6 hidden tech hacks you didn't know about

Life hacks in general are something of a trend these days - There are so many crafty ways to shortcut tasks, make activities more fun, and to make processes easier. Have a read through our list and maybe try them out for yourself?

6 hidden tech hacks you didn't know about
Hidden Tech Hacks You Probably Didn't Know About

1. Playing YouTube Videos Without Being On YouTube

Hidden Tech Hacks You Didn't Know About


We've all done it before, we go to check out a video on YouTube on our phone, then think we can keep it playing while we open and reply to a text on the same phone. There is a crafty way around this, in the form of how you view YouTube.


In the Google Chrome mobile app, there is a feature where you can browse in "desktop mode" - By toggling this feature on, you can load up a YouTube video from within the browser, and when you exit the Google Chrome app, or even just click to lock your phone, you will realise the video is still playing!


This hack works best for if you need a free way to listen to music, audio books or podcasts that might only be available on YouTube.

6 hidden tech hacks you didn't know about
Hidden Tech Hacks You Probably Didn't Know About

2. Re-opening An Accidentally Closed Browser Tab Without Going Back Through Search History

Hidden Tech Hacks You Didn't Know About


Did your internet browser just close on itself? Sometimes these things happen, and it's a pain, especially if you're doing something important, like a post online or submitting an assignment - You fear that you might not be able to recover your work.




Fortunately, there is a hack available on both Windows PC and Mac. For Mac users, if you open up a new tab, then press Command + Shift + T.

For Windows users, press Control + Shift + T. The browser will re-open the last closed off tab on your PC or Mac, lifesaver! What's more, you can also keep doing this in case you closed off multiple tabs, as it will reload closed off tabs in reverse chronological order.

6 hidden tech hacks you didn't know about
Hidden Tech Hacks You Probably Didn't Know About

3. Pages Loading Slowly? Check Your Internet Speeds In Two Seconds

Hidden Tech Hacks You Didn't Know About


When your browser just takes too much time to load up pages, or your videos are forever buffering, it may be as a result of very slow internet. To check your internet speed, simply type in "Internet speed checker". This will load up a page which automatically calculates the download and upload speeds for your current WIFI service.


This is a great way to perhaps claim partial refunds or compensation from your telecoms/data provider. Some providers commit to a minimum speed cap, and if your speeds are showing up as falling below the minimum standard on this tool, you can use it as evidence to back up your claim.

6 hidden tech hacks you didn't know about
Hidden Tech Hacks You Probably Didn't Know About

4. Use Honey To Get Instant Discounts When Shopping Online

Hidden Tech Hacks You Didn't Know About