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How to free up storage space on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon's Fire tablets are usually a great value, but they typically come with less internal storage than most smartphones. The cheapest models come with just 16GB of space, with less than that available for downloading apps and storing data.

In this guide, we'll go over some ways you can clear up the junk on your Fire tablet.

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How to block spam notifications and rogue ads on Android

Many mobile apps and games include advertisements, which is perfectly fine — the developers have to eat, after all. However, some malicious applications go a step further by sending push notifications containing advertisements, or taking over your entire screen when you don't even have the app open. In a few cases, apps have even been caught pushing ads when the phone is asleep or on the lock screen.

Malicious apps like those shouldn't have been allowed onto the Play Store in the first place, but if you're dealing with annoying spam notifications or full-screen popups, you've come to the right place.

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Here's how to get the battery percentage back on Android 10

Android 10 includes a few changes to the status bar and quick settings panel. One of those is that the battery percentage is no longer displayed at the top of the quick settings, only an estimate of how much time is remaining until your phone dies. Thankfully, it's easy to get the percentage back.

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[Update: Two new offers] Reminder: Grab your Chromebook freebies, including INKredible Pro and Noteshelf

If you've bought any Chromebook in recent times, you've probably redeemed your 100GB Drive storage perk, but Google offers more freebies from time to time, and it's a shame not to pick them up.

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How to use assignable reminders on Google Assistant

A couple of weeks ago, Google announced a new and very useful Assistant feature: the ability to set reminders and assign them to someone else in your family or household. The option is now live for some users in English (US, UK, Australia) and works just as expected. You can assign a time or location reminder to someone, change it or delete it, check on their progress, and more. So let's take a look at how this works.

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How to fully control YouTube on your TV from your phone, with voice search and queue management

If you have an Android TV (ATV) device, be it a full TV set or a set-top box like the Nvidia Shield TV, you may have noticed one idiosyncrasy in the experience when trying to cast to it from your phone: despite the ATV having a built-in full-fledged YouTube app, casting opens the bare-bones YouTube Chromecast interface. However, there's a little known way to completely control the main app, even if you're not on the same network, with voice search and queue management.

Better yet, this method should work on all TVs that have a YouTube app, not just ATV. That includes the PS4, Xbox One X, Fire TV, and more.

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How to back up your SMS text messages on Android

Much of the world has moved on from SMS, but it's still one of the most popular methods of sending messages in the US. It's an unfortunate requirement here for many, and it probably will be until RCS gets off the ground. And if you're the data-hoarding type, then you might want to keep those SMS messages around for later reference — either in cold storage or an easily accessed format. But even bringing them with you from device to device isn't actually that hard, and we're glad to walk you through the different ways to do it.

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How to add a homescreen shortcut to your Google Assistant reminders

A few weeks ago, Google rolled out an update to reminders that switched the interface from a native in-app one to a web-based UI (presumably only for the English language). As a result, we've been discovering several related changes, some of them good like the unbundled notifications, others bad like the reliance on Assistant and lack of support for G Suite users. Today's discovery falls on the positive side of the scale: reminders can now be accessed through a browser and can thus be pinned to your homescreen.

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Tip: If you still don't have the new Android Auto, check your app settings

Google started rolling out the new Android Auto earlier this month, and it's an overall improvement. You should have the updated interface already, but we've heard from a number of Android Auto users who haven't seen the update appear automatically. Luckily, there's a quick fix.

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