Smart folders in iOS Mail allow you to view collections of certain types of email messages from all your email accounts. You can view all your unread messages, flagged messages, messages with attachments, or just important messages from certain people. Using smart folders can make it easier to sift through a cluttered inbox.
If your Android phone is feeling a little low on battery, you can find out exactly where your battery power is going. Android’s Battery screen shows you what’s used battery power since your last charge, from apps to system services and hardware devices.
If you’ve installed a lot of apps on your Apple Watch, the Home screen might be getting a bit crowded. Wondering how you can remove rarely used apps from your watch? There are two ways to do it.
Nest Thermostats can adjust the temperature on a schedule, and Nest Cams can automatically stop recording when you tell them you’re home. Rather than setting a schedule or manually flipping the switch, have your smartphone automatically set Nest as “Away” when you leave and “Home” when you return home.
The Mail app on your Apple Watch makes it possible to view emails and even reply to some. However, if you have several email accounts and get a lot of email, you might want to limit how much email you see at once.
Your Android device’s built-in Clock app can serve as an alarm clock, a kitchen timer, and a stopwatch for timing activities. You can create multiple alarms and timers, adjust the snooze times for your alarms and record lap times using the stopwatch.
Your iPhone can be used as an alarm clock, a stopwatch, and a timer. However, If you have an Apple Watch, you don’t have to take out your phone to use any of these tools. Your watch has built-in apps that perform the same functions.
If you have an Android phone or tablet with a small amount of storage, you probably keep uninstalling apps to make room for other ones. But there is a way to expand the storage of an Android device if it has an SD card slot.
Much like Microsoft’s Xbox-to-PC streaming, Sony’s PlayStation 4 can stream games to a few of Sony’s Xperia smartphones and tablets. However, with a small tweak, you can stream your PlayStation 4 games to nearly any Android device.
Any purchase you make within an app–rather than in Google Play itself–is an in-app purchase. Google Play tracks these in-app purchases. Some are permanent and can be recovered on a new device, but others are used up after you buy them.
Since smartphones have become more commonplace, many of you have probably given up wearing a watch in favor of having your phone tell you the time. You can also use your iPhone as an alarm clock, a timer, and a stopwatch, as well as a large timepiece.
Manufacturers and carriers often load Android phones with their own apps. If you don’t use them, they just clutter your system, or–even worse–drain your battery in the background. Take control of your device and stop the bloatware.
The Apple Watch allows you to send text messages with your voice through the Messages app. But every time you do, it’ll ask you whether you want to send a message as text or as a voice recording. Here’s how to get rid of that prompt.
Ever want to watch a video on your phone or tablet without wasting its storage space? Or maybe you just need to view a file your friend gave you. Most modern Android devices support standard USB drives, so you can plug in a flash drive just like you would on a computer.
This only applies to purchases you make within apps. If you purchased a paid app from the App Store, you can just revisit the App Store and reinstall the app. As long as you’re signed in with the same Apple ID you purchased the app with, you’ll be able to install it again on any device.
If you swipe down from Android’s menu bar twice, you’ll get a nice panel of quick settings you can toggle with one tap. Want to hide some of these settings, move them around, or add new ones? You have a few choices.
Is your Android device low on space? If your phone has a MicroSD card slot, you can use it to expand your space for music, movies or even apps, thanks to the improved SD card features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
When organizing your Home screens on your iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably noticed that a default name is given to each folder when you create it. iOS won’t let you delete the name and leave it blank, but there is a trick to getting around this problem.
With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google added more than just Doze. It added a feature named App Standby, which is designed to prevent apps you never use from draining your battery. It’s less effective than disabling apps completely, but it has its place.
When you tap a key on the iOS keyboard, it will “pop up” so you know what key you’re pressing. This preview has long been a feature that you had to live with whether you liked it or not, but in iOS 9, you can disable it.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow added a new feature called “Doze” that aims to dramatically improve your battery life. Android phones and tablets will “sleep” when you leave them alone, conserving battery life for later. Doze is designed to get out of your way and just work, but you can tweak it and make it even better.
Google added a “Battery Saver” mode to Android with Android 5.0 Lollipop. On a modern Android device, this mode can kick in and help prolong your battery when it’s almost dead. You can tweak that battery threshold or enable Battery Saver mode manually.
The Digital Touch feature on your Apple Watch allows you to send sketches, taps, or even your heartbeat to another friend who also has an Apple Watch. Here’s how to use it.
Many low-level tweaks can normally only be performed on Android by flashing custom ROMs. The Xposed Framework allows you to modify your existing system without installing a new custom ROM. All it requires is root access.
Unfortunately, not every mobile game supports physical game controllers. But quite a few games do, thanks to the Apple TV’s support for MFi controllers. For Android, devices like the NVIDIA Shield have encouraged developers to have controller support to their games. So, while this won’t necessarily work for every game you own, it should work for a fair amount.