FE File Explorer: How to Share Files from Mac or PC to iPhone or iPad

File Explorer Pro App Icon

File Explorer by Skyjos

In today’s post, we look at how to share files to an iPhone or iPad from a Mac or PC, all connected to the same network. This process requires an app called FE File Explorer by Skyjos

If you are interested in learning how to share files between a Mac and a PC on the same network, please visit this recent post of ours.

FE File Explorer works on both iPhone and iPad. It allows you to access local files, files on your computer and NAS (network-attached storage). In addition, the app also works with popular cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox and Google Drive.

On the App Store, the app has a free version called File Explorer, and a paid version for $4.99, called File Explorer Pro.

Among other restrictions, the free version only allows one connection at the same time. It also does not support as many file formats like MKV and AVI.

Using the app to share files from a Mac or PC to an iPhone or iPad is a very easy process, and here’s how.

How to Share Files from Mac or PC to iPhone or iPad

First, make sure your iPhone or iPad and Mac or PC are connected to the same network.

Then you need to get the IP address of your Mac or PC.

        • On a Mac, hold down the option key and click on the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar (top right corner)
        • On a PC, left-click on the network icon located on the status bar (bottom right corner). Then click on Properties and in the next screen that appears, scroll down to the bottom to view the IP address

Once you have the IP address of your Mac or PC, launch File Explorer on your iPhone or iPad.

        1. Tap the + button on the top right corner to add a connection.
        2. Choose either macOS or Windows for the new connection.
        3. Give the connection a name, then type your Mac or PC’s IP address into “Host Name/IP” and tap Save.
        4. You’ll then see the new connection on the app’s main screen.
        5. Tap on the new connection and you’ll be prompted to type in a user name and password.
        6. Type in the user name and password you use to access your Mac and PC and tap Login.

You are now ready to view files in the shared folder and stream media to your iPhone or iPad.

File Explorer Home Screen
File Explorer Pro Home Screen
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Connection Type Selection
Connection Type Selection
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New Connection Setup
New Connection Setup
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New Connection in Home Screen
New Connection in Home Screen
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Logging in to Connection
Logging in to Connection
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Shared Folders
Shared Folders
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Do you have an app that you use for sharing files between your computer and your iPhone? Let us know in the comments!

Our Favorite macOS Spotlight Tricks

Spotlight

What is Spotlight?

In this post, we look at a few easy Spotlight tricks that will help boost efficiency when working with a Mac.

But first, let’s quickly go over what is Spotlight.

Spotlight is a system-wide search feature in Apple’s macOS and iOS operating systems. This feature allows you to quickly find documents, applications and system preferences, etc. You can even get conversions, calculations, and definitions using it.

Now onto our favorite Spotlight tricks!

Trick #1 – Launching Spotlight

While you could launch Spotlight by clicking the icon on the upper right corner of the menu bar, hunting for the tiny icon on the screen using a trackpad or a mouse can really slow things down.

Our first trick is launching Spotlight with a keyboard shortcut.

The default shortcut is Command + space, and with it, you can launch Spotlight instantly.

If for some reason you would like to use a different keyboard shortcut to summon Spotlight, here’s how you can change it.

Go to System Preference, Keyboard, Shortcuts and select Spotlight to the left. On the right, make sure “Show Spotlight search” is selected, and double-click the default “⌘Space” combo. Once it goes into edit mode, press any key combo you desire on the keyboard. After that, the new combo will be how you can instantly summon Spotlight.

Changing Spotlight Keyboard Shortcut

Trick #2 – Launching Apps

Looking to open an app quickly? You can use a trackpad or a mouse to open apps on the Dock or in Launchpad, but did you know if you could do it even faster with Spotlight? Especially if the app is tucked away somewhere and is not immediately visible on the Dock or in Launchpad.

Just open Spotlight and type in a few letters from the name of the app, press Enter and you have launched that app.

Trick #2 Launching App with Spotlight

Trick #3 – Searching Your Mac and Opening Files

Let’s face it, working with the file system is difficult. To have control over the file system, you have to remember where you saved all your stuff.

With Spotlight, you just need to remember the file name to find it, and it does not even have to be the exact name.

Type what you remember into Spotlight, and you’ll likely get what you were looking for.

Trick #3 Searching in Spotlight

Trick #4 – Conversion

Want to convert something from one unit to another? Spotlight can help.

Simply type in what you want to be converted and you’ll see how much Spotlight has read your mind.

Trick #4 Conversion with Spotlight

Trick #5 – Translation

Once in a while, we all see or hear a word we just have to look up.

While you could probably get a more interesting and sometimes more in-depth understanding of the word with Urban Dictionary, Spotlight can be very helpful too.

Trick #5 Translation in Spotlight

Trick #6 – Calculation

Have two numbers you want to add up but don’t want to grab your phone to do it? Well, worry not because you can do that with Spotlight too.

Trick #6 Calculation with Spotlight

Are you an avid Spotlight user as well? Do you have any favorite Spotlight tricks to share with us? Let us know in the comments!

How to Delete Previously Relocated Items Folder (macOS Catalina, 2019)

Previously Relocated Items

If you recently upgraded to macOS Catalina, you might notice a new shortcut on your desktop called Previously Relocated Items.

Previously Relocated Items Folder Desktop Alias

The folder is located under Users/Shared, and it’s usually not very large. For me, it was just 1 MB. As part of the public beta program, I upgraded a couple of times, so I have three Previously Relocated Items folders.

In the folder, Apple has a note explaining what the relocated items are. Well, in short, they are files Apple did not know what to do with during the operating system upgrade.

Even if the folders do not take up much space, I wanted to delete them, because to me they serve absolutely no purpose. I dragged them to the Trash and then tried to empty it, and it wouldn’t let me.

With macOS Catalina, your operating system and your data reside on different volumes for security reasons. Your operating system now has its own volume called Macintosh HD, while your data lives on another volume called Macintosh HD – Data. This is just so that data can not mess with the operating system.

In the process of creating the new volume, the files in the Previously Relocated Items folder were thrown into limbo, and you as the user have to decide their fate. You could just delete the shortcut on your desktop and leave the folder alone, but if you try to delete the folder too, Apple will throw something called System Integrity Protection (SIP) at you and not allow you to empty the Trash.

How to Delete the Folder

Here’s what you can do. You can temporarily disable SIP to delete the Previously Relocated Items folder, and then, of course, you’ll want to turn SIP back on once you are done.

A word of warning, the site, and the author are not responsible for any possible damage or data loss resulted from this process.

Follow these steps to disable SIP:

    1. Boot to Recovery OS by restarting your machine and holding down the Command and R keys at startup.
    2. Launch Terminal from the Utilities menu.
    3. Type in the following command and hit Enter:
csrutil disable

Now you can reboot your machine and empty the Trash.

Remember to enable SIP again following the exact same steps, just with a different command

csrutil enable

Reboot your machine again and you are good to go on your merry way.

How was your macOS Catalina upgrade experience? Are you enjoying the new OS? Let us know in the comments!