How to speed up a Mac | 11 tips to make a Mac run faster

11 tweaks that will make any Apple Mac run faster. Here’s how to speed up a Mac.

The only surefire way of boosting your Mac is to install more RAM, but that can be a challenging hardware upgrade. Here we will focus on a variety of software tips, each of which will give your Mac a little boost.

You should also be sure to restart your Mac from time to time. This will stop unused apps and processes from clogging up your Mac. Also keep a clean and tidy desktop. The fewer things your RAM has to render, the more RAM you will have to keep the lights on.

Finally, if all else fails you can reinstall your Mac’s OS. This is a painful and in depth thing to do, though. So we will try our quick tips first. (See also: 9 best antivirus for Mac | Do Macs need antivirus? Best free Mac antivirus.)

How to speed up a Mac
How to speed up a Mac

How to speed up a Mac: Shut down unused or unwanted apps

If you’re running a load of applications on your Mac it will be throwing memory and CPU cycles at them, reducing the amount of both that is available to use for the apps you need. First up find out what is running. Open System Preferences and click Dock. Make sure there is a tick next to ‘Show indicator lights for open applications’.

That will show you which apps are running. To find out which are kicking your Mac’s behind, open the Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder.

Activity Monitor shows all the processes on your Mac. Click on View and Windowed Processes. Select the CPU button and the “%CPU” column to list programs filtered by the amount of CPU they are taking up. This tool also lets you list by memory, disk and processes.

Now you know the apps you want to kill go to the Dock, right-click on the icon of any programs you don’t need, and choose Quit. Alternatively press Command-Tab to bring up the App Switcher, and press Command-Q to quit unused programs.

How to speed up a Mac: Uninstall apps you never use

We’ve stopped running apps we don’t need right now. But for a greater impact let’s uninstall any apps we never want to use again. The simplest way is to drag and drop apps into the Trash.

You should also remove from the dashboard any widgets you don’t use. Click the Remove icon in the bottom-left, and tap on the Remove icons on any widgets you don’t regularly use.

How to speed up a Mac: Make sure your Mac software is up to date

First let’s do a software update for Mac OS X and all your apps. Click on the Apple icon in the Menu bar and choose Software Update. To avoid ever having to do this again, click on System Preferences > App Store and make sure that ‘Automatically Check For Updates’ is selected. Then tick Install App Updates which will automatically update your software.

Apple Mac System Preferences
Apple Mac System Preferences

How to speed up a Mac: Clear disk space

If your hard disk is full it will impact on your Mac’s performance. So we will clear a little space. First right-click on the Trash can in the dock, and select Empty Trash to clear the bin.

If you need to free up more space then check through your User folder for items to get rid of (Movies and Pictures are often likely culprits). You should also empty the Downloads folder of any items you’re unlikely to need.

How to speed up a Mac: Reduce Login items

Go to System Preferences. Click Users & Groups. Click on the Login Items tab to see which programs and services are launched when you first start up your Mac. Click on any item that you don’t want, and hit the Delete from Login Items button at the bottom of the pane.

How to speed up a Mac: ‘Remove From Preference Pane’

Now we are going to look for custom items in your System Preferences. If you are not using these, they will take up a tiny amount of your Mac’s resources.

Open System Preferences and check in the row at the bottom. Right-click on any item you don’t need, and choose Remove From Preference Pane.

How to speed up a Mac: Turn off visual effects

Keeping the Dock static will help to boost your Mac. Click System Preferences > Dock and untick Magnification, Animate opening applications, Automatically hide and show the dock, Turn off accessibility.

Finally, click on ‘Minimize windows using’ and change Genie Effect to Scale Effect.

How to speed up a Mac: Limit what Spotlight searches

Spotlight is a great tool, but it has to index and re-index everything on every drive. That can steal precious resource from your Mac.

If you want to speed up your Mac, you need to limit the scope of Spotlight. Go to the Spotlight pane in System Preferences. Click on the Privacy tab, and drag in any folders or volumes you don’t need to search. That will reduce the number of files Spotlight needs to index.

Apple Mac updates to install
Apple Mac updates to install

How to speed up a Mac: Disable File Vault encryption

File Vault lets you encrypt every file you store on your Mac. This uses a lot of processor cycles, however. Disabling File Vault encryption can refresh your Mac. Click on the Security & Privacy tab in System Preferences, then on the File Vault tab. Click the padlock, type in an admin password, and click Turn off File Vault.

How to speed up a Mac: Tweak the Finder

Opening a new Finder window shows you the All My Files view. Literally every file on your Mac. This can be a drag on your Mac. Go to Finder Preferences, click the General tab, and choose a different folder from the drop-down menu.

How to speed up a Mac: Speed up Safari

Not specifically a tip to speed up your Mac, but if the slowness is affecting you browser, clearing its cache will help. Open Safari and choose Safari > Reset Safari and check Remove all Website Data. Click on Reset. READ NEXT: Delete junk files on iPhone | Empty iPhone cache | Delete temporary files on iPhone: 5 ways to speed up your iPhone

How to unlock iPhone: Use any SIM in iPhone | Unlock iPhone 6S | Unlock iPhone 7

We explain how to unlock any iPhone. How to unlock iPhone 6S, unlock iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and more. Here’s how to use any SIM in your iPhone.

Unlock your iPhone: Is your phone locked?

If you purchased your iPhone new in 2016 the chances are it is already unlocked. Huzzah! But check by first inserting a SIM from a network different to the one you use.

If it doesn’t work: you need to unlock your iPhone. (Error messages to look out for include ‘Invalid SIM’, ‘SIM Card Not Accepted’, or ‘Insert Correct SIM Card’. (See also: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone | Transfer backup from old iPhone to new iPhone.)

Unlock your iPhone: What kind of SIM?

So, your iPhone is locked to one network, and you need to unlock it. The first issue with which you need to wrestle is what size of SIM you need.

If you have an iPhone 4S or older you will need a MicroSIM. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE use a nanoSIM. Before you go for the unlock make sure you source the right size.

Unlock your iPhone: Is it legal to unlock iPhone?

Yes! Well, yes mostly. It is legal to unlock your iPhone if you bought it outright, or you have finished paying the contract with which you bought it from a network.

Do bear in mind that if you are still in contract you haven’t technically bought your phone – it still belongs to the network. If in doubt, contact the network.

Unlock your iPhone: Use a third-party unlocking service

Ideally you should use the network to which your phone is locked to unlock it. This is the simplest and cheapest way to do it. Below we have listed out how to unlock phones from all the major UK networks.

If for some reason you don’t want to do that, you could use a third-party unlocking service. There are myriad of these online. Our only real advice is to read all of the small print. There are often hidden charges. And once your phone is under the control of a third-party, you may have no choice but to pay the (legal) surprising fee they are charging you. Better to go through the network. We’ve listed them alphabetically.

How to speed up iPhone
How to unlock iPhone

How to unlock iPhone on 3

Three says that iPhones purchased from it after 1 January 2014 will be unlocked as soon as connected to iTunes or activated over WiFi.

To unlock an iPhone running iOS 7 or above that wasn’t purchased from Three in that time you need to back it up, put in the new SIM, connect it to iTunes and do a safe restore.

If in doubt fill out Three’s online form.

How to unlock iPhone from EE, Orange and T-Mobile

Bought an iPhone from EE? The company says you need to have had your account for at least six months and be fully paid up. So far so nice, but EE says it’ll take up to 20 days to unlock your iPhone. Oh, and it will charge you £8.99 for the privilege. Oh, and if you aren’t an iPhone EE customer but have an iPhone locked to EE, your only option is to chance it with a third-party service. Sorry.

The process itself is simple if you are still an EE customer: just fill out this online form.

How to unlock iPhone on O2

Like EE, O2 simply requires you to fill out an online form. O2 Pay Monthly customers can unlock their iPhones at any time, but they remain on the hook for the full cost of the contract. So probably don’t do that.

O2 says it will now unlock all iPhones for free, however. So that bit won’t cost you.

If you’re not an O2 customer, simply put a non-O2 SIM card into your iPhone, plug it into your computer and open iTunes.

How to unlock iPhone from Tesco Mobile

Good news for Tesco Mobile customers: you can unlock your Tesco iPhone by calling 0345 301 4455, and choosing the “unlock your mobile” option. You’ll get a code with which to unlock your handset.

The bad news is that Tesco says it will only provide you with this code if you have been a subscriber for at least 12 months. Bummer.

How to unlock iPhone from Virgin Mobile

Recent iPhones purchased from Virgin Mobile should be unlocked. Some older iPhones may be technically locked, but Virgin advises to update the software to a recent iOS and it should automatically unlock. If for any reason you can’t do that a full restore should solve the problem. Still having problems, contact Virgin Mobile.

How to unlock iPhone on Vodafone

Like EE Vodafone says it requires you to either be the iPhone subscriber, or to know all of the details of the person who purchased it. With those details, it is simply a case of filling in this online form.

Unlocking through Vodafone is free if you are a contract subscriber and you’ve had your plan with the company for more than 12 months. Otherwise it’s £19.99.

Voda says it will get you sorted within 48 hours, but caveats this by saying it could take up to 10 days.

Read next: Delete junk files on iPhone | Empty iPhone cache | Delete temporary files on iPhone: 5 ways to speed up your iPhone

Delete junk files on iPhone | Empty iPhone cache | Delete temporary files on iPhone: 5 ways to speed up your iPhone

We explain how to delete junk files in iOS. How to clear data, and delete your iPhone’s cache. Here’s how to remove unwanted junk and speed up your iPhone. Five ways to clear space on your iPhone.

We show you two must-know iPhone hacks, that are good spring cleaning for any iPhone user. And then we recommend three apps that can help to give your iPhone a simple speed boost. (See also: How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone.)

How to speed up iPhone
How to speed up iPhone

How to speed up iPhone: Delete unwanted caches and data

First we’ll clean out your iPhone’s caches. A cache is a small amount of memory stored in order to make surfing or using software easier. It is the cache on your browser that logs you into websites and autofills forms. It helps web pages to load quicker by saving certain elements of that page.

So deleting your iPhone’s Safari cache will mean you’re logged out of any websites into which you’ve signed. It will give your web browsing a spring in its step, however. Let’s clear out your iPhone’s Safari cache.

1. Go to Settings > Safari.

2. Tap Clear History and Website Data.

3. Select Clear History and Data.

Clear history and data on iPhone
Clear history and data on iPhone

That’s it! Now we will clear out cached data stored in your apps. The same deal applies: you’ll lose some convenience, but pick up a bit of perkiness.

1. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage

2. Select Manage Storage.

3. Now choose an item in Documents and Data.

4. Found something you want to delete? Slide to the left all of those unwanted items, and then hit Delete.

5. Tap Edit > Delete All to remove all an app’s data.

Clear storage on iPhone
Clear storage on iPhone

How to speed up iPhone: Recover memory

This is something all iPhone users should consider doing regularly. And it is classically simple: switch it off, and switch it back on again. (See also: 6 ways to stop running out of data on iPhone | How to make iPhone data go further | How to turn off Wi-Fi assist.)

Apple fans will tell you that iOS is an perfectly efficient memory manager, and background apps take up no memory. But we find that restarting the phone closes down all running apps and gives a burst of responsiveness to an iPhone. So let’s restart your iPhone:

1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button.

2. “Slide to power off” should now appear.

3. Slide the power off switch to turn off the iPhone.

4. Wait for 30 seconds or so to ensure the iPhone has fully closed down.

5. Now hit the Sleep/Wake button to turn on the iPhone.

How to speed up iPhone: Clear iOS files and memory with Battery Doctor

Now we enter the murky world of third-party apps that claim to give a speed boost to your iPhone. As with all such apps in the Windows and Android worlds, we can’t guarantee any of these things will work. But we have picked out apps that in our experience are useful.

In most cases they automate the things we talked about above. They do basically the same things in slightly different ways.

Battery Doctor’s principle reason for being is to provide information about your battery. It has a handy sideline in clearing out junk files though.

1. Install and open Battery Doctor on your iPhone. You can find it in the App Store.

2. Choose the Junk tab.

3. Select ‘Clean Up Cache’, and then tap ‘Clean’.

4. Battery Doctor will then scan your files. When it has done, tap Memory.

5. Now select Boost.

After it has finished Battery Doctor will show you how much memory has been released. You should now find your iPhone runs a little faster. Or at least it feels that way!

Battery Doctor
Battery Doctor

How to speed up iPhone: Remove iOS junk files with iMyFone Umate

Another piece of software to consider is iMyFone Umate. In this case it isn’t an app, so much as desktop software that has a sideline in iPhone work. iMyFone Umate for Windows and Mac can be used to remove temporary and junk files from your iPhone. It is paid-for software, but there is a free trial that will do this job.

1. Install iMyFone Umate and connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac using the Lightning cable.

2. Open iMyFone Umate. Click Scan on the Home tab.

3. Select clear Junk files and Temporary files.

iMyFone Umate
iMyFone Umate

How to speed up iPhone: Remove iOS junk files with PhoneClean

PhoneClean is another piece of software that can remove junk files from iOS. And like iMyFone Umate it is paid-for desktop software with a free trial. Here’s how you use PhoneClean to delete junk files:

1. Install PhoneClean, and attach the iPhone to your PC or Mac using your Lightning cable.

2. Open PhoneClean, click Scan.

3. Wait for the scan to complete, then click Clean.


Just like that, you should have an iPhone that is as good as new. Read next, how to fix ‘Android insufficient storage’ error message.

How to watch US Netflix in the UK | How to get US Netflix on Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, iPad, Android and more

How to watch US Netflix movies and TV shows when you are in the UK. How to access US Netflix shows wherever you are. Use a VPN to watch US Netflix on Windows and Mac. Change DNS settings to watch US Netflix on Xbox, PlayStation, Android, iPhone and iPad.

Netflix is constantly hunting down the VPNs with which you can spoof being in the us, and blocking them from working. So you may need to try a few different products before this works. And, there is always the small chance that Netflix will start punishing those people who it finds cheating geography.

It’s a slim chance, however, you can access US Netflix content from the UK only by paying for a UK Netflix account. So although Netflix is bound by its licensing deals with content creators to appear tough on people watching TV an movies outside of the correct territories, it’s unlikely to start banning paying customers. And how would it be able to tell?

Watch US Netflix from the UK
Watch US Netflix from the UK

How to watch US Netflix in the UK | Watch US Netflix on PC, Mac and Android tablet

First of all you need to be a subscriber to Netflix. So go to the UK Netflix site and sign up. There is a free trial if you have never used Netflix before.

Now you have access to UK Netflix, let’s get you those lovely US shows.

The workaround is simple: first we will install a VPN (virtual private network), then we will use this to spoof our IP address so that it looks as though you are in the US.

Choosing a VPN is key. There are many around, and most offer a free version. We’re going to use Total VPN as it is not currently blocked by Netflix. The free version offers you a choice of three virtual locations, but limits the amount of bandwidth and transfer data.

It should suffice for you to get cracking with US Netflix, however. And if you do need more bandwidth you should always try before you buy.

Head over to and select the Get Total VPN link. Sign up, then download and install the app. Once install, launch Total VPN. You will be given the option to choose the country from which you wish to browse: make that country the US.

It can take a few moments to connect. Once you are up and running, simply browse to Netflix and sign in with your UK account details. You should find that you have access to the US content.

How to watch US Netflix in the UK | Watch US Netflix on Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV, iPad, Android and more

The bad news is that if you want to get US Netflix on your Xbox or PlayStation the process is a bit more involved. You need to change the DNS settings in your web connection. The good news is that – as always – the internet provides.

Changing DNS settings in itself isn’t hugely difficult – you simply head to the network settings of the console and manually configure the settings. You need to enter primary and secondary DNS (Domain Name Servers) numbers that will carry your internet traffic, and convince Netflix you are in the US.

You can find these by searching for them on the internet, as they change regularly. DroidKid has a good list which should be the first place you try. Using these DNS numbers is free, but when they become popular they get clogged up and slow, and can even occasionally redirect you to a third-party site in an attempt to sell you VPN software or worse.

DroidKid list of DNS servers
DroidKid list of DNS servers

If this all sounds too dodgy, try Unblock Us. It costs $4.99 Canadian dollars a month, which is only a few quid but still not as good as free. Fortunately there’s a free trial so you can test it out. The server numbers you need are and

Unblock Us is compatible with various devices including games consoles, media streamers, Android, iOS and more. Even better, it has plenty of guides as to how to change the DNS settings on specific devices, so it is a good place to try if you want to watch US Netflix, in the UK, on your iPad.

Unblock Us
Unblock Us

How to fix Android insufficient storage available | Android insufficient storage available fix without root

How to create space on Android phone. We explain how to deal with the Android ‘insufficient storage available’ message without having to root your smartphone. How to clear space on your Android phone, even when you know you have free space.

Few things in life are inevitable: death, taxes, running out of storage on your smartphone. And Android has an annoying habit of telling you that you are out of space even when you know there is room to burn.

It may be that you have space on an SD card, but for some reason Android feels you are out of storage. Or it may simply be that you tried to download or update something, and received Android’s notorious ‘insufficient storage available’ error message.

Fear not. Even if your smartphone is rammed with apps, music and photos, there are plenty of things you can do to free up space. And none of them is drastic. Here’s how to fix Android’s ‘insufficient storage available’ error message.

How to fix Android insufficient storage available: clear cache/remove app data

The ‘insufficient storage available’ error can be seen after you have moved large amounts of media from your Android phone’s onboard storage to a microSD card. Put simply, it’s caused by cached data not being properly erased.

There are a couple of ways of fixing this issue. The easiest is to install a cache cleaner app. There are a few of these we like, but App Cache Cleaner – 1Tap Clean is our favourite.

Apps such as this one are super easy to use. Once installed you simply open the app and let it scan your phone. You can then either clear each individual cache by clicking on the rubbish bin icon next to each app, or delete all the app caches by selecting the Clear icon at the bottom of the screen. Simple.

App Cache Cleaner 1Tap Clean

This is a good process to go through whenever you are a little tight for space. And it is free. So why wouldn’t you install App Cache Cleaner – 1Tap Clean? Put simply: you may not have enough space. To create that space, you have to delete the cache from individual apps.

Here’s how.

Some Android phones will allow you to clear cached data via Settings. On my Galaxy S7 Edge I just go to Settings, Storage, click the onboard storage, and tap Cached data. This immediately gives me the option of deleting all the cached data.

Clear cached data for single app

Alternatively, on all Android phones you can delete cached data on an app-by-app basis.

Go to Settings, choose Apps or Applications.

Now you will either see a list of all apps running and installed on the phone, or have the option of clicking Application Manager to see this list. Simply tap any app in this list, then choose Clear Cache.

List of apps on Android

Through clearing the app cache on your phone, you should be able to fix that pesky Android insufficient storage issue. But if that doesn’t work, we are going to have to get more creative. And each of the following options will hurt at least a little.

How to fix Android insufficient storage available: remove apps you don’t use

Okay, this is not ideal. But if you go to that list of apps as outlined in the point above, you may find that there are several you don’t need or use. And you’ll be able to see the storage each app takes up.

Delete app data

To delete, just select the app you no longer need by tapping it. You will be given the option to uninstall or stop. Simply click uninstall and that app, plus all its cached data, will be removed.

How to fix Android insufficient storage available: add an SD card (and move across media)

The only cost here is, well, cost. Adding an SD card is available only to those Android phones that have an SD card slot. And it isn’t quite the panacea that phone reviewers will have you believe. For one thing few phones will let you host apps on the external storage. And for another, they can affect performance.

But a sizeable SD card will add loads of storage to your phone, taking all the media files off your overworked built-in storage. It’s a no brainer if you are storage-starved.

How to fix Android insufficient storage available: remove media files (back up to Google Drive)

Again, one to file under ‘obvious, and mildly painful’. But if you are anything like me your Android phone will be chock full of podcasts to which you will never listen, and photos that someone else shoved your way via WhatsApp.

Make sure your photos back up to Google Drive, and your music is stored in Google Music (both are free). Set your podcast settings to delete once listened to, or after a period of a month. And regularly click through your photos and delete those you don’t want to keep. It’ll be good for the soul, as well as your phone.

Do let us know in the comments below if you have any other Android space-saving tips.

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22 best free video editors for Windows | Best free video converters for PC & laptop | Best free video-editing software

The best free video editors and best free video converters for Windows PC and laptop. We reveal the best free video-editing software packages you can install today.

There has never been a better time to edit video, which is good news because these days we are all budding film directors. If you want to do something brilliant with all those hours of footage of your kids in the park, you have come to the right place.

The modern video editor is simple to use and full of great effects. Literally anyone who can use a PC can edit video.

We found 22 great free video editors for Windows. And we listed them alphabetically, so take a look at all of our great free video-editing software packages. One of them is bound to be great for you. These are the best free video editors, regardless of your experience or ability. And stay tuned to the end, there are products from Microsoft and Google at the end that are great starter video editors for the uninitiated.

Best free video editors for Windows

Best free video editors: Avidemux

Avidemux is not one of the more simple free video editors, but it allows you to automate many tasks, and supports a huge array of file types. If you are comfortable with scripting it may be a good choice for you.


Click here to find out more about Avidemux

Best free video editors: BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve offers a professional level of video editing, as well as colour correction, and finishing. The feature set may be a little too much for absolute beginners, but if you know your way around a video editor this is a great non-linear editing package to choose.

BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve
BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve

Click here to find out more about BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve

Best free video editors: Blender

Blender is free, open source 3D creation software with a feature set that is truly stunning. It supports 3D modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, with video editing something of a tacked on extra. This is great software if you are interesting in 3D projects with some video editing, rather than a core video editor.


Click here to find out more about Blender

Best free video editors: DebugMode Wax

Free for business and personal use, Wax is high performance, flexible video compositing-and special effects software. It is good general purpose editor with high-end features.


Click here to find out more about Wax

Best free video editors: Freemake Video Converter

As the name suggests Freemake’s software is both free, and aimed more at converting different formats of video files than it is at editing projects. None the less, it offers some useful simple editing tools, and is the world’s number one video file converter, converting from and to MP4, MP3, AVI, MKV, iPhone, Android, and even YouTube. And it is free. Well worth having in your locker.

Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter

Click here to find out more about Freemake Video Converter

Best free video editors: HitFilm Express

HitFilm Express is great free video-editing software for Mac as well as Windows, offering 2D and 3D compositing and more than 140 visual effects and transitions, and unlimited tracks. There are free video tutorials and training, and a vibrant community that just loves to help. Some add-ons are pay for, but in general we are big fans of HitFilm.

HitFilm Express
HitFilm Express

Click here to find out more about HitFilm Express

Best free video editors: ivsEdits LE

ivsEdits LE is a free video editing software package that features most of the same professional editing tools of the serious professional tool ivsEdits, with some minor limitations around file formats.

ivsEdits LE
ivsEdits LE

Click here to find out more about ivsEdits

Best free video editors: Jahshaka

Jahshaka is a free, open source digital content creation platform – much more than a simple video editor, and for those who wish to do more than just edit video. It offers a powerful immersive media management and playback platform that is accentuated by modules for animation, compositing, editing and special effects. It’s full featured and has good support from its user community.


Click here to find out more about Jahshaka

Best free video editors: Kate’s Video Toolkit

Like Freemake as much a conversion tool as a full fat editor, Kate’s Video Toolkit is an easy-to-use, all-in-one solution for video conversion and simple edits. It can convert AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, MP4, 3GP and ASF files into a variety of output formats, including AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV (Quick Time), VCD, and DVD. If you love to play around with sounds or edit videos, this tool will be great for you.

Kate's Video Toolkit
Kate’s Video Toolkit

Click here to find out more about Kate’s Video Toolkit

Best free video editors: Lightworks

The free version of Lightworks Pro, Lightworks is EditShare’s professional grade non-linear editing software. It supports resolutions up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats. An excellent full-featured video editor for free.


Click here to find out more about Lightworks

Best free video editors: Machete Video Editor Lite

Machete Video Editor Lite is a free version of the powerful video editor Machete. As the name suggests Machete Lite is designed for quick and simple slicing and dicing of your video files. It is an easy way of deleting unnecessary fragments, and quickly cutting, copying and pasting video clips into a full video. The only real down side is that the Lite version supports only AVI and WMV files.

Machete Video Editor Lite
Machete Video Editor Lite

Click here to find out more about Machete Video Lite

Best free video editors: NCH Software VideoPad Video Editor

Designed to be intuitive and easy for beginners, VideoPad is a fully featured video editor for creating professional quality videos in minutes. It allows you to apply effects and transitions, as well as adjusting video speed.

NCH Software VideoPad Video Editor
NCH Software VideoPad Video Editor

Click here to find out more about NCH Software Videopad Editor

Best free video editors: PhotoFilmStrip

PhotoFilmStrip lets you create video clips from photos in three simple steps. You can then output for VCD, SVCD, DVD and Full HD. Other features include subtitling and background music. Not quite a full video editor, then, but good free software for those hoping to create videos from still photos.


Click here to find out more about PhotoFilmStrip

Best free video editors: Pinnacle VideoSpin

The cut down version of Pinnacle’s top of the shop premium video suites, VideoSpin is a free video editor that offers high-end capabilities in a simpler package. It’s designed to make it easy for beginners to create high-quality videos and slideshows, and is limited only in output options. A great choice.

Pinnacle VideoSpin
Pinnacle VideoSpin

Click here to find out more about Pinnacle VideoSpin

Best free video editors: Shotcut

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. It offers wide format support, and has a simple and easy-to-use interface for beginners and more advanced video editors to use. Recommended.


Click here to find out more about Shotcut

Best free video editors: Squared 5 MPEG Streamclip

MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, and editor. Edits are to a large part limited to cut, trim and join, but the conversion and export functions are good.


Click here to find out more about Squared5 MPEG Streamclip

Best free video editors: VirtualDub

VirtualDub is a free video capture- and processing software utility. It lacks the editing power of a full video editor, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. If you need to make quick simple edits, this is for you.


Click here to find out more about VirtualDub

Best free video editors: VSDC Free Video Editor

A great free video editor that offers a simple-to-use non-linear video editor, full-fat video conversion tools and DVD authoring for those stuck in the 1990s. With video- and audio effects baked in there isn’t much that is bad that we can say about VSDC Free Video Editor.

VSDC Free Video Editor
VSDC Free Video Editor

Click here to find out more about VSDC Free Video Editor

Best free video editors: WeVideo

An online video editor that literally anyone can use, WeVideo is great for starters. For free you can create 2 minutes of video each month, publish to 720p, and use 1GB of storage. Your output will be watermarked, however. To remove the restrictions you need a paid version, and they start at $10. One for when you need a simple edit of a quick clip without installing software, or a great one for Chromebook users.


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Best free video editors: Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a free video-editing software package from Microsoft. It is a part of the Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr. If you are a Windows user, there really is no reason not to install Windows Essentials and have a go with Movie Maker.

Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker

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Best free video editors: Wondershare Filmora

Filmora is an easy-to-use video editor from Wondershare. It offers some great features, including text and titling, the ability to import music, overlays and filters, and still and motion graphics. What’s the catch? There isn’t one, really. There is a store for effects, and Wondershare would clearly like you to upgrade to the pay-for product. But the free version of Filmora may well satisfy your editing needs.

Wondershare Filmora
Wondershare Filmora

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Best free video editors: YouTube Editor

YouTube Video Editor is – as the name implies – a free online editor for YouTubers. It lets you combine and edit YouTube clips. That could mean it is limited in use, but it is truly simple to get to grips with, and doesn’t require installing software. So all you need is a web browser and a Google account. You could, after all, always upload clips and download the final product.

YouTube Editor
YouTube Editor

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How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone | Transfer backup from old iPhone to new iPhone

Two ways to move apps, music and contacts from one iPhone to another

We show you how to move contacts from one iPhone to another. The simple way to set up your new iPhone by transferring contacts, apps and more from one iPhone to another. 

In general we are going to presume that you are transferring contacts and apps from your old iPhone to a new handset. But if you are transferring between two in-use iPhones, you need to erase the device to which you are transferring. On that iPhone go to Settings, General, Reset, Erase All Content and Settings. This will erase any data that’s currently on your device.

How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone
How to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone

Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud backup

It is best to do this either first thing in the morning if you can afford to leave your phone plugged in to power and wireless throughout the day, or last thing at night, for reasons we will explain at the end.

First we must connect the old iPhone to the internet via Wi-Fi. A cellular connection won’t do, for obvious reasons (it is the old, SIM-free iPhone).

Now, presuming you have iOS 8 or later installed, go to Settings, then iCloud, and then Backup. (This is only slightly different in iOS 7 or earlier. Here you go to Settings, iCloud, Storage & Backup. You’d have worked that out, right?). In both cases, you first make sure that iCloud Backup is enabled. Then hit Back Up Now, and wait for the process to role through. You will need to stay on Wi-Fi throughout.

When you think that the backup may have completed, go to Settings, iCloud, Storage, Manage Storage. Your backup should appear with the correct date, as well as a reasonable size for all the data you have secured. Make a note of the date and the size.

Now it is time to transfer your SIM card from one iPhone to another iPhone. If your carrier gave you a new SIM card, simply put it in your new iPhone. If you are keeping the same SIM, you need to physically move the SIM from the old phone to the new phone. If you are not sure, try. Just put the old SIM in the new phone. The only reason you would need to change is if the new iPhone has a smaller SIM slot that does the old one. If it does, ring your carrier and they will send you a new SIM (you’ll need to put the SIM back in the old phone to make the call, of course.

Once the whole nasty SIM business is dealt with, it is time to transfer your iCloud backup to your new iPhone.

Power on your new iPhone. This being Apple, a “Hello” screen will appear. Ignore this passive-aggressive cheeriness and swipe left to right. Follow the steps until you see the Wi-Fi screen. You will need to join a Wi-Fi network to transfer the backup, so do that now.

Follow the steps suggested until you reach the Apps & Data screen. You will see an option entitled: Restore from iCloud Backup. Hit that, and then select Next. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Now choose the backup we made earlier – you can tell which one it is by the date and the size. As soon as you select it the transfer will start. You need to stay on Wi-Fi. This may take some time, depending on the size of your backup.

(At this stage you may be asked to input other Apple ID details. This is because at some stage you have used multiple Apple IDs, and so to complete the full backup Apple needs all of the data. Don’t worry if you don’t have them to hand, you can always cancel out of that small part of the process).

The process should now just run through.

Congratulations, your iPhone is all transferred. It will continue to download data in the background as you go about your business, which is why we recommend leaving your phone plugged in an on the Wi-Fi for a few hours.

iTunes backup
iTunes backup

Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes

If you don’t use iCloud, this method works just fine. Its a bit old school, but hey – you use an iPhone (just kidding lads).

The process is similar: make an iTunes backup of your current iPhone, then install said backup on your new Apple phone. First we will create that backup.

Use your Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac. Open iTunes – if prompted, download and install the latest update. When prompted, synch your iPhone with the PC or Mac.

Now select your iPhone, from the iTunes interface. We are going to save the things you have purchase from either iTunes or the App Store. Head to File, then Devices, and then choose Transfer Purchases. All you have to do is wait and those apps and media files will be transferred.

After this process completes, and before you unhook your iPhone, it is important to make sure that your backup finished successfully. Go to iTunes Preferences, and then Devices. You should see the name of your iPhone, along with the date and time that iTunes created the backup. Take a note of these details, as this is the backup you want to use on your new iPhone.

Now we are going to transfer your SIM, in much the same way as we did when using iCloud. In fact, in exactly the same way:

If your carrier gave you a new SIM card, simply put it in your new iPhone. If you are keeping the same SIM, you need to physically move the SIM from the old phone to the new phone. If you are not sure, try. Just put the old SIM in the new phone.

The only reason you would need to change is if the new iPhone has a smaller SIM slot that does the old one. If it does, ring your carrier and they will send you a new SIM (you’ll need to put the SIM back in the old phone to make the call, of course.

Once the whole pesky SIM business is dealt with, it is time to transfer your iTunes backup to your new iPhone.

Restore iPhone from backup
Restore iPhone from backup

Turn on your new iPhone. You’ll see that perky/annoying “Hello” screen. Swipe left to right on that “Hello” screen and follow the steps until you reach the Wi-Fi screen. Now use the cable to connect the new iPhone to the PC or Mac on which you backed up the old iPhone. On the Wi-Fi screen on your new iPhone tap Connect to iTunes.

Now follow the onscreen guidance until you hit the Apps & Data screen, then choose Restore from iTunes Backup, and next. Enter your Apple ID and password, and choose the backup you made before (using the date and time you recorded previously). As soon as you select the backup it will start to transfer to the new iPhone.

All you have to do now is wait for the transfer process to complete. Then finish the remaining setup steps as prompted on your iPhone, and sync the other content you downloaded. As before, you are advised to keep the new iPhone connected to a power source and on Wi-Fi in order that all of your media and other files can download.