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Abubakar Mohammed-How-to Writer

Abubakar Mohammed

How-to Writer

About Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a wearables writer at Android Police. Hailing from a Computer Science background, his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering wearables, you can find him playing Genshin Impact or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Fossbytes and How-To Geek.

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How much RAM does your Chromebook need?

The days when 4GB RAM was more than sufficient are long gone

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Chromebooks are capable machines, and the best Chromebooks 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.

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How to update an Android app

Android's open nature makes it a piece of cake!

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Apps are an integral part of any operating system, and keeping them updated is of the utmost importance. Updates bring new features and fix stability and security issues. If you turn on automatic updates in the Google Play Store, you don't need to worry about keeping apps up-to-date. However, if you want to update an app using something other than the Play Store or need an older version of an app, you have options.

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How to download Google Maps

Make sure you don't get lost when your internet connection does

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As the world becomes increasingly dependent on internet connectivity, it's inconvenient to travel without a connection. While you'll probably survive a short trip out of town without your favorite Spotify playlist, the same can't be said for navigation. Getting lost in a strange place, surrounded by unfamiliar landmarks and people — or worse, being surrounded by nothing and nobody — can be scary. It's even worse if you're in a foreign country where you don't speak the language and can't ask for directions.

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How to set up two-factor authentication on Twitter

2FA is no security miracle, but it's better than nothing

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With the increasing number of X (formerly known as Twitter) account hijackings, securing your social accounts on your trusty Android phone, favorite Android tablet, or another device is essential. Using two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to do it. Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a way to add a layer of security so that an account hijacker can't sign in to your account, even with your username and password. This guide shows you how to set up two-factor authentication to protect your X account.

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How to change your default Google account on Android

This shouldn't be so difficult

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A Google account is a great way to sync data across your Android devices. For example, if you picked up a budget Chromebook for work on the go, you'll want to ensure that all your data stored in your Google account is easily accessible.

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How to add headers and footers to Google Docs

Use headers and footers to make your documents look more professional

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Headers and footers are some of the elementary yet essential elements you'll need to create a professional-looking document. If you use Google Docs to create documents on Windows or Mac using the web app, on your phone or tablet using the Android or iOS app, or on a Chromebook, you can easily add headers and footers in a few steps. In this guide, let's look at how to do just that.

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7 best places to find free stock photos

There are millions of free stock photos if you know where to look for them

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Whether it's wallpapers for your Android phone or pictures for marketing professionals and new website owners who don't have the time to click great images, stock photo websites contain all kinds of images. However, many stock photos are expensive to license, which could be difficult to deal with if you're just starting as a content creator or establishing a business. There are many alternatives to paid stock photo websites. In this roundup, let's look at some of the best places to find free stock photos.

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How to forward messages on your Android phone or tablet

Sharing messages from others to others

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Some messaging apps are more common in certain parts of the world than others. Even within the same region, we use the platforms our family, friends, and coworkers are on. Whichever one you use, every messaging app has a forwarding feature that allows you to share received messages and pictures with as many contacts as possible without typing the same thing multiple times or going through the copy-and-paste routine.

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How to send an email from Google Docs

Save yourself the trouble of attaching the documents in Gmail

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Google Docs and the Google Workspace apps are packed with features. As you explore the platform, you'll find many features you may have never thought existed. One such feature allows you to send an email directly from Google Docs on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook (just make sure your Chromebook has a charger that works for you).

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How to update Google Play Services

Update Google Play Services to experience new features firsthand or fix the existing bugs

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Google Play Services is one of the core components of the Android operating system that is crucial to the whole experience. It handles everything from allowing you to manage your Google accounts to ensuring your Google apps work together. It provides specific functionality between your installed Android apps and the operating system. Google's apps and many third-party apps rely on them to offer unique cloud services, targeted user ads, and more. And like smartphones, the best Android tablets also benefit from Google Play Services.

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How to use Google Live Transcribe

Google makes assistive tech simple

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In the last few years, Google has focused on populating Android's accessibility suite. Features like Switch Access and Live Captions have proved extremely useful for everyone, especially people with disabilities. However, out of all these features, Live Transcribe is one of the best features in the suite. Whether you use a Google Pixel or a top Samsung phone, read along to learn how to enable Live Transcribe and tailor it according to your needs.

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How to change the keyboard on your Android phone or tablet

Don't like the default keyboard? Android's got you covered

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There could be plenty of reasons you might want to switch to another keyboard app on your Android phone. Perhaps you don't like the default keyboard on your top Samsung phone or want to install the one from your old phone because you're comfortable using it. Whatever the case, you can always change it, thanks to Android's open nature. Here's how to swiftly change the keyboard on an Android device.

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How to add video chapters to your YouTube videos

Grow your video retention time by enabling video chapters on YouTube

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Video chapters on YouTube allow viewers to quickly navigate to a part of the video containing the answer to their question. Viewers tend to abandon a video if they don't immediately get the answer to what they're seeking because it's usually located later in the video. If you're a creator, this guide shows you how to add video chapters to your YouTube videos.

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How to turn your Android phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot

One device to connect 'em all

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Android phones have a handy feature that lets you share your cellular connection with other devices, turning your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. In many situations, this can be a lifesaver. If you own a 5G Chromebook, like the Acer Chromebook Spin 714, or a 5G tablet, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+, getting online won't be a problem. For many devices, a connection to Wi-Fi or a cable is required to access the internet.

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How to enable SIM lock on your Android phone

Prevent malicious SIM card use by adding an extra layer of security

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Smartphones are our gateway to communicating with others and consuming information. To access these features, you need a SIM card from a carrier. This SIM card assigns your phone a phone number and gives your phone an identity on the carrier's network. If your high-end Android phone is stolen, you can get your SIM card locked by calling your carrier.

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How to cancel your Grammarly subscription

Grammarly is a great tool, but other free tools have gotten better

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Grammarly is an online editing tool that reviews your spelling, grammar, and usage. It's available on Android, iOS, Windows, Chromebooks, and as an extension on most web browsers.

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How to set up Windows Subsystem for Android on your Windows 11 PC

No emulators were harmed in the making of this guide

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Gone are the days when you needed an emulator to run Android apps on Windows. The latest Windows release, Windows 11, ships with Windows Subsystem for Android, which allows you to install Android apps on your PC easily. Unlike some of the best Chromebooks that come with the Google Play Store preinstalled, installing Android apps using Windows Subsystem for Android isn't that easy if you live in an unsupported region. However, a clever way to install Android apps on any Windows 11 PC exists, and we show you how in the guide below.

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How to create an outline in Google Docs

Use the outline feature to quickly navigate through documents

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Google Docs' outline is a lifesaver, and it's quicker to use than creating a Table of Contents. When you have a lengthy document to edit, information becomes a mess and sorting through it is tricky. You could press Ctrl+F to filter through sections, but it's a hit-and-miss attempt if you don't know the exact order characters appear in. Scrolling also takes time and delays your progress.

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How to use Google Fact Check Explorer

Misinformation is prevalent, but there's a solution

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The internet is an excellent resource for keeping current on the latest news. However, fake news is still rampant despite ongoing prevention, monitoring, and cleanup efforts. That's why you need to learn about Google's fact-checking tool.

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What is Phone Link?

Microsoft Phone Link isn't Apple-level, but it's still pretty good!

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The way an iPhone and a Mac computer integrate and work seamlessly with each other is something that Android users can only wish for. While Google has tried to bridge this gap in recent years, flagship Android phones like the Google Pixel 7 Pro don't offer the same level of ecosystem integration as the iPhone. Microsoft tries to bridge this gap with Phone Link. It lets you connect your Android phone to Windows and mirror most of its functionality to your PC, like the ability to reply to incoming messages, wirelessly transfer files, and more.

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