gadget Features

Isn’t it interesting how we use our gadget features daily but often overlook some of their most useful features? Well, that’s about to change! Welcome to the heart of tech-savviness where we’ll explore the uncharted terrains of your everyday gadgets. By the end of this journey, you’ll be unlocking potentials you never knew existed – from response speeds to functionality enhancements, and more. Be ready to discover, learn, and empower yourself. 

We’ll be focusing on these major devices: 

  • Your unwavering companion, the Smartphone
  • Your workhorse, the Laptop
  • Your recreational buddy, the Game Console
  • Your pathfinder, the GPS Device
  • Your health partner, the Fitness Tracker

“Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives…it’s up to us to make the best out of it.” – Steven Spielberg

The objective is simple; we wish to make you more tech-savvy so you can use your gadgets to their maximum potential. So grab a comfy seat, dive in, and let’s get started on this technological expedition!

Underrated gadget features

Let’s dive deeper into the fascinating world of gadgets. It’s like discovering hidden treasure when you find out your devices can do so much more than you often give them credit for. Here are some little-known, underrated but immensely beneficial features your everyday devices come packed with. 

How often do you tap into the power of your smartphone’s ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ feature? While most of us use DND to silence notifications during meetings or while settling in for the night, did you know you can schedule DND sessions in advance? Instead of manually switching DND on and off, simply go to your phone’s settings and set it to activate during specific hours. You can enjoy uninterrupted quiet time while your phone diligently handles your notifications without bothering you. 

Here’s an interesting one for laptop users. If you are a fan of hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts, did you know you can create your own custom hotkeys for launching programs or opening specific folders? Both Windows and MacOS allow you to set your own unique combination of keys to perform specific tasks, speeding up your workflow dramatically. Tricky to set up at first, but definitely a time-saver once you get the hang of it. 

Lastly, let’s talk about smart speakers. These versatile devices can do much more than just play music or tell you the weather. For instance, with Google Home, you can make hands-free calls. Just say “Hey Google, call [contact name]” and you’re all set, without even touching your phone. Not only that, but you can also use it as an intercom system within your house. Say “Hey Google, broadcast [message]” and your message will play on all Google Home devices in your home. 

Take a second look at the gadgets you use every day. There’s a good chance they have a magic trick or two up their sleeves that you’ve never thought to explore.

Useful but lesser-known gadget features

Unleashing your gadget’s full potential might seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry, we got you covered. Enabling hidden features and utilizing your device to its full capacity can indeed multiply its worth manifold, transforming it from a simple tool to your personal assistant. 

Discovering the Unseen WiFi Analyzer Feature

Ever faced a WiFi network issue and wished to get a glimpse of what’s happening? Your Android smartphone has a solution for this! Its built-in WiFi analyzer can help you understand the strength and stability of your wireless connections. A tool mainly used by tech experts, its feature can be accessed from the Network & Internet section in the Settings app. 

Taking Screenshots with Physical Buttons

Screenshots have evolved drastically from being tools purely for tech troubleshooting to being a modern-day sharing tool. Did you know you could capture screenshots on your smartphone using its physical buttons? On an iPhone, simultaneously press the Side button and Volume Up. Alternatively, for Android devices, this can be achieved by pressing the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. It’s swift and always at your disposal. 

Shake-to-Undo Typing Mistakes

Imagine you’re typing a long email on your smartphone and you accidentally erase a crucial paragraph. Don’t stress over it, just shake your iPhone. This initiates an Undo Typing feature that might just save your day. It’s another under-the-radar functionality that can help you rectify those inadvertent deletions smoothly. 

Limit Ad Tracking for Better Privacy

We all cherish our privacy. However, most of our beloved devices tend to track our preferences to serve tailored ads, which can sometimes be annoying and intrusive. You can limit this ad tracking feature on both iOS and Android devices through your privacy settings. It’s a proactive step towards a more private experience. 

So there you have it, some underutilized gadget features to improve your tech experience. Remember, the key to becoming more tech-savvy lies in exploring and experimenting. And keep an eye out, we’ll continue to uncover more features for you!

How to be more tech-savvy with gadget features

With supercomputers right in our pockets, whether it’s an Android, iPhone or even a Windows phone, knowing how to exploit the power of these features is key to a more tech-aware life. Need quick access to the flashlight? Want a hotkey to your web search? Or just want to become a texting ninja? We’ll tell you how. 

Quick Access to the Flashlight 

Let’s face it, at some point you’ve needed to light up a dark place on the fly, but fumbling for the flashlight app can be a hassle. Luckily, both iPhones and most Androids offer an easily accessible flashlight function. On your iPhone, simply swipe up from the bottom (or down from the top right on an iPhone X or newer) to access the Control Centre. There, you’ll see a flashlight icon that you can tap to turn on. For Androids, look for the flashlight in the quick settings menu, typically accessible with a swipe down from the top. 

Set Up Web Search Shortcuts 

A handy little feature for any tech-savvy gadgeteer is the ability to create web search shortcuts. It saves time typing out full URLs, and it can streamline your online research. On Chrome, head to Settings, then Search Engine, and then Manage Search Engines. Here, you can add any site you frequently visit for searching, with a custom keyword for activating the search. For instance, type “gw” to search directly in Wikipedia. 

Master the Art of Text Replacement Shortcuts 

Ever wonder how some people manage to reply so quickly on their phones? They’re likely using text replacement shortcuts, and you can, too. In your iPhone settings, go to General, then Keyboard, and then Text Replacement. Add a new short phrase that you use frequently, assign a shortcut, and voila! Android users can do the same thing by heading to Settings, then Languages & Input, then Advanced, then Personal dictionary. You can add phrases and assign shortcuts there. 

Unseen Data Saver Feature for Android 

It’s not always feasible to be connected to Wi-Fi, and you might worry about exhausting your cellular data limits. Fortunately, Android has a “Data Saver” feature buried in its settings. Navigate to Settings, then Network & internet, then Data Saver. Once you’ve activated this feature, your device will limit background data usage, although you can still allow specific apps to access data when in the background. 

With these little-known but handy features, you’ll be navigating your devices like a tech wizard in no time. Remember, it’s all about helping you make the most of the advanced technology that’s always at your fingertips. Go forth and tech!

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Reference: Smart TVs often come with a ‘Screen Mirroring’ feature that allows you to display your smartphone or tablet screen on the TV.