Are you an Apple user who wants to use your Mac and iPhone together in perfect harmony? With the right setup, your Mac and iPhone can become the ultimate productivity tools. In this article, I’ll explore how to use your Mac and iPhone together, including tips on how to maximize their shared potential. So, if you’re looking to get the most out of your Apple devices, keep reading!
- 📋 Uniform Clipboard
- ☁️ AirDrop
- 🌙 Focus Modes
- 🔑 Shared Passwords (Keychain)
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📋 Uniform Clipboard
Having a Mac and an iPhone has one of the coolest advantages: A Uniform Clipboard. What does this mean? Well, if you copy something on your mac, you can paste it on your iPhone. Or in reverse, if you copy something on your iPhone, you can paste it on your Mac.
It’s basically already set up for you as well.
Just copy some text on your iPhone (maybe a text message you typed) and then paste it into a Word doc on your computer.
What is AirDrop? This is an Apple ecosystem concept, but AirDrop is a technology that allows you to wirelessly send files, photos, videos, and other types of data between Apple devices. It uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct to discover nearby devices and establish a secure connection, allowing users to quickly and easily share content. (don’t worry about that, you don’t need to know that).
You can AirDrop between your iPhone and Computer easily.
🌙 Focus Modes
If you haven’t tried out focus modes, you should. The one most people are familiar with is “Do Not Disturb”, which will essentially mute all of your notifications.
Whenever you set Do Not Disturb on your iPhone, it will also transfer to your computer. This ensures that if you are in a meeting or on a phone call, you won’t get interrupted.
🔑 Shared Passwords (Keychain)
If you’ve owned an iPhone first, and then just purchased a Mac, did you notice how when you first logged into your Mac, you only had to join your WiFi network once, and then log into your iCloud account? After that, any password you’ve entered for a WiFi network (friend's house, work, etc.) you never have to enter again.
That’s because Apple stores your saved WiFi credentials in their secure Keychain vault. This is handy, because any time you join a WiFi network on your phone, you shouldn’t ever have to enter the password again on your Mac (and the same is true in the other direction).
To have this enabled, you need to make sure you have this enabled in iCloud.
On your iPhone, go to “Settings” and then click on your name at the top (it should also say Apple ID in small letters). Click iCloud>Passwords and Keychain and check “Sync this iPhone”.
That’s it! I hope you find some of these setting changes helpful. If you have other settings you are curious about or feel stuck on a Mac, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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