How to Force Quit an App in Windows 10

It can be frustrating when you have an application that won’t respond. You click the X but nothing happens., it appears to be frozen. But manually turning off your computer by hitting the power button can damage your computer. Instead of waiting for the application to respond, let’s explore how to force quit applications on a Windows 10 device in three ways.

It can be frustrating when you have an application that won’t respond. You click the X but nothing happens., it appears to be frozen. But manually turning off your computer by hitting the power button can damage your computer. Instead of waiting for the application to respond, let’s explore how to force quit applications on a Windows 10 device in three ways.

This is for the Windows 10 operating system

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Keyboard Shortcut

Click on the frozen application to bring it into focus. Now, press Alt+F4 to close it.

If you don’t select a window or application, this shortcut may cause your computer to shut down or you may receive the Shut Down Windows command prompt.

Use the Task Manager

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch the Task Manager. Alternatively, you can right click the Windows task bar and select Task Manager from the menu. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Task Manager

You will see a list of currently running applications. Now click on the task you want to force quit, then select End Task. See below image:

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The running tasks

If you don’t see your application in the list, hit the More derails button in the bottom left corner of the window. You should find your task in the Processes tab. Now, click End Task. Your frozen program should now close. See following image;

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Expanded list of running tasks

Use the Command Prompt

Click the Windows+R to open the Cortana search box. Now enter cmd and press Enter or hit the OK button. See below image:

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Entering the command for the Command Prompt

In the Command Prompt, enter tasklist and press Enter. This will display a list of currently running programs and tasks along with associated information. Refer to below image:

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List of running tasks

Locate your frozen application. Now, enter taskkill/im {name_of_program}.exe.” Replace {name_of_program} with the name of the program you want to force quit. Remember to leave a space between taskill/im and the name of the program. Finally, press the Enter key.

For example, let’s force quit the calculator program. You would enter the following command:

taskkill/im calculator.exe

then press the Enter key. See below image:

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Entering the command to force quit the calculator program

A message will be returned indicating if you have successfully force quit the application. See following image:

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Message indicating success in force quit of calculator program

If the above methods fail to work, you can reboot or shutdown your computer to kill the frozen app.

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How to Disable Autoplay on iPhone and iPad

The decision to listen to Autoplay videos should be in your control. Fortunately, with iOS 13+ you are able to control Autoplay. Whether you want to enjoy Autoplay videos as you browse or you want to shut them down until you’re ready, here is a way you can finally control the noise.

The decision to listen to Autoplay videos should be in your control. Fortunately, with iOS 13+ you are able to control Autoplay. Whether you want to enjoy Autoplay videos as you browse or you want to shut them down until you’re ready, here is a way you can finally control the noise.

By default, Apple mutes your personal photos and videos in iOS 13+. What’s particularly annoying about this feature is that your iPhone will still Autoplay videos, but it won’t enable the volume by default.

The bad news is that there doesn’t currently seem to be a way to Autoplay with volume via your phone’s settings. The good news is that there is a way to get around this feature. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for the iPhone and iPad running iOS 13 and above

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On your IPhone or iPad, open Settings. Next, scroll down to the Photos tab. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Photos option

Now, toggle off Auto-Play Videos and Live Photos.

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Turning off Autoplay

It’s important to understand what this actually does. Basically, your personal collection of live photos and videos will no longer play automatically when you load them. The good news is that when you do choose to play them, the volume will be enabled. This is the best way to enjoy audio from the start without having to manually toggle it each time.

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How to Setup Safari for Offline Reading of Web Pages

Whether you’re underground between subway stops, caught in a dead zone, or your internet is out, the most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.

Whether you’re underground between subway stops, caught in a dead zone, or your internet is out, the most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.

If you have an iPhone or iPad linked to an iCloud account, you can save articles to your Reading List for later reading offline using a feature buried in Settings. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for iPhone and iPad using Safari browser

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Enable the Reading List

First we need to make sure iCloud is set up to save your Safari bookmarks and Reading List. To do that, open Settings and tap on your name at the very top. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, tap iCloud. See below image:

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Accessing iCloud

In iCloud settings, scroll down until you see Safari. Tap the toggle (it will turn green) to enable if it’s not already on. See following image:

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Accerssing Safari for iCloud

Return back to the Settings main screen. Scroll down to the Safari option and tap to open. Note! This is a different setting than the one mentioned above. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Safari from Settings

Now, scroll down to the Downloads option and ensure that iCloud Drive option is selected. In my example, the option is selected. See below image:

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Accessing Downloads

If not selected, tap the Downloads option and select iCloud Drive from the two available options. See following image:

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Accessing Downloads options

Continue to scroll down until you find the Reading List section. There you will see the toggle for Automatically Save Offline. Simply enable this toggle. When enabled, the toggle color will turn green. Refer to below image:

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Enabling offline reading

Save to the Reading List

Now exit Settings and launch Safari. Whenever you’d like to save a web page to your Reading List for offline viewing, tap on the Share button at the bottom of your screen. See below image:

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Accessing the Share button

A pop-up menu will appearr. Select the Add To Reading List option. See following image:

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The Add to Reading List option

View Your Reading List

To view your Reading List later, tap the Bookmarks button at the bottom of your screen. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Bookmarks button

Now, tap on the tab that looks like a pair of glasses in the uipper center of your screen. See below image:

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Accessing your offline Reading List

From here, you can tap on any one of the items you’ve saved and it should load even if no internet connection is available. See following image for my offline reading list:

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Previewing your offline Reading List

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How to Control Text in Google Chrome

If you’re having trouble comfortably reading text that is either too small or too big on a website in Google Chrome, there’s a quick way to change it.

If you’re having trouble comfortably reading text that is either too small or too big on a website in Google Chrome, there’s a quick way to change it. Let’s explore how to do this.

Chrome includes a feature called Zoom that allows you to quickly make text and images bigger or smaller on any website. You can zoom a web page from anywhere between 25% and 500% of its usual size.

When you navigate away from a page, Chrome will remember your zoom level for that website when you come back to it.

This is for devices using Google Chrome

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First, open Chrome on your devuce,.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Press Ctrl and + (plus) to zoom in
  • Press Ctrl and (minus) to zoom out
  • Press Ctrl and 0 (zero) to return to the default size, normally 100%

Method 2: Using the Mouse

Press and hold the Ctrl key and rotate the scroll wheel on your mouse. Depending on which direction you spin the wheel, the text will become larger or smaller.

Method 3: Using the Menu

Select the Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) in the top-right of the Chrome web browser. Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

In the Zoom section, select the + (plus) button to increase the size of text and images. Select the (minus) button to decrease the size of text and images. See below image:

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Selecting a Zoom level

Press the Esc key to hide the menu.

Reset Zoom

One way is to use any of the zoom methods listed above to set the zoom level to 100%.

Another way is to select the magnifying glass icon in the address bar (this will only appear if you are zoomed to a level other than 100%), then select Reset. If you dont see the magnifying glass (normally due to numerous icons), just press and hold the Ctrl key while pressing the + (plus) or (minus) key or mouse scroll. See following image;

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Resetting the Zoom

Set a Custom Default

You can customise the default zoom level used by the Google Chrome browser. This way, text and images will always appear larger or smaller whenever you use the browser. To do so:

Select the Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) in the top-right of the Chrome web browser. Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

Select Settings from the menu. See below image;

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Accessing the Settings

In the search box at the top of the Settings page, type “page zoom”. See following image:

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Using the Settings search box

Under the Appearance options, select the drop-down menu for Page zoom and choose a new default zoom level. Refer to below image:

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Selecting a custome Zoom level

That’s it. Now you can make your Chrome browsing easier on your eyes.

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How to Close Safari Tabs

The Apple iPhone has a built in browser called Safari. The icon for Safari is usually located in the bottom right of the Home screen. Starting with iOS 9 through the current version, iOS 13, you can have up to 500 tabs open in Safari.

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The Apple iPhone has a built in browser called Safari. The icon for Safari is usually located in the bottom right of the Home screen. Starting with iOS 9 through the current version, iOS 13, you can have up to 500 tabs open in Safari.

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To chose all your tabs or the current one is not obvious. Here’s how to close these open tabs in Safari.

  • Tap on the Safari icon to open
  • In the lower right hand corner you will see an icon represented by two rectangles.
  • Press down on the icon and hold
  • You will see several options. Tap “Close All xxx Tabs” where xxx is a number
  • Confirm you want to close the tabs

Your tabs will now be closed. That it’s.

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How to Hear a Document with Speak in Word

Microsoft Word for Windows has a “text to speech” or Speak feature to read back a document. It’s hiding away behind the Ribbon but works fine once you’ve found it. We are going to add the icon to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) for easy accessiblity.

Microsoft Word for Windows has a “text to speech” or Speak feature to read back a document.  It’s hiding away behind the Ribbon but works fine once you’ve found it. We are going to add the icon to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) for easy accessiblity. Lets explore how to do this.

This is for Microsoft Word 2010 through latest version

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Speak button can be put on the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) or Ribbon. Refer to below image for the Speak icon on QAT:

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The Speak icon on Quick Access Toolbar

While in Word, select some text or Ctrl + A for the whole document, then click the Speak icon. If there’s no selection, clicking Speak will say the current word at the cursor.

Add the Speak Icon

You’ll find Speak on the Commands not on the Ribbon list.  The easiest choice is adding it to the Quick Access Toolbar. Just click on the Down Arrow in the Menu Bar and select More Commands. See below image:

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More Commands option

The Quick Access Toolbar will be displayed. Select Commands Not in the Ribbon from the drop down box and locate the Speak command. Next, click the Add button to add the command to the Quick Access Toolbar. Click OK when finished. Refer to below image:

Adding the Speak option to the Quick Access Toolbar

Now it’s on the Quick Access Toolbar. Just select some text and click the Speak icon.

Change the Voice

To access the controls for Speak or Read Aloud:

  1. Access the Control Panel via the Cortana search bar. Just enter Control Panel, then click the button in upper left hand corner.
  2. Click Speech Recognition
  3. Click Text to Speech

Word Speak is making use of a little-appreciated Text to Speech part of Windows.  See following image:

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Text to Speech dialog

That means the Speech options available depend somewhat on the version of Windows, not Office. Some of the options are:

Voice Selection – the English language options are “David” or “Zira” – male or female.

Preview Voice – click to hear the current voice.

Voice speed – faster or slower than the Normal setting.

To start the Speech at Windows startup, click the Speech Recognition tab and checkmark Run Speech Recognition at startup. When finished, click OK. See below image:

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Selecting Text to Speech at Windows startup

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How to Navigate Outlook’s New Search Feature

Recently, Microsoft has changed how the Search works. It is now more robust with many new options. The Search box is now located at the top of the screen in the title bar. This is called Microsoft Search and is available in both client and web apps.

Recently, Microsoft has changed how the Search works. It is now more robust with many new options. The Search box is now located at the top of the screen in the title bar. This is called Microsoft Search and is available in both client and web apps.

This is for devices running Outlook. Screenshots are from Office 365

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The Search Box

Refer to below image for the new Search box:

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The new Search box

First, you will notice the Search box is bigger and longer. Also, Microsoft has added two keyboard shortcuts; CNTL+E and ALT+Q for those people who favor the keyboard over a mouse.

Now when you click inside the Search box or use a keyboard shortcut, a menu appears that shows recent searches, people and actions. See following image:

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The Search box menu

The menu is in a fixed position and covers up a lot of tools found on the Search tab ribbon. If you want to access these tools you have click on a blank space outside the Search results. See below image:

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Click off the Search box

Using the Search Box

As you type in the Search box, the menu will filter down search terms, people, and actions to match what you type. This is the biggest change in Microsoft Search: it no longer just searches through email. The new feature searches everything in Outlook, including Outlook functionality.

If you want to know how to edit emails, type “edit” in the Search box and, below any emails that match the word, the menu will display relevant commands. Refer to below image:

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The Search box actions

Filter Your Search

Unlike the old Search, Outlook now has a much better and easier user interface for filtering your search. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Search box and a simple search menu appears. See following image:

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The Search box filters

Type into these filters and Outlook will automatically add the correct syntax to the Search box (as noted below). You no longer need to remember the right commands to type. Refer to below image:

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Setting up a filter

You are not limited to the default search fields, now you can change the default search fields as well. Just click Add More Options. This will bring up additional options you can turn on or off. Click Apply when you’re done.See below image:

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More Search options

The Search Command

If you’re not a fan of the new dropdown, the Search tab on the ribbon is still there, although now it only appears when you click into the Search box, then click on a blank space in the ribbon. See following image:

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The Search command

The new Search has more power and functionality than the old Search box and provides more screen space for your actual emails. It’s a definite improvement. Enjoy the new Search feature.

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How to Use the Weather App on Your iPhone Lock Screen

There’s a hidden feature to view the weather report on your iPhone lock screen. This feature is built-in on an Android device.

There’s a hidden feature to view the weather report on your iPhone lock screen. This feature is built-in on an Android device. Let’s explore how to enable this on your iPhone.

We are going to use the Do Not Disturb Scheduled option available in iOS 12 and later. When enabled, you will see the weather report on the first tap of the lock screen after the Do Not Disturb time has passed. The Do Not Disturb feature automatically mutes all incoming notifications.

This is for the iPhone with iOS 12+

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Open the Settings app, go to Do Not Disturb section. Next, toggle the Scheduled option. Set the From and To time. Important! You want to set the “To” time frame to 10-15 minutes before you wake up. Finally, toggle the Dim Lock Screen. Refer to below image:

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Setting the Do Not Disturb time frame

We are dimming the lock screen and sending all new notifications to the Notifications Center until the Do Not Disturb schedule is over.

Let’s go back to Settings and tap the Privacy option. Now, tap the Location Services option. Next, scroll down to the Weather app. See below image:

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The Weather app

Now, tap the While Using the App button to enable. This gives the Weather app permission to see your location, so it show you the weather report. See following image:

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Setting permission for the Weather app

The next morning, after the Do Not Disturb time has passed, you will see the day’s weather report on your lock screen. Refer to below image:

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The Weather screenshot

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Microsoft File Recovery Tool for Windows 10

Victims of accidental erasures have long relied on either old shareware programs or more comprehensive professional tools like Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery, Disk Drill Data Recovery, Wise Data Recovery, among others, to recover deleted data.

Victims of accidental erasures have long relied on either old shareware programs or more comprehensive professional tools like Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery, Disk Drill Data Recovery, Wise Data Recovery, among others, to recover deleted data.

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Curiously, Windows never offered users its own version of an undelete utility. Until now. Why now? Who knows.

Microsoft is offering its new Windows 10 File Recovery Tool for free, online from the Microsoft App Store here.

Note! Make sure you sign in to your Microsoft Account FIRST before downloading.

Refer to below image:

Windows File Recovery app

It’s a command-line only tool, which means it doesn’t sport the attractive interface like most popular undelete utilities.

But it relies on the same principle more sophisticated shareware and professional undelete utilities have long used; deleted files are not actually immediately erased. Instead, the computer merely removes pointers to the locations of the “erased” data, notifying the system that the containers holding those data are available for use should they be needed to store newer files.

The new Windows File Recovery Tool offers three modes of recovery. The default setting is used mainly for NTFS file systems and is ideal for resurrecting recently deleted files.

A more aggressive Segment mode may do a better job retrieving older deleted files, though it will likely take longer.

The third mode, Signature. is the preferred option for retrieving files stored on external devices using FAT, exFAT and ReFS file systems.

The File Recovery Tool has only limited usefulness on solid state drives (SSDs). That is because those drives, unlike traditional hard disk drives, immediately wipe out deleted files.

Although it is not listed as such, the new tool appears to be a beta offering given its low version number or build. Users must have the Windows 10 update (May 2020) or later..

As always, users who need to retrieve an accidentally deleted file should act quickly. File segments remaining on a hard drive with address pointers removed will be overridden as new files are continually created. For the same reason, it is best to have the Windows File Recovery Tool already loaded before an emergency arises. Installing the program after a file is accidentally deleted increases the odds that deleted file fragments will be overridden by the new program.

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Covid -19 Contact Tracing Is Coming on Your Smartphone

Yes, it is coming for your iPhone and Android smartphones. As a matter of fact, some of the features have already been available in iOS 13.5 and above for the iPhone that was released in May 2020. Google and Apple are working with public health organizations on contact-tracing apps.

Yes, it is coming for your iPhone and Android smartphones. As a matter of fact, some of the features have already been available in iOS 13.5 and above for the iPhone that was released in May 2020. Google and Apple are working with public health organizations on contact-tracing apps.

The piece that is missing, for now, is authorized apps from your health authorities. This is where you’ll report any sickness. Apple and Google are not releasing apps; they are collaborating to allow these apps to work across iOS and Android to collect data and send out alerts.

The following guidelines are for the iPhone. Android devices will be similar.

This is for iPhone and Android smartphones. Screenshots are from the iPhone

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What Is Contact Tracing

Conventional contact tracing is a technique used by public health authorities to measure and slow the spread of infectious diseases. It requires manually gathering information from infected individuals about the people they have previously been in contact with. These people can then be notified by public health authorities to take appropriate safety measures, such as undertaking self-quarantine and getting tested to break the chain of transmission. While this process will continue to be important to contact tracing efforts, systems that are being developed can alleviate some of the challenges with this process.

First there is a significant organizational burden from a manual process, as many public health workers are needed to perform these tasks. Second, the process can be slow as it requires finding and interviewing infected individuals and then reaching out and talking to their high risk contacts; all of whom may not be able to remember or know all of the people that they came in contact with in the past days to weeks.

The contact tracing is called “COVID-19 Exposure Logging” and is automatically turned off. When contact tracing apps are installed, you can enable the feature.

Setting Up On iPhone

First, launch Settings. Refer to below image:

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The Settings icon

Next, scroll down to the Privacy option and tap it. See below image:

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The Privacy option

Now, tap the Health option. See following image:

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The Health option

You wil see the COVID-19 Exposure Logging option; just tap it. Refer to below image:


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COVID-19 Exposure Logging option

How It Works

Once enabled, users’ devices will regularly send out a beacon via Bluetooth that includes a random Bluetooth identifier; basically, a string of random numbers (IDs) that are not tied to a user’s identity and change every 10-20 minutes for additional protection. Other phones will be listening for these beacons and broadcasting theirs as well. When each phone receives another beacon, it will record and securely store that beacon on the device. Refer to below diagram:

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Contact Tracing Diagram

At least once per day, the system will download a list of the keys for the beacons that have been verified as belonging to people confirmed as positive for COVID-19. Each device will check the list of beacons it has recorded against the list downloaded from the server. If there is a match between the beacons stored on the device and the positive diagnosis list, the user may be notified and advised on steps to take next. See below diagram:

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Contact Tracing Diagram

Active Apps

Now, scroll down to the Active App section. Here you will find your installed apps that works with contact tracing. Once available from local, state or federal authorities, you will need to install the apps then they will appear here. (As of this writing, there is one app available from Center for Disease Control; for a list of States that will participate or have an app available, click here . See below image:

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Active Apps for contact tracing that are installed

For these apps to work, you will need your phone’s Bluetooth and location tracking features turned on, though your actual physical location is not tracked; the apps will not know where in the world you are or how many times you have left the house today. They’ll only know which random IDs your phone has come into contact with.

Check for Exposure

To see if the option is working, tap on Exposure Checks. See following image:

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Accessing Exposure Checks option

Now, you will see the following image about any exposure within the last 14 days. Refer to below image:

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Checking to see if you have been exposed

The Fine Print

Now, tap the Back button then tap on the Learn More blue link. See below image:

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Accessing the Terms andConditions

Information on Exposure Notifications & Privacy terms and conditions will be displayed. See following image:

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The Terms and Conditions for contact tracing and exposure

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