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iPhone Fun Fact

This week, a random iPhone fact:

When you plug in your iPhone, the familiar “ding” tells you the phone is charging. If you — or your roommate — would prefer not to hear the “ding,” you can mute your phone first.

Or … you can open the camera app. When the camera app is open and you plug in your phone, there is no “ding.”

I have no idea why.

Internet Connected Devices

Your modem and router together provide wireless internet service in your house. Years ago these were two separate boxes; now they are combined into one box — the one with the flashing lights — provided by your network service provider. (At The Landings you either have AT&T or Comcast). If you get a new modem/router or change network providers, you will need to “introduce” all of your internet-dependent devices to the new modem one at a time.

All of them? 

Yes.

How many do I have?

Probably more than you think. Don’t forget these:

  • Computers
  • Cell phones
  • Tablets
  • Smart watches
  • Printers
  • Smart televisions
  • Streaming TV players (Apple TV, Roku)
  • Wireless music systems (Sonos)
  • “Smart home” devices (Alexa, Echo)
  • “Smart home” controllers for security systems, thermostats, locks, lights, cameras, etc.

In the Settings menu of each device, identify your new network name and enter the new password. Until you do this successfully, your device(s) will not work as intended.

Suggestion: make a list of all of your Wi-Fi connected devices so if you get a new modem, you won’t forget any of them.

Wi-Fi Calling

Do you have to stand outside your house to use your cell phone because your cell service inside is weak?

If so — and you’d prefer to stay inside — set your phone to make calls using your strong home Wi-Fi internet service rather than your weak cellular service. This is called “Wi-Fi Calling.” (If the cell service inside your house is fine, you don’t need to turn on Wi-Fi Calling.)

To turn on Wi-Fi Calling on your iPhone:
Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling > Wi-Fi Calling on this Phone (slide to on) > Enable.

To turn on Wi-Fi Calling on your Android Phone:
Home Screen > Apps > Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi On (if it’s not already) > More connection settings > Wi-Fi Calling > On.

You may also be asked to enter your local address. Apparently emergency services cannot detect your location if you call 911 using Wi-Fi the way it can when it bounces off a cell tower. So, enter your address.

To learn more about Wi-Fi Calling for your specific cell phone carrier, go to your carrier’s website.

Internet Forms

How annoying it is to think of a new password, enter it, and then have the site tell you it doesn’t meet its criteria? Only after you don’t include enough capital letters, enter too few characters, or fail to include a symbol, does the site reveal its acceptable password criteria. Very frustrating.

So, when a form does try to assist you, don’t miss it.

I’m referring specifically to entering a date: your birthday, credit card expiration, airline travel, mail stop, etc. Sometimes there is a tumbler feature or a calendar that allows you to click your information, but often there is a box and a blinking cursor, daring you to enter acceptable information.

If so, look for clues. If you see “mm/dd/yyyy” in or near the box, the site developer is asking you to enter a two-digit month, two-digit day, and four-digit year. If you enter any other iteration of the date — even if it’s the correct date — the form will most likely reject the information. You can enter 6/4/18, but if 06/04/2018 is required, you could get an error message. (And if the site does not instruct clearly, it may not explain corrections clearly either, leaving you to wonder what the problem is.)

Even when you get a clue, the information can still be misleading. Note image above asking for one thing and giving you a different example.

If an internet-based form gives you the clues you need, heed them. Or at least try to.