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How to Share Screen with Hangouts on iPhone & iPad

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If you’re one of the millions of people using Google Hangouts for group video calls you may appreciate learning how to share your screen with other participants in the video chat.

Google Hangouts video conferencing and screen sharing is useful for meetings, presentations, work, school, personal calls, and so much more, whether you’re in an office, at home, working from home during quarantine, or any other situation. But Google Hangouts Screen Sharing functionality is limited to the business-oriented Hangouts Meet, which comes bundled with G Suite.

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How to Make Group Video Calls with Google Hangouts on iPhone & iPad

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Google Hangouts offers a free and easy way to make group video calls, and you can make and join those calls directly from iPhone and iPad.

Google Hangouts has always been useful, but for some people it may be more relevant and useful than ever right now during quarantine periods, and it offers another option to video conferencing with Zoom Meeting from iPhone and iPad, group FaceTime video chat with iPhone and iPad and Group FaceTime on Mac, Skype, and others too. Thanks to Google Hangouts, you can make group video calls to handle personal, business, and other…

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How to Reverse Image Search with Google on iPhone

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Want to perform a reverse image search with Google from iPhone using Safari or Chrome? If you’ve ever wanted to get information regarding an image, or verify the authenticity of a picture you found on the internet, we wouldn’t be surprised if you tried reverse image searching it on Google.

This excellent tool has been available to users for years now and is widely used on desktop browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. By visiting Google Images, anyone could perform a reverse image search from their computer or tablet within a matter of…

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How to Install iCloud as a Progressive Web App on Android

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Apple’s has redesigned the mobile version of iCloud, and if you live in a divided house—Android and iOS/iPadOS devices living in perfect harmony—you should check out the new website, especially if you’re on an Android smartphone or tablet. In fact, you might even go so far as to install it on your device as a…

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How to Set Up Your iPhone as a Security Key for Google's 2FA

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iOS: If you’re a good Google user, you’re probably used to receiving all sorts of prompts on your device whenever you sign into your account (or in the not-so-great instance when someone else is trying to sign in as you). Android users have been able to use their devices as security keys for some time now, and iPhone…

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How to Stream Apple Music to Your Chromecast From Android

Here’s an exciting development that most folks (myself included) probably never thought would happen: You can now stream Apple Music directly to Google Chromecast from an Android device.

If that sounds too easy, don’t worry; there’s a caveat. Right now, this feature is only present in the latest Apple Music beta, so those who use the regular version of the app will need to make a few changes before you can cast your music:

  1. Opt in to the Apple Music Android app’s beta program via the Google Play Store.
  2. Once you’ve joined, you’ll need to wait for the app to update to the beta version. This might be automatic; this might also be delayed. If you haven’t seen an update go through on Google Play Store, consider resetting your device, checking again, and waiting patiently otherwise.

Once your app is updated to the beta version, you should now be able to stream your Apple Music to a Chromecast.

Screenshot: Brendan Hesse ((Apple Music Android App)
  1. To cast Apple Music to a Chromecast, you must be within range of a Chromecast or Chromecast-equipped device. In the Apple Music app, tap the Cast icon (it looks like a short rectangle with a WiFi signal in the lower left corner).
  2. Select the Chromecast device you wish to use, and the music should start playing on the connected device after a few moments.
  3. You can continue to use your phone and control playback within the Apple Music app as normal, even while casting.

This is a great update for those of us who split the great smartphone divide. It’s still important to remember that beta software can be inconsistent. If you notice any crashes, bugs, or compatibility issues, you can use the same beta program link above to revert back to the app’s regular version.


How to Set a Sleep Timer in Your Podcast App

Falling asleep to podcasts has become the geeky equivalent of a glass of warm milk before bed. It’s so popular, in fact, that there’s an entire podcasting genre dedicated to dry topics and gentle conversations to help lull you to sleep. It’s also a terrible catch-22: put on your favorite podcast before bed, and you might have to go find the last spot you remember hearing once you wake up. If you’re not careful, you might even sleep through an entire playlist of backlogged shows.

Luckily, many podcast apps now include sleep timer features that will automatically pause the episode so you don’t miss out on the latest alien abduction theories or damning true-crime evidence while you’re off in dreamland.

We’ll show you how to set sleep timers in popular apps like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocketcasts, and Spotify, but it’s worth noting that these aren’t the only podcasting apps that include sleep timer support. Similar features usually hide somewhere on a podcast app’s “now playing” and playback menus, or in the app’s settings. Regardless of which app you use, know that you’ll need to enable the sleep timer whenever you’re listening before bedtime (or a quick nap).

Apple Podcasts (iOS)

  1. Open Apple Podcasts.
  2. Tap the “Now Playing” bar at the bottom of the app to expand it.
  3. Scroll down and tap “Sleep Timer.”
  4. Select your desired timer length. The timer can be set for any five-minute interval between 5 and 60 minutes, or for when the current episode ends.
  5. Once you’ve started the timer, the player will now display a countdown clock showing the remaining time before the episode is paused. The timer will only countdown while the podcast is playing—manually pause the podcast, and the timer will also pause.

Google Podcasts (Android)

  1. Open the app.
  2. Load up an episode, or tap the playback bar at the bottom of the screen to expand it.
  3. Tap the crescent moon-shaped icon.
  4. Use the slider to set the timer delay (each pip on the slider equals 5 minutes), or tap “end of episode” to automatically pause playback when the episode completes.
  5. Tap “Start” to begin the timer.

Pocket Casts (Android, iOS)

  1. Launch the Pocket Casts app.
  2. Begin playing a podcast, or tap the small art thumbnail to open the playback menu.
  3. Tap the “zzz” icon.
  4. Select from one of the predefined timer settings, or tap the “+” and “-” buttons at the bottom of the menu to customize the timer delay.
  5. Once set, the “zzz” icon will pulsate to indicate the timer is running. Note that the countdown will continue whether the podcast is playing or paused, but it can be edited with extra time, changed to “end of current episode,” or canceled altogether by tapping the “zzz” icon to open the settings.

Spotify (Android)

Spotify’s sleep timer settings work for both podcasts and music, but only on Android (as of when we published this article).

  1. Open Spotify.
  2. Tap on the “More” icon at the top right of the “Now Playing” screen.
  3. Tap “Sleep Timer.”
  4. Set the timer length (between 5 and 60 minutes, or end of current episode/track).
  5. You can also open the Sleep Timer menu while the countdown is running to manually pause it.


How to Back up Your Personal Data on iOS and Android

Phones break or get lost all the time, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your personal data when and if that happens. In the video above, I go over the basics of backing up your Apple and Android devices.

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