How-To guides for Mac users

iTunes error (9006), how to fix?

iTunes displays error message with code (9006) while attempting to update or restore iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, how to fix?

Apple products offer great functionality with regard to synchronization mechanisms, whether syncing with cloud storage or automatic backups on Mac computers. Restoring your iPhone or updating the mobile operating system via iTunes should be a quick and efficient process, however, some iPhones, iPads, and iPods touch users encounter problems when their computer with iTunes software displays an error message stating 'There was a problem downloading the software for the iPhone "iPhone". An unknown error occurred (9006)'.

 
Change the default web browser on Mac

How to change default web browser application on Mac computers?

The Safari application is the default web browser on all Apple products including Mac computers, such as iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, Mac pro, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, and also mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (with the mobile version of Safari). You may, however, not like the app interface or functionality and prefer alternative software such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera. This is common to those who have recently switched from Windows to Mac devices.

 
Force to quit frozen apps on Mac

Terminate the frozen and unresponsinve applications on Mac

Apple computers are a leader in terms of computer performance and stability. Your MacBook or iMac will usually operate for long periods of time without glitches or problems, however, Apple cannot control every aspect of their products. Some third-party applications might contain optimization and resource usage faults causing frozen apps or, in some rare cases, a freeze of the entire Mac system. Most Mac users will have experienced the spinning beach ball on their screens for at least a second, but this is clearly much more frustrating when the ball does not stop spinning and the application freezes and becomes unresponsive.

 
Mac USB ports not working, how to fix?

Mac computer's USB ports stopped working or not working at all, how to fix?

Today, Universal Serial Bus (USB) is one of the main connection interfaces available. USB is used extensively, from input devices (keyboard/mouse) to external storage and output devices (printers, speakers/headphones). As USB ports are used for a wide range of devices, an inactive port can become a major problem. First, ensure the problem is with the Mac USB ports - the easiest way is to try a few separate devices using the same connections.

 
Usage of Apple Hardware test and Apple Diagnostics on Mac?

How to launch and use Apple's built-in hardware diagnostic tools, such as Apple Hardware Test and Apple Diagnostics?

Apple computers are well known for their stability and performance, and also use of hardware resources. Many people state that Mac computers never crash, however, there is always a chance of hardware or software crashes on any system. To help users in this respect, Apple included a built-in diagnostic tool that checks all computer components and displays results and recommendations about how to solve any existing issues. The tool (called Apple Hardware Test) provided multiple diagnostic tests on all Mac computers, and was available until 2013. Later, Apple slightly changed the name (Apple Diagnostics) and appearance on all models released after 2013.

 
Your startup disk is almost full, how to fix on Mac?

Mac is displaying warning message 'Your startup disk is almost full', how to fix?

Many Mac users have encountered a message stating that their startup disk is almost full. The appearance of this particular message varies with versions of the operating system. The issue tends to occur on release of each operating system version and it is not related to hardware or software glitches, even though it appears to be a warning message. The message states that you have reached the limit of free space on the hard drive. The Mac issues this warning, since the macOS requires at least 10 % of free space available in order to work properly. Furthermore, when the hard disk runs out of free space, the performance of the Mac will decrease significantly and various errors and glitches might also appear.

 

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