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8 handy things to do with your new Google Assistant

From telling it what to call you to playing tic-tac-toe, here are some nifty ways to get started with your new Assistant.

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8 Android app shortcuts that are actually useful

Save yourself some taps while freeing up storage space, creating reminders, scanning receipts, recording audio notes, and more.

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6 gotta-know Spotify tips for Android and iOS

Save Spotify radio stations for offline listening, snip out the gaps between songs, keep the music playing when your playlist runs out, and more.

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5 alternative (and easier) ways to unlock your Android phone

You can set your Android phone to unlock itself when it's in your pocket, while you're near a certain location, when it hears your voice, and more.

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6 essential settings to make your iPhone and iPad display easier on the eyes

Make text larger, or just bolder. Zoom in on all of the screen or just parts. And finally get buttons to look like buttons again, with these helpful tips for iOS 9 and later.

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The safest ways to lend someone your Android phone

You can let people borrow your device without revealing your open apps, browser tabs, or personal data.

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How to get iOS-style VIP alerts in Gmail for Android

Keep the Gmail alerts on your Android phone quiet except for messages from your hand-picked inner circle.

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7 ways to make the most of Google Keep for Android and iOS

Add narration to a doodle, color-code your notes, share a note with a friend, save selections from a web page, and more.

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How to mirror Android SMS alerts on an iOS device

With the help of a clever app, you can create an "applet" that will trigger an iOS alert whenever your Android device gets a text message.

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4 ways to keep from sleeping through your Android alarm

You'd be surprised how easy it is to accidentally silence a pending Android alarm—or snooze right through it, for that matter.

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5 ways Google Maps can make your next weekend trip better

Find a scenic route, pinpoint the perfect local restaurant, keep an automatic diary of your stay, and more.

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9 free ways to get the most out of Google's Play Music app

Even if you don't pony up $10 a month for Play Music, you can still upload your music collection, create and save "instant" mixes," tweak your equalizer levels, set a sleep timer, and more.

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8 Android gestures that speed up everyday tasks

Navigate around your Android device more easily by mastering a few handy touchscreen gestures. You can cycle through Chrome tabs, move the cursor with precision, go 3-D with Maps, launch the camera, and more.

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3 handy apps for iOS-to-Android switchers

Switching from iOS to Android can mean leaving some things behind. If you're worried about losing features like Find My Friends and iMessage's desktop abilities, these helpful Android apps can bridge the gap.

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6 things you'll miss if you switch from iOS to Android

From iCloud photo sharing to the cursor's tiny magnifying glass, some of iOS's smallest touches are easy to overlook until they're gone.