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How to transfer your Google Authenticator to a new phone

The process has never been smoother

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While two-factor authentication (2FA) via text messages (SMS) is still widely used, 2FA apps have become the bread and butter of online security, making it difficult for hackers to access your web accounts. Google Authenticator and Authy are two of the popular options currently available. However, a major turn-off from Google's solution was how the codes were stored on your device. Since they were encrypted using a key that's specific to that particular phone, you couldn't access the codes anywhere else.

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How to recover your Google account

Whether you forgot your password or email address, it shouldn't take too long to recover your Google account

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If you get locked out of your Google account, you must recover it as soon as possible. Thanks to single sign-on (SSO), getting locked out may mean you won't be able to access a variety of digital services and tools. Still, it's possible to recover your account, and we're here to walk you through the entire process. Whether you use your Google account to exclusively check your email or sync your phone with your premium smartwatch, you can follow this guide.

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How to access and use Google's 'My Activity' feature

You can quickly manage your data and search activity preferences

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As a data-driven company, Google relies on some of the data from its users to help it build better products and services for the future. The information it gathers could be anything from your unique advertising ID to your web searches or interactions across its platforms. Even the best 5G phones on the market are tracked this way since they're powered by the official Google Play Services. To create a custom-made experience, you'll need to give up some of your data to make it work correctly.

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Google Bard explained: What this AI-powered ChatGPT competitor can do

Google Search may never be the same

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There's been a lot of chatter around artificial intelligence lately, particularly after OpenAI debuted its revolutionary ChatGPT service that Microsoft is now looking to integrate into Office 365 and Bing search. Meanwhile, Google has been a self-professed "AI-first" company since announcing a shift in focus at I/O 2017, and more recently, it unveiled a new AI-powered chatbot called Bard. But in a sea of buzzwords and initialisms, it can be hard to wrap your head around what these new tools do.

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How to use Google's Live Translate on the Google Pixel 6

Converse in other languages with ease with your Pixel 6

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The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones have shipped with several useful improvements, including the Live Translate feature, and it's a fantastic addition to Google's suite of translation features. Live Translate is exclusive to recent Pixel devices, including the fantastic Pixel 7 Pro. It goes above and beyond Google Translate's functionality, adding useful translation features that help with real-time translation.

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What is Google Search Labs?

Experiment with Google's upcoming Search features

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Among the many AI products shown off at Google I/O 2023, the changes to Google Search promise to be the most exciting for our everyday lives. While these changes aren't live, you can test them in Google Search Labs.

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How to make Google your default search engine on any browser

How to set Google Search as the default search engine in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, and Opera browsers on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone

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Almost everyone agrees that Google Search is the best way to find information online. Whether you're looking for the best Android phone, how to travel with a minimal carbon footprint, or wondering what something looked like in the past, Google is your friend. For many years, Google has reigned as the most popular search engine with the most reliable results. Despite Bing's recent gains after adding an AI chat feature, Google Search is still the undisputed leader.

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What is Google ML Kit?

On-device machine learning can make smartphones even better

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You may have heard a lot about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in recent years as the demand for each continues to rise. These two terms in the technology world have been tossed around for one specific reason: They take our device hardware beyond its physical limitations. For example, the best Android phones rely on an AI or ML model to achieve even more impressive photos from the camera. This guide discusses Google ML Kit and how it uses efficient on-device processing to improve our smartphone experience.

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What is the Google Advanced Protection Program?

A service that will boost your online security

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Digital threats have become increasingly clever, and even the most tech-savvy people can be caught off guard. The number and variety of cyberattacks have also increased dramatically. If you've been putting off a security checkup, it's time to take action.

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What is the Google Common Knowledge Project?

An easy way to find reliable and trustworthy local community data

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Many of us visit the Google search engine daily to find answers to our questions and gather information for independent research. And in a world powered by mobile devices, the best Android phones allow us to access this vast knowledge database anytime we need it. In our quest to find the relevant information we seek, we often visit multiple websites and decide just how accurate their claims are. Worse yet, finding specific data points on a hard-to-research topic can take time and effort, often not giving you the results you were likely hoping for.

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How to save Google Colab notebooks to GitHub

Connecting Google Colab with GitHub couldn't be easier

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If you write and execute Python code for software projects in Google Colab, you probably use the online software development platform GitHub. GitHub is one of the most popular developer tools for storing and managing code, tracking bugs, and working with code branching. It enables development teams to work on different areas of a project without impacting other areas.

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How to change your Google background

Beautify Google with custom backgrounds and themes

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Google Chrome's new tab page is minimalist and functional, but it's not fun. However, Chrome gives you several ways to customize your Google background. You can change the entire look of the browser using Google Chrome themes, spice up the new tab page with fresh new looks, and even upload your images to use as a background. If you are tired of staring at an empty white homepage in your Google Chrome browser, use these methods to change your Google background.

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What is Google Colab?

Google's online tool for experimenting with AI and machine learning

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Google Colaboratory, or "Colab" as most people call it, is a cloud-based Jupyter notebook environment. It runs in your web browser (you can even run it on your favorite Chromebook) and lets anyone with internet access experiment with machine learning and coding for artificial intelligence. You can write and execute Python code, share your code and edit it simultaneously with other team members, and document everything by combining it into a single notebook with rich text, charts, images, HTML, and LaTeX.

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How to create an appointment calendar in Google Calendar

You can use Google Calendar to reign in the chaos of a busy schedule with its powerful appointment calendar and booking page options

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An appointment calendar can be an invaluable tool for managing a busy schedule. There are three ways to accomplish this in Google Calendar: appointment schedules, appointment slots, and shared calendars. Some require a work, school, or individual Google Workspace account. However, it's possible to set up a separate calendar for appointments with a Google personal account.

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How to permanently delete photos from Google Photos

Get rid of those embarrassing shots once and for all

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Google Photos may no longer come with free infinite storage, but the service is still one of the best cloud storage options if you want a central place for your pictures that also takes care of the organizational overhead. With that change in mind, you may want to delete photos permanently to free up space or to get rid of embarrassing shots without any way to recover them.

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How to set up an Outline VPN Server and Client

Create your own open source VPN

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The internet is a great place for people to connect and learn about anything. As much as there are safeguards built-in to the web and the devices you use to access it, it's probably a good idea to use a VPN to keep yourself extra safe. There are a number of great VPNs that work on all devices, including the best Chromebooks available. If you want an open source option that works differently from the main-stream VPNs, Google's Jigsaw group created Outline VPN just for you. Here we look at what Outline is and how to set up a Server and the Client on your devices.

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What is Outline: The VPN by Google's Jigsaw group explained

Outline, the open source VPN

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VPNs are essential to keep consumers safe while browsing the internet. Several services are available, such as NordVPN, ExpressVPN, or SurfShark VPN, and all work on the best Android phones. Google's Jigsaw group, which makes solutions for a safer internet, has its own open source VPN called Outline that's a bit different from traditional VPNs. This article discusses what Outline is, how it compares to other VPNs, and how you can use it to browse safely.

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What is Google Takeout?

Google's own export tool gives you easy access to all of your data

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Google tracks and collects a ton of data about us. You may also store some of your data in Google Drive, Google Photos, or Gmail. Google Takeout is an export tool that allows you to download your data for local storage or transfer it to another service.

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How to use Google Takeout to migrate your data out of Google

A little preparation goes a long way when migrating your data away from Google

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Google Workspace is a set of productivity and collaboration tools for the workplace. Google offers plans for businesses and organizations of all sizes, from individual solopreneurs to large global enterprises. Google also offers Google Workspace for Education, a set of Google services and tools for K-12 schools, homeschool co-ops, and higher-education institutions.

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How to leave a Google review

Help the community and become a local guide

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Google Maps is a terrific tool for exploring and learning about new locations, whether you're on vacation or looking for recommendations in your city. It lets you read through reviews and ratings from other users, as well as receive suggestions based on your preferences.