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How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

If you're into the Apple ecosystem, meaning you have an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a Mac, there are a lot of possibilities that you unlock with regards to making your workflow simple and convenient. There's Handoff which can let you take calls from your iPhone on your Mac, Continuity to help you scan documents...

How to install Windows 10 on a new PC

If you've assembled a new PC or bought one without an operating system, you may be wondering about the process of installing Windows on it. Thankfully, over the years, installing Windows has become quite easy. All you need is access to a USB drive and a Windows computer with an internet connection. If you don’t...

How to Clear Cookies on Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and other browsers

If you spend a lot of time on the internet, we’re sure you'll have heard of cookies. Cookies are essentially pieces of website data that are stored on your computer by the web browser you use. Cookies are important since they are responsible for remembering your activity history on websites, but just like the edible...

How to take a Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Screenshots are something we all take on a regular basis on our smartphones and computers. It's a handy way of sharing the content on your screen or just saving it locally for future reference. There are several ways of taking a screenshot and while some are generic and universal, a few methods can be unique...

How to view your Location History in Google Maps, and how to turn it off

Google stores location data about everywhere you go and the places you visit with its location history option, even when you’re not using Google Maps. Although Google’s Location History is turned off by default, there are quite a few features offered by the company that require the location history to be turned on. So unless...

What is Google Smart Lock and how does it work?

Have you ever seen somebody pick up their Android phone and have it unlock without a passcode, but when you try it, there's a security measure in place? Well, Google Smart Lock is a feature that can be responsible for such behavior. While not the most secure way to protect your device and its contents, it...

How to take a Screenshot on macOS, using keyboard shortcuts, apps, and more!

Taking a screenshot is a necessary task on just about any device you use for work or play. Most users are well aware of how to take a screenshot on the most popular mobile phones. However, if you recently switched to Mac from Windows, you might be wondering how to take a screenshot on your...

What is Disk Utility on Mac and What can it do?

Apple’s macOS is extremely popular due to its intuitive interface and relative ease of use. In addition, Apple designs attractive hardware that consistently puts some of their options on our list of the best laptops you can buy. While your Mac likely runs well most of the time, there's the occasional need to troubleshoot potential...

How to set up Google Authenticator on your new Android phone

Enabling two-factor authentication adds an extra level of security to your online accounts. The Google Authenticator app is an easy way to get and manage the passcodes that are needed for this. In this guide, you'll learn how to set up Google Authenticator on your new Android phone. For this guide, you'll need: A recent iOS...

How to share your Wi-Fi password on Android phones

Knowing how to share a Wi-Fi password is always handy. If you wish to share your Wi-Fi password on Android, there are different ways to do so. The method you use might vary depending on your Android version. For instance, from Android version 10 onwards, any cheap Android phone can share a Wi-Fi password using...

How to encrypt a folder on Mac using Disk Utility

We store all sorts of stuff on our Macs, but some of it is more private and sensitive than others. If your Mac is used by multiple people - family, friends, or roommates - it is always a good idea to secure your private folders that you don’t want others to see. If you are...

How to Scan Documents on Mac with Continuity Camera

Apple’s new M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are certainly among the best laptops that you can get, and for good reason. The M1 chip handles most intensive tasks with ease, and given that Apple makes both the hardware and the macOS software, the optimization is top-notch. In fact, the software alone is a big...