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XDA Basics: How to transfer files from Android to Mac in two ways

It's a popular myth that every Mac user also has an iPhone. Of course, the vast majority of Mac users likely do have an iPhone for ease of integration, but some do prefer the customization of Android. Personally, I like the Mac for it's Unix-based operating system, but prefer Android phones that are not as...

XDA Basics: How to create a ZIP file on a Mac

Apple computers -- Macs -- are powerful and capable machines, for work, education, and entertainment alike. If you're looking for a compact desktop, you can get the Mac Mini, and if you're searching for portable power, the MacBook Pro is the answer. But don't forget to protect it with a case. Whether you're storing Pages...

XDA Basics: How to turn off iMessage on a Mac

Apple is famous for its well-integrated ecosystem across its devices and services. That's usually a good thing because all of your data continuously syncs to all of your connected devices, as you would expect them to. However, some of us don't want iMessages arriving to their work MacBooks and disturbing them during productivity hours. So...

XDA Basics: How to Transfer Files between iPhone/iPad and Windows PC

Transferring files between an iPhone and a Windows PC has never been as seamless as transferring files between an Android phone and a Windows PC. Thankfully, several new methods have popped up over the years, making the file transfer process relatively easy. But it's still quite restrictive. This article will discuss some of the best...

XDA Basics: How to share a FaceTime call with an Android or Windows user

Apple tends to be busier on the customer-facing side in the middle and second half of the year. Back in June, it revealed iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey during WWDC21. And in mid-September, they announced the new iPhone 13 lineup, along with new iPad models, and the public release of iOS 15. In addition...

How to take Scrolling Screenshots on your Android smartphone

All of us take screenshots on a regular basis. Be it on our smartphones or computers, screenshots have become really easy to take. More often than not, you just have to press a button or two to capture a screenshot on whatever device you're using. Depending on what you're taking a screenshot of, you may...

XDA Basics: How to Check and Update the iOS Version on your iPhone

Whether you love Apple or hate it, it's hard to deny that Apple has the best update policy in the smartphone ecosystem. Users not only buy a good iPhone, but they also buy into years of software update support without needing to think about it. And that is exactly what happens, as many users simply...

XDA Basics: How to Sideload Apps on Android as APKs or App Bundles

Apps are the lifeblood of any operating system. Without apps, we can only do so much on platforms like Android. Fortunately, Google Play offers millions of apps, but due to platform restrictions, not every good app can be found on the store. Sometimes, app availability is also restricted on a geographical basis. So the only...

XDA Basics: How to Check and Update the Android Version on your phone

If you’re trying to find out the Android version of your smartphone or wondering how to update it, we can help. It's actually quite easy to check the Android device’s software information. In this guide, we’ll talk about exactly how you can check the Android version or install a new update on your phone, presuming...

XDA Basics: How to make your old Android phone run faster and better

Not everyone upgrades their smartphone every year or even every couple of years. So as Android phones get older, they tend to become slower, and using them gets annoying when you’re seeing frequent slowdowns. If everything is showing signs of age on your phone, not just the performance, it may be time to actually upgrade...

XDA Basics: How to open the Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store is an online store run by Google. It's mainly used by Chrome browser and Chrome OS users to get extensions. However, as a lot of other web browsers these days use the Chromium project as their base, they can also run Chrome extensions. So if you are using Opera, Vivaldi, Brave,...

XDA Basics: How to right click on a Chromebook in three ways

If you recently moved from a Windows PC to a new Chromebook, you might have noticed a few key differences. There are several design differences between the two operating systems, but there's also a bit of a usability learning curve. In addition to a different list of settings, there are keyboard touchpad changes on Chrome...