Force Quit on Apple Watch

Force quitting an app on the Apple Watch is not quite as simple as it is on an iPhone or Mac, but it’s still possible. With the problem app in question open:

  1. Press and hold the Side Button (bottom button) for until you see “Power Off”.
  2. Press and hold the Digital Crown (top button) in for a second.

The naughty app should quit, returning the user to the Apple Watch home screen.

How To Smoothly Upgrade To iOS 9

Apple will release iOS 9 on September 16th, which means hundreds of millions of compatible devices will line up to get the update.

Last year, when storage issues prevented users from getting iOS 8 as soon as it was released and revealed a huge unexpected problem with Apple’s iOS upgrade procedure. This time around you should be able to perform the update with little free storage.

Here are the steps needed to make the experience a pleasant one. Continue reading “How To Smoothly Upgrade To iOS 9”

Fix Bluetooth Speaker Popping on Your Mac

Sometimes, when listening to music via a Bluetooth speaker from your Mac you’ll get random “popping” or “clicking” sounds. This solution may help.

We need to edit the Bluetooth plist file located at:

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent.plist

The property or key that needs to be changed in this file is “Apple Bitpool Min (editable)”. The default value is 2. You should try and use a value between 40 to 58 and see if your problem is resolved.

To edit the plist file, launch Terminal and type the following. Make sure your Mac is backed up before trying any of this if you are not comfortable working in Terminal.

defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min (editable)" -integer 40

After this, shut off Bluetooth and turn it back on. You may even want to delete and then re-pair the speaker to the Mac.

This got rid of the annoying intermittent popping sound coming from my Bose Soundlink II when paired to my MacBook Pro.