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How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Your Android phone’s NFC hardware is for more than just transferring content and using mobile payments. You can buy cheap, programmable NFC tags and have your phone automatically perform actions when you touch them.

For example, you could place NFC tags on your bedside table, near your front door, in your car, and on your desk at work. Tapping your phone against them or placing it down on them could automatically select device settings that makes sense in that location.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need just two things for this. First, you’ll need an Android phone with NFC hardware in it — and most Android phones will now offer that. Lower-end Android phones may not include NFC hardware to keep costs low. You can perform a web search for your model of phone and “NFC” or just open its Settings screen. You’ll find the NFC option under more Wireless & networks options. Obviously, the NFC hardware must be enabled for everything else here to work.

Second, you’ll need programmable NFC tags. Search for NFC tags on a site like Amazon.com and you’ll find them available for a fairly low price. Some manufacturers make their own, branded ones — but you don’t need tags made by your Android phone’s manufacturer.

These tags don’t have batteries in them, but they do have a bit of memory. When you place your phone’s NFC reader near them, the NFC reader provides power to the tag, and can read the data from the tag. The tags are programmable, so you can write whatever data you want into the tag from your phone.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Programming the Tags

You’ll now need an app that can program the tags. Android doesn’t include one, but you can search for “nfc tags” on Google Play to find a lot of apps that can handle this for you — including free ones. For example, the NFC Tools app will let you write data to a tag and read the data already on tags.

Install such an app, open it, and choose the data you’d like to write to a tag. You may be able to lock a tag so it can’t be reprogrammed, which may be good if you’re leaving that tag in a public area. However, that means you will never be able to change the data on the tag in the future, so don’t use this option unless you have a good reason to.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Afterwards, you can tap the tag against the NFC reader on the back of your phone, and it’ll copy that data to the tag’s memory. Place the tag in a convenient location for the action you chose.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Using the Tags

Next, you’ll need an app that will respond to the tags. For example, if you used NFC Tools to write data to your tags, you can install the NFC Tasks app. When your phone reads an NFC tag you’ve written instructions to, the NFC Tools app will read the instructions from that NFC tag and perform them.

You can then just place the tags somewhere convenient. Place them on a table, and then place your phone on them when you want to perform the action. Fasten them to a wall near a door if you want to tap your phone against a tag when you leave or enter an area. It’s up to you what you want to use these tags for. The uses are practically endless.

For example, if you regularly need to set an hour-long timer when you do your laundry, you can program an NFC tag to start an hour-long timer and place it next to your laundry machine. Set your phone down on that tag or tap it and it’ll start the laundry rimer. If you regularly pair your phone with a Bluetooth keyboard, you could affix an NFC tag to the back of the keyboard and tap your phone against it to automatically go through the Bluetooth pairing process.

Or, you can set up a tag with your Wi-Fi details, and guests can just tap their phones against the NFC tag to connect to your Wi-Fi network without locating it and entering a passcode. They would need an appropriate app installed on their phone to do this, however.

Apple’s iPhone 6 does have NFC hardware, but apps can’t use it — it’s currently just for Apple Pay. Future software updates might allow you to do more with it, but you can’t right now. Windows Phone does have some support for this as well, so iPhone users are the only ones left out right now.

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The NFC hype isn’t what it once was, but it’s still a handy feature you should take advantage of, or at least get to know. How does NFC work, and how do you use it? We’ll walk you through how to use it, as well as everything else you need to know about it.

Editor’s note: All instructions in this post were created using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 12. Keep in mind steps may differ depending on your specific smartphone and Android version.

What is NFC?

The name for the technology gives away how it works. NFC stands for “Near Field Communication.” You have two NFC-capable devices or accessories, and they can communicate with each other if they are close to each other (i.e., “near” each other’s “fields”). Communication occurs via radio frequencies.

NFC is mainly marketed as a payment method in the mobile scene, but it can also be used for other purposes. You can learn more about the technology in the article linked below. Continue reading if you want to learn how to use it for different tasks.

Do you have NFC?

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

It’s now hard to find a phone without this feature, as it’s now a standard. You can even find it on most budget phones, but there are some ways to double-check if you aren’t sure.

Older phones made it more obvious, as this was a hot feature only some devices had. Some had NFC labeling, usually found somewhere in the back of the device. You would also see “Near Field Communication” printed on the battery on certain Samsung phones, but nowadays, you don’t ever see the battery. Things have changed.

Sony is one of the very few manufacturers still labeling NFC capabilities. You’ll see the N-Mark on the back of some devices, the official symbol indicating that the device has Near Field Communication. The N-Mark also shows the exact location of the chip.

Alternatively, you can skip all of the hardware fiddling and check your phone’s settings.

How to find out if your Android phone has NFC:

  1. On your Android device, open the Settings.
  2. Select Connected devices.
  3. Tap on Connection preferences.
  4. You should see NFC options.
  5. If the option is there, the phone has the feature.

Activating NFC

If your device has NFC, you might need to activate the chip first. Sometimes it comes dormant by default, so look into the settings to make sure.

How to activate NFC on Android:

  1. On your Android device, open the Settings app.
  2. Select Connected devices.
  3. Tap on Connection preferences.
  4. You should see the NFC option. Hit it.
  5. Toggle the Use NFC option on.

Android Beam is dead!

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

We haven’t talked about sharing photos, videos, contacts, and other files using NFC, and that’s because Android no longer supports this feature. The feature was called Android Beam, and it used multiple communication tools for transferring files.

Android Beam died with the release of Android 10, and has since been replaced by Nearby Share. This tool is more similar to Apple’s AirDrop. It can transfer files to devices within close proximity, entirely wirelessly. Nearby Share starts the connection using your location and Bluetooth. Depending on what you’re sharing, it will pick between Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, WebRTC, or Wi-Fi to share the file.

As you can see, NFC is no longer part of the equation, so you can’t officially use it to share files, photos, content, apps, and other files. This is sad, considering this was one of the coolest ways to utilize NFC.

Pay with your phone!

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

No matter how common and how long the feature has been around, paying with your phone still makes us feel like we’re living in the future. This feature relies heavily on NFC communications, and it’s likely what most people have used it for since the death of Android Beam.

There are quite a few mobile payment solutions, with the most popular ones being Google Pay and Samsung Pay. There’s also Apple Pay, but the service doesn’t work with Android devices. LG Pay was another option, but it was discontinued in 2021.

To make payments with your phone, you first need to sign up for one of the payment methods available. Samsung Pay is only compatible with Samsung devices, while Google Pay works on handsets running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher. You can start making payments at supported retailers when you set up the app and enter your payment details. Check the guides linked below to learn how to use each service fully.

Using NFC tags

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Apart from mobile payments, using NFC tags is a great way to take advantage of this technology. You can use these to automate specific tasks when you tap on them with your smartphone’s NFC chip. It’s also possible to use tags to sign into a Wi-Fi network, obtain business information, control smart lights, access a website, and much more. You can get creative, too. Imagine walking into an office and tapping your phone on an NFC tag at the door. You can set this tag to unlock your smart lock, turn on the lights, activate the AC, turn Wi-Fi on, and get your smart coffee maker started.

An NFC tag is an unpowered chip, small enough to be embedded in items such as posters, movie passes, business cards, medication bottles, stickers, wristbands, key fobs, pens, hang tags, and more. This means it’s easy to stick them around any business or living area. You can dig deeper into the technology in the post linked right below.

You’ll need an NFC tag-writing app to set up the tags, such as the Trigger app. Once programmed, you can tap any NFC-enabled device on the tag and take advantage of its benefits. Trigger can interact with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Audio, display, alarms, calendars, social networks, navigation, Tasker tasks, and more.

The technology exists, it's just a huge issue that many stores don't want to invest money to offer this service yet. I really hope this will change soon.

I agree. This is that article summed up "Turn off wifi in the car. Turn off wifi in the office. Turn off wifi when you go to bed."

I get it, with NFC I can turn off wifi pretty easily.

I agree. I never want wifi disabled, i don't use bluetooth in the car, I don't frequently use nav. I'm having a very hard time figuring out what to do with these tags I have laying around.

Here in Australia the technology exists in stores, but Google Wallet isn't supported here and there are no banking apps that make proper use of NFC.

Paywave and Paypass have taken off in a big way (all of our major supermarkets and most of our department stores have NFC readers) but I think it's our banking regulations that are somehow preventing Google Wallet here.

A lot of 7elevenns have nfc

I've been paying for coffee from 7/11 and Wawa with my phone pretty regularly.

Agree I'd love to see some more uses. The best use so far is at work we have nfc tags on all the computer we ship out for training and it contains all the info we need to know whenever we get them back in (amazing when you have 8+ identical looking computers next to each other).

In london mosy places accept barclaycard payments via NFC for up to £10

There isn't enough demand for it, except by a tiny vocal minority from places like r/android.

Alarm Clock NFC. I HATE getting out of bed before the sun is up, but my job requires it. Most phone alarms have a swipe to snooze and that became an almost automated response for me. Now I have an NFC tag in my bathroom that I have to swipe with my phone to shut the alarm off. I curse the damn thing all the way to the bathroom, but it works like a charm. I'm going on 4 weeks of being on time for work. Even if this is the only functionality I ever get out of NFC, it has changed my daily routine.

This is genius. Downloading now. I have a timeliness problem. I'll be cursing you all the way to the bathroom tomorrow but for now I'll thank you.

Sleep as an droid is much more robust! It includes sleep tracking!

Does that app work for you? I uninstalled because it wouldn't work some days.

I remember hearing about a version of this that used a QR code. Anyone have a link?

Just wanted to share for those who may not have seen it yet.

[place number 11: Bathroom Task: WiFi, Media Vol:10, Ringtone 0, Google Chrome, Incognito Tab] (http://l.yimg.com/ck/image/A2270/2270082/300_2270082.png)

I thought having a boner must help people poop when I was a kid.

My favorite use:

Living in the city, I park in a different spot every day. So instead of forgetting where I park, I have a tag on my keychain and one in my car.

When I park, I tap the one in the car, it saves the GPS tag.

When I want to find my car, tap the one on my keychain and it shows where I parked on a map.

I love NFC & Tasker

If you have a car profile in Tasker, an easy way to do this is just to "Add Exit Task" where your car exit task contains the location storage logic. Now you don't have to worry about forgetting! I do this and it works great!

Is the bank balance via SMS?

How do I set this sort of thing up?

10 Ways? Seems more like 1 use case (reconfigure your phone based on location/activity) beaten to death. I was in rather high hopes to find something more creative . like instructions for a party game that involves carrying data around or something.

You a programmer by any chance? That actually seems like a pretty cool game waiting to happen. Maybe something in a "story so far" type of thing where you touch your phone to the tag, you get the last X amount of characters in an ongoing story . then you add Y characters and write the story back out. After the story reaches a certain number of entries, the story is complete and anybody tapping the tag gets the whole story beginning to end. Now go stick the tag, with some quick instructions printed on a card to go with it, on a wall in a coffee shop somewhere. Then come back in a week.

Or a variation on that – write a story. Store the entire story on the tag. But the tag and its associated app will only unveil the story at a certain pace, so you have to come back next week to get the next chapter.

Or a scavenger hunt – stick tags all over town. Each tag unveils information about where to find the next one.

Or how about a party game? Everybody gets a tag. Everybody uses the app to write something out to the tag. Then the tags are thrown into a pile. Then you pick a tag, touch it and have your phone read you what was written, then you have to guess whose tag it is and give it back to the person. That person taps the tag to her phone, and either dings or buzzes depending on your successful guess.

Programming an NFC tag from your NFC-capable Android device is extremely easy and can lend itself to some very useful scenarios.

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It’s starting to look like NFC tags are going to be all the rage soon.

Between Sony and rumors of Apple working with MasterCard, NFC is going to go mainstream. So why wait? If you already have an NFC-capable device, you can start using NFC around your home or office, and have fun with it while you’re at it.

To program an NFC tag, you will need an Android device with NFC capabilities. You will also need some NFC tags, which appear to be nothing more than a sticker on the outside, as well as an app that allows you to write to the tags.

I bought some tags from a vendor on Amazon, where you can find plenty of tags for a reasonable price. Make sure you buy preformatted tags; doing so will ensure you avoid any issues with formatting. As for the Android app, I’m using NFC Task Launcher. You can find it in the Android Market for $1.99.

Make sure to watch the above video to see a quick demo of creating a tag that toggles your device’s Wi-Fi state. This would come in handy if the tag was placed next to your front door, or wherever you normally sat down your phone as you get home from work. Tapping the tag would then turn on your device’s Wi-Fi, allowing it to connect to your home network. Similarly, you could then tap your device on the same tag as you are leaving the house to turn Wi-Fi off.

There is much, much more that can be done with NFC tags and your device. This is just scratching the surface. Over the coming days and weeks I will go through some creative uses, as well as just some extremely handy uses of NFC and NFC tags. If you have an idea, or are currently using a setup similar to this, feel free to share in the comments below!

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Near field communication (NFC) makes it possible to exchange information between smartphones and other smart devices quickly. Uses for NFC on Android phones include file sharing, contactless payment systems, and programmable NFC tags.

The information below applies to any Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, or other manufacturers.

Share Content With Other Android Devices

With programs like Nearby Share (an AirDrop competitor introduced by Google), it’s possible to share pictures, videos, web pages, contact information, and other types of data with others nearby. For example, share a photo after it’s snapped or exchange contact information at a networking event without having to search for a pen. Nearby Share replaced Android Beam, which has been deprecated.

Pay With Your Smartphone at the Register With Android Pay

In a contactless payment system, customers swipe their smartphones instead of pulling out their credit cards at the cash register. With NFC enabled, you can store your credit card information in Google Pay or Samsung Pay and swipe your smartphone during checkout. Credit card companies have gotten into the game with Mastercard PayPass and Visa payWave.

Program NFC Tags

NFC tags are small unpowered NFC chips that can be programmed to do specific things when swiped. For example, program these devices to do simple actions such as activate wireless tethering, launch apps depending on your location, dim the phone screen at bedtime, turn off notifications, or set alarms and timers. You can also set up more complicated processes such as booting your PC.

Programming an NFC tag is easy, and you’ll need to download an app to do so. Many apps are available in the Google Play Store, such as NFC Tools and NFC TagWriter. You can also use an NFC tag on your business card so that new contacts can save your information in a snap.

Share Your Wi-Fi Network Via NFC

When you have guests over, don't give them your Wi-Fi password. Instead, use an NFC tag to share it. This method is more secure since your guests won't know the password.

Your guests must install a free NFC reader app, such as NFC Reader, on their smartphones to use your NFC tags.

There are many ways to program your NFC tags. If you want to do generic actions like – text, open certain URL, toggle system settings, etc, you can use apps like NFC tools. It’s free and easy to use for simple stuff. However, since we are talking about programming NFC tags, in this article, I’ll program my NFC tag to automate my morning and night routine.

For example, I have programmed one of my NFC tags to the night-morning mode and placed it near my bed. So every day when I go to bed I don’t have to worry about setting up my phone to sleep mode. All I need to do is just tap my phone on the NFC tag and everything is automatically set. Here’s how it look.

Night – Disable WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and open my journal app (I prefer to log my daily diet, and what I did during the day in my goal tracking app Goqii).

Morning – Enable, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS. And also give me a reminder to drink water and open my Workout app, so that I prepare for my Gym schedule accordingly. Also, it reminds me to have my pre-workout meal.

This is a small use case of NFC tags in life but there are many other awesome things you can do, depending on how creative you are.

You’ll Need

  • NFC tags
  • NFC enables smartphones
  • Apps to program for example trigger

Program NFC Tags on Android

There are many applications in the play store which lets you program NFC, but my favorite is Trigger as it is free, easy to use, and offer a lot of suggested template such as – save time when driving, silence my phone while I sleep, etc.

The app works in two parts – trigger and actions. Trigger as the name suggest, is what starts the action, in this case, the trigger will be bringing the phone near NFC tags, and actions will be toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.

Follow the simple steps to program NFC chips

1. Download and install Trigger from Play Store.

2. After launching the application, we need to create a new Task. Go to ‘My Task’ and tap on small plus icon at the bottom right.

3. In the next window ‘Add a Trigger’ tap on ‘NFC’ as a trigger.

4. Once selected click on’ Next’ to Configure NFC task.

5. In the next step, you can fine-tune the trigger by adding restrictions (like date, time, Wi-Fi, etc). However, this is optional, if you want to trigger actions each time you tap on NFC, you can skip this step by tapping on ‘Done’.

6. Now, you need to choose the action you want to perform once your phone comes in contact with NFC tag. This is where all the magic happens. To get started, tap on ‘Next’.

In the next screen, you will see various options – Wireless & Networks, Bluetooth, Display, Social Media, Application, etc.

For this instance, follow these steps.

  • Wireless & Networks > WiFi On/Off – check
  • Wireless & Networks > GPS On/Off – check (requires root)
  • Bluetooth > Bluetooth On/Off – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Open Applications – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Speak Text – check

A new popup window will open, configure the following actions

  • WiFi On/Off – Disable
  • GPS On/Off – Disable
  • Bluetooth On/Off – Disable
  • Open Application – Goqii
  • Speak Text – ‘Remember to stay hydrated’

Once done tap on Next and in the next screen, give your task a name, and tap on Next.

Next, select the switch task that will get a Triggered in the morning, the process is pretty much the same. Tap on the plus icon on the top and repeat the following actions. Let’s call it ‘Morning Mode’.

  • Wireless & Networks > WiFi On/Off – check
  • Wireless & Networks > GPS On/Off – check (requires root)
  • Bluetooth > Bluetooth On/Off – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Open Applications – check
  • Applications & Shortcuts > Speak Text – check

A new popup window will open, configure the following actions

  • WiFi On/Off – Enable
  • GPS On/Off – Enable
  • Bluetooth On/Off – Enable
  • Open Application – Fitvate
  • Speak Text – ‘Remember pre-workout meal’

Once you are satisfied with changes, tap on ‘Add to tasks’ and give the task a name like ‘Morning Mode’ and tap on Done.

Bring the NFC tag near the back of your phone. All the information will get written on the tags instantaneously.

Lets put it to test.

To copy NFC tag or erase its data, tap on the hamburger icon on the top left and select ‘Other NFC Actions’.

Now you can use this tag with any NFC enabled device. However, unless you are doing a generic action like – text, open certain URL, toggle system settings, etc, you will need to install the trigger app on each phone you want to use to carry out complex actions as we have seen above.

Program NFC Tags in Windows

Nokia NFC Writer is the most popular for writing NFC tags on Windows Phone. However, this was the only application I could find even though I was not impressed by its performance.

If you can also write your NFC chip from your Windows PC with the help of GoTo tags. However, you will need to buy an additional NFC reader and writer to read/write NFC tags to your PC.

How to program NFC tags on the iPhone

iPhone 6 and above are all equipped with NFC but you couldn’t use the hardware to write NFC tags, until iOS 13. If you use an iPhone 7 or above and it’s running iOS 13 or above then you can easily write custom NFC tags. You can check out this quick tutorial to create your own NFC tags.

This tutorial was a brief example of how to program an NFC Tags. Obviously, you can do much with your NFC Tags depending on your creativity. How are/will you use NFC Tags? Share with me using the comments below.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

How to use NFC tag with your Android Phone? Setting Alarms: For those of you perpetually late deep sleepers, there’s a special app for creating alarms using NFC called Puzzle Alarm Clock. Its fiendishly simple premise: In order to disarm the alarm, you must tap the phone against a special NFC tag designed to shut the alarm off. Car Mode: One of my most useful NFC tags automatically turns my phone into a car guidance system. The best place to buy NFC tags from is from recycled sources, such as old hotel keys.

Differing forms and technologies: NFC tags can appear in a variety of differing forms, from key chains to credit cards. I prefer using NFC stickers, which contain the basic circuitry needed, in addition to an adhesive side. For example, the Nexus 4 supports the NTAG230 NFC standard, whereas the majority of devices (but not all) use the MIFARE Classic 1K tags. As a matter of fact, NFC chips will be incorporated right into your smartphone’s circuitry.

Virtually all CXJ NFC tags can be read by NFC-enabled devices but some cannot be written to. Other tags may not possess the necessary quantity of writable memory required by some memory intensive applications. They’re cheap and the technology is all over the place, although primarily outside the US. Right now NFC mainly is used to streamline behaviors that you would normally take minutes doing – such as finding and entering a Wi-Fi password, or setting your alarm before going to sleep.

Ultimately, whether or not you get a billionaire’s experience out of NFC hinges entirely on your own creativity. About 20 percent of phones worldwide might have NFC capabilities by 2014 source: Juniper With the widespread reach of NFC phones, NFC tags could one day become as commonplace as bar codes. For example, you could place NFC tags on your bedside table, near your front door, in your car, and on your desk at work.

Or, at your favorite restaurants, you can touch your phone to an NFC tagged menu and voila – you have the entire menu on your phone, along with nutritional information and mouth-watering descriptions of the ingredients in your favorite dishes. First, you’ll need an Android phone with NFC hardware in it — and most Android phones will now offer that. Search for NFC tags on a site like and you’ll find them available for a fairly low price. When you place your phone’s NFC reader near them, the NFC reader provides power to the tag, and can read the data from the tag. For example, the NFC Tools app will let you write data to a tag and read the data already on tags.

Kickstart your NFC project with this simple guide and starter code.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Near-Field-Communication (NFC) isn’t new technology. With the events of Covid 19, there has been a surge in contactless NFC usage as seen by the new trend of mobile payment like Google Pay and Apple Pay. This is similar to its well-known brother, QR codes.

It has come a long way. First used in 1997 for Hasbro Star Wars toys, the now highly accessible tech which currently exists in around 73% of smartphones, is an untapped source for innovation.

Similar to my previous article on installing TF lite for Raspberry Pi, finding useful NFC material was a chore. This is meant to be a quick and clear guide for the general-use cases of NFCs.

Complete Code on my Github: starter code

  • Android Studio — Installation guide here.
  • An Android Phone with NFC capabilities (How to check if I have NFC?)
  • NFC Device (Note: I used an NFC card)

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

We will first detect the NFC device information:
1. NFC id
2. NFC Technologies
3. NFC type (Mifare Classic/Ultralight)
Note: We will be using the Mifare Ultralight C for this guide.

Step 0: AndroidManifest.xml, Allow NFC permissions for our app

Step 1: onCreate, Initialize the NFC adapter and define the Pending Intent

Step 2: onResume(), Enable the Foreground Dispatch to listen for NFC intent (Waiting for NFC card to be tapped)

enableForegroundDispatch allows your current (foreground) activity to intercept our NFC intent and claim priority over all other activities both within the app and other apps.

Step 3: onPause(), Disable the foreground dispatch (Stop listening for NFC tag)

Step 4: onNewIntent(), Process our new NFC Intent (Card detected)

After getting the intent, you have to parse the intent to detect the card: Code here for external helper functions.

These are our NFC Intent filters
nfcAdapter.ACTION_TAG_DISCOVERED — NFC tag discovered.
nfcAdapter.ACTION_TECH_DISCOVERED — NFC tag discovered and activities are registered for the specific technologies on the tag.
nfcAdapter.ACTION_NDEF_DISCOVERED — NFC tag discovered with NDEF payload discovered.

TAG_DISCOVERED is meant to be a fallback if no apps can handle TECH_DISCOVERED and NDEF_DISCOVERED . The same for TECH_DISCOVERED which is meant to be a fallback for NDEF_DISCOVERED .

For our case, we don’t want any filters as such we will be using TAG_DISCOVERED and TECH_DISCOVERED for global detection of the NFC.

Step 5: Helper functions, to detect and parse our NFC Tag Data

Step 6: Compile and Run the app → Go to Logcat/Run

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

From our Mifare Ultralight C NFC Tag specifications: https://www.nxp.com/docs/en/data-sheet/MF0ICU2.pdf

We can only use the 4th to 39th-page address. Each page is 4 bytes, thus, we have at most 140 bytes of storage page.

Since each String letter in UTF-8 takes up around 1 byte, We only at most 140 words to work with assuming that none of our user memory pages are used. In my case, we only had 137 bytes in our card. Some had experimented with gzip to compress this data.

Each readPages reads 4 pages (16 characters/16 bytes).
To read pages 4–12, we have to readPages(4) [pages 4–7] and readPages(8) [pages 8–11] and readPages(12) [pages 12–15]. We would then have to remove the extra 3 pages(12 characters/12 bytes) from our String.

Each writePage writes 1 page(4 characters/4 bytes).

Next, simply change our previous detectTagData(Tag tag).

If you want to be able to read and write your NFC in the background or outside your app, simply add this intent filter in your AndroidManifest.xml.

The idea of global usage is to have NFC presence at anywhere on the phone.

Complete Code on my Github: starter code

From what I have understood so far, an NFC phone will act as an NFC reader which will read data from an NFC tag. Now my question is, can we switch this around? Can we make an Android NFC phone behave as the tag which an NFC reader will get data from?

Thanks for your assistance.

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At this time, I would answer “no” or “with difficulty”, but that could change over time as the android NFC API evolves.

There are three modes of NFC interaction:

Reader-Writer: The phone reads tags and writes to them. It’s not emulating a card instead an NFC reader/writer device. Hence, you can’t emulate a tag in this mode.

Peer-to-peer: the phone can read and pass back ndef messages. If the tag reader supports peer-to-peer mode, then the phone could possibly act as a tag. However, I’m not sure if android uses its own protocol on top of the LLCP protocol (NFC logical link protocol), which would then prevent most readers from treating the phone as an nfc tag.

Card-emulation mode: the phone uses a secure element to emulate a smart card or other contactless device. I am not sure if this is launched yet, but could provide promising. However, using the secure element might require the hardware vendor or some other person to verify your app / give it permissions to access the secure element. It’s not as simple as creating a regular NFC android app.

A real question would be: why are you trying to emulate a simple old nfc tag? Is there some application I’m not thinking of? Usually, you’d want to emulate something like a transit card, access key, or credit card which would require a secure element (I think, but not sure).

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Android Auto recently made its way to phones, eliminating the need for a $1000+ head unit to get its road-friendly features. And while you can set Auto to automatically launch when a specific Bluetooth device (like your car) is connected, what about those who may not have a Bluetooth-enabled car stereo? NFC is the answer.

NFC—or Near Field Communication— is a simple but relatively modern technology that allows phones to communicate wirelessly with just with a tap. Two NFC-equipped phones can send data to each other this way, but it’s more commonly used with NFC “tags”: small programmable chips that make it incredibly easy to share data or launch activities. NFC is also used for Android Pay (and Apple Pay for iOS users). NFC chips are incredibly inexpensive, with bundles of 10-12 usually going for around $8 to $10. That’s a lot of utility for not a lot of money.

One very cool, yet very simple thing you can do to make your life easier is write Android Auto to an NFC tag—an NFC key chain would be great for this—so you can instantly launch it as soon as you get in the car. If you have a dock for your phone, you could even write this data to a tag and stick it to the dock—this way, as soon as you drop your phone in the dock, boom: Auto pops up on the screen.

Once you have your tags in-hand, you’ll need to install an app that can write to the tag. We’ll be using NFC Tools for this tutorial, as it’s easy to use and full-featured.

With the app installed, go ahead and launch it. A tutorial explaining NFC will start—if you’re curious about NFC, read it. It’s helpful! After the tutorial, you’re going to need to erase your tag. Tap the “Other” tab in NFC Tools, then tap the “Erase Tag” option.

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It will start looking for a tag here—just rub the tag around on the back of your phone till it gives some sort of audible notification. The NFC chip is located in different places on different phones, so you may have to fiddle with it a bit before you find yours. Once the tag has been erased, the app will give a notification.

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Now that the tag is clean and ready for data, move over to the “Write” tab. This is where you’ll set everything up to add Android Auto to the tag. Tap the “Add record” button to get started. There are a slew of different options here (all things you can do with NFC!), but you’re looking for one in particular: Application. Find that option (it’s closer to the bottom of the list) and tap it.

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The next screen will prompt you to “Enter your package name,” but I can’t imagine most users know the exact name of what they’re looking for, so instead tap the icon next to the text box. This will launch a list of all the installed applications. Find Android Auto and tap it.

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With Auto selected, tap the “OK” button at the bottom.

Now, you can add more functions here if you’d like. For example, you can have the tag automatically disable Wi-Fi and enable Bluetooth alongside launching Android Auto. Just tap the “Add a record” button to add more functionality. For the sake of this tutorial, however, we’re going to stick with just launching Auto.

With everything set and ready to go, tap the “Write” button. The same dialog from earlier (when you were erasing the tag) will appear. Tap the tag on the phone again. Once again, a notification will show up once it’s finished writing—this will only take a split-second.

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That’s it! Now all you have to do is tap your phone on the tag (with the display on, of course), and Android Auto will launch instantly. Handy!

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Near Field Communication or commonly knows as NFC is a feature provided on smartphones. Many of you might wonder what NFC is? Well, with NFC, smartphones are capable of sending data to other NFC enabled devices by bringing them in contact with each other. With this feature, users can send various types of data like images, music, apps and many other files from one device to another.

Not only this, but NFC is also capable of making payments. Also, it allows programming commands to various NFC tags and read them. NFC also uses Android beam for connecting and sending files to other devices whether phone or tablets. But how does NFC work? Here we are going to show you the methods to use NFC on Android devices to transfer files and other data.

Use NFC To Transfer Files

Well, nowadays most of the smartphones come with NFC chips pre-installed. Here we have used Samsung Galaxy S8 to show you the steps of using the NFC on Android devices. In some of the devices like Sony, you will see the official NFC’s logo on the back of the device, but for other Android devices, you can check in the settings of your device to see whether it has the NFC option or not. So, let’s see how to set up and use NFC.

Step 1

Activate NFC

Go to the Settings of your Android devices and in there select Connections. Inside connections, you will see NFC and payments options tap on it or just switch the toggle button on to activate the NFC. This will activate the NFC and Android beam on the device.

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You can also activate NFC from the notification panel. Draw the notification panel down there you will see the NFC option, you may have to swipe left to get more buttons. After locating it, tap on the NFC logo and it will light up enabling NFC. This option may or may not be available on every device.

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Step 2

After you have activated NFC on your device, do the same on the target device to which you will send the data. After this, on your device open the file, image, webpage, audio etc. that you want to share.

Step 3

Now once the file that you want to send is open, bring both the device closer and touch the back of the devices with each other. Once your device detects the other device, it will notify you with a sound and vibration.

Step 4

The device screen from which you are sending the file will show the text saying Touch to beam. Tap the screen and the and both the device will show the notification of file being transferred. It’s that simple.

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Note: Do not remove or separate the device unless the beaming has started. Once the transfer is complete you will be able to access the sent file on the target device.

NFC Uses

NFC is widely used nowadays to decrease the time and process used in small bits of data or information transfer. There are wide ranges of NFC programmable Tags into which you can add commands. Once the device or any other NFC capable electronics comes in contact with NFC tag, it will run the command or any programme you have embedded in it. For example, activating silent mode, or other key features like sending messages etc. You can use NFC programmable apps to do so.

Now coming to data transfer on Android smartphones via NFC and Android Beam, you can use it to send files like images, videos, music by following the given steps above. Not only this, but you can also share YouTube videos, web pages and Apps from Play Store. Just open the desired YouTube video, webpage on the browser or app in the Play Store and bring the device close to each other.

It will open the video on the YouTube app or any browser available on the target device. And for the Play Store apps and web pages, it will open in the receivers Play Store and Web browsers respectively. At last payments, you can also use NFC to make payments to certain card swiping machines. Just tap your device to the machine at it will read the NFC program for your account or the card with which you are making payments from. Now you can make payments without carrying credit or debit cards just using NFC. Cool, isn’t it?

Wrapping Up

With NFC you can save a lot of time by sending files or making payments on the go. Remember for sending files on tablets or phones both, the sender and receiver should have NFC and both the device should touch each other from the back, then only it will work. Hope you now know what NFC is and how it works. What do you think about NFC? Do let us know in the comments below.

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There is no shortage of Android apps for NFC, some are made for reading and writing NFC tags, while others perform specific tasks like unlocking your smartphone, setting up a smart alarm and sharing WiFi, etc. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the popular NFC apps for Android. Let’s begin.

Android Apps to Use NFC Tags

1. NFC Tools

It’s a simple app which lets you read, write or erase NFC tags.

Once you open the app, you see 4 tabs on the top – Read, Write, Others, Tasks. The Read option lets you read the maker, serial number and type of the tag. With Write option, you can write basic information to the tags like – text, URL, phone number, etc. And taping on ‘Others’, give you advance options such as formatting the card, setting a password, etc.

Overal, if you all you need to do is basic functions, NFC Tools should be sufficient for you.

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2. Trigger

While NFC tools let you perform a single action with your NFC tags, Trigger specializes in tasks that require a chain of action. For example, if I want to toggle WiFi with my NFC tag, I’ll prefer NFC Tools but, if I want to set a night routine on NFC tag that will turn off WiFi, Bluetooth, and then open my journal app, I’ll use Trigger app.

The app works in the principal of IFTTT and tasker. That’s there are two parts – trigger and action. The trigger is when you phone come in contact with NFC tag and action is a series of tasks it does after it.

The best part about Trigger, it also offers plugins and let you integrate your tasks with Tasker which is another automation Android app. Here is a detailed article on how to use the Trigger app to program NFC tags.

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3. Sleep As Android

If you are not a morning person, this is the app you need.

Sleep As Android is a smart alarm app which works with NFC too. You can set an alarm which will only go off by scanning the NFC tags. And then place NFC tags away from your bed like in the bathroom or kitchen. And in the morning when the alarm will turn ON, you will have to get up from your bed and scan the NFC tag to turned it off.

It also provides intelligent sleep tracking using the phone’s sensor, but my favourite feature is that you can also set the app as an admin, so you can’t just close the app to bypass the alarm.

However, the steps to set up the NFC tag with Sleep As Android is buried under settings. To create a new alarm, tap on the three vertical dots next to it. A new window will open, scroll down to Miscellaneous and look for CAPTHA: Stop oversleeping option, tap on it and select NFC tag. From here you can just follow on-screen instructions.

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4. NFC TagWriter by NXP

Developed by the leading NFC hardware manufacture NXP semiconductors, this app comes in handy for tasks like copying and formatting tags.

It is similar to trigger but also offer advance features like viewing the content of the tag, erasing it or writing it permanently with it read-only. If you have lots of QR code lying around that you want to convert into NFC, you can use this to convert QR Codes into NFC data sets.

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5. InstaWifi

InstaWifi helps you share your WiFi password using the NFC tags.

Instead of revealing your WiFi password, simply write it in the NFC tags and stick it near the router. Your guest needs to scan the NFC tag to get WiFi access. Although, this app is only useful when your friends have NFC supported smartphones and have to installed this same app on their smartphones as well.

Alternatively, you can use the QR code feature built-in this app. Your friend can log in by scanning this code from any QR code reader app, which they might already have and if not then they won’t mind it downloading.

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6. NFC TagInfo by NXP

Useful if you want to look into your NFC tags. Similar to NXP tag writer it’s also developed by NXP semiconductor. This app is particularly useful to the developers. Using this app you can analyze complete tag memory layout, identify tag type, manufacturer, how much memory is left in the card and check the NDEF record on it. Check it out if you are an NFC developer.

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7. NFC ReTag

With this app, you can reuse the write protected NFC card. No need to buy new NFC tags for small household purposes if you already have written protected NFC like the metro card, hotel cards, price tags, gift cards, etc.

This is possible because this app doesn’t write anything on the tag itself but remember the tag id of the tags (which is unique like mac address of computers). Using this app you can do small tasks like toggling WiFi, Bluetooth, call a phone number, open an installed app, run Tasker task, etc.

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8. NFC Developer

As the name suggests this application is made for the developers. You can make your own custom NFC task using the onlineNDEF editor from your computer and then write it to your NFC tags by scanning the QR code generated in the computer using this app.

If you are serious developed than I would recommend using the Eclipse plugin to write your custom program instead of online NDEF editor.

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8. Automate

Automate is similar to the previous Trigger app, but even more powerful. If you have use apps such as Tasker, IFTTT, you’ll feel right at home with Automate app. It takes Android automation to the next level.

The app uses flowcharts, and blocks to create complex automation process, which can all be triggered by s simple tap on the NFC tag. It also integrates well with third-party apps and services like a smart bulb, smart locks, etc.

For example, with automated, you can program your NFC tags to turn off all light in your room and then stick that NFC next to your door.

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So, these were some of the best Android apps out there, that will help you make more use of your NFC tags. Let me know, which is your favourite app in the comments.

Near Field Communication enables short range communication between compatible devices. You may have heard of NFC payments (tap to pay). If you’ve taken the self-guided tour of the STE(A)M Truck platform, you used NFC enabled tablets to learn about our various tools, materials, and vehicles. There’s a lot of potential for NFC use in the classroom. We’ve had a number of teachers and administrators ask for more guidance and resources, so we’ve put this page together. Here you’ll find a variety of resources, tips and tricks that can help you make the most out of NFC!

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WHERE DO I START?

In short, you’ll need a transmitting device (NFC enabled phone), a receiving device (NFC tag), and some sort of content. Using one of many NFC apps, you’ll be able to program tags to perform a variety of tasks. Follow the link to find some helpful resources.

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It sounds great, but I need ideas!

There are endless possibilities. Students could be awarded badges or have their attendance tracked, you could set up a daily routine of ‘do-now’ activities that students complete on their own phones, or go ahead and take a page out of our book and have self-guided stations with NFC enabled tablets. Check out some of the resources below for more ideas.

We’ve compiled a few resources as a starting point for setting up NFC technology in your classroom. Check them out below. Some of these articles specify particular products. Keep in mind that generally, NFC tags, sticks, fobs, etc. are all very similar no matter the brand. It might be a bit of a learning curve, but a technology like this has the potential to take much of the legwork out of some daily, routine tasks.

Important side note: While most Apple devices have NFC technology, so far they do not allow users to make use of it (they use it exclusively for Apple Pay. You’ll likely need to use Android devices).

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What is NFC and How Does it work?

This article/video from Android Authority provides a high level overview of NFC and goes on to explain some of the science behind NFC. It also lays out some comparisons between NFC and Bluetooth/WiFi.

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Check out this HowToGeek article which lays out a high-level ‘how-to’ on setting up NFC tags with an Android phone.

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Din Android-telefonens NFC-hardware er til mere end bare at overføre indhold og bruge mobile betalinger. Du kan købe billige, programmerbare NFC-tags og få din telefon til automatisk at udføre handlinger, når du rører dem.

Du kan f.eks. Placere NFC-tags på dit sengebord, i nærheden af ​​din hoveddør, i din bil og på dit skrivebord på arbejdspladsen. Hvis du trykker på telefonen mod dem eller placerer den på dem, kan du automatisk vælge enhedsindstillinger, der giver mening i den pågældende placering.

Hvad du skal bruge

Du skal kun bruge to ting til dette. For det første skal du bruge en Android-telefon med NFC-hardware i den – og de fleste Android-telefoner tilbyder nu det. Nedre end Android-telefoner må muligvis ikke indeholde NFC-hardware for at holde omkostningerne lave. Du kan udføre en websøgning efter din model af telefon og "NFC" eller bare åbne sin indstillingsskærm. Du finder NFC-indstillingen under flere muligheder for trådløs og netværk. Naturligvis skal NFC-hardware være aktiveret for alt andet her til arbejde.

For det andet skal du have programmerbare NFC-tags. Søg efter NFC-tags på et websted som Amazon.com, og du finder dem tilgængelige til en forholdsvis lav pris. Nogle producenter gør deres egne, branded ones – men du behøver ikke tags lavet af din Android-telefon fabrikant.

Disse tags har ikke batterier i dem, men de har lidt hukommelse. Når du placerer din telefonens NFC-læser i nærheden af ​​dem, giver NFC-læseren strøm til mærket, og du kan læse dataene fra taggen. Taggene er programmerbare, så du kan skrive de data, du vil have i taggen fra din telefon.

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Programmering af tags

Du skal nu have en app, der kan programmere tags. Android indeholder ikke en, men du kan søge efter "nfc-tags" på Google Play for at finde en masse apps, der kan håndtere dette for dig – herunder gratis. For eksempel vil appen NFC Tools lade dig skrive data til et tag og læse dataene allerede på tags.

Installer en sådan app, åbn den, og vælg de data, du gerne vil skrive til et tag. Du kan muligvis låse et mærke, så det kan ikke omprogrammeres, hvilket kan være godt, hvis du forlader det pågældende tag i et offentligt område. Det betyder dog, at du aldrig vil kunne ændre data på taggen i fremtiden, så brug ikke denne indstilling, medmindre du har en god grund til det.

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Derefter kan du trykke på taggen mod NFC-læseren på bagsiden af ​​din telefon, og den vil kopiere dataene til tagens hukommelse. Placer tagget på et passende sted for den handling, du valgte.

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Brug af tags

Dernæst skal du have en app, der svarer til tagsne. Hvis du for eksempel brugte NFC Tools til at skrive data til dine tags, kan du installere appen NFC Opgaver. Når din telefon læser en NFC-tag, har du skrevet instruktioner til, læser NFC Tools-appen instruktionerne fra det pågældende NFC-tag og udfører dem.

Du kan så placere tagsne et sted bekvemt. Placer dem på et bord, og læg derefter telefonen på dem, når du vil udføre handlingen. Fastgør dem til en væg nær en dør, hvis du vil trykke på din telefon mod et tag, når du forlader eller indtaster et område. Det er op til dig, hvad du vil bruge disse tags til. Anvendelserne er næsten uendelige.

For eksempel, hvis du regelmæssigt skal indstille en time lang timer, når du laver dit vasketøj, kan du programmere en NFC-tag for at starte en time-lang timer og placere den ved siden af ​​din vaskemaskine. Indstil din telefon ned på det pågældende tag eller tryk på det, og det vil starte tøjvaskeren. Hvis du parrer din telefon regelmæssigt med et Bluetooth-tastatur, kan du sætte en NFC-tag på bagsiden af ​​tastaturet og trykke på din telefon mod det for automatisk at gå gennem Bluetooth-parringsprocessen.

Du kan også oprette et tag med dine Wi-Fi-oplysninger, og gæster kan bare trykke deres telefoner mod NFC-taggen for at oprette forbindelse til dit Wi-Fi-netværk uden at lokalisere det og indtaste en adgangskode. De ville have brug for en passende app installeret på deres telefon for at gøre dette dog.

Apples iPhone 6 har NFC-hardware, men apps kan ikke bruge det – det er i øjeblikket kun for Apple Pay. Fremtidige softwareopdateringer kan tillade dig at gøre mere med det, men du kan ikke lige nu. Windows Phone har også en vis støtte til dette, så iPhone-brugere er de eneste, der er udeladt lige nu.

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You’ve probably heard of NFC tags before, and even though this technology has been available for quite a while, it’s become much more prevalent in recent years. NFC technology lets you use your iPhone in many different ways, and it’s actually a fantastic new way to trigger various actions and shortcuts without unlocking your iPhone or other smartphones.

The best part is that you can do many things with an NFC tag. Basically, the sky is the limit – and if you can program it, you can use an NFC tag to automate it.

You can use NFC tags to make your home smarter, to help promote your business, or just for fun.

Using NFC tags isn’t complicated or expensive, and you’ll only need your iPhone and a little bit of basic knowledge.

Here’s everything you need to know about the NFC tags!

What’s NFC Technology?

Near field communication, better known as NFC, is a secure connection between two devices that allows communication between them as long as they are near each other. Hence “near” in the name.

Basically, this communication lets both devices move data or information between one another. You’ve likely used NFC technology before by paying with Apple Pay or Google Pay.

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Many other devices, like headphones, support NFC technology which allows for use in a bunch of different ways, like easy Bluetooth pairing for example.

Here we are focusing on small NFC tags, which are stickers, or cards, or keychains with a chip inside that lets them communicate with your device. You can program an NFC tag to do many custom actions for you, your family, or anyone else who taps the tag with their smartphone.

Or, you can also use the NFC tag to trigger a custom iPhone shortcut that will only work for you, like setting an alarm clock or turning off the lights. But first, you’ll need to have the right equipment.

What Do You Need to Set Up an NFC Tag?

Setting up NFC tags with your iPhone is pretty straightforward, but you need to have the right tools to do so.

First, you’ll need to get NFC tags. These are pretty easy to come by, but make sure you’re buying them from a trusted place. If you buy locked tags, you won’t be able to program or change them. Fortunately, there are many trusted sites like Amazon where you can get them.

They’re also pretty cheap; you can get up to 50 NFC tags for around $14, so you’ll have more than enough to cover all of your needs.

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  • Additionally, you’ll need an iPhone that supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Fortunately, every recent iPhone supports this technology.
  • You’ll need to have an iPhone 7 or newer to use NFC tags. The 2020 iPhone SE also counts.
  • Also, make sure that your iPhone has at least iOS 13 installed. That shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s still worth mentioning.

Finally, if you want to program your tags from your iPhone, you’ll also need an app. There are many NFC apps in the App Store, but we recommend that you start with NFC TagWriter by NXP or NFC Tools.

Both work the same way, so you shouldn’t have a problem with either app.

You’ll also need Apple’s Shortcuts app. It’s installed by default on your iPhone, but you might want to download it again if you deleted it.

After you have all of this stuff ready, it’s time to customize your tags.

How to Trigger an iOS Shortcut with Your NFC Tag

The easiest way to use an NFC tag is with an action from your Shortcuts app. Shortcuts are already pretty fast to use, but this way, you can turn off your lights or even send a custom message just by tapping your iPhone on an NFC tag.

Here’s how to add a shortcut to a specific NFC tag:

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  1. On your iPhone, open the Shortcuts app.
  2. Tap on the Automation tab at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap on Create Personal Automation.
  4. Scroll down and select NFC.
  5. Tap on Scan.
  6. Put your iPhone near the NFC tag.
  7. Enter a name for your tag.
  8. Tap on Add Action.
  9. Select the action you want your iPhone to do when you tap the tag. You can select actions you already created or create new ones. Don’t worry about not adding the shortcut you want; you can always change it later.
  10. Once you selected your action, tap on Next on the top right corner.
  11. If you want your action to run automatically, make sure to toggle Ask Before Running OFF.
  12. Tap Done.

And that’s it. Now you can test your tag by placing your iPhone near the tag. If you want, you can change the action in the Shortcuts app.

Something to keep in mind is that you’ll be the only one whose iPhone will complete the action when near this tag. If you want a different iPhone or another device to do the same action, you’ll need to repeat the same steps on that device.

If you want your tag to be programmed for anyone to use, you’ll need to follow the next steps.

How to Program NFC Tags Anyone Can Use

If you want your tag to work automatically without making people create a new shortcut, you’ll need to program or write the custom action to your NFC tag. Don’t worry though, it’s easier than it sounds, and you’ll only need to use the apps we previously mentioned.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use program an NFC tag by using the NFC Tools app, but you can also use NFC TagWriter, and the steps will be similar. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. On your iPhone, open NFC Tools.
  2. Tap Write.
  3. Tap Add a record.
  4. You’ll see a list with a bunch of options available. You can choose to open a URL, send a text or open a file. For this example, choose URL/URI. And don’t worry, you can change it later.
  5. Enter the URL you want to open. You can try, for example, https://weather.com.
  6. Tap Ok.
  7. You’ll be back on a previous screen, and you should see your new action. Now tap on Write.
  8. Approach your NFC tag and you’re done!

You can get out of the app and give your NFC tag a test. Now, anyone can use your tag without any extra steps. If you want to change your NFC tag, go back to the app and tap Other.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phoneNFC is one of those odd features that everybody wants in their phone, but few people are sure how they’ll use it yet. Payments systems are slow to catch on and Beam functionality requires a friend with an NFC phone and a need to share data that isn’t easier to share via the internet. Samsung, who is quick to note it has the largest NFC-enabled userbase, aims to change that with TecTiles: NFC tags that you can program to perform tasks when you place your phone near them.

The concept sounds why-didn’t-anyone-do-this-soon er awesome. For $15, you can get a pack of five TecTiles. You can then program them to perform a variety of actions when your phone is placed on them. So, as a sample application, you could have one tile on your desk at work that is programmed to send your spouse a message saying, “Leaving the office now. Be home soon!” Tap your phone to the tile when you leave and boom. Spousal duties fulfilled!

The applications seem pretty robust. Tags are capable of changing device settings such as Bluetooth, WiFi and ringer volume. Conceivably, a user could program a “low battery mode” tag: one tap and it disables WiFi, Bluetooth, and any other unnecessary communication signals.

The tags can also be programmed with information. A business could use a tag to let patrons automatically open up their website. Social network integration means a tag could be programmed to follow a Twitter account when tapped. The tags even have support for Foursquare and Facebook check-ins. Tags can also be programmed with personal contact info. One tap and you can add your info to a person’s address book.

While anything NFC will be limited in utility until NFC devices become more ubiquitous, it’s a great thing that Samsung is getting ahead of the game on this one. Galaxy S II/III devices are certainly among the most popular NFC-enabled devices, to the tune of millions of users. The sooner those users get used to the idea of not just reading data with NFC, but writing it, the better. And the more awesome the future will look.

Only one thing could make this more awesome: if Samsung made this available to any and all NFC-enabled phones. And, wouldn’t you know it, they do! According to the press release below, TecTiles “are easy to program with any NFC-enabled smartphone,” which means that any NFC phone can join in the fun. The tags can also be reprogrammed as often as you’d like. So feel free to go nuts!

Samsung says the TecTiles are available online now, and its site offers a Buy Now link, though it’s currently not working. Hopefully, this will be fixed soon. You can also download the TecTiles app from the widget below. It will require an NFC-enabled phone to work.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

The connection NFC it can be very useful due to its wireless and immediate nature. We tell you how you can read NFC tags and edit your own.

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NFC: effective technology that is still making its way

Technology NFC it is not as popular as it could be. This connection stands out for being immediate and for requiring only the contact of the back of your mobile with another smartphone or NFC chip. Thanks to this, it has become the chosen option for mobile phone payments, since it also eliminates headaches and allows instant payments without making the consumer think excessively.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Even so, it is still not very widespread. It is more or less common to find NFC in top-of-the-range mobiles, but at the same time it is one of those that disappears more quickly if the manufacturer decides that it has to eliminate something. After all, there are other more important connections that are given priority, so the NFC connection has a long way to go yet.

However, can be very useful for day to day. There are people who use NFC tags for small tasks. For example, they put one in the car that allows you to instantly activate the bluetooth connection for the hands-free; or one on the desk to cut all connections and be able to sleep soundly at night. The uses can be very ingenious and, if you are willing to invest in NFC tags – and you have a compatible mobile – it is possible to make your day to day easier. However, for this you need to have a tool with which to edit NFC tags, and that is what we bring you today.

How to read and edit NFC tags with your Android mobile

NFCTools is an app that is available for free in the Play Store. It also has a Pro Edition of payment that adds more functions. However, the basic version will suffice for many users, since one of its main advantages is that it is accessible to everyone. The best geek They will be able to tinker more, while those who want to configure something simple will also be able to.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

The two most important tabs in the app are Reading and Writing. The tab Learn It will allow you to see all the data regarding the scanned label, from its manufacturer to its current use. The eyelash Write will allow you to create the actions you want. Thus, the development team suggests things like a simple text, a URL, contact information or a Wi-Fi connection. In the tab Others more settings can be accessed.

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Have you ever wanted to be able to scan NFC tags when your phone screen is off? That’s not a possibility as there are security risks in doing so – imagine if someone could trigger a mobile payment from your smartphone while the screen is off? There are other security risks as well, but the bottom line is that it’s not possible to activate and read NFC tags while your smartphone screen is off anyway. That is, without root access. NFCScreenOff by XDA Member lapwat is a Magisk Module that you can enable on your phone to always read NFC tags even when your screen is locked.

While this may be useful for those who use NFC tags in their home for automation, you can’t use it for in-store contactless payments as it breaks SafetyNet. It is not a systemless modification, as it directly patches and modifies the system NfcNci.apk in order to always return true when it polls whether the screen is unlocked or not. It should work on most Android 9 and Android 10 devices, though there is a chance that it may not work on specific smartphones. The developer hopes that in the future, the mod can be done systemless to allow for mobile payments.

If you want to install the NFCScreenOff Magisk module, you can check out both the XDA thread and the GitHub repository below. You can simply flash the Magisk module as you would any other!

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How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Din Android-telefonens NFC-maskinvara är för mer än bara att överföra innehåll och använda mobila betalningar. Du kan köpa billiga, programmerbara NFC-taggar och få telefonen att automatiskt utföra åtgärder när du rör dem.

Till exempel kan du placera NFC-taggar på ditt sängbord, nära din ytterdörr, i din bil och på ditt skrivbord på jobbet. Om du slår på telefonen mot dem eller lägger ner den på dem kan du automatiskt välja enhetsinställningar som är klara på den platsen.

Vad du behöver

Du behöver bara två saker för detta. Först behöver du en Android-telefon med NFC-hårdvara i den – och de flesta Android-telefoner kommer nu att erbjuda det. Nedre änden Android-telefoner får inte inkludera NFC-hårdvara för att hålla kostnaderna låga. Du kan utföra en webbsökning för din modell av telefon och "NFC" eller bara öppna skärmen Inställningar. Du hittar NFC-alternativet under fler alternativ för trådlös och nätverk. Självklart måste NFC-hårdvaran vara aktiverad för allt annat här för att fungera.

För det andra behöver du programmerbara NFC-taggar. Sök efter NFC-taggar på en webbplats som Amazon.com och du hittar dem tillgängliga till ett relativt lågt pris. Vissa tillverkare gör egna, märkesvaror – men du behöver inte taggar som tillverkas av din Android-telefon.

Dessa taggar har inte batterier i dem, men de har lite minne. När du placerar din NFC-läsare i närheten av dem, ger NFC-läsaren ström till taggen och kan läsa data från taggen. Taggarna är programmerbara, så du kan skriva vilken data du vill ha i taggen från din telefon.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Programmera etiketterna

Du behöver nu en app som kan programmera taggarna. Android innehåller inte en, men du kan söka efter "nfc-taggar" på Google Play för att hitta många appar som kan hantera detta för dig – inklusive gratis. Till exempel låter NFC Tools-appen skriva data till en tagg och läsa data som redan finns på taggar.

Installera en sådan app, öppna den och välj vilken data du vill skriva till en tagg. Det kan hända att du kan låsa en tagg så att den inte kan omprogrammeras, vilket kan vara bra om du lämnar taggen i ett offentligt område. Det betyder dock att du aldrig kommer att kunna ändra data på taggen i framtiden, så använd inte det här alternativet om du inte har en bra anledning till det.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Därefter kan du trycka på taggen mot NFC-läsaren på baksidan av din telefon och det kommer att kopiera den data till taggens minne. Placera taggen på ett lämpligt ställe för den åtgärd du valde.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Använda taggarna

Därefter behöver du en app som svarar på taggarna. Om du till exempel använde NFC Tools för att skriva data till dina taggar kan du installera appen NFC Tasks. När din telefon läser en NFC-tagg du har skrivit instruktioner till läser NFC Tools-appen instruktionerna från den NFC-taggen och utför dem.

Du kan då bara placera taggarna någonstans bekvämt. Placera dem på ett bord och placera sedan telefonen på dem när du vill utföra åtgärden. Fäst dem på en vägg nära en dörr om du vill knacka på telefonen mot en tagg när du lämnar eller anger ett område. Det är upp till dig vad du vill använda dessa taggar för. Användningarna är praktiskt taget oändliga.

Om du till exempel regelbundet behöver ställa in en timmars timer när du tvättar, kan du programmera en NFC-tagg för att starta en timme lång timer och placera den bredvid tvättmaskinen. Ställ in din telefon på den taggen eller tryck på den och det börjar tvätten. Om du parar regelbundet din telefon med ett Bluetooth-tangentbord kan du anbringa en NFC-tagg på baksidan av tangentbordet och knacka på telefonen mot det för att automatiskt gå igenom Bluetooth-parningsprocessen.

Eller du kan ställa in en tagg med Wi-Fi-detaljerna och gästerna kan bara trycka på sina telefoner mot NFC-taggen för att ansluta till ditt Wi-Fi-nätverk utan att hitta det och skriva in ett lösenord. De skulle behöva en lämplig app installerad på deras telefon för att göra det dock.

Apples iPhone 6 har NFC-hårdvara, men appar kan inte använda den – det är just för Apple Pay. Framtida programuppdateringar kan låta dig göra mer med det, men du kan inte just nu. Windows Phone har också något stöd för det här, så iPhone-användare är de enda som lämnas ut just nu.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

“Android” telefono NFC aparatūra yra ne tik turinio perkėlimas ir naudojimasis mobiliaisiais mokėjimais. Galite nusipirkti pigių, programuojamų NFC žymelių ir priversti telefoną automatiškai atlikti veiksmus, kai juos paliečiate.

Pvz., NFC žymes galite įdėti į savo naktinę stalą šalia jūsų durų, savo automobilio ir stalo darbas Palietę savo telefoną prieš juos arba palikdami juos, jie automatiškai galės pasirinkti įrenginio nustatymus, kurie yra tinkami toje vietoje.

Ką reikia

SUSIJĘS: Kas yra “NFC” ir ką aš galiu jį naudoti ?

Jums reikės tik dviejų dalykų. Pirma, jums reikės “Android” telefono su NFC aparatine įranga, ir tai dabar pasiūlys dauguma “Android” telefonų. Žemutinės klasės “Android” telefonuose gali nebūti NFC įrangos, kad išlaidos būtų mažos. Galite atlikti savo telefono modelio ir “NFC” žiniatinklio paiešką arba tiesiog atidarykite savo nustatymų ekraną. NFC parinktį rasite daugiau “Wireless & network” parinkčių. Akivaizdu, kad NFC aparatūra turi būti įjungta, jei norite dirbti viską, kas čia.

Antra, jums reikės programuojamų NFC žymių. Ieškokite NFC žymų svetainėje, pvz., “Amazon.com”, ir galėsite juos rasti už gana mažą kainą. Kai kurie gamintojai gamina savo, firminius, bet jums nereikia “Android” telefono gamintojo sukurtų žymų.

Šios žymos neturi jose baterijų, tačiau jose yra šiek tiek atminties. Kai šalia jų įdėkite savo telefono NFC skaitytuvą, NFC skaitytuvas pateikia žyma ir gali skaityti duomenis iš žyma. Žymos yra programuojamos, todėl telefone galite įrašyti visus norimus duomenis į žymą.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Žymių programavimas

SUSIJĘS: Kaip naudoti “Android Beam” bevieliu būdu perkelti turinį tarp įrenginių

Dabar reikės programos, galinčios programuoti žymas. Android nenumato vieno, tačiau galite ieškoti “nfc žymų” “Google Play”, kad galėtumėte rasti daugybę programų, kurios galėtų jums tai įveikti, įskaitant nemokamas. Pavyzdžiui, “NFC Tools” programa leis jums rašyti duomenis žyme ir skaityti jau jau esančius žymes.

Įdiekite tokią programą, atidarykite ją ir pasirinkite duomenis, kuriuos norite parašyti žyme. Galite užrakinti žymą, kad ją negalėtų pakeisti, o tai gali būti naudinga, jei paliksite tą žymą viešoje vietoje. Tačiau tai reiškia, kad jūs niekada negalėsite pakeisti žymos duomenų ateityje, todėl nenaudokite šios parinkties, jei neturite tinkamos priežasties.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Vėliau galėsite paliesti žymą prieš NFC skaitytuvą telefono galinėje dalyje, ir tie duomenys bus nukopijuoti į žymos atmintį. Įdėkite žymą patogioje pasirinkto veiksmo vietoje.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Žymių naudojimas

Toliau reikės programos, kuri reaguos į žymas. Pvz., Jei naudodami NFC įrankius rašote duomenis į savo žymas, galite įdiegti “NFC Tasks” programą. Kai jūsų telefonas skaito NFC žymą, kuria rašėte nurodymus, “NFC Tools” programa skaitys šios NFC žymos nurodymus ir juos atliks.

Tada galite lengvai įdėti žymeles kur nors patogiai. Padėkite juos ant stalo ir įdėkite savo telefoną, kai norite atlikti veiksmą. Pritvirtinkite juos prie sienos šalia durų, jei norite paliesti telefoną prie žyma, kai paliksite arba pateksite į zoną. Tai priklauso nuo to, ką norite naudoti šioms žymėms. Naudojimas yra praktiškai begalinis.

Pvz., Jei reguliariai nustatydami valandų skaičių laikrodį, kai skalbiate, galite užprogramuoti NFC žymą, kad pradėtumėte valandų laikmačio nustatymą ir padėkite jį šalia skalbimo mašinos. . Nustatykite savo telefoną šia žyma arba palieskite jį, ir jis pradės skalbimo žoliapjovę. Jei reguliariai poruosite savo telefoną naudodami “Bluetooth” klaviatūrą, galėtumėte pritvirtinti NFC žymą klaviatūros pusėje ir paliesti jį telefonu, kad automatiškai pereitumėte prie “Bluetooth” poravimo proceso.

Arba galite nustatyti žymą su jūsų “Wi-Fi” duomenys, o svečiai gali tiesiog paliesti savo telefonus su “NFC” žyma, norėdami prisijungti prie “Wi-Fi” tinklo, nepasirinkę jo ir neįvedę prieigos kodo. Tačiau, norėdami tai padaryti, jiems reikės atitinkamos programos, įdiegtos savo telefone.

“Apple” “iPhone 6” turi “NFC” aparatinę įrangą, tačiau “Apps” negali ją naudoti – šiuo metu tai tik “Apple Pay”. Būsimieji programinės įrangos naujiniai gali leisti jums tai padaryti dar daugiau, bet dabar negalėsite. “Windows Phone” taip pat turi tam tikrą paramą, taigi “iPhone” vartotojai yra vieninteliai, kurie dabar liko neteisingi.

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“Android 6.0” didelė atpažinimo funkcija yra “Google” dabar bakstelėkite. Dalyje “Google” dabar “Dabar bakstelėjimas” “Google” gali nuskaityti ekraną, kai tik jį atidarote, automatiškai atspindėję tai, ko norite ieškoti ir suteikti daugiau informacijos. Be naudotojo valdomų programų leidimų – ką “Apple” pasiūlė iš su “iPhone” – tai yra svarbiausia ir įdomiausia nauja “6.

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I did enough research on reading RFID tags using Android phones(smart phones).

My understanding of this is that for NFC-enabled smart phones (Nexus S) it is possible to read RFID tags, but there are restrictions.

For non-NFC-enabled Androids we need a RFID reader to which we can communicate from Android using Bluetooth.

  1. What are the SDK which we use for reading RFID tag from Android Phone(NFC enabled)?
  2. If I have to read using Non NFC enabled phone, is there any standard reader available who provides SDK for development purpose?

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NFC enabled phones can ONLY read NFC and passive high frequency RFID (HF-RFID). These must be read at an extremely close range, typically a few centimeters. For longer range or any other type of RFID/active RFID, you must use an external reader for handling them with mobile devices.

You can get some decent readers from a lot of manufacturers by simply searching on google. There are a lot of plug in ones for all device types.

I deal a lot with HID readers capable of close proximity scans of HID enabled ID cards as well as NFC from smart phones and smart cards. I use SerialIO badge readers that I load a decryption profile onto that allows our secure company cards to be read and utilized by an application I built. They are great for large scale reliable bluetooth scanning. Because they are bluetooth, they work for PC/Android/iOS/Linux. The only problem is, HID readers are very expensive and are meant for enterprise use. Ours cost about $400 each, but again, they read HID, SmartCards, NFC, and RFID.

If this is a personal project, I suggest just using the phone and purchasing some HF-RFID tags. The tag manufacturer should have an SDK for you to use to connect to and manage the tags. You can also just use androids NFC docs to get started https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/connectivity/nfc/. Most android phones from the last 8 years have NFC, only iPhone 6 and newer apple phones have NFC, but only iOS 11 and newer will work for what you want to do.

First is understanding that RFID is very generic term. NFC is subset of RFID technology. NFC is used for prox card, credit cards, tap and go payment system. Your phones can read and emulate NFC (Apple pay, Google pay, etc.), if they support NFC. NFC is very short distance and low power – which is why you see tap and go type usage.

The more common RFID are the tags you see here and there. They come in a wide ranges of styles, uses and frequency.

HF – high frequency tags are what they use for “chipping” animals – cattle, dogs, cats. Read range is about 12 inches and requires an external antenna that is powered the bigger the antenna the more power it needs and the further it can read.

UFH tags look similar to HF tags but have a read range of several feet.

Also HF tags come single read and multi read. UFH is exclusviely multi read.

Mutiread means when a reader is active, you can litterally read about 1700 tags in under 10 seconds.

But this is a function of the size of the antenna and how much power you can push through the reader.

As to the direct question about Android and RFID – the best way to go is to get an external handheld reader that connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth. Bluetooth libraries exist for all mobile devices – Android, Apple, Windows. From there its just a matter of the manufacturer documentation about how to open a socket to the reader and how to decode the serial information.

The TSL line of readers is very popular because you don’t have to deal with reading bytes and all that low level serial jazz that other manufactures do. They have a nice set of commands that are easy to use to control the reader.

Other manufactures are basic in that you open a serial socket and then read the output like you would see in terminal app like PuTTY.

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In this post you’ll learn:

  • How many RFID cards exist
  • The best ways to copy your office 125khz access cards with step-by-step instructions in LESS than 1 minute (including the tools you need)
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Basically that means you’ll learn how to clone cards (NFC or RFID cloner) at your office desk!

The Impact of RFID Cards and RFID Key Fobs

IDTechEx found that in 2015, the total RFID market was worth $10.1 billion. The parent directory for NFC was estimated a $10.1 billion — from $9.5 billion in 2014, and $8.8 billion in 2013.

This market sizing includes all the tags, readers and software designed for RFID cards and RFID key fobs, including all form factors. IDTechEx states that the market is estimated to rise to $13.2 billion by 2020. The security industry has experienced a major overhaul with advances in technology. For example, door security has evolved from simple pad locks and keys to RFID-enabled cards and fobs that can be swiped and triggered, as well as using electric locks to open doors. While this technology is amazing, it requires constant evolution and adaptation to defend against malicious users.

Any new technology, from the moment it is introduced to the general public, is vulnerable to manipulation and hacking by malicious users. A good example of this is RFID tags in 2013. At the time, RFID technology had spread like wildfire across many sectors — tech companies, hospitals, and more were using 125khz cards to access door secured with electric locks. Most were using the EM4100 protocol card (a type of 125khz card) or a CMOS IC-based card, which had the information about the tag or fob stored openly. Since these ICs had no encryption or authentication, they would broadcast their information as soon as a reader was nearby. This posed a huge security risk to companies dealing with sensitive information and products. Essentially, anyone with the right equipment could steal or replicate these cards and fobs, whether they were authorized or not.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

You have a spare NFC tag laying around and you aren’t sure how to use it? Here’s an idea – power up your Windows PC using the tag and a NFC-enabled Android device. You’ll only need 10-15 minutes, three apps on your device, and a simple configuration in your PC’s wireless adapter settings.

First, open up your Windows Network and Sharing Center. Click Change adapter settings. Right click your active internet connection and select Properties. Click the Configure button to the right. Go to the Advanced tab, look for the option “Wake on Magic Packet”, and set its Value to Enabled.

Next, you’ll need to get your hands on your computer’s IP and MAC addresses. No, you won’t be hacking your own PC or anything. You’ll just have to run a few simple commands. Hold down the Windows key and press the R key on your keyboard to launch the Run dialog box. In it, type “ipconfig /all” without the quotes. You’ll get a command prompt window with a bunch of network data. If the window disappears too quickly, press the Windows + R keys again, type “cmd”, hit Enter, then type “ipconfig /all” in the command prompt. What you need to write down are the Physical Address, IPv4 Address, and Subnet Mask values. Keep them near, you’ll need them later. Also, your computer has to be on a Wi-Fi connection.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Now, install the following apps on your Android device:

Tasker – download from Google Play. This will be used to automate the processes. The app usually costs $2.99, but you can get a .apk install of a 7-day trial version from here. Install it on your device like any other apk.

Trigger – download from Google Play. This app is used for reading and writing to your NFC tag. It’s a free download.

WoL Wake On Lan Wan – download from Google Play. This app sends the command that powers your PC on. It’s a free download.

All set? Let’s move! Open WoL on your smartphone, and tap Add New button. Type “Home” in the Name field, then type your MAC and IP addresses in the designated fields. Tick the box next to “Send as Broadcast”, and enter your Subnet Mask address. You’re done! Tap Save and move to Tasker.

Wheee-whew! Not that you’ve gone through all this, you should be able to power on your PC by placing your Android device on the designated NFC Tag, with the display switched on. Find a clever spot for it and enjoy the little piece of the future. If you have any problems, first, check out whether “Wake On Lan” is enabled in your PC’s BIOS. Hopefully, this will solve it.

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phone

Today, Samsung have released the next step: NFC-enabled tags called TecTiles. When you bring your phone next to a tag, it’ll automatically have a useful effect: it might automatically send a text, check into Foursquare, start a navigation app or put your phone on silent. The tiles are programmed through the TecTile app, and then stuck in areas where you tend to use your phone.

The idea is that instead of having to perform the same set of tasks over and over again, you just set up a routine, assign it to a TecTile and then all you have to do is touch it to set off the exact same response every time.

For example, you might stick a TecTile in your car phone holder – when you put your phone in the holder to drive home, you can automatically turn on Bluetooth and GPS, turn off Wi-Fi and start a navigation app. When you arrive at your house, you can set your phone to loud mode and turn on Wi-Fi again. You’ll never have to spend time fiddling with your settings again.

Each pack includes five different TecTiles, so you’ll have more than enough to place them everywhere they’re needed. With these programmable NFC tags, you’re only limited by your imagination – a future of easy automation awaits!

For more information on the Samsung TecTiles, please visit the product page linked below. You also might be interested in Sony’s variant of NFC tags, called Smart Tags, which are in stock now.

Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions about this innovative new product then feel free to ask us via the normal social media channels or leave a comment below. Have a good one!

How to use programmable nfc tags with your android phoneSamsung is launching TecTiles, which are programmable NFC tags that can be programmed (and re-programmed) by a phone like the Galaxy S3. There are many ways to use them, but one cool example that Samsung is going to push is to program TecTiles to trigger actions on a Galaxy S3 phone. For example, a tag placed on your bedside table could trigger the phone’s silent mode, shut down 3G/4G and even WIFI to save on battery life. Of course, the phone is smart enough to let select phone calls go through.

A tag placed in a vehicle could also start Bluetooth so that communications with a headset or other hands-free devices can happen. Tags can launch applications or complex system scripts/actions such as sending SMS, update social network statuses, open a map location, a web page or download content. And once developers get their hands on those, you can bet that such tags will appear at local merchants and other places. The possibilities are just endless.

If you are wondering, Tag-triggered actions may require user permission depending on the app, so don’t worry, stuff that you don’t want to happen probably won’t. Samsung is going to retail these TecTiles for 14.99 (pack of 5). For sure, we are going to take a close look at these when we review the Galaxy S3. What do you think? What would you like to do with these?

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AutoRecover is only effective for unplanned disruptions, such as a power outage or a crash. AutoRecover files are not designed to be saved when a logoff is scheduled or an orderly shutdown occurs.

Setting the location for .asd files

If you do not set a location for AutoRecover files, Word places them in the temporary directory.

To set the .asd location, follow these steps:

On the Tools menu, click
Options, and then click the File Locationstab.

Note In Word 2007, follow these steps to open the File Locations dialog box:

Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.

In the left pane, click
Advanced.

In the right pane, click File Locations under General section.

In the File Types box, click
AutoRecover Files

Note In Word 7.x, click AutoSave.

Click Modify.

Enter the name of the folder in which you want Word to store recovered documents.

If a new folder location is needed, click Create New Folder, type the new folder name, click OK, and click OK to exit.

Naming conventions

Word 97 and later versions of Word: The naming convention for Word AutoRecover files is “AutoRecovery save of .asd,” where is the file name of the document.

Word 7.x: The naming convention for Word AutoSave files is

Wra####.asd, where #### is a number generated randomly by Windows.

Opening saved files

When you start Word, it searches for any .asd files. If Word finds any, it does the following:

Renames each .asd file to .wbk. In Word 7.0 SR-2 or later, the extension is .wbk.

NOTE: The #### numbers may not be the same as the .asd filename because Word avoids any naming conflicts with existing .bak files.

Opens all AutoRecover files.

Deletes the AutoRecover file (the “AutoRecovery save of .wbk” or the

Wra####.bak file) when you do either of the following:

Save the recovered file.

-or-
Close the recovered file without saving it.

When files are renamed

Word renames the AutoRecover files in the case that the program hangs (stops responding) when the AutoRecover file is opened. The next time Word is started you see the following symptoms.

Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Word 2003, and Microsoft Word 2002

Word will start with the Document Recovery Task Pane listing the available files that Word recovered. Following the name of the file will be a status indicator that shows what was performed to the file during recovery. The status of Original indicates the Original file based on last manual save. The status of Recovered is the file recovered during recovery process or file saved during a AutoRecover save process. The Document Recovery task pane lets you open the files, view what repairs were made, and compare the recovered versions. You can then save the version you want to use and delete the other versions, or save all the open files to review later.

Word 2000

Word will start. If Word was able to detect a recovered file, Word will start with the document open. In the title bar, the document is listed as (Recovered). You then have the option to save the file back to the original name or to save as a different name.

Word 97

Word encountered file corruption while opening . Part of this document may be recoverable. Attempt recovery now?

If you click Yes, Word attempts to recover all or part of the file. If you click No, the .wbk file remains in the AutoRecovery directory.

Word 7.x

Word renames the AutoSave files in the case that program hangs (stops responding) when you open the AutoSave file. If a problem occurs that damages the AutoSave file, you can still recover your work using the

Wra####.bak file, located in the AutoSave directory.

After Word renames your .asd files, it does not automatically open the .bak files, so you must open them manually by clicking Open on the File menu. To list all the .bak files, type

n Microsoft Word, a backup will be created automatically when you save it. Latest auto-recover feature in Microsoft word will save the document automatically at regular intervals of time and also helps you to recover the lost changes. Most of us sometimes might lose the changes we make in the word document and later regret not saving the document. To avoid such regrets, we will help you to enable auto recover to automatically save and recover word documents.

AutoRecover to Automatically Save and Recover Word Documents

Enable AutoRecover Feature

To use the AutoRecover feature in the word document, you need to enable the feature in Microsoft Word. Follow the below simple steps to enable it.

  1. Open the word document in your PC and click on the File tab in the top left of the application window.How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes
  2. From the list of items on the left, click on Options.
  3. Word options dialog box will appear on the screen. Click on Save option from the list of items on the left.How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes
  4. Under Save documents section, select the “Save AutoRecover Information every” checkbox and enter the number of minutes in the edit. An auto-backup of the document will be taken automatically at the given intervals of time.
  5. You can also change the location where you want to save these backup documents by clicking on the Browse button next to AutoRecover file location edit box.
  6. Once the documents are automatically saved, you can click on the info section under the file tab to view the list of versions of the auto-saved documents.How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Recover Lost Changes

Once you have enabled the auto-recover feature in the word document, it will save automatically the versions of that document. Well, let’s see how we can recover these versions to get back the lost changes.

  1. Open the word document in your PC and click on the File tab in the top left of the application window.How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes
  2. From the list of items on the left, click on Info option.
  3. On the Info screen, the Versions section contains a list of files that were either closed without saving or automatically saved using the AutoRecover feature.
  4. Now click on the version which you want to recover. Now the unsaved file will open in read-only mode with a message on the top of the application window asking whether to compare or restore the unsaved document.
  5. Click on the compare button to view the changes. To fully recover the version file, click on the restore button.How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes
  6. Now a dialog box will appear asking whether to overwrite the existing one with the one which you want to restore. Click on Ok button.How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes
  7. Press Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut key combination to save the document.

That’s it. Now you don’t need to worry even if you lose the changes made in the word document.

Do let us know your valuable suggestions in the below comments section.

When Office app closes unexpectedly before you save your most recent changes, Document Recovery automatically opens the next time you open the Office app to help you get your file back.

Tip: If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber the safest way to work is to store your files on OneDrive or SharePoint and use AutoSave.

How do I decide which files to save?

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

If you see multiple files in the Available Files list on the Document Recovery pane and aren’t sure which ones to save, the date and creation time of any automatically saved document appears under the document name and may give you a clue about which file you want to recover.

If you see multiple versions of the same file, you’ll probably want to open the one with the most recent time because it will have the most recent changes. You can also select each file to open and review the document.

After opening any file in the list, you can continue working in it, and you can close the Document Recovery pane when you’ve recovered all documents that you want to save.

Delete unwanted recovered files

Select the arrow next to the file name in the recovery pane.

Select Delete.

Confirm deletion by selecting Yes.

Closing recovered files

If you click Close without reviewing all recovered files, you’ll see an option to view them again later. The next time you open the application you’ll have the option to save or remove those autorecover files.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Yes, I want to view these files later (safest option) – Select this option if you are not sure whether you need the data in the recovered versions of the files.

No, remove the files. I have saved the files I need– Select this option if you are sure you don’t need the data in the recovered versions of the files.

Recover a file saved by AutoRecover

Normally, the application will automatically recover your work the next time that you open the app following a power failure or other unexpected shutdown by detecting that an AutoRecover file exists and automatically opening it. If you want to keep the recovered file, you should immediately save it before closing or editing it.

If you want to find any AutoRecovered files on your computer, switch to Finder,then click Go > Go To Folder (or press SHIFT + COMMAND + G) and enter the appropriate folder path as shown below. Replace <username> with your username:

Latest versions

/Users//Library/Containers/com.Microsoft/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery

Office 2011

entering “/Users/username/Library/Application Support/ Microsoft/Office/Office 2011 AutoRecovery”

The AutoRecovery folder is a hidden folder, so you probably won’t see it if you just try to navigate to it in Finder. Use the Go To Folder tool and enter the full path to get around this.

If you close a file and click Don’t Save, the AutoRecover file will be deleted because Office assumes that everything is ok and the AutoRecover file isn’t needed.

Recover text from a damaged file in Word

Go to Word > Preferences.

Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, select General .

Ensure Confirm file format conversion at Open selected, and then close the General dialog box.

Go to File > Open. For Office 2011 go to Standard > Open

On the Open menu select Recover Text. For Office 2011 open the Enable pop-up menu, select Recover Text from Any File.

When Office app closes unexpectedly before you save your most recent changes, Document Recovery automatically opens the next time you open the Office app to help you get your file back.

Tip: If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber the safest way to work is to store your files on OneDrive or SharePoint and use AutoSave.

How do I decide which files to save?

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

If you see multiple files in the Available Files list on the Document Recovery pane and aren’t sure which ones to save, the date and creation time of any automatically saved document appears under the document name and may give you a clue about which file you want to recover.

If you see multiple versions of the same file, you’ll probably want to open the one with the most recent time because it will have the most recent changes. You can also select each file to open and review the document.

After opening any file in the list, you can continue working in it, and you can close the Document Recovery pane when you’ve recovered all documents that you want to save.

Delete unwanted recovered files

Select the arrow next to the file name in the recovery pane.

Select Delete.

Confirm deletion by selecting Yes.

Closing recovered files

If you click Close without reviewing all recovered files, you’ll see an option to view them again later. The next time you open the application you’ll have the option to save or remove those autorecover files.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Yes, I want to view these files later (safest option) – Select this option if you are not sure whether you need the data in the recovered versions of the files.

No, remove the files. I have saved the files I need– Select this option if you are sure you don’t need the data in the recovered versions of the files.

Recover a file saved by AutoRecover

Normally, the application will automatically recover your work the next time that you open the app following a power failure or other unexpected shutdown by detecting that an AutoRecover file exists and automatically opening it. If you want to keep the recovered file, you should immediately save it before closing or editing it.

If you want to find any AutoRecovered files on your computer, switch to Finder,then click Go > Go To Folder (or press SHIFT + COMMAND + G) and enter the appropriate folder path as shown below. Replace <username> with your username:

Latest versions

/Users//Library/Containers/com.Microsoft/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery

Office 2011

entering “/Users/username/Library/Application Support/ Microsoft/Office/Office 2011 AutoRecovery”

The AutoRecovery folder is a hidden folder, so you probably won’t see it if you just try to navigate to it in Finder. Use the Go To Folder tool and enter the full path to get around this.

If you close a file and click Don’t Save, the AutoRecover file will be deleted because Office assumes that everything is ok and the AutoRecover file isn’t needed.

Recover text from a damaged file in Word

Go to Word > Preferences.

Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, select General .

Ensure Confirm file format conversion at Open selected, and then close the General dialog box.

Go to File > Open. For Office 2011 go to Standard > Open

On the Open menu select Recover Text. For Office 2011 open the Enable pop-up menu, select Recover Text from Any File.

AutoSave is available when a file is saved to Microsoft OneDrive or SharePoint in Microsoft 365, but you need to save or open the file from within Excel, PowerPoint or Word to switch it on. You also need an active Microsoft 365 subscription.

Switch AutoSave on

To turn AutoSave on, save your file to your OneDrive or SharePoint folder from within your Office app.

Go to File then Save As.

Select your OneDrive personal, work or school account.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Choose your sub-folder from the list that appears.

Enter a file name and select Save.

If you don’t see your OneDrive in the list, select Sign in. If you don’t see your family, work or school OneDrive listed, select Add a Place. Learn more about how to add OneDrive as a service.

Selecting an existing file will enable AutoSave for that file.

Enable AutoSave when you open a file

To ensure AutoSave is on as soon as you start editing, open your file by navigating to your OneDrive or SharePoint folder from within your Office app.

Go to File then Open.

Select your OneDrive personal, work or school account.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Choose your sub-folder location from the list that appears.

Select a file to open it.

If you don’t see your OneDrive in the list, select Sign in. If you don’t see your family, work or school OneDrive listed, select Add a Place. Learn more about how to add OneDrive as a service.

Once opened, you don’t need to keep saving your file – every change is saved automatically.

What to do if you see a “Just upload the file” prompt

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

If you select the AutoSave toggle and see a prompt which says, “Just upload the file”, it could be because you have Office File collaboration turned off. To turn it on, follow these steps

Select the OneDrive cloud icon from the taskbar or menu bar

Select More > Settings > Office

Check the Use Office applications to sync. box

Select the AutoSave toggle again.

If it’s already turned on, you have two choices:

To keep working on the original file, select the X to close the window. Then follow the steps above To switch AutoSave on.

To create a copy of your file, don’t close the Save window. Select OneDrive from the list of locations and enter a name for the copy.

Caution: If you open the original file you will not see any later edits.

Tip: Select the file name at the top of the app to see its location and version history.

If you can’t turn on AutoSave

If you open an Office file from File Explorer or Finder, you will need to open the file as described above to enable AutoSave.

Close and re-open the file from the Office app, not File Explorer or Finder.

If you open an Office file from your recent files list via the Taskbar or the Office app, you will need to open the file as described above to enable AutoSave.

To check, hover your mouse over the recent list: Files that begin C:\Users\ in their path will not open with AutoSave, but files with https:// will.

Close and re-open the file from within the Office app, not the recent file list.

If you open an Office file from File Explorer, Finder or your recent files list via the Taskbar, you may need to Save or Open the file as described above to enable AutoSave.

Close and re-open the file from within the Office app, not the recent file list.

AutoSave settings may be disabled for some files, especially large files, or files stored on SharePoint.

Go to File > Options > Save.

Check that the AutoSave box is ticked.

AutoSave settings may be disabled for some files, especially large files, or files stored on SharePoint.

Go to File > Options > Save

Check that the AutoSave box is ticked.

There are other reasons AutoSave could be disabled as well. Here is a list of common reasons for it to be disabled:

AutoSave is only available if you have an active Microsoft 365 subscription. Don’t have a subscription? Get the most from Office with Office 365.

Your file is in an older format like .xls, .ppt, or .doc.

Your file is embedded inside another Office file.

Your presentation is in slide show mode.

Can I AutoSave to my computer?

AutoSave only applies to Office files stored in OneDrive, but the Office AutoRecover feature is on by default and saves your work every 10 minutes.

To view or change the AutoRecover settings, open an Office app, and select File > Options > Save.

How to turn off AutoSave

To turn off AutoSave, toggle the AutoSave switch on the top left of the app header.

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If you have not saved, or have lost a Word document you were editing by accident, try the following methods to get back the work you have spent a lot of time and effort on.

By Delia / Last update March 18, 2022

Many users have had the experience of closing a document accidentally without saving, or encountered a power outage, computer freeze, Word crash and other accidents. The document that took a lot of time to edit is gone, and hours or even a day of effort is wasted, this is indeed a very anxiety-provoking situation. So is there any way to recover unsaved Word documents?

In fact, many users have issued similar queries, and Microsoft has long given some prevention and solutions. If you are also unfortunate enough to have lost a Word document that is being edited, please try the following methods before starting from scratch.

*The following steps and paths are mainly based on Word 2016, but similar methods should also apply to other versions after Word 2010.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Recover Word documents with AutoRecover

If Word opens a document from a local disk or a network shared folder, Word will use AutoRecover to save the changes to an .asd file, with a default save interval of 10 minutes.

To set up this feature, you can navigate to “File” > “Options” > “Save” and ensure that the “Save AutoRecover information every. ” option is checked, and select a time interval of your choice if needed.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Restart Word to open AutoRecover files

Word searches for AutoRecover files every time it starts. Therefore, you can try to use the AutoRecover feature by closing and reopening Word. If Word finds any automatically recovered files, the Document Recovery task pane will open and the missing document should be listed as either Document Name [Original] or Document Name [Recovered]”.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

You can then double-click to select the file name in Document Recovery and click “File” > “Save as” to save it as a .docx file.

Recover documents from .asd files manually

If the Document Recovery task pane does not appear when you reopen Word, you can also manually select to recover unsaved files.

Select “File” > “Info” > “Manage Document” > “Recover Unsaved Documents”.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Then you can check in the pop-up window if there are .asd files that can be recovered.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

If there are no .asd files under the default popup path, then you can also manually navigate to the automatic recovery file location, which is usually:

*Please replace [UserName] with your user name. Or you can check the AutoRecover file location in “File” > “Options” > “Save”.

Once you find the .asd file you want by file name and time, select it and click “Open” to open it in Word. Check that there are no errors and then confirm the restoration.

Recover Word documents with Word backup copy

If you have selected the backup copy option in Word, there may be a “.wbk” backup copy of the file.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

To check if this option is turned on, select “File” > “Options” > “Advanced”, scroll down to the Save section and check that the “Always create backup copy” option is checked.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

If it is, then the feature is enabled and you should be able to get the backup files in the following two folder locations:

*Replace [UserName] with your user name in these paths,.

Once you have found the backup copy of the document you want by filename and time, double-click it to open the document in Word. If you are sure the content is correct, select “File” > “Save as” to save it as a .docx document.

If you are part-way through working on a document when due to circumstances outside your control (such as the computer crashing or a network problem), you are unable to continue, there is a danger that the changes you have made will have been lost. This can be very frustrating and lead to a lot of extra work.

Of course, the best way to guard against this risk is to be in the habit of regularly saving your files while you are working (every 10 minutes is recommended).

Fortunately many programs, such as Microsoft Word, have an in-built “auto-save” function that automatically backs up a copy of your work every few minutes. But AutoRecover does not replace regularly saving your files, you must still do this.

In Word 2016, you can see how this is set up in the Options.

  1. Click on the File tab
  2. Under Options, click Save.
  3. Tick the Save AutoRecover information every check box.
  4. In the minutes box, type or select a number to determine how often you want to save files eg every 10 minutes
  5. Tick ‘Keep the last saved autoversion if I close without saving’ check box

Shown below this is the AutoRecover file location which in this example is “N:\” – ie the individual N:drive for the user. These are the standard settings for users on IT Services computers. They mean that every 10 minutes, a copy of the work in progress will be automatically saved to the user’s N:drive.

If Word is closed normally these auto recovery files are not saved.

If the computer you are using crashes while you are working on a document, you will probably have lost some information, but you should be able to recover the last saved autoversion. In this example, that means that at most you will have lost 10 minutes worth of work.

There are two ways to recover information. Firstly, if you are at the same computer you were using when the problem occurred and nobody else has used it in the meantime, then once you have been able to restart or log back on to the computer, open Word again. When you open it, Word will automatically check for any auto-saved files on the left-hand side of the screen. You can then click through them and choose any that you want to keep, using “Save As” to save a copy of the file.

If you are not using the same computer, then you have to go to the file location where Word auto-saved the file. So in the example above, this would mean going to the “N:” drive.

  1. Click on Windows Explorer icon on the task bar
  2. Locate the”N:” drive
  3. Any automatically saved files will then be listed as .asd files

Automatic versions of files do not end with “.docx” or “.doc” like normal Word documents – they end with “.asd” which stands for “auto-saved document”. The file name will be the same as the name of the file you were working on but with “AutoRecovery save of” at the start. So if the file you were working on was called “My New Word File.docx”, then the last auto-saved version would be called “AutoRecovery of My New Word File.asd”. You can open it simply by double-clicking on it – the file will open in Word as usual and you can then use “Save As” to save it to the right location.

If no file is found you need to find the Autosave file and copy it to the location shown when Recover is used.

These can be found via File, Open and clicking the Recover Unsaved Documents button found at the very bottom of the Recent File List.

  1. Open Word and select File, Options.
  2. In the Options dialog box select Save from the left hand menu.
  3. Note the AutoRecover files location.
  4. Open Windows Explorer/My Computer
  5. Click on the Organise dropdown.
  6. Select Folder and Search Options.
  7. Select the View tab.
  8. Remove the tick next to Hide Extensions for known file types.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Select the Show hidden files, folders and drives radio button.
  11. Move to the location found in step 3 above.
  12. Open the folder which has your document name (with %20 representing spaces).
  13. Copy the .asd file.
  14. Return to Word and click on File, Open
  15. Scroll down until you can see the Recover Unsaved Documents button and click it.
  16. Paste the copied file into the folder
  17. Open the file

Microsoft have a useful article How to Recover a lost document http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316951/en-us

See aslo our FAQ 1648 I emailed my work to myself, opened it from the email, made some changes and then saved it but can now no longer find the updated copy – what has happened to it?

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Created by David Guest on 17 February 2010 and last updated by Adrian Chorlton on 1 August 2016

I was working on one of my major assignments for another ECS class. It was a Microsoft Word document, I had made quite a few changes in it, and most importantly those changes were seen and approved by the instructor. The Word document was already opened when I connected to ECMP355 class through zoom on Thursday night. I had some issue with my camera that night, it was not working. Katia said that don’t worry about it, it’s ok for tonight if I couldn’t fix it. I thought a restart of the computer may help to fix the problem. So, I restarted it without closing any of my opened applications (I did not pay attention what was opened because I was in a rush to catch the class at 7:00 PM and not to miss anything.) In rush, I accidentally skipped through the “Save your changes” dialog and closed Word without saving the document!

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

I realized the loss as soon as the computer turned back on. I connected with ECMP class but my mind had been diverted. I checked my assignment in the Word document with a hope that I might have saved my last changes. But unfortunately, I had lost all major changes that I made after discussion with my instructor. I was so upset that I could not focus well what was being discussed in the class. As soon as the class finished, I started to look online if there was a way to retrieve unsaved changes in the Word document. There were many articles and methods online, some of them did not work for me but then finally I was able to retrieve my data by gaining some knowledge from online resources and mixing it with my own troubleshooting techniques.

A big relief and excitement! Thank God, I will not have to redo it. Soon after that, I decided to share my experience with ECMP community as this week there was a free post choice. Many of us use Word document as a student and might also use it as a teacher in future for lesson planning. My post should be helpful to some of those who may encounter such a situation at any stage of learning or teaching.

The very first article that I read on “ How to Recover an Unsaved Word Document ” was on recovering an unsaved Word document using Microsoft Word 2010, Word 2013, and Word 2016. Since I was using Word 2016, I thought it would be beneficial for me. In an opened Word document, I followed the procedure as follows:

File Tab > Info > Manage Document > Recover Unsaved Documents

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

After clicking on the above-mentioned tabs/buttons, An ‘Open dialog box’ opens displaying a list of your unsaved recoverable Word documents. Select the Word document you wish to recover and click the Open button.

But, my document was not in the list. And to my understanding, the reason was that I have saved my document already and what I was looking for were the changes that I didn’t save before closing Word. This article gave me some information on ‘Change the save AutoRecover information time’ but it was not clear enough on how to retrieve unsaved changes. But through this, I found the path/location where auto recover files are saved on my computer.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

I checked the directory but there was no auto-recover file.

Then I looked for information on “Closing an existing Word document without saving it” and found this article “Recover Lost Changes To A Word Document”. It tells different things to try to retrieve the changes as, unfortunately, there is no one solution to this problem. And these troubleshooting techniques would only work if we have saved our document at some point (which was the case with me).

  • Restart Word to look for the recovered document – This method did not work for me as I had already started Word a few times during my troubleshooting. “Document discovery” task pane only shows up the first time you launch the Word application and there is no other Word document already opened. (I had a few other Word documents opened at that point.)
  • Search for AutoRecover files – This method did not work for me as there was no auto-recover file in the ‘recent document’ list. (In my Word ‘save’ options, Auto-recover time was set for 10 minutes only and it had been more than two hours since the changes were lost and I had opened my document several times in between.)
  • Search for .asd files – Again no luck with this method as well. The auto-recover file has been deleted from the location where these files used to store.
  • There was only one method left (Search for Word backup files). Before proceeding to the next one, I thought to check ‘recycle‘ bin to see if the deleted auto-recover version of the file is there. I was able to find the file by enabling “view hidden files“, my excitement was just overloaded. The reason I had to enable this option was that Word saves auto-recover files with .asd extension and not with .docx extension. (It means auto-recover files are not Word documents, you have to save it as a Word or .docx file immediately after opening it.)How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

If you’ve ever lost all of your work because you didn’t save your Microsoft Word document, you understand how palpable the pain can be.

Fortunately, Word has come a long way since the dark ages of backing up files on floppy disks. Nowadays, if you lose an unsaved Word document, there might still be a way to recover it. The process isn’t guaranteed, and you’ll likely have to try multiple methods before you find success, but it’s better than just giving up.

Here’s how to recover an unsaved Word document, as well as enable Word’s AutoSave feature to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Search for the original document

While you may not be able to recover your most recent additions, you might still be able to access the original version of your document.

On a PC, Open the Search bar by pressing the Windows key and type the name of your document. On a Mac, click the spotlight icon in the upper right corner of your desktop. If your document appears in the File list, you can open it by double-clicking it.

Search for Word backup files

Sometimes, Microsoft Word will save a backup version of a file without your prompting.

Open the folder in which your document was most recently saved and look for a file ending in .wbk or WBK. This is the file type associated with Word backup files.

Check the Recycling Bin

The Recycle Bin is where deleted files go before they are removed from your computer’s memory.

You can find the Recycle Bin on your desktop on a PC, or on your dock on a Mac. Double-click on it to open it and check the contents for your missing document.

Use Recover Unsaved Documents in Word

1. Open a document in Microsoft Word.

2. Click on File.

3. Click on Info, then Manage Document.

4. In the dialog window that appears, search for your missing document, click on it, and then select Open.

5. Once the document is opened, click File and then Save As and save it to a new location.

If you want to save the files manually, this can also be done on Windows by checking either of the following two directories (folders), where is replaced with your Windows username:

  • C:\Users \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word
  • C:\Users \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

Search for temporary files

1. Click the Start menu and type .tmp (including the period) into the search box.

2. At the top of the search box, click on the Documents tab.

3. Scroll through the files and search for file names that match the last few dates and times that you edited the document in question.

Quick tip: If you can’t find any .tmp files that are related, then you need to move on to another method.

4. Now, open Word and click on the File tab.

5. Select Open, then click on Browse.

6. Select the file format as All Files and navigate to the folder where you located the temp file(s) in step 3.

7. Open the file.

Enable AutoSave or AutoRecover

AutoSave is an option available to Microsoft 365 subscribers whereby your Word files are automatically saved to OneDrive or SharePoint. This option can be turned on and configured by turning the AutoSave toggle On at the top of Word.

On the other hand, AutoRecover is a feature accessible to non-subscribers.

1. Click on File, then Options, and click on the Save tab on the left of the window that appears.

2. Click the checkbox beside the Save AutoRecover information every X minutes option so that it has a check mark in the box icon.

3. Make sure that the Keep the last AutoRecovered Version if I close without saving box is also checked and press OK.

Quick tip: Having the AutoRecover option in step 2 set to automatically save more frequently is advisable.

Office 365 ProPlus is being renamed to Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. For more information about this change, read this blog post.

Symptoms

You’re working with a complex Word document. After an Auto-Save operation (the default interval is 10 minutes), you notice a general performance degradation when editing the document:

  • sluggish typing
  • slow screen refreshes when scrolling

Cause

The Auto-Recover file location points to a network share. This will force Word to use files located on a network share as temporary or scratch files.

Resolution

In order to resolve this problem, you need to set the Auto-Recover file location to a local path. The default path is %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Word. Also ensure that %APPDATA% (or Roaming Application Data) points to a local folder.

To change this setting, please go to File – Options – Save and modify the Text Box “Auto-Recover file location:”. Type in a valid local path.

More Information

Since the temporary files that Word uses are file-access-driven, accessing them through the network is not optimal.

File-access-driven means that the computer uses special file access commands that the operating system provides to read and write data to the file. This is not efficient on WAN or LAN links because WAN and LAN links use network-access-driven methods.

For more information on how Word creates and stores temporary files, please check Description of how Word creates temporary files.

A similar performance degradation occurs in Outlook if the PST file is located on the network. More information about that on Limits to using personal folders (.pst) files over LAN and WAN links.

I have been working on the document for a while, in autosaving mode, every 3 minutes, a folder is allocated on the Documents folder.iMac was shut down after the power cut. The file remained as the 8th of December file, not was auto-saved before the power cut for 2 days. Between 8 and 10th of December, all the entries were missing. I don’t know what to do, I followed the steps in the Community for different office-related issues. No progress.

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AutoSave and AutoRecover are two entirely different features.

AutoSave turns on automatically when you save a file to either OneDrive or SharePoint. It automatically turns OFF if you save a file anywhere else.

AutoRecover turns on automatically when you save a file to your Mac’s startup drive (Documents folder or Desktop, usually). The default AutoRecover location can be set in Word Preferences, as well as the interval for saving the AutoRecover file, AutoRecover works only when you save to your local startup volume. If you save anywhere else, AutoRecover may or may not be engaged depending on where you saved your file. If you turn AutoRecover off in Word > Preferences then there will be no AutoRecover file. When you close a document normally, then there will be no AutoRecover file because Word erases AutoRecover files when a document is successfully saved.

AutoRecover and AutoSave are never both on at the same time.

If you did not change any of Word’s default settings and you saved your file to your Mac OS Documents folder, you can follow these steps to retreive the AutoRecover file. If you changed the AutoRecover file location in Word Preferences, the setting you choose is where you will find the AutoRecover file

The best way to recover a document saved to your Documents folder is Time Machine

First, coming out of the gate I’ll put my hand up and admit that I am not tech savvy. I recently switched from Mac to a Surface Book laptop. I started a 365 subscription and my troubles have been endless.

After spending hours with tech support, it’s dismaying to learn that if I want auto save, I am forced to use one drive. I DO NOT want to use one drive. This is such a major design flaw. When I try to save manually to my local drive, for some reason, my work doesn’t save. This has meant that I’ve had to do work over sometimes three times – the third time was when I finally succumbed and turned on one drive again.

I really do not want to be in the Microsoft system and the company I work with, which is based in Europe, doesn’t allow us to save in cloud storage drives other than in our company’s designated drives.

Someone suggested to me that I completely wipe my computer and start from scratch, not signing into any MS account and installing Windows 2010. Is this the way to go? What about Windows 2016? I hear that 2019 would still force me to use one drive.

What I want is to use Windows, Excel and PowerPoint and to have my documents auto save into any drive that I choose (which would not be one drive).

Any help or insights would be gratefully received. I am even willing to change computers, systems whatever it takes. Thank you so much.

And Microsoft, if you are reading, it really sucks to force us to use your cloud storage for the auto save feature. Please consider changing this.

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1) There is no law in Europe that prevents the use of OneDrive for business. The company concerned may have its own rules. If you save to OneDrive you are no more in the MS system than when you buy an MS product

2) Within all Office components>File>Save, the set/Edit the default location, which will be set to OneDrive

You have a misconception about the purpose of Auto Save

3) Auto Save on the QUAT is applicable only to OneDrive, in File Options>Save you set the various options. There is no AutoSave as such, although when you exit a doc you will be prompted ” Save Changes”

And “someone suggested” – tell them to use pen and ink or their crystal ball

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1) There is no law in Europe that prevents the use of OneDrive for business. The company concerned may have its own rules. If you save to OneDrive you are no more in the MS system than when you buy an MS product

2) Within all Office components>File>Save, the set/Edit the default location, which will be set to OneDrive

You have a misconception about the purpose of Auto Save

3) Auto Save on the QUAT is applicable only to OneDrive, in File Options>Save you set the various options. There is no AutoSave as such, although when you exit a doc you will be prompted ” Save Changes”

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MS has Office and Windows set to default to OneDrive.

No you don’t have to save to OneDrive.

The OneDrive Autosave, basically saves as you type. You can’t get that degree of autsave any other way.

On the local drive there is the “autorecover” function. At a timed interval (you can change default 10 min) an “autorecover” backup copy is made. When you close the application normally the autorecover file is deleted. If it abends, then next time you open the application you are supposed to be given the option of useing that autorecover copy. It doesn’t always work, and sometimes I suspect that it actually causes abends

When saving to the local drive you can use 3rd party addons or DIY macros to create autosave copies.

Q. After revising my Word document, I accidentally closed it without saving. In an effort to recover the lost document, I followed the recovery steps outlined in the January 2017 Technology Q&A article, “Microsoft Word: Find a Lost Document,” but my lost document was not there. In fact, I could not find any recovered documents.

A. Most likely your AutoRecovery tool is turned off. To enable Word’s AutoRecovery tool, select File, Options, Save, and make sure the Save ­AutoRecover information every 10 minutes and the Keep the last AutoRecovered version if I close without saving boxes are checked. You might also consider setting your save interval to every three minutes (or so). These three setting adjustments are circled in red in the screenshot below.

Thereafter, Word will automatically save copies of your work at the intervals you specified.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

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Note: Instructions for Microsoft Office in “Technology Q&A” refer to the 2007 through 2016 versions, unless otherwise specified.

Did you lose an important file in Microsoft Word? There are many ways you can recover it. Here’s how.

  • Use the Document Recovery task pane that will appear if Word crashes
  • Click to File and Info. Then, under Manage Documents, click the file name labeled (when I closed without saving)
  • Head to File and then click Info, and then head to Manage Document, and finally, click on Recovered Unsaved Documents
  • Try using OneDrive and “version history” instead

One of the most terrifying things that can happen when writing something in Microsoft Word is having the application crash on you. Typically, that means you could possibly have lost the important document you were working on.

Long ago, this meant that your file would be gone for good, but more recent versions of the popular word processor will auto recover some of your lost work. As we continue to dive deeper into each of the Office 365 apps, we will now explain how you can recover or restore lost files in Microsoft Word.

How to turn on Autorecover

One of the easiest ways to recover lost files in Microsoft Word is with the Autorecover feature. It should be turned on by default, but if it is not, you can easily enable it. Simply head to File, then clicking on Options, and then choose Save. Youll want to make sure that the “Save AutoRecover information every x minutes” box is selected. Importantly, you will also need to make sure that the “keep the last AutoRecovered version if I close without saving” box is selected.

Keep in mind, though, that the recovered files could be different from what you were last working on when Word crashed. Saves will be made based on how long you’ve set up AutoRecover. You can tweak the minutes in the Save AutoRecover information every x minutes box just to be safe.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Use the Document Recovery task pane

If something ever goes wrong with Microsoft Word, and the app crashes, you should see the Document Recovery pane appear when you re-launch. There will be files names inside the pane, along with the date and the time of the of last autosave. It will be best to pick the most recent file listed in that pane, but you can also click each file individually to open and review it.

Once you click on a file to open it, you can get back to working on the document like Word never crashed. If you happen to press on Close by accident, the files will still appear again later. You also can select options to view the file later, or remove the files, if not needed.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Manually recovering saved files

If you’ve previously saved a file, and Microsoft Word crashed, you can still get back into the version you were last working on. Simply open the file, and then click to File and Info. Then, under Manage Documents, click the file labeled (when I closed without saving.) In the top bar, you’ll then want to click on Restore. You also can compare different versions of the file by clicking Compare.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Manually recovering files that aren’t saved

In the event that you didn’t save a file when Microsoft Word crashed, you still might be able to recover it. Head to File and then click Info, and then head to Manage Document, and finally, click on Recovered Unsaved Documents. You’ll then be able to select the file from the explorer and click on Open. Make sure that you click Save As in the warning prompt that appears in the top ar, so you can save the file.

Avoid the trouble, just OneDrive!

One of the best ways to avoid the trouble of having to deal with Autorecover and restoring Word files is to save files to OneDrive. With the power of OneDrive, your changes are saved automatically. This will allow you to use the “version history” of a file, and see all your changes, on any computer or from the web, without having to worry about manual saves. Saves with AutoSave typically happen every few seconds, which means you’ll have extra peace of mind.

It is quite common among Windows users to accidentally close the window or shut down the PC while working on Word documents. You may also experience an app crash or BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), which leaves the Word document unsaved. If you think you lost your work, don’t worry. There are still ways to recover an unsaved word document on your PC.

Let us discuss some effective methods to recover an unsaved Word document on your Windows 10 PC.

Recover Unsaved Word Document from Autosave

In Microsoft Word, there is a built-in autosave feature. While working in a document, the MS Word app creates backups of the file periodically. So, if the app or PC go crashing, you can recover the autosave version quickly.

Follow these steps to recover the word document in which you saved at least once.

  1. Open Word on your PC.
  2. Click on your document under “Recent.”
  3. It will open up the Document with Document Recovery Pane.
  4. Click on the latest autosave version from the “Document Recovery” pane.
  5. Now you can save the word document and continue working.

This will work if you have saved the document file at least once. If the file was unsaved, you could try your luck with the auto recover option on the Microsoft Word app.

Recover Unsaved Word Document from AutoRecover

Sometimes, you start working on a Word document without saving at least once. In such cases, you will not be able to get the autosave version. Even the Recent Documents may not list them. The AutoRecover feature on Microsoft Word comes handy to help in such situations.

Let us see how to recover an unsaved Word document on Windows 10 from AutoRecover.

  1. Launch Microsoft Word app on your Windows 10 PC.
  2. Click on the Blank Document.
  3. In the new Document window, the Document Recovery pane will show you the document you were recently working on with an AutoRecovered tag.
  4. Click on it, and there you go. The autosave word feature will do the rest.
  5. Click on the Save button on the tiny message on the top of the document to save it.

Unlike the autosave version, the AutoRecovered Word Doc is likely to be missing some data. Don’t worry. You will get almost every Word you typed on the unsaved Word document before.

Find Out All Unsaved Word Documents

As you know now, it is easy to recover the latest document on Word. Also, MS Word lets you find out the autosaved files from the Welcome window itself. You must be on Microsoft Office 2016 or 2019 to do this. Follow the steps to find out all unsaved Word documents.

  1. Open Microsoft Word on your Windows PC.
  2. From the left pane, click on Open.
  3. Click on the Recover Unsaved Documents button at the bottom right.
  4. A new window will pop up, which will list out the unsaved Documents.
  5. Open the .asd file that contains your unsaved content.
  6. Now, you can edit the unsaved document of your wish and save.

The unsaved files in Microsoft Word are saved in .asd format. When you open them from Word, you can continue editing as a regular document. Later, you can save the word document file in PDF or other formats.

Manually Recover an Unsaved Word Document

Sometimes, the AutoRecovery and Autosave features may fail. In such cases, you are likely to lose the unsaved document. But, here is a little tweak that lets you manually recover unsaved Word documents on Windows 10.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click on File from the menu bar.
  3. Click on Options at the bottom on the left pane.
  4. On the popup window, go to the Save tab.
  5. Look for the AutoRecover file location.
  6. Click on Browse.
  7. In the Opening Directory, you will find your unsaved files with .asd extension.
  8. Double-click the document, and Choose Word as the app to Open the Document.
  9. The autosave word document will open in read-only mode.
  10. Click on Enable Editing to start editing the document.

Henceforth, you can save the file or copy and paste it on another word document to continue your work.

Enable AutoRecover and Autosave on Word

Autosave is a helpful feature in Word. It saves your files every 10 minutes automatically. But, if your system crashes just before an autosave, you will lose what you typed in the past few minutes. To avoid that, you can set Autosave to 1 Minute on Word.

  1. Open Word, click on the Options tab.
  2. Go to the Save tab from the window.
  3. Click on Save Autorecover information every and provide “1” to set it to 1-minute.
  4. Click on OK.

You can set the Autosave to 1-minute. Microsoft Word will save your document every minute while you work on it.

That’s all about the best methods to recover unsaved Word document on Windows 10. These methods can work after a System crash or app crash. I hope you follow the best.

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Use this page in the Options dialog box to specify whether to automatically back up files or not. You can also specify if you want to restore modified files if Visual Studio shuts down unexpectedly.

To access this dialog box, go to Tools > Options > Environment > AutoRecover.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Save AutoRecover information every [n] minutes

Use this option to customize how often a file is automatically saved in the editor. For previously saved files, Visual Studio saves a copy of the file in %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\BackupFiles\[projectname]. If the file is new and you haven’t saved it yet, Visual Studio autosaves it by using a randomly generated file name.

Use this option to customize how often a file is automatically saved in the editor. For previously saved files, Visual Studio 2019 version 16.2 and later saves a copy of the file in %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\BackupFiles\[projectname]. If the file is new and you haven’t saved it yet, Visual Studio autosaves it by using a randomly generated file name.

If you are using Visual Studio 2019 version 16.1 or earlier, the file location is %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Visual Studio [version]\Backup Files\[projectname]. For more information, see the Visual Studio 2019 Release Notes History page.

Use this option to customize how often a file is automatically saved in the editor. For previously saved files, Visual Studio 2017 saves a copy of the file in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Visual Studio [version]\Backup Files\[projectname]. If the file is new and you haven’t saved it yet, Visual Studio autosaves it by using a randomly generated file name.

Keep AutoRecover information for [n] days

Use this option to specify how long Visual Studio keeps files created for autorecovery.

I am using Microsoft Word 2016 Version 15.18 for mac.

6th time this has happened to me. WEEKS worth of work lost.

After hours and hours of work, (and during the work, I constantly saved the document), I was trying to exit Word. It said I had documents that needed reviewing of changes before shutting down. I reviewed the changes and saved the documents. One wouldn’t save, the “Save As” option was all greyed out. I had already saved it a million times, had the program set to create a backup copy immediately and autosave every five minutes, so I thought it should be fine..

So I just closed the program. You would think at least some of my work would be saved! When I go to reopen the document, it is ZERO bytes and there is no text.

This document was saved in my iCloud Drive folder on my desktop. All other documents like this, seemed to have properly created the backup copy immediately. There was NO BACKUP copy created for this one.

I have tried opening and repair, open and recover text.

and

I have autosave set to every five minutes and I had create a backup copy immediately checked in my preferences. No backup copy was created. I saved it multiple times while working and all versions of this document are blank.

There was a weird glitch when I went to close word, it asked me if I want to review changes, and then suddenly, the document I was JUST working on is blank.

The version in AutoRecovery was also blank and so was the both copies in the Library folders. I save my documents on my iCloud Drive folder. They are also blank in there.

Last time this happened a few months ago, I had to start from scratch. Looks like I will again! HOW CAN I EVERY TRUST THIS APPLICATION AGAIN.

When I called support, they had know idea what could have happened. In fact, they thought it was my fault and I didn’t save it. Awful customer service. Nothing they can do. Well there is a BAD glitch in this software. I do not recommend anyone using it, all the “backup” methods failed me.

If anyone has anymore suggestions, I would deeply appreciate it. This is totally unacceptable.

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I hope I wasn’t sarcastic, rude and condescending to you. I quite often am, but I had not intended to be to you! Sorry if it came across that way. What happened is that they have changed the view in this forum (again!). I saw only the two original posts, and thought you were both way out of date. The current posts were three pages down and an extra button to click. I am sorry, I wish they wouldn’t do this 🙂

Just a point: we can blame Microsoft for many things it provides, but not for my advice — I am a private citizen: a consultant technical writer who works with Word on long and complex documents all day. My only connection to Microsoft is the MVP recognition, for offering advice in here for the past 20 years. Yes, I know this forum has not been around for 20 years, but I have, I started out on UseNet 🙂

I will be the last to defend AutoRecover! I have always considered its design to be deeply flawed (Word does not have an AutoSave facility: I have been asking for one for 20 years, shows how much notice they take of me!).

The problem with timing is that (especially when saving to cloud drives. ) there are a lot of moving parts to a Word “save”. More so with an AutoRecover (see below). If you get a stutter in the connection to the cloud drive during an AutoRecover save, the save can be still in progress when it is time for the next one. Not so bad: you will get a message “Autorecover save suspended for document name” and the next one should be OK. However, Mac OS is sometimes a bit lazy about releasing the file locks on files it has been using (so can Windows be, but Mac OS is a bit worse). If the AutoRecover save takes “a while” and the locks have not been released in time for the next AutoRecover save, you can get a problem such as you experienced.

AutoRecover saves a log of the CHANGES to a document, it does not save the document itself. AutoRecover “recovery” kicks in only if Word KNOWS that it has crashed (i.e. when the Microsoft Error Report appears). Then, it opens the original document and attempts to apply the list of changes to it. If for some reason Word can’t read the original (because, say, it corrupted it. ) then you’re hosed: there is nothing to apply the changes to. And that’s why I consider it to be flawed.

I guess somewhere in this very lengthy thread, someone has mentioned that Tracked Changes make everything much less reliable? Tracked Changes all remain in the document until they have been accepted or rejected, so the code in the document can become extremely complex, and as we know, complexity is the enemy of reliability.

There are rumours around that Microsoft is working on a genuine Automatic Save mechanism (at LAST!). Not confirmed yet. It would be quite a major change, so don’t expect it soon.

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Have you been in a situation where you lost your important Word files due to unsaved Word document changes? There are several reasons why document files disappear. One of the simplest causes is not properly saving the document or accidental deletion. In worst-case scenarios, documents or files get deleted if the Microsoft Word app crashes, system formatting, or virus attack. This may happen in our day-to-day work routine. Could you still get your valuable word files back? Absolutely! In this post, we’re going to cover practical methods and effective way to recover lost word document.

Practical Methods to Recover Unsaved Word Documents

Recover from Temporary Files

Temporary files are one of the ways through which you can recover your unsaved documents when using Microsoft Word. It is a built-in feature in the program so there’s no software installation required. To show you how it’s done, below are the simple steps you need to follow.

  • First, launch the Word application. Click on the “File” tab at the top left corner.
  • Next, navigate to “Info” and look for “Manage Versions” from this page. Click the drop-down menu and choose the “Recover Unsaved Documents” option.
  • Then a list of unsaved file documents will be shown. Select the file and click “Open” to finally recover word document.

Search for AutoRecover Files

Another practical way to restore the deleted or unsaved document file is through AutoRecover. For your information, the document that was accidentally deleted is not permanently wiped off from the system. The Word app backs up your documents and stored on the computer disc. But when a file is overwritten, you won’t be able to recover it. Therefore, you should quickly search for auto-recovery before other files take its disc space. To recover word file using this method, here is a list of steps to guide you.

  • Open the Word desktop app on your PC and go to the “File” tab. After that, hit “Options” followed by the “Save” section. Look for its auto recover file location and copy the file path.
  • Now open “File Explorer” and paste the file path to the folder path. Click the “Refresh” icon.
  • Then, you should see a folder that has the name of your document file. Copy the asd file inside the folder.
  • Next, go back to the Word app and go to “File” and select “Open.” Now, hit “Recover Unsaved Documents” at the bottom interface. A window will then appear where you should paste the asd file to recover word document.

Recover with Document Recovery

If for some reason the computer system crashed resulting in unsaved documents, you can possibly get back your document files using the Document Recovery feature of Microsoft Word. See the following instruction to recover your Word document.

  • Launch the Word program and you should see the “Document Recovery” notice at the left side of the interface.
  • Now click the drop-down button associated with your document and select “Open.”
  • After following the above steps, you should be able to recover Word file and resume editing it.

Restore from Recycle Bin

There are also instances when you are trying to delete a document but accidentally deleted the important one. If this exactly happens to you, you can still get your documents back fromthe recycle bin. If you are wondering, all the files and documents you delete aren’t permanently deleted from your computer. These are stored in the recycle bin folder. Keep reading to know how to recover deleted word document from the recycle bin.

  • On your desktop find “Recycle Bin” and double click to open.
  • Once the folder is opened, locate the document file you intend to retrieve.
  • Right-click on the document file and choose “Restore”. By then, you should be able to edit the document.

Using ApowerRecover

In unfortunate situations where you permanently deleted the files from your computer, it’s best to use ApowerRecover when it comes to data recovery. This helps you recover any type of data such as document, audio, video, photos, or other desktop and hard drive files. Also, it can handle data recovery whether you are using Mac or Windows PC. Moreover, the app features a “Deep Scan” that allows you to recover every bit of lost or deleted files effectively. Read along to know how to recover Word document.

  • Download ApowerRecover and install the app on your computer.
  • Launch it and scan the drive where your document is stored. Once the scanning is finished, look for the “Documents” folder from the list of recoverable files.
  • Mark the Word documents you want to restore and click the “Recover” button. Specify a folder where you want to save the file and then wait until the recovery is done.
  • After the successful recovery, you can preview the restored document.

Conclusion

All the methods mentioned above can help you recover your important Word files. While Microsoft Word comes with built-in recovery features, it is always best to use a data recovery app like ApowerRecover. It provides a flexible and high success rate of recovery for the best user experience.

Is it possible that the autosave function replaces data without possibility of recovering it if the file is saved locally?!

I fear I might just have lost some very important documents on a file I was composing on my iPad. The file was saved locally, so no online backup, because I often work while travelling and not always I can count on a reliable connection, whcih slows me down everytime I have to work on a file saved online. Before closing my document the last time I opened it I highlighted all the writing I did so far to count the words. I am afraid that for some reason the text was deleted without me noticing. The next time I open the file it’s blank. Thinking that Word is glitching I just go back to the main page, which trigger the autosave. A this pont the restore version function, whcih lets me switch between the current version and the one immediately previous doesn’t let me go back to two versions before and my text seems to have been permanently overwritten.

Is it possible that when saving the file locally the autosave function can save unwanted changes and permanently overwrite entire documents without even confirming with me? Is this app so badly designed that if one accidentally exits to the homescreen can lose hours and hours of work? Is it reasonable that the app saves only one version of the file when working locally and this witout even confirming the changes with me? It seems that when developers designed this they programmed the autosave function to work like one could access an endless verison history, only that that version history goes back only to the immeditaely previous version.

I am so upset with how this has designed because it’s so lazy on the side of the programmers to assume that people will only use online and cloud functionalities and just forget to design the autosave function properly!

Go back to work and try to deliver a functioning product! You produce software that is deemed for professioanl use, you shouldn’t put people’s work in danger of being permanently lost because of umprperly programmed automations

How to recover unsaved Word documents

You can try to recover an unsaved Word document by:

If you’re looking for information about how to recover other recent Office files, see the following articles:

If you can’t open the document, or the content in the document is damaged, see How to troubleshoot damaged documents in Word.

To find a lost document:

Try searching for the document in Windows:

  1. Select Start, type the document name (in Windows 8.1, type the name in the Search box), and then press Enter.
  2. If the Documents list (or Files list in Windows 8.1) contains the document, double-click the document to open it in Word.

If the search results don’t contain the file, go to the next method.

Word backup file names have a “.wbk” extension. If you have the “backup copy” option selected in Word, there might be a backup copy of the file.

To check whether this option is on, select File > Options > Advanced, scroll down to the Save section, and then select Always create backup copy.

If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, check these two folder locations for a backup file:

  • C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word
  • C:\Users\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

Note: In these paths, replace <UserName> with your username.

To find the backup copy of the file, select Start, enter .wbk in the Search box, and then press Enter. If you find any files that have the name “Backup of” followed by the name of the missing file, double-click the file name to open it.

If you don’t find a backup file for the document, go to the next method.

If you deleted a Word document without emptying the Recycle Bin, you might be able to restore the document.

  1. Double-click the Recycle Bin on the Desktop.
  2. Search through the list of documents to see whether the deleted Word document is still there. If you don’t know the file name, look for file types such as .doc, .docx, and .dot.
  3. If you find the desired Word file, right-click the file name, and then select Restore to recover the file.

If you don’t find the desired file, go to the next method.

Windows File Recovery Tool

If you are using Windows 10, version 2004 or later, you can try the Windows File Recovery tool. Windows File Recovery is available from the Microsoft Store. You can use it to recover files that have been permanently deleted. For more information about this tool, see Recover lost files on Windows 10.

Restoring documents saved to SharePoint and OneDrive

For documents that you saved or synced to OneDrive, see Restore deleted files or folders in OneDrive.

To find missing content or a newer version:

Word takes different actions to protect your changes in Word documents:

If Word opens a document from SharePoint or OneDrive, the program uses AutoSave to save changes to the “cloud” document. We recommend that you leave the AutoSave feature set to On. . image type=”content” source=”media/recover-lost-document\autosave-on.png” alt-text=”Image shows the AutoSave option in the On position.”.

If Word opens a document from your local disk or network shared folder, Word uses AutoRecover to save changes to an AutoRecover file. The default AutoRecover save interval is 10 minutes. We recommend that you leave the AutoRecover feature set to On.

. image type=”content” source=”media/recover-lost-document/word-options.png” alt-text=”Screenshot shows the Save Documents section of Word options, with Autorecover set to every ten minutes.”.

Word searches for AutoRecover files every time it starts. Therefore, you can try using the AutoRecover feature by closing and reopening Word. If Word finds any automatically recovered file, the Document Recovery task pane opens, and the missing document should be listed as “document name [Original]” or as “document name [Recovered].” If this occurs, double-click the file name in the Document Recovery pane, select File > Save as, and then save the document as a .docx file. To manually change the extension to .docx, right-click the file, and select Rename.

Note In Microsoft 365 Subscription, when Word starts, it searches for AutoRecover files. If any recovered files are found, Word opens them by having a Message Bar. Select Save to save the recovered file as a .docx file. If there are many recovered files, Word usually opens the last-changed files, and puts the remaining files into the Document Recovery task pane. . image type=”content” source=”media/recover-lost-document/recovered-unsaved-file.png” alt-text=”Screenshot shows a header that reads, Recovered Unsaved File. This is a recovered file that is temporarily stored on your computer. There is a Save button next to it.” border=”false”.

If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, check the following folder locations for backup files:

  • C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word
  • C:\Users\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

Note: In these paths, replace <UserName> with your username.

If you don’t find the missing file in these locations, open Word, and select File > Info > Manage Document > Recover Unsaved Documents.

. image type=”content” source=”media/recover-lost-document/manage-document.png” alt-text=”Screenshot shows the Manage Document option, with Recover Unsaved Documents selected.”.

If you still haven’t found the file, try manually searching for AutoRecover files. To do this, select Start, enter .asd in the Search box, then press Enter.

If you find any files that have the .asd extension, follow these steps:

  1. Open Word, and then go to File > Open > Browse.
  2. In the files of type list to the right of File name, select All Files.
  3. Right-click the backup file that you found, and then select Open.

If there are no .asd files, go to the next method.

Temporary file names have a .tmp extension. To find these files, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start, type .tmp (in Windows 8.1, type .asd in the Search box), and then press Enter.
  2. Select the Documents tab.
  3. Scroll through the files to search for file names that match the last few dates and times that you edited the document.
    • If you find the missing file, go to step 4.
    • If you don’t find the file, repeat steps 1 through 3, but search on the tilde character (

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

It can be disappointing when you realise you have deleted or failed to save the changes in a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document. You may have been the victim of a Windows crash, or even a power cut. But hours of hard work may not be lost as there are several ways you can try to recover Microsoft Office documents.

Tech Advisor explains where to look for temporary files, backups and old versions of your files as well as software which can attempt to recover a deleted file.

If you’ve accidentally deleted something in a document (or the whole thing) but Word, Excel or PowerPoint is still open, press Ctrl-Z to undo the mistake. This works in most situations, including in web browsers, so if you’ve lost an entire email or long forum post, try the Ctrl-Z to reverse it.

If that doesn’t work, it may still be possible to get your document back. It really depends on how your computer (and Office in particular) is configured, which version of Office you are running and how the file was lost, deleted or corrupted.

There are no guarantees, but try the following and you can be back in business:

Look for the AutoRecover or backup version

By default, Office saves a copy of your file from time to time in case of a power cut or other failure. In theory, when you next launch Word, Excel or other Office program, it should present a list of files you can continue to work on, but sometimes you’ll see nothing at all.

If this happens, here is how to find the AutoRecover files:

  • In the Tools menu, click Options
  • Go to the File Locations tab and double-click AutoRecover files
  • Copy or write down the file path, the click Cancel, and then Close
  • Using Windows Explorer navigate to the AutoRecover file location
  • Search for files with names ending in .asd
  • Click the Office button (top left) and choose Word Options
  • In the Navigation Pane, click Save
  • In the AutoRecover file location box, note the path, and then click Cancel.
  • Using Windows Explorer navigate to the AutoRecover file location
  • Search for files with names ending in .asd
  • Go to the File menu and choose Recent
  • Click on Recover Unsaved Documents (at the bottom)

This takes you to the folder in which Office automatically saves your work, even if you never hit ‘Save’ and give it a filename.

Similarly, in Office 2013 or later, a panel listing recovered documents will appear when you next open a document.

Manual search

If all these fail, then you can use Windows Search (or the Start menu search box in Windows Vista, 7 or 10) to search for the file name.

You need to only remember one word from the filename, or if not, search for all Word documents. To do this, type *.doc or type *.docx to find all Word files. (The ‘*’ is called a wildcard and means Windows will return any file with a .doc or .docx extension.)

If you know you used a different file type, such as RTF, then search for *.rtf instead. (Excel files are .xls or .xlsx, while PowerPoint documents have .ppt or .pptx extensions.)

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If that fails, try searching instead for Word backup files using the *.wbk or *.asd wildcards. If that turns nothing up, try *.tmp or

Undelete documents

It is easy to inadvertently delete a document, but the chances of getting it back are fairly high, especially if you act quickly.

First, look in the Windows Recycle Bin. Your document is likely to be in this temporary folder unless you are in the habit of pressing Shift-Delete, in which case it bypasses the Recycle Bin and gets ‘properly’ deleted.

However, it doesn’t actually get erased from your hard drive: Windows merely ‘forgets’ where the file is and that disk space can then be overwritten with a new file.

It is at this point you should try a file recovery utility. There are many free options, but a popular one is Recuva, which comes in both installable and portable versions. This is important as you don’t want to download or install a utility on the computer on which your deleted file resides as the new program might overwrite it.

Instead, install the portable version of Recuva onto a handy USB flash drive (using a different computer to download it) and then run it on the computer where your file has been deleted. As long as it hasn’t been overwritten you should be able to recover the document, although it may be missing its file name.

Find a copy of the document

There might be an older copy of your file, which might save you some work as you will only have to update it if any changes were made between the copy and the version that was lost.

But unless you select the option, Office doesn’t automatically create copies of your documents. But if enabled, there should be a second version of your file called ‘Backup of xxxx’ where ‘xxxx’ is the original filename.

To force Office to make copies, you need to go into the options, find the Save section and look for an ‘Always create a backup copy’ setting. Not all versions of Office have this, but you will find options there to save AutoRecover data – set the time between auto-saves to a few minutes, and that way you’ll only ever lose a small amount of work.

Some cloud storage services, including Dropbox, automatically create copies of your files each time you edit them, so it is worth checking for this if your file was ever saved to the cloud.

Another way to find your file comes in the form of Windows Shadow Copy. This is not available in all editions of Windows, but you can check if yours has it and whether or not it’s enabled.

To see if there is an older version of your file, launch Windows Explorer and right-click on the file that contained your document. Click Properties and then look for a Previous Versions tab. If there is one, click on it and you should see a list of dates. Double-click on a date you think the file should have existed and look for the file.


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Q. Microsoft Word sometimes crashes and I lose changes I just made to my file. What can I do?

A. To help prevent crashes, start by making sure you have installed all the available updates of Windows and Word on your computer.

Manually saving the file (the popular Control-S shortcut on Windows, or Command-S on the Mac version) is one way to retain more of your work. Although it does not replace manually saving the file at frequent intervals, recent versions of Microsoft Word include an AutoRecover function that can sometimes salvage a more recent version of a file after a crash.

To use the AutoRecover in Word 2010, go to the File menu and choose Options. On the left toolbar, click on Save. Make sure the checkbox is turned on next to “Save AutoRecover info every:” and then type the number of minutes between automatic saves of the file. The default is usually 10 minutes, but you can choose more frequent autosaves.

In Word 2007, you can get to the equivalent Save settings by clicking the Office Menu button, clicking on Word Options and clicking on Save in the left toolbar. In Word 2003, go to the Tools menu and choose Options. On most Mac OS X versions of Word, go to the Word menu, choose Preferences and click on the Save icon. The Word Options/Settings box also lets you turn on a checkbox to save a backup copy of your file on the computer; it’s in the Advanced options in Windows or the Save settings on a Mac.

After a system crash, Word’s AutoRecover function should kick in and show you the version of the file it saved on its own, which is hopefully newer than the last version you manually saved. Microsoft has more information on the AutoRecover function and where the files are kept on your computer at support.microsoft.com/kb/107686.

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EverNote, a free app made for taking different types of notes, offers a desktop program, evernote.com, that lets you save Web pages to a file and sync them with an iPad before you go offline. If you can save Web pages as a PDF files on your computer, you can sync them to the iPad through iTunes to Apple’s free iBooks app.

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In Word (Office 365 version) I used to be able to autosave locally to the PC instead of to OneDrive. Now I am being forced to save to OneDrive if I want the Autosave feature turned on in Word. But I’d rather not use OneDrive since I already have Google Drive, and it is not necessary to use both (in fact they seem incompatible as far as I can tell as OneDrive started clobbering my Google Drive folder locations when I tried to install it).

I’m usually logged out of my 365 account when I’m just using Word, so it seems unnecessary to force me to log into my 365 account and save on OneDrive. Any solutions?

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I am sorry, the AutoSave feature in the Office 365 Applications is only available for files saved to OneDrive

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I totally agree with you, I always save locally to my PC and only use the Cloud as a manual backup

In Word, go to File – Options – Save and set that to save to your PC by default and you can choose a preferred Save folder

They should really re-think the AutoSave function and allow that for locally saved files as well . . .

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I did check the Default Save to PC option (and unchecked the Autosave OneDrive at the top of the menu). But that still won’t allow me to turn Autosave on for autosaving locally to the PC. As DaveM121 notes above, a local to PC autosave feature simply is apparently not available for stand-alone versions of the Office products (even though it used to be – one reason not to upgrade).

Below is a link to the information that Microsoft has on Autosave if any others are reading this thread and seeking more information. The gist of it seems to be that non-subscribers/stand-alone Office users need to rely on AutoRecover as indicated in this “reassuring” sentence:

“If you’re not a subscriber, don’t worry. There’s still AutoRecover. AutoRecover helps protect files in case of a crash. If you reopen the file after a crash, a version of the file with your latest changes appears in a Document Recovery pane. “

But “a version of your file with the latest changes” implies that it is autosaving anyway — just not in the document you’re updating like with Autosave! Autorecover (IMHO) is a poor substitute for Autosave.

Commentary: A recent Microsoft Office 365 change can have disastrous consequences. Here’s what I changed — and why.

Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET’s popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook “I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie”).

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Here’s a common practice: You open an existing document in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, make some changes to it, then save it using a different filename. That leaves the original alone, but gives you a modified copy.

Just one problem: Microsoft’s Office 365 no longer works that way. Because of an incomprehensible change pushed out not long ago, any changes you make are automatically saved — meaning your original document is overwritten, even if you don’t want it to be.

What’s more, when working on a document that’s already been saved at least once, you’ll notice that the “Save As” option — as old as the software itself — has disappeared from the File menu.

What the heck, Microsoft?

This is especially frustrating because the update was pushed out without warning, explanation or instruction. It just happened one day. To me it seems borderline insane that Microsoft would change a fundamental method of saving Office documents without adequately informing users.

It gets worse: Although you can easily turn off the new AutoSave feature by clicking the little toggle in the upper-left corner of the screen, that turns it off only for the current document. There’s no way to globally disable AutoSave.

What you can do is turn off AutoRecover, the feature that automatically creates a backup at regular intervals. That effectively disables AutoSave — while also leaving you without the aforementioned backup.

If you’re willing to do that, click File > Options > Save, then clear the checkbox next to “Save AutoRecover information every X minutes.”

How to use autorecover to automatically save your word documents and recover lost changes

Sure, you can turn off AutoSave — but only if you turn off automatic backups as well.

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There’s another way to work around this, but it means changing the way you work, and probably have worked for decades. Microsoft recommends that when you open an existing document with the intention of saving it with a different filename, you use the new “Save a Copy” option (which is what replaced “Save As”) before you make any changes.

Ugh. What if I make changes and then decide to abandon them? Now I’ve got an unnecessary, unwanted copy I have to manually delete.

I wouldn’t be so miffed about this if Microsoft had notified me first. Plenty of web and mobile apps present users with informative overlays when introducing them to new features. Why can’t Office 365 work the same way?

If you’re equally miffed, there’s one more option: You can disable AutoSave by tweaking the Windows registry. That’s according to a Microsoft support article. Unfortunately, the hack works only in Office 365 ProPlus. I tried to find those same registry entries in Office 365 Home and came up empty.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

Below, you can read 7 tips for more fun with your Sonos system.

Tip 1: Operate via Google Assistant

Tip 2: Choose streaming service

Tip 3: Create playlist

Tip 4: Control music without a phone

Tip 5: Fall asleep and wake up to your favorite music

Tip 6: Turn off the light

Tip 7: Extend the system

Tip 1: control your speakers via Google Assistant

You can use Google Assistant on the Sonos Beam and the Sonos One to control your Sonos speakers with you voice. Ask the speakers to play a song and pause it, or ask questions about the weather, traffic, the latest news, or your Google calendar. Do you have speakers other than the Sonos Beam or Sonos One? You can connect them to a Google Home speaker to use the voice control.

Tip 2: choose the correct streaming service

You once bought a subscription to a streaming service and then never worried about it again. In recent years, however, a lot of new services have come up. Each has its own pros and cons, so take your time to choose the right service. Most providers offer a free trial subscription, allowing you to try out new services at no risk.

Tip 3: create playlists

In the Sonos app you create playlists for every occasion, such as a party or a quiet evening on the couch. Put all your favorite songs in a list and you no longer have to set up each song separately. When you come home after a long day, you play this list with the press of a button.

Tip: do you use different streaming services? With Sonos playlists you can effortlessly create a playlist of songs from different services.

Tip 4: control your music without a phone

Don’t have your smartphone at hand for the moment? No worries. Press your speaker’s mute or play button twice and select the next song in your playlist.

Tip 5: wake up and go to sleep with your favorite music

Use the Sleep and Alarm functions on the Sonos app to stop the music or turn it on automatically. With the Sleep function, the system will automatically shut off after a preset time. This allows you to fall sleep without any worries while listening to your favorite music. The next morning, the Alarm function lets the system automatically put on your favorite morning music.

Tip 6: switch off the light

All Sonos speakers have a white light that indicates the speaker is connected to your network. This light can be very annoying when you’re going to sleep or watching a movie. In the Sonos app, you can easily switch off this light.

Tip 7: expand your system

The Sonos system offers many expansion possibilities. For example, create a stereo pair or a complete surround system in your living room. Or do you want to add your old hi-fi speakers to your multiroom system? Click on the button below for an overview of all expansion possibilities.

Not just a speaker! Find out all kinds of things that you never knew you could do with a Sonos system.

Today’s options for smart speakers are endless, with customers able to find something at any price range for whatever their needs are in their bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. Over the past couple of years, Sonos has dominated the home speaker market. Sonos is a leader in home audio, offering customers some of the best sounding speakers available.

The Sonos experience is more than just sound, though, the system offers a multitude of features for those who purchase to explore. Let’s take a look at some awesome things your Sonos speaker system can do to make your home that much smarter.

10 Use Your Sonos Speaker As An Alarm Clock Or Sleep Machine

Seamlessly integrate your Sonos into your morning and nighttime routine so you can start and end your day on the best note. Sonos has a pretty cool alarm feature in the Sonos app. Head to the More tab, scroll to Alarms and hit New Alarm. Here you’ll be able to pick your wake-up song, the rooms you want it to play in, and the frequency. You’ll even get a notification on your phone when the alarm sounds to switch it off quickly. If you enjoy falling asleep to music, nature sounds, or podcasts, there’s a sleep timer that will automatically turn off your music after a specific time.

9 Control Your Sonos System From Your Apple Watch

Although Sonos hasn’t updated its own app to allow you to control your system from your Apple Watch, there is a third-party app out there that has this covered. Zone play was created by a group of developers, providing a chance for Sonos owners to control their system right from their wrists. The Zone play app allows users to manage multiple speakers, or even group everything together and enjoy party mode with a few taps of your watch. Users can also quickly select their Sonos favorites, which is an impressive feature!

8 Enjoy A Different Sound In Every Room

With Sonos, you can adjust the sound settings for each speaker in the Settings menu, allowing you to customize the sound for each room. iOS device owners can take this one step further with Trueplay. Trueplay is a feature that customizes audio settings based on the layout of the room. Use the microphone on the iOS device to pick up on furniture and wall positions to amplify the speakers to match the acoustics of the room, creating the best sound possible.

All of Sonos’ speakers can be Trueplay’d, including the Playbar. Even if you don’t have an iOS device, you can borrow one from a friend or family member to temporarily complete the setup and create incredible sound throughout your home.

7 Control Your Sonos System With Your Voice

Controlling your home speaker system with your voice sounds like something straight out of The Jetsons. Well, the future is already here, as Sonos supports full voice control with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices. Playing your favorite tunes hands-free is now possible, and you can even ask questions or give Alexa, or Google Assistant commands. To integrate voice control with your Sonos speaker, all you need to do is add the device to the room, then follow Sonos’ in-app setup.

6 Mount Your TV

If you can’t mount your TV to the wall, or don’t have space for a TV stand, no worries! Sonos offers the Playbase, which can slide directly under your TV and withstand the TV’s weight on top of it. The Playbase’s 10 speakers pump out a deep, rich sound, comparable to the Playbar. On top of this, you can even use the Playbase to send the TV’s sound all around the house. Listen to the game while cooking or outside, or also enjoy your TV’s music channels in your bedroom.

5 Night Sound

Have you ever been watching a movie while the kids are in bed, finding yourself always turning the volume up and down to avoid the loud noises of that film from waking up the house while trying to hear the movie’s dialogue? Every parent has done this dance with the remote’s volume button at some point. If you own a Sonos Beam, Playbase, or Playbar, you can enjoy Night Sound.

All of these systems come equipped with this feature, that tweaks the dialogue of whatever you’re watching to make it sound more evident, while also reducing the loud sounds. To activate Night Sound, click the More tab at the bottom of the app, click on the TV, then hit the moon icon that appears.

4 Go Completely Wireless

It’s possible to completely cut all the wires in your home speaker system with Sonos. While you used to need a Sonos Bridge connected to your router, nowadays everything can connect directly to your Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for any pesky cables. If your home is quite big, or you don’t have great Wi-Fi, that’s not an issue! Grab a Sonos Boost, which plugs into your router and creates a network dedicated entirely to your Sonos speakers. This will ensure your connection continues to run flawlessly.

3 Connect Your Existing Speakers

If you already own a Hi-Fi system and don’t want to stop using it, you can easily make it a part of your Sonos system. By purchasing a Sonos Port or Amp, you can link it to your existing receiver or even hook up individual speakers.

The Sonos Amp also allows you to connect ceiling speakers, which are fantastic for creating a visually pleasing aesthetic in your home, free from the grabby hands of young children or the fear of getting knocked over by pets. Even better, they can be used with your Amazon Echo and Google Assistant devices for voice-controlled ceiling speakers.

2 Use Your Turntable

Audiophiles rejoice! You can fill your home with the rich and beautiful sounds of your vinyl directly from your turntable. The Sonos Play:5 has a line in, allowing you to connect the turntable audio directly. If you own more than one Play:5, you can even turn two speakers into a speaker pair, allowing them to act as true left and right stereo speakers. To do this, set them up in the app as a pair and plug-in your turntable’s audio cable. Enjoy the beautifully rich Sonos sound as your turntable’s monitor speakers for the ultimate DJing experience.

1 Play Music From Multiple Sources

If you’ve added new music to your phone or tablet, or you have an old iPod full of music lying around that you want to enjoy on the Sonos system, you can. Scroll to ‘This Mobile Device’ on the Sonos app, and you’ll be able to access your local-stored music. If streaming is more your style, Sonos allows for seamless playback of Spotify, iTunes Music, Tidal, and Google Play Music. You can stream music directly from these sources to any Sonos speaker, as long as you are on the same wireless network. As an added bonus, if you’re on Android, you can stream over Wi-Fi what you’re listening to on your phone to a Sonos speaker, without even opening the app.

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12 Ways the Google Assistant Will Enhance Your Sonos Listening Experience

With the arrival of the Google Assistant, your Sonos system gets even smarter. Here are just a few of the ways Google’s voice assistant gives you more control and enhances the brilliant sound experience of Sonos.

The Google Assistant is here. As it lands on Sonos, the smart voice assistant brings with it all the obvious hands-free convenience you’d expect from voice control: Play this, pause that, adjust the volume, and the like. But with over one million actions, the Google Assistant can do so much more than simplify audio playback. It can also help streamline your day, unlock new, unexpected possibilities, and supercharge your listening experience overall.

Play Music to Suit Your Mood—or Change It

Mood and music are inextricably linked. In a recent survey, 74% of listeners said that music reduces their stress , while another 42% say that listening to podcasts relaxes them. The science shows that music can improve your mood, help you be more productive, and even make people cry unexpectedly. However you may be feeling at the moment, your Google Assistant can queue up music to suit—or potentially change—your mood. Just say “Hey Google, play some sad music,” or “Hey Google, play music for being romantic.”

With the Google Assistant, you can even combine moods, genres and scenarios by requesting things like “Hey Google, play angry workout music” or “Hey Google, play classical music for sleeping.”

Wake up the Right Way

Forget hitting snooze on your phone’s jarring beeps and chimes. Now you can set an alarm with your Google Assistant and fill the room with the motivating sounds of your favorite music or podcast on Sonos. Say, “Hey Google, wake me up at 7 am to Grimes” (or the music of your choice) and start your day off right. Just set up your default music service then pick any song, artist, or playlist.

Catch up on the News

Once your day is underway, you may want to catch up on what’s happening around the world. Ask your Google Assistant to read the latest headlines by saying, “Hey Google, tell me the news,” or “Hey Google, listen to NPR News.”

Had your fill of current events? Just say “Hey Google, stop and play my meditation playlist.”

Get Pumped for Your Home Workout

Do you exercise at home? Ditch the headphones and let your favorite blood-pumping workout playlist fill the room in crystal clear sonic detail. (May we suggest a few Sonos Ones and a Sub for the workout room?) After all, research shows that listening not only motivates people to get started with their workouts but also inspires them to push themselves harder. Just start stretching and ask your Google Assistant play a rap-metal workout playlist. Or whatever you’re into.

Play the Song that Goes…

It happens. Sometimes you just can’t remember the name of an artist, song, or album. Sometimes you never knew it to begin with. Either way, your Google Assistant can help. Say “Hey Google, play the song that goes…” and recite the lyrics. You can also play an album based on a description of the cover art. For example, try “Hey Google, play the album with the naked baby in the pool.” Once it starts playing, you can ask for more information so you won’t draw a blank next time.

Among the many great features that Sonos products offer is a useful set of alarm functions which, given the increasing popularity of ‘smart home’ technology, do not get talked about as much as they should. Below is an example of the versatility of this feature based on one of our team member’s real life setup:

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

Master Bedroom: This is set to BBC Radio 6 Music at 0645 Monday-Friday at volume 15. BBC Radio 1 on Saturday at 0700 at volume 20 and a ‘Sunday playlist’ on Spotify at 0800 at volume 12 on Sunday. All alarms turn themselves off after one hour. The kids have been told that it isn’t breakfast time yet if the music isn’t playing.

Bathroom: This is set to come on 10 minutes later than the bedroom every day, with exactly the same material, and turns itself off after an hour.

Son’s Bedroom: This is usually set to either BBC Radio 6 Music or a Spotify playlist and comes on at 0700 Monday – Friday and 0715 on Saturday. He doesn’t have a smartphone or tablet so he can’t interfere with it, and we make changes together when he decides he would like something different.

Kitchen: This comes on with the same material at exactly the same time as the bedroom, but at slightly louder volume levels as this is a bigger room. Again these turn off after an hour, which is the kid’s signal that breakfast time is over and it’s time to go and get ready for school!

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One-off alarms can be set for special occasions like early meetings or going on holiday. A maximum of 32 alarms can be preset, which should be more than enough for a typical household. They are very easy to set up within the app and can be created in a manner of seconds.

All alarms fade themselves in rather than just coming on directly at the preset volumes, and if the internet connection fails any online services are replaced by a chime to make sure that you still wake up. When a Sonos alarm goes off, it will appear on the lock screen of iOS or Android devices and allows you to snooze or dismiss the alarm.

The system also incorporates a sleep timer, so if you listen to music at bedtime you can set this to turn itself off at various intervals up to 2 hours.

The Sonos Alarm feature is available on any of their products through the Sonos App and in our opinion is a very useful (and criminally underrated) feature. They also recently added Alexa Voice Control for Apple Music which you can read more about here.

Turn your Sonos speaker into an alarm clock Or you can schedule your Sonos speakers to start playing at a certain time, as well as stop playing at a certain time. All you have to do is take advantage of the Alarm feature within the Sonos app. Open the Sonos app.

How do I set a song as my Alarm on Sonos?

From the Rooms tab, tap the Alarm icon. Tap New Alarm. Set the Time, Room, Music, Repeat, Volume, and Alarm Duration, and tap Save. Tap Done.

How does alarm com work with Sonos?

The Alarm.com Mobile App allows you to perform a selection of Sonos Audio functions. These functions include playing audio from a list of favorites, controlling audio playback (play/pause, adjust volume, mute, etc.), and selecting whether audio is played on all speakers or select speaker groups.

Does Sonos Alarm work if phone is off?

When a Sonos alarm goes off, it will appear on the lock screen of iOS or Android devices and allows you to snooze or dismiss the alarm. The system also incorporates a sleep timer, so if you listen to music at bedtime you can set this to turn itself off at various intervals up to 2 hours.

Should I turn Sonos off?

The answer is no! Sonos Beam is designed in a power-efficient way that works towards saving electricity automatically. Thus, you do not need to turn off the device at all. All you have to do is leave it alone if you do not want to use it for a while, and the speaker will get in a Standby mode on its own.

How do I wake up my Sonos?

To wake up your Move, press and release the power button or place Move on the charging base. Note that putting Move into sleep mode does not completely power it off.

Does Sonos have sleep mode?

Tap on the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the screen, from anywhere within the Sonos app. On the Now Playing screen, tap on the three dots. Tap on Sleep Timer at the bottom of the menu. To the right it will show whether the timer is off or how much time is left until the Sonos system is put to sleep.

What’s the best alarm sound to wake up to?

What alarm sounds are best to wake up to?

  • Birds singing.
  • The flowing sounds of a stream or river.
  • Soft instruments such as violins, harps, pianos and flutes.
  • Smooth Jazz.
  • Forest ambience.
  • Raindrops.
  • The sound of crickets.
  • Your favourite song.

Are alarms bad for your health?

Waking up abruptly can cause higher blood pressure and heart rate. Besides increasing your blood pressure, an alarm can add to your stress levels by getting your adrenaline rushing. The solution to this health-harming problem is to instead try gradually waking up to natural light.

What does green light on Sonos mean?

Flashing green The Sonos product is powered on and ready to be set up. It has not yet been configured or connected to a Sonos system. If your Sonos product is not brand new, a flashing green light means that the product was reset and is ready to be set up.

In fact, not getting enough sleep is probably what’s making you weak.

The long-term effects of sleep deprivation are real. It drains your mental abilities and puts your wellbeing (physical and mental) at real risk. Science has also linked poor slumber with all kinds of health issues – from weight gain to a weakened immune system.

And worryingly enough, Hong Kong ranked last out of 15 places in a recent wellbeing survey of the Asia-Pacific region. The survey also found Hongkongers were sleep-deprived. Although local respondents said they wanted to sleep eight hours daily, they said they got an average of 6.5 hours of actual sleep.

While it may be difficult to get a full 8 hours of slumber, maybe a good alternative would be to make sure you get uninterrupted, quality rest in the remaining hours you have available. And one simple way to do so is through music!

Here are some tips for using music on Sonos to help you sleep and rest better.

Set an alarm. to go to sleep

Own a Sonos speaker? Let your favourite playlist set the tone for bedtime. From the menu in your Sonos app, tap Alarms, then set your Bedroom alarm playlist to play for a duration that will allow ample time for pillow talk and a slow drift into sleep.

Make sure the tunes you play are relaxing

“Many people probably aren’t aware of how much they rely on music to regulate their moods throughout the day,” says Dr. Müllensiefen. Using music to drift into deep sleep quickly is your solution to morning grogginess.

Hit the snooze button – once only

How? By trying out this sleep hack: Instead of spending a half to full hour of sleep hitting the snooze button again and again and dozing off into what researchers call “fragmented sleep” (which has consequences for your ability to function throughout the day), you set two alarms. One is set for 90 minutes before you want to wake up and the other for when you actually want to wake up.

The theory, explains Chris Winter, MD, medical director of the Sleep Medicine Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Virginia, is that the 90 minutes of sleep you get between snoozes is the full sleep cycle , allowing you to wake up after your REM state, instead of during. Goodbye drowsiness.

And to wake up even more energized, make sure the second alarm set on your Sonos speaker plays your favourite playlist! Here’s one we recommend:

So, close your peepers and start counting those sheep. We hope these tips help you to get the quality rest you need. Be sure to tune in for our last blogpost on staying #SoundAtHomeWithSonos. Coming to you soon!

Sonos has one of the strongest multi-room speaker offerings in the market. Not only is their speaker range vast, but the platform that controls everything is extremely user friendly.

If you’ve opted for Sonos over its competitors, then you’ve come to the right place, as we’re here to provide some extra tips to help you get the most out of your Sonos listening experience.

Voice control your speakers

Sonos supports full voice control with Amazon Alexa . This means you can play your favourite tunes hands-free using your voice.

To integrate Amazon voice control to your existing Sonos speakers, simply add any Echo device to the room and follow the in-app set up on Sonos – or purchase a Sonos One which has an open voice platform built in to it.

Enabling the functionality is straightforward. Saying “Alexa, discover devices,” should locate the Sonos system if the two are not already linked.

Official Google Home integration has been confirmed for a release later in the year, however in the meantime, there’s a workaround that allows you to use Google Home to control your speakers.

Play vinyls

Want to spin a few records and blast them across your Sonos Universe (aka your home)?

Simply Connect your turntable to the AUX input on a Play:5 speaker, Connect, or Connect:Amp. These devices will digitize the analog signal and send it to your Sonos product.

The AUX input on the PLAY:5 is a stereo mini jack, so you’ll probably need an RCA-to-mini adapter .

Manage tracks through your smartwatch lockscreen

An update to the Sonos software back in 2016 means you can skip tracks, as well as pause and play tracks directly from your smart watch lock screen

This feature is available on both Android Wear and Apple Watch smartwatches and is a super convenient way to manage the tracks you’re listening to.

Use your speaker as an alarm clock or sleep timer

You can now integrate Sonos into your daily routine by having it wake you up to the sound of your favourite tunes and playlists.

How to set an alarm on your iOS or Android Device

  1. On the Sonos App, open up the menu by tapping the more tab
  2. Select Alarms
  3. Tap New Alarm
  4. Now set the Time, Room, Frequency of alarm, and of course the music and volume needed to start your day right
  5. Once you’re happy with your chosen alarm choices, tap to save

Sonos speakers can also help you fall asleep by creating a sleep time playlist of soothing music or nature sounds – simply program a sleep timer to turn the sound off after you’ve fallen asleep.

How to set a Sleep Timer

1. Tap the Info & Options area on the Now Playing screen, and select Sleep Timer.
2. Select a sleep timer duration to suit.

The sleep timer duration appears next to the Sleep Timer option

One more thing: You’ll want to adjust the status lights so they don’t shine too bright while you doze off. To do this, open the Sonos app, go to Room Settings, then select your Bedroom speaker and turn off the White Indicator Light.

Spotify integration

Sonos have teamed up with Spotify to make it extremely easy to play your favourite music.

If you have a Spotify premium account, you can play music directly through Spotify using Spotify Connect. When using this feature, the app will detect any nearby Sonos speakers and means you can enjoy all your favourite Spotify playlists without having to open the Sonos app. You will of course still need to use the Sonos app if you want to control speaker groupings.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

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Control your Sonos and Symfonisk speakers with Siri Shortcuts!

Soro extends Siri and the Shortcuts app with new actions to control your Sonos speakers and devices.

Create quick actions and workflows to control your speakers with the Shortcuts app using widgets, Siri voice commands or automations.

– Group/Ungroup
– Set Volume
– Play/Pause/Stop
– Mute/Unmute
– Load Music and Favorites
– Load URL -> supports links from Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp; load and play albums, track, playlists or radio stations directly from the correspondent apps via the share sheet or from other 1st and 3rd party shortcuts (for example MusicHarbor, Toolbox Pro)
– Get Music Library Items -> Search or browse for albums, artists or genres then load and play them on your speakers
– Get Bandcamp Purchases
– Set a Sleep Timer
– Set Line-In input
– Set TV input
– Change Repeat/Shuffle
– Adjust Equalizer Settings (Treble/Bass/Loudness/Trueplay)
– Turn Speech Enhancement On/Off
– Turn Night Mode On/Off
– Adjust subwoofer and surround sound settings
– Set Crossfade
– Set TV Autoplay
– Set TV Dialog Sync Delay
– Wake Speaker
– Set Touch Control

Please note that your device needs to be on the same network as your speakers and local network access need to be granted by first launching the main Soro app.

If you are using VPN or experiencing connectivity issues please try the feature called Direct Connect within the app. It also improves the speed of execution in general so feel free to utilize it anytime.
You can set it up by tapping ••• in the top left corner and selecting 'Connection issues or using VPN?'

Both S1 and S2 systems are supported, however all speakers need to be on the same operating system.

Soro is not affiliated with Sonos Inc. nor is it an official Sonos app. Sonos is trademarked by Sonos Inc.

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More than just another music alarm clock! Using SleepCast’s unique streaming capability, you can choose to wake up with your own music playing on your phone, Bluetooth speakers, wireless speakers or network-connected DLNA or UPnP hifi. Works with Sonos, Bose and many more. Whether you love dance, blues, rock or any other genre, get SleepCast and start every day with your own unique soundtrack!

Bluetooth speakers Works with all popular Bluetooth speakers including JBL, DKnight, Roker, Cambridge Soundworks, Bowers & Wilkins, etc. Automatically finds Bluetooth speakers you have paired with. Choose your speaker and set your alarm. In the morning, SleepCast will connect to your Bluetooth speaker and play your music. If your Bluetooth speaker can’t be reached, no problem – SleepCast plays on your phone.

Wireless speakers Works with popular brands like Sonos, Bose, Raumfeld, Libratone, etc Automatically finds speakers on your wifi network. Choose your wireless speakers, set your alarm and in the morning, SleepCast will play through your wireless speakers. If your wireless speakers can’t be reached, SleepCast plays on your phone. Google ChromeCast not yet supported – watch this space!

DLNA hifi Works with all hifi systems and wireless speakers that support the DLNA or UPnP protocol. If your hifi has an ethernet port or wireless module, chances are SleepCast can connect to it. SleepCast automatically finds DLNA devices. If your DLNA hifi can’t be reached, SleepCast plays on your phone. Supported brands include B&O, Yamaha, Pioneer, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz, Sony, Panasonic, Harman Kardon, Philips and many, many more.

Smart alarm clock
– Rock solid alarm technology
– Create unlimited numbers of alarms
– Schedule repeating alarms or one-offs
– Share playlists between any number of alarms
– Duplicate and edit alarms for easy management
– See at a glance when your next active alarm is due

Sophisticated music alarm
– Create unlimited numbers of playlists
– Use any tracks on your phone – music in Google Play Music and streaming sources not yet supported – watch this space!
– Optionally set your playlist to shuffle and/or repeat
– Optionally set the music to fade in when alarm starts
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– Use any tracks on your phone including ambient noise
– Optionally fade the music out as you sleep

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SleepCast can be used any time you want to schedule music and play from your phone. Whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re doing it, SleepCast helps you enjoy the perfect soundtrack for your day.

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We highly recommend you reboot your router and modem (if you have a modem) before trying anything else, as most of the time this cures the issue. There should be a reboot/reset button on the router itself, or you can just unplug the router for a minute and plug it back in. Even if other devices are operating fine, the router could still cause issues. If the router reboot doesn’t make any improvement, the next thing to try is a Factory reset in the System settings menu on your Como Audio system. This will require repeating the set up process and re-saving presets , which is why we strongly suggest you try rebooting your router first.

No. However, you will need Wi-Fi service to take advantage of most of the features our products offer. If you wish to take advantage of Musica’s premium streaming services like Deezer, Napster, or Amazon Music you will need a subscription, but this is not required to use the other features.

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How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

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Your iPhone has a built-in sleep timer for media playback that can be used with Apple Music and Shortcuts automation to build the perfect bedtime noise machine. Here’s how to set it up.

If you’ve ever used third-party apps like Dark Noise or other noise machines, a popular feature is the sleep timer. Users may want to stop streaming media from playing after a specific interval, just like setting a sleep timer for a TV, so it doesn’t play infomercials all night.

Anyone who uses ambient noise, music, or ocean sounds to fall asleep may not want those sounds playing all night. You can accomplish this by setting up a sleep timer, but as some may have discovered already, there’s no obvious sleep option in Apple Music.

Apple has hidden an option to stop media playback within the Clock app. We’ve also discovered this ability can be automated using Shortcuts so that you can create automated sleep timers.

How to manually set a sleep timer for Apple Music (and other media on iOS):

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

  1. Open the Clock App.
  2. Select “Timer” at the bottom right.
  3. Set the desired duration.
  4. Tap the “When timer ends” block.
  5. Scroll all the way down.
  6. Select “Stop Playing”.
  7. Tap “Start” to begin the sleep timer.

If performed correctly, any audio playing directly from your iPhone will stop playing at the end of the timer. No alarm will sound, and the user will not have to take action.

We use this for Apple Music in our example, but it works for any media, as long as it is sourced from your device. That means you cannot use this feature for HomePod mini or Apple TV if those devices are playing their own audio.

This gets tricky with AirPlay 2 since source devices can use Handoff to make HomePod into their own audio source. If you want the sleep timer to work, it must be set on the device sourcing the audio. To avoid this issue, use Bluetooth speakers or AirPlay 2 non-HomePod speakers for playing bedtime audio.

If you want to use the HomePod for bedtime audio, the same sleep timer trick can be performed, but it must be done on the device. Simply tell Siri on that HomePod to “set a sleep timer for one hour” to stop audio from playing in an hour.

Automation tools make this all much simpler, and iOS has one built-in that’s easy to use called Shortcuts.

Automating sleep sounds using Shortcuts on iOS

We’re approaching these examples for setting up a bedtime sound machine, but you can set up shortcuts for sleep-timed music for anything. For instance, you could create a Shortcut that plays music for exactly one hour from your favorite playlist every time it is pressed.

First, you should build a Shortcut with the actions needed to play your desired playlist and set a timer. Then we’ll set up the automation using that Shortcut later.

Apple Music sleep timer Shortcut

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

You can play audio from your iPhone for this automation, but we recommend having at least a cheap Bluetooth speaker or audio system. We’ve set this automation up using a bedroom Sonos system with AirPlay 2 capabilities.

  1. Open the Shortcuts app and tap the “+” at the top to get started.
  2. Name your Shortcut using the text block at the top.
  3. Search for the term “AirPlay.”
  4. Select the “Change Playback Destination” action and change your device to the desired speaker that isn’t a HomePod.
  5. Search for the “Set Volume” action and choose a desired volume level.
  6. Search for Apple Music and select the action group.
  7. Select the “Play Music” action then tap the empty “Music” text box.
  8. Pick your favorite playlist or search “Sleep” to find curated sleep playlists made in Apple Music.
  9. We recommend setting the action details to shuffle songs and not repeat tracks.
  10. Finally, search for “Timer” and add the “Start Timer” action.
  11. Set the timer to the desired length.

If set up correctly, the shortcut should look like our image above. If you tap the play button on the shortcut, it will perform the steps in order. You can do this manually each day when you’re preparing for bed, but Shortcuts lets you take this one step further.

Automating the Sleep Sounds Shortcut

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

This step requires a little more setup but utilizes the built-in systems found across your iPhone for better control. Before creating the automation, you’ll need to verify you have a Bedtime in the Health app.

Open the Health app, tap the “Browse” tab, and select “Sleep.” Here you can see your sleep schedule and tap “edit” to ensure your Bedtime and Wake Up alarms are correct. Once these are set up, you’ll have access to some clever automation tools in Shortcuts.

Here’s how to get your Sleep Sounds Shortcut to happen automatically every day at your set Bedtime.

  1. Tap the “Automation” tab in the Shortcuts app.
  2. Tap the “+” at the top and select “Create Personal Automation.”
  3. Select “Sleep” then “Bedtime Begins” then “Next.”
  4. Tap “Add Action” then search “Run Shortcut.”
  5. Add your Sleep Sounds Shortcut to the block. If you want lights to turn off or other actions to occur at Bedtime, add those actions now.
  6. Tap “Next” then toggle off “Ask Before Running” so the automation occurs without user input.

If set up correctly, your iPhone will connect to your desired speaker, set a specified volume, start playing a playlist from Apple Music, then stop an hour later every day at Bedtime. Add any steps you want to create an even more complex Bedtime automation, like changing your Apple Watch face to a custom face for sleep.

Note that you’ll need to make sure the timer in the Clock app has “Stop Playing” selected for this to work. The automation doesn’t perform this step for you, so if you use the timer on your iPhone during the day, make sure you’ve set this back.

Be sure to explore the variety of sleep sounds and ambient noise found in Apple Music. We use the curator “Apple Music Sleep” for this automation.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timerLast month I finally retired my Sonos system. By system I mean one lone first-generation Connect box. Its primary function was relegated to providing music when I went to sleep as part of a bedroom system consisting of a PS Audio Sprout, AV123 monitors, and an Aperion Subwoofer. The reason I had to retire the Sonos is that with the latest software updates my Android notebook would no longer support all the Sonos features, including the ability to find my home music library. While I could still get Tidal and Qobuz, it’s not the same as having access to my local music sources. So, I disconnected the Connect.

My first quick fix was to reinstall a Muzo Cornerstone streamer . I reviewed this little $80 box a couple of years ago for The Absolute Sound . I retired it when the App for IOS got buggy. That was over a year ago.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

When I set it up recently, I found that the latest version of the Muzo App was working correctly and I could access all my sources… cool… but the sound from its analog-only outputs was decidedly “gray” and uninspiring compared to the Sonos’ digital feed processed by Sprout’s internal DAC.

So, I began to do some research… although I do review and use a lot of pricy audio gear in my review systems, my bedroom system is not one that warrants throwing a boatload of cash at. All I really need is a streamer that gives me access to all my sources, has a sleep function, and a decent internal DAC… that should be simple, right?

Once your budget exceeds $500 there are plenty of fully-featured streaming options, including one from Sonos, but having “been there and done that” I wanted something different and less expensive…

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

I looked at Orchard Audio’s Pecan Pi streamer which is a very solid a fully-featured $499 device, but it was still a bit more than I wanted to spend. The least expensive solution is from the DIY (do it yourself) world. You can, for well under $200 put together a very nice streamer based on a NanoPi NEO and a Raspberry Pi4, but you will have to do some configuring to get the components to work together. Since I already have enough complicated and time-consuming hobbies, I wanted to avoid the DIY route.

But I still wanted something inexpensive, but without a whole lot of work to get up and running, so I decided on the nDAC network music streamer available via EBAY. It’s assembled in Bulgaria, although most of the parts originated from China.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

The reason I went with the nDAC was that it came already configured as a Roon-ready endpoint, so I could use the Roon app to control the device. The final deciding factor was the seller offered it to me for $140 delivered…all I did was “watch” it in my EBAY app and after two days the seller offered me the discount.

Once it arrived, I installed the nDAC in my system, which required connecting it to my Ethernet network, supplying power via a 5 volt wall wart (not supplied by the nDAC) and connect it to the Sprout via an analog RCA cable. Then I went downstairs and activated the nDAC as an endpoint from my Roon Core application. Success was within my grasp…

But just as I was about to congratulate myself on a simple job, well done, I discovered one flaw in my new streaming solution…

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

I could not find a way to activate a sleep timer via the Roon software so that I could use the nDAC and Roon combination to supply music as I went to sleep. That’s because the Roon software app has no “timed sleep” feature! In the Roon help pages I learned that timed sleep was something that Roon was considering but was not yet offered in their application… bummer for me…

My next move was to try some different playback apps to run the nDAC. I tried MControl, which works nicely with the PS Audio DSD Jr DAC, but it could not find or recognize the nDAC. Strike one. Next I tried Audirvana, but it, too, could not find the nDAC to play to it. Finally, I downloaded the Buble uPNP App for my Android pad – victory at last!

This app not only recognized the nDAC, but also has a very good adjustable sleep timer function built in that allows you to set exactly the amount of time you want it to play. Most of the sleep functions, such as the one on the Sonos, only allow for set amounts of time, such as 15 minute increments…

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

So far, I’ve found only one thing that still bugs me about the Buble uPNP’s sleep function… it does not fade off, but merely stops abruptly. The Sonos’ sleep function had the same issue… which was especially irking since earlier Sonos’ apps’ builds did have a gradual fade, but newer software eliminated this feature.

So, if you require a basic Ethernet streamer, and don’t want to go DIY, I can personally recommend the nDAC/Buble uPNP combination. For under $150 you get a device that can be added to any system that has single-ended RCA inputs. The only limitations are that it does need a wired Ethernet connection (although you could add a WIFI dongle to its Ethernet port for a wireless solution).

So far, I’m a happy camper (and it’s the closest I’ll get to camping for a long while). I once more have music to go to sleep by… so a good night to you all, wherever you may be…

SleepCast – free music alarm clock streams music to wifi- and bluetooth speakers

Screenshots for App

More than just another music alarm clock! Using SleepCast’s unique streaming capability, you can choose to wake up with your own music playing on your phone, Bluetooth speakers, wireless speakers or network-connected DLNA or UPnP hifi. Works with Sonos, Bose and many more. Whether you love dance, blues, rock or any other genre, get SleepCast and start every day with your own unique soundtrack!

Bluetooth speakers Works with all popular Bluetooth speakers including JBL, DKnight, Roker, Cambridge Soundworks, Bowers & Wilkins, etc. Automatically finds Bluetooth speakers you have paired with. Choose your speaker and set your alarm. In the morning, SleepCast will connect to your Bluetooth speaker and play your music. If your Bluetooth speaker can’t be reached, no problem – SleepCast plays on your phone.

Wireless speakers Works with popular brands like Sonos, Bose, Raumfeld, Libratone, etc Automatically finds speakers on your wifi network. Choose your wireless speakers, set your alarm and in the morning, SleepCast will play through your wireless speakers. If your wireless speakers can’t be reached, SleepCast plays on your phone. Google ChromeCast not yet supported – watch this space!

DLNA hifi Works with all hifi systems and wireless speakers that support the DLNA or UPnP protocol. If your hifi has an ethernet port or wireless module, chances are SleepCast can connect to it. SleepCast automatically finds DLNA devices. If your DLNA hifi can’t be reached, SleepCast plays on your phone. Supported brands include B&O, Yamaha, Pioneer, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz, Sony, Panasonic, Harman Kardon, Philips and many, many more.

Smart alarm clock
– Rock solid alarm technology
– Create unlimited numbers of alarms
– Schedule repeating alarms or one-offs
– Share playlists between any number of alarms
– Duplicate and edit alarms for easy management
– See at a glance when your next active alarm is due

Sophisticated music alarm
– Create unlimited numbers of playlists
– Use any tracks on your phone – music in Google Play Music and streaming sources not yet supported – watch this space!
– Optionally set your playlist to shuffle and/or repeat
– Optionally set the music to fade in when alarm starts
– Simple, easy-to-use music player interface
– Track info display so you know what you’re listening to

Not just an alarm clock
– Let SleepCast rock you to sleep with its built-in sleep timer
– Select any playlist and choose how long you’d like to play for
– Hit play and lie back as the music plays
– Use any tracks on your phone including ambient noise
– Optionally fade the music out as you sleep

Not just for sleeping!
SleepCast can be used any time you want to schedule music and play from your phone. Whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re doing it, SleepCast helps you enjoy the perfect soundtrack for your day.

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How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

This week we released a brand new tutorial page to help you with all your smart home needs! Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list of all the highlights so you can get the most out of your home control system in Pickens, South Carolina!

Alarm.com

Alarm.com offers a variety of services. Here are some of the things you can learn from our tutorials:

-Thermostat: Learn how to adjust your temperature from your home control system console. You can create temperature schedules to automatically change the temperature throughout the day, whether you are at home, asleep, or away. You can even choose what sensor your thermostat uses.

-Alarm Doorbell Cameras: Learn how to view your live feed, talk to those who ring your doorbell, and view clips of past recorded interactions.

-Alarm Lights and Shades: Use switches and dimmers to adjust your lighting preferences and open and close shades. Preset scenes with specific lighting to quickly adjust to your favorite settings.

Control4

Control4 is one of the most popular brands of home automation systems. With our tutorials, you will become a master at using your home control system.

-Climate scheduling: Program thermostat zones in different areas of your house, schedule predetermined temperature changes throughout the day, and set presets so that you can change the climate of your home with one click of a button.

-Pool Control: No one likes jumping into a cold pool. Adjust the temperature of your pool as you are getting ready to swim and turn your pumps, lights, fountain, and jacuzzis on.

-Lights and Fans: Learn to adjust lights using dimmers and switches, control your fan to circulate air, and create scenes to complement your climate scheduling.

Lutron

Lutron offers a luxury home automation experience. Just because it is luxurious doesn’t mean that it has to be complicated; our tutorials will ensure you can control your home control system like a pro.

-Scenes: Learn how to create scenes, customize pre-existing scenes to your preferences, and set them throughout the day.

-Lighting and Temperature Schedules: Lutron offers four modes for you to choose from to make your life simple: wake, away, home, and sleep. Set your temperature, light, and shading preferences so that you are happy no matter what time of day it is.

-Climate control: Adjust the temperature in your home, control your fans, and choose from some of Lutron’s preset modes.

Savant

Savant offers a premium, customizable experience to its consumers. Our tutorials will show you the ins and outs of using this home control system.

-Lighting: Learn how to control lighting in every room of your house, from turning lights on and off to even controlling their brightness.

-Climate: Use your Savant system to change the temperature on your thermostat and program it to hold that setting for any amount of time.

-Scenes: Learn how to create easy-to-use scenes on your system to make adjustments a breeze using lighting, shades, and climate control.

-Pool and Spa: Control the temperature of your pool, adjust the settings of your spa, and turn on lights and jets to complete your experience.

Sonos

Sonos offers the highest quality of audio in the industry. Audiophiles will love the options this home control system has to offer.

-Sonos Rooms: Play songs in different rooms or zones of the house using the group feature.

-Sonos Sleep Timer and Alarms: Sonos can turn off your music for you after you fall asleep and wake you up in the morning.

-Adding Devices: Learn how to add players and subs to your Sonos system.

Ready to become an expert on your smart home automation control system in Pickens, South Carolina? Check out our tutorial page now!

How To Install Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer DLNA/WiFi/Bluetooth App on Windows PC & MacBook

Download Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer DLNA/WiFi/Bluetooth software for PC with the most potent and most reliable Android Emulator like NOX APK player or BlueStacks. All the Android emulators are completable for using Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer DLNA/WiFi/Bluetooth on Windows 10, 8, 7, computers, and Mac.

  1. Download Emulators for Windows PC from official pages below to install them.
  2. Best emulators are here: BlueStacks.com; Or as an alternative BigNox.com.
  3. Open Android emulator and login with Google account.
  4. Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer DLNA/WiFi/Bluetooth app available on Play Store. So search and find it.
  5. Choose install option under the Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer DLNA/WiFi/Bluetooth logo, and enjoy!

FAQ Of Music Alarm Clock Sleep Timer DLNA/WiFi/Bluetooth- Features and User Guide

Bluetooth speakers Works with all popular Bluetooth speakers including JBL, DKnight, Roker, Cambridge Soundworks, Bowers & Wilkins, etc. Automatically finds Bluetooth speakers you have paired with. Choose your speaker and set your alarm. In the morning, SleepCast will connect to your Bluetooth speaker and play your music. If your Bluetooth speaker can’t be reached, no problem – SleepCast plays on your phone.

Wireless speakers Works with popular brands like Sonos, Bose, Raumfeld, Libratone, etc Automatically finds speakers on your wifi network. Choose your wireless speakers, set your alarm and in the morning, SleepCast will play through your wireless speakers. If your wireless speakers can’t be reached, SleepCast plays on your phone. Google ChromeCast not yet supported – watch this space!

DLNA hifi Works with all hifi systems and wireless speakers that support the DLNA or UPnP protocol. If your hifi has an ethernet port or wireless module, chances are SleepCast can connect to it. SleepCast automatically finds DLNA devices. If your DLNA hifi can’t be reached, SleepCast plays on your phone. Supported brands include B&O, Yamaha, Pioneer, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz, Sony, Panasonic, Harman Kardon, Philips and many, many more.

Smart alarm clock
– Rock solid alarm technology
– Create unlimited numbers of alarms
– Schedule repeating alarms or one-offs
– Share playlists between any number of alarms
– Duplicate and edit alarms for easy management
– See at a glance when your next active alarm is due

Sophisticated music alarm
– Create unlimited numbers of playlists
– Use any tracks on your phone – music in Google Play Music and streaming sources not yet supported – watch this space!
– Optionally set your playlist to shuffle and/or repeat
– Optionally set the music to fade in when alarm starts
– Simple, easy-to-use music player interface
– Track info display so you know what you’re listening to

Not just an alarm clock
– Let SleepCast rock you to sleep with its built-in sleep timer
– Select any playlist and choose how long you’d like to play for
– Hit play and lie back as the music plays
– Use any tracks on your phone including ambient noise
– Optionally fade the music out as you sleep

Not just for sleeping!
SleepCast can be used any time you want to schedule music and play from your phone. Whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re doing it, SleepCast helps you enjoy the perfect soundtrack for your day.

FAQ
Frequently asked questions: http://support.sleepcast.me/faq

Help
Audio device help: http://support.sleepcast.me/audio-device-help

Permissions
Explanation of the permissions requested by SleepCast: http://support.sleepcast.me/android-permissions

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Turn off music or video automatically when you sleep with Sleep Timer!

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

Описание Sleep Timer for Spotify & Music: Turn off music

Stop music and videos automatically with Sleep Timer for Spotify: Auto turn off the music. All music and video players will be shut off when the timer ends, so you can sleep well.
This app is compatible with every music and video player on your phone.

Various actions to choose when you are asleep
• Turn off the music
• Go back to the home screen
• Turn off the screen, WiFi, and Bluetooth
• Activate silent mode / Do Not Disturb mode

Additional features
• Open your favorite music or video player directly from the app
• Set fade out duration. This feature allows you to reduce the volume of music slowly.
• Extend the timer directly from the notification.
• This app is already translated into nine languages: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, and Indonesian.

Accurate and Reliable
With Sleep Timer for Spotify: Auto turn off the music, you can set the timer then go to sleep without worrying your music or video will be playing all night.

Simple and Beautiful UI
Dark design with colorful animation to accompany your sleep.

Disclaimer
Sleep Timer for Spotify: Auto turn off music is a third party application to help the user to stop music players, video players, and Spotify easily with some extra options. Every music and video player belong to their respective owners.

Sonos’ Roam is the portable smart speaker for listening adventures, letting you take superb Sonos sound with you. Enjoy music, voice control and the ability for multi-room listening with other Sonos speakers over your Wi-Fi at home. Plus you get Bluetooth streaming, all day battery life and waterproof durability when it’s on the go.

Superb Sonos sound
Precision-engineered acoustics deliver clarity, depth, and fullness, such as you would expect from a much larger speaker. Using Trueplay tuning, the sound adapts, both to the environment, and to what you’re listening to, for always-optimised audio.

Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
Stream over your home network with Wi-Fi built-in, or directly from your smart device with Bluetooth. Roam automatically connects to your home Wi-Fi, and pairs with your phone while you’re away, so you only have to worry about the song choice.

Refined, versatile and rugged design
Slim and versatile, Roam blends into the home. When vertical, it delivers room-filling sound while taking up little room. Or you can position it horizontally on uneven surfaces like grass for extra stability. Solidly constructed and rated IP67, it’s drop-resistant, waterproof up to three feet for 30 minutes, and impervious to dust.

Easy control
Just turn on the Roam and open the Sonos S2 app on your smart device, and the app will guide you through easy set-up. You can use the app to browse and search across all your services, save favourites, set alarms, and discover new music on Sonos Radio. Send sound directly from Apple devices to Sonos using AirPlay 2, then ask Siri to turn it up or skip a song. Or you can press the buttons on Roam to play, pause, adjust the volume, skip, replay, turn off the microphones, and manually switch to Bluetooth.

Sonos streaming
Sonos works with all your favourite streaming services for music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more, while Sonos Radio gives you access to more than 60,000 live stations from around the world.

Voice control with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
The Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built in so, when connected to Wi-Fi, you can play music, check news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, completely hands free. You must be connected to Wi-Fi for voice control, it does not work on Bluetooth.

Build your own system
Easily connect compatible Sonos speakers in different rooms over Wi-Fi to create a home sound system that plays music in any or every room.

10 hours of battery life
Roam lasts for up to ten hours of continuous play time from a single charge. It also goes into sleep mode to save power when not in use, and wakes up in less than a second at the press of a button.

Wireless charging
The Roam works with Qi-certified wireless chargers, or with Sonos’ own custom wireless charger to maintain its low profile. Wireless chargers are optional and sold separately.

Once you’ve unboxed Roam, you can start charging using the included USB-C cable and a 7.5W (5V/1.5A) or higher USB power adapter. To set up Roam and connect it to your system, just open the Sonos S2 app while on Wi-Fi and follow the prompts. When you’re ready to stream over Bluetooth, pair Roam with your mobile device by holding the power button until you hear the second chime.

You must download the Sonos app to set the Sonos Roam up

This Sonos product is compatible with the Sonos app S2 only. Most Sonos products are compatible with the Sonos app S2. The following historical Sonos products are compatible with the earlier Sonos app S1 only: Bridge, CR200, Connect (Gen 1), Connect:Amp (Gen 1), Play:5 (Gen 1), and ZonePlayer products.

A Spotify Premium account is required to use Spotify services on Sonos

A Smart Speaker is a platform that can run 3rd party Apps. 3rd party content providers may remove Apps from the Smart platform or stop supporting them at any time, and we cannot guarantee an App’s availability. When new Smart products are launched, there may also be a delay before certain Apps become available. Availability of Apps is not included within the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty, or the John Lewis 2-year Guarantee for audio visual products, or the 5-year Guarantee for TVs.

HomePod, much like an iPhone or iPad, can be used as an alarm clock replacement to wake you up in the morning or remind you of important tasks.

Using HomePod as an alarm clock is simple, but it is controlled separately than alarms on your iPhone and there are a few tricks to be aware of.

Setting Using Siri

The easiest way to set an alarm on the HomePod is to ask Siri. Siri can set a one-time alarm for you, or Siri can set recurring alarms that go off every day. Some sample commands:

  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10:00 a.m
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 a.m. every weekday
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 2:00 p.m. labeled Flight Check-In
  • Hey Siri, set an alarm for 9:00 a.m. every weekend

TIP: Labeling your alarms makes it easier for you to remember them and to reference them again when giving commands to Siri.

Managing Alarms Using Siri

You can manage your alarms with Siri, too. For example, if you want to delete an alarm, you can say something like “Hey Siri, delete the 2:00 p.m. alarm,” or “Hey Siri, delete all of my alarms.”

Changing an alarm is also possible, with a command like “Hey Siri, change the 2:00 p.m. alarm to 3:00 p.m, and if you want to know what alarms you have set up, say “Hey Siri, what alarms do I have on?”

Siri will run through all alarms that are set up on the HomePod with that command.

Managing and Setting Alarms in the Home App

Alarms that you set up on the HomePod through Siri can be viewed and managed in the Home app.

  1. Open up the Home app.
  2. 3D Touch or long press on the HomePod icon on the main screen.
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The “Alarms” section of the HomePod in the Home app looks a lot like the Alarm portion of the Clock app on the iPhone, so if you’ve used that, it should be immediately familiar.

If you tap the “+” button, you can set a new alarm, and if you tap the “Edit” button, you can edit or delete an existing alarm. Tapping one of the toggles next to an alarm turns it off temporarily.

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With any alarm that you set or edit, you can add a time, cause it to repeat, and change the label.

NOTE: Prior to the HomePod’s release, there were rumors suggesting users would be able to set songs as custom ringtones for the alarm feature of the HomePod, but that is not possible. There is no option to change the default sound of the alarm on the HomePod.

Disabling an Alarm

When an alarm goes off on the HomePod, an alarm sound activates and the top of the HomePod flashes with a white light. To turn it off, you simply need to tap the top of the HomePod.

If you don’t have a free hand, you can also ask Siri to turn off the alarm: “Hey Siri, turn off the alarm.” To snooze an alarm, you can say “Hey Siri, snooze” and it will snooze for a short period of time before the alarm goes off again.

Whether you need a reminder for yourself when it’s bedtime or you want to allow your children 30 minutes of TV before starting their homework, a sleep timer can make your day a little easier.

When using a Harmony hub‑based or touchscreen remote, you’re able to set up a sleep timer to end your Activities. This can be done using your Harmony remote or the Harmony mobile app.

Set a sleep timer using the remote

The sleep timer will turn off any running Activities once the time is up. Start your Activity, select MENU > Sleep Timer, and choose when you want Harmony to power everything off.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

You’ll be notified one minute prior, allowing you to cancel.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

Set a sleep timer using the mobile app

The sleep timer will turn off any running Activities once the time is up. Start your Activity, select MENU > Sleep Timer, and choose when you want Harmony to power everything off.

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

The sleep timer doesn’t power off some of my devices

You may need to have your remote pointed at your device(s) so that any IR signals sent from your remote are recieved.

I want to set up a Goodnight Activity

How to use sonos as an alarm or sleep timer

Play some soothing music with the lights dimmed, then power everything off after 30 minutes. Harmony can help keep the monsters at bay while your children fall asleep.

This Activity requires:

  • Music: Sonos, stereo or connected media player.
  • Lights: Either a Wi‑Fi enabled light bulb, or, a connected light switch.

Creating your Good Night Activity

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ACTIVITIES tab and select Edit, then Add Activity.
  3. Select Add your own Activity and name your Activity: Goodnight.
  4. Select the device that’s used to play your Godonight Activity music.
  5. Select the device you use to control the volume.
  6. Select the input your sound system needs to be set to.

Configure the lights in your bedroom to turn on

  1. When prompted with: “You can adjust your home control devices”, select the NEXT > button.
  2. Select your bedroom light switchs or light bulbs and ensure the power button is enabled. Select NEXT >.
  3. When prompted to select the devices for use when this Activity ends, leave this list blank. Select NEXT >.

Selecting which music plays automatically

  1. Select the radio station or action that begins playing your music.
  2. For your start sequence, we suggest adding your favorite preset radio station if using your radio tuner, or adding Play for your CD-Player.

Setting your sleep timer

  1. When you’re ready for bed, launch the Goodnight Activity from the Harmony mobile app or Harmony remote.
  2. Then, select MENU> Sleep Timer. Harmony will power off your lights and music after the selected duration.

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Yes, you can. Amazon have introduced a feature which makes it possible to set up an Alexa Routine to make Alexa perform a requested action at a specific time. For example, this is a great way to wake up at 07:00 to BBC Radio 4. Here’s how to do just that (just change the time and station to suit you):

  1. Navigate to Routines in the Alexa app
  2. Tap + in the top-right corner
  3. Tap Enter Routine name and add a name for the routine e.g. “Radio 4 alarm”
  4. Tap When this happens, then select Schedule and set the time to 07:00
  5. Choose the frequency, i.e. daily, weekdays etc.
  6. Tap Add action and select Customised
  7. Enter “Play BBC Radio 4”
  8. Tap Next, then Save
  9. Finally, confirm the device you want this to happen on

As you can set up multiple routines, be creative and wake up to a different station each day!

While this should work, we recommend you use a dedicated alarm for when you really have to get up (for an appointment or a flight, etc). External problems, like an internet issue or power outage, could cause a routine to fail.

For more information and help with Alexa Routines, have a look at: How do I set up an Alexa Routine?

An update on the current situation regarding listening to BBC radio on Alexa can be found in this Media Centre article from Friday 11 December 2020: An update on the BBC and TuneIn.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Open Device Manager

The easiest way to open Device Manager on any version of Windows is to press Windows key + R, typing devmgmt.msc, and pressing Enter.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

In Windows 10 or 8, you can also right-click in the lower left corner of your screen and select Device Manager. In Windows 7, you can open Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Device Manager under Hardware and Printers.

Viewing your installed hardware

By default, Device Manager displays a list of your installed hardware, sorted by category. You can expand these categories to view the hardware that you have installed on your computer. If you ever forget the exact model number of your video card or even your hard drive or DVD drive, you can quickly find that information in Device Manager.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingIdentify devices that are not functioning properly

To identify devices that are not functioning properly, possibly due to issues with their drivers, look for the yellow triangle containing an exclamation point on a device icon.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingDeactivate a device

Let’s say you want to completely deactivate a device. Maybe your laptop’s touchpad is malfunctioning and sending ghost events, moving your mouse cursor when you don’t want to. Maybe you never use your laptop’s webcam and want to disable it at the system level to make sure that no malware can use your webcam to spy on you. Whatever your reason, you can disable individual hardware devices from Device Manager.

As an example, let’s say we don’t like annoying system beeps coming from our computer. These beeps come from your computer’s motherboard speaker.

To turn them off, click on the View menu and select Show hidden devices. Expand the Non-Plug and Play Drivers section, right-click on the Beep driver and select Properties.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingManage device drivers

The properties window for a device contains information and settings that may be specific to that type of hardware. However, you shouldn’t need to review most of the information or options here.

The most important settings for troubleshooting are the driver settings. After right-clicking a device and selecting Properties, click the Driver tab. You will find information about the currently installed driver and buttons to control it.

Everything you need to know about Device Manager in Windows

Problems can be tough to solve and when the computer is not working properly, what can you do? Use Device Manager to solve problems, such as those related to the hardware and drivers.

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If you have upgraded Windows and now the sound does not work, Device Manager can help. If the touchpad on your laptop computer does not work properly, Device Manager can help. If applications freeze for no apparent reason, once again, Device Manager can help.

It will not solve every problem, but it is one of the best tools to use when there is no obvious cause.

Device Manager keeps track of the hardware components in the computer and the drivers that control them. Obscure bugs and crashes can be caused by drivers, and Device Manger can show you problems and fix them.

Run Device Manager

There are several ways to open Device Manager and it is possible to get to it through Windows search. Press Windows+S to open search in Windows 10 and 8, or just click Start in Windows 7 and type in Device Manager. Click it in the results.

A quicker and easier method that works in any version of Windows is to press Windows+R and enter devmgmt.msc

Microsoft says you should enter mmc devmgmt.msc but I find devmgmt.msc on its own works fine.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Look for Device Manager symbols

Device Manager shows a list of component categories and clicking the > at the left expands the section.

Sometimes symbols are displayed next to devices to indicate a problem of some sort, such as an exclamation symbol on a yellow icon, but sometimes there is a problem even though there is no warning symbol.

Update a driver

Suppose you have a problem with Bluetooth and you cannot connect Bluetooth devices, such as a mouse. You would expand the Bluetooth section and then right click the Bluetooth device to display a menu.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

The first thing to try is Update Driver Software. This uses the internet to see if there is a newer hardware driver for the device. If there is, it is automatically downloaded and installed. Old drivers sometimes have bugs or incompatibilities and newer drivers fix them.

Uninstall a device

The other useful menu option is Uninstall and this removes the driver software associated with a device. This means that the device will no longer function. However, if the computer is shut down and restarted, Windows will scan for new hardware devices as it loads. It will detect the device as if it was new hardware and will automatically install the software for it.

Uninstalling a device can fix various faults. If a device was not working before, there is a good chance that is will work after being uninstalled because fresh driver software is installed.

Restore a previous driver

Windows should automatically update drivers as part of Windows Update, but it doesn’t always happen, so it is worth manually checking for updates.

Windows might automatically update a driver to a version that is incompatible with your computer. If the computer used to work fine, but now it doesn’t, perhaps the current version of the driver software is buggy, or clashes with your PC.

It is possible to go back to the previous driver software using Device Manager. Suppose you are having problems with the touchpad on a laptop. Expand the Mice and other pointing devices section and then double click Synaptics SMBus ClickPad.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

The Properties window opens and on the Driver tab is a Roll Back Driver button. If it is disabled then there isn’t a previous driver and the computer has the one and only driver. Sometimes though, the Roll Back Driver button can be clicked to restore the last driver. It is worth trying.

Scan for new hardware

One last function to try: If you have added a new hardware device and the computer does not recognise it, or if you have removed a device in Device Manager, right click the computer name at the top of the device list and click Scan for hardware changes. It might detect the new hardware and install the driver, in which case the device will start working.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Driver update tools

There are utilities available that will scan the system for drivers and then update them by downloading new versions from the internet.

They can sometimes cause problems. One is that they encourage you to update all drivers with one click. If one of the drivers being updated is incompatible, it can cause problems. If you have updated a dozen drivers in one go, you might not know which one is causing the problem.

Updating one driver at a time in Device Manager is safer. Device Manager also uses safer, more conservative drivers. You might be able to get bleeding edge beta drivers elsewhere on the internet, but they may be incompatible with your PC or buggy. Device Manager drivers are less likely to cause problems.

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Troubleshooting computer issues can be very difficult especially when you don’t know where to look for things like error logs and configuration problems. There will be times when your computer has an issue and you won’t necessarily know if its software or hardware related. If you think its hardware related and want to check out your installed software then you can go to the Windows Device Manager console and check the status of your installed hardware.

Device Manager is part a of the Windows operating system that allows you to check what hardware you have installed on you system as well as the status of that hardware. It also lets you perform tasks such as remove hardware devices and update drivers.

If you are having a problem with a device such as a network card not working for example you should check Device Manager first. It may help to give you an idea as to why it’s not working. If you don’t see it in the list of hardware then that means Windows does not recognize it. You may also have a problem with a driver or conflict with another device. If that’s the case you may see a yellow question mark or exclamation point next to the device.

To get to Device Manager, right click My Computer and select Properties. From there you will click on the Hardware tab if you are running Windows XP and then the Device Manager button. For Windows 7 and Vista right click on Computer and choose properties. From there you will have a Device Manager link on the left. For Windows 10 its best just to click on Start and type in device manager to have it search for you and then you cn choose it from the list of results.

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Here you can see the hardware installed on this computer. Notice that Network Adapters section is expanded to show the model of network adapter in this system. If there was a problem with the device it most likely would have the yellow question mark or exclamation point on the icon.

From here you have options such as troubleshooting the device, reinstalling the driver, rolling back the driver to a previous version and removing the device. You can also check resource settings such as what IRQ and memory address is being used. There will be other configuration options available depending on the device. Just double click the device to get to its properties.

You can also click on View and then choose options to show hidden devices or show resources by type.

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Device Manager will not solve all your problems but it’s a great place to start to see if Windows is even seeing your hardware to begin with. If you can’t get it to show up here you may want to take another look at the hardware itself.

Device Manager is an extension of the Microsoft Management Console that provides a central and organized view of all the Microsoft Windows recognized hardware installed in a computer.

Device Manager is used to manage the hardware devices installed in a computer like hard disk drives, keyboards, sound cards, USB devices, and more.

You can use Device Manager to change hardware configuration options, manage drivers, disable and enable hardware, identify conflicts between hardware devices, and much more.

Think of Device Manager as the primary list of hardware that Windows understands. All the hardware on your computer can be configured from this centralized utility.

Device Manager Availability

Device Manager is available in nearly every Microsoft Windows version including Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 95, and more.

Even though Device Manager is available in almost every Windows operating system version, some small differences do exist from one Windows version to the next.

How to Access Device Manager

Device Manager can be accessed in several different ways in all versions of Windows, most commonly from the Control Panel, the Command Prompt, or Computer Management. However, a few of the newer operating systems support some unique ways for opening Device Manager.

Device Manager can also be opened through the command-line or Run dialog box with a special command.

Just to be clear, Device Manager is included in Windows—there's no need to download and install anything extra. There are a number of downloadable programs called Device Manager that do this or that, but they are not the Device Manager in Windows that we're talking about here.

How to Use Device Manager

Like what's shown in the example image above, Device Manager lists devices in separate categories so that it's easier to find what you're looking for. You can expand each section to see which devices are listed inside. Once you find the right hardware device, double-click it to see more information like its current status, driver details, or in some cases its power management options.

Some of these categories include Audio inputs and outputs, Disk drives, Display adapters, DVD/CD-ROM drives, Network adapters, Printers, and Sound, video and game controllers.

If you were having troubles with your network card, let's say, you might open the Network adapters area and see if there are any unusual icons or colors associated with the device in question. You can double-click it if you want more information about it or to perform one of the tasks listed below.

Each device listing in Device Manager contains a detailed driver, system resource, and other configuration information and settings. When you change a setting for a piece of hardware, it changes the way Windows works with that hardware.

More Information on Device Manager

Different things happen in Device Manager to indicate an error or the state of a device that isn't "normal." In other words, if a device isn't in complete working order, you can tell by looking closely at the list of devices.

It's good to know what to look for in Device Manager because it's where you go to troubleshoot a device that isn't working properly. You can go to Device Manager to update a driver, disable a device, etc.

Something you may see in Device Manager is a yellow exclamation point. This is given to a device when Windows finds a problem with it. The issue may be extreme or as simple as a device driver problem.

If a device is disabled, whether by your own doing or because of a deeper problem, you’ll see a black arrow by the device in Device Manager. Older versions of Windows (XP and prior) give a red x for the same reason.

To further convey what the problem is, Device Manager gives error codes when a device is having a system resource conflict, driver problem, or another hardware issue. These are simply called Device Manager error codes or hardware error codes.

Type cmd in the Windows search bar to open the Command Prompt, then enter devmgmt.msc.

Look for your camera under Cameras or Sound, video, and game controllers. If you still can't find the webcam, go to Action > Scan for hardware changes and wait for Device Manager to scan and reinstall updated drivers. Restart your computer and look for your camera again.

Go to View > Devices by Connection to see what's connected to each USB port. If you're still uncertain, right-click a USB root hub and go to Properties > General to see what's connected to it.

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When opening the Device Manager, a screen similar to the example picture should appear. All categories should have +’s or arrows pointing to the right next to each of the device categories with no Other devices or Unknown devices listed. However, when problems occur, you may have one or more of the errors below.

If you receive an error when trying to open the Device Manager, this may indicate there are corrupt files in Windows. It may be necessary to run a Windows repair process, using the Windows CD or DVD, to correct this issue.

Exclamation mark or other devices

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When a device has a yellow circle with an exclamation mark under Other devices, this indicates that the device is conflicting with other hardware. Or, it may indicate that the device or its drivers are not installed properly.

Double-clicking and opening the device with the error shows you an error code.

What to do with exclamation mark or other devices

Remove all devices with an exclamation mark and any Other devices from Device Manager by highlighting them and pressing the delete key on the keyboard. Once they have all been removed, reboot the computer and allow Windows to re-detect the devices.

If, after rebooting the computer, the Device Manager remains the same, Windows is not installing the devices because it lacks the proper driver support. You need to download the latest drivers for that device or use the original installation disc that came with the hardware.

Red “x”

The device is disabled, removed, or Windows cannot locate the device.

What to do with red X

If you want this device enabled, double-click the device with a red x. At the bottom of the General tab, click the Device usage drop-down box where it says Do not use this device (disabled) and select “Use this device (enabled)”.

If this is not available or is already enabled, highlight the device in Device Manager and press delete on the keyboard to remove the device. Reboot the computer and let Windows re-detect the device.

If, after rebooting the computer, the Device Manager remains the same, Windows is not installing the devices because it lacks the proper driver support. You’ll need to download the latest drivers for that device or use the original installation disc that came with the hardware.

Down arrow

In Windows Vista and later, if you see a small down arrow next to the device (shown in the picture), it indicates the device is disabled.

What to do with down arrow

To resolve this issue, double-click the device, click the Driver tab and click the Enable button. After it is enabled, restart the computer, if prompted to do so.

Missing hardware or Unknown device

Missing hardware

If you don’t see the device you are trying to install in Device Manager, and there are no “Other devices” listed, the device is not detected by the computer. Even if Windows does not have the proper driver support for the device, it should still put that device under Other devices or Unknown device.

Try turning off the computer, disconnecting and reconnecting the hardware device, and turning the computer back on. If Windows still does not detect the device, either that device is not compatible with your version of Windows, or it is bad.

Unknown device

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

If devices are detected but showing as an Unknown device, this indicates that Windows doesn’t have the proper driver support for that device.

Sometimes identifying an Unknown device can be difficult if you have not installed anything recently and have no idea what the Unknown device may be in the computer.

If you have recently reinstalled Windows many times, you could get more than one Unknown device in the computer. Installing the computer’s chipset drivers from the driver disc or a download should solve most, if not all, Unknown devices. Also, going through the setup on your driver CD can solve many Unknown device problems.

If you are trying to install a new device for your computer, make sure to run the setup or install the drivers from the included disc. If you do not have a drivers disc, the drivers can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

There are numerous ways to install, uninstall, and update your drivers, but you should know how to use Device Manager if you need to troubleshoot problems.

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There are numerous Windows error codes and BSOD that are a direct result of a driver problem. When uninstalling or updating drivers fails, Device Manager comes to the rescue. Using Device Manager, we can Update, Disable, Uninstall, or Roll Back any of your installed drivers.

Using Device Manager might sound intimidating, but it’s easy to use at any skill level.

Video tutorial:

Press the Windows Key + S, type in, and click on Device Manager.

Locate the hardware with the driver you need to modify, and click the > to expand. For example, expand Display Adapters to find your video card.

Right-click on the device you want to modify.

You can now choose from Update driver, Disable device, and Uninstall device.

Update driver might solve a problem with outdated drivers. If you’re told you have the latest driver installed, you might consider trying a driver updater or going to your computer manufacturer for the latest, stable driver.

Uninstall the device is recommended to reinstall the hardware and driver. After you click on Uninstall device, you will be prompted to reboot, at which point Windows should detect and install the device again.

Disable device might help if you know specific hardware is causing your problems, allowing you to update Windows, for example. You don’t want to disable your keyboard, mouse, or video card.

Next, right-click again on the hardware, and click Properties.

Click on the Driver tab.

The most useful option here is – Roll Back Driver. This allows you to go back to the last installed driver, often solving your problem if the latest driver was buggy, incompatible with other hardware, or unstable.

If Roll Back Driver is greyed out (can’t click on it), there’s nothing you can do. Windows has determined the driver hasn’t been updated, and there is no driver to roll back to. That’s a good indication to update manually if possible.

Click on Driver Details to find your current driver’s version and publisher.

Device Manager makes it easy to locate and identify problems through special icons that it displays next to problem devices. For example, a downward-pointing arrow on the icon for a device listed in Device Manager indicates that support for the device is disabled. This can occur when Windows cannot work with the driver for the device, cannot locate the correct driver, or if you have purposely disabled a device. (This last case probably is not a problem you need to fix.)
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Troubleshot a Disabled Device

1 Click Start.
2 Click Control Panel.
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3 In Control Panel, click System and Maintenance.
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The Device Manager window opens

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Note: If prompted, type the administrator password or click Continue.
3 Click the plus sign next to the category of the device whose driver you want to see.
4 Right-click the device you want to remove.
5 Choose Uninstall.

• The Confirm Device Uninstall dialog box appears.
5 Click OK.
Windows removes support for the device.
Note: You may need to restart Windows to apply the change.

Tips

Did You Know?

After you make a change in Device Manager, such as removing support for a device, and then restart your system, always check Device Manager again to ensure that everything appears as it should (for example, that the device no longer appears).

More Options!

If you want to disable rather than remove all support for a piece of hardware, click Disable rather than Uninstall in Step 5.

Attention!

If you uninstall a device in Device Manager without physically removing the hardware, Windows will likely detect the device as brand new when it restarts and then reload support for it. If your objective is to force Windows to reload the driver, then you want to take this approach.
A yellow exclamation point usually means that Windows cannot find the driver for the device, or has a problem with the current driver. You can usually resolve this issue by reinstalling the proper driver.
Speaking of drivers, when using Device Manager to troubleshoot, look for old driver versions; these might be ready for updates. Also look for entries that should be listed — such as a new device that you have installed — but are not.
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• The device’s Properties dialog box opens.
8 In the General tab, click the Enable Device button.
• The Device Problems Troubleshooting Wizard opens.
9 Click Next.
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• The Device Problems
Troubleshooting Wizard enables the device.
10 Click Finish.
11 Click Close in the device’s Properties dialog box to close it.
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Troubleshoot a Non-working Device

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

1 Repeat Steps 1 to 5 from the previous page to display a component in the Device Manager window.
2 If a device displays a yellow exclamation point, right-click it.
3 Click Properties.

• The device’s Properties dialog box opens.
4 Click Reinstall Driver in the General tab.
5 Choose how you want Windows to search for the driver.
Windows reinstalls the driver.
Note: If Windows cannot locate the driver, insert the CD or other disk that came with your hardware.

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Important!

When you replace one piece of hardware with another, carefully examine the accompanying documentation for warnings. For example, when you install certain types of video adapters to replace a motherboard-integrated video chipset, you may achieve better results when you disable the onboard video in Device Manager and then restart your system in Safe mode to prepare to install the new driver.

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Device Manager Definition

Device Manager, which could be defined as a Control Panel that’s an extension of the Microsoft Management Console, provides users an organized, central view of the Windows-recognized hardware attached to a computer. This includes devices like keyboards, hard disk drives, USB devices, etc. It sorts out all hardware, listing them on the basis of various criteria and when a device malfunctions or stops working altogether, it immediately notifies the user. Thus it can be used to control devices, enable or disable them, configure them, identify conflicts between devices, and much more.

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There are different ways to access Device Manager. The most common ways to access it are from the Control Panel, the Command Prompt, or Computer Management. In newer operating systems, there are some unique methods of opening it; this varies from OS to OS.

Device Manager can also be opened by using a special command and through the command-line or Run dialog box. An easy way for opening it in Windows is by typing the correct command in the Command Prompt.

To be noted is the fact that Device Manager is included in Windows and there is no need to download or install anything.

How to Open Device Manager in Windows 10, 8 & 7

First, let’s discuss how to open Device Manager via Control Panel and then the other ways as well

Opening Device Manager via Control Panel

Open Control Panel

Control Panel would be available from the Start Menu or the Apps screen, depending on the Windows version. In Windows 10 and 8, go for the Power User Menu- press the WIN (Windows) key and the X key together.

Depending on your version of Windows, Control Panel is usually available from the Start Menu or the Apps screen.

Click on the Hardware and Sound link for Windows 10 & 8 or Click System and Security for Windows 7.

Check under Devices and Printers in Windows 10 and 8, and under System in Windows 7, you’ll find Device Manager.

Once Device Manager is open, you can view device status, update device drivers, enable or disable devices or do hardware management.

The Other Ways in Which Device Manager Can be Opened

Device Manager can also be opened using Command Prompt, in any version of Windows, via its run command, devmgmt.msc. This is useful in certain circumstances, like when your mouse doesn’t work or when your system has an issue that prevents normal functioning.

Device Management is also available via Computer Management, in all versions of Windows. Computer Management is part of Administrative Tools.

Device Manager is an important windows utility and a troubleshooting tool. It provides a central and organized view of all the installed hardware that is connected to your computer like a mouse, keyboard, hard drives, USB, printers etc. The components are well arranged in their respective categories. Device Manager can be used to update the drivers, view the components with problems, identifying the conflicts between different drivers and scan for the hardware changes when a new device is connected to your system.

It’s an important tool that you should know how to use while troubleshooting the computer’s hardware and managing its drivers.

How to open Device Manager

Windows 10 OS offers several ways to open the Device Manager. I will show you the simple and most common way of opening the Device Manager.

Type run in the search bar of your Windows 10 computer. Type devmgmt.msc in the search area of Run utility. Click OK.

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That will launch a Device Manager wizard.

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How to use Device Manager

Device Manager lets you to view the installed hardware, view hidden devices, update drivers for the device, enable or disable devices from Device Manager, scan for new hardware and adding the Legacy hardware.

Viewing installed hardware

Device Manager lists all the devices in the categories so its easier to find the required device. You can expand each category to view the list of devices under it.

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View hidden devices in Device Manager

Some devices are hidden by the Device Manager. To view them, click on the View tab and in the sub-menu that appears, click on Show hidden devices.

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It will list all hidden devices in the Device Manager window.

View device properties

If you want to see the details about the device, select the device. Right-click on it and go to Properties.

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The properties dialog box will open that will display you the status of the device if it is properly working or not.

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View devices that are not working properly

If you want to see the device in your computer that is not working properly, you can see them here in the Device Manager marked with a yellow triangle containing exclamation sign.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

You can right-click the device and go to Properties to read the details about the problem.

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Update device drivers

You can update an already installed driver for the device. Device Manager allows you to search for updates online or to browse from your computer if you have already downloaded to your system.

Enable or Disable devices from Device Manager

Device Manager lets you enable or disable the device. Disabling the device is not recommended, but if the device is causing a problem, you can temporarily disable it. Right-click the device and from the menu, click Enable Device. The device that is disabled is marked by a black arrow.

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Similarly, you can enable the device by right-clicking the option to Enable this device.

Scan for new hardware

If the Windows is not detecting new hardware that has plugged in, you can use the Device Manager to scan for it.

To scan for new hardware, click on the Action in the top menu and then click Scan for hardware changes.

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Adding Legacy hardware

The Microsoft Device Manager is loaded with legacy device drivers, but if you need to use them, you have to add them manually. Click on Action in the top menu bar. In sub-menu, click on Add legacy hardware.

It’s good to know what to look for in Device Manager for troubleshooting a device that is experiencing with a driver issue, resource conflict or other hardware problems. Moreover, the Device Manager shows the error code which you can also use to search on the internet to properly resolve the error.

You have an issue with your USB device:

  • It is not getting mounted in a Windows virtual machine
  • Virtual machine cannot detect the device
  • A device functionality does not work a Virtual Machine
  • Other USB devices issues

Resolution

If you still have this issue please follow these steps:

Shut down your virtual machine, quit Parallels Desktop and disconnect your USB device from your Mac.

Connect your USB device to your Mac.

Make sure the device is detected on the Mac side:

    In case of an external storage device it should appear in Finder

In case of other devices (eg. mobile phone):

    Open System Information (Applications > Utilities > System Information), click System Report

Locate your device under the USB section.

Important: your virtual machine will not be able to work with your USB device if your Mac fails to detect it

Start Parallels Desktop, go to Parallels Desktop menu > Preferences > Devices

Check whether the device you would like to connect to your virtual machine is listed under Permanent Assignments list. Use “” button to delete the device from the list.

Make sure Ask me what to do radiobutton is selected

Launch your virtual machine. Once you have Windows up and running go to Devices > External Devices and choose the device you would like to connect to your virtual machine.

The new device will now be installed in Windows.

To check whether the device got installed successfully go to the Device Manager.

If for some reason the device failed to get properly installed try to delete it from the Device manager and then Scan for Hardware Changes.

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To learn more about the troubleshooting steps for your specific USB device please refer to the respective device manufacturer.

The Device Manager is one of the simplest tools of Windows 10 which permits the users to see and manage the hardware connected to the computer. When you experience any problems with the hardware that is connected to your computer, you can go to the Device Manager and check out the problems.

There are other tools like System Information which also works the same but Device Manager is treated as the best as it is very easy to understand and also with a handful of clicks you can carry out the things in it. With Device Manager, you can view and control the installed devices of your computer, see the devices whose drivers have not been installed, enable or disable the devices, find lost drivers, and also see and control the hidden devices. So, we will now take a detailed look at Device Manager of Windows 10.

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How to Find Device Manager in Windows 10

Process 1: Using Search Field

  • Go to the Search field of the Start Menu and type device manager. You will see the Device Manager option in the results. Click it on it.

Process 2: Using Computer Management

  • Device Manager can be accessed via Computer Management. So navigate Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Device Manager.
  • A new Device Manager window will pop up on your screen.

Process 3: Using Power User Menu

  • Retrieving a Power User Menu is executable with one hit only. Right click on the Start Menu and a bunch of options arises up. Find Device Manager. Click to open it.

First Glance of Device Manager in Windows 10

With any of the above-mentioned processes, you will get the Device Manager window on your screen. You will see a list of all the hardware components of your computer. But you will notice that all the components are categorized into different groups. Suppose, see the Disk drive where only one disk is installed along with the name of the accurate type and model. To see additional information about a certain device, make a right click on that device and choose its Properties option.

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How to See Lost Drivers for Components in Device Manager of Windows 10

The best thing about Device Manager is that you can see if there are any lost drivers installed for any of your hardware components. If you have a component that is not having drivers, you will then see a category with a name Other devices. Click on the Other devices and you will see the devices with their generic name.

How to Install Drivers for Components in Device Manager of Windows 10

  • In this section, we will see how to install drivers for the components that do not hold exact drivers or the components that have the drivers installed. So to do the work, right-click on the device and further Update driver.
  • You will see an Update Driver Software wizard arriving on your screen with three options to choose from. They are – 1) “Windows should automatically install the best driver”, 2) Search for updated drivers on Windows Update and 3) Manually install a driver. Choose the first option and let us see its working.

The same wizard makes a search on your computer for the driver. If it doesn’t find anything suitable, it goes for an online search. You need to be patient until it is over. And when it finds a driver it gets installed by itself. When the process gets over you will be informed that the driver was well installed or not. And so after its successful installation, you will see the device under its suitable category.

If you see that the Update Software failed to access a driver, you will be informed about it. So, if you face this situation, you have nothing more to do apart from exiting the window.

How to Find Hidden Devices in Device Manager of Windows 10

Many users are not aware of this fact that the Device Manager lets it, users, to see the hidden devices. Many times, the software that you use on your system install these drivers. If you wish to see them, you will be into the Device Manager. Make a click on the View menu and select Show hidden devices command.

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Here, you will notice the devices listed in their respective categories.

How to Enable or Disable Device using Device Manager in Windows 10

You can disable the devices from here though it is not highly advised. You need to be alert of what you are disabling as by doing this you are prohibiting your Windows from using them. Look for the device that you wish to disable and perform a right click on it. Choose the Disable option to disable it. When asked for confirmation, grant it.

You will be asked to reboot your system. If you have any open documents, make sure to save them before you restart it.

Now, to enable the devices, the process is same as disabling them. The only difference is that instead of choosing the Disable option, here you will select the Enable option.

In Closing

Device Manager is a very functional tool of Windows as it allows the users to control their devices in a more clear way. The details above in this article must have made you crystal clear about Device Manager and its role in Windows operating system. You can carry out many things and manage the functioning of your devices. See the hidden ones and disable the unwanted ones, and also, install drivers for the components; all in one place. So what are you thinking for? Go ahead and explore yourself to this wonderful tool and write us your reviews in the comments form.

How to allow apps access to camera using Privacy settings

Since the release of version 1803, as part of the privacy improvements, Windows 10 can revoke certain apps access to your microphone and camera automatically, as such checking the privacy settings is one of the first steps to get a camera working on your device.

To allow apps to access the webcam on your computer or laptop running Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Click on Camera.
  4. Under the “Camera access for this device” section, click the Change button.
  5. Turn on the Allow access to camera on this device toggle switch.
  6. Turn on the Allow apps to access your camera toggle switch.
  7. Under the “Choose which Microsoft Store apps can access your camera” section, turn on the toggle switch for the apps that you want to allow access.
    After you complete the steps, the app you want to use should now be able to work with your camera.

How to update camera driver using Device Manager

If the camera stops working after installing a new version of Windows 10 (for example, May 2019 Update) or another system change, there’s a chance that you’re using an outdated version of the camera driver that is causing the problem.

To update the camera driver to fix problems on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Expand the Imaging devices, Cameras, or Sound, video and game controllers branch.
  4. Right-click the webcam and select the Update driver option.

5. Click the Search automatically for updated driver software button.

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Once you complete the steps, if a newer update is available, Device Manager will download and install the package automatically similar to Windows Update.

In the case that Windows Update doesn’t find any new version, you may need to check your manufacturer support website to download and install the most up-to-date driver.

How to reinstall camera driver using Device Manager

If the camera stops working because of driver corruption or configuration problems, reinstalling the camera using Device Manager may resolve the issue.

To uninstall and install the camera driver, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Expand the Imaging devices, Cameras, or Sound, video and game controllers branch.
  4. Right-click the webcam and select the Uninstall driver option.

5. Click the Uninstall button.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingQuick tip: You can also check the Delete the driver software for this device option to force the system to re-download the camera driver from Windows Update.

6. Click on Actions.
7. Click the Scan for hardware changes option and/or restart the computer.

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Once you complete the steps, try to use the camera with an app, and it should work as expected.

Windows Device Manager is an important tool in the Windows operating system, listing all the list of hardware devices recognized by Windows, including problems with unrecognized device drivers.

Windows Device Manager is an important tool in the Windows operating system, listing all the list of hardware devices recognized by Windows, including problems with unrecognized device drivers. Through Windows Device Manager, users can easily manage hardware devices in their computers.

This article will briefly introduce to readers how to use Windows Device Manager tool, as well as use Windows Device Manager to fix some errors related to computer hardware.

Start Windows Device Manager

The easiest way to start Windows Device Manager in any version of Windows is to use the Windows + R key combination to invoke the Run dialog, enter the “devmgmt.msc” code and press ENTER to execute a Windows Device call. Manager.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingUse the “devmgmt.msc” script and press ENTER to execute calling Windows Device Manager

For Windows 8 , drag the mouse to the lower left corner of the screen, right click and select the “Device Manager” command .

For Windows 7 , navigate to Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Device Manager.

See a list of hardware devices that have been identified by Windows

By default, Device Manager will display a list of hardware devices recognized by Windows at the first display, all neatly organized. You can click the arrow to see more details about each device.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingClick the arrow at the top of each section to see more details about each device.

Note: Some hardware devices will not be listed, you can view them in the View tab at the top of the window and select Show hidden devices . This will help Device Manager to display information about low-level drivers in Windows and third-party driver software installations.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingSee hardware devices will not appear in the list

Some hidden devices will not show up in the list, even if you have selected the Show hidden devices command, such as previously connected and disconnected USB devices, called Ghosted . If you want to view them, you must start Device Manager in the following special way:

First, open a Command Prompt window and enter the following command:

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Device Manager tool will appear and list a complete list of hardware devices, including hidden. However, this method only works with Windows 7, Vista, or XP, and from Windows 8, this function has been removed.

Identify the device is not working

To identify devices that are not working in Device Manager, pay attention to the yellow triangle icon with the exclamation mark inside it . It is an icon of a device that is not working (possibly because of a driver problem).

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Now, right- click the icon and right-click , choose Properties to view device information and diagnose the problem (General tab). If the driver is related, go to the Driver tab and click Properties to fix it.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Disable a hardware device in a computer using Device Manager

If you do not use the function of some hardware in the device such as webcam, touchpad, you can disable them through Device Manager.

To do this, move the mouse to the device’s location and right-click it, select the Properties command .

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingRight-click the device, select the Properties command.

The Properties window of the device will appear, select the Driver tab and select the Disable Device command .

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshootingSelect the Disable Device command to disable the device

Your setup will be executed after restarting the computer.

The commands in the Device’s Drivers property menu of a recognized device

The Properties window of a recognized device will provide users with a number of operational commands related to the management and troubleshooting of a device problem. All are listed in the Driver tab, including:

  1. Driver Details: Information about the device and the exact location it is present in the computer. This option is not very important.
  2. Update Driver: Update the new version for device drivers. This option includes 2 options, search online and on the computer the new version of driver driver.
  3. Roll Back Driver: Options to restore the status of the previous version of the driver driver.
  4. Disable: Disable the device, preventing it from working every time Windows starts.
  5. Uninstall: Uninstall drivers associated with devices from your system. This option is often used to remove certain drivers from your system and try to reset devices and drivers from scratch.

Hopefully with this article, you will have more knowledge about the Windows Device Manager tool that is quite useful in Windows.

As an administrator who uses Windows device management, if you have problems managing Windows devices, you can try the following solutions.

Have an issue with Google Credential Provider for Windows (GCPW)? See Troubleshoot Google Credential Provider for Windows

Fix common Windows 10 device management issues

Before you begin: Make sure you complete all the setup steps.

If you get an error when you try to manually enroll a device, check the following possible causes:

  1. Is Windows device management enabled? For details, go to Enable Windows device management.
  2. Does the account you’re trying to enroll have a Google Workspace or Cloud Identity license that supports Windows device management? To review which license a user has, open their user details in the Admin console.

If you configure Windows settings in your Admin console but the policies don’t seem to apply to one or more devices, the device might not be enrolled in Windows device management, the policy might not be synced to the device, or the policy isn’t configured correctly.

To troubleshoot these issues:

    Confirm that the device is enrolled in Windows device management. In your Admin console, go to the Endpoints list, find the device, and confirm that its management type is reported as Enhanced desktop security. For instructions, see View laptop and desktop device details.

If the device isn’t enrolled:

    for the user’s organizational unit.
  1. If your organization doesn’t use GCPW, enroll the device.

To find the specific device and policy, add some or all of the following filters:

  1. Device ID—Enter the device’s ID
  2. Event name—Enter Advanced Policy Sync event
  3. Policy name—Enter the OMA-URI of the policy

The Event Description column contains details about if applying the policy succeeded or failed.

If the policy isn’t synced to the device:

  1. Confirm that the policy is applied to the user’s organizational unit. For instructions, see Apply Windows settings.
  2. For custom settings, confirm that the policy is configured correctly and applied to the user’s organizational unit. For instructions, see Edit a custom setting.

The Windows event logs provide detailed log information. To export the logs:

  1. On the Windows device, open Event Viewer by one of the following methods:
    • From the Windows Start menu, click Windows Administrative ToolsEvent Viewer.
    • From the Windows Start menu, click Run. In the Run box, enter eventvwr.msc and press Enter.
  2. In Event Viewer, click Windows logsApplication.

All application events load, which can take a minute.

  • Device Management-Enterprise-Diagnostics-Provider
  • GCPW (if you use GCPW)

More help

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In this post, we will see how to make the built-in Device Manager show non-present devices in Windows 10/8/7. Non-present devices are those old, unused, previous, hidden devices that were once installed, but are now no longer attached to the computer.

The Windows Device Manager helps you uninstall, disable, rollback, update Device Drivers in Windows. It displays details about the currently installed and connected Plug and Play devices. To view the Non-Plug and Play devices, from the View tab, you have to select Show hidden devices. But to show all non-present devices, you will have to do the following.

Show Hidden Non-present devices using Device Manager

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

To show non-present devices in Windows 10/8.1, using Device Manager, open an elevated command prompt windows, type the following and hit Enter:

Next, type devmgmt . msc and hit Enter to open the Device Manager.

Having done this, from the View tab, select Show hidden devices. You will see some additional devices get listed here.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

This is pretty useful if you need to troubleshoot and fix problems caused by leftover drivers. Right-clicking on them and selecting Properties will give you additional information about them.

You can also show non-present devices by tweaking Environment Variables and remove the old device drivers. Device Cleanup Tool will help you remove multiple or all old, non-present devices from your Windows computer. GhostBuster can help you remove old, unused, hidden device drivers.

In case you have issues with Unknown Drivers, then this post will help you identify & troubleshoot Unknown Devices. See this post if your Device Manager is empty & and not showing anything.

Troubleshooting steps to try to resolve the Code 10 error in the Device Manager for Bluetooth® or Wireless (Wi-Fi) device.

Before trying any of the following troubleshooting steps, Intel strongly recommends updating your Wireless and Bluetooth drivers to version 22.70.X.X or newer. Check with your OEM for the latest drivers available for your system or visit Download Center if you are using an Intel Generic Driver.

Code 10 errors in Device Manager for Bluetooth or Wireless (Wi-Fi) Devices can be caused by many different issues. Usually, a Code 10 error is a temporary error, generated when Device Manager can't start the hardware device. However this error is considered a generic message indicating an unspecified problem.

This most commonly occurs after running a Windows* Update that includes Wi-Fi or Bluetooth updates.

A Code 10 error in Device Manager can occur when:

  • Bluetooth cannot be enabled
  • In Device Manager, there is a Yellow bang (!, exclamation point) next to the Bluetooth or Wireless (Wi-Fi) device
  • In Device Manager, the properties of the Bluetooth or Wireless device shows status = "This device cannot start. (Code 10) STATUS_DEVICE_POWER_FAILURE”
  • Intel recommends you test using your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) drivers. If you still get the error after reinstalling these drivers, then try the Intel generic drivers for Bluetooth or Wireless adapters.
  • Important: Download the drivers before uninstalling the driver if you are following the instructions for a clean installation process.

Before proceeding with any of the troubleshooting steps below, Intel strongly recommends making sure your system is running the latest driver available from your OEM or Intel generic drivers for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth version 22.70.X or newer.

To get the latest generic drivers from Intel, you can automatically update your drivers using the Intel® Driver & Support Assistant.

  • Several customers have reported the issue being fixed by to performing a Cold reboot of the system after reinstalling the driver. This refers to fully shut down the device and remove all sources of power, including batteries if applicable, then repowering. Intel recommends following this troubleshooting step as first approach to the issue.

If the issue persists proceed with the following steps:

Identify which Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth device your system is running, then proceed with the Clean Installation process explained here: Clean Installation of Wireless Drivers this procedure also applies to Bluetooth drivers.

See screenshots below for examples of what Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices look like in Device Manager.

  1. Install all available Windows Updates.
  2. Perform a Clean Installation of Wireless Drivers. Clean installation of the wireless/Bluetooth drivers is a troubleshooting step recommended to remove any previous installation files that might cause conflicts with new driver installations.
    • Intel Wireless device. Example: Intel® Wireless-AC 9560 160MHz
      How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting
    • Intel Bluetooth device. Example: Intel® Wireless Bluetooth®
      How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting
    • When you uninstall the Wi-FI/Bluetooth device, it may become an unknown device, which is expected. The device will be identified again after you reinstall the driver.

If still your system is showing the error, contact your original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for additional support or contact Intel Support for additional assistance.

Kolade Chris

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

In general, a headphone jack and a pair of headphones improve the sound from your PC. You’ll be able to hear things more clearly, without disturbing other around you.

But sometimes, setting them up is difficult. Or they might stop working entirely. This could be due to outdated drivers, or even physical damage.

In this guide, I’ll take you through three ways you can fix your headphone jack on a Windows 10 PC.

How to Fix Headphone Jack Not Working by Updating Audio Drivers

When any hardware device stops working, my first recommendation is to update its drivers.

Updating your Windows 10 OS could install the necessary drivers for you, but it doesn’t happen all the time.

You can update the audio driver on Windows 10 with the steps below

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 1: Right-click on Start and choose Device Manager

Step 2: Expand Audio inputs and outputs

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 3: Right-click on your audio device and select Update driver

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 4: Select “Search automatically for updated driver software”

And the latest driver will be installed for your audio device.

How to Fix Headphone Jack Not Working by Running Audio Troubleshooter

When any hardware or external device doesn’t work, running the appropriate troubleshooter could make it work again.

Please note that your computer must be connected to the internet to get troubleshooting recommendations.

On Windows 10, you can run audio troubleshooter with the steps below

Step 1: Press WIN (Windows logo key) + I to launch Settings

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 2: Select Updates and Security from the menu tiles

Step 3: Switch to the Troubleshoot tab on the left

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 4: Click the “Additional troubleshooter link”

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 5: Select “Playing Audio” and click “Run the troubleshooter”

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 6: Select which audio device you want to run the troubleshooting for

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Your computer will scan through connected audio devices and make recommendations. When you apply the recommendations, you should see a screen like the one below:

How to Fix Headphone Jack Not Working by Enabling your Audio Device

Sometimes, a plugged-in headphone jack might be giving you issues because it isn’t enabled.

You can enable your audio device and set it as the default with the following steps:

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 1: Press the WIN key on your keyboard and search for “control panel”. Hit ENTER to open the first search result, which is always Control Panel.

Step 2: Make sure you are viewing by large icons

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 3: Select Sound

Step 4: If you don’t see your headphone jack listed, right-click anywhere in the Playback tab and tick-mark “Show disabled devices”.

Step 5: Right-click on the headphone jack that isn’t working and select Enable

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 6: The set as default button will now be available. Select it to set your headphone jack as the default audio device.

Step 7: Click Ok and restart your computer.

Conclusion

This article took you through three concise fixes for headphone jack not working on Windows 10.

Some have reported that their audio issues were fixed after they restarted their computers with their headphones plugged in. But the solutions discussed in this article should be enough for you.

Thank you for reading this article. If you find it helpful, please share it with your friends and family.

Kolade Chris

Web developer and technical writer focusing on frontend technologies.

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Troubleshooting Device Conflicts with Device Manager

  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows 95

SUMMARY

This article lists steps you can use to troubleshoot hardware configuration problems by using Device Manager. You can use Device Manager to examine and change software-configurable devices. Note that if your hardware device uses jumper pins or dip switches, you must configure the device manually.

MORE INFORMATION

    Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

Troubleshooting Information

  • If there is a problem with a device, it is listed in the hardware tree under Computer. Also, the problem device has a symbol that indicates the type of problem:

    A black exclamation point (!) on a yellow field indicates the device is in a problem state. Note that a device that is in a problem state can be functioning.

NOTE: Some devices may have other tabs besides the General tab. Not all property sheets have the same tabs; some devices may have a Resource tab, Driver tab, and Settings tab, or some combination of these.

At the top of the property sheet, there is a description of the device. When you click the Resource tab, the window in the middle of the tab indicates which resource types are available for the selected device.

The list box at the bottom contains a Conflicting Device list. This list indicates a conflict with an error code.

For example, to edit the Input/Output Range setting:

    Click the Use Automatic Settings check box to clear it.

Notes

  • If you click My Computer and then click Properties, you see a property sheet with a View Resources and a Reserve Resources tab.

The Reserve Resources tab excludes a resource from use by Windows.

The View Resources tab displays the resources that are allocated by Windows or inherited from a Plug and Play BIOS or PCI bus computer.

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If you experience ‘access denied’ or other access errors when using the Windows Plugin Bundle in Device ManageR, please see the recommendations and troubleshooting steps below:

Recommendations for user credentials

When a remote computer attempts to shut down, reboot or log off a target Windows system, it must provide user credentials to the target computer. Below are recommendations about what those credentials should be and where you should enter them:

On networks with domains

– Enter the username and password for a domain admin into the Windows action you create in Device ManageR. See this FAQ for instructions on creating Windows actions: How To Configure A Windows Plugin Bundle Action In Device ManageR.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

– Typically, you’ll also need to enter those same credentials into the Device ManageR service to run it as an administrator. This FAQ shows you how: How To Run AVTECH’s Device ManageR As An Administrator In Windows.

On networks without domains

Configure the same username and password in 4 places: in an administrator account on Device ManageR’s host system, in the Device ManageR action, in the Device ManageR service and in an administrator account on the target computer. (In our example, the username is ‘DeviceManageR.’)

On Device ManageR’s host system

1. Create an administrator user account that’s specifically for Device ManageR.

2. Enter the same user credentials into the Windows action you create in Device ManageR. See this FAQ for instructions on creating Windows actions: How To Configure A Windows Plugin Bundle Action In Device ManageR.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

3. Enter the same credentials into the Device ManageR service to run it as an administrator. This FAQ shows you how: How To Run AVTECH’s Device ManageR As An Administrator In Windows.

On the target computer

4. Use the same credentials to create an administrator user account that’s specifically for Device ManageR to access the system.

Troubleshooting ‘access denied’ errors

Manually testing Device ManageR’s host system

If you get an ‘access denied’ error when attempting to shutdown, log off or reboot a Windows system from Device ManageR, first manually test whether Device ManageR’s host system can shutdown the target computer; then, if it can, run Device ManageR as an administrator with the host system’s username and password.

Step 1: Test the remote shutdown capability of Device ManageR’s host system

To check whether the computer that Device ManageR is installed on can shutdown the target computer, follow these steps:

1. Log on to Device ManageR’s host system with an administrator account.

2. Open Windows Command Prompt. You may find it at the following path:

StartAll ProgramsAccessoriesCommand Prompt

StartAll AppsWindows SystemCommand Prompt

3. At the prompt, enter the following command and then press Enter on your keyboard:

4. When the Remote Shutdown Dialog box appears, enter the following:

a. In Computers, select Add.

b. In the Add Computers dialog box:

– Enter the IP address or the computer name of the target system. In our example, we’ve entered the IP address.

– Then select OK.

c. In What do you want these computers to do, select either Restart or Shutdown from the drop-down menu. In our example, we’ve chosen Shutdown.

d. You may leave the rest of the settings at defaults or reconfigure them as you like.

– Note, however, that the default reason for Shutdown—Other (Planned)—requires you to fill in the Comment field. We’ve entered ‘Testing whether remote shutdown works from Device ManageR’s host system.’

e. Select OK to initiate the remote shutdown.

Once you select OK, the target computer will (or will not) shutdown/restart.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Step 2: Run Device ManageR as an administrator

Once you’ve determined that Device ManageR’s host system has the ability to shutdown the other computer, give Device ManageR the administrator credentials you logged into Windows with.

Checking your security software settings

You may also need to check security software settings on the target system and Device ManageR’s host system:

– Ensure that local anti-spyware and anti-virus programs on both the target computer and Device ManageR’s host system allow WMI connections.

– Ensure that the firewall on the target system allows incoming remote WMI connections.

Every now and then it's going to happen, you install a new piece of hardware in your Computer, boot up Windows XP and something goes wrong with plug an play while adding the hardware. So you put on your troubleshooting hat, stare at the error message that usually does not make sense, and decide it's time to take a look in XP's Device Manager for clues.

Hopefully it's an easy fix…

More often than not that scenario occurs when you have no time and you are anxious to use that shiny new hardware such as an iPod, MP3 player or Wireless Network card. While some error messages may be an easy fix, Device Manager often points out the failed device but with a cryptic description of the problem.

To help with the error code description, Microsoft article, Explanation of error codes generated by Device Manager in Microsoft Windows XP Professional is a good source that provides more information of the codes. While the description may not completely solve your problem, I have found it to be a good starting point that eventually led me to resolving issues with hardware problems.

Below lists an explanation of the symbols that indicates the type of problem and is usually present with failed device:

  • A black exclamation point ("!" on a yellow field indicates the device is in a problem state. Note that a device that is in a problem state can be functioning.
  • A yellow exclamation point indicates the device is not configured correctly.
  • A red "X" indicates a disabled device. A disabled device is a device that is physically present in the computer and is consuming resources, but does not have a protected-mode driver loaded.
  • A blue "i" on a white field on a device resource in Computer properties indicates that the Use automatic settings feature is not selected for the device and that the resource was manually selected. Note that this does not indicate a problem or disabled state.
  • A Yellow question mark "?" indicates Windows was unable to locate the drivers for the device and cannot determine the type of device being installed (usually listed under Other devices category).

Many times hardware problems are caused by the driver that was loaded and can be resolved by updating the driver with the latest version. Other issues may be caused by resource problems such as memory and IRQ conflicts.

To view memory and IRQ allocations for devices, open Device Manager by clicking on Start \ Run and type devmgmt.msc in the run box.

Then select Resources by connections.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

From here you can expand Interrupt request (IRQ) and Memory to view the resource allocations.

How to use the windows device manager for troubleshooting

Some sound cards and video adapters do not report all of the resources that they use in Windows. This can cause Device Manager to show only one device in conflict, or no conflicts at all. This can be verified by disabling the sound card, or by using the standard VGA video driver to see if the conflict is resolved.

While there is no "magic wand" that can be used to resolve hardware problems, Device Manager does show you the big picture of what is installed and the status of devices on your Computer.

Once you have identified the problem, the best solution is to visit the hardware manufacturer web site for updates and check their knowledge base for information or contact them for technical support.

Steps to Follow :
Start On the Suspected Server
From Command Line
Stop all Netbackup Services with bpdown -f -v command.
Confirm if all Netbackup Services are stopped with bpps command.
If you find and Hung/stuck processes you may need to kill those with task manager.
Again confirm with bpps command.

Follow instructions in article 259595 (linked below).
*** Remember to run both the commands one after another and then view hidden devices****
See if you find any Ghost Devices
If you find any of these.
Uninstall all Ghost Devices ( Only Uninstall the Grayed out ones .)

*****If you have a 32 bit Server then Download & Install Latest Tape Drivers if Required Only (Mostly Recommended) *****
Follow article 287850 (linked below) to Download Latest Symantec Drivers

Select 1st Option and Last Two Options when Installing the Drivers and then Reboot the Server.

***** If you have a 64 bit Server then check and install the Latest Drivers from Hardware Vendor if required and then Reboot the Server *****

After Reboot Confirm all the Ghost devices have been Uninstalled.
Again Follow article 259595 to Confirm.
If you still see ghost devices follow above procedure again till they do not exists anymore.
Follow the above Procedure on all other Windows Servers if Required .
Confirm you can see the Correct number of Devices from Device Manager & scan command on all Servers.
Confirm that the Removable Storage Manager service is disabled.
Confirm all Netbackup Services are Up and Running on all Servers if any.
From Master Server Confirm you can Communicate with all other Servers if any .
Open Netbackup GUI on the Master Server.
Delete all existing Drives and Robots for all Suspected Servers.
If you have any Issues Deleting Devices follow article 284755 (linked below)
Rerun Device Discovery Wizard.
Select Only the Suspected Servers for Scanning Devices .
Confirm It Detects All the Drives and Robots Successfully.
Restart Services on All Servers.
Do a Robot Inventory.
Configure &Check Storage Units if Required
Make Storage Unit Changes to Policies if Required .
Test Backups.
The Backups should start to Write now.

Additional References
*****Only if you see any Robot errors in Event Logs.*****
*****For Testing Robot Connectivity and Troubleshooting Robots use Robtest when no backups are running. with help of article 274063 (linked below).*****
*****Remember to exit out of Robtest when Testing is done or the future backups might fail.*****
If you see any errors during Robtest , It could generally be an Hardware Issue and need to take further advice form Hardware Vendor

Check the “Related Documents” section for links to even more helpful articles.

In Windows, the Device Manager keeps a listing of all the hardware devices on your computer. It is the best tool to use for troubleshooting hardware problems.

Accessing the Device Manager

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. From the Start menu, select Computer .
  2. Near the top of the resulting window, click System properties .
  3. On the left, click Device Manager .

Windows XP

  1. From the Start menu, select My Computer . Alternatively, double-click My Computer on the desktop.
  2. Under “System Tasks”, click View system information .
  3. In the System Properties window, click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager .

Printing a list of all installed hardware (Windows XP)

Note: You may need to have a hardware category or item selected before the print option becomes available.

To print a list of installed hardware from the Device Manager, in Windows XP , with a device or category selected, under the Action menu, select Print .

Next to “Report Type”, select All devices and system summary . The printout will contain all the IRQ (interrupt request) settings, the system resource reports, a list of all devices and their drivers, and each driver’s location on the computer. (If you plan to format your hard drive and reinstall Windows, it is a good idea to print this first, especially if you have off-brand hardware.)

Checking the status of hardware

To use the Device Manager to check the status of hardware:

  1. Select the type of device from the list of devices.
  2. Select your installed device. If the device is not working properly, a yellow circle with an exclamation point will appear over it. Proceed with these instructions to find out which device(s) are conflicting with the selected device.
  3. Double-click the selected device. The General tab in the resulting Device Properties window will note whether the device is working properly. This window also allows you to enable or disable the selected device from all hardware profiles.
  4. Click the Resources tab to determine if there are any conflicts with the device. If the device was flagged with a yellow circle with an exclamation point, check the “Conflicting device list:” box to determine which devices are in conflict with the selected device.

The Resources tab tells which IRQ the installed device is using. Another device using the same IRQ can create a conflict, which may be why the device is not working. In this case, you can either reinstall it with a different IRQ, or change its IRQ. Only advanced users should attempt to change IRQ settings. If the device is Plug and Play (PnP), it should not be affected by changing the IRQ. If the device is not PnP, changing the IRQ may cause it to stop working. Use the instructions above for checking all IRQs in use on your computer, and find an IRQ that is not in use. To change the IRQ, select the Resources tab and uncheck Use Automatic Settings . In the “Resource settings:” box, double-click Interrupt Request to bring up a new window with the option to change the selected IRQ.

Note: If the selected device is a modem or a mouse, the Resources tab will not appear. To check the resources of a modem or mouse, select the Ports option in the list of devices in the Device Manager. Select the port where the modem or mouse is installed, and then click Properties . This will bring up a Port Properties window with a Resources tab, where you can check the resources for the modem or mouse.

Removing a device

Only advanced users should attempt to remove a device from the Device Manager. Doing so may require that you log in with administrative rights.

Removing a device causes Windows to lose all recognition of it, and the device will stop working properly. Windows should automatically recognize a new device when it restarts, but this does not always happen. If Windows does not recognize the device, you will need to use the Add New Hardware icon in the Control Panel for Windows to properly recognize the hardware. Before removing the device, be sure you have all the necessary drivers required for the device; this will help if you need to reinstall it.

  • Windows 7 and Vista: In the Device Manager, highlight the device, and then click the Uninstall button at the top of the window (a computer with a red X). Alternatively, right-click the device and choose Uninstall .
  • XP: In the Device Manager, highlight the device, and then click the Remove button at the bottom of the window, or the Remove icon at the top of the window (a computer with a red X).

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How to use your computer’s hosts file to block tons of malware porn and other types of websites

A HOSTS file is used to manually force map a hostname to an IP address without relying on a DNS service. The HOSTS file is found on every operating system and for Windows, it is located at Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ folder, just with the filename as HOSTS without an extension. By default the HOSTS file doesn’t contain any mappings and most computer users don’t even need to touch the file. The below image is how the default Windows HOSTS file looks like.

How to use your computer’s hosts file to block tons of malware porn and other types of websites

However, web developers who are developing websites locally from their computer may find it useful because they can download the whole website’s code to their computer, map the domain name to their computer’s IP address and immediately start editing without worrying about the absolute URLs. Another common usage of HOSTS file is to block websites including advertisements and web trackings by mapping it to a localhost which is 127.0.0.1 or to a non-routable 0.0.0.0 IP address. Other than using the HOSTS file for good purposes, some malware uses it to block the infected computers from accessing security based websites.

There are times when you need to check the HOSTS file, for example when you suddenly find a website inaccessible from a particular computer while it loads perfectly fine on others. Here is how to view and edit the HOSTS file in Windows.

The easiest way to open the HOSTS file using Notepad is by typing the command at the Search programs and files bar and simultaneously press Ctrl+Shift+ENTER followed by clicking the Yes button. Do note that if you do not run notepad under administrator privileges, you will only get to view the HOSTS file and unable to save the changes.

If you want to block the computer from accessing Facebook, simply create a new line in the HOSTS file with the following mapping:

Do take note that blocking just facebook.com using the HOSTS file does not block www.facebook.com. Depending on the website, Facebook automatically redirects the non-WWW version to the WWW, while Twitter does the opposite by redirecting the WWW to the non-WWW version of the domain name. You can see the video demo on the effectiveness in blocking Facebook using the HOSTS file in Windows 7.

Because of the effectiveness in using the HOSTS file to block out unwanted websites, some anti spyware program such as Spybot immunizes your system by adding more than 15,000 entries to your HOSTS file. The Spybot immunization database is quite old and was last updated more than a year ago. The better alternatives that we recommend are HOSTS file maintained by MVPS with over 16,000 entries and hpHosts with over 180,000 entries.

To install the HOSTS file by MVPS, download the ZIP file, extract, right click at mvps.bat file and select Run as administrator. As for hpHosts, it is much easier because it comes with an installer that can even automatically disable the Windows DNS Client service by checking an option.

How to use your computer’s hosts file to block tons of malware porn and other types of websites

We have previously mentioned that malware also uses this method to prevent you from accessing certain websites that can potentially help to remove the malware by either redirecting you to another website or simply block the website. One way to determine if the blocked website you’re trying to access is listed in the HOSTS file is by using the PING command. First you need to ping the blocked website from your computer using command prompt.

1. Press the WIN key on your keyboard, type cmd and press ENTER.

2. Type ping www.facebook.com (you can replace the www.facebook.com with the address that you want to test) and press Enter. Take note of the resolved IP address that I have circled in yellow.

How to use your computer’s hosts file to block tons of malware porn and other types of websites

3. Then go to Pingdom Tools, enter the website in the box and click the Test Now button. Take note of the IP address and compare it with the one that you got from your computer. If both of the IP addresses are different, or listed as 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0 from your computer, then it is very likely that the website is blocked using the HOSTS file.

How to use your computer’s hosts file to block tons of malware porn and other types of websites

Fortunately resetting the HOSTS file to default is really easy. You can either open the HOSTS file with Notepad as shown earlier, deleting everything inside and save it, or you can just download, run the Fix it 50267 tool created by Microsoft and follow the on-screen instructions.

Final Note: Having an updated HOSTS file is really useful to block unnecessary websites such as advertisements, trackers, parasites and etc but huge HOSTS file can be problematic. First of all you may notice performance degradation where it takes longer to boot in to Windows and also any application that uses the Internet also seems to hang for a while during startup. The bigger problem would be your Internet connection stops working and the only way to fix the problem is to disable the DNS Client service. When the DNS Client service is disabled, the HOSTS file will be read repeatedly whenever an application makes a DNS lookup.

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A brand-new PC out of the box is such a joy. Oh, you may have to clear out some crapware that came pre-installed, but that new PC is humming along at its most effective. It’s all downhill from here, alas. After a while, things start to get messy. Instead of enjoying blazingly fast speed, you become a connoisseur of spinning “wait” icons. The mishmash of programs you’ve installed may not get along, yielding peculiar behaviors. Sometimes, though, a slow system or weird behavior can be an outward and visible sign of an inward and terrible malware infestation. Is your PC just slow, or is malware dragging it down? How can you know? If you’ve noticed any of the seven warning signs below, you may have a malware problem.

Just because you’ve got malware protection installed doesn’t mean you can ignore these warning signs. Software isn’t perfect, and sometimes a brand-new zero-day malware attack can slip past your security, at least until the purveyors of your protection push out an update.

1. Popup Ads Pop Up Everywhere

While not as common as they used to be, adware programs bombard their victims with advertisements. Sometimes they’re ads for legitimate products, netting an affiliate fee for the adware perpetrator any time someone clicks on the ad. Other times they contain links to malicious websites that will attempt to drop more malware on your PC.

2. Your Browser Keeps Getting Redirected

Not every site redirect is malicious, but if you find that trying to reach DuckDuckGo or Google takes you to an unfamiliar search site, you’ve got a problem. Sometimes the redirection is less noticeable. For example, a banking Trojan might divert your browser to a fraudulent site that looks just like your bank’s real site. In that case your only clue is the unfamiliar URL in the Address bar. Redirection attacks often rely on browser extensions, so if you suspect a problem, dig into your browser settings and disable or delete any extensions that you didn’t install deliberately. While you’re there, disable any extensions that you don’t use on a regular basis.

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In computing, a zombie is a computer connected to a network that has been compromised by a cyber-criminal

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What is a zombie?

In computing, a zombie is a computer connected to a network that has been compromised by a hacker, a virus or a Trojan. It can be used remotely for malicious tasks.

Most owners of zombie computers do not realize that their system is being used in this way, hence the comparison with the living dead. They are also used in DDoS attacks in coordination with botnets in a way that resembles the typical zombie attacks of horror films.

What are they used for?

Zombies are frequently used in denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), which refers to the saturation of websites with a multitude of computers accessing at the same time. As so many users are making requests at the same time to the server hosting the Web page, the server crashes, denying access to genuine users.

A variant of this type of saturation is known as degradation-of-service attack and uses ‘pulsing zombies’: degradation of the service by periodically saturating the websites at a low intensity, with the intention of slowing down, instead of blocking, the targeted website. Such attacks are difficult to detect, as the slow service may go undetected for months or even years or is simply assumed to be due to other problems.

Zombies have also been used for sending spam. In 2005, it was estimated that between 50% and 80% of all spam in circulation had been sent by zombie computers. This technique is useful for criminals as it helps them avoid detection and at the same time reduce bandwidth costs (as the owners of the zombies will bear the cost).

This type of spam is also used for spreading Trojans, as this type of malware is not self-replicating but relies on circulation via email in order to spread, unlike worms that spread via other means. For similar reasons, zombies are also used for fraud against sites with pay-per-click contextual ads, artificially increasing the number of hits.

Major attacks

In 2000, several high-profile websites (such as Yahoo or eBay) crashed thanks to a distributed denial-of-service attack carried out by a Canadian teenager using the nick MafiaBoy. Later, other large scale denial- and degradation-of-service attacks used the same model, such as the one targeting anti-spam systems, like SPEWS in 2003 or the one aimed at Blue Frog in 2006.

More recently, in 2010, a criminal network called Mariposa, with control over some 13 million computers, was brought down in Spain by the Telematic Crime Brigade of the Spanish Civil Guard and the perpetrators were arrested. They had in their possession data from 800,000 people across 180 countries.

How to protect yourself

Common sense and caution are the best security tools for preventing these types of attacks. Sensible advice includes not visiting suspicious websites, not downloading dubious files and not clicking anything in suspicious messages.

It is also advisable to avoid unprofessional websites or those of unknown companies, only download things from trusted sources, and implement security measures on your computers, such as antivirus, antispam or firewall solutions.

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How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Steam lets you set your name to anything within its terms of service. This can make it difficult to find people—even if they’re already on your friends list. Find out who’s who by checking aliases in Steam.

Steam will always keep a history of the various aliases that you might have used throughout your gaming career. You can check out what your aliases have been over time, in addition to being able to see the aliases of any Steam user, whether or not they’re on your friends list. Steam accounts that are set to private will not display most kinds of information, including past aliases.

To view someone’s Steam aliases, you’ll need to navigate to their profile page. You can view any friend’s profile by opening your friends list, right clicking a friend, and selecting “View Profile.”

You can also do this with any account if you know that account’s original username, which is different from the alias that account uses. Using any browser, navigate to https://steamcommunity.com/id/ and insert the person’s profile name after the last forward slash.

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Once you’re viewing someone’s profile, you can view all of their aliases by clicking on the down arrow to the right of their username. If you’re logged in to your account on Steam via the desktop client or the website and you’re viewing your own profile, you can clear all of your previous aliases by using the “Clear Previous Aliases” button at the bottom of this drop-down menu.

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Some people change their Steam aliases for fun, some for team names, and some for other reasons. If you want to get rid of your aliases, this quick method takes just a few clicks.

This guide allows you to easily clear your profile’s alias history or have it display the same username. It removes any old aliases from your profile while looking nice.

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People were mad at me for “leaking” the Steam support method of clearing aliases on a guide, but thanks to the influx they added a button under your aliases to clear it yourself. We did it.

This guide allows you to do two things with your alias history:

This allows you to remove any old aliases you don’t want on your profile while making your profile look clean. Let’s get started!

Start by heading over to this pastebin and copying the character: https://pastebin.com/Ri7QfSST
It’ll be invisible, so to copy it right click inside “RAW Paste Data”, and click “Select All”.

Right click inside “RAW Paste Data” again and click “Copy”.

You’ve now copied the invisible character! Onto the last step.

Now head over to the change profile name screen from your friends list window.

Delete your username and paste the character from the pastebin once using Control + V (or Command + V on Mac). Right clicking to paste won’t work.

Once you paste it, there will be no visible indication that you’ve pasted something. Just go to the bottom of the screen and click “Ok” to save changes. In the chat, you should see this:

Your alias history now shows one empty space. Go back into the change profile name panel from your friends list and paste a second character. Save it, and repeat this step by adding an additional pastebin character each time until you’ve filled your entire alias history with empty space.

Congrats! Your alias history is now cleared. Be sure to delete all the pastebin characters and switch to your normal username when you’re done. This is our final result:

If you have the username you want already set up, simply paste the character from the pastebin behind or in your username using Control + V (or Command + V on Mac). Right clicking to paste won’t work.

Once you paste it, there will be no visible indication that you’ve pasted something. Just go to the bottom of the screen and click “Ok” to save changes. In the chat, you should see this:

Your alias history now shows two identical usernames. Go back into the change profile name panel from your friends list and paste the character into your username a second time. Save it, and repeat this step by adding an additional pastebin character each time until you’ve filled your entire alias history with the same username.

Congrats! Your alias history is now cleared. Be sure to delete your whole username and retype it without the pastebin character when you’re done. This is our final result:

. what’s to stop people from posing as somebody else, or using this clear feature in a malicious way?

Just to put out a hypothetical scenario here:

– Kid gets banned from either a TF2 or CS:GO community server

– Notices a server admin has a profile that’s private and locked down outside of name and avatar

– Said kid then clears out their entire alias history, changes their profile name and avatar to match that of the admin

– Kid then goes around posing as that admin to various people

– People as a result may be more inclined to fall victim to such impersonations/impostures, as there’s now no way to see what a person was previously named. making this even more dangerous as a profile can now be setup to perfectly mimic someone elses (because an older profile can be made to mimic another user. as compared to the past where someone would have had to create an alternate account. the age of the account alone would have been enough in many cases to send up red flags)

In the past, Steam’s name alias feature has been a good way to deter/prevent this kind of thing. If someone raised a suspicion, this history could be very easily checked. Now, with this being easily cleared out, I fear that we will see this become very much exploited by those wishing to do harm/bad. Outside of the above example, we may see this utilized by scammers, cheaters, phishers, etc.

Are there any websites out there that go through Steam’s API and records alias history (assuming that this is even possible anymore)? Whilst a built-in feature is (was) the most ideal way to handle this, a third-party tool to check somebody’s name/avatar history would be the most ideal thing now.

It’s possible too, I guess, that Steam can implement some form of a safety feature (ie, if you clear your alias history, you can not trade or send friend requests for a month). but either way, in this new “features” current form, I can see this becoming very easily exploitable in social engineering and phishing attacks.

Steam allows you to set your name on anything in its terms of service. This can make it difficult to find people, even if they are already on your friends list. Find out who’s who by checking aliases in Steam.

Steam will always keep a history of the various aliases you may have used throughout your playing career. You can check what your aliases have been over time, plus you can see any Steam user’s aliases whether or not they are on your friends list. Steam accounts set to private will not display most types of information, including old aliases.

To view someone’s Steam aliases, you need to go to their profile page. You can view any friend’s profile by opening your Friends List, right-clicking on a friend and selecting “View Profile”.

You can also do this with any account if you know the original username for that account, which is different from the alias used by the account. Using any browser, navigate to https://steamcommunity.com/id/ and insert the person’s profile name after the last slash.

Once you view a person’s profile, you can view all of their aliases by clicking the down arrow to the right of their username. If you are logged into your account on Steam through the desktop client or website and are viewing your own profile, you can clear all of your previous aliases using the ‘Clear previous aliases’ button at the bottom of this drop-down list – bottom menu.

Some people change their Steam aliases for fun, some for team names, and some for other reasons. If you want to get rid of your aliases, this quick method only takes a few clicks.

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Every username has a story behind it. Usernames are the first impression you give in multiplayer games, and they’re a great chance to express yourself.

But it’s very common to be attached to a username you use on every site, you might eventually grow to dislike the name you picked out for yourself at 14-years-old.

Don’t worry — you’re not doomed to be “xXx_DarknessKing400_xXx” to the world forever. It’s easy to change your username on Steam.

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How to change your Steam username

1. Open the Steam application on your Mac or PC and hover your mouse over your username at the top of the screen. It’s next to “Library.”

2. From the drop-down menu, select “Profile.”

3. Find the “Edit Profile” button on this page and click it.

4. Change your Profile Name (the topmost option) to your new, preferred name. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Save changes.”

Steam saves all your previous usernames, to help people find you after a name change. If you don’t want that, go back to your profile page and click the arrow next to your username. Select “Clear previous aliases.”

Your new name will now be displayed on your profile page and in any multiplayer game you play. Note, however, that this won’t change your account name — when you log into Steam, you’ll still use the same username you always have.

Steam is a cloud gaming site where users can buy and store games online. Launched in 2003, this game platform has been in existence for nearly two decades. Some users have remained loyal to the platform since its inception.

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

The fact is that what seemed cool at 16 was no longer cool at an older age. For platforms like Steam, where we’ve been playing since we were young, names can mean a lot or a lot, depending on how you look at them. If your Steam account is outdated, can you change it?

With Steam, you can put your name on anything in the terms of service. This can make it difficult to find people, even if they’re already on your friends list. Find out who’s who by checking nicknames in Steam.

How to View and Clear Previous Aliases in Steam

Steam will always keep a history of the different nicknames and aliases you may have used throughout your playing career. You can check the aliases you’ve had over time, and you can see the aliases of all Steam users, whether or not they’re on your friends list. Steam accounts created for privacy reasons do not display most types of information, including previous aliases.

To see someone’s Steam nickname, you must go to your profile page. You can view each friend’s profile by opening a list of friends, right-clicking on a friend and choosing “View Profile”.

You can also do this with any account if you know the original username for that account, which is different from the nickname used by that account. Using any browser, go to https://steamcommunity.com/id/ and enter the person’s profile name after the last scarf.

Once you have viewed a person’s profile, you can see all of their aliases by clicking on the down arrow to the right of their name. If you log into your Steam account from a desktop client or website and view your own profile, you can delete all your previous aliases by clicking the “Delete Previous Aliases” button at the bottom of this drop-down menu.

Some people change their Steam aliases for fun, some for order names, some for other reasons. If you want to get rid of the aliases, this quick method will only take a few clicks.

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Steam is a cloud-based gaming site that allows users to purchase and store online games. Launched in 2003, the gamer-focused platform has been around for nearly two decades. Some users have maintained loyalty to the platform since its inception.

The thing about gaming usernames is that what seemed cool when you were 16 doesn’t quite have the same ring to it when you’re a little older. For platforms like Steam where we have been gaming since we were very young, names can mean a lot, or very little depending on your perspective. If you’ve outgrown your account name on Steam, can you change it?

Before answering that question, you must understand that there is a difference between your Account name and other usernames on the platform. Your Steam account name is a number that cannot be changed. Your Steam profile name is the name your friends and other gamers see and this can be changed.

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Change your Steam account name

You cannot change your Steam account name. This is the numeric identifier tied to your account and cannot be changed under any circumstances. Exactly why is unknown but it is made clear in Steam’s T&Cs that it cannot be modified.

Change your Steam profile name

Your Steam profile name is different. This is the name that appears at the top of the page or in the top right. This is the name your friends see and will use to contact you in-game. You can change this name.

  1. Log into Steam and select your current username in the upper right-hand corner
    How to view and clear previous aliases in steam
  2. Click View Profile in the dropdown menu.
    How to view and clear previous aliases in steam
  3. Click Edit Profile located to the right.
    How to view and clear previous aliases in steam
  4. Type over your existing name to change it.
    How to view and clear previous aliases in steam
  5. Select ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom to save it.
    How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Your new profile name should change immediately so everyone you’re connected with can see it.

Can I Set up a new Steam account and transfer my games?

If you cannot create a new Steam account name, wouldn’t it be nice if you could set up a new account and transfer all your games? It would be nice but you cannot do it. Game licenses are single-user licenses and are already assigned to your Steam account. You cannot merge accounts, which is what setting up a new account and transferring existing games is. You are stuck with what you have.

Deleting your Steam account

There is a big difference between uninstalling Steam and deleting your Steam account. Uninstalling just means freeing up a terabyte or so of hard disk space. Deleting your Steam account means exactly that. Deleting all of your account details, your licenses, your CD keys, and everything to do with that account.

You can set up a new Steam account name this way but you also lose access to all your games. You will lose access to all games bought through Steam and will not be able to reuse any CD keys purchased through the platform. Games you bought elsewhere but added to Steam should still be playable outside of Steam as the license was acquired elsewhere.

Finally, all of your community contributions, posts, discussions, mods, and anything else will be deleted too. This really is a request for last resort which is why there is no automatic way of doing it. You can only delete your account by filing a support ticket. Keep in mind that you will need to go through a few verification steps to close the profile.

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Creating a New Account

Once your Steam account is canceled, or even before if you’d like to use another email account. Creating a new Steam account is super easy. You will need to verify your new email address. Then you choose a new account name.

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Your account name should reflect who you are while understanding your personality or likes may change in the future. Rather than choosing “DallasCowboysfan08” try “NFLfan” because who knows what will happen in the future.

Viewing data held by Steam

You can view your Steam records by following this link. You can change some of the data held here and tune your Steam experience. You still cannot change your Steam account name but you can modify account details, your profile name, two-factor authentication, and a ton of other stuff.

Going through the entire list takes a while but you would be surprised at some of the settings. That is especially true if your Steam account is as old as mine is!

Keeping your Steam account safe

Considering how important our Steam accounts are to us, it pays to keep it safe. Nothing is 100% secure but if you take a couple of practical steps you should be able to avoid the more prevalent issues that are around.

Make sure you’ve enabled Steam Guard two-factor authentication. This will send a code to your email or phone any time someone tries to log in from an unauthorized computer or tries to make changes to your account.

Use a strong password on your Steam account. Using a passphrase rather than a single word is more effective as long as you can remember it. Only allow Steam to remember your login details if you’re the only one with access to your computer and obviously never share it.

Ignore emails from Steam that ask for details. Phishing for Steam accounts is huge so ignoring them all is best. If you are notified of something via an email, delete the mail but go check it out separately in Steam. If it is legit, you should be able to do whatever it is you need to do from within Steam.

Steam Privacy Settings

If you’re really self-conscious about your account name you can always set your account to private. Following the same steps we used earlier to update your account name.

  1. On the right-hand side of the Profile page click ‘My Privacy Settings.’How to view and clear previous aliases in steam
  2. Toggle the options to ‘Friends Only’ or ‘Private’

There’s no need to hit save, once you’ve toggled the account information your new privacy preferences are set. For those who’ve changed their identities over the years, setting your account to private may be the best solution to your account name predicament.

What makes steam popular is the strong social aspect it brings to gaming as it allows you to chat with your friends while gaming, join forums to discuss games, and try out new demos. You can also stream your gameplay live for your friends or the rest of the community, making it a great place to actually make friends. Check out why having funny steam names can actually be a lot of fun.

Why Choose A Funny Steam Name?

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Steam can be quite boring if you’re only playing on it with a few friends or alone. It’s best enjoyed while being connected with its large community through the forums and by joining clans and in-game chats. With over 150 million users on steam, it’s one of the most popular platforms for PC gaming.

One of the quickest ways to attract new gaming buddies in a crowd or even just new friends, in general, is with a sense of humor. And when you’re chatting on a busy forum with several people, having a funny name will make it easier for you to stand out, get noticed, and start a conversation.

How to Choose Your Steam Name?

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

You don’t have to put too much thought into it — even a simple play on words can be enough to showcase your witty personality. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to keep in mind. They are not rules, just think of them as guidelines instead.

#1. Try to keep it authentic and original. Don’t make the same jokes that have already been done before.

#2. Try to make your personality come through in your username.

#3. Make it a memorable and hilarious username. Add a pun.

#4. You can even make references to gaming or movie characters, funny dialogues from movies you like, catchphrases, etc. Some people also make references to historical figures, Remember, there is no shortage of well-educated people on steam.

#5. You can indicate what kinds of games you like to play through your name. E.g. “lastpersonshooter”.

#6. Keep it short and catchy.

Don’ts:

#1. Don’t use too many symbols or numbers, like “[email protected]” It’s boring.

#2. Don’t incorporate too much personal information, like your age or gender, in your name unless you only want to game with your age or gender group.

#3. Don’t just try to sound provocative to be memorable.

#4. Don’t exaggerate your gaming skills through your username. E.g. “EveryonesANoobButMe”. It’s just obnoxious.

#5. You are allowed to be edgy but try to avoid political content. It’s a gaming platform. Nothing wrong with having a political ideology, but it has no connection to gaming so it’s best to keep the worlds separate.

#6. This goes without saying. But do not give away your location or any private information that can be used to reach you.

Funny Steam Name Ideas

How to view and clear previous aliases in steam

Here are a few examples of funny username names, as promised. We’ll divide this into three sections, one for girls, one for boys and one for hardcore gamers be they men or women.

Most of these are already taken, so take them as rough ideas to create your own unique steam name.

For Girls

• AngelOfDeath
• Icouldbeyourmom
• PistolPrincess
• PurpleBunnySlippers
• Beef_sister
• MotherOfDragons
• NoChildSupport
• Banana_Hammock
• ConfusedGirl
• FedoraTheExplorer
• Op_Rah
• HairyPoppins
• Oprahwindfury
• Crazy_cat_lady
• Applebottomjeans
• Babushka
• Toastedbagelwithcreamcheese
• Avacadorable
• FrostedCupcake
• Joan_of_arks_angel
• Drunkbetch
• MissPiggysDimples
• Reese WitherFork
• Cherry-picked
• Beddy Tear
• Scarah Screams
• BettyBoopsBoop
• I_boop_your_nose
• Vamprika
• SewerSquirrel

For Boys

• Bread Pitt
• Shaquille_oatmeal
• Chickenriceandbeans
• Bigfootisreal
• Nachocheesefries
• Moms Spaghetti
• Colonel_mustards_rope
• LOWERCASE GUY
• Julius Seizure
• Bud Lightyear
• In_jail_out_soon
• A Collection of Cells
• Kissmyaxe
• Last Person Shooter
• IwasReloading
• Well Endowed Penguin
• RyanStartedThe_Global_Warming
• Bruce Jender
• It Hurts When IP
• Jan Claude Van Darn It All
• GrammarJew
• Shrek3OnADvd
• AFKennedy
• Adolf Rage Quitler
• ICantPauseItMom
• The Amish Jedi
• Wiggly Wonka
• Cereal-killer
• Freddie mercuranus
• Calzone_zone

For Gamers

Gamers looking to make a splash or get into streaming need to put a little more thought into their username as it might become the popular persona or moniker used to refer to you. If you’re going to be on steam for the long-term, use a badass or a combination of badass and funny as your gamer username.

• KungFuMonk
• LaGamer
• Murderedbyagirl
• SmilingSadist
• TheZodiacKiller
• Kim Jong Illest
• OdinsWrath
• Inferno Blitz
• Radiant Starshine
• Sars-cov-2
• Look Behind You
• RomanticTorpedo
• Stripyrex
• Fisting Sloth
• Overkill
• VeteranOfDeath
• Mustard Gas
• Nihilist_Assassin
• Count Asscrackula

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Steam Names Unique?

Steam profile names are not unique. It is possible for two users to have both the same name and username. That’s why it is encouraged that you try to be as creative as possible when coming up with a username.

Can Steam Accounts Have Spaces?

You’re allowed to use spaces for your steam profile name. But if you’re creating a new account, you cannot use spaces. Your steam profile name is displayed on your profile while you’re in-game.

How to Change Steam Names?

Changing your steam name is easy and only takes 4 simple steps.

#1. Open the steam application on your Mac or PC. At the top-end of the screen, you should find the word “username” next to “library.” Click on it.

#2. Select “profile” from the drop-down menu.

#3. Select the “Edit Profile” button. It will link you to the page to reset your username.

#4. Change your profile name to whatever you like and that will become your name displayed in-game.

How to Delete a Previous Steam Name?

Steam saves all the usernames you’ve used on the off chance that someone is searching for you after you’ve changed your name. To delete your steam alias history, you can go back to your profile page, click the arrow next to your username, and select “Clear previous aliases.”

A Few Parting Words

Steam is an edgy space with lots of exciting games. To make the most of it, try to be as creative as possible when designing your profile. As a general rule of thumb, any names that are too long and complicated tend to be unfavorable.

Use funny steam names that can convey your personality in some way and help you stand out as witty, funny, and interesting.

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Osmo from BYJU’S names former WarnerMedia executive Shawn Smith as its first Global Head of Communications. Studio and consumer products veteran to build communications division and oversee all PR strategy and brand publicity campaigns for award-winning STEAM brand. (Photo credit: Jevone Moore, Full Image 360)

Osmo from BYJU’S names former WarnerMedia executive Shawn Smith as its first Global Head of Communications. Studio and consumer products veteran to build communications division and oversee all PR strategy and brand publicity campaigns for award-winning STEAM brand. (Photo credit: Jevone Moore, Full Image 360)

PALO ALTO, Calif.–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Award-winning STEAM brand, Osmo from BYJU’S, announced today that former WarnerMedia executive Shawn Smith is joining its leadership team as its first-ever Global Head of Communications, effective immediately. Smith brings her extensive experiences leading multimillion dollar campaigns for global entertainment brands and franchises to the newly-created role. She will lead Osmo’s communications strategy and narrative messaging across all aspects of its business, including corporate communications and brand publicity campaigns.

“As we continue to build the Osmo brand and bring more inspiring and impactful learning experiences to students around the world, we’re excited to have Shawn’s leadership and talent at the helm of our communications division at this exciting time in our company’s journey,” says Cherian Thomas, Senior Vice President of International Business at Osmo from BYJU’S.

Smith most recently held the title of Executive Director of Publicity and Communications for WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences, where she developed global communications campaigns for DC franchises including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more, and led franchise publicity campaigns for WarnerMedia’s animated properties such as Looney Tunes, Space Jam, Scooby-Doo, and other fan favorites from the Kids, Young Adults and Classics portfolio.

“I’m excited to join the Osmo team and elevate a brand that’s not just revolutionizing what kids learn, but how they learn,” says Smith, who was drawn to how Osmo uses technology to make a meaningful impact on the world through education. “In addition to launching innovative new products, I’m looking forward to telling the story of how Osmo creatively synergizes education, technology, and entertainment to develop a dynamic learning experience that keeps kids engaged.”

Smith previously served as Director of Public Relations and Brand Partnerships for MGA Entertainment, one of the world’s largest privately-owned toy companies, where she created publicity campaigns for top collectible doll and toy brands including the bestselling L.O.L. Surprise! and Little Tikes.

Prior to this, Smith held a long tenure at The Walt Disney Company, serving as Senior Manager of Communications for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) for eight years, before becoming the company’s first-ever Senior Manager of Communications for Diversity & Inclusion in 2016, managing internal and external communications for its diversity initiatives. At DCPI, she developed and executed strategic campaigns for the company’s $50+ billion licensing business and led publicity campaigns for brands like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Disney Store.

In her early career, Smith held communications roles at premier marketing and public relations agencies in Los Angeles.

After you install a program on your computer, the program is not listed in the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel. Also, other programs that are installed on your computer and that were previously listed in Add/Remove Programs may no longer be listed.

Cause

This problem can occur if the program you installed creates a registry key name that is longer than 60 characters in length. Add/Remove Programs only lists program names it locates up to the point it encounters this situation.

Resolution

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756 How to back up and restore the registry in WindowsTo work around this problem, use one of the following methods:

Uninstall the Program

The installation program may detect that this program is already installed on your computer and provide an option to uninstall it. When this program is removed, the other missing programs in Add/Remove Programs are listed again.

Run the Uninstall Program Included in the Uninstall Folder

Some programs create a folder under the Winnt folder that contains a “$” character at the start and end of the folder name. This folder may contain an uninstall program that you can run to remove the program you previously installed on your computer. Note that these folders are usually hidden, and that you may need to configure Windows Explorer to view hidden files and folders. To do so, right-click Start, click Explore, click Options on the View menu, and then click Show all files.

Use the Uninstall Command Displayed in the Registry

Use Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) to view the following registry key:

Double-click the UninstallString registry value, copy the contents of the Value Data box by selecting the contents and pressing CTRL+C, and then quit Registry Editor.

Click Start, click Run, press CTRL+V to paste the uninstall command, and then click OK.

Shorten the Registry Key Name

Run Regedit.exe to view the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
Click the registry key for the program you installed, click Rename on the Edit menu, and then use a name with less than 60 characters. Note that if the DisplayName value is longer than 32 characters, it is not displayed. To rename it, double-click DisplayName and use a name up to 32 characters in length.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

More Information

Programs are sorted alphabetically within the Uninstall registry key, and any keys listed after the long key name are ignored.

A new Microsoft Edge for Linux beta now runs Xbox Cloud Gaming.

A new Microsoft Edge for Linux beta now permits the browser to run Xbox Cloud Gaming and stream Game Pass games on Steam Deck.

In a new article published on the official Microsoft support site (thanks, PC Gamer), Microsoft has advice and “step-by-step instructions” for “Steam Deck device owners interested in getting Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) and Microsoft Edge installed and set up on your device”.

As for what you’ll need? Microsoft says “we recommended you have a mouse and keyboard connected to your Steam Deck for setup. Alternatively, you can use STEAM+X to bring up the touch keyboard along with the touch display or trackpads”.

This is in addition to the “verified” Xbox studio games currently available to play on Steam Deck. “Verified” Xbox games include Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2, Ninja Theory’s Hellbade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Battletoads and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Bethesda-published games such as Deathloop, The Evil Within, Fallout Shelter, and Prey also make the cut.

Games which Microsoft lists as “Playable” include Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4 and 5, Quantum Break, State of Decay Year One Survival Edition and Fallout 4, while Halo Master Chief Collection and the recently-released Halo Infinite, plus Gears 5 and the old Microsoft Flight Simulator X are not supported. This is reportedly due to their anti-cheat systems.

Valve has recently confirmed that Steam now has over a thousand “verified” games that will play flawlessly on its new handheld system, Steam Deck. Games that earn a Verified badge meet Valve’s own “very high” standards, as described in detail in a new Steam Community forum post.

ICYMI, videos demonstrating emulation of Nintendo consoles on Valve’s Steam Deck are being pulled from YouTube.

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How to view and clear previous aliases in steamBy Business Wire On Mar 21, 2022

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Studio and consumer products veteran to build communications division and oversee all PR strategy and brand publicity campaigns for STEAM brand

Award-winning STEAM brand, Osmo from BYJU’S, announced that former WarnerMedia executive Shawn Smith is joining its leadership team as its first-ever Global Head of Communications, effective immediately. Smith brings her extensive experiences leading multimillion dollar campaigns for global entertainment brands and franchises to the newly-created role. She will lead Osmo’s communications strategy and narrative messaging across all aspects of its business, including corporate communications and brand publicity campaigns.

“As we continue to build the Osmo brand and bring more inspiring and impactful learning experiences to students around the world, we’re excited to have Shawn’s leadership and talent at the helm of our communications division at this exciting time in our company’s journey,” says Cherian Thomas, Senior Vice President of International Business at Osmo from BYJU’S.

“As we continue to build the Osmo brand and bring more inspiring and impactful learning experiences to students around the world, we’re excited to have Shawn’s leadership and talent at the helm of our communications division at this exciting time in our company’s journey”

Smith most recently held the title of Executive Director of Publicity and Communications for WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences, where she developed global communications campaigns for DC franchises including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more, and led franchise publicity campaigns for WarnerMedia’s animated properties such as Looney Tunes, Space Jam, Scooby-Doo, and other fan favorites from the Kids, Young Adults and Classics portfolio.

“I’m excited to join the Osmo team and elevate a brand that’s not just revolutionizing what kids learn, but how they learn,” says Smith, who was drawn to how Osmo uses technology to make a meaningful impact on the world through education. “In addition to launching innovative new products, I’m looking forward to telling the story of how Osmo creatively synergizes education, technology, and entertainment to develop a dynamic learning experience that keeps kids engaged.”

Smith previously served as Director of Public Relations and Brand Partnerships for MGA Entertainment, one of the world’s largest privately-owned toy companies, where she created publicity campaigns for top collectible doll and toy brands including the bestselling L.O.L. Surprise! and Little Tikes.

Prior to this, Smith held a long tenure at The Walt Disney Company, serving as Senior Manager of Communications for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) for eight years, before becoming the company’s first-ever Senior Manager of Communications for Diversity & Inclusion in 2016, managing internal and external communications for its diversity initiatives. At DCPI, she developed and executed strategic campaigns for the company’s $50+ billion licensing business and led publicity campaigns for brands like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Disney Store.

In her early career, Smith held communications roles at premier marketing and public relations agencies in Los Angeles.

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First, let’s go back to basic science. The molecule H2O has many names, depending on its physical state. As a solid, we call it ice, as a liquid, we call it water, and as a gas, we call it vapor. Vapor is really diffused water molecules that appear as fog or mist. When water is heated, the molecules in the water vibrate and some of them escape into the air, thus becoming water vapor, or the gaseous state of water. That’s why we call it eVAPORation. The liquid water becomes a gas known as vapor.

Boiling & Steam

Now, if we continue to heat the water it will reach boiling point, which is about 100℃ (at sea level). Rapidly boiling water makes a bubbling noise due to all the intense evaporation, and you can see big bubbles on the surface of the water. At this point the water can no longer maintain its liquid state and quickly evaporates into vapor. You may have noticed that if you put a pot of water on the stove to boil and forget about it, when you come back later, less water is left in the pot as much of the water will have evaporated.

Steam is a specific kind of vapor that is only produced through boiling. And when steam is created, it also expands. Each liter of water that is boiled will expand to 1600 liters of steam!

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Condensation

Whereas evaporation is the transformation of liquid water to gaseous water vapor, condensation is the opposite: it is the transformation of vapor back into liquid water. As we said above, when water evaporates, it expands 1600 times larger in volume to become steam. When it condenses, it compresses back into tiny droplets of water. And we call those tiny droplets of water condensation.

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Tea Time

Here’s another way to think about evaporation and condensation. When you boil water in a tea kettle, you know that the water has reached boiling point when the kettle whistles and white smoke starts coming out of the spout. That smoke is not actually steam but rather vapor (though most people would claim it is steam). Steam is an invisible gas, unlike water vapor, which appears as a mist or fog. In the image below, look closely at what’s coming out immediately near the spout. At first you don’t see anything; that’s the steam. And then after the steam are the small white billows of smoke, which is actually the steam condensing back into water vapor (due to contact with the air). In other words, the water inside the tea kettle boils, evaporates in the form of bubbles and comes out of the spout as steam. Then when the steam makes contact with the cold air outside the tea kettle, it quickly condenses back to tiny droplets of water, which you see as water vapor.

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Steamy Science Condensed

Let’s review. We learned that water has three states: ice is the solid state, water vapor is the gaseous state, and water is the liquid state. When water is heated it evaporates, which means it turns into water vapor and expands. At 100℃ it boils, thus rapidly evaporating. And at boiling point, the invisible gas of steam is created. The opposite of evaporation is condensation, which is when water vapor condenses back into tiny droplets of water. Those drops of water are called condensation.

Join us in our next post as we apply our understanding of steam to the autoclave. We will answer the following important question: why is steam the best sterilization agent for the autoclave?

(Post based on Sterilization of Medical Supplies by Steam by Jan Huys. Credit for image of boiling water.)

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  • When ALT+Tabbing out of the game, the client will close out unexpectedly.
  1. Login to your account on Steam
  2. Find Total War: WARHAMMER III in your Library
  3. Right-click the game and select Properties… from the context menu
  4. Select the BETAS option from the list
  5. Under the Select the beta you would like to opt into: field, select the wh3_public_test – WH3 Public Test branch
  6. The new build will begin downloading (
  • CROSSPLAY WHILE PLAYING THE STEAM BETA WILL BE UNAVAILABLE. Steam beta players will ONLY be able to play with other Steam beta players until the fix is fully-integrated alongside Update 1.1.
  • Dragging your window to a monitor using a different resolution can cause graphical issues. You can drag the game back to your original monitor or you can re-launch the game on the second monitor to work around this problem.
  • Save Games will initially prompt a warning that they are incompatible with the new build. Verifying the integrity of your game files should let you work around this error.

While we’ve run our own tests on the build, there’s always room for new problems to arise whenever it’s introduced to a new hardware/software environment. If you encounter any graphics or display issues related to this particular beta build—meaning NEW issues caused specifically by this beta—please take the time to reply in the discussion thread, here:

ProgramData is normally a hidden file. To “Show Hidden Files” go to Start Menu/Control Pane/Appearance And Personalization/Folder Options/View tab. Select the “Show Hidden Files and Folders” option and hit “Apply”

On Windows XP, the Spectrasonics folder is located here:

C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spectrasonics

Documents And Settings is normally a hidden file. To “Show Hidden Files” go to Start Menu/Control Options/Folder Options//View tab. Select the “Show Hidden Files and Folders” option and hit “Apply”

The data files for Omnisphere are stored in your STEAM folder. When you update your patches or soundsources, you are updating files in your STEAM folder, which was created when you originally installed Omnisphere. Your STEAM folder is located inside your Spectrasonics folder. See the instructions below to find your Spectrasonics folder. Inside your Spectrasonics folder you’ll find STEAM, which may be the STEAM folder, or it may be an alias (Mac) or Shortcut (Window) to the STEAM folder.

On Mac, the Spectrasonics folder is located here:

Macintosh HD/Users//Library/Application Support/Spectrasonics

From Mac OS X 10.7 and higher, Apple have made the User – Library folder a hidden folder by default. This is to stop general Mac users fiddling with settings, however, music makers will require using this folder from time to time.

Please see the handy article below on how to unhide your User Library folder in Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

On Windows Vista and Windows 7, the Spectrasonics folder is located here:

C:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics

ProgramData is normally a hidden file. To “Show Hidden Files” go to Start Menu/Control Pane/Appearance And Personalization/Folder Options/View tab. Select the “Show Hidden Files and Folders” option and hit “Apply”

On Windows XP, the Spectrasonics folder is located here:

C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spectrasonics

Documents And Settings is normally a hidden file. To “Show Hidden Files” go to Start Menu/Control Options/Folder Options//View tab. Select the “Show Hidden Files and Folders” option and hit “Apply”

Storing sound files on a secondary drive

If you are wanting to store your Omnisphere audio files on a second hard drive, you can put the Spectrasonics/STEAM folder onto your second drive. You will then need to create an alias or ‘short cut’ to this location on your main Mac or Windows drive. You can create an alias (Mac) or a short cut (Windows) by right-clicking (ctrl+click for Mac users) the STEAM folder and selecting it from the menu.

Once you have done this, you will then need to either locate or create the following folder on your main drive:

On Mac, the Spectrasonics folder needs to be created here:

Macintosh HD/Users//Library/Application Support/Spectrasonics

On Windows Vista and Windows 7, the Spectrasonics folder needs to be located here:

C:\ProgramData\Spectrasonics

On Windows XP, the Spectrasonics folder needs to be created here:

C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spectrasonics

You will then need to move the STEAM alias folder (or the STEAM short cut folder) into the Spectrasonics folder on your main drive.

Note: On Mac, once you have placed the ‘STEAM alias’ folder on your main drive, you will need to rename it removing the word alias from the file, otherwise it will not work. You should now have a ‘STEAM’ folder on your main drive that is pointing to its actual location on your second drive.

Now when you close and re-launch your host application, Omnisphere should be pulling the audio files from off of the second hard drive.

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It’s been two years since President Cyril Ramaphosa made a promise to “make sure no African child is left behind in the transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient and sustainable society”. At his 2022 State of the Nation address, the president reaffirmed his promise by saying that “No one must be left behind.” If this is the case, and he is truly aiming to make sure his promise is kept, why is it that decisions about energy and nuclear safety are made yet those most affected are not being heard and represented?

On 18 January this year, Peter Becker, a well-known anti-nuclear lobbyist, was suspended by Minister Gwede Mantashe only six months after his appointment to the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) board, one intended to provide oversight on nuclear safety.

Becker was elected as a non-executive director to the board in June 2021, after a nine-month period without civil society representation and brought a sense that the NNR board was strengthened by the addition of his science-based, renewable energy skills to the team.

Given that neither Eskom nor the NNR have been transparent about the life extension of the 40-year-old Koeberg plant, it was reassuring to know that Becker could ask the pertinent questions regarding the safety concerns.

Barely six months after being appointed, Becker received the letter from the minister announcing his suspension and, by 25 February, after making representations, Becker received the letter of discharge.

As it happens, the suspension letter from Mantashe was signed on the same day that a long-awaited approval was issued for the Koeberg nuclear plant to replace three of the steam generators. Such approvals by a regulatory body normally require sign-off from the NNR board.

“The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) is a public entity established and governed in terms of section 3 of the National Nuclear Regulator Act, (Act No 47 of 1999) to provide for the protection of persons, property and the environment against nuclear damage through the establishment of safety standards and regulatory practices”. The NNR Act requires the board to include a person representing civil society.

In a recent interview Mantashe, a vocal supporter of the nuclear industry, said “You can’t be in a board of something you are working against”.

But is the NNR not tasked with protecting the public and the environment from radiation? Also, civil society organisations elected Becker to the board because of his science background, his nuclear experience and his focus on safety.

Additionally, the discharge based on a “conflict of interest” and removing Becker because of his anti-nuclear views should require the removal of the pro-nuclear department official from the board as well. Why was Becker appointed by the minister in the first place?

Other allegations against Becker include misconduct. These covered complaints of Becker meeting civil society organisations and his requesting more information.

Concerns about the independence of the NNR are echoed in views long held by international stakeholders. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited South Africa in 2013 and compiled a report, The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR). The report highlighted some notable areas of concern about South Africa, the two biggest being Nuclear Safety and the independence of the Regulator itself.

Eskom is wanting to refurbish Koeberg destined for final shutdown in 2024 because it has reached the limit of its design life, but they intend to ask permission from the NNR to extend Koeberg’s life until 2044. Whether to grant this permission is the single most significant decision the NNR will ever make, and therefore the most important time to have an NNR board that has a member representing civil society.

The IAEA made the following observations about South Africa in the INIR:

“Considering that the minister of energy is also in charge of the promotion of nuclear energy and, given the structure, the designation of the board members and the process to approve the NNR’s budget, the INIR team is of the view that there is no adequate separation between the regulatory functions and the promotional activities, thus calling into question the effective independence of the NNR.”

Civil society organisations and civilians are requesting transparency and participation in the decisions regarding the life extension of Koeberg, at an estimated cost of R20-billion. Youth activists feel it’s a slap in the face to youth and future generations, a demographic for the most part vocally in opposition to nuclear investment, and clearly in favour of an energy future aligning with the need for green energy transformation.

Should something that is due to shut down in 2024 still have funds pumped into it, or should Koeberg’s decommissioning begin now? Should we not be investing in renewable energy and alternatives that will have a faster and cheaper turnaround, as well as revitalise our economy and energy systems?

The discharge of Becker by the minister can be viewed as part of an attack on civil society. This cannot go unnoticed — and it means that we must rally other civil society organisations to secure a court decision, or other means necessary to prevent Becker’s exclusion. It seems the position remains empty for extended periods, allowing for questionable decision-making in the absence of valid civil society representation.

In a recent turnaround of events last week, Eskom delayed the life-extending maintenance, the most complex operation ever undertaken by Eskom at the ageing Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. It is apparent that the interim storage building to house the old reactors, which are highly contaminated, is not ready and will not be ready for some months.

It seems that despite the NNR approval, the French contractors inspected the plant and refused to start the work, because the site was not ready for the steam generator replacement. One cannot help but wonder, if Becker had not been excluded from the Board just before this decision was taken, would this embarrassing mistake have been made by the NNR? This is further reason to question the independence and transparency of the NNR.

“I’m worried about the absolute inability of the regulator and Eskom to deal with this situation… it’s already running three years late … It absolutely amazes me that the national nuclear regulator gave the green light before Eskom was ready,” said energy expert, Chris Yelland

We have confidence that Becker presents fact-based concerns of civil society. We call for the decision to discharge him to be reversed and for the transformation and effective independence of the NNR to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

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Over 34,000 recommendations were submitted for nine installations named after Civil War rebel leaders.

A sign is pictured at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Jan. 4, 2020. Fort Bragg is named for Confederate general Braxton Bragg. | Chris Seward/AP Photo

03/17/2022 01:16 PM EDT

Updated: 03/17/2022 06:57 PM EDT

The congressional commission overseeing the removal of Confederate names from military bases released a list of potential new names on Wednesday.

The Naming Commission, formed by Congress in 2021, received over 34,000 recommendations during a public comment period to rename the nine Army bases named after Civil War rebel leaders. Commission members narrowed the list to

The list of potential names includes Dwight D. Eisenhower, former president and five-star general; Alwyn Cashe, an Army sergeant first class who was posthumouslyRep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), one of the sponsors of the base-renaming language in the House, applauded the commission for choosing potential names that reflected America’s rich military history.

“I’ve long maintained that traitorous men who fought to preserve the institution of slavery and defend white supremacy do not deserve to be honored by our military, and it is long past time their names were removed from places of reverence,” Brown said in a statement.

Congress created the eight-member commission in annual defense policy legislation last year . The legislation mandates the removal of Confederate names, monuments and other honors from Defense Department property — including bases, ships, aircraft, buildings and streets — within three years.

The scope of the commission’s review includes nine Army bases named for Confederate leaders, but also includes other military property such as a pair of Navy ships, along with buildings and other memorials. The tenth military installation named after a Confederate leader — Camp Beauregard in Louisiana — falls outside of the commission’s purview, as it is a state-owned National Guard base.

Connor O’Brien contributed to this report.

CLARIFICATION: This report has been updated to reflect that Alwyn Cashe was a senior non-commissioned officer.

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With so much news recently, I needed a bit of an escape. I scanned a list of awards season contenders for new films to watch. I had never heard of Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” until Sam Elliott decided that it does not qualify as a cowboy movie. Elliott is one of those character actors who seem to have subsumed his core identity into the roles he has played in dozens of movies and television shows. It is cool to lust for Elliott — gruff, masculine, western, small-c conservative, with a mustache made for pornography — or, rather, for the type of masculinity he performs. Women and gay men and nonbinary people frequently remark on his appeal. While that appeal might have a daddy-issues vibe, it is also nostalgic for an old-school movie star masculinity that was problematic in its own time (the patriarchal colonialism!) and that has been now defanged in the #MeToo era. The anachronism of Elliott’s cowboy archetype makes him safe enough to lust after.

Elliott’s commentary and Campion’s movie reminded us that the West may be dead but the patriarchy has not disappeared. Elliott took issue with the film’s “allusions to homosexuality” and questioned Campion’s western bona fides. It has been more than a decade since “Brokeback Mountain” should have made his critique passé. But Elliott is riding the wave of a western resurgence. His current vehicle, “1883,” is a prequel to “Yellowstone,” one of the most popular shows in America. In it Elliott plays basically himself as the last real man. It’s a role he has played many times before. That’s why his snub of “The Power of the Dog” garnered attention.

Campion handled the criticism well. Not demurely but well, directing righteous anger at Elliott’s right to criticize the film’s authenticity. She peaked with a red carpet interview in which she had choice words for Elliott: “I’m sorry, he was being a little bit of a B-I-T-C-H. He’s not a cowboy; he’s an actor. The West is a mythic space, and there’s a lot of room on the range. I think it’s a little bit sexist.” It was an elegant read, as cool kids call it. The next day, Campion took best director honors at the Critics Choice Awards. It was the perfect narrative arc for the miniature drama that had played out, beginning with Elliott’s critique.

Campion opened her acceptance speech with a nod to the tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, who were seated near the stage. “Venus and Serena, you’re such marvels. However, you don’t play against the guys, like I have to,” Campion joked. And it was a joke — a horrible and unfunny one. But it is pretty clear in context that she thought she was drawing attention to the paucity of female directors by alluding to … two Black female superstar athletes? It was awkward and cringey. It reeked of trying too hard, the exact opposite of the cool anger Campion had aimed at Elliott from the red carpet. It was, as social media commenters described, an unforced error.

The people at the “King Richard” table were seen laughing and clapping as the befuddled audience tried to figure out if Campion’s joke was funny. A quick camera cutaway showed a more reserved reaction from Venus Williams, who looked confused as to why Campion had dragged her into the script. The why of that can never be known. I would be surprised if even Campion knows. The whole moment reads as a perfect storm of awkwardness, cluelessness, arrogance and adrenaline. For a lot of Black women, it also read as normal.

There is something in Campion’s acceptance speech faux pas that moves the silly Hollywood moment from mundane to illuminating. There is the juxtaposition of different social statuses, some of them not as easily read as one might think at first glance. Campion is white and, as a movie director, the definition of cultural elite. But Venus and Serena Williams are demigods at the top of the celebrity hierarchy. Yes, they are Black women, but they are not Campion’s social inferiors. That evening they were outside their sports milieu, present because their docudrama, “King Richard,” was making an awards run. The Hollywood context makes them familiar, if slightly strange, bedfellows. And it cannot go without saying that the Williams sisters are extremely wealthy. That is another level of status. All of those shades of gray influence the meaning of the script being enacted by all involved.

Humor is always a commentary on what a society finds normal and what it finds deviant. Campion’s joke made some assumptions about the Williams sisters that misread where society is. The joke is funny only if the world understands them as female athletes, with their gender modifying their athletic achievements. In this way, Campion has a lot in common with Elliott. Both of them willfully ignore how society has changed. The Williams sisters’ position as Black female athletes means their fight for parity is not the same as Campion’s. The audience felt that difference, as judged by their confused and scattered responses to her joke. It was the Williamses who eventually saved Campion, by leading the audience in cheers as she floundered onstage.

I interviewed the Williams sisters recently. It is hard to spend time with them and believe them to be anything but astute. They surely understood in that instance who held the power, even as I am certain they know that Black women in their position do not often have the same benefit. But their status trumped Campion’s. That is why they were the brunt of her joke but they were not victims of the joke. The fine grains of difference, embodiment and status are layered and complex. Their experience is also much more reflective of the way we live in the world than cut-and-dried cultural narratives built on the good guys and bad guys. In the real world, context changes everything.

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, the author of “Thick: And Other Essays” and a 2020 MacArthur fellow.

Active volcanoes dominate the skyline of the Pacific Northwest.

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The familiar snow-clad peaks of the Cascade Range are part of a 1,300 km (800 mi) chain of volcanoes, which extends from northern California to southern British Columbia. The volcanoes are the result of the slow slide of dense oceanic crust as it sinks beneath North America (subduction), which releases water and melts overlying rock. This rich volcanic zone contains the well-known landmark volcanoes and approximately 2,900 other known volcanic features ranging from small cinder cones to substantial shield volcanoes.

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Cascade volcanoes have erupted in the recent past and will erupt again.

The time between eruptions is usually measured in decades or centuries, so eruptions are not a part of our everyday experience. However, recent eruptions at Mount St. Helens vividly demonstrate the power and impacts that Cascade volcanoes can unleash when they do erupt.

During the past 4,000 years, periods of eruptive activity at various Cascade volcanoes have lasted for a few to tens of years per century. Locate the volcano closest to you by visiting the map on our home page. Seven Cascade volcanoes have erupted since the beginning of the eighteenth century. Some of those eruptions would have caused considerable property damage, economic disruption, and loss of life if they had occurred today without warning:

  • Mount Baker–1843, steam blast, ash fall, debris avalanche
  • Mount St. Helens–1980, catastrophic collapse/eruption, 2004-04, lava eruption
  • Mount Hood–1781, eruption, lahar flows to Columbia River

Population growth means increase in risk.

As population increases in the Pacific Northwest, areas near the volcanoes are becoming developed and more people and property are at risk. The principal hazards to people in the Pacific Northwest are from lahars and ash fall. Lahars(volcanic mudflows) can destroy buildings and infrastructure. Eruptions that include volcanic ash can be especially dangerous for aircraft, even at long distances from the volcano, because volcanic ash can clog and shut down their engines. To learn more, read about volcanic hazards on this website.

National volcanic threat assessment identifies risks to populated areas.

Volcanic threat is the combination of hazards (the dangerous or destructive natural phenomena produced by a volcano) and exposure (the people and property at risk from the volcanic phenomena). Based upon eruption history and distance to population centers, a 2018 volcanic threat assessment designated nine volcanoes in Washington and Oregon with a “high” or “very high” rating. Very High Threat: Crater Lake, Glacier Peak, Mount Baker, Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Newberry, Three Sisters. HIGH: Mount Adams.

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The Wii U Internet Browser has been my main tool to view Movies, Series etc. for over 7 years now, as it's the most comfortable way imo.

But as many may know the Browser runs more and more into issues on a lot of sites, so for those who want an easy way to still watch web videos on the Wii U, without putting a lot of effort into workarounds, here's probably the easiest way to do so.

Note: This Guide is intended for Desktop users.

Step 1:
Download VLC media player from: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

Step 2:Find any web video you want to view (for dash videos video and audio track is seperate)and copy it's URL, to find the video URL open your Desktop Browser's inspection tool, then go to the Network tab. Now start playing the video, the URL of the video should now appear in the Network tab of the inspection tool. If nothing appears, reload the page. (Common file extensions for web videos: mp4, webm, m3u8, ts, mpeg)

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Copy the URL of the video.

Step 3:

In VLC, open the Media tab and press Stream (you can also press CTRL + S)

paste the URL of the video into the network tab, now press Stream, then press Next. (For Dash videos you will have to get the URL of the audio track too.)

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Step 4:

Set new destination and select HTTP from the dropdown menu, then press Add.

Specify the port you want to use and in Path, name your stream and give it a .ts extension (important!, if you don't specifcy a video file extension, like .ts, the Wii U browser won't be able to open it) then press Next.

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Step 5:
Check Activate Transcoding, then press Edit on the selected profile, change the name of the profile to whatever you like.

Wii U supported video/audio:

Codec: h264/x264

Container: mp4, m3u8+ts

Audio: AAC

Encapsulation tab: select MPEG-TS

Video codec tab: H-264

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(You may adjust the Bitrate and Resolution depending on your local network speed)

Audio codec tab: MPEG 4 Audio ( AAC )

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Now save the profile and select it, then press Next, then press Stream.

VLC will now stream the video on your local IP over the Port you specified. You may pause streaming until you have everything set up on the Wii U Browser.

Step 6: In your Wii U Browser, type in your local IP, port and filename as URL. (bookmark for easy access in the future)

On Windows, you can find out your local ip by opening cmd and typing in ipconfig.

Start playback on VLC.

The Stream should now load and start playing on your Wii U.

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Of course, there are many other ways to forward web videos directly to the Wii U Internet Browser, even with seeking ability on the Wii U, if there's enough of you interested I might make a guide about more advanced ways too.

I hope this was useful to the people who still love watching videos on their Wii U!

As a new Wii U owner (and Mario Kart 8 addict) I tried to search the web, but couldn't find much. Is there any app or something that would let me stick a USB drive with a movie into the Wii U and watch it on TV? I've installed the Homebrew on the vWii, but I guess that makes no sense because vWii can't output 1080p, right?

Best option is a Plex server on your PC and opening up myPlex in the Wii U browser. Works flawlessly in my experience.

My computer would have to be on throughout the streaming, right?

Never could. Make it work myself. It's sad

Do you know how to stop Plex playing on the TV and the gamepad?

What's myplex? I tried using the plex website the other day and I couldn't click any of the buttons to get a movie playing.

So Plex is working again? An update broke it a while back, and I moved to something else.

I liked Plex though, and I'd like to move back if it's working.

Plex is the best. I use it through Amazon TV but it does work amazingly.

If you already have HomeBrew, you can use WiiMC to play videos, music, etc off your hard drive. While I have not gotten it to play 1080p movies, I found it great for animated movies or shows.

This is about the only option for now for what OP wants. And until the Wii U itself gets jail broke or the vWii gets a full HD modification, you won't really see anything better.

Have you been able to use the wii U as a dvd player/ripper?

No way that I know of. I wound up just getting this blu ray player. You can plug a USB drive in and it will play .mkv and .mp4 formats which are what I usually use. This model requires an ethernet connection if you want to use netflix/hulu/pandora/youtube, but there is a wireless option for an extra $20. I'm really happy with the purchase. Makes it easy to watch my digital movies and I can finally play blu rays.

Nintendo’s Wii U has apps for watching Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and all kinds of other streaming video. But it doesn’t offer an app that will play media files from an external drive or media server. Here’s a little trick that will let you stream local videos from your home network to your TV with your Wii U.

How to watch local video files on your wii u

Thanks to Wii U’s web browser, which includes support for streaming MP4 files. With a media server app on your computer, you will be able to use your Wii U to play videos back on TV.

Stream local video to Wii U through Plex Media Server

Here, the media server we recommend is Plex. As one of the best programs for setting up a home media server, Plex provides a nice web interface that enables you to easily access personal media on Wii U. In addition, it also helps to automatically transcode media files to the MP4 format that Wii U supports. Follow the steps below to get the job completed.

Install and setup Plex Media Server on your computer

Download and install the Plex Media Server to your computer. After you do, you’ll be prompted to create a free account and go through the basic setup process. Point Plex at your media library – in other words, the folder on your computer containing all those video files you want to watch on your Wii U. For more detailed steps please visit: add movies to Plex.

Stream local video from Wii U’s web browser

Now, grab your Wii U’s gamepad and tap the Home button to head to the home screen. Tap the “Internet Browser” icon to load the web browser – it’s that blue, globe-shaped icon at the bottom of the screen, in the center.

Tap the “Enter URL” field at the top of the screen and enter to the following address: plex.tv/web. You’ll be taken to the Plex sign-in page and, after you sign it, you’ll be pointed at your local media server. The videos will stream entirely over your local network, from your PC to your Wii U, and won’t use any Internet bandwidth.

If you don’t have an internet connection, you can also directly connect to the PC running Plex. You’ll need to check your computer’s local IP address to do this. Once you have, you’ll type an address in the form: http://[IP address]:32400/web

So, if the IP address of the computer running the Plex server is 192.168.0.100, you’d type: http://192.168.0.100:32400/web

After connecting, Plex’s web interface will appear on your screen. You can browse your media library from here. Tap a video to see more information, and then tap that video again to start playing it.

Stream Unsupported local videos to Wii U via Plex

Although Plex Media Server can beneficially help you to transcode some file formats to Wii U supported MP4 file formats. However, there are still some file types such as ISO, BDMV, MXF, MTS, iTunes, Video_TS or Blu-ray/DVD disc file formats that Plex can not handle with. Fortunately, with a powerful third party media conversion tool such as Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), you can comprehensively rip Blu-ray/DVD and convert virtually any video file formats to Wii U supported MP4 formats or Wii U specially optimized profile formats for streaming.

From your PC to your TV, by way of your Wii. That rhymed and was annoying. I apologize. But seriously, you can play almost any video that’s on your computer right now using your Wii; it’s not hard. Your Wii is hooked up to your network via WiFi and so is your computer. All you need to do is share the video from your PC and open it on your Wii. Sharing the video is easy – Windows comes with that ability built-in.

From your PC to your TV, by way of your Wii. That rhymed and was annoying. I apologize.

But seriously, you can play almost any video that’s on your computer right now using your Wii; it’s not hard. Your Wii is hooked up to your network via WiFi and so is your computer. All you need to do is share the video from your PC and open it on your Wii. Sharing the video is easy – Windows comes with that ability built-in.

Playing the video on your Wii is a touch more complicated, because no software officially offered or supported by Nintendo plays videos from your network. There is third-party software for the job however.

How This Works

So is this worth it? I think so, especially if you don’t have a way to hook up your computer to your TV. Here’s a short demonstration I made of how this works, once it’s set up, so you can get an idea of what to expect:

Looks simple, right? Let’s get started then.

Step 1: Set Up Your Wii For HomeBrew

The first thing you need to do is set up your Wii to use Homebrew, assuming you haven’t already. Don’t panic, it’s not complicated, thanks to something called Letterbomb.

You’ll need to find your Wii’s Mac address, download a file to an SD card and open a letter, pictured above. Check out our tutorial on setting up your Wii to use Homebrew, then come back here to keep learning.

Step 2: Install WiiMC

Now that you’ve got the HomeBrew Channel installed, it’s time to install WiiMC, a media player for the Wii you can use to play just about any file. You can plug an external drive into your Wii, if you want (there are two often-ignored USB ports in the back) or you can play videos over the network.

WiiMC is installable from the Wii Homebrew Browser, which is the easiest way to get it up and running.

Step 3: Share Videos From Your Computer

Next up, set up your PC to share the folder where you keep your videos. It’s not complicated – simply right-click the folder in Windows Explorer and click “Preferences“. From here you can find the sharing options.

For the best results set up sharing to work with “Everyone“; this avoids complications later. Ideally you should provide only “read” access; on your home network there’s little risk to making a folder full of videos available to people with your network key. Play with more secure options if you like; I won’t stop (I also can’t help you get things working, because Windows 7/8 file sharing can be strange when it comes to other platforms).

You’re also going to need the network IP address of your computer. If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry. Just open the Command Prompt and type “ipconfig“. Hit enter, and you’ll find your local IP as seen below:

You might see multiple devices listed; find the one you use to connect to your local network, then look for the IPv4 Address below it.

Your IP address may change from time to time, depending on your router settings, so consult your router’s documentation to find out how to assign a fixed IP (I would love to provide instructions here but the process is different for seemingly every router on earth; sorry).

Step 4: Add Share to WiiMC

All done? Now open WiiMC on your Wii, then click the gears in the-right corner (beside the logo) to open the settings. Click “Network“, then “Add SMB Share“. Give your share any name you like, then enter the IP. By “Share Name“, enter the name of the folder you’ve shared. Type a username or password, unless you shared the folder with “Everyone” as outlined before.

Assuming you’ve entered everything correctly you should now be able to explore your files by clicking the filmstrip icon at the top-left. If not check your settings and try again.

Step 5: Profit!

Do you see your videos? Congratulations! You can now stream videos from your PC to you Wii. Use this power only for awesomeness.

HD videos will probably be too much for your Wii to handle, so don’t break out the Planet Earth videos you ripped from Blu-Ray. Most of the files on your computer will probably work, though, so give it a shot.

What are you watching on your Wii? Let us know in the comments below, along with any other suggestions for playing videos on your Wii.

Oh, and if you just want to watch YouTube on your Wii be sure to check out the official Wii YouTube Channel.

Wii U is the eighth generation home video game console created by Nintendo. It has fixed the limitations of the predecessor console Wii with upgraded HD graphic support and and online functionality etc, allowing users to share contents and communicate in game communities.

Also it is added with a new touchscreen gamepad. You can use it as an extra screen for watching videos and play some supported games besides the widescreen TV. The Wii U supports a lot of streaming apps include YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and much more.

However, iTunes is not on the support list. Also, there is not an official app or media player from Nintendo to play local movies or TV shows. So you can’t stream iTunes M4V files theoretically. Are you interested in watching iTunes videos on Nintendo Wii U too? I will introduce the tricks to do this here.

Part 1. The Tricks to Play iTunes Videos on Wii U

First of all, as Wii U doesn’t support to play local videos, you have to depend on the streaming method. Thanks to the Wii U’s web browser, it is possible to stream videos online by connecting to an online video server such as Plex etc. Just download and install the free Plex Media Server software to turn your computer into a media server.

Besides that, there is another thing to do. Since Apple don’t want others get access to iTunes movies out of their ecosystem. So they set up the FairPlay DRM protection. In general, only the devices and players iTunes, iPhone and so on can play iTunes movies, other devices are not counted on the list.

But don’t panic, to solve this issue, we just need to get a DRM removal tool to get rid of the DRM protection. Here I will recommend the DRmare M4V Converter, a dedicated DRM remover with sleek interface. None of the other similar tools come close to it for its lossless output quality and reliable performance. You can install it to your Windows computer or Mac computer with the latest version iTunes to try it out freely.

Part 2. Get Rid of Any Limitations of iTunes DRM M4V Videos

The key point to convert iTunes videos to Nintendo Wii U is to remove DRM. You don’t need to spend much effort s but only a few clicks. Please refer to the following detailed steps.

Step 1 Import iTunes videos to DRmare Double click DRmare software, you will see the simple screen of DRmare software. There are two methods to import your wanted iTunes files, you may either drag & drop your videos from iTunes to the software or click ‘Add Files’ button to choose the files one by one. How to watch local video files on your wii uStep 2 Set output format for Wii U You can set up any formats which are supported for streaming such as MP4, MOV, AVI, MPG and so on. The one I highly recommended is the MP4 (Lossless) which is supported widely yet has lossless quality. How to watch local video files on your wii uStep 3 One click to remove DRM After doing all the settings, you can navigate to the bottom of the software and click the ‘Convert’ button, the DRM protection will be removed and the videos will be converted to the designed format you set previously. How to watch local video files on your wii u

Part 3. Play Videos on Wii U via Plex

That is all it is to it to get the DRM free movies. If you have already used the Plex Media Server, you should be very familiar to do that. Else if it is also the first time you use Plex, you can follow the steps.

1. Head to the Plex official website, go to the download page and click ‘Download’ to download the Plex Media Server installation package.

2. Double click the Plex Media Server file to install it to your computer, it may prompt you to do some settings during the process. After installing, your computer will become a Server.

3. Open the Plex and follow the screen wizard to import all your videos which you want to stream online.

4. Find the URL of your Plex, then input it on the address bar on the web browser of your Wii U, you will find the videos in the Plex and click one you like to start to play.

Have you already leaned it well? If you still have any more questions, you can also refer to this full tutorial: How to Stream iTunes M4V Movies on Plex Easily.

The Nintendo Wii was one of the first video game consoles to support streaming video from services such as Netflix and Hulu. Although the Wii online store is closed, it’s possible to stream movies on your Wii and Wii U with the right apps and equipment.

This article applies to the Wii and Wii U, but the newer Nintendo Switch also supports additional streaming video services.

How to Watch Streaming Video on the Nintendo Wii

Similar to how online TV devices like Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast work, the Wii and Wii U have apps (also called channels) that you can download to stream TV shows and movies from the internet. Some streaming services require a subscription, and you may need to set up an account using a computer before you can watch videos on your console. Others, like the YouTube channel, are free to use. There’s also an internet channel that allows you to search the web using an on-screen keyboard and the wireless controller.

It’s no longer possible to download apps from the Wii store, but you can use services such as YouTube and Netflix if you downloaded the apps. To stream videos, the Wii requires a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as well as the standard RCA or S-video television hook-up. Because this console was released in 2006, it doesn’t support HD streaming.

How to Watch Online Movies and TV on the Wii U

Visit the Wii U shop to download apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, YouTube, and others. You will need a stable Wi-Fi connection and an HD television hook-up to watch streaming videos.

The Wii U doesn't have as many apps available as newer game consoles or the Roku, but if it's all you have, watching Netflix on your TV using the Wii U beats watching movies on a laptop.

Streaming Video on the Wii U

The Wii U is capable of streaming video in full HD (1080p) and streams media in 1080i, 720p, 480p, and standard 4:3. The Nintendo Wii U is also compatible with stereoscopic 3-D televisions.

In addition to this video versatility, the Wii U features an HDMI output with six-channel audio and the standard RCA analog stereo. This means that no matter the aspect ratio or quality of the video you want to watch, the Wii U supports playback.

When you stream video on the Wii U, the video also plays on the GamePad, so you can watch movies on the small screen while someone else watches TV.

Can you play DVDs on a Wii U? Does Wii U play DVD? The short answer is NO as Nintendo officially acknowledges that the Wii U console does not play DVDs or Blu-Ray discs directly. However, this post introduces an acceptable workaround to make it possible to play DVD on Wii U.

Download this requisite DVD to Wii U Converter and let’s jump in.

  • Does Wii U Play DVD?
  • Part 1: Convert DVD Disc to MP4 Video File
  • Part 2: Install Plex Media Server on Your PC

Does Wii U Play DVD?

“Can Wii U play DVDs?” or “Can I Connect Wii U to a DVD Player?” is a common question asked on some forums, Q & A platforms and social media. Actually, the Nintendo official clearly stated that Wii U offers access to video-on-demand services like YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and other video streaming service, but it DOES NOT play DVDs, movies/music stored on SD cards, USB hard drives, or other portable memory devices.

However, thanks to Wii U’s web browser, with a media server program installed on your PC, you can stream MP4 video file to your Wii U. So convert DVDs to Wii U compatible video file is a real priority. Next, follow this article to get the specific steps.

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  • 6. Bypass/remove all DVD encryption like region code, CSS, etc.
  • 7. Adding Hard, soft and forced subtitles is allowed as well.
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Step 1: Load DVD into the Program

To make Wii U play DVD smoothly, firstly, let’s free downloadfree download WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro on a Windows PC. Insert a DVD into the DVD-ROM drive and launch the program you just installed. Then click on "DVD Disc" to load the DVD you want to play on Wii U. This software will automatically analyze, decrypt DVD and tick the main title of the movie.

How to watch local video files on your wii u

Step 2: Convert DVD to MP4

Click on the Output Format section and enter a new window. Now, choose the MP4 icon under the Video tab. Also, there are 300+ different formats and devices for your choice.

Step 3: Finish DVD to MP4 Conversion

Set the output file path at the bottom of the interface, and finally click the “RUN” button in the lower right corner to start the conversion to get a digital copy of DVD.

Part 2: Install Plex Media Server on Your PC

How to watch local video files on your wii u

How to Use Wii U DVD Player

Step 1. Download and install Plex Media Server https://www.plex.tv/downloads/ .

Step 2. Go to https://plex.tv . Click Sign Up to register and log in.

Step 3. Go through the basic setup process, create your media library as “Movies”, “TV Shows”, add the folder on your PC containing the ripped MP4 files you want to watch on your Wii U to your library. Then Plex will automatically scan and load media files.

Step 4. Next, open your Wii U and run the Wii U Internet browser. Then go to https://plex.tv/web and log in with your own account, you’ll be pointed at your local media server.

Step 5. Finally, find the ripped video and start playing for Plex DVD streaming.

So does Wii U play DVD? The answer is obvious. The above steps have shown you how to play DVD on Wii U perfectly. Seems a bit complicated? But you will find it is very simple after step-by-step operating. When there is a new and simpler way, we will update the steps. Finally, if you think this article is really helpful, please share it with more people.

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Wii U Play MP4 Videos-How to Let Wii U be Able to Stream MP4 Videos from Your PC?

While the Wii U doesn’t appear to officially support the streaming of videos from your local network, one owner discovered that the functionality is there Thursday and is accessibly through the new Nintendo console’s web browser.

YouTube user “Willy Gunz” shared his discover in a video where he was able to use the Wii U web browser to connect to his computer and stream videos. Unfortunately, only mp4 videos are supported and not other popular variants such as avi or mkv.

The process for streaming videos is not as simple as just firing up the Wii U web browser. First you’ll need to set up a local web server on your PC. This can be done with Windows 7 by taking the following steps.

  1. Go to Control Panel, and then click on Programs. You’ll see a link for “Turn Windows features on or off”. Click that.
  2. Scroll down until you see Internet Information Service and expand that.
  3. Click the boxes next to Web Management Tools and World Wide Services to enable both and then click OK.
  4. Now go to Control Panel and then Administrative Tools. You should see Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager listed. Open that.
  5. You should see your PC listed in the left panel. Expand that until you see Sites -> Default Web Site.
  6. Right-click on Default Web Site to bring up a menu and go to Manage Web Sites -> Advance Settings.
  7. Change the Physical Path in the Advanced Settings to the folder that is holding your mp4 video files and click OK.
  8. Now double-click on the MIME Types icon on the IIS Manager screen. If mp4 is not listed, click Add in the right panel.
  9. Enter “.mp4” for the File Type Extension and “Video/mp4” for the Mime Type and then click OK.
  10. Go back to the IIS Manager screen and double-click on Directory Browsing.
  11. In right panel of the Directory Browsing screen, click Enable.

With that done, you can now use the Wii U web browser to directly browse to your PC’s IP address and play mp4 videos. If you don’t know your PC’s ip address follow these directions.

  1. Click the Start menu and enter “cmd” into the “Search programs and files” text box.
  2. Type “ipconfig” in the command prompt and hit enter.
  3. Your PC’s IP address will be displayed.
  4. Enter that IP address in your Wii U web browser

Mac and Linux directions on setting up a local web server can be found by searching Google or Bing for “Mac web server setup” or “Linux web server setup”.

Flexible and simple plugin system. Currently support:

  • Streamlink calls to receive Twitch streams on your Wii U (Twitch is currently broken on the Wii U/N3DS Browsers).
  • Screenshot upload (for ease of use).
  • 4chan Thread search (The search doesn’t work anymore on the Wii U Browser).
  • Twitter Browser (Requires a Dev account).
  • E-Pub reader (Support e-pub 2 and 3).
  • Mangadex Browser.
  • ExHentai Browser.
  • VLC Streaming (to watch videos from your PC using VLC to transcode to the proper format) (Wii U Only).
  • Video Streaming for the 3DS (Video must be encoded to the right format, see below).
  • Notepad, to take notes.
  • Xenoblade X Companion (Allow you to search XCX-related items, etc. ).
    pip install -r requirements.txt to install all the modules.
  • To disable a plugin, just remove the corresponding file from the plugins folder.
  • Some plugins might require additional setup, either at startup (in case of the twitter one) or after creating the config.json file.
  • I don’t plan on actively supporting this project, I’m just putting it here for backup purpose.
  • No Javascript used, the python script generates pure HTML. I hate Javascript.

Starts WiihUb.py once and press Ctrl-C to stop it once its started.
A new file named config.json must be created (or the one available in this github will be initialized properly).
You can then open it with a notepad, or similar, to change the settings of each plugin.
One in particular you must touch is “home_network” , which is used to filter the incoming request.
To keep it simple, if your local ip is something like 192.168.1.53 for example, just put “home_network”: “192.168.1” .
Be sure to escape any special character properly. For example, “path”: “C:\User\Example” becomes “path”: “C:\\User\\Example” or “password”: “a45*”$C” becomes “password”: “a45*\”$C” .
Once you are done modifying config.json , save and close it, and starts WiihUb.py .
Input the ip of your computer, followed by the port used, in an internet browser to test it’s working (example: http://192.168.1.11:8000 ).
If it works, just do the same on your Wii U or 3DS to access the content.
Some plugins might need more configuration to be usable.

Making your own plugin is quite simple, as long as you know Python.
Create a new file in the plugins folder.
Here’s a template:

You must do a slight moditication to Streamlink to receive Twitch on your Wii U.
Locate your Streamlink folder and then go into:
Streamlink/pkgs/streamlink_cli/utils
Open http_server.py and search for the line
conn.send(b”Content-Type: video/unknown\r\n”)
Replace it with:
conn.send(b”Content-Type: video/mp4\r\n”)
Make sure to keep the indentation using spaces.

Pre-roll ads make the Wii U unable to load the playlist, another modification is required as a result: On Streamlink 2.0.0 and further, go to: Streamlink/pkgs/streamlink/plugins
Open twitch.py and search for the function
def access_token(self, is_live, channel_or_vod):
A bit lower, you’ll find: “playerType”: “embed” or “playerType=”embed” Replace embed by frontpage and you are done.
If you are still getting pre-roll ads, wait a few minutes before trying again.
Alternatively, you can try frontpage or even keep the default, embed .

With the new Twitter API V2, it’s now more complicated to use Twitter.

  1. Get a Twitter account.
  2. Apply for Dev access.
  3. On the dev portal, create a new project and then an application under it.
  4. Get and copy the Bearer Token.
  5. Either place the token in config.json with the key twitter_bearer_token if you know what you are doing OR start WiihUb and click Set Twitter Key under Twitter , then paste the token and send it.

Sadly, the Twitter API V2 limits you to 500000 tweets per month, don’t go too crazy with it and don’t share your token.

3DS Video Encoding

I use FFmpeg to encode my videos to the right format for the New 3DS.
A simple example with a command line would be: bin\ffmpeg.exe -i input.whatever -filter:v “scale=-1:360:flags=lanczos, fps=24” -c:v libx264 -qscale:v 4 -c:a aac -b:a 128k output.mp4
input.whatever being the input file (for example: my_cat.mp4) and output.mp4 whatever you want the resulting file to be named.
The New 3DS/2DS internet browser only supports MP4 format (Video: H.264 – MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC – ISO / IEC 14496-3 MPEG-4AAC, MP3), resolution lower than 480p and up to one hour.

The plugin also have a simple playlist system to alleviate the one hour limit.
You can put a .txt file in the folder, containing the name of one file per line, and loading it will put all the videos on the same page.

How to watch local video files on your wii u

Get frustrated and upset with video playback on Wii or Wii U? Actually, Wii or Wii U has a strict criteria for media playback. Check out this article and learn more about it.

Can I Play Movies on Nintendo Wii or Wii U?

Wanna play videos and movies on Wii or Wii U, but have no idea how to get started. No worries, we will help you figure it out in this article.

As we all know, not all video formats can be supported by Wii or Wii U. To play unsupported movies on Wii or Wii U, you need to convert video files to Nintendo Wii or Wii U first. MP4 is accepted well by Wii or Wii U, so you can convert your video files to MP4, and then transfer the converted videos to the Wii or Wii U.

Nintendo Wii or Wii U Introduction and Supported Video Formats:

Wii, and Wii U is home video game console released by Nintendo. They compete Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox One. It is fact that Wii and Wii U have won lot of people’s favor for their cool game playing features. However, they also disappoint lots of people who have the need of playing videos on Wii or Wii U. Anyway, Wii includes Photo Channel feature which enables people to play personal photo and videos in the format of Quicktime (motion JPEG) format (MOV) or AVI (Motion JPEG) format (AVI). And with Wii U’s web browser, you can streaming MP4 files to use your Wii U to play video back on the TV or gamepad.

Best Wii Converter Overview

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Wii or Wii U Converter also enables you to convert one source file to different formats simultaneously to keep you from repeated operations. You can also customize the target media files by setting a variety of parameters such as bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, brightness, contrast, saturation to get the best video quality for Wii or Wii U.

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How to Convert AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, MTS, VOB etc to Wii/Wii U?

Step 1: Add your Videos

Click “File” > “Add video/audio” to load your local video to the app. You can load AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, MTS, VOB etc any video to this Wii Video Converter. It supports batch conversion so you can add multiple subtitles.

Step 2: Output Wii/Wii U preset profile format.

Since Wii U has the same format compatibility with Wii, here, you can output Wii preset profile format “Wii” > “Wii MOV Video(*.mov)” or “Wii AVI(*avi)” from “Format” drop-down list.

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Step 3: Start to convert video to Wii/Wii U

Clicking the Convert button on main interface,a Conversion window will pop out with the detailed conversion information such as Time elapsed, Time left, Generated size, and Estimated size. After the AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, MTS, VOB etc to Wii or Wii U conversion, you can click Open output folder to pop out the output directory with the converted files.

How to Stream Video to Wii for Play?

To Stream video to Wii, after you convert your files to Wii AVI format, locate the converted files, then transfer the converted video file to SD memory card or USB, and then insert the card into the Wii and finally use the “Photo Channel” to play the video file on Wii on the go

How to Stream Video to Wii U for Play?

To stream files on Wii U, we can use Wii U’s web browser. By installing the media server Plex on your computer you can use your Wii U to play videos back on the TV or gamepad. Plex provides a nice web interface that you can access not just from the Wii U, but from your other computers, as well as apps for your smartphone, tablet, and streaming boxes like the Roku. There’s a premium version of Plex, but it isn’t necessary — you can do all this for free.

If you were hoping your Nintendo Wii U would double as a DVD player in your living room, you’re out of luck. According to Kotaku, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the Wii U will only play Nintendo’s proprietary 25 GB game discs, even though they are the same size as DVD discs. Actually, we still have alternative solution to play DVDs on Wii U via USB port, although Wii U does not support to playback the DVD discs directly. In this article, we will introduce this easy way to watch DVD movies on Wii U.

How to Play DVD Disc on Wii U?

What You Need:

Pavtube DVDAid for Windows / Macis a professional DVD Converter for Wii U. DVDs are popular for the excellent images quality, but every time we convert a DVD video, the quality will be damaged. Don’t worry, Pavtube DVDAid integrates a strong algorithm, so you can rip DVD discs to 4K or 1080p videos without quality loss. Then you can enjoy the perfect sound and picture quality of DVD files on Wii U. Moreover, Pavtube DVDAid permits users to adjust some video and audio parameters before transformation.

Besides Wii U, the program also enables you to output DVD to other game consoles such as PS4/PS4 Pro, Xbox One/Xbox One X specially optimized file formats for better playback. And the workflow to rip DVD discs to Wii U is as simple as ABC.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to get your Wii U to play DVD movies.

Step 1. Load DVD Disc

Launch this DVD to Wii U converter on Windows or Mac, and click “File”>”Load from disc” to import DVD movie.

How to watch local video files on your wii u

Step 2: Output Wii U preset profile format

Choose the format that Wii U readable in the list of Format. Since Wii U has the same format compatibility with Wii, here, you can output Wii preset profile format “Wii” > “Wii MOV Video(*.mov)” or “Wii AVI(*avi)”.

How to watch local video files on your wii u

Tips: If you want to convert DVD to Wii U with multiple audio tracks/subtitles and chapter markers preserved, Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac will be a good choice. Run Pavtube ByteCopy and click the format bar to follow “Multi-track Video”. There are 4 kinds of multi-track formats for you, choose the most suitable for your device.

Step 4: Click “Browse” button behind Format bar to pick a destination folder to store the output movie files.

Step 5: Once you press the big red “Convert” button, Pavtube DVDAid will start ripping and save the output files in the folder you set.

After the conversion, you can click Open output folder to pop out the output directory with the converted files. To watch local video on Wii U, the best way is copy movie files to your USB drive or external hard drive. Please keep reading.

How do I hook up my USB Device to my Wii U?

Once you’ve got hold of your USB drive, it’s a simple process connecting it to your Wii U. First though, if you’re going to be using a USB drive you already owned, make sure you back-up everything you need off of it before you begin. You’ll need to format it to use it with the Wii U, and that process erases any and all data on the drive. It also makes it inaccessible to computers and other devices, so you’ll need to dedicate a HDD entirely to the Wii U.

Step 1: Make sure your Wii U is turned off.

Step : Plug the HDD into the USB port(s) on the back of the Wii U.

Step 3: If you’re using a drive with external power, make sure it’s plugged into its own power outlet. If you’re using a USB-powered drive, make sure you’re using a Y-cable and both USB ports on the back of the Wii U.

Step 4: Turn on your console. After a short wait, you should be prompted that you’ll need to format your USB device to use it with the Wii U.

Step 5: Select “Format” – remember, this will erase any data currently on the hard drive, and once you format a drive for the Wii U, you won’t be able to use it on a PC or Mac without re-formatting it.

Step 6: Once the formatting process is complete, you’ll be returned to the Wii U Menu, and a blue icon in the lower left-hand corner will indicate that your HDD is set-up and ready for use!

After the bombshell unveiling of the new Nintendo Switch console in October, it sounds like Nintendo is finally, mercifully shutting the door on the Wii U. Eurogamer got the scoop that factory production of the failed console will end on Friday, November 4.

Note that when I say “failed console,” that’s not a subjective statement. Final sales for the Wii U will fall below 14 million units, which would put it some 87 million units behind its older brother, the Wii.

That might be a bit unfair, though, as the Wii was an unprecedented success that makes most game consoles look bad by comparison in terms of sales. The Nintendo 64 sold 32 million units, while the GameCube sold 21 million.

The GameCube, by the way, was considered something of a sales dud at the time, so the Wii U did significantly worse than even that. Nintendo did not immediately respond for a request for comment about the Wii U’s demise.

The Wii U launched in 2012, boasting a tablet-like GamePad controller that promised unique two-screen gameplay interactions in HD console games.

It never caught on with consumers. Why did the Wii U do so poorly?

  • The awful name of the console led to people not understanding that it was a new device. I had to explain to someone in 2015 that it wasn’t just an add-on for the Wii.
  • The marketing was confusing, with trailers failing to communicate what exactly the GamePad controller was for. The Wii’s unique motion controls were much easier to sell to consumers.
  • It was significantly less powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One, which both launched a year later. This meant many developers could not bring their PS4 and Xbox One games to Wii U.
  • It didn’t launch with any compelling exclusive games, with most of its launch lineup being games that were better on other platforms, like “Mass Effect 3.”
  • Nintendo itself rarely ever produced games that made good use of the GamePad’s second screen.

It also suffered from cheap-feeling, toy-like hardware and a painfully slow system menu that required a loading screen to bring up the settings menu. The Wii U, by most reasonable standards, was not a good video game console.

However, that doesn’t tell the whole story of the Wii U. I’ve ruffled some feathers for calling it a failure or saying it’s bad, and I want to make one thing clear: I kind of love the Wii U.

It only had a dozen or so exclusive games worth playing, but they were among the best that Nintendo has ever produced. “Splatoon” is an incredibly inventive and fun online shooter, while “Super Mario Maker” was arguably the best video game on any platform in 2015.

“Mario Kart 8” is the best game in that venerable racing series, just as “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” is for the crossover fighting franchise. “Bayonetta 2” is one of the most enthusiastically absurd action games I’ve ever seen, and it can only be had on Wii U.

While I can’t earnestly recommend the Wii U to anyone right now (some of those games I just mentioned will surely be ported to Switch), it was the best bad console I’ve ever owned. With production ending, it might be worth picking up at a reduced price as a memento to one of the strangest eras in Nintendo’s history.

Update: When asked about whether or not the Wii U is ending production, Nintendo of America told us this:

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How to Play Blu-ray on Wii-U and Wii

Play Blu-ray movies is not natively supported by both Wii and Wii-U, but we can do it by converting the movie to AVI/MOV format.

Guide

Days ago we post a guide about how to play DVD on Wii, many people have already managed to play their DVD movies on the Nintendo Wii with the help of the guide. However, we also received many feedbacks asking if it is also possible to play the Blu-ray movies on Wii or its successor Wii-U.

We know that there are two elements which decide if a blu-ray movie disc can be played: the hardware (blu-ray drive) and software (app to play blu-ray disc). Let’s check these two factors of Wii and Wii-U at first.

  • Wii equips a DVD drive, the preset app “Photo Channel” can play AVI/MOV video with MJPEG format.
  • Wii-U equips a modified Blu-ray drive, there is a “hidden function” to stream MP4 video from computer to Wii-U..

Play Blu-ray on Wii

The method to play Blu-ray on Wii is exactly same as play DVD on Wii, so please follow the Play DVD on Wii by ripping the video off part in another post.

And pay attention to the converted file size. If the video is converted from Blu-ray disc, the file is always pretty large. But the Wii has a poor support for a video larger than 2 GB. Therefore, when you rip & convert a Blu-ray movie to AVI/MOV video, please lower down the quality to control the file size.

Play Blu-ray movie on Wii-U

This is gonna be the part in details as it is totally different with playing DVD movies. With the Wii-U, we cannot save a video file in the SD Card then play it on the device, instead, we need to stream the video file to Wii-U and play it.

Install Blu-ray Ripper software

By reading the parapraphs above, we can have a clear goal: Rip the movie from Blu-ray disc and convert it to MP4 format. All these jobs can be handled with just one program: ImElfin Blu-ray Ripper. Click the buttons below you can get the latest installation build, both PC and Mac users can try it for free.

Rip the movie and convert to MP4

Insert a Blu-ray movie disc into your computer and launch the Blu-ray Ripper software, you will see all the chapters contained in the disc are displayed in the software. You can choose the chapters which you want to rip and convert.

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After the chapters are chosen, then set the output video format. Click the pop-out menu besides “Profile” and choose “MP4-MPEG-4 Video(*.mp4)”, which is the only accepted video format by Wii-U.

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The last step is clicking the round blue button in the lower right corner to start the process, the software will rip and convert the video simultaneously.

Stream the converted MP4 video from computer to Wii-U

This is the most important part and it would be a little geeky, some steps would be difficult to express with texts, so I searched a video for you.

The theory is not complex, you need to turn your computer to a local server, and use your Wii-U’s web browser to stream the video from your computer. However, it still might be a challenge for people not that familiar with computer skills. Therefore, I searched some other guide posts about how to stream MP4 to Wii-U for you, hope these can be helpful.

You and a friend can play through the full roster to see who comes out on top in Smashdown. And in Custom Smash, you can set all kinds of options for your battle.

Choose your fighter and smash your way through increasingly difficult enemies for great rewards.

Hone your skills on any stage, including a Training-mode stage that shows you exactly how far your opponents fly.

Waves of opponents will continue to appear as you launch them off the stage. See how long you can survive!

While playing the game, new fighters will approach and challenge you to battle. You'll unlock them if you win! If you lose, don't worry. You can try a rematch by selecting “Challenger's Approach“ under the Games & More menu.

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    The Wii U (codenamed Project Café in development) is an eighth generation home video game console produced by Nintendo as the successor to the Wii. It is Nintendo’s first home console since the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to share a portion of its name with its predecessor. It was announced during Nintendo’s conference at E3 2011. The main feature of the Wii U is its controller, the Wii U GamePad, which has a touch screen, camera, and other new features. According to Yoshiaki Koizumi, the Wii U was never shown to Nintendo’s software development team prior to its unveiling at E3 2011. With the name “Wii” originating from the word “we”, the “U” (“you”) was added to reflect the console’s intended appeal to single-player play as well as multiplayer. It is the home console counterpart of the Nintendo 3DS.

    The Wii U was released in the United States on November 18, 2012, in Europe and Australia on November 30, 2012, and in Japan on December 8, 2012. The Wii U was the third Nintendo console to be released in North America before Japan, the other two being the Wii and the original Nintendo DS. It is also the first home Nintendo console since the NES to be released before its competitors’ consoles of the same generation were announced.

    Unlike the original Wii and much like the Nintendo GameCube, the Wii U was not very successful when compared to its contemporaries, the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. It was initially expected to sell 100 million units; [10] however, it only managed to sell 13.56 million units worldwide, [11] making it Nintendo’s least successful home console. The Wii U’s lifetime sales were outsold in only nine months by its successor, the Nintendo Switch. [12] [13] Because of that, it was discontinued in Europe on October 1, 2016, in the United States on November 10, 2016, in Australia on November 14, 2016, and in Japan on January 31, 2017, only around 4 years after the console’s initial release. Commonly cited reasons for the Wii U’s weak sales include confusing marketing, complicated GamePad, few third-party titles, high initial pricing, and lack of Blu-ray and even DVD playback. [14] However, numerous first-party Wii U titles were ported to the Nintendo Switch.

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    The Wii U console resembles the Wii, except it is much longer with rounder sides. It has a slot to insert 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs as well as the Wii’s DVD optical discs. The console can play high-definition games at 720p and 1080p, the first of Nintendo’s consoles to do so. The console itself is approximately 4.6 cm tall, 17.3 cm wide, and 26.7 cm long. When placed horizontally, it slightly resembles the Wii Family Edition. It features IBM microprocessor technology inside.

    The Wii U supports all the controllers (and respective peripherals) used with the Wii: the Wii Remote, the Nunchuk controller, the Wii Remote Plus, the Classic Controller, the Classic Controller Pro, and the Wii Balance Board. It is compatible with the Wii hardware and software; similar to the Wii Family Edition and Wii Mini, however, it is not compatible with the Nintendo GameCube hardware or software. [15] The Wii U is the first home Nintendo console whose controllers’ analog sticks can be pressed down to act as extra buttons; although, the only Mario games that use these features are Super Mario 3D World, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, in which pressing the right analog stick resets the camera angle, and Super Mario Maker in which it is used to change the hand on the TV Screen in edit mode. It is also the first home Nintendo console whose controllers include perfectly circular analog stick movement.

    The Wii U supports up to eight-player local play, as seen in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. It can support up to two GamePads, a feature not yet used for any games, though the Wii U GamePad was never sold at retail. The console has an internal flash memory, holding 8 GB for the standard set, and 32 GB for the deluxe set. Additionally, the Wii U has the option to expand its memory by using an external USB hard disk drive, however, even though the Wii U has an SD Card slot, SD Cards cannot be used for Wii U data storage (excluding Mii storage), though they can be used for storing Wii data via the Wii Menu only. This also means that Wii U game data cannot be transferred onto other Wii U systems on SD cards.

    The Wii U allows players to connect to the internet using Nintendo Network, the successor to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, via a wireless connection or using the Wii LAN Adapter.

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    One of the developers involved in the initiative of porting the Linux kernel and open-source software to Nintendo’s Wii U game console has brought up the possibility of getting the kernel changes mainlined into the Linux kernel. While Linux on the Wii U may sound exciting – especially for those having the aging console otherwise collecting dust – but the Linux support falls short for now and it would be a lengthy process to get the code cleaned up and properly upstreamed.

    As a reminder, the Wii U debuted a decade ago and features a 1.24GHz IBM PowerPC 3-core processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 550MHz AMD Radeon GPU based on R600/R700 IP, 8GB of internal flash (or 32GB for its premium model), and USB connectivity for greater storage and connectivity.

    While some may find novel uses for Linux on the Wii U, the current kernel patches are not without limitations. Getting USB working on the Wii U requires changes to the core USB code in the kernel that were previously rejected for mainline inclusion. There isn’t a clear path forward right now for how to get USB support for the Wii U mainlined, which without that would likely prove little use for Linux on this Nintendo game console.

    But there are also big blockers around the Radeon graphics and SMP capabilities too. While the Radeon GPU is derived from their R600 era design and that does have a fully open-source driver, the existing Linux Radeon DRM kernel driver only handles PCI/PCIe connectivity where as the Wii U has no PCI bus. So getting accelerated graphics working on the Wii U in an upstreamable state would be a challenge. They could just end up having a dumb frame-buffer or other unaccelerated display output as an alternative, but that would further diminish the usefulness of this Linux port.

    And then the other big headache is not having working SMP support for being able to properly utilize the three PowerPC cores present. CPU bug(s) prevent the Linux kernel from currently being able to leverage the multi-core processor and thus SMP disabled to prevent breaking user-space.

    There are smaller headaches too but getting USB working for mainline, Radeon graphics, and symmetric multi-processing are the big problems. There is the Wii U Linux downstream kernel too that would also need to see all of its existing patches re-based against Git before even volleying the patches out again onto the kernel mailing list for review.

    There are still a lot of questions about Nintendo’s Switch, and the Kyoto gaming giant has everything to prove. But after spending a few hours in the hybrid console’s company this afternoon in Tokyo, I think Nintendo might be onto something. At the very least, there’s evidence that the Switch is a more credible effort than its predecessor, the Wii U, which was Nintendo’s biggest home console failure to date.

    I say that because of product decisions that cut to the core of how each system is used. With the Wii U and its tablet-style GamePad controller, developers essentially had two options — beam the same image from the TV to the portable screen, or display different content on each. Few found much use for the latter scenario, so the vast majority of games ended up employing the former, relegating the GamePad to a clunky, low-res portable that couldn’t even be taken outside of the house. Most of the Wii U’s best games ended up being perfectly playable without the GamePad at all.

    The Nintendo Switch launch games lineup is disappointing and needlessly confusing

    The Switch is different — in fact, it’s the precise opposite. Its processing guts are in the tablet device itself, rather than in the box under your TV, making it a true portable that can be taken on the go. When docked with the TV, you can use a regular controller or an adapter to turn its portable attachments into something more traditional. And the Switch’s most unusual configuration is for portable local multiplayer, with each player essentially taking half a controller and gathering around the screen.

    There are compromises inherent to all three of these configurations. If you use it mostly docked as a home console, the screen is going to waste and the mobile hardware makes the system underpowered relative to competitors. If you use it mostly as a portable, the battery life will suffer and the games may not be ideally designed for handheld play. If you use it as a multiplayer rig on the go — well, there aren’t really any competitors in this space, but I can at least confirm that Mario Kart 8 doesn’t play as well with half a Joy-Con as it does with a full controller.

    But these compromises don’t feel as profound as those inherent to the Wii U, a system built around a single idea at great expense without the software ideas to back it up. The Switch offers countless ways to play, and almost all of the games demoed today work with several of them.

    So there’s the deranged 1-2-Switch, which makes use of the JoyCon’s capabilities so extensively that the TV or tablet’s screen is almost unneeded. There’s the brilliant Snipperclips, a cooperative 2D puzzle game that encourages you to huddle around the screen with your tiny controllers and talk to each other to figure out the solution. There’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, of course, which can basically be played in any permutation of controller and screen you like. (Also they fixed battle mode.)

    Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima

    The Wii U forced games to pick and choose their features — if you wanted your title to be playable entirely on the GamePad, for example, you couldn’t exploit the potential for dual-screen play. But Nintendo’s philosophy with the Switch is for games to be as extensible and accessible as possible, with different solutions for different situations. Even a traditional single-player game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will benefit from the ability to be played in a car as well as on a couch.

    I am reasonably confident that Nintendo has made sensible tradeoffs in the Switch’s design. Games like Arms and Super Mario Odyssey look beautiful, and I don’t think the mobile-class Nvidia hardware will have any trouble powering the most technically impressive Nintendo games to date, even if the Switch falls well short of the PS4. The screen is a fairly low-res 720p, but it’s fine in motion; the panel’s color reproduction and viewing angles are by far the best in any Nintendo system, and higher resolution would tax the processor and battery even further. And while the multiple controller configurations are fiddly and potentially confusing, everything feels well-made in that chunky Nintendo plastic fashion, and it’s about as easy as it could be to slide in and secure each attachment. The process of switching from TV to tablet screen, too, is nearly instant.

    But while I think the hardware mostly hits the mark, I have serious concerns over other aspects of Nintendo’s strategy. Its online initiative, for instance, is baffling even by the company’s own low standards. Far from a Netflix of games, Nintendo’s paid service will let you play one NES or SNES game with added multiplayer functionality a month, as well as remove the company’s first ever paywall for online play. And, for some inexplicable reason, you apparently need to use a smartphone app for things like voice chat and game invitations. Let’s reserve judgement until it launches, but the early signs are not encouraging.

    Nintendo also failed to show off much of anything pertaining to how the system actually operates. Will it be the company’s first ever console powered by somewhat modern software? What does the touchscreen do? Um… does it have Netflix? With seven weeks to launch, who knows.

    But the biggest barrier for many will be the $299 price. At a time when Nintendo really needs to win back customers, pricing the Switch at or above the entry level for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which are more powerful and a lot easier to understand, may come back to haunt the company. Nintendo has at least given itself room to move downward, but forcing itself into a hasty and dramatic price drop as it did with the 3DS would not be a good sign.

    I’m going to buy a Nintendo Switch. But then I always would have — the prospect of not being able to play the company’s newest output just isn’t an option for me. It’s everyone else that Nintendo needs to convince. The Wii market is gone and isn’t coming back, but the success of the PlayStation 4 proves that there’s still a sizable mainstream appetite for gaming hardware if the formula is right. While today’s Switch event wasn’t a total slam dunk, it’s a brave person that’d write Nintendo off altogether.

    When I was visiting the forums, I always saw people looking for a way to aid them in playing Blu-ray movies on Wii U. Question here: "I was just wondering if it (Wii U) can finally play CDs and Blu-rays directly from the disc drive." The answer is definitely Nope! For you guys who want to play any Blu-ray on this game console, I prepared two methods for you to watch Blu-ray movies on it. Go check!

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    Two Method for You to Play Blu-ray on Wii U

    Method 1: The Wii U console does not play Blu-rays discs, but Wii U offers access to video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and YouTube. With this, you can watch online Blu-ray movies, however, there is no free lunch in this world, you have to pay for some of them. But for Blu-ray collectors, you have to choose Method 2 below.

    Method 2: You need a third-part tool to help you achieve this goal. Pavtube BDMagic for Windows | for Mac is a professional Blu-ray Converter for Wii U. Blu-rays are popular for the excellent images quality, but every time we convert a Blu-ray video, the quality will be damaged. Don’t worry, Pavtube BDMagic integrates a strong algorithm, so you can rip Blu-ray discs to 4K, 1080p, 720p videos without quality loss. Then you can enjoy the perfect sound and picture quality of Blu-ray files on Wii U. Moreover, Pavtube BDMagic permits users to adjust some video and audio parameters before conversion.

    Besides Wii U, the program also enables you to output Blu-ray to other game consoles such as PS4/PS4 Pro, Xbox One/Xbox One X specially optimized file formats for better playback. And the workflow to rip Blu-ray discs to Wii U is as simple as ABC.

    Follow the step-by-step guide below to get your Wii U to play Blu-ray movies.

    Step 1. Load Blu-ray Disc

    Launch this Blu-ray to Wii U converter on Windows or Mac, and click "File">"Load from disc" to import Blu-ray movie.

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    Step 2: Output Wii U preset profile format

    Choose the format that Wii U readable in the list of Format. Since Wii U has the same format compatibility with Wii, here, you can output Wii preset profile format "Wii" > "Wii MOV Video(*.mov)" or "Wii AVI(*avi)".

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    Tips: If you want to convert Blu-ray to Wii U with multiple audio tracks/subtitles and chapter markers preserved, Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac will be a good choice. Run Pavtube ByteCopy and click the format bar to follow "Multi-track Video". There are 4 kinds of multi-track formats for you, choose the most suitable for your device.

    Step 4: Click "Browse" button behind Format bar to pick a destination folder to store the output movie files.

    Step 5: Once you press the big red "Convert" button, Pavtube BDMagic will start ripping and save the output files in the folder you set.

    After the conversion, you can click Open output folder to pop out the output directory with the converted files. To watch local video on Wii U, the best way is copy movie files to your USB drive or external hard drive. Keep reading.

    How do I hook up my USB Device to my Wii U?

    Once you’ve got hold of your USB drive, it’s a simple process connecting it to your Wii U. First though, if you’re going to be using a USB drive you already owned, make sure you back-up everything you need off of it before you begin. You’ll need to format it to use it with the Wii U, and that process erases any and all data on the drive. It also makes it inaccessible to computers and other devices, so you’ll need to dedicate a HDD entirely to the Wii U.

    Step 1: Make sure your Wii U is turned off.

    Step 2: Plug the HDD into the USB port(s) on the back of the Wii U.

    Step 3: If you’re using a drive with external power, make sure it’s plugged into its own power outlet. If you’re using a USB-powered drive, make sure you’re using a Y-cable and both USB ports on the back of the Wii U.

    Step 4: Turn on your console. After a short wait, you should be prompted that you’ll need to format your USB device to use it with the Wii U.

    Step 5: Select "Format" – remember, this will erase any data currently on the hard drive, and once you format a drive for the Wii U, you won’t be able to use it on a PC or Mac without re-formatting it.

    Step 6: Once the formatting process is complete, you’ll be returned to the Wii U Menu, and a blue icon in the lower left-hand corner will indicate that your HDD is set-up and ready for use!

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    In Part 4 of her 4-part series on cutting the cable cord, contributor Jennifer Jolly demonstrates the latest streaming media players from Roku and others.

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    The Roku 3. (Photo: Roku – AP)

    Story Highlights

    • Your video game console may have streaming services
    • Roku box plugs into your TV and connects to WiFi
    • Apple TV has iTunes compatibility

    If you’re a cord cutter who still wants to watch TV on your giant screen in your living room, you need a set-top box to get your favorite content right where you want it. Before you panic over adding yet another gadget to your living room, we’ll start by saying that you can spend as little as $50 to add streaming services to your television — though you may also find that you already have a gadget that can do the job.

    WHAT’S IN YOUR ENTERTAINMENT CENTER?

    Before you buy anything, take a quick look at the gadgets you already own. It’s a good bet that the average household already has something that can easily handle streaming to your tube. First: check out your TV, as well as any DVD or Blu-ray players. (Still stuck with that VCR you never got the clock working on? You’re out of luck.) The newer they are, the more likely they are to have some “smart” feature that allows them to connect to your Wi-Fi network and stream movies and television shows from popular services like Netflix and Hulu.

    The next place to check is gaming consoles: The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Wii U will all stream Netflix and Hulu. If you don’t have one of these, don’t necessarily rush out to buy one. New models of PlayStation and Xbox are coming out by the end of the year, both of which will have more living room-friendly features than current models. So if you’d like to buy a game console with home entertainment in mind, wait a few more months on the upcoming PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

    MEDIA STREAMERS

    There’s a much more economical way to add streaming features to your existing entertainment center than buying a new TV or gaming console: a streaming media set-top box. These gadgets run around $100. Installation is as simple as plugging them in. Though there are a lot of options on the market, my favorites are Roku and Apple TV. Both offer streaming from all of my favorite services, as well as super-simple setup, which makes them an easy choice for your home entertainment center.

    ROKU. If you want to watch online streaming content on your television, a Roku device is the best way to get at it. Just plug it into your television, connect it to your Wi-Fi network, and suddenly your TV has access to a wealth of new entertainment options. It includes the three biggest streaming services — Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Instant — as well as a wealth of smaller services to help you access whatever content you’re after. So if you want to watch Crackle, Vudu, PBS (and PBS Kids), Blockbuster on Demand, and more, Roku’s got it. Sports lovers will also find themselves with plenty of options, including MLB, NBA, UFC, NHL, MLS and more.

    I’m especially fond of the recently released Roku 3, which retails for $100. In addition to being a streaming powerhouse, the Roku 3 lets you plug headphones into the remote, so you can enjoy your favorite shows without bothering others in the household. However, if you don’t want to spend that much, you can find a last-generation Roku — which offers just as many streaming options — for around $50.

    APPLE TV. If you’re an Apple addict, you may be sold on just the name. However, Apple’s product is compelling on its own — at least as long as you’re already an avid Apple user. Apple TV is a lot like Roku — the two gadgets are even about the same size and shape. Apple TV provides access to the content you’re most likely to want: Netflix and Hulu with MLB, NBA and NHL for sports lovers. It doesn’t offer the variety Roku has, but it offers one thing Roku doesn’t: iTunes compatibility. If you use iTunes to buy movies or television shows, it’s easy to watch those on your TV with an Apple TV and just not possible on Roku. Additionally, the device supports AirPlay, which lets you turn your TV into a second screen for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or even MacBook.

    If you’re not an Apple user, go with Roku, hands down. But if you have a tendency to use Apple products and purchase iTunes content, Apple TV has a definite edge over the competition.

    You’re all set. Hopefully we’ve answered most of your questions and concerns, and given you a solid how-to when it comes to cutting the cable cord. Be sure to let us know if you have any other thoughts on the topic.

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    In a video announcement featuring its president, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo showed off the final version of their new Wii U console and controller, along with some new social features like video chat and game-specific message boards. The launch games will be shown on Tuesday at their on-stage presentation shortly before the doors open here at E3, but it seems Nintendo wanted to let a few cats out of the bag early.

    The “new controller,” as the company has been calling it publicly for a full year now, has finally been named: it’s the Wii U GamePad. That’s meant to be a throwback to the original NES gamepad as well as a fairly accurate description of the device itself: it’s a pad that you game with.

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    The GamePad is similar to the prototype they showed off last year, but the layout is different, the whole controller is slightly larger, and the circle pads in the top corners have been replaced with traditional analog sticks. There’s also a spot for near-field communication (NFC), allowing tokens and cards to be scanned into the controller without swiping or putting in codes.

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    After Iwata explained the new GamePad (and quickly showed a sleek new Pro controller, left) for those who don’t want to use it), he moved onto Miiverse, Nintendo’s new Mii-based platform for social interaction around games. Each game will have a community of players who can leave messages and tips inside the game — several message bubbles popped up on one Mario’s defeat, for instance, with real people expressing frustration with that section and offering support.

    Iwata said they feel this adds “a new degree of empathy between players,” and also that “even with no one else in the room, you won’t feel alone.” To that end, video communication between Wii U consoles will also be possible, using the camera built into the GamePad. And hand-written messages and doodles can be sent, a la Pictochat. Parts of this whole communication platform will also be available through a smartphone app.

    How to watch local video files on your wii u

    Ways in which the Wii U will interact with the TV were teased but not fully fleshed out: the GamePad will act as a TV controller, for instance, and can be used to browse the internet or push video to the screen.

    The actual games you’ll be playing on the Wii U will be announced and shown off Tuesday morning at 9AM Pacific time; we’ll be reporting live from the press conference, so watch this space for more news from Nintendo and the other majors here at E3.

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    In-Game has a team on the ground atE3 in Los Angeles. Stay tuned here to In-Game to catch our breaking game coverage. Butfor all the fast and furious news also be sure to check out our In-Game Facebook page as well as our Twitter feeds: @ToddKenreck and @WindaBenedetti.

    In-Game editor Todd Kenreck will also bring you ongoing snapshots from the E3 floor via his @ToddKenreck Instagram account. And don’t miss the E3 experiences from video producer Matt Rivera who will be posting via his Twitter and Instagram accounts here: @MattMRivera.

    Last month, we made BBC iPlayer available on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices, the first of many mobile platforms that we hope to support.

    The theme for this month’s iPlayer release is “iPlayer in the living room” – i.e., watching BBC on-demand programmes on your big-screen television set.

    Today, most people watch iPlayer programmes on their computer. That’s great – you can watch your favourite BBC programmes curled up in bed with your notebook PC, or on your study desk while you check your email, or (if you downloaded our programmes) on the plane or away abroad on holiday.

    How to watch local video files on your wii uiPlayer programmes, particularly downloaded programmes, look great on a TV. The video quality is usually even better when iPlayer programmes are played back on a TV than on your computer screen. Most newish computers, particularly notebook computers, have an S-video output, which, with a suitable S-video to SCART cable, can connect to most modern TV sets. If you have an LCD or plasma TV, chances are that it will have a Video Graphics Array input which will give even better picture quality when connected to the VGA output of your notebook PC. (N.B. Picture of S-Video output courtsey of yum9me on Flickr.)

    If you have a Nintendo Wii, it’s already connected to your TV, and now you can play iPlayer programmes directly on your Wii.

    On your Wii, you’ll first need to install the Internet Channel, which costs 500 Wii points, or approx. £3.50. Unfortunately, there’s no alternative to having to buy the Wii Internet Channel for iPlayer web site access at his time. But later we hope to be able to get iPlayer on Wii without this purchase being needed [see below]. After you’ve installed the Internet Channel, browse to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer, find your favourite programme, and hit Play. The programme should stream and play immediately as we’re no longer using full-screen mode

    Connect your PC, Mac or Wii to your TV now and get a glimpse of the future, which is of course an IP-connected browser-based device that plays video-on-demand programming on your TV set.

    For those who are after the tech details, here’s the lowdown on our Wii port:

    Nintendo Wii supports only Flash 7, which uses the Sorenson Spark codec rather than the ON2 VP6 codec introduced with Flash 8. Unfortunately, the Sorenson compression isn’t nearly as good as ON2 VP6 compression, which is why most video sites gave up encoding their content in Flash 7 compatible format.

    However, there are a lot of Wii boxes out there hooked up to TV sets, so with a little extra encoding effort (specifically, transcoding an additional 400 hours per week in an extra format) we can make BBC iPlayer programming available on Flash 7-enabled devices, including Wii.

    Our regular Flash content is encoded at 500Kbps. We chose that bitrate because it’s the highest quality that could be reliably streamed on pretty much any UK broadband internet connection. However, for Wii we had to increase the bitrate to 820Kbps because the Sorenson codec used by Wii simply needs more bits to achieve the same picture quality. So, for a smooth playback experience on Wii you’ll need an internet connection that can give you 1Mbps or better. If you’re experiencing buffering issues, try turning off those p2p downloads that are running on other computers around your home.

    The Flash player that ships with Wii was designed to support YouTube-style quality levels rather than the much higher video quality that we try to provide in iPlayer. Unfortunately, that means on Wii, at least at this time, our programmes won’t look as crisp as on Mac, PC or iPhone. iPlayer on Wii is still in beta, and over the coming weeks we’ll tweak the video encoding rates and playback window size to get the best possible video quality.

    There are over 2.5 million Wiis in the UK, which according to Nintendo should reach five million by Christmas, so getting onto Wii means potentially a huge new audience for BBC iPlayer. However, we’re taking a phased approach to this, where we’ve started with a relatively low development effort of keeping our regular iPlayer site (which is a bit large for the Wii’s 800 pixel-wide screen size, requiring some scrolling when browsing for programmes) and encoding content in Flash 7 format.

    As iPlayer usage on Wii takes off, we’ll consider creating an optimised version of the iPlayer for Wii. Hopefully, this won’t require people to shell out for the Internet Channel, and which will provide an optimized browsing and playback experience, perhaps even as a dedicated BBC iPlayer channel on Wii.

    Stay tuned for more on this.

    Anthony Rose is Head of Digital Media Technologies, BBC Future Media and Technology.

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

Major League Baseball has placed more hurdles in front of cord-cutters than any of the four professional sports leagues. It has made baseball broadcasts the exclusive province of cable/satellite networks, even for your local teams. Add to that the league’s draconian blackout policies, and the prospect of watching the Grand Old Game without a pricey TV subscription seems as reachable as a Clayton Kershaw slider.

It doesn’t get much easier come October. This year’s postseason games will once again air nationally across five networks: Fox, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), ESPN, TBS, and Major League Baseball Network (MLBN); all but the first are cable/satellite channels you can’t tune into with a TV antenna. Fortunately, with some combination of over-the-air and over-the-top options, you can still watch virtually every at-bat from the Wild Card round to the World Series. Here’s how.

Over the air

If you have an over-the-air antenna and live within reach of your local Fox TV affiliate, you can catch the action without spending another dime when the World Series starts on Oct. 26. Don’t live within range of your local Fox affiliate’s broadcast tower? No worries, you still have plenty of options.

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

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An indoor TV antenna, like this Winegard Flatwave, should be able to tune in most of the broadcast TV stations in your area, but it won’t resolve MLB blackout rules.

Sling TV

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Sling TV

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

Sling TV is your single best option for watching the postseason without a cable subscription. In fact, you can access a significant number of games for less than a single postseason ticket. The Sling Orange + Sling Blue package includes ESPN, TBS, Fox Sports 1, and local Fox affiliates in select markets for $20 for the first month, $50 per month if you decide to continue past that. You can get MLBN by subscribing to the Sports Extra package for an additional $11 per month.

If you’re hesitant to add a streaming subscription to your budget just for the privilege of watching postseason baseball, remember that with a Sling TV package, you get access to many other popular cable channels including CNN, HGTV, and Comedy Central. There’s no contract, so you can cancel as soon as the World Series ends, although you might find you don’t want to.

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

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A Sling TV subscription is one of your best options for streaming almost every game of baseball’s postseason.

DirecTV Stream

DirectTV Stream, formerly AT&T TV Now, formerly DirecTV Now, offers ESPN, FS1, TBS, and MLBN as part of its $85-per-month Choice plan that delivers access to more than 90 channels of TV.

Fox is available in select markets, so be sure to your check if yours is one of them before you ditch your antenna. The company makes this information hard to find, but you can check to see if DirecTV Stream offers the local broadcast TV channels in your area by entering your zip code at this page.

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

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DirecTV Stream provides a traditional channel grid for those who can’t let go.

Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

Unlike the competition, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV don’t offer subscription tiers with their live TV services. Each offers a one-size-fits-all approach that costs a $55 a month for the first three months and $65 a month thereafter. With pricing being equal, the differentiator comes down to the MLB Network—YouTube TV has it, while Hulu with Live TV does not.

FuboTV

FuboTV has evolved from a soccer-centric streaming service to one that offers a full-spectrum of entertainment but it still comes up a couple runs short on the baseball offerings. You can get Fox, FS1, and ESPN with its $65-per-month Starter package. However, it doesn’t include TBS or MLBN in any of its subscriptions, which leaves you without access to several of the division series games and all the National League Championship Series. Here’s a link to our review of FuboTV.

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How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

If you’re an MLB.TV subscriber, you already have streaming access to postseason games—sort of. Although Major League Baseball’s subscription service delivers live streams of every regular season out-of-market game, the league’s blackout policies prevent it from live-streaming the playoffs and the World Series anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. Instead, archived streams of postseason games are available to subscribers in blacked-out areas about 90 minutes after the game’s conclusion.

If you have the willpower to abide a self-imposed media blackout (and can avoid spoilers), it’s not a bad way to watch the October action without taking on the cost of an additional streaming subscription. Even if you’re not a currently a subscriber, it might be worth signing up as it’s the least-expensive way to catch the postseason: as of now, MLB is currently offering subscriptions for $25 to catch the rest of the year’s games (on 90-minute delay, of course).

Batter up!

Major League Baseball continues to be stingy with live streaming. But hopefully as the NFL and NBA continue expanding their online viewing options, the league will rethink its policies in upcoming seasons. Until then, you can take advantage of these cable alternatives, and along with our guide to second-screen baseball apps, create your own Diamond Club from which to watch baseball’s 10 best teams slug it out to the Fall Classic.

Updated October 6, 2021 for the current season’s playoffs.

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

It’s time for the baseball playoffs. If you’re lucky, your team is still in the thick of things and could be on their way to the World Series. Whether they are or not, the playoff season is an exciting time for any baseball fan. It’s a time to see teams we once thought were cursed win the big game (I’m looking at you Cubs) or teams we thought were a shoo-in, lose in the first rounds in shocking defeat.

Any way you cut it, the MLB playoffs are something most fans don’t want to miss. After all, once they are over, we’ll only have baseball movies to tide us over until the new season starts.

If you’re planning to stream the playoffs, you’ll have more options than you could imagine. Whether you have cable or not, you will be able to stream the games to your TV or your mobile devices with little to no effort. As long as you know where the game is being aired, you’ll be able to find a place to watch it. Speaking of which, the MLB playoffs will be airing on local channel FOX, FS1, MLB Network, TBS, and ESPN.

Cable Streaming

Cable streaming really couldn’t be easier. The most obvious choice is to watch through your cable providers app. Most cable providers offer their own apps that you can use to stream on most devices. Of course, you can also use apps like FOX Sports Go, TBS, or WatchESPN to watch the games live this way. For big sports fans, these apps might even be a better option, as you’re more likely to find additional content from the games you might not get with your cable provider.

If you have cable, as long as you have all of the channels in your package, you shouldn’t have any trouble streaming the playoffs. Just download the apps you need ahead of time and you’ll be good to go.

Streaming the Playoffs without Cable

You might be thinking it will be difficult to stream the playoffs without cable, but you’d be wrong. In fact, as long as you know what service or services you plan to use and get your apps setup in advance, you won’t have any problem. In fact, many of these services offer DVR access so you might even be able to record a game if you’re not able to watch it live!

Given the channels you need, your best option might just be YouTube TV. All of the necessary channels are included, and the service works on most streaming devices except Fire TV devices. The monthly fee is $40 per month, but they offer a one-week trial. Another good option is Hulu Live. They have everything but MLB Network. You get Hulu’s on-demand service for free and you should be able to stream on all of the major streaming devices. Hulu Live is also $40 with a one-week trial.

Some other solid options are DIRECTV NOW, which offers a $55 monthly package that includes all you’ll need for playoff watching, PlayStation Vue (packages start at $45), and Sling TV (packages start at $25), though if you want a DVR with Sling, you’re going to have to pay extra. Keep in mind, no matter which service you choose you should also be able to use TV Everywhere apps, like the ones mentioned above, to watch the games, as well.

It’s also worth noting that each of these services offers a free trial. In every case but PlayStation Vue you’ll be able to watch free for one week. PS Vue gives you 5-days free. With this in mind, if you choose to be creative and don’t mind service-bouncing you could watch the majority of playoffs at no cost to you!

You can get more information on all the various services that will stream the MLB Playoffs.

Hopefully, your team is in the playoffs. Good luck to them, if they are! May the best team win!

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How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

The MLB playoffs are underway with the two Wild Card games played and their victors joining the six divisional winners for the Division Series commencing tonight.

Here’s your guide to the 2018 MLB post-season – who’s playing who, the players to watch, and how you can see it all unfold live.

The Format

The six division winners across the American and National Leagues qualify automatically, with Wild Card spots given to the four teams (two from each league) with the next best records. The Wild Card teams have faced off in a one-game playoff, determining who joins their league’s three other teams in the Division Series.

The Division Series in each league consists of two best-of-five contests, with the winners of these advancing to the League Championship Series. The LCS are best-of-seven series to determine the pennant winners of the two leagues, who then meet in the World Series, starting October 23rd.

In all cases, the team with the best record from the regular season holds home field advantage, so the final game of the series – should it be necessary – is hosted in their ballpark.

The Schedule

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Wild Card

Colorado Rockies 2-1 Chicago Cubs

Oakland A’s 2-7 New York Yankees

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Game 1: Rockies @ Milwaukee Brewers, Oct 4, 17:05

Game 1: Atlanta Braves @ Los Angeles Dodgers, Oct 4, 20:35

Game 2: Rockies @ Brewers Oct 5, 16:15

Game 2: Braves @ Dodgers Oct 5, 21:35

Game 3: Brewers @ Rockies, Oct 7, 16:35

Game 3: Dodgers @ Braves, Oct 7, 20:05

Game 4: Brewers @ Rockies, Oct 8, TBD*

Game 4: Dodgers @ Braves, Oct 8, TBD*

Game 5: Rockies @ Brewers, Oct 10, TBD*

Game 5: Braves @ Dodgers, Oct 10, TBD*

ALDS

Game 1: Cleveland Indians @ Houston Astros, Oct 5, 14:05

Game 1: Yankees @ Boston Red Sox, Oct 5, 19:30

Game 2: Indians @ Astros, Oct 6, 16:37

Game 2: Yankees @ Red Sox, Oct 6, 20:15

Game 3: Red Sox @ Yankees, Oct 8, TBD

Game 3: Astros @ Indians, Oct 8, TBD

Game 4: Red Sox @ Yankees, Oct 9, TBD*

Game 4: Astros @ Indians, Oct 9, TBD*

Game 5: Yankees @ Red Sox, Oct 11, TBD*

Game 5: Indians @ Astros, Oct 11, TBD*

NLCS

Game 1: Oct 12, TBD

Game 2: Oct 13, TBD

Game 3: Oct 15, TBD

Game 4: Oct 16, TBD

Game 5: Oct 17, TBD*

Game 6: Oct 19, TBD*

Game 7: Oct 20, TBD*

ALCS

Game 1: Oct 13, TBD

Game 2: Oct 14, TBD

Game 3: Oct 16, TBD

Game 4: Oct 17, TBD

Game 5: Oct 18, TBD*

Game 6: Oct 20, TBD*

Game 7: Oct 21, TBD*

WS

Game 1: Oct 23, TBD

Game 2: Oct 24, TBD

Game 3: Oct 26, TBD

Game 4: Oct 27, TBD

Game 5: Oct 28, TBD*

Game 6: Oct 30, TBD*

Game 7: Oct 31, TBD*

Players to watch

Along with the array of pitchers whose teams will rely on to have productive Octobers, here are five everyday players you will want to keep an eye on:

Christian Yelich – the Brewers are in the post-season for the first time in seven years, thanks more than anything to an historic run of form from Yelich, who hit .488 in the last 13 games, leading his side from outside Wild Card punt to NL Central Champions.

Nolan Arenado – the Rockies’ star edged teammate Trevor Story in the race to be the National League’s home run king, mashing 38 of them to Story’s 37. Don’t be surprised if the Rockies-Brewers series turns heavily on which of Yelich and Arenado swing the bat better. Also take note of his premier defensive work at third base.

Mookie Betts – AL MVP-elect, Betts has become only the 40 th player in the history of the game to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season. The Red Sox are appearing in the playoffs for the third consecutive season and will need to see Betts’ patchy post-season numbers (.269 average and no home runs) take an upturn if they are going take a playoff run into the latter stages.

Alex Bregman – third baseman for the Astros, Bregman is building himself a reputation as the man for the big spot. He has hit .346 with runners in scoring position this season, added to his hoard of clutch hits in the 2017 playoffs, including a walk-off single in the 10 th inning of Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers.

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Aaron Judge – Judge may well be the most feared hitter in the game. He’s 6’7”, weighs 20 stone, and has been hitting homers at an historic pace in his two and a bit years in the majors. Judge has had a frustrating 2018, out of action for nearly a third of it nursing a wrist injury, but’s fit when the Yankees need him to be and homered in last night’s Wild Game win over the A’s.

But how can I watch it?

The post-season is covered on subscription TV channels around the world, in most cases on each of the regional arms of the Fox or ESPN families. In the UK, MLB games including the entire post-season, are available on BT Sport ESPN.

Fans can also subscribe to MLB.TV and enjoy all playoff games (subject to blackout restrictions) live on their computer, mobile device, games console or various digital media players including Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Post-season subscriptions to MLB.TV start at $24.99. Head to www.mlb.tv for more details.

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By Guest Post • 9:00 am, October 1, 2018

By Chris Brantner

With the Major League Baseball playoffs starting Tuesday, fans will be anxiously watching to see if their team advances and, eventually, who will bring home the World Series title.

Whether you have cable or not, you can still watch the entire MLB playoffs season from the Apple device of your choice. Here’s how to catch all the action on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, etc.

How to stream MLB playoffs

Whether you plan to stream the games on your new iPhone XS or your Apple TV, you won’t have a problem finding the game and being able to stream it. Cable operators and streaming services will offer TV Everywhere apps, along with their own viewing methods, to ensure that you have the most ways to stream available to you.

The games start Tuesday, October 2, so it’s just a matter of finding out who is playing when (you can check the schedule) and deciding what app to use on the device of your choosing.

Watching the MLB playoffs with cable

The main channels you’ll need to stream the playoffs include FS1, Fox and TBS. Depending on your cable company, you should have an app that will allow you to watch the channels in your package. Even if your provider doesn’t, you’ll be able to log in to TV Everywhere apps like Fox Sports Go and the TBS app with your cable info.

Once you’re logged in, you can watch what’s currently on television and they also include a number of their previous shows on-demand.

App availability for your cable company will vary depending on who handles your TV subscription. That’s what makes TV Everywhere apps so handy. Not only are they readily available and usually only make you log in to your device sporadically, they also are designed for live viewing on a variety of devices.

Watching without cable

If you don’t have cable, you still have plenty of options. Most streaming services are going to give you the channels they need, and the majority are compatible with most Apple devices. The important thing to remember is that it will be possible to watch the playoffs for free, even if you aren’t currently a member of any of these services.

All of them offer free trials, so if you were to sign up for the trial, you’d be able to watch games for free. If you bounced from trial to trial, you’d be able to watch the entire playoff season for free.

Sling TV is your cheapest option, with packages starting at $25 per month. However, local Fox coverage isn’t as expansive as the other services mentioned below. That said, you can still use it to log into the Fox Sports Go app to watch live games there. It’s just a couple of extra steps.

YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue also offer all the channels you’ll need (along with access to TV Everywhere apps, so you can watch through the apps you like the most). YouTube TV is the cheapest option at $40 a month. PlayStation Vue starts at $45. Both of them allow access on multiple Apple devices including phones, tablets and Apple TV.

Some other good choices include Hulu Live and fuboTV (which is an especially fun choice for sports fans). These are both in the same price range as the previously mentioned services.

Lots of ways to stream baseball playoffs

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to watch the playoffs on the device of your choice, whether you have cable or not. And, as more companies allow for better streaming offerings, you can bet that next year there will be even more options.

Good luck to your favorite team!

Chris Brantner founded Streaming Observer, a website for cord cutters.

The road to the World Series starts this week. Here’s how to watch the games live on your computer or mobile device.

For baseball fans, October means playoff and World Series games. And for many Major League Baseball fans, October also means figuring out the best ways to watch playoff games online.

With national games showing on several networks, local cable games, and some games on over-the-air broadcast stations, it can be hard to figure out where to find your team’s games in the regular season.

In the postseason, things get even more confusing: There are five networks—ESPN, MLB Network, Fox, FS1, and TBS—carrying one or more playoff games.

And unlike the NFL and the NBA, Major League Baseball schedules at least some of its playoff games on weekday afternoons, when many of us aren’t home in front of the television. If you’re at work when your favorite team’s ace is on the mound, the ability to stream games on your lunch break takes on added importance. And, of course, streaming is also important if you’ve cut the cable-TV cord.

If you have pay-TV service, you can stream the games online while you’re away from home using your cable provider’s free mobile app. For games on Fox and FS1, if you’re a cable subscriber, you can also watch on the Fox Sports Go app once you authenticate your cable service. TBS has a similar app to let you catch the network’s American League playoff broadcasts. It’s the same with ESPN, which carries the National League Wild Card game.

Here’s a playoff schedule along with the networks broadcasting/streaming the games.

  • National League Wild Card Game: ESPN (Oct. 2)
  • American League Wild Card Game: TBS (Oct. 3)
  • American League Division Series, best of five games: TBS (starts Oct. 5)
  • National League Division Series, best of five games: FS1 or MLB Network (starts Oct. 4)
  • American League Championship Series, best of seven games: TBS (starts Oct. 13)
  • National League Championship Series, best of seven games: Fox or FS1 (starts Oct. 12)
  • World Series, best of seven games: Fox (starts Oct. 23)

MLB.TV Options

For a one-time fee of $25, MLB.TV’s postseason package offers some features that may entice the serious fan.

You can stream all the games live across a wide variety of devices, except for the National League Wild Card game on ESPN, and the NLDS and NLCS games on FS1. You do need to have a pay-TV account and need to authenticate with your cable provider. It makes sense to check this list of local blackout restrictions before you sign up. If you’ve already cut the cord or your provider isn’t on the list, you can watch the games, but only on a 90-minute delay.

The package also features premium access to the MLB At Bat app, which includes access to video highlights, pitch tracking, and radio broadcasts as well as the site’s full library of archived and classic games.

Streaming Without TV Service

If you’ve cut the cord and don’t have cable or satellite TV, the choices are a bit more complicated. Here’s a look at your other streaming options. Except where noted, they’re available on most popular streaming devices, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

PlayStation Vue
If you’re committed to watching every inning of every postseason game, regardless of which team is playing, PlayStation Vue gives you all the channels you need.

The streaming service, which you access through an app on your online device–you don’t need a PlayStation console–costs $50 per month for the core package, which includes all five of the TV channels that will be carrying the playoffs: ESPN, TBS, FS1, Fox, and the MLB Network.

DirecTV Now
AT&T’s DirecTV Now, a streaming service that’s separate from the satellite-TV subscription, is another comprehensive playoff option for baseball fans. The Just Right package, which costs $55 per month, includes the five channels you’ll need: Fox, TBS, MLB Network, ESPN, and FS1.

The service is an especially good deal for AT&T wireless subscribers with an unlimited data plan, who get a $20 monthly discount.

Hulu With Live TV
For $40 per month, Hulu With Live TV is somewhat cheaper if you don’t care about the National League Division Series. The service provides most of the stations that a baseball fan will want this October: Fox, FS1, ESPN, and TBS. The MLB Network, which will carry some of the National League Division Series games, however, isn’t an option.

Sling
Sling’s Orange and Blue combination package, $40, gets you ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS but not MLB Network, which means, as with Hulu, you’d miss some games in the NL Division Series.

Fubo
This streaming service is targeted at the sports fan but falls short for the baseball playoffs. For $45 per month, Fubo gets you Fox, FS1, and TBS but not MLB or ESPN, which are necessary for watching the NL Wild Card Game and the NL Division Series.

YouTube TV
Google’s YouTube TV streaming service, which costs $40 per month, is a solid option, offering all five channels: ESPN, Fox, FS1, TBS, and MLB Network. Its flexible DVR setup could come in handy for afternoon games that start while you need to be in a big meeting at work or for those late-night home games for East Coast fans of West Coast teams.

The Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, in their best-of-seven American League Championship Series. The Astros closed out the 2021 ALCS in Friday night’s Game 6 shutout win, advancing to the World Series for the third time in five years. Boston held a 2-1 series lead after grand slams propelled the Red Sox to wins in Games 2 and 3, but Houston punched back with three straight wins to close the series, including two at Fenway Park.

The Astros secured a spot in their fifth straight ALCS by defeating the White Sox in the ALDS by a count of three games to one. As for the Red Sox, the prevailed over the arch-rival Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game and then upset the top-seed Rays in four games in the ALDS. This marked Boston’s first appearance in the ALCS since 2018, when they won the World Series.

Below, you’ll find all you need to know about the ALCS:

Game 1 – Fri., Oct. 15

LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. LHP Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA)

Game 2 – Sat., Oct. 16

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.30 ERA)

Game 3 – Mon., Oct 18

LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (13-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. RHP José Urquidy (8-3, 3.62 ERA)

Game 4 – Tues., Oct. 19

RHP Nick Pivetta (9-8, 4.53 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (11-6, 4.16 ERA)

Game 5 – Wed., Oct. 20

LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. LHP Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA)

Game 6 – Fri., Oct. 22

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.48 ERA)

During the regular season, the Astros won five of seven head-to-head matchups with the Red Sox and outscored them by a margin of 42-25 in those games.

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The best-of-seven series continues Monday in Boston

The battle for the American League pennant continues Monday night with ALCS Game 3 between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox. Houston won Game 1 with late homers from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, but Boston tied the series at 1-1 with a pair of grand slams in Game 2 on Saturday evening.

You can view the full postseason schedule by clicking here. With that throat-clearing out of the way, let’s get to the important stuff for Game 3.

How to watch

Date: Monday, Oct. 18 | Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park (Boston, Massachusetts)
TV channel: FS1| Streaming: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: HOU: +101; BOS: -111; O/U: 9.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: RHP José Urquidy (8-3, 3.63 ERA) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodríguez (13-8, 4.74 ERA)

Preview

Historically, teams who go up 2-1 in best-of-seven settings have gone on to win the series more than 70 percent of the time. That makes this a pivotal contest.

Urquidy appeared 20 times during the regular season, posting a 119 ERA+ and a 4.74 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This will mark just his second career start in the ALCS. He threw five innings of two-run ball last October versus the Rays in a losing effort.

Rodríguez accumulated an even 100 ERA+ and a 3.94 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32 regular season outings. Despite being part of the Red Sox’s pitching staff in 2018, this will be his first career start in the championship round.

Prediction

We’ll say the Red Sox will aggressively massage their pitching staff in a way that will allow them to notch an uneasy one-run victory.

Pick: Red Sox 6, Astros 5

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It took all the way to the last inning, but MLB’s League Championship Series field is set.

The Dodgers broke through in the ninth inning of their National League Division Series Game 5 matchup against the top-seeded Giants and advanced to their fourth NLCS in the past five years. They will face off with the Braves for the second year in a row.

Los Angeles is not the only wild-card team to make it to this round. The Red Sox defeated the top-seeded Rays in four games in the American League Division Series to set up a rematch of the 2018 ALCS with the Astros. Houston will be making its fourth ALCS trip in the past five years as well.

Sporting News has you covered with all the information you need to watch the National League and American League Championship Series:

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MLB playoff bracket 2021

National League

  • Braves (2) vs. Dodgers (4)

American League

  • Astros (2) vs. Red Sox (4)

How to watch MLB playoff games

  • TV channel: TBS, Fox, FS1
  • Streaming: Fox Sports app | TBS app | fuboTV

TBS will be the network for all NLCS games, while FS1 and Fox will split the broadcasts of the ALCS.

Viewers can stream the NLCS on the TBS app. They can find the ALCS on the Fox Sports app or fuboTV .

MLB playoff schedule, results

National League Championship Series results

The winner of the NLCS will head to the World Series. The last time the Braves went to the World Series was in 1999 and their last title was in 1995. The Dodgers won the World Series in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, in their third trip in four years.

Braves (2) vs. Dodgers (4)

  • Game 1: Braves 3, Dodgers 2 (Braves lead series 1-0)
  • Game 2: Braves 5, Dodgers 4 (Braves lead series 2-0)
  • Game 3: Dodgers 6, Braves 5 (Braves lead series 2-1)
  • Game 4: Braves 9, Dodgers 2 (Braves lead series 3-1)
  • Game 5: Dodgers 11, Braves 2 (Braves lead series 3-2)
  • Game 6: Dodgers 4, Braves 2 (Braves win series 4-2)

National League Championship Series 2021 schedule

All times are Eastern and are subject to change given results of other series.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Sat., Oct. 16 Dodgers at Braves, Game 1 8:07 p.m. TBS 3-2, ATL
Sun., Oct. 17 Dodgers at Braves, Game 2 7:37 p.m. TBS 5-4, ATL
Tue., Oct. 19 Braves at Dodgers, Game 3 5:08 p.m. TBS 6-5, LAD
Wed., Oct. 20 Braves at Dodgers, Game 4 8:08 p.m. TBS 9-2, ATL
Thu., Oct. 21 Braves at Dodgers, Game 5 8:08 p.m. TBS 11-2, LAD
Sat., Oct. 23 Dodgers at Braves, Game 6 8:08 p.m. TBS 4-2, ATL

American League Championship Series results

The winners of the ALCS will head to the World Series. The Astros last made an appearance in the Fall Classic in 2019 and most recently won a championship in 2017, while the Red Sox took home the title in their most recent trip in 2018.

Astros (2) vs. Red Sox (4)

  • Game 1: Astros 5, Red Sox 4 (Astros lead series 1-0)
  • Game 2: Red Sox 9, Astros 5 (Series tied at 1-1)
  • Game 3: Red Sox 12, Astros 3 (Red Sox lead series 2-1)
  • Game 4: Astros 9, Red Sox 2 (Series tied at 2-2)
  • Game 5: Astros 9, Red Sox 1 (Astros lead series 3-2)
  • Game 6: Astros 5, Red Sox 0 (Astros win series 4-2)

American League Championship Series 2021 schedule

All times are Eastern and are subject to change given results of other series.

MLB playoffs 2018: Bracket, schedule, start times and how to watch revealed

  • The 2018 Major League Baseball playoffs are slated to get underway very soon
  • Wild Card games will determine the final standings as the postseason starts
  • A few teams have also emerged as the clear World Series favorites this season

Published: 19:56 GMT, 1 October 2018 | Updated: 19:58 GMT, 1 October 2018

For Major League Baseball fans, October means one thing: the playoffs.

This postseason will soon be packed with plenty of elite, top-tier teams as well as dark horses looking for a shot at the upcoming World Series.

Here’s all you need to know about the 2018 Major League Baseball playoffs, including the brackets, schedule information, how to watch, predictions and World Series odds.

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

The Boston Red Sox are heading into the 2018 MLB playoffs with the best record in the league

MLB playoffs 2018 brackets

The 2018 MLB playoffs will feature the following matchups:

  • Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs on Monday, October 1
  • Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, October 1

National League Wild Card Game

  • Rockies/Dodgers Loser at Brewers/Cubs Loser on Tuesday, October 2

American League Wild Card Game

  • Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees on Wednesday, October 3.

National League Division Series (NL Wild Card Winner vs. Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers Winner)

  • Game 1: NL Wild Card at Chicago/Milwaukee on Thursday, October 4
  • Game 2: NL Wild Card at Chicago/Milwaukee on Friday, October 5
  • Game 3: Chicago/Milwaukee at NL Wild Card on Sunday, October 7
  • Game 4 (if necessary): Chicago/Milwaukee at NL Wild Card on Monday, October 8
  • Game 5 (if necessary): NL Wild Card at Chicago/Milwaukee on Wednesday, October 10

National League Division Series (Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers/Colorado Rockies Winner)

  • Game 1: Atlanta at Los Angeles/Colorado on Thursday, October 4
  • Game 2: Atlanta at Los Angeles/Colorado on Friday, October 5
  • Game 3: Los Angeles/Colorado at Atlanta on Sunday, October 7
  • Game 4 (if necessary): Los Angeles/Colorado at Atlanta on Monday, October 8
  • Game 5 (if necessary): Atlanta at Los Angeles/Colorado on Wednesday, October 10

American League Division Series (AL Wild Card Winner vs. Boston Red Sox)

  • Game 1: AL Wild Card at Boston on Friday, October 5
  • Game 2: AL Wild Card at Boston on Saturday, October 6
  • Game 3: Boston at AL Wild Card on Monday, October 8
  • Game 4 (if necessary): Boston at AL Wild Card on Tuesday, October 9
  • Game 5 (if necessary): AL Wild Card at Boston on Thursday, October 11

American League Division Series (Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros)

  • Game 1: Cleveland at Houston on Friday, October 5
  • Game 2: Cleveland at Houston on Saturday, October 6
  • Game 3: Houston at Cleveland on Monday, October 8
  • Game 4 (if necessary): Houston at Cleveland on Tuesday, October 9
  • Game 5 (if necessary): Cleveland at Houston on Thursday, October 11

National League Championship Series

  • Game 1 on Friday, October 12
  • Game 2 on Saturday, October 13
  • Game 3 on Monday, October 15
  • Game 4 on Tuesday, October 16
  • Game 5 (if necessary) on Wednesday, October 17
  • Game 6 (if necessary) on Friday, October 19
  • Game 7 (if necessary) on Saturday, October 20

American League Championship Series

  • Game 1 on Saturday, October 13
  • Game 2 on Sunday, October 14
  • Game 3 on Tuesday, October 16
  • Game 4 on Wednesday, October 17
  • Game 5 (if necessary) on Thursday, October 18
  • Game 6 (if necessary) on Saturday, October 20
  • Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday, October 21
  • Game 1 on Tuesday, October 23
  • Game 2 on Wednesday, October 24
  • Game 3 on Friday, October 26
  • Game 4 on Saturday, October 27
  • Game 5 (if necessary) on Sunday, October 28
  • Game 6 (if necessary) on Tuesday, October 30
  • Game 7 (if necessary) on Wednesday, October 31

MLB playoffs 2018 schedule

The Major League Baseball tiebreaker games will be played on October 1, with the Milwaukee Brewers vs Chicago Cubs game slated to begin at 1:05pm EST and the Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game starting at 4:09pm EST.

The National League Wild Card and American League Wild Card games are scheduled to be played on October 2 and October 3, respectively, with both starting at 8pm EST.

October 4 marks the start of the National League Division Series while the American League Division Series will begin the following day on October 5.

The National League Championship Series will start on October 12 while the American League Championship Series will begin the following day on October 13.

The World Series itself is scheduled to begin on October 23.

The starting times for the Division Series, League Championships and World Series are still to be announced.

How to watch MLB playoffs 2018

The tiebreaker games will be aired on ESPN, as will the National League Wild Card game. The American League Wild Card game can be seen on TBS.

All American League Division Series games will be aired on TBS while the National League Division Series games are scheduled to be broadcast on Fox Sports One or the MLB Network.

The American League Championship Series games can be seen on TBS whereas the National League Championship Series games will be aired on Fox or Fox Sports One.

All World Series games are scheduled to be broadcast on Fox.

MLB playoffs 2018 predictions

The Boston Red Sox have dominated Major League Baseball this season, posting a franchise record 108 wins, also best among all teams this season.

Though they won the World Series fairly recently in 2013, most of the players currently on their roster are more familiar with the disappointingly early postseason exits of the previous two seasons.

Though the team boasts top-tier stars like Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Chris Sale, their pitching staff has notably struggled in the playoffs over the years, with pitchers David Price and Rick Porcello posting lackluster 5.03 and 5.27 ERAs over the course of their careers.

For the rest of the American League, the reigning World Series champions, the Houston Astros, also posted a strong season and are clear World Series contenders while the New York Yankees, fighting for a Wild Card spot, are also seen as serious World Series contenders thanks to rising stars like Aaron Judge and slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

It’s the Boston Red Sox vs. the Houston Astros battling for the pennant and a ticket to the World Series in the 2021 ALCS. The Red Sox successfully survived the Yankees in the Wild Card Game and the top-seeded Rays in the ALCS to advance and now face off against a familiar foe in the Astros. These two teams last faced off in the MLB PLayoffs back in the 2018 ALCS. The series will open up with a pair of games at Minute Maid Park in Houston before moving to Fenway Park. Fans looking to track down the TV schedule and start times for the series are in for a hunt. Major League Baseball has yet to finalize all the details for the series.

How to watch the Red Sox vs. Astros 2021 ALCS

What TV channel will the games be on? – The 2021 ALCS will be airing on either FOX or FOX Sports 1 depending on the game. Some games have yet to be determined. Additionally, the start times for most games have not been finalized as of Thursday.

Live steam options: FOX Sports | Sling | fuboTV – Viewers who have cable can use login credentials from their TV provider to watch via FOX Sports or the FOX Sports app. Fans who don’t have cable can also watch the game with a la carte streaming options such as Sling or fuboTV, which has a free seven-day trial.

Where to buy tickets: Fans can score tickets for all the games at Tropicana Field and Fenway Park are available from ticket providers such as StubHub, ticketmaster and SeatGeek.

Red Sox vs. Astros: Full ALCS TV schedule

Game 1: Oct. 15 in Houston | Time: TBD | TV: FOX | Tickets: StubHub | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

Game 2: Oct. 16 in Houston | Time: TBD | TV: FOX or FS1 | Tickets: StubHub | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

Game 3: Oct. 18 in Boston | Time: 4 p.m. | TV: FS1 | Tickets: StubHub | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

Game 4: Oct. 19 in Boston | Time TBD | TV: FS1 l Tickets: StubHub | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

*Game 5: Oct. 20 in Boston | Time TBD | TV: FS1 l Tickets: StubHub | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

*Game 6: Oct. 22 in Houston | Time TBD | TV: FS1 l Tickets: StubHub | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

*Game 7: Oct. 23 in Houston | Time TBD | TV: FOX or FS1 l Tickets: StubHub | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)

*If necessary

More coverage via the Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — It was the middle of the pandemic, the Boston Red Sox stunk, and with major league ballparks empty in 2020, they couldn’t even count on the crowd to get them going. During one especially humdrum road game at the Rays’ Tropicana Field, coach Jason Varitek suggested they needed to put some fun back into the game.

The words had barely left his lips when Christian Vázquez hit a homer. So backup catcher Kevin Plawecki grabbed a nearby laundry cart, waited for Vázquez to return to the dugout, and told him, “Hey, hop in.”

“We hadn’t talked about it — nothing,” Plawecki said on Wednesday. “He sat right in, and I pushed him. And ever since it’s been our thing, I guess.”

The 2004 Red Sox were “The Idiots.” In ‘13 they grew bushy beards. And if the 2021 team performs like its predecessors and wins the World Series, the lingering image could be “Tunnel Time” — the home run laundry cart drive through the dugout.

Started on a lark in a last-place season, the Red Sox have continued the celebration this year and ridden it all the way to a spot in the AL Championship Series, which begins Friday night in Houston.

“It looked great in a difficult season for them to be able to find something that’s fun, and be able to celebrate something in the game,” manager Alex Cora said. “It means a lot for them. For them to have fun with that, that’s great.”

Sports teams have long found unique ways to celebrate their wins and other milestones, from the now routine post-victory Gatorade bath to jackets or jewelry awarded for big plays.

Even in baseball, where traditionalists sneer at anything that might seem disrespectful or undignified, teams haven’t been afraid to show some personality.

The Phillies have a straw Home Run Hat, the Rockies have “homer shades,” and the Blue Jays have a blue blazer for members of their “HR Club.” The New York Mets ride a stuffed pony through the dugout to celebrate homers; the San Diego Padres pass around a seven-pound bejeweled necklace dubbed the " Swagg Chain.”

During their 2019 World Series run, Washington Nationals car buffs Adam Eaton and Howie Kendrick celebrated by pretending to drive in the dugout — stepping on an imaginary clutch, shifting fake gears and making loud revving engine noises with their mouths.

“Everybody’s got their own way of having fun. That’s what it’s all about,” Plawecki said in an on-field interview during batting practice at Fenway Park. “It’s not an ‘In your face’ to anybody. It’s just a way for us to have fun, keep it light.”

Boston’s cart is now a new, customized model that may never have been touched by actual laundry; it even had it’s own bobble head day (though the Red Sox will tell you that the giveaway honored J.D. Martinez, who was riding in it).

During the playoffs, infielder José Iglesias has taken responsibility for the “carrito,” and declared himself the official chauffeur. Acquired too late in the season to be eligible for the playoff roster, Iglesias said he was happy to contribute in the dugout, since he can’t on the field.

“It’s a good way for him to stay involved with the guys,” Plawecki said. “I know it kills him to not actually be out there with us. He’s such a help for all of us.”

Plawecki said he had no regrets about giving up his cart-driving duties. After all, the way the Red Sox are going, he needs to save his energy: Boston hit two homers in an AL wild-card victory over the rival Yankees and nine more in the four-game Division Series win over Tampa Bay — a franchise postseason record five of them in Game 2 alone.

“They kept me very, very busy,” Iglesias said. “And I hope I get busier over the course of the playoffs.”

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It’s win or go home as the New York Yankees host the Oakland A’s in the AL Wild Card game!

Later tonight, the Yankees and A’s meet in the AL Wild Card game. One game will decide who advances to the ALDS and who goes home. If you’re a sports fan, it doesn’t get much better than this. With their season on the line, the Yanks turn to Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39 ERA), while Oakland gives the ball to reliever Liam Hendriks (0-1, 4.13 ERA), who will become only the fourth pitcher to start a postseason game after a regular season of no wins.

What time’s the game? Where can you find a Yankees/A’s live stream? Here’s everything you need to know!

WHAT TIME IS THE YANKEES GAME TODAY? WHAT TIME IS THE A’S VS. YANKEES GAME?

Tonight’s wild card matchup begins at 8:08 p.m. ET.

HOW CAN I FIND A NEW YORK YANKEES VS. OAKLAND A’S LIVE STREAM? HOW TO LIVE STREAM THE YANKEES GAME:

Fans looking for a MLB Playoffs live stream are in luck. The Yanks/A’s game will be available to watch on TBS, which means you can live stream the game on TBS.com as well as the Watch TBS app (available to download on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play). Unfortunately, you’ll need to authenticate with a cable provider if you want stream the MLB Playoffs via these options, so get your (or your friend’s/parent’s!) login credentials ready!

Another MLB playoffs live stream option is MLB.TV’s Postseason Package. While you can live stream tonight’s Yankees/A’s game, not every postseason game is available through this service. For $24.99, you’ll be able to stream every ALDS/ALCS matchup, select NLDS/NLCS games, and every Wold Series game. More information on this MLB live streaming option can be found here.

Additional A’s/Yankees live stream options below.

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HOW CAN I FIND A TBS LIVE STREAM? HOW CAN I LIVE STREAM THE MLB PLAYOFFS?

Looking for another free Yankees game live stream option? Depending on your location, you may be able to stream the MLB Playoffs if you’re a Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV, YouTube TV, or PlayStation Vue subscriber. More on these options (and free trials!) below.

CAN I LIVE STREAM THE MLB PLAYOFFS ON FUBOTV? CAN I FIND A YANKEES LIVE STREAM ON FUBOTV?

You bet. FuboTV is a streaming service that bundles live sport and entertainment channels. Starting at $44.99 a month (but $39.99 for the first month), you can stream over 90 channels, including NBC, TBS, FOX, NFL Network, USA, and FX. You can watch anywhere on any device including iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.

New subscribers can sign up for a 7-day free trial!

HOW CAN I FIND A FREE MLB LIVE STREAM ON SLING TV?

This is a terrific time to check out Sling TV. The service’s Orange package, which includes access to ESPN, ESPN 2, TBS, AMC, Comedy Central, and more, normally costs $25 a month, but the company is currently offering subscribers a free one-week trial of the service. You can then either download the Sling desktop app (if you’re watching on a desktop or laptop computer), or download the Sling app for iOS/Apple devices, Android, Roku, Microsoft, Nexus player, ZTE or XBox One.

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HOW CAN I LIVE STREAM THE A’S GAME VIA DIRECTV NOW?

DIRECTV NOW is a streaming service from AT&T that you can enjoy for as little as $35 per month. Available to watch on your TV, computer, or while you’re on the go, DIRECTV NOW offers flexible packages like the “Live a Little” package — which features 65+ channels (including ESPN, NBC, ABC, The CW, CBS, and more ) for $40 month — and the “Gotta Have It” package — which features 125+ channels for $75 a month. You can download the DIRECTV NOW app on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Sound interesting? DIRECTV NOW is currently offering a free seven-day trial.

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Before Game 1 of the World Series, Fox Sports’ pregame show aired a feature to promote its betting app. It is where we are in sports — with gambling taking over.

The come-on is to win $25,000 that is presented as David Ortiz’s money from Fox Bet. Ortiz held a gold briefcase with cash in it.

After Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez made their picks for Game 1, the third analyst, Frank Thomas, waffled and did not make a choice.

Big Papi started throwing the cash at him. Rodriguez then joined in. The host, Kevin Burkhardt, chided Thomas for not choosing between Houston and Atlanta.

Ortiz, with his ebullient personality shining through, fueled the segment. It was like a peek inside a clubhouse with some good-natured ribbing. It was fun.

It was another reason why Ortiz’s energy and presence have made him a breakout TV star this October.

As a player, Ortiz took a little while to bloom, but he became a star on the field in part because of his personality and his ability to come up large in big spots. He brought a curse-breaking charisma to the Red Sox clubhouse. And, in doing so, he became the center of Boston’s baseball universe. He has done it again on Fox’s pregame and postgame shows because of his infectious charisma.

“I walk into the green room and I’m screaming and they know Papi is in the building,” Ortiz told The Post before Game 2 of the World Series.

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Alex Rodriguez (left) and David Ortiz during the 2018 postseason. Getty Images

When Ortiz began on Fox four years ago, he was swinging at everything, talking too much, a little too overwhelming. Now, he is picking his spots better. Ortiz, to his credit, emphasized how he was there to learn.

Ortiz and Rodriguez have developed into a Red Sox-Yankees 3-4 in the Fox order that makes A-Rod’s work in studio superior to his game analysis on “Sunday Night Baseball.” Big Papi makes A-Rod looser. Rodriguez is better, to borrow one of his pet phrases, in “small bites.”

During the ALCS, Fox put its crew outside of Fenway Park on Jersey Street. The fans were chanting at Rodriguez in colorful language, indicating that they did not think he was that good.

Fox leaned into the players’ history, having Ortiz put on Red Sox gear and Rodriguez don a Yankees helmet. While you couldn’t really hear their analysis too well, it gave you the raw emotion of being outside Fenway. It was fun, though we were slightly concerned for Rodriguez’s safety.

“He was with me,” Ortiz said, meaning the Red Sox fans wouldn’t dare do anything with him around.

Brad Zager, Fox Sports executive vice president, likes to say that studio shows are a team sport — and you can see it in the pregame show. It is just four guys hanging out and laughing together.

Papi: "Hey Kyle, I am here with A-Rod… are you happy you didn't get traded to the Yankees?"

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Unlike football, baseball has not really had its top star personalities on the pregame shows. Turner and MLB Network have found something with Pedro Martinez, while Ortiz is in the center of Thomas and Rodriguez.

“These guys have become rock stars,” Zager said.

Zager and Ortiz give a lot of that credit to Fox Sports vice president of production Bardia Shah-Rais and coordinating producer Jonathan Kaplan. When ex-players are judged on whether they are good on TV, it generally is done in a black-and-white fashion, as if they are the only ones who determine their success. It takes the right grouping and circumstances.

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“Those two guys build my confidence.” Ortiz said of Shah-Rais and Kaplan. “They have become family to me.”

But, to use a sports analogy, Fox has a a great quarterback in Burkhardt, and the coaches, Zager, Shah-Rais and Kaplan, are emphasizing the strengths of Ortiz, Rodriguez and Thomas.

“People connect with people that are enjoying what they are doing,” Zager said. “That’s what sports is always supposed to be — fun.”

Ortiz is also doing it all in a second language, which is something that always seems underappreciated from foreign-born players in baseball. But the real language that cuts through is Ortiz’s joy for the sport and being alive.

“It is amazing how much more comfortable he is,” Zager said.

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The 2021 World Series is nearing its conclusion with the Atlanta Braves leading the Houston Astros 3-2 as the series enters Game Six on November 2. An Atlanta victory will clinch the Braves’ first World Series win since 1995, while a Houston win will force a decisive Game Seven at the Astro’s home stadium on November 3.

Fox will broadcast the final games of the World Series live from Houston, with each match scheduled to start at 8:09 p.m. ET and pregame coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. A live stream will also be available for Fox cable subscribers and viewers with live TV services like YouTube TV, Sling TV, or DirecTV Stream.

This is the Astros’ third trip to the World Series since 2017, when they won against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves are competing in their first World Series since 1999.

MLB World Series schedule

The World Series uses a first-to-four wins format, meaning the series can last for up to seven games. Here’s a schedule for the remaining World Series games.

Teams Date and time National broadcast/stream
Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros (Game Six) November 2, 8:09 p.m. ET Fox
Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros (Game Seven, if needed) November 3, 8:09 p.m. ET Fox

How to watch the World Series

The MLB World Series will be broadcast on Fox. If you don’t have cable you can stream the World Series with a subscription to any live TV streaming service that carries Fox. During the regular season and playoff rounds, national MLB games are also spread across channels like MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and TBS.

To help narrow down your options, we compiled the best streaming services you can use to watch the World Series live.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the cheapest options to stream the World Series and other MLB games during the regular season. Sling Blue ($35/month) includes access to Fox, FS1, and TBS. If all you want to do is stream the World Series, then this is the plan to get. Please note, however, that Fox only airs in select markets via Sling TV. Be sure to check if Fox is available in your city before signing up.

If you’re interested in watching other MLB games during the regular season, there’s also the Sling Orange ($35/month) plan to consider. This option includes live access to ESPN and TBS. You can combine both Sling Blue and Sling Orange for $50 a month. You can also add MLB Network via Sling’s Sports Extra package for an additional $15 a month.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream features Fox in all of its plans. It’s also a good option to catch regular season MLB matches since it offers several packages with MLB Network, TBS, FS1, and ESPN. The cheapest plan with all five channels is the DirecTV Stream Choice plan for $85 a month. The Choice plan also gives you access to several regional sports networks for local regular season games that aren’t broadcast nationally.

DirecTV Stream provides local coverage for 20 of MLB’s 30 teams, according to a spokesperson from the service. You can check to see if DirecTV Stream covers your regional sports network with this lookup tool.

YouTube TV

One of the most comprehensive options for streaming MLB games all season long is YouTube TV. The service costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS,and MLB Network, as well as some regional sports networks depending on your area.

YouTube TV also includes an option to watch out-of-market games via the MLB TV add-on for an extra fee. This means you can watch a mix of local games, nationally televised games, and out-of-market games all in one place.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live lets you watch the World Series on Fox, and it also includes several channels with regular season MLB games, including ESPN, FS1, and TBS. The service costs $65/month ($55/month for your first three months) and includes access to Hulu ‘s entire on-demand library. That said, Hulu + Live TV is missing MLB Network.

Fubo TV

Fubo TV carries Fox for the World Series, and it also offers a package that will get you most of the channels you need for national MLB games all season long. The streaming service’s Starter plan ($65/month) has over 100 channels, including Fox, FS1, and ESPN. Fubo TV also offers access to MLB Network with its Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on for $11 a month. There’s also a few regional sports networks in select areas. On the downside, Fubo TV is missing TBS.

LOS ANGELES – The Emmy Award winning duo of Joe Buck and first-ballot Hall of Famer John Smoltz team for their sixth consecutive FOX MLB Postseason, as Brad Zager, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Head of Production & Operations and Executive Producer, announces the 2021 FOX MLB Postseason talent lineup today.

Home to the American League Division Series (ALDS) presented by Good Sam, American League Championship Series (ALCS) presented by loanDepot and its 24th consecutive World Series, FOX Sports opens its MLB Postseason coverage Thursday, Oct. 7 (4:00 PM ET, FS1) as the Chicago White Sox battle the Houston Astros. Calling the game, Adam Amin makes his return alongside World Series champion AJ Pierzynski and Emmy Award-winning reporter Tom Verducci.

Later in the day, acclaimed play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, Smoltz and Emmy Award-winning reporter Ken Rosenthal cover the action, as the Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 8:00 PM ET on FS1.

Buck, calling his 24th Fall Classic, reunites with Smoltz, Rosenthal and Verducci for the ALCS and World Series.

The entire FOX Sports MLB Postseason is available in 4K HDR through the FOX NOW and FOX Sports apps. FOX Sports 4K is also available from select partners such as Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, FiOS, Altice (NY), Fubo TV, YouTube TV, and others (check local listings).

FOX MLB POSTSEASON STUDIO
Host Kevin Burkhardt anchors the FOX Sports studio pregame and postgame desk for the Emmy Award-winning team that includes Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and World Series champions Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. FOX MLB Postseason playoff shows open from the FOX Sports Los Angeles studio for the ALDS before shifting to on-site locations for select ALCS matchups and the World Series. Two-time MLB All-Star and 2003 World Series champion Dontrelle Willis joins the team for select games as a pitching analyst.

FOX SPORTS DIGITAL
FOX Sports’ digital and social platforms are home to the best online content surrounding the MLB Postseason and World Series on FOX. The FOX Sports app, FOXSports.com and @MLBonFOX social platforms offer unparalleled access to the network’s all-star lineup of broadcasters, plus top game highlights and more. During games, the FOX Sports app offers exclusive bonus feeds, including live warm-ups, bullpen cameras and a celebration camera after elimination games. FOX Sports original digital franchise FLIPPIN’ BATS WITH BEN VERLANDER offers even more of the best reaction, analysis and conversation between games and is live on-site for the World Series. Some of the game’s most engaging voices – Verlander, Pedro Moura, Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, also enhance the network’s comprehensive coverage with timely written storytelling and analysis.

In addition, @MLBonFOX and @MLB Twitter accounts will stream the top of the first inning of each MLB Postseason game.

FOX DEPORTES
The leader in Spanish-language MLB coverage for more than two decades, FOX Deportes’ unparalleled roster is led by veteran play-by-play announcer Adrian Garcia Marquez alongside analyst and former MLB infielder Edgar Gonzalez and announcer/reporter Carlos Alvarez.

With the start of the Major League Baseball post season today, many will want to follow their favorite team or just keep abreast of the whole playoff season while away from their televisions. As always the Internet is a great source for keeping track of the playoffs. We show you how you can watch the MLB playoff games online and on your iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. If you can’t watch, we also show you how to get text updates on the MLB playoffs sent to any cell phone.

Following the Scores

While at work, you may not be able to actually watch the games, but you can keep track of the scores and even play-by-play. The best source for this is the MLB.com web site. Each playoff series will have its own page complete with scores, highlights and text of key plays. Or you can hit the scoreboard link to see all the games scores at once. And if you want audio, there are feeds available for each team’s announcers, but that is part of an extra subscription service.

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Of course you may be a rabid fan of just one team. If that’s the case, go directly to the team page. Here are the direct links online playoff coverage:

Each team’s page will have live scoring and other information about their game.

Watching the Games Online

Keeping track of the scores and seeing a few highlights is okay for work, but most people want to see the games themselves. There are two approaches. The first involves the MLB sanctioned Postseason.TV. For just $9.95 a fan can watch the game with up to four different camera angles at one time what they call Quad Mode. And you can pick from up to 8 different cameras. It can be enjoyed by itself or in conjunction with the TV broadcasts to add more to the viewing experience. Twitter users can trash talk with opposing fans and their opinions will be shown on the live Twitter feed during the games. For MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium customers the video feeds are in HD. Those are the two packages like Postseason.TV only for the regular season. They get access to Postseason.TV too. Below is a screen shot of what the Quad View will look like. There is a video demo at the MLB site.

How to watch the 2018 mlb playoffs on any device

Keeping Track while Mobile

For fans who want to watch or listen to the games but are not near a TV or computer, there are plenty of ways to watch the MLB playoffs on your smartphone. MLB At Bat is baseball’s name for their mobile app. They have one available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry.

The MLB At Bat app includes the following:

  • Enhanced scoreboard – a lot more than just the score
  • Live video
  • Live audio – users can pick the home or away announcers
  • Game highlights
  • Shortened version for viewing after the game – watch just the action without the stalls between each pitch
  • DVR functionality – pause, rewind video
  • Pitch placement
  • Many other stats

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Check back later for a demo of the MLB At Bat iPad app to see if you want to sink $5 into it for the post season. To learn more about what is available on each platform in the MLB At Bat app, go to their info page.

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What if you don’t have any of those three platforms? There is also a Mobile Web version for other web enabled cell phones. It features box scores, player info, team news and live game audio. For a list of supported devices for Game Day Audio, check out the MLB site. Just hit the link and enter your cell phone number to get the link sent directly to you via text.

Speaking of text messaging, MLB has a text service where you can get Team Alerts, which is a text message with info about your team. They will send a text when there is a run scored, home runs, breaking news about a team or its players, and end of game summaries. It costs $3.99/month.

Player Alerts is a similar service but focuses on a single player instead of a whole team. Finally, there is TeamTXT which is the free version of Team Alert. It is not automatic and does not have as many of the frills. To get the TeamTXT just send a text message with the team name to MLBGO or 65246. For example, if you like the Braves, then send a text with content BRAVES to MLBGO (65246) to get the Braves’ current score update. For news send BRAVES NEWS to the same number. And finally for weather information, send BRAVES WEATHER to the number.

FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner to ground out during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series, in Houston. McCullers Jr. has offered advice and a free playoff ticket to an 8-year-old special needs girl who apparently was yelled at by another fan for loudly cheering at an Astros game. McCullers on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, tweeted “Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering” and offered her a ticket for an Oct. 5 playoff game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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The Major League Baseball playoffs start this week and the Astros hope to make a long run similar to last season. The hype is building and everyone will be looking for a way to tune in.

Thanks to the growth of live streaming television, it’s no longer necessary to pay for cable to watch every game of the MLB postseason, even here in Houston. So if you’re looking to catch the playoffs, you’re in luck: There are plenty of ways to watch the Astros and everyone else during the MLB playoffs without paying for cable.

Channels Broadcasting the MLB Playoffs
This year, the MLB Playoffs will be broadcast on TBS, FS1, and FOX, with the exception of the National League Wild Card Game which will be broadcast on ESPN on Tuesday. The American League Wild Card Game will be broadcast on TBS on Wednesday.

For both the American League Division Series and the American League Championship Series, you’ll need a way to stream TBS. That means each one of the Astros games will be broadcast on TBS, so whichever way you choose to stream the MLB Playoffs needs to offer a TBS live stream.

Houstonians who also want to keep an eye on the action in the National League Division Series will need a way to stream FS1. The National League Division Series will be broadcast on FS1 with the first six games also airing on the Major League Baseball Network. The National League Championship Series will air on both FOX and FS1.

Finally, the World Series will be on broadcast FOX. Since most major streaming services offer a live stream of FOX, it should be fairly easy to catch the World Series. It’s also worth noting that if you don’t want to stream, you can get your hands on an antenna and watch the World Series free over-the-air, assuming you can get a good signal in your area. If you’re not sure about antenna coverage at your location, run a free report over at AntennaWeb.

Here’s a rundown of the many different streaming services you can use stream the MLB playoffs this year depending on your budget.

$25/Month: Sling TV
Sling TV is one of the best values in the streaming television market, offering dozens of channels for just $25. Sling TV offers two base packages, Sling Blue and Sling Orange, each with different channel lists. The Sling Blue package is probably best to catch the Astros and the rest of the MLB Playoff action because it features streams of FS1, TBS, and FOX.

Sling TV works on most major streaming devices like Roku and Fire TV and can even be streamed through a web browser or mobile device, making it a convenient way to stream the playoffs. Sign up for a free 7-day trial and see why Sling TV has become the go-to choice for an inexpensive but fully featured cable replacement.

$40/Month: Hulu with Live TV, DIRECTV NOW, YouTubeTV, or fuboTV
If your household needs more channels or features than Sling TV, there are a number of different options which all start at the $40/month price point.

Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV has stepped up as one of the most popular all-in-one streaming services because it not only offers live streams of over 50 television networks, but also access to Hulu’s extensive on-demand library featuring award-winning original programs. Hulu Live hosts live streams of FOX, FS1, and TBS, making it a great way to catch the Astros in the MLB postseason without paying for cable.

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Hulu with Live TV starts at $40/month and can be upgraded with premium channel add-ons like HBO. Try it free for 7 days and see what Hulu Live has to offer.

DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW is one of the more cable-like streaming services for customers who are new to streaming or want to retain the huge channel list and familiar interface of cable. For $40/month, DIRECTV NOW offers over 65 channels, a DVR, and two simultaneous streams with one subscription.

Most importantly, you can watch FOX, FS1, and TBS on DIRECTV NOW and keep up with the Astros and the rest of the MLB playoff action. Sign up for one week free and see if DIRECTV NOW is right for your household.

YouTubeTV
YouTube TV isn’t the YouTube you remember from those late nights in college. Aside from hosting user-submitted videos, YouTube TV now hosts original YouTube Red content and live streams of some of the most popular cable and broadcast networks.

For $40/month, YouTube TV lets you stream TBS, FS1, FOX, and dozens of other channels. Like other services, YouTube TV offers a free trial and never requires a contract.

fuboTV
For hardcore sports fans, fuboTV can’t be beat. fuboTV was designed from the ground up for streaming the best sports from around the world – including the MLB, of course. fuboTV offers streams of most major sports channels with one major exception: no ESPN. Still, fuboTV makes up for that by offering international and niche sports that most major streaming services or cable networks don’t offer.

fuboTV starts at $40 for the first month, then goes up slightly to $45 for every month after that. If you’ve got a sports fanatic in your home, sign up for a free trial and start streaming all the sports your eyes can handle.

Tampa Bay seeks to repeat as American League champions while Boston dreams of winning a fifth World Series in the 21st Century

By Logan Reardon • Published October 8, 2021 • Updated on October 11, 2021 at 11:35 pm

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The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have begun to battle in the American League Division Series with the AL East-winning Rays taking Game 1 in a 5-0 shutout. The Red Sox rebounded with a resounding 14-6 win on Friday in Game 2.

Boston and Tampa Bay have played in two prior postseason series, with the Rays beating the Red Sox 4-3 in the 2008 ALCS and the Red Sox turning the table in the 2013 ALDS, winning 3-1. Both teams advanced to the World Series after winning their respective series — the Rays lost to the Phillies in the 2008 World Series and the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in the 2013 Fall Classic.

The Rays are making their third consecutive postseason appearance after winning their second straight AL East title. Tampa Bay advanced to the World Series in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season before losing to the Dodgers, but they didn’t miss a beat despite trading ace Blake Snell in the offseason. The franchise continues to find diamonds in the rough, winning 100 games this season despite having the 26th-highest payroll in baseball. This could be the year the Rays finally get their elusive first championship.

Entering this season coming off a dismal 2020 campaign, the Red Sox had limited expectations. Alex Cora was re-hired after he was suspended for 2020 due to his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, and he quickly brought the team back to relevancy. Cora led the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series title in his first season as manager, and he’s still yet to lose a playoff series after beating the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game. The Red Sox were 12-3 in 15 postseason games under Cora since 2018 entering the ALDS.

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The MLB postseason is officially underway, with dozens of must-watch games on the schedule.

Tonight will see the Atlanta Braves go up against the Houston Astros for Game 1 of the World Series.

The games will be broadcast on ESPN, Fox, FS1, MLB Network and TBS. But luckily, you don’t need cable to catch the action. A variety of streamers will air the games live, from FuboTV and Sling TV to DirecTV and Hulu Plus. Below is this week’s full schedule, and the best way to tune into the games so you don’t miss a thing.

Tuesday, Oct. 26 (PT/ET)

  • Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros. 5:09 p.m. / 8:09 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 27 (PT/ET)

  • Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros. 5:09 p.m. / 8:09 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 29 (PT/ET)

  • Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves. 5:09 p.m. / 8:09 p.m.

FuboTV

FuboTV is the most comprehensive option for streaming live TV, providing access to every major cable channel including ESPN, Fox and FS1. Their starter package, at $64.99 a month, includes 121 channels, a Cloud DVR with 250 hours of space and a family share option that allows you to access Fubo on three screens at once.

DirecTV Stream

At $70 a month, you get what you pay for with DirecTV Stream. Formerly AT&T TV, the streamer’s entertainment TV package includes ESPN, Fox, FS1 and TBS. The basic plan comes with more than 65 channels and 40,000 shows and movies on-demand, but you can also upgrade to their Choice Package for more than 90 channels, including live sports, and — best of all — a full year of HBO Max.

Sling TV

Access Fox Sports and FS1, in addition to 30 more channels, for just $35 a month through Sling Orange. Their basic package is a deal, considering that it gives you access to top cable channels, more than 80,000 shows and movies on-demand and 50 hours of free DVR storage. Plus, it’s only $10 for the first month if you just want it for the fireworks or any other live event going on in July. You’ll need to sign up for Sling Blue to watch TBS, but you can get the combo for only $50 a month.

Hulu Plus Live TV

If you already have Hulu, it only costs an additional $5.99 a month to add on their Live TV option, gaining you access to ESPN, Fox, FS1 and TBS. You’ll have access to more than 75 top channels, in addition to Hulu Original and exclusive series, you can record Live TV with up to 50 hours of storage and can stream on multiple devices at home or on the go.

Youtube TV

Youtube TV is the way to go if you’re looking for more options when you’re done streaming the MLB Game. In addition to more than 85 cable channels, a Youtube TV subscription also grants you access to league networks such as the NFL and NBA, in addition to unlimited Cloud DVR storage for the same price as traditional cable services. You’ll need to log into your account first input your zip code first, though, to see which networks are available in your area.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

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Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

When you first plug your iPhone or iPad into a computer, you’ll be prompted to “trust” the computer on your device. This gives iTunes and other management tools on the computer the ability to access your photos, files, settings, contacts, and other data. Your iPhone or iPad remembers this decision and will automatically trust that computer in the future.

If you change your mind later—maybe you trusted iTunes on a friend’s computer and want to revoke that computer’s access, or maybe you accidentally trusted something you shouldn’t have—there is a way to do so. But it isn’t obvious.

How to “Untrust” All Computers

Apple doesn’t provide a way to directly manage the list of trusted computers. Instead, you can only erase the entire list of trusted computers by clearing your location and privacy or network settings. This may seem obnoxious, but prior to iOS 8 you had to reset your entire iPhone or iPad to factory settings to untrust a computer! So at least this is better than that.

To do this, head to Settings > General > Reset on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the “Reset Location & Privacy” settings option.

This will reset all your custom location and privacy settings while also erasing the list of trusted computers.

After this, you’ll probably want to head to Settings > Privacy and reconfigure your location and privacy settings to your desired values.

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If you don’t want to clear your location and privacy settings, you can tap the “Reset Network Settings” option on the Reset screen instead. This will wipe all your network settings, including erasing all your saved Wi-Fi passphrases. It’s probably easier to just reconfigure your privacy settings instead of retyping all your Wi-Fi credentials.

Restoring your iPhone or iPad to factory settings will also clear any trusted computers from your device.

The next time you connect your iPhone or iPad to a previously trusted computer, you’ll be asked once again if you want to trust it.

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How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Upon connecting an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to iTunes through USB for the first time, a prompt pops up asking you to confirm access to the iOS device. The same prompt appears when another device is attempting to access the files of your iOS device for the first time, or just periodically as a safety measure.

But what if you accidentally trusted a computer? Is there an easy way to untrust it? Prior to iOS 8, you needed to reset an iOS device to its factory settings in order to remove all trusted connections.

But there is a more elegant way of doing this now. In this tutorial, we’re going to cover untrusting computers and devices you trusted from your iPhone or iPad.

What’s a trusted device?

A trusted device can access the files and settings of your iOS device, import photos, access movies and videos, contacts and other items. The data stored on your iOS device isn’t exposed before you enter your passcode, if any, and choose to trust the connected computer or device.

If you choose not to trust the connected computer you will still be able to charge your device through a USB cable but the computer won’t be permitted to access any content on your iPhone or iPad.

Things to know before untrusting devices

The below method of untrusting devices will reset all location and privacy settings on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad so you’ll need to recreate them afterwards. Though a tad clunky, this workaround is more user-friendly versus resetting the entire device to its factory settings like on iOS editions prior to iOS 8.

Another small catch: untrusting a computer from your iOS device will also reset the Trust This Computer alert on that device for all computers it has connected to.

Now, let’s get to it.

How to untrust your computer from iPhone and iPad

Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Navigate to the General > Reset section.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Step 3: Now tap on the Reset Location & Privacy option. You will be asked to enter your device’s passcode, if you have set it up.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Step 4: Confirm that you wish to reset all location and privacy settings on your device.

Step 5: Close the Settings when complete.

Tip: Now’s a good time to recreate your location and privacy customizations. Just visit the Privacy section within the Settings app to customize location and privacy settings to what you had prior to the reset.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Now when you connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to iTunes with a USB connection, the familiar dialog box with Trust and Don’t Trust options will appear on the screen of your iOS device.

Hit Trust to give iTunes access to your iOS device.

If you tap on Don’t Trust, you’ll see this alert each time you connect your device to that computer. If your iOS device is passcode locked, you need to unlock it before you’ll see the alert.

If you’re about to sync the device with iTunes, click Accept.

Another method of untrusting computers from iOS devices

If you don’t like the idea of reseting your privacy and location settings just to break all trusted connections, you can just as easily untrust all computers by reseting your network settings.

Simply navigate to Settings > General > Reset on your iOS device and tap on Reset Network Settings. This will also reset your network settings and saved Wi-Fi passwords so you’ll need to recreate these items at a later stage.

Tip: Wiping you device clean also untrusts all connected computers.

When to untrust a computer

Some of the situations that might warrant untrusting a Mac or Windows PC from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad include:

  • You accidentally trusted a computer: If you accidentally trusted a computer, untrust it using the above tricks.
  • You trusted a friend’s computer: If I’m transferring a friend’s media over to my iPhone and the file is too big, I resort to syncing with their iTunes. After that, I untrust a friend’s computer from my iPhone.

These are just two common examples when untrusting computers may be necessary.

Each users has his or her own needs and specific ways of doing things so you might want to untrust all computers from your iOS devices for reasons not stated above.

These are instructions on how to untrust a computer from your iPhone preventing it from being able to sync with your device, create backups, and access your photos, videos, contacts, and other content.

Unfortunately, Apple does not provide a way to untrust just one computer so taking this step will untrust all computers that have been trusted. It will also reset your Location & Privacy settings, meaning that some apps will once again ask for permission to access certain information.

Step One
Tap to launch Settings from your SpringBoard.
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Step Two
Select General from the Settings menu then tap Reset.
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Step Three
Choose Reset Location & Privacy from the Reset menu then tap the large Reset Settings button that appears.
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How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Step Four
Your iPhone has now untrusted all previously trusted computers. Next time you connect your device to a computer, you’ll be prompted to Trust it.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

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How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

When you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, you’ll see a familiar “Trust This Computer?” pop-up on the iOS device screen with two options “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”. If you intend to use the computer with the iOS device users will tap on “Trust”, which gives the computer access to the device.

Now, given how easy it is to accidentally tap on “Don’t Trust” which can be reversed, it’s a little frustrating that there isn’t an obvious simple way to ‘UnTrust’ a computer that you accidentally trusted from the iPhone or iPad too, right? Well it turns out you can undo the ‘Trust’ selection when an iOS device is connected to a computer.

Before you do this, realize there’s a small catch with resetting the trust certificates from iOS; you’ll end up resetting the ‘Trust this computer?’ alert on the specific iOS device for all computers it has connected to. This basically means the next time you connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to any computer, it will ask you for the familiar ‘trust’ or ‘don’t trust’ choice again, even if you trusted that computer a long time ago. This is not much of a bother but it is worth pointing out. Additionally, you’ll reset all other privacy and location settings you have customized on the device, so be ready to make some customizations again to those settings.

How to Reset the “Trust This Computer” Alert and UnTrust All Computers from iOS

This resets all trusted computers from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  2. Go to “General” then to “Reset”
  3. Tap on “Reset Location & Privacy”, enter the devices passcode, and confirm that you wish to reset all location and privacy settings on the iOS device

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Now if you want to trigger the “Trust This Computer” alert on the iOS device again with a computer, simply plug it back into a Mac or Windows PC with a USB connection and you’ll see the familiar alert screen popping up again, allowing you to select either choice.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

This is a feature that is new to modern versions of iOS, if the device is running an earlier version prior to iOS 8 and iOS 9, users had to reset iOS to factory settings in order to reset the trust settings, or dig around in the iTunes file system of the target computer, both of which is obviously significantly more intrusive and cumbersome.

If you know of another method of resetting trust of device and computer connections, let us know in the comments!

If you don’t want to trust a computer or other device anymore, change the privacy settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. Now when you connect to formerly trusted computers, the Trust alert will ask you whether you trust that computer.

How do I remove a trusted computer?

Remove computers & devices from your trusted list On your Android phone or tablet, open your device’s Settings app Google. Manage your Google Account. At the top, tap Security. Under “Signing in to Google,” tap 2-Step Verification. You might need to sign in. Under “Devices you trust,” tap Revoke all.

How do I Untrust an Apple device?

If you’re using iOS 8 or later: To untrust all computers, tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. This will also reset your location and privacy settings. You can also untrust all computers by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will also reset your network settings.

How do I connect my computer to my iPhone?

Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable, then open iTunes and select your device. Learn what to do if your device doesn’t appear on your computer. Click Summary on the left side of the iTunes window. Select “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi.”Jul 13, 2021.

How do you eject iPhone from computer?

On Windows, in the system tray, there is an icon you can click to “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media.” Right-click the icon, find the name of your iOS device, and click it to eject it. If it does not appear on this list, it is not mounted as a drive and you can simply unplug it.

How do I unlink my phone from my computer?

On your Android device, open Link to Windows by going into the Quick Access panel, tap and hold on the Link to Windows icon. Click on Microsoft account. Scroll down to Your Phone Companion where you will see your previously used Microsoft account email address. Click on Your Phone Companion and click Remove account.

How do I remove a connected device from my iPhone?

Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, tap Settings > Your Name. Scroll down and you will see your list of Apple ID devices. You will see every device that is connected to your Apple account. Tap any device name that you want to remove. And tap Remove from Account. Then tap again to confirm.

How do I get my computer to recognize my phone?

Check USB computer connection settings On your Android device open Settings and go to Storage. Tap the more icon in the top right corner and choose USB computer connection. From the list of options select Media device (MTP). Connect your Android device to your computer, and it should be recognized.

How do I connect my iPhone to my computer without iTunes?

Without iTunes or third-party software, you can connect your iPhone to a Windows PC via a USB cable directly, which is the easiest way to get things done.To connect iPhone to PC via a USB cable: Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone with PC. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer.

Do you have to eject iPhone from computer?

The iPhone does not need to be ejected, as it has no disk mode, and isn’t in use on the computer unless iTunes is actively synchronizing it. No – ejection is not required. The iPhone is designed to be removed from the dock to accept a received call so the same applies if using the cable without the dock.

Do I need to eject my phone from laptop?

It’s safe to unplug the phone. The Safely Remove option is for USB drives, but modern Android phones don’t connect as USB Mass Storage any more — it’s MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), which doesn’t require you to Eject first and then Safely Remove.

How do I disconnect my iPhone from Mac to iPhone?

On a Mac: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > General > Select or deselect “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch: Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff > Turn on/off Handoff.

What does removing device from Apple ID do?

If you set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, removing a device will ensure that it can no longer display verification codes. It also won’t have access to iCloud and other Apple services, including Find My, until you sign in again with two-factor authentication.

Does removing a device from Apple ID delete everything?

If you’re no longer using an iOS device, a Mac, or an Apple TV, you can remove it from your account by following the steps below. When you remove a device set up to use Apple Pay, Apple Pay is disabled for the device, and your cards are removed from the device, even if the device is offline.

Why won’t my computer detect my iPhone?

Make sure that your iOS or iPadOS device is turned on, unlocked, and on the Home screen. Check that you have the latest software on your Mac or Windows PC. If you’re using iTunes, make sure you have the latest version. If you see a Trust this Computer alert, unlock your device and tap Trust.

Why is my iPhone not Recognised on computer?

If there’s something wrong with the USB cable or the USB port, your iPhone can’t connect to the computer, so your iPhone is not detected by PC. Others can be the software issues, such as the Windows system, the iOS version, or the iTunes issue. Also the Apple USB driver issue can cause PC not recognizing iPhone.

Why does my PC not recognize my phone?

The problem of the phone not recognized by pc is commonly caused by incompatible USB cable, wrong connection mode, or outdated drivers.

How do I connect my iPhone to my computer wirelessly?

Turn on Wi-Fi syncing Connect your device to your computer. You can connect your device using a USB or USB-C cable or a Wi-Fi connection. In the iTunes app on your PC, click the Device button near the top left of the iTunes window. Click Summary. Select the tickbox for “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi”. Click Apply.

How do I connect my iPhone to Windows computer?

How to Sync Your iPhone with Windows 10 Connect your iPhone to your laptop with a Lightning cable. Click Continue when asked if the computer can have access to the phone. Click the phone icon in the top bar. Click Sync. Check your photos, music, apps and videos to confirm that they arrived on the phone from Windows 10.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Over the past couple of software updates, Apple has made a few security changes to their operating system being used on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The company came out with a tool to check for activation lock of an iOS device as well as requiring a manual confirmation when an iPhone or iPad is connected to a computer.

Whenever a user connects their iPhone or iPad through a USB connection, the home screen will pop up asking you to confirm that you trust this computer. Once you tap on the “Trust” button, it basically means that you are granting access to whatever files are contained on your device. This could include actions like importing music and photos and deleting applications and media files.

You should know by now the importance of only trusting computers that belong to you or someone you trust. If this information is new and you figured that you have trusted too many computers that the iPhone or iPad were connected to in the past, it is possible to reset these settings and untrust all the computers from an iOS device.

This guide will show you how to “Trust” and “Untrust” on any computer, from Mac to Windows on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

How to Trust a computer on your iPhone/iPad

When you first connect your iPhone or iPad to a brand new computer, you will notice that it won’t have any effect right away – even the charging plug won’t turn on. This happens because you have not “trusted” the computer yet.

The first thing you want to do is unlock your screen and enter a passcode if it’s enabled. There will be a pop-up on the iOS device screen with two options: “Trust” and “Don’t Trust.” The pop-up also lets you know what will happen if you press on the Trust button. Of course, your settings and data will be accessible from this computer when connected via USB or Wi-Fi.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

If you want to trust this computer, simply tap on the “Trust” button, and you are good to go.

How to Untrust a Computer from iPhone or iPad

If a computer that you trusted your device with isn’t yours anymore or is inaccessible to you, it is good to “untrust” it from having access to your iPhone or iPad. The process for this is quite simple, but it comes with a small catch.

There is no option for you to choose which computer to untrust or a specific button to untrust all computers. When you want to untrust all computers from your iOS device, you will also reset your location and privacy settings you have selected on the device. This means that you should be prepared when an application asks you for access to certain data that has to do with your privacy and current location.

Here is how you can untrust all computers on iPhone and iPad.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

1. From the home screen, go to Settings.

2. Tap on “General -> Reset” (it should be on the bottom; just scroll all the way down).

3. There is a list of options for this; what you’re looking for is “Reset Location & Privacy.”

4. Enter the device passcode, and confirm again that you want to do this by tapping on “Reset Settings.” Don’t worry; the Reset Settings button doesn’t remove any of your data. The only thing that changes is that all trusted computers are now removed from the device.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Your iPhone or iPad will reboot itself, and once it’s back on, you will notice that nothing has changed.

To verify that this is done correctly, connect your iOS device to a computer, and you should see a dialogue box that asks “Trust This Computer?” Refer back to our above tutorial if you want to trust it.

Conclusion

This feature is something that Apple has added to iOS 8 and 9. Previously firmware such as iOS 7 would have to use the Reset to Factory settings. Users are recommended to untrust all computers from their iPhone or iPad and only trust the one that they always have access to.

There might be some type of virus waiting around on unknown computers once you give access to the iPhone or iPad through a USB connection. We also highly recommend that you turn on features like “Find My iPhone” from the iCloud settings for better control of your device.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Let’s have a look at the method to “Untrust” a Computer on your iPhone or iPad using the inbuilt setting so that no one else can access your device directly by connecting USB. So have a look at complete guide discussed below to proceed.

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n very first use when you try to connect your iPhone or iPad with any computer this asks you if you wish to trust that pc or not. If you have selected to trust that computer then this is exactly imprinted into the phone memory and will remain the same every time until you undo it. That particular PC will be able to avail the access to the iPhone or iPad device and hence get the access to all of the information inside it. This could become a problem for you sometimes as you would not like to make any computer device remain trusted forever. Now what the users must do is that they should untrust the computer in case if it is not their own. Seeking might end up nothing in the settings of the iOS for the non-familiar people. We know about this thing that users could find difficulty to untrust the PC on the iPad or the iPhone. Considering this we have written about the method in this article by which the users could be able to untrust any attached or trusted computing device on their computer. If you are still reading on the page then this means that you are also looking for the same method. You were interested in this topic or willing to know about the method you could know it, you will just have to read the main part of this article given below. So let’s start to read about the topic and know the method!

How to “Untrust” a Computer on your iPhone or iPad

The method is quite simple and easy and you just need to follow the simple step by step guide that we had discussed right below to proceed, Let’s start with the step by step guide so that we can implement this.

Steps to “Untrust” a Computer on your iPhone or iPad:

#1 First of all, go to the Settings inside the iOS and then under the preferences head to the General section. Again under the General section of the settings go to the Reset option. Under there, an option named ” Reset Location & Privacy” will be there. This will do two different things, one is that the custom location settings will be deleted from your device and no saved location details will be there. Another thing is that Privacy settings for the device will also be deleted.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

#2 Apart from these changes, there will be one more alterations to the memory of your iPad or iPhone, all of the Trusted computers will be removed from the list and there will be no computer left that could join the device automatically. Note that the changes so made will not be reversible and you will never be able to get your data erased back.

#3 This was the simplest method that is hidden in the general settings of the device and probably this is the reason why many people face issues to untrust the computer device on iOS. This is all about the method!

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How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

This guide is about the How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad. I will try my best so that you understand this guide very well. I hope you all like this guide How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad.

When you connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer, you’ll see the familiar “Do you trust this computer?” a pop-up window on the iOS device screen with two options, “Trust” and “Don’t trust.” If you plan to use your computer with an iOS device, users will tap “Trust,” which will give your computer access to the device.

Given how easy it is to accidentally tap “Don’t Trust” that can be translated, is it a little frustrating that there’s no obvious simple way to “UnTrust” a computer you accidentally trusted from your iPhone or iPad too correctly? Well, it turns out You can deselect Trust when your iOS device is connected to your computer.

Before you do this, understand that there is little to recover trust certificates from iOS; finally zeros ‘Trust this computer?’ an alarm on a specific iOS device for all the computers to which it is connected. This basically means the next time you connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the next computer, it will ask you for the familiar option of “trust” or “don’t trust” again, even if you trusted that computer a long time ago. This is not a lot of effort, but it is worth noting. In addition, you’ll reset any other privacy and location settings you customize for your device, so be prepared to make some adjustments again to those settings.

Reset the Trust this computer alert and distrust all computers from iOS

This will restore all Trusted Computers from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later:

  1. Open the Settings app on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  2. Go to General and then Reset
  3. Tap Reset location and privacy, enter the device password, and confirm that you want to reset all iOS device location and privacy settings

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

If you now want to restart the “Trust this computer” message on your iOS device on your computer, simply plug it back into a Mac or Windows computer with a USB connection, and you’ll see the familiar alert screen reopen, allowing you to choose either option.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

This is a feature that is new in modern versions of iOS. If your device has an earlier version before iOS 8 and iOS 9, users had to reset iOS to factory settings to restore trust settings or by digging into the iTunes file system on the Target Computer, both of which are apparently significantly more intrusive and cumbersome.

If you know of another method to restore trust in your device and computer connections, let us know in the comments!

When I’m at work, I connect my iPhone to my computer over USB to keep it charged during the day.

When I do so, the phone appears in iTunes. I don’t remember my phone prompting me if I wanted to trust my work computer (or I don’t remember choosing Yes), but I’d rather not have this connection. All I need is the precious, precious voltage.

Is there any way to remove or un-trust a particular computer?

(My specifics: iPhone 5, iOS 7.0.2, Windows 7, iTunes 11.1)

10 Answers 10

With iOS 7

You cannot untrust with iOS 7. Once you respond with “Trust”, you cannot change it. If it’s not prompting you now when you connect, it means you have chosen to trust it before.

Snippet from the end of this Apple support article titled “iOS: ‘Trust This Computer’ alert”:

Additional Information

Note: If you select Trust, the computer will be trusted indefinitely. If you select Don’t Trust, you will be asked if you want to trust that computer each time you connect your device to that computer.

Last Modified: Sep 18, 2013

With iOS 8

With iOS 8, Apple has provided ways to untrust all previously trusted computers (there is no way to untrust computers selectively). Depending on how you do it, this will result in losing your location and privacy settings or losing your network settings or losing everything with the “erase device” option. The ‘Trust This Computer’ alert on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch KB article referenced above has been updated as follows:

If you tap Trust, the computer will be trusted until you untrust all computers or you erase the device. If you tap Don’t Trust, you’ll see this alert each time you connect your device to that computer.

If you’re using iOS 8 or later: To untrust all computers, tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. This will also reset your location and privacy settings. You can also untrust all computers by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will also reset your network settings.

Last Modified: Sep 17, 2014

Here is how to do this on a Mac: Go to /var/db/lockdown in Terminal, as Apple instructs in http://support.apple.com/kb/TS5335 . You can remove everything in this folder, which will remove trust from every device — you can then re-trust those devices you still want to trust. Or you can remove trust for the specific device; this is a little trickier:

First, find out the “Wi-Fi Address” of your device. For an iPhone/iPad, go to Settings->General->About, and scroll down. You’ll see a set of numbers and letters that look like “D0:23:DB:6C:B9:13”. You’ll need this.

Now, on your Mac, fire up Terminal and type:

(Don’t forget to press return.) Take that Wi-Fi Address you just found and very carefully search for it like this:

Instead of my example, use your Wi-Fi Address. You’ll see something like this:

The long string of numbers and letters ending in .plist (not including the colon) is the file you need to remove! (If you don’t see anything, check very carefully that you typed the Wi-Fi Address correctly. If you still don’t see anything, then your device likely wasn’t trusted in the first place. Be very careful to use zero and not the letter O when you type this string!)

How to remove the file? Well, type:

where “xx. xx.plist” is the file that you want to remove (“39c1082da11b4920c2298dca702ca3795efbf0cc.plist” in the example). You can use copy and paste for the file name, or type the first few letters of the name and hit tab. You’ll have to type your password (and you need to be set up as an administrator on your Mac), but this will nuke the file and untrust the device with that Wi-Fi address.

(My appologies to the CLI-adept at this long explanation, but even highly adept Mac users don’t necessarily grok the Unix command line. And, yeah, I know what a MAC address is, but imagine the confusion!)

Delete the contents inside the Lockdown Folder on your PC leaving the folder itself in place.

This worked for me, both iTunes and all the iOS devices asked me again for authorization the next time they connected.

you may need to pinpoint the correct file if you want to delete only one authorization.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

I know this is old but for those who come across it, the above answers especially the chosen one are not completely correct or not specific to the askers setup (Windows 7).

It is possible to “untrust” a computer from the computers side, simply navigate to C:\ProgramData\Apple\Lockdown (start, type in %ProgramData%\Apple\Lockdown )

There there are .plist files that contain the device and host certificates used to pair (trust) and they are named using the iOS devices UDID. Delete the file that pertains to the device you want to unpair (remove trust). Deleting all but SystemConfiguration.plist would work but would also cause all others to have to retrust. You can get the UDID of your device several ways, one of which, since asker said iTunes pops up, is on the main “Summary” page for the device, on top has “Serial Number:” Click once on that and it will toggle to UDID.

The other methods suggested even by apple are not ideal as they also remove the trust from all the devices and also defaults other key settings causing you to have to change them back to how you want them.

This is a serious security issue that I am amazed is not addressed better by Apple. I say serious because it allows bypassing any and all passcodes (current or changed ones in future) needing to be entered in order to have iTunes/Computer access to the device and collect all sorts of data from it. If one has not set a password on encrypt backups (sticks to device not computer) then one could create one and backup the more sensitive data as well. iTunes should have an “untrust” method implemented but they don’t. It’s literally like a setup where one can sign in (like by using a username password as commonly used instead of entering passcode to unlock and choosing “Trust”) and not having a sign out and having the login perpetual, even if you change your password!!

When you connect an iPhone or iPad to a computer, it shows a pop up window asking permission whether or not you want to trust the connected computer to access your data whenever your device connects to it. The window shows two options: “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”.

If you want to allow the connected computer to access your data whenever you connect to it, the answer is to press the “Trust” button. So in the future, it will not ask for permission every time you connect your device to this computer. If you accidently select the “Don’t Trust” option, it still gives you the choice next time you connect to the computer and then you can select the “Trust” option. There is however this problem with selecting the “Trust” button. Undoing the “Trust” option is a bit problematic. If you want to “Untrust” the computer from iPhone or iPad after you have “Trusted” it once, here is how you can do it:

Steps to “Untrust” Computer from iPhone/iPad

Open the Settings app on iPhone, iPad or any Apple device

Now go to “Reset”

Select “Reset Location and Privacy”

It will ask for the device pass code; enter it and confirm that you want to reset the location and privacy settings of the device. (Performing this action will let the device forget all the trusted computers that you had previously selected and will ask your permission on all the computers in future. Also, it will reset your privacy and location settings which you might have customized earlier.)

If you want to configure the Location and Privacy settings, you can do it now (or later).

Exit settings when the action completes

Now simply re-plug the device to a previously trusted computer. Upon connection you’ll be asked afresh to trust the device or not. Select the “Don’t Trust” option this time and this computer will be “Untrusted” from your iPhone or iPad.

This is how to UnTrust Computer from iPhone and iPad. Fixing this problem was not so easy in versions before iOS 8, where one had to reset the device to factory settings or turn some options in iTunes settings in the computer. Currently iOS 8 and iOS 9 however, offer this rather easy solution to Untrust the computer from iPhone or iPad.

“Trust This Computer” is one of the examples proving how Apple tries to secure user devices. This feature allows users to choose whether to protect their data against a strange computer or to authorize the permission to it in their own computers. This is not a problem until it doesn’t work well.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

As a matter of fact, iOS users have different opinions over security levels. Should you trust a working computer? Accidentally tapped “Trust” or “Don’t Trust” on your iPhone or iPad, how to undo this? Why the prompt doesn’t appear on my iPhone? Why iPhone keeps asking if I trust this computer after I made a choice? Don’t worry. In this post we’ll show you how to trust and untrust a computer on iPhone and iPad as well as several other tips:

  • Part 1. What Exactly Does “Trust This Computer” Mean?
  • Part 2. Why “Trust This Computer” Not Appear on My iPhone?
  • Part 3. How to Untrust a Trusted Computer on iPhone and iPad
  • Part 4. How to Trust a Computer after Don’t Trust on iPhone/iPad
  • Part 5. Why Does iPhone Keep Asking If I Trust This Computer?

Part 1. What Exactly Does “Trust This Computer” Mean?

When you connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer for the first time, a prompt will ask whether you “Trust This Computer”. Trusting a computer exposes your phone’s data to it – everything you can access via iTunes, including photos, videos, contacts, messages, settings and other content. To recover or transfer data on iPhone/iPad with desktop software like Free iPhone Recovery or Phone Data Transfer, you should tap “Trust”. Conversely, you can tap “Don’t Trust”, which can help to protect your iPhone/iPad from malicious chargers and ensure no one can access your iDevice from a computer without your passcode.

Part 2. Why “Trust This Computer” Not Appear on My iPhone?

When trying to follow an online guide or tutorial, many people find the prompt of “Trust This Computer” is not appearing on their devices’ screen. In that case, if your computer or iTunes detects the iDevice already, you may skip this step and continue. Otherwise, it means that you have made a choice before. Thus, you need to follow the instructions below to reset “Trust This Computer” and make a choice again.

Part 3. How to Untrust a Trusted Computer on iPhone and iPad

Occasionally, we have to connect iPhone or iPad to an unfamiliar computer. If you trust the computer mistakenly and worry about the serious risk, here is how to undo it:

  1. On iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset.
  2. Choose Reset Location & Privacy.
  3. Connect iPhone/iPad to the formerly trusted computer.
  4. The alert message will pop up. Tap “Don’t Trust”.
    How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Notes:

  1. To revoke authorization from all the computers that your device has trusted, you can choose Reset Network Settings in step 2.
  2. Reset location & privacy and network settings won’t delete data from your devices.

Part 4. How to Trust a Computer after Don’t Trust on iPhone/iPad

If you accidentally tapped “Don’t Trust” and now you actually do want to trust the computer to access your iPhone/iPad from it, please follow steps below:

  1. On iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset.
  2. Choose Reset All Settings. The iPhone will restart.
  3. Connect iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.
  4. iTunes will ask you to allow this computer to access information on your iPhone.
  5. Click Continue. iTunes should recognize your iPhone in a minute.
  6. Disconnect and reconnect iPhone to computer. Tap “Trust” from the promt.
    How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Notes:

  1. Reset all settings won’t delete data from your device. But settings like WiFi password will be cleared.
  2. Make sure your iTunes is up to date.
  3. If your iPhone is running on an OS lower than iOS 8, you’ll have to choose Erase All Content and Settings to reset Trust This Computer, which will delete all data and files from your device.

Part 5. Why Does iPhone Keep Asking If I Trust This Computer?

A lot of iPhone users have reported the issue of “Trust This Computer” keeps popping up when connecting to the same PC and they have to tap again and again. The problem occurs in both Windows and Mac computers, but there is still not yet an official solution for it. Luckily, some Windows users find the tips below helpful:

  1. Click Start menu, type Control Panel and open the application.
  2. Go to Programs and Features.
  3. Right-click on Apple Mobile Device Support, and then choose “Repair”.
  4. Disconnect and reconnect your iDevice to computer.

Bottom Line

USB connection is very convenient but there are always annoying issues, such as iPhone not showing up on PC. We hope the solutions to “Trust This Computer” in this tutorial are helpful for you. Don’t hesitate to share your experience with us in the comment so that more people will benefit.

Here’s how you can ‘untrust’ all computers (Mac/PC) on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. This is a great step to take if you want to boost your device’s security.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Whenever you connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your PC or Mac, iOS will ask you if you ‘trust’ that very computer. The reason for that is actually pretty simple: as soon as you tap on that ‘Trust’ button when prompted for it, you’re basically granting access to everything that lies in your device, with connections taking place over WiFi or USB both. If that’s the case, then it’s a good idea to only trust those computers which are yours and yours only, hence ‘untrusting’ everything else is the way to go. And we’ll show you how to do just that right from your iOS device.

Untrust All Computers On iPhone, iPad

1. Launch the stock iOS Settings app from your device’s home screen.

2. Now tap on General.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

3. Scroll all the way down and then tap on ‘Reset.’

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

4. You’re now presented with a list of options. Look for the one that is labelled ‘Reset Location & Privacy.’ Tap on it.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

5. You’ll be required to enter your passcode, provided you have one in place, in order to take things further. Tap on ‘Reset Settings’ to confirm your action.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Your device will reboot and all the ‘trusted’ computers will be ‘untrusted’ once you boot back into iOS. Also keep one thing in mind, in case you’re wondering, this option will not delete anything off your device, so you can rest easy in that regard.

As soon as you plug in your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your PC or Mac once again, you’ll get the ‘Trust This Computer?’ dialogue box. Simply tap on the ‘Trust’ button and you’re good to go, or ‘Don’t Trust’ if that’s the route you’re willing to take.

Given how things stand in the security world, we highly recommend that users take extra precautions when giving their iOS device to someone just to sync a few photos or anything else. Who know, their computer is infected by a WireLurker like malware that is waiting to bite its pray as soon as you plug in that USB cable.

A simple case of being vigilant can absolutely go a long way in protecting your data, and the first port of call if you want to keep yourself as secure as possible is by putting a passcode in place, and of course, top it off by turning on Find My iPhone by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.

Found this tip useful? Then be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

Ever since IOS7, a computer can only sync with your iPhone/iPad after you "Trust the Computer" you are plugged into. IOS7 was first released in September 2013. All iPhone 5S and newer came pre-installed with at least IOS7. All devices iPhone 4 or newer support IOS7.

The trusted computer or device can access the files and settings of your iOS device. A trusted computer can sync with your iOS device, import photos, access movies and videos, contacts, and other such content, until you disconnect. The data stored on your iOS device isn't exposed before you enter your passcode (if enabled) and choose to trust the connected computer or device.

If you choose not to trust the connected computer, you can charge your device, but the connected computer won't be able to access any content on your device.

If you tap Trust, the computer will be trusted until you untrust all computers or you erase the device. If you tap Don't Trust, you'll see this alert each time you connect your device to that computer.

If you're using iOS 8 or later: To untrust all computers, tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. This will also reset your location and privacy settings. You can also untrust all computers by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will also reset your network settings.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

While connecting your iPhone or iPad to any computer for the first time, an alert asks whether trust the computer or not by showing “Trust” and “Don’t trust” options on your phone screen. Once a computer is trusted, you may sync your iOS device, create backups, access your device’s photos, videos, contacts and other content on a computer. If you trusted your computer accidentally or trusted friends computer, you may easily untrust it again . Here, we will provide you steps to untrust the computer that you have already trusted on your iPhone.

To untrust the already trusted computer on your iPhone

If you have trusted any computer and don’t want to trusted any more, you need to change some settings, follow the below given steps to do that.

  • Open “Settings” on your iPhone.
  • Go to the General > Reset section and tap “Reset Location & Privacy”

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

  • Enter your passcode, if you have set it up.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

  • Confirm that you want to reset all location and privacy settings on your iPhone.
  • After completing this, close the Settings.

Once your settings reset are done, you may connect your iPhone to computer and select not to trust a computer, when it prompts.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

When connecting your iOS device with the program, such as the Coolmuster iOS Assistant and Coolmuster Mobile Transfer, the program interface will pop up a window to remind you to trust this computer on your iDevice as below. Your iDevice can be connected normally only after you tap “Trust” option on your iDevice. If you mistakenly tap “Don’t Trust” option or you can’t see the “Trust This Computer” popup, you might fail to have your iOS device detected by the program. Now, please read on to get more information.

Notice: If your iDevice has trusted this computer, the “Trust This Computer” popup will not show again.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Q: What to do if I can’t see the “Trust This Computer” popup or I mistakenly tapped “Don’t Trust” option?

A: It’s so easy! Just unplug your iDevice and then plug your iDevice to computer again with a USB cable. Then you might see the popup window show again on your iDevice.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Q: What to do if I still fail to connect after I tapped “Trust” option?

A: If so, please get more solutions to fix it from the page: What Can I Do If My iDevice Fails to Connect? After checking this page, if your iOS device still fails to connect, please contact us for more help via email: [email protected]

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Q: What to do if I want to revoke authorization for this computer after I tapped “Trust” option?

A: If so, you have 2 ways to make it.

(1) On your computer, please delete all data under the folder: C:\ProgramData\Apple\Lockdown.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

(2) On your iOS device, please tap “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Reset Location & Privacy” options, enter your password and tap “Reset Settings” option to complete it.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

For other problems about the software installation, connection and use for Coolmuster iOS Assistant and Coolmuster Mobile Transfer, you can find solutions from iOS Assistant FAQ and Mobile Transfer FAQ.

If you’re in possession of any of Apple’s iOS devices, you must’ve come across the “Trust This Computer?” alert when connecting the device to a computer for the first time. Tapping Trust basically gives the connected computer access to the files stored on the iOS device. If you have a passcode set on the device, you will first need to unlock the device before you can see this prompt.

Now there’s a good chance that you might connect your device to your friend’s computer for charging, only to accidentally tap on Trust when prompted to, giving your friend’s computer access to the files stored on the device.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

What if you want to untrust this computer now? There are a couple of ways of doing that. It is important to however note that there’s no way to untrust one particular computer, if you want to untrust a computer, you will need to untrust all the computers your device has ever been connected to. If you think that’s not a problem, follow the steps below on how to do it.

Prerequisites:

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or above.
  • USB to Lightning cable.

Instructions:

Step 1: To begin, launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

Step 2: Head over to General, scroll down and tap Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. You may be asked to enter your passcode to confirm the reset, so do that.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Step 3: Once the reset is complete, connect your iOS device to the computer, preferably one that was trusted.

Once connected to the computer, the device should prompt you with the “Trust This Computer?” dialogue again. This should mean that all trust certificates have been removed across the board from your iOS device.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Alternatively, you can also untrust all of the computers your device has been connected to by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Both should work.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

If you’re on an iOS version lower than iOS 8, your only option is to factory reset the device either from Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings or from a fresh restore of iTunes. Don’t forget to backup your device before doing that.

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How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

If you are connecting your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via USB for the first time you will get a pops up saying “Trust This Computer?” with two options “Trust and “Don’t Trust” to confirm access to your iOS device. This is a security feature introduced by Apple in iOS 8.

It is advisable to trust computers which you use, however, if you have by mistake tap on “Trust” option you can easily Untrust the computer. Remember, if you tap on “Trust” the computer will be able to access all files and settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Untrust All Computers From iPhone, iPad

If you want to Untrust all computers from iOS device you will have to reset your location and privacy settings on your iOS device.

Launch “Settings” App on iPhone,iPad

Tap on “General”.

Scroll down and tap on “Reset”.

Now, tap on “Reset Location & Privacy”. Enter the passcode when prompted.

Confirm to “Reset Location & Privacy”.

By following the above-mentioned steps you will be able to “Untrust” all computers from iPhone, iPad with no loss of data.

If you want to enable “Trust This Computer” option connect your iPhone, iPad to your computer using a USB cable and choose from the two options: “Trust” and “Don’t Trust.”

This is a security feature hence you should enable trust to the computers which are yours and untrust all the computers from iPhone, iPad. Add a passcode to your iOS device and turn on Find My iPhone by heading to Settings in iCloud.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

If you want to use the programs like MobiKin Assistant for iOS or Transfer for Mobile smoothly, you need to connect your portable devices to computer at first. During the connecting process, your iDevice will ask you whether to trust the computer or not. Only when you trust the computer can the program detect the device successfully. Then what if you accidentally press the "Don’t Trust" button or the "Trust This Computer" window does not pop up? Here is the solution.

What to Do If the "Trust This Computer" Window Doesn’t Pop Up or Accidentally Click on "Don’t Trust"

Step 1. Plug out the USB cable from the computer and re-connect the iOS device. After that, you will see the following interface on computer and the "Trust This Computer" window will pop up on your device again.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Step 2. Turn to your iDevice and enter the passcode to unlock it. After that, you can simply tap on the "Trust" button in the "Trust This Computer" window. Then the tool will recognize your device and you can manage your phone data or transfer the files on computer as you like.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Extra Tip: How to Untrust the Computer After You Press the "Trust" Button?

If you want to untrust the computer after pressing the "Trust" button, you can undo the "Trust" in two ways:

Method 1. Reset the Settings on Your iDevice

Step 1. Go to "Settings" on your iDevice, then tap on "General" > "Reset" > "Reset location & privacy".

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Step 2. Enter the password to confirm the change you wish to do, then click on "Reset Setting" on the device and close the setting after the process.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

Method 2. Undo the Trust on Computer

Step 1. Go to "C:\ProgramData\Apple\Lockdown" on your computer.

Step 2. Open the "Lockdown" folder and then delete all the files inside.

How to “untrust” a computer on your iphone or ipad

These are all the details about trust or untrust a computer on iDevice. If you still fail to trust or distrust the computer by following the tutorials above, please contact us via the email: [email protected] to ask for technical support.

For other problems about the software connection, installation or use, you can go to the Product FAQ page to find the solutions.

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Sign in to your Apple ID account page,* then scroll to Devices. If you can’t see your devices straight away, click View Details and answer your security questions. Click any device name to view that device’s information, such as the device model, serial number and OS version.

How do I sync all devices with iCloud?

Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage, which will list how much iCloud storage you’re using and which apps are eating up the most storage. To automatically back up your device each day, turn on iCloud Backup via Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and toggle iCloud Backup to on.

Is my Apple ID the same for all my Apple devices?

Manage your Apple ID Because your Apple ID is used across all your devices and services, it’s important to keep your account information up to date.

How do I manage multiple devices on iCloud?

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap Set Up Family Sharing, then tap Get Started.
  3. Choose iCloud Storage as the first feature to share with your family.
  4. If necessary, upgrade to a 200GB or 2TB storage plan.

How do I Untrust a device on my iPhone?

If you don’t want to trust a computer or other device anymore, change the privacy settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy. Now when you connect to formerly trusted computers, the Trust alert will ask you whether you trust that computer.

How do I add a device to my iCloud account?

Step 1: Log into iCloud and enable Find My iPhone on the device you wish to use as a trusted device via Settings → iCloud. Step 2: Via Safari, login to My Apple ID → Password and Security → Add or Remove Trusted Devices. Step 3: Click the Verify link next to the device that you wish to enable as a trusted device.

How do I unlink my iPhone and iPad?

Remove your associated devices on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Tap your Apple ID.
  3. Tap View Apple ID. You might be asked to enter your password.
  4. Scroll to the iTunes in the Cloud section, then tap Remove This Device.

How do I separate my iPhone and iPad?

How to disconnect your iPhone and iPad by turning off Handoff

  1. On the iPhone or iPad, start the Settings app.
  2. Tap “General.”
  3. Tap “Handoff.”
  4. Turn off Handoff by swiping the button to the left.

Can I use iCloud on 2 devices?

You can backup as many different devices as you own to iCloud and/or iTunes and each will have its own separate backup file, as long as each device is uniquely identified (and, with iCloud, assuming you have sufficient storage to include all your devices).

Can you have the same iCloud on two phones?

The simple answer to that question is: Yes, you can. The tricky part is making sure the devices aren’t mirroring each other. For example, if you sign into two iPhones with your Apple ID, they will both have the same contact, calendar events, and even receive the same iMessages.

Connect your iPad or iPad mini to your computer.In iTunes, when your tablet appears in the Devices list, click it. In the Summary tab, select the Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi check box.Click Apply. Click Done.Disconnect your iPad or iPad mini.

How do I link my iPad to my laptop?

Connect iPad and your computer using USB.In the iTunes app on your PC, click the iPad button near the top left of the iTunes window.Select the type of content you want to sync (for example, Movies or Books) in the sidebar on the left.

How do I connect my iPad to my Windows laptop?

To mirror your screen to another screenOpen the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the device screen or swiping down from the top right corner of the screen (varies by device and iOS version).Tap the “Screen Mirroring” or “AirPlay” button.Select your computer.Your iOS screen will show on your computer.

How do I connect my iPad to my computer without iTunes?

Method 1. Copy files from iPad to PC via EaseUS MobiMoverConnect iPad to your PC with a USB cable. MobiMover will read and load all the compatible files on your iPad automatically. MobiMover will immediately begin to transfer data from iPad to PC without iTunes.

Can I use my iPad as a computer?

Yes, Your iPad Can Replace Your Desktop or Laptop. But if you really want to use your iPad as your primary computing device, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are five tips for replacing your PC or Mac with one of Apple’s tablets, whether for work, school, or just day-to-day usage.

How do I connect my iPad to my laptop Windows 10?

You can sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to Windows 10 by plugging in the USB to Lightning (or 30-pin Dock) cable. You can also set up Wi-Fi sync, so data will transfer whenever you’re connected to the same network. Launch iTunes from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.

How do I connect my iPad to my laptop via Bluetooth?

How to Connect a Computer to an iPad With BlueToothClick the Windows “Start” button, “Control Panel” and then “Add a Device” in the “Hardware and Sound” section.Tap “Settings” on the iPad home screen. Touch “Bluetooth” and then the “Bluetooth” switch to turn on Bluetooth. Double-click “iPad” on the computer. Windows will attempt to pair with the iPad.

Can I use iPad as second monitor for PC?

Provided you have either a bluetooth or WiFi connection, you will be able to connect your tablet to your computer and use it as a second monitor. Here are four you can download for your tablet, all of which can connect up to Mac and Windows computers.

Can I use my iPad as a second monitor with Windows 10?

How to use your iPad as a second monitor for your Windows computer. To use an iPad as a second screen on a Windows 10 computer, you’ll need to use a third-party app like SplashTop. There are also several premium apps that let you use your iPad as a second Windows screen, such as Duet Display and iDisplay.

Why is my iPad not showing up in sidecar?

If anyone is still having issues with Sidecar connecting, simply log out of iCloud on your iPad. Once you’re able to, sign back into iCloud on your iPad. On your Mac/Macbook, re-launch Sidecar. You should now see your device list updated and your iPad as a visible option.

Will sidecar work with all iPads?

Sidecar requires a compatible Mac using macOS Catalina or later and a compatible iPad using iPadOS 13 or later.

How do you reset a computer to trust an iPad?

If you trust the computer mistakenly and worry about the serious risk, here is how to undo it:On iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset.Choose Reset Location & Privacy.Connect iPhone/iPad to the formerly trusted computer.The alert message will pop up. Tap “Don’t Trust”.

Why is my phone not connecting to my computer?

Fix – Windows 10 doesn’t recognise Android phone On your Android device open Settings and go to Storage. Tap the more icon in the top right corner and choose USB computer connection. From the list of options select Media device (MTP). Connect your Android device to your computer, and it should be recognised.

How do I Untrust a device?

Remove computers & devices from your trusted listOn your Android phone or tablet, open your device’s Settings app Google. Manage your Google Account.At the top, tap Security.Under “Signing in to Google,” tap 2-Step Verification. You might need to sign in.Under “Devices you trust,” tap Revoke all.

Why is my trusted devices list not available?

Why is my trusted devices list not available. trusted devices list is not available on …, , is blocked until you sign in again with two-factor authentication. You can view and manage a list of your trusted devices in the Devices section of your Apple ID account page. Go to your Apple ID account page.

How do I add a trusted device to my iPad?

Step 1: Log into iCloud and enable Find My iPhone on the device you wish to use as a trusted device via Settings → iCloud. Step 2: Via Safari, login to My Apple ID → Password and Security → Add or Remove Trusted Devices. Step 3: Click the Verify link next to the device that you wish to enable as a trusted device.

How do I bypass two factor authentication on Apple?

You can’t bypass 2FA. If you use security questions with your Apple ID, or if you don’t have access to a trusted device or phone number, go to iforgot.apple.com. Then you can unlock your account with your existing password or reset your password.

How do I add an iPad to my Apple account?

Here’s how:Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.Scroll down a bit and tap on Passwords & Accounts.Tap on Add Account.Tap on iCloud.Enter the Apple ID email and password.Select which services you want to enable for this Apple ID.

How do you unlock a disabled iPad?

Press and hold the Top button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to turn off your iPad. Then connect your iPad to your computer while holding the Top button. Keep holding the Top button until you see the recovery mode screen.

Solution 1: Wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Take a cup of tea and wander around.

Solution 2 Disconnect your device from the system. Restart both iPhone and Xcode, then rebuild again.

Solution 3

  1. Go to Windows Devices and Simulators (Shortcut Key: cmd+shift+2)
  2. An iPhone connected to the system will display a message with a message
  3. iPhone is busy: Preparing debugger supports for iPhone
  4. Click the plus (+) button in the lower-left corner.
  5. This will display the device that is connected to the system. Click the Next button.
  6. You’ll then see that the device setup was successful. Click on the Done button.

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Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

There are plenty of exciting innovations in the world of home automation, between virtual assistants that can control your smart devices, connected appliances, or smart thermostats. You can also upgrade a regular appliance and add it to your smart home system by using a smart plug.

Smart Plugs take a wired home to a new level. They plug into your outlets and let you run small home appliances through Alexa, another intelligent home device, or the sound of your voice. A smart plug turns a “dumb” device, like a coffee maker, room fan, or table lamp, into a smart device.

If you are interested in improving your energy usage and adding more convenience to your time at home, then take a look at our list of smart plugs.

Further reading

How smart plugs work

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Using smart plugs is super simple. First, you plug a smart plug into an outlet. Then you plug something else (like a lamp or appliance) into it. Finally, you connect the plug to your favorite home assistant, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, or the smart plug’s app. From there the smart plug turns the power supply to the item you plugged into it on and off using commands sent from an app or smart home hub and your Wi-Fi network.

What are smart plugs used for?

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

There are dozens of uses for smart plugs. Here are just a few to get your imagination turned on to all of the possibilities:

  • Turn on your coffee pot while you’re still in bed.
  • Control your window unit air conditioner or space heater without getting out of your chair.
  • Turn on lamps while you’re away to deter would-be burglars.
  • Turn off the oven, curling iron, or hair straightener you left on from your desk at work.
  • Turn on your holiday lights using a voice command.

Things to consider before buying a smart plug

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

There are several things to consider before getting a smart plug.

Voice assistant compatibility: First, make sure that the plug incorporates the type of command system you are more likely to use. For example, you shouldn’t get a plug that uses only its own app for commands if you strictly use Alexa. Not all plugs will be compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant either, so make sure it supports your voice command preference. Note that voice assistants and other platforms that support multiple smart devices can create “scenes” that

Energy monitoring: By plugging an appliance into this type of smart plug, you can learn just how much electricity your appliance uses, which can be particularly useful if you’re trying to decide on upgrading to a more energy-efficient model. The plug monitors how much electricity is routed through it to your appliance. Then, it sends a report to the plug’s app. Reports vary from app to app, but many let you see peak energy use hours and energy used over time. Quite a few smart plugs also give you the option to automatically turn on and off an appliance on a schedule so you can save electricity. Some good energy monitoring smart plugs include the WeMo Insight Switch, Elgato Eve and D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug.

Scheduling ahead of time: Most smart plugs have options to set schedules for turning devices on or off at certain times. It’s a common feature, but you should still make sure your plug has it for convenience.

Surge protection: At a desk or entertainment center, a smart power strip with surge protection may be a better choice for you. Check out our list of the best surge protectors for a few great smart power strips that you can use here.

Additional outlets : If you’re short on outlets around the house, a smart plug with the ability to expand the number of ports on your outlet is a helpful choice.

Outdoor vs. indoor use : For outdoor use, some of our favorites include Maxcio, Kasa, and Meross (we have a list of the best outdoor plugs here ). For indoor use, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 provides the most flexibility in the smart plug world. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit and Siri, and Google Assistant. If none of those options suit you, it can work without any smart hub at all.

Dimming: You can use voice commands or your smartphone to get precise with your dimming. It’s just a matter of pairing a dimmable lamp with a smart plug that supports dimming, like this Leviton model.

Size considerations

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Ome smart plugs are slightly oversized, which means they take up more valuable outlet space in your home than necessary. Ome plug’s size can be a real pain in the neck, to say the least, since it can reduce the number of accessible outlets in a home. If you want to make sure you’ll still have room to plug in other things, try the Wemo Mini.

Smart plug costs

Most smart plugs range from $20 to $50 in price, but costs for basic smart plugs are getting lower as technology improves, allowing manufacturers to churn out better products at a lower price point. If you want additional features, though, you’ll still be paying a higher price.

With a Smart plug, you can experience the convenience of the smart home without expensive equipment or potentially prying eyes. (We like smart bulbs for this reason, too). Appliances like TVs and lamps can go from mindless to smart as soon as you install the app. These are our favorite smart plugs we’ve tested (and ones we didn’t like).

We have plenty of other recommendations to help you build a smarter home, so check out our guides to the best Smart Bulbs, Security Cameras, Smart Speakers, and Smart Displays.

Updated February 2022: The TP-Link Kasa Mini is our new top pick. We’ve also added an outdoor plug from Cync and Kasa’s power strip as an option.

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A Note on Smart Plugs

Before you start shopping for a smart plug, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind.

  • What are you going to use it for? Not all devices automatically start when you turn the power on. For example, some coffee pots and window AC units need you to hit a “Brew” or “Cool” button for them to fulfill their intended function. Devices that turn on with the flick of a switch, like lamps, TVs, and window fans, are more likely to work.
  • Keep size in mind. Smart plugs are thick and bulky. If you plug one into a socket, you might not be able to fit something else into your second socket. You can usually find dimensions on the company or retailer’s website, so measure before you buy, and look at customer reviews.
  • You need an app. You usually need to install an app to set up the smart plug. This is how you control it and find more granular settings, like the ability to set schedules and group several smart plugs into one category. If you want to use many smart plugs in your home, you’ll have an easier time if you buy them all from the same manufacturer. Most of these plugs also work with Google Assistant or Alexa, so once you set up the app and connect them to your preferred voice assistant, you may not need to use the app anymore.
  • You might experience connection issues. If your Wi-Fi or power goes out, you may have to reconnect your smart plug. Some plugs automatically restore the last setting once the power comes back.

Our Favorite

TP-Link makes great products, and I particularly love its Kasa line of mini smart plugs. They perform the same as larger plugs, but in a compact body that is easily stacked with others—and if you use just one, it won’t obstruct the second outlet at all.

The app is pretty simple to navigate, and there are scenes, timers, and schedules you can program to your liking. Away mode turns the plugs on and off randomly during the time you choose, without your having to actually set timers and schedules. If you plug lamps into them, you can make it look like someone’s home and potentially thwart burglars. A few of our other picks have this setting too. I like that you can choose a start and end time, instead of simply putting it into away mode until you turn it off. This way, lights won’t be going on and off during the day when no one can see them anyway.

Alternatives: We’ve tried, and like, a bunch of other TP-Link products. If you find other plugs from the brand on sale for less, we think you’ll be happy with them.

Works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung SmartThings

A smart plug is an easy and low-cost way to make your regular home appliances, devices and lighting into smart home devices.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Setting up a smart home doesn’t cost a fortune. That’s where smart plug comes in. (Image credit: Amazon)

The market for the smart home is growing fast, although the cost is still a barrier for some to make their homes connected. But one smart home gadget that has grown in popularity over the last few months is a smart plug, a small adapter that can be plugged into a regular electrical wall outlet and can be connected to a Wi-Fi network. It may not be a fancy device to show off but it’s the most basic device needed to make a connected home. But what makes smart plugs intelligent and how do they work? Let’s find out.

What is a smart plug?

A smart plug is seen as the foundation to set up a so-called smart home. All you need to do is to plug the smart plug into an outlet and then connect it to your Wi-Fi network through the compatible app on your smartphone or tablet. Once connected, simply plug an appliance like a lamp or a fan, into your smart plug and then control the appliance either through the app or your voice.

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A smart plug is the easiest way to make your home appliances or devices smart. (Image credit: Amazon)

How does a smart plug work?

The idea behind a smart plug is to convert regular devices and appliances into your home “intelligent”. They need stable Wi-Fi and don’t require a hub. Most smart plugs come with a companion app that can be easily downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Smart plugs may seem slightly bulky, but they immediately blend with the interior of your home.

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Smart plugs can cost you between Rs 800 and Rs 3000, depending on the brand and features. (Image credit: Realme)

What are the advantages of a smart plug?

As we have mentioned earlier, smart plugs make your “dumb” devices and appliances smarter at a very nominal cost. The possibilities are endless with smart plugs. Turn the lights off without getting out of bed, control your heater from another room, or schedule your coffee machine even if you get out of bed in the morning.

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Smart plugs support Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or both. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/Indian Express)

Does a smart plug support voice assistants?

It depends. A lot of smart plugs do support popular voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa but some don’t come with Alexa and Google Assistant either. So before you buy the smart plug, make sure you see the plug can be connected to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. Voice-controlled assistants like Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa make it easy to control smart home devices by speaking simple commands like “Hey Google, turn on the light.” Though each of the voice assistants has its pros and cons.

Amazon Echo Flex review: A tiny plug-in smart speaker for compact spaces

Things to consider before you choose a smart plug

#Smart plugs are designed to be used for indoor and outdoor purposed. Before purchasing a smart plug, make sure you go through all the features, because smart plugs for indoor use cannot be used for outdoor lights.

#Buy a smart plug that supports Wi-Fi. Having a Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug is easy to set up without any learning curve and does not need any additional hub.

#Most commonly available smart plugs only support Alexa and Google Assistant. However, if you are into the Apple ecosystem and want Siri to turn off the coffee machine or lights, buy a smart plug that is compatible with HomeKit and your Apple devices. The problem is that there are very few smart plugs available in the market that work with Apple HomeKit.

#Choose a smart plug that lets you set a schedule for turning devices and appliances on or off at specific times.

#Not every device is compatible with a smart plug. It depends on the watts a device use, so select the plug accordingly.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

A smart plug gives you the ability to control and manage the devices, appliances and lights. (Image credit: TP Link)

How much does a smart plug cost?

If you use Alexa frequently, the Amazon smart plug is a great option. Any device that you plug into an Amazon smart plug can be turned on and off using the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android, smartphone. But there are a bunch of smart plugs that are equally capable. Take for instance, Realme’s smart plug, which costs a mere Rs 799. The Wi-Fi smart plug not only has five-layer safety protection but is compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants. TP-Link’s HS100 Wi-Fi smart plug is another good option, though it is priced at Rs 1399.

Considering buying a smart plug (or five) to turn your home into an instantly smart space? Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the smart plug – from what it can do to whether it’s worth the spend

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Heard the term ‘smart plug’ bandied about and wondered what all the fuss was about? Here, we tell you what smart plugs are, what they do, whether they’re worth the trouble and how they can make your life easier (or not). There’s also a quick list of the best buys.

Find more of the best smart home buys, advice and reviews on The Hub.

WHAT IS A SMART PLUG?

A smart plug can plug into your electrical outlets and sockets. You then plug any device into it and use the smart plug’s corresponding app to control the device via your phone or smart assistant (think: Alexa, Google Hub Max or Apple Siri).

Some smart plugs come with or can be controlled with a separate remote control that can be used around the house. These are called smart buttons, which are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled mini controls that can send commands to other devices. Where to start? Flic and Logitech Pop.

Smart plugs are generally sold as singles, but you can buy smart plug power strips, too, into which you can plug multiple devices.

Find the best smart speakers to host a smart assistant in our guide.

HOW MUCH IS A SMART PLUG?

They needn’t be expensive – good quality buys start from around £25/$30 each for single smart plugs; smart plug strips cost a little more.

WHAT CAN A SMART PLUG DO?

Not all smart plugs are created equal, but good quality ones can manage most of the features below. It’s worth working out what you’d like your smart plugs to do for you before you buy so that you ensure get the service you want from them.

Make dumb appliances smart

A smart plug can turn an appliance that isn’t smart (in other words, smartphone or smart assistant enabled) into one that is, instantly.

Let’s say you’ve plugged a basic lamp or plain old coffee maker into the smart plug. With the smart plug, you can instantly turn them it on and off remotely. So, if you’re away overnight, you can use the app on your phone make your home look occupied by turning lights on and off as if you were at home. Or perhaps you’re on the sofa and want to start a pot of coffee brewing – you can ask your smart assistant to turn on the coffee machine with the simple instruction: ‘Alexa, put the coffee machine on’ – in other words, you don’t even need to remember the number of the smart plug; it’s that simple.

Turn your appliances on and off

Better still, a smart plug can be programmed just like any other smart home gadget or device to create schedules. So, you can instruct your smart plug – via the app – to turn your lamps on and off automatically at set times or to start brewing your coffee at a set time every morning.

Control zones

Some smart plugs will work as a group to create zones. So, you could create a lighting zone with all the table lamps in your living room, for example, and control all of them at once: ‘Google, turn on the living room lighting’ could be your set up instruction – and boom, each living room smart plug connected to a table lamp will switch it on.

Make it look like you’re home when you’re away

Just like we used to set plug-in timers to make our lights come on and off when we’re away, good quality smart plugs have an ‘away’ mode, too, meaning your smart-plugged-in lamps, for example, will come on and off at intervals while you’re on holiday, just like they would if you were home. But instead of fiddling with the timings manually like on old plug-in timers, you control the schedule for your smart-plugged-in-lamps via your phone or smart assistant (whether you’re home or away already).

Control outdoor devices, too

Want your garden lights to come on and off when you’re away, too? Or simply want to set a schedule for them for summer or winter? Anything outdoors that’s plugged in via a smart plug designed for exterior use can be controlled in the same way as smart plugs for indoors.

Lower your electricity bills

Of course, if your lights and appliances can be switched off from afar, you can cut your electricity bills. But some smart plugs, such as the WeMo Insight can go further, tracking how much energy a device is using and giving you the cost, too. And this, of course, can encourage you to swap out expensive devices or energy-guzzling lightbulbs for more eco-friendly ones. Handy as we all become more environmentally conscientious. And while we’re on the subject, you can set smart plugs to prevent latent energy use by devices while they’re turned off.

React to other smart devices

If you’re looking to really build up a smart home, it’s important to pick smart plugs that will work with your other smart devices. Let’s say, for example, that your smart doorbell or smart security cameras spot a potential intruder while you’re out or away, some of the cleverer smart plugs can be set up to switch on a lamp indoors, making it look like you’re home. Look out for the acronym IFTTT (If This Then That) on the smart plug’s spec.

How to choose the best smart plug?

There is a lot of choice when it comes to smart plugs. If you already have a smart speaker with a smart assistant on it (let’s say Amazon’s Alexa on an Echo Dot as an example), it makes good sense to buy smart plugs that are compatible so that you can control the plug not just from your phone but with your voice, too. Most plugs are compatible with more than one smart assistant, but always check first.

Don’t have a smart assistant yet? We’d still recommend that you go for a plug that’s compatible with one of the main brands (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings) because it’s likely this will be your next step into the smart home.

The easiest smart plugs to set up and go can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. Others connect through a hub, and tend to be cheaper than Wi-Fi enabled ones. However, the reason to opt for the second type of smart plug shouldn’t be price: rather, you’d buy these because they might integrate with another system you have or are planning to buy, such as smart lighting.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Smart plugs come in all shapes and sizes, and can be found for prices that fit all budgets. They’re also one of the most impactful devices in any smart home. They make your life easier, give you added peace of mind and save you time and money

What are smart plugs?

Smart plugs are devices that sit between ordinary electrical outlets and the device you’re plugging in. So instead of plugging your coffee maker or television into a socket on the wall, you plug them into your smart plug. Usually these devices share one and the same basic functionality: control.

This enables you to set a plug to switch on or off at a scheduled time. Or, if you have a smart home hub like Homey running things at home, you can connect them to a boatload of other smart home devices. Make your devices that may not support wireless technologies, such as Z-Wave or Zigbee, a bit smart(er). This way you can really start your smart home automation journey.

Here are some examples:

Smart plugs in your morning routine

Morning chaos is the norm in many households. Rather than stumbling out of bed as your alarm goes off, walking into a smokey kitchen to find out somebody left the toaster on. Let your smart plugs switch everything on or off automatically, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

This also means turning on kettles or coffee makers. Granted, it takes some preparation the day before to get this right, but it’s so worth it. Fill your kettle with water, and never wait for your tea in the morning again. More of a coffee kind of person? Prepare your machine in the evening, and automatically turn on your coffee maker in the morning when you’re getting out of bed.

Smart plugs for security and safety

We talked about turning off devices automatically, so you don’t have to worry about them. In that same vein, there’s a whole array of devices that pose a serious threat if left unattended. Devices like hair straighteners, irons, heaters, practically any appliance that can get really hot. Instead of worrying if you left anything on, turn it all off automatically when you leave for work. Or, the other way around, don’t spend time waiting for your hair straightener to warm up in the morning. Turn it on each morning at a particular time, so all your devices are ready for you to start your day.

Also, smart plugs are essential in making your own presence simulations. Turning your lights, or other devices, on and off with a smart schedule, will make your home look like it’s occupied. Even when you’re miles away.

Smart plugs for managing your family

Managing a modern family is hard. You have a stressful job, and you don’t want to come home to play the bad cop. The prospect of making sure your kids don’t spend too much time playing their gaming consoles or watching television doesn’t attract you at all.

Smart plugs to the rescue! Shut down devices on a predetermined time, using a timer. Surely, all kids deserve a little break from homework each day. But when playtime is over, switch off the TV or gaming console. Just go easy with it, you don’t want to shut down anything when they’re in the middle of a level, do you?

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Some kids need night lights or sound machines at night. Easily automated with smart plugs, making sure you never forget to turn them on. Also, by turning the nightlights on the way to the bathroom, you make sure nobody has to make their way in the dark. With a smart home hub you could also trigger this with motion sensors or door sensors.

Using smart plugs to save money

Air conditioning, fans, electric radiators, there are many ways to influence the climate of your home. It’s fantastic walking into a pre-heated or pre-cooled room. However, you don’t want to spend unnecessary amounts of energy (and money) to keep all of them turned on for your benefit. You can already guess where this is going: use a smart plug to schedule your climate appliances.

Whenever it comes to these bigger, power-hungry devices, make sure you check the specifications of your smart plug to be sure whether or not they can handle the power draw of your appliance.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Some smart plugs also have onboard energy usage measurement. For instance, the Fibaro Wall Plug has a LED ring that gives visual feedback about how much energy is being used by the device plugged in. You could even get an overview of your energy usage with Homey Insights. Using this data, you have an idea of how much energy you use in your home. Or even better, you can find out which devices are using the most energy, and adjust your usage accordingly. That way you can find out how much it costs to run an electrical appliance. Or even how much it takes to charge your phone, tablet or laptop. Use this knowledge to use your devices more efficiently in the future, and save money.

Smart plugs with a discount

To get you started with saving money, we’re offering you a 10% discount on smart plugs for a limited time only. Use the code coolplugs during the checkout process in our Talks with Homey Store. Be quick though, the code is only valid until March 31, 2019.

These smart plugs and switches can make your smart home sing — and most of them are super cheap.

Technology is rewriting the home , and smart home devices are cropping up for every room these days — whether you need light bulbs , speakers , a TV or even a fridge . But what about the stuff in our homes that isn’t smart yet? That’s where smart plugs come in.

These nifty gadgets connect your regular lamp, fan, coffee maker , kitchen appliance or nearly anything else to your smart home for automation and voice control. There are models for every voice assistant. Some even work with all three: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit . It’s a quick and affordable way to get more out of your smart home platform.

With so many options out there, picking the best smart plug to turn on and off your newly connected devices means you’ll need to take a look at all your needs, your home’s connectivity setup, whether or not you want to use voice command and the platform you use to control it all — with “all” now including any wall outlet you choose.

We’ve tested dozens of the smart plugs from companies large and small, and these are our picks for the best smart plug to get the rest of your home online. We update this list periodically. Smart home devices, here we come!

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

The best smart plugs are a quick way to make your home more intelligent, turning any simple appliance into one that connects to your wifi. When you think of the possibilities, it’s easy to see how turning plugs on and off could be useful.

Need a cuppa right away? You can get the kettle boiling before you reach the front door. If you’re not home, have lamps go on and off to make it look like you are; or you can double-check you definitely switched off your hair straighteners – we’ve all been there.

Along with smart bulbs, these devices are among the simplest and most affordable ways to make your home more connected, enabling you to control your appliances remotely and set them to a schedule from your phone.

What is a smart plug?

They might look like an ordinary adaptor or extension lead, but they can do so much more, connecting to your wifi and letting you manage your gadgets from an app on your phone. Setup is as straightforward as popping one in a socket, pairing it with your network, and then using it to switch on and off any appliance attached to it. But they aren’t all the same. This roundup explains the key things to look out for and how to pick the one that’s best for you.

How we test smart plugs

We test out smart plugs by setting them up and looking at how quickly they can turn on a range of appliances including lights, fans, hair straighteners and slow cookers. We try out features in the companion app, including setting up schedules and trying out integrations with voice assistants. Here are our top recommendations:

  • Best smart plug for most people:TP-Link Kasa Mini Smart Plug
  • Best smart power strip:TP-Link Kasa WiFi Power Strip
  • Best smart plug for Apple lovers:Meross Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini
  • Best smart plug for Alexa owners:Amazon Smart Plug
  • Best installable smart plug:Lightwave Power Starter Kit
  • Best smart plug for energy monitoring and Apple support:Eve Energy Smart Plug
  • Best smart plug for lighting:Philips Hue Smart Plug
  • Best smart plug for the basics: ​​Hey Smart Plug

How do smart plugs work?

Companion apps and connectivity: You’ll be able to control your plug and create schedules using a smartphone app from the brand. Some of these are also compatible with a platform called IFTTT, which stands for “if this, then that”. This service can get devices and services from different brands working together. For example, you could set it up so that your wifi security camera could automate a lamp switching on, but only if the camera spots someone outside your house.

Voice assistants and integrations: In addition, you can use voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant to switch plugs on and off. If you prefer to keep everything in one place, you can also create “automations” and schedules within the app for the voice assistant. Not all plugs work with all assistants though, so we’ve covered that in our reviews.

Can smart plugs save energy?

Smart plugs can help you save energy by helping you to switch off appliances that may be consuming electricity while on standby. Set-top boxes, games consoles and older TVs are some of the main culprits. Newer tellys are more energy-efficient, but it still can help to switch a few appliances off overnight to save precious pennies on your energy costs. Models from brands like TP-Link and Eve will offer you energy-monitoring capabilities too, helping you to know how much energy you’re using and what it costs.

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The Aqara Smart Plug can automate appliances easily.
Numerous smart scenes are available when the plug works with other Aqara smart devices.

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Forgot to turn off the fan when you hurry outside? Just take out your phone and
open Aqrar Home app. Then, you can turn off all the electrical appliances at your home easily.

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Coffee maker automatically turns on at 7:00 AM.

A wonderful day begins with a steaming cup of hot coffee.

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At 7:00 PM, the humidifier automatically turns on, before you arrive home

to provide you with a comfortable environment.

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Enjoy Smart Life

Aqara Smart Plug work with your favorite smart home platforms like Aqara Home、Apple HomeKit 、Amazon
Alexa、Google Assistant , and can be conveniently integrated with different smarthome devices.

* Controlling this HomeKit-enabled accessory automatically and away from home requires an Apple TV with tvOS 10.2
or later or an iPad with iOS 11.0 or later or a Home Pod set up as a home hub.

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Use your favourite voice assistant to enjoy a smart life.

* It is recommended to use iOS 12.0 or above. A HomePod, Apple TV ( tvOS 11.0 or above ) or an iPad ( iOS 12.0
or above ) that has been set as the home center is needed to remote control HomeKit accessories.

The advantages of the Zigbee protocol make smart devices respond fast and work smoothly. Even if the network connection is interrupted, the local automation between the smart plug and the sensors still works normally.

Do you want the basic benefits of a smart home without investing in specific smart devices for every need—smart window shades, smart air conditioners, smart lightbulbs? Or maybe you’re feeling a little technologically challenged; the whole idea of smart devices (Wi-Fi-enabled devices that can be controlled remotely through a smartphone or tablet) might still scare you. “Isn’t it hard to install a smart device? I’ve heard you can’t use one of these things unless you have a hub. And what is a hub, anyway?”

Consider the smart plug: the starter smart device. If you want to dip a toe into the whole world of smart devices, begin with a smart plug. All you need is home Wi-Fi.

Why would I want a smart plug?

Because it’s the cheapest and easiest way to automate almost any device in your home. You plug the smart plug into a regular wall outlet and click it on. Then any appliance that’s plugged into it can be switched on and off from the app you’ve installed on your mobile device. So you can, say, turn a fan on and off wirelessly with a single click on your smartphone. (You’ll save on electrical bills by turning devices off when you don’t need them.)

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

You generally can’t use a smart plug to do fancy stuff like dimming the lights or adjusting the temperature on a thermostat. But many smart plugs can be programmed to switch on and off at scheduled times. Some have features such as energy monitors (which you can view on the app), night-lights, and chargers. And more and more of them can be operated by voice control, through Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. Above: The compact, HomeKit-enabled iHome iSP8 ($49.99) can be operated with voice commands to Siri and Alexa, and also comes with its own remote. It’s $44.91 on Amazon.

Is it hard to install a smart plug?

Nope, and that’s the beauty of it. All you do is unwrap it, plug it into your wall outlet of choice (someplace convenient to the appliance you want it to control), and download the free app that comes with it—no degree in programming required. You won’t need a hub either, by the way. You’re good to go.

Want to be able to turn on the lamp over on the dresser without getting out of bed? No need for a smart bulb; a smart plug does the trick. Want to get the AC cranking before you walk in the front door from work? Thanks, smart plug!

When it comes to smart plugs, does size matter?

It can. Some of the larger smart plugs cover both outlets in a standard duplex wall fixture, rendering the second one useless. That’s where the smaller ones, like the Belkin WeMo Mini, are an improvement.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Also, think about where you want to install your smart plug. When you plug it into a wall outlet, it’ll stick out from that by a few inches. Then whatever you plug into it protrudes further. So if you plan to install your smart plug, say, behind a couch that’s flush to the wall, you might want a plug whose outlets are positioned on the side, such as the iDevices Switch or Zuli Smartplug, so whole assembly won’t extend out from the wall so much. Above: The iDevices Switch ($29.95) has a side outlet, which means it protrudes less from the wall, and a nightlight that lets you customize the color. It’s also available for $24.83 on Amazon.

What should I consider when shopping for a smart plug?

As with any electronic device, new models are arriving on the market all the time. To find out what’s available, read current reviews on tech sites such as the Wirecutter and CNET. It also helps to check user comments on retail sites like Amazon, to see what consumers are saying.

Since there’s no big financial outlay, you can’t go far wrong. Be sure to choose a plug that will work with your smartphone (many but not all are compatible with both Android and iOS devices). And check out the features listed below to see what you want.

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Above: The Wirecutter’s budget pick, the Geeni Energi ($24.99) is fairly new on the scene. It offers a lot of bang for the buck, including energy tracking, and is available for $15.99 on Amazon.

Are all smart plugs alike?

  • As mentioned, many smart plugs support both iOS (Apple) and Android smartphones, but for some it’s only one or the other.
  • Most smart plugs don’t require a smart-home hub. But if you already have a hub, like Apple HomeKit, you’ll probably want a plug you can integrate with that, so you can link it to your other HomeKit devices.
  • Most smart plugs respond to voice control; if you have Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant, make sure the smart plug you buy is compatible with your system so that you can turn lights and appliances on and off by speaking.
  • Many will monitor energy use, telling you much it’s costing you to operate your appliance.
  • Many allow you to set a schedule, so they’ll turn the lights on automatically at the same time every day, for example, just before you get home from work.
  • Some plugs come with an app that will let you operate several smart plugs at once.
  • Some, such as the iHome SmartPlug, come with a separate remote control, so you can still operate them even if your phone battery’s dead.

How much do smart plugs cost?

This isn’t a big investment: Smart plugs start as low as $9 and can go up to $60 for a dual-outlet plug with extras.

Can I have more than one smart plug in my home?

Of course. You could install a smart plug in every outlet if you wanted, and even link them on the app to control them all with a single click. Or just put a smart plug anywhere you want to add remote control to a dumb appliance—say, one in the bedroom for the air conditioner and one in the kitchen for the slow cooker. When it comes to automatically turning any old appliance into a fairly smart device, the smart plug is a simple solution.

Are the electrical outlets gracing your walls doing their job perfectly? Do you know that there are many different outlets you can install in your house, each outlet for a different purpose? If you are planning on an electrical upgrade in your house or if you just want to know if your house is equipped with the right types of electrical outlets, you need to know the answers to these questions. Let’s take a closer look at the 6 different types of electrical outlets to install in your home.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

6 Types of Household Electrical Outlets and Their Functions

1. GFCI outlets

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter or GFCI outlets detect the abnormal flow of current and instantly shuts off the power supply. Normal electrical supply is when the current passes through the hot wires and returns through the neutral wire. If the current flows beyond that, the GFCI outlet immediately detects the danger and kills the power. The GFCI outlets are usually installed in bathrooms, wet kitchen areas, basements and outdoors where there are high chances of abnormal current passing through the wires. GFCI outlets are a bit more expensive than the regular outlets, but they are absolutely essential in wet areas of the house.

2. AFCI outlets

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter or AFCI outlets prevents the formation of arcs that occur when electricity jumps from one wire to another. These arcs are dangerous as they cause electrical fires. AFCI outlets are designed to detect these hazardous arc faults and prevent electrical fires.

3. 20A outlets

With 20A circuits and 20A outlets, you can easily run your power-hungry devices. These types of outlets can take up the power load better than most of the other outlets without tripping the circuit breaker. 20A outlets are installed in areas like kitchens and garages, where the usage of power-hogging devices is the highest.

4. USB outlets

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to knowUSB outlets are not a standard in most houses; if it were, life would have been convenient, wouldn’t it? However, if you wish to install integrated USB ports in your home, you can do so. It is a wall socket with built-in USB ports. You can recharge your devices directly from the USB cable. USB outlets are beneficial because they leave regular outlets free for other appliances. If you do not want to do any kind of electrical work, you can buy a USB wall charger, which has the same functions as the USB outlet.

5. Smart outlets

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

If you want to move away from the standard and take your electrical updates to a completely new level, smart outlets will take you there. They are just like your other outlets but the thing that makes them smart is the feature that they can be controlled from your smartphone from just about anywhere and anytime.

6. Switched outlets

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

With switched outlet, the power control is in your hands. You can switch it on or off whenever you like. This type of outlet is best for plugged appliances. You can also use the switched outlet to supply power to an extension cord, but the main power supply is always through the switched outlet.

Now that you know what types of outlets can be installed in your home, you can now make an informed decision while getting electrical upgrades to improve electrical efficiency at home .

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Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to knowJeson Pitt works with the marketing department of D&F Liquidators and regularly writes to share his knowledge while enlightening people about electrical products and solving their electrical dilemmas. He’s got the industry insights that you can count on along with years of experience in the field. Jeson lives in Hayward, CA and loves to explore different cuisines that the food trucks in the Bay area have to offer.

Years ago, you might’ve used a plug with an on/off timer for your Christmas lights….

Years ago, you might’ve used a plug with an on/off timer for your Christmas lights. Or maybe you remember the Clapper, which lets you turn the lights on and off by clapping.

Now we can control “standard devices” (devices that aren’t smart like your old holiday lights or coffee makers) within our homes by tapping the screen on our phone. This is done with the help of smart plugs and your smart home hub.

Smart plugs can turn your previously “dumb” devices into smart devices, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a modern smart apartment or smart home without the costs of upgrading appliances or rewiring.

Smart plugs explained

A smart plug is an outlet that plugs into a regular wall outlet, or completely replaces an in-wall outlet, that allows you to control the outlet remotely via a smart home app. Smart plugs enable your everyday appliances and devices to be voice or phone operated.

Moveable vs in-wall

Smart plugs usually come in two different formats: one that is plugged into an existing outlet. And one that is installed into the wall like a regular outlet in your home.

Many people find the advantages of moveable, plug-and-play smart plugs that allows them to decide where they’d like to have smart plugs installed. This is great for older homes or apartments where rewiring and changing outlet boxes isn’t an option.

For many in the multifamily industry, though, in-wall smart outlets make the most sense. By installing plugs and outlets directly into the wall, this prevents stealing or accidental removal by a tenant.

Whatever the use case, though, if you’re working with a smart home provider, ask them for best practices. They should be able to help you understand your floor plan and give you guidance on the best placement of smart smart devices in your home.

The smart plug can connect to other smart devices through a Wi Fi network, Bluetooth, Z-Wave , or Zigbee . This connection allows you to plug in any device to the smart plug and control it through your smart home assistant or on your phone.

What are smart plugs used for?

Smart plugs are mostly used for simple automations and timing. Instead of controlling everything with the regular switches, you can set up a schedule, or tell your smart voice device to turn off the lights or turn on the fan.

What can you automate? Well, anything that plugs in can be automated, but we’re going to share a few ideas that can make your life easier and save you time and money.

Lights: Leaving lights on 24/7 will quickly become an expensive habit. You can set your lights to turn on when you wake up and right before you get home from work, so you don’t come home to a dark house.

Coffee makers: Most coffee pots have built-in timers, but they can be a pain, especially if your schedule varies every day. A smart plug lets you turn on your coffee maker from your phone.

Air conditioners, space heaters, and fans: Turning on the A/C and heat can add a significant amount to the monthly energy bills. With a smart plug, you can control the temperature without wasting energy. Turn on the heat a few minutes before you get out of bed or turn on the A/C or a few fans as you’re getting home.

Just remember that your smart plug can’t press any buttons or flip switches for you (at least not yet). They only control the power going to your device. This means that your devices will need to be set to the on position to start working when you turn it on via your app or smart home assistant.

You can also connect your smart plugs to motion sensors. This can allow your lights, fan, or other devices to turn on when you enter the room.

What are the benefits of a smart plug?

Save money: Smart plugs help reduce wasted energy by turning off your devices when you’re not using them. It’s easy to forget to turn everything off when you’re leaving in a rush and already late to your appointment. Smart plugs help by giving you control from your phone, and you can easily set on/off schedules.

Most devices also draw a little bit of energy when you’re not using them. Usually, it’s not noticeable, but your smart plugs can save money on your electricity bills by turning your devices off completely when you’re not home.

Save time: Are you looking for ways to optimize your morning routine? Setting up smart outlets is a great way to cut down on waiting times. Your smart plug can’t cook you an omelet yet, but it can heat up your hair straightener or switch on your coffee maker. Even if you just saved 10 minutes every week, it would add up to a full 8 hours by the end of the year.

Peace of mind: We’ve all had those days where it feels like we’ve left something turned on. Smart plugs give you control even when you’re not at home. You can be sure that your bedroom lights and toaster oven are turned off. You can also turn things on when you’re away. Turning on a few lights can make it seem like you’re at home and deter burglars.

Some final thoughts

How should you integrate smart technology into your home and make them work for you in the best way possible? You’ll get the most out of your smart outlets by integrating them with your smart home assistant and using them for the right devices. With Alexa and Google Home, you can use the voice command compatibility to control your smaller appliances at home. This will take a little bit of configuration in your smart home app, but it’s fairly easy.

When you’re not at home, you’ll still be able to control your smart plugs using your app or by setting a daily schedule. Most have capabilities to connect into your current setup, but Amazon also offers a smart plug that works exclusively with Alexa.

We believe that smart plugs are a low-cost way to connect more devices to your smart home network. We’re expecting them to continue to innovate and open up more opportunities to automate your life. For now, you can enjoy the added convenience and the time and energy savings that they offer.

An affordable and easy way to smarten up every device and appliance in your home.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

For a quick upgrade to your smart home setup that doesn’t cost a ton, add a few smart plugs to your living space. All it takes is a free outlet and app download to gain control—whether you’re home or not—of everything from lighting fixtures, to coffee makers, to larger appliances like air-conditioners and microwaves. But not all smart plugs are alike, and it’s important to make sure the one you’re buying is compatible with your ecosystem and has the features you need to get the job done.

What to Consider

First, take stock of everything in your house you want to connect to determine how many amps each uses, because every smart plug has a limit. For gadgets and smaller appliances, you’ll probably be fine with a plug that caps off at 10 or 12 amps. For large appliances, it’s best to buy a smart plug with 15 amps or more. Next up is compatibility with your smart home setup, as not all plugs work with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit. It’s imperative that the smart plugs’ app is intuitive and easy to set up, and has features that meet your needs. Also, check dimensions to make sure the smart plug will fit in its intended outlet or space.

How We Chose

Along with combing through countless user reviews for smart plugs that scored four stars or more, we dug into our own testing results in the smart home space and consulted other expert sources from publications such as Tom’s Guide and Wirecutter. Our selection includes top-rated smart plugs across price points, with a range of essential and nice-to-have features. We also took into account platform compatibility, ease of setup, app user-experience, and overall design.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and join the 21st century by converting your home into a smart home.

But with all the smart home gadgets and devices available, where do you start? And how can you make your smart home dreams come true on a budget?

The answer is simple: smart plugs.

What Is a smart plug? A smart plug is a small adaptor that can be plugged into a regular electrical wall outlet. It can be connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Once connected, the smart plug can be controlled remotely through an application installed on the smartphone. Any device or appliance that is plugged into the smart plug adaptor can be turned on or off by using a smartphone.

Smart plugs make it easy to automate and control small appliances and devices in your home. And because they are low cost, they are an affordable option for you to begin turning your home into a smart home.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how smart plugs work, their benefits, and how you can make smart plugs work for you.

How Do Smart Plugs Work?

Smart plugs convert ordinary devices and appliances in your home into “smart” ones. They do this by allowing you to control the power supply to the appliance through an app on your smartphone.

You can take any ordinary electrical outlet in your home and put a smart plug in it. The physical outlet in your wall stays the same while the appliance or device that’s plugged into the smart plug can now be controlled through your smartphone.

The process to achieve this is simple. The first step is to plug the smart plug into a wall outlet.

The adaptor may seem a little bulky at first, but most smart plugs are neutral in color, so they blend in with the surroundings very well. After a while, you’ll hardly notice the smart plug is there.

Next, download the manufacturer’s app onto your smartphone. Most smart plug apps are available through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Through the app on your smartphone, you can connect to the smart plug and receive information about its usage.

Now, plug in any appliance or device that you want to control with your smartphone into the smart plug.

And voila! You are now able to turn the appliance on or off using your smartphone.

Some smart plugs allow you to schedule when they will turn on or off. You can program this schedule by the day and by the hour using the smartphone app.

Other smart plugs allow you to monitor energy usage and some can even check the temperature of the wall outlet to make sure it doesn’t overheat.

There are smart plugs available that can be connected to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. With this option, you can control the smart plug with simple voice commands.

Before purchasing a smart plug, make sure it has all the features you need and can connect with the voice assistant or hub that you may be using.

Smart plugs are made by many different companies and come in many shapes and sizes. They are sold in electronics departments online, in stores, or directly from the manufacturer.

You can buy them individually or in packs of two or more. Some smart plugs are also available as power strips for use with multiple devices.

Do Smart Plugs Need Wi-Fi?

In order for your smart plug to work, you’re going to need a stable Wi-Fi connection. Your smart plug needs to be connected to your smartphone through a Wi-Fi connection so they can communicate with each other.

Without a Wi-Fi connection you won’t be able to control your smart plug with your smartphone, so you’ll have to make sure that there aren’t any disruptions in your service or connection.

Why Use Smart Plugs?

Anytime you want to make your “dumb” appliances and devices “smarter”, you can plug them into a smart plug and enjoy the ease of controlling them from the palm of your hand on your smartphone.

Whether you’re looking to turn your lamp off when you’re not home or turn the coffee pot on from your bedroom, smart plugs provide you with the functionality you need to get the job done.

Let’s face it: no one likes getting out of bed in the morning to turn on the coffee machine.

Or how about realizing that you forgot to turn off the hall lights once you’ve snuggling down under the covers for the night. Ugh.

You can make these situations a thing of the past by plugging those appliances into a smart plug.

Smart plugs allow you to make appliances and devices in your home automated, more efficient, and tailored to your personal usage preferences.

And with indoor and outdoor smart plug options available, you can be confident that no part of your home will be left out of your smart home upgrade.

Smart Plug Ideas

The possibilities with smart plugs are endless. You’ve probably already thought of a few uses for smart plugs in your own home.

But if you need a few more ideas to get your creative juices flowing, we’ve put together a list of ideas of how you can use smart plugs.

    Do you want to turn on the lights before you get home from work late at night?

Smart plugs are a low-cost way to upgrade your home appliances or devices to smart ones. They have many advantages including improving energy efficiency and safety.

With smart plugs, you can have the power of smart home technology brought to every area of your home.

Sense now integrates with energy monitoring smart plugs from Wemo and Kasa, to help identify devices even faster and give you device control right from the Sense app.

Adding onto existing integrations with Philips Hue , Amazon’s Alexa , and IFTTT , Sense now integrates with two common energy monitoring smart plugs: the TP-Link Kasa KP-115 , TP-Link Kasa HS300, and Belkin Wemo Insight Plug . With the addition of these smart plugs, Sense not only gets detailed energy information about devices on those plugs, but also allows you to control devices directly from the Sense app, at home or on the go.

Setting up the smart plug integration

  1. Before turning on the integration, you should make sure your smart plugs are on the latest firmware. You can do this via the Kasa and Wemo apps.
  2. Go to Settings > My Home > Connected Devices, and enable the integration for your smart plug(s).
  3. Once enabled, it will take a few minutes for Sense to add your new smart plug devices to your device list

And that’s it! Once added, these devices will function like any other device in Sense, albeit with a couple key differences:

  • Control. The added bonus is that you will also be able to control the smart plug device (turning it on/off) right from the Sense app, by tapping the on/off button, shown on both the Devices screen and in the Device Details view.
  • What’s plugged in? For any smart plug device, you will also see a “What’s plugged in?” option in Device Details. We encourage you to answer this, so that you can better categorize the device, help Sense learn, and also ensure that you do not have any duplicate devices (in cases where you have a device on a smart plug that Sense has already detected).

Making your home more secure and efficient

If you already have either of these smart plugs in your home, you may well be using them for some important devices that could get left on accidentally, like a coffee maker, toaster, or hairstyling iron. By connecting them to your Sense monitor, you can take advantage of the Custom Notifications feature to alert you when your connected devices have been on for more than an hour, and now you can turn them off right from the Sense app. We’ve always given you the peace of mind that everything is safe at home when you can’t be there, but now you have the control to do something about it.

Smart plugs are also a great tool to manage your energy usage at home. For example, you might want to track the energy usage of your entire home entertainment system using a power strip connected to a smart plug. With smart plugs, you can track how many hours these devices are being used in aggregate, set Goals based on that usage, and even set up an alert when usage exceeds a certain amount. And if you really want to dig into the data, your smart plug devices will also show up in Data Export .

Part of your home energy management plan should involve tracking down vampire energy drains and our smart plug integration can help. As your smart plugs accrue data, Sense will start to learn about the power states of your connected devices. In addition to the typical “off” and “on” states that Sense already recognizes, a new “idle” state has also been introduced. For example, if you have a TV or DVR that always draws a few watts even when it’s “off,” and then shoots up in energy when you actually turn it “on,” Sense will begin display an “idle” state instead of “off.” Maybe it’s best to leave your entertainment system smart plug turned off until you’re ready to use it?

How this improves device detection

This integration can make immediate improvements to device detection within your home. Devices that don’t have a distinctive energy signature — because they are always on, have inconsistent patterns, consume very little energy, or multiples of the same device are running in the home — can be challenging for Sense to detect. Smart plugs allow you to get immediate detections for many of these devices. For large 120V or 240V devices and appliances that are not able to be used with a smart plug, Dedicated Circuit Monitoring is a viable option.

While this is especially beneficial to your home, it’s also helping Sense learn and improve device detection for the entire Sense community. The aggregate data from these kinds of energy monitoring smart plugs helps our data science team collect ground truth about devices that Sense is still learning to identify on its own. Plus, by labeling devices connected to your smart plugs , you’re helping Sense learn even faster by feeding the device’s electrical signature directly into the neural networks that power our Community Names feature . Your input will help Sense’s device detection capabilities grow over the coming years.

Looking for more information about how this integration works? Check out these articles in our Knowledge Base , or read the Release Notes and join the discussion on our Community forum.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Have you ever been away from your home – maybe on vacation – and you wished your appliances could control themselves and know when to go off and on? Or know when to go off every night, saving you the stress of running around to switch them off? Well, if you’re currently facing this, all you need is a smart plug.

A smart plug is just like your regular power adapter. It serves as a connection between your home power socket and the home appliances you choose to connect it to. The difference is, unlike your regular power adapter, a smart plug lets you control (turn off or on) the connected appliances from a mobile app on your smartphone or voice, from anywhere. Also, depending on the brand of smart plug you have, you can schedule it to turn off and on your appliances, at a set time and on specific days, and in turn, save energy.

How is a Smart Plug Useful?

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Smart plugs come in different designs and features. The Amazon Echo Flex, for instance, comes with virtual assistant (Alexa) support built-in. This means you can interact with your smart plug via a mobile app, and you can speak directly to it. Smart plugs make use of Wi-Fi to connect and let you remotely control appliances (via your smartphone) plugged into it.

Furthermore, you can use your smartphone to set/schedule a specific time and day to turn your appliances on and off. With this, you no longer have to worry if you left your coffee maker on after you left the office or your air condition is on while you’re away from home.

Are There Risks?

There is no denying the usefulness of Smart plugs, however, it is also important that we point out the risks that come with using the device. Cyber security experts have warned that buying cheap smart plugs can expose your entire home network to hackers. Your best bet is to get your smart plugs from reputable brands like Amazon.

Are there any risks of fire? Yes. It is important electrical sockets and extensions connected with smart plug devices are not overloaded. It is also important not to use smart plugs with high-power electrical devices that exceed its maximum wattage.

Begin the Smart Home Journey

Well, if you are considering turning your home into a smart one, smart Plugs are the easiest devices to start with. They turn your wired applications into smart ones, help you save energy, so you can attend to more important things.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Automating your home with the best smart plugs might be the easiest and most cost-effective method of modernizing the many ordinary lights, devices, and tools you have around the home, without needing to upgrade absolutely everything to the latest connected model.

Use smart plugs for peace of mind with things like hair tools and heaters, so you can double-check they’ve been turned off while you’re out of the house, or for lamps that you wish could be synced with the rest of your smart lighting set-up. Different models offer different features, but most allow you to connect with Alexa, Google Assistant, and/or Apple HomeKit, so you can control your devices with your voice.

The best smart speakers will also let you include your smart plugs into existing routines and schedules, so you can have your living room lamp switch on just as the sun is setting and you’re wrapping up your workday.

The best smart plugs in 2022

1. Philips Hue Smart Plug

Best smart plug for lighting

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The Philips Hue Smart Plug is, unsurprisingly given the name, designed to supplement an existing smart lighting set-up in your home but can equally be used as a standalone smart plug for lamps, heaters, hair tools, or anything else you want to be more automated.

A Philips Hue Bridge – often included in starter kits with Hue bulbs – will be required for most of the features you’ll want to use, such as being able to control it with your voice or turn the power switch on or off while you’re not home. Alternatively, if you just want basic functionality, you can use the plug via Bluetooth.

When testing the device using plug-in curtain string lights we found that, despite some decidedly patchy home WiFi, it never failed to turn on and off within the evening and morning routines we can set via Google Assistant.

2. WeMo WiFi Smart Plug

Best smart plug for home security

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It can be difficult to tell the difference between what smart plugs offer, aside from the price and design of individual devices, but the WeMo WiFi Smart Plug does have one feature that would suit frequent travelers. Away Mode, when activated, will randomly turn your switch on and off to simulate that someone is home – deterring any would-be burglars.

It works with Google, Alexa, and HomeKit, so it doesn’t matter what smart assistant you’ve chosen for your home, and it’s also 45% smaller than the previous WeMo model so won’t get in the way of other outlets. At a budget price, it doesn’t have energy monitoring, however.

3. TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini

Best smart plug on a budget

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Another budget option, this time from TP-Link, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini measures up well against more expensive options. The Kasa app has a few more scheduling options with timers and countdowns available to better automate when your plug powers up and down, and an Away Mode similar to WeMo’s that makes it appear that you’re home when you may not be. There’s also no hub required to get started with the TP-Link Kasa Mini, so it’s quite literally ‘plug and play’.

4. Etekcity Voltson Smart Wi-Fi Outlet Plug

Best smart plug for energy monitoring

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If your main motivation for incorporating smart plugs into your home set-up is to track how much energy you’re using and subsequently cut down, then the Etekcity Voltson Smart WiFi Outlet Plug could be the best choice. Using the app you can see where wastage may be happening, making it easier to save money in the long run.

Etekcity plugs will work with Alexa and Google Home, but unfortunately, HomeKit compatibility is absent. The good news is that there is no hub required so there are no hidden costs.

5. Eve Energy Smart Plug

Best HomeKit smart plug

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Apple fans will get on fine with the Eve Energy Smart Plug, but those who don’t already have Apple-branded or HomeKit compatible devices might want to go another way. Eve’s device only works with Siri voice control, and automation will also need other HomeKit-friendly items. But if this all sounds okay, then it comes recommended. There is energy monitoring functionality for the cost-conscious, helping to limit wastage.

How to choose the best smart plug for your home

How does a smart plug work?

Smart plugs like the ones in this guide serve as a WiFi-enabled bridge between an ordinary plug-in device and an ordinary wall outlet. While smart outlets require you to do some wiring and DIY and buying smart alternatives to your lamps, heaters, and kitchen appliances can get expensive, smart plugs are a budget-friendly way to modernize your home.

Setting up smart plugs is also very simple – all you need to do is plug them in, download the relevant app, and pair it with your smartphone. After this, you can incorporate the devices into your smart home set-up via Google Home, Alexa, or HomeKit.

Do smart plugs save energy?

Smart plugs themselves do not save energy, as they really just form a bridge between your device and ordinary outlet. What they can do, however, is make it easier to save on energy wastage, whether that’s through an app’s monitoring, or via routines and the ability to program your lights, heaters and more to turn off without your intervention. Very useful if you live with someone who always forgets to turn the lights off!

Do smart plugs slow down Wi-Fi?

An ordinary home with a few select smart devices such as plugs, bulbs and speakers shouldn’t experience any issues with their WiFi speeds. However, on the flip side, a slow or patchy WiFi connection may interfere with how reliable your smart plug is.

Can you use a smart plug without Alexa (or Google Home/HomeKit)?

Most smart plugs are completely useable without Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit at home, but you will need a smartphone. Ordinarily, smart plugs can be set up, used, and programmed via the brand’s own app, while smart speakers only serve as add-ons if you want to sync your plugs with other smart devices around the home.

Smart home devices are no longer a thing of the future. With time, smart home devices have climbed up the popularity ladder, all thanks to the affordable price tags, flexibility, and intuitive approach. And now, there are several options to choose from, whether it’s a smart plug, smart outlet, smart light, or a smart strip. However, when you are just starting to build a smart home, choosing between these products can be a little confusing, especially when it comes to picking a smart plug or a smart switch.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

So, should you pick a smart plug over a smart outlet? And what are the benefits that a smart plug brings to the table?

Well, that’s where we come in. In this post, we compare smart plugs with smart outlets to see which is right for you.

Let’s jump right in, shall we? But before that,

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What Can a Smart Plug Do

Smart plugs are just like conventional plugs, and you can fit them anywhere, be it an outlet in the kitchen or in the bathroom. The good part is that most smart plugs like the Kasa Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet come with a dedicated on/off switch, and you can keep them switched off.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

Like smart lights, these plugs are controllable from smartphones or voice commands. They come with a built-in Wi-Fi chip that connects to your home network. The portable nature means they can be easily removed and moved around the house. So if one day you decide that the living room lamp has more priority over the coffee machine, you can switch the places and program it accordingly.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

And it’s not just lamps that work brilliantly with smart plugs. You can connect other equipment too. For example, you can pair bathroom and kitchen geysers to a heavy-duty smart plug and programmed a Good Morning routine. This removes the hassle of switching them on every morning and you wake up to hot water in the sinks. You can switch off the plugs when needed.

What Can a Smart Outlet Do

Smart outlets work similar to smart plugs, only that they are more permanent. They fit over the existing power outlet cavity and need more than a simple plug-and-play process.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

You can plug almost any appliance to it. For instance, you can connect coffee machines, electric kettles, portable irons, etc. The bottom line is that they help you turn any regular product into a smart one. And most of the popular smart outlets like the Lumary Smart Outlets are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (or both), thereby letting you create routines with ease.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

However, smart outlets are permanent fixtures.

Additional Features

One of the most common use cases of smart plugs and smart outlets is the convenience of turning them on or off using voice commands or routines. You no longer have to worry about forgetting to turn off lights or appliances. Just ask a voice assistant to work with the smart speaker to turn it off.

Apart from that, some smart plugs also come with energy monitoring logs, and view the amount of energy consumed. If you have an energy-hogging gadget, you can identify and replace it to save energy costs. At the same time, you can improve energy usage habits efficiently.

For instance, the Kasa HS300 (not a power outlet in the strictest sense), lets you know your usage habits in terms of kWh.

Wiring & Installation

One of the major advantages of smart plugs is that you can plug them into any electrical outlet. And when needed, you can also shift them elsewhere. All you need to do is connect the plug to your home Wi-Fi and your phone, and from there on, everything is a cakewalk.

The portable factor comes to the picture if you move places frequently.

Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

On the other hand, connecting a smart outlet is a little challenging, especially if you are not well-versed with your house’s circuitry. In a typical scenario, you may need to unplug the existing power outlet, clean it up and remove the existing wires.

Next comes putting up the smart outlet and connecting the necessary parts and wires. And of course, do not forget to seal up the sides with plaster to achieve a clean look. And then comes the part where you connect the smart outlet to your home network.

Pricing

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room—Pricing. Smart plugs being a popular product, are not as costly. The cost for a single product usually starts at around $15. On the other hand, smart outlets can cost a little more and start around $20 for a single unit.

The clever thing to do here is to get a bunch of these outlets/plugs together.

Smart Plug vs. Smart Outlet

So which one should you choose? Well, it mostly depends on your requirements. For instance, smart plugs are portable and you can plug them into any outlet to turn any of your appliances into smart devices. The affordable price tag means even if they stop working after a few years, you can replace them.

On the other hand, smart outlets are permanent fixtures. If they stop working after a few years/months, you will run the risk of installing them again. Of course, that requires calling al certified electrician and that only adds to the cost.

If you think a particular device will be (forever) connected to the smart outlet (such as water geysers, water heaters, or radio), investing in a smart outlet makes more sense.

Last updated on 16 March, 2022

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Control entertainment devices

To do this: Say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” then:
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Change volume “Volume up on [set top box name]”
“Volume down by 5 on [set top box name]”
Play, pause, fast forward or rewind a show “Play [show]”
“Pause [show]”
Play a specific channel “Play [channel] on TV”
“Change channel to [x]”
Search and play content “Search for [x] movies”
“Play [x] album”
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Launch a channel “Turn on [show] on Netflix on TV”
Control your speakers and AV receivers “Play [song] on my speaker”
Play a game on Xbox “Play [game] on Xbox”

Control lights

“Dim by 50%”
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“Make it warmer”
“Lower the temp”
“Raise temp 2 degrees”
“Set the temperature to 72”

“Turn on the cooling”
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“Turn thermostat to heat or cool mode”

To do this: Say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” then:
Turn plugs on or off “Turn on or off the
Turn switch on or off “Turn on or off the

Control home security

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Fix a problem

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    Add any outlet to your connected smart home with a smart plug

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    A smart plug is a power receptacle that plugs into a traditional electrical outlet and integrates it into your smart home network, allowing you to control whatever you plug into it from an app on your smartphone or with your voice through a virtual assistant.

    What Can a Smart Plug Do?

    A smart plug transforms even “dumb” devices into a part of your smart home network, giving you greater control and customizable options just by plugging the device in. Table lamps, the clothes iron, and even the coffee maker get an IQ upgrade with smart plugs. For the most features and best reliability, stick with smart plugs that connect to Wi-Fi either directly or using a bridge or dongle that plugs into your router.

    Let’s get plugged into the latest smart plug features:

    • Some, like Amazon’s Echo Flex, have virtual assistant support built-in so you can speak directly to the smart plug instead of using an app to control it.
    • Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to remotely control devices plugged into smart plugs with your smartphone.
    • Voice control options allow you to use Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to control devices plugged into the smart plug unit (some models of the smart plug might require a bridge or dongle for this capability).
    • Use your smartphone to set timers that turn devices on and off at scheduled times.
    • Track information about energy use and the cost of use for a device using the plug-in in real time.
    • Some models include a separate remote to operate your smart plug unit without requiring your smartphone for simple on/off functions.
    • Schedule smart plugs in your home or office to turn on or off at specific times — no more wondering if you left the coffee pot or clothes iron on. And you no longer need to worry about walking into a dark house or your house looking empty while you’re on vacation.
    • Smart plugs designed for outdoor use allow you to control (and schedule) items plugged in outdoors such as holiday lights and decorations.
    • Set smart plugs to restrict and prevent latent energy consumption by devices while they’re turned off.
    • Smart plug strips work much like a multi-plug surge protector and can send you notifications if a power surge occurs or alert you when the number of devices connected to the strip poses a safety hazard.

    Common Concerns About Smart Plugs

    Anytime electricity is involved, it’s wise to be cautious. Let’s review some common questions and concerns people have about smart plugs.

    Do smart plugs increase the risk of fire or electric shock?

    Smart plugs are designed to meet the same codes and standards of installed plug receptacles (outlets). Several models of smart plug actually exceed the minimum required safety standards. Smart plugs include automatic shut-off features in the event of power surges or other electrical incidents that could damage items using that plug. In many ways, smart plugs increase the safety of traditional plugs for many homes.

    How much do smart plugs cost?

    The average Wi-Fi compatible single unit (one plug) smart plug sells for $25 to $50. Specialty smart plugs such as those made for outdoor use or multi-plug strips will be more expensive.

    Are there devices that should not be used with a smart plug?

    Most smart plug manufacturers recommend plugging devices directly into the smart plug unit and to avoid using a standard power strip and additional extensions with your smart plug. For example, using a standard power strip with multiple extension cords plugged into it with your smart plug will likely trigger the smart plug to shut off to prevent a fire hazard. By the way, using multiple extension devices such as plug splitters, power strips, and extension cords together is a safety hazard in any situation — smart plug involved or not.

    Specific features vary by brand and model. This article is an overview of options from a range of smart plug brands and models.

    Most smart plugs support a few hundred watts of power consumption. That works fine for small appliances and lamps, but a hairdryer or larger appliance may not be supported. The maximum wattage ratings are usually listed in the smart plug documentation.

    Smart plugs designated for outdoor use are more rugged than regular smart plugs, although they work similarly. Outdoor smart plugs are tested to withstand most weather conditions, and they receive an official IP rating to prove it.

    From in-wall plugs to energy-monitoring power strips.

    By Billy Cadden | Published Jul 22, 2019 4:45 PM

    Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

    If you buy just one thing to make your home a little smarter, make it an outlet. Smart plugs can turn almost any modern electronic into a smart device, and most can be controlled using your existing voice assistants. Some even monitor your energy usage. Think about it this way: You can buy one plug and use it as a multipurpose smart adapter. There are lot of smart outlets on the market, but here are my favorites.

    Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

    With the WeMo Mini Smart Plug, you can control your A/C—or heater when it is cold—from anywhere. If the temperature spikes and you want to keep your poor pup a little cooler at home, use the smart plug to turn on the air conditioner. The plug connects via Wi-Fi and can be controlled from an app on your smartphone. Schedule devices in your home to turn on automatically. The plug works with Amazon’s Alexa and can pair with the Nest Thermostat as well.

    Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

    This 15-amp outlet is a genuinely cheap option that you can control via Amazon’s Alexa and/or Google Assistant. You can schedule when devices turn on and monitor your energy uses in the app.

    Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

    For a permanent smart home option, this in-wall, WiFi smart outlet is worthwhile. It’s a bit more expensive and requires installation, but it’s also way less of an eyesore since it blends in with every other outlet in your house. Only the bottom outlet is smart, so you can only measure the energy use of and set schedules for products sent plugged in there. It requires no external hub and works with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

    Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

    This power strip by TP-Link features six outlets and three USB ports. Unlike most smart power options, you can control each of the outlets separately. Instead of turning the entire power strip on, you can just turn on a lamp or your A/C. It’s also got an energy monitoring function. The strip can be controlled via the app or with voice assistants. So if you want to turn off a light after you’ve snuggled into bed, you can just say “Alexa, turn on outlet one.”

    Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

    With the Wemo Insight smart plug you can monitor your energy usage from your phone or via Apple Homekit, Google Assistant, or Alexa. It also features an “Away Mode” that can turn lights on and off while you are traveling. You can also set timers and schedules via the smartphone app.

    Not all appliances work with smart outlets. here’s how to know

    Billy Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.

    Smart plugs are an easy and affordable way to add intelligence to otherwise ordinary appliances. Just plug your regular lamp into one, and voila, you can use your voice or an app to control it!

    Unfortunately, smart plugs can get pricey and be too bulky, often taking up two spots. But right now a set of these little Amysen smart plugs — a No. 1 bestseller — is just $21 (was $27) right now at Amazon. That’s roughly $5 a pop!

    If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

    Smarten up for less

    These plugs from Amysen offer the same features as most other models, but at a fraction of the price. You can use them with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant via the company’s own Cloud Intelligence app. Not only can you turn your appliances on and off remotely, the app also lets you set a timer so that they’ll power on or off at a specific time. Imagine a coffee maker that’ll brew you a fresh cup exactly at 8 a.m. It’s a dream come true!

    Plus, these plugs are super compact, so you don’t have to worry about one hogging up the space of more than one outlet.

    Home Smart Home

    “I’ve heard friends talk about these smart plugs and how cool they are,” said one shopper. “I just had to see for myself. Hubby is so tired when he gets home from work so I decided to purchase these to make his life just a little bit easier when he gets home. They were pretty easy to set up. I was able to do it all by myself, effortlessly. (I am not tech savvy at all).

    “I did have to reset the network and turn off all of the devices I wanted to connect for 15 minutes,” they continued. “Once I turned everything on at the same time it worked perfectly. I used one of these to control his fan in the bedroom. It is so nice to turn the TV off and then tell Alexa to turn on THE FAN!! White noise from the fan is so sleep-inducing for him.. but not for me, so once he’s asleep I can tell the fan to shut off without having to get out of bed.. Use it to ask Alexa to turn off the floor lamp, which he always forgets to do once he’s in bed as well. The conveniences are endless. planning on ordering more! Amazing price! For such a wonderful gadget! Highly recommended.”

    Accessible to all

    You can also share access to every smart plug with other family members, if you like. That way everyone in the household can control your plugged-in appliances.

    “Gotta love technology,” said one review. “I absolutely love these. Now I don’t have to fumble my way through the house at night trying to turn on lamps. Even when coming home, hands are full. It’s nice just to ask to turn it on. I use it through my Google Assistant, easy set up. Well worth the price. Did I mention I Absolutely Love this product. I’m also ordering set for my brother that has MS and bed-ridden — gives him a little more independence not having to ask to turn on/off lamps.”

    Endless possibilities.

    Just look through the thousands of five-star reviews and you’ll find tons of ideas on how to use these smarties!

    “. These plugs were incredibly easy to setup and seamlessly integrate with Alexa!” said another happy reviewer. “I ordered one set to check them out and quickly ordered a second set. I’m currently using them for the Christmas tree, our china cabinet, curio cabinet and 2 bedroom nightstand lamps — working flawlessly! . They are working perfectly and I would not hesitate to buy more or recommend them to others.”

    The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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