Android tv tips

Check Image EXIF Details in the Photos App

iOS 15 finally lets you check the EXIF details of an image from the default Photos app. This means you’ll no longer have to rely on third-party apps just to check the details of a photo you have taken. You can open any image in the Photos app and tap on the info ‘i’ button to view photo size, maps, photo date, time, resolution, and more.

Utilize Live Text

Live Text uses on-device intelligence to identify text in a photo or camera viewfinder. You can point the iPhone camera to a business card, scan the email or phone number using Live Text, and directly take action on it. It works in photos as well. Open an image from the gallery and identify the text in the photo. It can be helpful when you want to convert handwritten notes to text on the phone. Live Text works in other apps as well. For example, in the Email app, you can use the Email from Camera option and directly import the email address using Live Text. At launch, Live Text support is limited to 7 languages only.

Notification Summary

This one is mighty useful to get you through a busy day. Notification summary combines notifications from irrelevant apps and sends you the summary of it at a specific time. By default, it’s turned off. You can enable the toggle from the Settings > Notifications menu and select the relevant time you want to be reminded about the notifications.

Create Custom Focus Profiles

Apple hasn’t stopped with a barebone Focus mode in iOS 15. The company even allows you to create custom Focus profiles based on your usage and convenience. From the Settings > Focus menu, you can create as many Focus profiles such as Writing, Yoga, Meditation, and more. For each Focus profile, you can customize the Home screen and Lock screen as well. The possibilities are endless here. The good news is, all the Focus profiles get synced among all your Apple devices using the same Apple account.

Master Focus Mode

The default Do Not Disturb mode gets a new avatar with the Focus mode in iOS 15. Instead of a single Do Not Disturb mode, you get to choose among Home, Work, Sleep, and more Focus profiles with customized notifications and calls behavior for each. Swipe down from the upper right corner and long-tap on the Focus menu. You can select from one of the default iOS Focus profiles. You can further customize each mode by selecting which apps and contacts are allowed to send notifications.

SharePlay in FaceTime

Another handy iOS 15 tip that will be quite popular once the majority of iPhone owners install the update. By majority, we mean both the consumers and developers. Apple has added a SharePlay function that lets users on a FaceTime call listen to Music via Apple Music, watch shows via Apple TV, etc. Basically, you’ll be able to enjoy watching movies or listening to music with your friends while on a FaceTime call. Expect to see companies like Spotify, Netflix, Disney, etc., offer similar integration with FaceTime. Apple has also added the Screen Share function that allows the user to share the screen with other participants over a FaceTime call. Read our dedicated post to learn about screen sharing on FaceTime. SharePlay is not a part of the initial iOS 15 release but should debut later this fall.

Wireless File Transfer

Now, this is our final Google TV trick that you should know, and it comes in super handy. There will be times when you want to send files to your Google TV but have to look for a thumb drive for file transfer which is a hassle. But not anymore. With Send Files to TV app (Free, offers in-app purchases), you can wirelessly send files from your Android smartphone to Google TV. You only need to be on the same WiFi network, and the SFTV app will work seamlessly.

Control Casting

If you don’t want anyone to cast their smartphone or computer screen to your TV on the home network, you can customize this option on Google TV. Open Settings and navigate to System -> Cast and choose from the available options. This way, you can control who can cast and manage other settings of the TV remotely.

Energy Saver

Energy Saver is undoubtedly one of the best Google TV tips and tricks. As the name suggests, it allows you to save energy by automatically turning off the TV display after 15 minutes. The Energy Saver mode also puts the operating system in sleep mode so that your TV consumes only minimum power. You can enable Energy Saver from Settings -> System -> Energy Saver -> Turn off display.

Enable Dolby Digital

Among the many things, Google TV also allows you to add surround sound effects using Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. You can customize the sound effects from Settings -> Display and Sound -> Advanced Sound Effects -> Surround sound format selection. Here, choose “Manual” and then select your choice of sound profile. If you have a Dolby-compatible woofer or soundbar, you will have a great audio experience with Google TV.