17 Diabolical Tech Pranks For April Fools’ Day



1. Flip a computer display screen upside down.

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For PCs, all you have to do is hit CTRL + ALT + down arrow (and the same combination with the up arrow will flip it back); on a Mac, open System Preferences and click Display while simultaneously holding down CTRL + Option. A new menu called Rotation should appear, and you can flip the display and save it or undo. It makes using your mouse an absolute pain in the ass.

2. Drive the grammarian in your life crazy by tweaking their autocorrect.

3. Or if you reeeeeally want to up the ante…

4. Set their Facebook status privacy to “only me” so nobody will Like their stuff.

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And they’ll spiral into existential despair.

5. Turn their apps into cats.

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Just go to iPhoneception in a phone’s browser and you’re golden.

6. Set a screenshot of their homescreen as wallpaper, and strategically move apps so they’re repeatedly clicking on NOTHING.

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You can do this with tablets and desktops as well.

7. Change all of the contacts in your friend’s phone to the names of Harry Potter characters.

(Since this could be wicked time consuming, even just messing with their important contacts list can still wreak magical havoc). Bonus: Change their home phone to “Hogwarts.”

8. Rename all their files after Pokémon characters.

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Or, you know, whatever floats their/your boat. This is hugely annoying to change back, but oh, the nostalgia.

9. Treat them to CAT FACTS.

10. If you work in an office (preferably where there are extra keyboards), switch around someone’s keys.

It’s wicked easy (just try not to cause any permanent damage).

11. Or block their mouse sensor with a Post-it.

12. Change the office printer’s error message.

Here is how.

13. Pull a Nathan Fielder, if you’re feeling brave.

Experiment: text the person ur dating "I haven't been fully honest with you" then dont reply to them for 1 hr (& tweet pic of thr response)

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder)

@nathanfielder waiting a hour would end a relationship.

— Ryan Markewicz (@RyanMarkewicz)

14. Or try this one:

Experiment: text your parents "got 2 grams for $40" then right after "Sorry ignore that txt. Not for you" Then tweet pic of their response.

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder)

@nathanfielder strict parents though..

— Austin Schweitzer (@AustinSchweitz)

@nathanfielder my mom doesn't know weed terms at all

— Totes Magotes (@TaylorrrDeee)

15. Cage-ify their Facebook.

16. Or, better yet, the entire internet.

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Just download this Chrome Extension.

17. Just go analog.


Simple, classic, elegant.

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