How to Go Paperless with Your Smartphone

 

Most smartphone users are not aware of what they can do with their smartphones and tablets. Apart from using your iPhone for Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook you can also use it for more productivity-related activities. In the digital era, it’s a pity you don’t contribute to saving environment and go paperless. On the top of that, not only will you contribute to saving the environment but you will also save time and complete daily tasks more efficiently.

Track your expenses

No matter how old are you and what is your job occupation, you certainly have to be responsible when it comes to money management and to track your expenses. The best way to do that is to scan receipts and store them somewhere in your phone or a computer. With Image to Excel app you can even convert the image of a receipt to Excel and organize your spendings more neatly. Once you download the app from itunes or google play store or a and open it, just open the Gallery or take a photo directly. The image of a receipt will be converted to Excel and you will need to open it in any Excel viewer to edit the converted document.

Save time on retyping

Next time you want to save a recipe, no need to retype the whole recipe from scratch when you can snap a photo of it and even convert it to Word for further editing. You can capture any kind of a paper document and get a digital and editable form of it. In situations when you need to save the information from a cork-board, don’t think of retyping any more.

Send a Fax with Your Phone

Fax machines are a matter of the past- clean your office space and use your smartphone to capture a document you want to fax, edit it with Image to Word app and then send it over via email. No matter where you are, you can always stay productive and organized if you take advantage of your iPhone or a smartphone.

There are probably even more situations and examples of saving the environment by going paperless. We would like to hear them all, so don’t hesitate and contribute with the examples by leaving a comment below.

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How to free up storage space on iOS devices

free up storage space on iOS devices

Are you a digital nomad?

 

Imagine going on a trip to a breathtaking destination and realizing that your iPhone has run out of space so you cannot store your travel photos. Your first reaction to this frustrating situation may be to uninstall apps and delete previous photos, but there are more efficient methods of freeing up storage space in your iOS devices.

 

Managing iOS Storage Space

 

When you make your travel planning checklist, remember to check how your storage situation looks for your iPad or iPhone prior to your departure. You can accomplish this by tapping Settings, followed by General and Storage.

Pay attention to the top two metrics, which reflect local Storage: Used and Available. The bottom figures reflect iCloud storage, which will come in handy later. For now, you should tap on Manage Storage and look at the installed apps and the space they occupy. If you can connect your iPhone or iPad to a desktop or laptop running iTunes, you can click on Settings to view your storage situation.

 

Moving Files to the Cloud

 

If your iCloud available storage quota shows a good amount of free space, you may want to activate the option to store your Camera Rolls here by tapping on Settings, iCloud, Photos, and finally Optimize iPhone Storage. By doing this, your pictures and videos you made on the road will be reduced in terms of file size locally and sent to iCloud in full resolution.

You may also wish to use another cloud service such as Dropbox or Google Photos. If you have time to purchase a subscription before your trip, install the cloud storage app and activate the option make an immediate backup of all files and delete local files. If you use your iPhone or iPad for work, you may have lots of documents taking up storage; in this case, you can install a dedicated cloud app such as CometDocs.

free up storage space on iphone

Deleting Old Messages

 

Most iOS versions store text and multimedia messages indefinitely. You can override this feature by tapping Settings, Messages, and Keep Messages. Choose the option to store them for 30 days to delete the backlog.

Managing Offline Data

Whilst traveling it is not always sure to have reliable WiFi and mobile data plans but as long as you can enjoy some, you may want to disable the offline podcast and reading list option in Safari.

Clearing the Browser Cache

Safari is known to be a hog in terms of caching items for improving browsing experience. Clearing this cache is easy; tap Settings, Safari and Clear History and Website Data.

 

Resetting the Device

If you do not usually reset your iPhone or iPad, doing so could free up quite a few megabytes of RAM and iOS cache. You can do this by pressing down on the power and home buttons simultaneously for longer than 10 seconds. Once you see the Apple logo on the touchscreen, you will know that your device will reset.

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How to edit screenshots on iPad

Smartphone and tablet users probably know the perks of using a screenshot. It is a simple way to capture a piece of information that you need to forward to someone or to keep it for yourself. When using various applications, it may often happen that some technical issues arise and you need to contact tech support. That’s when screenshots come in handy. Then, when you want to forward your texting communication to the third person,  it takes less time just to snap a screen to save messages and not to copy and paste them. Next time when you get a high score in a game you play, don’t forget to take a screenshot as well.

 

Taking screenshots cannot be easier, just press and hold the Sleep button on the top or side of your iPad device and then press the Home button. Screenshots are automatically saved in Photos, Albums, in Camera Roll folder with other photos. However, there will be times when you will need to edit a screenshot. For instance, you took a screenshot of some email communication but you don’t want to disclose all the info. In such situations you should use an app that can edit screenshots directly or at least turn them from image file formats to Word or any other editable format.

 

If you need to edit images in .docx format, there is an app for that- Image to Word. Image to Word converter is a mobile app that works with iPhones and iPads. This mobile app converts image file formats, even screenshots into an editable Word document. In order to edit a screenshot on iPad, you will need Image to Word and any app that views and edits .docx files, such as Microsoft Office, Libre Office, Office Suite etc.

edit screenshots

 

The first step is to open the app and to access your Photos folder to choose a screenshot you wish to edit. As soon as you have chosen the right screenshot, conversion will start. When the image (screenshot) is converted to .docx, the conversion result will show up within the app.

 

To edit a converted file, tap on the file and then on the Share button. Choose an appropriate application from the Open in menu, such as Microsoft Word and start editing a screenshot.

 

Image to Word app works with all types of image file formats so you don’t need to worry what format is your screenshot. When you upload a screenshot for conversion, it is sent to the conversion servers and nothing is done on your phone. In other words, you will transform your image screenshot into an editable .docx file without draining your battery.

 

Next time you want to send a screenshot to someone, remember that you can edit it as well and change parts of the screenshot you don’t want to be seen.

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iPhone Apps for Millennials

iphone apps for millennials

 

87% of millennials never separate themselves from mobile devices, mainly smartphones. According to the app usage statistics from 2015, the app that millennials use the most is Facebook. If you are a millennial on the lookout for some fresh apps or you just want to be trendy as millennials, check out these iPhone apps for different occasions:

Investing Apps

Stash Invest teaches you how to invest and to develop smart habits in trading. There are 30 investment themes to choose from and build your own portfolio. Stash secures your bank account and prevents unauthorised bank account access. It is free the first three months and after that there is a flat one-dollar charge.

Robinhood is an app perfect for every millennial interested in investment. With this app you can buy and sell stocks for free, no trading charges are included. You can track the stock market in real-time, and have up-to-date info on stock quotes.

Finance Apps

Image to Excel behaves like a scanner app that take photos of your paper documents and transform them into editable. xslx format. It can be very handy when you want to reuse your old invoices or other financial documents. What’s more it also converts screenshots and regular image files to Excel.

Venmo is a personal finance app and debt manager. It takes care of your personal debts and prevent you from losing track of your cash flow. It is very convenient for college students to make sure you know when is your turn to buy dinner to your friends.

Productivity Apps

SwiftKey Keyboard is a time-saving app especially for those millennials who text a lot. Believe it or not, the app learns your writing style and predicts the text you write. Not only can it edit your typos but it also makes your typing hassle-free. It shows the predicted text and emoticons so you don’t need to type the whole sentences.

Cut Paste Photos Pro is an app for image editing. You can cut parts of different images and merge them into one. It saves newly edited images to your Camera Roll. This app has some necessary editing options such as rotating, cropping, flipping, scaling, duplicating.

Travelling Apps

Hoper – Airfare Predictions is a flight analyser and adviser that gives you tips on flight prices and actually predicts the price changes. This app is convenient for every travel junkie and especially for young millennials who have a tight budget. No matter if you travel for work or leisure, by using Hoper you will know what is the best time to buy an air-plane ticket.

Maps.me is an offline map viewer that also gives directions and it navigates you even when you are not online. It works almost everywhere on the globe and what is most important you don’t get charged when you are in roaming. Maps are of small size so you don’t need to worry about your phone memory. In addition to that, the app offers millions of points of interest so you can search for gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, and more.

Unordinary Apps

Castro – Play and Share Podcasts is an ideal app for broadcast enthusiasts. If you like listening to informational podcasts and news, you will never miss a podcast again. The app sends you all the podcast shows directly into your inbox and on the top of that, you can add the podcasts you like in a queue and save them for later listening.

Timehop is your trip down memory lane. It works similarly as Facebook option to share memories but this app pulls out the photos from all the apps you are logged into. Apart from Facebook photos. It also grabs your photos from Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare and your iPhone. So every single day, the app shows you some of your old photos and makes you remember all these important things you might forget in these hectic days.

 

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How to Translate a PDF on a Mobile Device

How many languages do you know? No matter what is the number, it may happen once in a while that you happen upon a document in a foreign language you are not familiar with. Of course, if the document in question is important it’s better you hire a translation agency. On the other hand, if you just need to translate a product manual or description, or u a user guide of some service, there is no need to spend money because there is a way to do it for free. Actually, there are a lot of ways to translate a file when you are working on a computer, but do you know how to translate a file on a mobile device?

With increasing usage of mobile phones and tablets, there is a need to find alternative for any kind of task you can do on a computer. Unfortunately, there are no alternatives for all things you can do on a computer, but you can still finish some tasks on the go.

Here you will learn how to quickly translate a PDF file on a mobile device. Since there are two platforms, Apple store and Google Play store, we will show you both ways.

 

How to Translate a PDF on iPhone or iPad

The first step is to download PDF to Word app and convert your PDF file to editable .docx file.

The app is free and it can also convert scanned PDF documents. Once you have installed the app on your device, open the file you want to translate and click on the share button. Then access PDF to Word app via Open in menu. The converted file will appear in the app, like shown below.

pdf to word

After your file is converted, open it in MS Word or any other mobile app that views MS Office files, such as MS Office Suite, Libre Office etc. Tap on the text and select the part you want to translate. Tap again on Copy cloud like presented on the image below.

ms word for ios

 

Then open Google Translate app and paste the text there. Choose the language that you need and that’s it. You will see the translation instantly.

translate a pdf on ipad

 

How to Translate a PDF File on Android

If you have an Android phone or tablet, you actually need to install the same apps mentioned app: PDF to Word, Ms Office (or any other Office viewer), Google Translate. Only the first step is bit different but let’s take a closer look at the whole procedure:

 

Download PDF to Word for Android and open the app. Then tap on + button to add a file you wish to convert and eventually translate. The file will be converted and available for use in one hour (if you use free version) or in 15 minutes, if you are subscribed. There is no difference in conversion quality however.

pdf to word for android

Again, you need an MS office viewer to open the file and copy the text the same way it is explained for iOS.

ms word for android

In the end, head over to Google Translate app and paste the copied text to get the needed translation.

translate a pdf on android

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