Miss the home button or hate alerts? Stop annoying smartphone features

The constant pings of a group can be too much, but you can silence those conversations.

When it comes to consumer tech, there’s a huge list of things that can drive us all bananas.

Take your slow Wi-Fi. You can’t stream, you can’t join a video meeting, and it always happens at the worst time. Tap or click for clever ways to speed up your home’s connection.

What about wading through thousands of photos, looking for the one you want? Tap or click for a quick shortcut, along with four more smart tech fixes – like a hidden way to know a scammer is calling without picking up your phone.

Our smartphones help us get a ton done, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to chuck them out the window sometimes. Here are the top complaints I hear about and ways to fix them.

1. Your screen brightness keeps changing

Apple’s Face ID does more than unlock your phone. It also can tell when you’re paying attention to your phone. If you look away, your screen dims, and your alert volume also decreases.