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Device Tips & Tricks: Did You Know You Could….?

Don’t you just love that new device buzz? You know the one. The excitement that you feel when you “open the box” and the joy you have in trying out all it has to offer you. It’s great, right? But, after a while, we may get into a routine and not take advantage of all the device has to offer. Well, that’s about to change because we are going to share a few tips and tricks about the devices and technology that you probably use every day. Great! Time to get excited about your device!


Google Home

It answers questions, plays music, and tells you about your day. But, have you tried these features in your Google Home device:

  • Perform multiple actions with just one command. You can set this up in the app by using the routines feature.
  • Shop! Google Home is now integrated with Google Express which allows you to voice shop from dozens of stores.
  • Tailor responses to your voice so that when you ask about your commute, it is specific to you. In the app, use the voice match feature to program your device to recognize your voice.
  • Read your unread text messages. Ask “OK, Google, do I have any messages” and it will read unread text messages to you.
  • Say your name. Say “OK, Google change my name to….”.
  • Customize your daily audio report to provide info on weather, Google Calendar reminders and more. In the menu, select the categories you’d like to hear about when you say “OK, Google, tell me about my day”.

Amazon Echo (aka Alexa)

Another option for answering questions, making to-do lists, and playing music. But Alexa has a few other tricks up her “sleeve”:

  • Not a fan of the wake word, Alexa? Change it in the app by going to settings, then select your Echo and choosing a wake word from the predetermined list.
  • Interested in a sports update that is specific to your favorite teams? In the app, select settings, then sports update, and select the teams you are most interested in hearing about when you say, “Alexa, what’s my sports update”.
  • Stop voice purchasing by toggling voice purchasing off in the settings section of the app.
  • Have Alexa read you a book from Audible (if you have Audible), by saying, “Alexa, read me a book”. Or, if you have Kindle, “Alexa, read my Kindle book”, and it will pick up where you left off.
  • Play music in multiple rooms if you have multiple Echo devices. In the app, go to the devices section, then tap + and then add group. Give your group a name and add the available devices in your home. And when you are ready to play music, say “Alexa, play music (group name)”.
  • Add skills like controlling your Hive heating by accessing skills through the app.
  • Kick off a series of actions with one phrase by tapping the menu icon in the app and then selecting routines.

Apple AirPods Pro

Get the best out of your music experience with these tips:

  • How you press the flat indention on the AirPod will give you different results:
    • Single: pause/play
    • Double: skip forward
    • Triple: skip backward
    • Long: swap between noise cancellation and transparency mode
  • Use the toggle in the control center to change to transparency mode, which can be beneficial in airports or doctor’s offices when you need to be able to hear your flight or your name called.
  • Test which ear tip is right for your ear to get the best experience by opening the settings app on your iPhone. Then select Bluetooth and tap on the “i” next to the name of your AirPods Pro. Follow the steps after you select ear tip fit test.

Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max

There are so many cool tips to explore here. We’ve captured a few that we think will be the most helpful on your new Apple iPhone 11:

  • Long press on an app, then tap rearrange apps to adjust your home screen icons.
  • Display & brightness in settings gives you a lot of options:
    • Enable dark mode by toggling the dark mode switch.
    • Set the brightness of the screen.
    • Adjust text size through the text size option and adjust by using the slider. And/or bold text by selecting the bold option.
    • Select night shift by long-pressing the display brightness slider and selecting the night shift button (great way to give your eyes a break and let them relax).
  • View available Wi-Fi networks by dragging down the control center (swipe down from the top right corner) and long-pressing the Wi-Fi icon.
  • Head back to the Home screen by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Quickly switch to taking a video while in photo mode by dragging the shutter button towards the camera switcher. You’ll automatically switch to video and start recording.

Does this list cover everything? No, and we didn’t intend it to. We wanted to share a few tricks that you might not have known about and get that new device spark back. Once that spark is back, we encourage you to explore more options in your device that you forgot about, or never knew existed. You may find something that makes your day that much easier, or more enjoyable. Happy exploring.

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