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What to do if the sound is not working on your Mac If the sound on your Mac has stopped working, there are a number of possible explanations and solutions. The first thing to check is that the sound definitely is not working. Below we'll explain what to check. No sound on Mac? Check these things first 1. Check the volume As… Read more... What to do when FaceTime is not working on Mac While FaceTime is generally reliable on Mac, you might run into problems from time to time. If you’re currently facing a situation where FaceTime is not connecting no matter how many times you attempt to launch the app, fear not — there are fixes available. These tips should help you… Read more... What to do if your Mac USB ports are not working Before we get into the software fixes, let’s start with the simplest solution of all: restarting your Mac. Switch the Mac off and back on again. You’ll be surprised at how many problems a quick restart solves. Next, check the USB device. There’s a chance that it could have failed,… Read more... How to get your Mac Bluetooth working? While Bluetooth issues are rare, they do occur and throw everything up in the air when they do. Suddenly, you can’t use your system in the way that you’re used to and have to figure out different ways to complete tasks. But don’t panic — there’s usually an easy fix.… Read more... How to reset your Mac password Due to the robust security within Apple’s new macOS operating system, there is a high emphasis on data protection. Whether you’re simply logging in, downloading new software, or trying to delete files or apps from the hard drive, you will always need to input your Mac password. Here are a… Read more... Should I buy a refurbished Mac? There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding refurbished Mac products, with customers wondering whether they’re going to get a lower quality product than a brand new Mac. Questions surrounding the efficiency of a refurbished Mac in comparison to new models are consistently at the forefront of customers’ minds, with many still… Read more... How to access the iCloud Photo Library on Mac The iCloud Photo Library is one of those “where have you been all my life” kind of apps. Once you’ve started using it, there’s no going back. The iCloud Photo Library lets you sync your photos across all other devices meaning your precious memories are with you at all times… Read more... How to rebuild the Spotlight index on Mac What does Spotlight do? Spotlight feature is one of Mac’s best features, allowing you to search for files, folders, documents, apps, and files from one central place with just a keyword or two. It uses an indexed database of the disks and files on your system to make locating items… Read more... What happens when you enable or disable firewall for Mac? Firewall is software that’s there to protect you so it’s best to keep it turned on. With Firewall running, your Mac takes care of everything — automatically determining whether or not an application is allowed to send or receive traffic from the network. It does this using Code Signing Certificates… Read more... Fixing an external hard drive that’s not showing up on Mac Your Mac not recognizing an external hard drive can be cause for panic. But try to remain calm — it’s unlikely that anything has happened to your files. All of your data will still be on the hard drive, it just that, for whatever reason, you can’t access it. Fortunately,… Read more...

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