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Amazon's wildly popular line of affordable Fire Tablets has grown more capable and more powerful over the years (less politely: less awful). But even with time and technical advancement, no amount of wishful thinking can make them ship with out-of-the-box access to Google Play Store. And while Amazon's own Appstore does have some apps and games, it's still missing hugely popular platforms and services like YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, and more.
The good news, though, is that you can get the Play Store on your Fire Tablet, and you can be up and running in under 10 minutes! This guide will take through the required steps fr installing the Play Store on your Fire tab, with detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014.
Part of growing up is making sure that your affairs stay in order, no matter what might happen. In the last few decades, the scope of that has expanded to include the digital realm: what happens to all of your online accounts after you're gone? Google has a built-in mechanism for dealing with this called Inactive Account Settings. Unfortunately it's neither as easy nor as straightforward as it could be.
Google would be very happy if you used its Chat application, so pleased that it's pushing it beyond the boundaries of its actual app. Last month the tool became available to regular users (who don't pay for access to Google Workspace), and now its integration with Gmail is available to them, too. But it isn't turned on by default, so if you'd like to use it, you have to go digging in the settings menu.
If you're an Android user, Google has a scary amount of information on you, and matters get worse if you're deeply embedded in the company's app ecosystem — getting locked out of your Google account can have serious consequences then. Thankfully, Android is open source, so it's possible to evade Google without having to leave the platform altogether — just look at Amazon's tablets or Huawei's Google-less phones. But if you'd rather be completely independent from big corporations, going for a free and open-source custom ROM built on top of Android's core might be the best solution.
A while back T-Mobile announced that it's going to start selling its customer data to third party advertisers. Well, not so much "announced" as "snuck into a modified terms of service and told people they'd have to manually opt out if they didn't like it." It's not very cash money of the "un-carrier," as it's... well, all about the money.
Some Google apps are failing to install on Android 11 when you try to sideload the latest versions from a trustworthy source like our sister site APK Mirror. Ever since Google released the new Android OS, an "The new package couldn't be installed because the verification did not succeed" (INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE) error keeps popping up for some people who want to install the most recent version of the Google Camera or the Google Recorder, for example.
Gmail is one of Google's best products, as it's far more than just a simple service for sending and receiving email. It has dozens of powerful features lurking under the surface to help you manage the onslaught of messages, which can come in handy during this age of increased remote work. With the right know-how, you can tell Gmail to find and sort your messages exactly how you want, potentially saving you many hours of micro-managing your inbox.
In this guide, we'll go over the basics of Gmail search, then cover the more advanced filters. Whether you just want to find specific messages or set up long-term filters to help with overflowing inboxes, you've come to the right place.
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are a popular way to stay safe online. When you connect to a VPN, all outgoing network traffic is funneled through an external server. Your internet service provider can't tell what sites you visit (only that you're using a VPN) or inject content into webpages. VPNs are also commonly used to bypass blocked websites and to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks.
Unfortunately, using certain VPN providers can be just as dangerous as going without a VPN in the first place.
For most of the service's first year, Stadia players were frustrated by their inability to share games with family members. If you and your kids or spouse (or roommates, or whoever) wanted to play the same game with more than one save file, you had to buy multiple copies. But no more! Earlier this month, Google finally relented and enabled family sharing on Stadia. Here's how to set it up.
Earlier this month, Epic Games released a Fortnite update that circumvented Apple and Google's in-app payments, which led to the game being removed from the App Store and Play Store. However, the open nature of Android means you can still play the game (and the latest Season 4 update), you just have to jump through a few hoops.