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Apple’s Podcasts app automatically downloads new episodes of podcasts you subscribe to, storing them on your device. That’s convenient, but it can strain all those 16GB iPhones and iPads.

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You can sync notes on your iPhone or iPad to your iCloud account, but did you know you can also sync notes with Gmail? You can add your Gmail account to the Notes app and access any notes added to that account on any computer–Mac or Windows.

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You’ve taken pictures of a paper document using your Android phone, and now you need to send it to someone. We’ll show you an easy way you can convert these images to a PDF file to make it easier to share this document.

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Apple’s own AirPrint printing is deeply integrated into iPhones and iPads. The “Print” options you see throughout the operating system will only print to AirPrint-enabled printers. You can still print to a Google Cloud Print-enabled printer, but it’ll take a little extra effort.

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Apple’s Notes app lets you save your notes locally on your device, or synced with iCloud. When you enable iCloud, though, all your previous notes remain on your device. Here’s how to move them to your iCloud account.

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Apple’s Mail app doesn’t provide a lot of control over how much storage it uses. it wants to download and store a lot of emails so they can be indexed and searchable with Spotlight. But the Mail app may sometimes use a large amount of space, which is particularly onerous on storage-limited 16GB iPhones.

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If you send and receive a lot of messages, the Messages app can take up a lot of space on your iPhone or iPad. Not only does it store your message history, it keeps photo attachments you’ve received. All this data then takes up iCloud space as part of your backups, too.

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One of the most annoying things about the iPhone and iPad is the inability to hide built-in apps like Tips, Stocks, and News. Apple’s iOS 9.3 finally adds a way to hide these apps from your home screen, though it isn’t pretty.

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With AirPlay, you can mirror your iPhone or iPad’s screen on your Mac or your Apple TV. But what if you have a Windows PC? We’ll show you a free tool that makes this easy.

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Google’s Nexus devices are supposed to receive timely updates, but the staggered rollout means it can take weeks for devices to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates. Luckily, there’s a faster (and geekier) way to install the latest version of Android.

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When you add an event to the Calendar app in iOS and OS X, it gets saved to a specific calendar by default, which may not be the calendar you use most often. However, if you have several calendars, you can choose which of those calendars is used as the default.

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Wi-Fi calling allows your iPhone to place and receive phone calls and text messages over a Wi-Fi network. If you have a weak cellular signal but a solid Wi-Fi signal, your iPhone will automatically switch over and route calls and texts via Wi-Fi.

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If you’re a salesperson, a marketing specialist, or anyone else who collects a lot of business cards, you’d probably like a better way to store all those cards. Well, it’s time to go paperless and use your iPhone to turn those cards into contacts.

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Smart folders in iOS Mail allow you to view collections of certain types of email messages from all your email accounts. You can view all your unread messages, flagged messages, messages with attachments, or just important messages from certain people. Using smart folders can make it easier to sift through a cluttered inbox.

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If your Android phone is feeling a little low on battery, you can find out exactly where your battery power is going. Android’s Battery screen shows you what’s used battery power since your last charge, from apps to system services and hardware devices.

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If you’ve installed a lot of apps on your Apple Watch, the Home screen might be getting a bit crowded. Wondering how you can remove rarely used apps from your watch? There are two ways to do it.

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The Mail app on your Apple Watch makes it possible to view emails and even reply to some. However, if you have several email accounts and get a lot of email, you might want to limit how much email you see at once.

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Your Android device’s built-in Clock app can serve as an alarm clock, a kitchen timer, and a stopwatch for timing activities. You can create multiple alarms and timers, adjust the snooze times for your alarms and record lap times using the stopwatch.

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Your iPhone can be used as an alarm clock, a stopwatch, and a timer. However, If you have an Apple Watch, you don’t have to take out your phone to use any of these tools. Your watch has built-in apps that perform the same functions.

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If you have an Android phone or tablet with a small amount of storage, you probably keep uninstalling apps to make room for other ones. But there is a way to expand the storage of an Android device if it has an SD card slot.

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Much like Microsoft’s Xbox-to-PC streaming, Sony’s PlayStation 4 can stream games to a few of Sony’s Xperia smartphones and tablets. However, with a small tweak, you can stream your PlayStation 4 games to nearly any Android device.

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Any purchase you make within an app–rather than in Google Play itself–is an in-app purchase. Google Play tracks these in-app purchases. Some are permanent and can be recovered on a new device, but others are used up after you buy them.

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Since smartphones have become more commonplace, many of you have probably given up wearing a watch in favor of having your phone tell you the time. You can also use your iPhone as an alarm clock, a timer, and a stopwatch, as well as a large timepiece.

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Manufacturers and carriers often load Android phones with their own apps. If you don’t use them, they just clutter your system, or–even worse–drain your battery in the background. Take control of your device and stop the bloatware.

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The Apple Watch allows you to send text messages with your voice through the Messages app. But every time you do, it’ll ask you whether you want to send a message as text or as a voice recording. Here’s how to get rid of that prompt.

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