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Learn how to mirror your Android phone screen to your Mac wirelessly or using a USB cable, and without having to root your device.

It takes just three taps on your iPhone or iPad to wirelessly mirror its screen to your Mac. The steps for reproducing your Android screen to Mac are not quite that simple, but it’s not hard either, and we will help you do that using free apps.

The process here applies to Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Redmi, Realme, Lava, Motorola, Nothing, Google Pixel, and almost all other Android phones and tablets.

Why use the methods described below

Unlike iOS, there is no native option on Android devices to mirror the screen to macOS. Therefore, some clients may need you to take significant steps before you can use them. However, with the methods we mentioned below, you:

Don’t have to root your Android phone.

Don’t have to turn off Firewall or FileVault on your Mac.

And you don’t have to reduce the overall security of your Mac.

Wirelessly mirror your Android smartphone screen to Mac

Highlights:

You do not have to enter developer mode for the screen cast.

You do not have to disable any security settings on your mobile phone.

I prefer this mirroring process over the wired method (explained next).

1) Make sure your Android phone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

2) Download the AirDroid Cast Now desktop client on your Mac and install it like any other app. Next, download and install AirDroid Cast-screen mirroring on your Android phone from the Google Play Store.

3) Launch AirDroid Cast on your Mac, and you will see the Wireless section with a QR code and a nine-digit numeric code.

4) Now, open AirDroid Cast on your Android phone and scan the QR code, or enter the nine-digit code you see on your Mac. After that, tap Start Casting.

After a few seconds, tap Start Now to allow the app to mirror your Android phone screen to Mac.

6) Now, you can tap the Home button on your phone to go to the Home Screen and, from there, go inside other apps. Everything from here will mirror to your Mac’s screen.

The AirDroid Cast app on Mac will show a thin sidebar with some handy tools. A couple of them can be used after getting the premium version, while others let you see the app settings, rotate the screen, etc.

You can hit the green button in the AirDroid Cast app on Mac to enter full-screen mode, which will hide the left sidebar.

Stop mirroring

Open the AirDroid Cast app on your Android phone, and from here, you can pause the mirroring.

However, if you want to stop mirroring, tap the X button in the top left corner and tap OK on the End casting alert.

Mirror your Android phone screen to Mac using a wired connection

Highlights:

You can control your Android phone from your Mac while casting. For example, you can use your Mac’s mouse and trackpad to open apps on your Android phone.

You will have to enable Developer Mode on your Android phone and enable a bunch of sub-settings. Please proceed at your own risks.

You do not have to connect your Mac and Android to a Wi-Fi network or maintain an active internet connection.

A wired connection is generally more reliable than wireless methods.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

Samsung: Go to Software information, tap Build number seven times, and enter your device passcode.

Pixel, Motorola, and other phones with stock or almost stock Android: Tap Build Number seven times until you see ‘You are now a developer!‘

Xiaomi: Tap MIUI version a few times until you see ‘You are now developer. Stop tapping.’

Step 2: Enable other settings

The app we’re using below will show you which developer sub-settings to enable after you turn on Developer Mode. You will most likely have to go to Developer options in phone Settings. On some phones, the Developer options are buried under Additional settings or More settings of the Settings app. Once you’re there:

Enable Install via USB

Enable USB debugging

Enable USB debugging (Security settings)

Turn off Verify apps over USB (Note: I didn’t turn it off, and screen mirroring still worked on my Xiaomi phone.)

Step 3: Get the Vysor app and open it

Vysor is a free app that allows you to share your Android phone’s screen with your computer. Get it from the Google Play Store on your phone and from the official website for your Mac.

Open Vysor on your phone and go through its initial screens. You have already enabled the settings it requires. Still, if it asks to do something else, tap Open Developer Options and enable or disable those options.

Step 4: Connect your phone to your Mac

Use a USB cable to connect your Android phone to your Mac. In most cases, you do not have to pay attention to the alert that appears on your phone after connecting it to your computer with a wire.

Step 5: See your Android phone’s screen on Mac and control it

Open the Vysor app on your Mac.

After that, you should see your Android phone’s screen on your Mac.

The thin row of icons on the top of the screen offers handy options to take screenshots, record phone screens, enter full screens, and more. But most of them are accessible after upgrading to the pro version. Similarly, you can also go to Settings to upgrade the mirroring quality if you have purchased a license.

Stop mirroring your phone

You can simply unplug your Android phone from your Mac to stop mirroring. Alternatively, you can quit the Vysor app on Mac.

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How To Make And Receive Phone Calls From Your Mac

Configure Your Phone

Each phone provider is different, so your settings might vary slightly. This series of steps should apply to the broadest collection of wireless providers. For some, you might be able to get away without enabling WiFi Calling (step 2). Other providers require WiFi Calling to reveal the “Calls on Other Devices” menu.

2. If you see a menu labeled “Wi-Fi Calling,” tap it.

3. In the next screen turn on the toggle. This will allow your iPhone to make calls over a WiFi network.

If you’re in the United States, once you press this toggle, you may have to enter an address for the Emergency 911 system. This allows 911 operators to attach your phone call to a location while you’re calling from that network. Make sure the address is accurate.

4. If you see a menu labeled “Calls on Other Devices,” tap it.

5. In the next screen turn on the toggle. This is the switch that actually makes it possible to call from your other devices. You can manually enable or disable specific devices in the toggle list at the bottom of that screen.

Configure Your Mac

Once you have your phone configured properly, you can set up your Mac to make phone calls.

3. Make sure “Calls from iPhone” is checked in the middle of the dialog box.

Make and Receive Phone Calls from a Mac

Once you have your Mac configured, there are a variety of ways you can make calls.

7. In Calendar, look for underlined blue phone numbers associated with events.

Conclusion

Once your system is configured, you’ll be able to make and receive phone calls from your Mac anytime. This integrates deeply with the many places you can call a phone number inside of macOS.

Alexander Fox

Alexander Fox is a tech and science writer based in Philadelphia, PA with one cat, three Macs and more USB cables than he could ever use.

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How To Buy Cryptocurrencies Without Verifying Your Identity

Cryptocurrency is getting more user-friendly, more accessible, and also much more regulated. This makes it a lot less “wild west” but also means it’s a bit harder to get started in crypto without going through the laborious KYC (Know Your Customer) requirements most exchanges have now been forced into adopting. Luckily, there are still ways to make peer-to-peer crypto purchases. If you’re just looking to remain anonymous (in the true spirit of crypto), you may want to check out these exchanges.

LocalCryptos: peer-to-peer marketplace

As of April 2023, LocalCryptos (formerly LocalEthereum) may be the premier peer-to-peer crypto-fiat marketplace with no KYC requirements. In short, LocalCryptos lets you buy cryptocurrency with national currencies without asking for any form of ID.

Here’s how it works:

Sign up.

Enter a few basic pieces of information (nothing identifiable required).

Find an offer in your preferred currency using a payment method you can access (PayPal, CashApp, Wise, Zelle, etc.).

Start a transaction with the seller.

Wait for them to put funds in escrow.

Send the payment.

Get your crypto paid out to your wallet once the seller confirms.

The site is well-designed, the system is fairly good at keeping scams to a minimum, and you can typically find prices that are fairly close to the market. You can chat with the sellers over their encrypted messaging system so you can ask questions and feel out how reliable they may be.

Be aware that some sellers may ask you for ID to be sent over the encrypted messaging system before they fund the escrow. That’s not necessarily a problem – they may just check it and delete it – but that’s a call you will have to make. Even a seller with a good reputation may be selling IDs on the side, after all.

Bisq: decentralized exchange

If LocalCryptos isn’t decentralized enough for you, you may prefer Bisq (formerly BitSquare). This is a fully-automated, decentralized, open-source piece of software run using a Tor peer-to-peer network and governed by a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization).

It has built-in anti-scam and dispute resolution methods, including security deposits, account signing, trade limits that increase over time, multi-signature addresses, and arbitrators/mediators that get paid to resolve disputes from the security deposits paid by the party found to be in the wrong.

The system works quite reliably and well, and the safety mechanisms keep it relatively scam-free. It will require a certain level of comfort with crypto and tech to use, since you have to download software and go through a few steps, but if you’re interested in buying cryptocurrency through a decentralized exchange, chances are that you mostly fulfill those prerequisites.

Here’s how to get started and make your first transaction:

Download the software (available for most desktop OSes).

Connect a national/fiat currency account (Zelle, Revolut, SEPA, bank transfer, Uphold, AliPay, Moneygram, face to face, etc.).

Fund your Bisq wallet with Bitcoin (minimum of .006 to buy .001 BTC, which will be your initial trade limit).

Find an offer to buy BTC at the quantity and price you want.

Send the listed security deposit and transaction fees to the trade wallet where they’ll be held in escrow until the trade is complete. (You get them back if there aren’t any problems.)

Confirm the trade, send the payment before the time limit runs out, and mark the payment as sent.

When the seller receives your payment, they’ll release the Bitcoin and your security deposit.

The biggest issues you’ll face with Bisq are the relatively-high prices and the limits you’ll initially have on your account. Due to the increased risk, sellers often mark up the market prices by up to 20 percent and find sellers who will sell you the .01 Bitcoin you need to get your account signed and marked as reliable. It can be difficult, especially if you want to pay a reasonable price. You can make your own buyer listing, though, listing the price and quantity of your choice and seeing if a seller bites.

Wall of Coins: bank cash deposit

Wall of Coins is only available in the U.S, though there are other businesses in other countries operating along the same lines. It’s probably the simplest way to buy Bitcoins, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and other cryptos with minimal KYC (see the note below), though it does entail physically going to a bank and making a cash deposit.

Here’s how it works:

Sign up with your phone number (not really KYC, since you can get anonymous phone numbers).

Give the service your location so it can find nearby banks.

Enter the amount of crypto you want to buy.

Press the Order button next to the bank location you want to use for your payment.

Confirm the code you receive on your phone.

Follow the instructions you’re sent and make a cash deposit for the correct amount at the bank branch you specified.

Optionally, email a picture of your receipt to the site to make it go faster.

Wall of Coins will verify your payment and send your coins.

Wall of Coins isn’t as directly P2P as the other options listed, but it’s certainly easier if you’re not confident that your tech skills are up to the job. The rates tend to be above market, as is normal with these systems, but you can typically find at least a few good deals, especially if you’re willing to sort through altcoins.

As for the “minimal KYC,” Wall of Coins can’t accurately be listed as a KYC-free exchange, since there are a few reports that large transactions (starting in the low thousands) have been flagged and required ID to clear, and the existence of at least some form of KYC has been confirmed by the company’s representatives. Buying and selling a few hundred dollars of crypto at a time will probably be fine, but keep in mind that large transactions will look suspicious.

Bitcoin ATMs

If you live near a major population center, you probably have a Bitcoin ATM somewhere nearby. These are even more straightforward than Wall of Coins, since you just go to them, follow the instructions on the screen, insert cash, and get your Bitcoin (or other crypto). No ID, no wait, just Bitcoins from a machine. These tend to come with a sizeable fee, though. I’ve seen them go as high as 20%, which makes them less of an option if you’re looking for a good deal. Always check the market price before using a crypto ATM so that you know if they’re charging you fairly.

You can find a fairly comprehensive map at Coin ATM Radar.

Others No KYC

HodlHodl: No KYC, fairly well-known and trustworthy. It seems to work partially like LocalCryptos and partially like Bisq. May not support U.S. trades.

LocalCoinSwap: KYC is purely optional (i.e., it’s there if you want the extra layer of protection). LocalCoinSwap is pretty popular and supports a lot of countries, cryptocurrencies, and payment options.

LocalMonero/AgoraDesk: No KYC. Like LocalCryptos but just with Bitcoin and Monero. Generally well-regarded.

Some KYC

LocalBitcoins: The elephant in the room and probably the exchange you’ve heard of most often in connection with P2P crypto transactions. It’s still a good exchange, and you can trade up to 1000 euros a year with your email, name, phone, and country listed, but anything more requires ID. LocalCryptos is essentially the new LocalBitcoins.

Paxful

: Another popular P2P exchange that, like LocalBitcoins, now requires ID for trade volumes of $1,500 and for anyone who wants to post an offer or make a bank transfer.

BitQuick: Like Wall of Coins but with KYC starting at $400 USD.

To KYC or not to KYC

Cryptocurrency exchanges don’t want to make life harder for legitimate crypto enthusiasts, but the regulations that many of them have to comply with typically result in some pretty onerous sign-up and verification processes.

If you don’t mind providing ID and going through some bureaucratic hassle, conventional exchanges with KYC are a fine way to get into crypto. If getting that stuff together is a challenge for you or you have a philosophical aversion to it, you’ll have to deal with a slight learning curve to use a no-KYC exchange. No matter what, it is always best to keep your cryptocurrency safe as they are often unrecoverable.

Andrew Braun

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How To Record Your Screen In Windows 11

In the not-too-distant Windows past, a third-party app was your only option. These days, there are three separate tools built into the user experience. 

But not just have one? As it turns out, each has a specific purpose, but also its own limitations – so it’s important to choose wisely. Here’s everything you need to know about screen recording on Windows 11. 

How to record Windows 11 screen using Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool has been part of Windows since 2002, but it was only with the release of Windows 11 that it gained screen recording capabilities. It’s very easy to capture and share footage this way, but there’s one big drawback: it doesn’t include audio.  

If that’s fine for you, here’s how to use it: 

Open the Snipping Tool app – the easiest way is by searching for it next to the Start menu 

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Hold and drag to select the area of the screen you’d like to record 

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Perform the action that you’d like to record, pausing at any time if you need to 

Play back the recording and make sure it’s what you were looking for 

This is an MP4 file, so it can be viewed via any app which supports that format.  

How to record Windows 11 screen using Clipchamp

Microsoft bought the Clipchamp video editing software in 2023, before adding it to Windows 11 a few months later. The app includes a powerful screen recording feature as one of the capture methods, and it supports audio too. 

However, the free version of Clipchamp limits you to 30 minutes of video at up to 1080p resolution. For anything more, you’ll have to pay for an ‘Essentials’ subscription or get Microsoft 365. If you don’t mind that, here’s how to use it: 

Open the Clipchamp app – the easiest way is by searching for it next to the Start menu 

If this is your first time using Clipchamp, sign in or create an account. You can skip most of the setup

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From the screen that appears, select the ‘Record & create’ tab on the left side

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Choose between just your camera, just your screen or both

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Accept relevant permissions when prompted 

Choose your microphone and camera (if applicable), then hit the big red button to start recording

Give the app download permission, then make any edits you’d like 

How to record Windows 11 screen using Xbox Game Bar

The Xbox Game Bar was added to Windows 10 as an easy way to capture gameplay, but it can be used to record your screen and audio. However, the caveat here is that it just records the entire screen, with no way to select a specific tab or window. 

Here’s how to use it: 

Open the app/s you want to record and make sure they’re on screen 

Use the Windows Key + Alt + R shortcut, which will begin recording immediately

Once again, this is an MP4 file that can easy be shared and played on other devices.

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How To Check Screen Time On Android: Make Sure You’Re Using Your Time Wisely

We use our phones daily to communicate with people via text, phone call, email — you name it. But we are also guilty of wasting time on our phones. These little gadgets are time-sucking machines that can keep you staring for hours. How much time do you spend on your phone? You might be surprised to learn how much screen time you clock daily. Here’s how to check screen time on Android devices.

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What is Digital Wellbeing?

How to use Digital Wellbeing on Android

Editor’s note: Steps in this article were put together using a Google Pixel 7 running Android 13. Some of these instructions may differ, depending on your hardware and software.

How to check screen time on Android:

Open the Settings app.

Select Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.

Hit Dashboard.

Check the time under Screen time.

How to use Digital Wellbeing on Android

Using Digital Wellbeing on Android is as simple as opening it. It comes pre-installed on your device, and you don’t have to log in to anything to access your screen time information. It will also show your recent screen time for all your apps. If you tap on a specific app’s name, you can see a breakdown of your historical time spent on that app.

There are a few different features within Digital Wellbeing that you can customize to fit your needs. For a brief overview, keep reading.

Digital Wellbeing App timers

If there is a specific app that you can’t force yourself to stop using or cut back on, this feature is excellent. You can allow yourself a particular amount of time each day on various apps. Once you’ve hit your screen time limit for the day, you cannot use that app until the timer resets at midnight.

How to set app timers:

Open the Settings app.

Select Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.

Hit Dashboard.

Tap on Show all apps.

Find the app you want to set a timer for.

Select the hourglass icon to the right of the app.

Pick how long you want to be able to use the app daily.

Press OK.

Digital Wellbeing Bedtime mode

Bedtime mode can do multiple things to help you keep screen time to a minimum. For starters, you can turn Do Not Disturb mode on, set the screen to grayscale, and keep the screen dark. Bedtime mode allows you to pick which of these features are activated. You can set the times and days you want to use bedtime mode, and it’ll automatically turn on and off, so you don’t even have to worry about remembering it. Additionally, you can make it so that Bedtime mode only turns on while the phone is plugged in during charging.

How to set Bedtime mode:

Open the Settings app.

Select Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.

Hit Bedtime mode.

Select what you want the phone to do during Bedtime mode. Tap Next.

Select when you want Bedtime mode to be activated. Hit Done when you’re finished.

Hit Customize.

Pick which features you want to be turned on during Bedtime mode.

Digital Wellbeing Focus mode

Focus mode is one of the best things Digital Wellbeing has to offer. Focus mode grays out disabled apps. This forces you to stop using your phone as a crutch and get stuff done. You can choose which apps are allowed and which apps are not.

Of course, you can turn Focus mode off and on whenever you please. So it will ultimately be up to you to exercise willpower and not turn Focus mode off until you finish your task. When all of your apps are grayed out, it serves as a reminder that you need to focus. Hopefully, that will motivate you to keep screen time to a minimum!

How to use Focus mode:

Open the Settings app.

Select Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.

Hit Focus mode.

Tap on Show all apps.

Select distracting apps.

Hit Turn on now.

You can also tap on Set a schedule to automatically pick when you want Focus mode to go on and off.

Digital Wellbeing Parental controls

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Digital Wellbeing is a great way to monitor your child’s screen time. To use the parental controls through Digital Wellbeing, you must download the Family Link app from the Google Play Store. You’ll have to set everything up on your phone, and then on your child’s phone.

Once everything is set up, you can monitor your child’s screen time, set time limits for them, disable their apps at bedtime, and more.

FAQs

There are multiple reasons why spending too much time on your screen isn’t the best use of your time. For starters, too much screen time is usually linked with health issues. This is generally because we don’t tend to be physically active if we stare at a screen all day. Not to mention screens tend to affect our sleep. Also important is the fact that it eats your time, though. Instead of endlessly scrolling through social networks, you can spend that time with your family, working, exercising, and more.

There is no magic number of hours that can be considered healthy for screen time. According to the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, adults should limit their screen time to less than two hours a day (outside of work). Otherwise, people should spend that time exercising or doing other activities.

How To Remove Adobe Flash From Your Mac

The succession of vulnerabilities found in Adobe’s Flash Player shows no signs of dying down: not a month goes by without Adobe releasing another yet emergency update for Flash to patch a bunch of newly discovered vulnerabilities (measuring in the dozens).

Some of them can be pretty nasty as they introduce new attack vectors for spyware, ransomware, trojans and other malicious applications that you don’t want anywhere near your computer.

A few years ago, Flash Player was impossible to avoid because a bulk of web video was encoded in Adobe’s proprietary Flash format, but not anymore: YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and many other popular web services now use HTML5-based video players that work in any modern browser.

While Apple does block older, vulnerable versions of Flash in the Safari browser on macOS, you should do yourself a favor and remove Flash Player from your Mac using step-by-step instructions provided in this tutorial.

How to remove Adobe Flash from your Mac

1) Navigate to the /Applications/Utilities/ folder on your Mac and launch the Adobe Flash Player Install Manager app.

Tip: If you don’t see the app and are positive that Flash Player is in fact installed on your Mac, download the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller from Adobe’s website.

Flash Player is now being uninstalled from this Mac. You cannot cancel the uninstaller at this point. Don’t restart or turn off your computer until the uninstaller finishes.

And that’s all there’s to it, folks!

Living in a Flash-free world!

Congratulations, your Mac is now Flash-free and your computer is no longer prone to Flash vulnerabilities—even if you try to access Flash content in a browser—as long as you don’t reinstall Flash Player.

Don’t you shed a tear—you’ll be better off without Flash altogether!

Verifying that Flash Player uninstallation is complete

After running the uninstaller, your system should be free of Flash Player and its associated web plug-in. To verify that Flash uninstallation has been completed successfully, first restart your Mac by choosing Restart in the Apple menu.

Then, open your browser and check the status of Flash Player on Adobe’s website. If Flash Player is no longer installed on this Mac, the page will produce an error message.

Accessing Flash content without Flash Player

As we mentioned, you can watch virtually any video on the web without needing Flash Player.

In moving away from Flash-encoded video, web developers have embraced HTML5 video en masse. For starters, HTML5-based video works in any modern web browser without needing a dedicated plug-in.

With that in mind, if you stumble upon a piece of Flash content on the web that you want to view but hate the idea of re-installing Flash Player, simply use Google Chrome for these purposes. Google’s browser has built-in Flash Player, but it’s sandboxed to prevent Flash vulnerabilities from affecting the rest of your system.

macOS blocks outdated Flash versions

Out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates are automatically disabled in Safari by macOS to help keep your Mac secure and help limit exposure to potential zero day exploits from web plug-in enabled content.

If you see the message “Blocked plug-in,” “Flash Security Alert” or “Flash out-of-date” when attempting to view Flash content in Safari, that’s Apple warning you that you’re using an out-of-date version of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in on your computer.

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