How to optimize and save space on Google Photos

Google Photos is one of the most used photo backup services as it is free to use. But your Google drive do get used if you are uploading very high resolutions photos. Visit https://one.google.com/storage to know which google app is taking most space. Once you do that and if you see Google Photos in it you can either delete them or better you can downgrade it and still keep it by visiting  https://photos.google.com/unsupportedvideos. Here u can see the unsupported videos (by Google Photos) and you can compress it and gain some space back.

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Activity Bubbles – A Digital Wellbeing Experiment from Google

Activity Bubbles helps you discover what your phone usage looks like in a day. Each unlocks creates a new bubble. The longer you stay on your phone the bigger the bubble grows. Activity Bubbles is part of Digital Wellbeing Experiments, a platform to share ideas and tools that help people find a better balance with technology. It is quite good. Try it out by downloading the app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digitalwellbeingexperiments.activitybubbles

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How we can hack virtually : Hacking Google Maps

Google Maps is the most used app now not only by consumers but also by third-party apps like Uber, Ola, Zomato and many others. All of us rely on Google Maps for our daily commute.

This hack can show a virtually empty lane as a traffic jam. 99 second-hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jams in Google Maps. Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact on the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic.

As we have started depending more on tech. Sometimes we need to realize how tech can influence you.

Check out the video below to see the hack in action:

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How to check which all places you visited in a Year

If you are like me using Google Maps all the time, then google does keep the history of your visits. Just visit https://www.google.com/maps (you can do this from an app too but much easier using a browser).  Click the menu button (three horizontal lines) on the top left corner then click on Your timeline.  Now just select the year and it will you all the places you have visited in that year. It is so simple. Check it out today and you can go back in time and relive the nostalgic memories ;).

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Google is introducing auto-delete controls for your Location History and activity data

You can already use your Google Account to access simple on/off controls for Location History and Web & App Activity, and if you choose—to delete all or part of that data manually. In addition to these options, Google is announcing auto-delete controls that make it even easier to manage your data. Here’s how they’ll work:
Choose a time limit for how long you want to keep your activity data—3 or 18 months—and any data older than that will be automatically deleted from your account on an ongoing basis. These controls are coming first to Location History and Web & App Activity and will roll out in the coming weeks.
You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you–and we’re committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen.
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Virtually Visit 31 National Parks in the United States Using Google Maps

If your dream park happens to be across the country rather than in your backyard, Google is offering guided tours of 31 different US parks this week as well, allowing you to virtually explore those spots that you might not otherwise be able to get to.

You can access the park tours here. (For the best experience make sure to open this link in Chrome Browser)

Parks include Badlands National Park, Big Bend, Death Valley, Everglades National Park, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainer and more. Enjoy.

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Datally is a smart app by Google that helps you save, manage, and share your mobile data.

On average, people save 21 percent of their mobile data—that’s like using data Monday to Thursday, and having Friday covered by Datally.

SAVE DATA
More data for the apps you care about.
● DATA SAVER – Save mobile data by blocking background data and unwanted notifications. You can block background data for some apps and allow for others.
● BEDTIME MODE – Automatically turn off mobile data at night.
● EMERGENCY BANK – Save a little data for later in case you need it.

MANAGE YOUR DATA
See which apps use the most data and control overall usage.
● DATA USAGE INSIGHTS – Learn more about your data usage including usage history, trends over time, and per-app usage.
● BUBBLE – Stay in control by seeing real-time data usage while using your apps.
● DAILY LIMIT – Set a daily cap for how much data you can use.

Click here to download it from play store.

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Check Speed of your website

Google PageSpeed is a perfect tool to test your website speed performance. PageSpeed Insights analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster. It is a goto tool for developers to check the speed of their websites. As speed is sometimes the only factor in gaining or losing a customer to your site.

Making your site faster is not just important to ensure your web site is ranking well in Google search Speed Update. It can improve user experience and conversion rates on your web site. This PageSpeed Insights tool update has vastly improved the data and metrics around how to measure your page speed. It gives you many areas of where you can make improvements to your pages and thus increase the speed of your pages.

Check out Google PageSpeed today.

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How to backup and get everything offline from Google

In today’s era, we all are so much dependent on Google for our email needs to our photo backups to even our files on Google Drive. But what if your account get hacked or Google decide to block your account. You will lose all your data. Hence its advisable to make sure you have backed it all up. Do this at least twice a year. Just visit https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout and select what all you want to back up. It is quite easy and Google will email you a link from where you can download everything down.

So lets back up our online presence offline :).

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Learn Javascript using a free app by Goolge

Google launched a mobile app called Grasshopper that can help you learn Javascript during your morning commute. The app (available for Android and iOS) teaches you Javascript through a series of tiny games and puzzles, the idea is that you’re learning but enjoying your time as well. Its is quite fun (and free!)  even if you know javascript. Try out and let me know your views in comment.

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