Do you feel that technology has left you behind?

Technology has altered how we do everyday activities in our lives, and it can sometimes seem like too much is changing at once.

To help you stay on top of these changes, here are a few basic quick guides with tips to the technologies you probably use the most.


Smartphone Quick Guide

When it comes to smartphones, you essentially have a working computer in your hands now. You can make calls, send emails, manage your calendar, and many other things.

In learning how to use your smartphone, you first need to determine whether you have an iOS or Android operating system.

Once you have determined your operating system, you can begin learning how to use your smartphone. Each of these operating systems have the same functions, but they look markedly different. No matter the type of phone, you are using applications, also known as apps, to complete tasks. You can check Facebook through the Facebook app, or you can send emails through the Mail app.

Texting can be complicated sometimes – especially with Autocorrect. This function is designed to help you spell correctly, but it can sometimes be hard to type what you mean. Predictive typing is employed on most smartphones now, and that can lead to some funny sentences if you are proofreading your texts before hitting the send button.

These are just a couple of the important parts of learning how to use your smartphone. For more, there are plenty of manuals and guides available online, like this one.


Computer Quick Guide

Today’s computers are easy to use, but they have more functions than old computers did. That can make using these computers trickier.

No matter what your technology needs, this quick guide will cover the basics you need to know.

All computers still use basic power buttons, but they can be hidden. Look for the power button sign that you are used to, with the incomplete circle and a line in the center.

A hard part of computer use nowadays involves the wide variety of choices you have, especially in using the internet. Everybody uses different browsers, based on their preferences. A few common options include Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

Finding your programs will also vary depending on the type of computer you have.

For Windows users, your operating system will play a role, but typically you can find programs by clicking in the bottom left corner like you used to. For Apple users, programs can be found under “Finder” or by clicking the keyboard button with six squares on it.

With these few quick tips, you should be able to locate any program or information you need easily.


Chip Reader Quick Guide

Though this secure technology has been used in Europe for quite some time, chip readers are relatively new to U.S. customers.

Every store has slightly different systems for their chip readers, but the basics remain the same.

When you are at a store and checking out, look at the card reader while your items are being rung up. A quick glance can tell you if the card reader is a chip reader or a swipe machine.

If it is a chip reader and you have a chip on your card, you will have to insert the card into the machine when your cashier indicates you are ready. Leave the card inserted until either the cashier tells you the transaction was approved or the machine tells you to remove it.

Sometimes, chip readers can be a little touchy. In that situation, you may need to try to insert your card again, or you will need to swipe your card. You will only be charged once, and your card is more secure with the chip.


Online Shopping Quick Guide

When you are online shopping, there are a few basic steps and terminologies that will apply to nearly any site you use.

The first step to online shopping is to decide where you will purchase from. Options typically include Amazon, eBay, or a store’s online site.

Next, use the search bar available on most sites, represented by a magnifying glass, to find the item you are looking to purchase.

When you find a satisfactory product, simply click on it, and then click “Add to Cart.” Your cart is where your purchases will go to wait for you until you are ready to checkout. When that time comes, click on “My Cart,” often listed near the search bar. From your cart, click “Checkout,” and then enter your payment and shipping information.

Online shopping can be quick, easy, and most of all, convenient.


Make Use of Quick Guides to Make Using Technologies Much Easier

Technology like these four categories is relatively new. They are also changing more quickly than most people are comfortable with. That’s why quick guides like these exist, so you can be informed and ready when you need to be.

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