Showing posts from July, 2020

Solved: Android Widgets become unresponsive in MIUI

In my Android phone running MIUI, I run into the issue of widgets turning unresponsive quite often. For example, a Microsoft ToDo widget might display a blank white page without showing tasks, or a calendar widgets will show a blank page without the events. Any clicks on the widget will not work. But when you open the app or recreate the widget it will work for sometime before going unresponsive again. The main reason for this issue is that the application is closed in the background due to the intensive battery optimization in MIUI. You can exempt an app from being closed automatically to preserve battery. Open Settings app. Go to Apps -> Manage Apps. Open the App Info for the particular app you want to optimize. Click on Battery Saver option. Select No restrictions. If you are using a third party launcher, exempting your launcher from Battery Optimization might also help.

How to change your WiFi password in JioFi 4

It is always safe to change your default Wi-Fi password of your router or hotspot. Here is how you can change the default password for your JioFi 4 device. Connect your phone or computer to JioFi. Open the URL:  http://jiofi.local.html/ Click on the Login link in the top right corner. The default username and password is "administrator" and "administrator". It is better to change the "administrator" password too. In the Settings tab, go to User Management You can change the Username and Password here. Now navigate to the Wi-Fi  section. The Wi-Fi password is located in the Security Key field. Change the Security Key and Save the settings.

How to set DuckDuckGo to not save searches in browser history?

No I am not taking about the Incognito mode. There is a way to not save your search query to your browser history, if your search engine is DuckDuckGo. Here is how you do it, Go to the DuckDuckGo's Settings page and navigate to the Privacy tab. Alternatively you can click go to the link: Turn off the GET requests setting. That's all. So how it works? As you can see from the screenshot above there are two types of requests here, GET and POST. In simple terms, the GET type of requests send your search query through URL which is then saved by the browser. The data sent by POST requests are not saved by the browser. So why isn't it used by default? First, it causes some inconvenience to the user. For example, when you open a webpage from search result and then go back you will not go to the search result page. You will have to type the search query again for that. Second, it only protects the data from being saved on your own computer

How to turn off popups and prompts in DuckDuckGo?

When you search in DuckDuckGo you might have noticed popups like the one below, that prompt you to install add-on or signup for a newsletter, etc... Here is how to turn off these prompts in DuckDuckGo Go to DuckDuckGo website . Click on the Hamburger menu on the top right corner. A new sidebar will open. Now click on the Other Settings option. In the General tab, turn off options under Install DuckDuckGo  (Popup & Homepage) Privacy Newsletter (Popup & Homepage) Homepage Privacy Tips (in Homepage) Help Improve DuckDuckGo (it is a popup for feedback,  not telemetry ) Click on the Save button to save your changes. Not only have we disabled the popups but the homepage also looks a lot cleaner. The below picture shows how the webpage looks before and after the settings change.