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The Best Tech Hacks You Need to Know

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Have you ever wanted to improve the way you use a phone or laptop to make life that little bit easier? Tech hacks are a super fun way to speed up your use of technology, curb your boredom and most of all – show off your newfound knowledge!

Find out Google’s secrets, get access to all the discount codes and discover music that’s never been played before (ever!) with our must-know tech hacks:

Proof your writing

Want to know if what you write makes sense? Paste it into Google Translate and click the speaker button to hear it spoken out loud.

Nearby Wikipedia tool

Want to discover new places in your local area? The Nearby Wikipedia Tool asks to access your location in order to pull up local attractions, buildings and so much more!

Search Youtube without going on the site

Simply type the URL for YouTube (youtube.com) and hit the tab button. You’ll then see another address bar appear under the main search tab – you can browse videos using this newly appeared search bar without going on the YouTube site!

Youtube shortcuts

Maybe you’re too lazy to use your mouse/scroller or want to quickly rewind a video. Fortunately, there are numerous ways you can make use of YouTube with a few simple keyboard shortcuts:

Press “J” to rewinds 10 seconds

  • Press “L” to fast-forward 10 seconds
  • “F” puts you into full-screen
  • “M” mutes the sound
  • “Up” and “down” arrows turn the volume up and down respectively.
  • Hide people without blocking them

Most social media platforms now allow you to “mute” an account without having to block or delete them. Here’s how to mute accounts on different channels:

  • Facebook
  • Visit the profile of the person you want to mute
  • Tap “Unfollow”
  • Instagram
  • Tap the “…” button next to the post by the person you want to mute
  • Tap “Mute”
  • Select an option to mute posts or mute stories and posts.
  • Twitter
  • Visit the profile of the person you want to mute
  • Tap the “…” button
  • Tap “Mute”.
  • LinkedIn
  • On your feed, tap the “…” next to the person you want to mute
  • Tap “Unfollow”.
  • Log out from social media remotely

Maybe you bought a new device or you forgot to log out of a friend’s computer or mobile. Here’s how you can log out of your social media accounts remotely:

  • Facebook
  • Log into Facebook from any device
  • Tap “Settings”
  • Tap “Security & Login”
  • You will now see where you’re logged in
  • Tap “Log out of all sessions” to sign from Facebook on every device.
  • Instagram and Twitter don’t offer a setting to log out of all devices, so you’ll have to change your passwords for these channels.

LinkedIn
Tap on your profile picture, then tap “Settings & Privacy”.
Under “Login and security” tap “Change” next to “Where you’re signed in”.
Tap “Sign out” of every session you’re logged into.
Take a selfie with Apple headphones
grayscale photography of iPhone X, AirPods, Apple Pencil and iPad
Some earphones double as a camera remote (especially Apple ones!).

Make sure your headphones are plugged into your phone, open your camera then press the “+” button to take a photo! Want to record a video with your headphones? Press the “Play/Pause” button to start and stop recording.

Use your web browser as a calculator

Save your self the effort of opening up a calculator whilst surfing the web. Just open a new tab (or use your existing one) and enter a calculation as you would on your calculator. The suggested results will give you the answer!

Call someone back quickly

Want to redial the last person you called or the number that called you? Just hit the call button on your Smartphone and you’ll immediately call the last number called/received on your device.

Plug headphones into microphone jack for a cheap microphone!
earphones plugged in MacBook
Don’t want to fork out for a new microphone? Fortunately – you can use your headphones instead! Whilst the quality might not be as great as a microphone, it’s perfect for quick calls or voice notes.

Reopen a closed tab quickly
black flat screen monitor on table
Accidentally closed an important tab? Save the effort of going through your browser history or “Recently closed” function. Just use one of the following shortcuts:

  • For Mac: Command+Shift+t
  • For PC: Control+Shift+t
  • Honey coupon codes

Finding coupon codes for your online purchases can be a lengthy process. Save time (and money!) by adding the Honey chrome extension to your browser.

Is your email involved in a data breach?

Many sites have been caught out on compromising personal data. If you’ve signed up to a blog, social media channel or eCommerce site, HaveIBeenPwned.com can check if your email address was compromised in a data breach.

You’ll see exactly what data of yours was released, which sites are responsible for releasing your data and advice on how to protect your details.

Test how fully charged your phone or battery is

Drop your phone or battery a couple of inches from the ground (be careful not to break the former!). If it bounces, the power is flat. If there’s little to no bounce, it’s fully charged.

Use your phone’s camera to check if your remote is working
gold iPhone 7
Check the IR is working by pointing your phone’s camera at the end of the remote control where the IR light should appear. If you see a light, that means it’s working as it should. If there’s no light, replace the battery or get a new controller.

Search “Unsubscribe” to unsubscribe from useless emails now!

Thanks to new GDPR laws, every email you receive from companies, blogs, and social media must have an unsubscribe buttons.

Search “unsubscribe” and you’ll pull through all emails that contain this word, meaning you can unsubscribe from mailers you no longer want to receive emails from.

Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath
Place two purely metal forks under your laptop if you feel it overheating. It’s an inexpensive way to keep your laptop cool (just make sure you don’t use forks with plastic on them!).

three gray metal forks casting shadow on green surface
Place two purely metal forks under your laptop if you feel it overheating. It’s an inexpensive way to keep your laptop cool (just make sure you don’t use forks with plastic on them!).

Use google.com/NCR whilst you’re abroad to avoid country URL redirects
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Imagine this: you’re on holiday and want to Google something, but you keep getting directed to the country’s language and/or location of the site you want to visit. Annoying, right?

Simply add the Chrome extension NCR (“No Country Redirect”) to your Google Chrome browser. Don’t use Chrome? Just use the URL Google.com/NCR.

Hotelwifitest.com tests hotel wifi strength

Need decent Wi-Fi strength on your travels? Of course you do! Before booking your hotel, visit Hotelwifitest.com to assess the Wi-FI speed of your chosen hotel. You can find hotels in your destination with the best (and worst) Wi-FI speed.

Check username availability on multiple sites

Check if your username is available on other sites with Nameck.com! You’ll get a full view of sites where a username is or isn’t available. You can even search for domain names across different countries.

Set specific characters as your email address to avoid retyping it each time

Filling out your email address time and time again on your mobile device can become tedious. Fortunately, Apple and Android’s keyboard functions allow you to set a shortcut (or “macro”) to help you enter your email faster:

Android

  • Tap “Settings”
  • Tap “Language & input”
  • Tap “Personal Dictionary”
  • Tap the “+” then follow the instructions to add your personalised character set.
  • Apple
  • Tap “Settings”
  • Tap “Language & input”
  • Tap “Personal Dictionary”
  • Tap “Text Replacement”
  • ap on the + in the top right corner then follow the instructions to add your personalised character set.
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