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01 July 2015

Girlboss Tech Hacks You Might Not Know

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I've never read Girlboss, so I apologize if I'm using that phrase wrong. I was going to use the term "Working Girl", but when I think of that term I immediately think of hookers. I'm currently knee deep in re-watching season one of Dexter with the Ice Truck Killer, so I'd like to avoid anything talking about hookers. I'm having enough nightmares as it is. These hacks are really for anyone that uses an electronic piece of equipment on a daily basis. So, errybody.

Discovering these hacks has been a lengthy process. I've either had a problem, and stalked the internet trying to find a solution, or accidentally stumbled on a hack that I now can't live without. So, here we go! 

1. Typing Emojis On A Mac Computer

Many programs and websites on your Mac actually allow you to use emojis, you just have to know how to type them. To use an emoji on Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, Email, Instagram...

To type an emoji on your Mac:
Hold Down: Control + Command + Spacebar 

2. The One Trick to Improving Every iPhone Picture You Take
Did you know you can automatically place a filter, a very good filter might I add, on every picture you take on your iPhone. This is one of those tricks I accidentally stumbled on, but it is a game changer. I never take a picture without this setting turned on. Here's how: 

To Turn the "Chrome" Filter ON For Every iPhone Picture

1. Open to your Camera App. In the bottom right corner, you'll see an icon made up of 3 round gray circles. Click that icon.  

2. You will be presented with several automatic filter options. 
Select Chrome.  

3. Those three dots in the bottom right corner will now be colored. 

 I personally will still edit my photos in Afterlight before posting to Instagram, but the difference that little filter makes is incredible. You can also add that filter to pictures you've already taken. Here's how.

To Apply the "Chrome" Filter to Old Pictures

1. Open your Camera Roll and select a picture. 
Click Edit on the top right corner. 

2. Select the "Chrome" Filter from the choices at the bottom. 

3. Click done and you're good to go. As you can see, it just gives your pictures a little something extra, don't you think?

3. Quickly Resize Images/Elements in Photoshop 

I'm not sure if this one is just me being dumb and everyone already knew how this worked,  but when I discovered this I felt like my world changed. I never could figure out how to make an image smaller/bigger in photoshop without distorting it. Now I can. 

How to Resize Items in Photoshop Without Distortion 

When you try and manually drag the corners of an image/element to resize it, it will get distorted, like this...

 To resize without distortion...
1. Click one of the corners of your image/element

2.  Change Width (W) and Height (H) percentage at the top of the screen.

4. Flip Clock Screen Saver
How many office spaces have you seen on Pinterest with that awesome flip clock screen saver on their computer? 

Yes that's my desk thank you for asking.

To download that screen saver
Just go here

5. Use Siri to Take a Nap or Sleep Later Than Planned
Setting an alarm is maybe the most tedious thing in the world. I'm of course being dramatic, except for the fact that I'm not being dramatic at all. 

You: "Wake Me Up in One Hour and 15 Minutes"
Siri: "I've Set an Alarm for 3:30pm"

6. Take a Burst of Photos
When I was trying to take this picture, the "burst" photo setting was helpful to get the right shot. 

To take several pictures in a row

To Activate Burst Photos:
Simply Hold Down The iPhone Camera Button


7. Charge Your Phone Twice as Fast
Need your phone charged, like, yesterday? 

Put your phone in airplane mode while charging.
It will charge twice as fast. 


So those are my tech hacks I've picked up over the last few months. Have you found any that are not on my list that will change our life?!?! Tell me in the comments! 



  1. i am happy to say i do a lot of these things because YOU tol me about them. getting the flip clock right NOW!

  2. Ok the charging on airplane mode?! AMAZING life hack!!! Thank you!!!

  3. I only knew about a few of these. So going to try the ones I didn't know about.

  4. So happy to learn about the charging hack! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Airplane mode while charging is such a lifesaver! I usually turn the brightness all the way down too for super-fast charging powa :D

  6. Love all of these but mostly the alarm one!!!! Thank you for sharing.

  7. I always turn my phone on airplane mode when charging! Especially when I need it in a hurry. I just downloaded that clock screensaver! Love it. Thank you!

  8. I'm so excited to have that clock screen saver now!! Thank you for this list!

  9. This list is amazing! I never knew 2, 6, or 7 :) And I've been searching for the screensaver! So happy I came across this post. My day has been made!

  10. Thank you for these! I will be trying out the chrome setting on my camera all weekend :) And how silly is it that I never think to delete old emails or text messages off my phone? So of course my camera says I can't take any more pics all the time!

  11. I like the airplane mode one! That's pretty handy!

  12. Thanks for the tip about the filter setting! That chrome filter really does make photos pop! :)

  13. I have learnt a few things here thank you

  14. Thanks for the helpful post!
    Ashleigh | Mermaid on the Move

  15. The first one was like BAM! Just for that I'm thankful I found this post haha Thank you for sharing!

  16. That airplane mode thing is genius! Thank you! :)

  17. I LOVE the camera chrome filter hack! I didn't know about this- thanks!! Great post!


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