218 articles published since April 04, 2020
About Parth Shah
The HTC One M7 sparked Parth’s interest in the Android world. Since 2013, he has been following Android blogs and tech news. After completing his education in Mechanical Engineering in 2015, Parth went to Antwerp, Belgium, to pursue his interest in diamonds before moving to the famed diamond hub Surat, India. Parth’s tech breakthrough came in January 2019 when he joined GuidingTech as an evergreen features writer. After three years, he joined the growing Android Police team to write how-tos, explainers, editorials, listicles, and comparisons on Google services and smart home accessories. If you remove his mechanical keyboard, you will find him bowling or watching The Office.
Using an iPhone with low storage is never a good idea
When you stream a lot of podcasts on your iPhone or iPad, they may consume considerable space on your device. The default Podcasts app on iPhone auto-downloads five episodes of your followed podcasts and fills up the device storage in no time. Before you run into errors due to low storage warnings, use the tricks below to free gigs of iPhone space by deleting podcasts.
Wirelessly share content from your iPhone or Mac to a Roku TV
AirPlay is a handy feature to cast media and content from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to a compatible device. Unlike AirDrop, AirPlay isn't limited to Apple devices. Third-party manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Amazon, TCL, and Roku offer AirPlay on their smart TVs and top streaming devices. If you have a Roku streaming device or Roku TV, use the steps below to mirror your iPhone or Mac using AirPlay.
An active Data Saver mode may result in streaming glitches and slow web-browsing speeds
The Android operating system has a built-in Data Saver mode to apply breaks on cellular data usage in the background. It's a handy trick to avoid excessive data charges on your carrier plan, but some may not find it useful. Several carriers offer unlimited monthly data plans, and Android's Data Saver mode may not be useful for their subscribers. Use the steps below to deactivate Data Saver mode on your top-budget Android phone if you are among them.
You don't need social validation by displaying your Facebook likes
Likes and reactions on social media platforms have become a crucial part of our lives. We often keep a close eye on how many likes our recent posts receive and even compare them with others. If you want to avoid such comparisons or don't want to be put off by small engagement on some of your posts, use the steps below to hide likes on Facebook.
It's time to exit those annoying and spammy group chats
Group chat is an essential feature on all messaging platforms. You can create a group chat to keep your family and friends in the loop, brainstorm ideas with team members, collaborate on an event, and enjoy seamless communication. Still, someone might add you to an irrelevant group and spam your inbox with endless messages. If you're a part of such a group, use the tricks below to take an exit.
Protect your Outlook account from unauthorized access
Microsoft Outlook is an email app used by businesses and people around the globe. It's included in Microsoft 365, Google Workplace's main competitor. Like most email services, Outlook is password-protected. While Microsoft doesn't make it mandatory to change your account password periodically, consider updating it at regular intervals for security purposes. You can access your Microsoft account on Windows, Mac, or top Chromebook and change the Outlook email password.
Shutting down your Roku streaming device isn't absolutely necessary
Thanks to an intuitive user interface, robust app support, and multiple products at different price points, Roku's offerings remain popular in the streaming device market. Except for Roku TVs, the company's streaming devices are designed to stay on and connected to the internet at all times. However, there are times when you want to power off your Roku device.
Get your WhatsApp data across the Android-iOS divide with the Move to iOS app
Moving from Android to iOS and vice versa used to be a complicated task that often meant sacrificing large chunks of data or starting fresh. Things have changed for the most part, with Google, Apple, and other OEMs developing tools for transferring user data between devices.
Take care of your more pressing matters first. Save and check your unfinished Facebook posts later
Sometimes, you type a long post on Facebook and, before you can share it, you get stuck into an important matter that you need to attend to. Instead of typing everything from scratch, save your post as a draft and complete it later. Unlike other social media apps, drafts on Facebook work differently and can be hard to find on mobile apps and desktops. Whether you use Facebook on the web, iPhone, or a top budget Android phone, read along to learn to find your incomplete posts.
Send error-free emails to make the perfect first impression
Typos and grammatical errors in your email never leave a good impression on the recipient. Instead of proofreading your emails, install a dedicated spell and grammar checker tool like Grammarly to Outlook and identify embarrassing errors before pressing the Send button. Grammarly is available as an Outlook add-on and a web extension for Windows, Mac, and the top Chromebooks.
Google Drive is more capable on iOS than you think
Google Drive is the primary choice of cloud storage for Android and iPhone users, thanks to its ease of use, reliability, and cross-platform availability. It's one of the most powerful productivity apps on your phone, whether that's one of the best budget Android phones or a pricey Apple iPhone. While Drive comes pre-installed on Android devices, if you use an iPhone, you must download the app from the Play Store. When it's installed and you sign in, you'll find everything looks the same. That's because the Google Drive UI and its functions are the same no matter which platform you use.
Don't leave your Gmail messages behind when you switch from an Android to an iPhone
Unlike the top budget Android phones, Google's apps and services aren't preinstalled on an iPhone or iPad. Google offers apps on the App Store, and its services work fine with the default iOS apps. You can easily access your Gmail messages, contacts, tasks, and more on your iPhone. As for checking your emails, you can use the default Mail app or set up your Google account in the Gmail app on your iPhone.
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.
Abandon your basic SMS and start sending messages in style
It's been over 30 years since the first SMS message traveled the airwaves, changing the way people talk to each other. The 160-character limit inspired the invention of new initialisms like LOL and TTYL, which have gone on to find a permanent home in the English lexicon. With ample texting apps available at our fingertips, staying in touch with friends and family is easier than ever. The only question is, which texting app should you use (and what budget phone will you use to text)?
Not all third-party apps are gone, but the majority is
While the official Reddit app offers a serviceable way to browse the social network, its many flaws led to third-party apps offering a better experience. However, due to the API fee changes, many have shut down, reducing the selection available to users.
Don't be confused between IMAP and POP protocols
The Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) and Post Office Protocol (POP) are two popular methods to access your emails. They work as Message Accessing Agents (MAA) to retrieve messages from the mail provider's server. You may come across POP and IMAP server options when setting up your mailbox in your preferred email app. Which one is better? Read along to learn the differences between POP and IMAP accounts
Improve your email organization in Gmail
Your Gmail inbox is bound to get crowded with work and promotional emails over time. While Gmail's advanced search filters help you find the exact email in no time, labels take email organization to the next level. Labels are Gmail's version of folders, and they can be added to every email you receive or send.
Safeguard your company's sales projections and quarter reports from curious eyes
When you use a top Chromebook for personal or work purposes, you may have important files saved on it. It's essential to protect these confidential files from prying eyes. Aside from adding a device passcode, you can add an extra layer of security by hiding files and folders on Chromebooks.
Match the beat with your favorite artists on iPhone
Whether you host a potluck, birthday, wedding anniversary, house-warming party, or family gathering, a small karaoke round elevates the party mood in no time. Thanks to the top music streaming services on iPhone, you don't need to rely on your memory or a karaoke machine to sing along with your favorite artists. You can use the iPhone's karaoke mode and show off your singing skills.