MOBILE ARTICLES / ANDROID, IPHONE, IPAD, AND MORE

Deleting an entire message thread on the iPhone is easy, but what if you want to just delete one or two messages, or a picture that you would rather not see?

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TWRP backups can save your bacon if you mess up your Android device. But if you’ve run out of space on your phone–or if you need to wipe its storage–you can copy those backups to your PC with a simple ADB command.

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Making TWRP backups is a must if you’re going to be rooting and tweaking Android. But if your phone is encrypted, you may have some issues with your PIN or password lock after restoring from a backup. Here’s what’s going on.

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When you bought your phone it was cutting edge, had the latest version of Android, and made your heart sing. A year or two later, it doesn’t get new updates, and the performance is a little sluggish. You can breathe new life into your phone–not to mention add a ton of useful features–by flashing it with a new custom ROM.

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Are you picture straightener? When you walk into a room, do you immediately notice when something hanging on the wall is crooked? Do you want everything to be level and perfect? With an iPhone, you can certainly try!

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You probably get so many notifications on your phone and tablet that it’s easy to dismiss them without reading them. But one day, as you instinctively swipe a notification away, you may realize it might have been important and panic. No worries: in Android, you can easily access a log of your notifications.

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Your Apple Watch allows you to put your most important contacts in a circle of “friends”, so they’re just one button press away for calls, messages, and more.

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If you really want to dig into the Android system, you may find that some apps require root access. Rooting has become less necessary over the years, but it’s still useful if you want to run certain types of apps. Here’s the most widely supported method for rooting your device, and why you might want to.

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Slack has become a vital communication tool for many businesses, especially ones with lots of remote employees. But no one wants to get pings at every hour of every day.

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Are you finding that you’re not seeing new apps on the App Store, or that updates to apps won’t go away even after you’ve installed the updates? Here’s a simple fix.

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Windows 10 includes  a “Battery Saver” mode that’s designed to extend your laptop or tablet’s battery life. Windows will automatically enable Battery Saver when your PC’s battery runs low, but you can control this–and choose exactly what Battery Saver does.

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Many people use the iPhone’s Health app or their Apple Watch to measure their steps or the distance they’ve walked during the course of the day. You may not realize, however, that it can measure much more than that.

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That 15GB phone may seem like it has a lot of space, but after taking all those photos, syncing all that music, and downloading all those audiobooks, it could dwindle pretty quickly. With so many files on your device, how are you supposed to figure out which files are taking up the most space? We’ll show a couple of ways to analyze the storage on your Android device.

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NVIDIA’s GameStream technology lets you stream games from a GeForce-powered Windows PC to another device. It only officially supports NVIDIA’s own Android-based SHIELD devices, but with a third-party open-source GameStream client known as Moonlight, you can stream games to Windows PCs, Macs, Linux PCs, iPhones, iPads, and non-SHIELD Android devices.

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If your iPhone 6’s screen is cracked or the home button is broken, you may want to think twice before getting it fixed by anyone other than Apple. Seeking repairs from a third-party repair service could render your device unusable the next time it updates.

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When you’re rooting, flashing custom ROMs, and otherwise playing with Android’s system, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Before you start, you should know how to back up and restore your phone with the TWRP recovery environment.

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Many of us are familiar with this scenario: you’re looking something up on our iPhone, find exactly what we’re looking for, but then have to put our phone away to attend to something else. Later, while working on your Mac, you want to continue what you were reading on your iPhone.

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Your Apple Watch relies on your iPhone to get notifications, view data, and even send messages and make calls. However, your Apple Watch is not completely useless without your iPhone. Here some things you can do on your watch when your phone is out of range.

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Internet cookies have been around since the beginning of the web, and for the most part they serve a useful purpose. But while most cookies are fairly innocuous, and even necessary, some are not.

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Rooting your Android device gives you access to a wider variety of apps and a deeper access to the Android system. But some apps–like Google’s Android Pay–won’t work at all on a rooted device.

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Your Amazon Echo is really good at giving you up-to-the-minute weather, traffic reports, and sports updates, but only if you help it out a bit by tweaking the device settings. Here’s how to fine-tune them.

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If you want to root, flash a custom ROM, or otherwise dig into the innards of your Android phone, a custom recovery like TWRP is a great way to do so. Here’s how to flash it on your phone.

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A mouse and keyboard isn’t always the most convenient way to control a PC, especially a media center PC you control from the couch. You can try to control your desktop with a game controller, but your smartphone will do the trick as well.

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If you use iCloud to sync your Apple devices, you might accumulate a lot of approved devices on your iCloud account over time. If you have a few on the list you don’t own anymore, here’s how to remove those old devices from your account.

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USB Type-C brings a new universal connector to laptops and smartphones, and many devices are already starting to use it. But beware: many USB-C cables aren’t designed properly and could potentially damage your hardware.

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