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5 digital tricks you'll use over and over

When it comes to everything digital, we often learn by doing or by watching someone wow us with a trick. Here are five of my favorites that are high on the functional side.

1. Stop a text from sending

It’s happened to everyone. You tap send on a text and regret sets in the very moment you take your finger off your phone. You can stop a text from sending, but you must act quickly.

While your text message is sending, the word sending appears at the top of your phone’s screen. As long as that word sending is still there, you’re in luck. You have time to stop the message from being delivered.

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Simply hit the Home button as quickly as you can. From there, swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Control Center. Then, put your phone in Airplane Mode.

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Take a look at your Messages app. If you stopped the message in time, you'll see a red outline around the message with an exclamation point. Tap Cancel and the message is sent straight to the Trash.

Switching your phone to Airplane Mode also works for Android devices. Depending on which model you have, it's not always as easy to access. On most models, you can access Airplane Mode by swiping down from the top of your screen to open your Notification Panel. In some cases though, you have to go into your phone's settings to turn Airplane Mode on.

Insider tip: Short text messages are sent almost instantly. Videos and photos take longer. This gives you more time to stop them.

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