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7 months ago

How to move apps to the microSD card on the Amazon Fire TV

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The latest generation Amazon Fire TV added a microSD card slot and removed some other stuff that likely wasn't being used by many.

The microSD card slot is almost essential if you want to download a lot of apps and games to use on your Fire TV. With only 8GB of internal storage and much less than that available to use, you could soon wipe that out with a few large games.

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7 months ago

What's that yellow dot on my Gear S2 watch face?

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The most recent update for Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch added a couple of new apps and performance improvements. However there's one subtle change in the latest Gear firmware that's not entirely obvious at first. You might occasionally notice a small yellow circular marker on the left-hand side of your watch face. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. So what's going on?

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7 months ago

How to set up your Amazon Echo

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There's a truly incredible number of things you can do with Amazon's connected speaker, and ideally a lot of these things will casually become a part of your daily routine over time. Amazon's Alexa service is designed to be something you can rely on for just about every aspect of the connected home, and to get the most out of this experience you want to start by setting it up correctly out of the box.

Here's everything you need to know about getting started with your Amazon Echo.

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8 months ago

How to set up Nexus Imprint on your Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

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Fingerprint scanners on phones have come a long way since the Motorola Atrix introduced us to them. Thankfully, a really long way. While everyone thinks of them as a cool way to unlock your phone, that's not exactly how they work on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Nexus Imprint (that's what Google calls its implementation of Marshmallow's fingerprint scanning and reading APIs) grabs your fingerprint and saves associated data about it (encrypted, of course) to the system, where it can be used to authenticate just about anything. Including your lock screen. It has the data from when you set it up, and if the data you supply when you use your finger matches, it authenticates — says that yes, you are really you. Things like lock screens, or password managers or PayPal can let you in because they know that you are who you claim to be, and the rightful owner of the device.

This means setting up Nexus Imprint is important if you'll want to do things with your fingerprints.

Here's how it's done.

Crack into the settings on your new Nexus, and look for the "Security" line under Personal. Tap it. About halfway down, you'll see the entry for Nexus Imprint. You know what to do, tap tap.

Confirm your password or PIN (you'll need to have one of these setup as a backup) and you'll move to a new screen, where you can add a fingerprint. The time has come!

Press the + Add fingerprint label. Around back there's a small, round fingerprint sensor. It's in the same spot where the dimple is on Motorola phones. You'll put your finger on it, lift it off, reposition it and place it back on until the setup tells you it's finished.

Take your time, do this right. The Nexus Imprint software wants to be able to read your fingerprint no matter how your finger is positioned, so changing things around during setup is helpful.

After you have a fingerprint entered, you're good to go. I would suggest you add a few more for those times when your phone is in the other hand or you're carrying groceries or have a finger stuck in a dike to save the town.

Now that you have things all set up, you'll be ready to unlock your phone with your fingerprint and more. With an API for apps to use your fingerprint data as a way to authenticate that you really are you, we expect to see both practical and creative ways your fingerprints can be used for all sorts of things.

Nexus 6P

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Nexus 5X

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8 months ago

How to get all your existing Amazon apps on the BlackBerry Priv

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A lot of people buying the new BlackBerry Priv are moving from other BlackBerry devices that aren't running Android. With the app situation the way it is for the BB10 platform, that means a lot of those folks will have quite a number of apps in the Amazon ecosystem. It's easy to get all of those back on your new Priv.

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8 months ago

How to set up the LG V10 fingerprint scanner

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Fingerprint security is all the rage on mobile devices lately. The LG V10 has it baked deep into the OS, so we wanted to take a look at how you get things set up and running. That's what we do best here at Android Central. Teach a man to fish, and all that.

Fingerprint security is not exactly new, but when companies like Apple and Samsung get on board with an idea it gets traction and people learn more about it. When that happens, people like what they see, and want more of it. The companies who make our phones are happy to oblige.

Since LG is doing its own thing, and it's different than how Google or Samsung does it, let's see how to get started.

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8 months ago

Moving from Project Fi back to Google Voice

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Moving from Project Fi back to Google Voice should be easy, and it is.

Signing up for Project Fi and diving into the service is as easy as having a Nexus phone and being somewhere with reasonable T-Mobile and Sprint service. There's a lot to like about Google's early days as an MVNO carrier, and it's only going to get better as more people try out the service. As easy as it is to sign up, Google promises it's also that easy to leave Project Fi and go back to what you had before. An early concern for long time Google Voice users was whether it'd be a hassle to go back to Voice after leaving Fi, but it turns out Google's got that transition handled.

Here's what you need to do if you're moving from Project Fi back to Google Voice.

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8 months ago

How to move your content from BlackBerry 10 to your new BlackBerry Priv

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If you want to transfer your data from your old BlackBerry 10 smartphone to your new, Android powered Priv, you can use the BlackBerry Content Transfer app.

The BlackBerry Content Transfer app allows you to move data from your Contacts, Calendar, Pictures, Videos, Music, Text messages (SMS), Notes, Tasks, Documents, Email accounts. If you want to know how to get your data over, here's a quick walkthrough of how to do it.

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8 months ago

How to take a screenshot on the LG V10

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If you picked up a shiny new LG V10, eventually you're going to want to capture what you see on the screen. Maybe you'll even want to share what you captured with someone else, or maybe you'll just want to put a copy of your backup Battlenet Authenticator codes in your Dropbox. Either reason is valid.

The good news is that there are two pretty easy ways to grab what you see on the screen and convert it into a nifty little image you can then share or deposit anywhere you like.

Let's have a look at both.

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8 months ago

How to unlock the Nexus 5X bootloader

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Your new Nexus 5X comes from the factory with a locked bootloader. While unlocking it is trivial, it's important to remember that an unlocked bootloader is very unsecure, and makes your personal data more vulnerable should someone get your phone in their hands. If you're not the type of person who wants to flash ROMs or system images or the like, it's probably best to leave it locked. That's for you to decide.

Should you decide to unlock your bootloader, remember that doing so will erase all the user data on your phone and return it to the out-of-box state. Still with us? Cool. Here's how to do it.

You'll need a working installation of fastboot on your computer. Yes, you need a computer to unlock the bootloader. We recommend that you install the Android SDK and the official Google USB driver if you're using Windows, but there are toolkits and bundles available if you'd rather go that way. You'll find more information about that in the forums. We're going to go with the premise that you've downloaded and installed the Android SDK for your computing platform, and any needed drivers for Windows computers.

Next, you'll need a suitable cable. In this case, suitable means one end needs to be USB Type-A to plug into your computer, and the other needs to be USB Type-C to plug into your phone. For the Nexus 5X, there is no suitable cable in the box and you'll need to buy one.

Now you need to give permission for the bootloader to be unlocked. And to make things easy, enable USB debugging on your phone. Go to settings, About phone and find the entry labeled build number. Tap it five times, read the pop up telling you that you're a developer now, then go back to the main settings page. Near the bottom, you'll see a new entry labeled Developer options. Tap it to get in there, and toggle the switch to allow OEM unlocking, then enable USB debugging.

Now connect all the things together, and fire up the command line on your Windows computer or a terminal program on your Mac or Linux computer. Make sure your phone is unlocked and the screen is on, because you'll be asked to authorize the computer and give it permissions to communicate with your Nexus 5X over a wire. Once that's done and sorted, it's time to do some typing.

On your computer, at the command prompt type:

adb devices

If everything is good, you'll see the phone's serial number in your command line window. If not, you probably have a PATH issue. See the tutorial about setting up the SDK for help if you're using a full SDK installation, or ask in the developers support thread if you're using some sort of toolkit. As a workaround, you can navigate to the folder with the adb and fastboot executable files and work from there. If you do this on a Mac or Linux computer, remember your dot and slash: "./adb devices" for example.

Once you have things sorted, it's time to reboot to the bootloader:

adb reboot-bootloader

When you get to this stage, you will need to use fastboot to communicate instead of adb. If you're working out of the folder where the fastboot command is located, remember that dot and slash if you're using a Mac or Linux computer. Try this command to see if everything is working:

fastboot devices

See the serial number like we did with the adb command? If so, you're good to go. If not, you need to troubleshoot. If you're using Windows and having issues, chances are it's the driver. In any case, hit the forums and work out why things aren't communicating if you need to.

Up until now, things are the same here as they have always been with Nexus phones. But the command to actually unlock the bootloader has changed. When you're ready, at your command line, type:

fastboot flashing unlock

Remember — this will erase everything on your phone and restore it to the way it came out of the box.

You'll need to confirm this action on your phone's screen, using the volume and power keys. Follow the instructions on your screen.

Let it do it's thing, and when it's done send one more command to make things final:

fastboot reboot

After recovery erases everything and you've booted back to Android (at the device setup screen) you can unplug your cable and use your phone normally.

If you ever decide to relock your bootloader, you can do so with this command:

fastboot flashing lock

Remember, if you need to unlock your bootloader again, things will get erased again.

That's it. Your bootloader is now unlocked, and you can flash both official and unofficial firmware to your Nexus. In fact, you'll be reminded that you're bootloader unlocked each and every time you start your phone. Stay safe, and choose wisely!

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8 months ago

How to unlock the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X bootloader

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Your new Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X comes from the factory with a locked bootloader. While unlocking it is trivial, it's important to remember that an unlocked bootloader is very unsecure, and makes your personal data more vulnerable should someone get your phone in their hands. If you're not the type of person who wants to flash ROMs or system images or the like, it's probably best to leave it locked. That's for you to decide.

Should you decide to unlock your bootloader, remember that doing so will erase all the user data on your phone and return it to the out-of-box state. Still with us? Cool. Here's how to do it.

You'll need a working installation of fastboot on your computer. Yes, you need a computer to unlock the bootloader. We recommend that you install the Android SDK and the official Google USB driver if you're using Windows, but there are toolkits and bundles available if you'd rather go that way. You'll find more information about that in the forums. We're going to go with the premise that you've downloaded and installed the Android SDK for your computing platform, and any needed drivers for Windows computers.

Next, you'll need a suitable cable. In this case, suitable means one end needs to be USB Type-A to plug into your computer, and the other needs to be USB Type-C to plug into your phone. For the Nexus 6P and 5X, we recommend you use the one that came in the box.

Now you need to give permission for the bootloader to be unlocked. And to make things easy, enable USB debugging on your phone. Go to settings, About phone and find the entry labeled build number. Tap it five times, read the pop up telling you that you're a developer now, then go back to the main settings page. Near the bottom, you'll see a new entry labeled Developer options. Tap it to get in there, and toggle the switch to allow OEM unlocking, then enable USB debugging.

Now connect all the things together, and fire up the command line on your Windows computer or a terminal program on your Mac or Linux computer. Make sure your phone is unlocked and the screen is on, because you'll be asked to authorize the computer and give it permissions to communicate with your Nexus 6P over a wire. Once that's done and sorted, it's time to do some typing.

On your computer, at the command prompt type:

adb devices

If everything is good, you'll see the phone's serial number in your command line window. If not, you probably have a PATH issue. See the tutorial about setting up the SDK for help if you're using a full SDK installation, or ask in the developers support thread if you're using some sort of toolkit. As a workaround, you can navigate to the folder with the adb and fastboot executable files and work from there. If you do this on a Mac or Linux computer, remember your dot and slash: "./adb devices" for example.

Once you have things sorted, it's time to reboot to the bootloader:

adb reboot-bootloader

When you get to this stage, you will need to use fastboot to communicate instead of adb. If you're working out of the folder where the fastboot command is located, remember that dot and slash if you're using a Mac or Linux computer. Try this command to see if everything is working:

fastboot devices

See the serial number like we did with the adb command? If so, you're good to go. If not, you need to troubleshoot. If you're using Windows and having issues, chances are it's the driver. In any case, hit the forums and work out why things aren't communicating if you need to.

Up until now, things are the same here as they have always been with Nexus phones. But the command to actually unlock the bootloader has changed. When you're ready, at your command line, type:

fastboot flashing unlock

Remember — this will erase everything on your phone and restore it to the way it came out of the box.

You'll need to confirm this action on your phone's screen, using the volume and power keys. Follow the instructions on your screen.

Let it do it's thing, and when it's done send one more command to make things final:

fastboot reboot

After recovery erases everything and you've booted back to Android (at the device setup screen) you can unplug your cable and use your phone normally.

If you ever decide to relock your bootloader, you can do so with this command:

fastboot flashing lock

Remember, if you need to unlock your bootloader again, things will get erased again.

That's it. Your bootloader is now unlocked, and you can flash both official and unofficial firmware to your Nexus. In fact, you'll be reminded that your bootloader unlocked each and every time you start your phone. Stay safe, and choose wisely!

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