A collection of tutorials, tips, and tricks from the 9to5Google team helping you fix and get the most out of Android, Google Assistant, Chromebooks, Android TV, and more.
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How to find songs that played near you with your Google Pixel
One of the worst things to happen is hearing a song play, thinking you’ll remember it to find later, only to completely forget. Fortunately, your Pixel has a feature called Now Playing. It lets you identify playing songs in the background so you can easily add any song you hear to your library. On top of that, you can find songs that played near your Pixel over a week ago in your Now Playing history. Here’s how to do it.
how-to Stories May 4
What are Chrome Journeys and how do you use them?
Late last year, Google started testing out a new feature called “Journeys” for Chrome. This feature would allow users to utilize their Chrome history in a more impactful way by showing you not only the sites you’ve visited recently, but how you got there and what you found along the way. Sound cool? This guide will take you through Chrome Journeys and explain how to use the feature.
how-to Stories May 3
Hands down, one of the very best features to live on the Google Pixel is its call screening feature. The ability to discern a caller’s intention before even picking up is fantastic and makes handling calls and fighting spambots much easier. On the Pixel, these settings are fully customizable and allow you to change what kind of calls get screened. This guide will bring you through all of the basics.
how-to Stories April 27
How to restore trashed photos in Google Photos
We’ve all been there. For some reason or another, a photo you want to find has ended up in the trash, and you need to find it again. Fortunately, Google Photos makes it easy to restore your pictures even after they’ve been “deleted.” This guide will explain how to restore your trashed photos in Google Photos.
How to delete your Twitter account on Android
Say goodbye and delete your Twitter account. At least for now.
Twitter has had its ups and downs in recent years, and though no one really knows for sure what’s to come of its new ownership, there are reasons you might want to exit. This guide will explain how to delete your Twitter account on Android so you can move on to bigger and better things.
how-to Stories April 25
How to delete and uninstall apps
It would be insane to think that every app you ever install on your phone would be useful or interesting forever. Uninstalling or deleting apps is a natural part of owning an Android device, meaning you need to know how to do it. This guide will take you through the ins and outs of uninstalling and deleting apps on your Android device.
how-to Stories April 22
Gboard is your dedicated GIF keyboard.
GIFs have become an integral part of communication in the last few years. Because of that, it makes sense that Google’s keyboard, also known as Gboard, can be a dedicated GIF keyboard on any phone or tablet you own, including Android and iOS devices. This guide will go through how you can use it to find GIFs just as easily as taking a breath.
how-to Stories April 21
Here’s what you can do with RCS and Google Messages – and why it’s worth trying
While straightforward SMS texting isn’t perfect by any means, the adoption of the RCS standard means you can do pretty neat things in Google Messages that you couldn’t for a very long time. Follow along to learn a few tips and tricks for using RCS messaging and Google Messages features to the fullest.
Turn off weather notifications on the Google Pixel
Space in your notification tray is generally pretty valuable, so if one or two notifications are constantly around, it can feel clogged up and inefficient. That’s what Google’s weather notifications can feel like on your Pixel. So how do you disable them? Well, there are a couple of ways.
how-to Stories April 20
Screen casting comes naturally to Google TV
Google TV is an OS that debuted on Google’s Chromecast. As it would happen, the Chromecast is a great tool for displaying a shared screen from your Android phone or tablet. It’s literally in the name. So how do you cast your screen to Google TV? This guide will take you through the ins and outs.
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Do you ever get a little swipe-happy and end up deleting multiple notifications that may or may not have been important? How do you get it back? Fortunately, a little feature called Notification History exists on Android for Pixel, Samsung devices, and OnePlus phones and is meant for that exact scenario. Here’s how it works.
how-to Stories April 12
Subscriptions can get away from you, especially when you forget you signed up for anything to begin with. That’s exactly why you need to know how to easily cancel any Android app subscription at any moment, right from the Google Play Store. Here’s how you can do that.
We could all use a little bit of excitement and nostalgia on our daily commutes or long road trips. That being said, Waze is releasing a new limited-time feature called “Retro Mode” which allows users to switch the vibe up and head to a different decade.
how-to Stories April 11
There are tons of music streaming services out there, and Apple Music is one of the more popular ones for offering lossless playback at a reasonable price. So how do you listen to your music from Apple Music on Google Home devices? Well, it’s quite easy. This guide will take you through it step by step.
How to turn on or off homescreen rotation on your Pixel
Homescreen rotation on the Pixel is one of those settings that’s completely based on preference. Some people prefer to leave it on and use their device in landscape while others would prefer to keep it in portrait. No matter which you prefer, there’s an easy way to turn the feature on and off.
how-to Stories April 8
Why your phone is overheating, and what you should do about it
Let’s face it: Summer is coming and it gon’ get hawt, y’all. In all seriousness, you’re gearing up for the warmest time of year wherein your phone is going to come across some high temperatures. So what should you do to avoid it, and if it does happen, how can you combat your phone overheating? This guide will provide some helpful tips for keeping your Pixel cool and avoiding overheating.
how-to Stories April 7
Some Samsung apps can’t be updated through the Play Store: Here’s how to do it
Samsung’s Galaxy phones are undoubtedly winners. In fact, they make up the majority of Android phones in use. But even though they run Android, there are a few apps that can’t be updated through the Google Play Store. Follow along to learn how to update certain Samsung apps.
how-to Stories April 6
For a lot of Android users, Gmail is the go-to email application. This isn’t only because it almost always comes preinstalled on devices, but it works well. One feature that works particularly well is swipe actions. So what are they and how can you use them? This guide digs into that.
how-to Stories April 5
Beta programs allow you to experience cool new features in certain apps that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see until full release. So how do you get early access to Google’s features? This guide will show you how to join beta programs on the Google Play Store and what apps allow you to do that.
Even in the age of streaming services, sometimes purchasing movies and TV series to own them is the better play; this is especially true when looking at services like Netflix that change their terms at a moment’s notice. That being the case, Family Sharing is a fantastic tool from Google that lets you share all of your purchases media on Google TV.
how-to Stories April 4
There are few things worse than opening up your Bluetooth menu to see five different devices, all with similar names. Differentiating them takes too much time, and it feels like a hassle. Fortunately, you can rename all of your Bluetooth accessories on your Android device, making it easy to set them apart.
There are plenty of reasons to want to factory reset your Galaxy Watch 4. Though it’s a fantastic watch, it isn’t resistant to slowing down like any other device over time. One way to combat that is to perform a factory reset, deleting everything on the watch and starting over. Here’s how you can do that.
how-to Stories April 1
In Google Chrome, Bookmarks tend to be one of those features that prove truly divisive among users. You either love them and use them often, or you’d rather not mess with cluttering up your browser. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to manage and hide them in Chrome using something called the Side Panel.
how-to Stories March 31
Google Home is at the forefront of smart home automation. That being the case, we expect heavy customization and the ability to change minute details depending on how we like our homes to run. One of those fine details is being able to delay certain actions in Google Home’s Assistant Routines.
If you ever thought that the current list of premade emojis out there was too restrictive, then you’re in luck. Gboard has a feature set called the Emoji Kitchen, wherein you can combine emojis to make some interesting hybrids. This guide will take you through how to do exactly that.
how-to Stories March 30
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How to set Google Chrome as your default browser on Windows 11
Google Chrome is an extremely powerful web browser. It becomes even more capable once you start adding extensions to make tasks easier and faster. Though, if you’re setting your default browser to Google Chrome on Windows 11, there are a few things to keep in mind.
how-to Stories March 28
Sometimes, we all spend a little too much time on our devices. The idea behind Digital Wellbeing is to ensure the user is being mindful of the time spent on their device; the Digital Wellbeing widget makes that time fully visible, right in front of you.
how-to Stories March 25
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There’s nothing worse than trying to find your way when suddenly you run out of signal and can’t view your map. Fortunately, Google Maps has a feature for downloading maps for offline use. Here’s how to use it.
Cellular plans come in all shapes and sizes, and not all are created equally. No matter what kind of plan you’re on, you might be able to benefit from an easy way to manage your data right in your device’s settings. This guide will take you through setting and managing cellular data limits on your Pixel, so you can save mobile data on Android.
how-to Stories March 23
Many an Android phone have hidden features that don’t get the limelight all too often. One of these features, in my opinion, is Rules. What are they? Well, let’s dig in and find out how to use Rules on the Pixel.
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There’s nothing less productive than staring at lists upon lists that are all the same shade of gray. Fortunately, Google Keep now lets you change how your notes look to help you keep things organized and visually pleasing with colors and backgrounds. Here’s how.
how-to Stories March 16
How to check your internet speed from Google’s homepage and other sites
There are a lot of great ways to check and test your internet speeds. Maybe you’re trying to figure out your internet connection’s download and upload speeds to ensure your network is working correctly, or perhaps you just want to show your friends how fast your internet is for some reason. One great way to check your speeds, if you want, is to use Google. Of course, there are other options too. Here’s how.
how-to Stories March 14
If you’ve been using Google Photos for any amount of time, you know that photos can stack up fast. That’s why you need to know how to export Google Photos safely if you ever need to move to a different service, like Apple’s iCloud. This guide will explain how you can use Takeout, a service by Google, in order to export your images.
how-to Stories March 10
Being able to manage and customize your notifications on a device is a key part of being able to enjoy the experience. On Android, you have a few different options for managing notifications to fit your needs. This guide will walk you through how you can get those notifications in check.
how-to Stories March 8
Lockdown is a feature on Google Pixel meant to protect your phone if someone tries to access it without permission — something no one wants, but some people have experienced, unfortunately. This guide will go through exactly how to enable the feature.
how-to Stories March 7
On Android, there are a couple of ways of accessing Google News, and there are a few ways to customize your Google News and Google Discover feed. This guide will take you through how to block certain sources, tell Google what you’re interested in, and save the stories you really like.
how-to Stories March 4
Samsung’s One UI 4 brings a lot of customization to Galaxy devices, including the ability to change up the Quick Panel. So what is the Quick Panel, and what can you do with it? This guide will take you through the details step by step.
Android has a lot of features that have the potential to make things a little easier. Sometimes, those features are a little out of the way and hidden. One prime example is the Google Assistant Snapshot feature. This guide will take you through what Snapshot is and how you can use it.
how-to Stories March 3
Live Captions is one of those features you never really realized you needed until it was available. In essence, it captions every bit of audio that your device plays for easy accessibility. This guide will take you through how to enable it or disable it on your Android 12 device, as well as a couple of tips and tricks.
how-to Stories February 28
Here’s what you need to know about using Google Password manager
Google’s Password Manager is an ecosystem-wide service for users of Google Chrome and Android. Password Manager saves the credentials you use most and helps you log in easily while on Google Chrome. This guide takes a look at whether Password Manager is safe, walks you through how to use the feature, and highlights unique aspects of the service.
how-to Stories February 24
How to use Android 12’s new Internet quick settings tile