How to Set Ethernet or Wi-Fi as the Default on a Mac

Modern Mac users have multiple ways to connect to a network or the Internet, including Wi-Fi and Ethernet. If you’re not careful, though, you might not be using the connection you think you are. But fear not, we’re here to help.

Apple might be systematically removing ports from its computers, but if you own one of the company’s desktop Macs, or are a resident of Dongle Town, you probably have multiple different network connections available to you at any one time. When maximum throughput is your goal, you’ll be connecting via an Ethernet cable. However, it’s important also to keep Wi-Fi active for some of Apple’s more fancy features, including unlocking your Mac with an Apple Watch and more.

You’ll probably need to keep Wi-Fi turned on, which can lead to a problem—your Mac could be using Wi-Fi, even if you have an Ethernet cable plugged in.

That is less than ideal for obvious reasons. Anyone who makes heavy use of any Network Attached Storage, or even just has a super fast Internet connection, needs to use the fastest connection available to them. Thankfully, macOS makes it easy to change the priority of connections. Here’s how to make sure Ethernet is at the very top of that list.

Changing the Order of Network Connections

To start, click on the Apple menu and then select “System Preferences.”

Next, click “Network” to open the network-specific preference pane.

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How to Recover Deleted Files from iCloud Drive

Losing files is gut-wrenching, especially if it’s an important work document or pictures of your kids. Online storage solutions usually offer a way to restore deleted files, and iCloud is no different. The process is convoluted, but we’ll hold your hand all the way.

Companies like Dropbox offer some extensive solutions for restoring deleted files for months after their deletion, and while iCloud comes close to that, it falls short in many ways.

If you deleted a file that you previously saved in iCloud Drive and now need to recover it, there are two caveats to keep in mind:

  • Files are only available for restoration up to 30 days after deletion. After that point, they’re gone forever.
  • Restoration can generally only take place on a computer, via iCloud.com. Starting with iOS 11 and macOS Sierra, developers can build a “recently deleted” feature into their apps, but your mileage will vary here.

The first of those two caveats mean that you’re unlikely to be able to use iCloud Drive file restoration as a reliable backup solution because the history doesn’t go back far enough. The second means that the chances are good that any file restoration will require a trip to a computer. Any iPad or iPhone owner visiting iCloud.com is unhelpfully directed to set up iCloud, open “Find My iPhone,” or access “Find My Friends.”

All this means that if file restoration is your last hope, you’re going to have to cross your fingers and head over to iCloud.com. Here are the steps you need to follow to get started.

Restoring Deleted Files from iCloud Drive

You may never have visited it before, but to start, open Safari and connect to the iCloud website. You’ll need to log in with your Apple ID; make sure you use the one associated with the iCloud Drive that hosted the file or files you want to restore.

Once signed into iCloud.com, click the “Settings” button.

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How to Gain Instagram Followers by Sharing your Nametag

Instagram is the place to be these days and, as someone once said, sharing is caring. It could be your wedding or something much more mundane, but without followers, it’s pointless. Here’s how to make it easy for people to follow you.

The people who work at Instagram know that the key to a great Instagram profile is to make sure it’s easy for people to follow you. All the best photos in the world won’t do you any good if nobody knows that they exist, so sharing your Instagram profile is vital. Until recently, that meant making people aware of your profile name, which depending on how savvy you were when you set it up, might be unwieldy or just plain bad. Towards the end of 2018, Instagram launched the Nametag, and it changed the game completely.

You might not know it yet, but your Instagram profile has a┬áNametag, and if you don’t like it, you can customize it, too. The idea is that you share your Nametag—essentially a QR code in picture form—and then other people plug that into Instagram to access your profile before they, hopefully, follow you.

So now that we’re all familiar with what a Nametag is, how do you share yours and get those sweet, sweet followers?

How to Share Your Instagram Nametag

As you might expect, the place to start is the Instagram app. Open the app and tap the “Profile” button.

Next, tap the hamburger button in the top right corner to expand the sidebar.

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How to Set a Volume Limit for Apple Music on iPhone and iPad

Your hearing is important, and if you lose it, you can’t get it back. We all like to listen to loud music, but limiting the volume is vital, especially for kids. Here, we explain how to limit the volume of Apple Music.

Parents know that making sure their children don’t destroy their hearing by listening to music too loudly is important, but as anyone with children will attest, simply making that statement isn’t always enough to ensure compliance. It’s not that children actively like to disobey—not always!—but sometimes things slip their minds. Thankfully there are ways to limit the volume at which Apple Music can play, meaning you can limit an iPhone or iPad to non-eardrum-busting levels.

It’s important to note that this will only change the maximum volume of music played via Apple Music, which is unfortunate. If you use a different music service, consult its iPhone or iPad app.

If you’re an Apple Music user, read on!

How to Set an Apple Music Volume Limit

Perhaps unexpectedly, the option to limit the Apple Music volume doesn’t reside within the Apple Music app. Instead, to get started, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad before scrolling down and tapping “Music.”

Next, tap the aptly named “Volume Limit.” You’ll be shown a screen with a slider that represents the volume limit.

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How to Enable or Disable 3D Touch on an iPhone

Apple may be backing away from 3D Touch somewhat—it isn’t available on the iPhone XR at all—but we’re still big fans of the options it offers. If you’re not, you can disable 3D Touch altogether.

3D Touch arrived with the iPhone 6s, allowing people to push more firmly on some elements of the iOS interface to carry out actions or reveal additional options. It offers a right-click of sorts, giving iOS some extra depth. It also adds complexity, though, and Apple has never been good at making the features 3D Touch enables discoverable. If you have an iPhone 6s or newer, excluding the aforementioned iPhone XR, it’s possible you have 3D Touch enabled and have never used it.

With the arrival of the iPhone XR, Apple introduced Haptic Touch, which takes some of the 3D Touch functionality and places it behind a tap-and-hold gesture. The two gestures—3D Touch and Haptic Touch—don’t enjoy feature parity in some important ways, however. Haptic touch doesn’t support “peek & pop” and Home screen-based shortcuts at all. If you’re an iPhone XR owner, the option to enable or disable Haptic Touch is in the same location as 3D Touch.

Here, we’re going to run through the steps you can take to check whether 3D Touch is enabled and more importantly, enable or disable it as you see fit. Let’s get started.

How to Enable or Disable 3D Touch

As is so often the case with many options within iOS, enabling or disabling 3D Touch is not a complicated affair, but before you set off spelunking through the Settings app, you do need to know where to look.

Once you have opened Settings, tap “General.”

Next, and perhaps somewhat surprisingly, tap “Accessibility.”

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