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How to Connect Apple Pencil (GEN1) to iPad (GEN6) or iPad Pro (GEN1) May 30, 2019

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One of the best new accessories for the Apple iPad is the Apple Pencil. It’s a fantastic stylus that can accept precision input much more accurately than your finger. It is just perfect for drawing, marking documents, and photo manipulation. You

So how do you use the Apple Pencil with a compatible iPad or iPad Pro? Well, we’re going to show you exactly how to connect it to your iPad and give you some useful tips for how to make the best use out of it without having to buy any specific apps.

Just be aware, this How To Video is only for the GEN1 Apple Pencil. It will not work for the GEN2 Apple Pencil.


How to Label Inputs on a Samsung 4K Smart TV April 19, 2019

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By popular request, we’ve got a new How-To video for you guys. Many people have been asking questions about the recent Samsung 4K Smart TVs, but a question I’ve heard more than any other is how was I able to label my television’s inputs?

It’s a pretty simple procedure and only requires your television remote to perform. Watch the video below and see for yourself.

How to Upgrade the PS4 Pro Hard Drive December 18, 2018

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Happy Holidays everyone! Sony’s PS4 Pro currently ships with a stock internal storage capacity of 1TB. After owning one for nearly a year, that amount of storage just wasn’t cutting it anymore. We need to upgrade the internal storage of the PS4 Pro! Thankfully this is permitted by Sony, and this procedure can be performed without voiding the system’s warranty.

So how do we upgrade the PS4 Pro’s internal Hard Drive? You’ll need:

  • The PS4 Pro
  • A PC or Mac
  • A 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (exFAT Formatted)
  • A 2-4GB USB Thumb Drive (FAT32 Formatted)
  • A Phillips Head 00 screwdriver

The PS4 Pro accepts 2.5″ SATA 6.0GB/s Hard Drives, so you’ll have to get a drive that meets those specifications. We are going to do this procedure with a 2TB mechanical drive. You can also install a Solid State Drive (SSD) using this method, provided it fits the 2.5″ form factor.

We broke this procedure into two parts to make it easier for all of you. In part 1, we focus specifically on the prep work. Everything you need to do BEFORE taking your PS4 Pro apart is in this video, please watch before starting the process. If you would like a direct link to Sony’s PS4 firmware download page, you can click here. Regardless if you plan to back up your data or not, you WILL need the PS4 firmware to get your PS4 working after replacing the internal storage.

With prep out of the way we will now move to Part 2. This is what you’ll need to know to take the PS4 Pro apart, replace the internal drive, and get the PS4 working again after the drive has been replaced. We follow it up with how to restore all your data from the old drive using a backup.

How to Connect an Older Console to a New SmartTV July 24, 2018

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Got a new How To video today, produced by popular demand. Several viewers have been leaving me comments over the past year with questions that revolve around an inability to find component or composite inputs on their newer 4K Smart Televisions. Earlier game consoles like the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 1 used composite-out cables to connect to a television. Later consoles like the Wii or original model Xbox 360 supported high definition and progressive scan video using component cables. The number one question I’ve been getting asked is, “Where are these inputs on my new TV?”

Watch the video below and find out:

How to Transfer Exclusive Items From Pokemon Sun and Moon Demo to the Full Game March 13, 2018

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We got a brief how-to video for you guys today. If you’re a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS owner, there’s no reason for you to miss out on the Pokémon Sun and Moon special demo version. It features story content and missions not available in the full version of either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon and you can earn special items and an exclusive Pokémon that can be transferred to the full version of the game.

So, what do you have to do to get this demo content into your full retail copy? Watch the video below and find out:

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are out now on Nintendo 3DS systems.

How to Properly Connect Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers To Wrist Straps January 30, 2018

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While many people enjoy playing the Nintendo Switch with their Joy Con Controllers attached to the console while it is in tablet mode, certain games like Super Mario Odyssey take advantage of Joy Con features which can only be used when the Joy Cons are operating independently. Also, you’ll need to separate the Joy Cons when playing two-player modes.

While independent from the console, it’s a good idea to attach your Joy Cons to their provided wrist strap accessories. This will protect the Joy Con’s connection rail and enable players to use the controller’s shoulder buttons. The issue is, first time users can sometimes have problems properly orienting their Joy Cons when attaching or unattaching these straps, and inserting them incorrectly can damage or break the controller.

So here’s a detailed video on how to properly attach your Joy Con controller to a wrist strap.

How to Enable HDR in a Samsung 4KTV January 19, 2018

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We are back with another How-To video directed at our 4KTV readers.

The Xbox One X and PS4 consoles support High-Dynamic Range Color on supported televisions. Our Samsung 4KTV supported HDR color, but the feature wasn’t listed as fully supported when setting up the Xbox One X.

Rather than write off support for the feature as something I would have needed to pay more money for, or something that would need a future software update I went through every setting in my Samsung TV until I got HDR enabled. How did I do it, and how can you do it? Watch this:

How to Upgrade Nintendo Switch Memory January 6, 2018

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The Nintendo Switch shipped with only 32GB of internal memory, which isn’t a lot, especially if you plan to purchase most of your games through the Nintendo eShop. However, its memory can be upgraded with a UHS-I MicroSD card with a transfer speed minimum of 60MB/s.

How do you upgrade it and what can you expect when you do? For the purposes of this video we will be performing the upgrade with a 64GB MicroSDXC card. Watch and find out what happens. Make sure your Switch is updated with its most recent system software, in tablet mode, and completely turned off before performing this procedure.

How to Update Nintendo Switch Joy Con Controllers January 5, 2018

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My Nintendo Switch arrived with the stock internal firmware Nintendo shipped with the consoles when they launched a few months ago. As I started getting used to the new Joy Con Controllers I noticed some occasional connectivity issues when detaching them from the tablet screen and some accuracy issues with one of the thumb sticks. However, all those problems went away after I performed a controller update.

To update your Joy Con Controllers you’ll first need to update your Nintendo Switch to its most recent system software. Then you’ll need to connect both of your Joy Con Controllers to the Switch while it is in tablet mode. Finally, watch the video below to see how to find the Controller Update feature in the Switch’s settings menu.

Please post a comment below if you noticed any issues with your Joy Cons that this procedure may have fixed.

How to Transfer All Your Nintendo 3DS Data to a New 3DS January 2, 2018

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Not too long ago, we released a How To video to show Nintendo 3DS owners how they could upgrade the storage capacity in their handhelds without losing any of their purchases or save data. Since then, we have been swamped with requests asking if that procedure could be used to transfer their game data to a new Nintendo 3DS. It can’t, but there is another way to perform a data transfer on a 3DS

There ARE risks to performing this procedure. If performed incorrectly, it can completely wipe all the data and purchases from your original 3DS handheld. PERFORM AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Before we get started here’s a list of several things you’ll need to make this procedure work:

  • A New Nintendo 3DS
  • Your original 2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, or DSi system
  • A MicroSD Card with a minimum Class 4 speed and 4GB capacity. Class 10 32GB MicroSD Card Recommended
  • Internet-connected WiFi Hotspot
  • A Phillips Head 00 screwdriver
  • A MicroSD to SD Card Adapter
  • A PC or Mac with SD Card Reader


First thing you’ll need to do is convert the storage in your original Nintendo 2DS or 3DS system to MicroSD memory, and you’ll need to buy a MicroSD card of equal to or superior storage capacity and speed to do it. If your original 3DS is already using MicroSD memory please skip this procedure and move down to the System Transfer section of the article. The original model 3DS used a 2GB Class 4 SD Card for storage. The 3DS XL used a 4GB Class 4 SD Card. Finding a MicroSD card that meets or surpasses those specifications should be simple and inexpensive, and most will come bundled with a MicroSD to SD Card adapter at no extra charge.

Completely shut off your original Nintendo 3DS using the power button. Once all the power lights turn off, turn the handheld over and open the SD Card compartment. Push the SD Card inwards to eject it out of the 3DS and slide the card out of the handheld.

Insert the SD Card you found in your original 3DS into the SD Card slot in your PC or Mac. If your computer doesn’t have an expansion slot capable of reading SD Cards, you can get a USB adapter capable of reading the cards super cheap online or at your local computer store. Once your computer verifies the card is connected, copy EVERY file and folder in the SD Card to your computer’s hard drive. This won’t take very long. Once the data is copied, safely eject the card and set it aside.

Now, take your new MicroSD Card, insert it into the included SD Card adapter, and insert the adapted MicroSD card into the exact same computer you just copied the previous card’s data to. The computer should read the MicroSD card as FAT32 formatted, and if it isn’t FAT32, you’ll need to reformat the card as FAT32 or it won’t be read by the 3DS. Delete all the data that’s currently on the new MicroSD card, and replace them with the files and folders you just copied from the old card. Do not change any file or folder names, alter the locations of any files/folders, or add any extra files or folders to the card that weren’t in the previous one.

Once all the old 3DS data copies to the new MicroSD card, safely eject it from your PC/Mac and insert it back into your original 3DS until you hear a click. Once the new card has been correctly inserted, start up your old 3DS and make sure that it launches properly. If done correctly, your old 3DS should act exactly like it had before, and all the same content you had installed before should be accessible.

System Transfer

Next up, you’ll need to perform the transfer procedure. Start up your New Nintendo 3DS system for the first time and begin its initial setup, making sure to connect it to an internet connected WiFi hotspot during the process. After that, go into the System Settings Menu from the 3DS home screen, select Other Settings, and select the system update option. Wait a few minutes while the Nintendo updates itself to match its current version. Do not create a Nintendo Network account or sign in to an existing Nintendo Network account during the setup process.

Once the New 3DS has been updated to its most recent version, go into the System Settings menu of both of your 3DS handhelds, and select the System Transfer option. If either one of the 3DS systems isn’t updated with its latest software, you’ll get an error. Otherwise, you’ll eventually see this screen:

Unless you’re performing this procedure with a DSi system select the “Transfer from a System in the Nintendo 3DS Family” option on both of your handhelds. Then you’ll see this screen:

This is a very, very important screen. Failure to give it the correct information can result in total data loss on both handhelds.

On your original 3DS select the “Send from this System” option. On your New 3DS select the “Receive from Nintendo 3DS” option. If you accidentally tap the wrong button at first, do not worry as you will have to confirm your selections in the next step. Once your selections have been confirmed, we will move on.

If you have a Nintendo Network account tied into your original 3DS system, it will prompt you for your password. This is purely for security verification purposes and it will be safe to give. You’ll then confirm the 3DS you want to transfer your data to, and click through several instruction screens until we reach the next step.

If you have any DSiWare software installed in your 3DS’s internal memory, a screen will pop up and ask you if you want to temporarily move those games onto your SD Card for the transfer. Select “Move”, as this will make it faster for you to recover those DSiWare games on your new handheld.

Once your transfer options and passwords have been confirmed, you will receive a prompt asking you how you would like the procedure to be performed.

If you’ve been following this guide up to this point you’ll want to select the “PC-Based Transfer” option. This is without a doubt the fastest transfer option available and if your original 3DS already uses a MicroSD card for storage, will save you hours of transfer time. If you have a lot of free time and never changed the stock memory cards of either of your 3DS systems, select the “Wireless Transfer” option. If you do plan to do a Wireless Transfer, you might want to have a Coke handy because it can take two to four hours to complete.

After you make your transfer selection, sit back and relax as the two 3DS systems perform their transfer. Once completed, both systems will automatically restart, let them. You may notice your original 3DS system will look like it has been reset to its Day 1 factory menu, this is normal. If you chose the “PC-Based Transfer” option, you may also notice your new 3DS is prompting you to copy your old 3DS’s SD Card to its MicroSD card using your PC, and it won’t start up properly until you do. This is also normal. If you chose the “Wireless Transfer” option, your New 3DS should fully restart and be functioning as your old one did.

If you performed the “PC-Based Transfer”, turn off both handhelds fully with their power buttons (making sure both system’s power lights are fully off) and remove the memory from the SD Card slot of your original 3DS. Just push it inwards until you hear a click, and then slowly slide the card out. If you’ve properly followed this guide up until now, you should have pulled out a MicroSD card inside of an SD Card adapter. If you didn’t and the card you pulled out is a stock SD Card, you can still perform the procedure above after connecting the SD Card to your PC or Mac.

Flip your New 3DS system over and use a Philips Head size-00 micro screwdriver to loosen the two screws on top of the New 3DS rear panel. Once loosened, you can remove the back of the handheld by pulling at the open tabs on the bottom back of the handheld. This can be VERY annoying to do, as you’ll need to be firm enough to remove the panel but not too aggressive to break it. The screws don’t come out of the rear panel so don’t worry about losing them. For the life of me I cannot figure out why Nintendo forced people to do this to access the external memory on the New Nintendo 3DS when they previously had something as simple and convenient as the SD Card slot in earlier models.

Once you have the back panel off, you should be able to access the MicroSD slot in the back of the New Nintendo 3DS. You’ll have to remove the memory that’s already in there so push the stock MicroSD card inwards until it clicks and then slide it out. Take the MicroSD card from your original 3DS out of the SD Card adapter and slide it into the New Nintendo 3DS MicroSD Card slot until you hear a click. Reattach the back of the handheld and use the screwdriver to secure it back in place.

Start up your New 3DS and let it connect to the Internet. If everything went properly you could see a screen like this:

If you had DSiWare installed on your older handheld and you had previously chosen to move it to your SD Card during the transfer process, you’ll be prompted to move it into your New 3DS system’s internal memory. This is a really good sign, because if you’re seeing it, then that means the data on your old card is being read by your new system without issue. Tell it to perform the move and wait for the last of your data to transfer. If you didn’t have DSiWare content on your old 3DS your system will probably skip this step.

Once all your data has finished moving, your New 3DS will restart again and if everything goes well, your screen should appear exactly as it did on your old system, with all your software in the same place you left it! Enjoy your newer, faster 3DS system!

Hopefully this guide was able to help you through this procedure. Here’s what it was like for us to perform it!