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How to free up storage in Gmail

Google provides 15GB of free storage with every account, but that space is shared across all Google products. That means Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and various other services can all be contributing to your used space. On top of that, it can be hard to tell what exactly in Gmail is using up all your storage.

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This app has tons of free live TV and movies streaming 24/7

If you've never heard of Pluto TV before, we aren't surprised: the app gets shockingly little attention for the tons of truly, actually free streaming video content it offers from huge names like Cartoon Network, FOX, and even major movie studios (there's literally a James Bond channel streaming Bond films 24/7). Pluto does have some limitations and quirks, but overall, if you're looking for stuff you probably won't find on Netflix, or that otherwise is often only available on cable cordcutter services like Hulu TV or YouTube TV, Pluto will surprise you with the breadth and depth of its library. Here's how it all works.

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Working from home? Get the most out of your old laptop by turning it into a Chromebook

Laptops are in short supply globally—especially cheap ones like Chromebooks. But if you have an older Windows 7, 8, or even Vista laptop sitting in a closet somewhere at home, it's possible you can convert it into a secure and relatively performant Chrome OS device with the use of a totally free tool. The benefits are obvious: your old laptop gets a new lease on life, and you don't spend any money. As long your laptop still basically works, it's entirely possible you can be up and running with Chrome OS using just a USB stick and the relatively simple instructions below in minutes.

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How to transfer files from Android to macOS

Android and macOS have never been the biggest friends. While Android app development works great on Apple's desktop OS, the situation is much different for simple file transfers. There is Google's Android File Transfer application, but the program is hopelessly outdated, finicky, and prone to crashes when you transfer a lot of data at a time. There's also a 4GB file limit. You don't have to rely on the tool for transfers, though — there are a ton of third-party apps that solve moving files between Android and macOS much better.

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How to start or join a Google Meet session from Gmail

Back in April, Google rebranded its Hangouts Meet service to Google Meet, and soon after made it available to everyone for free. To make it as easy as possible to start or connect to a Google Meet session, Google has baked the service directly into the web browser version of Gmail. Here's how to start using it today.

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This is how to get the Android 11 Beta on your Pixel phone

The Android 11 Beta is now official, and the era of Developer Previews are over. While Android 11 isn't "done," the switch to betas is a sort of milestone for stability as we approach a final release. There are still risks, but Google's transition to a beta branding means you probably shouldn't run into any serious deal-breaking bugs — though there's still some risk. Part of this change also means you don't need to manually install Android 11 via ADB, like you had to with prior Developer Preview releases. In fact, getting it on your Pixel phone is a snap, and here's how to do it.

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Going Google-less: How to install a custom Android ROM with no Google apps or services

Understandably, some people want to live their digital lives with as little Google as possible, and are willing to go to fairly extensive efforts to get the advertising juggernaut off all of their various devices. On Android, this can prove difficult: almost no smartphone on sale right ships Google-free, and of those that do, there are serious feature gaps to consider, among other things. Enter microG, a way to reduce your reliance on Google's apps, advertising, and tracking by using a de-Googled custom ROM. We'll show you what you need, how to get it set up, and what you need to know about using it.

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The ultimate guide for installing the Google Play Store on Amazon Fire tablets

Amazon's Fire tablets are incredibly popular, mostly because they're incredibly cheap. However, none of them come with access to the Google Play Store, which is how most Android devices download and install applications. Instead, Fire tablets come bundled with the Amazon Appstore, which has a much smaller library and lacks any Google-made apps and services. No YouTube, no Chrome, and so on.

The good news is that it's not incredibly difficult to install the Play Store on a Fire tablet, and the whole process can take as little time as 10 minutes. This complete guide for installing the Play Store on Fire tablets has detailed instructions for every model produced since 2014, with added troubleshooting steps if you run into issues.

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How to play DOS games on Android and Chromebooks

We've already written about some of the best video game emulators for Android, but DOS emulation is a bit more complicated than copying ROMs and pressing play. Taking your favorite old PC games on the go can involve anything from setting up virtual drives to running command-line programs.

That's why we've decided to create this tutorial, which guides you through picking an emulator and how to install your favorite games on both Android devices and Chromebooks. We'll also give you some tips for how to get the best experience.

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10 Android 10 features you should be using on your Galaxy S10 or Note10

Samsung began updating its portfolio of smartphones to Android 10 in November last year. Now that most of even its mid-range handsets have received the upgrade to OneUI 2.0, there's now a pretty sizable number of people out there using Android 10 on Galaxy smartphones. But what's actually new in Android 10, and what are the big features? Some may not be obvious, and most require you to actively explore your phone's settings menus to discover. Here are 10 we think are the biggest, most important changes (and how to use them).

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