In case you hadn’t noticed recently, paying for stuff with your phone is becoming a pretty big deal. If you have an Android phone or Apple iPhone and a bank account, then you already have everything you need to pay with a tap.
Your Android phone’s NFC hardware is for more than just transferring content and using mobile payments. You can buy cheap, programmable NFC tags and have your phone automatically perform actions when you touch them.
Are you in a relationship with someone who has their own Amazon account? Link your accounts together and share purchased Kindle ebooks, audiobooks, and apps. You can add up to four child profiles, too.
Not everyone has unlimited cellular data. If you find yourself going over your cellular data allowance and paying overage charges or getting throttled, you can make your iPhone use less data.
Two-factor authentication systems aren’t as foolproof as they seem. An attacker doesn’t actually need your physical authentication token if they can trick your phone company or the secure service itself into letting them in.
Apple has added an increasingly sophisticated app permission system to iOS over the years. It’s up to you whether an app gets access to everything from your device’s sensors and personal information to notifications and cellular data.
The Control Center has proven to be a thoughtful and welcome addition to iOS, but it can be annoying sometimes if you’re playing a game or using an app, and you accidentally open it. Here’s how you can disable it in such situations.
Modern smartphone embed GPS coordinates in each photo they take. Yes, those photos you’re taking have location data embedded in them — at least by default. Many modern digital cameras also do this.
Portable Wi-Fi hotspots on your Android phone are great, because hotel Wi-Fi usually isn’t, but toggling that hotspot on and off is a pain. Here are several easy ways to add a hotspot widget to your home screen.
Many websites, including How-to Geek, display a mobile version for users that are browsing the site on their phone. This is done to reduce bandwidth and look better on a smaller screen and resolution, but sometimes you really just want the full desktop version of a website. Read on to find out how to view the desktop version of any website on your phone.
Want to use a VPN? If you’re looking for a VPN provider or setting up your own VPN, you’ll need to choose a protocol. Some VPN providers may even provider you with a choice of protocols.
There are all kinds of ways to add shortcuts to settings, functions, apps, and so on, to your Android device’s home screens, but few do so much as the toggle folder widget.
Ctrl+Alt+Delete isn’t just necessary on Windows and other desktop operating systems. Applications can freeze or get stuck in bad states on modern iPhones, iPads, and Android devices too.
Always-listening voice commands are a big thing now. You don’t need an Xbox one or Amazon Echo for this — just make your phone, tablet, or computer always listen for voice commands.
There are some important advanced options buried in your Android’s Wi-Fi settings. Chief among these is the ability to disable Wi-Fi scanning for Google’s location service.
All modern smartphone, tablet, and desktop operating systems offer secure ways to give a guest access to your computer. Lock them to a specific app or give them restricted access to your PC. Forget looking over their shoulder!
Fewer things annoy us than when we set our Android tablet aside for a few days only to return to a low or even dead battery. This shouldn’t be happening, so it’s time to try to fix it.
Most characters you can type don’t appear on your keyboard, whether you’re using a physical keyboard or a touch one. Here’s how you can type them on your computer or mobile device.
Local media servers have gone out of style. Microsoft no longer makes Windows Home Server and is phasing out Windows Media Center. But there are still great solutions if you want to run a home media server and stream to all your devices.
Apple’s Photos app saw some changes in iOS 8, and more changes are coming when iCloud Photo Library launches soon. Did you know that your photos app keeps copies of photos you’ve deleted?
If you’re like us, then you know “scanning” documents and photos with your phone or tablet is a mixed bag. Thankfully, there are ways to scan documents that gives reliably good results, and best of all, they’re really easy.
Want to make your tablet or smartphone’s battery last longer? Prevent it from automatically checking for new emails and other data in the background. “Fetch” will drain your battery the fastest.
Autocorrect can be a blessing until it isn’t. Once you have an infamous auto-correct fail, then you’re likely to be wary so it doesn’t happen again (though it probably will). Here’s how to take control and even improve autocorrect on Android.
Continuity is a new set of features that allow Apple device owners (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac) to instantly and effortlessly transfer work, texts, and calls, as well as set up Personal Hotspots, between devices. Here’s what all that means and how to use it.
Your iPhone’s keyboard offers some hidden tricks that can help you type faster. iPads offer some hidden tricks, too — did you know you can split your iPad’s keyboard and move it around the screen?