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How does your Snap Score work? How to check and raise your score

Your Snap Score counts Snaps sent, Stories viewed, and more. William Antonelli/Insider Your Snapchat Snap Score works by combining your overall activity on the app, like how many Snaps you send and receive. Snapchat hasn't revealed how much each action is worth, but the best way to raise your Snap Score is by keeping up streaks. You can find your Snap Score on your profile page. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. With our phones playing such a vital role in ou...
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How to go live on Instagram and broadcast video in real time to your followers

It's easy to go live on Instagram with friends. Shutterstock You can go live on Instagram by scrolling to the "Live" tab on the "New Post" page. When you're live, all your followers will be notified and can view your live video in real time. You can also go live together with a friend, or request to join a friend's live video. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Instagram launched its live video feature in late 2016. Since then, the social media com...
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How to make your Instagram private and hide your account from anyone who doesn't follow you

It's easy to put your Instagram on private. Delmaine Donson/Getty Images You can make your Instagram private on a mobile device or a desktop computer. When you make Instagram private, you keep current followers but have to approve all new follower requests. Once your Instagram is private, anyone who doesn't follow you won't be able to see your posts or stories. This story is part of Business Insider's Guide to Instagram. By default, Instagram accounts are set to be public...
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How to delete Snapchat messages before the recipient reads your message

You can delete Snapchat messages or clear entire conversations. Shutterstock You can delete a Snapchat message as long as the recipient has not yet viewed the message. Even if you delete your Snapchat message in time, both recipients will see a note in the chat that a message has been deleted. You can also clear entire conversations in your chat history, though this is after the recipient has already seen the message. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Snapchat m...
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Is BlueStacks safe? How to keep yourself protected while using the Android emulator

Make sure to download BlueStacks from the official website. Westend61/Getty Images Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky BlueStacks, the popular Android emulator for Mac and PC, is generally safe to use. Cybersecurity experts recommend only downloading Android apps that you know are safe. When you download BlueStacks, it'll see your IP address and device settings, along with your public Google account. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you're like most p...
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How to type the degree symbol on your computer, phone, or tablet keyboard

It's easy to type a degree symbol on any common keyboard. Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images You can type a degree symbol with your keyboard using key combinations on a computer or numerical keyboard menus on a phone or tablet. For instance, on a PC you can use the numpad code Alt + 0176; on a Mac, use Shift + Option + 8. You can also use third-party apps to remap your keyboard, which can make the degree symbol easier to type. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. For as...
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How to make YouTube Shorts: A beginner's guide to YouTube's TikTok competitor

YouTube Shorts are brief video clips similar to TikTok. Phynart Studio/Getty Images You can make YouTube Shorts by accessing the YouTube app on your phone and using the feature to record brief videos. YouTube Shorts is a new feature in beta testing that allows you to record video shorts up to 60 seconds in length. You can record in 15-second intervals with several tools to edit your videos. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. YouTube is beta-testing its Shorts fea...
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How to set your Slack status and let coworkers know you're away or busy

It's easy to update your Slack status on desktop or mobile. rafapress/Shutterstock You can set your status on Slack to show that you're out of the office, away at lunch, in a meeting, and more. Your Slack status can be anything you choose, and you can even pick an emoji to go with it. To set your Slack status in the desktop app, click your avatar; in the mobile app, tap the "You" icon. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Social media is built on status upda...
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How to zip files on your computer or phone to save space

It's easy to zip your files on any system. Nisian Hughes/Getty Images When you "zip" a file, you'll compress its data and reduce how much space it takes up on your computer or phone. Nearly all devices have built-in tools that let you zip (and later unzip) files. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Over time, your collection of photos, videos, documents, and games can take up a lot of space. Fortunately, there's a way to free up storage space without ha...
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How to do a Control-F search on an iPhone to find specific words or phrases in 3 different apps

You can Control-F search on an iPhone in the Safari, Chrome, and Messages apps. Roman Stavila/iStock/Getty Images Plus. You can do a Control-F search on an iPhone's browser by using the "On This Page," "Find in Page," or Share features. Control-F is a computer shortcut that locates specific words or phrases on a webpage or document. You can search for specific words or phrases in Safari, Google Chrome, and Messages. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Contro...
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How to search through someone's tweets and find anything they've tweeted

NurPhoto/Getty Images You can use Twitter's advanced search tools to search through someone's tweets. Use this tool when you want to find what someone has tweeted about a specific topic, or to track down a specific tweet they made. When searching, you can also set a date range and only get tweets sent on those dates. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Twitter's default search function can be great for seeing the general consensus on a topic, or findin...
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Can you see who views your TikTok videos? No, but here's what you can see on the social media app

NurPhoto / Contributor/Getty Images You can't see who views your TikTok videos, as the app lacks such a feature. TikTok offers users the ability to see how many times their video has been watched, but does not show which individual users or accounts view it. Early TikTok users were able to see who viewed their profile, but TikTok is one of many social media apps whose policies and features are continually changing. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. It'...
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PS5 storage: How to manage your console's storage or expand it with an external hard drive

You can expand your PS5's storage space easily. Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images The PS5 has 825GB of storage space, but you can only use 667.2GB of it - unless you use an external hard drive. Your external hard drive can store both PS5 and PS4 games, and you can play PS4 games straight from the drive. To work with a PS5, your external hard drive needs to have at least 250GB of storage space. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. The PlayStation 5 c...
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Chromebooks are a special type of laptop - here's what makes them different

There are a few key differences between Chromebooks and other laptops. Hollis Johnson/Insider Chromebooks are a specific kind of laptop that run Chrome OS instead of Windows or macOS. Compared to Mac or PC laptops, Chromebooks put heavy focus on Google apps and websites. In short, all Chromebooks are laptops, but not all laptops are Chromebooks. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. A few years ago, if you wanted to buy a laptop, you'd have two choices: a Mac or ...
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How to delete a comment on Instagram, or hide and restrict comments

There's a few different ways to delete or hide comments on Instagram. Marko Geber/Getty Images You can delete a comment on Instagram if you've written it on someone else's post, or if someone else has written it on your post. You can also hide offensive comments, or block certain users' comments on your posts. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Social media may be forever, but a comment with a typo, or one that you regret posting, doesn't hav...
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How to update your PS5 controller to keep it working properly

There are two ways to update a PS5 controller, but they both go through the same prompt. YELIM LEE/AFP via Getty Images To update your PS5 controller, accept the update prompt that appears when you turn on the console. If you decline the prompt, you'll have to wait a day before you can update your PS5 controllers. You can also manually move the PS5's clock up one day to immediately see the update prompt again. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Modern game...
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How to block or unblock someone on Instagram from Settings or from the user's profile

It's easy to unblock a user on Instagram, either from Settings or from that user's profile. SOPA Images/Getty Images You can unblock someone on the Instagram app from Settings or their profile. When you unblock someone on Instagram, they can message you and view your profile if it's public. Blocked Instagram users are unable to see your posts and stories, message you, or follow you. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Instagram is a great place to sh...
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How to remove followers on your Instagram account without them finding out

It's easy to remove specific followers from your followers list on Instagram. d3sign/Getty Images You can remove followers on Instagram so that they can no longer view your content. You can remove a follower from your Followers list on your profile, or from the follower's profile. When you remove a follower, they aren't notified of the change, but they can still request to follow you back. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you want to prevent cer...
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Yes, the Nintendo Switch has Bluetooth - here's how to connect a headset or new controller

The Switch's Bluetooth features are limited. Nintendo The Nintendo Switch does have Bluetooth, but only for connecting controllers. You can't connect Bluetooth headphones or other accessories to the Switch without buying a special adapter. These Bluetooth adapters can be used when the Switch is docked or in handheld mode. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Between wireless controllers and wireless headphones, Bluetooth is one of the most popular technologi...
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How to turn off iCloud features or sign out of your iCloud account on any device

You can customize which apps on your devices are connected to iCloud, or turn off iCloud entirely. Westend61/Getty Images You can turn off iCloud features on most Apple devices and on a Windows computer. You can also log out of iCloud entirely on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows computer. Turning off certain iCloud features helps you control what data is synced across your devices. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. It can be a comfort to know that all your da...
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How to scan a QR code on your phone or computer

A man scans QR Code in a magazine. wundervisuals/Getty Images You can scan a QR code using the camera on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Scanning QR codes lets you easily access websites, restaurant menus, videos, and more. Most smartphones have QR scanners built-in, but you'll have to download third-party apps to do it on your Mac or PC. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you're vigilant, you can find QR codes everywhere. These black-and-white sq...
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How to cancel your Spotify Premium subscription

It's easy to cancel your Spotify Premium subscription, though you have to it on the Spotify website. Yinjia Pan/Getty Images To cancel Spotify Premium, you must do it on the Spotify website in a mobile or desktop web browser. You can't cancel your Spotify Premium subscription through the mobile app or desktop app. If you subscribed to Spotify with your Apple ID, you can cancel your subscription from your iPhone or iPad's Settings. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library fo...
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How to change your Twitter password to protect your account's security

It's easy to update your Twitter password on any device, even if you don't remember your current password. Uwe Krejci/Getty Images You can change your Twitter password on the mobile app or in a web browser on your computer. To change your Twitter password, you'll need to supply your existing password. If you've forgotten your Twitter password, you can reset it via email or text message. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. It's important to ke...
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How to speed up a video on your iPhone with iMovie or the Photos app

You can adjust the speed of your iPhone videos using the iMovie app or Slo-mo in the Photos app. martin-dm/Getty Images To speed up video on your iPhone, you can use iMovie or the Photos app. You can speed up a video in iMovie by using the "Speed" button in the video editing toolbar. You can speed up a Slo-mo video in Photos by dragging the vertical bars below the frame viewer. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. You can speed up a video on an iPhone in two diff...
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How to 'Powerwash' your Chromebook and reset all of its data

There are two ways to Powerwash your Chromebook. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider "Powerwash" is a Chromebook feature that erases everything on the device like a factory reset. You should Powerwash your Chromebook if you're getting rid of it, you want to change the owner, or you encounter a major glitch. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Computers these days are more complicated than ever. But even now, there aren't many troubleshooting tips that work bett...
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Twitch emotes: Everything to know about Twitch's wildly popular take on emoji

Twitch emotes have a wide variety of meanings and uses. William Antonelli/Insider Twitch emotes are small emoji-like icons that you can use in any Twitch streamer's chat room. Twitch streamers with enough viewers can upload their own custom emotes for subscribers to use. If you download the third-party extension BetterTTV, you can access dozens of new Twitch emotes for free. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. To the untrained eye, reading a Twitch chat can fee...
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How to use Discord's screen share feature to livestream

It's easy to share your whole screen or a specific app on Discord. Matei Alexandru Marcu/EyeEm/Getty Images You can use Discord's screen share feature to stream a single app or your entire screen to friends. To screen share in a public Discord server, you might need permission from a server moderator. Screen share is available in Discord's desktop, web, and mobile apps. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Playing video games, drawing, even watching YouT...
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How to schedule a post on your Facebook page or group

If you manage a Facebook page or group, you can schedule a post for a later date. Image Source/Getty Images You can schedule a post on Facebook for a page or group you manage on a desktop or mobile device. It's easy to stay on top of your content calendar by scheduling Facebook posts ahead of time. Unfortunately, you can't schedule a post from a personal profile. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Creating a content calendar for your Facebook page or gro...
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How to turn off auto-brightness on your iPhone or iPad

It's easy to change your iPhone or iPad's auto-brightness settings. Nico De Pasquale Photography/Getty Images You can turn off auto-brightness on your iPhone or iPad from the Settings app. Your iPhone and iPad have sensors that adjust the screen brightness based on surrounding light. You can also manually adjust brightness in Settings or the Control Center. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. The auto-brightness feature on your iPhone or iPad automatically ...
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How to print directly from Google Docs on any device

It's easy to print a document from Google Docs on any device. Eugenio Marongiu/Getty Images You can print from Google Docs on your computer or from the mobile app on Apple and Android devices. To print from the Google Docs mobile app, go to the "Share & export" page within the "More" menu. On a computer, you can print a Google Doc from the "File" menu. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Google Docs is a great choice for simple document creation. Not only is i...
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