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Unlock the treasure trove in your phone

Unlock the treasure trove in your phone
By Simon Williams
January 10, 2018

If you think there are more Smartphones and tablets in Australia than there are people you’re absolutely right! But if you thought their main use is to make and receive phone calls you’d be very wrong!

People use it as the versatile tool that it is. In fact, more people use it as a camera than use it to make phone calls. You’d be surprised to learn surveys show that on average, people use their Smartphone 160 times a year to take a photo.

So that means in Australia alone, during 2017, there were well over 4 Billion photos taken and then locked away in Smartphones. That’s a huge treasure trove of memories. 

And, sadly, that’s where nearly all of them stay.

Holidays are incredibly popular for taking photos. You want to remember  all the good times you had with family and friends.That’s when many of the photos are taken

Places and faces make fantastic memories, You may just be back from a holiday or getting ready to go. Either way you will be taking lots of photos on your Smartphone. But all those memories will be less than exciting if they are simply left on the Smartphone. The images are the size of the screen and you can never see the detail by using thumb and forefinger to make it bigger. That way you see only a part of the image and lose the bigger picture..

Occasionally you scroll through the gallery, just glancing at the images - until the phone is replaced and the photos wiped. That’s all those memories gone forever.

Obviously not all those photos are worth preserving, but some of them certainly are. It could be the first photos of a new addition to the family. Sadly, it could be the last photos of a departed member of the family.

Here are some simple solutions to preserving your favourite memories: 

The way of preserving these memories is probably sitting in your home or office, the printer. It will print your photos in brilliant colour on photographic paper in a variety of sizes. What’s more, to print your memories is a simple process to give brilliant results.

The first thing to do is to order the photo paper best suited to your printer from CartridgesDirect where you’ll find a wide range of sizes and types of Photo Paper. It’s worth spending a little time, at least twice a year, to scroll through the camera roll on your phone to select the memories you want to keep.

If your Smartphone is an Apple iPhone then the best way to do it is by using the Apple AirPrint on your phone. This is simplicity itself to use and works with nearly all WiFi equipped printers. If your not sure if your printer will work with the AirPrint. Go here where you’ll find a full list of the hundreds of printers that are compatible.

Here are the 6 easy steps:

  1. Open the app that you want to print from.
  2. To find the print option, tap the app’s share icon — ios9-share-arrow-inline-icon or ios9-print-inline-icon — or tap ios10-airprint-more-options-icon.
  3. Tap or Print. If you can’t find the print option, check the app’s User Guide or Help section. Not all apps support AirPrint.
  4. Tap Select Printer and choose an AirPrint-enabled printer.
  5. Choose the number of copies or other options, like which pages you want to print.
  6. Tap Print in the upper-right corner.

This video from HP shows exactly how to do it.

If your Smartphone is an Android phone the process is almost exactly the same.

  1. Open the file you'd like to print.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top right of your screen.
  3. Tap Print.
  4. Tap the drop-down arrow.

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There’s nothing to it. The photos will last longer than the phone and can be passed down through the generations so that memories of people, places, times and events will always be able to be experienced and not forgotten or wiped away.

One last tip; use high yield cartridges for printing. They will print far more pages than a standard cartridge at far less cost per page. Go here to order high yield printer cartridges for your printer and print your memories at even less cost.

There’s a treasure trove of memories in every smartphone. With your printer you can unlock those memories and make them bigger, brighter and more longer lasting than if they stay buried away in your phone.