7 Tech Life Hacks That Will Make Your Daily Routine So Much Easier

Small technical annoyances may seem small at the moment, but in the big picture they are like ocean waves crashing against a mountain. Over time, the waves reshape the rocks until they are permanently deformed. If you don’t want everyday tech problems to have a big impact, stop them with these seven tech life hacks.

For example, this article will teach you how to avoid missing essential emails. After all, you don’t want to upset your boss or make a customer think you’re ignoring them. Speaking of email, tap or click here for the 10 best Gmail tips and tricks you should be using.

These tech life hacks can help you even when you’re away from your computer. One trick you will learn is to avoid forgetting essential items on your shopping list. Read on for a few easy ways to make your life easier.

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1. Don’t miss important emails again

Most email providers allow you to enable alerts and sounds. This way you know immediately when an email arrives. You may be reading this and thinking, “I’m getting way too many emails. If I turned on notifications, my phone would be ringing constantly!

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Wait a second. You can enable alerts and sounds for specific email addresses. That way, you’ll never miss an email from an important sender.

Using Gmail as an example, here’s how to use this feature:

Follow these steps on your iPhone, iPad, or Android:

First, open the Gmail app. Tap Menu > Settings. Select your account. Then tap Email Notifications > High Priority Only.

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2. Don’t forget what you need in the store

Do you always forget that one thing in the store? Have your phone remind you to pick it up as soon as you walk in the door. In the Reminders app on your iPhone, create a shopping list in the notes section. Here’s how:

For iPhone:

Open the Reminders app. Tap + New Reminder and type your reminder.

To add a location, tap the Location button to assign a notification based on where you are. Select one of the available options or tap Custom to add your location, choose whether you want to be notified upon arrival or departure, and set the perimeter of your reminder area.

Make sure Location Services is turned on to receive location-based reminders. Open the Settings app, tap Privacy > Location Services and enable Location Services.

For Android:

If you have an Android, you need to enable your GPS and location services. It allows you to set a location-based reminder of all your errands. Here’s how to make your Android remind you of what you need when you’re in the store.

First say, “Okay, Google. Remind me to get milk, steak, eggs, cheddar, and broccoli from the store.” (Replace this list with anything you need, of course.)

The Google Assistant then asks, “What time do you want to be reminded?” Tell it to remind you when you go to the store – and don’t forget to include the location. For example, you can answer the question with, “When I get to Fry’s on Bell Road.”

Now that you set your location-based reminder, you don’t have to worry about forgetting your list. Once your Android picks up your location, it sends a notification with all the items you’re looking for.

3. See who is calling without figuring out your phone

No smart watch? No problem. You can still know who is calling you without taking your phone out of your pocket or purse.

You probably know that you can assign ringtones to specific patterns. But your phone’s customization features go beyond that. You can also set unique vibration patterns for specific contacts. This means that you can hear who is calling via sound and that you feel alone.

Here’s how to assign a custom vibration to a contact on your iPhone:

First, launch your Phone app and tap Contacts. Then select a contact from the list. Tap Edit in the top right corner of the screen. Press Ringtone if you want the phone to vibrate or Text tone if you want to vibrate for text messages. Then tap Vibrate. Under the Default list, select a vibration. Tap Ringtone or Text Tone to go back. Tap Done twice.

Maybe you switched from iPhone to Android. It’s easier than ever thanks to this new app. Or you’ve always been a Google loyalist.

Anyway, here’s how to set custom vibrations for a contact on your Android:

First, launch your Contacts app and tap a contact to edit it. Tap the More > Vibration pattern option. Choose your pattern.

So you’re ready to go.

4. No more fiddling with the light switch

Have your lights come on by setting a schedule or by your location when you get close to home. All you need are some smart light bulbs or smart plugs.

First you need to pair the devices with your phone’s Alexa app

This means that you have to create a group. Open the Alexa app and select Devices. Then press the + sign in the top right corner > Tap on Add group > Create a room or device group > Next.

This will take you to a page called Name the room or device group. You can choose one name from a list – or create your own. Just scroll down to Custom Name and type in the name of the group. (You can get pretty creative here.)

Now it’s time to add your devices. Select the ones you want to group and click Next > Skip > Done. Alexa is now connected to your light switches.

Second, here’s how to schedule your lights to come on at specific times

Open your Alexa app and click More > Routines > Press the + sign and give your routine a name. Then you can start setting up the actions. Do this by tapping the plus sign next to When this happens.

This is what your screen will look like.

Select Schedule. You have three options: You can set your switch to turn on at sunrise, sunset, or a custom time. Choose the schedule and click Next.

Then tap Add Action > Smart Home > All Devices > Select the light switch you want to associate with the routine. Let the app know if you want to turn it on or off. (There’s a switch you can move.) Hit Save and the routine is finally done.

5. Stop squinting at the phone screen

Just make your text bigger! On an iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Image & Text Size. Then tap Larger Text. Slide the switch next to Increase accessibility sizes to the right to enable it. You will see a slider at the bottom of the screen that allows you to increase or decrease the text size.

Now apps that support Dynamic Type will adapt to your preferred reading size. This is a life saver if you are like me and like to read news articles from your phone.

Here’s what to do if you have an Android. Open your device’s Settings app and select > Accessibility > Text & display > Select font size. Adjust the slider to choose your perfect font size.

6. Know exactly where you parked your car

If you’ve ever walked around a parking lot looking for a car, this one is for you. With Google Maps you can easily and automatically find your parking space.

On iPhone:

Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the blue dot that indicates your location. Tap Set as parking location.

Your parking location will be saved in Google Maps until you delete it.

On Android:

Open the Google Maps app on your Android phone or tablet. Tap the blue dot that indicates your location. Tap Save Park.

Your parking location will be saved in Google Maps until you delete it.

When you’re ready to find your car, open Google Maps and you’ll see a pin labeled You Parked Here. Tap it and select Directions to return to your vehicle.

If you are using Apple Maps, you must enable Significant Locations by tapping Settings > Privacy > Location Services and System Services > Points of Interest. This is how it looks on your phone:

Return to Settings and open Maps. Turn on the switch for Show Parked Location so it looks like this:

This is how Apple Maps remembers where you parked. When trying to find your car, open Maps, tap the search field and type Parked car. You will be given directions to your vehicle. Have fun driving!

7. Keep all your essential documents close at hand

We’ve saved the best for last in this list of tech life hacks. Use the Notes app on an iPhone to scan documents so they’re ready when you need them. This includes insurance policies, vaccination records, car VINs, and more. Kim recommends keeping a photo of your license plate handy as well.

If you’re using an Android, you’ll need to use a third-party app. Fortunately, Adobe Scan is a great resource that you can get for free.

Let me give you one last technical tip. Here are a few more ways to scan photos and documents without buying a scanner.

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