Monthly Archives: September 2015

(Tech) Support Yourself!

woman typing Computers, smartphones and tablets have become commonplace in just about every aspect of daily life for Americans. Even though these tools have become an essential part of everyday activities, many people are unable to solve some of the most basic issues they experience. With a little help from our technicians, you can learn a few helpful tips and tricks to troubleshoot your basic computer issues.

Restart Your Device

The first step that anyone experiencing an issue with their computer or tablet should take to remedy their issue is to restart their device. While restarting your computer, take a moment to install any updates. Regularly installing updates helps keep your computer running efficiently by providing bug fixes and performance upgrades.

Slow Computers

There are several potential causes of a slow computer. The first step towards improving your electronic device’s speed is to verify the cause of the slowdown. Many times, people mistakenly believe the source of their computer’s slow speed is the device itself. However, your broadband connection can be the culprit for slow-loading and buffering videos and websites.

You can determine if your machine is the root of your slow loading times by checking the available space on your hard drive. If your hard drive is being fully utilized, your device’s performance will decline. Clearing a some space on your hard drive can help improve your computer’s speed and loading times.

To determine if your broadband connection is the issue causing slow loading speed, you can use various free internet broadband speed tests such as speedtest.net. Your speeds should be at least half of your internet provider’s advertised speed.

How to Keep Your Phone Space Free

taking picture with cell phoneIf you have ever encountered a message on your phone that says you have no more free space, you know exactly how important it is to keep your number of applications and pictures to a minimum. Our devices give us instant access to all forms of media: having to stop and clear space is contrary to the speed of our technology and leaves us feeling frustrated. Here we have a few tips to help keep your phone space clear.

  1. Too many pictures. A common mobile photography strategy is to take many captures of the same shot – while this helps you secure the perfect shot, it will also leave you with lots of extra duplicates. Be sure to delete any extras as soon as you take them. Eventually, you will need to upload your pictures to your computer or to an online storage service and wipe the pictures from your phone clean.
  2. Too much music. Consider switching to an online music streaming service to channel your tunes. Some of these services allow you to create playlists of your favorite songs, so you are able to listen to exact music you would if your songs were stored on your phone.
  3. Too many apps. Apps can take up huge chunks of phone space. Whether you downloaded more games over the summer, or you have shopping apps for the holiday season, deleting apps can be a quick and easy fix to a storage space problem.

If your phone is unprecedentedly slow or is experiencing problems, call our tech experts today at (631) 517-0021!