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Optimize storage or move your photos that are taking up space

By Staff | Nov 1, 2018

As reported by ThreatPost, an app called Adware Doctor has been copying people’s browsing history from Chrome, Firefox and Safari and sending it off to a China-based domain for currently unknown purposes.

Adware Doctor isn’t the only app that’s been caught. In fact, an entire suite of apps from Trend Micro has been flagged for capturing the same data. That includes Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Cleaner, Dr. Unarchiver and App Uninstall. Trend Micro initially denied the findings but has since removed all such functions from the apps in attempts to get back into Apple’s good graces.

People get confused on how to save and delete photos on the iPhone and what happens when you do this. I’ll try and make this simple.

iCloud stores all your photos onto all devices. That means it stores the same photos onto your iPad, iPhone and Macbook Pro. Remove a photo from your iPhone, and it removes it from the Mac and iPad.

So if you want to clean up and get more extra storage space to put more photos on – yet don’t want buy more iCloud storage space – here is the secret on how to do it. On your iPhone, go to Settings, Photos, and turn on “Optimize iPhone Storage.” Now your iPhone will only keep a small thumbnail of each photo that only uses a little bit of storage space.

As you view photos, it will download the full versions from the cloud. As time goes on, it will offload full photos that you haven’t viewed in a while, freeing up space.

A lot of people get a message that their storage is full and they need to buy more iCloud space. Well, Bucko, I have a neat trick that will knock your socks off.

Instead of copying your photos to the cloud, how about copying them to your Macbook Pro, which has tons of space and is free.

Ever heard of AirDrop? After reading this article, you’re going to use it all the time. So here is how it works.

First, you need to plug your iPhone into your Mac using the lightning cable. With the iPhone showing the home page, start up the Mac, click on the Finder icon on the lower left side of the dock and click on AirDrop. All of a sudden, you see a round photo of you and your name and iPhone under it. Click on your Photos app on the iPhone to show all your photos and tap Select on the top right. A blue check mark appears on all the photos you want to copy onto the Mac.

Once done, tap on the bottom box with an arrow on it and tap on the top with a round circle with a picture of you and your name on it. A sign says “Waiting,” and when finished, you will see SENT. Your photos were sent to the Download folder on the Mac.

Click on the Finder icon on the bottom left, then click on Downloads. All your photos have the .JPG file extension on them. Are you ready for the clincher? Left-click and select all your photos in the Download folder, and they turn blue. Now, just drag them down to the photo icon on the lower dock, and you just placed all of your new selected iPhone photos into your Photos app.

If you want to download a photo from the Facebook website directly to your Photos library on the Mac, you can simply use drag-and-drop to place it on your desktop. It also works if you drag the photo down onto the Photos app icon in the Dock.

Here is something valuable that iOS 12 gave us. Autofill (which fills in your name, address, phone number and password) now can automatically fill in a security code. Okay, so what does that mean? Let’s say you forgot your e-mail password in Yahoo, which happens every few months, DUMMY.

Clicking on FORGOT PASSWORD takes you through a series of questions, then sends you a text on your phone with a security code that you have to input in a box on your Mac. Before, you were left with the option of having to remember it or write it down. But the new iOS 12 automatically fills it in for you, SMARTY.

When typing a letter in the Notes app on the iPhone, and you suddenly need to go back and edit a word, just press and hold on the space bar, then move your finger around. The curser will move to the spot where the word is that you need to edit.

Before iOS 12, you couldn’t delete or remove a primary app like iTunes or Safari. However, Apple is finally letting you delete them from your iPhone for good and reclaim that precious storage space for yourself.

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