We’ve already pieced together some of our favorite tips and tricks for your Apple device, and there’s still plenty more where that came from. Though Macs and Apple items are intuitive, sometimes it helps to get around the little details to make them even more amazing.
If you missed it, here is the first installment of Our Favorite Tips for iPad, iPhone, Macs, and more. And now here are more of the ones we love.
iTunes without a Credit Card
When setting up an iTunes account, the prompt says that you need to input a credit card. But what if its for your son or daughter, or perhaps you don’t have one yourself? There’s a away around it, and here is how. First select iTunes Store in iTunes. Click on App Store, then find a free app. Select “Free” to purchase it. Then it will say Create New Account. Click Continue, and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Click Continue again. Add an email address, password, security question, and date of birth. Then click Continue.
You’ll reach the next screen and it will ask you to provide a payment method. Choose None, and enter your address. Click Continue. Next you’ll verify your email address and you’ll be good to go. If you do ever want to purchase something, you’ll have to use either a Credit Card or an iTunes gift card.
Look Up Words in a Flash
Luckily, iOS 5 has a built-in dictionary, so users can literally have it at their figure tips when they’re on their phone. It’s easily accessible from many apps, including Safari, so you can define a word with ease. To define the word, double tap the word that you want to define. Choose Define from the list of options that pops up. The word will open up in the dictionary. When you’re finished, just click Done and you’ll be taken back to where you were.
Make Your Mac a Router
Internet Sharing will change your Mac into a convenient wireless router. It works on Mac OS X 10.6 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. If you enable the internet sharing, you Mac will then broadcast a WiFi signal that can be used by another Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, et cetera. This is useful if you don’t have a wireless router, there isn’t a wireless internet connection, you are in a hotel or another place where Internet is charged per device, or you don’t want to tether your phone. To enable sharing, connect the ethernet cable to the Mac. Go to System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu. Click on Sharing, then Internet Sharing. There will be a pull-down menu next to “Share your connection from.” Choose “Ethernet”. and choose “Ethernet”. Click on the box next to “Wi-Fi” or, if using an older version, “AirPort”. Then click on “WiFi Options” and the network you want to connect to. Enable encryption and use a WEP for a wireless password. Click “okay” and you’re done.
Screenshots on the iPad
To take a screenshot on the iPad, it’s so easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t already know. Hold down the Power button on the top corner, and the Home button on the front at the same time. A screenshot is taken because it will briefly flash white. The screenshot will then be stored in the Photos app.
Gifting an App
If you want to give someone the gift of an app, consider by passing an iTunes gift card. You can gift apps directly from your device. Just go to the App store, then find the app that you want to gift. Tap on it. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on “Gift This App”. Sign into the iTunes Store if you aren’t already. Tap Next, then fill in your name, the recipients name, and the recipients email address, and then, if you’d like, a note to them, as well. If you put multiple email addresses, it will gift it for each person (charging you each time). Go forward to the purchase summary screen, then tap on “Buy Gift”. This will immediately be sent to the recipient. Instead of emailing them, you can also print a redeemable code so they have something to open.
Clean Out Your Downloads
It can be something we easily forget, to clean our our Downloads folder, especially because it isn’t as obvious as, for example, sorting out the Desktop. Chances are, you’ve also downloaded the same things multiple times (a restaurant menu, perhaps? Images?) If you go into there right now, you might realize that you have a couple gigabytes worth of unneeded files floating around. Just go to the download folder (generally beside the Trash Can) on the bottom right of the Dock. Otherwise, if that isn’t there for you, type Downloads in Spotlight to access it quickly. Click on the top item in the folder. Hold down the Shift Key, then click on the bottom. This should select them all. Drag it to the trash and watch more room suddenly appear.