How to unsend WhatsApp messages

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WhatsApp is far and away the most popular messaging app around – as of 2018 it has around 1.5 billion active users.

And there are plenty of little tips and tricks that you might not know about when using it.

As well as setting profile pictures and starting up group conversations, there are ways to alter the look of messages you send and even delete them altogether.

In fact, recent reports suggest that WhatsApp is planning to extend the number of time users has before the option to delete their message disappears.

If you’re still not sure about everything you can do about WhatsApp, then take a look below for some helpful hints.

1 – How to delete a WhatsApp message

WhatsApp’s messaging deleting feature is called “Delete For Everyone” and is currently available in group chats.

Any messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted” in your recipients’ chats.

Similarly, if you see “This message was deleted” in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone.

Here’s how you do it. But be warned, at the moment, you only have seven minutes in which to delete a message.

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.
  • Tap and hold the message. Optionally, tap more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
  • Tap Delete at the top of the screen > Delete for everyone.
  • In order to be able to delete a message, you will have to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your iPhone or Android device. What’s more, the recipients will also have to have the latest version installed.

By Jeff Parsons

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How to send and receive Android SMS on PC

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Humans as a collective have grown dependent on their devices, we are glued to our screens at all times. The efficiency of communication has made it prudent to respond immediately or as soon as possible to business clients.

Everyone is used to checking their mail on their phone, but did you know it is also possible to check your SMS or messages through your PC?

The following helps you achieve this:

Mighty Text

Step 1) The first thing you will need to do is download the ‘Mighty Text’ app to your Android device. 

Step 2) You need a companion service to support your app as well. Open your Google Chrome browser and add the Mighty Text extension.

Step 3) After accessing the Mighty Text extension for the first time, you will need to pair up your PC with your Android device. The pair up will take place over the Wi-Fi network on which both the devices are connected.

Step 4) After completing the setup, you will be able to see your android name on the icon.

Once the following steps have been completed any messages that you receive in your device will also pop up on your PC.

By: Vishnu Sasidharan

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6 Google Translate tips you need to start using

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Decades ago, Star Trek introduced the idea of a “universal translator,” a small baton that let crew members converse with aliens in their native languages simply by flipping a switch. And now we’re almost there thanks to Google Translate.

This app isn’t part of the pre-installed loadout on most phones, but it’s indispensable when you travel. It’s so overflowing with features, in fact, you might not even realize everything it can do. So here are the six most awesome and useful things you can do with Google Translate on your smartphone.

Download offline languages

You won’t always have the best mobile data connection while traveling the world, so it’s a good idea to have an offline backup in Translate. The app can do basic translation without any internet access, as long as you remember to download the necessary files.

To cache languages offline, open the navigation menu and tap Offline translation. The several dozen languages supported in offline mode include the biggies like Spanish, German, and French, along with Romanian, Icelandic, Greek, and more. In offline mode, you cannot do conversational voice input, but typing and camera scanning both work normally. You can even have translations read with text-to-speech.


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3 Tips to Get to Inbox Zero Faster in Gmail

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Gmail has several features built-in that make it easier to get to your important emails fast, and thus, achieve inbox zero. After implementing these tips, Gmail will do a better job at filtering out trivial emails and notifying you only when it’s important. Additionally, Google’s tools learn over time until eventually, you’ll never have to deal with irrelevant mail again.

Enable Priority Inbox

Easily the most impactful tool when it comes to filtering emails is Priority Inbox. With Priority Inbox, Gmail analyzes your usage and automatically labels emails important based on the data it gathers. Some factors Gmail uses to determine the value of an email are how often you email the recipient, which emails you’ve previously opened, which emails you’ve previously replied to, common keywords found within emails you’ve opened, and which emails you’ve starred.

This information, along with other factors, will determine which emails are marked important and placed in your Priority Inbox. You’ll only receive notifications for emails that arrive in the Priority Inbox, and the remaining emails are placed in a general inbox which isn’t synced with your mobile device. So to see how to set up Priority Inbox, check out our full guide below.


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How to Use Google Translate in Any App on Android

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Google has been releasing lots of apps lately in order to make smooth user experience. One such app the company launched somewhere around last year is the ‘Google Translate’. This app can translate over 103 languages from Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic to Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu. Also, users can translate up to 59 languages without any Internet connection.

This app also uses the camera on your smartphones to translate text into 38 languages. In this case, you can open the inbuilt camera from the app and focus it on the words, which you want to translate. It will translate in real time. However, if you want a high-quality picture, take a snap of it and use it in this app. It’s worth mentioning here that, you can do this up to 37 languages as of now.

The Google Translators also translates by drawing character instead of using it in keyboard and also supports two-way instant speech translation in 32 languages. It has ‘Phrasebook’, where you can save translations for future reference in any language.

How Google Translation Works?

The computers use a process called ‘statistical machine translation’ — which generate translations based on patterns found in large amounts of text. The computer does translation by analyzing millions of documents that have already been translated by human translators. These translated texts come from books, organizations like the UN and websites from all around the world.

Moreover, it scans texts looking for statistically significant patterns between the translation and the original text that are unlikely to occur by chance. Once the computer finds a pattern, it can use this pattern to translate similar texts in the future. When you repeat this process so many times, you will end up with billions of patterns and a program.

By: Gizbot Bureau

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Use These 10 Tips and Tricks on Gmail Android App to Improve your Email Game

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It goes without saying that staying on top of emails is an essential part of our personal and professional life. However, easier said than done, this becomes difficult over time – especially on phones – given the small real estate and somewhat limited options on the Gmail Android app.

However, let that not deter you from making the most of your smartphone and the Gmail app as it also has an amazing array of features that you can customize to improve your email game.

1. Auto-advance

Have a lot of unread emails? Sort them easily using the Auto-Advance feature.

Available under General Settings, this nifty feature will take you to the next email once you’ve archived or deleted the one you are viewing, saving you from the agony of going back and opening a new email.

2. More Labels

It goes without saying that Labels help us to improve productivity on Gmail. More the number of labels, easier it is to manage emails.

So, whether it’s a newsletter or some projects, all you need to do is create a label and let the app do the magic for you.

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8 things you didn’t know you could do with Google Assistant

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Google Assistant keeps on growing. New features and functionality are constantly appearing and that’s made keeping track of all the service’s little quirks and features tougher than ever. You can do much more than just searches these days.

Here’s a list of some of Google Assistant’s lesser known but still incredibly handy features.

Control your smart home

You don’t need a Google Home to be the ear in your living room, Google Assistant on your smartphone can also control the various smart doodads dotted around your home.

Google Assistant plays nicely with smart home products from Nest, Philips Hue, Belkin, and a few others. You can control your lighting, thermostat, and other products using voice controls from your phone. Assistant also recently received support to work with Google’s Chromecast, so you can also start up content from YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, and the like from your phone and push it directly to your TV if it’s on the same WiFi network. Simply request the title of a TV show and your Chromecast will start right up. You can also issue commands to pause, play, adjust playback volume, and even skip songs.

Toggle your Quick Settings

The real power of Google Assistant is hot-word detection from any app or even when your screen is locked. As such, you can use the software to open up apps and even toggle your phone’s hardware settings regardless of what app you’re in or what you’re currently doing. Saying “OK Google, open [app name]” will boot up what you’re after, without having to sift through the app draw.

The same works for hardware toggles like Bluetooth or Wifi. Simply say “OK Google, turn off my WiFi” and that’s it. Google also presents a little toggle to confirm the setting is off, or for you to manually switch the option back on. This feature works for Bluetooth, WiFi, location, NFC, mute, Flight mode, and your phone’s flashlight.

By Rogert Triggs

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How to Back Up SMS Messages on Your Android Phone

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If you’re an Android user and need to delete the data on your phone, then you know that there are a number of good options for backing up your phone first. A lot of this can be done via the Cloud, so that the content can be brought back easily, but backing up your SMS inbox requires the use of third-party tools. There are a lot of different options on Google Play, but the question becomes which one should you use. Most of the popular ones require access to your Gmail account to automatically create and restore the backups, but if you aren’t comfortable giving this kind of access, we have a good option you can try, which we used ourselves as well to backup SMS messages on our Android phone.

Here is everything you need to know about backing up (and restoring) your phone’s SMS archive, which can be saved on the device, mailed to yourself, or saved to the cloud. This will be useful if you need to reset your phone to factory settings, or if you’re switching to a new phone. We used SMS Backup and Restore, which was acquired by Carbonite a few years ago. Just follow these steps to backup SMS on your Android phone.

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