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Google Drive Update Makes It Easier to Transfer iPhone Content to Android

Google Drive was updated today to make it easier for users to transfer their content from iOS devices to Android devices, Google announced. The company also published a new web page on the Android website detailing how it works.

Once a user downloads Google Drive from the App Store, they can navigate toward the backup wizard by going to Menu > Settings > Backup in the app. From there, users can choose to sync select contacts, calendar events and photos or everything. Google recommends that users backup when their iPhone is connected to power and is on Wi-Fi, as backing up can take several hours. Additionally, the Google Drive app must stay open and the screen must stay on.

When users sign into their Google account on their new Android device their content will automatically sync.

Google has tried to make it easier for iPhone users to switch to Android in recent months, packing in a “Quick Switch Adapter” with the Pixel, which quickly transfers data directly from an iPhone to a Pixel phone. While the Quick Switch Adapter only works with the Pixel phone, the Google Drive method will also work with non-Pixel Android phones.

iPhone users who want to switch to Android must turn off iMessage before they officially switch devices.

Google Drive is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Get 2GB of Drive storage for free by checking your Google security settings

What would you do if you lost access to your Google account? It’s not something we would like to think about.

But have you done anything to protect your account from malevolent sources, or at least include a way to recover your account if anything happens?

To help, Google is rewarding anyone who does a security check-up on their account with a cool 2GB of Google Drive storage space.

To get started, head to the Security Check-Up page and login to your Google account.

Google Security Check-up

On the Security Check-up page, you can change or add your recovery information, review your connected devices and app permissions, enable or change your two-step authentication and app password settings. Of course, if anything looks odd or suspicious, you can alert Google and take steps to fix the problem.

Once everything looks like it should and your account is at its most secure, Google will add your bonus 2GB of Google Drive storage to your account, permanently. That’s all there is to it!

It is all part of the Safer Internet Day initiative, which Google and many other companies and organisations are a part of, to promote safer and more responsible internet use.

But you better hurry, you must complete this check-up by February 18 to get the bonus Google Drive data.

Source: ZDNet

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Google brings back Security Checkup reward scheme just in time for Safer Internet Day


In preparation for Safer Internet Day which is will take place tomorrow Tuesday, February 9, Google has brought back its popular free storage reward. If you happened to miss the celebration last year, the search engine giant offered all users 2GB of additional Drive space to participate in a simple security checkup. The same scheme will run this year, but a couple of extra steps have been added in order to make your account more secure than ever before.

The audit itself takes around 2-to-3 minutes and requires you to sift through your account recovery options, trusted devices, permissions and 2-step verification settings. If everything appears to be in order and it doesn’t look like any of your details have been compromised, simply read through the Staying Safe tips, hit the OK button and Google will credit your account with the free storage.

It’s important to note, however, that tons of people all round the world will be partaking in this program, so if you notice that the extra space hasn’t shown up on your account immediately, don’t worry. It can take up to 24-hours for the system to process your request, verify that you have completed the checkup and credit your account.

Source: Google Security Checkup


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Modify your code from anywhere with a subscription to Codeanywhere

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15 best free Android apps

best free android apps
Perhaps the biggest strength of Android is the application ecosystem. There are well over one million applications in the Google Play Store that have been downloaded billions of times. We use them for productivity, entertainment, information, functionality, and everything between. You absolutely cannot have a good time on Android unless you have some awesome apps and there are plenty that you don’t have to spend a dime to get. Here are the best free Android apps!

1Weather best free android apps1Weather

[Price: Free / $1.99]
1Weather is about as complete of a weather app as you can find. It comes with all kinds of stuff including current conditions, forecasts, radar, predictions, fun facts about meteorology, graphs, and evne a sun and moon tracker. It’s wrapped up in a very attractive tabbed design and there are even a variety of weather widgets that come along with it. It’s free to use and the $1.99 charge is simply to remove advertising. Everything else remains the same.
Get it now on Google Play!

AppLock best free android appsAppLock

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
AppLock is a free Android app that comes with a lot of options. You can pay for it, get premium features, and no advertising. Or you can view advertising, get the premium features, and not pay anything. Finally, you can use it ad-free, but without premium features. The choice is yours. The app itself is a simple, but powerful app that allows you to lock your apps up tight with passwords so that snooping eyes can’t see them. This is great if you have nosy roommates, kids, or if you just want some piece of mind.
Get it now on Google Play!
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cloudmagic best free android appsCloudMagic Email

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CloudMagic Email is arguably the most versatile email client on Android. With it, you create a CloudMagic account and then sign into all of your email addresses. If your device gets lost or stolen or you buy a new device, you just have to log into CloudMagic and all of your email will follow you. It comes with a simple, but effective design and has a variety of features such as plugins for Todoist, Evernote, OneNote, Asana, and others. It’s a powerful email client and one that you should check out.
Get it now on Google Play!

evernote best free android appsEvernote

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Evernote is a note taking application and it’s one of the best. It comes with a ton of features, including the ability to sync to the cloud for easy access on your computer or other mobile devices. You can take a variety of notes, including lists, regular notes, video notes, audio notes, and combinations of all of them. There are premium features that you can pay for, but the free version is more than enough unless you’re a seriously intense user.
Get it now on Google Play!

Google Drive best free android appsThe Google Drive Suite

[Price: Free]
The Google Drive suite are a group of applications that are all directly integrated into Google Drive. The apps include Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Photos, and Google Keep along with the actual Google Drive app itself. These apps focus primarily on office use for documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows but also work for note taking, backing up your photos, and storing whatever file you can think of. The best part is that they’re all free unless you need more than 15GB of storage on Google Drive. Most people don’t.
Get it now on Google Play!

google opinion rewards best free android appsGoogle Opinion Rewards

[Price: Free]
Google Opinion Rewards is one of the most woefully underrated apps in the Google Play Store. To use this app, you simply download and install it, then open it one time. After that, the app will periodically notify you to ask you some questions. You’ll get credit for use in the Google Play Store every time you answer a survey. This is a great way to get a few bucks to buy those paid apps you’ve always wanted. Do beware that any credit earned is removed after 12 months so don’t wait forever to spend!
Get it now on Google Play!
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groupon best free android appsGroupon

[Price: Free]
Groupon is one of the best and most popular coupon apps available on Android. Using this application is very simple. You browse it for coupons for goods or services you want and then you take those coupons shopping with you in order to get discounts. It doesn’t have coupons for every little thing but any penny saved is a penny earned. You can track which coupons you’ve used, take advantage of deals instantly, and a lot more. The design isn’t half bad either.
Get it now on Google Play!
groupon best free android apps

kodi best free android appsKodi

[Price: Free]
Kodi is a media center application that used to go by XBMC. It’s a popular, open-source media center that gives you complete access to your music, TV, and movie files along with your apps, pictures, and there is even support for third party plugins. It’s as full-screen app and it has a unique, simple design that’s easy to use. That said, we really recommend it for larger screen devices and probably not for smaller screen devices. The app is totally free with no in-app purchases.
Get it now on Google Play!
Kodi best free android apps

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lastpass best free android appsLastPass Password Manager

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
LastPass is one of the most prominent, popular, and feature-filled password managers that you can get. The application will encrypt and store your passwords for every app and website you subscribe to and keep them safe behind your master password. The app can also suggest passwords, auto-fill your details into sites and apps, take notes, securely hide photos, and a lot more. It’s a powerful application and it’s free to use on mobile. You will have to pay for it if you want to sync between mobile and your computer.
Get it now on Google Play!

myfitnesspal best free android appsMyFitnessPal

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
MyFitnessPal is one of the best health-oriented applications available on the market. It covers a wide range of healthy lifestyle needs including a calorie counting database with over 5,000,000 foods, a recipe importer so you can create your own cookbook, exercise regimes, integration with other apps and fitness hardware, and personalized recommendations based on your diet or needs. It’s a great app to have around if you want to live a more healthy life and most of its features are entirely free.
Get it now on Google Play!
myftinesspal best free android apps

Pocket best free android appsPocket

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Pocket is a powerful application for those who surf the web all the time. The way it works is that it allows you to store links, web images, and more in your metaphorical “pocket” for later viewing. This is great if you find stuff you want to remember for later and its offline capabilities allow you to store up some content for those long rides to and from work. It works cross-platform so you can save it on your PC and read it on mobile and vice versa and it’s a handy app to keep around.
Get it now on Google Play!

stocks forex futures and news Best free android appsStocks, Forex, Futures, and News

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Stocks, Forex, Futures, and News is an application by that shows you pretty much anything you need to know about the world of investing. It has real time reporting from over 40,000 financial instruments and 70 global exchanges. This includes breaking news, live charts, opinion, analysis, and coverage of emerging markets. If you’re into finance at all, you should definitely give this app a try.
Get it now on Google Play!

swiftkey keyboard best free android appsSwiftKey Keyboard

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
SwiftKey is one of the best keyboards available on Android and it’s entirely free to use. It comes with world class prediction that works most of the time, various customization options including keyboard height, a dedicated number row, and emoji settings. You can even check out your heat map and see how inaccurately you type. There are themes available as well, but they will cost you money. Everything else about the app is free. SwiftKey is owned by Microsoft now so we’ll see how that turns out.
Get it now on Google Play!

waze best free android appsWaze

[Price: Free]
Almost everyone has their GPS app of choice these days but Waze is a great option as a secondary GPS app to keep around. On top of directions, you can get road alerts about accidents, find the cheapest gas on your route, and even send ETAs to your friends based on how long Waze thinks it’ll take you to get there. The entire thing is based on live feedback from other drivers in the community so most alerts and information is real time as its being reported which is kind of awesome.
Get it now on Google Play!

zedge best free android appsZedge

[Price: Free]
Zedge is pretty much a one-stop-shop for things like wallpapers, ringtones, notification tones, and alarms. There is a very large selection of all of those things available in a variety of genres including fantasy, mainstream, funny, and pretty much whatever else you can think of. The information is crowd sourced by Zedge users and finding stuff on there can be simple. The only bad part is the advertising can get annoying but it’s easy enough to ignore.
Get it now on Google Play!

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Google makes it easier to find your files in Google Drive

Google announced yesterday that they would be expanding the search capabilities of their Google Drive platform. You can now search all of your files at the same time without regard to which device the files were uploaded from.

Other new features include:

  • Narrow your search to a file type from the search box on Android, iOS, and the web.
  • Open advanced search instantly from the search box.
  • Access recent files or search Drive from the home screen using 3D Touch on iOS.
  • Search Drive using the iOS search bar without opening the Drive app.
  • Search for shared files by file owner using their name or email address.
  • Use advanced search options like the date a file was modified, words it contains, or who it was shared with.

Google Drive

If you’re like me and you don’t organize your files within Google Drive, this will make finding the files you need extremely easy. Gmail, of course, has had this type of search functionality for a long time. It kind of makes me wonder, what took them so long? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Google Drive Blog

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Google Drive update makes searching for files faster and easier

google drive faster search

Google’s latest update to Drive, its cloud storage platform, is aimed at making file search faster and easier for end users. The latest version of Drive adds several new ways to allow users to easily search across all their files, regardless of which device was used to upload them in the first place.

As explained on Google Drive’s official blog, these new features are part of an ongoing effort to make Drive the easiest place to find one’s files. All platforms will eventually get access to the new search features as it gets rolled out over the coming weeks. This new update to Google’s cloud storage platform arrives only half a day after the company introduced actionable notifications for file sharing in Drive.

To speed up the search functionality, Google Drive for Android, iOS, and the Web enables users to narrow their search to a specific file type directly from the search box. Several behind-the-scenes improvements will now result in more accurate search results to a user’s search queries. To narrow down the search to get more specific results, users can directly enter a person’s name or email address to search for shared files.

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The latest update to Drive also allows Advanced search to be opened directly from the search box, which allows for tighter search parameters such as the date a file was modified, words it contains, or even the people with whom the file was shared with.

Drive also has a feature that take advantage of the latest iPhones. Thanks to the inclusion of 3D touch support, Drive users with compatible 3D touch enabled devices can access recent files or search for a particular file directly from the home screen. Additionally, users can search Drive using the iOS search bar without even opening the app.

What do you think? Are these new Google Drive search features going to simply your file search? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!


Google Drive adds actionable notifications for file sharing


Google Drive is trying to make it easier than ever to share files by cutting out the email step. Moreover, they’ve improved access-granting functionality and made files previewable on Android even without a Google account.

Remember USB drives? Remember emailing files to yourself so you could access them on another computer? Remember when a hard drive failure meant you lost all of your work? Cloud storage has revolutionized the way we save and exchange data, but as Group Project Manager Alex Vogenthaler points out in his blog post regarding this most recent update, it’s absolutely essential that cloud storage be secure as well as shareable.

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It can be a tricky tightrope to walk, and granting and requesting access in Drive has always been a little bit awkward. The sharing system works, no doubt, but you could sometimes run into irritating little roadblocks in which someone sent you a link to a shared file, but forgot to adjust the file’s permissions to let you access or edit it.

This update adds an option to request access if you’re unable to edit a file. One tap, and Drive pushes the file owner a notification on their Android or iOS device. From there, the file owner can grant you access in a single tap.

Google Drive Group Sharing

The notification function also makes collaboration easier by cutting email out of the process. Previously, when someone shared a file with you, Drive would send you an email with a link to the file. You had to open your email, then follow the link. Now Google Drive pushes you a notification as well, so you can hop directly to the file you’re looking for.

As icing on the cake, Android users can now preview shared documents even if they aren’t logged into a Google account. You’ve long been able to do this when using a web browser, but now this functionality has been brought to mobile users.

What are your thoughts on Drive’s new notification-happy update? Let us know in the comments!

Next: 10 best cloud storage apps for Android


Google simplifies Drive search to be snappy


Google Drive is turning four years old in April, and if you’ve been with the cloud storage solution since its inception, a huge amount of files are stored right now. But, of course, you could’ve joined Google Drive last week and filled your space in the cloud with hundreds of pictures or something else. Regardless of how long you’ve been using Google Drive, Google wants search to be as easy as possible. Files need to be stored and identified quickly for users to feel most productive.


These are the new ways to search in Google Drive:

  • Narrow your search to a file type from the search box on Android, iOS, and the web.
  • Open advanced search instantly from the search box.
  • Access recent files or search Drive from the home screen using 3D Touch on iOS.
  • Search Drive using the iOS search bar without opening the Drive app.

Google will be rolling out the new features across all platforms in the coming weeks.

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Source: Google

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10 best cloud storage apps for Android

best cloud storage apps for android
We’re quickly moving into an era where cloud storage is going to be a must have service for everyone. It’s efficient, doesn’t take up your storage, and it’s far more convenient than carrying a hard drive around everywhere. You can get ahead of the curve with these awesome cloud storage apps for Android! You might also like:

amazon cloud drive best cloud storage apps for androidAmazon Cloud Drive

[Price: Free app, $12/year, $60/year]
Amazon Cloud Drive is a good start for anyone who uses Amazon Prime. Those with Amazon Prime will already get 5GB of free storage along with unlimited backup for photos and videos. You can upgrade to unlimited storage for about $60 per year. You can also use it if you don’t have Amazon Prime but the 5GB of storage and unlimited photo backup will run you $12/year. The app is a bit buggy at times, but it works well enough and you can access your files online anytime.
Get it now on Google Play!
amazon cloud drive best cloud storage apps for android

box best cloud storage apps for androidBox

[Price: Free, $5/month, $10/month, and $15/month options + enterprise options] is an up and comer in the cloud storage world and many apps already include Box integration for users. New users can sign up for personal accounts for free and get 10GB of free storage while $10/month gets you 100GB. Business prices range from $5-$15/month and include far more features. The app works pretty well and it puts an emphasis on simplicity and organization.
Get it now on Google Play!

copy best cloud storage apps for androidCopy

[Price: Free / $4.99/month, $9.99/month + enterprise options]
Copy is a lesser known cloud storage site that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Users get 15GB of free cloud storage just for signing up and you can upgrade to 250GB ($4.99/month) or 1TB ($9.99/month) as your needs require. There are also enterprise options through their sister site, called Cude Drive. The app is decent and uses some basic Holo/Material Design elements. It can be buggy for some but the general consensus is that it works well.
Get it now on Google Play!

cubby best cloud storage apps for androidCubby

[Price: Free, large variety of paid options ranging from 100GB to 200TB (enterprise only)]
Cubby is another lesser known option that could be good if your storage needs are simple. What makes Cubby so special are its intense list of very customizable plans. Users can get 5GB of free storage anytime, but personal accounts can get anywhere (literally) from 100GB to 2.5TB extra for between $3.99 and $99.75/month. Enterprise users can get five users on 1TB for $39.99 up to 1000 users sharing 200TB of storage with plenty of options between. The app is solid, even if the interface is a tad antiquated. It works well enough for most people and this is a service to look into if you need a really specific amount of storage.
Get it now on Google Play!
cubby best cloud storage apps for android

dropbox best cloud storage apps for androidDropbox

[Price: Free, $9.99/month, $15/month, $75/month + enterprise options]
Everybody knows about Dropbox and there’s a good chance that some of you have this app pre-installed on your devices already. For normal users, you get 2GB of free cloud storage when you sign up with an option to upgrade to 1TB for $9.99/month. Businesses can get unlimited storage for about $15/month per person while enterprise users will have to contact Dropbox. The app comes with auto-photo upload, easy sharing options, the latest Android design elements, Microsoft Office support, and the ability to send files to others. It’s a very solid option with more features than most.
Get it now on Google Play!

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Google Drive best cloud storage apps for androidGoogle Drive

[Price: Free, $1.99/month, $9.99/month + business options]
Google Drive is one of the most well-known and popular cloud storage apps available. Users get 15GB free out of the gate with unlimited photo and video backup via Google Photos if they so choose. There is also an assortment of office apps available for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can upgrade to 100GB ($1.99/month) or 1TB ($9.99) for fairly cheap and there are options for businesses as well. Most Android devices have this pre-installed so it’s worth a shake to see if you like it.
Get it now on Google Play!

mediafire best cloud storage apps for androidMediaFire

[Price: Free, $$4.99/month, $49.99/month]
MediaFire started out as a file sharing service but has become a pretty decent cloud storage service in its own right. You can upload whatever you want and the service revolves around sharing and playing with those files in the cloud. Free users get 10GB and you can upgrade to 1TB for $4.99 ($3.79/month if you pay annually), and $49.99/month is the going rate for businesses. The app is a bit antiquated and a few users have had some issues, but it seems to work well enough overall.
Get it now on Google Play!
mediafire best cloud storage apps for android

mega best cloud storage apps for androidMega

[Price: Free, 4.99€/month, 9.99€/month, 19.99€/month, 29.99€/month]
Mega is the sequel to the now-defunct Megaupload, a cloud storage service that was taken down by the authorities a couple of years ago. Mega is an up-and-coming service that gives users 50GB for free just for signing up which is easily the largest sign-up bonus we’ve seen. It comes with a range of storage options that span from 200GB to 4TB. The app is quite flashy but there are a few bugs here and there that some people have experienced.
Get it now on Google Play!
mega best cloud storage apps for android

microsoft onedrive best cloud storage apps for androidMicrosoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive)

[Price: Free, $1.99/month, $3.99/month + other options]
Microsoft OneDrive is a popular option because it integrates directly with a variety of Windows products. For starters, can get 5GB of free cloud storage and you can upgrade to 100GB for $1.99 or 200GB for $3.99. OneDrive storage is also included in every Office 365 subscription, be it for personal use or for businesses. In most cases, each Office 365 subscriber will get 1TB of storage and access to Microsoft Office. The app follows most of the Android design guidelines and has a decent rating on the Google Play Store. There is also full integration with Microsoft OneNote.
Get it now on Google Play!

Yandex Disk best cloud storage apps for androidYandex Disk

[Price: Free, $1/month, $2/month, $10/month]
Yandex Disk is a lesser-known but potentially great option. They offer up 10GB of free cloud storage for signing up and you can get 10GB more (total of 20GB) for $1/month or you can add 100GB for $2/month. There is also a “server package” that gives you 1TB for $10/month. The app is also surprisingly good with Material Design elements and one of the few instances where yellow actually works in an application design. There are bugs but most people seem to be happy with this underrated option.
Get it now on Google Play!

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