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If you’ve ever wandered around a hot parking lot looking for your car, you’ll love me for this tip.
The next time you park, open Google Maps and tap blue dot showing your location and select Set as a parking lot. just right? Tap or click a buried Google Maps security setting that you should change now.
These little tech tricks might make you think, “Why didn’t someone tell me that sooner?” I did! Tap or click for 10 incredibly useful iPhone and Android tricks to make your life easier.
In the spirit of a better digital life, here are five clever ways you can use your gadgets to heal some of life’s little annoyances. It’s also fun to share these with friends and family. Imagine how impressed they will be.
Problem: You’re fed up with notifications, but you don’t want to miss anything important
If you’ve turned on mobile notifications for every email you receive, you know how distracting all those buzzes and beeps can be. Maybe you turned yours off entirely.
Did you know that you can only enable alerts and tones for important emails? I’ll show you how to do this using Gmail as an example.
Follow these steps on your iPhone, iPad or Android:
- First open the Gmail app.
- Tap the three line menuand then scroll down to settings.
- Select your account.
- Then tap Email notifications. Choose High priority only.
How does Gmail decide what has high priority? It makes its best guess based on your behavior. You can help the AI make this more accurate.
On the phone:
- Open an email in Gmail app. Tap the Three point menu in the upper right corner.
- Beat Mark important.
- Open gmail. In your inbox you will see a small arrow next to each email. If you don’t see the arrow, you see a star. press the arrow or star to make it yellow. This indicates that the email is important.
- Alternatively, if the arrow or star is yellow for an unimportant email, click the arrow to tell Gmail that you don’t see the email as a high priority.
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Problem: You can’t find your favorite vacation shots
We’ve all been through that. you scroll Search too long for a photo you know is on your phone. Face detection, scene and object recognition, and artificial intelligence make finding what you want just a search away.
On an iPhone:
- open that Photos app and tap the magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner.
- Enter a place name, a person name (if you assigned them in the Photos app), or a search term. You can also search by month or year, category or company name.
Follow the same steps in the Android photos app. Again, play around with different names, places, events, and things.
- open that gallery appthen tap magnifying glass icon Near the top.
- Enter your search term to see matches.
If you use Google Photos, the search functions are also powerful.
- open that Google Photos app.
- Pick a person or pet, view places or things, or even search by categories like screenshots, selfies, and videos.
- To search for something specific, type it in the search bar at the top of the page. The results will appear, probably before you’ve finished typing.
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Problem: You pull out your phone only to see it’s another scammer
I love this tip. I recently set this up myself to see who’s calling without taking my phone out of my pocket, no smartwatch required.
You know you can assign ringtones to specific contacts, but you can also set unique vibration patterns. That means you can tell who’s calling by the buzzer pattern.
On an iPhone:
- Start your phone app and type contacts. Then choose one Contact from the list.
- Tap in the top right corner of the screen To edit.
- blow ringtone if you want the phone to vibrate or text tone if you want vibration for texts.
- Next, tap vibration. Select a vibration from the Default list.
- To go back, tap ringtone or text tone.
- Beat Finished twice to finish.
If you have an Android, you’ll need a third-party app to get this done. Buzzkill is highly rated, but it costs $2.49. On the plus side, it doesn’t connect to the internet, so your data doesn’t leave your device.
Another handy feature: you can set up Buzzkill to only notify you once when someone texts you multiple times in a row. Cool.
Problem: You’ve hung a frame on the wall at an angle again
When you need to hang a picture, there’s no need to use a level—your phone can do it for you.
On an iPhone:
- Open the Measure app, then tap Level in the bottom right.
- The level appears on the screen and is ready to use.
On an Android:
- Open the Google app or your browser and search for “Bubble Level”.
- Use it like a regular spirit level and place it on a surface.
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Problem: You waste time typing handwritten notes
Sometimes it’s easier to write something by hand—but it’s a hassle to type everything out when you want to edit it or send it digitally. Here’s an easier way: use the free Google Lens app.
It turns your handwriting into text right before your eyes. Google Lens is pretty amazing. Tap or click here for direct download links and other useful features.
If you don’t like using Google products, check out the Evernote app or Microsoft’s OneNote. Both allow you to take a photo of your text so you can edit everything.
The caveat, of course: if your handwriting isn’t legible, the apps won’t work well. If you have chicken scratch-writing, voice dictation saves you from typing, too. Tap or click for pro tips for better results in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
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