How to Reopen Closed Tabs and Windows in Safari on a Mac

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Did you just close a Safari tab or window? No problem—you can get it back. Like all modern web browsers, Apple’s Safari for Mac can reopen a closed tab or window—as long as you weren’t browsing privately.

Tabbed browsing is perhaps the best thing to come to the internet since Keyboard Cat, and if you’re anything like us you probably have more tabs open than you can ever remember looking at. That unfortunately sometimes leads to what we like to call “The Purge”—a cleanup of tabs that invariably has an unfortunate side effect—closing the one tab that you absolutely wanted to keep open.

Thankfully, someone at Apple thought about that and there’s a handy dandy menu bar option that will return that recently closed tab to its former glory. There’s even a keyboard shortcut, too!

There is, of course, one caveat to consider here. If you’re browsing away in private browsing mode, and then close a tab, you’re out of luck. No amount of spamming the right buttons or key combinations is going to bring it back. Sorry! Everything is discarded as soon as you close a private browsing tab. That ensures your private browsing stays private.

With that out of the way, here’s how to get your lost tab back.

Restoring the Last Closed Tab in Safari

If you just closed a tab and realized that you shouldn’t have, getting it back is a case of two mouse clicks.

To get started, click the “History” option in the menu bar at the top of the screen in Safari.

Click History

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How to Adjust Music Equalizer on iPhone and iPad

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Apple’s Music app has a built-in equalizer setting on iPhone and iPad. You can use these EQ settings whether you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you buy songs from iTunes, or you listen to music files you’ve transferred over manually.

While there is, unfortunately, no option to set up your own EQ configuration, Apple provides many different presets. Whether you want to get an added bass boost or you want to hear the vocals of your favorite song a little more clearly, there should be an EQ for every taste. Oddly, these aren’t visible within the Music app itself but fear not. We’ll show you where they are.

How to Select an EQ Preset for the Music App

To get started, open the Settings app and scroll down to “Music” before tapping it.

Open Settings and tap Music

Next, scroll down and then tap “EQ.”

Tap EQ

Here you will see a list of presets, all of which make your music sound slightly different depending on the settings Apple used when creating them. To select an EQ, tap it.

On iOS 12.1.4, the available options are Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Classical, Dance, Deep, Electronic, Flat, Hip Hop, Jazz, Late Night, Latin, Loudness, Lounge, Piano, Pop, R & B, Rock, Small Speakers, Spoken Word, Treble Booster, Treble Reducer, and Vocal Booster.

Tap the desired EQ to select it

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How to Control Which Apps Can Access Your iPhone’s Health Data

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Your iPhone knows a lot about your health, especially if you use apps like MyFitnessPal or track your activity using an Apple Watch. If given permission, apps can access that data. Here’s how to check which apps have access to your data.

We’ve shown how it can keep tabs on your location and expose that data to apps before, but what about your health data? The Health app collects as much data as you can give it, and if you’re using apps for tracking your weight, calories, blood pressure, and more, that can be a lot. If you’re wearing an Apple Watch, it can be even more information than you may realize.

How to Control Which Apps Can Access Your Health Data

There may be some kinds of health data that you don’t want to be tracked at all, or there may be others that you don’t mind Apple seeing, but would rather not hand over to apps. It’s all something you can control from within the Health app.

To get started, open the Health app on your iPhone and tap “Sources” at the bottom of the screen.

Open Health and tap Sources

Here, you can see all of the apps that have requested access to your health data, either to read existing or add new health data. Tapping an individual app gives you additional information on the data to which it has access.

You can even see the data uninstalled apps had access to by tapping “Uninstalled Apps.”

Tap the app you want to work on

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How to Send an iTunes (or App Store) Gift Card Instantly

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This is the 21st century, and nobody should have to buy a physical gift card when you can do it all from your phone. Thankfully, Apple has us covered, and you can instantly send anyone with an email address their very own gift card.

It’s a little known fact that the App Store uses the same gift cards as the iTunes Store. This means you can use an App Store or iTunes gift card to buy anything from either place—music, movies, and TV shows, apps, games, and even in-app purchases. You can even pay for subscriptions to your favorite apps with a gift card, making them a great gift for friends and family.

How to Send an iTunes Gift Card Instantly

As you might imagine, Apple makes the process of giving it money as easy as can be. From an iPhone or iPad, open the App Store and tap your profile icon.

Open the App Store and tap your profile icon

Next, towards the middle of the screen, tap “Send Gift Card by Email.”

Tap Send Gift Card by Email

On the next screen, enter the email address of the recipient and then enter your name, followed by a message that will be delivered alongside the gift card. You can also select the denomination by tapping one of the options, and then select when you want the card to be delivered. Tap “Next” when ready.

Enter a recipient name, your name, a message and choose how much to send. Tap Next

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How to Automatically Sort Your Photos with Smart Albums on a Mac

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Apple’s Photos may not be perfect, but as somewhere to easily organize photos it’s unparalleled, especially If you’re living the iCloud Photo Library lifestyle. Smart Albums are great for that, but are you using them to their fullest?

Smart Albums are a massively under-utilized aspect of Photos, which is a shame because they make keeping a growing photo library in check easier than you might imagine. Want to have all photos from a particular period in one place? How about all photos taken with a specific camera, on a specific day? All portrait images?

You get the idea.

Here, we’re going to show you how to create your own Smart Album, and we’re going to give you a couple of ideas for how you can use them along the way, too.

How to Create a Smart Album

To start, open Photos and click “File” followed by ” New Smart Album.”

Click File followed by New Smart Album

Next, give your new Smart Album a name and start to select the criteria that you want Photos to use when building the album.

Enter a name for your smart folder

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