Help Locate your own Email Message in Someone Else’s Gmail

You’ve sent an important email to a colleague but it is lost in the deluge of emails they receive every day, buried and forgotten. They can obviously use Gmail search operators, like FROM: or SUBJECT:, to locate that email later but wouldn’t it be useful if there were a way to directly locate that one missing email in their mailbox.

Well, there’s an alternate search trick and the sender can actually help the recipient find any specific email message that they have sent in the past.

When you send an email through Gmail, a unique Message ID is added to the email header as per the RFC 822 specification. To know the ID of your message, open the email inside Gmail, go to 3-dot menu and choose Show Original. The Message-ID will be displayed in the first line of the header as shown the screenshot.

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The Message ID of a particular email message is exactly the same for both the sender and the recipient. That means if the recipient opens the header of your email in their mailbox, the message ID will match that of the message in your Gmail sent folder.

Gmail offers a lesser-known search operator – rfc822msgid – that helps you search emails by their message ID.

So if our message ID is xyz@mail.gmail.com, a simple search like rfc8222msgid:xyz@mail.gmail.com will return the exact email in search results.

RFC822 Message ID for Gmail

And that’s the trick. This search query will work for both the recipient and the email sender. So if you pass the message ID to the recipient, they can simply use the rfc822msgid operator to locate a specific email from you in their own mailbox.

Since the recipient ID is too complex, you can simply copy of the URL of the Gmail search page and pass them to the recipient. The URL will work for them as well since the Message ID is the same for them as well.

You can also use this search trick to bookmark emails in the browser.

Also see: Send Personalized Emails with Gmail

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The Best Places to Download HTML Templates for your Website

Are you looking for responsive, beautiful and professional looking HTML templates for your next website but don’t have the budget? Well, here are a couple of free resources on the Internet where you can regularly find good templates for use in your web projects without restrictions.

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Dribble is a popular community of designers for them to showcase their work online. In addition to posting screenshots of their work, designers also upload the HTML / CSS version of their projects for anyone to use. You should bookmark the freebie and the freebies tag on Dribble to never miss these projects.

Creative Market is a marketplace for website templates, themes, fonts and other design assets. It is a paid store but if you join their email newsletter, they’ll send you free design stuff every week in your inbox that can be downloaded directly to your Dropbox. And they are mostly good.

HTML5 UP is created by the same developer that built Carrd, one of the most useful websites on the Internet. HTML5 UP is a treasure house of beautiful templates built sans the heavy Bootstrap or Material framework. All web templates are available in the Creative Commons license so can you can use them in any way with attribution.

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Envato’s Themes Forest is a premium marketplace for website templates but if create a free account with them, you get to download all the freebies that are published on their homepage every few weeks. These are paid items that the authors have made free only during the duration of the promotion to gain visibility in the marketplace.

OnePageLove is a curated directory of single page websites and they have a dedicated section for HTML templates that are free to download.

UpLabs is another online marketplace and community where creative designers share their work. The “web” section offers a variety of HTML templates that are free for both personal and commercial use.

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Manoela Ilic’s Codrops houses the most creative collection of work for web designers as well as developers. Every single project on this site, be it an image slider or a checkout page, is unlike anything you’ve seen before and the source code is up for grabs on Github.

Freebiesbug, as the name suggests, curates web freebies including fonts, PSD designs, stock photos and, of course, HTML templates. Look for the “exclusive” tag and you’ll discover HTML/CSS templates that the designers have chosen to share exclusively on this website.

And the final resource in my list that is worth adding to your bookmarks is Codepen. Chris Coyier started Codepen as a playground for writing HTML, CSS and JavaScript in the web browser but the project has evolved into a huge community of front-end developers that are putting the code in public which are free to fork and download.

PS: If you are aware of any good resource for free web templates that we missed in the above list, please let me know at amit@labnol.org – thanks!

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Make your own Saregama Carvaan with YouTube and Google Sheets

Saregama Carvaan, a digital music player that looks like an old-fashioned transistor radio and targets the non-millennial generation, has become a huge hit in India. The company analysed data from online music streaming sites like Saavn, Gaana and YouTube, came up with a catalogue of 5000+ “greatest” Hindi movie songs and pre-loaded them into Carvaan, classified by artists and moods.

Like a radio station, Saregama Carvaan mixes nostalgia with an element of surprise – the player’s algorithm plays music in a random sequence so the listener would never know which song is coming up next. Can the Carvaan experience be recreated with YouTube? Let’s find out.

1. The Songs List

A quick Google search on the Saregama website led me to this PDF document – it contains a complete list of every song that’s bundled into the Carvaan player. I imported the songs PDF into a Google Spreadsheet so the data could be easily filtered by movie names or artistes.

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2. The YouTube Database

The YouTube API lets you query the video database by keywords. I wrote a simple Google Script that reads the song titles from the Google Spreadsheet and finds the corresponding video on YouTube. The YouTube API returns the video link, the description, the channel of the video uploader and the thumbnail image (source code).

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3. The Spreadsheet Formulae

Google Spreadsheet provides the IMAGE formula that helped me embed the YouTube thumbnail URLs as images into the spreadsheet cells. I used Array Formulas to apply the same formula to the entire column in the spreadsheet.

The YouTube video IDs were converted to the YouTube URLs again with the help of a simple array formula.

=ArrayFormula(CONCAT("https://youtu.be/",D2:D))

4. The YouTube Playlist

Now the spreadsheet was populated with a list of songs that are preloaded into Carvaan and their corresponding YouTube videos.

The next task was to create a YouTube playlist with all the videos. I had earlier built a tool for copying YouTube playlists and the same API was used here for building the playlist inside the spreadsheet (source code).

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The Final Result

And here’s the final result – a YouTube playlist with 5000 songs that come bundled with Carvaan. Press the “Shuffle” icon and the songs would play in random sequence continuously.

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Email Studio adds Mail Merge and Email Scheduler Directly in Gmail

Introducing Email Studio, our new open-source Gmail add-on that brings powerful capabilities like mail merge, email scheduler, copier and more to your Gmail mailbox. Unlike other solutions, Email Studio works directly in Gmail and you can even use it inside the Gmail App on your Android phone (with support for iPhone coming soon).

Whether you need to send personalized emails to your Google Contacts, schedule emails in Gmail for sending at a later date, auto-forward emails to another address, you can do it all and more with Email Studio. Watch the video tutorial series on YouTube to get started.

Email Studio for Gmail – Features

Here’s a complete list of modules that are bundled with Email Studio.

Mail Merge – Create a Gmail draft, choose one or more Google Contacts and personalized emails will go out to each recipient with having to use CC or BCC.

Send Later – Compose an email now and the add-on will automatically send it later at preferred date and time later. You can also set up recurring schedules that will send the same email to the same recipients but multiple times on different dates.

Auto-Forwarder – Gmail has a built-in forwarder too but it only works on new email and you can only forward emails to email accounts that are your own. Email Studio imposes no such restrictions and it just works.

Email AutoResponder – Gmail has Canned Responses but with Email Studio, you can send auto-replies to both old and new email. Your responses can also include attachments which are not supported in Gmail Canned responses.

Email Unsubscriber – Quickly remove yourself from unwanted newsletters and bulk emails. This open-source utility won the ProductHunt Lifehack of the Year award and is now bundled with Email Studio.

Draft Copier – Quickly create or more identical copies of any existing draft in your Gmail mailbox. If you want to send similar emails to a bunch of people manually but without using CC or BCC, you’ll love the copier.

Email Purge – You can set up rules to automatically delete emails that match certain criteria. For instance, I could set up a rule to automatically delete emails that contain “breaking news” in the subject and the message is older than 7 days.

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Email Studio inside Gmail Mobile App

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Draft Copier with Email Studio

Cleanup with Email Studio

Install Email Studio

* Email Studio is free for basic usage. If you need to send more than 25 emails per day with Email Studio, please upgrade to premium. It has a higher daily email quota and includes no branding.

** Email Studio includes a simple version of Mail Merge that recognizes {{First Name}} and {{Full Name}} fields of Google Contacts. If you need to include more personalized fields, track email opens or send separate attachments to different recipients, check out the more advanced Mail Merge with Attachments add-on for Google Sheets.

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How to Block Jio from Showing Ads on your Android Phone

Ever since I added the Reliance Jio 4G SIM on my Android phone, I’ve been bombarded with fullscreen overlay ads. The ads appear intermittently but they’ll almost always show up after you disconnect a phone call or when you are charging the device.

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I use a limited number of Android apps from known developers and was fairly certain that adware was related to the Jio phone service. After fiddling with every possible setting inside Android to disable the ads, I turned to Twitter for help.

You can read the entire Twitter thread or here’s a quickly summary:

  1. Uninstall MyJio, Jio 4G Voice and all other Jio apps.
  2. Revoke all permissions of Jio apps. Long press the app icon, press the info button, go to App Permission and uncheck everything. Also turn off the “draw over the apps” permission for Jio apps.
  3. For Android Oreo or later, go to Settings > Apps > MyJio and turn off the “App can appear on top” setting. You probably need to do this for every Jio app on the device.
  4. Root the phone and install AdAway, an ad block that uses the hosts file to block specific hostnames and IP addresses.
  5. Use Greenify to hibernate all the Jio apps and prevent the app from running in the background.
  6. Disable ‘Telephone’ access for all Jio apps. Even Jio Mags has default access to ‘Telephone’!
  7. Toggle background data to disable data access for all Jio related apps.

Unfortunately, none of these suggestions worked.

Meanwhile, the Jio team contacted me after seeing the tweet and asked for the IMEI number of the phone. A week later, I got a call from the Jio support team saying that the problem should be resolved.

Yes, I was no longer getting any pop-up ads on my phone despite having all the Jio apps as before. What changed? It turned out, the Jio support representative told me, that these ads can only be disabled by Jio for the requested phone number on the server side.

In short, if you are also feeling annoyed with Jio related ads on your phone, send a tweet to @JioCare and they should be able to help. This also reminds me of Amazon – just ping their support team and they’ll happily remove ads from your Kindle.

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How Attachment Reminders work inside Gmail?

Gmail has a built-in feature that reminds you of adding file attachments before the email is sent to the recipient. Gmail scans the text of your email and shows an alert if it thinks you intended to include a file attachment in the message but forgot to do so.

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If you haven’t seen this earlier, compose a new email in Gmail, add “I’ve attached the file” in the body and hit send. Gmail will pop-up a warning saying – “it seems like you forgot to attach the file.”

How does the forgotten attachment detector work inside Gmail? I was looking at the source code of Gmail.com using Chrome Dev Tools and found an interesting snippet that bares it all.

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When you hit the send button, Gmail scans the text of your outgoing message and looks for the following word combinations using regex.

|see attached|see attachment|see included|is attached|attached is|are attached|attached are|attached to this email|attached to this message|I’m attaching|I am attaching|I’ve attached|I have attached|I attach|I attached|find attached|find the attached|find included|find the included|attached file|see the attached|see attachments|attached files|see the attachment

If a match is found, a warning is shown so you’ll never forget to include that important attachment again.

Microsoft Outlook too includes an attachment detector feature and, unlike Gmail, it also provides you an option to define custom keywords that should trigger the missing attachment alert.

Also see: Download Gmail Attachments to Google Drive

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The 101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet

Here are the most useful websites on the Internet that will make you smarter, increase productivity and help you learn new skills. These incredibly useful websites solve at least one problem really well. And they all have cool URLs that are easy to memorize thus saving you a trip to Google.  

101 Useful websites

The Most Useful Websites and Web Apps

  1. archive.is — take a snapshot of any web page and it will be exist forever even if the original page is gone.
  2. autodraw.com — create freehand doodles and watch them magically transform into beautiful drawings powered by maching learning.
  3. fast.com — check the current speed of your Internet connection.
  4. slides.com — create pixel-perfect slide decks and broadcast your presentations to an audience of any size from anywhere.
  5. screenshot.guru — take high-resolution screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
  6. dictation.io – accurate and quick voice recognition in your browser itself.
  7. reverse.photos — upload an image and find similar pictures on the web.
  8. copychar.cc – copy special characters and emojis that aren’t on your keyboard.
  9. codeacademy.com – the best place to learn coding online.
  10. noisli.com — ambient noises to help you improve focus and boost productivity.
  11. iconfinder.com – millions of icons for all kinds of projects. Also try icons8.com and flaticon.com.
  12. jotti.org – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
  13. wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching   – see more wolfram tips.
  14. flightstats.com – track flight status at airports worldwide.
  15. unsplash.com – the best place to download images absolutely free.
  16. videos.pexels.com — an online library of free HD videos you can use everywhere. Also see videvo.net.
  17. Also see: The Best Android Apps
  18. everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
  19. e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
  20. random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
  21. earn.com — replace your email with a mailbox that pays when you reply to someone’s email.
  22. myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – upload an image of any text and quickly determine the font family.
  23. fonts.google.com – the best collection of open source fonts that you can use anywhere without restrictions.
  24. fontstruct.com — draw and build your own fonts and use them in any application.
  25. calligraphr.com — transform your handwriting into a real font.
  26. regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools.
  27. youtube.com/webcam — broadcast yourself live over the Internet without any complicated setup.
  28. remotedesktop.google.com — access other computers or allow others to remote access your computer over the Internet.
  29. homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3D.
  30. pdfescape.com – lets you quickly edit PDF in the browser without Acrobat.
  31. draw.io – create diagrams, wireframe and flowcharts in the browser.
  32. web.skype.com — make voice and video calls in your browser with Skype.
  33. onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs – see other OCR tools.
  34. wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
  35. file.pizza — peer to peer file transfer over WebRTC without any middleman.
  36. snapdrop.com — like Apple AirDrop but for the web. Share files directly between devices in the same network without having to upload them to any server first.
  37. hundredzeros.com – the site lets you download free Kindle books.
  38. app.grammarly.com — check your writing for spelling, style, andgrammatical errors.
  39. noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online ( review).
  40. translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
  41. kleki.com – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.
  42. similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.
  43. bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
  44. color.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
  45. canva.com — make beautiful graphics, presentations, resumes and more with readymade template designs.
  46. lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.
  47. midomi.com – when you need to find the name of a song.
  48. history.google.com —  see all your past Google searches, also among most important Google URLs
  49. faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.
  50. tinychat.com – setup your own private chat room in micro-seconds.
  51. privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.
  52. domains.google.com – quickly search domain names for your next big idea!
  53. squoosh.app – compress images on the fly. Site works offline as well.
  54. downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find if your favorite website is offline or not?
  55. gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
  56. builtwith.com — find the web hosting company, email provider and everything else about a website.
  57. urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal words.
  58. Also see: The Best Mac Apps and Utilities
  59. seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.
  60. flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
  61. mymaps.google.com – create custom Google Maps with scribbles, pins and custom shapes.
  62. snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.
  63. typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.
  64. todo.microsoft.com — a beautiful todo app and task manager. Also see Trello.
  65. minutes.io – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.
  66. talltweets.com — Turn Google Slides in animated GIF presentations.
  67. ifttt.com – create a connection between all your online accounts.
  68. namechk.com — search for your desired username across hundreds of social networks and domain names.
  69. gist.github.com — create anonymous and secret text notes and much more.
  70. flipanim.com — create flipbook animations, includes an onion skin tool to let you see the previous frame as you draw the next one.
  71. powtoon.com — create engaging whiteboard videos and presentations with your own voiceovers. Also see videoscribe.co.
  72. clyp.it — Record your own voice or upload an audio file without creating any account. Also see soundcloud.com.
  73. carrd.co — build one-page fully responsive websites that look good on every screen.
  74. spark.adobe.com — make stunning video presentations with voice narration and wow everyone.
  75. anchor.fm — the easiest way to record a podcast that you can distribute on iTunes without have to pay for hosting.
  76. duolingo.com — learn to speak Chinese, French, Spanish or any other language of your choice.
  77. webmakerapp.com — an offline playground for building web projects in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  78. pixton.com — create your own comic strips with your own characters and move them into any pose.
  79. gravit.io — a full-featured vector drawing tool that works everywhere.
  80. vectr.com — create vector graphics and export them as SVG or PNG files.
  81. twitterbots — create your own Twitter bots that can auto-reply, DM, follow people and more.
  82. headspace.com —  learn the art of meditation and reduct stress, focus more and even sleep better.
  83. class-central.com — a directory of free online courses offered by universities worldwide.
  84. googleartproject.com — discover museums, famous paintings and art treasure from all around the world.
  85. instructables.com — step-by-step guides on how to build anything and everything.
  86. flowgram.com — make data-driven graphics, charts and infographics. Also see adioma.com and eas.ly.
  87. marvelapp.com — create interactive wireframes and product mockups.
  88. slide.ly — make marketing videos and branded stories for Instagram, Facebook and YouTube trailers. Also see animoto.com and biteable.com.
  89. gohighbrow.com — Take bite-sized courses on a variety of topics, chapters are delivered by email every monning.
  90. htmlmail.pro – send rich-text emails with gmail mail merge.
  91. wirecutter.com — whether you need a vacuum cleaner or an SD card, this is the best product recommendation website on the Internet.
  92. camelcamelcamel.com — Create Amazon price watches and get email alerts when the prices drop.
  93. mockaroo.com — download mock data to fill the rows in your Excel spreadsheet.
  94. asciiflow.com — a WYSIWYG editor to draw ASCII diagrams that you can embed in emails and tweets.
  95. Also see: The Best Add-ons for Gmail, Docs and Sheets
  96. buffer.com — the easily way to post and schedule updates on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook.
  97. 10minutemail.com — create disposable email addresses for putting inside sign-up forms.
  98. whereami — find the postal address of your current location on Google maps.
  99. sway.com — create and share interactive reports, newsletters, presentations, and for storytelling.
  100. Also see: The Best Websites to Learn Coding
  101. apify.com — the perfect web scraping tool that lets you extract data from nearly any website.
  102. thunkable.com — build your own apps for Android and iOS by dragging blocks instead of writing code. Also see: glitch.com.
  103. zerodollarmovies.com — a huge collection of free movies curated from YouTube.
  104. upwork.com — find freelancers and subject experts to work on any kind of project.
  105. duckduckgo.com – a clean alternative to google search that doesn’t track you on the Internet.

Know any useful website that is missing in the list? Please let me know via @twitter or send an email.

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How to Screen Capture Tweets with a Twitter Bot

Introducing Screenshot Guru, a new Twitter bot that will help you easily take high-resolution screenshots of tweets. There are a plethora of screen capture apps available, including the good old Print+Screen combo but with Screenshot Guru, you get crisp and beautiful screenshots sans the clutter.

Screenshot Guru offers 3 different options for screen capturing tweets. You have a web app for desktops, a Google Chrome extension and a Twitter bot @screenshotguru for people who are looking for a way to easily screenshot tweets on their Android or iPhone.

Let’s explore in more detail.

1. Web App – Go to screenshot.guru and type the URL of any web page or tweet that you would like to save as a PNG image. Solve the CAPTCHA and you’ll have a crisp retina screenshot ready in a second or two.

2. Chrome Extension – Install the Twitter Screenshots addon from the Google Chrome store and then switch to the Twitter website. You’ll see a little camera icon in every tweet – click the icon and it will instantly transform the tweet into a high-res PNG screenshot that will exist forever even if the original tweet is gone.

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3. Twitter Bot – Screenshot Guru is available as a Twitter bot that works both on the Twitter website and mobile apps. You can DM tweets to the @screenshotguru bot and it will send a screenshot image back to you in a private DM.

Sending a tweet via DM is easy (watch video tutorial). Tap on the share icon from a tweet on your Twitter timeline and then tap “Send via Direct Message”. Type screenshotguru as recipient account and tap the Send icon.

The Screenshot Guru app is written in Node.js and hosted on the Google Cloud Platform. The screen captures are done through headless Chrome (Puppeteer) while the images are stored on Google Cloud Storage. The Twitter Bot is running on Google App Engine.

Also see: Write your own Twitter Bot

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Read This Before You Buy Any Udemy Course

Looking to learn coding this summer? Well, there are plenty of free resources on the Internet to quickly get you started but if you prefer proper instructor-led video courses, go with Udemy. If you are new here, Udemy is an online marketplace where you’ll find courses on everything from calligraphy to photography to programming.

I’ve purchased more than two dozen Udemy courses around web development from different instructors – the list includes courses on React, Redux, JavaScript, Node.js, ES6, Express, Webpack, Firebase, TypeScript – and have been really impressed with the overall quality of the training content. You pay a one-time fee for any course and, unlike Pluralsight or Lynda LinkedIn Learning that charge a monthly subscription, your Udemy course will be yours forever.

Most video courses on Udemy are priced between $20 and $200 but before you key in the credit card, ready this.

Avoid Impulse Buying

Udemy offers massive discounts almost every week and the $150 course you are looking to buy could be available for as low as $10 the next day, or even the next hour.

Do not make ‘impulse’ purchases on Udemy. Add the Udemy course to your wish list or place it in your shopping cart and you could soon have an email from Udemy itself saying that course has gone on sale.

Support the Instructor

Udemy has a simple revenue-sharing agreement with instructors. If the instructor brings the student to Udemy through their own links, Udemy’s commission is mere 3% of the sale price. If a student finds a course by directly searching on Udemy, the instructor’s share is only 50% of the sale.

Check the blog, Twitter or Facebook pages of the Udemy teacher. Buy the course through links shared by Udemy teachers on their social media pages and you’ll be indirectly helping them as they’ll get most of the sale proceeds.

Avoid Coupon Sites

Search for “Udemy Discount Coupons” on Google and a million websites will pop-up. The problem is the 99.9% of these sites offer outdated/expired coupons and their sole purpose is to serve ads or get their own cookie in your browser.

Use Browser, not Mobile Apps

You can buy Udemy courses on their website or through their mobile apps. The interesting thing is that the same course may be priced differently depending on the platform you are on. It’s just like some airline company showing higher prices to people who are browsing on an iPhone.

I simultaneously searched for React.js courses on Udemy on iOS, Android, and Chrome and the prices varied everywhere. The prices displayed were lowest when I opened Udemy on the desktop in Chrome’s incognito mode.

Udemy Website on Chrome

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Udemy Android App

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Udemy iPad App

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Udemy Website – Incognito mode

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The bottom line is that you should never purchase Udemy courses at the list price and always use a desktop to complete the purchase. They probably have to pay Google / Apple a share in the sale and hence the courses are priced higher inside Udemy’s mobile apps.

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How to Backup your Gmail Inbox to another Gmail Account

Looking for an easy way to backup your Gmail messages? The Download Gmail add-on automatically saves a copy of your Gmail emails and file attachments to your Google Drive. You can then use the Drive client to backup the files saved in Drive to your local Windows PC or Mac.

The little downside with this approach is that Gmail and Google Drive share common storage space. So if you archive an email thread that contains, say, a 10 MB file attachment, the email will end up consuming 20 MB overall space in your Google Storage (10 MB in Gmail and another 10 MB in Drive).

Move Gmail Data from One Google Account to Another

If your current Gmail account is running low on storage, you can consider using a new Gmail account to backup your existing emails and then delete the bulky mails from the primary account to make space. There are no addons to install and the Gmail-to-Gmail transfer happens directly in the cloud.

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Let’s get started.

Create a new Gmail account for backup, go to Settings, select the Accounts and Import tab and choose Import Mail and Contacts.

In the pop-up window, specify the email address of your existing @gmail.com account from where you wish to import the messages into the new account.  Sign-in with your credentials and allow the ShuttleCloud app to access your Gmail and Google contacts data.

Once the authentication is successful, click the “Start Import” button to begin the migration. You can close this window or even log out and close your browser as the import happens in the cloud.

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After all the emails are imported, you’ll find a new label in your new Gmail account that will house all the imported emails. The folder structure of the source email account is replicated under this new label.

Google has integrated a third-party vendor – ShuttleCloud – to handle the email migration within Gmail. As per their privacy policy, they do not store any copies of your emails nor do they use your personal information in any way.

Once the migration is complete, you can visit myaccount.google.com/permissions and revoke access to the service. Also, since the authentication happens via Google OAuth, you don’t have to share your password anywhere.

PS: If you are looking to backup your GSuite emails to another Gmail account, please follow this email migration guide.

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