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4 tricks for Messages in iOS 8

You can forward any text messages you receive, shush an annoying group thread, and sync messages between devices.

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7 gotta-know iOS and Android text-messaging tricks

You can forward any text messages you receive, shush an annoying group thread, or swap in a whole new messaging app.

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9 ways to lock down your iPhone or Android device before it goes missing

You know that icy stab of panic when you suddenly realize your Android phone or iPhone isn't where it should be? Don't have that feeling. Read this instead.

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9 typing tips every iPhone and iPad user should know

Oh, the joys of typing on a little touchscreen keyboard! From how to turn on “caps lock” to a simple shortcut to the exclamation mark, these tips will make it easier.

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9 typing tips every Android and iOS user should know

Oh, the joys of typing on a little touchscreen keyboard! From how to turn on “caps lock” to a simple shortcut to the exclamation mark, these tips will make it easier.

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How to replace your Android or iOS keyboard

Tweak your settings, or buy a third-party keyboard app that's better at guessing your words or understanding your typing habits.

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7 ways to make the most of your Android and iPhone contacts

How to designate ringtones, put contacts on the home screen and even add phonetic names.

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How to teach contact names and relationships to Siri and Google Now

Help Google Now and Siri sift through your contacts faster by by assigning special names and relationships to your most important or frequent contacts

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Shhh! 3 ways to keep your pre-Lollipop Android phone quiet

There's no official silent mode for KitKat and earlier phones, but there are some workarounds and apps you can try.

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How to stop SMS spam on your Android or iOS phone

SMS spam is proliferating fast, but your phone's settings or a handy app can help stem the tide.

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Too much tapping? Create your own Android and iOS keyboard shortcuts

Speed up your touchscreen typing by setting up oft-repeated words and phrases in your phone's settings.

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5 ways to take charge of your smartphone's home screen

Move icons, add contacts, or change the look entirely. Try these handy tips for Android and iOS phones.

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4 fast note-taking tips for Android and iPhone

Hold that thought! Learn how to take voice and text memos without even unlocking your phone.