About Irene Okpanachi
Irene Okpanachi is AP's How-To Tech writer, covering mobile and PC guides that help you understand your devices. She has four years' experience in the Tech, E-commerce, and Food niches. Particularly, the Tech space is where her heart is because she can geek out without feeling weird about it.
Irene is a couch potato who loves gaming, singing, listening to music, and eating (it's a real hobby) when she's not typing furiously on her laptop.
And if you look closely, you may also catch her engaging in intense arguments on popular online forums. Her aliases are not-so-disguising as she may think.
Explore keeps everything you need to research in one place
When doing research, having multiple tabs open at once can be confusing. Google Docs' Explore feature compiles your resources into one place. It finds relevant information online or in your Google Drive and brings it into Docs. You control the content, such as the topics, research, and images. It's the power of research at your fingertips, neatly organized in Google Docs' Explore feature.
Organize your meeting notes without Google's confusing Calendar
Taking, organizing, and sharing meeting notes with other participants is a big job. Google Docs' meeting notes make storing and organizing details unique to a new or existing calendar event easier. Take jottings, create action lists, and sync them with your Google Calendar with a few clicks. You'll open Google Docs in a desktop browser, as Google hasn't extended the feature to the best Android tablets and phones. Besides that, the process is simple.
Google Calendar helps you filter through the clutter and manage schedules faster with keyboard commands
Traditional calendars stop at helping you mark dates, but Google Calendar takes it a step further. You can schedule events, invite guests, and set reminders from small phones and tablets to larger devices. A first glance at the app can be confusing, especially if you're a busy person. Shortcuts aid you in navigating through the interface quickly and save time.
Get the most out of Samsung's clever note-taking tool
Samsung Notes is the default and exclusive note-taking app on Samsung phones and tablets. While there are alternatives, don't overlook its versatility. Notes equips you with features to simplify annotation, whether you draft a to-do or task list, scribble on your screen with a stylus pen, or edit a PDF.
Facebook followers aren't as visible as Instagram's. But finding them is easy with these steps
It's easy to befriend and unfriend people on Facebook. But having a large fan base is an achievement, especially if you're a business owner. People who follow your personal profile or page can see images, videos, GIF content, and other posts you make on their news feeds. Automatically, they join your train when you become friends. However, it isn't necessary, as you can have followers without being friends.
Who needs App Script when you can make custom functions right in Sheets?
People won't even know the difference ... at first glance
Each of the recent major Android updates has provided greater customizability, showing that Google is committed to keeping Android versatile. The most dramatic, feature-heavy update was Android 12, which started rolling out in late 2021. Although the previous versions offered more personalization options than iOS, Android 12 was the first update that let users alter what felt like every aesthetic element, right down to the app icon colors on the home screen. And, with Android 14 available on top-end Google Pixel devices and winging its way to a phone near you, we continue to see additional design and usability options.
Remove unwanted scenes and segments from your videos
Android tablets and smartphones combine video recording and other functionality on one hardware. Capturing moments takes minutes, and shooting excess footage isn't beyond the possibilities. Other times, you download videos from Facebook or the web containing irrelevant scenes. Trimming and cutting removes them and optimizes your video so that it doesn't consume storage.
Identity verification without passwords on your Google account is possible. Learn how to use this new system
A passwordless future awaits you as the struggle to remember your combinations and protect them from hackers continues. In May 2023, Google announced it was adopting passkeys to make sign-ins easier and safer. This new method relies on public-key cryptography, a technology where private and public keys communicate to verify your identity.
Get responses for your research — without actually meeting the participants
Whether you need to get customer feedback or brainstorm ideas for hanging out, Google Forms is a handy tool for gathering people's opinions about anything. It lets you create custom questions in minutes, including multiple-choice, short-answer, and checkbox questions, to build a survey anyone would want to complete.
Instagram follows Snapchat's footsteps and snitches when you take screenshots. Here's how it works
Not many social media apps tell someone when you take a screenshot of the conversation. Snapchat may be the only one prioritizing this feature. Instagram has a similar one, but it only works in Vanish mode. It's a sensible app element, considering that the other party doesn't want you to record the chat in the first place.
Stow your old files for the future!
Archiving has roots stretching back thousands of years and still provides a way to keep memories alive today. But traditional archiving is stressful, considering that you must keep documents away from stains, drips, dust, tears, and numerous factors. As digital-first archiving is now a thing, it's easier to preserve data.
Gmail makes one-on-one calls possible without Google Meet
Gmail offers many unique features beyond sending emails. One is an integration with Google Chat that allows you to hold one-on-one conversations or group people into different spaces. Voice or video call options are also available, although they aren't anything new. Google rolled out those features in December 2021, allowing you to switch between Chat conversations, emails, and calls within one app.
From Afrikaans to Zulu, Google Chrome has 153 language options to choose from
Google Chrome supports language diversity, allowing millions of people to surf the internet with their preferred dialects. Even though the browser's default language is English, you can access over 100 languages to swap from Chrome's selected default. When you land on a page displayed in another language, Chrome has built-in support to translate web pages in foreign languages into any comprehendible language you choose. Now, you don't need to worry about juggling your language settings when exploring the web.
No, Google did not become Alphabet. It became part of a conglomerate instead. Here's how it works
Rebranding gives businesses an image refresh and a competitive edge in an era of dynamic markets. Google underwent it in 2015, creating the Alphabet we now know as its parent company. Its birth has made it possible for its divisions to operate independently. Each remains a part of the company while handling projects beyond the internet search engine, advertising, or making new Google Pixel phones.
Losing your account to hackers and IG's strict community sucks. But it's not a hopeless situation
Losing an Instagram account hurts, especially if you've had it for years. When hackers gain control of it, they can kick you out if they change your login details. You can no longer access your posts, followers, and other content until you try a recovery attempt and verify your identity. Violating Instagram's community guidelines is another way to lose your account. You don't get a strike or warning before it happens.
Run Skype on your Chromebook like an Android app, or use the web version
Skype is still widely used, even with Zoom and Google Meet stealing the spotlight. Statistics show over 300 million active users interact with the free video calling platform. Most prefer to make a video call on their personal computers rather than mobile phones. Downloading and installing it is an easy task for Windows, Mac, and Linux OS, but not for ChromeOS.
Google's email client is not above bugs. Here's how to squash them
Gmail is among the most popular email clients and offers impressive organization features. You can sort through bulk emails with advanced search filters, favorite or archive them, and block spam messages, among other customizations. Its interoperability with Contacts and Calendar makes communication with people and arranging your schedule effortless.
OTPs be gone! Make your 2FA texts vanish without tapping any buttons
Two-factor authentication (2FA) messages block unauthorized access to your accounts. If you activated 2FA, you can choose to receive a one-time password (OTP) on the associated mobile number. It's valid for a few seconds or minutes and verifies your identity. Although they have a temporary use, attackers may intercept OTPs with phishing attempts and enter your account. So you should delete them after use.
Public transportation is often stressful. But you won't notice it with the right app companion
Transit apps make it easier to shuffle between locations, especially when you're new to an area or don't own a vehicle. You'll know when to catch the next bus or train and see real-time changes to the schedule. This way, you can make informed decisions before leaving your house and cut down the waiting time. Also, the apps provide navigational assistance to the station, so you don't need to ask people for directions.