The developers put various secrets, shortcuts and hidden tricks into the gadgets you use every day. I bet this is something you didn’t know before.
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1. Teach your iPhone new skills
Thanks to iOS 14, you can now tell your phone to perform a series of new commands with the help of a backward tap gesture.
After enabling this feature, your phone will interpret the beats on its back as if you press a button. But unlike the old “Home” button, clicking back will not only lock the screen, but also do more. You can customize the gestures to open the Wallet app, mute the sound, take photos and more.
The rear faucet is only available on iPhone 8 or later with iOS 14 installed. The setting method is as follows:
1. On the iPhone, open “Settings” and “Accessibility” in turn.
2. Click touch.
3. Scroll to the bottom and select back to tap.
4. Tap “Double tap” or “Three taps” to select an action. Up to two post-tap gestures can be assigned at one time.
Double-tapping the back of the phone will activate your assigned double-tap gesture. Three taps will activate the “three taps” gesture. You can switch the set gestures at any time by following the same steps. You can also identify songs by tapping on the iPhone. This is how to do this on my website.
2. Looks better during a Zoom call
Daily Zoom meetings can be troublesome. At least you can show your best by enabling “Touch My Appearance”.
It is free to use, so there is no need to upgrade to a paid Zoom account. The setting method is as follows:
1. Open “Zoom” on the desktop and click on your profile picture. Then, click Settings.
2. Click the Video tab.
3. Under “Video Settings”, click “Retouch my appearance”.
4. Use the slider to adjust the effect. Zoom will remember your preferences the next time you log in.
You can also enable “Retouch my appearance” in the Zoom iOS app:
1. On the “Zoom” app, click “Settings”.
2. Click on the meeting.
3. Click to touch my appearance.
4. Toggle this option to display the video with or without modification.
If you don’t use “zoom” for video calls, you can still use this trick. The Snap Camera provided by the Snapchat manufacturer allows you to apply filters to Zoom, Skype and Google Meet calls. Click or click here for instructions and direct download links.
3. Get better audio in video calls
No one likes harsh audio or background noise in a video call. It is embarrassing and distracting. The Krisp application uses machine learning algorithms to detect and eliminate excess noise.
The setting method is as follows:
1. Tap or click here to create an account and download the Krisp app. Please follow the installation instructions.
2. Turn on zoom and click Settings.
3. Open the audio settings. In the drop-down box, select Krisp for the microphone and Krisp for the speaker.
4. In the Krisp application, select the microphone to use and the speaker to use.
Krisp is compatible with Skype, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams. Find the Preferences or Settings menu in the video service, and select the microphone input and speaker output. If you need more help, Krisp is here to support Mac and Windows users.
4. Know how the app monitors you
When Apple released iOS 14, it included a new feature that warned users when using the camera or microphone. These indicator icons greatly improve privacy. Android 11 does not have the same features built in, but you can get the same alerts through the free Android Access Dots app. After installing the application, if your camera is on, you will see a green icon, and when using the microphone, you will see an orange icon.
When the access point is installed, it will ask you for full control of the phone. Since the app needs to check whether other apps are using the microphone or camera permission, it can be safely approved. Tap or click here to download the access point and get the steps the app takes to monitor your every move.
5. Quickly mute music
If you want to play music or audio in another tab, you can mute it without stopping what you are doing. Instead, you can mute the tab with a single click.
In Google Chrome, right-click the tab with audio playback and select “Mute Site”. This step will stop any audio playing in the tab until you unmute it.
In Microsoft Edge, it is even simpler. Just click the speaker icon. Safari also performs the same steps.
6. A better copy and paste way to get rid of garbage
Have you ever copied text and saw the formatting messed up when trying to paste the text? No one wants Frankenstein’s files to be copied from different sources, which is why clean paste is the best way to keep all text consistent.
To do this, just press Ctrl + Shift + V on the PC and Option + CMD + Shift + V on the Mac. This will paste the text you copied and delete all its formatting. If you paste the text into the document, it will match everything else.
7. Speed up typing with simple text replacement shortcuts
This is a powerful technique that can save you a lot of time and trouble: replace text. This trick allows you to set up shortcuts to replace longer phrases, such as “GM” for “Good morning!” You can use common phrases or customize them.
Just think about the possibilities. The @ symbol becomes your email address, and things like “myhome” can make your address fast.
●Go to Settings>General>Keyboard>Text Replacement
● Click the plus icon, then enter your phrase and shortcut. Click save.
For Android, you can use the Google keyboard to do the following:
●Open Gboard’s Settings>Dictionaries>Personal Dictionary, and then select your language.
●To add, click the plus sign. In the first field, enter the word or phrase you want Gboard to remember. In the second field, enter the shortcode to be extracted.
8. The secret scroll you wish to know
Not everyone has a beautiful mouse with a scroll wheel. There is an easy way to scroll directly into the keyboard: just press the space bar while the browser is open to move down the page.
To scroll up, press Shift+Spacebar.
You can use this trick in every web browser of Windows 10 and macOS. If it doesn’t seem to work, click on the background of the webpage you are using and try again.
9. Only manage incoming notifications on iOS and Android
Managing notifications for every application on your phone can be a headache. However, the latest versions of iOS and Android allow you to change these settings on the fly. The next time you receive a notification that you want to quit, you can immediately adjust the settings in the window.
On iOS, when a notification appears on the phone, press and hold the notification. The window should be slightly enlarged. Then, tap the three-dot icon to change the settings of the application.
On Android, touch and hold the notification, then tap “Settings.” You can choose to turn off notifications by turning off “Notifications”, or click “Advanced” to allow more in-depth notifications, such as notification points.
10. Use dark mode to save your eyes
Android 11 includes a new dark theme that makes it easier for your eyes to see when viewing in low light. You can even schedule a time to turn on the dark theme in case you never want it. The setting method is as follows:
1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to view the “Quick Settings” menu.
2. Long press the “dark theme” icon. It seems like half a month.
3. You will see three scheduling options: “None”, “Open from sunset to sunrise” and “Open at custom time”.
4. If you select “Open at custom time”, please select the time you want the dark theme to start and end.
Now that you know these convenient technical tips, you can get more benefits from the equipment without spending any extra cash. You cannot beat. Use iPhone? Tap or click here to see the steps to use “dark mode” and the new animated wallpaper, how to clean the home screen, etc.
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