8 Summer Tech Tips

Summer sun always means lots of fun, but you have to be careful when it comes to your cellular device! There are plenty of problems that can occur while laying by the pool. But here, we’ve provided some tips that can easily take care of the little dangers that lie ahead with you and your cell phone this summer.

1. When your phone overheats: Take your phone out of direct light and extreme temperatures. Overheating can cause some serious damage to your phone, so it’s best if you listen when your phone tells you it needs to cool down. Not only does the sun give off heat, but so does your phone. You can prevent your phone from overheating by: turning it off when you aren’t using it and exit out of apps that could drain your battery.

2. Sweaty screens: When the slightest bit of sweat is dripping on your phone, immediately turn it off and take it out of it’s case. Use a cotton swab or cloth to soak up the moisture. If possible, take out the SIM card and battery. Then put the phone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice overnight. If there is any moisture left over, the rice will absorb it. Also, if there are smudges on your phone, whether it be from melted make-up or greasy fingers, try taking a soft lint-free or microfiber cloth to remove the smudges.

3. Foggy camera lens: Don’t try wiping the lens with your finger, because that typically will just add to the problem! Try using a soft, lint-free or microfiber cloth to wipe the lens. Typically what happens is, moisture or condensation are finding a way to the lens. Typically if the cloth doesn’t work, the issue could be more serious. Look at the camera lens closely to see if there are any scratches, dust or dirt. Try carefully scraping the lens with your fingernail or guitar pick. Or, you may need to try the rice trick again! However, if none of these tips help, you may want to get into contact with a professional.

4. Sandy phone: Try to prevent sand getting into your phone by covering the front and back of your phone with plastic wrap. Be sure that all little openings and ports of your phone is covered. If your phone is already buried in sand, turn it off before cleaning it. Blow out the sand by using a small can of compressed air, or use a vacuum with a small crevice tool.

5. Your phone takes a dip: Use a ziplock bag to put your phone in while going near water to insure it won’t get wet. If that’s not good enough, you can always look into buying a waterproof phone case. If your phone still magically finds its way into a body of water, immediately turn it off and use a cloth or cotton swab to try to dry it out. Take it out of it’s case if your phone has one, and remove the battery and SIM card, if possible. Get a bowl of uncooked rice and place your phone into it for a night or few days. Once again, the rice will absorb all the moisture.

6. Portable FOMO: For those of you who don’t know, FOMO stands for “Fear of Missing Out,” and your phone can constantly remind you of that. So, for the summer, why not try staying away from social media site by turning off your phone, or deactivating your account for the summer! This way, you won’t have to worry about what’s on your news feed. You’ll experience less stress, better sleeps, and you won’t be feeling down in the dumps from worrying about any of this!

7. Problems with screen visibility: No one is a fan of that washed out screen when you’re outside. Try out a anti-glare screen protector. It’ll improve your screen’s readability in daylight because the protector blocks out the reflection of UV rays and cancel out irritating screen glares. They should be available online, through your wireless carrier, or at any tech store.

8. Camera Roll is full: If you’re an iPhone user, take advantage of the free Photo Stream feature! It allows you to share photos with different devices, and it stores up to 1,000 photos! For a non-iPhone user, try getting a bigger memory card to store more pictures!

We hope these tips help you out and make your summer a stress-free time!

 

 

Importing Bookmarks from Internet Explorer to Chrome / Firebox

With this Internet Explorer bug that is causing quite a stir, the easiest thing to do is to switch web browsers until it is fixed. Our suggestion is to install Google Chrome, which is our personal favorite here at the office. Firefox is another option.

After you install a new browser, you might wish you still had your favorites / bookmarks from Internet Explorer. Here are some simple instructions on how to import them into your new browser.

Chrome

First, make sure Google Chrome is open. The icon looks like this: 

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Bookmarks..
  3. Select Import bookmarks and settings.
  4. Select Internet Explorer.
  5. Click Import.

The bookmarks will then appear in the bookmarks bar underneath the address bar. If you already have bookmarks within Chrome, the bookmarks you import will appear in a new folder called “Imported from IE” at the end of the bar. You can also find your bookmarks by clicking the Chrome menu Chrome menu and selecting Bookmarks.

Firefox

First, make sure Firefox is open. The icon looks like this: 

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.
  2. In the Library window, click Import and Backup and choose Import Data from Another Browser
  3. If the Import Wizard window appears, select Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click Next.
  4. Firefox will list the types of settings it can import. Select the items you’d like to import, then click Next.
  5. Click Finish.

Your favorite will then appear in the Bookmarks menu, in a folder called From Internet Explorer.

If you need our help with any of this, give us a buzz at 1 (844) TECHDOG.

How to Clear your Cache

In order to speed up web browsing, web browsers are designed to download web pages store them locally on your machine in an area called “cache”. Clearing your cache means you are removing those stored versions of a website from your browser so you can see it in its most recent and true form.

How you clear your cache depends on the browser you use.

  • Internet Explorer 9 and 10
    • Click the gear icon at the top right to open the Settings menu, then select Safety and then Delete Browsing History.
      • Or just press CTRL + Shift + Delete on your keyboard.
    • Select Temporary Internet Files.
    • Click the Delete  button at the bottom of that window.
    • Your computer will work for a moment, and then the process will be complete.
  • Internet Explorer 8
    • Select Tools menu from the navigation bar, then Delete Browsing History.
      • Or just press CTRL + Shift + Delete on your keyboard.
    • Select Temporary Internet Files.
    • Click the Delete button at the bottom of that window.
    • Your computer will work for a moment, and then the process will be complete.
  • Firefox
    • Click the Firefox menu in the top left corner.
    • Select the right arrow next to History >
    • Click Clear Recent History.
      • Or press CTRL + Shift + Delete to open the recent history window.
    • Make sure Details is expanded, then select Cache from the list. Uncheck everything else.
    • In the Time Range to Clear drop down, select Everything.
    • Select Clear Now.
    • Your computer will work for a moment, and the process will be complete. You’ve successfully cleared Firefox’s Cache!
  • Chrome
    • Click the menu icon in the upper right corner of the browser to the right (three horizontal lines).
    • Click Settingson the bottom of the menu.
      • A faster way to get there is to press CTRL + Shift Delete on a PC, or Shift + Command + Delete on a Mac.
    • From settings, click Show advanced settings... It’s located at the very bottom of the settings section.
    • Scroll to the privacy section and click Clear browsing data.
    • Select Empty the cache.
    • Uncheck all other options to avoid deleting browser history, cookies and other things you may wish to retain.
    • Change “Obliterate the following items from” to “the beginning of time“.
    • Select Clear browsing data.
  • Safari (Mac)
    • Click the Safari menu and select Empty Cache
    • Click Empty.
  • Safari (Windows)
    • Once your browser is open, click the gear icon on the top right.
    • Select Reset Safari… This will prompt a screen to open.
    • Select Remove all website data at the very bottom of the prompt.
    • Check or uncheck any other categories you want reset.
    • Click Reset.