How to use the Bitmoji Chrome extension to type with your Bitmoji in Google Chrome

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It’s easy to use Bitmoji in Google Chrome.

  • The Bitmoji Chrome extension allows users to import pictures of their custom avatars in Google Chrome.
  • Using the extension, you can copy and paste your Bitmoji icons into any text field that allows images.
  • You’ll need to create a Bitmoji with the Bitmoji or Snapchat app before you can use the Chrome extension.
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Bitmoji allows users to create and share personalized avatars, which can be used in messaging apps, email, social media, and more. Users can customize their Bitmoji in a thousands of ways to make it look like them or someone completely different.

The Bitmoji Chrome extension brings the user-created avatars from your phone to your computer. With it, you can access all your Bitmoji stickers and then paste them into emails, social media posts, blogs – any text field that allows images.

Here’s how to download and use the Google Chrome Bitmoji extension.

How to use the Bitmoji Chrome extension

First, you need to add the extension to Chrome.

1. Using Google Chrome, go to the Bitmoji extension page.

2. Click “Add to Chrome.”

The download page for the Google Chrome Bitmoji extension.
Add the Bitmoji extension to Chrome.

3. Click “Add extension.” You’ll be brought to page where you need to log in with your Snapchat or Bitmoji account.

Once added, the Bitmoji icon will appear next to your other extensions in the top toolbar. If you don’t see it, try clicking the puzzle piece icon.

The Google Chrome Bitmoji extension page, showing that it's been installed.
Your extensions can be found in the top toolbar.

Now, to use the extension:

1. Click the Bitmoji icon in your top toolbar. It’ll load, and you’ll be shown a variety of different Bitmoji pictures.

2. When you find the Bitmoji picture you want to use, right-click it and then select Copy Image.

A Twitter page with the Google Chrome Bitmoji extension open on it.
Find and right-click the Bitmoji icon you want.

3. Find someplace you can paste images – in an email, or when writing a tweet – and paste the image in. You can do this by right-clicking and selecting Paste, or by pressing the keyboard command for paste – Ctrl + V on a PC, or Command + V on a Mac.

A Twitter post with a Bitmoji picture pasted into it.
You can also usually drag and drop the Bitmoji picture into the text field, but this won’t work in all cases.

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How to export and import your Chrome bookmarks to access your favorite websites on any device

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You can easily import and export your bookmarks in Google Chrome.

Like most web browsers, Google Chrome lets you “bookmark” pages so you can easily find them again later. And if you have Chrome linked to your Google account, you can access those bookmarks on any device also running Chrome.

But if you need to move your bookmarks to another browser – or onto a device where you can’t log into your Google account – Chrome offers an easy way to save, export, and import your bookmarks.

How to export your Chrome bookmarks

If you want to save your bookmarks to make them transferable and accessible later, Google Chrome lets you put them into an HTML document.

1. Open Chrome. In the top-right corner next to the address bar, click the three vertical dots (…).

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Click the three dots in the top-right corner.

2. Hover your mouse over Bookmarks, revealing another drop-down list. Click Bookmark Manager, which will open another browser tab with your bookmark list.

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Next to “Bookmarks,” select “Bookmark Manager.”

3. Click the vertical three dots (…) in the top-right corner.

Screenshot of Bookmark Manager page in Chrome
Click the icon of three vertical dots.

4. Click Export bookmarks.

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Click “Export bookmarks.”

5. A floating window will appear, asking where you want to save the HTML file. Edit the file’s name and save it somewhere you can find it.

How to import your Chrome bookmarks

Importing bookmarks into Chrome or another browser is easy too.

Importing bookmarks into Chrome

1. Open Chrome. In the top-right corner, click the three vertical dots (…).

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Click the three dots in the top-right corner.

2. Hover your mouse over Bookmarks, revealing another drop-down list. Click Import Bookmarks and Settings.

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Next to “Bookmarks,” select “Import Bookmarks and Settings.”

4. Another browser tab with your bookmark list will open. Choose Bookmarks HTML File from the drop-down list.

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Select “Bookmarks HTML file.”

5. Click Choose File to find and select a file saved on your computer.

6. Click Open and all your bookmarks will be imported.

Importing bookmarks into Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, bookmarks are called Favorites. But they work the same way.

1. Open Edge and click the three dots in the top-right corner, and then Favorites.

Microsoft Edge's quick options menu, with the Favorites tab highlighted.
Open the Favorites menu.

2. In the pop-up that opens, click the three dots at the top and then Import Favorites.

Microsoft Edge's Favorites menu, with the "Import Favorites" option highlighted.
Select the option to import bookmarks – or “Favorites” – into Edge.

3. A menu will appear asking where you want to import the favorites from. Select Favorites or Bookmarks HTML File from the drop-down menu, then Choose File to pick the HTML file from your computer.

Microsoft Edge's "Import Favorites" menu.
Use this tool to pick and import a bookmarks file from Chrome.

All your Chrome bookmarks will import into Edge.

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Google is delaying its plan to kill third-party cookies in Chrome until 2023

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

  • Google said Thursday it’s pushing back its plan to kill off third-party tracking cookies in Chrome.
  • It now expects to phase out cookies and replace them with tech from its Privacy Sandbox by 2023.
  • The delay comes after Google pledged to give oversight of the cookie changes to the UK’s antitrust watchdog.
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Google said Thursday it intends to delay by a year its plan to kill off third-party cookies within its Chrome browser, a move likely to be well-received by the online ad industry, which has been scrambling to shift to alternative technologies.

Writing in a blog post, Google Privacy Engineering Director Vinay Goel set out a new timeline for Chrome’s cookie phase out and deployment of alternative technologies as part of its “Privacy Sandbox” initiative, which it now expects to complete by late 2023.

“While there’s considerable progress with this initiative, it’s become clear that more time is needed across the ecosystem to get this right,” the blog post said.

Google has now set out an extended timeline for the changes. Stage one is expected to start in late 2022, during which time publishers, advertisers, and adtech vendors can migrate their services to work with new cookieless technologies. The next stage is the cookie phase out, expected to start in mid 2023 and finish later that year.

Google first announced its intentions to kill off the tracking cookies, which advertisers use to track users around the web and target them with ads, in January last year. The company said the plan, which originally had a “two-year” deadline, was to replace third-party cookies with more privacy conscious technologies.

Since then, Google and other online ad industry players have been experimenting with new APIs, or application programming interfaces, designed to prevent the tracking of individual users while still allowing advertisers to target clusters of people by their interests and measure the effectiveness of their campaigns.

Google said Thursday that the Chrome team and other companies have suggested more than 30 proposals for new privacy-focused ad technologies in areas including ad measurement, targeting, and fraud detection. Of those proposals, four are in the “origin trial” stage, Google said, allowing other developers to experiment with the new features.

Chrome’s cookie plans and Privacy Sandbox experiments have sparked frenzied debates in the online ad industry and among the privacy community, with some experts speculating the moves could serve to cement Google’s advertising dominance. Chrome is by far the most-popular global web browser, cornering two-thirds of the market, while Google also continues to maintain its lead in the online ad space. EMarketer estimates Google will take a 28.6% share of worldwide digital ad spending this year.

Google’s moves have also caught the eyes of global regulators. Earlier this month, Google said it would give the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority oversight of its plans to roll out technologies from the Privacy Sandbox, including offering the watchdog a 60-day “standstill period” before it introduces any changes.

Google also pledged to limit how it will use and combine individual user data for digital ad purposes and said it will not discriminate against rivals in favor of its own ad products when implementing cookie alternatives. The commitments were offered in response to an investigation the CMA launched into the Privacy Sandbox in January.

Earlier this week, the European Union opened an antitrust probe into Google’s advertising practices, including the company’s plans to phase out cookies in Chrome.

Simon Andrews, founder of mobile marketing consultancy Addictive, said while a large portion of online ad businesses mistrusts Google, the industry needs to reach a consensus around building new privacy-focused solutions that are usable for all the players across the sector.

“Like it or not, we need Google to come up with something that the industry can get behind because if they don’t, nobody else will, and there will be a Balkanization of everything,” he said.

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How to delete apps on any device to free up storage space and save battery life

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You can delete unneeded apps from any device in a few simple steps.

  • You can delete apps on any device to save storage space and battery life while decluttering your home screen.
  • To delete apps on iPhone, iPad, Android and Apple Watch, simply tap and hold the app icon.
  • To delete or uninstall apps on Mac or Windows 10 computers, you have to use Launchpad or Settings.
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Deleting apps is a great way to clean up your digital space, though the methods for getting it done will depend on the device you’re using.

Here’s a quick guide to deleting apps, whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, iCloud, Mac, Windows, Android, Apple Watch, Chromebook, or Apple TV.

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How to delete apps on an iPhone or iPad

To delete apps on iPhone, simply go to your home screen, and tap and hold the desired app to access the option to “Remove App.” Then, select “Delete App.” That will also get rid of any data associated with that app.

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Tap “Remove App” and then “Delete App” in the next pop-up.

On an iPhone with iOS 14 or later, you can also hide an app from your home screen by saving it to your App Library – after selecting “Remove App,” choose “Remove from Home Screen” instead of “Delete App.”

The process to delete apps on an iPad is the same. But instead of first selecting “Remove App,” you’ll simply select “Delete App.” Like on iPhone, deleting an app on an iPad will also delete the data associated with the app.

To free up space in your iCloud account, go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then select your name, hit “iCloud,” and “Manage Storage.” From there, go into the “Backups” section and you’ll see your list of apps, which you can then delete.

How to delete apps on a Mac

You can’t delete some of the apps on your Mac, but for the ones you can, the Launchpad is the easiest route to getting it done.

Simply open it and then click and hold the app. An “x” should appear in the top-left corner of the app icon. Click the “x” to delete the app on your Mac.

Mac Launchpad screen
A small “x” will appear at the top-left of any apps that can be deleted.

How to delete apps on Windows 10

Deleting programs on Windows 10 is a bit more complicated as simply deleting the program folder or file can cause problems.

Instead, it’s best to go through the “Apps and Features” page in the Settings app. Once there, simply select the app and click “Uninstall.”

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You’ll have to “Uninstall” programs and apps on Windows 10.

Like Mac computers, however, some apps cannot be deleted.

How to delete apps on Android

To delete apps on Android, you can simply press and hold the app, then drag it to the “Uninstall” text at the top right of the screen (next to the trash icon) to delete it.

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Tap, hold, and drag an app to the trash can icon.

How to delete apps on an Apple Watch

There are two ways to delete apps from your Apple Watch: from the Watch app on your iPhone or from the apps screen on your Apple Watch.

On your Watch, you can tap and hold the app icon. An “x” will appear over the icon, which you can tap to remove the app from the device. If your apps are in a list view, you can swipe to the left on an app and tap the trash can icon to delete it.

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Swipe left and tap the trash icon if your apps are in list view.

On your iPhone, open the Watch app and, on the “Watch” tab, select the app and then toggle off the option to “Show app on Apple Watch.” You can also turn off automatic app installation from there.

How to delete apps on a Chromebook

Deleting apps on a Chromebook is simple: Select and open the launcher, then right-click the desired app, and select “Uninstall” or “Remove from Chrome.”

On the other hand, if you want to delete apps from Google Chrome, go to “chrome://apps” in the browser and, like with Chromebook, right-click the desired app icon and then select “Remove from Chrome.”

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After right-clicking an app, select “Remove from Chrome…” in the pop-up.

How to delete apps on an Apple TV

You can only delete apps on newer Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models – otherwise, you’ll only have the option to hide them from the home screen.

But for those who can, the process is simple: Scroll to the app on your home screen, then if you have a remote with a touchpad, press down in the center of it until the apps begin to wiggle. If you don’t have the touchpad, press and hold the select button. Then hit the play/pause button to open the menu to delete the app.

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Select “Delete” to remove an app.

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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 download and install Google Chrome on your computer and iPhone, and sync your content across devices

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It’s easy to download the Google Chrome web browser on any device.

  • You can download Google Chrome on your Mac, PC, or iPhone.
  • When you use Google Chrome with the same Google account across devices, your history and favorites will be synced.
  • Google Chrome should already be downloaded on Android phones and Chromebooks.
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Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers because of its fast performance, stability, efficiency, and top-notch security. And if you use Gmail, Chrome makes the transition from checking your email to surfing the web seamless.

Unlike Chromebooks and Android phones – which use a Google operating system and feature Google Chrome as the default browser – most other devices don’t come equipped with Chrome. Therefore, you have to download and install it yourself. Here’s how to get started on Mac, PC, and iPhone.

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A lawsuit that accused Google of collecting the data of people who were using incognito mode can continue, said a federal judge

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google logo.

  • A federal judge on Friday denied Google’s request for dismissal in incognito mode tracking case.
  • The complaint said users weren’t notified Google collected data even during private browsing.
  • “‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,'” Google’s lawyers wrote.
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A federal judge denied Google’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the search giant of tracking users even while they were using incognito mode on their browsers.

The suit, Brown v. Google, alleged that Google collected data when users were using Chrome’s private browsing mode. In some instances, other websites that used Google Analytics or Google Ad Manager sent “a secrete, separate message to Google’s servers in California,” the suit said.

In asking for a dismissal, Google said users were given enough information about how their activity might be tracked while using the private browsing mode. Insider has reached out to the company for comment.

“Google also makes clear that ‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,’ and that the user’s activity during that session may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics or ads services the visited websites use,” Google’s lawyers wrote.

But Google’s argument was rejected on Friday by Lucy Koh, a judge for the northern district of California.

Koh, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, wrote: “First, Google cannot demonstrate that Plaintiffs expressly consented because Google did not notify users that it would be engaging in the alleged data collection while Plaintiffs were in private browsing mode.”

The class-action lawsuit was filed in June 2020, with three plaintiffs attached to it. In their initial complaint, they said Google tracked their internet use between June 1, 2016, and the present. The tracking continued in private browsing mode, without their consent and without “a legitimate business interest” from Google, they said.

“Secret monitoring of web private browsing is highly offensive behavior,” the suit said.

In the months since the suit was filed, tech giants have wrestled with how much consumer activity should be tracked.

There was a battle brewing between Facebook and Apple, after the iPhone maker announced software updates that would limit some ad tracking. Known as App Tracking Transparency, the update will require app developers to request permission before they can track users.

At the same time, federal lawmakers are renewing their focus on whether the internet ad businesses run by Google and Facebook violate antitrust laws.

Rep. David Cicilline, antitrust subcommittee chairman, said during a hearing on Friday: “Overall, the market power of Google and Facebook is reinforced by the unprecedented amount of data collected by these companies, along with other factors that have tipped digital markets in favor of these firms and blocked rivals and new entrants from challenging their dominance.”

Google this month said it would shift away from precision-targeting ads and would no longer track specific users as they browse the web.

“We remain committed to preserving a vibrant and open ecosystem where people can access a broad range of ad-supported content with confidence that their privacy and choices are respected,” David Temkin, director of product management for ads privacy and trust, wrote in a blog post.

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How to search and switch tabs on Google Chrome to better navigate your browser tab clutter

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  • You can search and switch tabs on Google Chrome with its Version 87 update, which introduced in-browser shortcuts for tabs.
  • Upon rollout, some of these features were only available on Chrome OS, so you may need to enable them through the Experimental Features menu on Windows, Mac, Linux, and more. 
  • Google Chrome allows users to open an unlimited number of tabs within the browser, but having too many tabs open simultaneously may slow down both your computer and your productivity. 
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Between email, social media, news sites, and work resources, it’s easy for your internet browser to become cluttered with open tabs. These can cause you to lose track of what’s most important on your screen. 

For those who frequently have several tabs open at once, Google Chrome has added new in-browser features that make it easier to switch between tabs efficiently and search open tabs to find the one you need. 

The ability to search and switch between your open tabs on Chrome, introduced with its Version 87 update, eliminates the frustrating guesswork of multitasking, supercharging your ability to navigate your tab clutter. 

If your Chromebook or Chrome browser doesn’t have the latest version – or you don’t think these features haven’t been rolled out to you yet – you’ll need to activate these tools through the browser’s “Experimental Features” menu before you can use them. 

Here’s how to search and switch your tabs on Google Chrome. 

How to enable tab switch on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#omnibox-tab-switch-suggestions

2. Click enter. 

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You will need to enter the Chrome Flags menu to activate the feature.

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says, “Omnibox switch to tab suggestions.” 

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of the feature and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it won’t work.

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to switch tabs on Google Chrome

1. Open a Google Chrome browser window. 

2. With multiple tabs open, type a title or keyword in the URL box of any existing or new tab. 

3. In the drop-down suggestions, select the tab you want to switch to by clicking the “Switch to this tab” button that appears. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab in the Chrome address bar to activate the tab switch button.

How to enable tab search on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#enable-tab-search

2. Click enter. 

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says “Enable Tab Search.”

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This feature will activate an in-browser tool for searching your tabs.

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of “Enable Tab Search” and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it may not work.

 

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to search tabs on Google Chrome

1. Launch a Google Chrome session. 

2. With multiple tabs open, click the down arrow in the window’s top right corner. 

3. In the drop-down that appears, select either a listed tab or use the search bar to find an open tab using keywords. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab to switch to that tab.

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