December 2021 News: Samsung S21 Ultra – surprise, Google Photos, Smartphone Settings

  December 2021 | Issue 172  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks


Home again

We were home for the whole month of November. It looks like December will be the same. In January, we’ve booked a tour of Central America. Something different. All the planning is done for us. I still laid it out in Google My Maps so we could grasp the concept of where we’re going. We will add notes and photos to the map when we’re there.
During the past month we presented a few classes over Zoom and YouTube. Here are links so you can review them:

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Chris’ new Galaxy S21 Ultra phone: an unexpected surprise feature!
  2. As we’re ending the first year of paying for Google Photos storage, people are asking “What happens if I stop paying?
  3. A Smartphone Tip about using Search to find those settings on your iPhone or Android device…

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What’s coming up – Our Calendar December 2021
We’re Presenting Online
Things are all online-only on our calendar this month.
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
Also on our Facebook page
Be sure to subscribe and like the page
  • Dec 12, 2pm ET- Episode 225 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Dec 12, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Dec 8, 7pm ET- Sun City Center Computer Club  Zoom meeting: How do I use LastPass?
  • Dec 26, 2pm ET- Episode 226 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Dec 26, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
January We’ll be out of the country most of January but we plan on going live on YouTube and Facebook during our travels. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and Like us on Facebook.
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.

Ask the Geeks

Ask the Geeks Q&A forum. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today! Here are some recent discussions

  1. Gmail using groups on labels
  2. Uploading from Picasa to GP – photo edits
  3. Follow the blog gadget
  4. Free Up Space on Android
  5. Google Drive Checking Sync and Photos

Taking photos with Chris’ new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone – A Surprise Feature

I bought this phone because of the lenses. I knew that taking telephoto shots was going to be awesome. What I did not know is that the Samsung Gallery app has a feature called Object Eraser. I strongly considered getting the Google Pixel 6 instead of the Samsung, and one of the reasons is the Google Photos
feature called “Magic Eraser” which is only available on the Pixel 6.

I usually do not use the Gallery app that comes with Samsung phones because I use Google Photos instead. Read More

What happens to my Google Photos if I don’t pay for storage?

If you think of your Google Account Storage like a real world storage unit, these concepts will be easier. Let’s say you had a small storage unit that would hold 15 boxes of stuff. Once it gets full, what happens? You can’t store any more stuff! If you take out some of the old boxes, you can put in new ones, but
you’re limited to 15 boxes total.

3 Choices when your storage is full

It’s the same with your Google Account Storage. Google gives everyone 15GB of storage for free. Once you fill that up, you have 3 choices:

  1. Do nothing
  2. Get rid of some stuff
  3. Pay for a bigger storage amount

If you choose #1, you won’t be able to add any more photos to your Google Photos but you will be able to access what is already there. That may be acceptable but there’s a catch. Read More …

How to use Search to find those pesky Smartphone Settings
All smartphones have dozens, maybe hundreds, of settings that customize the way your phone works. For example, does your phone’s screen go black when you don’t want it to? If you’re writing an email and you take a minute to think about what you want to say, your phone thinks it’s time to go to sleep and your screen goes dark just as you’re about to type the next word. That’s aggravating, right? Well, there’s a setting for that. On Android phones it’s called Screen
Timeout. On iPhones it’s called Auto-Lock. Yours may be set to 30 seconds, which means you don’t get much time to think before the screen goes black! You can change it to something more reasonable, like 1 or 2 minutes – IF you can find it. Read the Article and watch the short videos to learn how.

Have you seen these tutorial videos?
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  1. I am trying to get into the Backstage part of the program on Sun. Dec. 26th, and cannot find how to enter.

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