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The new iteration of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iOS 14, brings plenty of new features to the table. One of them is the Apple Translate app, which is a brand new translation software that makes communication easier between you and others speaking a different language that isn’t English. It also helps you read text that you can’t otherwise read.

Like other translator apps, Apple Translate can process not only voice snippets but also typed texts. Thanks to the Neural Engine built into Apple’s newer A-series chipsets, the app can auto-identify spoken language and translate it to a target language.

If you have an iPhone and recently upgraded your device to iOS 14, check out this guide to learn how to use the Apple Translate app.

Languages supported by the Apple Translate app

At launch, the Apple Translate app supports 11 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

You can also download offline language packs on your device to perform translations without connected to the internet. More on that later.

Where to find the Apple Translate app

If you have hundreds of apps installed on your iPhone, you probably won’t find the new Translate app in one go. Instead of scrolling through the pages on the iOS Home Screen, follow the steps below to find the app.

  1. Open up the Search menu by dragging down the top section of your iPhone’s screen.
  2. Use the keyboard to type “Translate” in the search field. The app should show up on the screen before you even finish typing the full name.

The Apple Translate app icon has a globe with text bubbles in two different languages.

How to use the Apple Translate app

The Apple Translate app works in either portrait or landscape mode. Based on which orientation you are holding your phone, the options on the screen should be a little bit different.

  • In portrait mode, the top section of the screen shows the source and target language, followed by the phrase you wish to translate and the translated text. On the bottom section of the app, you see the text field for entering the phrase, alongside the microphone button for voice search.
  • When you hold your iPhone in landscape mode, the source text is shown on the left, with the translated text on the right. This time around, you only have the microphone button for inputting text via voice search.

When you use Translate for the first time, you will need to grant the app a few permissions. Apple will also ask you whether you want to improve Siri & Dictation or not. Approving it is totally optional.

Now that the Translate app is ready to go, here’s how you can translate with it:

  1. The default source language should be the same as the one you have set on your iPhone. However, you can tap the first tab and choose your preferred language.
  2. Next, tap the second tab and select the language you wish to translate to.
  3. After typing the source phrase, tap the ‘go’ key on the on-screen keyboard. You should soon see the translated version of the phrase.
  4. Instead of manually typing a text, you can also tap the microphone button and say it. Your iPhone will automatically transcribe what you said, then read the translation back to you in the chosen language.
  5. If you are holding your iPhone in landscape mode, tap the play button to repeat the translated phrase again.
  6. Before you show the translated text to another person, tap the expand icon on the bottom-left corner of the screen (in landscape mode). It’s called the Attention Mode, which expands the text so that it’s easier to read.
  7. You can click the chat bubble icon to return to the Translate menu.

That’s how you can use the Apple Translate app on iOS 14. The voice transcription can get a bit quirky sometimes, but you can always correct the text when necessary.

Also, you can mark translated phrases as favorites by tapping the star icon under them. The most recent translations you add to your favorites will show up at the top of the list.

How to use Apple Translate via Siri

Using Siri, you can quickly translate phrases without opening the Apple Translate app. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Say “Hey Siri” to activate Siri, followed by “Translate this sentence for me” when it’s in listening mode.
  2. Siri will prompt you to choose the language to translate into, then ask you to say the sentence you wish to translate.
  3. Once Siri transcribes what you said, you will see the translated phrase, with a play button next to it.

You can tap the play button to listen to the translated phrase. Since the translation shows up as a notification card, you can swipe to dismiss it.

How to use Apple Translate offline

It’s possible that you are traveling to a location where you may not have Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. In such cases, you can download the necessary language packs on your iPhone to translate in offline mode. The following steps will show you how to get them:

  1. When selecting a target language in the Translator app, scroll down past the languages to the Available Offline Languages row.
  2. Tap the download icon right next to the language you want to do.

Assuming that you are connected to Wi-Fi, it shouldn’t take more than a minute to download. You can also delete the language pack anytime.

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Disney+ is a popular streaming service with 100+ films and TV shows accumulated from different franchises, including Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic. It has also brought originals like The Mandalorian, The Right Stuff, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and there’s more to come in the near future.

However, it’s never fun when you get interrupted during your binge-watch, especially when random errors show up on the screen. Error 83 is by far the most common error you probably have encountered when streaming Disney+, and it can be said for others as well.

In this guide, we have discussed the reasons why you may be encountering Error 83. We also have listed a few ways you can follow to get past the issue.

Reason 1: DRM failure and unsupported device

Disney+ supports a wide variety of devices, including Android smartphones/tablets, iPhone/iPad, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Vizio SmartCast TV, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and many more. You can also use a browser (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari) to get access to the Disney+ web version.

As vast as the list of compatibility is, Disney+ still requires devices to have the proper DRM (Digital Rights Management) system. Assuming that your internet is working properly and the Disney+ servers are up as always, Error 83 is more likely indicating a DRM failure. However, it’s probably not a client-side failure unless you have tampered with your device’s encrypted Widevine keys. Apart from that, here are a few reasons why it might be a client-side DRM failure instead:

  • The web version of Disney+ is officially compatible with most of the modern browsers, including but not limited to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari. If you use one of the following browsers and still getting Error 83, make sure that it’s updated to the latest version. Also, Chrome works the best in our experience.
  • If you are using the built-in browser on the console or smart TV, Disney+ won’t work at all. Consider installing the official app instead. You can also use the Chromecast or Airplay feature to cast Disney+ content from your Android or iOS device (if supported).
  • On launch, Disney+ wasn’t compatible with web browsers on Linux due to its strict DRM measures. However, popular Linux distros like Ubuntu are finally supported, and you can use either Chrome or Firefox to stream Disney+ on your PC or laptop.

If you have an unsupported device, you can’t do anything about it but switch to a compatible platform. Alternatively, you can ask Disney+ to help you get past the “Error 83” message.

Reason 2: Server-related issues

Error 83 can also mean that there’s a connection failure between your device and the Disney+ servers, most likely due to network traffic congestion. The error is shown when you try to access the Disney+ library or playback a movie or show, and it returns with zero stream data.

This is the most common reason to see Error 83 on Disney+, and there are a few possible workarounds to it:

  • Restart the Disney+ app and try to stream again. Given that millions use Disney+, the downtimes won’t probably last longer than a few minutes or so. You may also try re-logging in with your credentials to check if the servers are up or not.
  • If the error still persists, go to DownDetector and check whether it’s a widespread outage. In such cases, you can do nothing but wait for the servers to get restored in a working state. These types of outages happen during big releases only, so you shouldn’t worry too much about long waits.
  • In case you are on your Android or iOS device, make sure that it’s receiving strong Wi-Fi signals. You should also try switching to cellular data once to see whether it’s an issue related to your internet service provider.
  • Repeating Error 83 messages can also indicate that your ISP is blocking your access to Disney+ for some reason. Contact your provider and ask them to fix the blocking issue.

Whether you are planning to travel or just trying to avoid the frequent Error 83 messages, we recommend you download your favorite films and shows from the Disney+ Android or iOS app when the servers are up. It not only saves you a lot of data but also lets you watch content offline when encountering connection errors.

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External storage solutions have come a long way in terms of density and mass affordability. You can now have over 1 TB of data at your fingertips. However, one thing that hasn’t changed much is the reliability of external storage devices.

Whether it’s just a speck of dust, rust build-up on the contact points, or improper insertion into the slot, there are several factors associated with the failure of an SD card. In case your Mac fails to read your SD card, you probably will panic as well, especially if it has important files on it.

However, errors like this can occur at any time, and there’s nothing to panic about. Instead, you should relax and follow this troubleshooting guide to fix your SD card not working on Mac.

Start with examining your SD card

When an SD Card isn’t showing up on your Mac desktop, the first thing you should do is check for rust, grease, dust, or deep grooves on the golden contact points of the SD card. After that, use a soft and dry microfiber cloth and some isopropyl alcohol (if possible) to clean the contact points thoroughly. We strongly advise not to use water, as it can lead to unrecoverable damage to your SD card.

Another thing you should do is disable the write protection by sliding up the lock tab on the SD card. In some cases, the tab might get loose and interfere with the card’s sensitive contact points.

When you insert the SD card, ensure that the contact points are facing down and pointing toward the Mac’s SD card slot. You should hear a click sound when you insert the card properly.

Once inserted, search for Disk Utility from the Spotlight app and launch it. If you still don’t see your card shown in Disk Utility, then check out the next troubleshooting section below.

Why isn’t your SD card showing up on Mac?

There can be several underlying reasons why your SD card is not showing on Mac. We have listed a few of them below, which you should definitely check out.

Damaged SD card slot

There’s a high chance that the SD or SDXC card slot on your Mac computer is damaged, which is why it has trouble reading your SD card. Try inserting the same card into another computer to check if it’s readable.

Unsupported SD card format

It’s also possible that you have an SD card with an unconventional format. Most Mac computers support SD 1.x, 2.x, and 3.x standards. Note that the UHS-II format is supported on only iMac Pro. For more information, you can check out Apple’s official guide to SD and SDXC card slot.

Outdated or corrupted macOS

Your macOS system might be corrupted, causing your SD card to not being recognized. In such cases, you will have to reinstall macOS to solve the issue.

Corruption of SD card’s file system

In cases where you can see the SD card but can’t access the files or copy them, it’s quite possibly linked to a corrupted file system. When inserted the same card on a Windows PC, you should receive the following error message, “The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable.”

Malware on the SD card

If the SD card has been inserted into a Windows PC before, the chances are that it has been infected by the infamous “AutoRun” trojan, which not only infects other PCs but also sets specific attributes to hide your files on the card.

Although the same malware won’t be able to infect your Mac desktop or laptop, your files might not show up due to the set attributes.

Fix SD card not working on Mac

Now that you are aware of the possible reasons, here are a handful of fixes for SD card not working on Mac:

Restart your Mac

The system driver for the SD card slot might malfunction sometimes. Since restarting your Mac resets all the drivers, the SD card slot should start working as intended once again.

To restart your Mac, simply click the Apple menu and select the Restart… option. After a proper reboot, you should try inserting your SD card to see if it gets detected.

Use Disk Utility to mount your SD card

Your Mac may be detecting your SD card but not auto-mounting it for unknown reasons. In that case, go to the Disk Utility menu via Spotlight, select your SD card on the left sidebar, then click the Mount option above the Disk Utility window.

After that, you can access your files on the SD card from the Finder app.

Use Disk Utility’s First Aid tool

The First Aid feature can automatically find and repair formatting and directory errors on a storage device. In the Disk Utility menu, select your SD card, click the First Aid option above, then click Run.

Once Disk Utility finishes detecting problems with the SD card, click Done. You can then click the Repair Disk button on the following menu and wait for Mac to run the necessary repairs.

Finally, you should try mounting the card again to check whether the files on the card are showing up or not.

Format your SD card

If none of the fixes above help your case, then you have no choice but to format your SD card. However, we will soon discuss another way to recover your files.

All you have to do is click the Erase option, with your SD card selected in the Disk Utility app. Make sure to use the exFAT format before you proceed to erase the SD card.

Recovering lost files from SD card on Mac

While your SD card might start working after a quick format, you probably won’t be able to access the files deleted in the process. However, it’s totally possible to get them back with data recovery software.

To learn more, you should check out this detailed guide from iBoysoft. They offer an all-in-one data recovery software that you can download on your Mac and use it to recover lost files from your SD card.

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Samsung’s flagship S and Note series devices are generally quite capable, packing the latest Snapdragon (or Exynos) chipsets. However, every phone starts showing its age after two years or so, especially in handling the latest apps, games, and software features. This is true even for the most feature-packed Samsung devices to this date.

Whether you are still rocking your older Samsung flagship phone or recently bought a new one, one thing almost every one of them has in common is the OneUI skin on top of Android. The troubleshooting tips listed in this guide will help you fix the performance issues on your flagship Samsung device.

Restarting your device is always a good idea

The first thing you should try out when facing general performance slowdowns is to restart your Samsung phone. In fact, the same can be said for any Android device, not just the ones made by Samsung. However, before you make any sort of changes in your device settings, it’s always recommended to do a warm boot as the first step to troubleshooting the performance slowdowns. Here’s why.

When certain apps and background processes start behaving abnormally or use a lot of device resources for no reason, your Samsung device will lag behind in day-to-day tasks. Since you can’t force close all services in some instances, all you have to do is a reboot. Also, sometimes you should manually power off the device, then power it back on so that your device goes through a cold boot. Unlike a warm boot, a cold boot usually kills all the apps and services and starts them one by one during the booting process. In many cases, it’s more effective than ‘restarting’ your device.

To restart your Samsung device, hold the Power button for a few seconds and tap Restart in the power menu. If you use the Power button to activate Bixby instead, hold it along with the Volume Down button to bring up the power menu.

Check your device’s RAM (memory) usage

Samsung’s OneUI lets users check which apps are using your device’s memory in the background. High memory usage often results in worse device performance, causing slowdowns when opening other apps, playing games, or browsing the web.

To check how much memory or RAM is being used by an individual app or service, go to the Settings app, then scroll down to tap the Device care option, and go to the Memory page. From there, you will see all the apps that are currently using a particular amount of memory on your device.

However, you should look out at the top bar first, which shows how much memory your device has to spare. If it’s over at least 1 GB, you won’t have to tap the Clean now button, even when it claims to clean a massive amount of RAM. OneUI can intelligently reallocate memory to apps that you open most of the time. Cleaning the memory manually will force close all the apps that you use, causing you to miss out on notifications from messenger and email clients.

Unless a specific app uses a substantial amount of device memory and causes performance slowdowns, there’s no need to force close it. Furthermore, try to uninstall the apps that you don’t frequently use to avoid unnecessary memory allocation in the background.

Check for battery-draining apps on your Samsung phone

Apps that cause performance issues when actively running in the background can also degrade your device’s battery life in the longer run. Even a single app can cause massive slowdowns and drain the battery, so checking out the battery usage log might help.

To check for battery usage, go to Settings > Device care > Battery > Battery usage menu. Make sure to do it just before charging your device for detailed information.

Unless it’s a graphic-intensive game or a video streaming app that you had running on your device throughout the day, no other apps should have the reasons to consume a large percentage of your device’s battery. In most cases, regular social media and messenger apps that you may use daily should account for 1-15% of your battery usage. If there’s another app consuming more battery than that, then you definitely should either uninstall it or restrict it from running in the background from the Battery optimization menu.

Uninstall unused apps or disable system bloatware

When you have hundreds of apps installed on your Samsung device, it’s difficult to pinpoint the ones causing the performance issues. To make it easier for yourself, consider uninstalling the apps that you don’t often use. You can reinstall the app from the Galaxy App Store or the Play Store later when needed.

To uninstall apps that you don’t use, go to the Apps menu in the Settings app, then tap the action button on the top-right corner of the screen. In the drop-down menu, tap Sort by and select the Last used option. It will cause the list to get sorted by the apps you frequently use from the top. Apps that you don’t often use should be listed at the bottom of the list. You can take a look and Uninstall them to your preference. Apps pre-installed on your Samsung device can only be disabled unless you can take the hassle of running ADB commands or rooting your phone to uninstall them. When you disable a system app, you won’t be able to run it until you enable it manually.

Decrease the device’s screen resolution

Samsung’s high-end flagship devices are now packed with QHD panels, offering a superior pixel density and visual clarity that the company is known to provide on its phones, tablets, and televisions. While your current Samsung flagship has the capability to handle intensive tasks at the highest resolution, you might have to lower it down after a few years pass by.

When the device resolution is higher than FHD, the chipset inside has to work harder in order to keep the performance in line. On the other hand, decreasing the resolution also lowers the load on the chipset, effectively giving the device a higher performance headroom and better battery longevity in the process.

To decrease your Samsung device’s screen resolution, go to the Settings app and select Display, then tap the Screen resolution option. From the following menu, you can switch between HD+, FHD+, and QHD+ resolutions (depending on your device model).

Factory reset your Samsung phone

If none of the fixes above solve the performance issues you face on your Samsung phone, the last thing you can do is a factory reset. It will wipe all user data on the device, including apps, settings, and media files. Make sure to create a local backup or sync everything to your Google account before you completely reset your phone.

You will find the Factory data reset option in the Reset settings menu. Before you do it, you will be asked to enter the password of your Samsung account as well. After that, confirm the factory reset once again. The device will restart automatically and start wiping all of your data. When it finally boots up, you will have to go through the first-time setup process and reconfigure your Samsung phone.

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The Chromecast with Google TV is the latest streaming device from Google, offering a revamped user interface and 4K HDR streaming for only $50. The Google TV UI also makes it easier for users to find what they want to watch by unifying the streaming catalog of several services.

However, many people are upset because of no support for the Stadia game streaming service yet. While Google has confirmed it to be coming next year for its Chromecast for Google TV and existing Android TV devices, there is no official date.

If you have got your hands on the new Chromecast and want to stream games on it using your Stadia subscription right now, check out our guide for a workaround.

Download the latest Stadia APK file

The first thing you should do is download the latest Stadia APK file on your Android phone. After that, you need to send the file to the Chromecast device, which we will discuss later. Here’s how you can download the Stadia APK:

  1. First, open up the Chrome browser from the app drawer on your Android device.
  2. Now go to apkmirror.com and tap the magnifying glass icon above to expand the search bar.
  3. Type in “Stadia” in the search bar, and tap the latest Stadia APK (v2.36 at the time of this writing) in the results.
  4. Tap the Download APK button, then tap OK in the Chrome pop-up box to download the APK file.

Once you have downloaded the latest Stadia APK file, follow the next section to learn how to send it to your Chromecast with Google TV device.

Send the Stadia APK file to Chromecast

Send files to TV is the best app you can use to send files from an Android phone to an Android TV or Fire TV device. It’s not only free but also works reliably compared to other options. Here’s how to get it on your Chromecast:

  1. Activate Google Assistant on your new Chromecast by holding down the Assistant (colored) button on the remote. After that, say, “Send files to TV app.”
  2. From the following results, select and click the Send files to TV app.
  3. Now click the Install button and wait for the app to get installed. Click Open once the installation finishes.
  4. The ‘Send Files to TV’ app will ask you to allow it access to the internal storage. Click Allow to continue.
  5. Skip the quick start guide, then click Receive in the app.

Once you do this, you will have to get the same app on your Android phone. Simply go through the following steps:

  1. First, launch the Play Store app on your phone.
  2. Now tap the search bar and type “Send files to TV.” The app should show up in the search results. Tap it to proceed.
  3. After that, tap Install. Make sure to open the app when installed successfully.
  4. Skip the introduction once again, and tap Allow to give the app access to your phone’s internal storage.
  5. Tap Send in the app, then select your Chromecast from the list of devices. Ensure that both your phone and Chromecast are sharing the same network connection.
  6. Next, go to your Download folder and select the Stadia APK file you downloaded earlier. It should begin transferring immediately.

Now that you have the Stadia APK file on Chromecast, click it and select Open from the action menu. In case the installer doesn’t open, follow the next set of instructions below.

Sideload the Stadia APK on Chromecast

If you couldn’t sideload the Stadia APK file on your Chromecast via the ‘Send Files to TV’ app, use a dedicated file browser instead, such as FX File Explorer or File Commander. You can install it on your Chromecast the same way you installed the SFTV app earlier.

Once installed, launch your preferred file browser app and go to the Download folder. You can now select the Stadia APK file and click Install.

After the installation, return to the My apps section from the Google TV home screen to launch the Stadia app.

Set up Stadia on Chromecast with Google TV

Setting up Stadia on your Chromecast with Google TV device is straightforward. Click the Get started button and choose the Google account linked to your Stadia subscription.

After that, click your profile on the top-right corner of the Stadia app window, then scroll down the page and select Experiments. Now click the ‘Play on this device’ option and make sure that the slider is toggled ON.

Finally, you can return to the main screen of the Stadia app and start playing any of your games from the library. Note that the Stadia app on Android TV is still in a development phase, so the performance might be a bit laggy. Still, it works as intended, and you can also pair either the Stadia controller or other Bluetooth controller to play the games.

Whenever there’s a new update for the Stadia app, make sure to download the APK file and sideload it to your Chromecast the same way, as shown in this guide. It might not only improve the performance but also give you access to new features.

With Stadia installed on your new Chromecast device, you can now turn your living room into a gaming arena whenever you want.

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Android TV currently dominates India’s smart TV market, but Amazon’s Fire TV devices are also quite popular alternatives. You can simply plug it into a regular television and get access to hundreds of streaming apps and services. The Fire TV Stick is also one of the most affordable streaming players in the country, and many of you happen to have it as well.

Fire TV has recently made headlines for its new software update, bringing a new live TV feature in India. It aims to make it simpler for users to find all of their favorite TV channels from select OTT apps in one place. Users can also access the integrated channel guide from the Live tab of the Fire TV navigation bar.

The new feature update is currently being rolled out on all the existing and new Fire TV Stick models and the Fire TV Edition Smart TVs in India. At the time of this writing, SonyLIV, Voot, NextGTv, and Discovery+ are among the first content providers to be integrated into the unified live TV experience.

If you use an Amazon Fire TV Stick for content consumption, then definitely check out this guide to watch live TV channels on it.

Watch live TV channels on Fire TV Stick

The new live TV feature is rolling out on all Fire TV Stick devices in batches. If you haven’t received the update yet, follow the steps below to check for it.

  1. First, select Settings from the navigation panel above the main Fire TV interface.
  2. Now scroll to the right in the Settings menu and select the My Fire TV option.
  3. Scroll down the following menu and click Check for Updates. If there’s a new software version, you should get the Install Update option. Click it and wait for your Fire TV Stick to download and install the update properly.

Once updated, you should see the new Live tab above the main Fire TV interface. However, you should first subscribe to one of the following integrated streaming services mentioned above.

You can pay for the subscription plan directly from your Fire TV Stick, only if you have a credit/debit card or other payment method linked to the Amazon account you are using. Else, you can visit their official websites to purchase the subscriptions.

Furthermore, you will be needed to install the streaming apps on your Fire TV Stick from the Amazon Appstore. You can then launch your preferred app and follow the on-screen instructions to sign in with your subscription.

Once signed in, you can go to the Live tab and access all of the entertainment, news, sports, and additional channels from your subscribed services. To access the complete channel guide, scroll down to the end and click Channel Guide under the Options row. From the On Now row, you can also access the programs that are currently live on television.

Which live TV channels can you currently watch on Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Here’s a list of all the TV channels you can currently watch on your Amazon Fire TV Stick:

Sony SAB HD

Colors HD SET HD Nick HD+ Dangal
DD National News18 India MTV Beats HD Sony BBC Earth HD Mastii TV Music
Discovery Zee TV (TBA) Zee Cinema (TBA) Zee News (TBA)

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You can also search for these channels with your voice using the Alexa Voice Remote. If you have an Echo device linked to your Fire TV Stick, you can ask Alexa to play any of the channels without using the remote.

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Instagram has recently stepped on its 10th anniversary, and they are celebrating it with an easter egg. If you have been using Instagram for a long time now, you might remember the old app logos before it was revamped in 2016. Now you can get them back and go down the memory lane.

As a surprise for long-time users, Instagram has added the option to change the app icon to one of the classic icons just for this month. The option is rolled out with the latest app update on both Android (163.0.0.6.122) and iOS (162.0), and it’s hidden in the settings menu.

You will find thirteen different Instagram app icons, starting from the pre-launch icon to the newest one. Although it might not be that exciting for regular users, home screen enthusiasts will be happy to have the customization option.

Before the feature gets disabled next month, you should definitely try changing the Instagram app icon once. Whether you are on Android or iOS, you can follow this guide to do it.

Changing the Instagram app icon on Android and iOS

The following process is basically identical on Android and iOS, as the Instagram app mostly shares the same user interface. Here’s how you can change the Instagram app icon:

  1. First, update to the latest version of the Instagram app on your Android (Play Store) or iOS (App Store) device if you already haven’t done it.
  2. Once updated, launch Instagram from your home screen.
  3. Next, tap your Profile on the right end of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
  4. After that, tap the three-lined hamburger icon on the top-right corner of the Instagram app window, then select Settings under the sidebar.
  5. Now swipe and drag the Settings menu downwards until you start seeing emojis above the menu.
  6. The emojis should show up in the following order: 👀🤔☝🎉. Soon after that, the secret menu will open up with a confetti shower animation.

In the secret menu, you can find all the classic and new Instagram icons, including Codename, Original, Classic, Classic 2, Twilight, Sunrise, Aurora, Pride, Gold, Dark, Very Dark, and Light.

Instagram’s App Icon Menu

When you pick up an icon on Android, you will be asked to add an Instagram shortcut with the selected icon to the home screen. However, the app icon will change immediately on iOS when selected. Check out this tweet from @kosmowskipat to see Instagram’s secret app icon customization menu in action.

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Google’s fall hardware event unveiled lots of new hardware, including the Nest Audio, Pixel 4A 5G, Pixel 5, and the new Chromecast. Apart from this year’s Pixel devices, Google TV made its debut, and it will be built into the new Chromecast.

Google TV replaces the existing Android TV interface, and the launcher is the biggest change yet. It’s still Android TV under the hood based on Android 10, but with Google’s reimagined software experience. The tech giant also announced that the new ‘Google TV’ branding (technically a decade older than Android TV) would completely replace Android TV in the next two years.

However, the Google TV interface will remain exclusive to the new Chromecast for now, and it will be made available to other media streaming player and TV manufacturers in 2021. There are no words on when exactly it will happen.

Initially, after the rollout of the Google TV Home app on the Play Store, many Android TV users tried to sideload it on their devices, just to find that it doesn’t work. Soon enough, several Redditors on the r/Android TV subreddit got the launcher working on the Mi Box S, NVIDIA SHIELD, and other Android TV devices by following a different workaround.

If you are interested in trying out the new Google TV launcher on your current Android TV device, follow the steps in this guide.

Step 1: Sideload the Google TV Launcher

The Google TV Home launcher will work only on devices that are running the 9.0 Pie version of Android TV (or above). The straightforward way to get it installed on your device is to use the “Send Files to TV” app to receive the APK file and then sideloading it using the FX File Explorer. However, you will have to install the following apps first.

  1. Go to the Play Store from the Apps list of the Android TV home screen.
  2. Next, move up to the right of the Play Store window and click the hand lens icon to open the Search menu.
  3. Now use the on-screen Android keyboard to enter “Send files to TV” in the search field.
  4. Select Send Files to TV from the search results, and click the Install button on the next page.

By following the steps above, make sure that you also install the FX File Explorer app. You will be able to open them from the Apps list on the Android TV Home screen.

Once you have both of the apps installed, follow the steps below to sideload the Google TV Home launcher on your Android TV.

  1. First, install the Send Files to TV app on your Android smartphone or tablet from the Play Store.
  2. Next, open up your preferred browser app and go to this link to download the Google TV Home APK file.
  3. After that, launch the Send Files to TV app on both of your Android and Android TV devices. Ensure that you tap the Allow option when asked to give the app storage permissions.
  4. On your phone or tablet, tap Send in the SFTV app, then go to your Download folder and select the APK file you downloaded earlier.
  5. Now click Receive in the SFTV app on your Android TV. Assuming that your devices are connected to the same network, you should see your Android TV device model in the SFTV app on your Android phone or tablet.
  6. From the scan results, select your Android TV device. The APK file should take a few seconds to transfer.

Once you have the APK file on your Android TV, launch the FX File Explorer and go to the Download folder. From there, you can open the APK file and get the option to install it. It’s worth mentioning that you will have to allow the file manager to install unknown apps first.

Step 2: Run the following ADB commands

The workaround to get the Google TV Home launcher working on the current version of Android TV requires users to disable the stock Android TV launcher first. For that, you will need to have ADB installed on your computer, and you can do it easily with the 15 seconds ADB installer tool for Windows. There are other alternatives available for Linux and macOS, such as the Nexus Tools.

Once you do it, go back to your Android TV and follow the steps below to enable ADB debugging.

  1. Click the gear icon on the top-right end of the Android TV Home screen to open the Settings menu.
  2. Next, scroll down to the Device Preferences option and select About on the following page.
  3. Once again, scroll down to Build Version and click it repeatedly until you get the “You are now a developer” message.
  4. Now head back to the Device Preferences menu and click Developer Options.
  5. In the following menu, scroll down and enable the USB Debugging and Network Debugging option.

After enabling the debugging options, go to the About menu in the Settings and click Status. Make sure to note down your device’s IP address carefully.

Assuming you have followed the steps above, you can now open a CMD or Terminal window on your computer and proceed to run the ADB commands listed below.

  • adb connect “xxx.xxx.x.x”

First, run the command above to connect to your Android TV device. Enter the IP address without the quotes, and you may have to add “.5555” after that. Also, you will have to accept the ADB request on your Android TV.

  • adb shell pm uninstall –user 0 com.google.android.tvlauncher

The following command disables the stock Android TV launcher. Do NOT run this command without sideloading the Google TV Home app first.

After running the commands, press the Home button on your Android TV remote. If everything goes correctly, you should see the new Google TV Home interface.

In case you want to switch back to the stock Android TV launcher, run the command below. Note that your Android TV home screen layout will revert back to default, and you will have to customize it again to your liking.

  • adb shell cmd package install-existing com.google.android.tvlauncher

Conclusion

The new Google TV Home interface unifies the content catalog of all streaming services and makes it easier for users to discover movies, shows, live channels, and other content that suits their preferences.

At the time of this writing, the Google Assistant-powered Search option on the new Google TV interface is non-functional, as it’s not meant to be used on the existing Android TV system yet.

However, the content recommendations work as intended, and you can access your installed apps from the launcher. Check out this r/AndroidTV post to see the Google TV Home interface in action.

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Initially released as a mobile game in 2018, Among Us has recently taken the gaming community by storm for its addictive gameplay. It currently has millions of concurrent players around the clock, thanks to the popularity among renowned Twitch streamers and YouTubers.

Among Us quickly got so popular in the mainstream media that the indie game developer behind the game, Innersloth, announced a sequel for it back in August. However, it was later canceled so that the team could work on the original game and add new content.

Unlike every other AAA multiplayer game, Among Us is more of a party game because of its ‘social-deduction’ gameplay mechanics. It takes place in a spaceship-themed environment where four to ten players take one of two roles: Crewmates and Imposters. A lobby of ten players can have up to three Imposters, with the rest being Crewmates. Their goal is to identify the Imposters and kick them out of the spaceship via votes, whereas the Imposter’s goal is to sabotage and kill the Crewmates before they finish all of their tasks.

Although Among Us does have an online lobby system, we recommend you to try out the game along with your friends on Discord for the best experience. Whether you can get it for free or not, check out this guide for more information.

Is Among Us a Free-to-Play game?

Among Us is currently available on three platforms: Android, iOS, and Windows. While the game is entirely free-to-play on Android and iOS devices, it will cost you $5 to play on Windows. The game had two paid downloadable maps, which was later made free for all players. However, in-game cosmetic bundles (pets, hats, outfits) are still paid content.

You can buy and download the Windows version of Among Us from either Steam or Itch.io. The Among Us on Android and iOS can be downloaded from the platform’s respective storefronts: Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

One of the best things about Among Us is its crossplay support. It doesn’t matter which platform you and your friends are playing on, anyone of you can host a lobby and share the lobby code with others.

How to download Among Us on Android?

As we previously mentioned, Among Us is available for download on the Google Play Store. The game doesn’t have any specific requirements, and it works with any Android device running 4.4 KitKat or later. Here’s how you can download it from the Play Store:

  1. First, open the Play Store from the app drawer on your Android device.
  2. Now tap the search bar above the Play Store window and search for the “Among Us” game.
  3. After that, tap Among Us in the search results. You will be redirected to the game’s download page.
  4. Finally, tap the Install button, then wait for the game to get installed.

Once Among Us is successfully installed on your Android device, you can launch it from the app drawer and start playing with your friends.

Note that there are in-game advertisements, which you can remove with a one-time payment of $1.99.

How to download Among Us on iOS?

If you have an iPhone or iPad, follow the steps below to download and install Among Us on it.

  1. First of all, go to the App Store on your Apple device.
  2. Now tap the Search option at the bottom and type in “Among Us” using the keyboard.
  3. Select Among Us from the instant search results, then tap Get. You might be asked to verify your passcode or authenticate with Touch ID / Face ID.
  4. After that, tap Install again to begin downloading and installing the game.

When Among Us finishes installing, you can return to the Home Screen and tap the newly created shortcut to launch the game.

Similar to the Android version, it comes with in-game advertisements that you can remove by paying $1.99. Furthermore, skins, hats, and pet bundles are also available as microtransactions.

How to get Among Us on Windows for free?

In case the $5 price tag is holding you back from trying out Among Us on your Windows PC, there are other legitimate options available as well. On capable hardware, you can use an Android emulator (e.g., Bluestacks, NoxPlayer) and play the free Android version of the game.

If it sparks your interest, then go through the following steps to play Among Us on Windows for free:

  1. First, visit bluestacks.com from the preferred web browser on your Windows PC or laptop, then click the Download BlueStacks button.
  2. The BlueStacks installer should start downloading. Once the download finishes, run the installer and go through the setup process.
  3. When BlueStacks is installed on your computer, launch it from the desktop shortcut. It may take several minutes for the app to launch the first time.
  4. Once BlueStacks finally boots you to the Android home screen, go to the App Center to download and install the latest version of Among Us.

After the installation, you can return to the BlueStacks home screen and launch the game. Using BlueStacks’ intuitive Game guide tool, you can easily configure the control scheme and play the game with your keyboard and mouse. BlueStacks does have a video guide on it, which you should definitely check out from here.

Final words

This guide has everything you need to play Among Us for free. While we do not endorse using an Android emulator to play the game on Windows, it’s the only legitimate workaround to the $5 price tag. Also, we strongly advise you to stay away from websites that offer the free Windows version of Among Us.

Due to its sudden popularity, malware-ridden copies of the game are being distributed all over the internet. Make sure to download it only from the following stores listed in this guide.

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There are several ways you can play your PC games on your phone or tablet with either on-screen controls or a controller. If you want so then follow this guide to play PC games on Android and iOS devices

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How To Play PC Games on Android and iOS

Mobile gaming is quite colossal compared to other platforms, mainly because smartphones are available to everyone. However, PC has a massive library of quality AAA titles, which you probably already play on your high-end desktop.

There are several ways you can play your PC games on your phone or tablet with either on-screen controls or a controller. All you need is a compatible device and a computer capable of handling graphics-intensive games and high-bitrate stream encoding at the same time.

In case you have one, then you can follow this guide to play PC games on Android and iOS devices. We will talk about multiple apps that let you do just that.

Play PC games on Android and iOS using Steam Link

The Steam Link is the easiest of the bunch in terms of the setup process. It also works with a vast list of hardware, and the stream quality looks good enough on a mobile device. The latency is also relatively low, but that mostly depends on your network reliability.

Although Valve used to sell a dedicated game-streaming box named Steam Link, it didn’t offer additional benefits over streaming games directly on smartphones, tablets, or smart TVs. It was later discontinued and replaced by the Steam Link app on Android. The iOS version made its debut after a whole year of drama between Apple and Valve.

Setting up Steam Link

The first thing you have to do is install the Steam Link app on your Android (Play Store) or iOS (App Store) device. Android TV or Apple TV owners can also get the Steam Link from their respective app storefronts. Also, it’s best if you connect a controller to your device for the ideal experience. You can use either a wired (over OTG on phones) or Bluetooth controller (DualShock 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, or any MFi gamepad). Else, you should take a look at the Gamevice or the Razer Kishi controller for a Nintendo Switch-like experience.

Once Steam Link is installed on your device, launch it and tap Get Started. Then, go through the controller pairing process and wait for the app to scan for your PC (with Steam installed) on the same network. Make sure to connect your devices to the same home network over either Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Select your PC from the scan results. You will be given a 4-digit code that you need to enter in the Steam dialog box on your desktop. Once you do that, the Steam Link app will start testing the network to check whether your home network connection is capable of delivering decent stream quality.

Steam Link interface

Finally, tap the Start Playing option in the Steam Link app. You should see the desktop stream soon your device, with the Steam desktop app opened in Big Picture Mode. From there, you can select a game from your library and start playing.

Steam Big Picture Mode

Configuring Steam Link

Steam Link Streaming Settings

In case you are not satisfied with the stream quality, tap the gear icon on the top-right corner of the Steam Link app, then select Streaming from the options. From the following Streaming Settings menu, you can adjust the Video and Audio quality to your preference, as well as enable HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding) for better stream performance on supported hardware.

Steam Link Streaming Settings

Furthermore, you can limit the Bandwidth Usage and Stream Resolution, and toggle on/off the Microphone for voice communication.

Achieving the best experience on Steam Link

If you plan to use Steam Link on your phone or tablet, we recommend connecting to a 5 GHz Wi-Fi channel as it offers a significant bump in bandwidth compared to a regular 2.4 GHz channel. However, you will have to have decent Wi-Fi coverage for a continuous 5 GHz signal transmission. In case you are on your smart TV, it’s best to connect it over the Ethernet interface for the best quality possible.

Play PC games on Android and iOS using Moonlight (for NVIDIA GPU users)

Moonlight is an open-source NVIDIA GameStream client compatible with a wide variety of devices, including Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromebook, PS Vita, Raspberry Pi, Windows, Linux, Mac, etc. Although NVIDIA GameStream works exclusively with NVIDIA SHIELD, the developers behind Moonlight has made it possible to take advantage of the GameStream feature on just about any capable device.

Since the stream is encoded by NVIDIA’s industry-leading NVENC encoder, the system performance loss is minimal. You can expect to get reasonable frame rates even when streaming games with an entry-level graphics card. However, the usage of GameStream and NVENC encoding means that you can’t use a Radeon graphics card with Moonlight, as the features are exclusive to NVIDIA cards only (GeForce GTX 600+ or RTX 20+ series).

With Moonlight, you can stream your favorite games on your Android or iOS device in up to 4K at 120 FPS, assuming that you have the hardware required to encode and decode the stream. You can plug in any of your wired / wireless controllers or keyboard and mouse, and Moonlight will automatically set it up. Due to the efficiency of NVENC, you can expect a 5-10 ms of total (network and decoding) stream latency over your local connection. Furthermore, you can enable HDR game-streaming on Moonlight, assuming that you have a 1000-series Pascal GPU (or above) and an HDR-compatible display.

Setting up Moonlight Game Streaming

It’s super easy to set up Moonlight Game Streaming on your devices. The first thing you have to do is install the GeForce Experience app on your PC if you don’t have it installed already (usually bundled with the drivers). Once you install it, launch the Geforce Experience app and follow the steps below.

  1. First, click the gear icon on the top-right corner of the window to go to the Settings menu.

    GeForce Experience Home page
  2. Select SHIELD from the left sidebar, then toggle the slider on for the GAMESTREAM option.

    GameStream Settings

In case you don’t see the SHIELD tab in the Settings menu, install the latest driver for your GPU from NVIDIA’s website or reinstall GeForce Experience. Also, Quadro graphics card owners will have to install the Quadro Experience app on their PC.

Moonlight Game Streaming interface

Once you successfully enable the GameStream feature on your PC, proceed to install the Moonlight Game Streaming client on your Android / Android TV (Play Store) or iOS / iPadOS / tvOS (App Store) device from their respective app stores.

After that, launch the Moonlight client on your device and tap your PC. A dialog box from the GeForce Experience app should show up on the bottom-right corner of the screen. Enter the PIN shown on the Moonlight app and click the Connect option.

Upon successful pairing, you should see a list of games installed on your PC. Tap on any of them to launch the game and start the stream. In just a few seconds, you can play your favorite PC game on your mobile device using Moonlight.

Personal game library on Moonlight

Configuring Moonlight

Moonlight Basic Settings

Moonlight offers a wide variety of configuration options for both Android and iOS users. You can adjust the video resolution, frame rate, as well as the video bitrate as per your preferences.

Moonlight Advanced Settings

If your phone has a high refresh rate display, scroll down to the Advanced Settings and tap the box next to the “Unlock all possible frame rates” option. You can set the framerate to either 90 FPS or 120 FPS. However, streaming games at those framerates may cause higher latency,  lags, and stutters on devices with incapable hardware.

Moonlight Input Settings

Moonlight has a bunch of Input Settings options. You can enable on-screen controls, force Xbox 360 / One USB driver, toggle controller vibration, mouse emulation, etc.

Also, make sure to enable the “Optimize game settings” option in case your system can’t keep up delivering respectable framerates and encoding a high-quality stream at the same time. You can also force H.265 on compatible hardware for better stream quality and performance.

For more information, be sure to check out Moonlight’s official Setup Guide and Troubleshooting Guide.

Network requirements

Moonlight recommends users to connect the client devices over an 802.11n (or better) 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection. The host PC should also be connected to the network router over a wired connection, preferably Ethernet.

In case you encounter network lag while streaming games using Moonlight, lower the video bitrate or frame rate, then try again. The latency issues might also be an issue related to your controller, especially if you are using a DualShock 4 over Bluetooth.

Play PC games on Android and iOS using AMD Link

Radeon graphics card owners can use the AMD Link app to play their favorite PC games on Android (Play Store) and iOS / iPadOS / tvOS (App Store) devices. You can enable the AMD Link feature from the Radeon Software panel and pair your mobile device to your PC with a PIN, similar to Steam Link and Moonlight.

The AMD Link also offers additional features related to gaming and streaming. You can also monitor your system performance directly from the app. However, AMD Link isn’t the most sophisticated game-streaming solution in the bunch, even if it offers plenty of tweakable quality settings.

Wrapping up

In this guide, we have discussed several apps that let you play PC games on Android and iOS devices. In case any of the apps fail to deliver the best experience to you, definitely check out Parsec or Rainway and give them a try. The following apps specialize in game-streaming as well. You can also ask for help on their official Discord servers.

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