How To Save A Video Offline In The YouTube App

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The YouTube app has a feature that lets you save videos offline. It allows you to download video content when you're connected to a WiFi network and watch the videos when a connection is not available. The videos can only be saved to and viewed from inside the official YouTube app. This feature is available on both iOS and Android. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Play Music From The Control Center In iOS 10

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The Control Center is a quick access panel on iOS that houses frequently used settings. You can access it from anywhere; the lock screen, the home screen, and from inside any app. Control Center has toggles for airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, et.,c and buttons for accessing the camera, calculator, compass, and flashlight. Up until iOS 9, it also housed music controls. If you were listening to music, you didn't have to unlock your phone to manage the volume, skip a track, or play/pause it. With iOS 10, the music controls have moved or, more accurately, the Control Center has been redesigned. Here's where you can access the music controls in Control Center. Read More

How To Enter Recovery Mode On Your iPhone 7 And 7 Plus

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do not have a headphone jack. This is possibly the most disturbing change made to the iPhone in terms of hardware. People are so upset with the change they haven't given much thought to home button on the new sets. It is no longer a mechanical button you can press. You now tap it instead of pressing it. This hardware change doesn't call for buying any new accessories and it's fairly easy to get used to. That said, try entering recovery mode on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and you'll find you can't use the long standing method to do so because the Home button cannot be pressed. Here's how to enter recovery mode on your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Read More

Stop Notifications Waking Your Screen When Do Not Disturb Is Enabled In Android 7

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Do not disturb is a feature introduced in Android 6.0. It lets you silent all notifications for a specific time period. You can choose to allow messages and calls from select contacts to still alert you when Do not disturb is enabled. You can also schedule when Do not disturb is enabled and disabled. The feature is great for when you're trying to block out distractions or you want a peaceful, stress free night of sleep. Up until Android 6.0, Do not disturb disabled all sound alerts but your screen still lit up and the LED still flashed when you had a new notification. Android 7.0 lets you disable both these visual alerts when you've turned Do not disturb on. Here's how. Read More

How To Reset Auto Open Settings For Downloaded Files In Chrome

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When Chrome downloads files, it will check if the file could be dangerous. Often, it will flag EXE and even ZIP files when you try to download them. You have to then give explicit permission to download the file. Likewise, for trusted file types that you download, you have the option to open them automatically. You can set Chrome to automatically open a PDF, PNG, or JPG file the second it finishes downloading. The file opens in an external app, i.e. the default app for that file type on your system. If you'd like to disable auto opening for a particular file type or for all file types, there's a fairly easy method to it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Pin An App To The Share Menu In Android 7

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Android has a system wide share menu that apps can access. The share menu makes it so you can share content from one app to another. It's useful for when you want to share a link you have open in Chrome with someone on Whatsapp. The share menu has been a part of Android for ages. Very few changes have been made to it over the years. With Android 7, the share menu now lets you pin your favorite sharing app to the top inside the menu. This makes it easier for you to select the app you want to share over. It also makes selecting recent contacts to share with much quicker. Here's how to pin an app to the share menu in Android 7. Read More

How To Save A Post To Drafts In Instagram For Editing Later

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An Instagram filter can make a photo look good with no additional photography skills needed.  It does still have quite a few additional tools for making photos look good. It has the Layout app to support it as well as tools for adjusting the shadow, orientation, brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. If you're willing to spend more than a few seconds composing an Instagram post, you likely make use of its many other tools. The process can end up taking quite a bit of time which you might not have in one sitting. Up until a recent update, you had to either compose and post a photo in one sitting, or lose your edits until you had the time to complete them. Instagram has rolled out a 'Drafts' feature which lets you save the edits you've made to a photo and continue where you left off when you have the time. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Delete And Restore Stock Apps In iOS 10

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Smartphones and laptops all come bundled with stock apps. The apps are there so that a user can perform basic functions with an out-of-the-box device. Most apps are helpful e.g. weather apps or email clients but some are just bloatware. From iOS to Android, to Windows 10, you can find a whole host of apps pre-installed on your device that you will likely never use. These stock apps, if nothing else, take up space on your device. In iOS 10  you can remove the stock apps you don't like. If you later change your mind, you can restore the app. Here's how. Read More

How To Control Apps Using A Siri Command In iOS 10

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iOS 10 has opened up access to a lot of stock apps. Siri is now more powerful simply because it can connect with other apps. Prior to iOS 10, Siri could only send a message via the stock Messages app. As of iOS 10, you can ask Siri to send a message through any app that now supports it. In fact, all apps, not just messaging ones, can now connect with Siri. You can use you reminder app of choice to create a new reminder or ask Siri to make a note in your preferred app. At present, Viber and Whatsapps have both added Siri support. Here's how to get Siri to start using your preferred apps for sending a message. Read More

How To Add Emoji Stickers In The Messages App In iOS 10 [Giveaway]

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The Messages app in iOS 10 is open to developers. A major app that's taken advantage of this is Evernote which now lets you search and send notes from inside the Messages app. There are of course a lot of fun apps that are taking advantage of this and Emoji Stickers is one of the best. It's an iOS app that costs $1.99 and lets you send emoji stickers. You can send them as stand alone stickers or add them to an image you've sent in a conversation. Additionally, you can combine two emoji into one. The developer of Emoji Stickers has generously shared three promo codes for our readers. Check out the giveaway details at the end of this review. Read More

How To Block All Mention Of The US 2016 Elections From Your Twitter Feed [Chrome]

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The US 2016 presidential elections have been very heated. Some of the candidates that are currently running are often at the center of one controversial statement or the other. We'd say more but Season 20 of South Park will probably say it better. Everything to do with this election seems to turn into a loud heated argument that is bound to lose you friends. If you're sick of the constant stream of people and news outlets discussing the upcoming US elections then Make Twitter Great Again is a Chrome extension you should check out. It hides all US 2016 election tweets from your timeline. The tweets still appear but the text is all replaced with the place holder sentence, 'This text is about USA election 2016'. Read More

How To Save A Linked Image In Safari In iOS 10

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Safari has not received any major update in iOS 10 but that's not to say Safari hasn't changed at all. There is in fact a minor change made to the browser's functionality that has confused quite a few users. This change effects how users can save images from a web page to their camera roll. In older versions of iOS, no matter what type of image a user came across in Safari, they could always long press it, and expect to see the 'Save image' option appear in the menu. That functionality has now changed so that it no longer works for linked images. Here's how to save a linked image in Safari. Read More

How To Send Low Quality Images In The Messages App In iOS 10

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iPhones have an amazing camera. With iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that camera has only gotten better. The images you capture on your iPhone are exceptionally sharp and exceptionally large in terms of size. When you share them via photo stream or over the Messages app, you retain the quality of these photos. They are not compressed and it's a pretty reliable way of transferring photos when the HD quality is important. That said, not all photos you send over the Messages app need to be HD. Up until iOS 9, there was no way to send a lower quality photo over the Messages app unless you actually reduced the quality in the camera app when you took it. Come iOS 10, there is now an option that lets you send all photos over Messages in low quality. The photos are not only sent faster but take up less space on your recipient's device and do not tax your data plan as much. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Control The Brightness Of The Flashlight In iOS 10

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iPhones that support 3D touch, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and above, have a far richer set of new features available in iOS 10 than older handsets. iOS 10 has features that work specifically through 3D touch and are inaccessible to anyone using an iOS device that lacks it. Once such feature is the brightness of the flashlight that you can now control. It has three levels of intensity; low, medium, and bright. The intensity can be set from the Control Center via the flashlight button. Here's how. Read More

How To Prevent Web Pages From Jumping Around When Loading In Chrome [Android]

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Smartphones are increasingly used to browse the web. A significant volume of web traffic now comes from a smartphone and many smartphone browsers are built to make browsing mobile websites easier. More often than not, websites aren't optimized for viewing on a mobile device. This often means page elements that don't resize properly to fit a smaller screen or elements overflowing onto other elements. Of course a far more common occurrence is when a web page is loading and it jumps around/scrolls up. This happens most often when the page finishes loading but can happen multiple times even when the page is still loading. If you use Chrome on your Android device, there's a simple way to stop this from happening. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable Spotlight Search History In iOS 10

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Spotlight search has once again been given its own dedicated page on your home screen in iOS 10. In iOS 8, Spotlight was accessed by swiping down on the home screen or from inside an app. Prior to iOS 8 though, in fact from the earliest version of the OS leading up to iOS 8, Spotlight search has always had its own dedicated page. The dedicated page makes a come back in iOS 10 and Spotlight search itself gets a few new features. Spotlight now saves your search history so that every time you tap the search bar, your recent searches show up. This helps when you need to search for the same thing again but if you find the search history annoying you can turn it off. Here's how. Read More

How To Hide The Predictive Text Bar In iOS 10

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iOS 10 is going to be released in a matter of hours. The new OS has some minor and major changes but it's the minor changes that are going to give users growing pains. Apple has made changes to UI elements that have been around for quite a while now. The search for certain buttons and options is going to be inevitable once iOS 10 lands. In iOS, the Messages app as well as a lot of other apps like Notes, have a little bar just above the keyboard that houses the predictive text bar. As you type, the bar populates with the next word you might be looking to enter. It takes three guesses and updates the suggestions as you type. If you didn't like using predictive text, you could always hide the bar by swiping down on the little bar. That option is gone in iOS 10 so that there is no quick way to enable/disable the predictive text bar. Here's the long way to remove it from the keyboard interface. Read More

How To Replace The Facebook Messenger Emoji With The System Emoji

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Facebook Messenger has its own rendition of emojis. When you use either the iOS or the Android app, Facebook Messenger replaces the standard system emoji with its own rendition. You get the exact same set of emoji that you would get but when you send them, they look different. If you don't like Facebook Messenger's own rendition of the emoji, you can turn them Off from the app's settings. Here's how. Read More

How To Remove An App From The Game DVR Game’s List In Windows 10

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The Xbox app in Windows 10 comes with a nice game play recording feature. You can use Game DVR to record just about any app you want to. It is in fact a pretty good stock option for creating a screen cast. To use Game DVR, hit the Win+G keyboard shortcut. If it's the first time you're recording a particular app, you will have to identify the app as a game before you can begin recording. It all takes less than ten seconds to start using. If you've accidentally identified an app as a game and want to exclude it from Game DVR's list, you might wonder where that particular option is. It isn't in the Xbox app's settings. Instead, it is a context aware setting that can only be accessed when you have the app open. Here's how to remove an app from the Game DVR list. Read More

How To Watch Movies In Your Google Drive On The Chromecast

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Every Google product, whether it's for the web or for Android, supports Chromecast. Android has system wide support for the Chromecast and you can cast your entire screen to your TV or monitor. The Chrome browser has casting support built in as well so that you don't even need the dedicated Google Cast extension to cast your desktop or a Chrome tab. It's therefore surprising that Google Drive for Android lacks Chromecast support. If you have movies stored in your Google Drive, you can't cast them from inside the app. There are plenty of alternatives of course; you can use apps that can read data from a cloud drive and cast it to your Chromecast. You will of course experience considerable lag if you do so. A much simpler solution is to use the Photos apps instead which supports Chromecast. Read More