You Don’t Know It All: 10 Amazing Tech Hacks You Can Find On Reddit

Mihir Patkar 03-10-2013

Recently, we showed you 10 amazing technology ideas you could find on Pinterest 10 Amazing Technology Ideas You Can Find On Pinterest Active “pinners” use Pinterest to discover cool technology ideas. Here are some amazing technology ideas you can find on Pinterest. Some you can try yourself, and some you can keep pinned for inspiration. Read More . But over the past couple of years, Reddit (we covered it in one of our ebooks The Awesome Guide to Reddit Wonder how your friends always find cool stuff on the Internet before you? They're probably using Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet". Read More ) has become the go-to place to share life hacks A Life Less Ordinary: 7 Places on Reddit for Your Own Personal Growth What better place to go to if you are starting to feel that your life is a little less than ordinary. Tell us if these subreddits help you think about your own personal development. Read More , whether it’s on the LifeProTips subreddit, the LifeHacks subreddit or other topics where such cool posts pop up.


Among those, the ones to do with technology can get lost in a sea of constant updates, comments, and posts. We scoured through the site to come up with 10 amazing tech hacks you probably didn’t know about.

Make an autocorrect shortcut on your phone for your email address

Lots of mobile apps and services ask for your email address. It’s a little tedious to type it out each time. Instead, head to your keyboard’s dictionary and add a shortcut for it by assigning it as an autocorrect for a keyword or a code. You can use your name as the keyword, or a shortcut code like ‘zqx’ — three letters you are unlikely to ever type in succession in normal usage.

Use a ruler as your phone’s wallpaper to quickly measure small items


Well, now why didn’t we think of that sooner? Grab the image of a ruler and make it your cell phone’s wallpaper, ensuring that it’s to scale by placing a real ruler on your phone while setting it. Now you can quickly measure any object! “For mine, I also put the dimensions of the phone itself so that I can measure larger spans in ‘phone lengths’,” says fuzzeslecrdf. “And a plea for a safe return in case my phone is lost and found.”

Use Google Translate to visit blocked sites

Is a particular website blocked at your work or in school? Companies and universities have an annoying habit of putting up these firewalls, but almost none of them will block Google Translate. So go to that and visit your site through it. It will work just fine! Make sure you use English-to-English as the translation settings though! But there’s one caveat: this hack only works with HTTP sites, not HTTPS ones.


Turn your wallet into a smartphone stand


Need to prop up your phone for a quick video chat or to watch a movie, but don’t have a smartphone stand around? Just whip out your wallet and open it up. If your wallet folds thrice, place it on its back and open up one flap to prop the phone. If your wallet folds twice, open it and place it in the shape of a boomerang. Your phone can stably rest on that.

Use number keys and  J, K, L to navigate YouTube

Now here’s a hack that might entirely change how you use YouTube. Did you know that you can hit the number keys on your keyboard from 1 to 9 to skip from 10% to 90% of the video? What’s more, you can use the J and L keys to rewind and fast forward 10 seconds, and the K key to play/pause. No more fiddling around with that bar!

Turn a laser pointer into a macro lens for your phone’s camera

This is so cool. If you have a used laser pointer around (or if you can borrow one from your office clerk or professor), break it open and you will find a lens inside. Get a hairpin and some scotch tape. Prop the lens between the hairpin and place it on the camera lens of your phone. Use the scotch tape to hold the pin-lens combo firmly in place. And there you go! A rough, DIY macro lens for no cost.


Make a separate user account for presentations

Those who use their work laptop to deliver presentations might want to consider creating a separate user account for those. That way, you can avoid embarrassing notifications for emails or a ping from a friend popping up in the middle of your demo. You can do this on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Just make sure that the presentation file is stored on a different partition, so it’s accessible through any account. And as a backup, email it to yourself too.

Quick and easy pocket tripod

This is one of the most useful digital camera tricks you should know 8 Useful Digital Camera Hacks That Don't Cost The Earth You can actually get more out of a photograph with a cheap homemade reflector than an expensive lens when you are on the learning curve with your camera. The good thing is that the photography... Read More . It will save you from ever again lugging around a heavy tripod to steady your shots. Take a small bolt, tie a piece of string to it and screw it into the bottom of your camera. The string should be approximately the length from your eye level to the ground. At the other end other string, tie a washer. “Drop the washer down, step on the washer and then pull up tightening the string. This will give you incredible stability for longer exposures. When you’re done just unscrew the bolt and wad the “tripod” up and stash it in your pocket. Great for travel when you’re not carrying a bag,” MakeMeNaked writes.

The plus sign can turn your Gmail into multiple addresses

If you want to use the same Gmail address to sign up for two different accounts on a site, here’s a neat trick. At the end of your handle, append a plus sign and add a word — it’s recognised as a different address but goes to the same Gmail inbox. “For Gmail addresses, only the characters up until the first plus sign are used to determine where to send the email. For instance, emails sent to and will both go to,” madcreator says.

Print to test a printer



This is pure genius. If you need to test a printer or a new colour cartridge, fire up your browser, head to and print the homepage. It has all the colours while using very little ink. Of course, on days when there’s a Google doodle, you can always search for the Google logo instead and print that.

Share Your Favourite Hacks!

It would be impossible to scour the whole of Reddit for tech hacks and this is only a small selection of what’s on offer. You must have come across a few during your browsing, and perhaps even created few of your own.

In fact, it needn’t even be just on Reddit. We recently rounded up some cool life hacks on Instagram 15 Awesome Life Hacks You Can Find On Instagram Who doesn't fancy a shortcut? Life hacks are ingenious tricks that can make your life easier, whether it's as simple as fitting two bowls in a microwave oven or making a DIY stand for your... Read More too. So drop a line and share what you know, we are all ears!

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  1. xbejo
    November 25, 2015 at 2:41 am

    nice, very nice good advice

  2. Kannon Y
    October 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    That was super awesome! Great find!

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks man, appreciate that :)

  3. Michael Bian
    October 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Really liked the article!

  4. Thu Y
    October 13, 2013 at 6:31 am

    How to find the right ruler wallpaper for smartphones?

  5. John C
    October 12, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Psion PDAs had an onscreen ruler - I think the app was called V+Rule about 12 ish YEARS ago!


  6. Rajath Ramakrishna
    October 9, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I loved the "phone stand using a wallet" hack. Was wondering how I never thought of it before.
    Beautiful hack. Thank you :)

  7. Amanda
    October 8, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Tried to share via FB, got error msg.

  8. Don
    October 7, 2013 at 1:10 am

    There is an android app that has a built in ruler, as well as several other useful features.

    It's called Swiss Army Knife: [Broken Link Removed]

  9. Omar A
    October 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    You can't imagine how the plus sign hack in google can be useful :)

  10. Gillian V
    October 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Pretty well all your ' s cam out as a??, and the a has an accent although I couldn't identify it. But the tech hacks are interesting.

  11. Yavuz A.
    October 5, 2013 at 7:31 am

    You can put any number of dots (.) when writing your Gmail address. For example are the same address for Gmail. But other services will think they are different addresses. I've been using this trick since 2005 :)

  12. Thu Y
    October 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    the plus sign for gmail don't work on facebook. Any suggestion?

    • Nour72
      October 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      added a "." that should work i think.

    • rameshkarthik
      October 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      or use instead of in your email address.
      The plus thing works for hotmail too.

  13. Don Preston
    October 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    The stock android keyboard won't let you tie an email address to a shortcut. The 'save' button disappears when you hit the @.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Oh really? Didn't know that. I use Swype, didn't try it with the stock keyboard :) Thanks for letting us know, Dave!

  14. Ghaith E
    October 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

    very useful .thank you

  15. Mohonish Chakraborty
    October 4, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Most of the hacks mentioned here are truly mind blowing! Good job on the article!

  16. Tim
    October 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    The plus sign hack is incredible

    • Joseph
      October 4, 2013 at 1:43 am

      The greatest thing about it is that it can be combined with filters, too! Messages sent to will still make it to your inbox but you can easily capture them with a filter with the criterion "TO:". I make extensive use of such filters to categorize my work inbox: I'm a TA and students frequently submit reports/projects to me by e-mail.

    • Curtis
      October 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Gmail also will allow you to insert as man periods as you would like into your address. So for example, would be equivalent to (or for that matter).

  17. Brandon jones
    October 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Awesome tips! I already use the auto correct one for my E-mail address. I can type three characters, press space, and there is my address!

  18. David Singleton
    October 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I just tried the google translate hack, google told me the page was already in english and would not translate it for me, kicked me back to the page I could not see because it was blocked.

    • Kyle H.
      October 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      To get around Google Translate doing this, simply set it to translate from a language other than the one you're translating it to.

  19. MFM Technology
    October 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    That blocked website hack could come in handy when I'm in the school's computer lab :)

  20. Mark A
    October 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    liked the block site thingy

  21. Juan D
    October 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    the wallpaper ruler idea seems good ill try it