Digital Tricks for Everyday Situations

1. Do a reverse image search.
Let’s say you stumble across an image online and you want to find it in a larger size, or track down its origin, or find similar images. Reverse image search acts like a regular Google search, but it uses an image instead of text. Be sure to share this tip with anyone you know who is online dating. A recent caller to my radio show explained that he was swiped by “a super-hot woman”. He described himself as below average in both looks and financial means. I told him how to do a reverse image search. This hottie was all over the internet looking for love, and likely scouring for her next dating scam victim.

2. Reopen a closed browser tab.
You could open up your browser’s history and reopen the tab from there, but many people prefer a macro that can efficiently bring back your tab. Just hit Ctrl+Shift+T on your PC or Command+Shift+Tab on your Mac.

3. Share your Android phone with guest mode.
“Hey, can I borrow your phone?”. This used to be a fairly innocent request, but your phone contains your entire life, including your browsing history and photos you forgot you took. To prevent people from seeing your personal stuff, you can use the “Guest Mode” feature. Pull down from the top and touch your user icon in the upper right-hand corner, Tap it again to access the “User” screen, and you should see your own profile along with the option to “Add guest”. Click on that and the phone will switch into Guest Mode. Guest Mode gives the user access to basic phone functions, like the Chrome browser, but hides your contacts, internet history, and personal data. You can switch back to your regular profile through the same method you used to turn on Guest Mode.

4. Snap photos with the volume button.
How many times have you tried to snap a selfie but the phone shakes in your hand because your thumb can’t quite hit the camera button? This can be disastrous when you realize your photos in front of the Eiffel Tower turned out fuzzy. Here’s a little-known solution: You can use the volume button on the side of your
phone to take photos. This can be a lot easier than hunting around for the right place to tap on the touchscreen. The volume button tricks works for many iOS and Android device. Just aim the camera and press either the higher or lower volume button. If your smartphone has enabled this function, then either button should work.

5. Stop autoplay videos on Youtube
You just watched an amazing video and would love to savor this moment, but Youtube is already prepping the next video. In few seconds, you’ll have to watch something else, something you didn’t ask for.

Many people don’t realize that you can easily stop Youtube’s autoplay feature. Open your Youtube in your browser, look for the small autoplay toggle switch on the right- hand side of the screen. Toggle it to the off position and it will go gray. From now on, Youtube won’t automatically play another video when the one you’re watching is done.

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