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10 months ago

How to use quiet mode on the LG G3

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LG G3 quiet mode

The LG G3 has its own do not disturb feature, here's what you need to know

Android L might be bringing – finally – a fully fledged do not disturb mode baked in to the operating system, but with the LG G3 you're already getting something along those lines with quiet mode. Activated either manually or at set times of the day, quiet mode has various configurable features to help give you the best experience.

Read on to see what it can do for you.

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10 months ago

How to change the strap on your Android Wear watch

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A new strap changes both the look and feel of your new Android watch

So you have Android strapped to your wrist with your new LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live. Pretty cool, isn't it? We know both devices are far from perfect, and Android Wear is still in its infancy, but chances are you'll be sporting your new watch daily and putting it to good use — that's why we bought the things, right?

If this sounds like you, you probably want to change out the strap that came bundled with your new watch. There's nothing inherently wrong with the straps on either watch, but there are so many options out there that can make your new watch more comfortable to wear and even make it look better while doing it. The good news is that it's easy to do, and uses standard 22mm straps. All you need is a well-lit place to work, your new strap, and some sort of tool to push in the springbars.

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10 months ago

Using one-handed operation mode on the LG G3

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LG makes it easier to use certain parts of the G3 with just one hand

Despite doing an incredible job once again packing a large display into a form factor that wouldn't usually befit it, the LG G3 is a large phone. 5.5-inches isn't small no matter how large your hands are and to help make one-handed use a little easier LG has included a set of options for using the phone in this way. It isn't as extreme as Samsung's efforts on the Galaxy S5 in this area, but LG has covered off three of the main areas.

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10 months ago

How to turn on the LG G Watch

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LG G Watch power button

With no obvious power button, switching the G Watch back on can be a little tricky

The LG G Watch is designed to be an always-on device, whether it's on your wrist or resting on its charging cradle. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you might need to switch it off completely. Maybe you're traveling somewhere without Internet connectivity, or you're using a different watch and want to save the device's power. Switching the G Watch off is easy enough, but turning it back on again is a bit of a head-scratcher. With no buttons on the front or side of the smartwatch, it's not exactly obvious how you're supposed to return it to life.

Fortunately we've got everything you need to know down below.

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10 months ago

How to change the watch face on your Android Wear watch

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Aviator watch face

Android WearOne of the first things many of us will want to do when we get an Android Wear device is customize it a little bit. There will be plenty of apps come along for the new breed of smartwatch, and possibly we'll see replacement user interfaces just like we do on our smartphones, but I'm talking about something more basic — changing the default watch face.

Changing your watch face is easy to do, and really changes the look of the device on your wrist. You change them much the same way you would change the wallpaper on your Android phone or tablet, with just a few swipes and taps to make it all happen. Have a peek and see how it's done.

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10 months ago

Using Android Device Manager

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Android Device Manager

Whether it's under the couch or in the hands of the bad guy, Android Device Manager will help you find or erase your missing phone

Android Central University — SecurityWhile we hope you'll never need to use it, Android has a great native tool to help locate and remote wipe a lost or stolen phone. It's called Android Device Manager, and all you need is a Google account to set it up on your phone, and you can use any other online device to track it down or wipe it. The important thing, though, is that you need to have it set up and ready before anything bad happens.

That's where we come in. We'll help you get it set up and have a look at what you can do with it. In just a few easy steps you'll know all there is to know about Android Device Manager.

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10 months ago

How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook

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Chromebook Screenshot

Whether you're giving someone a tutorial or just need to send off a quick picture, Chrome OS makes taking screenshots simple.

Android Central UniversityThere are plenty of reasons why you'd need to take a screenshot on any operating system, and Chrome OS is no different. Luckily Google has included comprehensive support for the function in Chrome OS, and with just a few easy keystrokes you can take and manage screenshots on your Chromebook.

Your Chromebook offers full-screen and limited selection screenshots, as well as quick and easy access to the files including the ability to copy screenshots directly to your clipboard. Read along and learn a few quick tips on how to take and manage screenshots on your Chromebook.

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11 months ago

How to save a map for use offline in Google Maps

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Offline Maps

Sometimes, you have to go off the grid

Android Central University — Google MapsGoogle has reintroduced offline maps in a recent update of the Google Maps application, and as Google often does, they leave a little mystery about how you can use them and how to download one.

That's where we come in. We'll show you how to download and "install" a map for offline use and tell you how you can use them so you're not searching support docs when the time comes. It's really easy, and you already have everything you need installed!

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11 months ago

'My Apps': What is it, and what can you do with it?

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Google Play Store

Take control of the installed apps on your devices

Android Central UniversityGoogle Play has made some serious usability improvements since it launched to replace the now-ancient-sounding Android Market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still have a few tricks up its sleeves. One of the best features of the Play Store is its ability to keep track of every app you have installed, or did have installed in the past. And with the crazy number of apps available, we wouldn't blame you if you had trouble keeping track of them. The "My Apps" section of the Play Store app is the powerful portal to these app listings, and we're going to show you how to take advantage of its capabilities.

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11 months ago

Updating your Nexus — Everything you need to know

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Nexus phones

Nexus phones are easy to update by design — here's how to take advantage of that

More people than ever own a Nexus device. From the introduction of the Nexus One in January 2010, and through the subsequent releases to the Nexus 6 in 2014, the numbers keep growing. Plus, we've got the Nexus 7 tablets (one name, two models from 2012 and 2013) that are still popular devices, as well as the new Nexus 9. And we can never forget the Nexus 10

While the idea of what "Nexus" actually means seems to vary from release to release, what hasn't changed is that these remain some of the most "open" and "developer-friendly" devices available. They're great for veteran hackers who want to do some serious customizations, or for the inexperienced folks who want to get their feet wet and learn their way around Android. (Or, they can just be great phones for those who don't care to tinker.)

Nexus devices also generally are the first to receive new Android operating system updates. When a new version of Android is announced, it's safe to say it'll be available on a Nexus device first. And, traditionally, other recent Nexus devices are first in line for updates. That's changed somewhat with the introduction of "Google Play experience" devices, and Motorola's close involvement with Google, and so it's caused a bit of a firestorm. 

Regardless, Nexus devices actually offer several ways of updating to the latest operating system. They are:

This isn't a step-by-step tutorial of how to update your Nexus device. Think of it as a (relatively) basic primer for the options available. Let's discuss the differences between these options, and which is best for you.

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11 months ago

The LG G3 has a menu button; here's where to find it

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LG G3 menu button

LG swapped out the menu button on this year's phone but still left access should you need it

Like Samsung and the Galaxy S5 before it, LG has swapped out the permanent menu button for the more "normal" recent apps switcher on the G3. In 2014 there really shouldn't be any actual need for a menu button in applications, but like Samsung, LG has left the menu button lurking on the G3 should you ever need it. There's just no mention of where it actually is.

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11 months ago

How to use Guest Mode on the LG G3

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Guest mode on LG G3

Guest Mode lets you give other people limited access to your LG G3

We've all been there — you want to show someone something on your phone, but without handing over the keys to all your personal data. There are third-party apps that can help out, but the LG G3 comes with a built-in feature that makes it easy to give other people limited access to your device.

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11 months ago

How to customize the LG G3's on-screen buttons

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Add, re-style, rearrange or hide your buttons on the LG G3!

Like the G2 before it, the LG G3 sports on-screen buttons so changing your key setup is just a matter of software. And the Korean manufacturer has a whole menu area dedicated to customizing the phone's on-screen keys. Head past the break to find out how you can add up to five keys to your button panel, and change the way they look.

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11 months ago

How to get rid of the LG G3's extra 'G' home screen

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LG G3 Smart Bulletin

Want to disable the LG G3's Smart Bulletin feature? It's just a settings menu away!

Among the LG G3's many new features is Smart Bulletin, an extra home screen page located to the left of all your other home screens. You'll see it represented by a "G" in the scrolling bar of home screens.

By default it's split between the LG Health application and Smart Tips, which gives you hints about features of the phone you might not be using. If's a useful option to have, but fortunately if you find Smart Bulletin isn't for you, it's easy enough to turn off.

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11 months ago

How to add, buy and read a book from Google Play Books

Google Play Books can make any Android device a great eReader, but how do you use it?

Android Central University — Google Play BooksSure, Kindles and Nooks have (relatively) long been forces to reckon with in the digital book arena, but Google Play Books allows you to enjoy your favorite page turners on so many more Android devices.

But how to get started? How do you buy and add books to your library? How do you even go about reading the darn books on the device? It's not anything too crazy, we promise. Read on to find out the answers to these and other burning questions you may have.

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