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Parth Shah

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.

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How to hide files and folders on Chromebooks

Safeguard your company's sales projections and quarter reports from curious eyes

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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.

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How to use your iPhone's secret karaoke mode

Match the beat with your favorite artists on iPhone

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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.

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11 best tips for using Gmail on Android

Level up your Gmail game on Android

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Google has been busy bringing Gmail desktop features to the Gmail app. With multiple new features, such as the recently introduced emoji reactions for emails, the company's renewed focus on Gmail for Android shows. The app is now packed with features that take the email experience to the next level, even on budget Android phones.

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How to change the default Google account on a web browser

Stop using Incognito mode to log into your other Google accounts

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Google marks one account as your default in each browser on your desktop computer, much like Google sets one of your accounts as a default on Android. The practice makes it easier for users to sync data like account settings, bookmarks, Google Calendar, and more across Chrome on a mobile device, Chromebook, or another computer. It also dictates which account is loaded by default when using Google services. If you have a work account and constantly switch to your secondary account when you get home, you may want to change the default from the first account.

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What is the Chromebook Plus program?

Look for a Chromebook Plus moniker when you hunt for a new ChromeOS device

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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.

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How to pair Samsung Galaxy Buds with Windows and macOS computers

Your Samsung Galaxy Buds work with Windows and macOS

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Samsung makes some of the best wireless earbuds with excellent sound, seamless integration with Galaxy devices, and a feature-rich companion app to customize the sound experience. Samsung's Galaxy earbuds lineup is compatible with all your Bluetooth gadgets, including Android phones, iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Windows computers.

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How to create a Gmail account on your phone or PC

Making a brand-new Google account is pretty simple

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Outlook (formerly Hotmail) and Yahoo Mail are some of the numerous free email services available. However, Google's Gmail is the most popular. It's easy to use, boasts a ton of powerful features, and offers 15 GB of free cloud storage. Creating a Gmail account is straightforward, and you can create and manage multiple accounts simultaneously. Plus, your account gives you access to an extensive library of free apps and services like Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Maps, Chrome, Google Meet, and dozens more. It isn't a surprise the tech giant's email software is the go-to service for so many people.

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How to improve the battery life on your Google Pixel Fold

Get the best out of your Google Pixel Fold battery

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The Google Pixel Fold marks Google's first entry into the world of foldables. With a unique hinge, class-leading camera, and wider external screen, there is a lot to like about Pixel Fold. However, in our Pixel Fold review, we found the 4821mAh battery cell to be just enough to get through a typical day.

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These are the apps you can delete from your Google Pixel smartphone

Not every default app is useful on your Google Pixel smartphone

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Apart from a class-leading camera, AI features, and a smooth user interface, Google's Pixel lineup is known for offering a bloatware-free experience to Android users. The latest Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro follows the same legacy. While several Google apps are must-haves for your digital life, deactivating or deleting irrelevant ones can de-clutter the app drawer and the home screen.

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How to zip and unzip files on your Chromebook

ChromeOS doesn't require a third-party solution to zip and unzip files

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ChromeOS is a lightweight alternative to Windows and Mac, with handy features to get the work done. One such trick is the ability to zip and unzip files without a third-party app. It's a common practice to compress several files into a smaller package for seamless sharing.

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How to quickly access the Clock app in Android 14

Access the essential Clock app menus on Android with a single tap

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The default Clock on Android is your one-stop solution to check your alarms, time zones, timers, stopwatch, and Bedtime mode. While the Clock app is easily accessible from the home screen and the app drawer menu, Google added neat tweaks to access the Clock app following the Android 14 update.

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How to change ringtone on an Android phone

You don't need to check your phone when someone else's rings

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You might be tired of hearing the same ringtone you've had for years since you last budgeted for a new Android phone. Most people don't realize you can change the default ringtone and assign a custom tune for your listed contacts. It's a handy feature when separating urgent work calls from personal ones. But that involves learning how to experiment with new ringtones while replacing the selected default. This short guide teaches you how to change your ringtone or load any custom tune from your phone's file manager.

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How to back up your iPhone with or without iCloud

Using your iPhone without data backup is never a good idea

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While you take extra care of your expensive iPhone with a screen protector and a case, a fatal incident can leave you with a broken display or a potential data loss. Since your iPhone stores your messages, photos, conversations, files, and other data, we recommend backing up the essential data with Apple's cloud storage or the desktop.

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Samsung screen mirroring not working? Here's how to fix the issue

Don't sweat when screen mirroring stops working on your Samsung TV

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Screen mirroring is an effective way to view your phone's screen on a big display. Most smart TVs, including Samsung TVs, have a screen mirroring function to view the media library from an iPhone or top Samsung Galaxy phone. Besides viewing pictures and videos, screen mirroring is helpful during meetings. You can mirror a PowerPoint presentation or Excel sheet from your phone or laptop to the Samsung TV. You don't need a cumbersome wired setup to project your content on a Samsung TV.

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Why text message videos are blurry, and how to fix the problem

Media sent between iPhones looks pristine, but Android phones don't get the same treatment

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Even if you figure out the secret behind taking a fantastic photo with your Android phone, think twice before you send it to a friend. If you send it via a text message, they may receive a blurry image instead of the crystal-clear picture you took. Due to a few factors, media attachments like photos and videos can lose quality when sent over text messages, depending on the receiver and their phone.

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How to boost your Wi-Fi signal

Make low Wi-Fi signals a thing of the past

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You're up for many unproductive hours when you work with a weak Wi-Fi signal at home or in the office. A sketchy Wi-Fi connection spoils your group meeting on Google Meet, binge-watching on Netflix, Discord streaming session, or FaceTime call with loved ones. You can always replace your aging router with a capable Wi-Fi 6 router, but if the issues persist, use the tricks below to improve the Wi-Fi signal quality indoors and outdoors.

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How to change the voice on Google Maps

Receive Google Maps navigation directions in your native language

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Although there are several Google Maps alternatives, Google's solution remains the go-to choice for the majority to get astute directions. The default navigation app on the top budget Android phones is packed with nifty tips and tricks to customize the app experience to your preference. One such trick is to change the default voice on Google Maps.

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11 best and most useful Android widgets

Make your homescreen more than just an app launcher

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Android has had widgets since, well, forever. Apple finally brought them to iOS 14 in 2020, although they didn't do anything until iOS 17. While Apple's widgets sit there and look pretty, Android's widgets are useful for getting things done. You can even add widgets to the best cheap Chromebook screens. From Samsung's always-on display widgets to Google's at-a-glance widget, here are the best and most useful Android widgets you can get.

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How to change the homepage on your Google Chrome browser

Google Chrome has no homepage by default, but you can fix that

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When people think about browser homepages, they usually mean the website that appears when they first open their browser and the page they visit when clicking the home button. In many modern browsers, including the default browser on our top-rated Chromebooks, these are two separate things.

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Amazon Fire TV: 16 easy tips and tricks to get you started

From privacy check-ups to screensaver options, make the most of your smart TV

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While Amazon offers a range of Fire TV products across different price ranges, they all run the same Android-based Fire OS. Fire TV may be simple enough to provide plug-and-play functionality, but don't be fooled by its simple interface. Fire OS is packed with thoughtful add-ons. If you own a Fire TV device or plan to get one, read along to learn some useful tips and tricks.

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