Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your PS4


Even with the launch of the PS5, you want to get the most out of your PS4. You definitely cannot throw it away just because there is something new and better in the market. It doesn’t really matter whether you have owned your PS4 since the beginning of time or if you have recently just gotten a new one, or have just upgraded to a PS4 Pro, getting the most out of your gaming console is a top priority so that your gaming experience becomes one that is out of this world-literally!

With all the features and extra settings hidden in menus that are less obvious to decode, you are definitely forgiven for not already knowing your gaming console inside out. Some of the tips below could immensely improve your gaming experience while some may provide small changes here and there.

How do you put PS4 into Rest Mode?

Go to Settings > Power Saving Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode and select the options you want to use. Supply Power to USB Ports allows you to keep charging any controllers that are plugged in after your gaming console is turned off. The Stay Connected to the Internet option allows your console to download, update files so that your games are ready to play whenever you return. It also allows you to upload your saved data to online storage. If you select Keep Application Suspended, you can always get back to your game and continue from where you left.

Once you have one of the above options selected, press the power button, select Power on the home screen, or hold the PS button and select Power on the Menu to enter Rest Mode. You will be sure that it has been activated when the light bar in the original or Pro model or power button in the Slim model turns orange.

Does PS4 Support 4K?

The original PS4 and PS4 Slim support resolutions up to 1080p, but only the PS4 Pro supports 4K output. You can watch 4K videos on PS4 Pro with Netflix, and YouTube. This is definitely one of the ways to get the most out of your PS4.

Can You Use an External Hard Drive With Your PS4?

You can get the most out of your ps4 if your gaming console is running firmware version 4.50 or later. This means that you can comfortably use an external hard drive to store your games and other applications. All you need to do is to connect your drive to the PS4, then Go to Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices, then choose the Format as Extended Storage option. Once ready, you can install any download games as well as disc-based installations. You can also use this option to transfer games between PS4s.

Do you need Subscription to Play Games Online?

For most of the games, if not all, you will need a PlayStation Plus subscription in order to play online. It is only Fortnite that has an exception. You can subscribe through the PlayStation Store or by purchasing a code to redeem, and as well as unlocking online play, you also get two free PS4 games per month and 100GB of online storage for your PS4 saves. To see how long you have to remain on a current PlayStation Plus subscription, on the home screen go to PlayStation Plus > Manage Membership > Subscription then check the date next to Expires.

Get the Most out of your PS4: Overheating

If your PS4 is getting very hot and the fan is making so much noise, then most likely it is clogged with dust that is preventing air from circulating to cool the interior components. To resolve this, bring it to the game console repair experts at our repair center to have it fixed. This will take at most 1 hour.

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Ways to Speed up your Internet

Speed Up Internet Connection
Speed Up Internet Connection

There’s always something you can do to improve your connection at home.

WHETHER YOU’RE WORKING from home, binge-watching Netflix, or streaming your gameplay on Twitch, there’s no such thing as too much bandwidth. Even if you have gigabyte fibre mainlined into your router, everyone could use help getting faster internet around the house. It doesn’t matter if you have the best possible wires outside your house—eliminating subpar speeds and Wi-Fi dead zones is largely up to you. To help, we’ve put together some suggestions on ways to troubleshoot and, hopefully, improve the quality of the Wi-Fi inside and outside your place.

1. Move Your Router

That router in the closet? Not a good idea. Walls, cupboards, even bookshelves can potentially dampen your Wi-Fi signal. You might need to apply some creative cabling to get your router in a better place, but it’s going to be worth the effort for the end results. The goal is to get your main devices—consoles, laptops, and so on—as close as possible to your router.

2. Use an Ethernet Cable

We sometimes forget: Wires still exist! You don’t need Wi-Fi. A wired connection to your router is usually preferable to a wireless one. It’s faster and more stable and can’t be affected by other devices or large fish tanks. The downside is that it limits where your devices can be, and it’s less convenient overall.

To do a really tidy job and avoid having wires trailing across your floor, you’ll need to deploy some cable management to keep the Ethernet cable fixed to the walls.

3. Change the Channel or Band

Wi-Fi signals are divided into channels. Your router uses a particular Wi-Fi channel to communicate with the devices around your home, and if you have neighbours living very close who have routers using the same Wi-Fi channel, then everything can get congested quickly. Switching channels can solve this problem.

4. Upgrade Your Router

Routers vary significantly in functionality and price, but in this case, the upgrade to make is generally in terms of how far your Wi-Fi is broadcast. If you have a large house, you’re likely better off with a router that can pair with “repeaters” that broadcast signals into the farthest reaches of your home. Smaller homes and apartments can generally get by with a simpler system.

5. Get a Wi-Fi Extender

If messing around with your router settings seems too daunting, and you have a few dollars to spare, invest in a Wi-Fi extender or repeater. These devices plug into a spare wall socket, connect to the wireless internet getting beamed out by your router, and then extend it.

They’re (usually) simple to set up, easy to use and can instantly get rid of Wi-Fi dead zones in your house. The extended or repeated wireless signals won’t be as strong as the ones coming straight from your router, so again, positioning is important. Try to use these devices to connect gadgets that don’t need a huge amount of bandwidth.

6. Add a Password to Your Wi-Fi

We probably don’t have to tell you this, but you need a password on your Wi-Fi network. It’s good for keeping hackers away and keeping neighbours from Netflixing off of your bandwidth, which will definitely slow you down. Make sure you use AES encryption, which is both the most secure and most speed-friendly security option.

7. Cut Off Unused Devices

Having dozens of things tapping into the Wi-Fi at once can be problematic. Plug anything you can into Ethernet, and unplug anything you have connected but don’t need. Make sure only the things that need internet get internet.

9. Restart Your Router?

We’ve read this tip many times on the web, but we were skeptical. Restarting your router on a regular basis sounds like an extension of the age-old pseudo solution to everything digital: Reboot it. Yes, we know restarting your router can sometimes fix dead internet.

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How to save your Laptop/Computer after a liquid spill?

Laptop from liquid damage
Laptop from liquid damage

Spilling coffee, juice or water on a laptop might seem like the end of the world, but there’s a good chance of salvaging your investment if you act quickly. According to our  Laptop technician, here’s a five-step DIY plan to rescue a laptop after a liquid spill.

1. Switch the laptop off.

Shut down the laptop. Pressing and holding the power button for five seconds is the quickest. Remove the power cord, unplug any peripherals and remove the battery. The biggest danger at this time is the device shorting out.

2. Remove excess liquid from the laptop.

Blot up excess liquid with a soft lint-free cloth or paper towels. Do not use a wiping motion as that just spreads the liquid further.

3. Turn the laptop over.

With the laptop facing away from you, tilt it from side to side and from front to back in a gentle rocking motion to help the liquid to escape from all four sides.

4. Use compressed air to dry the laptop.

Make sure that you have removed all excess liquid. Then, if you have one, use a can of compressed air to help dry the laptop. Alternatively, use a hair dryer on its coolest setting: keep the dry moving all the time and hold it at least 20 cm above the laptop.

5. Leave the laptop to completely dry out.

Leave the laptop opened in an inverted “V” shape in a warm area, to completely dry out. Do not leave it in direct sunlight or on a radiator. Wait for 24 hours or longer, making sure the keyboard is completely dry, before reinstalling the battery and peripherals.

If you must replace your laptop keyboard:

Most laptop keyboards can be replaced by our technicians, or you can purchase a new USB or wireless keyboard from SP HUB to use with the laptop.

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Essential Mobile Accessories to pack up when leaving for holidays

Essential Mobile Accessories
Essential Mobile Accessories

It’s about that time you are thinking so hard of which phone accessories to pack up when travelling to a holiday destination for Summer. You have been working hard the entire year and this is the only time you have to give yourself a good swim, that treat you have been wishing to have and spend time with your family with no deadlines to worry about.

We can only imagine how you are feeling right now, exhausted and worn out! You cannot wait to finally break for the holidays. The same goes for your smartphone and laptops. You have been poking that screen and keyboard every day for 365 days, subjecting the poor battery to a continuous supply of power almost 24/7, expecting it to perform a million and one tasks as you try to meet your deadlines. That gadget is super tiring!

As you pack up to leave for summer, please pack some for your smart gadgets as well. How about we give your phone or laptop some treats? Interesting, right?

You don’t want it acting up when you are just about to capture a moment at the beach, when you are video calling your relatives who are abroad or when you are showing off your pretty selfies to your cousins. That would be embarrassing!

Just as the human body, smart gadgets also need regular checkup and servicing for optimal performance and now is the perfect time for this.

Have you shopped for some essential accessories to carry along with you to wherever you are spending your holidays? Well, it will be tragic if you don’t!

However, you don’t have to worry about what phone accessories to pack when leaving for your holiday, for we have a few tips lined up just for you!

Please visit the one stop shop for all your smartphone and laptop accessories and grab some of the below mentioned stuff.

Phone Battery

Imagine your phone shutting while you are in the middle of capturing sweet moments on your holidays?

With so much photography and videography happening using phones, you need to ensure that your battery is performing optimally. With a phone battery draining fast or that which won’t charge beyond a certain percentage can be such a turn off.

Pack up a Power bank when leaving for a holiday

Are you travelling far and you plan on watching your favorite series? Grab yourself a power bank just in case you need to charge up your battery to continue enjoying your watch.

Fun doesn’t have to end with low phone charge.

Get a pair of Music Plugs when travelling for a holiday

Are you a music lover? Does music soothe your heart in ways that nothing else does? Pack up a pair of headphones as you travel and keep music close to you.

It can get really boring especially of late when we have to maintain social distance everywhere we are.

Screen protector

This is meant to guard your phone screen from breaking and in case you didn’t know they are diverse {glass, silicone & ceramic} Get your favorite gadget an ideal screen protector to avoid uncertainties during this festive season. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

Phone cases

It is said that having a smartphone without a phone case is like a soldier going out to war without a shield.

Imagine the frustration of buying a phone and having it dented and with a broken screen barely a week after buying it. Cases protect your phone from screen breakage as well as scratches when it falls.

Did you know phone cases are not just protective? They are versatile enough to accessorize someone’s dressing. They are also capable of overhauling a phone’s look and making it look new again.

Get your phone the latest, most authentic and classy phone case before you travel for the holidays.

Pack up a Charger when leaving for holidays

Plugging a phone to charge is a daily activity for most people. How many times do you charge your smartphone?

Don’t answer that, I know it’s many times!

You definitely see the need of carrying your own charger seeing that nowadays there are several types so you really can’t count on others.

Get a Waterproof Phone Pouch when going for a holiday

Are you planning on going to the Coast? Most probably you are and I know you can’t wait to go swimming on the beach and maybe surf or snorkel if not scuba dive.

I know the idea is already exhilarating and you can’t wait to record yourself doing all these, but wait a minute, is your phone water resistant? If not, you don’t have to worry because this is when a waterproof phone pouch comes in handy.

It keeps your phone from getting water-damaged and thus allows you to record your memories without pressure. This is definitely a must pack!

Now that you have an idea of what phone accessories to pack up when leaving for holidays, I’d recommend you grab them from SPHUB, they’ve got them all! Original, high quality brands of these accessories to choose from. Have I mentioned they deliver countrywide? Yes, they do to your preferred drop off point.

If your screen is broken, well. Your phone is not old, it’s that chipped and cracked screen protector or that cracked screen that makes it look old. Where do you gather the courage to go to shaggz with a phone whose screen looks like a cobweb? You probably don’t have enough money to get a new phone, that’s understandable but staying with a cracked screen isn’t.

Why not get your screen fixed at Fixsquad and enjoy a 10% Summer discount, and three months warranty? At Fixsquad, we will fix your image😊

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Tips to Minimize Battery Drain

Battery drain issues
Battery drain issues

Done are the days when the phone was just limited to calling, texting perhaps the games that occupied our free time, Nokia 3310 lovers, bet you’re with me on this. Well times have changed and now, whether an Android or iPhone user, we all use our phones a lot. if it’s not our Google Maps, Gmail, Microsoft Excel, It’s our Gaming Apps or our wallet, our music, our camera… And we all have one similar query: Why does my phone battery die so quickly.

With each new iPhone or Android update, we get brighter and bigger screens along with a whole barrage of features that help to make our daily lives easier. While all of this technology is pretty cool and efficient, it can also be a big drain on your battery.

Luckily enough the tech experts have some steps you can take on your Android phone to improve battery health. Because when you get more life out of your phone’s battery, you can do more with your day. And that’s where Fixsquad comes in

How to improve Android battery life

Limit your push notifications

We get it. Notifications are how we all stay connected and in the know when it comes to the latest news, what’s the progress of your food delivery, the final score to that Champions League game – but they can also zap your battery. Decide which push alerts you can live without and make the adjustment to only the ones you need

  • Go to Settings, then tap Notifications. From there, you can select which apps you want to receive notifications from

Adjust your location services

Apps like Google Maps, Waze help you get from one place to another. They do this by using your location services, which when running in the background, can lead to quicker Android battery drain.

  • Go to Settings, then tap Biometrics and Security.
  • Tap Location, then tap the Location switch to either turn it off altogether, or you can click App Permissions and choose individually which apps you want to restrict.

Turn off Background App Refresh

Not only can Background App Refresh be a drain on your phone’s data, it can also have a negative impact on your phone’s battery life. Limiting the number of apps that you allow to use Background App Refresh can improve it. Try turning it off on one of the apps that updates frequently (Hint: it’s probably Instagram, Whatsapp or your other social media apps).

  • Go to Settings, then tap Connections.
  • From there, tap Data usage , then select an app to toggle on or off “Allow background data usage.”

Adjust your screen brightness and screen timeout

Lowering your screen’s brightness even a little bit can pay off with big battery savings. Set your screen brightness to the lowest setting that you’re comfortable with. You can also click on Auto Brightness to adjust it to your surroundings.

  • Go to Settings > tap Display > then adjust the slider at the top.
  • Or just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and adjust the slider to your preferred brightness.

Another setting that’s worth adjusting is your phone’s screen timeout. Setting your phone to timeout after 20 seconds of you not using it versus two minutes will help to cut down on power usage.

  • Go to Settings > tap Display > scroll down to Screen timeout > select timeout.

Turn on your phone’s battery saving option

When you’re in a bind, the quickest fix is to turn on your phone’s battery saver mode. This allows you to save power until you can plug your phone in for its next charge. You can turn battery saver mode on at any time or set it up to turn on automatically.

  • Go to Settings, then tap Device care.
  • From there, tap Battery. Select either Off, Mid or Max to extend your battery life.
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