Dorothy had it right: "There's no place like home." This is especially true when it comes to using your Samsung Galaxy S3, or pretty much any other smartphone, whose most vital button is the Home key. But what happens when that button no longer works? Replacements can be pri ...more
Home Button Repair
If there's been one signature design element for Apple's iPhones, it was the circular Home button. It served as the "everything" button for each iPhone model until last year's iPhone X, but now, it's completely absent from the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Should you be worried? ...more
Have you noticed some issues with your Apple iPod Touch, like performance issues (speed) or errors (frozen screens)? The first thing you always want to try to resolve these types of issues (especially freezing) is a simple little reset feature on the iPod Touch, available by p ...more
This is a video tutorial on how to replace a damaged iphone 3GS home button/flex cable. It seems to be common for Apple's iPhone home button to get stuck, so replacing it without paying a fortune is a valuable skill.
With the new Nexus S from Google, multitasking is easier than ever before. In this brief, official guide from the folks at Google, we learn how to switch between multiple applications by holding down the Home button. Soon all smartphones running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) will ...more
So you want to go home eh? Just can't seem to get there? Well, if you're dealing with a broken home button on an iPod touch this can be a frustrating challenge that can leave you wanting to hurl your device across the room. Well, worry no more. This video will get you home qui ...more
With a voltmeter, you can safely check the AC and DC voltage levels, measure resistance and even measure amperage or give circuit readings. What this means is that you can use this to diagnose problems that some of your household appliances might be having.
In this clip, you'll see how to navigate and use the Home screen and button on any Apple iPhone, including, of course, the 4G. Whether you're the proud owner of an Apple iPhone or perhaps just considering picking one up, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. Fo ...more
Looking to fix your iPhone home button? Do you have a broken HOME button on your iPhone? In this video, learn how to get around it with an application called "mquickdo", formerly known as iHome for jailbroken iPhones. This also works for iPhone 1G or 2G and iPod 1G or 2G. Mqui ...more
Want to quickly get back to the primary (or home) menu on your Apple iPhone? With the Home button, it's a cinch. Whether you're the proud owner of an Apple iPhone 3G or perhaps just considering picking one up second hand, you're sure to benefit from this free video tutorial. F ...more
Learn how to spot a dishonest contractor for home repair. It’s no accident contractors have such a bad reputation – they get more fraud complaints than any other workers! Here’s how to find a reputable one – and skip the scammers. You Will Need * A telephone * A computer S ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates how to attach two pieces of wood that can be detached later on in your house project.
Have a broken "Home" button on your iPhone 3G? In this video tutorial, learn ways of possibly fixing a sticking or broken HOME button, or any other buttons on your iPhone 3GS, by simply restarting and reboting your system. Fix a sticking HOME button on the iPhone 3G. Click thr ...more
When a phone has only one main button, it can be pretty frustrating when that one button doesn't really work anymore. If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Yep, the Home button, which is prone to unresponsiveness and lag. Most users blame the ...more
Among the many new changes ushered in by the iPhone 7, only one has the potential to completely change the way you interact with your smartphone—a new 3D Touch-enabled home button. Instead of the mechanical click we've grown accustomed to, your home button will now behave like ...more
The iPhone's home button is responsible for at least six different default functions—waking the lock screen, opening the multitasking interface, scanning Touch ID, summoning Siri, triggering Reachability, and going to the home screen. Objectively, that's a lot to ask of one si ...more
Like the buttons on your computer's mouse and keyboard, the Home key on your Samsung Galaxy S4 serves a vital function in navigating through your device. It can get pressed dozens of times a day, going through hours of use and abuse. If the GS4's Home button is anything like ...more
All iOS devices come with a triple-click home button gesture that can launch what are known as accessibility shortcuts. These shortcuts can work wonders for folks that are hearing impaired or have problems with their vision, but they have everyday uses too, as they offer innov ...more
With the new version of Android due out very soon, Android 5.0 "Lollipop" has received a ton of press lately. It's all well-deserved, of course, because the new "Material Design" interface is absolutely beautiful. While we've covered methods on how to get a little bit of that ...more
It looks like Samsung was thinking about slapping a little nub of a home button on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. This is according to a patent published by the European Trade Mark and Design Network, uncovered by Android Headlines. Despite having a nearly bezel-less display on th ...more
The Galaxy S8's Always On Display is a fantastic feature that gives you a brief overview without having to wake up your phone. But AOD now has a virtual home button, which kinda ruins the sleek look and can even cause screen burn-in. Regardless of your reason, if you're not a ...more
Your new Samsung Galaxy S4 is fast, but it can definitely be faster. One issue that carried over from the Samsung Galaxy S3 is Home button lag. Instead of it being an instantaneous response, it takes a split second for the action to take place—and a split second is enough to i ...more
The new and improved Side button, as well as a plethora of new swipe gestures, are responsible for picking up the slack left by the missing Home button on the iPhone X. If you're really missing that Home button, however, Apple's built-in AssistiveTouch tool can help you out by ...more
Automatic brightness adjustments are supposed to make it easier to maintain good visibility on your phone, but it really never works as intended. It usually doesn't adjust properly, leading you to manually pull up the Control Center to adjust brightness via the slider. While ...more
In its never-ending quest to innovate its flagships, Apple has finally decided to do away with the iconic Home button present since the first iPhone back in 2007. That means screenshots, force-restarting, switching apps, Apple Pay, and the home screen all work differently on t ...more
Selecting text on a touchscreen device has always been a major pain point. Those tiny little arrows that let you adjust the selection area are always too hard to actually adjust, making precision all but impossible. Then there's the issue of some apps not even allowing text se ...more
Accessing your recent contacts just became a hell of a lot quicker with iOS 8. In addition to accessing recent apps, double-pressing your Home button now shows off recent contacts at the top of your screen. Video: . Your most recent contact, whether by call or message, will be ...more
The iPhone has a handy feature called AssistiveTouch that lets you quickly adjust volume, lock your screen, rotate your display, and even navigate through the phone's interface using a virtual home button. In a way, it's a lot like the on-screen navigation bar that you'll find ...more
Last week, the internet was ablaze with talk about the Galaxy S8's home button, because it subtly changes positions without the phone alerting you. This feature was included to stop burn-in issues with the screen, and the general consensus from tech sites was the screens would ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, shows a few easy tips for painting wood siding for your house.
The Android version of Google Chrome only shows a home button on some devices. Unfortunately, this feature isn't available to all Android phones due to several factors. But thanks to a simple workaround, you can now enable this button and set a home page regardless of what dev ...more
As mentioned before, the Home button is one of the most important keys on your Samsung Galaxy S3, and pretty much all Android devices for that matter. However, when it comes to customization, it's rather tame. If you've ever used Activator on a jailbroken iPhone, you know the ...more
There may only be a few hardware buttons on your Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but when they're not working, your phone might as well be a doorstop. A few years back, I was texting while walking to class and a student on a bicycle crashed into me. My phone was flung thirty feet—strai ...more
Vertical and horizontal cracks can mean structural problems in the foundation of your home. New carbon fiber technology can reinforce a cracked or bowing foundation cheaper and using less space than traditional methods. Watch this how to video to learn how to fix common founda ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates a very simple way to repair a hard to reach subfloor by squaring up the opening. Watch and learn how to keep your house looking sharp.
Weather can really do some damage to the wood siding on your home. When your siding becomes worn and rotten due to the elements, it's time to break out the tools and install new wood. This instructional video walks you through the basic steps of repairing the wood siding on yo ...more
YouTube's hardwarehelper teaches you how to repair a chimney cap on your home. At worst, you'll have to caulk the edges, but this is a nice, fairly permanent solution to capping a chimney.
If you have a pocket door installed in your home, there are moments when it can become damaged and fails to work. If you're having problems with it and are finding a quick solution to replacing it or repairing it, this tutorial will be there to help. Check it out and enjoy! Re ...more
Can't turn on your computer? The power button might be broke. If so, you're going to have to replace it, and you can do it yourself. See how to remove the power button from the Power Mac desktop computer. PowerBook Medic is the ultimate resource for Mac computers and electron ...more
First of all you have to check the three red lights as shown because it indicates that the Xbox is broken and needs repair immediately. However if you open the Xbox the warranty is invalid and it takes six weeks to get it repaired. So go to eBay and buy the repair kit with pri ...more
Your smartphone stays with you everywhere you go, so it's only a matter of time before you spill coffee all over it or drop it on the ground. For some of you, it has already happened, perhaps even multiple times. That's why we thought it was important to find out which flagshi ...more
We recently ran into a serious iPhone 6 issue here in the Gadget Hacks office, where the device was stuck in an infinite bootloop with intermittent red and blue screens (of death?) and an unresponsive touchscreen and buttons. From what we can tell, we weren't alone, though som ...more
The Samsung Galaxy S5 display can be replaced by most do-it-yourselfers with some basic mechanical skills and a few inexpensive tools. The good news is that once you replace your display assembly your screen will be good as new with no bubbles or dust on the inside. The replac ...more
One of the main reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S III has dethroned Apple's iPhone 4S as the best-selling smartphone in the world is due to Android's open-source operating system. The vast spectrum of customization that comes with Android has become one of its focal points, all ...more
Jailbreaking gives you root access to the iOS file system, allowing you to install third-party apps and tweaks on your iPhone that aren't available in the App Store. It opens up a whole new realm for what your device can do, but it can also cause instability across the system ...more
Clumsiness is the great equalizer when it comes to smartphones — it makes no distinction between the most expensive flagship handset and cheaper mid-range models. A hard drop onto pavement will usually result in a shattered screen, regardless of how pricey your device is. And ...more
Following in the iPhone X's footsteps, the iPhone XS and XS Max, as well as the iPhone XR, have all ditched the iconic Home button last seen on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which is one giant leap toward Jony Ive's ultimate vision of an iPhone that's a clean slab of glass. However ...more
If you've ever had issues charging your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, like most other Apple products, the culprit to blame is usually a frayed or damaged cable. It's a common design flaw due to the thinness of the cords and the weak sheath surrounding them — but that's not alwa ...more
Oh no... your precious iPhone is in shambles. Maybe you shattered your screen after a crazy night of celebrating, or maybe your two-year-old jabbed a toy into your iPhone's charging port, completely destroying it in the process. Now what? Do you take it to a repair shop, or go ...more
The Google Nexus S smartphone is finally here! Well… almost. Nexus S is the first smartphone based on the Gingerbread OS (Android 2.3) and will be available for purchase online and at Best Buy store locations everywhere, come December 16th, with T-Mobile service. Aah… just ...more
Remember the arcades? Were you saddened when they closed up one by one, leaving no outlet to actually go out and socialize while you played video games? With all the home consoles and internet connectivity, gaming has evolved, but the social factor has been eliminated. Sure we ...more
Don't want one of your Facebook "friends" knowing your status updates? Prefer to keep a few of those "friends" out of your photo albums? Would you like to prevent a few "friends" from accessing your address? The simple answer would be to remove all of those so-called friends— ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates an easy way to get smooth corners with a joint compound in your drywall remodel work in your house. Home repair has never been easier.
This video shows you how to use Skype on your iPhone 3G or 3GS. As you know, Skype (from app store) can only be used on wifi. This video shows you how to use 3G Unrestrictor (from Cydia) so that you can make calls using Skype on 3G. Combine this with Backgrounder (Cydia app) a ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates a simple way to cut cement backer board using an inexpensive carbide-tipped tool, much like cutting drywall. This is a great home repair project tip for your house.
This video demonstrates how to fix the batter length problem on a jailbroken iPod. First, make sure that you have a Wi-Fi connection so you could download the necessary files. Turn your iPod Touch on and locate the Installer icon. Wait until the installer program loads. Then, ...more
Check out this video if you are interested in learning how to Jailbreak AND Unlock the iPhone - Firmware 3.0.1 (August 2009). Part One, JailBreak the iPhone: 1. On your Computer, Install "redsn0w" 2. Open the redsn0w application to jailbreak the iPhone 3. Click the Browse Bu ...more
The most recent version of the iPhone Software (iOS 5) has the ability to utilize emoticons by use of the native keyboard and software, no third-party app or jailbreak required. Just follow these simple steps for unlocking the emoticon keyboard: Step 1: Open "Settings" From ...more
This video is about how to fix an iPod Touch that will not open applications. You fix it by pressing and holding the power or home button which will restart your iPod that will only take a few minutes. If this does not work, fix it by uninstalling or deleting all the applicati ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to reset a frozen iPod Touch after jailbreaking. iPod Touch is a portable media player, personal digital assistant, and Wi-Fi mobile platform. Begin by holding in the Sleep and Home button at the same time. Hold it until a black screen ...more