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From helping to understand the difference between two phones to instructions on getting more from your devices, this section aims to educate. We cover everything from the most very basic stuff all the way up to more detailed and focused topics.

What age should children get their first phone?

Is there a particular age that parents should look to when considering giving their child its first phone? What factors determine when the time is right?

Android Auto missing on your phone? Here’s how to get it back

Google is slowly moving Android Auto to the background and even hiding it on some phones. Here's how to get to the Auto settings if you're having trouble.

What is an IMEI and how do I check it?

An IMEI is a unique way to identify your phone and there are a number of reasons you may need to use it. Here's what you need to know about the IMEI.

Google Play Points: Answers to your common questions

What are Google Play Points and how are they earned? What are the benefits? Here are answers to common questions surrounding the rewards program.

Why data speeds are slower on MVNO networks

MVNO networks allow for you to save money, but those savings come at a cost, and that cost is your data speed.

Selling a phone? Do these things first

Looking to pick up a new handset for yourself? What are you doing with the old one? Here are some tips and best practices for selling a phone.

How to snooze notifications in Android 10

Android excels at notifications with a rich interactive system. One hidden option is to temporarily snooze notifications and here's how to turn it on.

How to play PS4 games with your Android device using Remote Play

Here's how you can get started with Remote Play to enjoy your PlayStation 4 games on your Android devices.

Where to buy the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Want the brand new Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL? Click here to learn the pricing information, availability and more for the flagship phones.

How to auto-delete your Google location and activity history

Google keeps a ton of data about your phone usage, search, and location. Fortunately, there's a way to make sure this data gets automatically deleted.

What are Routines in the Google Home app, and how do you use them?

Ever wanted to automate several actions at once in your smart home? Here's how to set up and use Routines in the Google Home app.

How to get Android 10’s Focus Mode for your phone now

Google offers up another way to help Android users put phones and get back to life. Called Focus Mode, it arrives in Android 10. Here's how to get it now.

Upgrading your phone? Here’s what to do if you’re selling the old one

If you're looking to sell your phone, you need to take a few steps to ensure peace of mind on both sides of the deal. We're here to help guide you.

How to pair a Bluetooth speaker with your Google Home or Home Mini

If you've ever wanted some better sound out of your Google Home or Home Mini speaker, then check out our guide on how to connect a Bluetooth speaker.

How to set up your personal Voice Match for Google Assistant

Google Assistant is an awesome service, but without your unique voice, it has limits. Here's how to match your Voice Match to your Google account.

The best Android phones available at Cricket Wireless

On the hunt for a new phone or carrier? Check out what Cricket Wireless, an AT&T prepaid brand, has in store. These are the best phones of the bunch.

Best of CES 2020

Best of CES 2020

CES 2020 has come and gone, leaving a whole slew of new and interesting technology in its wake. We've gathered up our favorite products from the event.
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