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Understanding Doro Flip Phones: Your Top 35 Questions Answered

Doro 6620 open side view

Understanding Doro Flip Phones: Your Top 35 Questions Answered

1 - What is a Doro phone?

A Doro phone is a type of mobile phone produced by Doro, a Swedish company known for designing telecommunication devices for seniors and people with special needs

One model, the Doro 6620, is a simple, user-friendly camera phone available on TechSilver.

More on the specific features later.

Our Advantage: TechSilver provides this phone unlocked, which means it can be used with any network, offering users the flexibility to choose their preferred service provider.

2 - Who are Doro phones designed for?

Doro 6620 back view

Doro phones are primarily designed for seniors or those with visual or hearing impairments.

The simplified design and enhanced accessibility features make them a great choice for people in the targeted demographics.

Here’s why:

  1. Easy to Use: The Doro phone has a straightforward user interface and intuitive navigation, making it easy for seniors to use.
    The menus are clear and well-organised, minimising confusion and frustration. The phone’s overall design focuses on ease of use, ensuring that seniors can handle the device comfortably.
  2. Large Buttons and Display: The buttons are prominently sized and have high contrast, making them easier to see and press, even for those with dexterity or vision issues.
    The display is also larger than that of typical smartphones, allowing seniors to read text, view icons, and navigate through menus with greater ease.
  3. Hearing Aid Compatibility: The Doro phone is compatible with most standard hearing aids, reducing the likelihood of interference or distortion during phone conversations. This feature enables seniors with hearing impairments to communicate more effectively and comfortably.
  4. Emergency Features: The Doro phone incorporates essential emergency features that are crucial for seniors’ safety and peace of mind.
    It typically includes a dedicated emergency button, usually located on the back or side of the device, which can be pressed to quickly summon help in case of an emergency.
    This feature is often programmable to connect directly to emergency services, a trusted contact, or a monitoring service.
  5. Amplified Sound: The Doro phone addresses hearing difficulties by offering adjustable volume settings that can significantly amplify the sound during calls.
    This amplification feature enhances the clarity and volume of incoming audio, ensuring that seniors can hear conversations more effectively.

These features all make the Doro phone an excellent choice for seniors or those with visual or hearing impairments, providing them with a user-friendly device that accommodates their specific needs.

It promotes independence, accessibility, and peace of mind, allowing seniors to stay connected with their loved ones and access emergency assistance when needed.

3 - Where can I buy a Doro phone?

Doro phones are available at a variety of retailers, both online and in physical stores

You can purchase them directly from the Doro website, or from other popular electronics and telecommunications retailers. You can also find Doro phones on general online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay.

However, the best retailer to purchase Doro phones from is TechSilver

TechSilver is a UK-based company that is committed to providing technology solutions that help people feel more comfortable and independent in their own homes. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals in their golden years or living with a disability.

At TechSilver, we understand the importance of easy-to-use devices that don’t compromise on functionality. 

Visit our website to view our range of Doro phones and other assistive technology products. Our customer service team is also available to provide advice and answer any questions you may have.

4 - Can Doro phones be used with any network provider in the UK?

Most Doro phones are sold as “unlocked,” which means they can be used with any network provider as long as the network’s type (e.g., GSM) is compatible with the phone. This applies to all network providers in the UK, including Vodafone, EE, Three, and O2.

However, it’s always a good idea to check with the retailer or directly with the network provider before purchasing. Additionally, if you’re planning on using a SIM card from an existing phone, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right size for the Doro phone you’re considering.

Please Note: Network compatibility can vary by region. North American buyers will have to check with their network provider if the network is compatible with Doro phones.

5 - What are the main features of Doro phones?

Doro 6620 in cradle

Doro phones, particularly designed for seniors and those with visual or hearing impairments, have several key features that set them apart:

  1. Ease of Use: Doro phones are designed to be straightforward and simple to operate, with intuitive interfaces and clear menus.
  2. Large, Clear Displays: Doro phones feature large, bright screens with high-contrast text, making it easier for users with visual impairments to read.
  3. Big Buttons: The phones have large, tactile buttons that are easy to press, which is especially helpful for users with reduced dexterity.
  4. Enhanced Sound: Doro phones typically offer amplified sound and are compatible with hearing aids, making them suitable for users with hearing difficulties.
  5. Emergency Assistance Button: Some models come with an emergency assistance button that, when pressed, automatically dials predefined emergency contacts.
  6. Durability: Doro phones are built to withstand the occasional drop or knock, offering robust and reliable performance.
  7. Long Battery Life: Doro phones are designed with an extended battery life, reducing the need for frequent charging.
  8. Visual Ring Indicator: This feature provides a visual signal of an incoming call, which is useful for those with hearing impairments.
  9. Speed Dial: Users can program their phones to dial certain numbers quickly and easily.
  10. Compatibility: Doro phones are unlocked, meaning they can be used with any compatible network provider.

Remember, the exact features can vary depending on the specific Doro model. Always check the product specifications for the model you’re interested in to make sure it has the features you need.

All of the above features can be found in the Doro 6620 phone.

6 - Why is the flip design of the Doro 6620 an important feature for people with dementia?

The flip design of the Doro 6620 can be considered an important feature for people with dementia due to several reasons:

  1. Simplicity: The flip design offers a simple and intuitive user interface. Opening the phone to answer calls and closing it to end calls is a straightforward action that can be easier for individuals with dementia to understand and remember compared to more complex touch-screen interfaces or button layouts.
  2. Protection: The flip design provides physical protection for the phone’s keypad and screen when it is closed.
    This can help prevent accidental dialling or pressing of buttons, reducing the chances of unintended actions or confusion for individuals with dementia.
  3. Visual and Tactile Cue: The opening and closing action of the flip phone can serve as a visual and tactile cue, providing a clear indication of the phone’s status (open or closed).
    This can help users with dementia recognise the phone’s functionality and understand its current state more easily.
  4. Familiarity: The flip design is a reminder of the traditional form of older phones that many people with dementia may have used in the past.
    The familiar design can evoke a sense of nostalgia and make it easier for individuals to connect with the device, enhancing their comfort and confidence in using it.
  5. Size: Flip phones like the Doro 6620 often have a compact and lightweight design. This can be advantageous for individuals with dementia, as it makes the phone more manageable to hold and carry, reducing the risk of dropping or misplacing it.

It’s worth noting that while the flip design of the Doro 6620 can be beneficial for people with dementia, individual preferences and needs may vary.

It’s important to consider the specific requirements and abilities of the person using the phone and consult with healthcare professionals or caregivers to determine the most suitable device for their situation.

7 - How do I set up my new Doro phone?

Doro phone on breakfast table

Setting up a new Doro phone generally involves a few basic steps, although the exact process may vary slightly depending on the model of your Doro phone.

  1. Insert the SIM card and battery: Insert your SIM card into the SIM card slot typically located behind the battery. You’ll also need to insert the battery if it isn’t already installed.
  2. Charge the phone: Plug in your phone using the provided charger and allow it to charge. It’s generally recommended to fully charge a new phone before using it for the first time.
  3. Turn on the phone: Press and hold the power button (usually located on the side or top of the phone) to turn it on.
  4. Set the language: The first time you turn on your phone, it will usually prompt you to select a language. Use the navigation keys to scroll through the options and select your preferred language.
  5. Set the date and time: Set the date and time by following the prompts on the screen.
  6. Add contacts: You can add contacts to your phone manually by going into the Contacts menu, or you can import them from your SIM card if you’ve used it in another phone.
  7. Personalise settings: You can adjust various settings such as ringtone, volume, display brightness, and more through the Settings menu.
  8. Set up a speed dial: If your phone has a speed dial feature, you can set this up by assigning certain numbers to the speed dial keys.

Remember to refer to the user manual that comes with your phone for specific instructions. 

If you’re having trouble setting up your phone, don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

8 - Can Doro phones connect to the internet?

Doro makes a variety of phones, ranging from basic models that are primarily for calling and texting, to more advanced models that offer features like internet connectivity, email, and apps.

For example, Doro’s smartphone models, such as those in the Doro 80xx series, typically have Wi-Fi and mobile data capabilities, allowing you to browse the web, use email, and even download and use apps.

However, some of the simpler models, like those in the Doro PhoneEasy series or certain models like the Doro 6620, might not have internet connectivity. These phones are designed to be very easy to use, and they often don’t include features that could make them more complicated.

9 - Are Doro phones compatible with hearing aids?

Yes, many Doro phones are designed with hearing aid compatibility. This feature, often abbreviated as HAC, allows the phone to connect with hearing aids in either microphone mode (M) or telecoil mode (T).

In microphone mode, the phone will amplify its sound for the hearing aid to pick up. In telecoil mode, the phone communicates directly with the hearing aid, reducing or eliminating background noise for a clearer sound.

It’s important to note that not all hearing aids have a telecoil feature, and not all Doro phones may be compatible with all types of hearing aids. 

Always check the specific model of the phone and your hearing aid to confirm compatibility.

10 - How do I use the emergency assistance button on a Doro phone?

On a Doro phone, the emergency assistance button is usually located on the back of the device. This feature is designed to make it easy to call for help in case of an emergency. When the button is pressed, the phone will automatically dial a pre-set list of emergency contacts until someone answers.

Here’s a general guide on how to use the emergency assistance button on a Doro phone:

  1. Set up your emergency contacts: Before you can use the assistance button, you’ll need to set up your emergency contacts either through the phone’s settings or in a dedicated assistance app.
    You can typically add multiple contacts, and the phone will cycle through them until it gets an answer. It’s a good idea to discuss this with your contacts first so they know what to expect.
  2. Press the button in an emergency: If you find yourself in an emergency situation, press and hold the assistance button on the back of the phone. This will trigger the phone to start calling your emergency contacts.
  3. Wait for an answer: The phone will automatically dial your contacts in the order you’ve set. It will try each one multiple times, cycling through the list until someone answers.
  4. Speak to your contact: Once someone answers, you can communicate your situation to them. If necessary, they can then call emergency services for further assistance.

Remember: The emergency button should only be used in real emergencies when you need immediate help.

11 - Can Doro phones receive and send text messages?

Yes, Doro phones can send and receive text messages

The phones typically have large, clear screens and fonts, as well as larger keys or easy-to-use touch screens, making it easier for users to type and read text messages.

Even better, some models have predictive text or quick text features to assist with typing. 

Please note that the specific steps to send or receive a text message might vary between different Doro phone models. 

Refer to the user manual or contact Doro customer support for model-specific instructions.

12 - How do I charge my Doro phone?

Charging a Doro phone is straightforward and similar to charging most other mobile phones.

  1. Find the charger: Your Doro phone should come with a charger. This will typically consist of a USB cable and a plug adapter. The USB cable connects to the plug adapter at one end, and the other end connects to the phone.
  2. Plug in the charger: Plug the adapter into a wall outlet. Make sure the outlet is switched on if applicable.
  3. Connect the phone: Locate the charging port on your Doro phone—it’s usually on the bottom or side of the phone. Connect the USB cable to this port.
  4. Check for charging indication: Once connected, the phone should indicate that it is charging. This could be a light, a sound, or a symbol on the phone’s screen. If you don’t see any such indication, make sure the connections are secure and the outlet is working.
  5. Let the phone charge: Charging times can vary depending on the phone model and the battery level. A full charge can take a few hours.

Pro Tip: Remember to unplug the charger once the battery is full to save electricity and protect the battery life.

If you’re unsure or if the phone isn’t charging as expected, refer to the user manual or contact TechSilver customer support for help.

Customer Service: Excellent. All questions and queries and emails answered quickly.” — Linda P

13 - What is the battery life of a Doro phone?

The battery life of a Doro phone can vary depending on the specific model of the phone, how it’s being used, and the age of the battery.

For instance, the Doro 6620 can offer up to 380 hours of standby time and up to 8 hours of talk time on a single charge, according to the manufacturer’s specifications. This means that the phone can last for around 7 days after a full charge with average use. 

That said, keep in mind that actual battery life can be influenced by several factors such as the brightness of the screen, whether or not Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is on, and how often the phone is used for activities like calling, texting, or using the internet.

14 - How do I increase the font size on my Doro phone?

The process of increasing the font size on your Doro phone can vary depending on the model, but here are general steps that should work for most Doro phones, including the Doro 6620:

  1. Press the “Menu” button to open the main menu on your Doro phone.
  2. Scroll through the menu using the arrow keys until you find the “Settings” option. Select it.
  3. In the settings menu, look for an option called “Display settings” or “Screen settings” or something similar.
  4. Select this option, and then look for “Font size” or similar.
  5. Select “Font size”, and you’ll typically see options like “Small“, “Medium“, and “Large.” Choose the one that suits your needs best.
  6. Confirm your selection and the new font size will be applied.

Remember that the exact wording of the menu options may vary slightly depending on your Doro phone model. 

If you have trouble finding the right option, consult the user manual for your specific model or contact TechSilver’s customer service for help.

15 - Can I use WhatsApp on a Doro phone?

Doro Smartphone

Whether you can use WhatsApp on a Doro phone depends on the specific model of the phone. Doro produces both feature phones and smartphones.

For their feature phones (like the Doro 6xxx series), which are more basic and designed primarily for calling and texting, they typically do not support apps like WhatsApp.

That said, Doro also produces smartphones (like the Doro 8xxx series), which run on Android and therefore can download and use WhatsApp, as well as many other apps.

At the same time, Doro also produces special feature phones (like the Doro 7xxx series), which come with Whatsapp and Facebook pre-installed but do not run on Android. 

Therefore, if WhatsApp usage is important to you, be sure to choose a Doro smartphone model that runs on Android. 

Also, please note that WhatsApp requires an internet connection, so you’ll need a data plan or access to Wi-Fi to use it. Always check with the retailer or the Doro official site for the most up-to-date information.

16 - How do I add contacts to my Doro phone?

Adding contacts to a Doro phone is generally a straightforward process, although the exact steps can vary slightly depending on the model.

  1. Open the Phone or Contacts application on your Doro phone.
  2. Look for a button or icon that represents adding a new contact. This is usually depicted as a “+” symbol or it might be an option labelled “Add Contact” or “New Contact.”
  3. Once you click on the “Add” button, you will be taken to a new screen where you can input the contact’s details. At a minimum, this usually includes their name and phone number, but you may also have options to add their email address, home address, and more.
  4. After you’ve entered the contact’s details, look for a button to save the contact. This is usually depicted as a disk or labelled “Save.”
  5. The contact is now saved on your phone and should be available in your contacts list.

If these general steps don’t seem to match what you’re seeing on your phone, refer to the user manual that came with your specific Doro model.

Bonus: If you no longer have the manual, you can usually find a digital version online at the Doro official website.

17 - Can Doro phones take pictures?

man taking photo of kids

Yes, all Doro phones come equipped with a camera that can take pictures. 

The resolution and quality of the camera can vary between different models. For instance, feature phones like the Doro 6620 are only for taking simple photos

However, if high-quality photography is important to you, you might want to consider Doro’s smartphone models. These typically come with more advanced cameras, similar to what you would find on other Android smartphones. 

They also have the added benefit of allowing you to share your photos through various apps or social media, provided you have an internet connection.

Always check the specifications of the specific Doro model you’re considering for the most accurate camera information.

18 - Can I install additional apps on my Doro phone?

Whether you can install additional apps on your Doro phone depends on the specific model of the phone.

Doro manufactures both feature phones and smartphones. Feature phones, like the Doro 6620, are more basic and are designed primarily for calling, texting, and some other simple functions. These devices typically do not support the installation of additional apps.

On the other hand, Doro smartphones, such as the Doro 8080, run on the Android operating system. This means they have access to the Google Play Store, where you can download and install a wide variety of apps. 

Before purchasing a Doro phone, or if you’re unsure about your current Doro model, it would be best to check with the retailer or Doro’s official website to confirm whether your device supports additional apps. As always, ensure your phone has enough storage space to accommodate any new apps you wish to install.

19 - How do I use the speed dial feature on my Doro phone?

While the exact method may vary depending on the specific Doro model, the following steps provide a general guideline on how to set up and use the speed dial feature on most Doro phones:

  1. Open the phone book: Press the right soft key or select the “Phonebook” option from the main menu.
  2. Select a contact: Scroll through your list of contacts and select the one you want to assign a speed dial number to.
  3. Assign a speed dial number: There should be an option to “Add to speed dial” or similar. Select it, then choose a number for this contact. The numbers 2–9 are usually available for speed dial.
  4. Confirm: After you confirm your selection, the contact should now be assigned to that speed dial number.

To use the speed dial feature after setting it up:

  1. From the home screen: Make sure your phone is unlocked and you’re on the home screen.
  2. Press and hold: Press and hold the number key you assigned to your contact. The call should start automatically.

Please note: Speed dial number “1” is typically reserved for voicemail, and can’t usually be changed.

These instructions are generic and might not exactly match your Doro phone’s interface. Always refer to your specific model’s user guide for the most accurate instructions. 

If you don’t have the manual, you can usually find it online on the Doro website.

20 - Are Doro phones durable?

Doro phones are generally built to be robust and easy to use, which often makes them a good choice for elderly individuals or those with specific needs such as dementia.

In terms of durability, while they may not be rugged to the extent of phones specifically designed for extreme conditions, Doro phones are typically well-made and capable of withstanding everyday use.

They are designed with several features that contribute to their durability:

  • Build Quality: Doro phones are typically built with sturdy materials and construction to withstand everyday use. They often feature reinforced frames or casings that can handle minor bumps and knocks.
  • Water and Dust Resistance: Some Doro phones are designed to be water and dust-resistant, which adds an extra layer of protection against accidental spills, rain, or dusty environments.
    However, the level of water and dust resistance can vary between different models, so it’s important to check the specifications of the specific phone you’re interested in.
  • Impact Resistance: Doro phones often incorporate impact-resistant designs that help absorb shock and minimise damage in case of accidental drops or impacts. This can include reinforced corners, shock-absorbing materials, or protective coatings.
  • Ease of Use: Doro phones are designed to be user-friendly, with features like large, easy-to-press buttons and clear displays. This reduces the likelihood of accidental drops or mishandling, making them more durable in everyday usage scenarios.
  • Long Battery Life: Doro phones typically have a long battery life, allowing users to go for extended periods without needing to charge their devices. This can be advantageous in situations where access to power sources is limited, reducing the need for frequent handling and potential damage.

That said, like any electronic device, the durability of a Doro phone can vary depending on individual usage and handling.

Tip: It’s always a good practice to handle any phone with care. Avoid dropping it and use protective cases or covers to further increase its longevity.

If you’re considering purchasing a Doro phone, it’s recommended to read reviews and user experiences to get a better understanding of its durability and overall performance.

21 - How do I turn on the visual ring indicator on my Doro phone?

Here are the general steps to turn on the visual ring indicator on a Doro phone. Please note that the exact process may vary depending on the specific model of the Doro phone:

  1. Go to the “Menu” from the main screen.
  2. Navigate to the “Settings” option and select it.
  3. In the “Settings” menu, find and select the “Sound & Alert” option (or something similar).
  4. In the “Sound & Alert” menu, look for the “Visual Ring Indicator” option (or something similar).
  5. Select the “Visual Ring Indicator” option and turn it on or enable it.

These instructions are meant to serve as a general guide and may not apply directly to all Doro phone models. If you can’t find the option or if it’s located in a different menu, consult the user manual for your specific Doro phone model for the most accurate information.

If you still encounter difficulties, don’t hesitate to contact Doro’s customer service for assistance. They can guide you through the process based on your specific phone model.

22 - Why is the visual ring indicator on the Doro 6620 important and useful?

The visual ring indicator on the Doro 6620 is a feature that provides a visual signal, such as a flashing light, when there’s an incoming call or message.

This can be particularly beneficial for people with dementia for several reasons:

  • Alternative Signal: For individuals with dementia, auditory signals like a traditional ringtone may not always be effective in capturing their attention or signalling an incoming call.
    The visual ring indicator provides an alternative signal that relies on visual cues rather than auditory ones.
    This helps ensure that individuals with dementia are aware of incoming calls even if they have difficulty processing or responding to sound-based alerts.
  • Cognitive Reinforcement: The visual ring indicator serves as a cognitive reinforcement tool by providing a consistent and easily recognizable visual cue for incoming calls.
    People with dementia often benefit from routine and familiarity, and the visual indicator reinforces the association between the visual cue and the action of answering the phone.
    This can help individuals with dementia remember and understand the purpose of their phone, reducing confusion and increasing their ability to respond appropriately.
  • Attention-grabbing: The visual ring indicator on the Doro 6620 is designed to grab attention through its visual cues.
    It typically uses bright lights or flashing LEDs to draw the user’s attention to an incoming call.
    This attention-grabbing feature can help individuals with dementia, who may have reduced sensory perception or attention span, notice and respond to the phone when it rings.
  • Reduction of Missed Calls: People living with dementia may struggle to recognise or respond to traditional phone ringtones, resulting in missed calls and potentially social isolation.
    The visual ring indicator addresses this issue by providing a prominent visual cue that is more easily noticeable, reducing the likelihood of missed calls.
    This feature promotes better communication and helps individuals with dementia stay connected with their loved ones and support network.
  • Independence and Confidence: The visual ring indicator empowers individuals with dementia by promoting independence and confidence in using the phone.
    By relying on a visual cue, it reduces the need for assistance or constant reminders to answer incoming calls.
    This independence can help individuals with dementia maintain a sense of control and autonomy in their daily lives, enhancing their overall well-being.

23 - Can I connect my Doro phone to a Bluetooth device?

Yes, most Doro phones, both feature phones and smartphones, come with Bluetooth connectivity, which allows them to connect with other Bluetooth devices. This means you can connect your Doro phone to devices such as Bluetooth headsets, speakers, car audio systems, or other smartphones.

However, the process to connect may vary depending on the specific Doro model. 

Here is a general guide:

  1. Turn on the Bluetooth device you want to connect with your phone and make sure it’s in pairing mode. This usually involves holding down the Bluetooth button on the device, but you should check the device’s manual if you’re unsure.
  2. On your Doro phone, go to the settings menu.
  3. Select the Bluetooth option and turn it on.
  4. Your phone should start searching for available devices. Once it finds the device you wish to connect, select it.
  5. You might be asked to confirm a passkey on both devices to ensure the connection is secure.

24 - What should I do if my Doro phone is not turning on?

If your Doro phone is not turning on, you can try the following steps:

  1. Check the battery: Ensure that your phone has enough battery charge. Plug it into the charger and wait for a few minutes. If the battery was completely drained, it might take a little while before it has enough charge to turn on.
  2. Check the charger and cable: Make sure your charger and cable are working properly. If possible, try charging another device with the same charger and cable to confirm they are functioning.
  3. Hard reset: If your phone has enough charge but still won’t turn on, you can try a hard reset. This will differ between models, but generally, it involves holding down a combination of buttons (usually the power button and volume buttons) for a certain number of seconds.
  4. Check for physical damage: Inspect your phone for any obvious signs of physical damage, such as cracks or water damage.
  5. Contact support: If none of these steps work, you should contact Doro’s customer support. They can provide you with additional troubleshooting steps and, if necessary, arrange for repair or replacement under the terms of your warranty.

Remember, these are general steps and might not apply to all Doro phone models. Always refer to your phone’s user manual for model-specific instructions.

25 - Can I block certain numbers on my Doro phone?

Many Doro phone models allow you to block certain numbers, preventing them from calling or sending texts. This feature is usually found within the settings of the phone or call history or contacts.

Here is a general guide on how to block numbers on a Doro phone, although the exact steps might vary depending on the specific model:

  1. Open the phone menu and go to the Call History or Contacts.
  2. Find the number you want to block. If it’s in your call history, it will likely be under “Received Calls” or “Missed Calls.”
  3. Select the number, and then find the option to block the number. This might be listed as “Block Number“, “Blacklist,” or something similar.

26 - Can I connect my Doro phone to Wi-Fi?

Whether or not you can connect your Doro phone to Wi-Fi depends on the specific model of the phone.

Many of Doro’s feature phones, like the Doro 6620, do not support Wi-Fi connectivity, as they are designed primarily for calling and texting.

However, Doro also produces smartphones, such as the Doro 8080, which run on the Android operating system. You should be able to connect them to a Wi-Fi network in the same way you would with any other Android smartphone.

27 - Can I use my Doro phone internationally?

You can typically use your Doro phone internationally. They are unlocked and compatible with the mobile networks in most countries. However, if you are visiting North America, you may need to check with the network operator to determine whether they are compatible with your phone. 

Here are a few points to keep in mind:

  1. Network Compatibility: Different countries use different mobile network standards and frequencies. Most Doro phones support a range of GSM frequencies, which are used in many parts of the world. However, it’s a good idea to check the specific network frequencies in your destination country and ensure your Doro phone is compatible.
  2. Roaming Charges: When you use your phone outside your home network, you may be subject to international roaming charges, which can be quite high. Check with your mobile network provider for their specific rates and policies.
  3. SIM Card: If your Doro phone is unlocked, you have the option of purchasing a local SIM card in the country you’re visiting, which can help you avoid roaming charges.
  4. Charging: Different countries use different types of power outlets, so you may need a travel adapter to charge your Doro phone abroad.

As always, it’s best to confirm these details with your mobile service provider and the official Doro support to ensure that your specific model can be used internationally.

28 - Can I record audio on my Doro phone?

Doro’s simple features phones like the Doro 6620 do not have a voice recording feature. They are designed primarily for calls and texting. 

However, Doro smartphones do have a built-in voice recorder or dictaphone function which allows you to record audio. This can be useful for making voice notes, recording conversations (with the consent of all participants, as per law), or other audio recording needs.

To use the voice recorder, you typically would go to the app or function list, select the voice recorder or sound recorder app, and follow the instructions. The exact process might vary slightly depending on the phone model and its operating system version.

If the phone does not have a built-in voice recorder function, and it is a smartphone model that has access to the Google Play Store, you can download a third-party voice recording app.

29 - What is the resolution of the Doro 6620 flip phone's display?

Doro phones, including the Doro 6620, are typically designed with large, clear, easy-to-read displays, which is a major consideration for users with visual impairments or cognitive issues such as dementia.

Fact: The Doro 6620 flip phone has a display of 320 x 240 pixels, and screen size of 2.8″.

For someone with dementia, a clear and easy-to-read display is important because it can make it easier to navigate the phone’s functions and reduce confusion.

The large text and high-contrast display options available on phones like the Doro 6620 can help users distinguish between different elements on the screen, understand displayed information, and interact effectively with the device.

30 - How much storage space does the Doro 6620 have for photos and other data?

The Doro 6620 has an internal storage capacity of 128 MB. While this isn’t a lot of storage for modern phones, it can be sufficient for basic phones like the Doro 6620, which are primarily designed for calling and texting.

However, the Doro 6620 also has a slot for a microSD card, which allows the storage capacity to be expanded up to an additional 32 GB. This can be particularly useful for storing photos, which can take up more space than text-based data.

For someone with dementia, having this additional storage space can be very beneficial. Stored photos can serve as a valuable tool for reminiscence therapy, which is a type of therapy that encourages individuals with dementia to remember and discuss their past experiences. This therapy can help to improve mood, well-being, and some mental faculties such as memory.

By having the ability to store many photos on the phone, a person with dementia can have easy access to important memories at their fingertips. They can go through the photos whenever they like, potentially sparking memories and providing comfort.

Remember, however, that the Doro 6620 is a basic phone, so while it does have a camera and can store and display photos, it might not offer the same photo management capabilities as more advanced smartphones.

31 - What is the resolution of the camera on the Doro 6620 flip phone?

The Doro 6620 flip phone comes equipped with a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, capable of both still photography and video recording.

While this resolution might not be high compared to some other smartphones on the market, it is quite sufficient for general use, such as taking snapshots of everyday life or video calls. The images produced by a 3MP camera are generally good enough for viewing on the phone’s screen or sharing via email or messaging apps.

For someone with dementia, taking photos can have multiple benefits:

  • Memory Aid: Photos can serve as reminders of people, places, and events, helping trigger memories and discussions about the past. They can be looked at repeatedly at your leisure.
  • Emotional Connection: Pictures of loved ones and favourite places can provide comfort and maintain a sense of connection, even if those people or places aren’t immediately present.
  • Engaging Activity: The act of taking photos can be an enjoyable activity that provides a sense of purpose and enables creative expression. It can also be a way to engage with others, for example, by taking photos together or talking about what to photograph.

The zoom function on the Doro 6620’s camera can also be helpful, allowing the user to get a closer view of far-off subjects or small details. This can be especially useful if the user’s vision isn’t perfect.

As always, the person’s specific needs and abilities should be taken into account when choosing a phone or using its features. Some people with dementia might need help or practise to learn how to use the camera function. 

Some might enjoy it right away, while others might take a little longer to get used to it, and that’s okay. The goal is to enhance their quality of life and enjoyment, so it’s important to be patient and supportive.

32 - How long does it take to fully charge the Doro 6620 flip phone?

The time it takes to fully charge the Doro 6620 flip phone can depend on several factors, such as the state of the battery at the start of charging, the power source, and the condition of the battery itself. However, generally, most mobile phones take between 1 to 3 hours to fully charge from a nearly depleted state when using a wall charger.

The Doro 6620, like many phones designed for seniors, has a long standby time of up to 380 hours, or about 16 days. This feature is especially useful for people with dementia who might forget to charge their phones regularly.

However, please note that actual battery life can be affected by many factors, including network conditions, the age and condition of the battery, and how the phone is used.

33 - What are the dimensions and weight of the Doro 6620 flip phone?

The Doro 6620 flip phone has dimensions of 106 x 55.1 x 19.5 mm. This compact size is specifically designed to be easy to hold and use, which can be beneficial for people with dementia or mobility issues.

The smaller size and flip design mean it’s easy to handle and less likely to be damaged.

The physical buttons may be easier for some people to use compared to touch screens, especially if they have tremors or lack fine motor control.

However, everyone is different, so it’s important to consider the specific needs and preferences of the individual when choosing a phone. 

Some might prefer a slightly larger phone with a bigger screen, for example. 

If possible, involve the person who will be using the phone in the decision to help ensure they’re comfortable with their new device.

34 - How does a ringtone affect a person with dementia?

The ringtones on a phone can significantly affect a person with dementia in several ways:

  • Recognition and Attention: A ringtone plays a crucial role in capturing a person’s attention and signalling an incoming call.
    For individuals with dementia, it is important to choose a ringtone that is easily recognizable and distinct. A familiar or distinctive ringtone can help the person recognise that the phone is ringing and draw their attention to answer the call.
  • Familiarity: Familiarity is essential for individuals with dementia as it helps them feel more comfortable and connected to their environment.
    Using a ringtone that is familiar to the person, such as a traditional phone ring or a melody they associate with their loved ones, can trigger positive memories and emotions.
    This familiarity can help reduce confusion and improve their ability to understand and respond to incoming calls.
  • Alertness: A ringtone that is attention-grabbing and has a clear and distinct sound can enhance alertness in individuals with dementia. The ringtone should be loud enough to be heard, but not overwhelming.
    Providing a stimulus that stands out from the background noise can help improve their focus and readiness to answer the phone.
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: It is important to consider the compatibility of the ringtone with their hearing aids.
    Certain ringtone frequencies or volumes may work better with specific hearing aids, ensuring that the person can hear the ringtone clearly without discomfort or distortion.
  • Adjustability: Dementia can affect a person’s sensory perception, including their ability to hear certain frequencies or their sensitivity to loud sounds.
    Having adjustable ringtone settings allows customization based on the individual’s needs. This flexibility enables caregivers or individuals with dementia themselves to set a volume level that is audible and comfortable for them.
  • Stress and Anxiety: Loud or jarring ringtones can potentially cause stress or anxiety in individuals with dementia. It is important to select a ringtone that is calming and pleasant to minimise any negative emotional responses. A soothing melody or a gentle tone can help create a more relaxed environment and reduce potential agitation.

35 - Why are easy-to-see buttons important for someone with dementia?

Dementia Phone

Easy-to-see buttons can significantly improve the user experience for someone with dementia for several reasons:

  • Visual Clarity: Clear and easily visible buttons enable individuals with dementia to quickly locate and identify the functions they need on the phone.
    Large, well-contrasted buttons with legible text or symbols enhance visual clarity, making it easier for them to navigate the phone’s interface and perform desired actions.
    This reduces the frustration and confusion associated with trying to locate or press small or indistinct buttons.
  • Ease of Use: Easy-to-see buttons contribute to the overall usability of the phone for individuals with dementia. By providing a clear visual reference, they facilitate more accurate button presses and reduce the likelihood of accidental inputs.
    This makes the phone more user-friendly and enables individuals with dementia to interact with the device independently, promoting a sense of control and self-reliance.
  • Cognitive Simplicity: Easy-to-see buttons simplify the cognitive demands of using a phone by providing a clear and straightforward visual interface.
    The absence of complex icons or small buttons reduces cognitive load, making it easier for individuals with dementia to understand and operate the phone’s functions.
  • Memory Support: Dementia often affects memory, making it challenging for individuals to remember the layout or functions of a phone. Easy-to-see buttons with consistent placement and clear labelling can act as memory aids.
    By providing a visual cue that is easy to recognise and associate with specific functions, it supports memory recall and increases the likelihood of successful phone interactions.

By improving accessibility and usability, easy-to-see buttons on a phone can help individuals with dementia maintain communication with their loved ones and caregivers, enhancing their quality of life.

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Apps For Older People – Guide to Apps for Elderly

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What do we know about Apps for Older People?

We’ve spent years working with older people; spreading the knowledge to understand and enjoy the benefits technology, smartphones, tablets and apps can offer. Seniors are sometimes the least likely to be confident using technology, but often problems encountered during later life can be improved or solved through apps for older people. We’ve sifted through thousands of apps for both Android and iOS (Apple) devices to compile the ultimate guide on apps for elderly people.

Not quite sure what apps are? Read our FREE ‘Ultimate Guide to Understanding Apps’

 

The world is changing…

As the populations of many Western countries age on an unprecedented scale, aging and our attitude towards it is changing. Over 18% of the UK are aged 65+ and Over 3% are 85+ (ONS), whilst in the USA there’s over 49m people aged 65+ (Census).

 

These aren’t just ‘apps for older people’

The traditional perception of being ‘old’ simply isn’t the same any more, as living longer has opened the doors to enjoy many more of life’s benefits. My grandfather is 92, very physically fit and uses his tablet computer daily. However some people can be in their early 60’s, suffer from chronic health problems and be very unlikely to use technology; which is more of a traditional stereotype of a senior. My point is that although the following apps may be useful for seniors, they’re certainly not restricted to a certain age group or are just ‘apps for older people’.

 

Reasons apps for the elderly may help

  • Enjoying the golden years through leisure and travel
  • Helping to stay entertained and occupied
  • Combating loneliness and isolation by keeping in touch with friends and family
  • Helping to manage health conditions and medication management
  • Keeping the brain active and staying intellectually challenged
  • Overcoming a lack of mobility or ability to leave the house
  • Saving money and getting the best deals

 

Isn’t using apps expensive?

In short, the answer is no, but it can be if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most apps for Android and Apple (iOS) devices are free, or have a nominal fee like 65p. ‘How do they make their money then?’ I hear you ask. Well often it’s through showing adverts around the edge of the app or before you open it. Other times it’s through something called the ‘freemium’ model, which means the basic version of the app is free, but you’ll need to pay to access all the ‘bells and whistles’, often known as ‘premium features’.

 

OK, so how do I avoid apps costing me money?

Well firstly you can ofcourse use the free versions of them instead of the premium ones, which is usually not much different if you can put up with the odd advert. However if you’re like my grandmother and absolutely loath adverts with a passion, then why not pay a little more for the premium version?

The other way using apps can end up costing you money is through excessive streaming using mobile data.

 

What is ‘streaming’ and why is it useful? 

Streaming is the process of consuming something (for example a TV show) by it being sent in little chunks as you watch it, instead of waiting for the entire thing to be sent to your device before being able to enjoy it. It’s like a restaurant being able to bring your courses out as you eat them, not having to wait for dessert to be made before tucking in to your starter.

Streaming means that you can enjoy things like radio, music, films, TV shows, videos and more whilst out and about using mobile data. Most entertainment apps use streaming to allow you to use them.

 

There’s two different ways to access the internet on your smartphone or tablet… 

Wi-Fi: You probably already know what this is, but it stands for ‘Wireless Fidelity’ and essentially means access to the internet within a certain area (like your home, a coffee shop or hotel etc.) It’s nearly always free to use and means you can stream as much music, TV etc. as you like without any additional charges

Mobile Data: This is accessing the internet through telephone masts, it’s also wireless like Wi-Fi but is not restricted to a specific geographic location. e.g. if you went for a walk across your town centre, you wouldn’t lose signal like you would with Wi-Fi.

 

So how would using apps for streaming with mobile data cost me money?

Mobile data costs money and you’ll usually have an allowance of mb [megabytes] (the unit that internet data is measured in), in your monthly mobile plan, or you’ll be charged a fixed amount for every mb if you’re on pay as you go. The real expense comes when you exceed your monthly allowance of mobile data, as many network providers (like Vodafone, O2, EE etc.) charge extortionate amounts for every mb used over and above this.

 

And how do I stop my mobile company charging me extra?

First of all, it’s worth seeing if you’re on the right mobile plan or contract. If you’re someone that would like to catch up with TV on the bus or use your smartphone to never get lost again, then you’ll need a fair amount of mobile data in your package…

  1. Discover current usage: Find out how much you’re currently using (if any). Either log in to your account online or call your provider and ask for your ‘data usage’ for the last few months
  2. Find the best deal: Shop around for a cheap plan with enough data, minutes for calling and texts. I recommend using comparison websites like Uswitch or MoneySavingExpert. (Remember you’re looking for a ‘SIM-only plan’, where you’re paying for using the phone, rather than the phone itself)
  3. Choose the right one for you: Choose a plan with enough mobile data for you. 2GB+ should be plenty for moderate mobile data use (a few hours of streaming a week). Remember you can always downgrade if you’re not using anywhere near your allowance.
  4. Set up alerts: Most mobile providers will send you a text message to warn you when you’re getting near your monthly allowance. If you’re really worried about going over you can always contact your mobile provider and ask them to put a cap on it. This will stop you using mobile data when you’ve hit your limit.

 

“Don’t let worries about data charges get in the way of benefiting from apps. By following the advice above, you’ll easily have an inexpensive and enjoyable app experience.”

Miles Waghorn, TechSilver Founder

 

Apps for Older People: The List 

As there’s so many to choose from, we’ve put these apps for older people in to categories

(click the links below and jump to that section)


Music & Radio: Apps for Older People 


TuneIn

Available on Android + Apple devices

With the invention and worldwide spread of the internet, radio has gone from a crackly reception and carefully turning dials, to almost endless choice from across the globe. TuneIn gives free access to over 100,000 radio stations in every corner of the planet. Moroccan Jazz? no problem, Ecuadorian folk? Why not, or even just your favourite BBC stations, wherever you are, in your pocket.

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Our Favourite Features

  • A ridiculously large choice to suit every taste
  • Easily access ‘favourites’ with a list of the stations you love
  • Completely free to download and use, with a premium version offering zero ads

Click here for our high quality, simple to use internet radio from Roberts

 

Spotify

Available on Android + Apple devices

The days of needing to buy vinyl, cassettes and even CD’s are long behind us. Replacing their more expensive, physical older brothers are digital music files or ‘MP3’s. Thanks to streaming (explained above), you don’t even have to own the song or album to listen to it wherever and whenever you please.

For a monthly subscription of £9.99 you can listen to over 30 millions tracks on the move, you can search by artist, song name and more, whilst being able to create playlists, mixtapes with all your favourite tracks in e.g. I’ve got one called ‘Evening relaxation’. There’s also a free version with adverts and simply the ability to listen to randomly selected songs by a certain artist.

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Our Favourite Features

  • Listen to over 30m songs, anytime, anywhere
  • Much more cost effective than buying MP3’s or CDs 
  • Accessible across any digital device. (computer, smartphone, tablet + more)

TV & Film: Apps for Older People 


TV Catchup

Available on Android + Apple devices

This deceivingly named app for elderly actual allows you to watch 30 UK freeview TV channels live on your smartphone or tablet. So whether you’re in the kitchen, hotel or out and about, you’ll never miss your favourite show. We recommend connecting to wireless internet (Wi-Fi) where possible with this app, to avoid extra charges for mobile data.

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Our Favourite Features

  • Watch TV anywhere
  • Completely free to download and use
  • Only one advert is shown before you watch

 

Sky Go

Available on Android + Apple devices

Available to all Sky TV customers, it’s similar to TV catchup in that it lets you watch any of the channels in your package live, wherever you want. It even includes sports, movies and box sets.

TV App for Seniors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favourite Features

  • Included in your existing Sky TV package (at no extra cost)
  • Download shows to watch when there’s no internet (e.g. planes or trains)
  • Control your Sky box remotely on the move (e.g. setting something to record)

 

Most UK TV companies have their own catchup service, where you can watch live and/or catch up with your favourite shows…

  • BBC: BBC iPlayer
  • ITV: ITV Player
  • Channel 4: 4OD
  • Channel 5: My 5

 


Communication & Staying in touch: Apps for Older People 


As we live in an increasingly globalised world, it’s becoming far more likely that the people emotionally close to us, are physically further away. Technology and these apps for older people thankfully allow us to speak, see each other, share pictures and more, inexpensively and from anywhere in the world. 


Whatsapp:

Available on Android + Apple devices

Whatsapp has undoubtedly brought my family closer together. It’s the world’s largest messaging app with over 13bn active monthly users. It allows you to share messages, pictures, videos and more with either one person, or multiple people at once in a ‘group chat’. It also allows you to make free video or phone calls with anyone, all you need as an internet connection.

(Read this guide on what a video call is or this guide on how to do it)

It’s brought my family closer together by creating a space where 3 generations of us can share moments and keep in touch, without needing to pick up the phone and call eachother regularly. It enables everyone, no-matter how busy their lifestyle to stay in contact with the elderly people in their life, and vice versa. it’s especially useful if your family and friends live overseas, as you avoid making costly phone calls and can catch up for as long as you want with absolutely no cost.

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Our Favourite Features

  • Send messages, pictures and more to anyone from anywhere, completely free!
  • Have unlimited video and audio calls without using up the minutes in your allowance
  • Whatsapp web enables you to use Whatsapp from your computer

 

Skype

Available on Android + Apple devices

Bringing face to face conversation to the masses, Skype has been the world’s leading video calling app for many years. Owned by Microsoft, this free app allows you to make unlimited voice or video calls to anyone in the world for absolutely nothing.

Unlike Whatsapp, Skype does not require a mobile phone number and sim card to function, therefore can be used on regular tablets and computers as well as smartphones and tablets with a sim card.

You can also have conversations with up to 9 other people at the same time, this is great if you want to catch up as a family or with multiple friends at the same time, whilst in different places.

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Our Favourite Features

  • Free and unlimited video and audio calling to anywhere in the world
  • Accessible on computers, tablets, smartphones and more
  • Have group chats with up to 9 other people at once

 

Facebook

Available on Android + Apple devices

If Facebook were a country, it would be the biggest on earth, with over 1.8 billion active monthly users. Facebook has developed from a way to keep in touch with friends and family, to be the ultimate information and communication hub. Not only does it enable you to reconnect with old friends in just a few clicks, but most public figures and organisations are represented, so visiting their page offers updates as well as pictures, reviews and more.

Facebook is a great app for older people to help stay updated with the lives of loved ones. If they live a long distance away or you don’t often speak on the phone, Facebook helps you stay in the loop with updates like holiday pictures, career progress and even their love life. 

Millions of local and international groups enable you to share information, experiences and advice with those that have a common interest. Just use the search bar to discover them e.g. ‘Cheltenham knitting’.

Events are easier thanks to Facebook. Create a public or private event page and invite your guests, then use the page to share information with them and receive updates e.g. RSVP, great for family events and organising social meet ups.  

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Our Favourite Features

  • Keep updated on what friends and family are doing
  • Reconnect with old friends from school, work and more
  • Organise / attend events and share knowledge with like-minded people

 


Travel & Adventure: Apps for Older People 


For many people, their golden years are an opportunity to visit and explore the places they’d always dreamed of. Responsibilities like your career, family and financial restrictions can become less demanding during retirement, offering time to enjoy new people, places and cultures. This section is dedicated to apps for older people that want to see what the world has to offer!


Google Translate

Available on Android + Apple devices

We’ve all been there. Embarrassingly trying to explain something to your waiter or hotel receptionist in pigeon English, whilst they look at you with a bemused face. Well thankfully technology and apps allow us to overcome these language barriers. Google translate is by far the slickest and easiest to use translation app, and best of all it’s completely free!

With over 102 languages available, this app for adventurous older people allows you to type or talk in to your device and it will translate as you do so, so no need to awkwardly wait until the end of your sentence. it’s also got some incredible features like having 59 languages stored on the device that will translate, even when there’s no internet connection available.

You can even hold your device’s camera up to words in a foreign language and it will show you an automatic translation on the screen e.g. restaurant menus

 

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Our Favourite Features

  • Easily overcome language barriers whilst travelling
  • Conversation mode where it can listen and translate 2 languages simultaneously
  • Offline mode enabling written translation with no internet connection

 

Tripit

Available on Android + Apple devices

One of the most stressful things about travelling is having the right documents. Sifting through that A4 plastic wallet in your bag looking for the car hire reference number, realising you printed off an email that’s 14 pages long and you had to remortgage your house to afford the printing costs.

Tripit is a great app for older people that solves these issues in an ingeniously simple fashion. Just forward all the booking confirmation emails for your trip to an email address provided in the app, and it will organise all the information for you an an easy to digest and chronological order. Best of all, it’s all in the palm of your hand through your smartphone, so no need to kill those trees and print loads of paper out.

This could include airport parking, flights, airport lounges, car hire, transfers, hotels, event tickets, excursions and more.

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Our Favourite Features

  • Organise your travel itinerary in one place
  • Have all your booking references and codes to hand, instead of sifting through paperwork
  • Kind to the environment, no more unnecessary printing.

 

Uber

Available on Android + Apple devices

If you haven’t already heard about them in the news, Uber have transformed the way the world gets a taxi. Simply tell the app where you are (or use it’s inbuilt location finder to do it for you), and where you’re going. The app will give you an estimate of how much the fare will cost, before showing you exactly how long until your ride arrives, who’s driving, what car they’re driving and more. 

We’ve probably all been ripped off by taxi drivers abroad or failed to explain where we’re going. Uber is an ideal app for older people as it takes the hassle, confusion and danger out of getting a taxi whilst on holiday. It’s also usually cheaper than getting the local taxi’s too! Best of all, it’s all automatically charged to your credit or debit card, which is securely linked to your app, so no need to pay the driver in confusing foreign currency!

You’ll need mobile data connection to user Uber, however EU laws mean there’s no roaming charges whilst travelling in Europe, so you don’t have to worry about extortionate data charges!

taxi app for old people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favourite Features

  • Easy, safe and cost effective way to hail taxis abroad
  • Know exactly when your rise is arriving and where it will be
  • Available in 84 countries and 737 cities worldwide

 


Games & Puzzles: Apps for Older People 


We all love a challenge, whether it be alone or against someone else. From digital versions of classics like scrabble and Sudoku, to multi-player thrill-filled action games, playing on your smartphone or tablet has never been easier. With thousands of games and apps for older people to choose from, here’s our pick of the bunch…


Words With friends

Available on Android + Apple devices

A modern twist on the classic Scrabble and currently the world’s most popular mobile word game, ‘Words With Friends’ is a fun and free way to test your literacy skills. You can play and chat with friends and family, or find a challenging opponent from the many players in the online community section

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Our Favourite Features

  • Brings out your competitive side!
  • Play against opponents from across the world
  • Free to play

 

Crossword Puzzle Free (Named ‘Crossword Puzzle – Redstone’ on iPhones/iPads)

Available on Android + Apple devices

Crossword puzzle free lets you take your favourite crossword with you wherever you go. With a beautifully designed interface and hints if you get stuck, it will even let you download crosswords to play offline when you don’t have an internet connection (e.g. on a plane).

Be aware, you’ll need to pay if you want to remove the odd advertisement.

 

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Our Favourite Features

  • Different difficulty levels to suit your ability
  • Play offline mode for when there’s not internet connection
  • Looks great on a smartphone

 

Sudoku Free

This free app means you’ll never be looking for a paper puzzle again. With over 6000 to choose from, it will even automatically save your progress as you play and allow you to create your own puzzles! So if the doorbell goes or you receive a call, you won’t lose your place!

sudoku app for elderly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favourite Features

  • Completely free to download and play
  • Keeps your game progress saved if you leave the app
  • Global leader-boards to rate your skills against friends + more

 

 


Handy & Useful: Apps for Older People 


The abundance of technology and more importantly, all the information that has now created, means tools that were unfathomable are now readily available, and often free! This section is packed with apps for older people that will help solve simple problems or save time on a day to day basis.


Shazam

Available on Android + Apple devices

Nope, despite the name this app has nothing to do with wizardry or sorcerers. Have you ever been listening to a song and wished you could find out what it’s called? Until now, you’re either frantically hushing everyone around you in the hope you’ll hear the radio presenter tell you what it’s called when it’s finished, or forever trying to hum it to someone in a desperate hope they’ll recognise the tune.  Well, no more! 

Shazam is an incredible free app that tells you which song you’re listening to at the touch of a button. It listens to up to 30 seconds of a track before comparing it with the millions in it’s database and identifying what it’s called and who it’s by. It’s mind-blowing how fast you’re presented with an answer and it’s amazingly accurate in it’s detection! You can even sing or hum a track and it can work out what it is (sometimes).

 

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Our Favourite Features

  • Identifies almost any song on earth in seconds, free!
  • Keeps a log of the songs you’s ‘shazam’d’ and allows you to purchase or stream them from the app
  • Hum or sing a song and identify what it is without needing to play it

 

Google Maps

Available on Android + Apple devices

Although Google maps comes pre-installed on any Android smartphone or tablet (e.g. made by Samsung, Doro, HTC) etc, it’s so incredibly useful, we had to mention it in this list. It’s essentially a digital atlas in your pocket or bag, with information on every single location, public transport route, road, railway and more.

 

It allows you to navigate between A and B quickly and efficiently with step-by-step directions and live departures of buses, trains and more, whilst letting you see what’s nearby, opening hours, ratings and everything in-between.

Google Maps has a HUGE amount of incredible functionality, but essentially means you no longer need to buy or own a SatNav or (satellite navigation system). This free app does it all for you! (Make sure you say yes when prompted to turn on your location services, so Google knows where you are)

Examples of searches which could be typed (or spoken) in to Google Maps

  1. “Chinese food near me”
  2. “Navigate to margaret’s house by car (you can save friend’s addresses and Google will remember their name)”
  3. “When’s the next bus to Hyde Park corner”

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Our Favourite Features

  • Navigate from anywhere to anywhere via car, public transport, foot and even bicycle
  • Download maps of a city and use them when you have no internet connection, e.g. for a holiday
  • Add via points during a journey e.g. a petrol station or a supermarket
  • See what’s nearby, ideal if you’re in an unfamiliar place

 

WeQ4U

Available on Android + Apple devices

We’ve all heard it before, “your call is important to us”,”you’re moving up the queue” or “we’re experiencing a higher than normal volume of calls”. It’s bad enough being patronised by a pre-recorded voice and waiting for ages, but often we’ll be charged up to 58p per minute to call big companies!

WeQ4U is an ideal app for the elderly, as like the title suggests, it waits in the call centre queue for you and connects you when someone answers. Even better than this, the calls are absolutely FREE! This means when you call big companies like Barclays, British Gas, Sky, Royal Mail and more, there’s no waiting in a queue and no premium rates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favourite Features

  • No longer pay for many premium rate numbers
  • Stands in a queue on your behalf, so no more waiting to be connected
  • Can be used automatically when certain phone numbers are dialled

 

 

Speechnotes – Speech to Text

Only available on Android Devices

Although we now may have larger screens in our pockets, it can be very fiddly typing using a touch screen. As if it wasn’t already difficult enough, the slow down in our manual dexterity as we get older can make this even more difficult. My grandmother’s arthritis in her hands meant she would often struggle typing on her computer and doing other manual tasks.

This is an ideal app for elderly people, as it allows the user to speak in to their smartphone whilst it automatically transfers those words to text. It also uses punctuation correctly, for example capitalising the first letter in a new sentence.

TechSilver Top Tip: Try turning your phone horizontally in to landscape position whilst typing on your smartphone, this should make the letters larger, easier to see and press. You’ll need to have screen rotation enabled for this to work.

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Our Favourite Features

  • Send longer messages or create notes without typing it by hand
  • The app has words you can say to start a new paragraph + more
  • Plugs in to other areas of your smartphone, for example writing a text message

 

FixMyStreet

Available on Android + Apple devices

If you live in the UK, FixMyStreet allows you to report problems like potholes, broken drains, graffiti, fly-tipping and much more directly to your local council. With the ability to add evidence as a photo from your phone’s camera or gallery, this is a great way to log a problem that’s either getting on your nerves or could be a danger to other members of the public. So if you’re keen to make where you live the best it can be, this is a great app for older people in your neighbourhood.

There’s also a website version so you don’t have to use the app! Click here to visit it

Please note: We’ve had reports that some councils in the UK have stopped accepting updates from FixMyStreet, although most still do. Either way, the problem will still be reported to the local community, so there’s still a chance to raise awareness! Contact to your council to find out whether they accept them in your area. 

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Our Favourite Features

  • No more frustrating calls to your local council, report problems in minutes
  • Many UK councils actively use this as their man way to track and deal with issues in your area
  • Lets you report whilst offline (no internet connection), then sends it to the council when you’ve regained a connection

 

BBC Weather

Available on Android + Apple devices

Proudly our favourite topic of conversation here in the UK, the weather seems to change it’s mind more than ever before. With climate change meaning our summer’s are wetter and winter’s less predicable, it’s never been so important to know what’s coming. 

BBC weather allows you to add your favourite locations from Grimsby to Guatemala. Whether you want to know if the sun’s shining where your children are, or maybe you’ve got a holiday home abroad, you can add as many different locations as you wish. 

You can see a forecast hour by hour or day by day for the next 14 days, as well as what the temperature really feels like and the percentage chance of precipitation.

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Our Favourite Features

  • Free weather from anywhere in the world, in your pocket
  • Up to a 14 day hourly forecast
  • Beautiful design and images which represent the weather

 

 

 


Money & Shopping: Apps for Older People 


Some older people are in a fortunate financial position due to mortgages being paid off and good pensions, whilst many struggle with winter fuel bills and getting by. Whatever your monetaryposition, financial and shopping apps can help us manage our money more effectively and get more for less. 


Banking Apps 

Many seniors we work with wouldn’t dream of doing their banking online, let alone using an app on their smartphone or tablet. This is usually over concerns with security and people accessing their money that shouldn’t do. You may actually be surprised to know that one of the most common ways people get scammed in to handing over the bank details is over the phone.

Using internet and mobile banking means you’ll never need to tell anyone your sensitive information, just tap it in to your banking app.

 

3 Ways Banking Apps Are More Secure Than You Think

  1. Criminals would need more info to access your account than an ATM
    With an ATM, they’d only need to steal your card and look at your pin to access your money. With a banking app, they’d need to know your phone’s security code to unlock it, then they’d need to know your banking app security password (which on some smartphones can be your face or fingerprint). This means even if you lost your phone, your banking app is still secure.
  2. Your device never stores your info
    Instead, it connects to the Bank’s secure network in cyberspace
  3. Your bank account can only be accessed on your device
    Your banking app will be registered to your phone, preventing someone logging in to your account from a different device without verification.

Using banking apps can make your financial life so much easier. Allowing you to do things that you’d previously need to visit your branch to do, from the palm of your hand.

Most major global banks have a banking app, in the UK this includes Natwest, Santander, Halifax, Lloyds, TSB, HSBC, Barclays, Metro Bank and more

 

Common Banking App Features 

  • Checking balances on any account
  • Moving money between your accounts (e.g. current to savings)
  • Sending money to someone (e.g. a family member for their birthday)
    Many banking apps have a limit on the amount you can send to someone unless they’re already set up as a ‘payee’. This is usually done using a ‘card reader’ which is sent in the post by your bank and proves it’s you.
  • Pay bills to established organisations (e.g. companies like ‘British Gas’ will have their bank details already saved within the app)
  • View direct debits and create standing orders
  • Search for transactions (e.g. showing every purchase from Tesco in the last month)
  • Rename your accounts (e.g. ‘Holiday Savings’)
  • Pay someone with just their phone number (if they have a banking app on their phone with ‘PayM’ enabled)
  • View information and apply for banking products (like credit cards)

 

Banking apps offer similar features with some slight differences, so below i’m going to focus on my favourite, NatWest

 

Natwest

Available on Android + Apple devices

Voted ‘Best Banking App’ in the British Bank Awards 2017, NatWest have an excellent app that makes it easy to move your money in a secure and beautifully designed way. Not only does it have the traditional features you’d expect from a banking app, but they’ve conjured some really useful extra ones too…

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Our Favourite Features

  • Getcash: Lost your bank card or left it at home? You can still get cash out of any NatWest or RBS ATM by entering a secret code which your banking app will give you.
  • Really easy and secure to pay people / companies in seconds
  • Beautiful design that’s a pleasure to use

 

Consumer Apps 

Vouchercodes

Available on Android + Apple devices

These days saving money does not mean you’re getting an inferior product or service. The internet age has meant companies must compete aggressively for our cash, with vouchers and discounts being one of the best ways to do it.

The UK’s number 1 voucher code company, vouchercodes can use your location to view deals nearby, for example 20% off your food bill at a nearby restaurant (handy if you’re in a new place). Simply show your smartphone or tablet to the cashier when making your purchase and voila!

This is a fantastic app for older people because during retirement, we have much more time to enjoy the finer things in life, like eating out and activities. Why pay more than you need to? With discounts on everything from restaurants to taxi fares and activities to electronics, this means you can have fun without hitting your pocket so hard!

There’s also a website version so you don’t have to use the app! Click here to visit it

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Our Favourite Features

  • Being able to see discounts nearby to your location e.g. restaurants
  • Alerts on new deals in your area (which can be turned off)
  • Can save you £000’s a year if you shop, eat out and travel a lot

 

Topcashback

Available on Android + Apple devices

Cashback has become big business in the last couple of years. With this app you get a % back on your purchase from thousands of retailers and companies, which builds up in your account until you wish to withdraw it.

Now obviously the companies make their money because people buy things just because the discount is there, but if you use the search function to search for items, services or companies that you were going to buy from anyway, it’s literally free money!

For example you’re about to buy something from Marks & Spencer, you’d simple tap them in to the app and if there’s a discount available, click on and shop as normal. The cashback will be added to your account automatically.

If like me, you don’t like shopping on your smartphone (the screen’s too small), you can use their website too which works in exactly the same way. 

Sometimes companies do crazy deals to get you in the door. Recently Superdrug offered 100% cashback up to £15. So I bought £15 worth of grooming products online and collected them free in-store, costing me a grand total of ZERO!

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Our Favourite Features

  • Very simple to use, no codes or faff, just cashback!
  • Thousands of companies from Boots to Thomson Holidays
  • Withdraw via BACS, PayPal or Amazon voucher in under 24hours

 

Wallet – Money Budgeting App

Available on Android + Apple devices

Sometimes it’s difficult to know what our money’s going on, especially as many companies don’t have their brand name on your bank statement. It’s much easier to budget and cut back on spending in certain areas if you can see what it’s all going on!

This free app links in with your bank account and allows you to keep track of and categorise expenditure, you can even add receipts of manual transactions you’ve spent in cash.

 

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Our Favourite Features

  • Links in with your bank account, no need to manually add transactions
  • Displays spending in easy to digest graphics, diagrams & charts
  • Create a plan to save for something, like a grandchild’s birthday or family holiday

 

 


Health & Well-Being: Apps for Older People 


As we age, our health (and making sure we’re looking after it) becomes increasingly important. Unfortunately many unexpected health problems can arise in our more senior years, so making sure we manage them them can give us a happier and healthier lifestyle. Health and well-being technologies have created some fantastic apps for older people, helping to make our health one less thing to worry about!


Medisafe (Named ‘Pill Reminder’ on iPhones / iPads)

Available on Android + Apple devices

Not adhering to medication plans can have catastrophic effects on your health, and can be one of the most common causes of other associated problems like falls and UTI’s. This is not to mention the huge wastage in medications not taken, with an estimated value in the UK of over £300m.

Medisafe is one of the world’s best rated medication reminder apps. It helps track your healthcare plan so you don’t have to, so you take the right medication, at the right time in the right quantities. It’s got most medications already saved, so adding yours should only take a few moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favourite Features

  • Reminders of what, how much and when to take to take medication
  • Track heath measurements like blood glucose or weight
  • Create free reports you can show your doctor

 

Symptomate Symptom Checker

Available on Android + Apple devices

When we’re not feeling well, having some instant advice before a doctors appointment or calling NHS 111 can be invaluable. Created by doctors, this app allows you enter your symptoms before asking you a series of questions e.g. “is the pain on both sides of your head?”. Based on your results and using intelligence from millions of other people, it will give you likely diagnoses with a percentage likelihood of each. 

This app is a good first reference. Only a qualified clinician can diagnose and treat illnesses

 

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Our Favourite Features

  • Simple and fast advice when feeling unwell
  • Created by doctors with often accurate diagnoses
  • Free to download and use

 

Still not found what you’re looking for? try this article

How To Stay Safe Online 

How To Stay Safe Online 

From experience working alongside those new to technology, many people are reluctant to embrace gadgets over concerns about online safety. I will guide you through a few simple tips that mitigate risk and let you persevere with your tech-adventures, worry-free.

 

Shopping Online – How To Stay Safe Online 

Online shopping is booming, though unfortunately some sceptics are not yet enjoying its benefits. Paying online uses ‘encryption’; think a digital jigsaw that thieves would be unable to piece back together. You can check your connection is securely encrypted by looking for a green padlock to the left of the address (URL) bar.  

If you are unsure of a company’s legitimacy, try searching for their reviews and see what other people have said, e.g. search ‘TechSilver Reviews’. Free payment methods like ‘PayPal’ not only offer convenience by securely saving your card details and speeding up ordering, but offer protection if your goods don’t show up or are not as described. 

Want some advice on selling your things online? Read our guide

Avoiding Viruses – How To Stay Safe Online 

Many companies play on our paranoia, driving us to pay monthly fees for anti-virus programs that slow our computers and aren’t always necessary. Free solutions like Avast (.com) offer protection against viruses, whilst ‘Malwarebytes’ is useful if your computer is already infected. If it’s completely clogged and unusable, try ‘FixMeStick’. For a one-off fee, you just plug in and leave it to remove all known threats, hassle-free.

 

Downloading Apps – How To Stay Safe Online 

Apps offer solutions from navigation to translation, but can be a security risk. If in the official app market (e.g. ‘Play Store’ or ‘App Store’), it’s a good sign of legitimacy, as they are regularly vetted. When installing, it will display the permissions the app is asking for e.g, access to your camera. Although this may seem risky, apps require these in order to function. E.g. if you are installing a ‘Boot Sale’ app that lets you sell things online, it requires access to your camera so you can take pictures of the things you’re selling.

 

Email Scams – How To Stay Safe Online 

Phishing (without a rod) is a common method for online criminals, sending emails posing as companies like your bank, requesting information. The first way to spot them is legitimate emails will always use your real name. The ‘from’ address should not have numbers to replace letters (e.g. ‘@natwe5t.com’) and should replicate their official website address. Scammers often get you to act quickly in order to circumnavigate natural suspicions, take a moment to ponder legitimacy and if in doubt, call the company they’re claiming to be.  

Don’t let security concerns get in the way of enjoying technology. Use your common sense and follow the advice above; the chances are you’ll be worry free. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is… So unless you recently entered the Zambian lottery, the chances are you haven’t won!  


Easy to use Technology

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How to Video Call: What is Video Calling?

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Share moments from anywhere in the world: How to Video Call

Many families today don’t have the luxury of popping around to see each other, with relatives often living dotted around the country, sometimes elsewhere in the world. This may be common in modern life, although it needn’t mean we don’t get to see the smiles on their faces, whenever we please. Learning how to video call means that regardless of where your loved ones are, you can speak face to face, hearing and seeing them simultaneously, enabling you to share moments as if you’re together.

 

Getting Started: How to Video Call

The first thing you’ll need is a device to video call from, but the chances are you’ll already have one. A desktop computer with a webcam and microphone will do the trick, although a ‘smart’ phone (a mobile phone with computer-like capabilities), or a tablet computer, is an easier way to get set up, as you can use them when out and about or from the comfort of your own home.

You’ll need a connection to the internet in order to make a video call (and so will the person you’re calling). We recommend connecting to Wi-Fi to make a call, as calling using mobile data will use lots of your monthly allowance. As well as at home, Wi-Fi is freely available in most public places like coffee shops, hotels, shopping centres and even many trains, just ask!

Click here to watch our video on how to connect to Wi-Fi (Android devices only)

There are many applications or ‘apps’ available that allow you to video call others, all of them free to download (ie put on your device) and use. Their features differ slightly, but on the whole they enable the sending and receiving of messages, images, video clips and of course the ability to voice or video call. The best one for you depends on the device that you have and which app the people you wish to speak with use, however it makes sense to go with one which the majority of people have access to (listed below).

 

How to Video Call On a Smartphone

Whatsapp‘ is used by over 900 million people worldwide and is the most popular mobile phone messaging (and video calling) app in over 109 countries. You don’t need an account to use it, as it links up with your phone number and contact list, so you can instantly communicate with minimum fuss. Just open the app and select the contact you wish to video call from your address book, tap the phone icon in the top right, then select video (or if you have an Apple iPhone, tap the video camera icon). Unlike ‘Facetime’ where both people have to own an Apple device to call each other, Whatsapp works on Apple, Android (e.g. Doro or Samsung) and Windows devices. 

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Once you’re in the call you can even swap between your front and rear facing camera (to share what’s in front of you!

 You need the most recent version of WhatsApp to video call, make sure both you and the person you’re calling have the latest update before calling. The app will tell you if the person you’re trying to video call does not have the latest version.

How to Video Call on a Tablet, Desktop or Laptop Computer

Skype‘ has been one of the most popular ways to video call on computers for many years, however their latest app is free and a great way to share moments and keep up to date with family or friends. One of its best features is group video chats, where it allows up to 10 people to speak simultaneously, (although I think any more than 4 would be a challenge). All you’ll need to download the app and create an account is an email address (if you don’t already have one, create one free with Hotmail or Gmail.), then simply add your friends and family to your Skype contacts and you’re ready to video chat. 


Easy to use Technology

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The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Apps: Part 2 – How to Browse, Compare and Obtain Apps

Click here to read Part 1 of this Ultimate Guide


 Introduction

From part one you should understand better about what an App actually is, what they can be used for and when they may come in useful…

In this chapter, we’ll explore where to find Apps, how to sift through them and what to look out for when you find one that looks good. We’ll clear up any concerns  about security issues when using apps, explaining how to avoid any unwanted use of your information.

Where do apps come from? We’ll show you how to add, purchase and remove them step-by-step, as well as discussing new versions of apps and what this means.


Where to find Apps

Broken down into easy to follow steps and jargon-free language

Every operating system (computer program which runs your smartphone or tablet) has it’s own market to browse, compare and acquire apps through. As we’re mainly focusing on the ‘Android’ operating system, the place to download apps is called the ‘Play Store’.

Note: Smartphones and tablet computers made by Doro, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Huawei, LG, Google and Sony are on nearly all on Android.

The ‘Play Store’ has thousands of movies, songs, books and most importantly, apps. There’s two main ways of finding the app you’re looking for, either browse the integrated categories or use the search function.


Browsing Apps

Our tips to help you find what you’re looking for

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If you’re looking for something specific like ‘torch’ or ‘weather’ apps, then searching those terms is the best method, (as shown in the image above). The Play Store will rank the results, taking various things into account e.g. user ratings, number of downloads (people adding to their device), number of uninstalls (people removing from their device) etc.

Some results will have a small yellow badge next to them titled ‘Ad’. We advise you skip these sponsored apps, as they’ve paid to be at the top of the list and aren’t there due to popularity or quality.


Browsing Apps: Categories, Charts & More

Guiding you through the world of app markets

 

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If you’re looking for some inspiration, maybe the latest travel or food apps, just select the ‘categories’ button (shown above) and browse the recommendations.

Once you’ve found an app of interest, touch the images to see if you like how it looks and feels, sometimes there’s videos to show you the app’s features too. Tap ‘READ MORE’ to view the app’s detailed description.

There’s plenty of different app charts, categories and collections to browse from the home page, just select the one that suits what you’re looking for best (e.g. TOP PAID).


Browsing Apps: Reviews & Comments

Help ensure it’s the best app to suit what you’re after

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Apps will have comments from users, although we recommend you take the top comments ‘with a pinch of salt’, focusing on the overall star rating (out of 5) as a better indication of quality. This is because Google often to puts the most negative comments at the top, even if the app has 4.5/5 stars.

The people who make the app (developers) have the option to respond to user’s comments, handy in seeing if there’s an explanation for problems other app users might be experiencing. Remember you can always delete the app if you’re not a fan after use, we’ll show you how to do that further on…


App Security: Staying Safe 

Luckily using apps is pretty risk-free, these tips will help you stay that way

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The first way to verify an app’s safety is if it’s in the ‘Play Store’. Google performs routine scans to ensure they don’t include any malicious programs, so if it’s on there, it’s a good indication it’s probably safe.

When installing an app, you will be informed the permissions it’s asking for. This could be access to your location, connecting to the internet or use of your phone’s camera. Now don’t panic, this might seem like a risky invasion of privacy, but apps must ask permission before accessing bits of your phone they require.

For example, if you’re installing a ‘Boot Sale’ app that lets you sell things online, it requires access to your camera so you can take pictures of the things you’re selling, it’s unlikely to randomly start taking snaps without you knowing.

The best way to ensure security is to use your common sense. For example if a torch app has a poor star rating and it’s asking to ‘Send SMS’s’ from your device, it’s probably not legitimate. Bare in mind that some free apps may ask for slightly odd permissions, (like internet access), in order to show you the occasional advert.


 Adding New Apps

So you know where to find apps and what to look out for, but how do you get them on your device?

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Adding (Installing) new apps is nice and simple on an Android device, saving you time and hassle.

Installing an App…
1) Open ‘Google Play’ store & select the app you want
2) Once you’ve decided, tap the green ‘Install’ button
NB. The install button might be a green price, this means the app isn’t free (we’ll explain more on the next page)
3) Check the permissions it’s asking for are reasonable and tap ‘Accept’


 How Much do They Cost?

Using apps is probably cheaper than you think!

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Most apps are free, especially on Android. This may seem too good to be true, but similar to watching commercial TV, you’ll get the occasional advert, (just tap a the small x on the screen to close them). Don’t panic if you loath adverts, many apps have the option to purchase the ad-free premium version for a small fee.

Buying apps can be a cost-effective way to do a variety of things, like learn the guitar, brush up on your foreign language skills or even track flights in real time… it’s up to you! (We’ll walk you through our recommendations, category by category, in later chapters of this guide).


 Updating Apps

What to look out for…

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How to update your apps…

 

Those who make apps often bring out new versions, normally with fresh features or to fix a ‘bug’ (problem) in their app. If there is an update available, the app will display the new features in a green banner titled ‘WHAT’S NEW’. If you’re experiencing problems with an app, the update has probably fixed them. Although it might seem like a ‘no-brainer’ to do, app updates can use up precious storage space, whilst updating them over the internet without being connected to Wi-Fi will use up your mobile data allowance, (which you only have a certain allowance of per month)…

As a result of this, we recommend you either set Google Play to not automatically update (leaving you to manually decide when to do it), or to only automatically update when you have a Wi-Fi connection, so you don’t use any unnecessary mobile data.

We’ll show you how, step by step below…
(there’s images to help you too)

1) Open the ‘Google Play’ store from your list of apps

2) Tap the menu button in the top left (three lines)

3) Scroll down the menu and select ‘Settings’

4) Tap ‘Auto-update apps’

5) Select your preference from what we’ve discussed.

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Removing Existing Apps

Sometimes you’ll want out with the old and in with the new

Removing (uninstalling) apps is useful to free up storage space and keep your device running smoothly, but differs slightly depending on your device, (we’ll show you how on the most popular operating systems).

Uninstalling an App on an Android Smartphone made by Doro

1) Select ‘My apps’ then tap ‘I want to’ in the top right hand corner and select ‘Uninstall Applications’

2) Tap the red bin icon on the app you want to remove, then confirm your selection by tapping ‘OK’

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Uninstalling an App on an Android Smartphone made by Doro.

 

Uninstalling an App on other Android Devices
(e.g. Samsung)

1) Hold your finger on the app’s icon until you’re able to drag it around the screen

2) Drag it over the bin icon marked ‘uninstall’ then let go with your finger.

3) Confirm your selection by tapping ‘OK’

 

 

Uninstalling an App on Apple Devices (like iPads and iPhones)

Apple devices require you to hold your finger on the app icon for a few seconds (long press) until the icons wiggle continuously, then tap the small grey ‘x’ icon, and confirm to uninstall.


Which Apps Should You Get?

We’ve sifted through the thousands of apps available, selected our favourites and categorised them, so you can pick and choose the ones that suit your lifestyle.

Throughout the following chapters of this guide, we’ll go through our grouped recommendations, with app categories like ‘Food & Drink’ or ‘Travel & Adventure’ . The link below will ensure you receive them!

Click here to automatically receive the next chapters…

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Apps: Part 1 – What are they and why do they matter?

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 Introduction

This free multi-part guide will walk you through the world of smartphone and tablet apps, explaining how they can help make your lifestyle easier and more enjoyable.

We’ll explore the various categories of ‘apps’ that offer benefits including making each day more fun, making living alone much easier or generally saving time, effort and money!

As we speak and work with many people enjoying later lifestyle, we encounter a huge variety of opinions and attitudes towards apps, smartphones and technology in general.

Some of the common questions we’re asked include…

“What are apps?”, “Why do I need apps?”, “Apps aren’t for my age group, are they?”
“What are apps for Android or Apple?”, “How do I install an app?”, “Are apps safe and secure?”

We’re here to answer some of those unanswered questions and explain what ‘apps’ could do for you, regardless of your technological know-how!

‘APP’ : Our Definition

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An App or ‘Application’ is a computer program designed to solve a problem, from keeping up with friends and family, to telling you what song you’re hearing and everything in between.

Traditionally downloaded to and installed on a portable device like a tablet (e.g. iPad) or smartphone (e.g. Doro 8040, Apps sometimes cost around the same as a cup of coffee, however the vast majority are completely free to use as many times as you like!

 

Why do I need ‘apps’ ?

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“Although having a smartphone or tablet may not be essential, carrying access to endless information, entertainment and useful tools in your pocket can often lead to an easier, more entertaining and more enriched lifestyle!”

Miles Waghorn – TechSilver Founder

How could I benefit from ‘apps’ ?

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Explaining the benefits of ‘Apps’ at on of our Free ‘Later Life Matters’ Exhibitions

 

In the not too distant past, if you wanted to take a picture, you’d need to buy a camera. If you wanted to find out current affairs, you’d need to buy a newspaper. If you wanted to see the faces of your loved ones, you’d need a car (or plane ticket). If you got lost, you’d need a road map and if you wanted to check your balance, you’d need to visit your bank.

You get the picture…

 

How do apps help?

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One of our smartphone customers at another Later Life Matters event in Uppingham, UK

A smartphone with the right combination of apps means that what used to require a large range of purchases, possessions, time, effort and money, can now be achieved with something that weighs less than ¼ a bag of sugar, is smaller than most people’s wallet or purse and costs less than you’d expect.

That’s possible by one device combining a camera, newspaper, satellite navigation system, music player, and many more, whilst allowing you to video call your family anywhere on earth (free), transfer money securely, listen to your favorite music, the list goes on and on…

 

How do I get apps?

In the next part of our ‘Ultimate Guide’ we will introduce how to safely and securely search for, sort through and get hold of ‘apps’ to use with your smartphone or tablet. Click here to receive the next part FREE: http://bit.ly/FreeGuidance

 

Which apps should I get?

We’ve sifted through the thousands of apps available, selected our favourites and categorised them, so you can pick and choose the ones that suit your lifestyle.

Throughout the following chapters, we’ll go through our categorised recommendations. To receive the next chapters of this FREE ultimate guide in your email inbox, click this link: http://bit.ly/FreeGuidance

 

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Why buy a Smartphone? News & Weather Updates

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 Introduction

As a race us humans are inquisitive by nature, most of us want to know what’s going on locally, nationally and internationally at any one time. We talk about current affairs throughout our daily lives and quiz panel television shows take a satirical spin on the previous week’s happenings, even the British weather is a staple of our nation’s conversations. It’s safe to say what’s going on in the skies and on the ground are hot topics.

With a completely globalised planet we’re now lucky enough to have access to breaking news as it happens from anywhere in the world, including pictures and video footage giving us updates on anywhere from award ceremonies to war zones. Smartphones’ ability to receive an Internet connection on the move means you can receive up to date information from your pocket or bag almost anywhere you may be.

 

What is it?

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No fuss, just news and weather wherever you want it.

 

Free applications or (apps) for your smartphone utilise this and offer the latest news and weather reports from wherever you want. Famous news organisations like the BBC, SKY and many more all have their own free apps to give you news stories as they happen, and you can customize what you see to what you’re most interested in. For example if you lived in London and you enjoy sports and show business news, you could select these categories to be displayed on your smartphone alongside the top stories. This gives you the option to be informed on what you want to, whenever and wherever you wish.

Weather apps put the world’s up to date meteorological data at your fingertips. Free apps from the likes of The MET office and the BBC present the weather conditions and forecasts for anywhere from Tottenham to Tokyo in an easy to read and aesthetically pleasing fashion. Like the news apps, you can select a number of places that you’re interested in seeing the weather for, and make them visible on your screen every time you open the app. It can even learn your location so you don’t have to type in where you are, then simply sit back and enjoy hourly weather predictions for the next 7 days in any location.

Why do I need it?

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Weather updates when you need them

No longer will your news or weather updates revolve around certain times of day or being close to a radio or television set. You can even pay a fraction of what you’d pay for your favorite daily newspaper and have a fresh copy on your smartphone every morning.

Whether the conditions of interest are where you’re going on your holidays, where your loved ones live or even just finding out if rain’s expected in your area later, having weather information there whenever required means you’re always prepared and informed no matter where you are.

 

How do I use it?

Just three simple steps

The only things you’ll need to access news and weather updates on the move is an internet enabled mobile phone or smartphone, and your choice of meteorological and current affairs apps.

These apps are nearly always free to download and use, and are readily available offered by everyone from the BBC to CNN, and the Met office to the Guardian. All you need to do is use the search bar at the top of the ‘Play Store’ (A giant online market for apps of all varieties), type in what you’re looking for e.g. ‘ITV news’, select it and then click the green button marked ‘install’.

The app will now be available in your smartphone alongside all your other applications, just tap it to open yourself up to a world of information. You can even use a function called a ‘widget’ to pin the updates to your home screen, this means every time you open your phone you get the latest updates at just a glance. Most news apps will also offer a service of reminders or ‘notifications’ when a breaking story happens, so you’re always the first to know.


At TechSilver, we pride ourselves on the level of guidance provided those we work with. If you buy a device from us, we’re more than happy to get you set up with news & weather apps, (or anything else you want to do with your smartphone for that matter.)

Click here to view our latest easy to use and user friendly smartphone, the Doro Liberto 825

(perfect for news and weather)

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 Introduction

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Family fun by the river

We would all love to see our loved ones a little more, days like the one pictured above are special, but often few and far between. With the realities of modern life meaning relatives and friends are often a long way from home, many of us rarely get a chance to catch up with our families, let alone meet up face to face.

It is however not all doom and gloom for those of us feeling a little isolated from the people we cherish most, the modern world may well have created the problem, but it has certainly conjured the solution, welcome to the wonders of free Video Calling.

What is it?

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Coffee with anyone, anywhere

 

Video calling enables you to both see and hear someone regardless of their whereabouts, it doesn’t matter if it’s your granddaughter in Brighton, your son in Brisbane or your old friend in Belfast, video calling lets you enjoy every word, smile and expression from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time of day. Best of all there’s no limits on how long you can chat for, and it’s completely free to use.

You’re quite likely to be thinking ‘What’s the catch?’, well in truth there isn’t one. Nearly all modern homes have a broadband (fast) internet connection with their telephone package so it’s quite likely you do too, and if you don’t then the vast majority of coffee shops, hotels, airports and just about anywhere with other humans has free ‘Wi-Fi’ (wireless internet).

Why do I need it?

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Those who matter most at the touch of a button

 

Many of us are physically separated from our closest friends and relatives, it’s easy to feel lonely and isolated when we can’t pop in for a cup of tea with the people we care about most. Picking up the telephone can be expensive if you’re calling mobile phones or abroad, and according to ‘Bloomberg business’ only 7% of the conversations we have are the actual words we say, the rest is made up of many things including facial expressions and body language.

With video calling you can enjoy all the things that make up a face to face conversation, grandchildren can show you what they drew at school today and you can go on a virtual tour of your relative’s new family home. Better still there’s no fees for calling far away countries or for every minute your talking, in fact there’s no fees at all.

How do I use it?

 Skype for Android

 

The best way to start with video calling is knowing and getting hold of what you’ll need to get started, luckily the list only comprises of three things.

One – An internet enabled mobile phone, better known as a smartphone, a tablet computer or a desktop computer with a webcam/microphone. But don’t worry, we’re experts on all of the above, and better yet we offer competitive prices and top class customer service to go with it.

Two – A video calling ‘app’ or application which are completely free to download and use on your smartphone; the biggest and best known is Skype. You can find it easily by typing ‘Skype’ in to the search bar on the ‘Play Store’ app, which comes pre-installed on all android phones (including ours).

Three – Finally you’ll need a broadband internet connection, as mentioned earlier it’s pretty likely you already one of these at home, and if you don’t your telephone provider can offer you one for a small monthly fee. Most public places have wireless internet including Pubs, coffee shops, hotels and even some buses. See our guide to connecting your phone to wireless internet here

Here at TechSilver we pride ourselves on the level of guidance we provide to our customers and their loved ones, if you buy a device from us we’re more than happy to get you set up with video calling, or anything else you want to do for that matter.

Click here to browse our easy to use and user friendly smartphone, the Doro Liberto 825

(perfect for video calling)

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