How to connect Bluetooth headphones to a Nintendo Switch in 2 ways

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The Nintendo Switch now natively supports Bluetooth headphones.

  • You can connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch through the System Settings menu.
  • While you have Bluetooth headphones connected, you can only use up to two wireless controllers.
  • If you prefer, you can also connect Bluetooth headphones to your Switch with a Bluetooth adapter.
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It took a few years, but the Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth headphones right out of the box. It only takes a few moments to set the feature up, but it has a number of limitations.

That’s why you can also use a Bluetooth adapter, which is more work but gives you more options.

Here’s how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch, using either the built-in Bluetooth feature or a Bluetooth adapter.

How to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Nintendo Switch

Using the built-in Bluetooth

Before anything, make sure that your Nintendo Switch is updated. The Bluetooth pairing feature is only available in the most recent versions of Switch’s operating system, so you’ll need to update to unlock it.

Your Switch should let you know when there’s an update available, but you can check manually by opening System Settings and scrolling down to the System tab.

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You might need to update your Switch before connecting a headset.

Once you’ve updated:

1. Open your Switch’s System Settings menu by selecting the gear icon on the home screen.

2. Scroll down to the Bluetooth Audio tab, and then select Pair Device.

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Pair a new device to the Switch.

3. Put your Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode and hold them close to the Switch.

4. When your headphones appear as an option on the Switch, select them and let the devices connect.

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Connect to your headphones when they appear on screen.

Once connected, all sound will come through the Bluetooth headphones until they’re disconnected. In the future, the devices should connect automatically. You can disconnect or unpair your headphones from the Switch by returning to this menu and selecting your headphones.

But connecting Bluetooth headphones to the Switch comes with some restrictions.

  • While connected, you can only use up to two wireless controllers (or one pair of Joy-Cons).
  • Your headphones will be disconnected during local multiplayer.
  • Bluetooth microphones won’t work.

Some users have also claimed that using the built-in Bluetooth feature makes the console very quiet. If you feel the same, go to the System menu and make sure that the Lower Max Headphone Volume option is turned off.

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Make sure that volume limits are turned off.

If you don’t feel like dealing with these restrictions, you can connect your headphones with a Bluetooth adapter instead.

Using a Bluetooth adapter

Bluetooth adapters are tiny dongles that connect to your Switch’s charging port or dock and let you connect Bluetooth devices. These don’t just have to be headphones – some, like the 8BitDo Wireless Adapter, will let you connect non-Nintendo controllers to your Switch too.

You can get a good Bluetooth headphone adapter on Amazon for not much money. Once you do, here’s how to use it:

1. With the adapter inserted into the Switch, hold the pair button for several seconds to place it into pairing mode. Most will flash once in this mode.

2. Now hold down the pair button on your headphones. When the light on the adapter becomes solid or turns off, you’ve successfully paired the devices.

Be sure to follow the pairing instructions included in your specific adapter’s manual.

Steven John contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to sync Nintendo Switch controllers with your system, so that up to eight people can play at once

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To sync a Nintendo Switch controller, you’ll need to go into the “Change Grip/Order” menu.

  • You can sync up to eight Nintendo Switch controllers to a single Nintendo Switch.
  • You can play using the Joy-Con controllers as one unit, as two separate controllers, or you can use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
  • There are also special controller hubs, which often require their own separate accessories to sync with your Switch.
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When it comes to Nintendo Switch games, the more the merrier. Multiplayer gaming only enhances the fun, especially when you and your friends or family are playing together in the same room.

A Switch console can support eight controllers connected at the same time. This means four pairs of Joy-Cons (or eight if you’re playing them individually), eight Pro Controllers, and up to two controller hubs (each of which supports four controllers, again adding up to eight).

Once you’ve got your controllers, here’s how to sync them.

How to sync a Nintendo Switch controller with your console

The best way to sync a Nintendo Switch controller will depend on what sort of controller you have.

The easiest way to sync a pair of Joy-Con controllers to a Nintendo Switch is simply to slide them onto the physical console. The right- and left-hand Joy-Con controller will then be linked to that Nintendo Switch until affixed to a different console, or until the remote pairing steps below are followed.

You can also sync a Pro Controller by connecting it to your Switch’s dock with a USB-C cable.

To pair controllers remotely:

1. From the Switch’s homepage, scroll down to the “Controllers” tab – it looks like a single gray Joy-Con – and click it.

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You can pair and re-order Nintendo Switch controllers from the “Controllers” icon link at the bottom of the home screen.

2. Select “Change Grip/Order.”

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This is where you’ll go to add new controllers or change their configuration.

3. If you’re trying to pair a new controller or Joy-Con, you’ll want to press and hold its SYNC button (a small circular button, usually on the top) for about five seconds before moving on to the next steps.

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Every Switch controller has a SYNC button, which you’ll press when you’re first syncing it.

4. If you want to use a Joy-Con (or multiple Joy-Cons) as an individual controller, take it out of the Switch and press both its shoulder buttons at the same time – they’re labeled “SL” and “SR.” It may take a few presses for the Switch to recognize them.

5. If you want to use two Joy-Cons as a single controller, press the shoulder buttons on each Joy-Con at the same time. They’re labeled “ZL” and “ZR.” You can add up to four Joy-Con pairs.

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You’ll want to press “SL” and “SR” if using a single Joy-Con, or “ZL” and “ZR” if using them together.

6. If you want to pair a Pro Controller, press its shoulder buttons, “ZL” and “ZR,” at the same time.

If a controller that worked before won’t sync, press the SYNC button anyway (again, the small circular button). Your Switch may have forgotten the controller and needs to be reminded of it again.

If you’re using a controller hub, just connect the hub to your Switch’s dock via USB and plug your controllers into the hub. They should work automatically.

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A controller hub should work without having to sync.

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What is Roku? How Roku’s streaming devices work

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Roku devices are a versatile option for streaming.

  • Roku is a brand of digital media streaming devices that offer content from a variety of services and providers through downloadable channels.
  • Roku players connect to your TV or operate as proprietary software within a smart TV using a wired or wireless internet connection.
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The rise of streaming platforms has made accessing your favorite shows and movies almost effortless, allowing many people to ditch their cable subscription to view a vast library of online content through applications.

Roku, which surpassed 100 million users in the US in 2020, has steadily become one of the most popular streaming options for cord cutters.

What is Roku?

Roku is a brand of digital media streaming devices produced by the company Roku Inc. Roku devices connect to your TV or exist as software within a smart TV, and enable you to watch TV shows, news, movies, and other content over the internet through downloadable channels.

Roku’s name derives from the Japanese word for “six,” since it’s the sixth company launched by its founder Anthony Wood. In 2008, the Roku DVP N1000 was the first product the company launched, and Roku has been improving and iterating on its devices since then.

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Roku founder Anthony Wood with several varieties of Roku devices.

Roku functions through its proprietary operating system and on hardware that comes in several variations. The most recognizable options come in the form of a streaming stick or rounded-square box. Roku also has a line of smart TVs, or Roku TVs, with a built-in operating system. The price range for Roku devices starts with the Roku Express at $29.99 and extends to Roku TV models north of $200.

Some popular options of Roku devices include:

If you want a more immersive experience, Roku offers additional products to heighten the audio quality of your TV. Devices like the Roku Streambar connect directly to your TV and serve as both a streaming device and soundbar. There’s also the option of adding a Roku Wireless Subwoofer to add deeper bass or the Roku Wireless Speakers for more immersive sound.

How Roku devices work

The design of Roku products is meant to be simplistic, with a single-connection setup that allows for immediate use. After setup, you’re able to download, install, purchase or subscribe to streaming channels and remove them later at your discretion, as we detail in the sections below.

Whether you have a Roku-enabled soundbar or a Roku player, the functionality of Roku devices is similar. All Roku devices require an internet connection for use. This can be through the use of an Ethernet cord or a Wi-Fi connection.

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Each Roku box contains an HDMI cable, a power adapter, MicroUSB cable, and a Roku remote. You can insert a Roku Streaming Stick directly into your TV’s USB port. For other Roku devices, you’ll attach the HDMI cable, plug in the power adapter, and utilize the Roku remote to connect to a wireless or wired connection to your home network to complete the setup.

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The Roku Streaming Stick is an inexpensive and portable option.

What you can watch with Roku

After initial setup, Roku gives you the opportunity to install a wide variety of applications for streaming content. Among its thousands of channels, Roku gives you access to live local networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. All major streaming services have apps on Roku, including Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and HBO Max. Alongside video apps like YouTube and Vimeo, Roku allows you to download music streaming platforms like Spotify or Pandora.

Adding channels on Roku is a straightforward process. Access the Home Menu and scroll down until you reach Streaming Channels, then click OK. You’ll be taken to the Roku Channel Store where a majority of the apps are free to download. You can manually search through apps using the Roku remote or voice commands. This feature allows you to search without closing the current app you may be watching.

How to connect to Roku with other devices

Roku is also available as an app for smartphone users. Its software allows you to view Roku’s programming at home and on the go. Not only can you watch content from your mobile device, but it can also function as a remote for your Roku player. The integration between your Roku hardware and the mobile software gives you the power to launch, add, and remove channels. Since it’s connected to your phone, you can also cast photos and videos to your TV or mirror your phone screen.

Roku’s latest models support Apple’s AirPlay, a feature that is integrated across MacOS, iPadOS, and iOS devices and allows for seamless casting and screen mirroring.

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How to put your PS4 in Safe Mode to troubleshoot issues, or get out of Safe Mode if you’re stuck

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You may want to boot up your PS4 in Safe Mode if there’s a bug or glitch.

  • PS4 Safe Mode is a simple way to troubleshoot issues with your console.
  • When you put your PS4 in Safe Mode, it can also get stuck in a Safe Mode loop.
  • To get your PS4 out of Safe Mode, try restarting the console, replacing cords, rebuilding corrupted files, or updating system software.
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The PlayStation 4’s Safe Mode is a great option for troubleshooting problems you might have with your console.

Starting your PS4 in Safe Mode can help you resolve an issue or troubleshoot a bug the device may be having. The Safe Mode menu includes options to change your console’s resolution, rebuild its storage database, and restore the device to factory settings.

How to put PS4 in Safe Mode

1. Turn off your console by holding the power button for 3 seconds. After blinking a few times, your PS4 will power off.

2. Press and hold the power button, releasing your finger only after the second beep sound. This should take about 7 seconds.

3. Your PS4 will start in Safe Mode. Make sure your controller is connected to the console, and press the PS button.

How to get PS4 out of Safe Mode

If your PS4 is stuck on Safe Mode, you may be dealing with a Safe Mode loop that makes it difficult to resume playing.

In these cases, there are a few things you can try to get your PS4 out of Safe Mode. Most of these involve the Safe Mode menu, which appears when you first boot your console into Safe Mode.

Here are four troubleshooting methods you can use.

Method 1: Restart your PS4

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Restart will be the first option in the Safe Mode menu.

First, try restarting your PS4 using option 1 in the Safe Mode menu. Press “X” on your controller to select this option.

Method 2: Make sure there are no power issues

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Hold down the power button on your PlayStation until the light stops flashing.

If the first method fails, check to make sure all of the cables, including your USB and HDMI connections, are working properly. 

You can also try unplugging your PS4’s power cord and plugging it back in. Also, unplug the HDMI cord and switch which end is plugged into the TV and which end is plugged into the PS4.  

If one of the cables or connections is broken or failing, try replacing it.

If the cables and connections are working fine, try power cycling your PS4, as explained in our article on troubleshooting a PS4 that won’t turn on.

Method 3: Rebuild corrupted files

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Rebuilding your database can sometimes take several hours, depending on how much data you have saved on your PS4.

If the second method fails, the problem might be caused by a corrupted file. 

Select option 5 on the Safe Mode menu, “Rebuild Database,” and press “X.” This will build a new database for your PS4 without affecting any save data. It will take a while for your PS4 to rebuild — when it’s done, restart your PS4. 

Method 4: Update your PS4’s software

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There are two major ways to update your PS4’s settings through Safe Mode.

Try updating your PS4’s system software from the Safe Mode menu. 

Press “X” to select elect option 3 on the menu, “Update System Software.” Then, press “X” to select “Update Using Internet.” From there, follow the instructions on the screen.

If nothing else works, select option 7, “Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software),” and press “X.” Follow the instructions on the screen.

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How to reset your Roku streaming device if it’s not functioning properly

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There’s several ways to restart or reset a Roku device that’s acting up.

  • You can reset your Roku streaming device with a simple restart or a more permanent factory reset.
  • To restart a Roku, go to the Settings menu, unplug the power cord, or use your remote.
  • To factory reset a Roku, you can use Settings or find the reset button on the back of your device.
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If your Roku streaming device is experiencing glitches or not performing the way it’s supposed to, you can reset it in a few different ways.

First, you should try restarting your Roku, as this soft reset does not erase any of your settings or log you out of your channels. In many cases, this will fix channels or apps that are repeatedly freezing or crashing.

Then, if the problem persists, you can perform a factory reset, which is a more holistic solution that restores your device to its original settings.

Here’s how to restart your Roku, or perform a factory reset.

How to restart a Roku device

You can restart your Roku from the Settings menu, or do a forced reboot by pressing a series of buttons on your Roku remote or unplugging the Roku power cord.

To restart your Roku from Settings:

1. From the “Home” menu, scroll down to the “Settings” menu.

2. Select the “Settings” menu by pressing “OK” on the remote.

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Select “Settings.”

3. Scroll down to select the “System” option. Press “OK” on your remote to open the menu.

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Select “System” at the bottom of the list.

4. Scroll down to the “System restart” option and press “OK” on your remote.

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Select “System restart.”

5. Select “Restart.” Your device will shut off, then turn on again. You will see the bouncing Roku logo while the device is booting up.

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Choose “Restart” and your device should begin shutting down.

To reboot your Roku if it’s frozen:

If your Roku encounters a more serious glitch, it may freeze and block you from navigating the menus. In that case, you’ll need to press a series of buttons on your remote control to trigger a reboot.

1. Press the “Home” button five times.

2. Press the “Up” arrow once.

3. Press the “Rewind” button twice.

4. Press the “Fast Forward” button two times.

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These are all the buttons you’ll need to press on your remote.

5. After pressing the buttons in this order, your Roku will eventually turn off. After a few seconds, you should see the bouncing Roku logo, and your home screen will return soon after.

If you find you need to restart your device often for it to function properly, you could be experiencing issues with one of your installed channel apps, or the device itself. You can try deleting and re-installing any newly installed channel apps. Contact Roku support if you continually experience issues with your device.

How to factory reset a Roku device

When you factory reset your Roku, it will be set back to its original state. There are two methods to reset your Roku: selecting the reset option in the Settings menu, or pressing the reset button on the back of the device.

To factory reset your Roku from Settings:

1. Use the “Home” button on your Roku remote to jump to the home screen.

2. Navigate to the Settings menu by scrolling up or down until you find it.

3. Press “Ok” on your Roku remote to select “Settings.”

4. Choose “System” from the available menu items.

5. Choose “Advanced system settings.”

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Scroll to and select “Advanced system settings.”

6. Select “Factory reset” from the available menu items.

7. When prompted, choose “Factory reset everything” and follow the reset wizard’s on-screen instructions.

To factory reset your Roku with the hardware reset button or pinhole reset:

Every Roku device comes with a hardware reset option. Newer devices will have a hardware reset button, while older devices will have a pinhole for resetting.

1. Locate the reset option on the outside of your Roku device. It will either be a tactile button or a pinhole button.

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Find the reset button on your Roku.

2. Press and hold the button for 10-20 seconds. If your device has a pinhole reset, you’ll need to use an object like a paperclip or bobby pin to press and hold the button.

3. Most Roku devices have an indicator light that will blink rapidly once the reset is complete.

What happens after you reset a Roku

After your device has been reset, it should boot up to the home screen. If you’re not selling the device or returning it, but instead looking to use the device again, you’ll need to reconnect to your home network.

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Log back onto your “Network” in Settings.

Once you’re connected, log in to your Roku account on your computer or from your mobile device to relink it to your account. Your Roku channels will begin downloading after the device has been added to your Roku account. You’ll need to log in to all your channel apps again.

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How to format an SD card and erase all of its data

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There are multiple ways to format an SD card.

  • You can format an SD card using Windows, Mac, and Android devices, and likely your digital camera too.
  • Formatting an SD card will erase everything on it, including the junk or corrupted files you usually can’t see.
  • If your SD card won’t format correctly, make sure the write-protect switch isn’t turned on.
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If you’ve ever used an SD card before, you may have been prompted to “format” it before using it. But what does that mean?

Put simply, formatting an SD card erases every single file on it, including internal files that are usually hidden. This is the best way to reset or clear an SD card, and should be the first step you take when using a new card.

Here are four ways to format an SD card, depending on what sort of device you have available.

How to format an SD card on a Windows PC

If you use a Windows desktop or laptop computer, you’ll use the File Explorer to format your SD card.

Before you get started, back up all the data you want to keep. And if you’re on a laptop, make sure it’s plugged in or has enough battery to last a little while.

1. Insert your SD card into your computer’s SD card reader or an external USB reader.

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Not all computers will have an SD card reader.

2. Once you’ve inserted the SD card, open the File Explorer (in other words, open any folder). In the column on the left-hand side, click on either “This PC” or “My Computer” – these serve the same function, but appear under different names in different versions of Windows.

3. Click on the SD card in the device list. This will open it on your computer.

4. At the top of the File Explorer window, click the tab labeled “Manage,” then click “Format.” A pop-up window will appear.

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Once you’ve selected the SD card, click on the “Manage” tab, followed by “Format.”

5. In the pop-up window, click on the drop-down menu underneath “File System.” Here, you’ll see a few options – if you only plan to use this card on Windows computers, pick “NFTS.” If you’re going to use it on multiple kinds of devices, click “FAT32.”

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FAT32 is usually the best format to pick.

6. If you’re formatting the SD card for the very first time, make sure that the checkbox next to “Quick Format” remains unchecked. If you’ve formatted this particular SD card before, the Quick Format checkbox can remain checked.

7. When you’re ready to start formatting, click “Start.”

8. One or two more pop-up windows will appear. Click “OK” in each of these to proceed.

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Click “OK” to reassure Windows that you know exactly what you’re doing.

9. Once the process is done, you can eject the SD card and then remove it from your SD card reader.

How to format an SD card on a Mac

On a Mac, you’ll use the Finder to format your SD card. Make sure you’ve backed up and saved any data you want to keep from the card, and if you’re using a laptop, plugged it in.

1. If you haven’t already done so, insert the SD card into your Mac’s SD card slot or USB card reader and boot up the computer.

2. Open “Finder,” then click on the “Go” tab. In its sub-menu, click “Utilities.”

3. In the window that appears, double-click on “Disk Utility.” A new window will open.

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Open the Disk Utility app.

4. In the left-side column, click on the SD card. It should appear underneath the “External” header.

5. In the upper portion of the window, click the button labeled “Erase.”

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You can format an SD card from the Disk Utility app on your Mac.

6. Click “Format” to open a drop-down menu. If your SD card is 64 GB or larger, pick “ExFAT.” If it’s 32 GB or smaller, pick “MS-DOS (FAT).”

7. Click “Erase” to format the SD card.

How to format an SD card on an Android device

It might come as a surprise, but many Android phones and tablets can format SD cards too. In fact, a lot of Androids come with a microSD card included.

Once you’ve backed up the data you want to save and charged your Android, here’s how to format a card.

1. With the SD card inserted into your Android device, open “Settings.”

2. Tap on “Device care.”

3. Tap on “Storage,” then tap on “Advanced.”

4. Look for your SD card underneath the “Portable storage” header. Once you locate the SD card, tap on it.

5. Tap on “Format.” In the pop-up that appears, tap on “Format SD card.”

How to format an SD card using a DSLR camera

If you have a DSLR camera, there’s a good chance that you can format the SD card directly on the camera itself. Keep in mind that the specific steps will vary depending on the type of camera you have, but this guide covers the general process.

Again, make sure the camera is charged, and that you’ve backed up any files you want to save.

1. With the camera turned off, insert the SD card into its designated slot. Once the SD card is secure, turn the camera on.

2. Using either a button or an option on your camera’s screen, open the menu.

3. From the menu, access “Setup.” Look for an option that includes the word “format.” Once you’ve located it, select this option.

4. Select “OK” to begin the formatting process. Wait patiently while it does so, because it can take a few minutes.

5. Once the SD card finishes formatting, turn the camera off to complete the process.

What to do if your SD card won’t format

When you place your SD card into the reader, there’s a chance that the device won’t read it. If this happens, there’s a good chance that the write-protect switch is flipped on.

This switch makes it so nothing on the SD card can be changed. It’s good for protecting your data, but bad if you want to format.

To turn it off, simply take the SD card out of the reader and push the switch up towards the end that’s inserted into the computer or card reader.

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The write-protect tab is very small, but you can slide it to prevent files from being erased.

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4 thermometer apps that can help you check temperature with an iPhone

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Temperature sensors often come with an associated iPhone app.

  • You can’t check the temperature of a room with your iPhone itself, but you can buy a thermometer that connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth.
  • You can also use these apps and devices to measure the humidity in a room.
  • To take body temperature, you can use the Apple Health app on your iPhone and a smart thermometer like Kinsa.
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If you need to monitor the room temperature of your home or office – for specialty plants or exotic pets, for example – there’s a way to do so with your iPhone, but it’s not free.

To accurately check room temperature with your iPhone, you’ll need to purchase an external thermometer, which you can use with an associated iOS app to monitor current temperature, historic temperature, humidity, and more.

Govee Temperature Monitor

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The Govee Temperature Monitor is one of the cheapest options.

Price on Amazon: $15.99

The Govee Temperature Monitor does more than just monitor the temperature of a room, it can also measure humidity, track temperature over time, and connect to your phone via Bluetooth. 

With the Govee Home app on your iPhone, you can register up to 10 Govee Monitor devices to measure the temperature and humidity of different rooms at once. According to Amazon, the monitor is accurate to within .54 degrees, and has four stars.

SensorPush Thermometer

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The SensorPush Thermometer is one of the smallest devices on the market.

Price on Amazon: $49.99

The SensorPush Thermometer has all of the same capabilities as the previous thermometers — it takes temperature, reads humidity, stores history, and connects via Bluetooth — but the main difference lies in its size. 

Whereas the other devices listed are around three to six inches, this thermometer is tiny and discreet, measuring about an inch and a half long on all sides and less than an inch wide. Thus, it can be placed anywhere discreetly. 

SensorPush lets you set up alerts for when your temperature reaches a certain threshold, but unfortunately, because it’s connected to your iPhone app through Bluetooth rather than Wi-Fi, you need to be within the device’s range. 

SensorPush is a bit more expensive than some of the other options, but it has 4.4 stars on Amazon, with many perfect five-star reviews.

Temp Stick Wi-Fi Temperature and Humidity Sensor

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The Temp Stick is a more advanced device with greater capability.

Price on Amazon: $149.00

One of the more expensive options, the Temp Stick does a bit more than just check temperature, track history, and monitor humidity. 

With the Temp Stick app for your iPhone, you can also create custom alerts to notify up to 10 contacts when the temperature reaches a certain threshold. Instead of using Bluetooth, the Temp Stick uses Wi-Fi, which loads your data onto the app in real-time so you can monitor it even when you’re not at home. The Temp Stick app also offers unlimited data storage, unlike the SensorPush app, for example. 

Ambient Weather WS-8482-X3

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The Ambient Weather device is the best deal for monitoring the temperature of more than one room.

Price on Amazon: $124.99

The Ambient Weather WS-8482-X3 device is wireless, Wi-Fi-enabled, and comes with three indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity sensors as well as a remote monitoring weather station.

The base station lets you monitor your current and historic data from each sensor without having to log into an app, though you can also check your data on AmbientWeather.net. Like the Temp Stick, because the Ambient Weather device is connected through Wi-Fi, you can monitor your data remotely in real-time from the Ambient Weather website. 

The Ambient Weather device can support up to seven separate sensors, which can include thermo-hygrometers, soil moisture sensors, and water temperature sensors. 

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How to mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac computer with QuickTime or AirPlay

  • You can mirror your iPhone screen to a Mac with QuickTime and a Lightning to USB cable, or AirPlay and a third-party app.
  • When you mirror your iPhone to Mac with AirPlay, you need to be on the same Wi-Fi network and use a third-party app like Reflector.
  • When you use QuickTime to mirror content, you don’t need AirPlay or the same Wi-Fi network, but you do need a cable.
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One of the iPhone’s greatest assets is its connectivity. Built into Apple products are several ways to share what you’re viewing or working on from your iPhone to a Mac.

This can be useful if you want to display a photo album or app on your computer, or play video content directly from iPhone apps like Hulu.

The drawback to mirroring your iPhone to your Mac, however, is that you have to either use the QuickTime app on your Mac, which requires a wired connection, or download a third-party app, like Reflector, which uses AirPlay. Here’s how to do both.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with QuickTime

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using your Lightning to USB cable.

2. Open QuickTime on your Mac.

3. Click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

4. Click “New Movie Recording.”

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Under “File,” click “New Movie Recording.”

5. Next to the red record button (bottom middle), click on the down arrow. Select your iPhone from the list of available devices. If it’s not there, try disconnecting and reconnecting your iPhone.

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Select your iPhone from the drop-down menu to connect to it.

6. Your phone should now be fully mirrored on your computer, in the exact shape of your iPhone screen.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Mac with AirPlay

AirPlay is an Apple feature that lets you wirelessly stream content from one device to another. It’s designed for streaming from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to an Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible smart TV.

There’s no direct way to AirPlay, or screen mirror, from an iPhone to a Mac, but you can work around that by downloading a third-party app like Reflector, and connecting both devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

To mirror your iPhone to Mac, first download Reflector on Mac. Then open the Control Center on your iPhone, click AirPlay, and select the Mac you want to mirror to.

Here’s a full step-by-step guide.

1. Download the Reflector app on your Mac, and open it.

2. You can either AirPlay content directly from an app that allows for AirPlay like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or the NFL app, in this example. Or, you can AirPlay your entire iPhone screen by opening the Control Center.

3. If you’re AirPlaying from within an app, start playing content, like a show or movie, and hit the AirPlay symbol (it’s a rectangle with a solid triangle at the bottom) in the upper-right corner of the video.

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When playing content within some apps, like Amazon Prime Video, you have the option to AirPlay the video.

If you’re AirPlaying from the Control Center, select the “Screen Mirroring” tile.

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In the Control Center on your iPhone, select “Screen Mirroring.”

4. Once you’ve selected either the AirPlay symbol from within an app or “Screen Mirroring” from the Control Center, a pop-up will ask you to select a device – tap the name of your Mac.

5. Your iPhone will ask for an AirPlay Code, which will be displayed on your Mac. Type the code into the text box on your iPhone. Your iPhone content will now show up on the Reflector program on your Mac.

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Your AirPlay content will appear on the computer in the exact quality it appears in on your iPhone.

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How to get a Beats headphones repair through Apple support

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If you think your Beats headphones might need a repair, you can use Apple support to coordinate one.

  • Apple will replace or repair Beats headphones that have incurred accidental damage, have battery issues, or have certain missing parts.
  • Service costs depend on what Beats product you have, your issue, and whether or not you have AppleCare Plus or another warranty.
  • To make a service request, you’ll first need to call or start an online chat with an Apple support representative.
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It’s a bummer if your Beats headphones break. However, depending on the issue you’re having and your coverage by warranties or AppleCare Plus, you can get your headphones repaired or replaced in just a week or two.

How to get a Beats headphones repair

Here’s what you can send in for a repair with Apple, how to make a service request, and how much it will cost.

What you can send in for repair

Apple will service a variety of issues and parts related to Beats headphones. This includes accidental damage, lost or missing items (like a Powerbeats Pro earbud or charging case), and battery failures (due to defects or wear through regular use).

To find out if your particular Beats issue qualifies for repair, you can follow the steps and prompts below to make an appointment or service request through Apple support.

Costs and time needed for Beats repair

If you send in your Beats to Apple, the company estimates that service will take 3 to 10 business days from the day you ship your product. For service through a local Apple Authorized Service Provider, you’ll need to ask for an approximate timeline.

If you have AppleCare Plus, you can request Express Replacement Service to have a replacement pair of Beats shipped to you while you return your Beats to Apple.

Repair costs will depend on the Beats product you have, your issue, and whether or not you’re covered under AppleCare Plus or another warranty like the Apple One Year Limited Warranty or consumer law. For manufacturing defects covered by the Apple One Year Limited Warranty or consumer law, the repair is free. AppleCare Plus coverage includes service for up to two incidents of accidental damage. Each incident is subject to a service fee, which is $29 for eligible Beats headphones and earphones (Beats EP, Beats Pro, Beats Solo Pro, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3 Wireless, BeatsX, Powerbeats Pro, and Powerbeats3 Wireless).

For out-of-warranty repairs, Apple has a support page that outlines its fees, which range from $49 to $199 depending on your device. It notes that Apple reserves the right to determine if your product is eligible for out-of-warranty repairs or replacements. Beats headphones that have broken into several pieces, for example, are not eligible for any out-of-warranty services.

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10 ways to use the S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device

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There’s a number of handy ways to customize and use your S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device.

  • To use the S Pen on a Samsung Galaxy device, you’ll need to release it from its holder and tap the screen.
  • The S Pen stylus comes with all Galaxy Note devices, and some Galaxy and Galaxy Tab devices.
  • Beyond the traditional stylus actions, there are additional features that can make the S Pen even more useful.
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The S Pen is a stylus that’s designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Tab phones and tablets.

If it came with your Galaxy device, you won’t need to connect it, but there are still a few steps needed to use it. And the newer your device, the more features you’ll have access to with the S Pen.

How to use S Pen on Samsung Galaxy

You can start using the S Pen by pressing on the end of it to release it from your Galaxy device. Your Galaxy will vibrate to let you know that it recognizes you’ve released it.

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Press in the S Pen to release it from the holder.

Your S Pen should start working immediately. If it doesn’t, hover the S Pen over the screen and quickly double-press the button in the middle of the stylus.

Ways to use the S Pen

You can use the S Pen to do anything that you could normally do with your finger. And depending on the Galaxy Note or Tab model you have, you may be able to use some or all of the following useful features. Test them all out and see which ones you like.

Take notes on the lock screen. Simply take out your S Pen and write on the locked screen.

Customize the pen button. Press and hold the pen button. Go into your settings’ advanced features section for the S Pen and select “S Pen remote” or “Air actions.” Then tap “Hold down Pen button to” and select the desired option.

Annotate a PDF. Open the desired PDF file in the Samsung Notes app and write your notes on it with the S Pen as you read.

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Write or draw on PDFs and images with your stylus.

Automatically change your handwriting to text. Turn on your S Pen and open the Samsung Notes app. Create your handwritten note and hit save, then tap the handwriting-to-text icon in the lower toolbar.

Turn your stylus into a remote. Go into your settings, then select “Advanced Features,” and then “S Pen,” followed by “Air Actions.” Then tap the toggle to turn on the “S Pen remote” option.

Remotely take photos and videos. Follow the steps above to use the stylus as a remote. Then, when you have the camera open and ready, simply tap the end of the stylus once to take a photo or begin a video. Tapping twice will switch between the front and rear cameras. This works when the stylus is less than 10 meters away from the device.

Control your music and other media with the S Pen. Once you’ve set up your S Pen as a remote, you’ll also have the ability to start and stop your media by tapping the end of the stylus while watching a video or listening to music.

Customize air actions. Swipe down on your device, and on the notification panel, select “S Pen air actions.” Under “App actions,” select the app you want to customize. Tap the item you want to customize and select either “Pen button” or “Gestures.”

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Air actions, also known as “air commands,” give you quick access to useful features.

Use direct pen input. This is turned on by default and allows you to write in text boxes, like in the Messages, Internet, or Phone app, and also converts your handwriting to text.

Advance through a slide deck. Open a presentation on your phone, then pull down your notification menu and choose to use your phone as a touchpad. Go into presentation mode and click your pen once to go to the next slide, or twice to go back a slide.

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