Using your iOS keyboard as a mouse!

Here is an extremely quick tip for iPhone users to up the productivity of their iOS keyboard usage. It’s a neat little trick that may help some folks hang out their long emails or text messages a little faster than they did before.

Did you know that you can use your 3D Touch enabled iPhone keyboard as a mouse? Say if you need to move your cursor back up to the top of a text that you might be typing. It’s simple. If you have your keyboard up, press down hard on the keyboard, and it will switch over to the mouse. Kind of helpful when you need to fix something in the middle of typing out that long message to the homies, I think.

Ive provided a screen capture of what happens when you press down on a 3D Touch enabled device below.

What do you guys think? Will this little tip help you get a little faster at typing? Or will this be forgettable tip? Feel free to let me know!

TH Quick Tips – automatically dial number extensions on the iPhone!

Picture this; you’re running late for work, and you have a conference call you need to dial into when you get to work. You rush into work, and fumble around with your cellphone to dial into the call. After you have dialed in, you quickly put in the extension, passcode, whatever you need to plug in to get into the call. You have to dial in the extension multiple times before you finally get into the call, and you dial in late. I know I’ve dealt with this problem multiple times, I’m sure you guys have as well.

So what would you say if I found a hack that automatically dials the extension, or passcode that you need to dial after you call an important phone number? It’s pretty simple. Here’s what you need to do;

1. Begin by creating a contact like you would normally.

2. Next, put in the phone number that you want to add as a contact.

3. After the phone number,press the “+*#” number, then press the ‘pause’ button. A comma will pop up when you do this.

4. Put in your extension (or passcode, or whatever) directly after the number. (Do you need to wait a little while after you dial the phone number to put in your passcode? then press the “wait” button instead of the pause button. this will space out the amount of time between dialing the number and dialing the extension.)

5. Profit! (to be sure, give it a try, BEFORE you run into a situation like I mentioned above)

Hopefully this particular tip can help you save a little time, and add a little more convenience to your life. Sometimes, finding ways to get things done faster can help us all out in the never ending runaway train that we call life.

Did it help you out iPhone owners? Let me know! Android Owners? Stay tuned for your tip soon!

TH Quick Tips – iPhone Raise to Wake

The Tech Homie Quick tips series helps you find the little quirks, shortcuts, and avenues to mastering your smartphone.  You can find different tips and tricks for your phone, tablet, computer, or other personal electronic device that you may have.  Looking for more? Check back here every Thursday for another quick tip to make your life a little easier!

I was told by a member of the Tech Homie Squad. That the only way that they can see the clock on their iPhone is by either pressing the power button, or home button on their iPhone. While this is one way to check your clock, I’ve got another way to make it a little easier for you.

You can use the “Raise to Wake” feature on your iPhone to skip having to press any buttons to check the time, or anything else for that matter. All you have to do is just pick up your phone to wake up the screen. Here’s how to do it:

1: Press the settings icon on your iPhone. (looks like a gear)
2: Look for “Display and Brightness”.
3: Press the switch by “Raise to Wake” to turn the feature on.
4: Enjoy using your fingers just a little less than you had to before!

Here’s a video for a little guidance:

 

For more tips and tricks to make your tech life easier, stay tuned to the Quick Tips section on thetechhomie.com.   If you missed the previous quick tips installment, check it out over here.

Tech Homie Quick Tips – Vibrate while Ring / Vibrate on Silent for Apple phones

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A good part of learning about your phone deals with mastering quick tips.

You can’t become a power user without getting the tips and tricks down!

Here’s a way to toggle your Vibrate function in iOS to either help you with getting notifications without being noisy, or without random vibrations getting on your nerves:

First, the video!​​

Here’s some quick steps on how to toggle your Vibrate function:

1. Click ‘settings’

2. Click ‘sounds’

3. Toggle your Vibrate functions in this section.

Alright! This is all you need to do to toggle your functions!

Feel free to have a look at the video, or comment below if you have any questions or concerns!

Tech Homie Quick Tips – Android Launchers

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Have an Android phone but bored by the way it looks on a daily basis?  Many popular manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Huawei, and others have conceptualized their vision of a perfect looking smartphone.  However perfect the companies may feel their devices respond to customers, sometimes, they might be looking for something a bit more.

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Tech Homie Deals – Boost Mobile Summer Deals

There are phone options available for every budget!

We all know about phones that launch like the Galaxy S8, the iPhone 7/7 Plus, and the LG G6 that take over the airwaves these days, but not everyone wants to buy a device that costs over 600 dollars,  shoot not everyone wants to buy a device that costs over 200 dollars.

But not much is said typically about prepaid devices that exist in the market these days.  Carriers such as Cricket, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile exist for those people who want to save a little money, while using their cellphone service.

These days, MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) can be stable enough to satisfy a vast majority of the people who need cellphones in their daily lives.  Smartphones that are available on MVNOs are as capable as their flagship counterparts.  This is not something that existed a few years ago.

As I kick around the mitten here these days (that’s Michigan for those who do not know), I’ve noticed Boost Mobile stores pop up on just about every corner.  MVNOs (or Prepaid carriers for short) like Boost Mobile are a pretty easy way to get a decent phone and save hundreds of dollars while you’re at it.  Because we care about every one who needs a phone these days, here’s a list of some Boost mobile phones that are available on the carrier.  Click the header link to get pricing on each device.

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How to update your Apple Watch to WatchOS 4 Beta

Hey folks here’s a Tech Homie How-To to get you updated to the Watch OS 4 Beta, in order to check out the new features that are coming up for the Apple Watch later this year.  

We are now getting into the new iOS, macOS, and WatchOS upgrade season, so now is a perfect time to check out what Apple has to offer for 2017.  For those who have updated their iPhones to the iOS 11 beta system, its only natural to update your watch as well.  So lets check it out here.

First here comes a huge disclaimer before you begin:

Beta Software is not finalized software.  You will more than likely encounter bugs, hiccups, or other unfortunate things that might render your watch useless.  A quick trip to the Apple Store will not help fix these issues, because this is not a sanctioned public release.  The folks at the Apple Store will more than likely just shake their heads at you.

That being said,  you are updating your watch at your own risk.  If you are not savvy on dealing with Beta versions of software, DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS.

Alright, got that out of the way.  Legit.  The in depth instructions for how to update your Watch to Beta 4 are over at igeeksblog.  But here’s a quick breakdown of the steps here:

  1.  Point your Safari Browser over to this link: https://betas.cmacapps.com/watchos-4-beta-profile/ to get to the developer profile.  Select Watch, then install the profile to the iPhone.
  2. Check for software updates from within the Apple Watch application.  You will then be prompted to download Watch OS Beta 4.
  3. Install the Beta. (Which might take a while)
  4. PROFIT.

Depending on your network strength, this download could possible take FOREVER, so plan on staying patient, and don’t give up before you have updated your watch!  The WatchOS update is just over 500mb so you want to keep that in mind as well, just in case you have stored Music or anything else to your watch prior to updating the watch.

Plan on checking out the new Watch OS update?  I’ll let you know my thoughts when I spend some more time with it.

Feel free to let me know what questions yo have!

 

Quick Tips; finding your Battery Stats on Android

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Have you ever wondered how to check your battery usage on Android? Ever wanted to see exactly how much battery you are wasting playing your new favorite game?  Then checking out your battery usage needs to be apart of your vocabulary. Battery statistics  have majorly improved with Android (nougat) 7.0, and are only expected to improve further with Android O.

For many different situations, including trying to find the app that sucks the most battery, to figuring out why your battery can’t keep a charge, checking your battery statistics is a very important part of smartphone usage.  For those who might be wondering how to take advantage of battery statistics here’s a few quick steps that will get you to your battery statistics:

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Tech Homie Quick tips; How to Take a Screenshot with your Android Device

Screenshot_20170408-185117.pngWe previously showed you how to take a screenshot with an iPhone.  Of course the iPhone is not the only smartphone in existence.  Many of you have Android phones as well.  No matter what Android phone you have (Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, the list goes on) some aspects of the device will remain relatively the same.  Taking a screenshot with Android is simple.

Once you find the screen that you need to capture, all you need to do is press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time.   Doesnt matter whether it’s an Android Phone or Tablet,  all you need to do is press and hold the Power Button and Volume down button.  The result?  A screenshot.  Taking screenshots can be very helpful if you need to show someone how to get to a particular screen on their device.  Taking a screenshot can also be very helpful if you ever need visual evidence, to show something that may be wrong with your device.

Did you succeed in trying to take a screenshot?  If you had any trouble feel free to shoot a message over to Tech Homie HQ and we can help you out.  f you ever need help with learning how to use your devices, feel free to reach out to the Tech Homie at thetechhomie@gmail.com.   We’re here for your questions, your assistance, and your support!

Tech Homie Quick Tip: Finding your Smartphone OS Version

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Here’s a quick tip for when the resident wireless phone technician tries to confuse you while trying to troubleshoot your phone.  Odds are one of the first things you will be asked is what version of iOS or Android happens to be currently running on your device

ANDROID:

So first it is good to know that your mileage may vary here, due to the sheer amount of different OEMs that happen to manufacture Android Devices.  Screenshot_2017-03-31-19-22-25

From LG, to Huawei, to Samsung, each Android OEM will put their own spin on Android to set them apart from the rest.

Navigating around the settings of the device won’t necessarily change as much, since the device still runs on Android.

In order to reach the Android Version Number, you want to go to the settings icon (which looks like a small gear), look for about device, then look for “Software Information”.  You will be able to find the Android version, security patch level, and Build number of the device in the section.

iOS:

This is pretty streamline no matter which version iPhone, iPad or iPod TFile_000ouch you may have.    Each version has gradually changed aesthetically, adding and removing features along the way, but the same underlying operating system exists under the hood.

Some people find this to be a benefit to the iOS ecosystem due to the strong similarities as new devices continue to launch.  Either way, sometimes it can still be tricky to figure out which version currently resides on your i-Device.

To get to the version on iOS you want to go to the Settings icon, then from settings you want to navigate down to general, then press About.  You will be able to notice what version you are running about halfway down the screen from there.  Take a look at the about screen for the iPhone 6 below:

Hopefully this little quick tip will save you a small amount of headache when answering your typical troubleshooting questions over the phone, or at your local electronics store in the future!

Take it easy folks!