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How to take a Screenshot on your Wear OS Smartwatch

Google's smartwatch operating system Wear OS, which was previously known as Android Wear, has been around for quite a while. It has had its share of bugs and performance issues, but it's the closest that comes to Apple's watchOS in terms of features and app compatibility. If you have a nice watch face on your...

What is USB OTG and what can you use it for?

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, you can actually do so much more with it than you can imagine. You can connect game controllers to play your favorite titles, either locally or via Project xCloud or other similar cloud gaming platforms. You can even connect peripherals like a full-fledged keyboard and mouse and...

How to Set up Face Unlock or Face ID on your iPhone and iPad

Back in 2013, when Apple announced the iPhone 5S, one of the major highlights of the device was a fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button. Apple referred to this as Touch ID. In 2017, when Apple took the bezel-less route with the iPhone X, there was no home button to integrate Touch ID and...

Does your Android smartphone need an antivirus app?

Android is not just the biggest mobile operating system in the world, it's the biggest OS -- period. Such a large user base makes it a juicy target for cyber-criminals, which is why there are often reports about Android malware, adware, and other not-so-nice things. Such reports make people afraid and they rush to the...

Here’s how to spot fake AirPods from the real ones

Fake products are a sad reality of today’s world, and especially common for things that are expensive and coveted by people. Which is why Apple products are often a victim of the counterfeit industry. Fake iPhones used to be a thing, and now AirPods have caught the eye of counterfeiters, and if you are not...

How to view and remove EXIF data on Android and iOS, and stop Location Tagging

Most modern-day smartphones with great cameras make it really easy for anyone and everyone to click good photos. But what most people don’t realize is that with each photograph, they're also capturing a lot of personal information which, when they share that photo on social media, becomes available to a much wider set of people...

How to enable Always On Display on any Android smartphone

The "Always On Display" feature has been a staple of Android devices for years. It was first introduced by Samsung and took advantage of their phones' AMOLED display. The concept behind it is pretty simple -- it keeps a part of your screen constantly turned on with a clock or useful widgets, while keeping the...

How to check Mobile Data Usage on Android

Some people are lucky enough to actually have an unlimited data plan on their smartphones. Others, however, are not that lucky. Keeping tabs on your mobile data usage is essential to keep you from either running out of data or overpaying on your cellphone plan. So what can you do as an Android user if...

Can I play my games on Windows 11? Here’s what you need to know

Windows 11 is right around the corner.  Now that Microsoft has officially announced the OS, we know a lot more about what it will be like. But with Windows 11 soon coming to laptops all over so there are some important questions. One thing you may have wondered about is whether you'll be able to...

Are wireless chargers waterproof? Can I safely use them when wet?

Wireless chargers are gaining mainstream popularity as more smartphone makers launch devices with support for them. There are hundreds of them on the market right now. Consumers looking to buy a wireless charger often have a lot of questions. In this article, we'll try to address one such question - are wireless chargers waterproof? Practically...

How to take Scrolling Screenshots on an iPhone

If you want to save the contents of the screen on your device, taking a screenshot is one of the best and easiest options. However, if the content is spread across multiple lines or sections vertically, like this article, for example, you'll have to take multiple screenshots to capture the entire information. This is where...

How to Change the Wallpaper on an iPhone

If you've got yourself a brand new iPhone and recently switched over from Android, you may find it difficult to navigate through basic settings on iOS. A lot of things aren't as straightforward as on Android and even simple settings like the option to change the wallpaper or other home screen elements are buried inside...