Gmail is by far the most popular email service in the world. Most popular apps and websites let you create websites with just your Gmail account, and if your work involves email at all, Gmail is probably at the center of your online life.
This is why it can be immensely frustrating to realize that you're not receiving emails anymore. There are a variety of issues that can stop you from receiving emails, but luckily, they can all be fixed.
Here's what to do if you find that you're not getting emails anymore.
How to fix Gmail if you're not receiving emails
Clear your Google storage space
Plenty of us are guilty of hoarding messages and files that we don't need. If your inbox is filled with old emails, you run the risk of running out of storage space.
Gmail has an automatic system for filtering emails into your different folders. This means that if you're waiting for an email from a new sender, there's a chance Gmail marked it as spam.
You can open your spam folder by clicking or tapping Spam in Gmail's left sidebar. If you find the email you're looking for there, open it and select Report not spam or Move to inbox.
Alternatively, check out the All Mail folder, which contains every email you receive, no matter the folder.
You might also want to check your Trash folder. There's always a chance that you deleted the email you're looking for accidentally.
If you find that a lot of important emails are getting filtered into other folders, make sure that you don't have a filter inadvertently blocking your emails.
1. On Gmail's desktop website, click the gear icon in the top-right corner and then click See all settings.
2. Select the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab to see all your Gmail filters.
3. Review the filters and select Delete for any you want to remove.
Connect to the internet
It might seem obvious, but you need an internet connection to receive emails. If your internet connection is spotty or weak, Gmail will have trouble receiving and loading emails.
Take a speed test on your computer or phone to see if your connection is slow. And if the problems persist, disconnect from the internet and reconnect. You might also have to manually reset your internet router, or even try using another device to check your email with.
Make sure your accounts are set up correctly if you're using the iPhone Mail app
Some issues might occur while using Gmail on your iPhone. If you're using the Mail app on an iPhone, you'll have to make sure your Google account is properly set up and linked.
1. Open Settings and scroll down to Mail.
2. Tap Accounts and then Add Account.
3. Choose the email provider you use and sign into the designated account.
4. Once signed in, your Gmail account should be linked to your iPhone's Mail app.
Gmail on an iPhone can also have IMAP issues, which is the system that allows information to flow into and from your smartphone. If it's switched off, there are simple steps to enable it.
On a computer's web browser
1. Open Gmail and click the gear icon in the top-right corner and then click See all settings.
2. Select the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
3. Scroll down to IMAP Access and click on Enable IMAP.
On your iPhone
1. Open Safari, go to Gmail.com and log in to your account.
2. Tap Go to Mobile Gmail Site and tap the link at the bottom of the screen.
3. Tap More in the bottom-left corner.
4. Scroll down and tap View Gmail and tap Desktop.
5. Tap Settings and then the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
6. Scroll down to IMAP Access and tap Enable IMAP.
Gmail, like many email providers, allows you to add attachments to your email. They can be dragged straight from your computer into the body of an email or selected from your Google Drive.
But also like most email providers, Gmail has a limit to how big those attachments can be. It's a way to stop spammers from flooding your inbox (and Google's servers) with large, useless files.
Here's everything to know about Gmail's attachment limits - including how to get past them.
What is the attachment size limit in Gmail?
Gmail can only handle attachments up to 25MB in size.
Keep in mind any text or images you've put into the message count toward this limit too, meaning that attaching a file that's 25MB exactly will give you an error.
How to bypass the attachment size limit
Gmail's 25MB attachmen size limit is relatively easy to get around.
If you try to attach files larger than 25MB, Google will automatically start uploading the files to your Google Drive account. Once uploaded, it'll place a link to those files in the email. This lets your email's recipient access the files easily.
You can also upload the files to Google Drive beforehand. To do this:
1. Click the Insert files using Drive icon at the bottom toolbar of your Gmail message.
2. Select Upload at the top.
3. Under the Upload tab, drag-and-drop files into the window or click Select files from your device to browse through your computer.
4. If it's not selected already, click Drive link at the bottom of the window. This will convert the attachment into a Google Drive link to embed in your email.
5. Click Upload to finish attaching the file, then compose your message and click Send.
6. You'll have to grant access to the file link, then click Send again.
The rise of streaming platforms has made accessing your favorite shows and movies almost effortless, allowing many people to ditch their cable subscription to view a vast library of online content through applications.
Roku is a brand of digital media streaming devices produced by the company Roku Inc. Roku devices connect to your TV or exist as software within a smart TV, and enable you to watch TV shows, news, movies, and other content over the internet through downloadable channels.
Roku's name derives from the Japanese word for "six," since it's the sixth company launched by its founder Anthony Wood. In 2008, the Roku DVP N1000 was the first product the company launched, and Roku has been improving and iterating on its devices since then.
Roku functions through its proprietary operating system and on hardware that comes in several variations. The most recognizable options come in the form of a streaming stick or rounded-square box. Roku also has a line of smart TVs, or Roku TVs, with a built-in operating system. The price range for Roku devices starts with the Roku Express at $29.99 and extends to Roku TV models north of $200.
If you want a more immersive experience, Roku offers additional products to heighten the audio quality of your TV. Devices like the Roku Streambar connect directly to your TV and serve as both a streaming device and soundbar. There's also the option of adding a Roku Wireless Subwoofer to add deeper bass or the Roku Wireless Speakers for more immersive sound.
How Roku devices work
The design of Roku products is meant to be simplistic, with a single-connection setup that allows for immediate use. After setup, you're able to download, install, purchase or subscribe to streaming channels and remove them later at your discretion, as we detail in the sections below.
Whether you have a Roku-enabled soundbar or a Roku player, the functionality of Roku devices is similar. All Roku devices require an internet connection for use. This can be through the use of an Ethernet cord or a Wi-Fi connection.
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Each Roku box contains an HDMI cable, a power adapter, MicroUSB cable, and a Roku remote. You can insert a Roku Streaming Stick directly into your TV's USB port. For other Roku devices, you'll attach the HDMI cable, plug in the power adapter, and utilize the Roku remote to connect to a wireless or wired connection to your home network to complete the setup.
What you can watch with Roku
After initial setup, Roku gives you the opportunity to install a wide variety of applications for streaming content. Among its thousands of channels, Roku gives you access to live local networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. All major streaming services have apps on Roku, including Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and HBO Max. Alongside video apps like YouTube and Vimeo, Roku allows you to download music streaming platforms like Spotify or Pandora.
Speakers aren't just for listening to music anymore.
With artificial intelligence and wireless access steadily becoming more common, many speakers now double as remote controls and house assistants. That includes devices like Bluetooth and smart speakers.
You may have come across either or both in someone's home. Although the two types of devices can look similar, there are some key differences.
Connectivity between devices has become more prevalent with the help of Bluetooth. It's built into nearly every modern device, but not many people understand how it works.
These speakers utilize a Bluetooth protocol to receive digital audio when paired with Bluetooth-enabled devices. In simple terms, Bluetooth exchanges data over short distances, transmitting it wirelessly between mobile and fixed devices. Wired speakers differ because they rely on speaker cables to receive audio signals.
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Bluetooth technology can get pretty complex, so knowing all the ins and outs isn't necessary to operate a wireless Bluetooth speaker. However, knowing their features - and what brands are already popular with users - can be helpful when trying to decide whether it's the speaker type for you.
Bluetooth speaker features and brands
Current Bluetooth speaker features range depending on the product and your lifestyle needs, but many are geared towards crafting the perfect portable Bluetooth speaker or outdoor Bluetooth speaker experience. That's because consumers are frequently using them in less standard listening environments.
Several popular brands offer varying models to meet your specific needs, whether you're using your Bluetooth speakers for a home entertainment system or a morning hike.
A brand better known for its portability and durability is Ultimate Ears. Their International Protection Code or IP67-rated design with floating capability and a 13-hour battery make them ideal for the outdoors.
JBL Bluetooth speakers are known for their range in sizing and overall sound. Their portable boomboxes and party-sized speakers have a multi-pairing capability to give an immersive environment.
For home theaters, some people opt for Bose Bluetooth speakers for their surround sound system. Their soundbars can also connect to dual speakers or headphones if an individual listening experience is preferred.
Smart speakers, which use voice automation to control a virtual assistant, have become standard elements of home and entertainment systems.
If you have multiple smart devices in your house, these speakers can integrate themselves into your smart home system. This makes tasks like turning off lights or enabling your home security simple. Smart speakers are fitted with numerous helpful tasks and can carry them out using voice automation and a built-in virtual assistant.
Popular and familiar assistants include Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. After setting up your voice assistant, your device speaker listens for your voice, and turns on when you call it. This virtual assistant will then wait for your prompt and perform the requested task using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and more.
Most smart speakers also double as Bluetooth speakers, meaning they have all the features of the speakers discussed in the previous section and more.
Smart speaker features and brands
A smart speaker is typically set up through a downloadable app. Although it's known for being controlled by voice commands, you can prompt the assistant through a hands-on method directly in the app as well.
Selecting a smart speaker based on features can be a little more involved than choosing a Bluetooth speaker. With smart speakers, you'll mostly want to consider what tech giant you're willing to contend with being in your home.
The Amazon Echo is known for its varying sizes and range of functions. The Echo Dot is a staple among its core collection, while the Echo Show 8 comes with a smart display for users looking for a more visual experience.
Google's latest smart speaker is the Nest Audio, created to give real-time answers to constantly changing information like appointments or weather. The Google Nest line's small size, compared to the larger Google Home speakers, make them a perfect fit in any room.
With all of these, however, keep in mind that bringing a smart speaker into your home means giving up some privacy. See the section below for more information.
What to consider when choosing between a Bluetooth speaker or smart speaker
Bluetooth and smart speakers can have some overlap, but when making the choice which to buy, here are some final things to think about.
No additional app is required to play audio through Bluetooth speakers, and nearly every device can connect to them natively. They can be mounted anywhere, from your computer desk or wall, to your patio, or even onto your bike helmet.
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And thanks to their design, many Bluetooth speakers can also run on batteries, making them more portable. That's counter to the smart speaker experience, which are usually designed to stay plugged in permanently.
Unfortunately, Bluetooth speakers typically don't operate using voice commands, and require you to always keep another device near them.
Conversely, smart speakers can be an entirely hands-free experience. They require an internet or data connection for their built-in "computer" to work, but this allows for your smart assistant to operate through vocal commands. Getting news updates, completing to-do lists, adjusting house locks, and watching streaming services have never been more effortless and accessible.
Concerns around privacy are arguably the smart speaker's biggest drawback, as these devices are constantly listening, even when a command isn't being said. And when you deactivate the setting that allows your assistant to always listen for your voice command, that makes it a hands-on experience, taking away the ease and flexibility of voice prompts.
Both Bluetooth and smart speakers come in a variety of styles as well as a wide price range to accommodate your higher or lower-end needs. And sometimes, as is the case with Sonos Move speakers, they're 2-in-1.
So choosing which type, brand and model is all about figuring out exactly what you need out of a wireless speaker.
Launched in 2000, Pandora is a music streaming platform that serves its tens of millions of active monthly users through its unique Music Genome Project.
Created by Will Glaser and Tim Westergren in 1999, the project digitally identifies 450 attributes of a song and organizes them using a mathematical algorithm. Frequently described as an effort to "capture the essence of music," the Genome Project treats sound like DNA, extracting the "genes" of a song and rebuilding it into a new "strand" more attuned to your interests.
These highly customized user-driven stations have helped set Pandora apart from its competitors and revolutionized how we discover new music. And over a decade after its launch, Pandora is still finding ways to innovate this personalized radio experience through this project.
Most recently, that's taken the form of Pandora Modes. Launched in March 2019, the feature allows free and premium users of all tiers to explore the invisible web of music surrounding your Pandora station selections.
What is Pandora Modes
To alleviate the pressure of finding "good" music or figuring out what you really "like," Pandora Modes does the work for you by revealing new layers of the platform's algorithm. Through them, users are offered both a more conscious and subconscious interactive experience - instead of listening to a set number of songs selected by someone else's taste.
Modes harness the power of Pandora's Genome Project, starting with "My Station." This auto-generated playlist with an algorithmic tracklist is derived from your "Thumbs Up" reactions to tracks, albums, and stations.
Each time you tap the thumbs up icon while a song plays, you let Pandora's algorithm know you like it. That liked song's "musical DNA" is then used to add and refine the station's signature sound. This affects not just the inclusion of music you most certainly like, but songs you may also potentially like or not like based on your listening habits.
Pandora's other Modes build on this by more deeply diving into those choices. Your likes are contrasted against other Pandora users or used to help link you to the lesser-known parts of an artist's catalog. This library of eight customized station styles is available for select stations you listen to.
What are the listening Modes on Pandora
The music streaming app initially rolled out six different modes for users' self-made stations. That meant anything that wasn't curated by the app or had specific limitations set - think Thumbprint Radio or Today's Hits - would feature Mode options.
My Station: This is the default listening mode and provides the most classic Pandora music curation approach.
Crowd Faves: This mode deprioritizes your "likes" in favor of playing the most thumbed-up tracks on a station as determined by all Pandora listeners.
Discovery: This mode is geared towards helping you find artists and tracks that wouldn't usually play on that station.
Deep Cuts: This mode plays less popular tracks by artists or genres that usually play on your station.
Newly Released: The newest songs by artists who help make up the playlist of your station.
Artist Only: This mode strictly plays tracks by the artist you started your station with - or, if you "thumbed up" other artists on the station, them as well.
While stations like Thumbprint still have no Modes, Pandora has added newer modes for selective stations like Today's Hits since the initial rollout. Modes currently available on these station types include Hottest Hits and Most Thumbed Up.
When you enable Hottest Hits on Today's Hits, the station will focus on serving up songs picked by Pandora Pop. The Most Thumbed Up mode is exactly what it sounds like, delivering tracks based on Pandora Pop's most thumbed up tracks in aggregate.
How to enable Pandora Modes
Pandora's new feature is a helpful way for users to broaden their music library and discover new music from their favorite artists. You can enable any Pandora Mode during or after your listening session ends.
Here's how to access your modes on the desktop site and Pandora app.
How to find and enable a Pandora Mode on a mobile device
1. Open the Pandora app, select a station, and ensure you're on the default "My Station" mode.
2. Tap the "My Station" button at the top of the screen for the dropdown menu.
3. Choose any of the five other modes from the dropdown.
4. Once a mode has been selected, wait for the station to update and begin playing a new track.
How to find and enable a Pandora Mode on desktop
1. Log in to the desktop site player.
2. With the player up, locate the "My Station" link to the right of the track art.
3. Beneath it, you can find each mode listed. Click on one of the five other available modes to enable it.
4. When you want to return to the classic Pandora experience, click on "My Station."
Created to provide immersive sound quality, Apple's HomePod speaker offers owners a seamless listening experience.
At just seven inches tall, the HomePod uses spatial awareness to analyze the room's acoustics and adjusts the sound based on location. AI support from Siri and AirPlay communication allows for multi-room audio use. This makes integration across multiple iOS devices and rooms a breeze.
With so many features, you're bound to face a few audio difficulties or encounter connectivity issues. One way to address these issues is to reset the HomePod. You should also do this if you're sending it in for service or want to either sell the device or give it away. Resetting your HomePod will wipe it and return it to its factory settings.
If you've paired two HomePod speakers, but you want to reset one or both, you'll have to ungroup them before you initiate the reset process.
Here are two ways you can reset your HomePod, whether it's off by a few beats or needs a full reboot.
How to reset an Apple HomePod using the Home app
1. Sign in to your Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac, if you aren't already.
2. Open up the Home app on your Apple device.
3. Click or press and hold the HomePod image.
4. On the settings screen, locate and choose "Remove Accessory."
5. Select "Remove."
6. After a few minutes, you will hear a start-up chime completing the reset.
How to reset the Apple HomePod on the device
1. Begin by unplugging your HomePod.
2. Wait 10 seconds before plugging it back in.
3. After waiting an additional 5 seconds, place and hold your finger on the top of the HomePod.
4. Keep your finger pressed down as the spinning white light turns to red.
5. Wait for Siri to say, "Your HomePod is about to reset."
Founded in 2007 and driven by the goal of supporting artists and labels, Bandcamp is a music streaming service that goes above and beyond its competitors by ensuring talent is compensated transparently and fairly for their creative work.
To help artists' sales, Bandcamp offers several avenues for sharing music and earning revenue. Part of that effort gives fans access to their favorite music in as many ways possible - including how they download tracks or albums from the site.
If you're new to the platform, you may find yourself needing some guidance on how to save your music to your device after purchasing it. There are a couple of ways to download your music from Bandcamp, with the most convenient being directly at the end of the checkout process. You can also find a download link in your emailed receipt, on the Purchase page of your account profile, and your "Collection" page, which houses your entire Bandcamp music library.
Bandcamp also offers a list of download formats depending on your device and music listening software. The default download format is MP3 V0, which is playable on most devices and music listening apps, but you can also download files in the MP3 320, FLAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF formats.
Here's how to download your recent music purchase on Bandcamp.
How to download music on Bandcamp from the confirmation page
1. On the purchase confirmation page, click the arrow next to "MP3 VO."
2. Select your format from the dropdown list.
3. After the page has finished preparing your download, click the track or album title link next to the file format.
4. Your file will begin downloading to your "Downloads" folder, or whatever folder on your device is set as your default location for downloads.
Note: If the file comes zipped, Mac users should double click the folder to unzip it. Here's how to unzip it on a PC or Chromebook.
How to download music on Bandcamp from your Collection
4. Scroll until you see your list of purchased songs and albums. Under the purchase, you want to download, click the "Download" link.
5. Choose which file format you would like to download the music in before clicking "Download."
How to download music on Bandcamp from your Purchases list
1.Sign in to your Bandcamp account if you aren't already.
2. Click your profile icon in the top right.
3. Choose "Purchases" from the dropdown menu.
4. Select the "Download album" link.
5. Choose which file format you would like to download the music in before clicking the "Download" link.
Troubleshooting common downloading issues on Bandcamp
Bandcamp fans have reported several issues with downloading their purchases, including downloads that won't start or not being able to locate it on their computer. Bandcamp's downloading FAQ will help you troubleshoot any hiccups you might face.
Other issues that arise during the downloading process on Bandcamp frequently stem from connectivity issues. To ensure an easy download, use a trusted browser and a strong network connection. Disabling firewalls or internet security tools temporarily may help with downloading speed issues.
For those trying to download music from their emailed receipt but can't locate the email, you should first check your Spam folder and alternate email inboxes that might be attached to your Bandcamp account. If you still can't find or access the receipt, reach out directly to Bandcamp through their Contact form to have it resent.
iOS users having trouble downloading music to their iPhone or iPad should know that Apple doesn't allow direct downloading to these devices. That means you'll have to download your Bandcamp purchase to your computer first and then transfer it to your iOS device.