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!

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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The Tech Homie Plays; Nonstop Chuck Norris

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Bored on a Saturday? Happens to the best of us.  From time to time I get sucked into the wide world of iOS and Android Games. . . Usually to the demise of any sort of productivity that I had planned for prior to my game play.  Today’s productivity fail leads me to the wide world of Chuck Norris beating up thugs possessed by a cat robot.

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Tech Homie Quick Tip: Changing your iOS default email

For those that have multiple emails synced to their iPhone (or iPad), it can be slightly confusing to change your default emails.  By default email, I mean the email that your mail app will automatically default to when you send someone an email.  Anyway,  its always nice to have a shortcut that can help you manage your email.  So, naturally, here’s a step by step on how to change your default email:

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