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3 months ago

How to change your wallpaper on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Here's one for you folks new to smartphones, and new to the Galaxy S5.

Part of the excitement of getting a new phone is being able to personalize it. Externally we have cases and accessories that make our devices an extension of our personality. When it comes to making the software our own, that's where things like downloading apps and customizing the look and feel come in. If you've got a new Galaxy S5, changing the wallpaper should be one of the first items on your personalization list. Here's how:

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3 months ago

Your top OnePlus One questions answered

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OnePlus One

Coming around on a week since getting our hands on a OnePlus One, we've been deep in the forums answering your questions about the latest CyanogenMod device. We're seven pages into the discussion right now, and while there have been a lot of unique questions, some of the same big questions are being asked.

In order to give some deeper thoughts on each of the big questions, we've rounded them up and condensed down to eight big questions, covering a lot of the curiosity around the OnePlus One. Narrowing things down also lets us give a more in-depth answer to each, which means we can get a better explanation of how we feel on each subject. Read long with us and check out the top questions about the OnePlus One, and our answers.

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3 months ago

How to access and use the hidden Service Menu on the Galaxy S5

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How to access and use the hidden Service Menu on the Galaxy S5

Samsung phones have long come with a hidden Service Menu, and the Galaxy S5 is no exception. While many people won't ever have a need to access the Service Menu, it's a good feature to know about in case you run into issues with your Galaxy S5 and want to troubleshoot it on your own first. (And seeing as how most of us reading this love to tinker and can't keep our hands off the big red button, well ...)

You can test sensors, make sure the touch screen is in working order, and lots more. Follow along and we'll show you not only how to access the hidden Service Menu, but how to use the features inside of it.

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3 months ago

How to use Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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How to use Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a convenient way to hide files you don't want seen by others, without the need for any third-party apps. When you're in Private Mode, all your photos, videos, and other files will be viewable. Exit Private Mode and hand your phone to somebody else. You can rest assured they can't see any of your hidden files, unless they know your code or unlock pattern.

Here's how to set up Private Mode on the Galaxy S5 and get started with it:

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3 months ago

How to set up your Galaxy S5 for better one-handed use

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How to set up your Galaxy S5 for better one handed use

If you're finding the Galaxy S5 to be a little too big for comfortable one-handed operation, there is something you can do about it. TouchWiz comes with a handy feature that makes one-handed use more comfortable and less awkward. Here's how to enable and start using it:

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3 months ago

How to take and edit slow-motion video on the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 slow-motion video

The following is a proven scientific fact: Kids playing in slow motion are cuter than kids at full speed. (And a lot easier to catch.) And taking slow-motion video on the HTC One M8 is a simple and fun way to add a bit of depth and differentiation to videos you take with your M8 — as well as what ends up in the M8's excellent Video Highlights feature.

So. How do you take a slow-motion video on the HTC One M8? Here's how.

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3 months ago

We have a OnePlus One, you have questions - ask us in the forums!

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OnePlus One

The ever-hyped and just-announced OnePlus One is finally making its way into the wild, and we finally have our hands on the device to spend some quality time with it. We've given our initial impressions after just receiving it, but there's no way we can cover every question you have with just one post. To hopefully answer even more of your questions, we've opened up a thread in the forums where you can ask all of your burning questions so we can get more information on this thing out there.

Big or small, we want to hear all of your questions about the OnePlus One — hopefully we can clear up the air about some of the device's mysteries. Hop into the forums at the link below and get to asking!

I have a OnePlus One - ask me about it!

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4 months ago

How to make your Android phone child-friendly with Kid Mode

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How to make your Android phone child friendly with Kid Mode

Before you hand your Android phone to your kids, download and enable Kid Mode first!

Kid Mode is a great app made by Zoodles that not only adds some great parental controls to almost any newer Android phone, it also lets them draw, learn, and be creative — under a watchful eye of course. All this can happen without them being able to access or mess with any of your personal stuff. When they're done, just disable Kid Mode and go back to using your phone like you normally would. Here's how:

The first thing you'll need to do is download Kid Mode to your compatible Android phone. (If you've got an HTC device, it'll probably be there already; HTC bought Zoodles some time ago.) If you see an install button, you should be good to go.

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4 months ago

How to remove BlinkFeed from your home screen in Sense 6.0

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BlinkFeed

BlinkFeed has become quite the hit for HTC and its Sense user interface, giving you an easy way to snack on information from your social networks, or news, or even upcoming events in your calendar. Just swipe over from the main home screen, and there it is. But if you don't want it there, it's easy to remove.

There are, however, a couple of ways to do it.

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4 months ago

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

If you have a lot of contacts, weeding through them to find a specific person or searching can be daunting. That's why most smartphones let you have a list of your favorite contacts. The Galaxy S5 is no exception. Here's how to add a contact to your favorites:

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