How to create email groups in iOS

Tom Giangreco writes:

I’ve created a number of groups in Mail on my Mac, and know I can use the Group name to address an email to everyone in the group. How do I do the same on iOS? Using the Group name in Mail in iOS doesn’t work.

This is a poser, as I can’t replicate it: I can go into Contacts in OS X, create a group, and then use Mail in OS X and Mail in iOS to enter the group’s name and have it replaced by all the associated email addresses. (Make sure every contact in the group has an email address if you don’t want to crash Mail for OS X.)

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How to fix the Twitter problem

If you’re a Twitter user, you’ve seen the domain the company uses: It rewrites all URLs in tweets to pass through this redirecting domain to track “engagement.” It wants to know how many times links are passed—ostensibly, it could also filter against malware and spam, though I’ve never seen such a mechanism engaged.

But for years, some Twitter users in OS X have had a problem with in Safari. Instead of redirecting, the link results in an endlessly loading page that times out. Reloading the page results in a non-existent domain. Reload again, and the destination URL finally loads.

What’s up with that? Nobody knows! Or at least, nobody did. I looked at years of forum postings all over in which people noted the problem, and no one had a consistent solution. That appears about to change.

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Is there a way to sort Safari bookmarks?

Christine Girone had a peculiar occurrence:

I recently edited my bookmarks, and the links I created in each folder changed to be in alphabetical order. Yikes! I needed them to stay in chronological order. Any way to fix this?

What’s peculiar about this? Safari doesn’t feature a way to alphabetize bookmarks! There is no built-in way to sort bookmarks (or URLs) alphabetically in Safari. So I’m not sure what happened that caused this spontaneous reshuffle.

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I have multiple Apple IDs. What happens if I delete one?

Nicole Max writes in with a question that is all too common in one variant or another in response to an earlier Mac 911s about managing two Apple IDs:

I do indeed have two Apple ID accounts and it appears that my iPhone and iPad are listed as the two devices on one account (the one I use to sign into iTunes with). My laptop is listed as the device on the other account.

Here’s the problem for her:

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iCloud Photo Library requires copying images to the Photos for OS X app

Rohone D’Souza asks:

Is it possible to use iCloud Photo Library without actually copying all the photos into Photos (like iTunes lets you use it as an indexer without storing the files in its own central location)?

Unfortunately, no! Photos for OS X does let you reference files without making a duplicate copy in the currently selected Photos library.

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How to manage media when migrating to a Mac with a smaller drive

A reader with the nom de Internet of Bass Hound writes in with a set of interlocking problems:

  • Their new computer has a 128GB drive while the old one was 512GB. They have a Time Capsule backup and wonder if they can make choices while restoring the backup.

  • While they’ve opted into iCloud Photo Library, they “have not, however, joined Apple Music because I don’t want to pay the ongoing fee.”

  • Finally, they’d like to “add all my media—music, movies and possibly pics—to an external drive.”

This is not an uncommon collection of questions, so I’ll do my best to knock them all out.

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How to consolidate iPhoto libraries

Steven Graeber just upgraded to El Capitan and wants to move his photos from iPhoto to Photos for OS X, but:

Photos gave me an option of 5 different libraries to choose from. Why is there more than one? I have never used multiple libraries. And the dates on these are from times I wasn’t using iPhoto at all.

You’ve got a couple of approaches to solve this.

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