New technology can be overwhelming. It seems like a new product is released every month and a new update for something emerges every day. How can you possibly keep on top of it all? The good news is you don’t need to rely on your kids anymore. Technology is becoming more intuitive and adaptable, with mobile speeds that make it easy to organize busy lives on the go. Here are five simple tech tasks you can do yourself that can help remove stress from your daily life.
1.Set Up Voicemail
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Aside from phone calls, another important function of your phone is voicemail for those times you’re not available to take calls. Setting it up takes no time, and many mobile networks often provide guidance to help. Take a look at T-Mobile’s “how to set up my voicemail” instructions for an overview of how it works on the Un-Carrier’s largest nationwide 4G LTE network.
For most mobile phones, voicemail can also be set up through the Settings app, and the iPhone has a specific voicemail page that can be accessed from the phone icon on the home screen. This feature lets you record your own greeting and find all your messages in one place.
2. Add Friends to Your Contact List
When you’ve bought a new smartphone, one of the first steps you will want to take is to add all of your contacts to the phone’s operating system. This makes it easy to find friends and family, and it’s one of those tech tasks you can do yourself
If you’re using an Android device, press the menu button on your home screen and choose New Contact to add a name and phone number. Once you have added all the details you want, press done to save. Now you can access these details at any time through the Contacts app, which acts as your own personal directory.
3. Add an Email Signature
We’re all busy, and chances are the people you’re emailing may want to call you. Rather than make them go back to their address books, why not include an email signature so they can easily find what they want?
When you have started a new message in Microsoft Outlook, click on Signatures and choose the New Signature option. Pick a name for your signature, click OK, and select the Choose Default Signature option to add that signature to your email account. If you don’t want your signature on every email, add it to individual ones in the same way.
4. Create Calendar Appointments
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Setting up meetings is an all-too-regular part of the working day. Gve Outlook Calendar a new lease on life by using it to arrange your social life instead.
From the home tab, select New Appointment and then fill in the date and time of your next holiday or coffee date. Alternatively, if you have already scrolled to the day you want, tapping the screen on your mobile phone will perform the same function. If you think you may need an extra nudge to remember, you can easily set a reminder from your appointment in the calendar, too.
5. Childproof Your iPad
Here is something the kids probably wouldn’t help you with anyway, but it could mean the difference between a healthy bank balance and an unexpected bill from in-app purchases.
Find your iPad’s settings and go into the General Settings section. Scroll down to reach the Restrictions setting. This option takes you to a page with a list of all your apps and allows you to decide how much or how little you want available to others using your tablet. Within the Restrictions setting, you also have the option to set a four-digit code that means you, and only you, can change these settings in the future.
Technology is designed to make everyday tasks easier while fitting in with your lifestyle. A good mobile network will provide broad coverage, and you can refer back to these tips on using tech to organize your life to take advantage of the new options available to you. The next time you’re asked for extra pocket money in exchange for technology advice, refer to this list to save yourself a few dollars and a lot of time.