How to set up MacBook Air M2 (2022) to work from home

Apple revealed the MacBook Air M2 (2022), along with macOS Ventura, during the WWDC22 keynote. This lightweight notebook comes with a completely redesigned chassis and upgraded interior. Available in four great colors to choose from, the MacBook Air (2022) comes with the all-new Apple M2 chip. It’s powerful, efficient and reimagines what a MacBook Air could be. On top of that, it reintroduces the beloved MagSafe 3 port – which easily charges your powerful Mac and safely unplugs it if you exceed it. It truly is an example of excellence in design and performance that has gradually matured over the years. What makes this laptop stand out is that it features a fanless chassis. So you won’t hear any noise coming from it when you’re focused on a task. Here’s how to set up your Apple MacBook Air M2 (2022) to work from home.

Set up your MacBook Air to work from home

Download the basics

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Depending on the company you work for, you will find yourself needing to install a certain set of productivity apps. This can include downloading Chrome to your Mac, as well as Slack, Microsoft Office, Adobe products, Zoom, etc. It really depends on your industry and where you work, as well as what tools they expect you to use. You may find some of them on the Apple App Store, and you can download the rest from their websites. It is also good to take a look at the best Apple silicon apps. This is because your new MacBook Air packs an M2 chip and these apps will run smoothly on it.

Set the focus

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The focus is Apple’s Do Not Disturb (DND) 2.0. With focus modes, you can create your own work (or play) environment, in which you filter the distractions of your choice. If you are not sure how to use it, we have prepared a guide on how to use focus. The process is straightforward – yet powerful enough to make a difference when it comes to productivity. You can mute notifications from anyone except your co-workers, and you can also mute apps that are not related to work. This way you decide what comes and what doesn’t.

Use your iPhone as a webcam

How to use the continuous camera on macOS Ventura and iOS 16

If you’re running macOS Ventura and iOS 16, you can use your compatible iPhone as a wireless webcam for your laptop. Working on a MacBook Air means attending a lot of meetings. This gives you the flexibility to move the camera around and use advanced camera features such as Desk View or Center Stage. If you’re not sure how to use the continuous camera feature, we also have a guide to get you started.

Make it grow one or two ends

The MacBook Air (2022) harnesses the power of the Apple M2 chip to get its job done. However, it is very lacking when it comes to port diversity. You get a headphone jack, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a MagSafe 3 charging port. That’s not a lot. To take more advantage of the M2’s might, you might want to buy a dock or two. This way, you get a variety of ports at your disposal. So whether your work requires you to connect cameras, an SD card, microphones, or an external monitor – you’ll have a compatible port for them, through the dock.

Take advantage of Universal Control

Universal Control Demonstration

Universal Control lets you control your iPad or another Mac with your MacBook’s main keyboard and trackpad. It is ideal for multitaskers who want to work on several tasks simultaneously. If Universal Control isn’t what you’re after, there’s also Sidecar. This feature allows you to mirror your MacBook Air’s screen to your iPad – which acts as a wireless external display (and supports Apple Pencil).

MacBook Air M2 (2022) is a great device for working from home. It is light, portable, powerful and affordable. In fact, I personally use a MacBook Air to perform my work – which is undoubtedly excellent!

    The 2022 MacBook Air offers an M2 chip and a redesigned chassis with MagSafe support. Best Buy can notify you when it’s available.

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