Smartphones

Top Android Q Features to Look Forward To

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Every year, Google updates their Android operating system and pushes their new Google Pixel handsets alongside it. This year, we’re expecting a full launch for Android Q in October. For some devices, such as the Pixel range, you will get the update immediately. Some other devices will get it a little later. Let’s take a […]

How to Backup Your Android Phone

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The modern world has grown a second brain and keeps it in their pocket. We have so much of ourselves and our lives on our phones that the thought of losing it and starting a new phone empty can be alarming. It doesn’t have to be, with just a couple clicks. According to DeviceAtlas, you […]

Extracting Features from Android Apps for Faster Access

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Sometimes, getting to a specific feature or function, such as, say, locking my car remotely from the myBuick app or getting to the Selling section on eBay to check my auctions, in an Android app entails drilling down several layers deep to get to the desired setting. Wouldn’t it be so much more easier if […]

The Five Best Android Antivirus and Security Apps

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When you’re at the top of the heap, a big fish in a big pond, or however you’d describe the largest operating system in the world, you’re a target for exploitation. Crooks, hackers, malcontents, and wrong-doers spend countless hours of energy trying to figure out how to take advantage of you and the good people […]

How to Password Protect an App on Android Devices

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Protecting your phone with a password is genius! It’s a way of safeguarding personal and sensitive data. If you have top-secret information on your device, you don’t want just anyone to have access to it, do you? But if your phone keeps asking you to enter your password every time, it can be a bit […]

10 Best Free Calendar Apps for Android

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One of the most common uses for an Android phone is time management. There’s no more convenient place to keep your calendar than on your phone. It’s where you can quickly glance at your daily agenda, add a reminder so you don’t forget a meeting, or plan out your weekly and monthly goals. Unfortunately, not […]

How to Track Family and Friends From Your Phone

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Location tracking apps let you track anyone’s phone. That is, if they install the same app you do and give you permission to see their location. There are lots of apps like these on iOS and Android and many are 100% free. An app that tracks someone’s phone can be handy for many reasons. Maybe […]

Navigate Easier with Android’s Smart Text Selection and Selected Text Magnification

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For some, especially those of us in the approaching-the-over-the-hill gang, working with text on our phones can be cumbersome. Because smartphone text itself, context menu entries, and all the other tools for working with text are so small that they render simple tasks, such as selecting an address or phone number, copying it, and then […]

How to Calibrate the Battery of Android Phones for Accurate Power Readings

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Your phone battery degrades over time. And when it does, you’ll find your phone shutting off even if the battery indicator says you still have plenty of juice left. If it ever comes to that, you need to recalibrate the battery of your Android phone. In this post, you’ll learn how to properly calibrate the […]

How to Configure Do Not Disturb Settings on Android

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By default, Android’s Do Not Disturb (DND) does exactly what you’d expect the so-named feature to do—no matter what app, call, email, or text message tries to find you, the operating system (OS) waits until you turn DND off before displaying and/or playing and/or vibrating a notification. But what if you’re expecting an important call, […]