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 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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How to auto hide the menu bar and Dock on macOS

macOS lets you work in full screen not matter which app you’re working in. Full screen app support on macOS is ahead of the curve; a full screen app acts like a desktop space, and you can pin two apps side by side in full screen mode. In full screen, you get a distraction free work space but if you want something a little similar on the desktop, you can hide the menu bar and Dock.

macOS has an option to auto hide the menu bar and the Dock if it isn’t being used. Both UI elements appear only when you move your mouse to the top or bottom of the screen. Here’s how to set the menu bar and the Dock to hide itself automatically.

Auto hide menu bar and Dock

The controls for hiding the menu bar and the Dock are under System Preferences. The settings are not under the same preference though but that means you can choose to hide either or both the menu bar and Dock.

For the menu bar, go to the General preference. Look for and enable the ‘Automatically hide and show the menu bar’ option. The menu bar will disappear immediately and appear only when you move the mouse to the top.

To hide the Dock, you need to go to the Dock preferences. Look for and enable the ‘Automatically hide and show the Dock’ option and like the menu bar, it too will disappear. Move your mouse to the bottom of the screen (or wherever you’ve positioned the Dock) and it will reappear.

The end result gives you a pretty clean desktop to work with but it doesn’t block you from accessing anything. The Dock will reappear when you need to launch an app or unhide one. The menu bar will appear when you need to access an app on it, or if you need to tell time.

From how the menu bar and the Dock are hidden, it’s obvious that the two aren’t connected. If you find the Dock distracting or you could do without it, you can hide that but keep the menu bar visible. If you find the menu bar distracting but need the Dock to be visible at all times, you can choose to hide the menu bar, and keep the Dock visible.

macOS doesn’t offer a lot of customization options for the Dock or the menu bar. You can disable transparency for them both, or you can change the size of the Dock but that’s about it.

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How to disable lock screen sleep on macOS

Macs tend to sleep compulsively. If you leave the system unattended, a Mac will sleep after a few minutes. There’s no setting that lets you choose how long macOS should wait before sleeping an idle system’s screen. Getting around this limitation is very easy with the caffeinate command but it only works so long as you’re on the desktop. Once you lock the screen, macOS’ own sleep settings take over and the screen is put to sleep within a minute. Here’s how you can disable lock screen sleep on macOS.

Disable lock screen sleep

To disable lock screen sleep, you need to install a free app called KeepingYouAwake. It’s a simple app with one stand-out feature; it also works on the lock screen.

Install the app and run it. The app doesn’t automatically enable itself. It adds a coffee cup icon to the menu bar and when the icon is just an outline of the cup, it indicates that the app is not active. If you right-click the app’s menu bar icon, you’ll see a menu that lets you set how long KeepingYouAwake should keep an idle system awake. Select a duration that suits you, and click the app icon to activate it.

Once activated, you can lock your screen and it won’t be put to sleep.

KeepingYouAwake has an option to keep your system/screen awake indefinitely and if you select this option, and walk away from your MacBook, its screen will remain awake. If you’re running on battery power, this will cause the battery to drain much more quickly. The good thing about this app is that you can set it to deactivate itself if the battery falls below a certain charge level.

Go to KeepingYouAwake’s preferences and on the Advanced tab, enable the ‘Deactivate when battery capacity is below’ option. Use the slider under this option to set the battery level that will disable the app.

KeepingYouAwake can be set to run on system start up and to automatically activate itself when it is run. These options are not enabled by default. You can enable them from the General tab in the app’s preferences. While you’re at it, you can also change the default duration that the app keeps the screen awake for. It’s set to ‘Indefinitely’ so it’s a setting that you should consider changing.

macOS doesn’t let users set how long their system should be idle before the screen is put to sleep. Anyone looking to control this seemingly simple function will need an app to do the job.

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How to reset Bluetooth on macOS

macOS generally has great Bluetooth support. Connecting devices is easy, and rarely does a device fail to pair, or have a choppy connection. Both the hardware and the software work well and it’s to be expected since Apple has its own Bluetooth mouse and keyboards for iMacs and Mac Minis that rely on it. That said, problems can still occur with it. If you’re having trouble connecting or pairing a device, you can reset Bluetooth on macOS to fix it.

Reset Bluetooth on macOS

Resetting Bluetooth on macOS is fairly easy. It is possible that after a reset, all your paired devices disappear in which case you will have to pair them again. Any connected device will definitely be disconnected so if you’re using a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard with your Mac, consider having a wired one on-hand.

The first thing you need to do to reset Bluetooth on macOS is to go to the following location in Finder.


Here, look for the following two files. Move them out of this folder and to the Trash.

For the next step, you need to have the Bluetooth indicator visible in the menu bar. If you don’t, go to Bluetooth in System Preferences, and set it to be visible. Hold down the Shift+Option key, and then click the Bluetooth icon in the Menu bar. You will see a Debug option in the menu. Under this option, select ‘Reset the Bluetooth module’. Give it a few minutes and then restart the Mac.

That should do the trick. Any problems you’re having with Bluetooth should be resolved. If you’re still experiencing problems with certain devices e.g., a mouse or speaker, check if it needs to be charged or its batteries need to be replaced.

It is also possible that the device itself is damaged. Try connecting a similar but different device to your Mac and check if it too experiences the same problems. Generally, if you’re only having trouble with one Bluetooth device, and all other devices are working fine, the problem is likely with the device itself.

In this case, a simple reset may or may not do the trick. A few things you can try are disconnecting and unpairing the device, and turning it off and on again. Pair it, connect it to your Mac, and then see if the problem goes away.

It’s also worth checking online to see if other users have trouble using the device with a Mac. If they do, it’s likely you’re experiencing the same thing and Bluetooth on your Mac is just fine.

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