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Our smartphones help us get a lot done, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to take them out the window sometimes. Here are the top complaints I hear about and ways to fix them:
1. Screen brightness changes constantly
Apple’s Face ID does more than unlock your phone. It can also tell when you take care of your phone. If you look away, the screen dims, and your alert volume decreases, too.
Fluctuating brightness can be frustrating. You can turn off this feature.
• go to the Settings > Accessibility > Face ID and attention.
• a turn turning off Attention features.
On Android, adaptive brightness or auto brightness uses a sensor to adjust the screen based on your environment. Sometimes it works well, but not always.
The steps will vary based on your phone model, but here’s the starting point.
• go to the Settingsand then Show.
• Find and toggle adaptive brightness turning off.
2. The person you are talking to cannot hear you
When you’re on a call, your iPhone monitors the noise around you and tries to turn it down, so the person you’re talking to can hear you better. It’s a nice feature, but it could lead to “Wait, what did you say?” Often.
First, check the microphone volume. Press the volume up button on a call to set this. You can turn off noise cancellation if people still have trouble hearing you.
• go to the Settings > Accessibility > audio/visual and switch turning off Phone noise canceling.
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3. You don’t want bloatware
Android phones are notorious for being preloaded with apps that you don’t want or need. These intrusive programs are slowing down your phone and consuming storage space and battery life.
There are several ways to get rid of bloating.
Remove apps from your Android phone:
• open the Google Play Store App.
• In the upper right, tap profile icon.
• Faucet Manage apps and devices > Manages.
• Click on App name You want to delete it, then select uninstall.
Some applications cannot be deleted. You can disable it by pressing and holding the application and clicking on File disable option – or you can hide it on some Android phones.
Hide apps by tapping and holding the app and dragging it to the bottom of the screen to the Remove from Home screen box. This does not remove or disable the application; It moves her out of sight.
Hide apps from your Samsung phone
• Open App Drawerthen press three points in the top right.
• to open Home screen settings (or just Settings).
• Select a file Hide apps Selection.
• Choose the apps you want to hide.
• Confirm via Progressing or he did button.
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4. Your group text is too talkative
Group messaging is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, but the constant sounds can be too much. Here’s how to silence conversations on your iPhone:
• to open Messagesthen tap and hold a conversation.
• Faucet Hide alerts.
• You can also do this within the conversation by clicking on the name(s) at the top of the screen and then on Hide alerts.
This is a useful option, but you’ll still get notifications if someone mentions you in a group text message. You can turn off this type of notification as well.
• go to the Settings > Messages.
• Scroll down to Bookmarks and Toggles turning off Feel me, let me know, let me know.
On Android, the steps to hide conversation alerts will vary based on your phone model. try this:
• to open Messagesthen tap and hold a conversation.
• Click on Three-dot icon in the upper right corner.
• Choose Mute notifications Opens the settings for that contact or conversation.
5. Check out the home button
The iPhone 8 was the last model to have a home button. That was a long time ago, but I know change is hard, and you still might miss it. You can’t install the actual home button on your phone, but there is a feature that lets you get close:
• go to the Settings > Accessibility > touch > Help contact.
• a turn on me Help contact. A button will appear on your screen.
• Under Custom Actions, change the settings for single tap, double tap, and long tap.
• If you want to try the closest home button, Set single tap to homethen drag the button to the bottom center of the screen.
• Now, whenever you click on this default button, you will be taken to your home screen. salary!
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