How to Use Google Drive While Offline

As more and more people turn to cloud computing as a means of avoiding lost data to crashes, Google Drive is ever increasing in popularity. What happens when you don’t have Internet access, though? Say, when you are on a plane or during a power outage? Google has already thought of that, and there’s an easy way to access your files in these situations. 

A Step Ahead

Google has a reputation as a visionary company, and they’ve asserted that fact yet again with the increased functionality of Google Drive while offline. This comes in addition to the many amazing things Google Drive already allows users to do. 

If you foresee an offline work session in your future and are wondering how best to navigate those waters, it’ll only take you a few minutes to get yourself set up to access Google Drive offline.

Making The Connection

The process of setting up offline Drive access is rather simple, especially if you already use Google Chrome. That’s the first step—setting Chrome as your default browser, and not browsing in incognito mode for these steps. 

Next, you can install and open the Google Docs Offline extension. After that, go into your Drive account setting and check the box to sync your files for offline editing. You can also pick specific files to sync by going through them individually. 

This way, you’ll have all the files you need to work offline saved locally through the extension. Once you have Internet access again, any changes you’ve made can be saved in Drive. There’s no need to lose valuable time just because you’ve lost Internet access—make every minute count by using Google Drive offline.

How to Tell If Your Hard Drive Is Failing

If you’re like most average consumers, you don’t necessarily understand the specifics of a hard drive, but you know it’s necessary for your computer to work. Luckily, you don’t have to understand how one works to look out for signs that your hard drive is failing; if you catch it early enough, you may be able to prevent a crash. 

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Often, people have a tendency to ignore the signs of hard drive failure until a crash has already occurred, at which point they search in panic for a quick fix. Unfortunately, once a hard drive fails, it can’t be fixed with a simple snap of your fingers, it has to be replaced. 

That’s why it’s important to learn the signs of a failing hard drive, and keep an eye out for them in your own computer. 

Before The Blue Screen

The tell-tale sign of hard drive failure is something that tech enthusiasts lovingly call the blue screen of death. Before that final moment, though, there will be progressive signs tipping you off that your hard drive is in trouble. 

Signs that your hard drive is failing include:

  • General sluggish of your computer (trouble starting up, opening software slowly)
  • Frequent application crashes
  • Strange noises (like clicking)
  • Unusual error messages

If you ignore these signs, you may find your computer won’t turn on one day, or will only flash that blue screen. There are a number of different reasons hard drive failure can happen, and often they’re not due to any fault of your own. 

Don’t let it get to that point—recognize the signs of hard drive failure, and fix the problem as early as possible.

Tips to Find Lost or Misplaced Files on Your Computer

Have you ever downloaded a file, or saved and closed out of a document, only to find that you can’t locate it again when looking for it later? There are few things more frustrating than a disappeared file that you know is lurking somewhere on your computer, so here are some tips to help you find those hiding items. 

There One Second, Gone The Next

There are a number of reasons that files may seem to suddenly disappear—they could be set to hidden, automatically moved by a program, or your computer could have some sort of malware corrupting them. Whatever the reason, a misplaced file can cause a lot of undue frustration. 

Though every situation is different, there are some universal tips that can help you seek out those lost files in a pinch. 

Tracking Down Your Files

Methods for finding your files will vary slightly depending on whether you use a Windows or a Mac, but they both rely heavily on the same key feature: the search function. Here are a few easy tips for searching smarter.

Think about the file type. If you’re looking for a picture, for example, you can narrow your search down significantly right at the start by filtering out documents and the like. 

Start with what you know. Not sure of the name of the file, but know that it’s a PDF you downloaded last night? That’s a start, and you can usually see a date associated with files. 

Try to remember keywords. If you’re looking for a document, you don’t have to remember the file name if you can remember some of the words or sentences it contains and search for those. 

Finding files can be tedious, but it will happen faster if you utilize simple tips like these.

How to Turn FaceTime Off

Once in a while, a well-publicized bug so thoroughly shakes the public’s confidence that even after it’s fixed, users are wary of a product. That’s precisely the case with FaceTime, which prompted security concerns early in 2019. If you’re still a little uncomfortable with the app, here’s how you can make sure it’s disabled on your devices. 

The Glitch Heard Round The World

At the beginning of the year, it was discovered that FaceTime could be used to spy on Apple users, even if they didn’t accept the call. The bug was tested and verified many times, and Apple promptly attended to it, first by disabling group calls within the app, and then with an update that mitigated the issue. 

Still, users were (and are) shaken by the revelation that they could be so easily spied on. If you’re like many Apple consumers, you’re still not keen on FaceTime—that’s okay, because disabling the app will only take you a few seconds. 

Guarding Your Privacy

If you’re looking to disable FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad, simply go to your settings, scroll through your apps until you find FaceTime, click on it and press the toggle to disable. 

If you’d like to disable FaceTime on your computer as well for good measure, open the app on your Mac, open your preferences within the app, and uncheck the box that says “enable this account.” 

Though Apple released an update that fixed the FaceTime bug quickly after it was discovered, it’s better to be safe than sorry in this world of nearly continuous hacking. Follow these easy steps to rest a little easier knowing that no one is listening in on your day without your consent.

How to Wirelessly Transfer Your Data from A Smartphone to A PC

If living through the technology boom of the early 2000s taught society anything, it’s that no piece of tech is completely trustworthy; that’s why it’s a good idea to keep your data backed up on more than one device, but how can you easily transfer files between your smartphone and PC? Without much effort, it turns out. 

Nothing Lasts Forever

Robert Frost said that nothing gold can stay, and as it turns out, that logic applies to technology, too. No matter how new and advanced your smartphone or computer is right now, it will eventually become outdated and stop working. 

Don’t place all your eggs in one basket—share data between these two main pieces of tech in your life so you know you won’t lose it should one of them crash. 

Wireless and Stress Free

The great thing about the nearly ubiquitous interconnectivity of the web is that virtually every device allows for the option of backing up to a cloud; from there, it’s easy to download files and save them locally.

If you have an iPhone, utilizing the cloud is the easiest way to wirelessly transfer data. You can download the iCloud app even if you have a Windows computer, and log in using your Apple ID.

If you have an Android, one of the easiest ways to transfer data to your PC other than backing it up to a cloud and then downloading is by finding an app dedicated to this purpose. So long as your phone and PC are connected to the same WiFi, the app should walk you through the entire process. 

With all of the advances of modern tech, you should be able to access your data from all of your devices, and wireless transfers make that aim easy.