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Always Play the Beta of Games You Preorder Always Play the Beta of Games You Preorder

You really shouldn’t preorder video games. Getting some shiny, exclusive item when the game arrives isn’t worth gambling $60 for an experience that’s buggy on launch day or not as fun as you thought it would be once you start playing.

Make Sure You Take Work Breaks with the Mac App 'Time Out' Make Sure You Take Work Breaks with the Mac App 'Time Out'

macOS: I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy. Sometimes, the sheer amount of crap you have to deal with can almost feel overwhelming, but a good way to get control of your chaotic to-do list without going crazy is to make sure you’re getting enough downtime, too.

How to Find Stories and Messages in Snapchat's Latest Redesign How to Find Stories and Messages in Snapchat's Latest Redesign

Earlier this year, Snapchat rolled out a drastic redesign meant to make the confusing social network a little easier for newcomers to understand. But the new layout flopped, and now Snapchat is admitting defeat with a second redesign that undoes almost all of those changes.

How to Use Android P's Confusing New Gesture Controls

Android P comes packed full of exciting new features, but it also introduces a huge change in how you’ll navigate your smartphone. Google is replacing the virtual navigation buttons we know and love with a single pill-shaped icon and a whole bunch of swiping.

Keep Track of Everything on Your Clipboard With the Clipy App for Mac Keep Track of Everything on Your Clipboard With the Clipy App for Mac

Mac: As much as we’d love it, Clipy is not a macOS version of Clippy, that little animated Windows paperclip that asks you how you’re doing and gives you useful life advice. It’s a must-have utility that makes your macOS clipboard ten times more powerful, if there was any way to measure that sort of thing.

How to Remove Google Apps From Your Android Phone How to Remove Google Apps From Your Android Phone

Android: Google and Android are typically a package deal. Even if Samsung or Sony makes your phone, you’ll still find it loaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, and all the other apps that makes up Google Play Services. But it’s possible to totally “de-Google” your Android device—strange as that sentence is…

Force Archive Websites to Pick up Webpages with This Handy Tool Force Archive Websites to Pick up Webpages with This Handy Tool

Website archive services like the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine are incredibly useful for when you need to see old versions of sites—either for nostalgia or because you’re looking for a specific bit of information that has since been overwritten or deleted (like a story you wrote for a former employer, for…

How to Delay Getting the Windows 10 April 2018 Update How to Delay Getting the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Microsoft is officially rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, formerly known as the Spring Creators Update, to computers tomorrow. While that might mean you’ll get it first thing, the company typically rolls those updates out slowly, which means you also might be waiting for a bit. If you’re anxious to get it…

If You're an iPhone-loving Windows User, You'll Want iTunes From the Windows Store If You're an iPhone-loving Windows User, You'll Want iTunes From the Windows Store

Before we begin, Windows users, let’s start the affirmation: We use Windows. We all agree that iTunes has a terrible design. We will throw a party if Apple ever modernizes its app, but we hate that iTunes is the best possible option for synchronizing content with our iPhones and iPads. 

Back Up and Clone Your Hard Drive with Macrium Reflect Back Up and Clone Your Hard Drive with Macrium Reflect

Our Windows App of the Week isn’t something you’ll probably have to use very often—we hope—but it’s a great tool if you’re upgrading your system and need to move everything from an old hard drive to a new drive.

Identify All the Devices on Your Network Easily With the Fing App  Identify All the Devices on Your Network Easily With the Fing App 

What’s on your network? You can always pull up your router’s web interface to get a sense of which devices are connected, but you’re probably just going to get a list of MAC addresses and assigned IPs—not very helpful. The app Fing - Network Scanner (iOS, Android) is a great, free way to get a better idea of all the…

macOS App of the Week: Amphetamine macOS App of the Week: Amphetamine

Go ahead and get your Breaking Bad jokes out of your system. We’ll wait. Once you’re done, we recommend installing Amphetamine as soon as you can. This app is a super-tiny download, and it’s like giving your macOS machine caffeine pills. Once activated, your system will stop going to sleep.

Windows App of the Week: WinDirStat Windows App of the Week: WinDirStat

This one’s almost a cop-out, since all Windows users should know about WinDirStat by now. This app has been out for nearly 15 years, and it’s one of the most helpful tools you can use to clean up your hard drive.

iOS/Android App of the Week: WideProtect and Mr. Number iOS/Android App of the Week: WideProtect and Mr. Number

There are plenty of apps you can use to manage all the annoying phone calls you get on a regular basis—scammy calls, robocalls, survey calls, and anything else that doesn’t fall into the category of “calls from real people about things I care about.” Sometimes, though, you need to bust out the nuke. For iOS, that’s …

macOS App of the Week: SymbolicLinker macOS App of the Week: SymbolicLinker

Just because we love symbolic links on Windows so much—thanks, Steam Mover—we’re going to show you a handy macOS app that lets you set up symbolic links on Apple’s operating system as well.

Windows App of the Week: Steam Mover Windows App of the Week: Steam Mover

If you’ve been gaming on Valve’s Steam service for a decent amount of time, you’ve probably heard of Steam Mover. It’s a great tool for transferring your multi-gigabyte Steam games to different hard drives on your system, in case your primary hard drive is running out of space (or bursting at the seams).

iOS/Android App of the Week: Microsoft Edge iOS/Android App of the Week: Microsoft Edge

If you use Microsoft’s Edge browser in any capacity, congratulations! You’re incredibly rare, so much so that services like Statcounter don’t even have your browser of choice in its top-six list.

macOS App of the Week: Status Clock macOS App of the Week: Status Clock

It makes us sad that Apple has basically abandoned the App Store on macOS. Just take a look at the experience you get on your smartphone or tablet compared to the one you get on your laptop—it’s night and day. That’s OK, though; we’re more than happy to provide recommendations for amazing macOS apps even if Apple…

Windows App of the Week: Rufus Windows App of the Week: Rufus

We’re starting a few new weekly features at Lifehacker: profiles of must-have, typically free apps. We’re going to split these up by platform throughout the week, just in case you’re a Windows or macOS loyalist and have sworn to never (ever) use the other operating system.

How to Install Software on Linux How to Install Software on Linux

So you’ve made the switch to Linux. Or you’re thinking of making the switch. But you have questions that might be stopping you from fully diving in. One of the biggest concerns most new users have is, “What software is available and how do I install it?”

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