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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

Check to see if you're covered by Google's Project Fi network

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Networks, when you think about it, come down to one thing: coverage.

If you're not covered where you live, work and travel ... well, nothing else matters. But in partnering with three U.S. carriers — Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular — Google's Project Fi definitely has an interesting advantage. (And remember you also have calling available over Wi-Fi when you need it.)

But the question stands: will you have Project Fi coverage where you live, work and travel? And, of course, there's a handy map for that.

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4 months ago

How to use Google Home with Chromecast

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How to use Google Home with Chromecast

If you know the right commands, Google Home and Chromecast can come together to simplify media in your home.

Google Home sits in an interesting place. Not only can it operate independently to answer questions and stream its own media, it can also work with the Google Cast protocol in two different ways. You can Cast audio to from one of hundreds of apps directly to Google Home, but Home itself can also work as a controller to have other Cast-enabled devices start up their own streams.

If you have a Google Home and are looking to integrate it smoothly into your existing set of Google Cast devices — whether those are Chromecasts, Cast-ready speakers or Android TVs — we have a few great tips for getting started and making the most of your connected media streamers.

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5 months ago

What is Project Fi, how does it work and why do I want it?

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Google's own carrier offering definitely has some appeal.

If you're an Android enthusiast, you've likely already heard of Project Fi. But that doesn't mean you necessarily know everything about it, so we're here to give you the high-level look at the carrier option that comes directly from Google. Namely, just what the heck it is, how it works compared to other carriers and maybe a few reasons why you'd want to try it.

If you're interested in checking out phone service from Google, be sure to follow along with some of the high points below and get acquainted with Project Fi.

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5 months ago

Pixel Plus: How to make your phone look like a Pixel (and better)

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There's a lot of beauty in Google's shiny new Pixel, and that extends to the Pixel Launcher.

The clean lines of the redesigned Google widget atop the screen, the whimsical portholes for folder icons, the faint white bar behind the dock … Google did a lot of interesting things with its new launcher layout, and while I'm all for the Pixel look, let's face it: not all of us have 800 bucks for a Pixel. And even those with a Pixel can get fed up with the launcher's limitations when it comes to desktop grid size and icon packs. Don't worry! You don't have to give up your sweet Pixely theme just because you're giving up the Pixel Launcher.

Luckily for us, two of the most popular replacement launchers on the market have already done most of the work for us; all we have to do is turn the proper settings on. We'll show you how to bring out the Pixel in Nova Launcher and Action Launcher, and how to put it all together.

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5 months ago

AMBER Alerts and Android: What you need to know

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Android emergency broadcast alerts

Emergency alerts on your Android smartphone are a good thing — even if they are a bit annoying sometimes!

Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an emergency alert on your phone. That horrible blaring of the emergency tone, the buzzing the vibration motor, and then the grim news. Someone's missing. Or there's a severe weather alert headed your way. Suddenly and without warning, your phone's scaring the hell out of you. It's bad enough during the day, and downright dreadful in the dead of night.

And that's the idea.

The U.S. carriers have worked with the federal government to come up with a way to push alerts to your Android smartphone to warn you about dangerous weather, missing persons or other matters of grave national importance. The point is they want you to see this information in hopes that it could save your life — or someone else's.

Here's what you need to know about these emergency alerts and how you can control them on your Android phone.

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5 months ago

Google Pixel lens flare: What it is, and how to avoid it

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Google Pixel XL camera

There's a "problem" hitting Pixel phones: camera lens flare.

One thing is clear: when you're taking pictures with your Pixel of scenes that have one main source of bright light, you can often see what's known as "lens flare." It is definitely A Thing, but how widely this is happening and how unusual it is compared to other cameras (phone or not) is rather overblown.

To better understand what lens flare is, how it happens and how to help avoid it when shooting with your Pixel, we have a comprehensive explanation for you. Read on.

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5 months ago

How to use the Simple home screen on Honor 8

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Make your Honor 8 a little simpler, and a little easier to use.

Are you looking to make the Honor 8 even simpler to use? The icons can be somewhat small, and the settings list too long, but all of that can be changed. You don't have to squint to try and find what you are looking for, or scroll for hours looking for something that you can't find. In just a few simple taps you can turn that pesky home screen into one that is much easier to see and use. Here's how you do it.

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5 months ago

How to enable two-step verification on WhatsApp

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It's time to secure your WhatsApp account.

WhatsApp rolled out two-step verification on its platform, giving users the ability to secure their accounts with a passcode. The service relies on an SMS confirmation whenever you set it up on a new phone, and the new measure provides an added layer of security. Given the relative ease with which you can set it up and the added security benefits, there's no reason not to create a passcode for your WhatsApp account.

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