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How to Make Desktop Icons Smaller?

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Icons are the small graphical user interface on a desktop. These are basically the shortcut icons of the programs and software on your computer.

When you install new software on your system, a shortcut to these software gets created on your desktop. And when you double click this icon, that software gets launched/opened.

This is a basic introduction to icons! But why I’m telling you this when the core purpose of this article is to learn how to make desktop icons smaller?? Well, that’s because we believe in providing in-depth knowledge.

We will definitely tell you how to change desktop icon size and how to make icons smaller but along with that, we will also tell you how can you make desktop icons missing and make them reappear.

Playing with desktop icons is extremely easy. You can easily change desktop icon size, make them go disappear from the desktop and you can easily show them back!

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You might wonder what’s the need to change the size of desktop icons. Um, you are asking this means probably you have not formatted your computer ever or you haven’t installed windows on your computer by yourself.

After the installation of windows, the desktop icons come in a larger size by default. Oftentimes, we don’t like seeing large icons on the desktop and we prefer keeping them small to free up some space for other icons and to not make our desktop look overstuffed.

If you are thinking that its a time taking a procedure, then you are wrong! Changing the desktop icon size in all won’t take more than 2 minutes of yours.

Depending upon the operating system you have, the method to change the size of icons on the desktop may slightly differ.

How to Make Desktop Icons Smaller:

The below guide is compiled in a way that you get to learn how to make desktop icons bigger and smaller in multiple windows including windows XP, 7, 8, Vista and Windows 10.

You can follow the steps according to the operating system you have and tweak desktop icon size the way you wish to. Let’s start our guide from windows XP

#Windows XP:

If you have not upgraded your windows yet, and you are still using Windows XP, this module of the guide is dedicated to you. Here’s how to resize desktop icons on Windows XP.

Go to your windows desktop, and right-click on the empty area and go to Properties. Similar to the below screenshot.

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Now in the Display Properties window, go to the Appearance tab and click on the Advanced options. A screenshot for the same is given below if you find it difficult to locate the options.

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In the Advanced Appearance dialogue box, select Icon from the drop-down menu under “Item” and select the icon size of your choice. You can make it up to 72. Once you are done selecting the size, click on Ok and the icon size would be updated.

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#Windows 7, 8 and Windows Vista:

Now coming to one of the wildly used operating systems i.e windows 7. In this section of the tutorial, I’ll tell you how to resize desktop icon size on windows vista and windows 7.

In both the windows, the method of customizing icon size is identical. So here are the exact steps you need to follow.

On your desktop, right-click on an empty area. Now in the options menu, hover your cursor over the first option i.e. View, a new sub-contextual menu will open up.

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Now you can select between Large icons, Medium icons, or Small icons as per your need. But this method has a drawback that it limits you to only three default sizes.

But, if you want to have more control over the size, you can try this alternate method. This method is even simpler and gives you access to the custom size.

Just select any icon on your desktop, press the control key and scroll the mouse wheel up and down to resize the desktop icon. With the moment of your mouse wheel, the icon size starts to move, you can set it according to your choice.

If you are still not satisfied with both these methods and you want something more, we have an alternate method for you too.

Just right-click on an empty space on your desktop, like we have been doing in every method and choose Personalize. Now in the new dialog box, choose the Windows Color and Appearance on the list, and click the last link Open classic appearance properties for more color options.

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A new window like the above picture appears. Click on Advanced, Under Item chooses Icon, Set the size as per your liking, hit OK and again hit OK on the second dialog and complete the procedure. This method is similar to what we did in Windows XP.

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#Windows 10:

There is nothing different in changing the windows icon size in windows 10 from changing it on windows 7, Vista or XP. All the simple three steps are needed to be followed.

Right-click on the empty area on your desktop, hover the cursor over View, select the icon size Small medium or large as per your suitability.

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You can also use the Ctrl+mosue wheel role to adjust the o\icon size as this key combination is applicable on windows 10 also.

#Mac OS:

Changing icon size on mac OS is a little different from the windows. Although, it easy on mac too!

To change desktop icon size on mac, right-click on any empty area on the desktop, select Show View Options in the contextual menu appeared.

In the Desktop dialog box, adjust the slider under Icon Size and set it to the desired icon size.

That’s it for the guide. Still, have any doubt on how to make desktop icons smaller?? I believe it’s a NO!!

Most probably this guide must have satisfied all your queries and none of you have any doubts remaining after reading this comprehensive guide. But still, you can ping us below if there is any, we love hearing back our readers.

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Sonam is an IT engineer by education and passionate freelance writer/blogger by profession. She is a tech enthusiast and loves to read and write about technology. Her hobbies include reading, watching TV, delving into new things and creating interesting content to help people with all things tech!!

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How to Reset If You Forgot iCloud Password?

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iCloud gives its users access to their photos, videos, music, documents, and contacts through Apple devices like iPod, iPad, and iPhone. You can also backup iPhone on iCloud. iCloud password is used to log into iCloud on your Apple device – in case you see an error message that your account has been disabled, you might want to reset your account password.

It makes file syncing, backups, and sharing much easier. You just have to remember your iCloud account sign-in details to log in when you backup data to the iCloud or restore files from iCloud backup.

However, since you are reading this article now, it’s quite likely that you forgot iCloud password; otherwise, you might remember your iCloud password, but might just want to reset it for security reasons. If your iCloud account is protected by a lock, here is how to remove the icloud lock.

Yes, resetting your password on a regular basis is important to safeguard the privacy of your data stored in the iCloud. Further, your password also secures your ability to remotely erase or locate your gadget with the help of the “Find My iPhone” feature.

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With a plethora of online accounts to manage in today’s age of the internet, there are many different passwords that users need to remember for different accounts as it’s not safe to use the same password for all accounts. In such cases, it’s quite common for people to forget some passwords.

If you are experiencing such a situation with your iCloud account, this article aims at enlightening you about how to reset iCloud password. What should you do if you have forgotten your iCloud password? Here are some tips to help.

If you forgot iCloud password for your account, you need not worry as there are many ways to reset it. For instance, if you are a beginner, you can send a recovery mail to your Apple account. The other alternative for all users is to use the secret question method.

Or, there’s the 2-step verification technique. If none of these methods work, you will require a new account for iCloud.

However, you might want to give these iCloud password recovery methods a try before that, as one of these would surely work in a majority of the cases.

Two-Step Verification Method

Use this simple verification technique for a quick iCloud password reset:

  • Access the Safari web browser from your gadget and type ‘iforgot.apple.com’ in the bar.
  • Next, you will get options as: ‘Enter your Apple ID’ or ‘Forgot Apple ID’. Choose the first option. Enter the email address and select ‘Next’ from the right-hand side top corner.
  • Type the recovery code provided. Choose ‘Next’ from the top right corner. Apple would have given the verification key for your device.
  • Confirm your identity using a reliable Apple gadget and choose ‘Next’ from the top right.
  • Type the verification key and choose ‘Next’.
  • Select a new password. Once it is reset, you’ll get a confirmation from Apple about iCloud reset password.

If this method works for you, then your work is done. If not, try the email recovery technique.

Recovery Email Method In Case You Forgot iCloud Password

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Here’s the simple way of recovering your iCloud password using recovery email.

  • Access the Safari web browser from your Apple gadget and type ‘iforgot.apple.com’ in the bar.
  • Choose ‘Enter your Apple ID’ from the options that you get next.
  • Type your Apple ID and choose ‘Reset by Mail’ option from the password reset choices.
  • You’ll get a popup that says ‘The email will be sent’. Check your Apple ID for the recovery email and follow the steps in the mail to complete the iCloud password reset process.

If you’re not able to access your mail, move on to the secret question method, in order to reset your iCloud password.

Secret Question Method

It’s easy to change iCloud password using the secret questions related to your account. Read on to find out how to do it.

  • Go to the Safari browser and type ‘iforgot.apple.com’ in the bar.
  • As mentioned earlier, choose the option ‘Enter your Apple ID’.
  • After typing the email address, select ‘Next’ from the top right corner.
  • If you aren’t able to access email, choose the option ‘Answer Security Questions’.
  • Now you’ll be prompted to confirm your date of birth to proceed.
  • Answer all the questions and choose ‘Next’.
  • Select your new password.

Presto!! You’re now done with resetting your iCloud password.

If you use the iCloud account with a mail application apart from the Mail on a Mac, on iCloud.com or an iOS device, you need to reset your password in the other app also.

If you’ve set up your iCloud account on your handheld device like iPod, iPad, or iPhone, ensure to have a passcode lock for enhanced security so that it isn’t accessed by others.

Try the most appropriate method of iCloud password recovery based on your situation to regain access to your account quickly.

What If All the Above Methods Fail?

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If all these techniques fail to help you with resetting your iCloud password, you may have to create a new iCloud account by following these steps.

  • Go to Settings > iCloud > Get a free Apple ID. Key in your date of birth details and click on ‘Next’ at the right top.
  • Opt to create a new account and click on ‘Next’.
  • Choose the details if you’ve created a new email for your iCloud account and choose ‘Next’.
  • Click on ‘Create’.
  • If you are using an existing email ID, check your inbox and confirm your account.
  • Select a new Apple ID and iCloud password.

You’re now done with creating a new account. Ensure that you use a hard-to-guess alphanumeric password, but make sure that you remember it so that you need not have to go through the entire process of resetting your iCloud password again or look around how to change iCloud password again. If due to any reason, you wanted to delete iCloud account, here is steps explaining to you how to delete iCloud account.

And, don’t forget to enter your backup email ID and phone number to ensure easier recovery of password next time around; otherwise, you might get into the same vicious circle of doing the running around to regain the access to your iCloud account.

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How to Zoom In on Mac & Zoom Out

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Zooming in and zooming out the screen can help a lot of people, especially people with visibility issues, older generation with eyesight problems, or if you find the default font size is too small for you. Today we will be helping you solve this problem by showing you how to zoom in on Mac!

Not only this, even if you wish to zoom in or out, say an image, on your Mac-based PC or laptop, but you should also surely learn how to zoom in/ zoom out on Mac. It makes computer usage much more convenient and faster.

Having a zoom option is great, always comes in handy in certain situations. If you are wondering, how you can zoom in and zoom out in Mac, here are the few simple steps to change the size of your display, for close up of your browser and desktop. If you are using Mac for the first time, you may want to know how to right click on Mac.

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Step 1: Open any browser on your Mac-based PC or Laptop. For this, got to the dock or home screen (desktop) of your Mac-based computer and open the concerned browser whose contents you wish to enlarge.

Step 2: Now after opening, press Command (Cmd) and + [plus button]. Each time you press the combination of these keys, your screen zooms to some extent. Repeat the process until you get the desired resolution.

Note: If you are using Safari, you can increase the size to seven times. If you are using, Chrome, or Firefox, you can increase to eight times. By pressing Command and – [minus] you can zoom out.

How to Zoom in/ Zoom out on Mac – using preferences

Step 1: Go to the “Apple” icon in the menu bar of your Mac-based PC or Laptop. It will be on the top left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Now among the various options that appear in the menu, choose the “system preferences” option.

Step 3: Now you will be able to see a couple of options on the screen, a bit below in the menu you will find “system” option. Under the sub-options, go for “Universal access.”

Step 4: Click on the “seeing option” on the top left, below you will find “zoom options” click on the button to turn on the zoom.

Step 5: If you wish to set the extent by which your screen should zoom in, click on the “Options” tab.

For maximum zoom, press on the command option and then press = [equal] together. It will zoom in.

To minimize the effect, you can select command option and then select – [minus] which will zoom out.

Using pointer – while zoomed in, you can zoom in and out by moving your cursor. Once done, simply click on the “done” button.

How to Zoom in on a PC (Mac) – View Option

Step 1: Go to the menu bar on your Mac, which is located on top of your screen.

Step 2: Find the “view” option. This is located on the top left a corner of your desktop (screen).

Step 3: After clicking on the view you will find a drop-down menu with several options. Search for the “Zoom in” option.

Step 4: You can set your zoom level according to your preference, by clicking on “zoom in” several times until you achieve the desired resolution.

How to Zoom on Mac – For Windows

Step 1: Go to Apple menu, and subsequently select “Preferences” from system preferences.

Step 2: Now you will see several other options on the screen, under “system” you will find, “universal access” Just open it to zoom on your Mac based PC or Laptop.

Step 3: Under the “seeing” option, you will find “Zoom in window” option. By doing this, instead of zooming your entire window, this opens up a magnifying glass, which makes everything beneath it appear larger. The best part about this option is that you can make adjustments in the size of the zoom.

Step 4: To control and adjust size, press control button + option + = [equal button]. To zoom out – control + option + minus button.

How to Zoom in on PC (Mac) – Using Mouse

Step 1: Get your mouse, and plug into your Mac.

Step 2: Now press the “control” button on your keyboard.

Step 3: Now along with pressing the “control” button, roll your mouse wheel in the upper direction. This will increase the size of your display.

How to Zoom out on a PC – Using Track Pad

Step 1: Go to the “control” key on your Mac-based Pc or Laptop

Step 2: Take two fingers and swipe towards the upper direction on the trackpad, you need to do it simultaneously to zoom in.

Step 3: In order to zoom out, take two fingers and press the control key, and alike above swipe in the downward direction on your trackpad. This will zoom out on your Mac.

How to Zoom out on Mac – Using Shortcuts

Step 1: Press Command + Option + 8, this will zoom in your display.

Step 2: Press command + option + = [equal], this will also Zoom in.

Step 3: Press Command + option + – [minus], this will zoom out.

Note: If you chose the Picture-in-picture zooming option, a window appears near the mouse cursor with the magnified image. And also, you can also choose the Full-screen zooming, the entire screen displays the magnified image.

For Mac OS 10.6x [older versions]

Step 1: Click on the “Apple” icon on the menu bar of your Mac-based computer device. You will find this on the top left corner of your screen.

Step 2: You will find a drop-down menu, in that click on “system preferences” to continue with the further successful process of zooming in or out on your Mac-based Pc or Laptop.

Step 3: You will find several other options, among them, click on the “Mouse” icon.

Step 4: Subsequently, you will find a setting there, which reads “Zoom using scroll wheel while holding” select this option. This will let you zoom in quite easily using the “control” button on your Mac.

Final Words

So this was all about how to zoom in/ zoom out on your Macintosh based PC or Laptop using all the possible ways – mouse, trackpad, hotkeys combination, etc. We hope your purpose of zooming into or out of your Mac’s screen will be satisfied using all or any one of the above-mentioned ways.

Also take a look at clearing cookies on Mac. Excess cookies can slow down the browsing performance of Mac and it is always a good idea to clear the cookies from time to time.

Now that you’ve learned how to zoom in on Mac, you might want to enjoy iTunes or more that one of your PCs!

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How to Download Videos from Facebook

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While browsing through your Facebook timeline, you will come across several videos. It’s not possible to watch all videos in one go. Sometimes, you may wish to save it on your computer to watch it later, or you may love a certain video, may want to re-watch it over, or want to save it in your phone to view it again.

And that’s the time when you wish to learn the strategies to – How to download videos from Facebook. You may wish to watch them or to re-upload in Facebook. No matter, what your reason is, downloading Facebook videos isn’t hard. If you follow these methods. Also take a closer look at downloading Instagram Videos.

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#1 How to Download Videos from Facebook

Step 1: Whenever you decide to download facebook video(s), first and foremost you need to determine the actual hosting source of the concerned video that you are willing to download. For, e.g. Youtube; since all the videos that appear on Facebook aren’t always hosted and stored on it; rather they can be owned by other such hubs too.4

Step 2: Once you have determined, the host of the concerned video, it gets easier to download videos from Facebook. As mentioned above, some videos are directly uploaded in Facebook, while the rest are from other sites like YouTube. The host of that video(s) affects the type of strategy that needs to imply to download videos from facebook.

Step 3: It’s time to right click on the video, which lets you see this option called “Copy link address’’ amid the various other options that are in no way related to how to download a video from Facebook.

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There is one more method to obtain the link to the video, by loading the video, and then you can select the URL or address of it from the browser, you will find this address on top in the address bar.

Step 4: After obtaining your desired link for the concerned video, next its time to find the Facebook video downloading sites. There are a lot of options to choose from, while some sites may be trusted the others may not be.

For Example www.fbdown.net, www.savefrom.net

Step 5: Almost all these sites have a similar format, with ads beside the text field (where the user is supposed to enter the address of the video). It’s wise to run Ad blocker while using these sites because these ads come with a fake “download’’ button, which takes you to another site and hinders the process to learn how to download video from Facebook.

So in order to be safe, run the Adblocker. If you don’t have Adblocker, then click on ‘’download’’ button which is right next to the text field (most probably), where you enter the URL. The remaining buttons might be fake.

Step 6: Paste the URL (that you had copied above) in the text field, and click on “download” button right next to the text field where you have entered the concerned URL.

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Step 7: Now, the video gets downloaded, depending on the quality of the video, it might take longer or shorter time to download. You may be asked, where you wish to save your video to your desktop. Select the location, and then right-click and select the “save link as” option from the menu. You can also name the video.

Note: Videos generally gets saved in .mp4 format. Also s few other sites like savefrom.net, let you select the desired video format before beginning the download.

Step 8: Now, in order to view this video, you will need a video playing software on your PC.There are several software that lets you watch videos in high quality.

For example www.kmplayer.com . Most of these sites are free, if you are a windows user, you will get Windows Media player as default.

Step 9: You can also view videos directly on your desktop without any video playing software. All you need is a browser that supports lets you play your media files.

For example Torch browser lets you play your videos. Just open the browser, drag your file and drop in the browser, and you can enjoy watching your videos.

So, this was one of the most common methods to learn how to download video from Facebook, let’s head towards the another method.

#2 How to Download Videos from Facebook – Private Videos

Step 1: First of all open your Chrome browser, and then go to Facebook. Click on the video that you wish to download.

Step 2: After opening the video, click on the menu option in chrome, you will find it in the top-right corner of the browser. Once you have found it, click on it to open. You will be able to see a bunch of options.

Find “developers tools” option or press Ctrl + Shift +I and after that more options are visible to you, go to, “more tools”. Once you open your “developer tools” go to the “Network” tab.

Step 3: By opening “network” a code will appear on the screen. You will find your video, which will be in the .mp4 format.

Note: This will only work, when you play the full video first, and in the “type” column, you will find the .mp4 option. If you don’t see this option, refresh first and play the video again. Repeat steps if necessary.

Step 4: Right-click on “name” column, select “open link in new tab.”

Step 5: Once the video has successfully opened, right-click and click on “save video as” option, to download.

#3 How to download Facebook video – Youtube Hosted

Step 1: Find the video, and open it. From the browser, in the address bar, you can see its URL. Copy it, using Ctrl+c (hotkeys combination) or using your mouse.

Step 2: Go to YouTube video downloading sites like “keep vid” and paste the URL, run Java applet to convert the file. You may be asked to pick the resolution and type in which you wish to download. Select your choice’s option, and click on “download.”

Final Words

Now, after learning all the possible techniques to download video(s) from Facebook, it’s time to apply those techniques and download your favorite videos and sit back, relax and enjoy !! :). Wanted to download free music on iPhone? Here is how to download free music on the iPhone.

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How to Turn Off Find My iPhone

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In our busy lives, it’s sometimes hard to remember everything. Once in a while, we lose track of things and forget them. It’s quite normal. The same goes with your gadgets.

When you have forgotten your iOS device somewhere, like in the office, or school or a restaurant, it can be a frightening moment for you. However, Apple iOS devices come with innovative technology to make things user-friendly, and easier to access, for the user needs of today’s generation.

This service is called “Find my iPhone” to help you track your iPhone. But, there may be some situations where you wish to learn how to turn off Find my iPhone.

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Navigation and tracking is one such feature, which comes in handy during these kinds of stressful situations. Since, iPhone lets you find your iOS devices, using the “find my iPhone’’ tool. It allows you to track your device when it’s lost or stolen.

All you need to do is to go to the cloud, to do the tracking. Once you track your device, you decide from various options either to lock it or send the message to the phone, which lets the person who finds the device be able to contact you and give you back the device.

“Find my iPhone’’ is definitely, very helpful at the same time. This service also comes with its own set of cons; you may wish to turn off it, for saving battery life, if you have forgotten your pass code of your iPhone, while using this service, there is no way to restore your phone until and unless you get to disable this option.

In some cases, if you are willing to sell your phone, it is necessary to turn off your “find my iPhone’’ tool. In order, to disable the Activation Lock.

You can do this from your device itself or from iCloud. Here are the few steps, to follow, if you are willing to disable or turn off your “find my iphone’’ utility.

How to Turn Off Find My iPhone – Using iCloud

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Step 1: Firstly, you need to access your iCloud account in order to know where to find my iPhone actually is. For this, navigate to the “settings” icon on your iPhone’s home screen. You will see a gear-like icon, that is actually the settings icon; so tap on it.

Step 2: Since most of the stuff in any iPhone or iPad operates through iCloud, you need to find my iPhone, iCloud (from). When will start to scroll down in the settings menu, you will find the “iCloud” option. Tap on the iCloud option to proceed to learn – how do you turn off find my iPhone.

Step 3: Once the iCloud options’ menu has opened, scroll down, and you will find an option called “find my phone” Right next to it, you will be able to see a toggle button. If you see that it is turned on, toggle the button to the “Off” position to turn off find my iPhone.

Step 4: Now, a pop-up window will appear on your iPhone’s screen as a response to the action that you just did above. It will ask the user (you) to enter your Apple ID and password as a step towards verification. Enter the correct details and tap on the “turn off” option, to confirm your choice.

Note: In case you have two or multiple Apple Ids, enter the login details pertaining to the concerned iPhone device.

How to turn Off Find My iPhone from the computer (Mac)

In case, if you are willing to remove your iOS device in which, you can’t turn off “find my iPhone” option, here are the steps to follow. Also, by implementing the steps mentioned below, your will be able to turn off find my iPhone offline.

Step 1: Turn off the concerned device, you wish to remove.

Step 2: Go to icloud.com, and there search for “find my iPhone” option. If you are unable to see “find my iPhone” on iCloud, it actually means that you have got access to use web-only features. Now you will need to set up iCloud on your Mac or iOS.

Step 3: Now click on “all devices” and then select an “offline” device.

Step 4: Now click on the “remove from account” option. Once you find the concerned device on which you wish to implement the steps of turning off find my iPhone, click on delete.

How do I turn off Find my iPhone

If you have sold your iOS device or for any other reason(s) you do not own that device anymore, in order to remove that device from listing, you will need to remotely erase it. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to icloud.com. Now, “find my iPhone” option, just like you did above.

Note: Sometimes, you may not be able to see “find my iPhone” option. This happens, when you have access to the web-based features only. You will need to set up iCloud, to be able to access all the features.

Step 2: Go to “all devices” and then you will find the device you are looking for.

Step 3: Now, you will need to erase the device and to do so, first enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 4: Once the device is erased. Now click on the “remove from the account” option. By doing this, all your content will be erased, including the bank related information.

How to Turn Off Find My iPhone – Using iPhone

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Step 1: Go to the settings option, in the home screen. You will see the gear icon, tap on it to open.

Step 2: Now, keep scrolling down, until you find the “privacy” option. Just below the “general’’, “wallpaper & brightness” options you will find “privacy” with a hand denoting it.

Step 3: Tap on “privacy” and then select the “location services” option.

Step 4: Now tap on “find my iPhone” option, you will find it at the bottom end of your app list.

Step 5: You will find a green switch just right next to “find my iPhone”, tap on it. By doing this, it will disable the service to find my iPhone.

Final Words

So this was all about disabling the find my iPhone service on your concerned device. Since you may have your reasons to switch this service off, it becomes necessary to learn these steps. Also, do not hesitate to comment below or contact us in case you need our help 😉

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How to Show Hidden Files On Mac

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PCs. They are all around us. In fact, the modern world is hard to imagine without computers. One of the problems of this though is the fact that everyone now has a digital footprint and soft copies of various documents.

Now, these documents are often something entirely personal that if fallen into wrong hands can cause a lot of trouble for you. So what does one do then to protect themselves from such an unfortunate turn of events? One of the safest and preliminary measures to take is to hide important files.

While hiding files can be easy enough, sometimes we lose track of what we have hidden or need to access it for something? What does one do then? Well, unhide the files of course! So, today we are going to show you guys how to show hidden files on Mac. Apart from hiding the files, you can lock the folder on the mac using a Password or passcode. Here is how to Protect folder in Mac.

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Now learning how to find hidden files on Mac can be a bit tricky. There are quite a few ways out there and a whole bunch of third-party software to help you achieve it as well. However, most of them are geared for Windows users. So today’s article is dedicated to teaching you guys on Apple’s side of the pond; how we can view hidden files, Mac.

Now we will not be using any third-party applications to show hidden folders mac primarily because of the security risk. Files that you want hidden obviously contain sensitive data and putting it in the hands of another software is a leap of faith many of you are unwilling to take.

But have no worries, we are here with the solution, it’s simple easy and most importantly entirely organic to Mac OS X Yosemite. Just a little warning, since we are dealing with code in here and the files are sensitive, be very careful of what you type in! With that said, let’s get this show on the road!

How to Show Hidden Files On Mac: The Easiest Method

Now I know I day say the easiest method but to make it actually easy there need to be two methods and not one! “Why?”, you ask! Well, that’s because if you have to see hidden files mac on a regular basis, it gets tedious by the first method. Hence the second method, a batch script designed specifically for those who need to show hidden files on Mac on a daily basis for some reason or the other.

#1. How to Show Hidden Files On Mac using the Terminal

There are not a lot of complicated steps or instructions here to follow so I’ll run through the steps really fast.

Step 1

Navigate to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2

With Terminal opened, type in the following code snippet:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

Press return

Step 3

Now we got to relaunch Finder for the code above to do its magic! Hold the ‘Option/Alt’ key, and then click on the Finder icon in your dock and click on Relaunch.

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Step 4

Once relaunched, you will ow be able to access all hidden files. To hide them again, follow the same steps but type this instead into the Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

And you’re done! However sometimes even doing this every time we need to show hidden files on Mac can become tedious. Hence our solution!

#2. How to Show Hidden Files On Mac using Terminal Aliases

Now we are going to wrap up all of those above steps into one easy to use Terminal Alias. What’s a Terminal Alias though? It’s actually a sort of wrapper that when invoked does a set of predetermined commands so that you get to save time and don’t have to commit long command lines to memory!

Step 1

Open the Terminal app like we did before. In Terminal, type the next line in

sudo nano ~/.bash_profile

If you are using a password, then you will be asked to enter it now. Once done, just hit enter and proceed to the next step

Step 2

The bash profile will be enabled and at the bottom of the open .bash_profile file, we are going to add the following lines:

alias showFiles='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app'

Step 3

Below that, we are going to add this bit of code

alias hideFiles='defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO; killall Finder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app'

Step 4

Once done, press Ctrl + O and hit return to save the file. Then hit Ctrl + X to exit the file to come back to the command line

Step 5

When you’re back in the terminal write the following:

source ~/.bash_profile to refresh your profile and make the aliases available

Adding aliases to .bash_profile via Terminal

Now, whenever you want to show or hide files just type in the command,showFiles then hideFiles your job is done!

That leads us to the conclusion of this article! If you have any questions or queries, leave them in the comments below! If you wanted to hide apps on the iPhone, you can easily hide apps on iPhone. Along with apps, also see how to hide photos on iPhone.

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