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How to install OS X El Capitan over the El Cap GM beta seed

Want to upgrade to the production version of OS X El Capitan? Here's how to go about doing it.

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How to install and get started with OS X El Capitan

Apple's latest OS X software update, El Capitan, has arrived. There's a lot packed into this update, so to help you learn the ropes and get to exploring on your own, we've put together this guide to get started. We'll help you back up your information if you haven't already; walk you through the update process; and suggest some great apps formatted to take advantage of OS X El Capitan's new features.

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How to use the Home screen and Lock screen on your iPhone 6s

You may be tempted to speed past the Lock and Home screens to get to the apps on your iPhone or iPad, but that’s like ignoring the concierge desk at a quality hotel. By all means, feel free to make your own way around the city—or, let the friendly local expert point you to the best destinations and often get you there faster.

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Doing a clean install on your iPhone 6s? Here's what you'll bring over and what you'll lose

We've had a few people this week ask us about not restoring from their backups when moving from an old iPhone to a new iPhone 6s. "Is it smarter?" "What data am I going to lose?" "I just want to speed up my iPhone!" Here's what you gain by doing a clean install, and what you'll lose out on.

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Meet the iPhone 6s: Our unboxing and walkthrough

Never owned an iPhone before? Here's what you can find in the box and what you can expect from the iPhone 6s.

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How to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus

If you're the lucky owner of a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you may be wondering what to do about your Apple Watch. For those unfamiliar, while Apple's smartwatch accesses much of its information from iCloud, it backs up Health data, app data, and the like to its paired iPhone. If you're switching from an older iPhone to a new 6s or 6s Plus, you're going to need to get that data off if you don't want to set up your Apple Watch as new. Here's how!

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How to set up Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Google services like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts are incredibly popular and—what's more—incredibly easy to set up on your iPhone or iPad. Here's how.

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How to use iCloud: The ultimate guide

Everything you need to know about setting up, backing up, restoring, and updating your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and managing your iTunes apps, books, music, TV shows, movies, Match, and Photo Stream in the cloud

iCloud is Apple's online service designed to make managing your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV, and your iTunes content easier and more automatic than ever. Like the name implies, iCloud is based in the "cloud", which is a trendy way of saying giant data centers filled with servers that you can access from your device over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G internet, wherever you are, whenever you want. It consists of several services that work with the apps on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and with iTunes and a handful of desktop apps on Mac and Windows. Most iCloud services are completely free, although additional storage and services are available for purchase.

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How to set up iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

So you've subscribed to iTunes Match. Now you need to set up your iOS devices to use it. It's just as simple as subscribing was. Just a few ticks and clicks and you'll be on your way to iCloud music goodness!

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How to setup your new iPhone 4S

Just get an iPhone 4S and curious how to get it set up so you can get going with it? No problem. With iCloud, you can get set up right on your iPhone, no cable, no iTunes desktop required! If you like to go old school, however, iTunes is still there for you. We recommend iCloud, but we'll walk you through both option, below!

And if you need some extra assistance to get you started check out:

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