How to use Microsoft Family Safety to manage your family members’ app usage, screen time, and more

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You can manage your family’s devices in various ways through Microsoft Family Safety.

  • Microsoft Family Safety is a parental control app that lets you manage your kids’ screen time and app usage, among other features.
  • Family Safety is free but requires everyone to use a Microsoft account, and there are premium features available with a Microsoft 365 subscription.
  • The parental controls work across multiple devices, but browsing can only be filtered using the Edge browser.
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Microsoft Family Safety is more or less just what the name implies: It’s Microsoft’s family safety and parental controls app that you can use to manage your kid’s screen time and device usage.

To use the service, you need to install the Microsoft Family Safety app on each mobile device you want to manage, and every family member you want to track needs a Microsoft account.

What to know about Microsoft Family Safety

Once configured, Microsoft Family Safety monitors the screen time and time spent with specific games and apps on phones, tablets, and Xbox. Parents can do more than just monitor usage as well: You can turn on screen time limits and schedules, and filter specific apps and web browsing. The app also tracks locations using mobile device GPS, so you can see where your family members are.

Most of these features are free, though some premium features are only available if you have a subscription to Microsoft 365 Family, most notably location alerts and drive safety features.

How to get started with Microsoft Family Safety

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You must install Microsoft Family Safety across devices and sign in to your Microsoft account to use it.

To use Microsoft Family Safety, you’ll need to install the app on each of your family member’s devices. You can install Microsoft Family Safety for Android or for iOS. Start by installing it on your mobile device as a parent and sign in to your Microsoft account.

Unless you’ve already created a family group, you’ll initially be the only member of your family. Tap “Add a family member” and enter their email address associated with their Microsoft account. If your child doesn’t yet have a Microsoft account, tap “Create a child account” and follow the instructions to create one for them. They will get an invitation to join your family group; if needed, help them accept the invitation and get started with Family Safety.

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You can add your entire family to your family group and manage how they use their phones, apps, and web browsers.

Be sure to install the Microsoft Family Safety app on each of your kids’ devices, signing them into their own Microsoft accounts.

Using the map and tracking your family’s location

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You can enable Microsoft Family Safety to display the location of your family members.

Microsoft Family Safety displays the location of your family members on a map, as long as you’ve enabled that feature in Settings.

To see the map, start Microsoft Family Safety and tap “Map” at the top of the screen. You should see pins for each family member.

If you want to, you can add saved locations to the map, which Microsoft calls “places.” When someone goes to that location, you’ll see it displayed on the family member’s card on the home page, so you can tell at a glance where they are.

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What is BlueStacks? How to use Android apps and games on your Mac or PC

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You can use BlueStacks to access your Android apps from a computer.

  • BlueStacks is a popular and free emulator for running Android apps on a PC or Mac computer.
  • BlueStacks doesn’t look exactly like Android, but it’s easy to use and you can install Android apps from the Play Store.
  • BlueStacks has modest system requirements and should work with computers running Windows 10, or at least macOS Sierra.
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BlueStacks is a popular Android emulator for Windows and Mac. Using BlueStacks, you can run virtually any Android app on your desktop.

What is BlueStacks?

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Like any emulator, BlueStacks creates a virtual version of an Android device that runs in a window on your computer. It doesn’t look exactly like an Android device, but it resembles a phone’s screen well enough that even a first-time user should have no trouble using it.

BlueStacks is free to download, install, and use. While you can use BlueStacks to run almost any Android app (it’s compatible with about 97% of the apps in the Google Play Store), the app has found its largest audience with Android users who want to play mobile games on their desktop computer.

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Candy Crush, a mobile game, being played on a Windows computer.

The app is optimized for gamers, but gives direct access to the Google Play Store, and any app can be downloaded using your Google account, just like on an Android device.

BlueStacks is a safe and trustworthy app

BlueStacks is a legitimate app that’s developed and produced by a major company. As long as you install the program from BlueStacks’ website, it’s safe to install and use – installing it from a third-party site might be more risky.

Even so, some anti-malware utilities might block the installation of the program even from the Bluestack website. As long as you’re installing the official program from Bluestack, it’s safe to proceed.

It’s also completely legal – although some companies try to argue otherwise, emulators are protected by US law, and can be run like any other app.

BlueStacks’ main features and capabilities

The BlueStacks home screen doesn’t replicate any particular version of Android or phone screen, but it should be easy for any Android user to find their way around.

The home screen includes an icon for the Google Play Store as well as a collection of system apps (including Settings). A toolbar on the side of the window gives you access to the programs’ various modes and features, as well as lets you adjust the volume, take screenshots, rotate the display, and more.

There’s also a separate settings icon for adjusting BlueStacks’ settings – this is different from adjusting the virtual Android device’s settings.

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The BlueStacks home screen shows your installed apps and features a toolbar for controlling BlueStacks and your Android experience.

You can navigate around using the Back, Home, and Recent Apps icons at the bottom-right of the toolbar.

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Use the icons at the bottom of the toolbar to navigate around.

BlueStacks’ most popular features

  • Easy app installation: You can install Android apps directly from the Google Play Store within BlueStacks in the same way you’d install any app on your phone. If you have an app’s .APK file (the executable app file) you can install it from the BlueStacks toolbar.
  • Integration with PC devices: BlueStacks integrates seamlessly with your computer’s devices and peripherals, including the mouse, keyboard, webcam, and more. These devices will work as if they were built into your Android device, and Android apps will be able to take advantage of them automatically.
  • Game controls: Most Android games have a set of default controls that make the best use of the computer’s mouse and keyboard, though you can modify and customize these controls within BlueStacks.
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A sampling of the most popular games on BlueStacks.

  • Multi-instance support: BlueStacks allows you to open the same game in multiple windows, playing it with two or more accounts at once. You can use this to play multiple games at the same time, to play the same game from several accounts, or even to play multiplayer games with yourself.
  • Macros: BlueStacks includes a robust macro editor to automate tasks with keyboard shortcuts.

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What is Calm? How to use the meditation and mental fitness app featuring celebrity ‘sleep stories’

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The Calm app features meditations, masterclasses, sleep stories, and more.

  • Calm is a mental fitness app featuring stories, meditations, and music to help users sleep better, lessen anxiety, and become more mindful.
  • Calm offers premium memberships worth $14.99 per month or $69.99 per year or a free version with limited options.
  • The Calm app is popular among mental fitness advocates and for its celebrity sleep stories featuring the voices of Harry Styles, Kate Winslet, and Idris Elba.
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Mental health is essential, and one of the best ways to practice self-care is to take a few moments to yourself for a day. Meditation practice is a good way to do that, with many benefits, including decreased stress and negative emotions, increasing self-awareness, and general feelings of relaxation.

For those looking for guidance on beginning a meditation practice, the Calm app can help. Downloaded more than 100 million times since it was released back in 2012, it’s available on iOS and Android as well as on the web.

Calm can be a positive part of your self-care practice, whether you’ve never tried meditation before or you’re a seasoned pro.

What is Calm?

Calm is a meditation and mental fitness app that features a variety of media designed to help users relax, sleep, or become more mindful.

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You can find sleep stories narrated by your favorite celebrities on the Calm app.

One of Calm’s biggest draws for many is their collaborations with popular celebrities featured on the app as the readers of Sleep Stories. This tool is meant to help listeners have a more restful night through a growing library of famous narrators including LeBron James, Scottie Pippen, Matthew McConaughey, Laura Dern, Lucy Liu, and Kelly Rowland. Calm also features relaxing remixes of songs and albums by stars, including Ellie Goulding, Moby, and John Legend.

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The Calm app lets you select a sleep remix of top songs from your favorite musicians.

In addition to bedtime stories and relaxing music options, Calm offers mood tracking, breathing exercises, guided and unguided meditations, customizable audio and video content, masterclasses held by leading experts in the field, and regularly updated content. That includes Daily Calms to help users maximize the effectiveness of their practice. There’s even a Calm Body section that features small movement and stretching segments to help your physical health and mental health.

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The Calm app has a whole library of offerings geared towards children.

Calms users with children can also use the dedicated offerings for kids – from Sleep Stories of classics like “Peter Pan” and “The Velveteen Rabbit” to meditations with popular children’s characters like Thomas the Tank Engine.

Calm Free versus Calm Premium

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Calm features “sleep stories” recited by celebrities.

Calm currently offers a free version and Calm Premium, a subscription-based model that costs $14.99 per month or $69.99 per year. In addition, the app offers a 7-day free trial of their Premium service for users to try before they commit.

The free version may be good for casual users, as it offers several useful features without cost, including:

  • Timed meditations
  • Day 1 of all multi-day meditation programs
  • A sleep story called “Blue Gold”
  • Access to Calm’s Breathe Bubble breathing exercise
  • Several free scenes and nature sounds
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Calm Premium unlocks a series of Masterclasses on varying topics.

Calm Premium includes everything the free version does but also unlocks the rest of Calm’s content. That includes more than 120 Sleep Stories, hundreds of meditations focusing on everything from anxiety to relationships, specially curated music, masterclasses, and more.

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How to use Google Take Me Home to get hands-free directions on your iPhone and Android

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You can get directions home from Google with just a few words.

  • “Hey Google, take me home” is a voice command you can use to immediately get directions home from Google Assistant.
  • Google Take Me Home is available on iPhone and Android in the Google Maps and the Google Assistant apps.
  • iOS users will need to install the Google Assistant app to use this feature.
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“Hey Google, take me home” is a voice command for Google Assistant that opens the Google Maps app and starts a route to your home address.

It’s most seamlessly used on Android devices, which already use Google Assistant as its default virtual assistant. However Apple users can also install the Google Assistant app and use it separately or in tandem with Siri.

How the “Hey Google, take me home” feature works

This voice command is carried out by Google Assistant and can be used once you set – or edit – a Google Maps home address. Once it’s all set up, you can open either Google Assistant or Google Maps to use the command.

For Android users, all you need to do is set that home address and then say “Hey Google, take me home” or or “Ok Google, take me home.” Google Assistant will open Google Maps and find the fastest route home.

For Apple users, you’ll need to install and set up Google Assistant, then set your home address on Google Maps.

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How to contact Instagram support and get help with account-related issues

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You can call Instagram and speak to an automated agent or use the online Help Center to get support for the app.

  • You can contact Instagram support by phone at 1-650-543-4800 or via Instagram’s online Help Center.
  • Users were once able to email Instagram at support@instagram.com, but that address is now defunct.
  • You can also contact Instagram to report issues, such as a copyright violation or a hacked account.
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With more than one billion active Instagram users every month, it’s easy to see how a customer service arm might get overwhelmed.

Instagram has a direct line for support – their phone number is (650) 543-4800 – but it’s unlikely you’ll get a human response this way. And while you were once able to email Instagram support at support@instagram.com, that address is now defunct.

Instead, Instagram offers a robust help center that can answer most questions, and they make it easy for you to report issues with content you see on the site.

These functions are available for both the iPhone and Android apps, as well as through the desktop website. Here’s what you need to know to contact Instagram for support or customer service issues.

How to report an issue to Instagram

Instagram lets you report individual posts, specific users, and comments. Just go to any post, account, or comment on the app or desktop site, click the three horizontal dots, and select “Report” from the drop-down menu.

If you’re not sure whether your issue can be reported or if someone has committed a reportable offense, review Instagram’s community guidelines before using the report feature.

Here’s some of what Instagram would qualify as a legitimate issue:

  • Intellectual property: Issues that follow under this grievance include users infringing on copyright – which generally protects original expression like images and words but not facts and ideas – and trademarks, defined as a word, slogan, symbol, or design made to distinguish products or services from an individual, group or company.
  • Nudity: Broadly defined as “appropriate imagery,” this more controversial guideline prevents nudity of any kind on the site, with a handful of exceptions – including post-mastectomy scarring photos, individuals breastfeeding, and nudity in paintings and sculptures.
  • Hate speech: The platform will remove any content from its site that displays “credible threats of violence,” but also hate speech – based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or disease – as well as bullying and harassment that target private individuals.
  • Illegal activities: Instagram will remove posts that offer specific services around sex, firearms, and drugs, in addition to removing posts or comments that “support or praise of terrorism, organized crime or hate groups.”
  • Self-injury: Any content posted to the platform that appears to glorify or encourage any type of physical self-injury, including eating disorders, will be taken down – with the exception of posts that reference these issues in the name of increasing awareness or signposting support.
  • Graphic violence: Any videos or images featuring intense, graphic violence that isn’t shared in relation to newsworthy events or to condemn or educate on a larger issue, will be removed for inappropriateness.

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Clubhouse could finally arrive on Android and ditch invite-only joining by the summer, CEO Paul Davison said

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In this photo illustration the Clubhouse app logo is seen displayed on a smartphone screen.

  • Invite-only audio app Clubhouse could launch on Android as soon as this summer.
  • CEO and co-founder Paul Davison said it would take the company “a couple of months” to join Android.
  • Clubhouse could also ditch its invite-only feature “in the coming months,” he said.
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Clubhouse co-founder and CEO Paul Davison said on Monday that the app could launch on Android this summer.

In a town hall meeting, Davison said Clubhouse was working “really hard” to get onto Android, but that it would take “a couple of months,” TechCrunch first reported.

The app is currently only available on iOS, and users can only join if they receive an invite from someone with an account – but Davison also said that the invitation-only feature of the app may be dropped “in the coming months.”

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Davison has previously said that app would eventually be open for everyone to join.

On Monday, he said that “it’s going to be really important that we just open up to everyone,” adding that “Android’s going to be really important.”

Davison’s comments come one month after CNBC reported Clubhouse had hired an Android software developer, suggesting an Android app could be coming soon.

The company wrote in a January blog post that work on the Android app would begin “soon,” but didn’t say when the app would be available for users to download.

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How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on any device to improve your web browsing experience

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Enabling cookies in Chrome on all your devices can improve your web browsing experience.

Cookies are small text files used by websites to save information about you and your visit. If cookies are disabled in your Google Chrome app, web browsing is probably a bit harder for you than it needs to be.

Cookies can customize your browsing experience, helping sites keep you logged in, know who you are, and remember your preferences. They can also remember what’s in your cart on shopping sites and display articles you’re interested in on news sites.

If you or someone else has disabled cookies in your Google Chrome web browser on a computer or mobile device, you can enable them again with just a few clicks.

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How to schedule text messages on an Android phone to send texts at a more convenient time

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It’s possible to schedule texts on an Android so you can send them when it’s most convenient.

  • You can schedule text messages on an Android using Google Messages or Samsung Messages.
  • If the scheduler is not available on your version of Google Messages, you might need to opt into its beta program.
  • There are many third-party message apps with a scheduling feature, including Do It Later and Pulse.
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Not every text message needs to be sent the moment you write it. If you want to delay a text – perhaps to avoid sending it in the middle of the night and disturbing the person who is unwise enough not to have their phone set to Do Not Disturb mode – it’s easy to schedule it for another time. And you can do this no matter what version of Android you have, though in some cases it might require using a third-party app.

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How to save Instagram videos and download them to your iPhone or Android

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It’s possible to save your own Instagram videos, and other people’s videos, so they’re never lost.

  • You can save Instagram videos posted to your story and download them to your iPhone or Android.
  • You can also save any Instagram video post or reel to Collections.
  • It’s possible to download Instagram videos with a third-party app or record your screen to save them.
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There are many ways to create videos on Instagram – as a normal video post, on your story, or in reels. But if you want to save an Instagram video and download it on your phone, there are a few ways to do it.

Instagram makes it easy to save and download videos from your story. However, if you’ve created a video post, there’s no longer an option in the three-dot menu to save it directly to your camera roll. Instead, you can save it to your Instagram Collections, record your screen to capture it, or download it with a third-party app.

Here’s how to save and download any Instagram video on your iPhone or Android phone.

How to save Instagram videos to Collections

You can save Instagram video posts and reels within the app in your Collections.

Save Instagram video posts

Tap the flag icon in the bottom-right corner of the video you want to save. This will save the video post to a default Collections folder.

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Tap the flag icon to save a post.

If you want to categorize your saved posts, you can tap the “Save to Collection” banner that appears above the flag icon, and in the pop-up, tap the plus “+” sign icon to create a New Collection.

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Tap the “Save to Collection” banner to save the post to a specific Collection, or to create a New Collection.

To get to your saved Collections, go to your profile page, tap the icon of three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner, and select “Saved” next to the flag icon. Here you can see all posts you’ve ever saved.

Save Instagram video reels

Tap the flag icon at the bottom of the reel. You can also tap the three-dot icon at the bottom and select “Save” in the pop-up. This will save the reel to your default Collections folder.

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At the bottom of a reel, you can tap the flag icon, or tap the three-dot icon and select “Save” in the pop-up menu.

How to save Instagram videos posted to your story

To save an Instagram video on your story and download it on your phone:

1. Open Instagram.

2. If you currently have a story posted to your profile, you can save that story to your camera roll. Tap the “Stories” bubble in the top-left corner of the screen to take you to your current story.

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Go to your current story by tapping your profile bubble in the upper-left corner.

3. When you see the video or photo from your story you want to save, tap the three-dot icon in the bottom-right corner.

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Tap the “More” icon in the corner.

4. In the pop-up menu, tap “Save.”

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Select “Save” in the menu of options.

5. Then select “Save Video” (or “Save Photo”) to save only that video or photo, or select “Save Story” to save the entire story as a single video.

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Choose how you want to save.

After completing the process, you should get a quick confirmation that your video has been saved to your device’s camera roll.

You can also adjust your Instagram settings so your stories are always automatically downloaded to your camera roll or saved to your Instagram archive.

If you want to keep your stories preserved on Instagram, you can also save them as Highlights on your profile.

How to download Instagram videos using third-party apps

Whether you want to save and download an Instagram video post, story, or reel, you can easily do so with the help of a third-party app.

Download Instagram videos on Android

1. Get the app Video Downloader for Instagram from the Google Play Store.

2. Go into the Instagram app. On the video post you want to save, tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner.

3. In the pop-up, click “Copy Link.” Then, go into the Video Downloader for Instagram app and paste the link to begin the download.

Download Instagram videos on iPhone

1. Get the app Blaze: Browser & File Manager from the Apple App Store.

2. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone. On the video post you want to save, tap the three-dot icon and select “Copy Link” in the pop-up menu.

3. Paste the link into the Blaze app, select download, and choose the option to save the video to your camera roll.

How to save Instagram videos by screen recording

You can also record your phone screen on iPhone or Android to save an Instagram video.

If you have an iPhone, you can record your screen from the Control Center. If you have an Android 11, you can record your screen by accessing the Quick Settings list.

If you have an Android that predates Android 11, screen recording is only possible through a third-party app, such as AZ Screen Recorder.

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How to update Zoom on the desktop app to avoid issues with your video conferences

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You can only update Zoom on the browser on your computer.

  • You can update the Zoom desktop client by accessing your profile menu in the top-right corner of your screen.
  • A pop-up will inform you if you are up-to-date, and if not, Zoom will automatically update to the latest version.
  • You’ll want to make sure you are using the latest version of Zoom to avoid any issues with your video conferences, especially if you use the app frequently.
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While the Zoom mobile app should automatically download updates, you may need to manually check for updates on the Zoom desktop app if you don’t click “update” when the pop-up first appears.

If you use the app frequently, you’ll want to make sure you are using the latest version on your desktop to avoid any potential issues. By ignoring this optional update notification, you will only be prompted to update the next time you use the app.

Here’s how to manually update the Zoom desktop client in a few simple steps.

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