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4 days ago

How to fix 'Snapchat login temporarily failed' error on Android

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How do I fix login temporarily failed on Snapchat?

Unfortunately for users on Android devices, Snapchat has a habit of not always logging people into their accounts. While trying to open the app, some users have come across a message that reads:

"Oh no! Your login temporarily failed, so please try again later. If your login continues to fail, please visit https://support.snapchat.com/a/failed-login :)"

Snapchat has stated that Snapchatters using a rooted Android device may encounter this message more than others. While this is frustrating, there are a couple of other reasons this message could be appearing on your phone screen. Snapchat recommends three things to try if your login isn't working:

  1. Make sure you're using the official Snapchat app from the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Double check that your system clock and date is correct.
  3. Confirm that you have a valid Google Account on your Android device.

Once you verify that you have a valid Google Account, you can manually sync your account to your phone to make sure your Google Account is working.

How to sync and verify your Google Account on your Android phone

  1. Launch Settings from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Accounts. You may have to scroll a bit to find it.
  3. Tap Add account.

    Launch Settings from the home screen and then tap accounts. Tap add account.

  4. Tap Google.
  5. Enter your email.
  6. Tap Next.

  7. Enter your password.
  8. Tap Next
  9. Tap Accept in the lower right corner.

  10. Tap Next in the lower right corner.
  11. Tap a payment information option.
  12. Tap continue in the lower right corner.

  13. Tap Google.
  14. Tap the more button; it's the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  15. Tap Sync now.

If your Google account isn't valid, you may see a Sync Error message appear.

What do you think?

Is there a way you've tried that helps get rid of Snapchat's error message on your Android phone? Let us know what other techniques have worked for you and which ones haven't.

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4 days ago

Prisma: Blank notification appearing after using the app? Here's the fix!

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Prisma notification

If you're seeing an empty Prisma notification that you can't swipe away, you're not alone. Fortunately there's an easy fix.

As Prisma for Android becomes more popular, a handful of bugs in the AI-enabled photo app are starting to emerge. One of the most confusing glitches has to do with an empty notification that'll show up in your notification after using the app. On most versions of Android it's not obvious which app is creating the notification, and it can't be dismissed normally, so it'll just sit there — pretty frustrating.

Fortunately there's an easy fix.

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4 days ago

Opera Mini's new video download feature aims to help you save even more data

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Opera Mini just got a whole lot more useful if you consume a lot of video on the go.

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4 days ago

Google Maps rolls out a cleaner look and adds areas of interest

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Google Maps is getting a makeover in an update that's currently rolling out to its mobile apps as well as on the desktop. It will offer a cleaner look to the maps themselves while also adding new "areas of interest".

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4 days ago

Google brings spam call protection to some Nexus and Android One phones

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Google is rolling out an update for the Android phone app that will warn you about spam callers. The update, currently for Nexus or Android One phones on Marshmallow, lets you block and report these numbers.

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5 days ago

Share your Prisma pics on the Android Central forums!

Join the discussion and share your best Prisma creations!

With artistic photo filtering app Prisma now available on Android, there's a massive new user base for the app's AI-enhanced artwork. Android owners have been sharing pics across all the usual social places, and over on the Android Central forums, readers have been sharing a few of their creations.

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5 days ago

How to access and use Memories in Snapchat for Android

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How do I use Snapchat Memories?

Snapchat has announced yet another feature as they continue to expand their platform that originally was created to simply send and receive temporary pictures.

This new feature is called Memories, and it's essentially a cumulative archive of all of the snaps you've saved to your phone since you downloaded the app.

But how exactly do you navigate Snapchat Memories, and how does this new feature work? Here's how to use Snapchat Memories to your fullest advantage.

How to access Memories in Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories.

How to access Snaps in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Snaps tab at the top of the screen to access your saved snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap on the Snaps tab to access your saved content.

How to access Stories in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen.

How to access your Camera Roll in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll tab at the top of the screen to access your Camera Roll.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Camera Roll tab.

How to access My Eyes Only in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the My Eyes Only tab at the top of the screen to access your protected, private snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the My Eyes only tab to get access to protected snaps.

Type in your password to access your My Eyes Only. Keep in mind that if you have to reset your password, all of the snaps saved to My Eyes Only will be erased.

How to post an old Snap to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Snaps tab at the top of the screen to access your saved snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Snaps tab.

  4. Tap on the photo or video you would like to post to your Snapchat story or friend.
  5. Tap and hold the photo. A black border will appear around the photo.
  6. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap on the photo or video you would like to post, and then press and hold the photo. Tap the arrow within the blue circle.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your photo/video with.

How to post part of a saved story to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to select.
  5. Swipe left or right to pick a specific snap in the story bubble to post.
  6. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap and hold the story bubble to select it and then swipe left or right to pick a specific snap. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the corner.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your story photo/video with.

How to post a photo from your Camera Roll to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll tab at the top of the screen to access your Camera Roll.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Camera Roll tab.

  4. Tap and hold the photo or video you would like to post from Camera Roll.
  5. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap and hold the photo or video and then the arrow in the lower right corner.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your story photo/video with.

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5 days ago

Prisma app over capacity or slow? Help, tips and tricks for quicker artworks

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Prisma loading bar

Getting the "Prisma is over capacity" error? Slow performance? Prisma isn't your average photo-filtering app — and that means it can take a little time to do its thing.

If you're one of the many people trying out AI-powered artwork app Prisma in recent days, you'll no doubt have run into the app's main pain point — speed. Or rather, lack of speed. Prisma's intelligent, artistic filters are impressive for sure, but they can take a lot of time to apply — particularly at peak times.

Let's take a look at why Prisma can be so slow, and what you can do about it.

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5 days ago

Prisma update lets you save photos directly

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Prisma update

Much requested 'save' button added alongside bug fixes in first Android app update.

Just hours after it first landed on Android, popular AI-enabled photo filtering app Prisma has received its first update. The updated version of Prisma adds a "save" button — a much requested feature that lets you export directly to your gallery, as opposed to another app through Android share intents.

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5 days ago

Beware of fake Prisma Android apps: Here's the legit Google Play link

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Its a faaaaaaake

Looking for the Android version of Prisma? Make sure you don't download a fake.

Did you hear? The unique, artistic photo-filtering app Prisma is now available on Android. But in the early days of the app's availability on the Play Store, you might be having a hard time tracking down a legitimate Prisma download.

That's because, at the time of writing, the app's still relatively new on Google Play, and as such Google's servers are still surfacing an unfortunate number of fake apps in searches for "Prisma."

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5 days ago

How to remove the Prisma logo watermark from your photos

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Prisma

A simple settings change can remove the unsightly Prisma logo from your pics.

With the unique photo-filtering app Prisma now available on Android, it's worth underscoring one of the most important settings changes you can make. By default, Prisma adds its own logo to every image you share from the app. But it's easy to disable this watermark from within the app's settings.

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5 days ago

Prisma app now available on Android

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Prisma

The power of cloud-based artwork comes to Android.

A couple of weeks on from its iOS launch, photo editing app Prisma is now available on Android through Google Play. For the uninitiated, Prisma uses hefty cloud computing power to add artistic effects to your photos.

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5 days ago

Netflix to stream Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot in U.S. and other countries

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Netflix has announced it has bought the rights to stream the upcoming reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

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1 week ago

How to set up a 5.1 home theater system with Sonos for Android

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How to set up a 5.1 home theater system with Sonos for Android

Get BIG home theater sound with Sonos!

Sonos speakers are smart. "How smart?" you ask.

So smart that, when you combine a Sonos Playbar, Sub, and either two Play:1s, two Play:3s, or two Play:5s (gen 2), you can turn all the individual components into a bumpin' home theater system!

Note: Your rear surround speakers must both be the same model or this just won't work.

There are a couple different ways to do this, especially if you have an existing system that you're adding to. We're going to show you the easiest way to set this up. Here we go!

How to set up a 5.1 surround home theater system with Sonos for Android

To make life easier, you're going to want to factory reset all of the speakers that you have set up already.

Once that's done we're going to start by setting up the Playbar, which will prompt the setup of the rest of your home theater system.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Set Up a New Sonos System.
  3. Tap Next on the welcome screen.
  4. Tap Standard Setup so everything stays wireless.

    Tap Set Up a New Sonos System, tap Next, tap Standard Setup

  5. Tap Next on the "Standard Setup" screen.
  6. Tap Set up this player. Choose the Playbar from the list, if it prompts you.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  8. Tap Next.

    Tap NExt, Tap Set Up this Player, follow the on-screen instructions, tap Next

  9. Tap I see an orange light once you see the orange light flashing on the side of the Playbar.
  10. Tap Next on the "Wireless Setup" screen.
  11. Enter your Wi-Fi password into the field.
  12. Tap Continue.

    Tap I see an orange light, tap NExt, enter your Wi-Fi password, tap Continue

  13. Tap Next once the Playbar has been added to your network.
  14. Tap the dropdown menu.
  15. Tap the room in which you'll have your home theater setup.
  16. Tap Next.

    Tap Next, tap the dropdown menu, tap the room you'll have your setup in, tap Next

  17. Tap Next once your TV is turned off.
  18. Tap Add a Sub.
  19. Tap Next once you have plugged in your Sub. As the screen says, it can take up to 30 seconds for it to register (it's not kidding).

    Tap Next, tap Add a Sub, tap Next

  20. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  21. Tap Next once the Sub has been added.
  22. Tap Add Surrounds.

    Follow the on-screen instructions, tap Next, tap Add Surrounds

  23. Swipe left and right to choose which players you have.
  24. Tap Set up these players, once you've chosen the Sonos model that you have.
  25. Tap Next on the "Add Left Surround" screen, once you've placed the speaker where you like it.
  26. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Swipe left and right to choose a player, tap Set up these players once you've chosen, tap Next, follow the on-screen instructions

  27. Tap Next on the "Added Left Surround" screen.
  28. Tap Next on the "Add Right Surround" screen.
  29. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    Tap Next, tap Next, follow the on-screen instructions

  30. Tap Next on the "Added Right Surround" screen.
  31. Tap Next on the "Audio Setup" screen.
  32. Tap Next once you have moved to a central location in the room from which you will watch TV.

    Tap Next, next, next

  33. Tap the play button to start the Sub test sounds.
    • Tap No Difference if the alternating tones don't change in volume.
    • Tap A is louder if the Sub sounds louder when the letter "A" is highlighted.
    • Tap B is louder if the Sub sounds louder when the letter "B" is highlighted.
  34. Tap the play button to start the bass tones.
  35. Tap the bass setting that is most pleasing to your ear.
  36. Tap Next.

    Tap the play button, tap No Difference if neither tone is louder than the other, tap A is louder or B is louder if one is, tap the play button, choose a bass setting, tap Next

  37. You will be asked how far away from you your left and right surround speakers are. Tap one of the following options:
    • Less than 2 feet
    • 2 feet to 10 feet
    • More than 10 feet
  38. Tap Next on the "Audio Setup" screen.
  39. Tap Next on the "TV Sound" screen, once your Playbar is connected to your television via optical cable.

    Tap the option that best describes how far away from you your speakers are, tap Next, tap Next

  40. Tap Next once you have your TV turned on to a movie or show.
  41. Tap Next after setting your TV speakers to external. This can be done using your remote in your TV's sound settings.
  42. Tap Next.

    Tap Next, Next, Next

  43. Tap Successfully disabled, once you have your audio output set to external speakers.
  44. Tap Next.
  45. Tap Next on the "Remote Control Setup" screen.

    Tap Successfully Disabled, tap Next, tap Next

  46. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  47. Tap Next once your remote is set up.
  48. Press the volume button on your TV remote and tap an option.

    • A message is displayed
    • A volume level is displayed
    • Nothing is displayed

      Follow the on-screen instructions, tap Next, press the vlume button on your remote and choose the option that best describes what you see

  49. Tap Next on the "TV Messages" screen.
  50. Tap Add Another Player if you wish to do so and follow steps 3-13. Otherwise, tap Not Now.
  51. Tap Next on the "Sonos Registration" screen.

    Tap Next, tap Add another player, if you wish to do so; otherwise, tap Not Now, tap Next

  52. Enter your email address.
  53. Check or uncheck the checkoxes, depending on whether or not you'd like to receive software and company emails from Sonos.
  54. Tap Next.

    Enter your email address, check our uncheck the checkboxes, depending on whether or not you want to receive promotional material, tap Next

  55. Tap Use Current Location to allow Sonos to use your location as part of the registration process.
  56. Enter your zip/postal code.
  57. Tap Next.
  58. Check or uncheck the checkbox, depending on whether or not you'd like to send usage data to Sonos.

    Tap Use Current Location, enter your zip/postal code, tap Next, check or uncheck the checkbox, depending on whether or not you want to share usage data with Sonos

  59. Tap Next.
  60. Tap Next on the "Registration Complete** screen.
  61. Tap Set Up Music Services if you wish to set up a music service. Otherwise, tap Skip to Sonos Menu.

    Tap Next, tap Next, tap Set Up Music Services, if you wish to do so; otherwise, tap Skip to Sonos Menu

It was a long road, but we got there! Now you can enjoy immersive 5.1 surround sound thanks to Sonos!

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1 week ago

The best Android launchers

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Android Launcher

There are tons of launchers available for Android — these are some of the best!

Launchers are the way Android users customize their smartphone and tablet experience. There's superficial stuff, like changing screen transitions, icons, and fonts, but the best Android launchers out there enable users to tweak the device's behavior to suit their daily usage, so long as you're willing to put the time into defining those customizations. Some launchers act very similarly to the one that came with your device, while others completely change the way you interact with your home screen. You can make your home screens as simple or complicated as you wish, while tweaking every little detail or just taking what's given to you by default — all by installing one single app.

If you're looking for a change of pace from the out-of-box software experience on your phone, consider a new launcher. We've found the best ones available today, and listed all of the pros and cons of each.

Updated July 22nd with information about new Action Launcher 3.8 features.

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