Three Ways To Find Tips and How-To’s For Consumer Electronics
Technology doesn’t have to be confusing. Right now, you may be reluctant to purchase a new smartphone, tablet, or any other smart home device, but they are designed to make your lives easier and better, not harder and miserable. It can be scary to spend money on a new device that you don’t know how to run, but with the three resources outlined below, you will go from terrified by tech to comfortable, guaranteed.
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Learn about technology by watching YouTube videos
If you are a visual learner, this is the first place you should start. YouTube is free to use and allows you to search for and watch millions of videos. According to Ahrefs, YouTube is the top most visited website in the United States, and that is because you can use it for both entertainment and education. YouTube comes pre-installed on Apple and Android devices, and you can access it on a web browser.
YouTube is strictly video content, so this is a great place to find how-to videos and helpful tips and tricks for your devices and follow along to what they are showing you with your own device. These videos will demo the product you are searching for and give you step-by-step directions to take. It makes it very simple for you to learn how to do anything on your equipment.
It is simple to do a YouTube search. At the top of the screen, you type anything you want to know, and it will give you hundreds or thousands of video results. Typically, the video results shown first are ones the YouTube algorithms decipher are most relevant. Their algorithm is constantly changing but is based on several factors, such as video views and how long people watch, so you can be confident the top handful of videos are likely to help you out.
When you find a video to watch, you will see an ad before they play the video. These ads ensure that the vast YouTube content platform stays free to use. If you’re watching a video that doesn’t seem like it is helping you out, you can easily switch to a different one from their related list.
If you come across a great video that you find useful, YouTube allows you to save the video to watch again later or share it with a friend who you know it will help.
YouTube is a great way to learn by watching and doing. Start a YouTube search.
Learn about technology with a simple Google search
Google is the most powerful search engine on the planet. It allows you to search for information on anything and results are presented in seconds. It is a great place to find info about your technology because bloggers and content marketers all around the world are creating amazing content, trying to help simplify your life.
The best thing about the Google search engine is its algorithms. This complex system is used to deliver the best results based on your search history. The better and more informative the website is based on your search, the higher it will rank on Google. Usually, you will find the information you desire on page one of your Google search, but there are thousands, sometimes millions, of useful webpages trying to give you useful information.
Google also gives you several features other than websites for your search. They will typically show you a “featured snippet” right away. This result will be in a special box at the top of your search results. The content from these snippets are from relevant websites and are intended to give you the fastest answers to your questions.
Lastly, a Google search also provides you with more than just articles from the web. Anytime you search a topic, you can also find the relevant videos, images, news articles, shop for items, find places on a map, and more. You can even search for articles by date and set other parameters. You can find these extras right below your search box.
Google is a powerful way to find anything you need. Start a Google search.
Learn about technology on the developer’s website
Most authentic brands have a support or frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on their website, so they can provide the best experience with their product as possible. Here you can find great tips and tricks for your devices, but they may not cover everything you want to know. People who use these products are always looking for ways to share helpful information they come across, so you are likely to find the most information by searching on YouTube and Google.
If you ever have any issues with your devices and aren’t able to find the answers online, it is always best to go straight to the developer. They have customer service and tech support teams who are ready and able to help solve all problems.
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