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Overview

PROTIP: Store maps of public transportation routes and timetables on your mobile phone so it’s available without need for a wi-fi or cellular servide (which are not available within most subways).

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WiFi AirDrop from Mac to iPhoneX

On your iPhone X/11:

  1. On the Desktop, sweep down from the upper-right corner of the screen for the Control Center.

  2. mac-iphone-200x202-16205Long press the middle of the square shown here until a window pops up.

    BLAH: Why would Apple hide a useful control this way?

  3. If you see “AirDrop Receiving off” at the lower-left corner, Tap on it to turn it on.

  4. Select “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” to see the “AirDrop” icon turn blue.

    On the Mac:

  5. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  6. Be in the Mac Finder app. (AirDrop is a feature of Finder, not a separate application)
  7. Turn on AirDrop by holding Shift+command and pressing R or use a mouse to select the Go menu.

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  8. Select “Contacts Only” blue text at the bottom of the screen.

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  9. Sign into iCloud. Provide your iPhone unlock code.
  10. Scroll up to see the contact you want to exchange files.
  11. Open another Finder window and navigate to the file you want to transfer.
  12. Drag and drop the file on the picture icon representing your phone.

    PROTIP: AirDrop transfers only specific types of files: photos, videos, and locations.

    On your iPhone,

  13. click “Accept”.
  14. files transferred should appear among your Photos.

AirTrans alternative

  1. PROTIP: To share files containing music, contacts, notes, videos, ringtones, etc. install the $39.95 AnyTrans on Mac:

    brew cask install anytrans
    

    Alternately: https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/download.htm

  2. Open AnyTrans from Applications or on the touchpad after squeezing four fingers together.
  3. Activate and pay for a license.

HEIP to png/jpj formats

Since iOS 11 in 2017, iPhones store photos in the HEIC containers of files formatted in HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format). It is a more streamlined way of storing image files. It has a smaller files size, while retaining higher image quality than the JPEG format.

HEIF is based on the H.265 or HEVC (High Efficiency Video Compression) video format used on newer iPhones. It was developed by the MPEG group that was also responsible for the AAC format used in iTunes. PROTIP: Apple stores still images encoded with the HVEC (H.265) video format, allowing for its “Live Photos” with multiple images saved in the HEIC container. This also enables dual camera images captured on iPhone X, iPhone XS, and other dual-cam iPhones.

  1. To save a HEIC image in JPEG or PNG format for use on other apps, open the file in Apple’s Preview program. Export.

You can set your iOS device to save photos in JPG rather than HEIC. Go to Settings > Camera > Formats and then select “Most Compatible”.

Share JPGs instead of HEICs, via Settings > Photos and select Automatic in the bottom option. While continuing to keep the benefits of shooting and storing in HEIC yourself. Utilities:


More on macOS

This is one of a series on macOS (Mac OSX):