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How to turn off Google Assistant

How to turn off Google Assistant on any device

Uncomfortable with Google Assistant? Tired of it popping up uninvited? Our simple guide will show you how to limit it or turn it off altogether on any device.
A person listening to the Apple AirPods Max.

How to clean your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPod Max

White earbuds aren't exactly the easiest to keep clean all the time. Here, we outline the best way to clean your AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max safely.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

How to turn off 5G on a Samsung phone (including the Galaxy S24)

Whether you own a new Z Fold 3 5G or a midrange A71 5G, it's easy to turn off 5G on a Samsung phone. We show you how to do this to save battery life.
A person holding the Google Pixel Fold with the screen open.

Google Pixel Fold deals: Save $1,000 on Google’s foldable phone

Here, we examine various deals from various carriers for the Google Pixel Fold. If you're prepared to trade in your old phone, you can snag a good deal easily.
iMessage on an iPhone.

How to save text messages on iPhone and Android

Here's how to save your text messages in Android and iOS. We have a simple step-by-step guide to help you save text messages on your iPhone or Android phone.

How to turn your old phone into a security camera

Have an old phone and don’t know what to do with it? We've rounded up the top apps that allow you to turn your unused smartphone into a home security device.
A person holding the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Galaxy S24+.

The best Samsung phones in 2024: our 8 favorite Galaxy handsets

Need some help choosing the right Samsung smartphone? Our list has something to suit everyone, from the latest flagship Samsung Galaxy to $200 handsets.
The Google Pixel 8 on a table showing the screen.

Best Google Pixel 8 deals: Save $800 on the latest Pixel

The Google Pixel 8 is a great mid-range smartphone and it's also highly affordable. Here's where you can find the best Google Pixel 8 deals.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 display.

Best Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 deals: Save $1,000 on the foldable

Looking for awesome Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 deals? We've got all the best options here to keep costs a little lower than before.
Personal taking iPhone 15 Pro out of pocket with Rustic Brown Nomad Magnetic Leather Back attached.

Nomad’s new iPhone accessory is unlike anything you’ve seen before

Well-known case maker Nomad has announced a brand new type of iPhone accessory — and it's unlike any we've seen before.
The Z Fold 5 being half folded.

I just ordered my first folding phone, and I’m worried

I've just ordered a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, and far from being excited, I'm very worried. Here's why.
The Google Photos app running on a Google Pixel 8 Pro.

Best Google Pixel 8 Pro deals: Save $1,000 on the best Pixel phone

We've picked out all the best Google Pixel 8 Pro deals currently available and looked at why you might want the phone.
The Apple Watch Series 9 showing apps on the screen.

Best Apple Watch Series 9 deals: Get the smartwatch for $309

We've gathered a bunch of Apple Watch Series 9 deals right here, so here's your chance to get Apple's latest smartwatch on your wrist for cheaper than usual.
A person holding the Nothing Phone 2, with the lights lit up.

The Nothing Phone 2a is releasing in March, but there’s a catch

The Nothing Phone 2a is officially set to launch in March. However, there's an unexpected catch with the upcoming smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic next to each other.

Best Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 deals: Get $80 off the smartwatch

Here are the best Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 deals that we've found for all of the smartwatch's models, including discounts on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.
Samsung Galaxy S24 in Marble Gray showing Google Maps.

Best Samsung Galaxy S24 deals: Save up to $800 on the phone

We've picked out all the best Samsung Galaxy S24 deals currently going on, and taken a look at why you want to buy one.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 next to the original Apple Watch Ultra.

Best Apple Watch Ultra deals: Save on the Ultra and Ultra 2

Check out these Apple Watch Ultra deals if you've always wanted to get one of Apple's premium smartwatches, but they've been too expensive for your budget.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and S Pen stylus on its screen.

Best Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra deals: Get Samsung’s flagship for $250

We've tracked down all the best Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra deals and taken a look at all of them here.
A picture of the Steam Deck

How to customize boot animations on Steam Deck

Did you know that you can change the boot animation of the Steam Deck to a custom video intro? Here's how to choose a new animation and enable it!
iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy S23 Ultra camera modules.

How to check your IMEI number on iPhone, Android, or PC

Learn how to check your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number in various places on iOS and Android. We give you the lowdown on all the options.
A Zagg Glass XTR3 screen protector on an iPhone 15 Pro Max.

I used to hate screen protectors, but this one changed my mind

Are screen protectors really necessary on our smartphones? I used to not think so. However, one screen protector changed my mind.
A person holding the Apple iPhone 15 Plus and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max.

iPhone 16: news, rumored price, release date, and more

The iPhone 15 is the latest and greatest, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to the iPhone 16. Here's what we know so far.
The Apple Watch Series 8 and Galaxy Watch 5.

The best smartwatches in 2024: our 13 favorites

Smartwatches offer notifications, fitness tracking, and more. Choosing one is the hard part, so to help, here is our list of the best smartwatches in 2024.
The Apple Watch SE 2 with Nike Bounce watch face.

Get one of the latest Apple Watches for under $200 with this deal

The GPS, 40mm version of the second-generation Apple Watch SE, originally priced at $249, is currently on sale from Walmart for $189 following a $60 discount.
Someone holding the OnePlus 12R, showing the back of the phone.

OnePlus just made an awkward mistake with the OnePlus 12R

The OnePlus 12R is one of the best smartphone values available in 2024. Unfortunately, OnePlus just made a really awkward mistake with it.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 next to the Samsung Galaxy S24.

Samsung Galaxy S24 vs. Galaxy S21: is it time to upgrade?

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S21, is now the time to upgrade to the Galaxy S24? Here's everything you need to know before making the plunge.
The Google Pixel 8's screen.

Google Pixel 8 is even cheaper than it was on Black Friday today

The unlocked Google Pixel 8 with 128GB of storage is available from Amazon's Woot for only $540, which is even cheaper than the smartphone's Black Friday price.
A green iPhone 15 in hand in front of plant.

This is one of the best iPhone 16 leaks I’ve seen yet

There are plenty of iPhone 16 leaks and rumors floating around. But there's one, in particular, that's really caught my eye.
OnePlus 12 Flowy Emerald laying flat on astroturf.

Is the OnePlus 12 waterproof?

The OnePlus 12 is one of the best phones of 2024 thanks to its impressive camera system, long battery life, unique design, and more. But is it waterproof?
Renders of the Galaxy S24 Ultra next to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra vs. iPhone 15 Pro Max: Which one is best?

Samsung's premium Galaxy S24 Ultra has arrived, but does it pull ahead of Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max?
Apple iPhone 15 Plus and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max seen from the back.

What does the ‘i’ in iPhone stand for? Here’s what it really means

The iPhone is no doubt one of Apple's biggest success stories. But what exactly does that i in iPhone stand for?
Person holding the POCO X6 Pro in hand in front of a bunch of flowers.

This $375 Android phone surprised the heck out of me

It's hard to be surprised by Android phones in 2024. But this new mid-range option from Poco does exactly that.
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra's screen, resting on a bench.

Does the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra have a curved screen?

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra includes many advanced features, including a gorgeous display. But is the S24 Ultra's display curved? Let's break it down.
Someone wearing the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6.

An incredible health feature is coming to the Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung smartwatches sold in the U.S. will soon offer sleep apnea detection, a crucial health feature missing from the current-generation Apple smartwatches.
Section Editor, Mobile

Joe Maring is the Section Editor for Digital Trends’ Mobile team, leading the site’s coverage for all things smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Since joining the industry in 2012, Joe has reported on the latest mobile tech news, reviewed countless devices, and worked with other writers to help them find the angles that matter.

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