Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How to change ID and Password for Apple or iCloud Account

Change Apple ID password or cretae new one
Apple products, like iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac etc. requires Apple ID to download apps and use many other features. You can make an Apple ID like you do for many other online accounts. After creating an ID, there may be time when you want to change your Apple ID or Password. Apple ID is also known as iCloud Account ID, so there is nothing to get confused.
You need an email ID to create an Apple Account, and that email address could be from any service provider (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo etc.). After creating your Apple Account you get 2 IDs that can be used as Apple ID; One of them will be your exiting email address that you used to create your account, and the other you will get as You can use any of them (or both) to receive iMessage, Facetime calls and so on… If you don’t know how to do that read our article about how to change ID for iMessage.

How to add new email address to use as Apple ID

  •  Visit
  • Login with your existing ID and Password
  • Once logged in, click on Edit option under Account section
Change Apple ID
  • Click on Add an email address. Enter your email address, and click Continue
Add New Email Address to Apple Account
  • You will receivd verification code to the new email address that you You will be asked after clicking on Continue

How to change the primary email address for your Apple ID

As you can see the screenshot above where we informed how you can add a new email address, I have 3 email addresses added. Only one of them has cross sign that can be deleted, but you can follow these steps to change the Primary email address.
  • Login with your Apple ID and Password visiting
  • Click on Edit under account section as you did while adding new email address
  • Now hit Change email address
Change email address
  • Enter your new email address that you want to use as Apple ID email, then follow the same procedure that we mentioned for adding a new email address

How to change the Password for Apple ID or iCloud Account

On the same page where you added a new email address, see the security section. Click on Change Password, and then you need to enter the Answers to your security questions. If you don’t remember it, you can click on reset your security questions option, and follow the instruction
Change Password
Note : You can’t change the username ( The only option to change is “Create a new Apple Account.” This is just a supplementary account where you can receive email, but you can always add another email and use as Apple ID for iMessage, FaceTime, Apple Store etc..

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How to View Live Photos in Messages for Mac

Play Live Photo in Messages for Mac
Live Photos are basically a still photo that comes to life as a short video, they’re a neat feature that can be captured by newer model iPhone cameras, and now the Messages app on the Mac can view these little moments if they’re sent your way.

To have access to Live Photos in Messages for Mac, you’ll need to be running OS X 10.11.4 or later, as earlier Messages versions don’t support the feature in OS X. Aside from that, you’ll just need someone with an iPhone that can take Live Photos to send the Mac one, the rest is pretty simple.

Watching Live Photos in Messages for Mac OS X

  1. In the Mac Messages app, open the message where the sender has sent you a Live Photo, the Live Photo can be indicated by the little icon in the upper left corner of the image
  2. A Live Photos is indicated by the little icon in the upper left corner of the picture
  3. Double-click on the Live Photo within Messages app to open a preview window of the picture, the live video portion will immediately play
  4. Playing a Live Photo in Messages for mac
  5. Re-play the Live Photo by clicking the little “Live” button in the lower left corner of the preview image
  6. Live photo button
Simple, easy, and works with any Mac with a compatible version of Messages app.
You can try this out yourself if you don’t have someone sending you Live Photos constantly, all you need to do is take a Live Photo with an iPhone camera and then send it to yourself via Messages in iOS so that you can view it on the Mac in the Messages client.
This is a nice feature addition to Messages for Mac, since previously the Live Photos either had to be imported into the Photos app or the sender would have to convert the Live Photo to an animated GIF before sending it over to get a similar experience (for the record, I still hope a ‘convert to gif’ option arrives in future iOS versions, but anyway…).

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The Mac Hosts File: How to Modify /etc/hosts in OS X with TextEdit

Edit the hosts file in TextEdit in Mac OS X
The Mac hosts file is a system level file located at /etc/hosts which maps IP addresses to host names for Mac OS X networking. Many users edit and modify the hosts file so that they can point a domain to a different IP address, whether for the purpose of local development, blocking sites, or simply to access alternate servers from various apps and system level functions. Most advanced users will edit the hosts file from the OS X Terminal using nano or vim, but for those who prefer to stay within the Mac OS GUI, you can also modify the Mac’s hosts file through TextEdit, or even a third party app like BBEdit or TextWrangler. This offers a more user friendly option compared to going through the command line.

If you don’t have a specific reason to modify the Mac hosts file in OS X, you should not do so. An incorrectly formatted hosts file or improper entry can lead to DNS issues and problems with various internet services. This is for advanced users.

How to Modify the Mac Hosts File at /etc/hosts with TextEdit OS X

This approach to changing /etc/hosts with TextEdit works with any version of OS X. For Mac users who are running OS X 10.11 or later releases, you must first disable SIP protection however, otherwise the Mac /etc/hosts file will be locked when attempting to access it from TextEdit.
  1. Quit TextEdit if it is currently open
  2. Launch the Terminal application in Mac OS X, found within /Applications/Utilities/
  3. Enter the following command exactly to open the Macs hosts file within the TextEdit GUI application
  4. sudo open -a TextEdit /etc/hosts
  5. Hit return and enter the admin password for OS X when requested to authenticate the launch through sudo
  6. How to modify the hosts file in TextEdit of Mac OS X
  7. The /etc/hosts file will launch into TextEdit as a plain text file where it can be edited and modified as need be, when finished use File > Save or hit Command+S as usual to save the changes to the hosts document *
  8. Quit out of TextEdit, then quit out of Terminal when finished
How to Edit the Mac hosts file in TextEdit for OS X
* If the hosts file shows as “locked” and won’t save changes despite being launched through sudo, it’s likely because you didn’t disable SIP as mentioned in the introduction. You can turn off SIP in OS X with these instructions, which requires a reboot of the Mac. This is necessary for modern versions of OS X, though you can choose to edit the hosts file using the command line with nano as described here without adjusting SIP.
It’s good practice to make a duplicate of the hosts file so that if you break something you can easily fix it, though we’ve got the original default hosts file here in case you need to restore it. It’s also a good idea to set plain text mode as the default for TextEdit.
You’ll likely want to clear out your DNS cache after modifying the hosts file, here’s how to flush DNS in OS X El Capitan and modern versions Mac OS and how to do the same in prior releases.
Users can also choose to modify Mac OS X’s /etc/hosts with TextWrangler, BBEdit, or another third party application. The trick is largely the same as Text Edit, still requiring the use of sudo, but changing the specified application name as follows.
Opening /etc/hosts with TextWrangler:
sudo open -a TextWrangler /etc/hosts
Or launching /etc/hosts into Bbedit:
sudo open -a BBEdit /etc/hosts
While the aforementioned approaches work in all modern versions of OS X, earlier versions of Mac OS X can also launch the TextEdit binary with hosts directly from the command line with the following syntax:
sudo ./Applications/ /etc/hosts
That method will not work in the latest releases, however, thus you’ll want to rely on the open command instead.
Know of another trick to modify the Mac hosts file in an easy fashion through TextEdit or another GUI app? Let us know in the comments.

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How to Change the Default System Font in OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande

Change the Default System Font in OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande
The Lucida Grande font is known for its crisp and obvious readability which makes it a great user interface font, and it rightfully served as the Mac OS X default system font for many years. Then along came Yosemite, where the Mac system font was changed to the generally unpopular Helvetica Neue. Apple has since improved font readability considerably by changing the default system font yet again in OS X El Capitan, this time to a new font called San Francisco. While the San Francisco font is considerably better as a display font than Helvetica Neue, it’s still not quite as readable for some Mac users and on some non-retina displays as Lucida Grande. Fortunately, with a little effort you can change the default system font on a Mac with OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande again, and return to the classic user interface font.

This app changes the system font, used in menu bars, menus, the Finder, Dock, window title bars, and elsewhere. If you like the system font the way it is now, or don’t even care, you likely won’t benefit from this application.

Replacing the Mac System Font in OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande (from Mavericks)

  1. Consider starting a backup of the Mac with Time Machine and waiting for it to finish if you haven’t done so in a while, it’s unlikely you’ll have any problems but backing up is good practice anyway
  2. Go here to download the El Capitan Lucida Grande app, it’s free and open source if you feel like poking around the code yourself
  3. Right-click (or Control+Click) on the “El Capitan Lucida” file you just downloaded and choose ‘Open’ – this will launch the app beyond Gatekeeper
  4. Choose the “Patch & Install & Clear font cache” button in the launcher app, then enter the administrator password when requested, the admin login is necessary to create a new file in the /Library/Fonts/ folder, which is the system level font directory*
  5. When finished, quit out of the app and reboot the Mac for changes to take effect throughout OS X
When OS X reboots the system font will be changed to Lucida Grande from San Francisco. Here’s a before and after shown as animated GIF, the change is subtle:
Replacing the default system font in OS X before and after
Here’s a still before and after as well, this is what a Finder window and menu bar look like in OS X with the default San Francisco font (the before):
OS X El Capitan default system font of San Francisco
And here is what the same Finder window and menu bar look like in OS X with Lucida Grande font (the after):
OS X El Capitan with Lucida Grande
As you can see, the changes are extremely subtle. This animated gif gives you an idea of just how subtle the change is, with Lucida Grande being ever so slightly bolder, slightly wider, with slightly more spacing, with the result being it’s slightly more readable to some individuals.

Looks Interesting, But How Does this App Replace the System Font?

For those who might wish to understand what this app is doing to replace the system font in OS X: it’s quite simple, the “Lucida Grande El Capitan” app works by creating a new patched version of the Lucida Grande font and placing that system font file in /Library/Fonts/ called “LucidaGrande_modsysfontelc.ttc”. In other words, it’s simply creating a new font file that is recognized by OS X as being the default system font, thus when Mac OS X boots it loads that new system font file version of Lucida grande rather than San Francisco — it does not replace or modify any system files.

The Default System Fonts Are Barely Different? What’s the Point?

Indeed, going from San Francisco to Lucida Grande is much more subtle than abandoning Helvetica Neue for Lucida Grande or for Comic Sans, so if you’ve never thought twice about the system font in OS X El Capitan let alone in Yosemite or Mavericks, you probably won’t even notice the change, meaning this isn’t really aimed at you. But, for users who either just prefer Lucida Grande due to longstanding habit, or because it’s easier for them to read on a particular display, this little unofficial font patch is a nice modification to Mac OS X.
Perhaps in the future Apple will introduce a ‘bold fonts’ option in OS X Accessibility preferences to make default font text easier for some Mac users to read, much like the bold fonts choice in iOS. But that hasn’t happened yet, so in the meantime, if you’re not thrilled with the system font in OS X El Capitan, consider changing that system font back to the classic Lucida Grande, because for many it’s just easier on the eyes and easier to read.

A few known font display bugs

Indeed there are a few text kerning and spacing bugs with the initial release patch, presumably a fix will resolve those issues shortly. The most annoying is likely found in Safari where multiple tabs start squishing the text together in a tab title, here’s what it looks like:
font bug
Again, a future release of the Lucida Grande replacement font will likely resolve that issue. If it’s a dealbreaker, just uninstall it and wait for the time being.

What About Changing the Default System Font to a Different Font?

If Lucida Grande isn’t your thing, there are other options for new default system fonts in OS X El Capitan which use the same basic idea as this app, many of these existed for prior OS X releases but have yet to be modified for El Capitan. Currently, other alternatives are:
* Note that you can also install fonts and modified Mac system fonts in the user fonts folder at ~/Library/Fonts/, but doing so sometimes causes weird font display gibberish that isn’t remedied by dumping font caches in OS X, particularly with dialog and alert windows. Thus, if you’re replacing the system font, go with the root font directory.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

How to Uninstall Programs on Mac Including System Apps

How to remove apps from Mac
Uninstalling apps on Mac is as simple as removing any file, but you may wonder how to do that if you are new to Mac. Apple doesn’t allow to remove system apps on Mac easy way, but it can still be done using terminal. We will tell you everything about removing programs from Mac.

How to uninstall programs on Mac

There are three ways to remove an app from Mac that didn’t come preinstalled with OS X, and one way to remove system apps. Those apps you downloaded can be removed from Application folder, Launchpad and Terminal, but System apps can be removed from Terminal only.

Method 1 : Removing apps from Application Folder (won’t work for system apps)

  • Launch Finder on Mac, and click on Application folder
Application Folder on Mac
  • Right-click on any application, and select Move to Trash
App move to trash on Mac
  • Now you will be asked to enter Administrator Password. So type the Password, and Press Enter Key, and the app will be moved to Trash Folder (Mac doesn’t ask for the admin password for some apps)
  • Now launch Trash Folder, and remove it from there

Method 2: Uninstall programs from Launchpad (can’t delete system apps)

Removing apps from Launchpad is like removing it from iOS. However, you should follow first method, because Launchpad doesn’t allow to remove some apps.
  • Go to Launchpad, and click and hold on any app, just like you do on iPhone or iPad. All the apps icon will start shaking, and you will get cross mark on each app you can remove
  • Now click on Cross Mark, and hit Delete (It will be remove immediately, and won’t go to trash)
Delete Mac Apps

Method 3: How to uninstall any program (including system apps) on Mac

If your Mac is running OS X 10.10 Yosemite or older version, you can launch terminal and start uninstalling apps (even system apps). If you are running OS X 10.11 El Capitan, you need  to disable System Integrity Protection first, and then you can use command in terminal to remove system apps.
Note : You are not recommended to remove any system app, and we hold no responsibility if your laptop starts creating trouble. Any removed app will not go to trash folder, and you can’t recover it until you have backup, or reinstall it. So do it on your own risk. Always keep the backup, in case…..
  • Launch Terminal App (Press Command+Space key to, type Terminal, and press Enter to launch)
  • Once terminal in launched type following command, and press enter to go to Application Directory
cd /Applications/
Terminal Applications folder
  • Now you are in Application folder, you need to type the command this way to remove any app : sudo rm -rf
  • For example : If I want to remove Spotify app from my Mac, I will type the following in Terminal
sudo rm -rf
  • Now press Enter key, and type your password (will not be visible), and press Enter key again, and the app will be removed
  • When an app name has 2 words, you need to type following way. This is also an example of removing system app (QuickTime Player)
sudo rm -rf QuickTime\
  • Then press Enter Key, type Password, and press Enter 
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How to delete Linkedin, Twitter, FaceBook, Google+ Account

Google Plus FaceBook Linkedin Twitter
There are times when you want to get rid of social media accounts, and you may wonder how to do that. We will take you through the steps to delete/deactivate some of the most popular social media accounts.

How to Delete Linkedin Account

Linkedin is professional social media platform, and you will not find many spammers there like other social media websites. However, if you want to delete your Linkedin account follow these steps;
  • Visit, and login with your ID and Password
  • Hover the mouse pointer on your profile icon image, and click Privacy & Settings
Managing Linkedin Account
  • Make sure you are under Account and Subscription tab, and click on Closing Your Account
Close Linkedin Account
  • Give them a reason of leaving Linkedin and click Next
Why Deleting Linkedin Account
  • Now Enter the password and click Close Account
Close Account

How to Delete Twitter Account

  •  Login to your Twitter account visiting
  • Click on your Profile, and Select Settings
Twitter account Settings
  • Scroll down and click on Deactivate my account
Shut down twitter account
  • Read the detail before deactivation as you can make some changes if you still want to use Twitter
  • Now click on Deactivate @UserID if you still want to close it
Deactivate Twitter account
  • Enter the password, and click Deactivate account
Twitter account deletion

How to Close FaceBook Account

We have already discussed how to delete FaceBook Account, so follow the steps given in the article. We have discussed 4 ways to disappear from FaceBook, and that will help for sure.

How to delete Google+ Account or Profile

This guide will not delete your whole Google Account, but Google Plus Profile only. So follow the steps given below if you want to do that;
  • Visit, and login with your Google ID and Password
  • Read the warning and deletion consequence before you proceed further
  • Tick the required check box, and click Delete (Note : No warning message will appear, and you will lose your account, and the data can’t be recovered)
Google Plus Account Delete
Deleting your profile will not delete your business pages, and you can still manage them.

Delete whole Google Account

Instead of deleting Google Plus if you want to delete whole Google Account including Gmail and other services, you can visit Login with you Google ID and Password, and click on Delete your account or services under Account preferences section, and follow the instruction given on the screen.

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How to Enable or Disable System Integrity Protection on Mac

modify SIP on Mac OS X
OS X 10.11 El Capitan is the most secure Operating System Apple has ever made. It is secured by the System Integrity Protection that limits the apps and users in root level.
Whether you are a developer or a normal user, no one is recommended to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP). If you do so, Malware, Virus or other infected files would get a chance to use this permission to make changes in your system or preinstalled files. This could make your Mac vulnerable and risk your own data and privacy.
If SIP in enabled, you can still uninstall programs on Mac, but can’t remove any system apps or modify system files. If you want to do something like that, you need to disable SIP, and then it can be done. After making changes it can be enabled again, and we will tell you how. If you are using OS X 10.10 Yosemite or older version, you can remove system apps without disabling SIP.
Note : If you don’t know what you are doing, never try it. I will not be responsible for anything happens ahead. Removing system apps or making changes in system files may make your system unstable.

How to check System Integrity Protection Status, Enable or Disable it

  • Shut down your Mac completely
  • Press Command+R key, and then press Power Key to go to the recovery screen
  • Click on Utilities, and select Terminal
Terminal on Recovery
  • Type the following command in terminal to check System Integrity Protection status. By default it is always on
csrutil status
SIP Status
  • It’s enabled as you can see in the screenshot above, and now we will disable it typing the following command
csrutil disable
Disable SIP
  • Now SIP is disabled, and you can restart your computer. Make any changes you want to do
  • After making changes, you can enable SIP again. Shut down your computer, and Press Command+R+Power Key to go to recovery screen again, open Terminal, and type the following command
csrutil enable
Enable SIP
  • Restart your computer, and enjoy enhanced security
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