Tuesday, May 18

14 Tech Life Hacks You Absolutely Need To Know


Everyone likes a short cut, and these tech hacks are quick and easy ways to save you both time and money. We’ve put together a few of our favourites to help you get more tech savvy.

Download Youtube videos

Download any Youtube video with this simple trick; simply add “ss” into the URL of the video you wish to download. You should put the “ss” before the “youtube” part of the URL like so:

  • Before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyYkTp-fpUg
  • After: https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=RyYkTp-fpUg

Use Lego men to hold your cables

Tangled cables can become a nightmare, but with this quick and stylish solution you’ll never have to pull out your hair while untangling cables again.

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Quick smartphone fullstops

Did you that you never actually have to push the fullstop button on your smartphone? Simply tap the spacebar key twice for a fullstop, and the never letter will also be capitalised.

Unfreeze your phone

Does your phone constantly freeze up, and you find yourself having to reset it? Rather than do this, simply plug your phone into a charger and get it going again.

Protect your cables

Cables have a tendency to become frayed and cracked over time, so its important to protect them. Simply take a spring from a normal ballpoint pen and wrap around your cable. This way they are still able to bend, but will also stay protected.

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Re-open a closed browser tab

We all sometimes accidentally close a tab on our web browsers, and it can get annoying. Simple press CTRL + SHIFT + T on a Windows device or COMMAND + SHIFT + T on a Mac to reopen the last closed tab.

Stream movies cheaply

Looking to stream movies cheaply? JustWatch.com tells you where you can stream any movie, and for the cheapest price too.

Play a game when your internet is slow

Is extra slow internet getting your blood boiling? Google Chrome users can simply press SPACEBAR when they see this screen and a T-rex mini-game will start up.

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Make your own DIY speakers

Put your smartphone into a paper, glass or plastic cup and get more volume from the phone’s speakers!

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Let Google help you study

If you have an important exam or test coming up, simply type this into Google for same exam papers and answers; “site:edu [subject]exam”. So if you have a maths exam coming up type in “site:edu math exam”.

Use Google to find your Android phone

If you’ve misplaced your phone or if it’s been stolen you can use Google to locate it. Sign into Google with the same account as the one used on your Android phone and use the “locate my phone” feature to locate it.

Save money when using Amazon

If you use Amazon you’ll want to start using this site immediately. It notifies you of price drops and tracks your products.

Convert Youtube videos to GIFS

This one works similar to the download hack, you simple add “gif” to the original URL. For example:

  • Before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyYkTp-fpUg
  • After: https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=RyYkTp-fpUg

See if your e-mail has been hacked

E-mail hacking happens far too often these days. The site haveibeenpwned.com can tell you if your e-mail account has been hacked.


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