iPhone & MacBook Tricks


If you own a MacBook and an iPhone, the devices have some tricks you can use to work with them together. Apple makes two models of the MacBook, as of the date of publication: The MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. Both MacBook models can connect with the iPhone, enabling you to run integrated applications for common tasks.

Video Chat

  • Apple installs a copy of the FaceTime app on every new iPhone and MacBook, for making free video calls over the Internet. The iPhone has two built-in cameras and it connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. The MacBook has a built in FaceTime camera as well. You can use the iPhone to make a FaceTime call to your MacBook, and vice versa. FaceTime on the MacBook does not require Wi-Fi; you can use a wired Internet connection.

Remote Desktop

  • When you need to access a file on your MacBook, you can use your iPhone to connect to the laptop via Wi-Fi using a third-party app. Download a remote desktop app such as Splashtop, LogMeIn Ignition or Control! Mac to your iPhone, and download the app’s corresponding application and install it on your MacBook. Use your iPhone to see your MacBook’s desktop, launch applications and work with files as if you were actually sitting with the laptop.

Find My IPhone

  • If your iPhone goes missing, you can try to find it again by tracking it down with your MacBook. Download and install Apple’s free Find My iPhone app on your iPhone. Launch a Web browser on your MacBook and log in to your icloud.com account to look for your missing iPhone’s approximate location on a map. If your iPhone’s Location Services feature is activated and the device is in range of GPS satellites, Wi-Fi and cellular towers, your MacBook can find it. If someone has stolen your iPhone or if you are afraid someone will find your iPhone and see sensitive information, you can wipe the device’s memory and lock it remotely with your MacBook.


  • When you use iCal, Apple’s native calendar application on your MacBook to help you keep track of schedule and to-do lists, you can see the same information on your iPhone, using the device’s included iCal app. Whenever you sync your iPhone with your MacBook, calendar entry updates will appear on both devices.

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