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Take Smartphone Photos To Another Level With Olloclip

July 23rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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If you’re familiar with taking photos on your smartphone, you already know how limiting the standard lens can be.  There have been many accessories promising improved smartphone photographs through filters and external lenses but none of them have been more popular to date, than the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system.  The olloclip 4-in-1 lens system is one of the most popular smartphone lens solutions, and it comes with a wide angle lens, fisheye lens and two macro lenses to complete versatility in any photography setting.

 

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This set includes a wide angle and fisheye lens, which can be easily converted into 10X and 15X macro lenses by unscrewing the outermost part of each.  The compact design means that instead of four lenses you’re carrying around just one small accessory, which will easily fit in your pocket or elsewhere. Olloclip slides onto the iPhone and comes off easily and the lenses are attached securely, but you can’t use olloclip if your iPhone has a case. There are convenient lens caps for each of the lenses, and you also get a soft bag that you can use for storage or cleaning.

 

Wide Angle lens

It’s not always possible to fit in everything in one photo, which is what the wide angle lens is for.  The wide angle lens isn’t the best in optical quality, but for iphoneography it definitely does the trick and give you the width of the canvas that you’re looking for.

 

 

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a wide angle view of familiar sights in downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

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A wide angle view of my hotel hallway.

Fisheye lens

The fisheye lens works exactly as you would expect and delivers the photos that you’ve come to know and love.  However, you have to be careful when shooting your photos with the fisheye lens as I have found that my fingertips somehow get caught in the shot, unless I’m extremely careful before pressing the shutter.

 

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a fisheye lens view of downtown Portland, Oregon.

 

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A fisheye tale of a recent auto industry event in Portland, Oregon.

10x lens / 15x macro lens

The macro lenses are very useful for macro photography. You can’t do macro photography without a macro lens, so olloclip 4-in-1 can open an entirely new world of creativity for you.  I used the 10x lens and the 15x macro lens on tea bag packaging and the contents.  You can see that both the 10x and 15x lens delivers in quality and makes the macro photography experiences worthwhile for use on text and shooting other objects, while on the go.

 

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An external view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag packaging and directions.

 

 

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An up close and personal view of the Smith Teamaker Herbal Infusion tea bag.

 

 

Olloclip 4-in-1 is available for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s for $69.  Do you love taking photos on your iPhone?  Would you consider yourself an  iphoneographer?  What are some of your favorite iPhone camera accessories that you use?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

 

Create Great iPhone Photos And Videos With KLYP+

July 21st, 2014 by Tech Staff

Looking for a DSLR alternative to create great iPhone photos and videos on the go?   A brand-new smartphone case from Manfrotto called KLYP+ promises to do much more than be a protect your precious smartphone, it has accessories that essentially transforms your iPhone 5/5s into a  portable photo studio.  

 

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Create great iPhone photos with KLYP+ iphone photography accessories including lighting, lenses and more!

 

 

Like any good gadget, the KLYP+ comes equipped with enough transforming tricks to make other iPhone accessories squirm in inadequatcy. With just a few easy clicks, you can attach a super bright LED light ($65) to your bumper that lets you shoot images + record video in just about any light condition.

 

 

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The continuous illumination makes the images you capture incredibly vivid with no light reflectors required. KLYP+ is also compatible with a trio of external lenses ($60) that screw right on so you can alter your POV from portrait mode to landscape to fisheye effect on the fly.

 

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Even a kickstand and tripod mount connect to your bumper so that you can prop up your phone when you want more than a selfie.   Now that’s what i call a really iPhonographer’s accessory!

Do you have any iPhone photography gadgets that you love? Would you use the KLYP+ for your photography and videography needs? Tell us in the comments below. 

5 More Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

July 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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I’ve shared plenty of tricks and tips for iPhone users, but did you know there are hundreds of things your iPhone can do that you probably won’t ever use?  On the flip side, there are so many things you iPhone can do that you never even thought to take advantage of.  Check out my favorite features of things your iPhone can do below.

 

 

 

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5.  Create a passcode with letters (not just numbers)

By default, your iPhone asks you to type in numbers when you create the passcode that unlocks your phone. But you can change this setting. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off “Simple Passcode.” You will be prompted to change your passcode, and a full keyboard will appear onscreen instead of just the number pad. This keyboard will pop up every time you unlock your phone.

 

 

 

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4. Customize vibrations

This will let you change the vibration pattern for alerts and notifications. Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You can also customize the vibration pattern for individual contacts by following the same procedure from your contact list. This way, you can tell who’s calling or messaging you just by feel.

 

 

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3. Reveal timestamps on text messages

Drag the text bubble to the left and you’ll see a timestamp for every text message. Among other things, this will show you just how much time you waste texting.

 

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2. Automatically turn off your music with the timer

If you like to doze off with music playing like I do, you can use the timer to automatically turn your music off so that it doesn’t play all night. In the timer app, select “When Timer Ends,” then scroll down and select “Stop Playing.” The Timer will automatically turn off your tunes after whatever length of time you set.

 

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1. Recharge your battery faster by switching to airplane mode

Switching to airplane mode turns off battery-draining wireless and cellular access, allowing your phone to recharge up to twice as fast.

 

BONUS: Get Siri to read your emails aloud for you

Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you. If you like, you can tell her to read only your most recent email (“Read my latest email”) or just those from a specific contact (“Do I have email from Aldo?”).

 

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6 iPhone Tips/Tricks You Never Knew Existed

June 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Working while on the go can be tough & I need to get the most out of my time and mobile use, now more than ever. Did you know that your iPhone has dozens of hidden features that help you save time, communicate better and make you feel super super fancy? In recent days, I’ve had many friends ask me about tips and tricks to get the most out of their iPhone. So I figured, why not make a blog post about it. Check out a few of my favorite iPhone tips and tricks that’ll make life a little bit easier below.

Bold text — The new, thin font of iOS 7 can be a little difficult to read on the home screen. You can make the text more legible by heading to Settings > General > Accessibility and sliding the Bold Text option to “on.” (Use with caution! Bold texts can be mistaken for aggressive communication at times.)

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Read text out loud—iPhone can read text out loud in apps like Mail, Safari, Messages, and iBooks. Just turn on Speak Selection in Settings > General > Accessibility. Then go to the app, highlight the text you want to hear, and tap Speak.

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Multitasking — Double-tap the Home button to view a screenshot preview of all open mobile apps.

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Change the way Siri pronounces a name — If Siri mispronounces a name, simply say “that’s not how you pronounce that.” Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation, then say the name back to you three different ways so you can choose the one you like.

Undo text — In case you just wrote a lengthy text or email you’d rather not send? Just shake your phone to prompt the “Undo” button instead of having to select the entire text and delete it. It’ll alleviate text-remorse later.

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Musical landscape — While browsing your music collection, switching to landscape view displays a mosaic of your album covers. Swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom in and out, and tap to play.

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What are some of your favorite iPhone tips, tricks and shortcuts? Share them below!

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3 iPhone Household Hacks Coming Soon Courtesy of iOS 8

June 6th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Earlier this week, Apple took the wraps off of its the new mobile operating system, iOS 8, which is kinda available now for developers, but once the kinks and bugs are fixed will be available for everyone else in the Fall.  The latest software is packed with great tools for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but there are a handful of features that parents of iPhone loving households will especially love.  Check out our three favorite iPhone household hacks that could be coming to an iPhone near you soon, courtesy of iOS 8.

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iOS 8 Household Hack 1 – HomeKit

Soon, you can turn your home into a home of the future (kinda like the Jetsons – where Rosie the Robot is replaced by Siri the iPhone instead.) HomeKit is a technical feature that allows iPhone users to control their homes with their devices, like magic. It’s a software kit that taps into Siri, the iPhone’s voice-activated personal assistant, to listen for audio cues like “it’s time for bed,” which could then lock doors and dim lights, or whatever you program. “Smart” Internet-enabled appliances like Nest and the Philips Hue bulb may be potential partners with Apple’s new HomeKit SDK.

 

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iOS 8 Household Hack 2 – Ask To Buy

‘Ask To Buy’ gives you the power to set limits or approve purchases from anywhere! My niece is notorious for buying games, in-app purchases and more (when you’re not looking of course!)  Now your kids can request to purchase an app, game, movie, etc., and you can allow the purchase from anywhere! You could be on a business trip and when your kid requests to buy a game while he or she is with a sitter you still have control over approving the purchase. “Ask to Buy,” doesn’t just limit app purchases on the iPhone or iPad either – permissions can be set for music in iTunes and iBooks too!

 

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iOS 8 Household Hack 3 – Health

Want to keep your kids active, healthy (and keep an eye out on it all?) The newly announced Health app will be the best new tool in your arsenal.  Health is a new app built in to iOS 8, and it’ll not only track important data like lab results, vitals, and medications but info collected from your fitness apps and gadgets as well. If you use Fitbit, Nike+, and the nutrition-tracking MyFitnessPal, the new Health app for iOS 8 will gather all of that data into a single dashboard, so you can get a clear overview of you and your family’s fitness activity and health.  If you’re a parent concerned about childhood obesity – you can easily reward your kids based on their daily fitness outputs (all managed by you in the Health app).

 

 

Now that you’ve seen our favorite home hack-worthy apps from the new iOS 8  upgrade, what’s your thoughts?  Do you plan on putting any of them into good use? Share your thoughts below.

 

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Does iPhone Camera Lens Adapters Really Improve Photos?

May 14th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Now days, we all know that a top of the line smartphone means nothing if you can’t capture stunning photos with it. With photo sharing social media apps being more popular than ever before, it’s all about taking the best photos as possible. (filters can only do so much.) If you’ve ever been intrigued by iPhone camera adapters and wanted to know if they really improve the performance of your photos, check out the iPhone accessory and pricing details below.

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The camera attachment is supposed to add a noticeable improvement over your iPhone’s standard camera lens with this 5x telephoto zoom lens.  It’s  “designed” to help you take crisp and clear photos even if the object is far away.

What’s inside: The camera lens adapter comes packaged neatly inside of a microfiber drawstring pouch and comes with two attached lenses, a plastic ring mount and black lens cap.

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The lens comes neatly packaged with four pieces inside of a microfiber cloth drawstring case.

The lens is made out of strong metal material to ensure a solid build that is supposed to offer you effective and accurate photos when used in combination with your standard iPhone camera. The plastic ring mount easily snaps on for a semi-firm fit, yet loose enough to quickly remove if needed.

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Meet the iPhone Camera Zoom lens from EZBuysDirect.com

 

Using the camera is simple. However because the camera attachment is not super stabilized it makes it difficult to use the snap-on lens without being conscious of the attachment potentially slipping off.

 

 

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A bird’s eye view of Harlem and The Bronx using the iPhone camera adapter.

 

What I’ve noticed with outdoor photos versus indoor photos is that you can get some pretty cool photos, however the image quality is not that much improved at all.

 

 

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A close up of typography using the iPhone lens adapter.

Overall the photos deliver a “fish eye” effect which is more than what the original iPhone camera offers, and depending on your use, you could benefit from creating unique perspective photos. If image quality isn’t a high priority and you’re looking for a neat way to create cool photos than this $25 iPhone accessory isn’t a waste of money.

The iPhone camera lens adapter from EZbuysDirect.com is now available on sale for $25.

Check out more iPhone camera photos used with the adapter and details below.

5 Reasons Why The New HTC One M8 Should Replace Your iPhone 5S

April 4th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

After the well-recieved launch of the HTC One M8 last week, some of our readers have asked if I really think the HTC One M8 could replace my standard iPhone 5S.  After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that not only is the HTC One (M8) a better device than the iPhone 5S, but some of my favorite features of the new HTC One sync so well with my lifestyle that it tempts me to give up and replace my iPhone 5s altogether.  Don’t believe me?  Here is a list of five ways the new HTC One beats the iPhone 5s. Are they reason enough for you to make the switch from iOS to Android?

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TV Remote

The TV Remote feature is a godsend for a girl like me, I misplace my remote control all of the time – but I never misplace my phone.  Not only does the device act as a remote, but it also suggests new programs based on your television show preference and interests.  Your HTC One is able to power on your TV, change the settings, control the volume, and switch between channels.  The HTC One’s IR blaster even has exceptional range, so much so, it even worked when it wasn’t pointed directly at the TV or cable box.  The Sense TV software is extremely powerful. It provides detailed information on TV shows and movies, and gives you the ability to easily switch between them. The app provides complete TV schedules through the channel guide and includes built-in notifications to ensure that you never miss your favorite shows again.

 

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Zoe

If you’re an iPhone user that has more photo editing apps than any other apps on your photo – listen up!  One of my favorite things about the HTC One M8  is its Zoe camera mode. Tapping on the shutter button records continuous still photos and video simultaneously. This might not sound like too big of a deal, but it’s a godsend when trying to capture action shots on the go. The resulting photos and videos are automatically remixed into multimedia videos thanks to the phone’s Highlights feature. I’ve spent way too many hours of my life editing and sharing photos using various editing  and sharing tools. None of them are as easy and satisfying as uploading a Highlight to Facebook, tagging a few friends and calling it a day.  Zoe is like your magical editing genie in your HTC – no additional editing apps required.

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Screen

The HTC One features a 5″ display that delivers full 1080p resolution (1920 x1080 pixels). The HTC One’s display is an inch bigger than the iPhone 5s and is simply better suited for everything from reading news to watching movies. It’s not that the iPhone 5s’s display is bad, it’s just that it’s stuck somewhere between 2010 and 2012. Apple introduced the Retina Display back in 2010 with the iPhone 4, kept it the same in 2011 with the iPhone 4s and stretched it out a bit in 2012 with the iPhone 5. Nothing changed for the iPhone 5s display in 2013 and now we’re stuck in in 2014 with an iPhone 5s with a display that’s too small for getting the most out of our 4G LTE networks and more powerful apps.  (And even though the HTC One is slightly larger, I can still operate and maneuver the device with one hand without worrying about fumbling or dropping the phone.)

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Speakers

The HTC One M8 has a pair of BoomSound speakers facing forward. They’re loud and produce stereo sound that’s far superior to the mono sound piped out of the iPhone 5s’s single speaker. It’s easier to hear movie dialogue on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s. Games and movies have way more depth to them on the HTC One than the iPhone 5s because sound is actually split into left and right channels, just like when listening through headphones.

 

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Isis Mobile Wallet / Google Wallet

The HTC One supports both Isis Mobile Wallet and Google Wallet payment solution. This means users can pay with their phones rather than credit cards at many retailers by simply tapping the HTC One when checking out. That might sound trivial to some, but it’s always nice to have alternative ways to pay.   [Tap, Pay and Go With Isis Mobile Wallet]

 

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HTC Advantage

HTC believes in caring for your device, even after you’ve taken it home.  So much so, that if case you ever drop or damage your phone HTC offers a free one-time cracked screen replacement within the first 6 months. You also get 50GM of free online storage (that’s extra storage above and beyond taking advantage of the external memory slot.) and  a host of new software and updated features.  Discover all the added freebies at HTC.com/advantage.

 

Now of course your iPhone 5S still maintains the lead in accessory variety, app availability, music management and support – but when it comes down to pricing, this just might be a key factor that’ll change your mind.  The HTC One is already available from Verizon Wireless for just $199 with a contract. Which is $100 less than the 32GB iPhone 5s, and that’s just the beginning. Verizon’s already offering a free HTC One with the purchase of an HTC One, which drops the price down to $100 each. If HTC and its partners are offering these kinds of deals right off the bat, imagine what we’ll see in a few months. Verizon Wireless has a bit of a head start selling the HTC One (it’s available now in stores and online).  If you’re looking to buy the HTC One on other carriers, you’ll have to wait until next week – when it becomes available on over 230 carriers on April 10th.

 

Could An Even Cheaper iPhone Be Coming Soon? It’s Already Here.

March 18th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you thought the previous iPhone 5C for $99 with a contract was a good deal, brace yourselves an even better iPhone deal has surfaced making a cheaper iPhone affordable for everyone!

 

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Apple released an 8GB iPhone 5C Tuesday, and it’s selling for roughly $712 on the company’s U.K. Apple stores. That’s around $66.40 less than the 16GB iPhone 5C.  The phone is not currently available in the U.S., but is available in countries including Germany, Australia and China. Here’s a little peek:

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$712 for an iPhone (or £429 in British pounds) might sound expensive, but here’s the thing: The phone comes without a contract, so you can use it with any carrier.

A 16GB iPhone 5C currently sells for $99 with a contract in the U.S. and $549 without one, so it would make sense that an iPhone with 8GB less of storage would be even cheaper than that.  The iPhone 5C is Apple’s cheapest phone yet, but it hasn’t paid off for the tech giant. Apple told its manufacturers that it would cut orders of the iPhone 5C last October, a move that suggests the phone hasn’t been flying off the shelves.

Will the new cheaper iPhone 5C make it to the US? Do you think that more people will begin buying the 8GB 5C because of the non-contractual factor?  Would you shell out $712 for an iPhone without a contract obligation – weight the pros and cons in the comments below… 

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Five Ways To Optimize Your iPhone Use During NYFW

February 6th, 2014 by Christen

If you’re one of the “lucky ones” underneath the New York Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, chances are that you’re using your smartphone to death.  More than likely, your smartphone is your precious baby that you use to connect with others on and offline.  You use your smartphone to share your fashionable experiences, chronicle style moments and more – but did you know that you may not be using your smartphone correctly?  Check out five ways to optimize your iPhone use during NYFW below…

 

iphone alarm1.  Stop Keeping Your iPhone Plugged in Overnight…

Letting your iPhone charge while you sleep at night might be convenient, but it’s not the best way to keep your iPhone damage free during this busy week.  Leaving your iPhone plugged in after it’s already fully charged can damage your battery over time and it could start dying more quickly.  Try charging it throughout the days you can unplug it once it’s fully charged.

 

2.  Give Your iPhone a Time Out…

You really should be turning your phone off periodically, or your battery will die faster than it should.  Leaving it on and idle stresses the battery, experts say.  If you, like me – use your phone as an alarm clock, consider picking up a cheap desktop alarm and shut your phone off at night  (you’ll save radiation exposure AND give your smartphone the break that it deserves.)

 

3.  Stop Leaving the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Enabled All the Time…

When your iPhone has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and isn’t using one or both, it’s just wasting energy.  As you wander around, navigating throughout the city for your next show, you’re not likely going to need or want Wi-Fi or Bluetooth all the time.  You’re better off leaving both off and just turning them on when you need them.

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4.  Filming shows in portrait mode…

Hey you!  Did you know that you’re actually supposed to film videos horizontally – not vertically?  You’ve seen those videos filmed in vertically mode – not cute.  Film your awesome fashion week moments the correct way, so that your friends and family can enjoy them without the “black frame of death”.

 

5.  Protect Your iPhone With A Passcode…

According to Apple, half of iPhone users do not lock their phones.  If you don’t have a passcode on your iPhone and it’s stolen, your identity and personal information is completely open and available for the thief to grab.  And while you’re at it – quit walking around with your iPhone in your hand.  Around 40 percent of the robberies in major cities (including NYC) now involve mobile devices, so it’s actually pretty dangerous to walk around carelessly with your iPhone out.

 

If you keep these tips in mind while navigating through the fashion week chaos, your iPhone will thank you and last as long as you do!  Did we miss anything?  What are your favorite smartphone tips and tricks you use during New York Fashion Week?  Share your ideas and tips below.

How To Clean Your Gmail Inbox In Three Easy Steps

January 20th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Long ago, there was a time where I made sure to keep my email inbox nice and clean.  Promptly responding to, deleting and filing all my emails – all the time.  Handling one email inbox is one thing, but when it comes to keeping multiple email inboxes in check – organization becomes a completely new challenge.  After a few failed attempts at organizing emails one by one, I’ve discovered how to clean your Gmail inbox in three easy steps.

This eCleaning is simply a way to clear the tens of hundreds (or thousands) of emails out of your inbox by marking them “as read” versus deleting or archiving all of them.  After all, who knows – you may need to access info from long lost emails and as long as they’re present in your inbox, you can easily find them again using the search box tool.

Using the same search box tool, you can easily find, locate and Clean your gmail inbox in these three easy steps below.

 

Step One:

From your Gmail inbox type IN:UNREAD in the search box and press Enter.  (This will highlight all of the unread emails in your inbox.)

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Step Two:

Click on the box in the upper-left corner of your inbox that lets you select different types of messages. Click the down arrow and choose ALL from the drop-down menu.  Google will then give you an option to select all messages — conversations via a link at the top of the page.  Click the link that says “Select all xx,xxx conversations in inbox” (This action will select all of the unread messages in your inbox – not just all of the unread messages on the current page.)

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Step Three:

Now all of the unread messages in your inbox should be selected and highlighted.  Click the More button above your inbox, choose Mark as read. Lastly, click OK on the confirmation pop-up window to confirm your decision to mark each and every e-mail in your inbox as read.

 

Viola!  Your email inbox is now nice, clear and clean!  I’m so proud of my now, clean inbox – I had to screenshot my  inbox victory.

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Do you have any tips or tricks to keep your inbox neat and organized?  Share your advice below.

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