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Five main tech problems and how to fix them

This tip will be a great help to anyone who has ever walked around hot parking lots looking for their car.

Open Google Maps and tap the blue dot to show your location. Next time you park, select Set as Parking Location. Easy, right? Click or tap to change a Google Maps security setting that is buried.

These tech tips might make you wonder, “Why didn’t someone tell me sooner?” Click or tap to access 10 amazing iPhone and Android tricks that will make your life simpler.

Here are five clever ways your gadgets can be used to fix little problems in your life. These are great to share with family and friends. Imagine how amazed they will be.

Problem: You are tired of receiving notifications, but you don’t want miss the important stuff.

You know how annoying all that buzzing and beeping can get if you have mobile notifications enabled for every email you get. Perhaps you have switched them off completely.

Did you know that you can set alerts and sounds only for important emails? Let me show you, using Gmail.

These steps will apply to your Android, iPhone, iPad or Android.

  1. Open the Gmail app first.
  2. Click the three-line menu and scroll down to Settings.
  3. Choose your account.
  4. Next, tap Email notifications. Only select High priority.

Gmail makes the decision about which priority is most important. Based on your behavior, it makes the best guess. This artificial intelligence can be improved by your participation.

On mobile:

  1. Open an email using the Gmail app. Tap the three dots menu at the upper right.
  2. Important: Tap Mark

On desktop:

  1. Open Gmail. You will see an arrow beside each email in your inbox. You will also see a star if you don’t see an arrow. To turn the email yellow, click on the star or arrow. This signifies that the email is important.
  2. Alternatively, click on the star or arrow if it is yellow on an important email. This will show Gmail that you don’t view the email as high priority.

Your inbox is not private, right? This is bad news. Many popular, free email services have hidden trackers. Click or tap here to find out what secret advertisers are hiding.

Problem: Your favorite vacation photos aren’t easy to find

We’ve all been there. Scrolling for the right photo is a waste of time. Searching for what you are looking for is easy with AI, facial recognition, scene and object detection and AI.

An iPhone:

  1. Open the Photos App and tap the magnifying glass icon at the lower right-hand side.
  2. Type the name of a location, a person (if they’ve been assigned in the Photos app), and a search term. You can also search for a month, year, category or business name.

The same steps can be followed in the Android camera app. Play around with names, places, events, etc.

Open Gallery, and then tap the magnifying glasses icon at the top.

  1. Type your search term below to see matches
  2. Google Photos has powerful search capabilities.

Open the Google Photos App.

  1. Select a pet or person to view, or browse by category such as screenshots, videos, or selfies.
  2. Type a specific keyword in the search box at the top of this page to find it. You will see results almost immediately after you finish typing.

Problem: When you reach for your phone, another scammer appears

This tip is amazing. I used it to check who was calling me, and not have to take my smartwatch out.

Not only can you assign ringtones for specific contacts but you can also create unique vibration patterns. This means that you can tell who is calling by their buzzing patterns.

An iPhone:

  1. Open your Phone app and click Contacts. Select a contact from this list.
  2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  3. Text Tone or Hit Ringtone to activate vibrations on your phone.
  4. Next, tap Vibration. Select a vibration from the Standard list.
  5. To go back tap Ringtone or Text Tone
  6. To finish, tap twice on the Tap Done button.

To use an Android phone, you will need to download a third-party application. Buzzkill is well-reviewed, but it costs $2.49. It doesn’t connect with the internet so your data won’t leave your device.

Buzzkill can also be set up to notify you when someone messages you. Cool.

Problem: Another frame was hung crookedly on the wall

You don’t have to use a level to hang a photo. Your phone can do it.

An iPhone:

  1. Open Measure, and then tap Level at the bottom right.
  2. The level will be displayed on the screen. It is now ready for use.

An Android app

  1. Open Google App or your browser, and search for “bubble levels.”
  2. It can be used just as a normal level.

Problem: You waste time typing in handwritten notes

Sometimes, it’s easier to write something by hand than to type it. However, it can be difficult to enter everything once you need to edit it or send it digitally. The Google Lens app is free and easy to use.

It converts your handwriting to text in a matter of seconds. Google Lens is quite amazing. Click or tap here to access direct download links and other useful features.

You can also use Microsoft’s OneNote or Evernote if you don’t enjoy using Google products. Both allow you to take a photo of what you are writing and edit it.

There is one caveat: The apps won’t work well if your handwriting doesn’t read clearly. Voice dictation is also useful for those with chicken-scratch writing. Click or tap to get pro tips for better Microsoft Word and Google Docs results.

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