5 main technological annoyances and how to solve them

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In the spirit of living a better digital life, here are five clever ways you can use your gadgets to cure some of life’s little annoyances. These are also fun to share with friends and family. Imagine how affected they will be.

Problem: You’re fed up with notifications but don’t want to miss out on what matters

If you’ve turned on mobile notifications for every email you receive, you know how annoying all the buzzes and beeps can be. Maybe you’ve turned yours off entirely.

Did you know that you can only turn on alerts and sounds for important emails? I’ll show you how, using Gmail as an example.

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Follow these steps on your iPhone, iPad or Android:

  • First, open the gmail app.
  • Click the three-line menuthen scroll down to Settings.
  • Select your account.
  • Then, tap Email notifications. To select High priority only.

How does Gmail decide what is top priority? He makes his best guess based on your behavior. You can help the AI ​​make it more accurate.

On the phone:

  • Open an email in gmail app. Click the three-point menu in the upper right corner.
  • Faucet Mark important.

On the desktop:

  • To open gmail. In your inbox you will see a small arrow next to each email. If you don’t see the arrow, you will see a star. Click the arrow or star to make it yellow. This indicates that the email is important.
  • Alternatively, if the arrow or star is yellow on an unimportant email, click the arrow to show Gmail that you don’t see the email as a high priority.

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Problem: You can’t find your favorite vacation shots

We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling too long looking for a photo you know is on your phone. Facial recognition, scene and object detection, and artificial intelligence make searching for what you want at your fingertips.

On iPhone:

  • Open the photo app and touch the magnifying glass icon in the lower right corner.
  • Enter a place name, a person (if you’ve assigned it in the Photos app), or a search term. You can also search by month or year, category or company name.

Follow the same steps in the Android photo app. Again, play with different names, places, events and things.

  • Open the gallery appthen tap the magnifying glass icon near the top.
  • Enter your search term to view matches.

If you use Google Photos, its search functions are also powerful.

  • Open the Google Photos app.
  • Choose a person or pet, view places or things, or even browse by category, such as screenshots, selfies and videos.
  • To search for something specific, type it into the search bar at the top of the page. The results will appear, probably before you have even finished typing.

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Problem: You take out the phone, only to see it’s another scammer

I love this tip. I set it up by myself recently to see who’s calling without taking the phone out of my pocket, no smartwatch required.

You know you can assign ringtones to specific contacts, but you can also set unique vibration patterns. This means that you will only be able to tell who is calling from the buzz pattern.

On iPhone:

  • Launch your phone app and touch Contacts. Then, select a contact from the list.
  • In the top right corner of the screen, tap Modify.
  • to hit ringtones if you want the phone to vibrate or Text tone if you want the vibes for the lyrics.
  • Then, tap vibration. In the default list, select a vibration.
  • To go back, tap ringtones or Text tone.
  • Faucet done twice to finish.

If you have an Android, you will need a third party app to do this. Buzzkill is highly reviewed, but it costs $ 2.49. On the plus side, it doesn’t connect to the internet, so your data won’t leave your device.

Another useful feature: You can set Buzzkill to notify you only once when someone texts you multiple times in a row. Freddo.

Problem: You hung another crooked frame on the wall

If you have to hang a photo, you don’t have to grab a level – your phone can do it for you.

On iPhone:

  • Open the Measure app, then tap Level at the bottom right.
  • The level will appear on the screen and is ready for use.

On Android:

  • Open the Google app or browser and search for “bubble level”.
  • Use it just like you would a regular layer, placing it on a surface.

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Problem: You waste time writing handwritten notes

Sometimes it’s just easier to write something by hand, but it’s a hassle to type everything once you want to edit or send it digitally. Here’s an easier way: use the free Google Lens app.

Turn your handwriting into text right in front of your eyes. Google Lens is truly amazing. Tap or click here for direct download links and other useful features.

If you don’t like using Google products, check out Microsoft’s Evernote or OneNote app. Both allow you to take a picture of your handwriting so you can edit it all.

The caveat, of course: if your handwriting isn’t legible enough, the apps won’t work well. If you have scratchy handwriting, voice dictation will also save you from typing. Tap or click for professional tips for better results in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

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