1 year ago

How to factory reset your Android Wear watch

How to reset Android Wear

There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Android Wear smartwatch. You'll need to do so if you want to pair it to a new phone, or if you're selling it... or maybe you're having problems with it and want to start again from fresh software. Whatever the case — and whether you're using the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 or something else —it's simple to restore your Android Wear watch's software to its out-of-box state.

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1 year ago

How and why you should subscribe to YouTube channels

YouTube Subscription

Always have the best videos at your disposal

YouTubeYouTube allows you to watch a wide variety of content with the simple action of tapping on the application and doing a quick search. While scrolling through the millions of videos for something to watch, it is possible to stumble across a channel filled with videos that interest you

Fortunately, YouTube allows you to easily subscribe to these channels — say, for instance, the Android Central channel — so that you can find every new video released without having to go back and search for the video maker again.

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1 year ago

Hacking your Chromebook is fun and easier than you think

Chrome hacking

It's easy to make your Chromebook more than the sum of its parts

A Chromebook can be a great purchase even if you never step outside of Google's trusted environment. They are some of the best web machines ever built, require almost no software maintenance, and come in a myriad of different styles and price points. We love the things, and the numbers say we're not alone.

But like anything electronic, sometimes it's fun to push the envelope and do things a little outside of the intended use. Sometimes that means hidden features in the software, sometimes it means altering the software, and sometimes it means replacing the software entirely. We're familiar with people doing just that with Android, but it's also pretty easy to do with your Chromebook. The best part is that it's also very easy to go back.

Let's have a look at what you need to get started, and where to begin.

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1 year ago

How to turn on and off location in the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera app


Something important to many of us when we're taking photos on our smartphones is that the location information of that photo isn't recorded. On the flip side to this there's a bunch of people who absolutely want location information attached to their photos. Fortunately on the Samsung Galaxy S5 enabling and disabling the location tags for your photos is a breeze.

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1 year ago

Google+: All about Communities

Communities exist for devices big and small, and gather together fandoms all

It's always nice to belong

 Google+When you're joining Google+, chances are there aren't a whole lot of people you already know on here. Certainly not enough to fill your Google+ home page at any decent pace. That's perfectly okay. We have communities to both help you make some new friends on your new network and to expose you to more content than you otherwise would be by just following individual people.

Communities are where I honestly spend most of my time on Google+. They can be fun or informative - or both. It's wonderful to share your passions and expand your knowledge. Most if not all of the friends I made on Google+ found me through the communities we both followed.

And here's everything you need to know about them. (Communities, not my friends.)

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1 year ago

How to use Multi Window on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 Multi Window Feature

Multitask with a pro by using two apps at once with the help of Multi Window

Samsung's Multi Window feature was originally developed for the big screen on the Galaxy Note lineup of phones, but the Galaxy S series of devices have taken on the feature as well since their screen sizes have creeped larger. With a 5.1-inch display there's plenty of room to worth with two apps at the same time if needed on the Galaxy S5, and Multi Window helps you do just that.

Though not every app is supported for use with Multi Window, it's certainly worth giving a shot if you think you can get more done with two apps on your screen at the same time. Read along and see the ins and outs of using Multi Window on the Galaxy S5.

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1 year ago

The LG G3 shortcut buttons: Desperately seeking options


This was going to start out as a post telling you how to change the LG G3 button shortcuts to work with other apps and features when the phone's sleeping. Only you can't actually do that. The phone is locked to launching the camera by holding volume-down button, or Quick Memo if you hold volume-up.

Thing is, that's all you can do. There are no other options. And that's disappointing.

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1 year ago

Understanding 'potential threat alerts' on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 potential threats

Samsung is making it a little easier to see which apps can send text messages

Some Samsung Galaxy S5 owners may have noticed a new security warning popping up when installing certain apps. Entitled "potential threat alerts," the message tells you (in somewhat opaque terms) that the app has "authorization to access Messages," while offering up a link to further control this setting. The security option on some Galaxy S5 models, particularly those sold in Europe, and it's actually a lot simpler than it first seems.

So what's going on with this new feature, and do you have anything to worry about when an app triggers this warning? Let's take a closer look.

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1 year ago

How to: Use Gmail to send and receive email from your other accounts

Gmail multiple accounts

There are a few hoops to jump through, but when it's all said and done you'll able able to manage multiple email accounts in Gmail

GmailAs much as we wish we could all use just a single email address for everything, it isn't always possible or advisable for one reason or another. It's not uncommon to have email addresses from Outlook, Yahoo, your ISP and others in addition to Gmail — to say nothing of having a work email account. Luckily Gmail is capable of handling email from your other accounts, provided you're willing to go through the setup process and get everything tweaked just right. You don't have to install a bevy of email apps on your phone or manage anything on your own server, either, which makes this even simpler.

If you're tired of going to different services to check for email and want it all in one place instead, this is the guide you'll want to read. Read along and see how to aggregate all of your email activity into just Gmail.

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1 year ago

Google+: All about circles


'Round and 'round we go — Circles are the key to it all

Welcome back to class We've already covered covered what Google+ is, but once you decide to take the plunge, sorting out your connections on the site can seem a bit daunting with the number of choices you have. It's not a one-and-done process like it is with twitter. Now, don't get me wrong, it's incredibly simple and quick. It's easier to build and organize circles in Google+ than it is lists in twitter or Facebook. But having all those controls and knowing how to use them are two separate things.

So, shall we? Let's take a look at what Circles are in Google+, and how you can use them.

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1 year ago

How to insert and replace the SD card on the LG G3

LG G3 SD card

Expand your storage by up to another 128GB in seconds by putting in an SD card

AC University, the basicsIn most regions the LG G3 comes with a hearty 32GB of internal storage, leaving nearly 25GB for you to use as you wish. As is often the case, one size never fits everyone — and if you need more than 32GB in your mobile device, you'll have to resort to using an external SD card to expand it. The LG G3's MicroSD card slot supports up to 128GB cards, giving you more room than you'd likely ever be able to fill.

If you've decided to expand the storage capabilities of your LG G3, it's super easy to get that SD card in your phone and get to using it. Here's your simple guide for inserting or replacing the SD card in your LG G3.

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1 year ago

Google Play Books 101: Managing your library

Manage Google Play Books

Google Play Books makes it easy to save books to your device, as well as remove and delete them

Android Central University — Google Play As the name suggests, Google Play Books lets you purchase and read books on your Android device. In the sense that it turns your device into an eReader, you might say it's similar to a Kindle or a Nook.

Google's actually made it pretty easy to manage your library. You can buy and save new books to your device. Play Books also provides a way to remove books from your device, which is particularly useful if you want to free up some storage space, and you can still read books with an Internet connection if you do this. If you don't like a book, you can completely delete it from your library instead.

Those are the basics. Join us after the break as we go into more detail.

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1 year ago

Security 101: Passwords

Android password security

With so much of our lives online, secure p@$$w0rdz are a must

Android Central University — SecurityShow of virtual hands — how many of us use the same password for everything and everywhere? I hope everyone said no, but I'm sure not everyone did. It's high time we talk about passwords, and why a smart and secure routine is in your best interests.

While for many of us this is common sense, and for the more advanced users it's nothing new, a lot of us can use a little guidance here. There are so many options (both good and bad) and if you've ever had someone get and use one of your passwords, you know how important all of this can be.

Don't wait until that happens. Take control of your online security today, starting with your passwords.

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1 year ago

What is Google+ and why should I use it?


Part social network, part beta system

Google+ is something of a black sheep in the world of social media. Even as a young network of three years that has grown faster than many of the current leaders, Google+ has been disparaged and shunned by much of the public for the moves Google has made with it. Google+ has long required users to use their real name as their screen name, a move which was made even more unpopular when Google announced that YouTube comments would take place through Google+. That requirement is now gone, much to the delight of SamsungKnight1134.

Recently, the departure of the public face of Google+, Vic Gundotra, led many to call the network dead. These naysayers claim Google+ doesn't work, it doesn't make sense, and that it's a ghost town. I'm here to tell you that they're wrong. It is alive, it absolutely works, and you should almost definitely use it. How do I know?

Because I wouldn't be writing here without it.

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1 year ago

How to change your default search engine in Chrome

Chrome Mobile

Chrome may be made by Google, but you can choose to search with another provider if you wish

ACU The BasicsChrome, the built in browser on almost all Android devices, is Google's home-built browser for the mobile web. Google started packaging Chrome with Android so that users could have a more unified experience switching back and forth between their mobile and desktop browsers. One of the biggest features of the browser is that you can search directly from the address bar, much like you can on its desktop counterpart. Chrome makes it extremely easy to customize almost every aspect of how the mobile browser works, just like your full browser on your computer.

One of the easiest customizations to the browser is the ability to change the search provider that the application uses by default.

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