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10 months ago

How to delete your account from WhatsApp for Android

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No longer want to use WhatsApp? Deleting your account is easy.

If you no longer want to use WhatsApp, or if your WhatsApp data becomes corrupted, you can take care of this by deleting your WhatsApp account and uninstalling the application.

How to delete your WhatsApp account for Android

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Settings. It is the last choice in the pop-up menu.

  4. Tap on Account.
  5. Tap on Delete my account. It's the second option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.

  6. Type your phone number in the box provided.
  7. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button.

  8. Tap DELETE MY ACCOUNT again on the next screen. You can give a reason for why you're deleting your account there, if you like.
  9. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button on the final screen.

After you tap the big red button, your WhatsApp account and all of your data will be deleted from your phone and WhatsApp's servers. If you want to get back into using WhatsApp, you'll have to start from scratch and create a new WhatsApp account.

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10 months ago

What is a DAC, and why should I care about having a good one?

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Premium audio

LG already has a DAC in the V10 and is bringing another (from Bang & Olufsen!) as an option to the LG G5.

A DAC is a Digital-to-Analog Converter. We're going to focus on how things relate to your smartphone, but a lot of other things you probably have — like a DVD player or a computer — also have a DAC inside and they work the same way. A DAC has one task — convert digital audio information into an analog signal that can be sent out to a speaker or amplifier.

While that's the correct and simple definition of a DAC, it's important to understand the difference between digital audio data and analog signals to see why having a good DAC matters.

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11 months ago

Ask AC: Can I use a Qualcomm Quick Charger with my Nexus 6P or 5X?

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As long as you use the right cable, yes. But you can't get quick charging without the right quick charger.

We get this question a lot. "Is it OK to use my Quick Charge 2.0/3.0 charger with my new Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X?" I completely understand why we get the question, and am happy to see people asking. With several different methods of rapid charging, new USB connectors, new USB standards (that nobody is fully using because they aren't finished) and cables that can burn up phones and laptops, asking questions is a good idea. Nobody likes it when things go boom. Except this guy.

The short answer — as long as you're using a good cable, your phone will charge. It will charge slower than it does with the included Nexus charger, but it doesn't get too hot or catch on fire or pop the circuit breaker when you plug it in. But that's a boring answer and doesn't let me sit at my desk and play with things. Let's take a closer look.

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11 months ago

How to enable encryption in Android

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Locking down your Android is easier than you think.

Since October 2015 with the launch of Android Marshmallow on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, encryption is now enabled by default on Android. It's also not a simple matter to turn it off — it requires unofficial software and a custom kernel — so there's really nothing you need to do. The instructions below are for phones running Android Lollipop, which are a large portion of the install base. We've kept them available in case you need them.

We've talked a bit about encryption recently, specifically Android's full disk encryption setting. You can read a bit about what encryption on Android is and how it works here, and you can have a look here to see why you may or may not want to use it and how it affects you. Right now, let's have a look at how to enable it if you decide you need (or want) it.

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11 months ago

Tips and tricks for a better dock

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The dock is one of the most important pieces of the home screen.

It's where you put your most-used apps, it's our quick-launch guide to our device. What we keep on our dock says a lot about who we are and how we use our phones, and most docks are woefully under-utilized. Docks aren't exactly the sexiest thing to talk about, much less theme, and most themers don't even mention the dock in their instructions beyond talking about their icon pack.

The apps on your dock are there for a reason, but that's not to say they're the only things that have to be there, Docks may look boring, but trust me, they can be functional, fashionable, and downright sneaky.

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11 months ago

Using KWGT, a what you see is what you get widget-maker

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Welcome to the wonderful world of WYSIWYG editors.

You're putting together a new theme, and you just can't get the pre-made widgets from your various apps to mesh with your wallpaper and icon pack. Nothing to do but settle with an ill-fitting widget or go without, right? Wrong! When life gives you lemon widgets, we make our own lemonade widgets.

KWGT, like Zooper and UCCW, is a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) widget editor. You can take a built-in widget template and edit it, or you can build your own widgets from scratch, layer by layer. Today, we're going to take a look inside this somewhat intimidating-looking app and show you what you need to know about building in it.

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11 months ago

The definitive guide to Amazon Prime benefits

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The benefits of an Amazon Prime membership are well worth its annual cost of $99 — here's how.

We're big fans of Amazon Prime, not just for its vast library of movies and TV shows, but the awesome shipping perks as well. Signing up for Prime gives you access to a bunch of useful benefits, whether you're a movie/TV show junkie, avid online shopper, bookworm, or you just need somewhere to back up all your mobile photos without restrictions on space. There are plenty of worthwhile services to take advantage of, all of them easily accessed through your Prime account at any time.

Check out the menu the the left to learn more about some of Prime's benefits and how they can work for you.

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11 months ago

Smart Storage on the Nextbit Robin: Explained

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We've heard a lot about how the Nextbit Robin will use the cloud to give you more space on your phone, but we've finally had a chance to actually play with it and can explain how it works from the user perspective. The short version is that it's simple and works well.

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11 months ago

How to use Samsung Email

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Samsung Email is the default email application that ships with all Samsung phones and tablets. What's really great about it is that it can handle multiple email accounts so that you can manage your work and personal emails from one client, rather than having to switch programs around.

The downside is that it takes a little set-up before you can start using it. That's where this guide comes in. From setting up Samsung Email for the first time to adding different email accounts, this guide will walk you through the process step by step.

So, what are you waiting for? Let's dive into the wonderful world of Samsung Email and see how you can make it work for you.

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11 months ago

How to use Samsung Galaxy Apps, the Samsung app store

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Get all you can out of your Samsung experience with Galaxy Apps!

Galaxy Apps is Samsung's app store, housing all the Samsung apps that are available only to Samsung users. Through Galaxy Gifts, Samsung users have access to free premium apps that enhance their Samsung experience.

This is Samsung's alternative to Google Play and you may want to create a Samsung account, since Samsung will update a lot of their system apps from there.

Here's how to get started!

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11 months ago

What the HTC One A9's 'decrypt storage' boot prompt is about

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The HTC One A9 may boot up a little differently than your previous Android phone. There's a new step to take between turning your phone on and it fully booting up. That's another feature of Android Marshmallow — or, rather, a feature being re-enforced in Marshmallow: Encrypted storage. And while HTC could do a better job of making it sound less scary the first time you see it, you should be happy it's there.

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11 months ago

Home screen layouts and how to theme them

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Even if you don't actively theme your phone, you do actively lay out your home screen.

While we've spent a fair amount of time talking about themes and how to build them these last few months, there is one aspect of home screen launcher theming that we've been mum on: layouts, the way you arrange the apps and widgets on your home screen. This is in part because layouts aren't always a part of theming, in fact I try to avoid specific layouts in my themes so it's more accessible to users of varying tastes. But layouts are important, whether you intend to theme your phone or not.

Some people like their home screen to have as little on it as possible. Others want everything on the home screen they possibly can squeeze in there. Some of us are a little of column A and a little of column B, because we believe that the space on our home screen is meant to be used, but we don't need/want to cover up every inch of it. But all of us can benefit from seeing the differences and the benefits of each approach.

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11 months ago

How to use multiple accounts in Instagram for Android

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Instagram multiple accounts

Instagram finally has added the ability to easily switch from one account to another without logging out, making life — or at least our social media life — easier for those of us who run Android blogs, have personable pets or suffer from alter egos.

And it's a pretty simple measure. Here's how to set things up to use multiple accounts on Android.

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11 months ago

Wade Wilson doesn't give a sh*t about this Deadpool Theme for Android

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Hide the children and the chimichangas! Deadpool is coming!

The Merc with the Mouth is finally getting the screen time and saucy treatment he deserves! And in honor of our favorite fourth-wall-breaking super-powered anti-hero, we at AC want to help you deck your phone in Deadpool awesome. Today's theme is a little refined, a little playful, and all Android amazingness. Here's what you'll need for today's theme:

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11 months ago

How to customize the units of measurement in Fitbit for Android

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Imperial or metric or British; what's your measure of choice?

Fitbit lets you decide how you want to measure things. So, whether you love inches and pounds and miles system, or you think that measuring weight in kilograms and distances in kilometers is where it's at, Fitbit has a setting for you. Let's take a look.

How to change switch between Imperial and metric length measurements in Fitbit for Android

If you hate the metric system, you aren't stuck with it on Fitbit. Here's how to change it.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Units.
  6. Tap Units.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap units

  7. Tap Length.
  8. Tap the measurement system you want to change to.

    • Centimeters, Kilometers: All length units will be shown in the metric system.
    • Feet, Miles: All length units will be shown in the Imperial system.

      tap length then type length units

How to change between Imperial, British, and metric weight measurements in Fitbit for Android

Kilograms, pounds, and even stones are available as weight measurements in Fitbit. Change your settings by following the steps below.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰.
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Units.
  6. Tap Units.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap units

  7. Tap Weight.
  8. Tap the measurement system you want to change to.

    • Kilograms: All weight units will be shown in the metric system.
    • Pounds: All weight units will be shown in the Imperial system.
    • Stones: All weight units will be shown in the British system.

      tap weight, type in weight units

How to change between Imperial and metric liquid measurements in Fitbit for Android

Would you prefer to measure how much water you drink in terms of cups? You can do that in Fitbit.

  1. Launch the Fitbit application from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's the button with the aqua and white dots arranged in a diamond over a circular black background.
  2. Tap the menu button. It's in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like this: ☰
  3. Tap Account. It's the fourth option down from the top of the menu.

    launch app, tap menu, then account

  4. Tap on SETTINGS.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down until you see Units.
  6. Tap Units.

    tap settings, then swipe up, then tap units

  7. Tap Water.
  8. Tap the measurement system you want to change to.

    • Fluid Ounces (oz): All water Units will be shown in the Imperial system.
    • US customary cup (cup): All water units will be shown as United States customary cups.
    • Milliliters (ml): All water units will be shown in the metric system.

      tap water, type in water units

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