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How to print photos from your iphone

How to print photos from your iphone

Since the publication of this post, Apple has delivered its latest models, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. So how do these compare when it comes to print sizes? Let’s take a look!

All three models include rear 12MP cameras. iPhone 11 offers two rear cameras (an ultra wide angle and a wide 26mm.) The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer these same rear lenses, plus a third lens that’s an equivalent to a 52mm lens on a full-frame camera.

While the big difference between these models is the third rear camera, the 12MP sensor isn’t much of an upgrade from the previous iPhone X series, 8, 7 series, and 6 series.

This means you’ll be able to print a photo that’s at least 14.29 x 9.49 inches at 200 ppi . At best quality , you’ll get a print up to 21.44 x 14.24 inches at 200ppi. Probably not good enough for a photo exhibition but suitable for at home prints and small wall displays.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dual 12MP wide/ultra wide f/1.8, f/2.4

Triple 12MP wide/ultra-wide/telefoto f/1.8, f/2.4, f/2.0

Triple 12MP wide/ultra-wide/telefoto f/1.8, f/2.4, f/2.0

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Are iPhone photos good enough quality to print?

The answer might surprise you…

Now that a large majority of the population have smartphones in their pockets, people have ditched the traditional camera and instead are shooting photos through the camera their phone possesses. With this new evolution of photography, comes the question are iPhone photos good enough quality to print?

My friends ask me all the time how large they can print their iPhone photos.

I even have people asking me if I can print my iPhone landscape shots for them on a canvas.

I have to be honest before I did research for this post, I honestly didn’t really know the answer.

Just like you, I mostly use my iPhone photos online.

Of course, like most people, I printed 4×6 prints for family at Christmas and other events, but the question of how large can you realistically print the photos before you start losing quality remained.

I decided to dig in, do some research, and create this resource for myself and my fellow photographers to grab when they want to print photos of their iPhones.

How to print photos from your iphone

Resolution and Pixels Per Inch

Unless you understand resolution and pixels, the chart is going to just seem like a bunch of numbers. In order to fully understand what the chart is saying, you need to understand how pixels and resolution affect the quality of an image.

When it comes to resolution in a photograph, we talk about pixels.

Specifically, how many pixels per inch are in the photograph. Pixels are the tiny dots of information and color that make up the photograph.

The more pixels per inch you have in your photograph, the higher the resolution the photograph will be. When talking about resolution, we are referencing how focus sharp the image is.

So how do pixels and resolution affect the quality of your photo?

The higher the pixels you have means the higher the resolution of a photograph you have right?

Well, the higher the resolution your photo is, the larger the photo can be printed. When you have a higher resolution, your photo can be printed larger without the image looking soft and pixelated. When it comes to printing photos, the higher pixels per inch you have, the better.

iPhones and Photo Resolution

As time has progressed, so has the iPhone and its camera. Older iPhones have cameras with a lower amount of megapixels while new iPhones have cameras with a larger amount of megapixels.

The larger the megapixels your phone camera has, the larger number of pixels per inch your photograph will have. So, the newer the iPhone, the larger amount of pixels per inch, and the higher resolution of your photo.

Now that we have gone over pixels, resolution, and iPhone cameras, lets’ go over the sizes of photos you can print from your iPhone.

Recommended iPhone Photo Print Sizes and Resolutions

HOW TO USE THE CHART:

The qualities of the photographs are broken down into 3 types, Good, Better, and Best. For instance, if you are shooting an iPhone 10, the largest recommended size you can print for “Better Quality” is at a 21.44” x 14.24”.

This means you could print a full resolution iPhone photo at a typical 8″ x 10″ or 11″x 14″ (and probably larger) with no problems. Check out the chart below for more specific sizes and resolutions.

How to print photos from your iphone

The later models like the iPhone X series, 8, 7 series, and 6s Plus, and 6s come with 12 MP cameras. That’s why these models offer better resolution when it comes to printing photos.

At good quality with a 12 MP camera, your photos can be printed close to 30×19 inches, at better quality, you’ll get a quality print at 21×14 inches, with the best quality giving you a print size of 14×9 inches.

Note: these numbers and recommendations are based on full quality iPhone photos that have not been reduced in size.

It is important to remember that if you shoot at a lower quality or edit in a third party app like Instagram, it may not be saving the full resolution image and therefore the sizes above are not relevant.

The same goes for if you crop the original photo. Cropping the photo down reduces the size and resolution of the original image.

App Recommendation:

For taking photos I suggest you shoot with Camera+ (in this app you are able to control aperture, ISO, and shutter speed too) at full resolution or the native Camera App.

For editing I recommend Adobe Lightroom CC or editing in 3rd party apps like Snapseed or VSCOcam.

Do you have a mirrorless or DSLR camera?

I have a free training called “Show Your Camera Who’s Boss” that I’d like to invite you to while it’s still available.

How to print photos from your iphone

Since the publication of this post, Apple has delivered its latest models, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. So how do these compare when it comes to print sizes? Let’s take a look!

All three models include rear 12MP cameras. iPhone 11 offers two rear cameras (an ultra wide angle and a wide 26mm.) The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer these same rear lenses, plus a third lens that’s an equivalent to a 52mm lens on a full-frame camera.

While the big difference between these models is the third rear camera, the 12MP sensor isn’t much of an upgrade from the previous iPhone X series, 8, 7 series, and 6 series.

This means you’ll be able to print a photo that’s at least 14.29 x 9.49 inches at 200 ppi . At best quality , you’ll get a print up to 21.44 x 14.24 inches at 200ppi. Probably not good enough for a photo exhibition but suitable for at home prints and small wall displays.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Dual 12MP wide/ultra wide f/1.8, f/2.4

Triple 12MP wide/ultra-wide/telefoto f/1.8, f/2.4, f/2.0

Triple 12MP wide/ultra-wide/telefoto f/1.8, f/2.4, f/2.0

Original Post:

Are iPhone photos good enough quality to print?

The answer might surprise you…

Now that a large majority of the population have smartphones in their pockets, people have ditched the traditional camera and instead are shooting photos through the camera their phone possesses. With this new evolution of photography, comes the question are iPhone photos good enough quality to print?

My friends ask me all the time how large they can print their iPhone photos.

I even have people asking me if I can print my iPhone landscape shots for them on a canvas.

I have to be honest before I did research for this post, I honestly didn’t really know the answer.

Just like you, I mostly use my iPhone photos online.

Of course, like most people, I printed 4×6 prints for family at Christmas and other events, but the question of how large can you realistically print the photos before you start losing quality remained.

I decided to dig in, do some research, and create this resource for myself and my fellow photographers to grab when they want to print photos of their iPhones.

How to print photos from your iphone

Resolution and Pixels Per Inch

Unless you understand resolution and pixels, the chart is going to just seem like a bunch of numbers. In order to fully understand what the chart is saying, you need to understand how pixels and resolution affect the quality of an image.

When it comes to resolution in a photograph, we talk about pixels.

Specifically, how many pixels per inch are in the photograph. Pixels are the tiny dots of information and color that make up the photograph.

The more pixels per inch you have in your photograph, the higher the resolution the photograph will be. When talking about resolution, we are referencing how focus sharp the image is.

So how do pixels and resolution affect the quality of your photo?

The higher the pixels you have means the higher the resolution of a photograph you have right?

Well, the higher the resolution your photo is, the larger the photo can be printed. When you have a higher resolution, your photo can be printed larger without the image looking soft and pixelated. When it comes to printing photos, the higher pixels per inch you have, the better.

iPhones and Photo Resolution

As time has progressed, so has the iPhone and its camera. Older iPhones have cameras with a lower amount of megapixels while new iPhones have cameras with a larger amount of megapixels.

The larger the megapixels your phone camera has, the larger number of pixels per inch your photograph will have. So, the newer the iPhone, the larger amount of pixels per inch, and the higher resolution of your photo.

Now that we have gone over pixels, resolution, and iPhone cameras, lets’ go over the sizes of photos you can print from your iPhone.

Recommended iPhone Photo Print Sizes and Resolutions

HOW TO USE THE CHART:

The qualities of the photographs are broken down into 3 types, Good, Better, and Best. For instance, if you are shooting an iPhone 10, the largest recommended size you can print for “Better Quality” is at a 21.44” x 14.24”.

This means you could print a full resolution iPhone photo at a typical 8″ x 10″ or 11″x 14″ (and probably larger) with no problems. Check out the chart below for more specific sizes and resolutions.

How to print photos from your iphone

The later models like the iPhone X series, 8, 7 series, and 6s Plus, and 6s come with 12 MP cameras. That’s why these models offer better resolution when it comes to printing photos.

At good quality with a 12 MP camera, your photos can be printed close to 30×19 inches, at better quality, you’ll get a quality print at 21×14 inches, with the best quality giving you a print size of 14×9 inches.

Note: these numbers and recommendations are based on full quality iPhone photos that have not been reduced in size.

It is important to remember that if you shoot at a lower quality or edit in a third party app like Instagram, it may not be saving the full resolution image and therefore the sizes above are not relevant.

The same goes for if you crop the original photo. Cropping the photo down reduces the size and resolution of the original image.

App Recommendation:

For taking photos I suggest you shoot with Camera+ (in this app you are able to control aperture, ISO, and shutter speed too) at full resolution or the native Camera App.

For editing I recommend Adobe Lightroom CC or editing in 3rd party apps like Snapseed or VSCOcam.

Do you have a mirrorless or DSLR camera?

I have a free training called “Show Your Camera Who’s Boss” that I’d like to invite you to while it’s still available.

How to Print Photos from your iPhone (iPhone 6/6s/SE/7/8/X/Xs/XR/11 included) to hold in hand or hang anywhere? In this tutorial, we will introduce several solutions to print photos from iPhone directly & shortly.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 30, 2021

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Taking photos with an iPhone is one of the favorite things to do in daily life, especially when you are traveling, attending families or friends parties or just walking on the street. However, sometimes, if you just want printed photos that you can hold in hand or carry anywhere, what to do next?

If you have an AirPrint-enabled printer, you can print photos from your iPhone via AirPrint with ease. If you have no portable printer for iPhone by yourself, doesn’t matter, here we also collect other solutions that may help you fix it.

Part 1. How to Print Photos from iPhone Directly via AirPrint

Some AirPrint compatible printers allow you to print photos, text messages, notes and more from your iPhone or iPad running iOS 4.2 or higher. So if you have AirPrint compatible printers of your own or nearby, Printing photos from iPhone is fairly easy. What you should do is follow these steps below to print the wished photos from your iPhone in a simple way.

  1. Open Photos app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on a photo you want to print
  3. Tap the Share button at the bottom-left corner of the iPhone screen
  4. Tap Print (The iPhone will automatically detect and list nearby AirPrint-enabled printers, so you can select and print to them.)

How to print photos from your iphone

How to Print Photos from iPhone via AirPrint

Part 2. Print Photos from iPhone via a Printed-enabled App

If you have no AirPrint-enabled printers available abound you, you can also use an app that enables you to upload your photos to a nearby store with a photo-printing service, allowing you to pick them up. The Walgreens app offers the feature that you print photos from your iPhone and pick them up on the same day.

Download Walgreens on the computer > Transfer Photos from your iPhone to the computer > Upload photos on the computer to Walgreens Photo Center > Select the size of the photo you want to print (Order professionally-developed wallet-sized, 4×6″, 5×7″, 8×10″, or poster prints of any photo in your account, on Real Photographic Paper in a glossy finish.) > Pick these photos up at a Walgreens store near you an hour later, or have them shipped straight.

How to print photos from your iphone

How to Print Photos from iPhone via Walgreens

The 2 methods above can make sense at times if you have the AirPrint-enabled printers or Walgreens. However, we have neither of them in most cases. At this time, you can import photos from your iPhone to computer and then print photos you want exactly on your computer.

Part 3. How to Print Photos from iPhone through a Computer

The former 2 methods can print photos from your iPhone but not everyone has the AirPrint-enabled printers or Walgreens app. So here we offer a common method – printing iPhone photos through a computer. First, you should do is to transfer pictures from the iPhone to your computer, and then select photos to print by the printer which is connected to your computer.

However, one thing is, importing photos from your iPhone to the computer via iPhoto/Photos possibly results in photos loss and have no way to recover. Therefore, you need a reliable & safe method to do this. Here it is recommended you just try AnyTrans to copy photos from your iPhone to computer without data loss.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your computer > Run AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone to the computer > Click Photos > Select photos you want > Click To PC icon.

How to print photos from your iphone

Select Photos and Send to PC

Step 2. After this, open photos on your computer > select photos and connected printer by your computer to print photos.

How to print photos from your iphone

How to Print Photos from iPhone through a Computer

The Bottom Line

Although we list 3 methods to print photos from your iPhone in this guide, Part 3 is recommended for its low-cost and practicality. If you are planning to buy your own photo-printer, give it some thought first. The cost of a printer, photo paper, and ink can be significant. If you want to try Walgreens to print your iPhone photos, you need to take ages to figure out how to download and use it and find the Walgreen store nearby. Put simply, using a computer to print photos from your iPhone is the best way to go.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

If you have a collection of digital memories languishing on your iPhone, now is the time to make beautiful prints that you can hold, hang, and share. Gone are the days where you need a clunky computer and a cable to make photo prints. You can easily print your photos directly from your iPhone. Here’s how to print photos from your iPhone with your home printer.

How do I print from my iPhone?

So, you’ve got a printer and you’re ready to print from your iPhone, but you have no idea how to do it. AirPrint is probably the easiest way to print from your iPhone, but it is not your only option. Here are a few ways to print directly from your iPhone:

  • Print from your iPhone using AirPrint
  • Use a USB cable to download photos to your computer
  • Use a third-party iPhone photo printing app
  • Print from your iPhone using a mini-printer

How to print photos from your iphone

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How to add a printer to your iPhone

Whether you use AirPrint or another app to print from your iPhone, the first step is the same. You need to add the printer to your iPhone. All you have to do to add your printer to your iPhone is to make sure they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. To find out which Wi-Fi network your phone is connected to, tap Settings > Wi-Fi. You’ll see a check mark next to the network to which you are currently connected.

How do I set up AirPrint on my printer?

AirPrint is by far the easiest way to print from an iPhone or other iOS devices. In most cases, all you have to do to set up AirPrint on your printer is to ensure that it is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Sometimes you have to enable AirPrint functionality on your printer. You should check your manual for instructions on how to do this with your printer model.

Not sure you even have an AirPrint enabled printer? Apple maintains a list of all printer models that support AirPrint.

How to print pictures from iPhone using AirPrint

Once your printer and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, printing with AirPrint is simple. Follow these instructions:

  1. Open the photo or document that you want to print on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the share icon, which looks like an up arrow in a box at the bottom left of your screen.
  3. Scroll through the options at the bottom of the screen and tap Print.
  4. Tap Select Printer and choose the printer you want to use.
  5. Choose how many copies you want to print, whether you want black and white or color, and what size paper you are using.
  6. Tap Print.

How to print from iPhone without AirPrint

Even if the printer you are trying to use isn’t AirPrint enabled, you can still print from your iPhone using your printer’s app. You’ll still need to ensure that your iPhone and the printer are using the same Wi-Fi network. All printer apps work a little bit differently, but the basic instructions are the same.

  1. Download the app associated with the make of your printer.
  2. Open the app. In most cases, it will immediately begin searching for printers on the network. If it doesn’t, you can add your printer in Settings.
  3. Allow the printer app to access your photos and choose the ones you want to print.
  4. Change the print settings if necessary and tap Print.

Can I print from my iPhone using a USB cable?

You cannot print directly from your iPhone using a USB cable. iOS devices, including iPhones, are designed to print wirelessly using AirPrint. If you do not have access to Wi-Fi, or if you don’t have a Wi-Fi-compatible printer, the only workaround is to connect your iPhone to a computer, download your photos, and use a USB cable to print the photos from your computer.

How to print from iPhone using a mini-printer

Mini-printers are tiny, portable printers that work via a wireless or Bluetooth connection, allowing you to print photos from just about anywhere. The smallest ones fit right in your pocket, so they’re perfect for on-the-go productivity or just for fun. (Mini-printers usually don’t rely on traditional ink cartridges, so you never have to worry about ink leaking onto your clothes.) Mini-printers are battery-powered and easy to use. The only downside to most mini-printers is that the photo quality isn’t as high as traditional printers.

Mini-printers connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi, or with AirPrint, depending on the model you purchase. The majority of them work with Bluetooth and require that you install the printer app as an interface to initiate printing.

Printing from iPhone: Issues and fixes

Are you having trouble printing from your iPhone and wondering what to do next? The vast majority of problems can be solved by reading the troubleshooting guide in your printer’s manual. Before you start rummaging in your desk for the manual, we have a few tips for you to try.

Why is my iPhone not connecting to my printer?

The most obvious reason that your iPhone isn’t connecting to your printer is that they are connected to different Wi-Fi networks. Check the settings on your printer and your iPhone to ensure that they are on the same network before continuing.

If that doesn’t seem to be the issue, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Wi-Fi router, wait 10 seconds, and turn it back on.
  2. Power down your printer, wait 10 seconds, and then turn it back on.
  3. Update both your printer and your router with the latest firmware and drivers from the manufacturer.
  4. Finally, update the software on your iPhone and try again.

Why is AirPrint not working?

If you are certain that your printer is AirPrint compatible, but it isn’t working, the most obvious solution is to make sure that they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Still no connection? Try these steps:

  1. Make sure your phone is not in Airplane mode.
  2. Switch off your Wi-Fi on your phone and then switch it back on.
  3. Make sure you are not on a public network. AirPrint requires security protection to work.
  4. If you still aren’t getting anywhere, contact Apple Support.

How do I get my iPhone to recognize my printer?

To use AirPrint, you need an iPhone 3GS or later and an AirPrint-enabled printer. If your printer does not support AirPrint, your phone won’t recognize it when you try to print. If you are certain that your printer supports AirPrint, then check your printer’s settings to make sure that AirPrint is enabled.

If you are trying to print with a printer that doesn’t support AirPrint, try deleting and reinstalling your printer’s app on your iPhone. If the problem persists, contact Apple Support or the support website for your printer.

With AirPrint, you can print photos directly from your iPhone to most wireless printers. If you have never tried printing from your phone, give it a try. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

How to print photos from your iphone

You may have hundreds or even thousands of pictures on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, including pictures with family and friends, pictures from journey or vacation, and so on. Are you going to print those pictures from your iOS devices? This article shows you how to automatically print the photos you want with just a couple taps. Read on to find out how to print using your particular software and printer.

Method 1 :How to print photos with AirPrint for iPhone and iPad

The Photos app on your iPhone lets you to do almost anything with the pictures you have stored, including printing them with the built-in AirPrint service to any compatible printer on the same Wi-Fi network. Major printer brands like Brother, Canon, Dell, HP, Lexmark, and Samsung have made AirPrint compatible printers in recent years.

Step 1: Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Tap on the photo you’d like to print.

How to print photos from your iphone

Step 3: Tap on the Share button in the lower left hand corner.

Step 4: In the last bar of icons, scroll left to reveal more options. Then, select Print — it’s all the way at the end. Determine whether you need to change settings on your printer to enable it to use AirPrint. Make sure the printer is on the same wireless network as your iPhone.

Step 5: Tap on Printer and choose your AirPrint compatible printer.

How to print photos from your iphone

Step 6: Enter the number of pages to print, the number of copies you want, and change any other settings you’d like to change before printing.

Step 7: Tap on Print. After the process is finished, Click Done in the upper left hand corner to continue using your iPhone or iPad.

Method 2: Print Pictures from iPhone via iPhone to PC Transfer Tool.

You don’t have Air-printer ? Still, you can do this. Here we provide you an alternative solution to print pictures from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. If you are thinking about buying your own Air-printer, give it some thought first. The cost of a printer, photo paper, and ink can be significant. So, the following method could be far more cost-effective.

Step 1: Print using Syncios iPhone to PC Transfer

Downlaod and install this iOS to PC transfer tool to copy pictures from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to computer or Mac selectively or in batches. The software would allow you to preview and select pictures, contacts, messages, etc that you want to copy to PC, and transfer all of the data without any quality loss. Just simply download according to your operating system.

Step 2: Transfer photos from iPhone to computer (or Mac)

How to print photos from your iphone

Select My devices on the top menu bar,then click Photos on the left panel. You will be able to select album to preview and print via the Album List on the right. After selecting photos, tap on Export to copy photos to PC.

Step 3: Print iPhone Pictures via computer

How to print photos from your iphone

After the transferring process was done, right-click any of the selected photos and choose Print from the pop-up menu. You are going to see a new windows, from which you are allowed to choose your printer, paper size, quality, paper type, photo layout, and the number of times to print each picture . The last step is to click Print.

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Printing documents and photos directly from your iPad or iPhone might seem like a chore, but the process has been made easy by AirPrint and its alternatives.

How to print photos from your iphone

iPads are great productivity tools that offer everything from word processing to spreadsheet creation. The files that you create can always be sent by email or social media platforms, however, you may sometimes need to have them printed.

Thankfully, Apple offers a proprietary printing method for both the iPhone and iPad, but there are also alternatives to choose from. We’ll break everything down below.

How to use Apple AirPrint

How to print photos from your iphone

AirPrint does not need to be installed in order to work. It is a feature that’s built into all modern iPhones and iPads. However, manufacturers must also integrate the technology into their printer models.

This having been said, the AirPrint feature allows you to print photos, documents, web pages, and other types of content. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Connect the iPhone or iPad and the printer to the same WiFi network
  2. Navigate to the document or photo that you want to print
  3. Tap the Share button that’s located at the top or the bottom of the screen
  4. Tap Print and select your printer from the list that will be displayed

The main alternatives for AirPrint

AirPrint is integrated into iPhones and iPads, however, not all printers are compatible with the technology. Luckily, there are several alternatives that you can install on your devices and work just as well as Apple’s printing feature.

Printopia works great and is still supported by the developer. To use it, you will have to download the Printopia software and install it on your Mac. This will allow you to use your computer or laptop as an intermediary for printing files from your iPad. The printer itself will only need to be connected to the macOS machine that you use as a middle-man.

When you decide to print a document, it will be transferred to your computer, and then sent to the printer. It goes without saying that the machine needs to be powered on for the system to work. However, the main advantage here is that you do not need to worry about connecting new printers to all your devices. Once you set them up on your laptop or computer, you can use them with all your iPhones and iPads.

How to print photos from your iphone

Image: Printopia

Other alternatives include proprietary apps released and maintained by printer manufacturers. HP and Canon products come with apps that can be installed directly on iPhones or iPads and make printing easy.

These proprietary apps are usually offered for free and are compatible with all iOS devices. However, keep in mind that not all HP and Cannon printers will work with these apps. They are specifically designed for products that support WiFi connectivity or other forms of wireless communication, such as Bluetooth.

Have any thoughts on this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

iPhone photos can be printed surprisingly large, depending on the print format and viewing distance. Our app Print Studio offers photographers a variety of ways to professionally print iPhone photos and have them delivered to your door.

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How to print your iPhone photos

1. Download Print Studio (for free!) from the App Store.
2. Select a product from our curated line-up: e.g. Prints, Greeting Cards, Stickers, Frames, Metal Prints, etc.
3. Allow Print Studio access to your photos. A pop-up should appear. If not you can allow access under Settings > Privacy > Photos.
4. Select your photos for printing. Print Studio can access any albums on your device or in your iCloud, as well as your Instagram photos.
5. Crop, edit, and perfect, with the in-app editing tools.
6. Preview your order.
7. Enter your shipping address: we ship anywhere in the world!
8. Check out. We accept all major credit cards and Apple Pay.
9. Check your mail: US shipping takes about a week, International takes 2-4 weeks.

Which photos can I print?

With Print Studio you can print any photos you can access in your iPhone’s photo library, including all Albums, Moments, iCloud, as well as your Instagram photos.

How big can I print an iPhone photo?

Photos taken on an iPhone 6 or earlier are 3264 x 2448 px and we can print these up to 20″ x 30″. Photos taken on a 6s or later are 3024 x 4032 px and we can print these up to 30″ x 45″ as our largest print: The Wall Filler.

How to print photos from your iphone

Some sites and services recommend that you don’t print iPhone larger than 16″ x 24″, but really this depends on viewing distance. If you print an iPhone photo at 100dpi (30×40 inches) and look at it from 3 feet, the resolution looks as good as a 16″ x 24″ print at close quarters.

How big can I print a selfie?

The front-facing “selfie” camera on an iPhone is a bit lower resolution than the back camera. The maximum size we can print a selfie taken on an iPhone 6s or later is 16″ x 24″. A selfie taken on an earlier iPhone can be printed at most 8″ x 12″. However with the new iPhone X you will be able to print selfies much larger. Full details to come.

What about Instagram photos?

Our app can access and print your Instagram photos. We have a variety of products design just for them, like our Square Prints, Photostrips, and Posters. Because Instagram compresses photos after you upload them, the maximum size we can print Instagram photos is 5″ x 5″.

Can I print live photos?

Yes! If you select a live photo to print, we will print the still you see before you force-touch to animate it.

Can I print panoramic photos?

Yes! We offer a 12″ x 36″ print size designed just for panoramic photos. We can print these on Paper, Metal, and Wood.

How to print photos from your iphone

Why use Print Studio?

Print Studio is our much-imitated beautifully-designed app. We were one of the first iPhone and Instagram printing apps and we’ve been perfecting the software for five years now.

Our app has been featured many times in the App Store, we have over 2,000 five star reviews, and we do all our printing in California. We’re a small independent company with no outside investors and we answer to no one but you.

Can I print iPhone photos from my computer?

Yes! If you don’t want to use the app, you can always use our website Social Print Studio. Just access your iCloud on your computer, then drag and drop images onto our website. You can also airdrop the photos to your computer over your wifi.

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How to print photos from your iphone

If you want to print on your iPhone or iPad, it can be easier than you might think. The simplest way to print from an iPhone is by adding a printer with AirPrint, so you can print directly with a wireless connection.

You can also print wirelessly without AirPrint by downloading your printer’s app on an iPhone or iPad, or by connecting your devices with a USB cable and adapter. Here’s how to do it all.

How to print from an iPhone or iPad with AirPrint

Most current printers with wireless capabilities have the AirPrint feature, which allows the printer to easily sync up with an iPhone or iPad and print directly.

Quick tip: You can check this list of AirPrint-compatible printers to see if your printer has AirPrint. The list is very long, but if you hit control + F and type in the name of your printer, you can quickly check.

To add a printer to your iPhone or iPad with AirPrint and use it to print:

1. Open the document, image, or webpage you wish to print. This can be located in your email, web browser, Photos app, Files app, or elsewhere.

2. Locate and hit the “Share” button, which is the square with an arrow aiming upward out of its center. If you don’t see this button, depending on the app you’re using, you may need to select the icon of three horizontal dots or the icon of an arrow pointing to the left.

3. In the pop-up, scroll down until you see an icon of a printer next to the word “Print.”

4. Tap “Print,” and on the next screen, tap “Select Printer” at the top. Find and select the name of the nearby printer you wish to use.

5. Hit the word “Print” written in blue in the top-right corner of the screen.

The AirPrint enabled printer will now be added to your list of preferred devices and will come up as an option for printing whenever in range. You can add another printer to your iPhone at any time by following the same steps with a new printer.

How to print from an iPhone or iPad without AirPrint

Not all printers have the AirPrint feature, especially if they are a bit older. But if they have a wireless capability, you should still be able to print from it wirelessly — you’ll just have to download your printer’s app on the App Store.

Quick tip: If you have an HP printer, download the HP Smart app on your iPhone or iPad. Or, for Canon printers, download the Canon PRINT InkJet app.

To set up a printer on your iPhone or iPad without AirPrint and use it to print:

1. Open your printer’s app on your device.

2. Turn on your printer’s Wi-Fi.

3. Go into your phone or tablet’s “Settings” and hit the Wi-Fi tab.

4. Locate your printer under “OTHER NETWORKS” and tap on it.

5. Pull up the document, image, or webpage you want to print, then hit the “Share” icon.

6. You should now be able to connect the printer through the app and print.

How to print from an iPhone or iPad with a USB cable

To print from an iPhone or iPad with a printer that can’t connect wirelessly, you’ll have to use a piece of hardware as the go-between. You’ll need a USB cable and a USB OTG (on-the-go) adapter that connects your iPhone to the USB cable.

To print from an iPhone or iPad with a USB cable:

1. Turn on your printer and connect one end of the USB cord to your printer and the other end to the USB OTG cord. Plug the other end of the USB OTG cord into your iPhone or iPad.

2. A pop-up should appear on your iPhone or iPad — tap “OK.”

3. Then, on your iPhone or iPad, go to the document you wish to print and tap the Share button.

4. In the Share menu, select the “Print” option.

5. The connected printer should appear next to “Printer” on the Printer Options page.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

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How to customize your mac’s login screen

Wish your Mac’s login screen worked differently? Maybe you don’t want to see a list of users, or maybe you wish you could change your keyboard format before typing your password. There’s no “Login Screen” panel in System Preferences, but these settings to exist—they’re just a little hidden.

We’ve already shown you how to change your Mac login screen’s wallpaper, and that’s a great (albeit convoluted) way to give your login screen a custom look. But if you also want to tweak the functionality of the login screen, you need to dig a little. Here’s where to look, and what you can do.

Add or Remove Things From the macOS Login Screen

Most of the settings related to the login screen are hidden in Users and Groups in System Preferences.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

At the bottom of the list of users, in the left panel, you’ll see a house next to the words “Login Options.” Click that.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

This will open up the options related to your login screen.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

The first option you’ll notice is “Display login window as.” The default selection, “List of users” will show every user’s icon (which you can change) and their username. Like this:

How to customize your mac’s login screen

If you opt for the “Name and password” option, however, you’ll see two blank fields:

How to customize your mac’s login screen

This is a slightly more secure option, as anyone with access to your computer will need both the username and password in order to log in. That makes brute force attacks a bit harder, though it’s by no means bulletproof.

Working our way down, you’ll find the option to enable the Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down buttons. These look like this, and will be at the bottom of the login screen:

How to customize your mac’s login screen

You’ll see an option to “Show Input menu in login window.” If you regularly switch between languages and keyboard formats, enabling this is probably a good idea. It will add an icon for switching your format to the top-right of your login screen.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

Finally, you’ll find an option for enabling password hints, if you’ve set one up, and whether VoiceOver, which reads your screen to you, should be enabled in the login screen.

Those are the main options you have for configuring your login screen, but there’s one other thing you may want to add.

Add a Custom Message to Your Login Screen

We’ve shown you how to add a custom message to your login screen, but it’s a quick enough tweak that we’ll show you again here. Head to System Preferences, then to Security and Privacy Settings. You’ll see a “Set Lock Message” button.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

Click it and you can add whatever message you want!

How to customize your mac’s login screen

I recommend leaving some contact information, so anyone who finds your Mac can get in touch with you. Sure, some people would just keep your laptop, but there’s always a chance someone will be kind.

That’s about it in terms of customizing the login screen, other than changing the wallpaper to any image you want. Enjoy the new look!

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How to customize your mac’s login screen

If you’re still looking for ways to personalize your new Mac, then this tutorial is for you. You can customize your Mac login screen with some simple adjustments.

Whether you want to show the sleep and restart buttons, add an inspiring quote to start your day, or change your user photo to something different, it’s all quite easy. So if you’re ready, here’s how to customize your Mac login screen.

Mac login window settings

Change your Mac login screen options

To get started, you’ll head to your System Preferences using the icon in your Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar. Then, follow these steps for your options.

1) Select Users & Groups.

2) On the bottom left, click the padlock and enter your password.

3) Choose Login Options.

Now you can pick the options you’d like to show on your login screen. Near the top, you can choose to display the login window with a list of users or usernames and passwords. You can then check the boxes to show the sleep, restart, and shut down buttons, the input menu, and password hints.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

The last option for Show fast user switching menu as will actually put that option into your menu bar. So if you share your Mac with others, you can switch accounts easily.

If you want accessibility options on your login screen, you can hit that button to set those up and view our tutorial for a little help.

Change your user picture

You can also change your picture or that of another user in this area of System Preferences.

1) You can change your own picture without unlocking and entering your password. But to change another user’s photo, you’ll need to hit that padlock and enter your password (assuming you’re the admin on your Mac).

2) Hover over the user’s picture and you’ll see Edit display, so go ahead and click it.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

3) You can then pick from system images, select one from your Photos, or use the Camera or Photo Booth to capture one with your Mac’s camera.

4) Click Save after you choose an image.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

Add a message to your login screen

There is another option you can add to your Mac login screen and that’s text. We have a tutorial showing you how to add a message using Terminal if you’re interested, but you can also do this in your System Preferences.

1) In System Preferences, select Security & Privacy.

2) Click the padlock on the bottom and enter your password.

3) On the General tab, check the box for Show a message when the screen is locked.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

4) Click the Set Lock Message button, enter your text, and click OK.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

You can then close the System Preferences if you like and check out your new login screen.

Wrapping it up

You may only see your Mac login window for a few seconds, but making it more personal, inspiring, or useful, are all options you have. And if you’re willing to use Terminal, you can also add basic system information to your login screen.

Are you going to customize your Mac login screen? If so, which options will you select?

In this tutorial, we are going to look into another very commonly searched procedure; changing the background of the login screen of your MacBook Pro. While some users might not take the trouble or just that they are not very design conscious, there are many who would want to customize it to their liking and couldn’t figure it out themselves.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

Here is an easy to remember step by step guide for those who love a more personalized MacBook Pro in their hands.

1. On the MacOS desktop, click on the "Finder" icon which is located on the dock.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

2. In the resulting window, click on the hard drive tab which is usually named "Macintosh HD". It will show a list of folders on the drive.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

3. Click on the "Library" folder and select the "Caches" folder from the list of sub-folders.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

4. Now, the window will list the files in the "Caches" sub-folder. Locate the "com.apple.desktop.admin.png" file which is the current image on the login screen. This is the file which needs to be replaced with the image file of your choice.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

5. Next, open a new tab on the Finder window and locate the image file that you intend to get on to the login screen.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

6. Once you’ve located the image, right click on it and select Copy. Then, click on the "Caches" tab and Paste the copied image into the "Caches" sub-folder.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

7. Simply copying and pasting won’t do the trick. The next task on our hands is to scale the image proportions to fit the login screen image so that there is no blurring or distortion of the image. To do this first double-click the current login screen image file and click on the toolbar icon that shows image dimensions.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

8. Without closing that window, double-click on the image file you’ve copied to the "Caches" folder and view the image dimensions.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

9. Now, compare the two image dimensions and change the dimensions of the image you chose to that of the current background image (only if the dimensions of your image are larger than the current image. If your image is smaller you will have to go for another image with larger dimensions). Then, click Ok.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

10. The next step is to save the image with new dimensions as a PNG (Portable Network Graphics) file which is the best format for a MacBook screen. To do this, click on the "File" menu on the MacOS menu bar and select "Save". From the resulting dialog box, navigate to the "Caches" folder and select PNG from the format drop-down menu. Now, click the Save button.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

11. After closing the image editing windows, you will now see two files of your image are there in the "Caches" folder. Keep the file which is the ‘copy’ of the image file and delete the file you originally had.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

12. We’re almost done! All we have to do is rename your image to the default name and delete the current image file. To do this, click once on the current image file and when the blinking cursor appears, select the file name and copy it. Once you have copied the file name, delete the file and rename your image file by pasting the copied file name on to it.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to customize your mac’s login screen

That’s it! You’ve successfully changed your login screen background to an image of your choice. Log out of MacOS and check it out!

Можно изменить картинку, которая будет отображаться рядом с Вашим именем или именем другого пользователя в окне входа на Mac. Вы можете выбрать фото из своей медиатеки, сделать снимок на камеру своего Mac, выбрать Memoji или эмодзи, использовать инициалы как монограмму и использовать другие варианты изображения. Ваше изображение для экрана входа также используется в качестве Вашей картинки Apple ID и картинки в личной карточке в Контактах.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

На Mac выберите пункт меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Пользователи и группы» .

Если слева внизу отображается запертый замок , нажмите его, чтобы разблокировать панель настроек.

Выберите учетную запись пользователя слева.

Невозможно выбрать учетную запись пользователя, который сейчас в системе (помечен галочкой на картинке пользователя). Пользователь должен сам войти в систему и изменить свою картинку или выйти из системы, чтобы Вы могли ее изменить.

Нажмите на картинку пользователя справа, затем выполните любое из следующих действий.

Выбор Memoji. Нажмите «Memoji», затем нажмите кнопку добавления , чтобы выбрать лицо и настроить его. Выберите Memoji из предлагаемых вариантов, затем выберите положение и стиль, которые Вам больше нравятся.

Выбор эмодзи. Нажмите «Эмодзи», затем нажмите кнопку добавления , чтобы выбрать изображение из коллекции эмодзи. Или выберите эмодзи из предлагаемых вариантов, а затем выберите стиль.

Выбор монограммы. Нажмите «Монограмма», выберите цвет фона, затем введите инициалы.

Съемка фото на камеру компьютера Mac. Нажмите «Камера». Скомпонуйте кадр, затем нажмите кнопку камеры. Фото можно переснимать столько раз, сколько нужно.

Выбор фото из медиатеки Фото. Нажмите «Фото». Чтобы просмотреть фото из определенного альбома, нажмите стрелку рядом с Фото в боковом меню, нажмите на альбом, затем выберите фото.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

Совет. Чтобы быстро заменить текущую картинку Apple ID изображением с рабочего стола, просто перетяните изображение из окна Finder на текущую картинку.

Выбор предложенного изображения. Нажмите «Предложения», затем выберите картинку.

После того как изображение выбрано, можно настроить его отображение. Выполните одно из следующих действий.

Выбор фрагмента изображения. Перетяните изображение в пределах круга.

Reader Ace writes in with a nifty customization that will set your Mac apart from the rest.

Update: Added instructions to back up the default background image first (tx InspectorXGadget ) and undo the operation, plus see a safer, preference-based method below.

Customize Your Mac's Logon Screen

Reader Ace writes in with a nifty customization that will set your Mac apart from the rest.

Find a desktop wallpaper image ( Social Wallpapering 's a good bet), save it to your desktop as background.jpg , and in the Terminal enter:

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You'll have to enter your password to complete the operation. Then, in your Desktop directory in the Terminal, type:

Now, next time you log off, your logon screen will have your new custom background. Slick. Thanks, Ace!

To undo the operation, in the Terminal, type:

Update: Mac sysadmin Delfuego says that you shouldn't ever manually mess around in the /System/ directory at all; a safer, non-command line alternative might be this application , which can set your logon screen to match your desktop wallpaper. (Thanks, Marc .) Alternately, you can modify your logon background by changing a preference versus overwriting the file. Here's the command:

Customize Your Mac's Logon Screen

Reader Ace writes in with a nifty customization that will set your Mac apart from the rest.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

While you won’t find a ‘Login screen’ option in your Mac’s ‘System preferences…’ there’s actually a number of ways that you can customise the look and feel, and even the functionality, of your Mac’s login screen.

By default, macOS uses a blurred version of your Desktop wallpaper as the login screen background, and displays a row of Sleep, Restart and Shut Down icons, plus a username and profile image for every person registered on your Mac.

If you’re bored with this default look, then in this article I’m going to share 5 ways that you can customise your login screen, while making it more secure in the process.

We’ll be looking at how to add your own wallpaper, text and user icons to the login screen, as well as how to create a more minimalistic login screen by removing all the icons and information that’s displayed on this screen by default.

Change your Login Background

By default, the image you’re using as your Desktop wallpaper is also used as the background for your login screen, so the easiest way to change your login background, is to change your Desktop wallpaper.

However, maybe you don’t want to change Desktop background, or you want to use different images for your login and Desktop backgrounds. In these scenarios, you can use the following workaround:

  • Open a ‘Finder’ window.
  • Select ‘Go > Go to Folder’ from the toolbar.
  • Enter the following text /Library/Caches, and then click ‘Go.’
  • The ‘Caches’ folder should contain a com.apple.desktop.admin file. To make sure you can switch back to this default at any point, make a copy of this file and then store it somewhere safe.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

  • Open the com.apple.desktop.admin file in any image-editing program.
  • Open the image you want to use as your login background, in any image-editing program. Copy this image.
  • Paste your image over the com.apple.desktop.admin file’s contents. Make any necessary adjustments.
  • Once you’re happy with your modified com.apple.desktop.admin file, save it.

Your Mac will now use this image as the background for your login screen, however note that this image will be displayed on the login screen only. If you lock your Mac rather than logging out completely, then you may still see your original background – although this behaviour seems to vary depending on the version of macOS you have installed.

If you want to switch back to your original wallpaper at any point, then simply drag the original com.apple.desktop.admin image file back into the /Library/Caches folder, and select ‘Replace’ when prompted.

Add text to your login screen

To create a message that’ll be displayed on your login screen:

  • Open your Mac’s ‘System preferences…’
  • Click ‘Security & Privacy.’
  • Click the little padlock icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and enter your username and password.
  • Select the ‘General’ tab, and then select the ‘Show a message when the screen is locked’ checkbox.
  • Click the ‘Set Lock Message…’ button.
  • Type out the message you want to display on your lockscreen, and then click ‘OK.’

Changing your Login Icons

By default, the login screen displays the username of everyone who’s registered to use your Mac, along with an icon representing each user.

macOS assigns each user an icon at random, but if you’re not happy with your assigned icon, then you can change it:

  • Open your Mac’s ‘System preferences…’
  • Select ‘Users & Groups.’
  • Click the padlock icon, and enter your username and password when prompted.
  • In the left-hand menu, select the account you want to edit.
  • Hover over the current icon until an ‘Edit’ label appears – give it a click.

At this point, you have three options:

  • Browse your Mac’s built-in catalogue of icons, by selecting ‘Defaults’ from the left-hand menu. If you see an icon that you want to use, select it and then click ‘Save.’
  • Use your own image, by selecting ‘Photos.’
  • Take a photo with your Mac’s webcam, by clicking ‘Camera,’ followed by ‘Take photo.’

Remove User Icons and Usernames

Alternatively, you may want to remove the user icons and usernames from the login screen completely. If you opt to remove these items, then the login screen will replace them with two text boxes: one where you can enter your username, and another where you can enter your password.

While this customisation may appeal if you’re after a more minimalistic look, removing the usernames also adds an extra layer of security to your Mac, as anyone who’s trying to break into your computer will have to know your username, rather than having this information handed to them on the login screen.

To remove the usernames and user icons:

  • Open your Mac’s ‘System preferences > Users & Groups.’
  • Click the padlock icon and enter your username and password.
  • Select ‘Login options.’
  • Set the ‘Display login window as…’ checkbox to ‘Name and password.’

Remove the Sleep, Restart and Shut Down Icons

If you’re really going for a less-is-more look, then you can also remove the row of Sleep, Restart and Shut Down icons from the login screen:

  • Navigate to ‘System preferences > Users & Groups.
  • Select ‘Login options.’
  • Deselect the ‘Show the Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down buttons’ checkbox.

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Changing the background of your Mac’s login screen will not do anything to improve the performance of the machine. It is a purely cosmetic change that will not affect anything except the visual impact when you login to your Mac. Some people might argue that there is no valid reason to even spend a second of your time in such a worthless modification to your computer.

How to customize your mac’s login screenWe disagree with this assessment and believe that there are a number of reasons that it is a good idea to change the background screen. These will be discussed at the end of this article. First, let’s take a look at how you go about changing the background of your login screen on a Mac.

How to Change Your Background Login Screen

There are two background images that you will see when using a computer running macOS. One is the default background that appears before you login to your account, and the other is the background image that is displayed while you are logged in.

Changing Your Login Background

Changing the image you see when you are logged in is a simple task. Since this screen will be viewed more often than the pre-login screen, more users take the time to make this change. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Select Desktop and Screensaver
  • Click on the Desktop tab

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  • Use the left window panel to navigate to the picture that you would like to use as your background

That’s all there is to it. Now when you login to your Mac you will have a custom background image. It’s a small touch that can make your computer usage a bit more pleasant.

Changing the Login Screen Background Prior to macOS Mojave

Use this procedure on Macs running operating systems prior to Mojave.

  1. Select the image that you want to use as your background and save it to your machine with this east filename — “com.apple.desktop.admin.png”.
  2. Navigate to the /LibraryCaches folder.
  3. If you want to retain the current background image, rename the current “com.apple.desktop.admin.png” file to another name. You can just overwrite it with your new image if you so choose.
  4. Copy and paste your new “com.apple.desktop.admin.png” file into the /Library/Caches folder.

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  1. Log off from your machine and you will see the new background image.

Users will now be presented with the new background before they log into their account.

Changing the Login Screen Background on macOS Mojave

This procedure needs to be followed on Macs running the new Mojave upgrade. The filename and its location have changed in the new operating system. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Navigate to /Library/Desktop Pictures folder on your Mac.
  2. Find the file named “Mojave.heic”. This is the login screen background image.
  3. Rename “Mojave.heic” to something like “Mojave.heic.old”.
  4. Copy and paste the image that you want to use as the background to the /Library/Desktop Pictures folder.
  5. Edit the picture if needed to conform to the original background’s size, DPI, and other parameters.
  6. Rename this file as “Mojave.heic”.

Restart your computer and the new image will be the first image you see before logging in to your machine.

Why Would You Want to Change Your Login Screen’s Background

Several reasons come to mind when considering why you would bother to change your login screen’s background.

#1 Creating a pleasant work environment — If you spend any significant amount of time using your machine, you end up seeing that background quite a bit. Granted, you will often have apps and other programs filling your screen and may not even catch a glimpse of the background for long periods of time. But you will eventually. Why not use an image that pleases you or has some meaning? It might just make your Mac even more user-friendly than it is already.

#2 Presenting a unified company image — You might want all of your employees to present the same image to your clients. Using a company logo or standardized background on their company-issued MacBooks is one way of accomplishing this. It eliminates the possibility of an employee using an inappropriate background and gives your support team’s machines a distinctive look at startup.

#3 Displaying information — Public computers such as those found in a library can use the background of the login screen to display information to users who may not be familiar with its operation. This can make it easier for novices to use the machine and reduce the number of help requests that need to be addressed.

You may run into the problem of discovering your pictures or wallpapers have been inadvertently deleted from your machine. You can try to get them back by downloading Disk Drill data recovery software. This application can be used for free to scan for files that can be recovered. If you find files you want to restore, you can easily upgrade to a fully licensed version of the software and recover your images.

So there you have it. You can now customize all of the background images your Mac will display both before and after you login. Have fun!

Change up the look of your lock screen by adding a custom wallpaper, a message and new user icons.

Apple’s standard lock-screen image with OS X El Capitan (and Yosemite before it) is a blurred version of your desktop wallpaper. If you have grown tired of this look, then you can add your own wallpaper. You can also add a message to your lock screen, which can add a bit of fun, motivation or information to your Mac after you log out. Lastly, you can change the user icon for your account and any other accounts you have set up on your Mac. Let’s dive in.

1. Add your own lock-screen wallpaper

For best results, you’ll want to find an image that is the same resolution as your Mac’s display or resize a larger image to your Mac’s resolution. To check the resolution of your display, click the Apple button in the top-left corner and choose About This Mac. Your Mac’s resolution is listed on the Displays tab.

After you find and download an image you want to use, you’ll need to convert it to a PNG file format. To do so, open Preview and go to File > Save As. First, choose PNG from the Format menu at the bottom of the window. Then at the top, give the file this name: com.apple.desktop.admin. The resulting file name must be exactly as follows:

com.apple.desktop.admin.png

With your file ready, open Finder and go to Go > Go to Folder. In the pop-up window, enter /Library/Caches and click Go. This opens the Caches folder. You will already have a file with the above name that OS X uses for your lock-screen wallpaper. Drag your image into the Caches folder and click Replace.

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Now, the next time you log out, you will see your custom wallpaper. If you change your desktop wallpaper, however, OS X will replace your custom image with the standard, blurred version of whatever you chose for your new desktop wallpaper.

Although you will erase your sweet custom lock-screen wallpaper when you choose a new desktop wallpaper, it does mean that you don’t need to bother with backing up the default file in the Cache folder when you replace it with your own image because OS X adds a new file to the Cache folder each time you choose a new desktop wallpaper.

2. Add a message

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Add a bit of wit, whimsy or information to your lock screen by penning a message.

  • Open System Preferences and click Security & Privacy
  • Click the lock in lower-left corner and enter your password to make changes
  • Check the box for Show a message when the screen is locked
  • Click the Set Lock Message button
  • Write your witty, sarcastic or informative message and click OK

Your message will appear toward the bottom of the lock screen, just above the Sleep, Restart and Shut Down buttons.

3. Change the user icons

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You can change the stock icon that Apple chose for your user account.

  • Open System Preferences and click Users & Groups
  • Mouse over the current icon and click edit.
  • Choose a new image or snap a shot using your Mac’s webcam.
  • Click Done to save the new image

To change the icon of any of the other user accounts you have set up, you need to click the lock and enter your password before following the same procedure.

Are you bored with your Mac’s default lock screen? Are you looking for a quick way to customize it? I love my Mac and prefer it to my Windows PC, but the lock screen is one of my least favorite things; I prefer the lock screen on Windows 8.

Why? Mainly because it’s customizable; you can change the background and choose which quick notifications to display. For instance, you can see the strength of your WiFi signal and see how many new email messages you have. You can even get a glimpse of an upcoming event.

I often wish that the Mac lock screen was just as customizable a Windows 8, and thanks to Lock Screen Plus, it comes pretty close! Lock Screen Plus is a “secure and beautiful lock screen application combined with a weather forecast.” Here’s how it works.

1. Lock Screen Plus is available in the Mac App Store for just $0.99. After installation and running the app for the first time, click on the menu bar icon and select “Preferences.”

How to customize your mac’s login screen

2. There are three tabs in the Preferences window, all of which are pretty self-explanatory.

  • General – Choose to open the application at login, lock your Mac before going to sleep, set the lock hotkey, show/hide the menu bar icon, use black or gold icon, choose a lock animation, and choose when to auto lock your screen (in minutes or hours).
  • Appearance – Choose a theme (there are 18 to choose from), see a live preview of your theme, set the time format, choose a lock/unlock sound, customize the unlock text, and customize the weather section (location, source, scale of temperature).
  • Security – Choose an unlock method (keyboard, trackpad and/or mouse), choose to require a password to unlock the screen and/or a password to open Preferences, and set the password if you choose to require a password for either of these.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

3. Each unlock method has its own functionality:

  • Keyboard – Swipe the keys on the keyboard in any direction (or hold down a key) to unlock the screen.
  • Trackpad – Swipe the trackpad in any direction to unlock the screen – one or two fingers.
  • Mouse – Left-click the mouse or trackpad to unlock the screen.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

That’s it. It only takes a few minutes to get a beautiful new lock screen. I love the Metro theme because it looks exactly like Windows 8. However, I’m currently using the beautiful Lake Orr theme.

What theme are you using?

Charnita has been a Freelance Writer & Professional Blogger since 2008. As an early adopter she loves trying out new apps and services. As a Windows, Mac, Linux and iOS user, she has a great love for bleeding edge technology. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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If you frequently lock your Mac, or you allow guests to sign in to a special account, here’s how to leave a message on the macOS lock screen for others to read.

There are some situations where a Mac owner has to warn or inform other users of the same device on a regular basis. A reminder not to use a connected printer or peripheral, for example, or giving a heads-up that something on the Mac is being repaired or fixed.

While such information could be provided as an email, an instant message, or face-to-face communications, it can easily be overlooked or forgotten if not presented regularly to the intended recipients.

If you have a guest account set up on your Mac, you will probably want to tell potential users that they can use the account, as well as informing them of limitations to access. Such a message could be very useful in encouraging guests at a hotel to use the offered connectivity, for example.

Adding a sticky note to a monitor isn’t necessarily a good workaround, especially if it becomes unstuck and flutters away out of view.

Apple includes a built-in answer to the problem, in the form of a Lock Screen Message.

Lock Screen Message.

A Lock Screen Message, as the name implies, is a message that is displayed on the log-in or lock screen of macOS. Before a user logs in, or after a user locks the screen, the message will be viewable to anyone who can see the display.

This makes it handy for multiple applications, including the aforementioned guest user account information. It may also be handy to place basic contact details for the Mac’s owner, which can potentially aid its recovery if misplaced.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

There is no real limit to what kinds of information you can put into the message, though you are restricted by having to only use text, and to do so within a limited number of characters. You have a grand total of 204 characters to play with before the message is truncated, which is enough to pass over essential information, but not necessarily a massive amount.

Bear in mind this is also a string of characters, and that you cannot put text on separate lines or in paragraphs. You have relatively little space to play around with for the feature.

This still could be enough to provide basic login credentials for a basic locked-down user account, a brief overview of guest account restrictions, or the previously-suggested contact details. A workaround to this could be using the text to mention a website address, that users could use to find out more information about the intended longer message.

AppleInsider strongly advises against including account credentials as part of the lock screen message, for obvious security reasons.

How to customize your mac’s login screen

How to set a Lock Screen Message in macOS

  • Click the Apple logo in the menu bar and select System Preferences.
  • Select Security and Privacy.
  • If the padlock is locked, click the padlock icon and Authenticate.
  • Tick the checkbox next to Show a message when the screen is locked.
  • Click Set Lock Message.
  • Enter your desired message, then click Ok.

Once you have set your message, it’s suggested to either lock your account or restart your Mac to check it is displayed appropriately, with no character limit truncation. It will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, below the log-in section.

To disable the Lock Screen Message, follow the same process, but untick the checkbox.

How to do what you love successfully

Enjoying your career is more important than earning a high salary or flashy title. Here's why now is the right time to switch to a job that makes you happy.

  • According to a 2010 study, happiness increases as one's income rises up to $75,000 annually, at which point greater income was not associated with increased happiness.
  • Having a job you love is more fulfilling and productive. It can even lead to a higher level of success.
  • In order to determine what job you will love, ask yourself a few questions about your dreams, goals and strengths.

You've heard the cliche that life is too short. You don't know what tomorrow brings or where you'll end up. So why waste your time in a career that doesn't make you happy?

Studies have shown that happy people tend to earn higher salaries, and it stands to reason that these high earners are happy – at least in part – because they have jobs they love.

Reasons to do what you love

Enjoying your career should be a priority over earning a high salary or flashy title. Here are four reasons to quit the job you hate and start do what you love for a living. [Ready to quit your job? Here's how to do it right.]

1. You'll feel more fulfilled.

Your job shouldn't just be a source of income. If you don't enjoy what you do, you'll end up missing out on your life.

"As the lines between working life and personal life blur, a job is as much about personal fulfillment and growth as it is about a paycheck," said Philip Ryan, senior vice president at Ipsos Strategy3. "People don't want to make widgets; they want to change lives, including their own."

Your career should make you feel good emotionally, both in and out of the office.

"A job that you love . gives you extra motivation to meet your goals, and when you do, the sense of accomplishment is outstanding," said Masanari Arai, co-founder and CEO of Kii Corporation.

You will carry and radiate that success wherever you go, helping yourself in other aspects of your life.

2. You'll be more productive.

It's important to feel motivated and inspired in your career. Without the drive to excel, your performance will lack passion and, in turn, your company may suffer. Productivity allows you to work in the most efficient manner, which makes room for downtime and encourages work-life balance.

"If you are passionate about your job, you are likely to take an active interest in learning every aspect of the business," said Patrice Rice, CEO and founder of Patrice & Associates. "This not only sets you on the path toward success, it also helps you get through the daily grind."

3. You'll inspire others.

Many people are too afraid to follow their dreams and do what they love. Think about what you would say to a friend or your loved one: Would you discourage them from doing what makes them happy simply because it's risky? When you do take that leap yourself, you become an inspiration to those individuals.

"As a mom who works, it is so important to me to be a role model for my young daughters," said Keli Coughlin, executive director of The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. "While there might be busy weeks that require more time at the office, my girls know that I love my job, that it's meaningful to me, and that I am proud of the work. It is my hope that as my girls grow up, they are inspired to find a career that fulfills them and they are passionate about."

4. You'll succeed.

Michael Phillips, founder and CEO of Coconut's Fish Cafe, said that when you enjoy your job, it doesn't feel like work. "It makes it easier to get through the trials and tribulations of business ownership," he added.

You won't need someone to keep tabs on your work or motivate you to reach your full potential. You will do your best work because it's natural and exciting for you to do.

"When you love what you do, you are compelled to push against yourself," said Amir Zonozi, chief of strategy at Zoomph. "You want to be where you are challenging yourself, and you are competing with yourself in achieving your vision."

How to find a job you'll love

In order to determine what job you would enjoy, you have to ask yourself a few questions.

What did you want to be as a child?

While it might seem strange to go back to your childhood dreams, they might not be far off from what you would be happy doing. Whatever that might have been, the desire to do so had to come from somewhere.

Think back to that dream job. Even if you no longer want to have that job, it could help you figure out what drives you. For example, those who wanted to work in law enforcement might be driven by justice or helping people. If you wanted to be a teacher, maybe you liked school and working with kids. Tailor your motivators and your strengths to find that perfect position.

What would your friends or family say that you are good at?

Sometimes, talking to the people closest to you helps make more informed decisions. Ask your loved ones what they think your strengths are, and what job would allow you to use those skills. When you ask other people, you can gain additional perspective that you might not have considered. What you think your strengths are might not be what your friends and family think of first.

Who was your biggest role model growing up?

Similar to talking about your dream job as a child, you might think about who you idolized growing up. Did you love this person because they helped people? Did they have special skills that you wanted? Did you find similarities in their abilities with your own? By thinking about why you looked up to this person, you might find a job that would be good for you. Even if you did not consider it as a child, it might help uncover your true goals and desires.

How to do what you love successfully

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about [1] .

No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place [2] .

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time.

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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I spent nearly 15 years working in nonprofit management, mostly in fundraising and marketing. I was good at it—people told me so all the time. It came easily to me, paid the bills, and was a very comfortable career path.

And yet, I simply didn’t love it.

Don’t get me wrong—it was okay. I learned a lot and worked with some great people. But I envied those folks who had a spring in their step on the way to work—people who absolutely loved what they did and couldn’t wait to roll up their sleeves and get busy on the job. I always wanted to be one of those people.

I finally went for it. I left my mediocre non-profit job and started my own corporate communications business. It’s been nearly a year, and while there have been many bumps along the way, I can now say with full confidence that I really love what I do.

As Confucius said, “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It’s great advice, but it’s not always that simple—it can be difficult to figure out what you love and how to parlay that into a viable business or job. So here’s a step-by-step plan for pinpointing your passions—and four ways to help you start turning them into your career.

1. Remember What You Loved as a Child

Often, our truest passions emerge in childhood, only to be squelched by real life pressures. So think about what you loved long before you had to worry about your career. Writing? Science experiments? Taking care of people? Getting back in touch with those instincts is an important step in finding your passion.

2. Eliminate Money from the Equation

If money were no object, what would you do? Would you travel? Spend all of your time with your children? Would you start a charitable organization to help abused women? Of course money can’t be ignored, but don’t let financial pressures dictate your choices. Your career should ultimately lead to financial security, but if financial security is the defining motivator, it’s unlikely you’ll end up doing what you love.

3. Ask Your Friends for Feedback

Sometimes you’re just not the best judge of what makes you happy. Ask the people who know you intimately when you seem the happiest and what you do the most enthusiastically. Their answers may surprise you.

4. Read through a University Course Catalog

Find some quiet time and see which courses naturally interest you. What would you study if you could do it all over? What courses do you think you could teach? Which subjects scare you to death, and which ones do you find boring? Revisiting these possibilities will help point you in the direction of subjects and topics that you love.

5. Identify your Professional Hero

Of everyone you know, either personally or in your extended frame of reference (from your dermatologist to Oprah), whose career would you most want to emulate? Reach out to her to learn more about how she got to where she is, or, if that’s not possible, read everything you can about her career and life.

6. Think of What You Enjoy That You Also Do Well

After you’ve done these exercises, think about what you’ve learned. Focus on the things that you both enjoy and do well—whether you have a way with animals, make a killer lemon tart, or are crazy for origami—and write them down. Then, narrow the list to the top three or four things. Keep it handy, review it often, and use it as your jumping-off point when you’re plotting your career move.

Getting Started

Once you have a solid idea of what you love doing, it can still be a big leap to turn that passion into a viable career. Here are four easy steps to start making the change:

1. Talk to a Career Counselor

Career counselors help others figure out what they want for a living, and they’ll have insights and tools to help you zero in on the things you love most and do best, and also be able to offer ideas and guidance on how to find a career that best suits those passions. Take advantage of those resources.

2. Leverage Social Media

More than ever, we live in a social world. Once you’ve identified what it is that you love, get busy on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, connecting with people who share your areas of interest. Read blogs, join forums, and find out what it’s really like to do what you love.

3. Start Saving Money

Once you feel strongly that you want to start down this new path, start saving. A lot. The more money you have in the bank, the less finances will have to rule your decisions. And the less scary it will be if and when you do quit your job.

4. Just Do It

Ultimately, you won’t really know what you love to do unless you actually bite the bullet. Until you give it a go, it’s really just speculation. So, whether you take a small step like signing up for a class or you dive head-first into entrepreneurship, roll up your sleeves and do it. You’ll never know until you try.

I found my passion—and I’m grateful for that. But these tips are still serving me well as I go down this path, because it’s important that my work continues to be fueled by what I love most. And if that falls into place, I am hopeful that I’ll never have to work a day in my life.

How to do what you love successfully

I always say to people: do what you love, follow your bliss, listen to your heart and intuition, and know that by doing so, success will have no choice but to follow you wherever you go.

Of course, when you get stuck in a job you don’t love, hearing words like: doing what you love, success, passion, etc. can be quite irritating.

I guess that’s because most of us live with this impression that we don’t really have control over our lives; over what happens to us; over our happiness and unhappiness. And that we are victims of a world that pushes us around.

But in truth, we do have a choice. We do have the power and ability to shift our lives in the right direction.

I promised that I will write a post on how to do what you love and still be able to pay your bills, and I will like to share with you all, some things that I have learned over the years from great teachers, people like Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Lao Tzu, Rumi, Dale Carnegie, Wayne Dyer, and many, many others.

Doing what you love

First of all, I strongly believe… actually, I don’t believe, I know that we all have something unique and special about ourselves. What I have to share with the world, nobody else has.

But the same goes for you and all people.

What you have to offer no other person in the world has. These are our unique gifts and talents, the things we are born with. And if we choose to focus and work on them and with them, we will encounter success.

That’s how we achieve happiness, balance, and harmony in all areas of our lives.

This isn’t something I came up with overnight. No! It is a universal truth that every successful person who is doing what they love already know.

You want to be happy?

Work with love. Work with the things you are passionate about. And in doing so you will discover things about yourself you never dreamed were possible.

As I was writing this and as I was listening down these great teachers, all of these quotes started running through my mind, and I want to share with you a few of them, just so you can better understand how important it is to work with your passions, with your unique gifts and talents.

Proof that doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”

“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find the happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.”

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

If right now, you are in a place where you aren’t exactly doing the things you love, or maybe, you can’t even get a job, you might want to pause for a while and start asking yourself a couple of questions, questions that might help you discover what is it that you really want, why is it that your life is the way it is, where would yooku like to be headed, how does the perfect life looks for you, and many other questions that might help you get back on the right track and start living the life that you really deserve.

Is where you are right now really that bad? How will things be different once you get from A to Z? Will you be happy then?

How do you know this is true?

Will you be willing to let go of some “security” for a while in order to start on your journey of self-discovery and self-mastery? Are you willing to take some risks?

These are some things you might consider that maybe you haven’t thought about, or maybe you were too afraid to do it because of the answered you might have got, but if you really want to make your dreams become reality, you will have to face them all.

I can’t tell you something that you don’t know already, I can’t tell you some secret formula that will help you do the things you love and still be able to pay the bills (and this is something that I don’t think you would want for yourself, to just survive, to pay your bills), but what I can tell you is this: Always choose to focus on the things you do want to attract in your life, always choose to focus on that which is positive rather than negative, and picture yourself as already having the life that you want for yourself, knowing that by doing so, you will attract all that you need in order to make your dreams become reality.

Also, what I have personally learned from my mentor, Wayne Dyer, is to always use these powerful words: I Am!

When you use these two powerful words “I am”, followed by any statement, visualizing it, and adding emotion and certainty to it, you become one with it and it becomes one with you. When you combine these two powerful words with emotion and images, the whole universe will conspire to make it happen.

I am doing what I love, and I love what I do.

I am living a prosperous life, etc.

I am discovering new and great talents every day, talents I didn’t even know I have…

Your mind does not know how to differentiate between what is real and what is not, and by repeating these words to yourself, you will attract the right people, the right ideas, the right circumstance, and all that you need in order to become the person you want to become.

So if you are you willing to start the voyage of discovery into unknown lands and rediscover yourself, if you are willing to experience some short-term pain and discomfort so that you can later experience real happiness, you will be able to do what you love and be successful at it.

Rachel Goldman, PhD FTOS, is a licensed psychologist, clinical assistant professor, speaker, wellness expert specializing in eating behaviors, stress management, and health behavior change.

How do we define success? There are many different tactics for how to be successful in life, but the strategy that works best for you may depend on your view of success itself. We often think of it as doing well at work or earning a high salary.

While professional accomplishments can be one piece of the puzzle, it leaves out many other important areas of life. Family, romantic relationships, academics, and athletics are just a few areas where people may strive for success. Your individual definition of what success is may vary, but many might define it as being fulfilled, happy, safe, healthy, and loved.

It is the ability to reach your goals in life, whatever those goals may be. So what can you do to boost your chances of achieving these things? What are some of the habits of successful people?

There is no single right way to be successful. What works for you might not work for someone else. There may not be a perfect combination of ingredients that can guarantee success, but there are some basic steps you can follow that can improve your chances of being successful in life, love, work, or whatever happens to be important to you.

Build a Growth Mindset

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Research by psychologist Carol Dweck suggests that there are two basic mindsets that influence how people think about themselves and their abilities: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.  

People who possess a fixed mindset believe that things such as intelligence are static and unchangeable. Those with a fixed mindset believe that success isn’t a result of hard work—it’s simply a consequence of innate talents.

Because they believe that such talents are something people are either born with or without, they tend to give up more easily in the face of a challenge. They quit when things do not come easily because they believe that they lack the inborn skill needed to excel.

Those who have a growth mindset, on the other hand, feel that they can change, grow, and learn through effort. People who believe that they are capable of growth are more likely to achieve success. When things get tough, they look for ways to improve their skills and keep working toward success.

People with a growth mindset believe that they have control of their life, while those with a fixed mindset believe that things are out of their control.

What can you do to build a growth mindset?

  • Believe that your efforts matter. Rather than thinking their abilities are fixed or stuck, people who have a growth mindset believe that effort and hard work can lead to meaningful growth.
  • Learn new skills. When faced with a challenge, they look for ways to develop the knowledge and skills that they need to overcome and triumph.
  • View failures as learning experiences. People with growth mindsets don't believe that failure is a reflection of their abilities. Instead, they view it as a valuable source of experience from which they can learn and improve. "That didn't work," they might think, "so this time I'll try something a little different."

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Are you doing work that you absolutely love? If not, why? There are as many answers to this question as the number of people who are asked. So, instead of focusing on the reasons why you are not doing work you absolutely love doing, let’s look at the reasons why you should.

1. Your health will improve.
Were you aware that the most common time for a heart attack to occur is on a Monday morning? That is definitely a reason to take notice. There are many stress-related illnesses, both physical and emotional, that can happen if you are doing work you do not enjoy. Your immune system is compromised if you are not happy, and you are more susceptible to all sorts of physical illnesses.

2. Your relationships will improve.
When you are unhappy in your work life, it will spill over into your relationships with your spouse, your kids, and your friends. When you are doing work that you love, you are no longer cynical, irritable, and impatient. People will want to be around you because of your positive attitude and happy disposition.

3. You will have more energy.
If you want to start jumping out of bed excited to start your day, try spending your day doing work that is meaningful and fulfilling. When you are doing something that completely resonates with you, you will have energy all day long and may even need less sleep.

4. Your confidence will improve.
When you are doing the work you were born for, you will be good at it. You will be using your natural talents, interests, and passions. Your confidence will soar because you are doing what comes natural to you.

5. You will enjoy life more.
When you are not happy with your work, your unhappiness and frustration will spill over into all areas of your life. Because it is difficult to compartmentalize unhappiness, all areas of your life will be affected by a negative work experience.

6. You will want to continue learning and growing.
If you are doing work you love, you will want to seek out opportunities for growth. You will want to get better and better. And the more growth and knowledge you gain, the more success will come your way.

7. Your motivation will soar.
If you are happy in your work, you will be self-motivated, which means you will be much more productive than someone who does not like what they are doing.

Because there are so many more benefits to doing work you love than to staying in unfulfilling, unsatisfying work, why don’t more people choose to do work they love? This is a question that I keep pondering. I was 40-something before I decided to take the plunge into doing the work that fit my personality, interests, and passions. Since I did, I have never looked back.

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Since some of the earliest writings from the world’s most prolific thought leaders the notion of doing what you love (seeking a career that fills you with passion) has been discussed at length. But with current research showing how many people are disengaged, dissatisfied, and frustrated at work, we wondered is it possible to flip the words—is it possible to simply love what you do—your current job?

Finding a job you love is age-old advice. Confucius probably has the best longstanding quote about “do what you love.” His words, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” have been repeated throughout history. Or consider Warren Buffett’s words, “Take a job that you love.” And let’s not forget the prolific thoughts of Maya Angelou who said “…pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”

Does anyone advocate the opposite approach—telling people to love what they do? We did not have to look far to find the advice of Steve Jobs who said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

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Curious about our own experiences in the workplace, we began reviewing previous job titles we have had over the years. Between the two of us, we’ve held titles like: fire inspector, market research manager, disk jockey, product development director, wind surfing instructor, creative director, and the list goes on. As we discussed our roles, we couldn’t help but talk about the positions we loved, and those we knew weren’t the perfect fit. And apart from one position (we won’t admit who it was) of company mascot, which consisted of wearing a fuzzy cow suit and dancing down parade routes in the middle of summer, we loved each of the jobs we had (the cow suit was extremely hot, it was ridiculous, but pardon the pun, ‘Holy cow it was fun’).

Are we typical of most workers? Science actually gives us some insight.

The “find a job you love” advice listed above is easy to buy into for those who love their jobs. But for those who still don’t love their work, should they quit their current job and chase the dream of the job they would love? Or can people learn to find meaning and success in their current job? The answer is ‘yes.’ And here’s why.

Research shows that great work (award-winning work) is produced when people focus on doing something others love. The Great Work Study showed that 88% of projects that earned awards began with an employee asking their own version of the question, “What difference could I make that other people would love?”

Love Your Work: It’s All About Them, Not You

The same study, a combined effort between the O.C. Tanner Institute and Forbes Insights, found that all cases of work being studied shared a single intention—the work was focused on making a difference that someone else would love, instead of the person performing the work. They were focused on the recipient of their work—their customer, their colleague who depends on them, their leader who trusts in them, the community who expects their support, or others who benefit from their work.

Consider the example of Denise, the Safety and Environmental Affairs Manager at Subaru’s manufacturing plant in Lafayette, Indiana—a facility, which produces approximately 180,000 vehicles per year. When Denise was assigned the daunting task of reducing 15 tons of landfill waste generated per day by the plant, she could have felt overlooked, and been relegated to garbage duty for the whole plant.

However, Denise thought about how Subaru owners would love knowing that their car was produced in a facility that didn’t generate landfill waste. She also thought about the pride her coworkers would feel if they succeeded in reducing this much waste. She told us she began by literally diving into her work, “dumpster diving,” as she described it, to analyze what kind of trash was being collected, hunting down where it came from, and learning why it was there.

Over the next two years, she engaged dozens, then hundreds, then all 3,700 coworkers in the project. She was surprised at how many began to feel a similar enthusiasm for eradicating landfill-destined waste from their work areas. Eventually, she and her team pulled it off. They had found a way to eliminate, recycle, or repurpose every bit of waste in the plant. The facility sends nothing to the landfill. Even the cafeteria waste is composted and provided to employees as a free benefit for their gardens.

Denise’s experience was a fascinating example of someone who found a way to love what she did. We doubt she would have ever chosen a job where she would spend two years of her life dealing with garbage. Yet, because she sought to make a difference others would love, she found her work enormously rewarding. She speaks with great pride that this 3.8 million square foot manufacturing facility sends less trash to the dump than the she puts out on her curb each week outside her home. For a little extra inspiration, we encourage you to watch Denise’s story in her own words.

The point is, loving your job is one thing—the activities and responsibilities you have on a day-to day basis. But loving the impact your job has on someone else is another. If you don’t totally hate your job but find you’re not that happy with what you are doing, try this one little simple activity: Go and see your work being received. See how it impacts someone else, another coworker, a customer, another team, or whoever benefits from your work.

Quite possibly, the best quote we found about loving your work is this:

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

Just because the whole world seems to obsess about romance during one day in the middle of February, doesn’t mean you have to. For happy singles, it’s a good excuse to eat chocolate.

But if Valentine’s Day has you thinking about finding love, the holiday could be a good motivation to start.

Our experts offered these 12 tips to boost your chances:

1. The ‘You’ll find love when you’re not looking’ approach may be wrong.

That’s like saying, “You’ll find a job when you’re least looking for it,” said Pepper Schwartz, a relationship expert and sociology professor at the University of Washington. It’s possible, but rarely happens.

“For the most part, people who wait for a job are unemployed,” she added. “For me, it’s just an excuse for being scared to go and put the effort in. Yes, it happens, but no, it’s not a good strategy.”

Schwartz does agree with the underlying sentiment of that saying: Don’t be desperate. Put the effort in to find someone, but don’t act like any breathing body will do.

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2. Go where people like the same things you like.

You can skip singles events if you don’t like them, but you have to go where you can meet people, Schwartz advised. Join social groups or meet-ups; be a worker bee in a cause you believe in; get involved in political parties. At the very least, you’re doing something you like and at the very best, you’ll meet somebody like-minded.

Bite the bullet and try online dating for a big pool of potential candidates, Schwartz added. If you’re already online, try a different dating site.

3. Look up from your phone.

Good men and good women are everywhere — if you’re looking, noted Bela Gandhi, a TODAY contributor and founder of the Smart Dating Academy in Chicago. She’s amazed people often complain they don’t meet anyone, but then go out and keep their heads down the entire time, staring at their devices.

Wherever you are, be present and look around the room to see who is looking at you. Make three seconds of eye contact with the cute stranger and smile — that’s an invitation for him to come over and talk to you, she advised.

4. Don’t seek romance, seek partnership.

Romance is for dates, and it’s fun to have on occasion in your marriage, but it’s partnership that will get you through the rough times, said Tina B. Tessina, a California psychotherapist also known as “Dr. Romance” and author of “How to be Happy Partners: Working it out Together.”

“Don’t look for someone who sweeps you off your feet. That indicates a control freak, and you won’t like what happens later,” she advised. “Look for someone who likes give-and-take, who seeks your opinion and considers it, who cares about what you want, too.”

5. Happy people attract people.

Maybe the biggest issue in not being able to find love is that you’re not feeling good about yourself. Like yourself and like your life — really work on that, Schwartz advised. You have to be the person that you’d want to meet.

“If you’re not a happy, positive, self-confident person, you cut your chances of being in the right space for the right kind of person,” she said.

Go to a therapist to see why you’re depressed; get a trainer if you haven’t been exercising, and visit a nutritionist to begin eating right. If you’re shy, realize you could be less shy.

“The idea is that you have to train for everything, and you have to train for love as well,” Schwartz said. “You can work on yourself. You’re not a finished product unless you’re dead.”

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” ―Joseph Campbell

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” ―Steve Jobs

Confucius encouraged others to do what they love. Even Confucius sometimes missed the point. (Photo . [+] credit: Wikipedia)

Admit it. You live in a society that reveres the perspectives of Joseph Campbell and Steve Jobs. You’ve been told that, if you do what you love, the money will follow. You’ve been told that, if you find your bliss, world-changing success will magically come. You’ve been told that, if you’re not changing the world in dramatic ways, it’s because you’re too afraid to find your passion and follow it.

There are five reasons to end your personal guilt trip.

1. Most gifted people don’t have one overriding passion.

Dave Evans, who co-teaches a popular course on “Designing Your Life” at Stanford University, says, “We don’t start by asking ‘what’s your passion?’ The overwhelming majority of people don’t have a passion, or have multiple. What are all we to do?”

He also makes a distinction between finding work that can engage you and finding one lifelong pathway of bliss. “It’s much better to have an accurate awareness that you don’t know your passion than to have an erroneous confidence in a false passion,” he says, “which is a common result of people trying too hard to concoct one in order to be okay. The day a false passion is unmasked can be a pretty difficult one.”

2. The money just might not follow.

“I am a writer, but I love sex more than I love writing,” author Penelope Trunk observed a few years ago. And I am not getting paid for sex…. But I don’t sit up at night thinking, should I do writing or sex? Because career decisions are not decisions about ‘what do I love most?’ Career decisions are about what kind of life do I want to set up for myself.”

Seth Godin once told the story of a gifted friend who took on a draining, grunt role at a record company because music was his bliss. Godin wondered, rightly, if this friend could have served himself and society better if he worked as a schoolteacher during the day and spent his spare time pursuing his passion.

3. The search for one’s passion can be a distraction from living in the present.

Fifty years before Steve Jobs told college graduates to ceaselessly search for their true passion, the great Trappist monk Thomas Merton observed, “The world is full of unsuccessful businessmen who still secretly believe they were meant to be artists or writers or actors in the movies.” Merton exhorted others instead to find meaning in an imperfect present moment.

“The world is full of unsuccessful businessmen who still secretly believe they were meant to be . [+] artists or writers or actors in the movies,” Thomas Merton wrote in 1955. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Who is willing to be satisfied with a job that expresses all his limitations?” Merton asked. “He will accept such work only as a ‘means of livelihood’ while he waits to discover his ‘true vocation.’” In that way, he anticipated an entire generation of career advisers and bestselling job search books.

4. Your bliss can become hell once it becomes a job.

The maxim, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” has been attributed to Confucius. Problem is, even Confucius didn’t bat 1.000.

Many a person has loved movies but hated making movies. Living in Los Angeles, this applies to half my friends. Even relatively successful writers and actors end up dreading the deadlines and burdens imposed by a career that looks less glamorous in close-up than it did in long-shot.

5. Steve Jobs didn’t follow his own advice.

Author Cal Newport has emerged as one of the more vocal critics of the do-what-you-love movement. In the case of Jobs, Newport points out that the tech legend did not follow his own advice. If he followed his overriding lifelong passion, Jobs would have become a great Zen teacher. Instead he meandered barefooted as a dilettante through early-adulthood, lacked follow-through, and only serendipitously stumbled into technology, management and marketing.

In Newport’s book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, he argues that following one’s passions can be a dead end. He argues that it’s better to identify which skills you have that could be rare and valuable in the workplace – and then to hone those skills till you have career capital that you can spend in the way you choose.

Leave for another day many other good reasons to not do what you love — including the realities of providing for a family, getting healthcare, or saving for old age. Stressing and straining to discern some enchanted pathway of bliss is a futile exercise for most of us. If you haven’t yet found that one overriding passion, you have permission to call off the search.

How to send large files over email

Figuring out how to email large files can take up hours of your day. However, it doesn’t have to because there are many avenues you can take to send your large email attachments. In this article, we are going to discuss how to send large files via email and ways the Clean Email app will keep large files organized in your inbox.

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Best Ways for Sending Large Files via Email

  1. Use Cloud Services:
  1. Compress the file.
  2. Create a ZIP file.
  3. Send attachment in individual parts.

These are the most efficient ways to send larger email attachments through any email provider you use. Typically, you will want the file to be under the 25 or 20MB limit to forward it to the recipient successfully.

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How to Send Large Files through Gmail

  1. As an attachment
  2. As a Drive link

Both ways are sufficient and can be done by simply opening Gmail on your computer and composing the message.

  1. Click the Google Drive icon.
  2. Select the file.
  3. Choose between “attachment” or “drive link” so Google knows which version of the document you prefer for sending.
  4. Select Insert and then forward the message as normal.

How to Send Large Files via Yahoo Email

  1. Open Yahoo! Mail and compose a new message.
  2. Select the paper clip icon for attachments.
  3. You’ll have four options to choose.
  4. Select either Google Drive or Dropbox to locate and send your file.
  5. Once you’ve clicked the document you want, it will bring you back to your draft.
  6. Click “OK” to give permission to anyone who receives your mail to view the file.
  7. Send as normal.

How to Send Large Files through Outlook

If you have an Outlook account and tried to email a file larger than 20MB, you know that you’ll receive an error message letting you know its size is too large. Here’s how you can avoid this pesky error.

Use a Share Link from Your Cloud Service

  1. Log into the cloud service provider like Google Drive or iCloud.
  2. Upload the file as normal if you haven’t already completed this step.
  3. Click the share button with an arrow pointing out of a square.
  4. Copy the link and edit permissions if necessary.
  5. Go into Outlook and compose a new message.
  6. Paste the link in the document and forward it as normal.
  1. Log into OneDrive to upload the file.
  2. Log back into Outlook and compose a new message.
  3. Click on the paperclip symbol that signifies creating an attachment.
  4. Select the OneDrive option and click on the file you want to send.
  5. Once attachment and the message are in place, email the message as normal.

Zip or Compress the Size of the Email Attachment

Another way to forward documents bigger than 20MB through Outlook is by converting them into a zip file or compressing the file. Both will allow you to condense the file at once without having to forward it in pieces one by one or not have the ability to send the documents at all.

Make the Most of SharePoint Server Libraries

Those Outlook users who have their account because of a company can utilize SharePoint as a way to forward documents. All you have to do is upload the attachment to SharePoint’s server then copy and paste the link into your message.

Organize Large Email Files with the Clean Email App

Clean Email is an inbox cleaner solution that will help you keep your mailbox clean and organized. Its features “Smart Views,” “Auto Clean,” and “Quick Clean” will prevent you from getting overwhelmed cleaning out the hundreds of messages sent to you every week. If you receive a ton of large messages, this app will be the perfect tool to locate, organize, and remove them from your inbox to avoid your server from being slowed down.

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The “Smart Views” feature automatically sorts through your messages and combines emails larger than 10MB into a separate folder. The “emails larger than 10MB” folder will allow you to determine which messages need to be deleted to free up space, which email attachments can be saved to your cloud or desktop, and which emails need to be kept without externally saving the file.

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Conclusion

Learning how to send large files via email doesn’t have to be a difficult task. This article aims to make sending email attachments a smooth process for you with these simple steps. The Clean Email app will help you keep your large messages and attachments organized and easy to access at any time.

How to Send Large Files Via Email – FAQs

Why can’t I send large files through email?

Sending large files via email could slow down the server and take up too much space in the email provider’s database. This results in users not being able to send or receive messages in the future.

How can I email a file larger than 25MB?

Depending on your email provider there a variety of ways to send emails larger than 25MB. The most common way is through file sharing.

How can I send large files via Gmail?

The easiest and fastest way to send large files through Gmail is by using Google Drive. You have the option to compose a message and attach the Google file that way or go into Google Drive to share the original file directly with the recipient.

How to email large pdf files?

Large pdf files need to be compressed in a compressor tool before sending it by email. Another option is to send the pdf via a sharing service like Dropbox or Google Drive.

How to email large video files?

If you’re not able to compress the video’s size then try using a cloud service. Some examples of cloud services are Google Drive and Outlook’s OneDrive. They allow you to attach larger files when you compose a new message.

Have you ever been stopped you in your tracks with an email message like this: “The file you are trying to send exceeds the size limit for email.” Luckily, there are other options for sending large files.

Let’s explore other ways to send big files—and help you decide which is best.

Why you can’t email large files as attachments

It can be frustrating to see your email returned or blocked because of a large attachment. So why does it happen?

Most internet service providers (ISPs) and email providers limit the sizes of the files you can upload or send through email. These limits prevent massive amounts of data from slowing down their services. Size limits vary from provider to provider.

Sometimes, you can purchase the ability to transmit larger files. For example, some business email providers allow you to send files of up to 150 MB, which far exceeds the usual limit. However, you don’t have to upgrade your email account to send large files. There are other methods for sending big attachments that don’t require you to change your level of service.

The best methods for sending large files

If your file is too large to send via email, you have three other options for sending it.

Cloud storage

While cloud storage is often thought of as a tool for storing and protecting files, it’s also great for sending or sharing large documents and media. After uploading to cloud storage, you can share it with a simple link, no matter what size it is.

If you are working in document or spreadsheet, you’ll likely see a share button in the upper corner. Clicking on that button will generate a link that you can send via email, chat, or text.

If you are viewing your cloud files within a folder, you can right-click on a file to bring up a sharing option. You can even share an entire folder.

Chat and meeting software

Communication and collaboration platforms combine workplace chat, video meetings, and file storage. These systems are often integrated with cloud storage and make it easy to send files via chat.

File transfer sites

File transfer sites allow you to upload a large file, then send a link to someone who can then go a download the file. Some sites offer this service for free, and others require a subscription.

Before using sites like these, consider the security protocols they have in place. These sites are not likely to have robust security or privacy protocols. Because of this, it’s best to use your cloud storage provider to share files.

The benefits of sending large files through cloud storage

At the end of the day, sending large files through cloud storage is the safest and most cost-effective way to go.

Cloud storage has far more benefits than other methods, including:

Ease-of-use

You can send large files through an email invitation or a direct link. Recipients simply click on the link to access your file. They won’t need an account with the cloud storage provider to use the link.

Security

Cloud storage services are highly secure. They include features such as file encryption, suspicious login activity monitoring, ransomware detection, virus scanning, two-factor authentication, and password-protected sharing links. If your files are sensitive, then cloud storage offers the best safeguards. Additionally, to ensure that only the right people can access your shared files, you can send them password-protected and time-expiring links.

Permissions

When you send files with cloud storage, you can set the access permissions to restrict who can view, comment on, edit or reshare files. For example, you limit access to one person, a group, all company employees or anyone.

Recovery

You can protect yourself from human mistakes, too. If your recipient deletes your file, you can reclaim it from the recycle bin. If they accidentally alter your file, you can restore the prior draft using built-in version history.

Backup

All the files that you keep in cloud storage and backed up. If your computer is lost, stolen or crashes, you’ll still have your data.

Collaboration

There’s probably a reason you’re sharing a large file. In most cases, you want to work on it with someone. Collaboration is a top benefit of cloud storage. You can share large files with coworkers. Then, they can suggest or make edits in real-time. You can even track changes to see what items others add and delete.

Less storage

Using cloud storage takes up less local storage on your device and less storage of your allotted email quota.

Most cloud storage services offer a free plan and a paid plan. If you are using the subscription plan, why pay extra to upgrade your email service or purchase a service from a file transfer site?

Sending large files with email can be a frustrating experience. Thankfully, cloud storage is a fast, secure, and feature-rich method for sending large files.

About the author

Paul Diamond is the Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft OneDrive (consumer and small business). He has worked in marketing and eCommerce for Amazon, T-Mobile, Groupon and Vistage International. He’s also the editor of the books: Fishing’s Greatest Misadventures, Surfing’s Greatest Misadventures, and Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures published by Casagrande Press.

Sending large files has always been a problem, but SendTransfer has brought about a solution; It has brought a means to send large files to people for free. The best part being that there is no limit to the number of files you can send and there is also no limit to the number of recipients. So now, you can send large files across towns, cities, countries without carrying any physical drive such as memory sticks.

To send large files using SendTransfer involves very easy steps, such as inputting your email as the sender, the recipients email and then attaching the file. Once this is done, you can send a large file to a number of people, depending on the number of recipients you have in mind. The ease with which this happens is as a result of outstanding technological methods used at SendTransfer and this will further develop data communication such that both neighbors and oversea clients can receive and send large files.

One of the best aspects of this service is that it is free to access and easy to use for everyone and anyone and unlike most of the other email platforms and websites used in transferring files, the download and upload algorithm allows for really fast data transfer. Another aspect is that it doesn’t require users to own accounts before they are able to use the services, it asks for three simple details, and the transfer process begins. This unprecedented ease makes the platform a must use for both experienced internet users and beginners. So with the absence of restrictions on file sizes that can be transferred, with the lack of the need to zip folders in order to send data; it is evident that SendTransfer is the best way to send large files anywhere and to anyone.

Got a giant file? Send large files regardless of size and format. Do you really need another thing to log into or register for? How about memorizing another password? With SendTransfer, registering an account isn’t needed. Feel free to send big files up to 10GB to your friends, your family, and coworkers. No limits here. For serious. There’s no limit to how many files you can send or share. Each large file transfer is automatically stored up to 14 days. Send large files to friends, transfer reports to coworkers, share study guides for students, or Tweet a resume to the world! — did we mention it’s FREE?

No Plans – No Payments

For every single data transfer up to 10GB, you can utilize SendTransfer for free and without limit. With just a few clicks, you can send large files for free and online. SendTransfer let you upload single or multiple documents. There will be no waiting time when downloading and uploading. This provides dependable, usability and excellent loading speed of large files.

Features & Benefits

SendTransfer comes with 10GB of storage space; this permits you to drop any form of external drives. With SendTransfer, you can comfortably send large files to an alternate email as a way of saving them, thus eradicating the need, DVDs, memory sticks.

It is also very easy to use and requires no account creation. With the click of a few buttons, you can send documents all over to the world. And the best part, this service comes free, without any limits to the number of times you can use the service also.

The SendTransfer website is free to use, providing customers with an opportunity to send large files of any kind, in a fast and secure manner.

SendTransfer is easy to use, as there is no need to create an account or give any other details apart from the required email addresses. It is also really simplified such that even people without technical knowledge can easily use the service.

When sending large files all that is required is the recipient’s email address as well as yours, then the selected file(s) are uploaded to a cloud-based solution. The speed of the upload is fast when the client uses a high-speed Internet connection; with files of small sizes getting uploaded within seconds and large files getting sent within 30mins. The uploaded files are maintained in the website’s cloud-based servers for a period, which ranges from between 7 – 14 days. During this period, the recipient is expected to download the files.

With SendTransfer, there is no restriction to upload or download speeds all that is required is that both parties have a high-speed connection.

Just follow the headlines from the left side and then click the Send Button.

Trying to figure out how to transfer large files online? Gmail and Yahoo have a 25MB limit, but don't worry; there are other ways to send your work without hitting an error message.

How to send large files over email

Have you ever tried to email a file to someone, only for your mail service to tell you that it’s too big? It’s a frustrating but common problem. Most email services and software restrict the size of file attachments. For example, Gmail and Yahoo limit the size of attached files to 25MB, so that 100MB video isn’t going through. But email is not your only choice; many standalone file-transfer services can take on the job. Here are several ways to send large files over the internet.

Store Files Online

One easy solution is to upload the file to a cloud storage service for the other person to then access and download from their device. Free tiers from Box (10GB), Dropbox (2GB), Google Drive (15GB), iCloud (5GB), and OneDrive (5GB) offer storage space that may solve your issue. However, these services also have upload limits, so you may have to upgrade to a paid plan depending on your needs.

Gmail

Gmail limits attached files to 25MB; anything over that is automatically placed inside Google Drive. You can go through the process by starting a new email in Gmail and then attaching the file you want to send. If it’s too large, Google will generate a link to it in Google Drive.

After you try to send your email, you’re asked to provide your recipient access to the file. By default, the file is available just for viewing. You can opt to allow the person to review or edit the file, but they would need a Google account to perform either action.

Once you set the permissions, send the email to its recipient. The person then clicks the link in the email to view the file in Google Drive. Google may limit you to 15GB for the free tier of Google Drive, but any paid plan will allow you to upload up to 750GB a day (though files larger than this will still go through), with an overall file limit of 5TB.

Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail can perform the same trick, but it’s a less user-friendly option. If you try to send a large file through Yahoo, an alert prompts you to save the file to either Google Drive or Dropbox. Choose your preferred service and then manually upload the file to it.

Return to your email, click File Attachment, and select Share Files From Google Drive or Share Files From Dropbox. Choose the file, and it shows up as an email attachment. Once your email is sent, your recipient can click the file attachment to view it in Google Drive or Dropbox.

Outlook

Outlook allows you to attach a file up to 33MB in size. If you try to send something larger, the program prompts you to upload and share the file via OneDrive. Select that option and then compose and send your message. The recipient can then open and view the file from your OneDrive space.

Use a File-Transfer Site

Instead of relying on email, you can turn to a third-party file transfer website. Upload the file you wish to send and enter your name and email address along with the name and address of your recipient. The site houses the file online and sends your recipient a download link. How large can the file be? That depends on the service, and what you’re willing to pay.

DropSend

The DropSend file-transfer site allows you to compose an email to your recipient and attach the file you want to send. Your recipient receives an email with a link to the file for viewing or downloading. DropSend offers three personal plans, all requiring a paid subscription.

For $5 a month, the Basic plan gives you 10GB of online storage with up to 25 sends a month. For $9 a month, the Standard plan offers 25GB of storage with as many as 50 sends a month with other bonus features. The $19-a-month Professional plan gives you 25GB of storage with an unlimited number of sends each month and a host of advanced features.

MyAirBridge

With MyAirBridge, you can upload a file and email a link to a specific recipient or just upload the file and generate a link to share with anyone. You can send a file as large as 20GB for free. A basic $2.99-per-month plan covers files up to 50GB, the $10.99-per-month Pro plan handles files as hefty as 70GB, and the $65.99-per-month Enterprise plan allows files as beefy as 100GB.

Filemail

Filemail is a quick and simple website. Fill out an email form with your address and its destination, compose your message, attach your file, and send your message. Your recipient then receives a link to the file for downloading or viewing it online.

The free option allows files as large as 5GB, the $10-per-month Filemail Pro plan supports sizes as large as 25GB, and the $15-per-month Business plan handles unlimited file sizes.

You’ve got your case, you’ve poured over the files and you’ve spent time working to ensure that everything is in its place. After you’ve invested your time, you try to attach the file to an email when you’re confronted with an error message. Your file is too large! At First Legal, we know how frustrating that can be, so we’ve compiled the following tips for sending large files.

The first step you’ll want to take is to determine how large your attachment can be through your email provider. Many common providers have a 10MB limit for attachments, although some providers will allow as much as 25MB. If you discover that your provider allows for 25MB, you may think you’re golden. Unfortunately, if the recipient of your message cannot receive messages over 10MB, you could encounter an error message or return notice.

You can reduce the size of your document if it is too large. On most computers, when you right-click on a document, you’ll see an option to compress the file. This option is best when your file is only barely over the size limit. Compression typically eliminates about 20% of the total file size.

Another option for sending files is to split them into multiple parts. Although this can be a time consuming process, it is also effective if the file you’re sending is far larger than the maximum allowable size. If you choose to proceed and split the file, it’s best if you take care to name them clearly. You’ll also want to alert the recipient to expect the full attachment to come in multiple files.

If your file is too large for compression and too complicated to be split in pieces, you can also send the file through a cloud storage system. We recommend using trusted providers like Google Drive or Dropbox. These services have a reputation for being secure. Additionally, Google Drive comes integrated into many mailing systems where Google is the service provider.

Litigation support specialists like those at First Legal have years of experience in everything from filing to trial presentation services. Find out how we can shave time off your filing by calling today!

For more information on file size reduction, check out this great article on reducing the size of your PDF!

You have to admit that email service is one of the greatest inventions in human communication. You can send emails to your friends, boss, colleague, business partner, even the stranger.

However, when you compose the messages well with massive photos attached and click the “Send” button; you may be frustrated by the pop-up message:

“The file you are trying to send exceeds the 25MB attachment limit.”

It is quite sickening that you can enjoy all the free service, but you are staggered by the total 25MB file limit from Gmail.

Will you stop your email message sending by such limit?

Of course you will not, because you are here reading this post and working hard to seek for the solutions to send large photos via email.

Here, we gather the best 3 ways to help you send large images through email. The solutions are proven to be successful for 99.9% people, and hope it will work for you, too.

Part 1. How to Send Large Photos via Email by Zip File

Every email service has its limited file size of the attachment file or the sum of all attached files and messages.

We made the survey that most of email service made the file size limit is 25MB, like Gmail, Yahoo, etc., Such email services as iCloud, Outlook made the file size not exceed 20MB. Still other email services, e.g. BlueMail, will not let you send emails up to 30MB.

All in all, the attachment file size is not 25MB mostly.

How to send large files over email

So if your photos are exceeding the limit a little, the most direct way you can follow to send the larger photos via email is zipping a folder with all the attached photos.

Select the large photos that you want to send via email > Right-click the files to select “ Send to ” > “ Compressed (zipped) folder ” from the drop-down menu.

Alternatively, you are able to put all the photos in one folder, and then right-click the folder name to select “ Winzip ” or other compression software > “ Compress to “XXX.7z” and email ” to input your email address to send the large compressed photos.

How to send large files over email

Generally speaking, the standard zip format provided approximately 62% compression.

However, it always comes to be different.

I get a folder with all the photos in 29.4MB. After making the zip compression, I get a zip file with 25.5MB, which is only about 14% compression rate.

For the file slightly larger, the zip compression is OK. However, for the far large photo files, you need to move the next solution.

Part 2. How to Send Large Images through Email by compressing Photos

Generally speaking, good quality always comes with large file size in photos. However, still some photos compression software could help you to get the smaller photos with not-bad quality.

Apeaksoft Free Online Image Compressor is the totally free software to compress JPEG or PNG files from MB to KB with keeping the best quality.

For sending lots of photos via email, you had better compress

Upload images online

Go to visit the page, click “ Add Images ” to import one or more image files to this software. You are able to drag the photos you want to send through email. Then this software will upload and compress them automatically.

Want to upload HEIC files that want to compress? Just convert HEIC files to JPEG/PNG firstly.

Download compressed images

After the compression is done, click “ Download ” button next to image to download the compressed photos.

Alternatively, you are able to download all the compressed pictures to your computer by clicking the “Download All” button at the bottom.

How to send large files over email

Here, you could this free online image compression tool gets about 45% to 48% compression rate, which is more efficient than a zip file via sending large photos via email.

them to reduce the file size.

Get over 25MB, 100MB or more images that want to send via Gmail?

Google Drive will work in the next part.

Part 3. How to Send Large Photos via Google Drive with Gmail

Google Drive is the file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. User can get the first 15 GB of storage to store data.

Google Drive works well with Gmail, so that you could send large photos by inserting the files using Drive easily.

Firstly, you should upload the massive large images that you want to send, to Google Drive.

Insert files using Drive

Click “Compose” button with your Gmail to create a new message. Click the “Insert files using Drive” option (the image like a triangle).

Send large photos via Gmail with Google Drive

By default, you are entering to the “My Drive” tab. Select the folder where you uploaded large photos before and click “Insert” and then “Send” button to send the large photos with Gmail through Google Drive.

Note: Before you click the “Insert” button, there are 2 options on the right side, “ Drive link ” and “ Attachment ”.

“ Drive link ” works for any files stored in Drive, including files created using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms, while “ Attachment ” only works for files that weren’t built using Docs, Sheets, or Slides. Here the option is chosen by default as “ Drive link ”.

How to send large files over email

Open large photos with Google Drive

When the receiver gets the photos, it will display as a thumbnail.

Move the cursor over the image to open the photo attachments via the Google Drive of the receiver.

How to send large files over email

1. If you want to send some photos within the folder, just click the folder name and use Ctrl or Shift key to select the photos for sending. For sending large PDF files via email, this solution also works.

2. Not only online service, Google Drive also offers apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, which lets you send big photos by email on iPhone or Android via Google Drive.

Sending photos via email is very common in communication. However, limited by the maximum file size of 25MB, you will have to compress the large photos or use email service which supports large file sending. Zip compression can help you compress the whole folder in a slight small rate, while Free Online Image Compressor works better with a bigger image compression rate. Surely, if you have super large photos that need to send, Google Drive will work exactly.

I have 2 large artwork files about 2GB each that I need to email to a factory for professional production & printing. Each file was created in Adobe Illustrator with a mix of photos and vector images layered into the art.

I have saved as PDF which is just as heavy. It was recommended by my local printer to export as a jpeg but I am concerned that this will greatly reduce the quality.

The final product will be poster size. And I can not do multiple samples with the overseas factory for quality testing as each sample fee is $200. Thoughts?

5 Answers 5

Determine (with print provider) actual needed final resolution for the raster images – export an appropriately-set-up print-ready .pdf . That should do it right there – failing that, use a file-hosting solution or an FTP site (see the print provider’s website for how they prefer to handle file transfers) as appropriate.

This isn’t really a graphic design question, though I did answer it, as it’s closely-related.

How to send large files over email

If they are merely posters, you could absolutely use jpg.

  • Open the Ai file in Photoshop.
  • Ensure the size/resolution is correct
  • Save as (not save for web) JPG quality 12.

Any quality loss due to the jpg format should be very, very, minimal (if any even exists) with a quality setting of 12 – or “maximum”.

When the print providers gets it, they will reopen and save as TIFF or some other format better suited for their production.

AI files aren’t really mandatory much of the time. They can help with very small detail. However, everything passes through a RIP (Raster Image Processor) which is the same as opening the file and saving with Photoshop.

Barring that.. see @GerardFell ‘s answer.

I generally upload a zip (or PDFx) to my own server and send a link to which they can download.

There are services such as GoogleDrive, DropBox, or HighTail that are designed to allow large transfers.

NEVER email raw .ai or .eps files. Always put them in a zip archive first. And typically, it’s best to assume anything over 10MB will be too large. Many email servers set a cap on attachment size at around 10MB. This is easily changed or removed on a server, but it’s generally best to factor in the most common denominator since most people don’t have direct control of such server settings.

All This is exactly the premise stock image sites rely upon and why all their downloads are either jpgs or zipped vector archives.

How to send large files over email

This is question is not related to Illustrator or Graphic Design in general. It’s about how to share large files.

Never ever send giant 2GB messages via email!

  1. Get in touch with your local printer. Most print houses provide a customer online access or a FTP login. This way you will be able to upload your print files directly.
  2. You can also use various online Cloud solutions e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, WebTransfer, Firefox Send. Usually this evolves additional work for the print house staff. Thus again, talk to your print house

I’ve found that the easiest way to share large files with clients is by sharing them in a shared google drive. My business email is a gmail account, so if I ever send a document that is too large, it will automatically share it through a shared google drive. This is the best solution I have found, but I am sure there are many ways of sending large files.

How to send large files over email

I want to address some issues before actually sending anything for print. Some colegues mentioned them but I want to summarize.

There are several kinds of files.

In this case, is pretty obvious that you are trying to send a working file. You should not. You must prepare an output file. Normally it has some characteristics depending on the project. Sometimes a good PDF preset and a PDF version will give you a good output file, sometimes you need to take some extra steps.

I. Separate into layers

I always separate my project into layers, the layers that will have raster images at the bottom and the ones that should remain as vectors, like text and logos at the top.

This allows me to make a quick extra step just before sending the files to print, this is flattening all the raster layers into a single object. This way, this single object can have all the interactions of colors of the previous objects. Blends, transparency, etc. in a controlled fashion.

I do not overwrite this “flatten file” I rename it first to ProjectName-09-Output.ai (the 09 is the version control) Then I export this AI file into the proper real PDF Output file. This extra AI file is just for some especially complex projects.

II. The proper resolution

Send whatever needs to be sent as vectors but the bulk of the file size will be humungous raster images. The previous step will prepare the road to make this one. You can simply resample your raster image to the proper resolution. This issue has been talked about many times. In my opinion, a raster image of about 6000 to 12000 pixels in its larger side is enough for any printed size.

III. Compression

The previous steps will give you a really decent output file. You can still use an internal JPG compression. Use the maximum values of quality, and will give you a slightly lower file weight than zip compression. This will be less noticeable if your raster image is in CMYK mode.*

IV. You can not send a big file by email

What you do is upload the big file to some kind of service and send the link.

You can have a hosting provider and upload the file via FTP on your own webpage.

How to send large files over email

If you’ve gotten the pesky notification that your attachment is too large, you’ve probably wondered why there’s size limits in the first place! It can be especially frustrating when sending/receiving larger files is a day to day part of your job. Thankfully, the limits have increased and the methods have gotten easier over the years, but it’s still worth an explanation.

Imagine if you threw an old couch in the back of your pick-up truck and took it to the post office to get mailed elsewhere. If you were to walk up to the service clerk and inquire about that service, they’d laugh in your face! A couch is simply too large for the post office to handle. Couches need to get transferred via a freight company. It CAN get sent electronically, but it requires a different level of service. It’s the same for large attachments. It can get emailed, but the email provider you use on a daily basis isn’t the best level of service. This is where file sharing services, zip files, etc. come into play.

Before we get into that, here’s some background context:

  • This request is usually generated by one of several cases:
    • Accountants needing to receive large amounts of tax documents from clients.
    • Law firms receiving legal briefs or videos for court hearings.
    • Marketing staff needing to send large files (like videos and high-res pictures) to vendors supporting them.
    • Field staff/clients needing to send photos to their IT support company from the field.
    • Large files (for example, applications) needing to be sent to clients/prospects.
    • A one-off large file needing to be sent to an outside individual.
    • Gmail’s limit is 25MB. After that, a link to Google Drive is inserted into the email copy.
    • AOL and Yahoo’s limit is also 25MB.
    • Outlook’s limit is 20MB.
    • Office365 has the highest limit, at 150MB.
    • If you’re looking to change the limits for just a few users on your in-house server, you’d have to change the limit to something higher for the entire organization and then set all the users (except for the special few/one) back to the lower limit on a mailbox-by-mailbox basis. Setting larger limits does have additional challenges though:
      • Depending on your Internet provider’s upload/download speed, sharing large files can take up your ENTIRE bandwidth! This leads to…
        • Temporary loss of Internet bandwidth for other activities, including CC processing, other email activity and Internet activity/connectivity.

        Assuming you don’t want to open that Pandora’s Box, here are a few things you can do:

        • Use a cloud based file sharing service. (Oftentimes, companies will already have an industry-specific option available.) If the files represent data that should not be available publicly (or to a competitor or hacker), you’ll want to look into security.
          • To be the MOST secure, we suggest encrypting the data locally, sending it to them and then telling them the password over the phone.
          • We recommend any of these file sharing services for your firms!
              • It has a Microsoft Outlook plug-in that lets you share/request files directly from the email platform, as well as include a link to do so in your email signature! Some of our outsourced IT clients use these perks!
              • There are three paid plans, ranging from $50-$122 a month. To reduce costs, begin with their 30-day trial.
              • Their plans aren’t priced per user–it’s unlimited!
              • They also have an Outlook plugin!
              • The recipients don’t need to have an account of their own, making it very user-friendly.
              • There’s no limitation on file size.
              • Their plans range from $16-$24 per user, per month. Start with a 15-day trial.
              • They’re US-based and have an Outlook plugin as well!
              • Plans range from $12.00-$40.00 per user, per month. Try it out with a 30-day trial.
              • Scanning PDFs at a reasonable resolution to keep size down.
              • Breaking files into several emails and/or adjusting the resolution (for pictures). For example, one email with three 4MB pictures attached will fail but three separate emails with one 4MB pic each will work.
              • Compressing the file by right-clicking on the document. This option is best when your file is only barely over the size limit. Compression typically eliminates about 20% of the total file size.
                • Keep in mind this method does not work for all file types, such as cell phone pictures.

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                How to send large files over emailBill Hogan is the Owner and President of Partners Plus. He has 40 years of experience in the technology industry, specifically IT support services. Bill has spoken at seminars all over the country about network management and published his latest book in 2018. Partners Plus was selected by PHL17 as the best Computer and Information Technology Support Company in the greater Philadelphia area in 2018.

                How to send large files over email

                You never need to worry about seeing an error message like this one ever again. Because today, you’re going to email school to learn the ABCs of zipping, driving and dropping. Ready? Let us begin.

                How to send large files over email

                Size Matters

                What are the size limitations to sending a file? It all depends on the email platform you use.

                Message size limitations for:

                Gmail: 25 MB

                Ymail: 25 MB

                Outlook:

                20 MB (for default internet email, but your company may limit sizes at the Exchange level)

                So, typically if your file is in the 20+ MB range, you will need to do something about it.

                Besides the annoyance of an error message and time lost working around it, there are other good reasons to shrink the size of your email messages and attachments. Those reasons include keeping inboxes clean if your Exchange server has storage problems, file and document sharing integrity, and security, just to name a few.

                How to send large files over email

                1. Zip It

                If you need to send a really big file, or lots of little files, one neat trick is to simply compress the file. This means, you’re sending the actual PDF or PSD, or whatever, but you’re compressing the data so that the file size is smaller.

                On a Mac or PC (the directions are roughly the same), you simply right (control) click your file and select Compress. This will create a new file on your desktop with the same name and .zip extension.

                If you have several files to compress, create a folder with the files you want to zip, and then control-click and Compress.

                2. Drive It

                Gmail has provided its own elegant workaround for sending large files: Google Drive.

                If you use Gmail, you have the option from your message window to attach a file from Drive. Instead of including the file in your email, it links to the file or folder in your Google Drive.

                Make sure to adjust share settings to allow your contact access to the folder or file.

                3. Drop It

                Dropbox is your everything when it comes to file sharing. We keep our entire LIFE on Dropbox. You can share massive files, a folder of 1 zillion photos, movie files, anything that you can think to upload.

                Another tidbit about Dropbox is a nifty security feature that allows you to send an exploding link. This is a great way to send a file that you can’t securely or practically send over email, and you don’t want someone to have access to the file for more than a set amount of time.

                So, now you can Zip It, Drive It or Drop It (like it’s hot) anytime you need to hurl a big file across the internet.

                What is your preferred method? Add your comments below!

                How to send large files over email

                How to send large files over email

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How to check your macbook’s battery health

How to check your macbook’s battery health

Apple’s portable Mac notebooks like the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro are all powered by Lithium-Ion batteries, and these batteries don’t last forever. They go through cycles as they’re charged up and used over and over. After a number of cycles, batteries tend to lose their effectiveness at storing power, and will eventually need to be replaced.

If you have ever wondered just how close you are to needing a battery replacement in your Mac, then you’ll be happy to know that macOS is actively monitoring your Mac’s battery and can tell you with a quick keyboard shortcut, which we’ll be discussing in this short information piece.

Why you should check the battery condition of your Mac

Heavy battery use will wear down the battery’s lifespan, and it’s important for you to know the health of your battery so you’ll always have power when you need it while you’re on the go. The last thing you want is to end up with a dead battery at the last minute when you’ve decided to take your MacBook with you on the go.

If you suspect that your battery is misbehaving, either because it doesn’t seem to last as long as it should anymore, or because you often get the annoying ‘not charging’ indicator when you plug your MacBook in to a power source, it may be time to check your battery condition.

How to check the battery condition of your Mac

macOS includes a feature in the Mac’s Menu Bar that will allow you to see the battery condition of your Mac. By simply pressing the Option (alt) key on your Mac’s keyboard while you click on the battery icon on your Menu bar, you’ll open a more detailed battery menu with additional information on your battery, including your current battery health:

How to check your macbook’s battery health

As you can see, our Mac is reporting “Condition: Normal,” which is what you want to see. This means the battery is in good health and isn’t suffering from any abnormalities. It also means that either the battery is still relatively new, or that you take insanely good care of it if the computer is older.

As you check your Mac’s battery status, you may see any of the following conditions, as Apple notes in an online support document:

  • Normal: This means your battery is either new, or well taken care of. Your battery is acting just how it should and you have nothing to worry about.
  • Replace soon: This means your battery is older and may be showing minor signs of wear and tear, such as holding slightly less of a charge than it did when it was new. This is an alert to tell you that your battery is still working alright, but you should prepare to replace the battery in the future.
  • Replace now: This means your battery is old and wearing out and may be showing moderate signs of wear and tear. It also suggests that your battery holds significantly less of a charge than it did when it was new. You should replace the battery as soon as you can to continue to enjoy the portability your Mac notebook.
  • Service battery: This means your battery is skating on thin ice. It may not hold a charge, may be damaged, or may be overheating. You will want to replace this battery immediately to prevent harm to the rest of your computer’s hardware. Although built-in fail-safes prevent damage to your computer, there’s nothing worse than a swelling or exploding battery.

What about battery charge cycles?

The amount of times that you drain and charge a battery to full capacity are referred to as charge cycles. Your Mac keeps track of how many times you do this, and every Mac model has a different charge cycle limit that it will reach before Apple estimates the battery has reached its final moments.

Many modern MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro batteries can handle 1,000 charge cycles, but depending on the year, they can have as low as 300 charge cycles before they might have to be replaced. You can follow our guide on how to find out how many charge cycles you’ve put on your battery, and this might help you get an understanding of how close your Mac’s battery is to going kaput.

Wrapping up

Now that you’re armed with additional information on keeping track of your Mac’s battery health, you can better manage the life expectancy of it.

Battery replacements are typically free while the computer is under warranty, but after the warranty expires, battery replacements can get quite pricey unless you do them yourself. Since Apple has moved away from self-serviceable batteries, and more towards gluing them to the aluminum computer case, self-servicing batteries has become significantly more difficult and less people are inclined to tackle it themselves.

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How to check your macbook’s battery health

If you’re like most of us you probably leave your charger plugged in your macro pro for long hours since you don’t have to worry about the battery dropping and having to plug the charger back in.

Laptop performance is also much greater when your laptop is plugged into the charger since it provides the laptop with additional power. So this brings us to the question is it bad to keep your MacBook plugged in all the time?

It’s not bad to keep your MacBook pro plugged in all the time since MacBooks use lithium-polymer batteries which stops charging the laptop once it’s fully charged. This allows your MacBook to run off the power cable as opposed to the battery. However, keeping your battery at 80-30% is generally recommended in order to prolong battery life span.

Keeping your charger plugged in isn’t a bad thing in fact it reduces your laptops cycle count which helps maintain the health of your battery. Although there are a few things you should know about keeping your laptop charged at all times.

Does Keeping Your Charger Plugged In All The Time Damage Your Battery?

No, keeping your charger plugged in all the time doesn’t damage your battery. MacBook laptops use lithium-polymer batteries which stop charging once your battery reaches 100% so it’s impossible to overcharge your laptop. But when it comes to prolonging the life of your battery is it bad to keep it plugged in all the time?

well not really as we mentioned you can’t overcharge your battery so it’s no longer charging once it hits 100% but if prolong your battery life is really important to you than an ideal range to keep your laptop battery is from 80 to 30% charged. So even though leaving your laptop plugged in doesn’t reduce battery life, keeping it to 100% does.

It’s important to know that your laptops battery life will depreciate overtime naturally there are a few things you can do in order to maximize battery life but it will depreciate over time naturally and leaving it to 100% occasionally isn’t an issue but it would be ideal to use your battery once in a while. So if you do keep your charger plugged in constantly it would be a good idea to let your battery to occasionally run on the battery, around at least once or twice a week.

When Should You Unplug your Charger?

The only issue with keeping your charger plugged in at all times is it can cause your laptop to heat up quicker. Overheating is what can actually cause battery life to depreciate much quicker. Ensuring your laptop doesn’t overheat will prolong your laptop battery life and the overall health of your laptop.

Overheating is the cause of most issues with laptops, although overheating doesn’t only occur from leaving the charger plugged in, there is a whole list of reasons which can cause your laptop to overheat. The main thing you should be aware of is how to reduce the risk of your laptop overheating.

Let’s take a look at what you should do once your laptop starts to overheat as well as how you can avoid overheating your laptop:

  • Avoid Google Chrome: believe it or not, google chrome can cause your laptop to heat up much faster since it uses a high percentage of CPU resources. This doesn’t mean you should avoid google chrome completely but to avoid it once you notice your laptop starts heating up.
  • Keep your MacBook on a flat surface: placing your laptop on your lap or bed is not a good idea since it can cause fans from being blocked. Which can cause your laptop to heat up & slow down.
  • Reduce the number of tabs you have open: having an excess amount of tabs open causes your laptop to use more resources which can cause your laptop to heat up quite rapidly. Simply bookmark pages you want to come back to in order to reduce overworking your laptop.
  • Install the latest version of mac: make sure you’re mac is always running on the latest version. New versions typically contain performance enhancements as well as security improvements.
  • Keep your MacBook away from sunlight: sunlight can cause your laptop to heat up quite rapidly and can damage internal components so keeping your laptop away from sunlight will reduce the chances of your laptop from heating up.

How To Prolong Macbook’s Battery Life?

  • Keep your MacBook charged while you use it in order to reduce cycle count.
  • If you decide to store your MacBook pro for a long period of time without using it, then ensure it’s charged at around 50% battery instead of storing it at 100%.
  • Always update your Mac to the latest version since it typically includes features that impact battery life.
  • Avoid exposing your laptop to extreme temperatures. Ideal temperatures range between 62 to 72 Fahrenheit(12-22 celsius).

Related Questions

1. Can a MacBook break from overheating?

Yes, overheating can cause damage to your laptop as well as to its internal components. But thankfully mac has a safeguard feature that will shut of your mac or tune it down if it starts to overheat. This feature ensures your laptop never reaches a dangerous point of overheating.

2. Is it normal for Macs to get hot?

Macs typically get quite warm & sometimes may get quite hot if your laptop’s using additional resources & CPU power. This is quite normal but it’s best to ensure you’re laptop doesn’t get too hot. Follow our tips above to ensure your laptop always stays cool.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, it’s completely fine to keep your MacBook pro plugged into the charger for a long period of time since it uses lithium-polymer batteries which stops charging once the battery hits 100% meaning when your laptop is 100% it will be running off the power from your charger opposed to your battery. Although you shouldn’t leave your charger plugged in and never remove the charger a healthy medium is what we recommend. So removing the charger at least 3 times a week and letting it run on battery, although when running on the battery you should ensure your laptop doesn’t fall below 20%, constantly dropping below 20% and charging it to 100% can slowly but surely diminish battery life.

If you really care about increasing the life of your battery you should keep it charged at 80 to 30% without falling below 20%, charging your laptop to 100% also isn’t ideal for the battery life although if its already at 100% leaving the charger plugged in will do no harm since it will be running on the charger power if its plugged in. Anyway, we hope you enjoyed this article, thanks for reading!

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How to check your macbook’s battery health

Computer batteries have a limited lifespan and degrade over time, so they’re often the first thing to go in a Mac laptop. You can replace a battery yourself or pay Apple to do it, but you should check its health. first. Any battery life issues you’re having could be due to a runaway process or just heavy use.

Check the Battery Cycle Count on Your Mac

A charge cycle is one full charge and discharge of the battery. Every modern Mac battery is rated for 1000 cycles; some older models (pre-2010) are rated for 500 or 300 cycles. While the battery won’t suddenly fail when it reaches its limit, it will start to hold less and less charge as it approaches that limit. Eventually, you’ll need to keep your Mac connected to its power cable to use it.

To check how many charge cycles your battery has been through, hold down the Option key, click the Apple icon at the top left corner of the screen, and then select the “System Information” command. If you don’t hold down the Option key, you’ll see an “About This Mac” command, instead.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

In the system information window, expand the “Hardware” category on the left, and then select the “Power” option.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

In the right pane, you’ll see all the stats for your battery. The “Cycle Count” entry is under the “Health Information” section.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

The MacBook in our example has a cycle count of 695. The battery doesn’t need to be replaced yet, but it probably will need to be done later this year. If there is a problem with your battery, the “Condition” entry (which shows Normal in our example) will display something like “Service Battery.”

Get a Bit More Information with coconutBattery

System Information has most of the data you need to assess your battery’s health, but it’s not very well laid out and could provide a bit more information. For example, it tells you your battery’s current maximum capacity but not it’s original capacity. If you want a little bit more info that’s easier to understand, download the free app coconutBattery.

When you run the app, you’ll see something like the screenshot below.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

As well as the cycle count, this app shows us that the battery now has a Full Charge Capacity of 7098 mAh. When it was new, it had a capacity of 8755 mAh. Losing 15% capacity over almost three years isn’t too bad at all.

If you’ve got an older MacBook, the battery almost certainly holds less charge now than it did when it was new. With either System Information or coconutBattery, you can quickly see how much capacity it’s lost and whether it needs to be replaced.

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How to check your macbook’s battery health

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What to Know

  • Quickest way: Hold Option key and click the battery icon on the status bar. You’ll see Normal, Replace Soon, Replace Now, or Service Battery.
  • More detailed info: Go to Apple menu and select About This Mac > System Report > Power. The battery status is under Condition.
  • Before checking the battery’s health, calibrate the battery to ensure you get the most accurate results and the best performance.

This article explains how to check the status of your MacBook’s battery health. A battery that’s not in an optimum state means your laptop needs recharging more often, and you’ll be reliant on a wired power source.

How to Check MacBook Battery Health at a Glance

It's possible to either check whether your MacBook's battery is healthy or to check more detailed information like its capacity levels. Here's how to check Mac battery health at a glance. It only takes a couple of clicks providing you know-how.

While holding down the Option key on the keyboard, click the battery icon on your MacBook's status bar.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

Your battery health is displayed at the top of the information bar.

It will either say Normal, Replace Soon, Replace Now, or Service Battery. The latter means you definitely need a new battery.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

How to Check More Detailed MacBook Battery Information

If you want to check more about your MacBook's battery health, you can also find out more details via the System Report dialog. Here's how to find the key information.

If you want to learn even more about your MacBook’s battery and don’t mind installing extra apps, you can use an app called Coconut Battery to find out this information in a clearer way.

Click the Apple icon on the top left corner of the screen.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

Click About This Mac.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

Click System Report.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

Click Power to see detailed information about your battery.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

The information tells you the health under Condition. It also shows the cycle count which shows you how many times you've fully recharged the battery, along with the full charge capacity.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

What Should I Know About Mac Battery Information?

It can be confusing to know what cycle counts mean and what charging capacity entails. Here's a look at what you need to know.

  • Cycle count explains how many times you've fully recharged. All modern Macs are rated for 1,000 cycles with much older models rated for 500 or 300 cycles. The battery doesn't suddenly fail when it reaches that limit but it does mean that it won't work as effectively so it's wise to replace it at this stage.
  • Charging capacity is king. Basically, the charging capacity shows how much room there is on the battery for storing power. It tends to gradually go down a little the older the battery gets so it's useful to keep an eye on how it's performing.
  • Battery health condition is a simple guide to what to do next. If it says Normal, you're good to go. If it says Replace Soon, then consider a visit to the Genius Bar to discuss a replacement soon. Replace Now or Service Battery means you definitely need to get your battery fixed if you want it to last as long as it used to.

Before checking anything to do with the Mac’s battery health, it’s recommended that you calibrate your battery beforehand to ensure you get the most accurate results and the best performance.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

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What’s the most important piece of hardware on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? It’s the battery, of course. Without a working battery, the laptop is basically an expensive iMac with a much smaller display. Luckily, MacBook batteries are designed to last a very long time. To make sure this happens, you can take a few maintenance steps to check MacBook battery health.

About cycle count

A laptop battery is designed to last for a maximum number of cycle counts before it needs to be replaced. For MacBooks produced in the last decade, including the best MacBooks on the market today, the expected cycle count is 1,000.

Each charge cycle doesn’t necessarily mean a single charge. Instead, a charge cycle happens when you use all of your battery’s power. For example, let’s say you left your battery level hit 50% before plugging the MacBook into a charger. That recharge represents 50% of a charge. Tomorrow, you let the battery click down to 50% again before recharging. In this example, it would take two days before another charge is added to the cycle count.

Battery performance

As you continue to use the battery on your MacBook, its performance slowly begins to diminish. As it does, the battery’s recorded original charge capacity gets reduced. When that number hits 80%, Apple says the laptop has reached its maximum cycle count and should be replaced.

Check battery health

To determine the battery counts and ultimate MacBook battery health:

    Hold the Option key on your Mac while also clicking on the Apple menu at the top left of the menu bar.

Choose System Information.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

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Look at the Battery Information on the right side.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

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There’s a lot of information you can glean from this location, including:

  • Whether the battery is currently fully charged or charging
  • The battery charge remaining
  • Cycle Count
  • Condition of the battery. If the battery isn’t in the “normal” state, something is wrong.
  • Maximum Capacity is the number the slowly drops as the battery performance begins diminishing.

Extend battery life

We’ve put together a few tips on how to boast your MacBook battery life on a daily basis. Be sure to check it out.

Questions?

Do you have any additional questions about MacBook battery health or macOS? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to check your macbook’s battery health

Laptops in Apple’s MacBook series have been designed to last many years through regular use. If there’s one piece of hardware that might need to be replaced in that time, however, it’s the internal battery.

Your computer’s battery only lasts a set number of cycles that vary depending on your MacBook model. When those cycles are exhausted, and your computer reaches the maximum cycle count, you’ll start to notice a drop in battery performance.

Eventually, you’ll need to decide whether to continue using the laptop through corded power only or purchase a new battery from Apple.

It’s all about cycle count

Every time you use your MacBook, its battery goes through charge cycles. One cycle is when you use all of the battery’s power. An important point to understand is you don’t exhaust a cycle count each time you charge your computer’s battery.

For example, if your MacBook battery is at 40% and you recharge it, you still have 60% left on the current charge. The next day, you charge the battery at 50%, which leaves 10% in the cycle. In this case, you’ve gone over two days before exhausting one cycle.

In another example, you charge your MacBook’s battery at 50% on one day and 50% on the next. Here, it took two full days to exhaust one charge cycle.

As you continue using your MacBook, the battery’s charge capacity will slowly diminish. As it does, a charge cycle won’t last as nearly as long. When the device reaches maximum cycle count, it should retain up to 80% of its original charge capacity, and it will go down from there.

Find your battery cycle count and health

To find the cycle count on your MacBook, hold down the ‘Option’ key while clicking on the Apple menu at the top left. Choose ‘System Information’. Under the ‘Hardware’ section of the ‘System Information’ window, choose ‘Power’. You’ll see the current cycle count under the ‘Battery Information’ section.

In this same section, you can also find the battery condition and its current maximum capacity percentage. If the battery condition is anything but ‘Normal’, you should contact Apple Technical Support.

Maximum cycle counts

Apple has a running list of maximum cycle counts for each MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro version. More recent MacBook models have a maximum cycle count of 1000, while earlier models have a count from 300 to 500.

It used to be you could replace the battery in your MacBook; those days are long over. When the time comes to purchase a replacement, contact Apple Support.

    : top Apple desktops and laptops
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Bryan M. Wolfe is a staff writer at TechRadar, iMore, and wherever Future can use him. Though his passion is Apple-based products, he doesn’t have a problem using Windows and Android. Bryan’s a single father of a 14-year-old daughter and a puppy, Isabelle. Thanks for reading!

How to check your macbook’s battery health

Laptops in Apple’s MacBook series have been designed to last many years through regular use. If there’s one piece of hardware that might need to be replaced in that time, however, it’s the internal battery.

Your computer’s battery only lasts a set number of cycles that vary depending on your MacBook model. When those cycles are exhausted, and your computer reaches the maximum cycle count, you’ll start to notice a drop in battery performance.

Eventually, you’ll need to decide whether to continue using the laptop through corded power only or purchase a new battery from Apple.

It’s all about cycle count

Every time you use your MacBook, its battery goes through charge cycles. One cycle is when you use all of the battery’s power. An important point to understand is you don’t exhaust a cycle count each time you charge your computer’s battery.

For example, if your MacBook battery is at 40% and you recharge it, you still have 60% left on the current charge. The next day, you charge the battery at 50%, which leaves 10% in the cycle. In this case, you’ve gone over two days before exhausting one cycle.

In another example, you charge your MacBook’s battery at 50% on one day and 50% on the next. Here, it took two full days to exhaust one charge cycle.

As you continue using your MacBook, the battery’s charge capacity will slowly diminish. As it does, a charge cycle won’t last as nearly as long. When the device reaches maximum cycle count, it should retain up to 80% of its original charge capacity, and it will go down from there.

Find your battery cycle count and health

To find the cycle count on your MacBook, hold down the ‘Option’ key while clicking on the Apple menu at the top left. Choose ‘System Information’. Under the ‘Hardware’ section of the ‘System Information’ window, choose ‘Power’. You’ll see the current cycle count under the ‘Battery Information’ section.

In this same section, you can also find the battery condition and its current maximum capacity percentage. If the battery condition is anything but ‘Normal’, you should contact Apple Technical Support.

Maximum cycle counts

Apple has a running list of maximum cycle counts for each MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro version. More recent MacBook models have a maximum cycle count of 1000, while earlier models have a count from 300 to 500.

It used to be you could replace the battery in your MacBook; those days are long over. When the time comes to purchase a replacement, contact Apple Support.

    : top Apple desktops and laptops
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Bryan M. Wolfe is a staff writer at TechRadar, iMore, and wherever Future can use him. Though his passion is Apple-based products, he doesn’t have a problem using Windows and Android. Bryan’s a single father of a 14-year-old daughter and a puppy, Isabelle. Thanks for reading!

How to check your macbook’s battery health

When you use any device, an important department to pay attention to is the battery. A device’s battery can determine the experience you get from it. And a MacBook’s not any different. The good thing is you can check your battery health on your MacBook. This will help you know how good it is compared to when it was new, and if it needs to be changed or serviced.

Every battery’s maximum capacity is 100%. But as you charge and use the device over time, wear and tear happen and this capacity can reduce. Hence, you should always keep an eye on it to know when your battery capacity reduces below normal and swing into action.

When operating under normal conditions, a normal battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its maximum capacity. Batteries with lower capacities mean there will be lesser time between charges as a result of it draining faster than it normally would.

In this post, we’re showing you how to check the battery health on your MacBook. Read through.

Check Battery Health On MacBook (macOS Big Sur)

Follow the steps below to check your battery health if you’re on a macOS Big Sur MacBook computer.

  • Click the Apple icon at the top left corner of the laptop and select System Preferences.
  • Choose Battery.
  • Select Battery from the side menu.
  • Click on Battery Health.
  • It shows your battery condition (Normal or Service Recommended) and its maximum capacity (in percentage).

Check Battery Health On MacBook (macOS Catalina or earlier)

If your Mac is running on macOS Catalina or an earlier version, please follow the steps below to check your battery health.

  • Hold the Option key and click the battery icon in the menu area.
  • This will show your battery health as one of two indicators: Normal or Service Recommended.

And that’s how to check the battery health on your MacBook.

If you’re wondering what exactly the status indicators mean, please find them below:

  • Normal: This means the battery is still functioning properly, as it should.
  • Service recommended: Here, it means the ability of the battery to hold charge has reduced. While you can still continue to use your Mac in this state, it’s advised to go have it serviced at an Apple Authorised Service Provider.

Let us know if this post was helpful and you’re able to find your way around checking your battery health. If you’re stuck, please drop a comment below, we’re here to help out.

How to check your macbook’s battery health

Wondering about the health of your Mac laptop battery? It’s pretty easy to check the condition and maximum capacity of a battery in modern macOS versions, and if you’ve had your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air for aw while now, you may have noticed the battery performance isn’t quite what it was when you first got the machine.

We’re sure most of us already know how the battery in our electronic devices degrades slowly over a period of time. Accordingly, you cannot expect the top rated battery life on a MacBook that you’ve been using regularly for several years since it’s no longer performing at its maximum capacity. This is why it’s important to see how your Mac’s battery has fared over the course of your usage. And should you decide battery performance is suboptimal, you could consider a replacement or service from Apple.

So, want to check the health and condition of your Mac laptop battery? Then you’re in the right place!

How to Check Battery Health on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook

Battery Health reporting was added to Macs with the macOS 10.5.5 Catalina update, so you need to make sure your Mac is running a semi-recent version of macOS to have this feature available.

    Click on the  Apple menu at the top-left corner of your desktop and then choose “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

That’s how you can easily see how your Mac’s battery is performing.

You’ll see the normal status for the battery condition as long as the maximum capacity of your Mac’s battery is above 80%. When it falls below this level, your battery condition will change to service, indicating that you need to get the battery replaced by Apple.

Let’s make this simple. A maximum capacity of 80% means that your Mac’s battery is performing at 80% of the rated battery life for the model you own. Having said that, a maximum capacity of over 90% for a year-old MacBook is considered decent if you were using it regularly. You’ll find the need to replace the battery especially after the two-year marks when it drops below 80% in most use cases.

Another option is to check Mac battery cycle count which can offer an indicator of battery usage history, battery performance, and health too, by showing you how many times the battery has been drained and charged.

Battery Health reporting was first introduced by Apple shortly after the company came under fire for intentionally throttling their old iPhone models performance based on battery condition. Although the battery health check feature has been available for iPhone for a while now, since 2018, though it took a few more years for Apple to bring the feature to the Macs for whatever reason. You can also check the battery health of your Apple Watch too.

Did you check the health of your Mac laptop battery? How is the battery health, and how long does your Mac battery last? Would you consider a battery replacement? Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and experiences with the condition of your MacBook battery by leaving a comment.

How to install firefox in chrome os

One of the easiest ways to find out what Chrome OS version a Chromebook is on is to press ALT + V while on the logon screen or the lock screen. You can see some other helpful information too including the Chrome OS version.

How to install firefox in chrome os

Recently, I’ve had two Chromebooks brought to me that we needed to check the warranty status on. I looked at the bottom of the Chromebooks and the sticker with the serial number was removed. Arg!

The good news is, if the Chromebook works, you can easily see the following information from logon screen.

  • Chrome OS Version
  • Serial Number
  • Asset ID field (managed Chromebooks)

If you are using a Chromebook that is managed by a school or business, the Asset ID is whatever you have entered into the Asset ID field. The Asset ID field is one of the custom fields you can modify in the Admin Console.

How to install firefox in chrome os

Typically, this would be a barcode number. However, it can include any information you enter such as End of Warranty date, PO Number, etc…

Show Chromebook System Info on Sign-in Screen

Showing the Serial Number, Chrome OS Version, and Asset Tag info on a Chromebook Sign-in screen has gotten even easier in recent versions of Chrome OS. How to install firefox in chrome os

There is now a setting in the Google Admin Console that can make this info automatically show up anytime a Chromebook is signed out or when it is locked!

  1. Open the Google Admin Console
  2. Click the three lines/hotdogs in the top left corner
  3. Choose Devices > Chrome >Settings
  4. Click on the Devices tab
  1. Scroll down to the Sign-in settings section
  2. Scroll down farther until you see System info on sign-in screen
  1. Change the default option to Always display system information in the sign-in screen

Now Pressing ALT + V will not be necessary. The same information will show up on the sign-on and lock screen automatically.

Now that we have the system info covered. Let’s look at how to set a wallpaper on your Chromebook when they are signed-off and signed on.

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How to install firefox in chrome os

Look, the whole point of Chrome OS is…Chrome. But if you’re a rebel and a fighter, you can step outside that box and do the unthinkable: Install Firefox on your Chromebook. Here’s how it’s done.

Why You Might Want to Do This

Really, there isn’t a whole lot of practical reasoning behind installing Firefox on a Chromebook. Maybe you just love Firefox, or maybe you just like doing things because you can—you know, for fun. Sure, if you need to check something in Firefox and all you have is a Chromebook, then that can be a good enough reason, but let’s be honest here: you didn’t buy a Chromebook to use Firefox on.

So really, it’s just for the sake of it. It’s a hoot.

The Easy Way: Install Firefox for Android

How to install firefox in chrome os

While this might be considered cheating, if you’re really looking for a quick and dirty Firefox experience, just use the Android app. You can use the stable app, the beta app, and even Firefox Focus if you’re into that.

Just fire up the Play Store on your Chromebook with Android app support, search for Firefox, and install away. It’s that simple.

But like I said, that’s the easy way. And if it’s the full Firefox desktop experience you’re looking for, there is a way.

The Harder Way: Install the Linux App

How to install firefox in chrome os

This is where the fun really starts. If your Chromebook supports Linux apps (currently just the Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Plus do, but more are in the works), you can natively install the Linux app.

Currently, the easiest way to go about this is to install Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release), since it’s just a command away. Just fire up a terminal and type the following command:

Give it a few seconds, and Firefox will be ready to go.

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Alternatively, if you’re into more security, you can also install Iceweasel directly from the terminal:

And that’s all there is to it.

The Hardest Way: Set Up Crouton

How to install firefox in chrome os

If you simply must have Firefox on your Chromebook, your device doesn’t have Linux support, and the Android app just won’t cut it, you’re left with only one option: use Crouton.

Crouton offers a way to run a Linux distribution alongside Chrome OS—you can even run it in a dedicated browser tab—so you get the best of both worlds. We have a full tutorial on installing and using Crouton to get you started.

Once installed, you can install Firefox in your Crouton installation through the terminal—you can even use the above-listed commands to install Firefox ESR or Iceweasel.

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So you’ve got a Chromebook — now it’s time to get the independent, automatically private Firefox Browser to protect your personal data.

Get Firefox for Chromebook

*x86 based Chromebook running Chrome OS 80 or later

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Why get Firefox for Chromebook?

How to install firefox in chrome os

While a Chromebook already has Chrome installed, downloading and using Firefox as your go-to browser provides you with a few benefits:

  • Always-on tracking protection: by default, Firefox runs Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) to protect your personal data from known ad trackers, social trackers and cryptomining scripts that follow you around the web.
  • Supporting independent technology: since most major browsers are now running on Chromium, there are fewer options that don’t feed into the Big Tech machine. Firefox is backed by a not-for-profit and is dedicated to fixing the internet. Using Firefox makes you a part of that.

Is it hard to install Firefox for Chromebook?

We wish it were more straightforward, but your Chromebook would prefer to keep you in the Google Play ecosystem. However, we think it’s worth the effort to install the Firefox browser to your Chromebook – and we’ve got resources to help you if you need them. There are two ways to get Firefox on your device.

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Install Firefox from Google Play Store: on newer versions of Chrome OS (x86 based Chromebook running Chrome OS 80 or later), you have the option to install the Firefox for Android app. This app is developed for mobile devices.

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Install Firefox as a Linux app: going this route takes a few more steps, but it’s worth it. When you install the Firefox browser as a Linux app, you get the Firefox desktop browser and all the benefits that come with, including Enhanced Tracking Protection, a built-in password manager, access to thousands of add-ons (including UBlock Origin ad blocker), and themes to customize the look of your browser. Learn more about installing Firefox desktop browser for Chromebook.

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The idea behind Chrome OS is to use Chrome. But if you one who prefers the Mozilla Firefox browser and want to use it, here’s how:

Step 1: Install Firefox for Android

How to install firefox in chrome os

If you want the simple and quick Firefox experience, all you have to do is download the Firefox app. You may want to consider using either the stable app, the beta app or even Firefox Focus, but whichever you choose, it will work.

  • Head to the Play Store on your Chromebook with Android app support, look for Firefox and install it.

Although this works, it does not provide the full desktop experience for Firefox. If that is what you are looking for, go for step two.

Step 2: Install the Linux App

How to install firefox in chrome os

If your Chromebook has support for Linux app, you can install it. (At the moment, only Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook plus support Linux apps.)

  • If you want to go about this the easy way, what you have to do is install Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) which will require inputting some commands.
  • Next, open up a terminal and input the command shown below:

Wait for a few seconds, after which Firefox will be ready.

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But in the event that you want more security, you can also go ahead and install Iceweasel right there from the terminal:

sudo apt install iceweasel

Step 3: Set Up Crouton

How to install firefox in chrome os

If your Chromebook does not support Linux, and the Android app is not suitable for you, use Crouton.

Crouton provides a way for Chrome OS to run in conjunction with Linux. In fact, it can even be run in a dedicated browser tab. All you have to do is install Crouton.

As soon as you’re done with the installation of Crouton, you can then install Firefox in your Crouton installation with the use of the terminal. You could as well use the commands listed above to install Firefox ESR or Iceweasel.

How to install firefox in chrome os

When you’re buying the best Chromebook 2021 has to offer, you’re obviously going into your purchase being happy to use the Google Chrome browser. After all, Chrome OS is built around Google’s all-conquering web browser.

But as Chrome OS has matured over the years, a Chromebook is no longer just a lightweight laptop for basic work and web browsing. With Linux and Android support built in, a Chromebook is now capable of being a serious workhorse.

That goes for developers, too, and if you’re a web developer you’re likely interested in more than just Chrome. Or perhaps you’re a more casual user who likes Chrome OS but wants to use Firefox as your web browser. The good news is that installing Firefox on a Chromebook is a breeze.

How to install Firefox on an Intel or AMD Chromebook

There are two possible methods to using Firefox on a Chromebook, utilising either Linux or Android. If you want the full Firefox experience then you’ll be wanting to install the Linux version. The Android version is more stripped back and may encounter some compatibility issues with some Chromebooks

1. Enable Linux on your Chromebook

If you already have Linux enabled on your Chromebook then you can skip ahead to the next step. If you don’t, the first step is to get it turned on.

Open up the ‘Settings’ app on your Chromebook and find the ‘Linux’ option in the sidebar. Click ‘Turn on’ and follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll have to give your Linux container a name and decide how much storage you want to hand over to it.

When you’re happy, hit ‘Install’ and wait for your Chromebook to finish the installation of the Linux container. Once it’s complete the terminal will open. It’s a good idea to make sure all packages are up to date using the following commands before going any further:

2. Ensure Flatpak is installed

To install the latest version of Firefox on your Chromebook you’ll be using Flatpak. This may already be installed on your machine. To check, simply enter ‘flatpak –version’ into the terminal and if it’s there you’ll see a version number.

If you need to install Flatpak on your Chromebook enter this command:

3. Download and install Firefox on your Chromebook

Now that Flatpak is installed you can go ahead and install Firefox finally. Again, inside the terminal enter this command:

Follow any on screen prompts relating to versions that Flatpak has located, and make sure you choose the option which has the official Mozilla URL in its description.

Once the installation has finished you will be able to launch Firefox from the ‘Linux apps’ folder in your app drawer. The first launch might take a while, so don’t worry, just leave it to do its thing and pretty soon you’ll be looking at a fresh install of the Firefox browser.

How to install Firefox on an ARM Chromebook

If you’re using an ARM-powered Chromebook like the Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Duet, the method above won’t yield much success. Mozilla says that Firefox only officially supports x86 Chromebooks, but there is still a way to install the full-fat Firefox on ARM-powered laptops.

It involves using the ESR (Extended Support Release) of Firefox, more commonly deployed in enterprise or education. It doesn’t have the latest features, but its security and stability patches are up to date. And it works just fine on ARM Chromebooks.

1. Enable Linux on your Chromebook

If you already have Linux enabled on your Chromebook then you can skip ahead to the next step. If you don’t, the first step is to get it turned on.

Open up the ‘Settings’ app on your Chromebook and find the ‘Linux’ option in the sidebar. Click ‘Turn on’ and follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll have to give your Linux container a name and decide how much storage you want to hand over to it.

When you’re happy, hit ‘Install’ and wait for your Chromebook to finish the installation of the Linux container. Once it’s complete the terminal will open. It’s a good idea to make sure all packages are up to date using the following commands before going any further:

2. Download and install Firefox on your Chromebook

The rest is, as they say, easy. Still in the terminal, enter the following command:

Once the installation has finished you will be able to launch Firefox from the ‘Linux apps’ folder in your app drawer or by typing ‘firefox-esr’ in the terminal.

The first launch might take a while, so don’t worry, just leave it to do its thing and pretty soon you’ll be looking at a fresh install of the Firefox browser.

How to install Firefox for Android on your Chromebook

If you don’t want to deal with Linux or you’re using a tablet running Chrome OS then the Firefox Android app might be for you.

Open the ‘Google Play Store’ and search for Firefox. You’ll see a number of different versions of Firefox, but the one you probably want is the one just called ‘Firefox’. Tap the install button and wait for it to complete.

Now you can launch Firefox from the app drawer like any other app on your Chromebook. It may take a minute the first time, so don’t panic.

Summary

Whichever method you choose, you will now have a fully functioning version of Firefox installed on your Chromebook. Whether it’s for web development purposes or you just prefer it over Chrome, you can still have all the benefits of a Chromebook and use Mozilla’s browser as well.

Firefox can now be installed on Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS. This article will explain the system requirements needed in order to run Firefox on ChromeOS and how to set this up.

To run Firefox on ChromeOS you first need to ensure that your system meets the following requirements:

System Requirements

  • x86 based Chromebook running ChromeOS 80 or later

You can check this by going to chrome://version in the Chrome browser address bar. Follow these instructions from Google if you need to upgrade your OS.

  • Enable Linux support for ChromeOS

Click here to learn more about how to set up Linux (Beta) on your Chromebook.

Once you’ve enabled Linux, check the Terminal to see if you have the correct version:

If the version is not 10 (buster) or above, you’ll need to run the update script:

sudo bash /opt/google/cros-containers/bin/upgrade_container

This script will take some time depending on how fast your Chromebook and internet speeds are. Once it’s done, you’ll need to restart your Linux container. You can either right click on the Terminal Icon and select “Shut down Linux (Beta)” or just restart your Chromebook.

  • Enable Flatpak

Flatpak is a new packaging format for Linux, click here to learn how to add Flatpak support.

Install Firefox

Once the setup is complete, you can install Firefox from a Terminal:

flatpak install firefox

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Tired of using Google Chrome on your Chromebook? Tweak the Chrome OS environment by installing alternative browsers.

While Google Chrome might be the star of the Chromebook show, you can install different browsers on a Chromebook. Whether you’re a web developer testing a site on multiple browsers, or just someone who wants something different, you have the full range of Linux browsers available.

Why Use Different Browsers?

One reason to install different browsers is that you are a web developer. Different browsers can render websites in ways you wouldn’t expect. Many web developers have multiple browsers installed to test how their websites work.

Other people might want to try different browsers on a Chromebook. You might be wary of Google’s dominance of the browser market, or you might just wonder if there’s something better out there.

Fortunately, it’s easy to install different browsers on a Chromebook through Linux. Almost all new Chromebooks support installing the Linux environment. Once you’ve installed the default Debian environment, you can simply install the browsers you want using the APT package manager.

To install a browser, use the apt command:

. where browser is the package name of the internet browser that you want to install.

After installing alternative browsers on your Chromebook, you can find them in the launcher with other apps.

Install Chromium on Chromebook

The Chromium browser is where the development for the main Chrome browser, including on the Chromebook, takes place. It’s effectively the open-source version of Chrome.

A lot of the other browsers in this list are based on Chromium. If you’re looking for a preview of what future versions of Chrome may bring, try Chromium.

One key difference between Chrome and Chromium is that Google has disabled their syncing features on the latter, so if you rely on these features, you might want to stick to the standard Chrome.

To install it, type:

How to Install Firefox in Chrome OS

While Chrome is still currently the most widely installed desktop browser, Firefox is still a popular “alternative” browser. While both Chromium and Firefox are open-source, the Mozilla Foundation develops Firefox under an explicitly non-profit stance.

The foundation is well-known for its pro-privacy stance. Firefox blocks trackers by default and can notify you if any data breaches contain your email address. Unlike Chromium, its optional syncing features are fully available.

The default Debian distribution in Chrome OS uses the Extended Support Release or ESR. To install it, you have to download the firefox-esr package:

Installing Midori on Chromebook

Midori is another privacy-focused browser that like Chrome, attempts a minimalist design. Its functionality really is minimal. There are no plugins, and the only options in the browsers are forward, back, bookmark, view the page source, search in a page, and print the current page. It does offer tabbed browsing like other modern browsers.

Midori is developed by the Astian Foundation and has switched its rendering engine from WebKitGTK to Electron.

To install it, download the midori package using APT:

How to Install Brave Browser

Like many of Chrome’s competitors, Brave touts its pro-privacy stance. It automatically blocks trackers as Firefox does. Brave claims this makes the browser run up to three times faster than Chrome while using less battery. You can even earn cryptocurrency for using it. Brave also blocks most ads automatically, without having to install a third-party plugin.

An interesting feature of Brave is that its private mode automatically engages Tor, something that incognito mode doesn’t. Chrome’s incognito mode still sends traffic in the clear on the conventional internet.

Brave also natively integrates with IPFS, the Interplanetary File System protocol. This is a distributed peer-to-peer filesystem that allows users to share files and download them similar to BitTorrent. This feature is optional and the browser will offer to enable it when you navigate to an IPFS address.

In Debian, you can install Brave using the brave-browser package:

Text-based browsers: Lynx and Links

While the previously mentioned browsers have been graphical, Linux on a Chromebook gives you the option to use text-based software in the terminal. This includes web browsers as well.

Why would you want to use a text-based browser when graphical browsers like Chrome are the default? There are several reasons.

When the internet first started to become available to the general public, people would dial in over modems through a communications program to remote systems that only offered text browsers because personal computers in the early ’90s typically didn’t have TCP/IP installed.

If you’re developing a web page, you’ll want to see how it looks on every browser, including text-based ones. For anyone interested in increasing your SEO skills, you’ll want to see how a web crawler like Google’s might parse your page.

People who are blind or visually impaired will often use text-based browsers with screen readers. If you can’t see images, there’s no point in running a graphical browser, even if they do work with screen readers.

Some people don’t like advertising or tracking. You can’t see ads at all in a text-based browser and trackers don’t work at all. These browsers also explicitly ask if you want to save any cookies.

The two major text-based browsers are Lynx and Links. Yes, the names are similar. Lynx dates back to 1992 and certainly feels like it. Even for a text-based program, Lynx can feel clunky at times. To install Lynx, type:

To use Lynx, run it at the terminal with the URL you want to visit:

Links is relatively newer and attempts to be more “user-friendly,” working more like a modern browser. You can install it using the links2 package:

Running it is similar to Lynx:

You Can Use Different Browsers, Even on a Chromebook

Just because you’re using a Chromebook doesn’t mean that you have to just use Chrome. If you’re willing to use the Linux command line, you have access to a wide range of browsers.

Whether you’re testing your web app for compatibility or just want something different, you can pop open your terminal for alternatives in minutes. This is just a small taste of what you can do with Linux on a Chromebook.

Finished setting up Linux on your Chromebook but not sure what to do now? Here are three things that you can try.

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David is a freelance writer based in the Pacific Northwest, but originally hailing from the Bay Area. He has been a technology enthusiast since childhood. David’s interests include reading, watching quality TV shows and movies, retro gaming, and record collecting.

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How to install firefox in chrome os

Chromebook runs Chrome OS, which is essentially the Google Chrome browser. When you power on your Chromebook, the Chrome browser will launch automatically so you can surf the Web immediately. What if you are not a fan of Google Chrome? Or perhaps you are paranoid about the data Google is collecting behind your back when you are using its browser. Luckily, there are several ways you can install Firefox on Chromebook. Here is how you can do so.

Also read: What Is a Chromebook, and How Does It Differ from a Laptop?

Install Firefox Android app

Most of the newer Chromebook comes with support for Android apps, which means you can easily install Firefox from the Play Store.

1. Open up Play Store on your Chromebook.

2. Do a search for Firefox.

How to install firefox in chrome os

There are several Firefox browsers that you can choose from, namely the standard Firefox, Firefox Focus and Firefox Preview. Firefox Focus is a minimal privacy browser that blocks a wide range of online trackers. Firefox Preview is an experimental browser by Mozilla. If you are looking for a browser with the most features, installing the standard Firefox browser is your best bet.

3. After the installation, you will be able the use the Android version of the Firefox browser.

Firefox for Android supports extensions, too, though the choices are pretty limited. Since it is a mobile browser at its core, you won’t get a good desktop user experience.

Install Firefox as Linux app

If your Chromebook supports Linux apps, then you can install the Linux version of desktop Firefox.

To check if your Chromebook supports the Linux app, open the menu drawer and open Settings.

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In the Settings, search for “linux.”

If you see the “Linux (beta)” option, then your Chromebook can install the Linux app. Click on it to enable it (if you have not done so).

How to install firefox in chrome os

Install Firefox ESR

The underlying Linux container is running Debian, and only Firefox ESR is available in its repository. Open the terminal in the menu drawer. Type the following command to install Firefox-ESR.

Once the installation is completed, you should see a Firefox icon in the dock. You can start to use Firefox in Chromebook.

Firefox-ESR stands for Firefox Extended Support Release, which is a long-term support release. It is a stable release meant for enterprise use. Releases will be maintained for more than a year, with point releases containing security updates coinciding with regular Firefox releases. New features in the regular Firefox releases will only be made available in the ESR at the next major release, after the end of the current release’s cycle.

Also read: How to Tighten Up Your Privacy on a Chromebook

Install the standard Firefox

If you want to use the regular Firefox release instead of Firefox ESR, here is one simple way to install it in Chromebook.

1. First install Firefox-ESR. This will install the dependency files required by Firefox.

2. Next, remove Firefox-ESR without removing its dependencies:

3. Go to the Mozilla website and download Firefox to your Linux home folder. (Your Linux Home folder is the “Linux files” directory in the Files app.)

How to install firefox in chrome os

4. Extract the tar file to your Home folder with the following command in the Terminal. (Change the Firefox filename in the command below.)

How to install firefox in chrome os

You should now see a Firefox folder.

5. Lastly, we are going to create a Firefox desktop icon. In the terminal, type the following:

In the editor, paste the following:

Change “USERNAME” to your username in the Linux terminal. Your username is the name in the terminal before “@penguin.” In my case my username is “damienohwj.”

How to install firefox in chrome os

Save ( Ctrl + o ) and exit ( Ctrl + x ) the nano editor.

6. You should now see a Firefox icon in the menu drawer. (If not, restart your Chromebook.) Click on it and the Firefox browser will launch. It will also auto-update itself in the future.

Conclusion

While the Chrome browser is the default browser in Chromebook, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with it. With support for Android and Linux apps, you now have options to install the browser of your choice, including Firefox. If you like Opera or Vivaldi, you can install those as well.

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

Today, we are going to discuss that how to install firefox on Chromebook, the guide will be about overcoming firefox issue on Chromebook. Actually, Chromebook is also running on chromeOS like iOS or Linux etc. and most of all there is some firefox issue on Chromebook, so first we will discuss the Chromebook and then further.

Chromebooks have Chrome OS, mainly the Google Chrome browser. When you switch on the Chromebook, the Chrome browser spontaneously take-offs so you can run the web promptly. But if you are not a Google Chrome lover? Or maybe you’re speculating what Google is deviously gathering data if you’re using its browser.

What’s a Firefox?

Firefox is a very fast web browser than ever and gives you a great web browsing experience that keeps our privacy. Represents with personal private with Enhanced Tracking Protection, which automatically saves us from over 2000 online trackers from harming our privacy.

With Firefox, we don’t need to worry about our privacy settings, everything is fixed automatically, but if you like to be in control, you can select from the many ad blocker add-ons present for the browser. Firefox is designed with smart browsing functions which permits you take your privacy, passwords, and bookmarks with you protected wherever you go.

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firfox on chromebook

Of course, there are many ways through which you can set up Firefox in your Chromebook. Now we will discuss the ways that how you can do this:

Tricks for installing Firefox on Chromebooks

You can run firefox on your Chromebook through these four ways, have a look:

  • Setup the Android Firefox application
  • Setup Firefox as a Linux application
  • Setup Firefox ESR
  • Setup standard Firefox

Now let’s discuss all of them one by one.

Setup the Android Firefox Application:

Many new version Chromebooks really give a supported feature of android apps, through which you can easily set up android firefox application. For this, follow these easy steps:

  • First of all turn on the chromebook.
  • Visit the playstore of your chromebook.
  • Mention the Firefox in the search bar.
  • Make sure you’ll select the best one with full features.
  • For that, tap the Standard Firefox.
  • Click on the install button.
  • After installing the app, you can use it for browsing.
  • Firefox for Android also supports extensions, while options of firefox are very narrow. As you know that it is an android app so for this reason, it will definitely not give you the desktop results much clearly.

This is all about installing android app on chromebook, now we will discuss the next method.

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firefox android app

Setup Firefox as Linux Application:

Well, if your chromebook supports the linux applications format, then you can install linux app firefox format on your chromebook. For checking the support of chromebook for linux, follow these steps:

How to install firefox in chrome os

settings

  • Open the menu tab and click the settings option.
  • Now search the “linux” through entering in search bar.
  • If there is Linux Beta Option, then it means that you can install linux apps on your chromebook.
  • Next, you just download the linux firefox app in your chromebook and enjoy surfing.

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Setup Firefox ESR:

To run firefox on Linux supported Chromebook you have to download Firefox ESR. Open the menu tab. Enter this below-mentioned command to install Firefox-ESR.

sudo apt install firefox-esr

When the process of installation is completed, you can see the Firefox icon on your screen or startup menu. You can now start using Firefox in Chromebook. Firefox-ESR is known as Firefox Extended Support Release, this is a longstanding supported version. Due to this reason that Firefox-ESR is a constant release, which means it is appropriate for commercial use.

Releases will be upheld for more than a year, with complete safety updates concurring with regular Firefox releases. New specifications in standard Firefox releases will only be available in ESR in the next main release, after the completion of the recent release series.

Setup the standard Firefox

Well if you want to install the standard firefox app rather than firefox ESR, here are some simple steps to install firefox in Chromebook.

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firefox

1. First of all install Firefox-ESR. This will install the other needed files mandatory for Firefox.

sudo apt install firefox-esr

2. Then, delete Firefox-ESR without deleting its files or folders

sudo apt remove firefox-esr

3. Visit to the Mozilla firefox website and download Firefox to your Linux home folder.

4. Now, Extract the tar file into your Home folder by following this command in the end. Make sure to Change the Firefox filename in the command below.

tar -xvjf firefox-68.0.2.tar.bz

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extract tar

Now you will see the Firefox folder.

5. At the end, we will create a Firefox desktop icon. In the end, type the following:

Here you have to change “USERNAME” to your username of the Linux terminal. Your username is the name in the terminal before “@penguin.” In my case my username is “damienohwj.”

How to install firefox in chrome os

command

Save by ( Ctrl + o ) and exit by ( Ctrl + x ) the nano editor.

6. Now you will see a Firefox icon in the menu tab. (If there is no icon, restart your Chromebook.)

7. Tap on it and the Firefox browser will automatically launched. It will also auto-update itself in the upcoming time when new version will arrive.

Even though that Chrome browser is the default browser in Chromebooks, that doesn’t mean that you have to definitely use it. With support for Android and Linux applications, you have many options to install the browser as you want, including Firefox or any. If you like Opera or Vivaldi, you can also install them easily.

Conclusion:

Hope this article will be useful to you in case of installing firefox in your Chromebooks. I hope you will get success, But in case you find any questions or queries feel free to comment below. Enjoy! 🙂

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

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How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Video doorbells come with all sorts of really neat features, but one feature that tends to get overlooked is the ability to shut off your indoor doorbell chime whenever you want.

This is great if you don’t want the kids woken up when someone comes to the door or if you want some peace yourself. I mute the indoor chime so it doesn’t startle one of my cats, because she’s literally a big scaredy cat and won’t tolerate other people. And since 80% of the people that come to our door are postal carriers dropping off a package, it’s not worth startling the cat.

What Does This Do Exactly?

If your video doorbell is hooked up to a mechanical indoor chime (or a plug-in add-on chime, like this one from Ring), you can tell it to silence the chime in the settings. All this does is render the indoor chime inoperable whenever someone rings your doorbell. Keep in mind that this doesn’t break the chime, but only interrupts the connection until you tell it not to anymore.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

The way a traditional doorbell works is that there is a small wire going from the doorbell chime to the doorbell button, and then another small wire going from the button back to the chime. When these two wires connect (by pressing the doorbell button), it completes the electrical circuit, and the chime goes off.

When you mute the indoor chime on your video doorbell, it essentially just keeps the wires disconnected no matter what, even when the button is pressed. Therefore, the indoor chime will never sound.

How to Mute Your Indoor Chime

The Nest Hello and the SkyBell HD all let you mute the indoor chime from their respective mobile apps in the settings. As for the Ring Doorbell, only the Ring Pro lets you do this with a mechanical chime. If you have the regular Ring Doorbell, you’ll need the add-in chime.

On the Nest Hello, the process for muting the chime is pretty simple. Just tap on the settings gear icon up in the top-right corner of the screen when viewing the live feed, and then just hit the toggle switch at the top next to “Indoor Chime On/Off.”

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

For the SkyBell HD, you’ll go into the settings, tap “Indoor Chime,” and then hit the toggle switch next to “Indoor Chime.”

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

On the Ring Doorbell with the the add-on chime, you’ll select the chime on the main screen, tap “Chime Snooze,” and then select “Turn Off.” You can also select a period from 1 to 12 hours.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

On the Ring Pro, select it from the main screen, tap on the settings gear icon, select “Doorbell Kit Settings,” and then tap on the toggle switch next to “Ring my in-home doorbell.”

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Unfortunately, the only device that allows you to set a time limit is the Ring Doorbell when paired with the add-on digital chime. All the other models require that you go back into the settings to re-enable the indoor chime.

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How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Sometimes you just don’t want to be bothered when you’re at home, so here’s how to temporarily mute your SkyBell HD, so it won’t chime if someone rings your doorbell.

Whether you have a baby napping or it’s just late at night and you don’t want hooligans ringing your doorbell while you’re trying to sleep, this is a great feature to have on a smart doorbell.

To mute your SkyBell HD, start by opening up the SkyBell app on your smartphone.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Tap on the settings gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Turn off the toggle switch to the right of “Indoor Chime” and then hit “Save” in the top-right corner.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

This will silent your doorbell chime whenever the doorbell button is pressed, but you’ll still receive a notification on your phone.

If you want to temporarily mute notifications on top of muting the doorbell chime, you’ll need to go back to the settings main screen and select “Notifications”.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

From there, turn off the toggle switches next to “Button Pressed” and “Motion Detected” to mute all notifications, but you can also leave one or the other enabled if you want.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

After that, whenever someone rings your doorbell, you won’t get a notification and your doorbell chime won’t go off. The only downside to this feature is that you can’t set a mute schedule, so whenever you want to mute and unmute your doorbell, you have to go back into the SkyBell app and change back the above settings.

You can, however, hook up your SkyBell to the Amazon Echo and tell Alexa to turn on and off the indoor chime, which makes it a little more convenient to do so, but you can’t turn on and off notifications through the Echo.

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How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Kartais jūs tiesiog nenorite būti nerimaujama, kai esate namuose, todėl štai kaip laikinai nutildyti savo "SkyBell HD", taigi, jei kas nors skambės jūsų durų peradresavimui.

Nesvarbu, ar jūs kūdikis napping, ar tik naktį vėlai, ir jūs nenorite, kad chuliganai skambėtų jūsų durų skambučio metu, kai bandote miegoti, tai puiki galimybė turėti protingą durų skambutį.

Norėdami nutildyti savo "SkyBell HD", pradėkite atidarykite "SkyBell" programą savo išmaniajame telefone.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Viršutiniame dešiniajame ekrano kampe palieskite nustatymų pavaros piktogramą.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Pasirinkite "Indoor Chime".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Išjunkite perjungimo jungiklį, esantį dešinėje "Indoor Chime", ir viršutiniame dešiniajame kampe paspauskite "Išsaugoti".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Tai užtruks jūsų durų skambėjimo signalą, kai bus paspaustas durų perjungimo mygtukas, bet vis tiek gausite pranešimą savo telefone.

Jei norite laikinai išjungti įspėjimus, kai norite užmušti durų skambėjimo signalą, turėsite grįžti į nustatymų pagrindinį ekraną ir pasirinkti "Pranešimai".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Iš ten išjunkite perjungimo jungiklius šalia "mygtuko paspaudimo" ir "judesio aptikta", kad nutildytumėte visus pranešimus, bet jūs taip pat galite palikti vieną ar kitą, jei norite.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Po to kaskart, kai kas nors skambės jūsų durų peradresavimui, negausite pranešimo ir jūsų durų skambučio signalas nebus išjungtas. Vienintelis šio funkcijos trūkumas yra tai, kad negalite nustatyti netikto grafiko, taigi, kai norite nutildyti ir įjungti duris, turite grįžti į "SkyBell" programą ir grąžinti anksčiau nurodytus nustatymus.

Tačiau galite prijungti savo "SkyBell" prie "Amazon Echo" ir pasakyti "Alexa", kad įjungtumėte ir išjungtumėte patalpų pyptelėjimą, todėl tai šiek tiek patogiau tai padaryti, bet jūs negalite įjungti arba išjungti pranešimų per "Echo".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Mute Your SkyBell HD Doorbell – The SkyBell HD Video Doorbell provides you to immediately view who’s at your door, whether you’re home or away! When somebody rings your doorbell, SmartThings can send you a notification. Video through SkyBell just isn’t but available in the SmartThings app, however by tapping the video title in the SmartThings app, you may trigger the video to start recording in the SkyBell app. Allow the motion sensor in the SkyBell app before including the SkyBell to SmartThings to observe movement outside of your home and trigger automation, as properly.

Your indoor and outdoor chimes could be muted and unmuted in the SmartThings app to your choice. You may also set the doorbell button to trigger your lights and different effects in SmartThings. The SkyBell brings you great options for automation, safety, and peace of mind.

Step 1. First of all, Download and install the SkyBell HD app for iOS or Android, and then create a SkyBell HD account.

Step 2. Now, To mute your SkyBell HD, start by opening up the SkyBell app in your smartphone.

Step 3. After that tap on the settings gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 4. Choose “Indoor Chime.

Step 5. Then turn off the toggle switch to the right of “Indoor Chime” after which hit “Save” in the top-right nook.

It will be silent your doorbell chime whenever the doorbell button is pressed. However, you’ll still receive a notification on your phone.

Step 6. Now. Wherever you want to temporarily mute notifications on top of muting the doorbell chime, you’ll want to go back to the Settings the main screen and choose “Notifications.

Step 7. Turn off the toggle switches next to “Button Pressed” and “Motion Detected” to mute all notifications. However, you may also leave one or the other enabled if you would like.

Step 8. That’s it! Now, you’re done.

After that, whenever somebody rings your doorbell, you received to get a notification, and your doorbell chime won’t go off. The only disadvantage to this feature is you couldn’t set a mute schedule, thus if you want to mute and unmute your doorbell, so you have to go back in the SkyBell app and change back the settings.

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How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

“. Kartais tiesiog nenorite būti varginami, kai esate namuose, taigi, kaip laikinai išjungti “SkyBell HD” T keistis, ar kas nors skamba jūsų durų varpeliu.

Nesvarbu, ar jūs kūdikis napping, ar tik naktį vėlai, ir jūs nenorite, kad chuliganai skambėtų jūsų durų angai, kol pabandate miegoti, tai puiki galimybė turėti protingas durų skambutis.

Jei norite nutildyti “SkyBell HD”, pradėkite atidarykite “SkyBell” programą savo išmaniajame telefone.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Bakstelėkite nustatymų pavaros piktogramą viršutiniame dešiniajame ekrano kampe.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Pasirinkite “Indoor Chime” .

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Išjunkite perjungimo jungiklį dešinėje “Indoor Chime” ir viršutiniame dešiniajame kampe paspauskite “Išsaugoti”.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Tai užtruks jūsų durų skambėjimo garsą, kai bus paspaustas durų perjungimo mygtukas, bet jūs vis tiek gaunate pranešimą savo telefone.

Jei norite laikinai išjungti įspėjimus, užblokuodami durų skambučio signalą, turėsite grįžti į nustatymų pagrindinį ekraną ir pasirinkite “Pranešimai”.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Iš ten išjunkite perjungimo jungiklius šalia “mygtuko paspaudimo” ir “judesio aptikta”, kad nutildytumėte visus pranešimus, bet jūs taip pat galite palikti vieną arba kitą, jei norite.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Po to kaskart, kai kas nors skambės jūsų durų peradresavimui, negausite pranešimo, o jūsų durų skambutis nebus išjungtas. Vienintelis šio funkcijos trūkumas yra tai, kad negalite nustatyti netikto grafiko, todėl, kai norite išjungti ir įjungti savo durų varnelę, turite sugrįžti į “SkyBell” programą ir grąžinti anksčiau pateiktus nustatymus.

Galite, Tačiau prijunkite savo “SkyBell” prie “Amazon Echo” ir pasakykite “Alexa”, kad įjungtumėte ir išjungtumėte patalpų pyptelėjimą, todėl tai šiek tiek patogiau tai padaryti, bet jūs negalite įjungti arba išjungti pranešimų per “Echo”.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Kiekvienam “Word” dokumente turi būti pridėtas šablonas. Jei naudojate tinkintą šabloną su šiuo dokumentu ir pamiršote, kuris iš jų yra, galite lengvai sužinoti “Word”. PASTABA: šią funkciją iliustruoja “Word 2013″. Norėdami nustatyti ar pakeisti, kuris šablonas yra pridėtas prie dabartinio dokumento, turite naudoti ” Kūrėjo “skirtukas.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

“OS X” naudoja jutiklinius gestus, kad būtų lengviau naršyti ir naudotojams greitai ir patogiai pagreitėtų paprastai varginančias užduotis. Šiandien mes norime parodyti keletą gražių gudų, kad naudotų gestus “Finder” peržiūros srityje. “Finder” turi įvairų kietąjį triuką. Pavyzdžiui, galite keisti jo aplankų peržiūras, kad galėtumėte pakeisti piktogramų dydį ir tvarką, arba galite šoninę juostą pritaikyti, kad ji atitiktų jūsų poreikius.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Joskus et vain halua häiritä kun olet kotona, joten tässä on tilapäisesti mykistää SkyBell HD, joten se ei soi, jos joku soittaa ovikellosi.

Onko sinulla vauva napping tai se on vain myöhään yöllä ja et halua huligaanit soivat ovikelloa yritettäessä nukkua, tämä on hieno ominaisuus on fiksu ovikelloa.

Voit mykistää SkyBell HD: n aloittamalla avaamalla SkyBell-sovelluksen älypuhelimellasi.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Napauta ruudun oikeassa yläkulmassa olevaa asetuskuvaketta.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Sammuta kytkin "Indoor Chime" oikealle puolelle ja paina sitten "Tallenna" oikeassa yläkulmassa.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Tämä hiljaa ovikellosi äänimerkkiä aina, kun ovikellopainiketta painetaan, mutta silti saat ilmoituksen puhelimeesi.

Jos haluat tilapäisesti mykistää ilmoitukset päällekkäin ovikellon äänen hiljentämisen päälle, sinun on palattava asetusten päänäytölle ja valitse "Ilmoitukset".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Sieltä sammuta kaikki ilmoitukset, mutta voit myös jättää yhden tai toisen sallitun, jos haluat, sammuta "Button Pressed" ja "Motion Detected" vieressä olevat vaihtokytkimet.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Sen jälkeen, kun joku soittaa ovikellosi, et saa ilmoitusta ja ovikellosi sointu ei mene pois. Tämän ominaisuuden ainoa haittapuoli on, että et voi asettaa mykistyksen aikataulua, joten aina, kun haluat mykistää ja mykistää ovikellon, sinun on palattava SkyBell-sovellukseen ja vaihdettava edellä mainitut asetukset.

Voit kuitenkin kytkeä SkyBellin Amazon Echoon ja kertoa Alexalle, että se kytkee päälle ja pois sisäisen äänimerkin, mikä tekee siitä hieman helpomman, mutta et voi käynnistää ja poistaa ilmoituksia Echon kautta.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Uneori pur și simplu nu vrei să fii deranjat când ești acasă, deci iată cum să-ți dezactivezi temporar SkyBell HD-ul, așa că nu va zgomote dacă cineva ți-o sună.

Indiferent dacă aveți un copil în picioare sau este doar târziu pe timp de noapte și nu doriți ca huliganii să vă sune la ușa ușă în timp ce încercați să dormiți, aceasta este o caracteristică excelentă pe care o aveți pe un sunet inteligent.

Pentru a opri SkyBell HD, începeți prin deschiderea aplicației SkyBell de pe telefonul dvs. smartphone.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Atingeți pictograma roată din setările din colțul din dreapta sus al ecranului.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Selectați "Chime Indoor".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Opriți comutatorul de comutare din dreapta butonului "Indoor Chime" și apoi apăsați pe "Salvați" în colțul din dreapta sus.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Acest lucru va opri sunetul soneriei de fiecare dată când butonul de sunet este apăsat, dar veți primi în continuare o notificare pe telefon.

Dacă doriți să dezactivați temporar notificările pe lângă mutarea soneriei, va trebui să reveniți la ecranul principal al setărilor și să selectați "Notificări".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

De acolo, opriți comutatoarele de comutare de lângă "Buton apăsat" și "Detectate mișcare" pentru a dezactiva toate notificările, dar puteți lăsa una sau cealaltă activată dacă doriți.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

După asta, ori de câte ori cineva sună la sunetul tău, nu vei primi o notificare și sunetul soneriei tale nu va dispărea. Singurul dezavantaj al acestei funcții este că nu puteți seta un program de dezactivare a sunetului, de aceea ori de câte ori doriți să dezactivați și să vă dezactivați sunetul, trebuie să reveniți la aplicația SkyBell și să schimbați setările de mai sus.

Puteți, totuși, să vă conectați la SkyBell la Echo Amazon și să îi spuneți Alexei să pornească și să oprească soneria de interior, ceea ce o face puțin mai convenabil, dar nu puteți activa și dezactiva notificările prin Echo.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Nogle gange vil du bare ikke være forstyrret, når du er hjemme, så her er hvordan du midlertidigt stummer din SkyBell HD, så det vil ikke chime, hvis nogen ringer din dørklokke.

Uanset om du har en baby napping eller det er bare sent om aftenen, og du ikke vil have hooligans ringe din dørklokke, mens du forsøger at sove, er dette en fantastisk funktion at have på en smart dørklokke.

For at dempe din SkyBell HD skal du starte med at åbne SkyBell-appen på din smartphone.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Tryk på ikonet for indstillings gearet øverst til højre på skærmen.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Sluk omskifteren til højre for "Indoor Chime" og tryk derefter på "Gem" i øverste højre hjørne.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Dette vil stille din dørklokkesignal, når du trykker på dørklokkeknappen, men du får stadig en besked på din telefon.

Hvis du vil midlertidigt dempe meddelelser ud over at dæmpe dørklokkeslættet, skal du gå tilbage til hovedskærmen for indstillinger og vælge "Notifikationer".

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Derefter skal du slå afbryderne ved siden af ​​"Knappen Tryk" og "Bevægelsesdetekteret" for at slå alle meddelelser fra, men du kan også lade den ene eller den anden aktiveres, hvis du vil.

How to mute your skybell hd doorbell

Efter det, når nogen ringer din dørklokke, får du ikke en besked, og din dørklokkeklod vil ikke gå væk. Den eneste ulempe ved denne funktion er, at du ikke kan indstille en stødtidsplan, så når du vil dempe og afbryde din dørklokke, skal du gå tilbage til SkyBell-appen og ændre de ovennævnte indstillinger igen.

Du kan dog tilslutte din SkyBell til Amazon Echo og fortælle Alexa at tænde og slukke for den indendørs klokke, hvilket gør det lidt mere bekvemt at gøre det, men du kan ikke tænde og slukke meddelelser gennem Echo.

Everyone wants to feel secured and comfortable in their home hence the measures they take to enhance security. One of the popular measures is installing a doorbell with an alarm. The Skybell doorbell is one such product that seems to work well with most owners. However despite its effectiveness, it sometimes fails to work as expected. Below are some of the different things that may happen and how best to troubleshoot and resolve these issues.

How to install Skybell doorbell

You need to install the Skybell doorbell to use it. To do this:

  • Insert one wire each into the connector on the SkyBell DDA
  • Ensure the wire is inserted all the way and is not loose.
  • Connect one wire lead to the “FRONT” terminal of the digital doorbell chime.
  • Connect the second wire lead to the “TRANS” or TRANSFORMER” terminal.

How to install Skybell digital doorbell adapter

  • Start by removing the cover from the digital doorbell chime and find its wire terminals.
  • Remove the screws completely from the terminals and move the wires temporarily out of the way. Take note of the fact that some digital chimes come installed with a diode in place. If this is the case, note that the diode must be removed before you install the Digital Doorbell Adapter. In the case where the diode remains in place, the Digital Doorbell Adapter may fail, triggering issues such as the doorbell constantly ringing.
  • Next, connect the Digital Doorbell Adapter wires to the chime.
  • You need to attach the J4 wire to the “Front” Terminal on the Digital Doorbell.
  • Attach the J3 wire to the “Trans” Terminal on the Digital Doorbell.
  • Attach to J5 and J6 wires to the two wires from the wall by inserting them together into the blue connector that came with the Adapter and tightening them down by squeezing with a pair of pliers.
  • Finish by reassembling and reinstalling the digital doorbell in its original location.

How to install Skybell without existing doorbell

It is possible for Skybell to work without an existing doorbell when you use an indoor power adapter. This adapter regulates the voltage flowing to the Skybell HD or Skybell trim plus which ensures that it works adequately. Consider using a plug-in chime for visitor notification as opposed to the mechanical chime. Such installation ensures that it works like any other wired doorbell, minus the hassle of hardwiring the doorbell from scratch.

What size doorbell transformer do I need for Skybell HD

A single SkyBell works well with a recommended transformer of 16VAC 10VA transformer.. For more than one SkyBell, go for the transformer 24VAC 40VA as the best recommendation. Fortunately, the two transformers are available online.

How to find and develop your passions

Type “how to find your passion” into Google and you’ll get 29.9 million results in .9 seconds.

I’d argue “find your passion” is one of the most talked about yet most misunderstood terms out there. It’s constantly thrown around as a buzz phrase and it’s on the cover of countless self-help books, yet the search for passion never seems to end.

Pursuing your passion terrifies most people. It’s the proverbial fork in the road between following a dream or being “realistic.” However, science tells us that having a passion can increase our overall satisfaction with life, making us happier and less stressful people.

So why is passion so elusive?

I asked one cofounder who seems to have the passion predicament sorted. He travels the world empowering disadvantaged youth with the tools to reach their full potential.

Meet Adam Rubin, the cofounder and executive director of Renew , an international nonprofit bringing personal development to adolescents around the world. Since Renew launched in Tanzania in 2013, it has reached thousands of students globally. Rubin’s mission through Renew is to give youth a transformational set of tools he wishes he had access to earlier in life—like learning to love yourself, overcoming limiting beliefs, and developing emotional intelligence.

Source: Adam Rubin

This week on the Unconventional Life Podcast , Rubin shares how you can discover what your passions are so you can lead a more fulfilling life.

1. Expand Your Perspective. If you’re having difficulty connecting to your passion, it may be because you simply haven’t found it yet. One of the quickest ways to expand your horizons is to travel. Rubin says the inspiration for his company Renew was sparked from a volunteer trip he made to Tanzania as a 21-year-old in 2009. Plan a solo trip to a country you’ve always wanted to visit—travel can be the gateway to self-discovery, novel experiences, and seeing the world from a fresh perspective.

2. Let Your Pain Be Your Purpose. The things we have struggled with most can help give us insight into our purpose. “Your purpose lies directly next to your pain,” Rubin says. “Your greatest pain is always your greatest purpose.” Reflect on things in your life that you have struggled with and consider that your passion may be in alleviating the same struggles for others. Rubin says he founded Renew because he wanted to give young people the tools to better their lives that he wished he had access to at their age.

3. Take The Pressure Off. So often we try to put pressure on our passions to be our source of income. Rubin says, “Get out of the numbers, get out of your head and get into your heart.” If you didn’t need to put pressure on yourself to monetize your passions, what would you do? Give yourself permission to explore your passions without putting any expectation on them to perform for you, or for you to be good at them, or for you to need to showcase them to others.

4. Reconnect To Your Inner Child. One of Rubin’s foundational teachings is to reconnect to your inner child. “Go back in time and remember who you were when you were a kid, and remember that you are that same person now as an adult,” he says. Try to connect to the things you used to love to do when you were a child. How did you spend your time? What were your favorite activities and interests? Consider diving back into some of those same realms today.

5. Spend Time In Silence. Rather than going out and searching for your passion, you may find some part of you already knows, and is waiting for you to uncover it. Spending time meditating and introspecting each day can be a powerful tool to help you find your next passion. “It’s about releasing and letting go,” Rubin says. “If you can sit there and take ten deep breaths in and out through your nose, and just really intentionally let go of a few things, or one thing that’s been stuck with you for too long, even if it’s painful.”

6. Surround Yourself With Others Living Their Passion. You’ve probably heard you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Are the friends you’re currently connected to living their passions, or are they leading lives absent of real purpose? Be willing to evaluate these connections and surround yourself with a different group of people who are leading the kind of lives you want to emulate.

7. Contribute To Something Bigger Than Yourself. Rubin says his greatest source of joy is in contributing to his project, Renew. Consider aligning with a project you stand behind that is in service to something bigger than yourself. Psychology shows that when we give, our brain’s pleasure circuits become activated. “My advice would be what is driving you personally, and how do you see yourself in the people you want to impact?” Rubin says.

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Being passionate is important in life, but it also can be difficult to deal with. Just like with all good things, too much of it can be damaging. However, passionate people, overall, do live happier and better lives than the average individual.

Passions give us purpose, but more than that, they make us feel that we have purpose in our lives. Being passionate isn’t just about knowing – it’s also about feeling. That’s what makes passions so important; they make us feel that we’re on the right path in life and give us hope for a happy and exciting future.

Passionate people lead significantly different lives from their less-than-enthusiastic counterparts. Here are 10 things that passionate people do differently and the good and bad that comes of it.

1. Start their days early.

It’s not that passionate people don’t enjoy sleeping – they do. It’s just that once they’re up, they get excited about the work ahead of them. Even if the particular project or tasks they will be working on may not excite them, their future aspirations and the passion they have for what they do drive them to get out of bed rather quickly. Passionate people are all about doing and you can’t do much if you spend half the day sleeping.

2. Always have their passions on their mind.

They’re basically obsessed – hopefully in a healthy manner. Healthy passions are healthy obsessions. You can’t keep your mind from returning to the topic and can’t help but get excited by those thoughts. Passionate people live in a world in which the few things that matter to them in life basically involve the passions they love.

3. Get excited more than the average person.

Passionate individuals may not always feel excited – no one is excited all the time – but when they get excited, they get excited more fully, for a longer duration and, overall, more frequently.

It’s because they have more in their lives to get excited about. They devote their time to usually one or two things and therefore make more progress than those who split their time amongst many things. The momentum keeps them excited.

4. Get pissed off and emotional more than the average person.

Just as the passionate get excited, they also can come off as very moody. They go from happy and excited to pissed off and miserable. Because they are passionate, they are much more emotionally connected to whatever it is they are doing – so when things go well, the world is a beautiful place, but when things go awry, sh*t gets real very quickly.

5. Willing to risk more and put more on the line.

If you’re passionate, you have a clear understanding of what your purpose in life is – if only your purpose for that very moment. For this reason, you give much less importance to other things. Therefore you’re willing to risk more for the thing(s) that you find most important, that you are most passionate about. Those that are passionate are much more willing to give up things that don’t fall in their scope of passion.

6. Devote their lives to their dreams.

Life is filled with things worth doing and things not worth doing. That which we are most passionate about is what we believe to be worthwhile, everything else seems to be wasteful and lacking. Passionate individuals gradually gravitate towards their passions and away from the rest that life has to offer. They know what will make them happy and are willing to ignore the rest.

7. Surround themselves with their work.

People say that it isn’t good to bring work home. However, for the most passionate, work is home. It’s not possible for these individuals not to bring their work home because their work is in them and reflects in everything they have and do. But it doesn’t feel like work to them. It feels like life.

8. Can’t help but talk about their projects.

They know that you probably don’t want to hear about it because you hear about it all the time, but they don’t really want to talk about much else. And even if they do, their conversations almost always steer back to their passions. They can’t help it because they don’t see their passions as separate from themselves; they are their passions.

9. Tend to either be pushing ahead full throttle or are completely still.

Passionate people aren’t always the best at balancing their lives. They get overly excited and push themselves to their limits. They love working and love moving forward quickly. But they eventually do run out of steam and crash. Only the seasoned and wise passionate individuals have learned to balance havoc and calm in a healthy manner.

10. Always think positively about the future.

Their minds are always looking ahead, looking at what can be instead of what is. This has its good sides and bad, but nevertheless, they are always thinking about their next move.

The one great outcome is that they always have something to look forward to and are excited to make it happen. As long as they remember to hang around in the present from time to time, they don’t run into too much trouble.

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If you’re reading this article, you might feel like something is missing, that you don’t have something you love and want to strive for in your life. You’ve probably been told to “follow your passion,” but that can definitely be tricky if you aren’t even sure what you’re really passionate about. We’ve all struggled with this at some point in our lives. Don’t worry! While you may have trouble knowing your passion right now, it’s totally possible to find it. Instead of wishing and waiting for something to come your way, follow these examples to find out what you truly love and pursue your passions!

For some people, living their passion seems to come naturally. They throw themselves into the pursuits they love with no regard for what society expects of them. But it isn’t that easy for all of us.

You’ve made lists. You’ve asked your friends for advice. You’ve tried journaling and you’ve analyzed every thought you’ve ever had. You still don’t know how to find your passion .

That’s because passion comes from the heart, not the head. Chances are, you already know what your passion is. You just need to connect with it.

In a world that’s always pressuring us to be someone else, learning how to find your passion in life means getting in touch with yourself. You’ll need to connect the past, present and your dreams for the future to finally unlock your true passion.

Where can I discover my passion?

How to find and develop your passions

1. Shift your perspective

Do you ever think to yourself, “It’s just not realistic to live my passion, so why bother?” If you enter the journey of how to discover your passion with this mindset, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Shift your mindset to one of positivity and possibility. Be open to the adventure you’re about to have. Realize that life happens for you, not to you – but you must listen to what it’s telling you.

2. Discover your top human need

As human beings, we all have Six Human Needs : certainty, significance, variety, love/connection, growth and contribution. Life is a delicate balance between these, but we all have one top need that is most essential to our happiness. Discovering your driving force can give you a window into how to find your passion by showing you what you need most to feel fulfilled.

How to find and develop your passions

3. Look at what you love

Look at your bookshelf, favorite movies or the last play you saw – is there a common theme? Think about your favorite summer job or the last time you got so caught up in a project, you completely lost track of time. Think about what you loved to do as a child – drawing, writing, dancing. Ask yourself: What do you love talking about? What do you love teaching others? These are all hints about how to find your passion in life.

4. Notice where you spend your free time

Your hobbies aren’t necessarily the same as your true passion, but they can provide a hint. If you spend a lot of your free time reading, your passion could involve writing, teaching or research – anything that feeds your mind the way reading does. If you enjoy fixing things around the house, your passion likely involves creating and building. Think deeper about your extracurriculars and you could uncover your passion.

5. Recognize your patterns

The human brain loves patterns. Sometimes this is a bad thing, as we get stuck in unhealthy habits . Yet long-term patterns can also provide a clue about how to discover your passion . Is there something that seems to come up in your life again and again? A need to travel means you crave new experiences. Gravitating toward a certain author, speaker or businessperson could mean they inspire you. Patterns aren’t coincidences – they’re how our subconscious communicates with us.

How to find and develop your passions

6. Use the rocking chair test

Tony teaches the rocking chair test frequently at his events because it is one of the most powerful ways to unlock how to find your passion . Imagine yourself when you are 90 years old, sitting on your porch in your rocking chair and reminiscing about your life. What is your biggest regret? What do you wish you had experienced? What passion do you wish you had followed? How do you want to be remembered?

7. Examine your fears

One creative way to figure out how to find your passion in life is to think about what scares you. Have you thought about quitting your job to write, dance, start a business, bake cupcakes or walk dogs – and the thought absolutely terrified you? If you feel excitement and fear when you think about going all-in with a certain skill or pastime, that’s a sign it’s your passion. It’s time to stop letting that fear hold you back .

How to find and develop your passions

8. Get unreasonable

Tony says that “Passion is found in the field of the unreasonable.” Passions aren’t rational. They often directly conflict with what society teaches us to want: get a degree, get a boring office job, put up with a long commute and only have fun on the weekends. That’s why you need to listen to your heart instead of your limiting beliefs . Cut the word “unrealistic” from your vocabulary. Let yourself dream big. Create the most extraordinary life you possibly can.

9. Get out of your comfort zone

Still drawing a blank on how to find your passion in life ? If you spend your days commuting, working and sitting in front of the TV, you’ll never figure out what ignites that spark of passion. You need to get out of your comfort zone and have new experiences. Take a class. Join a sport. Research something you always thought seemed interesting. Life – and finding your passion – begins at the end of your comfort zone.

10. Cultivate belief in yourself

Many times, the answer to how to discover your passion is right in front of you, but you’re refusing to see it. To make your life a masterpiece, you must become unstoppable . Turn your “shoulds” into “musts,” eliminate excuses and accept nothing less than a life filled with joy. Only when you do this will you find your passion.

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Discovering what you love most is an adventure in itself.

Almost three decades of my life had passed before I discovered the power of passions. If I hadn’t become severely depressed as an Emergency Medicine resident, desperate to find some other way of earning income, who knows how much longer it would have taken. Luckily I was forced to figure out this piece of life. I can’t imagine myself, my life (and even my income) without the delicious pursuits that my search uncovered.

Discovering and claiming something you love to do has an amazing effect on your entire life. It’s like a tiny perfect raindrop landing on a previously smooth, unremarkable expanse of water. The instant the drop arrives, beautiful waves of ever-enlarging rings flow across the entire surface, spreading out virtually to infinity.

Here’s how you can start your search:

1) Inventory your talents

What are you good at or have a natural aptitude for? Forget about what you’re good at but don’t really like doing much. I’m talking about the things you have a knack for that delight or happily occupy you.

Are there things you like to do that you don’t think you’re that good at, that other people have complimented you on? Perhaps you even dismissed or rejected their enthusiasm.

After much digging and questioning (I am a passion hound) I recently discovered that one of my coaching clients loves taking pictures. She rarely picks up her camera, as she didn’t think she was any good.

I asked her to email me some favorite shots and they were fantastic. She was skeptical at first, but when I convinced her that I knew what I was talking about (I have earned income from my own photography) she could hardly contain her excitement. She finally had “permission” to fully embrace this pastime that she loves so much. Yet when I had asked about her passions in our first session, she had come up empty.

Identifying things you love that you’re good at is a great way to unearth potential passions. Don’t be concerned if what you love isn’t practical or common (I get very excited about the uncommon).

Please note though that you don’t have to be good at something for it to quality as a passion. You don’t have to ever earn a penny of income from it either. Talent can simply be a clue. When it comes to your passions, the only thing that matters is that you enjoy them.

2) Pay attention to who makes you annoyed or jealous

Are there people doing things that are “frivolous” who annoy you? Take a closer look at that annoyance. Is the truth behind your annoyance that you really wish you could live so freely, that you didn’t have so many serious responsibilities and could be as “immature” as they are?

After a lifetime of being an overachieving do-what-everyone-expects-of-me student, when I embarked on my Mexican adventure at 33 I wanted to give myself a break and find time to pursue my freshly discovered passions for writing and dancing. Most people thought I was nuts, but my father got the angriest. He told me I was wasting my life and should let him help me set up my own clinic instead.

He pounded the kitchen table with his fist, shouting “Life isn’t supposed to be fun! When are you going to grow up like the rest of us?”

Thankfully I ignored him, as I did everyone else who tried to discourage me.

A few years later, when it was clear that living, writing and dancing in Mexico was one of the best decisions (and career moves) I ever made, my dad sold his business. And moved to Hawaii. To write his first novel.

I’m convinced he was largely so upset because he wanted to do what I was doing. At the time, I’m quite sure he didn’t know that. But eventually he figured it out!

3) Think of what you loved to do as a child

This is probably the simplest way to unearth what pursuits hold the potential to light up your days. Before the grown-ups get to us with their ideas, most of us know exactly who we are and what would make us happiest.

Were you obsessed with horses? Maybe you should head to a dude ranch for your next vacation.

Loved finger painting or drawing? Sign up for an art class.

Sang at the top of your lungs until people begged you to stop? Think about joining a local choir (or starting your own garage band!)

4) Notice when you lose track of time, or what you hate to stop doing

When I work at the clinic seeing a long line-up of sore throats and knees, I watch the clock all day until I’m finally done. Yet when I have a patient in front of me who is depressed or anxious or newly diagnosed with a condition that would benefit from lifestyle change, I often lose my usual urgency and spend a big chunk of time with them. Not surprisingly, my true passion is life and health coaching, where I have the luxury of time with clients and love spending great swaths of time teaching and encouraging.

I dance flamenco until my legs or body force me to stop. I also love working on my “Health and Happiness Expert” business so much that I have to force myself to stop writing and reading to sleep and eat and play. It’s reverse clock-watching – I get annoyed as time goes by! What a different world.

What would you love to spend hours doing, that you never get enough time to do? That’s a passion, and you probably need to do it more than you are.

5) See your passion hunt as a fun, joyful adventure

In my coaching and speaking work I see people putting pressure on themselves to find their passion. I do believe it’s critically important to discover and engage in things that light you up, but it’s just as important to cultivate an un-serious child-like attitude of play, wonder and adventure.

When you deliberately open yourself to noticing things you might enjoy doing, don’t be afraid of getting it wrong. It’s all an adventure, you’re learning and growing as you go. Happiness research shows that trying new things increases dopamine levels in the brain, contributing to sustained levels of contentment. So try away!

Notice what you love. Notice what makes you feel like a kid. Notice what you long to have more time for.

Make time for these things, whatever you can manage, and watch your life start to change. It’s really magical.

How have you stumbled on passions in the past? Share your story in the comments section – I’d love to know, it will surely inspire other readers and will also help me continue to help other people find theirs.

How to find and develop your passions

And, to be clear, having multifaceted interests that genuinely engage, interest, and keep you curious is great for you. One study found that engaging in a hobby for two hours a week can improve mental well-being, and hobbies have been found to help you feel less lonely (which is how more than half of Americans report feeling). But finding a hobby that fills you with purpose and happiness isn’t as simple as picking up a paintbrush, or knitting needles, or chef’s hat—in fact, figuring out how to discover your passion can feel like straight-up work. And who needs another job?

Good news: There’s another way to go about the search for hobby fulfillment, and it won’t remind you of any kind of needle-in-a-haystack-esque scenario. Rather, you set a goal and work toward it—even if the endgame isn’t something you’re necessarily “passionate” about from the get-go. This strategy calls upon you to grow passion consciously rather than finding it randomly. Research even backs up that people who work hard at something tend to develop a passionate connection it.

How to discover your passion using goals—and science

The study on goal-oriented passion focuses on participants’ pursuit of entrepreneurship, but neuropsychologist and licensed clinical psychologist Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, says the same logic applies hobbies, too. “Human interests go beyond just our jobs,” she says. “What this study is looking to point out is that we don’t just pour our efforts into our heart’s desire, but we also can learn to feel passionate about that which we put effort toward.”

“We don’t just pour our efforts into our heart’s desire, but we also can learn to feel passionate about that which we put effort toward.” —neurophysiologist and psychologist Sanam Hafeez, PsyD

Dr. Hafeez says there’s a neurological reason for this. “Let’s say that you came across an article saying that working out early in the morning is more conducive to an entrepreneurial and successful lifestyle, but you hate waking up early,” she says. “So you begin to track your sleep, jogging in the mornings, and logging data points, like distance run, consistency of routine, and how you feel afterward. When you implement that routine long enough, your brain will begin to become comfortable with the idea that you have to be up early, that you will be working out, and that night is for resting. Your brain will learn your new schedule and your priorities.” In other words, even night owls can learn to love being early birds if it may help them reach their goals. And, since we’re programmed to celebrate successes, these newly minted early birds will likely attach a positive connotation to the routine—including the early alarm time they once loathed.

The brain works the same way when it comes to goal-oriented hobbies, such as learning a song on a musical instrument, writing poems or short stories, or dancing. Even if you aren’t into a given goal at first, Dr. Hafeez says the magic stems from committing to a routine, tracking your progress, and improving.

Where to start when choosing a hobby

Instead of stressing out about how to discover your passion in order to inform which hobbies you pick up, set a goal, such as learning how to play your favorite song on the guitar, filling a blank canvas to hang on the empty wall in your bedroom, or developing the confidence to perform stand-up comedy at a local open mic night. Really, any goal that relates to any kind of potential hobby works.

“Write down a list of why you are challenging yourself,” Dr. Hafeez says. “Why is it that I am looking to improve my skills in a certain area? Why am I trying to change a habit for a new one? How will I be better once I find my passion for my particular goal? How will this help me help others?” She says revisiting the answers to these questions can provide encouragement as you work toward your goal.

As far as when it comes to the moment you actually become excited about the goal you’re working toward, Dr. Hafeez says it happens at different rates for every person. “Some people will have greater hurdles to overcome in order to find their passion or find something to put their effort toward.” And while experts have yet to pinpoint a timeline for forming habits, developing motivation, and identifying passion, the sweet spot tends to range between 21 to 60 days, she says.

How to know if it’s time to let go of a hobby

Of course it’s also important to keep in mind that hobbies are meant to be fun. If you’re actively working toward something and the passion just isn’t coming, it’s okay to let it go. But before you give up on it completely, Dr. Hafeez recommends going back to the list of reasons why you wanted to challenge yourself. “There will be times when you’re working toward anything in life where your tasks, or your stress, or your life situations will overwhelm you. In these times it is incredibly common for people to give up on what they are working for. Having a pre-made list of the reasons why you are pouring your efforts into something will help you reconnect with the same desire you had when you started your journey,” she says. It may give you the spark you needed to keep going—or it may not, and that’s okay, too. Give yourself permission to try something else by setting a new goal.

The biggest takeaway Dr. Hafeez says, is to not just sit around waiting for a passion to make its way to you. “Many people wait to be inspired,” she says. “But you can find inspiration in your dedication and hard work.”

Another potential benefit of hobbies: confidence. And if you’re still looking for motivation regarding to how to discover your passion, here are some tips, based on your Myers-Briggs personality type.

There’s a common misconception that your career and passions are exclusive of one another. Change your approach by seeking out things that give you joy and finding innovative ways to incorporate them into your work.

This article will explore how you to identify your passions and leverage them in your professional life.

How to find your passion for your career

Some people find it easy to identify what they’re passionate about. However, even if you know a few things that you greatly enjoy, you could still be missing some of the essential elements that will turn your passion into a vocation.

Try these steps to determine how your passions can relate to your profession.

1. Consider what you find interesting in your personal, academic or professional life

Make a list of things you love. The more passions you identify, the greater your chances of finding something you can use in your career.

2. Think about other people you admire and their careers

Consider a few people you would love to trade places with. Research what they’re doing and how they got there. You might find that your dream programming career requires a more advanced degree, or that the artist you admire got her start in a small gallery similar to one near you.

The more you know about other people’s career journeys, the better equipped you are to emulate them.

3. Try new experiences in your personal and professional time

Turn your passions into something more tangible. If you’re passionate about singing, start signing up for open mic nights. You may discover that the stage is an exhilarating place you want to pursue, or you might find that your passion is more for songwriting than performing. If you’re passionate about cooking, take a few culinary classes and discover what aspect of cooking you enjoy most.

You might even discover a passion for something you’ve never done. Take a class, volunteer, visit a museum or meet an expert. The more you learn about different skills and activities, the broader your view will become. Soon, you may see potential career paths that you weren’t aware of before.

4. Find the value in your passions, skills and interests

Consider who would appreciate the things that are most meaningful to you. If you’re passionate about cooking, that’s anyone who enjoys a good meal. If you’re passionate about dance, this might interest those interested in the arts. Look for opportunities to turn the activities you enjoy into something marketable. This will help create a connection between doing something as a hobby and doing something as a career.

5. Explore new options in your field of experiences

Look for ways to incorporate your passions in the work that you’re already doing. If you’re an accountant with a passion for organic food, consider working for a company that works with organic farms. If you work in IT but you really love teaching, speak to your superior about hosting classes within the company that cover important tech skills.

Also, learn what co-workers are doing and see if there’s a way to incorporate your passions into their work. If you’re passionate about design, but work in sales, see if you can design marketing materials for other teams. Speak to others in your company about possible opportunities in other departments.

6. Work with a mentor to find inspiration and advice

A mentor can offer insights into your strengths and weaknesses that may help you identify useful ways to incorporate your passions into your profession. Speaking with a mentor who knows you well may you discover new ways to leverage your passions. Sometimes another individual will be able to identify opportunities that you may have overlooked.

7. Shadow another professional at work

Set up a day shadowing another professional who is already established in another career that you feel you would be passionate about. You can see firsthand what this job entails. This can help you identify the things you like most about the job and may give you new ideas about how you can blend some of those elements in your current career.

If you’re in between jobs, consider interning or taking a temp job in a new field. This is a good way to try something different on a short-term basis. Your experiences will help you explore your passions further and identify the activities and projects that you feel most connected to.

Pursuing your passion in life and work takes time and dedication. However, those who are dedicated to bringing more joy and excitement into their lives often find surprising opportunities to do so.

How to find and develop your passions

In a traditional four-year college, the first two years usually involve taking general education classes. Historically, it’s a time when students “find themselves” as they explore academic interests and choose a major. And if this takes an extra semester or two, no big deal.

But today, it is a big deal because college is a significant investment. And the sooner students know the career path they want to take, the better. For many, this decision is related to passion. So helping your student find their passion can assist them in choosing a major. Below are four ways you can help your student discover their passion and choose their major!

Focus On Their Interests and Skills

We all naturally gravitate towards things we’re interested in and are good at. They play a significant role in building our confidence and often form our passion.

The best way for your student to discover their interests and skills is by trying a lot of different things.

There are recreational sports, music lessons, civic groups, affinity clubs; the list goes on. To help your student realize their passion, assist them in developing a list of hobbies that covers a broad spectrum of physical, intellectual, and creative activities. Once a list is made, you can find opportunities for your students to explore each of their hobbies.

The more your student explores and tries new things, the better chance they’ll have to discover their passion.

Help Them Find Purpose

The desire for purpose is a universal, human longing. We all want to feel like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves; that our work matters and makes a difference.

If you want to help your student find their passion, ask them what activities they find meaning in. At this point, many high schoolers see enjoyment and meaning similarly, so be sure to differentiate the two.
As you see your student finding purpose in a particular area and developing their passion, bring up potential major and career options.

Look to Career Aptitude Tests

There are a variety of career aptitude tests your student can take that will match their interests with a list of potential careers. As a parent, you know your child. Maybe better than they know themselves.

Often these tests will confirm what you already know. Your student who excels in English composition will lean towards a liberal arts education. Those good at math and science will skew towards accounting and engineering.

But there are always exceptions. Not every student wants to attend a traditional four-year college. Their passion is working with their hands or another interest that is best served by attending a trade or specialty school.

So use these tests as a general guideline and not a hard and fast rule.

Find Them a Mentor

Passion is often contagious. And when you’re around someone who is passionate about something, their enthusiasm rubs off.

This is where a friend or relative who acts as a mentor can come alongside your student and speak into their life. Mentors with the same interests as your student and perhaps knowledge and experience have something else that is important to share.

How often is it that students pursue an education that never puts them into a real life situation? And suddenly they discover the real life requirements are much different than their idealized concepts.

Along with providing hands-on training and teaching all the glamorous parts of a particular career interest, mentors will share some of the downsides too. Because every job has them. A mentor can give your student an idea of what it means to pursue a passion.

At Flashpoint college, we want to help your student discover their passion and find a career that they can enjoy. This is why we take such a hands-on, mentorship-driven approach to education. We want to make sure our students know, appreciate, and embrace what the career they are training for is like in the real world.

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How to find and develop your passions

A common theme has developed over the past three or four months: People are struggling to find a passion in their jobs and in their careers.

When I wrote about career choices in April, many people wrote in to say they wanted to find a new career but didn’t know what they were passionate about. When I wrote about having a quiet period before work to write in a journal and collect your thoughts, many people wrote in and said they don’t know what to write in a journal and asked how to develop interests and passions. They were just staring at a blank page.

The questions all come from a similar mindset. People seem lost and confused. They are totally perplexed by so many choices in life. It’s the Age of Distraction. You sit down at a table with friends and everyone chooses to play Angry Birds or check Facebook instead of engaging in actual conversation. Television doesn’t help. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is full of crazy antics and games, as though the host can’t seem to sit still for more than five minutes.

It seems like people are running on a treadmill, balancing bowling pins on their elbows, typing on a phone with their nose, and doing algebra all at the same time. How could anyone living in that mindset ever develop any passions? You spend a few minutes thinking about your career or your job or maybe even starting a company, and you immediately get a text message. There’s an ailment I’ll call Facebookphobia where people look at the lives of other people in a constant stream and wish they could live a life as fulfilling and rewarding.

That’s the reason it’s so hard to develop a passion. What you see on Facebook and Instagram is a reflection of the best moments in someone’s life, not the mundane. You feel stifled because you can’t imagine measuring up. You feel lost because everyone else seems so grounded. You hate your job because the Facebook photo stream seems to suggest that everyone you know has the perfect occupation and the perfect life. Passion is elusive.

However, it is not unobtainable.

Saying passion “comes from within” is an easy cop out. We’re not milk jugs, and we don’t contain milk. You don’t just tip us over and we pour out passion.

One of the reasons I advised people last month to start the day with a quiet period is that it is a way to think about your values and what you hold as most important. You write down an idea and then hope to the Evernote gods you remember it and follow through on it.

But this still doesn’t answer the burning question of our age. It doesn’t address the crippling state of not having a passion. So here it is. The only way to develop passion is to act. With action, you find out what you like, what you love, what you crave, and what you enjoy the most. That’s why so much of entrepreneurship involves experimentation. Starting a company is an act of passion, a way to determine if shooting something into the sky will result in a flare or a thud. Half the fun is in watching what happens.

My advice to anyone trying to pick a career, start a company, pick a field, write in a journal, develop a marketing plan, or even find purpose and meaning in life is to act. Go ahead and find an investor for that new waterproof flashlight that snaps photos. Figure out how to get a job in college admissions. Pounce on that opportunity to get away for a week at a retreat and just write down your thoughts and clear your head. One of the reasons people are passionless is because they are sitting around pondering instead of acting. Passion finds you through action.

You might already know my story. I left the corporate world and started a writing career. Notice the verb in that last sentence. I left. I acted. Passion found me because I moved toward passion. I didn’t just sit and stare out the window.

Look closely at the picture at the top of this article. There are two people standing on a cliff. One has found passion. One has not. One is going to fulfill a life dream. One is not. One is embracing life. The other is having a little trouble in the joy department, lost somewhere in the quagmire aisle. Which person do you think is stuck?

Which person are you?

Let me know if you need a little push to get started on the road to passion.

For today's aspiring entrepreneur, exploring avenues of creativity to find your passion is likely the quickest route to increase your chances of launching a successful business. Where to start? Here, five exercises to help you uncover your passion.

Exercise 1 – Revisit your childhood. What did you love to do?

"It's amazing how disconnected we become to the things that brought us the most joy in favor of what's practical," says Rob Levit, an Annapolis, Md.-based creativity expert, speaker and business consultant.

Levit suggests making a list of all the things you remember enjoying as a child. Would you enjoy that activity now? For example, Frank Lloyd Wright, America's greatest architect, played with wooden blocks all through childhood and perhaps well past it.

"Research shows that there is much to be discovered in play, even as adults," Levit says.

Revisit some of the positive activities, foods and events of childhood. Levit suggests asking yourself these questions to get started: What can be translated and added into your life now? How can those past experiences shape your career choices now?

Exercise 2 – Make a “creativity board.”

Start by taking a large poster board, put the words "New Business" in the center and create a collage of images, sayings, articles, poems and other inspirations, suggests Michael Michalko, a creativity expert based in Rochester, N.Y., and Naples, Fla., and author of creativity books and tools, including ThinkPak (Ten Speed Press, 2006).

"The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of your intention — who you want to become or what you want to create — your awareness and passion will grow," Michalko says.

As your board evolves and becomes more focused, you will begin to recognize what is missing and imagine ways to fill the blanks and realize your vision.Related: Bridging the Gap Between Passion and Profits

Exercise 3 – Make a list of people who are where you want to be.

You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Study people who have been successful in the area you want to pursue.

For example, during the recession, many people shied away from the real estate market because they thought it was a dead end. Levit believes that's the perfect time to jump in — when most others are bailing out — because no matter the business, there are people who are successful in it. Study them, figure out how and why they are able to remain successful when everyone else is folding and then set up structures to emulate them.

"If you want to be creative, create a rigorous and formal plan," Levit says. "It's not the plan that is creative; it's the process that you go through that opens up so many possibilities."

Exercise 4 – Start doing what you love, even without a business plan

A lot of people wait until they have an extensive business plan written down, along with angel investors wanting to throw cash at them — and their ideas never see the light of day, according to Cath Duncan, a Calgary, Canada-based creativity expert and life coach who works with entrepreneurs and other professionals.

She recommends doing what you enjoy — even if you haven't yet figured out how to monetize it. Test what it might be like to work in an area you're passionate about, build your business network and ask for feedback that will help you develop and refine a business plan.

It's a way to not only show the value you would bring, but you can also get testimonials that will help launch your business when you're ready to make it official.

"Perhaps most importantly, though, it'll shift you out of paralysis and fear," Cath says, "and the joy of seeing the difference your contribution makes will fuel your creativity."

Exercise 5 – Take a break from business thinking.

While it might feel uncomfortable to step outside of business mode, the mind sometimes needs a rest from such bottom-line thinking, says Levit, who has recently taken up Japanese haiku, a form of poetry. Maybe for you, it will be creative writing, painting, running or even gardening.

After you take a mental vacation indulging in something you're passionate about, Levit suggests coming back to a journal and writing down any business ideas that come to mind.

"You'll be amazed at how refreshed your ideas are," he says. "Looking at beautiful things – art and nature – creates connections that we often neglect to notice. Notice them capture, them in writing and use them."

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Did staying home 24/7 wreck your utility bills this year? These smart devices are here to help.

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People around the world are dealing with the effects of working from home and sheltering in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re home 24/7, your utilities could double or even triple, depending on how much time you’d spend at the office or out to dinner under normal circumstances.

Chances are, you’re using more lights, electricity and climate control while you work, make lunch and binge terrible movies on Amazon Prime . All that adds up to higher bills. Whether it’s a smart light bulb or a water-saving, low-flow shower head, there are devices that can help you save money across your utilities. Here are a few options we think are worth the Wi-Fi.

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Lights

With or without the smarts, LED bulbs are far more efficient than old-school incandescents. If you want to save big on your electric bill, LED bulbs are a great place to start. If you’re ready to jump into smart bulbs, there are plenty of affordable options out there these days.

Use a schedule to make sure the right lights are on or off during the day. If you don’t need a schedule, you can still use Alexa and Google Assistant integrations to turn off that kitchen light you forgot about from your phone or smart speaker from anywhere in your house or where you have an internet connection.

Philips Hue Starter Kit

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Philips Hue bridges and bulbs still set the standard for a reliable, scalable smart lighting. A starter kit with two white bulbs and the required Hue bridge costs $70 (you could also opt for the $100 four-bulb and bridge package). From there, you can add bulbs for as little as $15 each.

The Hue app allows you to control these bulbs remotely, set schedules, create scenes and more. Read our complete guide to Philips Hue for a deeper dive into this robust collection of smart lights.

Thermostats

If this were Family Feud, smart thermostats would be the number one answer on the board when it comes to energy savings, and for good reason. These connected thermostats manage your HVAC system with several extra features you won’t get in an unconnected model.

You can set temperature thresholds appropriate for the season, as well as Home and Away temperatures that adjust automatically based on whether your mobile device is present via location data. If you can only do one thing to make your home smarter and more energy conscious, a thermostat is a great choice.

Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)

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Google Nest is in its third round of smart thermostats. The third-gen Nest Learning Thermostat boasts a larger display, a better resolution and a far-field sensor for viewing time and temperature from farther away than previous models.

This thermostat works with Google Assistant and Alexa for voice commands and smart-home integration. You can also pick up a battery-powered temperature sensor (sold-separately) to pinpoint the climate in your most frequently used rooms.

Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control

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E D I T O R S ’ C H O I C E

Like Google Nest, Ecobee has continued to gradually improve its smart thermostats. The latest, the Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control includes one temperature sensor.

That price is high, but Ecobee added features like a nicer looking glass finish, support for 5GHz connectivity, better Alexa integration with digital microphones, improved speaker quality and a redesigned temperature sensor.

This is the thermostat for you if you’re a fan of Alexa, because Amazon’s smart assistant is built right in.

Smart plugs

Like smart lights, smart plugs can automatically turn on and off on a schedule, monitor energy consumption and create scenes. Plug in any gadget or small appliance you’d normally use in a wall outlet, and a smart plug will bring it online. If you’re specifically interested in conserving power, not just automation, be sure to select a plug that includes energy monitoring.

Eufy Smart Plug Mini

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Many smart plugs don’t offer true energy monitoring. The Eufy Smart Plug Mini brings your daily and monthly reports on energy consumption for whatever device it’s powering. There are also scheduling, timing and customization options through a companion app.

The app is easy to set up, simple to use and comes with every feature you would need to control a gadget or small appliance. You won’t need a hub or bridge to get started, just a solid 2.4GHz wireless connection. However, you also won’t get the additional side USB charger some plugs offer, and it doesn’t work with HomeKit.

This isn’t CNET’s favorite smart plug, but it has great energy consumption settings. For anyone who can live without energy consumption details, we’d recommend the smaller TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini.

Motion sensors

If you already own smart lights or are ready to set up your first bulbs, consider adding a compatible motion sensor. A good motion sensor, like the options below, can turn lights on or off. You’ll be able to turn on a hallway or bathroom light when someone walks by at night or turn off all the living room lights when no motion has been detected.

Hue Indoor Motion Sensor

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The Philips Hue Motion Sensor works with the Hue line of smart lights via the Hue app for iOS or Android. What’s nice about this sensor is that Hue has included a daylight sensor. That means the device can detect when there’s still enough daylight to light a space and make sure there aren’t lights on unnecessarily.

The motion sensor runs on two AAA batteries and you can pair up to a dozen of them with your Philips Hue Bridge. Mount in a variety of ways, including an option magnet included in the box.

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Smart-home technology offers entertainment, convenience, and peace of mind, but did you know that it can help lower energy bills and save homeowners money? The average owner spends about $2,000 on energy costs every year, according to Energy Star. By adding just a handful of cost-effective devices, homeowners can save between 20% and 30% on their energy bills. Here are a few key smart home products you can pass on to your clients.

1. Thermostats

Nearly half of a typical utility bill goes towards heating and cooling. Installing a smart thermostat can save about 10% a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This is achieved by adjusting the HVAC system while away from home. They can be set to a schedule, controlled remotely, and react to information via sensors and the weather forecast. Advanced smart thermostats such as Ecobee 4 have additional occupancy and temperature sensors that can be installed through out the home and geofencing capability to know when you’re away. Advanced users can pair their thermostat with connected shades and fans to save even more money. According to American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 11 percent of households have already installed a smart thermostat, making them the most popular smart energy-saving device. Many utility companies even offer rebates of $50 to $100 for installing one.

2. Smart Switches, Sensors, & Bulbs

Leaving lights on when not in use can be a major drain on your energy bill; about 25% of utility costs are spent on lighting. Devices such as smart switches, room sensors, and smart bulbs can help ensure lights aren’t being left on. These have the potential to save 7% to 27% of a home’s overall lighting energy use, according to study by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. However, the amount of energy savings for Wi-Fi connected devices is sometimes offset by the power used to control them. Look for devices that use low-power communication such as Z-Wave, ZigBee, or a proprietary network like Lutron. Smart switches cost around $50 and bulbs range from $15 to $40 each—they’re often sold in a kit, which includes the required hub.

3. Energy Monitoring

By Installing an energy monitoring system such as Sense, homeowners can identify appliances that are quietly adding to the monthly utility bills. The Sense monitor is installed in electrical panel, connected to Wi-Fi, and viewable in real time via a smartphone app. The device automatically detects items in the home in order to identify vampire loads and see how much they’re costing. I use this device, and within a week of installing it, I determined the my computer, TV, and DVR were costing me a lot of money when not in use. I’m now more mindful to turn my computer off when it’s not in use and I’ve have installed a smart power strip to reduce the idle power consumption of our home entertainment systems. Advanced users can take advantage of integrations with Alexa, Google, IFTTT, TP-Link, and Phillips Hue to setup additional energy-saving automation. Sense will help homeowners form better habits, identify problem appliances, and reduce always-on device consumption hat may account for up to 20% of energy use.

4. Smart Plugs

Instead of powering down completely, many modern household electronics enter standby mode and continue to draw power even when not in use. This allows them to continue to communicate with other devices, get updates, and load faster. However, this is a complete waste if you’re not around to use them. Watch out for new smart TVs, gaming systems, DVRs, and computers—often the biggest culprits. Smart plugs, outlets, and power strips enable you to cut the power completely when they’re not in use, and some even allow you to monitor energy usage, such as the Fibaro Wall Plug with Z-Wave Plus

5. Smart Sprinkler System

Have you ever been out walking the dog or driving around town in the rain and noticed sprinkler systems running and thought, “What a waste!”? Rachio can help homeowners save money on water bills by creating custom schedules that automatically adjust for local weather and can be monitored via smartphone. Available integrations allow owners to control water by voice, set up automations, and avoid turning sprinklers on when someone is outside. The optional wireless flow meter helps detect leaks, alerts the user, and can even remove that specific zone while continuing to water the rest of the yard.

Smart-home technology is becoming more widely accepted, but still struggles to overcome up-front costs, perceived complexity, and reliance on internet connectivity. Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, points out that this technology has had a difficult time overcoming mainstream consumer hurdles. “I think there is a lot of value in helping buyers understand how a smart home can work in everyday situations and benefit their life,” Klein says. “It’s imperative that home buyers understand that a smart home can be easy, and it can also be secure.”

As a real estate professional, you have the opportunity to explain the benefits and associated costs of these systems and offer homeowners help navigating the different options available for their home.

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Smart homes are growing in popularity. Each year, new devices and technology are introduced that make your home safer, greener, and more convenient.

But smart homes have another major benefit—they can also help you save money.

Smart home devices that save money

In the growing world of the Internet of Things (IoT), there are plenty of smart devices you can have installed in your home. And while many smart home devices can bring added functionality and convenience to your home, which ones actually help you save money? And how do they help you save money?

Here are four great ways smart devices can help you save now and in the future:

1. Save money on your heating and cooling bills with a smart thermostat

Utility bills can make up a pretty large portion of your monthly budget, with the average family spending more than $2,000 a year on utilities alone. And according to energy.gov, more than half of that goes towards heating and cooling costs.

If you’ve ever found yourself choosing between a comfortable temperature or saving money on your monthly energy bill, you should consider a smart thermostat. These smart devices are designed to provide a blend of comfort and energy savings without you having to constantly tinker with thermostat settings.

So how much can you save with a smart thermostat?

The exact amount you can save depends on a variety of factors, including your home size and configuration, the season, and where you live. But the good news is most homeowners can save money each month with a smart thermostat.

The Vivint Smart Thermostat, for instance, integrates with the Vivint system to provide advanced functionality that can save homeowners up to 12% on their heating and cooling bill, according to a Vivint-commissioned study by WattzOn.

This is possible because of the system’s Smart Assistant, which uses geolocation, in-home sensors, and information about your city’s climate to auto-adjust your temperature and help you save money even when you’re not home.

2. Save on your home insurance with smart security devices

Each year, approximately 1.4 million homes are burglarized, with the average loss just over $2,400. And as you probably already know, when insurance companies have to pay out claims, rates usually go up as a result.

But did you know that many insurance companies offer discounts on monthly premiums if you have a security system installed?

Insurance companies are all about risk, so if you have smart devices that help lower the risk of a claim, they can help you save money. Many companies will also give discounts for fire and smoke alarms as well, so make sure you have both of these installed to save even more money.

Speak with your insurance agent about any discounts or incentives for installing smart security devices or smoke alarms in your home.

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3. Save on your lighting costs with smart lighting

If your dad got after you for leaving lights on when you were growing up, it’s for good reason—lighting accounts for 12% of the typical utility bill.

Saving money on lighting often comes down to efficient use of lighting. But turning off lights can only get you so far. Choosing a better lightbulb can make a big difference.

LED smart light bulbs are the energy-saving feature your dad wishes he had. These bulbs are more efficient than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, with LED bulbs using up to 80% less energy than their old school incandescent counterparts. They also last much longer. To give you an idea, a 60-watt incandescent bulb has an average life of 1000 hours, while a 12-watt LED bulb lasts an average of 25,000 hours.

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Switching to LED smart lighting means you save money in more ways than one. Using longer-lasting bulbs that don’t use as much energy means you spend less on utility bills and less time and money replacing bulbs.

But beyond the lifespan of the bulb, you also have additional control over the lighting in your home. With smart lighting integrated into a smart home system, you can control your lights remotely, so you never have to worry about wasting energy (and driving up your bill) by forgetting to turn lights off. Just log into your smart home app and control your lights right from your phone, even if you’re a thousand miles away.

4. Save by protecting against porch pirates and theft with a doorbell camera

If you’re like more than half of Americans, you prefer to do your shopping online, and for good reason: online shopping is convenient and can be done at any time, day or night. Unfortunately, online shopping also keeps porch pirates (or thieves who snatch packages off of doorsteps) in business. And it’s a growing business, too—more than 23 million people have had a package stolen off of their porch.

With the average suburban household spending just over $200 each month on online purchases, this means you’re literally having money stolen from you in terms of deliveries you never receive. It’s a frustrating—and costly—situation.

That’s where the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro comes in to help lower your risk of package theft. With a doorbell camera, you’ll receive a notification on your smartphone whenever someone comes to your front porch (whether they ring the bell or not). If it’s a delivery driver, you know when your package was delivered and can keep an eye on it.

If it’s a potential package thief, you can spot them before they even get to the package sitting on your doorstep. Using the doorbell camera’s two-way talk functionality, you can use the app to speak through the doorbell camera and scare off the would-be porch pirate. Best of all, the whole sequence is recorded in case you need it.

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Over the past decade, the number of smart home devices that leverage the Internet of Things (IOT) technology has skyrocketed. What used to be considered advanced technology not seen in most homes is now available at every hardware store. In fact, forecasts predict that in just three years, 15% of households worldwide will have at least one smart home system. Our smart home survey found that 46% of consumers are mainly using smart home products for the convenience they provide.

Smart home devices are a good fit for a broad array of homeowners because of their ability to simplify and streamline our daily routines and tasks. Instead of manually turning down the thermostat, locking the door, closing the garage door and setting the alarm, these things are now all automated. But smart home devices provide more than just convenience.

Safety is a major concern for homeowners everywhere. Outfitting your home with the latest cameras and alarm systems offers extra protection and monitoring capabilities, giving you some peace of mind no matter where you are. Smart tech can also alert you to potential issues or forgotten tasks from a distance, meaning you can turn off the stove or lock the back door during your commute to the office. Installing these devices can also help aid in your home’s total wellness, as it reduces the impact of accidents throughout your home thanks to early detection and warnings.

But improved safety isn’t the only bonus that smart home devices provide. Homeowners who invest in smart home products also have the potential to save a lot of money. That’s because these devices are designed for energy efficiency, with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint of homeownership, lowering your energy bills and even saving you money on your home insurance policy. It’s a win-win — for the planet and for your wallet.

If you’re not sure where to start, let us help spark some inspiration. The following provides a device breakdown to help you determine the best smart home devices to incorporate into your home to help you simplify your life and save money.

Smart Homes Are a Positive Signal For Insurance Providers

When you choose to upgrade your home appliances, security systems and monitoring devices, you’re actually doing more than just streamlining your routine. You’re also showing your homeowners insurance provider that you’re a safe and educated homeowner, which can help you save money.

Some insurance providers (like Hippo!) reward smart home tech owners by reducing premiums, subsidizing the cost of these devices or even paying to install them. Think of it as the equivalent of a safe driver discount for auto insurance. Since these devices help detect issues, minimize damages and make homes run more efficiently, they also minimize the number of claims you’ll file. The discounts, convenience and safety benefits that come along with them make them well worth the investment.

Just like smart home devices, Hippo is here to help make things simple. That’s why we offer a complimentary smart home sensor kit with the purchase of a homeowners insurance policy. Explore how our comprehensive homeowners insurance can help you streamline and save.

Investing in a more connected home could repay you in the long run. Here are some of the best examples.

Your smart home can do more than just make your daily routine more convenient. As strange as it may seem, the couple hundred dollars you spend on a fancy connected gadget might actually save you money in the long run.

From better heating and cooling to more efficient watering, these smart home products can help you cut down on your utility bills.

14 smart thermostats to regulate your home’s temp

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Smart thermostats

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Smart thermostats from popular brands such as Nest and Ecobee claim to save you between 10% and 20% on your heating and cooling bill. Both the third-gen Nest Learning Thermostat and the ecobee4 cost $250. On top of being stylish and smart, they both work with Amazon’s assistant Alexa and the comparable Google Assistant. You can control each of them with an app.

Better yet, they make it easier to efficiently maintain your home at a comfortable temperature. Nest’s thermostat learns and adapts to your preferences over time. Ecobee’s comes with a remote sensor so you can adjust the temperature based on a specific room.

Smart lights

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LED bulbs are exponentially more efficient than old-school incandescents, whether they’re smart or not. If you want to save big on your electric bill, LED bulbs are a great place to start. And as they become more common, prices for individual bulbs are going down. A couple of years ago, good smart bulbs could cost $60 or more each. Now you can readily find packs of two for $25.

Smart bulbs from Philips Hue, Lifx, GE and more can be controlled with an app or with voice commands through popular digital assistants like Siri and Alexa. You can change colors on several of them, but in terms of energy savings, being able to command all bulbs at once or remotely will help you avoid leaving lights on.

Smart sprinklers

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While everyone has a thermostat and a few lightbulbs they can upgrade, not everyone has an inground sprinkler system. But if you do, investing in a smart sprinkler is as much of a no brainer as the two categories above. The best ones, from brands such as Rachio and Orbit, monitor the weather automatically and adapt your watering schedule accordingly.

This alone can save you money as you won’t accidentally water when it rains. And Rachio and Orbit’s sprinklers are easy to control with an app and with voice commands. They can also help you set a schedule based on the conditions of your yard to save water while keeping your land healthy and green.

Leak detectors

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Unlike everything else on this list, you might purchase a leak detector and it might not ever save you a dollar. Good ones from brands such as D-Link and Roost are relatively affordable — between $35 and $50 — making them great investments. Because if you’re in a situation where a leak detector could save you money, it could end up saving you a lot of money.

Basically, you put one near your water heater or sump pump, and you’ll get a notification if they detect water. You’ll then hopefully be able to take action quickly, and prevent whatever is leaking from causing further damage.

Automated shades and fans

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A smart thermostat, isn’t the only way to efficiently maintain the temperature in your home. There’s also smart shades and smart fans, although both categories qualify more as luxury items. Lutron makes our favorite shades, with prices starting at $350 a piece. A company called Big Ass Fans makes great ceiling fans, but they cost more than $600.

Ikea should be debuting cheaper smart blinds soon. If you have the money, smart shades and smart fans can keep your place cool with automated schedules, smarts that work with your connected thermostat and voice commands. Plus, having the fan turn on and the blinds shut automatically when it’s movie time will make you feel pretty powerful.

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Smart home upgrades are the epitome of convenience, allowing you to monitor and control devices directly from your smartphone whether you’re at home or away. Just by utilizing a connected app, you can do things like change settings on your thermostat, turn on lights or answer your doorbell.

But smart devices aren’t exactly cheap. For instance, Ring’s bestselling smart doorbell, the Video Doorbell Pro, retails for $169.99, and its elite model is $349.99. And SimpliSafe’s most popular smart home security system, The Essentials, costs $259, while its full-blown DIY system costs $489.

Once you invest in the cost of one or more smart devices for your home, calling an electrician or other professional installer to get the device up and going can tack on an additional $100 or more.

If want to make these smart upgrades on a budget, the good news is that, as long as you have a bit of tech and electrical knowledge, you can install many of these devices yourself and stretch your paycheck further.

Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi-enabled and automatically adjust cooling and heating temperatures according to your preference. They also can switch into an energy-saving mode when you’re away from home. Some even have geofencing capabilities, which detect when you’re on your way back home and adjust the thermostat to a more suitable temperature. However, no matter what, you can control a smart thermostat from an app on your smartphone.

According to HomeGuide, it costs $40 to $100 an hour in labor for an electrician to install a new thermostat. However, if you have wiring-savvy, you can install a smart thermostat yourself and save money. But be aware that some smart thermostats require a C-wire for installation, which some older homes may not have.

Smart Front Door Lock

You can pair a smart lock with your phone via Bluetooth, which will allow you to lock and unlock your door without a key. These devices also allow you to grant access to your home to others through “virtual keys,” which only work for a limited time. The smart lock can also keep track of comings and goings and notify you accordingly.

According to HomeAdvisor, a single smart home lock can cost $60 to install. However, if you have the ability to replace the bolt lock on your front door, you can do it yourself and save the $60.

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Updated January 10, 2020

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To save money around your home, you have to be smart. Literally—smart products can go a long way in reducing your bills and cutting down on unnecessary costs. “Smart home products can help save time and money, but only if you take the time to learn how to use them,” our smart home editor, Sarah Kovac, explains. “These products are all designed to make our lives easier, so it’s well worth your time to learn what they can do for you and how to use them as intended.”

Below are 10 smart home devices that will help you spend less this year, from our favorite smart thermostat to the top smart plug.

1. The best smart thermostat

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End the thermostat wars once and for all.

As an adult, I finally understand my father’s obsession with the thermostat (those energy bills don’t pay themselves!). To help cut down on heating and cooling costs, we recommend a smart thermostat like this one from Emerson. It’s the number one smart thermostat out there because it has easy-to-use scheduling functionality along with geofencing, so it knows when you leave your house and can raise or lower the temperature accordingly. Plus, you can adjust your Sensi thermostat from anywhere—even outside your home’s WiFi network—via the phone app.

2. This top-rated smart lock

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Our smart home editor couldn’t find any cons with this lock.

Making extra keys for your neighbor, paying for the locksmith to let you in when you lock yourself out yet again, getting the locks changed when your kid loses their key—regular locks can add a lot of unnecessary expenses to your life. Enter the smart lock, which can prevent all of that. Here at Reviewed, we like the Schlage deadbolt the best because it can store up to 100 different passcodes (great for kids, visitors, and delivery people) and is WiFi-enabled so you can lock and unlock your home remotely.

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Looking for ways to save money on utility bills and make your rented home a smart home? You don’t have to own the building you’re living in to start building an automated home system with smart home products.

Taking care of your living space is vital to renters and homeowners alike, and smart home or smart security devices can make that task easier. You may not need to install “permanent” smart home products, but there are plenty of wireless or plug-in options that can make your home safer, smarter, and more easier. Here is a list of some versatile smart devices that can improve your home and even help out your landlord:

Ezlo PlugHub 2 Energy Smart Plug and Z-Wave Automation Controller (EZPLUGHUB) How to save money on smarthome products
For most renters, smart home systems seem too expensive to invest in, requiring costly installation or a large number of devices to be effective. The Ezlo PlugHub 2 is a Z-Wave Plus plug-in device that includes an automation system hub controller, smart outlet, and energy monitor all in one device, providing an inexpensive option for a building a small automated system or adding smart features to a single device. It features voice control compatibility with Alexa, Google, and Siri, uses the latest Z-Wave software, and supports up to 30 smart devices, enough to fit into any house or unit.

How to save money on smarthome productsLeviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug-In Switch (2nd Gen) (LVD215P1BW)
Forgot to turn off the lights, coffee pot, or TV as you ran out the door to get to work? Looking for a way to test if home automation is something worth trying out? The Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug-In Switch connects to your Wi-Fi network to give you remote On/Off control of nearly any device or appliance plugged into it. If a lamp is plugged into it, it can also Dim/Brighten the lights. This device requires no automation hub or controller, just a Wi-Fi connection and mobile app . It’s also voice control compatible with all major virtual assistants.

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Sensative Strips Family 3-Pack, Z-Wave Plus (SVPAC11002)
Three major concerns every renter (and homeowner) has about their home are security, leaks, and comfort. The Sensative Strips Family 3-Pack, Z-Wave Plus relieves all three of those concerns with thin, inexpensive sensors. The Sensative Guard tells you when a door or window opens or closes. The Sensative Drip tells you when a leak occurs before lasting damage begins. The Sensative Comfort gives you a live report of the temperature and light level of a certain room. These three sensors can easily provide you and your landlord peace of mind and alert you to potential problems as they occur.

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Save hot water, all while save money on your bills with the evolve Single Function Showerhead + Shower Start TSV3. This shower head is a smart device that uses integrated ShowerStart TSV (Thermostatic Shut-off Valve) to slow down water flow automatically when the temperature of the water reaches 95° F (35° C). By having this automated feature, you’ll save precious hot water from being wasted before you jump in the shower, and you’ll save money on your energy and water bills.

Maybe you’ve heard about smart technology becoming more common — smart thermostats, smart ovens, smart washers and dryers — but do they really save you on energy costs? Learn how home automation can not only make your life more convenient but also help you save on your utility bill.

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First Things First: The Cost of Home Automation

Sure, it’s nice to have the ability to ensure the doors are locked when you’re already three hours down the road and into your vacation. And, of course, having the living room lights automatically come on when you’re on your way home from a late night at work and a block from the house is certainly convenient, too. But, unfortunately, these luxuries don’t come without a price. In fact, HomeAdvisor suggests that the typical range of costs to install a home automation system is between $454 and $2,014, with the national average being $1,209. Many manufacturers attempt to make up for those charges by touting that their smart technology can save you money on energy costs in the long run, but is that true?

The Good News: Smart Home Energy Savings Are Real

Although home automation does require an initial investment, we — and a ton of other consumers — think it’s a wise one. Having a thermostat that automatically adjusts when you leave the house and a smart shower head that conserves water, for example, can equal money savings. Granted, locking your doors remotely doesn’t save you money on your electric bill. But don’t cut your losses yet — many insurance companies are offering discounts of up to 20 percent for automated systems that include that security feature, as well as other features such as smoke, flood, and carbon monoxide detectors.

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How to use headphones with your tv

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How to use headphones with your tv

So you’ve got a nice big widescreen TV and an amazing home theater setup. Your speakers offer excellent sound — there’s just one problem. You want to use it while people are sleeping or otherwise busy. That means turning to headphones.

Unfortunately, you won’t find a clearly marked headphone jack on most TVs. But you can connect any old pair of headphones to your TV if you know what you’re doing.

A Remote or Controller With a Headphone Jack

Depending on the device you’re currently using on your TV, there are a number of ways to connect headphones to it.

For example, if you have the Roku 3, it includes a remote with a built-in headphone jack. While watching anything on the Roku 3, you can plug any old pair of headphones into the Roku 3’s remote and it will be transmitted wirelessly to you.

Many game consoles offer similar features. The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 wireless controller offers a built-in headphone jack you can plug any pair of headphones into, although you’ll have to go into your PlayStation 4’s settings screen and configure it to send all audio to the controller’s headset — not just voice chat. The Nintendo Wii U’s GamePad also has a built-in headphone jack.

Microsoft’s Xbox One controllers don’t, so you’ll need a special headset jack adapter. Whether you’re playing console games or watching videos on a service like Netflix, YouTube, or Hulu, any audio your console outputs can be sent to those headphones.

The PlayStation 4 also supports USB headsets if you plug them into any of its USB ports, although the Xbox One does not.

How to use headphones with your tv

Your TV or Another Device Might Offer a Headphone Jack

Some TVs actually have headphone jacks, allowing to connect any headphones with the typical 3.5mm audio connector to them. Just plug the headphones in and go — you may need to change your audio output settings to have the TV send the audio over the headphone port, however. This solution is convenient because it sends all the TV’s audio over the headphones, no matter what device they come from.

If you’re watching TV coming from a cable set-top box, that cable box itself may have a headphone jack. Check your devices and see what they offer.

How to use headphones with your tv

Get an Adapter or Converter

Your TV probably doesn’t offer a headphone jack, so you’ll need an adapter that can connect your headphones to the type of audio output it offers. Check which types of audio output your TV supports for this — examine its specifications or just peek at the back of your TV set and see what’s there.

Old-style RCA audio output is becoming less common, but it’ll work really well if your TV has it. RCA audio is analog, just like a standard pair of headphonse with a 3.5mm audio jack. This means you can just purchase a cheap RCA-to-3.5mm adapter and use it to connect a pair of headphones to the back of your TV. Amazon sells the adapter you’ll need for only $1.50. Use this to connect headphones to your TV.

Modern TVs may no longer have analog RCA audio outputs. They may just have digital audio output. In this case, you can’t just get an adapter- – you’ll need a converter that will convert the digital signal to an analog one as well as provide the appropriate jack. You’ll want to look for something like this digital-to-analog audio converter that will take a digital audio signal from your TV, convert it to an analog signal, and provide a 3.5mm headset jack.

How to use headphones with your tv

For a wireless solution, you can get a pair of wireless headphones with a transmitter that plugs into the audio jack on your television. You can then listen to any audio that would normally come out of your TV entirely wirelessly with no cables getting in the way. Wireless headphones make a lot of sense for a home theater system, especially if the cable would otherwise coming from the back of your TV all the way across the room.

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Use one of these methods to connect headphones to your TV and enjoy listening at full volume without disturbing others.

So you want to watch television at night without disturbing others trying to sleep. Or maybe you prefer to block out the noise of your surroundings — like that annoying dog next door who won’t stop barking — while catching up on The Flash.

Connecting wireless headphones to your television doesn’t have to be difficult, and there are several ways you can pull it off, regardless of what TV you have.

Dedicated wireless headphones

If you’re like most people, your TV doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth. But the workaround for connecting wireless headphones is so simple and cheap, it’s not a huge problem.

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One the most straightforward ways to use wireless headphones with your TV is to purchase dedicated wireless headphones. These typically come with a base station that plugs into the television via 3.5mm analog jack or optical and work over radio frequency instead of Bluetooth, which comes with one main advantage: range. Bluetooth headphones are typically limited to 30 feet, give or take. RF headphones often have a far superior range — closer to 300 feet when unobstructed.

There is a catch, however. If you do not have another audio device connected to your television through that jack, such as a sound bar, you’ll have to swap it for the headphones when you want to go wireless.

But if your sound bar is connected through either optical or digital outputs, you can leave the wireless headphones connected without interfering with normal audio playback.

You can find wireless headphones for your television for anywhere from $20 to upwards of $300 and the audio quality will vary substantially.

Bluetooth headphones

A dedicated set of headphones for your TV might have its advantages, but if you already have a nice pair of headphones you’d prefer to use, you might be able to make it work with things you already own or for even less.

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If your headphones are Bluetooth, all you really need is a Bluetooth transmitter. Transmitters can be found online or at your local electronics retailers for as little as $15.

Basically, it takes the 3.5mm or RCA output from your television and transmits it as a Bluetooth signal. You will need a power source — usually USB — which you might be able to tap from the USB port on the television or plug into a power strip around your entertainment system. Once you pair the transmitter with your Bluetooth headphones, setup is complete and you can begin watching shows or movies with the audio streaming through your favorite headphones.

Using a Bluetooth transmitter will leave you with the same issue as a pair of dedicated wireless headphones, though. If you’re not using another 3.5mm output device, like a sound bar, you may have to disconnect the Bluetooth transmitter from the 3.5mm or RCA jacks to restore volume to the television’s internal speakers.

Media Streamers

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Some set-top boxes — such as Roku, Apple TV and Android TV boxes — allow you to connect headphones and listen to your movies and TV shows in private. This is often one of the most hassle-free ways to connect headphones to your television.

Android TV

Support for Bluetooth audio devices on Android TV boxes is hit or miss. Some support Bluetooth, but only for use with a keyboard and mouse. Others, do support Bluetooth headphones, and you pair them just as you would with any other Android device. Put the headphones into pairing mode, go to Settings > Bluetooth and select the headphones when they appear.

The Nvidia Shield Controller also has a headphone jack built-in, so you can use wired headphones with the controller if you don’t have Bluetooth headphones on hand.

Apple TV

Apple TV will allow you to connect Bluetooth headphones. Just put the headphones into pairing mode and go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth. Wait for the headphones to appear and select them to pair and connect.

Amazon Fire TV

You can pair Bluetooth headphones with the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Just put your Bluetooth headphones in pairing mode and on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices. Once your headphones appear under Discovered Devices, select them to complete pairing.

Roku

Depending on which model Roku and Roku remote you have, you can either use private listening through the Roku app or plug wired headphones into the jack on the remote.

To use private listening with the Roku app, download the Roku app to your Android or iOS device and make sure your phone is connected to the same wireless network as your Roku. Open the app and connect either wired or Bluetooth headphones to your phone and private listening will be enabled. Disconnect the headphones to disable private listening.

The Roku 3 ($110 at Amazon) , Roku Premiere+, Roku 4 and Roku Ultra all come with remotes that feature headphones jacks.

Gaming consoles

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If you have a gaming console plugged into your television, you can use it for wireless audio. But there’s a catch. Bluetooth support is spotty and you’ll need wired headphones.

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 will only supports specific Bluetooth headsets. There is also a workaround which requires a USB Bluetooth adapter that circumvents the restriction, but it still doesn’t work with all Bluetooth headsets and headphones.

Your best bet is using wired headphones and plugging them into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the controller. Just make sure to select the proper audio device in settings, under Settings > Devices > Audio Devices > Output to headphones.

Xbox One

The Xbox One does not support Bluetooth, so your hopes of a truly wireless experience are dead. But, like with the PlayStation 4, you can plug your headphones into the 3.5mm jack on the controller.

Unfortunately, not all Xbox One controllers are created equal. Newer models have the 3.5mm jack built-in. With an older wireless controller, you will need to purchase the Stereo Headset Adapter, which plugs into the bottom of the controller and gives it a 3.5mm jack and volume and microphone controls.

Use one of these methods to connect headphones to your TV and enjoy listening at full volume without disturbing others.

So you want to watch television at night without disturbing others trying to sleep. Or maybe you prefer to block out the noise of your surroundings — like that annoying dog next door who won’t stop barking — while catching up on The Flash.

Connecting wireless headphones to your television doesn’t have to be difficult, and there are several ways you can pull it off, regardless of what TV you have.

Dedicated wireless headphones

If you’re like most people, your TV doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth. But the workaround for connecting wireless headphones is so simple and cheap, it’s not a huge problem.

How to use headphones with your tvSarah Tew/CNET

One the most straightforward ways to use wireless headphones with your TV is to purchase dedicated wireless headphones. These typically come with a base station that plugs into the television via 3.5mm analog jack or optical and work over radio frequency instead of Bluetooth, which comes with one main advantage: range. Bluetooth headphones are typically limited to 30 feet, give or take. RF headphones often have a far superior range — closer to 300 feet when unobstructed.

There is a catch, however. If you do not have another audio device connected to your television through that jack, such as a sound bar, you’ll have to swap it for the headphones when you want to go wireless.

But if your sound bar is connected through either optical or digital outputs, you can leave the wireless headphones connected without interfering with normal audio playback.

You can find wireless headphones for your television for anywhere from $20 to upwards of $300 and the audio quality will vary substantially.

Bluetooth headphones

A dedicated set of headphones for your TV might have its advantages, but if you already have a nice pair of headphones you’d prefer to use, you might be able to make it work with things you already own or for even less.

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If your headphones are Bluetooth, all you really need is a Bluetooth transmitter. Transmitters can be found online or at your local electronics retailers for as little as $15.

Basically, it takes the 3.5mm or RCA output from your television and transmits it as a Bluetooth signal. You will need a power source — usually USB — which you might be able to tap from the USB port on the television or plug into a power strip around your entertainment system. Once you pair the transmitter with your Bluetooth headphones, setup is complete and you can begin watching shows or movies with the audio streaming through your favorite headphones.

Using a Bluetooth transmitter will leave you with the same issue as a pair of dedicated wireless headphones, though. If you’re not using another 3.5mm output device, like a sound bar, you may have to disconnect the Bluetooth transmitter from the 3.5mm or RCA jacks to restore volume to the television’s internal speakers.

Media Streamers

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Some set-top boxes — such as Roku, Apple TV and Android TV boxes — allow you to connect headphones and listen to your movies and TV shows in private. This is often one of the most hassle-free ways to connect headphones to your television.

Android TV

Support for Bluetooth audio devices on Android TV boxes is hit or miss. Some support Bluetooth, but only for use with a keyboard and mouse. Others, do support Bluetooth headphones, and you pair them just as you would with any other Android device. Put the headphones into pairing mode, go to Settings > Bluetooth and select the headphones when they appear.

The Nvidia Shield Controller also has a headphone jack built-in, so you can use wired headphones with the controller if you don’t have Bluetooth headphones on hand.

Apple TV

Apple TV will allow you to connect Bluetooth headphones. Just put the headphones into pairing mode and go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth. Wait for the headphones to appear and select them to pair and connect.

Amazon Fire TV

You can pair Bluetooth headphones with the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Just put your Bluetooth headphones in pairing mode and on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices. Once your headphones appear under Discovered Devices, select them to complete pairing.

Roku

Depending on which model Roku and Roku remote you have, you can either use private listening through the Roku app or plug wired headphones into the jack on the remote.

To use private listening with the Roku app, download the Roku app to your Android or iOS device and make sure your phone is connected to the same wireless network as your Roku. Open the app and connect either wired or Bluetooth headphones to your phone and private listening will be enabled. Disconnect the headphones to disable private listening.

The Roku 3 ($110 at Amazon) , Roku Premiere+, Roku 4 and Roku Ultra all come with remotes that feature headphones jacks.

Gaming consoles

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If you have a gaming console plugged into your television, you can use it for wireless audio. But there’s a catch. Bluetooth support is spotty and you’ll need wired headphones.

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 will only supports specific Bluetooth headsets. There is also a workaround which requires a USB Bluetooth adapter that circumvents the restriction, but it still doesn’t work with all Bluetooth headsets and headphones.

Your best bet is using wired headphones and plugging them into the 3.5mm headphone jack on the controller. Just make sure to select the proper audio device in settings, under Settings > Devices > Audio Devices > Output to headphones.

Xbox One

The Xbox One does not support Bluetooth, so your hopes of a truly wireless experience are dead. But, like with the PlayStation 4, you can plug your headphones into the 3.5mm jack on the controller.

Unfortunately, not all Xbox One controllers are created equal. Newer models have the 3.5mm jack built-in. With an older wireless controller, you will need to purchase the Stereo Headset Adapter, which plugs into the bottom of the controller and gives it a 3.5mm jack and volume and microphone controls.

How to use headphones with your tv

There are a number of solid reasons why you might want to connect headphones to your TV.

Perhaps you work in a household with competing schedules, or you have an active gamer whose constant sound effects are driving you mad. Whatever your noise-related issue may be, learning to connect your headphones to your TV is a super simple way to give yourself and the people you live with some much-needed peace.

Using Bluetooth to connect headphones to your TV

For many people, the easiest and most obvious way to connect headphones to a TV is by using Bluetooth. In this scenario, you would follow the device directions to put the headphones in pairing mode and then confirm the connection in your TV settings under Bluetooth Devices. If your TV isn’t Bluetooth-enabled, fear not. There are still some options for you.

The first alternative is to purchase a Bluetooth transmitter. The smallest of these devices connects to your TV via a 3.5-millimeter jack, then broadcasts the audio to your headphones via their Bluetooth connection. The transmitters can also be found with USB plug-in connections.

Another option for using Bluetooth is to pair the headphones via the set-top box or whatever streaming device is bringing the programing to the screen. In this scenario, you would simply go to Settings on your Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV device and link your headphones using Bluetooth.

In Apple TV, you want to go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.

How to use headphones with your tv

For a Roku, you would sync the app on your phone, connect the phone to the same WiFi as your TV, and then connect the headphones to the phone’s Bluetooth.

How to use headphones with your tv

On an Amazon Fire TV device, you would look for Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices.

How to use headphones with your tv

Investing in wireless headphones

Though Bluetooth connections may be convenient for some, the best and most reliable way to connect your headphones to a TV may be to invest in a quality pair of wireless headphones or earbuds.

These headphones come with their own base station that can connect to the TV and broadcast via a radio frequency. Another major perk of wireless headphones is since you’re not tethered to the TV you can walk around the house a bit without losing audio. The distance you can move while still being able to successfully pick up sound from your TV depends on which wireless headphones you purchase, but you likely won’t need to go far.

Connecting via gaming consoles

If you’re a gamer who wants to connect your headphones to the TV using your console, you unfortunately don’t have many options. PlayStation connects to some Bluetooth headphones, but not all. (You can learn more about connecting wireless headphones to your PS4 here.) And Xbox doesn’t allow for any Bluetooth.

For both of these devices, you may find you need to plug headphones or a headset in the old-fashioned way, using a 3.5-millimeter jack, which is oftentimes found on a controller.

Once you’re connected, though, you’re free to play or watch away, no matter who else may be in the house.

Modern TVs do not have headphone jack because they use latest technologies like HDMI and Bluetooth etc. Still, you can connect your headphones to TV even without a headphone jack/socket.

As you know headphone jack is a 3.5mm AUX jack that is not liked today because it cannot deliver surround sound and high definition audio in good sound systems. However, it is very popular and most widely used by many devices. It is the same jack used in your mobiles and tablets.

How to use headphones with your tv

Modern TVs provide other outputs by means of which you can connect external sound systems and hear more powerful sound and bass rather than the low cheap of built-in TV speakers.

But audio outputs except headphone jack cannot connect your headphones to TV directly. There are various converters/adapters that let you convert the output and connect the headphones.

There are several methods available that can help you do this. We have discussed them briefly.

Headphones To TV Without Headphone Jack

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3.5mm Socket To Dual RCA Plugs

Check your TV for analog audio output that you can find on the back. These will be two RCA sockets mostly red and white. Make sure they are for output and not for input.

If the sockets are for audio output the next process is simple and straightforward. You need to buy TRSF to Dual RCA Adapter which has a 3.5mm socket (female 3.5mm) and two RCA plugs.

The arrangement will be such that your headphone will be plugged into 3.5mm socket of adapter and two RCA plugs will be plugged into two RCA sockets on TV.

This method is not only simple but also very cheap. You don’t need any technical knowledge. When the adapter will come before you, you will understand what you have to do.

1/4″ Female to 2 RCA Male

Many headphones have 1/4″ plugs instead of 3.5mm jack and if you are also one of those people then you have 2 options to connect your headphones to TV if the TV does not support direct connection with your headphone jack.

First, you can buy a 1/4″ TRSF to Dual RCA Adapter that will give you a simple arrangement. Just plug your headphone into 1/4″ socket and RCA plugs into RCA socket on the TV. It is more reliable way than the next one.

If for some reason, you cannot find the above cable, you have another option as well.

You need to buy a 1/4 Inch Female to 3.5mm Male Adapter. Now you have an arrangement like on the top#1. In the next step, you will need to buy a 3.5mm Socket To Dual RCA Plugs Adapter.

The arrangement will be such that 1/4″ male jack will be plugged into 1/4″ female socket and the male 3.5mm jack will be plugged into the female 3.5mm jack of the 2nd adapter. The male RCA plugs of second adapter will be plugged into RCA sockets of TV.

The second step although not very complex still seems strange. However, when you have no other option, you will surely adopt it.

If your TV has only Digital Audio Output

3.5mm jack or 1/4″ jack used in your headphone are analog audio. But what if have to connect your headphones to that TV.

In such a case, you will need to buy a Digital to Analog Audio Converter but it is a bit expensive than adapters.

There are many converters like this are available so you have to make sure that required inputs and outputs are available.

Make sure that inputs available on the converter are similar to those digital outputs on the TV. These are mostly optical and coaxial.

Also, check the output of converter if it is possible to plug your headphone into the converter either directly or by using an adapter.

If these two requirements are met, you can buy that converter.

If your Headphone is Wireless/Bluetooth

Today wireless products are most loved. No one likes wires so wireless/Bluetooth audio products are most liked by audio lovers.

Wireless and Bluetooth is the latest technology that you cannot find in old systems. If your TV and headphone are also modern and support this feature, you don’t need to worry about anything because you can pair them directly.

In case one of your devices is old and lacks this feature while another supports it. The better will be to use a wire connection. You can also find some wireless kits that can connect wirelessly on one side and with wire on another end.

Caution:

Here are some people asking you to modify the wiring of TV and give headphones access directly. Although it works, we don’t recommend it if you are not fully expert of it. You may get an electric shock and the warranty on TV if available will also get invalid.

Ending Thoughts

These were almost 4 different ways you can use to connect your headphones to TV without headphone jack on TV. We hope one of these methods will work fine for you. How you connect depends upon your choice. If you still face any difficulty let us know.

How to use headphones with your tv

Being able to connect a pair of wireless headphones to your TV is one of life’s great pleasures. There are many options for doing this. If you are getting your TV installed by Geek Squad Agent, that is the perfect time to ask the agent for the best solution for your particular situation.

Perhaps you want to watch something in peace, blocking out the noise from the rest of the house. Or you may want to watch an action movie at full volume while the rest of the family is asleep. A pair of wireless headphones may be just the kind of technological solution you know you’ll use quite often.

There are a few ways you can achieve this and I’ll mention a few below. You might want to dust off your TV’s owner’s manual to find out a lot more about it. What sort of hookups, doodads and extra features does it have? Knowing a lot more about your TV will make your life and search a fair bit easier.

If you’ve bought your TV within the last 10 years, you probably have most of what you need. Even if you don’t have a smart TV, most HDTVs at least come with the right audio outputs or an optical cable (or TOSLINK) port which means you can, at minimum, use the easy way mentioned below.

The Easiest Way to connect headphones to your TV: RF Headphones

How to use headphones with your tvOk, let’s get all of the cheating out of the way. There’s a really easy way to get this wireless headphones thing done and you don’t need to do a single thing about. You can just buy a Radio Frequency enabled set, like the ones Sennheiser have offered for several years. This system is basically ready out of the box. All you do is plug the charge base into the wall and plug the relevant audio outs from your TV into the side or bottom of the unit. From there, just turn the unit on (if it isn’t naturally self powering,) grab your headphones and watch away.

This is a bit of a cheater’s method (by the definition of this blog anyway) but it’s easy and quick.

Buying a set that sort of takes out all of the guesswork is a bit like scoring your hat trick goal into an empty net. It’s satisfying but there isn’t really a great story behind it. Let’s take a look at some of the other solutions out there.

Does your TV have Bluetooth enabled?

How to use headphones with your tvIf you’ve purchased your TV within the past couple of years and it’s from one of the leading brands (like Samsung or LG,) chances are your TV probably has Bluetooth enabled. Many Smart TVs nowadays carry this as a secondary feature and a lot of Samsung’s 4K TVs do too. If you’re one of the lucky people that have Bluetooth output on their televisions, you’re in luck! You don’t really need to do anything more than buy Bluetooth-ready headphones, follow the syncing instructions found in your TV’s instruction manuals and enjoy.

Wireless headphones are becoming much more popular these days. You’ll find some from many different manufacturers and in many varieties including some that will cancel outside noise out so you only hear the audio from your television: no children playing, no noise dogs outside barking, etc.

Why would I want to use Bluetooth Headphones?

How to use headphones with your tvTruth be told, you don’t really have to use Bluetooth Headphones, but, these days, they’re the easiest and quickest win for wireless headset capability. The thing is, Bluetooth connections have not only become the easiest way to accomplish wireless listening, they’ve basically become THE way. Bluetooth Headphones are the easiest transition point between your TV, smartphone, tablet and all other points of access in between.

Retrofitting your TV to accept Bluetooth

It’s really really easy to retrofit your existing TV to support a Bluetooth headset. What you’ll first need to do is check your TV to see if it has a 3.5mm audio jack anywhere in the back (you know, like the ones where you plug a normal set of wired headphones into.) If you do, you’re good to go for the next steps. If you don’t, and have a TV that even predates the addition of those (I’m guessing your TV probably has a case at least partially made of woodgrain siding, which I hear is making a comeback,) we’ll have to dial back a step.

If your TV doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack, you’re going to need an analog to digital converter. Those can be a bit tough to find though there are a couple for sale on the Best Buy website right now through Marketplace partners.

How to use headphones with your tv

Once you’re sufficiently jacked up (Geek Squad humour, dontcha know.) then it’s time to go shopping for a Bluetooth dongle/adapter. Thankfully, these are available in many places and you’ve got a lot of different options to choose from. It’s likely that you’re only going to have one pair of headphones working at once, but if you do need more than one going simultaneously, shop around and look at your options. Most of the lower end dongles won’t support more than one set. However, with a bit of research, you should be able to find a hookup that will let you adapt more than one pair of headphones to it.

The last steps to watching TV with headphones

From here, you need a good pair of Bluetooth ready headphones. You may already have a set you carry around with you or else you might want to invest in a better set than one you’re taking with you on your daily commutes or that you keep at your desk at work.

Typically, the set you should be looking for should be comfortable and able to be worn for long periods of time. It’d be unlikely that you’d be taking these on and off to slip in and out of meetings or just for a half-hour or so. Look for a set that fits well, has ample padding for longer wearing sessions and can withstand a little bit of abuse. A good set of over the ear headphones might be the best way to go. They slide comfortably over your years, tend to have a generous amount of padding for the headpiece and can usually withstand repeated movement and adjusting positions to get more comfortable.

From here, all you have to do is sit back, flip on your favourite show, watch until you fall asleep in front of the couch, wake up and do it all over again.

If you need help with any of these tips, speak to a Geek Squad agent in store or contact Geek Squad Services online, to get expert advice so you can enjoy watching and listening to your favourite TV shows.

TV headphones for the hard of hearing are the ideal way to enjoy your favourite programmes without disturbing others with the high volume you need. In this blog post, we explain their benefits and explore some of the top models available on our web store.

The Power of TV Headphones for the Hard of Hearing

TV headphones, headsets, and listeners can prevent those with hearing loss from missing out on quality television. They let you engage and enjoy the programmes you love. Watching TV and listening to music can be made a pleasurable experience all over again thanks to TV listeners. They can be the real difference between enjoying the TV or continuously missing all the best bits.

Wireless TV Listeners let you listen at the volume that is most comfortable for you without the need to change the volume on the television for other viewers. This means that you, the whole family or your friends can all enjoy the same programme at the right sound levels, all at the same time.

How Do TV Headphones Work?

What makes TV headphones so helpful for those with hearing loss is that they put emphasis on dialogue. They provide enhanced clarity of voice, speech, tone (bass and treble), and different pitches. Our range of wireless TV listeners is designed to help with that ever-present challenge of the volume being too loud for one person and not loud enough for another.

  • Wireless TV listeners consist of a ‘base station’ that is attached to your television, computer or music player.
  • An infrared signal then beams the sound to a pair of comfortable headphones.
  • Select the volume you need and enjoy programmes and music at the right sound level for you.

Different models will have varying levels of amplification with some models amplifying up to 125dB. This is strong enough to let you move without interfering with the quality of the sound. Nonetheless, they all provide the user with their own bespoke volume and tone settings whilst others can continue to watch at their preferred level.

Top Wireless TV Listeners to Consider

Our vast collection of wireless TV listeners will help improve your television and sound experience. Many TV headphones reduce noise interference to improve the quality of the sound you hear. Assistive listening devices let you control not only the overall volume but adjust it separately for each ear. Our top TV headphones are shown below.

Geemarc CL 7400 Wireless TVHeadphones (UK)

The Geemarc CL7400 Wireless TV Listener comes in the shape of standard wireless headphones. These supremely comfortable TV headphones allow you to watch TV shows at your own unique volume without affecting the volume for other watchers. Simply plug into your home setup and it will broadcast the sounds to the headset without any wires. You can listen in comfort and not worry about missing out on what has been said.

Geemarc CL 7350 Headset (UK)

The Geemarc CL7350 Wireless TV Listener enables you to connect to a variety of audio systems, providing clarity of sound with no interference. Use with your television, smartphone, CD player, iPod, Hi-fi system or DVD player. Being incredibly lightweight and comfortable to wear, it’s easy to forget you’re wearing a device at all!

Next Steps.

For more of the assistive listening devices, we supply, visit our wireless TV listeners page to see a range of headsets, including neckloop and headphone models. These fantastic headsets offer wireless sound transmission in stereo or mono from any number of sound sources offering amplification up to 120dB.

Ways to Connect TV Headphones to the Television

You can use hard of hearing TV headphones regardless of whether you have a hearing aid or not. Hearing aids are not usually designed to provide the television watching experience at the quality the TV headphones can. However, listening devices are not a substitute for a hearing aid and are limited to use with infrared or radio transmitted signals. Follow our simple step-by-step video for guidance on how to set up your assistive listening device with your TV.

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We have built our very own hearing test so you can check your hearing in the comfort of your own home. With our online hearing test, there is no need to book an appointment, all you need is a few spare minutes and some headphones. Just supply a few details and when you have completed the test we will instantly email you your results which will indicate if you should take further action.

About Hearing Direct

We are one of the world’s leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:

  • Hearing aids,
  • Batteries,
  • Accessories such as earplugs,
  • and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.

Author: Gary Hill

Gary comes from 16 years’ experience in the hearing aid industry in both manufacturing and retail. Before co-founding HearingDirect, Gary was Marketing Director for a leading global hearing aid brand; GN ReSound where he worked for the UK sales division and latterly in their global headquarters in Copenhagen. He was responsible for developing and launching major global hearing aid models, conducting extensive research into the needs of the hearing impaired community and their performance demands of hearing aids and other devices.

You can wirelessly connect your headphones to many devices like your phone, computer, smart speaker, fitness tracker or tablet. But did you know you can pair your wireless headphones to your Smart TV?

Whether you're trying to connect AirPods to your Apple TV or pair wireless headphones to a streaming device like a Roku TV or Chromecast, we can help. Every day, Asurion Experts provide tech care for our millions of customers so they can get the most out of the devices, appliances and connections they rely on. Here's their step-by-step guide to connecting your wireless headphones to your TV so you can get back to watching that season finale you've been looking forward to in peace.

How do wireless headphones connect to TV?

Your wireless headphones are able to connect to your Smart TV thanks to Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that sends data over short distances using radio waves. Basically, this means it allows you to play music from your phone through a wireless speaker, talk hands-free while driving your car, or listen to your TV through wireless headphones.

Wireless headphones features to consider

When it comes to buying wireless headphones, there are multiple features to consider like noise cancelling, overall sound, waterproof, some even have Alexa built in (see: Sony). The Sennheiser brand has been synonymous with great sound for years. Check out their wireless headphones here. If you're an Apple lover, AirPods or AirPods Pro are both great options.

The options are truly endless, but identifying which features you care the most about will help you narrow down your choices. The best part? Wireless headphones can fit almost any budget.

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How to pair wireless headphones to Smart TVs

Alright, so now you have your wireless headphones, now let's get them paired with your Smart TV or streaming device. While Smart TVs are similar in features, their instructions for pairing Bluetooth devices, like wireless headphones, vary slightly from brand to brand. When in doubt, follow the instructions on your TV screen.

How to connect AirPods to Apple TV

  1. Put your AirPods in pairing mode by pressing the pairing button on the back of the case and hold until it starts flashing white.
  2. On the Apple TV, enable Bluetooth by opening the Settings app.
  3. Click on Remotes & Devices, and then Bluetooth.
  4. Select your AirPods when they appear in the list of available devices.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to Apple TV

  1. Put your wireless headphones in pairing mode.
  2. On the Apple TV, enable Bluetooth by opening the Settings app.
  3. Click on Remotes & Devices and then Bluetooth.
  4. Select your wireless headphones when they appear in the list of available devices.

How to connect AirPods to Samsung TV

  1. Put your AirPods in pairing mode by pressing the pairing button on the back of the case and hold until it starts flashing white.
  2. On your Samsung TV, enable Bluetooth by going to Settings.
  3. Select your AirPods when they appear in the list of available devices on the TV screen.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to any TV

Pairing instructions vary slightly for LG, Samsung and Sony Smart TVs; follow the instructions on the TV screen.

  1. Put your headphones in pairing mode.
  2. Enable Bluetooth on your TV.
  3. Select your headphones when they appear in the list of available devices.

How to pair wireless headphones to streaming devices

There are so many options when it comes to streaming devices and each one is a little different in how they pair with wireless headphones. Take Roku streaming devices and Roku TVs, for example. They don't have Bluetooth technology, but you can still connect headphones to them through the Roku TV app.

Depending on which model of Roku you have, you have two options: plug wired headphones directly into the headphone jack on the remote or use private listening through the Roku app.

How to connect wireless headphones to Roku TV or Roku streaming device

  1. On your phone, install the Roku app (available on iOS and Android).
  2. Make sure your phone and Roku are on the same network.
  3. In the app, connect your wireless headphones to your phone using Bluetooth and that enables private listening.

How to connect wireless headphones to Amazon Fire TV

  1. Put your headphones in pairing mode.
  2. On your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices.
  3. Select your headphones from the list of available devices.

What is a Bluetooth transmitter?

If you want to listen wirelessly through headphones to a Chromecast or any other device that doesn't have Bluetooth, consider looking into a Bluetooth transmitter. To put it simply, a Bluetooth transmitter adds Bluetooth to devices that don't have it. All you have to do is plug the transmitter into the back of your Smart TV, pair your Bluetooth headphones and you'll be streaming audio through your Chromecast in no time.

Now that your headphones are connected to your TV, crank up the volume and enjoy your favorite shows any time, no matter what's going on around you.

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How to use headphones with your tv

If you’re trying to minimize outside noise to enjoy your Vizio TV, you may want to try using wireless headphones for an optimal audio experience. Worried about knowing how to make Vizio TV Bluetooth discoverable between devices? Don’t be! Though it’s fairly common to experience some issues when pairing Vizio TV Bluetooth headphones, we’ve got a step-by-step guide for you that makes the process a snap. Let’s dive into the process of Vizio TV Bluetooth headphones pairing. Trying to connect a different TV to Bluetooth? Check out: How To Add Bluetooth To TV.

Does Your Vizio TV Have Bluetooth?

Don’t be surprised if your Vizio TV already has Bluetooth technology installed. Many do, which makes things a lot easier. Depending on the particular Vizio TV you have, the exact way to enable Bluetooth and pair devices will slightly differ. Refer to the manual that came with your TV, or open up your TV’s settings and find the Bluetooth section to get started.

My Vizio TV Has Bluetooth

If your Vizio TV does indeed have Bluetooth technology installed, good news. you won’t need to purchase a separate Bluetooth adapter. Using just the TV and the device you want to pair, follow these four steps to get started.

Pairing to Vizio Built-in Bluetooth

    1. Power On – Ensure that both the device you’re looking to pair and your TV are fully powered on. If one was already on, you should restart it before continuing.

2. Set to Pair – You’ll then need to set each device to “pairing mode.” Ensure that neither one is already connected to another Bluetooth source, since Bluetooth only allows one device to be connected to one other device.

3. Complete the Pairing Process – Once you’ve set each device to pair, connect one to the other using on-screen prompts. There’s usually a pairing verification process on-screen that you’ll need to follow. Complete this, and you’re almost done!

4. Test the New Connection – When the Bluetooth pairing process has completed, it’s time to test out your new Bluetooth connection. Using anything on your TV that would generate sound, go ahead and try out your device. Sound should now be coming through your wireless headphones rather than your TV’s speakers.

My Vizio TV Does Not Have Bluetooth

Even if your Vizio TV didn’t come with Bluetooth technology installed out of the box, you’re not out of luck. After going through your TV’s settings and manual, if you definitely don’t have Bluetooth, you’ll just need an adapter. To do this, you must purchase a quality Bluetooth transmitter for your Vizio TV.

Bluetooth Transmitters for Vizio TV

Bluetooth transmitters for your Vizio TV allow you to connect a non-Bluetooth device (in this case, your TV) to a Bluetooth-enabled device (your wireless headphones). Transmitters are essentially just devices that were designed to allow you to transmit audio from Source A to Source B, without needing both devices to be Bluetooth enabled.

Connecting Vizio TV to Bluetooth Transmitter

Pairing to Bluetooth Transmitter

    1. Power Off All Devices – First, power off your headphones, adapter and TV.

2. Power On and Attach Adapter – You’ll need to first turn on your Bluetooth adapter and connect it to your TV. Then, turn on your headphones or other Bluetooth device. Finally, turn on the TV itself.

3. Follow Adapter Pairing Steps – Your Vizio TV’s Bluetooth Adapter should come with pairing steps. Ensure that you set it to “pairing mode.” You also need to set your wireless headphones to “pairing mode” as well. Follow all on-screen instructions, as well as the instructions that came with both products’ manuals.

4. Immediately Test Your Bluetooth Adapter – Your Bluetooth adapter for your Vizio TV should now be playing all audio through your wireless headphones. If it isn’t, look to your manual or customer support to troubleshoot issues.

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If you are absolutely clueless about connecting wireless headphones to TV sets and enjoy your favorite shows without disturbing anyone around, this article will be a helpful read. Here I also guide you on how to choose the right pair of wireless headphones.

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How to use headphones with your tv

If you are absolutely clueless about connecting wireless headphones to TV sets and enjoy your favorite shows without disturbing anyone around, this article will be a helpful read. Here I also guide you on how to choose the right pair of wireless headphones.

How to use headphones with your tv

How to use headphones with your tv

It’s late night, your favorite TV show is on, but you have to listen to it with the volume turned down way too low, as people are sleeping! What a real bummer that is! If only you had a pair of wireless headphones, which could let you enjoy your favorite sitcom or DVD movie at the right volume. The world’s unplugging fast and most gadgets, once tethered by wires have now been liberated to go wireless.

This includes headphones, which can let you have an unmatched surround sound experience while watching your favorite movies, sitcoms or listening to your favorite artists. You can enjoy your music at high volume, without bothering anybody around you. These headphones are also ideal for seniors with hearing problems. Having recently gifted such a pair to my grandpa and having installed it, I can tell you a thing or two about it.

About Wireless Headphones and How to Choose Them

Knowing a bit about how wireless headphones work, will help you choose the right one and figure out how to use them. Wireless or cordless headphones provide the same functionality of their wired counterparts without being tethered to devices.

The sound is transmitted from source to headphone over an electromagnetic frequency. You can wear one and move around in your house listening to music, without disturbing anyone. There are three primary types of wireless headphones to choose from, which include those based on a radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR) and Bluetooth link. If you are looking for portable headphones that work with your iPod or car music player, go for Bluetooth wireless headphones.

For TV and music systems, RF or IR wireless headphones are ideal. Among them, radio frequency wireless headphones are the best if you are looking for long range. Check out and compare wireless TV headphone reviews, before choosing the one that best suits you.

How to Connect Wireless Headphones to TV Easily?

Assuming that you’ve already purchased a set, let me walk you through the connection procedure to tune your wireless headphones with the TV audio output. A typical set will contain a wireless headphone with rechargeable batteries, a transmitter station, several connection cables and power adapters to provide the transmitter station with power. Here is a step by step guide on connecting wireless headphones with HDTVs.

Step 1: Power Up Transmitter and Charge Headphone Battery

Position the transmitter station close to your television, so that it can be easily connected. Plug in the adapter into a wall socket and connect with the transmitter to supply power. Switch on the transmitter and place the headphones upon them, as shown in the manual, to charge the battery. Thus, transmitters also function as charging devices. Let the headphones rest there and their battery be fully charged for some time.

Step 2: Connect the RCA Cables

Now observe the back panel of your TV and look for white and red ‘Audio Out’ ports. Also locate the RCA input on the wireless transmitter station. Now select RCA cables with red and white plugs, that come with the set. There will be two (red and white) plugs on one side of the cable and one plug at the other end. Insert the red plug into the red connector and white plug into the white connectors at the back of your TV, insert the other end of the plug into the transmitter. In case your TV has a headphone audio output, use the appropriate other cable supplied with the set, to connect the headphone port on TV, with that on the transmitter. In case you have a set top box based satellite TV system, the transmitter should be connected with the audio output of the box.

Step 3: Switch on and Tune Headphones

Once you are done with the above connections and the headphones have sufficiently recharged, simply switch them on, put them on your ears, adjust the volume and switch on your TV. As soon as you do so, the headphones should provide you with clear sound, having been automatically tuned to the transmitter frequency. Enjoy listening to your favorite TV shows without being bothered by anybody about the ‘Loud Volume’!

When you make the connections and start using the headphones, you’ll wish you would have gotten them sooner. Anyway, better late than never! In case you still have any doubts about how to make the connection between your wireless headphones and your TV, I suggest that you read the manual provided with the headphones in more detail. All you have to figure out is, which wires to use to connect the transmitter with the TV. You can find these manuals online on the headphone brand’s website.

As discussed before, in most cases the RCA cables should do the trick. Having used them, I particularly recommend Sennheiser wireless headphones as they provide impeccable sound quality and are extremely easy to set up. Then again, you could also choose from other good brands, which include Sony, Acoustic Research, Motorola or Clarion. Enjoy your unplugged television experience!