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2 months ago

Android N release date: What we know about the path to launch

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Android N

An early developer preview points to a likely late summer release for the next version of Android.

With the arrival of the Android N developer preview, there's burning question for those of us who haven't yet played around with this very early version on a Nexus device: When will the next version of Android be finished, and released into the wild.

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2 months ago

Google Docs now lets you quickly jump between headings

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Google Docs users on both mobile and the web have a handy way to quickly jump between sections of their documents.

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2 months ago

Android 7.0 Nutella? Google's 'nut tellin'

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Nutella

With Google's unexpected release of the Android N Developer Preview today, we're getting a very early look at the next version of Android. Of course it's just "Android N" for now — the company won't reveal the actual name of what will presumably be Android 7.0 until it's fully baked. But the company is already teasing the new version's nickname.

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2 months ago

How to stay safe and secure in WhatsApp for Android

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Protect your privacy in WhatsApp for Android.

Maintaining your privacy is an important part of staying safe online. Not everyone needs to see your profile photo or know that you are online right now. Let's take a look at how you can protect your privacy in WhatsApp.

How to change your last seen privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Last seen tells other users when you were last online with WhatsApp. Don't confuse it with Status, which lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp active on your phone. Think of it this way: Last seen is about the past, while Status is about the present.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It will be the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on Last seen It's the first setting in the under "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Choose whatever option you want.

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Last seen updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Last seen updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Last seen updates about you.

Note: If you turn off the Last Seen feature, it also removes your ability to see other people's Last Seen data.

How to change your profile photo privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

This setting governs who can see your profile photo, if you have one.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on Profile photo. It's the second option under the "Who can see my personal information section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users can see your profile photo.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list can see your profile photo.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users can't see your profile photo.

How to change your status privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Status lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp loaded and open on your phone. Don't confuse Status with Last seen, which only tells people when you were last online.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on status It's the third one on the list under the "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Status updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Status updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Status updates about you.

How to block a user in WhatsApp for Android

Did you meet someone recently and you added them to your contacts, but now they won't stop bugging you over WhatsApp? This setting lets you to block them from contacting you via WhatsApp. Unfortunately, they can still contact you other ways, but hey, life's not perfect.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on Account. It is the third option down from the top of the Settings screen.

  5. Tap on Privacy. It is the first option on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on Blocked contacts under Messaging. It is roughly halfway down the screen.

  7. Tap on the add button. It is a picture of a person's head and shoulders with a plus sign above their right shoulder and it is in the upper right corner of your screen.

  8. Tap on the name of the person you want to block.
  9. They are instantly added to your blocked list.

How to change your phone number in WhatsApp for Android

Changing your phone number is sometimes the only way to get some sanity back in your life. WhatsApp has a simple process for linking your account to a new phone number.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Settings. It is the last choice in the pop-up menu.

  4. Tap on Account. It's the third option from the top of the list and had an icon of a key to its left.

  5. Tap on Change number. It's the third option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on NEXT. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

  7. Enter your old phone number in the field provided.

  8. Enter your new phone number in the field provided.
  9. Tap DONE. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

That's all you have to do to change your phone number in WhatsApp. Pretty easy, right?

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2 months ago

Using messaging

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How to use messaging with WhatsApp

Manage and enjoy all of your messages with WhatsApp... For free!

If you've got a specific texting limit per month or you're going to be traveling a whole bunch, then there's really no need to pay a premium for every single message you send. With WhatsApp, you can text message, group chat, and manage your messages as you see fit.

If you're wading through the jungles of Borneo, you don't want to have to find Wi-Fi somewhere to look at a message your friend sent you describing how to effectively remove a leech from your thigh. WhatsApp lets you star messages, so you can pull them up quickly and look at them later, even when you're not online! Phone memory filling up and you need more space for other messages regarding the removal of blood-sucking parasites? You can delete messages just as easily as receiving them (well, almost as easily)!

In this guide, we'll show you how to handle your WhatsApp messages like an absolute champ, so that you're never like, "what's up, WhatsApp?" and, instead, you're all, "WhatsApp! Wazzuuuuuuuup!" I'm so sorry.

Here's a quick peek at what you'll learn:

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2 months ago

How to make and receive calls with WhatsApp for Android

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Call in real time to anywhere in the world and do so without having to pay by the minute… Or having to pay at all!

Sometimes, texting and video messaging just doesn't cut it. Maybe it just feels a little impersonal or maybe you just can't wait to hear a loved one's voice in real time, instead of some pre-recorded message.

WhatsApp still has you covered with their wonderful call feature. You can place and receive calls via an internet connection and it doesn't cost you a penny (except, perhaps, for data charges). Who you gonna call? You decide!

How to make calls with WhatsApp

There are two methods to make calls with WhatsApp. I'll go over both here, just in case you feel like switching it up now and then.

Make a WhatsApp call from the Calls screen

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Calls on the upper left of your screen, or swipe right to view your call log.
  3. Tap the phone button at the top right of your screen. It's the little phone receiver with the plus sign.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap calls, phone button

  4. Tap the contact you'd like to call.

    1. Tap the red phone button to end the call.
    2. Tap the redial button if you'd like to call someone you've called before. It's the telephone receiver on the right of the contact in your call log.

      Choose a contact, red button to end call, redial if desired

Make a WhatsApp call from the Contacts screen

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Contacts on the upper right of your screen, or swipe left to view your contacts.
  3. Tap the contact you'd like to call.

    Tap contacts, choose a contact, phone icon

  4. Tap the phone button at the top of your screen. It's the telephone receiver.

  5. Tap the red phone button to end the call.

Now you'll be able to call other WhatsApp users any time of day, from anywhere you can connect to the internet (just don't forget about those possible data charges). Pro-tip: call friends on the other side of the world and speak at length about how cool it is that it's 4:30 a.m. where they are and only 6 p.m. where you are.

How to receive calls with WhatsApp

You've been waiting to hear about your best friend who's just gone into labor and that call finally comes that the baby's here and you have no clue how to pick it up! Don't panic. We've got you covered!

WhatsApp calls come in just like regular phone calls, so don't worry about missing them if you don't have the app open.

Accepting a WhatsApp call

  1. Slide the green phone icon to the right.
  2. Tap the red phone button to end the call, as shown above.

Declining a WhatsApp call

  1. Slide the red phone icon to the left.
  2. Tap the message icon at the bottom of the screen to decline with a message.

    Tap and slide to accept, tap to decline, decline with a message

Voilá! You're making and receiving calls like a big shot. Always keep in mind that any time you use WhatsApp with your mobile data, instead of using Wi-Fi, you may be racking up data charges, depending on your plan.

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2 months ago

How to backup and restore your WhatsApp messages with Google Drive

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Wanna hold on to all of your WhatsApp messages? Save 'em! Switching phones? Take 'em with you!

Maybe you like to use WhatsApp for work because it's free and easy to use. Maybe it's just a convenient way to keep in touch with friends. Either way, you probably have some pretty important messages and media in there, and it'd be a shame if it all suddenly disappeared. That's why it's a great idea to backup your messages, photos, and videos.

How to backup your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive

Luckily, WhatsApp automatically backs up and saves your messages to your phone's memory on a daily basis. However, depending on your settings, you can also backup your chats to Google Drive. This way, just in case you have to delete WhatsApp from your phone, your messages will be safe. Just be sure to back things up before you uninstall the app.

Google Drive is a great way to backup all your WhatsApp messages. You can switch from Android phone to Android phone and you'll be able to have your messages and media follow you wherever you go. It's also a bit of extra insurance in case WhatsApp decides to one day crash beyond repair and you end up having to uninstall and reinstall it. Here's how to backup with Google Drive:

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu icon on the top right of the screen. It's the three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch whatsapp, tap menu, settings

  4. Tap Chats and calls.
  5. Tap Chat backup.
  6. Tap Google Drive settings to choose the frequency with which you'd like to backup your chats.

    Tap chats and calls, chat backup, choose frequency

  7. Tap Account.
  8. Tap the account you would like associated with the backup.
    • Tap an account in the list
    • Tap Add account to add an account not found on the list or to create a new one.
  9. Tap Allow.

    Tap account, choose an account, tap allow

  10. Tap Back up over.

    • Tap the circle next to "Wi-Fi" to backup over Wi-Fi only.
    • Tap the circle next to Wi-Fi or cellular to backup via Wi-Fi or wireless data, keeping in mind that you could accrue data charges.

      Tap backup over, choose connection

  11. Tap the box next to "Include videos" to backup video messages.
  12. Tap Back Up to manually back your phone up now.

    Tap box to include video, Tap Back up to manually backup

Now that everything's backed up, you'll be able to restore your chats every time you reinstall WhatsApp, no matter the device. Note that whenever you backup to Google Drive, WhatsApp also backs up to your phone's internal memory as well, which means it'll take up some space. If you have a preinstalled file managing app, or one like ES File Explorer, you'll be able to go in and make room if you need to.

It may be prudent to plug your phone in when backing up, as the first backup could take a while, depending on the sizes of your chats. The nice thing is that every backup you perform after the first one will be incremental, which means it will add to the current backup, instead of erasing everything and starting again or adding an entire backup over the old one, taking

How to restore WhatsApp chats from a Google Drive backup

Everything's backed up. Great! You've changed phones or have had to reinstall WhatsApp. Not so great. Now how do you get all your chats back? Here's how!

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Verify your phone number when prompted.
  3. Tap Restore.
  4. Tap Next when the restoration is complete.

    Verify your phone number, tap restore, next

  5. Set up your profile just like you did the first time.
  6. Tap Next at the top right of the screen.
  7. Tap Continue.

    Set up profile, tap next, continue

Now you can access your WhatsApp chats on any Android phone that has WhatsApp installed. All you have to do is sign in.

How to move your WhatsApp messages to a new phone using Google Drive

You're wading through the jungle in Borneo. Of course, you're using WhatsApp to keep in touch with family and friends back home because hey, it's free. Suddenly, an orangutan swoops in, grabs your phone, and crushes it into dust between its able hands.

No worries! You've already followed the steps above and are properly backing up your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive, so all you have to do is grab a new phone and move all your chats over. Confused? Don't be! Here's how:

  1. Add the same Google account to your new phone that you used to perform the backup on your old phone.
  2. Install WhatsApp on your new device as you did on the previous one.
  3. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  4. Tap Agree and continue.
  5. Verify your phone number, just like you did the first time you set up WhatsApp.

    Launch whatsapp, tap agree and continue, verify phone number

  6. Tap Restore to restore your WhatsApp chats from your Google Drive backup.
  7. Tap Next.

    Tap restore, next

And away you go! Your WhatsApp on your new phone is just like it was on your old phone. Thanks, Google Drive!

Note: This process isn't entirely foolproof and may not work every time. You may have to uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it a couple times for the restore to take effect. If there are messages you really want to save, you may want to copy them to a computer or some other device to make sure you have them forever. Also beware that continually reinstalling WhatsApp may result in a temporary ban, since you phone number has been recognized. In short, WhatsApp can be just a little fickle.

If you'd rather not bother with Google Drive, you can always save your chats to an SD card and transfer them that way. This is a rather complicated process, since you can't just simply move WhatsApp from your phone's internal memory to an external SD card; you can only move its data. So, when we say it's a complicated process, we mean it's more like a migraine, and we don't recommend it if you can avoid it. However, if you must, check out WhatsApp's "Restoring or transferring a backup" instructions.

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2 months ago

How to delete your account from WhatsApp for Android

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No longer want to use WhatsApp? Deleting your account is easy.

If you no longer want to use WhatsApp, or if your WhatsApp data becomes corrupted, you can take care of this by deleting your WhatsApp account and uninstalling the application.

How to delete your WhatsApp account for Android

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Settings. It is the last choice in the pop-up menu.

  4. Tap on Account.
  5. Tap on Delete my account. It's the second option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.

  6. Type your phone number in the box provided.
  7. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button.

  8. Tap DELETE MY ACCOUNT again on the next screen. You can give a reason for why you're deleting your account there, if you like.
  9. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button on the final screen.

After you tap the big red button, your WhatsApp account and all of your data will be deleted from your phone and WhatsApp's servers. If you want to get back into using WhatsApp, you'll have to start from scratch and create a new WhatsApp account.

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2 months ago

TheScore eSports celebrates its anniversary with a brand new look

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TheScore, which tracks a number of different sports, is celebrating the first anniversary of its dedicated eSports app with a brand new design. With this new design, theScore eSports makes it even easier to follow the latest news on competitive games like League of Legends, Dota 2, and Hearthstone.

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2 months ago

FunimationNow offers Android owners access to tons of anime on the go

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The anime studio Funimation has officially launched FunimationNow, offering Android owners access to hundreds of anime movies and TV shows on the go. The service is available for free, but there are also two optional subscription tiers that add more content and features.

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2 months ago

Truecaller introduces smart calling history, availability and a brand new dialer

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Truecaller, a popular dialer alternative for Android, has gained some new functionality in its latest update. You'll now have a smart call history, the ability to change your availability, and a revamped dialer, plus much more. Truecaller has already offered the ability to block various callers, and easily identify who was calling you, and this is the next step forward for the team.

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2 months ago

Opera Mini's new Video Boost will help you cut down on buffering times

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Opera Mini for Android has been updated with a slate of new features intended to help users cut back on their data consumption — particularly where mobile video is concerned.

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2 months ago

Verizon HTC One M8 now receiving Marshmallow update

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now rolling out to the HTC One M8 on Verizon.

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2 months ago

Marshmallow update now rolling out to T-Mobile HTC One M8 and LG G Stylo

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If you're using an HTC One M8 or LG G Stylo on T-Mobile, your wait for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now over. T-Mobile's support documents indicate that the Marshmallow update has started rolling out for both phones, bringing along a number of improvements, including features like Doze Mode, granular app permissions and more.

According to T-Mobile, the update for the HTC One M8 should bring it up to software version 6.20.531.5, while the LG G Stylo will move up to software version H63120b. Keep in mind that, since the update only just began rolling out, it may take some time to reach everyone. Once you do get your hands on the update, however, be sure to shout out in the comments below, and chime in on our forums with your thoughts on the update!

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2 months ago

Pebble Time snags jumbo emoji, expands in-app language support

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Pebble is pushing out a new set of updates to both the Pebble Time firmware as well as the Pebble Time Android app, bringing along some notable tweaks such as expanded in-app language support and jumbo emoji.

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