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Anu Joy-

Anu Joy

About Anu Joy

Anu is a freelance Evergreen writer at Android Police. Before joining AP, she used to write for prominent tech publications like iJunkie and Gizbot. In her free time, you can find her making digital illustrations, watching horror movies, or re-reading the classics.

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How to enable, disable, and use RCS Chat in Google Messages

It's probably time we moved on from the old SMS standard

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The RCS messaging protocol has been a long time coming. While iPhone owners have had interactive iMessages for years, Android users had to use third-party messaging apps for years, as carriers were slow to warm up to RCS. Google Messages' adoption of the RCS standard has made the app even better, as it lets you enjoy secure and interactive texting on your Android phone.

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How to create a safe senders list in Gmail

You don't have to constantly check your spam folder for that missing email

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Inboxes would overflow with irrelevant newsletters and malware-infested spam messages if it weren't for Gmail's robust spam filter. Still, you may have missed an important email on rare occasions, only to find it later in your spam folder. To prevent such a situation in the future, add contacts you trust to your safe senders list.

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How to use Google Photos as wallpaper on a Chromebook

It's time to replace your boring old wallpaper

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Wallpapers make a surprising difference to your user experience and set the tone of your device. Whether you opt for a picture of your loved ones, an abstract design, your favorite band, or a scenic landscape, your choice of wallpaper can impact your mood. So, if you feel like you've outgrown your old desktop background, it might be time for a wallpaper refresh.

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Gmail: How to change your time zone

Don't miss important deadlines just because you're in a different time zone

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Most of us turn to emails for work, business, tracking online purchases, and keeping in touch with friends and family. Gmail lets us do all of the above and more, whether you access it from a desktop PC, an Android phone, an iPhone, or a budget Chromebook.

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How to access Chromebook's Clipboard Manager

Quickly access recently copied items on your Chromebook

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Chromebooks are quickly becoming a popular alternative to Windows laptops, PCs, and MacBooks. Whether for your home, school, or work, you can buy one of the best Chromebooks that suits your needs at affordable prices.

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How to use Smart Lock with your Google Pixel Watch

Keep your Pixel Watch ready to go at all times

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Google just introduced the Pixel Watch 2 and the Google Pixel 8. The Watch 2 appears almost identical to the first-gen Pixel Watch, which is among the top Android smartwatches. It comes with minor tweaks under the hood, like out-of-the-box Wear OS 4, improved fitness tracking, and a new chipset.

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How to turn off Google SafeSearch and other search filters

You may not want to see everything that pops up when you disable SafeSearch

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The internet makes finding any information you need easy, but this also means you may stumble upon explicit content. Sometimes, it can lead to awkward situations at work or in public. Moreover, such content is unsuitable for children. That's where the search engine's built-in SafeSearch option comes to the rescue. It filters out potentially inappropriate content.

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7 Google Pixel Watch tips and tricks you'll want to try

Our favorite tips that will make you a Pixel Watch pro in no time

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Google recently unveiled the Google Pixel Watch 2 alongside the Google Pixel 8. The Watch 2 closely resembles the first-gen Pixel Watch, which is among the top Android smartwatches. However, there are a few under-the-hood changes. For instance, the smartwatch comes with Wear OS 4 out of the box, a new chipset, and improved fitness tracking.

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How to back up your old Android text messages

Free yourself from old texts

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It's important to back up your data if you're planning to reset your phone or move on to a new device. You'll also want to back up your SMS to make sure you retain important texts for later reference. It's easy to back up text messages on the Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and other Android phones. Once that's done, you can restore your old texts on your new phone.

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How to share your location on Android

Your loved ones won't have to worry about where you are anymore

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If your friends plan to meet up with you at a new hole-in-the-wall restaurant, they'll appreciate getting help with directions. But some spots can be tucked away at an obscure location, making them hard to find. Or maybe you're parked away from the building and can't find a suitable landmark for reference. While maps can help with navigation, sharing your real-time location is more accurate.

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How to delete your Telegram account

When you don't want to be on Telegram any longer, remove your account

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Telegram is one of the most popular messaging apps for Android due to its focus on privacy and encryption. The app is packed with features like secret chats, chatbots, and chat tools. You can use Telegram on all Android devices, including the best 5G phones. It's also available on PCs and Macs.

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Facebook Marketplace's dirty dozen: The 14 most common scams and how to avoid them

Be careful before hitting the buy button on Facebook Marketplace

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Facebook Marketplace is a popular platform for people who want to buy or sell used items. With more and more shoppers browsing the site, the number of scammers on the platform has also risen. They have several tricks up their sleeves to lure you into parting with your hard-earned money, so be wary of deals that appear too good to be true.

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How to set up Emergency SOS on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or Watch 5

This feature could be a lifesaver, so make sure to set it up

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, Watch 5, and Watch 4 are some of the best Android smartwatches. The Galaxy Watch lineup features excellent health-tracking capabilities, a sleek design, and smooth performance. The cherry on top is Emergency SOS, which comes in handy if something goes wrong and you don't have your phone with you. Before you use the watch's built-in emergency service, you must set it up. Here's how to set up Emergency SOS on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, Watch 5, or Watch 4.

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The best smart home apps for your Android phone

For those times when you don't want to say "Hey Google"

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Smart home devices make our lives easier, but controlling several ecosystems can become difficult as the gadgets pile up. Setting up your smart home ecosystem can feel daunting as you try to make sense of all the devices and standards in your smart home setup. Each smart device has an app to control it, but using multiple apps to control various smart appliances in your home makes little sense.

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How to clear app cache on Android & why you should

It's not placebo, and it does have its uses

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Over time, you might notice that your phone feels sluggish and apps take longer to load. Many users try to free up storage on their phones by clearing their app cache. Meanwhile, others believe that you should let the Android operating system deal with it. So, what should you do? Does clearing your cache even do anything?

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How to prevent apps from 'sleeping' in the background on Android

Keep your notifications syncing on time with these steps

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Android typically forces low-priority apps to go to sleep so that it doesn't drain your phone's battery. This ensures that your phone lasts longer. Still, it can get annoying if you miss an important notification because the app was set to sleep mode. Android also offers a way to counter this behavior, so you don't have to deal with delayed notifications. It doesn't matter whether you use one of the best Samsung phones, a Google Pixel phone, or another Android phone. In this guide, we show you how to fix this issue with the battery optimization setting.

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How to create a photo collage on your phone

Use photo collages to spruce up your social media page

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Creating a photo collage is an easy way to compile multiple pictures into a single image. Whether you want to share your vacation pictures or snapshots of your pet being cute, pull up images from your phone's photo album to create a collage. It doesn't matter if you use an Android phone like a Google Pixel, a Samsung Galaxy, or an iPhone. Making a photo collage is simple when you use a photo editing app. In this guide, we walk you through the process of creating a collage from your phone.

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How to access and delete your Bing AI chat history

Some things are best kept secret

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It's no secret that Google rules when it comes to search engines. Its competitor, Microsoft, has been trying to keep up, and its latest attempt is integrating AI into Bing to create Bing AI Chat. The AI chatbot, powered by OpenAI's ChatGPT, accepts text input for help with research, coding, and writing essays. It also accepts image input, meaning you can upload any image and ask Bing AI Chat for more information about the picture. It doesn't matter whether you use a laptop, PC, one of the best Samsung phones, a Google Pixel, or another Android phone. Bing AI Chat works on all devices.

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How to change a playlist's name in the Spotify app

Rename your playlists in a few quick steps

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Spotify is one of the best streaming services in the world. The music player is available as a downloadable app and a web app across Android devices, iPhones, PCs, Macs, and smart speakers. The service offers a variety of features like podcasts and a vast song library with over 100 million tracks. With so many songs to choose from, playlists help you organize them so that they're easier to find and access.

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How to untag yourself from spam Twitter posts

Gracefully exit annoying X posts

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If you use X (formerly known as Twitter), you may have participated in interesting conversations and discovered new content when your friends tag you in posts. But sometimes, you might be spammed with constant mentions or be dragged into long-winded arguments. The seemingly constant notifications can become exhausting if the conversation lasts too long.

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