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:
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:
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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
Put common settings at your fingertips with Quick Settings in Sense 6
The Quick Settings panel in Sense 6 gives you access to a lot of the common system toggles and settings most folks use on a regular basis. From turning wifi and Bluetooth on and off to enabling Extreme Power Saving Mode, here's how to set up and use Quick Settings on your HTC One M8:
Looking for a more Googley GS5 experience? Here are eight ways to get started ...
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the hot new Android phone of the moment, with waterproof credentials, a new soft-touch plastic rear and a highly capable 16-megapixel camera. But one major sticking point for Android purists is Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. Though it's been pared back, flattened and de-bloated in its latest revision, TouchWiz remains a polarizing UI. And some of us just prefer the simpler look of vanilla Android.
Fortunately, thanks to Google rolling out many of its own Android apps freely on the Play Store, it's easier than ever for GS5 owners to switch to a setup closer to stock Android. Head past the break to find out how.
By popular request from a few folks in the office, here's a quick look at how the Motion Launch gestures work on the HTC One M8. You'll see some helpful pop-ups for this when you first use the phone. If you want to turn the gestures off, go to Settings>Display and gestures>Motion Launch gestures.
Don't deal with bad public wifi, just use your Galaxy S5's connection instead
Turning your smartphone into a mobile hotspot can save you from painfully slow public WiFi or the crappy free internet your hotel provides. With a battery that can last hours, the Galaxy S5 is the perfect companion for times when you need your own dedicated wireless connection. You may need to make sure you've got a proper plan with your carrier, though.
Here's how to use the mobile hotspot feature:
How to turn the Samsung Galaxy S5 into a wireless hotspot
Swipe down from the Home screen of your Galaxy S5 to pull now the Notifications shade.
Tap on the Settings icon in the top right.
Now find Tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot and tap on it to select it.
In the next menu, tap on Mobile Hotspot.
Turn it On at the top by tapping on the On/Off toggle.
Hit OK on the Attention screen advising you that WiFi will be turned off.
Follow the directions at the bottom of the screen to connect another device to your Galaxy S5.
How to change the password and security type for wireless hotspot on the Galaxy S5
By default your Samsung Galaxy S5 adds a password to the mobile hotspot feature. It also defaults to WPA2 for security. If you want to change either of these settings, follow these steps:
Swipe down from the Home screen of your Galaxy S5 to pull down the Notifications shade.
Tap on the Settings icon in the top right.
Now tap on Tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Choose Mobile Hotspot.
Tap on the three dots in the upper right to view more options.
In this screen go ahead and change the password or any other settings you'd like, including security type and then tap Save.
Keep in mind that some data plans may not work with mobile hotspot if your carrier doesn't allow it. If you run into issues or have problems, the first thing you should do is make sure you're on a compatible data plan with your carrier.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features an infrared emitter at the top of the phone which can control your TV and other home electronics. The app, Smart Remote, requires a little bit of setup but is ultimately very useful in reducing the number of controllers you need to keep around in your living room, not to mention keeping track of what’s on at any given time.
How to sell your old Android smartphone or tablet and get the most money possible towards a new one
With so many sweet new Android phones coming out, you may be trying to figure out how you can budget for one of them. The most sensible way to make some extra coin in this case is to sell off your old Android phone, but there are a lot of different ways to do that, and it's hard figuring out which one will get you the most money for your used Android device.
The group behind NFC wants to make sure you know what it is, and that you know you're using it
As more and more of us start taking advantage of NFC — that's Near-Field Communication, or the standard that lets you tap your phone to some other device to establish a connection, exchange data, etc. — we're increasingly getting the following question: "What is that weird symbol taking up space at the top of my phone?
While autocorrect always has the best intentions, it doesn't always play nice with everyone. The Galaxy S5 is no exception. Whether you want to simply disable it permanently or just while typing something that may contain a lot of words it doesn't recognize, you can do so on any keyboard you have pulled up in just a few taps. Here's how, when using Samsung's keyboard:
With the keyboard visible, tap and hold the Dictation key that sits to the left of the space bar.
In the floating menu, tap on the Settings gear.
Under the Smart Typing section, tap on Predictive Text and disable it at the top.
If you'd like, you can also disable settings such as auto-capitalization and punctuation under the Smart Typing section as well.
That's all there is to it. Anytime you'd like to change autocorrect settings again, just follow the same steps. Keep in mind that if you have alternative keyboards installed through Google Play, the directions may vary slightly due to how different keyboards are laid out.
Have you ever found a reason to disable predictive text or any other keyboard autocorrect feature? Or have you just swapped the default Samsung keyboard out completely for something else? Let me know in the comments!
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