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How To Perform a Factory Reset On iPhone

Apple’s iPhone works like charm most of the time. However, every then and now, there is a need for us to
restart our phone and start out fresh. An option to factory reset our phones is a perfect opportunity to
start fresh and there are a couple of ways to perform a factory reset on iPhone, depending on a model that
you’re using. This guide will help you perform a factory reset on iPhone, whether you use iPhone 7, 8 or X.
Depending which model you use, users can generally opt for restoring via iCloud which is a newer
method, or refer to the old school of factory reset and performing it using iTunes. Read More

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How To Update iPhone When Low On Storage

The iOS 11 is quite exciting, mainly because of its interesting features. Unfortunately, if you’re stuck with an older iPhone, the new operating system may turn into a nightmare because of lack of storage. Those problems will start to bother users even more when they have to update their system. In case you want to update iPhone but you’re running extremely low on storage caused by various app data, photos, videos and more, your iPhone will notify you that it’s impossible. Still, here’s how to update iPhone when low on storage.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Features You Can’t Live Without

Samsung Galaxy S9 and its larger counterpart S9+ came out one month ago and featured a great variety of features, some of them that we haven’t yet seen. If you’re still undecided whether you should invest in here are some Galaxy S9 features that may change your mind.

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Common Problems On Samsung Galaxy S9

So, you’ve got your big and shining Samsung Galaxy S9, descendent of the flagship S series and the second implementation of already successful two-lens camera that was initially adapted on Galaxy Note 9, but also smartphones from the competition. However, using your brand-new smartphone that’s supposed to run smoothly turned into a nightmare once you noticed it doesn’t work as it’s supposed to be. Don’t worry, here are some common problems on Samsung Galaxy S9 and how to fix them.

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How to Boost Your Phone’s Performance?

Our Android phones function pretty much flawless after we’ve purchased them. However, as time passes and we stack our perfect selfies, new apps and songs, its memory is slowly starting to get filled and slow the performance down. You will notice that as your phone starts to ignore your taps, or performs them later. Your apps will start to freeze or even crash. Eventually in worst cases, the phone completely freezes or resets itself. There are many things, affected by slow performance. Don’t be spooked, though, here are some tips that will boost your phone’s performance.

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How To Improve Your Phone’s Battery Life?

Our smartphones have become our essential companions through the day. We couldn’t imagine using our phones for anything else other than call and text in the past. However, the rapid development of technology has changed that, and we can use it for a great variety of things – enjoy the internet, check location with ease, consume a great variety of apps, and even book a room in a hotel. Unfortunately, all those things result in our phone running out of juice faster, eventually shutting down when we need it the most. In this article, we compiled a list of tips that will improve your phone’s battery life. Read on!

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How To Fix Phone That Won’t Charge?

Smartphones allow us to do agreat variety of things effortlessly. However, every once in a while, some unnerving problem can occur. One of the most common problems people encounter with their smartphone is connected with charging. Sometimes, the phone won’t charge at all, while on the other hand, while on charger your phone seems to consume more of the battery than recharging it. Don’t worry, here’s how to Fix Phone That Won’t Charge.

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Here’s why Android is Replacing Headphone Jack with USB-C Port

Have you ever wondered why some major smartphone manufacturers are replacing the headphone jack in newer phone models? Apple introduced this with the iPhone 7 and Android has done the same with the HTC Bolt, HTC U and Lenovo Moto Z phones. Instead of a Lightning connector, which is what Apple uses, Android replaced the headphone jack with a USB-C port. More Android products are sure to have the same revamp, too. The idea behind the change is to improve the phone’s interactive audio:USB-C audio is specifically meant to improve two-way interaction, which means both the consumption and the creation of content. The question is if or when this will be accepted by consumers.

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Here’s How to Improve your Mobile Phone Reception

it’s 2017 and the majority of the world owns and uses a mobile phone. However, not all of those users have reliable reception (Sorry Sprint users). There are going to be times when you absolutely need to get a signal.  Here are a few tips for when every bar counts and you need to improve mobile phone reception.

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How to Restore iPhone 7 Jet Black Finish

The iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus both come with a jet black color option. Unfortunately, the sleek color and mirror-like quality seem to attract smudges and scratches faster than the other iPhone color options. Luckily, there are products and tricks for polishing jet black iPhone 7 and keeping it looking like new.

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Why USB C Is The Next Evolution of Connections

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy s8, USB C is finally being introduced to the mass market.  So what’s all the fuss about? The USB C marks a revolution in connections. It is this little port and this plug that will hoist us into the future of technology. It is a new platform.  Just as the internet replaced the library, as the DVD player replaced the VCR, MP3s replaced CDs, so also does this new line replace earlier models. It is a demonstration of the advancement of technology. But it may leave you wondering what it is about this little connection port that is so special.
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Rumors About iPhone 8 Wireless Charging

Over the past several iPhone model launches, there have been rumors about wireless charging being supported. However up until now only a select number of Android users have been able to enjoy this incredibly convenient technology. So are we now at a point where we should expect that Apple’s iPhone 8 will include a wireless charging feature? There is strong evidence including the fact that Apple has recently joined the Wireless Power Consoritum, which has only made more people believe that this rumor thatiPhone 8 wireless charging is going to come true.

Apple’s statement about joining the Wireless Power Consortium, as told to Business Insider includes, “Apple is an active member of many standards development organizations, as both a leader and contributor. Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards.”

Originally, many felt that Apple’s new wireless charging would mean that iPhone 8 users would be able to charge their phone long-range without requiring a charging device, like a pad or cord. However, according to reports, it’s more likely that Apple will use inductive charging with it’s iPhone 8, similar to what many other companies currently do.

It’s possible that while Apple is interested in long-range charging for the iPhone 8, they wanted to roll out wireless charging as quickly as possible, which led them to choose an option that they could introduce to customers now. According to Vicky Yussuff, an analyst for IHS Technology, “The success of wireless charging adoption from Apple’s competitors is something that Apple can no longer ignore. IHS Technology consumer survey data shows over 90% of consumers want wireless charging on their next device.”

Wireless Power Consortium promotes Qi for wireless charging, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Qi is what Apple is going to use for their iPhone 8. Currently, the Apple Watch uses Qi for charging, but the Qi charger that’s used for the Apple Watch is specific to that device; the Watch cannot be charged using other types of Qi chargers. It’s possible that Apple is planning to also offer a customized Qi charger with the iPhone 8 as well. iPhone users may not even receive a traditional charger in their box when they purchase the newest model. If they prefer to charge their phone with a traditional charger, they’ll be able to purchase it separately as an add-on accessory.

Currently, if you’d like to charge your smartphone wirelessly, there are add-on accessories you can purchase. For example, receivers that stick on to your phone, as well as cases that will charge your phone wirelessly, are available on the market. Whether or Apple will finally make the feature available to the masses is up for debate.  No matter how you will charge your next iPhone, you can count on PortPlugs to defend your device with our line of simple port protection accessories. For more about Apple’s wireless charging rumors, visit 9to5mac.com.

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Here’s How to Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

It would be great if with every smartphone update came the ability to leave the battery alone all day without needing to charge it even once. Right now, though, that’s simply not possible. As a result, smartphone owners have to figure out clever ways to keep their phone’s battery life as healthy as possible. In order to do this, it’s necessary to know how your phone uses power and the best way to make your phone battery last longer.

Understanding How the Battery Works

Both iPhones and Android phones use lithium-ion batteries. These are among the lightest, longest-lasting rechargeable batteries you can find. Still, over time, their lifespans will decline, meaning you’ll find yourself needing to recharge your phone more and more frequently. As the battery nears the end of its life, the degradation will become even more noticeable.

Most smartphone batteries have approximately 500 charge cycles in them before they die. When you completely use up your phone’s battery, letting it go from 100% to 0%, that’s considered one charge cycle. The more you let your phone go through full charge cycles, the less efficient your battery will become. On the same note, if you have to charge your phone every single day you’ll notice that the battery performance quickly worsens. You may find yourself needing to get a new phone every two years, if not sooner.

Best Practices for Charging Your Phone Battery

You’ve probably been told to let your battery get all the way down to 0% before recharging it. You may have also heard that you should let your battery charge overnight. There’s a lot of battery charging advice out there and it’s difficult to separate myths from facts. One of these tips is correct while the other is misinformed. While you don’t want to let your battery dip down to zero, you don’t want to leave it plugged in overnight, either.

According to tech expert Frances Cancino, you should keep your phone between 40% and 80% battery power at all times. Charging your phone frequently and for less time will maximize the charge cycles the battery has. It also causes less strain on your battery than charging it from 0% to 100% does.

7 More Battery Tips
  1. In order to keep your battery in that sought-after green zone between 40 and 80 percent, carry a portable charger with you.
  2. When the weather is hot, don’t let your phone sit in temps that reach over 95 degrees (like at the beach or in your car). Extreme heat can cause long-term damage to the battery.
  3. When you’re out and about sans charger and your battery is hanging on by a thread, use the Low Power Mode on the iPhone. Introduced in iOS 9, Low Power Mode reduces the power used by things like Mail fetch, Siri, downloads, apps that run in the background and visual effects. By turning on Low Power Mode when your battery is at 20%, you can squeeze three more hours of power out of it. Android has a similar power saving mode that you can either manually or automatically activate.
  4. Change the Auto-Lock on your iPhone to 30 seconds. This will cause the screen to turn off after a short period of time when it’s not in use. On Android, you can set the sleep time to as short as 15 seconds. It’s also a good idea to get into the habit of hitting the sleep button every time you put down your phone to immediately shut off the screen.
  5. When you’re not using Bluetooth, disable it. Otherwise, your phone will constantly search for a Bluetooth device to connect to, which will zap the battery life.
  6. Audio can suck the life out of a battery. Avoid listening to music or videos when you’re trying to stretch out your battery life for the day. Or use headphones, which use less energy than the phone’s speakers.
  7. On both iPhone and Android, you can figure out which apps are demanding the most energy from the battery. Turn off the apps, delete them from your phone or disable background refresh.
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LG’s Wireless Charger Makes Dust Plugs a Necessity

The brand new wireless charger from LG will charge your phone incredibly fast. You may never even want to – or have to – use a traditional wire cable again. Unlike other wireless phone chargers, LG’s new charging device is fast, safe and stylish.

In the past, wireless charging has been notoriously slow. It’s never been nearly as fast as using a traditional wire charger. The new Quick Wireless Charging Pad from LG has solved that problem, though. The device can charge a battery that has absolutely no power to as much as 50% battery life in just half an hour. A full charge takes 90 minutes, which is approximately the same amount of time it takes a traditional charger to get a phone to 100 percent. The Quick Wireless Charging Pad is also slim and circular, giving it the modern, sleek appearance customers have grown to expect from new mobile technology.

How did LG create such a powerful wireless charger? Most wireless chargers have just 5 watts of output, making it difficult to charge a phone with any speed. LG’s charger, though, is much more powerful with as many as 15 watts of output. You don’t have to own an LG phone to use the charger, either. Any phone can become compatible with the charger by using a special case and some phones even have support for wireless charging on the Qi system already built in. One concern a lot of people have about using a wireless charger is safety, namely fires. The LG charging pad has a built-in temperature sensor that will stop the flow of electricity if it gets too hot.

Our dust plugs can complete the experience by protecting your device ports when they’re not in use. When you use a wireless charger, your phone’s charging ports will remain unused, presenting the opportunity for dust and other debris to make its way inside. Dust plugs are also great to use even if you are going to be using a traditional wire charger from time to time. When the port is not in use, you can use the dust plug to keep water, sand and dust out. The more active your lifestyle, the more opportunity there is for harmful materials to creep into your phone’s ports. Protect your investment and extend your phone’s lifespan by using our dust plugs.

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Create Your Own Macro Lens for Smartphone Photographers

The world is getting better and better for smartphone photographers. Now more than ever, capturing images in-the-moment has become a gateway to photographic exploration for nostalgic nomads and creative minds alike. Smartphones have allowed us all to explore creativity and imagine a world where anything is possible, so why not take it a step further? How? Get up close and personal with your subjects by using a macro lens for smartphone photographers! No, not one of those clip-on lens that costs a pretty penny at the tech store! Get your gadgets ready, you’re in for a life hack.  Read More