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How to set up your Apple laptop to take phone calls

By Staff | Apr 5, 2018

Let’s say you are typing a letter on your Apple laptop to your senator. You get an urgent call from the President, your iPhone is across the room and you’re too lazy to walk over and answer it. Well, I’ve got some good news, Bucko. You can make or receive a phone call on your Apple laptop or iMac, and it’s very easy to do. On your iPhone, go into Settings, Cellular, click on Wi-Fi Calling on this iPhone, and check Enable.

Okay, we have one more small step to perform, and you’re all done. Go back to Settings, Cellular, and you’ll see that the Wi-Fi calling is marked on. You did something right for the first time, so let’s click on Calls on Other Devices right below it. Check all four boxes. You’re done with the iPhone set-up.

Now, let’s turn on your Mac and click on the Facetime icon. If you suddenly see some unidentified person instantly staring at you… it’s YOU, so don’t get scared. At the upper left-hand corner of the screen, click on Facetime and choose Preferences. Go ahead and check all the boxes. That’s it. So, if someone calls you on your iPhone while working on the Mac, a box on the screen shows up allowing you to accept.

People often complain that they can’t read the small text on their iPhones. Me too. Well, you don’t need to go out and buy a magnifying glass or get Coke bottle prescription glasses. To increase the text on the iPhone that’s too small, open up Settings, General, Accessibility, Zoom and check the box. Now open up any news article, and using three fingers, tap on the screen – that activates Zoom. If you hold those three fingers down, you can move around the text on the screen. You can also pinch and expand your fingers to improve the Zoom.

Make sure you have the new version 11.2.5 of iOS installed. It just came out yesterday. Siri can now give you driving directions and shows them on a map. Try this: just ask Siri to “show me directions from Launiupoko Park to Puamana.” What? What do you mean DEAD END?

Let’s try something easier. Next, try to ask Siri to “play the news,” or “what’s the news?” Or “switch to NPR or CNN.” You can also say, “play the sports news” or “play the business news” or “play ESPN or CNBC podcasts.”

Here is something that I’ve been waiting for, and Google just came out with it. It’s called Google Lens. First you need to download the Google Photos app. Once installed, all you need to do is click on a photo… like for instance a bird. Below the photo is a Lens Icon that looks like a square with a white dot inside it. Click on it, and a bunch of hallucinogenic dots appear on the screen. When finished, texts show up explaining the type of bird and other stuff about it. You can do it with any photo, and it will give you a description and other information about it.

Try some photos of people like John Bolton, James Comey, Andrew McCabe… Google Lens says they are all fired!

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.