We hope everyone had a good Christmas and a great New Year. For everyone who received gadgets and technological wonders over the holidays, I’ve got some tips for you this issue.

First and foremost, if it has a battery, let it charge fully before using it. It may be hard to put it to one side and wait, but in the long run, your battery life will thank you for it.

If you’ve got a new phone and your existing sim card is too big, wait until the shops are open so that your card can be cut down using a precise machine. Avoid the temptation to use the kitchen scissors to cut it down, or you may find that the card doesn’t work anymore because it hasn’t been cut accurately. Be patient and let a professional do it right!

Don’t panic if your new device is much newer than one you currently have. The similarities between the old systems and the new systems is usually enough that you can learn any differences between them if you take your time. Nine times out of ten, the only thing that has changed is that the buttons are a little bit shinier!

Set up back-up!

Start as you mean to go on and find the back-up options. This is usually under ‘settings’ on phones and tablets and you can set your gmail or icloud account to back up to. If you do it now, then you won’t have to worry about it later if you have any issues.

Consider buying a case, screen protector, or tempered glass protector if your device didn’t come with one already. It would be such a shame if your shiny new device got damaged. 

Lastly, we love sitting by the fire on a cold winter’s night, but phones and tablets do not.  Keep them away from excessive heat.