How to fix iPhone not showing in Finder under locations on macOS Catalina

Catalina has officially been released and that means iTunes is no more. If you own an iPhone, or had one in the past, you know that it’s hard to use it without iTunes. With Catalina, iTunes’ functionality has been broken up and split across different apps. Syncing the iPhone on Catalina is now done through Finder. It’s simple and the interface is taken almost entirely from iTunes. It does require that your iOS device show up in Finder. If you don’t see it, there’s a simple fix.

Fix iPhone not showing in Finder

Your iPhone or iPad should appear under Locations in the left column in Finder. If it’s not there, you need to click Finder on the menu bar, and select Preferences.

In the window that opens, go to the Sidebar tab, and enable the ‘CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices’ option under the Location section.

Return to Finder, make sure you’ve connected your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, and it will appear under Locations in the sidebar. You can select it and you’ll get options to sync/back up the iPhone to your Mac.

Connected devices have always appeared in Finder but it was never really that important to access an iPhone from the file manager. Before Catalina, iTunes normally launched when an iPhone was connected and took a fresh back up. The photos and videos on the device synced with it, and could be imported in the Photos app. The Photos app itself is a photo library manager like no other and users weren’t likely to want to browse their photos and videos from Finder when they had Photos.

While Photos is still around, iTunes isn’t and the Finder is how an iPhone is synced. The device being absent from the sidebar matters a whole lot more now.

The option to show iOS devices in the sidebar on Finder isn’t hidden but it’s grouped together with CDs and DVDs and, that particular hardware is now almost gone from modern laptops. We’re not even sure if any current Mac or MacBook models still have one. Older ones might have an optical drive but Apple has been quick to drop the hardware in an attempt to make slimmer, lighter laptops.

If your iPhone doesn’t appear in Finder after enabling this option, it is possible that you have a faulty cable, or there’s something wrong with the port. Change the port, and try a different, preferably original cable to connect your iPhone to your Mac.

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How to convert VCF contacts to CSV file

Format standardization isn’t easy. Even if you only have a handful of formats for a particular file type, you will still find they are not universally supported. Case in point; contacts. Contacts are created and stored on all sorts of devices and by all sorts of apps and services. You have contacts for your phone, you have contacts in your email, you have Skype contacts, Facebook contacts, Messenger contacts, Whatsapp contacts, and loads of others. Between these services alone, you’ll find they can’t all agree on a single contacts’ export/import format. If you have contacts saved in VCF format, but need them in CSV format, you can convert them with an online service.

Convert VCF contacts to CSV

You can convert VCF contacts to CSV with an online service called vCard to CSV converter. There’s nothing special about this service. It does the job and it has a basic, easy-to-use interface.

Visit the service, and click the Choose File button. Select the VCF file that you want to convert to CSV file. The app can convert the file to LDIF, CSV, and CSV for Gmail. There’s a slight difference in the kind of CSV file that Gmail reads and an ordinary CSV file, and this may hold true for other email services and/or clients. It’s up to you to determine which is the correct type of CSV file for you. If you’re not sure, you can always convert it to both, and see which version works.

Click the Convert option and the app will convert the file to CSV. You won’t see any sort of progress bar. When the conversion is complete, a Save File window will open. You can select where you want to save it.

Generally speaking, no information is lost when a VCF file is converted to CSV. The CSV file has headers of its own and there’s no reason for it to miss or drop important contact information. That said, if the contact has fields that a CSV file simply cannot support e.g., images, the information will be lost.

In addition to dedicated conversion services, email services and clients might also have an option to convert these files. Of course, you will probably have to import the VCF file first, and then export it as a CSV later. It’s a longer process but it’s an alternative if you don’t want to use an online app.

Need to convert a CSV file to VCF? You can use Gmail.

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How to add iOS contacts to People on Windows 10

If you use an Apple product, and only one Apple product, you will quickly run into lots of roadblocks when you try and get it to work with the other non-Apple devices that you use. A very common example of this is users who own iPhones but still prefer Windows or Linux desktops. Getting the two different devices to play nice isn’t easy and you miss out on lots of features. Windows 10 tends to be more open while iOS and macOS are restrictive. To that end, if you want to sync iOS contacts to People on Windows 10, you’re going to find there’s no way to connect the two services.

While you cannot sync iOS contacts to People, you can still import them. There’s a difference between the two which we’ll explain towards the end but for now, let’s get down to adding iOS contacts to People. The bigger problem is importing them because the People app is just the worst. It has no direct import option.

Export iOS contacts

You need to export your iOS contacts. To do that, you must have your contacts synced to iCloud. You can enable sync on your iPhone. Once you’ve done that, visit iCloud in your browser and select the Contacts app.

At the bottom left, click the cog wheel button. Select ‘Select all’ from the menu, and then the export option. This will export all your contacts as a single VCF file.

VCF to CSV

You’ve got all your contacts in a VCF file but, in order to import them, you need the file to be in CSV format. There are numerous online converters that can do the job. Pick any one and use it to convert the VCF file to CSV. Not all apps work equally well so if you have trouble importing the converted CSV file in the next step, use a different app to convert the VCF file to a CSV file, and try again.

Import CSV file in Outlook

Your iOS contacts are now in a CSV file. Visit Outlook contacts online. Sign in, click the Manage button, and select the Import option. The contacts will take some time to import depending on how many there are.

Add Outlook to Mail on Windows 10

Return to your Windows 10 desktop and open the Mail app. Click the cog wheel button. In the panel that opens, select Manage Accounts. Add the Outlook account you just imported contacts to.

Once the account has been added, select it under Manage Accounts again. You will see an option to manage sync settings for the account. Click it and make sure both Email and Contact are enabled.

This should do the trick. Your contacts will now appear in the People app. If you disable Email sync for the account, the contacts will disappear from the People app. Don’t ask us why. That’s just how it works.

Sync vs Import

You’ve jumped through quite a few hoops to import these contacts but they’ve been imported. They are not syncing. This means that if you update or add new contacts on your iPhone (or MacBook), you will need to go through this entire process again. The new changes won’t automatically be added to the People app. The whole process is what red tape looks like in an online world and if you feel like setting your computer on fire at this point, we understand.

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How to play MS-DOS games online

The Internet Archive is a website where you can find snapshots of old and abandoned websites, discontinued software, and outdated/old apps that no longer have a platform to run on. It’s basically Sakaar for the internet but there’s no Grand Master, or fighting. If you want to run Windows Movie Maker, or any other app from Windows Live Essentials, you can get them all from the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive has recently added about 2500 MS-DOS game titles to its database and, it’s also included an emulator that can run in your browser. You can use it to play MS-DOS games online. Here’s how.

All these games are available for free. You don’t have to worry about licenses or whether or not you’re breaking the law by playing the games online.

Play MS-DOS games online

Visit the Internet Archive’s library of MS-DOS games. There are a few search filters that you can use to narrow down the titles you see, and there’s a search bar at the top of the column on the left that you can use to search for a particular title.

Select a game title to play and you’ll be taken to its page. There isn’t much here except for a history of the game and what looks like an over-sized header image but, that’s the emulator. Resize your browser window so that it fits just right around it. You will see a ‘power’ button on the image. Click it, and the game will start.

When the game starts, you will see a welcome screen and the options on the welcome screen will differ based on the game you’ve selected to play. There isn’t going to be anything too complicated since these are MS-DOS games that ran on a very simple interface with basic hardware. At no point will you be forced to configure any controls.

There are loads of titles to choose from but you cannot take the games offline. You can switch over to full screen mode for a better playing experience.┬áThe games should run in any modern web browser though you might want to give Opera’s gaming browser a try if you don’t want to play in Chrome or Firefox.

It goes without saying that scores won’t be saved. You will see your current score but it’s highly unlikely that if you close the tab or window that you have the game open in, and come back to it later, your score will still be there. This is a simple emulation of the game and no list of worldwide top scores is maintained for the people who play it.

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How to add a message on the lock screen on macOS

A message on the lock screen can be an effective way to remind yourself to do something. If it helps, you can also use it as place for a motivational quote though perhaps the desktop is a more suitable place for it. Regardless why you do it, here’s how you can add a message on the lock screen on macOS.

We’re going to do this with a built-in macOS screensaver. The screensaver appears when you want it to, regardless if your screen is locked or not but, once you lock your screen, the display will turn off at some point. If you don’t want the screensaver and your message to be visible all the time, you can let it disappear when you screen goes to sleep. If you do want the screen awake at all times, use this trick to prevent sleep on the lock screen.

Message on lock screen

Open the System Preferences app, and go to the Desktop & Screen Saver preference. Select the Screen Saver tab. In the column on the left, go through the list of available screensavers and select the one named ‘Message’.

The stock message is set to your Mac’s name. There’s a ‘Screen Saver Options’ button in the pane on the right. Click it, and then enter the message you want to display. The Apple logo is going to stick around. You cannot get rid of it. Once you’ve set the message, click the Preview button to see what it looks like.

It’s a good idea to review the screensaver settings on macOS as well. You can set when the screensaver starts from this very same preference pane. Open the ‘Start after’ dropdown under the column on the left and set when the screensaver should start. You should also go to the Energy Saver preference and change when the display should turn off. You can set it to Never though we don’t really recommend that unless you’re displaying something incredibly important on your screen. Set it so that it doesn’t turn off at the same time the screensaver turns on.

The screensaver appears after a short, user-defined period of inactivity so make sure your screen doesn’t turn off before it. The screen’s sleep interval when it’s unlocked is different from the screen sleep interval when it’s locked. We’ve mentioned above what to do to keep the screen awake on the lock screen. Use a combination of sleep settings, the screensaver, and the method mentioned above to display a message on the lock screen on macOS.

Want to show a message on the lock screen on Windows 10? We’ve got you covered.

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