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I’m a tech expert with tricks for clear calls, saving money and more privacy

When you’re the tech-savvy friend, people ask for help. It comes with the territory.

And who helps those people? Me! I’ve always got your back with new tricks, tips and secrets to master your devices. Browse the hidden apps you didn’t know are built-in to your iPhone or Android.

Keep reading, and you’ll learn something new that’s good enough to share. I pass along insider tips just like these in my free daily newsletter. Join 400K+ who trust it!

Secret Windows restart trick

Bet you didn’t know there’s a better way to restart your PC. When you click the Restart button, your computer goes through a process that saves some of its memory or RAM. This helps it start up faster when you turn it back on, but not everything is closed out. Some background processes and open apps may still be running.

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Microsoft Computer (Fox News)

Frequent shutdowns can fix most computer issues, but you can try a shift shutdown to close all processes and apps and clear the RAM completely. As the name implies, all you do is hold down the Shift key before you hit restart. Keep holding it until your PC powers down, and choose Continue when it turns back on.

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Computers only keep that new machine speed for a while. Luckily you can bring it back if you know what to do. Follow these steps to make your PC run like new again.

Wipe your location from photos

Your phone stores metadata every time you take a picture. That might include the date you took it, your camera settings, and where you were. Think about that for a second if you’re sending pics you took at home.

When you share your image, anyone can have access to that data. Yikes. 

  • To stop location sharing on iPhone, open the image you want to share, go to Options, and toggle off location.
  • On Android, open your gallery, select the photo, then go to Details and click Remove location data.

Your GPS app needs your location, but does every game and shopping app need it too? Nope. Here’s how to see what knows where you are and stop it.

Fix your phone’s call audio

You’re on an important call, but the background is noisy, and your friend can’t hear you. Good news if you have an iPhone: the new Voice Isolation mode. 

All the background noise that gets in the way of your convo is blocked out, leaving just your voice to come through crystal clear. 

  • Just dial up whoever you want to talk to and wait for them to pick up.
  • Then, swipe down from the top right of your screen to access the Control Center. You’ll see a button labeled Mic Mode.

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Side view woman’s using laptop computer at home office with cropped shot. Blank screen laptop for product display. (iStock)

  • Tap on it, and you’ll be given two options: Standard and Voice Isolation. Choose Voice Isolation. It’ll stay activated for the whole duration of your call.

Hidden tricks make using your phone a whole lot easier. Here are 10 more for iPhone.

The entire library in your phone

The average person pays around $219 per month on subscriptions. Whoa. You can access the same movies, books, and video games for free. All you need is a library card.

  • You can borrow new ebooks and audiobooks from Libby. It’s easy to set up, and you can even get a library card through the app, depending on where you live.
  • You can also use online platforms like Rosetta Stone to learn dozens of languages at no cost and stream music and videos from places like Kanopy and Freegal.
  • Many libraries also offer subscriptions to specialized databases and services like Ancestry.com or J-STOR, which provides access to scholarly articles and journals if needed.

Pay for cable? Get the most out of it. Here are the freebies included with most plans.

Remote in like an IT pro

I know how frustrating it can be to walk someone remotely through tech steps. In many cases, it’s just easier to do it yourself. And you can if you know the software to use.

An easy solution is Google’s Remote Desktop. To use it, you’ll install the browser extension on both your computer and the computer of someone you’re helping. I highly recommend doing this before, say, next time you visit your parents.

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, US, on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. Alphabet Inc. is expected to release earnings figures on February 2.  (Photographer: Marlena Sloss/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Then, when it’s time to remote in, go to the Remote Desktop site. You’ll allow access to your computer and enter a code to access the other computer. After that, you can use it just as if you’re sitting in front of it. Easy!

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Keep your tech-know going 

My popular podcast is called “Kim Komando Today.” It’s a solid 30 minutes of tech news, tips, and callers with tech questions like you from all over the country. Search for it wherever you get your podcasts. For your convenience, hit the link below for a recent episode.

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Plus, popular apps have ties to Communist China. I reveal the ones you should stop using. I give my advice to a gal who needs to preserve 1000+ old photos and a guy who needs good Wi-Fi in a treehouse. Also, if your husband struggles to understand your moods, use emojis. Don’t miss out on how your Apple watch can predict falls and my corny jokes.

Check out my podcast “Kim Komando Today” on Apple, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast player.

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Listen to the podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for my last name, “Komando.”

Sound like a tech pro, even if you’re not! Award-winning popular host Kim Komando is your secret weapon. Listen on 425+ radio stations or get the podcast. And join over 400,000 people who get her free 5-minute daily email newsletter.

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