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These little technical tricks can make you think, “Why hasn’t someone told me about this before?” I did! Tap or tap for 10 incredibly useful tricks for iPhone and Android that make your life easier.
In the spirit of a better digital life, here are five smart ways you can use your gadgets to cure some small troubles in life. It’s also fun to share with friends and family. Just imagine how impressed they will be.
Problem: You’re tired of notifications, but you don’t want to miss what’s important
If you have enabled mobile notifications for each email you receive, you know how distracting the buzzing and beeps are. Maybe you turned yours off altogether.
Did you know that you can only turn on alerts and sounds for important emails? I’ll show you as an example of Gmail.
Follow these steps on your iPhone, iPad or Android:
- Open first Gmail.
- Click on three-line menuthen scroll down to Settings.
- Choose your account.
- Then click Email notifications. Choose Only high priority.
How does Gmail determine what is a high priority? This makes your best guess based on your behavior. You can help AI make this more accurate.
On the mobile phone:
- Open the letter in Gmail. Click on three-point menu in the upper right corner.
- Click Note important.
On the desktop:
- Open Gmail. In your inbox you will see a small arrow next to each letter. If you don’t see the arrow, you’ll see a star. Press the button arrow or star to turn yellow. This means that email is important.
- Alternatively, if the arrow or star is yellow on an unimportant email, click the arrow to show Gmail that you don’t see the email as high-priority.
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The problem: you can’t find your favorite vacation photos
We were all there. You scroll too long looking for a photo you know is on your phone. Face recognition, scene and object detection, and artificial intelligence allow you to find what you want, just by searching.
- Open up Photo application and click on magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner.
- Enter the name of the place, person (if you assigned them in the Photos app) or search term. You can also search by month or year, category or company name.
Follow the same steps in the Android photo app. Play again with different names, places, events and things.
- Open up Gallery appthen press magnifying glass icon near the top.
- Enter a search term to show matches.
If you use Google Photos, its search features are also powerful.
- Open up Google Photos.
- Choose a person or pet, look for places or things, or even browse by categories, such as screenshots, selfies, and videos.
- To search for something specific, enter it in the search bar at the top of the page. The results will probably appear even before you finish typing.
The problem: you dig up your phone just to see that it’s another scam
I love this advice. I recently set it up myself to see who is calling without taking the phone out of my pocket, a smart watch is not required.
You know you can assign ringtones to specific contacts, but you can also set unique vibration patterns. This means you will be able to identify who is calling, just by buzzing.
- Run your own Phone app and press Contacts. Then select a contact from the list.
- In the upper right corner of the screen tap Edit.
- Strike Ringtone if you want the phone to vibrate or Tone of text if you want vibration for texts.
- Next, click Vibration. In the Standard list, select Vibration.
- To return, press Ringtone or Tone of text.
- Click Done twice to finish.
If you have Android, you will need a third-party app to do this. Buzzkill is highly rated, but costs $ 2.49. On the other hand, it does not connect to the Internet, so your data does not leave your device.
Another handy feature: you can set up Buzzkill to notify you only once when someone writes to you multiple times in a row. Cool.
Problem: you hung another frame crookedly on the wall
If you need to hang a picture, you don’t need to grab the level – your phone can do it for you.
- Open the Measure program, and then click Level in the lower right corner.
- The level will appear on the screen and is ready to use.
- Open a Google app or your browser and find the “bubble level”.
- Use it the same way as a regular level by placing it on the surface.
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The problem: you spend time on a set of handwritten notes
Sometimes it’s just easier to write something by hand – but entering everything once you want to edit or send it digitally is hard. Here’s an easier way: use the free Google Lens app.
It turns your handwriting into text right in front of your eyes. Google Lens is pretty awesome. Click here to get direct download links and other handy features.
If you don’t like using Google products, check out Microsoft’s Evernote or OneNote. Both allow you to take pictures of your work so you can edit it all.
Note, of course: if your handwriting is not legible, the applications will not work well. If you write in chicken, voice dictation will also save you from typing. Click or click to get professional tips for best results in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
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