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3 months ago

How to get the Pixel fingerprint gesture on other Android phones

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How to get the Pixel fingerprint gesture on other Android phones

How do I use the Pixel fingerprint gesture on another Android phone?

The fingerprint sensor on the Google Pixel isn't just for unlocking the phone; it performs a host of Move shortcuts. One of the most interesting and potentially useful of the bunch is swiping to pull down the notification shade, making one-handed operation (especially of the Pixel XL) much easier.

That feature would be handy on other phones, no? Here's how to get it!

How to enable fingerprint gestures on non-Pixel Android phones

The developers at Code boy studio have come up with a somewhat experimental app that tries to add Move shortcuts to all fingerprint sensors, called Fingerprint Quick Action.

It doesn't exactly work flawlessly. In fact, it's pretty hit and miss, but the quick tap feature does bring down the notification panel, so if you just want it for accessing your notifications, then it works fairly well.

That being said, the developers are pretty up-front about the app and don't try to peddle it as something revolutionary — the "Fast sipe & Quick tap" section even says "Experimental" next to it.

If you want to give it a try (efficacy differs from phone to phone), then here's how!

  1. Download the Fingerprint Quick Action app.
  2. Launch Fingerprint Quick Action by tapping Open in the Google Play Store or by tapping it on your home screen or in the app drawer.
  3. Tap OK, I got it on the pop-up once you have read the disclaimers.
  4. Tap the checkbox next to Enable Fingerprint Quick Action.
  5. Tap OK in the pop-up regarding Accessibility.
  6. Tap Fingerprint Quick Action (third from the top).

    Tap OK, I got it, tap to enable fingerprint quick action, tap OK, tap Fingerprint Quick Action

  7. Tap the switch to enable it.
  8. Tap OK.
  9. Go back to you home screen or the app drawer and launch Fingerprint Quick Action again. For some reason, the app gets stuck in your settings and tapping back only brings you back to the home screen.
  10. Tap Single tap action.
  11. Tap a function. Toggle notification panel works the best, but you can try all of them to see which works best for you.

    Tap the switch, tap OK, launch Fingerprint Quick Action again, tap Single tap action, tap a function

Don't let the name of the feature fool you: Just tapping the fingerprint sensor doesn't really work. You need to hold it there for a moment so that it registers.

If you'd like to swipe to reveal the notification panel instead, then tap Fast swipe & Quick tap action and choose an action. Again, toggling the notification panel works the best, but experiment and see which functions work well on your phone.

Swipe down across your fingerprint sensor to reveal the notification panel, and swipe down again to hide it — swiping upward does nothing.

How to enable double-tap and allow only enrolled fingerprints

Double-tap and using only "enrolled" fingerprints are great security measures and can save you a headache if you don't mean to touch the fingerprint sensor. Enable both for full control.

  1. Launch Fingerprint Quick Action from the home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the checkbox next to Enable double tap. Now you'll have to double-tap or double-swipe the fingerprint sensor to carry out the actions you've specified for each action.
  3. Tap the checkbox next to Respond to enrolled fingerprints only. Now only fingerprints registered in your phone will be able to use the fingerprint actions.

    Tap the box next to Enable double tap, tap the box next to Respond to enrolled fingerprints only

Beware that if someone else tries to use fingerprint actions and their fingerprints aren't registered in your phone, the fingerprint sensor will stop working until you lock your phone and unlock it with your pattern or PIN.

Download Fingerprint Quick Action from the Google Play Store

Any questions?

Interested in adding Move gestures to your phone? Spent some time experimenting with Fingerprint Quick Action? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 months ago

Go Rogue with these Star Wars themes

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I find your lack of Star Wars theme disturbing.

Rogue One is coming. You're all ready for your midnight showing: got your tickets, got your perfect Star Wars shirt picked out, or maybe a whole ensemble if you're aiming to win that costume contest… but is your phone as decked out as your lovely self? No? Let's fix that.

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3 months ago

How to use Samsung Pay on the Gear S3 without a Samsung phone

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How to use Samsung Pay on the Gear S3 without a Samsung phone

Get the best mobile payment solution available without a Samsung phone.

Samsung's new Gear S3 smartwatch includes the latest in its mobile payment technology, meaning you can use Samsung Pay on your watch to pay at practically any store — no matter if it has an NFC reader or a simple card swipe reader. In a rather surprising move, Samsung has also opened up this feature to work even if your Gear S3 is connected to a non-Samsung phone, bringing the great Samsung Pay experience to anyone who wants to drop $349 on its latest watch.

The setup process is pretty simple, and once you have it loaded up your watch will be ready to tap and pay at just about any payment terminal you come across. Here's how you get it done.

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3 months ago

How to change white balance on the Huawei Mate 9

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Mate 9

If your Huawei Mate 9's screen looks too blue or too orange to you, there's a simple fix.

If you're like us, you're looking at your smartphone's screen constantly throughout the day. So you want it to look just right — including the color temperature of the display. By default, the Huawei Mate 9's display has a slight blueish tint to it — you might notice that colors look slightly cooler in photos, or whites appear a little paler than other phones.

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3 months ago

How to sign up for Amazon Prime

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Prime Video is just one of several reasons to sign up for Amazon Prime.

With Prime Video now available in over 200 countries, now's a good time to consider signing up for Amazon Prime. Prime subscription is available in the U.S., UK, Canada, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and Spain. If you subscribe to the annual membership — which varies from $7.5 to $99 — in any of these countries, you get free access to Prime Video, as well as a slew of other benefits.

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3 months ago

How the Google Pixel's unlimited photo and video backup works

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Unlimited photo and video backup is one of the Pixel's marquee features.

Google Photos offers unlimited photo backups for everyone as long as the photos are under 16MP and you're willing to save the files at "High Quality." But with the Pixel and Pixel XL, you can store unlimited photos and videos (in 4K!) at full resolution and not have it counted against your quota. Here's how photo backups work on the Pixel.

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3 months ago

What is ARM?

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All computers have a processor, and your phone probably uses one designed by ARM.

We got a great question recently that made us remember that not everyone keeps up to date on specs and hardware design. Someone asked what ARM meant.

Firstly, that's an awesome question. I can imagine it's difficult to make sense of some of the technical talk that happens if you aren't sure of even the basics, and the only way to find out is to ask. So, we're glad you asked!

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3 months ago

How to enable battery percentage on the Pixel

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Easily enable battery percentage on the Pixel with System UI Tuner.

Enabling battery percentage is standard fare if you're using a handset made by Samsung, LG, or HTC. All you need to do is head into your phone's settings and toggle an option to display the percentage in the battery icon. Getting it to show up on the Pixel isn't as straightforward, but it is relatively easy.

How to enable battery percentage on the Pixel

  1. Swipe down on the notification shade.
  2. Press and hold on the Settings gear icon for five seconds.
  3. You'll see a notification that says System UI Tuner has been enabled.

  4. Open Settings.
  5. Navigate to System UI Tuner.
  6. In the System UI Tuner menu, select Status bar.

  7. Navigate to the bottom of the page to find the option for Battery.
  8. Select Always show percentage.
  9. Now you'll see the battery percentage in the status bar icon.

That's all there is to it. Even though the battery percentage is displayed by default once you enable the option, the value gets switched out to a "+" symbol once the phone goes into battery-saver mode.

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3 months ago

How to use Move shortcuts on the Google Pixel

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How do I quickly access notifications using the Google Pixel's fingerprint sensor? Move shortcuts!

Google has added three useful gestures to the Google Pixel that are sure to make you more productive. While they're not exactly new in the Android ecosystem, found in various phones from Motorola to Huawei to LG, they're put to great use here.

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3 months ago

Gmail: Boost your productivity with these tips and tricks

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Master your inbox with these Gmail tips and tricks.

We covered the basics of Gmail for Android in an extensive guide, and now it's time to take a look at features that extend the functionality of the email client. Whether it's creating labels to categorize your email or using filters to automatically sort incoming mail, Gmail offers a variety of tools aimed at managing your inbox clutter.

If you haven't already, you should enable two-factor authentication on your Gmail account. Two-factor authentication works by combining something you know (a password) with something you have (your phone), effectively doubling your account's security.

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3 months ago

Gmail: Ultimate guide

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It's time to take control of Gmail.

With over a billion monthly active users, Gmail is one of the most popular email clients around. The service has come a long way from its inception in 2004, and is continually adding new features and better spam prevention. If you're new to Android, or if you're just are looking for ways to get the best out of Gmail on the platform, read on.

Gmail is a part of Google Mobile Services, a collection of apps and APIs that are pre-installed on every Android phone certified by Google. If you have an Android phone that has the Play Store pre-installed, you'll also find Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Photos, Hangouts, and Play Music and Movies available out of the box. Let's take a look at what Gmail has to offer on Android.

Before we begin: You should enable two-factor authentication for your Google account if you haven't done so already. Security breaches are inevitable, and having an added layer of protection for your email account makes all the difference in the world.

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3 months ago

How to download offline content from Netflix

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How do I watch my favorite Netflix content offline?

Commuters rejoice! Netflix has added the option to download their content to your phone or tablet via the Netflix app. Not everything on Netflix is currently available for offline viewing, but there's a decent selection available for download right now.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to avoid using your data to play shows while using public transit, and also able to watch your favorite Netflix shows or movies when you're outside your carrier's coverage area and away from Wi-Fi.

Fortunately, Netflix has made things real easy. Here's how to get started!

How to find shows and movies to download

  1. Tap to launch Netflix from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Tap Available for Download.

  4. Browse through the content that's available to download, then tap on whatever you want to download.
  5. Tap the Download button.If it's your first time, Netflix will highlight where the new download button is.
  6. If your phone is not connected via Wi-Fi, you'll get a notification to turn it on.

Once you've started downloading a show or movie from Netflix, you will get a blue notification with the download progress at the bottom of your screen. You are able to browse and add for more shows to your download queue. You're also able to go directly to the My Downloads section by tapping the notification once your downloads are complete.

How to find and watch your Netflix downloads

  1. Tap to launch Netflix from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner.

  3. Tap My Downloads.
  4. Tap to watch a downloaded movie or episode.

My Downloads is the home for all the content you've downloaded. Netflix provides the storage information right under the title, so it's quick to see how much space each download is taking up You'll need to tap a show to expand to see the downloaded episodes, while movies and comedy specials will simply be organized alphabetically.

How to manage your downloaded Netflix content

  1. Tap to launch Netflix from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Tap My Downloads.

  4. Tap the Edit icon in the top right corner.
  5. Tap the movies, specials, or shows you wish to remove.
  6. Tap the Trash icon in the top right corner to delete the content.

If you select a show from the main My Downloads page, you will be deleting all episodes of that show from your phone. If you only wish to remove some episodes, you'll have to expand the show first, then tap the edit icon to select individual episodes.

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3 months ago

Top five things to do after switching to Nova Launcher

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There's a lot to love in Nova Launcher.

Nova Launcher has a lot of great settings for you to explore, and plenty of potential for awesome themes and customizable layouts. First things first, though, you have to actually download the launcher and get yourself used to it. Now, there is a learning curve to every launcher out there, but we have a few simple tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

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3 months ago

How to set up Google Home

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At long last, Google's answer to Amazon Echo is here.

Whether you pre-ordered yours the instant you saw it during Google's presentation or just grabbed one at Best Buy or Walmart on a curious whim, Google Home is in your home, which now begs the question: how do you make this little white air freshener work? Without a screen, Google Home is reliant on a smartphone to set up, just like a Chromecast. In fact, you'll use the same app you set up your Chromecast with, the recently renamed Google Home app.

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4 months ago

Google Keep: Ultimate guide

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Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.

Google Keep isn't your average note-taking client. While the app sports a minimal interface and is very easy to use, it offers a set of powerful tools that make it an effective task management utility. From creating collaborative to-do lists to transcribing voice notes and saving bookmarks, the app does it all. The best part about Keep is that all changes are synced automatically, giving you quick access to your notes across all your devices, and on the web.

Here's what you need to know to get started with Google Keep.

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