How to Use and Configure a Mouse on iPad with iPadOS

Configure a Mouse on iPad: Using a mouse on the iPad was a function highly requested by users and Apple has finally incorporated it with the arrival of iPadOS, the new operating system for the company’s tablets.

This new function is hidden within the accessibility settings and in the following lines, I explain how to access it so that you can start using any wireless mouse with your iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Pro and even iPhone or iPod Touch.

How to Use and Configure a Mouse on iPad with iPadOS
How to Use and Configure a Mouse on iPad with iPadOS

It is important to mention that when activating this option you will not find a cursor like the one you can have on any computer.

The iPad’s cursor is much larger and more circular. The reason is that it is really designed for people with mobility problems and in many cases also vision (either due to vision problems or not being able to easily change posture), so the large cursor is an aid to use. Of the device.

Despite this, the operation of the cursor is perfect, there is no lag, it moves fast and if you missed using a mouse with the iPad, all you have to do is configure it as I explain below.

How to Use and Configure a Mouse on iPad with iPadOS

To configure the mouse you must do the following:

  1. Access Settings – Accessibility – Touch – AssistiveTouch.
  2. Activate the AssistiveTouch option.
  3. Now go to the Pointing Devices – Bluetooth Devices section.
  4. Select the mouse you want to use from the list (if it does not appear you will have to put it in pairing mode) and confirm the mouse link.

With these steps, the mouse would already be linked to the iPad. When you move it you can see how the cursor appears and the main mouse button is used to click just as you would do with your finger on the iPad screen. In addition, in most mice, you can also use the wheel to scroll normally.

How to configure mouse settings on iPad

With the previous step, you will have the mouse fully functional on the iPad, but if you want you can fine-tune the settings a little more and make it work exactly as you want.

In the following lines, I explain how to change some of the most important mouse settings.

1.- Change the travel speed

If you find that the pointer moves too slow or fast when you move the mouse, you can change the speed as follows:

  1. Access Settings – Accessibility – Touch – AssistiveTouch.
  2. Scroll down to the Scroll Speed section.
  3. Raise or lower the speed bar to adjust it to your liking.

By moving the bar, the setting will be saved automatically and you only have to move the mouse to see if the new speed is better adapted to your tastes or if you need to change the setting again.

2.- Configure concrete actions for different buttons

This option is not available with all mice, but if yours has programmable buttons you can configure different actions for each button.

To do this you must do the following:

  1. Access Settings – Accessibility – Touch – AssistiveTouch.
  2. Access the Pointing Devices – Bluetooth Devices section.
  3. Tap on the mouse name in the Connected Devices section.
  4. Access each of the buttons to configure the option you want to perform when you press it.

In addition, in some cases, you will also see a section called Customize additional buttons. From it you can configure additional buttons in case your mouse has more than iPadOS detects by default.

3.- Change the size and color of the cursor

As I said, the cursor of the iPad is large compared to that of any computer, but it can also be configured to be even larger and choose from several colors to make it more visible on the screen. To modify these settings you must do the following:

  1. Access Settings – Accessibility – Touch – Cursor.
  2. Choose the color you want for the cursor.
  3. If you want the cursor to be even bigger than the default one, activate the Large cursor option.

Now you can use your mouse with the iPad!

As you can see the configuration options are quite extensive. Also, setting up a wireless mouse for use with the Apple tablet is tremendously easy and won’t take more than a couple of minutes the first time you use it.

Are you one of those who missed this feature or do you think it was not necessary? Without a doubt, the iPad is becoming more and more a perfect alternative to a computer and the arrival of iPadOS will gradually make all the limitations that until now completely disappear.

Bartender 3 | How to Hide Menu Bar Icons on Mac

Hide Menu Bar Icons on Mac: By default, all Macs display a series of icons in the top menu bar. The time, the speaker icon, the WiFi and Bluetooth status. The list is short when you open your computer, but as time goes by and you install different applications, the number of icons can become overwhelming and become a real headache.

Some applications allow you to hide the icon from the macOS menu bar without losing its functionality, but many others do not and the only way to remove the icon is to close the app completely.

Bartender 3 | How to Hide Menu Bar Icons on Mac
Bartender 3 | How to Hide Menu Bar Icons on Mac

What can you do if you want to keep the bar as clear as possible to avoid distractions and at the same time do not want to lose functionality? The answer is Bartender 3, a software with which you can hide the icons on the Mac menu bar simply and intelligently.

How to Hide Menu Bar Icons on Mac

The bartender is one of those applications that may seem unnecessary, but once you get used to it you cannot live without it.

With this application, you can hide all the icons in the menu bar with a single click or keyboard shortcut and you can also make them show again with another click or keyboard shortcut.

In this way, you will be able to “clear” the menu bar to avoid distractions while you work and to have a greater sense of order on your computer. Something that, believe me, can make a difference when it comes to getting things done.

But this is not the only function of Bartender. It will also be useful to see in a very visual way when an application is doing some task in the background.

For example, you can set the app’s icon like Dropbox to be hidden and to show only while syncing files, you receive an invitation to join a shared folder, or an error occurs. Once the action is finished, the icon will be hidden again automatically.

Isn’t that a great way to know what’s going on in your team at all times?

Other functions of Bartender 3 for Mac

Other of the most remarkable functions that this application for Mac has are:

Rearrange your icons

If for any reason you do not like the order that macOS has chosen to display the icons in the menu bar, with Bartender you can place them to your liking.

To move them, all you have to do is hold the CMD ⌘ key on the keyboard and drag the icon with the mouse or trackpad to the position you want it to occupy.

Thanks to this function you can make the icons are arranged as you like for when you show them.

Search for menu items

Many times it is quite difficult to locate a specific icon in the menu bar. The reasons can be very different, but the most common are an excess of icons and that several of them are quite similar to each other.

In this case, the integrated Bartender search will be very useful to directly access the icon you are looking for, without the risk of making mistakes over and over until you find the correct one.

Custom keyboard shortcuts

Bartender is much more useful when you integrate it into your workflow and for this, having a series of custom keyboard shortcuts is a great help.

Thanks to this function you can set the key combination you want to use to show or hide the icons, access the search engine, navigate with the keyboard, etc, etc …

Navigate with the keyboard

Combining this function with the previous one you will be able to access any function of the icons in the menu bar without having to take your hands off the keyboard of your Mac.

Very useful to improve productivity, so you can do more in less time and thus have more time to do things that you really like.

Download Bartender for Mac

If you have a problem with the icons on the menu bar of your Mac, you want to put some order and also want to be more productive with your Mac, Bartender is for you.

The application offers a completely free trial version for four weeks on its website and after this time you will have to acquire a full license to continue using it.

Download Bartender

In addition, you can also access the Bartender through Setapp. The subscription service for Mac applications that I have recommended so many times and that I continue to do since for a very reduced price you can access more than 100 first-rate and very useful Mac programs. You will save money and you will always have on hand the perfect application to do everything you need.

How to Play with the Xbox One Controller on iPad and iPhone

Xbox One Controller on iPad and iPhone: A few days ago I was talking about how to connect a PS4 controller to an iOS device and use it to play compatible titles. Today it’s time to talk about a similar topic, although this time with the command of another popular console. Along the following lines, I will explain how to connect an Xbox One controller to an iPad or iPhone.

How to Play with the Xbox One Controller on iPad and iPhone
How to Play with the Xbox One Controller on iPad and iPhone

How to Play with the Xbox One Controller on iPad and iPhone

Actually the process is not very different from the other controller. The main difference is how the controller is put into pairing mode, although it is also important to consider which Xbox One controller you have since there are two versions: one compatible and the other not.

Is my Xbox One controller compatible with iOS?

Microsoft released two different Xbox, One controller models, to the market. One of them has Bluetooth connectivity and the other uses another wireless system that is not compatible with iOS devices.

Checking if your controller is the Bluetooth version is very easy. Basically you should look at the controller, more specifically notice how the Xbox button is placed on the front of the controller.

In case it is surrounded by the same plastic as the rest of the buttons on the front, it will be compatible with iOS. On the other hand, if the button is surrounded by the same plastic as the upper triggers, it will not be compatible.

How to connect the controller to the iOS device

If your controller has Bluetooth connectivity, you can now continue with the process of connecting to the iOS device. To do this you must do the following:

  1. Open Settings on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch and tap on Bluetooth.
  2. Activate the Bluetooth option switch in case it was not.
  3. Turn on the console controller by pressing the Xbox button until you see the white light.
  4. Press and hold the pairing button on the controller (the one at the top, next to the triggers). Release it when the white light blinks very fast.
  5. As soon as it enters pairing mode, the iOS device should locate and display it in the Other devices section of the Bluetooth settings.
  6. Tap on it (it will appear as Xbox Wireless Controller) to complete the connection.

Once these steps have been taken, the pairing will be finished and both the controller and the iOS device will be ready to “understand each other”.

From this moment on, you can play any game that is compatible with the console controls with the Xbox controller. Currently, the list of titles is not very big, but as the launch of iOS 13, iPadOS and, above all, Apple Arcade (the Netflix-style game subscription service) approaches, we are sure to see a flood of games update to be compatible.

How to Share Facebook Avatars on WhatsApp

Sharing Facebook Avatars on WhatsApp is possible, but the procedure may seem a little cumbersome. In any case, it is good to specify one thing immediately: WhatsApp does not currently support Facebook Avatars.

This means that the personalized sticker package created with the avatar model you created on Facebook is not yet present on WhatsApp. In the list of stickers that you can then use on WhatsApp, you will not find Facebook Avatars at the moment.

How to Share Facebook Avatars on WhatsApp
How to Share Facebook Avatars on WhatsApp

How to Share Facebook Avatars on WhatsApp

Considering that Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram are all under the company Facebook Inc. it is also possible that in the future the Avatars are available almost everywhere. So how do you share Facebook Avatars on WhatsApp? Here is the procedure to follow at the moment.

First, you need to try to access the Avatars section of Facebook. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Open the Facebook home, search for a post, and open the comments section. Here look for your Avatar sticker package and click on Edit Avatar
  2. Alternatively, go to Facebook settings. From the home is the last button at the top right, the one with the three horizontal lines. A screen opens with many panes that take you to the main sections of the app, there should be one dedicated to Avatars. If there is not scroll down and look for the More … button, press us and in the list that shows you, there should be the Avatars button.

Now you should be in front of the summary screen of your Avatar, the same that allows you to edit them. Now you have to press the button in the middle between the three at the top right, the one that indicates the stickers.

You find it indicated by the red arrow in the screenshot below. Pressing it will open the complete list of stickers made following the avatar you previously created.

Now look in the list of stickers for what you would like to share on WhatsApp. Once you have decided which adhesive to use, hold your finger on it. A two-choice sharing menu will appear at the bottom. The first, Send with Messenger, allows you to share the sticker on Facebook Messenger. We don’t care.

The second is the one that will allow us to share it on WhatsApp. Press down. At this point, the sharing menu of your smartphone will open. Look for the WhatsApp icon or, if you have one of the quick choices, that of a contact of yours with whom you exchange messages frequently. Press down.

If all goes well, the WhatsApp interface will open and allow you to make the latest changes to the message. WhatsApp will treat the chosen sticker as an image. It will then be possible to add a caption to it, add text to it, scribble on it and so on. When you are ready, press the send button and it will be published in the chat of your choice.

The sticker of your Avatar will be published as an image with a black background. And for the moment it cannot be done otherwise! As we said at the beginning, it is a rather cumbersome and very impractical procedure. The most practical thing would be if Facebook integrated the functionality into all its applications, but it cannot be excluded that it will happen in the future.

Facebook Avatar on Instagram, Telegram and other apps

Most of the procedures indicated also apply to applications such as Instagram or Telegram. Follow the usual steps indicated, and when you have arrived at the sharing menu instead of choosing WhatsApp select Telegram, Instagram or another app.

With Instagram, for example, it will be possible to create a post (as well as a story) and even edit it or apply filters before publishing it.

How to Sync iTunes with Android via Google Play Music

Sync iTunes with Android: One of the stumbling blocks of those who make the “leap” from iOS to Android is having to abandon certain habits and applications that he used to use until then. iTunes, the pride and concern of many users, often encompasses our entire musical life, even in times of change like these.

So what to do to synchronize iTunes with Android, since the former does not recognize (for obvious reasons) the latter? We use Google Play Music, and continue to use iTunes as we have always done.

How to Sync iTunes with Android via Google Play Music
How to Sync iTunes with Android via Google Play Music

How to Sync iTunes with Android via Google Play Music

A simple solution, which many will have adopted or thought of adopting, is to manually copy the iTunes library on their Android device: this, however, proves to be the worst solution if we continue to use iTunes to buy and manage our music files, as we will have to manually copy all the new files whenever we want them on our Android.

With Google Play Music, an extension will be installed on our computer that will take care of uploading all the new songs online to the Google service as we add them: let’s see how.

  1. Go to the Google Play Music page.
  2. If necessary, log in to your Google Account.
  3. As you can see, there are two types of service: one in Spotify-like, which allows you to listen to music at will, and another for free. For our final goal, the important difference is that with the free one you can upload a maximum of 50,000 songs, after which you need the paid one for € 9.99 per month. Make your choice according to your needs.
  4. Open the Settings panel, in the card list  you will find the item Music from this computer: click on it
  5. At this point we will be asked for confirmation: click on Next
  6. If you use Chrome, it will open a pop-up where you will be prompted to add the plugin to Google Play Music: add it
  7. Thanks to the plugin, Google Play Music can analyze your system in search of music: it will automatically locate the iTunes library and invite you to synchronize it
  8. This operation may take some time, depending on your connection and the size of your library
  9. From your Android device, go to Play Music, open Settings and look for the item Cache: tick it

Now every time your Android device is connected to a Wi-Fi network it will automatically synchronize your music saved on iTunes. Easy, right?

How to Block Numbers on Android Phones

Our smartphones are so advanced and so full of features that we often forget that their primary purpose is to make calls and receive calls. Unfortunately, however, just as regards the reception of calls, calls are not always received from known contacts or in any case belonging to our trusted circles.

So here is a guide for those who want to block any unwanted calls on Android by taking advantage of the system features, i.e. those that Android itself or the manufacturer responsible for our device makes available to us, or third-party apps available on the Google Play Store.

How to Block Numbers on Android Phones
How to Block Numbers on Android Phones

Let’s start from the system features and then move on to a couple of useful applications for users who cannot take advantage of any integrated features.

Block Numbers on Android

There are many Android smartphones and for this there are also many different ways to block a call from an unwanted number.

Let’s start by explaining the procedure for “generic” Android smartphones, which usually include a large part of cheap smartphones, dual SIM ones and phones with the Android operating system not modified by the manufacturer.

Android 7.0+

If you have a smartphone with at least Android 7.0 Nougat (or later) the procedure is very simple. From the list of your calls, just press on a contact and then select Block / Report as spam.

In the next screen, you will then have to click on Block and you can also choose whether to report it as spam (if it is simply a person you dislike the advice is not to do it). If you have made a mistake blocking a number, you can reverse it and press Unblock number.

From the call application, you can press the three dots at the top, then Settings and finally Call blocking, to find all the numbers you have blocked. From here you can choose to unblock contacts.

Android up to 6.0.1

Unfortunately, there is no universally valid method of blocking calls or forwarding them to voicemail. The screenshot that we have just proposed shows us on the left the typical interface of the most recent Samsung.

You can access it from Phone -> Other -> Settings -> Call Rejection -> Blocked list, a lot of steps that lead us to an interface that allows you to manually enter a phone number to block or to search for it from the Registry calls or address book.

On the right is the Google Contacts interface (you can download it manually from this link): by opening, Contacts go to the contact you want to block, press the pencil icon at the top right to edit the contact, press the three dots at the top right and press All calls to voicemail. This system therefore does not permanently block the phone number but diverts the call to voicemail.

Every other smartphone with a different interface, such as HuaweiHTCSony or LG, has different methods. The advice is to consult the settings of the various directories or to look in the individual contacts if there is any useful settings precisely to block the phone number.

In this regard, if you want to block an unwanted phone number, you should add it to the phone book and block it manually.

Block number on Samsung smartphone

On Samsung smartphones, there is a simplified functionality to block contacts. From the contact list or in the call list you can press the More button and then Block/unblock a number. Immediately after you can also choose whether to block SMS from the selected number.

Block number on HTC smartphone

Similarly, even on HTC smartphones there is an integrated functionality inside the smartphone. From the contact list, you can press and hold Block contact to quickly block the number and add it to the list of unwanted contacts.

Recognize and block call center calls

For those who just can’t find this functionality on their smartphone, here are some solutions that rely on third-party applications available on the Google Play Store. Let’s see the applications called TrueCaller and Calls Blacklist.

TrueCaller

TrueCaller is a really useful application that, think about it, has more than 90 million users. It is integrated within CyanogenOS and will soon be pre-installed on Huawei smartphones. But what does it owe so much success to and why is it appreciated by so many users?

Very simple: basically the application has a large database that will be used to analyze the calling phone number when receiving a call.

Thanks to an on-screen pop-up you will be notified of the caller’s identity, even if the number that is calling you is not in the directory. Very useful therefore to recognize any unwanted calls, including call center calls.

TrueCaller also offers a search function that allows you to call people or services not present in your contacts but whose information is available in the application database.

Once the app is installed and started, you will be asked to enter your data and choose which people will be able to see them (friends, friends of friends, public, a bit like on Facebook), and it is on this point that the database is based of TrueCaller numbers. In addition, part of the numbers are taken from classic telephone directories or provided by third party users.

If you then want to delete your number from the TrueCaller database you must deactivate your accountuninstall the application and fill in the appropriate request on the service website, which you can find at this link.

However, the application is not only used to identify phone numbers but also to block unwanted ones.

Once opened, you will notice the Unwanted tab. From there you can activate the flags Greater nuisances and Private numbers in order to automatically block incoming calls from numbers such as those of call centers or similar.

Still, in the Unwanted tab, you will notice a +-shaped key, through which you can manually enter a number or select one from the phonebook or call history to block it.

Any second thoughts? From Unwanted -> Unwanted management you can remove blocked phone numbers and re-enable them to call on your number.

Calls Blacklist

Call Blacklist is in some ways an even less intrusive app than TrueCaller and really easy to use. As soon as it is opened it will welcome you with the interface that you see represented in the screenshot below.

Simply press the + button located at the bottom right to open a special menu from which to select the number to add to your ” Black List “, that is, to the list of your blocked contacts.

You can, a bit like the apps or features seen so far, select a phone number to block from the call log, from your contacts, from the message log or even by entering it manually.

There is even a Calendar feature to block calls from unwanted numbers only during certain times of the day or only on certain days. The latter functionality is however only accessible from the Pro version, which brings us to the price factor.

Calls Blacklist is available for free on the Google Play Store. The free version, however, includes ads advertising.

The Pro version available for a fee (the price is variable) on the Google Play Store allows you to remove the advertisements and to enable the additional features of the Calendar section.

How to block Android SMS

Since we are on the subject, it can also be useful to block SMS messages from unknown phone numbers or unwanted contacts. In this regard, we have dedicated an extensive guide to the topic that you can find by following the link in the title of this paragraph.

The guide lists the steps necessary to block SMS based on telephone numbers or even the sentences contained in the SMS, and also a couple of alternative applications, including one of the authors of Truecaller, if your smartphone was not equipped with the necessary features to the block.

Thus you can block numbers on android phones. If you have any issues, comment us in the comment box.