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Tips for both Android and iPhone users

By Staff | Jan 17, 2019

Are you scared to go to a website and search for something that may be embarrassing? Did you know that websites track your activity? And the next day, when you turn on your computer, you’ll get ads and pop-ups from that embarrassing website that you visited?

Well, I have some news to keep you from getting all those ads and pop-ups. When in Safari, click on File then Private Window; another window opens up where you can surf through that website without anyone tracking you.

Let’s say you have three programs opened up displaying all over your screen. When you click and drag a title bar of a window to move it, the window pops to the front ahead of other windows. If you want to move a window without bringing it to the front, just hold the Command key down, then click and drag the window. Then you can slide it behind other windows.

I’d like to announce to all you West Side Folks that Mauisoft Computer Repair, my computer repair company, is now repairing iPhones and iPads. No more filling up your gas tank, packing a lunch and spending three hours driving over to the other side of the island to get your iPhone repaired.

Okay all you faithful Lahaina News readers – here are some Android and iPhone tricks to play around with. Have fun.

Give hearing aids a boost: With Apple’s new Live Listen feature, you can turn your iPhone into a microphone that links to a number of compatible hearing aids. On an iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > MFi Hearing Devices and select your hearing aid model. On an Android phone, Google is working with manufacturer GN Hearing to provide similar support in future versions of Android.

Lock down and erase a lost or stolen phone: If your phone goes missing, you can secure the data on it with a passcode and post a request for help on the screen to assist in the rescue effort. You can also erase the device remotely to further safeguard your personal data. Fire up your computer, visit the following web pages, and follow the directions. On an iPhone. go to icloud.com/find. On an Android phone, go to android.com/find.

Find frequently used utilities fast: Stop wasting time searching for handy controls and features. Today’s phones have shortcuts for quick access to the flashlight, calculator, music controls, “Do Not Disturb” mode and other common applications. On an iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the phone’s home screen or down from the top right corner to reveal the Control Center. On an Android phone, swipe down from the top with two fingers to summon Quick Settings.

Have your phone read to you: Many phones can read the content on your screen out loud, whether that’s a text message, e-mail or newspaper article. On an iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Screen. (Once enabled, you can click open any article, then drag two fingers down from the top of the screen to get the reading started. You can also control the speed of the reading voice. On an Android phone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Select to Speak. (A small icon of a person appears on the screen; tap it and the phone begins reading.)

Make text and icons easier to read: With these simple ways to increase the size of fonts and icons, there’s no need to squint to read texts and e-mails on your phone. On an iPhone, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size. To increase the size of icons (and everything on the screen), go to Settings > Accessibility > Zoom. On an Android phone, go to Settings > Display > Advanced > Font Size. To increase the size of everything on the screen, go to Settings > Display Size > then +.

Share your exact location in a text message: Send a map of your location by text so that friends can easily find you in an unfamiliar place. On an iPhone, open a text message, tap the circle icon at the top of the screen. Select Info > Send My Current Location. On an Android phone, open Google Maps, press and hold your finger on your current location until a card listing the address pops up, then hit Share > Messages.

Control your cursor: If it’s hard to accurately move the tiny cursor on your phone with your chubby fingers, here’s a foolproof way to do it. On an iPhone, press and hold any key on the keyboard. When the keyboard turns gray, it functions as a trackpad, letting you easily move the cursor within the text. On an Android phone, press and hold the space bar and slide your finger left or right.

The new Mojave has a new way to paste a picture in Facebook. Open up Facebook and go to a friend’s post. Click on the Camera icon, and a menu pops up in the Finder window. Scroll down to the bottom to Media and click on Photo. There you can choose a photo to place it in your Facebook comment section.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.