Make your tablet a true multitasking cupid, uniting text, images, and more between your favorite apps
Say you're surfing the web on your top-of-the-line Android tablet and come across a valuable piece of information that you want to save in your notes app. Perhaps you want to spice up a document with images from your gallery. Whichever it is, the drag-and-drop feature lets you seamlessly move items between apps in multi-window mode, and we show you how it works.
It takes some prep, but you can record a call in FaceTime: Here's everything you should know
Some FaceTime calls are more important than others. They are so important that you may want to record them to save for the long term. There isn't an obvious way to do this, given that FaceTime has upfront features like leaving a personalized video as a message. There are ways to get a FaceTime recording of a conversation if you set it up correctly. Here are the ins and outs of recording on FaceTime, if it works on your Android phone, and other important facts you should know.
More options have arrived for low-vision and hard-of-hearing users
Google rolled out Android 14 on its flagship phones in early October. The rest of the Android family, from Samsung's leading phones to Motorola, will receive the most anticipated upgrade in the upcoming days (or months). So, to get ready for what Android 14 has in store, we go over some of the best accessibility features Android 14 has to offer.
Kind of like AirDrop, but Google
We all take photos and videos or download PDFs that we want to share with our other devices or those around us. Usually, you'd send an email or a text to share those items, but there's a better way. Google's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature allows you to send any type of file to other people or your other devices cleanly and seamlessly. This works great for sharing items between phones but is better if you want to share an item with one of our favorite Chromebooks. This guide shows you everything you need to know about Nearby Share and how to use it with your Chromebook.
Old passes cluttering up your Apple Wallet? Here's how to get rid of them permanently
Apple's Wallet is a one-stop iPhone destination for all kinds of payment and pass information. That can include quick payments at stores, transportation passes of all kinds, and tickets. But as time goes by, some passes and payments in the Apple Wallet can grow outdated. That leads to clutter and potentially some security hazards, so it makes sense to clear anything you don't need out of the Wallet.
Google's ecosystem connectivity is getting better and better
Android users have been watching Apple's ecosystem get better and tighter for decades. iPhone owners can send text messages from iPads and Macs, share files and photos across Apple devices, and seamlessly pass their AirPods connection from one product to another. However, Apple finally has some competition.
Time to keep a tab on your phone usage habits
So, you upgraded to the latest Google Pixel 8 and now spend your days enjoying your new smartphone. But don't forget that, like any technology, smartphones are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they put the world's knowledge at your fingertips. On the other hand, they let you drown in the unending depth of social media.
Add some more gaming fun to your Chromebook
Steam has been the most popular gaming platform for PC gamers for over a decade. The number of games, ease of use, and overall familiarity make Stream the go-to choice for many today. ChromeOS is the lightweight operating system that powersChromebooks and Chromeboxes. It's great for basic day-to-day tasks online, such as typing documents, streaming media, and browsing the web. Even the more premium Chromebooks are not considered high-end gaming PCs, but they can install Steam. In the following guide, we show you how to download Steam on a compatible Chromebook model.
It's fairly easy once you get past the initial setup process
ChromeOS is a lightweight operating system that is great for people who work with cloud-based apps. Typically found on Chromebooks, these are primarily online-only devices that are limited in their overall capabilities. Whether they are the best or even the most affordable Chromebooks, all have one thing in common: less software compatibility than Windows. Many developers make fully featured apps on Windows that you can't get on ChromeOS via a Chromebook. If you're ready to switch from ChromeOS to Windows, we show you how to get started in the guide below.
Identity verification without passwords on your Google account is possible. Learn how to use this new system
A passwordless future awaits you as the struggle to remember your combinations and protect them from hackers continues. In May 2023, Google announced it was adopting passkeys to make sign-ins easier and safer. This new method relies on public-key cryptography, a technology where private and public keys communicate to verify your identity.
The days when 4GB RAM was more than sufficient are long gone
Chromebooks are capable machines that can be used for browsing, watching videos, and editing documents. You can also use Android and desktop apps via Linux. Its lightweight ChromeOS operating system makes Chromebooks power-efficient. These computers don't need powerful processors and RAM in double-digits.
Look for a Chromebook Plus moniker when you hunt for a new ChromeOS device
Chromebooks are often referred to as low-cost alternatives to Mac and Windows computers. Google has been toying with an idea to better distinguish between low-end and high-end Chromebooks. The search giant recently announced the Chromebook Plus program to set the ground rules for manufacturers to earn the premium tag and deliver a better experience to ChromeOS users.
Give yourself even more freedom to do anything you want on your device
Chromebooks are popular because they are fast, easy to use, and affordable. You'll likely spend most of your time online using web-based apps, but there are some cases where you can use your Chromebook offline. For example, you can edit Google Docs files without an active internet connection and manage your downloaded files offline. You can also turn your budget Chromebook into a fully featured Linux computer where you can run a unique command line environment. In this guide, we cover how to get a Linux terminal up and running on your Chromebook.
Get your new device up and running in no time
Chromebooks are great devices for most people due to their low cost and ease of use. The best Chromebooks have premium features, such as built-in fingerprint sensors or 4k displays. Before you can use these features, you must sign in and get your device going. Fortunately, you can complete the process in minutes.
It's easier than you might think but requires some adapting
Windows is an operating system widely used for entertainment, work, school, and gaming. It has a worldwide appeal for offering a user experience tailored to your needs using premade or custom-built computers. At the same time, Windows is synonymous with viruses, malware, and other infections that plague its users daily. And constant Windows updates in the background often go ignored by many, causing more issues in the future. Some of the best Chromebooks on the market can be very appealing, and it's easy to see why some might want to switch to ChromeOS.
Sometimes an Excel sheet is what you need
Chromebooks run ChromeOS, a web-focused platform built around Google's cloud apps (Chrome, Gmail, and Docs, just to name a few). The best Chromebooks can do almost everything your regular Windows laptop can, including running Microsoft's productivity suite. The main difference is Windows and MacOS computers can download Microsoft Office (or Microsoft 365, as it's now called) apps, while Chromebook users are limited to Microsoft's web apps.
Using a password manager makes this easier
If you're like most people, you probably kept the random password on the bottom of your home router. While that random password is pretty safe, it's probably pretty hard to remember. If you already have your login details on your Android phone or tablet, there's no need dust off and flip over your gateway.
The future of gestures on Android is here. Here's how to use it
Android 14 is full of new features, most found behind the scenes. A couple of years after Google gave us a new look for our favorite smartphones with Material You, the last two upgrades have focused on upgrading elements you might not think about every day. Security, privacy, and speed are three aspects that Android 14 excels at, but Google didn't stop there. A new addition to gestures could change how you think about swiping between apps on your new Pixel 8 Pro, but you need to activate predictive back gestures to see it in action.
Apple's Focus modes allow for unprecedented control over distractions. Here's how to use one
Are you feeling a bit distracted these days? Is a new remote work situation or job creating problems with task management? Apple added a productivity feature to iOS and related platforms called Focus. Focus allows you to customize certain modes for work, studying, or other activities to avoid distractions. If you haven't tried it, we recommend incorporating it into your most productive times. Focus is more useful than the usual sleep modes or just leaving messages on read.
Moving content between apps is easy — when you know how to do it
Android 14 is here, and while Google kept its best features exclusive to its Pixel lineup, plenty of new features are coming to your phone soon. While some of this update's best content is hidden behind the scenes, you'll find some crucial new tools perfect for multitasking, especially if you haven't upgraded to one of our favorite foldables. Whether you're rocking a Google Pixel 8 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra running the One UI 6 beta, here's how to drag and drop between apps on Android 14.