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Accessing WiFi in a public spot? You should be extra careful
For obvious reasons, you shouldn’t treat it like your connection at home.
Is it bad if you keep your laptop plugged in all the time?
You might not think about it much, but there is one thing to be concerned about.
Your iPhone keeps track of where you've been. Here's how to stop it
Very little will be affected if you do decide to turn it off.
What do you do when a single app becomes a battery hog?
There are ways to identify it and remedy the problem.
Android users, this is the quickest way to access your important WhatsApp chats
Better make some room on your home screen.
Your iPhone has a handy feature that lets you access anything with one hand
And it’s easy to forget about.
Is your phone's space filling up too quickly? This is how you take back control
A little effort can go a long way.
There are some simple ways to make your lock screen more secure
Your first line of defence should also be the strongest.
This is how you can send web articles to your Kindle for reading later
If you want to read a few articles later, this will make it easier on your eyes.
So what is the difference between a modem and a router?
They’re used interchangeably, but there is a difference.
You can do more with your smartphone alarm than just set the time
Making it go off on certain days and using the volume buttons to snooze are some of the things you can do.
If Facebook's app is irritating you, there is a way to improve things
And it only takes a moment or two to complete.
This is how you make sure your apps only update over WiFi
Usually, your apps update automatically, but it’s good to check.
Your iPhone has a hidden emoticon keyboard that you can access
But only if you want more emoticons than you know what to do with.
Here's how you can stop people from reading your texts
And the details of almost every notification that appears on your phone.
Use Spotify often? Here are some tips to get more out of it
You can do more with it than just search through songs.
This is how you can tell whether a smartphone is waterproof or not
Most electronic devices have a rating which tells you how effective they really are.
What the heck are cookies and what do they do?*
*We’re talking about cookies on your browser, not the edible kind unfortunately.
This is how you can control your desktop remotely
Or just help solve someone else’s PC/Mac problem without having to leave your own.
Want to make your phone more useful? Try automating tasks
It might not be for everyone but it can speed tasks up or allow you to carry out entirely different actions.
This is how you should take care of your headphones
You want them to last as long as possible, and a little care goes a long way.
So what should you do with your old smartphone? Don't throw it out just yet
Some good can still come out of them.
This is how you can turn off Facebook's On This Day reminders
There is no official way to turn them off, but there is a workaround.
Struggling to wake up in the morning? These alarm apps with a twist may help
Should you require something more than just a time and an alarm sound.
The latest version of Android has a hidden settings option for the status bar
Most of them are cosmetic, but they can be useful.
Lending your iPhone or iPad out to someone? Guided access is what you need
If you worry about someone going through your phone when they only need it for one task, activating this will help.
What apps allow you to activate two-step verification?
Instead of needing SMS to get a code, there are apps that generate them themselves.
Is there any real difference between 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi?
Apart from the numbers, of course.
Android phone a little slow? Here's a way to speed it up
Although how much it improves its speed really depends on the type of phone you have.
Text a little too difficult to read? Here's how you can adjust its size
There are some very handy options hidden away in accessibility settings.
This is how you can add more fingerprint entries on your phone
It’s handy to have more than one saved on your phone in case you need it.
There's a way to set up auto-replies on your phone and avoid annoying calls
Or for any time you just don’t want to answer your phone.
Can't seem to find that app you removed? Here's how to uncover it again
And any other app you’ve downloaded but no longer have on your phone.
Not using widgets? Then you're missing out on one of your phone's handiest feature
They’re handy, but are you using them to their fullest?
The latest version of Android is out, but it's unlikely you'll see it anytime soon
But on the bright side, you do have a few things to look forward to.
Want to keep a backup of all your WhatsApp messages? Here's how
You’ll never know when you might need to recover them.
A fuss has been caused over iOS 9's WiFi Assist, but is it justified?
Claims that the setting causes data usage to balloon have been circulating but is it really as bad as some are making it out to be?
Here's how you can really make the most out of Google Photos
You can do so much more than just save photos on it.
What can you do if you're locked out of your phone?
Well, don’t panic for one. That doesn’t really help matters.
There's a second setting screen on Android that you might have missed
And it’s very, very useful.