Tips for new tech devices

Tech gear is a perennially popular holiday gift. If you’re the proud owner of a new phone, tablet, computer or other device — or you provide tech support for family and friends with new devices — we’re here to help.

Check out and share these stories, which can help you get the most out of a new Android or iOS device, Chromebook, Mac, or Windows PC.

Android devices

The smart way to switch to a new Android phone

Here’s how to transfer data, apps, contacts, and more from your old Android phone to a new one, along with tips for a smooth transition.

The best Android apps for business in 2022

Our Android expert highlights the standout apps in the categories that matter most to busy professionals: office apps, privacy and security apps, email and texting apps, note-taking apps, apps for team collaboration, apps for organizing your life, and more.

18 advanced tips for Android 11

Android 12 may be the talk of the town, but for the vast majority of phones right now, Android 11 is still the most current software available. And it’s not too late to make the most of it.

Got a Pixel? Don’t miss these 8 buried Android 12 treasures

Pixel owners, prepare for productivity: Android 12 holds some spectacular new possibilities for your phone.

7 new hidden Pixel treasures to find in Android 12

Hey, Pixel owners: Think you’ve found all that Android 12 has to offer on your Google-made phone? Think again.

5 Android 12 features you can bring to any phone today

New phone didn’t come with Android 12? Here’s how to recreate some of the more interesting additions from Google’s latest and greatest Android software.

13 easy ways to cut back on data use in Android

Trimming back your Android data use can save you or your employer a bundle on your phone bill — and with little downside. So what are you waiting for?

How to print and scan with Android

Handle paper documents like a pro with this simple guide to Android printing and scanning.

10 hidden tricks for making the most of Android gestures

Get around your phone faster than ever with these easy-to-miss advanced shortcuts for Android’s current gesture system.

Android security checkup: 16 steps to a safer phone

Android security doesn’t have to be a source of stress. These level-headed steps are all you need to keep the boogeyman at bay.

The ultimate guide to privacy on Android

Take back control and decide exactly how information is used on your Android phone.

How to better separate your work and personal life on Android

With a little creative configuring, you can create totally separate work and personal profiles on any Android phone — and give your brain some actual time off.

iPhone to Android: The ultimate switching guide

Here’s everything you need to successfully switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel or any other Android device.

Android file transfer: How to move data between your phone and computer

Moving files from your Android device to a Windows PC or Mac (and vice versa) doesn’t have to be difficult — or dependent on any cloud services.

How to back up Android devices: The complete guide

Make sure all your important data is always synced and protected with this easy-to-follow Android backup guide.

12 fast fixes for common Android problems

Solve annoying issues and get any phone in tip-top shape with these easy-to-implement, expert-approved solutions.

Android security: Analysis, advice, and next-level knowledge

Find even more Android security tips and techniques, along with a healthy dose of clear-eyed analysis, at this comprehensive collection of resources.

For even more Android know-how, see 12 Android tips you shouldn’t miss from 2021 and keep up with all things Android at our Android Intelligence blog.

iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches

6 iPhone hacks to make you more productive

There are many ways to be more productive with your iPhone. Here’s a collection of them.

20+ iOS 15 changes that help you get things done

These are some of the most obscure (or exciting) features now available to anyone with an iPhone running iOS 15.

10 helpful iPhone tips to use at work

These tips should help you save a little time as we explore the future of work.

How to use widgets on iPad and iPhone

Home screen widgets on iPads and iPhones could be useful to enterprise professionals.

Make the most of the Contacts widget for iPhones and iPads

The Home Screen widget turns your device into a powerful contact and communication management system.

8+ useful tips for Notes on iPhone, iPad, Mac

Do you use Apple’s Notes app? It has become an incredibly useful tool that even boasts some collaboration features to help work in teams.

How Apple Watch can help you get work done

Here’s a short collection of Apple Watch tools and how to use them to be more productive.

10+ tips for better iPhone battery life

There’s nothing worse than running out of power when you’re trying to get somewhere or need to get work done. Here’s how to stave off that situation.

How to make more effective use of Mail on iPhone and iPad

Most iPhone and iPad users want to get more from Apple’s email app. Here’s how.

How to make Spotlight work for you

Are you getting the most out of Spotlight search on your Apple device?

How to stay as private as possible on Apple’s iPad and iPhone

Use Apple’s tools to protect your privacy on an iOS device.

How to use iCloud Keychain to audit your passwords

It’s never a bad time to double-check password and account security. Here’s how.

16+ iPhone tips to get things done faster

A short collection our Apple blogger’s favorite iPhone tips to get things done a little quicker.

12+ essential iPad productivity tips

These iPad tips should help you get things done more efficiently.

Essential iPad tips to help you work from home

This extensive collection of tips should help you become more productive when using your iPad to get work done.

10+ Siri tips to help you work at home

If you are following the science of pandemics, you’re still working at home. So how can Apple’s Siri help you get your work done?

How to fix iCloud when it stops working

When iCloud goes wrong, follow this checklist of steps to try to make it better.

Keep up with all things Apple at our Apple Holic blog.

Chromebooks

Chromebook cheat sheet: How to get started

Got a new Chromebook? This guide will help you navigate the ever-expanding world of Chromebook apps and figure out how to make the most of Chrome OS.

50 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

Supercharge your Chrome OS experience with these time-saving tricks and techniques.

11 smart steps for managing files on a Chromebook 

Working in Chrome OS? These are the efficiency-enhancing file tricks you’ve been missing.

The smart worker’s guide to using a Chromebook offline

Chrome OS may be cloud-centric at its core, but you can get plenty accomplished offline on a Chromebook — if you set things up thoughtfully in advance.

3 smart shortcuts for a curiously hidden Chrome OS command

Chromebook owners, take note: These are the shortcuts you’ve been missing.

How to create your own custom Chrome address bar actions

Google’s Chrome Actions feature is pretty good — but follow these tips to make address bar actions great.

Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials

Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.

The best progressive web apps for productivity

These standout PWAs are perfect for the Chrome OS environment. They’ll help you get more done without any of the usual baggage.

Linux apps on Chrome OS: An easy-to-follow guide

Linux apps can expand your Chromebook’s capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin.

The best Linux apps for Chromebooks

Make your Chromebook even more capable with this carefully selected set of Linux apps for expanding Chrome OS’s potential as a business tool.

8 fast fixes for common Chrome OS problems

Solve your Chromebook woes and keep yourself productive with these easy-to-implement, expert-approved solutions.

The 20-minute Chromebook tune-up

Make your Chromebook faster, smarter, and more pleasant to use with these easy-to-follow annual steps.

22 worthwhile ways to use Google Assistant on a Chromebook

Google Assistant is finally working its way into the fabric of Chrome OS, and it’s bringing with it some interesting new possibilities.

Crank up your Chromebook’s cloud-connecting power

With a few simple tweaks, your Chromebook can become an even more connected part of your cloud-centric setup.

How to turn any website into a custom Chrome OS app

A handy hack for customizing your Chromebook and bringing native app-like experiences to your favorite sites and services.

A time-saving typing tool that works anywhere in Chrome

Reclaim wasted time and watch your efficiency soar with this spectacularly useful cross-platform add-on.

For more about Chromebooks and Chrome OS, see The top Chrome OS tips of 2021, and stay up to date by keeping an eye on our Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence page.

Macs

How to migrate to a new Mac

All your files, apps, and settings are on your old computer. Here’s how to move them to your new Macintosh, from either macOS or Windows.

The best way to transfer files to a new Mac

Using a cloud storage service removes the hassle of transferring files to your new computer via utilities or external drives — and it also supports mobile devices.

10 useful Mac tips for busy workers

If you work from home, you’re probably busier than ever these days. These 10 Mac tips should help you get more done faster.

How to use Shortcuts in macOS Monterey

Shortcuts automations are designed to simplify repetitive tasks; here’s what you need to know to begin to use them.

30 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know

This collection of keyboard shortcuts for macOS can help users get the most from their iMacs, MacBook Pro and MacBook laptops.

10 ways to get more out of your Mac

The Mac is festooned with features, some of which are more obvious than others. This collection should help you get things done on your Mac just a little faster.

Use Stacks and Search in macOS to get work done

Here’s how to maintain desktop law and order — and find those frequently wanted items fast.

12 ways to reduce data use on your Mac

If you are working remotely and reaching a data cap or in the field using your phone as a hotspot, you may want to cut data use on your Mac. Here are some ideas on how to do so.

How to boost your productivity with Safari for Mac

This small collection of Safari extensions may give your work or research efficiency a boost.

How to make more effective use of Mail in macOS

While we wait for Apple to innovate an application most Mac users rely on daily, here’s a few tips that should help you use Mail more effectively.

How to make Spotlight work for you

Are you getting the most out of Spotlight search on your Apple device?

10+ WFH tips for Mac users

This useful collection of tips will help you automate tasks using scheduling and reminder features Apple included in every Mac.

10 ways your Mac can help you be more productive

Here’s a handful of useful Mac tips to help you get things done from wherever you are.

How to stay as private as possible on the Mac

Privacy means vigilance, so make sure your Mac extra-vigilant on your behalf. Here’s how.

How to use FileVault to protect business data on Macs

If you use Macs for business, you should be familiar with FileVault. Apple’s built-in disk encryption system for macOS can help protect corporate data.

Keep up with all things Apple at our Apple Holic blog.

Windows PCs

Editor’s note: Most of the stories listed below were written for Windows 10, but most of the instructions will work in Windows 11 as well.

How to migrate to a new Windows PC

All your files, apps, and settings are on your old computer. Here’s how to move them to your new Windows PC, from either Windows or macOS.

The best way to transfer files to a new Windows PC

Using a cloud storage service removes the hassle of transferring files to your new computer via utilities or external drives — and it also supports mobile devices.

Windows 11 cheat sheet

Got a new PC that runs Windows 11? Get to know the interface, features, and shortcuts in the new OS.

Windows 10 cheat sheet

Does your new PC have Windows 10 instead of 11? Here’s how to make the most of it.

30+ free and cheap apps for Windows 10

From backup to productivity tools, here’s the best of the best for Windows 10. Sometimes good things come in free (or cheap) packages.

How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

Worried about possible privacy problems in Windows 10? This story offers some quick and easy ways to protect your data.

How to share a Windows 10 PC

Need to share a Windows 10 PC among employees or temporary workers at the office, or with family members at home? No problem — here’s how to do it.

How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you shouldn’t

Here’s how to make Chrome, Firefox, or another browser the primary one in Windows 10. (But are you sure you want to?)

5 hidden Windows 10 features you should be using

They may not get much press, but these powerful built-in Windows 10 tools can help you work smarter.

10 classic but essential (and free!) utilities for Windows 10

You can get more from Windows 10 by adding these useful tools.

15 ways to speed up Windows 10

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

How to fix five Windows 10 headaches

Microsoft has made numerous improvements to Windows 10 over the years, but it still has some annoying quirks. We help you solve them.

An introduction to Windows 10’s new PowerToys

Like their ‘90s namesakes, the tools in Microsoft’s new PowerToys app are quite useful for power users.

How to handle Windows 10 updates

Find out how to defer, pause or stop Windows 10 updates entirely, how to uninstall troublesome updates, and a few other update tricks.

How to choose the right Windows 10 preview and update channels

Here’s help choosing the best method of testing and updating Windows 10 for yourself or your business.

How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

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