Most of us use, not just computers, but smartphones, and tablets everyday. And we could use all the help we can get. Read below to discover two tricks. One: how you can force your Android device to update and two: how to safeguard your eyes from damage from gazing at screens all day.

Forcing Android to check for system updates

The operating systems on your devices receive updates frequently. But you often have to wait for them to hit your devices. This can be a bummer as you are watching for a feature or fix you have read about, or maybe there is an exciting new service that is coming with your next update. You can just patiently wait for it, but there is a way that you can force you Android device to check for an update. The website Ghack explains how: Go to the “Settings” menu. Click “Apps” and select “Show All.” Then find the “Google Services Framework” and click on the “Clear Data” option. Finally, click the “Force Stop” button. If there is an update available, your device will obtain it.

Protecting your eyes

Computer screens are bad for your eyes and over time they can do permanent damage if you stare at them daily. This is where these tricks from the Atlantic can come in handy. The easiest of which is to make sure your computer screen is clean, as well as the brightest thing around. Another good habit to get into is to take “20-20-20” breaks. Focus your eyes on a spot 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. And finally, don’t sit too close. If you can high-five your computer screen, you are too close.

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