Hid­den Fea­tures & Tips For Your Favourite Ser­vices

The most pop­u­lar plat­forms out there evolve at a rapid pace. Any user will know the ba­sics but there are hid­den tricks too. & put to­gether a list of the things that even reg­u­lar users may find in­ter­est­ing

The Economic Times - - Personal Technology - Http://an­a­lyt­ics.twit­ter.com. www.tunesto­tube.com. HYPERLAPSE & BOOMERANG

Reg­u­lar Face­book users will prob­a­bly be aware of ex­actly how it works across plat­forms — they make it so easy to use! You prob­a­bly also know that any­one on Face­book can mes­sage you, re­gard­less of whether they’re friendswith­y­ouornot.Allof these mes­sages go into a spe­cial in­box called ‘mes­sage re­quests’. If you choose to ac­cept the re­quest, it doesn’tmean­thatyou’reac­cept­ing a friend re­quest. But did you know that there are ac­tu­ally two mes­sage in­boxes? There’s an­other one called ‘fil­tered re­quests’ and you can ac­cess it from the Face­book Mes­sen­ger app or if you’re signed in­on­aweb­browser.Look­thoughit once in a while and you may find some­thing in­ter­est­ing.


There are a bunch of ways to use Twit­ter bet­ter and power users will know all about lists, hash­tags, con­ver­sa­tions,key­board­short­cuts and men­tions. But there is a way to read a lot more about your tweets, en­gage­ments, top men­tions and big­gest fol­low­ers — us­ing Twit­ter An­a­lyt­ics. This is Twit­ter’s own an­a­lyt­ics tool and can be ac­cessed at This will show you a month-by­month ac­count of your Twit­ter stats and you can use this info to grow your fol­low­ing. An­other cool Twit­ter trick is to sched­ule tweets, done us­ing third-party tools like Twuf­fer and Hoot­suite.


What­sApp GIF sup­port is cur­rently avail­able for iOS only. Within the app, What­sApp has its own col­lec­tion of an­i­mated GIFs that can be used di­rectly. In the chat win­dow, tap the ‘+’ but­ton and se­lect photo and video li­brary. On the lower left, you will see a search sign with GIF next to it — tap to view and search the GIF col­lec­tion. What­sApp also lets you in­di­vid­u­ally man­age stor­age for friends/groups. By de­fault, you can­not view how much data is be­ing con­sumed by a chat. Go to Set­tings > Data and Stor­age Us­age > Stor­age us­age — you can view your chats ar­ranged as per the amount of stor­age con­sumed. Tap on a chat name to view de­tails of the type of me­dia for each chat — you can even tap man­age to delete the me­dia from the chat.


YouTube has a built-in fea­ture that au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ates cap­tions for up­loaded videos. Once you up­load a video, YouTube takes some time (de­pend­ing on the length of the video) to gen­er­ate the tran­script. You can open the video, tap the ‘More’ but­ton and se­lect Tran­script to view the text. All this text can also be copied to a notepad for later use. If you have an au­dio file and need it tran­scribed, you canuseYouTube.First,youneedto con­vert your au­dio file into a video file us­ing Then­jus­tu­pload­toYouTube.Keep in mind that the tran­scrip­tion is not 100% ac­cu­rate but it does beat man­u­al­ly­tran­scrib­ing­some­thing. Fi­nally, YouTube has a sec­tion called TestTube where you can try out ex­per­i­men­tal fea­tures. Cur­rently, they’re test­ing 4k video play­back at 60 fps — if you have a pow­er­ful enough com­puter and a fast-broad­band con­nec­tion, you can try it out.


A lot of peo­ple re­ally love the unique fil­ters on In­sta­gram. How­ever, there is an easy work­around if you re­ally want to use one of those fil­ters with­out shar­ing any­thing. This works on both An­droid and iOS ver­sions of the app. First, open the app, click on your pro­file tab and set­tings (top right). Un­der Ac­count and Story Set­tings, switch on the op­tion to ‘save­shared­pho­tos’.Then,you­can load­apho­toin­toIn­sta­gra­man­dap­ply your fil­ter. Be­fore you click share,switchthe­p­hone­toair­plane mode. The post will fail ob­vi­ously, but the edited im­age will be saved to the im­age gallery. There’s an­other small trick most users may not know — the abil­ity to re­order the fil­ters. If you favourite fil­ters are way down the list, you can ar­range them so that they come up first. While scrolling through the fil­ters, go to the end till you see ‘Man­age’. Tap this and use the three lines on each fil­ter’s name to re­ar­range their or­der ac­cord­ing to your favourites. On the iPhone ver­sions of these apps, there is a hid­den Labs menu that you can ac­cess by us­ing a spe­cial ges­ture: you have to use four fin­gers and tap four times on the screen when the app is open. If this doesn’t hap­pen at first, slow down your taps, with a short gap be­tween the first two and last two taps. In Hyperlapse, you can switch res­o­lu­tion from 720p to 1080p, ad­just frame rate from 30 to 24fps and change the speed of the video. With the loop­ing video app Boomerang, you can also in­crease video res­o­lu­tion to 1080p, change the video di­rec­tion (for­ward and back, for­ward only, back only) plus ad­just a host of other set­tings like frame count, play­back frame rate etc. Ex­per­i­ment with these set­tings to get a unique video.

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