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How to upgrade to Pop_OS 21.10



Pop OS 21.04 with the COSMIC desktop

Pop_OS 21.10 is here! It comes with great new features like a brand new application launcher, Gnome Shell version 40, and many other things. In this guide, we’ll go over how to upgrade your system to the new Pop_OS 21.10.

Before we begin

This guide assumes you are using Pop_OS 21.04. If you are using the long-term release of Pop_OS still (20.04), you’ll have to upgrade to 21.04. Upgrading should be possible through the “Os Upgrade & Recovery” area.


For more information on upgrading from 20.04 to 21.04, follow our in-depth guide on the upgrade process.

Create a backup

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Before attempting to upgrade to the newest release of Pop_OS 21.10, it might be good to create a backup of the system. Of course, creating a backup isn’t required, as the Pop_OS upgrade process is very safe and efficient. However, it is still a good idea.

There are many ways to create backups in Pop_OS. However, the best way to do it is via Deja Dup. Here’s how you can create a backup with it.

First, install Deja Dup on your computer by opening up a terminal window. You can also search for “Deja Dup Backups” in the Pop Shop. Once the terminal window is open, install the latest version of Deja Dup.

sudo apt install deja-dup

After installing the software on your computer, open it up on your computer. With it open, find the “Create My First Backup” button. Then, go through Deja Dup and create the system backup of your Pop_OS computer.

Note: Need some help backing up your Pop_OS system with Deja Dup? We can help! Follow along with our in-depth guide on how to create a backup with the Deja Dup program.

When the backup is complete, take your backup and place it in a safe place (a flash drive, external hard drive, your cloud account, or a home server/file share).

Downloading the upgrade

To download the latest Pop_OS update on your computer, you’ll need to open up the “Settings” area. To launch the “Settings” window on your Pop_OS computer, press the Win key on the keyboard.


Once you press the Win key, you’ll see the Gnome Shell search box. In this box, type in “Settings.” Gnome Shell will show you search results upon typing in the “Settings” keyword.

Look through the search results for “Settings” and click on it with the mouse. When you’ve selected “Settings,” the Pop_OS settings window will open up. From here, scroll down and locate the “Os Upgrade & Recovery” option and click on it with the mouse.

pop downloading upgrade

Inside the “Os Upgrade & Recovery” area, you should see a notification that “Pop!_OS 21.10 is available.” Find the green “Download” button and click on it with the mouse.

When you select the green “Download” button, your Pop_OS system will begin downloading the operating system upgrades. These downloads will take a bit of time to complete, so be patient.


Upgrading to Pop_OS 21.10

Upgrading to Pop_OS 21.10 is done entirely within the UI. To start, go back to the “OS Upgrade & Recovery” section in the “Settings” window. Once you’ve made it to this section, find the green “Upgrade” button and click on it with the mouse.

Upon selecting the “Upgrade” button, a pop-up window will appear. In this window, you will see the release notes for Pop_OS 21.10. These notes include information about new features, bug fixes, and changes. Feel free to read the notes to learn about what is changing in the OS.

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When you’ve read through the notes for the upgrades, find the “Reboot & Upgrade” button and click on it with the mouse. Selecting this button will reboot Pop_OS into an upgrade process.

With Pop_OS rebooted, the upgrade will begin. Sit back, and allow the Pop_OS upgrade tool to install the downloaded updates to your system. This process will take a long time, especially if you have a slow hard drive on your computer.


You’ll need to reboot Pop_OS a second time when the upgrade process is complete. Thankfully, Pop_OS will restart automatically. Once it is done restarting a second time, log into your system using your username and password.

pop os installing

After logging in, you’ll be using Pop_OS 21.10. Enjoy!

Pop OS 21.04 with the COSMIC desktop

Getting a fresh copy of Pop_OS 21.10

While upgrading is a good idea, it isn’t for everyone. If you’d rather get yourself a fresh copy of Pop_OS 21.10 to install on your computer, here’s how. First, head over to the official Pop_OS download page.

Once you’ve made it to the official download page, find the “Download” button and click on it with the mouse. From there, select your version of 21.10 to download to your computer.


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How to force restart your iPhone 13 Pro



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When the iPhone was first released, it changed how phones were designed. Instead of entire keyboards or multiple hard buttons, the design worked with a single Home button. There were, and continue to be, hard buttons on the side but over the years, the Home button too has been retired. 

Force restart iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro is the newest iPhone model (at present) and it as such, it has no Home button. In terms of design and the functionality of the buttons, they’ve changed quite a bit from the first iPhone to the iPhone 8 models. Up until that point, the side button on these iPhones could be used to restart an iPhone. It now activates Siri if it’s held down.


How to force restart iPhone 13 Pro

There are two ways to force restart an iPhone 13 Pro; you can go through the Settings app, or you can use the hard buttons on the side of your device.

Method 1: Settings app

The Settings app has a built-in option for restarting your iPhone. If the phone’s UI is responsive, this is the easiest method to restart an iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Scroll all the way down and tap Shut Down.
  4. Use the on-screen slider to power the iPhone off.
  5. Once the phone is off, press and hold the side button/Siri button to turn it on.

force restart iphone 13

Method 2: Hard buttons

If you’re phone UI is not responsive, or it’s slowed down for whatever reason, you can use the hard buttons on the side of the device to restart it.

  1. Press the Volume up button and release it.
  2. Press the Volume down button and release it.
  3. Press and hold the side/Siri button until you see the power off slider.
  4. Use the power off slider to turn the phone off.
  5. Once the phone is off, press and hold the side/Siri button to turn it back on.

power off slider ios


iPhones, or rather iOS  does not have a restart option. You will always turn the iPhone off first, and then turn it on after. If you’ve been using an Android phone, you may be used to having a Restart option in the power menu but iOS does not follow the same approach. There are no other ways to trigger a phone shut down unless you allow the battery to drain completely. If you’re having trouble with your iPhone after taking it in for repairs, you may need to have it checked again. A force restart may be of little help. For now, it’s best to always take the device to Apple if you want to have something fixed. 


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How do I find my friends on Minecraft?



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Minecraft was never big on needing an account to play it. Users needed to create a Mojang account to purchase the game but nothing beyond that. This changed after Microsoft bought Minecraft. You now need a Microsoft Live account to play Minecraft. The good news is, a Microsoft Live account works with Xbox’s services and its network of games and players.

Find friends on Minecraft

Minecraft is an open world game that you can play online with multiple players. You have the option to join any online server and there will be other players there. If you’d rather not play with strangers, you can always play with your friends. The trick is finding them and getting them all on the same server.


How to find friends on Minecraft

There are different ways to find your friends on Minecraft. If you’d like to go with the simplest route, you can simply share the server that you’re playing on and have them all join it. You won’t be ‘connected’ to your friends but you will all be on the same server where you can play together.

Find gamer tags

Before you can invite your friends to play Minecraft with you, you need to add them. Friends are added via a gamer tag. A gamer tag is obtained from the Xbox app. Anyone that plays Minecraft has a Microsoft Live account and by association, they have a game tag.

Ask your friends for their game tag. Once you have the tag, you can add it directly when you invite friends to play a Minecraft game or you can add them on the Xbox app (you don’t need to own an Xbox). You can get the app on your mobile device or on Windows 10.

Once you have the Xbox app, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Xbox app.
  2. Sign in with the same Microsoft account that you use to sign in on Minecraft.
  3. Go to the Social tab.
  4. Enter your friend’s gamer tag in the search bar.
  5. Select them from the results and click Follow.
  6. Have your friend follow you back.
  7. Once you’re mutually following each other, the other person will appear as a friend.

friends on Minecraft

Add friends on Minecraft

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, go to world’s settings.
  4. On the right, click the Invite to game button.
  5. Select a friend from the list and send the invite.

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If you haven’t added your friends on Xbox, but you have their gamer tag, you can invite them directly in Minecraft.

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, escape/exit to the game’s settings.
  4. Click the Invite to game button.
  5. Click Add friend.
  6. Enter your friend’s gamer tag.
  7. Send the invite.


Friends on Minecraft are connected via the Xbox network which you automatically join when you create a Microsoft Account. You will need to generate a gamer tag for yourself but that’s all you need. The gamer tag is essential for adding friends on Minecraft. You do not need to purchase Xbox related services. 

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