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Our how-to collection includes a range of tutorials and guides with tips, tricks, comparisons, and more from the 9to5Mac team helping you fix and get the most out of your favorite Apple gear.

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How to check if iPhone has 5G Standalone turned on and is working in iOS 16.4

5G Standalone turned on iPhone

Included with the new features and changes in iOS 16.4 is the capability for iPhone to use T-Mobile’s 5G Standalone coverage in the US and with Vivo and Claro in Brazil. The new option can offer speeds as fast speeds as 3.3Gbps using the power of carrier aggregation. Here’s how to make sure 5G Standalone is turned on with iPhone and how to verify your cellular connection stats.

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Here’s how to watch March Madness 2023 on iPhone, Apple TV, and web [U: Elite 8]

How to watch March Madness 2023 iPhone

Like last year, the 2023 NCAA tournament is being broadcast across multiple networks. Fortunately, you can stream all the games from one place with the NCAA’s app as well as a few other options. Follow along for how to watch March Madness 2023 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, the web, plus the full schedule, and more.

Update: The Elite 8 kicks off tonight, March 25.

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Best USB-C and Thunderbolt displays for Mac [New for March]

Best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays for Mac BenQ

USB-C/Thunderbolt display options have really expanded over the last couple of years. While Apple’s Pro Display XDR isn’t the best fit for most Mac users at $5,000+, it also offers the more affordable Studio Display. And there are also lots of solid choices from LG, Samsung, BenQ, and more. Let’s look at the best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays available in the $400-$1,600 range.

Update 3/24/23: BenQ has launched a trio of new 4K USB-C displays at affordable prices.

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Apple Watch Series 8 vs Series 7 and earlier: What’s the best choice?

Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 guide

The current Apple Watch lineup features three distinct wearables. While much remains the same between Series 8 and previous models, there are some differences worth considering. Read on for Apple Watch Series 8 vs 7 and earlier to help decide what’s the best pick for you or someone you’re shopping for.

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How to set up a shared network Time Machine folder to back up multiple Macs

set up shared folder Mac Time Machine backups

Want to find a solution to back up multiple Macs in your home or office without buying dedicated hardware like network-attached storage, paying for a backup service, or needing multiple external drives? As it turns out you can set up a shared network folder on Mac to allow other machines to save their Time Machine backups. Follow along for how it works.

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How to set Apple Music Classical to auto-download to your iPhone as soon as it’s available

How to get Apple Music Classical

Apple has officially announced its new classical-focused music app that will feature over 5 million tracks from “new releases to celebrated masterpieces.” While the launch of the free app is set for the end of March, here’s how to get Apple Music Classical to auto-download to your iPhone the moment it’s available.

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How to see iPhone battery health and when is it time for a replacement?

How to see iPhone battery health

Starting in March, Apple raised prices for iPhone battery replacements. Whether you’re just curious how your battery health is holding up or you’re having issues with battery life or unexpected shutdowns, it’s easy to check the status in iOS Settings. Below we’ll cover how to see iPhone battery health, tips on when it’s time to get a replacement, charge cycle expectations, and more.

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