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How to Use Your Phone When the Screen Is Cracked How to Use Your Phone When the Screen Is Cracked

You drop your phone and the screen shatters. Ugh. While you’ve probably been smart about putting your critical data on the cloud—right?—there might be some things you still want to extract from your smartphone before you take it in for repair or swap it out for a new one. Or you not be in a position to afford a new…

How to Perform a Reverse Image Search the Easy Way How to Perform a Reverse Image Search the Easy Way

If you’ve stumbled across an image on the internet—perhaps on your favorite social media site—and you want to know more about it, you can always ask the person responsible for the post. Odds are good that they probably just cribbed the image from somewhere else, and don’t know any more about where it came from. But…

How to Find and Delete Your Google Maps History How to Find and Delete Your Google Maps History

You may think you’ve turned Google’s location tracking history off, but according to a new Associated Press report released today, you might be wrong.

How to Disable the Automatic Wifi Wakeup Feature in Android Pie How to Disable the Automatic Wifi Wakeup Feature in Android Pie

If you’ve updated to Android 9 Pie, you may have noticed that your smartphone will now automatically turn on your wifi connection—if you’ve turned it off—when you’re near familiar network with a strong signal. This feature, which debuted in Android Oreo, is now flipped on by default in Android Pie.

How to Find Google's New Built-In Breathing Exercise How to Find Google's New Built-In Breathing Exercise

Google has given us the best email service, the best Maps app, one of the best AI assistants, and the best search engine. And now, they’re getting into the mindfulness game, as well.

This Chrome Extension Alerts You If a Website Was Recently Hacked This Chrome Extension Alerts You If a Website Was Recently Hacked

Chrome: Keeping up on the latest security information is tough, and odds are good that you don’t think about website hacks very much unless you see a headline that a particular site or service exposed your user name and password.

The Google Lens-Bing Visual Search Showdown The Google Lens-Bing Visual Search Showdown

It feels like Google has held the market on “point your camera at it to learn more” technology for some time now, first through its Translate app, which let you target signs in foreign languages with your smartphone’s camera and receive translations on the fly, and now via Lens, which expands this technology to give…

How to Share Your Location (and See Friends' Remaining Battery Life) on Google Maps How to Share Your Location (and See Friends' Remaining Battery Life) on Google Maps

When you’re traveling with a larger group, you seem to always be receiving or sending a “Where are you guys?!” text, particularly this time of year when music festivals are in full swing.

Discover Airbnb Locations to Visit in Every New Browser Tab Discover Airbnb Locations to Visit in Every New Browser Tab

Chrome: If you’re a travel junkie—or, better yet, need a little inspiration to plan your next trip—you’re going to love the Chrome extension “Random bnb.” It’s incredibly simple, but it does a great job of reminding you that there are gorgeous places in the world you can stay at right now and, in some cases, not even…

The Coolest Features to Try in Chrome Canary The Coolest Features to Try in Chrome Canary

The standard or “stable” version of Google Chrome offers plenty of handy customizations and quality-of-life improvements, but if you want to get the latest experimental features before anyone else, you’ll want to check out Chrome Canary.

Track Your Online Spending at the Sites Where You Shop Track Your Online Spending at the Sites Where You Shop

Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh,…

The Easiest Way to Load a Broken Webpage The Easiest Way to Load a Broken Webpage

Say a webpage isn’t loading right. Maybe it’s collapsed from too much traffic after going viral on Reddit. Maybe it’s blocked in your country thanks to a law like GDPR. Maybe it was recently deleted. Usually Google has a saved copy of that page. And the quickest way to get that saved copy is to type cache: in the…

Why Did iCloud Delete All of My Photos? Why Did iCloud Delete All of My Photos?

We’re turning the lens around for this week’s Tech 911. Lifehacker Managing Editor Virginia Smith posed a question in our internal Slack channel that cuts wide and deep: “It’s safe to delete photos from my iPhone, right?”

Here's What Chrome's New Security Warnings Actually Mean Here's What Chrome's New Security Warnings Actually Mean

Chrome fans might have noticed a little change in their browsers today. Assuming you’re running Chrome’s latest iteration, version 68, you’ll now see a big “not secure” button in the address bar whenever you pull up a website that starts with http:// instead of https://. (For what it’s worth, I’m using Chrome version…

This Extension Lets You Hide Wasted Hours in Google Calendar's Redesign This Extension Lets You Hide Wasted Hours in Google Calendar's Redesign

Google’s updated version of Calendar—which you can no longer opt out of—is lovely to look at and easier to work with than its previous version. However, the omission of one major feature from Calendar’s new “material design” version seems to be pissing off a number of users (including yours truly): the ability to…

How to Back Up Your Gmail and View .MBOX Files How to Back Up Your Gmail and View .MBOX Files

There are many reasons you might want to back up your Gmail account, such as: It’s good to have a copy of your most-important data; you’re about to be fired from your job and you want to save everything you did; you’d just like a little extra protection in case someone hacks your account and takes it over (or deletes…

How to Fix Chrome's Checkboxes and Buttons in macOS Mojave How to Fix Chrome's Checkboxes and Buttons in macOS Mojave

It’s a pretty specific issue, but an annoying one. If you’re playing around with the latest public beta for Apple’s macOS Mojave—as of when we wrote this article—and you’re a big fan of Chrome, you might have wondered where your checkboxes and (some) website buttons have gone.

How to Get Restaurant Recommendations on Google Maps With the Redesigned Explore Tab How to Get Restaurant Recommendations on Google Maps With the Redesigned Explore Tab

Google Maps gets you directions to where you’re going, but now it can also direct on your quest to try all the best tacos in town.

How to Avoid July 4th Traffic How to Avoid July 4th Traffic

Holiday traffic is rush hour on steroids. Holiday travelers often include masses of people who don’t typically drive, and they’re all inevitably driving on the roads you need to take to get to your destination.

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