If you invite someone, they receive an alert in Messages and can click to start; if you request someone else’s, you have to wait for them to approve the request.

Messages requires a little navigation to get to the screen-sharing feature, which is quite useful when someone else needs visual help—or you do. (Big Sur shown. Portions of image blurred for privacy.)

When the session starts, both you and they see an indicator in the system menu bar that screen sharing is underway. You can use the Screen Sharing menu (also two overlapping rectangles) to choose Disconnect and end the session on either side.

In iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, go to Settings > Passwords (earlier versions of iOS locate passwords in settings locations); in macOS, open Safari and go to Safari > Preferences > Passwords.
• Unlock password access with Face ID, Touch ID, or your password.
• Select a password entry in iOS/iPadOS; in macOS, select it and then click Details.
• Tap or click the Share icon and an AirDrop sharing sheet appears.
• Tap or click the intended nearby recipient.

The recipient receives the entry in the appropriate location for the operating system: in Settings > Passwords for iOS or iPadOS and in the Passwords tab in preferences in Safari for macOS. The recipient can rename or change the entry before storing it.
Does you desktop look like this after taking so many screen shots?

If you'd like to change that default save location to somewhere different, simply follow the steps below.

If you're running macOS Mojave or later, you can press Shift-Command-5 to invoke the screen capture panel, click on Options and choose "Other Location" to choose a destination, or create another folder at any destination.

Did you know even if you are connected to Wifi on your iPhone, when you make a call it may still go through Celluar?

To ensure you are calling using Wifi, make sure you do this first.

Settings > Cellular > Wi-Fi Calling turn it on

Then do this:

The solution to make sure Wifi calling stays on:

1- In the Control Center, tap the Airplane Mode button.

2- Tap the Wi-Fi button to turn Wi-Fi on if you haven’t set Wi-Fi on previously in Airplane Mode.

3- Wait a moment, and the carrier’s name plus Wi-Fi should appear, even though you aren’t connected to the cellular network.

4- Turn off Airplane Mode. The Wi-Fi icon should remain in place.

Now when you call and are connected to Wifi, it will use Wifi to make the call...

Why use Wifi to make calls? Much better connection and bandwidth then celluar.
Also if you have a limited data plan, Wifi calling does not use data from your plan.
Keep in mind this is for calls, whether it be phone calls, Facetime, Email, surfing the web and or streaming videos, it will all be via Wifi...

Enjoy saving on your data plan.
The three types of group messages that you might see are: group iMessage, group MMS, and group SMS. The Messages app automatically chooses the type of group message to send based on you and your recipients' settings, network connection, and carrier plan. For example:

If you and your recipients are using Apple devices and iMessage is turned on, then the group message is sent as an iMessage.

If you send a group message to people who aren't using iMessage, then the message is sent as an MMS or SMS message. See below…

Group iMessage

These messages appear in blue text bubbles, go through Apple instead of your carrier, and are protected by end-to-end encryption. In a group iMessage, everyone can:

Send and receive photos, videos, and audio messages

See all responses from the group

Send and receive message effects, like sketches, animations, bubble effects, and more

Share their location with the group

Give the group a name, add or remove people from the group, mute notifications, or leave the group

Group MMS

These messages appear in green text bubbles and go through your carrier instead of Apple. In a group MMS, everyone can:

Send and receive photos and videos

See all responses from the group

Mute notifications

Group SMS

These messages also appear in green text bubbles and go through your carrier. Group SMS messages don’t support multimedia attachments, like photos or videos. All responses in a Group SMS are sent as individual text messages and the recipients can’t see the other responses from the group.

Export attachments via Messages on all platforms

There’s an easy way to export attachments in bulk, too.

In iOS and iPadOS:

Open the Messages app.

Tap on a conversation.

Tap the avatar or name at the top of the conversation.

Tap the “i” info button.

Swipe down to Photos and tap See All Photos.

Tap Select at the top of the view.

Now you can select multiple photos and tap Save to store them in the device’s camera roll.

You can repeat that action for Screenshots (by tapping the Screenshots button at the top of the view), but there’s no way to access files.

In Messages for macOS, you can save images out to Photos.

In macOS:

Open the Messages app.

Select the conversation.

Click the Details link in the upper-right corner.

Under Photos or Files, you can select one or multiple items.

With Photos, you can Control-click and choose Add to Photos Library.

With Photos and Files, you can drag the selection to the Finder.

First lets discuss what does not work well.

Email accounts from your providers like, cable, cell phone,etc...
Email accounts from Yahoo and other ISPs...
Local mail client filters like, Mail, Outlook, etc...

What does work:
Google also known as gmail.com and iCloud from Apple, have some of the best spam filtering available.

So, if you really want to have less spam then get a free gmail or iCloud account.

You can slowly use gmail or iCloud as your main email account while still getting email throught your present email provider if you are concerned about all the people you have on your present account. Then over time slowing using gmail and iCloud as your main account, you will be able to get rid of your old email account.

Want a free gmail account, just go to:
and create an account.


Go to https://www.icloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.


Apple’s current generation iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max feature the toughest glass ever in a smartphone and are rated IP68 for water resistance up to 4 meters for up to 30 minutes, and are protected against everyday spills including coffee and soda.

“We are tech lovers before anything else, and have to accept there are certain things iOS does better,”

• iOS is generally faster and smoother:

Having used both platforms daily for years, I can say I have encountered way fewer hiccups and slow-downs using iOS. Performance is one of the things iOS does better, most of the time… In fact, it has been proven Apple processors are better than Qualcomm’s… [Plus, there’s] the optimization between hardware and software. Since Apple controls production from beginning to end, they can make sure resources are used more efficiently.

• iOS is super simple to use]

• Timely updates:
Updating software is definitely one of the things iOS does better. If your iOS device qualifies to get the latest update, it will get it as soon as it launches.

• The Apple ecosystem:
Apple products like iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, Apple Watches, and Mac computers are tightly integrated with iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, and other in-house services.

• Security:
iOS has more consistent updates for all devices, a closed ecosystem that is harder to penetrate, and a stricter app store. All of these factors combined make it harder for attackers to target iOS users.

• Apple CarPlay:
No matter how many times one gives Android Auto a chance, they will keep going back to Apple CarPlay. Sometimes I carry an iPhone just to use CarPlay in my car! There seems to be no muscle memory with Android Auto, which I believe makes it more distracting while driving.

• Superior support:
Having an iOS phone or tablet sure beats the competition if you ever have a problem with it.

• Resale value:
iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products typically hold their value much better than otherr` products. This means you can sell them for more when it’s time to switch devices. And because Apple products are so popular, they usually sell much faster too.

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