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  • How-Tos: Restore deleted text messages on iPhone

    We show you three ways to restore text messages you deleted from your iPhone.

  • How-Tos: How to connect printer to iPad or iPhone

    We explain how to print from an iPhone or an iPad using AirPrint, and via third-party printer apps.

  • How-Tos: Have I been blocked in iOS 7

    Have I been blocked in iOS 7? Here's how to tell if someone has blocked your number on their iOS 7 iPhone.

  • How-Tos: Call 0845, 0870 and 0800 numbers free from your mobile

    It's that annoying moment when you need to call a helpline or similar from your mobile but you'll be charged extortionate amounts for it. Here's how to call 0845, 0870 and 0800 numbers free from your mobile. UPDATED: 10th October

  • How-Tos: How to send group texts from Android and iPhone

    When you need to broadcast the same message quickly to lots of people, sending a group text message is often the best way. It's not difficult to do this – we show you how on Android and iPhone.

  • How-Tos: What is NFC? How NFC works and what it does

    Your phone may or may not have a feature called 'NFC'. But what is NFC, and for what is it used? We explain all in our bluffer's guide to NFC.

  • How-Tos: How to change your email signature on your smartphone

    Does the world really need to know that every email you write was "Sent from my HTC One™ X, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone"? Probably not. Aside from turning you into a free marketing tool, it will give your friends fodder to tease you over your choice of handset or carrier. Plus, it makes you look like a noob that doesn't have control over their email. These annoying signatures are easy to change, though, if you know where to look.

  • How-Tos: How to fix iMessage in iOS 7

    How to fix iMessage if it's not working for you any more in iOS 7.

  • How-Tos: How to take a screenshot on Android phones

    Here's where we show you how to take a screenshot on any Android phone, including the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, HTC One, Xperia Z/Z1 and many more. Keep reading to find out how to take a screen shot on an Android smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How to unfreeze a frozen phone

    You may not think of your smartphone as a computer, but it's just as much of one as a laptop or desktop. With it come some very typical computer problems--crashes and freezes. A lot of the time, the fixes to these sorts of issues, while simple, aren't immediately obvious. The next time your iOS or Android phone crashes or freezes, try these tips.

  • How-Tos: How to block a number on an iPhone

    We would all like the ability not to be contacted from certain numbers. Perhaps you are receiving nuisance calls from PPI firms, or an ex just won't leave you alone. You can block each call as it comes in, of course, but how can you block that number forever? Here's how to block a number on an iPhone in iOS 7 or iOS 6.

  • How-Tos: How to close apps in iOS 7

    iOS 7 isn’t simply a bunch of new icon designs. Apple changed the way quite a few features work, including multitasking. Here’s how to close apps on and iPhone or iPad in iOS 7.

  • How-Tos: Beyond Siri: Dictation tricks for the iPhone and iPad

    You're probably familiar with using Siri to make calls on your iPhone, as well as to open apps on your iOS device, get information, and set up appointments. But you may be less familiar with iOS's other dictation feature, the one that lets you talk to your iOS device while it converts your words into text.

  • How-Tos: Easy ways to protect your Android phone

    Your Android phone not only enables you to do nearly everything online, but also allows you to carry your life in your pocket. Although having all that information in a single location and always on hand may be especially convenient, it makes for an appealing target to thieves and hackers. But you're not defenseless: You can take a number of steps and precautions to ensure that your stuff stays safe.

  • How-Tos: How to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod to iOS 7

    iOS 7 is here. Here's everything you need to know about updating your iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPad 2, iPad with Retina screen and fifth-generation iPod touch to the latest software. Updated: 18th September

  • How-Tos: Twitter apps for TweetDeck users

    The TweetDeck app has been discontinued, so we explain which Twitter apps to get for Android and iPhone.

  • How-Tos: Rotate videos shot on smartphone

    How to rotate video clips that come out upside-down. And how to shoot video on your phone the right way around.

  • How-Tos: How to get photos off of your Android phone

    If you're anything like me, you probably have hundreds--if not thousands--of photos on your phone. Getting those photos off your phone isn't always entirely obvious, but you have a number of options at your disposal.

  • How-Tos: Watch Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch

    Apple is expected to announced the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C tonight and here's how you can get live coverage.

  • How-Tos: Hybrid hijinks: How to install Android on your PC

    Windows 8's bold grab for tablet relevance may snatch headlines, but it isn't the only operating system looking to extend its established supremacy over a whole new class of devices. As the PC market hemorrhages, more and more manufacturers are turning to Google's Android OS to power PCs that once carried Windows alone. From hybrids to all-in-ones to an Intel-promised flood of incredibly cheap "Droidbooks," Android cometh.


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