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Most of us know how to add homescreen shortcuts to apps that already exist on our phones – just open up the app drawer, hold down on an app icon until you grab it, then drag it over to the homescreen of your choice.

Create Homescreen Shortcuts for Websites

Creating a homescreen shortcut to a website is easy. If you’re using Chrome, just navigate to the website you want, tap the menu icon at the top-right and then tap “Add to home screen.”

Other browsers have similar functions. In Firefox it’s pretty much the same process except the feature is called “Add Page Shortcut.” Microsoft’s Edge browser has the same feature.

Create Homescreen Shortcut to Bookmarks Bar Create Homescreen Shortcuts to Files and Folders

If you have important PDF documents that you want to access directly from your homescreen or certain folders that you want to keep on your homescreen Windows-style, then you can do that too.

Each smartphone manufacturer has their own file-manager app with slightly different functionality, so we’ll demonstrate this with the free and widely used ES File Explorer.

Once you have ES File Explorer, open it, navigate to the file or folder you want on your homescreen, tap and hold on the icon, and then in the menu that pops up select “Add to desktop.”

Use Apex Launcher

If you want to add more delicate shortcuts like direct call, direct message, or even to various phone Activities, you can switch to Apex Launcher. Apex Launcher comes with this “Add Shortcuts” feature and is available when you long-press on the home screen.

From there you can add shortcuts to almost anything to your homescreen.


You should now have an Android homescreen filled with shortcuts to everything you want. Just try not to get carried away.

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How To Create Siri Shortcuts On Your Iphone And Ipad

Apple introduced “Siri Shortcuts” back in iOS 12, which was released in 2023. Many changes have been made in the meantime and for the better. What was initially limited to Siri is now available as a separate and native app called Shortcuts. If you’re a power user looking to learn how to create Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad, know that you’ve come to the right place.

In this short guide, we present you with two different ways to create Siri Shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad: by installing existing ones or creating your own (from scratch). Here’s everything you need to know.

1. Use the Shortcuts Gallery

Via the Shortcuts app (which comes pre-installed), you can access a large number of Siri shortcuts. This part of the Shortcuts app is called “Gallery.” Follow these directions to use it.

1. When you launch the Shortcuts app, it will open the “My Shortcuts” tab. You can access the Gallery section via the icon at the bottom of the screen.

2. The Shortcuts Gallery contains a collection of ready-made shortcuts sorted into convenient categories. When you find one you like, select it (to open its overview), then tap on the “Add Shortcut” button.

3. When you open your Library, you will find the new shortcut. Tap on the three dots in the top-right corner of the shortcut to see the actions that your shortcut will perform. You can make any changes you wish to modify the shortcut to your own needs.

Finally, keep in mind that you can trigger these shortcuts by tapping on their icons/thumbnails. Alternatively, you can say the name of the shortcut you want to trigger (using Siri, of course). Therefore, these are no longer just limited to Siri, which is certainly a good thing.

2. Create Your Own Siri Shortcuts

If you can’t find a shortcut in the Shortcuts Gallery that does what you’re looking for, you can build your own from scratch. Here’s how.

1. Once again, launch the Shortcuts app. Make sure to tap on “My Shortcuts.”

2. Tap on the “+” icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Take a look at the bottom of the screen where you’ll find an empty field asking you to search for apps and actions. Make sure to tap on it and search for a preferred action/app.

5. Tap the action to add it to your shortcut and continue until you have added all the actions you require. You can press and hold on any action to drag it up or down within the shortcut.

6. To test your shortcut, tap the “Play” icon in the bottom-right corner.

7. When you complete your shortcut, tap “Next” (in the top-right corner). Provide a name and hit Done to save your shortcut to your library.

If you’re struggling to create a shortcut that works the way you would expect, try looking in the Gallery for another shortcut that performs a similar action. You can then look at the list of actions to see how it works.


You’re never going to be able to customize an iPhone in the same way that you can customize an Android device. But with the introduction of Siri Shortcuts, iPhone users now have a much greater level of control over managing regular tasks. They won’t appeal to everyone, but shortcuts can be a real timesaver for power users.

And speaking of how to create Siri shortcuts on your iPhone, make sure to also learn how to install third-party Siri shortcuts. Lastly, here’s how to use Siri shortcuts on Apple Watch as well.

Isaac Norman

Isaac is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience covering the latest technological innovations. Mainly focused on Apple-related software and hardware systems, his aspiration is to explore all the ways today’s digital world intertwines with our everyday life.

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How To Read Yahoo Mail In Any Email App

Why You Should Import Your Yahoo Mail into Your Current Inbox

You should import your Yahoo Mil into your current inbox for one reason: convenience. Having all your inboxes in one place can be useful for your productivity and overall organization. It’s arguably simpler than manually forwarding each email from one inbox to another. On top of that, Yahoo Mail doesn’t always offer the best experience, so most users will surely appreciate the upgrade to the superior experience of Gmail or Thunderbird.


As you follow along in this tutorial, you’re almost always going to be given the choice between POP3 and IMAP when porting your Yahoo inbox into a different mail client. It’s, therefore, useful to know which of these options are right for you and what they mean.

IMAP – or Internet Message Access Protocol is the mail protocol used to access email from a local client on a remote web server. While IMAP and POP3 are the most commonly used Internet mail protocols for retrieving emails, the former allows simultaneous access by multiple clients, while POP3 assumes the email is accessed from one single application.

POP3 – stands for Post Office Protocol version 3. It’s the standard mail protocol to receiving email from a remote server to a local client. POP3 will download messages on your local computer so that you can read them even when offline. It’s worth noting here that when you use POP3 to connect your email account, your messages and data will be downloaded locally and removed from the email server. This means that if you customarily need to access your email from various devices, this may not be the best option for you.

STMP – stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and represents the standard protocol for sending email across the Internet.

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Gmail

In this section we explain how to add your Yahoo Mail to Gmail. You’ll need to adjust the settings in Gmail for desktop, but once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to read Yahoo Mail in Gmail on your mobile device as well. You’ll also be allowed to send email using your Yahoo Mail address from Gmail.

In Gmail on your desktop, press the Gear icon in the upper-right corner.

Select “See all Settings.”

Find the “Check mail from other accounts” section and select “Add a mail account.”

In the Yahoo Mail sign-in screen, input your email address and password to log in.

Grant the necessary permissions and press “Agree.”

You’ll get a message alerting you that you’ve been “Gmailified.” Tap on the “Close” button.

If you go back to the “Check email from other accounts” section, you should be able see your linked Yahoo Mail account. While you’re there, scroll up and make sure you select the “Reply from the same address to which the message was sent” option so that you can reply to mail received from Yahoo Mail with your Yahoo address.

How to Remove a Yahoo Mail Account from Gmail

If you want to stop receiving Yahoo mail in your Gmail account, follow these steps to get rid of them in no time.

Choose whether you’d like to keep a copy of the imported messages so far or delete the copied email, then press “Unlink.”

That’s it, you won’t be seeing your Yahoo Mail in Gmail anymore.

You can also unlink your account from the Gmail mobile app if that’s easier for you.

Open the Gmail mobile app.

Tap on the hamburger menu on the top-left side of the display.

Select “Settings” at the bottom.

Select the Gmail account to which your Yahoo Mail is connected.

Scroll all the way to the bottom until you find the “Linked account” section.

Tap on “Unlink account.”

Choose between the two options described earlier and press “Unlink.”

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Outlook 2023

Before we start detailing the steps in Outlook 2023, you’ll need to learn how to generate an app password in your Yahoo Mail, as you will need that further on. This part is required for those who are using two-step verification to secure their account:

Generate Your Yahoo Mail App Password

Open Yahoo Mail on your PC and log in to your account.

Tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner of the display.

Scroll down until you find the “Other ways to sign in” section.

Tap on the “Generate and manage app passwords” option.

Enter the app’s name, then hit “Generate password.”

Copy this password, as you’ll need it a bit later when you sign in with your Yahoo mail address in Outlook. Press “Done.”

For those without two-step verification, you will want to set your Yahoo account to allow third-party email clients to access it using your sign-in password.

Accessing Yahoo Mail in Outlook 2023

If you’re using Outlook 2023 on your computer, here’s how you can bring your Yahoo Mail to the same inbox.

Open Outlook 2023 on your device.

Select “File.”

Your Yahoo mail inbox should now be visible inside Outlook 2023.

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Outlook 2023/2013

If you are a user of Outlook 2023/2013, here’s how you can port your Yahoo mail inbox. Once again, if you have 2-step verification enabled on your Yahoo, you will need to follow the steps outlined in the previous section to generate your app password before proceeding with the tutorial.

Open Outlook 2023/2013 on your PC.

Go to “File.”

Select the “Manual setup or additional server types” option. Press “Next.”

Go to the “Advanced” tab.

Select “Incoming server (IMAP)” and “Outgoing server (SMTP)” under “Use the following type of encrypted connection” in the “SSL” option.

The parameter for the Incoming server (IMAP) should be “993.”

The parameter for the Outgoing server (SMTP) should be “465.”

Once you’ve filled all this out, select “OK,” and you’ll go back to “POP and IMAP Account Settings.”

Select “Next” and allow Outlook to perform a series of tests on the settings you’ve entered.

Once the verification is completed, you should be able to see your Yahoo mail account in your Outlook inbox. You will also be able to send Yahoo mail from Outlook.

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Outlook on Mobile

It’s possible to get your Yahoo Mail directly in the Outlook mobile app. Follow the instructions below to do so.

Open the Outlook app on your mobile device.

Tap on the Home button in the upper-left corner.

Tap on the gear icon in the bottom left to open “Settings.”

Tap on “Add Mail Account” to get started.

Select “Add an email account” from the menu that pops up at the bottom.

Input your Yahoo Mail address and press “Continue.”

Type in your Yahoo credentials in the log-in panel that appears.

That’s it. Your Yahoo mail should start appearing in your inbox.

How to Remove a Yahoo Mail Account in Outlook for PC

Don’t want to see your Yahoo inbox in Outlook anymore? No problem. You can easily get rid of it.

How to Access Yahoo Mail in Mozilla Thunderbird on Your PC

Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a free email client for desktop that lets you manage multiple email accounts from the same dashboard. This includes your Yahoo email account(s). Below, learn how to get started with the process.

Open Mozilla Thunderbird on your PC to start setting up your existing email address.

Input your credentials, then allow Thunderbird to automatically search for a working and recommended server configuration.

The options you have at your disposal are either IMAP or POP3. We’ve selected the IMAP option for this part of the tutorial.

Proceed to log in with your Yahoo account and password.

If everything is in order, you should be able to see a new panel, which lets you know that the “Account was successfully created.”

You should be able to see your entire Yahoo inbox and send emails from your Yahoo email address within Thunderbird.

How to Remove a Yahoo Inbox from Mozilla Thunderbird on Your PC

If you want to get rid of your Yahoo inbox in Mozilla Thunderbird, this is what you need to do.

Select “Remove account.”

Tap the “Remove” button to delete the Yahoo Mail account.

How to Access Yahoo Mail in ProtonMail on Your PC

Users of encrypted email providers such as ProtonMail can also import their Yahoo Mail inbox into the service by following a few easy steps.

Scroll down until you find the ProtonMail section and select “Import Assistant.”

Press the “Start Import Assistant” button.

Input your email address and app passcode, which you’ve generated from your Yahoo Mail inbox following the instructions above.

The process of importing your email should begin at once, and you’ll be abl to immediately start viewing email.

Note that ProtonMail only offers 500MB of free space. This may not be enough to cover your entire Yahoo inbox, in which case you’ll have to purchase a subscription to add more storage to your account.

If you’re worried about privacy when making the transfer, don’t be. According to ProtonMail, its Import Assistant can safely transfer your email and folders from an external email account. Messages are encrypted the moment they arrive in the ProtonMail inbox, so the transition is easy and risk-free.

We should also note that alternative encrypted email services such as Tutanota don’t allow you to port outside inboxes.

Frequently Asked Questions 1. Can I add Yahoo mail to my iPhone’s default email client?

Yes, you can. Learn how to add any email address including Yahoo mail to the default email app in iOS.

2. Can I get other inboxes in my Yahoo Mail?

If you just ported your Yahoo inbox to Outlook, then perhaps you’ll find it useful to read all about recalling sent emails when using Microsoft’s email client. Alternatively, check out another of our guides, which details how to automatically delete email from blocked senders in iOS.

Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile tech and can be often found fiddling with a smartphone from some obscure company. She kick-started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a middle-school teacher. Constantly driven by curiosity, Alexandra likes to know how things work and to share that knowledge with everyone.

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How To Enable Slow Motion In Any Android Device

One of the biggest feature that is still exclusive to flagship Android devices is the ability to record slow-motion videos. While most of the other features have trickled down to budget devices, the ability to record slow motion videos is something only flagship devices can perform. That said, while you won’t be able to record slow motion videos natively, there are certain third-party apps out there which allow you to add slow-motion effects to your recorded videos. With the help of these apps, you will be able to record slow motion videos on any Android device. If you are interested in this feature, read on as we show you how to enable slow motion in any Android device:

Enable Slow Motion in Any Android Device

While there are a ton of third-party apps out there which promises to enable slow-motion video recording, most of them are trash. After testing a number of such apps, we found that Slow Motion Video FX (free, with in-app purchases) is the best of the bunch. In the next section, we will show you how you can use the app to enable slow-motion video on your device:

Enabling Slow Motion Video Using Slow Motion Video FX

Once you have installed the Slow Motion Video FX app on your device launch it. Here, tap on “Slow Motion FX” button. Now, select whether you want to record a new video or apply slow motion effect to an already existing video. For the purposes of this article, we will select the “Choose movie” option.

2. Once the video has been imported, the app will give you a short tutorial on how to use the app. You can check out the tutorial or skip it.

3. To use this app, all you need to know is that the editing takes place in the timeline which is divided into two parts by a faint line. There are two dots in the middle which mark the start and the end of your effect. You can slide the dots up and down to change the speed of the video. To enable slow-motion video, make sure that both the dots are below the partition line. The closer the dots are to the bottom, the slower will be the video.

While it is not a part of our original article, you should know that you can also speed up videos using the same app. To speed up your videos, in the editor, just slide the dots above the partition line and not below it.

Other Android Apps for Slow-Motion Video Recording

While the Slow Motion Video FX is my favorite app to use when applying slow-motion video effects, it’s not the only app out there. Some of the other apps that have impressed me a lot include the Video Slow Reverse Player (Free with in-app purchases) and the Slow Motion Frame Video Player (Free with in-app purchases). Actually, we have already published an article detailing the best slow-motion Android apps which you should definitely check out if you want to learn more about these apps.

Shoot Slow Motion Videos on Your Android Device

How To Create More Powerful Android Notifications

Direct Reply Notifications

Android 7.0 introduces ‘direct reply,’ a new notification interaction that’s perfect for messaging apps  – or any applications that have some kind of messaging functionality.

Direct reply allows the user to reply directly from a notification’s UI – they don’t even have to navigate away from whatever they’re currently doing! The user just has to tap the notification’s action button and then they can type their response into the text input field that appears in the notification’s UI.

Direct reply notifications as they appear in the Android N Developer Preview.

To add direct reply functionality to a notification, you need to create a RemoteInput instance that’s capable of receiving input from the user and passing it to your app. You also need to create an identification key that you’ll use to retrieve the user’s input (in this example, I’m using key_quick_reply).


RemoteInput remoteInput = new RemoteInput.Builder(KEY_QUICK_REPLY) .setLabel(replyLabel) .build();

Use the addRemoteInput method to attach your RemoteInput instance to the reply action:


NotificationCompat.Action action = new NotificationCompat.Action.Builder(R.drawable.reply, replyLabel, pendingIntent) .addRemoteInput(remoteInput) .setAllowGeneratedReplies(true)

You can then build and issue the notification, as normal – just make sure you add the remote action to the notification builder, using AddAction.

To retrieve the user’s input, call the RemoteInput.getResultsFromIntent() method and use the identification key you created earlier:


Bundle remoteInput = RemoteInput.getResultsFromIntent(intent); if (remoteInput != null) { return remoteInput.getCharSequence(KEY_QUICK_REPLY).toString(); }

After you’ve processed the user’s input, don’t forget to update your notification to let the user know that their response has been heard loud and clear – you don’t want to leave the user wondering whether your notification has even registered their input!

Bundled Notifications


NotificationCompat.Builder notificationOne = new NotificationCompat.Builder(context) ... ... .setGroupSummary(true) .setGroup(GROUP_KEY_MESSAGES)

Then, whenever you create a notification that belongs to this group, you can assign it the same ID, for example:


NotificationCompat.Builder notificationTwo = new NotificationCompat.Builder(context) .setContentTitle("New SMS from " + sender1) .setContentText(subject1) .setSmallIcon(R.drawable.new_message) .setGroup(GROUP_KEY_MESSAGES) .build(); Custom View Notifications


Notification.Builder builder= new Notification.Builder(getApplicationContext()); .setSmallIcon(R.drawable.notification_icon);

Create an instance of the Remoteviews class and pass it your application’s package name, plus the name of your layout resource file:


RemoteViews remoteViews = new RemoteViews(context.getPackageName(), R.layout.custom_notification);

Set whatever data and resources you want to use in your custom notification:


remoteViews.setImageViewResource(, iconResource); remoteViews.setTextViewText(, title);

Use the setContent() method to attach all the views from your notification’s layout file:



Finally, build and issue your notification:


Notification notification =; NotificationManager notificationManager = (NotificationManager) getSystemService(NOTIFICATION_SERVICE); notificationManager.notify(NOTIFICATION_ID , notification); Expanded Notifications Big text style

This template displays additional text when the notification is expanded. This is handy if you’re creating text-heavy notifications, or notifications where the text is the main focus, for example you may want to use this template when you’re notifying the user about incoming SMS, instant messages or emails.

To create a big text style notification, use the following:


Notification bigTextStyleNotification = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this) .setContentTitle(getString(R.string.notification)) .setStyle(new NotificationCompat.BigTextStyle() .bigText("This text replaces the notification’s default text")) ... ... ... .build(); Big picture style

This template includes a large image area, which is ideal when images are the main focus of your notification. For example, if you’re developing a chat app then users may appreciate a clear profile picture of the person who’s messaging them.

To create an expandable notification that uses the big picture style, add the following to your project:


Notification bigPictureStyleNotification = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this) .setStyle(new Notification.BigPictureStyle() .bigPicture(aBigImage)) ... ... .build(); Inbox style

This style allows you to generate notifications that contain a preview of up to 5 strings, where each string appears on a new line:


Notification inboxStyleNotification = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this) .setContentTitle("You’ve received some new messages") .setContentText(subject) ... ... .addLine("First Message") .addLine("Second Message") .addLine("Third Message") .setSummaryText("+2 more")) .build(); Wrap-up

Quickly Toggle Settings From The Homescreen On Android

The homescreen on an Android device is where you can place shortcuts for various apps, widgets, folders, and everything else that you want to get access to as soon as you unlock your screen. It lets you jump to almost all the functions on your device, including web browsers, calculators, email apps, and so on.

While it has options for almost all the functions on your device, it lacks a few of them dealing with the Settings. You can’t enable or disable WiFi, Bluetooth, or change any other settings without heading to the menu, tapping Settings and then finding the option that you want to activate or deactivate, though it can be done from the notification bar if your device has it.

In order to add the aforementioned functionality to your homescreen, an Android developer has come up with an app called Power Toggles. What this app does is let you put shortcuts for various system settings on your homescreen. That way you don’t need to go through a number of screens before you can turn on Bluetooth or change a setting on your device. It just lets you control all the settings right from your homescreen. Here’s how you can use it:

Adding Quick Settings Toggles

Download the Power Toggles app from the Google Play store on your device. It is a free app.

Launch the app from your app drawer.

Tap on Homescreen as that is where you can control the settings toggles. Since you have not added a Power Toggles widget to your homescreen, the app should say you do not have any active widgets. To add one, follow these steps:

1. Go to the homescreen where you wish to place the settings toggles. Make sure you choose the one that you can easily go to. Choosing the seventh homescreen out of a total of twelve widgets will not make your work any easier. Once there, press the Menu button and select “Add apps and widgets.” It lets you add a new widget to your homescreen.

2. When the menu launches for you to select apps/widgets that you want to add to your homescreen, tap on “Widgets” on the top and you will see all the widgets available on your device. All of these widgets can be added to your homescreen provided there is enough space available.

3. Once in the Widgets panel, find the “Power Toggles” widget. Keep swiping through the screens until you find it. When it is found, drag it over to your homescreen.

4. As soon as you drop the widget onto your homescreen, you should see a configuration panel that looks like the below image. It helps you customize the widget so that it matches with the style of your wallpaper or the style of your device.

5. By default, you are provided with seven settings toggles. In case the one you are looking for is not one of these seven toggles, tap on the button that says “Add Toggle” and you will be taken to the toggles panel for the app.

6. Here is where you will find tons of toggles to add to your homescreen. It includes Hotspot, Bluetooth Tether, USB Tether, Airplane mode, NFC, and many more that you can add to your homescreen for quick enabling/disabling. Tap on any and it will be added to the widget that you have placed on your homescreen.

7. Now when you touch any of the toggles on the Power Toggles widget, the corresponding feature will be enabled or disabled based on its current status (if it’s already enabled, touching the option will disable it).

8. You can now control almost all of the setting options right from the homescreen on your Android device.


Every second of your time is precious, and therefore you shouldn’t miss getting the aforementioned functionality on your device. Power Toggles helps you save time that you would otherwise spend switching between various screens to accomplish a task that can be done with just a single tap.

Happy toggling!

Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who’s written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He’s been into the field for last eight years and hasn’t spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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