How To’s

Android Automation

How to Automate Android with the Automate App (Video)

In a past tips and tricks Tuesday, I showed iOS users how to automate tasks on their iPhones and a bunch of you asked if there was some way to automate Android in a similar fashion. So I looked into it and it turns out, there are a bunch of Android automation apps in the Play Store. One of the most popular is called Tasker, which you might be familiar with, and it’s great, but I found another one I think might be better for people just starting out with Android automation. How to Use the Automate App for Android …

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How to Stop Telemarketer Calls Once and For All (Video)

I get a lot of telemarketer calls. So many, in fact, I’ve contemplated changing my number just to try and get it under control–it’s that bad. So in search of a better option to help stop telemarketer calls, I think I came up with a way to limit them that, so far, seems to be doing pretty well. Now, you can, and should, use your phone’s built-in blocking feature. You can tap and hold on a phone number you know is a spam caller in the call log and tap block on most devices but the issue with this is …

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Automate Tasks iOS

How to Automate Tasks in iOS Using This Simple App (Video)

This has to be the most useful app ever on iOS. It’s called Workflow and it’s made by Apple (even though they don’t promote it very much). The concept is rather clever. The app has tons of triggers and actions that you can string together and then run by simply tapping on the widget button. It starts at the top and then works its way down to the bottom and outputs whatever it is you need. And, because it is made by Apple, it actually has access to system things that any other third-party app wouldn’t have, making it far …

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Camera Comparison Galaxy S9 Plus vs Note8 vs S8 Plus vs S8

Camera Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs S8 vs S8 Plus vs Note8 (Video)

Continuing with the camera tests, here we have the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus compared to its own brethren: the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy Note8. I was curious if the S9 Plus has that much better of a camera to justify an upgrade, or if you should keep your S8 Plus, etc. To do this test, I took the same photo on each of the devices and then lined them up and zoomed in to be able to compare them. Here’s how it went. If you want to check the photos yourself, you can download them from below and …

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How to Disable Apple’s CPU Throttling on Your iPhone (Video)

I’m sure we all remember the fiasco that was Apple being called out for intentionally limiting older iPhone performance based on how the battery was functioning (and the bigger problem of not telling anyone). If you aren’t familiar though, iPhone CPU throttling is when the device’s operating system intentionally limits, or throttles, the CPU performance (and thereby the speed at which the device can function). Following the discovery that Apple was doing this to devices without users knowing, they said they would release a way to turn off this CPU throttling in a future update. Turns out that that update is …

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Huawei P20 Complete Walkthrough (Video)

Now, for me, the P20 Pro with its 3 Leica camera setup is more interesting but Huawei also launched a smaller, baby brother version called the Huawei P20. And, honestly, because it’s very similar and loses a few features but also a chunk of the price, it is probably still worth a look for some people. So, because Huawei was kind enough to send me a P20, I figured I’d do a complete walkthrough for you guys. If you aren’t familiar, a complete walkthrough on this channel is when I try and go through as many features as I can …

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How to Easily Run Your Android Phone From Your Computer (Video)

So I’m not actually sure why you’d want to do this, as in I can’t think of any terribly important use cases, besides maybe using it to text from the computer, but it was still so cool and easy to do that I figured someone out there might want to use it for something and was worth me taking the time to make a video of it. So for this Tips and Tricks Tuesday, I’m going to show you how to easily run your Android phone on your computer (complete with mouse and keyboard input, etc.). So this is all thanks …

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How to Display Comment Notifications Only in Instagram & Facebook

Managing social networks can be a pain so here’s a quick tip to allow you to sort your Instagram and Facebook comments from the other notifications so you can see what needs a reply and what doesn’t quickly and easily. So this works because of Pages Manager from Facebook. So first, download that to your phone from either the Play Store or App Store and log in with the Facebook page you want to use. Once that’s setup, you’ll be able to tap the Inbox icon in the middle of the menu bar at the bottom. Here you’ll already see any …

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How to Give Alexa Multiple Commands Without Saying Alexa Every Time (Video)

Amazon finally allows you to have a more human-like conversation with Alexa. What I mean by that, is they’ve allowed you to give multiple commands in a row without having to say, “Alexa” Every. Single. Time. So for this tip and trick Tuesday, I wanted to show you this new feature and why it saves so much time. The feature is called Follow-Up Mode and you can enable it in the Alexa app for each specific Echo device. This video was sponsored by Blinkist. They make an awesome app for Android and iOS that converts the most popular non-fiction books …

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How to Use the iOS 11 Document Scanner Feature

One of the more useful features in iOS 11 that not a lot of people talk about is the new built-in document scanner feature in Notes. Where you normally would have used a third-party app to do this type of scan (and there are good ones that I like out there), this one is super easy to use and is built in to iOS so, you know, it’s just better. To scan any document (super handy for business cards in my opinion), simply open the Notes app. Tap the new note icon at the bottom right. Tap the plus sign above …

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Android P Notification

How to Update to Android P Right Now (Video)

There’s a new version of Android out called Android P (my money is on it being named Peppermint when it’s released to the public, for the record) and Google has released the developer previews. If you aren’t familiar, the developer previews are really meant for developers to test out their apps on the latest version of Android in order to make sure it works, maybe integrate new features, etc. but it’s also what people like us (see: nerds) like to install in order to test out and play around with new features before they are released. Now, it goes without …

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How to Type to Siri Instead of Talking

Sometimes you don’t want to say the thing you need to Siri out loud. “Hey Siri, remind me to take my antibiotics for that weird rash tomorrow morning.” Maybe not that, but you get the idea. Interestingly enough, Apple actually added a feature that allows you to type to her instead and I’ve found it’s actually quick useful (not just for discrete Siri commands, but in situations where you’re in a quiet location, for example). Here’s how to enable typing to Siri instead of talking. Enable Typing to Siri Head to Settings. Tap on General. Tap on Accessibility. Tap on …

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Stock Android on S9

How to Make Your Samsung Galaxy S9 Look Like Stock Android

The S9 and S9 Plus were released recently and they are a fine bit of kit. They feel more solid than the S8 and S8 Plus for some reason, the low-light camera is insane, and that screen? Drool. But what if you love the hardware but aren’t the biggest fan of the software or Samsung’s Experience UI (formerly TouchWiz UI). Now, I admit Samsung’s UI is way better than it used to be, but some people out there might want to use stock Android instead–no judgement, I get it. So in this tip and trick Tuesday, here’s how to make …

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How to Rotate Your Home Screen on your Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

So this might seem sort of basic, especially if you are used to using custom third-party launchers on your device, but Samsung finally is letting users rotate their homescreen to landscape mode within the Samsung Experience UI. Right now, this is only working on the Galaxy S9 Plus so who knows if they’ll let it come to other devices or not but feel free to check for the setting to rotate the home screen on your Samsung device and let everyone know in the comments if it works for you and what device. Otherwise, if you have a new Samsung …

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How to Use Super Slow Mo

How to Use Super Slow-Mo (Video)

Two tips and tricks in one week?! Crazy, I know. But with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus (and the fact that Samsung was kind enough let me use one before its release) there’s just a few videos I want to get out for anyone who might be thinking about getting an S9 or just got one and are curious about some of the newer features. So, for this one, let’s check out how to use super slow-mo, the feature that records 960fps to give you some epic short clips. Firstly, the 960fps super slow-mo, …

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