A broken Home button can spell trouble, and may seem like the device is practically useless until you get it fixed or replaced. It isn’t, however: you can still access the Home button with a neat little workaround.
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.
When a lithium ion battery fails, things can go south very quickly. If you open up your phone to find a battery swollen to twice its size, proper care and handling is critical for both your safety and the safety of others.
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.
You may think “Acessibility” features are just for those with disabilities, but there are a few useful functions hidden away in that category. And, you can access some of them with a mere triple-click of the home button.
When you receive a notification on the iPhone–say, for a text message–you don’t have to unlock your phone to respond to it. You can actually respond to all sorts of notifications from the lock screen, no unlocking needed.
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.
PDFs are something of a necessary evil. Sure, they’re a handy way to preserve any document in the style you intended, and can be read on virtually any device…but if your device doesn’t have a good built-in PDF reader, finding one can be a pain.
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.
It can be a little unnerving when your iPhone seems to know your routine, like it has ESP. This is often exhibited as notifications, such as when you get in your car and your phone gives you traffic conditions en route to your destination.
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.
When you have more than one or two gadgets, the outlets near that kitchen counter can get very cluttered. If you want to clean things up, you can upgrade your outlets to support not just standard 120-volt power cords but 5v USB charging too.
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.
Safari allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds and add your social media accounts so you can view them right in the browser, in one universal feed, without the need of any add-on applications or extensions.
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.
Using the Weather app on the iPhone may seem like a no-brainer, but it has one little quirk out of the box: it won’t update unless you’re connected to Wi-Fi. For that, you have to turn this setting on.
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.
Podcasts are a great way to pass the time on long drives, or during long bouts of tedious work. But podcasts can often consume a lot of space rather quickly, so it’s good to know how to best manage them.
There’s a very curious short coming in the Apple HomeKit system: HomeKit supports combining your smarthome devices into rooms, zones, and scenes, but if a given app doesn’t support one of those things, you’re out of luck. And no smarthome apps let you create scenes with multiple products from different companies. Enter the Home app, which solves both these problems.
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.