I love to share the basics of tech to show what you can get done quickly and easily with tablets(like the iPad), smart phones and PCs from the point of view of someone who has vision difficulties as I am legally blind. I avoid "geek speak" as I share the great things you can get done with new technology. It is more important to get things done with tech than the tech itself.
These are horrible
messages that can make your anxiety go through the roof. What should you do?
solution for reclaiming space on your smartphone (Android or iPhone) is to get
photos and videos off the phone and into the cloud.
Sure, there are other
things one can do: removing unused or little used apps, etc.
But I like the cloud
for photos and videos for more than recovering space--photos and videos are
safer and can automatically go to your computer as well.
Once the photos and
videos are in the cloud, delete them from your smartphone. That's it. Don’t'
worry, they are still safe and sound in the cloud and safe and sound on your
Below are a variety of
cloud services to choose from. I won't go into the directions except to say
that they are straight forward and work surprisingly well. Many of the services
are free or have an introductory amount of cloud space that is free with pay
I have been using a
few of these services for many years and even pay for two of them because it is
worth every single penny to know my photos and videos are automatically sent to
the cloud and down to my computer with no effort on my part.
There are a few more
but gosh, who wants to read about all of them. Take a gander and get those
photos and videos safely off your smartphone and get needed space back.
The short answer, you
don't have to do anything! NOTHING is required of you. Keep on keepin' on as
they say. If you wish anyway.
You can upgrade when
you want to and NOT when Microsoft says or 'recommends'. You have until July
28, 2016 to upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE as long as you have Windows 7
Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. If you are not ready now, stay where you are. In October of last
year, Microsoft shared that they were increasing the intensity of encouraging
folks to upgrade to Windows 10. Previously, if you had
Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 you would see a small Windows icon in the lower right portion of the Task Bar where you could click
to 'reserve' your FreeWindows 10 upgrade.
As time progressed
this icon began to pop up messages about upgrading to Windows 10 and many felt
this was a nuisance.
As Microsoft promised,
the 'reservation' stage is moving to the 'recommended' stage starting February
1. Full disclosure here,
I have already upgraded the three computers in my household to Windows 10 and am
quite happy. The upgrade was not without complaints but the upgrades were done
in August of last year and have calmly survived the process. In fact, many friends
and relatives my age and older have upgraded and all of survived fine. Purchasing a new
computer with Windows 10 is terrific. It works well with any of the new PCs now
and there are a lot of them. Below are some very good articles describing
this 'recommended' phase for Windows 10 Upgrading. Microsoft startspushing Windows 10 as a 'recommended' update by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet Windows 10 is now a'recommended' update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users by Dan Thorp-Lancaster of
Windows Central Windows 10 Becomes aRecommended Update on Windows 7 and 8.1 by Paul Thurrott of Thurott.com Do you have stories to share about your upgrade to Windows 10? Write a comment below. Thanks!