How to Delete WhatsApp Messages and Conversations

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Need to clear out the clutter in your WhatsApp message history? If you need some extra space with which to organize your chats, you can delete individual messages, whole chats or group chats, or even your entire message history! You can erase messages just from your device, or erase messages for everyone in a conversation.

Whether you want to clear out some space in your inbox, or accidentally sent a message to the wrong person and want to remove it, we can help you out.

What this article will cover:

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If you want to save your messages before you clear them off your phone, check out our tutorial on how to back up WhatsApp messages.

 

How WhatsApp message deletion works

In a WhatsApp chat, you can select and delete individual messages within that chat or remove all messages in the chat at once. You can remove a message only from your own device or delete a message you’ve sent for everyone in a conversation if the other people in the conversation haven’t read it yet. Additionally, if you visit your chat settings menu, you can erase all messages in all of your active chats or clear your conversation history all at once.

Do you want to see how that’s all done in practice? Of course you do! Below are screenshot-guided instructions for how to remove messages within the app.

 

How to delete a WhatsApp message on your own device or for everyone

  1. Grab your mobile device and tap the WhatsApp app icon to launch it.

    Opening the WhatsApp application

  2. Tap the Chats category and then touch the conversation you wish to delete messages from.

    Select conversation to delete messages from

  3. Press and hold on the message that you wish to erase. In the menu that pops up above the message, tap the trash can.

    Select and delete a single message

    If there’s more than one message you’d like to remove from the conversation, tap on any other message while they are highlighted in blue. Then tap the trash can icon at the top. Any message still highlighted in blue will be deleted.

    Select and delete multiple messages

  4. To confirm you want to delete the message, tap Delete for Me.

    Confirm deleting message(s)

    PRO TIP

    If you are in a group chat, you can decide if you want to just delete the message for you, or remove it from everyone’s devices. If you’re in a group chat, you can choose to tap either Delete for Me or Delete for Everyone, depending on the action you’d like to take.

If you don’t want to bother with deleting individual messages and would rather just clear a whole conversation from your inbox, we’ll show you how to do that next.

 

How to delete chats or group chats

  1. From the main menu, tap the Chats category. Then press and hold on the conversation you’d like to erase.

    Press and hold on the conversation to erase

  2. Next, tap the trash can icon in the top menu.

    Delete an entire conversation

    PRO TIP

    If you’d like to remove all the messages from a chat without deleting the conversation from your list of chats, tap the filing box instead to archive the chat.

    Archive a chat without deleting the conversation

  3. Tap Delete to confirm you want to delete the chat. You can also tap the check box beside “Delete media from my phone” to erase everything stored on your phone associated with the chat, including images, videos, and so on.

    Confirm that you want to delete a chat

    IMPORTANT

    You cannot erase a group chat unless you have already left that group. If you’d like to erase a group conversation, see our WhatsApp groups tutorial to learn how to leave a group.

Want to clear out your entire chat history and start fresh? Check out the instructions on clearing your history in the next section.

 

How to delete your entire WhatsApp message history

  1. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner to access a menu of additional features. Then select Settings.

    Access general WhatsApp settings

  2. Then, select Chats.

    Manage chat settings

  3. Next, tap Chat History.

    Edit chat history settings

  4. Here, you will have two options for getting rid of your entire message history:

    • If you tap Clear All Chats, it will delete all messages within all of your active conversations, but will leave those conversations active.
    • If you tap Delete All Chats instead, it will erase all of your active conversations and all messages within them.  (Note that, again, this will not remove group chats unless you are no longer a part of the group.)

    Clear all messages or delete all conversations

 

That’s a quick primer on how to erase WhatsApp messages that you no longer need! If you’d like to learn about other things you can do with this awesome app, check out our free WhatsApp course. Learn about other fun messaging and chat apps here.


eBay vs. Amazon vs. Bonanza vs. Etsy: The Best Site for Online Sellers

To become a top-notch online seller, you need the right platform for your product. We’ve compared the top sites directly so you can set up your online store today.

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eBay.com gained popularity because it was one of the early pioneers of online ecommerce – but just because it was around first, does that mean it’s the best? Yes, you can sometimes get a great deal using eBay’s bidding-style purchasing, but what about for sellers?

If you have merchandise to sell online, eBay is certainly not your only option. In recent years, other websites like Amazon.com, Bonanza.com, and Etsy.com have become renowned for sellers as well – depending on what is it you’re trying to sell. If you want to know which site is going to help you make the most money, and give the least back to your host, we’ve got the answers here.

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If you’re ready to unload your products on the Internet, read on to learn which site you need to sign up as a seller on today. We’re going to start with a brief overview of our top four picks, so you understand how they work for sellers.

 

eBay overview: where buyers can start a bidding war

Best for: When you want a fair and flexible price for the things you want to sell.

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eBay.com gained its popularity as the online auction website where users could place bids on items they saw, and the highest bid would win the item at the end of the auction. This made it a great place for the kind of items that are typically sold at auctions, including antiques, collectibles, even cars! It’s also great for something you need out of your life by a certain date, as you can set a time frame for the auction to make sure your item sells.

For sellers, eBay is a great platform for these kinds of products, or when what you have is simply valuable. Auctions can drive the selling price of your item up, but you have to be willing to be patient and wait for the right buyer. If you have thousands of items of inventory and want to unload them as quickly as possible, eBay probably isn’t the best website for you. Just remember that the eBay fees for sellers, in comparison, tend to be quite high. To learn more, check out this complete list on how much eBay charges to sell items.

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Check out this free, complete, online course with step-by-step tutorials for every aspect of becoming a seller on eBay, how to set up your online store, and how to succeed.

 

 

 

Amazon overview: the world’s biggest marketplace

Best for: When you need access to a high volume of potential customers.

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Amazon.com is the biggest online retailer in the world – and for good reason. They took a basic principle – that purchasing books direct from manufacturers and cutting out the middle man would cut costs – and turned that into an online empire. As their motto goes, on Amazon, you can find “everything from A-Z” so if you have something to sell, or already have your own retail store set up, Amazon is a logical next step.

eBay vs. Amazon: this has always been the ultimate question, and to determine which is better, you need to understand your target selling audience. If you have items that are unique or hard to come by, eBay is better for you, while high traffic or high-volume sellers will benefit more with Amazon.

If what you’re looking for is a big audience because what you have to sell is generally run-of-the-mill, or you have a lot of it, Amazon is your best bet. It makes millions of sales daily, and has a great program called Amazon Prime where users get free 2-day shipping (among other benefits), which encourages them to continue to use Amazon. Amazon seller fees are also quite reasonable for most items sold on the site.

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Bonanza overview: ranked the best for sellers

Best For: When you want to be treated well as a seller, and you have something unique to sell.

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Different from Amazon’s niche, Bonanza.com helps you find “everything but the ordinary” on their website, which means as a seller, you need to have something unique or cool if you want to find success on this website. You won’t be able to just sell basic bowls for the kitchen – they’ll need to have a unique pattern; your furniture can’t be run-of-the-mill – it need to have secret storage or an amazing design. If this sounds like what you have, Bonanza is probably the site for you.

Bonanza vs. eBay: it’s not really that much of a contest from a seller’s perspective. Bonanza is known for treating its sellers incredibly well, while eBay is known for the opposite. Bonanza has been recommended over selling on eBay 5 years in a row, and intend on maintaining their commitment to sellers.

Bonanza offers free listings, lower fees, and even have software that can import your listings from eBay, Amazon, Etsy, or Shopify if you’ve already set up a store somewhere else. If you want to take the work out of selling, and get treated well by their customer service for sellers, then Bonanza is the right choice for you.

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Etsy overview: for artisans with specialty items

Best For: When what you have to sell is hand-made and special.

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Etsy.com is one of the sites like eBay that is known as the place to be for people who make their own items for sale. For years, people have turned the weekend handmade market into an Internet sensation, finding a platform to list handmade items or other unique DIY products. If you consider yourself an artisan, or the majority of what you make is handmade (or helps supply others with the items for DIY), then Etsy is right for you.

Selling on Etsy vs. eBay: which is better? Unique items sell well on both sites, but both sites have a few drawbacks. eBay’s fees tend to be a bit higher – depending on what you are selling, while Etsy requires a significant commitment to personal customer service – something eBay doesn’t encourage.

Don’t get us wrong – if what you have is handmade, this is probably the sellers’ website for you. However, be prepared to do a bit of extra work with customer service, as buyers on Etsy very frequently contact sellers for customizations. We also think the commissions and listing fees on Etsy are a little high – more like the eBay seller fees – but your final sale prices will also probably be higher because they are handmade.

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Comparison table for sellers’ websites: fees, top-selling items, and more

WebsiteSellers’ FeesTop-Selling ItemsLength to Set Up + List ItemsSellers’ Opinion
eBay· Insertion: $0.30/item (50 free/month)Home décor, fitness equipment, branded tech, fashion, jewellery and watches, used books, concert tickets, antiques & collectibles, coins2 hoursPoor – fees abruptly change and customer service is bad
· Final Value: 10% or lower
· Listing Upgrades: optional
· Extra Category: +$ for motor vehicles, real estate, business items listings
Amazon· Individual: $0.99/item + referral and closing feesElectronics, books, sporting goods, private label clothing2 hoursGood – biggest online audience increases chances for sales
· Professional: $39.99/month + referral and closing fees
Bonanza· Under $500 sale: 3.5%Antiques & collectibles, home décor, clothing & accessories, unique items< 1 hourAmazing – rated the best online platform for sellers, repeatedly
· Over $500 sale: 3.5% + 1.5% of the value over $500
· Minimum Commission Fee is $0.50
EtsyListing: $0.20/itemNatural cosmetics/creams, personalized/engraved items, handmade jewellery1.5 hoursFair – fees are higher and customer service demands a lot of attention from sellers
Transaction: 5% of the total
*Items expire after 4 months and must be renewed at full listing price

 

How can you qualify to be a seller on a website?

How do you qualify to become an online seller?

To become a seller on a website, you need to adhere to their specific qualifications. In many instances, essentially anyone can become

a seller on a website, if they have an inventory of items, and a way of shipping them to customers. Once you register and pay the sellers’ fees, you’re all set.

If you want information on how to become a seller on any of these websites, follow the links below to get to step one:

 

What additional fees should you be aware of when selling online?

Hidden costs, added seller fees

Many websites broadcast that their sellers’ fees are really low, but once you sign up, you realize that you’re paying a fortune because these of the fees included in their fine print. Here’s a rundown on the basic fees charged to sellers, and which websites charge some form of them.

 

 

 

FeeDescriptioneBayAmazonBonanzaEtsy
AdvertisingHave your items pushed ahead of others in search resultsYesYesYesYes
EnhancementSpruce up your listing compared to other basic stores on the siteYesYesYesYes
Final Value FeeA percentage of each sale10%15%3.5%5%
PayPalIf your store uses PayPal to process transactionsYesYesYesYes
Per ListingThe total number of items you can have listed on the site$0.35$0.99n/a$0.20
Per ProductThe number of different products you can have listedNoYesNoNo
Postage/ShippingCost of shipping items to your customersYesYesYesYes
SubscriptionA per month/year fee for the right to sell on the site$4.95-2999.95/m$39.99/mOptionalNo
Tiered SaleDifferent percentages based on either your subscription or the value of the itemYesNoNoNo
TransactionA percentage of your sale for each transactionNoNoNo3-4%

 

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You might want to consider branching out from the big four sellers we mentioned here, especially if what you sell fits in a niche. If so, check out the apps you could start selling on today.

 

 

5 money-making tips when selling online

If you’re just starting out as a seller, these tips and resources will help you get a jump start on your competition.

  1. Prioritize user reviews and feedback– This is an incredibly important part of making continued sales. Always respond to customer questions quickly, and be lenient when buyers have complaints or concerns. Check out this article on why reviews are so essential to ecommerce success. If you’re most concerned about eBay feedback – where your rating is more important than any other site – learn exactly how eBay Feedback and Ratings
  2. Be willing to negotiate when possible– Sites like Amazon and Bonanza don’t really allow for this, but if you’re listing on eBay or Etsy, you can. Consider these tactics on how negotiating can help you make more sales.
  3. Know what your items are really worth– Make sure to do market research to understand the real value of what you are selling. Don’t confuse sentimental value with fair market value.
  4. Put real effort into describing your listing– This includes taking professional pictures, listing product dimensions, and going out of your way to over-explain what it is you are offering. Check out these examples of product descriptions that sell.
  5. Consider offering discounts or raising your prices– If you’re having difficulty selling an item, or you get a lot of inquiries from buyers about reducing your prices, you might want to consider offering sales or discounts on your items. Learn about how to use discount pricing strategies to make more sales here.

 

In general, eBay is best when your items are unique or valuable, while Amazon is better when you have a lot of something, or just need a big audience of everyday buyers. If what you have is handmade, best to stick with the artisan market on Etsy, while any other unique products you have will sell best on Bonanza – where they treat sellers best.


How to Post a GIF on Instagram – In a Post or on Your Story

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These days, you’ll see GIFs all over the Internet – on social media sites, blogs, ads, and more. Some apps like iMessage and WhatsApp have even added features so people can easily send GIFs to one another in text messages. Now, Instagram has hopped on the bandwagon with their new GIF sticker feature, and you can also share GIFs as videos on your profile. Want to get in on the fun? We’ll show you how! Here’s what we’re going to cover in this tutorial:

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So, how to you post a GIF on Instagram? Since GIFs are animated, they need to be shared as videos on your profile, rather than as regular photos. You can easily do this from the popular GIF-discovery platform called GIPHY.

 

How to share a GIF on Instagram as a video post

1. Open your web browser and go to GIPHY.com.

Launch your preferred web browser and navigate to the GIPHY.com. We’re demonstrating how to do this on a computer, but you can access the site and follow the same instructions on a mobile device if you prefer.

The URL for the GIPHY website

2. Search for the type of GIF you want to find. Find a GIF you like and click the Share to Instagram icon.

Now, click the search bar at the top of the page, and type in a keyword or phrase related to the type of animation you’re looking to find.

Searching for a GIF on GIPHY

Look through the results of your search to find a GIF you’d like to share. Click on a GIF to select it.

Browse for a GIF and select one

When you have the GIF page open, you’ll see some social media icons beside it (if you’re using a computer) or below it (if you’re on a mobile device.) Click the Instagram icon to indicate that you’d like to share this image to your Instagram page.

Button to share GIF to Instagram

In the small window that pops up, click in the text box and type in your email address to have the animation converted from GIF to Instagram video format, and sent to you in an email message. This feature is built in to GIPHY to save users the trouble of finding a GIF to MP4 conversion software. Once you’ve typed in your email address, click Send.

Send the GIF to your email address

3. Download and save the GIF to your mobile device.

Open your email inbox on your mobile device and find the email from GIPHY with your GIF video attached. Inside the email, you’ll see a video attachment. Tap and hold on the attachment to access a menu of saving and sharing options. In the menu that appears, select Save Video. It will be saved to your device’s camera roll.

Save the GIF as a video on your mobile device

4. Open the Instagram app and share the GIF from your device as you would normally share a video.

Now that you have the GIF video saved to your mobile device, you can post it to Instagram as you would normally share any other image. Launch the Instagram app and tap the plus icon at the bottom to add a new post.

Add a new post to Instagram

Then, select the GIF you just saved from the images that appear towards the bottom half of your screen. Then tap Next.

Select a GIF to upload and press Next

If you want, you can add a filter to the video, then you can type in a caption. When you’re ready to post it, tap Share.

Share the GIF as an Instagram post

That’s all you need to do to share a GIF to your Instagram feed. If you’d like to try out Instagram’s new animated sticker feature to add moving GIFs to your story posts, we’ll show you how to do that next.

 

How to add a GIF sticker to your Instagram story

1. Launch the Instagram app.

To begin, start up Instagram on your mobile device or tablet.

Open the Instagram app on your tablet or smart phone

2. Tap the story icon in the top left.

Next, you’ll need to create a new post for your story. To get to the story feature, tap the camera icon at the top left corner.

Go to your Instagram story

3. Capture a new image or upload one from your device to post to your story.

To take a new picture for your story, tap the capture button near the bottom. If you’d like to record a video, tap and hold the capture button instead.

Capture a photo or video for an Instagram post

If you’d like to upload an image that’s saved on your device, swipe your finger upward from the bottom of your screen to access your camera roll. Then tap an image to select it.

4. Select the GIF sticker option.

Once you’ve captured or uploaded an image to post to your story, tap the sticker icon in the top right.

Add a sticker to an Instagram post

Here, you’ll see tons of Instagram stickers to choose from. Tap the GIF sticker button from the menu that appears toward the bottom of your screen to access the animated GIF Instagram stickers.

Browse GIF stickers for Instagram

5. Find a GIF you’d like to add. Tap it to add it to your post.

Now you can search for the kind of animated sticker you’re looking to add to your story post. Tap the search bar and type in a word or phrase relating to the kind of image you’d like to find.

Search GIPHY for a sticker

When you see an animated sticker you’d like to add to your post, tap on it to add it.

Add a GIF as a sticker to an Instagram post

If you want, you can then repeat steps 4-5 to add any other stickers you’d like to include in your post.

6. Adjust the sticker placement, then post it to your story.

Tap and drag the sticker to wherever you’d like it to appear on your post. You can move it around with one finger, or use two fingers to pinch and adjust the size of the sticker as well. When you’re happy with how it looks, tap Send To at the bottom.

Edit the sticker before sending it to a post

On the next page, you’ll see “Your Story” listed at the top. Tap the Share button beside “Your Story” to share the post to your Instagram story.

Share a GIF sticker to Your Story

These six steps are all it takes to post a GIF Instagram sticker on your story. Next, we’ll show you how to make a GIF for Instagram using the Boomerang app. This app allows you to capture a short video clip and have it automatically turned into a fun animated GIF by playing the clip forwards and in reverse.

 

How to create your own “boomerang” GIF

1. Download and launch the Boomerang app by Instagram.

The first step is to install Boomerang on your mobile device. This app was created by Instagram to allow users to make their own fun animations. You can download the app for free from the iTunes store or Google Play Store. When you’re done installing it, launch the app to get started creating your first animation.

Download Boomerang: iOS | Android

Download and launch the Boomerang app

2. Tap and hold down the circle button to capture a new “boomerang” GIF.

Now, you can capture a quick video to turn into an animation. Position your device so you can see whatever you’d like to capture through the camera on your device. Then hold the capture button to capture a boomerang.

Record a video clip for your "boomerang"

3. Select Instagram to share the GIF to your profile.

Once you’ve captured your boomerang, you’ll be presented with the option to share it to your social media profiles. To share it to your Instagram feed, tap Instagram.

Share your "boomerang" to Instagram

4. Choose whether you want to share it to your story or to your feed.

Now you can select whether you’d like to share the boomerang to your regular profile feed or to your story. Tap the option you’d like to use.

Choose to share your "boomerang" to your Instagram feed or story

5. Continue sharing the image as you normally would.

Once you’ve selected where you want to share the animated boomerang you’ve created, you can go through the process of sharing as you normally would. Add filters, captions or text, and share it with your followers.

 

That covers everything you need to know about how to put GIFs on Instagram. Whether you’re sharing them as video posts, using fun animated stickers, or creating your own original animations, we hope this tutorial helps you with spicing up your Instagram posts! If you have any trouble accessing these features, you can contact Instagram support or check out their help site. To learn about other cool things you can do on Instagram, check out our free course here.


Best 9 Crowdfunding Sites to Raise Money This Fall

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Fundraisers know that it’s prime fundraising season, and if you aren’t online making use of the best crowdfunding sites, you are missing a ton of opportunity to help fund your ambitions. Online crowdsourcing is one of the best ways to get money for your cause, and offers you the biggest reach you can get – a global one.

What is covered in this article:

Read on to become of crowdfunding pro and start earning money towards your cause today!

 

What is a crowdfunding platform and how does it work?

Crowdfunding platforms are websites that connect fundraisers with people who want to donate, by allowing the users to search for causes they relate to and want to donate to, and then make a secure donation. Fundraisers explain their cause and set a goal, and promote the campaign until they meet their goal.

One of the great things about these sites is that they set up secure payment options, and allow you to watch the campaign continue to receive donations. You can see whenever someone else donated, how much money has been contributed, what the average donations were, and so much more.

As a fundraiser, they are a great way to raise money because instead of just connecting with people you already know, you can make your cause known to people all over the world. You can also get publicity from online publications or celebrities with an online presence, who might relate to your cause and want to support it as well.

 

How can I use crowdfunding for my cause?

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  1. Choose a crowdfunding site that best suits your needs based on your cause.
  2. Create an account on the site for your organization.
  3. Create a campaign and set a fundraising target.
  4. Use social media sites to raise awareness for your campaign.
  5. Reach your target and take the money out of the site.

It’s that simple! Crowdfunding sites can help you hit your targets much faster, as they give you a global reach – especially if you utilize social media website like Facebook to help make as many people aware of what you’re doing as possible.

If you’re ready to find the right site for you, then check out our list below of the best crowdfunding platforms you can choose from.

 

9 of the best crowdfunding platforms

1. Kickstarter

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Kickstarter.com is a no-brainer when it comes to crowdfunding. Probably the most popular way to do online fundraising, you can set up your cause so easily, and get access to thousands of active users who want to help donate money to you. Kickstarter has also been around for quite a while compared to some of the other fundraising websites, so it has many more active users that other sites can give you access to.

With Kickstarter, you can advertise for any project you have in mind, setting a fundraising goal with a deadline for when you need the money by. Then, people can pledge money to your cause, and if you don’t meet your goal in time, the money is returned to donors. Many people on Kickstarter offer a gift for money pledged, such as a t-shirt, free meals, or a result of your success when you raise the money required (for example, a completed item you are creating).

If you want to learn more, be sure to check out our free course with Kickstarter step-by-step tutorials. You can learn all about how to create an account, use it, and make the most out of Kickstarter.

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2. GoFundMe

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Probably the most popular of the sites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe.com is a great fundraising website that can really help you meet your goals. You can set up a funding platform for any cause, and tell your story. Like Kickstarter, you set a funding goal, but you don’t have to set a deadline to achieve that amount – which means that you can actually exceed your target goal and continue running the funding platform.

A great feature of GoFundMe is the GoFundMe Guarantee, which will provide a full refund to donors if anything illegitimate takes place within a campaign. It also has “5-minute support,” where you can get a response from the customer service team within 5 minutes – 24/7. It’s also free to launch your campaign, and your donors are never charged to use the site – you simply must offer a small percentage of the donations for use of the website.

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3. Ulule

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Ulule.com is the first crowdfunding platform that offers dedicated coaching to ensure you can make the most of your campaigns. Though this site isn’t quite as large as the previous two we’ve mentioned, it’s a great home for projects you may have that you’re trying to launch. From musicians to authors to charities to entrepreneurs – and everything in between – you can raise money to get your project off the ground faster.

This site seems to cater more to people who have specific business ideas in mind, but who don’t have the funding to get them started right off the bat. It’s free to sign up and use Ulule, as well as to launch a campaign.

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4. Chuffed

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Catering more to people with charitable or volunteer-driven passions in mind, Chuffed.org looks to help those who needs funds to help others. Many people on Chuffed have campaigns to help those who need legal representation, refugees, environmental groups, and many more. If your initiative is mainly for the benefit of others, then this may be the right crowdfunding site for you.

One of the best things about Chuffed is that because it only helps non-profits and social causes, it has no fees for its users (donors or campaign organizers)! You get to keep 100% of the money you raise, so you know it’s going entirely to the cause you are fighting for. Chuffed instead makes its money through partners and investors, as well as advertising.

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5. Wix

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Wix.com isn’t a crowdfunding website specifically; instead, it helps people with no computer science experience create their own website from scratch. Using a site like Wix, you can create a page for fundraising and customize it the exact way you want it to appear. Instead of filling out information that is plugged into the same template as everyone else using the same website, you can set yourself apart by making your site completely unique.

One of the nice things, however, is that you don’t have to spend too much time on it if you don’t want to. You can choose from one of Wix’s hundreds of templates, and then use the drag and drop technology to customize the site. From there, you can also share your unique Wix domain, or even buy your own and connect it with a premium plan.

If this seems more up your alley, click here to take a look at our course on how to use Wix.

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6. Indiegogo

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Indiegogo.com is a crowdsourcing platform for entrepreneurs and those who have a business idea or product that they need to get to market. Most people already have a product developed – they’re just looking for a place to launch from. So this site provides a way to raise money to get your product manufactured, as well as access to a whole world of consumers who are ready to buy your product once it is ready.

This site helps you at every stage of development, from concept to funding to manufacturing and then on to distribution. It also doesn’t require fundraising targets or deadlines, so you’re not quite as limited as you are with some of the other websites.

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7. RocketHub

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RocketHub.com is a site that focuses on helping you find equity investments for your business ideas. The success stories on this website have been able to raise hundred of thousands of dollars for their ideas, and launch their products in exciting new marketplaces. There are even businesses that raise dollar amounts up into the millions. If you’re trying to launch a new business and get a lot of money to push it further, this site may be worth checking out.

Though it is a paid service, RocketHub helps you with social media outreach, connecting with potential investors, and much more. You are required to set a fundraising deadline, but you can still continue to raise money even if you don’t meet your fundraising goal. That’s a great feature that sets this website apart.

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8. CrowdRise

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CrowdRise.com isn’t too picky about who uses their site, as they aim to help non-profits, companies, small groups putting on an event, and more! They do, however, focus on social outreach, helping you connect with the greatest number of people you can in order to meet your target fundraising goals.

CrowdRise has partnered with some of the most well-known non-profits and companies in the world, including:

As a result of these partnerships, its combined donation amounts total in the billions of dollars! If you want to find a quick and easy way to connect with thousands more people for your cause or event, then CrowdRise is probably the way to go – especially if your business or organization has already established a bit of a name for itself.

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9. Fundly

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Fundly.com is a great site because it has absolutely no start-up fees and no raise requirements – so it’s the fundraising site for anyone. You can completely customize your fundraising page to make it stand out from other campaigns on the site. The site also features great campaign ideas in the many easy-to-navigate categories, including Staff Picks. These are the cream-of-the-crop campaign ideas which can help you get more exposure – and, in turn, more money.

One of the great features of Fundly is its focus on social media outreach. This makes it easy for you and your friends, family, and colleagues to help share your story and raise money. You can easily keep track of your social media contacts and how much they have helped you raise individually. So if you believe your story is one worth sharing, then Fundly will be a great place to get started.

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5 tips for running a successful online fundraising campaign

These tips may be just the thing you need to bring your campaign up from connecting to only the people you already have connections with from your own social media, to stretching your campaign out to multiple countries and reaching thousands of people

1. Do some research to know your audience and learn how to appeal to them.

Doing research before publishing your campaign is key to its success. You should browse around on some of these websites to look at similar campaigns that were successful. You can also look through the donation lists to see what types of people donated (age, location, etc.) so you can determine who your target audience should be.

This will help you craft your campaign and message to more accurately appeal to those who would be interested in what you’re trying to accomplish. Then, work on writing a description and biography that will appeal to these people successfully (see more tips on crafting a bio below!). You’re much more likely to meet your target if you put the effort in and do some research beforehand.

2. Check out other similar successful campaigns to model yours after.

GoFundMe campaign

While you’re doing your research, check out how successful campaigns that were similar to yours were structured. Here are a few key things to look at:

  • What their fundraising goal was
  • What they wrote in their bio/description
  • When they published the campaign (e.g. was it during a specific season?)
  • How long they left the campaign open
  • How successful they were in trying to improve on what they’d already done

3. Set a realistic budget so people believe they can make a difference.

If your fundraising target is too big, people may not want to put money towards it for two reasons:

  1. They think you’re unlikely to reach it, and so your project probably won’t ever be completed.
  2. They think the amount they’re planning on donating won’t make much of a difference in reaching your goal.

Try setting a realistic budget that’s attainable. As a ballpark, try to aim for an amount where donors would feel that a donation of $50 or less would be a significant contribution.

4. Know how to make use of the social media game.

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This is an absolute necessity if you’re trying to make use of a crowdfunding platform. The most successful campaigns have always made use of social media networks to make their campaign “go viral” (i.e. be shared very broadly in a short period of time). Some people are able to spread their message (with a link to their crowdfunding page) and reach thousands more people to donate to them.

Make sure you share your campaign on websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. If you need help getting set up, make sure you check out the rest of our site to learn about the most popular social media sites and how to make use of them. It may just be the difference between reaching a few more people… and reaching a few thousand more!

5. Carefully craft a bio for your cause.

This is one of the most important steps. As we mentioned above, getting people to relate to your cause and actually care about it is very important. In many cases, it will be the difference between someone just looking at your campaign and them actually clicking that Donate button.

One great way to do this is with the research you did already on who your target audience should be. But it’s also important to understand what would encourage someone to donate. Here are some things you should think about including in your bio or the description of your cause:

  • Think about the reasons why you started caring about this cause in the first place. If there was a reason you started caring, it may encourage others to care as well.
  • Write about how much work you have put in already. This helps convince people that your project is off to a good start and is likely to be successful in the end.
  • Remind people of who is being affected by the work you’re doing, and what changes will be made if your fundraising is successful.
  • Make sure to mention exactly where the money is going. People won’t be as likely to donate if you aren’t clear about how you’ll be spending the money they are offering you.
  • Provide links to resources that might help explain what you’re attempting to do. If you have your own website, or are affiliated with any kind of organization, be sure to link to them for more information.

Once you think about all of these points to write about, your bio is sure to encourage more people to donate to your cause.

 

With all that in mind, we hope you can get your fundraising campaign off the ground and get more donations than ever. Be sure to keep working towards your goals, and do your best to create a good campaign to encourage people to donate to you!


How to Watch the Best Quality Game of Thrones for Free with HBO Now

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Game of Thrones is a very popular TV show that you’re likely a fan of if you’ve stumbled across this page. This show is all the rage right now, and many people are looking to get caught up to the current season playing on TV. If you’re looking for a way to watch Game of Thrones online for free, we have a great way to do so with a high-quality stream.

With HBO Now, you can easily access episodes of Game of Thrones and get caught up. HBO Now offers a free trial of their service, and you can watch your favorite shows for free for a month. If you’re looking to watch Game of Thrones for free, we’re here to show you how.

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

Let’s start with going over the instructions to signing up for an HBO Now free trial.

 

How to sign up for a free trial of HBO Now

1. Open the app store.

The HBO Now app is available on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), and Android smart phones and tablets. Select the device you’d like to use, then open the App Store or Google Play Store.

Launching the Google Play app store

2. Download and install the HBO Now app.

Search for the HBO Now app and install it to your device the same way as you would any other app.

Finding the HBO Now app

3. Access the HBO Now registration page.

Once you have the app installed on your device, you’re ready to start the registration process. To get to the registration page, launch the HBO Now app. Tap Register Here, and then tap Start Your Free Trial.

Start a free trial of HBO Now

4. Enter your personal information and agree to the terms, then tap Register for HBO Now.

To sign up for an HBO Now account, you’ll need to enter your name and email address, create a password for your profile, and enter your zip code in the appropriate text boxes. Tap the small box near the bottom of your screen to agree to the HBO Now terms of use, then tap Register for HBO Now.

Fill out the registration form for an HBO Now account

5. Select a payment plan and enter your billing information.

Although you’re signing up for a free trial, you are required to provide billing information and select a payment plan in order to be eligible for the free month. If you don’t want to be charged, simply cancel your subscription before the free month is up. Learn how to cancel your subscription here.

A membership costs $14.99/month, and you can pay with a credit card or with your PayPal account.

Provide a billing option and select a payment plan

6. Start watching your favorite shows on HBO Now.

Once you have completed the signup process, you’re good to go! Tap Start Watching to begin watching the shows you love on HBO Now.

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That’s all you need to do to sign up for HBO Now. There are a few things you should know about how the free trial works, so we’re quickly going to cover those next.

 

Important information about the HBO Now free trial

  1. It lasts for one month– once you’ve had the free trial for one month, you won’t be able to access the service after that unless you pay for it.
  2. If you add your payment information, you’ll be charged after the first month– if you want to make sure you don’t get charged for the service, don’t add your billing information.
  3. You must live in the U.S. to get it– unfortunately, HBO Now is only available to residents of the United States.
  4. You will have access for one full month, even if you cancel– If you sign up, you can cancel your membership immediately after if you just want it to binge watch shows for a month. You will still be able to use it until the first month is over.

Now that we’ve told you everything you need to know about the HBO Now free trial, we’re going to show you exactly how to watch Game of Thrones for free on the HBO Now app.

 

How to watch Game of Thrones online for free

1. Open the HBO Now app and log in.

On your device’s home screen, tap HBO Now to launch the app. Then, log in to your HBO Now account if you aren’t automatically signed in.

Sign in using your HBO Now account credentials

2. Tap the magnifying glass button in the top-right.

Once you’re signed in to the app, tap the magnifying glass icon to start a search. This will allow you to easily find a specific show or movie you want to watch.

Search for a program on HBO Now

3. In the search box, type in “Game of Thrones.”

At the top of your screen, tap the search bar and enter “Game of Thrones” using your keyboard. You should see some suggestions appearing below as you type.

4. Tap Game of Thrones when it appears in the results.

When you see Game of Thrones appear as a suggestion for your search, tap it to open the show details.

Select to watch Game of Thrones

5. Select the season and episode you would like to watch.

On the Game of Thrones show page, choose the season and episode you want to watch, and tap it to start streaming.

Choose an episode of Game of Thrones to watch

6. Enjoy Game of Thrones in high quality, for free!

Once you’ve selected an episode, you’re ready to watch! Grab a drink and a snack, sit down and watch your show. You can continue streaming episodes as often as you’d like within your free trial month.

Enjoy watching Game of Thrones

Besides Game of Thrones, there are tons of other popular shows available to stream on HBO Now. If you’re looking for something else to watch within your free trial month, here are 5 other shows you should check out!

 

Other great shows to watch on HBO Now

1. The Sopranos

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Watch all 6 seasons of this classic mob-crime drama series. The show follows Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini) in both his personal and work life as he leads a criminal organization in New Jersey.

2. True Blood

True Blood

True Blood is a TV series based on a series of books by Charlaine Harris called The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Watch the drama unfold while humans and vampires live together in the Southern U.S.

3. Sex and the City

Sex and the City

This popular romantic comedy series, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, is about four single women in their thirties who become friends while living in New York City. Can they balance their careers and social lives all while trying to find a decent man?

4. Ballers

Ballers

Ballers is a dramatic comedy starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a retired National Football League player who becomes a financial manager for current players. While others get their shot at athletic stardom on the field, can he navigate the business side of the game off the field? 

5. Westworld

Westworld

If you’re into sci-fi, Westworld is the show for you! This series is set in a futuristic Wild West-style theme park run by androids, where people can do anything and everything they want… until the androids start making their own rules. It explores the topic of artificial intelligence and its effects on human life.

If you’re looking for even more shows to watch, head over to this article to read more about our top 15 shows to watch on HBO Now.

 

That’s all you need to know to watch Game of Thrones online for free. Be sure to check out our full HBO Now course if you’d like to learn more about the app and how it works. To find out about other awesome apps to stream TV shows and Movies, head on over to the TV and Movies section of our site!


Back to School is Not Just for Kids: 18 Sites for Adult Learning

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Here at Techboomers, we are always advocating for adult online learning. We believe it is never too late to start learning new skills, especially when it comes to online education. Because of modern technology, it’s entirely possible to learn about almost any topic online. You can work at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home, and keep working on gaining the skills you want to acquire to help you achieve goals in your life.

Back to school isn’t just for kids anymore – it’s for you! The number of people enrolling in online courses is continuing to grow substantially, and you should be taking advantage of the opportunities there for you. In this article, we’re going to go over the best websites out there for adult online learning – and every site we recommend is free to use! We’ll explain what the website can teach you, how the site works, how to create an account/sign up, the costs associated with it, and why it’s a great site.

Our article includes 18 top-notch online learning institutions you can take advantage of, as well as some tips for online learning.

What is covered in this article:

Read on to learn about these free online learning sites, so you can get started on your path to learning today.

 

18 unparalleled sites for free online learning

1. Udemy

Udemy is website that contains a massive online library of courses (some free, some paid) on a variety of topics, intended to mimic that of university or college courses. With over 45,000 courses to choose from, you can learn about almost anything that you could learn taking paid university courses, including accounting, web development, photography, business and marketing strategies, music, health and fitness, test prep, and so much more.

Udemy

Simply create an account, and then browse by category, or search for any topic you’re interested in. Check out the course information (all of which is easily accessible simply by hovering over a course name) to find out how many hours it will take, how many lectures/videos it contains, whether it’s a best-seller, what skill level is required to take it, and so on, and then enroll if you’re interested. If you’re trying to save money, you can even search “free courses” and your results will return a list of all the courses on Udemy currently offered for free.

Simply create an account, and then browse by category, or search for any topic you’re interested in. Check out the course information (all of which is easily accessible simply by hovering over a course name) to find out how many hours it will take, how many lectures/videos it contains, whether it’s a best-seller, what skill level is required to take it, and so on, and then enroll if you’re interested. If you’re trying to save money, you can even search “free courses” and your results will return a list of all the courses on Udemy currently offered for free.

COSTS:

Some courses are free, while others can range from $20 to $200 per course. There are often promotions though, so you can take classes for discounted rates, even as low as $15 for a course that is regularly $200.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

All the information about a course is very apparent to you before you enroll, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into before committing.

To learn more, check out our free Udemy course with more information on what it is and how to enroll in courses.

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2. Coursera

Coursera is a website that is quite similar to Udemy, as it offers the same kind of learning – university-based online courses. The difference is that Coursera actually offers you the exact classes being taught at various accredited universities around the world. Have you always wanted to study Machine Learning at Stanford U? Or learn about Algorithms from Princeton? Well on Coursera, you can – and you may be able to do it for free.

Coursera

Coursera’s courses are usually offered for free, though you won’t get any kind of credit or attention from the professor if you aren’t paying. If you’re just signing up because you want to increase your knowledge, then this is a great option for you. You can learn about so many topics – all at the university level. Some popular universities that partner with Coursera include:

  • Princeton
  • Berklee
  • Columbia University
  • Caltech
  • Stanford University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Yale
  • University of Toronto
  • Indian School of Business
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • The University of Melbourne

And over 85 more, across 25 countries.

COSTS:

Courses are generally free without grading or credit. Other than that, they can range anywhere from around $20 for one course and $150 for a specialization, to up to $89/month for a specialization (until you complete it). This varies greatly based on which courses/specializations you are interested in.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

You are getting the real experience of a university-level course – just like you would if you were attending! But you get to do it from the comfort of your own home, and often for free.

If you’re interested, take a look through our free step-by-step tutorials on Coursera to learn more, including how to enroll.

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3. OpenEdu

Open.edu, also known as “The Open University” is an online institution coming out of the United Kingdom, that aims to be open to people, places, ideas, and methods. You can choose to work at an undergraduate or graduate level, easily see the difficulty level and time commitment of any course, and review the course content, topics, and expectations, all before you get committed to it. You can also access their courses that are free before you even start searching, so you know you won’t have to pay any fees, and you can jump right in and begin learning.

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These courses are low-pressure, learn-as-you-go, and contain a lot of valuable information about subjects in fields taught at many accredited universities. One of the other great features about OpenEdu is that the people who develop and run the website developed the courses as well. They know the material, and provide you with the resources you need to succeed, including a network of over 5000 tutors that can assist you with your course work!

COSTS:

Many courses are offered for free. However, you can also work to achieving accredited degrees, which vary in price based on the subject.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

You actually get to complete assignments, and can access tutors to assist you with the work you complete.

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4. Class Central

Class Central doesn’t run its own courses, but instead, facilitates searches for MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, which are available for a seemingly unlimited number of people to enroll in and complete. When you go on Class Central, you can search for any topic, and Class Central will refer you to the website where you can find a course that will meet your needs.

Class-Central

Class Central will refer you to many of the other websites we’ve listed in this article, but the great thing is that it takes the work out of it for you. Simply enter your intended subject in the search bar, and you’ll get a list of all the sites that can help you out with a free course. From there, check out the specific website that hosts the course, check out the course details, and then enroll in the one you think will be the most useful or informative.

COSTS:

All courses are free to take, but you must pay additional fees for graded assignments, certificates, and mentorship, which vary by the specific course you’re taking.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

It helps you find all the best MOOCs on the Internet, so you can find the perfect one for you.

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5. TechBoomers

And not just because we’re biased! Techboomers.com is one of the best resources for online learning – especially for adults. If what you’re looking for is a little general Internet and technology knowledge, you want to learn about how to use popular websites and apps, or you want useful information about how to improve your life with technology – this is the website for you.

TechBoomers

You simply visit the Techboomers website, and search for any topic you’re interested in! Our courses have dozens of tutorials that can tell you anything about popular sites and services like Facebook, YouTube, Gmail, iPhone, Android, eBay, Amazon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and so much more. We can teach you what these are, how much they cost, what they can do for you, how to sign up for them, how to use them, and more. You can learn everything you need to know – with a one-stop visit to Techbooomers.

COSTS:

100% free – always!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

We run it! Our goal is to provide our users with useful information they can use to improve their daily lives – always for free.

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6. GCF Learn Free

GCF Learn Free has always been one of our favorite online resources. They can teach you about many topics related to the digital world, and is a great place for beginners who are new to using their computers. This also may be a great option if you’re trying to take an online course with another institution, but you’re not too tech savvy yet.

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Some of the best topics you can jump right into include:

  • Computer Basics
  • Smartphones and Tablets
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Social Media
  • Google Apps
  • Beginning Graphic Design

Windows/Mac/Linux Operating Systems

COSTS:

100% free – always!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

They have easy-to-follow tutorials on topics that will instantly improve your knowledge of the Internet and popular digital services.

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7. LearnMyWay

LearnMyWay is a great website to help out those of us who aren’t Internet experts, and need to learn about how to use the Internet to improve our lives. Many of the skills they teach focus on computer use and the Internet, Internet safety and privacy, and how to make the most of life when you can master the Internet. You can follow the free LearnMyWay tutorials to start working on your skills, on topics such as:

  • Using email
  • Internet safety
  • Online shopping
  • Socializing online
  • Using Facebook
  • Keeping your personal information secure online
  • Job hunting online
  • Online and mobile banking
  • Public services online

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These modules are very simple to work though, and have simple, easy-to-follow lessons that you can work though at your own pace. Another great feature is that each module contains links to amazing resources that can help you keep working on that subject, and learn even more.

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

It can take you from zero skills to Internet master, and help you learn how to protect yourself and your information, all while making good use of the Internet.

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8. Lynda

Lynda.com is an educational website that is owned and operated by LinkedIn. With over 4500 courses on business, creativity, and technology-related topics – all of which can help you with your own career goals. You can really work on yourself here, and gain the experience you need to advance up the ladder in your field of interest.

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Some of their most useful and popular lessons include:

  • Photoshop
  • Creativity Bootcamp
  • InDesign Training
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Web Analytics
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Management and Communication Tips
  • Freelancing Foundations
  • Logo Design Techniques
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • WordPress Essentials
COSTS:

10-day free trial or access to some content through your LinkedIn.com account. Other than that, you’ll need to pay for a subscription: $20-$30/month depending on your needs.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

Coming to you from LinkedIn, you know the quality of content is superior to many other sites. You can learn skills that will truly help you in a professional sense.

If you want to learn more, check out our free step-by-step tutorials on Lynda here.

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9. Open Yale Courses

Run by Yale University, there is a vast online catalogue of courses you can take online for free using Open Yale Courses. They typically offer their own original courses, as well as courses that are hosted by other resources we’ve listed here, such as Coursera, YouTube, or iTunes U. But using this website, you can easily filter courses by discipline, field, or platform (hosting website), and then search though the courses that are most relevant to you.

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The topics you can learn about include:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Once you find something you’re interested in, enroll for free and complete the courses at your own pace, based on the expectations laid out in the syllabus.

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

Yale is one of the leading universities in the world – so with the Yale Open original courses, you gain access to some of the best educational content in the world.

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10. Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative

The Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative comes to you from this accredited learning institution, in an attempt to support better learning with high-quality, scientifically-based lessons. You won’t receive credit or grades for any of your work, but you’ll also never have to pay for any of the content you work through.

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

One drawback however, is that only a very limited amount of their course content is available through the Open Learning Initiative. However, some of the topics you can work through include:

  • American English Speech
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • French, Spanish, or Chinese languages
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Visual Design
  • Logic & Proofs
  • Public Policy Analysis for Engineers

And more!

COSTS:

100% free with no additional (or even optional) fees.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

Carnegie Mellon is a well-recognized institution with quality content that can really help you work towards your own future educational or career goals.

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11. Open Culture

Open Culture claims to offer the best free cultural and educational media on the web. Like Class Central, this site helps connect you to all of the best free online course on the web, including MOOCs. With over 1250 courses, 1150 movies, 900 audiobooks, e-books, MOOCs, and over 200 resources for child-learning – all for free. You can check out their full list of MOOCs that offer free certificates here.

Open Culture

One of the best features of the site is that every time a new course one of their partners offers is posted, Open Culture will post about it right on the homepage, so you can always keep up with the latest and greatest in MOOCs, and always be aware of what’s new and exciting from the world’s best universities and colleges that offer their content online. Open Culture also links you to the best resources to help with your learning (like the types we listed above), and can offer you a daily email if you need to keep up with what’s going on with the site when you begin using it. These emails keep you informed, but can also offer some tips and tricks about using the Open Culture website.

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

It can help you find the best MOOCs out there, and connect with the institutions that best match your educational needs and goals.

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12. edX

edX is an entirely non-profit MOOC website, with more than 90 global partners to bring you free courses. The courses are open to anyone, and can be access 24/7 – whenever it’s convenient for your schedule. You can also connect with all of the other edX users in the global discussion forums, which help you connect to others seamlessly, and get answers to all of your questions.

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You can also earn verified certificates of your work, credits that can go toward an application to a real college or university, and work on professional development skills that are certain to help you get a job in your intended field. Learn from some of the world’s best professors at some of the leading educational institutions, and keep working toward your academic and professional goals.

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

A variety of worldwide partners and focus on global openness leads to better research, communication, and the availability of courses in languages other than English.

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13. Alison

Alison.com is a great resource for free online courses, and can also offer you ways to get recognition for the courses you complete on the website. Some examples of this are automatically-generated resumes with your newly-gained skills, and certificates for your completed courses. Some classes could possibly count as certificates for post-secondary education at some institutions.

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One of the best features is that there are over 800 free courses on Alison, on a variety of topics, including:

  • Business and Enterprise Skills
  • Languages
  • Health & Safety Compliance
  • Financial and Economic Literacy
  • Hospitality and Food Safety
  • Google Analytics
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • And so much more!

Choose a topic that interests you, and get to work. You can focus on specific modules to learn short lessons, or work through an entire course on a topic you’re interested in.

COSTS:

Free to use, but you must watch advertisements during lessons.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

So many useful topics are available, and you can really apply the knowledge to your career goals out in the real world.

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14. iTunesU

In essence, iTunes U is an iOS app intended to help instructors keep everything related to their class in order and organized, and provide them with all the resources they need to stay on top of their workload, and keep it up as the best teacher around. Within this app, leading colleges and universities can offer their courses for no charge, so if you have the app, you can take them for free! Now, in addition to courses at the university level, you can access courses and resources for the K-12 level of education as well.

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The variety of topics is expansive, including topics such as advanced physics principles, world history, modern politics, the nature to arguments, how to write a business plan, the impact of The Beatles in music history – and so much more. These kinds of courses can really help supplement your knowledge on any topic, especially if you’re learning about them for another course, however, you can’t receive any form of credit for your work, nor does iTunes U offer discussion forums to connect with other students.

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

You can access free content from some of the world’s best educational institutions, all on the user-friendly iOS operating system.

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15. Harvard Open Learning Initiative

This is an extension of the online course content Harvard offers at the university – though with the Open Learning Initiative, you can access some of this content absolutely free. The courses will follow a specific timeline – as if you were actually taking the course at Harvard, so though you can do the work generally according to your own schedule, you will still need to keep up with the workload as the course progresses throughout a semester. This is about as close as you can get to taking a real university course.

Harvard Open Learning Initiative

When choosing a course, you have the option to work with podcasts, lectures, interactive lessons, and full courses and programs. Search for a specific course, by category, or simply browse their entire catalogue until you find something that interests you. In general, the work you complete through this website will be at the university level, and may even require some previous knowledge. But if you want to learn from one the best universities in the world, be sure to check this out.

COSTS:

Many options are available for free. Many others become available when you pay a fee.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

It’s Harvard. One of the most prestigious academic institutions on the planet. Enough said.

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16. MIT OpenCourseWare

“The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.” Or, so says Professor Yue at the MIT School of Engineering – one of the best engineering schools, not just in the United States, but in the world. With their OpenCourseWare, you are getting access to actual MIT course content, so you can learn from the very best in the industry. On this website, there are materials for over 2400 courses, with over 200 million visitors so far.

MIT OpenCourseWare

Once you get on the site, easily search for courses by/with:

  • Topic
  • MIT Course Number
  • Department
  • Instructional Approach
  • Teaching Materials
  • New Courses
  • Most Visited Courses
  • OCW Scholar Courses
  • Audio/Video Lectures
  • Online Textbooks
  • Instructor Insights
  • Supplemental Resources
  • Available Language

Check it out today! You’re guaranteed to find something to increase your knowledge.

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

MIT is an amazing institution to learn from – you couldn’t ask for better quality content to gain access to for free, from the comfort of your own home.

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17. Codecademy

If you need to learn how to write computer code, this is the site for you. Though this is a very specific branch of information to obtain, it’s increasingly important in today’s modern world. And this is one of the best sites to begin learning with if you’re starting from scratch. You can work through interactive tutorials that teach you all about the basics of HTML and CSS, as well as what you need to do to begin creating your own webpages.

Codecademy

With Codecademy, you can learn many topics related to coding and managing webpages, including:

  • HTML and CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Responsive Design
  • Sass
  • Python
  • jQuery
  • PHP
  • Website Building
  • Command Line

And more!

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

It’s the best site out there for learning HTML, and is also one of the easiest to use. Its interactive component forces you to start actually coding right away – which, we think, is the best way to learn.

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18. TED Ed

TED Ed, brought to you by TED.com, is a site filled with “lessons worth sharing.” These lessons are created and shared by users to help answer common questions such as “Will we every be able to teleport,” or “What causes kidney stones?” This site is meant more to help teachers and students, but its essence is to support learning in general, and you can certainly learn a lot about over 200, 000 topics you may not have been an expert in.

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With TED Ed, you can access text lessons, original animated videos, interactive lessons, and more. There are also series you can access, to help you easily find all the information about a more general topic, such as “Inventions that Shape History” or “Explaining Theories.” After watching a lesson video, you can also receive questions about the content to test your knowledge, and then discuss the lessons with other TED Ed users. You can even create your own lessons if you have something to share with the world!

COSTS:

Free!

WHY WE LOVE IT:

The topics are extremely informative, and the lessons are very visual. We especially love the original animated videos!

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6 useful tips for using the Internet for adult learning

1. Know when you will receive credit and when you won’t.

Student graduatingSome institutions may offer you credit in some form, even possibly a diploma, certificate, or degree. You may even earn credits that you can transfer to a real college or university institution, should you ever want to enroll in classes in the future.

It’s important to understand off the bat when you will be receiving credit, and when you won’t. Most of the resources we listed above are entirely free, and chances are, if the course is free, you won’t be receiving any form of credit. This is understandable however; if you aren’t paying to take the course, the website hosting the course can’t pay an instructor to grade you.

However, there may be some exceptions to this rule, and you might be able to find something that helps you in the future. Be sure you look into this from the start, and contact someone from the customer service department of the website to determine if you’ll earn credit for a particular course.

2. Think about what kind of learner you are.

This is key to making sure you stay focused and interested on the topics you want to learn about. What kind of learner are you? Do you enjoy reading material and taking your own notes? Do you need lecture slides to be available? Do you enjoy listening to a real person giving a lecture? Do you have any accessibility needs that an instructor would need to be made aware of?

Asking yourself these, and other similar questions, is the first step to determining what kind of course you should be looking for. The variety of what is available is truly endless. Many courses offer video lectures, PowerPoint slides, digital scans of readings, optional assignments, and so much more, so it’s difficult if you’re new to online learning to figure out which type of lesson will be for you.

Make sure you have a sense of self-awareness before beginning on your journey, and think about which style of course would best suit you. You can also always mix it up and try out a few different ones (after all – they’re free!) before deciding which one works best for you. One of the best ways to determine this is to read about how the course will be structured before you enroll in it.

3. Always read the syllabus before enrolling.

Coursera syllabus

Any online course will show you the syllabus before you enroll, and you should definitely give it a read. It can give you a lot of well-laid out information right off the bat, including:

  • The main themes and topics that will be examined
  • The readings you will have to complete
  • Videos you may need to watch (including video lectures)
  • How you will be evaluated: assignments, tests, group work, online communication, etc.
  • Due dates for your evaluations
  • Learning outcomes and goals

If you thoroughly examine the syllabus, you’ll get a good feel for what the course will be like and whether or not it’s a good fit for you. You’ll also know if you require any additional materials or resources, or will have to purchase anything to complete the course.

4. Find someone you can contact for information about the course.

This can be tricky with a free online course, because if you aren’t paying, the instructor might not be available to you to assist you. Many websites simply give you the material to work though (which is great), but if you aren’t paying, they won’t grade your assignments or assist with course material. This usually completely depends on the instructor, however, and what their work load is. If only a handful of people are taking the course, they’re more likely to respond to you. If a few hundred are enrolled, they may not have time to answer every question.

If they don’t, you can always comb the website looking for someone to contact. But be careful: someone who works for a website like Coursera probably doesn’t know much about the ins and outs of the socio-political History of the Interwar United States homefront. They are there to answer questions if you have difficulties enrolling in a course or can’t find material you used to be able to access, and to help you with any issues you have with the website itself.

You can always look up the instructor or department head of the actual institution through which you are taking the course, and try to call them or send an email that way. This can be much more effective to getting real answer quickly, rather than trying to contact someone through the website that is hosting the free online course.

5. Set aside time to work each week so you don’t fall behind.

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This seems like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised how difficult you might find it to keep up with the work in an online course. Just because you can sign in and work whenever you like, that doesn’t mean that course will come to a halt for you if you take a week off.

Depending on the syllabus and the instructor, the material and assignments may continue to be delivered, whether you have time for them or not. In addition, online courses tend to get put on the back burner in terms of your responsibilities (especially if they’re free), because it doesn’t seem like a priority.

One of the best ways to combat this is to set aside time each week to sit down and work on your course material. If you have a specific block of time you dedicate to your studies, you won’t be as likely to forget to make time to do the work. You should also try thinking of the course as if you’re paying for – chances are the material is just as valuable as a paid course, so make sure you take the time to make the effort.

6. Take it one step further.

You may find that once you get into online learning, you’ve found your passion or at least something you’re truly interested in learning more about. If that’s the case, check out AcademicEarth.org, where you can find real brick and mortar colleges and universities to attend with accredited programs for your field of interest.

Some online institutions do offer you credit for the work you’ve done in an online course, but (as we mentioned above), chances are, if you’re taking those courses for free, you probably aren’t receiving any credit that would be transferable to a university. That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t start working towards something like a diploma, certificate, or degree.

Try doing some research about institutions that offer programs in your academic field, because you may be able to find a program that you can take entirely online! It would be the perfect extension to your introductory online course work if you find you enjoy what you’re doing, and want to make it a real, tangible part of your life.

 

5 helpful resources for online learning

Hopefully these resources and tips help you on your way to finding success, and continuing your interest in lifelong learning. These websites are not the only sites you can use to find free online learning, but they are certainly the best, and offer you the best-quality lessons, courses, and tutorials. Here are some other resources to help you on your quest to learn more online:


How to Recover Deleted Voicemails on iPhone

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Have you ever accidentally deleted a voicemail message on your iOS device and wished there was a way for you to get it back? If so, this article is for you! Today, we’re going to tell you about recovering or “undeleting” voicemail messages on your iPhone. In this article, we’ll answer all of your questions, and break down what you need to know, including:

We’re going to start out by letting you know if it’s even possible to do this!

 

Can you undelete a voicemail on iPhone?

Yes, it’s possible to recover a voicemail message you have deleted from your iPhone. Luckily, iPhones actually have a built-in feature that allows you to recover voicemails. Depending on how long your particular carrier will store voicemail messages, the amount of time you have to recover a voicemail can vary.

Make sure to check with your mobile carrier to see how long voicemail messages are stored in your inbox. This is the only way to know for sure if you can recover a lost voicemail message.

So now that we know it’s possible to undelete voicemails on iOS, let’s get into the instructions for how you can do it yourself.

 

How to recover deleted voicemails on iPhone

1. Tap Phone on your iPhone’s home screen.

On your device’s home screen, tap the Phone icon where you have it located in order to open the app.

Opening the Phone application on iPhone

2. Select the Voicemail button from the bottom menu.

At the bottom of your screen, you’ll see a menu with several options. Select Voicemail to access your voicemail message inbox.

View your voicemail list

3. Scroll to the bottom of your screen, and tap the Deleted Messages button.

Next, you’ll see a list of your voicemail messages. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of your inbox, you’ll see a folder with your deleted messages. Tap Deleted Messages to open the folder.

View deleted voicemail messages

4. You’ll see a list of deleted messages. Select one you would like to recover.

Look through your deleted messages and locate the one you would like to recover. Tap it once to open it.

Select the message you wish to recover

5. Tap Undelete to move it back to your inbox.

Once you have the message open, tap Undelete to recover the message and move it back to your regular voicemail inbox.

Recover the selected voicemail

That’s all you have to do to retrieve a deleted voicemail on iPhone. If you want to make sure you don’t lose the message again, check out our tutorial on how to save voicemails to your Mac or PC.

There are just a few more things we want to mention for you to keep in mind when recovering deleted voicemails. Let’s go over those things now.

 

Notes on recovering iPhone voicemails

1. How long ago you received the voicemail affects if you can still recover it.

Your mobile service provider determines how long your voicemails are stored on your device. For most carriers, the period of time that voicemails are stored for is 30 days. If you received or deleted a message outside of this time period, you may not be able to recover it. Ask your carrier about their voicemail policies.

2. If you don’t have “Visual Voicemail,” you’ll have to contact your carrier about recovering a voicemail message.

If you have a traditional voicemail inbox where you have to call in to listen to your messages, these instructions won’t necessarily be applicable to you. In order to recover a deleted voicemail message from a traditional voicemail service, you’ll have to get in touch with your mobile service provider to see if they can help you.

3. The “Deleted Messages” folder will only appear in your voicemail inbox if you have voicemails available to recover.

If you don’t have any deleted voicemails available for you to recover, the “Deleted Messages” folder will not appear at the bottom of your voicemail inbox.

 

That’s it for this article on retrieving deleted voicemails on iOS. Feel free to leave us any questions you may have in the comment section. If you’re interested in learning more, head over to our tutorials on how to block no caller ID calls on iPhone, or the easiest ways to record phone calls.


YouTube Dark Mode: What It Is and How to Enable It

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YouTube is one of the most visited sites on the Internet. It’s an amazing place to watch videos, learn new things, and be entertained, as well as connect with other people who have similar interests to you. However, while YouTube is an awesome site, the white background of the website can be a little too much for some people, especially at night.

If you want to make it easier on your eyes when browsing the YouTube site, without having to turn your screen brightness down all the way, YouTube Dark Mode is for you! We’re going to tell you about what YouTube Dark Mode is, and how to enable this feature when browsing YouTube on your computer. We’ll include:

First, let’s cover the basics – what exactly is YouTube Dark Mode?

 

What is YouTube Dark Mode?

YouTube Dark Mode is a setting for YouTube that allows you to change the color of the website background from white to black. This feature is great if you like watching YouTube videos at night. There are a couple of ways you can access YouTube with a black background, and we will be showing you how.

What YouTube Dark Mode looks like

Now that we’ve explained what YouTube Dark Mode is, we’re going to show you how you can find this feature on YouTube and start using it! The first method is simpler, and the second adds additional features to enhance your YouTube experience. Let’s get into the easy method first.

 

Method 1: Access YouTube Dark Mode through your account settings

1. Start up your preferred web browser.

For this method, you can use whatever browser you like to use on your computer. For demonstration, we’ll be using Google Chrome.

Opening the Google Chrome web browser

2. Go to the YouTube site and log in to your account.

In your browser, open YouTube and sign in to the Google account you use with YouTube.

Logging into a YouTube account

3. Click on your Profile icon in the upper right corner.

In the top right, you will see your profile picture. Click on it to access a menu.

Access your account menu

4. Select Dark Theme from the drop-down menu that appears below your profile picture.

A drop-down menu will pop up underneath your profile icon. From this menu, click Dark Theme.

Modify Dark Theme settings

5. Move the Slider labelled “Activate Dark Theme” to enable the YouTube Dark Theme.

To turn on the black YouTube background, move the Slider beside “Activate Dark Theme” over to the right. When Dark Mode is enabled, your screen will turn black.

Enabling the Dark Theme in YouTube

This is what YouTube will look like when you have the dark theme enabled.

What YouTube looks like with Dark Theme enabled

Now that we’ve shown you how to make YouTube black by turning on the dark theme the easy way, let’s talk about the slightly-more-complicated method with additional benefits.

 

Method 2: Use a browser extension for added YouTube features

1. Launch your Google Chrome browser.

On your computer, open the Google Chrome web browser.

Opening the Google Chrome web browser

2. Go to the Magic Actions browser extension.

Now, go to the page for the Magic Actions extension for Chrome. This browser extension adds several great features to the YouTube website, including automatically playing videos in the highest possible quality, and the ability to enable YouTube night mode.

Magic Actions for YouTube extension on Google Chrome

3. Install the Magic Actions extension to your Chrome browser.

To add this extension to your browser, click Add to Chrome.

Add extension to Google Chrome

To confirm that you want to add the extension, click Add Extension in the small window that appears near the top of your screen.

Confirm adding an extension to Google Chrome

4. Open the YouTube website.

Once you’ve installed the extension, go to YouTube.com to test it out.

YouTube with the Magic Actions extension installed

5. Click on the Light Switch button in the top left corner to activate Dark Mode.

When you go to YouTube, you will see a small light switch on the left side at the top of your screen. Try clicking it.

Turn on Dark Mode in Magic Actions for YouTube

6. Enjoy YouTube without a bright background.

Once you enable Dark Mode on YouTube, the background will turn to a black YouTube screen and will look like the picture below.

YouTube with Magic Actions' Dark Mode enabled

That’s all you need to do to enable Dark Mode for YouTube on your computer. So far, Dark Mode can only be enabled on computers, and not on mobile devices. We hope to find a way to add Dark Mode to mobile soon!

There are many benefits to using the YouTube black screen background, so before we go, we want to tell you about a few of them!

 

Benefits of YouTube Dark Mode

1. Easier on your eyes

If you have your screen brightness up high and have a white background on your screen, the brightness of the screen can be hard on your eyes, cause headaches, etc. If you use Dark Mode, you don’t have to turn your brightness down, but the dark background on your screen still makes it easier on your eyes.

2. Doesn’t distract from the video you’re watching

For some people, the white background on YouTube can be distracting from the video they’re trying to watch. If you have to turn your brightness down because of the white background, it also turns the down the brightness on the video you’re watching.

With Dark Mode, the brightness of the background is effectively turned down without effecting the brightness of the video on your screen.

3. Helps you sleep

If you watch YouTube videos while getting ready for bed at night or when you’re trying to relax, the light from your screen may prevent you from sleeping. If you use Dark Mode, you may find you have an easier time falling asleep afterwards.

 

That’s everything you need to know about Dark Mode on YouTube and how to activate it. Does this feature sound cool to you? We think it’s awesome! If you’d like to learn more about YouTube in general, head on over to our YouTube course, where we teach you how to use the site.


How to Reactivate a Facebook Account to Get Back on Facebook

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Making the decision to leave Facebook can be a tough one. Maybe you’re tired of being on social media, worried about your privacy, or thinking about switching to an alternative to Facebook. If you’ve chosen to deactivate your account, and then later realized you had made a mistake and wanted to get your account back, it can be confusing to figure out if and how you can reactivate Facebook. Luckily, we’re here to clear that up for you. Here’s what we’ll be covering in our tutorial:

Want to get started learning about Facebook account recovery? Let’s start by talking about whether or not you can reactivate a Facebook account after you’ve deleted it.

 

Can you reactivate a Facebook account?

Yes, you can reactivate your Facebook account if you deactivated it in the last 14 days. Your account cannot be recovered if you deactivated it more than 14 days ago, as it will have already been deleted permanently. If you’re still within the 14-day period after deactivation, it can be reactivated.

Confirmation that your Facebook account has been deactivated

If you’ve forgotten your password and want to get back into your account, you can recover your account as long as you still have access to the email address that’s linked with the account. This holds true regardless of how old the account is, as long as you have not deleted the account.

Now that we know it’s possible to do it, we’re going to show you how to reactivate Facebook if you’ve deactivated your account in the next section.

 

How to reactivate a deactivated Facebook account

1. Open your favorite web browser and go to Facebook.com.

To start out, open whichever web browser you prefer to use, and enter Facebook.com in the address bar.

The home page of Facebook

2. Log in to your account using the same email address and password as before you deactivated Facebook.

As you normally would, enter your email address or phone number, and your password to sign in to your account. If your account is still within the time period to be reactivated, signing in as normal will automatically reactivate your Facebook account.

Logging into a Facebook account

3. Use your Facebook account the same way as you could before deactivation.

Now you’ll be able to use the site just as you did before you deactivated your account. Your profile, posts, photos, friends, and information will all appear the same as it did prior to deactivation. This makes it easy for you to go back to Facebook, as you don’t have to worry about setting up your profile as if it was new.

What a typical Facebook user's News Feed looks like

4. Make any necessary changes to your Facebook account settings.

When you deactivated your account, there may have been a reason for doing so. If you were concerned about privacy, security, or other concerns, we’d recommend changing your account settings to match up with your personal preferences.

Facebook account privacy settings

Those four steps are all it takes to reactivate a deactivated Facebook account. If you’re looking to find old accounts, or are wondering, “how can I get my old Facebook account back?” keep on reading. We’ll be showing you how to recover a Facebook account next.

 

How to recover a Facebook account when you forget your password

1. Go to Facebook.com and attempt to sign in to your account.

As you normally would when you’re trying to use Facebook, open the site and enter your email address and what you think your password might be. Try this a few times and see if you’re able to get into your account. If you don’t have any luck logging in, you’ll be presented with a message about account recovery. Click Recover Your Account.

Recover your account after attempting sign-in

2. Click Continue to have an account recovery code sent to your email address.

On your screen now, you should see a message offering you the option to send a verification code to your email address, so you can recover your account. If you still have access to the account listed under “Send Code via Email,” click Continue to be sent a code.

Send a recovery code to your email address

If you don’t have access to that email address anymore, click No Longer Have Access to These to see what other options Facebook can offer you for methods to verify your account.

Alternate options if you don't have access to your email account

3. Check your inbox for the code, and enter it on Facebook.

After a few minutes, sign in to your email account and see if you’ve received any messages from Facebook. Be sure to check your Junk/Spam folders as well, in case the email was mistakenly filtered out of your main inbox. When you find the message in your inbox, open it and take note of the code inside. Then switch back to Facebook, click in the box labeled “Enter Code” and type the code in. Then click Continue.

Enter recovery code received in email

4. Enter a new password for your account.

Now that you’ve verified your account recovery with the 6-digit code you were sent, you can type in whatever you’d like your new password to be.

Type in a new password for your account

5. Log out of other devices.

To make sure your account is secure, Facebook will give you the option to automatically have your account logged out of any other devices that may be currently signed in. This will ensure that if anyone hacked your account, they will no longer be able to use it. If you’d like to take advantage of this safety feature, select Log Out of Other Devices, then click Continue.

Log out of your account on any other devices logged in

6. Get back to using Facebook.

Now you can get back into using your account however you normally would. Your profile, friends lists, and all your posts should still be intact. If you have any issues, get in touch with Facebook customer support.

Returning to your main Facebook News Feed

That’s all you have to do to get back on Facebook. We hope our tutorial was useful for you! Now that we’ve helped you out, we have a few tips you might want to consider so you can help yourself out in the future. Here are some things we recommend doing to make it easier for you to get back on your account should you ever need to recover or reactivate your Facebook account again later.

 

Tips to make it easier to get back on Facebook

1. Keep track of your login credentials somewhere so you don’t forget them.

It’s always a good idea to come up with new, unique passwords for each account you have on every website you use to make it harder for someone to hack into your accounts. If you find it hard to remember all the passwords and codes you use for various accounts, you might want to consider using a password manager, or keeping a physical list of all the passwords you have for accounts you’ve signed up for. Check out our passwords course to learn more about creating and keeping high-security passwords.

2. Change your privacy settings instead of deactivating.

If you’re considering deactivating your account just because you’re worried about someone obtaining your personal information, we’d recommend making changes to your Facebook account settings instead of deactivating your account. Facebook gives lots of options when it comes to how much you’re okay with sharing on your profile, so you only have to share as much as you’re comfortable with.

3. On your calendar, mark the deadline for reactivating your account.

To make sure you don’t miss the deadline after which you will no longer be able to reactivate your account, make a note on your calendar or in your cell phone to remind yourself that 14 days after deactivation, your account will be permanently deleted.

4. Tell Facebook which friends you trust to help you get into your account if you get locked out.

In case your account somehow ends up being hacked, despite your efforts to keep your account secure, you can set up a feature where the friends you trust most can help you get your account back in case you ever lose access to it.

To set your trusted contacts, first go to your Facebook settings. Click the downwards arrow in the top right, then select Settings from the menu.

Access your Facebook settings

Then, choose Security and Login from the categories on the left side.

Security and Log In settings for Facebooks

Under the “Setting Up Extra Security” section, you’ll see an option labelled “Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you get locked out.” Beside this setting, click Edit.

Choose trusted contacts to help with account recovery

Now, click Choose Friends.

Choose trusted contacts

Type in the names of the friends you trust to help you get your account back; click on each to select them from the list of suggestions that appear. When you’re done selecting friends, click Confirm.

Enter and confirm the names of trusted contacts

Now the friends you’ve selected will have the authority to help you get back into your Facebook account if and when you get locked out of your account later. This was a great security feature for Facebook to create!

 

That’s all you need to know about how to reactivate your Facebook account and how to recover your Facebook account. If you’d like to learn more about the site’s other features, head on over to our Facebook course. Have fun getting back on Facebook!


Best 12 Online Typing Tools to Improve Your Speed and Accuracy

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If you’re a student or have a job that requires the frequent use of a computer, having good typing skills are a great asset. However, these days many people seem to struggle with doing this properly. Many of us may even find it easier to type on a mobile device than on a standard computer keyboard.

If you’re tired of having to look at the keys when typing on a computer, or want to improve your speed and efficiency, we have a solution for you. We’ll be telling you about twelve of the best online tools you can use to advance your typing abilities, and include information such as:

Before we get into the tools we recommend, let’s quickly go over some of the amazing benefits of improving your typing skills.

 

Reasons you should improve your typing

  • Saves time– when you improve your accuracy and efficiency, you’ll save time with your improved speed.
  • Can make you more appealing to potential employers– an employer might be more likely to hire you if you’re better at typing than someone else who is equally as qualified.
  • Improve accuracy and make less mistakes– with practice, you’ll improve your efficiency and accuracy.
  • Will help improve skills across all devices, including touch screen typing– practicing on a computer keyboard may also make it easier for you to do it on your mobile device’s keyboard, as the letters are laid out in the same way.

These are just a handful of reasons to work towards improving your typing. Next, we’re going to tell you about the twelve tools we’d recommend using.

 

Top 12 online typing tools

1. Typesy

(www.typesy.com)

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First on our list is Typesy. This is a popular typing tutoring software that has instructional videos and practice exercises to help you learn to improve your typing. The software is compatible with PC, Mac, and iPad, so no matter what device you have you can use Typesy. Their exercises are created by experts, so it’s like having a professional instructor at home.

Typesy can help you improve your typing and reduce repetitive strain injuries with the use of proper techniques. You can track your progress and improvement over time. If you want to use it on different devices, you can log into your account on another device and pick up where you left off.

2. TypeFu

(www.type-fu.com)

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Next up is TypeFu. TypeFu is an app for Windows and Mac computers. The goal of this app is to help you get faster at typing. They claim that with the help of this app, you’ll be able to double or triple your speed, learn to type more accurately, and keep focused on your screen without having to constantly look at your hands to see what keys you’re hitting.

The TypeFu app is appropriate for use by typists of all skill levels. It can help you improve your average typing skills, or help introduce a beginner and train them with the proper techniques. The exercises on the app are engaging and informative, as you can practice with famous quotes and proverbs.

3. UltraKey

(www.bytesoflearning.com)

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Another great software for improving your typing is UltraKey. UltraKey gives you demonstrations when introducing new skills, and gets increasingly more advanced as your skills improve over time. The software is compatible with Mac and Windows, and has different editions for North America, UK, and Australia-New Zealand.

4. Rapid Typing

(www.rapidtyping.com)

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Next is Rapid Typing. This is a free software that doesn’t require any registration process, has no ads, and no limits on usage. Rapid Typing offers courses from beginner level to expert. The courses are available in many languages, including English, French, Arabic, Russian, and more.

To assist in your learning of techniques and finger placement, Rapid Typing shows virtual keyboards with color coded keys to help you differentiate different zones of the keyboard and know which fingers are supposed to tap which keys. Similar to Typesy, this software allows you to track your progress to see how you improve over time when using it.

5. The Typing Cat

(www.thetypingcat.com)

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Another site that can help you better your typing and become more productive is The Typing Cat. They offer courses, games, and tests. This site can help you learn how to properly touch type, increase your speed and/or accuracy, and more.

Their courses range from basic to advanced, and you can choose the kind of examples you want to practice typing with – including coding examples in HTML5 or CSS3. The Typing Cat is available for a few different keyboard layouts, like Qwerty, Dvorak, Colemak, and Workman.

6. Typing Scout

(www.typingscout.com)

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Typing Scout is a typing trainer website that allows you to improve your keyboard skills by playing games. This one is also great if you’re a teacher, as you can register your school and make it easy for your students to sign in and learn, and you can track their progress.

If you’re a teacher, you can assign tests and exercises for your students and store them in Typing Scout. Your students can practice their typing outside of their assigned exercises with fun games like “Typetris,” a version of the popular game Tetris.

7. Typing Trainer

(www.typingtrainer.com)

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Next on our list is Typing Trainer. This website is completely free to use, and makes it fun and easy to make your typing better. There are over 20 free lessons, tests, and lots of awesome games to help you practice. Typing Trainer even has a program called “Typetastic” that’s designed to help children learn to key properly. You can boost your keyboard skills and test your abilities with Typing Trainer.

8. Ratatype

(www.ratatype.com)

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Ratatype is a great typing tutor website for individuals, groups, and teachers. Learn valuable keyboard skills to help yourself be more efficient in your work. When you complete the Ratatype program, you can receive a typing certificate that might impress your friends and potential employers.

Invite your friends or classmates to join a Ratatype group so you can practice together and have friendly competitions to see who can type the fastest or make the fewest mistakes.

9. PowerTyping.com

(www.powertyping.com)

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PowerTyping is another awesome, free site to use to learn keyboard skills or improve your existing abilities. On this website, you’ll find lessons, tests, games, and practice exercises. There are PowerTyping lessons on the Qwerty keyboard, Dvorak keyboard, and even the Dvorak keyboard for programming. Each of these courses has around seven lessons, and can help you work towards your goals of increasing your speed.

PowerTyping has cool features like progress tracking and music to help you learn to type rhythmically. There are also several typing tests to see how you’re doing in terms of your speed in words per minute (WPM), and even tests for mobile devices to see how fast you can text in comparison to how you key on a computer.

10. TypingClub

(www.typingclub.com)

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Next up we have TypingClub. This web-based typing tutor has over 23 million users! It’s totally free, and doesn’t even require registration to try out their lessons. If you want to register for a free account, this will give you the ability to keep track of what lessons you’ve completed and your progress to see how you’ve improved throughout the process of you using the site.

TypingClub is a partner of Google for Education, and has lots of cool features that make it good to use. There are different levels, badges, and other motivational tools to encourage you to keep practicing, and the game-like practice tools make it a fun way to learn.

11. Key Hero

(www.keyhero.com)

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Another great option is KeyHero.com. The aim of this site is to help its users type as fast as they can think. It can slow you down a lot when you have to look at your fingers on the keyboard while you’re typing to make sure you’re hitting the right keys, and making a mistake can slow you down even more.

Start by taking their typing test to see what your current WPM speed is. As you do more practicing, Key Hero will keep track of your WPM improvement and rate of accuracy.

12. Typing.com

(www.typing.com)

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Lastly, we have Typing.com. This site is great for schools, teachers, and individuals who want to learn at home. There are typing exercises appropriate for all ages, and over 14 million people already use the service. You can take one of their timed tests and receive a printable certificate showing your speed in WPM and your percentage of accuracy.

Outside of the lessons offered by Typing.com, you can play their fun games to reinforce what you’ve learned. Have a look at the virtual keyboard on your screen to see what fingers you should be using for each key, and help you avoid looking at your hands while you type.

These twelve websites are our top recommendations for the best online typing tutors to check out if you’re looking to learn to type online. Now that we’ve told you a little about each of them, we’re going to give you a few pointers to help you get started.

 

4 helpful typing tips

1. Learn to use your home keys.

Proper hand placement and using the correct finger to hit the keys on your keyboard will help you increase your speed and accuracy, as well as reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries from improper techniques.

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2. Take your time and do your best to be accurate.

When you’re working on improving your typing, do your best to be as accurate as possible, and you can work on increasing your speed as you continue to practice. Being more accurate is better than rushing and making more mistakes. All the sites we’ve recommended can teach you how to improve your typing speed.

3. Take typing tests periodically to track your progress.

When you’re starting on a journey to improve your keyboard skills, first take a test to see how many words you can type per minute. Take another test every so often to see how you’re improving.

4. Get certification for your typing abilities.

When you’re happy with your typing speed and accuracy, we’d recommend participating in an examination or course that will give you a certificate that proves you’ve demonstrated wonderful keyboard skills. Having a certificate is better than simply saying “I can type [insert number] words per minute.”

 

That does it for our guide to the best typing tutor online services. We hope one or more of them helps you along with improving your skills. Check out our other online learning resources if you’d like to improve other useful skills or learn something new.